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

KUR teams up with Young Ones for Record Store Day festivities

Celebrating music on April 19. Photo courtesy Young Ones’ Facebook page

Celebrating music on April 19.
Photo courtesy Young Ones’ Facebook page


By Patrick Dietrich

Kutztown University Radio will team up with Young Ones on Saturday, April 19 for Record Store Day festivities. KUR will be DJing the event in between live bands brought in by Young Ones. Games will also be available to play for a chance to win prizes from KUR and Young Ones, including water bottles and shirts.

“To me, Record Store Day is about reaching out to the community and supporting local music,” KUR president Dillon Snyder said. “It’s such a great event and Young Ones is a great record store. We’re really looking forward to it because we get to participate within the community.”

Record Store Day began in 2008 and has been held on the third Sunday of April every year since. The day is dedicated to bringing awareness and support to local record stores around the world. Continue reading

KU baseball loses doubleheader

KU swings for the fences

KU swings for the fences


By Pat Zazzarino

On Sunday, April 13, the Golden Bears fell to Bloomsburg in a PSAC doubleheader. Both games were close, with Bloomsburg winning the first game 7-6 and the second 11-7. Bloomsburg is now 4-0 against Kutztown this season.

With these victories, Bloomsburg (21-13, 13-5 PSAC East) has joined Millersville in a tie for first place, while Kutztown stumbled to sixth place.

During the first game, KU opened up with sophomore Brady McNab nailing an RBI single to left field, allowing junior Brandon Martinez and junior Brandon Hickey to score in the first inning.

Bloomsburg would counter with seven more runs during the following three innings, maintaining a 7-2 lead heading into the sixth, where KU would do its best to mount a comeback.

Junior Joe Peters hit an RBI single for junior Brandon Cholish to score. Also, Martinez also nailed a double out to left center, getting two more runs. Finishing the inning, senior Kyle Stoudt hit a sacrifice grounder for Peters to plate the Maroon and Gold’s sixth run. Continue reading

KU professor Jason Lanter believes NCAA should abide by its own policies

 Dr. Jason Lanter

Dr. Jason Lanter


By Steve Maugeri

The constantly-growing enterprise of college sports is in flux. For example, the debate over whether or how to pay college athletes rages on. Then there are the recent developments relating to the unionization of the football team at Northwestern University, and the recent academic transgressions at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Jason Lanter, a psychology professor at Kutztown University, is a long-standing member of The Drake Group, an organization founded in 1999. The mission of the Drake Group is to “defend academic integrity in higher education from the corrosive aspects of commercialized college sports.” Lanter has been a member since 2004, and currently serves on the executive board. He recently finished a three-year tenure as president from 2010-2012.

“The Drake Group is an organization made up of professors and staff members from various universities across the country,” Lanter said. “The goal is to seek out and maintain academic integrity.”

Lanter believes that student-athletes at Division I schools are exploited as consumer products in how they generate millions of dollars each year for the NCAA without directly sharing in the cash revenue.

Lanter also said that the NCAA’s statistics contradict their own policy: “Athletes are working 40 plus hours per week on their athletics, when the NCAA policy is 20 hours per week,” he said.
“The only person that cannot make money off of his or her image is the student athlete,” he said. Contrary to popular belief, an athletic scholarship at a Division I school does not cover the full cost of attendance.

“Even with a full scholarship, athletes are falling two to three thousand dollars short every year with regards to basic needs,” Lanter said.

The debate on paying college athletes has become more complicated with the recent approval by the National Labor Relations Board of the Northwestern University football team to unionize.

The unionization gives student athletes at Northwestern a seat at the bargaining table and can change the entire landscape of the NCAA model. Lanter believes that if the unionization goes through, other athletes and schools could potentially use it as a precedent to unionize themselves.

The unionization only affects private schools as of now, but may expand to public institutions through state legislatures. The move may give student athletes compensation for the long hours they work.

Conversely, as student athletes are not paid at all, Lanter believes that college coaches are paid too much. According to msn.com, 38 of the 50 highest paid U.S. state employees are either college football or basketball coaches. Twenty-six of them are football coaches, while 12 are basketball coaches.

The NCAA brings in $16 billion per year, and aside from a few business expenses, do not pay any taxes due to the pretense of amateurism in their sporting events. And although most of the money goes back to the member institutions, much of it goes directly to athletic departments and does not contribute the academic mission of the college or university.

“The NCAA may tell you that a lot of the money goes back to the institutions, but a lot of it goes back to the athletics and doesn’t quite make it to the academic mission of the institution,” Lanter said.

Another ignominious transgression in college athletics is the uncovering of the fake classes scandal at the University of North Carolina. According to The Huffington Post, a UNC athlete submitted a one-paragraph essay and received an A- for the course.

“The North Carolina case is the most egregious example of pure academic dishonesty,” Lanter said. “The vast majority of people in those courses were athletes.”

He credits the Drake Group as key players in uncovering the North Carolina debacle and believes that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

“We know the end, but we don’t know the beginning.”

With these scandals and others, Lanter and the Drake Group will continue to work toward uncovering past, present, and future violations of NCAA policy.

Men’s track and field athletes take part in three events last week

Zach Fleming races to the finish. From kubears.com

Zach Fleming races to the finish.
From kubears.com


By Todd Kress

The Kutztown University men’s track and field team had a busy week that saw various Golden Bears compete in three different events.

Beginning with the Mondschein Multi last Thursday and Friday at Kutztown’s University Field, a total of five different Golden Bears participated in the event, including two men: Tyler Matunis and Lucas Kristofits.

Matunis placed sixth in the decathlon with 5,840 total points, a career-best for the sophomore. Kristofits wasn’t far behind, finishing in 11th place with a career-high 5,260 points.

The next day, a number of Golden Bears took part in both the Rider Invite at Rider University and the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University.

Zach Fleming put together a performance for the record books at the Bison Outdoor Classic on Saturday. His 26th-place finish in the 5,000-meter invite (15:03.98) wasn’t only a career-best, but it placed him seventh on the school’s all-time list in the event. Continue reading

After last weeks win against Millersville, KU could not win again at home Saturday

The team huddles together. From kubears.com

The team huddles together.
From kubears.com


By Lee Finkelstein

The Kutztown women’s lacrosse team was not quite as hot as the weather on Saturday afternoon. The team lost to the seventh-ranked Indiana University in the PSAC matchup from University Field.

After IUP’s win, the team is the highest ranked school in the conference. KU won their first conference game last week against the Millersville Marauders, but could not continue that winning streak.

The Crimson Hawks played offense on another level, scoring seven goals in the first fifteen minutes of the game. Devan Davis connected on an open shot which finally got KU on the board.

IUP scored four in a row shortly after. Kutztown junior Jillian Spencer scored her 27th goal of the season to finish off the half, which was assisted by Cara Lord. Continue reading