Geographers gather at KU for annual conference

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
News Editor

For the first time in a little over a decade, a regional geography conference came to KU on Oct. 18-19.

The Middle States Division of the American Association of Geographers (MSDAAG) held their annual conference in both the Boehm Science Building and McFarland Student Union over those two days, featuring a pair of field trips, a host of paper sessions and a Geography Bowl.

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Photo courtesy of Kaylee Lindenmuth

“I think it’ll have a huge impact by having [the KU campus] recognize the importance of geography and how we are an essential part of the future of America and the world,” said Dr. Michael Davis—KU professor, organizer and president of the division—regarding the impact of the event on the university.

The event, he said, highlights geography’s importance and gathers academics from the mid-Atlantic region.

As president, Davis hosted and organized the event. Regarding what goes into the strategizing of the conference, he stressed planning the different parts of the event.

“For paper talks and poster talks, they are about a whole different variety of physical, human, social, economic, political, mapping and other types of papers,” said Davis. “It brings us all together to share that knowledge we may or may not have exchanged otherwise.”

One of the first portions of the event on Oct. 17 was a field trip to the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center. When “The Keystone” stopped by for photos, the tour was in the home at the site, though only one person was on the tour. Center Director Patrick Donmoyer said the tour had originally been canceled, but the one attendee wasn’t aware, so the tour continued anyway.

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The papers presented at the conference ranged from a variety of topics. KU geography professor Steven Schnell presented a paper entitled “Wakanda Forever: Black Panther’s Imagined Africa,” which explored the fictional universe of the blockbuster Marvel film and comic book series. 
Taylor Wieczerak, from Montclair State University in New Jersey explored combined sewer overflows in that half of the state through an analysis paper, and Jonah Walters, from Rutgers University, analyzed Nicaragua’s economy. 

Tianna Andrews, a senior environmental science/geography major at KU, presented a paper analyzing thunderstorms and severe weather in the mid-Atlantic region from 2003 to 2012.

“I enjoyed the conference a lot. I’ve been to other regional meetings in the past and presented either a paper or poster at them, but I was really excited for this one since it would be happening at Kutztown,” Andrews said. “I started my research in Fall 2016 with Dr. Davis and it evolved into a much larger project that I really fleshed out in my Research Methods and Senior Seminar classes.”

In addition to presenting her paper, she also volunteered her time to help the conference run smoothly.

“Something I’ve always loved about attending and presenting at the MSDAAG conferences is that the atmosphere is very calm and welcoming; undergraduate research is heavily encouraged, and you can find a lot of support from the region’s geographers there,” Andrews said. “After my talk, I was able to talk to and network not only with other undergraduates but with professors who have been doing research for years. I have always felt a strong sense of belonging with the MSDAAG community, and it was reinforced when I presented on Saturday [Oct. 19].”

She added that she intends to publish her paper in MSDAAG’s journal, “The Middle States Geographer.”

Coming Out Day awareness fair showcases inclusion, acceptance at KU

By DJ Greenzweig
Recruitment and Retention Manager

KU celebrated its LGBTQ+ community on Oct. 10 through an awareness fair for National Coming Out Day, held in the Old Main concourse.

Decked out in rainbow, the concourse had a variety of displays and activities hosted by campus organizations such as It’s On Us, Allies and the GLBTQ Resource Center.

Students could decorate a rainbow cookie, spin the wheel to test their knowledge of pride flags, collect flags or buttons with their preferred pronouns, and write messages of support to sexual assault survivors. The displays were interactive and provided insight into the coming out process.

“It’s important to have this event, to get together all of the LGBTQ+ members and Allies at Kutztown to strengthen our community and show others that acceptance is really our focus on campus,” said GLBTQ Resource Center intern Storm Wright.

One of the primary symbols of the event was a large black door with a rainbow heart painted on it. Students and faculty could write positive messages on the door or simply sign their names to show support.

Some of the most notable messages were that of encouragement such as, “Love conquers all” and “Say it clear, say it loud; gay is good, gay is proud.”

The celebration continued at night with speaker Jason Landau Goodman, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress. The Pennsylvania Youth Congress is the statewide youth advocacy organization. To wrap up Kutztown’s day of inclusion, Goodman led a presentation on the current state of LGBTQ+ rights both in Pennsylvania and nationally.

As stated by a KU Instagram post about the event, “Our highly diverse community is committed to inclusion, open conversations, and sharing the message: you are never alone.” 

 

Professor Dan Talley to hold Retrospective at Albright College

By Kaitlyn Leckie
Circulation Manager

KU art professor Dan Talley will debut his art exhibit Retrospective at Albright College’s Freedman Gallery Jan 28, 2020.

Talley has always enjoyed the Freedman Gallery and said he was “delighted to be invited to do a show there.”

There will be some photos, drawings and installation pieces that involve sound and a few videos, as well. According to Talley, the photo subject matter is all over the place.

There is a selection of black and white photographs with text next to them called “See through Psychics.” Talley invited a couple psychics to meet him at a warehouse of architectural salvage and asked them to go to any object that spoke to them. Each photo has a text next to it explaining what the psychics got from the object and why it spoke to them.

Talley also speaks of having a piece dedicated to his father who was color blind. There is a large photo of him dressed as a cowboy for the main focus of the piece. His father was always a huge fan of old, black and white Western movies. There is a selection of smaller photos of old Western movie stars from the 50s-80s. He distorted all the photos in Photoshop to match the Shinobu Ishihara color blind test.

His exhibit is a Retrospective that dates back to the 70s, capturing different parts of his life and art career. Talley said, “I’ve always been interested in this particular branch of visual art that became popular when [he] was still a student. Conceptual art that is based on a certain idea…the pieces are more driven by that idea than the look of the piece.” This has been central to him for many years. The look of the piece is secondary to the idea behind the piece.

Talley hopes people will enjoy the show. He said this exhibit has already allowed him to look back on 40+ years of art and even organize his life more.

Talley has not only been an artist through the years, but he has also been an arts writer for a weekly newspaper he started that has been running for more than 40 years, in addition to opening an art performance place that has also been running for that amount of time.

This exhibit and his organizations have caused him to reflect on what he has done and where he is going.

Talley hopes for those who read this to get out and see art more. There are many students who haven’t seen the galleries here at KU, and he hopes people become more open to checking out what is going on in Sharadin. He also hopes for readers to see how much art reflects culture. If they are feeling adventurous, students should take a trip to the Freedman Gallery at Albright and check out the show.

Talley’s Retrospective will run until April 9, 2020. There is a reception for the show Feb. 6 from 4-6 p.m.

Listicle: 5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween

By Anthony Confino
Contributing Writer

Halloween is one of the most anticipated times of the year for people of all ages, with its haunting aura and the chance to dress up in a costume of your choice. From trick-or-treating to parties to visiting haunted houses, there are several traditions that will get anyone into the Halloween spirit.

Horror movies are a must. Mischief and wonder are in the air during October, so who doesn’t like to enjoy a good scare to help prep for the holiday of horror?

Horror stories are a staple of Halloween and taking the time to watch some spooky movies and read some frightening novels late at night will help get you into the mindset to celebrate the disturbing and morbid vibes of the season. It will also make you feel like someone is with you when you’re alone or in a dark place.

Carving the ever-iconic jack o’lantern. When trying to find those Halloween vibes, you know you can find them in a pumpkin patch. Taking the time to waltz through and see hundreds of pumpkins is a nostalgic experience, reminding you of being a child and picking out which pumpkin you were going to carve.

Speaking of which, carving up a jack o’lantern is the Halloween symbol of everything spooky and fun. Take the time to be creative and carve yourself a jack o’lantern that will take away any on-lookers breath. If you’re looking for a specific place to find a pumpkin, you can visit Grim’s Orchard in Breinigsville, Emmaus, Bethlehem, Allentown, Reading or Easton for pumpkin picking, corn mazes and hayrides. If those are too far away, there’s always Renninger’s.

Fall photography is essential. The weather is getting breezy and the leaves are changing colors and getting crunchy. A stroll outside to take some photos can be the chance to appreciate the changing of seasons in which fall gains its wonderful characteristics. But where to go?

During the months of October and November, it can be nice to walk down the street and observe everyone’s Halloween decorations. It’s effortless and fascinating to take a walk through a local park or trail, like the Saucony Creek trail or Kutztown Park, and see what photos you can curate to really take in the changing season and appreciate the world around us.

Be authentic when dressing up. Don’t be afraid to go all out with your costume. This is the exact time of year for people to see how creative and unique you are. Whether it be for parties, work, to match a group or significant other, trying to decide who or what to be for Halloween will definitely get the creative juices flowing and build anticipation for the upcoming holiday. Whether you buy a costume or make it from scratch, have fun with it. 

Haunted attractions are aplenty. Halloween might as well be synonymous with the opening of haunted attractions. This is the only time of the year where you can find jump scares in abundance with haunted houses and hayrides. Haunted attractions feature two of the aspects that make Halloween what it is: people in costumes and cheap thrills. A night out with friends, being scared by actors, can make for an entertaining night that gets anyone into the night for Halloween.

The closest attractions to Kutztown are the Savidge Farms Autumn Adventure in Mertztown and Shocktoberfest in Allentown, which is in its 28th year.

Team behind Kutztown Housing Plan solicits feedback from SGB, students, borough

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
News Editor

In their attempt to address a rising rental vacancy rate in the borough, a task force and consulting firm are putting together a plan and seeking input and feedback in a variety of ways.

Housing Plan – Photo courtesy of Kaylee Lindenmuth

Last May, the Borough of Kutztown appointed the Kutztown Housing Strategy Plan Task Force and hired Lackawanna County-based Hailstone Economic to develop a “comprehensive Rental Housing and Downtown Business Strategic Plan,” according to their website: http://www.kutztownhousingplan.com.

In the past month or so, the two groups have conducted research, analysis and community outreach, which included a community meeting on Sept. 25 at Kutztown Area Middle School and a visit to KU Student Government Board on Oct. 22.

Kutztown Borough Manager Gabriel Khalife said the plan will focus on housing and economic development in the borough and added that the community outreach efforts are intended to let the community know what the task force, borough and consultant are doing.

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The community meeting was designed to be an interactive, information-gathering meeting, comprised of six different stations, through which attendees gave input on a variety of aspects of the borough: quality of life, community assets, university and community, vision, housing, small business and food.

“People [got] to wander to the six different stations and give us their feedback,” said Sara Hailstone of Hailstone Economic. “We want the public’s feedback on what matters to them as we’re putting this plan together.”

Some stations included boards with different options to vote on, using dots given at the beginning of the meeting. The dots were color-coded to signify if participants were a student at Kutztown Area School District or KU, a non-student borough resident, a non-resident working in the borough or a non-resident altogether. Other stations, like the vision station, involved writing individual feedback.

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One station involved writing things they’d like to see in Kutztown on a sticky note, which was then placed on a wall. Examples included, “Unity between University and Kutztown,” “No more pizza” and “Responsive Police.”

“This is part of the consultant’s work in the strategic development process,” said Khalife. “This is one of their strategies to bring out the community and get ideas from the community as to what they think the borough should look at.”

“I really appreciate it,” said Dr. Andrew Vogel, Chair of the English department who lives in the borough. “I like how strategic they’re being, so instead of a conversation where louder voices can dominate, everybody has an opportunity to share within the framework of these general areas.”

The meeting in September was largely attended by borough residents, so on Oct. 22, Hailstone visited the SGB meeting to solicit further feedback from KU students. She asked the student representatives for their input on Kutztown borough, what they want to see change, what issues might exist and how they view the borough itself.

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One question posed by Hailstone pertained to what sort of businesses are missing in Kutztown.

SGB Treasurer Isabelle Waddelow stressed diversification in the borough’s business district.

“Lay off pizza joints,” Waddelow said. “If we’re looking at food places, [we need] stuff that has more diversity in it. There were rumors that we were going to get an Ethiopian place, and people were excited, but that never happened.”

Visual and Performing Arts Representative Peyton Williams suggested a store that’d help music majors, like herself.

“Speaking on behalf of the entire music department, [we] would appreciate a little music store, so we could have in-Kutztown music repairs,” said Williams. “It could be something really small, like fixing a pad on a clarinet, or just a place to go and buy reeds or get valve oil.”

“That stuff isn’t available for us in the bookstore, so we don’t want to have to drive half an hour or wait on Amazon to get that stuff,” Williams added.

Williams also suggested converting student housing units into single-family housing, speaking as a soon-to-be graduate.

“I’m considering staying in Kutztown after I graduate, but I don’t necessarily want to still live with students,” Williams added.

President Braden Hudak cited difficulties since the Bieber bus company folded.

“I think a huge loss to the borough has been the last year or so since the Bieber bus station failed,” Hudak said. “That’s a complaint I hear a lot from students. There’s a lot of students who used to rely on that to get to Philadelphia or New York or closer areas.”

“It’s disappointing that the borough hasn’t been more aggressive in trying to get another company in here,” Hudak added.

The task force, according to its website, hopes to have the draft plan completed in November and the final plan approved by the borough council in December.

Saturday’s Homecoming Events

By Bridgette Schultz
Contributing Writer

Homecoming festivities were plentiful on Saturday with events on the DMZ, student performers, homecoming court crowning, a surprise proposal and the Shippensburg versus KU football game. With a win over Shippensburg University, KU stands with an undefeated record of 8-0. 

Not only was the game enjoyable for KU attendees, but the festivities leading up to it were flooded with Golden Bear spirit. During the early afternoon, the DMZ was flooded with eager KU students, families and alumni as they checked out their favorite organizations and clubs. Of course, there was a variety of free food to choose from and live music from “Nelly’s Echo.

KU sophomore, Abigail Begolly was seen in her maroon and gold walking around the DMZ with friends. When asked what she looked forward to the most during her second homecoming as a Golden Bear- Abby said, “Of course the Bears winning is something that we all want to see happen, but I also love being a part of all the activities that occur [this] day and the entire week.” 

During the first half of the game, quarterback Collin DiGalbo put six points on the board with a quarterback sneak only minutes after kickoff. Dean Krcic followed with a successful extra kick. Shortly after, Shippensburg scored a safety off of a punt return, 7-2 KU.

During the next possession, running back Abdul-Hassan Neblett scored a nine-yard touchdown with another extra-point kick after, keeping KU in the lead. Neblett led the team in rushing touchdowns, scoring four all together. 

In the second quarter, KU’s defense held Shippensburg, forcing a field goal. The Golden Bears responded with a 59-yard rush. Neblett scored the touchdown, and then there was another extra-point kick. KU maintained their lead, 21-3. 

With five minutes left in the second quarter, Shippensburg’s special teams recovered a fumbled punt but were unable to score on the drive. With three minutes left, KU was on their 34-yard-line with a 3rd and 10, and DiGalbo completed a 23-yard pass to Jake Novak. Marching down the field, the Golden Bears scored, with Novak completing the drive in the endzone. After a successful extra point, the scoreboard read 35-5, KU. 

During halftime, the KU Dance team performed, showing off their moves on center field. The Kutztown University Marching Unit performed after. An alumni band joined the band for a couple of tunes. 

Following, the homecoming court was introduced. After a week filled with promoting and voting, the 2019 Kutztown University King and Queen were crowned to Braden Hudak and Natalie Perkowski. 

A final, but very special surprise happened on the field during halftime. KU alumni Leo Ellison proposed to girlfriend Shannon De Lade, another KU alumni, to which she said yes. Congratulations to the newly engaged couple. 

Opening up the third quarter, Nebbet was seen in the endzone yet again, with his third rushing score of the game, 42-5 KU. Dean Krcic’s kickoff went 55-yards to the Shippensburg 10, with Sean Judge returning to the Shippensburg 30. Shippensburg was unable to score on this drive. DiGalbo completed a pass to Jack Pilkerton for a three-yard touchdown, 49-5 KU. 

In the fourth, KU quarterback Eric Nickel completed multiple passes, ending with Davis-McNeil’s 43-yard touchdown. The final score was 55-5, making a record of 8-0. 

Homecoming festivities ended on Sunday, but the Golden Bears’ football team will be at West Chester on Nov. 2. 

State system board holds quarterly meeting at KU

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
News Editor

On Oct. 16 and 17, KU hosted the quarterly meeting of the 20-member board that oversees the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The board holds at least one meeting out of four each year at one of its universities, and this quarter, the meeting was held in the multipurpose room of the McFarland Student Union.

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During the Oct. 16 meeting, Chair Cynthia Shapira described the state system redesign as “a complete cultural change” and “the most important and exciting and difficult work [she’s] ever done.”

She outlined efforts to create a “sharing system.”

“It’s going to require a cultural change among all of us and how we think about our universities, which have individual identities and are also part of a system,” said Shapira. “The point of which is to benefit the greatest number of students through the ability to work collaboratively.”

Chancellor Dan Greenstein said that threats to the health of the universities are now “impossible to be addressed at the university level.”

“They must be addressed systematically. They need to be addressed as a matter of urgency, and they need to be addressed courageously,” said Greenstein, “because they will force us to set aside everything that we have learned and to relearn again what it means to lead in higher education.”IMG_1168

Greenstein described that the development of the system redesign plan will “develop a system that doesn’t just survive into the 2020s but thrives in the 21st century.”

Some of the plans discussed at the meeting related to the system redesign pertained to the development of a “shared services consortium,” which would provide “common services, systems and expertise… across the system.” Services under the consortium would include Information Technology.

The board discussed a request for funding from the Commonwealth to support the redesign efforts, planning to ask for $100 million over five years.

Shapira said she believes the number isn’t enough and asked for $300 million.

State Representative Brad Roae (R-Crawford County), who also serves on the board, expressed concerns that such a high number might not be approved by the state legislature.

Board of Governors – Photo courtesy of Kaylee Lindenmuth

“I fully embrace the $100 million that was talked about previously. I really think my colleagues in the legislature would go along with that,” said Roae. “$300 million, I’m just afraid that with such a big number a lot of legislators won’t even hear what you’re saying when you’re talking to them.”

Vice Chair David Maser asked the representative if the legislator could bind themselves to a multi-year allocation, to which Roae said no. Maser then questioned the point of asking for a five-year allocation.

During the Oct. 17 meeting, the request was approved at a total of $100 million over five years. Greenstein and the state system executive board can decide how much to request for each year.

Review: Charles F. Stonewall opens show in Rohrbach Library

By Shelby Otto
Arts & Entertainment Editor 

Rohrbach Library welcomed fine photographer Charles F. Stonewall at a reception for his exhibit “Between Silence and Light” on Oct. 10. The collection of photographs serves as portraits that demonstrate fleeting moments of human existence and interaction, which consistently escape us except when caught on camera. 

In speaking with Stonewall, he highlighted some of the most dynamic elements and aesthetics within the pieces, beginning with his incorporation of fragile items such as flowers. According to the artist, framing the flower within the context of this particular collection allows him to point to the fragility of human experience and emotions. 

For me, the flower also serves as an emblem of passing time. Like the life of a flower, humans experience a variety of emotional and traumatic events each day, and it seems as though, in this context, a moment comes and goes in the blink of an eye. For example, cut bouquets or the lone wildflower picked from the side of the road have very brief lifespans, thus reflecting similar ideas in Stonewall’s work. 

Another interesting component within this body of work is that the artist incorporates reflective elements such as water, mirrors and windows to form a multidimensional composition that disorients the viewer in a couple of different ways. For example, one piece entitled “After Long Silence” uses a mirror, which forms a strange diagonal and disrupts the unity of the frame and composition. We see a young woman reflective in the green hue of an ambiguous room, and reflections and shadows that occupy the corners of this piece make for a haunting and tense photograph. A second variation of this same photo is found a few pieces away from where this one hangs.

Stonewall went on to explain that in each of his photographs, things at first appear normal until viewed under closer scrutinization, which further highlights some of the juxtaposing elements within the composition. 

One particular example of this falls towards the end of the formulated timeline that makes up the show in the library. The photograph entitled “Silent Suffering” shows an elderly woman, who appears within what seems to be the everyday comforts of her home. We see the expected items of a home long occupied, such as photos on the wall and a plush carpet covering the floor. However, she sits fully clothed, except for her shoes, on an unforgiving chair, which conveys a kind of vulnerability that seems out of place in comparison to the formality of her pose. 

Further, the orderliness superimposed on the setting makes the room or house seem unoccupied despite the realness of the woman filling the foreground. The piece overall is both romantic in composition and disorienting in its conveyance. 

One final note about Stonewall and his processes is that each of the individuals within the photographs are actually actors who were given scripts obtained from help and outreach centers. They were told to translate the happenings from those instances however they felt was right. Now that the viewer is aware of this strategy, the audience becomes even more involved with the scenes in the photographs as, with that knowledge, we gain a better understanding for the social component stressed within the exhibit and how we as humans live diverse lives and survive multitudes of hardships and obstacles. 

Stonewall gave a brief lecture about his work at the opening reception, and visitors were able to not only eat and drink but were also given roses to take with them in contemplation of the elements within the artist’s work. Stonewall will be opening a second show called “Portraiture and the Performing Arts” on Nov. 10 at Bethlehem Town Hall Rotunda Gallery. 

 

KU Public Safety assists Fleetwood Police in finding, apprehending armed robbery suspect

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
News Editor

Four people are behind bars after Fleetwood police ambushed a courier at an adult bookstore about two miles from campus at gunpoint. 

The robbery occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Cupid’s Treasure in Richmond Township, on Route 222, two miles west of KU.

According to Fleetwood Police Chief Steven Stinsky, Teejay Sanabria, a 36-year-old Richmond Township man, orchestrated the robbery with three co-conspirators: Coty Kellem, 23, of Kutztown; Amon Evans, 22, of Maxatawny Township and Nafeese Devastey, 22, of Maxatawny Township. Sanabria is a former employee of the store, Stinsky said. 

At the store, Evans and Devastey waited for a courier who was picking up business proceeds, while Kellem served as lookout. The three were dropped off by Sanabria, who never returned to the scene.

When the courier exited the business, Evans and Devastey rushed him, pointed handguns in his face and forced him to the ground. They took the proceeds and fled in the courier’s truck northbound on Kutztown Rd.

Kellem fled on foot across Kutztown Rd. and was caught in a field between Oakhaven Rd. and Kutztown Rd. by a KU Public Safety officer.

Sanabria’s car was found outside his house in Richmond Township, and he was arrested without incident. A search warrant was executed there, as well. Police found evidence related to a separate robbery at Cupid’s a year ago, which remains unsolved.

The stolen truck was found by Kutztown Borough Police on Jennifer Drive about a mile from Cupid’s.

On Oct. 16, police took Evans into custody with the help of the Berks County Emergency Response Team. There was an outstanding warrant on Evans for a traffic violation, and arrangements were made through a constable for him to come to Magisterial District Judge Gail Greth’s courtroom in Fleetwood to pay the fines. There, Fleetwood Police and BCERT members were waiting, and he was taken into custody without incident.

BCERT, Fleetwood Police and KU Public Safety, according to a KU crime alert, found that one of the suspects, who they did not name, was visiting a student at Dixon Hall. Officers went to the location to no avail. The suspect, they said, was later apprehended in Kutztown borough without incident.

Fleetwood Police said the fourth suspect, Devastey, called Fleetwood Police to arrange his surrender at his residence on Oct. 17. Prior to that, police said they searched the residence, which he shared with Evans, where they found two firearms, a “substantial amount of the stolen money,” marijuana and related paraphernalia.

All four were turned over to Berks County Sheriff’s for processing and arraignment on robbery, theft, assault and drug related offenses.

Stinsky said in a media release, “The Fleetwood Police would like to thank the assisting police departments and the members of the public who assisted with this investigation to bring it to its successful and safe conclusion.” 

Devastey, Sanabria and Evans were all committed to Berks County Prison, unable to post $50,000 bail. According to court documents, Kellem was initially committed to Berks County Prison but is free on bail as of Oct. 17.

A preliminary hearing for all four is set for Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at Magisterial District Judge Gail Greth’s Fleetwood courtroom.

Former KU running back Craig Reynolds signed as free agent with Washington

By Madison Smith
Contributing Writer

After playing football at KU for four years, running back Craig Reynolds signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins in May of 2019. 

Reynolds began playing for Kutztown in 2015. He started as a wide receiver but was pulled back to full-time running back from for the 2016-2018 seasons.

KU Head Football Coach, Jim Clements, stated that Reynolds first had a redshirt season. “He didn’t play, but he practiced,” Clements said, “and he gave us a great look.” 

Reynolds, while on the team,  obtained many impressive stats and records for KU. Reynolds was the youngest player in school history to rush 1,000 yards in one season, ranks third all-time in rushing yards in a season, and ran the ball 185 times for 1,189 yards as a sophomore with 14 rushing touchdowns. Reynolds obtained the school’s records for rushing yards with 2,109 yards and for single-season touchdowns with a total of 33. 

Craig Reynolds former KU player signed onto the Redskins – Photo by Alex Brandon

While at KU, Reynolds was a good teammate, according to Clements. “He got along with his teammates really well and was a captain off the field. He wasn’t really a vocal captain—more of a lead by example.” 

Clements said he was disappointed when Reynolds wasn’t originally signed after the draft. “Normally there is 24-48 hours after the draft that teams sign free agents, and he didn’t get that, so I was disappointed because I believe he should have,” Clements said. 

Reynolds was invited to tryout at a Redskins rookie minicamp. Reynolds was one of 44 tryout players at the camp. “He went and tried out, and he beat four other running backs,” Clements said. 

Before playing at KU, Reynolds played for the Abington High School football team in Willow Grove, Pa. In December of 2018, Reynolds graduated from KU with a business degree.