The Behrend beacon. (Erie, Pa.) 1998-current, February 20, 2009, Image 1

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    Friday, February 20,2009
LEB schedules The All-American Rejects for spring concert
By Matthew Schwabenbauer
news editor
Platinum-selling rockers The
All-American Rejects have been
scheduled to perform at the Lion
Entertainment Board's spring
2009 concert.
The concert, which has been
scheduled for April 17, is the
biggest event the LEB has ever
"This is a big change for the
LEB and for Behrendt' says
LEB chair Brad Kovalcik. "In
the past we haven't had a lot of
really big-name acts, and we
have the SAF (Student Activity
Fee) committee to thank for the
bigger group."
In previous years, the LEB
only had a pool of about $50,000
to pull from to organize concerts.
This year, the SAF committee al
lotted the LEB $75,000 to work
with for the spring concert.
"A $25,000 boost is huge, -
says Kovalcik. "It gets us into a
whole new bracket of hands that
we can book from.-
The entire amount of money
the SAF allotted the LEB will go
toward the group's hooking
price. On top of that, the organi
zation also has to pay for hospi
tality, event staff, printing
tickets, fliers, t-shirts, and a
tinder's fee that goes to the
booking agency. These expenses
will be covered by ticket sales,
which have been priced at $2O
Behrend community
discusses Fortunes of Gender
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By Heather McGovern
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The School of Humanities and
Social Sciences at Penn State
Erie, the Behrend College hosted
the Second Annual Conference on
Gender in Smith Chapel last Fri
"Fortunes of Gender" attracted
many important figures from the
area, including Behrend faculty
and staff.
According to an article dis
cussing this conference on
Behrend's homepage, the purpose
SGA releases Student Facility Fee survey results
By Marcus Yeagley
news editor
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The results are in
SGA has finished tabulating the
information gathered from a sur
vey sent to all Behrend students.
The organization wanted input on
how to spend the money pulled in
from the new Student Facilities
Fee, a $lOO per student charge.
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The All-American Rejects are scheduled to per Orli, in the Dunker Center on April / 7. Tickets will cost $2O with a limit of two tickets per student
per ticket. with a maximum of
two tickets per student. When
those expenses are covered, any
extra money will go hack to the
SAF committee.
The process of booking the
All-American Rejects stemmed
from personal consensus within
the LEB.
"We started with some sugges-
of the gender conference was to
"encourage attendees to really
take a bite out of the questions.
'What does the future hold for
men and women?'"
All 3I speakers and moderators
brought different perspectives on
the answer to this complex ques
tion. If anything, the speakers and
moderators left room for further
interpretation and questioning for
all persons who attended the Gen
der Conference.
Keynote speakers at the Gender
Conference from Behrend in
cluded Syed Andaleeb, Dean
Baldwin, Dawn Blasko, Robert
Roecklein, Joshua Shaw, Tom
Rawls, Craig Warren, and Sarah
Other colleges represented at
the conference were Edinboro
University, Gannon University,
Mercyhurst College, West Vir-
And according to the compiled
figures, Behrend students both on
and off campus wish to see two
major improvements.
First, for the Reed building, a
convenience store is appetizing
for students. 87 percent of stu
dents surveyed said that it is the
most important improvement de
In addition to a convenience
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A Penn State Behrend Student Publication
tions from a hooking agency
we ' ve b een i n contact with
says Caleb Rogers. concert chair
for the LEB . "Then we cot a
general consensus from the
members of the LEB and other
clubs and orgtmizations on cam
pus. and they all agreed that they
would really like to see the All
American Rejects come. They were bid on besides The All-
ginia University. and Hendrix
College. Representatives from
Safe Net Erie. the Ophelia Project,
Erie DAWN. and the Mercy Cen
ter for Women were also present
at this all day ordeal.
One particular seminar/lecture
that stood out was Dawn Blasco's.
titled "Why Aren't There More
Women in Science?" Blasco dis-
cussed the present misconcep
tions towards women in math and
science careers
She brought two student volun
teers along with her to share their
personal struggles and accom
plishments dealing with this gen
der issue. One girl's personal
account detailed the negative
pressure received during her ear
lier years of grade school for ex
celling in the math and science
See BEHR END on page 2
store. 84 percent of students say
they wish to see improvements to
Reed 117, the large lecture hall.
"We could renovate [Reed] 117
but not because of academics,"
said Erin Kennedy, the president
of SGA, in an interview with the
Beacon. "The fee can not go to
academic basics."
Other projects sounded good to
See STUDENTS on page 4
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\\ ere our first choice. We put in a
hid about a \\eek ago. and the
accepted on Wednesday night
(Feb 9)
11l precious years. the LER had
to go through multiple bidding
processes until they found an act
that agreed to perform. For this
year's concert, no Other acts
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Cheerleaders dance for John Kanzius Foundation
By Mike 0. Wehrer
head copy editor
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On Valentine's Day, teams from
as far away as Warren. Franklin.
and Mayville. NY came to
Behrend's Junket . Center to dance
and cheer in the "Spirit Against
Cancer" annual event.
The benefit. in its eighth year.
has raised over $45.000 and will
American rejects.
"It's always a toss-up [when it
comes to booking] these bands,
because so much of it goes into
lobbying and who has already
hooked them and whether they
are going to he coming through
the area. - says Kovalcik. "If any
one puts in a higher-priced bid
than you on the day you want
donate all proceeds to the John
Kanzius Foundation in memory of
Behrend coach Becky Hubler
Decker. according to organizer
and Assistant to the Director of
Athletics Stacy Pondo.
According to a "Spirit Against
Cancer" press release. Becky was
the dance coach at Behrend from
1999 to 2001, when she passed
from melanoma cancer. Becky
also coached at Edinboro Univer
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them, they don't move you
around their schedule, they,just
say no."
Compared to previous spring
concerts organized by the LEB,
this year's features a much more
mainstream group. At last year's
concert, 90s alt-rockers "Third
Eye Blind" were the main act
city and danced on both the Erie
Invaders dance team and on the
Buffalo Bills dance team.
"It is very unfortunate that can
cer has touched a majority of our
lives, that is why it is important to
support the John Kanzius Founda
tion's mission of finding cures to
fight all different types of cancer,"
said Pondo in a press release.
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Arts 7
Sports 8-9
Local Dining 10
See REJECTS on page 5
See CANCER on page 5