This Week in Merciad History, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Each week during the 2010-11 school year, The Merciad selects three stories about the college’s history. These story excerpts from our archives are posted to on Thursday afternoons.


Community college not likely
Friday, Oct. 5, 1979

John P. Millar, dean of Mercyhurst College, presented objections to the idea of a community college in Erie September 27 at a meeting of the Erie School District.

His objections reflected the overall evaluation of the proposal presented by Schools Superintendent Thomas O’Rourke. The proposal called for the establishment of a community college which would derive one-third of its funding from the state.

Joseph Bruno, state coordinator for community colleges, stated that the economic impact to Erie of the community college would be a four million dollar increase in additional tax base because of the higher salaries the college graduates would earn.

Millar said a more likely figure of one million dollars would be realized by the City of Erie with total added taxes in Erie amounting to $15,000.

“Mr. Bruno thins there won’t be any competition with the existing institutions,” Millar said. “I disagree with him.”

Millar presented figures showing a need for an outlay of $500,000 in cash and contributed services to get 2,200 students in the first three years of its existence. He noted that with only the Erie School District sponsoring the college, students from other school districts would have to pay more to attend.

Loblaws slated to close
Friday, Oct. 1, 1982

The Loblaws supermarket at E. 38th and Old French Rd. will be closing its doors as a Loblaws Store, on Saturday, Oct. 2, for an indefinite period of time. It will then re-open as a Golden Dawn, according to a spokeswoman from the Loblaws General Offices in Erie.

The E. 38th St. Loblaws, which is patronized by several members of the Mercyhurst community, is one of four local Loblaws stores to go out of business. Also affected are the Erie Central Mall, Millcreek Mall, and Perry Plaza stores. The closings are due to financial difficulties.

After commenting to The Merciad on Wednesday morning, the Loblaws spokeswoman stated that the information she revealed could not be printed because Loblaws is experiencing a “news blackout.” This inability to release information to the media is occurring because of contract negotiations between Loblaws and the Amalgamated Meatcutters Local 34 Union.

According to the Peter J. Schmitt Co., owner of Loblaws, approximately 1,000 Loblaws employees will be laid off on Saturday.

Two huge wins for ladies’ soccer
Thursday, Oct. 5, 1995

By John Murphy

Merciad file photo by Kevin Segedi: Sophomore Nicky Esposito launches another attack for the Lakers. The team scored a total of 21 goals in two games over the weekend.Merciad file photo by Kevin Segedi: Sophomore Nicky Esposito launches another attack for the Lakers. The team scored a total of 21 goals in two games over the weekend.The Lady Lakers soccer team improved their record to 6-1-1 over the past weekend by inflicting two heavy defeats upon two hapless opponents. A 6-1 victory over Metro State and an embarrassing 15-0 slaughter of Saginaw Valley. The Lakers lead the GLIAC standings and are ranked number four in the latest NCAA Division II poll.

Against Metro State, the girls actually fell behind 1-0 after the visitors scored a penalty kick from a controversial call by the official. Not dwelling on this setback, the team fought hard to get back into the game. Midway through the first half, senior Maureen Gallagher opened the Lakers’ scoring on a free-kick just outside of Metro’s box.

“Once we made a few changes, we put in one of our best halves of the year,” said coach Rich Hartis.

On Sunday, the ladies crushed an unskilled Saginaw Valley team 15-0 that proved no match for a quality Laker side. It was literally a stroll in the park for the home team with players merely having fun trying to boost statistics.