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LEAD TO NEW
THE RAPIDLY INCREASING
NUMBER OF STUDENTS
LIVING OFF-CAMPUS IN
ERIE AND EDINBORO
IS PUTTING /t
STRAIN ON THE CITY
By Rachel Reeves
editor in chief
The Trie area is struggling to accommodate
the explosion of college students living off-cam
pus this year. The relationships between students
and other residents in the neighborhoods of Erie
and Edinboro are becoming more and more
strained. However, the two governments are each
handling these new issues very differently.
James Thompson, the water and housing
authority of the Erie City Council, says that stu
dent-neighbor relations are becoming an issue in
the Edinboro and Erie areas. He lists loud par
ties. underage drinking, and parking as the main
issues for neighbors. Thompson says that this is
unfortunate, because not all students are disrup
"So many students arc good students," he
says. Thompson says that the city is looking for
a proactive way to eliminate this conflict. "We
want to solve the problem, rather than watch it
continue," says Thompson. "We want to find an
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Students from the speech classes of Penn State Behrend
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Eerie Horror Fest hosts film
makers, fans, and actors
Downtow n Erie had no lack of zombies, vampires
and former B-movie actors this weekend as the
Warner Theater hosted the fifth annual Eerie Horror
Eest. It's only fitting that the event was hosted at a
new, more grandiose location, as it was the biggest
the festival has ever been.
The Honor Fest always features an array of fright
ening. funny and unique films and this year was no
different. One such film, "Cheerbleeders," told the
story of Penny, the least popular girl in school, and
her best friend Devon, a fellow outcast.
When Penny discovers a mysterious goo that gets
dumped on Devon, he becomes irresistible to all the
girls in school. At first. Penny and Devon use new
power to get back at all the people who mistreated
them, but Devon's power soon gets to his head,
leading to promiscuity and lines such as, "Devon,
Jamie drank all my wine. I think she needs a spank
ing!" In the end. it's up to Penny to stop Devon,
before he brings the whole school down with him.
Edward Furlong of American History X and
Tennimaor appeared in a film this year, called Dark
Reel. Daik Reel utilized a morbid mix of comedy
and horror to tell the story of a Hollywood scandal
that had repercussions in the present.
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copy editor, skiff writer
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Behrend students are having difficulty applying
for alternative loans as the national financial cri
sis constricts student loan lenders.
More than 70 student loan companies have
either left the market or tightened their credit
requirements this yettr. Key Bank. Wachovia, and
Bank of America arc only a few. Campus Door. a
student loan company owned by Lehman
Brothers, a global financial-services firm, ceased
operation on the eve of its owner’s well-publi
cized collapse. “This affects college students
more than they realize." says Dr. Christopher
Cook, a political science professor at Behrend.
Nathan Pol is one such student. A third semes
ter transfer student front Duquesne University.
Pol went through Campus Door last year.'Tvc
gotten to the point where I don't have the credit
to apply for more loans." says Pol. who found
that Campus Door denied his application last
August. Pol has found his financial options for
this year dwindling. He has tried other loan com
panies such as Citibank, but was denied due to
the lack of a co-signer. He is surviving off of a
three-part deferment plan. He buses table*- at the
Erie Yacht Club and is looking tor a second job
to help meet his upcoming financial deadlines.
Other students have found their loans taking
much longer to come to Behrend than expected,
traveling far past Penn State registration dead-
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There w'ere a number of foreign films at the festi
val this year, two of which won awards.
Eskalofrio [Shiver \n English!, got the best actor
award at the fest, due to Junio Valverde's portrayal of
Santi, a young vampire living in the city with his
mom. who run into trouble when thev relocate.
Death's Requiem, an Australian film, won best
cinematography. The film told of a comic book
artist given four months to live due to complica
tions from lukemia, who eventually has to face the
character he draws: Death himself.
The scares started Thursday. Oct. 9 when the first
exhibitors set up their tables and films began screen
ing. There was no lack of things to do between
films at the festival, as tables were set up for organ
izations promoting everything from breweries,
artists, t-shirt companies and tattoo parlors.
"I'm all about any kind of monster stuff." said
Eerie Eric, a tattoo artist at Erie's Midtown Tattoo.
'The majority of my stuff is monsters, and spooky
stuff like that. Plus, Erie is my hometown. The fes
tival is a perfect fit for us. We're here to try to make
a name for a new shop."
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