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Take The First Step As A Leader

Be Career Ready What to do when job hunting Gaelle Gilles Staff Writer

Now where to begin?

you can start even earlier by looking for internships and part-time work in your field." The importance of applying to more than one job

Joanna Kristine Ninal

Applying to one job posting is not ideal. This method of job searching will not be effective unless he or she is lucky, or has connections.

Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Kean University

Make job hunting a little easier with these tips

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TUESDAY | MARCH 14 | 2017

eing a leader does not just mean having the title "leader." To be a leader is to take the first step to being involved with an activity that pushes students to make a change to the world.

At Kean University, there are many leadership roles students can take. There are more than 160 clubs and organizations at Kean University ranging from cultural organizations to student government.

Student Organizations

Students have the right to start their own club if it is not available on campus. By starting an organization for the campus, those students will be taking on a leadership role. If there is a club students are interested in, they can do more than just join the club. Run for the executive board! By being president, vice president, treasurer, secretary or even a director of public relations, students are given leadership responsibilities and roles on campus. Students can see the list of organizations offered on campus by going to Cougar Link.

Greek Life

Being part of Greek life can open up new doors to students. Not only does the executive board of Greek organizations take on leadership roles, but members of the organization have the role to inspire others. See what Greek life has to offer.



he one thing that many students worry about is getting a job after graduating from college. Some students are able to get a position offered to them before graduation. Others have trouble finding a job months after graduating. For any seniors looking for jobs right now, here are a few tips to successfully do so: When is the best time to look for jobs "This really depends on the industry. Some companies fill their positions for new graduates as early as the fall of your senior year, whereas other companies may not know what their budget is or which positions will be vacant until closer to graduation," comments Stella Maher, who is the director of Alumni Relations. As Maher mentioned, looking for jobs early on is key even though most companies do not hire until later in the academic year. "I would encourage students to start looking for what is out there no later than winter break of their senior year to at least get comfortable with the search and application process," Maher continued. "Of course,

Maher said that "with online applications and job search sites, most positions are getting hundreds of applications. It can be hard to make your resume and cover letter stand out. You will also find some jobs [that] are posted, but already have an internal candidate in mind or the job does not actually get filled. So you want to have as many options possible." She continued to say that taking the time to personalize a resume and cover letter is more important than, say, applying to 50 job postings in a month. So instead of writing an email to a company with a standard Dear Sir or Madam, try finding out who posted the job or the hiring manager of the company. Another important aspect of job hunting is to network. "With so many applicants out there, jobs often go to someone who knows someone, whether they have tempted at that job, or a colleague passed along their resume, or they were an intern – any way they can get information that doesn't just come in mass through the computer helps," Maher commented. Finding a full-time job is a full-time job "I know you want me to say that’s not true, but unfortunately it really is," Maher said. "You need to stay very organized about your search so you can be responsive to prospective employers. If they want to offer you an interview, they will leave you a voicemail or send you an email with some suggested dates and times. If you don’t listen to that voicemail until weeks later – they have already moved on and you are out of the running. You need to be prompt and professional with these responses – they count."


Who's Hiring?

Student employment opportunities are only steps away Sara Ridgway


Staff Writer

ooking to get involved on campus while making money to pay the bills? On campus job opportunities are available for students to apply now. Positions are open in a variety of different offices around campus. The offices hiring student-employees and positions currently open are outlined below.

Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (AToD) Task Force Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct

Positions Available: Peer Education Coordinator (part-time, paraprofessional position) Responsibilities: ■ Assist administrating AToD activities and programs

GPA Requirement: 2.75 How To Apply: Cougar Link For more information about the position's responsibilities and requirements for employment consideration, contact the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct by calling 908-7375240, emailing or visiting room 317 in the Miron Student Center (MSC).

Center for Leadership and Service Positions Available: ■ Customer Service Specialist

■ Senior Customer Service Specialist

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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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Love A Subject? Research About It

ORSP helps students continue education through Research Days and more

Staff Writer

Besides Research Days, ORSP also

Gaelle Gilles


Staff Writer

he Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) promotes research within the Kean community. As noted on its website, ORSP "provides leadership and support to assist faculty and staff to compete successfully for external funding to conduct research and scholarship, engage in creative work and advance student learning." Every year ORSP hosts what is called Research Days, which "is an annual celebration of Kean faculty and students' research, innovation and creative work," said ORSP Assistant Director Reenat Hasan. ORSP will host its annual Research Days on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 and Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Research Days is where students from both the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as faculty members, present their research work to the community of the university.

Joanna Kristine Ninal Staff Writer

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Marcus Van Diver

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Creative Media Specialist

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Director, Center for Leadership and Service

If any student wants to be involved with research, students can do so by picking a research area and working with a faculty member. "If they do not have a preferred faculty member, ORSP can help them match with a faculty member conducting research in that particular area," Hasan said. Students of any major can take part of student Research Days. Some tips to conduct research successfully is to not only have knowledge in whichever subject a student chooses, but to have interest in the subject. Students who have not participated in past Research Days should speak with a junior or senior who has been involved in a research project. "The main mission of ORSP is to promote a research culture to enhance [the] student learning experience, support faculty research and creative work and encourage faculty-student collaboration on research projects," Hasan said.

Hasan mentioned that Research Days allows students and faculty members to "learn, experience and celebrate the research work conducted by fellow students and faculty members."

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Graphic Design Specialist

hosts "multiple workshops on grant writing, Institutional Review Broad (IRB) and prestigious fellowships opportunities," Hasan commented.

If any student would like to learn more about ORSP, contact the office through email at or by phone at 908-7373-3461. Students can also visit the ORSP office located in Townsend Hall room 130.

Sara Ridgway

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School of Design challenges students' collaborative and creative skills in annual event Marcus Van Diver

Staff Writer

Graphic Design Specialist

Come Compete At Let's Charrette!

Photo courtesy of Robert Busch School of Design

Robert Busch School of Design is celebrating the innovation and collaboration of students


n Thursday, March 30, 2017, The Robert Busch School of Design is hosting its 6th annual Let's Charrette event, an event for young designers from different levels of talent and expertise to collaborate and improvise with one another. This will be a contest for the students participating, as they must work together on a project with a short deadline against other teams! Let's Charrette, a Gruskin Group event, is a competition that pits designers from all different fields against an impossible deadline to solve a design challenge. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10 teams of designers -- all containing members from various design fields -- will be tasked with competing against each other in a charrette to design and present the best item that showcases brand identity, packaging, retail environment design, fixture displays and interior graphics. Achieving this task will not be easy, as the teams that will have members from different fields of study are prone to having different perceptions and ideas on how to complete the task at hand. With everyone looking at the problem from a different point of view, designers will not only learn valuable design skills to apply in their majors and careers, but also be able to practice negotiation and listening skills with different partners. Individual strengths and weaknesses will be assessed and improved for those who wish to compete. Exact details have not yet been released to the public about this year's project. However, students can find out more about Kean University's annual event celebrating collaborative and design skills at the School of Design's Let's Charrette informational page. Additionally, find out more about the Let's Charrette program by visiting the Thinking Creatively Conference's official website.

Photo courtesy of ORSP

ORSP promotes research within the Kean community, helping students learn outside the classroom

Gaelle Gilles, senior English writing major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is member of The Cougar's Byte Staff

Do Not Fear, Registrar Is Here! They will bring students to the right direction Joanna Kristine Ninal


Students with questions or concerns about graduation, transcripts, issues with their degree evaluation or transferring credits from another college or university should come to the Office of Registrar.

Staff Writer

he Office of Registrar is located in the Administration Building, next to Townsend Hall. It is the office that provides various services for Kean University's students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The Office of Registrar is open from Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Their office hours are:

"We point students in the right direction -- from registering for a course, dropping a course or even helping students fill in their graduation paperwork," said Michael Alston, senior biology major and assistant at the Office of Registrar. Other services the Registrar provides include academic record maintenance, course scheduling, transcript processing, grade collection and recalculation, graduation evaluation, assistance with name, address and residency status change and enrollment verification. The best way to receive help from the Office of Registrar is to either send an e-mail to regme@ or come in during their office hours, but coming in during their office hours usually helps

■ Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ■ Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo courtesy of Kean University

Enter through these doors and make a right to go to the Office of Registrar the students as soon as possible. It is advised that students know the course work they need assistance with in addition to knowing where the buildings and offices are, such as financial aid or the front desk of Center for Academic Success (CAS).


■ Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Office of Registrar tends to be extremely busy during the beginning of the semester and the end of the semester, so come in as soon as possible and they will do their best to help students on their academic journey.

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

TUESDAY | MARCH 14 | 2017


Calendar of Events 3/14/2017 • 4:00 PM • Hennings Lobby

Intensive Praxis II Review Session: Math

Criminal Justice Club Meeting

Community Food Bank of NJ

Hosted by: Student Organization Class of 2020

KDM Bake Sale

Hosted by: College of Education

Hosted by: Kean Ocean Criminal Justice Club

Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

Last day to withdraw from courses with “W” grade

Hosted by: Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.

KUCEC General Body Meeting

General Meeting

Women’s Lacrosse Vs. King’s College (Pa.)

Hosted by: Kean University Council for Exceptional Children

Hosted by: Kean Ocean Psychology Club


3/14/2017 • 7:30 AM • East Campus Trolley Stop

3/14/2017 • 8:00 AM • Kean University

St. Patrick’s Bake Sale

Hosted by: Lambda Theta Alpha

3/14/2017 • 4:00 PM • CAS Lobby



Nu Theta Chi and Nu Sigma Phi Bake Sale

Hosted by: Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society

3/14/2017 • 10:00 AM • Miron Student Center Hosted by: Nu Theta Chi

Intensive Praxis II Review Session: Science

3/14/2017 • 4:00 PM • Hutchinson

Fit to be Kean - Step Aerobics Hosted by: Health Services

Self-Care Workshop

Donate Life Donor Registration Drive

Hosted by: Office of Student Success and Retention

3/14/2017 • 11:30 AM • Kean University Hosted by: Sigma Beta Chi

Bubble Soccer/Giant Hamster Ball

3/14/2017 • 6:15 PM • Center for Academic Success, room 210

Fit to be Kean - Yoga

3/14/2017 • 7:00 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge Hosted by: Health Services

3/14/2017 • 2:30 PM • Harwood Arena

Hosted by: Student Organization Class of 2019


3/14/2017 • 2:30 PM • Greek Lounge Hosted by: Lambda Theta Alpha

General Body Meeting- Hillel 3/14/2017 • 3:00 PM • Hennings 105

Hosted by: Kean University Hillel

Baseball Vs. Salisbury University

3/14/2017 • 3:00 PM • Jim Hynes ‘63 Baseball Stadium Hosted by: Kean Athletics

Pan-African Student Union 3/14/2017 • 3:15 PM • CAS 237

Hosted by: Pan-African Student Union

Pi a Mu

3/14/2017 • 3:15 PM • Outside of Miron Student center Hosted by: Nu Delta Pi

General Body Meetings 3/14/2017 • 3:30 PM • Kean Ocean

Hosted by: Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society - Kean Ocean Chapter

General Body Meeting 3/14/2017 • 3:30 PM • CAS 234 Hosted by: Accounting Club

Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Club Meeting

3/14/2017 • 3:30 PM • Bruce Hall Room 109 Hosted by: Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Club

ACS Club Meeting

3/14/2017 • 3:30 PM • Science Building C 243 (ACS Room)

Hosted by: American Chemical Society

West Indian Culture Club General Body Meeting 3/14/2017 • 3:30 PM • MSC 315

Hosted by: West Indian Culture Club

Unity Week: Real Eyes, Real Lies, Realize

3/14/2017 • 3:30 PM • Miron Student Center

KUCEC General Body Meeting

Jeopardy Night!

3/14/2017 • 7:30 PM • CAS 248

Hosted by: Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. Spring Informational

3/14/2017 • 8:00 PM • Center for Academic Success Room 235 Hosted by: Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.

Sigma Tau Delta Information Session 3/15/2017 • 12:00 PM • Gateway Building Atrium

Hosted by: Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Kean Ocean Chapter

Drinks and Ink

Hosted by: Commuter Resource Center

Link To Get Involved Information Table

3/15/2017 • 2:00 PM • CAS, Lobby, 1st Floor Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

Time Management Workshop 3/15/2017 • 3:15 PM • Center for Academic Success, room 210 Hosted by: Office of Student Success and Retention

Unity Week: Before I Die Wall 3/15/2017 • 3:30 PM • Miron Student Center Atrium Hosted by: Student Organization of Kean University

Baseball Vs. Alvernia University

3/15/2017 • 5:30 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge Hosted by: Health Services

Fit to be Kean - Zumba

3/15/2017 • 6:00 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge Hosted by: Health Services

Fit to be Kean - POUND Hosted by: Health Services

Men’s Lacrosse Vs. Oswego State

study with the knights 3/15/2017 • 8:00 PM • msc 226b

Hosted by: Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Inc.

Get Fit with PASU

3/15/2017 • 8:00 PM • D’angelo gym

Trap vs Hip Hop

3/15/2017 • 8:30 PM • MSC 315 Hosted by: Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society

3/16/2017 • 10:00 AM • Gateway Building Atrium Hosted by: Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society

White rose sale

Hosted by: Kean Athletics

3/15/2017 • 4:00 PM • Kean Alumni Stadium

Hosted by: Office of Campus Ministry

Hosted by: PSY Organization

Earth Science Club General Body Meeting 3/16/2017 • 3:30 PM • CAS 250

Hosted by: Earth Science Club

General Body Meeting 3/16/2017 • 3:30 PM • CAS 406

Hosted by: Catholic Newman Club

PIIP Trackers due!

3/16/2017 • 3:30 PM • Involvement Center

3/16/2017 • 6:00 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge Hosted by: Health Services

Fit to be Kean - Yoga

3/16/2017 • 7:00 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge Hosted by: Health Services

Let’s Talk, Real Talk

3/16/2017 • 7:00 PM • MSC 228

Hosted by: Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.

P.A.C.K Meeting

General Body Meeting

3/16/2017 • 3:00 PM • Kean Ocean Gateway Building Hosted by: Kean Ocean Forensic Psychology

Overcoming Anxiety Workshop

3/16/2017 • 3:15 PM • Center for Academic Success, room 210 Hosted by: Office of Student Success and Retention

Hosted by: Kean Stage

3/18/2017 • 4:00 PM • Kean Alumni Stadium Hosted by: Kean Athletics

3/19/2017 • 12:00 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge Hosted by: Health Services

Men’s Volleyball Vs. Sarah Lawrence College 3/19/2017 • 12:00 PM • Harwood Arena Hosted by: Kean Athletics

Atria Senior Living

3/19/2017 • 12:30 PM • Atria Cranford

Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

Fit to be Kean - POUND

3/19/2017 • 1:00 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge Hosted by: Health Services

Baseball Vs. St. John Fisher College 3/19/2017 • 1:00 PM • Jim Hynes ‘63 Baseball Stadium Hosted by: Kean Athletics

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! 3/19/2017 • 3:00 PM • Wilkins Theatre Hosted by: Kean Stage

Men’s Volleyball Vs. Yeshiva University 3/19/2017 • 4:00 PM • Harwood Arena Hosted by: Kean Athletics

Catholic Sunday Mass

P.A.C.K. Meeting

Advisement Week

Hosted by: Portuguese American Club at Kean

Mobile Mammograms

Hosted by: Portuguese American Club at Kean

3/16/2017 • 7:30 PM • CAS*106 Ruth Horowitz Lecture Hall

MGC Speed Dating

3/16/2017 • 2:30 PM • Hennings Hall, room 427

3/18/2017 • 3:00 PM • Kean University STEM Auditorium

3/16/2017 • 7:30 PM • Center for Academic Success Lecture Hall Room 106

Intensive Praxis Core Review Session: Reading

Hosted by: College of Education

Catholic Tuesday Mass

3/16/2017 • 3:30 PM • CAS 106


3/16/2017 • 2:00 PM • Hennings Hall, room 320

English Vinglish

Fit to be Kean - Zumba

3/16/2017 • 12:00 PM • Center For Academic Success Lobby Hosted by: Nu Delta Pi

Hosted by: Kean Athletics

General Board Meeting

STUDY WITH THE POODLES Hosted by: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated

3/18/2017 • 1:00 PM • Kean Alumni Stadium

3/16/2017 • 3:15 PM • CAS 244

Fit to be Kean - Step Aerobics

3/15/2017 • 7:00 PM • GREEK LOUNGE

3/18/2017 • 11:00 AM • Community Food Bank of NJ

Men’s Lacrosse Vs. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Hosted by: Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education

Hosted by: Kean Athletics

You & Your Money

Women’s Lacrosse Vs. Farmingdale State College

Hosted by: Student Organization Class of 2020

3/15/2017 • 7:00 PM • Kean Alumni Stadium

Intensive Praxis II Review Session: Science

Hosted by: Student Organization of Kean University

3/16/2017 • 3:15 PM • Kean University

Hosted by: School of General Studies Transition to Kean

3/15/2017 • 3:30 PM • Jim Hynes ‘63 Baseball Stadium

3/15/2017 • 3:30 PM • 315 MSC Kean University

General Body Meeting

Fit to be Kean - 30-Minute Scorch

Hosted by: College of Education

Hosted by: Kean Athletics

3/16/2017 • 3:15 PM • Gateway Building classroom

Alcohol - The Party

Hosted by: Pan-African Student Union

3/15/2017 • 1:00 PM • Hutchinson Hall Multi-Purpose Room

3/16/2017 • 3:15 PM • Gateway building

Hosted by: Kean University Council for Exceptional Children

3/15/2017 • 7:00 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge

Hosted by: Student Organization of Kean University

3/14/2017 • 3:30 PM • CAS 308

3/15/2017 • 4:30 PM • HH 113

3/15/2017 • 4:30 PM • HH 113

3/14/2017 • 6:00 PM • Whiteman Hall Lounge

3/14/2017 • 10:30 AM • Hennings Hall, room 320 Hosted by: College of Education

3/15/2017 • 4:00 PM • Hennings Hall, room 320

3/16/2017 • 8:00 PM • CAS 237

Hosted by: Cru at Kean University

3/16/2017 • 8:00 PM • MSC 228

Hosted by: Multicultural Greek Council

Junior Class General Body Meetings 3/17/2017 • 3:30 PM • MSC 226A

Hosted by: Student Organization Class of 2018

Council Meeting

3/17/2017 • 3:30 PM • MSC 228

Hosted by: Student Organization of Kean University

GPSC Council Meeting 3/17/2017 • 5:00 PM • MiSC315

Hosted by: Graduate and Part-time Student Council

Volunteers Needed: National History Day 3/18/2017 • 7:30 AM • Wilkins Theatre

3/19/2017 • 6:00 PM • Miron 226

Hosted by: Office of Campus Ministry

3/20/2017 • 8:00 AM • Kean University Hosted by: KEAN UNIVERSITY

3/20/2017 • 9:30 AM • Kean Ocean Gateway Parking Lot & Atrium Hosted by: Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society - Kean Ocean Chapter

Bake Sale

3/20/2017 • 12:00 PM • Miron Student Center Hosted by: Physical Therapy Club

The Hands On Approach 3/20/2017 • 12:00 PM • MSC Atrium

Hosted by: Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.

Intensive Praxis Core Review Session: Reading 3/20/2017 • 2:00 PM • Hennings Hall, room 320 Hosted by: College of Education

Studying/Note Taking Workshop

3/20/2017 • 3:15 PM • Center for Academic Success, room 210 Hosted by: Office of Student Success and Retention

Hosted by: Cougar Volunteers

Calling All Education Majors

Start prepping for the Praxis at the Praxis Resource Center Sara Ridgway

■■ Reading Core: Monday and Thursday 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (all semester)

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■■ Math Core: Monday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (until Monday, March 20, 2017)

■■ Praxis study guides

■■ Science Praxis II: Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (all semester)

■■ One-on-One math tutoring (Wednesdays only)

The PRC is open on Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be aware that when Kean University is closed, so is the center. Manager of the PRC Elizabeth Satchel encourages students to attend as many of the workshops offered as they can. ith the spring 2017 semester underway, education majors are going to take the Praxis I or Praxis II soon and should start preparing.

"The sessions cover the topics [that] will be on the actual tests," Satchell said. "They should not wait until the last minute to begin preparing for the test(s)."

The Praxis Resource Center (PRC), located in room 320 of Hennings Hall, provides a variety of services, resources and preparation sessions that students taking the Praxis can benefit from.

As these sessions are free to students, Satchell said that students should take full advantage of the opportunity.

Praxis review sessions offered in the spring 2017 semester include:

Other services the PRC has to offer that students can use to their advantage include:

■■ Math Praxis II: Wednesday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (until Thursday, March 23, 2017)

All sessions are held at the PRC. More sessions are being added for Core and Praxis II. Stay up to date with the PRC at the Kean University Website.


whether they passed or failed the math Praxis."

"The Praxis Resource Center [PRC] also offers other resources to help the students prepare for the Praxis," Satchell said. "We even have a peer math tutor whose one-on-one tutoring has made a difference in

■■ Online test preparation vouchers ■■ ETS/Praxis webinars and workshops ■■ PRC and Praxis Series Exams Orientation ■■ Assistance in Praxis registration ■■ Study skills CD's ■■ Test preparation handouts ■■ Computers for registering, viewing webinars and taking practice tests ■■ A space for Praxis preparation and study groups For more information, students can email, call 908737-3880 or visit the Praxis Resource Center in room 320 in Hennings Hall. The website provides more information about what the Praxis is, helpful tips from other students and links to further resources.

Sara Ridgway, junior marketing and media/film communication double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

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Think Outside Of The Box!

Making History Repeat Itself

Marajiah Bacon scoring her 1,000th point again and again Joanna Kristine Ninal

The Busch School of Design's conference of creativity is coming up

Staff Writer

Marcus Van Diver Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Kean Athletics

Marajiah Bacon, sophomore criminal justice major, now in the 1000 point club


ean University's Robert Busch School of Design will host the Thinking Creatively Conference on Friday, March 31, 2017.

The conference will bring together the likes of creative thinkers, art directors and innovative designers and will be a great opportunity for any open-minded thinkers who wish to seek connections and intellectual growth through the power of imagination. Inventiveness and originality is the number one priority of this conference. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this event scheduled by Kean University's premiere School of Design will let the audience understand why "thinking outside of the box" is relevant to the world around them. Additionally, presentations and breakout sessions into workshops will include both nationally and internationally recognized professionals from the design field. These sessions will include professionals who work in the fields of corporate communications, pharmaceuticals, typography, interior design and other areas of creative thinking. For more information on how interested innovators can sign up or simply learn about the conference, visit the official Michael Graves College Robert Busch School of Design webpage about the upcoming conference. The conference will take place in the Green Lane Academic Building. The Robert Busch School of Design will be open to answer any questions and provide further information about their special event. Contact the office by calling 908-737-4740.

Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is member of The Cougar's Byte Staff


or a student to make their greatest achievement during both high school and college, it is more than just luck. It takes a miracle and a lot of hard work. Marajiah Bacon, sophomore criminal justice major, netted her 1,000th point at Kean University during the week of Sunday, January 22, 2017. When Bacon was six, she started playing basketball. Since then, she never touched any other sport. She plays point guard and shooting guard on the women's basketball team at Kean University. Her twin sister, Miesha, also plays basketball at Kean University. "Playing along side of her inspires me to play and inspires me to go hard everyday," said Bacon. "My sister and I have been playing together since the age of six, so we basically inspire each other." At Neptune High School, located at Neptune, New Jersey, Bacon netted her 1,000th career point when playing against Long Branch High School on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Now at Kean University, she netted her 1,000th point when playing against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). This made Bacon the fastest and youngest women's basketball player at Kean University to accomplish this goal.

"I've never felt like giving up on basketball. Basketball is what really makes me happy," Bacon said. "I would honestly advise people to play every game like it's your last. Never settle for less and just have fun while doing it." Marajiah Bacon

"My best memory while playing basketball would be scoring my 1,000th point in both high school and college. I felt really good about it, because I never thought I could [do] that before -- especially so early," Bacon said. In the year of 2016, Bacon received multiple awards and honors at Kean University. She received National Rookie of the Year, Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Honorable Mention All-American, First-Team All-Met, Atlantic


(continued from page 1) She also mentioned that replying to an email too quickly can back fire. Sending an email too fast can cause an applicant to misspell words or double book interviews without checking their calendar. Also, one should prepare themselves for an interview. Just going into an interview having a mindset of winging it, is not a good one. "You’ll need to set aside time a few days prior to research the company online and prepare your own questions to ask of them, as well as practicing verbalizing your answers with friends or family so you’re ready to rock that interview. Afterwards, be sure to send that thank you email and hand written card right away," Maher said. When looking for a full-time position, make a plan of how many job applications you will apply to each day or each week. Setting goals can help a student stick to his or her job search until he or she offered a position. Where to apply for jobs Some of the best websites that students should visit for job applications include LinkedIn and Indeed. Other websites to include in the search are The Muse and Glassdoor. These websites are popular mainly because job hunters cannot only seek jobs, but also be contacted by recruiters. But do not only go to these websites for job postings. Visit a company's website, where there is a list of all the company's open positions.

Also, as Maher said, "each industry has a different way of advertising openings." She also advised that as a job hunter, "I would research what is the professional group for your industry and start going to their conferences and reading their newsletters. Often that's a better networked way to find a position than a mass website." LinkedIn Profile Students should have a LinkedIn profile depending on the industry a student goes into. "Teachers or healthcare professionals may not need a LinkedIn profile at all, but students in business fields might find it completely necessary," said Maher. "Whether you have a profile or not, you want to be sure that everything you put out there as part of your 'brand' represents you in a positive and accurate way." Maher also insisted that a student should Google his or her name and see what employers can find. If there are any tweets or photos that are inappropriate, taking them down would be ideal. "[But] if nothing comes up, maybe you should add some positive things such as starting a blog with your thoughts and insights to that industry," Maher suggested. How to ace an interview Go to an interview prepared. Maher said before going to an interview, "look up people you will be interviewing with ahead of time on LinkedIn or the company's website."


Region Rookie of the Year, New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year, First-Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), First-Team All-NJAC, Team of the Week (1/5) 12-Time NJAC Rookie of the Week and 10-Time ECAC Rookie of the Week.

"I just started to love the game the more I played," said Bacon. "My favorite thing about basketball is winning and I really hate losing." In addition to her very good experience here, she looks forward to winning an NJAC Championship and getting on the Dean's List. "I chose Kean [University] because the coaching staff were very kind and welcoming. My family couldn't have been more excited for me to play in college because now they can still come and see me play. My family was very excited for me when they heard I netted my [second] 1,000th point," said Bacon. When it comes to basketball and being under pressure, Bacon reassures she can handle it very well. "I've never felt like giving up on basketball. Basketball is what really makes me happy," Bacon said. "I would honestly advise people to play every game like it's your last. Never settle for less and just have fun while doing it."

After graduation, she plans on going to the police academy. In the future, she would like to play overseas or be a coach and teach people what she has learned while playing throughout her life.

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

Research the company. Learn about what the company does, how it affects the community and research its mission statement. Also, "Google search the company – and make mention [during the interview] if they have been in the news recently or made any big announcements," Maher said. Ask questions during the interview about the company. Maher mentioned to "come prepared with intelligent questions, but don't ask things you should already know from their website. You could always end with 'Is there anything you wished to hear from me today, but didn't that I could elaborate further on,' to help you assess how you did." The more prepared someone is for an interview, he or she has a higher chance of receiving the position than someone who is not. Keep in mind that not every company will respond back with a yes or a no. As Maher mentioned, companies receive hundreds of applications a day so a company will not be able to answer every single applicant. Students should make their resume and cover letter stand out. Did volunteer work? Put it on there. Worked two part-time jobs and went to school part-time? Mention that in the cover letter. Employers are looking for something they have not seen before. For more information about interviewing and personal branding visit the Kean Alumni Association YouTube channel where both informational videos can be found.

Gaelle Gilles, senior English writing major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

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Cougars Baseball Team Builds On Last Year's Success Kean baseball named #1 on the NJAC Preseason Coaches' Poll Team! Marcus Van Diver


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ean University's baseball team was recently picked to get the top spot in its division on the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll. The team made its 11th straight NCAA tournament appearance last year, and has no plans of letting up. The baseball program was included in two preseason national polls with rankings of 15th and 19th in the Collegiate Baseball and the polls as well. The Cougars finished last season on high marks wile accumulating many honors, awards and wins with a 30-18 record. As the team won 30 games last season, it extended its long-time streak of winning 30 or more games in a single season for 12 consecutive seasons. From a team-wide batting average just under .300, to becoming a team that had 11 different players field their positions nearly without error, the program has plans to set the bar of excellence even higher this season. Junior business management major and first baseman Matthew Krupa, a returning player, credited the team's defensive success to the coaching staff around Head Coach Neil Ioviero. "Our first base coach Gary Galvach has really taught me a lot about the position and is always giving me pointers on what I can do better, especially with the small nuances that tune my game to be the best it can be," Krupa said. Coach Ioviero, the leader of the 2007 National Champion Kean University baseball team, earned his 600th career win last year. Additionally, he picked up NJAC Coach of the Year honors with the team that was able to get four wins in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional Championships last year. "The 600 wins definitely speak to the kind of guy Neil is," Krupa added. "Having a record that good

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The Cougars are looking to make a national title run this year as NJAC preseason favorites doesn't come easy and it represents all the hard work and dedication he has given to not only the baseball program, but the school."

seniors, and we were supposed to be this great team on paper and we did not even get to the College World Series," Cole said.

Although 12 seniors have left this talented roster, Coach Ioviero's confidence in his returning and freshman talent will not falter.

"This year, on paper, they say that we are not supposed to be as good, but we still have that attitude of working hard to get to where we need to go because that's the expectation around here. It is always to succeed, regardless of who is on the team," Cole said. "Right from the fall we set that goal and we worked towards it until we reach it."

"With all the success Neil has had, it doesn't take much to inspire a group of freshman who are hungry to win. The wins just show the freshman that this guy knows what he is doing. As long as they listen and buy in to his philosophy, there will be a lot more winning," said Krupa. The starting catcher for the Cougars, sophomore finance major Brian Cole attributed the team's success to Coach Ioviero's belief in the 20th Kean University baseball team he is coaching. "Every time that we come into the fall, we always set a goal of winning the entire national championship, and that doesn't waver regardless of what we look like as we come into the fall. Last year we had the 12

Opening weekend started on Friday, February 17, 2017 against the Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) as a slew of Kean University's best players returned for their upperclassmen seasons. The team would win a hard-fought battle with a score of 5-3 while letting up ten hits as a team. They would then proceed to win two games after that against the Griffins of GwyneddMercy and the Golden Eagles from The College at Brockport. The Cougars are showing their effort to make it back to the postseason with a fiery 5-1 start. Three All-NJAC award winners have returned to the

team: first baseman Matthew Krupa, pitcher Ritchie Ferguson and as well as catcher Cole. "As a leader, I think that having the accolades is a good thing, but I think the respect level that we have for each other helps that along as well," All-NJAC recipient Brian Cole said. "I think that other younger players look up to me and instill that hard work ethic in them and hopefully they see the same success that me and a lot of my teammates have," Cole said, "because no one player can win games or do everything for us. It is really going to take that team effort to help us achieve this year's goal." The players have returned to the Kean University baseball field with this season's plan to lead the way for this program to another trip to the NCAA tournament, and a shot at another National Championship.

Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is member of The Cougar's Byte Staff

There's A New Org On Campus

New organization on campus received $3,000 grant to support women in the computing field Amanda Petty


minoring in Asian studies.

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progressive step was taken last semester on the campus of Kean University and in the community of the computing sciences field. In October of 2016, a new organization was established; it is an extension of a pre-existing campus organization while simultaneously being an independent association. The organization is Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W) Student Chapter Program, not to be confused with its fellow campus chapter Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Both chapters recognized by the global ACM society, the two share the same focus: give a boost to people’s interest and insight in computing science. There is one leading objective that separates ACM-W from ACM: a foundation of promoting women in the computing career field. Regardless of gender, all who wish to lessen this gender gap can become members of ACM-W. No one should be discouraged to join ACM-W. “Our chapter is indeed inclusive and we have been and will continue to hold collaborative events and meetings with the existing ACM student chapter,” Stephanie Eordanidis stated. This growing chapter of ACM was founded by Eordanidis, who is the former ACM-W president. Although no longer president, Eordanidis still resonates with its mission and is an active member. She is a senior majoring in computer science with a focus on information systems and

Students on campus felt women considering or who are already in this profession and similar occupations need support and encouragement to continue their career pursuit. It can be daunting to attempt success in a place where people feel underrepresented. And ACM-W is looking to abate this bleak outlook of the technology field. “We wanted to create this chapter to provide to women in the computing sciences and related fields a safe platform to communicate with one another, network and exchanges ideas,” Eordanidis said. “...Since [there are few] women in these career domains...we wish to provide them unique career fairs, speaker events, job/internship and scholarship opportunities, information sessions and more all specifically geared toward these women and their needs.” In its first few weeks of being an organization on campus, ACM-W took a large step and entered the nation-wide ACM-W Student Seed Fund. The competition was co-sponsored by Google and National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Dr. Juan Li, the adviser of the campus chapter and Department of Computer Science assistant professor, was the one who mentioned the competition to campus organization. ACM-W and other competing institutions had to meet a criteria of assorted factors. For the new chapter, ACM-W had to ultimately build its presence on campus. Eordanidis said that in order to be considered for the grant, they had to

“Acquire a minimum of 20 members, find members to take up officer positions, create the official chapter through and build up the chapter’s web system, fill out a seed fund application and submit it along with a recommendation for the chapter chair at the time, [all of which was due in] a two-month time frame.” There were three tiers of the competition, with the winning groups receiving awards of various amounts. The Trailblazer Award, the top tier, winners were two universities, which received a grant up to $15,000. The second-tier Amplification Award went to five universities around the nation, and the award amount was up to $5,000. The third tier, Start-up Funding, was worth up to $3,000 and awarded to Kean University’s very own ACM-W Chapter, along with eight other institutions. “This is a competitive award, typically only one out of ten applications is selected and awarded,” Eordanidis continued. “This is the first time Kean [University] has received such an award and we are excited about the potential opportunities and look forward to contribute to the cause of engaging more women into computer science.” Eordanidis shared one of the reasons the organization decided to enter its hat in the competition. As a new non-funded organization on campus, “We applied for the grant in order to attain funds to start up our chapter,” she said. “Theses funds are necessary to start building up our chapter and start holding its meetings and events.” The organization aims to spend the $3,000 grant for various chapter means, always keeping the organization and university in mind. To start with, refreshments at meetings, campus-wide career fairs, general information sessions on the association and the career field, have guest speakers who are women in computing field and team up with the community for STEM events. Since its start last fall, ACM-W and ACM paired together to host events along the likes of workshops and guest speakers. The plan for ACM-W this semester is to host an event each month, beginning hopefully in March 2017. As mentioned earlier, ACM-W is welcoming of all. Students can become members by reaching out to Chapter Adviser Dr. Li. Members are asked to give their Kean University email address so they can receive chapter news and information. ACM-W and its members want the lasting effect of the organization to be empowerment, for members to be encouraged “to participate and stay in the field of computer science and get help throughout the professional career in the field,” said Eordanidis.

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ACM-W adviser, Dr. Juan Li, surrounded by executive board members

Amanda Petty, senior English writing and communication studies double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

A Leadership and Service Publication for the Kean University Student Community


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What's The Outcome Of A New President And Two Diverse Countries?

Department of History offered Kean community understanding on the AmericaAsia relationship under President Trump Amanda Petty

More Than Just Water

Step into a world where clean water is hard to come by

“I think I’m going to have a more serious...more scary presentation,” she said honestly.

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As the topic of this leg of the lecture series was Asia in Trump’s World, Gronewold spoke on the Pivot to Asia during the Obama Administration and what will happen during the Trump Administration. Pivot to Asia is a foreign policy that attempts for America to have more of a substantial presence in Asia. The former president is criticized for this policy due to its lack of success, leaving Americans wondering how President Trump will fare in carrying out the policy in his term. “The Pivot to Asia didn’t happen...the changes in Asia didn’t happen in his [Obama’s] eight years,” Gronewold affirmed.“...Are we going to see it now?” For the majority of the 1800s, China was superior, until it fell off the top. It regained its power as farm peasants changed professions and took up urban living.


n the four-part lecture series Using History to Understand Trump’s America, hosted by the Department of History, the third installment, Asia in Trump’s World, took place on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Held in the Little Theatre of Miron Student Center (MSC), the lecture was headed by two members of the Kean community, Dr. Sue Gronewold, director of World History Program, and Dr. Xurong Kong, director of Asian Studies Program. The Department of History began by conveying that although the series was called a lecture, this was not an exact assessment. Instead of a one-sided lecture, the event was intended to be an open platform in which dialogue could flow freely. Kong opened with the simple words: “Why Trump?” As in, this is an individual a percentage of people regarded as non-presidential, and yet he was voted into office and became the 45th President of the United States. She went on to share the development of her interpretations on the past election. Her initial reaction was shock, and as the election continued, she shifted focus from her thoughts to being curious of why most Asians and Chinese Americans supported Trump. Her research on this topic was half the foundation of the lecture. In 2015, there were 4.5 million Chinese Americans. Of the nation’s population, six percent was Asian American, with 24.3 percent of Chinese descent. Kong went on to report how Asian Americans were represented in two prior presidential elections. In 2012, Obama had support of 73 percent of Asian American voters. Jump forward four years, in 2016 Clinton’s support dropped to the 60 percent range.

“[An approximate] 350 million migrants went from farms to cities, and possibly another 300 million will go to the city.” Due to this increase in urban population and limitations of building outward, China build upward. Gronewold continued, “From 2011-2014, China used more concrete than [America] has used in all its history.” Cities are only so malleable, can only be expanded so much before there is no more room to expand, and this is why "production stretched to surrounding Asian countries,” she said in explanation of referring to the entirety of Asia as a collective factory. “[Asia is] Responsible for more than half the world’s production.” One audience member’s question concerned China being the predominate manufacturer on the global scale. Gronewold responded with her take it, which affirms China is not giving up that title anytime soon. “China has talked about not being the sweatshop of the world,” she answered. “They may be changing some of the products they produce, the textiles, but they will still be the leading manufacturer.” Gronewold continued with her presentation by offering what the next steps should be taken to develop and nurture amity between the two continents.

“There are many lessons we can learn from this election,” Kong said. “[We] Saw the culture gap, [especially] in social media.”

Unlike the American democratic practice of the right to vote, China citizens “Seldom get to practice this voting right in China,” Kong said. So when people from China become American citizens they actively take interest in elections.

Dr. Xurong Kong

America’s relationship with China and other Asian countries is vital because of the extensive ramifications. In 1961, China aligned itself with North Korea by signing the Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty. This treaty declares China must fight alongside North Korea if attacked. “North Korea has always been a problem and it’s not getting any easier...Since World War II we’re tried to [prevent] nuclear war,” Gronewold continued. “On February 12, 2017, North Korea did another missile test. They have enough [materials] for about 20 atomic bombs...We have to find out what North Korea wants... North Koreans have been very consistent [in saying] it only wants to talk to us…,” she offered. “Trump [will probably meet with them]...[and when he does he] has to change his rhetoric.”

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Dr. Farahi at the 2016 Human Rights Conference


n Friday, March 24, 2017, the Kean University Human Rights Institute will host its 10th annual conference on Human Rights, Half Empty: The Depths of the Global Water Crisis. A description of the global water crisis was sent to all Kean University students via mass email. Although the United Nations has declared that access to water that is sanitary and safe is an inalienable human right, more than one in 10 people around the world lacks this necessity. This statistic consists of about 663 million people. The featured speaker at the event will be Doc Hendley, who is the founder and president of Wine to Water and a 2009 CNN Hero. Hendley is a bartender and musician who has been raising money for the global water crisis. Hendley's Wine to Water Foundation began with a donation jar at the end of the bar and at local wine tastings. Thus far, the foundation has helped more than 25,000 people through digging, repairing and sanitizing drinking wells and has also provided chlorine tablets to people living in "no go" zones of the United Nation. Janice Kroposky, director of the Holocaust Resource Center, provided further information regarding the conference.

As the audience listened to Gronewold, individuals learned the extent of China’s power and influence today.

"Conference registration is usually open right up to the event," Kroposky said. "Last I checked, there were 700 registrants. We hope to fill Wilkins Theatre."

At one point in the presentation, Kong introduced WeChat, a popular platform that began in China but quickly spread its popularity past Asia’s borders. Officially released in January 2011, people quickly latched onto the social media application and as of 2016 reached over one billion users.

“China is taking on the world in many ways,” she began. “Last year China invested $31 billion in America alone.” In evaluation of current-day China, “We’re talking more power, more and more stronger.”

If Wilkins Theatre is filled, the conference will be live streamed for the overflow of attendees in Little Theatre in the Miron Student Center (MSC).

Why did Kong mention WeChat? The election of 2016 was unlike any other, partially due to the role social media played.

The event offered some reflection on most recent events and the possible lasting effects.

“There are many lessons we can learn from this election,” Kong said. “[We] Saw the culture gap, [especially] in social media.”

Trump caused some concern in the homeland and China when he reached out to Taiwan, which lead to speculation of honoring America’s “One China” policy. In brief summary, the “One China” policy states America solely recognizes one governing power of China, and does not consider Taiwan as a separate entity. Once Trump called Chinese President Xi Jinping to reassure the United States’ diplomatic relationship with China, it appeared all concern dissipated.

During the days leading up to the conference from Monday, March 20, 2017 to Thursday, March 23, 2017, a virtual reality viewing event of "The Source" will take place in MSC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be viewing stations set up for students to independently view the film. The video is about 13-year-old Salem, who lives in Ethiopia.

Gronewold lead the second portion of the lecture, opening with a strong statement that gave the audience a slight insight of how the final segment was going to go.

“Their economy is slowing and they’re worried,” she went on to say. “Trump [can be viewed as] a godsend to them” because of his business experience. Trump went into office with plans to address China being the leading breadwinner of the world. Both Trump and China recognize one another’s strengths and weaknesses, and it is believed a fair deal for both countries on different matters will be negotiated during his term.

Through this film, the Kean community will gain a better understanding of the issues associated with water access across the globe.

There are American ties in China. Stretched as far as from Wenzhou, China to Union, New Jersey, an American presence is seen.

An exact location and time for the showing of "The Source" is to be determined.

“They have to educate...and that’s where Kean [University] comes in,” she stated. “This experience in Wenzhou is very successful because of the [requirement to] speak English on campus.” Students are able to practice and hone their English, and that is a valuable trait in China. With worldly business dealings, English perhaps one of the most common spoken language.

To attend the conference, those interested must register online at no cost. Space is limited, so do not hesitate to register.

“To sum up where we terms of Asia [and Trump], I have no idea,” Gronewold said as one of her last remarks. “We have to wait and see.”

For more information and to access the registration form, visit the Kean University website and search Human Rights Institute Conference at Kean University. The day of of the conference, registered guests can check in starting at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of Wilkins Theatre.

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Dr. Sue Gronewold, director of World History Program, and Dr. Xurong Kong, director of Asian Studies Program accepting questions from the student

"The short film challenges viewers to enter a world without clean water access and experience the transformation of Salem's community when a fresh water well is dug for the first time," Kroposky said.

Amanda Petty, senior English writing and communication studies double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff


Sara Ridgway, junior marketing and media/film communication double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

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Student Government

(continued from page 1) Gina Moretti, sophomore molecular biology and biotechnology major, is the vice president of Theta Phi Alpha (TPA). "I have been given the opportunity to hold the position of being vice president in my organization. Being part of Greek life has opened my eyes on how to empower not myself but others in confidence and acknowledge the idea of change," Moretti said. "When you are a part of something so big, you will without a doubt learn how to work well with others and be open to different perspectives. Greek life gives you the change to open your horizon not only in a business manner, but also in your own lifestyle."

Community Service

There are many opportunities to become a leader that can start on or off campus. Being a volunteer is like being a leader. By being a volunteer in any community service project, students are taking the steps to show their leadership attributes and skills. Not many people choose to volunteer because there comes a lot of patience and responsibility with being a volunteer, but if students choose to step out of that boundary, they can lead a chain reaction. On the other side, there are plenty of community service ideas outside of Kean University. Even students who are part of the general body can become leaders by bringing their community service idea to their organization or group. Read how volunteering for community service can make one a hero.

The Office of Student Government and its respective governing bodies -- Student Organization (the full-time undergraduate student government) and Graduate and Part-time Student Council (GPSC) -- always recruits new members to join their leadership team. Excerpted from its annual recruitment e-mail, "Student Government is an involved group of student leaders who make a difference through addressing student concerns and creating meaningful programs that enhance student life at Kean University...We want you to join our leadership team! Various positions are available in both the Undergraduate and Graduate & Part-time Student Government boards."

Honor Societies

Students who are part of honor societies take on leadership roles when they go out and volunteer for community service and help the students around them who are aiming for academic excellence. Students can always move up to being part of the executive board by running for the position, or help tutor those within the profession of the honor society. Check out the honor societies at Kean University. Brandi Calavano, senior global business major and member of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), shared what being a leader on campus had led to. "The leadership roles I get [have me] feel more empowered to mentor others and help them anywhere they're struggling. I feel as if it gives me a feeling as if I can help them and even someone to look up to. I feel as if I can guide someone who hopes to be in an honor society as I know what kind of work and discipline it takes to get there, especially in a college setting where underclassmen could possibly feel pressured," Calavano said.

"I also feel that [my position] gives me an overall sense of leadership in general life for the fact that being in an honor society is expected to be truthful, go through school honorably and do their own work," Calavano continued. "... I feel that all comes with being in an honor society."


Offices and programs such as the Tutoring and Learning Office, the Writing Center, the Praxis Resource Center and the A.C.C.E.S.S. Program offer tutoring to students to help them with their academics. Taking part and working for one of these programs or offices gives students the chance to help impact one's academics and college career. It is not easy to tutor others, but it takes a leader to take the role.

Getting A Job On Campus

Working for an office or service at Kean University instantly builds leadership attributes. Students always look for help and request assistance from studentworkers, as they are expected to know about the campus and their surroundings. It is true, part of working for Kean University is learning about the campus to the best of their ability to assist other students and lead them in the right direction or path while they are studying at Kean University. "It holds one to a higher standard in that if an employer or graduate school director sees [leadership positions] on a resume; you are expected to have an overall higher level of integrity," Calavano said. The first step for leadership starts now. Be a leader today!

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

Don't Let Those Cougar Dollars Go To Waste

Kean Ranks Top Ten Of NJ Colleges For Social Mobility

Students should be aware of the balance on their meal plans before the semester ends

A new life starts after being handed that diploma

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■ New Upperclassman Residence Hall Dining Hall

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On campus, Cougar Dollars are accepted at:

■ Miron Student Center Food Court

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lot of stress and importance is placed on which college to attend, with many factors to consider. A student decides on a college and attends for about four years. But what happens next?

■ The Cougar's Den ■ Jersey Mike's Subs ■ Starbucks (Center for Academic Success and Library)

Well, if a student attends Kean University, they can expect both educational and personal development, expanding well beyond their college years.

■ Smashburger ■ Auntie Anne's

Kean University recently earned a spot in the ranking of Top 10 New Jersey Colleges and Universities for Social Mobility. What does that mean exactly? Social mobility is a person’s movement in the social strata, whether up or down, in terms of occupation, earnings, assets and power. According to this ranking, graduates of Kean University stand a higher chance of switching social classes, for the better. The study conducted by The Equality of Opportunity Project also ranked Kean University 189 out of approximately 2,200 education institutions in the nation, along with the placement of being number 10 on a state level. This assessment of Kean University graduates had one conclusion: this is a social mobile college. Attending Kean University benefits students beyond the typical expectations, pushing past societal barriers and propelling students into attractive live styles that they earned. As a vessel of esteemed learning opportunities, the university stimulates itself to be a community that students can experience diverse avenues and learn in an atypical college fashion. On campus, students are individuals whose learning is not confined to classrooms. With the presence of hundreds of clubs and organizations to join on campus, three campuses spread across two continents, cultural diversity and award-winning programs, students and professors, Kean University has one goal: an unmatched quality educational experience in all forms. As said on the Kean University website, "See Where A World-Class Education Takes You."

Amanda Petty, senior English writing and communication studies double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

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Use Cougar Dollars at on and off campus eateries before it is too late


s Kean University approaches the mid-point of the spring 2017 semester, the university reminds students about the status of their meal plan. In a mass email sent to students on Saturday, February 25, 2017, it was stated that students using the KB96 and Unlimited meal plans should be aware that any unused Cougar Dollars at the end of the spring semester will be forfeited. There are no refunds for unused Cougar Dollars. Since last spring, students are no longer limited to using their Cougar Dollars on campus, as a variety of off campus locations accept them as well. With the addition of Smashburger and Auntie Anne's on campus, there are even more options for students to utilize their meal plans. At the close of the spring semester, students using the $1,500 Cougar Dollar plan have a maximum refund available of $500 for unused funds, issued only after balances on their student accounts have been settled.

■ Applebee's on Morris Avenue in Union, NJ ■ BonChon on Stuyvesant Avenue in Union, NJ ■ Koki Buffet on Galloping Hill Road in Union, NJ ■ Rockin' Joe's on Green Lane in Union, NJ ■ Tropicana Diner on Morris Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ

Another reminder by the university is that students are not allowed to use Cougar Dollars for the following:

MIRON STUDENT CENTER MSC INFO DESK P: 908-737-5222 Monday - Thursday:......7:30 a.m. - 12 a.m. Friday: ....................... 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday: ..........................8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday: ........................ 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. MSC GAME ROOM Monday - Thursday:.........10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday: ............................10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: ........................10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday: ..........................10 a.m. - 7 p.m. MSC COMPUTER LAB Monday - Thursday: .......8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday: ............................. 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: ..........................9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday: ..........................10 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Food Court Monday - Thursday:...7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday: ......................... 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: ................. CLOSED Jersey Mike's Monday - Friday: .......... 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: ................... CLOSED Smashburger Monday-Thursday: ...... 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: ......................... 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: ................. CLOSED Auntie Anne's Monday - Thursday:.......11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday:.............................11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: ................... CLOSED Cougar's Den Monday-Thursday: .... 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday: ......................... 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: ....................... 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday:.................................... CLOSED Outtakes Market Monday - Thursday: .... 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday: ........................... 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: ..................... 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday:.......................... 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Residence Dining Hall Monday - Thursday:..7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday:.....................7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Saturday: .................. 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday:...................... 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Starbucks Kiosk, 3rd Floor Monday - Thursday: ...7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday - Sunday: ...................... CLOSED


Cafe Yumba Monday - Thursday: ......7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday: ...................... 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: .................CLOSED


Kiosk, 1st Floor Monday - Friday: ......... 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: .................CLOSED

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Nancy Thompson

Library 1st Floor

■ Cash Advances ■ Tobacco ■ Alcohol

■ Lottery Tickets ■ Money Orders Students should check the balances on their meal plans in order to know the status of their Cougar Dollars and meal swipes left. More information about student meal plans can be found at the Kean University website.

Monday - Thursday: .......... 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: ............................... 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday: ........................... 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Monday - Thursday: .......... 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: ............................... 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday: ......................... 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


MIRON STUDENT CENTER, 1ST FLOOR Monday - Thursday: ........ 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: ............................. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: ..................... CLOSED

Sara Ridgway, junior marketing and media/film communication double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

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TUESDAY | MARCH 14 | 2017

Way To Go Kean Online!

Kean University's online programs ranked top 10 in New Jersey Marcus Van Diver

Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. For more information about the positions' responsibilities and requirements for employment consideration, contact the CLS by calling 908-737-5170, emailing clsjobs@ or visiting room 219 in MSC.

With the institution's six online degrees, Kean University was ultimately chosen for its tuition rates. The institution's online education, whose prices stand to be one of the lowest in the northeastern region, costs around $11,500 a year. Only Thomas Edison State University (TESU) in Trenton, New Jersey has a lower price of $6,100 with its online programs.

Miron Student Center Operations and Event Management Office Positions Available: ■■ Computer lab Consultant ■■ Game Room Attendant ■■ Information Desk Attendant ■■ Operations Manager Responsibilities: ■■ Serve as a resource for students by supporting the university's educational missions and providing opportunities for social interactions across the Kean community. GPA Requirement: 2.5 How To Apply: Cougar Link Deadline: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12 p.m. For more information about the positions' responsibilities and requirements for employment consideration, contact the Miron Student Center Operations and Event Management Office by calling 908-737-5200, emailing or visiting room 6 in MSC.

Office of Student Government Positions Available: ■■ Accounting/Finance ■■ Graphic Design ■■ General Office Support ■■ Marketing GPA Requirement: 2.5 How To Apply: Cougar Link For more information about the positions' responsibilities and requirements for employment consideration, contact the Office of Student Government by calling 908-7375190, emailing or visiting room 309 in MSC.


alue Colleges recently named Kean Online as the ninth best online program in New Jersey!

Value colleges creates detailed guides to answer

"Kean [University] prides itself on being New

Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2017 For more information about the positions' responsibilities and requirements for employment consideration, contact the School of General Studies by calling 908-737 0330 or visiting room 201 of CAS. TIM Coordinator Wilma Velazquez can be reached at 909-7370355 and Do not hesitate to apply for employment on campus as many deadlines are approaching quickly.

Joanna Kristine Ninal


Staff Writer

ow many people get the chance to win not one, but two Gilman scholarships as a student? Stephanie Eordanidis, junior computer science with information systems options major, was selected to spend the spring semester in Tokyo, Japan for her academics. "I didn't think I could go to Japan through Kean [University]," said Eordanidis. "But I was talking to someone in the Asian Studies department and they were like 'Yeah, you could'!" Eordanidis will luckily spend time at Sophia University, one of the top private universities in Japan. She received two Gilman scholarships; one from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and one from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Gilman Go Global Grant. The CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant is available to those who apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, so both scholarships were able to cover Eordanidis's airfare and program costs.

Recently, she was asked by Dr. Juan Li, the adviser of the campus chapter and Department of Computer Science assistant professor to represent Kean University at a local event in town. Other than role-play games (RPGs) and open world video games, such as Fallout, The Elder Scrolls and Borderlands, Eordanidis has a strong interest in developing educational games and robotics. She plans on creating such games for students. "I kind of got dropped into [making educational games]," she explained. "I took a game and development course, and it was [Kean University's] first time having it, so I went for it even though the professors never taught it before. In that class, I decided to do an educational game actually geared towards middle school kids. [My professor] saw that and she was starting to talk about doing a research endeavored to making [educational] games for middle school girls. The fact that I'm also a female added to the many keypoints [my professor] was looking for in an assistant."

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Ki wo tsukete (have a safe trip) Stephanie Eordanidis! women in the computer sciences at Kean University. Read more about the ACM-W chapter. Sometimes, the small percentage of women may feel intimidated by the largely male population within the science field, and women are underrepresented and uninvolved compared to the males in the field. The ACM-W chapter is to help those students with questions who are afraid to ask questions in front of everyone, as well as try to bring in more professional women to informational/ career sessions. Anyone and everyone are welcome to join, but the events are geared towards women. Eordanidis was a huge advocate of gaming and education since she was young. She picked up HTML coding from one of the games she used to play, Neopets, and would help make pages look flashy and nice.

"I instantly fell in love with it from the 10 to 12 days I was there. Everyone is so nice and I remembered all the middle school/high school kids eagerly wanted to practice their English on me." Stephanie Eordanidis

Eordanidis loves how Kean University provides small, intimate classes for the students. Because of the small classes, professors know the students more, and because she became more known around campus, she was offered more internship opportunities. "It's kind of like a little family, in a way, and the professors are so willing to help you," she said.

Sara Ridgway, junior marketing and media/ film communication double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is member of The Cougar's Byte Staff

Who said gaming cannot be educational?

Responsibilities: ■■ Co-teach with a faculty member in a GE 3000 Transfer Transitions Course

How To Apply: Cougar Link and bring to School of General Studies in room 201 of the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success (CAS).

From online programs that range from business and criminal justice to educational administration and computer information systems, Kean Online has become a highlyregarded option for those who wish to get their degree online.

Off To Tokyo

Originally, Eordanidis was not too involved on campus until she started doing research. She took an internship under a professor in the science department, and from there, she became more well-known and was asked to do speaking events, "meet the college" events, impromptu computer science information sessions.

GPA Requirement: 3.2 (Transfer students only)

The university's online academic programs started in January of last year, but the variety of the programs inspired Value Colleges to put Kean University on the list.

Marsha McCarthy

The purpose of this listing was to highlight the most affordable, high-quality online degree options for college students across the country.

Transfer Transitions Program School of General Studies

■■ Provide support for their assigned group of students

comprehensive university by providing world-class education that is taught face to face and online"

Kean University was also recognized for expanding its already growing online programs by establishing cooperative partnerships with New Jersey's many community colleges to create a pathway for students into online bachelor's completion programs.

"I've always had a fascination for Japan, especially all the games I played were always Japanese-made games. But eventually, I got more into the culture with the anime, the literature, and I decided to visit," explained Eordanidis. "I instantly fell in love with it from the 10 to 12 days I was there. Everyone is so nice and I remembered all the middle school/high school kids eagerly wanted to practice their English on me."

Positions Available: ■■ Transfer Instructional Mentors (TIM)

Jersey's most affordable comprehensive university by providing world-class education that is taught face to face and online," said Marsha McCarthy, the acting associate vice president of enrollment management at Kean "Kean [University] University. "The fact that Value Colleges recognized the programs prides itself on so quickly speaks to the quality being New Jersey's and affordability of our online most affordable offerings."

the financial and professional questions of college students everywhere, as their rankings are based off regional accreditation, institutional reputation, cost and online program availability.

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She hopes to see more inclusion and awareness about internship and scholarship opportunities offered at Kean University. She believes it would be more beneficial for the students to know the types of benefits they have at Kean University. Eordanidis paired up with Dr. Li and a couple of other students and created the Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W) chapter to help


"If you think about it, a lot of people pick up computing skills from games of entertainment media that makes them want to make their things unique," she pointed out. "It's partially why I'm leaning towards educational gaming. I like to help others and I really enjoy learning and figuring things out." After graduation, Eordanidis plans to move to Tokyo or Hokkaido and live comfortably. She will be surrounded by so many people from around the world during her semester in Tokyo, and she knows this experience will help her and her future plans.

"You don't get these opportunities often. I advise students to go for [these scholarships]," she said. "It's free money and it's worth doing. Not everything will be handed to us, so I had to look really hard to see what scholarships I was eligible for. Start early because deadlines pass by really quickly! I believe as long as I'm alive, I will get opportunities." Congratulations once again Stephanie Eordanidis and ganbatte ne ("do your best") in Japan!

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

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