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 The possibility of switching academiccalendars from trimesters to 4x1x4semesters has raised eyebrows withmany students.Sophomore Steve Faber is an advo-cate of the trimester calendar and begana Facebook petition against the 4x1x4semester system.Faber says he sees many potentialproblems in switching calendars.
“I don’t think it will be benecial to
the college’s appearance as a whole,”he said. “I think having it (the calen-dar) switch will affect graduation thatyear.”Faber, who took two months off battling cancer, is suppose to graduate winter term 2009 if the school keepsthe trimester system.If a switch to the 4x1x4 systemoccurs, Faber says he will not graduateuntil spring 2009.Faber’s Facebook petition currently has 558 members. On the petition’s Web site, Faber stresses students lettheir opinions be known.“We feel that the decision to moveto any semester system, for reasons of accommodation to other schools, isabsolutely PREPOSTEROUS,” statesthe site’s description. The petition’s site also gives Mer-cyhurst College President ThomasGamble’s e-mail encouraging studentsto contact him with their thoughts.Gamble said he has not seen the site,but knows a petition exists.Gamble, however, voiced concernthat students do not understand thatthe recommendation of switching calendars is only the beginning of aprocess.“This is not the end,” he said. “Thenext stage is to have the board do a planto implement (the new calendar).”Student opinion on the topic, how-ever, varies. Junior Dan McNulty does not see thereason for changing calendars.“Personally, I don’t see why weneed to change the current trimestersystem,” he said. “One of the reasonsI came to Mercyhurst was because of trimesters.”McNulty said he does not see a ben-
et in switching to the 4x1x4 semester
system.“I fail to see how the 4x1x4 gives usmore academics because everything isthe same,” he said. “The January term isutterly ridiculous, and is the worst timefor people to be in class. Junior Chris Geer shares McNulty’sopinion.“I think that the change to the 4x1x4system is something that is favored only by faculty and a few select students,” hesaid. “Any student I know is more thanhappy with the trimester system.” Junior Amanda Kaiser said she doesnot understand how the system would work.“It doesn’t make much sense at all,”she said. “If they are going to changeit, they should just do semesters likeother schools.” Junior Jessica McNurlen said she isfor the change.“I think it would be a lot better and
more efcient to have classes for 14
 weeks compared to 10. We wouldn’thave to run through things as quickly,”she said. “And we would have a longerChristmas break.” Junior Colleen Murray said she doesnot understand the need for such achange.“I don’t really agree with it becausethe term system that we have now wasone of my reasons for coming to Mer-cyhurst,” she said.Freshman Libny Tobar said she sup-ports the change to the 4x1x4 semestersystem.“With the change, I will have a betteropportunity to go home for the holi-days,” she said. “And this will be similarto other schools.”Sophomore Maria Morocco said the4x1x4 semester system is better forMercyhurst in the future.“I think it’s good for Mercyhurst inthe long run to get off trimesters, butI don’t want it to change my senioryear,” she said.Senior Jeff Cagle said there is no needfor a calendar change.“I think trimesters are working out well,” he said.Cagle noted that administration needsto focus on more important issues.“I feel, ultimately, the administrationand board are really just out of touch with students and don’t really recognizeour needs,” he said.Cagle also said that administrationshould get the opinion of the collegecommunity before making decisions.“It would have been nice if the admin-istration had asked as many studentsas possible about this idea, along withprofessors, staff, and even alumni toget as many perspectives as possible,”he said.
Please see Students on page 3
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Vol. 80 No. 13 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 January 31, 2007
Academy Awardnominationsannounced
Lakers defeatKnights
Campus news briefs
Intel faculty, studentsattend conference on‘ethics and intelligence
 Three faculty members and sixstudents from the Mercyhurst Col-lege Intelligence Studies Departmentrecently traveled to the Washington,D.C., area to participate in the SecondInternational Conference on TheEthics of National Security Intelli-gence. The conference was organizedby the International IntelligenceEthics Association (IIEA).Department chair Jim Breckenridgepresented “Teaching Ethics and Intel-ligence,” assistant professor StephenMarrin presented “Ethics, Profession-alism, and Codes in the IntelligenceCommunity,” and assistant professorDavid Grabelski presented “LocalPolicing and Intelligence Ethics.” The students, who served as record-ers for 30 different discussion sessions, were Kyle Horvath, Heather Horst,Cameron Ives, Cory Kutcher, ScottMelligan, and Angela Merski. The trip was funded by a Mercyhurst College Academic Enrichment Grant.
Murder mystery dinner
SAC will host a Murder Mystery dinner on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. inthe Egan Cafeteria.
Dance competition
SAC will host the Wade RobinsonProject dance contest on Saturday,Feb. 3 at 9:30 p.m. in the WalkerRecital Hall.
‘Dancing stars’ fromIroquois High waltz ontocampus
 A sure-footed group of IroquoisHigh School students will put twomonths of ballroom dancing les-sons, a seminar on etiquette and alesson on dressing dos and don’tsto the ultimate test when they unveiltheir own version of “Dancing withthe Stars” at Mercyhurst College onFriday, Feb. 2.Spurred by the popularity of thesmash television hit, which pairsprofessional dancers with celebritiesin a challenging dance competition,the students will begin their eve-ning with a seven-course supper inMercyhurst’s Grotto Dining Room at5:30 p.m. and follow it with a grandball – An Evening at Lake Como – inthe Carolyn Herrmann Student Unionat 7:30 p.m.
‘Shadowing’ program setfor Groundhog Day 
On Groundhog Day, Friday, Feb. 2,Mercyhurst College will give a groupof Erie middle school students thechance to predict something far moreimportant than the weather – theirown futures.Nearly 25 seventh- and eighth-gradestudents from Jefferson Elementary School, who have researched careersthey might like to pursue, will shadow Mercyhurst students on the samecareer paths.
Compiled by editorial staff/from mercyhurst.edu
Students react to 4x1x4
The Facebook petition against the 4x1x4 currently has 558 members.
By Joshua Wilwohl
Students make their phone calls in the Tullio Room.
Andy Finkel Photo
Each year, Mercyhurst College putson an annual phone-a-thon. This yearhas been no different.Started by Gary Bukowski in the fallof 1980, Mercyhurst’s advancement
ofce has sponsored this yearly event.
 The phon-a-thon kicked off on Jan.21 and is expected to run, at the latest,until Feb. 6.So far, $55,406 has been raised. The night begins with a 30-minutetraining session led by Steve Zinram,Director of the Annual Fund. The training session includes a brief background and history of what thephon-a-thon really is, its purpose, itsgoals and its past accomplishments.
It also includes a brieng on how to
“make a phone call.” These phone callsare different. They are geared toward obtaining adonation for the school so they mustbe conducted properly. Zinram stressedthat he does not script the calls. They are written in a “cheesy” manner to geta point across.“If you were to call me and read this word for word, I would not donate,”he said. The script really just provides aguideline for students to start a friendly,conversational phone call that will putthe receiver at ease. That’s important. You want to “talk to the caller” andstart a conversation. The training session ends with a ses-
sion in how to ll out all the proper
forms and thank you letters that donors will receive at the end of the process.
See Phon-a-thon on page 2 
By Kate Collins
Contributing writer
MC takes next step in Strategic Plan
 The Visioning Conference was heldon Jan. 28-29 at the Renaissance QuailHollow Resort in Painesville, Ohio. This Visioning Conference was thenext step in the Strategic Planning pro-cess, which began at the beginning of the 2006-2007 academic year. This site was chosen in order to givethe participants a chance to focus on thetasks at hand, without being bothered with their day-to-day affairs. Thus far, the Strategic Planning Committee has gathered 5,000 piecesof information about Mercyhurst Col-lege from a number of constituencies,including faculty, staff, alumni, studentsand community members. The purpose of this conference wasto take all of this information anddecide what plans and strategies shouldbe implemented to better MercyhurstCollege and what resources will be nec-essary to make these plans a reality.“We hope to further the strategic dia-logue and to move the college forwardtoward the development of a concreteInstitutional Strategic Plan,” said Dr.Heidi Hosey, Vice President of theStrategic Plan. Those present included, Dr. ThomasGamble, President of MercyhurstCollege and Dr. Barbara Behan, VicePresident of Academic Affairs. All sixacademic deans were also present, inaddition to Dr. Randy Clemons, Dr.David Livingston, Dr. Mary Ann Owoc,and Dr. Leanne Roberts, all faculty rep-resentatives. Dan Schuler, Ryan Palm,Elise Yablonsky and Christina Coovertrepresented the student body. There were also a number of rep-resentatives from Mercyhurst NorthEast present.
 Please see Conference on page 3
By Jessica Kocent
News editor
Phon-a-thon raises$55,406 so far
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To contact: newsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu 
Compiled by Jessica KocentFrom BBC News
 World Briefs
International news
 January 17
Disorderly ConductParking Lot #7ClosedCollege Discipline
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Criminal Mischief 3909 Lewis Ave.Closed
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Harassment by Communication3907 Briggs Ave.Closed
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Larceny/TheftHammermill Library Closed
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Criminal Mischief 3937 Briggs Ave.OpenPending Investigation
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Liquor Law Violation3829 Lewis Ave.ClosedState Citation/College Discipline
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Liquor Law ViolationBaldwin HallClosedCollege Discipline
Police and Safety Log 
Sudanese presidentsnubbed by AU
Bashir was not consideredbecause of the situation inthe Darfur region.
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has again been bypassedin his bid to become chairman of the African Union because of the
conict in Darfur.
Bashir had been due to take onthe role, but it has instead beengiven to Ghana’s President JohnKufuor.U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon hasheld talks with Bashir on a pro-posed joint U.N.-A.U. peace-keeping force in Darfur but MrBashir remains opposed to U.N.troops.Bashir has previously agreedto the existing A.U. force being beefed up, but questions such asthe size of the force and who would lead it have not yet been The world’s oldest person, Emma Faust Tillman, has died in theU.S. aged 114. Tillman, the daughter of former slaves, died “peacefully” on Sunday 
night, said an ofcial at a nursing home in Hartford, Connecticut.
 Tillman had never smoked or drank, her family and friends said.She was born on Nov. 22, 1892, on a plantation in North Caro-lina.
 World’s oldest woman dies at age 114Three killed inPakistan blast
The town is located near the Pakistan Afghanistanborder 
 A former soldier has admitted the manslaughter of four membersof his family, who were found shot dead at the home they shared inNewcastle.David Bradley, 41, was originally charged with the murders of hisuncle Peter Purcell, aunt Josie, both 70, and their sons Keith, 44,and Glen, 41.But those charges were dropped when it was found he was men-tally ill.Bradley admitted the manslaughter charges on the grounds of di-minished responsibility after two psychiatrists agreed he was mentally ill at the time of the killings.
Ex-soldier admits to killing entire family 
Ex-White House spokesman
 Ari Fleischer has testied as a
prosecution witness at the trialof former U.S. vice presidentialaide Lewis Libby.Fleischer said Libby had toldhim over lunch that the wife of aprominent Iraq war critic workedat the CIA.He told the court their con- versation had happened on June7 2003 - before Libby says helearned about the agent. That discrepancy is at the heartof the perjury and obstructiontrial of Libby - who denies thecharges.If found guilty Lewis “Scooter”Libby - who was Vice PresidentDick Cheney’s chief of staff -could face up to 30 years in jail.
Ex-Bush spokesmanat Libby trial
Fleischer testifed on
Libby’s behalf.
 A suicide bomber has killedthree people in the southern Is-raeli resort of Eilat - one of thecountry’s most popular touristdestinations. The explosion hit the Lehamimbakery in a residential area at 9:40a.m., killing the owner and twoemployees. Three Palestinian militantgroups said they were behindthe attack, saying the bomber wasfrom Gaza but had entered thearea via neighboring Jordan.
It is the rst suicide bombing 
in Israel since April 2006.Police said the bomber hadentered the shop carrying theexplosives in a backpack. Wit-nesses described a massive blast which shook the area.
Three dead in Israelsuicide bomb
Eilat is a resort town inIsrael.
Mercyhurst will look to installnew washers and dryers over thesummer. The new equipment is already guaranteed to be installed infreshman housing, while ne-gotiations are still in effect forupperclassman housing. The washers and dryers will beready for use at the beginning of fall term.Many students have com-plained about the access to washers and especially dryers.Senior Tiffany Gagne agrees thatthe laundry situation on campusleaves much to be desired.“There are not enough ma-chines for us students,” she said.“When some of the machinesare broken on top of that, it isalmost impossible to get yourlaundry done.”Mercyhurst currently leases the washers and dryers installed instudent housing, which is aboutto expire this summer.MSG Residence Life Commit-tee Chair Mihailo Jovanic Mixasays this is one of the main rea-sons to install new ones.“The lease is about to expire,and we see this as an ideal time toinstall new ones,” he said. “The
freshman housing will denitely 
have new equipment by the startof fall term, and we are also working to install new ones inupperclassmen housing.”Leasing laundry equipmentincludes easy access to mechan-ics and repairs. The new wash-ers and dryers will therefore beleased too.“A leasing contract is the bestoption for us, because it makes itmuch easier to repair, as well asgetting new parts if necessary,”says Mixa.Mixa also underlined that theinstallment of new equipment will better the laundry situationfor the students.“We are looking to improvethe laundry facilities by eitherinstalling larger dryers, or severalsmaller stackable dryers that wecan put on top of each other inorder to decrease the lines in thelaundry rooms.” The smaller, stackable dryersseem to be the preferred optionamong students.“The stackable dryers seemlike the best alternative becauseit allows for more people to dry their laundry at the same time,”Gagne said.“Drying takes much longerthan washing, and it is thereforeessential that we have enough working dryers when we do ourlaundry.”Mixa agrees with Gagne andbelieves that the stackable dryers will be the way to go.‘The stackable dryers will prob-
ably be more efcient when it
comes to decreasing the lines inthe laundry rooms,” he said. “By choosing the stackable ones wecan have more dryers in the laun-dry rooms and thereby decreasethe lines.”
 While a nal decision has not
been made, Mixa assures thatResidence Life will push for thestackable dryers.One thing is certain though;next year’s freshman will be met with brand new laundry facili-ties.
By Elyse Lagana
Contributing writer
New washers and dryers will be a nice improvement toon-campus living.
Andy Finkel Photo
Res Life pushingfor new dryers
Homelessness is here. That’sthe new campaign slogan for ahomeless shelter in Erie and it was Mercyhurst College students who developed it. A communications class is put-ting their education to practicaluse by helping a local homelessshelter better its image in thecommunity. The homeless shelter, Commu-nity Shelter Services (CSS), hasprovided temporary emergency shelter, meals and referrals to thehomeless of Erie since 1973. The students of the publicrelations techniques class, taughtby Dr. Anne Zaphiris, met withthe executive director of CSS,Kathleen Cancilla, and the headof public relations, Denise Koli- vosky, to discuss the current con-cerns of CSS and what changesthe students will make.Some of these changes willinclude the organization’s name,logo, website, their media ad- vertising and fundraising ideas,as well as possible partnerships. The students’ overall goal is togive CSS more direction andbetter credibility.It is early in the planning pro-cess. A new name has beenchosen, Erie Community Shel-ter, and a new logo has beendesigned. Students are working in groups to come up with printmaterial and public service an-nouncements.CSS recently experienced a
crisis when 18 inches of ooding and sewage lled the basement
of the building. The administra-tors feel the cost for the plumb-
ing x may send the organization
down the drain.“I can say that as an agency weare contributing our very besteffort to help meet the needs of those who are homeless in ourcommunity,” said Cancilla, “but we were facing a very serious
CSS hopes that these new changes will be successful andmake the organization moreknown in the community andincrease donations.It has been a very rewarding yet emotional project for thestudents in the class.“I’m really glad to be doing itbecause they need a lot of help.I feel honored that they choseMercyhurst students to do that,”said Jessica Shane.
 The nal product will be n
-ished at the end of the term inFebruary. The students hope it will strengthen the Community Shelter Services’ reputation. The students of Mercyhurstcan help by attending their an-nual spaghetti cook off, Sunday Feb. 18th from noon to 4 p.m.at Sabellas. For tickets call 455-4369.Homelessness does exist inErie and the community needsto be aware of it. The studentsat Mercyhurst are taking actionand living out the college’s mis-sion of compassion and serviceto others.
Communicationsclass carrying onmission of service
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 Then calling sessions begin.Each calling session lasts fortwo hours. The goal of each session isto raise money for the school,a lot of which will help withstudent scholarships such as theEgan and Presidential scholar-ships. Students participating callalumni, parents and parents of alumni for such donations.Zinram also incorporates acontest, many of which are spon-sored by alumni, each night. Thecontest focuses on who has themost donations by the end of thenight.“This isn’t based on dollaramount of course; that wouldn’tbe fair,” Zinram said. “This is a way for the students to have alittle fun while making two hours worth of phone calls. The phon-a-thon is open to allstudents but the ambassador’sbring in the most students by far.Each session, the ambassadors will send 10-12 representatives, which is quite a large feat. Butalso this year, Mercyhurst Stu-dent Government took a night,as well as the cheerleaders andthe dance team. Many sportsteams in the past have also joinedin helping out with the event.Some students also take the
opportunity to fulll volunteer
hours although, according toZinram, this was more popular in
the past four or ve years.
 With the phon-a-thon under way, by this evening, all 11,383people on the calling list will havebeen called at least once. Therehave been eight calling sessionsso far that have acquired 1,069pledges raising $55,406.“I always tell the kids, obviously you’re raising funds that are help-ing the students directly but, thisis also the one time a year thatalumni gets to really talk to some-one from Mercyhurst,” Zinramsaid. “They’re always talkativeand polite and what I always tellalumni is that our students really are a good investment and they prove it.”
By Bjorn Alnaes
Contributing writer
Current Mercyhurst students call alumni for donations.
Andy Finkel Photo
Phon-a-thon hasraised $55,406
 At least three people havebeen killed and seven injured ina suicide bombing in north-westPakistan, police say.Police say the bomber killedhimself, a policeman and a civil-ian after he was stopped at acheckpoint in Dera Ismail Khan,a town near the Afghan border. The blast is Pakistan’s thirdsince Friday and comes amidtight security for Shia Muslimceremonies this week.
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 This year’s u season is off toa late start, but the Mercyhursthealth center staff remainsactive.Flu season typically beginsin early January, but this yearit is not anticipated to startuntil the end of the month. The late start is a nationwidetrend that can be explained by  warmer-than-average weatherthis winter.In the fall, the health centerdistributed 650 inuenza vac-cines, and so far they have notseen anyone who was vacci-nated return with the u.However, despite the u de-lay, other viruses are circulating through the nation and affect-ing Mercyhurst students.Fevers and sinus infectionshave been common nuisancesto students this winter. In ad-dition, the “stomach u” ac-companied with dehydrationhas plagued the community. The health center wants stu-dents to know that if they arefeeling sick, they should go tothe health center as soon aspossible. Although the remedy forsome viruses is to wait themout, the health center can helpout with the symptoms. Eating and drinking problems associ-ated with illnesses are some-thing that can be addressed.In order to avoid illness, thehealth center staff stresses theimportance of washing yourhands.“We tell students to washtheir hands until they have sung ‘Happy Birthday’ twice,” saidChristine Dimperio, RN. Viruses live on everything ourhands come in contact with. Therefore, hand sanitizer cancome in handy. People shouldalso be mindful of covering their mouth and nose whenthey sneeze or cough to keeptheir germs from spreading saidDimperio.Recently, the majority of thehealth center’s patients havebeen seniors, many of whomare paying their rst visit to thehealth center in four years.“This is not uncommon forthis time of year,” said Dim-perio “It is a big crunch timefor seniors. The pressure is on,they have a lot to do, and they are very stressed.”In addition to addressing  viruses and infections, thehealth center staff has beenactive in coordinating eventsand programs for students andin choosing vaccine distributiondates for the future. The Women’s Fair will takeplace campus wide on March23. In conjunction with thecounseling center, the healthcenter will address issues con-cerning diabetes and alcoholduring this event.Blood sugar tests will be of-fered at booths. Also, the event will allow students to look atnutrition and the diabetic pro-cess. Counselors will present toanswers students’ questions.Right now, the health centerstaff is also working to educatestudents about the new HumanPapillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which came in out June. They are helping students tolearn more about the virus andthe vaccine through bulletinboards, hand-outs, and one-on-one education.Looking ahead to fall term2007, the health center is plan-ning a meningitis clinic to oc-cur on Sept. 13 to educate theincoming freshmen class.It is important for Mercyhurststudents to know that all vac-cines distributed by the healthcenter are free of charge.Dimperio said that in thefuture, the health center wouldlike to see more outreach oncampus.In recent years the community has seen much advertising forMercyhurst’s renowned AdultCollege, whether it be on theradio, TV, or the back of a pub-lic bus. With the introduction of theproposed 4x1x4 semester system,many adult students already at-tending Mercyhurst say they arefeeling cheated.Mercyhurst is popular among adult students because of itstrimester system, which allowsthem to take fewer classes eachterm so they may work full-time and spend time with theirfamilies. Academic Adviser for the Adult College, Donelle Davey,says the adult students have sev-eral concerns with the proposedschedule, most notably with theamount of time it would take tograduate.“Adult students perceive they can complete their degrees ina shorter amount of time atMercyhurst, especially if they’retaking classes on a part-time ba-sis. They take only two classeseach term and one during thesummer, which gives them 21credits a year. The proposed system wouldprobably require adult studentsto take at least three classes eachterm as a part-time student.” saidDonelle Davey.Full-time students would prob-ably be required to take four orve classes each term.Craig Smith, a second-yearadult student at Mercyhurst, iscompletely against the proposedsystem.“Many adult students, like my-self, are ex-military and came toMercyhurst for the intelligenceprogram.“We were attracted by the tri-mester system, which allows us to work full-time. With the new sys-tem, I won’t be able to graduateon time. There’s no way I couldtake ve classes each term.”Mecyhurst President Dr. Thomas Gamble suggests thesystem would provide many ben-ets to the students, including theability to align the sports calendar with other schools, an increase instudy abroad opportunities, andmore opportunity for on-siteinternships and service learning.Unfortunately, few of these ideasbenet adult students. Adult students, like traditionalstudents, would be provided with the opportunity to exploresubjects in greater depth, but thebenets end there; many adultstudents say that is not enough. Adult transfer student KristenMcCauley says the current tri-mester system works for her.“I transferred from a schoolbased on the semester system. At rst it was hard to get usedto, but now I think it’s benecialbecause we are learning only theimportant aspects of a conceptand have to deal with only threeor four nals as opposed to sixor seven. I don’t think I wouldbe able to work full-time as Ido now if I had to go back to asemester system.” said KristenMcCauley. According to Davey, if Mercy-hurst does switch to the 4x1x4system, the Adult College willrespond by expanding evening and weekend classes, as well asincluding an additional acceler-ated class during the week, prob-ably on Tuesdays.She hopes this would appeal tothe adult students who generally take advantage of these classes which tend to work around theirbusy schedules.Not all adult students have aset, 9-5 job, however, and of-ten have to work evenings and weekends. McCauley notes thatit’s not the times the classes willbe offered, but the amount of classes she would have to take.Details of the proposed systemcontinue to be worked out and adecision on whether to switch tothe 4x1x4 system won’t be madefor some time. If selected, thesystem may go into effect as early as the 2008-2009 academic year.Davey reminds students to, “try to remain open-minded and try to gather as much informationas possible as it becomes avail-able.”She believes the college willcontinue to attract adult studentsbased on its ability to providea life-changing experience foradult students through its excel-lent faculty and great academicreputation.Smith nds it hard to keep anopen-mind when such a system isgoing to interfere with his futureplans, though.“I don’t think Mercyhurst andDr. Gamble have taken intoconsideration the power thestudents have in running thisschool. I think if it’s approved,there will be protest and a declinein attendance. We are not Dr.Gamble’s subordinates and hisdecision not to consult us beforeproposing this system shows hisarrogance.”
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 Adult Ed Dept. responds to 4x1x4 system
By Jessica Nulph
Contributing wrtier
By Nicole Cerilli
Contrinuting writer
Dr. Heidi Hosey
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 This panel discussed every-thing from the improvementof instructional technology, toan improvement to student andresidence life, and nancial sta-bility and the expansion of theMercyhurst name. While these goals have been apart of the Mercyhurst commu-nity for a while now, the Vision-ing Conference will ensure thatthe goals are pertinent and thatthey receive the correct amountof attention and funding.Ryan Palm said, “The entiregroup did a great job of map-ping out in a broad sense whereMercyhurst will go in the next5-10 years.”Palm continued, “It was excit-ing to see such a wide gathering of people. As a student, I valuedthat there were so many groupsrepresented unlike other Strate-gic Plans in the past.”New technology will help stu-dents who are in the MercyhurstCollege Learning DifferencesProgram, thanks to a $10,000grant from the Verizon Founda-tion.Gary Bukowski, Vice Presidentfor Institutional Advancement,became interested in the involve-ment of the LD program, whenhe realized Verizon had money to offer for technology. The LD program offers tech-nology like Kurzweil, a programto help convert text to audio andtextbooks on tape. Although theLD program currently has sta-tions set up with the Kurzweilprogram, it can now be expanded with the grant money.Dianne Rogers, director of learning differences, thinks thatmany students have improvedtheir reading skills because of the Kurzweil program.“Many students found they arespending so much time reading and they did not have time todo the actual studying” saidRogers.Rogers would not only like touse the money for additionalKurzweil programs, but othertechnology as well. High speedscanners, laptop computers andadaptive equipment are just a few tools she feels would benet thestudents.Rogers would also like to seepart of the money to be used fortraining the LD staff in regardsto technology.“Things we did not know about are coming and there areso many new changes” Rogerssaid. “Because the technology is so quickly emerging we do notknow how to utilize it to the bestof our ability. The LD program has helpedmore than 250 students graduateand currently provides supportto 150 students on Mercyhurst’sErie and North East campuses.Rogers would like to help morestudents and is excited to seeimprovement.In the future, the LD program would like to apply for moregrants. Many organizations arerealizing the impact technology has on people with disabilities.“There are so many thingscomputers can do to assist withdisabilities” Rogers said.
By Amy Zielinski
Contributing writer
Erin Petri, senior marriage and family major, uses the Kurz-weil program in the Learning Differences classroom.
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“I also feel that the adminis-tration, and more importantly the board of trustees, should be worried about other things ratherthan this change.”Mercyhurst Student Govern-ment President Dan Schuler saidMSG is working on plans to getstudent opinion.“We are going to work in con-junction with the administrationto setup town hall meetings withfreshmen where administrators would meet with them,” he said.“There is also likely to be one ormultiple town forums in the nextfew months.” According to Gamble, Pub-lic Relations Director MeganCorbin is developing a commu-nication plan to reach the collegecommunity about the possibility of a change.He noted that there is a plan fora forum in the spring when stu-dents can voice their opinions.“We owe it to the students tohave venues to ask questions,”said Gamble. “We will be lis-tening to all voices as the plancontinues.”Students are still concernedthat such a change will greatly affect enrollment and classes.Gamble says he is taking the“great things about Mercyhurst”and improving them.“My obligation is to act in thebest interest of the college, andI believe the longer terms is thebest (calendar),” he said. “Eighty to 85 percent of colleges haveterms longer than 10 weeks. According to Gamble, the4x1x4 system will affect trans-fers, but the school is still look-ing into other possible affectsthe new calendar will have onenrollment.“This system is easier to trans-fer into Mercyhurst,” he said.“But, we need to look at the ex-perience of other schools to try and determine what the affects would be.”Gamble also noted that thenumber of courses in majors andelectives won’t be affected.“Since the system is based onthree credit courses, the numberof classes will stay the same.”Gamble emphasized that stu-dents should not be so quick tojudge the new semester system.Schuler agreed.“There’s not a whole lot of information out there right now,”he said. “So, it’s hard for studentsto render an opinion.”

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