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Richard Becker says he’s out to dispel myths surrounding the conflict between Palestine and Israel — and he elaborated on those myths at an event hosted by the Leftist Symposium and Students for Justice in Palestine Thursday night.

Becker, a writer and international commentator on the Middle East, based his presentation on his book, “Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire.”

He said that though he’s been to the Middle East several times over the years for speaking engagements and research, he would not call himself an expert on the subject.

A consultant to the borough recommended that a policy designed to help curb traffic problems be taken to step two with a focus on speed.

Ron Seybert, a Trans-Associates representative, relayed the decision to the State College Borough Council through a presentation complete with data collected during a recent traffic study. He said the East Highlands Traffic Calming Policy was needed.

"We should do something in accordance to the policy," Seybert said. "[We] would benefit from speed traffic calming."