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Fall Fest activities scheduled for this weekend. Mercyhurst College moves|from 19 to 15 in U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Keefe sets 'Hurst*' recordfwith 76-yard return
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Vol. 75 No. 1

Mercyhurst College 50 llE. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546

September 12,2001

and Nation Mourn Tragedy

In a time of confusion and fear for the entire nation, the Mercyhurst community came together for prayer and condolence.
may have been Camp David, the President's vacation spot. Emergency crews, police, and government officials are pooling together all resources to help those injured and/or killed by the terrorist attack. New York's pier is functioning as a temporary morgue and lo- I cal residents are leaving on buses to donate blood. The Mercyhurst family reacted to the tragedy with a prayer vigil. Prayer services will continue America's society. "We have to look at how we respond-to civil rights, [we have to] look at what happens to the government and officials who call for executive messages and responses:" Heibel's supported the media's "blitzkrieg" of coverage: "Media plays a key role in this. 80% of Annie Sltter/Merciad photographer 1 people are glued throughout the week. Classes were to their screens, watching what is canceled at Mercyhurst as well as happening." Heibel said the extensive coverage at other area colleges and high schools. Government buildings in was significantly different than a reErie were closed shortly after the attack. t * L Mercy hurst's Research/ Intelligence Analyst Program (R/IAP) department head, Robert Heibel, said the attack was a blow to the nation's infrstructure that is unprecendented in our history. Heibel, former deputy director of the FBI's counter-terrorism d i vsion, said that he worries not just about future terrorist Attacks on American soil, but about the effect those attacks can and will have on

Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer

By Phil Pirrdlo Staff writer Mercyhurst students gathered at noon yesterday at the fountain in Munson park to mourn the loss of national innocence in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. The cascading waters of the blessing fountain reflected the collective tears of a nation in mourning. At 8:43 a.m., two American Airlines passenger jets collided into both World Trade Center buildings, causing the massive complexes to collapse onto the city below. Another passenger jet, a United Airlines flight, crashed into the Pentagon minutes later. A forth plane, this one en route to San Francisco, crashed 80 miles South of Pittsburgh. Officials believe that flight's intended target

porter asking a little girl how she felt after seeing her mother run over. "This situation warranted [Katie Couric's] phone call to the World Trade Center asking a survivor if they are all right." As part of its security measures, the government has sent President Bush, who was in Florida, to an undisclosed location. The President called the deliberate aerial assaults an "apparent terrorist attack," and vowed to hunt down and punish those responsible. Heibel believes America should not be coy about its response to the attack. "When you have a gun scoped at you, and you also have a weapon, one has to pull the trigger." Heibel said that if they ever find who is responsible and "where he is at," then he, if asked to, "would gladly take him out" for us.




Academic building construction delayed

Freshmen bring expansion
ments were made to accommodate By Kristin Purdy resident students. Assistant editor in chief In McAuley and Egan Halls, a few three-person rooms were increased Hie incoming freshmen class ac- to the original capacity of four. Evcounts for a 13-percent increase, ery fresher has a bed, though, acringing enrollment up to 664. Stu- cording to housing director Laun ents span from 29 states and 5 Zirkle. Several open spaces are operj ountries. The larger class brings forfreshmenwomen, allowing some ith it expansion within the campus, leeway for adjustment. Another change that affects all stuoth academically and physically. Catherine Anderson, the dean of dents is the elimination of the pretudent development, believes that vious lunch break, which flooded the brcyhurst is more than prepared cafeteria and the Laker Inn during or the surge in growth this semes- the lunch hour. Opposed to last year, r. "The facility has a certain elas- there is no longer a lunch hour. CI as icity. Right now, we have expanded schedules were changed to encour] 11 the possibilities and we are ac- age students to come at times tha ommodating the students comfort- are more convenient. *The change in the class schedule) ply. The college has concerted efbrt of all offices to serve the needs has had a positive effect accommodating students* schedules. The f the freshmen class." The second floor of Old Main spe- overload during the lunch hour is reifically underwent fairly dramatic duced and it is the best it's been ir improvements such as mew carpet, years," Billingsley said. A third venue was added to accomall and woodwork treatments. As or class size, the numbers are con- modate the busy lunch hour in th< istent with those from previous Mercy Heritage Hall. Each day, ai ears. Classes were added during international lunch theme is avail-] e summer, including more section able to students, in addition to the Grab-n-Go. d more courses. (Our nationally known programs "We do recognize the^need for ore classes and that's why we're tremendous academic reputation and uilding the new academic center, new athletic programs are drawing hich will include 12-15 smart students," said LP. Cooney of admislassrooms," Vice PresidentThomas sions. illingsley said. "The new acaMercyhurst's campus and enrollemic building will become the cen- ment is expanding each year, whicr er of gravity for traditional classes," is creating positive changes for students, their lifestyles, and their learnillingsley continued. \ . ^Freshmen housing is not over ing environment! (crowded, although several adjust»>

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ated by the college expansion, was resolved." According to Garvey, the city proposed that Mercyhurst build three After hitting a few unexpected retaining ponds, one on the front snags, construction on the new aca- lawn, one in the orchard, and one by McAuley. The three ponds are bedemic building began last week. "The building has been delayed a ing added to compensate for both the bit because of problems with the recent and expected campus expancity," explained Mercyhurst presi- sion in the coming years. The issue took several weeks to resolve. Fident Dr. William P. Garvey. ? [The city was concerned about the nally, a compromise was reached. water run-off issue," said Garvey. *JA : "The pond proposed for the front building permit was held up until lawn will now be placed where they felt the problem, partially ere- Maintenance is and Maintenance By Annie DeMeo News editor

wil I be moved to Wayne street," said Garvey. An additional compromise was met concerning the time frame for putting in the retaining ponds; the college will have a year to complete the city's requests. This snag will of course delay the opening of the new academic building. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the $7.2 million building is expected to taker13-14 months to construct and is scheduled to open during the winter term of the 20022003 academic year.


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By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The Mercyhurst football team opened their season with a heartbreaking 28-21 loss on Saturday to Michigan Tech. With a little over one minute left in the game, Michigan Tech intercepted the pass from Mercyhurst's quarterback. senior Scott Farison.

In the third quarter, Farison found and scored the winning touchdown. Michigan Tech took an early lead junior wide receiver Tim Siemon for with a touchdown in the first quar- a touchdown, shortening Michigan ter. The Lakers came back to tie in Tech's lead to 17-14. Michigan Tech the second quarter on junior Rob then increased their lead with a field Keefe's 76 yard return for a touch- goal to make the score 20-14. Next, down. Keefe's return was the long- the Lakers took their first and only lead of the game 21-20 on a touchest in Laker football history. Despite Keefe's efforts, in the min- down by junior Faheem Williams. The Lakers could not hold on to utes before halftime, the Huskies scored ten points to take back the this lead in the fourth quarter though. Farison's pass was intercepted and lead 17-7. ~

Michigan Tech took! the ball downfield and scored. After a twopoint conversion, the Huskies took the win 28-21. The Lakers will be traveling to Detroit, Michigan to take on Wayne State at noon this Saturday. Mercyhurst's next home game will be against Indianapolis at 1:30 p.m. on September 29, which is alumni Homecoming.

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Mercy hurst This! is a time jto come together
Left to write
Phil Pirrello
Driving to class yesterday, I expected to hear the usual morning show banter when I turned on the radio. Instead 1 heard the screams of people in the background of a report on the terrorist attack in NYC and Washington. Feelings of anger, confusion, and the never-ending desire to ask "why" exploded within me, leaving me in tears. Later, when I watched the videotape of the jet colliding into the World Trade Center, I couldn't believe that what I was seeing was not one of the movies I usually review. In that moment, I realized that I, my family andfriends,are no longer safe in a nation once regarded as the world's safest. We are no longer immune to terrorist threat, a threat that has become a reality. We can no longer hide behind our white picket fences and two-car garages and think we are not susceptible to the atrocities we watch on CNN. We have always told other nations, based on our military capabilities, to fear us. Now it is our tum to be afraid/ Right now, we feel like a child cowering in the corner, his fear of monsters under his bed finally coming true. In this time of fear, many turn to religiqn and whatever God they believe in, like those at the fountain yesterday, to find an explanation for such an event can take place. To pray for such absolution is one way to gain understanding. But I believe that we need not look to the skies for understanding, but rather at those standing next to us. For many are trying to comfort, in a PC way, by saying we are in a state of confusion, not chaos. Try to differentiate the two for all the children whose parents will never see their innocent smiles again, or all the spouses that are now widowed. Chaos is an understatement. Disaster is fact. Another day of infamy has dawned. In the light of this new dawn, America will shine brighter than ever. In an attempt for unification in the face of diversity, we gathered together in embraces and prayers, ignoring our political and ethnic differences. For the heart of America is the one collective no terrorist can pierce, no explosion shatter. We will survive this, we will regain our strength and then become stronger. We will look these cowardly bastards in the eye and let them know that they may have once made us afraid, but now we forever have their asses. May God watch over us, and may He be with those who are responsible...for no one else on mis earth will be.

community shares thoughts
Students and faculty wandered across campus yesterday in stunned silence, reacting to the shocking news that rocked the nation. The attack on the United States stopped the country and Mercyhurst in their tracks. As students, staff and faculty tried to make sense of the senseless violence* some shared their thoughts. Dr. Ludlow Brown, professor of 4, philosophy sid, As far as our campus goes, I think after we are all over the initial shock of it, that we owe it I guess, in some sense, to humanity as an educational institution to try to locate these events in the history of human kind,'in the politics of the contemporary scene, in the morality of human beings and the world. I think in short that all of us in the various disciplines have a duty to try to get our minds around this and move to a sort of understanding. In terms of what I think about this, I haven't yet been able to. It just blows your mind. It's clearly one of the most important things that has happened in the history of the United States, no doubt about it. It's unprecedented." Michelle Hawkins, a sophomore, responded by saying, 'it's scary that people find out in the news that their families are on that plane, you really have to stop and think about that and call constantly to make sure that your friends or family;are not involved in this.*' \ * Dr. Ralph Perrico, associate professor of english. said. "As tragic as the situation is, its unfortunate that we think nationally not globally. It's a wake up call for all of us. We usually don't think of those that have been living in this sort of fear." "A student, Eean Bannier, said "1 think it's an extreme tragedy. Being in the United States, we aren't aware that many countries go through this every day. It's a total shock and tragedy and I really feel for all the families in Washington and New York
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Freshman Ricardc Aguirre said, "It's scary...I have family from New York. I'mfromthe Bronx and it hits close to home. If you have family involved it's always on your mind. You don't know what to expect anymore." Dr. Randall Howarth, assistant professor of history, said, "The danger for us as a nation, is in our anger and frustration to get revenge as quickly as possible. And from this, dropping bombs too quickly on innocent people, will we be guilty of the same irrational motivation?"

A moment to define a generation
As students of Mercyhurst, we often joke about how the college often seems detached from the outside world, how the gates offer us security or act as bars, and how disconnected we often feel. But yesterday, even the bubble surrounding MercyWorld burst Classes were cancelled allowing students to gather in their apartments and dorm rooms, hypnotically watching as the mysteries of the morning's events unfolded. Others watched from classroom televisions, while office radios blared up to the minute news of the terrorist attacks. For most of the students of Mercyhurst College, this is the first time the comfort and security that goes along with living in this great nation has been threatened* As I walked through campus to my apartment, I could hear the voices of television news anchors through everv door and window continuously reporting the events and it fi. .

The Golden Quill
Sara Seidle
nally began to sink in. This will stand as a defining moment in the lives of every one of us. It seems overwhelming to even begin to speculate on what could follow in the days, weeks and even years to come as a result of this attack. The wake of this event will be felt for a long time. A tragedy such as this is something that, as Americans living in this day and age, we do not expect to have to deal with in our lifetime. Until today, events like this seemed to be nothing more than another chapter in the history textbooks. Our grandparents talk about World War II and Korea. Most of our parents experienced Vietnam. But

our generation has managed to escape such unimaginably tragic events. We sit in theatres watching multimillion dollar movies like Pearl Harbor or Saying Private Ryan to experience these things. That is how we pay our respects and stay connected to history, but it is also how we entertain ourselves on Friday nights. We take it for granted. Although we hear about the situations in other nations and know that many people throughout the world live with terrorism on a daily basis, it has never seemed anything more than a scene in a movie or something that happens "over there" in places such as the Middle East or northern Ireland, until now. Seven hours after witnessing history in the making, I sit here, safe, at my computer still trying to figure out just how to express the emotions and turmoil that go along with such a national tragedy.

Sara Seidle Kristin Purdy Annie DeMeo " Adam DuShole Leslie Echan Mackenzie Dexter Annie Sitter Billy Elliot Kelly Froel Ich

Editor in Chief Assistant Editor in Chief News Editor Arts & Entertainment Editor Features Editor Sports Editor Photography Editor Technical & Producion Manager Copy Editor

Get involved ... getf connected
Questioning Faith
Sr. Geri Rosinski
Well, here we are at the end of one week of classes already. If you're a returning student, you've probably already connected with your old friends and started recalling the great experiences you had in some of the clubs and. organizations on campus last year. You know how much fun you had last year and now you're probably toying with the idea of what new club or activity you can join this year to expand those wonderful and challenging experiences further. If you are a new student at Mercyhurst, you have a lot of wonderful opportunities awaiting you. The annual Activities Fair is Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. in die Great Room in the Union. At that time, a lot of clubs and activities on campus will have members present to answer your questions, show you their videos of last year's activities, give you information, and have their sign-up sheets ready for you to take the plunge and get involved. There will be lots of different groups for you to consider...service clubs, academic clubs, justice advocacy activities and many more. Explore them all. Ask each one questions about their programs and involvement. Then, after checking them all out...make your choice to get involved with at least one club or activity. Studies have proven that students engaged in at least one club or activity tend to be more successful academically and socially, and are more well-rounded people in general. So, what are you waiting for? Some of the best experiences and friendships of your lifetime will be awaiting you in the Union Great Room Thursday, Sept. 13. All you have to do is make a choice...but do choose to join something. We all need to get connected with meaningful activity and discover how enriching getting involved can

Staff Writers
Kate Cy winsk i Phil Pirrello

The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College It is published throughout the year with the exception of mid-term and final weeks. Office at 314 Main. Telephone 824-2376. Fax 824-3249. E-mail <merciad@mercyhurst.edu>. The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. Alltettersmust be signed, but your name can be withheld on request under certain conditions. Letters are due on the Monday before publication and should be no longer than 500 words. All letters should be submitted to Box 485*







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As our nation tried to make sense of the gravest attack of terrorism on U.S. soil, the Mercyhurst community turned to prayer for solace. | Tuesday, Sept. 11 ] hundreds of students, faculty, coaches, and administrators converged on Munson Plaza for a "" noon prayer service, as the community prayed for all involved with the terrorist attack. Sr. Geraldine Rosinski, Director of Campus Ministry, led the prayer service by offering petitions against the backdrop of the ] appropriately named water WM T sculpture, The Blessing. The group sang in response, "Oh God hear us, hear our prayer.it Dr. William P. Garvey, president of the college, stepped forward and offered a few

words of prayer, consolation, and hope. He encouraged the entire community to remain calm and offer assistance to others in need. "Now is the time to be strong for others," I said Garvey. "We must come together and help as we can, whether it's donating blood or through prayer. There is a time for anger, but right now is the time for prayer." All were encouraged to remain calm. "We are in a state of confusion, not chaos," said Rev. Lyta Seddig, Protestant Campus Minister. At the end of the service* students, faculty and administra tors turned to one another and showed a sign of peace. Additionally, the Mercyhurst community came together in the face of the crisis at Christ the King Chape] for a 4 p.m. mass that was filled to capacity:

In the wake of tragedy we I come together.

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