The Behrend beacon. (Erie, Pa.) 1998-current, February 11, 1999, Image 1

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    The Behrend
Behrend back in “Thon”
by Will .lonian
editor m chief
Smcc 1977. Inter Fraternity
Council/ Pan Hellinie have hosted a
48 hour dance marathon with all the
proceeds going to the Four Diamonds
Fund. The marathon has been fondly
nicknamed "Thon" by the inhabitants
of University Park and it has become
nothing short of the largest studnet
run philanthropy in the nation. This
year. Behrend will have a sprit on the
dance floor at "Thon."
Up until 1497. "Thon" was strictly
an event that was unique to Univer
sity Park. The spring semester of
1997 marked the first time that the
dance marathon was extended to in
clude a couple from each of the other
1 8 Penn State campuses.
In 1997. a couple from Behrend,
workme at the last minute, collected
[lie minimum amount of money to
ipale m "Thun." Bui. in the
vprine oi IWS. Beluend was the only
campus m the entire Penn State Com
monwealth iliat was not represented
,u ’ lh -n " llieie wtts an attempt
Awards for
Behrend students
Sluunion Wcbct
News I aI ili H'
Recent 1 \ four Bell rend students re
ceived General Electric internship
awards lor then excellent work at GE
Transportation Systems. The students
that received the awards were Dale
Betts, a junior electrical engineering
major; George Dodworth, a senior
electrical engineering major; John
Park 111. a junior mechanical engineer
ing major; and Celene Yanosko, a
sophomore mechanical engineering
The winners were nominated by
their managers from a pool of 172
GE interns. They each exemplified
qualities of leadership, self-confi
dence and concern for a job well done.
The winners were received a cash
award of $5OO and trip to the GE
Transportation Systems headquarters
in Crotonville, NY, near New York
City. The awards ceremony was held
at the company headquarters.
In response to receiving the award,
George Dodworth said, “I was ex
cited, honored and proud—all at once!
The process of preparing a report for
the award nomination was very time
consuming, so it felt fantastic to know
that work paid off. Of course, the idea
ol an all expense paid trip to New
York City didn’t sit bad with me ei
Celene Yanosko said, “I was sur
prised because there were a lot of ap
plicants for this award. I do feel that I
did my job well this summer and re
ally helped out my group.”
Yanosko worked for the Cooling
and Lubricating Department of the
Diesel Engine Divison. She stated
Erie, PA 16563
made by Jennifer Fontecehio lo or
ganize a group of students to raise
money, but she did not reeeive any
help from the stu
dent body and her
efforts were un
successful. Ac-
cording to
"There are far too
many aspects in
volved with orga
nizing the fund
raising to leave it
up to one person."
Fontecchio also
said, "Shortly be
fore 1 became in
volved in Thon,
my father died
from cancer and
when I heard
about Thon and
who it benefitted 1
thought it was a great way to help
those stricken with this horrible dis-
F'or this spring semester. Behrend
has found another couple that will
that her, "Main projects of the sum
mer were writing code in Visual Ba
sic to run with Excel. The spreadsheet
analyzed the cooling and radiator sys
tem. I did a variety of other jobs in
my department such as collect data
from the locomotives and organize
Dodworth worked as a co-op intern
during the school year and through
out the summer in the Unit Exchange
business at GETS. He stated that. 'The
Business was in the a transitional pe
riod. The rather outdated computer
system, that was the heart of the op
eration, was being updated to the new
Oracle system. I was responsible for
resolving several key issues that made
this transition as comfortable as pos
sible for the business. Specifically, 1
was a member of a team that helped
resolve overdue core returns from sev
eral domestic and international cus
tomers. Together, we were able to clear
thousands of line items —creating
manager confidence in the accuracy of
the system, and collecting millions of
Both students agree that this oppor
tunity will enhance their future career
goals. Their experience has expanded
them to a wide range jobs within engi
neering. Yanosko stated that her work
at GE, “Will enhance my career goals
because as of now I would like to work
in a design engineering position. A
good thing about working at GETS is
that each summer you can work in a
different department. Hopefully, this
summer I will get a position in a dif-
Continued on Page 2
participate in "Thon,” started on
February 10. The couple consists of
Mike Ames and Marta Gonzalez, 07,
MCC President
to dance. I
want to see if 1 can make the 48
hours. 1 beliese that it will be a great
time and I believe it is for a great
cause." At this point, over $2OO has
been raised to help send our couple
Colleges celebrate Winter
Festival at Presque Isle
Bv Elizabeth Guelcher
staff w filer
Last Saturday, students and staff
from Behrend, Edinboro, Gannon
and Mercyhurst collaborated to
bring Erie residents the first actual
Discover Winter at Presque Isle.
Organizers have been trying for the
past three years to get the event off
the ground, but due to unseasonably
warm temperatures and a lack of
snow' and ice, it has been canceled
in previous years. This year, the
committee was determined to hold
the event, snow or no snow. And
they did.
Some activities, such as ice skat
ing and skiing had to be canceled,
but volunteers were ready with al
ternate ideas. Young visitors to the
Waterworks cabins could enjoy a
variety of outdoor events, including
volleyball, horse drawn carriage
tides, pictures with the Behrend Lion
pnd the Snowman, and Twister. In
door activities included arts and
grafts and storytelling. In every
cabin, the fires were burning to keep
everyone warm.
Students from Behrend’s only ser
vice fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega,
along with other Behrend students,
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February 11, 1999 Volume XLVII No. 20
down to “Thon” and support the Four
Diamonds Fund. Hopefully, in the fu
ture, an effort will be made to make
Behrend students aware of “Thon”
and hopefully there will be more par
ticipation in getting our couple down
stated, t 0 “Thon.”
me n t
Buck asked
thought it
was very in
teresting. I
have been
dancing I'or
14 years
and I am
looking for
ward to it."
Ames is a
member of
SG A. He
said, "I like
Chat with Dr. Irwin
Few young people are ever come
iface to face with death. Even more
:scary is the fact that in a large num
tber of these deaths the “attacker” is
mever seen. He reeks unbelievable
!havoc on the body of his victim, with
out any conscience, without any com
passion and leaves behind a shell, a
faint image of the person that was.
The vicious attacker is cancer.
In the spring of 1972, a young man
inamed Christopher R. Millard lost his
Ibattle with this terrible disease. When
Ihe died, his parents Charles and Irma
IMillard, were left to not only to cope
with the death of their son, but also
with the enormous medical expenses
that were associated with this kind of
care. Even with medical insurance
Continued on Page 2
represented the school at Discover
Winter. While not all of the mem
bers were in attendance, some of the
students who volunteered included
Kim Burkey, Lindsey Myrick, Dan
Roberts, Trisha Smoose, and Celene
Yanosko. Yanosko commented that
Alpha Phi Omega has participated in
several community activities so far
this school year including the trick
or-treat to collect canned goods for
Habitat for Humanity. She also said
that the turnout for Discover Winter
was a little less than what they had
expected and credited the murky
Linda Lombardi, Acting Associate
Dean of Student Affairs and Kris
Motta, Assistant Director of Student
Activities spearheaded the volunteer
effort this year. They worked with
staff members from the other schools
to pull a team together and get the
plans off the ground. On the subject
of the turnout, Lombardi said she
would have liked to see more and
members of the community attend,
but understood that the weather
would play a role in the total number
of people. Both Lombardi and Motta
invite all students, not just members
of Alpha Phi Omega, to join the com
mittee next year.
Behrend B-Ball on top of
AMCC standings
By Jason Snyder
sports editor
The Penn Stale Behrend basket
ball teams are both approaching the
conclusion of the regular season
atop the Allegheny Mountain Col
legiate Conference. Both teams
have hit their stride this season and
are threatening to bring the AMCC
hardware to the Erie Hall hard
The Behrend men are 16-3 over
all this season, including a 6-1
record in the AMCC. They have
improved on last season's record of
18-9 that saw them capture the
AMCC championship. The Lions
are coached by Dave Niland in his
fifth season and assisted by Adam
Stockwell and Ron Derian.
The men have earned winning
streaks of five (2) and four already
this season as the year approaches
its final games. The Lions have
averaged oulscoring their oppo
nents, 67-55.
Among the main contributors for
the Behrend men are senior guard
Jason Paloskey who scored his
1000th career point earlier in the
year. Brock Bovaird and Andy
Lawrence have also stepped up
their play this season and Brian
Emick and Chris Hughes have pro
vided a punch down low for the
Lions. Contributing strongly off
the bench include Nate Willson and
Ahley Orris.
If the men finish the regular sea
son atop the AMCC standings, Erie
Hall will be the home for the 1999
AMCC championships. They are
6-1 with only three conference
games remaining against Pitt-
Bradford, Pitt-Greensburg and
Laßoche. Pitt-Bradford handed
Behrend their only loss in the
AMCC, 77-61. Behrend narrowly
defeated Pitt-Greensburg, 51-50
and convincingly defeated
Laßoche, 75-62. The Lions will
also play two non-conference
games against Waynesburg and Al-
" . t
The Behrend women have also
pul together an impressive season
in a year that was thought to have
been a rebuilding one. With a
young team with no seniors, the
Lady Lions have used their new tal
ent to give them a 13-7 overall
record, including a 6-1 mark in the
AMCC. The Behrend women are
coached by Rosalyn Fornari. in her
sixth season, and assisted by Rob
Wittman. Becky Reed and Amy
The Lady Lions have averaged
outscoring their opponents, 63-54
m their 20 games so far this season.
The Behrend women have recently
held a seven game winning streak
to move them well above the .500
The women have provided a
well-balanced attack both olTen
sively and defensively. Carrie
Nestor has prov ided much of the
leadership and has sparked the Li
ons with her all-around play. Tif
fany Buck and Lisa Sanders have
given the Lions a strong shooting
touch with Erin Phillips and Jen
O'Lare bringing strength to the in
side game. Off the bench for
Behrend, comes a spark from
Jacqueline Jackson and Kate
Costan/o. Jessica McDivitl, Katie
Weigold and Christine Charnock
have also contributed oil the bench
with some big games.
The Lady Lions will also face a
tough conference schedule in the fi
nal weeks as they will face Pitt-
B rad ford, Pill-Greensburg and
Laßoche. The Lions defeated all
three teams, including a 69-64 win
over Pitt-Bradford, a 66-46 win
over Pilt-Greensburg, and a 54-46
win over Laßoche.
The AMCC Tournament will be
on February 25, 27 and 28 with a
possibility that it will he played in
Erie Hall. Fan participation is
strongly encouraged as the both the
Behrend men and women are play
ing for AMCC supremacy.
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