The Collegian : the weekly newspaper of Behrend College. (Erie, PA) 1989-1993, April 12, 1989, Image 1

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    Thursday, April/12
Dr. John Kenneth Galbraith
by James Martin
Collegian Editor
James and Audrey Manges were
awakened early this past Sunday morning
by the sound of their household water
pump running continuously.
When they investigated, they found
out why.
The couple discovered a running
garden hose had been placed inside their
car. Upon further investigation, they
found their home had been extensively
The Manges' house, located across
the street from Behrend's Continuing
Education offices, was apparently
vandalized at approximately 1 am Sunday
Over 3 inches of water had
accumulated inside their car, a 1985
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John Kenneth Galbraith
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Inflict Serious
on Nearby Home
Chrysler Lebaron, according to Audrey
Manges, who notes the car had to be
towed away for repairs.
„What was worse than the damage to
the car, say the couple, was that a large
quantity of green paint was splattered all
over the front of their house as well as
on their windows.
Vandals also tore out between 90 and
100 shrubs, adds Mrs Manges.
Other damage included key scratches
on one of the family's cars as well as
paint damage on their blacktop driveway.
The couple, who have rented out
space in their basement to Behrend
students for nine years, say they arc
concerned that Behrend students were
involved and have met with Dean of
Student Services Chris Reber to discuss
the drinking situation at Behrend.
Following his meeting with the
Economies in Transition
by Richard Martin
with Richard Cain
Assistant Editor
W orld renowned economist Dr.
John Kenneth Galbraith talked about his
perspectives on world economics when
he spoke here on Wednesday, April 5.
His lecture was given to a packed
Erie Hall and was broadcast live to 18
other Penn State campuses via a fiber
optics linkup with University Park's
satellite system.
Galbraith, a native of nearby
Ontario, Canada, is Professor Emeritus
of Economics at Harvard University.
Galbraith began his lecture by
contrasting the economic structures of
the United States and the Soviet Union.
He believes that the two countries are in
a transitional stage in that they are at
opposite ends of the economic spectrum
but are slowly moving towards each
other. - - -
Galbraith pointed out that in the past
any steps towards communism were
immediately condemned by the United
States just as any movements toward
capitalism were condemned by the
Soviet Union. He believes that these
"barriers" have lessened considerably
since the McCarthy and Stalin years and
even went as far as to say that Marx's
theories could not be completely
Galbraith then touched on some
topics that he thought the United States
needed to concentrate on including
welfare, social security and low cost
housing and aid for the poor. He used
these programs as an example of the
United States movement towards a more
socialist mind set.
couple, Reber noted, "This act is
deplorable. It's obviously a criminal act
with serious legal implications. Whoever
did it should be brought to justice."
Currently, the matter is under
investigation by the Pennsylvania State
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"This is the age of accommodation,
not ideology," Galbraith said as he cited
the changing attitude of those who
preach the laissez-faire or "leave it
alone" philosophy and then go begging
for government intervention when
things go under.
Galbraith then dis&ussed a topic
which he referred to as the "black hole
of economies." This theory contends
that all industrial societies suffer from a
rapid growth of management personnel
that turns the industries into a huge
bureaucracy. This affliction affects both
socialist and capitalist economies.
Galbraith pointed out that the Soviet
industrial bureaucracy numbers over 30
million in an economy that he labels as
"vast, inert, change resisting and
Galbraith then looked at the other
side of the scale and criticized the U.S.
system for relying to heavily on taxes
and tariffs to protect the "old and senile
Galbraith believes that the main
threat to both the U.S. and Soviet
economies is the over emphasis and
spending on the military. He also sees
an eventual fall of the all powerful
Japanese superiority as more firms
continue to migrate to lower wage
regions. He gave- India as just one
In short, Galbraith conveyed that the
most pressing situation in the U.S.
economy lies in the lack of cooperation
between the government, the industry'g
bureaucratic management and the labor
force. As far as the overwhelming third
world debt goes, "When foolish loans
are made by foolish bankers to foolish
governments, repayment cannot be
Has New
Frederick Anzivino has been
hired to fill the newly-created
position of Station Manger for
Behrend's radio station WPSE.
Anzivino, who has had over ten
"years experience in radio, will begin
working Monday. Most recently, he
has been managing a a radio station
in Salem, Ohio.
According to Dean of Student
Services Chris Reber, work on the
radio station is going well and an
opening date of May 1 may be
He also noted that the station
will be looking for a number of
student volunteers to help get the
station off the ground this summer.
Interested students have been asked
to contact Ken Bunting: