The Behrend beacon. (Erie, Pa.) 1998-current, December 10, 1998, Image 1

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    The Behrend
SGA appoints
new secretary
By Ayodele Jones
managing editor
The end of the year is here and
while many of us are preparing for
finals, the Student Government Asso
eiation is already planning for the up
coming Spring semester. Michelle
Benjamin, who is now the present sec
retary of SGA, announced her resig
nation, effective at the end of this se-
There were two candidates vying
for the job; Rose Forrest, 03 Com
munications, and Stephanie Nardello,
03 Political Science. Each candidate
was given an opportunity to tell the
Senate a brief statement on their quali
Nardello, who is secretary of
Lambda Sigma, said "I have the time
to pul into this and I would like the
opportunity. I would never go into
anything without giving 110%, and I
am committed to giving my all for
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SGA.” Forrest decided to speak on
her experience as a leader “I am lay
out editor of the Beacon and I am also
secretary of the Commuter Council.
My experience with government ex
tends to my minor in political science
and my major in Communications. 1
feel that I am fully qualified.”
Each candidate had a few sugges
tions for improving SGA. Nardello
noted "SGA is built on a solid foun
dation, the students, and I would only
wish to improve communication
among the students and everyone
here." Forrest also agreed with
Nardello, but she included some points
of her own, "I would better publicity
on campus and I would also try to get
more commuter residents involved.
In addition, I would attempt to get
more organizations and groups in
volved by sending more representa
tives to SGA meetings.”
Although it waS a tough decision,
Michelle Benjamin stated “I hope that
the new secretary continues to keep up
the work that I have done to make SGA
run smoothly.” After closed elections,
Nardello was elected the new secre
tary of SGA for the upcoming semes
In addition, Senators also discussed
Astronomy Open
House: What was
the Christmas Star?
Behrend science professor Robert
Knacke discusses theories on
Christmas star.
by Sarah Edwards
staff writer
Over Christmas carols and cook
ies, Dr. Roger Knacke, Director of
the School of Science, discussed the
star of Bethleham at the astronomy
series and how it actually might not
be a star at all. Knacke said that in
the Bible
there are
two ac-
counts of
birth, but
only one
of these
discusses -
the star.
wrote his
account in
Greek and
in Greek
the mean-
ing of the
word star
can be interpreted as any celestial
event. Also, Matthew says that the
star was moving. The reasons that
Knacke feels that whatever hap
pened during Jesus’s birth was not
a star is that a star would not be
moving across the sky.
Knacke narrows his theory of
what the star could have been to ei
ther a comet or an alignment of the
planets. The comet theory takes ef
fect based on the theory that in 66
plans for the upcoming SGA Book
Sale, Book Swap. The book sale al
lows students to sell their books
through SGA, thus making it cheaper
for students to purchase their text
books from fellow students. The stu
dents set the price for their books and
SGA would then catalogue them and
reimburse them at the end of the
The swap will be held during the
week of January 11-15. Monday and
Tuesday of that week students will
be able to drop off their books (which
will later be sold), Wednesday is the
first day of buying books. The sale
will continue until the end ot the
week and if any books are unsold,
students can pick up their books on
the last day, Friday. The hours for the
book swap are the following: Mon
day 11 -3 and 5-7, Tuesday 11 -3 and
5-7 and Thursday 11-3 and 5-7
Wednesday 10-5 and Friday 11-3.
Andrea DiPiacido, 03 communica
tions and SGA Vice-president said,
"If everyone participates in the book
sale that we are holding and it is suc
cessful we will have this every se
mester to serve the students, because
that is what SGA is for. “
A.D. a comet appeared over Jerusa
lem. The comet theory is ques
tioned due to historical records.
The theory Knacke feels could very
well be true is that the planets Ju
piter and Saturn were becoming re
aligned. In the process of realign
ing, they look conjoined, which
means they
appear closer
than they ac
tually are. In
December of
the year 7
8.C.. which
always be a
mystery be
cause there is no actual proof of
what the wisemen saw on that holy
On a lighter note, there also was
a new object seen in the sky lately.
Knacke was lucky enough to have
a picture of the unidentified object.
It appeared to have a red shiny nose
and seemed to be leading a sleigh.
If you spot it watch out “-Cause
Santa is coming to Town. Merry
December 10, 1998 Volume XLVII No. 15
was when
Jesus was ac
tually born,
Mars also
with Jupiter
and Saturn.
Even though
this theory is
very probable
the star will
Dr. Dean Baldwin, Director of the School of Humanities
and Social Sciences.
Students have opportunity to study in England
by Kristie Vitron
staff writer
Through the study abroad program
offered here at Penn State Behrend,
students can earn up to nine credits,
live in first class campus housing, and
experience another culture, for less
than $3OOO. This summer, with the
help of Behrend's Dr. Dean Baldwin,
students can attend the University
College of Northampton, the Nene
College, in England.
The program runs from July 6th to
August 10th 1999. There are four
weeks of classes and one week of
travel. Students have the option of
taking 3,6, or 9 credits making the
cost $2OOO, $2500, or $2900. Stu
dents must also pay about $6OO for
roundtrip airfare between here and
There are many things included in
the cost. Students will each have their
Beacon leadership is changing
By Anne Rajotte
editor in chief
The leadership of the Beacon is
changing hands for the Spring semes
Will Jordan, a third semester Com-
munication major will take over as
editor in chief in January. Jordan has
worked as a staff writer for the Bea
con in the past and is currently news
Will Jordan, left, is the new editor in chief. Anne Rajotte,
right, will be spending the spring semester in Austria
own room in an apartment they will
share w'ith 4-s,other students. The
apartment is equipped with a kitchen,
lounge, and bathrooms. Breakfast is
free and other meals are available at
a low cost. Local cultural trips, trans
portation, and a one week long trip to
London, Scotland, or Ireland are also
included in the cost.
The eleven classes, which are each
three credits, will transfer to Penn
State. There are classes offered for
varying majors as well as for general
education. Some of the courses in
clude British Literature, British His
tory, Sociology, Economics, and En
vironmental classes. Dr. Baldwin will
teach a few of the classes, but the rest
will be taught by British professors.
This summer's program is hope
fully only the first step in a long term
relationship between Penn State Be
hrend and the Nene College. Dr.
Baldwin hopes that by next year En-
“I am very much looking forward
to the challenges of being the editor
in chief of the Beacon. Hopefully,
next semester will run as smoothly or
smoother that this semester,” stated
Ayodele Jones will retain her posi
tion as managing editor. “I am greatly
looking forward to the new semester
with Will as editor in chief, but I will
' • «.
glish students will have the opportu
nity to come here, while Behrend stu
dents travel to England for an entire
There are many benefits from
studying abroad. Because many em
ployers look favorably at people with
international experience, the
University’s aim is to have 20% of it’s
students study abroad. Students will
gain this foreign culture through their
British instructor and classmates as
well as traveling throughout the coun
Dr. Baldwin feels that “This is a
wonderful opportunity for students,
and I hope that they will take advan
tage of it.” Interested students can
contact Baldwin at
Because space is limited, students
should act soon. A $5OO deposit is
due by February 28, and the rest of
the balance is due by May 28.
also look back on the last semester in
which Anne Rajotte taught everybody
the ropes and she will sorely missed.”
Also returning is Features editor
Jon Stubbs, Sports editor Jason
Snyder, Layout editors Mike Perkins
and Rose Forrest, Advertising man
agers Erin Edinger and Carey Smith,
Business manager Jaime Davis, and
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