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'iUBRARV'USE
1
MERCYHURST COLLEGE
MERMILL LtBRARYS
Vol 72 No. 3
Mercyhurst
College • 501 E
38th
St.16546
Photo:
Carrie
TappeDr. Allan Belovarac, professor of history, will lead courageous faculty, staff and students through theErie Cemetery for a historical tour Friday,
Oct
30,
of grave sites of Erie's pioneers
and
19th centuryleaders. The tour starts at
3
p.m. at the cemetery's mam gate on
Chestnut
Street The cemetery is locatedat West 26th and Chestnut streets.
Hurst to host
overf
100 companiesat career/employment fair
By
Carrie
Tappe
vlerciad
editor
The
seventh annual Career Day/Employment Information Fair
vill
be held at Mercyhurst
College
Thursday, Nov.
5/in
he Athletic Center. Over 100
ompanies
will be representedhis year. All students are
welcome
to attend from
1
to 4
>.m.
Undergraduates will be•rovided an opportunity to meet
/ith
company representatives toiscuss and explore potentialareer choices.
Seniors
can
istribute
resumes and inquirebout application processes witharious companies.
^.
"We are proud to announcetat this year marks the largest
umber
of
employers
the
fairis
ever
hosted,*'
said Angela
Mies,
coordinator
of
this year's
dr. "About 200 representatives
ill
be
available to talk to
udents
about employment,
ireer
fields and internships."Frank Ri'/zonc, assistantrector of Career Services,said,
The-career
fair is a wonder-
ful
opportunity for
students
tomeet potential employers andmake future contacts. A collegedegree means
nothing if youjdon't
get out there and make something
of
it."
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4p
'f4--
r
*:
The career fair is the culmina-
J
tion of Mercyhurst's first everCareer Week, designed to promotemore awareness of
the
opportuni-ties available at Career Services.On Monday, Career Serviceswill host an open house from 9 to
11
a.m. and at
3
p.m. will presenta leadership seminar in theStudent Government Chambersconducted by representatives fromLord Corporation. Tuesday,Career Services will host aninterview and resume writingworkshop at
3
p.m. in
211
OldMain.Career Services and humanresource management studentshave also planned a fashion showfeaturing
interview
and careerclothing Wednesday
at 4
p.m.
in
the Student Union.Companies scheduled to
be
at
the
career
fai
r
i
nclUdc
A
mcricanExpress
Fi
nancial,
B1 ai
r
M
Corporation, AVI Food^ys-
tems,
Covance,
Erie
Insurance,Erie County Prison, the rail,
U.S.
Immigration and Natural-ization, Mellon Bank, PNC,State Farm, Saint VincentHealth Systems,
WSEE
and
Highmark
Blue Cross/BlueShield.)
*
Students
who
don' t have aresume and would like help in
pre pari ng
one are encouraged tosee a representative in CareerServices.Career Services also haslinks to companies that students
mav
be interested in mat will notbe at the fair. Students can checkout the career fair website atwww.walleye.gannon.edu/depts/ 
csce/fai
r98.htmlThe career
fair
is sponsoredby the Erie College CareerCooperative, which is comprisedof Mercyhurst
Collegcj
Edinboro
Uni
versify, GannonUnhersity, Allegheny Collegeand
Pcnn
StateUniversity,the
Behrend
Col
lege.
October
29,1
T!
Bike patrol tocruise Hurst
By Dave Hermenau
Merciad
writer
*v
 
Following a nationwide trend inlaw enforcement, MercyhurstCollege will soon have policeand security officers roamingcampus on bicycles.According to Chief of PoliceKen Sidun, the idea for such anadvancement in the Police andSecurity Department was firstproposed by Mercyhurst presi-dent
Dr.
William
P.
Garvey.The presence of
the
Eriepolice bicycle patrol on campusthis summer during the Fourth ofJuly Celebration sparkedGarvey's interest. Sidun alsobelieves this is a good idea.
,**I
think this is a
positive
thingfor the college and
the
students,"he said.Once a feature of
big
citypolice departments, bicyclepatrol units have moved tosmaller rural areas and are nowarriving on college campuses.According to Sidun,
jGannon
University
has
a bicycle
patrol
inoperation.Having police or securityofficers on bicycles offers manyadvantages. Bikes offer better
mobility
as they can traverse thekind of rough terrain that
poses
achallenge for
cars
and trucks.On a campus with more grassthan paved roads, bikes willallow security and police officersto quickly cover more ground.Bikes would also allow the
security
and police officersemployed by Mercyhurst to
\/\
44
become a
more
visible compo-nent of the college community.
'When
officers are
stuck
inside a vehicle there is littlechance for them to interact withthe students," Sidun said.
'The
officers can get places faster
than
they can by vehicle and I think
i
t's
a nice feature for
the
students.I think we can get more interac-tion between the officers and thestudents and
it
will add to
theL
protection of the college."Students seem less supportiveof
this
addition to police andsafety.Sophomore Sara Nilson said,I hope the crime on campusdoesn't warrant a bike patrol, butat least now we have a shot atgetting
bike racks
on campus.
*Isn't It
ironic
mat
we are gettinga
bike
patrol yet there are no bikeracks for students."Despite
Some qualms
among
the
student body, the Mercyhurstcommunity can expect
to see
itscampus patrolled by officers onbicycles in three weeks.Depending upon the weather,the bike patrol will be in opera-tion
as
often as itcan.Given a
mild
winter, this could possiblybe a year-longprogram.How-ever, Sidun stresses, officers willnot
be
expected to
 ride
 bikes
on
I
snow and ice.The officers assigned to thispatrol
will
be
from the
existingPolice and Safety Departmentand will be trained by the Eriebicycle patrol unit The bicyclesare ordered and expected toarrive in a couple of
weeks.
National Weather
SerMce
Weekendi Forecast:
Cool,
mostly cloudy Mostly cloudy Mostly cloudy
High
57
Low
43
High
56
Low
42
High
54
Low
41
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Novi
3 at 4
p.mJ
in the Student Government Chambersof the student
union.
All
students are welcome
to
attend.
South
Bri
ggs Costume Contest
I
There
will be a Halloween costume contest for all residents of South
Bri
ggs on Saturday
at
9
p.m. Anyone wishing to participate shouldmeet on the Briggs basketball courts in costume. There will be
rpri/cs
for
(list,
second and third place.
All
costumes must be clean,
>
safe and respectable to
be
considered
forjudging.
Submissions Welcome
I
Anyone interested in
submitting
a news brief
to
The Merciad cansend it
to:
The Merciad, News Editor Box
161
Dean's^
List dinner honors 265
studentis
The Dean's List Dinner was
held
Suhday,
Oct. 25 in the EganCafeteria to honor 265 studentsfor their academic achievementsduring the past school year.Students are eligible for theDean's List if they maintain atleast a 3.5 cumulative gradepoint average. The Dean's Listis computed once a year follow-ing the end of the spring term.Dr. Frank Hagan, professor
of
criminology and sociology,spoke at the
dinner.
*
Jessica Russell/Merciad Photographer
receives his certificate at the Dean
Gumbelton
delivered powerful
speech
By Bill Melville
Merciad writer
Bishop
Thomas
Gumbleton,
whohas served as pastor of St Leo'sParish in
Detroit,
Mich., since
1983,
examined how the
 rich
 andpoor are growing farther apart at.Mercyhurst College
Oct
20.Gumbleton began
"Whose
World Is It
Anyway"
by statingwho he feels the world belongs
to.
"This
world is not yours,
not
jmine, but
God's
andours.Theworld was given by God for all,not a few," he said.Gumbleton went on to saythat other
 rights
 should besubordinate to this
belief.
While stressing this is not
a,
new idea
it is part of the
Judeo-Christian
tradition
Gumbleton pointed out that theproblem has grown out of handin the 20th century,
especially
concerning the distribution ofwealth and the
unwillingness
ofrich countries to
help
poorer onesraise their economic status.According to Gumbleton,with one billion people living inpoverty, we are
acting
unjustly ifwe keep more
weal
th than weneed. He said that poor nationsput
one
billion dollars more intothe international Monetary Fundthan they receive back, and thatthe UnitedStates,
one
of
the
world's
 richest
 countries, takesmore money from the
IMF
thanany other.
"We
take the wealth meantfor the poor and give it to therich, and it keeps getting worse,"he said.
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Gumbleton even suggestedthe United States institute amaximum wage
to
complementthe
mini
mum wage.
"If
such an idea
were
to beimplemented," Gumbleton said,
"every
person in the world couldhave a fully human life."Gumbleton took up issuewith the Disney Corporation, andhow their executives make largesalaries while workers in ThirdWorld Disney factories, such
as-
those
in
Haiti, make next
to!
w
nothing for eight to
12
hours of
work
a day."No one canlive,not even
in
the world's poorest countries, on
28
cents
an hour," he said.One of the most emotionalexamples given by Gumbletonwas the incidence of poor
Campus ministry looking for help
Campus ministry is looking for faculty, staff and administrators to
become
prayer leaders. .
£
Masses are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 12:15 p.m. inthe Prince of Peace Chapel in the student union. There
is
an ecumeni-cal prayer service held every Wednesday and Friday at 12:15 p.m.Masses arc also
held
on Sunday at
11
a.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Christthe King Chapel in Old Main.Pakistani parents selling theirchildren into slavery.He
descri
bed the actions ofone of
those
imprisoned children
to
better illustrate the problem.According to Gumbleton, aboy who had been a laborer sincehe
was 4,
wandered
into
a humanrights rally on
one
of
his
days off.After listening to
the
speakers atthe rally, the boy realized hisbasic human
 rights
 and
those
of
the other
chi ldren
were beingviolated as well. Soon the boybecame a human
 rights
 activist,
traveling the world
to
promotehis cause. His efforts causedoutrage among the factoryowners in Pakistan, who had theboy murdered not
long
after
he
returned from his
trip
abroad.*For Gumbleton, dehumaniza-tion does not only affect the poor.It also affects individuals whorefuse to share responsibility inhelping the poor.
"We
are dehumanized when
v
we
live
on
a materialistic level,"he said.
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Students injured in elevator
By Jamz PorzioMerciad
writer
By Carrie TappeMerciad editor
'The
Mercyhurst administrationhas provided for
some
outstand-ing changes in
the
Taylor LittleTheatre,** said Michael Fuhrman,director of
the
MaryD*AngeloPerforming Arts
Center.;
This refurbishing had its starttwo years ago when the mortarbetween the bricks in the walloutside of the building haddeteriorated because of theweather. By a process called
repointing,
the mortar had beenrefilled. Interior work had alsoTheatre and the
Performing Arts
Center. It is a very expensivepiece of equipment, costingapproximately $4,800, Fuhrmansaid.Other changes to the theatreinclude
 replacing
he chandelierswith lights that only shinedownward so as
to
concentratethe light and make the ceiling asinvisible as possible.
'
New state-of-the-art soundequipment was installed as wellas a new light board and
16 to
24
mic
lines all costing $7,500,Fuhrman said.
,—
been done in the three dressingrooms and in the two bathrooms.According to
Fuhrman,
the oldelectric tech equipment wasrecognized as obsolete, unprofes-sional and eventually couldbecome dangerous. The collegespent $35,000 for the newequipment, a portable
dimmer
system, and a computer
that
allows a technician to run thelights as efficiently as possible.Since the equipment is portable,it can be used in both the LittleAlso added to the theatre
was
aTeleconferencing Data Port Thisgives the theatre the capacity tohold large conferences over thecomputer."This could be the beginningsof
a
new and promising profit forthe
D'Angelo
Arts
complex,"
said Fuhrman,
"but
much stillneeds to be done to reach thatpoint. The performing
arts
cannow only rely on ticket sales andsponsorship for income."
Two
Mercyhurst students claimthey suffered substantial injuriesearlier this month when thecampus elevator they were ridingin apparently dropped
several
feet.
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According
to
Senior PeteMoffitt, the elevator was three-.!fourths of
the
way up to the firstfloor in the Herrmann StudentUnion when he
felt
it jerk and theelevator dropped."As it hit the bottom, itpushed me into the ceiling of theelevator," Moffitt said.Moffitt, who was working forMarriott at the time of theincident, was riding with anotherstudent and co-worker whowished to remain anonymous.When security was called tothe scene, officers Brian Rollandand Josh McFarland were first toarrive, The officers separated thestudents to discuss what hap-pened.Officer Eric Kraus said,"When the officers arrived on thescene they followed exactprotocol. They offered assistanceat the scene and made sure the
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According to Moffitt, whenOfficer Donald Ott
arrived
later,he laughed at the students andtold them they were probablysuffering from
"whip
cash.""To the best of
my
investiga-
tion,
it
was
a comment made tomake light of
the
situation,"Kraus said.
Moffitt disagreed.
"I felt they were laughing at
us.
Ott even
went
as
far asmaking a mockery out of
us
saying,
(
Maybe
it is possessed.This is a Catholic college, put across on
it,'"he
said,
*
Ott, who works third shirft,could
not be
reached for com-
ment.]
Kraus conceded that Ott mayhave made the comment, but itwas not meant
to
insult Moffitt.Kraus and Chief of
Police
KenSidun said aid
was
offered
to
thestudents, but they
declined.
Ashort while later, the studentscame
into
the
police
and safetyoffice and asked to be taken tothe hospital.
"We
offered to call them anambulance," Sidun said.
"We
arenot
in
the position
to
transportanyone who may have sustainedback or neck
injuries
in ourvehicles. We leave that up
to
the
professionals/
Moffitt and theother student
declined."
Moffitt
did
later take himself
to the
hospital where
he
was told
to
attend physical therapy
for?
pulled and torn muscles in theright side of
his
back. According
to
Moffitt,
he was
also givenshots and a prescription for pain.His medical expenses are beingpaid for
by
Marriott's workman jcompensation fund."I went to
Dr.
(William)Garvey and
(Tom)
Billingsleyabout
the
situation.
They werevery supportive of
me.
Mr.Billingsley told
me
he wouldlook into things when he gotback from Poland this
week,*
9
Moffitt said.Speculation remains as towhether or not the elevatoractually fell.Garvey said,
'The
fact that noone could get
the
elevator
to do
itagain is an indication thatsomething was wrong with thetwo kids. The kids did something
to
create
the problem,
not.
necessarily on purpose,
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1 Nothing indicated that (the
elevator)had
malfunctioned. But,security did follow protocol inthe handling of
the
matter,*
Kraus
said.
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