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The Merciad, Sept. 12, 2001

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-THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929
ENTERTAINMENT
Fall Fest activitiesscheduled for thisweekend.
Next week...
Mercyhurst College moves|from
19
to
15
in
U.S.
News
&
World Report
rankings.
Keefe
sets
'Hurst*'
recordfwith
76-yardreturn
page 2
Vol. 75 No. 1Mercyhurst College
50
llE.
38th St. Erie,
Pa.
16546
September 12,2001
and NationMourn Tragedy
In
a time of confusion and fear for the entire
nation,
the Mercyhurst community came together for prayer
and
condolence.
Annie
Sitter/Merciad
photographer
By
Phil Pirrdlo
Staff writerMercyhurst students gathered atnoon yesterday at the fountain inMunson park to mourn the loss ofnational innocence in the attacks
on
the World Trade Center in New Yorkand the Pentagon in Washington.The cascading waters of the bless-ing fountain reflected the collectivetears of a nation in mourning.At 8:43 a.m., two
American
Air-lines passenger jets collided intoboth World Trade Center buildings,causing the massive complexes tocollapse onto the city below. An-other passenger
jet,
a United Airlinesflight, crashed into the Pentagonminutes later.
A
forth
plane,
this one en route toSan Francisco, crashed 80 milesSouth of Pittsburgh. Officials be-lieve that flight's intended targetmay have beenCamp David,the
President's
vacation spot.Emergency
crews,
police,and govern-ment officialsare pooling to-gether all re-sources to helpthose injuredand/or killed
by
the terrorist at-tack. New
York's
pier isfunctioning
as
a
temporarymorgue and
lo-
Ical
residents
are
leaving
on buses to
donate
blood.The Mercyhurst family reacted tothe
tragedy
with a prayer vigil.Prayer services will continuethroughout
the
week.
Classes werecanceled at Mercyhurst as well asat other area colleges and highschools. Government buildings inErie were closed shortly after theattack.
t
* L
Mercy hurst'sResearch/Intelli-gence Analyst Program
(R/IAP)
de-
partment
head,
Robert Heibel, said
the
attack
was
a blow
to the
nation's
infrstructure that
is
unprecendentedin our history.Heibel, former deputy director of
the
FBI's
counter-terrorismd i
vsion,
said
that he
worries
not ustabout future terrorist Attacks onAmerican
soil,
but about
the
effectthose attacks can and will have onAmerica's soci-
ety.
"We have tolook at how we
respond-to
civilrights, [we haveto] look at whathappens to thegovernment andofficials whocall for execu-tive messagesand responses:"Heibel's sup-ported themedia's "blitz-krieg" of cover-"Mediaplays a key rolein this. 80% of1 people are gluedto their screens, watching what ishappening."Heibel
said
the
extensive coverage
was
significantly different than a
re-age:
Annie
Sltter/Merciad
photographer
porter
asking
a little
girl
how
she
feltafter seeing her mother run over.
"This
situation warranted [KatieCouric's] phone call to the WorldTrade Center asking a survivor ifthey are all right."
As
part of
its
security measures, thegovernment
has
sent President Bush,who was in Florida, to an undis-closed location.
The
President
called
the
deliberate aerial assaults an "ap-parent terrorist attack," and vowedto hunt down and punish those re-sponsible.
Heibel
believes America should notbe coy about its response to the at-tack. "When you have a gun scoped
at you,
and you also have a weapon,one has to pull the
trigger."
Heibel said that if
they
ever find whois responsible and "where he is at,"then he, if asked to, "would gladlytake him
out"
for us.
 
PAGE
2
HE MERCIAD
SEPTEMBERS. 2001
CAMPUS NEWS
Academic building construction delayed
MERCYHURST COLLEGE
Freshmen bring expansion
By Kristin
Purdy
Assistant editor in chief
File photo
By Annie DeMeoNews editorAfter hitting a few unexpectedsnags, construction on the new aca-demic building began last week."The building has been delayed abit because of problems with thecity," explained Mercyhurst presi-dent Dr. William
P.
Garvey.
?[The
city was concerned about thewater
run-off
issue," said Garvey.
*JAbuilding
permit was held up untilthey felt the problem, partially ere-
£(t
ated by the college expansion, wasresolved."According to Garvey, the city pro-posed that Mercyhurst build threeretaining ponds, one on the frontlawn, one in the orchard, and
one
byMcAuley. The three ponds are be-ing added
to
compensate for both therecent and expected campus expan-sion in the coming years. The issuetook several weeks to resolve. Fi-nally, a compromise was reached.:
"The
pond proposed
for
the frontlawn
will
now be placed whereMaintenance is and Maintenance
wil I be
moved
to Wayne
street," saidGarvey.An additional compromise wasmet concerning the time frame forputting in the retaining ponds; thecollege will have
a
year
to
completethe city's requests.This snag will of course delay theopening of the new academic build-ing. Barring
any
unforeseen circum-stances, the $7.2 million building isexpected to
take
r
13-14
months toconstruct and is scheduled to openduring the winter term of the 2002-2003 academic year.
Hie
incoming freshmen class ac-
counts
for a 13-percent increase,ringing enrollment up to664.Stu-ents span from 29 states and 5ountries. The larger class bringsith it expansion within the campus,oth academically and physically.Catherine Anderson, the dean oftudent development, believes that
brcyhurst
is more than preparedor the surge in growth this semes-r.
"The
facility has a certain elas-icity.Rightnow,
we
have expanded
11
the possibilities and we are ac-
ommodating
the students comfort-ply. The college has concerted ef-
brt
of all offices to serve the needsf the freshmen class."The second floor
of
Old Main spe-
ifically
underwent fairly dramaticimprovements such as mew carpet,all and woodwork treatments. Asor class size, the numbers are con-istent with those from previousears. Classes were added
during
e summer, including
more
sectiond more courses."We do recognize
the^need for
ore classes and that's why we'reuilding the new academic center,hich will include
12-15
smartlassrooms,"
Vice
PresidentThomasillingsley said. "The new aca-
emic
building
will
become
the
cen-er of gravity for traditional classes,"illingsley continued.
\
.
^Freshmen
housing is not over
(crowded,
although several adjust-
LAKER
ments
were made to
accommodate
resident students.In McAuley and Egan Halls, a fewthree-person rooms were increasedto the original capacity of four. Ev-ery
fresher
has a bed, though, ac-cording to housing director
Laun
Zirkle. Several open spaces
are
operjfor
reshmen
 women, allowing
some
leeway for
adjustment.
Another change that affects
all
stu-dents is the elimination of the pre-vious lunch break, which flooded
the
cafeteria and the Laker Inn
during
the lunch
hour.
Opposed
to
last year,there
is no
longer a lunch
hour.
CI
asschedules were changed to
encour]
age students to come at times
tha
are more convenient.*The change in the
class
schedule)has had a positive effect accommo-dating students* schedules. Theoverload during
the
lunch hour
is
re-
duced and it is the best it's been iryears," Billingsley said.A third venue
was
added
to
accom-modate the busy lunch hour in
th<
Mercy Heritage Hall. Each day,
ai
international lunch theme is
avail-]
able to students, in addition to theGrab-n-Go.
(Our
nationally known programstremendous academic reputation andnew athletic programs are
drawing
students," said
LP.
Cooney of admis-sions.
Mercyhurst's
campus and enroll-ment is expanding each year,
whicr
is creating positive changes for stu-dents, their lifestyles, and their learn-ing
environment!
»>
4
4
SPORTS
Keefe returns
for
76*
yards in seasonopener against Michigan
Tech
By Mackenzie DexterSports editorThe Mercyhurst football teamopened their season with a
heart-
breaking
28-21
loss on Saturday toMichigan Tech.With a little over one minute leftin the game, Michigan Tech inter-cepted the pass from
Mercyhurst's
quarterback.
senior Scott Farison.and scored the winning touchdown.Michigan Tech took an early leadwith a touchdown in the first quar-ter. The Lakers came back to tie inthe second quarter on junior RobKeefe's 76 yard return for a touch-down. Keefe's return was the long-est in Laker football history.Despite Keefe's efforts,
in the
min-utes before halftime, the Huskiesscored ten points to take back thelead 17-7.
~
In the third quarter, Farison foundjunior
wide
receiver Tim
Siemon
fora touchdown, shortening MichiganTech's lead to17-14.Michigan Techthen increased their lead with
a
fieldgoal to make the score20-14.Next,the Lakers took their first and onlylead of the game
21-20
on a touch-down by junior
Faheem
Williams.The Lakers could not hold on tothis lead
in
the fourth quarterthough.Farison's
pass
was intercepted and
4
Annie
Sitter/Merciad
photographer
Michigan Tech took! the
balldownfield
and scored. After a two-point conversion, the Huskies tookthe win
28-21.
The Lakers will be traveling toDetroit, Michigan
to take on
WayneState at noon this Saturday.Mercyhurst's next home game willbe against Indianapolis at 1:30 p.m.on September 29, which is alumniHomecoming.
iLaker Inn
"Night
Owl"
^Specials
Available10 p.m. to 1
a.m.
S unday-Th ursday
Sunday?'
*Nachos
withCheese
%
Monday
MozzarellaSticks
Itaesday
Chicken Nuggets
Wednesday
Hamburgers
Thursday
Munchie NightFrench fries,Curly fries orOnion Rings
 
PAGE
3
THE MERCIAD
SEPTEMBER
12.200)
OPINION
Mercy
hurst
This!
is a
time
jto
cometogether
community shares
thoughts
Students and faculty wanderedacross campus yesterday in stunnedsilence, reacting to the shockingnews that rocked the nation. The
at-
tack on the
United States stopped thecountry and Mercyhurst in theirtracks.As students, staff
and
faculty triedto make sense of the senseless vio-
lence*
some shared their thoughts.Dr. Ludlow Brown, professor ofphilosophy sid,
4,
As
far as our cam-pus
goes,
I
think after
we are all
overthe initial shock of it, that we oweit
I
guess,
in
some
sense, to human-
ity as
an educational institution
to try
to locate these events in the historyof human
kind,'in
the politics of thecontemporary scene,
in
the
morality
of human beings and the world. Ithink in short that all of
us
in thevarious disciplines
have a duty to
tryto get our minds around this andmove to a sort of understanding. Interms of what I think about this, Ihaven't yet been
able
to.
It just blowsyour
mind.
It's clearly one of themost important things that has
hap-
pened in the history of the United
States,
no doubt about
it.
It's unprec-edented."Michelle Hawkins, a sophomore,responded by saying,
'it's
scary thatpeople
find
out
in the news
that theirfamilies are on that plane, you re-
ally
have
to
stop and think about thatand call constantly
to make sure
thatyour friends or
family;are
not in-volved in
this.*'
\
*
Dr. Ralph Perrico, associate pro-fessor of english. said. "As tragic asthe situation is,
its
unfortunate that
we
think nationally not globally. It'sa wake up call for all of
us.
We
usu-ally don't think of those that havebeen living in this sort of
fear."
"A student,
Eean
Bannier,
said
"1think it's an extreme tragedy. Being
in the
United
States,
we
aren't aware
*
that many countries go through thisevery day. It's
a total
shock and trag-edy and I really feel for all the fami-lies in Washington and New York
^«
Freshman
Ricardc
Aguirre said,"It's
scary...I
have family from NewYork. I'm
 from
he Bronx and
it
hitsclose to home. If you have familyinvolved it's always on your mind.
You
don't know what
to
expect any-more."Dr. RandallHowarth,assistantprofessor ofhistory,said, "The dan-ger for
us
as
a
nation,is
in
our angerand frustration to get revenge asquickly as possible. And from this,dropping bombs too quickly on in-nocent people, will we be guilty ofthe same irrational motivation?"Sara SeidleKristin
Purdy
Annie
DeMeo
"
Adam DuSholeLeslie EchanMackenzie Dexter
Annie
SitterBilly ElliotKelly
Froel Ich
Editor in ChiefAssistant Editor in ChiefNews EditorArts
&
Entertainment EditorFeatures EditorSports EditorPhotography
Editor
Technical
& Producion
ManagerCopy Editor
Staff Writers
Kate
Cy winsk
iPhil PirrelloThe Merciad is the
student-produced
newspaper of Mercyhurst
College
It is published throughout the year with the exception of
mid-term
andfinal weeks. Office at
314
Main. Telephone 824-2376. Fax 824-3249.
E-mail
<merciad@mercyhurst.edu>.The Merciad welcomes letters
to the
editor. All
etters
 must be
signed,
but
your name can be withheld on request under certain conditions.Letters are due on the Monday before publication and should be nolonger than 500
words.
All letters should be submitted to Box
485*
Left to write
Phil Pirrello
Driving to class yesterday, I ex-pected to hear the usual morningshow banter when I turned on the
radio.
Instead
1
heard
the screams of
people
in the
background of
a
reporton the terrorist attack in NYC andWashington.
Feelings
of anger, con-fusion, and the never-ending desireto ask "why" exploded within me,leaving me in tears.Later, when I watched the video-tape of the jet colliding
into
theWorld Trade Center, I couldn't be-lieve that what
I was
seeing
was not
one of the movies I
usually
review.In that moment,
I
realized that
I,
myfamily and
 friends,
 are no
longer safein a nation once regarded as the
world's
safest.
We are
no longer im-
mune
to terrorist threat,
a
threat thathas become a reality. We can nolonger hide behind our white picketfences
and
two-car
garages and
thinkwe are not susceptible to the atroci-ties we watch on CNN.
We
have al-
ways
told other nations, based
on our
military capabilities,
to
fear
us.
Nowit is our
tum
to be
afraid/
Right now, we feel like a childcowering in the corner, his fear ofmonsters under
his
bed finally com-ing true. In this time of fear,
many
turn to
religiqn
and whatever Godthey believe in, like those at thefountain yesterday,
to
find an expla-nation for such an event can take
place.
To
pray for
such
absolution isone way to gain understanding.But
I
believe that
we
need not lookto the skies for understanding,
but
rather at those standing next to
us.
For many are
trying to
comfort,
in
aPC way, by saying we are in a stateof confusion, not chaos. Try to dif-ferentiate
the two
for all
the
childrenwhose parents will never see theirinnocent smiles again, or all thespouses that are now widowed.Chaos is an understatement. Di-saster is fact. Another day of in-famy has dawned.In the light of this new dawn,America will shine brighter thanever. In an attempt for unificationin the face of diversity, we gath-ered together in embraces andprayers, ignoring our
political
and
ethnic
differences.
For the
heart ofAmerica is the one collective noterrorist can pierce, no explosionshatter.
We
will survive
this,
we will re-gain our strength and then becomestronger.
We will
look
these
cow-
ardly bastards
in the eye and letthem know that they may haveonce made us afraid, but now weforever
have
their
asses.
May
Godwatch over
us,
and may He be with
those
who
are
responsible...for no
one else on mis earth will be.
A moment to define a generation
As students of Mercyhurst, we of-ten joke about how the college of-ten
seems
detached from
the
outsideworld, how the gates offer us secu-rity or act as bars, and how discon-nected we often feel. But yesterday,even the bubble surroundingMercy World burstClasses were cancelled allowingstudents
to
gather in their apartmentsand dorm rooms, hypnoticallywatching as the mysteries of the
morning's
events
unfolded.
Otherswatched
from
classroom televisions,while office radios blared up to theminute news of the terrorist attacks.For most of the students ofMercyhurst College, this is the firsttime the comfort and security thatgoes along with living in this greatnation has been
threatened*
As I
walked through campus
to my
apartment,
I could hear the voices
The Golden Quill
Sara Seidle
. .
of television news anchors througheverv door and window continu-
ously
reporting the events and
it
fi-
nally began to
sink in.
This will
standas a defining moment in the lives ofevery one of
us.
It seems overwhelming to evenbegin to speculate on what couldfollow in the days, weeks and evenyears to come as a result of this at-tack. The wake of this event will befelt for a long time.
A
tragedy suchas this is something
that,
as Ameri-cans living in this day and age, we
do
not expect
to
have to deal with inour lifetime.Until today, events like thisseemed to be nothing more than an-other chapter in the history
text-
books. Our grandparents talk about
World War
II andKorea.Most of ourparents experienced Vietnam. Butour generation has managed to es-cape such unimaginably tragicevents.We sit in theatres watching multi-million dollar
movies like Pearl
Har-bor or
Saying
Private Ryan
to
expe-
rience these things. That is how wepay our respects and stay connectedto history, but it is also how we en-tertain ourselves on Friday nights.
We
take it for granted.Although we hear about the situa-tions
in
other nations and know thatmany people throughout the worldlive with terrorism on a daily basis,it has never seemed anything more
than a scene in a
movie
or
somethingthat happens
"over
there" in placessuch as the Middle East or northernIreland, until now.Seven hours after witnessing his-tory in the making, I sit here, safe,at
my
computer still trying to figure
out
just how
to
express
the
emotionsand turmoil that go along with sucha national tragedy.
Get
involved
...
getf
connected
Questioning
Faith
Sr.
Geri Rosinski
Well, here we are at the end of oneweek of classes already. If you're areturning student,
you've
probablyalready connected with your oldfriends and started recalling the greatexperiences you had
in
some of theclubs
and.
organizations on campuslast year. You know how much funyou had last year and now you'reprobably toying with the idea ofwhat new club or activity you canjoin this year to expand those won-derful and challenging experiencesfurther.If you are a new student atMercyhurst, you have a lot of won-derful opportunities awaiting you.The annual Activities Fair
is
Thurs-day,
Sept.
13,
from
4
to
5
p.m.
in die
Great Room in the Union. At that
time,
a
lot
of clubs and activities oncampus will have members
presentto
answer your questions, show youtheir
videos
of last year's activities,
give
you information,
and
have theirsign-up sheets ready for
you
to takethe plunge
and
get involved.There will be lots of differentgroups for you to
consider...service
clubs,
academic
clubs,
justice advo-cacy activities and many
more.
Ex-plore them all. Ask each one ques-tions about their programs and in-volvement. Then, after checkingthem all
out...make
your choice toget involved with at least one
club
or activity.Studies have proven that studentsengaged in at least one club or ac-tivity tend
to be more
successful aca-demically and socially,
and are
morewell-rounded people in general. So,what are you waiting for?Some
of
the best experiences
and
friendships of your lifetime will beawaiting you
in
the Union GreatRoom Thursday, Sept.
13.
All youhave to do is make a
choice...but
dochoose to join something.
We
all need to get connected withmeaningful activity and discoverhow enriching getting involved can
be! ?
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