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Reports of theft over the past yearin the Audrey Hirt Academic Centerare raising concerns with departmentshoused in the building. Police and Safety Chief Ken Sidun said the case is underinvestigation.Sidun confirmed Tuesday that aprivate detective has been hired toinvestigate. The communication and graphicdesign departments were struck themost so far with nine and eight itemsstolen, respectively. The Center forInstructional Technology (CIT) divisionalso lost two items. According to Communication ChairBrian Sheridan, the communicationdepartment was robbed of technology equipment during the 2004-05 schoolyear. Included among the stolen items were studio microphones, a DVDplayer, battery chargers and a videocamera. The total value of the equip-ment stolen is around $1,500, saidSheridan.Graphic design professor, Jodi Stani-unas-Hopper reported thefts from thegraphic’s department beginning in thesummer of 2004 when the PennsylvaniaGovernor’s School of the Arts usedthe facility. According to Staniunas-Hopper, only a video camera was stolen during thattime, valued at about $500. “There was a lot of talk about the theft being a Mercyhurst student or a governor’sschool student,” she said. Staniunas-Hopper noted the governor’s schoolreplaced the camera, but not with theoriginal.Over the 2004-05 school year, Sta-niunas-Hopper reported an additionalfive items stolen. The missing itemsinclude: two student book bags, anX-Box video game system costing about $180, student books, a cameratripod and fundraising items from the ADpro club. Staniunas-Hopper saidshe informed Police and Safety on theissue. “Police and Safety have takenreports, but I have heard nothing back yet,” she said.
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lost a 256 megabyte photomemory card and card reader to thievesin December 2004, valued at $200.Director of CIT, Barbara Pittman,informed security in October 2005 of the theft of two video cameras, valu-ing at $1,200, she said. According toPittman, campus security has hired adetective to investigate the matter.“I spoke with (the detective) aboutthe incidents, but I have heard nothing yet,” said Pittman.Sidun acknowledged hiring a privatedetective. “We were granted a requestfor an investigator on a part-time basis,”he said. “He investigates serious crimesand we are using him a lot.” The investigator, Dennis Donovan,is an adjunct professor of forensicscience at Mercyhurst College and aretired Pennsylvania State Police inves-tigator. “With his help, we have solvedmore crimes on campus,” said Sidun.Donovan could not be reached forcomment. The thefts also plagued the college’sstudent-run yearbook office on thelower level of the building. Junioryearbook worker, Gina Christoffersen,said they reported bake sale goods andover $120 worth of art calendars stolenin the past month. Christoffersen, whoregularly works in the office, said sheno longer feels safe leaving anything behind for a night.“I would never leave anything in theyearbook office,” she said. “I just don’tfeel it would be safe to do so.”Other students who frequent theHirt building share Christoffersen’sopinion.Sophomore and CommunicationBoard Secretary Megan Shoup said she would not consider leaving any personalitems in the communication office for anight. “The thefts made me reconsiderleaving stuff behind and, as a result, I will never leave anything there, ever,”she said. Junior and graphic design major Andrew Kochirka does not normally leave any items behind in the graphicdesign department; but, after discover-ing two issues of his “Print” magazine were stolen at $20 an issue, he reconsid-ered leaving anything overnight. “Thethefts have caused me to leave nothing behind,” he said.Sidun vows to continue the investiga-tion until Police and Safety apprehendthe perpetrator. “We will not give upuntil we have the person in custody,”he said.
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Vol. 79 No. 12 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 January 25, 2006
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Studentchoreographytears up thestageWomen’s hockeyremainsat number six
Repeated heists hammer Hirt
Thousands of dollars worth of equipment and personal items reported stolen
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Jacque McCarty practices Arabic.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
On Jan. 16th the Mercyhurst Adultand Graduate Center began its 12-week courses in conversational Arabic, Chi-nese and Russian for those who have abasic proficiency. These courses are intended to facili-tate conversation in an informal andsupportive environment for those who wish to explore one of the abovelanguages more thoroughly. Classes areopen to both students and the generalpublic.Nikki Caserta, a local Erie residentenrolled in the 12-week program.She explained that she read about theopportunity in the Showcase section of the Erie Times News. When asked why she signed up for thecourse Caserta said that she, “wanted tobe exposed to other cultures. The three courses mark the begin-ning of an innovative program that will offer opportunities to anyoneinterested in learning less commonly taught languages.“There is a shifting interest in lan-guages,” said Alice Edwards, Ph.D, chairof the world languages and culturesdepartment at Mercyhurst.“Something hits the news and every-one says ‘Wow, we need to learn Arabic.’Colleges have trouble responding tothat,” Edwards said. Therefore, in response to the recentinterest in unusual languages, MercyhurstCollege has approved the informal
Please see Language on page 2 
Conversationalcourses offeredin foreign tongue
By Stephanie Williams
Contributing writer
Numerous items have been taken from the yearbook office.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
 Athletic teams searching for a place to study 
 There has been a rumor on camusabout athletic teams no longer being able to have group study sessions inthe library because of an incident thatoccurred. The rumor is wrong.Ken Brundage, the director of thelibrary, described in detail the actualsituation. Three years ago, there had beenmultiple complaints about the athleticteams’ group study sessions disrupting other students’ personal study time.Instead of enacting a policy, retiredPresident Dr. William Garvey insistedthat athletic teams have their ownclassroom and that either a coach or anassistant coach be present during groupstudy sessions.Now that Garvey is retired Brundagebrought up the issue with the MSGlibrary representative. Therefore, there was no incident to bring this matter intothe limelight. The main issue is concerned witha lack of space in the library and oncampus for group study sessions.Brundage wants to work with MSGto help the athletic teams have groupsessions within the library but hopefully make more space for other students. Another issue centers on the fact thata coach must be present during a study session. This is sometimes a difficult task forthe coaches of smaller teams becausethey do not have the necessary time forthe group sessions which occur three tofour nights a week. The coaches of these smaller teamsbrought this to Brundage’s attention.Brundage approached MSG aboutenacting a written policy regarding group study sessions not only for theathletic teams but also for any studentorganization wishing to have groupstudy sessions.Brundage is not sure what the endproduct of the policy will be but he wanted to gather student opinionsbefore creating a policy.Last Monday, at the MSG meeting the idea was brought to the board of representatives and they had last week and have this week to gather student
Please see Students on page 2 
By Sarah Sheehan
Contributing writer
Students utilize all the space provided in the Walker Reading Room.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
By Joshua Wilwohl
The CIT department has had video equipment stolen.Nine items were stolen from the communications department.
I would never leaveanything in theyearbook office. I justdon’t feel it would besafe to do so.
- Gina Christoffersen
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To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
 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.”
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Corrie Thearle
 World Briefs
International news
Bolivia president
Kuwait emir abdicates position
Kenyan collapse
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
Contributing writer
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.
Dr. Clemons
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
Contributing writer
The Bishop’s Parlor will soon be the president’s office.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
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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
To contact: featuremerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
January 25, 2006PAGE 3THE MERCIAD
 You borrowed your room-mate’s notes from World His-tory so that you could fill in acouple of missing years in youressay. You bought some anatomy flashcards from the bookstoreinstead of trudging your way toa lab in Zurn. You even searchedfrantically online for Sparknoteson the “Blithedale Romance”before attempting to decipherchapter one yourself.If you made it through mid-term last week without having a breakdown, I’m sure you arefamiliar with at least one of theabove shortcuts. However, inaddition to academic shortcuts,you probably filled your tank  with Arbys, energy bars, potentcoffee, and whatever you couldswipe your card for in a vending machine.Midterm and final’s weeks canleave us feeling mentally drained,but if we do not physically treatour bodies well, they won’t beperforming their best. Conve-nience foods are full of sugarand fat, while lacking vitamins,minerals, and long-lasting en-ergy and they leave you craving homemade comfort food by theend of the week. We crave heavy homemademeals so much when we’re away because they are filling, tasty andfamiliar. This recipe will definitely satisfy all of your needs and evenleave you with leftovers so you donot need to cook tomorrow! The recipe is not packed withfat and calories because the cot-tage cheese stays thick and cheesy  while acting as a substitute forsome of the cheese.Using whole wheat pasta willbe more filling than eating theusual white macaroni shells likethe ones that come in the blueKraft box. This is due to thefiber, which will also help keepyour digestive system moving after eating the cheese.Please don’t consider the onionyour serving of vegetable forthe evening. I enjoyed stirring in some broccoli cooked in themicrowave, and the next day Iadded a fresh chopped tomatofor a different flavor. Having some steamed carrots on the side with a small spoonful of brownsugar might actually be a way of getting your vegetablesthat you won’t mind. The time for preparing willbe about 30 minutes, and thenyou can sit back and finish tak-ing notes for another 30 minutesbefore it comes out of the oven. The dishes can wait until later, soeven on the most hectic night youcan spare the 30 minutes for thisnutritional and filling meal. Sharethe dish with your roommatesand neighbors when you getyour grades back this week, andbe comforted – you’re half- way throughthe year!
Easy & Comforting Macaroni & Cheese
 A healthier column
Half a box of whole wheat macaroni (8. oz)1 cup plain bread crumbs1 tsp. olive oil1 8 oz. container reduced fat cottage cheese3 cups skim milk¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. mustard (yellow or stadium)1 medium onion, chopped in small pieces2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 350F, spray a 13 x 9 baking dishwith non-stick spray.2. Follow instructions on macaroni box and cook until soft but with a little resistance,also known as al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.3. Mash the cottage cheese with a fork for a minute.4. Whisk ½ cup of the milk, flour, and mustard in a small bowl until smooth.5. Heat olive oil in a large pot, preferably one with a thick bottom. Add onions and cook (stirring often)for 7 minutes.6. Add remaining milk, and heat until simmering (some steam will begin to come off of the milk, do notcontinue until boiling). Make sure you stir during this step so that the milk will not burn on the bottom of the pan7. Whisk in the flour mixture, and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the mixture thickens a bit. Remove thepot from the heat.8. Whisk in the cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, and some black pepper to taste. Stir in the macaroniand combine everything well. Pour from the pot into the 13 x 9 dish, and sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top.9. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes or until bubbly.10. Enjoy with your roommates, this recipe will feed four of you for 2 meals each.
with Jen 
During the first week in Janu-ary, four of the senior athletictraining students at MercyhurstCollege flew to Texas for anamazing opportunity.Supervised by head athletictrainer Mary Ann Love, DebbieDalsin, Josh Long, Jessica Osteand Kristen McCarty arrived inKingsville, Texas, and preparedto assist with the athletic training services for the Cactus Bowl. The Cactus Bowl is the NCAADivision II All-Star game in which the top players fromaround the country face off infront of scouts from every NFLteam, in addition to several thou-sand fans. The host school of this game is the Kingsville branchof Texas A & M University. A generous invitation wasextended to Mercyhurst’s headathletic trainer as well as theMercyhurst senior athletic train-ing class. Throughout the courseof the week, the visiting studentsused their skills and knowledgeto provide care to the all-starathletes.Much work was to be doneduring the two-a-day practicesand the actual game. Mercyhurststudents quickly became famil-iarized with Kingsville’s uniqueapproach to athletic training. They were introduced to theexciting culture of Southern Texas through the hospitality of the hosting athletic training students.Some highlights of the week included the meshing of cross-cultural attitudes towards medicaltreatment, trying authentic Mexi-can cuisine, venturing across theMexican border by foot and atour of the world famous King Ranch, which is the largest work-ing ranch in the country. After a week of double practicesessions the players took the fieldfor the Friday night kick-off. Af-ter a well-fought game the Westteam proved to be too much forthe visiting East team to handle, with the final score of 49-28. With all the talent displayed inthe game there are sure to beseveral Cactus Bowl participantscompeting in the NFL in theyears to come. As we were boarding the planemany emotions were running through our minds – excitement,nervousness and anticipation. Were we really going to be brief-ing the FBI?Myself, as well as senior teamleader Ryan Ross and sopho-mores Ashley Scheid, Brittany Monteparte and Kevin Szcz-epanski traveled to WashingtonD.C. as one of the top threefinalists in the FBI’s first NationalCase Study Competition. We began the competitionin mid-October, pitted againstanother team from Mercyhurstalso comprised of intelligencestudies students. The focus of the competition was to developa strategic plan to help the FBIin its new role in intelligence andcounterterrorism. We discussed ideas that includ-ed a cultural gap between specialagents and intelligence analysts,how the FBI does not have a coolcelebrity spokesperson, like theCIA has Jennifer Garner from Alias and also how intelligenceanalysts are not respected, andare basically used to take outthe trash. We addressed all of these issuesin our proposal which involved athree-tiered plan. The first was toform a joint special agent\intel-ligence analyst training program, which allows for close collabo-ration and builds relationshipsbetween agents and analysts.Second, was to revamp thepublic relations of the FBI by hiring a celebrity spokespersonand gearing recruitment to thecollege market. The final part of our proposal was to reorganize the FBI’s 56field offices that can be foundall over the nation. This reor-ganization would be achievedthrough our proposed creationof a directorate of field offices, which would help to ensure theFBI’s priorities and polices. Word came in December that we had been chosen as a final-ist in the competition, and thenights of meetings and practic-ing continued. It seems that we were hardly back from Christmasbreak before we landed in Wash-ington D.C. to present. As we landed we were met by representatives from Edven-ture Partners, the organizationresponsible for running thiscompetition for the FBI. We settled into our hotel roomsand did a little sightseeing beforemeeting for dinner with the twoother teams of finalists and Ed- venture Partners representatives. As we mingled and talked withthe other teams it hit me that thenext day they would become ourcompetitor.Bright and early on Friday, Jan.13th, the day we all had been waiting for, we finally had thechance to brief the FBI. As we walked toward the FBI Head-quarters those feelings of excite-ment and anticipation began toreemerge.Once we were cleared to enterheadquarters we were escorted tothe Flag Room where we were tomake our briefing and go downin history as the first to win theFBI’s National Case Study Com-petition.Before the judges enteredthe room, we had time to getacquainted with the room andmake final preparations forour presentation. The panel of judges consisted of five highranking executives in the FBIsuch as, supervisory specialagents, intelligence, counterter-rorism and language specialists. We were impressed that they sent such executives to judge thecompetition. The first team to present wasfrom the University of St. Thom-as from St. Paul, Minn. Theirproposal was to shift the FBI’sfocus to strictly domestic terror-ism issues and let the CIA handleall of the international terroristthreats that were under the FBI’sjurisdiction. They also proposed moving the FBI from under the authority of the Department of Justice tounder the Department of Home-land Security. We were the second team tobrief, giving a 20-minute presen-tation and then handling almost30 minutes of questions, which was 15 minutes longer then al-lotted. During this session thejudges asked many detailed andin-depth questions about ourproposal and much to our sur-prise parts of them were already in the planning stages of imple-mentation. The last team to give theirpresentation was from DeSalesUniversity. Many of their ideasin their presentation were similarto ours, but also included an ideaof an ROTC-style special agentrecruiting program for collegesand universities. After all three teams were fin-ished the judges exited the roomto make their decisions. We all waited in anticipation. Then thedoor opened, the judges filed inand we all took our seats as theroom fell silent with nervousanticipation. The third place winner wasannounced: it was the Univer-sity of St. Paul, and we let outa short sigh of relief before thenext announcement. Then De-Sales University was announcedas the second place winner. Atthis point we sat composed butexcited at the same time. They named Mercyhurst as the 1stplace winner and we went to thefront to accept our award. To witness the historic day of the FBI’s first Case Study Competition and in the Depart-ment of Intelligence Studies wasfaculty advisor David Grabelskiand Mercyhurst College Institutefor Intelligence Studies director,Mr. Robert Heibel. As well as claiming this pres-tigious honor we also received a$3,000 grant for the IntelligenceStudies Department. Senior teamleader, Ryan Ross, sums it up thebest, “We did what we do best.”For many young adults, musicis like coffee. They crave it in any form possible. Our generation isone that loves music, that livesfor music.Electronics companies havetaken note of that need formusic. From Dell to Sony, they have gone from traditional tounbelievable in the inno- vations that have beendevised to transportmusic anywhereyou go.Portable mu-sic got its firstgo with Sony and the Walk-man. Today,a company thathas been out of thespotlight for some years is mak-ing a comeback, and making ithuge.iPods are the latest and greatestcreation from Apple. Of thosestudents you pass who are con-nected to their own worlds viaheadphones, you could bet thatthe majority of them own aniPod MP3 player.MP3 players have made it pos-sible to carry thousands of songs with you anywhere on a devicesmaller than an average wallet.How has Apple upped theante for its competition? Withits very own new line of cloth-ing, designed specifically for theiPod owner.Not yet in stores, Apple hasdeveloped this high tech line of clothing for the avid iPod fanatic.Check out the Website shopping.com. They are featuring acces-sories and the clothing.Burton Snowboarding hasbought into the craze. They havea jacket, the Burton Shield iPod Jacket, which allows you to con-trol your Pod from the outsideof your jacket. So not only canyou snowboard, you can listen toyour iPod fearlessly, without thethought of dropping your MP3player into the snow.How convenient is it that youcan listen to your iPod worry-free now? It’s amazing. But suchtechnology comes at aprice. The Burton jacket isselling right now for$379.90, thoughon shopping.com there is asale price of $303.92. Yikes! Theground-break-ing new apparel costs morethan your iPod. The newest formof iPod is the iPod Shuffle, whichcosts $99.99 at bestbuy.com. Issuch technology savvy clothing  worthy of the high cost?Many Mercyhurst students feltthat such clothing to protect aniPod is “unnecessary” and “stu-pid.” But there has to be at leastone person who sees eye to eye with Apple. Jay Yankosky, a sophomorebusiness administration major, isthat student. He said, “It’s a goodidea. It could find a niche.” Sure,it’s overpriced right now, but Yankosky went on to say that “it’snot going to come right out andcatch on. It’s going to take sometime to find a market and Appleis good at finding a market.”How desperate will Mercyhurststudents become for their musi-cal fix? Will Apple eventually findits niche here at the Hurst?
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