Can you count the asses? Students enjoyed a
night of Donkey Basketball
SAC. Don't miss ComedianEddie
on Jan 21 at 10 p.m.
the Walker Recital Hall and Fiesta Night on Jan. 22 from 10 p.m. until 12 p.m. in theUnion.
By Josh WestContributing writerSome students may unknow-ingly have surpassed the storagelimit for their Mercyhurst
accountOver the summer, Informa-tion Technology became awareof a number of students whose
storage capacities hadbeen set at 250 megabytes (MB),much higher than the prescribed20MB available to mostThe 20MB limit applies tototal storage space of all of fourmessage folders within a student
have access toan additional 500MB of storageaccessible through the campus
drive. If an account is
covered to be in excess of the20MB
all folders will becleaned out and relocated to the
drive in a text format.The cleaned out
willbe replaced by a message fromSystems Administrator LorraineFrownfelter, who will help stu-dents to recover anything thatthey want from the
will temporarilyincrease available storage in or-der to simplify the recovery andreinstitute the 20MB limit oncea student has secured any neededmessages or attachments.
will usually give students a
and then we bring the limitback down." Frownfelter said.Students whose
have beenmoved can reach Frownfelter atcampus extension 3360 or by
firstname.lastname@example.org. The process is simple andno data will be lostPat Benekos, Director of In-formation Technology, has
ognized the problem."We realized that it was ourerror. The limits should nothave been set that high," Benekossaid.The accidentally high limitsare being discovered on a case-by-case basis, so some studentsmay still be subject to a changein their accountEven those who have gottenaway with the higher limit foryears need to be aware that theymight lose
majority of thatspace.Students in excess of their20MB limit can fix the problemnow by deleting old messagesand attachments or moving themto a new location, such as apersonal hard drive or the cam-pus
drive. Picture files areespecially large and moving ordeleting them can free up a greatdeal of space.*Rectifying the problem nowrather than waiting for a problemto occur can help make the ad-justment
of a problem.Frownfelter and the IT staffare available to help any studentwith concerns about their cam-pus
promotes human* rights
Contributing writerMercyhurst students experi-enced car vandalism firsthand inthe Briggs parking lot on
day, Jan. 15. The person respon-sible for the vandalism has beencaught and will pay the damagecosts for every vehicle.
all with the same damage includ-ing mirrors smashed or brokenoff. All had the damage done tothe same mirror.These cars were all parked inthe top half of the Briggs lot,and the owners all found theircars in this state the followingmorning.According to Deanna Kramer,whose car was
theincident was more irritating thananything else.
more of an inconveniencethan anything. Now I have todeal with getting it
justannoying/' Kramer said.The school can monitor crimeslike these through surveillancecameras, but they
not respon-sible for the price of vandalismincidents on campus.The name of the individualis not being released, but he isbeing turned over to the EriePolice Department When askedabout the
Police Chiefof Police and Safety Ken Sidun
a young man
hadbeen involved with alcohol. Heis a freshman from a college inOhio who was visiting someoneat Mercyhurst"
criminal charges beingpressed for four of the five carshe damaged. He will be paying
dollars in fines,"said Sidun.
Though specific action de-pends on the nature of the at-tack, all problems are addressedin a crime alert, which gives thestudents as much informationas can be accurately given. The
are intendedto "get information to studentsas fast and as comprehensivelyas we can."Zirlde stressed that both thestudents
physical and emo-tional safety were of the utmostconcern and that Residence Lifedoes all it can to
There is nothing wrong withwomen,
even teens work-ing at
clothing factor)' in
thirdworld country, as long as theirjob complies with the minimumwage and workers' rights laws intheir specific country.In fact, without these "sweat-shops," many third world coun-tries would lose a main force intheir economy, and employeeswould be left jobless.Bookstore general managerDan Culler recognized thatmany misunderstand the term"sweatshop."
think sweatshop has a differ-ent meaning to different people,"Cullen said."I don't think that the FLAis demanding they get paid thesame minimum wage (as inAmerica), but that they are givena fair working environment thatis non-threatening"It would be next to impossiblefor Cullen or any other Mercy-hurst employee to travel to eachindividual clothing factory toevaluate the
and fairnessof the working environmentThat is where the FLA canstep in.
Cullen said, "They seem toreally have a handle on what isfair within those countries. Eachcountry is a litde different Forexample, their religious beliefsdictate what they can and can't
howthorough the FLA
Until about a week ago,the only safeguard on wherethe clothing came from wasthrough the National Associa-tion of College Stores(NACS).Mercyhurst has long been amember of
which in thepast had played the role of beinga watchdog for clothing goinginto college stores; however, itwas not the main role of thatorganization.Mercyhurst will not terminateits affiliation with the NACS.Being a member of
con-tinues to be beneficial because,according to Cullen, it "is
hugetool for the bookstore industry.We get to compare ourselvesto the other ones. We're rankedin efficiency on this side of thecountry at number
Mercyhurst-ownedbookstore where a lot of collegebookstores are operated by out-side corporations."You may wonder if the compa-nies that we buy products from
dowe need to go through the effortto become members also?Cullen said that the companieswill come to Mercyhurst to selltheir products, and the
hingthat he will
to see their codeof conduct However, the onlyway to really know that their codeof conduct is being enforced isif Mercyhurst is proactive andstays on top of them through athird-party organization such asthe FLA.
'They (NACS) went throughsome changes in the past twoyears with new board presidentsand in certain areas they havetaken their focus off. They aretrying to cut expenses in certain
This is an issue that was ingreat debate and then once theFLA was virtually doing whatthey wanted, they didn't wantto have an in-house police staffgoing around to
that's where they're recommend-ing us to
At least that's whatI'm going to recommend
too," Cullen said.Cullen said that in the pastfew years, the FLA has becomemore powerful in its monitoringcapabilities and has gotten moreteeth to it"My understanding, too, fromthis organization
say there hasbeen a violation at one of theplants, it's not a reflection of theFLA or any of the schools thatparticipate. But now we knowabout it, and the FLA digs intoit They find what the remedies
and if they don't correct it,they notify the members on theirlist I think that's what we couldbenefit from/'
XYZ company is one
our suppliers and they are notliving up to that code of con-duct, I want to know about it.They've come a long way in thelast couple of years (the FLA).
into it with
of worldwide attention. Andthey really seem to be doing apretty good job."gl"Again, it's about human rights.Human dignity
the bottom line
Cullen said. "And if wedon't believe in what our mis-sion statement is, then we
a problem. But
a sweatshirtto show off Mercyhurst pride,being proud of their school andthe support of human rights.Check
http://www.fairlabor. org/ for additional informationon the mission and work doneby the FLA.great deal of options at
help students throughproblems, and students are
tively involved in the handlingof the issue. Zirlde cited the useof the Counseling Center andan increase in the Police pres-ence in the area as some of themany tools Res Life has at theirdisposal.
Beyond the obvious advisoriesagainst leaving doors open or
believes thateducation is the key to improvingcampus safety. Zirkle
careful with in-formation you give out"However, new methods ofdealing with security are beingdiscussed regularly. Zirkle men-tioned the recent addition of aswipe card system to the fresh-men dorms and suggested thatthe same system may
installedat the apartments. Zirkle alsomentioned that entry codes wereone of the other ideas underconsideration."I think the school will con-tinue building on what they'redoing," said Zirkle. This does notmean that students can't expectto see something completelynew from Residence Life. Infact, a new program, introducedthis year, is now into its secondweek.The Progressive Passive Pro-gramming Project (P3 project)is a three-week long series ofprogramming designed by
which differs from building tobuilding. "Its goal is to get theresidents the resources they needto deal with the winter
said SarahAllen,one of the As-sistant Directors in
instructions read,]winter blues is ".
blah feel-ing that happens to us
the sun for days
end,when the cold is just a bit colderthan we want it to be, when it'sJanuary and we know this is go-ing to last 3 more months." Theprogram builds over three weeks,centering on the buildings' bulle-tin board, and educates studentson methods to handle seasonaldepression.The Residence Life staffwas mixed during the develop-ment of the P3 program, whichenabled the RAs a chance tointeract with each other. Groupsof three RAs developed a threeweek
of programming, andapplied the program to their ownbuildings.
decorations,informa-tion on depression and winter
tivities are among the things thatcan be found on apartment bul-letin boards across campus andresidents can expect to see thisnew addition to Residence Life,
as well as
continued developmentof security evolve as winter andfuture months drag on.
'Hurst celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.
Continuedfr6m Page L
Students were excused fromclass and encouraged to partici-
in as many of the
as possible.During the breakfast, voicemajor Eric Marshall and fac-ulty member, Lisa Laymen, per-formed a collection of spiritualsongs.
President of Diversity 101,
said she wanted
artistic qualities,as well, as their cultural quali-
Members of the dance depart-ment also performed an "inspi-rational" dance. Keddell, whowas choreographer of the dance,gained her inspiration from the
song "May It
The Martin Luther
Jr.Center sponsors a week
King Holiday Week that occurredthis year from Jan.
One of the events includedin the
Week' was amarch offered to the public,which students and faculty
Mercyhurst participated in.In the future, Keddell saidDiversity 101 and MSG will beworking to better coordinate theactivities the city provides withthe
and participate inmore events the Martin LutherKing Jr. Center offers.After the
manyheaded to Perry Square indown-town Erie to participate in themarch.Mercyhurst Student Govern-ment Association, Diversity
Club and the Mercyhurst SocialWork Club were among themarchers. part
presented by Diversity
people braved the of Race" takes a look at racebitter cold and snow to celebrateone
great triumph of sucha tough cultural struggle/
saidMaggie Wilkins, vice presidentof the social work club."Personally, I have a huge di-verse group of friends and if itwere not for Martin Luther KingI may not have been able to havethat same group of friends that Ihave," said
Jasper, a mem-ber of the Diversity
stressed that it is importantfor people to understand that itis not just an African Americanholiday, but also a holiday thatour country as a whole shouldcelebrate.The celebration continues onTuesday with the first of a two& the role it plays
Americandemocracy.Part 2 of the
will beshown on Wednesday. Bothparts begin at 7 p.m. and
be shown in the Student UnionGreat Room.Mercyhurst Student Govern-ment presents
"TheMeeting"onThursday;Jan. 20th.The play is about a fictitiousmeeting between Martin Luther
and Malcolm X staged
in a Harlem apart-ment. The show begins at 8:30p.m. in Taylor
an offering of the MSG Speak-ers Series. Admission is
andopen to the public
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