Sheetz employee lights up KU’s campus

Nicolette Mandes on campus Josh Herring, The Keystone

Nicolette Mandes on campus
Josh Herring, The Keystone

By Joshua Herring

If you have been to the Sheetz convenience store and restaurant located in Fleetwood, a few miles from the Kutztown campus, then chances are Nicolette Mandes has delivered your burger and fries with a cheerful, quirky smile.

Nicolette Mandes-Rivera, named after the actress Nicolette Sheridan, is currently a sophomore accounting major and has worked for Sheetz for about five years. She says she “loves the repetition” of accounting and if she didn’t have to work, she would get more involved in extracurricular activities in school and on campus.

Aside from her work and school, Mandes has close ties with her family. She explains that she was excited to go off to college, but “It’s hard to be away from my parents. It was always just the three of us.”

Her family moved to the United States from Puerto Rico when she was three years old. Most of her extended family still lives there, including her grandfather.

As she talks about him and his battle with Alzheimer’s, memories of her early childhood light up the conversation. She says, “I remember when he showed me his chickens. He has 60 at his home in Puerto Rico. One of my earliest memories is feeding them while holding his hand.” Continue reading

KU softball swept by West Chester in Saturday doubleheader

Rachel Lawes takes a swing

Rachel Lawes takes a swing

By Zach Payne

The KU softball team fell to West Chester in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 12. The Golden Bears pitched and defended well in both games, but the bats were quiet. WCU needed just two pitchers to complete the mini sweep of the Maroon and Gold as both Kim Murl and Micaela McSpadden hurled complete games to beat KU 2-0 in game one and 3-1 in the nightcap.

Dominique Ficara (9-8) got the loss in game one, conceding two runs in in the first inning and then giving way to Savannah Nierintz (2-6) after recording just two outs. Nierintz finished the game, pitching the remaining 5.1 innings without allowing another run, but the offense couldn’t muster any run support.

West Chester’s Kim Murl (8-3) delivered a shutout to earn the victory and she drove in a run in the first inning to open up the scoring for her side.

Game two yielded a similar result. Once again it was a combination of Nierintz and Ficara keeping the game close, but the Golden Bear offense was stymied by WCU pitcher Micaela McSpadden (9-0), who allowed just one run in her seven innings of work to remain unbeaten on the season. Nierintz suffered the loss for KU, working 2.1 innings of two-run ball.

Colleen Smith knocked in the lone run of the day for the Golden Bears on an RBI single through the right side of the infield scoring Morgan Booth from third.

Saturday’s sweep in West Chester drops the Maroon and Gold to 14-19 overall with a 6-8 mark in the PSAC East. WCU (26-12, 13-4 PSAC East) outhit KU 10-3 in game one and 9-4 in game two on their home turf. Teams traveling to West Chester have struggled to find success. The PSAC East leading Golden Rams are now 12-2 this year at home.

The final third of the Golden Bears’ season will consist of 14 PSAC East matchups, giving them the opportunity to make up some ground in the conference. However, eight of those 14 games will be against opponents with better records than KU, so it will be a tough road for the defending PSAC champs as they try to put it all together and repeat this season.

First annual Poetry Competition held by ACE

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Students overcame stage fright by reading their poetry at the Association of Campus Event’s first annual Poetry Competition on April 8 at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.

Tim Ford, The Keystone

SGB Elections: Camden Delphus

What made you want to run?

Well I actually ran for president last year and came in a close second to Nick Imbessi and so I decided to run for vice president. Since then I’ve been on the executive board since I was a freshman and I’m a junior. I have the experience. There’s nobody else who has been on the executive board even since last year, so I have the experience. That’s more of the qualification side of it, but as far as why I want to run, it’s because I think there are two kinds of student governments. Neither one is bad, but the first one leads fun activities and basically do what ACE does. They plan events and fun things like that. Then there’s another type which is more my vision and where I want to go. It’s much more advocacy based, and much more of the Pres ESU philosophy. He had a campaign slogan which I really liked which was “there should always be a student at the table. You really can’t have the important discussions about student issues without students being there. So I feel like I have the knowledge necessary to be president, but more importantly than that, especially since we’re going to be getting a new president, we need to hit that hard. That person needs to do an incredible amount of work, and we need someone who is going to focus on students. Right now at KU the priority seems to be on buildings and facilities. The main focus is how does the campus look. How are things utilized? Then it’s about the faculty and administration. You know, it’s a public school with a very strong union, which usually works along with student needs but at the end of the day there’s different interests. That’s not to say that the current administration is anti student, but we need to be actively supporting student needs, and that’s my goal. A new president usually means new administration, so we have the opportunity to do that. It’s an exciting time.

What issues are you most focused on?

I have a couple issues that I’m really concerned about. The first issue is to keep students first. I really want to get students to be the first thought. I’m on the strategic planning resources committee and that’s for the whole university, and I’m the only student on that, so I get a lot of information, but I also hear questions like “why are we concerned with customer service first?” As the student in the room I think that it’s the most important thing. I also want student’s to have academic success but they also need the opportunity to have a good social life as well. I want them to have a welcoming campus climate. More specifically is that I want to bring the student committees together. There’s usually only one or two students on these committees, and what we’ve done poorly in the past is we assign people to these, they go to the meetings and they occasionally report back. I want to take these people and bring them all under the umbrella of SGB. I want whatever is discussed at these meetings to be brought back to us.

What made you get into politics?
I’m a political science major. I really got into politics in the 2008 election, because before that nobody in my house was really into politics. But I saw the election and I thought it was cool. I liked it a lot, and I wanted to study politics. I’m not really a partisan person but I think it’s an interesting thing to study. Whether or not you realize it, you’re involved in it. I believe there’s no such thing as not voting. Either you vote by voting or you vote by not voting and doubling someone’s vote. Everyone is involved in politics. When I came here, I didn’t think I’d ever run for president, but I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I could win or if I didn’t think I was the best candidate for it. I ran last year because I thought I was the best one to do it and the president at the time encouraged me, and I think I’m the best candidate at the end of the day. This is an incredible, incredible amount of work, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love this stuff. I’m a politics nerd.

SGB Election: Joeseph Scoboria

What made you want to run?

“Well I’ve been on the board for three semesters now and this year I ran for some leadership positions. Dean Liaison for the College of Education, I’m chairman of the enrollment committee, and I run because I feel so strongly about what needs to get done next year. This is the year to do it. I have a very close relationship with Nick and I’m ready to step out of his shadow and lead the board. I feel like we’ve done a lot of great things this year and now we’re on a pendulum and I want to keep us moving in that direction. As an education major I think I have the skills to listen to student’s concerns and to lead by example. I feel like I am a good listener so I want to hear student’s concerns and bring it to the attention of others.”

What issues are you most focused on?
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Shoofly magazine 2014 launches May 1

Shoofly cover design by Hannah Stephey Photo courtesy Clint Barger

Shoofly cover design by Hannah Stephey
Photo courtesy Clint Barger

By Haley Bianco

This year marks the tenth year for Shoofly Magazine. Differing from other literary publications on campus, Shoofly showcases drama, fiction and poetry pieces over 100 pages. Each spring, Shoofly publishes one magazine for the academic year.

This year, the 2014 edition becomes available at the launch on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the President’s Room in MSU 215. The selection process began in November. Seventy-one poetry pieces, 53 fiction pieces and one drama piece were submitted for review. The Shoofly team of readers narrowed down the selections in order to fit the best pieces in the magazine. Any student can submit up to three submissions, one of any length and two less than 2,500 words.

The 2014 Shoofly team consisted of 36 students and two faculty advisors, Professors Voccola and Hines. Student members participated in teams for reading, editing, layout creating, corresponding and advertising. Continue reading