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The Merciad, Oct. 27, 2004

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More than 100 employers are regis-tered as Mercyhurst gears up to hostthe biggest job fair in Northwestern,Pa. on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 1 p.m.until 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst AthleticCenter. The job fair is a way for all Mer-cyhurst, Gannon, Edinboro and Al-legheny students, freshmen throughseniors, to network with possiblefuture employers or seek guidanceabout career or internship options.Local, regional and national em-ployers will be at the fair. According to Robert Hvezda, Di-rector of Career Services, this job fairhas a lot to offer students. “Out of all my years here at Mercyhurst, thisis the best job fair ever assembled,”said Hvezda.“With the economy the way it is, weare very fortunate to have the caliberof these employers who seriously  want to discuss full-time jobs and in-ternship possibilities with students.Hvezda also added that all seniorsshould attend the fair.“Seniors should come out no matter what their major. Often times, we’llhave students who look at the listregistered companies and don’t see of anything there for them and decid notto go, but they should always comeanyway, dressed professionally, witha resume, and talk to employers,”said Hvezda.“They have to understand thateven if it isn’t exactly what they arelooking for; a representative mighthave suggestions and can help themnetwork into a job.”Hvezda also stressed the impor-tance of all students attending thejob fair. “The job fair is for freshmenthrough seniors. Freshmen and soph-omores should come and network forfuture internships,” he said.The political science national hon-ors society and campus club, Pi Sigma Alpha, will host a debate between theMercyhurst Young Democrats andthe Mercyhurst Young Republicanson Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 p.m.at the Taylor Little Theater. According to Pi Sigma Alpha Presi-dent Kristen Hudak, the event will beopen to all students. Dr. Brian Ripley  will moderate, but all of the politicalscience professors were instrumentalin planning the event.“It will be both fun and informa-tive” said Hudak. “This is a greatopportunity for students with un-answered questions about the presi-dential candidates and the ongoing campaigns to get some answers. Theformat is professional, and the ques-tions will be partially provided by thepolitical science faculty and partly by students who attend the debate,” shecontinued.Mercyhurst Young Democrats willbe represented by the club co-presi-dents, Albert Veverka and MichaelFoglio, both seniors and politicalscience majors.Mercyhurst Young Republicans willbe represented by club president J.J.Mikulec, a senior political science,history and intelligence major, andmember Jo Ellen Taylor, a juniorcitizenship education major.Students attending the debate areencouraged to wear their “My VoteCounts” shirts being sold by Pi Sigma Alpha this month. The back of the shirts read: “Thereare no red states, there are no bluestates. There is only the UnitedStates.” According to the Pi Sigma Alphapresident, this motto speaks to theefforts of both the Young Democratsand the Young Republicans to work together to educate and ignite the po-litical spirit of Mercyhurst Students. Young Democrats, Young Repub-licans and Pi Sigma Alpha workedtogether to plan the debate party inthe Herman Student Union for the
first in the series of three presidential
debates. They also worked together in a co-operative effort to register studentsto vote, inform students about thecurrent political issues and to bolstersupport for their respective party candidates. “You don’t have to be apolitical science major to get excitedabout this race” said Hudak.Pi Sigma Alpha requests that stu-dents do not bring signs or rally gearto the debate.The Mercyhurst campus wascrowded this past weekend for theannual Parent’s Weekend festivitiesthat took place all day Friday throughSunday.Between the athletic events, theactivities at night and the prizes givenaway, the weekend was a big success.Close to 200 parents registered forthe weekend’s events, but even morefamilies came to spend the weekend with their children.
The first event took place at the
 Taylor Little Theatre. The play,“You Can’t Take it With You,” wasperformed Thursday through Sunday.It is a comedy play with a moral: Do what you want to do in life.Student Activities Committee alsohosted nightly events for the studentsand their families. Approximately 150 people came to see juggler JoshCasey perform on Friday night in thePerforming Arts Center.Casey is from Ann Arbor, Mich.He was brought in through RubberRoom Productions. SAC has broughtin others from this company, includ-ing the Mind Readers that performedin the past.Saturday was full of food andsports. Continental breakfast wasavailable in the Cummings Art Gal-lery for faculty, parents and studentsin the morning. An Italian luncheon was available in the Egan Hall Caf-eteria as well.Football and soccer both had victo-ries on Saturday playing at their home
fields. Before the football game, se
-nior football players and cheerleaders were honored.
Laker football finished ahead of 
Indianapolis University 24-21 ina close game. Men’s soccer beatRoberts Wesleyan 2-1 for their sixthstraight win.The dancers and musicians showedtheir talents in a performance on Sat-urday night in the PAC.Tables and chairs were rented forFamily Bingo on Saturday night in theGreat Room of the Student Union. There were about $900 worth of prizes given away to the lucky win-ners.About 250 people placed chips ontheir bingo cards trying to win prizes
like Halloween candy, gift certificates,
movies, CDs, calling cards and schoolsupplies. The prizes were convenientand helpful to the typical collegestudent.The big prizes included a 19-inchcolor TV, which a mother won. Alsogiven away was a foot spa for mothersand a leaf blower for fathers. Twoother students won a DVD player anda stereo system.The previous three years, SACbrought in a hypnotist to entertain thefamilies on Saturday night.“It was nice to see something new.My parents and I have seen the samehypnotist show for three years in arow,” said senior Robyn Mast.Mollie Burns is the one to thank for the SAC hosted events. She isthe SAC special events chairperson.She and the other SAC members worked hard to plan the weekend andthey believe that everyone enjoyedthemselves.“People were actually thanking meon their way out,” said Burns. She was happy with the turnout for all of the events.On Sunday, families attended Massin Christ the King Chapel. This wasfollowed by brunch in the cafeteria.
MERCIAD
Vol. 78 No. 5 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa., 16546 October 27, 2004
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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929
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Upcoming Campus Events
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“I’m Not Scared”, 2 p.m. and 8p.m., PAC.
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8:30 p.m., TaylorLittle Theatre
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Halloween costume party, 10p.m., Student Union.
 Visiting Artist Series Performance:
 Invert, 7:30 p.m., Walker Recital Hall.
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Mercyhurst hosts job fair
 Local, regional and national employers set to attend 
Parent’s weekend festivities
By Jaime Myers
Contributing writer
 Your choice, your vote
 Please see Job Fair Page 2.
Josh Casey performed for parents and students.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
Students plan debate six days before presidential election
Special to
the Merciad 
By Jonelle Davis
News editor
Joshua Wilwohl/Layout assistant
Members of the Young Republicans and Young Democrates will debate election issues.
 
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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To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
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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.
By Jennifer Ciccone
Contributing writer
By Amy Landphair
Contributing writer
Student reactions
By Joshua Wilwhol
Layout assistant
Garvey accusations, student voices 
Senior gift
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.
Is the ’Hurst haunted?
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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’Hurst plans job fair
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Contributing writer
Seniors choose spirit bell as gift 
A spirit bell has been chosen as the Senior gift of 2005.
Sketch by Mandy Gibson
 
Celebrations are in the worksfor the closing of the MercyhurstCapital Campaign four years inthe making.Begun in October 2000, theCapital Campaign Fund “Pre-serving the Legacy” started witha goal of raising $15 million. The support and interest of the Mercyhurst community in-creased the goal to $20 million.Four years later, on June 30, thecampaign closed at two and ahalf million dollars more thanexpected at $22.5 million.“It has been an incrediblejourney and an incredible effortfor the college and its trustees,faculty, staff, and administra-tion,” said Gary Bukowski, VicePresident of Institutional Ad- vancement. The campaign came at a dif-ficult time and fund-raising wasno small task for the Mercyhurstcommunity. The tragedy of Sept. 11, aneconomic downturn, and alarm-ing rates of unemployment werejust some of the factors thatcould have been detrimental tothe success of the campaign.However, in the words of Bu-kowski, Mercyhurst “stayed oncourse.” Having shepherdedthe campaign from the start,Bukowski says that it was noth-ing short of a “phenomenalsuccess.”The campaign’s success can beattributed to 95 percent of theMercyhurst Erie community and93 percent at Mercyhurst NorthEast. Mercyhurst Trustees alonecontributed about $9 million.Mercyhurst faculty, staff, andadministration participated inthe campaign by donating about$585,000.In addition, students wereinstrumental in the success of the campaign by deciding thatMercyhurst Student Govern-ment would commit $1 millionto the campaign, toward theconstruction of the physical fit-ness center. There are many things on cam-pus that have been made possibleby the money raised from thecampaign.One of the college’s largestgoals was to build the Audrey Hirt Academic Center. It wouldnot be standing tall on the Eriecampus without the supportof all who contributed to thecampaign. The Hirt Center provides45,000 square feet of space forMercyhurst students and faculty,including the 244-seat WalkerRecital Hall for lectures, mov-ies, and recitals. With a growing student enrollment each year, theHirt Center was a necessity foracademic success on campus.Other projects made possibleby the campaign have includedrenovations to Old Main, ZurnHall, and Egan Hall. The installation of 430 win-dows, some with a new lighting feature, is just one of the projectsin the works right now. Another remarkable achieve-ment made possible by the cam-paign is the construction of anew state-of-the-art DNA lablocated in Zurn Hall.In addition, on the NorthEast campus, construction isunderway on the Tom and Mi-chele Ridge Health and Safety Building.Some benefits of the cam-paign are less tangible, however very important and worthy of recognition. Just ask the students who arebeneficiaries of close to $10million in scholarships and en-dowments.For some, it is the reason thatthey are enrolled at MercyhurstCollege today.The celebration for this phe-nomenal achievement will be onNov. 6
 
and 7.It will begin with a dinner onSaturday night. Then, on Sunday,there will be performances by theMercyhurst Music and DanceDepartments.Bukowski says, “It will be acelebration of the success of thecampaign and a thank-you to allthe people who gave.It wasthe most successful fundraising effort in the college’s history and will forever be remembered for“preserving the legacy.”
News
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Students in the Research/Intelligence Analyst Programhave been finding out what jobinterviews are really like overthe past weeks as organizationshave come to campus to recruitR/IAP students for future em-ployment and internships.The Office of Career Servicesat Mercyhurst has been working  with the R/IAP program andsetting up recruitment weeks forabout five years now. This year recruiting took placefrom Oct. 10 through Oct. 28.Frank Rizzone from CareerServices helps to set up many of the appointments with thestudents and bring in employersto interview those looking forjobs and internships.“The goal when we first start-ed was to bring these people into give the students experienceand internships,” Rizzone said.“Initially it began out of prac-ticality.”The students had many op-portunities to interview for jobsand internships this year during R/IAP recruiting weeks. About 20 organizations cameto Mercyhurst during the three week time span including theInternational Atomic Energy Commission, Northrop Grum-man Mission Systems, the Na-tional Security Administration,the National Air and Space Intel-ligence Center, The FBI lab, CIAand more.“Since 9/11 there has been anexplosion in government serviceso the demand for intelligenceinterns is great,” Rizzone said.Mercyhurst is one of the few colleges in the country that offersa major in intelligence studies.Government agencies now look to Mercyhurst for studentsin this area because their educa-tion is something that most pro-spective employees do not have.“Kids can come right out of Mercyhurst and not need any training,” Rizzone said.“In the R/IAP program they are required to do one intern-ship,” Rizzone said. These internships add to theexperience that the students haveupon graduation.Rizzone added that while do-ing their internships, “They dosome pretty amazing stuff.”Students in the R/IAP pro-gram are helping these agenciesdo support work, research andbring criminals to justice.Some students have gone over-seas for research, had work sentto Congress and even beeninvolved with nuclear projectsor research.“Some of the projects thesekids are doing just knock yoursocks off,” Rizzone said.These internships and job op-portunities are a big credit to theprogram and Career Services. The interviews are all set upbeforehand and students arenotified of their times.Career Services helps to puttogether the students’ resumesand prepare information for theagencies.“We present them with re-sumes, transcripts and lettersof recommendations,” Rizzonesaid.“The students don’t even haveto worry about bringing them.”Rizzone added that the agen-cies get everything ahead of timeso that they are prepared for theinterviews with the students.“The average student does notsee what goes on in the back-ground here,” Rizzone said.R/IAP recruiting is open toanyone in the program and thisyear somewhere around 400 in-terviews took place for the 254students from 12 states and threecountries. These students are learning and experiencing the growing  world of intelligence studies world wide.“All the different governmentintelligence agencies have differ-ent standards and Mercyhursthelps to bring that together,”Rizzone said.Brooke McNierney, a sopho-more in the program, beganinterviewing for internshipsthis year during the recruiting  weeks.She explained that “usually thenight before the interview thereis an information session. Thatgives you time to learn about theagency and develop whateverquestions you would have.”McNierney said that usually these sessions last about half anhour and that the length of theinterview can vary.“Basically you get a lot of questions about projects you’vedone, extra curricular activities,your GPA and what you wouldbe able to add to the company,”she said. Although the interviews can besomewhat scary at first, McNi-erney said, “I think that it is anexcellent process.”She added, “You get a lot of opportunities.”A lot of interns end up work-ing for the agency after they graduate,” McNierney said.McNierney recently got offeredan internship with NorthropGrumman, one of the agenciesshe interviewed with.“Northrop Grumman is a big agency,” she explained. “We work for the part called missionsystems.”“We work on contracts andgrants given by governmentagencies and we get to pick fromsix sub categories dealing withintelligence that we can work on,” McNierney said.McNierney will have to waituntil 2006 to complete her in-ternship because of security clearances within the govern-ment.“We get a top secret security clearance which is why it takesso long,” she said.Nick Proy, a junior, was alsoone of the many students whointerviews for employment op-portunities during R/IAP re-cruiting.Proy said, “Career Servicessends you an email to tell you who is coming. If you are in-terested, you can go to CareerServices and sign up for aninterview.”Proy signed up for several in-terviews this year even though hehad already done several during his sophomore year as well.He said that mostly sopho-mores, juniors and seniors go tothe interview but “they strongly recommend that you go to theinformation sessions freshmanyear.”Proy said of the interviews,“They start by asking you ques-tions and you can ask questionsduring and after.”He said that these interviewsare typically one or two people,but some like Northrop Grum-man had a panel of interview-ers.“They ask you questions andyou ask them questions,” Proy explained.“I think that it is very use-ful,” Proy said of the recruiting process.“For students, most of theseplaces are out of the area and we would have to travel to them.”He said, “It is much easier forthem to come to us.”R/IAP recruiting is meant tobe helpful to the students andgets them employment oppor-tunities that they may not getotherwise. With the growing need forintelligence and the growing program at Mercyhurst, many government agencies find Mercy-hurst to be a valuable resource.Proy very easily sums the pro-gram up with two words, “ViveR/IAP.”
Capital campaign celebrated
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
The new DNA lab located in Zurn hall is being put to good use by students.
By Holly Burns
Contributing writer
Intelligence program recruits
By Jenny Allen
Contributing writer
’Hurst news briefs
Students deal with stress
 Julie Brieger, a psychology intern at the Counseling Center,confirmed that several types of stress have begun to affect many students at Mercyhurst College.Currently, the Counseling Center is seeing about 60 students,half of whom are being treated for stress. Brieger said thatleading causes of stress right now are relationship issues, fam-ily conflicts, roommate issues, uncertainty in one’s future anddepression.She also mentioned that almost none of the students have in-cluded the situation concerning Dr. Garvey as a stress factor.Brieger said, “If a student doesn’t learn how to cope withstress and find appropriate ways to deal with it, it can lead toother disorders later on.” Anxiety disorders and depression are the most common dis-orders linked to stress.Brieger mentioned stress relief tips, which include talking  with someone, exercise, generally being around other people,and better time management.
Hunter takes leave of absence
Tauana Hunter, Chair of the Dance Department at MercyhurstCollege, will be taking a leave of absence in March of 2005. After 11 years in her position, she is planning on traveling toDenmark and Europe to do guest choreography and teaching,renew old acquaintances and bring new information to herstudents. While on her journey, Hunter will attend the BournonvilleBallet Festival in Denmark and then the Royal Ballet Schoolin London.She also expects that this will create new relationships that willprovide more study abroad opportunities.Hunter said, “Expanding in an international way is importantbecause I’m looking at the college’s directive to expand intomore global learning for the students.”This will be the first time in 11 years that the dance department will have to do without the leadership of Hunter. However, shebelieves that this will be a good opportunity for them.“I hope that my absence will open up new opportunismfor growth both with the faculty and with the dance majors.”
International club plans events
 The Mercyhurst International Students Organization (MISO)meets every Thursday at 8:15 p.m. in the International StudentsCenter to plan events for the international students.MISO is currently planning events for this term. Some of theevents include a trip to the Falcon Club in Erie for a traditionalPolish meal, a trip to Toronto, designing t-shirts activity and acountry day with food and music. They are also currently work-ing to create a symbol for MISO.Katarzyna Tarczynska, the president of MISO, is very enthu-siastic about the club.She wants all of the international students to get involved theorganization will have an impact on the campus.“We want to give the American students an idea of the differ-ences between cultures, show them our traditions and basically organize something for them so we can all have fun together,”said Tarczynska.
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