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Soccer Players Look to their Wrists for Game-Day Inspiration

Before the whistle, Alex Bilka looks down at her wrist, where she has inked the word “TEAM.”

Bilka, a senior from Cranberry Township, is a forward on the Penn State Behrend women’s soccer squad. She writes the word with a Sharpie before every game.

Penn State Behrend soccer player Alex Bilka“It helps me get into the zone,” she says. “It pumps me up.”

Jordan Oberlander, a forward, writes “FAMILY.” Leah Morra writes “MOM.”

November 17: Double Duo, The Logan Series

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The chamber music group Double Duo is pictured.Old meets new. It’s a cliché, but it’s also a trademark of the chamber music group Double Duo.

The group blends traditional instruments with newly invented ones. The end result: a wholly unique concert music experience.

February 23: Speaker Series Presents Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark, 'Stuff You Should Know'

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Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant pictured.There are few venues where a discussion of both artificial sweeteners and zombies would seem relevant and relatable.

But that’s what makes “Stuff You Should Know” special. It’s a podcast where literally anything is on the table for discussion.

March 22: Speaker Series Presents Bree Newsome, 'Tearing Hatred from the Sky'

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Bree NewsomeOn June 27, 2015, following the race-related murder of nine people in a Charleston church shooting, Bree Newsome scaled a 30-foot flagpole outside the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate flag.

“In the name of Jesus, this flag has to come down,” she said as she descended. “You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”

March 21: Finance Speaker Series, Kevin Slocum

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Kevin Slocum pictured.A registered principal with LPL Financial will discuss tips for successful portfolio management in the next presentation of the Finance Speaker Series at Penn State Behrend.

February 13: TJ Hesch, Finance Speaker Series

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TJ Hesch pictrued.The assistant treasurer and assistant controller for Marquette Savings Bank will discuss the challenges of operating a community bank when the Finance Speaker Series returns to Penn State Behrend on Monday, Feb. 13.

November 13: 'Love is All You Need," Behrend Choir Concert

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The Behrend Fall Choir Concert will be Sunday, Nov. 13.For years, the Beatles’ pop ballads, classic rock sounds and psychedelic tunes have left audiences in awe.

Those in attendance at Penn State Behrend’s Chamber Singers and Concert Choir’s fall concert should expect a similar impression.

October 24: Seraph Brass, The Logan Series

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Seraph Brass will perform Monday, Oct. 24, at Penn State Behrend.It’s not every day that America’s top female brass players get together for a concert.

That’s what makes this month’s Logan Series concert at Penn State Behrend even more special.

October 6: Mark Brazaitis, Creative Writers Reading Series

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Author Mark Brazaitis.As a child, Mark Brazaitis never hesitated when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“I didn’t have posters of rock bands on my bedroom walls. I had pictures of Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, and Fyodor Dostoevsky,” Brazaitis said in a 2012 interview. “Yes, I was strange. But to do what they had done — create such vibrant and potent worlds between book covers — was something to aspire to.”

October 3: Speaker Series, Congressman Lincoln Davis

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Congressman Lincoln DavisFormer U.S. congressmen Lincoln Davis will discuss the 2016 presidential election and civility in politics during an Oct. 3 Congress to Campus event at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.