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Volume 86, Issue 2

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

‘Climate on Tap’ held at Kutztown Tavern Environmental groups, legislators, community discuss climate change

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Vaping trend in decline What is the future of vaping? By Donovan Levine Freeform Editor The future of vaping may be at risk after this year. On Sept. 4, the state of Michigan proposed a vaping ban that prompted the rest of the U.S. to join the conversation. According to the National Public Radio, the company of JUUL accepted a proposed ban on flavored vaping products, and then, their CEO, Kevin Burns, stepped down on Sept. 25.

Since the proposals to ban flavored vapes, the company has stopped advertisements in the U.S. Vapes are slang for battery-powered vaporizers known as electronic cigarettes or e-cigs. Vaping is also considered to be different from smoking since smoking involves combustion and the burning of a substance into the lungs while vaping does not involve combustion and mimics the action of smoking. Continued on page 5

Musician Dave Kline speaks at Firefly bookstore KU Presents!, Firefly bookstore present history of Americana music KU Geography Club president Celeste Pachella, right, speaks to the crowd at the Climate on Tap event. Photo by Kaylee Lindemuth, The Keystone

By Laura Ramsey Contributing Writer It was standing room only on Oct. 2 at Kutztown Tavern when PennEnvironment, an environmental advocacy group, brought “Climate on Tap” to Kutztown. The one-off event was intended to bring the community together with environmental groups, local elected officials and Senator Judy Schwank to discuss the current impacts of climate change and to promote Pennsylvania transitioning to 100% renewable energy. The event consisted of speeches given by various organization leaders and followed by a community Q&A with Senator Schwank. “This is an ideal opportunity to learn how folks feel about key environmental facts,”

said Schwank. “Many of the people at these events have considerable knowledge, and I like to get their feedback.” Organizations that attended the event include Citizens’ Climate Lobby, The Climate Reality Project, Conservation Voters of PA, the KU Geography Club, Mid Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA), Moms Clean Air Force, Reading for 100, the Sierra Club and the Sunrise Movement. Many KU students came out to show their support, as well. Olivia Storms, a KU student, said, “It is important to know what’s going on in the community. We all have a responsibility to do what we can on this planet to protect generations to come.” Continued on page 2

By Collin Stettler Editor-in-Chief On Sept. 30, nearly 30 people gathered in Firefly bookstore on Main St. to hear awardwinning musician and historian Dave Kline speak about the history of the Americana genre. His segment, “The Wonderful Saga of Americana Music,” is the first of many Americana-themed events to come to Kutztown, and in it, he details the history of Americana. Sponsored by both KU Presents! and Mondays@Firefly, the event hoped to educate the community on the roots and origins of the various sub-genres of Americana as well as provide advertising for two upcoming Americana concerts to be hosted at KU. Kline has become a well-known artist around the globe, interviewing many singers and artists on his radio program “Mountain

Folks.” He has worked with stars like Dolly Parton, Riders in the Sky, Grandpa Jones and other well-known Americana stars, traveling around the world performing. A proud Pennsylvanian, Kline’s own music is centered around his Pennsylvania Dutch roots and often features imagery of the Appalachian Mountains of Pa. Kline is an expert on the history of the Americana genre and passionately explained the influences that have created the many sub-genres today. Starting with the rhythms and spirituality African slaves brought to America, the history of Americana originated in the blues and gospel songs they sang. Eventually, Irish immigrants settled in the Appalachian Mountains and brought with them their story-telling ballads and various instruments that had not been available to the African slaves. Continued on page 7

Former KU running back Craig Reynolds signed as free agent with Washington Redskins Alumnus obtained many impressive stats and records for KU By Madison Smith Contributing Writer After playing football at KU for four years, running back Craig Reynolds signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins in May of 2019. Reynolds began playing for Kutztown in 2015. He started as a wide receiver but was pulled back to full-time running back from for the 2016-2018 seasons. KU Head Football Coach, Jim Clements, stated that Reynolds first had a redshirt season. “He didn’t play, but he practiced,” Clements said, “and he gave us a great look.” Reynolds, while on the team, obtained many impressive stats and records for

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KU. Reynolds was the youngest player in school history to rush 1,000 yards in one season, ranks third all-time in rushing yards in a season, and ran the ball 185 times for 1,189 yards as a sophomore with 14 rushing touchdowns.

“He didn’t play, but he practiced,” Clements said, “and he gave us a great look.” Reynolds obtained the school’s records for rushing yards with 2,109 yards and for single-season touchdowns with a total of 33. Continued on page 10



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TOP LEFT: A worker paints the front facade of the former Kutztown town hall. Photo by Brittney Baldwin, The Keystone. BOTTOM LEFT: Anne Timpe shows the work in progress for the co-working space. Photo by Kaylee Lindenmuth, The Keystone.

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By Kaylee Lindenmuth News Editor At one time, it was the civic hub of Kutztown, serving as the borough hall, fire company, library, YMCA and more. Soon, it will be alive with activity once again thanks to the vision of a local couple. A few blocks from KU, at 277 Fair St., stands the former Kutztown borough hall, with its distant clocktower-esque structure visible from parts of North Campus. Built in 1915, the building began as the borough hall and Kutztown Fire Company. Most recently, it housed Berkleigh Computer Systems. In March, the building sold at auction to Anne and Nick Timpe, who are in the process of renovating the building to house a co-working and office space on the first floor and living space for their family on the second. “It’s a shared workspace,” Anne Timpe said of the co-working space concept. “Instead of renting out offices, we rent out desk memberships. You can come and have a quiet place to work, or small businesses that don’t need the overhead can have access to some amenities.” Timpe said the renovations are primarily to bring the building up to code, and they intend to preserve as many historical details as possible. “We’re not moving walls or changing structure or anything like that. It’s a really neat building,” said Anne Timpe. “Updating to code, adding HVAC, updating plumbing, and putting in a kitchen downstairs for the co-working space.”

The idea to buy and renovate the building, she said, came from her husband’s search for a new space for his small business, a software company, which is currently located in a three-room office in Fleetwood. “It’s really expensive to rent in Kutztown, even for commercial space, so when we saw this, and we toured the upstairs, I thought ‘I want to live here. This is such a beautiful building,’” Anne Timpe said. “We have a daughter and a son on the way, and we don’t need all this space, so how do we make this work? We came up with the idea of a co-working space because he travels a lot and uses co-working spaces with his business.” The co-working space will be an openconcept, Anne Timpe said, including desks, tables, a kitchen, lounge area and “pods,” like phone booths, for private phone calls. The building is set back from Main St. by a few blocks, which Anne Timpe said is a benefit. As said before, the building was used as the borough hall, Kutztown Fire Company and Berkleigh Computer Systems, but it was also used as the Kutztown Library, the Y, a church and a hospital, Anne Timpe said. “One of my favorite parts of the history is that the upstairs was used as an emergency hospital during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic,” Anne Timpe added. “We have a picture of beds being set up in here. It’s really neat.” The building has remains of each use, some of which Anne Timpe pointed out during a walkthrough: remnants of a fire pole, oil stains on the wood floor of the former engine room and “Council Chambers”

printed on a door on the second floor. Anne Timpe said they’ve been working with the Kutztown Community Partnership, Northern Berks Chamber of Commerce and the KU Small Business Development Center. She hopes the space will provide a community atmosphere and networking benefits. “You gain a lot working from home and being a small business, but you don’t have that comradery with officemates or picking up skills and information or knowing other people unless they’re in your circle,” said Anne Timpe. “We really hope this is a good way for businesses to connect.” She also sees benefits for the KU community saying she’s met with university officials and has tossed around the idea of internships. “We’re hoping that it would be a good resource for KU because students that are interested in business and want business internships can help us or our clients out, and [it may] be an opportunity to connect with businesses that might need interns or [get] jobs,” Anne Timpe said. Anne Timpe also said they plan to offer co-working memberships for students. “What we’ve discussed is doing it in a way that a group of students can share a membership,” said Anne Timpe. “Maybe you just need to get off campus, or your roommate is really loud, or you just need a quiet place to work, that’s something that’s in progress.” She said they hope the facility is ready to open by mid-October. Painters and other contractors were at work during the interview and walkthrough.

these changes as are cocoa and coffee. “Climate change is the biggest existential threat facing us and we have the solutions; but what is missing is the political will, and events like this help create that will,” said Cardoni. Following Cardoni, Schwank took the floor to speak on her recent actions to help the community fight against climate change. Schwank is currently working on passing legislation to improve air quality in the Commonwealth and bringing regenerative

agriculture to Pennsylvania. “All of [the issues] surrounding us become real when you see it happening right in front of you,” she said. After Schwank, many of the organizations spoke including the KU Geography Club, where club President Celeste Pachella said, “Events like this help spread awareness and create a deeper connection with students who [climate change] will eventually fall upon.”


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The first speech of the night, given by Flora Cardoni, Climate Defender Campaign Director at PennEnvironment, shared the main aspects of climate change affecting Pennsylvania: increasing torrential downpours, rising temperatures and growing food insecurity. “Climate on Tap” emphasized these points because crops, such as barley, which is used to make beer, are being affected by


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Metered parking comes to Kutztown Kiosks installed at municipal lot at Whiteoak and Sander Alley By Kaylee Lindenmuth News Editor The lot at 22 South Whiteoak Street, bounded by Sander Alley, Herring Alley, Whiteoak Street and the Young Ones/Feed and Read bookstore building, has been converted to “metered parking, with the use of multi-space parking kiosks,” according to Eric Boyer, community service officer coordinator with Kutztown Police. “The downtown area surrounding the lot is a heavily populated region of the Borough of Kutztown with many residences as well as businesses,” Boyer said in an email. “As such, parking is an important resource, which must be managed to accommodate the needs of this area.” The lot is located in the heart of downtown Kutztown, with a multitude of businesses within a few blocks including Letterman’s Diner, Mamma’s Pizza, the Kutztown Tavern and Kutztown Printing, among others, as well as apartments and homes. Public parking is at a premium in the neighborhood. Because of this, parking in the neighborhood has historically been restricted to specific time limits: two hours for Main Street and the Whiteoak lot. “The downtown area has long been restricted to two-hour parking to require people to move their vehicles and give an opportunity for others to find an open parking space,” Boyer said. “However, during that time we have received many complaints from people who wished to be able to park longer for various reasons or not being able to find a parking space because vehicles remained past the two-hour limit.” “For several years now, the options for addressing these concerns have been discussed at borough committee meetings, community organizations and with citizens,” Boyer added. “Metered parking is successfully utilized in many other municipalities in the region to manage various parking needs.” According to borough meeting minutes, the matter was discussed at the June 2017 meeting of the borough’s Community Development and Public Safety Committee and later approved at the April 2018 committee meeting. That month, the borough council unanimously approved the kiosk parking. At the monthly council meeting on Sept. 17, an ordinance amendment was approved to set the fees for the lot and penalties for nonpayment. According to the ordinance,

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The municipal parking lot on Whiteoak Street.

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the first 15 minutes in the lot are free, and each 15-minute duration after costs 25 cents. There is an option to pay by credit card or by phone as well. “The change in this lot will diversify the availability for parking in the Borough by maintaining the turnover of available spaces while adding the option to stay longer should you wish,” Boyer said. Kutztown councilman Scott Piscitelli added at the council meeting on Sept. 17 that the borough has no plans “at this time” to install parking meters on Main Street. Chris Holt, owner of Young Ones, said that spaces are usually available, if not plentiful, in the lot with the exception of dinnertime and Saturdays. In the six years his business has been open, he’s seen Meters at 22 South Whiteoak Street Photo by Kaylee Lindenmuth, The Keystone the use of the lot decline, which he either not going to come into town, or they’re believes is a result of enrollment going to try to find a free spot to park, but declines at KU. “It’s not a problem except for dinnertime. where is that free spot going to be?” Holt Saturdays, all day, can be a problem, but said. “I think it’s going to force a lot of people they don’t enforce it on Saturdays,” said to park on Main Street.” “Theoretically, instead of my customers Holt. “Students would leave their car Friday night until Sunday. If they just enforced parking here [at Whiteoak], and the Tavern’s on Sundays, that would take care of that customers parking here, they’re going problem. They didn’t need to do this to take to park on Main Street and take up the parking in front of those businesses,” Holt care of that problem.” Holt added that the metered parking may continued. “You’re going to have to count drive away business from downtown or on people being willing to pay or to walk to lead people to park elsewhere, based on those businesses.” feedback from his customers. “People that don’t want to pay, they’re



On Sept. 20, members of the KU community gathered in the Alumni Auditorium to hear from Dr. Daniel Greenstein, the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), in an open forum regarding the future of the system. Greenstein began his introduction to those in attendance by outlining his passion for higher education. “I do this because college higher education is a pathway to social mobility. It’s probably one of the most reliable. I do this because, without a strong higher education sector, it’s impossible for me to understand how we can continue to maintain a strong economy,” said Greenstein. He made sure to also highlight the importance of all jobs in Pennsylvania’s economy, especially jobs that do not require a college education. “I’m not saying that everyone needs to go to college. Pennsylvania is kind of a unique state in a variety of ways because it has a very strong agriculture, manufactur[ing] and public transportation sector,” said Greenstein. When addressing the issue of economics within the nation he said, “We need to work at the equity issue if we’re going to solve our economic one.” Greenstein thinks this can be achieved by making college more accessible for everyone. He wasn’t afraid to be straightforward with his audience stating, “There’s a vastly higher number of new jobs, virtually all of which require some college. It’s true nationally that if you are rich, you are five times more likely to go to college by the age of 24 than if you are poor. Five times, that’s not acceptable. If you are black or brown, the numbers look more or less like that when you compare them to white.” He continued, “Colleges and universities are one of the last places in this country where people from very different walks of life and different backgrounds with different perspectives can engage with each other and learn in an experiential way about things like tolerance, which is sorely lacking in our political and our civil society. In that regard, for me, higher education is about social justice.” In an effort of making college more affordable for everyone, the state froze tuition. “The board took a tuition action in July, freezing tuition for students, which is absolutely the right thing to do,” Greenstein added. “We cannot continue to put the cost burden on our students.” The PASSHE redesign project, which started less than a year ago, includes engaging in transparent and open dialogue with faculty, sharing academic programming and improving student enrollment. Greenstein’s visit ended with a Q&A, which allowed faculty and staff to dispel rumors and clear up uncertainties with how to move forward with the redesign.

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At a Glance Hotel ribbon cutting set for Oct. 16

First KU PrideFest helps unite campus community “It helps to build a bridge between the different groups and allows everyone to have some freedom”

PrideFest on Sept. 12

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By Madison Smith Contributing Writer

The common area of the Hampton Inn and Suites. Photo by Kaylee Lindenmuth, the Keystone.

The Hampton Inn and Suites on Kutztown Road in Maxatawny Township, owned by the KU Foundation, held a cold opening in mid-September and will celebrate its grand opening this month with a ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting is set for Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m.

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KU athletes and dignitaries gather at Keystone Field. Photo by Brittney Baldwin, the Keystone.

In mid-September, the KU community dedicated the newlyrenovated Keystone Field soccer venue before the first game on the new turf surface. The multi-million dollar project was completed over the summer. KU dignitaries and members of the athletic community on campus gathered on Saturday, Sept. 14 for the dedication. “This $4.5 million project is a beautiful and significant addition to our campus and will help in the recruitment and retention of our students,” President Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson said in a media release.

Program on slavery set for Oct 23

The Commission on the Status of Minorities will present a program, “Slavery and its Impact: Reflections on its 400th Anniversary” on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The event, free to attend, will be held in MSU 183 from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and is comprised of scholars and faculty from KU and nearby universities.

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Helping to create community, the GLBTQ center, among other clubs, hosted PrideFest on Sept. 12 in the Recreation Center. The event had food, live entertainment, an inflatable obstacle course and booths held by other campus organizations. GLBTQ and Women’s Center Director, Christine Price said the event was in collaboration with the Student Government Board (SGB) and its president, Braden Hudak. “The concept of a pride-themed event was an ongoing conversation for years,” Hudak said, “and I noticed that the goal was never achieved. So, I decided to take the initiative and lead the planning.” According to Price, planning for the event took “several meetings” that began before the end of last spring semester. “We had a group of students become the PrideFest committee, and [we] reached out to other organizations to see if they were interested in sponsoring or participating in the event,” Hudak said. For those involved, PrideFest was a way to welcome and celebrate students in the LGBTQ+ community. “I think it means a lot to have a space to come, outside of the GLBTQ center, that is so welcoming of LGBTQ+ students,” said Price. The reactions from those who attended the event were overall positive. According to sophomore Kamelle Copeland, she enjoyed all the booths the event had. “There’s so much to do. They have stands set up, so you can play games and make your own button,” Copeland said. Sophomore Joseph Figueroa said he enjoyed the live performances. “It’s a good show so far with the live acts,” Figueroa said. Copeland believed that PrideFest was important in bringing representation to campus. “[Representation] is important to have no matter what sexuality, gender or race. I get to express myself, and I’m so excited,” Copeland said. Figueroa said the event helps to unite diversity groups. “I think it helps to build a bridge


Clair Meckley, right, poses for a photo.

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Attendees were asked to write what ‘pride’ meant to them, in exchange for a T-shirt. Photo by Kaylee Lindenmuth, the Keystone

An overhead view of PrideFest

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between the different groups and allows everyone to have some freedom,” Figueroa said. Due to the success of PrideFest, Hudak has high hopes for the event to continue in the future. “It is my hope that PrideFest

will become an annual event at Kutztown and that it will be a collaborative effort funded by many different groups,” Hudak said.


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Career Development Center hosts Internship & Job Fair Hundreds of students meet with potential employers

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Internship & Job Fair

By Anthony Confino Contributing Writer On Wednesday, Oct. 2, KU held their bi-annual Internship & Job Fair to give students an opportunity to let employers see their resume, converse with some of the major companies in Pennsylvania and build the necessary connections for their careers. Hundreds of students dressed professionally with their resumes in hand in hopes of making their first impressions with company representatives and begin to branch out their networks. The event was held in MSU 218 and 223, and featured 68 various organizations, each with engaging representatives looking to hire students for internships and/or starting positions. The event was organized by Samantha Koller and Chad Ganley from the Career Development Center and presented a variety of successful business chains such as CVS, local jobs such as the Berks County Police and corporations such as Hershey or Giant food stores. The Internship & Job Fair happens twice a year, once in the spring and once in the

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fall, giving students a platform to research and pursue specific jobs to hold down while attending college or career-driven jobs that allow students to get their foot in the door.

“We like to keep a variety,” said Koller, “some of the places we reached out to and some like to come to us. It’s about looking for motivated and hardworking individuals.” While also providing opportunities to apply to various jobs, the CDC provides students the opportunity to attend workshop events in order to touch up and improve their resumes and also conduct mock-interviews to improve their social skills during on-thespot interviews. In case you missed this opportunity, there will still be another chance to take a leap into the business world in the spring of 2020.


Unlike cigarettes, which contain tobacco, tar, lead, nicotine, caffeine, ethanol and some percentage of cyanide and arsenic, e-cigs and vapes mostly only contain nicotine and vegetable glycerin and Propylene Glycol oils, chemicals commonly found in food dyes. Dr. Cidambi, in that same article, explains, “Juul contains nearly 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid, while a regular cigarette has about 12 milligrams of nicotine. So Juul is at least four times as potent as cigarettes.” They were initially proposed as a healthy alternative to regular smoking and swept the nation in a cloud, almost literally, in 2016, increasing by close to 900% among high school students according to an article released by PsychologyToday. High schools are the top consumers of vapes and e-cigs. “The Keystone” released an article in May of 2018 about how the Juul phenomenon went viral across the university. Only a year and a half since that article and the trend may already be over. New York, Michigan and Massachusetts have already banned the selling of vapes due to FDA health concerns. “At least 530 people in 38 states have been sickened with a vaping-related lung disease, and nine people have died. Health experts are also concerned about long-term pulmonary issues from vaping,” said the NPR.


However, the ban is still receiving plenty of backlash from consumers, questioning the newsworthiness of said “vaping illness.” Many believe the illnesses are a result of black market THC pods and not standard vapes used by teenagers and young adults. Others believe the government is singling out people who vape. “Personally, I don’t believe vaping should be banned,” said Kean MacLelland, a graduate assistant at the MSU. “It shouldn’t be the government’s business to get involved with the issue of vaping when there are bigger issues going on. If you look at the gun crisis or the opioid crisis, those have caused a lot more deaths than the few lives taken from vaping. The government is handpicking crises to care about.” Also, many of the tests that found residue of metal in the lungs resulted from pressing the button too long, causing inhalation of overheated, broken-down vapes. “Vaping does not kill people,” said Mike Sandy, “Vaping products are safe for adults. People under the age of 18 should not have these products. If you ban vapes you cause people to go back to smoking, something that is known to kill you.” Even if a vaping ban were put in place, would most teens and young adults continue to vape anyway? Is it fair to ban vaping when cigarettes are still legal? While things looked much more progressive during the Obama administration once Cuban cigars and rum bans were lifted, the era of vaping may not receive that same amnesty.

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Why Kashmir shouldn’t be ignored Kashmir in crisis

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Reactions to Pakistan shooting down Indian fighter jets

By Donovan Levine Freeform editor

“The Independent” interviewed Raja Begum, a woman from Srinagar, a massive city in Jammu and Kashmir. With a tearful response, she described the current

situation from what she experienced: “We heard banging on the door, one civilian entered and an army man. My daughterin-law (Shazada Bano) called and informed the army is here. We opened the door and gave entry to the army men. I was still in the room and asked my husband to wake up as the army has cordoned off the house. I thought I would go to them and beg them not to take my son as he is my main support to my disabled daughters.” Natives of Pakistan, such as Irfan Balouch, have argued that these actions were taken due to Hindu nationalism and that the Muslim women being taken in for marriage by Hindu men now buying land in the region are being trafficked and sold as sex slaves. But the bigger issue is the threat of war looming over the conflict. War is the most dangerous thing that could happen, given that India has the fifth largest army and third highest military budget in the world according to “OurWorldInData.” Both Pakistan and India have access to nuclear weapons, and this conflict in Kashmir, which has gone on for centuries even since Britain started controlling the area in 1847, only escalates the situation. Both countries have recorded four wars waged against each other since 1947 when both countries gained independence from Britain, and both of them may be well on their way toward a fifth. Action has not been taken by the U.N. yet. However, there was a council meeting held in April of this year, before the autonomy had even been revoked, where a U.N. Human Rights delegate broke down in tears while reading a report of alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. The U.N. has not ignored it. They’re only treading lightly.


The conflict in the Kashmir region is a modern affair that should not be ignored given the international politics involved, as well as the threat of a nuclear war that would affect billions of people without exaggeration. The Kashmir region is an area of land shared by Pakistan, China and India in Central Asia and home to K2, one of the tallest mountains in the world. Kashmir is one of the largest sources of natural resources and crop harvesting in Asia. Currently, the governments of Pakistan and India are in dispute over this region as they attempt to re-draw borders and force Muslim women under Hindu law. This caused thousands of Pakistani protestors to gather and fight Indian control, resulting in political unrest with no resemblance of a return to normal life in sight. “India’s government scrapped Article 370 and 35A of its constitution,” reported “TRTWorld.” “The Article protected Kashmir’s sovereignty by ensuring Indians outside the state would not be able to permanently settle or buy land in the region.” By revoking Kashmir’s autonomy on Aug. 4, Kashmir went into lockdown and able, of-age men were selected by the army to house the local security forces, often without choice. “The Independent” reported, “Migrant workers from the rest of India started to leave—fearing a violent uprising.”

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Fall Fest

Merchant Trick-or-Treat

KUAB, formerly ACE, hosted a seasonal favorite of theirs: Fall Fest. It was held in MSU 218 on Sept. 24. Roughly 50 or so students sifted in and out of the event during the three hours it lasted. The students got to enjoy activities such as pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, ring toss (with pumpkins), picture-taking and other games at stations set up around the room. KUAB also provided free food from Aramark including gourmet popcorn as well as music and dancing. Lily Kondrat, the KUAB president, said, “The event is a good way to spread fall vibes.” She also expressed emphasis on future KUAB events such as the “Mid-term pizza party” on Oct. 9 in Rohrbach, the “Wild ‘n Out” show on Oct. 24 in Schaeffer and the “Halloween party” on Oct. 31 in South Dining Hall. All of these events can be found through KU’s website.

Each year, Kutztown Community Partnership hosts the Merchant Trick-or-Treat night, where student clubs or organizations in town hand out candy to children parading on Main St. This year, the trick-or-treat will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, about a week before Halloween. In years past, the event has had hundreds of Kutztown’s elementary and middle school students show off their costumes, and most of the college students flaunt costume designs of their own. Most clubs theme their costumes, as well. Main St. is closed off from the intersection at College Blvd. to the intersection at Noble St.


Zick Productions LLC held its first PennCannaFest Fall Marketplace Oct 4-5. Held at Renningers Farmers Market, it featured 50 vendors, food, live music, a speaker and discussion panel. What exactly is PennCannaFest? It’s shorthand for Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival. Their ultimate goal is to end cannabis prohibition, specifically in Pa. The event offered free admission and free parking to the public. They were family- and pet-friendly, too. The discussion panels featured several credible speakers, such as Teresa Nightingale from Cresco Yeltrah and Luke Shultz from MMJ Advisory Board. Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach also made an appearance.

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Kline discussed artists like Robert Johnson (“the most ripped-off artist in the history of mankind,” according to Kline) as well as Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Lee Rocker and Steel Canyon Rangers to demonstrate how the music they played differed from other subgenres. Providing examples of Irish ballads, “hillbilly” music, rockabilly, bluegrass and cowboy music, Kline provided an almost complete history of Americana. “I’ve found that [Americana] is the most genuine,” Kline said. He explained the concept of country music parks, saying that stars like Dolly Parton would come to Sunset Park in Chester County, Pa., after performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He said it felt like family there—artists would become a part of the Americana family when they

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visited to perform. Passionate and lively, Kline kept the audience captivated by his discussion. Historical information interspersed with energetic live performances as well as comical personal tales of his life, Kline exhibited the same level of genuineness as the stars he discussed. “The Wonderful Saga of Americana Music” is the first of three Americana events coming to Kutztown. Sponsored by KU Presents!, Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats performed in Schaeffer Auditorium later that week on Oct. 3. Steel Canyon Rangers, another Americana band specializing in more bluegrass music, is scheduled to perform Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Schaeffer, as well. Tickets for these concerts can be purchased through the KU Presents! website or at their box office.

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‘Relentless Color’ opens in Rohrbach Library Watercolor artist highlights values of lower Peruvian classes By Raven Shellman Contributing Writer On Sept. 23, the Rohrbach Library Gallery welcomed “Relentless Color” by artist Daniel Egusquiza. The reception was held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., giving guests the opportunity to speak to Egusquiza himself, view his art and purchase pieces if interested. Egusquiza is a native of Peru who moved to America, graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2008 with a B.A. in Art. The pieces in the gallery are watercolor paintings that were inspired by photographs that Egusquiza took while visiting Peru in 2009. Overall, the paintings heavily draw inspiration from artists Pablo Picasso, for the human figure aspect, and Diego Rivera, for the social justice component. Egusquiza stated, “Even in the landscape paintings, I focused on the tiles on the roofs because they were laid out by unique people. I wanted to bring that uniqueness out, to embrace the differences we all have.” While on this trip, Egusquiza learned many things about Peru. In Peru, the native people are seen as second class, and in the Andes, the natives will travel down the mountains where their culture is negatively viewed. They become relentless in their clothing and language to not conform to the “normal.” The people portrayed in the paintings have bright clothing that represents this relentless attitude. Speaking of the vibrant colors he uses, Egusquiza stated, “The Andes are often barren until one reaches high altitudes where you find colors in flowers and rocks. The people use these to tell their own individual stories in color. I call


myself a story-teller, and I want to tell their stories. His paintings show how unique these people are and how they carry their own colors and stories. The people are “Relentless in Color,” hence where the gallery installation received its name. Along with being an artist, Eguquiza also runs a nonprofit organization called “Barrio Alegria.” As stated on the website’s mission statement, “Barrio Alegria is a community transformation organization located in Reading that utilizes the arts as a platform for community engagement and for the development of social and multicultural awareness.” All projects are free and everyone is welcome to attend. During the reception, Eguquiza shared how he got into art. Growing up, his family was middle-class; he remembers that stacks of paper were considered wealth. So, growing up and, even to this day, seeing stacks of papers means wealth to him. Though when his mother would get paper, he remembers stealing it from her to draw, to use it as an escape. He would draw and draw and draw, leading him to pursue a career in art. Within Eguquiza’s journey to Peru and with his nonprofit organization, his proudest moment according to him was when “[his] niece asked to buy one of [his] paintings. It proved to [him] that [he] was able to overcome [his] own beliefs as an artist.” The Rohrbach Gallery will host Eguquiza’s “Relentless Color” until the end of this current semester. Anytime the Library is open, one can view the paintings on the second floor displayed upon the wall. If anyone wishes to contact Eguquiza or learn more about Barrio Alegria, you can email info@barrioalegria. org, or visit

Bella Thorne’s ‘The Life Of A Wannabe Mogul’ Review:

Contemporary celebrity writes with brutal and beautiful authenticity By Donovan Levine Freeform Editor This summer, actress and model Bella Thorne published a book called “The Life Of A Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray.” This book was a poetry collection and a rather bizarre one at that as one can guess from its title. At first glance, I noticed the style of the text. Letters are jumbled together. Nothing is neat or organized. There are belligerent spelling errors. The pages are riddled with photo-copied smudges and doodles for personal effect. There is no central theme to be found. However, all of these qualities are widely intentional. Bella Thorne is the epitome of a 21stcentury celebrity. Her career began as a Disney actress in 2003, when she was only 6-years-old. Her entire life has revolved around the “celeb” status, being involved in modeling, acting and most recently, becoming an author. Without detailing her entire biography, the important takeaways from her life are the loss of her dad early on, a case of child sexual abuse when she was working in the industry, coming out to the world as pansexual and her involvement with the feminist and LGBTQ+ movements. She is no stranger to the controversy of concepts such as mental health and identity. At 21-years-old, she still may not have that real grip on her life just yet, and that is clearly illustrated in “The Life Of A Wannabe Mogul.” And that’s okay. What makes this book unique is that you can tell she wrote it for

herself and nothing else: not for fame, money, legacy, to impress someone or to prove something. It’s her way of revealing the real Bella Thorne to the world, regardless of their opinions. “I’m not fixing my imperfections for your idea of perfect.” One of the very first lines of the book highlights that she has no intention of writing this for anyone else. The themes of the book vary from page to page. One page will deal with the idea of love, another with the idea of loss and regret. Others are simply one-line sentiments similar to something you would read in a Twitter post. One page is dedicated as a letter to her mother. There’s a sense of both wit and wisdom in her writing style. “The Life Of A Wannabe Mogul” is written with brutal and beautiful authenticity. In an interview with the live-streaming series BUILD, Bella told the audience with a solemn, cynic-like tone, “You have to just stick it through. Just keep waking up every day, because that is the bravest thing, realistically, you can do in the shittiest situation is to wake up again and again and again.” Assessing her life situation when it comes to mental health, sexual abuse, the loss of a parent and the lengths she had to go through to hide all of it because of her celebrity status, it wouldn’t shock me if she told herself this same quote almost every day. With that in mind, reading the book and knowing her life story from childhood to where she is now and knowing what it takes to bring your private life into the public eye, it adds a layer of bravery to her writing.

KU senior uses ceramics for cultural awareness Keegan Buck using art to promote Wabi Sabi

By Raven Shellman Contributing Writer Keegan Buck, a senior double major in Art Education and Ceramics at KU, uses his art to promote the Japanese aesthetic of WabiSabi. Buck currently presents his pottery at art shows and festivals. His last festival was the Allentown Art Fest at Cedar Beach, near Muhlenberg College. His work has unique indentations, curvatures, and colors that draw one’s eye to the pieces. “My favorite piece of pottery is my first wood-fired piece,” Buck said. The colors that appear on his pieces are not typical glazes but, instead, uses what the fire and ashes do naturally to the pottery

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while inside the kiln. They can range from a golden brown to a light ash color with dark spots; though, Buck does use glazes depending on the piece. Wood firing is used traditionally in the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, the view of accepting the imperfect. The beauty of the piece comes from the imperfections, often highlighted in Buck’s artwork with uneven glazes, the natural colors, deliberate indentations and the curvature of the top. Instead of a smooth straight edge, it follows the indentations; the edge slightly dips where there is an indentation in the mug to match the overall aesthetic. At first, the imperfections bothered Buck: “People liked my art, but at first it was not supposed to look like it does now. Back then it was an accident, now it’s purposeful.”


His father kept pushing him to keep working and keep going. Then, after meeting famous potter Warren Mackenzie and taking inspiration from him, he started finally seeing the beauty in the imperfections of the pieces he made. Now Buck’s only restrictions over himself are the rule of three and following the aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi. He purposefully makes his pottery look the way it does for the uniqueness, and he wants the viewer to see the subtle control he has over the clay—the look of it was not an accident but a conscious decision he made. He has no control over the firing process, so whatever happens inside the kiln, happens inside the kiln. Firing is the longest process of his art form. Buck mentioned, “Wood firing is my


favorite, but it takes forever. One firing I did was over three days, and it was reaching the four-day mark until the pieces were finally finished.” Making the pottery is easy for him. A small piece such as a mug can be finished in eight to ten minutes, and a larger piece such as a vase can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes. It all depends on how much clay is used for the piece, but the overall time is never longer than thirty minutes. Buck wishes to present his work soon at KU, though when he will be able to do so is undetermined at this point. You can follow Buck’s Instagram at @keeganbuckpottery. There, he posts frequent updates on art shows and recent pieces he has made. His Instagram is the best means of contacting him, as well.

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Showcasing art of the Rockabilly genre

Miller Gallery unveils latest exhibit

Pinstripe artist Andy Cappuccio opens new show, ‘Art of the Kustom Car Culture’

Artist in residence creates immense installation, “HYPOSTYLE”

By Shelby Otto Arts & Entertainment Editor In light of the Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker’s appearance on Oct. 3, KU Presents! and Sharadin Art Building’s atrium welcomed artist Andy Cappuccio to exhibit his work in a show entitled, “Art of the Kustom Car Culture.” Cappuccio, or “Pooch” as he goes by in his profession, is based out of Swiftwater, Pa., and makes his living working in an artistic style called pinstriping. Artists like Rocker and the Rockabilly music genre as a whole are “very much connected to the custom car culture,” he stated. In a discussion with the artist about his work, his vehicles and Rockabilly music, Cappuccio explained how Rocker, one of the top U.S. bassists in rock music history, had very unique stand-up basses. “His basses were often pinstriped and had flames on them, graphics on them, all kinds of crazy stuff,” he said. This was the root reason for the dynamic collaboration between the gallery and KU Presents! Since pinstriping might not be a familiar concept due to its aging, Cappuccio was kind enough to explain a little bit about it, such as what it is, the materials he uses and how he got involved in the trade. As far as the process goes, he put rather simply, “It’s an enamel-based paint that’s used specifically for lettering on vehicles. The hairs on the brush are about two inches long and they taper down to a nice point.” Then, once you have the paint on the brush, the thickness of the line you make is adjusted through the pressure you put on the tool and when you pull away from the

Cappuccio showcases work with pinstriping demo

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surface. Once you know what exactly pinstriping is, its appearance on what Cappuccio calls “hot rods” becomes a more familiar concept to one’s mind, with things like flames and stripes running down the middle of classic cars’ hoods and back underneath their windows, a familiar image in numerous action movies. Cappuccio’s story is just as interesting as the art of pinstriping itself, as it’s what you think of when you think of a classic car movie. “I was into hot rods when I was a little kid,” the artist said, “and I was in a Car Club when I was 16. I was the kid at this burger joint and the rest of the guys were older, 18 to 20, so no one notices you when you’re ‘the kid.’” Then one day, Cappuccio did happen to get noticed, sitting outside drawing cartoons of all the other guys’ cars. He said on that day, one of the men he worked with brought him a pinstriping brush and told him to try it out. “Back then, pinstriping was a closed art,” Cappuccio continued. “You had to know somebody. And everybody was going to this guy Mr. J,” whom the artist remains close friends with to this day. Cappuccio spent every Saturday that summer hanging over J’s shoulder, learning the trade, cleaning the shop, all kinds of things an apprentice might do. When asked why he does this kind of artwork, Cappuccio stated, “This [art], pinstriping, custom airbrush lettering on hot rods and motorcycles is my job.” Cappuccio’s artwork will be hanging in the atrium in Sharadin Art Building for a few weeks only, and you can find his work and contact information at or

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By Shelby Otto Arts & Entertainment Editor The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery here at KU recently unveiled its latest installation, “HYPOSTYLE,” by this year’s resident artist, John Cunningham. In his work, Cunningham investigates the most basic concepts of architecture and creative output, simply on a larger scale than most other sculptural pieces we typically see in the gallery. The large size and intensely geometric form of the installation should not deter viewers from interacting and engaging with the piece. Upon first seeing the rather large architectural beast occupying the gallery, I felt a sense of apprehension and a reluctance to approach it. Forcing myself into the dimly lit space, I found those feelings dissipating as I moved through and around the structure. A small sign sitting inside the drawn curtains asks visitors to be cautious in moving through the installation, so I suggest dropping your bags and whatever might be occupying your hands in the corner to fully engage with the aqua green fibers, zip ties and metal poles. As I said above, “HYPOSTYLE” explores the questions surrounding space and form and the interaction between the two. Created on a slant, viewers can move in and around the structure but must be careful to duck as the inner archways progressively get lower until you have no choice but to leave or sit. And it’s okay if you choose to sit. In speaking with one art student, senior Alexandra Perry, she said, “It reminds me of ‘Bloom Bloom,’” which was an installation from 2017 that used the gallery space in a

John Cunningham’s ‘HYPOSTYLE’


different way architecturally. Nonetheless, it encouraged viewer interaction and close contemplation. As a space of contemplation, it is acceptable and encouraged for visitors to come in and sit and enjoy the piece. Some students featured on KU’s @art_ kutztown Instagram page have already found themselves journaling underneath the immense structure. This kind of awareness of form, then, not only heightens one’s sense of the object surrounding them but also makes the viewer aware of their own presence and the space they might occupy here in the gallery and on a day-to-day basis. From that, how the form of the structure and the form of the body come together and, ultimately, stand as separate parts. Materiality is another important component for Cunningham’s piece, using everyday objects to create this large and strange architectural piece. The intense green of the netting surrounding you draws the eye up, down and around, and as you try to follow the pattern with your eyes, you eventually discover that this great structure is simply being held together with clear, plastic zip ties. In viewing such simple artistic components, visitors are reminded of the aesthetic qualities of everyday objects. So, while the work itself communicates a multitude of themes, ideas and connotations, viewers are welcome to come enjoy the exhibit either from the outside or from underneath, as long as they are careful. Information concerning “HYPOSTYLE,” “Bloom Bloom” and other past and upcoming exhibits can be found at artgallery/.

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Former KU running back Craig Reynolds signed as free agent with Washington Redskins Continued from Page 1 While at KU, Reynolds was a good teammate, according to Clements. “He got along with his teammates really well and was a captain off the field. He wasn’t really a vocal captain— more of ‘a lead by example.’” Clements said he was disappointed when Reynolds wasn’t originally signed after the draft. “Normally there is 24-48 hours after the draft that teams sign free agents, and he didn’t get that, so I was disappointed because I believe he should

have,” Clements said. Reynolds was invited to tryout at a Redskins rookie minicamp. Reynolds was one of 44 tryout players at the camp. “He went and tried out, and he beat four other running backs,” Clements said. Before playing at KU, Reynolds played for the Abington High School football team in Willow Grove, Pa. In December of 2018, Reynolds graduated from KU with a business degree.

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Angela Reynolds named new Women’s Bowling team head coach “My goal is to give a college player an experience that she will remember forever” By Lauren Gudknecht Contributing Writer The KU Women’s Bowling team has named their second-ever head coach, Angela Reynolds, to lead the Golden Bears into their 13th season. Angela Reynolds has been bowling since the age of three and bowled for Delaware State University. She was a four-year starter and anchor, named All-American, threetime National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) recipient and three-time All-MidEastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recipient for the Hornets. After bowling at the USBC Team USA Trials in 2009, she was selected to the Junior Team USA. Graduating in 2012, she has a degree in Psychology and credits towards a minor in Coaching and Management. After college, Angela volunteered at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She coached the junior program there until they

KU Women’s Swim Team: Upcoming October Meets Sat. Oct. 19, 1 p.m. vs. East Stroudsburg Sat. Oct. 19, 1 p.m. @ Misericordia Sat. Oct. 26, 1 p.m. @ Lock Haven

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closed. Before KU, she worked with specialneeds children and coached players on the side. She has two children, four-year-old Brayden and one-year-old Jordyn. Both will be around the bowling alley supporting the Golden Bears. Angela Reynolds said her mentor in bowling, coaching and life is Kim TerrellKearney, professional bowler. “My goal is to give a college player an experience that she will remember forever. To not only teach her about the sport of bowling but about herself as a player and a person,” Angela said. Leading her players into the season, the Women’s Bowling team will be at a total of eleven tournaments this season. KU will be at the Bud Whitman Invite on Oct. 12 and 13 at Berks Lanes in Sinking Springs, Pa., hosted by Chestnut Hill College. The last tournament in October will be at the Stevens Invite, a USBC event, on Oct. 26, in Elmwood, N.J. Angela Reynolds, head coach of the KU Bowling Team

Women’s Swimming wins three events in seasonopener Golden Bears lose against Shippensburg University By Bonnie Charles Sports Editor KU Women’s Swimming team won the 1000-meter free, 200-meter free and 200-meter free relay in the season-opener against Shippensburg University on Sept. 19. Lindsay Brenneman, junior, placed first in the 1000-meter free event with a time of 11 minutes and 23.37 seconds. Alison McLaughlin, junior, placed first in the 200-meter free event with a time of two minutes and 7.46 seconds. McLaughlin, sophomore Emmarose DeCaro, Brenneman and senior Carley Wise, placed first in the 200-meter free relay with a time of one minute and 46.15 seconds. Wise placed second in the 50-meter free with a time of 27 seconds and 10 milliseconds. Brenneman placed second in the 100-meter free with a time of 57 seconds and 39 milliseconds. DeCaro placed third in the 100-meter free with a time of 58 seconds and 42 milliseconds. McLaughlin placed fourth in the 100-meter free with a time of 58 seconds and 74 milliseconds. Charlotte Owens, sophomore, placed second in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1 minute and 17.62 seconds. Shippensburg University won with a final score of 132-112.


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Men’s Rugby play against Navy KU loses 26-22 By Bonnie Charles Sports Editor KU Men’s Rugby, ranked 7th, lost 26-22 against Navy, ranked 5th, on Sept. 23. KU held a 22-19 lead late in the game. Navy made a try before the clock ran out, gaining the win over the Golden Bears. D’Montae Noble, KU senior, scored a try. KU sophomores, Tai Kauwe, Trent Rogers and Thorne O’Connell all had tries, too. O’Connell had two conversions and one penalty kick. The Golden Bears are 3-1, overall, with wins against Army, Mary Washington and Schuylkill River Club.

Rugby players gather at try-zone in pre-game ritual Photo by Margaret Fontanesi

Field Hockey team play against Bloomsburg in the PSAC Golden Bears win 3-2 By Bonnie Charles Sports Editor KU Field Hockey team won 3-2 against Bloomsburg in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) on Oct. 2. Bloomsburg had a 2-0 lead early in the match due to two penalty goals from Callie Edwards and Foto Tsioles. KU’s Rachel Dusman, sophomore, scored in the second quarter with an assist from Molly Bojak, senior. During the last three quarters, KU outshot the Huskies 15-1. Bloomsburg goalie, Abby Shaffer, made


three saves during the third quarter, helping the Huskies maintain their one-point lead. Kyra Wozniak, senior, scored during the fourth quarter sending the game into overtime. Senior Mackenzie Fuhrman’s shot was blocked by Shaffer but rebounded by Dusman, giving KU the lead over the Huskies. KU goalie, sophomore Katie Dotterweich had two saves. Leah Roselli, junior, had a defensive save during the match.

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