Page 2October 14, 2009
Students voice opinions, concerns at forum
The Mercyhurst Student Gov-ernment (MSG) invited studentsto voice their opinions at the ﬁrststudent forum of the year. With guest speakers fromadministration, athletics andPolice and Safety, the forum on Wednesday, Oct. 7, covered a variety of topics weighing onstudents’ minds.Student senators met withadministration and students inthe Cummings Art Gallery. The event began with anaddress from Mercyhurst Presi-dent Dr. Thomas Gamble. Dr. J.M. Adovasio, representing ath-letics, and Chief Kenneth Sidun,representing Police and Safety, welcomed students, as well. Afterward, the ﬂoor wasopened for students to mingle with administration and studentsenators in order to discuss theircampus concerns. After hearing high crime sta-tistics for Mercyhurst in Septem-ber, several students questionedthe safety of this campus. Sidunresponded to these statistics by explaining that Mercyhurst’scrime reports cover both theErie and North East Campuses.“This is a safe campus, Iassure you,” Sidun said.Freshman Chelsea Schermer-horn attended the forum inorder to ask MSG to advocatecopying the key for Baldwin’selevator after emergency work-ers could not use the elevatorto reach the third ﬂoor during arecent medical emergency.In response to Schermerhorn’ssuggestions, MSG arranged fora second key to be kept behindthe front desk in Baldwin. Policeand Safety also keep a key.Schermerhorn also pointedout the “very little student input”on the college radio channel.“My friends and I would beespecially interested in a radioclub,” she said.Student senators promisedto promote the cause, althoughinterested students must takecharge to revive the radio club.Other issues students men-tioned included expanding theMercyhurst Recreation Center,the need for gluten-free foodin Egan Dining Hall and themalfunctions of the emergency blue light phones. All issues discussed at theStudent Forum were discussedagain at the MSG meeting onMonday, Oct. 12.Student senators divided theissues and assigned tasks tothe appropriate committee forfuture action.Senators also discussed waysto advertise for future forumssince the turn-out of students was lower than expected.
By Jennifer McCurdy
Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble spoke withstudents at the Mercyhurst Student Government StudentForum on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Guest speakers fromadministration, athletics, and Police and Safety also spokewith students about their concerns.
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City campuses competeto help the hungry
To go along with its belief of being socially merciful, Mercy-hurst College helps those whosuffer from lack of food andshelter.From Monday, Oct. 19,through Saturday, Oct. 24, thecardboard village and the annualfood drive will take place atMercyhurst. The cardboard village is wherestudents volunteer to sleep out-side in boxes to raise awarenessand funds for the homeless. The group of students, ledby junior Joe Weidenboerner, will collect donations and havea bake sale to raise funds. The cardboard village will beheld outside of Zurn Hall from4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, until7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. The annual food drive,known as Collegiate GoldenHarvest Week, is sponsoredby the Second Harvest FoodBank. The food drive is a com-petition among Mercyhurst,Gannon University and PennState Behrend. There will bebins all around campus for stu-dents to drop off their dona-tions. Bins will be located inbuildings including Audrey Hirt Academic Building, Zurn Hall,the Herrmann Student Unionand Old Main.Monday through Friday from4 p.m. until 7 p.m. students willgo door-to-door collecting cansof food and other nonperish-able food items. The proceeds from the twoevents go toward the SecondHarvest Food Bank of North- west Pennsylvania and a non-proﬁt organization for thehomeless.“I feel Hunger and Homeless-ness Week is very important toour campus because it allows ourstudents to step into the com-munity and work toward a causethat helps others,” Campus Min-istry graduate assistant Gretchen Yori said.For more information aboutHunger and Homelessness Week, or to ﬁnd out how tohelp, contact Gretchen Yori email@example.com.
By Chelsee Callahan
Crime stats mislead
At ﬁrst glance at the Pennsyl- vania Uniform Crime Report-ing (UCR) Program statisticsfor 2008, Mercyhurst Collegeappears to have double the crimerates of other local colleges.Of 239 Part 1 offensesreported by Erie County col-leges, Edinboro University had51, Penn State Behrend had29, Gannon University had 44and Mercyhurst had 115. Part1 crimes include rape, robbery,assault and burglary.Kenneth Sidun, chief of Policeand Safety at Mercyhurst, saidthese statistics are misleading.“It’s because we combineNorth East and West campus with main campus for UCR reports,” Sidun said. When broken down, Mercy-hurst’s statistics are closer to theaverage crime numbers for col-lege campuses.“We have more studentsliving on campus and morebuildings. In comparison withother colleges we’re about aver-age,” Sidun said.Sidun thinks there have beenfewer Part 1 crimes than at thistime last year.“We’re trying to make stu-dents aware of how to protectthemselves and their property.If you see somebody suspi-cious, call Police and Safety and we’ll come over and investigate. That’s our job,” Sidun said.
By JoEllen Marsh
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