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Career Fair to bring 63companies tocampus
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Music dept. to produce‘Two ComediesTonight!’
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MSG VPcandidatespromote theirplatforms
Page 2March 21, 2012
The March 14 issue of TheMerciad contained a story titled,“ResLife to cut 49 RA positions.In the story the headline was incor-rect in stating that 49 RA positions will be cut next year, when in fact 27positions will be cut. The numbers were correct in the story.
Police commend behavior at party
Students woke up to the sounds of St. Patrick’s Day festivi-ties on Mercyhurst campus Saturday, March 17.For many, the day began with kegs and eggs at local barsand then continued in the form of a campus-wide party infront of the townhouses on Lewis Avenue.
Grills, inatable pools, furniture and yard games could be
seen scattered throughout the mass of more than 300 stu-dents all dressed in green.Mercyhurst faculty and staff, such as Mercyhurst Policeand Safety and Vice President for Student Life Gerard Tobin,Ph.D., were close by to observe the students’ party. The celebration even caught the attention of local authori-ties. While Mercyhurst Police were unable to block off Lewis Avenue, the Erie Police Department (EPD) blocked off thestreet for part of the afternoon for the safety of the students.EPD’s involvement was tracked through the “eriealerts” Twitter account. The tweets included “EPD dispatched to 3900 Block of Lewis Ave - complaint of a large party causing a disturbance
and trafc hazard” and “EPD dispatched to 3800 block of 
Lewis to assist Mercyhurst Police - report of approximately 300 students in the middle of the street.” While the party attracted the community’s attention, thestudents are being thanked for their respect and cooperation.Police and Safety, along with the help of Erie Police, askedthe students to end the party at about 10 p.m. in order to berespectful to the campus community and its neighbors.Campus Chief of Police Robert Kuhn explained they weresurprised to see that everyone did not only disperse, but alsostarted to clean.Residents of the Lewis Townhouses grabbed shovels andscooped up the trash. By the next day, Kuhn found a cleanLewis Avenue.“I must admit I am impressed with the students’ behav-ior and maturity, and I thought it would be nice to let themknow that,” said Kuhn. “Too often students’ actions are only brought to light when they have done something wrong.”Kuhn continued to say that all students Police and Safety had contact with were polite and obedient. Tobin was pleased with the students’ responsible behavioras well.“I’m really grateful that students certainly seem to haveenjoyed themselves, and I’m most grateful that there wereno reports of anyone getting hurt,” said Tobin. “There wasa spontaneity to it all that was festive, and people seemed tomanage themselves mostly respectfully and cooperated.” Tobin did want to clarify the university’s position on theparty.“I’m going to assume there was a lot of underage drinking,but the college is not in a place we can condone that,” he said.“Our main concern is for everyone’s safety.
Read a letter from Tobin to the students at merciad.mercyhurst.edu/news.
By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer
Page 3March 21, 2012
Mercyhurst Student Government(MSG) hosted the Executive BoardDebate for those running for stu-dent government Thursday, March15, at the Carolyn Herrmann Stu-dent Union. The annual debate providedcandidates running for MSG presi-dent, vice president and treasureran opportunity to answer questionsabout their campaign for Mercy-hurst students. This year juniors Richard Molloy and Brian Lombardo are running for president and vice presidentagainst juniors Jeremy Dickey and Joseph Reinhard. Junior WilliamPage is on the ticket for treasurer.Many students came out to sup-port the candidates and listen to what they had to say in order to see what candidates would representthe student body best. The debate was opened and runby MSG President Meghan Hessand Vice President Reed Garetto. After the opening, candidates were given a chance to explain theirplatforms before answering ques-tions from MSG and the studentsin attendance.Molloy and Lombardo explainedthat their platform includes twomain goals. They want to bring MSG to the student body andspread school spirit and pride.“I think we did a good job, and wegot our points across,” Molloy said.Dickey and Reinhard’s platforminvolves improving conditions oncampus so students are able to show off where they attend school.Issues discussed included lead-ership styles, Recognized StudentClubs/Organizations, represent-ing the student body, working withadministration and the budget.Questions from students involvedthe candidates’ number one goal,how they hope to improve campus,their biggest concern, what experi-ence they can bring to the table andif they are able to set aside personalthoughts and stances for the goodof the university. The candidates agreed that thedebate was successful.“We were able to show that severalpeople can get together and discussreal issues that affect Mercyhurst,”said Dickey. “We were very happy tosee the amount of people that cameout to watch and listen to us.”Lombardo agreed with Dickey about the positive attendance at thedebate.“It was really good for MSG as a whole that there was so much inter-est in an election,” Lombardo said.Reinhard explained that the sup-port has not been exclusive to thedebate.“I’m a little bit surprised abouthow excited everyone is about theelection,” said Reinhard. “Everyonehas been getting in on it on bothsides. It’s been very competitive and very exciting for us.”MSG Executive Board elections will be on Wednesday, March 21,and Thursday, March 22. Studentsshould receive an email from MSG when the polls open Wednesday at12:01 a.m. with directions on how to vote.
By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer
MSG executive boardcandidates debate
Career Fair approaching
Mercyhurst University will behosting its 20th annual Career Fairon Thursday, March 29, from noonto 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst AthleticCenter (MAC). The Career Development Center will run the event. This is only thesecond time it is being held in thespring; usually it is held in the fall. There are currently 63 compa-nies and organizations slated toattend. Students can monitor theattendees online through the CareerCenter on the Mercyhurst Portal, which will be updated twice a week leading up to the event. Among those currently on thelist are Cleveland Marriot East,
Erie Country Ofce of Children
and Youth, UPMC, U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command/INSCOM and WICU-TV 12. All years and all majors, evenundecided, are encouraged toattend. While no exact statistics havebeen recorded, feedback from pre- vious attendees has been positive,rating the event successful.Executive Director of Experi-mental Learning Kyle Foust, Ph.D.,said, “Especially in the last twoyears, we’ve had a goal of bringing back alumni to these events to rep-resent their employers. Networking 
is very important for nding a job,
and students having similar associa-tions with these Mercyhurst alumni
can be very benecial.”
In fact, 37 percent of the com-panies attending the event have aMercyhurst graduate representing them at the fair, and 30 percent of the total number of recruiters atthe event are former Mercyhurststudents.Student reactions to this eventhave been positive.Sophomore Emily Mashuda said,
“I am denitely planning on going 
to the Career Fair. It is a wonder-ful opportunity for the students tomake business connections that will
be benecial for the future, and I
think everyone should go if they have the chance.” Junior Will Dula agreed, althoughhe won’t be attending.“I do think it’s a great idea forother majors to use because it couldbe very helpful,” he said. Junior Kaylyn Stack said, “I willprobably attend the Career Fair.
Honestly, it would be more bene
-cial to me to see more opportuni-ties in education present. But all inall, I think Mercyhurst’s fair offersan awesome opportunity to startstepping out into the real world formany majors.” Those students who wish toattend the Career Fair should dressin professional attire, bring copiesof their resume and/or businesscard and have a 30-second elevatorspeech prepared.For more information, emailFoust at kfoust@mercyhurst.edu.
By Mark Vidunas
Contributing writer
Criminal mischiefSaturday, March 17Liquor law violationMonday, March 19CafeteriaReferred for discipline
March 16-19, 2012
Liquor law violation/unwanted guestSaturday, March 17TheftFriday, March 163925 Lewis Ave.Referred for disciplineLot #8Referred for disciplineMcAuley HallReferred for discipline
Bobbie and Jim Colburn, parents of Sean “Chewy” Colburn,mourn his death. Colburn died March 17 in a motorcycleaccident on East 38th Street and Old French Road. Colburncollided with an oncoming vehicle and died an hour anda half later at UPMC Hamot. His seven-year-old daughter,who was on the back of the motorcycle, is home and ingood health according to the parents of Colburn.
 Jill Barrile photo

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