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Volume 10 • Issue 8 April 28, 2010

Thompson Calls For New Voices By Melissa Jewels

Photo: Jillian Johnson

Graduation ceremonies get underway. (See pages 2-3)

KFT and Kean at Odds Over Budget By Laura Urban

Members of Kean University were part of a higher education press conference and rally at the State House in Trenton recent-

“What is required is inclusive leadership and not overreaction.” ly representing more than 30,000 faculty and staff members concerned about the future of higher education in New Jersey. The press conference, held in March, asked Governor Christie, who did not make an appearance, to receive input from higher education faculty, staff, and students before making his budget deci-

sions, instead of relying exclusively on advice from the state’s college presidents. “Instead of talking exclusively to College and University presidents, the Governor would benefit from talking to everyone involved with higher education—faculty and staff—as well as students-- who are often in a better position to identify institutional problems,” according to a statement from Nicholas C. Yovnello, President of the Council of New Jersey State College Locals-AFT. Gov. Christie has instituted a 4 percent cap on tuition increases for the upcoming school year—a move that Kean’s administration says will require some major changes. Kean has told the university staff that it will not be able to maintain its current (Continued on page 7) level of services

Kean’s newly elected Student Organization President Dare Thompson is a man with vision. For the 2010-2011 school year, Thompson would like the students to know that change is coming and things will be different from last year. As a commuter student, Thompson understands that many commuters aren’t as involved in the campus as they could be. One of his goals is to reach out to these students and have them aware of and involve themselves in what’s going on around the university. Dare Thompson “I’m a microphone for everyone’s voice to be heard,” said Thompson. Thompson says many students did not know where to go or who to speak to if they had something they wanted addressed. “Last year a lot of connections with students were lost,” he said. This year, Thompson along with the new members of the student government, will tackle the issues and concerns left unheard, he said. Thompson says the key to reaching out to all of Kean is to properly inform students that student government is here to help with any problems or concerns students might have with Kean. Along with issues and concerns, Thompson wants all students to realize all Kean has to offer, such as the recent Career Fair and other events.

At the first Election Board meeting to be held on May 6 and first council meeting to be held on May 7, Thompson plans to have all issues and concerns to be discussed in order to have everyone develop “one vision”. “I have a plan that’s going to take lots of hard work and negotiating,” said Thompson. Though he holds one of the highest student positions at Kean, Thompson knows he cannot succeed without the help and support from all students in order to accomplish a strong and successful year where everyone will know that “working together is key.”

“I’m a microphone for everyone’s voice to be heard.” “I can’t do it by myself,” said Thompson, “I need every student behind me” Other than his prestigious new title, Thompson is just your typical college student. As a student ambassador and previous University Activities Board President, Thompson is a leader, yet has been described by his peers as a “humble” person. As a Junior Finance Major, he works hard to succeed in his classes and hopes to attend Wharton Graduate Business School at the University of Pennsylvania after he graduates from Kean. He works at Home Depot to pay his college tuition and is a brother in Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. In the future, Thompson sees himself working in an investment firm as well as going to law school. Thompson said students with concerns should visit the Student Org office in the University Center, Room 321.

WHO’S WHO: SPOTLIGHTS OF 2010 GRADUATING STUDENTS (See page 3)

Nicole Grant Senior, Communications/Film

Crystal Rodriguez Senior, Early Childhood Education

“Being inducted into an honor society.”

“My most memorable moment was when I crossed into my sorority.”

2010 Commencement Coverage

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Hindi Language & Indian Culture Seminar. 5

Editorial & View

Career Day at Kean

Kean’s Scholar-athletes

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Charlie Campbell Freshman, Criminal Justice

“Move in day.”

By brett Williams

Photos: Brett Williams

INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER: What is your most memorable moment being a student at Kean?

Alicia McFarland Junior, Psychology

“Being outside in the nice weather hanging with my friends during the outside events.”

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Anna Quindlen to Speak to Graduates By Megan Muller

The cap and gowns have been ordered, credits have been evaluated and announcements sent out to friends and family. The class of 2010 is gearing up for graduation and preparing themselves for the next step in their life. Graduates from January and candidates who have filed for graduation in May and August will be honored for their academic achievements. May 11, 2010 the Graduate Commencement ceremony will be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Students are asked to arrive at the Prudential Hall no later than 5:30 p.m. properly dressed and in a professional lineup in order for the procession to begin at 7 p.m. Ticketed guests will begin seated at 6:15 p.m. A maximum of three tickets have been allotted for each student

Graduate commencement speaker Anna Quindlen.

(unless the voucher for more has been filled out). For more information about seating as well as directions to the

venue, please visit www.njpac.org The venue offers a 1,000-car parking garage directly across from NJPAC where guests will be able to park. There are also numerous parking spaces on the street. Be aware that some of the parking options do require a small fee. Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best selling author, will provide the Commencement audience with an inspiring look into her perspective of this journey called life. At the young age of 18, Quindlen began her career as a copy girl for The New York Post. After transferring to The New York Times, Quindlen wrote her award-winning column, Public and Private. She is known for providing insight into various issues, ranging from literacy and education, to work and social justice, to medical ethics and family values. She does not show a separation between national

affair and daily life, but rather merges the two ideas, giving a more realistic depiction of reality. Quindlen left newspapers in 1995 to became a novelist. She has written four best-selling books, including One True Thing, which became a film starring Meryl Streep, and Black and Blue, which was made into a televison movie. She is a graduate of Barnard College and has nine honorary doctorates, as well as the Medal of Excellence from Columiba University. At press time, the Honorary Degree recipient was not announced. Congratulations to the Class of 2010 on behalf of the staff at The Tower. For more information on the Graduate ceremony please visit http://www.kean. edu/Graduate

One of People’s Sexiest Men Alive to Speak at Undergraduation Commencement By Megan Muller

Four long years have gone by, can you believe it? Four years ago you were strangers, all curious as to what Kean University had in store for you. Now, you will be walking down the aisle as close friends to attain the hard earned degree you’ve worked so hard for. On Thursday, May 13, 2010 the Kean University Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will take place at the PNC Bank Arts Center. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the Commencement ceremony. Therefore, in order to ensure parking and avoid heavy traffic, guests should allow for extra travel time. Shuttles will be proved for those required to park in more remote sections of the complex. Punctuality is key in order to ensure the ceremony begins on time and the safety of all parties is a number one priority. If guests arrive to the ceremony late, they will not be escorted to their seats until

after the opening remarks (the procession will not be interrupted). The schedule is as follows: 7 A.M. Gates will open for guests. Seating will be general admission and on a first-come first-served basis. 8 A.M. Graduates, faculty and staff should arrive for parking no later than this time and fully prepared. 8:30 A.M. Graduates, faculty and staff will begin line-up for ceremony to begin. 9:30 A.M. Procession begins, Rain or Shine. Guests are asked to take their seats prior to the ceremony. Hill Harper has been chosen as the 2010 Undergraduate Commencement speaker by the Senior Class Representative from Student Org. He is one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” founder of Manifest your Destiny and more commonly known as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the CBS series CSI: New York. Harper earned an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Brown University,

a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, and

Undergraduate commencement speaker Hill Harper.

a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. He is also a member of the Obama National Finance Committee, and a member of

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Harper authored two New York Times best-sellers; Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny (2006) and Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny (2008). These books detail practical advice and examples of perseverance in order to convey a message of hope, education and commitment. Harper is also the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit youth organization which is dedicated to empowering, encouraging and inspiring underserved youth to succeed with the help of mentorship, scholarship and grant programs. At press time, the Honorary Degree recipient had yet to be disclosed. Congratulations to the Graduating class of 2010 on behalf of The Tower staff. For more information on the Undergraduate ceremony please visit http:// www.kean.edu/Commencement

Kean Invites All to Open Forum on Middle States The Middle States Executive and Steering Committees invite all members of the campus community to an Open Forum on Kean’s self-study process on Tuesday, May 4 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Little Theater. Presentation topics include an overview of Middle States standards, the self-study research design and process, a review of preliminary findings, related action plans and initiatives currently underway, and the calendar for completing, reviewing, and submitting the Self Study. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose their questions/comments about information presented and related topics.


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A Night of Celebration: Kean University’s Class of 2010 Senior Formal By Jillian Johnson

With graduation only a few weeks away, Kean University’s 2010 senior class enjoyed a night of fun and excitement, creating lasting memories in celebration of their time spent at Kean. From cocktail hour with a live band playing Spanish music, to dinner tables decorated with flowers and a dance floor filled with feet, Kean University’s senior class 2010 formal was more than just a night of celebration. It was a night to let loose, talk to classmates and dance the night away. The evening began at 8:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Parsippany, N.J. on Friday, April 16. Upon entrance to cocktail hour students couldn’t miss the “KU 2010” ice sculpture sitting on the table. Another ice sculpture of a couple dancing was on another table, displaying the theme, “A Night in Havana.” A live band played Spanish music during cocktail hour, which also embraced the theme. During cocktail hour students conversed and enjoyed food such as shrimp, cheese, crackers, and noodles. A bar was available to those of legal age at cocktail hour, but it was not open. This is the first year in which an open bar was not provided to students. As stated by an unknown source who spoke to Paul DiNero, Director of Media and Publications, the reason for the discontinuation of the open

bar was due to consent between the Office of Student Affairs and Student Organization. Since an open bar was no longer provided, ticket prices were reduced from

Cocktail hour last until roughly 10:30 p.m. as students then walked their way to the dinner room. There was a D.J. and a dance floor that students just couldn’t

Ice sculpture at Kean’s Senior Formal.

$50 per ticket to $30 per ticket. Although there was a change in no longer proving an open bar, this didn’t stop students from enjoying their night together.

Photo: Jillian Johnson

seem to keep their feet off of. The music was more than fun to dance to as a variety of genres were played, mostly Spanish. But, let’s not forget that Cotton-Eyed Joe

was sure not to miss his spot on the dance floor. Students also formed Congo lines and were not shy to grab someone next to them to dance with. The dinner tables were decorated with beautiful boutiques of flowers placed in the center surrounded by candles, and a chocolate cigar was placed by each plate. Dinner was served around 11 p.m. which consisted of beef or chicken, in which students choose which meat when purchasing tickets. For dessert, a plate filled with a variety of small desserts was served, along with coffee. After the night ended at approximately 1:00 a.m., students either drove home or stayed the night at the Sheraton. After all the excitement, conversations between classmates and friends, and the majority of the time spent dancing, the hotel provided students with comfortable beds to rest their eyes, ears, and most importantly, their feet on. The cost for a room was $99, in which students could choose two twin-sized beds or a king-sized bed. The night reminded students that their experience at Kean will soon end, but hopefully the years spent were well worth it. Congratulations Class of 2010 and best wishes to all in your future endeavors!

A Spotlight on Students in the 2010 Graduating Class By D.J. Jean

Maria Rodriguez found her future at Kean University. So did Joe Roman. In interviews, they said over the course of their college years here, they found some great friends, inspiring professors and lots of challenging opportunities. Rodriguez and Roman are just two among the more than 2,500 students who will graduate from Kean on May 13 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. They are each unique in their own way —both are graduating with distinction— and yet they are two of many as well. In fact, they are among about 700 students who are graduating with distinction from Kean, meaning they had an overall Grade Point Average of 3.45 or above, according to Paul Dinero, the university public relations specialist. The Tower couldn’t write all of their stories. So we picked two. Here are their Kean stories, which echo so many others on campus. Rodriguez has been on the Dean’s list since freshmen year. A major in SpeechLanguage-Hearing Sciences, with a minor in Psychology, she is graduating with the distinction of “Magna Cum Laude.” Ms. Rodriguez said she was initially an undeclared student coming into Kean, but credits Jean Brown, a student advisor for undecided majors, for helping her find her path while at Kean. Ultimately, she chose to major in Speech-LanguageHearing Sciences. Ms. Rodriguez, who is of Colombian and Cuban descent, said that there is a shortage and need for certified speech-language specialists and sees her bilingual skills to be an advantage. Ms. Rodriguez also credits several other mentors in helping her find her path at Kean. While at Kean, Ms. Rodriguez has

acquired a number of achievements. Among some of those achievements were being part of a research team at the University of Maryland in their language development laboratory and being part of a research team at New York University in their cognition and communication labo-

school setting within the Tri-State area. Joseph Roman always knew what he wanted to major in. Roman, who majored in business marketing, has been interested in the field since his high school years. At Linden High School, Roman was taught and mentored by Mrs. Modrak and

While at Kean, Roman was a Kean scholar, an executive member of Student Organization, and a Creative Marketing Strategist with the Center for Leadership and Service. However, Roman said his greatest achievement was to have been considered a friend to so many wonderful people. Two people he said had a profound impact on him while at Kean are Scott Snowden, and Communication Department professor Dr. Fred Fitch. Roman said Dr. Fitch was the first professor he interacted with while at Kean, and his propensity to get students involved and interact exemplified a pas-

“If you do something you love you’ll never work a day in your life.” Seniors Maria Rodriguez (left) and Joseph Roman (right).

ratory. Both involved the study of infants and their response to speech perception. Rodriguez is also an Academic Instructional Mentor for Kean, in which she co-instructs freshman seminars and serves as a peer liaison between students and the university. Though Rodriguez is not the Energizer bunny, she said it is her desire to make her family proud that is the driving force that keeps her going. “I am the first generation in my family to go to college,” Rodriguez said. Recently, Rodriguez was accepted to the Nathan Weiss Graduate College of Kean University for a Master of Arts in SpeechLanguage Pathology. In the future, she hopes to attain a doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology and become a SpeechLanguage specialist in an urban public

Ms. Bivona, two teachers with a business marketing background, who were the catalysts to his choice of becoming a Business Marketing major. Apart from the guidance and influence of these two high school teachers, Mr. Roman said he knew he wanted to pursue marketing at the collegiate level, after excelling in the DECA high school marketing competition. “Marketing has always intrigued me because it’s a very broad field and you get to work in something new all the time,” Roman said. Roman even cited an adage once said by the great philosopher, Confucius, in accordance to his love for the field of marketing. “If you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” Roman said.

sion for teaching that was life changing for him. “By his mentoring and leadership I was able to bond with my peers and make a few life long friends,” Roman said. Scott Snowden, who is currently Roman’s supervisor at the Center for Leadership and Service, has been a mentor of Roman’s who he said has given him such valued knowledge it’s hard to encapsulate in words. “These two men have been extraordinary in my life and I thank God for them,” Roman said. Maria Rodriguez defined Kean as “a place where you acquire basic life tools, tools to succeed in life” and Joseph Roman also had a definition of Kean. “Kean to me means opportunity,” Roman said. “I’ve had so many opportunities opened up to me at this university that my life is forever changed by my time here.”


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Kean Policeman Hurt in Campus Car Break-in By Joseph Tingle

Helicopters and a police chase were involved in an incident earlier this month on the East Campus after police fired shots at a man who was caught breaking into a parked car and then tried to run down an approaching officer in a getaway vehicle. The Kean policeman, who was not identified, was treated and released from University Hospital following the incident that occurred just after 9 a.m. on April 13. The April 13 incident came a week after a man from Newark allegedly assaulted several Kean students in the Vaughn Eames parking lot. “Kean University is a safe campus,” said Stephen Hudik, director of communications at Kean, in a prepared statement. “Our top priority is to ensure the safety

of all members of our campus community. Our full-time police force is vigilant and proactive as demonstrated by the response to both the East Campus and the Vaughn Eames parking lot incidents.” Hudik went on to say that while specific security measures could not be discussed, the University is “always evaluating [its] procedures in an effort to provide as safe an environment as possible.” The incident is currently under investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. In both cases, university relations notified the Kean community in email and phone messages as part of its alert system. Jessica Skelton, a Kean student, was sleeping in her car on April 13 when she said a loud banging noise woke her up. When she got out of her car, she saw one

Kean Student Publishes Book By Casey Murphy

Ever dream of writing and publishing your own book? For some, this dream is just that, but others have made it a reality. Jennifer Rubino, a part time student at Kean studying for her Post-Baccaluareate in Teacher Certification, published a book on astrology called “As Different as Night and Day” in October of 2009. “It’s a book about Astrology. It goes into the sun, the moon, the planets, and the twelve zodiac signs, and it’s just basically informative, it’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s a light read,” said Rubino. “It’s nothing too deep but you can kind of read into it on different levels, so I think it’s for a variety of audiences.” Rubino spent about two years writing her book, starting right after graduating in 2007, but many years more researching the topic. Since she was thirteen-yearsold, Rubino has been interested in astrology and gives credit to her hair stylist for sparking her interest. “It’s actually dedicated to Lenore Rassias, she’s actually my hair stylist since I’ve been like 13, and I would go to her as a teenager and we’d talk about it,” said Rubino. “She kind of perked my interest in the subject.” Although Rubino has been interested in astrology for years, she didn’t know that it was the topic her book was going to be about. “I wanted to write a book when I decided my major was going to be writing. I was thinking what could I do with that major and what career do I see myself doing and I was kind of unsure,” said Rubino. “I’m still kind of figuring out a career path but I knew I wanted to use my writing ability so besides working here at the Cougar’s Byte I decided in my free time I wanted to write a book… I didn’t know that’s what it was going to be about, but I always had an interest and I knew a lot about it so that’s why I decided to go with that.” After “As Different as Night and Day” was written, Rubino began looking for a publisher. Instead of going to different publishing houses for assistance she decided to publish the book herself. “I tried to actually send it out to publishers but it’s really hard for a first time author,” said Rubino. “We have no connections, nobody knows our name, and most people won’t even look at it unless its sent by an agent or, you know, you kind

of have to have a hook up to get in to a big time publisher or even a small time publisher. They don’t really take first time author’s seriously.” Rubino ended up using iUniverse.com, a self-publishing website that a girl she knew from high school had used to get a book published. Self-publishing a book wasn’t cheap, though. Not only did she have to pay a fee to have her book published, but she also had to pay a revision fee every time she needed to revise her book. Now that it’s done, though, there are urges to begin another book. “It’s definitely tempting to write something else, but at the same time I am satisfied where I am and I think I kind of have to focus on a career, that’s why I’m here for teaching,” said Rubino.

“As Different As Night and Day” by Jennifer Rubino.

Ignoring the urges to begin another book is one thing. The dream of having her book sold in stores is another. Right now “As Different as Night and Day” can be purchased on iUniverse.com and BarnesandNoble.com, and as soon as Rubino has sold enough books online she hopes her next step will be selling it to different bookstores. “It was definitely a sense of satisfaction that I had got what I wanted finally and that I made it happen even though it wasn’t the path that I wanted to go down necessarily, but that I had pursued what I really wanted. I felt that sense of accomplishment,” said Rubino.

officer lying on the ground while another officer was yelling for someone to dial 9-11. Skelton, who is CPR certified, thought the officer might need her help. “I am CPR/First Aid certified so I ran out there thinking the officer may have needed CPR,” she said. “The officer was responsive so I made sure he was talking and remembering what happened because he had fallen and hit his head on the pavement. Another officer came on scene and assisted and keeping the injured officer stable.” Skelton said the suspect’s car sped off after hitting the officer in the leg and that is when he hit the ground. The injured officer’s leg was in a lot of pain and another policeman who came on scene cut the injured cop’s pant leg to check it, she said. Then the EMTs arrived, she said, and “I

backed away to give them room.” Immediately following the incident, authorities were on a hunt for the suspect, according to a report in nj.com, the website for The Star-Ledger. The getaway car was later found abandoned on the street in Hillside near the East Campus. Other students have reported issues with break-ins in Kean’s parking lots. One student, Frank Tierney, said that his GPS and his stereo were stolen out of his car on East Campus the Thursday before the incident on April 13. Tierney and other students, who also claimed to have had objects stolen out of their vehicles filed reports with Kean Police. Kean Police referred all questions to the university spokesman.

Hindi Language and Indian Culture By Matthew Marchesano

Has it ever made you curious as to why Bollywood movies are so popular? Or perhaps you may have wondered what this fuss concerning some ‘Downward-Facing Dog’ is all about? Well my fellow Cougars, May 24th marks the first day of an inspiring two-week long seminar exploring Hindi language and Indian culture. There is no prior experience of the language or any previous knowledge of the culture needed. Also, you’ll receive a free iPod Touch for completing the program. Seriously, you will get a complimentary iPod Touch (or Flip Video Camera) for surviving all fourteen days. How could this possibly be true, you may ask? It is all thanks to Kean’s School for Global Education and Innovation in collaboration with the N.J. Indian-American community and the federally-funded STARTALK program. This awesome course is offered on behalf of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), founded in 1996 remarkably by President Bush ‘Dubya,’ as incentive for Americans to become more conscious with major foreign cultures and languages.  Promotions aside, this class seems very intriguing. The daily schedule begins with an instructional yoga session, followed by a light breakfast, which is provided. The experience then continues with even more hands-on learning; getting acquainted with Indian dances, games and theater. After, it is time to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine for lunch, followed by further lessons of Indian culture. Here, all your questions regarding Bollywood can be answered, as well as other interesting facts about the world’s largest democracy. India has almost four times the population of the United States and hundreds of years more history to offer. Possibly most importantly, each day includes an introduction to Hindi, the national language of India. It is one of the oldest surviving languages, traced back to after the turn of the tenth century and is still spoken by nearly

425 million people. The official language of the United States, English, is spoken by roughly 250 million people. Seeing the language written is exotic to Western eyes and it may bring to mind the ‘Elven’ language, a concept of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings.

I could not stress my enthusiasm any further. The vastness of Eastern culture is strange and untapped for most of us Americans; and although approaching the unknown is daunting, the benefits are unmatched. Engulfing yourself in a different culture is the best way to learn about said culture. Just reading books on the subject is limited to the readers’ imagination based on the what is written throughout the pages. A hands-on experience with experts in the culture will stimulate viewers with and provide them with a solid foundation of what life is like on the other side of the world. With this knowledge, viewers can compare their American society with alternate eastern lifestyles and learn more about their own lives. Plus you’ll receive a free Apple® iPod. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Searson at 908-737-7147 or msearson@kean.edu.


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Writer Tim O’Brien Speaks About His Novel “The Things They Carried” By Andrew Czirjak

UNION- “Good kill, you’re a solider now,” author Tim O’Brien told a packed audience in the Wilkins Theater. It was the summer of 1969, and O’Brien had just been drafted into service to fight in the Vietnam War when he was involved in an ambush. He recalled these words that his sergeant said nearly 40 years ago as though the statement was made yesterday. O’Brien never forgot that sentence because it was the first time that he fired with his platoon and then saw the result: a dead man on the road. “All I could do was just gape at the fact of this poor man’s body. Sometimes I forgive myself. Other times I do not,” said O’Brien It was experiences like these that led O’Brien to write his much-acclaimed novel, “The Things They Carried,” which was at the centerpiece of a semester-long effort at Kean University called “The Big Read” that integrated classroom studies with a series of lectures. The events were sponsored by The National Endowments for the Arts to encourage people to read. On April 14, the acclaimed war novelist visited Kean to discuss his work. O’Brien is a Vietnam Veteran himself. However, when he writes about his personal experiences from the war, he said he tells his stories from a fictitious perspective. O’Brien’s intent is not for his readers to relive the brutality and bloody combats

that he endured. Rather, O’Brien humanizes his protagonists. In his book, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien tells a compassionate tale of an American soldier’s

into the book. Still, he said his writing and storytelling was influenced by what he learned as a young journalist at The Washington Post.

in every article and textbook is not the whole truth with a capital T. Sometimes in life the literal truth isn’t what people want to hear. A great nation needs great art.” Needless to say, O’Brien’s books do echo one important central theme. “My books deal with the central fact of war. Any war. People killing people,” said O’Brien. However, O’Brien’s works remind the reader that as it turns out, war isn’t just “people killing people.” For those involved, war does not end with a peace treaty, but continues on in the minds and lives of those affected. O’Brien makes a deliber-

“ All I could do was just gape at the fact of this poor man’s body. Sometimes I forgive myself. Other times I do not.” Tim O’Brien, author of “The Things They Carried.”

internal conflict between what the character believes is right and wrong. “This book [The Things They carried] is mine and it is not meant to stand for any of the three million men that served 40 years ago,” said O’Brien. O’Brien said he is a storyteller, and that his works are fictional. He crafts a story, and he knows how to draw his readers

“You learn how to write well and deliver a more interesting story,” said O’Brien. “I also learned correct grammar and what a story is.” As a journalist, he said he also learned to be careful about what he does use, and to be very skeptical of what he is told. “It’s the principle of selectivity,” O’Brien said. “You have to realize the information

ate effort to explain what a person goes through after they have taken a human life. “There is a true effort on my part to try to save my soul,” he told a hushed audience. “There is an anchor trying to stop the shaking inside of you.”

Shut Up and Dance By Casey Murphy

Standing in the threshold of D’Angola Gym room 169, shivers ran down my spine as I watched three members of Kean Dance Theater (KDT) practice their piece for the Spring Works 2010 performance. The Spring Works 2010 performance was on April 16th, 17th, and 18th in Wilkins Theater. Each piece performed was a story without words, starting off with a dance dedicated to those who lost their lives to the earthquake in Haiti. The curtains opened to reveal performers on the ground and slouched over chairs that were placed in different piles, while one performer gracefully glided among them, crying for those that were lost. Slowly, each performer rose to their feet, dancing as they went, and setting up the chairs. Any move, no matter how complex was synchronized and performed together with impeccable accuracy. Throughout the show the performers didn’t look like they were concentrating on the performance. It seemed as though the dances came naturally, like breathing. Each piece was performed to a song that helped tell a story. For instance, “Shut Up and Let Me Go” by The Ting Tings played as seven girls (and at the end one boy) tap danced their way out of a relationship with an unfaithful boyfriend. The different costumes and lighting added to the effect of each performance, bringing each story

together and making it complete. KDT was founded in 1978 by William Chaison, who was an Associate Professor of Physical Education at Kean, as well as a dancer and choreographer in his spare time. Chaison passed away in 1989, but the members of KDT will remain faithful to his dream.

“If you want to dance you can be in it. There’s no major/minor here so it’s really just for your enjoyment. It’s a celebration of dance.” “We never had a major so [William Chaison’s] whole theory was anyone who wanted to dance could be in it and that’s how KDT’s always been,” said Courtney Hoffman, an Elementary and Science Education major at Kean and Secretary of KDT. “If you want to dance you can be in it. There’s no major/minor here so it’s really just for your enjoyment. It’s a celebration of dance.” Right now, KDT has approximately thirty members and are always glad to accept anyone who is interested. Interested members should know KDT practices several days a week for several hours at a time.

Flier for Kean Dance Theater’s Spring Works 2010.

The group meets regularly during college hour Mondays and Thursdays, Sunday rehearsals last all day, and the group sometimes meets on Tuesdays at night. “When we perform at new student orientation, which is in September right before the semester starts we have summer rehearsals,” said Amy Hadam, a Theater Education major and Vice President of KDT. “We usually start August/July-ish.” After all the long rehearsals, performing

is well worth it. KDT performs 5-7 shows throughout the year, not only at Kean University but also at events and festivals in the area. “We did “Arts in the Garden” at Jersey Gardens,” said Jennifer Da Silva, a Psychology major and Treasurer of KDT. “We recently went to American College Dance Festival in Pennsylvania so we were dancing with all different people.” KDT gives its members the opportunity to express their creativity by choreographing their own dance, along with their advisor and a guest choreographer. “Mr. Martinez he does about two or three numbers a show. He’s our advisor,” said Da Silva. “We have student choreography… and we have a guest choreographer, she’s doing a piece. So between all those we have 8 or 9 choreographers in the show.” How do interested members become part of KDT? According to the executive board they present plenty of opportunities for students to see them and become interested in the group. “I found out through new student orientation,” said Jahir Calderon, a Marketing major and President of KDT. “That was the first time when I ever saw like everyone dance and I was like ’I want to be part of that!’ like I want to see if I could do that.”

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Administration Building, First floor lobby Bruce Hall, First Floor Lounge Center for Academic Success, Lobby Communications Department Office, CAS 402 • ESL Office, Willis Hall 301 • Harwood Arena, by the basketball courts

• Hutchinson Hall, First Floor Lobby • Hennings Hall, First Floor Lobby • Science Building, First Floor in hallway between Rooms 121 and 122 • Technology Building, hallway inside front door • Tower Newsroom, CAS 413

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Buyer Beware: Cheap M.A.C. Products are Fakes By Lillie Morales-Torres

This month, a few friends and I learned a tough beauty lesson by dealing with a woman who calls herself the “M.A.C. Lady.” A woman who sells high-end beauty products at the University Center’s flea market. Counterfeit beauty products that is. The “M.A.C. Lady” has sold her products to many faculty members, students, and teachers on campus for the past two years. But she has never had problems or complaints until recently when the authenticity of her M.A.C. products was questioned. Communications major, Daniella Atunez is a big fan of M.A.C. beauty products. Inside her bag she carries a cosmetic pouch filled with brushes, lip glosses, foundation, and eye shadows all of the M.A.C. name brand. Atunez spends a good amount of money on these products because she loves the quality M.A.C. products have to offer. She discovered the “M.A.C. Lady” only a couple of weeks ago. “I was very excited at the beginning,” says Atunez, “when I saw the M.A.C. products being sold so cheap, I thought –I could afford more because it’s less than store prices! I bought 3 eye shadows at first. The next week I went back with my girlfriends from work and bought 4 eye shadows, a lipstick, eyeliner, and two pigment eye shadows.” Everything at the “MAC Lady’s” table looked authentic. But as they say, looks can surely be deceiving. When asked if they were real, she assured us they all came from the warehouse. That day, we purchased about $100 all together from the so called “M.A.C. Lady.” And like little girls coming from a candy store, we left the University Center full of excitement. But after playing make up, we discovered some strange things about the products. First, Atunez discovered that the eye shadows have a mirror on the bottom with a sponge applicator that flipped out. This was different because usually M.A.C. eye shadows do not have this feature. The eye shadow palettes were also something we have never seen at a M.A.C. store. They

are black plastic cases that have a black top with a mirror and sponge applicator containing 12 different eye shadow colors which have no color description on the box. The real M.A.C. palettes are either the magnetic kind which you build yourself, a black plastic case with a clear top and color descriptions on the back, or the special edition palettes that come out around the holidays.

We were very surprised that people would even make and sell fake make up. One thing is to sport a knock-off designer bag or jewelry, but something that goes onto your skin is a definite no. In my online research, I found that this issue doesn’t bother some people. But it is serious. These fake products may contain ingredients such as coal tar to phthalate and other dangerous additives. Also, it

Kean Students, Manella Atunez (left) and Mariala Roberts (above) check out fake M.A.C. Products.

Next, the eyeliners have a gray soft plastic cap, no color description and a barcode printed on them. M.A.C. eyeliners always have a color description, black hard plastic caps, and no barcodes. But the worst thing was the cheap smell and thin texture of the fake lip glosses. The real lip glosses do not have any odor and the texture is usually thick and rich. On top of that, all of the items have the same serial numbers. Our discoveries and research made us suspicious and almost sure that we were sold fake products. Daniella called M.A.C. and personally went to confirm that the products were fakes. I researched online and found tons of videos on youtube.com and articles on this issue and later chatted and spoke to M.A.C. artists myself.

is unknown what black market activity profits from making these counterfeits go towards. Most of them are coming from places like Thailand and Hong Kong. Many M.A.C. stores and kiosks are unaware of this fraudulent act. M.A.C. Artist of Bloomingdale’s in the Short Hills Mall, Nicole Rojas says she has never heard of this problem until now. “This is not something I really knew about but I think it’s important that people watch out for this and not use these counterfeit products.” Says Rojas, “Our products are FDA approved and go through high quality testing. Fake ones can be watered down or old- you don’t really know what’s in them and you’re skin can have a bad reaction.” When confronting the “M.A.C. Lady,” we simply asked her for a refund. We did not want any problems. But she acted in a very unprofessional manner and refused to issue a refund. She claimed that her products are all real and that she gets

everything from the M.A.C. warehouse which does not even exist. Maccosmetics.com states, “Our products are distributed for sale only at our authorized retail store accounts, the majority of which are located in major department stores or international perfumeries. We do not offer franchises.” M.A.C. does not sell in bulk or offer independent selling opportunities like Avon or Mary Kay for example. If you care about what goes on your face, the safest way to buy make up products is from an official store or kiosk. Watch out for cheap products on eBay, independent sellers, or “M.A.C. Parties.” You may get cheated like we did. If you suspect fake M.A.C. products, you can also chat with an artist online. I chatted with one and discussed the situation with her. Maccosmetics.com Artist, Mary-Ann says, “There are sites and people selling our products that are not authorized retailers of our products. This means that they do not obtain the MAC products they sell through us, which does not allow us to exercise quality control over products they sell. We cannot guarantee the freshness or authenticity of the products they sell.” The “M.A.C. Lady” did not refund us. She was very unprofessional and did not try to work anything out. Instead she became upset using foul language against us and quickly packed up her counterfeit items bolting out the door of the University Center. It was not our intention to make her leave but in a way, she was doing everyone a favor. She was cheating students and teachers for 2 years already. No one ever suspected that she was a fraud but it was only a matter of time. Her time ran out and she ran away with it. “I bought some eye shadows from her and when I found it they were fakes I was upset but I will keep using them because I like the colors.” Says Communications major, Mariela Rodriguez who witnessed the “M.A.C. Lady’s escape. “But her leaving like that shows that she was running from the truth. She knew what she was selling and that’s wrong.”

New Solution to Stop Paying Outrageous Prices for Textbooks By Megan Muller

Attention students of Kean University. There is now a much needed solution to your biggest problem. You will no longer have to cough up your hard earned cash to purchase the ridiculously overpriced textbooks for each semester. “I think the books are extremely overpriced. $600 on books? I could have booked a flight for a vacation with that money! But instead I spend it on books that come the time when the bookstore buys them back, I will not even get half of what I spent back,” said Deyna Jeckell, a junior Communication major at Kean. Today, there are many options to textbook buying such as renting textbooks, purchasing iChapters and eTextbooks. ETextbooks are digital versions of print textbooks. These books are read on the

computer screen and frequently come with features such as high-speed search and electronic note-taking. Websites such as CourseSmart.com, Amazon.com and CengageBrain.com (previously ichapters. com) offer eTextbooks at up to 50% off the retail price.

“I could have booked a flight for a vacation with that money!” Cengage Learning, a major textbook publisher, recently launched a valuable resource for students, CengageBrain. com. This retail outlet provides students the opportunity to purchase iChapters of textbooks rather than the entire book. Students will be able to purchase chap-

ters online as you go through the course for prices as low as $3.99 each rather than purchasing the entire textbook. “From past experience, my professors only occasionally open the book, therefore the hole that has been burnt in your pocket already has just gotten worse,” said Shawn Albanese, a junior Secondary English Education major at Kean. “ On average, students will be reimbursed half of the original purchase price of their textbook at the semester end. A more economical option for students is to rent a textbook. Chegg.com, the leading retailer in textbook rentals, offers three rental pe-

riods for students to choose from. When you are finished with the textbook simply send it back to the company. Many of the previously mentioned websites offer other materials to help you succeed in your classes. CengageBrain.com is currently offering a broad range of homework and study tools, a selection of free content and discounts for purchasing multiple products. Photo: Google Images Do your research before purchasing your textbooks. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save on textbooks and put towards your next vacation!


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Kean’s Career Day Offers Students Access to Job Opportunities By Nicole Von Gonten

With so many uncertainties in the economy today and many students still unsure of their future, Kean University held a Career Day on April 7 to provide information and assistance. The event filled the first three floors of the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success building with tables of potential employers willing and able to talk to students, and assure them that jobs are available. “There are a broad range of jobs available through our company,” Kimberly Grant, a staffing manager for Forever Collectibles said. “We hire people with bachelor’s degrees in almost any subject. From biology to marketing we’ve seen it all.” Forever Collectibles is a leading marketer and manufacturer of collectible, novelty, and promotional products servicing

the sports and entertainment industries. They were just one of the many companies on hand. Everything from the Firestone Tire Company to the New Jersey State Troopers, to an Occupational Therapy School were represented, making the variety different enough so everyone could hopefully find something that they liked. The employers were not the only ones lining the halls, students took the opportunities to talk to possible future employers. Many students wanted to know what employers are looking for in today’s ec onomy and if they were even hiring. “There were a nice variety of places here,” Nicole Ortizo, a senior majoring in marketing at Kean, said. “It gives me an idea of what I can do with my degree. Some of the jobs, I was surprised that I could possibly apply there.” Though this was called “Career Day,” the

Communication Department took this opportunity to show that graduate school is also an option to look into if you think the right job is not out there for you

“As students, sometimes we don’t realize how soon graduation can sneak up on us.” yet. Dr. Jack Sargent was on hand to help talk to students who were interested in perhaps getting a Master’s Degree in Communications. Kean also used the opportunity to show that they provide help as well when a student is trying to choose the right career path. On the first floor of the CAS there were fliers explaining where and how to

get help with finding a career. The Career Development and Advancement Department at Kean, in the CAS room 123, offers several different types of assistance. They offer help ranging from individual career counseling to mock interviews. According to the Career Development and Advancement Department the best way to find a job is to use every option. Every option means checking the job listing binder in the department, checking the newspapers’ classified section, using websites, attending job fairs, using placement agencies, and job clubs. “As students, sometimes we don’t realize how soon graduation can sneak up on us,” Sarah Jones, a junior education major at Kean, said. “Coming to career fairs at any point in your college years is always a good idea just to get a sense of what a possible job could be for you.”

Human Rights Club Spreading Awareness at Kean By Junior Jean-Baptiste

The Human Rights Club has been working together this spring semester to bring awareness of its works to Kean University students. “We’re trying to leave a legacy to the campus and awareness to the human rights institute,” says Janine Rivera, president of the club. Samir Abdul, treasurer of the club, found people with heart at Dollar General, which is located on 190 Elmora Ave in Elizabeth. Dollar General donated seven bags of items containing bathroom and hygiene supplies for infants and women in Haiti who were affected by the massive earthquake that killed thousands and left many homeless. “We collected for NJ for Haiti Relief,”

KFT & KEAN AT ODDS

Samir explained. “We focused on baby bottles because many of the women were pregnant during the devastation and many hospitals collapsed. We also sent out pads as well for women to cleanse themselves.”

“We’re trying to leave a legacy to the campus and awareness to the human rights institute.” Mary Antigua and Keith Wyble, managers of Dollar General, helped fundraise at the store to get the items to Samir and the group. Samir said he was impressed with the help the store offered. The club this year also hosted the

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Child solider in Uganda.

Legacy Tour for the Invisible Children’s Project on April 8 in the Little

Theatre. The event featured 19-yearold Natalie Warne, who is making a big impact as being the East Coast speaker for the Legacy Tour group. The group raised awareness by showing a video of the continuing war in Uganda where Joseph Kony’s army has killed thousands of people in the villages and have captured many children and turned them into soldiers. Janine and Kaite Pagan, vice presidents of the club, have promoted the Invisible Children’s Project for two years. “We want students to know that it is important to help the children in Uganda, even though they’re thousands of miles away,” says Katie. “It starts in bringing the awareness on campus.”

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given the severity of the proposed budget deficit without steps including, but not limited to, program consolidation, layoffs, furloughs, and other measures, Kean said. “It hurts students because there are fewer full-time faculty in classrooms and there are fewer student services for students to rely on,” said Dr. Castiglione, president of the Kean Federation of Teachers, which is part of the state council. Castiglione said that Kean’s full-time faculty is already available for office hours, they do research, they serve on committees in departments, they perform curriculum development, they write grants, and they are responsible for advising students on their academic programs. This school year, the KFT took seven furlough days and agreed to delay planned raises to offset last year’s budget problems. By contrast, nearby Montclair State University President Susan Cole assured employees that next year, there will be no layoffs, no furloughs and that faculty hiring will proceed undiminished,

Castiglione said in an email addressed to KFT members. “Why can other administrations handle this without wrenching changes, but the Farahi administration cannot,” said Castiglione. “What is required is inclusive leadership and not overreaction.” Philip Connelly, Kean’s executive vice president for operations, said that he couldn’t speak to the specifics of other institutions, but that Kean University is committed to its mission of affordability and accessibility to its students. However, he said Gov. Christie’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011, beginning July 1, will have a significant impact on all higher education in New Jersey, including Kean University. “Under the proposed budget, the university must make significant changes in how it operates,” said Connelly. Besides the cap on tuition and fees at 4 percent, the governor’s budget calls for a 15.7 percent cut in state aid. According to Connelly, this is the seventh time in the last 10 years that state aid has

been reduced. He said Kean continues to work with the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities in its efforts with the governor’s office and the legislature regarding the impact of the proposed budget. Castiglione said the Farahi administration would benefit greatly from including them in the budgetary planning process, which according to Castiglione, they have not done as of yet. Connelly said the university is seeking opinion. “In our communications, we have asked members of the campus community for their input,” he said. “The Faculty Senate has formed an ad hoc budget review committee, and an ongoing dialogue with faculty, staff and the appropriate representatives of campus employees will continue throughout this process.” On the state level, the AFT has said it objects to the entire structure of higher education in New Jersey. In 1994, Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed into

law the Higher Education Restructuring Act, which abolished the Department of Higher Education and decentralized the state system by establishing the Commission of Higher Education (CHE) and New Jersey President’s Council. Since then, the AFT contends that the real power lies with the institutional Boards of Trustees, who set tuition and fees, create admission and degree requirements, invest campus funds, provide for campus facilities, and make personnel decisions and budget requests. “The fact is that the Boards of Trustees and the presidents of our institutions of public higher education have more to say about the direction of higher education in New Jersey than its Legislature, the Commission of Higher Education, and the public,” according to the Council of New Jersey State College Locals in a September 2009 position brief.


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A&E

Hyundai makes affordable look good By Charley Falkenburg

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

NATURE

RACHEL'S RAVE: A Greener Future The snow has melted, the lawns are green, and everywhere you turn, the world seems to be in celebration. Spring is here, and the sky feels brighter. But even in the midst of the newer mornings and better weather, there is still the consistent reminder that the responsibility to keep the earth looking good is in the hands of the people. Earth day, it seems, was a much bigger deal this year than it has been in the past. Since Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, there has been an increasing interest in the idea of saving the planetand of stopping global warming in it’s tracks. All over the news, celebrities are sharing tips for how to keep the world a little cleaner. Kelly Ripa shares her opinions with people, laughing about conserving water while brushing her teeth, for example. Other famous stars are promoting and advocating for the cause—even David Letterman incorporated earth day into his late night talk show. And here at Kean, keeping green is not an idea taken lightly. All over the school are recycling cans for bottles and paper. The statues that sit in the back of the CAS are made from the trees that were cut down in order to make space for the building. There was even celebration for Earth day itself, which occurred on April 22. The bio club got together to teach a little bit about making campus a more earthy place. Whether you are a hard-core believer in global warming, or just interested in doing your part to make the planet a suitable home for all of us, there are plenty of things you, as a student, can do to help out. Here are some of my favorite suggestions: 1. Buy recycled paper notebooks 2. Lunch bag it (or recycle your brown paper- it’s foldable!) 3. Bring water to school in a reusable container, and refill at the water fountain 4. Walk or take the bus; when the weather is nice, you may really enjoy the extra exercise! 5. Check out The Tower, and other school publications online. This saves the paper copies for the people who don’t have access to the computer. 6. Use white out instead of reprinting papers for small mistakes. 7. Buy recyclable grocery bags- they hold a lot more and can be used to help you move as well! These are just some ideas, and I bet that you can think of plenty of your own. After all, we only have one world, and keeping it clean is definitely something to rave about.

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By Rachel Rothspan

Photo: www.jalopnik.com

The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T

Everyone loves a nice luxury car with power and speed. If push came to shove, I don’t think anyone would mind having a Ferrari or BMW M3 in his or her driveway. While sport cars are becoming more affordable to the general public, not many college students can walk into a dealership and drop $55,000 like it was pocket change (and that’s not even including insurance). In fact, many college students are stuck with beatup economical hand-me-downs that often make Smart Cars appear attractive. Young adults want to drive in style too, and a thrifty solution has arrived: the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T. Hyundai has stepped up to the plate and created a sport vehicle that is not only pricefriendly but compact, aggressive, and has a lot of performance potential. The Genesis Coupe 2.0T promises the driver a fun and nimble drive with a comfortable interior and eye-catching physique. This brand-new rear-wheel-drive coupe base model starts at $22,000. Import enthusiasts can agree that this price is a steal compared to the price tags of other rear-wheeldrive imports like the Nissan 370Z and Infiniti G37 coupe. Don’t be fooled by its reasonable price, the 2.0T will be competing with the Cadillac CTS, Lexus ES 350 and the Lincoln MKS, according to Iguida.com. The 2.0T has a turbocharged four-cylinder DOHC engine that pushes out about 210 horsepower and 223 pounds of torque. At first glance these numbers are quite unimpressive, but Hyundai leaves a catch. The engine, which is somewhat similar to the engine in a Mitsubishi’s infamous Evolution, can be tuned to make a substantial amount of power. Car and Driver magazine assures that “what Hyundai can’t fix, tuners can”. The turbo design creates a high efficiency in daily driving and gets anywhere from 20 to 30 mpg depending on whether it is on the highway or in the city, making it commuterfriendly. Hyundai also loads the 2.0T with Brembo performance brakes, sport suspension, and dual exhaust tips that make this model sound unique. According to Hyundaiusa.com, the “2.0T is made to flatter the average driver, but not bore the advanced one.” The word “coupe” often conjures up images of passengers being painfully squished by lack of space. This coupe however, is quite roomy and can fit four passengers comfortably. The cockpit is designed to enhance the driving experience. One way Hyundai does this is by placing a SHIFTRONIC paddle shifter on the steering wheel allowing automatic drivers to feel more in control of the car. There is even a clear LCD readout on the instrument panel that shows the gear that is in use. Of course the 2.0T is available in a five-speed manual for those who scorn automatics. Not only does this affordable car have style, speed, and gas-friendly mpg, it comes with a generous warranty. The car as a whole will be covered for five years or 60,000 miles. The powertrain itself will be covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Owners will also receive 24-hour roadside assistance and no extra charge for five years no matter how many miles is on the car. This is a perfect arrangement for those who tend to lock the car with the keys inside. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T has a little something to offer everyone. Whether it is performance, gas-efficiency, an attractive style, or a fun drive, the 2.0T has all the goods and for a price that even college students can consider. College kids can now have a nice car without diving into debt. Now someone has to work on making textbooks affordable.

“2.0T is made to flatter the average driver, but not bore the advanced one.”


Final Fantasy XIII: A Battle Within

By Joseph Tingle

There was a time in the annals of gaming history when the logo of videogame designer and publisher Squaresoft was practically synonymous with “quality.” Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and while Square once stood proudly as the mighty Simba of console role-playing games, the developer’s recent track record is more reminiscent of a whimpering dog than what one would expect from the de facto “king of the jungle.” Unfortunately, as is often the case when developers move on to a new generation of consoles, Final Fantasy XIII feels like a substantially stripped-down version of its predecessors, with many of the series standard elements (in this case, “unimportant” things like CITIES, WEAPONS, AND RELAVENT NPCs) are completely done away with in order to give the game more glam and glitter. And when it comes to glitter, Final Fantasy XIII has plenty. Once players get over how pretty Final Fantasy XIII looks on their flatscreen, high-definition televisions (don’t bother playing it on anything else if you like being able to read the words on the screen), there’s not a whole lot to do. The first 20

“Final Fantasy XIII feels more like standing in line at a colorful, virtual version of Disney World than it does a Final Fantasy game.”

hours of the game (literally) involve the player running down zigzagging corridors full of monsters. The only interruption to the mundanity comes when the game asks you if you want to save (which is every ten minutes), or “treats” you to a cinematic sequence where you get to watch some poorly-developed, two-dimensional characters spew amateurish dialog that has the emotional depth of the Linkin Park catalog; each character has two emotions: sad angst and angry angst. According to Sqaure’s developers, standard Final Fantasy elements like cities full of interactive characters, stores, and sidequests are missing because the company had already spent too much money trying to develop the game for the Playstation 2. That’s understandable, but why releases an unfinished product? Why rush a half-finished game into completion just to get it on the shelves quicker? Does Square actually expect people to enjoy a story-driven game where 90 percent of

the plot is described through an optional, text-based in-game encyclopedia system? It may all sound baffling, but the reasons for this are simple, especially in light of Sqaure’s recent habit of releasing half-baked spin-offs, sequels, and portable games. Like a car running on an empty gas tank, people will continue to buy Final Fantasy games simply by strength of the fumes from the first 12 “Final” Fantasy installments. Final Fantasy XIII has often been advertised alongside the caption: “The battle within begins.” Indeed, diehard fans of the franchise will look passed the game’s gilded logo and battle within themselves until they’ve come up with some reason to like it. Unfortunately, I doubt most others will find much to like about Final Fantasy XIII. Though the game looks nice, it fails on multiple fronts. And while it’s definitely one of the prettiest-looking games around, nice graphics can’t placate players for 20 plus hours: especially when those endless zigzagging corridors lead to nothing of great importance, and what many fans even have reported as a disappointing ending. Though I really wanted to enjoy Final Fantasy XIII, my feelings on the game can only be described as bipolar. In the end I can’t consider Final Fantasy XIII satisfying gaming experience. In fact, Final Fantasy XIII feels more like standing in-line at a colorful, virtual version of Disney World than it does a Final Fantasy game. In conclusion, with new role-playing games like Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2 out, I can’t recommend anyone buy the $60 Final Fantasy XIII. Rent this one, or wait for it to reach the bargain bins.

Pokèmon HeartGold/SoulSilver Review

GAMES By Eric Albuen

I know what you’re thinking. Pokémon? Isn’t that a kid’s game? I beg to differ in more ways that one. While it might be true that the series is aimed towards a younger generation, there are many aspects about the games themselves that appeal towards the older crowd as well. With its Diamond and Pearl series debut on the Nintendo DS in 2007, the addition of being able to battle using the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection allowed many players to connect in ways they were unable to due to the restrictions of the last few games. The competitive battling scene was revived and trading for different Pokémon became even easier. On March 14th, Nintendo released their latest version of the game for the Nintendo DS game system in the form of HeartGold and SoulSilver. The two games are remakes of the Game boy Color games released back in 2000. The game has received a fresh coat of paint with a splash of new graphics, the addition

of the newer generation Pokémon into the game, and new features never before seen in any other game. Like every other Pokémon on the market, your goal is to collect every Pokémon available (now totaling 493), defeat the eight Gym Leaders of the respective region, and become Champion of the Pokémon by defeating the Elite Four. Surprisingly, Nintendo has been able to get away with rehashing this idea for the last 15 years, and I’ve been eating them all up year after year. A unique feature about the Gold andSilver series is that you are able to re-visit the region featured in the previous game. This adds a significant amount of longevity to the game play and keeps the gamers playing long after they’ve beaten it. Several new features added include the Pokéthlon, a series of mini-games that test the abilities of your team and help utilize the touch screen of the Nintendo DS in a way the series hasn’t seen yet. Another large feature would be the Pokéwalker. In short, the Pokéwalker is a pedometer that has connectivity to the game. You’re able to send in members of your team and bring them with you throughout the game, even when you’re not playing on the Nintendo DS itself. Nintendo included the device to promote good health so you would take strolls with your Pokémon. In a way, the device is a Tamagotchi (for those who remember it) that records the amount of steps you take. As a person who’s played through the series pretty thoroughly, I have to say I’m having a blast with this version. While this game might seem like you’re revisiting an old friend, this friend brings back all the old memories as well as introducing new things into the game creating new experiences for gamers who remember the past and the present. This game receives an .


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April 28, 2010 | The Tower

EDITORIAL

The Tower Department of Communication

IT’S BEEN BITTER, IT’S BEEN SWEET It’s what we’ve been excited about for the last eight months- the end of the semester and the beginning of summer! For seniors, this is what we’ve been waiting for—Graduation; finally finishing our four and five year programs. With graduation only a few short weeks away, I’m as excited as I am nervous to be closing the cover after four years reading the same book. We’re realizing that college life—papers, tests, finals—wasn’t quite the hard life we made it out to be. Granted, staying up all night writing papers, studying for finals, and trying to find parking was stressful. But through all of those all-nighters, three-hour classes, and papers, it’s the friendships we’ve made, and the memories we have that we’ll really miss the most. If we look back on it, all of those times that we were trying to balance work load for five or six classes weren’t so bad. It’s been worth it. Now, the next challenge is to process everything we’ve spent these few years learning and apply it to a career that we love. Freshman year, I was really hesitant about joining The Tower. It’s been a rough road, from rushing to make deadlines, last minute edits, and midnight changes, but I’d probably do it all over again. This paper’s traveled quite a long way since I joined in 2006. After several advisor changes, we’ve finally found an amazing and dedicated professor who has allowed this newspaper to grow and progress, winning several state awards and achievements, and tripling its staff size from about six to over 20 talented writers, editors, and photographers. With an enthusiastic and driven staff, and our dedicated advisor, I’m confident The Tower will continue to excel as Kean University’s newspaper. It’s been an incredible experience, and I’m proud to have been a part of this paper. To the Tower staff, thanks for all of your hard work and dedication. I know you will continue our focus to keep students aware of University issues and news. We had a lot of laughs and I’ll miss each one of you. To our readers, you make all of the hard work worth it when we see you pick up an issue before classes. The students of Kean University are what this institution is meant to be about; the school is here to service its students. We are the only ones with the power to bring about change. Look for truth, develop your own opinions, and never be afraid to speak your mind. To all of the incoming students, college is what you make it. Take a second every time you’re stressed about a project and remember to appreciate every experience; take advantage of each opportunity, and have fun. It’ll be over sooner much than you think.

Kean University Center for Academic Success 1000 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083 Telephone: (908) 737-0468 Fax: (908) 737-0465 Email: thetower@kean.edu www.kean.edu/~thetower The Tower is an independent, laboratory newspaper of Kean University’s print journalism option in the communication major program. It is published monthly through the regular academic year and supported by advertising and the Department of Communication. The Tower is not responsible for claims made by its advertisers. The Tower is a public forum and is free from censorship and advance approval of content by the university administration. The Tower staff is responsible for its content.

Editor-in-Chief Raquel Fernandes Deputy Editor Jillian Johnson News Editor Joseph Tingle Sports Editor Nicole Von Gonten

Matthew Chin Andrew Czirjak Charley Falkenburg D.J. Jean Junior Jean-Baptiste Melissa Jewels Matthew Marchesano Casey Murphy Dan Pata Carlos Reynosa Brett Williams Laura Urban

Arts and Entertainment Editor Rachel Rothspan

Faculty Adviser Pat Winters Lauro

Features Editor Megan Muller

Business Manager Eileen Ruf

Staff Eric Albuen John Cherry

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OP-ED KEAN IS WHERE YOU WORK HARD AND REACH YOUR GOALS By JOSEPH TINGLE

Four years at Kean have flashed by, and now a word that’s just as scary as it is liberating—“graduation”—is just around the corner. Usually, I use my op-ed to talk about politics or other current issues, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my experience Kean. While Kean was never the scholarly, intellectual utopia I imagined college to be while I was still in high school (after four years, I’ve still never found anyone arguing about Plato and Socrates in the halls), it was a learning experience. So much so, that it’s tough to quantify the amount that I’ve learned at this institution. At Kean, I learned to write hard-hitting, unbiased and sometimes controversial news stories. Likewise, I also learned how to write softer, inspiring feature stories that focus on real people and their real issues. I learned how to write novels, poems, and short stories. Among other works, I read all twelve books of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, all 120 chapters of Luo Guanzhong’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and all eighteen episodes of James Joyce’s Ulysses—twice. I took classes where I studied and did extensive coursework in both the western and eastern literary canons.

I took classes that were outside my major too, just for the hell of it. I took a Chinese course, fell in love with it, and decided to study Chinese for four semesters. Now, I plan to go to China in the fall. Finally, as a resident and, later, a resident assistant, I learned invaluable lessons about community, and living with different people. As a student, I forged friendships with my peers and professors, many of which I’m sure will continue long after my time at Kean ends. So while my time at Kean wasn’t like the “myth” about college that society seems to tell people about what college is supposed to be like, I’m glad that I decided to apply to (and stay at) Kean. Ultimately, I’m a stronger, more well-rounded and more professional person for having spent the last four years at here. In closing, what I got out of my experience at Kean was directly related to how much I put into it. Hopefully, those who still have some time to spend at Kean (as well as those who are considering applying) will see Kean for what it really is: a university with plenty of opportunities for students who are self-motivated and willing to work hard to reach their goals.


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HEALTH & FITNESS A SALUTE TO KEAN’S SCHOLAR-ATHLETES By DR. JOSH PALGI & JESSICA ADAMS

“Colleges Owe Players an Education” was the topic of an article published by The StarLedger Editorial Board on March 27. The article quoted Arne Duncan, the secretary of the U.S Department of Education, saying that “there is something terribly wrong when a college fails to graduate 40 percentof its basketball players.” He was asking the NCAA to ban these schools from participating in post-season tournaments. Under the secretary’s proposal, 12 of the 65 schools that earned a berth in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament would have been prohibited from playing.

The 14 inducted into Chi-Alpha Sigma Raz Avraham Track and Field Stephon Cooper Football Vincent Darpino Men’s basketball Thomas Denehy Football Joseph Dimeglio Track and Field Matthew Gough Track and Field Sarah Hamm Softball Elizabeth Hatos Track and Field

According to a study released by the Institute for Diversity, Ethics and Sports at the University of Central Florida, white males on tournament teams graduated at a rate of 84 percent, while the rate for African-American players was 56 percent. The rate for African-Americans at Maryland and California during the six year study was zero. Two weeks after the conclusion of March Madness on April 12th, the Kean University Department of Athletics honored more than 160 student-athletes. There were 90 Honorable Mention student athletes (3.0 GPA and less than 56 credits), 72 scholar athletes (3.0 GPA and minimum of 56 credits), and 14 student athletes who were inducted into Chi-Alpha Sigma, The National College Athlete Honor Society (at least 56 credits with 3.4 GPA). It was a day to celebrate and recognize outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made a significant contribution to the Kean community. Drs. Josh Palgi and Jessica Adams are professors in the Kean University, Physical Education, Recreation, and Health Department.

Christopher Pegeron Track and Field Sean Peterson Men’s Lacrosse Matthew Puorro Football Joelle Vitale Field Hockey/Lacrosse Randi Vizoco Women’s Soccer Kyle Walker Baseball

ESSAY SHOPPING FOR LABELS, SHOPPING FOR LOVE By Megan Muller

I watched the television series and own all the shows on DVD. I have watched the movie so many times that I can repeat many of the lines. And now, I have a countdown to when the sequel will hit theaters, May 27 for those who are living under a rock. I am proud to announce that Sex & The City is my anti-drug. I just adore watching Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. These women have been and continue to be four women whom I idolize. I watch them go through the ups and downs (and sometimes sideways depending on who is in Samantha’s bed) of life, and each time their bond becomes stronger. I adore Charlotte, the wholesome Stepford Wife type. Her love for her husband and children is admirable. She may have been marriage-crazy in earlier seasons, but once she met Harry, her bald Jewish love, she showed me that it’s possible to love someone for their personality. She fell in love with Harry’s heart and not his physical appearance. This tells me that

I’ll be married sometime in my 30’s because as a 25-year-old woman I still want the man to be my arm-candy. Thank you, Charlotte, for reminding me that one day everything will fall into place.

I adore Samantha, the blonde bombshell who dates men half her age and does it with pride. This woman embraces her sexuality and does exactly what she wants, when she wants and how she wants to do

“I hope to be half the woman you are with twice the shoe collection.” I adore Miranda, the strong-willed, independent lawyer. This woman is a pale red-head (a lesbian in real life who sucks it up and dates men for good ratings; that in and of itself is a high-five) who has imperfections and an imperfect body, yet embraces it and picks up some gorgeous men. She has shown me through the years that it doesn’t matter if my stomach jiggles when I laugh or if my arms look a little chubby in tank tops. Thank you, Miranda, for reminding me that my body is a temple and deserves to be worshiped.

it. She is not ashamed of being a powerful single woman and lives her life to the fullest. I envy her self-esteem and ability to not care what other people think of her. One day I hope to have that high of self-

regard so thank you for Samantha for just being you. And lastly, there’s Carrie. Oh the dear Carrie Bradshaw. Her writing is what I try to shadow as best I can. She is so creative and gets her thoughts out in such a simple, but direct way—something I’m still working on. This poor woman has had her heart placed on a pedestal then ripped apart and stepped on more ways than she can count and yet she puts on those Manolo Blahnik pumps and goes right back out for more. Carrie, one day I hope to be half the woman you are with twice the shoe collection! So as I count down the days until Sex & The City 2 braces me with its presence, I watch and re-watch the bond grow of these four women. I smile when they’re happy at their weekly Sunday brunch, cry when yet another man breaks their heart and become green with envy as they stroll the New York City streets with bags upon bags of gorgeous shoes. Ahh …. A girl can dream can’t she?


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Kean University Appreciates The Beauty of Our Plants By Pablo da Silva and Nikita Patel

Many have admired the array of beauty that plants offer throughout the Kean University campus, but very few are aware of the efforts employed by hardworking hands in conserving the campus’ splendor. “Last summer alone we must have spent well over 100,000 gallons of water in watering the plants” said Bob Larner, one of the 14 crew members who are in charge of the ground maintenance. As a former meteorology student himself at Kean in the 1980s, Larson affirmed the campus looked nothing like it does today. Currently there are about 500 to 1,000 plant species throughout the campus. This remarkable number is continuing to increase, more than likely because the maintenance crew in following the New Jersey Law of Forest restoration, plants two plants for every one that is cut down on campus. This technique shadows the New Joursey Law of Forest Restoration. Having so many children, as Larner refers to the numerous plants under his care, surely demands hard work. Each year more than six-hundred pounds of fertilizer is used to grow these plants, not to

Photo: Nikkita Patel

“Last summer alone we must have spent well over 100,000 gallons of water in watering the plants.” mention all of the precautions and measures taken by the maintenance crew. The crew must be aware of plant frost during

Earth Day Celebrated By Samantha Feller

Ecology students offered information last week about experiments they conducted on campus as part of Kean University’s celebration of Earth Day. One test was to see how high pollution and garbage in the parking lots are affecting waterways. Vaughn Eames had the most garbage. When it is rains chemicals and pollution are washed into the sewer drains, which eventually reaches the Elizabeth River. “Students can find better ways to dispose of their garbage and recycle,” said Mayra Orejuela, a Kean student. Some suggestions offered to reduce this waste are: reusable coffee mugs and water bottles, canvas bags and tupperware. Also if all of campus life maintains their cars, it will eliminate emissions. A table also promoted the Solar Cooker Project, an organization that makes solar cookers and sends them to Third World countries in order to improve the environment and provide more safety for women. In Sudan, women must gather their own wood for the fire and they are often abused and killed. Using these solar cookers are rather time consuming so Kean students are trying to make new faster and more efficient cookers. There was also an experiment on bottled water vs. tap water. Some students had visited the Sewer Utility of Parsippany and Troy Hills where they learned that many different contaminated waters are dumped there and sent for cleaning.

Through research they found Staten Island has the best tap water, and Elizabeth has the worst.

the winter and hungry herbivores, such as deer, during the warmer seasons. Ground workers walk the campus daily,

picking up all of the leaves dropped by deciduous plants in order to maintain a clean landscape. In addition to leaves, garbage is also collected from the garbage cans and litter that has been carelessly tossed. In ceasing to throw cigarette buds, cans, candy wrappers, bottles, etc. on the green lawn, students will be joining in the efforts to maintain a clean campus. Kean hosts a pink flowering tree, Yoshino Cherry, near the president’s building as well as various Oak trees between the University Center and Townsend building. An arrangement of Maple trees, including the ever-expensive Japanese Maple located along the walk ways towards the UC stands above the crowd with its bright red leaves. The campus is covered with various flowers as well. Daffodils, Tulips, Easter Red Bud and Rose of Sharon are just a few of the species that inhabit Kean University year after year. On behalf of all Kean university students we are thankful for the competent work of Bob Larner, who kindly took the time to provide us with the desired information on plants, along with his coworkers whose hard work behind the scenes reveals the explosion of life and colors here at Kean.

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Spring at Kean University By carlos M. Reynosa

Kean University students are once again outside their classes to enjoy the lovely season called spring. No special event needed to be announced, no positive influences needed to push the call to come outside. Students made the decision to come out and have a good time. And with the music playing, dancing and even jump roping, Kean University is kind of like being home, even with the threat of finals overhead. “I love the spring, because everyone is happy, everyone is out and having a good time.” said Leo; a speech Pathology major who was enjoying the sunny day as he played his guitar.“I just got [the guitar] back and I began playing.” Other students decided to enjoy the day by just sitting the grass talking to each other. Brethau, who is a senior majoring in theater performance, was anxious to share why she loves spring. “It makes me happy. It’s easer to get out of bed, the spring shopping and new fashion and I like to meet new people.” Brethau likes the idea of stores selling ice cream and smoothies; in fact, she considers herself a smoothie advocate. Jazzmen Cruise, who is junior commu-

nication major agreed with Brethau, and also included her take on spring. “In the spring we don’t have to wear

the rain and we don’t miss snow, we like the spring,” she says. Gisela, who is Fine arts major prefers

plant life,” said Moscoso, “It’s an extremely green campus,” “It’s nice,” adds Ariss. “It’s been hot but cool enough to walk around.” Though the semester is ending, students are still taking their time out to enjoy the day that the spring weather has given. Perhaps the summer will be warm, perhaps it will be busy, but for many Kean students, it will be filled with memories of spring days.

Photos: Carlos M. Reynosa

Spring comes to Kean not a moment too soon. Students take time to enjoy the weather on campus.

jackets and we get to go out and sit in the grass.” Theater performance major Darlin also added that she likes going outside and getting her nails done. But when it came to the question of whether they miss the cold, all three girls agree with Darlin. “We don’t miss the cold, we don’t miss

the cold hard weather of the fall more, but still understands the love of spring. “It’s ok artistic wise, but that doesn’t mean I like it,” she says. Students such as Debbie Moscoso, David Lafentrit and Deoinaia Ariss have been enjoying studying in the sunshine. “The campus is really concerned with

“we don’t miss the cold, we don’t miss the rain and we don’t miss snow.”


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Open Mic Welcomed With Open Arms By Ernst Constant

The lights inside the Little Theatre were dimmed and loud Hip Hop music pounded through the halls of University Center. The audience, which consisted of only Kean University students, were bopping their heads, searching for seats, and chattering. On the stage were a microphone, a DJ set, and lights. It was Open Mic Night at University Center on March 3. Sponsored by the Student Organization, the event introduced Kean University students who wanted to share their talents with the crowd, all while garnering a little buzz or establishing themselves. For some, Open Mic Night

was a stepping stone into a future career. There were 12 students/artists who graced the stage with their presence on the microphone, and the audience’s mood changed with every artist, who presented

“Kean is whack at night-time, they should have more of these [events].” themes from love to infatuation, from jokes to poems, and from joy to sadness. Tom McWatters jabbed at golf star Tiger Woods in his standup comedy and the crowd thundered with laughter. Shiobhan

Thompson a junior recited poetry to a hushed audience. “I wasn’t a fan of golf before… now I am.” said junior/comedian Tom McWatters. The dark dimmed room transformed into a spinoff of Def Comedy/Poetry Jam popularized in the early 1990s, as audience members yelled out feedback on certain issues, or made jokes. Some topics that were presented created an interaction between the performer and the audience, which elevated the relaxed atmosphere in the Little Theatre. The highlights of the night were when the host “DJ S Dot,” also a Kean University student invited students on the stage to perform a popularized urban dance called

“The Patty Cake Dance,” which elevated the Open Mic Night into a party scene and almost turned into a crime scene for a Mac laptop due to wild dancing by a female dancer. “Kean is whack at night time, they should have more of these (events)” commented Graduate student, Sherwood Lalanne. The performers who seemed to be all first timers also enjoyed the atmosphere as they rejoined the audience of their fellow peer to participate in the festivities of the nights. “It was like being able to get up there and express yourself the way you feel the best,” said Tom McWatters.

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CAMPUS SPORTS

Cougars Prove Practice Brings Purr-fection on the Baseball Field By Andrew Czirjak

Confidence. Belief. That’s what a winning baseball team needs in order to succeed. And heck yes baby the Cougars got it. Kean University’s baseball team has been very impressive this year. Indeed Lady Luck has been smiling down on the Cougars for most of the 2010 season. Sure Ms. Luck has frowned on the Cougars during game time on a few occasions. However, with the Cougars string of recent wins against some stiff competition, the team knows they can win the College World Series. “I know these guys,” Neil Ioviero, Head Coach of Kean University’s baseball program, said. “I know they can win the College World Series.” Still, there is a fine line to cross between being cocky or confident. However, with

an overall 20-9 record in regular play and a 6-4 record in the New Jersey Athletic Conference the Cougars have the right to feel both of those emotions. “The guys now know how to deal with the pressure that is expected of them when they put on their uniforms. When the team loses a game we try to work on what we did wrong and try to fix those errors. But, we don’t spend too much time dwelling on their losses,” Ioviero said. “Every time they take the field they are expected to be physically and mentally prepared for the next game; no matter who we play.” In their last 4 games the squad has brought other college teams down to knees. And the Cougars are not just beating their competitors by a few runs. They’re making anyone they play look like amateurs. The question is can any college or

We have so mANY talented players right now. university stop the Cougars dominance? Probably not. “We beat teams because we have learned to play like a team,” Ioviero said. “Each guy on the squad comes prepared to play.” It isn’t just one guy that makes our team good, it is every player on the team that makes us great.” Ioviero believes that the ‘No I in TEAM’ philosophy is working for the Cougars. And his team has the results prove it. On April 6, the Cougars shut out The College of Staten Island 8-0. The Cougars carried that momentum into their next game, crushing Mount Saint Vincent College on April 14. Need more proof? The Cougars followed that win defeating Rut-

gers-Camden 10-2 the following day. And the wins just kept on coming. The Cougars would also go on to beat Ramapo in a double header on April 17. In game one; Kean 11, Ramapo 1. Game two. Kean 8, Ramapo 2. Now, with only a fistful of games left to play it looks like the Cougars are poised to make it to a third Consecutive post season. This year the Cougars have gelled as a team. Every member on the squad has contributed their talent and put in the extra dedication to win the CWS. The Cougars want to be the best of the best in their sport [baseball]. Still, to be the best you have to beat the best. “Every year our [Cougars] goal is the same,” said Ioviero. “We [Cougars] want to win the College World Series. That’s what drives theses kid to play their best.”

Women’s Basketball Team Looks Towards Next Season By Matt Chin

After finishing the season 29-2 and losing in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament, women’s basketball coach Michele Sharpe is already looking towards next season. “We want to win a championship,” Sharpe said. “That’s still the goal—get to the final four and win that national championship.” With Melissa Beyruti, the team’s star guard, graduating this spring the road back to the NCAA tournament will be a little more difficult next season. Though, Sharpe is confident that her team will play well with current sophomore guard Brittany Powell returning for her junior season next year. “I think that Brittany Powell is more than capable of starting for us next year,” Sharpe said. Powell only started four games this season, but she was not a team starter this year and she only averaged 7.3 points per game.

“In her four games of starting, she probably averaged 18 points, she got rebounds for us, she defended for us, and she got some steals for us,” Sharpe said.

court of Beyruti. “She’s a different kind of player than Melissa,” Sharpe said. “The difference between her and Melissa is in Brittany has to really believe in herself.”

“Ya know what, Brittany is one of those kids that no matter how much I tell her, it’s in her head,” Sharpe said. “Her brain has to believe it. I feel that our coaching staff, myself and my assistants, her teammates have given her all the confidence in the world.” With the help of Powell, Sharpe hopes that her team can play their style of basketball, and be more accountable next

“We want to win a championship. That’s still the goal – get to the final four and win that national championship.” The Kean University women’s basketball team.

Powell showed Sharpe enough this season to make her excited for the upcoming 2010 season. Powell, though, is not a clone on the

Photo: Kean Athletics

Sharpe believes that in order for Powell to really help her team win games she is going to have to learn to boost her confidence herself.

season to help the team get back to the NCAA tournament. “We didn’t execute the game plan. We have to be accountable for what we did or didn’t do,” Sharpe said.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010 on behalf of the staff at The Tower


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SPORTS

Beast of the East Meets Beast of the West

POINT

COUNTERPOINT

By John Cherry

By Junior Jean-Baptiste

It is time to let the real NBA season begin. As long as the NBA playoffs seem to last these days, this year’s playoffs should be more exciting and more star packed than ever. With the emergence of stars, such as Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and Michael Beasley, the first round matchups should be great to watch. All four first round matchups in the Western Division should be exciting every night. With Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder versus Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers and two top Texas rivals in San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks facing off in the first round there will be plenty of fireworks. Until about three weeks ago it was just an after thought that the Lakers would be representing the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. However, since than the Lakers have stumbled to the finish line and have looked more like the third best team in the West. The Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks have looked outstanding to end the season. The best thing that ever happened to the Suns was not trading superstar Amare Stoudemire. With Stoudemire and the ageless Steve Nash look for the Suns to make a deep run through the playoffs and maybe even to the finals. The Lakers need to use their first round of the playoffs to get some mojo back and to get things rolling again. If not, what was once seen as the clear cut favorite to win it all, they will be watching the NBA Finals from their sofa. The first round of the Eastern Division playoffs will

“The Lakers have stumbled to the finish line.” Lebron James. more likely than not be just push overs for the four top seeds. However, the second round of the Eastern Division will be where things really start to get interesting. With potential matchups between the Boston Celtics versus the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Orlando Magic versus the Atlanta Falcons, these two series will be an all out brawl to see who gets to go to the divisional finals. The Cavaliers will be the clear cut favorite to come out of the East, but they were last year too when the Magic took them out. However this is a different Cavaliers team than last year, with additions of Shaquille O’Neal and Antawn Jamison, they have added size and depth. Two teams that were pre-season favorites of mine, the Celtics and the Spurs, just flat look old. Although I do believe that the Spurs did a good job of resting their players throughout the season they have a much tougher matchup in round one than the Celtics do. That is why I don’t see either team going far.

By Junior Jean-Baptiste The Cavaliers are the beast of the east this year and will most likely enter the finals in the NBA. Although Lebron James is very explosive and dominant on the court, you can’t forget Kobe Bryant and what he can overcome, over the years. Despite any situation, Kobe is still Kobe. The leadership of Kobe and Derek Fisher and the coaching of Phil Jackson, who is by the way the NBA’s career leader in playoff victories and playoff winning percentage, and has won 10 NBA titles, making him the most of all time. Lakers have made six NBA appearances in the finals in the past nine years, winning four out to the six. This team is a dynasty John, and it’s going to hurt when Kobe shoves his fifth NBA Finals ring in Shaq’s face.

“Despite any situation, Kobe is still Kobe.” Boston is taking care of business with the help of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, easily beating Miami in Game 2, 106-77, taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Despite losing power forward Kevin Garnett, after he elbowed Quentin Richardson in the head with :30 seconds left in the game and was ejected the Kobe Bryant. Celtics continue to win. The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz’s series looks evenly matched up as the Nuggets are led by Carmelo Anthony and the Jazz by Deron Williams. Which ever team shows up and plays better defense in the series will most likely advance into the later rounds of the playoffs. The excitement and thrill of the NBA playoffs, it will definitely make it a memorable year. I don’t believe the Celtics are too old to advance far in the playoffs. People say Kobe is getting up there in age but he still has the skill and is wise enough to make certain plays happen in big games.

Eastern Division Finals Western Division Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers over Orlando Magic in six Dallas Mavericks over Los Angeles Lakers in seven

Eastern Division Finals Cleveland Cavaliers over Orlando Magic in game five Western Division Finals Los Angeles Lakers over Dallas Mavericks in game six

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