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Penn State President Rodney Erickson encouraged student leaders Saturday night to define Penn State culture at the start of the University Park Undergraduate Association Encampment weekend.

“All of us as leaders need to work on our culture and who we are and improving the climate for Penn State,” Erickson said. “It has never been more important for us to hear your ideas.”

Student leaders from more than 50 campus organizations met in the Beaver Stadium Recruitment Lounge on Saturday to kick off Encampment weekend, an opportunity organized by UPUA for students to engage and collaborate with each other on leadership.

The 2013 University Park Undergraduate Association Encampment weekend will take place this Saturday and Sunday to allow collaboration among student leaders from several organizations.

UPUA Encampment Director Josh Wimble said the weekend will be a great opportunity for student leaders to come together and discuss how each other runs his or her organization, while also learning from others.

“Encampment weekend is a way to get student leaders all into the same room,” Wimble (senior-advertising and political science) said. “It’s a collaborative effort to address issues student leaders are facing.”

Penn State’s Board of Trustees suggested changes to its internal structure at a series of committee meetings Thursday.

The Committee on Governance and Long-Range Planning discussed changes recommended by former Auditor General Jack Wagner and the Freeh Report at its meeting. The suggested changes included reducing the role of the governor and the university president to non-voting members.

“Before this crisis occurred, 15 or 16 months ago, over and over again, the Penn State board was the ideal structure that other universities were envious of the size of the board, and how the Penn State board operated, and I heard this from experts,” Trustee Joel Myers said.

Overcoming abuse and unhealthy relationships is something to celebrate, according to Penn State Center for Women Students Assistant Director Audra Hixson.

At the fifth annual “Honoring Survival, Transforming the Spirit” event, attendees will be able to share poetry and stories or listen to others discuss why it’s important to hear the stories of those who have been abused. A reception will be held after the event and is open to the public.

The event, sponsored by the Penn State Center for Women Students and the Penn State Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center’s Memorial Lounge.

Three forcible rapes that occurred in the Highlands North Neighborhood in State College have been connected to the same person through DNA evidence, according to a release from the State College Police Department issued Thursday afternoon.

The incidents occurred between August 2010 and April 2011. The person connected through DNA evidence with the incidents used sexual and physical violence in every incident, according to the release.

According to the release, the person connected to the incidents may have committed other rapes or assaults or may have been involved in acquaintance or date rape situations that may have gone unreported.

A group of Penn State students are dressing in “walk of shame” attire during a stride of empowerment with the Slut Walk that will occur at 1 p.m. today to spread awareness about sexual assault.

Slut Walk participant Abby Kenly said the idea to have this march came from her women’s studies class, where students were given the option to do a group project and many showed interest in a march to raise awareness.

One of the main goals of the Slut Walk is to bring attention to society’s tendency to blame someone who has experienced rape, stating that their provocative clothing caused the assault, Kenly (freshman-forensic science) said.

Penn State greeks can earn educational programming credit for completing a Web program designed to help students learn about sexual assault

Recently launched by Penn State's Division of Student Affairs, the Sexual Assault Awareness Learning Module consists of four 15- to 25-minute videos that depict real-life scenarios about sexual assaults. The scenarios range from two female friends going to a fraternity party to a girl confiding in her roommate about an encounter she had with a teaching assistant.

By completing the module, fraternity and sorority members can fulfill requirements of their national fraternities and sororities for accreditation through Penn State's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

All it took was a little prodding from the women of McElwain Hall.

He flung a Steelers tassel cap, a black mask and a trench coat in all directions, and before he knew it, John Zang had scampered across Mifflin Road and into a Penn State tradition.

"It's probably not what you want to be known for, but it's pretty neat," Zang, Class of 1980, said with a laugh. "I just hope my son who will be applying doesn't necessarily keep that alive."

Statistics show that one in four women will be assaulted or raped by the time they graduate from college. If this is true, 4,957 women on campus will be or have been raped or assaulted, Take Back the Night organizer Kaitlyn Ludgate said.

Tonight, the 24th annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) march will travel throughout campus and downtown to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.

The march will begin with a mini-rally at Old Main, where women's basketball coach Coquese Washington will briefly speak, organizer Becky Dickey said.