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8Vol. 75 No.
E. 38th St.'Erie, Pa.
Forum addresses students' concerns
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
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
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
were:Dr. William P. Garvey, president of,the college,
executive vice-president for admin-istration,
vice presi-dent of finance and Mercyhurst Col-
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,
Pat Benekos,director of academic computing, Mr.Matt Grimaldi, assistant athletic di-rector, and Mr. William
director of physical.One of the most focused on topics
forum was improvements tothe Rec Center. Grimaldi addressedmany ofthe concerns ofthe studentsand committed himself to lookinginto them in coming days. Severalquestions about the
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,
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
to make students aware ofproper techniques for working out.Additionally, he said that they
**There were alot
trainers made available to them.Students also requested that
RecCenter be opened earlier than thecurrent opening
isis a common complaint among con-stituents and there were
people who wrote forum questionsabout theissues,"said Annie DeMeo,Mercyhurst Student Governmentsecretary who moderated the event.
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
facility to allow thereto be a trial period to see how muchusage the Rec Center actually
from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m."Another important issue addressedby the administration was that of
line registration. Dr. Roth explainedto students that the goal was for
line registration to be
of2003,for registration for thefall term of the 2003-2004 school
this evening thatstudent govern-
year."Web Advisor software has beenpurchased and currently the faculty
is trying it out," said Roth.
Benekos explained that the soft-ware will be used for
number of[things. "Students will likely be able
IA flTlie DeJ\fieO
grades on-line as soon assometime during the spring term."As the forum concluded, DeMeoread a comment from a student about
efficiency and politeness ofhous-
which usually bearsthe brunt of student complaints.Moore remarked that he was goingto frame the notecard
would look into getting
personaltrainer for throughout
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
be donated to academic building
By Kelly Rose
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
Mercyhurst.The senior gift committee, whichincludes seniors J.P.
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
pil-lar in the new academic building,opposite from
picture and informa-tion on Audrev Hirt.Connie Bisesi,
three senior art stu-dents, will make the
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
Committee member Billy Byrnesis excited that the Mercy Cross willbe
in the new building.
there are only two other MercyCrosses on campus, the gift showsthat the legacy
Mercy, which are the foundations ofthe campus of Mercyhurst College,will be preserved in the new aca-
building," said Byrnes.So far,
Seniors have donatedto the senior gift, contributingS3,
The major fundraising eventwas the
days 'Til GraduationParty
Plymouth before spring
Gift moUClAss «I3KQ
The committee has set
goalof $5,000 donated by
you would like to contribute, pleasecontact a committee member.By
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,
Presi-dent, Treasurer, Secretary, andSAC Chair. Anyone can run forthese positions, including studentswho are not currently a member ofMSG.
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
intent forsecretary, treasurer, and SAC Chairmust be submitted no later thanMarch
The general election forthe Executiv Board
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
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
for Treasurer are working to be incharge ofthe money related issuesfor the student government. A fewjexamples
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
organization of meetings anoffice, and organization
elections and events.The SAC Chair responsibilities in-clude the organization of all SACactivities and SAC related retreats.The new Executive Board
sworn in on April 15.
representative elections will
held on April 25 and 26.
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