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The Merciad, Jan. 11, 2006

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 As senior Chris Heisler walked intohis house on the evening of Monday, Jan. 2, his first thought was that some-thing did not smell right.His three roommates were watching football on the television with somefriends in the front family room and were surprised when Heisler com-mented that it smelled like pickles inthe house.Immediately following Heisler’sobservation the occupants of the houseinhaled deeply and realized that it wasnot the smell of pickles but of some-thing burning inside the house. In factthe white addition on the brick house at3906 Pine Ave. was engulfed in flamesand thick black smoke. An electrical firehad broken out in the back right cornerof the house around 9:30 p.m. and wasspreading rapidly.Heisler’s other roommates, seniorsChris Williams, Drew Wagner and Justin Waas, went to the back of the house tolocate the burning smell. When they opened the door to theback of the house they were met witha thick wall of black smoke whichobscured their vision into the addition. Waas immediately phoned 911 and therest of the seven occupants left thesmoke filled house and went outside. They were amazed at the sight thatgreeted them. Three foot flames wereleaping out of the windows and black smoke was everywhere.Senior Greg Hoffman, a friend of thetenants, tried to use the garden hose tofight some of the flames but fire trucksimmediately arrived at 9:43 p.m. Wil-liams and Waas directed the fire fightersinto the house and towards the fire inthe back addition. The raging fire was under control by 9:57 p.m. Erie Fire Inspector Thomas Testrake arrived at 10 p.m. to assess thecause of the fire. Testrake explainedthat an electric space heater in the back right room was too close to combus-tible materials. This is where the firestarted. Williams commented that all theoccupants in the house were, “very calm and cool, everything happenedso quickly, I think we handled it very  well.” The fire spread so rapidly thatby the time they smelled “burnt plasticand rubber” it was too late.Fortunately that night no one washarmed in the blaze. Despite thedestruction caused by the fire, Williamsexplained that they are all, “Thankfulthat everyone is still alive.” The extent of the damage to thehouse is incredible. The back yellow addition where most of the extremefire damage occurred will be torn downin the coming month. The back rightroom was currently used as storagespace. Joe Mravintz, a junior HRIM majorand close friend of the occupants,stored many personal belongings suchas clothes, books and a futon in theback room. All of these items weredestroyed in the inferno. The room directly across from thestorage space housed a couch and tele- vision set which were also damaged. The television set was melted and black smoke has stained the walls. The thirdroom in the addition was also usedas another sitting area and containeda large couch. The walls and couchboth sustained heavy smoke and firedamage. The brick part of the house has suf-fered smoke damage and the basement was also flooded with water. Most of the furniture in the house will have tobe professionally dry-cleaned to eradi-cate the smoke smell, along with many personal items owned by the tenants.Currently, Heisler, Williams, Wagnerand Waas are waiting to receive infor-mation from their insurance company about the costs of the damage.Currently these Mercyhurst seniorsare living at 3807 Briggs Ave. Thistemporary living arrangement wasimmediately provided by Laura Zirkleand the Residence Life Staff. Williamscommented that he and his roommates were, “Grateful for all the help Resi-dence Life offered immediately. LauraZirkle personally came to the fire onMonday night to offer us on campushousing.” The students stayed withfriends Monday night and moved intotheir apartment on Tuesday.
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Vol. 79 No. 10 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 January 11, 2006
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Students smoked out
Joe Mravintz, Justin Waas, Drew Wagner, Chris Williams and Chris Heisler stand in what remains of theaddition that took the brunt of the scorching, however, their spirits have not been dampened.
Corrie Thearle/News editor 
By Corrie Thearle
News editor
MSGpushes for blue lightspecial
Geography speaker broadens horizons
Dr. Harm deBlij spoke to a full crowd on Tuesday evening in thePAC.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
 The Mercyhurst Student GovernmentHealth and Safety committee proposedto implement a series of 12 emergency posts and six emergency boxes aroundcampus. The units will serve as protectionfor students and help improve currentsecurity measures. According to MSG Vice PresidentMike Nichols, the blue light system – asit is called – will consist of “…polesthroughout campus that have blue lightson them and have intercoms as well thatgo right to police and safety.Police and Safety Chief Ken Sidunsaid the units will send an immediateresponse to the security office whentriggered. “What happens is that if someone would trigger a safety pole,then it would go to a board in policeand safety,” he said.“The pole would then act as a two-way radio and we would find out the infor-mation and send help right away.”Nichols said the idea was thought of five years ago, but never given consider-ation until now. “This issue came up in1999 and police and safety did researchfor it, but MSG pulled out,” he said.“MSG is now much more for it than it was five to six years ago.”Nichols said Penn State BehrendUniversity and Gannon University already have the emergency posts andMercyhurst’s proposed plan is to startin the summer and finish within a yearor year and a half. According to Nichols, the plan willcost between $100,000 and $120,000.He also noted the possibilities of receiv-ing grants to cover the costs.
Please see Emergency on Page 3
By Joshua Wilwohl
Joe Mravintz stands in the room where the fire started, and where hispersonal items were being stored.
Corrie Thearle/News editor 
New grantsproposed
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Mercyhurst Col-lege President Dr. Michael McQuillenannounced a series of grants totaling $36,692 for 30 clubs and organizationson campus. Each grant will benefit thecollege by showing diversity in a seriesof different ways. The largest amount of the grant went to Diversity 101, Residence Lifeand Student Conduct and the Student Activities Committee for a series of events regarding the birthday of MartinLuther King, Jr. The events will begin on Monday Jan.16, with the third annual Martin LutherKing, Jr. Day breakfast for students,faculty and staff in the Mercy HeritageRoom. There will be two sittings forthe breakfast to accommodate differentclass and work times. The sittings will be from 9 a.m. to 9:45a.m. and the other will run from 9:50a.m.to 10:30 a.m. During the breakfastthere will be a performance by theMercyhurst dancers and also Dr. King’sfamous “I Have a Dream Speech” willbe recited.
Please see Diversity on Page 2 
By Katie Walker
Contributing writerOn Jan. 10, Dr. Harm deBlij, geog-rapher extraordinaire, graced the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center withone of his world renowned speeches on“Why Africa Matters.”DeBlij is not only a professor andspeaker, but used to be the geography editor for ABC’s “Good Morning  America,” and won an Emmy awardfor his short series on PBS, “The Powerof Place.” At the beginning of his lecture, deBlijaddressed a prominent crisis withinthe educational system: the lack of emphasis placed on geography. He said America is the only place where youcan go from kindergarten to graduateschool without knowing anything aboutgeography. Its importance lies in thefact that America’s ignorance poses athreat to national security.DeBlij wants to stress the importanceof Africa because it is where all human-ity began. Furthermore, unlike the restof the world, under the sub-Saharanpart of Africa there is no permeating state or religion which currently leavesit susceptible to terrorist antics.Knowledge is deBlij’s answer for America. Due to the fact that he wasborn in the Netherlands, lived through WWII in Europe, moved to Africa when he was young, went to school in America, and is constantly teaching onthe subject; he seems to be one answerfor America’s large knowledge gap.
By Stephanie Williams
Contributing writerand
Chelsea Boothe
Copy editor
On Jan. 1, Mercyhurst StudentGovernment (MSG) officially launched its new Website. Thisanticipated launching has re-ceived a great amount of supportfrom the college.In the past MSG has tried toupdate Lakernet, but encoun-tered many difficulties. ThroughNew Line Creations in Erie theirdream of a more adequate Web-site has been accomplished. The hope MSG has for itsupdated Website is that students will take more of an interest inMSG, and get involved. RyanPalm the MSG treasurer, stated,“firstly we [MSG] need to getMSG out there to the students,and demonstrate what exactly MSG is all about.” Not only doesthe Website encourage studentsto get involved in MSG, but alsocontains a section devoted tothe Student Activities Commit-tee (SAC).“It is important for the stu-dents to know what is going tobe happening around campus,”says freshman representativeStephanie Williams when askedabout the importance of the SACportion of the Website.Other interesting things in-cluded on the Website will bethe blog that will be used by thestudents to discuss different top-ics that are issues for MSG. Palmexplains, “MSG will be posting the minutes from the meetings,and posting discussion topics forstudents to comment on in theblog section of the Website.” The Website will also offerstudents the ability to view whothe MSG representatives are. There will be pictures availablealong with highlights of eachrepresentative. Also, on the Website there is a letter from thepresident along with the MSGmission statement.Expectations for the Websiteare higher than other past at-tempts made by MSG to reachout to the students and the com-munity. Other attempts includethe newsletter provided by MSG.Palm believes the new Website will be increasingly successfulbecause, “the Website is a tool tobring the thoughts and wishes of the students directly to MSG.” Also, the new site proves to beeasy to use and very resource-ful.
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To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
Five new human cases of birdflu have been confirmed in sev-eral Turkish provinces, pushing the number of people infectedup to 14, officials say. The cases, identified as be-ing of the deadly H5N1 strain,mean the virus is now presentin the east, north and centre of the country. Three Turks have died, twoteenagers and one child, and cor-respondents say fear is spreading rapidly across the country.Health experts say there is nosign the virus is passing fromhuman to human. Ariel Sharon is able to breatheindependently, say doctors whohave started to bring the Israeliprime minister slowly out of acoma. As the anaesthetic was reduced,Sharon began responding topain, but staff at the Hadassahhospital warned the revival pro-cess would take days.Sharon has been in an inducedcoma since being operated on fora major stroke, which he sufferedon Wednesday. A full assessment of any braindamage Mr Sharon may havesuffered can only be made oncethe process of weaning him off the sedation is complete.Senate hearings on PresidentGeorge W. Bush’s nominee forthe Supreme Court, Samuel Alito, have begun in the U.S. Alito, 55, is a conservative whois likely to face questioning overhis views on abortion and on thereach of presidential powers at atime of war.However, making his open-ing statement, Mr Alito insistedthat a good judge is one with noagenda.If approved, he will replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who said she was stepping downlast year. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter began proceedingsby pointing out that voting for aSupreme Court member was amatter of vital importance andthat the committee membersshould not rush their decision.European Union leaders say they are very concerned at Iran’s plansto resume sensitive nuclear research in the coming hours. Iranianofficials say they will remove seals at nuclear facilities, ending a two-year suspension of research. Western countries fear Iran’s nuclear programme could be usedto make atomic bombs, but Tehran denies such a goal. It says theproject is for the peaceful production of energy only. Jill Carroll, a freelance journal-ist currently on assignment for The Christian Science Moni-tor, was abducted by unknowngunmen in Baghdad Saturday morning.Her Iraqi interpreter was killedduring the kidnapping. Iraqipolice say they are searching forMs. Carroll. Several Westernersare currently being held hostagein Iraq.No group has yet claimed re-sponsibility for the kidnapping.
Compiled by
Corrie Thearle
 World Briefs
International news
 Alito hearing
Iran resumes nuclear research
Bird flu spreads
U.S. reporter abducted
Ex-dictator Pinochet granted bail
Ex-Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was granted bailon Monday after seven weeks’ house arrest for charges relating tohis years in power. The motion by Judge Victor Montiglio, who suggested bail of $19,000, must be ratified by the court of appeals. It relates to thedisappearance and presumed death of three leftists.Gen. Pinochet, 90, was Chilean leader from 1973-1990, when anestimated 3,000 people died in political violence. A final ruling on bail for Gen Pinochet is expected later in the week.
Sharon breathes
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campus housing.” The studentsstayed with friends Monday nightand moved into their apartmenton Tuesday. They plan to stay on campus for about a monthuntil they are able to move back into their house on Pine Avenue.Until that time they will be mov-ing out the furniture and otheritems in the house to be cleanedand stored. There was one particular inci-dent that did upset the studentsthe night of the fire. Wagnerexplained that many peopleshowed up from around thesurrounding area to witness theblaze. Some of the bystanders were Mercyhurst students who viewed the event as entertain-ment. Some of these students were laughing and thought thesituation was a joking matter.Unfortunately the only “joke”Monday night was the sad factthat some Mercyhurst collegestudents could be so ignorantand callous towards their fellow students.Despite this upheaval in theirpersonal lives, Heisler, Williams, Wagner and Waas have resumedtheir daily routines and academicschedules at Mercyhurst. WhenI met these students and inter- viewed them for the article, I was greeted friendly and warmly. Thankful that no one was hurtand that the entire house wasnot irrevocably damaged, thesestudents were happy to be simply hanging out with one anotherand watching “Caddyshack” ontheir 52-inch HDTV which mi-raculously survived the fire.
Damaging blaze disrupts lives
MSG lauches new Website
 An innovative solution for reaching constituencies
By Carly Wamboldt
Contributing writer
Continued from Page 1
Following the breakfast the col-lege’s shuttle will begin transport-ing those interested to the annualMemorial March in downtownErie. Students in attendance thathave discussed missing class withtheir professors will be asked tosign in on arrival. Also on Monday from 1-4 p.m.the Student Activities Committeeand the Student Union staff willhold a “Reflection Reception.” The reception will feature theshowing of the movie “Eyes onthe Prize” and refreshments.Classes are in session on Mon-day, Jan. 16. All students andemployees are encouraged toparticipate in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Any student interested in attending the activities must seek approvalfrom their respective faculty tobe excused from class. Students will be required to sign in at thebreakfast, march, and afternoonreception so that attendance canbe confirmed and communicatedto faculty.Later in the week on Thursday, Jan. 19, Diversity 101 will alsopresent the event “Tabernacleof Praise.” This event will beheld at 7 p.m. in the Union GreatRoom. According to Pertrina Williams,assistant director of residencelife and Diversity 101 director,by receiving the grant from Dr.McQuillen we are able to helpstudents “understand that onceupon a time, a man set out tochange the world and did so ina non-violent manner. Becauseof his efforts, we are able tocome together in unity and work toward a common interest; theeducation of others.” This is not the only event thatDiversity 101 will use the grantmoney for; they will also hostevents to celebrate Black History Month in the month of February. There will be a kickoff dance anda “Soul Food Dinner.” The daysand times for these events will beannounced in the near future.
Grants promote diversity 
Dining Room
PorchLiving Room
Where the roommateswere watching televi-sion before they real-ized their house wason fire.
Where the new addition begins.1st level floorplan
Room where the electricalspace heater started the fire.Ceiling damage.Melted television set.Smoke damage through-outStairs upStairs downRyam Palm sits of front of the Website he helped create.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
Robert De Niro’s new film,“The Good Shepherd,’’ be-gins filming in the DominicanRepublic next week. The film, based on the his-tory of the CIA, stars Ange-lina Jolie as the wife of one of the agency’s founders, James Wilson, who will be played by Matt Damon.No word yet on whether Jolie’s “chum” Brad Pitt willbe along for the one-week shoot.De Niro is stepping into thedirector’s chair for the firsttime since the acclaimed ``ABronx Tale.’’ We can all breathe easiernow that pop star Lindsay Lohan has been releasedfrom a Miami hospital aftera bout with asthma. Lohanhad been in Florida to ring in the new year. According to her mother and manager,Dina Lohan, Lindsay washeading home to New York to recover after her discharge Thursday.No longer content with thesugary roles she played in“Herbie: Fully Loaded’’ and“Mean Girls,’’ Lohan is div-ing into deeper waters withRobert Altman’s “A PrairieHome Companion,’’ basedon Garrison Keillor’s radioshow.Lohan will join the likesof Woody Harrelson, KevinKline, Tommy Lee Jones andKeillor himself in the film.Other Lohan projects in-clude “Bobby,’’ a film aboutRobert Kennedy that EmilioEstevez will direct, and“Chapter 27,’’ about Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon 25 years ago.
Names in the news
By Rob Watson
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Continued from Page 1
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.”
January 11, 2006 THE MERCIAD PAGE 3
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
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
Contributing writer
‘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
Contributing writer
‘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
Copy editor
Dartmouth College uses theblue light system.
Dartmouth College
The new Webmail system is causing problems for students.

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