The Nittany cub. (Erie, Pa.) 1948-1971, November 09, 1948, Image 1

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    Volume I—No. 2 * Price Five Cents
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.
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
Monday and Wed 2:30-4:30
Tuesday and Thurs 1:00-2:00
Friday 3:30-4:30
enter Dedf
By Nan Bierman
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 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
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
Dr. E. Maclay Gearhart, of the
Behrend Center—Pennsylvania State College
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
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
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.