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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
conict 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 ofcial 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 testied 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
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 denitely
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 efcient 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
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 fulll 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
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.