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State College through local bands and shows
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Vol. 96, No. 144 16 Pages ©1996 Collegian Inc
By SHAWNA CASWELL
and JENNIFER FABRY
Collegian Staff Writers
More than 150 concerned residents
turned out last night at the State College
Free Methodist Church, 848 N. Science
Park Road, for a question-and-answer
meeting about the recent assault of a Fer
guson Township woman.
The victim of the assault, Laura Schnei
der, 22 Nittany View Circle, was found in
her home last week with multiple wounds
to her head and face. She was assaulted in
two separate areas of her home, said Fer
guson Township Police Chief Edward Con
Residents were concerned about the con
dition of the victim, the police investiga
tion and community safety.
By DAVID SCHONFELD
Collegian Arts Writer
The audience clapped along with
the filler music in anticipation. The
mostly middle-aged crowd whistled
and politely applauded in anticipa
tion of Rod Stewart's appearance
last night at the Bryce Jordan Cen
"My mom's a really big fan," said
Katie O'Neill (freshman-exercise
and sports science). "She got me a
ticket. I think it'll be a good show."
The stage was set up for the
musicians to play in the round. A
blue curtain surrounded the stage.
Then the lights were dimmed and
the monitors above the curtain
showed Stewart playing soccer. A
voice, presumably Stewart's, said
that he had a few things to do
before starting the show. These
included video clips of Stewart
changing the diaper of his new
baby, shopping at the supermarket,
and stealing away for a drink at the
Then the curtain rose, lights
flashed and Stewart and the band
exploded into a rendition of the
Beatles' "Get Back."
Wearing a blue silk jacket, tight
black pants and a pair of black
Chucks, Stewart was greeted by
the screams of the large number of
females in the audience who
mobbed the stage with cameras.
Stewart ran through hit after hit,
making his way around the stage as
he twirled his microphone stand.
The audience screamed and danced
to such songs as "Maggie May" and
"Stay With Me." Stewart didn't stay
still, as he moved from one point of
the stage to another, displaying
himself for the audience to see.
When he sang "Tonight's the
Night," he sat on the edge of the
stage for an intimate moment with
the audience, allowing himself to
be photographed by the screaming
horde of females.
Stewart was full of energy, kick-
Students build houses during break
By T.R. DECKMAN
Collegian Staff Writer
Hammering and sweating at the crack of dawn for
While that might be a heat-induced nightmare for
many sunbathing students on spring break, that is
exactly what some students will be doing for Habitat
On three separate trips to South Dakota, Michigan
and Mississippi, students will work with Habitat For
Humanity community groups to build houses for low
Courtney Butler (sophomore-geography) went on a
trip to Mississippi last year. She described an average
day on the site last year: "You got up early, went to
the site, hammered and nailed until lunch, (then) ham
mered and nailed."
So why would students want to work for a week dur
ing their break from studies?
Craig McSparran (senior-secondary education and
social studies) went on the Mississippi trip last year
and will be going to Michigan this year. He said he
thinks students will get a sense of satisfaction from
aiding other people who are in need.
"I think people will feel really good about what they
accomplish and that they spent their spring break
helping people," McSparran said.
The trips cost students $lOO to $2OO for expenses
of local assault victim raise safety concerns
Connor gave details of the assault at the
"The wounds were so traumatic, I can't
believe the woman is alive," Connor said.
"I really can't."
Schneider is listed in satisfactory condi
tion at Geisinger Medical Center and has
been taken off all forms of life support,
Police have not yet determined the
weapon used in the assault.
"Some of the wounds were not consistent
with others," Connor said.
Police said there were no signs of forced
entry into the home. However, police
believe the assailant or assailants came
through the back door. The doors were
unlocked prior to the assault, Connor said.
"Eighty-five percent of burglaries occur
through unlocked doors," said Bob Barry,
ing soccer balls into the audience,
including one that sailed into the
upper level of the packed center.
Even though it was obvious that
Stewart is trying to revamp his
image from bad boy to family man,
on occasion he would revert back
to his old style by blowing kisses
into the audience and flaunting his
"I love him," said Kim Roach
(senior-mechanical engineer). "I
think he's the most wonderful thing
in the world. For a 51-year-old man,
he has a lot of energy."
And he had enough energy to
inspire the audience into dancing
along with the songs "Hot Legs"
and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
Before singing "You're In My
Heart," he asked, "Are you
awake?" The audience responded
with an enormous cheer. He even
treated State College locals by
changing a lyric to "you have the
best football team I've ever seen."
Stewart played for well over two
hours, touching all his popular hits
from his career. What was surpris
ing was that nearly completely
ignored his new album, A Spanner
in the Works, in favor of his hits.
Even though the 22-piece orches
tra that were promised earlier did
not appear, Stewart's band carried
him well throughout the show.
Stewart kept the suspense alive by
changing after every few songs.
The crowd responded loudly
when he played the hits "Forever
Young" and "Downtown Train," a
song he introduced as "a lovely
Tom Waits song."
After playing over 20 songs,
Stewart sunk into the stage, the
curtain went down and the lights
dimmed. The audience cheered for
an encore, and almost immediately
the curtain went back up.
"All For One," and Chuck Berry's
"Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller" com
prised the encore as Stewart ran
off the stage, leaving the audience
satisfied with his performance.
and donations to the work sites. Habitat For Humani
ty, through Collegians Helping Aid Rescue Missions,
held fund-raisers in which students could earn money
for the trips. CHARM also received money donations
from residence hall associations. Students will receive
free housing from churches and most of their meals
from community organizations.
Butler said trips such as these are a great opportu
nity to help a community.
"We were all working together to do something for
someone else," she said. "It wasn't a selfish spring
Butler will be building houses again this year this
time in Michigan with 14 other students. Christine
Muchi, co-director of the trips, said the Michigan trip
should be unique.
"That'll be a neat experience because we get to
work with other college students," said Muchi (sopho
more-labor and industrial relations).
Please see HABITAT, Page 7.
Rod Stewart strikes a note in a rendition of the Beatles' "Get Back." Stewart performed last night at the
Bryce Jordan Center. .
"We were all working together to do
something for someone else."
Friday, March 1, 1996
"I'm scared to death. I don't know what we are dealing with
We are dealing with a sick SOB."
crime prevention specialist at Ferguson
"She may have just walked in on a total
stranger," Connor said.
Several items have been removed from
the home for further investigation. Carpet
ing, paneling, the toilet contents and bed
linens have been removed, Connor said.
"The first 36 hours are prime time,"
Connor said, "We ran straight for 72 hours
Police have ruled out Charles Schneider,
the victim's husband, as a suspect. Connor
said he would be very surprised if he had
Police are following several leads, Con
nor said. He refused to comment on
"I'm scared to death," Connor said. "I
don't know what we are dealing with. We
are dealing with a sick SOB."
The assault drew communitywide con-
Travelers to study peace firsthand in N. Ireland
The group will have
the opportunity to learn
about the effects of
By CHRISTINE KOSOVAC
Collegian Staff Writer
Twenty-one members of the
University community are taking
a "Journey Towards Peace and
Justice" today as they embark on
a weeklong trip to Northern Ire
land to learn about the peace
making process and to experi
ence it firsthand.
The group, which consists of
11 members of the Penn State
Catholic Community and 10
members of the United Campus
Ministry, will leave from the
HUB this morning and head to
New York City, where they will
catch a flight to Belfast.
Ferguson Township Police Chief
Collegian Photo/Mandy Lewis
"We want to have the Northern
Irish situation to be a mirror for
us," said Rev. Carl Synan, direc
tor of the United Campus Min
istry and one of the chief orga
nizers of the event. He said he
knows an attorney on the city
council in Belfast who was able
to organize the trip.
The group will have the oppor
tunity to learn about the effects
of negative attitudes toward oth
ers, he said. Participants will
learn to get in touch with their
own negative attitudes and learn
how to address eliminating those
attitudes, he added.
Rev. Fred Byrne, director of
the Penn State Catholic Commu
nity, also helped to organize the
Byrne said the purpose of the
trip is for students to learn how
to be peacemakers themselves.
Students will learn about the
peacemaking ministry and meet
with religious, political and
Published independently by students at Penn State
cern about safety in the local area.
"Happy Valley isn't as happy as it used
to be," Connor said.
Barry suggested that residents buy pep
per spray, lock doors and windows and
have houses well lit.
"I go to my mailbox without locking my
door," said Ruth Spell, a neighbor of
Schneider. "I'll try to remember, but com
mon sense is not too common all the time."
"Keep an out for your neighbors," Barry
said. He suggested residents stay aware of
any unusual activity, cars or persons and
take note of them.
Neighbors of the victim expressed con
cerns for personal safety and precautions.
"I'm disappointed that if my wife wants
to take a walk that she has to lock the
door," said Dave Allison of Science Park
Road in Ferguson Township.
By JIM KINNEY
Collegian Staff Writer
As U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-
Blair, faces increasing scrutiny of
his relationship with Washington
lobbyist Ann Eppard. local Republi
can leaders are examining the
impact the scandal may have on
the 9th Congressional District.
The Congressional Accountabili
ty Project, a Washington, D.C.-
based watchdog group with links to
consumer advocate Ralph Nader,
has called for a criminal investiga
tion of contacts between Shuster
Gary Ruskin, the group's direc
tor, said he called for the probe
because Shuster may have accept
ed gifts from Eppard in violation of
federal law, not just House ethics
"This is a violation of federal law
for which you can go to jail," he
Shuster told the Harrisburg
Patriot-News the charges are polit
ically motivated from a liberal
Ruskin said The Congressional
Accountability Project is a nonpar
tisan group and has called for
investigations of liberal Democrats
in the past.
"This is the old song we hear," he
said. "We do ethics work against a
lot of folks."
John Russell, spokesman for the
U.S. Department of Justice, said
the charges will be considered
before an investigation is launched.
"We review all allegations
against members of Congress when
the allegations come from respon
sible parties," he said.
Please see SHUSTER, Page 7.
social leaders who are working
Participants such as Kathleen
McKeone are excited about the
whose family heritage is Irish,
said she hopes to do some peace
keeping and to set an example.
McKeone said she is not wor
ried about danger caused by the
recent end to the IRA cease-fire
with several bombings in Lon
"You have to be careful and
use your head," she said, adding
that the organizers would not
intentionally send students into a
situation that was not safe.
With the prospect of danger,
Elaine Bradley (sophomore-pre
medicine) said, she is not appre
hensive about going because the
bombings were in England, not
where the group is going.
The IRA ended a 17-month
Please see IRA, Page 7.