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ARTS&
THE STUDENT
NEWSPAPER
OF
MERCYHUKM
COLLEGE SINCE 1929
ENTERTAINMENT
Gorgons, manticoresand unicorns, oh my!
page 6
Women's
water polowins firstgame
page
8Vol. 75 No.
16Mercyhurst
College
501
E. 38th St.'Erie, Pa.
16546
March
21,
2002
Forum addresses students' concerns
MSG
begins student elections
Administrators and students speak out to student government
By Kristin Purdy
Editor in chiefThe first
tradit i onal
forum of theschool year was held
Tuesday,
March
19
at
8
p.m. in Mercy Heritage Hall.This was the first time that campusissues served as the issues for discus-sion, since anthrax questions mo-nopolized the student forum
sched^
uled
 for
 Oct. 30.
*
Several of the same issues wereraised, such as parking and housingmaintenance problems, but therewere also some new issues addressedby administrators at the forum.Administrators in
attendence
were:Dr. William P. Garvey, president of,the college,
Mr.
Thomas
Billingsley,
executive vice-president for admin-istration,
Ms.
Jane
Kelsey,
vice presi-dent of finance and Mercyhurst Col-
lege
treasurer,
Ms.
Laura Zirkle, deanof residence life and student conduct,Mr. Tyrone Moore, associate vice-president of administrative services,Mr. Ken Sidun, director of securityservices. Dr. Andrew Roth, vicepresident for academic affairs anddean ofthe college,
Ms.
Pat Benekos,director of academic computing, Mr.Matt Grimaldi, assistant athletic di-rector, and Mr. William
Kerbusch,
director of physical.One of the most focused on topics
ofthe
forum was improvements tothe Rec Center. Grimaldi addressedmany ofthe concerns ofthe studentsand committed himself to lookinginto them in coming days. Severalquestions about the
slipperiness
of•he floor were raised. Grimaldiex-plained that the wrong cleaner wasbeing used on the floor by somecoaches, but now the problem hasbeen improved. Students persistedclaiming that even that evening thefloors were not proper for playingbasketball,
and Bi
llinglsey respondedby saying that the floors would becleaned more often than the regularthree days a week.Another issue that arose about theRec Center, was that of employing aproperly certified trainer to help stu-dents design a work out routine, andalso available trainers for studentsinjured while working out in the fa-cility. Gramaldi said that they areputting together a program for Fresh
'Start
to make students aware ofproper techniques for working out.Additionally, he said that they
**There were alot
of
sugges-
tions
thrown out
trainers made available to them.Students also requested that
the
RecCenter be opened earlier than thecurrent opening
time
of
10
a.m
"Th
isis a common complaint among con-stituents and there were
Several
people who wrote forum questionsabout theissues,"said Annie DeMeo,Mercyhurst Student Governmentsecretary who moderated the event.
nThere
were
a
lot of
suggestions
thrown out this evening that student)government will follow up on. Stu-dent government representatives willwork on getting together a petitionand perhaps we could convince thedirector
ofthe
facility to allow thereto be a trial period to see how muchusage the Rec Center actually
gets
from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m."Another important issue addressedby the administration was that of
on-
line registration. Dr. Roth explainedto students that the goal was for
on-
line registration to be
a
reality by
April
of2003,for registration for thefall term of the 2003-2004 school
this evening thatstudent govern-
up
on.
}
}
year."Web Advisor software has beenpurchased and currently the faculty
WJJ-
j*
JJ
|
is trying it out," said Roth.
meilt WilljOllOW
Benekos explained that the soft-ware will be used for
a
number of[things. "Students will likely be able
IA flTlie DeJ\fieO
t0 access
grades on-line as soon assometime during the spring term."As the forum concluded, DeMeoread a comment from a student about
the
efficiency and politeness ofhous-
ing
maintenance,
which usually bearsthe brunt of student complaints.Moore remarked that he was goingto frame the notecard
'
would look into getting
a
personaltrainer for throughout
the
school year.As for the issue of trainers assistingall students, and not just athletes,Grimaldi emphatically stated that allstudents injured in the Rec Centerwould have the necessarv services
of
Senior
gifbto
be donated to academic building
By Kelly Rose
Duttine
Contributi
ng.
writerAs construction continues on thenew academic building, members ofthe senior class continue to deliber-ate over the senior gift. Plans re-cently have been finalized for thegift, which will leave the permanentmark
of
the class
of
2002
at
Mercyhurst.The senior gift committee, whichincludes seniors J.P.
Ratajczak,
Aaron Hayes, Billy Byrnes, MeganVerbanick, and Annie DeMeo, havedecided that the class gift for 2002will be a Mercy Cross for the foyerof the Audrey Hirt Academic Build-ing. The cross
will
be
built
into
a
pil-lar in the new academic building,opposite from
a
picture and informa-tion on Audrev Hirt.Connie Bisesi,
Kristen
Letts, andElaine
HUfiker,
three senior art stu-dents, will make the
2
 ft.
all ceramiccross. Under the cross, there will bea bronze plaque, which will containthe name of all seniors who helpedto donate to the class gift, as
wel
1
asa message.
\
Committee member Billy Byrnesis excited that the Mercy Cross willbe
hung
in the new building.
"Since
there are only two other MercyCrosses on campus, the gift showsthat the legacy
of
the Sisters
of
Mercy, which are the foundations ofthe campus of Mercyhurst College,will be preserved in the new aca-
demic
building," said Byrnes.So far,
104
Seniors have donatedto the senior gift, contributingS3,
355.
The major fundraising eventwas the
100
days 'Til GraduationParty
at
Plymouth before spring
Gift moUClAss «I3KQ
_J
TFile photo
break.
The committee has set
the
goalof $5,000 donated by
170
Seniors,
if
you would like to contribute, pleasecontact a committee member.By
Michelle
Oelon
.
Contributing writerThe time has come for the electionsfor next year's Student Govern-ment and the Executive Board. Themembers of the Executive Boardinclude the President,
Vice
Presi-dent, Treasurer, Secretary, andSAC Chair. Anyone can run forthese positions, including studentswho are not currently a member ofMSG.
|| j
\
Letters of intent for President andVice President, and the teams ofPresident, and Vice President, musthave been submitted no later thanMarch19.The primary election forthese two positions will take placeon March 26. Letters
of
intent forsecretary, treasurer, and SAC Chairmust be submitted no later thanMarch
27.
The general election forthe Executiv Board
will
take placeon April 4 and 5. The SAC Chairwill be chosen on April 10.The duties of the student thatwins the position of President willbe to lead the MSG weekly meet-ings, which took place on Mondaysthis year, and remain in charge ofMSG fundraisers and governmentassociated retreats. The Presidenthas many other related responsi-bilities including attending theBoard of Trustees meetings, Bud-get and Finance Committee meet-ings, and SAC Executive Boardmeetings. The Vice-President is incharge
of
all the elections, andplans and organizes the Lecture Se-ries.He or she also attends the SACExecutive Board meetings with thePresident.The students who will be
running
for Treasurer are working to be incharge ofthe money related issuesfor the student government. A fewjexamples
ofthe
treasurer's
dutiesj
are that he or she facilitates the in-take and distribution of Mercy hurstStudent Government funds, andwrites weekly checks for all stu-dent government activity andMercyhurst Student Governmentfunds. The
Secretary's
duties in-
clude
organization of meetings anoffice, and organization
of
the
|Homecoming
elections and events.The SAC Chair responsibilities in-clude the organization of all SACactivities and SAC related retreats.The new Executive Board
will
be.
sworn in on April 15.
Thef'MSG
representative elections will
be
held on April 25 and 26.
:£££
Annie
Sitter/Merbad
photographer
March
12th's
event, the last
installment
of
MSG's
2001-2002Lecture Series, drew an
impressive
crowd
from
the 'Hurst,community.
A
packed
auditorium hosted counterculture iconSteve
Hager,
as
well
as former
DEA
agent Robert
Strutman,
both
of whom made convincing arguments for their
own
side of thelegalization of marijuana dialogue.
w
.V.
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*
 
PACE
2
TH E ME RC IAD
MARCH
21.2002
CAM PUS
NEWS
Police and Safety
Lo;
February 15,2002
1
Briggs apartmentsThree underage non-students wentinto an apartment and began todrink alcoholic beverages.February
17,2002Briggs
apartmentsThreats made to students by otherstudents
No
work'
rule for Brown U. students sparks debate
February
17,2002
East DuvalStudents made an unauthorizedentry into another
student's
apartment, started
to
fight, madeverbal threats, and caused
dammage
to the apartment
February 19,2002
McAuley
HallUnknown person(s) discharged afire extinguisher in the hall.February
20,2002
Mercy apartments
^
Male student hit female student inthe face
Fire Watch:
Tips
for
preventing fire
By
Rick
SadlierFire Safety OfficerFires kill more Americans than allnatural disasters combined. Everyyear more than
5,000
people die infires, over 25,000 are
injured,
anddirect property losses are estimatedat over
59
billion.* Fortunately,
these losses are preventable throughbasic fire safely awareness. The ma-jority of
 fires
n
the
U.S.
are
acciden-tal, and thus largely preventable.
The
leading cause of
 fires
n the USis
accidental.
Fires like mostaccidents are largely preventable.*Some common causes of fires are:
Unattended/careless
cooking• Open flame, typically smoking,candles and incense• Overloaded electrical circuits,
un-
w
safe
wiring
or misused or damagedextension cords and appliances• Poor housekeeping resulting in ac-cumulations of combustibles
Improper use
of cleaning chemicalsor flammable liquids
Improper
use of decorative mate-
rials
Fire can happen anytime fuel,
airand an
ignition source come
together.
Fire safety begins
with
you.
The Stu-
dent Handbook
(p.43) contains firesafety regulations. These rules areprovided
to make
you, your buildingand
Mercy
hurst College a safer, fire-
proof en
vironment
Source;
US FA-Fire Safety 10 J
pub-
lication
Easter Break LibraryHours
Thursday, March
28:
8
a.m.-7
p.m
Friday, March29:CLOSEDSaturday, March 30: CLOSED[Sunday. March
31:
CLOSEDAnna
Subblefield
Brown
U.
(U-WIRE)
PROVIDENCE,
R.L
The recent decision to cut work-study requirements for first-yearBrown University students on finan-cial aid, beginning with the class of2006,
has
sparked debate, with somestudents and administrators praisingthe policy and other student groupsexpressing skepticism.Although Michael Bartini,
director
of financial
aid,
said the FinancialAid Office is "optimistic and enthu-siastic about Brown's
hew
'no
work*
policy," students expressed uncer-tainty about the program's success.1 Several University Food Servicesworkers said they are critical of the
"no
work"
policy, which may hurtstudents more than help them.
Terrorism in
the
^classroom,
By Stacey AbbottStaff
writer??
In
the six
months
that
have followedSeptember
11,
we have all foundour
own-
ways to digest and deal
with
the tragedies that resulted from
I
that day. For many students, theclassroom has
provided,
and con-tinues to provide, a venue for shar-
ing
thoughts and feelings, as wellas learning and processing informa-tion related to terrorism and theUnited States* response to theevents of September eleventh.These topics have come up in awide array of courses throughoutthe past six months, but perhapsmost particularly for those studentsenrolled in
the
Research/Intelli-gence Analyst
Program,
which is adepartment within the History ma-jor offered here at
Mercy
hurst
R/IAP
major Kelly Froehlick de-scribed some discussion that tookplace during the fall term in a
R/
LAP class
entitled,
"Terrorism." Inlight of September
eleventh,
the
stu-dents discussed
the
 financial
mpli-cation of large-scale terrorism, aswell as the links between terroristgroups. She felt that
Jthe
tragediesof September
eleventh
were an "im-portant, but extremely traumatic
wake-up
call" for the United States.
Furthermore,
Froehlick pointed outthat intelligence organizations workperfectly the majority of the time,and unfortunately only get attentionwhen they are unsuccessful.Brandon
M
ahoney also took the
"Terrorism**
course offered in
the
fall
term,
taught by Dr.
Heibel,
headof the
R/IAP
department. Fromtheir classroom discussions, hegleaned that
the
U.S.had
to
respondin a powerful way to the attack be-cause we seemed
to
have stood qui-etly by during other acts of terror-ism committed in the past two de-cades, such as the events in Beirutin1979,and
1993's
first attack onthe World Trade Center.
Mahoney
feels that
the*United
States mustbegin to respond actively in orderto prevent the continuation of ter-
ronsm.
These students, and many otherslike them, are using their educationat Mercyhurst to become more in-formed citizens, as well as a forumfor the
exchange'of
ideas betweenpeers and professors.Lisa Moran
'OS
said she works forthe minimum eight hours per weekcashiering at Josiah's
in
order to buyplane tickets to travel home to Cali-fornia and to cover her extra ex-penses."A lot of student jobs on campusallow
you
to work
while
you study,"Moran said.
"Work-study
duringyour freshman year helps to relieve
the
stress of paying for things
on
yourown. This first year isn't stressfulenough academically for working toreally become
a
big burden on
top
ofadjusting to Brown.**But not all students work simply
to
pay for extra expenses. Some
stu-
dent-workers depend on their
pay-
checks to help pay for books, livingcosts and tuition.Bartini said there
are
still employ-ment options availableto first-yearswho want to work."If a student at Brown wants to
work,
mere
are more than enoughjobs available, both on and off
cam-
pus,**
Bartini
said.Income
from
these jobs, however,would be taxed by federal and stategovernments, Bartini said.
Although
the Financial Aid
Office
awards money
to the
families of stu-dents on financial
aid,
this moneyoften
does
not
trickle
down to
the
stu-dents,said Elizabeth Hoover'02,vice president of Students
On
Finan-
cial
Aid.Students from organizations likeSOFA said
they
are also wary of thenew no work-study policy."The financial aid department isnotorious for underestimating howmuch it
costs to come
here,** Hoover
said.
"At Harvard [University],Hoover said,
"students
start out at S9an hour. Why cant we have this atBrown?"
%
>
The minimum wage Brown studentworkers can earn is $6.40 an hour.
"No
one at Brown says studentworkers should be paid
minimum
wage," Bartini
said.
* «"Employers
are given guidelines todecide
the
wage each worker shouldreceive according to the value andamount of work that they do. Wagesare thus not stagnant amounts. Stu-dents can move up the
ladder.**
Administrators
are
optimistic
in
theface of
criticism.
Bartini
said studentsmust recognize
the
"no work** policy
is part
of
a
bigger package for Brownand for
 financial
 aid, giving first-yearstudents a more relaxed transitioninto college life.
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PAGE
3
THE MERCIAD
MARCH
21.
2002
The Cornerstone
By Justin Gorsage
Contributing writerIt's Saturday night and it seems asif the entire campus has gone intohiding. There are no good partiesgoing on, and watching the samemovies over and over has become
*
*
tiring.If his scene sounds all too famiU.iai\then you haven't been to theCornerstone Bar & Grill yet. JohnMelody, the former soccer coach re-cently opened the Cornerstone Baron
the
corner ofEast 38th Street andPine Avenue, across from
CVS,
andso far business has been booming.The mood once inside on a Satur-day night is quite upbeat. On oneside
of
the
bar,
people can be foundplaying pool or quarters, or danc-ing on the dance
 floor
 while the DJspins out a good mix of musicalgenres.
While
on the
other side, youcan
find
a table to sit at and grab abite to eat. Senior Bob Furgal said,
fit's
very convenient and it's a nicelittle gathering place."
Chris
Zdunski, the general man-ager at the Cornerstone said, "It's
a
fantastic location
because
of
he
col-
lege being right here," Because ofits close location
to
the college, theCornerstone has already becomequite a popular destination for stu-dents here at
the
Hurst.
Junior
Matt
Walle
said, "I think the location isnice, this way I don't have to catcha cab back home."For a lot of college students catch-ing a cab can be a little more ex-pensive than it's worth. JohnMelody
also
has
plans in the worksto open another bar
downtown
called Molly Brannigans, This barhaving a fully authentic Irish themeto it with a more historic feel thanthe Cornerstone since the buildingstructure will
be
older.
The
Comer-
stone is open
all
week,
11
a.m. until2 a.m., with happyhour specialsfrom five
p.m.
until seven p.m.
;•*«•
*
Contrubuting
photographer
Adam DuShole, Megan Eble and Leslie Echan are enjoying
a
drinkat the newllocal bar near Mercyhurst College's campus. jThe bar has recently opened and has had
a
packed house everyFriday and Saturday nights.
—~
FEATURES
Gifts for Kids
By David Portenier
Contributing writerSlowly the screwdriver turns, pull-ing the last screw out. The toy iscarefully pulled apart and the bro-ken connection is revealed.As toys are being repaired, JanShaunessy overseas the craftsman-ship
of
thevolunteers.Jan does thiseveryday because she is involvedwith
an
organization called Gifts forKids.
*| | | | |
Gifts for Kids
is
just one
of
the na-tionally known organizations thatprovides toys to less-fortunate chil-dren. So residing in Erie, Gifts forKids workers and volunteers
accept
the challenge
to
bring smiles to sad-dened faces. Located in DowntownErie, Gifts for Kids was founded in1985 by John Oaks, a retired Penn-sylvania State Police Officer. Foryears, John's organization has pro-vided families and children with asense of hope and togetherness notjust through
the
holidays, but every-day of the year.
g|
This organization is operated in avery unique
way.
Jan
states
hermis-sion clearly, "In order to give toys,we must have toys to give." Jan re-ceives toys from manufacturers andretail stores that provide toys thathave been returned or might nothave sold.
%
When Jan and Gifts for Kids re-ceive toys that have been returned,they
are
usually damaged, and that'swhere the volunteers take
over.
They try
to
fix
the damaged toys thebest they
can.
Once a
toy
is
repaired,Gifts for Kids organizes the toys byage group and gender and sendsthem to a needy group, such as a lo-cal church. There, people wrap anddistribute accordingly to how Giftsfor Kids sent them.Jan and her volunteers have a
very
flawless method to organize toys.For example, birth to ten years ofage
is
the
first
grouping oftoys, likedolls and toy trucks. From there, thetoy selection is increased in incre-ments of five years, and it stopsaround
the age
of
twenty-five,
whereas electronics are used as toys.
"We
have found this method to work andthe organizations we supply neverseem to have problems." All the or-ganizations never request toys forall age groups though. They usu-ally only ask for
toys
ranging frombirth to fifteen years of
age.
"We receive so many toys, thatsometimes we have too much andtoo little time to
fix
them. Andsometimes, we run out of organiza-tions to give them to because theyhave enough."Gifts for Kids receives
smal
1
toys,like matchbox cars and bigtoys,likeplayhouses orbikes.This past year,they received a total of 26,000 toys.And 90% of them came with theiroriginal boxes, which makes
it
easier for Jan and the volunteers tosort and ship. And, the storage ofthese
toys
is never
a
problem for Janbecause
I
hey have a storage facilityat their location. "With the excep-
tion
of stuffed animals, we neveraccept any clothes and just focusmainly on toys."Gifts for Kids knew they wouldhave problems accepting clothes.The storage and the packaging indealing
with
a boy piece from a girlpiece and what the actual article ofclothes are, pants or shirt, would beimpossible. And also, a huge chal-lenge would be categorizing the
dif-
ferent sizes and trying to figure outwhat organization needs what. "Itwould be very time consuming andrequire a lot more help."Students from Mercyhurst Col-lege play an important role in Giftsfor Kids. "I enjoy working with thestudents. They are always in thebest spirits and eager to help morethan what they have too." The vol-unteers do numerous tasks such asrepair gifts, load gifts onto trucks,and help organize them into catego-ries."I work with a lot of volunteersthroughout the year, but when youguys come and help it really meansa lot.
We
get a majority
of
our tasksdone fast and its always handledwith the greatest care. We wouldstruggle without you guys."
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