Kutzpatty’s weekend enforcement data released

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
News Editor

KU released enforcement data for Kutzpatty’s weekend, March 22-24.

Photo courtesy of Kaylee Lindenmuth, The Keystone — A Kutztown Police car.

 

According to Matt Santos, vice president of University Relations and Athletics, 48 criminal arrests were made over that weekend across four law enforcement agencies – Kutztown Borough Police, KU Public Safety, the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement.

“There were a total of 48 criminal arrests, which is about the same as last year,” Santos said.

Throughout the weekend, the four agencies handled 25 liquor-law violations. Additionally, borough police reported four disorderly conduct violations and six noise violations.

PSP and KU Public Safety reported six drug violations, and the two agencies also handed out 41 traffic citations. State troopers also filed charges against four for driving under the influence.

Borough police filed nearly 100 parking tickets, while KU Public Safety filed 18.

 

Head coach Chris Blum earns 500th career win with KU baseball

By Kyle Krajewski
Sports Editor

The Golden Bear baseball team won game two of a doubleheader against Bloomsburg on March 30, marking this as Chris Blum’s 500th career win as head coach of the KU baseball team.

KU ended a six game losing streak with their win in game two with a 2-1 score following a 10-3 loss to Bloomsburg in the first game. This win makes Blum the fifth coach, and third fastest, in PSAC history to reach 500 wins at a conference school. Blum is now in his 17th season at KU and has averaged over 31 wins per season while leading KU to four PSAC championships, three regional titles and 10 NCAA Championship tournament appearances.

Game 1: Bloomsburg 10, Golden Bears 3

The Golden Bears started the game with the lead, leading 3-0 in the first two innings before Bloomsburg scored 10 unanswered runs and claimed the victory.

KU had the bases loaded in the top of the first inning when Mike Villa was hit by a pitch, moving the baserunners and bringing Tanner Miller home to score the game’s first run.

In the top of the second inning, Miller drove home Jacoby Pate on a fielder’s choice. Zach Moretski hit a single and brought Brandon Heere home to give the Golden Bears a 3-0 lead.

Bloomsburg decided to wake up the bats once KU had their three-point lead and would go on to score the next 10 points and finish the game with a win.

Game 2: Golden Bears 2, Bloomsburg 1

KU once again decided to strike early by putting a point on the board in the top of the first from a fielder’s choice incident that sent Miller home.

Bloomsburg matched KU’s lone point in the bottom of the third. The Golden Bears weren’t done yet, though. Connor Teschko hit a double in the top of the fourth, bringing home Andy Blum for a go-ahead run.

Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish pitched a complete game in the second game, only allowing one hit in the final three innings to thwart any comeback attempts by Bloomsburg and was able to wrap up the game. He finished the game with seven hits and seven strikeouts.

KU had just five hits on the game, compared to Bloom’s seven, all coming from the bottom half of the batting order.

 

 

Schmidt scores 100th career point as lacrosse defeats Shippensburg 15-6

By Kyle Krajewski
Sports Editor

Senior midfielder Lauren Schmidt set a new single game career-high for herself with nine points, one of those being the 100th of her career, as the Golden Bears blew past Shippensburg in a 15-6 win on March 27.

Schmidt scored a natural hat trick in just the first half while Makayla Bowman and Erin Vaughan Ware both scored a pair of goals as well. The Golden Bears were up 8-0 before Shippensburg got on the board with just 16 seconds remaining before halftime.

The Golden Bears continued to roll into the second half. Schmidt set up goals to Jordan Klebe and Bowman early in the half and went on to score three more of her own to tie a career-high of six goals. Schmidt’s nine points in the afternoon are tied for the second most in a single game by a Golden Bear since women’s lacrosse was reintroduced to KU in 2008. Her six goals are tied for the fifth.

Vaughan Ware tallied six points with a game-high of four assists and two goals while Bowman added five points as well on four goals and an assist. Destanee Watkins also had a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.

The Golden Bears finished the game with 32 shots as compared to Shippensburg’s 19. KU also held a 16-7 advantage in draw controls as Emily Smith led the team with five and three more from Watkins.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Vaughan, making her second start in the cage, notched a nine-save performance and kept the game in check for the Golden Bears on defense.

The Golden Bears would go on to defeat Gannon 15-9 in a home performance on March 30 during their Lax-4-Life game to raise awareness for adolescent and young adult suicide prevention.

 

KU softball sweeps Felician in doubleheader, outscores 19-3

By Kyle Krajewski
Sports Editor

KU swept Felician University in a softball doubleheader on April 2 as the Golden Bears scored 19 total runs between the games. Sophomore Jenna Lipowski was a huge factor in the two wins as she went 4-for-5 at the plate with three doubles and seven RBIs.

In total, the Golden Bears had 21 hits for 19 runs, winning the first game 9-1 and the second game 10-2. Both games ended in five quick innings due to the eight-run rule.

The two wins for KU on the day make this a four-game win streak for the team following the doubleheader sweep against Millersville the previous Saturday, March 30. The Golden Bears now lead the entire PSAC in batting average (.343), runs scored (193), triples (16), runs batted in (165), total bases (413), on-base percentage (.398) and slugging percentage (.500).

Game 1: Golden Bears 9, Felician 1

KU’s offense started the first game hot and ready to win. The first inning ended with three runs by the Golden Bears from an RBI double by Lipowski and a two-run single from Cheyenne Jones.

Felician responded with a single run in the second inning, but this would be the only time the opponents would round the plates for the remainder of the game.

The Golden Bears would truly put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth inning. In total, nine batters came to the plate in the inning, six of them able to reach base safely in a huge five-run inning. With bases loaded, Tamara Jennings brought one home on an outfield single. Lipowski came up to bat next and ripped the first pitch she saw out to right-center for a base-clearing double. Dani Nordyk stepped up to the plate next and hit a single down the first base line, allowing Lipowski to come home to give KU an 8-1 lead.

In the following inning, Sara Keeny hit a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home pinch-runner Ava Bottiglia and KU to the eight-run rule to end the game.

Game 2: Golden Bears 10, Felician 2

Felician decided they wouldn’t go down as easily in the second game and started with a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

The Golden Bears weren’t finished with their hot hitting from the first game and put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch brought a runner in for KU, and the baserunners advanced. Up came Lipowski with runners on second and third, and she delivered once again, doubling down the third base line and bringing in the two runners to give KU a 3-2 lead after the first inning.

In the second inning, Keeny hit a triple that brought home Emily Ostaszewski, then Katelyn Ostaszewski brought home Keeny on a sacrifice fly.

Both teams decided to take a scoring break as the third inning ended with no runs scored. KU picked the pace back up with three consecutive singles hit by the Ostaszewski sisters and Keeny to load the bases. Jennings and Lipowski kept the singles coming as they also brought home runners on their hits to give KU a 7-2 advantage heading into the fifth.

Nordyk led off in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run, her third of the season. Soon after, the bases were loaded once again, leading to Taylor Knappenberger racing home on a wild pitch. Two pitches later, K. Ostaszewski hit a single to bring home the third run of the inning and win the game.

Lipowski’s big games now land her in the top-five in the PSAC in runs batted in (3rd, 29) and doubles (5th, 9). Her slugging percentage also lands her 10th in the PSAC at .647.

Keeny made contact with the ball four times in the two games, all four coming in game two. Jennings and K. Ostaszewski both had three hits on the day and Jones, Nordyk and E. Ostaszewski each finished the day with two hits.

Both Keeny and Jennings currently rank in the top-10 in the PSAC in hits, batting average, runs scored, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Pitchers Amber Brugger and Bridget Bailey earned the wins in games one and two respectively. This was Bailey’s eighth win of the season, tied for second-most in the PSAC.

Why is Rape Aggression Defense training only available for women?

By Emma Brenner
Staff Writer

Public Safety and Police Services at Kutztown University offered Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) training for women only on March 18, 19 and 21. But why women only? Why was R.A.D. not offered to men on campus? This pressing question led to my investigation, which included interviewing both KU R.A.D. organizer Corporal Amy George and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Colleen Clemens.

In 2015, the Association of American Universities carried out the Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct through 27 colleges.

The study found that 23.1 percent of women and 5.4 percent of men reported experiencing sexual contact through “physical force or incapacitation.” Undergraduate transgender, gender-queer and non-conforming individuals had the highest rates for rape.

According to the R.A.D. website, the program offers self-defense courses to men, women, children and seniors. This further provoked my interest to investigate R.A.D. on KU’s campus.

“It is offered to men,” said George, the instructor for both men and women. Over the years, only a couple of men had expressed interest in the program.

“We just can’t do a program for only one person—that goes for men and women,” she said. “We only do this program once a semester because we do have limited resources, and it is free to all participants.”

George stressed her willingness to answer any questions about the program, offering both her office phone number (484-646-4135) and her email (george@kutztown.edu).

From this interview, it was evident that Public Safety and KU Police were doing their best to offer self-defense training with the resources they had available to them. Now the question arose: were certain cultural attitudes impacting men in a negative way and dissuading them from seeking help?

HuffPost released an article in December 2017 highlighting a young man, Andrew, and his sexual assault at Brown University.

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Andrew joked about the incident to his friends, preferring to sound as if he’d been in control. But after suffering a panic attack and meeting with a therapist, he prosecuted in 2012.

Two other victims had previously filed a joint complaint against the same assailant, resulting in the criminal’s suspension. It wasn’t until after Andrew’s hearing that the assailant was expelled.

In the same article, Steven LaPore, founder of the organization 1in6, said, “Culturally we still don’t want to see men as vulnerable or hurt.” He pressed how this stigma results in fewer resources being available to men.

“I think we’ve done a pretty good job of seeing men’s roles as bystanders and preventers, but we don’t recognize men who are survivors of sexual assault and abuse,” said LaPore, quoted by Emily Kassle.

KU’s Dr. Colleen Clemens was eager to share her thoughts on the cultural pressures men face.

“This cultural moment is more freeing for men than damning, as all of the walls that have penned men in from having emotions are finally crumbling,” said Clemens, referring to the #MeToo movement. “This moment is bad for rigid and dangerous ideas of masculinity; it is also a freeing moment for men.”

She encouraged students to take the class WGS 10, Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies.

“I would rather see more dialogue about the systemic roots of sexual assault in hopes to prevent it as a campus instead of relying on the individual to protect themselves in the moment of assault,” she noted.

KU has made some strides in addressing this dialogue and men’s cultural challenges. Last semester, the MSU housed the FMLA screening of “The Mask You Live In,” a documentary on masculinity. Men Can Stop Rape also visited KU, thanks to the Women’s Center.

Clubs and leaders at KU are raising awareness for sexual assault against all genders. Men are coming forward and statistics prove that males are facing sexual violence, but are also encountering prejudice for reporting their experiences. So the question becomes, how do our male students at KU feel? Perhaps our next step is to ask them.

 

Andrew Dunn Jr. named NCAA Division II 285-pound National Champion

By Kyle Krajewski
Sports Editor

Sophomore Andrew Dunn Jr. became the fifth Golden Bear in program history to win a national championship in wrestling, third in the 285-weight class. The other Golden Bears who competed, senior T.C. Warner and senior Jeff Reimel, were named All-Americans and brought home the first top-10 team national finish in program history.

Dunn Jr., in his first year competing for KU after wrestling for Virginia Tech his freshman year, only dropped two matches all season after going 26-2, finishing the year with 18 straight wins to claim Super Region I and NCAA DII championships.

Fourth-ranked Dunn Jr. faced the top-ranked wrestler and reigning national champion in the semifinals and took him down with a 7-6 decision, earning a spot in the national final.

In a more defensive championship match, Dunn Jr. faced the fifth-ranked wrestler and won his national title with a 2-1 decision.

Reimel ranked No. 1 in the 184 weight class and finished the 2018 season as an All-American with a fifth-place finish. He was looking for a better placement this season. Reimel met his match in the semifinals and was disqualified from that match after three misconduct calls. Reimel would go on to claim sixth in his weight class and earn his second straight All-American honor.

Warner also became a two-time All-American in his weight class of 174 by claiming fifth place. In the consolation quarterfinals, he won with an 11-2 major decision, then fell in the consolation semifinals by pin. Warner then went on to cap his career with a win in the fifth-place match by knocking off the top-ranked wrestler in the weight class.

The three wrestlers combined to earn 41 points for the KU wrestling team as a whole at the national championship. This was enough for the Golden Bears to place 10th and become the first team in program history to finish top 10.

Review: “The Umbrella Academy”

By Emma Brenner
Staff Writer

Just over a month ago, “The Umbrella Academy” dropped on Netflix and immediately piqued binge-watching interest. It boasts an eclectic cast, including “Game of Thrones” actor Tom Hopper, LGBT activist Ellen Page and Broadway singer Emmy Raver-Lampman. The characters and story are originally based off the comic books series of the same name.

“The Umbrella Academy” shares the history of seven children, all unrelated, who were born in different places around the world on Oct. 1, 1989. Sir Reginald Hargreeves, described as an “eccentric billionaire and adventurer,” bought and raised these infants as members of his Umbrella Academy. Six of the students developed special powers, which he taught them to control and use to fight evil.

The Netflix series begins by reuniting the children, who are now adults, for the funeral of Sir Hargreeves. Mysteries unravel as his death may have been murder, old family tensions return and the inevitable apocalypse to come.

Analyzing the show technically, the cinematography is fun, fast-paced and colorful. The camera shots vary from wide to close-up, capturing the talent of the cast and visual appeal of the various settings. The show’s broad taste in music perhaps has the largest effect on each scene’s mood. Viewers enjoy classics from Queen to Etta James to Woodkid.

The Umbrella Academy House provides an antique vibe with wooden furniture, crown molding and collections of paintings. The Academy’s graduates don’t stay there and instead explore the city streets, night clubs, motels, orchestras and even a very pink donut shop. In this case, the sets fulfill the imagination for this fantasy.

The plot itself is fantastic, as well. Like any well-crafted story, it consists of one overarching plot accompanied by subplots, but the Umbrella Academy refuses to be conventional. Its subplots strengthen the characters and story immensely, sometimes even stealing entire episode spotlights. The show isn’t so much about stopping the bad guys. Instead, it’s a story of a dysfunctional family.

The brief series shares humor, action violence, suspense, plot twists and romance. It explores real-life issues, such as overcoming tragedy and facing consequences for irreversible mistakes. It even delves into the complexities that adopted siblings face and what distant and neglectful parenting results in.

One on-screen relationship does spark controversy though. Two of the Academy members possess undeniable, romantic chemistry from the first episode. While they are not biologically related, all seven children call each other “brother” and “sister.” It raises the question of incest: does it count between adopted siblings?

Regardless, “The Umbrella Academy” is a weird, entertaining and original adventure. It brings vibrant characters to life, including its villains, making them human and relatable.

I’d argue that diversity is what makes the show so moving and sensational. Ethnicities, skin colors, personalities and sexualities vary greatly along with realistic depictions of drug addiction, PTSD, guilt, anxiety, self-esteem and grief all being portrayed.

If nothing else, watch “The Umbrella Academy” to see yourself in characters that can lift boulders and throw knives like boomerangs. If you want to see a ragtag group of maldeveloped adults attempting to prevent the apocalypse, this is a good show for that too.

 

USA Today names Kutztown Folk Festival No. 2 Cultural Festival in America

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
News Editor

Many students know the fairgrounds as an additional parking lot. In the summer, the lot is a hive of activity, and one of those activities is among the best of its kind in the country.

Over the past few months, USA Today readers were invited to vote for their favorite cultural festivals in the country for their 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. At the poll’s conclusion, the Kutztown Folk Festival ranked No. 2.

“We’re thrilled that, after 70 years, we are still able to showcase the authentic and exciting Pennsylvania Dutch culture. It’s our goal to educate the country and the world on its rich history, as well as the intricate trades of its artisans. This recognition and exposure aides us in that goal and we are grateful for that,” said Steve Sharadin, Kutztown Folk Festival executive director.

The festival was bested by the Water Lantern Festival, which is held in multiple locations across the country.

According to USA Today, the Kutztown Folk Festival “offers a chance to broaden horizons, try new things and connect with others from around the continent and the world.”

“The nine-day Kutztown Folk Festival is the nation’s oldest continuously operated folklife festival, drawing visitors from around the globe,” the publication writes. “A celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch culture and heritage, the event includes America’s largest quilt sale, 200 craftsmen and folk artists, local food and family-friendly entertainment.”

This year’s festival is the 70th-annual and runs from June 29 to July 7.

Other finalists included the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in Louisiana, the Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival in Nederland, Colo., and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore.

 

Special Education majors required to take TRIO

By Heather Bower
Staff Writer

Every KU student majoring in special education is required to take a semester of classes called TRIO, which has been a part of the special education process at KU for nine years. TRIO is composed of three classes that must be taken together: SPU 320, SPU 322, and SPU 317.

There are four professors teaching TRIO this semester: Dean of Special Education Dr. Debra Lynch, Dr. Diane King, Dr. Wendy Rogers and Dr. Christopher Bloh.

“TRIO is a set of three upper-level courses for students majoring in special education,” explained Lynch. “The set of three courses also involves a five-week placement in a special education classroom in public schools in either Allentown or Reading.”

Students taking TRIO are on campus for the first half of the semester, with 15 weeks worth of material taught in that time and spend the remaining half of the semester in a classroom on the days they would normally have TRIO.

Lynch explained the importance of TRIO: “it is a preparatory field experience prior to clinical experience, which provides a full semester of being in a classroom.”

King has been teaching a course in TRIO for approximately six years. She believes TRIO is important because “students receive a true classroom or field experience beyond the theory and content of the campus course, providing an opportunity for learning at the highest levels on Bloom’s Taxonomy.”

This is Rogers’ seventh semester teaching TRIO.

“I view TRIO students as professionals who will soon be responsible for educating students with disabilities, collaborating with professionals, working with families and meeting the ongoing demands of this field,” said Rogers.

This is Bloh’s second semester teaching SPU 317.

“I was at KU before [TRIO] was offered,” said Bloh. “As a faculty, we were motivated to have special ed majors get an experience that suits them specifically and not relying on Pro Sem. TRIO has our majors working from 9-4, a typical school day.”

Bloh also stated he often asks his students, “Is this the schedule you want? This is the life.”

Bloh believes it is exceptionally important to make the connection between the classroom and the actual experience.

“Future students should expect to have professional expectations placed upon them,” said Bloh. “In other words, they will be treated like teachers. You may or may not get support from your future grade chair or administrator. Future students should expect to increase their capacity to be independent professionals.”

According to Lynch, some of the requirements for each student involves lesson planning, teaching the lesson, creating games for K-12 students, assisting individual students, writing an Individualized Education Plan–also known as an IEP–interpreting assessment data and making instructional decisions.

“They should expect the same quality of course content and experience that current students are receiving,” said King. “All instructors should be teaching for critical thinking in teaching, not rote memorization.”

Sarah Supplee, a student currently in the TRIO semester, is looking forward to “being given the opportunity to start building relationships with administrators and schools.” She is also excited about going out into the field and “gaining experience with teaching and opening a new chapter in [her] education.”

On the contrary, Supplee explained, “I am worried that I may not be able to fully understand and comprehend parts of the presented material and will struggle with learning that material to its full extent.”

A student who experienced the TRIO semester in fall 2018 explained the number one thing they learned was how to realistically implement lesson plans. This student wanted to remain anonymous.

In regards to improvements or changes that could be made to TRIO, Lynch said, “we are constantly evaluating the projects, time frame, and learning outcomes of TRIO–all the faculty members would like to incorporate more time in real classrooms–this is where our majors can get the best hands-on experience and practice We’re also considering having the KU student return to the classroom as a student teacher–lots of research supports this practice.”

The anonymous student said the best thing about TRIO was the hands-on experience gained from working with the students and teachers. The worst aspect of TRIO, according to the student, was the lack of communication between the professors and students, and also between the professors teaching TRIO.

Advice from the anonymous KU student to future students taking TRIO: “Once you’re in the field, I feel it would be beneficial to meet with the professors to make sure expectations are clear, ask any questions, and to keep connected during the field experience. Definitely, take advantage of your cooperating teacher’s resources and experience, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!”

 

Miller Gallery features artwork from Scholastic Art Award winners

By Rachel Miller
Contributing Writer

A collection of works selected by the 2019 East Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards is currently on display at the Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery, located in the Sharadin Art Building.

The artwork was created by middle school and high school students in grades seven through 12, aged 13 years or older. Students who entered the competition had the opportunity to apply in 29 categories of art and writing with the chance of earning a scholarship or having their works exhibited.

For this year’s competition, over 340,000 works were submitted nationwide. The East Central Pennsylvania chapter selected works from 186 students from Berks, Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Students received regional honors, such as “Gold Key” and “Silver Key” awards, as well as Honorable Mentions. Those who received “Gold Key” awards may continue to compete at a national level.

The exhibition features a variety of paintings, drawings, sculptures and other art forms. Upon entering the gallery, viewers are immediately surrounded by unique artwork of varying mediums and styles. Portraits, landscapes and abstract collages are a few types of work included in the exhibition.

As an example, “Private Self” was created by Corinne Mammarella from Brandywine Heights High School. The painting features a girl surrounded by a fire-like glow, holding a stopwatch as she looks at a cloudy sky above. The bold colors, details and texture used in the piece make it stand out.

Photography is another medium included in the show, and a piece by Southern Lehigh Middle School student Eli Dunham is a great example. The photograph “Haiku Stairs” has an almost ethereal feeling and shows a staircase descending downwards, appearing to eventually disappear into the clouds.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been focusing on recognizing talented youth since the awards began in 1923. The awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying students with artistic and literary abilities.

The 2019 East Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards exhibition will be on display at the Miller Gallery until March 15. For more information regarding the Miller Gallery, visit the gallery’s page on the KU website.