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The Merciad, Oct. 17, 2007

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‘Go ahead, make my day.’
The good, the bad & the ugly
NEWS:’Hurst firestennis coach
Neil Leroy 
 What’s inside
Police log 
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 The Buzz
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Quick hits
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Students speak their minds
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OCT. 17, 2007
Vol. 81 No. 8
PAGE 2Oct. 17, 2007
Mercyhurst College fired itsmen’s and women’s tennis coachNeil Leroy on Oct. 10 due to“philosophical differences,” saidMercyhurst College Director of  Athletics Craig Barnett.“His operations of the tennisteam were different from ours,”said Barnett. “He was not con-sistent with what we want out of our coaches.”Mercyhurst College SeniorCouncil to the President Dr. James Adovasio, who overseesthe athletic department, said thecollege dismissed Leroy becauseof differences in managementstyle.“There was a sharp differencein opinion between administra-tion and coach on what one would call management,” he said.“It was a situation examined overtime and only change wouldcompromise.”Barnett said the athletic depart-ment was also concerned withcommunication between Leroy and the team.“We were very concernedabout how the team was being communicated with betweencoach and player,” he said.Barnett said text messages were part of the communication.He said Leroy did text messageplayers.“Yes, text messages were sent,”said Barnett. “I’m not sure whatthey said.”Barnett said he has no problem with coaches text messaging players.“It’s a new form of communi-cation,” he said. “Coaches use itfor recruiting.” The college hired Leroy  in January to replace longtimecoach Ray Yost.Leroy led the women’s team toa 9-2 start, their best start in overa decade. This weekend the team droppedtwo contests: 9-0 to DuquesneUniversity on Saturday and 5-4 St. Bonaventure University on Sunday.Before Mercyhurst, Leroy wasthe head coach at Gannon forboth men’s and women’s tennisfrom 1995 until the program was discontinued after the 1999season.Leroy did not return a phonecall to his home for comment.Barnett said Leroy’s leaving is for the betterment of thecollege.“We needed to make a changefor the best of our student ath-letes,” he said.
By Joshua Wilwohl
Mercyhurst College fires tennis coach
Mercyhurst hosted GoodPeople Gather, a three-day con-ference featuring lectures onsocial and environmental issuesand other activities. The event was produced inhopes of inspiring others to helpcreate a healing environment forthe world. The event was gifted by DorisCipolla in memory of her part-ner, Charlene M. Tanner. Thetwo were deeply involved insocial justice, peace and theenvironment.Mercyhurst Sustainability Director Cathy Pedler believedthat Good People Gather was anopportunity to expose studentsand members of the community to important issues that needawareness.Pedler also felt the eventallowed individuals and othercommunity members to cometogether for a united cause.“The event instigates dialogueand debate,” she said. “If thecollege community memberschoose to participate in eventssuch as this, then they give them-selves an opportunity to becomeexposed to the edge of the issue where the direction of the debateis decided/guided/propelled.”“The root of our current socialand environmental crisis involveshow we interact with the earth—asrelation or resource,” Pedler said.“Our current culture, especially as it expresses itself in the globalmarketplace, does not interact with local earth,” Pedler said.“It demands product andresource from distant places. Ourconsumption is disconnectedfrom the damage caused topeople and place. This structureis allowing the ecosystems andindigenous social systems of the earth to be systematically dismantled.” The speakers in Good PeopleGather each addressed this crisisin different ways.Speaker Winona LaDukepresented on Friday after-noon. She is the leading Native American activist, an envi-ronmentalist, economistand writer who spoke onthe topic, “Recovering theSacred.”Senior Angela Phillips attendedthe speech.Phillips said LaDuke insistedpeople need to recognize theimpact of their actions on theenvironment instead of simply being satisfied with activities thatare generally considered environ-mentally friendly.“She practices recycling andalternative energy, but does notdeem it sufficient environmental-ism,” Phillips said.“(LaDuke) talked about going back to a culture where, if we’recold, we put wood in the fireinstead of turning the thermostatup,” Phillips said. “If we see the wood, feel it and take the timeto put it on the fire, we’re morelikely to reconnect with how wesustain ourselves.On Saturday Derrick Jensenauthor and environmental activ-ist, presented the speech, “EndGame.” Jensen’s speech describedthe way industrial civiliza-tion is unsustainable. He alsopresented how society can even-tually change to be more harmo-nious with the environment.Phillips also attended Jensen’sspeech.“He takes a green-anarchy perspective,” Phillips explained.“Civilization is crumbling, and we need to get ready for thefailure.”Phillips said that Jensen con-nects our consumption practicesin today’s society as being struc-tures of violence.“(Jensen) encourages alterna-tive energy and recycling, butdoes not see them as being really sustainable. He sees them asmeans of perpetuating the vio-lent structures of globalizationand capitalism,” Phillips said. Vandana Shiva, a physicistand activist, was the third andfinal presenter of Good PeopleGather.Shiva’s talk “Earth Democ-racy” was on Saturday and seniorMcKenzie Midock attended.“(Shiva) talked about the way that the global world puts corpo-rate rights above human rights,”Midock said. “Everything’s forsale and everything’s a com-modity.” According to Midock, Shiva“focuses a lot on putting thepower back into the small farmer with local support and commu-nity support.”Midock said that Shiva’semphasis on encouraging localfarming was neatly correlated with another event of GoodPeople Gather, the Farmer’sMarket.“The Farmers’ Marketfeatured all local, organicproduce from RahalFarms out in North East,”Midock said.Midock explained that the pur-pose of the Farmer’s Market wasnot to make a profit but to “raiseawareness of local eating.Midock said that the averagemeal travels a very long distancefrom its source to our plates, soeating locally helps local farmersand ensures fresher food. According to Midock buying food from places like Wal-Martdoes not allow you to know  where the food you are buying comes from or what is in theproducts.“In that sense, the corporationand the government that spon-sors big corporations are taking away that freedom,” Midock said.In addition to the talks andfarmers markets, Good PeopleGather featured hikes, documen-tary viewings and panel discus-sions throughout the weekend.Phillips and Midock said thatthere was good attendance atthe events and that the campushas been excited about Greenissues lately.“There’s been a lot of enthu-siasm this year for these issues,especially with the underclass-men,” Phillips said.
By Jen Helbig
Staff writer
Noted environmentalists come to Mercyhurst
Oct. 17, 2007
Criminal Trespass
McAuley HallOct. 6Pending investigation
Liquor Law Violation
3909 Briggs Ave.Oct. 7College discipline
3808 Briggs Ave.Oct. 9Pending investigation
Liquor Law Violation
Baldwin HallOct. 10College discipline
 Police and Safety Log
Mercyhurst is taking a step tojoin the fast-paced Internet craze with a new tool enabling studentsto check the balance of theirOne-Cards via the Internet. The new technology will alsoallow students to report theircards lost or stolen.On Tuesday students received word of this new service by way of e-mail and were able to beginsetting up their accounts. The e-mail also containsinstructions and features thatthe service has to offer. Junior Alex Page took advan-tage of the system right away.“I set mine up as soon as I gotthe e-mail,” said Page “It’s con- venient to be able to access all of that information so easily.” This is considered to be one of the most comprehensive on-lineresources available by the One-Card office.“We have been working on thisproject for about two years now. We wanted a way to internally display balances for students toaccess themselves,” said JohnPatterson, supervisor of theOne-Card Office. This service is being providedby ManageMyID.com, whichchose Mercyhurst as one of fiveschools to pilot the program, saidPatterson.“We are lucky to be thoughtof so highly and have the pro-gram implemented so quickly,”explained Patterson. The ManageMyID system is very similar to an on-line bank account. The service is specifically con-nected to Mercyhurst, enabling students to check the balance of Laker Loot, all campus transfermoney and campus cash, theamount available for making copies, the number of boardmeals, the amount of dining dollars, a six-month transactionhistory and the ability to reportstolen or lost ID cards and dis-able them for safety reasons. The process of depositing money to the account, however, will remain the same.“We are still working on a way to create a credit system oncampus,” said Patterson. “Thecollege is fearful that (a creditsystem) won’t be secure.”Patterson is currently working to find a reliable and cost-effi-cient way to get a credit systemon campus. The ideal institutionto partner with the school in thecredit program is PNC. The One-Card office encour-ages students to share access tothis account with their parentsor guardians.If funds look low, or boardamounts run out before expected,parents will be aware and able tohelp out and make arrangementsfaster. The office is under the samecode of privacy as the rest of thecollege when it comes to right togive out information. Through the use of the Man-ageMyID system, parents canaccess this information withouthaving to deal with the circle of calling the office, contacting thestudent and so-forth. The program is not requiredbut is a useful tool available toall students who depend on theOne-Card and meal plans on aregular basis.A lot of students have already registered,” said Patterson. “Wehope to continue to provideservices to make the One-Cardservices more convenient forstudents. We hope in the coming  weeks to hear positive thingsfrom students.”
By Ashley Pastor
Staff writer
One-Card getsan upgrade
On Oct. 11, Mercyhurst Col-lege welcomed convicted felonMatthew Eby who had just beenreleased from jail two days earlier,but why?Eby spoke to two small groupsof students on Thursday abouta fun night out with his friendsthat left him convicted of DUImanslaughter and DUI seriousbodily injury. Although Eby has been con- victed of both crimes he will only spend five days inside a jail cellfor these crimes.Mercyhurst invited Eby toshare his moving and uniquestory in hopes that students willlearn from his tragic mistake.On Oct. 8, 2005, Eby andgood friends Mathew Foster and Tanner Maxwell went out for adrink in Deerfield Beach, Fla.Eby and his friends traveledamong several bars and houseparties to drink with friends.Eby, who had been driving that night, recalled that he andhis friends had been enjoying themselves a little too much.“I would definitely say we weredrinking heavily,” admitted Eby.“I had had significantly too muchto drink.”Between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00a.m., Eby recalls losing controlof his 2003 Dodge Neon andcrashing into a tree. The crashresulted in the death of Eby’slong-time friend, Foster, and theserious injury of Maxwell. Eby suffered only minor injuries.Hours after the accident, Eby had a blood-alcohol level of 0.2 percent, over twice the legallimit. Because of this, Eby facedthe possibility of up to 20 yearsin prison.Eby traveled to Mercyhurst inhopes of preventing studentslike him from making possiblelife-changing decisions when itcomes to alcohol. While confronted with the pos-sibility of 20 years behind bars,Eby was fortunate enough tomeet prosecutor Ellen Roberts, who fought to make Eby pay forhis crimes without spending yearsin prison. Through the efforts of Rob-erts, Eby was sentenced to spendfive days in jail, one day a yearon Oct. 8 the anniversary of theaccident, for five years.He was also sentenced to 15years probation during whichhe must submit to random andfrequent drug and alcohol tests,cannot travel far distances with-out the consent of his probationofficer and cannot get behind the wheel of a car.In addition, Eby was requiredto put together a visual presen-tation of his experience as wellas travel to different collegesand high schools to tell studentsabout the dangers of drinking and driving.Eby shows his presentation atthe beginning of every speech. The video consists of news feed,court proceedings, scenes fromthe accident and other relevantmaterial.Eby travels at least once amonth to speak with students.“I won’t speak to large audi-ences of more than 50,” said Eby.“I don’t want to make this somekind of show. I’m just here toshare my story and show studentshow serious the consequences of their actions can be.”Freshman Thomas Feiccothought Eby’s message was very beneficial.“It just made sense,” Feicco saidafter Eby’s speech. “Something like this is a lot more effective thandoing things like AlcoholEdu.” While it may seem like Eby gotoff easy for such serious crimes,he assures that he is paying forhis mistakes.“It’s sad but I’ve gotten use tohaving a leash tied around my neck,” Eby told students in theMcAuley Hall lobby. “Sometimesit feels more like a noose.”Eby explained that he shareshis story not only to give the lossof his friend some meaning butalso in hopes of saving the livesof others.“Its not just about you whenyou drink,” said Eby. “I hurt somany people because of onedecision.”Eby feels that this is a mes-sage more young people needto understand when it comes toalcohol.“When you’re intoxicated youlose your perspective of not only your own well-being but others’as well,” he said.Freshman Amylyn Verronetold Eby after his presentationthat she wishes he would havespoken at her high school.“Someone like you really couldhave made a serious impact,” Ver-rone told Eby. “I think that youcould have saved some peoplefrom getting behind the wheelafter even one drink.”
By Casey Greene
News editor
Eby speaks on alcohol

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