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A Celebration Of Black History Month

Pizza With Cory Booker U.S. Senator joined students at Kean University Joanna Kristine Ninal



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PASU and Student Organization kickoff Black History Month

n Friday, February 3, 2017, U.S. Senator Cory Booker joined students at Kean University for pizza and a discussion regarding the issues currently facing America. Booker requested to visit the university and hosted a student leader town hall open forum meeting in the William F. Loehning Conference Center, on the sixth floor of the Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB), from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

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Students were asked to register online to reserve a spot as space was limited. The event was announced with short notice, yet several student leaders attended the forum. Many students attended and participated in the discussion, and Booker welcomed the diversity of the Kean community. "I feel that we, as a nation, have to be far more engaged in fighting back a lot of things that are happening," Booker said. "But, I'm here because of the value that I have for our universities in the state of New Jersey." "I've been hearing from a lot of people from college campuses about a lot of the things that are going on. So, that's why I'm here, to have that kind of conversation," Booker said. "But, I'm also here to be frank with you and I want to have a very honest dialogue because, as much as I hope people here push me on these issues, I'm here to push you as well." After sharing his motive for coming to Kean University, he opened up the forum to the audience. Booker asked what the students would want him to do as New Jersey state senator. "When I look at our assessment of history and causes for social justice, whether it's uprising in Soweto, the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square or the democracy in Eastern Europe, young people of your age have been the center of those movements," Booker

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker speaks with student leaders at GLAB regrading issues facing our nation informed. "And it hasn't been elected leaders--it has been young folks." A student from the audience asked the first question, leading the forum to a long discussion regarding today's generation. "I feel that the [Democratic National Committee (DNC)] treated Bernie Sanders pretty unjustly... what is the DNC doing to reconnect with [the] base that they lost...people like Trump are coming in and swooping up and saying, 'I have the answers to your problems, and I can put [blue-collar workers] back to work where the DNC has failed you'?"

Booker answered, "I just want to be blunt with you: I'm not a voter in the DNC. I may be a United States senator and a democrat, but the best thing I can say to you is that there's ways to get into the DNC. There has to be change from the inside, and that's why when I heard of the term 'demexit'...There's no more presidential elections for four more years. What would you like me to do now to help heal the Democratic Party and, maybe, you can tell me also what are you going to do?" "First, I think to support representative Ellison for the DNC chair. Come and support him like Bernie has.

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o help kickoff Black History Month, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the PanAfrican Student Union (PASU) and Student Organization (the full-time undergraduate student government) hosted a flag raising ceremony and celebration. The flag raising was held outside the Miron Student Center (MSC) by the clock tower, while the rest of the celebration was held in the lobby of the Center for Academic of Success (CAS) and the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery.


Give Residential Life A Go Housing Application for 2017-2018 is now open Amanda Petty Senior Editor

roommate. Input any roommate preferences, such as major or sports involvement on campus. This is where already selected roommates' names go.

Hearts Beating Together As One

Kean University wears red with American Heart Association Joanna Kristine Ninal

7. Select payment preference at bottom of screen. Pay application fee.

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If a student already has a roommate and/or suitemates in mind, he or she should indicate this on the application when prompted in the roommate section. Important: everyone who wishes to live together must submit the same living mates' names. If the names do not match on all applications, the students stand the chance of not getting their request fulfilled.


ant to try residential life for a year? Now's the chance! Residential Student Services opened the Housing Application for the 2017-2018 school year. To access the housing application, a student must be logged in to their KeanWise account. Once there, do the following: 1. Click on the “Student” tab. 2. On right side of the screen, find the “Residence Life” tab. 3. Under "Residence Life," click “Housing Application FA/17." 4. Read the Housing Contract and Terms, then click “Agree.” 5. Confirm the student's personal information is correct and up to date. 6. Rank the residence halls by preference. Select the student's preferred sleep time and wake up time to be best matched with a

In order to apply to live on campus in fall 2017 through spring 2018, a $125 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. Be prepared to submit the payment during the application process. Applications without the $125 payment are not complete and will not be considered until payment is received. The forms of payment accepted online are check and credit card. If a student wishes to pay with cash, debit card or money order, he or she must do so in the Office of Student Accounting, which is located on the third floor of the Administration Building. While there is no deadline for the housing application, there is a deadline to be considered for Room Selection. To take part in Room Selection, applications must be submitted by Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4 p.m. Residential Student Services can be reached at 908737-6800 and

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"National Wear Red Day means a lot to me because I'm providing awareness — that's so important to not only women's health, but health in general," Shepherd said. "The heart is the core of life." Students and faculty of Kean University were invited on this day to wear red, showing their support for this day. It was considered an easy, yet powerful way, to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke in both men and women. In the Miron Student Center (MSC), there were informational tables filled with information regarding heart health, personal health, healthy foods and health facts.

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riday, February 3, 2017 marked National Wear Red Day in 2017 throughout the United States of America. National Wear Red Day falls on the first Friday in February, which makes this year the 15th year since the initial National Wear Red Day took place. Kean University's Center of Leadership and Service (CLS) and Student Health Services joined American Heart Association's (AHA) fight against heart disease, one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In the past, National Wear Red Day was initially observed because heart disease was the number one leading cause of death of women in the United States. As time passed, National Wear Red Day not only applies to women, but to men as well. Janelle Shepherd, junior psychology major, health minor, is a service specialist for CLS that helped out with hosting the tables in the Miron Student Center.

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There are many ways to prevent heart disease and eating red foods can help with that. According to the "Let's Eat Red" display, there are many foods and snacks that help with health and prevention. By incorporating these foods in daily meals, students and faculty can lower their risk of getting heart disease. Fruit smoothies, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, dark chocolate, almonds, pistachios, granola and walnuts all help improve the heart. Foods like pomegranate, red grapes, raspberries, apples and tomatoes really help with lowering the risks of heart disease. ■ Pomegranate has antioxidants that reduce inflammation of the heart. ■ Red grapes, also rich in antioxidants, lower blood pressure, reduces inflammation and heart muscle damage. ■ Raspberries contains anthocyanins that help reduce heart disease.






Miron Student Center, room 215 1000 Morris Avenue • Union, NJ 07083 P: 908-737-5179 • F: 908-737-5175 • The Cougar’s Byte is a leadership and service newsletter where you will find up-to-theminute information on all things related to student life at Kean University. A student news publication that features University events and student activities and accomplishments, The Cougar’s Byte strengthens the overall experience of students by immersing them in the complete college culture. By increasing awareness of all aspects of campus life, students can utilize everything Kean has to offer, while networking and paving the path for their academic and social development. Published every other Tuesday during the regular academic year, The Cougar’s Byte can viewed both online, at, and in print, distributed biweekly to over fifteen campus locations on the Union and Ocean campuses of Kean University. The Cougar’s Byte welcomes Letters to the Editor, calendar events, event news and information, articles, story ideas, artwork and digital photo submission. To learn more about our publishing policy visit

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Pick A Room, Any Room Room selection is almost here Amanda Petty

students may have and for this reason provides tours of the different options.

he spring semester is well on its way, and Office of Residential Student Services (RSS) is gearing students up for residential living during the 2017-2018 school year. Room Selection is quickly approaching and there are a few aspects that should be on the forefront of students' minds.

Starting Tuesday, February 21, 2017 through Thursday, March 2, 2017. Tours leave from the Office of RSS, located on the first floor of Whiteman Hall. Monday through Friday tours are available at 11: 30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Students can expect the tour to take 20 minutes. No need to register for a tour beforehand.


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First, what is Room Selection? It is exactly that-students select a residence hall to live in and selfassign a room. The selected room is then reserved for those students for the next semester. Those who have completed their housing application by Friday, March 3, 2017 will receive an email on Monday, March 13, 2017 stating their assigned Room Selection appointment. All Room Selections will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 and Thursday, March 16, 2017 in the multi-purpose room in New Upperclassman Residence Hall.

Come live on campus for the 2017-2018 school year

■■ Dougall Residence Hall (freshmen only) ■■ Fourth to choose: groups of four

■■ Whiteman Residence Hall (freshmen only)

■■ Fifth to choose: groups of two

■■ New Freshmen Residence Hall

■■ Sixth to choose: groups of three that did not select triple bedroom option

■■ Bartlett Hall

■■ Seventh to choose: individuals

This time around, the Room Selection priority system has changed slightly. Appointments are determined by the group size and preferred room option as indicated by students on their housing application. The larger the group, the higher priority a student will receive.

In the case of multiple groups with the same amount of people, RSS will use a point system based on completed credits of each student in a group. The group with the most points will then select first. For instance, a group of four people with 16 points has priority over a group of four with eight points.

Group Size Priority

Completed Credits Point Value

■■ First to choose: groups of five/triple bedroom option

■■ First to choose: 90 and more completed credits ■■ Second to choose: 56 to 89.5 completed credits

■■ Second to choose: groups of three/triple bedroom option ■■ Third to choose: groups of six and five/double occupancy rooms

■■ Third to choose: 29 to 55.5 completed credits ■■ Fourth to choose: 0 to 28.5 completed credits Not sure what type of room or building will be the right fit? RSS recognizes this uncertainty some

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■■ Friday, March 17, 2017: Last day to submit complete business plan ■■ Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Finalists notified ■■ Thursday, April 13, 2017: Public revelation of finalists A few past winning business plans include: Spectral Lighting, a company that manufactures items for residential, commercial and industrial lighting; C-Support Albums, handmade custom fabric-covered photo albums and picture frames; and Bling Chateau, a virtual jewelry and accessories boutique.

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Director, Center for Leadership and Service

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■■ Thursday, March 2, 2017: Semi-Finalists notified

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The online guidebook of Room Selection is made available on the website of RSS.

■■ Monday, Feb 20, 2017: Last day to register and submit executive summaries

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Prices vary depending on the residence hall and setup, such as if a student wishes to live by him/herself, share a room with one other person (referred to a double room) or share with two other people (referred to a triple room).

Competition Timeline:

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■■ New Upperclassman Residence Hall

The executive summary must be attached in an email to PDF versions will not be accepted.

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■■ Sozio Hall

Students can register at

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■■ Rogers Hall

Annual business competition is starting again

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■■ Burch Hall

Time To Start Planning

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There are a total of eight residence halls on campus. Three are designated for freshmen, while the remaining five are for upperclassmen. All on-campus living options are listed below.

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The 2015 business plan for a craft beer store netted $1,500. Pictured (from left) College of Business Dean Michael Cooper with Business Plan Competition winner Fernanda Medros and Kean University Provost Dr. Jeffrey Toney


teve Jobs created Apple. Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. Oprah Winfrey created a brand. All great entrepreneurs have a commonality: they had a unique business plan, which was continuously dismissed, until one time, it was accepted. Have a business idea to share? The time is now to introduce that business plan and see where it goes. The School of Management and Marketing has linked up with the College of Business and Public Management (CBPM) and DECA to bring an opportunity to students: fine-tune and present business plans for the 2017 Business Plan Competition. "The contest was developed to help students cultivate practical entrepreneurial skills including opportunity identification, product development, public speaking and networking," said Dr. Kai Wang, assistant professor of management chair and member of Business Plan Competition Organizing Committee. The competition will be comprised of students from Kean University, other participating colleges and high school. Contestants can either enter as an individual or a team, with no more than three members.

To enter the competition, students must submit: ■■ New and creative business concept

■■ Analysis of target market and potential competitors ■■ Marketing strategy

Semi-Finalists and finalists are selected by members of the community, both from Kean University and the business industry. The Business Plan Competition Organizing Committee is comprised of carefully selected CBPM faculty. Dr. Wang, who has a background in creativity and innovation; Dr. Shanggeun Rhee, School of Management and Marketing executive director; Dr. Valerie Vaccaro, School of Management and Marketing marketing coordinator and also teaches a social entrepreneurship course; Dr. Gail Fraser, who teaches an entrepreneurship course; Dr. Janine Black; Dr. Eunji Lim; Dr. Sut Sakchutchawan; Dr. Kihwan Kim; and Dr. Min-Chung Han (Assistant Professors in the School of Management and Marketing), David Margulies (who teaches the MGS 3013 Entrepreneurship course, and is the Director for the NJ Small Business Development Center at Kean University), andJeffrey R. Victor, State Advisor and Director - New Jersey DECA, which has its office based at Kean University. The committee will choose which business plans continue on to the final round of the competition. "Once entering the second round, students will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors to write or polish the full business plans," said Dr. Wang. "The program will give students an opportunity to work directly with faculty members and potential investors and enhance their understanding of what investors want to see in a business plan." The finalists are determined by a panel that consists of the dean of CBPM and various entrepreneurial executives. Typically there are 15 to 20 semi-finalists and 5 to 10 finalists. The student or team who comes in first place will receive a prize of $1,500 to $2000, second place $500 to $750 and prizes of smaller amounts. More information is available at the Business Plan Competition website, which is: The School of Management and Marketing can be reached at 908-737-4190. The College of Business and Public Management can be reached at 908-737-4700.

■■ Pro forma financials for first three years ■■ Executive summary of one to two pages ■■ Submit business plan (semi-finalists only) ■■ Present completed business plan at final event


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Feel The Burn

Get in shape this spring with Fit To Be Kean Germain Palacios

Pound with Rachel



veryday college students flex their mental muscles while working towards earning a degree, but often it comes with a hectic schedule that leaves little time for other activities such as exercising.

This class is a rhythm-based workout designed to improve timing and coordination. Participants will burn calories and strengthen muscles as they use Ripstix to drum along with their favorite music. ■■ Approxiamte calories burned: 900 to 1,000

Luckily for students looking to squeeze a fitness regimen into their busy schedules, Kean University Health Services offers Fit To Be Kean (FTBK) fitness programs throughout the spring semester. FTBK classes scheduled for the spring semester will be held at Whiteman Hall.


Mondays and Wednesdays: 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


Sundays: 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Body Sculpt with Zara*

This class is perfect for those who want to shed a few pounds while toning their physique. Participants will burn off calories as they target the core and other major muscle groups.

FTBK classes are free to all Kean University students; a student ID card is all that is required to participate in FTBK.


Approximate calories burned: 600 to 1,000

FTBK's classes for the spring are scheduled as followed:


Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.


*Classes begin in early February

Cardio Kickboxing with Zara*

Step Aerobics with Alexandra

■■ Approximate calories burned: 400 to 650 ■■ Mondays and Wednesdays: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

30-Minute Scorch with James

All it takes is 30 minutes with James to get fit, as this intense half-hour class focuses on metabolism-boosting activities including aerobics and running intervals.


Approximate calories burned: 520 to 800


Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Participants can develop strength and flexibility while improving their breathing by attending this class. Yogis of all experience levels are welcome to join, so do not pass on this opportunity to do some yoga with Alexandra. ■■ Approximate calories burned: 152 to 360

■■ Approximate calories burned: 550 to 750

■■ Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

■■ Mondays and Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on FTBK classes, e-mail

Zumba with Rachel

Did not think having fun while working out was possible? Well, Zumba with Rachel allows students to dance their way to physical fitness through a unique combination of cardio and dance.

To sign up for classes or to receive reminders, follow @FitToBeKean on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram. Reminders can also be received by texting @ FTBK to (908) 698-4253.

■■ Approximate calories burned: 600 too 1,000 ■■ Mondays and Wednesdays: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Germain Palacios, senior English writing major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

■■ Sundays: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Applying To Graduate School ■■ Early childhood education ■■ English ■■ History ■■ Mathematics ■■ Occupational therapy ■■ Physical therapy ■■ Pyschology ■■ Public administration ■■ Speech language pathology To apply to the Nathan Weiss Graduate College, applicants must submit an online application. The following materials are required when applying: ■■ $75 application fee (non-refundable) ■■ Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (foreign equivalent also accepted)


his May will mark the culmination of an academic journey for some seniors, but many others will continue the journey in pursuit of an advanced degree from Kean University's Nathan Weiss Graduate College. Nathan Weiss Graduate College has several graduate programs, offering students the opportunity to advance their careers by earning a doctorate degree, master's degree, professional diploma or certification. The programs offered cover a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to: ■■ Accounting ■■ Bilingual education ■■ Biotechnology science ■■ Business administration ■■ Chemistry ■■ Computer information systems

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■■ A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (applicants with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 will be considered based on the strength of their application) ■■ Official copies of ALL post-secondary transcripts in official sealed envelopes (includes transcripts that reflect transfer credit) ■■ Professional resume or curriculum vitae ■■ Personal statement detailing an applicant's academic and professional goals (limited to three typed pages, double-spaced) ■■ 2-3 Letters of recommendation (Please consult with the individual program requirements as to how many recommendations are required). Upon application submission, click on "Submit Supplemental Items." In the "Recommendation Requests" section, click "Start" to identify the person writing the recommendation. The application system will electronically send a request to the person(s) inviting them to complete their recommendation online. ■■ Standardized Test Scores (Please consult with the individual program requirements to see which test is required for admission; some programs do not require test scores) ■■ The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign

MLK Week of Service is Tuesday, February 21 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017


he Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) will host its annual MLK Week of Service from Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017. CLS hosts MLK Week of Service to "promote why community service is important throughout our community," comments Shannon Brown, a CLS service specialist. Brown is a junior majoring in recreational therapy with a focus on preoccupational therapy. Brown also said MLK Week of Service is one way to help encourage other students to serve. Below is a list of all the service projects during the week-long event.

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Yoga with Alexandra

■■ *Classes begin in early February


Center for Leadership and Service hosts MLK Week of Service

This fast-paced class is designed for burning fat, as Alexandra utilizes step aerobics to help participants improve their endurance and agility.

Students can improve their strength, speed and flexibility through this cardio and kickboxing regimen. This workout is a great way to get in shape, one kick and jab at a time.

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A Week Of Service In Honor Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required of all international students and students who have completed their prior education in a country where English is not the native language. (Applicants who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores may be exempt) ■■ Copy of license (not required for all programs) ■■ Supplemental Application (not required for all programs) Applicants can save their progress while applying and review the application before submitting. For more information, visit the application requirements webpage. Each program has a specific deadline for the fall, spring and summer term. Program application deadlines for each area of study can be found on the "Prospective Students" section of the graduate college website. To help expedite the process of applying for the fall 2017 semester, Grad Apply Days will be held in March 2017, with admissions counselors on site to assist students. Applicants are encouraged to bring all application supporting materials in official sealed envelopes. Details on specific requirements for each program, as well as links to graduate program pages, are available on the graduate college website. Preparing for graduate school can be hectic, but there is no need to be overwhelmed with all the resources provided by Kean University. Congratulations future graduate school students. The next stop: Nathan Weiss Graduate College.

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Tuesday, February 21 and Friday, February 24, 2017: From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. students can volunteer at Bernice's Place. Bernice's Place is an after-school program that serves local at-risk children. Students can expect to read stories to children, and help children with arts and crafts that relate to Black History Month. Wednesday, February 22, 2017: From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. visit the Miron Student Center (MSC) Alumni Atrium to help CLS build a dream quilt. Students will be able to design a personal quilt patch and write or draw their thoughts on diversity, brotherhood or sisterhood. Saturday, February 25, 2017: The Community Food Bank of New Jersey service event will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. This project allows students to do numerous activities, ranging from food sorting or packing lunches for kids. Sunday, February 26, 2017: Students can participate in the service event Atria Senior Living. During this service trip, students will offer senior citizens companionship as they participate in arts and craft, manicures and more. This trip runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Service Specialist Mathew Garry, a junior majoring in psychology, mentioned that volunteering is a way "to make a positive change in the world." Volunteering is not a must, but at the end of the day it brings positivity to someone's life. If interested in attending any of the service events, log on to Cougar Link. Visit the CLS Cougar Link page and click on "Events." Find the service event, click on the registration link and fill out the registration form. Please keep in mind that some service projects fill up quickly, so sign-up early to guarantee a spot.

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Kean Student Competes In Norway

Reuben Hernandez was a part of the first U.S. national under - 21 underwater rugby team Gaelle Gilles Staff Writer

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Reuben Hernandez, Kean University student and a member of the first US under-21 national underwater rugby team


any people hear about young athletes that do amazing things. For example, the Olympian gold medal swimmer Katie Ledecky, who broke many world records at the 2016 Olympics. Recently, Kean University student Reuben Hernandez, an 18 year old freshman majoring in computer science, was able to be part of the first national under-21 underwater rugby team to represent the United States. The team traveled to Norway to compete against other teams for the European Underwater Rugby Championship title.

the coaches are nice as well."

each other. At the end of the tournament, we actually traded jackets.''

Prior to college, Hernandez used to swim. He eventually became tired of the sport until a friend (and former swim teammate) recommended underwater rugby to him.

Underwater rugby is a challenge for Hernandez. It is different than swimming in many ways. He stated that swimming is more of an individual sport while underwater rugby is more of a team sport.

"So I went to a couple of practices. [My friend] taught me how to play, and then I just started liking it a lot. After I finished my swimming season, I just [switched sports]."

"I like the teamwork i n rugby," he said. "[Although] you can't really talk to each other in the water, it’s more of reading body language and [being] in sync with other people. Sometimes you may not be looking at them, but you know they're there. It’s just the whole rhythm of the sport. It's very cool, fun and challenging."

"I like the teamwork i n rugby," he said. "[Although] you can't really talk to each other in the water, it’s more of reading body language and [being] in sync with other people...

He currently trains with the club Newark Underwater Recreations (NUWR). The championship tournament was the first international competition that Hernandez has ever competed in. Although he was nervous at first, he became comfortable when he started playing against other teams. "We played against Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Columbia," Hernandez commented.

Reuben Hernandez "I was a little nervous at first because Although the team did not win the I wasn't too familiar with the team," championship, they were still able to enjoy commented Hernandez as he spoke about themselves while in Norway. The U.S. team, along with other teams, joining the team. "A bunch of those players, they've been playing for a stayed at a high school in a quiet town called Sandefjord. "The other while and I was recent to the sport...but the team is very friendly and teams were very friendly...after a game we will shake hands and talk to

Hernandez continues to play with NUWR and, as long as he qualifies for the US under-21 underwater rugby team, he will continue to play for them as well. But for the future, he has his eyes set on becoming a software engineer. He mentioned that he would like to get his masters in computer science, and that although working for Google or Microsoft sound nice, "I just want to have a good job, my own place and play underwater rugby."

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(continued from page 1) ■■ Apples help reduce heart disease and contain a variety of antioxidants to reduce inflammation. ■■ Last but not least, tomatoes are a great source of vitamins and contain an important lycopene which reduces heart disease. People were informed of foods that increase blood pressure, such as salad dressings, pickles and olives, frozen entrees, soup, bread and crackers. Students that were interested could also get their blood pressure checked by a health specialist. It provided a quick insight for students to check on their personal health. In addition to having their blood pressure checked, students could participate in an activity where food shopping was simulated as they picked up every day items in a grocery store and placed them in their shopping cart. They were then able to learn about the items they selected and discovered if what they placed in their cart was healthy and learned of the nutrition facts of those items that were not healthy. "National Wear Red Day doesn't apply to only women now, but everyone in general. It's important to me because of family history, it hits close to home," said Mathew Garry, junior psychology major and CLS service specialist. "People should get to know the facts." Fit to be Kean, a program presented by Student Health Services at Kean University, had an informational table for students to check out. Fit to be Kean hosts many events that help Kean University students

stay in shape and stay healthy. The spring 2017 semester schedule for Fit to Be Kean activities are posted on Cougar Link but can also be found at: http://www.cougarsbyte. com/article/2017/02/feel-the-burn. James Beaty, graduate assistant for Fit to be Kean, provided information on Fit to Be Kean. As an undergraduate student, he was a global fitness and wellness major and now he is helping promote fitness and wellness as a graduate student. "National Wear Red Day is important because it makes you aware of your health and your heart. Some people take your health for granted and wish they took care of it more when they reach an old age. With an event like this and Fit to be Kean, we play a role for students by advocating exercise and promoting longevity. Overall, we spread awareness," Beaty said. "This is especially important for college students because as an undergrad student, I wasn't completely informed. Sure I had classes and learned some stuff from high school, but my time at Kean University really helped me learn so much more than what

I previously knew." After visiting all the tables in the MSC, students could take a picture with the National Wear Red Day frame or with the Kean Cougar and post it on Instagram. The campus community was also invited to make a donation at the Wear Red Day table in the MSC Alumni Atrium or in the CLS office located in MSC room 219. Even with a $1 donation, all funds will help out a greater cause and students will receive a red dress pin. It is also possible to donate online today at http://honor. Students will need to click the "DONATE to Kean University!" button and after that, they can decide how much to donate. All photos by Jeffrey Phan | The Cougar's Byte Joanna Kristine Ninal, junior English education major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff


Students enjoying healthy snacks, getting their blood pressure checked and gaining information about heart health




(continued from page 1) Dr. James Conyers, director of the Office of Africana Studies, spoke before the flag was raised to a group of Kean University students and faculty members. To help remember those who have fought for the rights that African Americans have today, Dr. Conyers took the time to express his thoughts on how some things still have not changed. "No matter where you are from, you are African people and the struggle is still the same," he said. Dr. Conyers continued his speech by saying that education is an important tool. "Each one of you [is] to pick up a book and learn something and then educate somebody else," he said "Don't be ignorant. Education brings out the full person...brings out who you are." And then the familiar red, black and green flag was raised. For those who did not know, Dr. Conyers explained what each color represents. "Red represents the blood that we have shed in our struggles, not just in the continent of Africa, but everywhere. The black represents who we are symbolically as black people. And of course the green represents the greenness of our homeland Africa," Dr. Conyers proudly stated. Ashley Winrow, freshman communication public relations major, commented that Black History Month to her is something that she always looks forward to and "it shouldn't go unnoticed." After the flag was raised, the crowd moved to CAS to enjoy some beverages, food, art and music. Many of the artifacts there were wax prints. There was also African clothing on display, all of which showed just how colorful the African culture is. Also, attendees learned about African Americans who have influenced society in one way or another. For example, Mahalia Jackson, also known as the Queen of Gospel, sold millions of albums and made the gospel genre known throughout the world with her international tours. It was a great learning experience for many. "Black History Month is very important to me," said Ketoura Williams, sophomore criminal justice major. "I can take away their pride and dignity," Williams continued, as she described what Black History Month has taught her. Dr. Conyers said, "Rosa Parks delivered a message: whatever you want to do, whatever you believe in, go for it. Don't hold back." The Office of Africana Studies will be hosting several events to commemorate Black History Month, To learn more about the events, visit the Office of Africana Studies' Cougar Link page.

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Is It A Bird? A Plane? No, It's Steven Zarzycki! Steven Zarzycki, Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week Joanna Kristine Ninal

Zarzycki recalled. "But, so far my experience [at Kean University] has been one to remember. Each day I learn new things and face new challenges. In upcoming semesters, I look forward to the higher level of academics and pursuing more classes in my major."

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he spring semester just started and Steven Zarzycki, freshman accounting major and member of the Kean University men's volleyball team, has just been named Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week for the week of Monday, January 23, 2017.

Zarzycki chose to play here because he felt Kean University had built a strong reputation for itself as a volleyball program, and he wanted to be a part of it.

"I was pretty ecstatic. At first, my teammates told me and I didn't believe it, but then I looked on my phone and saw that it was true. It felt very rewarding," Zarzycki stated. "I sent the picture to my family and they seemed to be more excited than I even was!"

"The guys on the team are like my brothers, and I could tell it would be that way when I came down to visit," he said. "My parents definitely helped me take this path at Kean [University]. When we first visited, they told me how they loved the campus and that my volleyball talent would be of no waste here. When I officially told them I had made up my mind to come here, they were very pleased with my decision and backed it up 100 percent."

Zarzycki started playing organized volleyball during seventh grade. Prior to that, he started playing baseball at age seven and played basketball in elementary school. Sports was always a big part of his life growing up. Although volleyball was the last sport he picked up, it gave him a different feel compared to the other sports. His dad was a collegiate athlete and told Zarzycki what it would take to be one, as he wanted the same experience for his son. His parents never missed a game while he was in high school, and they were very supportive of him choosing to play volleyball in college.

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Being around sports his entire life, a lot of the friendships he built were through the teams he played on. In high school, he got some of his teammates from the basketball team to join the volleyball team.

2017. Overall, Zarzycki has started four out of the team's six matches after making his collegiate debut.

"It's very fast paced, requires a lot of hand-eye coordination, and it was just the perfect fit for me," he said. "Sophomore year of high school I decided to start focusing on volleyball more because my body was made out for it, and it was the best of my two sports at the time." Zarzycki is the outside hitter for the men's volleyball team on campus. His hit put the Kean University Cougars in the lead during their match against the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday, January 20,

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Although he hates having to go up for a block and hitting it out of bounds, he loves the moments he gets a kill from a spike or dump. With that said, he has never thought of giving up volleyball. He may have more experience playing other sports, but his favorite moments come from playing volleyball. "My best memory was flying down to Iowa for 10 days and playing for the U.S. Continental team with players from all over the country,"

In the future, Zarzycki wants to play all four years at Kean University. Afterwards, he thinks playing a year or two professionally overseas would be cool, but he would like to focus on getting better before he gets that far. "You can never be too good [in a sport]. There is always work to be done and improvements to make," Zarzycki said. "Although you may be the best in your area, there's still a new level of competition of other people who were the best in their area too." After graduation, Zarzycki plans to become a certified public accountant and live in upstate New York, closer to his home in Rochester.

Joanna Kristine Ninal, junior English education major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

On The Prowl For An NJAC Title

Two time rookie of the week De'Mean Bond has her eyes on the prize Sara Ridgway Staff Writer

together from AAU [Amateur Athletic Union]," Bond said.

throughout the season to develop into the player she is today.

n early childhood education major with aspirations of being a preschool teacher, freshman De'Mean Bond has contributed greatly to the success of the Kean University women's basketball team.

But getting to know a new group of girls ended up not being as hard as she thought it would be. Now she feels really close with her team, as the upperclassmen and captains eased her transition and adjustment to a new school and new teammates.

"When I have people that constantly push me and show me that I can do something, it just makes me keep going," Bond said.

So far this season, the freshman has received two New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Week awards, which is an indication of her positive persona and evident passion for her sport.

"They talk to me if I'm feeling down," Bond said. "In the beginning because I was having a really, really hard time adapting to everything, they really talk to me and get [me] through everything."

In a victory over Ramapo College on Saturday, January 28, 2017, Bond earned her 10th doubledouble of the season with 21 points and 22 rebounds.

King and her coaching staff maintained high expectations for the incoming freshman class, and they have met every expectation while taking the program to a new level.


The college rookie began playing basketball during her freshman year of high school. She started playing just to play, but once her coaches began showing interest in her skill, she continued to perfect her craft. Bond attributes her decision to play basketball at Kean University to Head Coach Mandy King and Assistant Coach Brian Erickson, as they came to many of her high school games, which meant a lot to her. As soon as she met the players on the team, Bond knew she was in the right place. "I came to one of the practices and it felt just like home as soon as I came to the practice," Bond said. Even with her new teammates being friendly and welcoming, making the transition from high school to college while adapting to an entirely new team was challenging. "In high school, I was used to basically everybody that was on my team [because] we've all been

Playing on the women's basketball team at Kean University has also provided Bond with experiences that she has never had before. The team traveled to Puerto Rico before Christmas, where they played two games. "That was my first time getting out [of] the country and getting on an airplane, so it was really cool," Bond said. King's goal for Bond is for her to continue playing the game she loves with competitiveness and passion.

"I think it's always difficult to make that transition from high school to college, but we had a great core group of older players, especially at our sophomore class and in our Senior Captain Jaquetta Owens," King said.

"I think when she does that, it fuels our entire team and we feel like we can't be beat," King said. King wants Bond to believe in herself and her teammates because they never know what can happen, whether it is positive or negative.

These upperclassmen were able to teach underclassmen the brand of basketball that they have developed and continue to believe in, which enabled the freshmen to make the team's culture even better.

"I think that's the biggest challenge, is just to enjoy every moment, embrace the grind as we go through a really tough NJAC schedule," King said. Bond is focused with one goal in mind for the remainder of the season: "To win the NJAC."

As per King, Bond's youthful excitement has contributed greatly to the team's overall chemistry and culture. "I think she's meant everything to it," King said, "I think it's really hard to have a bad day when you're around De'Mean." Although she is a very serious competitor on the court, she also makes playing basketball fun. "She just kind of reminds us on a daily basis that

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Freshman De'Mean Bond goes for the shot

we're really, really lucky to have this opportunity to play a game we love with the people we care about and it doesn't get any better than this," King said. Bond's teammates and coaches motivated her

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"You know, just to keep moving forward and help it to make us better as a team, closer as a team because in the end we will be cutting down the nets in Harwood Arena," King said.

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Cultural Trips While Abroad


Experiencing more than Wenzhou, China Joanna Kristine Ninal

Some common trips students take are to the Great Wall of China, Shanghai and the Nanxi River. These trips take place during the weekend, and can take as long as one overnight to three nights for a trip. For example, the overnight trips are short trips to places near the Wenzhou campus, but a trip to Beijing, China would take three nights. The trips decided to be taken all depend on the budget permitted to the students studying abroad.

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The campus life in Wenzhou-Kean University is comparable to the Union campus. There are many student organizations as there are here and the students there are just as full-fledged as the ones here. Students can also venture off campus to travel by themselves. It is important to note that students are required to inform someone at Residential Student Services (RSS) where they will head. Since students will be studying abroad in Wenzhou, they will be dorming and must follow RSS rules and regulations. Before heading to Wenzhou-Kean University, students who apply and are eligible for studying abroad must attend the workshops that prepare them to go abroad. There are four to five mandatory workshops, covering topics such as the language, the studying abroad work load and essential things like orientation. Each student who is going abroad will be assigned a mentor, someone who takes them on activities. This person will be the student's peer resource and (soon-to-be) best friend.

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tudying abroad can give anyone a mix feeling of excitement and panic. Sometimes, students wonder what else would they be able to do abroad. Will they be able to see more than what meets the eye? Will they do more than stay on campus? These thoughts are common when considering studying abroad. When studying abroad in Wenzhou, China, students are given the opportunity to travel anywhere within Wenzhou. Just as how international students at Kean University in Union, NJ are able to travel to New York or other nearby states, American students in Wenzhou can also travel around on there own.

"Last semester, all the students were telling me how much they were in love with their mentors. They found them very helpful and fun to be around," says Director Yaruby. The application to study abroad in Wenzhou during the fall semester 2017 is due on Monday, March 6, 2017. Students are highly encouraged to apply for the scholarships provided by CIS, as it beneficial for covering flight, housing and cultural activities. Those who apply will be checked to see if they are eligible for studying abroad in Wenzhou, China.

While at Wenzhou- Kean University, there are trips available for students to experience a good amount of the Chinese culture. Yaruby L. Petit-Frere, director of the Center for International Studies (CIS), guarantees that students studying abroad get to experience three cultural trips. The trips change every year depending on the class.

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Delve into cultures at the new art exhibit on campus Senior Editor

ow do some people work through their thoughts, feelings, frustrations, centered around societal issues and selfidentification? By working with various materials to project their inner monologues on a visual platform. Art.

The exhibit was inspired by the documentary of the same name. The documentary followed five immigrant and firstgeneration American teenagers over the course of a school year. Featured in the documentary was International High School, a New York City public school that has over 24 languages spoken by students from 50 countries. Transforming the theme of the documentary into art, "The 'I Learn America' exhibit [is] to allow students to express their diversity and individuality by sharing their personal narratives through the creation of art," Kroposky said.


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The Human Rights Institute is hosting the art exhibit "I Learn America: Explorations into Diversity, Identity and Inclusion." The exhibit will run all semester from Tuesday, January 31, 2017 through Friday, May, 12, 2017 in the Human Rights Institute Gallery, which is located on the first floor of the Nancy Thompson Library.

"I was able to build a collaborative relationship with Dr. Joe Amorino, and this is our second successful joint art exhibition in two years," said Janice Kroposky, director of Holocaust Resource Center. "Working together, we have helped educators learn strategies to infuse social justice issues into their classroom through the creation of artist expression."

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An opening reception was held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with featured artists in attendance to discuss the exhibit with attendees. More than 250 people came out that night for the unveiling of the exhibit.

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Artwork expressing thoughts on society As stated on the documentary's website, "Our classrooms are meeting a growing influx of students who speak little to no English, who are unfamiliar with American culture..." One's culture may contrast what another person is familiar with, but at day's end, people can benefit from the diverse perspectives offered. The hope of the "I Learn America" exhibit is to generate discussions on topics that are not deeply explored. Kean University's "I Learn America" allows individuals to encounter the multitude of diversity that exists today and eradicate the stereotypes that stifle society. Artwork featured are from students and professors within Kean University, other collegiate institutions and from the high school level, with 17 schools in participation. The forms of art in the exhibit range from paintings to drawings to sculptures. "We hope the exhibition with it's varying voices will allow for open conversation through the

creation of our human artistic library and allow participants to learn from one another in a way they may not have considered prior," Kroposky said. Members of the Kean community are free to observe the exhibit Monday through Friday. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. There is no admission cost to visit the gallery. "The overall objective is for viewers to understand that while we may look different, come from different walks of life, etc., in the end, we are all a part of the sea of humanity. Thus, sharing much more than we may realize," Kroposky said. "We hope viewers understand, at the end of the day, no matter who or what we are, we all struggle, we all feel joy, we all feel pain and we are all in it together." The Human Rights Institute can be reached at 908-737-4670 and

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The New Greeks on the Block: Meet Lambda Upsilon Lambda! Lambda Upsilon Lambda makes it's debut on Kean's Campus Marcus Van Diver Staff Writer


t Kean University, Greek life is a commodity like no other. There are over 30 different fraternities and sororities currently on Kean University's campus, each displaying their many colors and letters as they help improve the communities around them. Recently, Kean University inducted a new group of brotherhood into their Greek Family. The new fraternity on the Kean University campus, Lambda Upsilon Lambda (LUL) Fraternity Incorporated is a Latino-based and multiethnic community service organization whose membership is rich in diversity. There are over 60 undergraduate chapters at over 83 different institutions across the country. In addition to the undergraduate chapters, the fraternity possesses 14 graduate chapters throughout the United States. Also, it's mission is to seek to taking a role of leadership in meeting the needs of the Latino community through academic success, cultural awareness, community service and recognition of the Latino culture and people. Their fraternal motto is "La Unidad Para Siempre," which equates to "a unity that will last forever." LUL is widely regarded as the first Latino organization to be chartered at all Ivy League institutions, or the group of long established private colleges and universities that include the likes of Harvard and Princeton University. The brothers of LUL, or "La Unidad Latina," made their debut at Meet The Greeks on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in Harwood Arena. They all flaunted their brown and gold letters with shirts that had "Campus Takeover" on the back. Their goal is to do exactly that, while familiarizing themselves with the kean student body. The vice president of the Gamma Eta Professional Chapter of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Randy Convery attests to this fact. As the vice president of his graduate chapter, Randy is in charge of overseeing its operations throughout the states of New Jersey and Philadelphia. "It was our first time performing [at Kean University] and we were here last semester just to get a feel of the campus but to be invited and be allowed the opportunity to expand was an honor. We had guys from all over the region, even Pennsylvania, that

Cory Booker I think that's a good start," the student responded. "I also think that we need to start finding the roots of the Democratic Party and reconnect [with] blue collar workers. I feel a lot of people think that the Democratic Party has only been the party of Silicon Valley, and all of middle America that's been out of work hasn't been able to find good jobs since the eighties and nineties. They're hurting right now, and that's why a man like Trump is coming in and says, 'I can fix these issues,' because they feel that the Democratic Party has abandoned them'."

"I'm out here trying to get people registered to vote, getting my generation, who are apathetic towards politics, to get involved because it does affect us," the student said. "We have a 20 percent voter turnout rate in my generation, we have an eight percent primary turnout rate. We're the most unrepresented

LUL will experience their 35th anniversary on Sunday February 19! Convery also says that LUL plans to have an active undergraduate chapter on Kean University's campus by the Fall 2017 semester. In regards to how his fraternity is different from the other Greek organizations at this school, Convery noted that Lambda Upsilon Lambda is unique because of their involvement. With the world's different social issues, they have tried to expand and build upon the foundation that was established for them 35 years ago. "Our efforts are not to be okay with who we are by settling, but make the future bright with the aspirations of who we want to be going forward," Convery said. One of LUL's many aspirations is one of it's community service initiatives, known as the P.A.T.H.E. (Providing Access To Higher Education) program, which strives to help middle and high school students in their path to achieving a degree from a four year college. Additionally, it also hands out its "Elite Scholarship" to high school students who have plans of higher education in their future that have excelled at their level. With all of the history, brotherhood and community service that LUL has created in the past 35 years, Kean University is proud and welcome to introduce a new fraternity to the campus' Greek Family. When asked how this fraternity has made him a better person, Convery said, "This fraternity has taken me out of my comfort zone, just because the support I had. Sometimes, you do not want to take a leap of faith because you will be all by yourself. But when it came down to it, I always had brothers supporting me. That by itself allowed me to build a better confidence for what I was pursuing. Most importantly, we are all serving a common goal of helping minority communities and giving back." For anyone that is interested, just reach out to the brothers of LUL by way of their website, and at Randy Convery's email of They will have one of their first informationals on February 7th and Friday February 17th, 2017. Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

really disturbed him was that plenty of millennials, your generation, maybe get up to 40% on a presidential election vote but, on a mid-term election, get up to maybe nine or 10 percent. In the 2014 election, we lost the senate. The republicans lost nine million votes in the presidential election of 2012 and the midterm election. Democrats lost 40 million votes. People said that 2014 was this 'red wave' that took over the country, but that's just not true. People are just not coming out and voting."

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"Now I want to hear what you're going to do differently," Booker reminded.

came out and supported Meet The Greeks, it all came in full circle," Convery said. "We look forward to doing [service for the Kean community], and we thank this institution for the opportunity!"

Throughout the open forum discussion, Booker kept reminding the students that it is crucial for them to vote.

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker demographic in our government." "Regarding the DNC chair, I'm not that invested in the person because most of the people that are running it represent change agents, so there's like ten people running," said Booker. "One of my favorite speeches by Obama was spoken at Howard University. What

"You can keep using the term 'blue collar', but to me it's what people say when they're afraid to say 'poor'...People in New Jersey working full-time jobs, are still living in poverty...I hear you about the blue collared workers in the factories, but what we don't understand, physically, is that we are all in this together," Booker said. "I'm not going to register all of you to vote and get in trouble for it, but I'm saying why can't we raise 20 percent of millennials to vote to 50 percent?...Think about it, what have we done as millennials?" Booker presented the audience with statistics on New Jersey and how the state can improve with the current generation leading them. Another student from the

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audience brought up a question about anti-bullying laws and protection, specifically towards minorities, caused from the anxiety following the presidential election. "Forty percent of our nation is gay and/or lesbian...Most of our states can fire and/or discriminate against those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community...Most of our hate crimes are towards [the] LGBTQ+ community," Booker said. "Not only those from that community are in fear, but even those who are Muslim feel fear. As U.S. Senator, I absolutely do not accept any hate crimes towards any group. There should be protection toward Muslims, and I am ready to fight against those who are against Muslims or are basing off of religion." After the open-forum, many students felt relieved from both expressing their concerns and being reassured that they are not alone. Before wrapping up the open forum, the audience formed two groups to take photos with Booker. After the pictures were taken, some students went off to the side to form their own social reform group to make a change and grasp their roots. Before leaving, Booker reminded the audience to "be activists, not re-activists." Joanna Kristine Ninal, junior English education major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

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