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Vol. 79 No. 15 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 February 15, 2006
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Snowboarding atMercyhurst?Wrestling winsnine matches in arow.
Hello, GambleFarewell, McQuillen
After 35 years, PresidentMichael McQuillen sayshe will truly miss the’Hurst.
Continued on Page 3
Taking office on March 1,Thomas Gamble says he hasa new vision for MercyhurstCollege, including switchingto the semester system andconstructing new buildings.
Continued on Page 3
PAGE 2 THE MERCIAD February 15, 2006
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
Located in theLibrary304 A & BOPEN:SundaysthroughThursdaysCALL:Ext: 2078For exact hoursTUTORIAL HELPFOR ALLYOURMATH NEEDS!!!
 The end of the school year isfast approaching and students will soon be searching forinternships and long-awaitedcareers.On March 9, students willhave the opportunity to apply and interview for various po-sitions at regional companies,from hotel and restaurantmanagement to computersciences and information tech-nology. The Career Services Associa-tion of Western Pennsylvania(WestPACS), will hold theirannual spring job fair at thePittsburgh ExpoMart in Mon-roeville, Pa., from 10 a.m. to4 p.m.Over 125 employers willattend the event, including the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania StatePolice, Highmark and the In-ternal Revenue Services. A full listing of employerscan be found online at www. westpacs.org.Students can register beforethe event on WestPACS’ Web-site for $5, or can pay $10 atthe door. Mercyhurst studentscan also register at Career Ser- vices in Old Main. You must be a student at atwo or four-year college oruniversity to attend. Students will need to present theirresumes at the walk-in regis-tration booth. The job fair isfor candidates only; childrencannot attend. Guests must wait in the lobby.Students should dress pro-fessionally and bring severalcopies of their resumes. Can-didates wearing jeans, t-shirts,sweatshirts, flip-flops andother inappropriate attire willnot be admitted to the fair. WestPACS recommends re-searching potential employersprior to the fair.Complete descriptions of the employers can be foundon their Website, including  what positions are open andthe requirements needed tofulfill those positions.Students can contact Mery-hurst’s Career Services formore information on this jobfair as well as others to come.
By Jessica Nulph
Contributing writer
Spring job fair
Crime scene experience
 Intelligence Studies professor speaks about extensive background 
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, theCriminal Justice Club welcomedDavid J. Grabelski to speak in theMercy Heritage room.Grabelski is the assistant pro-fessor for the Institute for Intel-ligence Studies at Mercyhurst.He spoke to a crowd of around20 students, many of them Intel-ligence Studies and Criminal Justice majors.Grabelski has a long back-ground in law enforcement andcrime scene investigation.In the lecture he talked to theaudience about his experiences inlaw enforcement and intelligenceup, until his position in Intelli-gence Studies at Mercyhurst.Grabelski graduated from PennState University in the secondclass of the first criminal justiceprogram the college initiated.He went on to join the Los Angeles Police Department in1972.He told the audience of hismany experiences as a law en-forcement officer in Holly- wood.Grabelski also discussed theseven years he spent in thehomicide department in southcentral L.A. This was during the time whenthe gang wars began to increasein intensity. After his retirement from law enforcement, Grabelski accepteda position at the National Drug Intelligence Center with the U.S.Department of Justice.Grabelski traveled all overthe country and outside of thenation, teaching various groupshow to locate, infiltrate anddismantle drug organizationsand cartels.Grabelski has spent the past12 years traveling and teaching about document exploitation. This concerns how to look atdocuments and analyze them.Grabelski came to Mercyhurstlast March to begin teaching inthe Intelligence Studies depart-ment.His extensive background and vast knowledge will certainly give students an informed, con-cise picture of the field of law enforcement, crime scene inves-tigation and numerous fields inintelligence.
By Corrie Thearle
News editor
David Grabelski spoke about his in-depth background.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
The induction of Dr. ThomasGamble as President of Mercy-hurst College will bring proposi-tions that may change the sched-ules of students and faculty. Among the changes Gamblehas proposed is a transition fromthe trimester system to a struc-ture known as the four creditsemester system, or sometimesreferred to as 4x4, which 38 outof 50 of America’s top universi-ties use. This new system could beintroduced as early as the fall of 2007, Gamble said.For the most part, the new sys-tem mirrors the semesters; how-ever, there are several significantdifferences which make it morebeneficial in the eyes of some.In the traditional semestersystem students take five, three-credit courses a semester totaling 120 credits within four years if the student stays on course tograduate. The 4x4 system, however, would consist of four, four creditcourses permitting the studentsto earn 32 credits annually with arequirement of 128 to graduate. The 4x4 system would ulti-mately allow students and faculty alike to delve deeper into coursematerial in 14 as opposed to 10. This system would also alterthe academic calendar align-ing Mercyhurst more closely  with other scholastic institutesin terms of vacation times; as well as other areas pertaining tothe athletic calendar and study abroad programs.Past on campus polling hasdemonstrated popular supportfor the 4x4 system by both stu-dents and faculty.Freshman lacrosse player Ryan Arnold supported the changestating, “I would get a spring break that I don’t get under thetrimester system.”Conversely, sophomore ChrisGeer stated, “I’m a trimesterguy, and I would transfer underdifferent conditions.Faculty Senate President Dr.Randall Clemons, who supportsthe switch, attempts to quelldoubts by stating, “Students cantake comfort in knowing that: 1)the faculty and administrationhave their best interests in mind;2) if and when a decision is madeit will take several years to imple-ment; 3) students will continueto be involved in the processand during the implementationtime can help shape the finalform; 4) everyone involved inthis has agreed that some sort of “no harm principle” will guidethe process, guaranteeing a fairand flexible approach to any problems that arise during thetransition, so that no studentsget caught in-between; and 5)the number of very good schoolsusing this calendar suggests thatit has advantages we cannot evenforesee.” An MSG constituency fromthe 03-04 academic year showedthat once informed adequately on the topic of the 4x4 system,two-thirds of the student body endorsed the program.
By Jeff Allen
Contributing writer Valentine’s Day is not justabout Cupid and candy forProfessor Jill Slomski’s SalesManagement class.For the second year in a row,Slomski, Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Walker Schoolof Business, has organized the“Apprentice Project,” in whichsix teams compete against eachother to raise as much money asthey can for the American Heart Association. The project began on Febru-ary 4, and all teams, comprisedof five or six members, haveuntil Valentine’s Day to use thestrategies they learned in theirsales management class to earnmoney for a good cause. The only stipulation studentshave is that they must abide by all rules on campus.However, they are encouragedto network off-campus as well toget some real experience working  with local businesses.Students are required to de- velop their sales teams, choose aleader, set goals and make busi-ness plans.Slomski explained, “Throughthis project students are not only getting sales experience, but they are also expected to write busi-ness letters, make presentations,gather merchandise and learnthe importance of time manage-ment, deadlines and working asa team.“Plus, it is an enjoyable proj-ect for students, and all of themoney goes to a good cause,”she said. Junior Phil Hoover said, “Ithink it’s interesting to participatein this project because not only are you raising money for the American Heart Association butyou are putting to use everything you have learned in the class.” Thus far students have or-ganized raffles and contests,including a Rock, Paper, Scissorscontest in the Student Union, inan effort to raise money. They have also organized co-operative efforts with local busi-nesses such as Subway, Krispy Kreme and Pulakos.Slomski is particularly excitedthis year to see that for the firsttime students have sought outorganizations that will match themoney the students raise. This will not only give teamsan edge in the competition, butit also means that more money  will go to charity.Students are definitely mak-ing progress this year. Last yearstudents who participated in theproject raised $1,500. This year one team raised$1,200 just in the first few daysof the competition. The “Ap-prentice Project” total will becalculated on Tuesday afternoonand taken to the American Heart Association. The winning team will be re- warded with an invitation to alunch with Dean of the WalkerSchool of Business, Micheal Victor.However, the students in Pro-fessor Slomski’s sales manage-ment class are just excited tobe getting real world businessexperience, while raising money for the American Heart Asso-ciation. Junior Chris Lang summed upthe project well.“I think that it’s a good way forus to utilize what we have learnedabout selling in a practical way. We help out a good cause whiledoing it,” he said.
By Jessica Kocent
Contributing writer The Mercyhurst StudentGovernment Executive Boardchanged the funding policies fororganizations on campus. According to Ryan Palm, MSGtreasurer, the primary reasonbehind the change in the policies was due to problems the boardencounters.“The policies have not beenadjusted for at least five years orso, and given the evolution of the clubs and organizations oncampus, we felt the time was rightfor a change,” said Palm. The MSG Executive Boardbegan discussing the idea of changing the policies during thesummer of 2005, and has alsolooked to students for feedback on how to improve the oldsystem.MSG President Dan Schulerhas held a couple President’sClub meetings, and Palm dis-tributed surveys to RecognizedStudent Club or Organizations(RSCO’s). After receiving feedback, thenew policy was put together by the Executive Board and is being put into play.Palm explained that, “Two weeks ago, the RSCO’s weregiven budget application forms, which outline what they arerequesting for the 2006 to 2007school year.“Once we get all the forms, which are due Feb. 17, the Bud-get & Finance Committee will goover the applications and makedeterminations on how mucheach RSCO will receive.“The committee will presenta budget to MSG on March 27, which will spell out how muchthe RSCO’s will receive,” saidPalm.Once approved by MSG, theRSCO’s will receive notificationin early April of how much they  will receive in the 2006 to 2007academic year.Under the new system groups will submit the check requisitionsto the MSG treasurer, who willcheck to make sure the expense isappropriate within the guidelinesof the RSCO’s budget, and then will send all paperwork to thecollege Finance Office.RSCO’s will be provided in-formation during the first week of classes pertaining to the spe-cific processes through whichthey can obtain their approvedfunding.Palm also highlighted the majorchanges in the policy.“Principally, the one majordifference is that a RSCO canapply for a yearly budget insteadof applying for funding on anas needed basis. This methodis consistent with how the col-lege operates from a budgeting standpoint, as well as studentgroups at many other collegesand universities,” said Palm. Additionally, the new sys-tem opens up opportunities forRSCO’s to function on a muchmore diverse basis, as they arenow able to request funds forsupplies and even travel costs ona limited basis, neither of whichhave been allowed in the past.Palm added that “this will allow RSCO’s to have the ability to planfar in advance, which will allow for better involvement fromgroup members, as well as thepossibilities to work with otherRSCO’s who might have similarinterests.” Another major difference inthe policy is that in the past,RSCO’s could only request upto $450 dollars each academicyear, and the new code and bud-get procedure will offer funding about $450 dollars. The executive board also feelsthat the changes will help in-crease the student involvementin RSCO’s.“We believe that the changes will increase student participa-tion in RSCOs. Because of thenew opportunities the RSCOscan offer, we feel there will bea good number of studentsgetting involved in groups whomight never have under the oldsystem,” said Palm.Schuler agrees with Palm, say-ing everyone is excited for thenew policy changes.“We are excited about thepossibilities that this opens upfor our student groups andconfident that we will be ableto work together to lay a strong foundation which can make thisnew budgeting procedure a suc-cessful one for years to come,”Schuler said.
By Jonelle Davis
Contributing writer
The Drama Club is a MSG-funded organization.
File photo
MSG initiates new club procedures
 Apprentice competition
Teams compete to raise money for the American Heart Association
New 4x4 systemmay replace terms
February 15, 2006 THE MERCIAD PAGE 3
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
On March 1, Dr. ThomasGamble will take the helm asMercyhurst College’s 11th presi-dent.Gamble, who is currently theschool’s academic dean, is for-mulating plans for the “first onethousand days of transition,”he said.“I am starting the initial pro-cess for a new strategic planfor the college for the next fiveyears.”Gamble’s new plans for thecollege during this transitionalphase include: changing theacademic calendar, increasing diversity, organization changes,fundraising, expanding the cam-pus, continuing to plan the WestCounty campus and keeping incontact with students.
 The Academic Calendar
Gamble’s vision for the new academic calendar would changethe current three-credit trimestersystem to a four-credit semestersystem.He plans to make a recommen-dation to the Board of Trusteesas early as September 2006.“The biggest problem with thetrimester system is the 10-week terms,” Gamble said. “With alonger period, there is moretime to do more interesting class work.”Unlike most semester school where students take five to sixthree-credit classes for a semes-ter, the four credit semester sys-tem is set up so a student wouldtake only four, four-credit classesduring two 14-week periods.“There are pedagogical disad- vantages in taking five courses ata time that are only three credits,”Gamble said. “This four-creditsystem will allow students to beless stressed.” The new system would alsoinclude a three to four week in-tersession period where studentscould either study abroad or takea class at Mercyhurst. According to Gamble, thesystem will help match sched-ules with other schools’ athleticcalendars, along with giving anadvantage to transfer studentsfrom other schools on the se-mester system. The system’s initial kinks arestill being worked out, said Gam-ble.“We have to see the effect thesystem will have on the liberalarts core and the total cost tomake the transition,” he said.If passed by the trustees, Gam-ble hopes the change will takeaffect either in September 2007or September 2008.
Diversity Initiative
 According to Gamble, theschool is in the process of think-ing about creative and innovative ways to expand the Latino and African American initiative.Gamble said the school willcontinue to use the diversity grant project started by the col-lege’s 10th president, Dr. MichaelMcQuillen.
Organizational Changes
Gamble is currently working on strategic and organizational is-sues around campus. One changecame in January with the moveof the president’s office to theBishop’s Parlor. The old office will become theSouth Parlor that ambassadorsand students can use, and willinclude a patio out into the mainsection of campus. Gamblesaid the change is symbolic, “Anew president, a new office,”he said. According to Gamble, there will be a relatively small numberof changes right away.Gamble plans to announce theofficial staff reorganization at theend of this week.
 The school has just come off a capital campaign, said Gamble, who plans to increase the school’sannual fund during the first threeyears in office.Gamble also hopes to buildrelationships with potential do-nors so as to enlarge the college’sendowment, which he notesneeds increased for the school’ssuccess.
 While in office, Gamble hopesto enlarge the school’s campus by constructing three new buildings:a dorm, an art building and aclassroom building, plus an ad-ditional parking garage. Theseplans are part of Gamble’s stra-tegic vision about campus exten-sion in the next five years. According to Gamble, theschool is growing at such a ratethat a new dormitory is neededto keep up with the increasedenrollment. The art building would houseanother theater, music and dancedepartment space and art studios.Gamble also noted that con-structing such a building wouldfree more space for sciencelaboratories.Gamble’s vision for a new academic building is to add moreclassroom space for the expan-sion of the current research andintelligence program. Another potential plan is toeither build up on a current park-ing garage or construct a new parking garage so as to minimizethe constant parking problems.
 West County Campus
Mercyhurst West plans willmove forward, said Gamble, whose first decision for thatcampus is to choose an academicleader in the next month.“We need to express to thepublic we are interested outthere (in the west county) so wecan start courses in the fall,” hesaid.Gamble noted there is not yeta focus on the programs that willbe offered in west county.
Student Interaction and theMercyhurst Legacy
Gamble plans to continueteaching, except for his first yearin office; but, vows to be reach-able to students.“I will always be available tothe student government and theambassadors,” he said. “I alsoplan to have receptions at home with students.”He also noted that his twokids who attend Mercyhurstconstantly keep him in contact with students. “They always letme know what is going on,” hesaid.Gamble also promises to keepto the story of Mercyhurst.“The legacy is punctuated by individuals and is in our funda-mental commitments,” he said.“If we stay true to these com-mitments, the mission will beupheld.” Among his top priority in up-holding Mercyhurst’s mission isthe student-faculty relationship, which he notes is essential.“Students come and build fac-ulty relationships to ones they trust and rely upon,” he said.“And without that you lose thegreatest advantage in a smallschool.”
By Joshua Wilwohl
Editor-in chief  There are many qualities thatmake people great leaders. John Quincy Adams statedthat, “If your actions inspire oth-ers to dream more, learn more,do more and become more, youare a leader.”Looking back on the past yearunder Dr. Michael McQuillen’spresidency, it can be stated withconviction that Mercyhurst Col-lege excelled under his outstand-ing leadership.Many students believed thatMcQuillen was the perfect choicefor president during a challenging point in the college’s history.Senior David Sterns, an intel-ligence studies major, explainedthat, “Dr. McQuillen was a fairand honest man who I feel did agreat job of leading this schoolthrough a very rough situation.He should be remembered as theman who kept us afloat when theboat was sinking.” When Dr. McQuillen acceptedthe position as the 10th presidentlast year, one of his primary goals was helping the college focus onthe future.He strove to keep the primary mission of the college: educa-tion, as the foremost objectiveduring his presidency.McQuillen explained that, “Aspresident my primary responsi-bility was to continue to buildand strengthen the college.” With the help of the admin-istration, one that McQuillendescribed as “very hardworking and focused,” Mercyhurst suc-cessfully remained on a path of academic prestige and achieve-ment.Senior, Mike Kies explained,“I believe Dr. McQuillen did anadmirable job refocusing the at-tention of the Mercyhurst com-munity back to academics. He was a great asset to this schooland I wish him well in retire-ment.”McQuillen began his career atMercyhurst as a faculty memberin the history department in1971.In his 35 years here, he hasbeen an integral part of thecollege. As a history professor,McQuillen immensely enjoyedhis time with students in theclassroom.He explained that some of his fondest memories were of students and colleagues. They  were the essential element thatkept McQuillen at Mercyhurst.He stated that he will miss,“The tremendous number of students that I have worked with in the classroom or asadvisees.”Students who took classes with McQuillen shared similarsentiments about an enjoyableclassroom experience.Greg Stelter, a senior socialstudies education major, had twohistory classes with McQuillen.He stated that, “Dr. McQuillenhad a knack for focusing on key trends and events. He was one of the most engaging and interest-ing professors I have ever had atMercyhurst.” Another senior, CharlesKrzyzek, talked about his ex-periences with McQuillen. “Dr.McQuillen was a great person with an intelligent stance oneducation and administration,”he said. Although McQuillen spentmost of his time as a faculty member, he was also academicdean for six years, associateacademic dean and dean of libraries.McQuillen not only enjoyed working with students, but ex-plained that he will miss his fel-low colleagues as well.“There are so many differentcolleagues I enjoyed working  with. I have the utmost respectfor all of the talented, hardwork-ing members of the college,”he said.Dr. McQuillen will be leaving Mercyhurst and the city of Eriein March. He will be moving toFort Collins, Colorado wheremost of his family currently resides.McQuillen explained that he will be entering into semi-retire-ment. He hopes to continue hislove of education by teaching part time.McQuillen will look into be-coming an adjunct faculty mem-ber of Colorado State University,Front Range Community Collegeor the University of NorthernColorado. He hopes to teach afew courses each year.McQuillen is also looking tocontinue working with non-profit organizations such asHabitat for Humanity in theColorado area. When asked about leaving Erie,McQuillen highlighted some of the unique places that he enjoyed visiting.He stated that he will alwaysremember walking the paths atPresque Isle and enjoying thetranquility of Asbury Woods.However, the predominant fac-tor that McQuillen explained he will miss the most about Erie arethe people who live here.Most specifically McQuillencommented that he will miss thepeople of Mercyhurst.“From the Mercy sisters whobuilt the college to today’s stu-dents, faculty and staff, theseare the people who have madeMercyhurst. I have full faith thatthe college will continue to grow and progress.” Thomas Gamble, the presi-dent-elect, will assume his du-ties on March 1. McQuillen hasconfidence that Mercyhurst willflourish under the new leader-ship.“I think that the college is in very good hands. With such atalented and hardworking com-munity, Mercyhurst has a very bright future,” he said.Many students felt that Mc-Quillen was an excellent pro-fessor and president not only because of his abilities and hard work, but because of his pleas-ant and genial persona. Junior Bethany Canfield, apublic history major, exclaimedthat, “I am really sad to seehim go. He truly cared aboutthe students and I wish himthe best of luck in his futureendeavors.”Kies accurately describedMcQuillen’s open and amiablepersonality. “Dr. McQuillen hada way about him that everyoneloved. He always had a smileon his face and greeted students warmly around campus.”Many students greatly ap-preciated the personal help thatMcQuillen was always willing to give.Eric Valyko, the treasurer of the Mercyhurst Velo Cycling Club, explained that, “The sup-port and help he’s been willing to give the cycling club to helpus grow has been amazing and we’ll never forget it.”For the Mercyhurst commu-nity, McQuillen has been anessential part to the success of the college.His commitment to educationhas been evident in his 35 yearsof service as faculty member,dean and finally as president. As Mercyhurst continues toprogress into the 21
century,McQuillen will be proudly andfondly remembered as one of thecollege’s greatest members.
By Corrie Thearle
News editor
The Webmail interface continues to shut down often.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor 
Mercyhurst Webmail has beena consistent issue for studentssince Christmas break. The IT department is trying extremely hard to monitor anddeal with the issues the softwareis producing.Pat Benekos, the director of theinformation technology depart-ment, said, “We have made a lotof progress, and performance isbetter and the Webmail service isdropping much less frequently.” When Webmail is down, theserver is still running and all of the sent and received e-mails arestill being transported. How-ever, many cannot retrieve e-mailthrough the Webmail interface. This problem can be combatedin two ways. One choice is to waitfor the system to get up and run-ning again. Another choice is touse a POP client such as Outlook or Outlook express. The detailson how to use these programs with your e-mail are explainedin detail on the IT department’s Website.It must be stressed again that when an individual cannot log into Webmail it is not that the whole system is down. The Webmail interface is tem-porarily down, but e-mails are stillsent and recieved accurately. The IT department and theINTEL department have beenmonitoring the system every half hour from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.to gather statistics on how long login time and the load time takesfor Webmail. The software company Ip-switch has been no help up untilthis week because it is boggeddown with problems.On Friday Feb. 10, Ipswitchannounced that it will be releas-ing a patch for the software thatshould resolve the issues remain-ing with Webmail. The IT department is alsoconsidering switching vendors,although Benekos does not wantto make a rash decision.Ipswitch provides softwarefor many programs on campusincluding a shared calendar anddepartment instant messaging. Webmail is just a part of thesowftware that Ipswitch pro- vides. The school has been buy-ing thier software for at least fiveyears and there has never been aproblem up until now.Benekos explained that the risk of rolling back to the old Web-mail is far greater then the risk of continuing to use this update,because of the high possibility of losing e-mails and other data.Benekos said the three out-standing issues within the system.“The performance bogs downduring peak user access times,typically around lunch and din-ner, one process hangs intermit-tently about once a week, andMac users don’t have full func-tionality available to them.”“All of the other functionsof the e-mail server have beenoperating normally, so no emailmessages are being lost. Only the Webmail interface is still experi-encing problems. We are contact-ing Ipswitch daily to resolve theseoutstanding issues,” she said.Sophomore Carol Cote ex-plained, “Personally, I feel thatthe Webmail is not as efficientas it used to be. It is also difficultto delete even selected items without items being ‘accidentally’erased.” Junior Camilla Lynch has con-cerns over Webmail problemsaffecting academics.“The Webmail is slow andineffective. Because it also has aproblem with overloading, many of us have not been able to re-ceive emails or find that the ones we send are getting returned. This is a problem for classes,especially when you have toemail a professor or classmates,”she said.
 Webmail problemsstill bedevil college
By Sarah Sheehan
Contributing writer
The biggestproblem with thetrimester systemis the 10-week terms.
- Dr. Thomas Gamble
I think that thecollege is in verygood hands.Mercyhurst has a verybright future.
Dr. Michael McQuillen
Gamble mulls big changes
McQuillen moves to Colorado
Semester system, new buildings among future plans for the ‘Hust 

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