Vol. 79 No.
Special Edition II
Inform yourself about the election
MSG Executive Board elections are April 5 and 6, and the only contested seat is for the ofﬁce of secretary. The three candidates running for ofﬁce promise to bring something different to the MSG table for the 2006-07 school year. Check out what they have to say to make an informed decision this week.
Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 April 4, 2006
THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929
What makes you qualiﬁed to be secretary? I have two years of MSG representative experience that have readied me for ascension into the executive board. I also shadowed the current MSG secretary in an effort to attain the scope of the position and to better realize what my responsibilities would be if elected. Aside from the skills that I have acquired as a representative and student at Mercyhurst, I am an organized person and have the drive and desire to accomplish the tasks assigned to me by the executive board. My experience writing for the Merciad keeps me informed on many aspects of student life on campus. I am an accessible person and am willing to work with anyone who wants to make Mercyhurst a better place to go to school because that is ultimately the goal of MSG. Do you have any innovative ideas for MSG if you become secretary? As a supporting member of the executive board it would be my job to assert the platform of the president and vice-president, and I would wholeheartedly do so. As far as personal ideas are concerned I am interested in bringing MSG into the spotlight on campus. It seems as though people who involve themselves with MSG and SAC are a certain breed of student. I would like to extend our reach to a larger percentage of the student body and get them involved to a greater degree with the organization. I think many students fail to realize how much power we possess that at times we neglect to use to better our four years at Mercyhurst. I would also like to work closely in conjunction with the Merciad to better inform the students as to what is going on with our organization. I would be willing to put together a weekly column that illustrated our progress for the week.
What makes you qualiﬁed to be secretary? I think the greatest quality I will bring to the position is my potential. As a freshman, I have three more years ahead of me and I hope to continue dedicating myself to MSG in the future. Do you have any innovative ideas for MSG if you become secretary? As secretary I plan on making the minutes available on the MSG Web site and relating vital issues to the stu dents. It is also my hope to work closely with RSCO to inform them about the services MSG can offer them.
What makes you qualiﬁed to be secretary? I have been a representative for Mercyhurst Student Government for the past three years. I have also been the chairperson of the residence life committee within MSG for the past two years. I would like to further my experience in MSG by serving on the Executive Board. I love being involved in MSG now, and I would like to be even more involved to make my last year at Mercyhurst more rewarding. I am qualiﬁed because I am a very organized person. I have very good time management skills that I think are essential in such a demanding position. I am also a motivated person, when faced with a challenge I know I can overcome it and will succeed. Do you have any innovative ideas for MSG if you become secretary? I hope to open the lines of communication between the students and MSG. We’ve been having difﬁculties with communication this year and as secretary, I think it would be my responsibility to think of new and different ways to open this communication. I also would like to organize and clean up the representative ofﬁce, which will be one of my duties if elected. The directory is also one of my major concerns. We had many of them available for the students to pick up but again the line of communication did not reach the students and we have many left over. As secretary, I would also like to improve upon the “Executive Board for Dummies” handbook that new executive board members can read to see what the position entails and how to go about everyday activities.
Understanding economics Mercyhurst bowls for kids
By Jess Kocent Contributing writer
Financial and economic journalist, Stuart Varney will be speaking in the D’ Angelo Performing Arts Center on Mon April 10 at 8:15p.m. He was formerly the host of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board with Stuart Varney, as well as the co-host of CNN’s MoneyLine News Hour from 1999 to 2001. He was also a founding member of CNN’s award-winning business team. In December of 2003, Varney joined the Fox News team as a contributor on a number of shows including Bulls and Bears and Forbes on Fox. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in journalism. Varney’s presentation is brought to Mercyhurst by the Barrett and Catherine Walker Lecture Series Fund. Once a year this fund allows the walker school of business to bring a major lecture to campus for their students. Walker, an investor himself, actually recommended Varney after seeing him because he is “...dynamic, outgoing, and can make the economics entertaining for everyone,” according to Lee Anna Belovarac, assistant dean of the walker school of business. Varney’s presentation is entitled, “A New Day in America: Its Economy, Its Politics, Its Culture.” He will be discussing the trends fueling the American economy and how those trends impact the social and political aspects of American society. Belovarac, who played an integral part in inviting Varney to Mercyhurst, “encourages students to attend…it is a good opportunity for the students to get a point-of-view from someone in the real world. “Students can gain knowledge that they would not gain from a class or a textbook, and it will be good for college students to know what they will be facing in the world of business some day.” All business, communication and HRIM majors are required to attend; however, this lecture is open to the public as well. The walker school of business suggests those planning to attend get their tickets in the box office as soon as possible.
Students, faculty raise money for Big Brother/Sister program
By Lakyn Bianco Contributing writer
The annual Big Brothers and Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake will be Fri April 21, and Fri April 28. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers and Big Sisters’ biggest fundraising event of the year. This will be the ﬁfth year that Mercyhurst has sponsored a lane which students, faculty and staff have participated. This year the event will take place at Greengarden Lanes on West 38th Street and will feature Rock ’n Bowl. Bowlers with $100 or more in pledges will be eligible to enter a drawing for the grand prizes. The grand prizes include a $1,200 Jr. Dirt Bike Off Road Express, a $698 YMCA Family Membership, a $460 RUPP Limousine Ride and a $300 Splash Lagoon Package. Smaller prizes will be given out throughout the nights. Food will also be provided for bowlers, and the event is being catered by Max & Erma’s. Annette Gardner, Advisory Board Chair of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Box Ofﬁce Manager for the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, explained that Bowl for Kids’ Sake provides 80% of the budget for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, it covers the cost of pairing children with a mentor and paying staff salaries. “Last year we raised about $76,000, but it costs about $1,200 to match a child and a mentor for one year. We have about 100 kids on the waiting list now,” she said. “The most teams we have had entered from Mercyhurst is 12, and it would be great to exceed that,” Gardner said. She said that the Mercyhurst Football team has extended a challenge to Gannon’s team to bowl against them in the event, but they haven’t heard back from them. Anyone interested in forming a bowling team can register and pick up a pledge sheet in campus ministry. Teams consist of ﬁve to six bowlers including a team captain who will receive a free t-shirt. To enter, teams must raise $60 per person or $300 per team. Teams who register online this year at www.fsnwpa.org/bfks will receive t-shirts for all team members. “My hope is that not only previous students, but new students, will take the leap to try and raise funds for this noble cause, which is also a lot of fun,” said Sister Geri Rosinski of campus ministry. “Big Brothers and Big Sisters is really such an important program to serve young kids who don’t have good role models. To have a big brother or sister is just a pure gift from heaven. The value of the relationships that have developed with these kids is just wonderful,” she said. Anyone interested in becoming involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters, in ways beside Bowl for Kids’ Sake can become a mentor through the schoolbased program. “College students can go to the children’s schools to help them with their homework or just spend time with them,” Gardner said. Anyone with questions about Bowl for Kids’ Sake or Big Brothers and Big Sisters should contact Gardner in the Performing Arts Center or Sister Geri.