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KU introduces 12th president: Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson Posted on April 3, 2015 By Emily Leayman Members of the campus from students to administrators to faculty welcomed the 12th KU president, Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, on March 17 in the McFarland Student Union Building. The selection resulted from a unanimous decision by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, according to a press release. Hawkinson will assume the position on July 1. Acting president Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto will leave the position on June 30 to become president at Southeast Missouri State University. InattendancewereHawkinson’s wife, Ann Marie, Jack Wabby, KU Council of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee chair, Guido Pichini, Board of Governors chair and KU Council of Trustees member, PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan andStudentGovernment Board President Joe Scoboria. While introducing Hawkinson at the forum, Wabby said that “we are fortunate to have selected a candidate of such high caliber.” Wabby introduced Hawkinson, who then gave an overview of his goals for the university and how intention to begin talking with campus members from the start.
Scoboria, also a search committee member, spoke briefly and presented Hawkinson with a gift basket from KU students. “In this time of transition and change, not only at Kutztown University, but across our State System, we’ve entrusted Dr. Hawkinson to lead us for the years to come,” said Scoboria. Hawkinson thanked him, he said, “I look forward to working with the student government and all of the students in the coming years.” Dr. Paul Quinn, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, who has been vocal about the flaws in the presidential search process, is looking forwardtoworkingwiththenew president. “It’s a new era. It’s a transition. I think transition is good,” Quinn said. SGB Vice President Tessa Patton is graduating before Hawkinson starts, but she is confident that her fellow SGB representatives will do everything they can to work with Hawkinson. “I think he comes from a really good background and will really understand what the students are going through,” she said.
Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson and his wife Ann Marie pose with KU cheerleaders. Photo by Jayaruwan Gunathilake, The Keystone
New tailgating policy lets students grab a beer before the big game Posted on October 13, 2015 By Andrew Kutzer A new amendment to KU’s alcohol policy, reviewed and signed by KU president Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, states that tailgaiting will now be allowed on the KU campus. Drinking on campus will still be illegal, but will be permitted for sporting eventsthroughtheamendment. Students will be allowed to drink three hours before the start of a sporting event, during the halftime intermission and an hour after the end of an event. According to the KU alcohol policy, “No visible cans, bottles or glass containers are permitted.” However, “There’s nothing wrong with throwing a case of beer in a cooler,” said Joe Scoboria, SGB president, as long as it is transferred to plastic cups.
Food and other non-alcoholic beverages are strongly encouraged. Scoboria said, “I’m a huge football fan. I love going to the Eagles’games, I love going with my dad to Penn State football games. Those are examples where tailgating is insane,” he said. “We have a good football team. We have almost 10,000 students. Let’s have a fun, responsible event take place before a game. Let’s get students to these games in a mature fashion.” According to Scoboria, students who feel too inebriated to drive safely will be allowed to leave their cars without fear of being ticketed or towed.
Stabbing victim to return to KU after spring break Posted on March 20, 2016 By Andrew Kutzer The KU student, 23, who was the victim of the stabbing that occurred on Feb. 20 is expected to return to classes after spring break, according to an email from Dean of Students Bob Watrous. Founding members of Delta Phi Epsilon celebrate new colony | Photo courtesy of Marissa Nagy
KU introduces new sorority to campus Posted on November 5, 2015 By Brianna Bennet In a process known as extension, KU officials have decided to introduce a new sorority to KU: Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority Inc. Delta Phi Epsilon was founded on Mar. 17, 1917 at the New York University School of Law. Their motto is “esse quam videri,” which is Latin for “to be rather than to seem to be.” Currently, the organization is called a “colony,” which is a term for an unofficial chapter. It takes about nine weeks to be officially recognized by both KU and the sorority’s international headquarters. Lauren McKeown, collegiate development consultant for Delta Phi Epsilon, said that “DPhiE” is different from other organizationsbecausetheywere “founded in a time when they wanted something different from organizations with similar goals; they are non-sectarian and all-inclusive.” She said that
she joined “DPhiE” because themottocontinuallyinspiresto be authentic. DPhiE is also different from other organizations because it is the only national sorority to haveaphilanthropicconnection to an organization dedicated to body image and eating disorders. The two chief philanthropies of DPhiE are the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. McKeown thinks that Delta Phi Epsilon would be a good fit for KU women. She said, “Women have a new opportunity to start an organization on campus that fits in but also stands out for a very wide number of reasons. The women who thought they may never have the chance to ‘go Greek’now have the chance because we were looking for anybody who is interested in joining and getting to know us.”
On March 3, it was reported thestudentprogressedfromthe ICU to post-surgery inpatient care and was sent home to recuperate, according to the email. On Feb. 20, the student was taken to the Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital emergency room after an altercation that left him with stab wounds in his neck and the side of his ribs. The altercation occurred near 77 Stimmel Alley around 12:45 a.m. after the student warned a man urinating in public about police citations. Robert Centifanti, 18, of Philadelphia was charged with attempted murder in the first and third degrees, two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment in the stabbing. Centifanti posted bail in the amount of $50,000, according
Surveillance Photo of Suspects
to court records. A preliminary hearing is to be held on Tuesday, April 19 at the magistrate’sofficeinFleetwood. President Hawkinson, responding to increased media attention,calledthestabbingan “isolated incident”. Hawkinson cited programs that bolster safety at KU: the campus police force, training programs for students and an on-campus escort program. Emergency call posts and emergency alert systems are also used on campus. Off-campus, KUBok, a neighborhood watch program, patrols Kutztown between Thursday and Saturday.
Students still waiting for budget Posted on October 12, 2015 By Viviana Vidal The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not have a 2015 budget approved, which is creating a freeze in disbursing refunds to higher education schools.
commented on the budget impasse and said, “We understand our student’s needs, and we remain on standby to release any funding that comes our way quickly and with urgency.”
The notice means that students receiving PHEAA grants or an EAP award will not be receiving financial aid refunds starting Friday, Sept. 2.
Still students are feeling increased pressures as the semester continues without a finalized state budget.
As a result, many Pennsylvania students are left without anticipated funds to pay for their education and living expenses. Communication studies major Brandon Nelson told The Keystone, “I depend on that refund to help pay for bills, such as phone, food, gas and others. Right now my phone is off. Others are in worse shape. This is affecting a lot of people and it needs to be rectified.” One way KU is attempting to help students is by extending and increasing the normal bookstore account program. Students affected by the delay will have a chance to take out a second bookstore account if needed. Wendy Pursell, director of Office of Student Accounts,
One student concern is the possibility of getting fewer grants than expected and not being able to pay tuition as a result. Pursell said, “If a student’s grant package does decrease because of changed enrollment or withdrawal, we will communicate with the students via electronic invoices and subsequently collection letters.The collection process is three months, so that would allow students time to look into other funding options and repayment.” It still seems like deja vu déjà vu for some who are comparing this to a similar budget incident that occurred back in October of 2009. The impasse from 2009 went on to last for 101 days.
KUPD instructs more than 900 individuals for active shooter program Posted on March 17, 2016 By Laura Quain The KU police department has been requested to instruct over 900 people in its active shooter program in fall 2016. Active shooter training, offered on campus, trains individuals how to react in an active shooter situation. Requests have significantly increased over the past year, although the program has been available in previous years upon request, according to Sgt. Barry Althouse of the KU police department. The hope is to include this education as part of KU’s orientation process, with the intention that students will have this knowledge early and will then be able to apply it in both on and off campus situations. Althouse said that being a
freshman is an experience where students are coming into a new environment and it’s important to have the information to look at that new environment from the corner of the spectrum that thinks, ‘What would I do if something terrible happened here?’ The intent is to educate everyone on things that can be done to protect those involved before police are able to arrive, according to Althouse, who leads the classes. The knowledge gained through the training is applicable to a variety of threatening events, which all require individuals to remain aware of their surroundings and to plan ahead in the event that a compromising situation may arise.
Confederate flag permitted by revised KU housing policy Posted on February 4, 2016 By Jesse Stayer America is the land of the free. However, the state of actually being “free” is a double-edged sword, or just a flag in a window that means we lost the war. In the First Amendment, it states: “Congress shall make no lawrespectinganestablishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a re-dress of grievances.” The problem with the First Amendment is not in the writing, but in who reads it. Utilizing freedom of speech, this is a petition for a redress of grievances to KU. The irony behind “a review for constitutionality” is not just the fact that KU’s legal counsel is using the same laws given to promote positive freedoms in order to propagate hate. KU using a hard “NOT” and then reneging on the updated housing policy will only result in those who brought their racist propagandahometocomeback with it. Nowtheyoungmenandwomen are fighting at school about the First Amendment in relation to
decorating their dorms with the Confederate flag and swastikas. Kent Dahlquist, KU’s director of housing sent out an email on Dec. 7, 2015 stating: “The link below is to the Housing and Residence Life’s updated Decoration Policy. You will note change. Both the confederate flag and swastika are NOT permitted in any residence hall, suite, apartment or student room beginning in the Spring 2016. Please be sure that if you have items such as these you remove and take them home with you for Winter Break.” Just over a week later on Dec. 15, 2015 KU Relations backpedaled with an email revoking their word. Here’s the problem with the “constitutionality” of the Confederate flag, swastikas and other symbols of hate: It is in breach of the First Amendment to deny someone their inalienable right to freely hate other people. If you are one of the people that think the flag represents America and its freedoms, then I ask, whatfreedomsandwhatversion of America are you referring to? The North fought to preserve
The Union. So, in accommodating all, certain symbols that have become synonymous with hate should not be allowed, for they may cause undue stress or incite the public to protest, and that’s not good for University Relations. As for the swastika, it may have once been used in Asia as an ancient religious symbol of success; however, after its use by Nazi Germany, the symbol will never be rehabilitated. It is now a symbol of hegemonic fascism, and anyone on campus utilizing that symbol is exhausting freedom of speech to its last irrational breath. The swastika is nothing more than a grotesque symbol of man’s inglorious absurdity at trying to find perfection. The Confederate flag and swastika have no intrinsic value alone. It is when we affix meanings to them that they become symbolic of our own personal interests. Both the Confederate flag and the swastika play on identity politics and social values. Above all else KU, a side should be picked because there is no neutrality.
Founder of ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement coming to KU Posted on March 28, 2016 By Gabriella Ciaccio Alicia Garza, social activist and founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will lead a discussion on race, activism, violence, police brutality and social injustice. Garza used social media to express her anguish and love for the black community because she was outraged by the 2013 acquittalofGeorgeZimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. At the end of her statement, she wrote “Our Lives Matter/We Matter/Black Lives Matter.” Garza, along with her friends, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, turned Black Lives Matter into a Twitter hashtag. Since then, #BlackLivesMatter has become the slogan for this generation’s civil rights movement. Aside from being the creator of the campaign, she previously
served as the executive director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights, where she took the initiative in several projects, including fighting against the police violence in black neighborhoods. Garza’s work has earned her several honors, such as two Harvey Milk Democratic Club Community Activist awards for her fight against environmental racism in San Francisco’s black communities. She has also been placed in The Root 100 2015 List of African American achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45 and is featured in the Politico50 Guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015. Her writing has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, The Nation, The Feminist Wire and more.
Professor Kevin McCloskey holds his published book, The Keystone
KU Illustration professor publishes children’s comic book Posted on September 18, 2015 By Viviana Vidal Kevin McCloskey, professor of communication design and illustration, recently released “We Dig Worms” on April 15, 2015 through a new and pioneering publisher, Toon Books. The cartoon-oriented comic book strives to teach children aboutearthwormsusingvibrant and engaging images. Françoise Mouly, art director and publisher of Toon Books, believes in the concept of illustration-oriented books to “encourage reluctant readers.” With the encouragement of his wife, McCloskey created his scholar-driven illustrations and pursued his story. “We Dig Worms” is printed on recycled paper bags. This decision was inspired by McClo-
Alicia Garza speaks after receiving her award. PBHA’s 9th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Award honors Alicia Garza of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter network. Jon Chase/ Harvard Staff Photographer
skey’s support for conservation efforts. With the hope of getting children more excited about scientific topics, McCloskey said what he deems most important: “I just want kids to get enthused about reading. A child’s options are so much greater if they choose what they want to read about.” “We Dig Worms” can be purchased at the KU Campus Store, Firefly bookstore on Main Street, Amazon or the Toon Books website. Keep an eye out during April 2016 when McCloskey plans to release his next Toon Book, which he surreptitiously mentioned would be about pigeons.
KU artist uncovers capstone project Commemorative mural celebrates 150 years Posted on September 17, 2015 By Joshua Herring On Thursday, Aug. 20 in Schaeffer Auditorium, a crowd of supporting faculty, advisers, colleagues, friends and family and even along with KU’s new president, Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, filled room 114 with much anticipation for the unveiling of “Celebrating 150 Years of Music Through Public Art,” a large-scale mural imagined, constructed and painted by KU seniorhonorsstudentBenjamin Hoffman. The ceremony served three equally significant purposes: kicking off KU’s line-up for the Sesquicentennial Celebration, honoring the KU music and art departments, and acknowledging Hoffman’s completion of his honors capstone project. From initial drawings to installation, the mural took the honors student over three years to develop. President Hawkinson first took the podium to congratulate Hoffman on his “incredible achievement.” Hawkinson said, “Ben, I commend you and everyone who worked with you to make this project a possibility. It is a real tribute to the music program, and will be a continuous reminder of the high quality education and experience KU offers through its college of visual and performing arts.” Hoffman began by thank-
ing all each of the different individuals who not only assisted with and influenced his project, but whom he said, “inspire to uphold the tradition of this university.” With their guidance, Hoffman said he was able to combine both his passions for music and art into a single work. “It is amazing to think that I have been considering this project since my sophomore year, and to finally see the idea become a reality,” he said. “This project certainly became more than I could have anticipated. As both a music and art student, I have found myself crossing between the two more often than none, and this mural is a representation of that.”
Makerspace comes to KU Posted on February 26, 2016 By Gabriella Ciaccio & Andrew Kutzer Makerspaces are DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent and learn. A makerspace can be anything from a book cart filled with arts and crafts to a table in a corner set up with some LEGOs and Play-doh. There is no such thing as one form of makerspace. The most important thing about makerspace is that it acts as a collaborative environment for creators to feel free. The makerspace phenomenon emerged initially from the Milwaukee Makerspace. It originated in a small library, where members wanted to create a space that focused on non-academic learning. The Rohrbach Library’s new
makerspace room is going to allow students to practice crafting and designing. The makerspace will contain crafting materials, tiling, soldering tools, vinyl lettering, a 3D printer and a small video studio. According to Bruce Jensen, emerging technologies librarian, introductory workshops will be available throughout the semester, allowing students the information to use the materials and tools available. KU Technology club plans on a mini-maker fair in April. The makerspace will have official hours from 8-4:30 p.m. daily, but staff will be available after.
The artwork is largely inspired by one of Hoffman’s favorite muralists, Thomas Hart Benton. “The colors are really dynamic, like his. I think it will bring the boring space to life,” he said. It showcasesstudentssinging,the various KU ensembles and the marching band all in front of “a collage of university places, buildings and KU motifs.” Any curious individuals are now able to view Hoffman’s finished mural. It hangs in a carefully constructed, protective casing down the bricked corridor next to Schaeffer Auditorium.
STEAMWorks staff member, Alyssa Dubois, arranging the toolboard
KUMU selected for Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade Posted on November 17, 2015 By Karli Molignoni KU’s marching unit has been selected to perform in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, now in its 96th year, consists of a 1.4-mile route, which ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This makes it the longest running Thanksgiving Day parade in the country. The featured groups include choirs, dance groups and marching bands. KUMU will be the only collegiate band playing, and they are one of only two bands chosen to play from all of Pennsylvania. The unit is made up of
150 students and is under the direction of Professor Daniel Neuenschwander. The band has been preparing for the performance since August. They will be playing “ABC/I Want You Back” from their first field show, along with some Christmas tunes, including “Joy to the World.” The group is hoping that this performance may lead to even more exciting opportunities in their future. After hours of rehearsal, the band is looking forward to putting on a good show.
Attorney speaks on the history and legalization of marijuana Posted on March 21, 2016 By Gabriela Laracca On Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., ACE presented Washington-based marijuanaattorneyMerwinMoe Spencer. The Trinidad and Tobagobornactivisttookthestage in MSU 183 to speak about the herb, its history, legality, medical benefits and current industry. Spencer’s work focuses on licensing in the industry as well as defense of those involved. The speech was divided into two parts. The first part discussed the legalization of marijuana. Spencer explained that thousandshavebeenwrongfully incarcerated due to Richard Nixon’s Controlled Substance Act. He even described how Nixon disposed of the Shafer Commission Report created by former PA governor, Raymond P. Shafer. Shafer stated that the laws against marijuana were too harsh compared to the actual act. Spencer also discussed yellow-journalist, William Randolph Hearst’s role in ostracizing marijuana and those who use it. He explained that a common hoax used was that minority men would smoke the drug and rape white women. Another attempt at giving marijuana a bad name was relating marijuana to black jazz musicians. The stigma on the plant was formulated through racism and uninformed individual’s beliefs, according to Spencer. Many audience members appreciated Spencer’s clarity and viable references. The attorney also discussed
the medical benefits of marijuana. He referenced Robert Randall, the first legal medical marijuana patient in the US. It was proven that marijuana decreased Randall’s blindness caused by glaucoma. Upon conclusion of the first part of his speech, Spencer discussed how many individuals are involved and affected by the prohibition on marijuana. He explained that the DEA pays precincts around the country to find the drugs and put those involved in jail. Although the US only accounts for five percent of the world’s population, we house 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. A majority of these prisoners are incarcerated on drug charges, especially involving marijuana. Even more specifically, a lot of these prisoners are minorities, which is a major cause Spencer spoke about in his presentation. Spencer emphasized the idea that “prisons were made for violent crimes.” Yet, in this day, they are used as a means of bringing in government money.
In other words, the prisoners are not seen as people but as cash crops. “I think the benefit of it being decriminalized and legalized is that you stop giving people criminal records,” said Spencer.
College students especially lose a lot when charged with drug-possession, even minor drug-possession. They could lose federal aid and housing, alongside the tremendous financial burden of fines and possible jail time. The second half of the speech went on to discuss the legalization of marijuana in certain US statesandtheboomingindustry that has risen from it. Referenc-
Star athlete says goodbye to KU Posted on December 11, 2015 By Ashley Bean KU star field hockey athlete Anna Behm will graduate from KU in spring 2016, leaving behind a legacy of numerous field hockey achievements and awards.
keeps herself busy by working on campus for KU facilities. “I always work in the spring and over the summer to make up for what I can’t work in the fall field hockey season,” she said.
Behm, a sports and leisure major, was named 2015 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference athlete of the year and was named athlete of the week twice. She was also awarded the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division-II FirstTeam All American Award.
A Kutztown native, Behm
Behm is on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad. She was named PSAC’s scholar athletethreedifferenttimesand made Kutztown University’s KU’s dean’s list last spring. During her off season, Behm
Posted on September 25, 2015 By Shea Maminski KU graduates Sharyn Beodeker and Faith Hughes were chosen out of the top players in the country to attend a collegiate All-American rugby camp in the summer of 2015 in Colorado. Although Hughes and Beodeker’s collegiate rugby careers as players at KU have come to an end, they are hoping to continue their careers on a national level.
KU field hockey coach Marci Scheuing said, “Anna was voted by her team as a two year captain. She is an outstanding role model and team leader. She was a huge part of our success and really set a good example for our younger players. Behm broke KU’s field hockey record for scoring goals in 10 consecutive games. She has a total of 56 career goals and 17 career assists.
KU Graduates continue rugby careers playing for USA teams
Beodeker and Hughes graduated from KU in spring 2015. Both women were selected as the Women’s Collegiate All-Americans for the 2014-15 season and competed in the National All-Star Competition in Greely, Co. in August. Anna Behm
graduated from Kutztown Area Senior High School in 2012. Besides In addition to playing field hockey for 10 years, she also played softball and basketball. “Anna is just a good person that loves KU and her teammates so much. I will really miss her, not because of the player that she was, but because of the person that she is,” said Coach Scheuing.
According to the USA Rugby website, the NASC is an elite environment for players to grow and compete at the international level. “Being able to go to the All-American camps is always an incredible experience. It makes you proud, but it also makes you humble,” said Beodeker. At KU, Hughes played as a lock and 8-man whereas at the NASC she played tight head prop. Beodeker played scrum half at both KU and NASC. Beodeker said, “It’s no longer about coming to a camp and doing your best, it’s about competing and going beyond whatyouthoughtwasexpected of you, rising to the occasion to
Beodeker and Hughes |Photo by Sharn Beodeker
be the greatest you can be and really challenging yourself.” This semester, Beodeker became the backs coach for KU women’s rugby football club and Hughes is in the works of becoming the forwards coach. The women both held leadership positions on the field while playing for KU and that experiencehasinfluencedthem as coaches. Beodeker’s goal is to play for the national team and hopes to continue to be invited to further competitions. Many members of the KU women’s team have said that Beodeker has been an essential part of their learning process. After watching game film filled with rocking tackles from Hughes, they admit that they can’t wait for her to join the coaching staff as well.
Men’s rugby makes history against Army and submits WVU 7912 Posted on November 9, 2015 By Amber DeFabio KU’s game against West Virginia on Oct. 31 appears trivial in comparison with the Golden Bears’ win against Army on Oct. 24 and the current anticipation over their Nov. 7 game against Penn State. However, KU continued their undefeated season with a 79-12 win against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Golden Bears began their mauling of the Mountaineers after senior wing Jason Denofa scored the first try of the game off of West Virginia’s kickoff. Immediately, West Virginia felt the pressure of the experienced Golden Bears as they attempted to rally their team. At half, the score showed 39-7 for KU after the West Virginia conversion was good. In the second half, the Moun-
taineers were able to score one more time with 26 minutes left in the game. Freshman wing Branden Payne received the ball wide and was able to play into open space to put up the last five points for West Virginia. However, the Golden Bears locked in their win with a 67-point differential. Although the point differential was monumental, the real focus for the Golden Bears is the Penn State game on Nov. 7. The team is determined to bring home another win, especially after beating Army for the first time in KU history with a score of 39-26. Penn State brings its name to the table, but KU brings its dominance and aggression.
Fullback Trent Hensley breaks the outside with inside center John Sage supporting | Photo by Julie Kester, The Keystone
37th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
KU Athletics holds 37th Hall of Fame induction ceremony Posted on February 19, 2016 By Jillian Baker Sixnewmemberswereinducted to the 37th annual KU Athletics Hall of Fame. The class incudes Kristina Braine Newport ’00, women’s track and field; Eric Clemmer ’00, baseball; Scott Eisenhart ’04, men’s track and field; Brianne Homyak Borana ’01, women’s basketball/softball; Melissa Klein Bradley ’03, women’s volleyball and Jessica Schuler ’98, softball. The Hall of Fame was formed in 1977. The membership has increased to a total of 193 after the six new members were inducted. The ceremony highlighted the athletic department’s Winter SportsFest as a part of KU’s sesquicentennial celebration.
Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson welcomed all of the inductees, their families and alumni in the historic center of campus in Old Main. “Work hard, encourage each other and have fun,” said inductee Melissa Klein Bradley. Klein said she is “honored and blessed” to be inducted into the KU Athletics Hall of Fame for her outstanding volleyball career. Greg Bamberger, athletic director, ended the ceremony with closing remarks. Bamberger said he is proud of the widespread success of KU’s athletic program. KU has achieved manyconferencechampionship titles for multiple sports such as football and softball as well as achieving academic success.
KU men’s volleyball team prepares for 2016 national championships By Juan Rosario The KU men’s volleyball team is preparing for the 2016 National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Collegiate Club Volleyball Championship to be held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. The KU men’s volleyball team took third place in the 2011 national championships and has dropped in the rankings dramatically since then. The team is now unranked. After having to drop out of the national championships in 2015, where over 380 schools have competed, the KU men’s volleyball team is climbing the ranks again and looking to place in the top five in this year’s NCVF national championship tournament. KU’s team has added another day to their practice regime, making it a total of four days a week, as opposed to their practice
schedule last year, which was only three days out of the week. This is in an effort to strengthen the team as a whole. They have incorporated new drills that will improve movement and communication on the court as well as drills that mimic some plays from their past competition in order to avoid mistakes in the future. The team has also set up eight tournaments prior to NCVF national championships to continue to improve and enhance techniques for their success. According to former president Kennedy Wilson, the team has a great chance of making it into MACVC championships and succeeding at the NCVF national championships this year as opposed to past years. Wilson said, “I think with the better structured practices and training that we have incurred, no school can stand in the way this year.”
KU Vollyball Team
KU bowling goes undefeated at Fall Baker Invitational Posted on November 9, 2015 By Justin Sweitzer The Golden Bear bowling team opened up their season by hosting the KU Fall Baker Invitational, where they went undefeatedthroughtenmatches over the course of the two-day invite. The team entered the season ranked 18 in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Preseason Poll, as well as being ranked 19 among all DI, DII and DIII bowling teams. In the first day of competition, KU lived up to high expectations, defeating Penn State Altoona, Thiel College, Felician College, Howard University and Caldwell University. In addition to the five wins, the Golden Bears finished the first day as one of only three undefeated teams, with the others being Long Island University Brooklyn and Adelphi University. During the second day of the tournament, KU did not falter from their high level of play
from the previous day. KU faced St. Francis University in its opening match, defeating them with a score of 898-873. In the second match, the Golden Bears faced LIU Brooklyn in a well-contested meeting, which ended in a tie. To decide a winner, a fiveframe overtime was held. The Golden Bears showed their poise in high-stakes situation by defeating LIU Brooklyn after throwing five straight strikes, three of them coming from senior Lauren Stamm. KU won the tiebreaker 134-96, winning them the match as well. While KU went undefeated, they finished fifth in total pinfall in the tournament. The women’s bowling team set the bar high with the way they opened the season, and they look to continue on a positive path as the season goes on.
Trump: fifty years in the making Posted on February 18, 2016 By Arthur Garrison For more than 50 years, the Republican party has cultivated a narrative to attract and hold the working class, high school educated, anti-intellectual white male voter who feels politically and economically emasculated in his own country. Over the years the party has promoted a narrative that made clear who was at fault and to blame for the cultural and economic changes in America. The Tea Party bore fruit in the 2010 and 2012 elections and the party took control of the House and Senate. The Tea Party base expected that decades old promises made by the party would be fulfilled and the policies of Obama would be turned back. Here is the problem – nothing changed. Obamacare was not repealed. In fact, it was fully funded. To make things worse, the party establishmentactivelyresented the political influence of Tea Party activists. The Tea Party base resentment of the party establishmentselectionofRomneywasfurthercompoundedby the fact that he lost. Into this decades old resentment, steps Trump. When he declared his candidacy for the presidency, he instantly took primary control of the long-standing issue of immigration from the party establishment by asserting that Mexico was sending rapists, murderers and other criminals into America and that is why the wall must be built. He stated that there needed to be a ban on all Muslims entering America until the incompetentfederalgovernment“figures out what the hell is going on.”
Trump has made clear to the press, especially FOX News, “ [you] can’t toy with me like they toy with everyone else.” Trump is popular not only because he has tapped into the politics of government resentment that the party has nurtured since 1980, he has also tapped into the base republican voter who resents the party itself. Trump has taken advantage of the party establishment distain for the Tea Party. Trump, in the end, is a populist who is masculine in running for president. He has his own plan which arrives like it’s Air Force One. Trump examples confrontation and independence. After 50 years of party weakness, to his supporters, Trump is someone who will fight both the left and the ineffective Republican establishment. When attacked by opponents or by the media, he demands public apologies and gets them. He needs no funding from Wall Street or the Republican political donor class. He commands the attention of the media by the force of his personality. He does not need to poll nor is he beholdentoconservativemedia (FOX and conservative talk radio) to connect with voters. Trumphasnotbeenhumbledby the party and media presidential system. It’s been the other way around. Trump has not only commandeered the party social conservative narrative without being a social conservative, Trump has commandeered the entire conservative movement of the past 50 years without being beholden to any of those who created it or to all of its canons. The tables are now turned.
Ban on hoverboards rooted in financial and legal concerns Posted on Janurary 27, 2016 By Jodi Bogert Students who acquired hoverboards over the holidays hopefully left them at home. Recently, all students received a notice from the college about an updated policy. While skateboards, roller skates and scooters are permitted on campus as usual, hoverboards aren’t allowed anywhere on campus. The reason is because of fire and operator safety. I think there is more to that statement than what is presented. The device is like a Segway without the handles. However, the devices prove to cause a lot of safety issues. Incidentally, KU isn’t the first college to ban hoverboards.The Tribune noted that the University of Illinois and other local campuses forbid the devices as well. Bans like these aren’t rooted in safety issues, but instead, financial and legal issues. I imagine that a student would ride one of them, then fall over and break an arm. The next moment, the student’s parents sue the college, taking the blame off of the user of the board.
Situations regarding student safety, especially with devices that have minds of their own, are solved better by stopping the situation before it starts. The solution isn’t that simple. Noting that skateboards are still allowed on campus, students would believe that if skateboards are allowed, then so should hoverboards. College students are at an age that where they will stand their ground when it comes to things like this. Back in elementary school, sneaker skates were the hover boards of their day. My school didn’t allow them. I remember kids gliding across the pavement at recess. This isn’t a matter of safety, but a battle of wills. My idea is to take a different approach to the situation. If students want to be adults, then they should show that they are ready to handle it. For every student that rides a hoverboard, each should be required to sign a waiver. The document would state that the college isn’t responsible for injuries of any kind.
Sexist advertising in Kutztown Posted October 3, 2015 By Breanna Everdale Paradise Lost, a tattoo and piercing shop, recently hung up a sign on the window of their new location. I guess the idea was to make the sign as attention-grabbing as possible to promote the new location, because it definitely left an impression on me. Unfortunately for Paradise Lost, I don’t think I had the reaction they were looking for. Although these days everyone and their grandma has a tattoo, body modification is still considered to be counter-cultural for some reason. It seems that many body modification shops and magazines promote a pornographic ideal of the ‘alternative woman’: a young woman with tattoos, piercings and hair dyed black, blue or neon orange, et cetera. Sadly, sexist advertising is nothing new for Kutztown; Pink Tac-Go, which thankfully closed after one year of selling bad, overpriced tacos on Main Street, was also an offender. The name itself was a euphemism for a vagina, and there was an image of a sexualized woman straddling a giant taco painted on the wall. Besides the fact that as a business, you are risking the alienation of half of your potential customers is a pretty stupid marketing decision, there are
also ethical reasons to not use women’s bodies to sell products and services. I also saw many young children walking past this sign. Regardless of your views on feminism, I think we can all agree that children should not be exposed to these types of sexual images at such a young age. When women see these images, they receive the message that they are decorative objects. Second, when men see these images, they receive the message that women’s bodies are public property–decorative objects that men are entitled to plaster on their storefronts for other men to enjoy looking at while they eat tacos and chat about their gnarly nose rings. To many people, this may not seem like a big deal, but this has real-world consequences for women. One in five women will be raped during college. About 20 percent of Congress is made up of women, even though we make up 50 percent of the population. Anyone who believes that these statistics are a problem should do their part tounderstandhowthemessages we receive from the media and advertisements are affecting feelings of male entitlement to women’s bodies and women’s sense of self-efficacy and worth.
Sign hung inside window of Paradise Los Photo by Brenna Everdale, The Keystone
KU Students will continue to go out Posted on March 17, 2016 By Jodi Bogert Currently, the biggest news on campus is the recent stabbing of a KU student on Feb. 19. Since then, parents have been calling and everyone from Allentown to Philadelphia knows our university for this unfortunate reason.
age of consent. In their younger years, most kids have been told what to do and had strict curfews. Now those restrictions have disappeared, and students fiercely protect this newfound freedom.
There are three truths to this situation. First, parents are scared out of their wits, especially if their kids are freshmen. The last thing they want to hear is that a student has been severely injured.
The third truth is if someone would never want anything bad to happen to them, their lives would be very boring. If everyone became scared to the point of being overly cautious after every disaster, they might as well never leave the house.
Being parents, they immediately picture their own child in the same situation, despite the factthat mostnight-owl patrons admit that they never witnessed anything this gruesome. Nevertheless, parents still imagine if it was their own.
This incident is a lesson for students and for their parents. Bad things happen, but we can’t let events like this control our lives. Students aren’t totally reckless. They wouldn’t travel alone, and many use the buddy system.
The second truth is that students will still go out this weekend, and always will. Students age 18 and over are considered to be our country’s
Why would they want to go out alone? Going out means being with someone else anyway. The inevitable will happen, but life goes on.
Proposed KU housing policy brings conflict to students By Christina Galdi to drink if they choose and they havecontroloverwhotheywant in their apartment and when. This policy could also hurt KU because it has the potential to turn a lot of prospective students away. Some students feel that this rigid policy will keep people from wanting to attend KU.
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KU students received an email about a public discussion that would take place in the Dixon Hall conference room on March 24, at 7 p.m. The topic of this presentation was a possible two-year on-campus housing requirement. According to the email, this requirement could begin as early as the fall 2017 semester. Many students are divided on whether or not this is a smart move for KU. A mandatory two-year on-campus plan is great for some aspects of this campus. Living on campus provides students with structure, programs and activities within the hall, a sense of community and KU pride. Itâ€™s full of conveniences such as a dining hall in walking distance and in-hall laundry. It is also a guaranteed place to live. Finding an off-campus apartment can sometimes be really challenging if you donâ€™t know how to start the process. However, finding an on-campus room is quite simple when using MyHousing.
There are people who also believe that making people live on campus after their freshman year will actually hurt the housing department and KU itself. Students want the choice to decide where they should live. The rules that are enforced in residence halls are always a topic of concern, and for most students, a topic of annoyance. Students appear to be growing more and more annoyed with the visitation policy and the dry campus policy that KU has. Living off campus gives students the freedom and choice
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While a two-year housing policy may help build a stronger on-campus community and make finding a place to live easier on KU students, it has the potential to strip students of the freedom they crave when going off to college.
Student Groups Homecoming Court 2015 Paige Martin (pink coat), William Smith (beard), Nick Lofton (red shirt), Lessica Lotufo (grey sweater), Ike Okorji (shell necklace), Darius Pleasant (blue shirt), Steve Snisky (teal shirt), Vivian Dutton (maroon sweater, standing), Kaila Dougher (standing, black shirt), Jeff Thirnton (royal blue shirt), Amanda Koye (grey w white stripes), Kayla Grater (sitting, sandals), Brandon Conniff, Allison Prencavage(teal shirt) Photo taken by: Kelly Smith
Delta Zeta formal recruitment, philantrophy round Maggie Seitz, Paige Martin, Nadine Paparella, Dana Wolff Photo taken by: Megan Monzo
SPARK back row is the eboard: Nicole Amenheuser, Kelly Esslinger, Kaili Anne Soisson, Natalie Hazen, Patricia Gross, Hayden Fitzpatrick middle row: David Lukan, James Tay, Jason Rocco, Juan Jose Londono front row: Shannon Poole, Rachel Shubert, Alyson Mallette, Kaitlyn Keenhold, Tabby Furst, Melissa Jenkings Photo taken by: Brennan Kennedy
KUET takes on a double header weekend with both English and Western shows! Cheyenne Strohl, Shannon McCray, Emily Seguine, Noeli Perez, Kelsey Weingartner, Charlotte Borge, Abigail Matthews, Angie Pomponio, Natalie Hoeksema, Kayla Hill, Shelby Levan, Erin McCormick (Also pictured are coaches Susan Casale and Christina Ceretta) Photo by: Kaley Unger
Chinese Students and Scholars Association of KU Moon Festival Celebration Yixing Lai, Liaoliao Li, Ju Zhou, Yun Lu, WingHongTony Wong, Joshua Sell, Romi Huang, Motty Mao, Alex Jin, Darren Zhou, Steven Trapani, Grace Liu, Melody Xu, Amor Zhang, Maggie Ma, By: Sue Kong
Kutztown University Dance Team - Homecoming Pep Rally 2015 Back Row (from left to right): Elizabeth Gehringer, Molly Smith, Alexis Hoke, Brooke Springborne, Kate Cronin, Carissa Cucchi, Maria Sunick, Kirstin Stoh Middle Row (from left to right): Hannah Stahley, Lorin Kavanagh, Taylor Molchan, Bre Wherrity, Becca Swartz, Kiera Novobilski, Amanda Boak, Ashley Foley Front Row (from left to right): Amanda Roarty, Macy Skiles, Brittany Strosser, Kacy Norton, Samantha Miller, Ryanne Pagliaro, Meghan Brown By: Vivian Dutton
Kutztown University Health Ambassadors (KUHA) KUHA donated $500 to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Standing- Heidi Jackman, Medison Stewart, Tricia Grove from the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, Analyse Gaspich, Marissa Greiner, Kaela Barton, Victoria Hildebrandt. Kneeling- Micaela Beaty, Megan Tiwold, Samantha Biastre By: Dolores Hess
Kutztown University Mens Soccer Club Back Row From left to right Javier Olvera, Cory Sholly, Andy Sholly, Gino Pambianchi, Davis Junior, Ryan McDermott, Austin Gehman, Dylan Gehr, Travis Zilmer, Joe Zeller, Mike Moraglia, Mike Reid Middle Row from left to right Jeff Baldino, Jeremy Katz, Zach Nykanen, Devin Bucks, Hamza Siala, Jean Mafulu, Bottom Row from left to right Vinny Elskamp, Brandon Keffe, Kyle Trexler, David Fink, Nate Oâ€™Donnell, Chris Shapcott, Jairo Pineda, Joey Giampietro, Kaleb Daubert, Austin Womer By: Debbie Sholly
Kutztown Universityâ€™s English Club in front of their domain, Lytle Hall Ashley Nave (top left), Ron Drummond, Natalie Chambers, Lauren Sobczak, Samuel Weiss, David Eltz AdeenaWoodard (bottom left), Antaneyah Johnson, Val Korsick, and Elizabeth Geisinger By: Megan Mehalick
Afro-Caribbean Collision Dance Group The Founders of ACC getting ready to perform at the Heart on your Sleeve College Tour in Philadelphia, Pa. Dominique Dixon, Sherly Marcelin, Tytianna Johnson, Crystal Abreu, Wesneida Archelus By: Denzil Blackstock
Lutheran Student Movement “In the Light” In the Light promotes a judgement free atmosphere while exploring and expressing our personal faith journey. During discussion we delve into not only how to understand Jesus’s teachings, but also how to reach out and apply them to our campus and community. Top row (left to right): Taylor Seiders, Anjelica Williams, Seth Noggle, Kellen Cunningham, David Hylton, Justin Maynard, Kristian Golick, Dave Palazzo, Dan Raudenbush, Joe Piscitelli, Diane Piscitelli, Brandon Wood, Damian Buffenmeyer, Malia Balas, Sam Weiss, Marcus Feld Middle Row (left to right): Emily Jones, Kendall Gazzo, Becky Wagner, Shana Rose, Deb Rohrbach, Keith Rohrbach, Kelsi Kegerize, Trisha Johnson, Chad Butz, Shane Hobert, Sara Maclachlan, Rebecca Miller Bottom row (left to right): Victor June, Kim June, Jenna Morgan, Jenna Hanzel, Alicia Hornberger, Hannah Guffey, Abby McVey, Matthew Kayhart, Jessica Recupero By: Kristian Golick
Fencing Club Photo from Shippensburg University Fencing Tournament Connor Marble, Austin Stoudt, Hayden Falenwolfe, Kaitlyn Keenhold, Zack Urban, Dakota Hendricks, Erin McCormick, Jordan Dancy, Michael Oâ€™Donohue, Robert Herbert, Nick Paolella By: Kaitlyn Keenhold
Kutztown University Global Brigades (KUGB) In January 2016, these KUGB volunteers will be traveling to Honduras to provide free health care to children and families in an impoverished community. (From left to right) Dr. Robyn Underwood, Courtney Ambrose, Stormie Wagner, Lisa Feliciano, Daniel Hoffman, Jennifer Cruz, John Hovanec, Madisyn Kleinfelter, Robert Fallstich, Samantha Amey by: Moriah Thomas
Delta Phi Epsilon DPhiE sisters and new members on Bid Day 2016 Haley Klunk, Taylor Scott, Kelsey Giangiordano, Haley Burdette, Hillary Herczeg, Emily Mosenson By: Samantha Marcotte
Delta Phi Epsilon “Sisters Always” Courtney Renaldi, Taylor Scott, Abrianna Ortolaza, Aaliyah Mitchell By: Alex Walton
Delta Phi Epsilon Delta Phi Epsilon for Delta Zeta’s Hike for Hearing Taylor Scott, Samantha Marcotte, Kelsey Giangiordano, Kelly Meara By: Ashley Foley
Delta Phi Epsilon Our first initiation night as founders! Kassie Hertzog, Amanda Phillips, Ashley Mest By: Caitlyn Bodner
Performing Dance Portmanteau Our team after a performance Left to right: Bottom row- Sarah Morris, Kassidy Rineer, Haley Andersen, Amanda Tini, Jess Burns, Daphne Ancona, Vivian Dutton, Alyssa Blasko, Jessica Fox, Amanda Walter, Megan Noel, Leah Rubart, Kambria Carlson Middle row- Theresa Quedenfeld, Dawn Dietrich, Jessica Thorne, Marie Hutchings, Kayla McKinney, Shannon McKinney, Victoria Dorsey, Breanna Watkins, Caitlin Oehler, Raven Gabriele, Kasandra Cruz, Alondraliz Gonzalez, Salem Borelli Next middle row- Dyaja Scott, Amanda Swords, Ann Moschorak Top row- Leah Nissley, Margaret Delaney, Jennifer Hill, Kelly Tessier, Emily Phifer, Mikayla Arnold, Kaitlyn West, Katherine Shay, Samantha Clarke, Martha Kairis, Cara McLain, Savannah Ward, Melissa Card, Jennifer Brittingham, Kelly Esslinger, Heather Browne By: Corey Summers
National Broadcasting Society National Broadcasting Society at national convention in California Back left, Casey Montague, Amanda Sergeyev, Grace Wagner, Jeff DePalma, Ryan Vanderlei, Alex Walton, Jeff Watkins, Chris Steele, Dan Bernstein, Eric Geyer, John Zuder, Scott Dombro, Kate Boshell, Matt Dunstan, Tom Mergen. Front Left: Viviana Vidal, Kaitlyn Oâ€™Connor, Maryann Riccituti, Tyler Demcher, Jenny Eck, Max Hartman By: Gina Johnson
Spotlite Back: Jeff DePalma, Max Hartman, Chris Steele, Josh Watkins, George Fladeland, Scott Dombro, Front: Alex Walton, Bradi Gallagher, Casey Montague, Viviana Vidal By: Casey Montague
Kutztown Vegetarian Club From left to right, back row to front row: Selena Cintron, Dan Crompton, Phoebe Bender, Heather Marcus, Jessica Spakman, Sage Linkhorst, Jessica Boccardo, Lauren Fierman, Kevin Popowic, Kayleigh Smith
PDP Top to bottom, left to right: First Row: Leah Nissley, David Campbell, Melissa La Torre, Emily Ripper, Emily Phifer, Kelly Tessier, Jennifer Brittingham, Tiana Trusty, Samantha Clarke Second Row: Kelly Esslinger, Melissa Card, Amanda Tini, Victoria Dorsey, Olivia Treese, Kambria Carlson, Savannah Ward, Melanie Weidner, Kaitlyn West Third Row: Theresa Quedenfeld, Ann Moschorak, Breanna Watkins, Karla Figueroa, Jessica Thorne, Haley Andersen, Leah Rubart, Dyaja Scott, Caitlin Oehler, Amber Sienkiewicz Fourth Row: Jennifer Hill, Ashlyn Phifer, Amanda Mandato, Mikayla Arnold, Megan Middlebrook, Samantha Wiik Fifth Row: Amanda Walter, Dawn Dietrich, Kasandra Cruz, Amanda Swords, Megan Valley, Salem Borelli, Bridget Malloy Sixth Row (E-Board): Alyssa Blasko, Secretary; Daphne Ancona, Vice President; Vivian Dutton President; Jessica Fox, Treasurer; Marie Hutchings, Public Relations Not pictured: Emily Billings, Haley Britcher, Heather Browne, Margaret Delaney, Kourtney Feste, Raven Gabriele, Shannon McCray, Kayla McKinney, Shannon McKinney, Cara McLain, Casandra Morris, Sarah Morris, Danielle Murphy, Kassidy Rineer, Katherine Shay, Emily Skwirut
Oxfam America at KU From the top left- Zach Ottens, Kayla Meehan, Claire McKeown and Lisa Grabowski, advisor. Bottom left: Victor June, Claire Santa. Tylor Schemer, Alyssa King