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Friday, September 19, 2008
By Cassidy Bowers
Students at Penn State Behrend hear
many things about the upcoming election.
But does it affect them when it comes time
Political debates and discussions are
assigned as extra credit for some courses,
and the front page of many newspapers
and e-mail spam typically say something
about the 2008 presidential candidates.
Joshua Snyder, President of the College
Democrats at Behrend says, “as President
of College Democrats, student involve
ment in the political process is an impor
tant issue. Historically, our age group
does not show up to the polls on Election
Day. This needs to change; students have
to become a part of the political process.
It is important that as students we exercise
our right to vote. Getting students not
only to register to vote but to register to
vote here on campus is something that
needs to be pushed.”
Snyder continues, “right now College
Democrats is working on getting a coali
tion of student groups together for a non
partisan voter registration drive all next
week. The goal is to register as many stu
dents as possible on campus, regardless of
On the other end of the pendulum,
Daniel J. Smith, a sophomore transfer-stu
dent from the Air University and a
Republican, may not agree with both can
didates, but he does agree that students
should be more involved when it’s time to
vote. “Students should be more concerned
about this election. Students should
research both candidates, before choosing.
I believe they are not getting all the true
facts about both candidates.”
Both Snyder and Smith have made a
decision on who they think will make the
best president. Snyder says, “As President
See ELECTION on page 3.
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Brazile, From speak out
CNN’s Donna Brazile discusses the importance of this year’s
election with National Review Online’s David Frum at
Behrend’s McGarvey Commons
By Marcus Yeagley
Donna Brazile. a Democratic CNN correspondent,
and David Frum, a former George W. Bush speech
writer. discussed a variety of political topics in
McGarvey Commons Wednesday night. Titled "A
Moderated Conversation about the Presidency and
Politics in America," the event carried a coffee table
tone, with each participant answering the moderated
questions in turn.
"They gave intelligent answers and did not toe
party lines." said Dr. Robert Speel, a Behrend associ
ate professor of political science, who moderated the
From left to right: Dr. Roh Sped. Donna Bra/ile. and David Fruni. Brazile and Frum discussed the significance of the upcom
ing election on Tuesday night in McGarvey Commons.
and long traffic lines
By Angela Golestaneh and Allison Radov,
additional reporting by Ryan P. Gallagher
amgs2B6, afrso29, firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyday Penn State Behrend students who drive to
class hope to find a place to park. “Will I find a spot?”
“Am I going to have to wait fifteen minutes to leave
campus?” “Do students and staff have to worry about
the price of parking going up next semester?” These
questions raise many concerns for Behrend students.
Over the last few semesters, the student awareness of
the price to park on campus has increased dramatically.
College officials say whenever a new parking lot at
Penn State Behrend is built, the cost is funded by bor
rowing money and paying the loan off over time.
Officials also say the funding pays for the lights and the
upkeep of the designated parking lot. For the 2008-
2009 school year, Police and Safety stated that part-
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discussion. Speel stated that the two participants
thought highly of the audiences’ questions, which
ended the night.
Among the issues Brazile and Frum talked about
were negative campaign ads, the world's view of the
U.S. election, Governor Palin, potential cabinet mem
bers. recommended amendments to the constitution,
and the national debt.
Frum and Brazile took many of the questions by
Speel in different directions. When asked about aid
for retirees, Frum talked about the origins of the
upcoming draining of Social Security while Brazile
spoke out loudly about the increasing national debt
and energy crisis.
See DISCUSSION on page 3.
time students pay $75 a semester, while full-time stu
dents pay $l5O a semester or $270 for a whole academ
ic year. Although these prices differ, the prices for res
ident and commuter parkers stay the same.
Police and Safety says that the office has not had any
major complaints, just people voicing the fact some
students park where they are not permitted. This is just
one reason as to why so many parking tickets are given
out daily. The cost of a ticket ranges from $7-50.
Many Behrend students, commuter and residential
parkers, feel there is not enough parking. The costs
seem much “too high” or “unreasonable” after looking
at the cost of other school’s parking passes- especially
after paying for tuition, room and board, as well as var
ious other things that come with going to school. By
comparison, the fact that other local schools having a
See TRAFFIC on page 3.
- What constitutes victory in Iraq?
Chris Brown offers insight on page 4.
- Read this edition’s “Whiskey
Chronicles” on page 6.
- See how the NHL looks to play out
for the upcoming season on page 9.
Penn State Behrend has
kicked off its annual
fundraiser for the United
Way. Each year, this
“thermometer” chart can
be seen departing campus
on College Drive.
A common sight on College Drive after classes let out.
Traffic makes it difficult for some students to make it to their
part-time jobs and after school errands on time
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