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...Rewinding to the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters and fast forwarding to the future...
The Keystone Newspaper The Keystone would like to dedicate The Rewind to Professor Randy Schaeffer who passed away in October 2014. We wish everyone who graduated in Fall & Spring the best of luck! Lead Editor: Emily Moore Copy and Content Editors: Olivia Harne, Josh Herring, Andie Heydt, Emily Leayman and Nova Sienkiewicz Layout and Design: Emily Moore and Cambrea Roy Keystone Advisor: Dr. Michael Downing
A preview of The Rewind from our adviser What happened to college yearbooks? Have they been exiled permanently to the dust bin of history, a victim of the continuous status updates of the Digital Age? Are we only going to encounter them behind some pane of glass, a dusty, nostalgic curiosity of a bygone era? Have yearbooks truly gone the way of the dinosaur and the dodo? The staff at The Keystone News believes there is a place for yearbooks in the Digital Age, and that’s why we are bringing you a Digital Yearbook, dubbed The Keystone Rewind. This inaugural edition opens with an event that shook the campus, the passing of Professor Randy Schaeffer, to whom the issue is dedicated. Professor Schaeffer taught at KU for 35 years and influenced many lives. In 2013, he received KU’s Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He will be missed. From there, we travel to Stratton where our editor-in-chief, Emily Leayman, interviewed Dr. Carlos Vargas, who stepped into the role of acting president this past year, where he made student recruitment and retention centerpieces of his administration. As you well know, much has changed in the past few months for the Vargases. We now know that Dr. Vargas and his wife Pam will be departing KU for Southeast Missouri State. We wish them the best of luck. From there we remember how Phi Sigma Pi won a fellowship award, how KU Presents! brought us Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and how a contingent of KU faithful traveled to Canton, Ohio for Andre Reed’s induction in to the NFL Hall of Fame. We remember how Allies held its first parade, SGB promoted student voting, Chance the Rapper entertained students and Piper Kerman packed Schaeffer.
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We remember how Jackie Lithgow continues to improve, the KU Jazz Ensemble released a CD, Brain Bug magazine published its inaugural issue, and the Black Student Union held a “die-in” in protest of Ferguson. We remember how the search for a new president evolved, how gender-neutral bathrooms made their debut at KU, and how KU’s 12th president, Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, arrived on campus and was greeted warmly. We hope you enjoy The Keystone Rewind!
On reviving the yearbook This project began last fall when The Keystone staff was discussing long-term publishing strategies. In addition to our online and print publications, we thought—based on our current resources—we had a pretty good shot at reviving the yearbook at KU. As you’ll recall, KU’s long-time yearbook, The Keystonia, had made the decision a couple of years ago to re-invent itself as a magazine, an understandable decision in light of the fact that traditional, print yearbooks have, indeed, become impractical. We believe college yearbooks remain important for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they serve as historical records, they offer publishing opportunities to students, and they contain memories that people will treasure for years to come. We had zero budget, but—as any Keystone News staff member can tell you—our mottos is “work smarter, not harder.” So we thought we could do the first annual Keystone Rewind as a sort of “greatest hits” of the academic year, drawing on stories that students had written for publication in The Keystone News. That is what you have before you. It wasn’t without drama, however. Staff turnover from fall to spring created numerous workflow issues, which led to the emergence of Emily Moore, The Keystone’s graphic designer, as the lead editor of the project. She stepped up, I provided guidance, and other members of the staff, including Olivia Harne, Josh Herring, Andie Heydt, Emily Leayman, Nova Sienkiewicz, and Cambrea Roy came together to edit and complete the project. We learned a lot this year and plan to develop a more efficient workflow model so that we can continue to build the product year after year. For example, although we talked about gathering photos from various student groups, it didn’t happen. Next year, however, we want to include them. Tell your student groups to be prepared for this opportunity. We will put out a call for photos in the fall. We also would like to invite students from all majors to participate. We envision a proper yearbook
committee, under the direction of The Keystone, which would be charged with producing the book just as our current group publishes the online and print editions of the newspaper. In the future, we envision articles written specifically for the yearbook: Reminiscence pieces and synopses that update our readers on how particular stories may have turned out. Short, creative work would also be welcome. Collaboration between existing publications would be encouraged. For example, the yearbook might include a few of the best poems from Shoofly or some of the excellent illustrations from Essence (should they wish to share). Reminiscence pieces, mentioned above, could come from Keystonia. Electronic media students could produce a brief “year in rewind” video that could be linked to YouTube. At that point, we would begin to really leverage the benefits of the new digital format. We hope you enjoy the revived version of the KU yearbook, The Keystone Rewind. My personal thanks to all of the students who worked hard to make it happen. -Dr. Michael Downing
Adviser to The Keystone Newspaper
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KU former associate professor of mathematics dies at 64 By Julia Grimaldi Professor Randy Schaeffer passed away on Oct. 22, 2014 at 64-years -old. According to a KU press release, Schaeffer was an associate professor of mathematics who taught both undergraduate and graduate level classes and supervised student teachers since 1980. In 2013, he received KU’s Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Schaeffer also gave much more to the university. “He served as Chair of the University Curriculum Committee, Chair of the General Education Committee, the Advisor for the mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon, President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (EPCTM), immediate past Co-Editor of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) Magazine, and former President and current Treasurer of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Mathematics Association (PASSHEMA),” according to a KU press release.
Associate Professor Randy Schaeffer
Photo courtesy of University Relations
Scholarship Fund, set up through the Kutztown University Foundation. Donations to this fund can be made at http://www.kutztownUfoundation. org, or mailed to the KU Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Kutztown, Pa. 19530. The viewing and memorial service took place on Oct. 27 in Schaeffer Auditorium, the viewing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the memorial service from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. At 2:30 on the same day, the burial took place at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, Pa.
Professor Schaeffer also helped revise the university’s general education curriculum and oversaw new general education requirements. He was on KU’s Sesquicentennial Committee and served on the Alumni Board. In 1972, Schaeffer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kutztown University. Condolences can be sent to Randy’s partner, KU Professor Emeritus Bill Bateman, at 611 N. 5th St., Reading, Pa., 19601. The family encourages donations to the Randy Schaeffer Math
Dr. Vargas emphasizes academic experience and KU pride By Emily Leayman While the KU Council of Trustees searches for a permanent president for the university, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, acting president, has many goals for improving academics. “I believe that we need to work on enhancing the student learning experience,” he said. To do so, Vargas is looking at all areas of the university: faculty, staff, coach and student perspectives. He believes student recruitment and retention is a critical part of this, since enrollment decreased in the past few years. One action he has taken was meeting with department chairs across campus to discuss retention. Many chairs expressed concerns of offering enough required classes for students. Vargas said that times when classes are held might cause conflict, since several required classes may run at the same time for a student. In addition, some departments may not have enough faculty. Because Vargas does not want students to face obstacles to receiving their degrees, he will consider how the number of faculty affects students. Another topic he wants to discuss more is curriculum innovation. He will continue conversations with department chairs this year. Vargas said that appointing vice president of Enrollment Management Kimberly Scranage is working well to recruit students and the new
marketing campaign that started in the spring is being well-received. KU pride is another one of his focuses. On move-in day, Vargas went to develop a sense of pride among new and returning students by completing the ALS ice bucket challenge. Many students came to thank him for doing the challenge.
Dr. Vargas in his office Photo by Lindsey Borgman
“I think the students had pride, something I want to promote this year.” The KU Council of Trustees recently began a nationwide search for a permanent president. According to Matt Santos, director of University Relations, a new president will likely be appointed for the 2015-16 academic year. Vargas told The Keystone in a recent interview that he plans on applying for the unfilled president position.
tion. He said he and his wife Pam “love this place and prefer not to go anywhere.” Vargas grew up in Mexico, attending the National University in Mexico City and obtaining a bachelor’s in physics. At the University of Michigan, he earned master’s degrees in physics and aerospace science along with a Ph.D. in physics. Previously he taught science labs at KU before dedicating himself to the provost and vice president position.
Even as president, he hopes the Vargas became acting president in students will see him “as a real person.” On weekends, the campus July after Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, the community can find Vargas playing former president, accepted a new soccer with faculty, staff and somejob at Framingham State Univertimes students. sity in Massachusetts. Before this position, Vargas served as provost “[Faculty and staff] have the and vice president for Academic ability to push me aside…without and Student Affairs. If he does not retribution,” he said, laughing. obtain the permanent position, he plans on returning to his old posi2
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Phi Sigma Pi’s KU chapter wins national award By Patrick Dietrich Kutztown University’s chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Epsilon Alpha, was recognized for their fellowship at the National Convention. The Claude A. Phillips Excellence in Fellowship Award, which is named after one of the fraternity’s founders, is given out once a year. The winning chapter must demonstrate outstanding fellowship through events held during the 2013-14 school year. The event that won the Epsilon Alpha award was a PostSecret-style event. PostSecret is a community project that people anonymously send their secrets to, which are then posted online. Amelia Herbst, the Building a Better Brotherhood committee chair, was in charge of the event. “I never could have thought that ideas that came so naturally could not only work so well, but be recognized on a national level”, Herbst said. “It shows that no matter what happens or what issues our brothers go through, we all have the ability to help each other when in need and push our differences aside. We are not only upholding one of our ideals beyond what the national level expects, but we are adding a positive influence to the Kutztown community.”
Top (left to right): Patrick Dietrich, Courtney Laub, Jessica Morrow Bottom (left to right): Ashley Crawford, Stephen Cristiano Photo courtesy of Patrick Dietrich
The atmosphere as the brothers realized their event had won a national award was astounding. “It was electric. We knew when the event was being described prior to announcing the winner that it was our event”, said Jess Morrow, the alternate delegate for the chapter. “I was so excited that whatever was happening in the audience mattered less than what was happening at our table.” Epsilon Alpha had won this award the previous year for a bonfire event. Students write names they had been called and labels they were given on a piece of paper and threw it into the fire. Herbst graduated this past semester, but she holds high hopes for the chapter. “Epsilon Alpha has done incredible things and I can see them upholding this standard. Our brothers are capable of anything they put their minds to.” The National Convention was held from July 31-Aug. 3 in Atlanta. 4
KU Presents! hosts Big Bad Voodoo Daddy By Joshua Herring The team at KU Presents! has lined up a performing artist series featuring illustrious and talented artists from various cultural corners of the performing arts. The 2014-2015 season opening event, on Sept. 17, will feature the electrifying swing jazz band called Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. At 7:30 p.m. that Wednesday night, the band will take the stage with a style and sound never before hosted at the Schaeffer Auditorium: a cool jazz style flare and the notoriously relentless music of the swing jazz era. “With BBVD, you get the zoot suits, swinging cool music, and an overall experience – not just a concert,” says KU Presents! Director Robin Zaremski. The contemporary jazz-rock band has recorded ten albums, sold over two million copies, and has been acclaimed all over the
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country for their dynamic revival of the original hipster culture. Zaremski says, “KU Presents! wanted to start the season with an energetic and fun artist and there was no better choice than BBVD. They are a true party band for those who like to dance and get in the mood of a unique era.” Students may be unfamiliar to the beatnik music of the 1940’s, but according to Zaremski, the university has “an obligation to the students to make their experience more culturally enriching and enlightening.” In addition, she points out that, “From the recent remake of the Great Gatsby to the popularity of Speakeasies and vintage style clothing, I have seen students more than ever embrace the look and feel of this earlier time period.” With songs like “You, Me, and the Bottle Makes Three” and “Digga Digga Do” led by vocalist Scottie Morris, Zaremski says, “A BBVD show is for any student who not only loves music, but who also loves an exhilarating experience.”
Before the performance, there will be a “Welcome Back” swing dance party hosted on the Schaeffer deck at 6 p.m. The KU Jazz
Ensemble will be there to get your feet moving and swing dance lessons will be available at 6:15 p.m. Then, at 6:30 p.m., ACE will be hosting a student-only swing dance competition. There will be three prizes. $75 will be awarded to the first couple, $50 for the second and $25 for the third. Tickets for the BBVD show will be provided for all of the participating and winning couples. Snacks will also be provided. All students are welcome and vintage attire is encouraged. According to Zaremski, those who come to the pre-performance swing party might also see a sneak peak performance by the Reading Theatre Project and a surprise duet with BBVD lead singer Scottie Morris. Other approaching shows this fall for the KU Presents! performing artist series include a George Gershwin tribute performed by the Reading Pops Orchestra and piano soloist Clipper Erickson on Oct. 6, the GRAMMY award winning banjo duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Oct. 28, and A Very Brass Christmas performed by Canadian Brass on Dec. 3. Details for all and future spring performances can be found on the KU Presents! website.
KU contingent travels to Canton for Andre Reed induction By Emily Leayman On Aug. 1, after the first day of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, Matt Santos typed out a detailed account of the unfolding events all from memory. His blog, KU in Canton, on the university website, documents the time he spent covering KU’s own Andre Reed being inducted into the Hall of Fame. “I took no notes,” he said. “It was writing that was not work. It was so much fun and so interesting to me that it just flowed.” Since Santos started working at KU in 1992, Reed was one of the most talked-about names in athletics at the university. Reed, who played for KU from 1981 to 1984 and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1985, was one of seven inductees in 2014. According to Santos, Reed has been eligible for nine years and has been a finalist several times. Santos, the director of University Relations and an avid pro football fan, would have probably gone anyway if he did not cover it for work. Despite distractions from nearby Hall of Famers, he was able to cover the experience for Kutztown. Reed’s induction speech easily gave Kutztown that recognition. Reed put Kutztown on the map by mentioning it on the national stage, and Santos was glad to be a part of that. His other personal highlight was the Gold Jacket Dinner, with its plethora of Hall of Famers from as early as the 1940s.
Santos did not get to talk to Reed, who was booked for the whole event. The closest he got was at the press conference, where a few dozen cameras and reporters surrounded Reed. Santos has already encountered him plenty of times when Reed showed up to Kutztown football games. He recalls one time when he was working at a home football game that Reed showed up to: “I was doing a public address and I turned to my left and he was standing in the press box next to me.” Andre Reed giving a speech at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. Santos hopes for KU to get more interpersonal time with Reed by bringing him back to campus during Homecoming. Santos said there have been preliminary talks. The university is currently following up with his agent. The university, Council of Trustees and a few local politicians hope to honor him in some way.
Athletic Conference player to earn a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I think it’s exciting for those of us who are fans of pro football, who have been around Kutztown for a long time, and I think even our current students and the younger generation to know that Kutztown has produced a football hall of famer,” Santos said. “It’s pretty unique. Of the 25,000 plus men who have played professional football there [are] only 287 in the Hall of Fame.” Other KU representatives attended the induction too. Among those were Greg Bamberger, athletics director; Dave Johnson, assistant director of University Relations; acting President Dr. Carlos Vargas and his wife; Tracey Thompson, director of the KU foundation and several KU trustees including Guido Pichini. Santos said he saw a group of former and current professors and at least one current student.
KU has had its fair share of players entering professional athletics. The closest news of this scale for Santos was when he went to the NFL draft at Madison Square Garden, where KU football player John Mobley was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos. According to Santos’s blog, Reed is the only Pennsylvania State
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The KU community makes an appearance at the Hall of Fame inductions. Photo courtesy of University Relations
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Allies of KU to hold first annual pride parade By Ellyn Kershner In honor of National Coming Out Day, Allies of KU will hold their first annual pride parade. The parade will be held on the university’s campus on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. Allies is a gay-straight alliance organization that supports equality for the GLBTQ community. The organization promotes activism through various campus events. Allies has existed on campus in some form since the 1990s and has made great strides ever since. The parade is part of a celebration for National Coming Out Day on Saturday, Oct. 11. The purpose of this day is to create awareness of GLBTQ rights. Members of this community are encouraged to “come out” on this day and celebrate their identities. Shannon Peitzer, chair of Allies Equality Network, organized the parade which will include many other student organizations. Peitzer is a dual major studying psychology and professional writing. Some clubs
Allies logo Photo courtesy of Allies of Kutztown University
participating in the parade include the Quidditch Club, Communication Club, Social Welfare Club, Anthropology Club, Tau Beta Sigma, FMLA, and KU’s local Oxfam and NAACP chapters. The parade will begin at College Hill Memorial Grove and continue west on Main Street in Kutztown. It will end on campus by the MacFarland Student Union Building. Nykolai Blichar, president of Allies at Kutztown, commented on the upcoming event, “…the 1st annual pride parade is a great way to spread both the pride of the queer community, but also the pride of everyone at KU as a whole. All of the groups involved have put a lot of effort into this event and we hope that it brings not just KU pride, but also pride for being who we are and what we do to better ourselves.”
Students promote the Allies club at KU’s Student Involvement Fair. Photo by Lindsey Borgman
SGB promotes student voting By Emily Leayman Joe Scoboria, SGB president, not only wants to get students registered to vote but wants them to follow up by participating in Election Day. Like last year’s elections, however, voting for many students remains miles away from campus. SGB will lead an approximately three mile walk to the voting location, the Maxatawny Township Building on 127 Quarry Road off Route 222. Students living on campus, on Kutztown Road near the Airport Diner and at the Edge vote at the township building, which lies on the edge of Maxatawny’s third precinct. Scoboria will dedicate most of the day helping students to the building with help from other SGB members. The walk will include different student media recording videos and taking pictures to raise awareness about the location not being easily accessible by students. Kutztown University Radio will be posting up-to-date statuses on Facebook and groups like Electronic Media majors and The Keystone will join the walk. “The biggest concern I’m really trying to [address] is safety,” said Scoboria. Scoboria met with Paul Quinn, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, to discuss student transportation to the polls. APSCUF is donating
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939
SGB president Joe Scorbia plans the boundaries of another voting district. Photo courtesy of Mike Regensburger
to SGB so they can provide one or two buses to the polling location. Scoboria said that he attended APSCUF meetings to ask for its support, and he said the union has been “very supportive of our efforts.” SGB worked with the university last year to provide vans to the polling location, but this year, Scoboria wants buses in anticipation of a larger voter turnout. One bus would leave from south campus and the other from the SUB. He believes students care about the upcoming governor’s election because higher education is one of its top issues. “Students at Kutztown University and the other 13 state schools have a very close tie with this governor election,” said Scoboria. “I feel like students need to become engaged; they need to research both candidates who are running for governor, and find the issues that are important to them. Higher education is very important to all of us.” He estimates that over 200 students have registered to vote from the National Voter Registration Day event SGB coordinated with the Office of Student Involvement a few weeks ago. While the deadline for voter registration ended on Oct. 6, students can still submit absentee ballots by Oct. 28. Both Pennsylvania and out-of-state students can either change their voter registration addresses to Kutztown and vote in this precinct or request an absentee ballot from home. The Berks County commissioners changed the third precinct polling location from Keystone Hall to the Maxatawny Township Building in August 2013.
Professional writing student releases first book of poetry By Dawn Heinbach KU student, Catherine J. Mahony, was the featured poet at the Oct. 2 meeting of Berks Bards, which takes place monthly at GoggleWorks, Reading, Pa. Mahony’s work brings the hopeful message of recovery from addiction by telling her own story, from her time as a homeless heroin addict, to a psychiatric ward inpatient, to a college graduate with many accomplishments and a fulfilled life. Mahony has shared her story at local recovery facilities like the Caron Foundation, White Deer Run and Berks County Prison. Her first chapbook, “Prior Restraints,” was released on the same night. The book is a brutally honest compilation of poems that reflect on her experiences during her addiction and mental illness. While it took five years for Mahony to build sufficient confidence and skill in her writing before seeking publication, the poems themselves did not take long to write since they adhere to a specific theme. Her goal with the book is to give a voice to those who are struggling with addiction or mental illness. “I hope that through reopening my wounds, I can assist others in
healing their own,” Mahony said. Her future plans include a fulllength memoir, of which part one is already completed. The theme is similar to the chapbook but the longer length allows for a deeper probe of the 12-year-old Mahony’s loss of her mother, her father’s alcoholism and motherhood, which she attributes to saving her life.
“The potency of the drug which is being distributed today increases the chance of overdose and death exponentially,” Mahony said. “That first line or shot could very well be your last.” Mahony is available for speaking engagements and offers a therapeutic writing program to prison inmates and patients in treatment facilities.
Mahony is especially sensitive to the rise in heroin deaths in Berks and surrounding counties. “What I would say to young people today who are considering experimenting with drugs or who are already in the throes of addiction is that your life is a precious gift and you are all here for a very specific reason,” she said. “I guarantee that reason is not to fall victim to an addiction that can only end in three ways: becoming institutionalized, becoming incarcerated or the ultimate sacrifice, dying.” The strength of the opiate and the various substances with which the drug is combined significantly inflates the danger of trying it even once.
Photo of Catherine J. Mahony
Photo by Dawn Heinbach
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Chance The Rapper sells out show By Daniel Makauskas & Patrick Dietrich Verge Campus Tour brought Chance The Rapper to KU on Oct. 18 for the first big-nameartist-concert in five years. The sold-out crowd filled Schaeffer Auditorium with excitement. “I was excited about him coming and the fact that KU is finally getting larger named artists to come,” said student Thad Picklo.
“Pusha Man.” This upbeat anthem set the tone for an evening that included brand new snapbacks being thrown into the crowd, backstage passes being distributed freely, and one bold student attempting to climb onto the stage. Chance slowed down the pace of his set list and decided to experiment by playing a brand new song. He didn’t reveal the title, but Chance noted how he enjoyed “trying out new songs on people between the ages of 18 and 21” because he believes they give the most honest opinions.
Chance took a moment before the new song to present the chorus on the projection screen to the audience, which read, “I believe that if I fly, I’ll probably end up somewhere in paradise.” He revealed that this song Chance at KU Photo by Mike LaFrance and many others will be featured on his After opening acts “Young upcoming project. & Sick” and “Sweater Beats” A number of students felt that warmed up the crowd, nothing Chance The Rapper wasn’t what could settle the students except they had been hoping for. for the man they came to see. “I honestly wasn’t excited for Chance took the stage to a the concert at all,” said student, chorus of cheers and opened with Jess Morrow. “It’s not a genre I one of his lesser-known songs, listen to and I had never heard
of him before, and I know quite a few people who felt the same way.” Student Chelsea Beaver shared similar feelings. “I never heard of him until he came to Kutztown,” she said. The concert was the main event of the Verge Campus Tour, which visited more than 20 colleges and universities across the U.S. This was another reason that some students felt the Homecoming show “didn’t feel special,” as one anonymous student said. The last concert KU hosted was Jack’s Mannequin in April 2010. Student Government Board hopes to continue bringing artists to KU.
Highway trek to polls raises voting awareness By Emily Leayman One hour. Four and a half miles. Afternoon highway traffic. Manure-covered highway shoulders. These were the conditions of the Student Government Boardled walk to the District 3 polling location, where on-campus students were to vote.
Freshman communication studies major Maria Sunick added, “I want people to see [that] as college students we will do all that it takes to let our voices be heard.”
SGB President Joe Scoboria, who organized the walk and bus transportation to the Maxatawny Township Building, led the way beside Ken Mash, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties president.
Lauren Gutowski, a freshman business major, said, “I’m here today to make a difference for the college campus and have my opinion [be] heard.”
The walk started at Keystone Hall, then continued on to Main Street and Route 222 north. Students carried signs that protested the location of the polls. Along the way, many cars and tractor trailers honked to show their support. Only one driver yelled at the group for blocking Quarry Road. As cars honked, freshman political science major Sierra Lynch led the group’s cheers. Lynch participated in the walk to raise political awareness and prove to the Berks County Commissioners (and other politicians) that students are interested in voting.
Lynch and Sunick are both SGB representatives and were part of the initiative to get students to the polls.
The Berks County Comissioners changed the pollings location in August 2013. Originally located at Keystone Hall, the location was changed because of low student voting participation and difficult parking for Kutztown residents. SGB painted on a large sign: “If you can walk to the liquor store, you can walk to the poll.” Scoboria is hopeful that the commissioners will consider reversing their decision. The students’ concern was that the Wine and Spirits Store was a little less than a mile from campus but the polling location was almost five miles away. Scoboria calculated the distances on MapQuest. APSCUF members, includ-
ing KU chapter President Paul Quinn, drove alongside the walkers and acted as buffers between the group and highway traffic. Several faculty members contributed money for the buses that ran all day from campus to the polls, according to Mash. APSCUF assisted with voter registration in October and handed out non-partisan voting information. APSCUF is working on all 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education college campuses to get students to vote. “Faculty care about students and their right to vote,” said Mash. “We see this as an act of voter repression.” Scoboria was optimistic about voter turnout during the targeted times of the free hour and after early evening classes. As the walkers arrived at the township building, they witnessed several student voters just leaving the booths. Before the group left for campus, Lisa Schnell, another voter and wife of KU geography professor Steve Schnell, stopped to tell them, “I have never been prouder of Kutztown students.” 14
SGB President Joe Scoboria (left) and APSCUF President Ken Mash, lead the march to the polls.
Photo by Emily Leayman
Piper Kerman packs Schaeffer Auditorium By Nova Sienkiewicz Piper Kerman, the inspiration behind the hit original Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” visited KU Thursday, Oct. 23. A full hour before her speech, the bestselling author and memoirist attracted a crowd outside Schaeffer Auditorium. The event easily filled the 800-seat theatre with students and citizens alike. After seats were filled, many students chose to stand. Piper Kerman graduated from Smith College. She was overwhelmed by her post-graduation life and soon entered a romantic relationship with a narcotics dealer that forever changed her life. What began as a naïve, whirlwind adventure then plummeted to end at an airport in Belgium. There, Kerman found herself searching for a lost suitcase stuffed with drug money. Ten years later, after a decade of putting her life back in order, she was sentenced to 15 months at Danbury Correctional Facility, Conn. Kerman shares her story to offer a humanizing look at the people who have become hidden away from society. She hopes that by writing about her experience behind bars, people will “come away with a different idea about who is imprisoned in this country.” Some of them are mothers, all of them have a story and have people on the outside who miss and care about them. Kerman asks the audience to take a better look at public defense reform and prison treatment of
Piper Kerman with ACE members
Photo by Lindsey Borgman
juvenile delinquents. Today, about 2.4 million people in the U.S. are prisoners. The U.S. has the largest prison population in the entire world. Kerman believes that if everyone, regardless of economic standing, received quality attorney representation there would be less conviction’s and shorter sentences. In her speech, Kerman shared a story of a prison warden who is also a Netflix fan. The warden loves the show because these popular characters, like Crazy Eyes or Pennsatucky, reminded her of her own inmates. Kerman told fans of the show, “If you feel passionately about any of those characters [you must also] remember those characters are grounded in reality, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is not just entertainment, it’s reality.” Kerman’s speech was followed by a fifteen-minute Q-and-A and book signing. Her memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” is currently available at the KU Bookstore for $16.
- Actress Taylor Schilling from Orange Is the New Black
Bloomsburg student makes progress
By Nick Carson His progress is slow but sure. According to Pray for Jackie, a blog established by Jackie Lithgow’s family, the Bloomsburg University student has come a long way from the medically induced coma he was initially placed in. He is “consistently hungry when he wakes up and his swallowing function improves with each day.” He has made great strides towards normalcy, even in something as simple as recognizing the color of a pen and doing basic multiplication problems. He is also learning cell phone skills and participating in physical therapy. Lithgow was left in a medically induced coma with a significant portion of his skull removed after a February frat house brawl involving former KU football players Angel Cruz and Justin Wieder. KU students Eric Condron and Jake Wygant were also initially thought to be involved in the altercation, but have since been cleared of any wrongdoing. Eight months later, the Lithgow family uses their blog to provide updates on his continuing recovery. “The blog has been an amazing source of therapy for my mom and the community,” said Lindsay Lithgow, Jackie’s sister, while discussing how big of an impact public support has had on her family. The Lithgow family has received multiple forms of support, through comments on websites to a gofundme page to raise money. Jackie has even received atten-
tion from the Philadelphia Flyers, his favorite hockey team, who held a special meeting with the Lithgow family at the Wells Fargo Center. “The local community papers and websites, plus campus articles, have all helped tremendously in the awareness of his situation,” Lindsay said. Jackie’s story has Jackie Lithgow Photo courtesy of The Sentinel seen a recent surge in attention due to been deleted, which read, “Everythe fact that Cruz, body dies someday.” the former player who threw the punch that injured Lithgow, Another former KU football pled guilty to simple assault on player, Justin Wieder, is at home Monday, Nov. 10. As reported by awaiting trial on simple assault BloomUToday, District Attorney charges after posting $100,000 cash Tom Leipold has vowed to seek the bail. According to The Sentinel, maximum punishment in Cruz’s witnesses say Wieder started the plea. brawl and injured Donald Hoover, by kicking him in the head. LindAccording to FindLaw.com, a simple assault charge in Pennsylva- say expressed the “bittersweet” feeling her family has about Cruz’s nia lacks the evidence of an “exguilty plea. treme indifference to human life” that an aggravated assault charge “Even if it ended up not being carries. In that lack of evidence for as long of a sentence as I would an aggravated assault charge, Cruz have hoped for in this case, I think escaped a possible 10-20 years in it is the best possible outcome. It prison. was a senseless act of violence that should never have happened and According to BloomUToday, I hope this is the last time it does. Cruz told Judge Gary Norton that The closure this brings of that “things got out of hand” the night horrific night is beyond words and of the brawl. On that night Cruz it is such a relief to close the door posted a tweet, which has since on that chapter. Now we can truly
focus on moving forward,” Lindsay said. “At one point we were told that he may wake up and not remember our names or who we were,” she said. “That he could easily disappear into a different personality than the Jackie we knew before. Now, he has run through hell and back and somehow has managed to keep his sense of humor, sarcastic remarks that only a sister and friends could love, plus a new laughter that is so contagious that you can’t help but smile next to him.”
“little happy triumphs more than wallowing in the surprise sinkholes of recovery.” The entire Lithgow family remain positive that despite the long marathon, Jackie will return to as normal of a life as possible. “He’ll go back to college one day, he’ll fall in love, he’ll have a family and he’ll be a part of the world like everyone else. It’s just going to take him a little longer to get there,” Lindsay said.
The family has often described the eight months since the February brawl as a marathon, due to the fact that Jackie’s long recovery is more of a marathon than a sprint. Lindsay also said that she is proud of Jackie and her entire family for never letting negativity win in such a terrible situation. “It’s so hard to see your little brother struggle to do everyday tasks that we all take for granted, and in moments like that it’s very hard to stay true to a positive outlook on everything, but in the end it has absolutely helped hold us together,” Lindsay said. She also pointed out that it has been a struggle to balance the positivity with the grieving of losing her brother as the person he was before his injuries, but she said it is for Jackie that she learned to love the
M B E R -Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life, 1946
Opinion: Featured student: Genevieve Smith and her guide dog, Peru By Alicia Ceccarelli Oct. 22, marked the seven-year birthday of an honorable canine on the KU campus. She is a charming, sweet and hard-working black Labrador retriever named Peru. Her owner, Genevieve Smith, spoils her loyal pooch with a rotating menu of home-cooked food each week and knew she had to go above-and-beyond to celebrate Peru’s seven lucky years. The birthday agenda consisted of an internet-instructed doggie massage and bacon-laced peanut butter dog treats fresh Genevieve Smith and her guide dog, Peru from Smith’s oven. Smith’s confidence assures Peru that Peru was destined to impact she is in control, and Peru dutifully the life of her future human. She navigates through entryways, or the was born at a specialized school in flow of students. California, where her litter was titled the “P” generation. Her brothers and sisters perhaps reeiving names like Penelope or Pogo. For over two years, her breeders meticulously trained her litter, choosing only those who excelled at testing without error.
To prepare for Peru, Smith spent a full month of learning “working” commands. Now, the duo has been inseparable after nearly five years of meaningful companionship. The pair receives warm smiles from peers wherever they venture on campus. Peru is not quite a Golden Bear in color or species, but she definitely qualifies as a university mascot in her own right. She cautiously guides her loving master with her keen sense of smell and introduces her to new territory.
Smith doesn’t fault anyone who gets the urge to pat Peru’s sweet head or rub her silky ears; clearly Peru is magnetic, but when she is “in harness”, it is in Smith’s best interest to be the only one who physically interacts with the 40 lb. retriever.
Photo by Jayaruwan Gunathilake
with even the slightest sense of vision, was excelling in computing at our university. My bewilderment drove me to meet with her again, so I could soak up the amazement that is Genevieve Smith.
While obtaining an education degree at KU, Smith becme enthralled with computer science after taking a general class. She especially loves the technological world of coding for web-design, and she recently became a peer tutor on the subject. This is how we met for the first time, at Rohrbach Library. Smith and Peru drew me in, initially because of the seemingly impossible situation. A young student, who has never known life
We chatted at a table in the Fireside Lounge, and she received my curiosity graciously. I questioned how she is able to adapt to the world around her despite lacking a crucial survival sense. She does rely especially on her hearing to travel, and trains herself to listen closely, like for Peru’s jingling collar when she is playing off-leash, but debunks that it is hypersensitive as a result. In fact, she admits she is just as likely to zone out in deep thought as anyone else, and her friends tease her for it. However, she did swear her discerning palette could recognize the difference between bottled and fountain water. She took me up on the challenge of a taste-test to prove her claims.
Spending time with Smith has illuminated life’s meaning with new perspective and greater depth. What makes her remarkable is not that she manages to cook bacon and bake birthday treats without assistance, but because she does so as emphatically as a Food Network personality. It is a refreshing revelation of true courage, independent will, trust and most of all, gratitude. She is the beacon of limitless potential within us all, allowing nothing to prevent her from experiencing the fullness of life.
“I’ll even let you blindfold me,” she joked. Smith credits technology for enabling her with freedom in mobility and quality of life. The software program Job Access with Speech (JAWS) speaks information on her laptop. Additionally, she has a BrailleNote keyboard that she uses for term papers. The newest update to the iPhone narrates her messages and content on her web browser. For Smith, independence means “being able to do what you want or need without having help from people.” Smith could not wait to branch out from her small town in Kansas and experience a new and exciting world. Once she completes her Master’s in computer science, she dreams of taking Peru somewhere they can both enjoy the warming sun on their faces year round.
- Toto from The Wizard of Oz
KU Jazz Ensemble releases new CD By Joshua Herring The KU Jazz Ensemble I has recently released a new CD entitled “Old Guys Surrender the Jukebox.” These fresh recordings feature the innovative work of KU’s own talented, young musicians and direction from Kevin Kjos, professor of music and director of jazz studies. Released on Friday, Nov. 7, this jazz record encompasses the ever-changing nature of the genre. All songs and arrangements were recorded at the KU Recording Studio in Old Main on Dec. 9, 2013 and May 10, 2014. Studio Recorder Katsu Naito of Avatar Studios mixed and mastered the tracks. The title emerges from one of the songs on the CD, in which English Department Chair Dr. Andrew Vogel narrates an excerpt of poetry written by Michael Perry. “Jazz is constantly evolving,” says Kjos, “the title serves as a double meaning, representing the emergence of new sounds as well as indicating one of the tracks composed by Geoff Keezer.” Progressive standards influence many of the recordings in this CD. Kjos often says to his students, “let’s be current.” “One of the reasons jazz is so challenging is because it’s a moving target,” said Kjos. Throughout the year, students among the Jazz Ensemble create and perform various arrangements. With “Old Guys Surrender the Jukebox,” they were able to pick and choose their best and most inventive creations to be recorded.
The composing, arranging and recording process is the ultimate educational tool, according to Kjos. Not only are students able to be a part of a professional experience, but the older Coverartof“OldGuysSurrendertheJukebox” PhotobyJoshuaHerring students often offer knowledge bookstore or obtained by contactto the younger students, perpetuating creative jazz ing Kjos at email@example.com. All proceeds go to the department of music here at KU. music and jazz studies. The CD includes seven songs, all “Old Guys Surrender the Jukedistinct and sonically ambitious. box” was produced by Kevin Kjos Most were recorded semi-live, with musicians separated for easier and Carver Scott Lee. Communication design students Amanda mixing and mastering. However, two songs, “Rhapsody in Blue” and Vasko and John Woodward created “Aboard the Karlynn,” were record- the album artwork. ed live and create a special sound, seemingly replicative of concert style. “When people think of jazz, they usually think of the traditional swing sounds of Glen Miller,” said Kjos. The songs in this CD attempt to move beyond this, but also, they are surprisingly lengthy. Because of this, the CD has a brilliant story-like quality, employing and translating sensations of wittiness, beauty, mystery, passion and sensibility. To hear these new jazz recordings or find more information about musicians and composers, a copy of the CD can be found at the KU
KU students put talents to work in new children’s magazine By Brenna Everdale
“Brain Bug” magazine was created by KU students Olivia Knowles, Cody Myers and Jesse Warner. Their goal is to make an educational and humorous magazine for children ages seven through 14 and to have content that will also appeal to adults. The comics include references and parodies for the older crowd, while children can appreciate the goofy jokes, puns and “gross” humor. The magazine includes articles, comics and fun facts. Each issue will come with stickers, buttons, postcards or other items.
kids to embrace physical media, such as a postcard that children can send to friends and an article on how to send a letter in the mail. “The magazine itself doesn’t have any references to technology. It’s kind of like our childhood magazines, but the content is still relevant to their childhood,” said Warner, a public relations and
“Over the summer, me and Jesse were in the car going to a job, and we were talking about how cool it would be to start a ‘Nick Magazine-type thing’— because kids Jesse Warner, Olivia Knowles and Cody Myers present Brain Bug Magazine don’t read magazines Photo by Brenna Everdale anymore,” said Knowles, a fine arts major. “We were bouncing communications major. ideas back and forth all day and The team also wanted to create then we were like— let’s just do it,” something that did not offend she said. anyone and wasn’t marketed to any A recurring theme of the magazine is the team’s nostalgia for physical media. The team believes that today’s children spend too much time online. All of the images in the full-color magazine are either hand-drawn illustrations or photos taken with a disposable camera, giving the project a charming, retro aesthetic. Much of the content encourages
particular group. They purposely chose a gender-neutral color scheme and included characters with a variety of body types. They also tried to avoid ethnocentrism. Each issue will include the comic “Culture Vultures,” which is devoted to this goal. “Culture Vultures” is a crew that goes to other planets and experiences other cultures. The whole thing is just a big allegory for experiencing and
dealing with different cultures in real life,” said Myers, the creator of the comic. Currently, the team is spending money out of their own pockets to get their product released, but they are working regularly with a consultant from the Kutztown Small Business Development Center in order to develop a business plan. “We have a good team because Cody is a business and marketing major and knows how to manage money, I make a lot of art and Jesse knows how to talk to people…so we work together really well,” said Knowles. The Brain Bug team is open to submissions from anyone who would like to contribute. The 30-page first issue will debut at “Christmas in Kutztown” on Dec. 6 inside the Kutztown train station. The table will have a do-it-yourself button station so that patrons can make their own buttons, as well as a box of free memorabilia. The magazine will also be distributed nationwide. As of Nov. 15, you can now pre-order the first issue for $10 online via brainbugmag.com or the Brain Bug Facebook page. The group is also working with a few small businesses in Kutztown, including Firefly Bookstore on Main Street, where they plan to have copies of the magazine sold. 23
The Black Student Union hosted a â€œDie-Inâ€? on Friday, Dec. 5 at the intersection of Main Street and College Boulevard. Participants protested the recent events in Ferguson by laying in the middle of the street while the intersection was closed off to traffic. Photos by Lindsey Borgman
SGB to designate smoking areas on campus
By Julianne Fama pletely ruins the campus. You can’t walk through a doorway without smelling it.” Mullen said the plan is to have two signs at Old Main, two at Schaeffer, two at Sharadin and one sign for the remaining academic buildings. The only issue SGB is facing right now is that some buildings, like the SUB, are undergoing construction, which will change the smoking locations.
Anti-smoking advocates advertise the dangers of smoking on KU grounds. Photo by Julianne Fama
Students have voiced opinions about the issue of smoking on KU’s campus and, as a result, the Student Government Board is in the process of designating smoking areas to help accommodate everyone. SGB was waiting to publish their plans until they had definite smoking areas in mind for each building. Since the idea is so new to the campus, the board will start by putting signs up over winter breakto set their plan into motion. SGB Representative Rachel Mullen has been working on this project for a year. Ever since it came to her attention that smoking on campus is a significant issue, she aimed to make KU a better place for everyone. Senior Greg Adler, a nonsmoker, said, “We should absolutely have designated smoking areas. Random smoking outside buildings com-
There is no word on what the plan of action is for the south side of campus yet. Around the dorms, there has always been the rule that smokers must be standing 25 feet away from the buildings. With the change happening on the north side, KU ould start to enforce the 25 foot rule at other dorms.
time for students to get use to these changes. Assistant Vice President for Facilities Jeff Grimm, who has been working with Mullen, is now in charge of the changes that are happening around campus. Mullen has finished all of the research and planning within her power and has left the rest of the work in the hands of the administration. KU has hopes that these newly designated areas will help control litter from the cigarette butts while also providing students with a safer and cleaner environment. Mullen said, “I want to find a happy medium and not diminish the beauty of the campus.”
The board has been discussing a long-term goal of building an area on campus for smokers to have their own space. There are still not enough funds for this to happen. SGB has been trying to keep both parties happy with future plans. When asked about the new smoking areas, sophomore Peter Snyder (a smoker), said, “I wouldn’t really mind. I like walking around with a smoke and I don’t know how they could really enforce that, but if that was the case I wouldn’t care.” In regards to enforcement at these locations, it will take
- Actress Lauren Bacall
Kutztown University holds fall 2014 commencement Photos by Dr. Michael Downing
- Seven Year Itch, 1955
Stroke victim graduates just one semester later than planned By Samantha Biastre In January 2014, KU student Jennifer Sommers began the process of physical, occupational and speech therapy. A few days into her winter break, she suffered a stroke from the most unlikely cause, her prescription birth control pills. Originally, having left early from her job at a local day care, Sommers thought that she had the flu. She made it home and to her bathroom before her boyfriend, Andrew Miller, found her hours later. He had grown concerned after failing to reach her by phone and text. Miller didn’t wait to call an ambulance. He rushed Sommers to the nearest hospital. At first, doctors diagnosed her with a drug overdose, but then a CT scan revealed multiple clots in a cerebral vein. The clots blocked blood that was supposed to be flowing out of the brain and had caused dangerous swelling, called an ischemic stroke. The family demanded more from the doctors since Sommers was in such a dire state. She was flown on a medical helicopter to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. There she was imme-
diately put into surgery, where a hair-thin catheter was inserted into her leg and threaded up to the blocked vein to break up the clots. After spending 10 days in the hospital, Sommers was able to go back home where her therapy continued under the direction of her older brother, Michael. When the stroke happened, Sommers Jennifer Sommers recovers in the hospital, had completed all of her escorted by her twin brother Tim. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Sommers necessary elementary education course work feels outstanding to finally and just needed to stube done with school. After dent teach before she could a lot of hard work, I finally graduate in spring of 2014. reached my goal. I feel like I Delayed only one semester can overcome anything if I later, Sommers completed overcame this past year.” her student teaching in the Sommers is currently Bangor Area School District working as a preschool close to her hometown of teacher at Amazing Place Stroudsburg. She graduated LLC in Stroudsburg, Pa. in fall of 2014. She is searching for special What helped Sommers education positions for the push through her long road upcoming school year. of recovery was her want “to Sommers hopes that peomake a difference in other ple can take away from her people’s lives.” She said, “I story the dangers of birth wanted my life to finally go back to normal and the only control pills and their side effects. way I thought that would She states, “Life is not happen is if I could finish always easy, but if you work school.” hard you can accomplish After months of different therapies, Sommers said, “It everything. Never give up!”
Dining hall renovations continue By Brianne Valentine KU began campus-wide renovations to the dining halls this past summer, 2014. The full plan includes updating the Cub Café in the McFarland Student Union Building, the Academic Forum and South Dining Hall. According to Amanda Fretz, assistant director for Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services, the renovations will conclude in fall 2016. The newly renovated Bear’s Den in the McFarland Student Union Building inPlans for South Dining Hall are underway. Photo by Jayaruwan Gunathilake cludes additional seating for students and faculty members. Starbucks was introduced After the renovations, South Dining Hall are in the Bear’s Den this past summer, 2014 for the complete, South will be open 24 hours a day, first phase. which students are very excited about. The next project is the Cub Café, which is also in the McFarland Student Union. The Café will expand to include more seating options and be an all-you-can-eat place for students and faculty. “It will be like a mini South Dining Hall,” says assistant director Amanda Fretz. Two of the current entrances into the MSU lead into the Bear’s Den and the seating area outside of the Cub Café. After the restorations take place, the latter entrance will open up directly into the Cub Café. This was the reason for the new pathway outside of the McFarland Student Union Building that was recently put in.
Student Jackie Reese said, “I’m glad that South will be open 24 hours a day. It’ll be a nice place for students to study late at night and not bother their roommates. And being able to get food late-night is always a plus.” In fall 2016, the meal plan will change to unlimited dining, according to Fretz. This means that there will be no more time frames for meals and no set amount of meals per day.
Chick-fil-A will no longer be in the Cub Café after this renovation. It will be moving to the Academic Forum to replace The American Grill. After this change, the AF will no longer accept a meal plan at any of the vendors in fall 2016. This will become strictly a retail location, according to Fretz. The final step includes the South Dining Hall. In the future, to enter, students and faculty will use a meal swipe. They will be able to get any food within South Dining Hall.
Baseball outfielder Martinez named preseason All-American
-Pride of the Yankees, 1942
By Jeff Smyth In May 2014, the Golden Bears took home their seventh Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championship in program history. The Bears accomplished this with a score of 1-0. The lone RBI was provided by the number three hitter and first team All-PSAC East choice, Brandon Martinez. In early January, Martinez added to his resume when he earned his second straight preseason All-America honors.
a perfect fielding percentage with 102 putouts.
The deciding championship RBI capped off a remarkable season for the center-fielder, a season that consisted of a .392 batting average, which was the fifth-best output in the PSAC. On the base-paths, Martinez was 35-for-36 on stolen base attempts, setting a new record for steals in a season. Defensively, the two-time all-region star held
The preseason accolades did not stop there for the defending champs. Junior pitcher Matt Swarmer was mentioned as one of the “Players to Watch” by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Sophomore transfer Ben Eppley was dubbed as one of the “Newcomers to Watch”.
Martinez also earned prestigious academic awards, including CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors. He is the first KU baseball player to earn the honor, as he also was named to the PSAC Top 10.
Swarmer provided his pitching duties out of the closers role for the bulk of the 2014 season. Swarmer appeared in 23 games during his sophomore season, posting a team-leading 10 saves in 37 innings. Starting in two games for the Bears, Swarmer collectively finished the season with a 2.19 ERA with a 3-2 record with 38 strikeouts. Eppely, a sophomore transfer from Frederick Community College, hit .346 during his freshmen year in 46 games. He tallied seven doubles and one triple, while also scoring 34 runs and driving in 21. Behind this nucleus, along with a significant amount of returning starters, the Golden Bears look to capture a second-straight PSAC Championship. KU opens up their 2015 campaign down in Hampton, Va. on Feb. 26 for the Builder Invitational. The Bears start off the weekend tournament against the College of St. Joseph. A full preview for the 2015 baseball season will be available in the Feb. 12 edition of The Keystone.
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- Casablanca, 1942
Upperclassman permitted to live in traditional dorms starting fall 2015 By Samantha Biastre Starting in fall of 2015, upperclassmen will be allowed to live in traditional dorms on campus once again. For the past several semesters, beginning with the spring semester of 2013, upperclassmen were no longer allowed to live in traditional dorms. Now, Housing and Residence Life is transitioning back to the living situations that were in effect two years ago. Since there are only a specific number of beds in each hall, Housing wanted to keep just freshmen in traditional halls. During these two years of freshman-only housing, Housing has created focus groups and conducted surveys with returning students to get feedback about living in traditional dorms.
does not participate successfully in the room selection, or does not have an assigned group, can then select a room from Feb. 23-27. Carney also stated that she hopes to have information sessions during the first week of spring 2015 classes. These sessions would be similar to the information session held in Dixon Hall last December. Any student who has any questions about the room selection process, the $75 payment process or anything else that would be related to the housing selection process is welcome to join.
According to Apryle Carney, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, the feedback received from students was largely positive about living in the traditional dorms. Carney went on to state that is was because of this positive feedback that Housing decided to go back to allowing upperclassmen to live in traditional housing. When it comes time for room selection in February 2015, all of the dorms will be open for selection. This will include currently closed Johnson Hall and currently under construction Berks Hall. During the fall 2015 semester, Berks will be used as a specialty dorm for either honors or science students. The room selection process for any upperclassmen that wants to live in traditional dorms will be the same as it always has been. The only prerequisite is that the student must first apply for the housing process with a $75 deposit, which should have been paid by Dec. 12. Any student who missed the December deadline can make the deposit during the first week of classes in January 2015. From January 14 through February 6, 2015 students can log onto the Myhousing website (http://myhousing.kutztown.edu) to enter and confirm roommate requests. Students will then be notified from Feb. 9-10 of the room selection appointment start time. Based on their appointment times, students can select their housing from Feb. 11-20. Any student that
Presidential search progresses By Emily Leayman The search for KU’s next president is progressing. There have been five finalist interviews conducted in the past couple of weeks. A decision is expected to be announced during, or not long after, the spring semester, according to Kenn Marshall, media relations manager for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The next step, he says, is for the search committee to select two final candidates for the Council of Trustees. The search committee is made up of 15 people representing various constituents of the university, from students to faculty to the Council of Trustees. Once the council approves them, it will submit the canidates’ names to the PASSHE Chancellor’s Office. The Board of Governors will then conduct interviews with the two finalists and will make a decision – with input from the search committee – within seven to 10 days. The new president’s start date would depend on their availability. Rarely do presidents start in the middle of the semester, but Marshall said it has happened before. That said, is most likely that he or she will start after the semester ends, around June 1, or at the start of a new fiscal year, around July 1. Current candidates include Dr. Carol Bresnahan, Kenneth Hawkinson, Lori Quigley, James Conneely and Lorrie Clemo. The five were selected by the search committee after a national search conducted by Florida-based Green-
wood/Asher & Associates, Inc. According to Marshall, PASSHE keeps a list of executive search firms that universities may choose from depending on their needs and interests. The costs associated with the search are mostly supported by PASSHE funds through the Board of Governors. Acting president Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto– former provost and vice president for academic student affairs for over 11 years– said that he intended to apply in August 2014. He later was not revealed to be a finalist, but it is also unclear if he was ever officially a candidate. The university has kept all information about all candidates, except the five finalists, confidential. The search committee interviewed 25 candidates in early December, according to one of the search committee’s members Joe Scoboria. “Since the search is intended to be confidential, the only candidates that can be acknowledged are the five who were scheduled for on-campus interviews,” said Marshall of Vargas’s consideration in the search process. According to the Board of Governors policy 1983-13-A, the acting president is allowed to apply but not participate or comment on the search process. The search committee has enforced their confidentiality, as is outlined in the Board of Governors policy. Dr. Paul Quinn, the representative for the Association
of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties on the committee, spoke out in December saying the search was “biased,” according to a WFMZ article. Jack Wabby, the search committee chair, then removed Quinn from the committee, citing the Board of Governors policy. According to the presidential search advertisement on the KU website, candidates should have experience as a faculty member and with senior leadership in higher education, while also understanding the diverse campus and contract negotiations. Other qualifications include planning, budgeting, financial management, faculty and staff development and ability to raise funds. Former KU president, F. Javier Cevallos, was PASSHE’s first Hispanic president, and diversity has since played an important role in the search process. According to an email sent by Wabby to the campus in December, the search firm “contacted more than 600 sources, prospects and candidates regarding the presidency at Kutztown, including approximately 18.4 percent who are classified as minority and 33.5 percent who are women.” “Diversity is important to our process and is reflected in the diversity of our search committee,” said Wabby in the email.
Divisions change, game remains the same for KU transfer By Cordell Long It has long been the dream of many athletes to play Division I sports, although they may not fully anticipate the lifestyle it embodies. This has been the case for newly transferred KU sophomore, Howard Sellars, a moderately touted basketball recruit who began his college journey with a full scholarship to Division I St.Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. “I always dreamed of playing Division I basketball, and I was there with the opportunity. You couldn’t convince me otherwise,” Sellars said. However, the 2013-2014 season didn’t go as well as he would have hoped. With coaching changes and an adjustment to the point guard
position, the struggles increased. The Peacocks finished the season 14-17, reaching the Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals before bowing out. Sellars did not feel like he was utilized during the season, and although Jersey City matched the kid’s personality, he needed a new opportunity. Throughout spring 2014, he sought out a university that could help him mature and develop into a great student athlete. Sellers received a call from his childhood recreation coach and KU’s assistant coach, Richard Hicks. It was then Sellers was on his way to a program he said, “known for winning.” “Coach Hicks is such an encouraging and consistent presence in my life,” said Sellars. “He said that he would make sure if I worked hard enough, it wouldn’t matter what level I played, but how well I did within the system.”
KU’s head basketball coach Bernie Driscoll has been pleased with Sellars’ confidence earlier in the season. He said, “Howard is finding his niche in our offense, and it’s paying off.”
Over the first six games of the season, he is averaging 10.8 points and 51 percent from the field. In the most recent win against Wilmington, he scored 17 points for the second consecutive game. It was not only the athletics that attracted Sellars. KU presented itself as a university that puts in much effort to help students succeed. “There is an area of support and care at KU that I have not seen at many of the schools I’ve visited, including my previous school, St. Peter’s,” he said. “I have less focused attention on me, which gives me a better opportunity to grow on and off the court.” Sellars believes that he has left those Division I dreams in the past, focusing on his goals of reaching the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. “I know this team can be successful. I know that I can make it professionally from where I’m at. Stephen Dennis did it, and I plan on following the path he laid here,” he said, referring to the former Golden Bear who entered the NBA. As the season pushes on, Sellars works hard with the team, practicing and preparing for a long, challenge-filled season. He has no plans of downgrading his expectations. “I couldn’t be more excited. This season I’ll be on the floor, and I’ll be giving it my all. I want to help bring the PSAC championship to KU.” 35
KU senior talks Hollywood internship experience By Haley Bianco dents can only intern two or three days a week between their class schedules.
KU student Haley Bianco poses at an E! News Grammy rehearsal. Photo courtesy of Haley Bianco
The KU electronic media program offers a unique internship experience for seniors during their last semester. Before their final semester, students complete all required course credits, leaving them with only a 12-credit internship. As an electronic media senior currently on my internship, I feel that the KU community should know how excellent this program is for aspiring broadcast, production, TV and film professionals. In Dec. 2014, I found out that I had been selected as one of two interns in the country to work as a production intern at NBC Universal’s E! News located in Los Angeles. Since the onset of my college career in 2011, this has been my goal and I was able to accomplish it by taking advantage of what KU had to offer. One thing that made me stand out as an applicant was that I was available to work 32 hours a week or more. This is possible because the electronic media program offers a 12-credit internship, essentially equaling a full-time position. KU’s approach differs from other schools because the majority of their stu-
The NBC Universal application process involved completing a lengthy video interview online in October and then waiting until mid-December for a reply. I got a call on Thursday during finals week and had an onthe-spot interview over the phone. The next day I found out I had been accepted and needed to start Jan. 5, 2015. This gave me about three weeks to move across the country and get settled for my dream job. I realized I had a chance to actually get this internship in March 2014 when I attended the National Broadcasting Society convention in Los Angeles with my NBS chapter from KU. At this event I networked with a producer from E! News. We kept in touch throughout the year over email, and I felt comfortable asking for help. He barely knew me, but he was someone on the inside to tell the hiring manager that I was eager and passionate about the position. For this reason, I feel that networking is very practical and extremely important.
area. Some of my experiences so far at E! include helping out with various segment shoots, such as “Who Wore It Better” and a health/ beauty segment with celebrity chef Candice Kumai. My responsibilities include setting up celebrity guests’ dressing rooms as well as helping hosts. I have been working with wellknown people such as Giuliana Rancic, Catt Sadler, Jason Kennedy, Ali Fedotowksy, Terrence Jenkins, Harry Connick Jr., The Bachelor’s Chris Soules, Keith Urban, Gabrielle Union, Victoria Justice, Snooki and JWoww, and Ryan Seacrest. My internship happens to be during the height of the Hollywood awards season; I attended Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson’s pre-Grammy rehearsal at The Beverly Hilton where I helped out with the shoot and the interview following their performance. Overall, I am learning a lot about the entertainment industry as well as the real world. I believe this experience will open many doors for my future.
As a current student, I encourage you to get involved and attend conferences that your clubs arrange. Even though KU is a small state school, it doesn’t mean we are limited. Being an intern at a Los Angeles TV network has allowed me to experience many events that are not available in the local Pennsylvania
Male cheerleader breaks stereotypes By Lance S. Deane Jr. Sophomore Tony Williams was never one to care what others thought about him. This year, Williams added his name to the small number of African-American male students who ever cheered for KU, according to KU’s head cheerleading coach, Crystal Swift. Williams was born and raised in East Stroudsburg, Pa., which in most cases can be considered a diverse area. “I never really looked at race as an issue,” said Williams. He often surrounded himself around people of various races. Different from many of his male friends, Williams developed an interest in cheerleading. “I hope I can influence many more black males to tryout,” said Williams. “There are a lot of African-Americans that have cheered their whole life because that’s what they love to do, but then they go to college and quit because they feel a little discouraged since they are the minority.” His love for cheerleading came with a lot of criticism from his peers. Still, Williams overcame this and followed his true passion. He decided to continue not only his academic career, but also his athletics. “My advice for the African-American population would be to dismiss the negative things that people have to say about you,” said Williams. The young athlete hopes he can influence the African-American students at KU as well as the overall male population. “By trying out and making the team, I really hope that I have made a positive influence for other males who may have second guessed trying out for the team,” said Williams.
showing leadership and dedication. He is always a pleasure to be around and to work with.”
Junior Photo courtesy of University Relations Brandi Henderson, who is also a member of KU’s cheerleading team, is thankful to call Williams her teammate and friend. “Tony is a good cheerleader and an even better person. I am proud of him and all that he has accomplished to become Kutztown’s first African-American male cheerleader. I hope his accomplishment has encouraged other blacks to continue to follow their dreams and do what they love,” said Henderson. David Peterson, a sophomore at KU, also feels that what Williams did is a huge accomplishment and should be acknowledged for it. “We often overlook accomplishments like this, but being that he is African-American and male, Williams could have simply just given up. But he seemed determined to succeed,” said Peterson. “I believe that regardless of what people may think about my gender or skin color, I will continue to do what I consider to be enjoyable to me. After all, I wouldn’t be ‘myself ’ if I allowed other people to control my happiness,” said Williams.
KU’s head cheerleading coach Crystal Swift said, “Tony is an outstanding cheerleader 37
The Wizard of Oz, 1939
Administrator leads during inclement weather By David Kriz The beginning of a spring semester at KU typically brings challenges of inclement weather—as the student body is keen to understand. What might not be so well understood is the process by which administrative decisions are made regarding university operations during such weather.
Silberman described the precautions that are taken when the university remains open. “We ensure that walkways and entrances for the physically disabled are accessible. At the same time, we have staff clearing primary roadways and parking lots to get them ready for opening.”
The key individual involved in these decisions is Jerry Silberman, vice president for Administration & Finance and the chair of the Emergency Management Team at KU. Silberman makes recommendations to the president during severe weather; he is a deciding factor for the school’s cancellations and other preventative measures.
Silberman believes that the KU’s snow and ice management plan has made significant progress in recent years. He identified two major factors for this as “better traffic monitoring technology” and constant updates from Internet sources.
He described his role, saying, “When there is a pending weather situation overnight, I work with our facilities team to monitor the weather forecast, the conditions of the campus and the potential impact on the university community, in an effort to come to a decision shortly after 5 a.m.”
Silberman looks to see this progress continue. “We’ll continue to review our snow and ice management plan, and hopefully weather forecasts will get a bit more accurate.”
Such timely decisions can only be made with the consideration all people involved in the daily function of the university. With respect to this perspective, Silberman said, “We have to consider on-campus residents and commuters—including faculty and staff who provide services.” He also emphasized the importance of maintaining consistent instruction for the student body with minimal interruptions to the academic calendar.
- The Wizard of Oz
However, the decisions are not without their criticisms—as Silberman recognizes. “There are times that we remain open when our students, faculty and staff may not feel comfortable travelling.” With that in mind, he encourages individuals to make choices that they are most comfortable with, and to inform their instructors or supervisors if they decide against commuting. “Safety is always a primary consideration. For a variety of reasons, safety of our students, faculty and staff is always foremost when making these decisions.” 39
New tuition model will raise in-state prices By George Fladeland The average in-state KU student will be paying more per credit hour, according to a new model presented by Interim President Dr. Vargas and other administrators to the Student Government Board on Feb. 3. The new model will only affect students paying in-state tuition.
Next year, KU will have a deficit of an estimated $12 million. To attack the deficit, the university has come up with three strategies: gaining $4 million from raising tuition, $4 million from budget cuts and $4 million in changes to the way the university handles their budgets.
Currently, the price for a student taking 12 credits is $284, whereas a student who takes 18 credits pays $189. According to the new model, students who take 12 credits will see a 10 percent decrease in their tuition per credit (now $264). However, if a student consistently takes 12 credits, they will most likely graduate in five years. Ultimately, a student who stays at KU for five years will be paying more than if they took at least 15 credits per semester in four years.
Silberman feels confident in this financial strategy. “We have run these numbers based on different enrollment scenarios and they don’t change much… with a 1-2 percent drop in enrollment, the numbers are still well above the $4 million range we want to be in.”
The majority of in-state students take 15 credit hours per semester. According to the new model, they will see an increase of 13 percent in their tuition. The reason for the new credit model is due to the lack of state funds and KU’s largest deficit in school history.
Since the 2009-10 academic year, KU has made $18 million in budget cuts. “We are almost running out of ideas, We can’t cut any further without hurting the quality of your education,” Silberman said. Although this is not the final version of the per credit model, KU’s in-state students should expect to see a rise in their tuition per credit hour.
“In the past, we’ve had some pretty healthy support from the state… That situation is no longer the case,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance Jerry Silberman.
Opinion: Addition of gender-neutral bathrooms signifies progress By Matthew Tomlinson Recently it has been brought to my attention that campus organizations including the Allies Equality Network, the Student Government Board and the Academic Affairs Committee, are collaborating to introduce gender-neutral bathrooms to select on campus buildings. Two new gender-neutral bathrooms will be at the McFarland Student Union Building towards the end of the Spring 2015 semester, and within the next few months, the one-person restrooms in Lytle, Rickenbach and deFrancesco will also become gender-neutral. As a student at KU who not only has friends who do not identify as either male or female, but who also opposes the idea of publicly assigned gender roles, I think this is a great idea. This proposal will promote an inclusive and open-minded environment in which everyone’s comfort levels, beliefs and identities are respected. Initially, my female friends and I were concerned that the plan would require women to share bathrooms with men. However, because this plan will only affect the single-stalled restrooms, women’s privacy and safety will not be compromised. Personally, I feel as though the university setting is one in which ideas and beliefs are to be fostered, discussed, respected and potentially transformed. Something as commonplace as a bathroom can make all the difference in how people in-
Single-stalled bathrooms in the MSU
terpret what should and should not be discussed based on the message it conveys. In a world consistently becoming more aware of identity politics, as well as other prevalent social issues, this implementation will help promote discussion and tolerance of marginalized gender groups.
Photo by Brenna Everdale
ing these changes on a larger scale, which would include the dormitories and South Dining Hall, may involve higher costs, as well as safety concerns. If disposing of women’s restrooms is proposed, I would strongly oppose further changes.
Instead, I would ideally like to see the addition of single-stalled These changes have also brought gender-neutral bathrooms to these to my attention the fact that there locations. I am aware that this will already have been gender-neutral require more funding, but if there bathrooms installed in various are only gender-neutral bathrooms locations throughout the university; in the most public buildings on these changes are simply adding to campus, we have to question how their number. much of this is really benefitting the Schaeffer Auditorium, the Shara- students rather than simply giving din Arts Building, and the Facilities us a progressive reputation. Building on south campus already There is currently an information have gender-neutral bathrooms. pamphlet as well as a map on the gender-neutral bathroom locations The fact that there are a growing in the works to raise awareness number of gender-neutral bathrooms being positioned in locations of this project. I’m glad to say I’m attending a school with student that students will see on their daygroups that are interested in underto-day routines is fantastic. standing and accepting the mulHowever, I feel that a necessary tifaceted and diverse needs of the step further would be to have them student body. installed in the dorms and at South Dining Hall. These are areas that are much more frequently visited by students. But since the current plans simply involve a change of signage, enact-
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Volleyball’s Stringer gets a slice of Italy this summer
By Alex Vigilante When KU junior Audrey Stringer got a call asking to play volleyball in Italy, she was in. On behalf of AIST (American International Sports Teams) she will represent the U.S. and take the journey across the pond to compete. Stringer will leave for Italy on May 23 and stay until June 3, a twoweek tour through Italy. She will head to Rome, Florence, Montecatini, San Marino, Bellagio, Milan and Lake Como. During her stay, she will be paired with other PSAC volleyball players and will compete against international teams as well as teams from Italy.
volleyball, but I didn’t know for what or where, and when I got the invite to Italy, instantly I thought it would be cool to go there.”
comes only five years after she did not even know if she wanted to play volleyball. At first, Stringer was more interested in soccer and the conflicting seasons made it hard for her to choose. “I owe it all to Coach Paulsen in high school. He was the one who convinced me to tryout, and I’m glad I did. I fell in love with the game and I can’t thank him enough for pushing me to be the best I can be.” While at KU, Stringer was named the MVP for the volleyball team in 2013 and is a 3X AllPSAC athlete. In her freshman year she started 24 games and led the team in kills, cementing her spot as one of the best young talents in the PSAC.
Stringer and a catalyst of returning starters look to return to form next year to win a PSAC crown. www.kubears.com
The US team will play five matches and compete in a tournament during their two-week tour, but there will also be free time for athletes to explore the cities.
Gannon coach Matt Darling will be the head coach for the U.S. team. Stringer was on his list of must haves as he hand selected his team from PSAC athletes to represent the U.S. and play for AIST. “My coach at Kutztown mentioned that I might have the opportunity to go to Europe to play
This is a big step for Stringer, who has competed in the Division 2 level for the past three years. Overseas, she will be playing with more experienced players, which will add to her own skill set. “I’m a little nervous to go play over there, but I am looking forward to getting better before my senior season.” The invitation to play overseas
ACT brings theatre back By Elizabeth Crews Actors Creating Theatre, or ACT, is one of the last theatrical organizations at KU. Their chosen production for this spring is a stage version of the iconic American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby.” The show dates are scheduled for April 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Drew Boardman, the president of ACT as well as the director of the show, debated how strictly he would stick to the 1920s time period. He decided to make it a bit more contemporary with a musical twist. He said, “I really wanted to bring this classic to life and make it more relatable for our audience. We added some contemporary music, altered to a 1920s sound that the audience will recognize. We hope that they will have a better connection to the show.” Auditions were held last semester in order to get a jumpstart on the production, since ACT’s usual time slot for productions is the week before finals. “The Great Gatsby” is actually scheduled a month earlier than usual, so each cast member had to put in arduous work and effort in order to submerge themselves into their roles. According to Kristan Pagliei, who will play Daisy Buchanan, the show requires a great deal of emotional connection to the characters, and the actors have been impressive in every rehearsal. They continue to rise to each new challenge
that comes their way as the show dates rapidly approach. Pagliei said, “It’s been hard trying to understand Daisy. She’s in a terrible place and I have to be there with her. But she’s taught me so much, not just about the novel, but about myself and my relationships with other people. She’s the most rewarding character I’ve ever played.”
114. The club is open to faculty, staff and students. According to Boardman, it is never too late to join, especially when someone has the same amount of passion for the stage as the members of ACT do. Tickets are $5 with a student ID and $10 for non-students at the SUB information desk. They are also available online at tinyurl. com/GatsbyKU.
The production initially struggled to make progress, but when the theatre program was cut, the members of ACT rallied together and committed themselves to bringing drama back to campus. While discussing the subject, Boardman said, “So many people on campus have a passion for the stage and we can’t just let it die. It would rob so many students of the opportunity to express themselves through these characters and the ACT members could not let that happen.” Boardman has wished to direct “The Great Gatsby” for several years. “It was difficult to pull this together, especially when we were trying to book Schaeffer. It seems so surreal that opening Kristan Pagliei poses as Daisy Buchanan. night is only weeks away. It truly Photo by Josh Warner is a dream come true for the actors, the stage crew and me. The continuation of theatre means everything to us and I’m proud that we are able to bring a little piece of it back to campus.” ACT meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium room
Food Advisory Board helps students get involved and gain perspective By Natalie Risser al food service program that offers a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle for the members of the campus community.” After representing Beck Hall for just two meetings, FAB’s goals and intentions became far clearer to me than portrayed by this motto. The managers of each dining area show dedication in immediately resolving issues and sincerity in improving the dining experience.
Photo by Natalie Risser
Once a month the Food Advisory Board meets in Viewpoints (upstairs and to the right in South Dining Hall) to discuss issues and suggestions for the dining venues across campus. Each residence hall has representatives who take criticism and feedback to the meeting and present it to the managers of each dining location. This criticism is often gathered through Hall Council or FAB bulletin boards, although any student can attend the meeting and bring up issues concerning their experiences. FAB’s mission statement is “To provide an opportunity for students to become involved with their campus dining program. To create an environment whereby the students and management can meet and discuss current dining issues, and provide the best possible nutrition-
Unfortunately, the meetings are only once a month, but the managers insist that most issues can be solved right after they happen. There is generally a supervisor at each eating location that is there to solve any problems that may arise. By attending and participating in FAB, I have made realizations about food and the importance of it. Being a part of the food community causes you to actively think about your food intake and output. As a university and as individuals, it is important to be aware of this as it impacts our own wellbeing through our bodies and our environment. In addition to food, FAB is concerned with managing waste. A step toward maintaining this awareness with students is done through an event called “Weigh your Waste”, where volunteers weigh the food after dinner in the Southside Cafe, which is upstairs at South Dining Hall. Over 250 pounds of food was thrown out from that one meal, at that one
location. Although this does bring awareness to the issue, it by no means solves it. Many of these waste issues come down to an individual level where students are careless or uneducated about their impact. Food not only connects us to friends when we’re all hanging out in the dining hall, but it leaves a footprint in our bodies and on our world. Some of most important steps to achieving a positive impact versus a negative one start with FAB. The next meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Viewpoints.
- Actress Senta Berge
KU introduces 12th president: Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson By Emily Leayman Members of the campus from students to administrators to faculty welcomed the 12th KU president, Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, on March 17 in the McFarland Student Union Building. The selection resulted from a unanimous decision by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, according to a press release. Hawkinson will assume the position on July 1. Acting president Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto will leave the position on June 30 to become president at Southeast Missouri State University. In attendance were Hawkinson’s wife, Ann Marie, Jack Wabby, KU Council of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee chair, Guido Pichini, Board of Governors chair and KU Council of Trustees member, PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan and Student Government Board President Joe Scoboria. While introducing Hawkinson at the forum, Wabby said that there were an “excellent” variety of candidates. “We are fortunate to have selected a candidate of such high caliber,” he said. Wabby introduced Hawkinson, who then gave an overview of his goals for the university and how intention to begin talking with campus members from the start. “Beginning on July 1, I’ll spend the subsequent months meeting and speaking with many members
of the KU university community…Together we will build on the firm foundation… that so many students, faculty, administrators, legislative leaders and other stakeholders have built over the many years of KU’s history. Together we will identify the challenges before us and then, together, we will get things done.” Scoboria, also a search committee member, spoke briefly and presented Hawkinson with a gift basket from KU students. “In this time of transition and change, not only at Kutztown University, but across our State System, we’ve entrusted Dr. Hawkinson to lead us for the years to come,” said Scoboria. Hawkinson thanked him, he said, “I look forward to working with the student government and all of the students in the coming years.” The introduction ceremony ended with the KU Marching Unit performing the alma mater, and attendees had the opportunity to meet Hawkinson afterward. Hawkinson is currently the provost of Western Illinois University, according to a press release. He held that position since 2012, while also serving the university as associate provost, vice president for budget planning and personnel, and a professor. For three years, he was an infantry officer and public affairs officer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Paul Quinn, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties,
who has been vocal about the flaws in the presidential search process, is looking forward to working with the new president. Hawkinson himself was a faculty union leader at Western Illinois. “It’s a new era. It’s a transition. I think transition is good,” Quinn said. “The union is going to work with this guy to make the university better.” Quinn was the faculty union’s representative for the search committee, but he was removed for breaking the search’s confidentiality policy created by the Board of Governors. Matthew Kuna, a student that attended the announcement, said, “I think we had excellent candidates come forward. I hope that Dr. Hawkinson will bring his many diverse experiences to…KU, and from those experiences, he will be able to make positive changes.” SGB Vice President Tessa Patton is graduating before Hawkinson starts, but she is confident that her fellow SGB representatives will do everything they can to work with Hawkinson. “I think he comes from a really good background and will really understand what the students are going through,” she said.
Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson speaks on March 17 in the SUB. Photo by Jayaruwan Gunathilake
Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson and his wife Ann Marie pose with KU cheerleaders. Photo by Jayaruwan Gunathilake
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