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Vol. XLVIII No. 15 10 pages
193 degrees awarded at
Behrend Fall Commencement
by Mike Frawley
Behrend handed out diplomas to
numerous graduating students at the
Fall 1999 Commencement Cer
emony that was held on Saturday,
December IS. 1999. The ceremony
was held in Erie Hall at noon, with
193 people receiving their diplomas
for associate, baccalaureate, or
graduate degrees. This brings the
total number of degrees that were
awarded by Behrend in 1999 to 479.
The class of December 1999 in
cluded seven Schreyer Scholars.
Schreyer Scholars is a Penn State
University-wide Honors program.
Students who have completed the
requirements of the program, in
cluding an Honors thesis or com-
prehensive examination. receive an
Honors degree. Scholars graduat
ing with an lionors degree receive
a bronze medal designed by John
A. Cook, professor of art at Penn
State and noted medalist, in recog
nition of their achievements. Sharie
A. Buie, Michael D. Caudill, Mary
A. Kieffer, Lindsey C. Myrick,
Daniel V Roberts, Chad A. Stoltz,
and Steven Sw iJ'rski re
ceived Honors degrees during the
Students were also recognized as
Evan Pugh Scholars and as gradu
ating with Scholastic Distinction.
Evan Pugh Scholars are students
who were in the upper 0.5 percent
of their respective classes at the end
of the tall semester. The award is
named for Evan Pugh, Penn State's
first president. Scholastic Distinc
tion is for those students who have
completed the required number of
credits at the University and who are
in the top 12 percent of the gradu
ating class of their college. Scho
lastic Distinction is broken up into
three categories: highest distinction
- top 2%, high distinction - next 4%,
and distinction - following 6%.
SGA pleased with results of 2nd Annual Booksale
by Shannon Weber
The Student Government Associa
tion is very pleased with the turn out
of its second annual book sale.
"Response from students is incred
ible considering we received almost
five times the amount of books we had
last year," said Andrea DiPlacido,
SGA received 263 books this year
and so far sold 110 books. The final
number of books sold will not be de
termined until this Monday.
The book sale started on Monday
with students dropping off their books
and setting their own sales price,
which continued into Tuesday.
On Wednesday and Thursday, stu
dents were able to browse the books
and make their selections. On Friday
students can pick up either their un
sold books or their check from the
University for sold books.
SGA provided this service with no
charge and its members volunteered
to work in shifts during the week, said
George Leshnock, SGA vice presi
Provost and Dean John Lilley gives his opening remarks at Behrend's Fall Commencement held on
December 18, 1999.
Provost and Dean John Lilley
played his usual part in the ceremony
by giving the opening remarks, and
by handing out the degrees to the
graduating students. Lindsey Myrick,
who is a biology major from Lemont,
PA, gave the welcoming address. The
commencement address was given by
Dr. Timothy R. Smaby, associate pro
Students were very enthusiastic
about having the SGA book sale pro
vided to them instead of having to
fessor of finance. Mark B. Louis, the
president of the Penn State Behrend
Alumni Society, welcomed all of the
graduates into the Alumni Society. To
end the ceremony, Benjamin Murphy,
who received his degree in manage
ment information systems and is from
Erie, PA, gave the farewell address
at the ceremony.
purchase books from the bookstore for
a higher price.
Sue Pribila, 04 Biology said, "The
book store didn't have the book I
POLICE AND SAFETY
WORLD NEWS PAGE 3
CAMPUS NEWS PAGE 4
Friday, January 14, 2000
A reception for the students, their
families, and guests was held after
commencement in the Reed Corn
mons. A Spring Commencement
Ceremony will be held for all stu
dents graduating at the end of this
semester on Saturday, May 13,
needed, and I could get it here
SGA is hoping that they have an
even bigger turnout next year.
the life of a
On December 19, 1999, a Penn
State Behrend student was found
dead in Decker's Creek in
Morgantown, West Virginia. The
body was that of Albert Richard
Weinzen, a Behrend student that lived
in Ohio Hall this past semester.
Weinzen was 21 years old and lived
in Bentlevville, PA.
Weinzen was with three friends
with whom he hail spent the previ
ous night in downtown Morgantown.
The friends told police that the group
had "quite a hit'' to drink that night.
Shortly after midnight. Weinzen he
Caine separated from his group of
friends and was not found until the
following morning, in Decker's
Creek behind the Ahadu hair styling
for better deals
chance to get
more for their
by Jason Snyder
.\t 2:00 a.m., the friends searched
The Western Wind performed at Behrend on January 13, 2000,
for the Music at Noon Series. The group has performed around
the world for two decades, and shared their sounds with a full
Housing contracts are
due on Friday, January
21, for all students who
plan to live on campus
A Penn State Erie Student Publication
for Weinzen and found his car still
parked where he left it, on the third
level of the Public Safety Center.
Weinzen's father was then notified by
the friends who all continued the
A resident of Morgantown did call
911 to report that a male (matching
the description of Weinzen) had
knocked on his door, asking to use
Shortly after 10:00 a.m., Weinzen's
body was found face down in the
creek, about two-three feet from the
bank. Police said there was no sign
of bruising or cuts found on the body,
which led police to believe that
Weinzen may have slipped on the
slippery rocks that the creek is known
for. There was no sign of tracks that
led to the creek besides Weinzen's.
There was no sign of foul play by
Weinzen, but the death was believed
to be alcohol related.
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