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The Daily Collegian Former wrestlers plead guilty By Casey McDermott COLLEGIAN STAFF WRITER 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 Wednesday 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 ■\ 3 FAFF WRiTfK 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 said. Because of the findings. Resolution 1!) 05 was passed Dec. 1. The resolution reported the results of the audit and called for a presentation on proper budget WE TREAT INJURIES AND ILLNESSES FOR ALL AGES VAi_iS. 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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 financially.” 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 <?oc/ay great care just got faster. n * I IS. JK I II *m *~Great Care. Fast. URGENT CARE^ LOC A 1 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 documents. 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 glaries. 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 2009. Defense attorney Philip Masorti declined comment. Defense attorney Jason S. Dunkle could not be reached for comment by press time Wednesday. To e-mail reporter: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 cially." UPUA Vice President Colleen Smith said the audit served as a way to ensure funds were being spent correctly. To e-mail reporter: email@example.com medexpress.com 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 FOR THE COLLEGIAN 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 enemv." Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 I 3 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 enlisted. "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."