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MERCYHURST COLLEGE, GLENWOOPHILLS, ERIEjPA.
16546
U
November
6^1997
Alcohol Abuse Outrages
Students,
Administration
By Carrie Tappe
A
&E
Editor
Lately
the
re.
has been muchcontroversy around campus aboutsecurity, rules and regulations re-garding the consumption of alco-
hol,
disorderly conduct, propertydamage and an
increase
in vio-lence. Many students are con-cerned about a number of issueswhich I feel need to be addressed.In the past three weeks, vio-lence, vandalism and alcohol abusehave stretched beyond reasonablelimits. At 2 a.m. on Wednesday,Oct 22, an incident occurred onLewis Avenue involving
the
brutal
beating
of
two
Mercyhurst-North-east students by' a group ofMercyhurst lacrosse players. Ac-cording
to
one lacrosse
player,
thetwo
males were throwing
rocks atapartment windows which angeredthe lacrosse players
who
proceededto batter the males severely. Cur-rently five lacrosse players
are
be-
ing
sanctioned and are in the ap-peal s process. Inaddition,the en-tire team
has
been suspended untilFebruary.
i
Another fight broke out oncampus
during
the weekend
of
Oct.24-26.
A
young male,
not
a studentat Mercyhurst, began
acting
out ina
Baldwin
^Townhouse. The resi-dents ejected all visitors from thetown house to the parking lot. The
individual
continued
to
act out andwas harshly
attacked.
When secu-rity arrived at the scene the victimwas found partially conscious. Theinvestigation has been
made
diffi-cult because of the uncooperativeattitude of the victim.
!f
ANALYSIS
These incidents are only twoof four
serious
"incidents of ex-treme violence, mainly on
a
male-to-male basis, which occurred re-cently.
In all
of the incidents, alco-
hol
has been a
major"key
to theoffenders' actions.Rodger Gregorich, Dean ofPublic.Safety, said,
"Alcohol
iscausing some very serious prob-lems on this campus... violent as-saults, increases in vandalism, un-derage drinking -and disorderly
conduct."
Another area of concern is theuncivilized behavior at hockeygames. Apparently
this past
week-
end
many students were loud androwdy,
which
is
not
a problem,
but
many were out of?control. The
cussing,pushing,andpublicdrunk-
enness was past what Dr. Garvey
if
*
feels
is
appropriate for Mercyhurststudents.
Students have
been increasinglyconcerned about two alleged rapeson campus. Administration at thecollege claims that no rapes havebeen reported to security, and nostudents have been arrested oncampus for rape charges. As forthe college's counseling services,all matters are confidential and
misinformation
can
be
released.Bill.Kennedy,Dean
ofjStudent
Services, said,
"In*terms
of therape, that is possible, but
I'
m notaware of
it"
Gregorich added, "Ifit
happened*
it wasn't reported tosecurity.
M
New Banner Marks Millennium Celebration
By Chris
Wloch
Editor-in-Chief
On Sunday, Oct
26,
a
new ban-ner which marks the upcomingcelebration of
the
millennium wasblessed during
a
Mass held in OldMain's
Christ
the King Chapel.According to Father
Stephen
Anderson, campus chaplain, thebanner was created in preparationfor
the
third millennium.
"We
aretaking part
in
a
worldwide celebra-tion,** he said.
"Every
parish isdoing something to get ready forthe millennium."Fr.
Anderson
urged
all
students
to
take
the time to
stop
in
the
cha-pel and see
the
banner which isdisplayed on the right side of
the
sanctuary. "It will be used duringcampus liturgies in the chapel forthe next three years,"
he
said.
The white banner was sewn bythe chapel's sacristan, SisterCatherine
Anne
Mcsanko,
with
thehelp of
students
Shaun Gayer andJoe
I
Crotty. It includes theMercyhurst school colors,
blue
and green,
and
is accented
by
shinygold material as well, Fr.
Ander-
son said.The last three years before thenew millennium are each dedi-cated to
a
different person of the
Trinity according
to Fr
Anderson."We focus
on
faith in
Jesus
Christin 1997; on
hope
in the
Holy Spiritin 1998, and on an increased lov-ing relationship with the Creator to
finish
the preparation in 1999. As
the
year 2000 dawns,
we
will
havefocused our attention on the total-
ity
of
the
Trinity of our
God, and
anew century can thus bring adeeper faith for all,**
he
said.The banner was specifically de-signed to focus
on each
of the
three
divine persons, he added.
"The
triangle has always
been
asymbol of
the
Trinity - three cor-ners, one structure; three persons,one God. The cross of Jesus is atthe
top
of the triangle
-
the
symbol
ofj
victory over death. The doverepresents the Spirit - a dove of
peace
and
love that
unites
and em-
powers a Spirit-filled people, and
the
Creator is shown
by the
loving,embracing, affirming hands thatcontinue
to;
hold us in a lovingrelationship with our
God.
**According to Fr. Anderson, as
we
approach
the
end of
the
secondmillennium, the sudden rise ofapocalyptic fervor around theworld needs to be
tempered
byrecognizing this fresh start as aseason of
hope .and
promise.
•There
will
be
so many
who
willbegin to announce,
'Repent!
Theend is
near!'
As believers, weshould rather
say,
*
Repent!
A newbeginning is here!' Not only willthe turn of
this
century
be
markedwith great
celebration*and
obser-vances, but
we
should also go be-yond that and make it known that
the
turn
of this century should
be
aholy time
at
well."
Atright,the MillenniumBanner
which
will
be
on dis-play in
Christ^
the KingChapel for
it
he next threeyears. Photo:
Jessica RussellMercyhurst only had one re-ported rape on campus last year.Many students say that number isnot representative of the actualnumber of sexual assaults andrapes that occur on a college cam-pus
in
a year. If these maliciousacts are happening, the victim(s)need
to
come
forward
to
report therape,
which
will launch
an
investi-gation by the college.In addition to the physical vio-lence,
recently
a female freshmanwas hospitalized for alcohol poi-soning. This past Halloweenweekend alone, 15 students werewritten up foralcohol violations, amere fraction of the number
of
underage drinkers on campus.|'
NAHIT
There has also been an expen-
sive
increase
in damage
as
a resultof vandalism. This past weekendalone, a window was broken in
pMercy
100, washers
and *
dryerswere badly damaged in McAuley
i
Hall when
a
hose was unscrewed
from
a
washing machine
and
waterwas turned
on. The
newly
installed
security gates on either end of theBaldwin loop were also broken.Also, a student's bike, chainedin the basement laundry room ofan apartment building on Briggs
Ave, was
vandalized.
It
is
believedthat a
person
not
affi 1 iated wi
th thecollege destroyed and vandalizedthe bike.A growing number of cars havealso been vandalized. Tires havebeen slashed, windows broken
and
stereos stolen. Kennedy
said,"
We
consulted with
the Erie Police and
we
think
that
there
is an
organizedgroup from the outside not justhitting
Mercyhurst,
but hitting ar-
eas
throughout
the
city where thereis
a
cluster of vehicles ... they areafter tape players, stereo speakers... it's very hit and miss.Outsiders
on
campus have
beenthe cause of a lot of concern. Theadministrators who
were
circulat-
ing on
the campus this past
week-
end claim
to
have escorted
25
or so
*t
Goto
"Alcohol,"
p.
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$13,000
depositwas made
i n
to MSG
accounts
andthat
the
Budget and
Finance
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by ?MSG
throughout this term.Vice President Tom Bender re-minded everyone present of theupcoming lecture' featuringMohammed Bailal from MTV's
"Real
World."
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8
p.
m.,
Wednesday,
Nov.
12
in the
Taylor Little Theater.
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the meeting,
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Richard
Tomlinson,
a former operative of the
British MI6
intelli-gence service, has been charged under the Official Secrets Act withdisclosing classified
information
about the agency. Tomlinson, aCambridge University graduate
who
joined the group in 1992, wasdismissed
in 1995
after
serving
the British crown in Bosnia andMoscow. According to the charges,
Tomlinson
intended to
write
abook about his adventures in the intelligence community, an actionwhich MI6 has taken legal measures to prevent.
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According to prosecution
lawyer,
Dru Sharpling, Tomlinson hasboth British and New Zealand citizenship and
it
was feared (hat he
may try
to
flee the United Kingdom to evade
u trial
that could land him
in
jail for two years.
Tomlinson's
lawyer,
Owen
Da
vies,
.said"
this
is
a case
of
a
man who|in the past had a disagreement with
his
employers purely because helost his
job.
Mr. Tomlinson is not a man who is dangerous to his
country."
Through
his
actions
he has
clearly
been
in
opposition
to the
need of security
for
MI6 operational procedures, that, if
exposed,
could place current
MI6
agents in clear and present danger saidTomlinson.
>The
last
prosecution
under the
Official
Secrets Act was
in
1961,
which led
to a
42
year sentence
of George
Blake,
who
had
been
spyingfor
the
Soviet
Union,
escaped after five
years
in
prison
and
now
lives
in Moscow.
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students of the topics discussed
duri ng
herlast
meeting withTyrone
Moore,
Director
of ResidenceLife. Moore said that all dryers oncampus have been fixed so that ifa student desired additional dry-ing time, they could simply de-posit an additional quarter insteadof starting another drying cyclewhich costs 75 cents.Members of the
Facility
UseCommittee reported that they metwith dean of administration, TomBillingsley in an effort to extendbookstore hours on the weekends.Also,
the'committee
stated theyhad not yet gained a satisfactoryresponse to
the
concerns that havebeen addressed in regards to com-puter use and campus Internet
dif-
ficulties.MSO President Kevin Segedi
led
a discussion on two importantconcerns. The first issue to beraised involves the recent Boardof Trustees proposal to allow pastpresidents of the college to beburied in the Queens Chapel in
Old Mai n
In
regards
to
the QueensChapel question, some studentsprotested
that this idea
would take
away
from the history
that
is asso-ciated with the space.
Yet,
otherstudents believed
that many
of thepresidents of this college have
done
so very
much
for the institu-tion and
if
their
only
wish
is to be
buried
in
the Queen* s
Chapel than
they should be allowed to do so.MSG representatives were askedto talk with their constituency toget more input on the issue.The second
significant
issue thatwas addressed was the drinkingenforcement incidents that oc-curred
on
campus over
the
week-
end. Several non-MSG membersattended
the meeti
ng to voice theirconcern over last weekends"events." Students adamantlydisagreed with the college's poli-cy of taking cups away from stu-dents. Though some agreed thatunderage drinking is a seriousproblem, many believed that stu-
dents who are
of
legal
age
to drink
should not be penalized for thecrimes of others. Furthermore,some students noted that
some
of
the off campus police as well as
administrators
were
rude
andabrasive towards students whowere not causing any disruption.
SAC Report
By Chris Coan
Contributing Writer
On Saturday
Nov.
8
the
Week-
end committee
will
be
having
Fan-
tasy Fun Ricks and Videos in theGreat Room of
the
Union from 5-
11
p.m. Fantasy Fun Flicks andVideos is a chance to have yourface placed on a famous celebritybody as well as your chance torecord your own video, completewith costumes.Next Wednesday, Nov. 12 the
band
The
Jel 1
y bricks"
will
be per-forming downstairs in the Union at9 p.m.. "The Jellybricks"
are an
upand coming band
that,open
forbands like
"The Goo-Goo
Dolls",
"7
Married
3,"
plus
many other bigname bands.Also on Nov.
12
the Tourna-ment committee will be playing
"Mancala"
which
\
is
an Africanstone and glass game. This is a
multi-cultural
passport event aswell as a pretty cool game. The
multi-cultural
passport
will
be ex-
plained at the
Muhammed Bilal1 ecture
on
Wednesday Nov.
12 at
8p.m. in the PAC.We at the Student ActivitiesCommittee are in need of moreideas for the winter term. Withyour ideas we should be able toprogram a fun and enjoyable win-ter term. You can contact SAC at2463 with your ideas, as well asattend our meetings on Tuesdaysat 8 p.m. in Government Cham-bers. Our hotline at 2093 is stillactive, with the current activitiesfor the week.Wednesday
 
November
6,1997
THE MERCIAD
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11
Alcohol,"
cont'd
from p.
1.
outsiders off college property.
Security
isasking people
to help them
by turning
away
people from outside the Mercyhurst com-munity who don't belong on campus. Beselective with whom you admit to yourparties. After all, you are responsible foryour guests.
ft*
It is apparent that violence, vandalismand underage drinking is increasing andchanges need to occur immediately. Stu-
dents have been in
an uproar over
the
"new
alcohol policies," when in fact there have
been NO
NEW RULES established.According to Tyrone Moore, Directorof Housing and Associate
Dean
of
S
tudentServices,
"I
don'
t want
us (Administration)to go out with a hard-line approach, but Iwould much prefer that you go where stu-
dents
are
involved in inappropriate actionsand activities and I prefer to talk to them
and
get them
to
see the error OF their
ways.*
We did that for a while... the majority ofstudents responded
...^but
unfortunately
there is
a
fair amount of
students who
make
it more difficult
for the masses.
We
have to
look more
carefully
at the
manner
in
which
we do
this business.
It
needs
to
be clear that:This is not a change in policy at
all,
it is a
change
in approach
to
the
administration
ofthe same
pol
icy.|All the rules and regulations ofMercyhurst College in accordance
with
the
Commonwealth laws are
printed
in theStudent Handbook. In the past it seems asthough many
of
the
rules were i
gnored.
The
administration feels that the first step inreducing or eliminating the unsafe condi-tions and damage produced by violenceand vandalism is to crack down on thesomewhat relaxed
drinking
policy.
I
n
the Student Handbook, "MinimumSanctions" are clearly stated for offensescategorized as: respect and considerationstandards, general safety and security,
fire
safety, drug and alcohol related standards,residence
living
and
public
order standardsand personal integrity standards. In addi-tion, the legal and college requirements areprinted.
Students
are
being warned that thepolicies are going to be more strictly
up-
held.Thereforethestudenlsshouldbeaware
of the rules and regulations.Regarding the upcoming weekend,Moore said, "We will more vigorouslyenforce the laws written in the MC hand-book and commonwealth laws. We wantyou
to
enjoy yourselves,
even
if it involvespartying
for
those of
age,
but let's
be
smartand
let's
be responsive. We want you torespect others and respect
the
rules,
such
asleaving containers
in
your apartment whenyou choose to move to a new location."Moore has made it very clear that
his
pur-
pose
is
not to bust
people
for having a good
time,
but to look out for
the
safety and bestinterest of
the
students.Garvey said,
'The
uncivilized, obnox-ious behavior is not a part of Mercyhurst.
We
need to crack
down
to
escape
the dangerand threat of
worse
behavior."There are many reasons
for
the
change
in
administration of the current policies in-cluding
the
increase
in
violence
and
vandal-ism, health
risks,
and lack respect for otherstudents.Additionally, the fact that Freshmen girlsare often being taken advantage of
is
espe-cially disturbing.At almost any party on this campus, atleast half if not more of the attendees areFreshman, 99% of whom are less than 19years
old.
There
is
no personal problem withFreshmen attending parties, but underagedrinking is against
the
law. The
problem lieswhere Freshmen are underage, looking tofit-in, and don't
know
their
limits.
We wereall
impressionable
Freshman at
one
time inour
lives.
At the beginning of
the
year, many party-
givers along Briggs Avenue
posted
signs
on
their
doors stating
"No
Freshmen
A1
lowed."
People are starting to let their guard downnow* Freshmen
are
trying
to mix in
with
thecrowd.
Some
can,
butsome
can't. This makesthem dangerous targets for
some
unscrupu-lous upperclassmen.The next reason for change is the in-crease
in
violence
and vandalism. Perhaps afew weekends
ago,
aconf
rontation
was
morelike a screaming match. Now, confronta-tions are turning into fist fights.
What's
next?Every time people drink, there are healthrisks involved. The major risks are whenpeople
don't
know their limits and can'tcontrol themselves or
when drugs
are
mixedwith alcohol. Drugs are probably the mostwell-hidden rule-breaker
on
campus. At thesame
time,
alcohol is the drug of
choice
formost students.As far as respecting other people, fistfights, loud obnoxious parties and publicdrunkenness far exceed the boundaries of
respect.
Not all
students choose to drink andparty.
Don't they
have
the
same
 ri
 ght to theirmeans of
fun
as you do to yours?We are college students. The most com-mon form of entertainment on a typicalcollege campus anywhere ispartying.Stu-
dents
feel
as
though
their
 rights
 and,
privacyare being violated. Some feel that takingempty cups from students on the weekendsis unfair. Students are claiming that admin-istrators entered their apartments ortownhouses without their consent, invadingtheir privacy. What are our rights as stu-dents?As a
student,
I
have no problem with the
j
open container policy, when it was
inter-
preted
as
dumping your
cup
as
you leave theconfines of an
apartment!
building ortownhouse. I think that taking empty cups
from
students is totally uncalled for. Just asadministration said that not all kids drink,why should those kids not be allowed tocarry a glass of
kool-aid
to their friend'sapartment?
An
empty cup in
the
possessionof a student cannot cause harm. If studentsobey by dumping their cups, then it is notnecessary to confiscate the empty cup.According
to
Moore, the idea of makingMercyhurst a "dry campus"
is
not an issue."We would never make it
a
dry campus,"Moore said.
"Even
though it
is
a pain in thebutt when students are drinking and actingall crazy,
I
wouldn't have it any other way.I believe students should have a choice... ifeveryone is twenty-one, that is. We wantyou
to
enjoy yourselves, even if it involvespartying, but
let's
be
smart and responsible.We want students to respect each other andfollow the rules."Many students feel that if
the
rules andregulations are going to be more strictlyenforced, they should
have been gi
ven warn-ing. One weekend it is an easy-going goodtime here and the next, every housing andsecurity official
was
circulating through outBriggs Avenue cracking down on every-thing.Three
points
of view need
to
be
looked atwhen discussing students' concerns: Thepartier, the studier and all the rest caughtsomewhere
in
between.All three character-istics are the individual choice of the stu-dent. Students need to respect the
decision
of their fellow classmates and neighbors.Many students are voicing their
opinions
toDr. Garvey against the outrages.
Now's
thetime when everyone needs to voice theiropinion.
-*
Many students
are
voicing their concernsabout safety
issues
as
wel 1
as the
crackdownon alcohol. Many issue of safety are beingdiscussed. Mercyhurst is considering in-stalling more call boxes or perhaps imple-menting an escort service. Currently thereare six full-time and one
part-time
securityofficers employed by the college. Accord-
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ing to Gregorich, three to five additionalsecurity guards are being hired to help outon the weekends. These part-timers willassist when there
are
functions at
the PA C
orspecial events on campus.The administration is willing to test anescort service if enough students are inter-ested and support it. If you feel
suchga
service would be beneficial, I need yourfeedback!Now is
the
time where
we as the
students
need
to voice our
opi nions and
feeling aboutthe rules, regulations, policies and currentsituations here at Mercyhurst. The facultyand
administration
of Mercyhurst have ex-pressed their willingness to listen and beopen to students and their opinions, ifhandled in a mature and respectable
way.
Ifwe can prove to the
adm i ni strati
on that wecan act like and be responsible adults, per-haps they won't crack down so harsh, andwe can find a happy medium.
lit
doesn't take much to
sit:back
andcriticize the system and what is happening.Students are asking administration to ensuretheir safety and well-being here. On thecontrary,
every
time administration
makes
amove in that direction, students are outraged
I
and criticize again.
.
We need your feedback. We want toknow how you feel about the issues dis-cussed.
Maybe
a
student
has an
idea
that
canbe presented to the administration that mayhelp them understand how we as students
feel.
*
J
Garvey agreed, "We need to find thehappy medium that permits people
to
enjoythemselves without abusing the rights ofother people and behaving in a manner thatis consistent with the standards and moralsof Mercyhurst
as
well
as their
own
personalstandards."Your voice can and needs to be heard Anyadditional feedback, comments, concerns,
etc.
are welcome, in the written form. Thecomments should be place in an envelopemarked
jj
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