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
’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
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