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Both walkers and runners are welcome; registration starts at8:30 a.m. and the event ofﬁcially beginning at 9:30 a.m. Entrancefees are $15 for Mercyhurststudents, $20 for pre-registeredrunners/walkers and $25 the day of the race. To register, send your check,payable to Mercyhurst Col-lege Rotaract Club, to Emi-ly Roach, R1524, MercyhurstCollege, 501 E. 38th St., Erie,PA 16546. Or you can email@example.com. Emily Roach, race coordinator, can bereached at 824-3956.You must include the follow-ing information: name, address, T-shirt size, phone number, e-mail address, age group (Under30 Men, Over 30 Men, Under 30 Women, Under 30 Women) andrace style (run, walk).Following the race, partici-pants can enter a Chinese rafﬂefor a chance to win a prize of their choice. Refreshments willalso be available at the end of the race.Considering the amount of planning and effort put into thisyear’s celebration, the outcomeshould be fantastic.When asked why it is impor-tant for students to get involved with Earth Day Magoc said,“Our week-long celebration of Earth Day is an opportunity forus to deepen our understanding of environmental issues and toreaffirm our commitment to work every day of the year for asustainable future for ourselves,our region and our children.”Magoc feels that the events will help students realize theenvironment’s imporance.“We have planned a dynamicseries of events that celebrate theinterdisciplinary nature of envi-ronmental issues, reminding usof how these issues touch every realm of intellectual endeavor onthis campus,” said Magoc.“We hope that these events canhelp shatter the myth that ‘theenvironment’ is an issue best leftto scientiﬁc or corporate experts,or to “environmentalists.” To befully informed, engaged citizensdemands that we learn aboutissues that affect us all, includ-ing the quality of our air and water, the threats posed by global warming, the links betweennatural resources, globalization,and foreign policy, and the pro-tection of wilderness that reﬂectthe values and heritage of all Americans.”According to Magoc,“Thereare two myths regarding EarthDay, and they are linked: Thatthese problems were solvedlong ago, and that whateverconcerns raised these days arebeing pushed by a minority of raving tree-huggers who havenothing else to do, or who areout to destroy the American way of life.”To help dispel these miscon-ceptions a variety of events andseminars have been scheduledthroughout this week:
Wednesday, April 20, at 4p.m., Audrey Hirt AcademicCenter 214. The Economicsof Sustainability – compelling presentation on the economicsof sustainability by internationalbusiness professor Dr. GustavoBarboza, and visiting professorof sustainable systems, Dr. Juer-gen Ertel.
Thursday, April 21, 4:45-6:30 p.m., Zurn Hall 114. A roundtable discussion withBill McKibben on his book,“Enough: Staying Human inan Engineered Age.” 8:15-10p.m., Taylor Little TheatreBill McKibben lecture
Friday, April 22 “Earth Day,”9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse, 444 E. Grandview Blvd.Fair Trade Fair – Sale of crafts, jewelry, other products.Proceeds promote sustainability and social and economic justicein developing nations.
Also, the public is welcome tojoin the Mercyhurst community in the ﬁfth annual Mill Creek Cleanup on Saturday, April 23,from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will gather at the mouth of thecreek, which can be accessedoff the Bayfront Highway by taking the Ore Dock Road northat Sunburst Electronics for aquarter mile.For those of unable to attendthese weeks’ events but still want to participate in making the world a better place, you canalways consider the option of living in the “Green” Building.Dr. Magoc was adamant aboutclearing up the rumors that there was no televisions or computersallowed, but that simply is nottrue.“We will be
con-servation (turning things off when not in use, for example).Students who live here will havea number of advantages, includ-ing a newly refurbished “green”lounge (with a “cyberbar”) de-signed by students and faculty inInterior Design and the provisionof environmentally responsibleproducts such as paper productsand cleaning supplies. They willalso be provided with a member-ship to the Whole Foods Co-op, where healthier foods are avail-able,” said Magoc.“This is unprecedented, achance for students to make his-tory, to model environmentally responsible ways to live, to pointthe way for all of us toward thefuture.”Whether it be attending aseminar, signing up to live in the“Green” Building, or just taking some time out of your day andconsider how you could make the world a better place you will behelping convey the true messageof Earth Day.No good deed goes unpun-ished and by cleaning up our actstoday, the future of our beautifulEarth looks promising. When asked what is one thing that that students should know about Earth Day, Magoc replied“It’s every day.”
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’Hurst celebrates Earth Week
Parade Street residents andMercyhurst College have had arocky relationship this academicyear, from students disturbing the peace, to the month-long battle over the fate of the empty lot adjacent to the new Paradeentrance. The year is almost over, butresidents on Parade street arecomplaining again. This timethey are focusing on the parkedcars on the city street infront of their homes, causing Mercyhurstto crackdown on freshman park-ing.Many residents have also ex-pressed anger towards the collegefor the creation of a park on thatlot, some going as far as to say it’s part of Mercyhurst’s “plan”to eventually own all of ParadeStreet in City Council meetingsin late 2004.In previous articles, formerPresident William Garvey dis-missed these claims as “ridicu-lous”, emphasizing that Mercy-hurst treats its neighbors withconsideration, and that the col-lege supplies immediate residents with presidential passes whichallow free admission to campusevents such as concerts or danceshows.One of the major complaintsfrom Parade Street residents was students parking on thestreet. This has led to parking difﬁculties for residents, as wellas damage to the boulevard, asimproperly parked cars forcesnow plows over onto it.Mercyhurst has taken actionon this end recently, sending individual e-mails out to stu-dents who have been parking on Parade with unregistered cars.Unregistered automobiles are a violation of the Student ConductCode, and these students aretherefore potentially subject todisciplinary action.Police and Safety scanned thelicense plates on Parade Streetto ﬁnd out which were studentowned. The e-mail instructed thestudents to attend a meeting inthe ﬁrst ﬂoor Egan lounge thispast Sunday.Students iwere then informedthat their cars must be registeredthrough the school or they willface disciplinary action. This ac-tion on the part of the college isemblematic of efforts through-out this academic year to livecomfortably with its neighbors. After several City Councilmeetings in late 2004, one of which where Director of Resi-dence Life Laura Zirkle borethe brunt of Erie residents’complaints, Councilman Jim Thompson volunteered his ser- vice as an intermediary betweenthe city and the college.Since then, measures have beentaken to rein in Mercyhurst’soff-campus students, which haveincreased dramatically in recentyears to well over 100 students.Disagreements between resi-dents and the college have onceagain returned to parking, whichhas only gotten worse in the pastfew years. As the student popula-tion grew to its current ideal sizeof more than 3,000 students,the amount of cars on campusincreased as well.Freshmen, unless employedin the area or hailing from statesfarther than Pennsylvania, Ohioor New York, are generally not permitted to have cars oncampus until spring term. Many of these students have circum- vented this by parking on areastreets, generally Parade. The effort on Parade to track down students sidestepping thelack of parking on campus is asmall step in dealing with theongoing problem of ﬁnding aparking spot, which affects theupperclassmen as well as thefreshmen. Any students with unregis-tered vehicles must register their vehicle with Police and Safety orface disciplinary action.
Parking issues, again?
Mercyhurst neighbors on Parade Street are irked because of student cars parked ontheir street.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor
By Jason Endress
’Hurst plans memorial for Matthew Milgate
Robert Bly inspires students
The international poet, transla-tor and author, Robert Bly gavean entertaining and wonderfulreading of his work on Tuesday, April 12, and the following day offered a workshop for the cre-ative writing students. Those able to attend his read-ing met a man who they couldinstantly feel comfortable with,almost as though they had knownhim for years. He delivered eachpoem as though he were talking one-on-one with each memberof the audience.Lakyn Bianco, a sophomoreEnglish major, feels the reading was worthwhile to attend.“I really enjoyed Robert Bly’sreading. He is very wise, genuineand funny. I could sit and listento him tell stories all night,” saidBianco.Bly was well received by theentire audience of over 100people, and their enjoymentcould be felt during the stand-ing ovation. Some were drawnto him because of his powerful voice that changed inflection,tone, speed and pitch throughouteach poem; others because of hishonest humor about his own lifeand work.Dr. Gerry Tobin, a profes-sor and counselor on campus,said the reading was, “Inspir-ing, thoughtful, provoking andheartfelt.”Bly began the evening by read-ing some of the work he hadtranslated from other parts of the world.Bly said, “It’s translated intoEnglish, and then I translate itinto American.”His style of reading was quiteunique. He would read hisfavorite lines more than once,interrupt to explain a particularphrase or custom of the culturehe was reading from and some-times stop during a poem totell a story about his life or theauthor’s life.Bly later reﬂected that, “whenI’m translating I’m stealing goodsugar.” He uses different themes,forms and ideas from the poemshe translates.His own poetry is inspiring in-and-of itself, and this couldbe seen by the way he had theaudience mesmerized with eachline. The following day during the workshop he had a somewhatsmaller group, but they wereequally captivated by his every word.He led the group in an exerciseby looking at an object whether apine cone or card board box andreﬂecting on the object. ThenBly had each person reﬂect ona fairy tale.Finally, he told his students tothink about what each person wanted from their future. Atthe end each member of the workshop had written a prosepoem. Jessica DeMaison, a senior atMercyhurst, reﬂected at the end,“It was an amazing experience.I didn’t think I could look intomyself by looking at a fairy taleor pine cone and then ﬁnd me.”Whether at his reading or inhis workshop, those who had theopportunity to experience Rob-ert Bly got a rare and wonderfulopportunity. He gives each per-son he comes in contact with a wonderful memory. The one criticism of the wholeevening was that it was difﬁcultto hear him if you were sitting atthe top, and the people who werecomplaining were upset becausethey wanted so badly to catchevery single word.
By Chelsea Boothe
Contributing writerStudents, faculty and admin-istration of the Mercyhurstcommunity continue to mournthe loss of sophomore Matthew Milgate who died March 17, inan accident on 38
Street.In remembrance of Milgate,students and friends teamed up with youth ministry to arrangea memorial service for this Sun-day, April 24.According to sophomore Sara Turcotte, who is arranging theevent, Matthew’s parents andfamily will attend, along withseveral of his friends.“We will be showing a slide-show behind an acoustic accom-paniment by two of Matt’s closefriends,” said Turcotte.“Many of Matt’s friends willbe talking and telling storiesabout him, and his family willbe presented with an album andsuch of Matt’s times at Mercy-hurst,” she said.One close friend and pastroommate of Milgate’s, sopho-more Chris Bodley, says he truly misses his friend and plans toattend the memorial service.“Matty was a great kid, thekind of guy that always had asmile on his face. He’d helpyou if he could, and offer helpto you, even if he couldn’t,” saidBodley.“I am going to remember himthe way he was in high school: As the fun-loving guy, who wasalways ready to help and ﬂasha smile.”Bodley feels the service is a“great idea” and will give every-one a chance to “make peace”and “say goodbye.” Turcotte said that studentslike Bodley will also have theopportunity to write thoughtsand memories of Milgate to hisfamily at the service.“The event is a good way toget people together to sharestories about him and celebratehis life,” said Bodley.The service will be held from2 to 4 p.m. in the Walker RecitalHall, with a reception in thefoyer following the service.
By Josh Wilwohl
Photo courtesy of Dr. Schiff