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Administration Building Was Behrend Summer Home
The Behrend Administration Building as it looks today, and much the same as it looked when oc
cupied by the Behrend family.
Oxford English Dictionary
Acquired by Behrend Library
Hi! This is "Oogie," your
Behrend Campus Library book
worm, with the latest scoop on
all the library news. This time
Miss Shumacher has asked me
to announce the recent acquisi
tion of the Oxford English Dic
tionary for the Behrend Library.
Comprising twelve volumes and
a supplement, this unabridged
dictionary is considered by many
to be in a class by itself.
The stated purpose of this
work is "to furnish an adequate
account of the meaning, origin
and history of English words now
in general use, or known to have
been in use at any time during
the last seven hundred years."
An attempt has been made to
treat each word in the following
1. To trace its historical de
velopment through its var
ious changes in meanings up
to its present signification.
2. To illustrate this develop
ment through quotations.
3. To etymologically analyze
Containing some 414,825 words,
plus 26,000 in the supplement,
and 1,827,306 quotations, the Ox
ford English Dictionary makes
some of its illustrious multivolume
predecessors seem small in com
parison. Because of its over
whelming superiority over other
dictionaries in the number of
quotations, in the O.E.D. alone
can be found the complete bi-
THE NITTANY CUB
ography of every word in the
English language. Only words
which had become obsolete by
1150 and some slang are excluded.
Louis Shores has said that "no
library can be considered scholar
ly without possessing the Oxford
English Dictionary, which serves
other fields than English language
and literature. To the student of
any subject in which the history
of word usage is important, this
dictionary is basic." Certainly
every student at Behrend is priv
ileged to have this great set of
books to work with.
Some of the other books re
cently acquired are:
A French review grammar by
Basic mathematics for science
and engineering by Andres.
The atom and its nucleus by
General chemistry by Lunder.
Rocks and minerals by Pearl.
The planet earth by Scientific
Weather by Lehr.
Prehistoric life by Raymond
An introduction to the engi
neering profession by McGuire.
A course in electrical engi
neering by Dawes.
Industrial electricity by Dawes.
Direct current circuits by More
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these claims are true," said McAl
lister. "But they relate only to
items which require administra
tion approval. If it must be rati
fied by the administration, the
S.G.A. can. only support it." It
was concerning this matter,
claims MqAllister, "that the
author of S.G.A. Asleep (from the
previous issue of THE NITTANY
CUB) was hasty in some of his
McAllister then went on to cite
a number of the recent accom
plishments of the S.G.A. He noted
that the Activities Schedule was
planned, set up, and sanctioned
by the S.G.A. New and longer
hours have been established for
Erie Hall. A definite time schedule
was determined for the cafeteria.
The bowling alleys and the ping
pong and pool tables have been
made self-sufficent under S.G.A.
These were but a few of the
many accomplishments of the
S.G.A. mentioned by McAllister.
At any rate, they tend to indi
cate that the Behrend Campus
S.G.A. is not so asleep after all.
Engineering drawing by Zoz
A manual of engineering draw
ing for students and draftsmen
Humorous introduction for em
cees by Brings.
See you next issue,
Tuesday, February 13, 1962
(Editor's Note: This issue of
THE NITTANY CUB commences
a series of articles about the his
tory of the original buildings of
the Behrend estate.)
The present administration
building, dormitory, and cafeteria
was formally the summer house
of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Behrend.
When the Behrends first pur
chased the old Schilling farm or
Glenhill Farm as it was called,
the few buildings on the farm
looked far different than they
The farm house which was lo
cated on the site of where Mr.
Kochel's office is was remodeled
and expanded shortly after the
farm was purchased. In. Mr.
Kochel's office is an odcen beam
approximately 1 1 / 2 feet square
which is supposedly one of the
original beams of the old farm
The present reception room
and adjoining lobby once was a
patio. This was enclosed to make
an office for the secretarial staff
shortly after Mrs. Behrend do
nated the Glenhill Farm to The
Pennsylvania State University.
The Memorial Room was orig
inally Mrs. Behrend's music room.
It was furnished much the same
as it is now, but it had a harp
in the corner alcove.
Some of the world's most prom
inent people visited the Behrends
at their summer home. Lowell
Thomas was one of the frequent
guests and was a very close friend
to the late Ernst Behrend.
Some of the unique facts con
cerning the building was the
specifications by Mrs. Behrend
that the cables leading from the
lightening rods to the ground
were to be so constructed that
they could not be seen. Another
thing is that the tile on the fire
places was all imported from
Holland and all apparently hand
painted for no two pieces of tile
can be found that are exactly
Still another fact was the
thorough investigation by Mr.
Ernst Behrend of ways to keep
the swimming pool from cracking.
Four ways were proposed and
these are: (1) Drain all the water
out of the pool; (2) Drain out all
the water but eighteen inches;
(3) Add a log boom and (4) Lay
four foot strips of wood from
the patio into the pool. Number
three has been used and thus far
no cracking has occurred.
In the next issue we will tell
more about the main building.