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Recent accusations in the Erie Times-News about past conductdating back 40 years by President Dr. William P. Garvey shocked the Mer-cyhurst community this week. The accusations involving young players on a basketball team thatGarvey coached in 1963-64 appearedin the Sunday, Oct. 10, edition of theErie Times-News. Garvey adamantly denies the accusations.In a statement issued on Monday,Oct. 11 hesaid that he was “sad-dened andshocked by the accusa-tions,” andthat “they are nottrue.”MarleneMosco, Chair of the Board of Trust-ees said in a statement, “In light of Dr. Garvey’s decades of service toMercyhurst and the Erie community,and the absence of any claim of  wrongdoing against him as a repre-sentative of the college, the trusteesexpress their support for Dr. Garvey as he continues the role as the presi-dent of the college.” According to Mosco, the board“began the process of engaging professionals to conduct a thoroughand impartial review of the mattersreported in the Erie Times-News.”(Please see page 3 for the full state-ments by Garvey and Mosco.)On campus, students were shockedas the news about the allegationsspread. “If this is something he[Garvey] didn’t do, then it is really ashame,” said senior Joe Roperti. “Itcould ruin his career, even if it isn’ttrue.” Roperti said that the reputationof the college depends on how thesituation is handled. “If they don’tdeal with it properly, it could ruin theMercyhurst name,” said Roperti. Melissa Newell was putting away her groceries in her Kermit the Frog slippers on a Saturday afternoon whena police officer walked by her kitchen window. Newell tensed. Could some-thing be wrong? Was there a problemin the neighborhood?It turned out the problem washer.Newell, a Mercyhurst senior, livesat one of three houses that were vis-ited around 3 p.m. by Erie city policeon Saturday, Oct. 2. Police came tonotify students that there have beennumerous complaints of noise and in-appropriate behavior from neighborsin the Briggs Avenue/Pin Oak Drivearea outside of Mercyhurst College. When Newell opened the door, thepolice officer asked if the residenceNamed the “hottest pundit intown” by 
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, politi-cal analyst William Kristol spoke to apacked PAC atMercyhurst,onMonday nightas part of the2004-2005McHale Dis-tinguishedSpeaker Series.His speech ,“Toward Elec-tion 2004,” fo-cused on his analysis of the upcoming election and how history could dictateits results.Kristol says that the most im-portant thing about the election isthat it is the first election since Sept.11,2001. Just as politics changed after theCold War, politics have changed sincethe terrorist attacks. According to Kristol, “what worksin one era doesn’t work for another.”He says, “right now changes are hap-pening that are hard to predict andthe people living it underestimate thescale of change.According to Kristol, there is a“foreign policy dynamic” to thiselection.He says that in past years we wouldhave never thought that Americans would be fighting a ground war inIraq and that foreign policy would besuch an issue.However, it has become much theopposite.Kristol says that the presidentialdebates held on foreign policy madeKerry look tough and confident.However, the opposite was truefor Bush. Kristol believes that Bushprobably lost a good number of  votes because of his performance inthe debates. The third debate that will take placeand the last few weeks before theelection will be crucial, according toKristol. A lot hinges on what happens inthat time period.Since it has been such a close racethus far, the consensus is that it willbe a close race on Election Day.However, Kristol believes that it willswing one way or the other becauseelections with incumbent candidatesusually do.
Vol. 78 No. 4 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546 October 13, 2004
  News..................................................2 News..................................................
 News.................................................4 Features............................................
Opinion.............................................8 A & E.................................................9 A & E................................................10 Sports...............................................11 Sports..............................................12
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Pin Oak Drive along with other nearby neighborhood streets house student’s living off-campus
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By Amy Landphair
Contributing writer
For more onneighborhoodproblems, please
Now will you be myneighbor?
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Residence liferesponsible for allstudents
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 Please see story on Page 3.
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William Kristol speaks at ’Hurst 
By Holly Burns
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The annual Fall Fest takes over Garvey park for a day of fun.
 was a college house.“Well, we’re college students, and we live here,” Newell said, and theofficer laughed.He told her not to have any big bashes in the future because the po-lice were sick of going there and theneighbors were sick of calling.Newell stood there confused; sheand her roommates have never hada party.“I felt like I was getting a lecture,”Newell said. “It was very upsetting.”Rachel Staley, a Mercyhurst juniorliving with Newell, worries about theirreputation with neighbors. “They have this preconceived notion that we’re disruptive,” Staley said. “They already hate us.”Police visited the neighbors kiddy-corner to Newell’s residence at 611Pin Oak Drive prior to talking withher.
 Please see Students on Page 2.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
William Kristol
By Kelly Rose Duttine
President Garvey
File photo
Student, faculty respond to published accusations
 Please see Response Page 3.
Maura Rossi and husband Johnhave lived in their house for 11years. Rossi said the disruptionsin the neighborhood beganabout three years ago. She saidNewell’s house has not causedany problems that she is awareof. However, she did have afew warning words for anotherhouse of Mercyhurst studentsand students from another col-lege across the street.“If you’re making noise atmidnight, I’m going to call thecops on you,” Rossi said with alaugh. “It’s not responsible to wake up everyone in the neigh-borhood because you want toparty.”Rossi said she and the neigh-bor across the street did not fallasleep until after 2 a.m. becauseof the noise on Friday, Oct. 1.Red plastic cups strewn aboutthe lawns, people urinating ontheir yard and loud music dis-turb the Rossi family on the weekends.Rossi worries about her twomiddle school aged girls being exposed to inappropriate be-havior, like the man sleeping inthe yard next door at 5 a.m. one weekend.She feels the integrity of theneighborhood is going down-hill.However, according to Bi-agini, most of the accusationsthat Rossi cited were events thathappened previous years. “We’resick of being blamed for thingsthat happened last year. We weren’t able to move in with aclean slate. They judged us be-fore they even gave us a chance,”Biagini said.“I don’t like the way the trendof the neighborhood is,” Rossisaid unhappily. She means toquell college parties in the area.“The neighbors here are going to make sure that it’s not real easy just to come and live here and do whatever you want,” Rossi said.“You have to follow the ruleslike we do.”However, the five Mercyhurstjuniors that live next door toRossi feel otherwise.One of the students, Biagini, who spoke with the police officeron Oct. 2, said about her neigh-bors, “We tried to be respectful,but they were out to get us before we ever moved in.”She and two of her room-mates, Amy Hopta and KristenPiquette, said they feel their resi-dence is being unfairly targeted. The police came to their houseonce before to ask the studentsto send their visitors homebecause a neighbor called in acomplaint. When asked if she wouldconsider talking to the studentsabout disrupting the neighbor-hood, Rossi replied firmly thatshe was not interested.Biagini said Rossi does notmake an attempt to be a civilneighbor.“She won’t even let her kidslook at us,” Piquette said.Piquette and her roommatessaid they are being stereotypedas uncaring, disrespectful collegedrunkards. Their house was a sore spotfor some neighbors before they moved in this year. DifferentMercyhurst students lived therelast school year and caused muchof the disturbance. The police officer told Biaginithe station had received 16 callsthrough the start of last yearabout their house. “The officerdid not care that different stu-dents lived there,” Biagini said.Biagini, Newell, Staley, Hoptaand Piquette all wonder aboutone question: What did thesepeople expect living next to acollege campus?Pastor Bernhard Bischoff, wholives next to Newell’s house andkiddy/corner to the Mercyhurst women’s house, chuckled andshook his head when asked forhis feelings on neighborhood dis-turbances. Bischoff has lived inthe neighborhood for eight yearsand has no complaints about theMercyhurst students.“They’re wonderful people,”he said. “Nobody throws beerbottles on the lawn. They neverpick my flowers. They don’t evensteal my fruit.”Bishoff lived just outsideof another college campus be-fore moving to Briggs Avenue.Students there disturbed hisproperty. However, the studentsaround him now “cause notrouble,” he said.“I can’t hear any of theirparties,” Bischoff said andcalled Newell and roommates“a dream.”Nonetheless, Erie City PoliceChief Charles Bowers said thePin Oak Drive/Briggs Avenuearea is now under special atten-tion. He said police charged ninepeople, five from Mercyhurst andfour from Behrend, with having adisorderly house on Oct. 1.“If students create distur-bances,” he said, “police willnotify the respective college, andit will be up to the school to takedisciplinary action.”When asked about the policecharges, the girls were shockedbecause the police never ap-proached them. “We didn’teven have people over on Oct.1. There was a party across thestreet, and the cops never evencame to our door. How canthe police press charges on us without even talking to us thatnight?” said Hopta“We want people to respecttheir neighbors,” Bowers re-marked. Just eight days shy of the Eriezoning board’s decision, Mercy-hurst College pulled back its vari-ance request, citing public outcry and a profusion of rumor. Acknowledging the campus’impact on the surrounding area,for better or worse, PresidentGarvey said, “We are trying tobe good neighbors.Instead of the planned 60-space parking lot to complimentthe re-vamped Parade Streetentrance and newly-constructedarch, Mercyhurst has switchedgears and plans to build a publicpark on the vacant lot. The intended parking lot wasto have functioned as a sort of release valve for the crowdedparking on campus, but thecollege will now have to look elsewhere to solve the seemingly insatiable parking issue. The site of the future park  will most likely blend studentinterests with neighborhoodinterests. The park will provideboth a destination for afternoonstrolls and a more remote localefor outdoor studying. Additionally, there is the po-tential that there will be basket-ball hoops at the park, which would supplement the singleoutdoor hoop on campus by the pavilion between Briggs andLewis Avenues. Volleyball courts are also among the facilities being considered.As printed in the Erie Times-News, Garvey noted, “There wasso much misinformation, someof it utterly outrageous, circulat-ing among our neighbors that wedecided to modify our plans.”The neighborhood reactionto the college’s efforts towardsbuilding the parking lot mobilizedErie residents on Parade Streetand beyond, who organized andsought legal counsel in an effortto challenge the college’s plans toconstruct the lot.“I don’t want to be by a park-ing lot,” stated Parade St. residentDona Anderson, adding “It’ll bemore noise.” Anderson, though sympathetictowards the typical student’sunorthodox nocturnal habits,believed adding a parking lot ontop of the normal traffic flow of the Parade gate would createtoo much noise in the neighbor-hood.Many residents believe thatthey are entitled to give theirinput on the college’s actions,particularly when it directly influences the immediate neigh-borhood.Prior to the college’s decision,fellow resident Rick Adams not-ed that something more benign,such as an academic building orpark would be more acceptableto the neighborhood. Adams was among those whocontested Mercyhurst’s variancerequest. The would-be parking lot isn’tpart of the recent beautificationefforts across campus, and won’tbe seeing any grass until after winter. The space will be flattened, butleft undeveloped until spring, when sustained landscaping ef-forts can take place unabated.For the Mercyhurst studentsdisappointed by the result of theCollege’s decision, they can atleast look forward to additionaltrees and green space on campuscome spring, as many on Paradestreet are likely doing.
PAGE 2 THE MERCIAD October 13, 2004
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
 Whether students know it ornot, Mercyhurst has the right topunish unacceptable behavior by any student, on or off campus,and the college has undertaken a“proactive” stance in addressing that behavior.Mercyhurst students carry thename of the college and becauseof this, Mercyhurst works to beaware of all students’ behaviors,all the time.According to Laura Zirkle,Director of Residence Life andStudent Conduct, the studentcode of conduct applies to allMercyhurst students.“Mercyhurst comes with a setof standards. If you’re doing something bad in the community,Mercyhurst has a right to address what you’re doing. The studentconduct code applies to all stu-dents, whether they live on or off campus,” said Zirkle.“Mercyhurst has been work-ing to find the best approach tohandle out-of-control students who are living off-campus,” shesaid.“Mercyhurst worked with(Erie) city officials to come up with a proactive approach to deal with the small percentage of stu-dents that causes the problemsthat are reflected on all students,”said Zirkle. “There is going to bea shift in policy by giving moreof a proactive education to helpstudents living off campus.”Also, Residence Life will be working with the IT departmentand Police and Safety Depart-ment to establish a database that will include the addresses andphone number of every off-cam-pus student so that the collegehas an accurate handle on their where-abouts, Zirkle said.“The rules of students living off-campus are similar for thestudents living on-campus andthe college will not hesitate toaddress proven problems,” shesaid.“Off-campus housing is very similar to housing with ResidenceLife on campus. The studentshave to follow the same conductcode; if you’re under 21 andcaught drinking off-campus it will be addressed through theconduct code and the police as well,” said Zirkle.She also added that the collegeonly addresses factual problems.“We watch what problems weaddress. We don’t just addresssomeone because we hear arumor. We address studentsanytime we get a written reportof a problem on or off campusthat has actual facts. We alwaysapply the student code of con-duct,” said Zirkle. “When thereis a problem off-campus, when we get a specific report fromstudents, police, neighbors, thatis not just a rumor, we’ll addressit.”In addition, Assistant Directorof Residence Life and StudentConduct Joe Howard said thatthe student code of conduct isnot a new policy. Many studentsare simply unaware that it exists.“This policy isn’t new. It’s arumor that all of a sudden thereis this iron fist cracking downon off-campus housing, but wehave always made sure studentsare reflecting Mercyhurst well,”Howard said.Zirkle went on to comment onthe student population currently living off-campus.“We know most students liv-ing off campus are reflecting Mercyhurst well, but there is asmall number of students whodon’t adjust and are not sensi-tive to the neighborhood,” saidZirkle. “Sometimes studentsforget that when they move off-campus, they’re moving into anactual community.”Howard also commented onthe students. “It’s small groupsof students off and on campus who are causing problems withbottles in the lawns, urinationand out of control parties that iscreating this cloud for all Mercy-hurst students. So we’re seeing people who really are trying tobe good neighbors get this badreputation put on them and we’re very sympathetic about that,”said Howard.Both Zirkle and Howardstressed the importance thatstudents living off-campus know and understand the conductcode.Some important highlights of the conduct code:
Conduct or activity by mem-ber of the student body living off-campus or hosting functionsat off-campus locations thathas the effect of unreasonably interfering with the rights of neighbors is prohibited.
It is also the responsibility of Mercyhurst College studentsliving off-campus to control thenature and size of activities car-ried out in or on their premises,consistent with standards of thecollege.
Generally, an individual’sactions off-campus are subjectto the actions of civil authorities.However, the college reservesthe right to take action for off-campus behavior independent of civil authority when the interestsof the college are involved.For the complete Student codeof conduct, please see page 79,codes 15 and 16, in the StudentConduct Code book.
By Jason Endress
Contributing writer
The empty lot will soon be a park instead of a parking lot.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
ow will you be my neighbor?
Contrinued from Page 1.
By Jonelle Davis
News editor
Residence life responsible for all students
Students living off campus battle neighbors for respect
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Music, Jell-O and pigs filled theOktoberfest weekend activitiesfor the annual Fall Fest hostedby the Student Activities Com-mittee.This is what many Mercyhurststudents requested at the end of last year. Your voices have been heardand the events lasted all day.The weather was perfect forthe activities held on Saturday that lasted from 9 a.m. until thelast band was done playing andthe food was all gone.About 600 students showedup throughout the day to hang out and listen to the bands, eat orcompete in some of the fun.Besides the Laker footballteam’s exciting victory againstSaginaw Valley and the SpiritClub giving away Mercyhurstgear, students enjoyed them-selves with a long day of foodand fun.Four bands rocked the campusin Garvey Park, two of whichincluded students from Mercy-hurst.The Eckersonics, a band fromCleveland, played at noon forabout an hour. The band’s drummer Joe Betz,is a Mercyhurst senior social work and religious studies major.Streamline, from Rochester,also played on Saturday. Sopho-more Mike Hogan is one of themembers of the band.The other bands that played were Mercury, from Pittsburgh,and One Sweet World, also fromRochester. One Sweet World is aDave Matthews cover band.Inflatable Fun returned forFall Fest this year. Students com-peted in an inflated jousting ring and a large obstacle course.There was also a gyroscope where students were spun aroundsideways and upside down. A caricaturist was availableto draw funny pictures for any students.And to top it all off, there was Jell-O wrestling for some goodold college fun.Hundreds of boxes of Jell-O were prepared early Saturday morning to be ready for thecompetition.What kind of Oktoberfest would be complete withoutfood and drinks? Old-fashionedroot beer and Coke bottles wereserved to wash down the food. A pig roast was ready to serve by halftime of the football game.For breakfast or dessert:Dippin Dots, famous in many amusement parks, were avail-able for students to snack on allthroughout the day’s events. The Mercyhurst Student Gov-ernment and Student ActivitiesCommittee members were hardat work hosting the day’s events. They served the food and set upthe bands.
October 13, 2004 THE MERCIAD PAGE 3
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
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Hundreds of boxes of jello were prepared and dished into the ring for the Jell-O wrestling contest.
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Senior Joe DiGello attended St. John’s school, graduating fromeighth grade in 1997. DiGellosaid that it is upsetting to himas a member of the St. John’scommunity because “Garvey is viewed as a god there.” DiGello’sown basketball coach while inelementary school was coachedby Garvey.“I’m saddened by the fact thatno matter what comes of this,his [Garvey’s] reputation will bescarred,” said DiGello. “It isreally a no-win situation for thecollege and the community.”DiGello feels that the studentsshould not jump to conclusions.“It is best for all of us to be openminded right now,” he said.“The school will survive nomatter what happens,” said DiG-ello. “It is selfish to think that theschool might be tainted by it.”Freshman Brittany McCrackenthinks Mercyhurst students willbe affected by the allegations. Ithink the allegations will affectother students on campus. Someparents might make them leaveMercyhurst because of this,”she said.Mercyhurst Student Govern-ment President Mike Mancinellisaid Tuesday, “Like other stu-dents on campus, MSG is trying to understand the allegationsthat were made public in theErie Times-News. The idea of an open forum for students isbeing considered, however noconcrete plans have been set dueto the changing nature of thesituation. Until there is a senseof resolve from the institution,no plans have been formalized. We do not want our actions tobe premature while Mercyhurstexamines the situation.”Dr. Richard Welch had con-cerns with communication tostudents and the possibility itcould “feed the rumor mill.”Dr. Dave Livingston, presidentof the Faculty Senate gave a dif-ferent perspective on the events.“We all need to remember totreat one another with respectand dignity. These are the valuesof this institution,” he said. “Ithink it is profoundly sad that we have to deal with this situ-ation.”Livingston thinks that the al-legations are difficult for somestudents. “I think it will be hardon the new freshmen,” he said.“We want students to feel like we will answer their questions andconcerns.”Livingston said that Garvey has been part of the Mercyhurstcommunity for more than 40years and has had a profoundeffect on the growth and height-ened reputation of the school.Livingston cited the next stepfor the college will be to hire anoutside firm to do an indepen-dent investigation of the chargesand then to report to the boardof trustees.
By Dr. William P. GarveyPresident, Mercyhurst College
 Issued: Monday, Oct. 11, 2004
I am profoundly saddened and shocked by the accusations made about me by Chuck Rosenthal, who was a member of the St. John’s basketball squad that I coached during the 1963-64 season. They are not true. Nor are the other allegations contained in the
 Erie Times-News 
story.I have known the Rosenthal family for 42 years and have always had high regard for them, espe-cially, Chuck, Peter and Jimmy who played for my St. John’s teams. They were part of more than 250 players who I had the privilege of coaching atSt. John’s over a 17-year period.I have always taken great pride in my St. John’s teams and in my players and nothing in life hasmeant more to me than seeing the St. John’s boys –- now the St John’s men –- take what they learned on the court — the discipline, persistence, determination, poise, confidence, competitivespirit and teamwork –-- and carry those leadership qualities and friendships into their adult lives.I taught the St. John athletes to be disciplined, which was a major ingredient in their successboth on the basketball court and in life. I am very, very proud of my former athletes. That includesChuck Rosenthal who was a very bright and intense young man with enormous potential.Regardless of whatever else I may have accomplished throughout the years, it has been working  with young people that has given purpose to my life and heart to my existence. These ideals meansfar, far too much to me to have ever done anything to jeopardize them, especially in the mannerdescribed by Chuck Rosenthal.I can only hope and trust that my 52-year record of working with youth without any similar al-legations and the positive testimony from players I have coached and the more than 2000 studentsI have taught will be instructive in resolving this distressing situation.
Board of Trustees Statement 2
 Mercyhurst CollegeIssued: Monday, Oct. 10By Marlene D. Mosco, Chair of the Board
Dr. William P. Garvey has been associated with Mercyhurst College for approximately 42 yearsand has served with distinction as its president for the past 24 years.Prior to the claims made against Dr. Garvey by Charles Rosenthal as reported in the Oct. 10,2004, edition of the
 Erie Times-News 
, no person had ever raised or intimated to the college any claim or complaint against Dr. Garvey in the nature of the claim asserted by Mr. Rosenthal.In light of Dr. Garvey’s decades of service to Mercyhurst and theErie community, and the absence of any claim of wrongdoing against him as a representative of the college, the trustees express their support for Dr. Garvey as he continues the role as the presi-dent of the college.Recognizing the gravity of the claims asserted in the Oct. 10, 2004, article, however, the boardof trustees today began the process of engaging professionals to conduct a thorough and impar-tial review of the matters reported in the
 Erie Times-News 
. To protect the integrity of this review, the college will have no further comment concerning thismatter until the review is complete.
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