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The Ke ys t o n e N e w s pa p e r Congratulations to the graduates of the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. We wish you the best of luck!
The Keystone Newspaper Spring 2017 E-Board staff
The Y ear bo o k Edito r s Olivia Durr .......................................................................... Lead Designer Allison Landino .................................................... Designer/Photographer Amanda Sergeyev ................................................................ Photographer Zach Wiley ...........................................................................Photographer Jillian Baker ..................................................................................... Editor Karli Molignoni ............................................................................... Editor Jennifer Mosley ............................................................................... Editor Samantha Paine ................................................................................ Editor Justin Sweitzer ................................................................................. Editor Laura Quain ..................................................................................... Editor
Out of the Darkness Campus walk hosted on DMZ By Jillian Baker, News Editor
The Out of the Darkness KU Campus walk took place on April 30, on the DMZ. Registration for the event started at 3:30 p.m. with the walk beginning at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
“Today we have two symbols. First, the luminary, the lights are to show that even through the darkest time in life, the light will never truly extinguish, there will always be a ray of hope.
the event. “Suicide is like a thief in the night,” he said.
Participants were called up to place a bead over the picture of the person they were representing.
The event began with an opening ceremony with the “The second is the honor beads. They come in many singing of the National Anthem by a member of the colors. Each in tribute to a loved one, a personal strugKutztones. gle or a victory, representing the diversity of our comPresident Kenneth Hawkinson was the first speaker for munity to this cause.” “You know, thieves, they prosper, they succeed by running around in the night and attacking the most vulnerable amongst us. We must work together to fight against those thieves just as we guard each other’s homes and keep them safe. We must all be beacons in the night,” he said. “So all of us must stand together and be beacons of light for each other and take care of each other,” he said.
The red beads representd the loss of a spouse or partner. The gold beads represent the loss of a parent. The whites beads are for the loss of a child. The orange beads represent the loss of a sibling. Purple beads represented the loss of a friend. The silver beads are for the loss of first responders. The green beads represented personal struggle.
The next speaker was KU graduate student, Nancilee According to the AFSP, they have been able to set a Romano, who spoke about her struggle with suicidal goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by the year 2025. thoughts. “I can’t remember exactly what age, around 16 or 17, Their website says, “The American Foundation for Suibut I do remember it didn’t happen over night, it was a cide Prevention is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide gradual process.” through research, education and advocacy, and to reach “Now I hang on to my reasons to live, such as my amaz- out to people with mental disorders and those impacted ing friends, my dreams to build a family one day and by suicide.” my passion for my future career,” she said. “I am extremely passionate and determined to be the person I never had when I was at my worst.” Ending her speech she said, “Being suicidal does not look the same for everyone.” Before the walk began, Keith Kurk a KU senior, announced the bead ceremony.
KU hosts 19th annual Children’s Literature Conference By Marybeth Peluzzo, Contributing Writer
The 19th Annual KU Children’s Literature Conference was hosted on Saturday, April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Building. Elementary school students from local and regional school districts visited KU to meet featured authors and illustrators from the conference on March 31.
author Lauren Castillo; Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor and Ezra Jack Keats Award winning illustrator Bryan Collier; Robert F. Sibert Honor Award and Orbis Pictus Honor Award winning author Deborah Hopkinson; and Max & Ruby series author Rosemary Wells.
Committee member Debbie Eisinger, a retired teacher and librarian from Petway Elementary School in Vineland, N.J., said, “It’s great to be with other people who share love for literature.” She said “Knock Knock” by Brian Collier brought tears to her eyes.
Wells said Max and Ruby are based off of her two daughters. She said, “Every fiction book is based on true stories.”
The Children’s Literature Conference is a collaborative initiative involving committee members including KU’s faculty and staff, as well as local teachers and librarians, all working toward providing current and future educators with the opportunity to experience the work of award-winning authors and illustrators.
Author and illustrator Bryan Collier said “Snowy Day” was his favorite book when he was young. He said he based his book “Uptown” on “Snowy Day” as they both have a traffic light. Collier was inspired to illustrate children’s books when he was a young boy. He said he looked a lot like a character in his favorite book.
Author, illustrator and KU art professor, Keven McCloskey, also made an appearance at the conference. The conference strives to present attendees with new He showed his love for his book “Something’s Fishy,” ideas on a variety of topics such as the integration of by wearing a suit jacket with a bright fish pattern and learning; exploring reading and writing through the matching tie. personal experiences of students; facilitating childhood The authors did not just come to the conference to speak; literacy through the exploration of different genres and they came to impact the teachers and librarians that ateffective use of nonfiction reading materials across all tended. The authors were available for autographs and subject areas. to discuss the mutual passion for children’s literature. The KU Children’s Literature Conference strives to give attendees access to high quality, award-winning authors. In past years, the conference has hosted featured speakers such as Caldecott winners Tomie DePaola, Steven Kellogg and Jerry Pinkney.
This year, participants had the opportunity to attend presentations by: Caldecott Medal winning illustrator/
All the authors promoted their books and Collier sold some of his artwork.
Wells said, “Authors write books because that’s what they’re meant to do. Writing is the last of the talents to find.”
President Hawkinson honored by alma mater By Jillian Baker, News Editor
KU President Kenneth S. Hawkinson is one of seven alumni and community members who were honored by the Elgin Community College (ECC) Foundation during its 19th Annual Founders’ Day Celebration and Luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 12, in Elgin, Ill.
your recognition at this wonderful event.”
Hawkinson earned his associate degree from ECC in 1976. He also earned both a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in speech communication from Western Illinois University. He later ECC was founded in 1949. The cel- earned a Ph.D. in speech commuebration and luncheon recognized nication and performance studies achievements made by students, from Southern Illinois University. alumni, employees, retirees and Hawkinson became the 12th presiother community partners and sup- dent of KU in 2015. porters who have made an impact at ECC and played an integral part in According to the press release, he said, “I tell my story often to my fulfilling the college’s mission. community colleagues and potential “It is said that some dream of wor- transfer students so that they underthy achievement while others stay stand the high level of respect and awake and achieve,” Hawkinson appreciation I feel towards commusaid in accepting the Distinguished nity colleges and the role they play Alumni Award. “Elgin Communi- in providing a high quality, affordty College taught me how to ‘stay able education that meets the needs awake.’ I am indeed humbled by of their students.” this great honor and am grateful for all ECC has done for me and for
Students talk about strike threat
By Jillian Baker, News Editor
What do KU students think about the strike negotiations between Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty? Kady Wuagon, a senior middle education major shared her concerns about the potential strike between PASSHE and APSCUF. Wuagon said, “When I was in high school, the teachers went on strike twice my junior year. I’m concerned personally about what it would to do my senior year and if it would extend the year or give me less time on winter break.”
Zac Goren, a junior leisure and sports marketing major, said, “I feel like I’m going to miss out on my semester if professors do strike. I hope we get reimbursed for classes that we may miss.” Goren expressed his concerns about who would continue to take over his classes if his professors take action.
Thomas Marshall, a senior criminal justice major, is expected to graduate this upcoming spring. Marshall said, “I believe the strike could affect me negatively because I’m worried about my grades and my ability to graduate on time as well as my overall learning experience [and] if I have graduate students teaching me instead of my professors who have doctorates in their fields.” Marshall said he hopes that there is a resolution between ASPCUF and PASSHE before a strike takes place.
don’t see how APSCUF and PASSHE can’t compromise. We students will be the ones that will be affected most in the end.”
Alexis Haviland, a junior communications major said, Wuagon said she doesn’t know how the strike will differ “I’m worried about getting behind in my classes if my from when she was in high school. She said the strike in professors strike. I hope the university has a plan in high school had affected her because she did not have case it happens.” a spring break and she was forced to stay in school two Bridget Tobin, a junior business management major, weeks longer in June. Being so close to graduation, she said she did not know all the details regarding the curis concerned about finishing on time. rent issue that has been taking place. Tobin said, “I
According to an APSCUF press release, of the 82 percent of faculty members who voted, 93 percent were in favor of the authorization. KU has been reassuring students via email that classes and campus events will still take place unless told otherwise by the university. APSCUF is holding information sessions for students Junior environmental science major Noah Frankel said, to learn more about what has been going on recently. “Professors should put aside their personal issues with PASSHE so they can focus on their students’ coursework and well-being. If my professors go on strike, will I be reimbursed by the university for the thousands of dollars I pay for my classes?”
GLBTQ center expands outreach, creates new programs
By Matthew Cover, Contributing Writer The GLBTQ center at KU has expanded their outreach to spread their message to more students throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. In their attempts to do so, they have created new events and programs for the student body.
of interested students. Due to the impact of their outreach, the show attracts more and more students each year.
Blichar explained that the GLBTQ center has recently aimed to get the campus community – such as athletics, Greek life, and housing to become more involved with the center, and to find ways to encourage students of all kinds to participate with their programs.
Burkman also expressed their gratitude at being able to find like-minded people at the center. “I’ve never really had that – I’ve never had people that were like me – a place where I can meet other people like me,” they said.
The center has also recently been able to help sponsor programs regarding political activism – in the semester of spring 2016, they helped bring Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter to speak on some important issues regarding race and equality.
The new programs created and run by members of the center include an LGBTQ inclusive Bible study, and social gatherings for fellow GLGBT students to befriend poten- Kalyn Burkman, a 21-year-old first semestial roommates with KU’s gender neutral ter freshman, is one of the students that has housing program. been positively impacted by the GLGBT’s “I think that since I came here and I’ve been center push for outreach. They describe the involved, we have really gotten our name center as a place where they spend most of out there a lot more,” said Nykolai Blichar, their free time because of the positive, coma 21-year-old junior. He has worked as a munal environment it has. desk assistant for the GLBTQ center since “It’s someplace where we feel at home, the spring of 2014, and served as the former where we can come and be ourselves,” president of Allies of KU from fall 2014-15. Burkman said, emphasizing the important “Trying to do outreach is one of our favorite of the safe space that the center provides – things,” said Blichar. especially with recent post-election fears.
Jose Valentin, a 21-year-old junior who recently started working as a student programmer at the center, has tried to expand the center’s outreach this semester by creating an all-inclusive Bible study connected through the Kutztown Christian Fellowship. “There’s no lecturing – it’s all comfortable,” he said. The study attracts at least The center has partnered with Allies of KU seven or eight students, as well as new ones and other student groups in order to create every time, for every session. the most effective outreach. As a result of Valentin’ described the center as a place “to their partnership with other student organi- promote diversity and a place of informazations, they help host an annual Drag Show tion, comfort and friendship.” on the campus that attracts a large number One of the recent programs that the GLBTQ center has launched with this purpose is an all-inclusive, general neutral housing meet and greet. It serves as a way for students who are interested in gender neutral housing to find prospective roommates and connections through the university.
Condition of Lytle Hall called into question by faculty members By Jillian Baker, News Editor
Conditions of Lytle Hall were called into question Michael Gambone, a history professor, has been by faculty members at KU even as administrations working for KU since 1999. His office has been in plan an HVAC replacement for the summer of 2017. Lytle Hall for 18 years. Jerry Silberman, KU Vice President for Administration & Finance said, “KU has and continues to make significant investments in its campus facilities to provide safe, clean, technologically current learning environments.”
Gambone made a “Stench-O-Meter” sign that was posted outside of Lytle Hall. The sign had labels of various smells and an arrow that students could move to adjust to the varying smells of Lytle Hall.
“Some of you may be aware of facility issues raised by certain faculty in Lytle Hall. In the case of this facility, it has been determined that replacement of its HVAC equipment is necessary,” said Silberman.
“This is your media meme, but it worked,” he said. “I’m not a media guy, but how do I make something like this go away? And if I could use humor, that’s great.”
He said campus facilities are monitored continuously and renovations are scheduled as needed.
The work is scheduled for summer 2017.
Gambone said he made this sign to spark a reaction because there was a dead animal in the wall, which caused the smell.
The rodents’ nest was found and partially removed. “Although the current HVAC equipment in Ly- “We addressed the problem of the rat, but we’re tle Hall provides a safe environment for students, looking at the problem of health in the campus as faculty and staff, and no documented health issues a goal,” he said. have been reported, this $1.5 million project will Gambone is one of the 11 faculty members who provide new equipment that will operate more effi- have filed complaints with the Department of Laciently and allow the university greater control over bor. In January, he filed a complaint in hopes that the building’s environment,” said Silberman. old problems would be fixed. “As always, any specific facility issues reported through the campus work order system will continue to be appropriately addressed by the university’s facility maintenance department,” said Silberman.
Campus community reacts to Identity Evropa posters
By Justin Sweitzer, Editor-in-Chief Following the emergence of posters promoting the altright organization Identity Evropa, members of the KU campus community shared varying thoughts on how the situation should be handled, with prominent leaders asking students to be respectful of rights to free speech while encouraging an inclusive environment for KU students.
Some, however, did not share Cunningham’s beliefs, as many students took down the posters shortly after their emergence. Some professors even offered extra credit to students who took the posters down.
“As your Student Body President, I want to extend myself as a resource for you to approach with concerns. Our student body should continue to respect one another and support our diversity,” said Gallagher in a Feb. 8 statement to students. “I want to ensure that we maintain a positive campus climate; we all play a role in achieving that.”
otry and racism.
Communication design professor Vicki Meloney offered extra points to students who transformed the posters into an “anti-hate piece of artwork or typographic In a statement addressing the posters, KU President message,” such as a collage or origami, according to a Kenneth Hawkinson stressed that all students have a Facebook post from KU communication design profesright to free speech, but that the university will not sup- sor Karen Kresge. port discriminatory language or practices on campus. In retaliation, some replaced Identity Evropa’s handiKU Student Government Board President Molly Galla- work with posters of their own, as some bulletin boards gher echoed Hawkinson’s sentiments, offering herself across campus featured posters sporting the slogan, as a resource to concerned students. “Good Night Alt Right,” proclaiming a rejection of bigActivists on campus, however, believe the best course of action is to make use of campus resources and organize in an effort to continue to foster diversity at KU.
“It was deeply troubling that our campus was targeted in particular. However, the students from our marginalized communities have stood strongly against bigotry, While the organization has been accused of holding prejudice and hate,” said Nykolai Blichar, KU student white nationalist beliefs, the fact that the posters did not trustee and diversity council co-chair. outwardly express discriminatory or hateful language left the university with their hands tied as to what ac- “I believe the next course of action for students is to tions could be taken. Due to the absence of such lan- stay engaged on campus by being involved with groups guage, Identity Evropa was afforded the same rights as like Diversity Council and our many diversity-related organizations.” any other campus organization to share their beliefs. Kaleigh Cunningham, president of the KU chapter of Blichar stressed that it’s important that the university Young Americans for Liberty, said that while she dis- commits to creating a campus climate generated around agrees with the Identity Evropa’s ideological stances, diversity and inclusion. Kevin Mahoney, a professor of English at KU and “While the posters placed around campus last week founder of the left-leaning blog Raging Chicken Press, are hurtful and immoral, it is that group’s right to voice offered a similar their opinion. We cannot stop hateful people from ex- assessment when discussing the situation saying that isting, but what we can do is challenge their ideas with it’s more important to strengthen campus bonds than to go after a particular group. that of our own,” said Cunningham. “Freedom of speech allows for the sharing and compe- “Why don’t we think about creating the community tition of ideas and creating a space where hateful speech that we want to let each other know that we have each is not allowed, creates a breeding ground for it outside other’s backs,” Mahoney said. of that area. In order for one to combat these ideas, we must know of their existence.” the group has the right to express them on campus.
Sexism continues in the Olympics
By Carmelina Stolzenberg, Contributing Writer
At the height of the Olympic events, many fans were outraged by the lack of appropriate attribution to certain Olympians for their outstanding accomplishments. Olympic bronze medal winner Corey Cogdell-Unrein was only ever known because of her husband’s football fame.
Given these circumstances and the society we live in today, this story caught a lot of attention on social media. Twitter exploded with passionate feminists from all over the nation, some wittier than others.
@Kaylaburgess said, “Either being a wife is now an Olympic sport, or Tribune should tweet Corey Cogdell-Unrein is a shooting medalist.” Another reads as follows, @erinruberry, “I think you spelled ‘Three-time Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein wins her second bronze medal’ wrong.”
These are two short, sweet and equally tweets summarizing the injustice that occurred.
Despite the lack of positive media coverage on the players, columnist Ben Machell tweeted, “Hijab vs. bikini thing aside, how much of a ‘culture clash’ is it really if you are both playing women’s beach volleyball at the Olympics.” Their lifestyle and individuality have been called into question here rather than the nitty-gritty details of the sport.
Finally, there’s a continued lack of appropriate acknowledgement that the female athletes receive with this last, head-spinning example of Hungary’s, Katinka Hosszu, gold medalist in the 400-meter individual medley.
Upon completing her event, NBC announcer Dan Hicks attributed the attention and accomplishment of this incredible swimmer to her husband and coach, calling him “the man responsible” for her achievement. As if he had swam the event himself, and as if her achievement was not her own, but rather his. However, her hard work paid off, and she has now made a name for herself as well. As the Olympics have come to an end, and the world is now more aware of sexism and inequality within these games, it is with great hope that we will see a change in the following Olympic games just two short years from now.
Campus rules allow religious protestors to harass students
By Christina Galdi, Staff Writer As my last semester carries on, I’m left with some time to reflect on what I’ve been exposed to during my college career, things I wasn’t used to seeing in my hometown.
There have been few occasions where our diverse community becomes the target. Some of the preachers have been known to openly gay-bash the students, condemnI have been able to meet people with different opinions, ing them for who they choose to love, which means religious beliefs, eating habits and values. While this that the students who don’t fit into the perfect mold that journey has mostly been enlightening, it has been met these people preach about are suddenly cast into the with some dark areas, too. “other” category.
KU students are not strangers to the people with signs Another situation involved these people preaching an and bibles that pitch outside of the Academic Forum a anti-abortion agenda, telling students that having an few times per semester. abortion is murder and that they will be condemned. They stand in front of the steps declaring that God is While that may be the views of these people, and it is our salvation and how students need to accept his ev- their right to preach their beliefs, we still need to call into question these practices. er-loving presence into their hearts. Many students ogle at the skeptical, some ignore their College campuses consist of a diverse group of peopresence and other students participate in these ser- ple who are facing their own struggles. There could be a person overcoming an abortion, or someone who is mons, not always in a pleasant manor. dealing with their sexuality or gender identity. These Attending a liberal arts college like KU, we are sending could very well trigger individuals going through that a message that all ideas and beliefs are to be listened and make them feel unsafe on their own campus. to and accepted. However, how far are we supposed to No one is arguing that these religious protesters don’t take that ideology? have a right to speak their truth. That’s what going to a While our generation is known for tolerance and liberal arts college teaches its students. bridging gaps, we are also known for not accepting closed-minded views. Some of the “religious protest- On the contrary, it is our right as students to challenge ers,” a common name given to them by KU students, these beliefs and speak our truth. Safe spaces are imcome to the university to deliver their message in a neu- portant, and creating an inclusive environment for all tral tone, sometimes stopping to have a friendly chat people is a huge component of college life. with a curious student. It’s true that everyone has the right to their beliefs. However, there have been times when the discussions However, when people start getting condemned to hell get heated and students are often patronized for hav- for having different lifestyles, that is the time to reevaling different opinions or for challenging the opinions uate what it means to be tolerant on a college campus. of the “protesters.” We are told that we are wrong and unintelligent, ironic given that we are being told this on a college campus, and the conversation is no longer
Yoga clears mind and alleviates stress for college students By Marissa Linquist, Contributing Writer
Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing and meditation to help people relax, clear the mind and alleviate stress. It can improve mental clarity, increase body awareness, relax the mind, center attention, sharpen concentration, improve balance and improve physical fitness. This practice can be very beneficial for college students.
ercises that help students become aware of their surroundings while also focusing on themselves. Sitting in a quiet room may seem difficult to some students but it helps students achieve a centered attention.
Studies show that meditation is associated with better focus. When meditating, one should focus on their breathing. Taking notice of the flow of their breaths is When practicing yoga in the comfort of one’s home, the important. When studying begins to put pressure on individual is in complete control. students, they can simply focus on their breathing for a Rather than holding poses for a certain amount of time, few moments to refocus and help students sharpen their beginners may choose to hold the poses for a specif- concentration. ic number of inhalations and exhalations. By doing so, By bringing together physical and mental elements, they will be able to hold each pose at their own pace. yoga can help develop a peaceful balance. Practicing Guided imagery can be incorporated into the medita- yoga can result in improved balance, range of motion, tion. This provides the opportunity to relax and explore flexibility and strength. Each individual has a different the imagination to find places that are comforting to es- body with different abilities. Postures can be modified cape to when stressed. Guided imagery scripts can be to suit each individual to help find proper balance. found online but students should try to create one at some point so it is more beneficial to each individual’s preference.
Yoga can aid in improved fitness. Yoga poses are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses can take many forms such as lying on Students can achieve mental clarity through yoga. the floor completely relaxed to more difficult poses that Studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress may stretch one’s physical limits. Studies have shown and anxiety and can enhance mood and overall sense that certain poses can reduce fatigue. Controlled and deep breathing can provide the blood with more oxygen of well-being. which will increase energy levels. Yoga can point out the tense positions they carry in their body throughout the day. Students will increase Yoga does not require any fancy or expensive equipbody awareness and learn how to quickly change posi- ment. Yoga mats cost around 10 dollars, the practice can be done on a towel or blanket if a yoga mat is not tion and focus on breathing to boost energy levels. available. Controlled breathing is an important aspect of yoga. It can help control the body and quiet the mind. Students Yoga has many styles and intensity levels that can be may incorporate meditation or relaxation into their based upon the individual or group practicing. KU ofpractice; meditation can help students learn to be more fers a one credit Hatha Yoga physical activity elective. mindful and aware of the present moment without judg- This course could be beneficial to students struggling with stress management. It has a slower pace and easier ment. movements to suit beginners and keep them relaxed. A combination of controlled breathing and centering themselves will make the body more comfortable with Students can contact Dr. Hayduk, KU’s yoga class instructor, at Hayduk@kutztown.edu with questions reliving in the moment. garding the course. KU offers a yoga course that begins with breathing ex-
College students need more than degree to get employed
By Ashley Nave, Staff Writer College students in the U.S. often face the same problem: getting a job. After spending four years—possibly more—and thousands of dollars, they are not guaranteed what they paid for.
Warner about self-motivation and meeting deadlines. On top of that, students like Warner who branch out can have a job lined up for post-graduation.
“I already have a job lined up at Rodale Inc. because, According to the College Board, U.S. college students aside from Brain Bug, I’ve been working with this writspend roughly $30,000 at private schools and almost ing company as I finish up my degree, said Warner.” $24,000 as an out-of-state student per year. He believes that these opportunities will present them-
Eric Owens of The Daily Caller said, “Just 14 percent selves to students who are more involved. For examof this year’s college seniors have steady, career-type ple, employers may look at Evans’ background—at the jobs lined up for their lives after graduation.” web-design company—and consider her over someone The increasing amount of unemployed graduates is who didn’t have this experience. overwhelming, so it’s important to note that college A survey done by Hart Research Associates found that students should leave their universities with as much almost all employers said that they are more likely to professional experience as possible. hire students with skills in their field and that “innovaCompanies look for students who have branched out tion is essential.” beyond the classroom. For example, students who take While having preferred skills and lining up jobs with the initiative to do work outside of the university are companies is a necessity, students might also want to better candidates. consider creating a company of their own. KU student Faith Evans said, “It’s definitely important to ‘bring everything to the table’ because an education can only teach you so much. When you have other experience in your field, you gain insight and perspective from professionals you aspire to be like.” Evans is a communication design major who currently interns with a web-design company. Evan’s internship has taught her that deadlines are a must, and that failing to complete them will bring the entire team down. She also runs a side business on Etsy where she sells wire wraps, organic clothing and crocheted items.
Like Evans and Warner, KU senior and fine arts major Katie Mullen makes and sells her own work. She buys and paints blank longboards and advertises them to people through her social media accounts and by wordof-mouth.
Mullen sells the longboards for $210, which is a considerably cheaper price than a fully–equipped $500 board from a local skate shop. Not only does she assemble the longboard herself, she also includes a custom design, new wheels and new trucks.
“I’m not looking to rob high school and college stuStudents who solely participate in their academics do dents, plus I haven’t gotten my name out there yet, so not get the same hands-on experience as some of these I’ve got to start somewhere,” said Mullen. young entrepreneurs do. Importantly, all three KU students come to one general KU communication studies major, Jesse Warner, is a consensus: it is extremely important, and encouraged, co-founder of the magazine called Brain Bug. The mag- that students do everything they can to enhance their azine began two years ago and is already being sold at capabilities. a local bookstore in Kutztown, Pa.
The production and success of the magazine has taught
SoFit Studio: great place for college students to decompress By Alexis Bleam, Contributing Writer You may be skeptical at first, but I have positive news about this nation’s current status. Currently, we reside within a nation that seems to be split and far from united. But there’s hope to be found.
Fear not, collegiate, staffer and faculty member—we’re here for you.
Enter SoFit, a fitness studio located in Reading, Pa. Their knowledgeable staff of trainers becomes not only your team but also your family away from home, which energetically enhances your life mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Upon entering, you will be warmly and enthusiastically greeted by their staff, which embodies this concept of culture and unity. Two of which include owner and operator, Cashmere Banks, 29, and his friend and colleague, Jeffery Dorestant, 27. “Average gyms focus on losing weight, but we’re also here to promote longevity, knowledge and support,” said Dorestant. He notes that the SoFit staff will push you, but do so while maintaining the morals and eth-
ics behind what he calls the SoFit culture—helping one another to break barriers and surpass goals through togetherness and teamsmanship. The harmony and bonds created between trainees with fellow trainees and trainers with trainees is powerful, according to Dorestant. He is not new to the compassionate connection built between a trainer and trainee. In the past, he has helped to rehabilitate people with torn ACL and MCL injuries, some of the most common and dreaded injuries in athletes.
“I have people I trained over three years ago that still contact me, thanking me for helping them. That’s powerful,” he said.
Additionally, Banks has altered many lives for his trainees as well. One of these trainees is a warmhearted, older gentleman by the name of Arch, who I got the pleasure of meeting.
Daniela Mota, a hardworking and dedicated trainee of SoFit, avows that Banks, Dorestant and the rest of the staff are, “more than coaches; they are my friends that push me to the maximum to give more than I think I can give.” This idea of family, or familial love, is something that
Dorestant notes is another key ingredient to SoFit’s culture. He said, “We promote [our trainees] to take risks. When we find someone’s fear, and we push them to thrive, they defeat that fear with love and support. A great educator is when you take and bring out what is already there, that ‘warrior spirit,’ so you can be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I did this?’”
the moment, but for a lifetime through learning how to manage your daily duties and health. “It’s a doctor’s visit,” said Dorestant.
You get a routine office visit in a fun environment with someone who has your goals, dreams and fears in check, along with a healthcare plan that includes nutritional support.
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Worldwide Women’s March focuses on social issues By Christina Galdi, Contributing Writer
On Jan. 21, one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, The Women’s March on Washington took place. Over 500,000 people took to the streets of D.C., along with millions of people participating in sister marches all over the world.
and USDA to stop all contact with the media, ordering the construction of his infamous wall to be built, as well as the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is what happened after the American people gave Trump a chance.
The march focused on many issues we face under this new administration, including women’s rights to safe abortions, immigration, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the hateful rhetoric that has spewed from Trump’s mouth since the day he announced his candidacy.
I believe women and anyone with a vagina and uterus should decide what happens to their bodies. I believe that Planned Parenthood is the solution. I believe that women deserve equal pay. I believe that nothing should define you, not color, religion, sexuality, gender, disabilities or economic status.
We must realize that history is doomed to repeat itself if The Women’s March was about letting President we choose to ignore the signs. If we choose to give in to Trump, along with his cabinet and congress, know that hate and fear, we choose to let the fabric of this country we the people will not allow hate and fear to divide us crumble. This is why I marched. as a country. I marched because I believe in the power of the people.
While this march brought people together from all I marched because I am a writer and value real news. walks of life, many criticized the movement and the I marched because health care should be a right to all people involved. Americans, because climate change is real and it is up Instead of listening to those whom feel oppressed and to us to save our planet. I marched because a fair and ignored, our new administration and its supporters quality education should not be a debate. would rather believe that the protesters are nothing but I marched because I love a woman, and conversion liberal garbage with nothing better to do than whine— therapy isn’t a cure, even if Vice President Mike Pence “It’s time to get over it!” believes it is. I marched for me. I marched for you. These marches were a way of letting our government know that we will not roll over and stay silent. We will not let our new president wage war on the media, and we will not let him strip citizens of their basic rights.
Trump works for us, the people of America. We hold the power to make a difference, to initiate change. Never forget the value of your voice.
For those who want to tear us down, especially other The majority of the country has been told to give Trump women, remember this—it’s movements like this one a chance. They have been told to let him prove his le- that allowed our country to move forward in the first gitimacy. In the time since Trump was sworn in, he has place. managed to sign executive order after executive order, wielding his power over the people. Some of the executive orders include the defunding of international organizations that provide important services, including abortions, to women, ordering the EPA
â€œI marched because I believe in the power of the people.â€?
All’s fair in love and commercialism By Samantha Paine, Opinions Editor
tives — anyone available to spend money on. While the holiday may stand more deeply for spreading love and showing appreciation, this message is heavily overshadowed by the more looming presence of expensive gift expectations.
Valentine’s Day may not immediately come to mind as the most commercialized holiday of the year; for most, Andrea Buno, KU’s English department secretary and it comes across as a day to do something special, a day happily married mother of three, gave her two cents and explained how her family spends the holiday. “We use to show how much you cherish certain individuals. this holiday as an excuse to spend time together making However, the truth of the matter is that companies are memories,” she said. profiting greatly from the pressures of “equally reciprocal love” and the ill-conceived idea that the highest “No fancy dinner out or expensive jewelry or overshow of affection is equated to intentionally pricey priced flowers, and definitely no stress. Who needs it or wants it? Not me. Life is too short and you don’t need gifts. ‘things’ to be happy. ‘Things’ don’t equal how much Marked-up products and heart-ridden displays litter someone loves you,” said Buno. storefronts and flash across screens in ads aimed at those in relationships, with close friends or with rela- Not only is the current and conveniently marketable
idea of Valentine’s Day an industrial con-job, but its But realistically, love is not reserved for one day, or relevance to the historical origins of the legend sur- at least it shouldn’t be. Emotional expressions should rounding Saint Valentine is a stretch. be promoted daily, and if the desire to show someone The most circulated version of the story is that Saint affection is present, it should not be done with commerValentine was a priest at a time when marriage of cial gifts and large expenditures of money. young men was outlawed, as unmarried men made for more dedicated soldiers. He continued marrying young Christian couples, and for this crime, was beaten and beheaded.
Due to the relevance of marriage to his story, he became the patron saint of love, but was also the patron saint of plague, epilepsy and beekeeping. His one link to romantic attachment became his legacy, one that is now used to sell exorbitant amounts of sugar, flowers, teddy bears and anything heart-shaped on one specific day of the year.
Buno agreed with this idea. She said, “I believe that you shouldn’t shower your partner with love on just one day, it should be every day. So really, what makes Valentine’s Day so special then? Oh yeah, the retailers need a profit boost because they ‘love’ money in their pockets.”
So, next February, keep in mind that the “Hallmark-holiday” that comes around every year should be, at most, an excuse to remind someone they are loved with a heartfelt expression. However, they should already know.
ARTS & ENTE
By Gabriela Laracca, Arts & Entertainment Editor On Feb. 9, the Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery will host Artist in Residence, Dana Harper, and her exhibit, “Bloom Bloom.” The opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Sharadin Art Building: Room 120, with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. Student artists and Harper began installation on Jan. 24.
Her three week residency will result in an exhibit that incorporates captivating textures, intense colors and an overall multi-sensory experience that portals viewers to warm feelings of childhood fantasy, according to the gallery’s site.
The natural, blooming appearance of the exhibit could help students who are struggling to cope with this cold season. The project’s environmental, floral focus can make observers and art-lovers alike feel as if they are in the midst of warmer weather with blossoming life.
Harper also hopes her exhibit can radiate feelings of unity and human connection. “Right now, in this social climate, it is easy to feel hopeless, fearful and tired. I think ‘Bloom Bloom’ offers a safe space to feel relief from an unfair scary world,” she said. “I hope that Harper began this project while working to- it creates a place where people can recharge ward her Master of Fine Arts at Pennsylvania and heal.” State University. “I saw flagging tape being The exhibit has already unified individuals by tied to twine to create these marked off, con- connecting Harper and student artists to crestruction areas on campus and thought that it ate this masterpiece. was such a beautiful material,” said Harper. “There is visual proof of the power of comAside from the beauty of the material used, munity,” she said. “Students come and leave the artist was also inspired by other factors for their mark on the project as a community. We this project, mainly, “the feelings nature gives are creating a space that serves it.” you,” said Harper. “I want to encapsulate the viewer. I hope to bring them into another world or universe [to] release their anxieties or pain.”
‘Bloom Bloom’ art exhibit captivates Sharadin
Manifest performs at Shortyâ€™s night club
By Ryan Vanderhei, Contributing Writer Manifest, a local music group, performed at Shorty’s was also featured in their first ever exclusive interview Bar in Kutztown on Friday, Nov. 18. and live performance shown on Berks TV. “We’re a The duo, made up of rapper Jake Supreme and singer team and we have a vision. We just work hard to spread Exodus, came on just before midnight. The two came our message to anyone we can,” said Ex. out to their recently released song “Guilty Conscience,” which is their remix of a popular Wiz Khalifa track. The crowd was immediately drawn in and fully involved. Next, Jake and Ex performed a song called “No Id,” one that Jake described as a club hit.
They ended their performance with one of their favorite singles called “Stuck.” The song’s deep lyrics and innovative sound provided a proper close to their set. By the time they were finished, everyone in attendance bid them a farewell with a drawn-out clap.
Supreme and Ex said their main priority is set on growing their music and continuing to evolve. They have recently come out with official merchandise that fans can purchase and wear in support of the group.
“Supporting Manifest is supporting our movement,” said Supreme. Manifest is currently working on their debut mixtape, a continuation of their previous EP, “Speaking Into Existence,” which is expected to drop in January. The group has recently gotten buzz from their recent music video for their song “Heat” that was directed by fellow KU student Matt Dunstan. The group has a new video expected to debut soon.
In weeks prior to their appearance, Shorty’s had been implementing their music into the weekend DJ set list. The two are sure to return to Shorty’s in the future for The two have nearly just scratched the surface of the another appearance, seeing as they market themselves impact they hope to have on the world some day. “We through local shows. just want to create a movement of positive music for the They have previously performed in Schaeffer Auditori- young crowd,” said Ex. um, where they opened for hip-hop artist PNB Rock in addition to many talent shows and a Mr. KU showcase. They also had their music broadcast over the student run radio station KUR. Though the two currently reside in Kutztown as students, it is not the only place their music can be heard. In the past, the duo has performed in many different cities for all different kinds of demographics. They have done several shows in the Philly, Allentown and Baltimore areas.
One of their more notable shows was held at Maingate Nightclub in Allentown at a showcase event for MBPro, the music group’s go-to recording studio. Manifest
Manifest, meaning appearing to the eye, is the best way to describe the team and what they are all about. Supreme and Ex met when they were randomly assigned roommates in their sophomore year at KU. “Call it fate, call it whatever you want,” said Supreme. Whether it was fate or just a mere coincidence, there is no doubting that when the two perform, the chemistry they have is unexplainable. Everything they have is put into their music and when the last note fades out, all their energy is left on stage.
KU Presents! Shadowland in Schaeffer Auditorium By Zach Nykanen, Contributing Writer
KU Presents! ‘Shadowland,’ a story of a surreal experience of a young girl’s sensational world as she comes of age on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.
The Pilobolus Dance Theatre is internationally known for their physical dance and uniquethumb use of their bodies. This team of dancers has been featured in Fruit of the Loom commercials, performed with Produced by the world-renowned Britney Spears at the last MTV VidPilobolus Dance Theatre, Shadow- eo Awards and has been featured land follows the journey of a young in numerous award and TV shows. girl as she changes shape and en- Their choreographed dance pieces counters incredible characters all to implement a physical and mental aspect of entertainment. understand the meaning of love. Shadowland incorporates multiple “It is an amazing piece of work, one moving screens of different sizes that you won’t see anywhere else and shapes to create a performance and one that you won’t forget,” said that merges projected images and Zaremski. front-of-screen choreography.
The students of KU Society of There are no words spoken through- Physics in conjunction with the Piout the show, but the audience fol- lobolus educational team will conlows the story and becomes emo- duct a pre-show workshop on the tionally involved with the lead science of shadows at 6:15 p.m. in character as she searches for love the Little Theatre. and understanding. “The precision that is needed to create these characters, places and things all through shadows highlights the incredible talent of the Pilobolus dancers,” said Robin Zaremski, director of KU Presents!.
Jesse Warner brings Zine Library to KU By Gabriela Laracca, Arts & Entertainment Editor On Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m., the Rohrbach Library hosted the opening of KU’s Zine Library with a zine debut by senior Shannon McCarthy. The Zine Library, which is displayed across from the library’s café on the main floor, was created by KU senior Jesse Warner.
them. McCarthy emphasized that she had never taken an art class in her life and had no artistic experience, but she was still able to create one.
This zine was one of many hosted at the Zine Library. By definition, a zine (pronounced zeen,) is a DIY publication that is self-published and released on a small scale with usually less than 100 copies created.
McCarthy’s artistic ability.
“It can encourage students to be creative once they realize there’s not this gate keeper that’s keeping them from publishing,” said communication design professor Kevin McCloskey. “It’s really empowering to students to be able to make their own publication.”
“It doesn’t take skill, it takes will,” said McCarthy. “If you have an idea, go for it. Give it a shot because the McCarthy’s zine was an interpretation of Wolfgang worst that can happen is you have a piece of paper that Borchert’s German play, ‘The Man Outside,’ original- you crumple up and throw away.” ly known as ‘Draußen vor der Tür.’ McCarthy created The zines featured on the Zine Library’s shelves inher zine for German professor Lynn Kutch’s German spired other students. Tierney Suefer, a senior also in graphic novel class. the German graphic novel class, was impressed with “She says she has no artistic ability, but I can’t imagine putting something together like that,” said Suefer. “I remember seeing [her zine] for the first time and the only Due to the nature of a zine’s publication, authors/artists thing that popped into my head was how she could even are free to explore the vast possibilities of what their come up with the ideas to make it a thing- it looked zine can be about, what it could look like and the tone it really well-done.” could take without worrying about an editor turning it Although anyone can donate or sell zines to the zine down for being too specific or too out there. library, there is a focus on student, alumni and faculty “KU has so many talented students and really amazing artists that I’m confident that in years to come, the zine library might overflow just with the work of KU students alone,” said Bruce Jensen, librarian and head of “[Zines] are a democratized version of knowledge- you Steamworks. can make a zine about anything from any perspective Zines can be printed in Rohrbach Library 18 at Steamand it will be valid,” said Warner. “There’s no third-par- works. For more information, visit library.kutztown. ty saying you can’t make the zine, there’s no publisher, edu/STEAMworks/zines. no distributor you have to submit to. You just have a concept you want to express and you do it. No one can stop you.” One aspect of zines that was emphasized multiple times throughout the presentation was that anyone can create
Connections introduces new freshmen By Amanda Sergeyev, Photography Editor
KU’s Connections student orientation program welcomed over 1000 students throughout the summer.
Connections is a one-day orientation program where students have the opportunity to attend one of 14 cycles. There are also two orientations offered in July and August.
Students had the opportunity to not only meet other incoming freshmen, but also connect and ask questions.
Freshman Joseph Thatcher from Charleston, South Carolina, said, “It’s a good way to meet people and [boost] school spirit.”
Freshman, Rebecca Dray of Macungie, Pennsylvania said, “I love how outgoing everybody is. I feel already at home.”
During orientation, new students have the opportunity to attend sessions where they learn information pertaining to their meal plan, safety on campus and academics. Technical program coordinator, senior, Rachael Wolfe Each student is put into a group and is guided through- said, “Connections provides a unique opportunity for out the orientation by two facilitators. This year, stu- students because it’s the first time they are all coming dents were randomly put into 11 groups, each guided together from different towns, states, backgrounds and by two student facilitators. cultures. This is an awesome way to celebrate their diFreshman Joey Fisher of Middletown, Delaware said, versity and have an insight about attending Kutztown “It’s a great way to get introduced into the campus.” University for the next four years.” Fisher said, “I really enjoyed the enthusiasm our facilitators had.”
MTV’s Wild ‘N’ Out brings music infused humor to KU By Gabriela Laracca, Arts & Entertainment Editor
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, ACE hosted MTV’s “Wild N’ Out’s” very own Rip Michaels, Jacob Williams and Karlous Miller. At 7 p.m., Schaeffer Auditorium erupted with hilariously crude, sexual and controversial humor causing both audience members and comedians to laugh the night away. The act started with Michaels’ specialty hype-up. Calling out specific audience members on various stereotypes, Michaels’ insults and music-infused humor slayed attendees. He even kept the DJ involved by having him play Hannah Montana for the “white girls.”
Following Michaels, Williams was next on stage. Michaels’ and Williams’ humor goes beyond being polar opposites. While Michaels’ act was based on insult-humor and hype up, Williams’ jokes took a much more self-depreciating turn. With joke topics ranging from his sex life, his awkwardness and his odd interests, the inner self-loathing individual inside all of us could relate. KU junior Mark Weaver appreciated the honest awkward humor; his favorite joke was Williams’ self-loathing comparison between his poor sex life and the Olympics as only happening every four years.
on marijuana smoking, sex and college life.
He involved the audience with more insult-humor and even took some jabs from the audience himself. While one would expect the sexual and drug-infused punch lines to be uncomfortable, it actually had the audience in stitches. “It was interesteing to see the whole crew come out here and involve everyone,” said KU junior Isaac Perez. “These guys were out there and willing to have a ball.”
One of the last things the crew did was invite audience members on stage for what they call ‘The Family Reunion,’ which is basically a rap battle between audience members to introduce each other in an insulting or amusing way. Of course, everything said was in the name of good fun.
Williams took a turn in family reunion by telling KU’s very own Stizzy Gets Busy that he dressed like a napkin because of his plaid button up.
“It was freaking hilarious,” said singer and KU junior Tana Acosta who was involved in ‘The Family Reunion’ battle. “I wasn’t expecting it to be like that, but Next up was Miller. Miller’s humor was heavily reliant I had a good time.”
Heemet Fescht brings culture and heritage to KU By Edward Probasco, Contributing Writer
ing and hearth cooking. Also, traditional crafts of the PA Germans were created and on display for viewers to admire, thanks to The Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen.
The PA German Cultural Heritage Center at KU hosted Participants had the opportunity learn a lot about the the Heemet Fescht on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 on the past with the many presentations that took place, including an old-fashioned medicine show and one highhistoric Sharadin farmstead. lighting what a typical day at the schoolhouse was like. Heemet Fescht is a free annual event that brings PA German heritage to life in celebration of the harvest The Mountain Folk Trio and The Blue Mountain Trio carried the cultural music at the festival, while atendees season. walked around, enjoying all it had to offer. The beautiThis yearâ€™s festival attracted many attendees and fea- ful harp playing by musician Sara Jane Williams seretured a range of entertainment options including Dutch naded visitors. folk life demonstrations, live animals, cultural music The Old Time Plow Boys, along with many other venand food to fit the occasion. dors, provided food to the festivalgoers, including traDemonstrations of 19th century farm culture provided ditional PA German dishes like kettle corn, chicken pota look into the past with hex sign painting, blacksmith- pies and apple dumplings.
In addition to this, as part of tradition at the festival paying homage to the heritage, guests who brought food items had an opportunity to donate them to the Harvest Home Food Drive, which has had a lot of success at the festival. Heemet Fescht offered many options to keep the younger attendees entertained. A petting zoo featured live animals such as sheep, goats and other animals as well as free pony rides. A craft tent involving pumpkin painting, sand art and basket making gave the little ones their own taste of the heritage.
Heritage or just a passerby, the festival offers avenues of entertainment for everyone.
A tribute to the history and culture preserved here, Heemet Fescht is a staple in the community and should continue to be so for many years to come.
The PA German Cultural Heritage center, located on Luckenbill road here on KUâ€™s campus, is a research center and folk life museum dedicated to the preservation of PA German folk culture.
The center offers a vast research library collection, historical buildings and exhibits as well as seasonal events The festival also featured many different important peo- and many other amenities in order to promote PA Gerple from the community; Darius Puff, Rachel E. Yoder, man folk culture. David Hoffman and Dr. William Woys Weaver, who all presented their contributions to the preservation of the The center is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m-4 p.m. and can be reached at 610-683-1589. PA German heritage. Whether you are extremely interested in PA German
Women’s soccer season ends in Final Four of NCAA Tourney By Trevor Arnold, Circulation Manager
The 2016 season of the KU women’s soccer team has been historic for both team members and fans. The Golden Bears earned school records for both in-season and conference victories, along with first-time appearances in NCAA playoffs. After a loss in their first game of the season against Millersville 1-0, the Golden Bears won their next
three games, ending with a 3-0 shutout against Seton Hill on Sept. 10. Madison McLelland earned her second goal of the season early in the first half, holding on to the lead until Alaina Curry’s 20th career goal in the 84th minute.
for the Golden Bears. With five seconds left in the first half, Cara Griffith made the only successful shot on goal, allowing KU to shutout Charleston, W.Va. with a score of 1-0.
After advancing to the third round of the NCAA finals, the team’s first Sweet 16 game, the Golden Bears bounced back from an in-season loss against West Chester on Nov. 18, with a score of 3-2. Coming back from a 2-0 deficit late in the first half, Emily Zwiercan scored KU’s first goal in the 43rd minute. Maddie Mohr would score six minutes into the second half, equaling the score before Kristina Miller’s first goal of the season early in the 58th minute.
The Golden Bears, after losing 1-3 against West Chester on Sept. 13, went on to an impressive winning streak, Following an impressive Sweet 16 victory, the Golden outperforming Holy Family on Sept. 26 with a score of Bears headed into the Elite 8 playoff round on Nov. 20 winning 11 of their previous 12 games. After a scoreless 4-1. first half against Bridgeport, Conn., Zwiercan scored Each of KU’s four goals came early in the first half, giv- KU’s only goal of the game in the 55th minute. ing a comfortable lead in the second half of the match. After successfully defending their lead, KU earned The month of October proved to be a successful one their 13th shutout of the season with a score of 1-0, for KU. The Golden Bears ended the month with a sending them to the NCAA national semifinals in Kanseven-game win streak, losing only one game to East sas City, Mo. Stroudsburg on Oct. 5, with a low margin of 1-0. The Golden Bears ended an impressive playoff run on KU ended their regular season on Oct. 29 on a high Dec. 1 against Western Washington in their Final Four note, winning 12 of the last 13 games with a victory debut. against Slippery Rock in a 4-0 shutout. The Golden Bears ended the season scoring nine goals in two-game A header by Western Washington’s Becca Cates allowed them to take the lead late in the 24th minute, stretch. widening early in the second half before a third goal The last time KU reached a similar achievement was in early in the 87th minute of the match. 2010, scoring four goals in a two-game streak. The Golden Bears, the fifth team in KU history to reach The Golden Bears reached the final round of the PSAC the Final Four playoffs, end their season with an implayoffs, leaving both Bloomsburg and Gannon score- pressive 20-5 overall record. Losing five seniors, the less before once again falling to East Stroudsburg in the program looks forward to a memorable return in 2017. championship, 2-1. The NCAA Tournament led to another victory streak
Men’s, women’s basketball ho By Justin Sweitzer, Editor-in-Chief
Keystone Hall hosted the first-ever Maroon Madness on Oct. 14 to build anticipation and excitement for the upcoming basketball seasons of both the men’s and the women’s teams. The event was free for KU students and featured introductions of the 2016 basketball teams, shooting contests, prize giveaways and a co-ed scrimmage to conclude the night.
Beidelman and Josh Johnson as they try and capture a second-straight PSAC East title.
Men’s head coach Bernie Driscoll, entering his 17th season as head coach, thanked all the fans in attendance for their support, a support he said has proven especially powerful for his team and their incredible success at home in recent years.
“Thank you all for coming tonight,” Driscoll said. “I The team introductions highlighted the strong senior appreciate all the work you’ve done for us.” classes of both teams. Senior members of the women’s Following the introductions were multiple shooting basketball team include Kara Funk, Alex Heck, Jenna competitions with fans and players alike. A three-point Altomare, Gina Lewis and Kelsey Watson. shootout was held between the two best shooters on The men will rely on seniors Martin Dietrich, Howard each team, which were determined to be Jenna AlSellers, senior team captains, Ryan Connolly, Austin tomare and Kalee Fuegel on the women’s side. Repre-
ost first-ever Maroon Madness senting Driscoll’s squad was Howard Sellers and Ryan Connolly. Connolly’s shooting performance earned him the title of the greatest three-point shooter on campus. He defeated Fuegel in the final round to win the competition.
The lighthearted nature of the co-ed scrimmage showcased the athletic prowess of KU’s basketball program, with members of the men’s team throwing down rim-rattling dunks, while players from Janet Malouf’s team dazzled with ankle-breaking crossovers and impressive shooting.
It was a night of gratitude, with players showing their appreciation for the fans while also increasing the excitement level for basketball season at KU.
“Thank you all for coming out tonight,” Beidelman said. “We need you guys to come out this year.” “It’s going to be a great year,” Lewis said.
The season will begin on Nov. 12 for both teams, with women’s basketball traveling to West Virginia for a conference challenge against the University of Charleston at 6 p.m. The men will open up their season against Penn State Schuylkill at Keystone Arena at 3 p.m. the Performances from the KU cheerleaders, the KU Dance same day. Team and Black Flame Dance Team broke up the basketball action, and Avalanche was in attendance to help rile up the crowd.
It’s not every day that a former KU athlete gets drafted by a professional sports franchise. On June 11, 2016, former KU pitcher, Matt Swarmer, did just that.
Former KU pitcher thrives in Chicago Cub minor league By Josh Liddick, Staff Writer
With the 584th pick in the 19th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs selected the 22 year-old righthander from Mohnton, Pa. For many college baseball players, getting to the major leagues is the ultimate goal. Looking forward to the day they get drafted can be so surreal.
“I was watching my computer in the living room when I saw my name pop up,” Matt Swarmer said. “I was so excited. It was a dream come true. It was the greatest thing I have ever accomplished.” After getting the call from the Chicago Cubs area scout, Swarmer began his professional baseball journey, signing with the Cubs on July 15. The following day, Swarmer made his professional debut with the Cubs’ rookie league team in the Arizona League (AZL) against the AZL D-Backs.
In seven games for the AZL Cubs, Swarmer has a 0-1 record with 22 strikeouts and a 2.70 ERA through Au-
gust 24. Due to his success in the bullpen, the team de- and being mentally prepared, I can accomplish any cided to move Swarmer from the bullpen to the starting task at hand,” said Swarmer. “My parents and coaches rotation. helped me focus on my goals. I want to thank them for In his first start on July 25, Swarmer pitched a brilliant always being there for me.” game, striking out six batters, and allowing only two hits in three innings of work.
While a member of the KU baseball team, Swarmer finished his career as a Golden Bear with a 12-11 record in Swarmer’s success on the rookie league level will be 20 games, 224 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA. sure to pay off in the long run as he finishes up the 2016 Swarmer becomes the first KU player to get drafted season and gears up for the 2017 year. by an MLB organization since Shayne Houck in 2012 “In the offseason, I plan on training hard to gain (29th round, San Francisco). strength and velocity,” said Swarmer. “My goal now is to pitch to the best of my ability so I can get promoted to the next level.” By pitching well, Swarmer will try to aim for a promotion to either the Cubs’ High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, which will lead to a promotion to Double-A Tennessee as a member of the Smokies.
Though the road to professional baseball is tough, Swarmer never backed down.
“I’ve learned from Coach Blum that by training hard
Photo courtesy of David Brown Sr.
“It’s very difficult to get drafted because there is so much talent out there, but I never gave up on my dream,” said Swarmer.
While he has done a lot on his own to get to where he is now, Swarmer owes a lot to his coaches over the years, along with his parents and KU baseball coach, Chris Blum.
Coach Clements’ Bears best Bloomsburg, sit atop PSAC East
By Josh Liddick, Staff Writer
KU stayed at home on Oct. 8, as the Bloomsburg Huskies traveled to Andre Reed Stadium for a PSAC East clash. Coming off of an upset victory over West Chester the previous week, Jim Clements’ team looked for similar success on Saturday.
allowed the Golden Bears to close out a 34-24 win over Bloomsburg to improve to 3-3 overall, 3-0 in the PSAC East Division.
DiGalbo shined for the Golden Bears with four touchdowns and 373 yards of total offense. His incredible KU got the scoring going early in the first quarter with a performance in just his third career start was good 22-yard pass from redshirt-freshman QB Collin DiGal- enough to earn him PSAC Offensive Player of the bo to Nathan Hollander to give the Golden Bears a 7-0 Week honors. lead with 11:28 to play in the first quarter. Wide receiver Kellen Williams had another stellar day, DiGalbo showcased his running abilities with an 82yard scramble down the sideline and to the house for a touchdown giving KU a 13-0 lead to end out the first quarter of the game.
despite not scoring a touchdown for KU. His 94 yards put him over 2,500 yards receiving for his career, 267 off of the school record. Williams is still only a touchdown away from breaking Kodi Reed’s all-time KU reIn the second quarter, touchdown runs from Craig cord for receiving touchdowns in a career with 30. Reynolds and DiGalbo again turned the contest into a The win for head coach Jim Clements is his first against 27-0 lead for KU, all before halftime for their largest Bloomsburg, as he has now beaten all seven teams in lead of the game. the PSAC East as a coach. KU has now beaten BloomsIn the second half, Bloomsburg got some scoring in to burg and West Chester in the same season at home, a make the game a little closer, but another touchdown first since 1983. pass from DiGalbo to Hollander in the fourth quarter
Men’s rugby thrashes West Virginia Mountaineers, 95-8 By Justin Sweitzer, Editor-in-Chief
KU men’s rugby faced West Virginia University on Saturday, September 24 in their first game of Division I competition this season, dominating the Mountaineers en route to a 95-8 victory.
Sage, Lill and Vetekina Malafu made their presence known on the pitch, as their experience and leadership were on full display against the Mountaineers.
By the end of the game, the question among the crowd The Golden Bears went into the game ranked ninth in was not whether KU would emerge victorious, but the country and found themselves without prominent whether the Golden Bears would break triple digits on players of previous years, including Wes Hartmann, the scoreboard. Alex Faison-Donahoe and Trent Hensley. Key losses The loss to KU marked the second straight loss for the on the Golden Bears’ roster didn’t stop the team from Mountaineers; they were shut out by Penn State Unitaking it to West Virginia, as KU put pressure on the versity on September 9 by a score of 76-0. Mountaineers from the very beginning. KU2, the second Golden Bear squad to face West VirKU gave West Virginia little chance to score in the first ginia, also made easy work of the Mountaineers’ sechalf, scoring 44 unanswered points to begin the game. ond team, shutting them out by a score of 55-0. West Virginia was able to muster up a try before the Following the first two games against WVU, KU’s third first half ended, which would also end up being their rugby squad welcomed Indiana University of Pennsylonly try of the match. vania to the pitch, but suffered a less than desirable A multitude of Golden Bears contributed to the score- outcome. The Crimson Hawks outfought the Golden board, including John Sage scoring tries on multiple Bears, defeating them by a score of 42-17. occasions. Murphy Lill and a host of others also helped run up the score on a struggling Mountaineer team.
Football takes down Golden Rams for first time in five years By Jennifer Mosley, Sports Editor
For the first time in Jim Clements’ career with the Golden Bears, the KU football team took down West Chester 20-14 on Saturday, Oct. 1. The rainy Saturday was KU’s first 2016 game under the lights and marked the Golden Bears’ first win over West Chester in five years.
After a scoreless first quarter, KU came out strong offensively. Kellen Williams pulled in a 49-yard and a 39yard touchdown on back-to-back drives to push KU’s lead to 13-0. The two catches were William’s 27th and 28th in his career, propelling him to second all-time, just one shy of breaking the record.
West Chester’s quarterback, Andrew Derr, wasn’t so lucky. KU pulled in three interceptions on the night, which were the most in a game for the Golden Bears since 2014. Jake Perry picked off his team-leading third pass of the season while Ahkee Cox-Cowan and Nylem Nevarez both pulled in one each. With 48 seconds left, West Chester streaked deep into KU territory where the Golden Bears forced a 3rdand-5 with just a few seconds left on the board. Ronny Tomasetti and Taijer Jefferson put on the pressure before bringing down Derr to end the game.
West Chester was quick to respond, cutting the lead Jefferson lead the defense with 11 tackles and transfer down to six before quarterback Collin DiGalbo handed Kenny Williams recorded seven tackles against his forthe ball off to Darrell Scott for a 6-yard touchdown run. mer team. Tomasetti and Zack Delp also added seven Saturday was DiGalbo’s second straight start, and the tackles apiece with a combined 4.5 tackles. redshirt-freshman ran for 48 yards and threw for 238 yards with no interceptions or turnovers.
Guard Jordan Morgan completes prolific KU career By Jennifer Mosley, Sports Editor
Jordan Morgan ended his career as a Golden Bear in historic fashion. The two-time team captain became the first lineman in PSAC history to be named the PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the year. This came for an offensive lineman who didn’t start playing football until his senior year of high school.
According to an article written by Matt Leon with Philadelphia CBS, Morgan needed extracurricular hours in order to graduate and decided football would be his best bet. It was at a workout where Morgan’s high school coach encouraged KU to carry Morgan into their program as a walk-on.
First Team, a Don Hansen Gazette All-Region Third Team and an All-PSAC East First Team member for the second year in a row.
Closing out his final season, Morgan became the first Golden Bear to receive the 2016 Gene Upshaw Award, a title given to the best lineman in NCAA Division II football. Morgan received All-PSAC East First Team honors for a third year, as well as D2CCA All-America First Team honors. 2016 also saw Morgan become a two-time member of the Don Hansen Gazette All-Region Team (2016 First Team,) a two-time member of the AFCA All-America Team First Team and the AP Little All-America First Team.
Four years later, Morgan has started in 43 of Morgan ended his college career as a member of the North Team at the Reese’s Senior Bowl KU’s 44 games during his career. Game. After graduating from KU in Dec., During his time as a Golden Bear, Morgan Morgan declared his intent to attend the NFL acquired a handful of accolades to add to his Draft He will be the fourth Golden Bear to be resume. draft eligible and is predicted to be picked in In 2014, his sophomore season, Morgan was the fourth round, No. 132 overall. named Team MVP, All-PSAC East First Team, as well as a DII Football All-America Honorable Mention. The following fall, Morgan was tabbed DII Football.com All-America First Team. He was also a 2015 AP Little All-America First Team selection, an AFCA All-America Team
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Alpha Sigma Tau
Alpha Sigma Tau is a national sorority founded at Michigan State Normal College of Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1899. The mission of AST is “Invest in women by instilling the skills necessary to navigate life, and inspire members to enrich their own lives and the lives of others,” and their national philanthropic effort is Women’s Wellness Initiative. The Gamma Lambda chapter at KU was founded on April 7, 1990. They hold a major event in both the spring and fall semesters of every year to raise money for their philanthropy. Anchor Slam, a soccer tournament, is held in the fall semester, and Mr. KU, a male beauty pageant, is held during the spring semester. By Zoey Guth
Black Flame dance team is a diverse dance team that was founded in 2016. The foundation of the team was built on family, service & dance. Since 2006 the team has performed at KU Homecoming, Kutztown Block Party and most recent Maroon Madness. Black Flame has a dance style that unique and falls into many categories. The main focus over the years has been hip hop, jazz and lyrical, most recently they have added modeling choreography. The team also gives back they have raised money for autism awareness, assisted in the Special Olympics and help setup Kutztown Block Party. By Destiny Fisher
Black Flame Dance Team
Christian Fellowship Girl’s Bible Study
KU Christian fellowship girl’s Bible study is a small group of the entire fellowship. They are a student run group of girls who meet together every week to discuss and read over the scripture within the Bible. Their purpose is to provide a loving and godfilled environment where their members can share their faith. The group follows the teachings of Christianity, which means that they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and they live as if they were in his image while sharing his story. They share these stories to anyone, whether it is a close friend or a random stranger. The end goal is that everyone will eventually come together and celebrate Christ’s life as a whole. By Stan Long
The KU dance team is a jazz and hip-hop based team that performs at home football and men and women’s basketball games, as well as various campus events.The KU Dance Team consists of three different teams: Gold, Maroon and White. The white team is a practice and improvement team, maroon preforms at the girls’ basketball games and gold, which is the most advanced level, performs at football games and men’s basketball games. Each member of the dance team has different dance backgrounds, styles and technique levels. Everyone is welcome to join the dance team regardless of if they have never danced a day in their life or have been since they where a child. By Miranda Hess
Delta Phi Epsilon
Delta Phi Epsilon is an international sorority founded on March 17, 1917 at the New York School of Law. Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, Ida Bienstock Landau, Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eve Effron Robin and Sylvia Steierman Cohn founded the sorority. Their philanthropies include Cystic Fibrosis, Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) and the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation. The Zeta Gamma chapter was founded at KU on November 30, 2015, making it the newest sorority on KUâ€™s campus. DPhiE holds many events on campus including bake sales, an ugly sweater run and their annual ANAD week to support their philanthropies. This past recruitment they took in their beta class of new members. By Abigail Obert
Delta Zeta Delta Zeta is an international college sorority that was founded by six women at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Kappa Rho chapter was founded at KU on April 29, 1972. Since then, the chapter has flourished and is now larger than ever. Women of Delta Zeta share a common purpose: to create a true and lasting friendship, encourage one another in the pursuit of knowledge, promote values-based living and embrace social responsibility. By Erin Wible
The English club is a small, yet dedicated club. The club discusses their joy for all things English. Throughout the year, the English club takes trips to the Poe House in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. for the annual National Book Fest as well as holding events that bring authors to KU’s campus to hold book readings, signings and Q andA sessions. The club gives back every year through Better World Books by holding book donation drives which help to promote literacy around the world. The English club has made it a duty to participate at the Writing Center to further spread their support of English by holding workshops. By Austin Geisinger
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) is a student run feminist group at KU. Primarily an activist group, the students focus on issues such as self-empowerment, gender equity, freedom of choice, domestic violence and sexual abuse. They work with the KU Women’s Center to organize programs and social events. This group sponsors the Vagina Monologues and “Take Back the Night” every year, and assists in activities such as Women’s History Month and community fundraising. They contribute to non-profit organizations, campus programs, and conference leadership opportunities. FMLA goes to the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference every year with their members. By Michaela Yurchak
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
KU football has been around since 1985; they have been playing at formerly named University Field, now known as Andre Reed Stadium, since 1936. University Field was named after Reed when he was inducted into the NFL Football Hall of Fame in 2014. KU football has had four players make it to the NFL: Andre Reed, John Mobley, Doug Dennison and Bruce Harper. KU football has won three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East titles in their History and one Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship in 2011. KU football entered its 100th football season in 2015. KU football went undefeated in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East for the first time in school history in 2016. By Dean Gregory
Gamers of KU (GOKU) is a special interest group founded originally as the Trading Card and Gaming Club on January 27, 2010 and has 111 members on the official sign-in roster. The goal of the group is to provide a place for people to unwind from the rush of college life, regardless of their level of experience. The club holds to the idea that â€œeveryone should be welcome to participate in the fun and benefits of gaming, including all students as well as community members, alumni, faculty, and staff.â€? The club also holds weekly tournaments for all kinds of games, ranging from those that require expert skill or those for more casual players. By Zoey Adam
Gamers of Kutztown
The geology club focuses on the bettering of its members on an academic and personal level, hosting many outings to professional geological conferences as well as professional workshops that are designed to help members further their academic careers. Some of the important geology conferences that members have attended in the past include the regional GSA meetings in which they present their research and the PCPG annual meeting. Along with this the club also organizes several â€œbig tripsâ€? to geologically important places beyond the Northeastern United States. By Michael Davis
Global Brigades is a service-based organization that has a global impact in both Central America and Africa. KU has its own Global Brigades chapter, and the group has traveled to Panama, Honduras, and Nicaragua, respectively, over the last three years to bring medical aid to the people there. Global Brigades also does brigades in business, engineering, public health, dental, environmental, human rights and water. The universityâ€™s chapter of Global Brigades is attempting to send its first business brigade in the upcoming year. Additionally, the chapter is working towards sending its first brigade to Ghana, the only country outside of Central America that Global Brigades operates. By Neal Kerschner
The Her Campus chapter for KU encourages the growth of its members as well as of the whole community created by the business. Currently the group is small, but through fundraising, social media and promotional giveaways throughout the past semester, the members have been working hard to get the word out about the new chapter. So far, they have been committed to engaging in restaurant fundraisers, giving away campus “survival kits” and promotional items, participating in women’s and campus events, setting up snack tables in the library during its busy seasons, and holding bonding nights for its general membership and those interested in joining the community. By Samantha Paine
The Kutztones, founded in 2012, is the only student-run a cappella group at KU. The Kutztones identify themselves as a “group that is all about having fun with music.” They sing contemporary a cappella songs that are arranged by their own members. The Kutztones hold auditions every semester that are open to all majors. The group attends multiple events throughout the year including Lehigh Univerity’s a cappella invitational, and they put on a concert in Schaffer near the end of every semester. One of the most notable moments in their history occurred in 2013 when they opened for The Pentatonix, a well known a cappella group, at KU’s Homecoming Concert. By Logan Buchanan
Lambda Chi Alpha Lambda Chi Alpha, typically abbreviated as LCA, is a fraternity that was founded back in 1909 by Warren Albert Cole while he was a student at Boston University. The purpose of creating the fraternity was to create a lifetime of true brotherhood. The Sigma Gamma chapter here at KU was chartered in 1979 making it one of the oldest organizations on campus. Throughout both semesters Lambda Chi hold numerous events in support of their Philanthropic efforts, which include Feeding America and the Breast Cancer Foundation. By Jeff Blair
Love Your Melon, a clothing for cause company, has made its way to KU and is quickly gaining popularity among students across campus. LYM is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America, fund childhood cancer research initiatives and provide immediate support for children and their families through the sales of Love Your Melon products. KU is a part of LYMâ€™s Campus Crew Program, which is the driving force behind LYM. The program includes over 13,500 crewmembers nationwide at 840 different campuses. By Audrey Innerst
Love your Melon
Lacrosse club Team ( Men’s ) The KU men’s lacrosse team is a student-athlete run club with no tryouts or cuts. Everyone, regardless of experience or ability, will receive playing time. The men’s lacrosse club has experienced great success and competes in the Eastern PA Lacrosse League. They are a part of the NCLL (National College Lacrosse League). The purpose of the KU men’s lacrosse club is to provide an opportunity for KU male students to continue to participate in the sport of lacrosse competitively. By Jacob Rangel
Lacrosse Club team ( Women’s ) The KU women’s lacrosse club is a team where any girl can play lacrosse. There is no experience, or GPA requirement. There are dues to play, which cover things like paying referees, and different opportunities for the team to participate in. Whether you have been playing for a long time, or have never touched a lacrosse stick, the club offers an opportunity for all girls to play. In their free time, the team does participates in volunteer activities. By Kiernan Daniels
The KU marching unit (KUMU) is the marching band at KU and has been a part of the Golden Bear community for over 50 years. KUMU is an energetic part of the campus community providing music; marching, and entertainment at all KU football home games. They also perform at select away games, competitions and campus spirit activities. The marching unit is currently composed of winds, brass, percussion (drumline and pit percussion,) and color guard members. The 2016 season had 136 members, which is the largest number of students the organization has ever had. KUMU is currently under the direction of Daniel Nuenschwander. By Andrew Gocek
The purpose of the military club at KU is to serve as an advocate for student veterans and civilians. They hope to improve retention among veterans by providing a supportive environment. MCKU works with military representatives to address student veteran concerns. The club provides networking opportunities throughout the university and educational opportunities outside of the classroom to prepare veterans for their post-college careers. MCKU supports veterans in the cultural transition from military service to higher education. The main goal of the club is to provide support to families of veterans and veterans. By Marybeth Peluzzo
Performing Dance Portmanteau
Performing Dance Portmanteau was founded in 2011 by Felicia Nelson, a KU student who envisioned a dance club that would give students the opportunity to pursue dance after high school, or for students new to dance to experience the activity for the first time. The club is open to all students. At the end of each semester, PDP performs a showcase, similar to a classic dance recital, which is open to the public. Styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, Irish and hip-hop are performed; a student member choreographs the dances. By Ann Moschorak
KU men’s rugby was founded in 1984 and consists of three teams. Currently KU 1 is undefeated this spring 7’s season. In the fall the 15’s team only lost three times putting them in the topping rankings among teams across the East coast. According to their captain, Murphy Lill, the team’s biggest goal is to win CRC’s this summer. CRC’s is one of the largest 7’s tournament in the country. Last year KU came in second and fell short by 1 try in the championship game. “This year we have been training harder and longer and believe we have what it takes to take the trophy home at CRC’s,” said Lill. The team is encouraging KU students to attend. They always have a huge turnout and one of the biggest student sections at the tournament. By Lindsey James
Rugby club Team ( Men’s )
kutztown university radio
Kutztown University Radio (KUR) is an award-winning student organization that produces and broadcasts student radio shows. Featuring both musical and talk specialty shows, listeners can tune in to hear a dynamic listening experience, ranging from rock to hip hop to showtunes and sports. In addition to gaining the experience needed to produce original on-air content, KUR members also give back to the community by hosting and DJing local events to add flair and atmosphere to any gathering. The influence and impact that KUR has within the campus community truly solidifies their identity as “The Radio Voice of Kutztown University.” By Justin Sweitzer
KU’s women soccer (KUWS) team is an inter-collegiate program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC.) They compete at the division two level. The players are recruited from high school endeavors such as school and club teams. The KUWS are a group of dedicated and passionate soccer players that seek consistent success on and off the field. Erik Burstein has coached the team for the past 10 years, he is the coach with the most wins in program history. Sharif Saber and Mark Laudenslager assist him. By Olivia Novak
soccer team ( Women’s )
softball team ( Womenâ€™s )
KU softball season has very high expectations because of what they have done in the past couple of years. Last year 2016, KU appeared in regionals and lost in the third round. Beating their rival West Chester twice and knocking them out of the tournament was voted by the team our greatest accomplishment in the 2016 season. KU softball is the only team in the PSAC right now that is undefeated. Coming together as a team to string hits together to make runs happen is huge because that is the only way we score runs. They now hold only 19 people on their team which has its ups and downs but only having three available pitchers is hard to work with. By Jacqueline Walsh
Student Government Board gives the students a chance to provide input into the institutionâ€™s decision-making process. These students are actively engaged in leadership and governance through the Student Government Board, consisting of a maximum of 33 student representatives. KU students are represented on the University Senate and Administrative Council. Undergraduate students are active on those governance bodies, serving on 30 of the 33 governance committees under the University Senate. Students also serve on a variety of staff or functional unit advisory committees. Graduate students are also provided an opportunity to serve on governance committees that affect graduate programs or other issues related to graduate students. By Emily Mosenson
Student government board
Wrestling team ( Men’s ) The KU wrestling team is a Division II colligate organization and is part of the PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.) Rob Fisher currently coaches the team. Fisher has been a head coach for 17 years and was an assistant coach for 11 years, he currently is assisted by Kris Bellanca, Jamie Gill and Ziad Haddad. By Sydney Fisher
Zeta Tau Alpha is an international women’s fraternity founded October 15, 1898, by nine women at the State Female Normal School in Farmville, Virginia. The object of the association is to “intensify friendship and promote happiness among its members.” The Kappa Psi Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha was installed at KU on Dec. 9, 2006, as the 237th link in Zeta Tau Alpha’s chain of chapters. Throughout the year, the KU chapter holds many events to raise money in support of the Zeta Tau Alpha’s Foundation, which supports leadership development, academic scholarships and the sorority’s national philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. By Kristen McCauley
Zeta tau Alpha