Page 2September 22, 2010
’Hurst debuts in College Prowler
College Prowler, an Americanpublishing company that releasesguidebooks for nearly 300 differentcolleges, recently added MercyhurstCollege to its online college rank-ings list.College Prowler helps studentsﬁnd the college that is right forthem, and the Web site includestools such as ﬁnancial aid calcula-tors, personality matching quizzesand scholarship opportunities. The Web site gives each school a“report card” on various aspects of college life such as academics, campusdining and local atmosphere.Out of the approximate 100 stu-dents who were surveyed, Mercy-hurst received both B’s and C’s butnot a single A.Gannon University earned simi-lar grades, although it earned an Afor its nightlife. Although the majority of studentreviews are positive, some reviewsrated the Mercyhurst harshly. Stu-dents particularly complained abouthealth and safety, which earned aC.Other bad grades lie beyond thecontrol of the college. Weather andoff-campus dining earned C’s as well. The list of the worst things aboutMercyhurst was topped with apart-ments, availability of parking andcold weather.Not all of the ratings paintedMercyhurst in a bad light. The bestthings about the college include theacademic programs, The Hammer-mill Library and Mercyhurst’s beau-tiful campus, which were all given agrade above average.Senior Kristen Grenga com-mented about Mercyhurst Collegeon College Prowler.“I really enjoyed my time spenthere at Mercyhurst. The campusis beautiful, and there was alwayssomething for me to do,” she said. The company relies on currentcollege students to write about thethings students really want to know about prospective colleges. Junior Chrissy Mihalic was Mer-cyhurst’s contributing author forCollege Prowler.“I think the school could beneﬁtfrom the ratings,” she said. “Mer-cyhurst could build on the posi-tiveresults, as well as improve on what the students felt were negativeaspects of the College.”More than 50 College Prowlerusers have added Mercyhurst Col-lege to their lists of prospective col-leges, and Mercyhurst can expect togain publicity from the Web site.Director of Undergraduate Admissions Christopher Coons, who had not heard of CollegeProwler before, said, “If the Website will be used by prospective stu-dents, we want to know about it.”Unlike Coons, Director of Mar-keting and Public Relations MeghanCorbin has heard of the site.“We are very cognizant of siteslike College Prowler,” she said. “Weutilize every vehicle possible torecruit students.”Corbin has ideas for ways Mercy-hurst can use the site.She said she wants to post list-ings for the different Mercyhurstcampuses. She pointed out thatNorth East reviewers might postabout issues which do not affectMain Campus and those reviewscould affect the college ratings.Corbin said she uses studentreviews on sites such as CollegeProwler to suggest campus changesto administration. She advises stu-dents to take note of renovationsand rewrite reviews if their opinionchanges.Students can visit collegeprowler.com/mercyhurst-college/ to writetheir own reviews of Mercyhurst.
By Jennifer McCurdy
Students get involved with help of RSCO, Service Fair
Students “explored possibilities”and “discovered opportunities”at the safari themed RecognizedStudent Clubs and Organiza-tions (RSCO) and Service Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Within the Herrmann StudentUnion, 60 RSCOs and 27 organiza-tions for service opportunities setup tables to inform students about various opportunities for involve-ment on campus and volunteer work. The Center for Student Engage-ment and Leadership Developmentteamed up with Service Learning tohost the fair. This was the ﬁrst year the RSCOFair and the Service Fair took placesimultaneously.Director of Service Learning Colin Hurley explained why thefairs were combined.“We’re able to introduce stu-dents to service opportunities andallow service clubs to network,”he said.Sarah Allen, assistant director of the Center for Student Engagementand Leadership Development,said she estimated the networking opportunities attracted 300 to 450students.“We hope students can connectand get involved this year,” shesaid.In that regard, the RSCO andService Fair served its purpose well.Several newer clubs, such asthe Anime Club and Book Club,reported a doubling of membership within the ﬁrst hour of the event.Sophomore Judy Golden, who worked at the Anime Club table,said, “We have more people signedup this year than we had in the clublast year.”Likewise, sophomore AmandaStafford, treasurer of the Book Club, said, “We’ve gained many new members through the RSCOfair.”Stafford used the RSCO fair totalk to prospective members anddirect them to the club’s new Face-book page.Students looking for ways to getinvolved on campus ﬁlled the Stu-dent Union for a chance to meet with members of various clubs andrepresentatives of local charities.Freshman Kahla Wilson said, “Icame to ﬁnd out how to get moreinvolved and look for volunteeropportunities.”Due to the large amount of stu-dents who attended the fair and thenumber of clubs represented, themajor complaint of the day was thelack of space. Junior Brandon Miller of thePublic Speaking Club said, “Weneed bigger tables next year.”Overall students looking for ways to get involved and clubsseeking members considered theRSCO and Service Fair to be asuccess.
By Jennifer McCurdy
Students spoke with members of various clubs and represen-tatives from local charities on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Tyler Stauffer photo
Lumen seeksstudent submissions
The Mercyhurst College Eng-lish Department is continuing itsannual tradition of the Lumen lit-erary arts magazine this year, butstudent submissions are requiredto do so. The Lumen is a hard-copy pub-lication of students’ poems and works of ﬁction. Along with thepublication is an interactive CDof not just the students’ writingsbut also of dance clips, musicclips, moving graphics and fullcolor art. The art includes photos from thedance, music and art departments.Dr. Ken Schiff and Dr. MarnieSullivan, English professors atMercyhurst, are co-advisers of theLumen.“No other college that I know of has the Lumen and the interactiveCD,” Schiff said.In order for the Lumen to be asuccess, students must submit theircreative works. The literary maga-zine is not department oriented,as students in any department cansubmit their writings, music clips,dance performances and photog-raphy for possible publication. The deadline for submissions isMonday, Dec. 13. Awards for the top three Lumen writers are chosen by a panel of judges. The ﬁrst place prize is $250,the second place prize is $150, andthe third place prize is $100. Allthree winners receive a framed cer-tiﬁcate.Schiff encourages students totake part in the Lumen.“I feel this is really a student-runpublication,” he said. “It is also a wonderful opportunity for studentsto feel the accomplishment of being published.”Students interested in submit-ting their work to the Lumen canattach their writing in a Microsoft Word document and e-mail it toSchiff at email@example.com. The awards and the unveiling of the Lumen will take place on Thursday, April 4, in Taylor Little Theater.
By Chelsee Callahan