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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929
V6U77 No,l
Mercyhiijrst College 50tjE.-38ttfc
St.
Erie
Pa; 16546
The
Merciad
is
also available
at
merciad.mercyhurstedu
NEWS:
Suicide bombing inIraq brings death toll
to 100.
I
PAGE3
FEATURES:
Senior Lori
Keeney
falls in love with afuture in interiordesign after interningat Ethan
A lien
HomeInteriors.
PAGE 4
OPINION:
Madam
Maiarkyand
the X-factor ofblind dates.
PAGE 5
ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT:
Les
Violons Du
Royperformed
at
the
PAC
on Sunday,
FebY
PAGE
6
SPORTS:
Men's hockey teamin position for
a
runat
1st
place.
PAGE
8
Upcoming Campus Events
Film: Lost
in
TranslationMary
D'
Angelo Performing ArtsCenterWednesday,
Feb. 4,
at
2
and
8
p.mDance: Raw Edges
Mary
D'
Angelo
Performing ArtsCenterSaturday,
Feb. 7, at
2
and
7
p.m.
and on
Sunday,
Feb.
8,
at
2
p.m.Sports: Last men's basketballgame at home
Mercyhurst Athletic Center
Thursday,
Feb. 5
8:00
p.m.
MSG Lecture:
Michael Dyson
Mary
D'
Angelo Performing ArtsThursday,
Feb.
12
8:30
p.m.
Index
Mercyhwest
By
Jonelle DavisContributing writerercyhurst College
is
looking toonce again expand the institution aslong as the right elements fall intoplace.According to
the
Erie Times-News,west Erie County officials havewel-corned
the idea
to start a new brandicampus of Mercyhurst in the westcounty area.Mercyhurst officials are interestedin the idea as long
as
a proper
site
is
found,
the community supports thenew institution, and
financial
fund-ing
is
sufficient
[Mercyhurst
College President Dr.William P. Garvey discussed many
is-
sues about the possible new branch.When asked about the site, Garveysaid,
"We
are interested in a site ifwe
can find
the
ight
 place.
We
told(West County officials) if they haveany ideas, let us know. If the rightthing comes along, we
will do
it."
To date, Garvey and staff mem-bers have
oured
 possible
sites
such
as
the vacant
Copes-Vulcan
plant inLake City and the former DivineWord Seminary off
Route
20
in Gi-rard Township. According toGarvey, the
Copes
plant
is
too largeand the cost to build on the semi-
nary property is too
high.Garvey went on to
say,
"Nothingin reality has happened. Nothing hasmoved to the point of fruition, butwe're interested.
We
need
some
in-
dication
or
community support Notjust money, but
in
terms
of, do theywant this? Broad-based citizen sup-port
is
important."When the North East branch ofMercyhurst was started in
1991,
theNorth
East
community helped openthe campus by raising $500,000,which was put toward property
im-
provements.
|
Since its opening, MercyhurstNorth
East
has
increased enrollmentto
840.
With plans for a
$5
millionexpansion
in
the spring,
the
campus
will be
able to accommodate up to1,500 students.According to Garvey, however,only 6 percent of the MercyhurstNorth East students come from thewest county.
"We
found that the distance was aproblem for them. They wantedsome kind of site in the Fairview-Girard area. In our strategic vision,we agreed to
look
at
a
site
out thereto at some future point establish awest county branch."Damon Homich, director of theGirard
Area
Industrial DevelopmentAuthority and member
of
the GirardLake City Chamber of Commercealso commented about
the
new
cam-
IftflHJ
u
He
said the discussions of the
Mer-
cyhurst branch
are
preliminary.
"Theindustries in the west county are
small-er and economic
times
are a
little
bitharder than when North East did it.I think the business communityshould be behind this.
The kids
inthe west county
have a
lot
to gain
andthe employers have a lot to gain. Ican't really see the down side
of
it."Many people may benefit from anew branch campus
ofMercyhurst,
but how would new campus effectstudents at main campus?When questioned about the issue,Garvey said that there would not beany effect on students at main cam-
pus.
Students will not interact withother students
at the
new campus andtuition
will not
go
up.With
that
in
mind,
Mercyhurst stu-
dent
John
Konzier,
a business major,was asked how he felt about a newbranch campus ofMercyhurst.
"I
feel that as long as tuition re-
mains
the same,
then ifs a
good ben-efit towards
the
students
in
that area,and the entire community in gener-
al,"
said Konzier. *
-
It is not certain whether or not a
new branch campus will exist any time
in the future; however, the idea
is
in-cluded in
Mercyhurst's
strategic plan,and officials from west county com-munities are starting
to
campaign forthe project.
Soccer, baseball teams
to
have
home field advantage
By
Dan WagnerContributing writerColleges have long prided them-selves on athletics.
Collegiate
athlet-ics have given birth to the meaningof school
spirit,
as
a foreground forstudents
tb
come together in supportof their schoolmates and hatred forthe opposition.Don't think this applies to Mercy-hurst?
|
Then apparently you were not atthe
MAC
Jan. 26 as the Mercyhurstbasketball team defeated Gannon infront of more than 1,900 fans.The bottom line
is
college athlet-ics provide schools with identities andreputations.Likewise
colleges
and universitiesstrive to put the best accommoda-tions and facilities together for theirstudent athletes.Mercyhurst is not different. Ac-cording to Mercyhurst Athletic Di-rector
Pete
Russo,"Facilities are key,we owe it to our teams to have the
best ones
we can."Mercyhurst started to dig up thenatural grass of the soccer
ield
 andreplacing
it
with a $700,000
artificial
surface called
Astro
Play, along withthe addition
of
a sophisticated drain-
age
system.Astro Play
is
rubber
based.
Rub-ber blades of grass
sit
atop a surfaceof rubber beads. "Astro Play
is
thenewest
and
most
modem
technolo-
The
soccer team often plays
in
versus Gannon last year.
File
photo
horrible field
conditions. One of the
worst came during this game
gy in
college athletics," said Russo.
a
Why the change?The Mercyhurst soccer team has
made the
NCAA Tournament
the last
two years with the opportunity ofhosting the opening rounds. Unfor-tunately, The Laker's field was notup to NCAA standards, and theywere forced to
move
to
an alternatesite.That's the tip of the iceberg.Men's and women's soccer wereforced to practice at three differentlocations throughout the year, andplay half of their home games atMercyhurst North East.Head soccer coach Keith Cam-midge said,
"It was
almost impossi-ble for
us to
find
a
natural
grass
surface to play on that drained
propei
M M {
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I
The games that were played atMercyhurst were more of a mudwrestling match than a soccer game.The women's team
had
one matchcancelled
on a game
day.
Mercyhurst soccer
has
had it bad,but not as bad as the Mercyhurstbaseball team.They
have
never
even had a
home
game
or practice.
Hie
baseball teamhas been sharing a
ield
 with Mercy-hurst North East.Head coach Joe Spano said, "Ican't remember one practice in thelast seven
years
that the whole teamhas
been
at."Working around North
East
base-ball has
been
a problem for Spano.North East plays in a league of itsown. They have their own homegames and practice needs. "It hasbecome almost impossible to workaround them," said Spano.Another problem Spano has en-countered
is the
schedules
of
his
stu-dent athletes. Keeping students from
missing
classes and
meals
is
a prioritywith Spano.But
this
has
proved extremely chal-lenging with the different scheduleshis student
athletes
keep.
A
big part of this problem is thatthe baseball
team
does its own fieldmaintenance.
They
have to preparetheir
ield
 before
games
and practic-
es;
that can
take
hours.
Please see Field on Page 3.
R/IAP
program will see more growth with $300,000
By
Jen Allen IContributing writer
News.News.
Features.
Opinion.
134.5
A&E.
A
ftU 6
Sports.Sports.
1
8
The
R/IAP
program at Mercy-hurst will be growing, thanks to a
$300,000
grant that the program re-cently received from the federal gov-ernment.
The
grant,
announced byCongressman
Phil
English,
is
part
of
over $
1
million in funding Englishannounced would
go to
Erie.
"I
am pleased that the
appropria-
tors recognized the importance of
these
projects for northwestern Penn-
sylvania,"
English
said.
"Two
of the top higher education
institutions
in Erie
also
got
a big
boost
as
they
are better
pc
>sitioned to makesure that our patients and communi-ty at large are safe," English said ofthe grant given to the
Lake
Erie Col-
lege
of Osteopathic Medicine as wellas the Mercyhurst College
R/IAP
program.R/IAP, which stands for Re-
sea rd
v'lntel
1 igence Analyst
Program,
is
a program very unique to Mercy-hurst College and the
irst
 of
its
kind
in the
country.
The
program, which was started byRobert Heibel in
1992
with only 14students,
has
been
erowine
ever sinceand in need of money to improve
the
program.Heibel, who formerly worked with
the FBI,
decided to
start
the
programupon his retirement to Erie. "Wewere trying to
ind
 analysts and couldnot
ind
 what
we
were looking for,"Heibel said
He
then approached
Dr.
William Garvey about starting theprogram and the rest
is
history.
Please
see
R/IAP
on
Page
3.
McAdan s/PJtolo
editor
Students
in the
R/IAP
program will soon have
new
labs
for
theirwork
as
analysts.
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4,2004
THE
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contact:
NEWS
New Mercyhurst Institute for Intelligence Research and Analysis
Continued from Page 1.
The
R/IAP
program
has
over130 graduates now, most ofwhom have gone on to receivetheir
master's
degree.
In
the
pro-
gram
now,
are approximately
190students
from
14
different states,Canada, and Europe.
,»-
The program is split with 50percent of the students beingmale and 50 percent female.
Heibel
said that the program hasa
98
percent placement
ate
 withstudents' salaries starting at
$35,000
to $50,000 per year.Heibel hopes
that
the numbers
will
be even greater with the ad-ditions from the grant.* Themoney will go into a new insti-tute for the program called theMercyhurst Institute for Intelli-gence Research and Analysis.Heibel said, "The mission of thatinstitute will be to strive for alegitimacy of ntelligence studies.""It will benefit our studentsfor a number of reasons," HeibelsaidSome of these reasons include,creating an Association of Intel-ligence Educators to bring to-gether those with common inter-ests and goals in the
ield,
denti-fying training and product needsof intelligence managers, re-search new
tools
and techniquesapplicable
to
the
intelligence
pro-cess,
develop distance learningintelligence related courses, andmuch more."We see the institute as notonly benefiting our students,"Heibel saidThe program, he explained,will benefit the governmentwhich
is
looking for students inthe area of intelligence and oth-er colleges that might be look-ing to start similar courses.
Some
of hese schools includeWest Virginia University, Mexi-co
State
University, Wright StateUniversity, Drexel University,and Temple University.
"Traditional
colleges can
pro-
duce graduates who are veryhire-able," Heibel said. "Whatis being taught in our programhere
is
really a liberal arts edu-cation."
ttit;
M
With
the
grant,
and
the 1 ^gin-ning of the Mercyhurst Institutefor Intelligence Research andAnalysis, Heibel hopes manygood things
will
happen. "Thecenter has always been in theback of our minds," he said.
"We
have been working withCongressman English for overtwo years
now,"
Heibel said andnow the college has finally re-ceived the funds to create a bet-ter learning facility to the grow-ing number of students withinthe program.
£
J.P.
Ratajczak
is
a 2002 grad-uate of the
R/IAP
program atMercyhurst and
is
now workingto obtain his
master's
in organi-zational leadership.He is currently working withthe program as a graduate re-search associate but
said,
Til
begoing
hopefully into
the privatesector to work with business in-telligence."Although
he
has already beenthrough the program, he
is
veryoptimistic about the grant theyare now receiving.
"I
think it will be good for ev-eryone," he said. "It is moneythat we did not have before thatwill increase the program."Ratajczak said that with themoney the program should be
able
to
purchase new equipmentand possibly hire new staffmembers to enhance a programthat
is
already very experiencedand knowledgeable.
I
had actually never heard oftheprogram,"Ratajczak said butadded, "I came to school andfell in love with it.""It was the first undergradu-ate program of its type in thenation," he mentioned
and
saidthat it is very deserving of thegrant given to itErin Cunningham
is a
seniorfrom Ohio who is one of themany females in the program.
She has
been given many oppor-
tunities
through the program,
in-
cluding an internship at
the
Unit-
ed Nations.
"I
have had about six job of-fers and just accepted
one,"
Cun-ningham also said."Places that come to interview
us
are just blown away."Cunningham did not comeinto Mercyhurst as a
R/IAP
major, though, she declared acommunications major butswitched her sophomore year."I took the Intro to
R/IAP
class and decided
this
is
what Iwanted to
do."
She does feel that the grantwill be very helpful to the
pro-
gram even though she has hadgreat success. "The problemwith the program
is
that we haveso many projects going on. Itwould be nice to have a centerwe could go to
do
our research.""It
is
going to be nice to havea huge
R/IAP
lab,"
CunninghamsaidCunningham
said
that the
pro-
gram here
is
by far the
best.
Shementioned that the students andprofessors are great and have alot of experience as well."The professors here have awide variety of knowledge andexperience,"
she
saidShe also loves the small class-es and many opportunities thatshe
has
been allowed that
will
beeven greater with
the
addition
of
the Institute.
"We
have the ability to do any-thing
in
intelligence," she said"With this grant, Mercyhurstcould take on more students inthe program and give the stu-dents more opportunities," Cun-ningham saidNick Proy is a sophomore in
the
program and hopes that overthe
next
two years the grant willbe a great deal of help to theprogram.
>
"It is much needed and willimprove the facilities and themajor greatly," he said.Proy feels that the program isunique and deserves the grant
localise
Mercyhurst
is
the onlycollege in the nation that trainsintelligence people for nationalsecurity. "I mink that it is goodbecause more analysts will
he
trained," he added.Proy, who
would like
to attendlaw school eventually, feels that
R/IAP
will be a good base. Hesaid
of
the program, "It teaches
you how to
deal
with
many kindsof information."
"When
I was looking for amajor I found out that
R/IAP
dealt with computers and ana-lyzing information and it wouldhelp me achieve my goal of
go-
ing to law school," Proy said.He hopes that the grant
will
add to the prestige of the pro-gram as well."I think that it will in the longrun, not immediately, but willeventually help us to becomemore nationally known."For more information aboutthe program, the $300,000 grant,and the new Mercyhurst Insti-tute for Intelligence Researchand Analysis, visitriap.mercyhurst.edu. 
New field for SOCCer, baseball
Death toll in Iraqi blasts climbs above loo
Courtesy
of
Pete Russo
The blueprint from the new soccer and baseball field shows
that
it
will
boost both thesoccer and baseball programs at Mercyhurst.
By Tom Las
seterKnight Ridder NewspapersIRBIL, Iraq The death tollfrom a pair of suicide bomb-ings in the offices
of
two Kur-dish political parties rose to atleast
110
on Monday as politi-
cians
began
to
debate whetherthe violence would further un-ravel
U.S.
plans for a unifiedIraq.
Mworkers
washed blood andbody parts
rom
he floors andceilings
of
he rooms where theexplosions occurred
in
the
mid-
dle of holiday receptions Sun-day with dozens of Kurdish
po-
litical
igures
 and their follow-
ers
Interviews with administra-tors at three of the city's fivehospitals indicated that
110
peo-
ple were confirmed
dead
andmore than 200 were injured.Standing outside the regional
governor's
office, a spokesmansaid there were no local seniorofficials to interview. They alldied in the blasts, he said.
The
explosions, almost certainlythe deadliest in postwar Iraq,came as Iraqi and
U.S.
officialsin Baghdad are trying to meet
aFeb. 28
deadline to hammer outa law to guide the formation ofan interim government.
A
keysticking point has been theamount of autonomy to begranted to the Kurdish territoryin northern Iraq.Leaders of the two partieswhose offices were hit by theblasts, the Kurdistan Democrat-
ic
Party
(KDP)
and the PatrioticUnion of Kurdistan (PUK), re-leased statements saying theywere resolved to work togetherfor the future of Iraq.But Peter Galbraith, theformer U.S. ambassador toCroatia who's been in the re-gion consulting
withjalal
Tala-bani,
the head
of the
PUK
and
Massoud
Barzani,
of
he
KDP
said the blasts provided pow-erful incentives for the groupsto isolate themselves from acentral Iraq authority.Galbraith said the Kurds haveexpressed fears to
him
since thefall of Baghdad that the "Iraqdisease" of chaos and violencewould follow to
the
Kurdish ar-
eas.
"Now
i has,"
he said.The bombings came on theMuslim holiday Eid
al
Adha,the Feast of the Sacrifice,which commemorates Abra-ham's willingness
to
obey Godby sacrificing
his
son.
Continued from Page 1.
This means more distractionand
less
instruction for the play-
ers
Russo has been monitoringthe situation for a long time.Russo met with President Dr.William Garvey and laid out aplan for
a
new field after monthsof research. Garvey, adminis-tration, and the Board of Trust-ees approved the plan.Russo said, "Astro Play is thefuture of college athletics." Itrequires practically no mainte-nance, and can be used
in
anyweather condition."It's a done deal, all we needto do is sign the
contract,"
saidRusso.This is a tremendous boostfor both soccer and baseballMercyhurst soccer hopes tohost the next round of
NCAA
playoffs at home for the firsttime
in
two years."This commitment of a qual-
iy
playing surface acknowledg-es that Mercyhurst needs pre-mium practice and playing facil-
ities,
to
go along with the nationalrecognition we have achieved,"said Cammidee.The baseball team is just
hap-
py
to
have
a
place
to
call
is
own."When I think about it, I can'teven sleep," said Spano. Lockerrooms, practices, and fans will
all
be welcomed."The thing
I
look forward tomost
is
the opportunity to onceagain focus on, and teachbase-ball, which
is
what
I
am here forand
love
to
do,"
said Spano.Soccer and baseball will havea place to call their own nextyear; a place where they
are
theonly ones
with
home
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