The Behrend beacon. (Erie, Pa.) 1998-current, October 22, 1998, Image 1

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    The Behrend
Behrend receives $1.4
million donation for
athletic fields
By Will Jordan
news editor
On Saturday, October 17th, Dr.
John Lilley, Behrend provost and
dean, announced a gift of $1.4 mil
lion dollars. The gift was donated by
a couple who wishes to remain
anonymous. The gift was used in the
development of 20 acres into four
regulation soccer fields which will be
used for a variety of intramural sports.
“The gift was used to finalize the cre
ation of the fields,” said Brian
Streeter, Athletics Director. The first
use of the new fields will be in the
A key component of the gift was
Founders Day celebrates
By Shannon Weber
staff writer
This year the campus is celebrat
ing its 50th anniversary on the eve of
Founder’s Day. It will be held Thurs
day, October 29, 1998 from 5 to 6 PM.
This celebration will be held in the
Reed Union Building Wintergraden.
It’s a private celebration for faculty,
staff and students.
The ceremony will be hosted by
John and Gerrie Lilley and the Lion
Ambassadors. The one-hour program
will include remarks and a presenta
tion by Richard Sayre, and his brother,
William, the grandsons of Ernst and
Mary Behrend.
The choir will perform, and a spe
cial showcase of artifacts will be on
display. The anniversary video will
also be shown. There will be refresh
A video time capsule is being pro
duced to commemorate the 50th an
niversary. The taping will begin at
4:30 PM in the Reed Union Building
Wintergarden. Individuals, groups or
colleagues are encouraged to leave a
message on the time capsule video.
The area between the Reed Union
Building and the Glenhill Farmhouse
will be lit with luminaria. Lantern
tours of the campus will be available
to those who are interested in learn
ing more about the history of the col
lege and of the Behrend family.
Members of Sigma Tau Gamma plan their strategy for last phol ° zamno
night’s tug-of-war battle as part of Greek Week activities.
Story on page 10.
Erie, PA 16563
the 75,000 pound steel bridge which
spans Trout Run. Trout Run is the
creek that is in the Gorge. The bridge
was brought to Erie from Minnesota
by a 125 foot truck. A crane which
was brought in from Pittsburgh and
assembled on site was used to place
the bridge.
Besides the bridge, a walkway
from the southwest comer of the Erie
Hall parking lot all the way to Logan
House has been constructed. In the
next two weeks, workers will be put
ting up lights to light the pathway at
The gift also went toward renovat
ing a barn on Station Road. Once
renovation is complete, the barn will
be used as a storage facility for cer-
So where did this name “Behrend”
come from anyway? On March 10,
1869, Ernst Behrend was born to
Moritz and Rebecca Behrend in
Coeslin, Germany. There were seven
children including Ernst and Otto, his
brother, in the Behrend family.
Moritz Behrend had become a
highly regarded operator of six paper
mills. He hoped one day to send his
sons to America to establish another
paper mill. This dream finally became
a reality for the Behrend family on
February 22,1896. In the summer of
1898, the ground was broken for the
Hammermill Paper Factory here in
Erie. Less than a year after the fac
tory was built, Ernst became president
and Otto became vice-president, sec-
retary and treasurer.
Okay, so what about Mary?
While Ernst Behrend was working
in the paper mill, Mary Brownell of
Providence, Rhode Island, had com
pleted finishing school in New York
City. Miss Brownell was honored by
a former classmate at a dinner party.
Mary decided to sit next to Ernst. Two
years later Ernst and Mary were mar
ried at the Episcopal Cathedral of St.
Paul in Erie.
In 1909 their son Warren was bom.
Their daughter Harriet was bom two
years later.
Ernst, Mary and their family de
cided to live on the grounds of
Hammermill until they purchased
tain departments as well as
Streeter said, “This is very excit
ing. The construction of the new
playing fields will expand intramurals
and athletics as well. The construc
tion of the fields will be a connection
between the campus and Logan
Anne-Marie Welsh, Manager of
Public Information, said “65 percent
of the student population is involved
in intramurals. They are the most
popular activity next to going to class.
The new playing fields, in a direct
way, affect many students. The gift
has been a nice continuation of mo
mentum toward the athletics depart
Glenhill Farm. Mary remodeled the
farmhouse on many occasions. There
were thirteen fireplaces in the farm-
From the beginning, the Glenhill
Farmhouse has been the central ad
ministration building. During the
early years it included a guest room
for visitors from University Park. The
bedrooms in the house were used as
dormitories and as housing for a few
female faculty members. The kitchen
and dining room were used to prepare
and serve students and faculty meals.
Mary Behrend was interested in art.
Many of her works hang in offices
around the campus. She often gave
her paintings and other crafts, includ
ing miniature dollhouses, to charities
which they could auction off as fund
Ernst Behrend passed away Sep
tember 22, 1940. Eight years after his
death, Mary Behrend decided to put
the farm on the market. Officials from
Penn State made a visit to determine
whether the property would make a
suitable setting for a campus.
Mary Behrend was inspired by the
hopes of the gentlemen and also
moved by the memory of her
husband’s love of education. On June
28, 1948 , the Glenhill Farm and its
400 acres were officially donated to
Penn State. The Glennhill Farm was
officially dedicated as part of Penn
State University on October 30,1948.
October 22, 1998 Volume XLVII No. 9
Behrend tries to manage
underage drinking
Bill Donahue, Manager of Police and Safety Services
Kristie Vitron
staff writer
Although there have only been two
citations issued by Police and Safety
so far this semester, Bill Donahue,
Manager of Police and Safety Ser
vices here at Behrend feels that “a lot
of issues of vandalsim or petty crime
on campus are directly influenced by
alcohol.” Donahue wants to remind
underage drinkers that the University
supports the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania’s laws on alcohol. If
students who are under 21 are caught
drunk or drinking within their juris
diction, on campus, they are cited by
the state, fined $3OO plus court costs,
and lose their driver’s license for 90
days. Students can even be charged
with D.U.I. while driving through a
parking lot. In most cases of under
age drinking, Police and Safety is not
SGA discusses plans
for Behrend’s future
Ayodele Jones
Managing Editor
“Behrend is the jewel in
Penn State’s crown,” said Penn State
President Graham Spanier, and ac
cording to Behrend’s master plan,
Behrend will increase the opportuni
ties given to students with the addi
tion of academic and athletic facili
ties in upcoming years. At
Wednesday’s Student Government
Association meeting, Ken Miller,
Acting Dean of Student Affairs, pro
vided students with an opportunity to
see first hand Behrend’s major devel
opment plans.
As it currently stands there
are 3327 students at Behrend, 1250
of which are on campus residents, and
a fact that remains unknown to people
is that Behrend has more land than
University Park at 728 acres.
Behrend is a prime location to de
velop facilities which would benefit
students, faculty, staff and the com
munity as a whole. In Behrend’s
master plan there are various goals;
they include preserving the natural
beauty of the campus, creating a vi
sually pleasing and inspiring place,
establishing a land use strategy, and
designing guidelines and a land ac
quisition strategy.
There are four main zones
which will receive major advance
ments: athletics, academic, residen-
even involved
When students are caught drunk or
drinking by an R.A. or coordinator,
Police and Safety is not called unless
the student's health is questionable,
they are behaving out of control, or
they are refusing to cooperate. In
stead, students are dealt with through
counseling and an Alcohol and Drug
Awareness and Intervention Program.
For a first time offender or a minor
alcohol violation, such as having an
open container or having alcoholic
beverages in the dorm rooms, students
must complete a drinking behavior
assessment questionnaire. Students
caught at this first level must meet
with a Residence Life staff member
to complete the questionnaire and dis
cuss the results. Many students do
not learn from their first offense.
Students who are caught for the
second time or are found publicly
drunk must attend an Alcohol and
tial and Knowledge Park. Behrend
will continue to grow in size with the
additions of the new athletic facility
across Jordan Road, the Research
Economic Development Center
which will house the Schools of Busi
ness and Engineering near Lawrence
Hall, Ohio Hall in the Fall of 98 and
the expected completion of Knowl
edge Park.
Trippe Hall, an expected
additional residence hall is not likely
to built, stated Miller, because the
land which it was supposed to be built
on makes it difficult for construction.
Miller stated the problem is “the to
pography of the campus is challeng
ing when it comes to growing.”
Along with these new facilities Be
hrend will be supplemented with an
increase in student enrollment, a
maximum of four thousand students
in the next five years.
Dobbins Dining Hall’s
hours will be expanded to satisfy the
appetites of Behrend’s growing popu
lation, and Bruno’s was also con
structed in case further extension of
the cafe was needed. Despite the ad
ditional students, Behrend will strive
to maintain its “small college feel”
and the student teacher ratio will not
be enlarged, since these are key fac
tors why students choose Behrend.
The future expansion of Be-
see SGA page 2
. c
Drug Awareness Workshop. Partici
pants meet with Linda Lombardi, the
Associate Dean of Students, or Roz
Fornari, who coaches women’s bas
ketball. The two hour session in
cludes group discussion among 12-15
students and a video. A $25 fee will
be billed to the student’s semester bill
under a Health and Wellness fee.
Linda Lombardi feels, “If students do
choose to drink, they need to be re
sponsible with the choices that they
make because it can impact their lives
in many ways.” She feels that most
students leave the Level 2 workshop
with this knowledge, and are rarely
forced to attend the Level 3 workshop.
However, some underage drinkers
need more counseling such as the
Moderation Management Workshop.
For another $25 Health and Wellness
see DRINKING page 2
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Police and Safety:
Urinal Flood
Eage 5
SPC Movie:
Scream I and II
Calendar of Events
Page 4
Editorial: Problems
with Homecoming
Page 6
Campus News
Sorority chapter
Page 8
Barenaked Ladies
Tennis wins AMCC
photo by Andrea Zaffino