Page 2May 4, 2011
A Mercyhurst College student was assaulted and robbed Tuesday, April 26. The student was attacked from behind at approximately 9:30p.m. when he was walking on East 38th Street on the side- walk in front of St. Luke Church, according to Mercyhurstofﬁcials. The suspect, who is described only as a black male, took thestudent’s wallet, according to Mercyhurst Police and Safety Chief Robert Kuhn. The student suffered an injury to the head, but he was ableto walk to Police and Safety for help. He refused medical treat-ment, and his mother took him to the Erie Police Department,Kuhn said. To avoid possible attacks, Kuhn suggests students walk inpairs at night or call Police and Safety for a ride at 824-2304.
Mercyhurst student assaulted, robbed
This year’s Communication Trade Show advocates an “Anti- Texting and Driving Campaign.” This annual event challengesjunior and senior communication students to create their ownbusinesses from marketing materials to products and unveilthem at the trade show where their efforts will be judged by Erie professionals and Mercyhurst alumni in the ﬁeld.With this year’s theme, the students will focus on theincreased efforts of the prevention of texting and driving. The student-created businesses will present intriguing ideasthat promote smart driving practices. This event will be held on Tuesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. in the Hermann Student Union Great Room.
Students create anti-texting, driving businesses
Marcellus shale drilling is occur-ring across the U.S., with large con-centrations in New York, Ohio,Pennsylvania and West Virginia,and has been referred to as theSaudi Arabia of natural gas. Josh Fox, creator of the Sun-dance Award winning and Oscarnominated documentary, Gasland,met on Tuesday afternoon withmore than 50 students, faculty andcommunity members in the Her-mann Student Union Great Room,addressing questions not only abouthis documentary, but also about thehydraulic fracturing that is sched-uled to start locally. Fox also spokelater to the community.Fox is a Milanville, Pa., resi-dent who became involved withthe fracking debate when a gascompany approached him and hisneighbors about leasing their land.Originally just a local effort, Foxquickly found himself immersed in what he calls a “new thing going dreadfully wrong.”Fracking is the process of insert-ing water and chemicals into theground at high pressure to releasegas trapped in the shale. This pro-cess has led to ground water con-tamination by both the chemicalsused in the process and the naturalgas that has been released.“When I began to look into it I
got very conﬂicting stories from thegas industry and from neighbors of mine,” said Fox. “I started becom-ing concerned with this proposaland quickly became an activist.”Environmental issues weren’talways what Fox had in mind whenhe started his own theater company in 1996, but he doesn’t think they are that far off.“My reactions to the things thatcome into my life as an artist is tomake a project out of it,” said Fox.“Drama is always about the con-ﬂicts of its time,” and Gasland is noexception.Fox took this issue and made a“sincere attempt to persuade landowners who were going to lease”their land not to do so with hisdocumentary.“We did things that were artisti-cally interesting and were narratively interesting. It’s a whole lot of effortsall happening at once,” he said.Until ﬁve years ago, this process was unheard of and today it is feed-ing to the largest natural gas boonin U.S. history.“For the ﬁrst time you have mil-lions of people in a drillable zone,”Fox said. This includes some Pennsylva-nia universities, which are facing 50percent budget cuts in 2011. Penn-sylvania Governor Tom Corbett hassuggested that universities invest inshale drilling as an additional sourceof revenue.“We are in the middle of a greatdivide of politicians,” said Fox.“There are those who are just satis-ﬁed with taking that money, whichcreates an uncomfortable dilemmafor the people who aren’t okay withthat.” The talk also focused on the localdrilling scheduled for Nort East, inErie County, and what citizens cando to prevent it.“Right now this is a true testof whether democracy will sur- vive,” said Fox. “Is democracy stilla bottom up process or is it about whoever pays the most money?”Fox encouraged interested stu-dents to create an anti-fracking group on campus, and numerousstudents expressed a variety of emotions after the session, includ-ing concern for the environmentand the community.“I am in shock of how unawarepeople are about the environmentand how political ﬁgures are trying to take money by trying to discour-age us from ﬁguring out the truth. The environment is so importantand many more people have toget involved because it’s our life,”freshman Kathleen Reveille said.“This is just another exampleof how unaware people are, how much there is to learn and to stay informed as to what’s going on inthe world around you. It’s withinour own state, so it’s just importantto stay involved and stay informed,even as students, because thesethings apply to us, too,” freshmanNatalie Pertz said.On a lighter note, “It’s great tosee students and the community come together for an event like this. We need to stick with it and keepthe community informed,” junior John Weber said. Weber is fromHagerstown, Maryland, an area thatis also being affected by fracking.“I feel a responsibility to what isin the ﬁlm,” Fox said. Fox is now working on Gasland 2.“We had a great turnout. Fox’sknowledge, combined with his witand experience with the peopleaffected by fracking, did an amplejob of informing people withoutraising alarm,” communicationdepartment Chair Anne Zaphiris,Ph.D., said.For more information on Mercy-hurst’s new anti-fracking club, con-tact Zaphiris at extension 3382.
By Joseph Pudlick
‘Gasland’ director speaks at college
Director of ‘Gasland’ Josh Fox came to Mercyhurst College to talk to the community and stu-dents about hydraulic fracturing.
Jill Barrile photo
Right now this is a true test ofwhether democracy will survive.Is democracy still a bottom upprocess or is it about whoeverpays the most money?