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A four-story building being built in the Kenyan capital,Nairobi, has collapsed on topof scores of people, leaving atleast seven dead. Kenyan TV said200 people were in or around thebuilding when it fell. Rescuershave been digging through therubble with their bare hands tosave those trapped inside. A doctor at Kenyatta GeneralHospital said 75 people had beenadmitted with chest, leg andabdominal injuries. The hospitalappealed for people to go to thehospital to donate blood, whilepolice called for people trained inrescue operations to make theirservices available. At least 39 people were killed when the brakes failed on apacked passenger train and itjumped the tracks, sliding into aravine in mountainous Montene-gro on Monday. A total of 135 people wereinjured, 75 of them children, thegovernment said. Trees caught the plunge of thefront coaches 40 yards from theriver below. Army and police helicoptershovered over the site as rescuersclimbed down the steep slope indarkness to reach those trappedin coaches below. They began smashing the win-dows to extract survivors from acoach lying on its side.Bolivian President Evo Mo-rales has named his cabinet, withministers from a range of differ-ent interest groups.On his ﬁrst full day of work, heappointed 16 ministers, among them four women, farmers,business leaders, miners andindigenous representatives.One of the key appointments was that of energy analyst andjournalist Andres Soliz Rada ashydrocarbons minister.Mr. Morales has vowed to “re-cover” the country’s natural re-sources by renationalising them.Correspondents say the ap-pointment of Mr. Soliz Radacould signal a tough ﬁght for themultinational gas and oil compa-nies operating in Bolivia.But Mr. Morales’ choices ap-pear to have been welcomedby many elements of Boliviansociety. The new emir of the Gulf state of Kuwait has agreed to abdicatein order to resolve a constitutional crisis in the royal family, ofﬁcialssay. The ailing Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah, who became emiron Jan. 15, will step down in favour of PM Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmadal-Sabah.Parliament was to consider a government request on Tuesday forthe removal of the emir on health grounds.On the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion oppo-nents gathered at the foot of Capitol Hill Monday to urgeCongress and the Supreme Courtto reverse the 1973 decision thatlegalized the procedure.Supporters of abortion helda rally on Sunday and urged theSenate to reject the nominationof Judge Samuel Alito. They helda candlelight vigil in front of thecourt, waving signs that read:“Alito No Justice For Women.”
Kuwait emir abdicates position
D.C. abortion rally
Conservatives win Canadian elections
Canada has swung to the right in a general election after 12 yearsof Liberal rule increasingly overshadowed by allegations of corrup-tion. Conservative Stephen Harper is set to succeed Paul Martin asprime minister, but will need partners to govern.“Tonight, friends, our great country has voted for change,” MrHarper said in his victory speech, pledging to lower taxes and root outcorruption. Mr Martin said he would step down as Liberal leader.Results indicated that the Conservatives made signiﬁcant gains inOntario, Canada’s most populous province, and in the Francophoneregion of Quebec.
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For several years, the politicalscience department of Mercy-hurst College awaited permissionfrom the administration to hirea new faculty member. Their re-quest was granted last spring. The political science depart-ment has grown popular overthe years. With only four currentfaculty members, the department was unable to provide enoughclasses for the increasing studentpopulation. Those current members took on further responsibilities, short-ening the number of classes they could teach. The departmentknew they needed help, fast. About 120 professors fromacross the country and a few from outside of the United Statesapplied for the position.Dr. Randall Clemons, chair andprofessor of the political sciencedepartment, and Dr. MichaelFederici, professor of politicalscience, held pre-interviews for25 candidates at the AmericanPolitical Science Association in Washington, D.C. at the begin-ning of September. Two of the top six candidates were chosen in that session, andthe others were selected frominterviews held at the college. The list was then narrowed tothree candidates, Dr. Chris Lee,Dr. Jamie Jacobs and Dr. Mi-chelle Crumley, all specialists inComparative Politics.Clemons and Federici decidedto hire Crumley, who currently teaches at the University of Tennessee.She will begin teaching atMercyhurst in the fall of 2006.Her responsibilities will be thesame as the current professors,teaching, advising, representing the department at various eventsand doing her research, as well asmany other tasks.Clemons hinted that she alsomight lead a study abroad tripin the future and is very eager toﬁnd other projects to take on.Clemons commented thatthough it was difﬁcult to choose,Crumley seemed like the bestchoice.“Everyone who heard Michelelecture, read her vitae and met with her when she was hereagrees she was a great choiceand a great ﬁt for Mercyhurst. We feel very gratiﬁed that oursearch was so successful andknow that she will add a lot toour department and the college,”Clemons said.Clemons added that all threeof the ﬁnal candidates were very talented and accomplished. Thedepartment even suggested thatthe college hire two of them, butthey had to settle on one. The political science depart-ment now hopes to offer moresections of classes. This wouldallow for more students to takeadvantage of the expandedprogram.Crumley will be able to offernew classes as well. While noth-ing is conﬁrmed yet, Clemonssuspects Crumely will offer class-es on Contemporary Russia, theCentral Asia/Caucus area, theMiddle East, Women in Develop-ment and Ethnic Conﬂict. Noneof these classes have ever beenoffered at Mercyhurst before. As of now, Mercyhurst hasnever had a female faculty mem-ber in the political science de-partment. When asked why this may be,Clemons responded that many things may have affected theoutcome, most commonly that women with Ph.D’s in politicalscience are rare and seem to beattracted to the most prestigiouscolleges.Recently, however, Clemonscommented that it was simply a matter of selecting the bestperson for the job.“When both Dr. Ripley andDr. Morris were hired, they weresimply the best candidates avail-able. In fact, the other candidate we brought in when Dr. Morris was hired was a woman.”Crumley has a Ph.D. fromthe University of Connecticut,specializing in ComparativePolitics, International Relationsand Russian and East EuropeanStudies.She has an M.P.I.A. in Interna-tional Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh; a certificate inSoviet Studies and a B.A. in Po-litical Science and Russian andEast European studies at theUniversity of Tennessee.Crumley did ﬁeld research inRussia twice, interned at St. Pe-tersburg and organized a study abroad course there.She had an article published inthe East European Quarterly
hasmade seven national and interna-tional conference presentations,and several regional presenta-tions. Crumley is also ﬂuent inboth Russian and Spanish.
By Jessica Nulph
Making political advances
Political science department hires a new faculty member for the fall
We know that she will add a lot toour department and the college.
One of the ﬁrst major changesthat Dr. Thomas J. Gamble hasdecided to make as the eleventhpresident is to change the loca-tion of the president’s ofﬁce.Gamble’s new office will belocated in the Bishop’s Parlor, which has been used by theadmissions ofﬁce as a recruiting spot since 1990. According to Gamble, he want-ed to change ofﬁces for a coupleof reasons. “The office willsymbolize the new start with new association. Also, everything wedo has to be connected to ourheritage. The current president’sofﬁce used to be the south parlor, which was used as a receptionarea. The space will once againbe a reception area,” he said.Gamble also hopes to extendthe admissions space. “I am in-terested in exploring whether ornot we can have a patio built by the old president’s ofﬁce so whenthere are receptions, people cango out there and into the quad,”he said.Right now, the new ofﬁce isonly in the planning phase, butconstruction will start soon inorder to have the ofﬁce ready togo by March 1. Along with the president re-locating, his secretary Sue John-son will follow. In order toaccommodate this, part of therenovation will include creating a doorway in the interior wall,connecting the two rooms. As far as the décor of the ofﬁcegoes, Gamble said he’s only mar-ginally involved. “My wife andSue are working on that part,”he said. “The only rule I have isthat it’s not too expensive.”Overall, Gamble is excited forhis new ofﬁce. “I spent so muchtime in the old presidents’ ofﬁce,not as the president, that it will benice to have a new ofﬁce as thepresident that is my own,” saidGamble. Most students also seemto support the move.Senior Ambassador KathrynReeners thinks moving the presi-dent is a great idea. “A biggerreception area would be goodbecause it would allow for admis-sions to grow and expand. Plusthat area is more centrally locatedin Old Main and stands out.”
President’s ofﬁce relocating
By Jonelle Davis
The Bishop’s Parlor will soon be the president’s ofﬁce.
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language program. The forma-tion of this program was initiatedby intelligence studies graduatestudent Diane Chido.“I thought something like that would be valuable for studentsin general, but primarily for theIntelligence Studies students sothey could have a greater under-standing of the languages andcultures of a range of countries,”Chido stated. Jacque McCarty, an intel studiesmajor, explained that she signedup for the program to prepare forany professional experiences shemay undertake abroad.“I wanted to become profi-cient in other languages so thatI would be able to interact withpeople from other countries,”Line said. The cost for the program was$139 for Mercyhurst studentsand $399 for the general public,in addition to books and study materials. There will be no gradesor transcripts issued. The classes are held threenights a week from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. in the language lab at theHammermill Library. The les-sons will end the week of April10.
Language program offers global perspective
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opinions about what should bedone about the policy.Last year some athletic teamsstudied in the MSG chambers, which seemed to work out well. This may be an option forsome larger teams who areknown to be noisy.Other teams through the yearshave taken over the second ﬂoorcomputer lab in Zurn.However, this did not seemto work because there werecomplaints that the athletes were rude, disruptive and otherstudents found it impossible to work while they were there. Two sophomore football play-ers suggested that the Old Maincomputer lab be used because itis rarely used unless for class andit is out of the way. Apparently, football playersare now remaining in the lockerrooms to hold their group study sessions.Unfortunately this is not along-term solution and they should have a better locationto study.Other resolutions discussed were having team captains pre-side over study sessions insteadof coaches.Many students expressed con-cerns at the meeting that the ath-letic teams were being shunnedfrom the library for doing noth-ing.Group study sessions are man-datory for freshmen. It is easierto have the study sessions in thelibrary so the students can usethe resources of books, comput-ers, the writing center and themath lab.Being pushed into a dark cor-ner of campus is not seen as anacceptable solution and Brund-age would agree.He wants students to study inthe library and is trying to makethat possible for everyone by working with MSG to implementa new policy.
Students lack study room