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Remembering The Brave

Military Veterans Club held the Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Miron Student Center


The Season Of Harvest Around The World

A multicultural lunch served at Kean University

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Veterans, students, and faculty gathered together for the Veteran's Day Ceremony.

This time of year, hanboks are worn for festive and special holidays. The hanbok is the traditional South Korean outfit men and women wear for special occasions.

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n Friday, Nov. 10, the Military Veterans Club held the Veterans Day Ceremony in the Miron Student Center room 228. Students, faculty, and veterans gathered together to honor our nation's soldiers. Veterans Day is an important holiday that seeks to keep those who have fought for our freedom in each person's memory. It is a day where citizens can honor the brave soldiers who have either risked or given their lives to ensure the liberty that this nation was forged upon. As a result, the Military Veterans Club president Frank Schupp wanted to have a Veteran's Day Ceremony that adequately commemorated the veterans on campus and elsewhere.



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n Thursday, Nov. 14, a line formed throughout the hallway on the third floor of the Miron Student Center (MSC) room 315, for the Global Harvest. An event hosted by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, many student groups and cultural departments came out to be part of the event. Students who attended the event came to support and enjoy food from the Asian studies department, the Africana studies department, Filipino Uniting Nations at Kean (FUNK), and Kean University Hillel. Until 4:30 p.m., students in line coiled throughout

the room, picking up foods from different cultures and learning cultural information about the program or the food. Once everyone grabbed something new or familiar to them to munch on, students and faculty ate together in and outside of the room. From this event, students, faculty and friends were able to celebrate a universal Thanksgiving with food from around the world. Korean professors and visitors who represented the South Korea table brought in and wore a traditional hanbok, which is South Korea's traditional clothes. Occasionally, these professors and visitors would play on a buk (북),


Let's Be Frank

A glimpse into the life of the president of the Military Veterans Club Caleb Lopez


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ean University is home to many students who take part in the many organizations and clubs on campus. They participate in these groups to make differences in any way they can for things they care the most about; Frank Schupp is one of those students. Frank Schupp, is the president of the Military Veterans Club on campus. "The purpose of the Military Veterans Club is to provide assistance and camaraderie to the universities veteran students," Schupp said. Schupp has been heavily involved with this club for most of his academic career. "I was an Army Medic for over 10 years where I took care of heroes. It is something I am very proud of. Being able to help the heroes and student veterans here feels just as good. Veterans sacrifice a lot and deserve the best."

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Frank Schupp, senior psychology major and president of the Military Veterans Club.

This mindset towards student veterans inspires all the ventures the Military Veterans Club takes up. Any organization that is driven by solid ideals that truly serve and benefit the individuals a part of it is set to thrive. This was evident in the Veteran's Day Ceremony, which took place on Nov. 10. The Military Veterans Club hosted the event, which ultimately

went smoothly. It was clear to see that Frank Schupp was passionate about veterans. Schupp and his club did not have to set up a ceremony for veterans both living and dead. Yet he did so that the brave veterans that have risked their lives for our nation can be adequately respected and commemorated.

He has been a diligent student throughout his academic career. However, he initially did not start off well.

"First and foremost, taking the time to celebrate veterans on Veterans Day weekend only makes sense," Schupp said. This statement sums up his mentality towards veterans. Assisting veterans is just something that should be done, no questions asked. As a veteran himself, Schupp simply feels drawn to helping others in the service.

When asked about any crucial experiences that have helped shape him into who he is today, Frank reflected upon winning the April Cohen Service Award in his junior year and working with the director of Veteran Services.

Apart from being a veteran and president of the Military Veterans Club, Frank Schupp is a psychology major in his senior year.

"As I was getting used to it, my first semesters at Kean were more challenging," he mentioned. "Since getting used to it, things have been great. I have even made Honor Roll with a 4.0 recently. Hard work pays off."

"Receiving the Psychology Departments April Cohen Service Award last year was a great experience. It reminded me of the importance of serving others," Schupp mentioned. "Also, working with the Director of Veteran Services Vito Zajda on new projects for student veterans has been great. He is a very knowledgeable and motivating individual [who] I have been learning a lot [from over the years]." After he completes his years at Kean University, Schupp has no desire to change his passion. Instead, he has adopted that as his career goal. "I would love to continue working with the veteran population of New Jersey," Schupp said. All in all, Frank Schupp is a Kean University student and ex-Army medic who is focused on making differences in the lives of veterans on campus and in New Jersey. He is a prime example of a student who is aware of their passion and determined to maximize it. Caleb Lopez, junior psychology major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

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Miron Student Center, room 215 1000 Morris Avenue • Union, NJ 07083 P: 908-737-5179 • F: 908-737-5175 • The Cougar’s Byte is a leadership and service newsletter where you will find up-to-theminute information on all things related to student life at Kean University. A student news publication that features University events and student activities and accomplishments, The Cougar’s Byte strengthens the overall experience of students by immersing them in the complete college culture. By increasing awareness of all aspects of campus life, students can utilize everything Kean has to offer, while networking and paving the path for their academic and social development. Published every other Tuesday during the regular academic year, The Cougar’s Byte can be viewed both online, at, and in print, distributed biweekly to over 15 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 submissions. To learn more about our publishing policy visit

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the Kean Theatre Council (KTC) and Equality For All (EFA).

his campus is full of familiar faces, but everyone has a unique story. Some students may know her from the Silver Leadership program, but others may know her as an usher for Kean Stage. Kiara Ramirez, sophomore English literature major, has achieved so much in just two years.

"I feel like I like myself being involved on campus," said Ramirez. "Instead of going to school and then going home, I actually feel like a part of Kean."

Ramirez has been part of the Leadership Institute since she was a freshman, and now she is in the Silver Leadership program. With her involvement at Kean University, she has completed over 100 community service hours in her freshman year, giving her the award for being the lead female with the most service hours. Now, she is a mentor for the Leader2Leader program under the Leadership Institute, where she helps out a freshman getting involved, with their schoolwork, getting around campus, and other things that can help them assimilate on campus.

"I think getting into the leadership program has to be the best, because if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have received the opportunities I have been given," she said. "Especially from last year and this year, I wouldn't have made all these connections with professors and faculty. The program has helped me a lot with getting a job, as well as get involved with Greek life. I remembered when I was a freshman, I wasn't too sure about being part of Greek Life, but then after talking to Jess Kramer, I thought that I should try it out. So if it weren't for them, I wouldn't be as involved as I am today."


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Ramirez has much to admire at Kean University, even picking out her best memory was a challenge.

She used to volunteer every weekend, which added After she graduates, she plans on going to New Joanna Kristine Ninal | The Cougar's Byte up to her 100 hours, but this semester she decided York University (NYU) graduate school for law to kick it down a notch to partake in other activities. Kiara Ramirez, sophomore English literature to become a lawyer. Her parents come from Peru This semester, she has completed about 35 service major and Argentina, but they were not able to complete hours, but she is also pledging for Delta Phi Epsilon. college there. Here, she aims to complete college The volunteer projects that stood out to her the most and be a lawyer, especially since she is also a first was the Community Food Bank and Habitat For Humanity. generation college student in her family. Dawn DeMarco, a leadership specialist and junior math education double major, Her schedule this semester is very busy and very hectic said, "Kiara is a key member in the silver leadership because she is all over the place. program. I was her general education mentor (GEM) and now I facilitate her level in the Leadership Institute. "Especially since I haven't been volunteering as much, I'm "...I met the Leadership She has done nothing but overachieve and excel in also working now. I have school work, and I'm currently everything she does." Institute and they helped pledging," Ramirez said. "I had to take out one thing from me step out of my comfort my busy schedule so I had time for the other things. I When she is not being a mentor or a volunteer, she is definitely did learn how to balance all three things, and an usher at Kean Stage. This became her first job this zone. I knew the people time management was something I learned during my semester, giving her chances to meet new people and who I was around accepted time at Kean University." branch out her social network even more.

me for who I was."

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"Recently, I watched Marisol, and I was really surprised!" said Ramirez. "It was really dark and I never saw a play like that. It was wild, but in a good way."

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Although she commutes from Piscataway, New Jersey, she is able to hold a strong form of involvement at Kean. She is also a member of

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She advises students who want to be as involved as her to get out of their comfort zone. Some students may not know where to start, but she believes that there is always some way to get involved. A misconception about Ramirez is the assumption of limiting her abilities because she has dwarfism. As she was growing up, she learned how to adapt to her surroundings, but that did not stop her from doing what everyone else could do. In fact, she pointed out that she uses her height to her advantage. Kiara Ramirez

"Before I came here, I was really nervous because I wasn't sure if people would accept me for who I was," she said. "But then, like I said, I met the Leadership Institute and they helped me step out of my comfort zone. I knew the people who I was around accepted me for who I was, and I remembered in Habitat for Humanity, there were certain requirements to have, like strength. Although, I was able to prove that someone like me, with my height, is able to do it. If I could do it, I told my mentee, 'you could do it!' Of course, there's parts of college that aren't for everyone, but there are always different ways to get involved."

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Everyone is different in some sort of way or form, yet people are bound to discriminate or associate others with negativity. Amazingly, Ramirez does not let that stop her from doing what she loves most.

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"Throughout my whole life, I have met and dealt with people who discriminated against me because of my height," she said. "But I don't let my height stop me."

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Enjoy a cup of coffee with cops on campus Caleb Lopez


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tudents are encouraged to attend Coffee with a Cop hosted by KeanSAFE on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to meet the campus police over coffee and donuts in the Hutchinson Commuters Lounge. The campus police span across both the Main Campus and the East Campus, ensuring the safety of every student, faculty and staff member. Yet individuals often simply pass by them on their way to class or the parking lot. Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity to meet these wonderful men and women who strive to keep Kean University safe and secure. Justina Vicioso, president of KeanSAFE, is proud of this event and wants students to be a part of it. "The purpose for Coffee with a Cop is to give students a chance to meet our officers on campus," she mentioned. "It’s a great way to improve community and police relations within Kean University. " This event seeks to serve as a benefit for students all over campus. "We want our students to know we are safe, and if they have any questions they

have an opportunity to enjoy coffee and donuts with the officers," Vicioso mentioned. "The students benefit by socializing with officers and get any campus safety or concerns answered. It also allows students to be comfortable around campus police." KeanSAFE is composed of students who promote the core ideals of the Department of Public Safety in hopes of creating a safe community. This event aligns with the purpose of KeanSAFE and Justina Vicioso's mission. "As president of KeanSAFE, my mission is to improve campus safety and hear the voice of our students." Once again, students are highly encouraged to join


the cops for a cup of coffee and donuts. It will be a great event that will help students familiarize themselves with the campus police and ask questions about criminal justice. Students will have the opportunity to sap the campus police's knowledge about the criminal justice field. If any students want to voice their concerns, there will be a suggestion box available at the event. Students are encouraged to RSVP to the event on CougarLink. For more information on KeanSAFE, visit their website at

Caleb Lopez, junior psychology major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.



Kendra Clark: Paving A Way At Kean RSS Ready To Serve How she stays driven in a sea of commitments Petruce Jean-Charles


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senior to be on the senior counsel."

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When asked how she balances her academic life with all her activities at Kean, Clark shared her wisdom on how one can achieve their goals while still be able to maintain their own well-being.

endra Clark, a senior studying Criminal Justice, is all about being proKean. She is involved in many activities that benefit her and the Kean community. When asked about the activities and clubs she is a part of, Clark explained many of the opportunities she has taken advantage of during her four years at Kean. "I am a residence assistant (RA) for New Upper Residence Hall (NURH) on the seventh floor. I am the vice president of Funded Groups. I work in the Miron Student Center (MSC) game room, and I am a peer mentor for a circle of 8 peer mentor group of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program."

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"It's hard sometimes but I do a lot of praying. Student Government allows me to get a lot of my work done for school when I'm doing office hours and if they need me, I'm there for the funded groups. Also, being an RA, you have to have one duty day a week where we have office hours from 7 to 9 p.m., so we have to be in the building 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next morning. So I try to get a lot of my work done in Student Government. Also I work at home during the weekends sometimes but it balances itself out."

Kendra Clark, a senior criminal justice major

She then continued that being an RA is a huge responsibility but it is rewarding when she is able to help students. "So each upperclassmen RA has one floor to themselves and we're responsible for making sure that the floor stays clean. We do room inspections every month and make sure the students are up to date with what is going on in student services," Clark explained. "As the vice president for Funded Groups, I oversee the 25 funded groups on campus and make sure that they are doing everything they are supposed to do to keep their funding and using their money properly. For the circle of 8 peer mentor, we help incoming freshmen and I meet with my six students every other week to make sure they are doing well." Clark understands the importance of being involved in school because it can open doors for networking and making connections for many opportunities. "When I was in high school and middle school, I wasn't really involved. I did sports, but I didn't feel I was involved. When I got here, I wanted to focus on that and build my resume. Being a part of Residential Student Services (RSS) and Student Government, Student Government is very flexible with our schedule, so they understand when we have to do something for RSS and vice versa." For an RA there's a process in the beginning of November and middle of December where students have to go to an information meeting to learn about what it takes to be an RA. It's a long but rewarding process. "For Student Government, my first year being an RA, another RA in my building was a secretary for Student Government, and they needed an assistant secretary, and I wanted to build my resume. She asked me if I wanted to apply, so I took the opportunity. The eboard then accepted my application. It's important to have the proper credits and GPA when applying," Clark said. "There are many opportunities of Student Organization like being on counsel, so you have to have the proper amount of credits to consider you a

When asked what she planned to do after she graduated, Clark spoke of her goal to go to law school, but also spoke of the importance of having many options, which Student Government has prepared her for. "I'm looking to go to law school, but I have other options such as going to grad school first and then if law school is something I still want to do, I'll go to law school. I want to go to grad school for counseling or social work," Clark continued. "I just want to help people. Whether I was a nurse or a teacher, my main goal is to just help people that don't have the means to get hope and I am thinking alongside drug addiction as my focus." Clark believes that Kean University has a lot of opportunities within the Student Government, RSS, MSC and EOF program because Kean emphasizes being involved and developing one's self. She also thinks it is essential for other students to take advantage of the opportunities at Kean. "You have to take time for yourself because sometimes I have times where I wonder if it's worth it, but you have to make sure you make time for yourself. Anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it. Have a planner, organize yourself and make time for yourself. That is the key," Clark mentioned. "I know that I am already involved, but I want to be more involved with students. That's why I'm the vice president for Funded Groups because before I was secretary, I felt like I wasn't as active as I could be with the students on campus. I want to get know different people who aren't like me and do different things." Clark's motto is anyone can do anything they put their mind to, "At first, I was hesitant to come here but now I'm very grateful because I know a lot of schools don't have the many opportunities Kean has given me."

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


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he Office of Residential Student Services (RSS) takes care of all on-campus housing and resident students at Kean University. RSS is the place to go if students want to dorm at Kean but in order to do so, students must fill out an application on KeanWise and then wait for RSS to place them in a building. Every semester, there is a different application form to fill out when applying for housing. The summer housing application form differs from the fall housing application form. To read about the two, check out their website. In addition to different forms, there are different price rates per housing hall and there is something unique about each residential hall. Those who are interested in living on campus can look at the rates here and those who want to see what each hall has to offer can read about them here. RSS makes sure students are safe and comfortable as they live in the dorms of the campus. They do their best to provide a safe and well-maintained living environment at the university while giving a comfortable learning environment for students to study and work together.

office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Evening office hours take place Monday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the residence hall community centers. Hours of operation during the summer are generally Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students should not worry about any safety issues when living at Kean University, for campus security protects all students. Campus police follow the Clery Act, which "specifies that officers of the Department of Campus Police and Public Safety will serve as official campus security authorities for the purpose of reporting criminal offenses. Other officials of the University who have responsibility for campus security reporting include officials of the institution who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities; and individuals identified by University campus security policies as the individuals to whom students and employees should report criminal offenses," which is excerpted from their website. If students are really concerned about their safety on campus, they are free to fill out a campus security authority (CSA) form. This link not only provides the form to fill out, but there is a list that notes every crime that must be reported.

Because of the diversity at Kean University, RSS works with a multicultural and globally oriented campus community. They value respect, quality of life and safety, student development and academic success and most importantly, student wellness.

At Kean University, students do not need to worry about staying in their dorms all day. There are places on campus to hang out and relax, as well as off campus. If needed to travel outside of campus, there are two shuttle drivers. Residential shuttle buses bring students from Kean to Jersey Garden Mall, Shop Rite, WalMart, Target and Whole Foods.

Of course, the dorm life is not limited to sleeping and studying. There are many events that happen within every residence hall that can be found on Cougar Link. By putting events on Cougar Link, the website acts as resident students' programming calendar. Students can find both the programming calendar and the events listed for RSS on Cougar Link.

The residential shuttle serves Kean University residents with a valid student ID, and without it, they are not permitted to ride the shuttle. Besides that, the shuttle will not run during harsh weather, holidays or during school vacation. Students can find signs posted in each building when the shuttle is not going to be in operation.

In case of any issues, their office is located in Whiteman Hall and includes the offices of the Vice President, Director of Residential Operations and Facilities, both Managing Assistant Directors and the Coordinator of Housing Services.

RSS makes sure Kean University students have a great time during their stay on campus. Do not delay, apply for housing today!

During the fall and spring semester,

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

Welcoming The New Groups That adds on four more opportunities to be involved! Joanna Kristine Ninal


EEO Society

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t Kean University, there are more than 160 student clubs and organizations that are active. From cultural groups to student government, there are so many opportunities for students to be involved and informed. This fall 2017 semester, four new student groups have been created and added to Cougar Link.

Blank Slate Literary Magazine

The Blank Slate Literary Magazine was the idea of Jan Balakian, a professor in the English department. She thought of English majors to create a club with a purpose to provide a creative outlet for all Kean University students, alumni, and affiliates with an interest publishing their written work or creative piece in a biannual digital magazine. Blank Slate will also hold events for creative expression and networking on and off campus. The organization will facilitate its members in connecting the campus community as well as to promote social, professional, and educational partnerships and activities. Most of their meetings are targeted to writing, but they are open to all majors and interests. They will be having their first Prose and Poetry night on Friday, Dec. 8 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rock'n'Joes. This event will have members read their piece of literature then open up the stage to the public.

Epsilon Epsilon Omega (EEO) Society is the Exceptional Opportunities Center Honor Society. It is an organization dedicated to building a community of scholars and active learners within the Kean community. They desire their organization to continuously grow and progress in a manner that provides students the platform to learn new skills, enhance cultural experiences, and increase their networking capabilities. They additionally hope to strengthen the bond within our community to encourage social and academic support as well as have mentorship, leadership, and scholarship opportunities.

Kean Triple Helix

The purpose of Kean Triple Helix is to take an interdisciplinary stance in educating students about contemporary issues regarding science as a whole. Such fields include, but are not limited to business, ethics, law, science, and society. They also hope to instill academic interest in these subjects to all students regardless of their background and beliefs. Kean Triple Helix meets every other Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m, at the Science, Technology and Math (STEM) building room 324.

Students will communicate to the general public by practicing skills such as writing, editing, revising, and researching with professional guidance. As a whole, Kean Triple Helix aspires to create leaders who will be apart of a national scientific institution conveying current events and issues revolving science and its relative fields.

Kean University Collegiate DECA

Kean's Collegiate Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) came to be all thanks to their student adviser, Paul Avehart. Avehart is the vice president of the National DECA. Coming to Kean in Spring 2017, he wanted to bring DECA as an organization to the campus, especially for the school of business. He met up with their current adviser, who is as well, an National DECA adviser. Kean University's DECA prepares emerging leaders for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in colleges around the globe Together, they both worked to get it approved as an organization. From there, this semester, Avehart and his friends spread the word about Collegiate DECA. There was a good amount of people interested because they had experience in DECA in high school or heard about it and never got the chance to do it in high school. Now, they are a recognized group by Kean and go to national events. Every Tuesday, from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. in Center for Academic Success (CAS) room 234, they hold their meetings. As a member of Kean University Collegiate DECA, students will have the opportunity to gain valuable career experience and 21st century skills through DECA's various competitive events, leadership conferences and events. Students who are interested in participating or being part of any of these new student groups, all contact information for every club's executive board can be found on Cougar Link. On Cougar Link, one can find all sorts of clubs and if there is a specific club that cannot be found, try making a club!

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

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Take Advantage, Get Tested

Have Fun Save A Ton: Being Budget Friendly

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s college students, it can be a struggle to find places to go or things to do for a reasonable price. This does not mean students should give in to expensive prices. Luckily, Kean University is located in a town that is busy and has many options for students. Having fun has no limits but sadly one's budget can, and coming up with different activities and options can be challenging to a college student's budget. Something as simple as going to the movies can make a difference based on whether one chooses to be wise with their spending or not.


Not breaking the bank can be a good initiative for students to enjoy their time in college. Want to go to the movies? What students should know is that movie theaters nowadays charge a lot of money when new movies come out. Instead of going to the movies right when it comes out wait the extra two to three months and the movie will be available to buy. By staying at home and watching the movie students can make their own snack and rules while watching the movie.



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he Health Services here at Kean University hope to serve its students and to inform them of opportunities that can benefit them mentally, physically and emotionally. On Wednesday Nov. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. the Health Services will open services to students. The services will include free HIV testing, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing. Alice Colalillo, the program assistant of health service wants to support students' health and wellness needs. As opposed to making an appointment, this is a chance to walk in and to walk out with a sense of relief. "It is important in two ways. First, to keep yourself healthy for now and in the future. STI's left untreated increase your risk factors for things like infertility, cancer, pain, weakened immune system; all of which may affect your life later on immensely. Second, for your partners. To be sexually active should also translate into being sexually responsible. Learning about safer sex methods and regular testing is necessary to be sexually responsible."

HIV is transmitted through the exchange of blood and bodily fluids. It is recommended that high-risk individuals get tested at least once a year. High-risk individuals are those that have multiple sex partners, have unprotected sex, and/or use intravenous drugs. And the Health Services want students to be aware and safe. "We provide free HIV testing. This is a blood test that involves a simple, quick finger stick, results are available in 2030 minutes. Gonorrhea & Chlamydia Testing $9.50 per site- We can do a urine test and/or an oral swab test. STI counseling - Clinicians screen for additional testing that can be provided by our office," Colalillo explained. The Health Services wants to emphasize that testing is an easy and simple process that should be taken into consideration. Perks of taking an HIV test is the price and the confidentiality that a student and health provider has. Testing is done with a rapid test kit. Only a small drop of blood is needed and results are available within 20 minutes. She wants students to understand that taking advantage of this opportunity is essential to have a piece of mind and a sense of security.

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"If you are free during the hours of the event, it is convenient, quick, and confidential. Students can look forward to light snacks and beverages while they wait for results. We usually have a movie playing to help the time go by. Insurance plans may be used for testing. Please note, it is the student's responsibility to verify insurance coverage and laboratory preference (Labcorp or Quest)." Colalillo spoke of the process to come up with an event for the students and Kean community. "The idea was a group effort that included clinical and professional staff. We wanted an event that highlighted STI testing. Although it is a service we offer everyday at Student Health Services, we wanted to offer events to make it convenient for students to get regular testing done and to make them more aware of our services in the office." Students can call the Health Services office at 908-737-4880, if they have any questions or concerns.

For those who just enjoy getting out of the house and exploring new movies bring a student ID card. Most movie theaters offer student discounts that can help students save two to five dollars. Empire Union Cinemas is a good example that offers student discounts and offer matinees for five dollars. Also, subscribing to them, allows students to get deals on tickets. At Kean, there are many great eateries, but sometimes students want to go out and explore their options. What students should understand is that going to a restaurant and choosing from the dinner menu can cost way more than choosing from the deals or lunch menu. Most of the time, the lunch menus are cheap and have great deals. For example Applebee's has a two for 20 special and also has a lunch combo which students can get two classic dishes for $7.99, a classic and a special dish for $8.99 and two signature dishes for $9.99. Calling all shopaholics! Instead of going to stores like HM or Forever21, venture out into the world of thrifting. Thrift stores are a great way to get good clothes for a cheaper price. Most people do not go to thrift stores for the fear that the clothes won't be of quality. For music lovers, students are recommended to go to concerts that are 10 dollars or under. It is okay to not know the artist, but it is always good to go out and listen to new music. Unless one tries, they will never know what music they like. There are plenty of local bands that are playing for an affordable price. It is essential for students to understand that being on a budget does not mean missing out on fun events or activities. There are always events going on around campus. Students just need to be wise and active in order to get the best deals possible. Have fun and save tons!

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

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

One Leader At A Time: Jorge Morales Starting a fresh life full of involvement at Kean Petruce Jean-Charles


future career and life. I think that most of what I will take from it will be time management and being a leader they really emphasize on taking a step forward, being in front of the class, having the best grades and trying overall to have the best experience. They also gave everyone else the best experience as well."

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ean University is known for creating and helping students develop and learn different skills such as leadership, communication and professionalism. One way students can be involved is through the Leadership Institute, which houses Jorge Morales, a freshman studying psychology.

As a psychology major, Morales understands how compromising and sacrificing oneself and knowledge can achieve accomplishments. "Being a leader to me is being someone who is capable of compromising and sacrificing themselves [for the success of] their followers, in order to give their followers a better achievement and better sense of accomplishment."

Morales is a part of the Transition to Kean (T2K) Bronze Leadership Program which is for first-year students and involves a pre-orientation program that offers 50 first-year students a chance to learn about leadership, explore campus involvement, build connections with peers and upperclassmen, and become leaders themselves.

The Leadership program values individualism, consciousness of self and commitment which Morales understands and dedicates his time to.

When asked about his involvement at Kean University, Morales mentioned the many factors that lead to his dedication at this university and explained how they enhanced his experience here at Kean. "I am in the outdoor recreation club where I go out to play basketball and volleyball as an intramural sport. I am also in the Leadership Program here at Kean University. The Leadership Program mostly consists of some selected students that were hand-picked from their high school graduation to assemble a group of leaders in order to promote more leadership capabilities, clubs, sports, teams and overall campus life."

Jorge Morales, a freshman studying psychology speaks of his involvement at Kean

Morales realized the opportunities he would have joining Leadership. As a freshman starting college, it can be overwhelming knowing what to do, but Leadership opens doors for students looking to get involved.

Leadership seeks to influence students and Morales opened up about how involvement and being active has influenced his life and morals.

"With the leadership program, I chose it because I wanted an extra edge in college and also it included a weekend retreat over the summer which is really awesome. It got me to interact with more students before I even went to student orientation and got more accustomed to the campus as well," Morales continued. "So far since I started at Kean University, I have been a part of the Bronze program where we just had a retreat, which consisted of many tactics, icebreakers and getting to know each other. It also pushed us to take another step forward into our college life. We really expressed a lot on other capabilities like time management, confidence boosting and moralities in classrooms especially."

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"Leadership has influenced me a lot to take another step in college and I am also more involved in clubs with lots of community service hours. Just because of the leadership program, I have many opportunities that have really benefited me and it has opened my eyes more to the other opportunities Kean can offer." When asked if he would apply what he has learned from Leadership. He explained that time management and wanting the best for oneself can help anyone develop their future. "I do believe that I will apply what I have learned from leadership into my


"So far as a freshman, I have focused on T2K and it's really an open book to gain more friends, especially in the leadership program because we have similar backgrounds but we are so diverse. This makes us understand each other clearly and helps us come to a conclusion that this world is bigger than you really think," Morales replied. "T2K and Leadership are both important and I think they should keep continuing to help new students. There are some students who I witnessed in student orientation that don't really have a sense of who they are, what they are going to do, how college is going to be and that makes them very nervous. That nervousness could lead to being unprepared for college, so it is very important for new students to be a part of T2K." With last words, Morales emphasized that he holds on to leadership and the friends he has made there. "I want to leave Kean University and Leadership with a certification saying that I completed the Leadership program for four years as a platinum leader. I would also say that working really nicely in groups, being a team member of a group and making sure everything works well will help me in my future. I would also say that now there isn't anything I can't do."

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



The Emotion Of Architecture

Ian Volner hosts book signing on biography of Michael Graves Joanna Kristine Ninal

that, he became a professor for architecture at Princeton.

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Students learned a lot more about how their field could help the area around them. Buildings can be built or structured differently but still convey meaning. A lot of his buildings were intricate, and his most notable building, the Humana Building, is located in Kentucky.

n Thursday, Nov. 16, Kean University hosted a book signing on Ian Volner's biography of Michael Graves, the American architect. Volner's biography of Michael Graves highlighted his life, travels and achievements. The book signing took place at the Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB) room 406 and the room filled with design and architecture majors of all sorts.

Volner added, "Graves would have loved the Jersey Corridor Project or the Linear City Project because it shows what American urbanism could be."

Michael Graves College Dean David Mohney and Author Ian Volner started off the event discussing the approach to writing this biography. It took him four years of putting information together to create this book.

The room was full of architecture and design majors of all sorts. There was so much to learn about the college their building is named after. The lecture lasted for about 30 minutes before opening to the audience to the students who had further questions about Michael Graves.

It is thought that Graves only designed buildings, but he did so much more. His initial works were seen as strange, obtuse, complex and intricate, but as soon as he broke toward comfortable designs, those who wanted a more simplistic concept of the designs were able to appreciate it more.

"I learned a lot from the lecture," said Dihzae Bailey, sophomore architecture major. "I asked about Graves's downfalls because I wanted to know how he was able to overcome them. I found out about this event once my dean told me about the event."

"Graves was an architect, but he also designed interiors, rooms, and thousands of furniture," said Volner. "He was content with architecture and doing architecture, although he wasn't much of an advertiser. Graves initially went into architecture to stay away from starvation. He promised his mother that he would not starve. He still wanted to paint and draw, but there is a stigma that, unless you're as good as Picasso, you won't earn money." Graves graduated and got his bachelor's from the University of Cincinnati. He also went to Harvard to get a master's degree in architecture. These schools had programs which catered to architecture. At one point, Graves was a trustee for the American Academy in

The book discusses his work, his personal life, and his student life. Students were inspired to try to improve their work while they are still studying. As of now, the book is being sold on the first floor of GLAB, where the Barnes and Noble bookstore is located.The book was published and up for sale on Oct. 24, 2017. Students can find the book "Michael Graves: Design for Life" at the bookstore and it can also be purchased through Amazon. Rome, where his experience reached a peak. After he left Rome, he went to Princeton, which was a school that did not have much of a design program or a professor who taught that course. Because of

3rd Annual Prime Time Powderpuff Game

Kean Dance Theatre hosts its 3rd Annual Powderpuff Game in support of breast cancer awareness

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Poetry and Prose at Rock N' Joe!

A new poetry and prose club will host their first-ever open mic night at Rock N' Joe Marcus Van Dive


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he Blank Slate Club plans to host an inclusive night of prose and poetry at the Rock N' Joe Restaurant Friday, Dec. 8th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An event free of admission, members of the poetry club will exhibit their written works to an audience filled with fans of spoken word. The Blank Slate Club is a new organization on Kean's campus that focuses on students expressing themselves through the publishing of their own individual and written work through a bi-annual digital magazine. This event, in particular, will help to showcase the new club's efforts to incite creative expression among students who are interested in joining. The night will kick off with Paige Bollman, the president of the new organization, providing a few words about the club and its members.

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school, so I wanted Kean to have something similar," said Pearson.

hursday, Nov. 16, Kean Dance Theater (KDT) hosted its third annual Prime Time Powderpuff Game in support of breast cancer awareness. Members of KDT and students of Kean volunteered to play in a flag football game against William Patterson University. The proceeds from the night went toward the American Cancer Society.

The night was cold but filled with energy from the team, the crowd, the volunteers, and from the in-crowd performances by Kean University's Top Knotch. Their synchronized moves along with music from DJ Cali Cal kept the night exciting.


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"This game was designed for women, which breast cancer mostly affects. This game really represents the entire Kean community coming together to support a cause and work together," said KDT director of public relations and assistant to the Kean Dance theater Roshorn Shivers Jr. "We really want to give back to the American Cancer Society and do our best to raise as much as we can." The event began with the singing of the national anthem by representatives of the Kean Gospel Choir. KDT vice president Bre'yanie Pearson gave a welcoming intro and thanked all in attendance for coming to support KDT and breast cancer awareness. Then with music provided by DJ Cali Cal, the game began. "I put the game together my junior year with the help of the KDT e-board and members of the Rho Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity Inc. I wanted to participate in an event and sport that I enjoy. I played powderpuff football in high

“We’re happy to provide an opportunity for students to share their creative work with the community and have their voices heard,” Jonena Brezinski, the club's secretary said. Soon after, the members of the club will perform their favorite and personally written pieces to the

audience inside the Rock N' Joe next to the Union Train Station. After all of the members of the group finish their iterations, the event will then turn into an open mic night for anyone interested in reading personal creations of poetry. “We are excited about our very first event and cannot wait to hear how talented the students on campus are,” Kiara Caceres, the treasurer of the Blank Slate Club said. Blank Slate's goals are not limited to just giving students a platform to openly use their creativity in poetry and spoken word, but the new group wishes to connect the campus community as well as to promote social, professional, and educational partnerships and activities through holding events to promote creative expression as well as networking on and off campus. Anyone interested in the event can find more information by visiting the new organization's Cougar Link page or by emailing Paige Bollman at the address of

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

Throughout the night, Kean Dance Theater representatives and volunteers worked at a bake sale on the sidelines. They sold a variety of baked goods to those who came to support. The proceeds also went toward the night. "That night was freezing, I did have layers on, but I was still shaking. So when I got on the field and started moving and all, I felt my blood rushing. At that moment, I just felt good and was ready to play the game. I knew it was going to be a good and fun game regardless of who wins or loses. It's about having fun and the experience while also doing it for a good cause," said Genesis Cintron, Kean sophomore, KDT treasurer. KDT was able to raise a total of over $500 for the American Cancer Society. The game concluded with a score of 21-28 with William Patterson University winning. Brandon Gervais is, freshman English education double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

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With Knowledge and PRIDE: Activities at Kean There are many activities residential students can get involved in Petruce Jean-Charles


about anything. It plays a role because it really is a place where if you feel like an outcast or you don't fit in, PRIDE is a place where no matter who you are you can go and feel better.

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ean University is known for its ability to bring awareness to issues in the United States and all over the world.

Franco and Solovei both agreed that they got good outcomes when going to the meetings and that PRIDE is a great place to meet people of similar interests.

One way the campus does this is through its clubs and activities on campus like PRIDE, which is an LGBTQ club that is based on-campus in the residence halls. PRIDE meets each Monday from 9 to 10:30 p.m. in the New Upper Multipurpose Room.

Solovei: The club has helped me mainly by being a source of information about things in the community I was unsure of or unaware of. I have learned a good amount from various meetings.

Regina L. Wickline, a full time staff at the Residential Student Services who oversees the club, had a lot to speak about in regard to the background of the club and why it is important at Kean. "PRIDE began meeting in the residence halls in the Spring of 2016! We hold PRIDE in remembrance of Michelle White-Yates who passed away in August of 2016. Michelle began a PRIDE group in her undergrad at Kean in the 2000s. Michelle promoted a sense of family among the LGBT+ community that was truly inclusive," Wickline explained. "We meet once a week. This semester we meet Mondays at 9 p.m. in the New Upper Multipurpose Room!" PRIDE seeks to provide a safe space for conversations about many topics that affect the LGBTQ community and those around them. Many conversations range from coming out, stigma around bisexuality and many more. "So far we've discussed: Coming Out, Stigma around bisexuality, Labels (if you label yourself and why - if you do not label yourself), Meditation/Mental Health Care, Consent, Crafts (DIY Face masks, stress balls, lip scrubs, etc.), sexuality panel, stereotypes within and outside of the community," Wickline mentioned. PRIDE also understands the importance of being active around campus and hosting events to showcase issues that are relevant to them or to bring in guest speakers who may have an impact on the student body. "We worked with Student Government and Equality for All to have a keynote speaker - Ryan Sallans on October 10, 2017 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Little Theater. He came to speak about his journey transitioning from his female assigned body to his real self," said Wickline. "LGBT visibility is important on all platforms! Students who feel seen, understood, accepted, and safe are more likely to flourish in their environments. Visibility and a safe place for students to meet and learn about their gender and sexuality should always be available on a college campus. We

Franco: I gained a lot of friends there, which I am so thankful for. Also, I feel a sense of completion now that I have my academic life at Kean. I have friends I can go to as well." Issues dealing with equality or lack there of are important to the campus because Kean wants its students to be aware, active and understanding.

have a large amount of allies that come to PRIDE, too, so it really is a welcoming space for all!" Wickline said.

psychiatric rehabilitation are a part of our team to make sure each week there is a fun, interactive program in place," Wickline said.

Wickline acknowledged the many students who put effort into the club and make sure that topics are chosen and that each student feels safe and comfortable, all in a fun environment. "I have quite a few students that make PRIDE possible! Alexa Martinez, a junior studying interior design and architecture; Alysha Wilson, a junior studying marketing with a social media minor; Biasia Young, a junior studying public administration with a marketing minor; Camille Flim, a sophomore studying accounting; Danie Cunningham, a senior studying music with an ASL minor; Daniela Moncada, a senior studying speech pathology with an ASL minor; Dannyele Crawford, a senior studying music education; Paola Duran, a senior studying physical education and health; Victoria Resto, a junior studying psychology with a minor in health; Vistor Suarez, a senior with biotechnology; Kiara Young, a senior studying earth science; and Jada Gillbert, a sophomore studying psychology and

Jonathan Solovei, a junior studying political science and Rebecca Franco, sophomore studying elementary education spoke of the reasons as to why and how they were introduced to the club. They also mentioned how PRIDE plays a role in the Kean community. Solovei: I'd heard about the club from a friend. I joined because it seemed like something that would be beneficial to do. I feel as though, for the LGBTQ community, it plays a good role as being somewhere to be absolutely safe. However, I wish it had a bigger role with the whole university community. Franco: I originally went because a friend wanted to go but I ended up staying because I found myself in a place where it's easier to feel like you are being a part of somewhere. If you have no where to go, whether you are a part of the LGBTQ community or not, it's a safe space where you can go and vent your feelings

Solovei: I think it is important because LGBTQ issues are everyone's issues, in that the community exists everywhere you look, and it shouldn't be ignored or marginalized. Franco: It's good to bring light to topics now that marriage equality has been approved. Being open about equality or not is acceptable. It's a good place to find friends and to keep them. Both students want other students to know that PRIDE is a place that accepts conversations and opinions. Solovei: I think the club is a good thing, a safe place, and does a wonderful job of talking about not only LGBTQ issues, but also about general issues, like dealing with stress. Franco: Both the conversations and the atmosphere and the people encouraged me to stay because of how welcoming they are and happy they are to relate to people. Whether you go to PRIDE or not, PRIDE is a great place to be a part of." Wickline wants all students to know that they are welcome and that the group wants to promote acceptance and education for the Kean community. If students have any questions they can rwicklin@kean. edu for more information.

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

Harvest (continued from page 1) that culture and country. From the Hillel club, there was a tri-fold cardboard where students could guess which actors or actresses were Jewish or not. The club members even explained the food that they served.

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Latkes are potato pancakes and are usually served during Hanukkah. It is common to eat latkes with sour cream or applesauce, but some people can have it without anything, or with both.

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Challah is a special Jewish bread that is typically eaten during Sabbath and Rosh Hashanah. This is usually served with honey. Global Harvest expanded the diversity at Kean University with so many cultures and information from which students could learn. Foods that were present at the event ranged from lo mein to empanadas. or a traditional Korean barrel drum. Usually, hanboks are worn during important occasions, such as a wedding or a funeral. Buks were mostly played back then during the time of harvest. These drums would be played to celebrate or lighten the mood during this. They were not the only ones who wore a traditional outfit. Sue Gronewold, a professor in the history department, wore a cheongsam or qipao top. Cheongsam and qipao are essentially the same style, and both are served as traditional tops or dresses for China.

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Sunaina Kanchan, junior biology major, attended the Global Harvest with her sister. "The food is good. I'm so happy," she said. "I got some Jewish, African, and Indian food. I found out this event from Dr. Xurong Kong, the director of the Asian studies department, and I really think they should introduce more events that expose holidays around the world."

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At every table that represented a country, there were mini games or facts to teach the students more about


The Africana studies department brought in ginger tea, which is a common drink in Africa, especially Uganda. They also had melktert, or milk tarts, which is a small sweet pastry made from milk, flour, sugar, eggs and a dash of cinnamon. At their table, there were also African art pieces such as an animal wooden carving, which originated from Ghana. Of course, FUNK had brought in a lot of Filipino favorites such as pancit, which are noodles, beef caldereta, or Filipino beef stew, and chicken adobo, which is chicken marinated in seasoned sauce. Thanksgiving is essentially a time to sit down with friends and family, while enjoying a feast. In this case, Kean University had their own diverse Thanksgiving by uniting the students and faculty to eat together while learning something new about the cultures around the world.

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



Setting The Bar High


Pouring their soul out for the homeless in their poetry

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n Monday, Nov. 20 around 7 p.m. in the Cougar's Den, music filled the area. Students eating outside of the lounge immediately looked over and wondered what event would take place. That night, the Poetry Club hosted its Bars For Blessings event, which was an open mic event where they performed spoken word poetry or music and raised money to create winter care packages for the homeless.

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The lounge soon filled up with student performers and supporting friends as they poured their hearts out on stage. This night was not limited to poetry as there were students who sang or rapped.


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"I loved that night, " said Sarah Hassan, senior psychology major. "I attended for my friend Rifa Shariff, who performed her poetry. It was emotional and everyone performing either told a story or was really passionate about social issues. Although I like to read and listen to poetry, I don't personally write poetry myself."

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All performers came from different backgrounds and all had something personal to relay. Whether it was their own style of poetry, rapping, dramatic reading, or singing, their emotions reached the audience. Topics such as identity, life story, personal experiences, accepting reality, and religion were presented and no student kept a filter on what they had to say.

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Not only were there current Kean students who attended the event, but Kean alumni showed up to support their friends and the Poetry Club. To enter, students had to donate to Care for the Homeless of NYC. All monetary donations collected will contribute to the creation of winter care packages at the hands of their members. Inside the packages will be items such as hats, gloves, vaseline, scarfs, etc. "I was extremely nervous but excited at the same time. It was my first hosted event as the president of our club," said Tierra Hooker, president of the Poetry Club and junior biology major. "I was honored [to have this event happen.] This event has been in the planning since mid-summer. Giving back to the community has been something I have always been eager to do and passionate about. When I became president, I knew that I wanted to do more for the club; open opportunities, make a difference, and highlight that as creatives we can give back using our voices."


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The Poetry Club would love to host this event each semester in different forms. "There are so many ways to give back, so many organizations and areas that need that component. Having a non-profit event will allow members to feel purposeful in doing what they love for great causes," Hooker added. Students such as Eric Shandroff, senior communications major, and alumni Shawn Crysis, psychology major, have gone far in their spoken word/poetry performances. A lot of students were able to express themselves on social media platforms such as YouTube or SoundCloud and expand on their artistic career. Although the Poetry Club typically hosts open mics, during meetings they have workshops to enhance and embrace their creativity. They were recently invited to do workshops in a few middle schools which they are greatly looking forward to. On the other hand, they gather together for off-campus trips to open mics or events. In the middle of the event, there was a short intermission where they held a picture auction. The pictures were provided by the Point And Shoot Club at Kean University and the highest bidder would win the photo. The money would be added to the monetary donations that would go to Care for the Homeless of NYC. Because of this event, so many students were touched and inspired to express themselves. "I felt confident and excited to put out a project that will benefit not only the Kean Community but the outside community as well," said Chidinma Opara, vice president of the Poetry Club and senior psychology major. "This event means a great deal for me knowing that it's one of the first big events that I’ve ever done. We plan to host events like this two to three times a semester so people can have a chance to come out and express themselves in the their best way possible." Check out the Poetry Club to see more opportunities to have open mic events and perform a poetry piece.

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Megan In The House

Get to know Kean's NJAC Field Hockey Player of the Week Caleb Lopez


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ean University is proud of its athletics and all that the individual teams are able to accomplish. The success of the athletics programs is a product of the diligence and dedication of each and every student athlete. Megan Houser is one of these exceptional student athletes who contributes to the success of Kean University's field hockey team. Houser is a freshman goalkeeper for the field hockey team. She recently won the NJAC Player of the Week award for the week of October 23. This came as a shock to the young goalkeeper.

"To be getting that type of recognition out of all the other players is great and I am thankful for that."

"I thought it was really Megan Houser cool and surprising because I am only a freshman," Houser said. "To be getting that type of recognition out of all the other players is great and I am thankful for that." This recognition is well deserved as she was phenomenal during that

week. Megan Houser accrued a save percentage of 1.000 in both a 5-0 victory against Eastern Connecticut State University and a 3-0 victory against rivals William Paterson University.

into becoming a detective for the FBI." Many people who are not student athletes may wonder how they do exactly that—be students and athletes simultaneously. Balancing both academics and athletics may seem challenging, but Houser thought otherwise.

Houser also won the NJAC Player of the Week two weeks prior, where she also had a perfect save percentage and even had six saves in one game. These two weeks of performances highlight Houser's first season as a Cougar.

"I think it is easy balancing academics with field hockey because, with having a set time for practice, it is easy to then plan when to do school work," Houser mentioned.

This success as a freshman who has had to transition from the bench to starting goalkeeper sprouts from Houser's nonchalant mentality. She stated, "My mindset for a game is actually to not really think about it or who we are playing. I just like to listen to my music and not really get excited or nervous."

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She owes her organization to the structure that athletics provides. From having to punctually attend team practices to studying footage of previous games, athletics keeps students organized and helps them develop time management skills.

Megan Houser, freshman criminal justice major, is a The habits developed in her athletic member of the Kean University Field Hockey team. career transfer over to her academic "I have been playing field hockey career, and vice versa. Houser since second grade, so I think just approaches both academics and playing for athletics with the same mindset. that long has helped [in the development of my mindset]," she continued. "Also I have "I approach tests and games the same way because I usually like to not traveled to many different states to play in think about it right before so that I do not get nervous. I know that if tournaments, so playing people with different it is tough, I just have to work hard for both academics and athletics." learning backgrounds helps." Houser does not get caught up in the opponent or the possible implications that game might have. Instead, she remains focused and ready to perform at her best. Off the field, Megan Houser is a stellar freshman student majoring in criminal justice. Although she is only in her first semester, she is fully aware that her time at Kean University will prepare her for her future. When asked about her career goals, Houser said, "My career goal is to become a police officer, then hopefully [I can] work my way

Exceptional students like Megan Houser are inspirations for the rest of the students on campus. Doubling both as a talented goalkeeper and an aspiring criminal justice major, Houser is a prime example of a student who keeps her priorities straight and stays focused on her career goals. As a result, Houser is a key piece in the legacy of Kean University and the success of the field hockey team. Update: Megan Houser also won the NJAC Rookie of the Week award for the week of November 6. For more information on this award and an official NJAC release, visit the Kean Athletics website.

Caleb Lopez, junior psychology major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

Veterans (continued from page 1) Veterans, students and faculty funneled into MSC room 228 for the ceremony. It kicked off with the presentation of colors, in which the Cranford Veterans of Foreign Wars planted the American flag and the POW/MIA flag at the front of the podium. This is a considerably organized procession that reveres the flags placed up front. With the flags up front, the crowd stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National Anthem. The intended singer of the National Anthem had an unexpected emergency that prevented her from attending; however, DJ Frank Gadson went out of his way to play a recording of the National Anthem instead. With hands on their hearts or to their sides, everyone in the room was standing tall for the flag. As the color guard left the front of the room, Mariama Roldan, a Catholic Campus minister, led the invocation. She prayed for the president of the United States, the nation's armed forces, the families with members in the armed forces, and peace across the nation. There was one remark in the prayer that truly stood out from the rest of the powerful prayer. Roldan said, "I pray for...our veterans, who have given their lives for our country and [those who] bravely face the challenges of war that we may not ourselves." This stood out because oftentimes people can forget the importance of Veterans Day. In the busyness of our daily lives, some individuals can often overlook how soldiers of our armed forces that accost the challenges of war so that we citizens may never have to face it ourselves. Their selfless act fueled by love and patriotism is what is highlighted and honored on Veterans Day. After invocation and a poignant poem about POW/MIAs, those at the ceremony observed a moment of silence. This moment was dedicated to

living and deceased veterans from all over the country. The ceremony had a handful of speakers who addressed different aspects of Veteran's Day. Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of Elizabeth, New Jersey talked about the impact veterans have on the country not only in times of war on the battlefield, but also in times of need within our country in response to the many natural disasters that the nation has come across. Another two speakers were the retired army medic Jeff Mullins and his wife Nancy Mullins. Jeff Mullins is the vice president for Rebuilding Warriors, an organization that assists veterans who suffer from PTSD, suicidal ideation, and other disorders caused by their time in combat. The unique facet about this organization is that they use around 60 service dogs to rehabilitate veterans that may be facing challenges, both mentally and physically. This ceremony doubled as a fundraiser for Rebuilding Warriors, which depends entirely on public and private donations as well as a constant influx of caring volunteers. Vito Zajda, the director of Veterans Student Services and co-advisor of the Military Veterans Club, reflected


on the assets and benefits available for veterans who attend the school. He also extended a thank you to the veterans present in the room and elsewhere. Additionally, Dr. Thomas Walsh, a Kean University associate professor of middle and secondary education and U.S. Navy Retired Veteran, provided a commentary focused around the ordeals he faced along his comrades in his time in the U.S. Navy. He urged the crowd to understand and to never forget that freedom is not free, and that it comes at the costly price of life. Senior Class President Damion Wilson also spoke at the ceremony, expressing gratitude toward all veterans on behalf of the student body. "365 days a year, we wake up and go to sleep knowing that we have freedom when we open and close our eyes, and that is because of you," Wilson mentioned. "...we thank our veterans on their selflessness and commit to doing what we can to improve the quality of life of our veterans, military families, and communities across America." Samantha Anderjcisk, a Kean student, beautifully played the traditional Taps on her woodwind instrument. Shortly after, the Cranford VFW retired the colors to conclude the ceremony. All in all, the Veterans Day Ceremony was an exceptional event that truly commemorated the veterans across our nation. The ceremony gave the due respect and remembrance of the brave soldiers that have fought for this nation's freedom and continue to live on both in life and in memory. Caleb Lopez, junior psychology major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

Kean University - The Cougar's Byte - November 28, 2017