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The Merciad, Sept. 21, 2005

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Each term Mercyhurst College buzzes with activity. With only 10 weeks onthe schedule, faculty and students findthemselves barreling along at a frenziedpace.For Mercyhurst students, it takesextreme discipline and dedication tomaintain the high standard of academicexcellence the college has upheld sinceits foundation. Trends in the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year have caused somefaculty members alarm and distress overstudent athlete attendance. The men and women soccer andtennis teams as well as the football teammissed the first days of classes due tosporting events, faculty members say.For many faculty members, theabsence of freshmen students on thefirst day of class was extremely trou-bling.Dr. Kenneth Schiff, the chair of theStudent Athlete Attendance OversightCommittee, explains his concern aboutfreshmen athletes missing the first daysof class.“I myself had a freshman footballplayer miss the first day of class. Yet,the school catalog is quite clear thatfreshman attendance in class is manda-tory,” Schiff said.“More importantly, though, it clearly sends the wrong message to incoming freshmen for the athletic program topull these students from their very first academic experiences so they can‘represent the school.’”Schiff allowed a
reporter to view e-mails faculty members have sentto him regarding athlete attendance.
The Merciad 
confirmed that the faculty members authored the e-mails. Thosefaculty members asked not to have theirnames printed.One of these faculty members com-mented, “I have a freshman student inmy FYI class who is on the soccer team,and she has missed the first large sessionon Sunday and our subsequent smallgroup session because of soccer.“So far she has missed about one-third of the total FYI experience, whichI believe violates the FYI requirements.I am disturbed by this. I am working  with her to make appropriate accom-modations, but don’t know how itcan replace the time in-class with herfreshmen...”
See Student Athletes on page 3
 As the weather begins to turn coolerand the leaves begin to change, it meansthat fall is on the horizon. This weekend you can kick off fall atMercyhurst College with the annual FallFest celebration. The excitement of Fall Fest beginson Friday, Sept. 24, with the formal. This year’s theme is entitled “ShanghaiNights.” The formal will be from 8 p.m.-12:00a.m. at the Zem Zem Shrine Club on West 38th Street. According to Rob Englert, chairmanof the Student Activities Committee,“The formal should be a lot of funfor everyone who attends, there will begreat decorations and great food foreveryone to enjoy.” Tickets are on sale in the StudentUnion all week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost is $15 per ticket and youmust have your student ID.Fall Fest continues to heat up onSaturday beginning at 3 p.m. in Garvey Park and Grotto. There will be activi-ties for everyone to enjoy along withfree food. The games and activities will includea giant inflatable twister, life size rock’em sock’ em boppers, Frisbee spin artand a money pit. Live bands will alsobe taking the stage in the Grotto allthroughout the day. The main event of Fall Fest will beSaturday night at 8 p.m in the Grotto, when the band “Streamline” will takethe stage.“Streamline” opened for “Reel Big Fish” at last year’s Spring Fest. Stream-line features Mercyhurst’s own MikeHogan. The band will also be taping theirperformance to be used as part of their“Live DVD” which they are compiling to send to record labels.“We are looking forward to having Streamline perform at Fall Fest becausethey are such a good band and they are well received by the students,” saidMSG executive board secretary JenniferCiccone.“We are also glad that they are going to be able to use this concert and thecampus for their live DVD.”Fall Fest is only one of the many eventsthat SAC provides to the Mercyhurststudent body. The rest of the fall term will havemany activities in store including a luaufor Parent’s weekend featuring a Jimmy Buffet cover band, the second annualMercyhurst ghost tours for Halloween,a trip to Kennywood for fright nightand many other activities. Anyone interested in helping set upfor Fall Fest may contact the SAC officeat x2463. As enrollment over the past few yearsat Mercyhurst College has increased, sohave the difficult issues about where toput all the new students.Some may choose to live in housing provided by the college, while otherschoose to live in off-campus housing. This issue of off-campus housing has become a main concern for boththe administration and Mercyhurststudents.In April of 2005, Erie City Counciladdressed the concerns of neighbors of Mercyhurst College in regards to allega-tions of loud noise levels, alcohol con-sumption and poorly kept property.Over 200 members of the Erie com-munity attended in order to addressthe issues of “rowdy” students of thecollege living off-campus.Since then, the administration of Mercyhurst in joint-effort with the EriePolice have decided to try to put a stopto the inappropriate behavior of someoff-campus students.On Wednesday, Sept. 14, a meeting todiscuss the new policies for those living off-campus was held.Presenting at this meeting were severalstaff members of Mercyhurst College,including Director of Administration,Dr. Tom Billingsley, the assistant chief of police and safety and Erie PoliceOfficer Dave Robarts. A student handbook with informationabout lease agreements and guidelines was also passed out. The school now has a new policy  which requires students to request tolive off-campus and give residencelife housing information, including addresses and local phone number list-ings in order to keep track of wherethe off-campus Mercyhurst studentsreside. According to Director of ResidenceLife, Laura Zirkle, the IT departmentand the office of police and safety are establishing a database to includethese numbers so the college has anaccurate handle on the whereabouts of Mercyhurst students. The school stated at the meeting thatthis is to look out for the well-being of the students and the name of theschool so allegations against off-campus students of different schoolscan be sorted. There are 250-300 Mercyhurst stu-dents living off-campus, with 27 studenthouses on 38th Street alone. There are mixed reactions fromMercyhurst students on and off campusabout the issue.Some, like off-campus senior Stacy Edwards, have not yet decided whetherthey like or dislike the changes. 
See Off-campus on page 2 
 Athletics and academics
 Student athletes strive to balance busy schedules
Soccer player Kyle Jackson says he’s piled with school work whilebalancing a busy fall sport schedule.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
Vol. 79 No. 2 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 September 21, 2005
Mercyhurst Sports Medicine Depart-ment is preparing for a project they cannot fail. With the recent tragedies around the world and the lack of preparedness,many wonder what would happen if a disaster struck the campus com-munity. The Sports Medicine Department isplanning to find a solution to such aquestion.On Saturday Oct. 22, Mercyhurst Col-lege will find out if the school is ready to deal with such an occurrence. The department is planning a simu-lation entitled “Mass Casualty Inci-dent.” With the financial assistance of agrant from the department of Home-land Security and the legwork of theSports Medicine Department, theschool will stage a bleacher collapse atthe football field. Thirty to 40 of the students in theSports Medicine Department will bemade up to be dead, injured, maimed,broken, mangled or otherwise critically hurt.Other students will be on the scenesaving lives and mending bodies withthe Erie Police, Fire and Emergency response teams, as well as aiding Mercyhurst Police and Safety in crowdcontrol and other various duties. This will be a test of our readiness todeal with any disaster that may affectour campus community.
Mike Bringley, Blake Tandoi, and Matt Woolshlager represent only a small portion of students living off campus that are affected by the new guidelines set by residence life this year.
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Off-campus restrictions
 Residence life implements new housing requirements for off-campus residents
By Dana Moderick 
Contributing writer
By Nick Bradford
Contributing writer
Fall Fest heats up
By Katie Walker
Contributing writer
Streamline will record their  performance for alive DVD.
By Corrie Thearle
News editor
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
Women’ssoccer team winsfive straightArt studentstravel to Florencefor educationalexperience
PAGE 2 THE MERCIAD September 21, 2005
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
Billboard hits reflect emotions
 Researchers’ study on music reveals mood of the nation
Music is all around us. Whileit can’t be seen, it is constantly surrounding the world, waiting to be discovered.Many times musicians comefrom out of the blue to amazethe nation with a hit song thatspeaks deeply to the humansoul. According to Mercyhurst’s ownDr. Terry Pettijohn, the moodof the nation possibly suggests what kinds of music will be made“popular.”Dr. Pettijohn and his team havespent the past 18 months analyz-ing statistics of the top billboardhits for the years 1955 to 2003. Their study has provided in-sight into how different econom-ic and social climates can createa direct effect on what music the American people will buy.During times of prosperity andgrowth, the nation seems to buy more music that is upbeat, suchas the pop style of Destiny’sChild.Difficult times, on the otherhand, such as the Vietnam WarEra or the current War in Iraq,seems to provoke music withslower melodies and more mean-ingful lyrics. They invoke a more seriousfeeling that corresponds to amore serious time for the na-tion.Mercyhurst student NicholasBradford reacted to Dr. Petti-john’s findings in the following  way.“I believe it completely,” saidBradford, “it seems to me that Ibuy many more slow, sad, and of-ten times depressing albums now,compared to all the upbeat poprock I used buy during the 90s.” The study was presented lastMay, yet there is still no guar-antee of when or if it will bepublished. While this study seems to be wrapped up, history and musiccontinue to influence us today.Music continues to evolve andchange and according to Dr.Pettijohn, future events will influ-ence what we may be listening toon the airwaves.
Don Sacco and Dr. Terry Pettijohn with their study results
Dr. Terry Pettijohn
By Jack Thearle
Contributing writer
Continued from page 1
“Last spring when news of thepolicies came out, off-campusstudents were under the impres-sion that Mercyhurst was becom-ing too strict.“So far, the year has started outfine, but we’ll have to see how it goes.”One of the policies whichsome students are not happy about is the policy that deals withpunishment. The school now requires stu-dents that have had civil authori-ties involved after an occurrenceat their residence (which includesa citation, arrest, or conviction)to provide a copy of informa-tion or documents received frompublic authorities relating to thealleged misconduct. When the interests of the col-lege are involved, the school now reserves the right to suspend thestudent while an internal review is conducted by the director of student conduct. A list of violations according to the City of Erie in regardto disorderly conduct and dis-orderly house ordinances wereincluded in packets distributedto students. Along with this were flyersencouraging students to getinvolved in the community as well as property maintenancerequests from those leasing theproperties.Recipes and ways to respect therequests of neighbors on party nights, including giving them freemovie passes, were also part of the news regulations handbook,along with important contactinformation.Staff has also been assigned tooff-campus housing in order tokeep track of students.Unfortunately this policy isnot going over well with many students.“The school is overstepping their boundaries,” said senior Andy Greathouse, an off-campusresident.“Mercyhurst is now paying people to monitor us. We choseto live off-campus. We wantedto get away from the schoolgetting involved and now they tell us they reserve the right todiscipline us for stuff that hap-pens off campus. I just don’tlike it.”Mercyhurst is not the only col-lege getting involved in the part-nership with the Erie police.Gannon University and PennState Behrend are also taking partin cracking down on off-campusoffenders. The meeting was not only to“warn” students of the punish-ments of off-campus violations,it was also to inform them thatthis is also to protect the studentsand the school if infractions oc-cur by students of surrounding schools.Mercyhurst College requiresstudents to act responsibly bothfor the student body and thename of the school.Please contact the Office of Residence Life at (814) 824-2422 with any further questions.
Mercyhurst has its share of great athletes, but the best ath-letes Mercyhurst has to offermight not be playing sports hereon campus. Two of Mercyhurst’s own stu-dents competed in the PresqueIsle triathlon and marathon.Sophomore Brittaney Jacketcompeted in the triatholon.Not only did she compete, sheplaced third for her age group. When asked about her perfor-mance, she replied, “You alwaysthink you can do better.” This is the second triathlon that Jackett has competed in for theunder 20 age group, placing fifthin her first. The Presque Isle triathlonconsisted of a one-quarter mileswim, a 13 mile bike ride, and toreally drain your energy, a threeand one-half mile run to com-plete the race.Brittany completed the coursein one hour and 22 minutes.She started training threemonths before her first triath-lon.Most of her training wasthrough soccer and a lot of ex-tra running.“My next goal,” Jackett said,“Is to compete in Disney World’s‘Half IronMan’ competition nextSeptember.” The field of this event is setfor more than 400 people. “Thedistances will be longer and there will be more people, so I’ll betraining harder.” Another outstanding athlete,Brian DeFrancesco, ran the Pr-esque Isle marathon.DeFrancesco, a senior here atMercyhurst, explained that run-ning a marathon has always beenone of his life goals. The marathon was 26.2 mileslong and wound through PresqueState Park. 450 people competedin the race.Many people compete in themarathon at Presque Isle to get agood time to place in the BostonMarathon.DeFrancesco finished his runin 4 hrs, 34 minutes. Althoughthis time did not meet his ex-pectations, a leg cramp during the last couple of miles slowedhis pace. At the halfway point his time was clocked at an incredible paceof 1 hour, 53 minutes.DeFrancesco trained for six weeks in preparation for themarathon.He would run about 30 milesa week. He broke this scheduledown into two small runs on Wednesdays and Fridays, and abig run on Sundays which wasusually 13 miles long.DeFrancesco commented thatnot only was the race physically grueling, it was extremely emo-tionally taxing as well.“Past a certain distance it’sstops being physical and be-comes mostly mental,” he said.“I saw an ambulance go by andran past a collapsed runner on theground. It was extremely hard tosee that and keep going.”Both of these students havedemonstrated amazing feats of athletic prowess.
Mercyhurst students display superior athletic ability in local competitions
By Robert Hodge
Contributing writer
DeFrancesco keeps pace.
Biran DeFrancesco
Brittaney Jacket is all smiles after an amazing perfor-mance.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
 The Presidential SearchCommittee expects to have itsfinal three candidates selectedby the end of September.During the first half of October the Committee ex-pects to bring the candidatesto the Mercyhurst campus tomeet the community and gothrough a number of inter- views and meetings with theconstituencies, according to anotice sent Monday to all col-lege community members by committee chairman WilliamC. Sennett. The committee had about50 applicants for the posi-tion. They were all extremely  well qualified with experienceranging from both private andpublic universities and col-leges, according to Sennett. After closely reviewing eachcandidate, the committeenarrowed it down to eightextremely potential contend-ers this past week.Sennett has assured the pub-lic that the committee will giveas much notice as possible forthe upcoming events and thatthe Mercyhurst community  will be invited to meet thecandidates as they come tocampus for interviews in thefollowing weeks.
By Chelsea Boothe
Copy Editor
Presidential searchmoves forward
 Threading the needle betweenKey West and Cuba, the core of Hurricane Rita adopted the bestpossible course Tuesday throughthe Florida Straits, a center paththat spared both islands cata-strophic damage.Still, the seventh hurricaneto strike Florida in 14 monthsdelivered its share of stormy inconvenience. A practice run, of sorts, for astronger assault later this week on the Texas coast.Rita swamped roads, beachesand some buildings in the Keys.It propelled powerful squallsdeep into Miami-Dade and Bro- ward counties.It reminded everyone of thedangers of living in the hur-ricane zone, especially during this period of heightened stormactivity.“I didn’t think we would getthis much water,’’ Joe Cachia, aBrooklyn native turned Islamor-ada resident, said as he attemptedto rescue three cars from Rita’sstorm surge.No storm-related casualties were immediately reported any- where in the Keys or SouthFlorida. Truck convoys and helicoptermissions were ready to go, loaded with water, ice, other relief sup-plies as well as National Guardtroops and FEMA staffers. All or most water supplies were not affected, most peoplehad electricity and authoritiesreported no problems with law enforcement.Greg Artman, a Monroe emer-gency management spokesman,said the county would like tokeep the supplies on standby “just in case.’’Now in the Gulf of Mexico, where the water is warm andnourishing, Rita was expectedto intensify into a Katrina-likeCategory 4 terror and strike the Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday.Fortunately for those still inNew Orleans and the rest of Katrina’s impact zone, none of the hurricane center’s 14 com-puterized forecast models carriedRita in that direction.“It looks like Texas is it,’’ saidNational Hurricane Center fore-caster Lixion Avila in Miami.Officials in Galveston calledfor a mandatory evacuation be-ginning Wednesday.“What people need to realize isthat Rita has the same potentialto create a catastrophic event asKatrina did,’’ said Stacy Stewart,another hurricane specialist.Back in Broward and Miami-Dade, aside from downed treesand power lines, some streetflooding and beach erosion, dam-age seemed insignificant.Schools are open in both coun-ties Wednesday. Airports andseaports tried to restore normalschedules. Restaurants de-shut-tered and opened for business Tuesday night in HallandaleBeach and many other places,ready to serve a stir-crazy dinnercrowd.“Business as usual tomorrow,’’said County Manager GeorgeBurgess. “We are up and run-ning.’’However at that point, 150traffic signals were out of ser- vice due to power outages. By nightfall, about 50 lights werestill out.Nearly 100,000 customerslost electricity in Broward andMiami-Dade, but fewer than19,000 remained without powerat 4 p.m.More than five inches of rainfell on Perrine, Kendall, CutlerRidge and other areas inundatedless than four weeks ago by Hur-ricane Katrina. Some localizedflooding was reported.In both counties, a lot of people enjoyed an unscheduledday off from school or work.“We’re very pleased to havenarrowly missed another storm,’’said Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs.In the Keys, debris and sea- weed blanketed parts of U.S. 1and side streets, water invadedsome buildings near the wa-ter and some roofs lost theirshingles. As of late Tuesday evening,about 14,000 customers in theKeys were without power.But damage also seemed lightthough a full assessment will notcome until Wednesday.Monroe County officials saidresidents who evacuated shouldbegin returning home at 7 a.m.“We’re very fortunate again,’’said Key West Mayor Jimmy  Weekley.In Cuba, where 16 people diedduring July’s Hurricane Dennis,58,000 people were evacuatedalong the northern coast andnearly 12,000 tourists vacationing in Varadero were moved to saferhotels, according to the officialgovernment news agency.Cuba recorded sustained windsof 87 mph as the storm stayedto the north, but no damage wasreported by Tuesday evening. Though Rita strengthenedthroughout the day, passing Cubaand Key West as a Category 2hurricane with 100-mph sus-tained winds, a slight southwardshift in its path diminished itsimpact on the Keys.In the end, Rita’s eye passedabout 50 miles south of Key  West.
Knight Ridder news service
Hurricane Ritahas Gulf Coast bracing for worst
 When the sports program atMercyhurst moved from inde-pendent status to conferencemembership a couple yearsago, the athletic calendars werealtered. The college’s membership inthe Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)requires much more traveling time for teams.Shortly after the college joinedGLIAC, great concern among faculty members over increasedstudent athlete absences initi-ated an effort to resolve theseproblems. The athletic director, the deanof the college and the presidentmet with the Academics PoliciesCommittee to design and agreeon a policy to limit the numberof student-athlete absences.Under this policy, faculty mem-bers are not required to excusestudent athletes from morethan four classes in a Monday, Wednesday, Friday course orfrom more than three classes ina Tuesday, Thursday course.Schiff comments, “I believethis policy is a very generous con-cession on the part of the faculty.It allows student athletes to missmore than a week of classes, which is quite a big chunk of class time for courses that only meet for 10 1/2 weeks.”Once a student athlete goesover his/her legal number of absences, the student is subject tothe faculty member’s attendancepolicy.Schiff explains that, “If astudent athlete’s schedule wouldrequire him or her to miss evenmore than the allowed numberof classes and thereby violatethe instructor’s attendance policy,then it’s up to the coach to excusethat student from playing. This was the understanding. Itsintention was to get the studentathlete out of the middle of theconflict.”He states that this policy hasrepeatedly become strained be-cause GLIAC at times, “requiresstudent athletes to miss morethan the prescribed number of classes.”Kyle Jackson, a senior soccerplayer describes his experiece asa student athlete.“As athletes we were broughtinto the school to play and rep-resent Mercyhurst. To be able to do that diligently  we have to take alot of time outof our schedules and miss classbecause of it.So by missing class, our school work builds up and put morepressure on us to perform aca-demically as well.” The Athletic Department en-deavors to make sure this situa-tion does not occur. At the beginning of eachschool year a Comprehensive Athletic Travel Calendar is sentout to the head of every depart-ment including the dean’s officeand the Office of the Presidentfor distribution to all faculty members. This calendar is reviewed by the athletic director, the directorof compliance, the transporta-tion director and the athleticacademic advisor to minimizemissed classes.Every faculty member shouldreceive a copy of this schedule. Although it is not written instone, the only changes that would be made to the schedule would be make up games forevents that were cancelled. The schedule has been expand-ed recently to include specifictimes for sports events so thatstudents who leave at 1:00 p.m.on a Friday afternoon for travel,are required to attend morning classes.Faculty can refer to this sched-ule to verify whether absencesare legal.Student athletes receive anattendance slip from theircoaches to give to their respec-tive faculty members before they miss a class for a sports event.Students are responsible fordiscussing with faculty membersmissed work and are expectedto complete all missed assign-ments.Student athletes must be heldaccountable for classes missedfor sports travel.However, the responsibility to maintain a productive andpositive working relationship with faculty members falls notonly primarily on the student,but must include the AthleticDepartment as well. When a student begins tomiss class for reasons otherthan sports travel, that athleteplaces him/herself in academicjeopardy. To prevent this from occurring,it is the joint responsibility of the Athletic Department and thefaculty to communicate produc-tively with each other to addressthe problem. Wrestling Coach Anthony Cipollone explains, “We try very hard to create a solid working relationship between the athleticdepartment and the various aca-demic departments.If the administration musthold out a student athlete fromcompetition, it will do so.” The Mercyhurst Athletic De-partment strives to maintainacademics as the top prior-ity amongst all student athletesacross campus. All 25 sports teams have somesort of study table set up fortheir players. Coaches not only direct athletes on the field, they act as advisors, counselors andsometimes as pseudo parents fortheir players.Each term the athletic depart-ment must certify that the nearly 700 Mercyhurst student athletesmeet the academic eligibility requirements.If students do not meet therequired GPA standards, they are ineligible to compete untiltheir averages reach the necessary minimum. The Athletic Department alsokeeps close tabs on students whohave met the eligibility require-ments, but have suffered a de-crease in academic excellence.Cipollone is one of the AthleticDepartment coaches that makesspecific academic improvementcontracts with these studentsso that they receive additionalhelp and support to raise theirgrades to previous standards of excellence.Cipollone meets regularly withthese athletes to ensure academicimprovement and progress.His primary goal is to helpthese students get back on track to the path of academic excel-lence.Senior football player OwenEvans describes the commitmentof coaches to enforcing the at-tendance policy.Owens said, “Our coachesalways stress that school comesfirst.“Being a student athlete is noexcuse for skipping class.“The coaches do not give any leeway to students. If you don’tgo to class, you don’t play.” The overall academic successof Mercyhurst student athletesis compelling.During the 2005 spring term,the overall GPA of all athletes was 3.08, the number of athletes with a 3.0 GPA or better was 285and the number of athletes witha 4.0 was 37. The GPA of the student body as a whole in the spring was2.99.Mercyhurst is extremely proudof the academic distinction of the student athletes on campus.However this fall there havebeen some problems with com-munication between faculty andcoaches when student athleteshave missed more class than they are allotted.Schiff commented that wheninstructors try and enforce theirattendance policies, “coachessometimes call the instructorsand try to get them to bend theirpolicies because, in their eyes,the athletes are representing theschool and should, therefore,be excused from class over andabove what the school policy allows.“I have already received onesuch phone call this term.”He goes on to express, “SinceI expect my students to honorthe attendance policy which hasbeen approved and signed by theadministration of the college and which is clearly spelled out in my syllabi, if the coach is unwill-ing to honor that policy, then,once again, the student athleteis caught in the middle of theconflict.”Sometimes a simple miscom-munication or lack thereof between athletes, faculty andcoaches can cause friction overthe attendance policy.In these situations it is in every party’s best interest to contactone another and open up thepathways of communication.Schiff stated that, “Coachesshould be more aware of stu-dent absences and be preparedto deny or bench a student froma sporting event when they haveexceeded their legal absences.”Similarly Coach Cipolloneechoes the same sentiment.“We just need to continue thedialogue between athletics andacademics.If there is a problem we needto get together to solve it. With700 student athletes, athletics isan integral part of Mercyhurst. As coaches we would not wantto compromise academics as thenumber one priority.” The concern about the athleticattendance policy is on the agen-da for the first Faculty Senatemeeting Wednesday Sept. 21.Schiff explains some of thepossible resolutions that many faculty members plan to dis-cuss.“This may be the time to re-examine our commitment toGLIAC, to perhaps drop back down to Division III sports sothat student athletes won’t berequired by their coaches to missan excessive number of classes.“After all, it’s the educationstudent athletes receive at Mer-cyhurst that will help them suc-ceed in life.“At the same time, we couldthink about retooling our ad-missions department to developrecruitment strategies that putmore emphasis on academics.“At the very least, we shouldrequire our freshmen to attendthe first week of class.“That’s the best way they canrepresent the school.”
September 21, 2005 THE MERCIAD PAGE 3
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
Police and Safety Log
Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive natural di-sasters in United States history.In addition to the death anddestruction that we have all seenon the news, the storm disruptedmany aspects of daily life for the victims. This included shutting downcolleges that received massivedamage from the storm.In order to assist the studentsdisplaced by Hurricane Katrina,Mercyhurst has decided to offeracademic hospitality to studentsfrom the tri-state area that wereattending a college shut downfrom the hurricane’s effects. They will be able to take classestuition-free at Mercyhurst andpossibly transfer their credits tothe school they were attending once it opens again. Administrators have said they are sure that space will be foundfor any students who need totake advantage of this offer fromthe school.So far, one student, Emily Evans, has enrolled under theacademic hospitality offer.Emily Evans is from Erie;she attended McDowell HighSchool, and was enrolled at Tu-lane University in New Orleansas a freshman this fall. She wasgoing to major in anthropology and neuroscience.She moved into her housing at Tulane early so she could buy anything she couldn’t bring withher, when the hurricane hit andshe had to evacuate.She was given only a few hoursnotice that she was going to haveto evacuate the campus and thecity; however, was also told thathurricanes didn’t hit New Or-leans, so she did not immediately go home with her family.Emily evacuated, instead, withher roommate’s family to Hous-ton, Tex.Because of the hurry in theevacuation, she had to leavealmost all of her belongings,including most of her clothing and personal belongings.Other than her computerand I-pod which she was ableto resuce, her items are still at Tulane. When it became clear that theschool was not going to openagain soon, Emily flew out to stay  with her family in Erie. At home her sister Mary Evans,a sophomore at Mercyhurst, sug-gested that she take some classesto keep her mind off things andkeep up with school.After setting up her plans withadmissions, she received a phonecall from the school telling herthat because of the academichospitality policy being adoptedby the school in reaction to thedisaster, her tuition would be waived.Emily is currently taking a fullcourse load here at Mercyhurstand is commuting to schoolfrom home.She plans to return to Tulaneas soon as it reopens, but saysshe has found the Mercyhurstexperience very pleasant.
By Cameron Sabel
Contributing writer
Katrina survivor
 Freshman forced to evacuate relocates at the ‘Hurst 
Hurricane Katrina leaves a wide path of destruction
Communication gap between coaches and faculty 
Continued from page 1
 The coachesdo not giveany leeway tostudents. If youdon’t go to class,you don’t play 
Owen Evans
Harassment byCommunications
3828 Lewis Ave.14 September 2005Unknown male madeseveral harassing phonecalls to a female student.Investigated
 3830 Lewis Ave14 September 2005Unknown person(s)gained entry into astudents apartment vandalizing property  within.Investigated
Disorderly Conduct
3900 Block of Briggs Ave.11 September 2005Male non-student wasurinating on vehicles.Investigated
Liquor Law Violations
Outside theBasketball Court5 September 2005Student and guest whilebeing under the age of 21 years did possessand consume analcoholic beverage.Investigated
Public Drunkenness
East 41st Street4 September 2005Non-Student didappear in public while under theinfluence of an alcoholicbeverage causing adisturbance.Investigated
InternationalStudent Center3 September 2005Unknown person(s) took amini fridge fromthe storage area.Investigated
Student athletes at practice
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