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    Friday, May 1, 2009
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The best stories from the 2008 and 2009 school year
Jerome Bettis speaks to students at Behrend
By Christine Newby and
Nick Blake
sports editors
November 14, 2008
Jerome Bettis, a former Pitts
burgh Steelers’ runningback,
spoke at a packed Junker Cen
ter on Thursday as part of
Behrend’s Speaker Series.
The overall purpose of Bet
tis’s message was to speak
about championship decisions
and share his football experi
Bettis drew students, faculty
and members of the public to
the Behrend campus. Over
2,000 people gathered to listen
to the speech entitled “Champi
onship Choices.”
“I was very excited when I
found out Jerome was coming,”
said freshman Emily Griffith.
“I’ve seen him speak before,
and he is very inspirational and
down to earth.”
Bettis, also known as “The
Bus,” has achieved much suc
cess on the football field
throughout his 13 year career.
He won awards that include
Rookie of the Year (1993), NFL
Comeback Player of the Year
(1996), six Pro-Bowl and three
All-Pro selections, and what he
considers to be his greatest ac
complishment, Super Bowl XL
champion. Playing in a total of
192 games, he ranks fifth in all
time rushing in the NFL with
By Evan Koser
arts editor
April 24,2009
Last Friday, the All-American
Rejects and their opening acts
brought down the roof of
Junker - literally - while con
cert-goers had lined up from
the Junker Center to Jordan
Road to the Bayfront as early as
noon that day.
Material fell from the ceiling
of the Junker center during the
sound-check of the sound sys
tems around three in the after
noon. “It’s not a problem,” Kris
Torok said, who headed the en
tire event in place of Jill Cald
well. Caldwell, who would
normally act as head of the ac
tivity, was out for maternity
It’s not so extraordinary to
see celebrities at Behrend. Last
year the Junker Center played
host to comedian Jim Gaffigan
in the fall and 90s alternative
band, Third Eye Blind in the
Playing in front of a sea of
unfamiliar faces, Vedera lead
singer Kristen May asked the
Junker Center crowd to re
member their name. By the end
of their set, there was no way
anyone would be forgetting.
Formerly playing under the
name Veda, Vedera formed in
Kansas City in 2004. It didn’t
take the foursome long to land
a record deal and get started on
the road to stardom, a road
which led them to opening for
the All American Rejects at the
Junker Center.
Vedera opened Behrend’s
date of the “I Wanna Rock” tour
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13,662 yards.
Not only did Bettis receive
awards on the field but also off
the field. In 2001, he won the
Walter Payton Man of the Year
award for his volunteer and
charity work.
The Bus Stops Here Founda
tion and the Asthma All-Stars
Program are two major charity
works that Bettis is involved
with. According to Bettis’s of
ficial website, The Bus Stops
Here Foundation began in 1996
and improves the quality of life
for troubled and underprivi
leged children in America’s
inner cities.
Bettis spent the majority of
his NFL career with the Steel
ers. From 1996-2006, he played
in over 160 games for the black
and gold.
Surprisingly “The Bus” was
not raised on football- bowling
was his sport. With two older
siblings going to college, he
knew that money was short and
his family wouldn’t be able to
pay for his college education.
“I thought to myself, ‘my
older brother and sister are
both going to college so there
won’t be enough money for me
to attend college,”’ said Bettis.
At this time in Bettis’s life, he
realized that it would take other
means to get him to college.
Football would be Bettis’s an
swer and ticket to college.
“The Bus” began his football
career as a freshman in high
school, which was a very late
start compared to many NFL
er rocked by All-American Rejects
for 2,500 people that didn’t
even know they were playing.
With their name left off the
posters and advertisements for
the event, Vedera proved dur
ing their 20-minute set that
they have every right to have
their name next to the All-
American Rejects’s.
Following Vedera was the
solo project of Ace Enders, the
former frontman of the Early
November, aptly titled Ace En
ders & A Million Different Peo
Enders’s foray into solo ma
terial doesn’t stray far from the
formula he crafted with the
Early November in 2002. Ever
since then, swarms of whiny
kids in tight pants with swoopy
bangs longed to emulate En
ders’s style at every cafe and
talent show they could. Seven
years past his prime, Enders
too seems to long for his past
Next to take the stage was
Shiny Toy Guns. Dawning
their heavy face make-up and
stunning apparel, STG was a
band who put on more than a
show for show’s sake. This rel
atively unknown group per
formed in front of thousands of
men and women, most of
whom hearing this unique
blend of sound for the first
Leading the Shawnee, Okla
homa based band on this night
was the petite vocalist, synthe
sizer, and bassist Sisely Treas
ure of STG. STG put up a
phenomenal show. A sea of
more than 2,500 people felt
their ears tingle as a combina
tion of synthpop and alternative
dance-rock flooded the Junker
A Penn State Behrend Student Publication
athletes. Bettis knew nothing
about the game, let alone what
position he would play.
“When I showed up for prac
tice the first day, the coaches
asked me what position 1
played,” explained Bettis. “I
looked at them and said ‘What
pqsjtipp does it look Jike I
Jerome Bettis speaks to students at Behreni
Bettis did not play the run
ningback position until his jun
ior year. His freshman year, he
was a linebacker, while his
sophomore year brought a po
sition change placing him at
tightend and nose guard.
Bettis’s hard work and deter-
DANIEL SMITH / The Behrend Beacon
Tyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects rocks Junker Center
The Behrend Beacon would like to ex
tend its condolences to the friends and
family of lan Johnson.
lan passed away peacefully at his home
in Naperville, IL
lan Johnson was a psychology major, an
avid computer gamer and a member of the
Men’s Water Polo Team.
/ The Behrend Beaeon
mination to go to college paid
off as he received a scholarship
to play at Notre Dame College.
According to the Official Web
site of Jerome “The Bus” Bettis,
he averaged 5.7 yards per carry
while rushing a total of 337
times for 1,912 yards.
During Bettis’s speech at the
see Bettis on page 6.
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Arts 5
Sports 6-8
Vol. LV No. XXVI
Police cite
Behrend stu
dents for under-
age drinking
By Matthew Schwabenbauer
news editor
March 27, 2009
State police and liquor con
trol officers gave out 82 un
derage drinking citations at a
party on Buffalo Road this
The police gave out the cita
tions at a warehouse com
monly referred to as the
“Sigma Kappa Nu warehouse”
by students.
According to information
released by the Pennsylvania
State Police and the Bureau of
Liquor Control Enforcement,
officers served a search war
rant for the building at 12:45
a.m. on Sunday, March 22. In
addition to the citations, au
thorities seized 30 gallons of
beer, tap equipment, six beer
kegs and $395.
“One of my friends told me
the cops were outside,” said
an eyewitness. “The next
thing I know, the cops burst
through every door. It was the
most ridiculous thing I’ve ever
One individual was charged
with disorderly conduct after
attempting to flee from the
“Someone tried to run and a
cop grabbed him and threw
him against a wall,” said an
eyewitness. “They had a
bunch of people pinned up
against the wall and things
like that.”
“First, they separated the
21-year-olds from the minors
and let them leave,” said an
eyewitness. “Then they sepa
rated everyone who said they
weren’t drinking and tested
them with a breathalyzer and
let them leave. They took
everyone else’s identification
and called them out one by
one to give them their cita-
Director of Student Affairs
Dr. Ken Miller claims that de
spite rumors, his office had no
involvement in the arrests.
“I didn’t know it happened
until news agencies talked to
me,” Miller said. “We didn’t
know this was going to hap
Eyewitnesses claim mem
bers of the Sigma Kappa Nu
fraternity organized the party.
According to Interfraternity
Council President Todd Erics
son, Sigma Kappa Nu has no
affiliation with Behrend’s fra
ternities or sororities.
“The Interfraternity Council
and the fraternities at Penn
State Behrend are not associ
ated with the off-campus or
ganization, Sigma Kappa Nu,”
said Ericsson. “As an off cam
pus organization, SKN is not
a part of the IFC at PSB and as
such this situation should not
reflect upon the fraternity and
sorority community at PSB.”
Penn State Behrend has not
officially recognized the fra
ternity, commonly referred to
as “Skins,” for several years
due to a lack of affiliation with
a national organization and
violating recruiting rules.