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#KeanGives for #GivingTuesday

Kean University Foundation raises money to be donated in celebration of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving

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uesday Nov. 28, the Kean University Foundation participated in Giving Tuesday by raising money for the Kean University Relief Fund. In 24 hours, they were able to raise $7,060 to be donated towards the relief of areas and individuals of the Kean community, that have been hit with natural disasters in the past couple of months. As the holiday season goes on, it is important to acknowledge those who are less fortunate. Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a kick-off to a charitable holiday season. Giving Tuesday is a recently established global day of giving









that follows well-known shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to start the holiday season. The goal of this day is to promote and encourage giving. Predominately an online campaign, Giving Tuesday is able to raise millions of dollars for different campaigns and causes ever year all around the world. The Kean University Relief Fund was originally founded in 2012 to aid individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy. Now the fund continues to help with disaster relief both natural and otherwise. The Foundation and Relief Fund specifically helps the Kean community including alumni, faculty, staff and students. "Over the past few months we have

received dozens of phone calls from alumni and students who were seeking some assistance after Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. As a community we wanted to help those who were seeking our assistance. I know that there have been numerous drives on campus to send goods to the areas that were affected. As a community we want to help and that is why we created the Kean University Relief Fund. This fund will support alumni, student, faculty and staff who have experienced a disaster," said Alissa Di Scala, Director of Alumni Relations, "Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back during the Thanksgiving holiday; when so many are purchasing gifts for family and friends. I feel Giving Tuesday is a wonderful day to promote the importance of philanthropy. I have been sending Giving Tuesday messages out for a few years and never have I seen such a generous response. I think more people are seeing how their impact can be made on Giving Tuesday and throughout the year."


The donation page for the Kean University Relief Fund allowed donators to submit a variety of different amounts that would go towards their cause. The set goal on the page is $5,000 and amazingly in only 24 hours, Kean supporters have raised over $7,000. The option to donate is still open and available to anyone who wishes to contribute.

If you are feeling charitable this holiday season and would like to donate, the campaign will last until December 31, donations are accepted at keanlift.kean. edu/keanrelief. Brandon Gervais, freshman English education double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

He's A Good Sport

Deepher Dude: Five Guys Edition

Introducing the guys, giving heart flutters and catching eyes Joanna Kristine Ninal

Reyes combines his love for sportscasting with being involved on campus Petruce Jean-Charles


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rancisco Reyes, a junior studying communications with a concentration in media and film, loves to be involved in all types of activities at Kean University. He prides himself in his ability to be involved and to get others involved as well. Kean University has given him the many opportunities to strengthen and better himself. Reyes is a part of Student Organization as the executive vice president and he is also a member of Prosper Above the Hardships (PATH) and is a sportscaster at Kean. When asked why he was interested in joining these influential organizations he explained why they were important to him.


very year, Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE) Sorority hosts Deepher Dude, a male pageant show where money and awareness is raised for cystic fibrosis. All funds that were made during this pageant directly goes to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), one of the three charities DPhiE donates to every year. CFF is a non-funded organization that conducts research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects various organs including the lungs, pancreas and kidneys.


"I just wanted to be involved, so I actually went to President Damion Wilson last year. I felt like I wasn't doing enough on campus. I didn't want to wrap up my four years of college doing nothing. I went to Student Org and became vice president, so now that's where I am at," Reyes said. "I do sports commentating and we are in the process of starting Kean TV and with Student Org, we get involved with different groups and different programs." As the executive vice president Reyes has many responsibilities which he is always eager to take on and being in PATH allows him to be a mentor to younger students.

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Francisco Reyes, junior communication-film major Reyes explained that sports commentating was less of a hobby and more of a career. "That's why I am majoring in communication because I want to be a sports broadcaster for ESPN and I actually got my job at the end of the first semester freshman year. That's something I've always wanted






ISA Is All Pho The International Dinner

The International Student Association embraces culture with its second international dinner Petruce Jean-Charles 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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he International Student Association (ISA) hosted its second annual International Dinner on Dec. 1, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. in North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB).

The eboard of ISA consists of Diane Loegal, president; Sarah Wisniewski, vice president; Juan Bedoya, treasurer; Joanna Kristine Ninal, secretary; and the funded group advisor Anna Nieves. The International Dinner was the final edition to the International Education Week, which included international food day and many other activities. Students were recommended to dress festive in order to get into the spirit of a cultural atmosphere. After last year's success, ISA wanted to bring back an evening full of cultural exchange, international foods and performances.

guests who showed enthusiasm. Their attire was colorful and festive working and their faces showed the excitement to be sharing their culture. The dancers also waved and incorporated colorful flags, which they used to call out guests to join them in the festivities. Dances were taught to the many people in the center of the room and a samba line was quickly started adding more people on the way.

Diane Loegal, a senior studying psychology, spoke about what the international dinner was and how it was important to incorporate it in the Kean community. "The international dinner is all about bringing different cultures together, presenting different cultures and having a fun night," Loegal explained. "It is very important to embrace diversity because this campus is diverse so the international student association is a way to help with that. Students can expect a fun night, great ambiance, great atmosphere and great food from different cultures. There are going to be many cultural performances and friendships made hopefully." Students and guests piled in excitement chatting about the night. The performers were seen in their own attire. Music blasted through the sixth floor of the NAAB bringing in a sense of cultural union. A collage of many photos could be seen of the ISA members and the many memories at Kean.

At around 6:40 p.m., the buffet opened allowing guests a chance to experience new foods consisting of jerk chicken, enchiladas, lasagna, pasta, Caribbean fruit and many more.

To start off the event Loegal welcomed the guests and introduced the fashion show. The walkers included Minerva Roderiguez representing Mexico, Paule-Camille Yoli representing Ivory Coast, Nkechi Odukwe representing Nigeria, Aakanksha Singh representing India, Jantice Wilson representing the United States, Jamaica and Islam and Joanna Kristine Ninal representing the Philippines. Next Anna's World Entertainment samba dancers were presented to the

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To engage the guests again, the DJ played games such as guess the movie and passing an object around in hopes to build character and give away glow in the dark jewelry. Guests could be seen laughing and playing along. Mackenzy Samedi then shared his poems one which he incorporated the crowd and showed the obstacles he was able to overcome. His other poem titled "Black" was about him filling out his job applications as different races and how it affected him. Getting back into the realm of dancing, the Heavenly Arts Training Center expressed their dances to the music and moved the crowd alongside Poornema Ramasundaram, an Indian dancer who told a story through her dancing. A first in the international dinner was a Hawaiian Performance from Nalani who involved the crowd as well and was dressed in many articles of clothing consisting of a head piece, maracas and a straw piece. Lastly, Loegal ended the dinner thanking everyone for coming and also gave thanks to the members of the ISA club who helped with the many functions of the dinner.

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The dance floor was then open from 30 minutes for guests to dance and chat with others as the time for the end was to come.

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Military & Veterans Club Charity Drives Join the Military & Veterans Club in its efforts to support veteran charities, Operation Valor and Rebuilding Warriors

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Brandon Gervais


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eginning Dec. 9, the Military & Veterans Club will be holding two charity drives. The first is for Operation Valor, a veterans homeless shelter. The second is for Rebuilding Warriors Raffle, a project that helps provide service dogs to veterans. Donations for these projects will be accepted in the Veterans lounge located in Willis Hall room 121. For Operation Valor, the preferred donations would be sheets, towels, winter clothing, toiletries and books. Thousands of veterans are left homeless after their service. Operation Valor is a 30-room homeless shelter for veterans, helping in the cause of providing shelter to the brave individuals who have served their country. The shelter is also asking for any Kean University professors who are interested, in offering their time to teach classes in resume building, finance coordination and career development at the shelter located in Newark, NJ. "These are veteran heroes who deserve the best possible assistance available, and I feel we here at Kean can be a big part of that assistance," said Military & Veterans Club President Frank Schupp. "This is the first year for this drive. I have only recently heard about Operation Valor. When I went over there to speak to the program's director, Kevin Rodriguez, I could see he was very passionate about helping vets. After that, all it took was a walk through of their campus and speaking to some of the vets there to see that this was a cause very much worth helping out with."


The Kean University Military & Veterans Club is also working with the Rebuilding Warriors Raffle in selling raffle tickets to raise funds to provide service dogs to disabled veterans. The raffles cost $5 each. If anyone is interested in assisting the Military & Veterans Club in their efforts to gather supplies and funds for homeless and disabled veterans, donations will be accepted in the Veterans Lounges located in Willis Hall room 121. Brandon Gervais, freshman English education double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.



Developing Careers

The CLA Career Development Workshop Program is coming Spring 2018 Caleb Lopez

recruiting and career coaching experience from Morgan Stanley, Amazon and other leading companies," mentioned Choudhury, who graduated from Kean University in 2007.

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he CLA Career Development Workshop is coming to Kean University in Spring 2018, and sophomores and juniors can apply now. This will be the second year in a row that the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) hosts this workshop. It is a prime opportunity for students to get the essential preparation for moving towards their future goals and careers.

"Tahsin Hashem is the cofounder and chief operating officer of Proxfactor, [as well as the] vice president of product management at Citi," Choudhury said, regarding his partner. "He brings over eight years of experience from Microsoft, Deloitte Consulting and other leading companies. He has coached professionals and students, led campus recruiting, and managed employee development projects."

The College of Liberal Arts is working in conjunction with Proxfactor, a premiere career development academy focused on providing college students with the tools and knowledge to reach their full potential after school. Founded by Kean alumni Shah Choudhury and co-founder Tahsin Hashem, Proxfactor is bringing the Career Development Workshop in the spring semester to be a huge resource for students. The Career Development Workshop is an opportunity that students will not want to miss. The College of Liberal Arts acting Dean, Jonathan Mercantini outlined what the workshop offers. "The program is aimed at helping prepare CLA students for advanced internships, jobs, and careers," Mercantini said. "The workshops include training in interviewing, résumé, and social media marketing, as well as soft skills in areas like workplace culture to help students make the transition into the workplace." The Career Development Workshop will discuss the following but is not limited to: ■■ Development of requisite leadership skills ■■ Development of corporate presentation skills ■■ Development of effective inter-office

Together they combine their years of experience and knowledge to develop and train students. With the College of Liberal Arts and Proxfactor working together, they can further assist the lives of many students at Kean University and guide towards a potentially brighter future.

"[Specifically], we are looking for sophomores and juniors who are interested in securing an internship in any of a variety of fields, especially financial services, consulting, etc.," Mercantini said. "They should have a strong academic record in order to be candidates for top internships in New Jersey and New York as well as for career prospects after graduation."

communication skills ■■ Development of effective do's and don'ts in corporate America ■■ Comprehensive résumé building workshop ■■ Effective interviewing skills ■■ Effective job/career search skills The College of Liberal Arts is currently fielding applications for the Career Development Workshop, which has a tentative deadline on Dec. 18. To apply, students can contact Jonathan Mercantini or their Chair/Coordinator of their major. Only 24 students will be accepted for the Spring 2018 program, so students interested in this opportunity should apply as soon as they can. As a result of being hosted by the College of Liberal Arts, only majors within the college are eligible for the workshop.

At the Career Development Workshop, Choudhury and Hashem will share their vital knowledge of careers and the workplace that they have accrued throughout their careers. Apart from being the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Proxfactor, Shah Choudhury is a Lead Recruiter at Morgan Stanley. "I bring over 10 years of human resources, technical

In brief, the CLA Career Development Workshop is an opportunity available to a maximum of 24 sophomores and juniors from the College of Liberal Arts with high academic standing. By teaching students interview skills, career search skills, leadership skills and more, students will be increasingly capable and ready to embark on their future endeavors. For more information on Proxfactor, visit the website at To apply via the College of Liberal Arts acting Dean Jonathan Mercantini or to find out if a major is part of the College of Liberal Arts, visit the college's website at

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

Creating An Arch For His Future: Dihzae Bailey Dihzae Bailey shares his philosophy for success Petruce Jean-Charles


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ihzae Bailey, a sophomore studying architecture shares his philosophy for his success and ability to be proactive at Kean University. "I am in the Silver Leader in the Leadership Program, Sophomore class Treasurer, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) researcher and American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)." Bailey then went into describing the different jobs and responsibilities he has in his list of many clubs. As treasurer, he just wants his class and other classes to understand that the sophomore class will make a change.

the students to be comfortable with themselves and to excel in there work, whether in class or other activities. "For Silver Leadership I am still getting a chance to learn about leadership and I am actually get my voice out as well. I might be goofy a lot of the time but in the Leadership Program I am silent and humble," Bailey explained. "My GEM job is a teacher's assistant (TA) to the Instructor, Christopher Navetta. But I'm more than that in his eyes, I'm more like the teacher itself. The students look up to me because I am involved on campus. They look up to me a lot and say how can I be like you? I always tell them that they're job is not to be like me but to be yourself and to actually be better than me."

As a student apart of the LSAMP "Last year I was the Freshmen Class program acknowledges minorities not Treasurer and my job was to manage just as a race thing but it's more of people Petruce Jean-Charles | The Cougar's Byte a budget [and] get the Kean students who wouldn't have opened their mind to Dihzae Bailey, a sophomore with dreams of involved with different activities. Since I research as a field in their profession making a change in the future got reelected last year, we did two events. "LSAMP stands for the Louis Stokes This year I got a total of nine events out Alliance for Minority Participation that there and we are actually going to do it this year again, because we are is basically a research program where minorities in the (New Jersey committed to let the students know that the sophomore class is present Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics) STEM field can on campus," Bailey said. "One of the events we are planning is the actually be interested in research. My accomplishment with that was winter Funderland where we're giving out custom hot chocolate with tremendous without that I wouldn't be the person I am or have all the the fancy shavings and designs. We're going to also do a gingerbread connections I have today. I presented at research day, then presented house competition where the team that wins will get a custom mug to President Dr. Farahi and after that I present to him and his board of we design ourselves. We want to give back to the community also so trustees last year June." we teamed up with Greek Senate and we're doing a toy drive for the Children's Specialized Hospital." For the AIAS program, Bailey was able visit Cornell University where he was able to experience a whole new world and was very honored to Bailey is also apart of the Leadership Program as a Silver Leader be an undergraduate in a sea of graduates. and a General Education Mentor (GEM). His main goal is to teach "The AIAS is where a group of Architecture students in different schools have their own chapter and here at Kean we just established our chapter last year. We basically go to our northeast quad meetings where all the other schools of architecture in the northeast region talk about architecture and improvements at schools and communities." Bailey likes to call himself a butterfly because he likes to roam around which helps him find new interests that make him active. Bailey is more of a visual person who likes to make schedules in order to de-stress and to organize his academics, work, and social life. "I'm more of a visual person so I make my schedule color coated so anything red I need to do as soon as possible, no pushing or procrastinating. I always tell my students in my T2K class that I

learned how to maximize all twenty four hours." Bailey believes that all of the activities like Leadership or LSAMP will help his principles and make him a better architect and person to gain the knowledge he needs to succeed. "I think most of the things I do like Leadership will benefit me but I feel that you can't really call somebody a leader, they have to earn it. I want to be able to have the heart of a leader and I want to be better at what I do," Bailey continued. "My dream lifestyle later on is to be an architect because a job is something you go nine to five but I want do good for the community. And like all my business cards say design for humanity and I really as the architect I want to be is design for the people. I want to design for people and imagine if they are really going to go in my space and how would they feel or experience the emotional journey I take them through." As a fun fact Bailey listed his three favorite architecture pieces around the world, his eyes glowed and a huge smile crept on his face as he thought of the many pieces. Some of them including the Lincoln Memorial by Mass Designs in Montgomery, Alabama, Daniel Libeskind's Holocaust Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany and the Pyramids. Bailey believes we all started from the ideas of the pyramids. "I believe that Kean University was a place that had many opportunities and architecture was a big factor. My Dean persuaded me to come here by telling me that I would be Dihzae Bailey, not a number." Bailey wants students to achieve goals that make them happy!

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

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A College Hour For A Good Cause: The 2017 Kean Dance Marathon Kickoff!

The Miron Student Center atrium held the official kickoff to the Kean Dance Marathon for next April! Marcus Van Diver


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hough the Kean Dance Marathon Hype Day occurred in October, the real Kickoff to Kean Dance Marathon season happened on the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. During college hour from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., games, performances and informational sessions about the coveted 12-hour dance marathon dedicated to raising money for the Children's Specialized Hospital were offered to the students and faculty of Kean University. Hosted by the Greek Senate in the Miron Student Center (MSC) Atrium, an assortment of students arrived to tables encased in different colored drapes meant to represent the many Greek organizations available. Displayed were different games and creative activities for the people that were walking through. From Penny Wars to a Bake Sale, different Greek Organizations, such as the Fraternity of Iota Phi Theta (IPT) and Sororities like Omega Sigma Psi (OSP), all played an integral part in serving the students with fun and enticing projects that afternoon. The event opened up as the president of Greek Senate, Abanoub Nakhla, incited the crowd as a means to get everyone ready for the event ahead. The senior, who majors in biology and is an active member of the fraternity Nu Delta Pi (NDP), was also responsible in facilitating the many unique presentations and performances throughout the day. The first of these performances, was an acapellaperformed rendition of Beyonce's "Halo" by Danielle Thomas and Ymani Hawkins; two members of the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS). Shortly after, Kayla Pagnani, the Program Coordinator of the Children's Specialized Hospital, gave a speech. Pagnani, who serves as a current hospital advisor at her place of occupation, thanked the multitude of KDM supporters who came out to the event to raise money for a good cause. "The Children's Specialized Hospital is the nation's leading hospital in pediatric rehabilitation featuring over 30,000 children, right here in New Jersey. So, everything you guys fundraise, everything you guys are doing today goes onward, stays local and helps kids, which is amazing," Pagnani explained to the audience. "Kean Dance Marathon is actually New Jersey's highest fundraising dance marathon. Give yourself a round of applause!" After Pagnani concluded her speech, she told the story of a threeyear-old girl named Izzy, who, at the young age of one year old, had to undergo 42 rounds of chemotherapy to rid herself of a tumor that grew on her spine. Pagnani commended the audience's willingness to not only show up to the afternoon's event, but donate to the good cause to help out children like Izzy get the treatment they need so that they can live their best lives. "After the rounds of Chemotherapy, she had to relearn how to crawl, sit up and now she is walking and running, but before she came into Children's Specialized Hospital, the tumor really stunted everything she was supposed to be doing at that age," Pagnani said. "You can imagine a little one year old, how tiny you were at that age, imagine going through 42 rounds of chemotherapy. That is insane. Little Izzy is in preschool now, and everyday, she is learning something else. Everyday is a battle, but she is doing amazing, and she has groups like you guys to thank." The audience then sent a special message to the toddler, all cheering, "We love you Izzy!" in unison into Kayla's

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Many students came out in support of the Kean Dance Marathon full of student preformances

phone, which would be sent to Izzy and her family. Soon after, the Kean Dance Team (KDT) would give their own presentation. All dressed in white to go along with their amazing recital, the group danced to their favorite songs, and the Kean audience clapped and cheered to it. After the dance team finished its performance, the Greek organizations began their various strolls and dances for the audience to enjoy. First up, came the Divine Nine Sorority of Sigma Gamma Rho (SGR), as three of the organization's sisters strutted their stuff to the members of the Kean community. Following them was the Latin sorority of Lambda Theta Alpha, as they performed their traditional strolls and dances to the beat of some of today's most popular hip-hop and contemporary songs. Subsequently, the fraternity of Iota Phi Theta would show their talents on the KDM Kickoff stage, performing their dances and strolls for the crowd to yet again enjoy. Groups such as Lambda Sigma Upsilon and Omega Phi Chi would do the same after the brothers from Iota Phi Theta finished. Tatiana Amandor, a senior biology major with a minor in psychology and member of sorority Omega Phi Chi, spoke on how the event was important to her. "What this event means to me, is that everybody, whether Greek or non-Greek, is able to come together, and help out the children who are in need," Amandor said. "And also, we are helping out children who definitely need it for a good cause!" Another coordinator for the event, Vanessa Lupo, a Senior majoring in biology as well as a sister of the Theta Phi Alpha (TPA) sorority, attributed the event's success to its turnout and the campus's general concern for helping children get the medical attention they need. "This event is significant for me, because we are raising money for KDM to kickoff our actual Kean Dance Marathon in April and bring Greek Life and the Kean community together, as well as play some games," Lupo said. The actual Kean Dance Marathon begins April 13, 2018 at Harwood Arena, but if anything is apparent, the excitement for the annual festival is at an all-time high. For more information on the event, visit the official KDM website. Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.




Marc Louis Rosario: Achieving All Odds

Recent graduate received the honor of semi-finalist for one of many Adobe Design Achievement Awards Petruce Jean-Charles


"Sharpen helps users become more active in sketching on paper by meeting and networking with other Sharpen users throughout the world," Rosario explained. "The idea came from my perspective of being a design student. Now-a-days, many designers don’t sketch their ideas on paper. This is a crucial thinking process for us, but now, many rely on technology and start their designs digitally. I wanted to develop a mobile application that gather their physical sketches onto a digital platform."

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ean University is known for guiding and creating influential people who succeed in their craft. Marc Louis Rosario, a recent Kean Graduate '17 was given the honorable title of a semifinalist for one of many Adobe Design Achievement Awards. "I was nominated as a semi-finalist as well as winning their sticker challenge. They also gave me the opportunity to design their snapchat filter for the Adobe MAX Conference," Rosario said. The Adobe Design Achievement Award is a competition that showcases the skills of student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artist in form of individual and group submissions. The categories consist of 14 categories divided into fine arts, commercial and social impact. The goal of the award is to celebrate student achievement. Rosario currently works as a Junior Art Director at Weber Shandwick, located in New York city. "My role consist of working on visual concepts along with a copywriter and a senior art director in response to the clients’ briefs. I worked on various digital content and advertising for Benefiber, TUMS, and Hellmann’s. My team recently launched a brand new look of the Benefiber website." When asked about his feelings towards his nomination Rosario expressed his gratitude for being apart of a successful program. "I am thankful and fortunate to be awarded in

Rosario wants students who are pursing their degrees to never give up because the magic having dreams is the possibility of achieving them. "My only advice for Kean students who have dreams of achieving great things is to never give up. You may have heard this many times, but no matter what you are going through in college, ups and downs, never give up on your dreams, passion, and dedication. It will always be a great outcome in the end."

the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Being able to represent Michael Graves College: Robert Busch School of Design in a globally known design competition was a great opportunity for the school’s exposure." Rosario was able to take his degree in graphic design and advertising and turn it into a useful tool called Sharpen. Sharpen is a mobile application that allows users to save their sketches and organize them. Besides organization users can connect with other designers through message or workshops. "Creating this mobile application will help designers and sketchers organize their creative process from paper to

digital, refine their skills, and build confidence." Rosario was appreciative of the exposure for himself and the Robert Busch School of Design. "I would like to dedicate this award to my mentors, Ed Johnston and Denise Anderson, who helped me tremendously throughout the entire process and to make my idea become a reality. The Adobe Design Achievement Awards help students launch their careers by showcasing a wide variety of students’ works." Rosario wants people to understand the goal of Sharpen which is to empower creative designers and artists to strengthen their mindset and work.

Rosario understands that Kean taught him to work hard, work smart and work with passion he also has many professors to thank for his success. "Ed Johnston, Professor & Mentor at MGC: Robert Busch School of Design, Denise Anderson, Professor & Mentor at MGC: Robert Busch School of Design. Professors Johnston and Anderson taught me how to become a professional designer and an art director. They dedicated their time to help me develop and improve as a designer. I am thankful to have them as my mentors." Rosario's number one advice: Never give up. Petruce Jean-Charles, sophomore sociology and writing major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte Staff

Question Everything: How To Stop Fake News!

A two-hour event hosted by the College Of Liberal Arts took on the topic of Fake News, and the science behind it Marcus Van Diver


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n Wed. Nov. 29, students from The College of Liberal Arts were treated to a lesson in media literacy at the third annual America Now Teach In; a lecture series that informs its audience about issues that pertain to the United States of America in Room 226 of the Miron Student Center (MSC). Titled "America Now: Fake News," the event focused on how certain inaccuracies of credible and impostor media platforms in reporting various stories can instigate deeper issues in the world, as well as the different scientific factors that contribute to what people use for their sources of news information. The afternoon lecture, hosted by devoted Kean Professor, Dr. Jonathan Mercantini, featured two renowned professors from the school that spoke on the issue of fake news. The audience was warmly greeted by Dr. Mercantini, who gave acknowledgement to his fellow advisors and coordinators of the event, Dr. Sara Compion and Janice Marie Lowry, along with Kean University's Student Organization. Soon after, he explained the event's relevance to today's world, including the newfound importance that the now-popular term that has been used by media professionals, politicians and the world's inhabitants alike.

"The second one, titled "False Context", is where true information may be completely out of context. It could be information taken from a long time ago, or a piece of information that readers may not have the beginning or end, so it will be taken out of context," Lauro said. "The third tactic, known as the false connection, is where the headline's visuals or captions do not support the content, where something is 100 percent false and created by someone who may not be credible for a variety of reasons."

"In contemporary America, perhaps no skill is more important than media literacy. We are all apparent and aware that we are living in a postmodern world where we are all bombarded with news, information and images. It becomes exhausting to process it all," Mercantini said. "The internet gives everyone and anyone the ability to make themselves look like experts. On Twitter, everyone's feed looks the same, whether you are a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, or a college student."

Lauro went on to mention other methods of fabrication done by media perpetrators, such as the use of non-credible domain names that do not use a ".com" or a ".org", even though they may look like websites of media companies like CNN and MSNBC.

Mercantini also commented on the potency of social media in portraying the assumed sense of credibility in the same way. "And, of course, when we have our president, and other national and global leaders challenging the legitimacy of well-established news organizations of the entire journalistic process, we get a newer situation where the ability to decipher what is legitimate and what is not becomes vital," Mercantini also responded. Dr. Pat Winters Lauro, the director of the Journalism program in the School of Communications at Kean University, subsequently gave a lengthy, detailed presentation on fake news with a 12-slide PowerPoint. The journalism professor spoke on a variety of topics relating to illegitimate news, ranging from current events to the different types of fake news stories in the media and around the world. One case study in particular, that Lauro explained dealt with misinformation and disinformation, and their many different faces. A study done by Jonathan Albright, a social media researcher out of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, said that there are at least seven different kinds of misinformation and disinformation. The manipulation of content is the first tactic of misrepresenting information, where the use of genuine information is altered, or manipulated to deceive. Photoshopping a picture is an exact example of this skewering of information.

There is also satire and parody that can, believe it or not, be believed. The Kean professor then gave a concise approach on how this satirical rhetoric could be taken seriously. A slide then appeared pertaining to how satire translates into a headline, showing an old newspaper with Pope Francis giving his praise to President Trump, something that had not happened at all. "According to MSNBC, this was posted from a satirical website. However sometimes, these people create these stories for fun and fail to realize that most people know that these stories are absurd," Lauro said. Lauro went on to speak about Pope Francis's inability to accomplish this, because the Catholic Church cannot endorse political candidates. "Second of all, what happened here was that the story got shared over 868,000 times. We do not know if the people shared it as a joke or as an actual belief, although this site was debunked by reliable fact-checking sites like that credible journalists use." After the director of journalism at Kean finished her speech, Dr. Brian Regal was announced onto the wooden podium in room 226. Following Lauro's presentation that focused on the different types of fake news with examples, Dr. Regal, an assistant history professor at Kean and Kean alumni with a masters and doctorate earned at Drew University, informed the crowd about the structure of fake news stories and the science behind them. Dr. Regal's presentation was slightly shorter, but succeeded in conveying

its salience to the group of students present. Regal then defined the terms of fake news, saying that they were false stories used to be created to influence political views through a bias or as a joke. He spoke about the differences between science and psuedoscience, which he said were beliefs, theories or practices that have been considered as scientific but do not hold any basis in scientific fact. Furthermore, in continuing to explain what confirmation biases were, other terms like the backfire effect, which centered around the idea that people are likely to resist facts if they conflict with their beliefs, were taught to the audience. Examples of these different scientific definitions regarded current events that included the happenings in climate change and the various conspiracy theories that exist in the minds of skeptics. These, in turn, as explained by Dr. Regal, caused the need to create fabricated tales in the effort to affirm a bias and alter the truth. "If something sounds too outrageous, it likely is false. Always remember to question everything," Regal said. "You do not win an award for retweeting a story. What is taught to you as students at Kean University is to research everything you see. Do not just assume it is something true if you see it in a book or story once. If so, read it again." Undoubtedly, Mercantini, Lauro and Regal's audience will always remember to think twice before confirming the truth in just about everything from now on, thanks to this informative and enjoyable afternoon. Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

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A Night Full of Networking

Night of the Stars will allow students the opportunity to network Petruce Jean-Charles


Class of 1992

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■■ Attorney at HSBC Bank Mark LoSacco, Class of 1988 ■■ Sales Specialist at NBC Universal Pamela Mata, Class of 2015

he Kean University Alumni Association hosted the event Alumni and Student Networking "Night of Stars," on Thursday Nov. 30, 2017 located in North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB) sixth floor at 6 p.m. Networking Night of Stars emphasized the importance of taking an opportunity and asking questions.

■■ Director at MetLife Maritza Matlosz, Class of 1981 ■■ Supply Chain Management at REVLON Gregory McCormack, Class of 2014 ■■ Fulfillment Manager at Hearthcolor Santiago Mirabal, Class of 2011

The goal of the Kean University Alumni Association is to promote the growth, status and mission of the university by connecting the alumni and the university community. They also strive to develop alumni services as a means of encouraging alumni to maintain a continuing relationship with university, its students, programs and events.

■■ Investigator at United States Department of Labor Latifah Oliver, Class of 2007 and 2009 with a Masters in Public Administration ■■ Compliance Examiner at Forester Financial Johan Paredes, Class of 2013

The event started with a warm welcome from Alissa Di Scala who had thanked the alumni and encouraged students to gain more experience through networking and development.

■■ President and CEO at Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc. Scott N. Schober, Class of 1992 ■■ Principal Architect at Arkitecture Plus Susana Sequira Tavera, Class of 2003

"The students will be given 60 minutes for speed networking which includes four 15 minute sessions to ask questions," Di Scala said.

■■ Recruiter at Forrest Solutions Group Lajuana Timothy, Class of 2007

Di Scala then introduced Linda Baron, Master of Arts Kean class of 2010 and 2011, founder and executive director for Bright Futures Club Inc. Baron is now pursuing a doctorate in family science and development with a primary focus on the systematic strengths and challenges of Latino families with special needs. Baron has also helped many immigrant families, young professionals, families with special needs and at-risk youth. "Imagine being 17 years old dreaming of a college life; how great it most have been, how amazing it would be to walk across the stage and get that degree, to be the first person in your family to get a college degree. Now can you imagine being told that you are illegal, that you do not have a social security or green card meaning that you can not go to college. Or you can not receive a scholarship you earned with all your hours of hard work; that everything means nothing," Baron explained. "That was my reality when I was 17 years old but I was able to help my family to the path or the green card and eventually an American citizenship. None of this would have been possible if I didn't exercise the most powerful tool that I have, my voice. I say speak, listen, process and then speak again and tonight we are here to speak about a very important topic networking."

■■ Journalist at Univision Maria VargasPion, Class of 2010 ■■ Teacher Patricia Swick, Class of 2010

Students were then able to go around network to many majors including: Human Resources, Communications, Journalism, Criminal Justice, Accounting, Science and Education and many more. There were many alumni professionals who were ready and willing to answer questions and to speak about their journey to their success, the alumni present included: ■■ Curricula Coordinator Dariel Bobadilla, Class of 2014 and 2016 ■■ Senior Accountant at Mazar Sofia Cordero, Class of 2013 ■■ Scientist at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Carlos Danis, Class of 2006 ■■ Senior Accountant at Mazars Santiago GarcesCano, Class of 2009 ■■ Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Alexandra Jara, Class of 2014 ■■ Attorney at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus Jeralyn Lawrence,

■■ Principal at Newark Public Schools Deneen Washington, Class of 2015 ■■ District manager at Speedway Steven Zheng, Class of 2012 Students were assisted with questions to help them gain confidence when speak with the alumni such as: What is your story? How did you decide to do what you do? What is a typical work day like? Patricia M. Barksdale '95, was then introduced. Barksdale is the vice president of wealth management for Merrill Lynch. She was named one of the 2007 Women of Influence in Finance by the Women's Fund of New Jersey and was an honoree at the Women's History Celebration by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2008. "One of the questions I was asked was how did your degree help you? My degree was like a key and the key opened up a door. My suggestion is whatever you do let it be something you would do in your sleep or for free, if you weren't paid. Even when you're having a bad day if you're doing something you want to do it will be worth it," Barksdale mentioned. Students were then encouraged to stay and connect with alumni once again which many students took advantage of an began a journey to their success.

Di Scala then introduced Senior Vice President of CNBC, Steve Fastook, Kean class of 2006. He was responsible for the production of Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Dateline, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and Today. One of Fastook's favorite projects was the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, considered the longest running show "down Broadway!"

If students have any questions or concerns regarding networking services they can email or call 973-737-2586.

"So I got a job and I kept a job, in order for you to achieve this you need to listen and be yourself. Do not expand your career at the expense of someone else, it's a small world you will find someone later or they will find you," Fastook said.

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

Francisco (continued from page 1) to do." Reyes recalled how he found out about both Student Organization and sports commentating and was pleased that they would consider him. He explained that without getting out of his comfort zone and branching out, he probably would not have known or wanted to be the executive vice president. "I contacted Damion and then I applied and went through the whole process and with sports commentating, it was through a networking program. I met someone there who was a senior who was commentating and helped to figure out what I wanted to do. He actually got me to meet our boss. I applied and I have been doing that for a year." Reyes felt very strong about his goals for both Student Organization and sports commentating to guide the Kean community. "Honestly for me, coming out of high school, I was a lazy person. I wasn't who I am now, so I didn't get many opportunities, and I also wanted to get around a different environment." College is a time where students can benefit themselves and Reyes has made sure that everything he has learned or been a part of he will be able to take with him in his future endeavors. Reyes admits that having all these activities on his agenda can make his academic life harder but he has learned to adjust and to balance his life at Kean. "It's a lot, but I just take it all at once and try to prepare myself as much

as possible. I try to organize everything and make sure nothing conflicts with each other. The biggest thing is just time management, knowing what I have to do and embracing myself also. If I'm having a busy day I have to mentally prepare myself and tell myself I can do it because sometimes it becomes a lot." Considering that he has many responsibilities Reyes has agreed that his duties for Student organization and sports commentating work together. "Some people might think it's two different things but it's not because when you see those companies; they want to see if you're able to take on many roles. At the end of the day, communication is talking so with my position I have to meet and talk with a lot of people. I oversee a lot of things, so it shows a responsibility, the ability to communicate with others and the same tangibles and other career requirements," Reyes explained. "Sports commentating, we commentate on sports but Student Org is more detailed for my position specifically I point students to committees for the university. I help with student representatives and aspects. I oversee all the class presidents to make sure their programs are running accordingly and developing."

He also spoke of his dream career and how he hopes everything he is accomplishing now will be beneficial. "For my field, it's not really necessary to go to graduate school, so honestly, it depends on whether or not I get internships or make those connections before and after graduation. At this point, I'm kind of undecided on that, but I do want to become a sports broadcaster. That's what I've wanted to do for a long time." Being a part of an organization that is for the people, Reyes has been able to help a lot of people, but Reyes would still like to leave students with words of advice. "A lot of kids that go here sometimes think there's nothing to do on this campus but you make the effort to try to find things to do. There's so many things for so many different people because at the end of the day, you're resume for a job shows a lot. Being involved and helping others is a great thing to show a potential employer." Reyes last words of wisdom: Don't fall into negative energy.

Before he graduates Reyes would like to accomplish many things such as staying involved and doing big things. "My Kean TV flyers are everywhere on the fourth floor of CAS, so when people see them they ask me, 'What's that?' It's nothing too big yet, but every time people find out, they're like 'Wow it's cool.' My professor for TV production is Gina Gili, and she has helped a lot with Kean TV. And with Student Org, people refer to me as VP and it's pretty cool."


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



When Planets Collide


Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus was a panel discussion event hosted by PRSSA

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veryone knows the saying, "Men are from Mars and women are from Venus..." Monday, Dec. 4, in the Little Theater of the Miron Student Center (MSC), Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Women of Excellence (WoE) and Men of Excellence (MoE) put that saying to the test. The event Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, was a panel discussion made up of selected members of PRSSA, WoE, and MoE.

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The panelists were split by gender and placed on opposite sides of the stage. The female panelists consisted of Asia Shaw, Annabelle Mazagwu, Asa Dugger, Joy Humphrey, and Tori Brown. The male panelists consisted of Owen Igori, Kanayochi Ibe, Damion Wilson, Francisco Reyes, Stephon Fields. The event was co-hosted by Evan Hewitt and Oluwakemi Alade. Before the doors to the Little Theater were opened, members of the panel rehearsed their entrance onto the stage and made time to answer some questions about the event. Annabelle Mazagwu, a senior majoring in communication public relations and also a member of PRSSA and WoE, was definitely excited and looking forward to this event. "I'm really looking forward to the exchange of ideas. I feel like we're all educated on everything we should be, but I'm looking for the exchange of opinions." When the clock struck 8 p.m., the doors of the Little Theater where opened to Kean students who flooded in the auditorium, finding seats as close as possible to the stage. The audience members were asked by the hosts to register with a specific pin number with Kahoot!, a free game-based learning program used in classrooms to promote interaction. The panel discussion started off with the first name introduction of all the panelists. When asked before the event, about the selection process of the panelists, Oluwakemi Alade, a senior majoring in communication studies and member of WoE, had this to say. "I wasn't in charge of picking the panelists, but looking at the flyer, I knew them all separately and they have such different perspectives to make this interesting. So I felt like this would bring out a big crowd full of different people." Once there was a good amount of audience members registered on Kahoot!, co-host Evan Hewitt started off with asking the panel the first question: "Who should pay for the first date?" The panelists had 30-seconds to think of an answer and were then asked to give their opinions. The responses ranged from men paying for the date or both parties splitting the bill. Panelist Asia Shaw commented, "I have my own money, and I hope he


wouldn't get mad if I wanted to pay." After each panelist was able to give their opinions, co-host Oluwakemi Alade brought attention to the opinions of the audience, which were projected on a screen for all to see. She then went into the audience and asked several attendees their justification for their answers. Just like the panelists, the audience members had different perspectives and answers. Another question given to the panel was,"Can your significant other have a best friend or friend of the opposite sex?" Out of the 22 participating audience members, 16 voted yes and 6 voted no. From the male panelists side, Damion Wilson explained that his significant other can have a male best friend, but only if they were best friends before they started dating. Agreeing with Wilson was Kanayochi Ibe, as he stated, "Yeah she can have a best friend, but it is going to be me!"As the night went on, the questions asked incited debates between the panelists and the audience members. The event came to an end at 10 p.m. and the hosts graciously thanked the panelists and the audience with a round of applause for both. When asked about the effectiveness of the event, Tori Brown junior majoring in communications-public relations and member of Woe, Joy Humphrey alumni of Kean University and member of WoE and Owen Igori, senior majoring in business management and member of MoE all gave their opinion about the event. Tori Brown: I think the event was very successful. I feel like we got a lot of opinions. Everybody was respected and people could be honest with themselves. Joy Humphrey: It was definitely great. We all got to give our perspectives on things. It was a great event.

Owen Igori: This event went really well, exactly how I expected it to be. For the people in the crowd who were speaking, there were two different sides to every topic. A lot of people have these conversations over social media, but to have them in person really changes perspective. This event was made to bring men and women together. MoE and WoE wanted this event to be a safe space for everyone to voice their opinions in a respectful way. Stephon Fields, senior majoring in business management, had this to say about the importance of the panel, "Conversations like these are essential and needed especially at a time like this! It is essential for a problem to be solved by means of dialogue." When asked about her favorite part of the event, Asa Dugger, a senior majoring in communication studies and member of WoE, had this to say, "My favorite part of the event was answering the questions and listening to the other panelists answer. Everyone's answers exemplified who they are as a person and their integrity. I would do this event again. However, I would like the men and women to be seated next to each other so we can be more interactive with each other while speaking. I would also like the audience to ask us random questions." Mars and Venus definitely collided in a professional and interesting way thanks to PRSSA, Women of Excellence and Men of Excellence. Mars and Venus definitely collided in a professional and interesting way thanks to PRSSA, Women of Excellence and Men of Excellence.

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Got Health Concerns?

Student Health Services is here for students Caleb Lopez


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ean University prioritizes the well-being and safety of its students, which is why the Student Health Services is available for them.

A large variety of classes are offered to cater to the preferences of students. Zumba, Step Aerobics, Yoga and Cardio Kickboxing are just a handful of the classes Fit to be Kean offers. It is important to note that all classes are taught by certified instructors, so students are getting real instruction and fitness tips from professionals.

The Student Health Services seeks to eliminate any distractions and hindrances relating to health in order to enhance the student's educational experience at Kean University. Conveniently located on campus at Downs Hall in room 126, the Student Health Services is accessible to both residents and commuters.

When asked about what is new at the Student Health Student Health Services is conveniently located Services for the upcoming school year, Robin Mansfield at Downs Hall in room 126 mentioned the Fit to be Kean-Healthy Campus. Mansfield The Student Health Services is open through fall, spring stated that Fit to be Kean-Healthy Campus is "a task forces and summer semesters. During the summer, which runs of campus partners [that] is working to bring health and from late May to mid-August, they are open Monday wellness programming to campus. In addition to our regular exercise classes, there will be through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. a campus wide initiative to create a culture of wellness." The Student Health Services offers a wide array of services for students. The office For more information and schedule updates, check out Fit to be Kean's twitter and provides primary care for students with conditions such as the cold and flu, injuries, instagram under the username @fittobekean in addition to their website. pregnancy tests and more. In addition to primary care, the office welcomes in female students with questions and concerns about their sexual health. Whether one is sexually active or not, one can make a gynecology appointment for routine breast and pelvic exams, pap tests, STI and HIV testing, birth control and any general and pertinent complaints.

Want to schedule an appointment? The Student Health Services uses the pyraMED online electronic medical records system to schedule appointments. To do so, one must register for a pyraMED account at This will allow for the scheduling and cancelling of appointments.

Moreover, the Student Health Services provides physicals for students. Whether it is needed for work or school, simply fill out, sign and bring the form that is usually provided by one's employer.

PyraMED also allows students to view and control their medical information.All information in one’s pyraMED account is confidential and has no effect on one’s academic record.

For more information on the services provided, check out their website.

Got health concerns? Any medical questions can be answered daily by a member of the Kean University Student Health Services nursing staff. Questions are kept confidential, and responses can be expected within 24-48 hours after submission. Questions can be sent to For more information on how to schedule appointments or what

In addition to primary care and physicals, Student Health Services has program known as Fit to be Kean. Essentially, Fit to be Kean is a set of group exercise classes designed to promote health and fitness on campus.

services are provided, visit the Student Health Services office website.

Unsure about whether you are fit enough to join Fit to be Kean? Robin Mansfield, the

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

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Dude(continued from page 1) On Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Miron Student Center's (MSC) Little Theater, Deepher Dude blasted music that attracted students throughout the building. This year is their seventh year hosting this event where the sisters of DPhiE and the brothers of the contestants come together and raise money. The event itself was free, with a suggested donation at the door and was open to alumni, students and anyone else who wanted to come watch. During the pageant, each contestant had to showcase their talent and dress in formal wear when they answer their question. This year's hosts were Kayla Olson, senior speech language and hearing sciences major, and Precious Castanon, sophomore special education major, while the judges were Scott Snowden, advisor of DPhiE, Cara Opinante, chapter advisor of DPhiE, and Norma Bowe, a professor of Kean University. The five male contestants of this year's pageant was Will Horner, Victor Benlice, Rob Riccio, John Simons, and Marius Price. Here is an introduction of all 5 contestants. Horner, sophomore theatre major, was his class president of his graduating class. He is an Aquarius, his favorite color is blue, and he can walk on his hands. He has also performed with Judy Collins and Patti LuPone. Benlice, junior global business major, thanks Kean's world class global business program because he was able to have the opportunity to learn a language and now he can speak Portuguese. His birthday is on May 20, which makes him a Taurus. He loves lasagna and can cook a great lasagna. Finally, he participates in No Shave November every year to promote men's health, testicular cancer and prostate cancer awareness. Simons, senior graphic designer, is an avid people watcher and was a grand marshal of his local fireman's parade when he was younger. His dancing skills are limited to moving his arms up and down while bending his knees to the beat of the music. His favorite actor is Quentin Tarantino and his favorite movie genre is romantic comedy. Riccio, senior communications major, has a three legged cat, can do a backflip, weighed only 85 pounds at the age of 14, is 100 percent Italian, and once fell off a two-story building and did not end up with any scratches. Price, sophomore psychology major, is the vice president of Nu Delta Pi. He is Guatemalan and can speak six languages, even learning a seventh language currently. He is an adrenaline junkie and he once played Troy from High School Musical in a play. After Olson and Castanon introduced the contestants, the guys showed off their dance moves, and backflipped to songs like "Sugarhill Gang Apache (Jump On It)" by The Sugarhill Gang, "Gangnam Style" by PSY, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy, and "Don't Drop That Thun Thun" by Finatticz. The guys then left the stage to come out one by one to perform their individual talents. Horner performed as the character Mick and sang "When She Smiles" from the musical Lysistrata Jones. His friend, Clarence Causing, senior theatre major, assisted him in his performance by playing the piano for

of running around in the back, sweating, and making sure things run smoothly. I do miss hosting, but I'm glad I got to see this event being taken care of in good hands. Now I can just come here and support my friends!"

the song. After Horner, Benlice came out to show off his dance moves to popular music and then eventually Latin dancing with a DPhiE sister. Riccio came out after to perform his acrobatic routine. He called some of his friends from the audience to make some noise and to come up and assist him in his performance. He made some of his friends stand while he leaped over them and obstacles set on stage. Simons and Price both read a poem, but there was a huge difference. Simons read a poem that expressed his family's feelings and the story of when they found out that his sister has cystic fibrosis. Because of that, his poem was dedicated to her. Price's poem also covered memories from his past, but he performed it differently. While he was reading, he also signed the poem for his deaf mother. Both poets presented their piece of work with courage and Price's mother even teared a bit. After the talents, the men left the stage and a ten minute intermission was called. During this time, people in the audience put in their raffle tickets in cups for the basket raffles. Some of the baskets were full of coffee, or candy, or chocolate. Jess Kramer, a Kean University alumna and Deepher Dude's host for the past two years, attended the event. She recently graduated in May 2017 and during her time at Kean, she was heavily involved in DPhiE. "There's a difference with me being here now and in the previous years," said Kramer. "There's less pressure since I can just enjoy as an audience member instead

After the intermission, the men came out in their formal wear with their DPhiE escorts. Price was with Ainsley Stephens, Benlice was with Erin Malone, Riccio was with Emily Beglan, Simons was with Jillian Dunn, and Horner was with Gina Stegura. After walking out with their escorts, they all had to answer their interview question which will be the last thing to determine who would be crowned winner. The hosts took turns in asking the questions to the contestants. Q: What motivates you to work towards your goals? Horner: It depends on the goal. Obviously, people don't work as hard on certain things that they're not that interested in. What encourages me the most is seeing other people succeed. I would like to be just as successful because I'm a type of guy who wants to get everything done as best and as fast as he can. Q: Can you give us an example of how you made a difference here at Kean? Benlice: Kean is growing and it has a great community. I try to make a difference in everybody's life and I try to meet as much people as possible and be very friendly on campus. I tell everyone at the beginning of the year that there's a lot of organizations and ways to be involved at campus. I hope that I was able to help someone find the right organization for them, hoping they find somebody they click with and call their family, brothers, or sisters. Q: What is your greatest memory at Kean? Riccio: When my organization had the disability awareness extravaganza last year. It was a very special event for me, because I saw a lot of people with disabilities go out and having fun. It showed them that no matter what disability you have, you're still a person and that people from Kean University care about them. It made me smile that the community here care about people with disabilities and still treat them like people. Q: If you were to be president of Kean University, what would be your first call of action? Simons: Give students more power, because we as a student body have so much to say. We're the leading innovators of the world so I would give us and our generation more power of the voice. Q: What does being an active citizen in the community mean to you? Price: Here at Kean, we have a lot of opportunities to be active citizens. We have Greek life, which encourages community service to our respected philanthropies. We have CLS, the Center for Leadership and Service. In my job at admissions, we encourage community service, so the biggest lesson I learned when I came to Kean is being an active citizen means going out there and giving a part of yourself. Giving up your time, giving up your thoughts, and just giving back. After the interview, a 15 minute intermission was called. The judges came together to decide on the winner while the winners for the basket raffles were called. After the break, it was announced that Price won the People's Choice Award. For the winners of Deepher Dude, Horner came in third place, Riccio in second, and Simons in first. Congratulations to John Simons for winning this year's Deepher Dude and congratulations to DPhiE for hosting another year of a successful event.

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


Kean University - The Cougar's Byte - December 12, 2017  
Kean University - The Cougar's Byte - December 12, 2017