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The Merciad, April 30, 2008

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 With graduation less than three weeks away, a bishop protesting attendance, Sen.Hillary Clinton’s visit, and two political policy groups in session, Mercyhurst PresidentDr. Thomas Gamble discusses the direction of the school as a Catholic college.
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Scoot Williams photo
PAGE 2April 30, 2008
Mercyhurst College studentsare “hanging by a moment” forSpring Fest.Co-sponsored by MercyhurstStudent Government (MSG) andStudent Activities Council (SAC),Spring Fest is a day filled withactivities, inflatable games, foodand an evening concert.Beginning at 2 p.m. on Satur-day, May 3 Spring Fest kicks-off  with a variety of inflatable gamessuch as the Wrecking Ball, RapidFire, Obstacle Challenge, HumanBowling, Velcro Wall and Big  Wave Mechanical Surfboard. After working up an appetiteon the inflatable games, stu-dents can feast on hamburgers,hot dogs, pasta salad, ice creamsandwiches and more between 4p.m. and 6 p.m.Spring Fest will conclude witha performance by opening act, INine, and headliner band, Life-house. The 8 p.m. performances will be held in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (MAC) and doors will open at 7:30 p.m.Lifehouse was chosen becausethey are a popular mainstreamband who appeals to many stu-dents who like alternative music,said SAC Chair, senior Kelly Confrancisco.“I have always been a fan of Lifehouse and I am shocked wegot such a mainstream band tocome to Mercyhurst,” sopho-more Danielle Ohman said.“I also have heard a lot of good reviews about the groupI Nine.”Cofrancisco said SAC placeda bid for Lifehouse after work-ing with an agent who helps theorganization book bands.“The band is approved througha division of Student Life oncampus, Darcey Kemp and the Vice Presidents of Student Life,Laura Zirkle and Gerry Tobin,”said Cofrancisco.Free tickets to the concertcan only be picked up on April28 through May 2 from 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. in the HerrmannStudent Union. Tickets will notbe provided on the day of theconcert.Cofrancisco said no tickets will be given without proof of aMercyhurst student ID.Last year Mercyhurst hostedcountry singer, Chris Cagle, atthe Spring Fest concert. Around 500 people partici-pated in the day’s activities while900 people attended Cagle’sconcert, Cofrancisco said.“Over 1,000 people areexpected to attend this year’sconcert and most likely over 500(people) for the day activities,”she said.In the occurrence of rain, alloutside activities will be movedto the MAC.Sophomores Pete Swaugerand Cory Haywiser said they areexcited about Spring Fest.“I am looking forward toeating free food and seeing Lifehouse in concert,” Swaugersaid.Haywiser said, “I had a goodtime last year so I’m looking for- ward to it again this year.”In the future, both studentssaid they would like to see moremainstream bands like Lifehousecome to Spring Fest.“I’d like to see Three 6 Mafiaor Lil’ Wyte come to Mercy-hurst,” said Haywiser.Swauger disagreed saying he’dlike to see more alternative orcountry musical acts.“I’d really like to see TimMcGraw or Dave Matthews,”Swauger said.
By Liz Maier
Staff writer
Spring Fest hits’Hurst on Saturday 
Students can take turns making their way through aninflatable obstacle course.
The inflatable wave will bring the coast to MercyhurstCollege this Saturday.
Students can battle their friends in the inflatable WreckingBall at Spring Fest on Saturday.
April 30, 2008
Mercyhurst College studentsraised money using nothing butempty bowls. The Empty Bowls projectallows participants to purchasetickets to the event. Those with a ticket receivea ceramic bowl that was hand-thrown by a Mercyhurst Collegestudent or a Mercyhurst Prepara-tory High School student.Participants are then served ameal of soup and bread.Guests choose a bowl touse that day and to keep as areminder that there are always“empty bowls” in the world.In 1990 a high school artteacher in Michigan helped hisstudents find a way to raise fundsto support a food drive. What evolved was a class proj-ect to make ceramic bowls for afundraising event.Guests were served a simplemeal of soup and bread and were invited to keep the bowlas a reminder of hunger in the world.By the following year theoriginators had developed thisconcept into Empty Bowls,a project to provide supportfor food banks, soup kitchensand other organizations thatfight hunger.Empty Bowls came to Mercy-hurst College through the social work department in 2005, rais-ing awareness throughout theErie area. After taking a year off in 2006,the department decided to try asecond time to raise funds andsupport the initiative.In 2007, Empty Bowls raisedmore than $11,000 for theSecond Harvest Food Bank of Erie to help fund and supporttheir mission of providing to theless fortunate. Although the final amountraised from this year’s event hasnot been tallied, it is assumed thatthey surpassed last year’s total. The event on Saturday, April26 was another success for theFood Bank. Junior Erik Penn was pleased with the turnout and hopes tosee more students involved inthe coming years.Senior Allison McCaslin saidshe strongly supports the eventbecause “it is a really good causefor the community to help outthose in need across Erie, letalone the additional food banksand soup kitchens that benefitfrom our donations.”Empty Bowls events are heldthroughout the world, and mil-lions of dollars have been raisedto combat hunger.
By Tim Hucko
Staff writer
’Hurst studentsfill ‘Empty Bowls’
The Empty Bowls event on Saturday, April 26, raised moneyfor the Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie.
 The Mercyhurst College Walker School of Businesshelped some seniors bring their final year to a “formal”end.Senior business, commu-nications and Hotel, Restau-rant and Institutional Manage-ment (HRIM) students wereinvited to an evening of dinner,dancing and friends, to wrapup their final year at the WalkerSchool of Business SeniorFormal. The senior business formal was held on Saturday, April 26,from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.at the Kahkwa Country Clubin Erie. Around 200 guests attendedthe event, including students,professors and alumni. The evening’s activitiesincluded a three-course meal,prizes and a DJ. A committee of volunteersfrom the Walker School of Business organized this year’sevent.Seniors Christine Mersch andKatie Waldin were co-chairs of the event’s committee. The Walker School of Busi-ness helped with the expensesfor the formal, but the majority of event’s funds came fromticket sales.Many of those in attendancesaid they were pleased with theevening.“Everyone seemed to have areally good time and the event was really nice,” Waldin said. “Ithink it was a great success. It was the perfect way for seniorsto come together before gradu-ation and celebrate their success with friends and those they havehad class with over the past fouryears.”Senior Meghan Cleary saidshe was equally pleased.“I was on the committee so Isaw first-hand how much hard work and effort went into plan-ning this event,” she said.“Christine and Katie did anexcellent job. I thought it wentreally well.”“It was amazing” senior DonSmith said.“The DJ was great andthe food was delicious. Theentire event was a very magicalevening.”
By Emily Grabowski
Staff writer
Event helps seniors give’Hurst a ‘formal’ goodbye
Triple housing options
Mercyhurst College isoffering students triple apart-ments for the 2008-2009 schoolyear. After two years of crampedliving quarters, Residence Life will be allotting approximately 50 triple apartments scat-tered across the Briggs andLewis Avenue housing complexes.Director of Residence Lifeand Student conduct LauraZirkle says she is very excitedto once again offer this housing option to students.In years past, there have beenas many as 100 triple apartmentsoffered to students or as few asnone.“This is all dependent on thesize of the freshman class, pri-marily, then we factor in sopho-mores and juniors,” Zirkle said. The last few years have markedthe tail end of the largest fresh-man classes to ever attend toMercyhurst College, which hascaused a pinch in housing accom-modations.Students like sophomoreMichelle Thomas find it very convenient having the flexibil-ity to live with two roommatesinstead of three.“When you have two really close friends that you want tolive with next year, it eliminatesthe problems and awkwardnessof having to find a fourth room-mate,” Thomas said. The sign-up process is thesame for triple apartments as itis regular four person apartmentsand are available to sophomores,juniors and seniors.In previous years, ResLife hastried a few different strategiesas how to best arrange triplesaround campus.“Some years we have hadentire buildings of triples, others we have just randomly selectedapartments up and down Briggsand Lewis. This year we are offer-ing more triples in some of theless popular buildings to offerincentive for students to signup for them,” said Zirkle. “Wetry to accommodate studentsin any way we can to provide acomfortable living environment,and hope to continue this optionin the future.”For students still interested,housing signups are Wednesday, April 30,
at 4:00 p.m. in 312 OldMain.For more information, contactthe Residence Life office at (814)824-2422.
By Tim Hucko
Staff writer

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