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Anyone that may travel through theZurn, Performing Arts Center andD’Angelo area will see some majorrenovations to fix the water damagethat has been an increasing hazardduring this winter season. According to Tyrone Moore, Mer-cyhurst has a three year plan to fix thedrainage problem around the D’Angelobuilding.“I don’t know if that building wasmade on a river or something, butit can’t be put off any longer,” saidMoore. The project has been approved andmoney has already been allotted in thecampus-wide capital budget.Moore says this is a “large financialmove” and that the school has “tremen-dous plans” for fixing the building.Since awareness was raised aboutthe possible health issues of moldand fungi growing in the basement of D’Angelo workers have painted the walls, shampooed and disinfected thecarpets and now come down weekly tocheck the drainage and mold growth. As soon as the weather breaks main-tenance will begin their construction. They will first replace the roofs onthe Performing Arts Center, the lowerlevel of D’Angelo and the northeastsection of Zurn. Also, the skylights in the basement of D’Angelo will be resealed and caulkedto prevent further leakage and moldgrowth.After the roofs are replaced theschool will be installing a French drain-age system around the entire building. A French drain is a small trench thatcontains a perforated drainage pipethat is covered with gravel that allowssurface water to drain away from thebuilding. The building is already surroundedby a French drain that was built yearsago.
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The Arabic language indemand, is Mercyhurst keepingup?Page 2
It’s that time of year again.Housing sign-ups are just aroundthe corner.Page 3
Reflections on Matthew Milgateand wrestling with the idea of your own mortality.Page 6
Arts & Entertainment
Phantasm wins Rocket 101 battleof the bands. Group wins $1,000and a Budweiser sponsorship amongother prizes.Page 9Index News.....................................2 News.....................................3Features.................................4Features.................................5Opinion..................................6Opinion..................................7A&E.......................................8A&E.......................................9Sports..................................10Sports..................................11Sports..................................12
Vol. 78 No. 16 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546 March 23, 2005
Have sex questions answeredduring sex week in the Union. Page 4
Men’s hockey heads to NCAA play-offs this weekend. Page 12
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Students show express their grief through a memorial placed near the site of the crash.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
Tragic accident takes life of student
 The Mercyhurst College Community lost a special member when SisterM. Loretta McHale died on Friday,March 18.Sister Loretta was the sixth presi-dent of Mercyhurst and a formersuperior of the Sisters of Mercy.She played a major role in the his-tory and development of the college,touching the lives of the many stu-dents that attended the college.Gary Bukowski, vice president of institutional advancement, was one of the first men to start at Mercyhurst in1969 and works at the college today.He remembers Sister Loretta and thetime he spent with her throughout thepast 30 years.Bukowski recalls talking to SisterLoretta early on. “I was a history major and I talked with her a lot. Sinceshe was one of the founding Sisters,she offered great insight to the history of the college,” said Bukowski.“She was also always looking towards the future. She was very responsive to the changing times andalways willing to talk. She had a futur-istic personality. She loved the collegeand wanted to take it to the next levelof excellence.”According to Bukowski many alumni of the college were fond of Sister Loretta and always asked how she was doing. “Sister Loretta alwayshad time for people. Folks always wanted to know how she was doing,”he said.Bukowski feels that Sister Loretta would want to be remembered themost for her work with Mercyhurst.“I think she would want to beremembered for leading the chargeof taking Mercyhurst into new devel-opments. She had many accomplish-ments,” said Bukowski.Bukowski added that Sister Loretta was responsible for forming thecollege’s first lay advisory board in1961, along with naming Sister Caro-lyn Herrmann the president of thecollege in 1963.“It’s so important that we continueto keep her spirit alive because sheplayed a huge role in the creation anddevelopment of the college,” saidBukowski.In honor of Sister Loretta, the col-lege named the current distinguishedspeaker series in her name, the McHaleDistinguished lecture series. Thisseries will present its next speaker,Robert F. Kennedy Jr., on March 31.
By Jonelle Davis
News editor
Sister Loretta McHale passes
Sister Loretta McHale
Photo courtesy of Mary Daly
No-bid contract causes uproar
 Lawmakers and critics question why Mercyhurst receives the contract 
By Brent Vlcek 
Contributing writer
D’Angelo receives water damage repairs
By Meghan Sullivan
 Arts & Entertainment editor The selection process that awardedMercyhurst College the no-bid contractto train intelligence analysts for theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) raised concern with at least onelawmaker.Critics of the contract hinted thatMercyhurst received the contract asan act of political favoritism by formerSecretary of the DHS Tom Ridge. Tom Ridge is a former resident of Erie County and governor of Penn-sylvania.Mercyhurst College denied the alle-gations with strong disagreement.The Center for Public Integrity andCongressman Bennie G. Thompsonquestioned the integrity of the con-tract. According to its Web site, the Centerfor Public Integrity “is a nonprofit,nonpartisan, tax-exempt organizationthat conducts investigative research andreporting on public policy issues in theUnited States and around the world.”The latest press release from theCenter for Public Integrity states aconnection between Mercyhurst Col-lege and former DHS Secretary TomRidge.“…further investigation by theCenter has revealed that MarleneMosco, who was installed as chairper-son of the Mercyhurst College Boardof Trustees last year, is one of Ridge’soldest and best friends, as well as oneof his top political supporters.U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson,Democrat of Mississippi and rank-ing member of the House HomelandSecurity Committee, wrote a letter toMichael Chertoff, Secretary of theDepartment of Homeland Security,calling Mercyhurst’s contract with theDHS an act of political patronage.“The news that a no-bid contracthas been given by the Departmentto a college who is naming a building after Mr. Ridge and whose chairpersononce served as a top political supportercertainly raises eyebrows. The Depart-ment cannot play patronage games when America’s security is in question. We will hold it accountable.”
 Please see D’Angelo on Page 3 Please see No-bid on Page 3
By Kelly Rose Duttine
Editor-in-chief  The morning after St. Patrick’s Day had sobering effects on Mercyhurststudents when they learned that Mat-thew Z. Milgate, 20, had been killedafter being struck by two cars at the 500block of East 38
Street, around 11 p.m. Thursday evening.Mercyhurst College administration,faculty and students mourn the loss of a student, classmate and friend.Charges were recently filed by theErie Police for the two drivers involvedin the accident. Adell Gaines, 26, who was driving the Buick Regal that first hitMilgate, was charged with an accidentinvolved death or personal injury whileunlicensed.Douglas Bailey, the driver of thesecond car that struck Milgate is likely to receive summary charges, according to statements by police in a March 19article in the Erie Times-News. Policealso said that additional charges may be filed.Mercyhurst Campus Ministry andMSG provided transportation to the wake for Milgate on Monday in LeRoy,N.Y. and many students attended. According to Milgate’s obituary onDemocratandCronicle.com, a Roches-ter newspaper, a memorial service willbe announced at a later date, possibly in May.Campus Ministry and MercyhurstStudent Government are also interestedin planning services in the future, inabout a month, when Milgate’s family and friends can attend. The family requested that memorialdonations be made to the GolisanoChildren’s Hospital in Rochester or tothe Rochester Youth Hockey Organiza-tion, instead of flowers.On campus, many students, faculty and organizations paused to rememberMilgate on Friday and over the weekend.Professors took a moment of silenceand offered their support to studentsduring classes and the student-producedmusical, “State Fair”, sang in tribute toMilgate before their performances this weekend. Some athletic events alsopaused for a moment of silence beforegames.Laura Zirkle, Director of ResidenceLife, and the Residence Life staff aresaddened by the events of Thursday night. Zirkle said, “It is so sad any-time we lose a member of MercyhurstCollege family, but it seems especially hard to lose one through such a tragicaccident.”“We are sad for Matt’s family andfriends and offer our sympathy andsupport to them,” Zirkle said.Currently, Residence Life is trying totalk to as many students as possible.“We want them to know that we arethere for them now, or whenever they need us,” Zirkle said.Students who are grieving Milgate’sdeath are encouraged to talk to theirResident Assistant, the counseling center or another Residence Life staff member.
 Please see Always on Page 3
PAGE 2 THE MERCIAD March 23, 2005
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
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 Women’s wellness fair sparks interest
Students celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about the different aspects of women’s health
By Jen Ciccone
Contributing writerOn Friday, March 13, the Stu-dent Union was the site of aninformational fair in honor of  Women’s History Month.Open to the entire campuscommunity, the first annual fair went off without a hitch andattracted well beyond what thecreators had hoped for.Darcey Kemp, director of theStudent Union, Kathy Thorton,secretary of the Student Union,and Heather Hosu, Graduate Assistant for the Student Union, wanted to celebrate Women’sHistory Month as well as createawareness on different aspects of a women’s life.Knowing that in order to makean event as best as it could bethey would need to contact otherresources, and they wasted notime. After a two-month periodof brainstorming and planning,the fair was finally ready.Hosu and Thorton were ableto recruit Tim Harvey, from theSports Medicine Department, as well as many of his students to work the event.Hosu credits them with “really making the fair amazing.” There were also other campus organiza-tions present including personnelfrom the Cohen Health Center.Counseling was also an ad- vertised attraction but due tothe tragic loss of a Mercyhurststudent the previous night, coun-selors were unable to make theevent. The HRIM program also pro- vided a free stir-fry demonstra-tion.Area businesses also partici-pated in the fair, hoping to spark interest in what they can offer toa healthier way of living. Whole Food Co-Ops and Women’s Health Connectionboth had displays and represen-tatives to help answer any ques-tions one may have. Membersof the Great Lakes Massagecompany were also on hand togive free messages.Students as well as faculty and administrators were invitedto attend the event, and many of them took advantage of theinvitation.Students and faculty alike wereintrigued by the different presen-tations and vendors. Pre-phar-macy major Bryar-Leigh McClureis interested in attending medicalschool and later becoming an ob-stetrician, attendted the fair.“A woman’s needs and healthhave always interested me andthis fair is an excellent opportu-nity for students to get a glimpseof the benefits of living a healthy life.”Other students were there to work and see the different dis-plays and demonstrations.Carolyn Schroeder, a sportsmedicine major, was recruited tohelp man a booth but since theamount of students that wantedto contribute to the fair was sogreat, she was not needed. To her delight, she was ableto walk around the exhibition with her friend and fellow sportsmedicine major, Alicia Abbey.“I was excited to have thechance to walk around the show looking at what information ithad to offer,” states Schroeder.“We learn about all this mate-rial in class, and this is a chancefor us to see it in real life appli-cations,” Schroeder continues. Abbey also agreed and felt thatthe assessments were a majorplus and “a good opportunity for women to be able customizetheir way of living.”The Women’s Health Fair wasa definite success in the eyes of the creators as well as those whoattended. Thorton and Hosu both havehigh hopes for the fair’s future.“The response is tremendousand the entire campus has beenso welcoming to the idea,” ex-claims Hosu. “It just amazing the amount of help we havereceived.”When considering their maingoal, “I just hope that we areable to attract women and spark an interest in a healthier way of living,” says Thorton. And by the looks of it, an interest in Women’s History Month hasdefinitely been sparked.
Student Union Graduate Assistant Heather Hosu organized the fair.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
It’s that time of year again.Round up your roommates andstart thinking about housing op-tions for next school year.Alice Agnew, Assistant Direc-tor of Residence Life and Stu-dent Conduct, says the processis the same this year as it hasbeen for many and that contractsand tally sheets are available forstudents to pick up now.“They will need to pick upone tally sheet per group andone contract per person,” Agnew said. “Then they’ll look at theirchoices and decide.”Options for upperclassmenhousing include the Briggs andLewis apartments, Wayne Streetapartments, Duval apartmentsand Warde, Lewis, and E. 41
St.townhouses.Once you decide on a living area, your housing packets aredue to the Residence Life officeby Monday April 25.“Contracts are due whetherthe apartment is full or not,” Agnew says.“As long as your contract isturned in you will get housing.”Shortly after packets are turnedin, you get your point total anda lottery number according to Agnew.“We post the point totals basedon lottery. Those numbers deter-mine the order you will sign upin,” she said.Agnew also notes that it isimportant to check your pointtotals as well so that if it is wrong,it can be corrected. Studentscan to make sure they have thecorrect point total then go to theappropriate sign-up.Sign-up dates are separate forstudents applying for preferredhousing such as triples, honorsand townhouses, and studentsapplying for full occupancy Briggs and Lewis apartments. Townhouses and honors sign ups will be May 2, triples on May 5and standard four person apart-ments will be on May 12.There will also be some chang-es for sophomore housing thisyear. Residence life is looking tomake special sophomore hous-ing areas to gradually transitionthis group into upperclassmenhousing.“We pay so much attention tothe freshman class housing so when we send them over to otherhousing we wanted an intermedi-ate step” Agnew explains.She says that the pilot forsophomore housing went wellthis year and as long as there isinterest, they hope to have allsophomore areas full for nextschool year.These areas include 3937Briggs and 3939 Briggs, which will be triples, and there is a pos-sibility that Duval will be addedas quad apartments as well. Thispossibility all depends on theinterest of sophomores hoping to live there.“Our goal is to have a greatersense of community,” Agnew says. “I think we will havethat.”Juniors and seniors need not worry though. Agnew says, “Just putting aspecific class there will not takeaway housing from the otherclasses.”Many students may not be worried about where they aregoing to live though, but whothey are going to live with. Notto worry, Agnew says that Resi-dence Life is there to help.There will be meetings forstudents looking for potentialroommates coming up. “Thereis one early and one a little laterfor students who still need room-mates,” Agnew said.Although housing contractsneed to be turned in whether theapartment is full or not, she adds,“If they find someone to live with they can still let us know.”If roommates are not found,you will still get housing, butmay be placed with additionalroommates as needed. Agnew says, “We will let them know who will be placed with them when we find out.”So what else do you need toknow? Tally sheets and housing con-tracts are available now to bepicked up from Residence Life.Housing packets are due onMonday, April 25, point totals will be posted shortly after, andsign-ups will take place May 2through May 12, depending on what housing you are signing up for.Students should begin thinking about housing now. “When westart classes in September almostevery space is full,” Agnew said.“There are few complaints aboutliving on campus.”For more information you can visit the Residence Life and pick up your tally sheet and contracts,and a list of important datesto remember and informationabout preferred housing.On March 10 through 13, agroup of political science ma-jors, minors and other interestedstudents traveled to the nation’scapital on a Pi Sigma Alphasponsored trip.The trip, organized by seniorpolitical science major KristenHudak, showcased many of D.C.’s most popular attractions. Twenty-three Mercyhurst stu-dents, along with Dr. JosephMorris, professor of politicalscience, packed into vans onMarch 10 and traveled six hoursto experience our nation’s capital. Among the sights visited by thegroup were Capitol Hill, the Na-tional Archives, the White Houseand Mount Vernon.The tour of Capitol Hill,organized through the officeof Congressman Phil English,focused on the House of Rep-resentatives. Students were ableto sit in the gallery in the Housechambers, where important law making procedures are held and where the State of the Union Address is delivered annually by the president.Following the tour of CapitolHill, students visited the National Archives, where they were able to view and read the original docu-ments that define this nation: theConstitution, the Declarationof Independence and the Billof Rights. This was a thrill forpolitical science lovers, for theirentire field of study has stemmedfrom those documents.Saturday March 12, began witha tour of the White House.Students were able to visitseveral key rooms in the House, where important diplomaticbusiness is still conducted on aregular basis.Because the president was outof town, more rooms were openfor the tour, which was a delightfor students. As a bonus, many students hadan encounter with Mrs. Beasley,the president’s four-month-oldpuppy and were allowed to petthe Scottish terrier.While in D.C., students hadample amounts of free time toexplore the city and see sights notplanned on the itinerary.Most students went to seeall the major monuments andmemorials. Other activities in-cluded various museums like theSmithsonian or the InternationalSpy Museum, and Arlington Na-tional Cemetery. Students alsohad time to visit graduate schoolsand inverview for internships. The last day of the trip took students to Mount Vernon, thehome and final resting place of George Washington.Students toured his home, which showcased many amazing items such as the actual key to theBastille Prison in France, givento Washington by Lafayette, Washington’s study and the bedin which he passed away. Stu-dents also explored the groundsof the plantation, which has astunning view of the PotomacRiver and visited Washington’stomb located on the grounds of the estate.
’Hurst students take trip to Washington D.C.
By Allison Moore
Opinion editor
The entire group poses for a picture after touring the Capi-tol building.
Photo courtesy of Allison Moore
 Where will you live next year?
 Residence Life works to satisfy student needs
By Jenny Allen
Contributing writer
March 23, 2005 THE MERCIAD PAGE 3
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
Mercyhurst graphic designstudents are gaining experienceby working with The Disabili-ties Task Force to help the localcommunity.Seven students have workedfor two weeks to design postersof awareness to the problemsphysically disabled people have with domestic violence.The Digital Imagery class,taught by Jodi Hopper, hookedup with the task force becauseof the problems these disabledindividuals have escaping thedangers of domestic violence.This sophomore class in-cluded Kyle Bogucki, Andrew Kochirka, Andrew Lapiska, MikeMcDonald, Vanessa Moody,Shawn Oslick and Ginny Reca. The project started out withSafeNet, which is a domestic violence safety network as wellas a member of the task force,to have a cab service set up forpeople with disabilities stuck inthese types of situations. They were attempted to fill thetime gap when no such servicesare available 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The posters were entered intoa contest sponsored by the task force, which is made up of rep-resentatives from organizationsincluding the law enforcement,the city government and socialservices.The campaign’s goal was toallow the disabled the sametransportation opportunitiesand domestic violence servicesas other people have.Because of their conditions,situations are a lot more compli-cated and harder to get help.Hopper was impressed withher students’ work.“The topic requires sensitiv-ity to the language preferred by persons with disabilities as wellas an understanding of how tocreate visuals that communicate,promise and hope rather thanfocus on the predicament thata person suffering abuse findsthemselves in.”All of the students were in- vited to a Legislative brunch lastFriday at the Marketplace Grill.State and local legislators, task force members, as well as specialguests were also invited.Lapiska won the contest and was awarded $500.His poster will be replicatedand displayed around the city.Moody and Bogucki were alsoawarded a cash prize for being runners-up.One of the judges was Mercy-hurst art instructor, Peggy Brace, who also informed Hopper of the contest. According to Hopper, thejudges were so impressed withthe posters that they may repli-cate more than one to display.“One of the major challengesof being a designer versus a fineartist is the deadline schedule,”said Hopper. “They alwaysseem to come faster than antici-pated.”This class is also working onartwork for the Erie Art Mu-seum. This project is for the environ-ment art fair that will be heldnext month. The pipes currently running alongside the building are toocorroded to drain away watersince a French drain needs to beregularly maintained to remainuseful and effective.In response to the effortsby the school to fix the waterproblem, senior music educationmajor Jay McDowell said, “I’dsay it’s a good start. However, Iam curious if they [MercyhurstCollege] plan to make the repairsto damaged equipment including two quite worthless pianos.”“Hopefully Mercyhurst’s solu-tion to the drainage problemsthroughout D’Angelo, Zurnand the Performing Arts center will be a permanent one,” saidMcDowell.  James Breckenridge, direc-tor of Mercyhurst College’sInstitute of Intelligence Stud-ies (MCIIS), stated, “We cancompete with the best pro-grams in the country, whichis why DHS and others havecome to us. We welcome andinvite any scrutiny. Whatpeople will find is that we arethe best program in AppliedIntelligence in the nation.”Robert Heibel, founder of MCIIS, wrote in a letter, “We were totally unaware that this would be a no-competitioncontract and it was DHS’sdecision to make. We wouldhave welcomed the competi-tion. We’ve always done itthe old fashioned way, we’veearned it.”Gennifer Biggs, Direc-tor of Public Relations andPublications, stated, “Theseallegations are absolutely ridiculous. Our intelligencestudies program has a strong and long-standing reputa-tion in intelligence circles in Washington, and it was ourreputation that earned us thiscontract.”Mercyhurst defended thereputation of the IntelligenceStudies program in responseto statements that George Washington and Georgetown were more suitable candi-dates for the contract.“Georgetown and George Washington are top schoolsand offer strategic studiescourses, however they norany other college or university in the world offers programsthat provide graduates withentry-level skills needed toproduce various levels of intelligence products for gov-ernment and the private sec-tor,” wrote Heibel.Biggs stated, “I assumethose universities respect thatthe kind of education we pro- vide entry-level intelligenceanalysts is different from thepolicy and ideology they pro- vide master’s students, and itis that difference that madeMercyhurst the appropriatechoice for providing thisintelligence analyst certificateprogram.”Heibel and Biggs deniedany connection between thecontract and Tom Ridge.“Relative to Tom Ridge, Ihave a great deal of admira-tion for him and his wife. Ido not personally know him,and MCIIS has never solic-ited him in any way,” saidHeibel.“Tom Ridge did not haveany influence on the naming of the Mercyhurst NorthEast building nor did he influ-ence the choice of our intel-ligence studies program forthe training program with theDHS. It is simply not true,”said Biggs.
By Jaime Myers
Contributing writerColleges and universitiesacross the United States haveexperienced an increased interestin the Arabic language among itsstudents following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. According to an article in USA Today, “Enrollment in Arabiccourses nationwide jumped from5,500 to 10,600, a 92 percent in-crease, from 1998 to 2002.”Since 2002 enrollment in Arabic courses increased an es-timated 15 percent to 25 percent.However, with only 10 percentof U.S. colleges offering Arabiccourses, the demand may out- weigh the supply.Mercyhurst College is one of the 10 percent of U.S. collegesoffering Arabic courses. None-theless, the college only offerstwo terms of the language whilethe demand for more coursesincreases. James Breckenridge, directorof Mercyhurst’s Institute of In-telligence Studies (IIS), said thatmany employers have expressedan interest in IIS graduates with abackground in Arabic. However,there are currently no plans toincorporate Arabic into the Intel-ligence curriculum. Although Arabic is not in-corporated in the Intelligenceprogram, Breckenridge doesfeel that the college needs moreprofessors to teach Arabic andto offer more courses. “We needfull time professors, not someonein transition,” said Breckenridge.“We need it. We need it now.”J.J. Mikulec, a senior politicalscience, history and intelligencemajor, sees the importance of knowing Arabic and has workedthe language into his curricu-lum.“I definitely plan on using  Arabic in the future, both in my careers in national security and inacademia,” said Mikulec.Despite the difficulty of thelanguage and limited coursesoffered by the college, Mikulecis completing his fifth term of independent study.Independent study presentsstudents with an opportunity tocontinue their Arabic educationbeyond the two terms offered by the college.U.S. involvement, politicaland business, in countries wherethe official language is Arabicnecessitates a demand for Arabicspeakers. The attacks of Sept.11, 2001, and the war in Iraq only intensified that demand.“The U.S. government – thelargest employer of foreignlanguage speakers – still suffersfrom a shortage of Arabic speak-ers in its operations against ter-rorism and in Iraq,” writes Betty Liu of the Financial Times.Nationwide interest in for-eign languages come and go likepopular fads. Liu points to thepopularity of German and Ital-ian after immigrants from thesecountries arrived in the U.S., theprominence of Russian following Sputnik’s orbit and the renownof Japanese that accompaniedthe country’s economic rise. The popularity of Arabic ac-companied the attacks of Sept.11, 2001, and the war in Iraq. Whether Arabic will become apassing fad or a staple in oureducation system like Spanishand French remains unknown.
 Arabic language in demand,Mercyhurst seeks to do more
Sophomore Matt Jacksonlived across the hall fromMilgate last year. Jacksonrecalls many good memories with Milgate.“I really don’t know aboutmy best memory because inall honesty every night withMilgate produced something new that people rememberbecause he was very outgo-ing and there was rarely adull moment when he wasaround,” said Jackson. Jackson also offered whathe, and others will miss mostabout their classmate. “Ithink most people will missthe constant energetic at-titude he always had, whichmade me and everyone elsearound him laugh and smile,”said Jackson.Some students have planneda small service for Milgatefor Wednesday, March 23 at10:45 p.m. on the hill outsideof McAuley Hall. Students who plan to attend are en-couraged to bring a candle.
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Contract controversy 
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Mercyhurst has a new clubon campus, AdPro, a studentchapter of the American Adver-tising Federation (AAF). AdProhas 16 members who are mainly comprised of communication,graphic design, business market-ing and advertising majors.Eric Hollenbeck, a seniorbusiness advertising major, isthe founder and President of  AdPro. “AdPro’s main objectiveis to give business, communica-tion and graphic design majorsreal work experience that willface them in the future. We dothis by recruiting clients andcreating new brand identity andpromotional packages for them,”states Hollenbeck.“I wanted to start a club that would give these majors a biggeradvantage when it comes downto looking for jobs; something outstanding to put on their re-sume.” AdPro’s first client was HRIMprofessor, Michael Alleruzzo. The AdPro team devised a new  way for Alleruzzo to market his wine series. The club broke downinto four groups and had a con-test to see who could come up with the best over all package.“We had to create things like anew name, logo, brochure, busi-ness card and Web banner forhim. We also did a critique of his Web site and gave new promo-tional ideas for his classes,” says Angela Biagini, Vice President of  AdPro. “We then had to pitch ourideas to him in a formal businessmeeting. It was great experience,I feel like I am more preparedto do something like this for my career in the future.”Every year the AAF gives theirmembers a national client. Thisyear the client is Yahoo!. Yahoo wants to create a new promotional package so that they can better serve customers ages12 through 17. This is a nationally recognizedcompetition with teams com-peting from across the country. AdPro will be working on theirown Yahoo package; however,they will not be competing na-tionally.“We felt that, being only inour first year, we would just takea trial run among ourselves sothat next year we could bettercompete in the national competi-tion,” says Hollenbeck. The AdPro team will finishout this academic year working on the Yahoo project.Next year, they will be attend-ing the national conference inNew York and will enter in thenational AAF competition.If you want to be a part of thisnew club, attend their end of theyear meeting where elections willbe held and new members up-dated. Signs will posted aroundcampus.
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Graphic design students work with Disability Task Force
Students design posters to help inform people about domestic violence problems that physically disabled people face
D’Angelo water damage gets repaired
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This music room is looking bright with a recent paint job and carpet cleanings.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
By Kristen Piquette
 Advertising manager
 AdPro works with national client
By Brent Vlcek 
Contributing writer
Washington University student Omid Ghaemmaghamiworks through the translation of a Arabic news story.
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