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    Colonel inspects
Behrend ROTC
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The Collegian
Wednesday, January 24, 1990 Behrend's Weekly Newspaper VoIumeXXXVIII,No. 14
Martin Luther King HI speaks at Behrend
photo by Dave Conti
Following the dream: King tells Behrend audience to become more
involved in the 1990’s in order to fight the. drug problem
Sides meet to solve spring
graduation dilemma
by Julie Tibolla
Collegian Staff Writer
A meeting was held on
Monday, January 15, in the
Glennhill Farmhouse to discuss
the possibility of having spring
commencement ceremonies on
campus even if the weather is
The graduation is to take place
on the lawn in front of the library
if weather permits. However, the
problem arises if the ceremony
needs to be held indoors.
Since Erie Hall is scheduled
for renovatifn beginning April 1,
the Spring 1990 Commencement
Ceremony mjg to take place at
the WamerVntcr in downtown
Erie in case wftad weather. The
change of location has upset
many graduating seniors.
Associate Provost and Dean
John Burke and Coordinator of
Academic Affairs Mari Trenkle
met with seniors Nanette
Quatchak and Randy Eadie who
had initiated a petition to keep
graduation on campus.
In addition, Student
Government Vice-President
Martin Cunningham and Student
Programming Council President
Brent Vernon were present
Burke presented several
options. The First of these was to
rent a tent for the ceremony so
that it could be held on campus.
However, he explained that
the difference in cost between the
Warner Theater and a tent was
substantial. The Warner would
cost less than $lOOO while a tent
costs $8,500.
He added that a tent would not
be large enough to cover the
entire audience and that the tent's
Review of
Born on the Fourth
of July -
page 8
poles would interfere with some
people's vision.
Another alternative is
postponing construction on Erie
Hall. The problem with this is
that if it doesn't get done now, it
may never be completed. In
addition, physical education
classes have already been
scheduled around the
It was also mentioned that if
the day of graduation is nice, the
commencement ceremony could
be held in the Reed parking lot
even if the lawn were too wet.
A new and viable possibility
is conducting multiple
graduations in the Wintergrecn
Cafe. Judging by everyone's
response at the conclusion of the
meeting, this seemed to be the
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Son of late civil rights
activist addresses national
problems of the nineties
by Tony Olivito
Reverend Martin Luting King
111 told an audience in Reed
Lecture Hall last Tuesday that we
need to become a more conscious
King, the first speaker in
Behrend's series celebrating
diversity, spoke on "Living the
Dream in the Next Century." He
pointed out that many problems
need to be addressed in the
1990'5, the greatest of them
being drugs.
King stated even with the
invasion of Panama the drug
problem "hasn't skipped a beat.”
According to King, a more
effective solution requires that
every person assume greater
Explaining that people are
content with becoming educated
Paying attention:
Cunningham listen
Men's and Women's
basketball report -
page 10
and getting jobs that pay well,
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pushed aside.
King noted tnal in his father's
era, "Students were more
concerned about the world in
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However, he added, "Over the
last twenty years, most students
have somewhat been sleeping in
the United States.”
King said that, on the
contrary, people should be
involved. ”If you can't gel
motivated when drugs arc wiping
out your neighborhoods,
brothers, sisters...then you can’t
be motivated at all."
He said part of the solution
lies in educating children sooner
about the effects of drugs. King
was also concerned that we are
lagging behind other nations.
"We live in a nation where we
(continued on page 3)
Brent Vernon and Marty
to Assoc. Provost John Burke
photo by Julie Tibolla