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Blizzard: Winter Storm Juno blankets US east coast

A historic blizzard slammed the east coast of the US on Monday, bringing record winds and snowfall to the region.

Behrend unites over faculty member’s deceased fiancé

On Dec. 27, the fiance of a faculty member and former Student Activities staff member at Penn State Behrend was involved in a motorcycle accident that caused life-threatening complications he eventually succumbed to. 

Behrend receives universal wi-fi for first time in campus history

Penn State Behrend recently received an updated Wi-Fi installation in all the residence halls on campus through November and 


Campus security soon to be receiving updates

Residence halls and other Penn State Behrend campus buildings will be receiving a security update for both student I.D. cards and camera systems. 

Ten points to LEB

Lion Entertainment Board (LEB) shot its way into Mcgarvey Commons with an eventful night of laser tag on Friday Jan. 23. Students from all over campus arrived pumped and ready to be dominant on the battlefield.

Behrend Professor Receives $10K Award

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) has awarded one of Penn State Behrend’s business professors a $10,000 award in research and education funding for the year of 2014. 

Harlem Quartet Strums into The Spring Logan Series

Last Wednesday at noon, a crowd of people from Penn State Behrend and the surrounding Erie community came to listen to the Grammy-award-winning musicians assembled in McGarvey Commons. Students and staff alike listened intently to the quartet composed of Llamar Gavilan, Melissa White, Jaime Amadour and Michael Zaikland

Behrend students step into the shoes of poverty

On Wed., January 21, the Behrend community had the chance to see what it is like to live in low-income households within the United States through a Poverty Simulation.

What about us?

The in-between on the race spectrum of White and Black

‘Dear White People’ captivates Behrend audience

The Lion Entertainment Board (LEB), Andy Herrera of the Education Equity and Diversity Office and the Multicultural Council Committee (MCC) presented “Dear White People” in the Reed Auditorium at Penn State Behrend last Thursday for students to appreciate black history and culture during MLK week.

The Meninist Movement

The term meninisn refers to boys and men who oppose feminism.

Lady Lions Basketball bounces back

A season’s success cannot always be judged solely on wins and losses. For instance, the Penn State Behrend women’s basketball team began this season with 11 straight losses, and they currently have a record of 4-14. However, the team has gone 4-3 in their last seven games and won three of their last four. Considering the struggles and setbacks the team has faced this season, they’ve made a significant turnaround and have a lot to be proud of.

Behrend professors recognized for outstanding teaching

The Behrend Campus houses two winners of the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching as of the first few weeks of the spring semester.

Five-straight wins for men’s basketball

The PSB men's basketball team is now on a five-game win streak.

Behrend men’s volleyball opens their season with tri-match at Penn State Altoona

The Penn State Behrend men's volleyball team opened their season over the weekend.

Niland credits players for his feat

Staff writer Ross Ferguson interviewed Coach Niland about his recent 400 wins milestone.

Track and field teams prosper at Spire Invitational

The Behrend men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Spire Invitational in Geneva, OH over the weekend.

Super Bowl XLIX predictions

Staff writer Josh Lapping and sports editor Mike Callan display their takes on the upcoming 2015 Super Bowl.

Culture is not a trend

Students offer their opinion on cultural appropriation.

Appinionated: 'coffee meets bagel has unique take on online dating

Coffee meets bagel app makes online dating less awkward and more private.

State of the Union: President Obama proposes landmark changes

During tonight’a annual State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will present two proposals set to make or break his legacy as a president.

Pillow Talk: Sex in real life

Sex is nothing like you see in the movies.

A time for reflection

Change the way you look at your life.

Israeli air strike kills six Hezbollah militants

An Israeli air strike killed six members of Hezbollah in the Syrian sector of Golan Heights on Sunday.

Islamic State frees 250 Yazidi prisoners

The Islamic State (IS) militants freed 250 Yazidi prisoners on Sunday who have been in captivity in Iraq for the past six months. 

NCAA restores Joe Paterno’s 111 wins

The NCAA has reached a settlement which restores the 111 wins lifted from from former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno.

NBA Roundup

A summarization of the current NBA standings.

NHL at midway point

A recap of the NHL standings at the midway point of the season.

Behrend Baseball announces annual Winter Clinic Series

The Penn State Behrend baseball team announces their annual Winter Clinic Series.

Tom Brady reaches sixth Super Bowl

Tom Brady and the Patriots dominate Andrew Luck and the Colts to advance to the Super Bowl.

Seattle rallies late to reach Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers faced off in an NFC Championship matchup that turned out being an instant classic.

Behrend swim teams take on W&J

The Penn State Behrend men's and women's swimming and diving teams took on Washington and Jefferson over the weekend.

Lions back on track, Niland wins 400

Penn State Behrend men's basketball head coach Dave Niland captures his 400th win.

Behrend baseball players recognized by Collegiate Baseball Magazine

Two members of Penn State Behrend's baseball team were nationally recognized in Collegiate Baseball Magazine.

Lady Lions win first game of season

The Penn State Behrend women's basketball team captured their first win of the season recently.

Men’s basketball tied for first place

Staff writer Ross Ferguson summarizes the Penn State Behrend men's basketball team's recent action.

Luck bests Manning in anticipated matchup

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were shocked by Andrew Luck and the Colts in the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.

Behrend shows staff appreciation

Faculty, staff and students gathered for a night of appreciation for the first-annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation dinner. 

Going behind the scenes

Movies provided by the Lion Entertainment Board (LEB) and Student Activities play at Penn State Behrend’s Reed Auditorium every Thursday through Saturday at 10 p.m.

Penn State earns bowl victory in dramatic fashion

Josh Lapping recaps the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in which the Penn State Nittany Lions won in dramatic fashion.

Trans teen’s suicide brings outrage and awareness

In her suicide note, a transgender teen who took her own life asked for her death to “mean something”. 


‘Beats Music’ customizes music to your mood

The real problem with race in America

How can we make 2015 a better year for race relations?

Case of the cold

Why cold weather increases the chances of people catching colds

Pillow Talk

Behrend's new sex column

Dressing in a winter wonderland

Just because the temperature has dropped, doesn’t mean your fashion has to. 

Lion men’s ballers remain undefeated

The Penn State Behrend men's basketball team remains undefeated.

Men’s swim takes second at Fredonia Invite

The Penn State Behrend men's swimming and diving team took second place at the Fredonia Blue Devil Invitational over the weekend.

Behrend Soccer dominates: Lady Lions claim fourth-straight title, men win second consecutive crown

Both the Penn State Behrend men's and women's soccer teams captured AMCC titles over the weekend.

Hoyer struggles: Is it Johnny Football time in Cleveland?

As Brian Hoyer continues to struggle, many think it's time to give Johnny Manziel a chance at quarterback in Cleveland.

Recycling personal care products

When you are finished with a Personal Care Product, where do you dispose of it?

Behrend women’s hoops still struggling

The Lady Lions basketball team continues to struggle early this season.

‘Gamergate’ raises concerns in video game culture

The gamer community is at odds this year with the ethics of video game journalism and the rights of women gamers being questioned with the ongoing controversy known as ‘gamergate.’ 


Digital manipulation has been a topic of controversy throughout the fashion industry for decades.

Behrend men’s basketball off to hot start

The Penn State Behrend men's basketball team is off to a 3-0 start to their season.

Swimming and diving teams dominate

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams were dominant in their latest performances.

Women’s basketball team off to rocky start

The Penn State Behrend women's basketball team is off to a slow start this season.

Rodgers vs. Brady matchup doesn’t disappoint

Elite quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers went head-to-head on Sunday.

Penn State still kickin’

Penn State's football team will look for bowl game success before moving on to next season.

Lady Lions end season in dramatic fashion

The Lady Lions volleyball team ends their season with a tragic loss in the AMCC semifinals.

Men’s soccer wins their tenth-straight

A recap of the Penn State Behrend men's soccer team's ninth and tenth-straight wins.

Cross country seasons come to an end

The Penn State Behrend men's and women's cross country teams ended their season this weekend after yet another impressive year.

Aaron Rodgers leads Packers to big win over Bears

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers trounced the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

Men’s swimming back on track

The Penn State Behrend men's swimming and diving team captured a non-conference victory over Allegheny on Saturday.

Penn State snaps four-game losing skid

The Penn State Nittany Lions snap their four-game losing streak.

Men's Water Polo: PSB takes ninth at CWPA Southern Division Championships

The Penn State Behrend men's water polo team ends their season with two straight wins.

Soccer teams reach AMCC semifinal

Staff writer Ross Ferguson summarizes the soccer teams' recent action as they both head into the AMCC semifinals.

Cross country squads impressive at AMCC Championships

A summary of the Behrend Lions' performances at this weekend's AMCC Championship meets.

Penn State and Maryland rivalry? Nittany Lions lose fourth-straight

Staff writer Josh Lapping recaps Penn State football's most recent loss to Maryland.

PSB women’s volleyball team heads into AMCC tourny

A recap of recent Penn State Behrend women's volleyball action.

Lady Lions volleyball drops a pair

The Lady Lions volleyball team dropped a pair of matches over the last week.

Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchup disappoints

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady faced off this weekend, further adding to their storied rivalry.

Big Ben, Steelers offense explode against Colts

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger became the first in NFL history to have multiple 500-yard passing games.

Instant Classic: PSU’s late comeback not enough

A recap of Penn State's recent hearbreaking loss to Ohio State in double overtime.

PSB swimming and diving recap

A summary of the Penn State Behrend men's and women's swimming and diving teams' recent action.

Ladies soccer wins five in a row

The Lady Lions soccer team has won its fifth-straight game.

'Balls, Balls, Balls'

On Friday night in Erie Hall, students gathered to enjoy “Balls, Balls, Balls,” the event put on by LEB. Students could enjoy the Nerf gun battle or have their choice of a meatball sub or donut holes. The turnout was a bit smaller than normal, but all who came had a good time.

Alex's Lemonade Stand

“Fighting cancer, one cup at a time.” This is the phrase that serves as the backbone behind ALSF, or Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an American pediatric cancer charity. 

Adam Levine the stalker

Maroon 5’s latest music video, “Animals,” has been heavily criticized by support groups working to prevent sexual violence against women.

Business Blitz

In McGarvey Commons on Oct. 9, the Business Blitz event was held from 5:30-8:30 in the evening. This event was jointly sponsored by all of the business clubs on campus. The purpose of the Business Blitz was to help students improve their presentation skills while simultaneously getting feedback from industry professionals.

Leader of 'The Black Parade' puts on a new face

On Sept. 30, the former lead singer of MCR, Gerard Way, released his own album, “Hesitant Alien.”

Mexican authorities arrest leader of Juarez drug cartel

Mexican authorities apprehended the alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel on Thursday.

Creativity for a cause

It’s time to express your creative side.

An adventure into 'Boyhood'

This summer, Richard Linklater, director of “School of Rock,” “Bernie” and the “Before” series, came out with his 12-year-long project: “Boyhood,” which received critical acclaim from nearly every film critic able to see and hear. 

Battle of the Curts State Representative Curt Sonney and his opponent Curt Smith debate

On Thursday, Oct. 16, in Reed 117, Behrend hosted a debate between State Representative Curt Sonney and his opponent Curt Smith. The debate was open to the public, and  those who wanted to ask questions were given slips of paper which were then filtered by the moderator, Dr. Speel of the Political Science department. 

Cannabis Conflict in PA

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a revised version of Senate Bill 1182 known as the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act on September 24. With 23 States and DC that have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana, Pennsylvania is beginning to catch up.

‘Sleep Cycle’ app helps users get good quality sleep

Good sleep is hard to come by as you get older, but the Sleep Cycle app can scientifically help you feel well-rested and ready to start your day.

The world at home: a student perspective on the Hong Kong protests

The Behrend Beacon sits down with Ching Hong Wu, an international student from Hong Kong.

Treat yourself: homemade butterfingers

If buying a candy bar seems like too much of a hassle, why not try and make some from scratch?

VanDamia, men’s golf crowned AMCC Champs

A recap of the Penn State Behrend men's golf team's stellar effort at the AMCC Championships.

Behrend men’s soccer red hot

A summary of the Penn State Behrend men's soccer team's recent success.

Cross country teams return to action at Carnegie Mellon University

The Penn State Behrend men's and women's cross country teams recently competed at Carnegie Mellon University.

More than 53k funded by Behrend for fall research

This fall, Behrend has funded more than $53,000 in undergraduate research for students from over 30 majors. The money for the Academic Year Undergraduate Research comes from the Behrend budget and is designed to motivate students to be more involved in faculty research projects. Annually, the college offers nearly $350,000 and each student is eligible for $2,600 in grant money. 

Ebola spreads in the U.S.

As of Friday, October 10, two cases of Ebola have been reported by the Center for Disease Control in Dallas, Texas.

MCC plays games to investigate different cultures

On Oct. 3 in Reed 150, the Multi-Cultural Council (MCC) held their Gaming Night event. The MCC is a student organization that serves as a liaison between the Student Government Association and ten other peer organizations devoted to students of varying cultures. During this event, which was open invitation to all, members of the Multi-Cultural Council participated in a game of Jeopardy based on cultural facts from around the world. At the end of the night, everyone went home a winner, and the MCC organization graciously provided a variety of ethnic food for all participants. For this occasion, Mexican-style cuisine from the popular restaurant Q’Doba Mexican Grill, was served.  What can be better than a night of new friends and free food? 

500k gift to inspire ‘creative energy’ at Behrend

A gift commitment of $500,000 was given to Penn State Behrend by the Samuel P. Black Foundation to boost the film studies program.

Penn State issues travel ban on Ebola nations

As a precautionary measure, Penn State has issued a temporary moratorium on travel to and from countries where Ebola is most prevalent.

NFL game ends in tie

Josh Lapping recaps the recent NFL game that ended in a tie between the Carolina Panthers and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Penn State loses second-straight game to rival Michigan

Penn State drops their second-straight game against the Michigan Wolverines.

Lady Lions tennis dominates

A summary of the Penn State Behrend women's tennis team's recent victory over D’Youville.

Becoming Olivia Pope

The women’s clothing store just released their Scandal Collection – a stunning 42-piece compilation of tailored suit pants, silky blouses and structured coats.

Typhoon rattles Japan’s east coast

One person is dead, three are missing and 10 are injured after Typhoon Phanfone battered Japan Monday.

Search for flight MH370 resumes

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is entering the next face in the Indian Ocean. 

Browns ‘comeback’ with win over Titans

A recap of the Cleveland Browns' recent come-from-behind victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Appionated: 'Pact' makes healthy eating and exercising profitable

It’s easy for people to make excuses for not exercising and eating right, but “Pact” makes you keep your promise or pay up.

Behrend artist: Student chases dreams of stardom

The pipe dream of “making it” in the music industry is not easily obtained. Behrend senior, Zach Knight, is looking to do just that.

What’s going on with Thursday Night Football?

A look into this year's Thursday night football games that might be surprising.

Students gear up for employment opportunities

Students suited up to attend this fall’s Career and Internship Fair last week.

On Oct. 1, companies and students gathered in Junker Center to network. This career fair was the highest student-attended fair, with a final number of 1,058.  Of those students, 51 were from Gannon University and 4 were from Edinboro University. The tables were all full, with 157 companies filling 160 tables.

PSB men’s soccer on a roll

A recap of Penn State Behrend men's soccer recent action.

Lady Lions soccer splits a pair

An overview of recent Penn State Behrend women's soccer action.

Ben Bradford countrifies Behrend

On Oct. 10, students and members of the Erie Community gathered in Bruno’s to listen to country singer Ben Bradford. Bradford played covers as well as original music. He described his music as “rockin’ country with a soul.”

U.S. Supreme Court gives ‘tacit’ victory to same-sex marriage

The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear cases from five states aiming to keep same-sex marriage bans in place

Nurse in Spain contracts Ebola

A nurse who treated two Ebola victims in Madrid has tested positive for the virus

Comedian Ryan Reiss comes to Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s Lion Entertainment Board presented the students with comedian, Ryan Reiss this past Friday at Reed 117. Based in New York City, Reiss is an opener for Late Night with Seth Myers.

Magician David Gerard amazes

On Friday, Oct. 3, master magician David Gerard came to campus prepared to blow away the students and family of Penn State Behrend. His show was full of shocks and surprises; the audience was constantly kept on their toes as he pulled off each trick. He was able to guess the names of pets as well as dates that were important to people without a hitch.

Women’s volleyball keeps it tight

A recap of recent Penn State Behrend women's volleyball contests.

Is binge-watching killing you?

Binge watching TV shows has become a norm in today's pop culture, but is the act detrimental to your wellbeing? 

Suicide bomber kills 5 in Chechnya

A suicide bomber killed five police officers and injured 12 civilians in Chechnya Sunday.

Students and parents gather for a family-fun weekend

Over this past weekend, Penn State Behrend held Parents and Families Weekend, where families of students could come and enjoy events and educational workshops [on information about the campus for the young and old alike.] 

'Gone Girl' thrills

"Gone Girl" pleases audiences. 

Al Roker shines a light on USO

Al Roker recently took a break from NBC’s “TODAY” show desk to give back to American soldiers. 

Northwestern hands PSU first loss of season

A recap of the Penn State vs. Northwestern football game that occured on Saturday, Sep. 27.

Are you worth more than your 'Selfie?'

“It took me 14 years to perfect it, but now I am instafamous.” 

Self-taught musician amazes Behrend crowd

On Oct. 17, students gathered in Bruno’s to listen to Rachel Brown. With her ukulele and her guitar, she amazed the audience. Born and raised in New York City, Rachel Brown is a self-taught musician.

Penn State: A world within a campus

The Student Government Association meeting last Thursday covered topics to benefit the student body, but discussion was dominated by the relationship between American and international students. 

Behrend soccer shows up big

A recap of the past week's soccer action from the Lions' men's and women's squads.

AFC North round up

A summary of the NFL's AFC North division after four weeks of play.

Lions volleyball red hot

A summary of recent Penn State Behrend women's volleyball action.

'The Walking Dead' captures millions

On Sunday, Oct. 12, 17.5 million tuned in for the live viewing of the season five premiere of “The Walking Dead."

Tough test for ladies tennis

Recap of recent Penn State Behrend women's tennis action.

PSB Golf at La Roche Invite

Summary of the Penn State Behrend men's golf team's most recent competition.

PSB women's tennis still rolling

Penn State Behrend's women's tennis team went 2-1 in their latest three matches.

Sports talk: it's that time of year, sports fans

Sports Editor Mike Callan talks about this time of year for sports fans.

Delta Chi Fraternity pig roast

On Sept. 11,  the Delta Chi Fraternity organized one of the biggest annual events known on campus. Delta Chi is an international club that fixes its goal toward leadership, character, education and friendship. The members are very involved on campus and hold many service events, community services, and the biggest of all, always sponsor an annual Pig Roast event. 

NFL week three events result in rookie QB infiltration

With some injuries to starting quarterbacks in week three, some NFL rookies are going to be starting in week four.

Behrend CC at Dickinson Invite

The Penn State Behrend men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Dickinson Invitaional on Saturday.

Juicing: good or bad?

 Everyone, from your friends to A-List celebs, is professing their love for juicing.  Is this a good idea though?

Club Spotlight: Financial Management Club

The Finance Club was changed to the Financial Management Association (FMA) here at Penn State Behrend. The main reason for doing so is because this is an international association that allows students, as well as professionals, to network with a recognized global organization. The club will assist in the professional, educational and social development of college students interested in finance, banking and investments.

President Obama Addresses Nation: “We will…destroy [ISIL]

U.S. President Barack Obama announced the lifting of restrictions on airstrikes in Iraq and the authorization of direct attacks on the Islamic State (ISIL) insurgency in Syria in a nationally-televised speech last Wednesday. 

Firebird: restaurant review

Firebirds, which is located in the Millcreek Mall, feels as if you stepped into a fancy New York City restaurant and bar. The wood fired grill cuts everything in their kitchen, from steak to chicken to fish, and has a very extensive wine list.

Maroon 5 releases fifth studio album, 'V'

It’s hard to believe that after ten years of being together, Maroon 5 has just put out their fifth studio album, properly titled “V”(pronounced five).

Yakin' away

Yik Yak is a new app that has to be the best creation since Twitter. 

The sizable controversy of 'All About that Bass'

Meghan Trainor has risen to the top of the charts with her hit, “All About That Bass,” an anthem supporting full-figured girls in a catchy tune.

Robert Michael Pyle comes to Behrend

On Sept. 4, students and members of the community gathered in the Smith Chapel in order to hear the readings of Robert Michael Pyle, or “Bob”, as he introduced himself. The one-hour reading had a positive atmosphere filled with laughing and stories. Pyle read various pieces of his writings including poems, short stories and essays. 

Treat yourself: nachos

Can’t handle another Bruno’s sub? Want something more than Dobbins? Well, don’t worry – we have the solution for you: nachos. You can buy everything you need for this recipe right on campus.

Single & satisfied

Why people should embrace being single instead of dreading it. 

They're up all night to get lucky: Emmys 2013 from NPH to 'Breaking Bad'

Although Neil Patrick Harris qualifies for the so-called “Ryan Seacrest Center for Excessive Hosting,” that does not mean he should register. 

New ebola vaccine shows long-term immunity in monkeys

An experimental vaccine has given monkeys “long-term” immunity from the Ebola virus, according to the US National Institutes of Health. The experiments have shown immunity could last up to ten months.

Condom Casino

LEB promotes safe sex in a fun environment

Where did my show go?

Once again, it is that time of year when the television season begins airing new episodes of series and introduces a crop of rookie shows for our entrainment enjoyment. 

Samples of deadly toxins found unsecured in US labs

Scientists discovered six improperly stored vials containing samples of dangerous pathogens including ricin, the bacteria that causes plague and the bacteria that causes botulism.

Paradigm Shift Swings Society

By Erik Brown, sports editor

Internet killed the CD

The sale of physical albums have been on the decline, and many marketing and music industry professionals say the internet is to blame.

Appinionated: ‘Optimism’ app tracks your moods

“Optimism” is an app that helps you track your mental health.

Pastor inpsires others for World Adoption Day

Adoption is an under discussed, yet prevalent issue around the world. An organization in Hollywood, CA is aiming to bring light to this issue. AdoptTogether has declared Nov. 9 as World Adoption Day. The organization was developed in 2012 by MOSAIC Hollywood pastor Hank Fortener when he created a non-profit crowd-funding site to help families in adopting children from both the U.S, and abroad. 

Don’t feed the internet trolls

When does Internet surfing turn into Internet trolling?

Eliza Coupe gets 'Benched'

We all struggle in life, and in the new show on USA, “Benched,” Nina Whitley, played by Eliza Coupe, learns the real definition of struggling. 

The Erie Playhouse presents: 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

This weekend, the Erie Playhouse premiered a Tony Award-winning comedy that will make you laugh your pants off.

Stress buster

If you find yourself plagued with tense shoulders, an aching neck, frequent colds,or uncharacteritic behavior, you might be experiencing high levels of stress. Some people become agitated or angered more easily, overly emotional, and antsy. Others become withdrawn and depressed. Whatever the case may be, you can pull yourself out of this rut and address the problem at hand