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Senior representative and theHealth and Safety chairwoman, Ashley Masi, said the project would serve as an excellent as-set to campus and needs to beunderway soon.“It is a big project and wouldbe a good investment,” she said.“Even though we are a safe cam-pus, we do not want to wait untilsomething bad happens.”Masi, who is an ambassador,said that she receives questionsabout the blue light system,however, does not see it as a mainrecruiting feature.“As an ambassador, I receive alot of questions regarding the is-sue,” Masi said. “But, the motiveis not primarily for recruiting.”Nichols agrees. “I can’t speak for ambassadors, but this is arecurrent theme that comes up inquestions when tours are given,”he said. “The admissions ofﬁcecan pitch that we have them, andI think it will make students feelsafer on campus.”Sophomore ambassador JessicaKocent said the school would bebetter safe than sorry to placethe poles.“As a female student I’ve neverfeared for my safety on this cam-pus,” she said. “However I havebeen asked on a handful of tours whether or not we have it, so it isa slight concern to at least a few families looking at the school.”Sophomore Jessica McNurlenhopes the school will considerconstructing the blue light sys-tem to be in the same safety loop as most other colleges.“We might just be the only col-lege that doesn’t have them,”she said. “Just because we are asmall school doesn’t mean thatbad things cannot happen oncampus.”McNurlen also empha-sized that female students arealways warned about strangethings happening on campus andthat the blue light system willhelp nullify some anxiety.“I know I would feel a lotsafer walking by myself at nightif there was something there,”she said.Sophomore Kyle Jackson dis-agrees with the blue light pro-posal. “I think it would be a wasteof money,” he said. “Police andSafety seem to be able to keepcampus safe enough.”Sophomore Andy Finkleagreed with Jackson. “I think by installing the blue light poles, theschool is implementing fear onthe campus; there is no need forthe posts at all,” he said.MSG President Dan Schulersaid the government is very excit-ed to lend its support to the bluelight security system project.“This endeavor is a result of the hard work and vision of ourHealth and Safety committee, which has dedicated itself totaking a proactive approach tocampus safety,” he said. “At thispoint we are still in the project’sinitial phases and working on aformal proposal for the admin-istration.”
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Recently Mercyhurst Webmailhas gotten a new look. Many of you may believe that they changed the program becausethe Information Technology (IT) Department just wanted anew design.However, Pat Benekos, thedirector of the IT department,that the vendor we get our Web-mail program through upgradedand if we wanted to remain withthat vendor we would have toupgrade as well.If the upgrade had not beendone, there would have been sup-port issues. The IT department waited to make sure the system worked with other companiesbefore purchasing the program. The beneﬁts to this new soft- ware is based more “behind thescenes” such as good on-linehelp and it is smoother running. The software runs in a very similar way as Microsoft Outlook and there have been few reportedproblems. There was a brief problem with the transfer of Contactsof individual’s e-mail but withinthe last week the IT departmenthas been able to ﬁx it. There arealso minor performance issuesbut hopefully they will be ableto tweak the service. The IT department’s goal is tomake the needed adjustmentsand correct the performance er-rors, and they feel that this willnot be completed for anothermonth.However, if these errors arenot able to be ﬁxed, then it willbe necessary to upgrade theschool’s server.Other errors that have occurred with the upgrade is the problemof .jpeg and .bitmap ﬁles nottransferring over and becoming corrupted. Besides this problem,there have been no other majorproblems that have risen yet withthe new upgrade.Students disagree. There havebeen uproars of people com-plaining about the new systemand how it does not work welland it is too confusing.Liz Lindsey who owns a Macexpressed her feelings towardsthe new system. “As a Mac user,I can’t even access my e-mailand I don’t think that it shouldbe necessary to download a new browser just because Mercyhurstupdated their e-mail program.” The art department alsouses Mac computers and Andy Lapiska, a current art student,describes their situation. “Thenew system is not compatible with MAC browsers, that leavesthe entire art department in thedark. I would e-mail a complaintbut I can’t.”Pat Benekos agrees that thisis one of the biggest prob-lems that is occurring with theupgrade. It is not possible forMac computers to use InternetExplorer with Webmail but shesuggests downloading MozillaFirefox. There is a link on theIT department’s webpage for thisfree download.Other students ﬁnd it confus-ing, such as Chrissy Biddle whodescribed, “I like that it is a freshnew look, but I think that it ismore confusing and harder toread and reply to e-mails.I think it would be ﬁne if they would not open the e-mail at thebottom of the screen because itis ﬂashy and distracting. I mean,at least it doesn’t look crypticanymore!” And another student, SteveFaber expressed his opinion. “Ithink it is much more efﬁcient,but lacks character and per-sonality.” The problem of thee-mail opening at the bottomof the window can be changedimmediately in your Preferencesas well as other options withinthe system.Lindsey Stefko’s commentreﬂects the majority of the Mer-cyhurst student body opinion,“I don’t really understand why a new system was necessary. Itgot a little facelift but it does notappear that any of the problemsof the old e-mail have been cor-rected with this new system.Thechange did not seem necessary and many people I know stillprefer the old e-mail system.”But the upgrade was not achoice, but a need and, althoughthere may be minor problems within the system, it is just a new look and design that will taketime to adjust to but in the endit still completes it’s purpose of sending and receiving e-mails.Pat Benekos expressed, “Withevery upgrade of a program,old problems will be corrected,however there will always be new issues that need adjusted.”She also encourages students tochange their Preferences, whichis beneath the contacts on the leftside of the window.
New Webmail causes headaches
By Sarah Sheehan
Contributing writer The Mercyhurst College Of-ﬁce of Adult & Graduate pro-gram is offering a new graduatecertiﬁcate in Non-Proﬁt Man-agement.Students can now receive amasters of science in organiza-tion leadership with a concen-tration in non-proﬁt manage-ment, or a graduate certiﬁcatein non-profit managementthrough a Web based programthat starts March 8. The 12-credit graduate certiﬁ-cate includes three Web-basedcourses in non-proﬁt manage-ment and one classroom basedcourse in leadership theory andpractice. The Masters program is 30credit hours and includes sixcore courses in leadership,three Web-based courses innon-profit management anda thesis. According to Dr. MichaelLyden, the three Web basedcourses are being providedthrough the Online Consor-tium of Independent Collegesand Universities. The consortium is comprisedof institutions similar to Mer-cyhurst, and include severalMercy colleges. It was orga-nized by Regis University as a way for members to share theirdistance education resources.“The online courses provideinstruction in such topics asmarketing, finance, and vol-unteer management and canbe accessed 24 hours a day,seven days a week. A programthat offers relevant content ina convenient format should be well received.“The online format should beof particular interest to those working in smaller communi-ties throughout the tri-stateregion. These individuals oftenhave a limited range of pro-grams from which to choose,and most require significanttravel – and schedule juggling,”said Lyden The idea of a Web basedprograms was created to reachmore students and provide new learning opportunities.“The goal of our distanceeducation initiative is to ex-tend learning opportunities toadult and graduate populationsthat are not currently servedthrough our on-campus pro-gramming.”“For example, our graduatecertificate in applied intel-ligence is being offered tointelligence professionals inthe Washington, D.C. area,”said Lyden.New students can apply forthe masters of science in or-ganizational leadership witha concentration in non-proﬁtmanagement for fall, winter orspring admission.
By Jonelle Davis
‘Hurst graduate programcontinues to expand
Mercyhurst College RotaractClub and the Community BloodBank are sponsoring a blooddrive Wednesday, Jan. 11 fromnoon to 5:30 p.m. in the BaldwinHall lobby for faculty, staff andstudents.Everyone who donates willreceive a red awareness band.Donors will also have the chanceto enter to win a pair of Peek n’Peak lift passes. There are threepairs of passes available, andentries will be drawn at the endof the day.Deanna Renaud, Mobile DriveCoordinator of the Community Blood Bank, encourages regularand new donors to give today.“Mercyhurst College has al- ways responded very well to theCommunity Blood Bank blooddrives. Successful blood drivesin the past have seen nearly 100donors in one day. When youconsider that one pint of bloodcan save three lives, you can seehow much the Mercyhurst com-munity is doing to help those inneed of blood and blood prod-ucts,” she said.Last spring Mercyhurst had themost donors out of all drivesamong Edinboro, Gannon andPenn State Behrend. None of the other campuses in this areahave achieved more than 100donors.Basic requirements for blooddonation are that you must be atleast 17 years old and weigh atleast 110 pounds. Those inter-ested in giving blood must be ingeneral good health and eat wellthe day of donation. Donorsmust also wait 56 days betweendonations.Blood and blood products likered blood cells, plasma and plate-lets, are used to treat accident victims, cancer patients and otherpatients undergoing surgeriesand medical treatment.Each year only 5 percent of eligible donors in the UnitedStates give blood, while every twoseconds someone needs a blooddonation to survive. Approxi-mately 40,000 units of blood areused in the U.S. each day which is why eligible donators are encour-aged to give.“It’s quick, easy, and it saveslives,” Renaud said. The Community Blood Bank is a local, non-proﬁt organiza-tion whose national afﬁliate is America’s Blood Centers. All of the blood donated with Com-munity Blood Bank will stay inthe area. It is the only supplier of blood to all patients and hospitalsin Erie, Elk, McKean and Warrencounties.“We are very excited to be re-turning to Mercyhurst. We look forward to seeing our regulardonors as well as the chance tomeet some new ones,” Renaudsaid. The Community Blood Bank encourages those who are in-terested but unfamiliar withdonating blood to stop in Bald- win this afternoon for moreinformation.Despite ﬂu season and weatherconditions, Rotaract and theCommunity Blood Bank are hop-ing for high turnout today.“I hope that this drive willbe as successful as in the past,”said Nicole Ruffo on behalf of Rotaract Club.Rotaract will be sponsoring another blood drive in March.
By Lakyn Bianco
‘Hurst contributes to blood bank
MSG proposes emergency posts
Last week, Jan. 4-6, the 2006Biennial Convention was heldfor the Phi Alpha Theta (PAT)History Honor Society in Phila-delphia. Three Mercyhurst students,Gregory Stelter, JoEllen Taylorand Chelsea Boothe, all pre-sented papers at the conven-tion. Dr. Randall Howarth fromthe history department and amember of the PAT joined thestudents as the advisor.It was a three-day event thatinvolved months of prepara-tion for the presenters. Thedeadline for submission was inmid-November and the dead-line for the paper to be turnedinto the moderator was Dec. 23.During this period the papersare constantly going throughchanges and revisions. The group from Mercyhurstarrived on Jan. 5 and was able totour a little bit of Philadelphiabefore presenting the following morning. At the PAT convention eachstudent is put in a room withtwo other presenters and amoderator who has previously read the papers.Each session is based on atopic, for instance ModernEurope or Ancient History,and typically the moderator hassome form of expertise in thecategory.Following the presentations,questions are asked by both themoderator and/or the audienceconcerning the papers.Stelter, Taylor and Bootheall received positive feedback and comments concerning their papers and look forwardto hearing the results of thecompetition, which is basedon the actual paper and thepresentation itself.Upon reﬂecting on the con- vention Taylor said, “It was agreat learning experience, oneof which I was able to excer-cise my public speaking andhistorography skills that I haveobtained throughout my fouryears at Mercyhurst.”
Students experience thehistory convention
By Chelsea Boothe
Dartmouth College uses theblue light system.
The new Webmail system is causing problems for students.