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February 19, 2016


The Daily Brief

Brandon Wentz elected mayor Mount Carbon, Pa 

Congratulations to KU junior Brandon Wentz who has been named the new mayor of the Borough of Mount Carbon, Pa.  He follows in the footsteps of his grandmother, Veronica Wentz, who was the first female mayor of the Borough in the early 1980s. 

Read Brandon's Story Here



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7 p.m.

Laser Light Show, Grim Planetarium

7 p.m.

Vagina Monologues, Schaeffer Auditorium

8 p.m.

MSU Movie "Creed," MSU 183




(Weather forecasts are provided by KU's Dr. Michael Davis and "Monsoon Mike" Regensburger)

High pressure holds on for the first part of the day providing partly sunny skies. Increasing cloud cover throughout the day. Slight chance of a stray snow shower in the afternoon. High temperature in the upper 30s. Winds southeast at 5-9 mph.




(Historical facts have been compiled from the KU Archives and Special Collections of the Rohrbach Library; the archives of the Keystone; Kutztown Patriot, Allentown Leader and Reading Eagle; and Beacon on the Hill by Dr. Lee Graver.)

Feb. 19, 1934:  The first issue of the Key, Kutztown State Teachers College's student handbook, is less than one month old and students have begun to complain.  The Keystone reports that the binding is too stiff and the instructions on how to dance are impractical. 



In honor of Kutztown University's Sesquicentennial Celebration, a student committee was created to revitalize the Class Gift initiative. Students on this committee decided to have contributions towards the 2016 Class gift support the 150th Scholarship fund, a fund created to finance student scholarships for future Golden Bears.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to support this campaign by making a donation to the fund and by spreading the word among the student body about how philanthropy and giving back to your institution truly does make a difference. Anyone who contributes $20.16 to the 2016 Class Gift will receive a 2016 pin that can be worn during commencement.  Seniors who contribute $1 or more (because every dollar counts) are welcome to sign their names on a senior class gift banner that will be part of your commencement ceremony.  For more information, or to make a gift yourself, please visit the class gift website at
The class gift committee, along with future Golden Bears, thank you for your help and contribution.  Let's all pay it forward to continue to make Kutztown University great!


The Office of Student Accounts will be closed Friday noon-1 p.m. for a professional development special opportunity.  Urgent issues can be directed to the Financial Aid Services office during this time.  Otherwise the Student Accounts team will return calls and emails after 1 p.m.  We appreciate your understanding.


The Lower Macungie Library is looking for facilitators to be a part of the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions 2016.  The sessions begin at 6 p.m. on the dates below.  If you are interested in being a part of a discussion please contact Susan K. Nenstiel at 610-966-6864 or

Middle East Alliances (May 11)
The Rise of ISIS (May 18)
The Future of Kurdistan (May 25)
Migration (June 1)
The Koreas (June 8)
The United Nations (June 15)
Climate change (June 22)
Cuba and the U.S. (June 29)


Come out and see an iPop laser light planetarium show Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Grim Science Building. Watch laser lights matched with popular hits from starts including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and more. This event is hosted by Kutztown's Association of Campus Events and the Astronomy Program.
                Petritsa Chatzitziva, Office of Student Involvement/ACE Advisor


This week's MSU Movie Series film is "Creed" which will be shown in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free! Check out the MSU movie website for more information.


Kutztown University Women's Center will host a student production of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" on Feb. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for all others. For credit card orders, call 610-683-4092. Tickets may also be purchased at MSU desk or online. Performed to create awareness about violence against women, the powerful vignettes are sponsored by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and the Kutztown University Women's Center. This year the Vagina Monologues benefits Berks Women in Crisis, HEART @ KU and Planned Parenthood.


If you missed Thursday's great interview between KUR "Kutztown Live" host Shantae Taylor and KU Health & Wellness Center representative Linda Duffy, you missed some good information about staying healthy this winter. But it is podcasted as KUR does to most all of our "Kutztown Live" programming. Hear the interview here:


The KU Criminal Justice Department will host a panel discussion "Police Use of Force: An American Crisis" on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The panel will consist of Mark Talbot, chief, Norristown Police Department; Dennis J. Skayhan, Berks County District Attorney's Office; Ashley Heiberger, captain, Bethlehem Police Department and John Dillon, chief, KU Public Safety and Police Services. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Lindsey Runell, assistant professor of criminal justice. The event is free and open to the public. Please be advised that presentations, recordings and videos used during the panel discussion may contain adult language. Recently there have been a number of communities that have been affected by large scale civil unrest, reactions to perceived and/or actual incidents of police use of excessive force and inappropriate use of lethal force. The riots and demonstrations that followed these incidents were not, however, reactions solely to perceived incorrect decisions by a single police officer. Instead, these incidents acted as sparks to ignite long-standing perceptions of injustice committed by local criminal justice agencies. This panel aims to investigate the circumstances that promote these perceptions of systematic injustice in communities, the specific safety concerns of law enforcement during police-citizen encounters, how the police respond periods of civil unrest and possible methods to improve police-public relations.



Saturday, Feb. 20 - Track & Field hosts Six-Team Last Chance Qualifier - 10 a.m. (O'Pake Fieldhouse)



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