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Activist. author Katz featured in Voices Against Violence program

Jackson Katz will give a free presentation for the public at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. Katz is widely recognized as a anti-sexist activist and author with expertise in the field of gender violence prevention education. The presentation is part of Beaver's Voices Against Violence programming held throughout October in honor of National Domestic Awareness Month. The program is funded through the Office of Student Affairs.

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Admissions Office offers free programs for prospective students

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office is offering two free programs for prospective students and their families. The campus will offer a Fall Open House at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Student Union Building Lodge as part of Penn State Day and Homecoming. The "Be a PSU Student for a Day" program will be presented from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Lodge. Advance reservations are needed.

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Campus will host candidates debate on Thursday, Oct. 23

The Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, Penn State Beaver, and Comcast will cosponsor a debate for regional political candidates at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
23, in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. The event is free to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The debate will be broadcast
live on WBVP/WMBA radio and Pennsylvania Cable Network. For information, contact Beaver campus at (724) 773-3815 or amk6@psu.edu.

Oct. 25 is Beaver's Penn State Day/Homecoming

Penn State Beaver will host its annual Penn State Day/Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25. All events are free to the public. A complete listing
of events is provided below. For information, contact Amy M. Krebs, director, campus and community relations, at amk6@psu.edu or (724) 773-3815 or visit

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Video offers on-the-street excitement with Paternoville residents

Paternoville, the round-the-clock site outside Beaver Stadium where Penn State students' football fever escalates in the hours and days before Nittany
Lion home football games, has become another Penn State tradition. Students overnighting there often receive surprise guests before they climb into their
sleeping bags. Watch a two-minute video street-side with Paternoville's "residents" to catch a glimpse of student spirit in what ESPN has called the
best student section in college football.

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The Great Pumpkin: Penn Staters help growers pick the best

For the average consumer, picking out pumpkins in the fall might come down to a simple decision: big or small. But as the work of some Penn State
horticulturists will attest, the varieties and growth of the popular seasonal squash are much more complicated matters. Beginning in 2000, the acreage of
pumpkin production has increased, and seizing on the growing marketplace, seed companies annually produce dozens of new pumpkin varieties and hybrids.
For a pumpkin grower, the choices for the autumn staple can be spooky. That's where Penn State comes in. Michael Orzolek, professor of vegetable crops in
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, says that for about eight years he and a number of Cooperative Extension horticulturists have been
performing seed trials at locations around the state, helping Pennsylvania growers decide which varieties best meet their needs.

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The Medical Minute: Panic disorders -- a common anxiety disorder

Did you know that nearly 2.4 million Americans suffer from panic disorders, according to the National Institute of Mental Health? In fact, more than 20
percent of adult Americans will have at least one panic attack in their lifetime and up to 4 percent of adults suffer from panic disorders. Panic
disorders are two to three times more common in women than men.

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Probing Question: Why do boomerangs return when you throw them?

The first boomerangs were originally little more than hunting sticks thrown by Stone Age humans tens of thousands of years ago. Over time, boomerangs
became lighter and were thrown for recreation as well as for hunting. At some unknown point, noted Mark Maughmer, a professor of aerospace engineering,
someone discovered that if you threw it just right, a boomerang would come back to you. Although this circuitous flight path may seem mysterious, he
said, it can be easily explained by the laws of aerodynamics.

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Volleyball team takes on York in PSUAC Tournament

The Penn State Beaver volleyball team moved into the PSUAC playoffs Tuesday, Oct. 14, when it hosted and defeated Penn State Greater Allegheny, 3-0. On
Saturday, Oct. 18, Beaver will take on No. 5 seed Penn State York in the PSUAC Tournament at Penn State Fayette. Beaver is 16-1 in the PSUAC and 19-9
overall. In Tuesday's win, junior Jennifer Hain (Pittsburgh) led with six assists, sophomores Brittany Clair (Cranberry) and Heather Sandusky (New
Brighton) each had three digs, and sophomore Liz Hain (Pittsburgh) and freshman Katie Landis (Rochester) each totaled three kills. For information
about the PSUAC Tournament, visit http://www.psu.edu/dept/psuac or http://www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact Andy Kirschner, Beaver athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu, (724) 773-3826.

Soccer team is No. 3 seed in PSUAC Tournament

The No. 3 seed Penn State Beaver soccer team will host No. 6 seed Penn State Hazleton in the PSUAC Tournament on at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20. Beaver is
8-3-1 in the PSUAC and 9-8-1 overall. For information about the PSUAC Tournament, visit http://www.psu.edu/dept/psuac or http://www.beaver.psu.edu,
or contact Andy Kirschner, Beaver athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu, (724) 773-3826.