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Students Show Appreciation To Scholarship Donors

The annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony took place in Harwood Arena

Made In China

Fashion made unique for a successful fashion show Joanna Kristine Ninal


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he China In The World fashion show took place in the Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM)Building atrium on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The event officially started at 3:30 p.m. and finished around 6 p.m. Rupi Guo, professor of fashion design at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, traveled from China to show her designs modeled on Kean University students. This event was a collaboration between Kean University and Rutgers University.

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Jim Hynes ‘63 Endowed Scholarship recipient, George Higgins standing with donors Jim Hynes and Carole Hynes during the Kean Foundation Scholarship Ceremony on April 1, 2017.

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n Saturday, April 1, 2017, alumni and students gathered in Harwood Arena for the Scholarship Recognition Ceremony.

The ceremony served to bring recognition of the carefully selected students who received a scholarship.

Hosted by the Kean University Foundation, attendees snacked on tasty brunch foods while mingling. For most students, this was the first time meeting the donors of their respective scholarships, the people who helped them on their educational journey of the 2016-2017 semesters. Dr. Dawood Farahi, president of Kean University, said, “My


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China In The World had a dress rehearsal the day before the event. Students who volunteered to help with the event were students from the Asian Studies program, Department of History, Union County Academy for Performing Arts (APA) High School and Wenzhou-Kean University. The reception began at 3 p.m. in the STEM auditorium, where Dr. Sue Gronewold, the coordinator of the World History Program and interim coordinator of the Asian Studies Program, initiated the introduction. "We wanted something more limited [compared to last year's event] and fun," said Dr. Gronewold. "So we thought of China In The World fashion show." Fashion historian, director and curator of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Dr. Valerie Steele spoke about the history of Chinese fashion and the development of the clothes throughout history. Steele mentioned, "From the dragon robes of Imperial China, to the 20th century invention of the qipao, also known as the cheongsam, Chinese dress has influenced the west and has played a very important role in Chinese social and cultural history."

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n Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the Silver Leadership Program of the Leadership Institute hosted Art Night Auction.

All proceeds raised at this fundraising event goes towards Kean Dance Marathon's efforts to donate to the Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, N.J. Every single dollar made goes towards what insurance does not pay for these children in need. Taking place in the Cougar's Den in Miron Student Center (MSC) running from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests were greeted with smiles. There was a donation entry fee of no less than a dollar. Along with that dollar or more entry, guests were automatically given the chance to win a gift basket from a one ticket admission.

Immediately when entering, the laughter and joy filled the room. Tables filled quickly as they were lit with a single candle and a note. Guests were able to view the art that was placed on tables and chairs towards the windows of the Cougar's Den. Below each art piece was a sheet of paper with a list of spaces guests were able to place their bid on. Each art piece was a donation by students, parents and teachers. There were options of hand-drawn items, paintings and professional photographs.

After Steele finished discussing the history and overview of Chinese fashion, Dr. Gronewold introduced Guo to the stage. Dr. Xurong Kong, director of Chinese Studies and Asian Studies at Kean University, helped translate through the language barrier since Guo could only speak Mandarin. "Yesterday, I was worried the sky was cloudy and dark, but today it opened up," Guo said in Mandarin. "But actually, in Chinese, if the sky opens up, then that means good luck."

In the beginning of the event, a family shared the significance of what the Children's Specialized Hospital has personally done for them.

Guo discussed the themes of her designs as well as what fashion meant to her and how it was connected to her roots.

After a tragic speeding on Black Friday, Bryce Patrick was crossing the elementary school to the park across the street where

"Personally, I believe design is also a type of language, so of course the design will demonstrate the language


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Dr. Dietrich Tschanz of the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University style -- the way we talk, the way we communicate," Guo said. "[I] have been asked many times: How to present Chinese culture, the traditional and the values of the conventions? I feel you should feel motivated to make your own style and fashion." Guo described her design concepts throughout history, "as vast as [the] open sea." She would focus on the detail, color and pattern for her clothes. "I believe the design should not be designed to date but used accordingly to current style," Dr. Kong translated. "Meanings are spacious...The flower holds so many feelings and interpretations. It could be flirtatious or elegant. Even the smell of flower differs between the west and east. Another theme is the hexagon. It is not just a shape of six sides, it is a pattern. These six sides represent heaven, earth and the four directions. It means the harmonious idea between nature and humans...The last theme walks away from Chinese tradition; it relates more to knitting. Traditionally, people link knitting with autumn or winter, but I did the exact opposite and related it to spring and summer. I used knitting to show 'the breeze gently blows.'" After Guo finished her concepts and interpretations of her designs, Dr. Gronewold invited everyone to move downstairs to the atrium. There, she did an introduction to the fashion show and directed everyone's attention to the stairs. Three APA students, who were part of the dance program on campus, positioned themselves on the stairs and waited for music to being. Once the music started, the dancers moved freely



TUESDAY | APRIL 11 | 2017



Taking Classes Online

A convenient and easy way to earn that degree Joanna Kristine Ninal

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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ometimes, life can get in the way of people pursuing their education. It can be personal, family related or work related, but it still prevents them from getting a degree. Kean Online is the perfect way for students to find an internet connection and complete their coursework. There are a few degrees offered at Kean Online, so it might work for any prospective student who needs to take classes virtually. "Kean Online was created with the community college graduate in mind, making it easy for students and graduates from community colleges in New Jersey to apply," excerpted from Kean Online. Kean Online currently offers the following degrees for undergraduate students: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Management. Kean Online's B.S. in Business Management program prepares students for managerial positions in local, national and global organizations. "In our knowledge-based economy, this degree represents an invaluable tool for business-minded professionals. As an online student, the lessons you will learn, not only about the global economy and its interconnectedness, but about yourself in discipline and determination, will take you to new heights in your career and in your life," said Dr. Michael Cooper, dean of the College of Business and Public Management, excerpted from Kean Online.

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From the luxury of a students' homes, sign up for online classes! Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Classes are welladapted to the needs of adult learners, many of whom are also full-time practitioners of Nursing...This is an invaluable asset to nurses who often work long shifts that may prevent them from attending traditional classes," excerpted from Kean Online.

Students who enroll in the online program receive the same required courses, same learning objectives and same world-class education that they would get in a traditional classroom. For more information, visit the business management page.

RNs who enroll in the online program will be able to study and get their degree at home and around their work schedule. Being an RN may conflict with attending traditional classes because of the times that are offered, but Kean Online helps students who are serious about getting their B.S.N. There is a specific process that must be followed when applying for the B.S.N. program that can be found at the RN to B.S.N. page.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice. Kean Online's B.A. in criminal justice program is as rigorous as the on-campus experience.

There are programs provided for graduate students as well. For graduate students planning to get their master's, Kean Online offers:

"There are limitations of entering the workforce in the field of criminal justice for students with associate's degrees, military service and/or alternate route program experience. The vast majority of entry level positions in the field of criminal justice require at least a four-year degree, but working and pursuing a degree at the same time limit one’s ability to attend classes during traditional time periods," excerpted from Kean Online.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration. This program helps people who are teachers and want to move up to administration faculty or to graduate students who yearn to be principals or supervisors.

Criminal justice students who enroll in this program are afforded the same opportunities through the department website and information based web links. A majority of students interested in careers regarding criminal justice are successful in entering the field of local, county, state and federal service after completing the degree online. For more information, visit the criminal justice page. B.S. in Nursing (B.S.N.). Only offered to Registered Nurses (RN). Kean Online's B.S.N. program launched in fall 2016. This program is only open to RNs. "Kean University offers an online option for this program through Kean Online for students interested in pursuing a RN to BSN as an upper division

"There may not be a more challenging or more satisfying job today than the position of school administrator. Whether at the school, district or state level, the position requires considerable knowledge of educational law, finance and school curricula and organizations. It also demands great leadership," said Dr. Jeffrey P. Beck, dean of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College, excerpted from Kean Online. "The Kean Master's in Educational Administration has been rated among the best value programs of its kind. Courses are taught by leading educational researchers, superintendents and principals at the highest levels of their fields. The degree meets the needs of educators seeking career advancement with the same rigor as the traditional classroom, but with the flexibility of anywhere/anytime learning. We welcome you to our online community." For students who are working as teachers, substitute teachers or tutors, it may be hard to attend traditional

classes. The school they work at may be far from where their classes could be held, but since almost every teacher has access to a computer, they can slowly work to earning their M.A. Learn more about the process at the education admission page. Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Information Systems. Recently launched in fall 2016, the graduate program for computer information systems allows students to earn a higher degree at the leisure of their home. After graduation, many computer science students may have already gone into the field or may not have enough time to go attend traditional classrooms in addition to their job. "The applied nature of the computer information systems program gives students the implementation experience and confidence to play a leadership role in developing future systems for business, gaming, government and industry. Students also have the opportunity to work with faculty on individual projects and research," excerpted from Kean Online. By earning a higher degree, students in computer science have the opportunity to widen their career choices and be taught by a professional in the field. Students may be able to gain information and knowledge from representatives of AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Facebook, Google and even ADP. Find out more at the computer information systems program page. Sometimes, studying from home works better when students are prevented from attending in-person classes and lectures. Online courses provide students the leisure to study and learn online, at their own time and their own pace. With the simplicity of being connected to the internet, students are given the chance to reach a higher level of education without being all over the place. Apply today!

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The KU Microwave Cookbook Have a great recipe ? Please submit your favorite microwave creation to:

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French Toast Recipe by: Lucas Hernandez

Melt butter in a microwave-safe mug, about 30 seconds. Tilt mug to coat all sides with melted butter. Stir melted butter, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 egg, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract each together in the mug. Press 2 pieces of bread cubed into mixture. Microwave on High until set, about 90 seconds.

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TUESDAY | APRIL 11 | 2017


Learn More About World War I

Liberty Hall Museum to host a nearly two-year-long exhibit that will focus on World War I Gaelle Gilles

George, John and Philip Roosevelt.

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"The exhibit, using firsthand accounts from their letters and postcards sent home, as well as photographs and personal objects, will allow visitors to walk in their footsteps as they were sent off to basic training in 1917, to fighting overseas on the front lines of Europe in 1917-18, to their return home in 1919," Bongard said.

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Liberty Hall Museum holds a variety of belongings from John and Robert during the war. There are over 300 letters, the uniforms of the brothers, military handbooks, pictures and more, which will all be on display during the exhibit.

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John Kean's identification from World War I


rom Friday, April 7, 2017, through Saturday, November 10, 2018 Liberty Hall Museum will be hosting an exhibit titled Brothers in Arms: Memories of The Great War, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering the first World War. This exhibit will run during regular tour hours from Tuesday through Saturday starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. "We decided to have Brothers in Arms be up on display through the whole length that the United States fought in the war, from when we entered on April 6, 1917 to Armistice Day when the war ended on November 11, 1918," commented Lacey Bongard, the coordinator of museum programs. The exhibit will show visitors what some members of the Kean family had to go through during the war. Those members were Captain John Kean, his brother Congressman Robert Kean and their cousins,

"Liberty Hall Museum is excited for the opening of this exhibit and for the visitors to be able to trace not only the war but the footsteps of the Kean and Roosevelt boys who served. The museum's WWI collection is filled with such fun and interesting artifacts and we are thrilled to be able to showcase these items to the public," Bongard commented. She also said that because of the Kean family and their cousins who had saved all of their belongings, the museum has a very extensive collection to show the public, allowing visitors to get a more in-depth learning of World War I. All Liberty Hall Museum tours will include the Brothers in Arms exhibit. Tours leave every hour. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Kean Alumni and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for Kean University students and faculty, other college students and children ages three to 17. To learn more about the exhibit Brothers in Arms: Memories of The Great War, contact Liberty Hall Museum by email at libertyhall@ or by calling them at 908-527-0400.

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

Art Night (continued from page 1)

Before the auction began, guests were able to help themselves for a bite to eat and drinks around the bar. The line wrapped almost to the entrance of the door. Before guests knew it, Silver Leadership members and hosts, Omar Dixon and Rahil Ninche hit the stage with excitement to start off the bidding. Each made it clear that the rule to keep everything under control was to raise a hand to place a bid. Bryce's brother, Cameron, was the bidding host of the night who spread laughter amongst the audience. He was able to spread cheerful vibes across the floor and pump people up to make higher bids. "Sold to the man in the back!" Cameron said. The bidding was off to a great start. Art pieces with the most "little stickers" (crowd favorites) were placed on stage to bid. The first bid was sold at an astounding $35, which sparked an interest in everyone's eyes. Junior majoring in psychology, Scott Martin admitted, "I really wanted that art piece but I am happy the bid was priced high because I know it is all going towards a good cause." There was no limit to how guests were able to pay. There was a choice to give in cash, swipe a card or write out a check. The Silver Leadership Program was committed to make as much

t is about that time of year again! Starting Tuesday, April 4, 2017, students will be able to register for courses, but registering is more than what it seems.

For some students registering can be a hassle, but in order to avoid that here is some information that can help. Every effort should be made to register using the KeanWISE System as soon as a student is eligible. Undergraduates are matriculated students in good academic standing who have completed courses at Kean University within the past academic year. The Kean University student body is divided into different sections that apply when registering, and it is important to check the dates when searching for courses. The first group of students, categorized as Eligibility Group, has priority registration on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and they are classified as scholars, athletes and students with disabilities.

■■ 100 credits and above and freshmen last names M-Z register Wednesday, April 5 ■■ 90 credits and above and freshmen last names A-L register Thursday, April 6 ■■ 79 credits and above register Friday, April 7 ■■ 69 credits and above register Monday, April 10

In cognitive rehabilitation, Bryce was able to learn how to brush his teeth and other basics in life all because of this hospital. Mother Kristal LintWeekes thanks the Children's Hospital for giving her son a speedy recovery.

As the crowd was in awe, it made a freshman majoring in biology, Oreolouwa Awoleye, say, "After hearing that, it makes me want to bid on every single art piece!"


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All other matriculated undergraduates by completed credits follow this order:

he was struck on the opposite side of the road. Dragged 60 feet underneath the SUV knocking his socks and shoes off, Bryce ended up in the hospital in a coma.

She noted, "Not only did this hospital save his life but they gave it back to him."

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■■ 56 credits and above register Tuesday, April 11 ■■ 51 credits and above register Wednesday, April 12 ■■ 44 credits and above register Thursday, April 13 ■■ 35 credits and above register Monday, April 17 ■■ 29 credits and above register Tuesday, April 18 ■■ 0 credits and above register Wednesday, April 19 Registration opens for all students Thursday, April 20 through September

money in as many ways possible to help the children at the specialized hospital.

With early registration comes benefits. One positive is getting to pick classes that are needed or that are best for the student's major. Registering early can also make it easier to add or drop classes that might not be needed.

There were performances from several students with tremendous talents. From dancing and singing to juggling and sign language, the crowd was amazed as they applauded with enthusiasm and celebration. Parent of former student Kimberly McMann shared, "I am so proud of what these kids can do! A talent is a talent no matter what it is and I am happy I was able to come and support them." "Don't forget to take out your wallets!" Cameron said. During intermission of 15 minutes, silent auctions were also going on as well as the ability to purchase artwork on the spot. Afterwards, the start of the raffling had guests on the edge of their seats. There were options of a spa basket, candy basket, planner basket, etc. In between performances and bidding, there was a never-ending line of people focused towards the back of the Cougar's Den as there was a gift table where people were able to buy as many tickets they wanted in hopes of winning a gift basket of prizes. They had the option to win one of which they placed their ticket in. There was also a henna tattoo section priced at $3 for anyone who was interested. Sophomore Jenna Delli, majoring in education, added, "I'm happy that I came tonight. The food was great, performances were cool and I know that the money I've given in is all for the children. After all, I feel we should all make sure our next generation has every opportunity possible."

On the other end of the spectrum, late registration is subject to closed courses that require the permission of the department chair to gain admittance, and it limits the course times in which a student can register for. By the end of the night, there were so many people that there was not enough seats for everyone. Several guests had to stand along side the edge of the room to watch the performances and bid on the artwork. The Silver Leadership Program was able to make over $1,600! Keep in mind all of the money raised this night go straight to the Children's Specialized Hospital. Leanne Manna, Leadership specialist and junior history major, closed out with an overwhelming thank you and stated, "Because of all of you, this event was a success!" For those who are interested in donating or volunteering at the Children's Specialized Hospital, visit the website at http://www. or call 1-888-2445373. The Leadership Institute is located in the Center for Leadership and Service office, Miron Student Center room 215.

Alexus Campbell, freshman communication and journalism major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte Staff

When registering, it is important to remember that a student sets up an appointment with his or her advisor to go over classes to take, and to take off holds that prohibit registration. It is essential to register for courses that do not conflict with each other. After processing an initial registration, students may use KeanWISE to process changes to their schedule if they desire. It is also important to note that with early registration comes the bill for the semester. For students who are wary about tuition and fees that start soon after registration, there is the option for a payment plan, and when financial aid and scholarships are applied refunds can be issued as well. Payment plans are offered for five months, four months and three months for students who might want to space out the payments. Students encountering problems with the KeanWISE System should contact the Office of The Registrar, either in person or by calling 908737-3290. The office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kean University website contains more information on the Office of The Registrar. More information can be found on KeanWISE for course registration. Petruce Jean-Charles, sophomore sociology and writing major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte Staff

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TUESDAY | APRIL 11 | 2017

WKNJ Gets A New Look

Kean University's radio station is renovated and packed with new equipment Gaelle Gilles Staff Writer

Kean Un-Corq-ed: How Cougar Link Is Powered!

Find out more about the system behind Kean's informative application Marcus Van Diver


ant to know what runs Cougar Link, the easily accessible application that Kean University students use to find out information about events happening on campus? Look no further! The mobile application known as "Corq" -- a system used by collegiate institutions across the country that helps pinpoint over 150,000 extra-curricular events on campuses annually -- helps academic institutions discover and locate these events and opportunities that are of interest to a school's student body.

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WKNJ has been renovated after 15 years


he Communication Department of Kean University is excited to announce the renovation of the radio station, WKNJ. The last time the radio station was renovated was approximately 15 years ago in 2001, and the decade-old technology is now getting replaced with newer technology. The radio station started in 1971 when a group of students formed a club. The radio station was eventually taken over by the Communication Department, and now students are able to be involved with the radio station while learning. "We want to make sure we provide the most state-of-the-art equipment for students," comments Dr. Jack Sargent, executive director of the School of Communication, Media and Journalism. "So once they get jobs, they can hit the ground running. So [by] providing great state-of-the-art equipment, we are providing great education to the students." Dr. Sargent is heavily involved with the radio station alongside communication Professor Dr. Scott McHugh. "15 years ago we got new boards when we were located in Hutchinson [Hall]," comments Dr. McHugh. "And since that time, the technology has changed so much in terms of studio operation and the integration of computers that we needed to update [the station] to better service give them the opportunity to work with equipment they are more likely to deal with in the industry." All of the equipment will be upgraded, and more items will be added. Besides getting a new board and a new transmitter, the radio station will also be getting new computers. One of the many computers will schedule all the music playing throughout the night, just like a professional radio station. Another computer updates the streaming, that way students can listen to WKNJ online through the website.

Michael Weisman, two University of Buffalo students and roommates who, after attending an out-of-state football game, came up with the idea of wanting to start a business that fed off of collecting student feedback to help improve campus services.

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Additionally, the system that gives students the details to find these events help the colleges and universities tremendously. The application helps schools of higher education explain their out-of-theclassroom experiences in an easy, accessible and interactive way to parents and school administrators, without the hassle of students having to ask around their campus about events. Kean's Cougar Link is part of Corq's nationwide educational information system known as "Collegiate Link," which sponsors over 250 college campuses nationwide as their co-curricular activity informant.

Here's how the app works:

■ Once downloaded from the Apple Store for iPhones or Google Play Store for Android phones, the application will ask the user for the school that he/she attends. ■ Once a student has tapped their school into the search bar, the application coordinates with the student's school, showing a list of daily, upcoming and nearby collegiate events and organizations throughout a school and its community. ■ If a student needs to know the ticket information of an event or when it starts, details about an event will be explicitly

The two would then go on to enter a technology competition and win and earn a $25,000 grant. This gave them the confidence to start a website by the name StudentVoice.

Corq is a new and accessible way to find the events happening on campus, and is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play Store explained to the user. Nearby events can also be tracked down on the website's campus map that will show users where these events will be. Also, the app caters to the interests of its user. Whether a student is looking for the school's next baseball game and its location, or is simply looking for a free meal to enjoy, a search filter can be added by pressing the small white cone on the top right part of the screen. The categories range from arts and music all the way to education, so that every student who uses the application will be able to attend meetings and events that interest them. The Corq application that runs Cougar Link on mobile devices was created by Campus Labs, a company devoted to serving students on college campuses through providing insight to the many campus administrators over student engagement, proper educational instruction, analytics, retention and the overall success of the company's sponsored campuses' curriculum programs. As for the history of Campus Labs, the company was founded by Eric Reich and

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More information on the Corq application can be found on Cougar Link and Corq's official website.

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

graduate school can help someone update their education, which can ultimately lead to career advancement.

For some people, whatever career they started in after graduating may not be what they are looking for years later. Anyone who is looking for a career change, going to graduate school to learn something new is a safe bet and can be the expansion of knowledge they are looking for.


Graduate school is not only for learning, but also for networking. That is one of the many differences between graduate and undergraduate school. Graduate students are able to meet with other students who are already in the field, making networking easier in graduate school than undergraduate. Also, many graduate school programs implement internships or externships, which allows students to network within their field.

Choice of going to graduate school or not:


any students after receiving their bachelor's degree go directly into the workforce or go back to school to earn a master's degree. Going to graduate school allows students to be more educated in a certain field like teaching or some form of engineering. Although some fields do not require a degree earned in graduate school, getting a master's degree is worth it.

Going to graduate school means students get a chance to advance their career:

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

The Corq app lets students enjoy all of the benefits of using the Collegiate Link website on the go, without the hassle of just having to ask around campus or use a personal computer to find events happening throughout a school's community.

Going to graduate school also means a change in career:

To listen to WKNJ, check out its website at to stream all shows online. To listen to WKNJ on the radio, tune into 90.3 FM. Be aware that the schedule changes every semester.

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Corq was subsequently created in the midst of Reich's and Weisman's business expansion.

Going to grad school is a great way to expand someone's knowledge in any field

Any student who wants to host a show or become a DJ has to take an audio production class to learn the functions of the radio.

The new and improved WKNJ

Western New York credited the Campus Labs team as, "being one of the best success startup stories since the introduction of the 21st century."

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Also, Dr. McHugh comments that "one of the new updates that will happen will be an integrative phone system with a delay. So students who are on air will be able to talk to people who call in and have conversations as opposed to just having conversations with their co-host." Hosts can also bleep out words that cannot be used on the radio using the seven-second delay system.

If a student wants to be a DJ or radio show host, visit the WKNJ website to apply. WKNJ is located in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic of Success (CAS) on the fourth floor.

Hard work and consultation made StudentVoice become Campus Labs, and by 2008, the company expanded its services to employ over 30 members of its office in Buffalo, New York. Through consulting with campus administrators over institutional challenges, the two entrepreneurs would expand their website to over 350 campuses across the country.

There are a variety of careers that are calling for professionals with a master's degree. Some of those fields include health, social work and psychology. Getting a master's degree expands someone's knowledge on a field, helping them with their career advancement. For example, getting a Master's in Psychology can help anyone qualify to practice in the field of forensic psychology.

There are some fields that do not require someone to get a degree higher than a bachelor's. People in fields like science and politics will most likely need a master's degree or higher in order to enter the field. But for those who do not identify with those types of fields, do have the choice of going to graduate school or not. There is no rush to decide as someone can go the graduate school right after finishing undergrad, or later in their career; there is no time limit.

Higher chance of faster promotion:

Getting a graduate degree may not promise someone a high-paying job right after graduation, but what it does promise is a promotion in the near future. With more education comes more knowledge, something an employer will see as a plus. Grad school may not be for everyone, but it does have its benefits. There is no limit to education. Everyone can expand their knowledge, and going to graduate school is a great way to do so.

Education Upgrade:

Say there is someone who has been working in the field of software engineering for 10 years and has a bachelor's degree. Between now and ten years ago a lot has changed, especially with technology. So going to


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

TUESDAY | APRIL 11 | 2017


A Talented Choir Of Success

Kean Gospel Choir is a finalist in the McDonald's Gospel Fest yet another year Petruce Jean-Charles


Staff Writer

ost people look forward to the opportunity to explore the campus life and join various clubs. For those who have an interest in singing, the Kean University Gospel Choir is a group full of passion and success. The Kean Gospel Choir (KGC) was selected as a finalist in the adult choir category for this year’s McDonald’s Gospel Fest. The choir will perform one selection in the competition category that includes several other choirs from both New York and New Jersey. KGC President Danielle Thomas, a junior majoring in psychology and sociology, said, "I want the organization to provide a safe haven for Kean University and the community around it." “The choir is extremely proud to have the opportunity to represent Kean University in a consecutive year on such a large stage. There are a lot of amazing things happening here, and we want to make the community aware of that,” Thomas said. "It is important to have fun, to be humble, and don't be arrogant." Thomas said. And that philosophy helped them win the McDonald's Gospel Fest last year. The competition, which attracts over 16,000 attendees annually, will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark. The competition features categories ranging from dance and comedy to solo and adult choir. In addition to the competition, the event will feature renowned gospel musicians and singers Israel Houghton, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker and many others. The purpose of the student organization is to promote an environment where students can express their faith through gospel music. With that the organization has been able to influence others with its faith in order to become a finalist for the McDonald's Gospel Fest. Its goal is to recruit people who have a passion for gospel music, or

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All smiles headed towards the Gospel Fest want to develop an interest despite their knowledge or abilities. With these abilities this organization is able to impact its audience.

2016. The event, a first of its kind at Kean University, drew a crowd of over 600 to Wilkins Theatre.

Last year the KGC placed first in the competition. The choir has also been featured on Fox 5’s "Good Day Street Talk," which aired April 2016.

The organization encourages positive attitude among all members, respecting all gifts, and raise the consciousness of the Kean community toward a greater understanding and appreciation for gospel music.

The student organization is active on campus, performing at events such as the ceremony honoring the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to campus, Black Love hosted by Pan-African Student Union (PASU) and many others.

If anyone is interested in joining this organization, Kean Gospel Choir meetings are on Mondays at the Miron Student Center (MSC) Greek Lounge and Thursdays in Wilkins 141 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

More recently, the choir partnered with Kean University’s Haitian Student Association (HSU) to present Kean Gospel Fest in December

Petruce Jean-Charles, sophomore sociology and writing major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte Staff

Tips And Tricks For On-The-Go Students

How upperclassmen commuters combat parking, find time to eat and schedule classes Sara Ridgway


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ith about 16,000 students attending classes at Kean University, around 80% of those students are commuters.

The life of a commuter and the life of a resident come with their own advantages and their own struggles. But there is more to a commuter student than just the battle of finding a parking space. What about finding time for lunch, carrying books and materials from class to class and even scheduling classes conveniently? Four commuting students at Kean shared some of the tips and tricks they have learned throughout their time here to combat some of the difficulties commuters may face on a daily basis.


Junior accounting major Alex Noriega is a commuter student on the soccer team. He has some tips about parking to share with his fellow commuting peers: 1. Arriving before 9:30 a.m. guarantees a parking spot 2. Communicate with friends about when their classes are over and wait for their parking spots to open 3. Offer rides to students in exchange for their parking spots "Get here early or late in the day or else parking anxiety will be a burden the whole semester," Noriega said. Noriega's teammate and senior environmental biology major Carmine Colasurdo suggests following people in the parking lot who look as if they may be leaving or asking them if they are leaving. He also added that staying near a car that is still on might mean they will be leaving sometime soon.

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he typically purchases food from the Miron Student Center (MSC) Cafeteria.

When it comes to parking, Denison suggests arriving early and being patient.

"However I usually run out quickly because a lot of things are expensive," Colasurdo said. "It helps me on campus."

"Park at East Campus or the STEM Building parking lots and take the trollies to buildings on main campus," Denison said.

Denison does not use a meal plan with Cougar Dollars, therefore when it comes to food, as a pescatarian (a person who does not eat meat, but does eat fish), she normally brings her own lunch.

Sophomore global fitness and wellness major Julia Heller is a commuter who also works part-time at a hair salon and is a sister of the sorority Theta Phi Alpha. As this is only her first semester as a commuter student, she has not figured out any tricks for parking yet.


Although he does not now, Noriega has carpooled with friends or classmates in the past whenever the opportunity to do so was available. Through this, he was able to save gas. Denison carpools with her roommate when they have classes at the same time.

Scheduling Classes

When it comes to scheduling classes, Noriega insists that students should strategically plan them in order to leave room for buying food on campus or to bring to class. "Since I play a sport, I'm on campus almost every day so I use that to help spread out my class work load but always try to have a day off to save gas and sleep in," Noriega said. Although it is preference of the commuter student, typically most commuters prefer to drive the least amount of days, so stacking classes into several days makes it the most convenient, as per Noriega. "As a commuter, it is probably better to schedule morning classes so you can find parking easily," Colasurdo said.

Kean graduate student Alix Denison is in the process of completing her first year in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Program.

Like Noriega, he also recommended leaving time for lunch within the daily schedule of the commuting student.

She works at the Barnes and Noble Cafe in the Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB), is one of the assistant coaches for the Kean women's volleyball team and is also a member of Kappa Upsilon Nu Chi Sigma Iota Organization (the M.A. in Counseling

Colasurdo added that students do not want to leave too much down time for themselves between classes. "Don't give yourself too much free time unless you are able to go home or stay in a dorm with a friend

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The Commuter Resource Center located on the first floor of Hennings Hall between classes, otherwise you will be very bored," Colasurdo said. Denison prefers stacking her classes into several days, as she saves time and gas while having the availability to work on days that she does not have class. "Even though it was long days, it was rewarding to know that I only had to go to campus three times per week rather than all five if they were spread out," she said. Heller likes to schedule her classes somewhat back to back so that she does not have to wait around campus all day.

Textbooks & Materials

When it comes to bringing textbooks and other items needed throughout the typical school day, Noriega suggests prioritizing what books need to be brought to class and parking as close to the location of the class as possible. This way students can stop at their car to change books and avoid lugging around extra weight. Typically Denison tries to have her textbooks accessible on her tablet or computer so that she does not have to carry much from place to place. "If I do have a lot of material and a decent amount of time between classes, I plan accordingly with what I leave in my car and what I take to class," Denison said.

"But when I forget it, the Barnes and Noble Cafe has great vegetarian and vegan lunches for sale that are super yummy and don't break the bank," Denison said. "The Cougar's Den also has a lot of healthy choices." Although Heller usually brings her lunch to campus, if she does not, she will buy from the Cougar's Den or Jersey Mike's. For those less inclined to purchasing food on campus, students can choose to bring their lunch and snacks from home. There are microwaves in the Barnes and Noble Cafe in GLAB as well as outside of the MSC Cafeteria.

Commuters' favorite foods and snacks on campus:

Noriega: Chocolate filled croissant, bag of chips and Gatorade Colasurdo: Pasta and Jersey Mike's Denison: MSC Cafeteria salad bar or vegetarian and vegan options at the Barnes and Noble Cafe (specifically the quinoa mix and kale salad) Heller: Jersey Mike's

Commuter Resource Center (CRC)

The commuter students interviewed were not aware that Kean now offers a Commuter Resource Center, which offers services to commuter students including, but not limited to, providing commuter lockers and maintaining study areas and lounges. More information about the services offered at the CRC can be found on the Kean University website.

Cougar Dollars & Buying Food On Campus Colasurdo utilizes a meal plan with Cougar Dollars as

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TUESDAY | APRIL 11 | 2017

Kean Grad Inspires Students In The Design Field Art Director Max Friedman returns to Kean as a keynote speaker Sara Ridgway


Staff Writer

t is 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 in the North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB) as the Thinking Creatively Conference begins for the day.

Students are piling in to register for the conference. Once registered, students could enjoy a light breakfast and if they wished, purchase books from a Barnes and Noble table displaying the books of the various speakers at the conference. As the clock ticks towards 10 a.m., students begin eagerly filling the seats of the auditorium. The chatting among students came to a halt when Professor Ed Johnston began a 15-minute long motion graphics reel consisting of work completed by Kean University students. The work presented in the reel is from students in Motion 1 and Motion 2 as well as independent studies. Johnston is a professor of the motion graphics and interactive design classes.

Gonnella met Friedman while in his sophomore year in a studio skills class. She described him as a "difficult person" but his work always shone through with its originality and his ability to never stay within a project's parameters. He began an in-house internship with the design studio K-Labs where students work with faculty and have complete creative freedom to work on professional level projects. Gonnella and Friedman have also written three books together in two years. In the two years following his graduation from Kean, Friedman has moved his way up from junior art director to art director at Droga5, which is an independent advertising network. Friedman took the stage and began his talk by introducing himself and explaining what he does: "I direct art. I tell it where to go; left, right, up, down."

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The NAAB auditorium was almost filled with aspiring creative thinkers gave a talk to attendees and was then followed by an hour-long lunch break.

Students responded to the reel with laughter at some of the funnier pieces and concluded with a loud applause. The students whose work was displayed in the reel were asked to stand to be recognized.

The crowd laughed in response. His presentation continued through a PowerPoint that highlighted his undergraduate work in the graphic design program and explained his experience as an undergrad student and then further professional experience.

Associate Dean Rose Gonnella welcomed the students, beginning with a thank you to those involved in making the 15th annual conference happen.

As he explained his journey from Kean University to where he is today with his position at Droga5, Friedman gave the audience some tips to becoming successful in the field they are passionate about.

Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann of Freelance Architecture spoke to the audience. Partner of Pentagram, Abbott Miller concluded the portion of the conference being held in the NAAB.

Herman Miller is a design brand specializing in furniture and was the sponsor of the conference. Gonnella described Herman Miller as "a powerful advocate of great design."

He explained how he took what he learned in class and applied it to the things he liked and was interested in; he brought the skills he learned in the classroom alive through his various interests outside of the classroom.

The conference continued at the Center for Academic Success Gallery where Abbott's exhibit "Slideshow" was displayed for the exhibition reception.

A lucky student at the conference won a Herman Miller desk chair. After interacting with the students and playing a questions game where multiple students won books by the speakers at the conference, the keynote speaker and Kean University graduate Max Friedman was introduced. "I graduated from Kean two years ago and Rose invited me to come speak today about kinda where I was at with design and my portfolio and what I'm doing now to show the students that process from being in school to graduating," Friedman said. Friedman thought is would be an awesome experience to be able to show the students the process of what they should do upon graduating.

He was chosen as the Art Directors Club (ADC) All-Star, meaning he was chosen as having the best portfolio entered to the ADC's Annual Awards.

Following the lunch break, there was a Michael Graves Architecture and Design Panel Discussion.

Friedman feels that attending networking events, such as the Thinking Creatively Conference, are important for students to attend because they never know who they will meet and what they will learn.

Friedman began working at Droga5 in the July after graduating from Kean, where he left with his B.F.A. in Graphic Design.

"For me, I went to a portfolio show in New York and talked to someone for five minutes and ended up getting a job interview from where I'm at now," Friedman said.

After his talk, students were free to meet him and ask questions. There were also more book giveaways to lucky students whose seat number was drawn.

Networking events and conferences allow students to talk to new people, build connections, broaden their creative horizons and introduce their name to the world of design.

After a short break, Cynthia Smith, who is the curator of Socially Responsible Design Cooper-Hewitt at Smithsonian Design Museum,

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

Get Involved With A Day Of Service The CLS hosts its annual Cougars That Care Sara Ridgway


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oin the Kean University community for a day of service with Cougars That Care, hosted by the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS). On Saturday, April 22, 2017, students will donate their time volunteering for various causes to kick off National Volunteer Week. "What better way to start the week than joining other Kean University students across the community in a collective effort to give back," said Managing Assistant Director of the CLS Susan Figueroa. As per Figueroa, in past years there have been between 100 and 125 participants in Cougars That Care events. This year, there are hopes to have between 150 and 200 students involved. Students and alumni will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Atria Senior Living, Union County Parks Adopt A Park Program, The Arc of Union County and Jumpstart for a Day at Kellogg Park. Other volunteering opportunities will be added as student groups continue to register their own additional projects. "If a group would like to host a service project for Cougars That Care, they simply need to register their event with the Center for Leadership and Service," Figueroa said. Students should be aware that volunteering for the service projects are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are closed upon being filled to capacity of volunteers. Each project has its own limit for volunteers based on the host organization's limits. "We encourage students to sign up early as the first 100 students to sign up will receive a free Cougars That Care t-shirt," Figueroa said. On the day of the event, students will receive a light breakfast at the check in station at Wilkins Theatre. "Each project has specific requirements and instructions," Figueroa said. "Students should read each registration on Cougar Link carefully for details."

Service Specialist Shannon Brown provided a description for each service event being held on Cougar's That Care:

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers are given the opportunity to help rebuild homes for families in need through numerous projects of rebuilding and remodeling. Habitat for Humanity and its homeowner families have built or rehabilitated more than 400,000 homes. Volunteers will be provided both breakfast and lunch due to the duration of the project. Space is very limited for this project, so act now if interested in volunteering.

Community FoodBank

Kean students volunteer their time at the Community FoodBank of N.J. by packaging food for families in need. Students are given numerous projects such as packaging boxes of food, sorting and labeling food and help in providing basic human essentials that individuals need to survive.

Atria Senior Living

Students are given the opportunity to interact and engage with senior citizens at Atria Senior Living. Students volunteer and assist in activities with the residents such as arts and crafts and recreational activities. Space is very limited for this project, so act now if interested in volunteering.


Students work with Union County Parks Environmental Specialists in removing debris and litter from parks, restoring park area streams and fixing fenced areas in the community. The Union County Parks consists of 36 parks spanning 6,200 acres. Volunteers will help in maintaining these local parks.

The Arc of Union County

Volunteers will be able to interact, motivate and support individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, along with their families as well.

Jumpstart for a Day

Senior Site Manager at Kean University Gina Miseo provided a description of the Jumpstart for a Day event: Jumpstart for a Day will be a literacy event for the children in the Elizabeth community. We will be reading "The Busy Beaver" and we will have literacy stations set up with different activities for the children to participate in, such as tissue paper tree art, seed planting and yoga stretches. We will be in Kellogg Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will have a special guest author making an appearance. "It is not everyday that you can impact lives in a


profound way," Figueroa said. "We encourage all Kean students to go out into the Kean community or any other community and help those who find themselves in need." For more information and to pre-register (which is required), visit Cougar Link and search "Cougars That Care." For further information about how organizations can participate in Cougar's That Care Day, contact the CLS by visiting room 219 in the Miron Student Center, calling 908-737-5170 or emailing

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

TUESDAY | APRIL 11 | 2017


You Know You Are A Kean Cougar When...


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Students tell what makes them a Kean Cougar Petruce Jean-Charles


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.

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art of the college life is identifying with a symbol, and for Kean University, that symbol is Cougar.

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.

Stepping onto campus, the title Kean Cougar is bestowed upon the students. Students are expected to identify with being called Cougars, but what does that mean? Most people would think that going to the bookstore and buying a stock of Kean merchandise would show their school spirit. Some think being involved in school events and activities shows their dedication. It is really all up to interpretation. And that is why The Cougar's Byte went around asking students, "You know you are a Kean Cougar when..."

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One of the models showing their outfit to the rhythm while the dressed models came down the stairs one by one, and walked down the "runway" of the atrium. Every student was dressed according to the themes Guo mentioned. Each model was either from the Asian Studies program, Wenzhou-Kean University Student Association (WKUSA), the Department of History or APA students. They held a stoic face as they walked down and demonstrated the definition of fashion professionalism. After each model showed their outfit, the APA dancers moved around the atrium and all the models came down one last time before they circled the runway. After the fashion show ended, Guo opened the floor to questions and comments. Many people asked to further discuss her way and process of designing these clothes, while Dr. Kong translated each question and answer English to Mandarin and vice versa. People can see more of Guo's fashion designs here. Those who missed the fashion show, the Asian Studies program uploaded a video of the students in the designed clothes. After the questions finished, the guests and visitors were welcomed to Chinese food and drinks. There were many options ranging from fried rice to noodles and two different choices of bubble tea. Thanks to the Asian Studies program, Department of History, APA-Kean program, WKUSA and Confucius Institute of Rutgers University for bringing together such a beautiful event.

"When you get a ton of bookstore emails expressing all of their great deals and then go to check them out." "[When] On Fridays you go into your Kean wardrobe and pick an entire outfit to wear," said Jen R., a junior majoring in business. There are many events at Kean University in which students can win free shirts and Kean gear, which leaves students with no shortage of Kean apparel. "When you run up to catch up with the trolley so that you are not late for a class on East Campus." The trolleys are a great part of Kean University because they allow students to save time on looking for parking, walking to classes or even meeting new people. "When you take Friday and Saturday classes because you want Kean Bucks specifically to buy food, instead of using your own money." "[When] You go to Tropicana Diner...[to use your] Kean Bucks," said Socrate Exama, a sophomore studying physical education and health science. Kean Bucks are awarded to students who are enrolled in Friday and Saturday classes. Students can earn $50 per credit for Friday classes that start after 3:30 p.m. and for Saturday or Sunday classes that start before noon. Earn $100 per credit for Saturday or Sunday classes that start after noon. Kean Bucks have no cash value, but can be used on any on-campus eatery and selected stores around the university. "If part of your day consists of going to Outtakes and getting a bunch of snacks." Food seemed to be a common ground for students. "When Cougar's Den is your favorite place to eat," said Gianna H., a freshman studying psychology.

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The Cougar's Den is an eatery on campus that provides a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches, on many occasions it can be packed with many Kean students.

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.


"If you rely on Starbucks to survive throughout the day." Starbucks was a common answer when asking students what being at Kean University meant. "You stand in line for Starbucks for 20 minutes because you really need coffee before your next class," said Rebecca Agnone, a freshman studying biology. Sharon L., a freshman studying communication, said, "When you go to the library to study, and end up at the Starbucks line." "You know you are a Kean Cougar when you join clubs and meet new people," said Jemima OJ. Most of the answers given pertained to "hang out" spots and different places on campus to eat. Kean University has many eateries to get work done, which is noted by how consistently packed Starbucks and the library are. "The whole essence of college is to participate and meet new people," said OJ. There are many places on campus to have fun, be active and be productive, and the Nancy Thompson Library and Miron Student Center are these hubs on campus. "If you make a joke about how funny being called a Cougar is." Kean pride is not just about wearing the clothes or going to events on campus, but it is the ability to know that as a Kean student there are many outlets and opportunities available. From the Career Services Center, Writing Center or tutoring programs, there are many educational opportunities. Having Kean pride is as simple as saying, "I am a Kean student." As Kean Cougars, it is the duty of students to represent and to show pride whenever possible.

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.

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See What Research Day Is About The keynote speaker this year is Hannah Donovan Gaelle Gilles


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rom Monday, April 24, 2017 through Wednesday April 26, 2017, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will be hosting its annual Research Days event, which will be held in the Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) Building. Come out and support fellow students and faculty as they present their research to a panel of judges. The three-day-long event will start out that Monday with a competition where presenters will have to present in front of a panel of judges for three minutes on their thesis of their research.

On Tuesday, students, faculty and other attendees will be able to listen to the keynote speaker, Hannah Donovan, speak on real-world tips and how to design for content. Donovan is a design and product leader who currently works at Twitter. Following the keynote speaker are faculty presentations starting at 11 a.m the rest of the day. On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 is when students present their research to attendees and fellow classmates. Also, the winner of the Undergraduate Student Research Award will be given out to a student who has excelled in research and or creative work. The presenters of the three-minute thesis competition will also be notified of who has received first place, runner

up and people's choice award of 2017 from Monday's competition. The deadline to be a student presenter at Research Days already past, but that does not mean students cannot head over to STEM to view the work other students and faculty members have done. Good luck to the presenters, and do not forget to have fun! For more information about Research Days and to view the schedule of that day, visit the ORSP website.

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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

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Earning A Degree While Preparing For The Army Kean ROTC students take getting involved to the next level Sara Ridgway


Young made the decision to do ROTC because he was not doing well in school.

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tudents at Kean University who participate in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) are part of Seton Hall University's Pirate Battalion.

The Kean University website describes Army ROTC as, "The goal of the Army ROTC is to provide students with tools, training and experiences that will contribute to a successful future." Being a part of Army ROTC can help finance one's education. Graduating students who have met the university and program requirements will graduate as Officers in the United States Army.

"The fact there was forward promotion in the unit I was in at the time, my commander recommended me to attend Georgia Military College and do Early Commission Program (ECP) ROTC there," Young said. He spent two years there once accepted. With his family being involved heavily in the military, he knew he was bound to join as well eventually. "ROTC was [a] life changing event for me," Young said. "It helped me keep my head on straight and kept me out of trouble." This experience provided him with the ability to think as an individual, leader and team player, making him the man he is today.

Kean students take Army ROTC classes at Seton Hall University through the joint program. Second semester Kean University freshman studying criminal justice, Jacob Garrett is a cadet private within the ROTC program. He decided to join because he wanted to serve his country as a U.S. Army Officer.

Photo courtesy of Jacob Garrett

The battalion on Combat Physical Training

"I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family where respecting our flag, country, those who serve it and loving fellow Americans was important," Garrett said. Garrett was a Navy Junior ROTC Cadet in high school and learned much more about the military.

"In ROTC, the only way to get the most out of it is to always be hungry for knowledge and take initiative in anything that pops up," Young said.

Young went on to say that ROTC does have its difficulties, but so does life in general. "The Cadre are there to guide and mold you into leaders," Young stated. "It's up to you to meet them half way so you can reap the benefits." The Cadre is a group of instructors that trains potential instructors and leaders.

"ROTC was a perfect fit because it allows me to go to school as a full-time student while attending ROTC as an Army Cadet, and eventually commissioning in the Army as a Second Lieutenant right after graduation," Garrett said.

Young plans on staying in the Army for as long as he can. He plans to continue his education through getting his Master's Degree in a Field of Exercise Science and eventually going on to school for physical therapy.

Although he is only a second semester freshman, Garrett describes his experience in ROTC thus far as rewarding and challenging, as he has been tested and pushed out of his comfort zone many times.

"ROTC is helping obtain these goals by assisting with paying for my education as well [as] grooming me to be a leader and allowing [me] to use what I learned in their program [and] apply it through life," Young said.

"Whether it was crawling on frozen hard grass for hundreds of yards or training in cold rainy weather at Fort Dix," Garrett recalled, "one of the best parts about ROTC is the bond I have formed with others."

Young described his typical schedule for the week, which balances ROTC classes, training sessions, classes at Kean and extracurricular involvement. Each day the schedule changes depending on the activities and training sessions.

Garrett elaborated on the fact that in ROTC, individuality does not exist and everyone constantly works as a team.

In military time, Young detailed his schedule for a typical Monday:

"Everyone helps each other whether it's through training, academics or motivation," Garrett said. "It is like a band of brothers and sisters and it is something I am proud to be a part of." Jarrod Young is a Kean University senior majoring in physical education with a concentration in global fitness and wellness. He is a Commissioned Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the Army.

■■ 0545-0550: Formation ■■ 0550-0700: Physical Training ■■ 0630-0740: Breakfast ■■ 0750-0800: Reveille Formation ■■ 0800-0850: Cadet Common Training ■■ 0900-1505: Academic Classes

Photo courtesy of Jacob Garrett

The Ranger Challenge Team ■■ 1130-1330: Lunch ■■ 1530-1800: Clubs "I usually wake up six days a week at 5:20 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are physical training (PT) from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., which is all mandatory to attend," Garrett said. "Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are either color guard or drill and ceremony practice through Pirate Battalion or the military fraternity I am associated with, Pershing Rifles." Fridays are ROTC class/lab days where students will either be in the classroom, learning from class instructors or out in the field training with the Pirate Battalion. Following an hour lunch break, the battalion will meet up and split off into their platoon classes. "During the platoon class, you learn from your platoon leader, who is a senior, and he or she will go over tactics, Army regulations, leadership, safety procedures and a variety of other topics," Garrett said. Before being dismissed for the day, the battalion will form up for final formation. Following this turns to time for ROTC extracurricular activities such as Ranger Challenge, color guard, Pershing Rifles or Ambassadors Club.

"ROTC has given me the tools to become successful through managing my time, learning how to lead, develop outstanding leadership and communication skills and above all maintaining discipline," Garrett said. Garrett is constantly motivated and encouraged by his fellow brothers and sisters within the ROTC program. Young explained that there are different acceptance requirements depending on a student's status. Freshmen and transfer students have different requirements to supplement their applications. Applicants for the Early Commissioning Program must also meet specific requirements. "When I joined, I contacted [the] Pirate Battalions Recruiting Operations Officer, Mr. Rene Samayoa," Garrett said. After this, he provided the list of classes he planned on taking and had to have a physical that is affiliated with Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB). He then had to register for ROTC classes. Since he is not a Seton Hall student, these classes are taken without credit.

The ROTC program will accept everyone to be Photo courtesy of Jacob Garrett a part of the program The drill team from the Pershing Rifle for the first two years Convention in Jacksonville, Florida of college. Come junior On top of this, Garrett and senior year of and his fellow cadets college, those involved need to balance academic work and make the time to must accept a contract to serve as an Army Officer. complete homework and study. On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 "However, fortunately the Cadre always remind cadets p.m. in the Miron Student Center, Seton Hall ROTC that school comes before ROTC, because in order to program representatives will be providing more be an Army officer, you must have your bachelor's," information for students who are interested in the Garrett said. program. Garrett feels that being involved with ROTC has benefited his future in many ways, as after the Army, he plans on working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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

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job today is to really tell the donor that...without them...” so many students would not benefit from their selfless generosity. “This is an amazing thing.”

“It seemed my dream was being was a challenge, but we worked through it,” she said as she continued sharing her story.

The Kean University President told a story of how he recently attended a Kean graduate’s White Coat Ceremony, which is when a medical student transitions and receives their white doctor coat.

Despite the interferences of getting here, she continued to maintain the drive to achieve the dream she shaped for herself and her daughter.

“To go as far as you want to go and as high as you want to go...It takes work,” Dr. Farahi said. “Everytime I see one of you succeed, I get goosebumps.” He glanced around the room, looking at the students who are still in their studies, and the alumni that have moved on from Kean University, but have never truly left behind being a Cougar. “A scholarship is truly an amazing gift, [one] that can open a lot of doors,” said Maria Bordas. Bordas is the vice chair of Kean Foundation Board of Directors. Crystal Dill, recipient of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship, greeted all who sat in the filled arena, her gratitude shining through before she even said a word. “My gratitude is immense,” Dill said. “Because of your support, I’m standing here today with my daughter.” She is a single mom raising her eight-year-old daughter while attending to her undergraduate workload. A few years back, she made the life-changing decision to move the two of them from Bermuda to New Jersey, changing their environment and lives completely.

Dr. Farahi said a statement early on in the ceremony that hung in the arena. This statement, it applies to all students of Kean University: “If you have a dream that doesn’t scare the daylight out of you, it isn’t a’s a wish.” Indeed, opportunities do arise with a scholarship. For Dill, that door was to be the first in her immediate family to attend college, a college located a thousand miles away from everything she was accustomed to. Once here, Dill chose to major in psychology. In fall 2017, she will graduate with her Bachelor’s in Psychology. That will not be the last the Kean community sees of Dill. Following her undergrad years, Dill will return to study at Kean University for her master’s degree. Receiving a scholarship, students earn more than funds for their studies; a scholarship gives confidence.

As printed on placemats on each table, $750,000 was awarded to Kean students in the 2016-2017 academic year. Out of 1,301 Kean University Foundation Scholarship applications received in the last cycle, 338 students were lucky enough to benefit from the donors’ benevolence. Scholarship recipients were asked to assemble beyond the doors of Harwood Arena. They then lined up, and together, reentered the ceremony to smiles and applause, as the students walked slowly across the arena towards the stage. Recipients, one by one, walked across the stage, bent their heads in acceptance of the dark green honor cord and posed for a picture, smiles bright and broad in front of all recipients, donors and guests. Brian Treanor, Office of Scholarship Services director, addressed the crowd from the stage. Treanor opened with asking the recipients to stand so they could be recognized by all in Harwood Arena. “You owe yourself a round of applause,” he said. And that is just what the crowd did. Surrounded by their family, friends and generous donors, the recipients stood proud and grateful of the opportunities given to them.

The Dills left the stage with her daughter saying, “When I get older, I want to attend Kean University, just like my mom.” Students and donors were then given the chance to socialize some more, conversations ranging from learning more about one another to the donor’s career and the student’s ambitions to more personal topics, such as how receiving this scholarship helped diminish or lessen their academic financial struggles.


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

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