The Nittany cub. (Erie, Pa.) 1948-1971, November 09, 1948, Image 1
Volume I—No. 2 * Price Five Cents STUDENT “STATER’S STRUT” SCORES Large Crowd Attends Ceremony Dedicating Behrend Center of Penn State College Participate In Behrend Center of the Pennsylvania State College was dedicated Saturday at ceremonies held at 3 pun. on the campus, located on Station Rd. near Wintergreen Gorge. Shown above at the dedication are: (left to right) Mrs. A. C. Sayer, daughter of Mrs. Mary Behrend; Mrs. William Brust, sister of the late Ernst R. Behrend; Judge William E. Hirt of the Sup perior Court; Mrs. Mary B. Behrend, donor of the estate; and James Milholland, of Pitts burgh, president of the college board of trustees,-Edwin W. Nick, president of the Erie advisory board of Behrend Center, presided at the dedication ceremonies. Speakers included Mrs. Behr end, Mr. Milholland and Judge Hirt. Invocation and benediction during the official ceremo nies were given by the Rev. E. Maclay Gearhart, pastor of the Luther Memorial Church and a longtime friend of the late Ernst R. Behrend. William Nelson Is Elected Student Council President The official 1948-49 Student Council met for the first time on Tuesday, October 27. At this im portant meeting William Nelson, representative from Physics and Chemistry, was unanimously elect ed president. Bill is a native of Erie, and he and his wife now live in an apartment on Vermont Avenue. He is a graduate of Erie East High School, where he was president of the Student Council- Bill will be assisted by: Tom •Pearce, Liberal Arts, vice-presi dent; Judy Norton, Education, Secretary and Ed Kittka, En gineering, treasurer. The other members of the Stu dent Council that were elected by the Students from their various curriculums are: - Wes Pfiiman, Engineering; Janet Brown,' Agri culture; Gibb Brownlie and Jim Mullard, Liberal Arts; and Dime Zimmerman, Mineral IJhdulstries and Physical Education. BACK THE NITTANY CUB! Nil iant cue Technical Courses Are Offered by Erie Penn State Pennsylvania State College offers courses to men and women who are high school graduates, or who have gained enough ex perience in the business* world to equal a secondary school ed ucation. The applicant is given an interview to determine if he is eligible for the night courses. There is no college credit given, but after the completion of enough units, an industrial certificate is awarded. It may take- up to five years to get a certificate by attend- C.ontinued on Page Four BOOK STORE HOURS Monday and Wed 2:30-4:30 Tuesday and Thurs 1:00-2:00 Friday 3:30-4:30 OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION enter Dedf behrend By Nan Bierman TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1948 :ation Fitts Is Dead! By Marilyn Garden On the night of November-2, 1948, at approximately 12:30, the sharp snap of .a mousetrap marked the death of Fits, a furry little mouse who had been.living in the dorm for two weeks. Fits’ presence was first noticed a fortnight ago when he was heard running across the floor of the room he chose to call home. Several days later it was discovered that he was living in a built-in mouse hole. It was formerly a telephone connection, and the hole Fits used as a door was so small that he could just squeeze through. You can see where he got his name. At first Fits was quite a nice little mouse. He tried to be as quiet as possible and he was sel dom seen. But—alas—his freedom went to his head. He started to make noises at the wrong time, he ate pop-com which had fallen on ■the floor, and finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back (and Fits’ too!) was the fact that he was seen at eight ' o’clock one morning, watching one of the girls read her history. The question was discussed and weighed in an unbiased way. It Continued on Page Four Late Saturday afternoon a large group gathered here at the college to hear and see the impressive dedication ceremonies. Mr. Edwin Nick, president of the Erie Advisory Board, was in charge of the program with the opening address being given by Judge Wil liam E. Hirt. Judge Hirt expressed the hope that some-day the pres ent Behrend Center of The Penn sylvania State College might be known as the Behrend College of The University of Pennsylvania. He also stated that he believed, “Penn State had outgrown its swad dling clothes”. Also mentioned was the fact that there are 9000 stud ents on the main campus with an other 4000 students at the different centers. Judge Hirt continued, say ing “I know that I speak for the community in telling of her affect ion and admiration we all hold for Mrs. Behrend. Her gift will pay ever increasing dividends far be yond the value of the property. Mr. Behrend was not merely a maker of paper, but he also was a creat or of men. He realized that in no other country is there anything - like America for educating its children.” Mrs. Behrend in paying homage to her late husband the co-founder of Hammermill Paper Company, explained that she was certain that both she and her daughter were only doing that which Mr. Behrend would have wished. Continuing she stated “I could have sold this property many times to those who wanted to use it for gambling or similar purposes, but when officals of The Pennsylvania State College made the offer to purchase the home that we held so dear, I knew that my husband had always felt that it meant more to him to see young folks come along than it did to make profits, and I realized that in our gift we would perpetuate what he had carried forward for nearly half a century here.” Mrs. Behrend said that for many years they came to the site of the college for picnics, hikes in the woods and other recreation. The late J. C. (Doc) Ainsworth had shown them the place and that they decided to make it their home, “for we always liked young folks around us and now that it is being used for the greatest thing in the world, education, we are happy.” James Milholland, of Pittsburgh, acting president of the board of trustees of The Pennsylvania State College, outlined - the pres ent plans for the Erie center and said that there was no reason why the program could not expand in the future, not only those taking college courses, but also for the night schools and other extension work now housed there. Those taking part in the cere mony were the Administrative Head, T. Reed Ferguson, Capt. Rogeir W. Rowland, New Castle; E. Lowrie Humes, Meadville; J. E Holtzinger, Altoona. From the board lof trustees were J. Orvis Keller, assistant to the president in charge of extension education, and David M. Pugh, director of extension education. Dr. E. Maclay Gearhart, of the Behrend Center—Pennsylvania State College SUCCESS Faculty and Students Mix The first Hallowe’n celebration at Behrend • Center was the “Stat ers’ Strut,” a barn dance. Although the actual party was Saturday night, the fun started the night before. Early Friday evening a crew of ambitious students and .instructors gathered in the stud ent lounge to decorate for the dance. Everyone was occupied with instructors gathered in the stud ent lounge o decarate for the dance. Everytne was occupied with his own tasks; there were Jack o’- Lanterns to be made, signs to be printed, crepe paper ribbons to string, and leaves to be distributed. There was even a scarecrow! By the end of the evening the lounge had taken on a new look and was all ready for a square dance. By eight thirty Saturday even ing the lounge was filled with gals and fellows dressed in dun garees and sports shirts or sweat ers. A professional caller from the Erie district was here to teach some dances and games. The students helping at'the re freshment stand were kept busy handing out cider and doughnuts. Everyone paused there Jo regain 'scme'strength for tne next number! Some of the faculty members de cided to start a trend by throwing kernels of corn from one end of the room to the other. The move ment spread like wild fire. Soon everyone was merrily tossing corn at every person within his reach. We nominate Mr. Demp for champ ion corn-thrower of the year! The dance was over at 11:45, it was not forgotten as abruptly as it ended. Long after the last dance, our ears still rang with, “. swing your partner, circle four. . . . . .dive for the oyster and run away home!” Pigskin Party Is Planned for Week of 20th All aboard! The pigskin convoy takes off for the Smoky City with about fifty members of- the faculty and student body aboard Satur day morning on the 20th of this month as they head for the annual rock 'em sock 'em football game between Penn State’s Nittany Lions and the Panthers of Pitt. Student and faculty cars will leave the Center at 9 a.m. for those taking part in the trip. All riders are to chip in for the gasoline for the journey. Anyone offering transportation should contact Miss Mcßeath (not Mcßeet) in the office some time this week. Lutheran Memorial Church, Mr. Behrend’s pastor, delivered the in vocation. Assisting Mr. Nick were those who served on the original Behr end Center Committee: Robert C. Reed, Bertram E. Claridge, Mary B. Behrend, W. Pitt Gifford, N. A. Carlson, H. C. Mitchell, Dr. C. Her man Grose, G. R. Fryling, Allyn Wright, J. A. Zurn, H. L. R. Em met, Ellis T. Knobloch, Dr. Paul H. Henkle, J. E. Reed, Marion A. Nag le, Rev. G. Weir Hartman, Harold S. Ogden, and C. Dean Klahr.