PAGE 2 THE MERCIAD September 27, 2006
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Compiled by Jessica KocentFrom BBC 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.
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
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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, email@example.com.
By Cara Nemanick
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
The determined Lakers crushed Gannon 35-14.
Andy Finkel photo
Homecoming was a ‘bash’
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