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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929
A & EPage 8
Vol. 80 No. 3 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 September 27, 2006
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Singer IreneGomez to performat PAC
CAMPUSLIVINGPage 5
Enjoy a glass ofapple cider
Lakers topple Knights
For the first time in three years of the renewed rivalry between theMercyhurst and Gannon football teams, victory came for the Lakers
LAKERS VICTORIOUS:
Sophomore running back Richard Stokes (22) slips out of the grip of a Knight to lead the team to victory with one of three touchdowns. Stokes rushed for 168 yards, the highest single-game total in 13 years. The final score was 35-14. See page 12 for more details.
On Sept. 17, senior archaeology majorSara Pieszak died after struggling withcancer since last winter.Pieszak’s death strikes the hearts of her close friends on campus.Senior Camilla Lynch, who first metPieszak four years ago, said Pieszak wasbashful, yet lovable.“She was really shy,” said Lynch. “Butonce you got to know her, she was sosweet and fun.” Another friend, senior Jen Helbig agreed. “She was certainly shy, but very unique,” said Helbig.Helbig said Pieszak loved to watchold movies, wore ballet slippers aroundthe apartment, and always wore whitet-shirts.Lynch said Pieszak was involved withthe anthropology club and the Skating  Association for the Blind and Handi-capped (SABAH), the latter of whichis a Buffalo, NY-based organization thathelps teach people who suffer from dis-abilities to ice skate.“She was a great figure skater beforeshe came to college,” said Lynch.Lynch said she will always rememberPieszak’s personality and friendship.“The (cancer) bracelets that haveinscribed endurance, hope, courage andbravery truly represent her,” said Lynch.“She was like a sister I will truly miss.” All over campus students are wonder-ing what the One Card is. This One Card more than an ID cardthat can get students into the cafeteriaand the recreation center.In fact, every student, faculty memberand teacher already has one. The IDcard they received that first day is now called the One Card. This card can work in the library toprint or borrow materials. It can beused when purchasing memorabilia atthe bookstore and at Starbucks in thebookstore, as well as Café Diem in thelibrary.One Card can be used at the Docucen-ter to print and copy and it even allowsaccess to certain areas on campus. Additionally, it can be used at vending machines for a quick snack.“I love how I can use this single cardall over campus,” said Emily Dietz. “Itis a really great idea to have it work withrestaurants and stores off campus; itmakes quick trips uncomplicated.” The One Card can also work like adebit card. Students can put money on it for on campus and off campusspending.It is accepted at Alfee’s, Arby’s, CVS/pharmacy, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Luc-chetti’s Pizza, Panos’ Restaurant, Papa John’s Pizza, Paris Cleaners, Pizza Pan,Subway, Teresa’s Italian Delicatessenand, most recently, Quiznos Subs.“I use it at Papa John’s for my latenight study sessions. It’s great because Idon’t always have cash and searching forchange is impossible in my apartment,”said, sophomore Megan Farber. “Itmakes everything easy and fast.”Students can put money on the OneCard by going to the One Card Office,located in lower level McAuley by policeand safety, between the hours of 8:30a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please see One Card on page 3
100 reasons studentsneed One Card system
Student charged with rape
 Andy Finkel photo
Freshman Brittany Coppola is one of about 180 students who use their One Card to enter the Mercy Suites.
Jessica Kocent photo
By Katie Fink 
Contributing writer
Students mourn death of senior
Erie police have filed two felony and two misdemeanor charges againstsophomore Alin D. Havelka, 19, of 2011 Sassafras Street. According to the arrest warrant,Havelka is charged with rape, sexualassault, indecent exposure and corrup-tion of minors. According to an article in the Erie Times-News, police said Havelkaforced himself on a 16-year-old girlon July 5. The article states the incident wasreported to police on July 6.“Erie police Detective Sgt. PamelaBarber and Detective Sgt. John Barberaccused Havelka of forcing the girl tohave sex with him in an upstairs bed-room of Havelka’s home, despite herrepeated pleas for him to stop,” saysthe article.“Detectives interviewed Havelka onSept. 2. They said he admitted during questioning that the girl had told him‘no’ several times during the encounter,according to the complaint.”Havelka was arraigned Sept. 21 beforeDistrict Judge Dominick DiPaolo andplaced in Erie County Prison with abond set at $50,000.
By Joshua Wilwohl
Editor-in-chief 
By Joshua Wilwohl
Editor-in-chief 
 
PAGE 2 THE MERCIAD September 27, 2006
To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
N
EWS
Compiled by Jessica KocentFrom BBC News
 World Briefs
International news
 Venezuela has made a formalcomplaint to the U.S. authoritiesand the United Nations after itsforeign minister was detained ata New York airport. The U.S. State Department hasapologized to Nicolas Maduro who was detained for 90 minutesat New York’s JFK airport as hetravelled home.He had been attending this week’s U.N. General Assembly meeting.He said he was verbally abusedand strip-searched in what hesaid was a “flagrant breach of international law”.”President Hugo Chavez de-scribed Maduro’s detention as aprovocation.
Nicolas Maduro
Minister Maduro wrongly detained
 The most senior Chinese Com-munist Party official in Shanghaihas been sacked for corruption,state media reported.Party secretary Chen Liangyu was dismissed after a high-levelprobe into alleged misuse of thecity’s pension fund, Xinhua newsagency said.He has also been suspendedfrom the Politburo, the party’stop leadership council.Chen is the most senior officialto be sacked since President Hu Jintao became party secretary in 2002.Saddam Hussein has been thrown out of court for the second timein a week, as defense lawyers boycotted the trial. Judge Muhammad Oreibi al-Khalifa ordered the former Iraqi leaderto leave after refusing his request to be let out of his metal cage.Meanwhile the court heard from witnesses that Kurds were gassed with chemicals, raped and tortured during the late 1980s.Saddam Hussein and six others are being tried for crimes againsthumanity.
Saddam Hussein thrown out of court again
Egypt is to revive the civiliannuclear power program it froze20 years ago following the ac-cident at the Chernobyl plant inUkraine.Egypt’s energy minister told thestate-owned newspaper of plansto build a nuclear power station. The plant will be constructed atEl-Dabaa, on the Mediterraneancoast, within the next 10 years.Demand for electricity has beengrowing at an average rate of 7% a year and the country faces worsening shortages.Energy Minister Hassan Younessaid that the project would createa fully functioning nuclear powerplant within a decade.
Egypt renews itnuclear powerChinese officialdismissed in probe
Somalia’s interim prime minister has asked for international helpagainst the “al-Qaeda” and “terrorist” expansion in the country. Ali Mohamed Ghedi appealed for aid soon, before it was toolate.He was speaking after his Islamist rivals seized the key port of Kismayo, where they fired at demonstrators, reportedly killing threepeople. The Union of Islamic Courts deny having any links to al-Qaedaand say they are bringing security to a lawless country.
Somali PM warns of terrorist threats
 Japan’s Prime Minister Ju-nichiro Koizumi is stepping down after more than five yearsin the job.He will be remembered for hiseconomic reforms and his closerelationship with U.S. PresidentGeorge W. Bush. When Koizumi came to powerhe said he would destroy hisown party if that was what wasneeded to push through much-needed reforms.Koizumi came to power in2001, promising to transform thecountry’s political landscape.One of Japan’s longest-serving premiers, he tried to boost its world presence, sending troopsto Iraq and taking a firm line onNorth Korea.
Koizumi ends reign
September 19
 TheftBike rack across from ZurnClosed
September 20
 TheftMercy 300OpenPending investigation
September 21
 TheftStudent UnionClosedCollege Discipline
September 22
HarassmentMercy 300ClosedCollege Discipline
September 23
Criminal Mischief  Tullio Football FieldClosed
September 23
Defiant Trespassing/Disorderly Conduct Tullio Football FieldClosedCriminal Arrest
September 23
Disorderly ConductParking Lot #12ClosedState Citation/College Referral
September 24
Liquor Law Violation4007 Briggs Ave.ClosedState Citation
September 24
Liquor Law ViolationLewis Ave.ClosedState Citation
September 25
Liquor Law ViolationParking Lot #1ClosedCollege Discipline
Police and Safety Log 
Chen LiangyuJunichiro Koizumi
 You were sent the FERPA (TheFamily Educational Rights andPrivacy Act) packet on Sept. 7.Have you returned it?It was due Friday, Sept. 22, atthe Registrar’s office.It is important for students toget their local addresses into theRegistrar’s office, so that theirFERPA records are not sent tothe wrong household and endup in the wrong hands. FERPArecords are those records keptconfidential by federal law.Mercyhurst Registrar Sister Pat Whalen has urged all seniors andthe graduating class of 2007 gettheir local addresses to the officeso they can receive the Declara-tion of Graduation packet that will be distributed at the begin-ning of February. The graduation packet consistsof dates, graduation require-ments, student participationforms, transcripts and a list of earned credits.It’s only September,” but Whalen said, “but we’re getting ready for graduation.” Whalen stressed that all stu-dents need to turn in their localaddress as soon as possible, if they have not done so already. When the Registrar’s office getsa return on unknown addresses,the letters are instead sent tothose students’ home addresses. The FERPA letter allows stu-dents to update their directory information. Once returned, theinformation goes into the Mer-cyhurst College database.“We take your rights very seri-ously, along with your privacy” Whalen said. “The students tellthe office who has the right tosee their schedule.Because of this, she said it is very important for the office tomaintain all Mercyhurst students’local addresses.Remember, these forms may not have been sent to your local,or Erie, address and may be atyour home address. The Registrar’s office spent weeks identifying students for whom the office contained nolocal addresses.“If these forms are not for- warded to the students, they may never get the FERPA or theGraduation Declaration packet,” Whalen said.Students are greatly encouragedto turn in their local address tothe office so they will be able tokeep in touch with the studentsand get a hold of them in caseof an emergency or if a ques-tion arises. The Registrar’s office is locatedin Old Main 110. For more in-formation, students can reach theRegistrar’s office at 824-3070.
Registrar wantsall seniors’local addresses
By Courtney Stuempges
Contributing writer The Rotaract Club and theCommunity Blood Bank of Erie(CBB) are sponsoring a blooddrive in the Student Union onOct. 5 from noon to 5 p.m.“This is a great way to get stu-dents to donate and to help theErie community,” said NicoleRuffo, Rotaract president.Students who are 18 years of age, over 110 pounds, in goodhealth and have not had a tattooor piercing in the last year, areeligible to donate.Students should allow at least ahalf hour for donation and makesure to eat well beforehand. Also,some form of photo identifica-tion is required. When asked, freshman Ricky Pompei shared his thoughts onthe importance of donation.“When I first gave blood, I was very nervous, but knowing that Icould help someone really madethe experience meaningful forme,” he said.In conjunction with the CBB,Mercyhurst has given a hugepart in past years through “...the generous student body andfaculty on campus,” said DeannaRenaud, Mobile Drive Coordina-tor of CBB.In 2005, the organizationscreened over 90 patrons andcollected over 60 units of bloodfrom students and faculty atMercyhurst. While these num-bers are impressive, the bloodbank is always in greater needof donors.“We would love to see another90-donor day,” said Renaud. According to the fact sheeton CBB, it supplies 100% of the blood needs of all the ErieCounty hospitals as well as thehospitals in Elk, McKean and Warren counties.“The CBB only collects fromareas we serve,” said Renaud.“As a result, we rely solely onthe people in these counties todonate, so we can provide it back to the hospitals that serve us. It’sa great system, but we need ourdonors’ help to make it work.” With surgeries, transfusions,and other injuries constantly onthe rise, local hospitals are alwaysin need of donors. “Literally,donating blood saves lives,” saidRenaud. “We can’t stress thatenough.”No one likes to think about thepossibility of needing blood, andyet one in three people will needblood in their lifetime. Only onein 33 people donate blood, whichis why we are in constant needfor donors.“If you’ve never done it, Iencourage you to give it a try,”said Renaud. “If you haven’tdone it in awhile or don’t think you can, please stop by and talk to a nurse about your eligibility.Please, never assume you can’tdonate.” According to Renaud, Rotaractand the CBB hold blood drivesevery term.In addition, students and fac-ulty are encouraged to come tothe Community Blood Bank’sfixed site at 2646 Peach St., Erie,and donate there.Students can also get involvedin helping to set up the blooddrives by contacting Roter-act President Nicole Ruffo, atnruffo93@mercyhurst.edu.
By Cara Nemanick 
Contributing writer
Rotaract brings blood drive to MC
Homecoming ’06 at Mercy-hurst College kicked off with analumni golf outing to benefit the James R. McKeever ScholarshipFund, and the event included abanquet, awards ceremony andsports auction. There were many eventsplanned for alumni this weekend,including a clambake, tailgateparty, tea with the Sisters of Mercy and a liturgy on Sunday morning.Mercyhurst Student Govern-ment’s Spirit Club put togethera tailgating barbeque in theparking lot of Baldwin Hall forthe Homecoming Game againstGannon. At halftime, Mercyhurst Stu-dent Government was alsoproud to announce the 2006-2007 Homecoming King Ryan(Rusty) Wallace and Queen JenKrupa. As far as turnout for Home-coming Court voting this year,according to Megan Flanagan,MSG Secretary, “new online vot-ing increased our voter turnoutby about 20%. We had over 300people vote for Homecoming King and Queen this year. Stu-dent Government as a whole was very pleased with the results.”One of the major currentstudent highlights was SAC’sBash “Knight,” to support allof the Mercyhurst sports teams,particularly the football team, which ended up beating GannonUniversity 35-14 on Saturday.Saturday night concluded withthe band “Money Shot,” whoplayed in the Student Union andpassed out free, blue/green tie-dye t-shirts. According to Megan Flanagan,“the events all had good atten-dance; the Bash ‘Knight’ was very well received, many studentsenjoyed the free t-shirts and liveband.”She also said “the tailgating party went well, the food wasenjoyed by all the students who were on their way to the game,and of course the game itself  was fully attended.”
By Jessica Kocent
News Editor
The determined Lakers crushed Gannon 35-14.
 Andy Finkel photo
Homecoming was a ‘bash’
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Sobrino is the former president of the PRI party in the Yucatan region.
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On Friday, Sept. 22, CarlosSobrino, an economist fromMexico, spoke in the Taylor Little Theater.Sobrino is a former state rep-resentative, head of territorialmovement and president of thePRI party in the Yucatan.He is also a former Senator who was involved in the devel-opment and final implementa-tion of NAFTA—the North American free trade agreementbetween Mexico, the US andCanada.He spoke in Spanish and had atranslator during his speech. Juan J. Argaez, Assistant Pro-fessor in the Walker School of Business said, “We wanted toincrease the students’ awarenessand knowledge of internationalissues and Sobrino is extremely knowledgeable on this area.”He began his presentation by talking about politics and how he believes that human beingsare inherently free. Though, he mentioned that we as humans take that freedomfor granted when we look back to generations that have comebefore us.Sobrino emphasized that the world must try to look at thepast to make positive change inthe future. With that in mind, Sobrinothen went into the history of Mexico in order to explain itscurrent economic situation.Mexico had been home to 75different indigenous peoples,all with different languages andcustoms. When Mexico was invaded by Spain, it lead to hundreds of years of revolts and unrest.Because, while the indigenousMexicans were more interested inscience and building community,the Spanish conquerors weremore interested in accumulating  wealth. Then in 1810, Sobrino said thatthe Mexicans began trying toachieve independence and makenew laws.But, they ended up with a mon-archy and a system of feudalism, which gave all of the land tojust a few people, while the restof the country was poor. Mostof this system was run by theCatholic Church.Sobrino, noted that it wasBenito Juarez, an educated Mexi-can, who became presidentof Mexico and finally made aseparation between church andstate. Making, as Sobrino said,“God for God, and the state forthe state.” Juarez had three goals, accord-ing to Sobrino, to liberate theland, give Mexicans education,and to have a democratic gov-ernment.Sobrino also emphasized thatthe United States and Mexicoare connected with many invis-ible links.For example, the fact that theU.S was involved heavily in World War II, allowed the Mexicaneconomy, which was not directly related to the war flourish by supplying the United States with weapons.Sophomore Patrick Silvis whoattended the event said that he,“liked the views (Sobrino) hadon U.S.-Mexican relations.” Silvisalso took a special interest in thefact that Sobrino “tied the history of Mexico in.” Argaez said that “...the pre-sentation was engaging and theoutcome was an exceptionally positive response from the stu-dents that attended the talk. We are looking forward bring-ing more speakers of this caliberin the future.”
By Jessica Kocent
News editor
Former Mexican Sen. Sobrino speaks at Taylor
Many people on campus con-tribute a lot to Mercyhurst Col-lege that unfortunately goesunnoticed.Cathlyn Hahn, assistant profes-sor in the art therapy department, wanted to change that.Upper level art therapy classesare required to do service learn-ing for their course, and Hahnknowing how busy her studentsare, suggested that her art thera-py III class just do their serviceright on campus.From there, the class brain-stormed and came up with about10 groups they would like to rec-ognize. Since, then, this projectis a surprise these groups mustbe kept secret. Then, the students were faced with the task of what to createfor these groups who deservedto be recognized. They wanted to make eachpresent unique and functionalfor that particular group. Their first project was an au-tumn basket for the admissionsdepartment. It included a paperdove created by each student inthe class in order to recognize thehard work they do.Each project will contain abrochure about the art therapy department, a few pencils, andHahn’s business card, so that thepeople know who the presentcame from. This project serves a lot of purposes. The art therapy IIIstudents get their service hours,and people around campus whodon’t usually get recognized aregetting wonderful surprises.But also since they includean art therapy brochure, Hahnhopes this will help people tounderstand art therapy.She wants people to know that, “you don’t have to be an artistto be an art therapist.” When itcomes to art therapy, its all aboutbringing joy to people.Hahn also said that this proj-ect will teach students what lifeis about and the joy of, “giving and not receiving anything inreturn.” Junior Billy James said heenjoys doing the project. “It’ssomething a little bit different,”he said.Hahn also stresses that neithershe nor the students want any-thing in return.She likes to see different peo-ple’s reactions on this little twistto service learning.
By Jessica Kocent
News editor
This basket was given as a token of appreciation to theadmissions department by the art therapy III class.
File photo
 Art therapy class puts personal spin on service
 
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Recently there have been a few problems with students’ OneCards, because cards had socialsecurity numbers on them butthat was no longer allowed. All cards had to re-encoded with students ID numbers. According to John Patterson,administrator of CBOARDservices, students were sent foure-mails last year telling them togo to the One Card office to gettheir cards fixed.Students who failed to do sohad cards that didn’t work. This can all be fixed by going tothe One Card office and getting the card readjusted.
One Cardgetsfeedback 
 Whatever our political prefer-ences may be, we all understandthat, in an increasingly violentand unjust world, we are called tounderstand and address the rootcauses of violence and injusticeas we seek to build a culture of peace and nonviolence for all.One small way we can partici-pate in the making of peace inour world is by using every op-portunity we can to learn moreabout others in our world. This is the sixth year that Mer-cyhurst has provided such anopportunity, through CampusMinistry, by hosting an Interna-tional Peacemaker participating in the International PeacemakerProgram of the PresbyterianChurch (USA).International Peacemakersare leaders who are engaged inpeacemaking in their own areasof the world. They are invited by the Pres-byterian Peacemaking Programto share their experiences andfurther our understanding of thepeace and justice concerns of others around the world.Dialogue with the peacemak-ers often brings about a betterunderstanding of the peace andjustice issues in our own com-munities. This year the guest will beMs. Sanjana Das from northernIndia.India is about one-third the areaof the U.S.A., with a populationof 1.1 billion, most of whom areHindu (82.4%) - Muslims com-prise 12%, Christians 2.3%, andSikhs 1.9% of the population.On-going tensions exist be-tween India and Pakistan, bothof which possess nuclear weap-ons, yet, just last week, rioting over economically-related issueserupted in New Delhi, India’scapital.Other challenges faced by Indiainclude growing inter-religioustensions, ethnic violence, exploi-tation and discrimination basedon caste and gender, inequitabledistribution of wealth, poverty,overcrowded conditions, andlimitations of medical infra-structure.Coming out of such an envi-ronment, Das has chosen to fo-cus her efforts on opportunitiesfor children.She is the Coordinator of Chil-dren’s Concerns for the Churchof North India.She also serves as Secretary of the South Asia EcumenicalNetwork for the Dignity of Children for the World Councilof Churches and the ChristianConference of Asia. As a passionate child advocate,Das believes that “every child hasthe right to be born, to develop,and to live a full life of dignity  – in a world that gives them anenabling environment for growthand development, a world wherea child can dream of a future lifeand get opportunities to fulfillthose dreams.”She works to protect and pro-mote the rights of children andto ensure that their basic needsare met. She protects, preventsand rescues them from all formsof exploitation and abuse.Issues which she engages in-clude: trafficking in childrenand women; street and working children; child labor; child rights violations; and developing alter-native models of education fordeprived children.Das is very interested is speak-ing to and interacting with collegestudents. She will be on campuson Wednesday, Oct. 4.Her visit is sponsored by Cam-pus Ministry.For more information, pleasecontact Rev. Lyta Seddig, Protes-tant Campus Minister (ext.3348,lseddig@mercyhurst.edu).
International peacemaker to speak at Mercyhurst College on October 4

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