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Dorms contim
new projects were Unive<ity fiinde<j,
such as Bruno’s and Almy Hall. The
next big issue for housing is Niagara
Hall and Lawrence Hall. Since
Niagara Hall is older it will see
changes first. However, it costs
around half a million dollars to re
place everything. The apartments
will be seeing changes as well. New
furniture is expected to be in the
apartments, as well. The new furni
ture will be added incrementally. For
example, if a dresser is put in, a desk
can be put in as well. If a bed is put
in, then a chair can be expected.
Dobbins will be the last to be ad
However, in 5 years students will
see a new hall, Ohio Hall. Ohio Hall
will bring in an additional 235 pieces
of new furniture. The entire project
will cost approximately ten million
dollars. Housing also plans to bring
in some architects for a feasibility
study. "The architects will come and
see how they can remodel Perry en
tirely and see if they can make it like
a suite, even connect it to Dobbins
with an escalator,” stated Mulfinger.
It is even possible that the architects
will see if they will be able to link
Perry to Reed, redo the front lawn of
Perry ( making the land level ) and
even see if wings can be added. If
all of these proposals are imple
mented, there can be furniture moved
to the other halls.
“We are reactionary. When we
look ahead 5 years, will Dobbins be
big enough?” asked Mulfinger.
Housing is trying to make the dorms
better, but it takes time and money.
Mulfinger pointed out the main rea
son to make improvements, “Hous
ing drives enrollment, if you can’t
live here, then you won’t want to
come here.”
by Jon Tatalovic
staff writer
In Edinboro on Friday, students
from James W. Parker Middle
School gathered at Nick’s Place for
a school dance and a chance to have
a good time. Then, with no
warning, the sounds of gunfire
tore through the crowd. In the
wake of the chaos, John
Gillette, a twenty-seven year
veteran teacher was shot in the
head and killed. The fourteen
year old eighth grade student who
opened fire is Andrew Wurst, a stu
dent at the school.
Wurst, who was armed with a .25
caliber pistol, was convinced shortly
after the shooting to surrender his
weapon by the restaurant owner and
his shotgun. Police then arrested
Wurst, and he is currently being
charged with criminal homicide,
reckless endangerment, aggravated
assault, and drug charges. He is be-
Engineering school
developing computer
science minor
by Mark Greenbank
staff writer
Would you like to pick up another
minor before you graduate? Begin
ning this fall the School of Engineer
ing will be adding on a new Computer
Engineering Minor for Electrical En
gineering students.
The Engineering Department is
looking to develop a new computer
engineering program, and this
minor represents the first step.
To help create this new pro-
gram, the department has been
searching for new faculty
members which will begin
teaching this Fall. Early this
semester a notice was put out
that the Engineering School
would be interviewing to fill the po
sitions for a tenure track in computer
engineering, a one-year electrical en
gineering appointment to fill a sab
batical vacancy, and an anticipated
tenure track position in electrical en
To qualify for the tenure track in
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Police and Safety Manager Bill Donahue
Car damage raises
by Melissa Roberts
staff writer
Do you have an extra $l4O in your
pocket? Not many of us do. How
ever, before spring break, student
Matt Guzzi, had to shell out $l4O
dollars for damages to his car while it
was parked in the back parking lot
behind Almy.
The mirror on his car had been bro
ken off one night while the car was
parked. This occurred shortly before
spring break. Guzzi stated, “(I) know
of over 6 people who have had dam
age to their vehicles while parked in
the back lot." Everyone knows some
one whose car has been hit while
react to Edinboro shooting
ing held in the Erie County jail as
an adult with no bail. In support of
Gillette’s wife and three children,
over four thousand people attended
the funeral.
“You see things like this happening across the country, but
this just hit too close to home.”
Lately, instances such as this have
been taking place all around the
country. Jonesboro, Arkansas; West
Paducah, Kentucky; and Pearl, Mis
sissippi have all seen similar situa
Morgan Saeler, 04 History, said,
“You see things like this happening
across the country, but this just hit
too close to home.” When asked
why he thought things like this hap
pen he replied, “I think that things
computer engineering, the school was
looking primarily for individuals with
a Ph.D. in electrical or computer en
gineering, teaching experience, and
industrial experience. A commitment
to undergraduate teaching, an ability
to teach courses and a desire to de
velop a research program here were
the main factors that the school was
looking to fill. Penn State Behrend
The Engineering Department is
looking to develop a new computer
engineering program, and this
minor represents the first step.
looked for candidates that possessed
a strong computer engineering back
ground in computer architecture, digi
tal design, HDL, VLSI, or software
To fill the sabbatical vacancy, ap
plicants needed to possess a back
ground in one or more of a number of
parked, scratched by people walking
to and from their own cars or just out
and out vandalized. Most of these
damages are not reported to Police
and Safety, but the ones that are re
ported are in enough of abundance to
demand Police and Safety to look at
this problem.
Guzzi reported his damage to Po
lice and Safety, and they told him that
they would like to put video cameras
in the parking lots to help the damage
and vandalism problem. However,
these cameras and the equipment
could not be purchased because of the
extensive cost of the equipment and
the budget for Police and Safety,
like-this happen because parents
don’t teach the difference between
right and wrong.”
Chuck Goss, 04 MET, said, “I
don’t think the kid would have got-
ten the idea unless he saw it on tele
vision. I think he should be tried as
an adult, and get the death penalty.”
Joel Michalak, 02 DUS, said, “So
ciety will blame it on music and
drugs like every other crime, but re
ally it’s our society who is at fault.”
Jamie Daly, 02 Pre Law, said, “It’s
a shame that it happened, but it’s a
reflection of what’s going on. Par
ents try to control kids, and kids
areas. Computers, controls, commu
nications, electromagnetics, micro
electronics, power electronics/sys
tems, and signal/image processing
were what the department was
searching for.
To fill the anticipated tenure track
in electrical engineering, preference
was given to individuals with a Ph.
D. in electrical engineering, teaching
experience, and industrial ex
perience. The applicants also
needed to have a commitment
to undergraduate teaching, the
ability to teach a wide range of
courses, and again the desire to
develop a research program at
Penn State-Behrend. A strong
electrical engineering back
ground in communications, controls,
electromagnetics, power systems or
signal image processing was pre
These new additions to the faculty
will help develop the new computer
science program and could mark the
beginning of a series of changes to
the School of Engineering.
which is already used for other areas
of security on campus. Police and
Safety Manager Bill Donahue said he
would like to see cameras put in the
parking lot, “but the funding would
have to be found somewhere else on
John Ream, Director of Operations,
also said that there was no money in
the budget for such cameras and the
only way to purchase the cameras
would be to “increase parking fees.”
The parking fee, which already seems
large at $5B a semester, would have
to be increased to an unknown
have pent-up aggression and they
don’t have a vent for it.” When
asked about the topic, Meredith
Lynch, 02 Education, said. “It scares
me because it has happened a lot in
the last year, and little kids
have the means to get guns so
easy.” Nicole Ortman, 02
Education, said, “It’s tragic
that he had enough anger in
him to do something like that.”
Things like this leave a last-
Morgan Saeler,
04 History
ing impression on people and
a community. Hopefully, tragedies
like this can be a learning experi
ence for society and can prevent
future situations.
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Dr. Archie Loss
by Anne Rajotte
managing editor
On May 16, the class of 1998 will
be receiving their diplomas in a cer
emony held on the Reed lawn.
Archie Loss, professor of Ameri
can studies and English, will give
the commencement address.
In the event of rain, commence
ment will be held in two ceremo
nies in Erie Hall. The first, for the
School of Science and the School
of Engineering and Engineering
Technology at noon, and the second
photo by Jason Blak
photo by Jason Blake
The back parking lot, where car damage has been reported.
for the School of Business and the
School of Humanities and Social
Sciences at 2:30.
The opening and closing remarks
will be made by Julie Cain and Lara
Herrmann, respectively. The Col
lege Marshal will be Dr. Juan
Fernandez, professor of Spanish,
and the assistant marshals will be:
Dr. James Kurre, associate profes
sor of economics; Dr. Mary
Chisholm, associate professor of
chemistry; and Dr. Jeffrey Pinto,
What are your plans for
this summer?
“Try to find somewhere else to go to
“I plan to go home and work a lot.”
-Jason Chadwick, 04, Psychology
“Find a job.”
“I’m going to Europe for a month.”
-Kelly Burda, 06, Accounting
“I don’t have any plans yet.”
-Stacy Krepp, 02,DUS
“I’ll probably go to the beach.”
-Michael Thompson, 06,MEBD
-Todd Pound, 02, Accounting
-Mike Nicolella, 08, EE
speak at
associate professor of management.
The student marshals will be:
School of Business, Michelle
Barnett; School of Engineering and
Engineering Technology, Jesse
McCanna; School of Humanities
and Social Sciences, Dennis Merski
and; School of Science, Sandra
Following the ceremony, there
will be a reception in the Reed
Building and on the Reed Lawn to
honor the graduates, guests, faculty,
and staff.