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    The Daily Collegian
Former wrestlers plead guilty
By Casey McDermott
Two former Penn State
wrestlers, Eric Bradley and
Patrick D. Cummins, pleaded
guilty in connection with a string
of break-ins at Penn State frater
nities and are set to be sentenced
Jan. 11. nearly three years
after charges were first filed
against them.
The pair pleaded guilty to
felony burglary charges "on each
and every case," Centre County
District Attorney Stacy Parks
Miller wrote in an e-mail
After 'a long and protracted
process whereby they had filed
numerous motions." a judge
denied the former wrestlers'
motions and they have now plead
ed guilty Parks Miller wrote.
While at Penn State. Bradley
was an All-American in the 184-
pound weight division and
Cummins finished second in the
heavyweight division in the 2004
NCAA wrestling championship.
In September 2008. Bradley and
Cummins were charged with
seven counts of burglary and 17
additional counts related to those
UPUA conducts audit of expenses
By Kathleen Loughran
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After t’niversity Park
Undergraduate Association
members discovered the
Department ol Legal Affairs did
not obtain necessary approval
before buying promotional mate
rials - including beer cozies and
bottle openers UPUA mem
bers conducted an audit. UPUA
Internal Development
Committee Chairwoman Kelly
Terefenko said.
As a result of the audit, it was
found that the problem came
from a lack of communication.
Terefenko ! junior-international
politics i said
"The former director Matthew
Lachman had not educated the
new director on how to spend
UPUAs money correctly" she
Because of the findings.
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1. The resolution reported the
results of the audit and called for
a presentation on proper budget
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burglaries, which spanned from
December 2007 to May 2008.
Police said the pair stole items
from the Phi Kappa Theta, Phi
Sigma Kappa, Alpha Chi Sigma,
Acacia, Kappa Delta Rho, Sigma
Pi and Lambda Chi Alpha frater
nity houses.
Items stolen included laptops,
video games, televisions, cash
and clothing much of which has
been returned, according to court
The pair also damaged fraterni
ty property, according to court
Earlier in 2008, officials from
the State College Police
Department saw the pair leaving
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
house, 338 E. Fairmount Ave., and
attempting to break into several
vehicles outside, according to
court documents.
After police obtained a search
warrant and found numerous
items stolen from the fraternity
inside the pair’s apartment,
Bradley and Cummins were each
charged on May 30 with two
counts of criminal conspiracy, one
count of burglary, one count of
theft by unlawful taking and one
count of criminal trespass.
“There was not controversy at all. Were just
making sure we’re doing everything properly
expenditures to be held. UPUA
President Christian Ragland said
this presentation was recom
mended to be held at UPUA's
Wednesday meeting, but will not
be given until next semester.
“I think it will only make UPUA
stronger in terms of it lends to our
credibility, " Terefenko said. "It
lets us know what is being spent
and why, and every 7 member of the
assembly should know how our
budget is being spent."
Genevieve Farrell, director of
the Department of Legal Affairs,
said the presentation should
prove beneficial.
"The overall budget presenta
tion clears up a lot of little stuff
that you wouldn’t know about a
budget," Farrell (sophomore
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At that point, Bradley and
Cummins also confessed to bur
glarizing the other fraternities,
according to court documents.
The two “cooperated with the
police in helping to identify where
each piece of stolen property
came from,” according to court
According to court documents,
the former wrestlers were
advised that all of their felony
charges would be dismissed
because they cooperated with the
investigation into unsolved bur
But after Bradley and
Cummins provided additional
information, they were charged
with more counts of burglary,
theft, criminal mischief and seven
counts of receiving stolen proper
ty. according to court documents
because there was no written
agreement, as found bv a judge in
Defense attorney Philip
Masorti declined comment.
Defense attorney Jason S.
Dunkle could not be reached for
comment by press time
To e-mail reporter:
Christian Ragland
senior-political science
English) said. "It's a good reflec
tion. to make sure that everything
is going smoothly."
Ragland i senior-political sci
ence) said the purchases were
not the fault of Legal Affairs mem
bers because there were no
guidelines set up.
"[lt was] not a bad thing at all.'
just a miscommunication."
Ragland said.
"There was not cdntroversy at
all. We're just making sure we re
doing everything properly finan
UPUA Vice President Colleen
Smith said the audit served as a
way to ensure funds were being
spent correctly.
To e-mail reporter:
As a sergeant. Jordan's
responsibilities included being in
charge of a group of five soldiers
and making sure they were
always looking the right w r ay. or
being aware of w 7 hat they were
doing at all times. On Jordan's
first deployment, he was respon
sible for carrying a machine gun.
"It didn't really scare me. I fig
ured 1 would be an adventurer."
Jordan said. "I knew- that I w-ould
be doing something, w hich is why
I joined in the first place. I want
ed to fight."
While Jordan said being at w ar
could be boring at times because
Courtesy of Paul Jordan
Penn State student Paul Jordan walks in the desert during one of his
tours. Jordan spent two out of his five years in the U.S. Army in Iraq.
Student recounts life,
experiences in Iraq
By Anna Orso
Paul Jordan was inches from
being shot and feet from being
blown up by a grenade - all in
just one day.
Jordan (freshman-mechanical
engineering) started his career
at Penn State last year, after
spending two out of his five years
in the U.S. Army in Iraq on two
separate deployments with the
101st .Airborne Division.
Jordan's first deployment to
the war zone was from October
2005 to October 2000, when he
was stationed next to the
Baghdad International Airport.
On his second deployment, from
October 2007 to November 2008.
he was stationed 30 miles away
from Baghdad.
"The hard part about Iraq is
that they really don't fight."
Jordan said. "They lay booby
traps and roadside bombs
instead. There's very few times
w-hen you can actually see the
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sof no action, he was shot at by
snipers and was nearby trucks
that were bombed.
Jordan's mother. Lois Jordan,
said she knew her son would be
shipped out to war when he
"I knew he was going to go
when the towers fell because he
had always wanted to be in the
military 7 . So I had a few years to
prepare myself." she said. "I was
just happy that he came back
physically OK and emotionally
OK which is what I was really
worried about."
After being involved in violent
warfare and seeing endless
bloodshed. Jordan said he had to
cope with some adverse emotion
al effects.
"When I was there. I don't
know how I did it. I guess I just
knew that the rest of my platoon
depended on me to keep going,
and 1 depended on them, too."
Jordan said.
Jordan said the high emotions
carried over after his return
returned home. He used to
dream about his experiences, but
those have subsided, he said.
"I also don't like big crowds of
people, that's kind of weird."
Jordan said. "Oh and fire
works. If I don't know 7 they're
going off. it will scare me."
Despite the horrors of war.
Jordan said it wasn't all bad. He
recalled laying on top of roofs of
their patrol houses on summer
nights, just staring at the stars.
"There were good things,"
Jordan said. "I really liked the
sumises and sunsets. They were
the most beautiful things I've
ever seen."