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On Saturday, April 23, the Mercy-hurst Rotaract Club will sponsor thethird annual PolioPlus 5K run on thecampus of Mercyhurst College.Rotary International’s commitmentholds this annual event to fight thepolio virus that still ravages many areas of the world.Emily Roach, race coordinator,states that it is a “common misconcep-tion that polio has been eradicated.”Developed nations such as the UnitedStates experience very few outbreaksof the polio virus.However, Roach said that underdeveloped nations such as those in Africa still require aid to eradicatethe virus. Where it takes U.S. patients only three booster immunizations to estab-lish immunity to the virus, it can takeup to 10 immunizations for a personto attain full immunity in Africa.“Thus far, Rotary’s efforts andthose of its partners around the worldhave achieved a 99 percent reduc-tion in the number of polio cases worldwide. The goal is to eradicatepolio this year, which is also the cen-tennial year for Rotary,” said Roach. To accomplish this goal, the Rota-ract Club has organized volunteersand raised money.Roach said, “The purpose of ourrace is to raise money and then donateto Rotary for their cause.” The race began in 2003 by alumnusDanielle Poole. Since then, the racehas grown as more runners joined toraise money for the cause. About 40 runners signed up for therace already. This week, Roach wouldlike to see 20 more runners sign up.Not only will the race benefit thefight against the poliovirus, it willraise awareness among the studentpopulation.“This race benefits the studentsbecause it raises awareness aboutother countries and their plight as wellas provides students with an easy way to do something for the greater goodof humanity,” said Roach.The last of the three authors gracing the Mercyhurst campus during the Lit-erary Festival is Martin Espada.Epada will be presenting “Alabanza:In Praise of Poetry” in the Taylor Little Theatre, on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30p.m. Espada is regarded as one of theleading poets of Puerto Rican heritagein the United States. The Brooklyn native’s poems havebeen published in The New York TimesReview, Harper’s, The Nation and TheBest American Poetry. A few of his many honors includehaving abook namedan Ameri-can Library  AssociationNotableBook of theyear, the Pat-erson Literary  Achievement,an AmericanBook Award,a PEN/Revson Fellowship and two NEA fel-lowships.In an interview with Espada, StevenRatiner, from the Face and Place of Poetry said, “Martin Espada is animposing presence, a grizzly bear of a man with dark eyes that devour thepage. His poems are, by turns, ferocious,tender, ardently political or touchingly biographical.”Epada’s poems have the ability tocatch the reader off guard, and whilehe may be talking about a subject thatseems relatively normal, he makes itextraordinary.It is said that his writing arises fromhis Puerto Rican heritage and his work experiences ranging from bouncer totenant lawyer.His versatility will be seen a week from Thursday when he reads at theMercyhurst.Here is a small sample of his outstand-ing work in an excerpt from the poem Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits,“No one can speak my name, I host thefiesta of the bathroom, stirring the toiletlike a punchbowl.”“The Spanish music of my name islost when the guests complain abouttoilet paper.”He offers his readers a new and/or different look at something thatsomeone might otherwise overlook asunimportant.As the last of three outstanding authors the English department encour-ages everyone to come to Espada’s read-ing and experience, “the Pablo Nerudaof the North American authors.” With the hustle and bustle that spring time brings, Mercyhurst College is host-ing an entire week of events that will bededicated to making students aware of Earth Day and its purpose.It was almost 30 years ago when Mer-cyhurst students and faculty first beganto recognize this sometimes overlookedholiday.Sister Maura Smith has been accred-ited with introducing the concept inher environmental studies classes nearly three decades ago.Most recently, the SPAN club, Stu-dents for the Protection and Appre-ciation of Nature, organized a campus- wide cleanup of the mouth of Mill Creek nearly four years ago to coincide withEarth Day.Since then, the festivities celebrating Earth Day have blossomed.Dr. Chris Magoc, one of the faculty planners for this year’s Earth Week,is really impressed with the studentsinvolvement and willingness to help withthis year’s events.“Dr. Brown, Cathy Pedler (our campusSustainability Coordinator), Jo Ellen andI first met in September, so it’s a year-long planning process,” says Magoc.
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Cardinals choose conservativeGerman as next pope.Page 2
’Hurst plans memorial forMatthew Milgate. Find out thedetails and how you can help.Page 3
It’s Earth week at the ’Hurst. Findout what students and faculty have tosay in this enviroment themed issue.Page 6 & 7
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Students participated in Earth Week last year by cleaning up the Millcreek watershed and planting trees on campus.
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 Please see PolioPlus on Page 3
 Alumni day brings many back to ’Hurst
Students receive career tips in the classroom from alumni who work in their field 
Move over professors because thealumni are coming in. This week, gradu-ates of Mercyhurst College are visiting the classroom to share their “real world”experiences with students.On Thursday and Friday Alumni onCampus Days will take place for thesecond year in a row. Because of thesuccess of last year’s event, Pat Liebel,head of the alumni office, decided tomake this an annual event.Students, faculty and alumni allenjoyed it last year, so here we areagain.“The students asked that it be con-tinued as they thought it was a positiveexperience,” said Liebel. “Of course, wehope this year will be even better.”It already seems like it is better. Thealumni event last year was only one day  with only seven alumni. This year, thealumni coming back almost tripled. Sothe event was spread out over two days.Eighteen alumni will make their way back to campus this week to inspirestudents with the stories and journeys ittakes to become a professional. Alumnifrom Erie and places from Pittsburgh toChicago will attend. They will speak in different classesthroughout Thursday and Friday.Students can hear alumni speak aboutbusiness, communication, criminal jus-tice, education, history, hotel restaurantand institutional management, intelli-gence studies and sports medicine.Students also have the chance to fillout a survey on how they like or dislikethe speaker and the event. If students want other topics covered or have sug-gestions for future alumni events, thesethings can be taken into considerationfor next year. 
 Alumni from Erie:
Rebecca Martin ’82 - vice presidentand marketing, Erie Regional Chamber& Growth Partnership; Al Messina ’71 - executive director,Boys and Girls Club of Erie, Inc;R. J. Zonna ’87 - vice president, United Way of Erie County; Joyce Savocchio ’65 - former Eriemayor; JoAnn Barnes ’79 - senior humanresources director, Rentway, Inc;Mary Ellen Dahlkemper ’73 - chief administrative officer, Stairways, Inc;Kevin Julius ’86 - McDowell HighSchool teacher and author of “The Abolitionist Decade-1829-38”;Brad Fairfield ’90 - developer, KoehlerBrewery Square;Steve Seymour ’85 - director of humanresources, Country Fair, Inc; Tom Parilla ’88 - financial adviser;Michael Malpiedi ’81 - vice presidentof sales, NextMedia Radio; William Dopierala, Esq. ’72 - deputy attorney general, Commonwealth of Pa.
Outside Erie:
Pierre Priestly ’81 (Chicago) - vicepresident and division manager, Invest-ment Property Exchange Services;Gary Calabrese ’79 (Hudson, Ohio)- director, sports medicine, ClevelandClinic;Scott Donnelly ’88 (Pittsburgh)-managing partner, Smallman StreetDeli;Scott Koskoski ’00 (Pittsburgh)- associate director of annual giving, Washington & Jefferson College;Dan Langan ’91 (Harrisburg) - presi-dent, Langan Public Affairs Inc;Russ Franklin ’75 (Pittsburgh) - vicepresident, Citizens Bank.
’Hurst students celebrate Earth Week 
PolioPlus5k run this weekend
Martin Espada wraps-up Literary Festival
Photo Courtesy of Dr. Schiff 
Martin Espada
For some college students,test anxiety is as predictable asthe spring flowers blooming oncampus. Not that these students would notice the flowers, oranything else, as they get ready for finals.When University of Akronstudent Raj Nandi takes an exam,it becomes an all-encompassing experience.“I’m antsy,” said Nandi, 31,a University of Akron graduatestudent in business administra-tion. “My wife stays away fromme. She just stays out of my  way. And I have a little troublesleeping.”No matter that Nandi com-pleted a rigorous engineering undergraduate major, and hassuccessfully taken test after testand has done well; he still getsnervous.It’s a problem that affectsmany students. As finals near, it’sthe busy season for those whoprovide counseling or academicsupport for college students whohave trouble dealing with thestress of exams.Common symptoms of testanxiety include: trouble sleeping or waking up in the night, wor-rying, having a rapid heartbeat,sweaty palms, or feelings of nau-sea, say experts and area students.Perhaps the most distressing symptom is completely blanking out during the test.“Test anxiety comes up, moreso than you would ever imag-ine,” said William Hale, Ph.D.,assistant director of the Univer-sity Counseling Services at Case Western Reserve University.Test anxiety occurs in variousdegrees. Not all anxiety is bad,because it can motivate a stu-dent to hunker down and study,experts said.“A bit of that sharpens yourattention and makes you morealert,” said Ronnie Love, a read-ing and writing specialist at KentState University’s Academic Sup-port Center. Love, who works with students of all skill levels,said many students who sufferfrom test anxiety feel that way because they simply haven’t putin the hours they need to masterthe material.“It’s justified anxiety,” shesaid.For those who feel anxiousbecause they aren’t prepared,the answer is obvious: Preparebetter.However, Hale said the stu-dents he treats for test anxiety have almost always put in thestudy time, obviously know theirstuff and still have problems.Many students who attendCase Western were at the top,or near top, of their high schoolclasses, Hale explained. They canbecome very anxious and thrownoff by a new environment.“When they come here, they are thrown in with students whoare also the cream of the cropand they may no longer be topdog,” Hale said. “The curve getscompletely reconfigured and in-credibly stressful for them.”Hale said he often works withstudents who know the mate-rial thoroughly even tutor theirfriends and still draw a blank  when it comes time to take thetest. Feelings of anxiety easily cancause a student to be unable toaccess the information that he orshe knows, he said.It is also very common foradult learners generally definedas age 25 or older to have testanxiety, because they feel a lot of additional pressure, said Debo-rah Gwin, director of the AdultResource Center at the University of Akron, which provides servic-es to students who are juggling many roles in their lives.“What brings our adult learnersback to school is what I call thefour D’s death, disability, down-sizing or divorce,” said Gwin, who added that about one-thirdof the university’s students areconsidered adult learners.“If you’ve got three kidsat home and you’ve lost yourspouse or your income, you haveto do well,” she said. “Also, youhave less time to prepare.”When reassurance and honing study skills aren’t enough, stu-dents often benefit from getting some help from a university’scounseling services, Love andGwin said.Hale, a psychologist, said stu-dents who have test anxiety usu-ally come for counseling eitherbecause they are self-referred, orbecause of a professor’s sugges-tion. Hale said when treating astudent, he first does a thoroughevaluation, to see whether theanxiety affects other aspects of a student’s life or is limited to thetesting situation.Students who have simpletest anxiety often benefit fromtwo strategies understanding the thought processes that aremaking them anxious, and learn-ing some concrete relaxationexercises.Gaining an understanding of the thinking that contributes totest anxiety is critical, Hale said,because it gets to the root of theproblem. Usually, a student feelsanxious because he or she be-lieves they “must” get an “A” ona test, or it will set up a string of misfortunes. Hale said a student’strain of thought generally runssomething like the following:“`I have to make sure I doperfectly on these tests. If I don’tmake an A on the test, I won’t do well in the course. If I don’t do well in the course, my GPA goesdown. If my GPA goes down, I won’t get a good job. If I don’tget a good job, I won’t be ableto pay off my student loans. I’llnever be happy. And...”Hale said he helps this kindof student learn to replace theseanxiety-producing thoughts withmore realistic, less catastrophicthinking.“I bring it back to the here andnow,” he said. “This is one test. Ilook at where the perfectionismcomes from,” Hale said.In addition to changing au-tomatic, negative thoughts, astudent will benefit from learn-ing some simple relaxation ex-ercises, Hale said. Hale favorsprogressive muscle relaxation, aprocess in which a person firsttenses, then relaxes part of thebody, and a few minutes of breathing focus. Simple test anxiety is treatable without use of medication,Hale added, and the prognosisis bright.Just like many of the students who have the problem.
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 VATICAN CITY, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a doctrinalconservative who emerged as apivotal figure in the days follow-ing Pope John Paul’s death, waselected pope Tuesday.The German prelate, whoturned 78 Saturday, will be theRoman Catholics’ 264th succes-sor to St. Peter. He will be knownas Pope Benedict XVI.Although the announcement was greeted with delirious cheersby the multitudes gathered in St.Peter’s Square, the choice is cer-tain to be a controversial one.“Dear brothers and sisters,after the great pope John PaulII, the cardinals have elected mea simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord,” he toldthe faithful from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.“The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insuf-ficient means consoles me, andabove all I entrust myself to yourprayers,” said Ratzinger, who ap-peared smiling and serene.As head of the Congrega-tion for the Doctrine of theFaith, Ratzinger served as Pope John Paul’s theological enforcer.Many who know him person-ally describe him as shy andreserved, but his strict enforce-ment of John Paul’s conservative views and his harsh silencing of several prominent theologiansestablished his reputation as asomewhat divisive figure.As successor to the immensely popular John Paul, whose 26-yearpapacy combined bold politicalstrokes, an epic global pilgrim-age and a death that provokedmourning worldwide, he faces adaunting task.But the election of Ratzingercame surprisingly quickly.When smoke began to curlfrom the Sistine Chapel’s chim-ney a few minutes before 6 p.m.Rome time, confusion reigned.Some in the crowd thought it was white; others were sure it wasblack. Italian television declaredit white and so did the Vaticanswitchboard, but Vatican Radiosaid black.The bells of St. Peter’s Basilica were supposed to clarify the mat-ter. But at precisely 6 p.m., thebells began tolling the hour,adding to the confusion. Finally, when the bells started to toll ata few minutes after the hour, it was clear that a new pope hadbeen elected.An air horn sounded. Flags waved and songs in differentlanguages were lifted toward thebalcony where the new pope would appear.From all over Rome, peopleflocked to the square. Via dellaConciliazione, the broad avenuethat leads to St. Peter’s, becamea fast flowing river of humanity,some strolling, some sprinting toward the square to see the an-nouncement.Monsignor Thomas Fucinaro,originally from Lincoln, Neb.,but a longtime Vatican staff member, was waiting with fellow priests along one of the woodenbarricades.“The fact that this was such abrief conclave is a clear sign of the unity of the cardinals,” hesaid. “We are all ecstatic.”After two inconclusive bal-lots Tuesday morning, and oneMonday evening, Ratzinger waselected in the conclave’s Tuesday afternoon session on what wouldhave been either the fourth orfifth ballot.A total of 77 votes, the sup-port of two-thirds of the 115cardinal electors, were needed.In the minutes after it becameclear that there was a new pope,the faithful in St. Peter’s Square,and millions watching on televi-sion around the world, still didnot know the identity of thenew pope. All eyes turned to thebalcony of St. Peter’s and thecurtained door that would opento reveal the cardinals’ choice.Cardinal Jorge Arturo MedinaEstevez, the senior cardinal dea-con, appeared first, and at 6:42pm he told the world “habemuspapam, we have a pope.”He introduced Ratzinger asBenedict XVI.The initial reaction of thecrowd was mixed. Some seemedconfused, but others beganchanting, “Benedict! Benedict!”Ratzinger, the first Germanpope since the 11th century, hasnot yet explained his choice of name, but the last Pope Benedict, who reigned from 1914 until1922, worked to bring peace dur-ing World War I.The election marks the conclu-sion of the most widely watchedchange in leadership in the his-tory of the 1.1 billion-memberRoman Catholic Church, a dra-matic three-week period thatbegan with the April 2 death of  John Paul II.To the surprise of even churchleaders, millions of pilgrimsstreamed into Rome to pay theirrespects to the late pope, some waiting in line 10 or even 20hours to spend a few minutespraying before his body.A quarter of a million mourn-ers pressed into St. Peter’s Squarefor John Paul II’s funeral, whilean estimated 2 to 3 million morefound other spots in and aroundRome to watch on television, anexperience they shared with hun-dreds of millions more aroundthe world.The funeral, on a chilled and windy day, underscored the tow-ering presence John Paul II hadin the church, in life and in death. A ritual designed for pomp anddignity gave way to cheers andchants as the crowd showed itsenthusiasm for the pope, someeven calling for his immediatesainthood.Those images were not lost onthe cardinals, who had to maketheir way through the crowds of mourners all that week.Insiders said that many of thecardinals were truly amazed by the outpouring. In the week thatfollowed, as they agreed not tospeak publicly about the choicethey faced, many of the 115 elec-tors focused on the response to John Paul II’s death, and tried tofigure out how to harness thatenthusiasm as the church movedforward.In the venerable tradition of papal conclaves, the week leading up to the voting was filled withspeculation about campaignsand counter-campaigns, whichcardinals were surging and which were fading.But this conclave was unlikeprevious gatherings of cardinalsin many ways. It was the largest, with 115 electors, and the mostinternational, with 52 nationsrepresented.And while all but two of themen had been made cardinalsby Pope John Paul II, sharing a certain understanding of thechurch and its teachings, they brought into the Sistine Chapela wide array of concerns andpoints of view.As the cardinals remainedmum, attention turned to thepriorities of the church in differ-ent parts of the world: issues oeconomic justice and a crippling priest shortage in Latin America;a drift away from Christian rootsin Europe; the priest sex abusescandal and technological tanglesin North America; a vibrant faithmixing a clashing with otherfaiths in Africa and Asia.Then on Monday, the cardi-nals made their last public ap-pearance, a solemn processionin scarlet from the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace into the SistineChapel, all shown on live televi-sion for the first time.Then, as the double oak doorsswung shut, the focus shifted yetagain. This time, all the digital,high-resolution, instantaneoustechnology of the world mediaturned to a simple stovepipepoking through the roof of thechapel.
After taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger greets thecrowd in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Italy.
KRT Photo
By Tom Hundley and SteveKloehn
Cardinals choose conservative German as next pope
Exam anxiety blooming, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating
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Knight Ridder Newspapers
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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 e-mailmcrotaract@yahoo.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.
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By Jason Endress
Contributing writer
’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
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Robert Bly
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