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The Merciad, May 4, 2011

The Merciad, May 4, 2011

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Intel professorheaded to Israelfor academicfellowship
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‘Opera 1, 2, 3...GO!’ showcases the college’sopera singers
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Bin Laden’s deathgives studentschance to stayinformed
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Four athletesfrom four sportsearn weeklyhonors
Page 2May 4, 2011
News Briefs
 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
Contributing writer
‘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?
Josh Fox
Page 3May 4, 2011
Ripley steps down asdean of faculty; Reedto take over in fall
Brian Ripley, Ph.D., the current dean of faculty atMercyhurst College and political science professor, is voluntarily stepping down from his position to onceagain devote himself full time to the pursuit of his pas-sions—teaching and scholarship.Brian Reed, Ph.D., will be replacing Ripley as dean of faculty beginning in the fall term. According to Vice President for Academic AffairsPhillip Belfiore, Ph.D., Ripley requested to move back to a full-time faculty position after three years of serv-ing as dean of faculty.“Dr. Ripley served as an outstanding dean of fac-ulty, and when he requested to return to the class-room, I honored his request,” said Belfiore, furtherexplaining, “Dr. Ripley is one of our finest faculty members.” According to Ripley, the “dean of faculty positionis always evolving in its focus on matters involving faculty such as hiring, promotion, tenure, recruiting great faculty members and keeping them here andbeing the voice in the administration for the fac-ulty.”Reed, who currently directs the Center for Teaching Excellence, said, “The role I am stepping into as deanof faculty has different duties than the job Dr. Ripley  was doing.”Reed explained that unlike Ripley, “I will remain as afaculty member, with a reduced teaching load. This willallow me to remain in the classroom, which is some-thing that Dr. Ripley understandably missed.” This change in positions began, as Ripley explains, when “I initiated my move back to faculty.”Ripley states with genuine conviction that “it is aprivilege to be a member of the Mercyhurst faculty,”and he likes “the idea of other faculty members having an opportunity to rotate in and get a better sense of theadministrative side of the college.”He said he never saw being the dean of faculty as alongterm spot.“But I have learned a lot and enjoyed the insight onhow a college administration operates. We have a greatfaculty, and it is a privilege to be one among my col-leagues.”
By Mike Gallagher
Staff writer
Student symposium gives chance to present research
Senior Amber Kissman presented her research at the Research Symposium hosted by thesports medicine department and the Honors Program.
 Tyler Stauffer photo
 Through research and presenta-tion, students took an extra look and found several startling results atthe Research Symposium on Thurs-day, April 28 at the Mercyhurst Ath-letic Center (MAC). Though the event was hosted oncampus, it was not only for Mercy-hurst students. Gannon, Edinboro,Slippery Rock, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Uni- versity of Buffalo were represented,too. The Honors Program and sportsmedicine department co-hosted theevent with help from Instructor of Sports Medicine Tim Harvey. The symposium, an annual event,provided graduate and undergradu-ate students an opportunity to dis-play their research to the publicthrough posters as well as oral pre-sentations. This research was donein order to prepare students forfuture occasions and formal pre-sentations at regional and nationallevels.Senior Amber Kissman did herproject on stink bugs and how the weather affects them.“I found that the bugs were inva-sive and rely on super cooling, whilestaying at subzero temperatures. When I told people about my topic,most responded by asking me how to get rid of them rather than onhow they survived,” Kissman said.Senior Jacob Gdovin did hisresearch on two different portalsabout football equipment and pos-sible neck injury.“‘The National Athletic Trainers’ Association has an ‘all or nothing’principle, and I thought their posi-tion they have currently was incor-rect,” Gdovin said.Rows and rows of projects weredisplayed in the MAC. Mostly seniors were among the researchersat the symposium, but a few juniorsattended.Senior Richael Forde did herproject on electromyography com-parisons with different exercisesand measured muscle activity.“It was interesting to do research,but better equipment would havebeen nice to conduct my research,since some of my data was skewed,”she said.For students in the Honors Pro-gram, the symposium fulfilled asenior thesis presentation require-ment, one of the main conditionsof graduating from the HonorsProgram.
By Stacy Skiavo
Staff writer

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