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Kean Gets Ready For Homecoming Homecoming is right around the corner Caleb Lopez


Inflatable games, rides and free food lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., the Kean University football team will take on William Paterson University at the Alumni Stadium. At 5 p.m., the Kean University women's soccer will also compete against William Paterson University at the Alumni Stadium. Make sure to arrive early because the stands will be jam-packed with students, alumni and guests.

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omecoming 2017 is coming in hot. Friday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 8 should be marked down on calendars as it will certainly manifest into an exciting time for the entire university. The weekend of homecoming is packed with food, fun and prizes that will appeal to students, alumni and guests alike.

Finally, on Sunday, Oct. 8, the Men's Lacrosse Alumni game will take place at the Intramural Field at East Campus from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. At 11 a.m., the Class of 1967 will have their 50 year anniversary reunion at Kean Hall.

Homecoming is a huge event on campus, bringing students, alumni and guests together to cheer on Kean athletics in a grand show of Kean pride.

Apart from the lineup of events, this year's homecoming is back with a new theme: "Super Heroes & Comic Books." Do not be surprised to find Batman, Harley Quinn and Spiderman walking around Kean University during that weekend. Many members of Greek organizations here at Kean really run with the theme, but guests are welcome to throw on a costume and join the fun.

Acting Director of Alumni Relations Alissa Di Scala, understands the scope of this event and the role it plays for all who attend. "The impact Homecoming has on alumni is an opportunity to see the positive changes the University is undergoing. It also gives the alumni a chance to be back 'home' where they developed friendships and more importantly where they gained the knowledge they needed to become the person they are today."

For any student or alumni who is hesitant about attending the event, Alissa Di Scala exhorts them to come by.

For students, Di Scala mentions that "it brings together all students regardless if they are an athlete or from a Greek or student organization. It’s a day where the students can show their Kean pride with apparel, [by] playing in a game, participating in the Homecoming Tailgate or coming to cheer on their fellow peers. In the end, the impact on students and alumni is common; that is pride for Kean."

"Homecoming is a great day to enjoy everything that Kean is about. As an alumni, you can bring back your family to show off where you went to school. As a student or athlete, it’s a day to come together to cheer on Kean [Athletics]. [Ultimately,] Homecoming is about fun and enjoyment. What more could you ask for on a beautiful October day?" asked Di Scala.

Homecoming 2017 kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 5 with the Homecoming Concert. From 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., students can enjoy the performance of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie as well as lose their voices singing. Be sure to purchase tickets at the Wilkins Theater Box Office. Only two tickets are allowed per Kean ID. The action continues on Friday, Oct. 6 with the Pep Rally at 6 p.m. Come to Harwood Arena and get hyped for Kean University's sports teams. Cougar pride is extremely welcomed. The Greek Alumni Reunion will follow the Pep Rally at 8 p.m. at the North Avenue Academic Building. Alumni ages 21 and over are welcome for a fee. Students are not allowed at this event.

So come on out and support Kean Athletics at this year's homecoming. The more people that attend, the more lively and entertaining it will be. The louder people cheer, the harder the university's sports teams will compete. Let this homecoming be a sensational showcase of Kean pride.

Saturday, Oct. 7 is the biggest day of Homecoming. The best part is that it is happening regardless of the weather, so everyone who comes is promised a good time. While the Homecoming Tailgate kicks off the lineup of events for the day at 10 a.m. in the Harwood Arena lot, registration starts at 10:30 a.m. Registering allows attendants access to free food and games.

DACA Teach-In

A Teach-In discussion panel will take place at Kean to support DACA students

For the itinerary for homecoming, visit the Kean Alumni website at Registration for tickets can also be found there. Caleb Lopez, junior psychology major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

It Is Common To Learn At Kean

How can students benefit from this opportunity

Dreaming of an Immigration Solution in the Trump Era:


DACA? Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:30 p.m.

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help Moderator: alleviate issues with immigration. Once President Trump announced the end of the DACA Professor Frank Argote-Freyr program, it became clear that's what we needed to ACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Kean University Department of History do," Argote-Freyre explained. "DACA stands for Arrivals) students can find light outside Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals and what of the darkness at Kean University. Dr. Trump did was he threw the lives of these folks into Frank Argote-Freyre, assistant professor of Latin chaos, and so they have grown up the rest of their American History, will moderate a panel of three lives in the United States." DACA recipients and an immigration attorney during the Teach-In on Wednesday Oct. 4 at 4:30 Argote-Freyre also mentioned the number of p.m. in the Miron Student Center (MSC) Little DACA recipients at Kean who would be able to Theatre. benefit from the Teach-In as well as ask questions about where they stand. The Teach-In is designed to help educate students and staff on recent developments regarding DACA. "I spoke to Dr. Mercantini about it and that was All members of the university are welcome to clearly the way go. There are about 800,000 attend and participate. DACA recipients across the country and I was at a press conference over this September at Rutgers DEPARTMENT OF "Immigration has been a very important issue and they estimate they have about 500 DACA during the Trump administration, and from my perspective, stemming up a lot on scapegoating immigrants. We talked about ideas on how to SEE "DACA" ON PAGE 6


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Provost Learning and Library Support explained his thoughts on the matter.

ean University is an institution that prides itself on its ability to offer students different mechanisms to study and to learn. One of those mechanisms is located at the heart of the University in the Nancy Thompson Library.

"The library is undergoing a transformation into the Learning Commons where students have access to an online information delivery system and to service areas that provide them with academic and professional support," said Croft.

The library in itself hopes to be a part of each student's success by offering help through the Computer and Technology Laboratory, Writing Center, Tutoring Services, Career Development and last but not least the Learning Commons.

Croft believes that it was conceptualized because of the digital age and the millennial population noting that everything we do is point and click or tap and swipe. Croft focuses on the question of how does the traditional library setting adjust to the common age? How can the Learning Commons be a beneficial aspect in each student's studying routine?


The library Learning Commons is located in L110 across from the student computer lab as an environment that allows students to be innovative and creative by offering primary and secondary resources. These resources can aide students in their ability to be engaged in their studies. When asked about what the library learning commons were and how it benefited the students, Dr. Paul Croft, the Special Assignment for the

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Croft also mentioned when it was established and how it has changed from the beginning to now. "The concept of a Learning Commons incorporates the sense that learning is a process composed of






Searching To Lend A Helping Hand The how-to-find service projects guide 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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t Kean University, there are many ways to get involved on-campus and off-campus. One of the ways to serve the community off-campus is by doing community service. Community service projects are readily available for students who want to lend a helping hand for a project, group or place. There are several ways to go about looking for community service projects and registering for them. Every student looking to sign up for community service events during their time at Kean are encouraged to be part of Cougar Volunteers. Being part of Cougar Volunteers helps students be aware of the open service projects where volunteers are needed. Occasionally, an email will be sent to all members of Cougar Volunteers informing about service opportunities with their dates, times and other information regarding the type of service that is requested. In addition to e-mails, annual service events will be posted on Cougar Link, under the The Center of Leadership and Service (CLS) or Cougar Volunteers events. The CLS is in charge of majority of the community service projects and any student with a question about being involved can always stop by their office for help or assistance on the upcoming opportunities. When visiting the Miron Student Center (MSC) room 219, students can be assisted with a service specialist and learn more about the other opportunities on and off campus. Of course, providing one's name and contact information is always a great way to get their foot in the room of volunteering.

Kean students participating in our Cougar's That Care Day of Service in which there are multiple service projects across the community on the same day

Do not worry, for there are other opportunities at Kean University to volunteer or provide service!

office and ask!" The volunteer projects offered at Kean University are not limited to just helping children or helping the environment. There are so many other choices such as helping women, feeding the homeless or assisting animals. All it takes is for a student to have the drive and motivation to help out.

Many student groups and organizations try to branch outside to the community and host fundraisers and service events. For example, Kean University Council for Exceptional Children (KUCEC) will be volunteering their time with the Special Olympics of New Jersey. In previous semesters, clubs like the Earth Science Club (ESC) volunteered to plant dune grass at Bradley Beach's dunes for The Surfrider Foundation.

Keep in mind that being a Kean University volunteer comes with many benefits and a lot of students are eager to participate, so space is limited. But once again, there is no need to worry because if students cannot volunteer for the upcoming project, there will be room in the next project!

"There are so many ways to approach being involved with service projects," said Emely Hernandez, sophomore psychology major and service specialist at CLS. "There's Cougar Link--all our events are posted there. There's posters all around campus that have information about our upcoming events. We do tabling in the MSC Alumni Atrium, giving information on the service projects. We're even on social media like Instagram @keanvolunteers, but students can always just come in our

For more information, students can check out Cougar Link and register for groups like KUCEC, ESC or Cougar Volunteers.

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

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important to learn and utilize the options on campus such as the Learning Commons. He wants students to be the guides as well. If they know of certain rules or where certain tools are located, they can help other students.

many parts and experiences. Aside from limited classroom time, students spend many more hours engaging in their studies in groups and individually to learn and apply content, study, complete assignments and work on projects or term reports. This approach took hold during the 1990s in the United States and was to tie in the digital student with a digital library setting."

"Students should be proactive. If a student is being loud in the quiet area, it is up to other students to direct that student to an area where he or she can be better suited. If there is trash on the floor, students are not expected to pick it up, but they can call the front desk to let them know."

When asked about the services and opportunities that are available at the learning commons Croft opened up about what there is to offer. "By having the Learning Commons, students can readily accomplish their work in one location while having instant online access to a variety of resources. The service areas for Student Learning Support allows any student to hone their skills, polish their classwork and even research projects with specialty assistance available." Croft understands the impact the Learning Commons may have on the students because of its dedication. He explains that appointments can be made easily. The Learning Commons is accessible at all times of the day and it is conveniently placed by campus police, facilities like Starbucks, the Miron Student Center and the dormitories. He then focused on the flexibility of the services and hours provided by him and his staff, understanding that studying and learning are essential for students at any hour. The Fall semester schedule is as followed:

The Learning Commons is for the students, so the students should be willing to take charge and make decisions that will benefit the library as a whole. Croft excitedly mentioned the new updates as well, such as Alexa Dot stations, an Amazon voice-controlled device that will be placed around the library so that students can research more efficiently. He also had ideas to supply students with iPads and laptops if the computer labs are full and students urgently need the internet. Lastly, Croft finished with the notion that an advisory panel full of students could help the progress of the Learning Commons. "The Learning Commons is for the students. The students should be heard as well," said Croft.

■ ■ Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. ■ ■ Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ■■ Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight Croft wanted the students of Kean to grasp some knowledge about why it is


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



Cougar Cash: A Look Into A New Currency How can students use Cougar Cash? Petruce Jean-Charles


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ith all the new adjustments and arrivals to Kean University some students may wonder: What is Cougar Cash? Cougar Cash is a new currency and has made its way to the Union campus. Cougar Cash can only be used on food on and off campus and is established as a currency for meal plans such as: ■■ Unlimited Meal Plan MK-100 which is $1,915 per semester ■■ Block Meal Plan KB-96 which is $1,371 per semester ■■ $1,500 Declining Balance Plan per semester The unlimited meal plan comes with $100 in Cougar Cash and additional Cougar Cash can be purchased and utilized on all on and off campus. Block meal plans are also supplied with $100 in Cougar Cash. The $1,500 declining balance plan includes $500 in Cougar Cash. For students interested in getting Cougar Cash, choosing a meal plan will allow them to obtain the new currency. When issued in connection with the Unlimited Meal Plan (MK-100) or the Block Meal Plan (KB-96), Cougar Cash is non-refundable and will roll over from Fall to Spring semester but will expire at the end of the Spring semester. When issued in connection with the Declining Balance Plan, unused Cougar Cash is refundable up to $500 at the end of the Spring semester.

Some of the eateries that accept Cougar Cash are: ■■ The Residence Dining Hall

■■ The Miron Student Center Cafeteria ■■ The Cougar's Den ■■ Starbucks in the library and in CAS third floor ■■ Smashburger

■■ Bonchon Chicken ■■ Koki Buffet ■■ Rock 'n' Joes ■■ Tropicana Diner Other than Cougar Cash, Cougar Dollars can only be used on campus and the eateries they can be used at are as followed: ■■ The Residence Dining Hall ■■ The Miron Student Center Cafeteria ■■ The Cougar's Den ■■ Both Starbucks ■■ Smashburger ■■ Auntie Anne's ■■ Jersey Mike's Subs ■■ Outtakes With the Unlimited Meal Plan $100 Cougar Dollars are given to the students. Cougar Dollars are nonrefundable and will roll over from Fall to Spring semester but will expire at the end of the Spring semester. The next currency is Kean Bucks. Kean Bucks can be used to purchase food, attire, school supplies and any other on-campus items. Kean Bucks can be used at: ■■ The Residence Dining Hall

■■ Both Starbucks

The eligibility for Kean Bucks is $50 a credit for Friday courses starting at 3:30 p.m., $50 a credit for Saturday and Sunday courses starting before noon. For Saturday and Sunday courses after noon $100 is awarded. Kean Bucks are non-refundable and will

■■ Smashburger

expire one year from the date of issue.

■■ Auntie Anne’s

Lastly, there are Flex Dollars and they can be used for the purchase of food, books or other items at any on-campus location: ■■ The Residence Dining Hall

■■ The Miron Student Center Cafeteria ■■ The Cougar’s Den

■■ Jersey Mike’s Subs ■■ Outtakes ■■ Barnes and Noble Café ■■ Barnes and Noble Campus bookstore

■■ Auntie Anne's

■■ Au Bon Pain

■■ Jersey Mike's Subs

Kean Bucks are awarded as an incentive to students who take Friday or Saturday courses. And are awarded after the drop/add deadline is over in order to insure each student is consistent with their Friday

■■ Barnes and Noble Café ■■ Au Bon Pain ■■ Applebee's

■■ The Miron Student Center Cafeteria ■■ The Cougar’s Den ■■ Starbucks (Center for Academic Success, third Floor , and University Library)

■■ Northside Cafe

■■ Outtakes

■■ Outtakes

and Saturday classes.

■■ Barnes and Noble Café ■■ Barnes and Nobel Campus bookstore ■■ Au Bon Pain ■■ Northside Cafe ■■ Applebee’s ■■ Bonchon Chicken ■■ Koki Buffet ■■ Rock’ N Joe Coffee Bar ■■ Tropicana Diner There are many eateries and stores on and off campus that can benefit every student. So students, take advantage of all the currencies.

■■ Smashburger ■■ Auntie Anne’s ■■ Jersey Mike’s Subs

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

Cougar Link: A Place To Find Opportunities Redirecting students to the directory for student involvement Joanna Kristine Ninal


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ver wonder if there are any events occurring at Kean University? Is it conflicting which student group, honor society or Greek organization to join? Have a struggle with keeping count on how many service hours, clubs or awards have been collected throughout their university years? Cougar Link is Kean University’s online tracking system that keeps track of all types of involvement for a student, as well as all the types of service that has been completed. Students become heroes when they volunteer. Introduced in January 2010, Cougar Link provides students with events that happen on campus, the multiple types of clubs and groups there are, volunteer opportunities and their co-curricular transcript (CCT). Every recognized student organization or club can post their meetings on Cougar Link and spread the word of their group. In addition, students who want to join a club can request membership on the website and have it recorded on their CCT once they are accepted. The CCT program records every students’ involvement on campus. It can be accessed by logging onto Cougar Link. After clicking on the student’s name, they should click on their involvement. They are then brought to their involvement profile which shows everything from the student groups they are part of to their CCT. “The CCT program is designed to encourage significant student involvement in the learning process by documenting academic experiences that take place outside the classroom. The CCT serves to accentuate the student’s personal journey and provides a holistic view of a student’s skills and abilities. It can increase a student’s marketability to prospective employers and graduate schools,” excerpted from the CCT page. There are multiple ways to improve one’s CCT. Students can join a club, Greek organization, honor society or an academic department.

There are so many reasons why it is important to be involved on campus. It opens the door to a wide arrangement of opportunities. Find out the perks of being involved on campus!

the year of graduation, students are recommended to pass down information on how to use Cougar Link to their club members or peers to ease the struggle.

Who knows? Maybe after being involved on campus for a long time, some students may be inspired to take up leadership roles. Read about specific leadership roles students can take up.

Cougar Link can be accessed from both a computer and a mobile device. It is currently powered by Corq.

Cougar Link provides other useful information besides the types of clubs or events that are on campus. Faculty and students can find out one’s e-mail through Cougar Link without having to look up email addresses or phone numbers. Mail that is sent through Cougar Link is directly sent towards their Kean Email. Other than being an online tracking program, every student organization uses Cougar Link to post student elections, upload documents and even post their group’s constitution. Every student and faculty should know the basics of Cougar Link, for it can be confusing without any prior knowledge. Near

On Kean’s website, there are guides and FAQs that can help those who need help with figuring out Cougar Link. If there are any questions with how to work Cougar Link, students and/or faculty are free to stop by any room with the Center for Leadership and Service located to the Miron Student Center to receive assistance with the site. Otherwise, for more information about Cougar Link, please email Joanna Kristine Ninal, junior English education major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

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Just Business As Usual!

Kean University's Women of Excellence sponsors the Backpacks to Briefcases Event! Marcus Van Diver


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ean University's Women of Excellence sponsored their coveted "Backpacks to Briefcases" seminar in the Hennings Lecture Hall on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

The event, partnered with the likes of major organizations such as the Travelers Insurance Company and the National Black MBA Association, (NBMBAA) featured members of the Kean student body and prospective businessmen and women interested in the field of finance and insurance. Also, the informative event proved to be influential to the attendees, as tips for professional and personal growth were given to those listening closely. The presentation kicked off with the Women of Excellence President Giovanna Dessein, giving her greetings to the audience. Introductions from the six panelists from the Travelers Insurance group would soon follow, and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., all of the speakers gave their say about their insurance company. Those who spoke talked about the responsibilities of the company, ranging from covering liability cases to Automobile incidents. Each panelist spoke behind a large table draped in a cloth branded with the Travelers' logo and on the table were red magnets, business cards from Kathy Bellman, Travelers's Director of Human Resources and information sheets about the company. For the young businessmen and women, the speakers commented on applying for internships, in order to secure their dream jobs in the foreseeable future. Presenters, such as Connor Thomas, a 1st Party Medical Claim Holder, spoke on the subjectivity of the occupation, as well as the need for insurance in today's world. He also spoke on the importance of being passionate about what you do while applying what you've learned in the classroom to the business world.

The Travelers Insurance Group, as well as Michael D. Fleming, the president of the National Black MBA Association's chapter in New Jersey came to speak in on this event .

wherever your skills fit in the company." Each presenter gave interesting stories to evoke laughter, shock and amazement among the audience in order to prove just how substantial the Travelers Insurance Company is. Extravagant anecdotes such as those involving the panelists' co-workers assisting people affected by Hurricane Harvey, were told. Additionally, stranger cases involving insurance claims that covered food poisoning cases were explained as well.

"Even though I did not start in finance, I learned that, regardless of the company, whether it is Geico or Travelers, everyone needs insurance. In today's world, it is important that everyone is covered," Thomas said.

At the very end of the meeting, Michael D. Fleming, the president of the National Black MBA Association's chapter in New Jersey, gave an introspective speech to the student body. He spoke on the significance of being passionate about studying, networking and growing connections, as well as maintaining a strong work ethic.

Thomas also emphasized applying for jobs wherever they could be found. "Experience in a field anywhere is important. You are not only getting the skills there, but social interaction is another major factor. Being able to talk to people in a business or retail setting is a big tool to gain connections and relationships with people for the future."

"When you are applying for jobs, never accept no. Stay motivated and get involved as much as possible," Fleming said. Soon after, connections were made and networks were established as the panelists were able to personally interact with members of the audience. Those at the conference shared contact information and created relationships with the Travelers workers.

"I can certainly say that my undergrad degree helped to prepare me for working with others in this field," said Andrea Ladr, the Operation Specialist for the Travelers Insurance Group of New Jersey. "The best thing about [Travelers] is that if you work hard, and if you are knowledgeable about your craft, you can get a job

The event was also beneficial to their student-sponsor organizations. The new "Prosper Above the Hardships (PATH) organization at Kean specifies in the mentoring, empowerment and advisement of first-year college students and High School students in an attempt to create a Big Brother and Sister

atmosphere. Gina Elwassemmi, the president of this student group, thanked the Women of Excellence for their support. "We are a relatively small organization because we are new," Elwassemmi said. "We are so proud of this event, because not only do we take lessons away from it, but we are able to get our name out in the public much more so that people will know who we are." This event was beneficial to everyone that attended. For the young businessmen and women of the future, the experience of meeting and networking with the members of the Travelers Insurance will last a lifetime. For the presenters, the opportunity to influentially speak to the audience gave them the satisfaction of motivating the next generation. Michael D. Fleming, a Kean alumni, commented on the good feeling he had when presenting to this crowd. "It is always good to talk to young people and help them find their passion and what they love to do, just as someone helped me." For more information on the Women of Excellence organization, visit their Cougarlink site or contact the president, Giovanna Dessein at her email of Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

Kean University, Part Of The People Serving together as a union in the United States Joanna Kristine Ninal


bench is comprised of a majority of justices who lean, to varying degrees, ideologically conservative. This is a relatively rare moment in the nation’s history."

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unday, Sept. 17, 2017 served as National Constitution Day in the United States. In honor of this day, Kean University's Departments of History and Political Science, the College of Liberal Arts and the Kean University Pre-Law Society presented an hour-long lecture titled, "Resolving Constitutional Conflict: Separation of Powers in the Age of Trump," in the Liberty Hall Carriage House.

This speech not only opened the eyes of history majors, but students from different majors were able to realize how important and informational being aware with today's news and politics are. Looking back at political history, the professors were able to show students how the past has and always will affect the present.

This lecture took place on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 and started at 12:30 p.m. Within the first few minutes, the Liberty Hall Carriage House became full of students who were interested in the topics brought up throughout the lecture. Topics that were brought into discussion related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Bill of Rights, social media between Congress and the political parties, the separation of powers and United States President Donald Trump. Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Jonathan Mercantini, opened the lecture by briefly touching upon the topics that would be further discussed by the three professors who were the main speakers of the lecture. Kean University's political science professor, Dr. Gil Kahn, history professor, Dr. Abigail Perkiss and political science professor, Dr. Robert P. Hunt were

"There is a lot of anger right now," Perkiss added, to which many students nodded their head in agreement. After the speech, the panelists opened the floor for discussion. Students were free to ask questions in regard to what each professor had to say. Some students had a lot to say, but majority were stunned with all the information presented to them.

the panelists during this lecture. Students like Jevon Burkett, sophomore c ommu n i c at i ons major, learned about this lecture from taking Hunt's politics class. Other students such as Qua-Kiesha Harp, junior criminal justice major, heard about this lecture from her other professors. Many of the topics discussed were heavily questioned by the professors. Hunt expressed his concern in relation to DACA and what effect it would have on the people of United States.

"Does anybody really want to throw out the educated and accomplished young people who have jobs? Some serving the military? Really?" asked Hunt. Hunt argued, "Now some people believe the president is pretty much free, to do what he wants, with as much consent out of Congress as he can get." Hunt believes this is problematic. Questions like this made students think about the situation the United States is in. During this lecture, students were able to take a free Declaration of Independence, to which some students opened and read throughout the topics. "Right now, we’re living in a political moment where the GOP (Republican Party) controls both Congress and the presidency," said Perkiss. "And while the Supreme Court is meant to be politically neutral, the


"The separation of powers does not exist," said Dr. Kahn. "If the institutions worked together, we wouldn't have this issue." It is always a benefit to know what the laws and regulations are in the country one resides in. Being well-aware of what the Constitution has written for the people can prevent someone being revoked of their rights. For more information of what was said during the lecture, students and faculty can contact Professor Abigail Perkiss, Department of History, at aperkiss@ or visit the department at Townsend room 117.

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


Things To Note About KEANGoogle

What is and how to use KEANGoogle


A Guide to Apply to Graduate School What students should know about applying for graduate school Petruce Jean-Charles Staff Writer


fter a bachelor's degree, there are many options for students like starting a job in their career, enlisting in the military and going to graduate school. On East Campus, the Nathan Weiss Graduate College is available for Kean University students to continue and excel in their studies. Nathan Weiss Graduate College has many requirements to make sure its students are prepared to apply and step foot on the campus. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College welcomes applications for graduate admissions from all candidates who meet the requirements of the University and the program. It should also be noted that each student must apply online because online applications allow students to save their progress while finishing each stage of the application process.

The application requirements are as followed: ■ $75 non-refundable application fee

■ Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university ■ A minimum GPA of 3.0 ■ Official copies of all college transcripts especially for transfer credits

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EANGoogle is the university email system that each student and staff member must activate. KEANGoogle allows for Kean University students and staff to access Gmail and their Google apps. The Google apps complement the educational experience by providing essential aids for studying. Moreover, all university communication including blast notices and announcements are sent to the KEANGoogle account. Thus, it is important to activate and utilize the KEANGoogle. It is important to note that one's personal Gmail account and one's KEANGoogle account are not i nt e r c h a n g e a b l e . Both of them contain the same features, including Google apps and the interface. However, KEANGoogle email is the only avenue in which students can receive official Kean communication. All types of communication are sent to yourname@, which is different from the personal account that follows the format. Withholding from using the KEANGoogle account can lead to mishaps in the future. Students may miss out on important emails from the university, professors, staff, etc.

For additional information on KEANGoogle, visit the website. Caleb Lopez, junior psychology major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

Students are encouraged to check their Kean University email regularly for important Kean University information and notices.

Transcripts are a great way for applicants and new students to submit and showcase their grades, courses and degrees received from any college or university. Once an online application has been submitted, all supporting materials need to be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions. This includes, but is not limited to:

Next, letters of recommendation are required in order to get a sense of the applicant's abilities from an outside point of view. Each applicant should look into their specific requirements for their major, including how many are needed.

■ Official transcripts ■ Letters of Recommendation

When applying, one should review their standardized tests, for it is important to consult with each program if official test scores are required for submission. When registering or ordering official score results, please use the following codes to ensure proper delivery of your scores:

■ Professional Resume ■ Any other supporting materials required for your application

Office for Graduate Admission hours are as followed: ■ Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

■ Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - Institution Code 2517

■ Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For applicants using a Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application, a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) that allows applicants to use a single application to apply to Physical Therapy programs. Please send your scores using the following codes:

■ Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Office of Graduate Admissions is located at Kean Hall and The Nathan Weiss Graduate College departments and Dean's office are on our East Campus. If students have any questions or concerns they can visit grad-adm@ or call 908-737-7100.

■ Physical Therapy (DPT) - PTCAS GRE Institutional Code 7444 ■ Speech-Language Pathology (M.A.) - CSDCAS Institutional Code 2436

An application is just one click away!

■ Combined School and Clinical Psychology (Psy. D.) - PSYCAS Institutional Code 2251 ■ Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) - Institution Code 2517Kean University

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

Revamping The Den Out with the old, in with the new

because of the vibes it provides." Each plasma screen television shows a different sports game, ranging from women's tennis to men's soccer. Every sports fan can come to the Cougar's Den to enjoy watching a game as they eat their food. Even if one is not a sports fan, there is now more space for students to hang out with their friends when other places are full.

Note that one must log in to their KEANGoogle account through Kean's KEANGoogle portal located in the cluster of icons on the bottom right of Kean University's website. This is due to the security requirements and account customization associated with KEANGoogle.

All in all, KEANGoogle is an important resource that each student must have and grow accustomed to using. With the easy to use interface and additional Google apps, KEANGoogle is a vital resource that is simple to use and effective in aiding students' educational experience.

■ Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Institution Code 2517

After a professional resume comes the personal statement. Applicants should take the opportunity to introduce themselves to admissions, speak of their academic and professional goals, life lessons, personal stories and explain why they believe Kean is the perfect fit for them. The personal statement is a chance for an applicant to make a good first impression.

To activate the KEANGoogle account, input the user ID and password that the university will have emailed to the personal account that students registered with. If students need assistance with or have any questions concerning their user ID and password, contact the Office of Computer and Information Services (OCIS) at 908-737-6000. They are open from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Although Kean University partners with Google to make KEANGoogle available, Google has zero access to students' password. Moreover, Google cannot view students' emails, which allows for each KEANGoogle email account to be free of advertisements (AdSense) found in one's personal Gmail account. Individuals never have to worry if one's emails are being sifted through by Google or a third-party. Students' KEANGoogle privacy is of utmost concern.

■ Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - Recipient Code 1398

■ Professional resume

The Cougar's Den has gotten positive feedback from those who dorm because the Cougar's Den is now open on Sundays, as to where it was just open from Monday to Friday previous semesters.

The hours for the Cougar's Den for the fall 2017 semester are as follows: Joanna Kristine Ninal


Staff Writer

esides the new eateries, new buildings and new events being added to Kean University's campus, the Cougar's Den in the Miron Student Center (MSC) has been remodeled and updated.

During the summer of 2017, Cougar's Den has been in the process of being revamped so it can have a different layout and more of an Applebee's kind of atmosphere, as majority of the students requested it to be. Many students have been chilling out and eating at the new Cougar's Den. Among the many students, Fabio Castelblanco, senior English education double major, has been to the renovated Cougar's Den to see the improvements applied to the place. "Honestly, the place looks really nice," said Castelblanco. "It's like a sports bar; the place looks brighter than before. The colors are more vibrant and the overall area feels welcoming and chill." The walls now have plasma screen televisions wherever students look. In addition to the televisions, there is Kean University paraphernalia decorating the room. "Cougar's Den feels more roomy and the decor screams our school pride," said Angelo Geronimo, junior bio major. "I like the addition of the booths at the den because it makes the area feel like there are more seats available. I've been going there whenever I don't bring food from home, but now, I always choose the Den

■ Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. ■ Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■ Sunday: 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The decision to remodel the Cougar's Den was made by the executive board under The Office of Student Government. Damion Wilson, senior communications major and president of The Office of Student Government, discussed how the process of the renovations came to be. "A lot of students wanted something like Applebee's. They wanted to feel offcampus even though they were still here," said Wilson. "The idea had to be passed through the Student Organization and Graduate and Part-time Student Council before choosing anything." Staff from the Office of Student Government were the ones who decided the color schemes, the furniture and the layout of the area. Besides enjoying the atmosphere the Cougar's Den has to offer, students can look forward to five nights where the Cougar's Den will have low priced appetizers. This way, the Cougar's Den can enhance that Applebee's feeling that The Office of Student Government is aiming for. Check out the Cougar's Den today and see the new things they have to offer. Joanna Kristine Ninal, junior English education major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

A Leadership and Service Publication for the Kean University Student Community



DACA (continued from page 1) recipients...I am estimating Kean has about 150 DACA recipients." He also understands that it is important for everyone who attends the panel to walk away with knowledge and comfort. "We provide DACA students here at Kean with information about the issue...I will be moderating it and there will be an immigration lawyer on the panel as well. Our thinking was to let the DACA recipients share their stories which will provide information to all of the students, some including DACA recipients. It will give them some information and comfort and hopefully engender a discussion on immigration as well," said ArgoteFreyre.

"...we want our students to be exposed to these different ideas and leave with information" Professor Frank Argote-Freyr Department of History

Argote-Freyre feels that this Teach-In panel can affect how students, whether DACA recipients or not, alleviate or fix immigrant and other social justice issues. "As a university we are committed to an open dialogue, discussions and free expression of ideas [and] immigration has been one of those issues that has been in the spot light for a long time. And there doesn't seem to be any ability by Congress or the administration to fix these issues. So we want our students to be exposed to these different ideas and leave with information," said Argote-Freyre. When asked about the resources

Kean can provide, Argote-Freyre spoke in detail of how the DACA recipients can rely on the Kean community. "At the Teach-In, there will be food and refreshments. They are transporting and paying the DACA recipients to be on the panel. And as far as the students, they can privately have discussion with the attorney and ask about their particular case. The Teach-In is on Oct. 4 before the deadline, which is Oct. 5 and we are here to remind and support the students about the extension," said Argote-Freyre.

In his last statement, Argote-Freyre said that he wants the Kean community to understand that unity is important in situations like this and if we speak out, there should be justice for the DACA recipients. "At Kean University I feel we have to support the DACA students and immigrants in general because there is a long generation of immigrant bashing and this is not acceptable." DACA was formed through the executive order of former President Barack Obama in 2012 to insure that people who come to the United States illegally as children are protected from immediate deportation. The people protected under DACA are called Dreamers. They are called

Dreamers because Congress failed to pass the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors also known as the DREAM Act. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the deadline for DACA students to renew their application by Oct. 5, 2017, if a student's DACA expires between Sept. 5, 2017 through March 5, 2018. For filing the necessary paperwork students must: ■■ Collect documents as evidence that guidelines are met ■■ Complete USCIS form I-821D, 1-765 and I-765W ■■ Mail USCIS forms and fees ■■ Check the Status Resources for DACA students are as followed: ■■ Renewal Fee Financial Assistance ■■ Renewal Fee Legal Assistance ■■ UWD/FWD DACA Renewal Fund Argote-Freyre and the Kean community want DACA students to understand that there is diversity and support for its students. For more information about the Teach-In, email Argote-Freyre at

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

Striving for Equality for All Where Kean students can feel comfortable and safe Petruce Jean-Charles


Staff Writer

ver wondered about the clubs and organizations at Kean University? Equality for All (EFA) is a non-funded club that emphasizes a Gay/Straight Alliance. EFA seeks to serve as a place where students can discuss and learn about issues pertaining to the LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Asexual). EFA seeks to enrich and educate the Kean community through service and events and wants students to understand that they are always welcome and safe. The EFA eboard consists of the president Emma Mantell a junior studying industrial design, secretary Alisa Meyer a junior studying criminal justice and treasurer Adeline Finkler a junior studying math education. When speaking with the eboard they explained how they became a part of EFA. Mantell spoke of the urge to be involved on campus and to join a club which worked in her favor leading her to take on the role as president her freshman year. Meyer spoke of the comfort she received stepping into the unknown and experiencing EFA. Finkler added on about how welcoming EFA is to each and every individual. Mantell: "Equality for All at the time was having issues with their current eboard and the club was not doing as well as I had hoped. At its low point, I had been asked to join the eboard as secretary so the club would not lose its recognition." Meyer: "Between LGBT issues and mental illness, it's a big place where people learn about one another but also a place where people can have a platform for their voices." Finkler: "I was so excited to learn about an LGBT group on campus that I instantly agreed to come. I got to know some of the members, and returned again in the spring for regular meetings."

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Members of Equality for All. Learn more about Equality for All by visiting their page in Cougar Link.

perspective and learning from my members, an experience I am so grateful to be a part of." Meyer: "I'd like to think secretaries are the people "behind the scenes." I run our Instagram page (with 33 followers) @efa_ku and I will be starting the weekly emails soon." Finkler: "I do take part in designing and running meetings along with the other cabinet members, but my more specific duties have to do with organizing finances and raising money for future events we have planned." Mantell wants students to understand that EFA has many benefits such as:

As President Mantell understands that her duty is to guide weekly discussions and to set an example of openness, tolerance and understanding to shape EFA and give the group members perspective.

■■ a free space

As Secretary Meyer keeps track of attendance and the list of topics for future meetings and has also taken the initiative to be more active on CougarLink.

■■ diversity

As Treasurer Finklier realizes that since they are an unfunded group, fundraising and organization can be a bit daunting. Mantell: "It is amazing how each week our members are willing to share their stories and let their voices be heard. Every week I am expanding my

■■ freedom to share opinions ■■ respect Meyer and Finkler speaks of the benefits and the impact EFA can have on students. Mantell: "Our discussions can range from subjects in regard to the LGBT+ community, current events, and social issues. We try to keep each meeting interesting and relevant to the group. We, as students on such a culturally diverse campus can learn so much from one another." Meyer: "It can sound bias of me to say students

can benefit from this club but I can't think how it doesn't benefit someone. I think a lot of students think clubs and organizations are specifically for certain majors and that is false. Not only do I get to meet people outside my major, but I meet the most caring and amazing people" Finkler: "We do not allow discrimination or bullying of any kind and work to help those involved in potential conflicts of this nature understand their feelings and the gravity of their actions in a loving and empathetic way." Although the eboard is important, the team members are as well. Andrew Rhoads, a senior studying finance, and Michael Gonzalez, a junior studying science, spoke of how and why they wanted to be a part of EFA as well Rhoads: "One of the first friends I made at Kean told me about EFA and I decided to check it out and have been a member ever since. I've made great friendships and have finally felt I belong to a community that wants to see me succeed. I was recently out, as well as new to Kean, and wanted to make friends, and join a community that would accept me for who I am and want to see me succeed." Gonzalez: "I joined EFA my freshman year after spending all of high school in the closet. When spring semester began I was made vice president in order to help the club get out of a bind it was in at the time. I wanted to join EFA because I never


joined my high school Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club because I was in denial about my sexuality. Once I got to college and was living on my own, I became more open about it and decided to join." Rhoads, Gonzalez wants other students to have the opportunity to meet new people and have insightful conversations. With that being said, EFA is a welcoming place for them and any other students that join as well. Rhoads: "Students can benefit by having a place they can go and be who they are. They can voice their opinions in a judgement free zone and make valuable friendships." Gonzalez: "Kean students who come to this club will benefit from having a safe space to go to talk about things that they don’t feel comfortable talking about to their friends or family. Also, it is a great place to meet people who are also members of the LGBTQ community as well as its allies." Come join the conversation!

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



Fun To Be Fit


Exploring the opportunities of intramurals and recreation

MSC INFO DESK P: 908-737-5222 Monday - Thursday:...........8 a.m. - 12 a.m. Friday: ............................8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday: ........................10 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: .......9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday: ............................. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: ........................10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday: ..........................10 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Food Court Mon.- Wednesday: .....7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Thursday: ....................7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday: ......................... 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jersey Mike's Monday - Friday: .......... 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Petruce Jean-Charles


Staff Writer

Smashburger Monday-Thursday: ...... 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: ......................... 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

ver wondered what it would be like to join recreation or intramural sports?

Auntie Anne's Monday - Thursday:.......11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday:.............................11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kean University's Recreation and Intramural Sports allow students to be active and enjoy a group environment to do so in a manner that is convenient to them. The Department of Recreation and Athletics offers students, faculty and staff an exciting and competitive way to be active, stay in shape and become involved with on-campus sports.

Cougar's Den Monday-Thursday: .... 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday: ......................... 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday:..................... 1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Outakes 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.

Both departments have a mission to have students participate in the many activities offered, provide free fitness and create an enjoyable experience. The Department of Recreation and Athletics consists of a variety of classes offered seven days a week in their fitness center facilities including the pool, arena, indoor track and weight room. The D'Angola Gymnasium weight room is equipped with top of the line equipment from Life Fitness and Hammer Strength, three plasma televisions and a stereo system with surround sound. Activities in the Harwood Arena include basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball. Activities in the Kean Alumni Stadium include flag football, while activities in the fitness center include Life Fitness and Hammer Strength. Lastly, activities in the cardio loft include the elliptical, treadmill and stationary bicycles. Aside from the activities listed above, Kean University Recreation offers classes under their Fit To Be Kean (FTBK) wellness club that is designed for the student's schedule and goal. Classes offered under the program are yoga, zumba, cardio kickboxing, body sculpt, step aerobics, martial arts, salsa and many others. Intramural sports offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports despite their lack of skill. Sports offered include basketball, flag football, volleyball, indoor soccer, co-ed dodgeball and co-ed tennis. The fitness center located in the D'Angola Gymnasium would like students and faculty to be aware of its rules and policies. All students and faculty must have a valid Kean ID in order to enter the fitness center, locker rooms or fitness facilities. Students must be wearing athletic clothing only and any changing clothes must be placed in lockers. Keep in mind that Kean University does not take responsibility for lost belongings. Both departments want to ensure the safety of students and their belongings so it is important for students to respect the rule of no guests and to provide the appropriate identification.

Pool Hours:

■ Monday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Tuesday 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will resume from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. then from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.


■ Friday 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will resume from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Saturday is closed ■ Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

East Campus Fitness Center hours: ■ Monday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Tuesday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Wednesday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Saturday and Sunday is closed

Field House Weight Room Hours: ■ Monday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ■ Tuesday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ■ Wednesday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ■ Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ■ Friday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Saturday and Sunday is closed

Small Gym Hours:

■ Monday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Tuesday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Wednesday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Friday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Harwood Arena Hours:

■ Monday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Tuesday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Wednesday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Friday is closed ■ Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ Wednesday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Caitlyn Boomer, a senior studying global fitness and wellness, explained the importance having an intramural or recreation in ones life if being part of a sport was not an option.

■ Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will resume from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"It is important to have recreation and intramural sports to create a safe, friendly and

active environment for students to mature, grow as adults, create a healthy lifestyle and make friends. With having these opportunities and activities, students are not limited to just studying but are able to work out all of the facilities, play different sports and have a good time," said Boomer. When questioned about who can be involved in intramural and recreation sports, Alexis Oakley a senior studying special education and mathematics explained, "We have a diverse range of students that come out to play and workout. We see all capability for commuter and resident students. Recreation and intramural sports are open to all active students at Kean University. There are no tryouts and no standards. Our mission is to create a judgement free zone for Kean students." The Department of Recreation and Athletics wants students to understand that there are many opportunities and activities provided, and that they are beneficial as well. Emily Jurcsek, a senior studying speech and hearing sciences, and Nico Mercadente, a junior studying therapeutic recreation said, "Intramural sports are beneficial to all students who are not able to do varsity sports, but want to start a healthier lifestyle and are looking to make new friends. Wenzhou students who are new to American sports can learn some American culture and make friends. Recreation also has an organization called Rec-N-Crew, a club on campus that helps with concessions for varsity games and outside events as well. Rec-N-Crew is looking to build the recreation aspect of Kean University." Students should understand that all fitness facilities hours are subject to change due to games, events or academic issues. Any students interested in looking into recreational or intramural sports should contact recreation@ or visit the website at intramurals. Remember, it is always fun to be fit!

Petruce Jean-Charles, sophomore sociology and writing 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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Kean University Shouts Out Pink Joanna Kristine Ninal


Staff Writer

ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as much as the breast cancer death rates have been going down, it is still the most common cancer among women in the United States, following lung cancer. Every year, Kean University hosts events throughout the month in order to fight against breast cancer. As an overview, the following shows what students can expect this upcoming month. On Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 12:30 p.m., the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) will be hosting its breast cancer kick off. For its kick off, CLS will be fundraising money for breast cancer at its table in the Miron Student Center (MSC) Atrium. Students, faculty and staff can join the Kean University team and purchase "Kean Blue Thinks Pink" t-shirts and hoodies throughout the month of October. T-shirts will be sold for $10 while hoodies will be sold for $25. All the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. At the tabling, the Kean community can register for the Breast Cancer Walk that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The walk will occur at Piscataway, New Jersey, and transportation for this event will be provided for students that preregister. Students must wear their Kean gear to join the other students in dressing up in pink before the walk. On the same day at 7:30 p.m. in MSC 315, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Omega Phi Chi Sorority Inc. will be hosting a Breast Cancer Fashion Show to honor empowering breast cancer survivors with a survivor fashion show and presentation. On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. will be hosting its annual Breast Cancer Dinner. The dinner will take place in MSC 228 and all proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information about the t-shirts and hoodies, please contact the CLS, located in MSC room 219, by calling 908-737-5170 or emailing For more information about the other events hosted on campus, check out Cougar Link. Joanna Kristine Ninal, junior English education major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

Hispanic Parties All Night Long A month full of activities to celebrate this month Joanna Kristine Ninal


Staff Writer

icking off National Hispanic Heritage Month, Kean University's Student Organization (the full-time undergraduate student government) of Kean University, along with P.U.L.S.E. Programming Committee (P.U.L.S.E.), held Latin Patio Night.

Last year, Student Organization hosted the Latin Festival at the Center for Academic Success (CAS) to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. Kean Stage also celebrated by hosting two shows, The Havana Cuba All-Stars Cuban Nights and Jacome Flamenco. Besides those two events, there are other events that Kean University is doing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Latin Patio Night took place at the Miron Student Center (MSC) Patio on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. To be able to get food, students had to sign in and swipe their student ID's to Student Organization and redeem tickets.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, Student Organization popped in at the Kean Hall trolley stops with free breakfast, Latin style. At 7:45 a.m., students who were lucky enough were treated to traditional Hispanic breakfast foods, coffee and giveaways.

In addition to that event, there was the Vamonos event, held by the Commuter Resource Center (CRC), at the Commuter's Lounge located at Hutchinson Hall during college hour on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. During Vamonos, Gourmet Dining served food to students who attended the event. Decorated around the Commuter's Lounge were flags from Latin America. During each event, Hispanic and Latin music played and entertained the Kean University community.

Student Organization and the Graduate and Part-Time Student Council (GPSC) hosted Latin Night as the MSC Cougar's Den on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. The event lasted from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

During this event, students also had to swipe in to prove overall attendance. According to, an online college scholarship finder and review site, Kean University is listed as being one of the most diverse campuses in New Jersey. This diversity makes a lot of Kean students feel at home, and at this event students felt comfortable because of the interactions and food given out. Even those who are of Hispanic or Latin descent were encouraged to experience another culture for a few hours. Even now, everyone is still encouraged to celebrated with each other at Kean for Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, but some may wonder why the Hispanic Heritage Month begins in the middle of the month. According to history, Sept. 15 is the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Sept. 16 is when Mexico celebrates its independence, and Chile follows after on Sept. 18.

Students can come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the sisters of Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the MSC Greek Lounge. They will have games, prizes, food and cultural learning for those who participate. Hosted by Kean Stage, Pablo Sáinz Villegas will perform his interpretations on the Spanish guitar on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at the Enlow Recital Hall from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. He will conjure the passion and drama of his homeland’s rich musical heritage. Villegas is known for his emotive and open-hearted playing and has been hailed by Placido Domingo as “the master of the guitar.” For those who want more information or purchase tickets, they can visit event/d1c2524b496eae6dae6a773883559d87. One last event that will take place to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month will be hosted by Residential Student Services (RSS) on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. At Dougall Lounge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., RSS will host "Let's Take A Trip To The Islands." Resident students can

come together to learn about a variety of experiences, insights and taste of the Hispanic culture, while sharing the many meanings of diversity. At Kean University, there are more than enough changes for students to learn about other nationalities and ethnicities around them. Whether students are commuters or dormers, there is a way to celebrate. Not only is the CRC decorated with flags, but all around the campus, students can see banners, flags and facts about notable and memorable Hispanic people or events. If students do not get the chance to attend every celebration or party with the rest of the Kean community, they can definitely learn something


new during this month. Cougar Link shows all the events that will take place during Hispanic Heritage Month, so for those who wants more details on every event and social gathering, go head over to Cougar Link! Besides, Hispanic Heritage Month is not over yet! Go out and explore beyond Kean University to get more than what Kean can offer. Joanna Kristine Ninal, junior English education major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

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