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Kickoff to Black History Month Kean University has a powerful start to Black History Month Abigail Anne Rafael Staff Writer


very February, the United States of America celebrates Black History Month to remember both the past and present struggles and accomplishments of the African American community. On Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 Kean University started the commemoration with a flag raising ceremony by the Pan-African Student Union (along with the Office of Africana Studies's Director James Conyers, Ph.D.) and later the Black History Month Kickoff event hosted by the Office of Student Government's PULSE. At about 3:15 p.m. a crowd gathered outside of the Miron Student Center to witness the symbolic raising of the Pan-African flag along with the American flag by the Pan-African Student Union. Pan-African Student Union President Oluwakemi Alade was the first to remark on the importance of the month as being in part to remember the continued struggles of the African American community. She recognized the long list of deceased African Americans who were killed unjustly for the color of their skin and addressed the need to continue to remember the fallen and one's roots in the continued push for justice and African American empowerment. Alade declared the symbolism of the colors of the Pan-African Flag as so: red was for the blood shed by Pan-African ancestors, black represents the people themselves and green is for the growth and natural fertility of Africa. The end of her powerful speech marked the start of the raising of the Pan-African flag along with the American flag. This was then followed by a moment of silence. Afterward, a speech by the Office of Africana's Director Conyer, Ph.D. then addressed the importance of African Americans to not only just celebrate Black History Month, but to also consistently celebrate their roots and themselves everyday of their lives. Conyers explained and emphasized that an African American's reluctance in educating themselves about their history comes from the "mental bondage" created by colonial powers. This mental bondage was meant to instill shame and feelings of inferiority and indifference to one's African culture. Conyers reflected on the errors made by some African American's who choose to forget their African heritage by saying, "You haven't stopped being African because you live here. You are an African and that's a part of what you lost that makes you think that your history started here and that you have no connection to the African continent."

If you need help with public speaking, the speech lab will help you in their new location! Brandon Gervais Staff Writer

He remarked that this error is in part a result of both mental bondage and one's reluctance to reeducate themselves. He then ended his empowering speech with a push for students to empower themselves through education, so that their acquired knowledge would then be a protective barrier against the injustices and wrongdoings of the world as well as to liberate one's mind and a cause for the betterment of the nation. After the conclusion of Conyers's speech, the crowd was invited to move to the Humans Rights Institute to partake in the Office of Student Government's PULSE's Black History Kickoff event. Upon entering, guests would've first noticed Susan Figueroa stationed at a


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During day two of Involvement Week 2018, the Student Involvement and Employment EXPO took place inside the MSC Atrium Marcus Van Diver


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he Involvement Center hosted the Student Involvement and Employment EXPO, a career and involvement fair, Tuesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 4:30 p.m. inside of the Miron Student Center (MSC) Atrium. The second day of the 2018 Involvement Week saw a multitude of students walk around a circle of connected tables that displayed the various organizations and employment opportunities this campus has to offer. Organizations such as the the Transfer Instructional Mentors (TIMs) program, Student Government, the

new Indian Culture Club, and other different clubs where students can get involved were featured at this EXPO. A rectangular formation of tables connected with one another filled the Atrium floor, complete with unique displays and designs meant to attract members of the Kean student body, so that they could learn about the many student groups and employment opportunities around them. Members of the Kean community were attracted to the variety of tables and organizations behind them. Groups such as the Student Organization of Kean University, which pride themselves on inclusiveness and helping the student body enjoy their time on campus. Tezhanae Jackson, a senior majoring in marketing and the executive treasurer of Student Organization, attests these facts to what her organization does every day.

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“Student Organization has been here for a very long time, and we ensure that students are having fun inside and outside of the classroom, making sure their experience at

the University is good,” Jackson said. “We serve as a liaison between students and administration. When students have issues, questions, wants and needs on campus, it is our responsibility to serve them. We want to know what they need and want, and we will try our best to get to them.” Other service groups at the EXPO take the satisfaction of helping others get the service they need. Groups like the Transfer Instructional Mentors (TIM), which pride themselves on accommodating new transfer students into the University to not only familiarize them with the campus, but increase their comfortability at their new school. Sateedrah Beckwith, a senior majoring in chemistry with a biology minor and Tojleeyah Shuler, a sophomore majoring in psychology with a health education minor, are both members of the organization and transfer students themselves who see the benefits that their service group has to offer. “This group is here to benefit transfer students. We are here to help these students transition into the school, get then involved on campus and get them acclimated to Kean”, Beckwith said. ”They can also learn more about Kean and what it has to offer, whether that be through administrative things, transcript issues, anything that concerns them,”


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ean University's Speech lab is relocating to the Library room L-114A!

"The speech lab is responsible for coaching students to develop superior communication skills, both verbal and nonverbal, while mentoring them to become great presenters scholastically and in the business world," said Ithan Sokol, graduate assistant at the speech lab. According to a Chapman University survey on fears in America, public speaking ranks high with fears of height and bugs. The speech lab helps students feel comfortable not only with speaking but with what they are speaking about. They assist in execution of speeches, speech outlines and short papers. The goals of the lab is to get students to have communication skills that they will utilize in for their years at Kean as well as in the real world. Public speaking is required for most jobs, and it is something that one way or another cannot be avoided forever. Whether it is for a job or for special events like weddings, opportunities that involve speaking publicly are all around us. If students are comfortable with it, they will excel in their fields. The specialists that work at the speech lab have degrees in communication as well as experience in the field. They help with voice and articulation in speeches also. The sessions are one-on-one sessions to maximize the comfort and success of Kean students. For help with speeches, visit the Kean Speech Lab during their hours in Room L-114A: ■ Mondays: noon to 9 p.m. ■ Tuesdays: noon to 6 p.m. ■ Wednesdays: 6 to 9 p.m. ■ Thursdays: noon to 6 p.m. ■ Saturdays: noon to 3 p.m.

Brandon Gervais, freshman English education double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.



Kean University Veteran Affairs Launches VITAL Program



The Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL) gives Kean's 234 student veterans personal support in accessing Veterans Affairs services.

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ean University Veteran Student Services launches VITAL program to help Kean veteran students access programs offered to them. Kean Veteran Student Services prides itself in doing all they can to make the 235 student veterans here at Kean feel at home and ease their transition into student and civilian life. A licensed social worker from Veteran Affairs New Jersey Healthcare will be available Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Willis Hall Room 123 to all

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This specific work was inspired by the refugee crisis in Italy. It challenges attendees to rethink how they judge and accept others by symbolically showing both the outer and inner journey of refugees through the use of strategically placed cloths.

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Franca Marini's work features at the Human Rights Institute Gallery

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The many organizations and individuals who contribute to servicing veterans sets Kean apart from other schools in earning the silver medal title. Kean is the third university in New Jersey to launch a Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program and plans to continue in building a safe and welcoming university environment for student veterans who have served their country.

Franca Marini's Transnational Migration and Immigration Exhibit

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It is because of the efforts of Kean University Veteran Student Services and Veteran Affairs that Kean was recently designated as a silver level Military Friendly School by Military Friendly. Military Friendly is a group that helps veterans find schools and employers that will help them specifically if they attend or apply. Kean has been classified as a silver level Military Friendly School which means it has proven itself to be a veteran conscious university. The Military Friendly organization shows Kean's veteran programs and how successful they are to show veterans what the university has to offer them.

veteran to veteran tutoring has become available. Other groups on campus like Student Government also works to help veterans on campus through programs like Rebuilding Warriors that helps raise money to train service dogs for student veterans on campus and the Kean Ocean campus.

Kean's goal is to be promoted to a gold level Military School by next year. Veteran Student Services is always creating new programs to assist the student veterans on campus. In 2016, the Veteran Services Lounge was opened to give veteran students a place to meet and socialize with one another. Recently,

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veteran students. Normally a student veteran could wait up to a month for a VA appointment, but with the VITAL program the VA support gets veterans appointments much quicker to make it easy for them to get the services they need.

talian artist Franca Marini exhibits her work titled Transnational Migration and Immigration at Kean University's Human Rights Institute from Feb. 1, 2018 to June 20, 2018.

Marini was born in Siena, Italy and has studied all throughout Europe to develop her artistic style. Eventually she came to the United States in the late 1980s to further her studies. She has since been creating site-specific installations and videos on metropolitan and human rights issues since 2005. Marini's work is featured in Italy, Costa Rica and the United States. She is currently a painting instructor at the Siena Art Institute for the State University of New York Siena Program of Buffalo State College in Italy. The Transnational Migration and Immigration installation recounts the story of refugees seeking asylum in Italy from their war-ravaged countries from beginning to end. These refugees are largely from West Africa and coming to Italy through the Mediterranean escape route. Marini represents their struggles through the use of black, grey and white cloths draped across the ceiling to the floor of the gallery. Visitors must travel through and in between the fabrics on their way to the end of the symbolic journey. In the beginning are the most tattered pieces of black fabric, which is representative of the first and major hardships the refugees must go through. The color black is also symbolic of the dark shroud refugees are encased in until they can see the light of hope as they grow nearer to their end destination.

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The fabrics are lighter in color and more

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complete as guests reach the end. Even in the most ripped and dark pieces, however, light reflects on little bits of gold foil and pieces of lace. This is perhaps an indication of one's inner beauty and hope through his or her journey. At the very end of the installation, attendees are faced with a wall projection of words, lush green forests and refugees's faces framed by white cloth. This journey is representative of the end of a refugee's journey as well as the hope refugees hold to find that symbolic inner peace and purity in their real lives. Schané Flowers, an English major and Publicist Assistant of Kean University Relations, remarked, "I feel that, in terms of talking about immigration and migration, there's no better place in New Jersey than the Human Rights Institute at Kean. I love the contrasting fabrics with contrasting colors and shades between white, grey and black. It's very symbolic of not only the tattered past the migrants and immigrants leave behind but also the type of clothing they have to wear on their backs—the ways that they have to patch up the holes that they have left behind— and I feel like it is very symbolic and introspective. For an artist like Franca Marini to bring such creative critical thinking to students on campus is very invoking, especially considering what's currently going on in the U.S. and globally." The Transitional Migration and Immigration exhibit is free for anybody to experience at Kean University's Human Rights Institute Gallery.

Gallery hours are as followed:

■ Monday-Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Thursday: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ■ Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit, visit the Kean Galleries website: http://www. For more information on Franca Marini and her work, visit her website: http:// Abigail Anne Rafael, a freshman communication-public relations major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.




Vikki Stec Aces Athletics and Academics Stec has a heavy hand in the success of the volleyball team and her education Caleb Lopez


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o excel on both the court and in the classroom is a tremendous task that requires loads of drive and diligence. Vikki Stec can handle both with high levels of success. Vikki Stec is a junior here at Kean University who plays a vital part in the success of the women's volleyball team. Starting as the outside hitter, Stec is a key element to the fierce Cougar offense. She is responsible for a ton of offensive opportunities that manifest as games progress. To play outside hitter, one has to have adept passing, ball-handling, and offensive skills. Her stats prove exactly that. Stec finished the season with 345 kills, 277 digs, and 406 points in 37 starts. She posted career highs in over a dozen of stat categories, which highlights her continuous growth as a volleyball player. She is not content with just being good at volleyball. Instead, she strives to compete at the highest level in each match. This undying thirst to give her best effort in each match was best seen when she was awarded the NJAC Player of the Week last semester. She won the Oct. 23 NJAC Player of the Week for her outstanding performance during the five-game stretch. The Kean Cougars were undefeated during that span, led by Stec's tremendous performances. She was fantastic on the court, averaging 3.12 kills, 2.35 digs and 3.50 points per set, according to the NJAC website. In a victory against Catholic University, Vikki tied her career-high with 20 kills. Despite her skill in the sport, Stec didn't intend to be a volleyball player. "I started [playing volleyball] in eighth grade," Vikki said. "My friend that got me to play is actually on the Kean team, and we play

together. She [Juliana Romero] forced me to play so that we could be friends on the team, and we've been playing together that whole time since then." Stec was not considering volleyball as a sport, despite having a father who had played volleyball when he was younger. "I've played softball, basketball, and cheered," she mentioned. "[When] my friend made me play, then [my dad] just got really into it. He used to play in Poland."

"Whenever someone gets an award, our coach always puts it in the group chat, but I don't think any of us look on the website to see if we got it." Apart from being a dynamic athlete, Stec handles her studies with ease. Considering she is a physical education major, even her major is related to athleticism. Yet she never lets her involvement on the volleyball team interfere with her studies.

Stec definitely has Juliana Romero to thank for introducing "I cannot picture her to the sport of myself being volleyball. Without anything other than Romero, Stec would a student-athlete," not have become aware Stec said. "My whole of her skill in the sport life I have been going and would not have to school and going been able to develop straight to practice Courtesy of Vikki Stec them over the years. after. Juggling school Vikki Stec is a talented outside hitter on Kean What started as being and sports is like University's women's volleyballl team. forced to play volleyball second nature to me. evolved into achieving a In high school, my high level of play and an parents' rules have NJAC Player of the Week award. always been, 'You can only play sports if you get good grades,' and to this day they still apply." "I honestly really had no idea that I got it," Stec said, regarding the NJAC Player of the Week award. "I have always worked hard in my academics

because that is what I was expected to do and the same thing applies to volleyball," Stec continued. "Hard work should always lead to success one way or another, and that is what I strive for everyday." Always remembering that her years at Kean University are stepping stones toward her future, Stec remains determined and focused on what lies ahead. In fact, she does not expect her academics to stop after her senior year. "After undergrad, I plan on going to graduate school and obtaining my masters in Public Administration," Stec mentioned, briefly outlining her future. "I strive to be an Athletic Director and/ or a college volleyball coach. I have been geared toward sports my entire life, and this career path just seemed to fit the lifestyle I want to be living." With her career goals in sight, her time at Kean University is crucial and even more cherished. Stec mentioned that Kean has graciously provided her with many contacts in the athletic department that will ultimately open up a myriad of opportunities in the future. All in all, Stec is a talented athlete who brings her focus and domination onto the court and into classroom. She keeps her eyes on her goals and continues to be a dynamic student-athlete through and through.

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

Get Some Fresh Air With the Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Club!

Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Club focuses on creating community and memories among students Marcus Van Diver


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enturing out into the unknown wilderness that this world has to offer can be a difficult task. The earth is vast with many things to see and witness, ranging from a variety of historical artifacts and nature's most beautiful creations to national landmarks. However, for college students, the time to travel and visually learn about the world around them is not plentiful. Homework assignments, deadlines, and the pressure to keep a balanced social and academic life can take away from one's exploration of the world. Therefore, some of life's greatest experiences are missed. Luckily, at Kean University, the Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Club (OAR) is willing to accommodate those needs. Instituted at Kean in 2015, the student group's goals are to introduce students to a variety of outdoor activities and field trips to historical and natural landmarks in the state, all with a group of peers. The group also hopes that an appreciation is gained for the outdoors through these activities, in the effort to escape the technologically-filled world, in which everyone lives, on these trips for a couple of hours. Students can acquire skills that range from perseverance to teamwork and the ability to work and communicate with others. OAR promises to not only teach these skills, but also to teach about the environment and the importance of sustainability and keeping the world clean. Also, OAR offers an exceptional opportunity for students to safely enjoy their experiences they may not have the funding for. Throughout the semester, OAR will be hosting various events that focus on teaching these skills, such as an incoming paintball trip later this year. The executive board of the organization, composed of six members, dedicate their time to making this club into the most inclusive and fun group that it can be. Stacy Valencia, a senior majoring in criminal justice while minoring in psychology and the director of public relations for her organization, is not only responsible for posting flyers and pictures of the events on Cougar Link and social media, but also contributes to the enjoyment of the rest of her board and the general body members alike. "The Outdoor Adventure and Recreation club is for anyone who wants to join, have fun, relax and not worry about the stress of their schoolwork," Valencia said. "It is a club for the students, and they can pick whatever they want. If they want to go hiking, canoeing, or if they have any other ideas, they can just tell us and we could plan it, because if you are a Kean student and you are dorming, you know that there may not be much to do here on the weekend. We will all collaborate on trips and go have fun together." Mike Gonzalez, a junior majoring in biology and the active treasurer of his organization, also believes that the choices of venture should be student based and less decided by the executive board, and that the choices of travel should be more diverse this semester.

"We pick the ideas and try to make sure that we can bring that to life. We also try to go to stranger places in New Jersey, places that are not talked about as much to explore. We plan to visit Grounds For Sculpture [in Hamilton, New Jersey] and also want to go cave exploring in Ogdensburg, New Jersey," Gonzalez mentioned. "We try to find the things that are interesting, and that is what our club is trying to push for." The recent organization saw its inception in 2015 by Amy Sprinkle, Ph.D., a biology professor who wanted to start an inclusive organization that involved educational and recreational opportunities related to the environment. Her goal was to have a student group that got out of the classroom and into the world around them.

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Members of the Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Club (OAR) as the group went rock climbing!

"Sprinkle was the person responsible for starting all of this. She was beloved by the staff and students all over. She was amazing," Gonzalez commented. Camping, hiking, rock climbing, traveling around the state to sites such as Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey, and paintballing are just some of the experiences that the organization enjoyed together. "I loved Grounds for Sculpture. I had gone to that place many times, but the greatest thing is when everyone sees the sculptures before we get there and they are all in just really weird positions," Gonzalez said. "People [in our group] look around and ask what they are, and they get there and say how gigantic it is, and say how they are astounded that they can touch them! It is very immersive. It is different, and it is a breath of fresh air." The executive board of OAR believes that these trips, activities and experiences do not only benefit their abilities to excel in their school work and occupation, but also in their networking skills and accumulation of experience in a role of leadership, no matter the difficulty. Aazeen Nasir, a senior psychology major and the vice president of the organization and the former director of public relations for her group, believed that her advancement in leadership roles motivated her to grow not only as a student but as a motivation to improve as a vocal leader in her group. "I remember when Stacy and I were walking around one day, we found

information desks that told us about different groups, and we both decided that we wanted to try something new. We were told about the OAR and the different trips and events, things that I had not done before. I wanted to join a club where I would be exposed to those kind of things. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone," Nasir said. "I was originally going for PR, but then I got moved up to vice president. That was exciting and it was also a way to grow for me, because I was not previously involved on campus. My senior year was when I was finally exposed to those kind of things and I got really excited about that. Now, I am more excited about the trips that we will take this semester." The student organization also prioritizes a sense of community in the many events and functions they put together. "It is all about community. The thing is that, on campus, we are all about academics and we are all trying to make sure that we can get from one place to the next, while we finish our classes and just be done with school," Gonzalez said. "We are supposed to be bonding, not just over similar interests, but bonding over something that we are doing together and actually having an adventure, because that is what we are all about." For more information on the fairly new group at Kean that focuses on community, a passion for the outdoors and adventure, visit the OAR's official site on Cougar Link. Also, the organization can be reached at their email:

Marcus Van Diver, senior communication media major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.

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Blacked Out: Celebrating Black Culture The Poetry Club presents Blacked Out for Black History Month Petruce Jean-Charles


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ave a knack for open mic performances? Want to get involved in fun activities to celebrate Black History Month? Be blacked out! Blacked Out is hosted by the Poetry Club and will take place Thursday, Feb. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Cougars Den in the Miron Student Center (MSC). The purpose of Blacked Out is to bring awareness to black culture and to learn in a fun and playful way through various activities such as giveaways, games and more.

It is important to create a platform for the African American community through means of communication. The Poetry Club believes that people should be comfortable and have the opportunity to share their beliefs, concerns and experiences. The Poetry Club also seeks to put an emphasis on the beauty of black culture in times where injustices take place. Students and guests can look forward to a moment of social exchange with other people and the opportunity to send and receive information as well. Tierra Hooker, president of the Poetry Club, explained that the Blacked Out event was developed among

herself, vice president of the Poetry Club Chidinma Opara and member Ymani Hawkins. "We all usually run ideas by each other and Blacked Out was one of those that stuck out. After developing what it would entail and how we'd conduct the event, we proposed it to our other group board members. The event was then presented to Student Organization and approved for funding on their behalf," said Hooker.

The club's goal is to build an audience who stays engaged. To project that goal, they have created a panel of Kean University students who will answer and address questions about: ■■ mental health ■■ social injustice ■■ physical appearance ■■ emotional esteem

"Blacked Out was created to highlight and celebrate black culture through art, product and conversation. It was something that has not been done at Kean and The Poetry Club is composed of individuals who are creative, passionate and cultural. We wanted to elaborate on the identity of the community and how the arts are intensely influenced by black culture."

This panel was suggested as a means to highlight the event's core values, which are understanding, being aware, and appreciating oneself.

This event serves as a platform for networking among creative individuals and helps to spread awareness of concerns and beliefs regarding the African American community. Although this is a focus, the event is not limited to only African Americans because Blacked Out welcomes everyone interested in the black culture.

The Poetry Club's mission statement: "The Poetry Club is composed of poets, MCs, singers, musicians and artists who aspire to utilize their voices as a form of art and a way to make a difference, as well as expressing their appreciation towards creativity."

"Blacked Out welcomes all of those who breathe, are interested in black culture, express concerns with social injustices, identify as a minority or person of color, and stand with equality or against injustice. As previously mentioned, there will be giveaways not limited to natural hair and face products, but trust me there's a lot more!" Hooker mentioned.

The Poetry Club wants students to be blown away in black culture, self love and artistic expression. Lastly, expect the chance to win prizes.

This safe space serves as a way to explore artistic growth, express craft and expand networks. The event's aim is not only to unite strengths within the poetry community but also in cultural, social justice and academic interests. For more information, students can visit kean. and search "Poetry Club". Don't forget, be blacked out!

With every event there is a message. Blacked Out aims to manifest self love, support and information on cultural background. They also want to spread hope for the future of African Americans and to end ignorance toward culture and those of African American descent. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." -1994, Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

Petruce Jean-Charles, junior communicationjournalism major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.

Committed to Health

The Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Association is a club devoted to the goals of its members Abigail Anne Rafael


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n a field as varied as health, it can be difficult for students to find the necessary help needed to navigate toward their intended profession. Fortunately, the Pre-Medical Pre-Dental Association at Kean University gives students the guidance and tools needed to reach their specific goals. Pre-Medical Pre-Dental Association (PMPD) meets every other Monday in Bruce Hall room 204 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. PMPD establishes a platform for students to network with likeminded individuals, connect with internship opportunities and get guidance from experienced individuals already practicing in the students' intended profession. It was initially created by cell and molecular biology major, Karen Grisales, and is now headed by President Al-Mujeeb Danmole,

Secretary Kei Smith, Treasurer Diego Paredes, and Director of Public Relations Nevil Thomas under the instruction of faculty advisers Matthew Mongeli, Ph.D. and Ms. Elis Sosa. PMPD helps to facilitate the betterment of their members by hosting guest speakers who talk about relevant subjects such as admission to medical/dental school, other possible medical professions, medical/ dental schooling advice and financial aid advice for continued education. PMPD also offers members the chance to network with practicing professionals through conferences. Through the members's own interest in speaking to higher level individuals, connections are established with regard to Kean University that is beneficial for all students on campus, regardless of their affiliation with the club. PMPD is marked for its focus on giving members both the guidance they need to accelerate their learning, as well as the means to practice their newly acquired knowledge through internship opportunities provided by Ms. Sosa.

Thus, PMPD exists as an important stepping stone toward any health profession by offering knowledge, guidance and support. PMPD President Danmole remarks, "The club shows us where we are and lets us know what we need to do in order to get to where we want to be. I feel as though this is very important because sometimes students are blindfolded or mislead into future careers with no substantiality. Many people dream of being doctors, nurses or physician assistants, but aren't given the tools to bring that dream into existence. That is where I believe Pre-Medical Pre-Dental Association steps in." Notably, Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental students must go through an especially extensive amount of schooling in order to receive proper qualifications for their practice. Thus, support is perhaps the most important component in a student's ability to persevere through the many obstacles and stresses thrown at them in their venture toward their intended profession. An association like PMPD gives its members the inspiration and encouragement they need to continue striving toward their goals in spite of any difficulties that may lie ahead. PMPD members are also like to become determined and focused individuals who inspire each other to a life committed to helping others. This is validated by PMPD's President Danmole who states, "Originally, I hadn't planned on sitting on e-board, but I truly felt that my input could inspire those coming up under me to make a difference within their lives. I wanted to show everyone that I wouldn't allow the obstacles in life or a limited amount of resources in my own to determine what my future would be like. I truly had my heart set on being a doctor and so running for president meant I had to lead by example and show everyone that I'm not going to be stopped by anything in my pursuit for my life's dream of becoming an attending physician." PMPD is a club for anyone and everyone with interests in medicine and health, regardless of who they are or where their specific interests lie. This is a club that is devoted to helping students reach their aspirations of helping others.

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A group picture of some of the Pre-Medical Pre-Dental members at one of their meetings


Abigail Anne Rafael, a freshman communication-public relations major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.



History (continued from page 1) table ready to explain the need for a more diverse selection of blood from different races at blood centers. She emphasized the importance of all races to donate as being that some people may have certain antigens that may match perfectly with someone from the same race. An antigen is a protein that rests on the surface of a red blood cell. It is important that the antigens of a receiver matches that of the donor so that the receiver's body does not reject the blood and fall ill. Next to Figueroa was Caroline Smith, a nurse practitioner and representative from Kean University's Health Services Department. She created a poster board featuring some African American pioneers of medicine. These pioneers included Mary Eliza Mahoney, Daniel Hale Williams, Ph.D., Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Ph.D., and James McCurie Smith, Ph.D., all of which were the first of their kind. Smith then revealed some of the health issues that most frequently affect African Americans such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. She went on to explain some causes as well as some preventive things anyone can do to avoid these health issues. When asked what pushed her to make this presentation specifically in light of Black History month, Smith remarked, "Well, I'm a nurse practitioner and I work at Health Services. Seeing as this is about African American history, I think it is very important that while we educate ourselves about the contributions of African Americans that we also look at our health because that's one thing financially– sometimes we can't afford it. Some people don't have medical care, and some people are just not educated about the risk factors that support these diseases–that may set us apart." Following Smith's table was a wall of black balloons with stereotypes for African Americans. PULSE workers encouraged guests to pop any balloon that held a stereotype that they disliked. Some of these stereotypes included, "the fried chicken thing," "depends on government", and "all black guys play basketball." All throughout the event balloons continued to be popped, voiding each inaccurate stereotype, at the hands of those who were deflated by them. Across from the balloon wall was a spin wheel. This spin wheel was perhaps the most popular activity of the event. Students spun the wheel, got a question and would then have the chance to win the prize of a black shirt with the statement, "Kean University do it for the culture." Adjacent to this activity was a back drop of magazine covers of African American celebrities over time that was meant to celebrate black power and African Americans in history. Some of these magazines included Time Magazine, Essence, and Jet. Students were encouraged to take Polaroid pictures in front of the backdrop. Beside the backdrop was a beaded jewelry making station. There were black, green, red and carved wood beads. Students could create bracelets out of the beads, resembling those of traditional African jewelry. Finally, the Black History Kickoff offered a table with some soul food like chicken, mac 'n' cheese and catfish. This event was put together largely in part by PULSE coordinator, Jessica Yeldell. When asked what motivated her to create the event, Yeldell revealed how she wanted to represent black history and culture as being more than just the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks students are repeatedly taught in school. She wanted to more accurately convey black culture with the activities featured at the kickoff. The Black History Kickoff was certainly a success as was vindicated by the Lucas Hernandez & Patricia Cenit | The Cougar's Byte overcrowding of the hallways and long lines to various activities. When questioned about the popularity of the event, Yeldell expressed her excitement upon seeing the large turn out of people coming to enjoy themselves and how she herself was happy and proud to be part of the creation of the event. This first day of Black History month commemorations showed people's enthusiasm to honor their heritage. It is clear from the turn outs of both the flag raising ceremony and Black History Kickoff that Black History month remains a necessity to motivate, educate, and celebrate African American people and their culture. Abigail Anne Rafael, a freshman communication-public relations major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

Guess That Song to Play Along: Shazam It! The Involvement Center hosted a game of 'Shazam It!' inside the Miron Student Center Marcus Van Diver


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n the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2018, The Involvement Center presented the third event of the 2018 installment of Involvement Week, titled "Shazam It!". From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., two groups of three students walked into the Miron Student Center Little Theater and sat at opposite tables with buzzers on them, guessing their favorite tunes from today and the past. Musical genres varied as each song played, yet the fun and excitement of the games lasted for the entire night. Hosted by Luis Nieves, the Senior Involvement Specialist for the Involvement Center, songs off of a Spotify playlist had to be guessed correctly in order to earn ten points for themselves. Songs from the past three decades were on this playlist, and on the stage, the game's players looked at a PowerPoint presentation as students had to guess the song's name and its artist. As soon as the song was guessed correctly, or if no one knew the song, the slideshow revealed the name of the song, the artist responsible for making the song and the album cover. A sense of excitement and an abundance of fun was prevalent for the entire night, signalizing that the third installment of Involvement Week was a success From classic rock to current hip-hop, the groups of students had their musical knowledge tested. The night started out with six contestants on the stage being introduced to the game's rules, which stated that each song would be played for 30 to 45 seconds. Once someone identified the name of the song, they would hit the buzzer and and prove the answer once called upon.

The only ways that contestant could not earn points is if they shouted out answers before the 30 seconds passed, or if they hit their buzzers before the time limit ended. If the wrong song name was given, the other five contestants had a chance to answer the question before Luis, the emcee of the event, moved on to the next song. The first category, "Current Pop Songs", featured tracks from the likes of hit pop artists Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. Some of the game's participants were stumped on the first category, but were able to pick up the points in the second "Hip-Hop". Songs from rappers like Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, and many others were anonymously played to the game's players. Hands moved rapidly, buzzers were slapped and songs were guessed correctly. Categories ranging from country, R&B all had popular songs from past and present, each with increasing difficulty as the game progressed. As the final rounds came into play, the contestants battled it out in guessing songs not currently on the Billboard Top 100, but from their childhood. The last two categories focused on the students having to guess the names of their favorite television shows, whether they were on channels like Disney and Nickelodeon, or on platforms like Netflix and Hulu. Classic shows, like "Golden Girls" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" had their themes played, all for the enjoyment of the crowd and contestants alike. As soon as the game ended, a winner was announced. Dondre Reid, a Freshman majoring in physician assistance. For his prize, he was entered in a prize raffle that was later announced at the end of Involvement Week on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. After participating in these festivities over the course

of the week, the game's winner was much more motivated to get involved on his campus through the Involvement Center's ability to put on events for the student body to not only enjoy, but find out how to get more involved on their college campus. "The event was really fun, and it was really creative. It was put together really well, especially the presentation. With the buzzers and everything, it was really thought out. Involvement week has been really motivating for people to actually go and do things. Before, my group did not want to actually do it at first until we talked to someone [in the Involvement Center]," Reid said. "Tonight definitely inspire me to get more involved because I see how much fun it is. The type of things you can learn from events like tonight definitely inspire me to get more active with my school and try different things out." Another freshman who competed in the game who also experienced their first Involvement Week, Megan Richards, a Freshman majoring in Biology, took this experience as a means to get acclimated on their campus, and increase her network among students and other members of the Kean community. Additionally, Richards believes that leadership plays a venerable role in success and in one's maturation.

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"What leadership means to me is being able to step up and help others. Not only will getting involved look good on your resume', but then you could enjoy the whole college experience a whole lot more." Though Involvement Week officially wrapped up on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, students at Kean University have a clearer sense of how to get involved on their college campus, especially when the Involvement Center produces fun and memorable shows like this one that took place on Wednesday evening.

Marcus Van Diver, senior communication media major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.



Aphasia In The Spotlight

Megan Bussiere's Talk To Me: A Reading about Aphasia was performed inside the MSC Little Theatre and minoring in theater during her undergraduate years, Bussiere combined her love for theater and helping people learn to speak again motivated her in writing this story.

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"I was so moved by the people that I met there: the people who were receiving medical services, the caretakers, family members and their individual stories. Post-stroke or post-injury, they all had rich histories and lives before their struggle. So, it made me happy to be able to see how their lives shifted afterward," Bussiere said. "At one creative moment, I sat down and tried to recreate my friends's stories and relive some of that time. From that point on, it started to have a life of its own. I really enjoyed my four years of writing this story and going back to it, making changes, putting more and more of myself into it, more edits, a lot of readings, and they have all helped a lot."

n the evening of Friday, Jan. 26, an ordinarily calm and quiet hallway in the midst of the Miron Student Center was unusually lively and spirited as students, faculty members and groups of parents patiently waited across the wooden doors of the Miron Student Center (MSC) Little Theatre, anticipating the moment of entering the confines of the venue to enjoy the day's experience. This experience, a play written by Kean alumna Megan Bussiere titled Talk To Me: A Reading About Aphasia, grasped the attention and interest of the audience, as laughs and educational opportunities that focused on the disease of aphasia were presented during the readings.

After the conclusion of the production, a short question and answer session was presented by the many actors and actresses of the show, including Bussiere. Answering each question with the utmost sincerity, the playwright expressed her appreciation for her new actress role.

Inside, chatter was heard from theatre enthusiasts and students, as they awaited the excitement and enjoyment that the upcoming performance would bring. At around 6:30 p.m., the lights dimmed and the show began. Fans of the performance eagerly waited in their seats and were treated with a theatrical performance that would revel in their memories.

“I have been a producer, a writer, and now I have taken the role of an actor. It was hard to take those other hats off and not worry about all of the little details and just perform it,” Bussiere said. “It was really moving for me in full-circle. I was able to get lost in my character and discover new things. I just love all of the characters and I really do believe in this story.”

As the lights gleamed onto the stage, the sound of the popular children's song, You Are My Sunshine was heard from horizontally opposite ends of the stage, with performers holding heavy black binders filled with reading notes. Then, a young woman and young man walked up to two tall music stands, in which their notes were placed upon. Four elderly men soon progressed to do the same and placed their notes on separate music stands, waiting for their turn to speak their lines. The play had begun. Talk To Me: A Reading About Aphasia was a story about two young caretakers by the names Tom and Maeve, two graduating students working in the field of speech pathology in their final semester. Tasked with the ability of practical application in the form of helping out elderly men and women with brain disorders, most notably aphasia, the two try to manage caring for their patients, keeping their beloved institution operational during a financial struggle, and for one caretaker, the stress of winning over his counterpart as the story's love interest. Throughout the play, audience members learned about the disease, which affects more than 200,000 people a year and is directly caused by brain injury from a stroke or head trauma. The disorder negatively affects one's cognitive ability to verbally communicate or write messages, meaning that every other physical bodily function may be working, but one cannot speak or say what they want to say on paper. Through the reading's comedic moments of Tom's experience in

The audience members present in the Little Theatre that night also noticed the joy and passion that Bussiere gave to her new role at her alma mater. Wesley Williams, a senior majoring in speech, language and hearing sciences, not only learned more about aphasia, but loved how it taught him a story.

working with his patients, or the sentimental and emotional instances of Maeve helping her disorder-stricken father understand who she is while accepting her father's apology for leaving her family when she was young, the play was graciously accurate in defining not only what the disorder does to the patient, but what it does to the family members, friends and caretakers around them. Bussiere, the artist responsible for writing the play, performed in it for the first time on the Friday evening. Her inspirations for the play were based off of her experiences as a graduate student, as she did an internship at the Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities (IALCD), helping those who had aphasia and other mental disorders during her studies. While majoring in speech pathology

Fit To Be Kean To Get Those Gains! Witness your best fitness! Abigail Anne Rafael


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he hectic life of an average college student leaves little time and consideration for one's own well being. Thankfully, Fit to be Kean offers four different programs from Sunday to Thursday for commuters and residents alike. Fit to be Kean was created by Kean Health Services to help students reach their fitness goals and live a more healthy and enriching life. It is available at no cost to all Kean students. Two personal instructors, James G. Beaty III and Rachel Ramsey-Lowe, hold four different programs to cater to the needs of anyone. Each of the programs are held in the Whiteman Hall Lounge on the first floor. The programs are as follows: ■■ ZUMBA with Rachel ■■ POUND® with Rachel ■■ TOTAL BODY WORKOUT ■■ COUGAR CIRCUIT ZUMBA with Rachel are Mondays at 6 p.m., Wednesdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at noon. Zumba works off fat while shaking off stress. Students can expect a fun-filled hour of dancing to upbeat Latin music to the steps of Rachel's easy choreography. The calories burned in this session are approximately 600-1,000 calories. POUND® with Rachel are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. It is an innovative new way to train the body. Armed with Ripstix®, students beat their weight loss resolutions by drumming. Ripstix® are specialized drumsticks made of plastic that are intended to help users get ripped. As a plus, students will also improve their coordination, timing and rhythm, which ultimately results in about 900-1,000 calories burned. TOTAL BODY WORKOUT with James are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Students can burn about 600-1,000 calories through James's use of repetitive circuit training. His routines help to build and tone muscles to form a stronger, healthier body. COUGAR CIRCUIT with James are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. In only 45 minutes, students can be about 570- 800 calories lighter. Under James's instruction, students are guided through interval workouts that emphasize cardio and strength. The program teaches a wide variety of moves designed to bring out the best cougar in students. Many first timers may feel uncomfortable or anxious about trying to

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Students working out at a Fit to be Kean Program Total Body Workout with James.

work out. Luckily, Fit to be Kean is an extremely well-handled program. James and Rachel are incredible personal trainers who, in spite of the large quantities of people, will make a genuine effort to help students as an individual person to reach their fitness goals. In class, they maintain a positive and motivating disposition. It is easy to feel comfortable in their classes and let loose to the fresh beats played by the live DJ. So, come down and calm down from your crazy college life with Fit to be Kean! For questions, contact or 908-737-4880. To sign up for Fit to be Kean Remind, text @FTBK to 908-698-4253. Also, make sure to follow Fit to be Kean on all social media platforms: @Fittobekean.

Abigail Anne Rafael, freshman communication-public relations major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.


“Through my coursework [at Kean], I have learned a lot about aphasia from my books, and I have gotten to meet individuals with the disorder,” Williams said. “Seeing this play really allowed me to reflect on those experiences, and it was great to see it dramatized.” For more information on Megan Bussiere and her play, visit her official website A great experience, laughter, emotions and an educational experience await anyone who is, or has been, affected by aphasia, or for someone who wishes to learn about the disorder in a funny and educational way.

Marcus Van Diver, senior communication media major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.



Barnes and Noble: What Do Students Buy?


Barnes and Noble cater to many students, but what do they want the most? Petruce Jean-Charles


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■ Biographies

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arnes and Noble is a popular essential here at Kean University where students can buy different items.

Barnes and Noble understands the need for electronics at Kean University and has made it its mission to expand its collection of electronics and technological gear. Some of the products the bookstore sells are desktops, laptops, tablets, phone accessories, computer accessories, audio, keyboards, mouses, printer supplies, storage and batteries. Some of the brands it carries include: ■ Acer ■ FitBit

■ Social and Current Affairs ■ Cultural Studies ■ Philosophy

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■ Cooking ■ Self Improvement ■ Health and Fitness ■ Science ■ Manga So what do Kean students look for when they visit this holy grail store? Is it to buy a new laptop, price match on textbooks or even stock up on Kean sweatshirts?


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Gabrielle Marino, a junior studying sociology with a minor in psychology and women's studies, spoke of the importance of having ranges of textbooks supplied to Kean students.

■ Dell ■ JVC Gumy ■ Skullcandy For those who are interested in showcasing their Kean Pride, the bookstore holds a plethora of items for men, women and even new edition unisex! Some of the apparel students can purchase are t-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, performance apparel, hats, bottoms, outerwear, shirts, sweaters and accessories. Some of the brands include: ■ Champion ■ Jansport The bookstore holds one of the many Starbucks on campus where students can get fast service before they head toward their classes in Green Lane. Students can also accompany their beverages with pastries, candies and other snacks. For students wanting a price match or needing a textbook specific to Kean, the bookstore is aware and is willing to help. They also offer money for returned books to make it convenient for those who want to minimize their textbook collections. Buying textbooks is one of the main reasons why a student would visit the bookstore, but students can also browse through the main sections and choices of novels. The bookstore encourages students to purchase their books with a wide range of options such as: ■ Children's books ■ Fiction

"It is important to have a wide selection of books available to students whether it's required texts or not," Marino explained. "I am aware that the bookstore not only sells textbooks but other books for personal enjoyment, which is why I continue to buy from them." Henry J. Cruz, a freshman studying bilingual education notes that the bookstore always maintains the availability of their textbooks which is appreciated and important for students.

only ever really interested in novels but it's nice to have other items like electronics too." Victoria Russo, a freshman studying communicationsmedia and film, realizes that the bookstore is convenient when it comes to having textbooks on time, which is essential. "I don't buy much besides apparel like hoodies, but I know they sell books, electronics and other options as well," Russo said.

"I buy books, food from Starbucks or in the snack section and or school supplies, and I am content with the amount of electronics and school apparel they sell here," Cruz said.

Genesis Algaba, a senior studying communicationspublic relations, understands that a bookstore on campus makes it easier for students to be supplied with their textbooks.

Catelyn Martinez, a senior studying business management, believes in order to have convenience for the students, it is important for the bookstore to have textbooks as soon as possible, which she loves.

"I have bought Kean apparel, presentation folders, goggles for biology labs and even a few books."

"I buy some books and merchandise, sometimes Kean merchandise, if I see something I like or if they have something new," Martinez mentioned. "I am aware of all the other things sold, and I do buy them when they are reasonable, which is most of the time." Rabia Ashraf, a junior studying biology and English major, thinks the bookstore serves as a place for students to gather and study. "I mostly buy novels, short stories and poetry. I'm

■ Non-Fiction

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Brandon Marrero, a junior studying psychology, is pleased with the easy accessibility of books and supplies. Barnes and Noble is a tool on campus that every student can use to get supplies, gifts, apparel and more. For students with questions, visit the Kean bookstore online.

Petruce Jean-Charles, junior communicationjournalism major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.

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Kean University Screenwriter's Society!

Get to know about the new screenwriting club here at Kean and join them as they inspire future film writers! Brandon Gervais


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nterested in movie scripts, films, and writing? Then check out the Screenwriter's Society club on campus! The Screenwriter's Society is a new organization on campus that welcomes students at Kean University who are interested in script writing and film in general.

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

The organization heavily focuses on films and script writing, but the Screenwriter's Society is not exclusive to any specific major as all Kean students are welcome to join. The club treasurer Natalie Szova is a therapeutic recreation major, yet she is a member and holds a position within the group.

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"I do not know much about film or script writing, but I am eager to be a part of this group. To me, this club serves as a fun outlet where you're able to express yourself through writing scripts and meeting new people," said Szova. "We are hoping for a diverse group of students who are able to come together and share the passion of script writing." The club president, Evan Robichaud has many responsibilities as president, including conducting e-board meetings, coming up with project ideas and events, being a role model and leading the members. Her efforts all go toward the meetings and the functioning of the group. "Every meeting is different. Some meetings we will do "flash drafts", which are quick 5-minute drafts of a script. It will give the members an idea of how a script should be formatted," said Robichaud. "Another day we will read an Oscar-winning script, and another day we will recite a scene from a movie. Some meetings I will ask the club members to work on a project for the week so it can be read aloud the next meeting." "Our goals are to get many members to join and stay for another week. We really want people to join so they can discover what script writing is about. We would love to have a diverse group of people to see what ability they have and can share with others. Another goal of ours is to hold a bake sale, so we can

raise money to go to a film festival. It would be nice if a Kean student submits an entry to a film festival just to be recognized and to get their foot out the door." Anyone interested in the Screenwriter's Society should be prepared to be introduced to an organization whose goal is to educate fellow students and inspire a love of film and scripts. You can find out more about the Screenwriter's Society from their Cougar Link page or by contacting the organization at Happy writing!

Brandon Gervais, freshman English education double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.

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A(wear)ness In Red

Wear Red Day seeks to bring knowledge to the Kean community about heart disease Petruce Jean-Charles


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■■ 1 1/2 cups of 2% low-fat Greek yogurt

ational Wear Red Day is an event in February that seeks to show support and awareness for women by wearing red. Wear Red Day at Kean University took place on Friday, Feb. 2, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Miron Student Center (MSC) Atrium. Kean University joined the American Heart's Association to fight against heart disease by dedicating a day of information, discussions and even healthy heart friendly snacks such as nuts and fruits. Wearing Red was a great way to show support for the fight against heart disease because it's a powerful way to spread awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke in women. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and methods that women can follow to fix their health. Students could be seen coming in, wondering what the event was about. Many of them instantly engaged themselves in various activities such as: ■■ Trash or Toss - Use the ping pong balls and decide what foods are good or bad. The good foods go into a box, and the bad foods go in the trash. It is a tricky game that allows people to challenge them. ■■ Wheel Trivia - Students have the opportunity to spin a wheel in order to win a dress pin or have the chance to test their knowledge with trivia Aside from various games, snacks were also provided such as pecans, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and hazel nuts. Students and guests were also given healthy recipes such as frozen yogurt bark, apple nachos and many more.

■■ 2 tablespoons of honey ■■ 2 tablespoons of chopped, unsalted almonds ■■ 1/2 cup of chopped mango ■■ 1/4 cup of blackberries or raspberries ■■ 1/2 cup of blueberries

Apple Nachos ingredients includes:

■■ 1/2 cup of dried, unsweetened cranberries or raisins ■■ 1/4 cup of sliced almonds (unsalted) ■■ 2 tablespoon of hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds ■■ 3 red or green apples ■■ 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice ■■ 2 tablespoons of water ■■ 1/4 cup of reduced fat, smooth peanut butter

Facts about heart disease in women:

■■ Everyday women are dying at the rate of almost one per minute. ■■ A woman is ten times more likely to die of heart disease. ■■ According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (N.I.H.) in the U.S., coronary heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. ■■ Since the initiation of National Wear Red Day campaign in 2003, an increased focus on heart disease in women and death in women has decreased more than 30% over the past 10 years.

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Myths about heart disease include: ■■ Heart disease is just for men.

■■ Heart disease doesn't affect women who are fit or "in shape". ■■ Heart disease comes with symptoms. ■■ Heart disease is inevitable for those with a family history.

Causes for heart disease include:

■■ Heart failure or congestive heart failure ■■ Arrhythmia - beating to fast, slow or irregular ■■ Atherosclerosis - plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries

way to figure it out. A good way to know if one is experiencing one is through high blood pressure, obesity, age, high cholesterol, smoking or family history. Just as staying active is important the Fitness Center and Fittobekean sat around and explained the importance of working out and being healthy. Fit to be Kean takes place in Whiteman Hall Lounge and classes include: ■■ Zumba

Women symptoms include: ■■ Shortness of breath

■■ Pound

■■ Back Pain

■■ Total Body Workout

■■ Nausea or Vomiting

■■ Cougar Circuit

■■ Jaw Pain

■■ Cardio Kickboxing

Prevention techniques:

Roberto Adams, a sophomore studying early childhood education, was eager to speak about the cause and to explain the importance of this event.

■■ Don't smoke

■■ Manage blood sugar ■■ Lower cholesterol ■■ Stay active

Signs of a heart attack:

■■ Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg ■■ Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding ■■ Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision ■■ Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance ■■ Severe headaches

This event also sheds light on the issue of silent heart attacks or silent ischemia that shows little to no symptoms. Many people have experienced them, but due to their silent nature an MRI or EKG is the only

“Today is very important and vital because there a lot of issues with cardiovascular diseases and heart disease. So today we want to educate people on the do’s and don’ts in order to keep themselves healthy,” said Adams. From the standpoint of a student walking into the event, Ainsley Stephens, a sophomore studying early childhood education, spoke of how she heard of the event and why she wanted to be a part of it. “I heard about this event through Instagram, campus and my sorority. I think this event spreads awareness because when you come in you see healthy snacks or the color red pops out,” Stephens said. National Wear Red Day is a time for everyone to come together and to support women in their fight and awareness of heart disease. Go red for women's health! Petruce Jean-Charles, junior communication-journalism major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.

Involvement (continued from page 1) Shuler said. The assortment of tables on the atrium were vivid and extravagant in their nature. Designs that highlighted groups’ uniqueness and originality were shown, and sounds of different cultural groups blared throughout the entire EXPO. A fraternity by the name of Lambda Theta Phi, a Latin Greek organization that prioritizes unity in diversity, as shown on their display, complete with their Greek letters and colors, cardboard display commemorating their organization’s history and legacy, and artifacts related to their group. Jon Ibarra, a junior majoring in business management and a member of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Incorporated, thought that the design of each group played a key role in gaining student interest at this EXPO. “I believe that it is the non-verbal presentation in the brotherhood that you see on our table. From the conquistado, which is our mascot, to the older pictures of members from the organization, it all helps attract people,” Ibarra said.

As students continued to walk around the rectangular involvement display, more information and knowledge was gained about all of the opportunities that students on campus have for their benefit. Student employment offers were aplenty at the tables, such as offers from the Center of Leadership and Service and Residential Student Services, just to name a few. Rebecca Gonzalez, a junior majoring in psychology and an employee of Residential Student Services, spoke about the many benefits and skills obtained when working for the university. “Getting to know each community is the best thing about working for RSS. I am a residential assistant in one building and a community assistant in another building. Learning the two differences of the freshman lifestyle and the upperclassman lifestyle and the needs that each student has is beneficial as well.” Those that attendees Tuesday’s involvement fair and were able to explore all of the different on-campus services learned more about the university around them. Students attending this fair for the first time

had more of a reason to get involved on campus, if they had not previously done so. Bryce Horn, a junior majoring in marketing and a member of Kean University's men's soccer team, spoke on his desire to do more on campus, and his personal favorite after walking around the EXPO. "Leadership is significant to myself. I play soccer here at school, so I have to be a natural leader. On and off of the field, I am always talking and being a leader and I feel as myself I am very involved with school. I do a lot on campus, but after walking around here, there is always more that I can do." Another first-time attendee of the event, Orest Pyndus, a freshman majoring in history education with a minor in communications, used this experience as motivation to be more inclined to add extracurricular activities to his agenda. "Off campus, I am actually a little-league baseball coach, and as a coach, I am not just a coach, I am


a leader. When I coach kids, they look up to me as a mentor. If they need someone to talk to, they can look up to me. After attending this, I want to get more involved because I want to meet more people and inspire them to help out and get involved. I may even want to start up my own club!" As the Student Involvement and Employment EXPO concluded at 4:30 p.m., students, faculty and other members of the Kean community were left with a new understanding of the resources provided to them to fit into their schedules. On-campus jobs, Greek organizations, and cultural groups were all prevalent in attending this festival of opportunity, and after Tuesday afternoon, the need to get involved on campus was as widespread as ever, as Involvement Week 2018 progressed.

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

Kean University - The Cougar's Byte - February 13, 2018  
Kean University - The Cougar's Byte - February 13, 2018