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Vol 72 No. 96546
Mandatory
meetin
By Jessi
Gentile
_____
Merciad editor
&
On Jan.
28,
the entire freshmanclass
made its way
to the Mary
D'Angelo
Performing ArtsCenter to attend a mandatory
1
class meeting sponsored by thefreshman student governmentrepresentatives!
1;
i
Billy Byrnes, a freshmanrepresentative and meetingchairman said, "I had been
i
hearing a lot of negativity inwhat most freshmen were sayingabout Mercyhurst. Several
freshmen
have transferred andeven more are on academicprobation. This
really
began tomake me
think.
That's when
t
decided to propose the idea for
the
mandatory meeting.".
*
Items on the agenda included adiscussion on academic supportprograms, extracurricularactivi
ties
and events on
a __
possible
activities
off campusand housing information.!Byrnes said the meeting wascalled not to lecture the students,but to inform them of whatMercyhurst
has
to
offer.
'This
meeting was entirelystudent-initiated and student-run.It had nothing to
do
withadministration, professors
or
other faculty members.
Our
freshman class is the largest in
Mercyhurst's
history. Therefore,we have the biggest opportunity
to make
a difference. Myself andthe other representatives justwant to make sure our fellowclassmates know what isavailable to
them,?
said Byrnes.Byrnes noted that
hisjnitial *j
cause for planning the meetingcentered around the
75iptudents
on academic
probation|and
the29 students who
have left the
college since the first term.
^
"I
was upset at first by the
?*
numbers of
students
who wereleaving and on academicprobation^
but
then I realized thatit is not just about academics.There is more to college
than
-
class.
I wanted students to knowwhere and how to
 find
nforma-tion about
clubs,
sports, events,the
Erie
community
as well
as
i
academic support programs,**Byrnes said.According to Or. JosephGower, dean of
academic
affairs,those statistics are nothingextraordinary.
"The
probationarystatus at Mercyhurst is more
embrasi
ve than other schoolsbecasue
we
start workingstudents at 2.0 and below. The
nation's
standard is
1.6
so we
raises
999
«
immediately knew by raising it thatour numbers would be
higher.
The
number
of
students
on probation isnot unusual for first-term students,"he said.
^Catherine
Anderson, dean ofstudent
development,
saidthat those statistics do not
indicate $
any trouble, nor
are
they anydifferent than previous
years.?\ -*J n
addition to the MSG repre-sentatives, the
StudenteActi
vines*
Committee and housing officialswere also present
atfrhursday's
meeting.
> £
"This
whole
thing was freshman(class) planned.
They
asked for ourinput and help because freshman
\
involvement
is
lacking. We
came?
to explain what SAC actually doeson campus.
We
wanted thestudents to
see
the types of prizes
$
we
give
away and what types
of*•
events we
sponsor,*
said seniorMelissa Lang, SAC chairperson.Byrnes added, "Basically, we justwanted a chance to
tal
k with ourclassmates.
We distributed
cardsfor
them
to
w
i
e down anyquestions, comments or concernsthey
have
regarding the school orMSG. We hope to get as many aswe can answered and publish theresponses in a letter which
will
bemade available
to all
freshmen.**
awareness
a^-aa
tfl- •
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.''
Help desk available on-line
By
Carrie
TappeMerciad editor
Fast answers to the most
com-monly
asked
computer questionsamong Mercyhurst
students
arenow available
via the Help DeskWeb
site.
¥
Developed
by Jon
Roumfort,
computer support specialist, the
Web site can be
accessed by
anyone who is
hooked up
to thecampus network and students withethernet
connections.
The
site
contains access to the
Intranet,
JSjhelp
desk,
instructional guides,
I
facts
and
questions,
training
2K£
sessions,
Web
links,
computer-
^91
related
news and
downloads. Then
forlHI
ptions allow
easy
a©
students.
^j^KZffS^t^fcSJXy
Academic. departments
and 4students
with
computer*
related
9problems can
submit
a
request
forservice. Once
the
request has beensubmitted, it
is
immediately
' •:aSgS
entered
into a database and 'V'TraSsinforms the
user of
an
assignedpriority
status that may be
referenced later.Kathleen
Noce,
assistant to
the
president for technology, is
in charge
of
the
project.
Nocesaid,
"The entire campus
community
can query the site
for
answers
to questions
or
com-puter
training
information fromtheir
Netscape or
Explorer
Web
browser.
*
This process
will
enhance
efficiency
and
allow us
to moresuitably
address
your computing
needs,"
she added.
$
Roumfort
said,
"It
is
a
centralized
on-line supportsystem for computer resourcesthat
will make the whole
system
more
efficient It
allows
forquicker
response
times.•
According
to
Noce,
the
HelpDesk
Web site promotes
education through
the on-lineuser guides and
frequently
asked
questions. The computer training
and
sign-up section
allows users to
view descriptions of computercourses offered
by
Instructional
^Technology Services and
registeron-
line,
i
1
i
#*
*
Through
the Web
site,
students
> can
access
step-by-step visual
guidesfor
setting up programs such asI Windows
95/98 Student Network
and AOL Instant
Messenger.Another feature
contains
answersto
questions about
networking,
i
hardware,
operating systems and
software. Hyper
links
are
available to
computer-related topics.The
site also contains a
''HelpDesk Bulletin
Board"
which includesa
free Microsoft
Office 97
update.For
access to various
topics, the siteincludes
a search
engine for topics
available through the Help Desk
Web
site.
The Web site can be
accessed at
<helpdesk.
mercy
hurst.
edu>.Computer
help is
still
available by
calling Ext 3200.
Jessica
Russell/Merciad
photographer
Freshman Ryan
Roney won
a
TV courtesy
of
SAC at
themandatory
freshman
meeting.
-\
New multicultural adviser
Erie City
Council
woman
Rube ye Jenkins-Husband
returned
to
college last
fall,
butshe may not have much time
m
for teaching
classy
Jenkins-Husband,
once
apart-time faculty member atMercyhurst, has been advisingthe Multicultural Student
A
Association since October.According
to
Jenkins-Husband, the campus organiza-tion strives
to promote
culturalawareness in
all
that it
does.
"Our
goad
is
to create anawareness for
different
cultures of
students
that canwork
together,"
she
said.
F
Currently, the group
is
busyplanning
activities
and eventsfor February, which is Black
Jessica
Russell/Merciad
photographer
Rubeye
Jenkins-Husbandreturns to Mercyhurst
History Month.*Jenkins-Husband
said,
"I'm
enjoying being
the
adviser.
Itisn't
a
full-time position and I'mnot
sure
what direction thecollege will take with
it."
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2THE
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1999I
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CAMPUS
NEWS
NewjdeadEnes
;
forfinancial
aid and
tuitionpayments
By David
Hermenau
Merciad writer**SK ;3
>**
Mercy
hurst students and theirparents will soon face changes inthe financial
aid,
pre-registrationand payment processes.These changes, primarily newdeadlines, will attempt to solvethree problems that have plaguedregistration and financial aid inthe past. According to AndrewRoth, dean of
enrollment,
every
year, 200 to 300 students whoregister for classes do not returnto Mercyhurst which createdproblems that the old system wasincapable of overcoming.
g
The students leavingMercyhurst were tying upfinancial aid that could havebeen made available to returningstudents who were in need of
aid.
In addition, many
of,the nonj
returning students would register
for-fall
classes during spring
term,
closing someclasses.
$
Added to this was the fact that30
to
40 percent (of the students)do not apply for financial aiduntil the summer, Roth said.
f*
'That made it
almost
impos-sible for
the
financial aid officeto
give
students quality servicebecause it all happened at once,"
he
added.The college
is
now movingthe deadline for students to
file
financial aid applications andrequired documents from early
summer to April
15.
Roth said hehopes the change will improvethe quality of service that thefinancial aid office is able
to
giveto students and their families.The earlier deadline gives theoffice more time to processapplications/
-
Students will not
be
allowedto
pre-register
for fall termclasses during the spring term iftheir financial
aid
packet
has
notbeen filed.There are also
new.deadlines
for tuition payments. Bills for thefall term
will
be mailed
to all
pre-registered students July
1,and payment or
some
otheragreement between
the
studentand student accounts office
will
be due Aug.
9.
When Mercyhurst receivespayment, the students will bemoved from pre-registered toregistered status. If
by
Aug.-h
5
the
students
have not paid theirbills, they will
be
dropped from
their
classes. Students may re-register upon payment of
their^
bill, however,
the
classes
forwhich they pre-registered may
not
be
open.
The object
here
is to identifystudents who have financial aidthat aren't coming back so thattheir
aid
can
be
allocated
to
otherstudents in
need,"
said
Roth.
-^
The big change
is
April 15
for
pre-registration.
The students
who
are coming back, reallyneed
to
focus on April
15
and
work with their
parents
to makesure
that
everything
(the
com-pleted financial aid applicationand packet) is filed."
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address concerns.;Pizza and refreshments
By Mike Tanner
Merciad writer
It
has
been tradition for
each
. class graduating
from 4
Mercyhurst
to
give
a parting
gift
to
its
alma
mater.
The class
of1999
plans
to
restore
the
bridgebetween
the
cafeteria and Grotto.Senior Heather
Beckey,
vice*}
chairperson of
the
project, said,, "We realize the
Grotto
bridge
£
has great historical importance,but
is
one of the
only,
landmarkson
campus
that
is
neglected."
?
The bridge will have its woodreplaced and masonry work willbe completed on
the
existingstones". According to Beckey, ifenough money is remains, a rose
or
wildflower garden will beplanted
near
the
bridge,
1 ¥
The
committee is asking eachsenior
to
donate
$40
or whateveramount they
can
afford
to
coverthe $3,000
to
$4,000 price tag.
Each
contributor will have his/
her
name
engraved
on
a plaquethat
Will
hang on the bridge.
1
This
year,
seniors
are permit-ted to
make their
donation out
of
their housing deposits, Beckey
said."It's
a
lot
easier
to
donatemoney that
you
forgot
you
had.Already, $1300
has
beenraised," she added.
The
committee
hopes
to
havethe bridge ready for unveiling atthe senior picnic; which is heldin the
Cfrotto
each
year.
* ^j
Senior gift
campaigns havesuffered in
the past
The
class
of
1998
had planned to build a
*
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in
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Jan.
22
Theft
from AutoBaldwin
Townhouses
Unknown person(s) removed a
CD
case
containing 50 CD'svalued at
$
1,150
from a 1989Chevrolet Blazer. Minor damagewas done to the interior of thevehicle.
%
Jan.
23
Underage DrinkingDuval Apartments '.X'Several underage drinkers wereloud and
disorderly.
The partywas broken
up by
securityofficers and numerous beerbottles and cans were confis-
cated.!'
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Jan.
23
Disorderly ConductBriggs Avenue ApartmentsA
large
disorderly underagedrinking party
was
broken up bysecurity officers after receivingcomplaints from an
R.A.
Thematter
was
resolved and referredto judicial review.
Jan.
23
Defiant
Trespass
Mc Auley
HallTwo
15-year-old
female
run-f
aways were apprehended bycampus police and securityofficers after being reported asmissing persons to local authori-ties. The City of
Erie
and
Mi
11 creek
Police
departmentswere involved.Jan.
24
Criminal MischiefLewis Avenue Apartments
A
confrontation over harassingphone calls
prompted
one of
the
residents to
 rip
 off
a
handrail inthe stairway. Two visitors*-
involved
in
the
confrontation
left
without further
incident*
Jan.
25
Harassment
EganHall - >
Two residents received severalobscene and
thrcateni
ng phonecalls from off-campus individu-
als.
.
Jan.
25
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\
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blue
van registered
to
the
college.Jan.
25
Suspicious PersonBriggs
Avenue
Apartments
A
white male,
35-40 years
old,short dark gray hair, beard,
}
glasses, wearing a trench coatentered apartments attempting tosell the occupants imitationcologne and
perfume.Library.
The coffeehouse
would!
have been installed
as
their gift,but funds were insufficient.The!class collected a record low $25«|Other gifts
from past classes ';
include the stained glass
win-1dows
in Mercy Heritage Hall
and
the
Carolyn Herrmann
Student!
Union,
and the
gazebo outside?
the
union
mailroom.
The
class of
1997
collected $4,000 to add to
the
creation of
Munson
Plaza.
I
I
"Our
goal is to
be
able toshow our future graduates that
those
of us that
have
been herefor four years appreciate what
we
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the
college,
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and we are proud to
be
able togive something
back,*'
Beckey
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said.
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FEBRUARY
4,1999
THE
MEROAD
PAGE
3
ARTS&
ENTERTAINMENT
Concert
choir*
travelsto Dartmouth
*•
By
Heather
CvitkovieMerciad
editorOn Friday, 50 members of theD'Angelo Concert Choir
and
eightmembers of the
D'Angelo
Orchestra will travel
to
DartmouthCollege to perform a conceit withthe Dartmouth Glee Club.The concert is part of
an
exchange program that began lastspring when Dartmouth
Glee
Clubtraveled
to Mercyhurst
andperformed with
the
D'AngeloConcert Choir.This year it's
Merc>
hurst's turnto travel
to
Hanover,
N.H.,
a
10
to
12
hour
trip
by
bus,
to sing onDartmouth's campus. So the
"D'
Angelo Concert Choir, underthe direction of Rebecca Ryan,will load onto a bus and head toNew Hampshire,
w
3
*Not only is the choir going toNew Hampshire but they are alsostopping in Albany, N.Y.,
on £
Friday to perform a concert
at
flAlbany
High
SchoolkJ25^Bffi£|
~
AtDartmouth*
the
two groups iwill perform Dvorak's
"Stabat
Mater"
in
a
conceit Saturdayevening. Three soloists fromMercyhurst
will
perform in theconcert
along
with several soloists
from
Dartmouth.The Mercyhurst
soloists
aresenior voice performance majorKaren Jones, junior voice majorJulie Mason and senior musiceducation major John Taylor.Jones said,
"The
trip toDartmouth
is
a great
opportunity j
for
the
choir.
We'll get
to
meetstudents from another college
and
blend our voices with them. It'snot an easy task since
we
don'
t
get]to rehearse with them. It workedout very well last
year,
though."Mercyhurst students will bestaying in
dorm
rooms with
Dartmouth
students, giving them
a
chance to socialize and
meet*
people. After
the
conceit
on
Saturday
night,
the col 1
ege isthrowing a reception party for thetwo groups.
'The
trip should
be
a lot fun,"said Ryan.
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Zeppelin meets classical music at the Mary
D'Angelo
Performing Arts
Center on
Sunday
at
2:30p.m.
when
the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
takes the
stage. The group, known as LAGQ, willcombine their
own works with
concert masterpieces
to
bring a new look to past music. The
J.
*
performance is part of the 1998-.99
Qreaf
 Performers Sdrtes.
The remaining
event
in-the
series
]
is the
1999
b'Angelo
Young Artists
Competetion
on Saturday.
Aprj) 24,^tt 7
p.m.
$.*
^|
Golden Globes fashion show
Spotlight on
fashion
Heather
Cvitkovic
Awards
shows
these
days are
nolonger just about
the winners andthe
awards,
but
rather the spotlighthas fallen on
what the
Hollywoodplayers are showing
up
in.
<
The Golden
Globes
on Jan. 24was
no
exception.
Designers
scrambled to persuade
stars
towear their designs
to the big
event.And why not? It's
one
of thecheapest forms of publicityaround.
A
major player
in
Hollywood
is seen in
one of
thei r /^
designs and suddenly they
are the
hottest designer to
hit
Tinseltown.Did you know, though, that it is
the
movie
studio that
pays the highprice for those designer
wares?
%.
That's
 right,
he
stars
don't dishout
a
cent
But they also are
notallowed
to keep the
clothes. Whowould
want
to,
though, after
all
ofAmerica
saw them in
it already?Gwyneth Paltrow
was the
hit
of
the night in a
steel
gray and blackCalvin Klein
dress with a cardigan
worn over
it.
She
had long blondextensions in her
hair,
and with herminimal amount of makeup, shelooked more
glamorous than
most
any
supermodel.
*-.. *
k
So did
a number of otheractresses, including Cameron Diazin Chloe,
Julianna Margulies
innavy Oscar
de
la Renta and RitaWilson
in
Gucci
*s new
beadedfringed hippie pants.
Armani had the
biggest clienteleof
the
night,
dressing Michelle
Pfeiffer,
Jodie
Foster,
AnnetteBening, Warren Beatty,
Ed
Harris,Ben
Affleck,
Matt
Damon andKeri
Russell from
the show
"Felicity."
*
|
The Golden Globes
was
merely aprelude of what is to
come on
Oscar
night in
March. Designersare already begging
stars to
weartheir
creations on the big
night.
Asnominations
are
announced
thestakes
get even higher.
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