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Hamilton lecture draws recordcrowd for Constitution Day
Constitution Day is the anni- versary of the signing of theUnited States’ Constitution, which was signed on Sept. 17,1787.Mercyhurst College hosts anannual Constitution Day lecturein honor of this occasion. On Thursday, Sept. 17, Dr. MichaelFederici of the political sciencedepartment presented his viewson the constitutional theory of one of America’s ‘founding fathers,’ Alexander Hamilton.In his lecture, Federici discussedthe constitutional and politicaltheory of Hamilton as it relatedto the creation of a NationalBank and Hamilton’s ideologicalopposition of Thomas Jefferson. After giving a brief history of Hamilton’s life, Federici spokeabout Hamilton’s constitutionaltheory.Hamilton was a loose construc-tionist, a Federalist, opposed citi-zen rebellion and was against theBill of Rights, Federici said. Looseconstructionist is the name usedfor those who believe the Con-stitution contains not only thosepowers explicitly included in writ-ing, but also implied powers. According to Federici, many modern political scientists,especially those who admireHamilton’s political and ideo-logical nemesis, Thomas Jef-ferson, tend to view Hamiltonas someone who advocatedstretching the Constitution tocover any power desired by thenational government with nooversight.On the contrary, Hamilton wasan advocate of limited impliedpowers, which are powers thatmust necessarily be tied in explic-itly to the Constitution, Federicisaid. Hamilton viewed the cre-ation of the National Bank asone such limited implied power.On this and many other issues,Hamilton frequently clashed with Jefferson, who favoredonly allowing the national gov-ernment those powers speciﬁ-cally stated in the Constitution. Another issue on which thetwo disagreed was on the type of national government which oughtto be adopted by the ﬂedgling United States of America. Ham-ilton believed that the welfare of the nation depended on a strong national government, while Jeffer-son was a fervent proponent of states’ rights, without interferencefrom the national government. The difference in political ide-ologies between the two mencontinues to be discussed today.Hamilton was in the processof writing a multi-volume work on political theory at the timeof his death.Its incompletion, according to Federici, makes Federici’sforthcoming book on Hamil-ton “both easier and harder” to write, he said.Federici’s book will tentatively be released in 2011, by JohnHopkins University Press.“The lecture was really inter-esting,” freshman Phil Blair said.“I know more about one of our‘founding fathers’ now.”Over 75 people attended thelecture, the largest crowd everto attend a Mercyhurst CollegeConstitution Day lecture.
By Kelly Dempsey
Meal plansdrain Laker
Juniors Lauren Balint and Meredith Stalker wait to receivetheir meals. They are the only students in line for the SequoiaGrill.
Sam Williams photo
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Some students who do use theLaker prefer the shorter lines.Linda Smith, who worked atthe Laker last year, said, “It’s amore pleasant experience forthe customer. We get to spendmore time with customers andgive them a more personableexperience. It’s nothing like it was with Sub Connection lastyear.”Michalski said, “In some regardsit’s nice, but in other ways it wouldbe more like a college campus,like a student union, if there werepeople passing through and thatsense of people around.” . With the loss of the commu-nity atmosphere, club leaders andevent organizers are forced to ﬁndnew venues or step up publicity todraw students to activities.Director of Service-Learn-ing Colin Hurley blamed boardchanges for the 40-50 percentdrop in attendance at the annualService Fair held in the StudentUnion.“One could count the numberof students on one or two handsfor the number eating at the Lakerduring our Service Fair. The only other students in the building were there to check a mailbox orfor work-study,” Hurley said.Mercyhurst’s chapter of Amnesty International moved itsdisplay for Banned Book Week to Zurn. “The Union was ourbest place to table last year, butnobody goes there anymore,” Amnesty International PresidentRachel Brown said.“It’s going to probably takeus a year to ﬁgure out what theStudent Union will be,” Assis-tant Director for the Center forStudent Engagement and Lead-ership Development Sarah Allensaid. “Will it always be like this? Idon’t know.”Make your thoughts heard:comment on the situation at theLaker at merciad.mercyhurst.edu/Laker.
Krugman discusses economic crisis
Paul Krugman, a Nobelprize-winning economist andcolumnist for the New York Times, was interviewed at the92nd Street Y in New York City. This event was broadcast livein the Taylor Little Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The topic of discussion wasthe current economic crisis and what to do about the health caresituation in America.Krugman said that majorbanks in America are failing to doenough in getting the economy moving again. He added that the“only thing they have done rightis not collapse.”Krugman expressed his dissat-isfaction with measures taken tocombat the unemployment rate.He said, “The creation of new jobs has only been about half asbig as it should have.”Krugman is a supporter of socialized medical care, whichhe said “is a lot better than mostpeople in this country think it is.” Junior Cameron Woodsagreed with Krugman. “Thesame people trying to derail thediscussion for change are going to be the most affected in thelong run,” he said.Krugman hopes for a posi-tive change from the Obama Administration. He understandsthe great undertaking in ﬁnding the best solution for the currentissues and hopes that Obama canconvince the more conservative voices, he said. Junior Jil Staszewski says she wishes that “more students would attend these lecturesbecause they provide a meansof better understanding of whatis going on in the world aroundthem.” A schedule of the 92nd Street Y interviews can be found atpac.mercyhurst.edu/events.
By Jeremy Mando