Over the past three weeks,students reading the Erie Times-News couldn’t miss seeing ar-ticles pertaining to MercyhurstPresident Dr. William P. Presi-dent Garvey. Whether it was the originalarticle on Oct. 10 detailing theaccusations in Chuck Rosenthal’sbook, “Never Let Me Go,” theBoard’s support of Garvey, orletters denouncing the article,there was always something tokeep the issue in the news. The Times-News, however,never reported on students’reactions to the issue. Many of the undergraduates on campus wanted their voices to be heard,but the forum held Oct. 14 inthe Athletic Center did not giveenough time for all to be heard.Some students still wish to voice their opinions on thematter causing so much con-troversy.Elizabeth Mitchell believesthe current situation has notchanged the college’s reputation,but needs to be dealt with in anappropriate manner.“My attitude towards Mercy-hurst or my decision to go herehas not changed one bit,” saidMitchell. “However, I think thatit is a good idea for the schooland Board of Trustees to con-duct an objective and thoroughinvestigation of the situationbefore continuing to make any moves.” Agreeing with Mitchell, SamRomito said, “I feel that thearticle was intended to damagePresident Garvey’s name. And inno way has it affected my com-ing here. This is a good schooland the issue at hand should notchange its atmosphere.”Students around campus pri-marily seem to be taking thesame stance. Still, there are afew that feel the accusations are“troubling,” as student Molly Stanton put it.“I feel that the issue has causedoutbursts among students,” Stan-ton said. “Nevertheless, I believethe issue should be handled seri-ously. It has been handled wellso far, but the Board should getmore student opinion on thematter.”Students’ thoughts are whatseem to be the most dominating matter in the current situation. Taking note of this, Board of Trustees Chair Marlene Moscosaid during the Oct. 14 the stu-dent forum that students willhave a voice, noting that StudentGovernment President MikeMancinelli would represent thebody during any voting proposedby the Board.During the Oct. 21 board vote, Mancinelli abstained dueto “not being informed enoughin advance about the situation.”Nonetheless, Mancinelli reiter-ated that the student body stillhas a voice. “We are currently in the process of a constituency that will be submitted to theboard as soon as it is ﬁnished,”he said.
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College administration pushed8 a.m. classes Monday throughFriday to 8:20 a.m. in an effort toaccommodate students’ needs. The Ofﬁce of Academic Af-fairs proposed the idea early lastspring, which college PresidentDr. William P. Garvey later ap-proved. After researching past classschedules of Mercyhurst, along with the schedules of other suc-cessful universities, the collegeadministration determined thechange would work well. They also studied classroomutilization and the meeting andpractice times of student orga-nizations and sports teams.Some students, however, ques-tion the change. Junior KathrynKirchendorfer says 20 minutesis not a great enough differenceto be beneﬁcial. “It’s pointless,”Kirchendorfer said. “Why notmake it 8:30?”Associate Vice President of Academic Services, BarbaraBehan said the committee’s ﬁrstproposal was for an 8:30 a.m.start. That scenario was ruledout due to concerns of heavy campus trafﬁc.“Most of the staff and admin-istration start at 8:30, and classesstarting then would greatly in-crease the trafﬁc coming (intothe school),” Behan said.Still, students like sophomoreKaitlyn Huver feel uneasy aboutthe new times. “It is going to beconfusing because all the classesstart at different times now,” saidHuver.Kirchendorfer agreed thatstudents may not adjust easily to the new class times and couldcome late to class.In regard to the adjustmentBehan said, “I’m hoping students won’t be seriously impacted by this.”She said that students willhave to pay attention to thenew schedule. Behan askedthe Registrar’s Ofﬁce to place anotice of the time change on allstudent schedules.The additional 20 minutesof sleep in the morning excitesmany Mercyhurst students.Denny Porter loves the idea. As a freshman, Porter hopes thismove is a small step to pushing the times back even further in thenear future. Although the Ofﬁce of Aca-demic Affairs discussed someideas for much later times, they felt the 8:20 a.m. start ﬁt best with the present situation.Behan said Garvey and the ad-ministration believe the students will beneﬁt from the time change. With a motherly smile Behansaid she hopes that students “cancatch a few more Z’s.”Attention all paranormal in- vestigators. Do you prefer night-mares instead of sweet dreams? Are you forever seeking thestrange and unusual? Well then, this is your night-mare come true. A group of brave souls is preparing to tellyou of Mercyhurst’s frightening and mysterious past. Mercyhurst Ambassadors Club, along withSAC, will be putting on a ghoulfest this Halloween eve. This joint event, on Oct. 30, will include haunted tours givenby members of the Ambassa-dor Club that will feature ghoststories about our college. Ourown self-proclaimed paranormalinvestigator, senior Mike Foglio, will share his knowledge aboutMercyhurst ghost stories andparanormal happenings withfellow ambassadors, so you may rest assured that this will be anevening you will never forget. Weber Hall, Egan Hall and otherfamiliars are all stops in the tour,and for the ﬁrst time we will takea closer look at their hauntedpasts.For all those who are not will-ing to take the plunge into theHurst’s haunted past, SAC willalso offer games and food in theHerrmann Student Union.If, however, you are feeling brave-and you will certainly needto be- the ghoulish tour will com-mence promptly at 10 p.m. in theStudent Union and run until thestroke of midnight, provided thatthere are no complications.Show off your pride to any ghosts who may stray across yourpath by purchasing one of theshirts that will be sold the week prior to the haunted tour. You may pre-order these badg-es of courage, because, after all,if something should happen toyou, we’d still appreciate yourpatronage. The shirts are a vibrant jack-o-lantern orange, and they stateclearly across the front that youare with the “Mercyhurst Col-lege Department of ParanormalStudies.” On the back you’llﬁnd the seal of the college be-ing invaded by one of the many ghosts that reside on our campus. Along the haunted tour you willdiscover many frightening thingsabout the college you love sodearly. Mercyhurst’s mysteriouspast may well give fuel to yourbad dreams for many nights tocome. However, you may alsohear some rather familiar tales of the crypt, such as the famous (orrather infamous) Ring story. Along the way, the more in-teresting bits of the spooky stories will be performed, al-though we can’t guaranteethat it will only be the Ambas-sadors who get into the act.So come one, come all. Gatheryour courage, take a deep breath,but don’t close your eyes, andprepare to delve into the para-normal.
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Garvey accusations, student voices
The Senior Gift Steering Committee has announced theclass gift for 2005: a spirit bellin memory of Sister M. DamienMlechick, who died earlier thisyear.Sister Damien served Mer-cyhurst College for 20 years,answering the phones in thefoyer of Old Main and greeting students, faculty and alumni.She was well-known for herschool spirit. She attended ath-letic games, ringing her signaturecow bell in support of the Mer-cyhurst sports teams as well asthrowing Holy Water on the iceat hockey games.She used to be a Times OldNewsie and would ring bells tocollect money.“The Class of 2005 felt that it would be only ﬁtting if we didsomething to commemorateSister Damien...an avid supporterof students here at the school it’sin her memory that we’re erect-ing this bell,” said senior TimKrysiek.Stephen Zinram, Director of the Annual Fund, is adviser tothe Senior Gift Steering Com-mittee.He said that the Class of 2005 wanted their gift to commemo-rate school spirit, not just forathletics, but for every aspectof college campus. The classalso wants to remind people of the Mercy spirit as well as SisterDamien and how much she caredabout the school. The bell can be used at convo-cations, graduations, the lighting of the Christmas tree and peprallies to ring in the Mercyhurstspirit.The committee is looking at abell that is 26 inches across and weighs 350 pounds.Plans include a plaque to tellfuture classes what Sister Damienmeant to the school.Senior Thera Gaston hopes for100 percent participation. “It’simportant for the entire seniorclass to give a token of apprecia-tion in remembrance of SisterDamien,” said Gaston.Krysiek also has high expecta-tions for this year. “We expect toraise over $10,000, and we intendto break all the records set by theClass of 2004.” So far, within 48hours of fundraising, 46 pledgestotaling $2,640 has been raised. The Class of 2004 holds the re-cord for having the most donorsraising $9,286, for their seniorgift of The Pavillion.“Seniors can help by eitherdonating money or helping out with the committee.”“Committee participation in-cludes putting together socialevents, helping attain funds andgenerally promoting the SpiritBell,” said Gaston.Donations can be made by cash, check, credit card or a por-tion of the housing deposit.
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Students will get more sleep
“It’s an opportunity for themto talk to company representa-tives and ﬁnd out what they needto be doing while they’re attend-ing Mercyhurst to best preparethemselves to be marketable when they graduate.Dolores Griswold, career andjob fair coordinator, also addedthat a lot of hard work goes into making this job fair possiblefor students. “The job fair is ayear-round project. We really start focusing on it in June witha mailing to over 400 employ-ers,” said Griswold. “We haveto schedule everything: security,food services, maintenance, etc. The only major problem wealways run into is not having enough parking, but the job fairis deﬁnitely worth walking a littlebit to get to.”Griswold also added that stu-dents will not be disappointed with the job fair.“I’m really proud of what wedo. It’s amazing that a smallcollege like this is getting thesegreat companies to come to itsjob fair,” said Griswold.According to Hvezda, greatcompanies come to Mercyhurstbecause of the quality of the jobfair, and it is important for stu-dents to attend so they continueto come back to Mercyhurst inthe future. This job fair will be the 13thannual fair held on the Mercy-hurst campus.Some of the employers include American Express Financial Ad- visors, Cohen & Company, De-fense Intelligence Agency, Drug Enforcement Agency, Erie Insur-ance Group, FBI, Hyatt Hotels& Resorts Internal RevenueService, Millcreek Community Hospital, Nextmedia Operat-ing, Inc., Northrop GrummanMission Systems, PennsylvaniaState Police, Susquehanna HealthSystemand, the U.S. Border Pa-trol, and and U.S. Marine Corps,Ofﬁcers Program.Students are reminded that thisis the only job fair held at Mer-cyhurst during the course of theschool year.
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A spirit bell has been chosen as the Senior gift of 2005.
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