By Emily Leayman
On the morning of Feb. 21, the university Administrative Council almost unanimously voted to keep the current five day final exam schedule this semester and the 2014-15 academic year.
The other option the university was looking into was the four day final exam schedule, which other Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools, such as IUP, West Chester and East Stroudsburg already use. The Administrative Council represents all parties at the university: the faculty unions, deans, chairs, staff, and students.
Student Government Board President Nick Imbesi represented the students at the meeting. He said the support of the faculty and Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, the provost helped get support. The faculty union, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties officially gave their support when Imbesi attended their Representative Council meeting on Feb. 20. KU President F. Javier Cevallos spoke in support of the five day schedule at that meeting, Imbesi said. Continue reading
Ashley Fries, Opinion Editor
By Brittany Mercer
We do not own the earth. We are merely a piece of its entirety. Man is not superior to nature. The earth and her creatures have been here long before we have developed. Just because we have a more complex system of communicating, does not make us “top dog,” so to speak. Witchcraft has been practiced for nearly 30,000 years. A lot of the cave paintings found in Ireland, Scotland and Wales show depictions of Paganism and Witchcraft, for that’s where it originated. Witches are peaceful, harmonious and very well balanced. However the past several hundred years we have been mistaken for evil, unrighteousness and heathenism, all of which are misconceptions.
In order to convert followers of the Old Religion, Medieval Churches created these myths. Old Religion Deities, whom go by many more names than you can count, even more so than the Greek Gods and Goddesses, were then transformed into the one evil being, Satan. Continue reading
By Samantha Riccio
“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
These words were written by Rachel Scott, the main person behind the formation of the Friends of Rachel Club at Kutztown University.
Rachel Scott was the first student killed at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. The shooting was one of the worst school shootings in the US. 13 students died and 24 were left wounded. Continue reading
By Sarah Kean
My dad is a pretty big guy: 6 foot 5 inches, 250 pounds, not to mention a former Marine. He can kick some serious butt in combat and not bat an eyelash, but I swear on my life he could not kill a mouse. I have lived in the same middle-of-nowhere house my entire life, surrounded by trees and little woodland creatures. Every once in a while, a baby snake or bigger spider gets in, and mice were not far off. I was about seven when I heard my mom scream at the sight of our little house guest, my dad came running and laughed at her while she yelled, “Just kill it, Darrell!”
I’m proud to say the mouse lived longer than my mother had hoped. If a tough guy like my dad cannot kill mice even in the most humane way, how can anybody do it in a lab in the worst way? Continue reading
By Emily Boeglin
To this date, it has been over four years since Kutztown University has held a concert. The reason behind this was the out of date concert policy, last revised in 1992.
That is, until Matt Assad, treasurer of Student Government Board (SGB) and Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee brought the issue up early this fall.
Tired of seeing other schools holding concerts and none at his own, he decided it was time for a change. “There is no reason why KU shouldn’t have concerts like other universities,” Assad said. He also said that the reason KU hasn’t held large concerts is not for lack of funding.
“There is an account dedicated to events like these that has been sitting, untouched,” Assad said. Continue reading
Ashley Fries, Opinions Editor
By Tara Gouldey
When I scroll through Facebook, I always see various clothing companies that I have liked throwing glittering exclamation points, hearts and smiley faces amongst their posts to gain attention: ‘New sale! Clearance! One day only!’ As a consumer, I am in their clutches. I will click the link and meander slowly down their business page when low and behold another plus-size clothing post has aggravated hundreds of women to digitally tear each other’s throats out.
It is infuriatingly obvious that these arguments are stimulated by the company’s post. Forget all the flowery photos of grinning models, cute purses or accessories. This is what is important, not the fact that you could save 10 dollars off of a shirt from last season.
Firstly, we all have views about body types based off of what we are taught is beautiful in this society, but why do we feel the need to share those thoughts? The oppressive reign of altered pictures and diet ads doesn’t help. Do you become better human being by alerting someone of flaws you think they possess? Some may think that other women have a stain which marks them, but this awareness of a problem is a reflection of the lack of self-confidence within them, not the person they are scrutinizing. Continue reading
The Keystone staff poses for a picture after a conference.
Pat Dietrich, Assistant Web Manager
By Emily Leayman
Pat Zazzarino, assistant copy editor of The Keystone, approached the microphone to ask Margaret Sullivan, public editor of The New York Times, a question after she had finished speaking.
Sullivan, a keynote speaker, and students interacting with her were just one part of the National College Journalism Convention hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press.
Zazzarino asked how to abide by but not abuse the honor code of telling the truth she mentioned at the end of her speech.
“I was a little intimidated because there were many people in the room, and she was looking at me,” Zazzarino said. “She has a strong presence in the journalism community. It felt great when she answered my question.” Continue reading