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Friday, September 5, 2008
Bv Connor Sattelv
This spring, over 30 Penn State Behrend
students will travel to Gulfport. MS to
aeeoniplish one nohle task: change lives.
In light of Hurricane Gustav and the
storms soon to follow, the alternative
Spring Break will continue its tradition of
helping hurricane victims. Last year, stu
dents who attended the weeklong trip also
went to Gulfport, where relief from
Katrina destruction is still sorely needed.
Craig Berger, a coordinator for
Residence Life, annually puts the trip
together, then travels to Gulfport with the
students. “We go down there to get away
from Erie hut still give hack to our nation
al community." says Berger. "We're
inspired by the stories we hear and the
dedication that people show to rebuilding
Prior to the trip. Maintenance and
Operations run a program for the students
called “Tool Time." In the program,
employees will instruct those who will
travel southward in the use of basic con
struction materials. Skills include dry
walling, basic construction tasks, and
drilling, among others. Berger says that
the organization they work with.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, sends
skill check sheets to make sure that each
student is prepared.
The trip is a university-wide project,
with Penn State Behrend receiving about
thirty-five to forty spots; other campuses
receive less than ten or twenty.
There are 32 spots for students who are
interested in attending. Last year, due to
the popularity of the trip, some students
were turned away. This year, there is no set
maximum, but Berger suggests that stu
dents make their intentions known as soon
as possible. There is no meeting set at this
point, but Residence Life will release
information as soon as they are able.
For those students and faculty who went
on the trip last year, they found it to be a
Kelly Kozlorowski was a junior at Penn
State Behrend in 2007 when she was one
See GUSTAV on page 2
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Behrend steps up
A weekend fire leaves one student's family in
critical condition; on-campus groups actively
respond in multiple ways
By Connor Sattelv
On the night of Saturday. August 30th. Kyle
Milani knew his life would never he the same again.
The Behrend freshman's home, located in Greene
Township, erupted in flames following what investi-
gators strongly suspect was a propane fire.
His parents, who were inside the house at the
time, were burned severely and ran out of the house.
The family's 15-year-old daughter called the fire
Students wait for traffic to hault as they attempt to cross the newly paved
Jordan Road. Until this fall, the road was in serious need of renovation and
students found it rough to walk this road daily.
Club Rush gets students involved
By Matthew Schwabenbauer
college life editor
Club Rush was this Thursday - giving Behrend’s
student body a chance to learn all about the diverse
organizations on campus.
“It’s great to see all these freshmen coming out
and learning about how to get involved on campus,”
said Chris Alphen, Vice President of College
Democrats. "People need to be more involved in the
community and it's good that the freshman class is
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department: seven fire companies arrived to help
fight the llames. but to no avail. An explosion
rocked the house and it quickly caught fire.
Kyle's mother. Cari. is a part-time professor in the
Penn State Behrend nursing school. Jo Anne
Carrick. the coordinator of the program, spoke to the
Behrend Beacon at time of publication to give an
"Both parents are still in critical condition, but are
showing slight signs of improvement." Carrick says.
Both Cari and Michael, the father, were
See FUNDRAISER on page 2.
showing an interest."
Organizations ranged from political to educational
and even recreational. Groups such as the College
Democrats and College Republicans were present,
as well as the Multi Cultural Council. Matchbox
players and more.
Student turnout for the event was good, with
McGarvey Commons packed with students eager to
get involved in student organizations.
For an expose of all the clubs at the event, cheek out
-Read about what Club Rush is doing on
-Hear about Chris Brown’s political
thoughts on page 4
-Find out what the Matchbox Players are
all about on page 5
Vol. LIV No. 11l
By Rachel Reeves
Nearly two weeks after Residenee Life
fired a significant portion of their Resident
Assistant staff, the University still has not
released a public statement or notified any of
the residents affected by the change.
Bill Gonda. Director of Marketing
Communication at Penn State Erie, the
Behrend College, explains that the school
could not release a statement because of con
fidentiality issues. "We really don't have any
thing we can say at all." he says. "We can't
comment on the nature of the incident, or on
those involved." Because the situation was an
employment matter, there is personnel policy
that forbids the university from releasing tiny
information that could identify students
Kelly Shrout. Associate Director of Student
Affairs, says that there is no public statement
on the horizon, even after the issue is
resolved. Faculty, students and parents will
receive no information from the administra-
tion at any point.
"This has not disaffected students. Some
students are unhappy, but life is still going
on." she says, explaining that RAs are still
holding programs and conducting rounds in
However, there are gaps in the Resident
Assistant program that cannot be overlooked
by many residents. Some floors in campus
residence buildings have gone one week with
out an RA. The residents of these floors have
not been notified about the change, or told
what alternative course of action to take in
case of an emergency.
Rebecca Edwards and Annie Helbling of
Porcupine Hall say that their entire residence
building had no RA for over a week. Edwards
says that she noticed the empty RA rooms a
couple of days after she moved in. but was not
notified by anyone from Residence Life or the
administration of the change.
'Tm kind of indifferent to it." says
Helbling. not noticing much of a disruption in
the building. Edwards was more concerned
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