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Daniel Smith / The Behrend Beacon
The familiar south entrance to Dobbins Dining Hall was replaced this semester with a temporary entrance to the gazebo section of the building.
Dobbins renovations close north entrance
For the entirety of the 2009-2010
school year, students will have to
make their way around construction
to eat in the Dobbins Dining Hall.
The new renovations to the eating
facility, which began this summer and
are not slated to end until July 2010,
will force students to walk uphill in
order to get in. The entrance on the
north side of the building, closest to
Aquarius Way and the entrance across
from Perry Hall, is closed for the year.
A temporary entrance has been
placed at the Gazebo section of Dob
bins, on the south side at the top of the
hill, next to the suites.
PENN STATE FOOTBALL
All-U tickets sell out
BY MIKE O. WEHRER
Some students were up before dawn
to get in line at the Reed Union Build
ing for tickets for Penn State’s All Uni
versity football game, or “All-U Day.”
Students from all commonwealth cam
puses fill Beaver Stadium on All-U Day.
Students who want to enter Dobbins
from the bottom of the hill, then, have
to either walk around Lawrence by
Jordan Road, or up the "Million Dollar
Staircase" by Senat.
Housing and Food Services Director
Randy Geering says that the inconven
ience represents "short term pain for
long term gain."
"It's going to be a challenge," he
says, "but with the right attitude we
can still provide good service and
good food to students."
The construction will work around
the facilities while they are in use, so
full-scale construction probably will
not begin until May 2010.
The project is intended to expand
the facility's eating options, which will
Many, though, were met with disap
pointment as they quickly realized stu
dents had shown up as early as 6:00
a.m. to camp out a spot.
Tickets were available starting at
7:30 a.m. at the RUB help desk, and
they sold out quickly, as was expected.
All-U Day, which celebrates annually
all of Penn State’s campuses at half
time, matches Penn State up against
lowa this year on Sept. 26.
Some students got up early, but still
missed getting their tickets. “I actually
work at the office and asked about it,”
said sophomore psychology student
Brittany Gannoe. “They said the tick
ets sell out in an hour. I wish they’d
said to get there earlier. I thought that
I could get there at 7:30 and I’d be fine.
I didn’t realize that I’d need to be there
Other students had help from
friends in getting their tickets.
“I found out through other people,”
said sophomore Sara Stiegerwald. “I
didn’t even know about it until that
morning when the guys across the hall
woke me up to go down.”
Faculty and staff also experienced
trouble in getting tickets; many lined
up with the students, but only ten tick
ets were available in total for them.
eventually include a Caribbean area,
charbroil station, and a "homestyle"
The project will put an addition on
the south side of the building. The ad
dition will include a new special
events space that can be used by stu
dent organizations, administration,
and other catering events.
The north side of the building will
introduce a new stairwell stack to re
place the staircase present now; it will
also provide an elevator that will go up
one floor. Students will then walk
through the building and up through
the south addition to get to the dining
The east side staircase, which re
mains closed for the rest of this year,
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will be gone entirely. In case of emer
gency, two fire exits will be open in ad
dition to the temporary entrance at the
Gazebo, but all other entrances and
exits are closed.
Geering also is going to head the ef
fort of the Food Advisory Board, which
will hold meetings throughout the
year to give students information on
the project, as well as gather feedback
"We want the students to know that
we’re here for them, but also that
they're here for us," he says.
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Penn State Behrend is up and run
ning in full force as the 2009 fall se
mester is underway. Students have
arrived to the campus, purchased
books and supplies and moved into
dorms and apartments.
With everything that goes into being
a successful student, it may seem dif
ficult to some students to get involved
in activities and meet new people.
Each year, massive amounts of stu
dents, many of them freshmen, find
this opportunity in intramural sports
at Behrend. This year seems to be no
exception, as rosters are filling quickly
for various activities.
According to Robert Wittman, Co
ordinator of Intramural and Recre
ational programs, 1,236 full-time, male
students participated in at least one in
tramural activity last year - about half
of all full-time male students.
There were also 548 full-time, fe
male students that participated in at
least one intramural activity last year.
That translates to 38 percent.
Of all full-time, freshmen male stu
dents, 457, or 59 percent, participated
in at least one intramural activity. Over
250, or 46 percent, full-time freshmen
females took part in at least one activ
Wittman expects the same numbers
for this year, but would like to see
“(Numbers) should be consistent
with last year, but we are hoping for
In order to draw in as many students
as possible, a number of activities
were added last year including an ul
timate frisbee tournament, a water
games night, several horseshoe com
petitions, a free throw completion and
a Texas Hold 'em tournament.
A Sunday night chess league will be
added, along with a Sunday night
Some tournaments that were of
fered last year will not be offered this
year, due to lack of participation.
“Euchre and rock-paper scissors
were not that popular, so we are get
ting away from those,” Wittman said.
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