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Thursday, December 7, 1989 Behrend's Weekly Newspaper Volume XXXVIII, No. 13
Differences Linger Between
SGA and Food Services
by Mark Owens
Collegian Staff Writer
Nearly three months after an
SGA report questioned food
prices at the Wintergreen Cafe,
there are still differeitces of
opinion among the SGA and
officials at Food and Housing.
Lorenzo Paul, an SGA
Commuter Senator, says student
government accepted the price
concessions because they were
better than nothing. "The
situation was, with all the
meetings and efforts made, the
best we could do was what was
However, Al Vogan,
Assistant Manager of Food and
Housing, says prices in general
have stayed the same since The
Collegian story ran September
"Prices in the Cafe store are
based on what the distributor
charges me," said Vogan. "Many
of the slight increases in the
convenience store are due to
distributor price increases."
Vogan said many of the
problems that surfaced early in
the year were caused .by upper
level management decisions.
"The hours at the Cafe were
changed because they (upper
management) decided to offer
healthy food instead of snack
food." The hours for the pizza
shop, according to Vogan, were
shortened to promote healthy
eating habits. The hours were
returned to original after student
protest. "Ultimately we are a
service orientation," he said, "and
we need to offer services which
are desired."
As far as prices are
concerned, Vogan noted the
"convenience store is a new area
for us. No where else do we have
this intense of a convenience
store set-up in the Penn State
system. We were being educated
to convenience store operations."
He added prices this year are very
Review of Billy
Joel's latest album
"Storm Front" -
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close to last year's and many
pricing decisions are made by
university budget makers.
Penn State's tax exempt
status is also a factor in the
prices charged at the Cafe,
according to Vogan. He explained
legislation is being considered to
regulate services offered by non
profit organizations and
universities competing with
commercial businesses. Though
Behrend currently doesn't face a
problem with it's tax-exempt
status, Vogan says "I do know I
don't want Penn State to be in
the middle of it."
He added the people who
decide what should be offered and
at what price have to take the
legislation and other factors into
"Sometimes they have to
pick the lesser of two evils; they
can either charge a higher rate to
offer the services or compete with
local businesses and maybe lose
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Where we
in the 90's
Staff seek more programs next semester
by Tony Olivito
Collegian Staff Writer
"It's a begining," said Elvage
Murphy, coordinator of human
Murphy was referring to
events concerning race relations
that have transpired at Behrend
this semester.
The knowledge gained from
various programs and incidents
will be built upon and serve as
the basis for next semester's
programs, according to Murphy:
Murphy stated he would like
to see the issue taken to another
level. His concern was that
people should not focus on the
same arguments, but rather try to
gain different perspectives.
This "broadening of horizons"
can be achieved in many areas,
according to Dean of Student
Services Chris Reber. Reber cited
photo by Chuck Groner
'Tis the season: Behrend Library displays
decorated Christmas tree.
Sports Editor
John Musser's
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go from
the speaker series as evidence of
this diversity. Notable minority
figures such as Martin Luther
King 111, Benjamin Hooks and
Gloria Steinam will speak at
Behrend next semester. Other
contributors include student
organizations such as Women
Today and ABC, Human
Relations Programming Coucil
and other student organizations.
Most notably, the forum on
race relations,_ sponsored by the
Human Relations Programming
Council, showed that people are
aware of the problem and are
thinking clearly, according to
Provost and Dean John M.
Lilley. It also proved that people
realized the reality of the
situation and the need to work
out solutions.
As for possible confrontations
or tensions in the future, Lilley
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