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For The Kids, For The Culture: Kean Dance Marathon 2018!
The annual 12-hour fundraising dance festival was another huge success! Marcus Van Diver
ean University celebrated in another installment of their coveted Kean Dance Marathon (KDM) on Friday, April 20, 2018. This 12-hour dance festival, complete with games, prizes, performances, informational booths and a multitude of music was the hottest attraction on the Kean campus from noon to midnight. As the spotlight was put on Downs Hall for yet another KDM, the goal was no different: beat last year's record of $40,000 in fundraising for a very special cause, the Children's Specialized Hospital (CSH) in Mountainside, New Jersey. For 12 hours straight, students, faculty and friends of the Kean family danced to old and new tunes and tracks, competed in enticing and vigorous games, had multiple dance-offs, all while raising money for a good cause. The day officially kicked off with the Children's Specialized Hospital's Program Manager, Kayla Pagnani, welcoming everyone to the festivities. In giving an emotional speech to start the day, Pagnani reaffirmed why each person's presence was important in that venue that Friday. "For those of you who don’t know, Children’s Specialized Hospital’s closest site is actually 10 minutes down the road. So you guys are helping kids right in our backyard. These kids, they go through a lot. One of the main reasons why one of our patients will be treated at Children’s Specialized Hospital is because they suffer from a traumatic brain injury, a traumatic spinal injury, autism, premature birth, and a lot of life-changing and life-threatening illnesses,” Pagnani said. Pagnani continued, “So for the next 12 hours, we’re going to be standing on our feet for them. We’re going to be raising money for them. Just keep that in mind. I hope that drives you through the next 12 hours. I know I will be standing on my feet.” And stand on their feet they did. The hospital bracelets that some attendees had placed on their wrist symbolized, in Pagnani's words,
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all of the kids who would not be able to take the hospital bracelet off that day. "For those of you who will be standing for the full 12 hours, you’ll be able to cut it off. But there are some kids who won’t, so when you put this on think about that. Keep it close to your heart. Think about why you guys are here and just know that who you are supporting, it really does mean so much to them,” Pagnani commented. The first patient of the day greeted the onlooking dancers on the Downs Hall floor. Four-year-old Izzy, a patient of the CSH, gave a sentimental speech. Her mother, Sonia, explained her story and
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involvement with the hospital when Izzy was an infant. Soon after her birth, she noticed that her daughter was having trouble moving her neck and as a CT examination was done, it was determined that a spinal tumor was found. “My husband and I had the idea that she would just recover from this and everything would be okay. We didn’t know what recovery was going to look like. We didn’t know that our healthy baby, who was scooting around on her bottom was just smiling everyday at everything, would then after that day could not even sit up. Shortly thereafter, we realized
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Cougars That Care: Kean Day of Service
Students, staff, and alumni volunteered their time for community service events Shannon Sheehan
ean Research Days is an annual event that celebrates the culmination of both creative and research-based experiences and endeavors through a series of events spanning two days. This is an event that is campus-wide with the goal of bringing together both students and faculty from all sectors at Kean. The intent of Research Days is to shine light on the research and creative work and projects of both the students and faculty of Kean. This event, which took place on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25, consisted of multiple presentations from both staff and visiting parties, friendly competitions, including a 3-Minute Thesis Competition, poster presentations, and memorized oral presentations.
Sarah Mack, winner of the undergraduate student researcher of the year award
Research Days provided an excellent platform for both students and faculty to be brought together as one to both display their individual creative and studious findings. In addition to the examination of projects and data, the event aims to create lasting connections in both the campus and professional communities.
opportunity to formally present findings in a professional and large-scale environment, helping one adjust to the fast incoming responsibilities and experiences in the “real world”. In doing so, each individual involved can both appreciate and compare those choosing to display their work at Research Days.
This experience is oriented for students to have the
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he annual “Cougars That Care: Kean Day Of Service,” an all-day long community service event, was hosted by the Center For Leadership and Service (CLS) this past Saturday, April 21. The event included volunteering events for Adopt-AHighway, Adopt-A-Park, Atria Senior Living, Community FoodBank, Breakfast with a Senior and Jumpstart for a Day. Students, staff, alumni, clubs, sports teams and organizations all dedicated their time to these events not only at Kean University, but in the surrounding area. They showed how much Kean University and CLS care about helping the community and the importance of showing support to
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Rang De Holi 2K18
Students enjoy the 3rd annual Holi festival at Kean University Abigail Anne Rafael
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n Tuesday, April 17, Indian Cultural Club, International Student Association and Asian Studies hosted Rang De Holi 2K18.
This year's Holi festival was the 3rd annual Holi festival held at Kean University. The event is also known as the "Festival of Colors" because the festival encourages participants to use colored powders against each other. Colored powders are used to celebrate the vivid colors of the upcoming spring as well as the triumph of good versus evil in Hindu legends. The event began with an introduction from Indian Cultural Club's advisor Professor Hassan who then handed the mic off to Indian Cultural Club's President Nisarg Modi who gave a short explanation of the significance of Holi in India. Holi is attributed to multiple Hindu legends. The main one is the legend of Holika. In this legend, Hiranyakashipu, the King of Demons, had become arrogant as a result of Lord Brahma blessing him with immortality. He started to demand that his people worshiped him instead of the gods. His son, Prahlad, continued to be devoted to Lord Vishnu; however, Hiranyakashipu sent his sister, Holika, to kill him through fire. As the fire engulfed him, Prahlad continued to call for Lord Vishnu and was thus saved by him while Holika was killed. This legend thus symbolizes the victory of good over evil. To commemorate this, a bonfire ceremony will be held the day before in an event called Holika Dahan. The next day will be the main Holi festival in which everyone is invited to throw colored powders and play. The celebration is also celebrated in part to ease any past tensions between enemies through a fun, colorful way.
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festivities by releasing a cloud of colored powder. From there, the Festival of Colors was on full blast. Bursts of pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues and reds came from all around the basketball court. Students chased one another with colors while some unsuspecting victims were surprised with a fist full of colored powder. By the end, all participants were tainted with various colors and held large smiles on their faces. Any differences or unfamiliarity between students were muddied by the mix of colors.
After Modi's introduction, Hassan opened the floor up to different performers from the Indian Culture Club who danced a mix of modern and traditional Indian dances.
The event was truly a sight to see.
Afterward, the DJ encouraged everyone to come together and dance. Everyone was crowding together and enjoying themselves when someone suddenly began the
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Kean University students eagerly await future Holi events to come.
Social Work Awareness Month Springs In A Busy April For MSW Students!
MSW students have been working and learning non-stop for Social Work Awareness Month Brandon Gervais
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arch was Social Work Awareness Month, but it only sparked the beginning of a list of social work events here at Kean through the Master of Social Work program in coordination with student government and the Social Work club. The Master of Social Work Program is designed to grow student social work skills and develop abilities in problem solving for individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and social institutions. The program is set up to provide preparation in becoming professional licensed social workers. Social work refers to professions that help individuals throughout communities access services they need. One of these events to celebrate social work awareness was a trip to Capitol Hill as a part of Social Work Advocacy Day. Kean University Social
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work students took a trip down to Washington D.C. and met with other social workers from around the country. This day gave students an opportunity as social workers to learn and discuss policy that ranged from immigration policy to sex trafficking. Kean students were also able to meet with their state representatives and watch a bill go forward on the floor. This experience is what they learned in their policy courses and it was beneficial for students to see firsthand what they've been learning. The Social Work Day at the United Nations event was hosted at Monmouth University. For over 30 years, this annual event has had a national and international attendance. Twenty Kean graduate student social workers attended this event and sat in on multiple lectures that pertained to the theme of the year, environmental sustainability. The theme of Social Work Day at the United Nations is chosen by a prevalent issue of the year, with previous themes being personal worth of people and social economic equality.
correlation with social work awareness and the panel was dedicated to discussing gun violence in schools. Led by professor Jarolmen Ph.D., faculty member, facilitator, the panel consisted of Kean Alumni who work in social work, as well as current social workers who supervise the students of the Kean graduate program. This panel discussed how to handle gun violence issues in a practical and professional manner. It took a look at national as well as state policy already in place for gun violence and discussed how these policies came and relooked at them considering recent gun violence incidences.
Also a part of social work awareness, former Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake came to give a lecture to the Kean Social work graduate students about social work policy. In addition to this lecture, Blake was given a plaque to thank her and honor her work for the community.
In coordination with Union County C.A.R.E.S. (community, action, response, education, safety), Kean's MSW program produced the Fifth Annual Domestic Violence Symposium with attendees ranging from Kean students, Union county prosecutors, police officers, detective units, etc. Nationally acclaimed speaker Jeffrey Bulcholtz spoke at this event with over 250 audience members on violence prevention.
The school-based social work panel occurred in
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Recycle The Way To Awareness
The Recycle Art Show sought out environmental awareness and change Petruce Jean-Charles
Students who made art pieces are as follows:
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Fishing gear Plastic bags and utensils Balloons Cigarette butts Bottle caps
On Tuesday, April 17, the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) hosted the ReInvent, ReUse, ReCycle Art Show from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Miron Student Center (MSC) where students and faculty could be seen examining the maze of artwork. The MSC Atrium was also filled with various art pieces to get the message of environmental sustainability out there. Art pieces were made of paper, wrappers, cardboard, Post-It notes and anything that has been used was turned into sea of creativity. Some of the concepts were flowers, trees, collages of wrappers and a mountain of Post-It notes to which students where amazed by the creativity of each piece which was crafted by recycled material. Additionally, the art show showcased the abilities of students by expressing the concern with negative byproducts of human intervention in the environment. It also serves as a means for students, guests and faculty to be mindful of the issues such as: ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■
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Julie Queiruga Marcus Blanc Andrea Gutierrez Angelica Kays Gabriella Lapointe Michael Huber Emely Hernandez Victoria Failla Natasha Revolsky Nathelie Bernier Ashley Albarracin Kenya Silas Jordan Conway DJ Arnold Megan Campesi
Accompanying the art pieces there where also facts which bordered around each piece spewing facts such as: ■■ Americans throw away over 35 million plastic water bottles every year ■■ 500,000 plastic straws are used daily contributing to the eight million tons of plastic found in the ocean each year ■■ Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean ■■ Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to listen to a full music album on your phone ■■ To produce each weeks Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down ■■ Each ton (2,000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees ■■ Animals of all kinds often mistake trash for food or shelter which can be fatal to them ■■ Each year Americans use 1 billion plastic shopping bags creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste ■■ 91% of plastic is not recycled Aside from facts, guests and students could walk by and spin a wheel which consists of trivia questions for a chance to win candy and prizes. Following the game, students were then encouraged to vote for the art piece they liked the most. The pieces of art with the most votes will be centerpieces at the "Uniting Jersey for the Global Goals" Sustainability Symposium hosted by Kean University's Earth Science Club. Kristen Failla, a junior studying sociology and psychology, spoke on the importance of this event and how beneficial the experience was. "This event was important to have because I believe college campuses are a great place to make a change. This event sparked a conversation campus-wide regarding the beneficial actions we take for our environment and how we can transform these actions into life-long habits," said Failla. The main goal of this event was to visually portray how we impact the environment while emphasizing that conserving resources can create
"By reusing the materials the art was composed of, we are keeping them out of landfills, avoiding their toxic exposure to the environment, and protecting wildlife," said Failla. "I definitely believe our goal was reached. We showcased over 30 pieces of art, all varying in form. We successfully celebrated Earth Day, which is observed on April 22, and created a presence on campus that encouraged students to live a little greener." Failla mentioned the many students who were shocked at some of the facts about environmental sustainability and were amazed at the creativity behind each art piece exhibited "I was so excited to see so many students and even professors stop by the event to take pictures, vote on their favorite pieces, and just take some time out of their day to learn about our roles in protecting the environment," Failla explained. If students could get one thing out of this event it is that recycling is important because waste has a very negative impact that harms the planet and living beings as well. "The most motivating factor for me to recycle is the reality that I am saving animals. When someone leaves a plastic bag at the beach, animals becoming entangled in that bag or mistaking that bag for food is not what comes to that person's mind. We need to stop making convenience a priority over the well being of wildlife and I am hoping this event was able to make people, particularly students, more mindful of their actions and what they can do to help." Kristen was so happy and proud of all of the students who participated in the ReInvent, ReUse, ReCycle Art Show. They all helped make the event what it was and it could not have been accomplished without their creativity and talent. Don't just celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Make it a habit to protect and provide for our environment! Petruce Jean-Charles, junior communication journalism major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.
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those in need. The first event to take place was Breakfast With A Senior, which was hosted by the Physical Therapy Club. Volunteers went to Cornell Nursing Home in Union starting at 8:30 a.m. They provided the residents of the nursing home with breakfast in addition to serving it to them. Afterward, they engaged in fun activities with the residents to entertain them and brighten their day.
Shannan McCarthy, a junior and sister of Delta Phi Epsilon that participated in the AdoptA-Highway event said, “I gained a sense of understanding the environment in which I am currently living in. There is so much that goes on in our surroundings and while it continues to take care of us each day, we should be more mindful of the condition it is in and try to help it be in the best shape it possibly can be.”
Volunteers also visited Atria Senior Living, another residence for the elderly in the surrounding area, located in Cranford, NJ. Starting at 12:15 p.m., participants assisted residents with leisure activities. They were able to provide the residents with a positive atmosphere for them to enjoy the activities they had planned for them. The women’s volleyball team, along with other participants, lent their time to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside starting at 10:45 a.m. They sorted donations for the FoodBank so that those who need it can easily access the goods they need. They were responsible for sorting pasta into smaller bags, making them more easily accessible for more people. The Jumpstart For A Day event kicked off at 10:15 a.m. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that guides college students to educate preschool students on proper literacy and language skills in low-
income neighborhoods. For this event, volunteers were able to sign up to participate in different activities that were set up for the kids, which included stations such as face painting and raffles. Volunteers were responsible for assisting children with fun and educational activities and stations that will help them develop skills to better their understanding and learning. The Adopt-A-Highway event for Cougars That Care
started at 12:15 p.m. and transpired on the section of Morris Avenue that the brothers of Lambda Theta Phi adopted. With the help of the sisters from Delta Phi Epsilon, both organizations worked together to clean up the road. They picked up litter and properly disposed of it, making the area much cleaner and healthier. Cougars also took a 10-minute drive off campus to Warinanco Park where they participated in AdoptA-Park. Volunteers also picked up litter and restored
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Through these events the students, staff and alumni showed how much they truly care for their community which extends beyond campus. Volunteers learned the importance of helping the environment and those in need, and that donating just a few hours of time can truly make a difference.
Shannon Sheehan, freshman communication journalism major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.
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KDM (continued from page 1) that she was going to need some physical rehab and had no idea that a child could possibly need physical rehabilitation," Sonia said. Doctors gave her a biopsy to get rid of the tumor, but although she did not enjoy her treatments at first, soon she began to look forward to her treatments due to the kindness and dedication her doctors showed. Vibrant and standing upright, Izzy commanded the stage to be her own, as her mother explained that she could walk and sit up straight, all because of the Children's Specialized Hospital. Other tables, like the Love Your Melon Table just next to the RSS table, specialized in giving 50 percent of its profit to support the fight against pediatric cancer. The representative at the table, senior business marketing major Nicole Logatto, a sister of the Theta Phi Alpha sorority, helped to pass out bracelets and other goodies to visitors. "I think that everyone is touched by someone who is going through something, especially like cancer. I feel like when people say that it is for the kids, people push a little more to do the best they can. [Love Your Melon] just loves to spread the awareness in trying to help someone with cancer," Logatto said. After the fourth hour passed, another special speech was given to the growing crowd at KDM during the fifth hour. Gabriella Bonilla, junior psychology and therapeutic recreation with an occupational therapy tract and a sister of Theta Phi Alpha, had an emotional story to tell. On the date of October 16, 2009, Bonilla was involved in a serious automobile accident. Luckily, with the help of the Children's Specialized Hospital, she was healed back to full health. Being on stage was nerve-wracking to the junior, but worth it after her process. "[KDM] means the world to me, in general because I have been on both sides. Now that I am raising money, I wanted to tell other people to know that all of their efforts are going somewhere. It means the world to me to know how much time and effort people put into this," Bonilla said. "What I could do for another child for what the CSH did for me would be a dream come true!" To reward the giving efforts of the attendees, there were ticket raffles during the show's intermissions. The prizes given away in the show were mainly gift baskets, with each one having a different theme, such as a Ralph Lauren basket, athletic basket and beach basket. During the show's halfway point, the performances started to pick up. First, a performance by the Inspiration Dance Crew in the middle of the floor
garnered cheer and praise from the KDM attendees as they did a hip hop group dance to popular hip hop songs. Soon after, it was time for the Greeks to strut their stuff. A stroll-off by three different organizations--Iota Phi Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Phi Chi--became an exciting competition that would ultimately see fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha win. Right after, hour seven was announced! Zumba instructors were then announced on the stage. In the hour of fitness, these instructors led the charge in showing the dancers on the floor some new dance exercises for them to have fun while getting a good workout. Kean Musical Movements then took the floor soon after, commanding the audience's attention with an electric hip hop dance. In hour eight, Alex Louis, the Assistant Director for the Center of Leadership and Service, gave the microphone to two young Westfield High School students, both of which started their own Dance Marathon at their school to raise money for their own charitable causes as the audience clapped. Next up on the stage was a Taylor Swift cover of the popular song "Shake it Off " by two Kean students, except this time, they communicated their lyrics in sign language! After they finished, rapper Keith Bell, or "K. Bellz" rapped an original song for the crowd to appreciate, and appreciate they did, as the rapper received a thunderous applause. Hour nine started with a massive Greek unity stroll, hula hoop race and Jersey Club battle all in front of the stage. It also included some cultural performances. An Irish tap dance to Irish folk music and a huge Portuguese ritual dance, complete with drummers and other instruments made viewers feel as if they were traveling the world. The story of Kenny and his mother was soon told next. It explained how the Children's Specialized Hospital helped the mother-son duo get the care Kenny deserved, as it was an emotional moment. Those around Kenny and his mother cheered. Kenny also told some funny jokes as well, getting the crowd to laugh. To finish off the day, a final dance on the dance floor occurred, featuring the sounds of Jersey Club hits, hip-hop and other songs. Once the time was up on the day, and KDM came to a close, there was just one more thing left to do: reveal the final fundraising total for 2018. For this year, the dance marathon topped last year's total of $47,485.98, and garnered a total of $53,875! "Lately, we have been having different patients from the hospital that have come in. To hear their stories that touch our hearts, it gives us a reason as to why we are doing what we are doing," Louis said. "It is the patients that we do it for. It is not an easy project and it is very stressful, but we are doing it for the kids that cannot do it for themselves. That is why we keep pushing ourselves to raise as much money as possible." Marcus Van Diver, senior communication media major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.
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Business Plan Competition Finalists Win Thousands Student entrepreneurs are judged and awarded for original business ideas Zoe Strozewski
student progress through the schools’ tutoring services
BioAttire - a custom clothing company that utilizes environmentally-friendly materials
ean’s School of Management and Marketing hosted its Business Plan Competition finals in the Miron Student Center Little Theatre, April 12. The event allowed the various groups to present their business plans in front of a live audience and a panel of judges, and then the most promising groups were awarded a total of $10,000 in prizes.
GymRent - a service that rents out gym equipment to people in their homes OffRecord Parties - an app that allows college students to find and spread the word about ongoing parties
Preparation for this competition had been in the works since December of last year. Student groups developed original business plans and submitted them for a series of evaluations. The finalists were finally announced at the end of March.
After the presentations were finished, the judges left the room to reach a consensus on the best business plans and decide how much money to award each group. Meanwhile, a raffle of T-shirts and gift cards was held for all attendees, while audience members were given the chance to vote on their favorite presentations.
The competition began with online presentations by two groups, Healthy Blender and Green Community, from Kean’s Wenzhou campus. Although they were separate entries, both had roots in health and sustainability as Healthy Blender aims to create healthier dining options for students attending the Wenzhou edition of Kean, while Green Community has a goal of establishing organic land for farming and renting out to patrons. The rest of the groups were then allowed to present their business plans live on stage. While Kean organized the competition, groups from Kean Ocean and NJIT also participated. There were also two finalist groups from local high schools, who were judged in a separate category from the collegiate groups.
The complete list of the business plan finalists and their focuses are as follows: Variable Intensity Brake Light - a multicolored brake light sensitive to how strongly a driver brakes VaultCash - a cryptocurrency that seeks to collaborate with federal institutions and insurance companies E Cards - an app for digital business cards and storing business-related contact information Forte - a music streaming service and app for musicians to connect with each other Tudoor - an app that partners with universities to monitor and evaluate
The winners of the high school and collegiate divisions were then announced. In the high school category, Variable Intensity Brake Light won first place and $1,000 to fund its business, while VaultCash took second place and $500. In the collegiate category, E Cards came in first with a $3,000 prize and Forte came in second with a $1,500 prize. Tudoor took third place and was awarded $1,000, while Healthy Blender and Green Community tied for fourth and received $900 apiece. All groups that didn’t place were given $300 for their participation to help start up their business ventures. This business plan competition showcased a wealth of knowledge and talent as multiple schools and students from a diverse range of majors within the schools competed. With their new funding, New Jersey may be witnessing the success of these student entrepreneurs in the near future. Zoe Strozewski, freshman communication journalism major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.
Now Boarding Mu Airlines: R.A.C.E.-ing For Diversity! Sorority Mu Sigma Upsilon's annual event featured a night of performances, food and diversity Marcus Van Diver
atin sorority Mu Sigma Upsilon hosted yet another one of their successful events celebrating diversity and inclusion from all walks of life, called Recognizing and Celebrating Ethnicities (R.A.C.E) on the evening of Monday, April 16, 2018. The night highlighted the theme "beauty in diversity" throughout its duration, commemorating a variety of cultures and backgrounds through performances, games and arts and craft sections for all to enjoy. From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., a celebration of the multitudinous customs around the world were depicted in the event's theme, which centered around the sorority acting as if it were an airline service, taking the visitors to the ends of the earth while taking pit stops at each of the seven continents and the many countries within them. Hosted by Giselle Torres, a sister and advisor for the multicultural sorority, the doors to Downs Hall opened at approximately 6:30 p.m. as sisters from Mu Sigma Upsilon, draped in their colors of baby blue and white, filled a majority of the seats in the room. As tickets were checked and Student ID's were swiped, students were accompanied by the vibrant sounds of Kevin Alvarado, or DJ Kev for short. He kept the party going by playing popular songs that the students and older members of the Kean family recognized throughout the night. Inside of Downs Hall, small, blue and white balloons were chained to the backs of small, black plastic chairs adjacent to plastic tables with more blue and white draping that made a pattern on the Downs Hall Floor. As soon as the night's audiences were checked in, a long table dressed in powder blue had brochures about the event with "R.A.C.E." plastered on the top of them. Next to the brochures were small, navy blue passport writing pads to further make the attendees feel as if they were boarding a plane to fly around the world.
to the left of Downs Hall was ready to serve the onlookers. Sounds of DJ Kev's beats infused with mingling and games of Tinikling sticks, a game similar to double dutch, were heard from afar. Dancing and singing from those who took their seats waiting for introductions to begin were heard as well. To kickoff the night, Torres informed everyone to take their seats, for the first performance of the night was ready to begin. First up was a cultural tribute to the North American nation of Nicaragua. Genesis Algaba danced to a signature piece highlighting the African influence on the culture, earning her a gracious round of applause. A bright yellow dress moved with fluidity as she danced with the sounds of traditional Nicaraguan instruments and drums, making the crowd feel as though they had been transported to the Latin country. Next up, Mu Airlines took a trip to North Jersey to hear the rhymes of rapper Onnist, who delivered another of his original sounds for the audience to hear. Then, two sisters of Latin sorority Chi Upsilon Sigma did a signature salute and stroll along with some upbeat music to accompany them. Shortly after, the night's host, Giselle Torres read a passage about diversity and its importance in today's society, as all of the attendees keenly listened. "The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences," Torres said. "These can be along the definitions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical ability, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies." Torres continued, "It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment that embraces diversity. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity unchanged with each individual."
Before the night's guests took their seats, their attention was driven toward the pre-show activities the event had to offer. Seven stations complete with arts and craft activities captured the essence of Mu Sigma Upsilon’s airplane-esque theme for their annual event. Seven Arts and craft stations on tables were designed to look like the order of the world’s continents, and each person visiting the stations felt like they were subtly traveling to each one.
Torres then invited lyricist and spoken word poet Eric Shandroff onto the stage, who went by his rapper name of "MysterE". While performing a piece honoring the multicultural theme of the night, the artist made it interactive and trotted through the crowd, while utilizing rhymes and wordplay as he went along. As this was his first time performing at the R.A.C.E. event, the spoken word artist commended the night's theme, which made his performance topic that much more enjoyable.
The smell of food from a plethora of the world's cultures were in the distance as another long table
"These kind of events are important! We need to get different cultures to come and unite and see what the
other cultures are about without just judging them in passing, but seeing what they have to offer, whether it be through performances or speaking to one another. It is needed," Shandroff said. Throughout the night, more artistic performances showcasing singing, rapping and dancing captivated the audience. Singers like Mia Florival, who sang her own rendition of "What a Wonderful World" as well as a self-written piece caught the eyes and ears of those in attendance, as she was met with gracious applause. Other performances included the likes of the new initiates to Mu Sigma Upsilon, as they were escorted to the stage by Torres herself while reciting their sorority's esteemed salute. The audience was then treated to some fiery Latin ballroom dancing from the likes of Allison Lopez and a dance partner who both put on an amazing show. Torres then took the stage back to its hip hop roots, inviting Kean alumni, Alec Dailey, a rapper who went by the name "Arte Magnus". He performed two of his original songs to the crowd amidst claps and synonymous cheers throughout the audience. Neeve Brosler, an Irish dancer, then made her way to the front of the audience, tap-dancing to an Irish folk song that got the attention of everyone in the room, earning her the same amount of love that all of the performers got that night. The final two performances of the night featured Allison Lopez's second trip to the stage and this time, a solo dance honoring the country of Peru was complete with a vivid outfit and traditional music in which she frolicked and jumped for joy. The final performance of the night belonged to a dancer
from Kean Musical Movements, whose movement coincided to the sounds of the Caribbean in a powerful hip hop dance tribute to the islands. To finish off the night, two sisters of the sorority, Sarena and Cara, had a birthday, and, promptly, the entire audience joined together to sing "Happy Birthday" to the two! In the event's closing, everyone was treated to birthday cake and a large dance party, featuring a "Cha-Cha Slide" and a "Cupid Shuffle". Jailene Burgos, a senior communications major, the active president of the sorority and one of the main coordinators of the night, was not only extremely impressed by the night's turnout, but overtly proud of how fulfilling it was to see it all come together for yet another year. "It is amazing and very rewarding to see the end product and see everybody get involved and learn about different cultures all while having fun," Burgos said. "Each year gets better and better, and this year, we added a bunch of activities to focus on the different continents that we have, because normally we just had performances and this time we wanted to up the ante a little bit. We got the crowd more engaged and more involved." For more information on Mu Sigma Upsilon and their upcoming events this semester, visit their official Cougar Link page. Also, feel free to check out more pictures from the event in the Photo Album above.
Marcus Van Diver, senior communication media major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.
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1 | 2018
Meet the Secretary: Keia Smith
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Keia Smith is the secretary of the Pre-Medical Pre-Dental Association Petruce Jean-Charles
ean University takes pride in its organizations and student leaders. With that being said, there are more than 160 student groups with a variety of eboard members. One of the clubs is the Pre-Medical Pre-Dental Association which strives to help members develop stronger leadership and communication skills. Their eboard is made up of many dedicated and knowledgeable students such as president Al-Mujeeb Danmole, treasurer Diego Paredes, director of public relations Nevil Thomas, and secretary Keia Smith. Fun facts about Smith: —She is a good cook and cooks West Indian food —She loves to read and has read Robin Cook books Keia Smith, a sophomore studying biotechnology and also the secretary for the Pre-Medical PreDental Association, explained the importance of the club. "The Pre-Medical Pre-Dental Association is an organization whose main goal is to facilitate and provide resources to students interested in the medical and dental field. So basically we want to provide a space for those students to come together, interact with each other and get more information on what their career entails," said Smith. This organization helps its members by providing them with conferences and networking opportunities with scientists, professors and medical school representatives. "Annually, we have the biological health conference, which is going to be held later this month where we find a lot of scientists, professors, medical school representatives to come in and interact with the students. This gives the general public a better understanding of what they're going into when they go into the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) field, or pre-med field," said Smith.
"This year we hope to launch another annual event, which is a health gala that focuses on networking for pre-med students. There will be doctors and physician assistants and we hope to host it. As far as general body meetings go, we have school representatives come in and other schools as well where we provide resources for students. For example, last semester we had a mock check-up session where we brought in all the instruments necessary for taking vital signs, eye check ups and body mass index (BMI)," said Smith.
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Smith explained that as a member, she was asked to become a secretary where she later found her love for the club and its members. "At first, I didn't really want to because I was shy, but after learning that it was a space for premed and dental students to come together ,I was hooked," Smith explained. "The application was really easy mostly because it was things relating to my general school life. For example, what activities were I involved in? It takes me no more than 30 minutes, and it was a week until I heard back. I really have a passion for helping others. As an aspiring doctor, I feel it's one of the major traits I should have. I think that passion really drove me to pursue that position, and I like interacting with people." Smith understands that the position she's in allows her to develop and learn new skills that trickle to her academics. "If you take up any eboard position and are serious about it, there are a lot of skills you could learn. Being secretary you have to be well-organized, have good time management, be a good note taker, but being able to document meetings has really helped me academically," said Smith. "Right now I am just working toward my degree and internships because I really want to pursue an internship. After graduation, I'm going into my one-year masters program where I get my masters and finally I will apply to medical school." Smith hopes to find research that will be beneficial for cancer patients in the future.
Keia Smith, secretary of the Pre-Medical PreDental association, strives to ﬁnd research for cancer. "Right now I do cancer research and I am really interested in that. So I am looking toward something more in oncology and something related to cancer because it's a topic [near and dear] to my heart. I really want to make strives toward that aspect of research," said Smith. Smith believes that the personal skills she acquired and the networking opportunities she has will prepare her in the medical field. "The personal skills that I've acquired will help prepare me, and there are a lot of connections that I've made within the club. Recently, two of our eboard members got into pre-med graduate professions, and it would be very beneficial if they could share their tricks and methods with us," said Smith. Smith is aware that Kean University has played a role in the development of her character, studies and duties for her club.
Petruce Jean-Charles, junior communication journalism major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.
The event was first launched in 2009 in an attempt to bring the countless examples of unrecognized work by Kean students to the forefront. Instead of projects being viewed solely by professors for a grade, Research Days aimed to change that stigma and allowed students for a decade to display their hard work for all of campus to see. Research Days has allowed for students to add extra incentive to their projects and works, knowing that there is potential for hundreds of people to examine their findings. Both students and staff participating in Research Days are asked to bring their very best to the table, as the event is high volume and sees both individuals involved directly with Kean to those that are just popping in for a look at what the event has to offer. Alongside showcasing the research projects of those that participated, Research Days also offers a Career Day sector. Career Day offers the opportunity for students to come speak to representatives from over 50 different workplaces, corporations, and other organizations. Said representatives offer critical networking opportunities for students, along with resume critiquing and information on prospective job and career opportunities. Those that attended included Wawa, Verizon, Wegmans, PA State Police, NJDOC, Cintas, the Kean Office of Admissions, Asbury Park Department of Education, and dozens more to name a few. Cait McCreedy, a representative from
Cintas and a personal friend, spoke about the importance of taking advantage of days like Career Day. "We mainly get recruits from events like these or [from] online applications." She stated. "[Cintas] partners up with schools such as Kean and offers ample opportunities to both students and alumni." She also touched upon the essential task of networking. "It's important to network, give out resumes. Making a face-to-face connection is invaluable." Besides Career Day, Research Days also had the aforementioned awards ceremony. The awards ceremony presented awards for the best Faculty Research Mentor, Undergraduate Student Research, Research Days Cover Design, and 3-Minute Thesis Awards. Dr. Maria Shumsakya was awarded the best Faculty Research Mentor for her contributions in preparing her students for research internships, interviews, and developing resumes and professional portfolios. As for Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year, Sarah Mack secured that award by maintaining a fantastic 3.95 GPA, placing her in the top 1 percent of students at Kean. Mack has also contributed to several research projects, poster competitions, and even spent time in Cambodia, Guatemala, the Bahamas, and China studying public health in relation to the environment. The Cover Design Contest had first through third place prizes for participants.
Michelle Barrueto held the top spot, earning the right to have her design serve as the official cover for Research Days this year. Fellow Cougar's Byte Graphic Design Specialist Omar Inca placed second in the contest with an equally as impressive display. In third place was Ray Hogrelius. The 3-Minute Thesis Competition also had three placers. Winning was another fellow CLS member, Manuel Cervantes, for his presentation on exploring the sensory preferences of adults with substance use disorder. Placing second was Michele Puopolo, whilst the People's Choice Award went to Meagan Koch. Their presentations focusing on Occupational Therapy and subcategories within received high praise from both scholars and faculty. In comparison to last year, this year saw 113 posters, and over 200 Kean students participated. The content of these posters and their conjoined projects varied greatly. Some of the standouts included a weather report from Revolutionary times, model structures, facial recognition apps, DNA analysis of a newly-found species, and how social media has skewed face-to-face communication. The amount of time and effort needed to collect both the data and put together the aesthetic does not go unnoticed. Each and every project presented at Research Days involved extensive research and data collecting procedures. Finally, the tenth rendition of this event had an informative keynote presentation. The speaker, Dr. Marvin Andujar, is a
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Research (continued from page 1) Last year, a total of 485 Kean students and staff participated, including over 200 unique posters from the Kean Union Campus alone.
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2012 Kean Alum, an assistant professor for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Director of the Neuro-Medicine Interaction Lab at the University of South Florida. Andujar has been nationally recognized for his works which include founding the Brain-Computer Interface initiative at the University of Florida and co-funding the world's first Brain-Drone Race, funded by Intel.
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The keynote speech and presentation focused on the 'infinite possibilities' that the human brain offers in drone usage, as well as the brain's ability to act as a "third arm."
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The combination of information and analysis in a professional environment is the key to what brings students and staff together at Research Days. Kean's Tenth Annual Research Days saw many Kean students make valuable connections with potential employers, create and display several wonderful and insightful research projects, and allowed both faculty and students to be recognized for their immense hard work. Countless students, faculty, and behindthe-scene individuals worked for hours on end to make all of the important events and content run seamlessly. Being one of the most successful Research Days to date, Kean is looking forward to the continued success and wealth of opportunity that this event has to offer each year. Kieffer Braisted, sophomore communication major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte staff.
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Servicing Our Volunteers
Kean's Center for Leadership and Service holds a brunch to celebrate students with astounding community service hours Abigail Anne Rafael
n Tuesday, April 17, 57 student volunteers were recognized for their commitment to servicing the community with an award ceremony and brunch.
The event was hosted by Kean University's Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) at the Dave Gibbons Conference Center in Kean Hall, Room 127. The program began with an opening by Susan Figueroa, the managing assistant director for Community Service and Civic Engagement from the CLS, who recognized various representatives from Kean University who help make community service for Kean students possible. She also thanked outside community partners who open their projects to Kean University students such as Habitat for Humanity, Raphael's Life house, Bernice's Place and New Jersey Blood Services. Kristin Failla, Kean University's student trustee and a service specialist for the CLS, then introduced the Assistant Vice President of Residential Student Services Maxima Rivera, who gave the welcome message to the award recipients. In her welcome message, Rivera commented how thankful and proud she was of all the students for their help and engagement within the community who work on the behalf of Kean. Rivera then opened up the brunch buffet to all the guests. Omar Inca | The Cougar's Byte As everyone settled down and finished Jonathan Ibarra, the 2017-2018 their meal, Gabriella Cougar Volunteer of the Year. Lapointe, a senior service specialist for the CLS, introduced a past community service project called Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity. Alternative Spring Break was a four-day service trip for students who wished to volunteer their free time during spring break to helping with a Habitat for Humanity project.
The following students were recognized for their participation in Alternative Spring Break: ■■ Na'jee Jones ■■ Victor Benlice
■■ Marius Price ■■ Christ White ■■ Breanna Hernandez ■■ Tiffany Anele ■■ Ainsley Stephens ■■ Shannon McCarthy ■■ Melissa Rojas ■■ Alysia Nunez ■■ Jonathan Ibarra ■■ Lucas Lopez ■■ Jeremy Gusset ■■ Dawn DeMarco ■■ Catarina Cordeiro Figueroa then came back up to explain the difficulties that the CLS had to overcome at times in order to make certain volunteer programs possible. Some problems included weather related concerns and cancelled projects. A lot of the obstacles the CLS faced were managed with help from Meagan O'Bisto, a volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity North Ocean. Figueroa gave a recognition award to her for helping Alternative Spring Break come to fruition. O'Bisto then went on to make a speech about the impact that Kean University volunteers had made to the community. She explained that the work students had done in a mobile home community have resulted in that community reaching out to Habitat for Humanity for more help. O'Bisto explained that the amount of outreach from that community was amazing considering they had never been able to help them previously. With students' help, Habitat for Humanity has expanded further into that and other mobile home communities. Next, Natalie Siedhof, coordinator for Community Engagement recognized especially dedicated volunteers for the Raphael's Life House. The Raphael's Life House is a transitional home for women who are pregnant and homeless. The home works to help the women and their young children learn skills to prepare them to reenter the world. The following women were recognized in regard to their commitment to Raphael's Life House: ■■ Maya Hill ■■ Janerita Nwako
■■ Sara Ridgway ■■ Tibian Hassan
Afterwards, Service Specialist Rachel Domke introduced Account Manager for New Jersey Blood Services, Genevieve Toscano. In her speech, Toscano gave thanks on behalf of all the people who have benefited from the blood donations of Kean University students. She then presented the Blood Donor of the Year award to Marcus Blanc. Next, Service Specialist Roberto Adams presented an award to the outstanding volunteers who had accumulated more than 50 hours which includes:
■■ Allyson Mazzarella ■■ Alysia Nunez ■■ Anna Francisco ■■ Ashanti Lyking ■■ Brandon Goodwin ■■ Breanna Hernandez ■■ Catarina Cordeiro ■■ Christina Truncale ■■ Elizabeth Petitdemange ■■ Joanna Pepino ■■ Keani Esparra ■■ Kelly Padilla ■■ Leanne Manna ■■ Maria Aponte ■■ Melissa Antonio ■■ Shannan McCarthy ■■ Tiffany Anele ■■ Valeria Crus ■■ Victoria Kimberlin
■■ Emely Hernandez ■■ Marius Price
Following these recipients was speaker S. Gwendolyn Beloti, a Transition to Kean program coordinator. Beloti presented an award to Beyanka Wheatley, Ashley O'Toole and Genesis Algaba who are the General Education Mentors (GEMs) with the most service hours. Beloti then presented awards to the first year students with the most significant number of service hours who were Breanna Hernandez, Tiffany Anele and Tayonna Lee. Service Specialist Sara Ridgway then followed with awards for outstanding volunteers with more than 75 hours which included: ■■ Ainsley Stephens ■■ Ayanna Gordon ■■ Christie Shaw ■■ Daria Vandergoot
■■ Megan Campesi ■■ Petruce Jean-Charles ■■ Gabriella Lapointe
Next, Lapointe presented awards to outstanding volunteers with more than 100 hours who were Kiara Ramierez and Dawn DeMarco. Following Lapointe was Figueroa again who presented the volunteer of the year award and a $1000 scholarship to Jonathan Ibarra. In his closing remarks, the CLS Director Scott Snowden, addressed the importance of these such students to the Kean community and abroad. Although the students at the brunch are only a select few whose efforts were officially recorded, Kean students are likely always serving the community without a desire for any awards or recognition. It is this genuine dedication of Kean students to community service that make the world a better place.
Abigail Anne Rafael, a freshman communication public relations major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.
MSW (continued from page 2) National Association of Social Workers' New Jersey Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) was held in Trenton, New Jersey and gathered social work students to learn more about social working legislative and how to rally for causes. This event is annual and hundreds of social work students and professionals come every year. The goal of the event is to get social workers to learn about the current legislative issues affecting social workers and clients, engage in legislative process and experience lobbying and advocating. Professor Jennifer A. Pax MSW, LCSW, Kean lecturer, Social Work Club Advisor, represented Kean University at this event and spoke to a group of students. With an emphasis on community involvement and social welfare, the Social Work Club of Kean University's purpose is to gather likeminded individuals interested in the social work profession and work to enhance and develop their skills in the profession. The goal
of this organization is to serve as a home for interested students and serve as a voice for the students within the interest of social work. Phi Alpha is the International Honor Society for social work and it is considered the greatest honor for a social work student. Through all of these events, the induction into this honor society also took place. Students with the required GPA and social work requirements were inducted into the society and awarded pins and certificates. All of these events that occurred during Social Work Awareness month, March, as well as the events that happened throughout the early part of April, all served as valuable experiences and education for the MSW students. These events allowed students to participate in social work on a national and in some cases, international scale. They learned about the policies in place and how to create new ones to better the lives
of communities. "One of the corner stones of our mission as a department is to expand the learning of our students. The mission for social work month nationally is to have students involved in social work expand beyond the classroom. Also it is important for our students, who are adult learners, to have opportunities to integrate their skills and knowledge gained from classroom experience and see them in real life experiences. These events were designed to have students utilize these skills in practical settings," said Dr. Telvis M. Rich MSW, the director of the MSW program.
Brandon Gervais, freshman English education double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff.