Page 2February 10, 2010
Silent art auction to beneﬁ tErie area’s women veterans
By Kelly Luoma
Mercyhurst College Trustee Helen F. Mullen died Monday after 19 years as a member of the board. According to theMorning Buzz, Mullen was a Mercyhurst graduate and a formeracademic dean of Mercyhurst (Erie). In 1978 she was namedDistinguished Alumna of Mercyhurst. Prior to her retirement,she was dean of enrollment at Robert Morris University, whereshe worked for 28 years.Mercyhurst College President Thomas Gamble said,“Helen Mullen was a good and loyal friend and supporter of Mercyhurst College for many years. She always lent a hand when we needed it, whether as a dean, a trustee, a committeemember or a donor… Over the years she has won the affectionand respect of the entire Mercyhurst community. She will bemissed.”Sympathy cards may be sent to Family of Trustee Helen F.Mullen, 1106 Landing Lane, Moon Township, PA 15108.
Trustee Mullen dies
Initial estimates suggest last week’s Haiti relief events raisedat least $1,500, according to Campus Minister Greg Baker. Thecoalition of student organizations and faculty raised the money through UNICEF’s Chinese auction, Campus Ministry andHuman Resources’ Chili Bowl Cook-off, a fundraising competi-tion between the acdemic departments, door-to-door collectionsand donations taken at the Raw Edges performances, among other events. The money raised will be doubled throughMercyhurst Student Government philanthropy and split betweenUNICEF and Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health. Watch for moreevents for Haiti during spring term. To donate, contact CampusMinistry.
Haiti Week raises moneyLSC hosts competition
Laker Spirit Club (LSC) is hosting a slogan competition fromnow until Sunday, Feb. 21. The student who comes up with themost creative slogan to go on the spring LSC shirts will win $150.Submit entries to LakerLunatics@mercyhurst.edu.
Dance to ‘Heart Beatz’
Mercyhurst College senior Jordan Zangaro has organized asilent auction to beneﬁt women veterans.Zangaro is an intern at My Father’s House of Erie. As partof her internship, she helpeddevelop the idea of transform-ing dresses into works of art asa fundraiser. The auction, “Women in Transition: Silent Art Auction,” will take place on Monday, Feb.15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cum-mings Art Gallery. Teams have turned thedresses they purchased into dif-ferent items, including paint-ings, lamps, pillows, clothing and table decorations. At the event, people will havethe chance to walk around andlook at the transformed art. They can bid on pieces they areinterested in by writing downtheir name, contact informa-tion and the amount they wantto spend. The minimum bid for eachpiece is $20. The highest bid foreach piece will win. There will be from 25 to 30pieces of art to bid on if all of the teams turn in their com-pleted projects. Winners will be notiﬁed at theend of the auction, but they donot need to be present during the auction.Zangaro said she expects a wide variety of people to attendthe auction.“It will be a lot of students,a lot of family members of people involved and a lot of people from the community.”People who want to see thetransformed art but do not wishto purchase a piece are welcometo attend the auction as well.“There will be a separate boxto make donations,” Zangarosaid. “I really encourage every-one to go.” A video of some of thegroups making their art will beshown at the auction.“It’s really a unique beneﬁt,”Zangaro said. The event is an opportunity for students to see how talentedMercyhurst students really are,Zangaro said.Proceeds from the silentauction will beneﬁt the GraceHouse Project. Grace House isa transition home for women veterans.Grace House Project is afﬁli-ated with My Father’s House of Erie.My Father’s House is a tran-sition home for women thatare homeless or abused. My Father’s House “helps themget their life back together anddeal with their issues,” Zangarosaid. Women veterans who were“mentally abused, sexually abused, physically abused orhomeless” can stay at GraceHouse, Zangaro said. Women veterans can live andtake classes there as a way totransition back into society. After renovations are made,Grace House “will be the ninthfacility in the United States thatspecializes in women veterans,”Zangaro said. Women transition homes areimportant for women veteransbecause if they were sexually abused, many would feel morecomfortable living in a women-only facility, Zangaro said.Zangaro’s auction has“helped to raise awareness forGrace House,” she said. “They have gotten a lot of recognitionfor it.”“The ﬁnal artwork that hasbeen turned in has been cre-ative and wonderful and really showcases the talent of theparticipants,” Zangaro said.“Hopefully, a lot of people will come out and support thecause.”
Senior Maggie McKosky and sophomore Lindsey Groginskitransformed a dress into a painting for the auction. They usedthe neckline of the dress to make the gold around the sun andstrips of fabric to make the horizon.
Ethan Magoc photo
Mercyhurst College’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is having arave-style dance for Valentine’s Day. The dance is Friday, Feb. 12,from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Cummings Art Gallery. Ticketsare $2 and may be purchased at the door.