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Meet Your Faculty
The tall recluse seen darting
among the lab desks, shackled
students, and balances in the mys-
terious building way yonder is
our chemistry professor, Mr Balm-
Mr. Balmer was born in Ardmore,
Pennsylvania, and has one broth
er. He attended various schools in
Philadelphia, Akron, Ohio, and
Staten Island, New York. He then
advanced to Staten Island High
School where he -was Director of
the Typographical Society (in
other words—head of the printing
club). Graduate work was started
at the Brooklyn College and con
tinued at Wagner College where
Mr. Balmer completed pre-med.
Mr. Balmer was active in col
lege dramatics; he had the role of
Touchstone in As You Like It by
Shakespeare. It was a quick change
from college dramatics to chemist
for the L. A. Dreyfus Company
where Mr. Balmer became an ex
pert with chewing gum; he worked
with finding new bases for gum.
One day in August of 1941 the
future college professor received
his greetings from Franklin D.
Roosevelt, and it was only a short
time before he found himself in
the Coastal Artillery Division going
to school (you can’t escape it) to
be a search light electrician.
In a short time Mr. Balmer was
sent to Brisbane, Australia and
to Townsville, Australia where he
fought the Battle of Townsville
when a lone Japanese plane me
andered over the town.
After Mr. Balmer was transfer
red to New 'Guinea where he enter
ed the 42nd Chemical Laboratory
Camp. Behrend Center almost lost
a chem instructor when a sample
container of synagen, a deadly
poisonous gas, broke, but fortu
nately our chem prof escaped
Finally, the discharge points ac
cumulated and Mr. Balmer once
more became a civilian. Shortly
aft*er to civilian life, Mr. Balmer
met the girl who eventually be
came Mrs. Balmer. Norman was
born August 16, 1946. Mr. Balmer
then did graduate work and taught
at Rutger’s University, Brunswick,
In September of ’4B Mr. Balmer
joined the staff of Penn State and
took on the job of teaching chem
istry at Behrend Center. When
asked what he thought of Behrend
Center his reply was, “My elations
and praise of Behrend Center
could not be put into words.”
Letter to the Editor
I am writing you to congratu
late you and your assistants on
a fine, well-arranged newspa
per. It has almost completely cov
ered the news on our Behrend
Center campus, and has inform
ed ns of what has been happen
ing. As far as I have seen, it has
not been prejudiced to any or
ganization or person. It has been
faithful in advertising for school
Very few people realize what
hours of work, disappointments,
and anger go along with building
a newspaper. We don’t realize
the great sum of money tied up
in a newspaper, that it is a big
business. Editors receive very
little appreciation or honor; all
they receive is gripes from peo
ple who can’t afford to talk. I am
giving you a lot of credit for ed
iting the Nittany Cub.
A Regular Reader
PS. I forgot about your advis
or. What would you do without
Rev. Bishop Talks
To Girl’s Forum
Revsrend Russell Bishop, Pastor
of the First Baptist Church in
Erie, wiil speak to the Girls Forum
Service at 10:30 on Thursday,
March 24 in the Behrend Center
Rec Hall. This meeting- is open to
Reverend Bishop’s topic will be
“Life's Compelling Forces,” con
cerning certain personality fac
tors that make a difference in life;
why we do the things we do, and
what makes us tick.
On April 18 Reverend Bishop
will take up his new pastorate of
the First Baptist Church in New
ton, Massachusetts. He has been
a minister in Erie for the past
Wouldn’t it be funny if:
Marilyn 'were Lawn instead of
Clayton were Rain instead of
Tom were Stab instead of Pearce.
Willy were Tall instead of Short.
Ray were Staff instead, of Reed.
Dody were Hunter instead of
Rose were Treason instead of
Pauline were Walker instead of
Edwin were Schubert instead of
Marilyn were Nut instead of
Dick were-Through instead of
Bill were Thomas instead of
Can you imagine:
Mr. Turnbull not giving surprise
Joan without Don.
Nan without troubles.
Dunk being quiet.
A 1 Leibau being glum.
Rita Jackson being serious.
Margie J'leming being noisy.
John Pagonis without chewing
Bill Klaban not dancing.
Jim Mullard not being a “big
Don without Frank.
Sturge without a joke.
Ray Reed without ping pong.
Beth without history.
Penny without base-ball.
Ann Titmus without Alka Seltz
Mr. Demp without sports.
Behrend Center’s first roller
skating party, although offset by
many other activities, was enjoy
ed by many of the students. The
party-held at the 12th Street Skat
ing Rink last Saturday night in
cluded many specialized skates
such as waltzes, and provided some
of our more experienced skaters
with a good opportunity to show
The general feeling expressed
by those who attended the party
was that the school would sponsor
another .one soon when more of the
school’s population could partici
THE NITTANY CUB
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Tolerance is a big word. It has a' vast meaning. Too
many college students and adults too, travel through life
without knowing .the full meaning of this word. Tolerance
is a desirable trait in a person, and everyone should try -to
cultivate it in his life. Just what does tolerance mean to
you? Let’s find out what the dictionary says about this
“Tolerance is the disposition to be patient and indulgent
toward those whose opinions or practices differ from one’s,
own.” Be honest npw. Haye you said something mean about,
a person just because his religious belief or feeling may be
different from yours? If you have, remember that this .is,
America and everyone is entitled to worship God as he sees
Tolerance also means freedom from bigotry or severity
in judging the opinions and conduct of others. Examine
yourself thoroughly now, and find out if you are guilty of
being intolerant towards others.
Tolerance brings wonderful results. Everyone benefits
beginning with individual and working up the nation. As
future citizens of our country let us strive to become more
tolerant so that we will help our nation become a better one,
Behrend Center Students!—let’s sum ourselves up, and
see how we come out in use of tolerance!
How many of the students of Behrend Center have at
tempted to study in the school library and found it impos
,-ible because of the noise and commotion? Recently the
school spent over $lOO to have doors put on the entrance -to
the library to keep out the usual commotion from reception
room. This only adds to the difficulty, however, because
now no one in the other rooms realizes how noisy the library
is, and consequently none of the faculty make an attempt
to stop it.
It should not be necessary for anypne to enforce a strict ;
rule for silence in the library; we, the students should keep
the library a little more quiet. Many of the students who
commute from Erie, and nearby towns, have three and four
breaks between classes. Many-of them would like to spend r
this time studying in the library, but usually after 15 or 20
minutes they either join conversations or leave.
A conscientious effort on the part of alb those who use
the library, to use it properly would benefit everyone con
Personality Of Week
By Dunk Zimmerman
Handsome Bob Gallagher, also
known, as “Dinny,” hails from
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bob
can easily be recognized by bis
tall athletic bis blue
eyes, black 'hair, and winning
Bob’s high school years were
spent in Central Catholic High
School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
from which he was graduated in
June of 1946.
He joined the Army the follow
ing September, and- received his
basic training at Fort McClelland,
Alabama. After being shipped to
Yokohama, where ho joined the
paratroops, he remained one year
in Japan. He received his freedom
(discharge) on December 13, 1947.
He takes an active part in all
sports, but his first love is baseball.
Bes Brown’s arrangement of “Sen
timental Journey” ranks high on
his list of favorite tunes. When, it
comes Lo food, Bob says, ‘"lthere’s
nothing like good old pork and
sauerkraut!” His chief delight in
radio entertainment is “Fibber
McGee and Molly.” This gentle-’
man prefers blonds!
In the fall of 1948, Bob became
a student at the Behrend Center.
He has acquired many friends at
Behrend Center, and has unknow
ingly adopted a sister, Miss Mary
Hough. Bob is now enrolled in the
School of Education, majoring in
Upon receiving his diploma from
The Pennsylvania . State College; -
Bob’s ambition is to manage the
Waldorf Astoria with ■ his new
sister, Mary Hough, as the head
dietitian; but of course, the pre
vious manager may remain with
the hotel employees as bell-hops.