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The Merciad, May 15, 1997

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Mercyhurst
mourns
friend
By Lauren Shreve
Contributing Writer
"/
am not
concerned that
I
have
no
place,
lam concerned how
I
may
fit
myself
one,I
am
not concerned
that I
am
not known,
I
seek
to
be worthy to
be
known*
*
Confucius
These immortal words
 from
he
great
Chinese philosopherexem-plify the qualities that Mercy-hurst's master carpenter, BobBuettner, possessed so
 freely
 andunreservedly in life.
Buettner's
life
was
cut short last week whenat the age of
41,
he died of amassive heart attack playingbas-ketball at his old high school, StJohn's.Buettner had worked in themaintenance department since1985 and took over the positionof college carpenter
when
FrankSchroeck retired. Since then,Buettner had utilized his tradeskills to help beautify the cam-
pus
"Bob took
great
pride in his
carpentry,
pie just loved hardwork. And he loved doing it,"said director of administrationservices, Tom
Billingsley.
|*
Buettner
used
his
talents
to
help
with major
constructions like theD'Angelo Performing Arts Cen-ter
and
repaired everything fromchairs,
to
doors, to steps.
He
willalso be remembered for hissmaller creations such as bookcases, picnic
tables
and
podiums.
"I've
walked around these pastcouple of
days
and
I've
looked
ateverything (in
the
cafeteria) fromthe door jambs,
to
the
coat
racks,to the dining room table, he got
the
whole thing working
 for
 us,"said Lisa
Gierszal,
assistant di-rector of food services. "His spiritwill live on through everythinghe has built through the years
because
his
heart
and
soul was
hi
everything
that
he did,"
she
said.Robert Buettner
1956
-1997
Bill Kerbusch,
head
of mainte-nance described
his
late employee
as a
perfectionist when it came tohis
job. "He
took
a lot
of pride in
his
work,
and in
being
associatedwith
the
Mercyhurst
name,"
said
Kerbusch.
"He
had plentv rf
op-
portunities to go to
othei
pacesand
work and make
more money,but he truly did like
Mereyhurst
and he wanted his children to beeducated at Mercyhurst."Kerbusch commented
that it
wasgoing to very
difficult
to replace aman of
Buettner's
skill and con-cern.Aside
 from
 his material contri-butions, Buettner will
be
remem-bered for his jovial
and
energeticspirit"Bob was really a very wholeperson. He was a people person.
He
just enjoyed
die
company ofpeople.
And
he didn't
dislike
you,
rather, he was comfortable withyou no matter who you were orwhat station vou werein,hewould be at ease with you,"Billinglsey said.
$
Buettner
is
survived
by
his wife,Jeanne, and three children, daugh-ters Erin
and
Allison, and
a
son,Bobby. "He was a great family
man who
was
quite involved with
his
kids. He would
give them
and
his wife his frill concern at alltunes," Billingsley said.Buettner was
also
very
active
in
die
St John's parish and servedon several parish committees.Describing
last Tuesday's
funeral,Billingsley
said that he
had
never
seen
so many people
attend
a
fu-neral,
"It
was a testament to thefondness
"and
appreciation thatthousands of people had
 for
 Bob
Buettner's
contributions inlife,"said Billingsley."It's a
verys^d
day onMercyhurst campus. We're allfeeling a great loss.
He *
was agood
 friend
 and colleague,*'
sail?
Gierszal. 1
Another Theft in Old Main
M§(G N@wss
Circle
K
Receives Money
By
James Gorman
News Editor
Last
weekend,
a
painting called
Madonna
and Child
was stolenfrom the hallway in Old Main.The painting, which depicts theVirgin
Mary and baby
Jesus, washung adjacent to the Bishop'sParlor on the
Grst
floor of OldMain.
The
painting
was
donated
to
thecollege
several
years ago. Direc-tor of Security Ken Sidun saidthat although the value of the
*
painting
is
unknown,
it
is
worth
a
significant amount
to the
college.Along with the recent theft of
a
bust
of David, which was returned
earlier this week,the
theft of sev-
eral
Mercyhurst banners,
and
road
signs
has
alarmed administration
and
security.
It has left them
won-dering why these actions
are
tak-
ing place and what
they should
doin response, he said.Sidun and his staff have beenquite busy in the last few weeksand do not want to be preoccu-pied with this activity whileMercyhurst prepares for gradua-tion. "Recently, things have
got-t^j
ten
out of hand and there will beaction taken in the future if thetheft problem does not cease,"said Sidun.Additionally, there have beencases of vandalism throughout
Old
Main with people writing
onthe
walls with
markers. Sidun alsosaid that he has had two police
patches
stolen
 from
 his
collection
which was encased for displayoutside his office on the secondfloor of
Old
Main.
Sidun
encour-ages anyone who has any infor-mation Which could lead to thewhereabouts of the stolen itemsto leave a message on his voicemail or place a letter under hisdoor. Informants may remainanonymous and any assistancewill be greatly appreciated.According to Sidun, Old Main
has
been kept open on
the
week-
ends until
1
a.m. upon request ofthe students. However,
if
the theftsor vandalism continue, studentprivileges may be jeopardized.This may not be favorable for
those
students
who
like
to use the
computer lab on the weekends,
but the
college
must
look out forits interests
as
well, he said.
James
Gorman
News Editor
On Monday,
Mayl
12,
theMercyhurst Student Governmentconcluded its yearly business.Among the issues debated, MSGappropriated $390 for the CircleK sendee organization to helpdefer costs so its members can
attend
an
international
conferencein Chicago. The conference willprovide leadership skills for threemembers of Circle
K
so
that theycan
make their organization
more
effective. There will be a fund-raiser in Garvey Park on Friday
where Circle
K
will
be selling
hot
dogs and lemonade for $1.Melissa Lang, SAC Chairper-son, said food for finals will
be
atthe Student Union
Monday at
9p.m., and quiet study in the
caf-
eteria is scheduled for Mondayand
Tuesday'from
11 p.m. to 3a.m. Students are reminded tobring their own cups/coffee mugs.President Segedi discussed
what
occurred at
last
week's Board ofTrustees meeting
and the
Budgetand Finance meeting. Also,
Segedi
said the new East Briggsapartments will be connected tothe Mercyhurst phone line sys-tem
and he
also
mentioned that
allresidence facilities will have e-
mail
and internetaccess.
^Later
in the evening, the stu-dent body passed a resolution to
donate
$250
to
help die
family ofBuettner, a Mercyhurstmain-tenance technician, who recentlydied. The executive board an-nounced plans to meet with Dr.Garvey
to-discuss
a variety ofissues regarding
die
improvementof the weight room,
renovation
of
the library and computer accessThree newly
elected
MSG
representatives
Q.
to
r)
Resident
reps Jen Houck
and
Chris
Fultz.
Commuter representative Erin
Lynch.Photo:Jessica Russell
 
PAGE
2
THE
MERCIADMay
15,1997
New fresher class sets record high
ICoimtercultureClevelandTHp
By Chris Wloch
and Dan
Hilfiker
hferciad Writers
For the second year in
a
row,Mercyhurst is
preparing
to
admita record size fresher class. Ac-cording to Andrew Roth,
dean
ofenrollment services, next fall'sfresher class is estimated to be
around
the
500
-
525
range. Rothsaid that the previous record of
455
students,
was
set
last year andis expected to be topped by asmany
as 75
students.
The
collegehas received
1,779
applicationsand 427
students Shave
sent inhousing deposits as of Friday/May 9, he said.
<*
.
Of the students who have sent
in
deposits,
85%
are ranked
in
thetop half of their High Schoolgraduating class. The averageSAT scores for those students is
1080,
and their average QPA is
3.3,
he
said,
*jj
f<
Roth
said that this record break-ing enrollment
can
be attributedto a number of different factors,
incl u d ing
the relative
a f ford a bil
ityof the college. Mercyhurst is
ranked as one
of
the top 10 buys
inregional liberal {arts colleges inthe
east
in
U.S. News and WorldReport' Guide
to
American Col-leges.Another factor is the experi-enced staff that
the
college
has
inits Financial
Aid
and Admissionsoffices, Roth said. A final factoris the ease and efficiency of the
admissions
process because of theimplementation of
the new Datatel
computer system.Vice President for AcademicAffairs Dr. Joseph Gower saidthat because of
the
large size ofthe fresher class the administra-tion
wil
1 consider adding new
sec-
tions and an additional class pe-riod in the afternoon to accom-modate the need for classroomspace.
They
are
currently explor-ing several options and no deci-sions
have been made at
this point,he said.
Library to close for
summer
i
Circle KBBQ
By
James Gorman
News Editor
James
Gorman
News Editor
Construction of an improvedlibrary is underway. By May 22,
full
construction will begin
in
themain building and its use will be
a
suspended. Library services willcontinue in
a
satellite library lo-cated in Briggs Hall June 16through Aug. 8. If
you
need
ref-
erence service you can reachEarleen Glaser at #2237. For
InterUbrary
Loan service
you
can
reach Lynn Falk at
#2236.
For al
other Library services you can'reach Barbara Wood
at
#2232.Personal books or articles canbe returned to you by contactingDarci
Kress at
#2236 before
May19.
Any faculty member needinglibrary materials for summer re-serve or summer research mustmake
arrangements prior
to
May19 by contacting Darci Kress.All books and materials mustbe returned
to the
library
by May19.
On that same day, all librarycollections will become non-cir-culating
until
the library re-opens
in
the fall. After
May
19,
the
bookdrop box will be located inHammermill lobby.The Mercyhurst College CircleK club invites faculty, staff
and
administration to a Friday after-noon
BBQ cookou L
The event onFriday, May 16 takes place be-tween
2-4
p.m. in Garvey Park.Hot dogs, snacks and lemonadewill be served, and the cost
will
be $1.
£: The Circle
K club
is
attempting
to raise $300 toward their sum-mer trip
to
an International CircleK
club
in Chicago.
HPH
TOW
*
ft
By James Hain
Merciad Writer
On Saturday, May 10, mem-bers of
Or
Ken
SchifFs
Ameri-can Counterculture class saw in
person
the
people
they
have been
studying in class. Several mem-
bers
of
the
class
had the
opportu-
nity
to
travel
to
Cleveland for theopening of
"I
Want
to
Take YouHigher:
"
The
PsychedelicEra
1965-1969,"
at
the Rock
V
RollHall of
Fame
and Museum. Theexhibit runs through February1998
and
ties directly in with the
class'
current
text, Tom Wolfe's
The
Electric
Kool-
Aid
Acid
Test.
The
book is
a
nonGction accountof novelist Ken Kesey's adven-tures
as he and his band of
follow-
ers
\
(dubbed The Merry Prank-sters) travelled the country in apsychedelic
Day-Glo
school bus
in
the summer of 1964.Kesey,best
known
for his
clas-
sic novel
One Flew
Over
theCuckoo's
Nest,
was at
the Hall
ofFame with the
surviving
Prank-sters in what he described as a"descendant" of the original bus.Some members of
the
class had
himself __. ^^_^_
other Pranksters. Kesey gave atalk at the concert, which alsofeatured performances byDonovan, Country Joe McDonaldand Big Brother
and the
HoldingCompany. Kesey gave histhoughts on such topics as TomWolfe (Kesey doesn't like himvery much), Madonna (he doesn'tlike her very much, either) and
Rush Limbaugh (he
led
the audi-ence
in
a
cheer for
Limbaugh
be-
cause
"You should love
your
en-
emies").
)"It
was
a
wonderful
trip,"
saidDr.
Schiff,
"The
spirit
of
the
six-ties is the spirit of rock
V
roll.And the spirit of rock
'n'
roll iscelebration and transcendence andpositive
and
loving social change.
It's
a
healthy
antidote
to
the mean-spirited and politically correctintolerance of the nineties.''"Coming face
to
face
with
theMerry Pranksters, the men and
women
who redefined Americanculture,
inspired
a
sense of
awe in
me,"
said JuniortKim
Thayer,
"This
awe seemed to
exist
in
ev-eryone
'on the
bus'
 from
he timethe Pranksters rolled in until ourthe opportunity to meet Kesey own
*m
HairimenmUUbiaiyexpansionunderconstroctio
Photo: Jessica Russell
* ft
•*
4-
**^
i.
4
> -
4
1.
*•*«-***
ll
Hurst
students pose
in
 front
 of
Kesey's
bus, (1
to
r.)
Alana
Matochik,Bill Melville,
Ma rcia
Farrell, Jim Hain, Dr. Kenneth
Schiff,
StephanieClarke, Amanda Brandthoover, Tom Wellington,
Km
Thayer.
 
PAGE 3
THE
MERCIAD
Half a million approved for campus automation
May
15,1997
By Chris
Wloch
Editor-in-Chief
On
May 8,
the board of trusteesapproved an additional
expendi-
ture of $575,000 to complete theprocess of linking all studentrooms, apartments and other cam-pus buildings
jto
the computernetwork.Sister Mary Mark
Doubet,
di-rector
o f nformation
systems, saidthat
the .data
jacks and wiringwithin many of the buildings al-ready exist,
but
now they will allbe connected
to
the computer cen-ter via fiber optics.At this point in time, the com-puters
in
Egan, Preston,
Old Ma
inand Zurn have all been linked tothe network, she said. The presentplans call for conduits to be laidon the west end of the campus
which
will contain
the
fiber opticconnections
to
the
Student
Union,Baldwin Hall, Mercy Apartments,Ice Rink
and
Athletic Center.
Conduits
will
also be
laid
on
the
east sid
e, extending rom
he pa
rk-
ing ramp
on the main campus to
Wa yne
Street, which will provide
a direct
connection to
the
library,computer center and the Internetfor all Briggs Avenue apartmentsas well as the
McAuley-Wayne
division.Additionally, computers in theoffices at the Mercyhurst-North
East will
be connected
to the ma
incampus, she said.
jDoubet
said work crews willbreak ground by June 1 and thatthe target date for completion is
September
1.
*
Essay Contest Winners Announced
By Chris Wloch
Editor-in-Chief
This week winners were an-nounced
In
the essay contest onthe topic of The Sense of Selfand
the|SelPs
Participation in
Public."
Jp
*
The contest was held as a re*sponse
to
the presentation by
the
same name held Monday, April
28
as a part of this year's Aca-demicCelebration.About
23
stu-dents,faculty and other commu-nity members attended the eventand about half
a
dozen of themparticipated in the essay contestregarding the
selPs
involvementand participation in community.The funds for this contest wereprovided by a 1997 AcademicEnrichment Grant
rom
he o f lee
of
the
PresidentJunior Richard Costelloe wonfirst prize, which
was a $100
giftcertificate at Barnes & Noble'sBookstore. The second prizewin-ner of
a
$50 gift certificate wassenior
Amy
Kovach. There
was atie
for
third
prize with sophomoreJoe Gregory and fresher
Kris
tenWeigner
each
receiving $25 giftcertificates.According to
Keiko
Miller, as-sistant professor of Japanese andFrench,
'The
overall purpose ofthe contest
and
presentation wasto bring some awareness to themuch
taken-for-gTanted
pronoun
T
as used in American society.The four-member panel which
led
the discussion included Miller,Dr. Theresa Upton, a licensedclinical psychologist;
UmemeSababuJa
history professor at
Edinboro
University and RayHoward, director of the Institutefor Child
a
nd Family. Mercyhurstprofessor ofsocial
work
and soci-ology,
Lee
Shuster,served
as
themoderator.After Upton addressed the popu-lar
American idea
of
"rugged
in-dividualism," Miller discussedhow communal identity is incor-Minority Student Union, old officers and new:
(1
to
r.)
LaSfcawna
Page
(President,
1996/7), Maurice Profit (Pies., 97/8), Kathleen
Woodard
(Vice
President,
*96-98),
JaWale
Roberts (Secretary 97/8),Shawntae Howard (Treasurer, 97/8), Rhonda Bibbs (See., 96/7),porated into the concept of theindividual in Japanese society.Sababu then explored the senseof
the
"I"
in
the
politically devas-tated society of South Africa,
and
Howard examined how many ofthe problems in the local Eriecommunity stem from the senseof
isolation
that individuals oftenfeel
as die
result of broken homesand changing cultural values.
m
Miller said that she hopes to
receive
another grant
next
year todevelop this
kindjof
academicpresentation. She would like tocreate a series called The Inter-Cultural Series: Balancing Fac-tors'
9
to allow
students to
explore
and
be
exposed
to
different
viewsand evolve through this kind ofexperience.
Psychology
Postei
Session on Thursday
|
By Richard Costelloe
Contributing Writer
On Thursday, i lay 15, theMercyhurst College Psychology
Department will
hold its FifthAnnual Psychology ResearchPoster Session. Nine students,both psychology majors
and
mi-nors, will be presenting the re-sults of
their
research conductedthis spring.
The
session will takeplace
on the second
 floor
 of ZurnHall
at
7:30 p.m.
This occasion gives
the studentsan opportunity to share with the
Mercyhurst
community
what
theyhave studied in the experimentalpsychology class sequence, and
then a pplied
in their own research.Presenting for the 5th AnnualSession will
be
Edmund Cieslak,David Dausey,
Kris
ten McGill,
Carta
McCutcheon,
Chris
Moigis,Natalie Neumann, Sarah Rice,Peter Russo
and
Misty Smith.
New MSG
Reps
i
Sophomore reps(I.to r.) Jenny
Novak,
Toni Lee Masters BackMegan DeAngio, Amy
Kosmack,
Megan
Hale.Junior
reps
(1.
to
r.)
Michael
Gratzmiller,
Jody
Polk,
Tim
Conway,Sarah
Lamont,
Joe Sawyko, Tracy
Bacik,
Courtney Shores.Senior
reps
(1.
to
r.)
Aaron
Lauth,
Jcnnye
Vetter,
Brian
McCarthy,Jim Gorman. Eric Wicks.

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