MSU Advisory Board hosts first Kutzstock concert

By Gabriela Laracca
Arts & Entertainment Editor

MadeinTYO donning KU apparel performs for fans – Photo by Alli Landino, The Keystone

On Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. the MSU Advisory Board hosted Kutzstock. The free concert for KU students featured student artists as well as two major headliners, Taylor Bennett and MadeinTYO, in MSU 218.

Lasting until a little after 8 p.m., the performances shook the building while attendees entered through a series of security measures including a handful of armed police officers, security guards, bag checks and metal detectors.

After enduring security measures uncommon to most KU campus events, we received lime green wrist bands and entered the auditorium to heavy bass-lines, club music and a colorful light show.

With Kutzstock featuring a series of DJs and audio-technicians, the ever-growing crowd danced and swayed to the music emanating from the speakers. Attendees continued to shuffle into the auditorium throughout the course of the concert.

Taylor Bennett raps at Kutzstock – Photo by Alli Landino, The Keystone

The first student artist featured was KU sophomore Renato Sanabria. Not only did his vocal range astonish the audience through performances of several songs including “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul, he also played guitar phenomenally and confidently. This talent aided him in his performance of an emotional original song about heartbreak featuring lyrics like “You try to get in my head” and “You make me feel like I wasn’t good enough.”

The most emotionally-enriching performance however was his cover of “What a Wonderful World,” a song that people rarely pull-off.

“I had such a great time performing at Kutzstock,” said Sanabria. “Being the only acoustic act was cool because I was able to vibe out with the crowd a bit and it’s pretty much my musicianship stripped down to the basics.”

The next act featured student artist Derick Knox, a rapper. Although there appeared to be some audio technical difficulties where the bass drowned out the artist’s voice, the performance had very high-energy with a Lil Yachty/Logic vibe. Knox’s performance got the crowd up and jumping. The artist himself even called two friends as back up dancers and vocalists on stage. One student reiterated every last word of each of Knox’s lines while the other just hyped the audience up with dance.

Next up was student artist Noelia Cabrera. In the most shocking performance of the night, Cabrera proved to be a true alto with the lung-capacity of Christina Aguilera.

While at first the deafening music emanating from speakers engulfed Cabrera’s vocals, she quickly adjusted in a fight with the music, which she won. The entire auditorium filled with blissful, soulful vocals that moved the audience. She also gave an inspirational tid-bit of advice toward the end of her performance -“You’re valuable and you can do better,” a line that went along with the theme of many of the songs she sang.

Last but not least of the opening acts was student rapper, Mostly.Dylan, another high-energy performance which was a much different pace than Cabrera’s before him. With two co-rappers backing him up (Cat Rembore and Jermie Falcone,) he performed an original song called “Girls Back Home,” which he said was popular on SoundCloud.

Following Mostly.Dylan was first headliner and rapper Taylor Bennett, brother of Grammy award-winner Chance the Rapper. He started by noticing the overwhelming audio raging throughout the auditorium. Instead of letting it drown him out and risking a poor performance, he had his on-set DJ, DJ Jamal Knight, turn off the music.

He then began to free-style rap acapella. After this he performed several songs including “New York Nights,” “Outro” and “Broad Shoulders.” The two audience-favorites seemed to be “Outro” and “Broad Shoulders” – “Outro” because it resonated with the classic, drunk college-party lifestyle and “Broad Shoulders” because it featured Chance (who was not present).

After Bennett left the stage, DJs appeased impatient fans waiting for MadeinTYO to arrive with throwback party songs reminiscent of a middle school dance. More than fashionably late, MadeinTYO took the stage dawning KU apparel. The rapper performed his Billboard Hot 100 hitter, “Uber Everywhere” to the screaming fans. He not only commanded the stage with his impressive lines but got everyone moving and singing.

A disruptive student was escorted out by three Kutztown police officers after arguing and harassing MadeinTYO mid-performance to which the artist responded, “Peace, love and positivity” and “It ain’t that deep.” The commotion got the remaining crowd cheering in support to which MadeinTYO then responded if you are passionate about something, “chase that s—” and “go hard with it, go 1000 with it.” Following the performance, MadeinTYO and management declined to be interviewed.

After exiting stage, club music continued to blare out of the sound systems as students exited the auditorium into the crowded MSU lobby where free Kutzstock t-shirts were being handed out.

With 2 new coaches, KU field hockey looks to improve in 2017

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
Staff Writer

KU field hockey team – kubears.com

One game, and one goal. That is what stood between the KU Golden Bears and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Field Hockey tournament in 2016.

With two coaches and two objectives for 2017, the team hopes to build on the momentum of 2016’s 10-8 record by focusing on what they can control and by employing a “team-first” mindset.

With new faces on the coaching staff including Bernville native Morgan Firestine and Kutztown native Anna Behm, coupled with the return of seniors Courtney Konowal, Madison Stewart and Micaela Beaty, the Bears may be poised to overcome the loss of leading goal scorer Megan Tiwold after her graduation in May to contend for a playoff spot.

However, a run at a conference championship will be an uphill battle, as the PSAC is consistently one of the top conferences in the nation in field hockey, with its teams earning the last four NCAA Division II Championships.

KU Head Coach Marci Scheuing, in her fifth year at the helm, believes that the experience of the team’s seniors will prove to be beneficial this season.

“Out of the seven seniors, six of them have started a lot of games for us over their careers. There’s a lot of experience there, so hopefully we can use this veteran experience. In my time here, we’ve been a young team… With the experience that they have I hope they can use that and come out and have a good year,” said Scheuing.

Two of those seniors will be expected to step up to fill the shoes left by the graduating forward Tiwold. All-PSAC Second Team forward Madison Stewart scored seven goals and four assists in 2016, and tri-captain Madison Wampler scored four goals last season, both of whom are expected to continue to grow and improve this season.

Sophomores Kyra Wozniak and Rose Moore are also worth keeping an eye on. Wozniak made a single start in 2016 and appeared in 15 games, scoring three goals, while Moore appeared in 17 games, recording two shots and one shot on goal.

At the Midfield position, you will find three-year starter, Courtney Konowal. The senior has never missed a game in her career, and looks to earn four All-PSAC honors, to become the first since Erin Reynolds (2010-2013) to accomplish the feat.

In her freshman season, Konowal was named to the All-PSAC second team, and earned third team honors in her Sophomore and Junior years.

Konowal scored four goals and 11 points in 2016, good for third on the team in both categories.

Two others to watch at Midfield this season would be senior Micaela Beaty and sophomore Mackenzie Fuhrman.

Beaty has appeared in all but four games in her field hockey career at KU, recording an assist in a game in 2016, while Fuhrman scored two goals in her 16 starts.

In the backfield, senior defender Morgan Aldinger, along with junior defenders McKenna Conselyea and Lauren Latchford, will look to keep senior tri-captain goalkeeper Chardonnay Hope.

Aldinger has started in 52 of 55 games in her KU career, recording three goals and four defensive saves in 2016, while the two juniors have shown promise in the spring, as the coaching staff looks to fill starting positions on the defense.

Hope is coming off her first season as starting goalkeeper, where she ranked fourth in shutouts in the PSAC and fifth in saves and saves-per-game. Last season, she held a 1.23 goal against average, earning 7th in program history.

The home field at KU could play a factor this season as well, as Andre Reed Stadium was outfitted with new Sprinturf over the summer.

KU athletics eyeing success in PSAC preseason polls

By Kyle Krajewski
Sports Editor

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference held preseason polls for each fall sport, where PSAC coaches vote on which teams they feel will have more success throughout the upcoming season.

KU sports were able to grab top ten in every sport surveyed, including women’s soccer, football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball and field hockey.

Women’s soccer was ranked second in the PSAC, the highest ever, and was also ranked fourth in the Division II national poll. All this while defending their Atlantic Region champion title with an appearance in the NCAA Final Four, the first in program history.

Following up one of the best seasons in program history will be tough to match. Setting school records in PSAC wins, regular season wins, overall wins (20) and tied the school-record for shutouts and longest win streak.

KU football was picked to finish second of the eight teams in the PSAC Eastern Division.

The Golden Bears look to defend their PSAC East title they won last season with seven wins and four losses, along with a seven-win stretch, the best in school history.

Women’s volleyball was ranked second in the PSAC Southeast division which consists of four teams. The team finished third last season and needs to win the division in order to make it into the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

In hopes of turning the tide in the upcoming seasons, KU welcomes 12 newcomers to the 20-player roster this season. With this, West Chester is still the team to beat as the defending division champion.

Golden Bear field hockey was voted sixth in the PSAC for the 2017 season and looks to build on last season after narrowly missing the playoffs.

PSAC has shown that it is one of the toughest conferences in the nation for field hockey. In thirteen of the last 15 seasons a winner has come from the conference.

Ahead of KU is Bloomsburg University at five, PSAC champion Millersville University at four, West Chester University at three, East Stroudsburg University at two and national champion Shippensburg University at number one in the field hockey poll.

Additionally, men’s and women’s cross country were ranked sixth and seventh in their respective polls.

Men’s cross country is coming off a fifth-place finish at last year’s PSAC Championships, which was the program’s best finish since 2002. KU has a young roster this season, returning just one postseason runner.

The women’s seventh place ranking comes after finishing sixth in last year’s PSAC Championship, but returns the entire postseason lineup.

Task Force created to combat hate speech

By Jillian Baker
News Editor

“Identity Evropa poster found on campus, Photo by Justin Sweitzer, The Keystone

KU President Kenneth Hawkinson announced plans to create a task force which addresses hate speech on campus in the 2017 State of the University Address.

In February, posters created by Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group, surfaced around campus. The alt-right organization is not affiliated with KU.

The Keystone previously reported on the emergence of these posters which displayed slogans saying “Let’s Become Great Again,” “Serve Your People” and “Protect Your Heritage.”

Hawkinson said, “As a result of these incidents, and other situations, I am creating a task force consisting of faculty, staff, community and student leaders to establish protocols on how to address these situations.”

“While we must keep in mind that all individuals have the right to free speech on our campus, our university rejects all forms of racism, bigotry and discrimination. We reject the sentiments of neo-Nazis, the KKK and all other groups that espouse values of hate. We reject all forms of violence.”

“The members of this task force will consist of leaders of many of our governance groups, and experts in the topics under discussion. Understanding the wide boundaries our first amendment provides to our citizens, there are actions we can take to ensure that our university is defined by our values – not the values of outside groups,” said Hawkinson.

KU Student Government Board President Molly Gallagher joined with over 100 other Student Body Presidents in a declaration against hate speech. She said, “I stand with 100+ Student Body Presidents from across the United States who will not stand for racism, violence, white supremacy, bigotry and hate on our campuses. As JFK said, ‘If not us, who? If not now, when?’”

Hawkinson said he will be announcing protocols to be followed instances of hateful rhetoric in the upcoming months. He asked students to report back to the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@kutztown.edu if they see anything on campus that is against KU’s values.

“Welcome Back Bash” held on DMZ

By Gabrielle Smith
Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Greek letters displayed on a pickup truck – Photo by Alli Landino, The Keystone

 

On Monday, August 28, the KU Greek Council hosted its annual “Welcome Back Bash” on the DMZ. The event gives KU students the opportunity to meet the fraternities, sororities and multicultural Greek organizations around campus and learn about what they are and have to offer.

The event was free to the public and featured a live DJ and two water slides. Surrounding these fun activities were the 17 Greek’s with their giant, symbolic Greek lettering signs and many members.

Greek Life is best described as a group of organizations that help out the community by contributing to certain philanthropies while making lifelong friends and experiences with each other.

“[We’re] a group of uncommon men with a common bond,” said Eli Kirschen, senior and member of fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. “We come from all walks of life and this is kind of a platform for us to get together, get to know each other and create friendships that last a lifetime.”

Photo by Alli Landino, The Keystone

While most fraternities and sororities connect with each other socially, they each participate in their own charities. Breast cancer awareness, education awareness and feeding America are just a few philanthropies that are participated in. These philanthropies include the members of Greek Life participating in a range of activities from hosting the Miss Kutztown Pageant to newly volunteering at an Alpaca Farm.

Greek Life also makes sure their members keep up with their academic work. For most, a certain GPA is required to maintain for the experience. “We had a lot of graduating seniors, which means we get to take in more new members- which is 20,” said Sam Geige, a junior, on recruitment with her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha.

 

PASSHE approves 3.5 percent tuition increase

By Jillian Baker
News Editor

The Board of Governors of PASSHE approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

According to the PASSHE press release, “the $127-per-semester increase sets the base tuition rate for most full-time Pennsylvania residents—who comprise about 90 percent of all State System university students—at $3,746 per term, or $7,492 for the full year.”

The state system universities will remain the lowest cost option among all four-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.

“The tuition increase will help offset about half of a projected $71.7 million budget deficit across the System. The universities still will be required to trim a combined nearly $37.8 million in expenditures to balance their individual budgets this year,” according to the press release per PASSHE.

Board of Governors Chairwoman Cynthia D. Shapira said, “The Universities—despite the enormous challenges they have faced over the last decade and continue to face today have done an extraordinary job of controlling their expenses in order to maintain the best quality and affordable higher education for our students.”

“This new investment in the State System will help our universities continue to serve our students and the entire Commonwealth,” said Chancellor Brogan, who recently retired Sept. 1.

Nonresident, undergraduate tuition will increase by 3.5 percent, ranging from $11,238 to $18,730 for 2017-18. There will also be a $17 increase in graduate tuition per credit, raising the price to $500. The nonresident graduate tuition rate increased an amount of $25 to $750. The technology fee is $464 for full-time resident students and $706 for full-time nonresidents.

Aaron Tveit comes to Schaeffer Auditorium

By Morgan Nadin

On Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium, KU Presents! will feature the film, Broadway and television star Aaron Tveit. Prior to the performance, a season welcome party will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the Schaeffer Auditorium lawn.

To kick off the 29th season of KU Presents! performances, Tveit will take the stage in the first show of this exciting season.

Tveit (pronounced in a way that rhymes with eight) has commanded the stage in performances such as his lead role as Danny Zuko in “Grease Live,” as Gabe in the award-winning musical “Next to Normal,” a stunning show playing Fiyero in “Wicked” and Frank Abagnale Jr. in “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway.

According to Amy Botwright, box office and patron services manager at KU Presents!, Tveit will be “performing a mix of Broadway and Pop music solo with piano.” However, “we will not know exactly what pieces he will be performing in advance due to his vast repertoire.”

Tveit also garners attention in his contributions off the stage, such as his role of Enjolras in the film adaptation of “Les Miserables” and his guest appearances on television shows such as “Gossip Girl,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Ugly Betty”.

This year, Tviet began pursuing another path. Starting back in 2013, the studio Broadway Records released a collection of live recordings of Tveit entitled “The Radio in My Head.”

This album is a charming showcase of Tveit’s soft personality and smooth vocals. Despite his obvious skill, he only started planning concerts this year.

Aside from his expansive skill set, Tveit spends his time doing charity work, such as hosting the 2016 Benefit Gala “Stockings with Care,” an organization that grants the wishes of homeless families. Tveit also plans to work with the youth outreach program named “The First Tee” sometime in 2017.

Tveit’s story begins with him turning down business school scholarships to major in vocal performance at Ithica College. At age 20, Tveit dropped out to join in the national tour of Rent.

After the tour, he returned to school briefly before being cast in the first national tour of “Hairspray,” a role that gave him his Broadway debut. Ever since, Tveit has been, and is continuing to be, cast in countless acting and vocal roles.

No matter what his set may include, you can be sure to expect a riveting show from Tveit this KU Presents! season.

Tickets for this show and other shows in this KU Presents! season are available at the Schaeffer Auditorium and Box Office.

For more information please call the Box Office at (610)-683-4092.

McCargo named as assistant vice president and dean of students

By Jillian Baker
News Editor

According to a KU press release, Dr. Donavan D. McCargo has been named assistant vice president and dean of students at Kutztown University, effective Aug. 21. McCargo has been the dean of students at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) since 2014.

Prior to his work at CCP, McCargo spent eight years at Rowan University, at both the Glassboro and Camden, NJ, campuses. He began his career as an assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program in 2006. He then served as the associate dean for student life at Rowan from 2012 – 2014.

“We are excited to have someone with Dr. McCargo’s expertise join us,” said Dr. Warren Hilton, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at KU. “His work ethic and character align with the hallmarks that make Kutztown University so successful,” said Hilton.

McCargo holds a doctorate degree in education from Rowan University, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He has a master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State University.

“I am excited to become part of the Kutztown community and to work with so many enthusiastic, friendly and dedicated students, faculty and staff members,” said McCargo. “I look forward to being part of the collective efforts that will contribute to the continued success of Kutztown University.”

McCargo replaces Bob Watrous who retired in the spring after more than 30 years with the university.

KU grad shines in Triple-A debut with Iowa Cubs

By Kaylee Lindenmuth
Staff Writer

Matt Swarmer – chicagonow.com

2016 KU Graduate Matt Swarmer made his pitching debut in Triple-A Baseball on August 19 for the Iowa Cubs in their road matchup against the Nashville Sounds.

Swarmer, 23, a 2012 Graduate of Governor Mifflin, performed solidly in the 4-0 victory, throwing for seven shutout innings and allowing only five hits and a lone walk.

The debut of the 6’5”, 175-pound right-handed pitcher saw 84 pitches, 62 of which were strikes.

In 2016, the Mohnton-native Swarmer became the 14th Golden Bear since 1997 to be selected in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft. He was selected as the 548th pick for the 2016 all PSAC east pitcher from the Chicago Cubs organization.

With his 14th-round selection, Swarmer became the first KU product chosen in the MLB Draft since 2012, and the highest since 2009.

For much of the 2017 season, Swarmer pitched for the Single-A South Bend Cubs, where he made 14 appearances, striking out 52 and walking nine in 49 innings pitched.

Shuttle bus service extends evening hours for trial period

By Jillian Baker
News Editor

Shuttle bus on campus – Photo by Alli Landino, The Keystone

KU has extended the shuttle service hours to add an evening loop until October 6, 2017. The evening shuttle will run from 4:00 p.m. through 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Anne Reel, Associate Director for Public Safety and Police Services said, “For six weeks in the 2017 fall semester, Kutztown University is testing an evening loop to transport students among campus residence halls, academic buildings, local apartment complexes and the downtown area.”

The shuttle stops run on a repeated loop. The stops are McFarland Student Union, Main Street at North Whiteoak Street, Main Street at Constitution Boulevard, Saucony Commons apartments, Saucony Bridge on Main Street, Main Street at South Whiteoak Street, Dixon Hall, Old Main, Golden Bear Village West, University Place, Golden Bear Village West, Academic Forum, Lytle Hall, The Edge at Kutztown apartments, Briar Cliff apartments at College Boulevard and McFarland Student Union.

The extended service will run for six weeks as a trial. Reel said, “We do not have an exact number of students we must have to determine whether the pilot program will continue. We will look at overall usage and how many students get on at each stop and what time the shuttle is utilized.”

“We are asking students who have feedback on this route to send it via email to parking@kutztown.edu.”

Corryn St.Thomas, KU sophomore said, “The extended hours are extremely beneficial seeing as though I live in GB and I have a class that doesn’t end until 4:20 on Tuesday’s and Thursdays.”

“When the nice weather goes away it would be too much of a hassle to walk all the way there and back from classes,” St.Thomas said. St.Thomas suggests to get two shuttles running during the evening because, “going through the off campus route on the extended shuttle makes the trip home longer.”

The program is a project of the Student Government Board.

“It’s our hope that this service will benefit all of KU’s students,” said Molly Gallagher, president, KU Student Government Board. “The extended hours will afford transportation to those attending night classes, evening meetings and events on campus.”

The bus is tracked online and using the free “Ride Systems” app. Students can use the app by selecting “Kutztown University” to check the location of the bus along with its estimated time of arrival.