The Behrend beacon. (Erie, Pa.) 1998-current, December 03, 1998, Image 1

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    The Behrend
NAACP Chairman expresses
views on race
By Ayodele Jones and Will Jordan
Managing Editor and News Editor
Julian Bond has been the current
chairperson of the National Associa
tion for the Advancement of Colored
People since February of this year. He
came to Be-
hrend last night
to discuss the
current state of
racial affairs in
America. The
audience was
full of people
from the com-
munity and Be
hrend students
and faculty.
Bond discussed
his days as a
civil rights ac
tivist and he emphasized the impor
tance of the young people in the
movement and the importance of non
violent protest
Bond declared that race is still a
matter which needs to be seriously
addressed by the people of this nation.
Police and Safety:
Mountain Bike
SPC Movie:
Studio 54
Calendar of
Editorial: College
Campus News:
Pie Protests
World and Nation:
Six Weeks in
Arctic Hut
Page 7
Auditions for
Spring Play The
Review: Enemy of
the State
Men’s and
He urges all people to become in
volved in the increasing equality of all
people, no matter what their race, gen
der or sexual preference.
Bond informed the audience, that
people of color still experience in
equality in
regards to
low birth
I thought that Julian
Bond was a very en
lightening and inspira
tional man. He made
me wish I could have
experienced the move
ment in the sixties.
Shimiro Williams, 05. Business Economics
would be one step closer to achieving
equality for all.
In a final note, Bond urged the au
dience to become involved and aware
of the racial situation in society today.
See Bond page 2
Trilogy Entertainment throws
Pajama Party
By Danielle Marshall
staff writer
Behrend’s first annual Pajama Party
was held on Saturday, November 21 st,
1998 in the Reed Commons. This
event was sponsored by MCC and
Trilogy Entertainment, a group made
up of three Behrend students, Harrison
Dixon, Gyasi Stewart, and Damion
From 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m„ DJ Rizzo
spun tunes from the latest Master P
hit to favorites by the Bad Boy him
self, The Notorious 8.1. G. This idea
of a pajama party came from the
Students give thanks
at Dinner
By Sarah Edwards
staff writer
On November 19th 200 strangers
composed of Behrend faculty and staff
broke bread and talked about life.
This occasion marked the 11 th Annual
Thanksgiving Dinner for Six Strang
ers. After a delicious meal with all
the fixings Behrend students and fac
ulty leisurely chatted over pumpkin
pie and coffee. Jay Baughman, 01
DUS, said "The meal was excellent, I
can’t think of a better way to spend
and evening here at good ol’ Be
The speaker for the evening
was Jake Rouch, who runs a non
profit organization in Erie. His orga
nization has created a partnership be
tween area business CEOs and the
community. His message to the large
dinner party was to volunteer for the
community because the affect of one’s
Erie, PA 16563
weights, me
dian family
incomes and
levels. Once
the American
public can
recognize the
everyday ob
stacles that
people of
color face,
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Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP
McKeesport campus, where pajama
parties occur just as often as regular
parties. The people that came out
were mostly from different campuses
in the area. For example, Edinboro,
Gannon, Penn Stale University Park,
and Mercyhurst universities were
represented there.
Behrend students, on and off-cam
pus, made their appearances also. “It
was fun. I’m glad that they got the
party approved in the first place be
cause we don’t have many, espe
cially parties for people of multi-cul
tures. It joined schools together and
promoted a comfortable environ-
person’s contribution can be amaz
ing. He said it is especially impor
tant to reach out to the community
during the holiday season. His com
ments made 200 strangers realize
how privileged they were too be sit
ting at Penn State Behrend sharing a
thanksgiving meal together. At the
same time his words inspired people
at the dinner to give to the less for
tunate in their community weather
it be in the form of time or money.
John Piasecki.Ol Biology,
said “The speaker was very interest
ing. The subject on which he talked
made me think of how lucky I am to
be in the position I am in today and
also for the opportunities I have had.
The dinner became a chance not only
to meet new people from Behrend
but a challenge to touch other strang
ers lives in the community.”
DEC U 'I 1998
merit. We weren’t worried about any
body shooting,” said Erica Cobb, 01
In order for the students to further
enjoy themselves, Trilogy Entertain
ment held a “Most Sexiest Dressed
Male and Female” contest, where
both categories were won by Behrend
students. They also had a video game
set up on big screen “to break the ice.”
“It gave students the opportunity to
mingle with other people if they felt
uncomfortable dancing with them,”
stated Damion Miller, 05, MIS. It was
made by Erie’s sound technician Tom
Lee. Miller also stated, “The pajama
party was good, but the turnout wasn’t
what we expected it to be. The Spring
Fling, which is our next event, will
hopefully attract a better turnout. This
was our first experience throwing to
gether a party. Now we have some ex
perience under our belts.”
Last weekend members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied on the Erie County Court
house. Gathering brought mixed reception and controversy from the public.
See editorial on page 4.
Photo courtesy of Public Relations
Health and Wellness
center offers
By Kristie Vitron
staff writer
The Penn State Behrend Health and
Wellness Center is taking measures
to prevent a meningitis outbreak.
Meningococcal meningitis infects
about 2,600 and kills more than 300
Americans each year. There were two
cases, one resulting in death, during
the 1997-1998 school year at the Penn
Slate University Park campus. Men
ingitis is a very serious and conta
gious bacterial infection that causes
inflammation of the membranes sur
rounding the brain and spinal cord,
which can result in death.
The disease is transmitted through
air, and outbreaks usually occur in
late winter or early spring. People
can contract the virus through sneez
ing or coughing and direct contact
with people already infected with
meningitis. Because meningococcal
meningitis outbreaks occur in isolated
or confined environments, it is espe
cially dangerous to college students.
Living in highly populated close
quarters such as on-campus housing,
apartment buildings, or fraternity/so
rority houses, increases contact with
one another which increases chances
SGA passes
resolution to lower
copy costs
By Rose Forrest
Layout Editor
At last night’s SGA meeting, former
president Mike Zampetti brought his
concern over the price and availabil
ity of the Venda Cards for the photo
copy machines to the student forum.
SGA decided to write a resolution to
the library outlining student concerns.
Currently the Venda Cards are sold
only at the RUB desk and MISC.
There is a fifty cent charge to purchase
of contracting the disease.
Other studies have also suggested
that the lifestyles of many college stu
dents lead to the increased risk of con
traction of meningococcal disease.
Some of these unhealthy habits in
clude poor nutrition, cigarette smok
ing, excessive drinking, and bar pa
To combat the spread of this dis
ease among college campuses, the
American College Health Association
has issued a recommendation that stu
dents consider getting vaccinated.
The vaccination provides protection
against the four most common strains
of the disease. This includes sero
type C, the strain most frequently in
volved in college outbreaks during
recent years.
A vaccine will be available to Penn
Slate students throughout the month
of December, but it is up to students
to take advantage of the opportunity.
Interested students should call 898-
6217 to schedule an appointment.
The shot, which is effective for three
to five years and has few side effects,
costs $58.00 and can be billed to the
student account.
Also, tlu shots are being offered for
$lO.OO and can be done at the same
lime as the meningitis shot.
a card and copies still cost 10 cents
each, the same as paying cash. The
resolution that passed unanimously
basically stated that the library, MISC,
and the student body would benefit if
students were more aware of the
Venda Cards and they were' more
available and less expensive.
SGA president Buck Goedicke ex-
See SGA page 2
Photo by Mike Coursey