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The Merciad, Sept. 23, 2009

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Meal plans drain Laker
 When Mercyhurst College studentsarrived back on campus, they discoveredthe Laker Inn, one of Mercyhurst’s mostpopular dining locations, had become aretail-only establishment.Instead of paying out of pocket orbuying dining dollars, hundreds of students with board-only meal plans flock to EganDinig Hall as their only food destination. The Laker and the Student Union havehad considerably less student traffic thisyear, even appearing empty during someprime meal hours.Senior Ian Michalski said, “I come here acouple times a week for lunch, and it seemspretty dead. There’s just not the action weused to have in years past.”Sundeep Baggam from ParkhurstDining Services estimated Eganreceives between 2,500 and 3,000transactions each day, while the Lakeraverages only 300-400.Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG)President Dinorah Sanchez said, “It’s sad. There’s such great food, and people areimpressed with Egan and impressed withthe Laker. We want all students to haveboth options.”Baggam, the manager at the Laker, said,“I’m trying to do the best I can to bring theboard back to the Laker, but it’s up to thecollege to decide how and when it’s going to happen.”Board equivalency hours started in theLaker when Sodexo was in charge of foodservice to allow students to eat at non-traditional times. The contract Parkhurst signed called forEgan to be open until midnight, thus elimi-nating the need for board equivalency atthe Laker - or so the college thought.“We have realized there’s no way forus to know how an operation is going to work and what the students are going to berequesting or thinking about until we actu-ally get it into place,” One Card Supervisor John Patterson said.New versions of baja chicken and sizzlesalads are back on the menu in response tostudent comments, but any change to theboard system is still up in the air.MSG reactivated the Food Ad HocCommittee to help find a solution to theseproblems.“Nothing is definite, but we’re thinking together and trying to figure out what it isthat we can do to bring students back tothe Laker,” Sanchez said.
By JoEllen Marsh
Editor-in-chief 
Read more online or on Page 2.
Vol.83, No.3/9.23.09/Free
 
NEWS
Page 2September 23, 2009
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
Contributing writer
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
Continued from Page 1
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
Contributing writer
 
NEWS
Page 3September 23, 2009
RSCO fair helps students become involved
New students, transfer stu-dents and even some upper-classmen looking for a new way to get involved filed into theHerrmann Student Union tolearn about the opportunitieson campus this school year. The annual Recognized StudentClubs/Organizations (RSCO)Fair, held on Wednesday, Sept.16, offered Mercyhurst Collegestudents vital information aboutmore than 55 of Mercyhurst’sclubs and organizations.“Students definitely need tobe involved in college, and one way to do that is to join a club,”freshman Victoria Gricks said.Gricks joined the Snowboard-ing and Yearbook clubs becauseshe was involved in both clubsduring high school.Students who were not very involved during high school alsodecided to join clubs at Mercy-hurst.“I wasn’t very active in highschool, and in college, I wantto be more active in schoolactivities and clubs,” freshman Amanda Stafford said. Staffordsigned up for the History and Theatre Appreciation clubs.RSCO representatives hadthe opportunity to speak withinterested students by making use of the crowds circling themany displays.“There’s been quite a turn-out this year,” Ski Club repre-sentative Carey Pelletier said.“There’s certainly a nice variety of clubs. The fair’s grown nicely through the years.”Pelletier said that in past years,booths at the fair had been setup only in the Student Union’sGreat Room. This year, severalbooths, including the Ski Clubbooth, migrated upstairs as well,“and it’s pretty crowded up here,too,” Pelletier said. The Ski Club had signed 15new members about half an hourinto the two-hour event. Otherclubs showed similar results.For students who could notattend the RSCO Fair, additionalinformation on Recognized Stu-dent Clubs/Organizations isavailable in the Student Unionand on the Mercyhurst Web site.
By Jennifer McCurdy
Contributing writer
Representatives from various clubs and organizations spokewith interested students at the annual Recognized StudentClubs/Organizations (RSCO) Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
 Tyler Stauffer photo
Spammers phishfor personal information
Phishing is not an activity you do on the weekend with your dad.Phishing is an on-the-rise problem in whicha fraudulent group attempts to trick you intogiving them your personal information. According to the Executive Director of Learning, Information and Technology ServicesPat Benekos, this problem is not just academic.It affects people all over the Internet.Phishing is not only a problem for the victim,but to the entire Mercyhurst College commu-nity, Benekos said.Once a group gains account information,spam will be sent from those e-mail addresses, which can result in every Mercyhurst e-mailaddress being blacklisted.Like many other students, SophomoreKC Stoyer was asked for information fromtelemarketers and received e-mails in thepast from Nigeria about lottery winnings,she said.Benekos advises students and faculty mem-bers to never share their usernames, passwords,credit card information or any other personalinformation with anyone, and never open any attachments or links in e-mails about whichthey are unsure.Mercyhurst will never ask you to verify yourinformation through e-mail, Benekos said.If it is necessary to contact someone withpersonal information, “You need to initiatethe communication process and make sureit’s a bona fide office,” Benekos said. “Rule of thumb: If you didn’t contact the group first,don’t trust them.”“I think people need to be more careful about what they do in the first place,” sophomore Alyssa Boxer said. “If they are (more careful),the problem (phishing) shouldn’t be an issue.”Students who think they have been a victimof phishing should immediately change theirpasswords in an attempt to prevent anyonefrom accessing their accounts. Then, contactthe Helpdesk at extension 3200.For more information on this issue, visit edu-cation.apwg.org/r/ or antiphishing.org.
By Alicia Cagle
Contributing writer
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