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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
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“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
DeFrancesco keeps pace.
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
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