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    Friday, February 27, 2009
Swimming and diving teams
claim AMCC Championship
By Christine Newby
sports editor
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The Behrend Lions men's and
women's swimming and diving
team claimed their third straight
AMCC Championship on Feb
12-14 at Grove City.
"We had a great season,
assistant coach Joe Tristan
"Evel - )ne exceeded the e-
The Behrend sw•irnming and diving team claimed the AMCC titre:
Men's hockey club to play in league championship
By Christine Newby
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The club men's ice hockey
team etched their name into the
Penn State Behrend history book
as the first Behrend team to com
pete in the College Hockey East
(CHE) Championship.
The Behrend Lions will play
California University of Pennsyl
vania (Cal U) in a best-of-three
championship series to determine
the league champions of the CHE.
The championship will take place
at the Roy McKnight Hockey
Center at Shady Side Academy,
which is located in Fox Chapel,
PA. The games will be Friday,
Feb. 27 at 7:20 p.m., Saturday
Feb. 28 at 5:20 p.m., and, if nec
essary, Sunday. March I at 2:20
"Our team needs to start our
game off at full throttle and not let
them have an ounce of breathing
room," said head coach Gio Du
chini. "This includes attacking
without hesitation, taking the
New chancellor yet to be determined
By Heather McGovern
contributing writer
After extending the date of
Chancellor 'John D. "Jack"
Burke's retirement to June 2010,
a successor still has not been
named. Originally, Burke an
nounced his retirement to be June
30, 2009; however, upon his re
turn this past July, the chancellor
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tions of the coaching staff and by
doing so, helped bring back to
Behrend another AMCC Champi-
onship. -
The women's team had strong
performances from sophomores
Krystal Kovach and Katie Van
Epps, and freshman Anne
Kovach won both the one- and
three-meter diving champi-
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The Behrend men:s hockey club will be competing in the CHE Championship for the
‘ first time eve,
body when they can, and taking
every shot we can, not just wait
ing around for the pretty ones. We
sometimes come out flat and give
our opponents the edge then de
cide to battle back once we are
down. Cal is one of those teams
extended his retirement date
Many factors prompted his re
tirement extension, the largest of
these being the economic situa
tion of our country. The chancel
lor does, however, plan on
eventually retiring
from his 29 years of working for
Penn State Behrend to a quiet,
artsy town settled alongside the
St. Lawrence River in upstate
Friday Saturday Sunday
High: 48°F High: 31°F High: 28°F
Low: 19°F Low: 18°F Low: 18°F
Rain and wind with Partly cloudy and colder. Partly sunny.
temps fall during the day.
Forecast courtesy of student meteorologist Matt Alto Forecast continued on page 4
A Penn State Behrend Student Publication
onships with a score of 405.35
and 422.8 respectively. Accord
ing to the Behrend website, Ko
vach's scores are both
consideration scores for the
NCAA Championships. which
will take place March 12-14.
Sophomore Katie Van Epps
took first place in the 200 yard
butterfly and second in the 200
and 400 IM. Freshman Anne
Lawrence came in first in the
100-yard butterfly and the 200-
yard backstroke. which gave her
two AMCC Championships.
Kovach felt the women's team
had a good overall performance
this season.
"I feel that we did well this
year, - said Kovach. "The team
consisted of mostly freshmen
swimmers, so to see the girls
working hard and winning
AMCCs was impressive. I'm
very proud of all the girls and I
hope we can work just as hard
next year and bring back another
championship for the 09-10 sea-
The men's team was led by
sophomores Josh Weaver and
Ben Strunk, and freshmen Dane
Dombrosky and Steve Zomcik.
Scoring 43 points at the meet,
Weaver proved to be the high
point winner. Weaver placed first
in the 1()0- and 2(X)-yard freestyle
and second in the 500-yard
freestyle. Dombrosky finished
first in two individual races: the
500-yard freestyle and 100 fly.
Weaver, Dombrosky, Zomcik,
and Strunk won four AMCC
relay championships. The relay
Yie SWIMMERS oitpale 10
that can and will take every op
portunity that is given to them."
The team is led by the captain
of the team, Brysten Jones, who is
in his fifth and final season as a
graduate student at Behrend and
president of the club. The assis
New York
The position of chancellor at
Penn State Behrend is the high
est administrative role within the
university. The position is com
parable to that'of a dean or pres
ident at other institutions. With
the position comes many re
sponsibilities. Among them,
See CHANCELLOR on page 5
Behrend THON raises nearly $30,000
The Penn State Behrend dancers with their lour dionumck,finnily, The Doren
By Rachel Reeves
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Despite challenges ranging
from a falling economy to a car
accident, this year Behrend was
able to contribute nearly $30,000
to the record-breaking THON.
The Penn State total of $7.49 mil
lion shattered last year's grand
total by over $BOO,OOO.
The money will go to the Four
Diamonds Fund, which is an or
ganization that provides financial
support to families affected by
pediatric cancer. Specifically,
Behrend was raising money for
the Dorer family. Rylee Dorer.
tant captains are senior Brian
Hammel, and juniors Chris
Simanic and Matt Laskey.
The Behrend Lions were victo
rious last weekend in the first and
See CLUB HOCKEY on page 10
Students participate in Habitat for Humanity
By Connor Sattely
managing editor
Usually, when a large amount
of students depart en masse from
Penn State Behrend, they are usu
ally enroute to a party, sporting
event, or local concert. Last Sat
urday, Feb. 21, a group of around
20 students drove off campus for
a very different goal: to aid in
their se‘ en-year old daughter.
was diagnosed with T-cell lym
phoma in October of 2(107.
Molly Thomas, co-chair for
The Behrend THON team. said
that interacting , with the Dorers
made the long months of work
worthwhile. Both Thomas and
the co-chair Linh Ngu\ en cut
their hair after growing it out for
months for R..‘„ lee. The see en-year
old, who cut off her own hair for
treatment months earlier, final! \
realized that they had given up
their hair for her when she \vas
holding the pigtails in her hands.
"We had given blood, sweat, tears
and hair the entire year. and to see
Astronomy author speaks in REDC
By Marcus Veagley
oeit . .s• editor
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Hundreds of students, adminis
trators. and visitors crowded into
the Sani and Irene Black Confer
ence Center to hear Da \ a Sobel
speak Thursday night.
Sobel is a former New York
Times science writer and author
of many hooks covering various
elements of astronomy. Her pres
entation was called The Planets' .
and was based on her last hook by
the same name that was released
in 2005.
The evem was framed around
several pieces of artwork. Sobel
had commissioned them for the
hook by the well-known space
artist Lynette Cook.
One of the first pieces of 'art
Sobel displayed was one of a
model of the planets within a bed
room. much like the ones created
by young children in grade
school. The window in the back
ground showed the planet Earth in
the distance, implying the model
was created by some being from
building a home for those who
could not afford it themselves.
The event. one of many that
Habitat for Humanio, has done
this year through Behrend, had
students finish'
ig priming and
Aside of a house
painting in the it
On Wood Street, a
away from Behr
dents engaged i
building the frau
shed in the hanky
bout ten minutes
.end. Some stu-
in finishing tip
le and door of a
'and, and another
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her feel it made it worth it, - said
Flionia , ,
Thomas said that the dancers -
Alyssa Beck. Allison Shearer.
Jamie Mayer. and Julie Colvin -
held up extremely well consider
ing the circumstances. Immedi
ately following a send-oil dinner
held in the Junker Center,
Thomas and the dancers traveling
to University Park were in a car
accident. Since they could no
longer drive. Thomas's parents
came to pick them up and finish
the trip to State College. The
group finally arrived at the hotel
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Sobel spoke flurry(lay night.
another world
All of the artwork emphasiied
similar offbeat elements and each
part of her presentation consisted
of her retlectine on that.
For her, the still was thought of
through the hook of Genesis from
the Bible. The artwork displayed
resembled the Garden of Eden. In
front, a sundial resembling the
true surface of the sun, covered in
See SOBEL on page 5
crawled under the foundation of
the house to reconnect broken
Though the activities may not
sound like casual Saturday activi-
ties for mo doten college stu
dents. the event brought out the
best in the students who attended,
and provided them an outlet for
the frustrations of their everyday
academic lives. Frequent laughter
See HABITAT on page 2