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The Tower Kean University’s student newspaper

Volume 9 • Issue 7 Jan. 28-Feb. 10, 2009

Kean Embraces Obama’s Inaugural


By Dawn M. Phillips


Photo by Dawn M. Phillips


Money 101, the College Edition By Robert M. Pereira

U.S. employers slashed more than 500,000 jobs in November, the biggest decline in over 30 years. Economists predict 2009 will be as rough as 2008, if not worse. Some economists predict that the economy could lose as many jobs in the first six months of 2009 as it did in all of 2008. Nearly 2 million jobs have been lost since the start of the recession last year. With the bad economy serving as a backdrop, Trina Lamb, vice president of Primerica Financial Services, recently gave a presentation to Kean students sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration that offered students some secrets to financial success. “The great thing about money is money makes money,” said Lamb. She explained the importance of budgeting and investing. You must begin saving now in order to see the benefits later.

A minimum of 10 percent of your monthly income should be put away. According to Lamb, there are three levels of savings: emergency fund, short term goals, and long term goals.

Every time you apply for a store credit card, your personal information is at risk. “It’s not how much you make, it’s what you’re doing with it that counts,” said Lamb. By investing $25 a week at 10 percent beginning at age 22 by the time you are age 57, you would have approximately $1.6 million. Credit cards are the enemy. In 2008, 1.8 million people filed (Continued on page 4)

s Dr. Bailey Baker of Kean University watched the inauguration from Union Station in Washington, D.C., he could not help but be overwhelmed. “A rush came over me,” the Department of Communication professor said. “I broke down in tears. The spirit of Martin Luther King’s birthday on January 19th, and now Obama’s inauguration on the 20th is what got me. I had a feeling of hope and of expectation.” With tears of joy and smiles on faces of all races, Jan.20 was an historic day for many. Dressed in a navy blue suit, and a red tie, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, the nation’s first African-American president. According to CNN, 8,000 police, 10,000 National guards, 1,000 FBI agents, the Secret Service, Homeland Security, The National Park service, and the United States Capitol police attended to ensure that everything went accordingly. Millions of people watched from the National Mall, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, at the United States Capitol building, and all over Washington, D.C. as new President Obama—the man with a white mother and a black father from Kenya—showed the world that times have definitely changed. Dr. Baker said he took the train to the event and met with friends who had tickets, but entrance was still based on a first come-first serve basis and when he arrived early morning Tuesday, he found people had already been waiting on line three hours. He then returned to Union Station where thousands celebrated together as they watched on video screens as Obama was sworn into office. He described the mood as jubilant and inspirational. When asked how the day

was, he replied: “Perfect.” Dr. Baker wasn’t the only person from Kean who was able to witness the event. Some students boarded buses to attend. Back at Kean, the University Center was the place to be to watch the Inaugural address. From 11:00am until the early evening, the cafeteria, student lounge, and lobby were filled with students who watched the TV screens with live coverage of the event. As he was sworn in, students, faculty, and staff cheered and applauded in his

“I had a feeling of hope and of expectation”—Dr. BailEy Baker honor. Some laughed and snickered as Obama thanked Bush for “his service to our nation as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.” Many students stuck around to watch the parade which begun around 2:30pm along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. When asked how he felt after watching the inauguration, Kirk Blackwell, a junior psychology major said,” I feel good about this; it couldn’t be on a better day. Martin Luther King’s birthday was yesterday, this is a big movement and I can’t wait to see what happens.” Many community tables were set up in the University Center lobby. Among them was a Rock the Vote table. Gray Tshirts with Obama’s face and the “Rolling Stones” etched along the side were on sale for $15. Emily Zemlansky, a UCC staff member said,” Faculty, staff, and students have been purchasing many of the t-shirts. A portion of the proceeds will go to the “Rock the Vote” campaign.” (Continued on page 4)

INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER: What was your New Year’s resolution, and are you keeping it?

By kelley pennisi

Dana Doyle

Beth Lugra

Talaya Simpson

Jennifer Lantier

“My New Year’s resolution is to get good grades and keep them up. I got good grades last semester.”

“My New Year’s resolution was to lose 10 pounds. I have been trying to go the gym as much as I can.”

“My New Year’s resolution is to try and stay positive throughout the entire year.”

“My New Year’s Resolution is to try and be healthy and have more energy. I have kept up with it so far.”

Parked Cars Out


Newark’s Ironbound District


What Exactly Are Vitamins?


Eating Well in Union


Editorial & Anger Management


Horoscope & Crossword


Music Review


Smoking in Public Places


Women’s & Men’s Basketball



January 28, 2009 | The Tower

Kean Neighbors Kick Out Parked Cars By Carlos M Reynosa

Don’t even think about parking your car in the neighborhood next to the recently reopened East Campus. After receiving countless complaints and circulating a survey amonf residents, the Hillside Township Council adopted an ordinance on Jan. 8 prohibiting parking of non-resident cars in the neighborhood near the campus. Students were greeted with the news last week when they arrived on Wilder and Irvington Avenues and saw signs banning parking . Cars without a permit face a $25 fine, whether the owner of the car is from a Kean University student or a resident of the neighborhood. However the efforts of

the residents may have back fired because the residents have to pay a fee to be permitted to park their own cars in front of their own houses. “Unfortunately because these streets

Cars without a permit face a $25 fine. are now permit parking, we have to inflict these laws,” said one Hillside police officer, “From Monday through Friday we will be checking cars that are parked on Wilder Street and Irvington Avenue for permits.” Last semester, with the reopening of the renovated East Campus, students had

decided to park their cars on Irvington Avenue and Wilder Street. Most students found this convenient because the East Campus shuttle is available to drive them to the Main Campus or they can simply walk to East Campus with no troubles. However, as a result, of the students’ actions, the residents of the neighborhoods then faced the same problem that Kean students faced, which was where could they park their cars? Some residents were forced to drive around their own neighborhood for hours looking for a parking spot because the students had not taken spaces in front of their homes. Some residents reported passing their own houses several times before finding a parking spot.

Enrollment: A Quick Look at the Numbers By Jill Johnson

Students and faculty received e-mails over the winter break about student enrollment for the Spring 2009 semester, along with comparisons to the Spring 2008 student enrollment. Students and faculty are puzzled about the numbers. How do these numbers affect the students who are enrolled for Spring classes? How do these numbers affect the university?

Though it appears that the Spring numbers are far behind Spring 2008, Stephen Hudik, Kean spokesman, said the current numbers are compared to the final registration numbers in Spring 2008, calculated after the registration and the drop/ add period closed. He said that a year ago on Jan. 14, 2008, enrollment stood at 10,033, but finished just weeks later with a much greater number: 13,080. The Spring 2009 schedule is under-

However, there was very little the Hillside Police department could do to discourage students because no ordinance was in place to restrict on-street parking. Following complaints, the police sent out a survey about whether Hillside should adopt an ordinance that permits parking in the area to only residents and their guests “We received many complaints from the residents of Wilder street and Irvington Avenue about the over flow of parking caused by the Kean University students so we sent a survey, in which the majority rule in favor of to have permit parking,” said an officer with the Hillside Police.

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way, and now students and faculty are watching enrollment, curious about what will happen. As students were still registering for and dropping classes, the final enrollment numbers are not available. The last day to register, add a class or drop a class is Jan. 26. Those who register, add or drop a class after that date will be charged a $55 fee.

Number of students registered

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In spring 2008, final enrollment was 13,080. Above is a chart with enrollment numbers through Jan. 14.

Valentine’s Day: Make it Personal By Jill Johnson

Valentine’s Day is approaching making it a perfect time to let that special someone see how much you care by posting a FREE personal ad in The Tower in time for the big day. The Tower is running a special Valentine’s section on February 11 for students who would like to pronounce their affection in the newspaper. Tell your boyfriend, your girlfriend—or perhaps a secret someone you admire—how much they mean to you and how special they are to you. Just write a line or two about that special someone or simply a single sentence that says it all such as “I love you,” with his or her name, and make your valentine feel special. Send your personal message to Please limit your message to no more than two lines. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 6. Please do not use last names.

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The personal will appear in the edition on newsstands around campus on Feb. 11 and also in the paper’s PDF version on the web at The Tower reserves the right to reject inappropriate personals.


Your special person will know just how important he or she is when you let everyone here at Kean see the special message. It’s Valentine’s Day—show the love!

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Kean Stage Gives Local Kids Seussical, Madeline and More By Lillie Morales-Torres

The curtains open up to a stage with a little yellow cottage in the center surrounded by a white picket fence. The crowd roars in excitement. The giggles of children and the applause from the parents and teachers fill the theater. It is the well-known pair of Ruby and Max from the stories by Rosemary Wells and the television show on Nick Jr. that the children are so excited to see. Offered in an outstanding musical performance, it’s so professional that you don’t realize you’re not on Broadway until you step outside. If you’re wondering where you can catch such a show, it’s closer to home than you may know. Kean University’s Kean Stage theater features many performances for kids ages two and up. Who says New York’s the only place to indulge in the performing arts? There are many enchanting shows for the children to come to the Kean’s stages this year, such as The Velveteen Rabbit, Sippy Cups, Seussical, Madeline and The Bad Hat—to name a few. In these times of recession, families need to find ways to limit their spending. A trip to the New York ballet or any show in the city could cost up to $500 for a family of four. But Kean Stage offers discounts for schools, groups, and students. Those who live in Union Township, Eliza-

beth, Hillside, or Roselle Park may attend all performances at the student rate which is $2 to $15. And recently, the theatre offered a special sale where kids go free when you purchase a full priced ticket. Booster seats are also provided. The children’s theatre series began in 1989 with a grant from the Part-time Students Council. The program “On School Time,” began shortly after in the early 1990’s. High quality and live entertainment is provided to the children in the

for older public school students to attend, explained Jennifer Curving, administrative and house operations associate. For the younger students, she said there is a range of different musical and dance theatre performances teachers can use to go along with their curriculum. She said one of the more popular ones is Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Inch by Inch and Frederick which is based on three different books. This year we have Dr. Dolittle which is done in spoken English and American Sign Language.

their thoughts and opinions afterwards. The shows last from one to two hours which is exceptional for the little ones. This gives them just the right amount of time to enjoy themselves before getting tired or hungry. “One of the many benefits of being on the Kean University campus is the ability for the children of the Child Care and Development Center to attend performances at the Wilkins Theater,” said Kathy Berkowitz, the director of Kean Univer-

Local school trips to Kean are a regular occurrence on campus, and have proven to be a success with the children.

Ruby and Max.

Kean University community and all at an affordable rate. Most of the programs presented are based on children’s literature so that their content can be integrated in the classroom. Local school trips to Kean are a regular occurrence on campus, and have proven to be a success with the children. Kean’s Dance Theatre and Department of Theatre take part in arranging shows

“There is nothing like seeing the children’s faces as they walk into Kean University,” says Curving. “How big it is to them. Then the cheers and excitement as the show goes on.” Schools benefit greatly from what they programs teach. Kean University’s own child care center has the opportunity to join in on the fun with the theatre. Their experience with the theatre does so much for the children, from learning new social skills to developing appreciation for the performing arts to being able to discuss the shows with their teachers and peers, those involved said. They are exposed to the performing arts and are able to express

sity’s Childcare Center, “They have seen high quality children’s shows which have been excellent and very age-appropriate. Attending these performances exposes the children to another creative art form, live theater, and allows them the opportunity to learn about the broader world around them. It enhances their appreciation of artistic development and models another venue for self-expression. The children also develop their social skills by exhibiting appropriate audience etiquette.” For more information, contact Kean Stage at 908-737-4350 from 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Hungry Students Eat Well in Union By Jacqueline DaSilva

Sitting on a comfortable, black, leather lounge chair, Jennifer Rosa sips on her favorite chocolate latte as she listens to relaxing music and contemplates if she should have the mouthwatering chocolate mousse that’s calling her name. She is not at a fancy cafe far, but rather at Yes Cafe on Morris Ave. not far from Kean University. You may have never noticed, but just down the street from Kean University are dozens of small food businesses in Union ready to serve Kean students at a cheap and reasonable price. Whatever you may be in the mood to eat, there is a place in Union that will satisfy your cravings in a new and different way. “Yes Cafe and Banana Burger are great places to eat for an affordable price,” recommends Jennifer Rosa, a sophomore at Kean University. Yes Cafe and Banana Burger are just two of the dozens of small food businesses located five to 10 minutes away from school. Trying new things may be hard, especially because of the economy, but that should

Whatever you may be in the mood to eat, there is a place in Union that will satisfy your cravings not be an excuse why you eat at the same places weeks after weeks, when there are new, inexpensive places to eat right next to Kean. Banana Burger, a Brazilian deli and bakery, brings you close to Brazil. With their Brazilian-style foods and drinks, you will feel like a genuine Brazilian. They have delicious smoothies and scrumptious desserts. They also have free delivery. Banana Burger is located at 1029 Stuyvesant Ave. Union, N.J. With modern decorations and dim lighting, Yes Cafe makes a great place to bring a date, hang out with friends or even to discuss business over lunch. Yes Cafe also has great affordable breakfast food, including its unique caramelized bacon. You can also enjoy a nice meal ranging from $5 to $8. Occasionally, it has live music and karaoke nights. Currently, Yes Café offers free delivery and a 10 percent discount to Kean students with a proper Kean ID.

One of the local cafes near Kean.

Need a night out and you are over 21? Try Mood, a cozy environment that allows you to eat great food, drink and dance the night away. Mood is more elegant and can be more expensive than Banana Burger or Yes Café, with meals starting at $5 for a burger to $28 for rib eye steak with sushi. The restaurant is very modern and cozy, a place defiantly worthy of checking out for a meal. Mood is located at 1998 Morris Ave. Union, N.J. To get to any of these small businesses from Kean, it takes less than three minutes by car or about eight minutes by bus. Just take the number 52 Bus down Morris Avenue to Union Center, which departs across the street from Kean’s main entrance on Morris Avenue. “Always give new places a shot that’s around,” said Caroline Pilon a Kean graduate, “You never know if they’re going to be good.”

Employee Who Played a Key Role in Dix Case Moves On By Troy Graham

The Philadelphia Inquirer; (MCT)

CHERRY HILL, N.J. _ The massive Fort Dix terrorism case, which ended Monday with convictions of the five defendants, came to light thanks to an employee at a Mount Laurel, N.J., Circuit City concerned about the content of a video he was asked

to transfer to DVD. The images that Brian Morgenstern saw on the tape—men firing guns while shouting in Arabic—sparked a 16-month federal investigation into what prosecutors called a case of homegrown terrorism. Morgenstern, now a 25-year-old college sophomore, said Tuesday that he had followed the eight-week trial, checking in

with news reports about once a week. “I’m just happy the trial’s over and I can get on with my life,” said the Cherry Hill, N.J., resident, who declined to say where he attends school. Initially, prosecutors and Circuit City officials guarded Morgenstern’s identity, but he gave a series of interviews to reporters about three weeks after the defendants

were arrested in May 2007. In June, the New Jersey Senate honored him with a resolution for his courage, though Morgenstern said at the time that he did not feel particularly heroic. “I feel like I did what I needed to do,” he said. (c) 2008, The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Kean Concert Artists Head for the Big Apple By Raquel Fernandes

Look out New York! The Kean Concert Artists are headed for the Big Apple in a three concert mini-series to be held at the renowned Merkin Hall. Kean University’s new Enlow Hall, approved last year to be constructed on the East Campus as part of the massive renovation there, was not opened on schedule due to construction delays. As a result, many of the concerts this season have been taking place in Kean Hall, while concerts like this one, featuring guest artists, will take place in Merkin Hall, a 449-seat concert hall in Manhattan. The first concert in this mini-series, Kean at Merkin will feature guest artist and world famous pianist Joseph Kalichstein. Acclaimed for his heartfelt intensity and technical mastery, Kalichstein has enthralled audiences throughout the United States and Europe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He is also the first Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy

Merkin Hall

Center, an appointment that grew out of his close association with the center over many seasons. “It’s always thrilling to work with a master like Joseph Kalichstein,” says Dr. An-

thony Scelba, director of the Concert Artists program. “Performing the Trout with him and my Concert Artists in Merkin Hall will be one of those musical moments I’ll never forget.”

Give in to Anberlin’s New Surrender Album By Rachel Rothspan

The album has an artistic edge that separates the band from others

Money Issues

Music has the incredible ability to speak, to entice, to inspire. Anberlin’s newest Album, New Surrender does all of these with the artistic edge that separates the band from others in the world of pop and rock. Under its new record label, Universal Republic Records, the group jumps out with an intensity that leaves the listener awed. The appeal of the album begins with the varied musical selections, each with a unique sound that fulfills listeners of wide backgrounds. For the hard core listeners, the album starts off with “The Resistance,” a song in which the beat and vocals are raw and real. The rockier ear is satisfied by the second track, titled “Breaking,” which has an easier sound that embodies just as much heart. Even those anticipating the strange will find their fill by the end of the CD with “Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum),” a narrative song that pairs the calm of the melody with a racing of mean-

ing found in the lyrics. The lyrics, written by lead vocalist Stephen Christian, hold powerful meaning. “This is surrender,” he writes in the song “Breathe” (Track 7), “to a war torn life I’ve lived… No need to hide anything anymore. I can return to who I was before.” His honesty brings the fans to a new place of identification- there is no rock star/listener line. Christian proves himself and his band mates to be musicians, to be people, through his heartfelt writing. New Surrender is the fifth album produced by Anberlin since the band’s formation in 2002, and its inexpensive pricing ($10.99 at Target stores) makes it the perfect new experience. Give in to the urge; it is a surrender that will leave anyone with musical tastes content.

Though this is Kalichstein’s first collaboration with the Kean Concert Artists, the Concert Artist program is well-known for featuring prominent guest artists amid an ensemble of Kean’s own world-class faculty performers. Among the faculty playing at this concert will be Sharon Roffman on violin, Brett Duebner on viola, Susannah Chapman on cello, and Anthony Scelba on double bass. This concert will illustrate the virtuosic abilities of Kalichstein with works by prominent piano composers including Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Schubert. Kean at Merkin will be taking place at 8:00pm on February 19th at Merkin Hall in New York City at the Kaufman Center in the Goodman House on 129 W. 67th Street. Tickets are available at the box office in Wilkin’s Theatre, or online at Public admission is $15. Alumni, faculty, staff, and seniors are $10, and student, and child are $5. Visit for more information.

Obama (Continued from page 1) It was truly a time for celebration, and many were thrilled. Senior Theatre major, Ladun Thompson summed it up. “I feel proud,” Thompson said. “It is great to actually live to see the first African American President. It makes me want to work harder in everything I do.”

Kean Department of Theatre’s

She Loves Me Coming In February 2009 Please visit for more information

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for bankruptcy and student credit cards had debt in excess of $500 million. Meanwhile, 63 percent of college students have at least one credit card. Lamb explained that when using a credit card, you should buy, charge, and pay it off in 30 days. If you can’t pay it in 30 days, don’t buy it. Lamb explained that paying off your debt is important to your credit score. She defined a credit score it as a numeric value based on how well you pay your bills. “The higher your score, the more likely you are to get approved with low interest rates for new cards,” said Lamb. Credit scores range from 300-800. From 800-750 is very good, and a good financial risk. From 700-600 is average risk, while 600-300 range is where most people filing bankruptcies can be found, as well as those living in beautiful homes with no

furniture, she said. Your credit score is based on how well you pay (35 percent), how much credit is available to you versus how much you use (30 percent), how well you protect your personal information (15 percent) such as your social security number, credit checks etcetera and 20 percent is based on how long you have had your credit card. Do not apply for too many credit cards. Every time you apply for a store credit card, your personal background information is checked and puts your personal information at risk from reaching unwanted third parties, potentially harming your credit due to possible identity theft. Student loans and mortgages are examples of good credit. Revolving credit (interests are revolving around your balance) is an example of bad credit. “Most people don’t plan to fail; they fail

Not all money issues are in your control. Below is a list. CANNOT CONTROL


Social Security

Cash for retirement

Your employer

Alternate sources of income

Paying taxes

Ways to reduce taxes


Maximizing investment potential

Rising costs of living

Saving more

Risk of a single investment

Diversifying investment choices

to have a plan,” said Lamb. Primerica is looking for college interns and Kean University students are wel-

come to apply. For more info, visit www.

The Tower | January 28, 2009




Old World Becomes New at Concert Performance

Valkyrie is Action-Packed Adventure

By Raquel Fernandes

Everything old is new again in an upcoming performance this week of the Kean University Concert Artists. The artists will perform the works of four composers whose works flourished at the turn of the 20th Century. The evening’s concert, called “Old World New,” will begin with a prelude, continue with songs, and conclude with two unusual sonatas. It will contrast music by two Germanic, late-Romantic composers, Strauss and Wolf, with that of two Americans, Ives and Bernstein. Unlike most Concert Artist performances whose programs are made almost a year in advance, the repertoire for this concert was changed completely just a few months ago due to construction complications that delayed the opening of Kean’s new Enlow Hall. “The music originally selected was designed to show off the acoustics of the new Enlow Hall,” says Dr. Anthony Scelba, the Concert Artist Program Director. “Since the hall’s opening is delayed, we had to change the program, but use the same personnel. I came up with four works and a theme to do that.” Strauss’ Capriccio Sextet is the prelude to his last opera, Capricio, which is an opera about writing an opera. The sextet has been arranged for two violins, two violas,

cello, and double bass by Anthony Scelba. The songs on the program were composed by Austrian-born Hugo Wolf. His works blend beautiful vocal lines with captivating poetry. The Sonata for Violin and Piano No 4. by American composer Charles Ives will feature Kean Concert Artist of violin, Sharon Roffman. Much of the American style of classical music was defined by the music of Charles Ives. Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano will feature Kean Concert Artist of clarinet, Alexander Fiterstein. Bernstein is, perhaps, best-known for his work in American musical theatre for West Side Story, and as the long-time director of the New York Philharmonic. The concert will also feature Concert Artists Victoria Stewart on violin, Brett Deubner on viola, Joanna Frankel on viola, Caroline Stinson on cello, Anthony Scelba on double bass, Katherine Harris on soprano, Allison Brewster Franzetti on piano, and Brennan Sweet on violin. Old World New will be held at Kean Hall on Thursday, January 29th at 8:00p.m. Tickets are available at the box office in Wilkins Theatre, or online at Public admission is $15, Alumni, faculty, staff, and seniors are $10, and students and children are $5. Visit for more information.

By Jillian Johnson

Director Bryan Singer’s movie, Valkyrie, is an action-packed, history-filled war movie based on actual events of German troops during World War II that try to stop the evil of Adolf Hitler and assassinate him. Actor Tom Cruise plays the main character, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who sets forth a plan, code-named Valkyrie to assassinate Hitler and gain power of the military command in order to end the war before his country is destroyed. With help from fellow German officers, von Stauffenberg sets forth to use the German Reserve forces against Hitler’s Elite Forces, the SS. The action begins on July 20, 1944 as von Stauffenberg places a small bomb in a meeting room where Hitler enters. After placing the bomb, von Stauffenberg quickly leaves, witnessing the explosion and then heads to Berlin, Germany. But, he later realizes his plan did not go according to plan. Now von Stauffenberg must act quickly in order to complete his task successfully. This stay-in-your-seat

movie is based on actual events as Valkyrie is only one of the 15 known attempts made to assassinate Hitler during WWII.

Music by Strauss, Wolf, Ives and Bernstein will be featured

Reviewers from some of the nation’s top newspapers rank the newest film releases.

coming soon...❤ Qingdao Symphony Orchestra January 30, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Wilkins Theatre Direct from its Carnegie Hall engagement, China’s Qingdao Symphony Orchestra founded in 2005 is already acclaimed by critics as one of China’s finest symphony orchestras. Under the direction of Maestro Choo Hoey (former music director of Singapore Symphony Orchestra), the program will include Gershwin’s American in Paris, Bernstein’s West Side Story as well as Chinese classics such as Sheng and Liu’s Yellow River Piano Concerto and Ye’s Pipa Concerto.

Public; $30; Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Senior, Student, Child; $10

How to Get A’s in College: Office Hours Need help with your grades? Here’s some advice about taking advantage of your professor’s office hours, from the book “How to Get A’s in College” (Hundreds of Heads Books,, $14.95), straight from people who’ve done it: “Prepare your questions before you go to a professor’s office hours. I’ve gone into office hours without a clear mind and felt completely put off by my professor. Avoid feeling embarrassed and know exactly

what you want to say before you go in.” —Danny J. Herrera, Lynwood, Calif. “There are times you want to stalk your professor, but beware! There’s a fine line between eager and annoying. If you cross the line, your professor will try to avoid you. In freshman year I had a professor who I admired and wanted to learn from. A few times, I popped by his office _ not even looking at his posted office hours! I soon got the hint that I should schedule

something. If I ran into him, I’d mention that I’d like to make an appointment and he was very responsive. Remember, professors aren’t always in their office for students. They may be working on research or engaged in something else, so don’t assume they’re there just for you at all times!” —A.S., New York, N.Y. (c) 2009, Hundreds of Heads Books, Inc.; Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Little Portugal in Nearby By Robert M. Pereira Photography and layout by Ana Maria Silverman

NEWARK—It’s early morning and the sun shines brightly against the tinted glass windows of Texeira’s Bakery. The inviting smell of bread right out of the oven wafts in the air. A businesswoman takes a giant bite of her Portuguese butter roll and has one final sip of coffee before heading off to work. A large banner hanging from a light post outside the bakery reads, “The Ironbound.” “I have lived in ‘Little Portugal’ for over 40 years,” said Augusto Duarte. “I still enjoy hanging outside Teixeiras’s Bakery with the rest of the fellows putting in my two cents on the latest soccer game.” Mr. Duarte is saddened that most outsiders get an immediate negative impression of the Ironbound section of Newark due to the unsafe reputation of the city. This is not so in Ironbound, which is a stable neighborhood long known for its large Portuguese population. Recently, the neighborhood has also seen an influx of Brazilian, Mexican, and Ecuadorian immigrants. Besides many Portuguese restaurants, there are many Mexican and Ecuadorian restaurants in the area. Brazilians have brought additional Portuguese flavor to the community with numerous 24-hour bakeries and buffets such as “Casa do Pao de Queijo,” and “Boi na Brasa.” “Capoeira,” Brazilian martial art dance, was introduced to the Ironbound in 1996 with the opening of the New Jersey Capoeira Arts Center, founded by Mestre Cigano of Grupo Liberdade. The Ironbound was an industrial neighborhood in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Ironbound originated from the many forges and foundries found in the area during the latter half of the 19th century. The name is also said to resemble the rail tracks that surrounded the area when railroads were being constructed during the 1830’s. The Ironbound is part of the East Ward of Newark, the nation’s third oldest city, founded in 1816. Back then, the Ironbound was a lot poorer than the rest of Newark. Today however, it is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city of Newark. In the 19th century, the Ironbound’s inhabitants represented many ethnic groups but most prominent were Germans, Italians and Lithuanians. Lithuanians built the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in 1894 and Trinity Church in 1902. St. Casmir’s Church was founded under Polish auspices in 1908. As an example of the large German community in The Ironbound prior to World War 1, Wilson Avenue was called “Hamburg Place.” St. Stephens Church located in the infamous “five corners” was built in 1874 for a German- speaking congregation. Known as a Portugese neighborhood for generations, the first Portuguese immigrants arrived in the early 1900’s. In 1921, the Portuguese Sport Club of Newark was founded. It is one of 20 Portuguese social clubs in the neighborhood.

Newark’s Ironbound Every year people gather to the annual Portuguese festival which is typically held on the second week of June on Ferry Street, the Ironbound’s most prominent street, also known as Portugal Avenue. It is a massive celebration of Portuguese culture that attracts nearly half a million people each year, enormous figure considering less than 300,000 people reside in Newark. “Portugal Day is my favorite day of the year. It’s just great to see so many Portuguese people celebrating our culture, our roots, our infinite love of our nation,” said Mark Teixeira, student at local East Side High School. One of the best things about living in the Ironbound is its proximity to Newark’s Penn Station, which opened in 1935. The transportation hub was designed to be a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s train network. It allows thousands of residents of the Ironbound to easily commute to other parts of New Jersey. The interior of the main waiting room boasts medallions illustrating the history of transportation, from wagons to steamships, to cars and airplanes. “I can get to my workplace in New York City in merely 20 minutes thanks to the proximity of Penn Station,” said Carla Silveira, 21, resident of Newark. Ferry Street is the Ironbound’s commercial heart consisting of numerous bars, cafes, bakeries, jewelry stores, and grocery lines, including the infamous Seabras Supermarket. ‘Seabras” is the largest wholesaler of Portuguese food products in the United States.

Every year people gather AT the annual Portuguese festival held DURING the second week of June on Ferry Street, known as Portugal Avenue. Iberia Restaurant is perhaps the most prominent of all Portuguese restaurants in the Ironbound. Additionally, the Ironbound has a big nightlife for those looking to have a few drinks and dance with friends. Popular locations include Adega Lounge, Vivo Lounge, and DM Lounge among others. “People come from all over New Jersey on weekends to party at our location,” said Vivo Lounge Owner, Ariel. The Ironbound has six elementary schools including Ann Street School, the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. East Side High School is the only secondary education site in the neighborhood. It was built in 1911 to provide the areas youth with industrial and manual education. East Side is perhaps the most racially mixed high school in all of Newark, said Ms. Marinello, guidance counselor at the school. “The Ironbound has become the epitome of a multicultural community and it’s great to see so many different cultures from all over the globe interacting with one another,” said Augusto Amador, Newark’s East Ward councilman. This is one in an occasional series on neighborhoods within a short drive of Kean University.


January 28, 2009 | The Tower


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WELCOME BACK! Kean students returned last week to a new year with a new class schedule, but more importantly, they returned just as our nation was swearing in a new president. Confusion is already part of the new class schedule, and many students are still trying to adjust to the new days and times. Parking issues are also supposed to be reduced as a result the new schedule and yet there were still many students who were stranded looking for a spot on the first day of school. Will this schedule really make a difference? Still the schedule is minor compared to what’s happening on the national scene. On Kean’s campus, students spent their first day back to school witnessing history as our 44th president, Barack Obama, was sworn into presidency. Available on most TVs throughout campus, students huddled around to catch a glimpse of his speech as they made their way to class. We have just entered our spring semester in the midst of an economic recession, rising prices, impending budget cuts, and the growing realization that jobs and money are scarce. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, you are affected by this economic crisis and many watched the swearing in of Barack Obama as a sign of hope for the future—our future. Seniors who are graduating this semester are realizing that they are walking out of Kean and into a job market that is in trouble. They are competing with experienced older workers who cannot afford to retire and are looking for work too because many have lost their jobs. The election of our new president is showing our students that young people around the country are becoming more involved in politics and the important issues. They are beginning to realize that the rest of their futures are at stake, and perhaps they should be aware of what is going on around them. Why? Because as our new president has just shown us, things can change. Welcome back everyone and welcome to the beginning of a new country—your country.

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Just as your finger tips settle on the keyboard to begin working, you hear it: Shhh! It’s a Library, not a Chat Room Quietness. Something every student needs while they are working on papers, exams, or homework. It is something that most residents or students who have room mates never really get, whether it is because of loud music blaring next door or the sound of a ping pong ball falling into that last solo cup followed by cheers of victory. There are times when some students need to leave, to go to the library and get away for some peace and quiet. When you get there, you unpack all of your books, notebooks, lap top, and of course that cup of coffee, settle down in your chair and prepare for the long night ahead. You open the book and just as your finger tips settle on the keyboard to begin working, you hear it—the whispers of the students around you as they recap the drama that went on at last night’s party. You obnoxiously clear your throat in the hope that they will get the hint, but instead they swoon over the pictures they have just looked up on Facebook. “I can’t believe she wore that!” “Who is he dancing with?” are the words that fill your ears

as you begin to repack your stuff. You head to the next floor, find your new study spot and unpack once again. You begin your work when you hear a faint “click, click, click” sound. You turn and there in the other corner is a student, his head buried in his cell phone as his fingers furiously type away at it. The sound of his fingers hitting the keys is not loud, but it is distinct and clear enough to fray your nerves, making it impossible to continue your work. You decide yet again to relocate due to the rudeness of others. You walk up to the third floor and make the decision that you will seclude yourself away from everyone and work in a study room. You look in the first one and see a book on the table. You look toward the back of the room and there is a couple clearly studying each other instead of their books. Embarrassed, you decide to move on and find a room filled with girls laughing as they all concentrate intently on the Facebook page in front of them. At this point, you realize all the time you have spent just searching for quiet has led you to do no work. The library is a place where some students actually want to concentrate on school work and not on the dramatic social lives of their fellow students. Please take the gossip and annoyance elsewhere.

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Homeland Security Chief Defends Bush in Visit to Kean By Joseph Tingle

Michael Chertoff’s reign as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has been, to be fair, “controversial”. After eight years of President Bush, on a campus where there’s an almost overwhelming dissatisfaction with governance of the Republican Party among students, one would expect that a member of Bush’s cabinet would have been given harsher treatment during a recent visit to the university. But, on the last Thursday before classes ended last semester, when Chertoff came to address the university, relations were surprisingly cordial. Perhaps Kean was happy to have such a high profile speaker visit, especially one who was raised in Elizabeth and once served as US Attorney for New Jersey. Or, maybe the majority of the audience agreed that it’s no sense beating a dead horse. Chertoff has now been replaced by Janet Napolitano, a promising former governor of Arizona who disagrees with Chertoff on a number of issues. Either way, during his visit here Chertoff himself didn’t focus on the controversial issues such as the debate surrounding the United States secret prison at Guantanamo, which President Obama ordered closed last Thursday. Instead, he spoke mostly about disasters—both natural and manmade—and how the Department of Homeland Security ought to go about facing them. He opened his address by praising President Bush’s accomplishments in office. “We have not been attacked in seven and a half years,” he said. “There have been efforts to attack… it’s not a question of intent … It’s because of the leadership of (the former) President.” As one example of former President Bush’s outstanding leadership, he cited the Patriot Act, an act of Congress which allows the government to search telephone, e-mail, medical, and financial records in order to strengthen the gathering of intelligence that may be related to foreign and domestic terrorism. Certain elements utilized by the Department of Homeland Security have been more successful than others, he said. But, when stepping back to take a look at the big picture, as Chertoff encouraged the audience to do, he said “the President’s accomplishments speak volumes.”

One of the most difficult situations for the Department of Homeland Security to address is the “low probability but high consequence event,” Chertoff said. According to Chertoff, those events include natural disasters like hurricane Katrina, a pandemic flu, and “manmade” disasters like the September 11th attacks. He pointed at what he called the “fragmented Congressional oversight system” and the “inertia of bureaucracy to protect turf” as some obstacles that the department face. In the event of low probability but high consequence events, he said that “Congress needs to parallel what we do.” These actions, evidently, raise many questions pertaining to the role of due process when facing extraordinary circumstances. Earlier this year, Chertoff was cited by a New York Times editorial as “willing to trash …dozens of important environmental laws” in order to quicken the progress of a 700 mile fence on the Southern border. But at a conference held by Stanford’s Constitutional Law Center last April, Chertoff said that the “challenging legal questions” of what kind of capabilities law enforcement should have in the event of low probability high conse-

As one example of former President Bush’s outstanding leadership, he cited the Patriot Act quence events “fall outside of [the] department’s purview”. In other words, Chertoff believes the Department of Homeland Security should do what it thinks is right. Whatever debate ensues afterwards is, to echo an adage popularized by former President Bush and most of his administration, “for the historians to decide.” Unfortunately, people’s lives and, according to some, the very fabric of democracy are at stake. Following the address, Chertoff answered questions posed mostly from non-students, except for a final one, which came from a Criminal Justice/Political Science major who inquired about Chertoff’s future plans. “I’m not going to be a law professor, I can tell you that,” he said. Joseph Tingle is a junior majoring in English with a minor in pre-law.

Student Fumes Over Smoking in Public Places By Trudy Thompson

There are no-smoking signs posted in areas on campus, however, despite these signs, smokers continue to inconvenience non-smokers by smoking anywhere they please. I was on campus the other day walking to class and minding my own business, when I walked directly into a white cloud of smoke I blinked my eyes to avoid impact. As soon as I opened them I realized what had caused this uncomfortable situation. The smoke was from a guy heading in my direction with a cigarette in his hand. This got me upset because I was inhaling other people’s stale cigarette smoke against my will. Smoking in public is a nuisance, and needs to stop. It is already banned in most enclosed public places, but not in public places like parks. Many times I have been on a walk outside only to be confronted by a cigarette smoker puffing away in my path.

I was inhaling other people’s stale cigarette smoke against my will. A few days ago I was entering a beautiful park, satisfied that I was alone and enjoying the early morning breeze. But a smoker who went on his merry way, as if he had just won the Olympics and had been celebrating with a puff of smoke, interrupted my calm mood. Everywhere you go, you can observe innocent non-smokers who have to put up with selfish cigarette “puffers” who do not care about anyone else’s needs, but their own. I stopped to ask a few bystanders at a bus stop about the problem recently, and their annoyance and concerns were similar to mine.

“This is making us sick, and it is time they stop smoking in public places,” one man said. Needless to say, he is correct. I am not saying that people should never smoke. All I am saying is that they should smoke in the privacy of their own space. Lung Cancer is on the rise. This is not only true for smokers, but for non-smokers as well who inhale second-hand smoke. Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death among non-smoking adults, as well as among children. The American Lung Association statistics show that second-hand smoke causes approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths and 22,700 heart disease deaths in adult non-smokers in the United States each year. Second-hand smoke is also responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age in the United States annually. With these kinds of numbers, it should be Image from clear why being subjected to this severe danger against my will is upsetting. Yes, smoking is banned in almost all public places and work places, including restaurants and bars in the state of New Jersey. However, we do not see the laws being enforced. As people go through their daily routines, they are faced with exposure to cigarette smoke against their will, endangering their health and welfare. Let’s face it we are all at risk. Trudy Thompson is a junior majoring in Special Education/English.

Bailout Needs Better Oversight “Follow the money,” the source known as Deep Throat advised the reporters trying to figure out who was behind the Watergate break-in. That same advice would be useful for members of Congress trying to figure out whether the Treasury Department is doing a good job of using $350 billion in bailout money designed to stop the economic slide. As it turns out, though, tracking the Watergate money was a snap compared to finding out what Treasury officials did with the money from Congress. In a scathing report last week, a panel overseeing the bailout said the Bush administration was apparently not keeping track of how all of the money is spent. Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren, who leads the five-member oversight board, told Congress the Treasury Department would not provide adequate answers to important questions, such as how the money will combat the rising tide of home foreclosures and Treasury’s overall strategy for the rescue.

The heart of the problem involves a failure to track the $189 billion invested so far in more than 250 banks in an effort to increase consumer credit and lending to businesses. The banking industry as a whole has been criticized for keeping the money to improve balance sheets rather than using it to offer credit. It should not come as a surprise that the Treasury Department is handing out bailout money under the same “no accountability, no transparency” rules that governed Wall Street as the economy fell into ruin. Fortunately, a new set of managers takes over next week, but Congress must be clear about what it wants—and a lot tougher in making sure that it knows where the money goes. McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)


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What Exactly are Vitamins? Dr. Dr. Jessica Adams

The discovery of vitamins revealed they were organic substances needed by the body. Vitamins neither supply energy nor contribute substantially to the body’s mass with the exception of vitamin D. The body cannot manufacture vitamins; hence, they must be supplied in the diet or through supplementation. Vitamins generally serve as essential links to help regulate the chain of metabolic reactions that facilitate the release of energy and control the process of tissue synthesis. Vitamins are classified as either water soluble or fat soluble. In humans there are 13 vitamins; 4 fat soluble (A, D, E and K) and 9 water soluble (3 B vitamins and vitamin C). Some of the characteristics associated with vitamins are related to their solubility. The fat soluble vitamins are absorbed and transported in the same way as fat. Fat soluble vitamins are stored in liver and adipose (fat) cells. Water soluble vitamins are easily absorbed and circulate in the blood without the need for a carrier. Vitamins play an important role in overall health. Because each vitamin plays a specific role that cannot be replaced or substituted by another vitamin, it is important to consume an adequate amount of each vitamin. Consumption of excessive amounts of vitamins should be avoided since toxicities can occur. Two sets of guidelines have been created that

help quantify adequate but not excessive amounts. The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is a standard used to assess and plan diets. The standards are made up of four reference values: 1. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA): the average daily dietary intake that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirement of nearly all (97 to 98%) healthy individuals in a particular group according to stage of life and gender. 2. Adequate Intake (AI): a recommended intake value based on observed orexperimentally determined approximations or estimates of nutrient intake by a group (or groups) of healthy people, that are assumed to be adequate; AI is used when an RDA cannot be determined. 3. Estimated Average Requirement (EAR): a daily nutrient intake value that is estimated to meet the requirements of half of the healthy individuals in a group according to life stage and gender – used to assess dietary adequacy andas the basis for the RDA. 4. Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL): the highest daily nutrient intake that is likely to pose no risk of adverse health effects for almost all individuals in thegeneral population. As the intake increases above the UL, the potential risk of adverse effects increases.


WEEKLY HOROSCOPE By Linda C. Black Tribune Media Services

The DRI helps answer the question, “how much (nutrient) is needed each day and how much is too much?” IF the intake of vitamin(s) is insufficient due to poor nutrition, restricted diets, or inadequate intestinal absorption of the vitamins, disease can occur. Examples of diseases caused by vitamin deficiencies include anemia (due to deficiencies of folic acid and vitamin B-12) and bone diseases (due to deficiency of vitamin D or Calcium). Deficiencies of vitamins are classified as either primary or secondary. A primary deficiency occurs when an organism does not get enough of the vitamin in its food. A secondary deficiency may be due to an underlying disorder that prevents or limits the absorption or use of the vitamin, due to a “lifestyle factor” such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption or the use of medications that interfere with the ab-


Dr. Josh Palgi and

Today’s Birthday(02-01-09) You’re very creative this year, and also very lucky. You have a few old phobias and disappointments to overcome, but you can do that. Learn from the past and forge ahead. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is an 8 The Party Flag is flying. It’ll be easy to find friends who want to get out and try something wild and exciting. If you can’t think of anything, don’t worry. They will. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 Strong authority figures are OK, if they know their place. Stand up for your rights. Don’t let them take your hard-earned cash without your explicit approval. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Today is an 8 Follow a friend’s suggestion regarding new places to explore. Once you get there, you’ll want to stay. Any chance you can get Monday off? Cancer (June 22-July 22) Today is a 6 Avoid a person who always makes you nervous. Stick around someone who helps you through difficulties. This story has a happy ending, but it takes a while to get there. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is an 8 Delegate this next assignment to a person who cares much more about petty details than you do. You want it to be perfect, of course. Find a person who has the knack. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 7 Put up stores for the winter. If it’s already winter where you are, use this as a metaphor. Check to make sure you have enough to get by for a while. Get more if you don’t. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is an 8 A fascinating conversation leads to new adventures. Let yourself be talked into trying something you’ve always wanted to do. You know just the person who can. Invite him or her over for snacks. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 6 Spread out the household chores. Let guests participate. It’s always more fun when everybody’s involved. Besides, you just can’t do it all. Make it a working party. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is an 8 Can you do what you love and prosper? Isn’t that always the challenge? Yes, you probably can, if you’re so good that you can’t be ignored. That takes a lot of practice. Luckily, you love it, right? Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 9 Something that worked before can work again to make money. Retro is totally in, primarily because a lot of it works. It’s all about survival. You’re a master of that craft. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is an 8 You’re on the right track. It’s important to have a solid structure. You know the right people to contact, to make sure the rules are in place. Take responsibility. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 6 A wise investment now can help you secure the support you need. Hire people who can do the job. Make that commitment to them and they’ll take care of you.

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sorption or use of the vitamin. Most countries place dietary supplements in a special category under the general umbrella of foods, not drugs. This necessitates that the manufacturer, and not the government, be responsible for ensuring that its dietary supplement products are safe before they are marketed. Unlike drug products, which must explicitly be proven safe and effective for their intended use before marketing, there are often no provisions to “approve” dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer. Also unlike drug products, manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements are not generally required to report any claims of injuries or illnesses that may be related to the use of their products. A multivitamin provides some insurance against deficiencies but is far less important for health than healthy food patterns. Choose a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and healthy oils and low in red meat and unhealthy fats. Let the healthy eating pyramid be your guide. Trying to follow all the studies on vitamins and health can make your head swirl, but when it’s all boiled down, learning about vitamins is a great way to get proactive about your health. Dr. Palgi and Dr. Adams are professors in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Health.

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SPORTS Women’s Soccer Offers Helping Hand By Jessie Rivera

The Kean University women’s soccer team spent the holidays at the Hillside Food Bank helping those in need for community service. Each year the team spends time putting together clothes for children, but this year the team was asked to help organize supplies for some local teachers. A 12- passenger van was provided, and soccer Coach Doherty had to make two trips to get the girls to the location. Upon arrival, the team was split into two groups to get things done in an organized manner.

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The first group helped arrange stickers and scrap booking materials for five local school teachers who were chosen to pick out free items for their classrooms. The second group gathered all the pens in the supply room and organized them so it was easier for the teachers to pick from. This went on for about two hours. “Even though it seems like a small task this year, our help was needed and we were glad to give it,” said Kayla Duncan, a junior. Now that the season is over, the team meets with their strength and conditioning coach to prepare for a soccer mini-tournament at the end of the spring season.

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BACK TO CONFERENCE ACTION The Cougars returned home for conference action against Rowan University on January 7 and the first half saw nine lead changes and seven ties. The teams were tied 24-24 with a minute remaining in the half. With 33 seconds left Jonathan Jones broke the tie with a jumper to give Kean a 26-24 lead heading into half time. Rowan took a two point lead, 30-28, four minutes into the second half, but that would be its only lead for the rest of the game. The Cougars and Rowan continued the back and forth game until the last minutes when Kean gained a 10-point lead with over a minute remaining, and Rowan would not get within more than eight points. The Cougars won the game 59-49 over their conference rival as Michael Oglesby led the Cougars with

15 points in the win. For the second straight game the Cougars faced a NJAC rival – Ramapo College - on January 10 at home. The first half saw neither team gain a double-digit lead. Kean only held a onepoint lead once in the half with 16 minutes remaining. The Cougars did keep pace with the Roadrunners, though. As the half came to an end the Roadrunners had a five-point lead and Kevin Findlay made a layup to extend the lead to seven points, 34-27 at the half. In the second half Ramapo continued to extend its lead. Kean would come close on occasions in the half, but never took the lead. The Cougars reached within a point, 54-53, with four minutes left but that would be as close as Kean would come, losing 69-63.

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Cougars Climb in the National Rankings By Nicole VonGonten

While many students were preparing for finals and winter break, the Cougars Women’s Basketball team were preparing for much of the same. Unlike other students around Kean, the Cougars were looking to beat conference opponents and advance in the national standings. The Cougars defeated conference rival Rutgers-Newark, 59-41, in early December and the win gave Kean a perfect 6-0 record. The Cougars were rewarded days later on December 9, when they were nationally ranked number 1 in Division III women’s basketball. The team is the first to accomplish this since the men’s soccer team did it in 1993. After being ranked number 1in Division III, the Cougars faced a tough challenge in their next contest against sixth-ranked Messiah College on December 10. In the first half Messiah kept it close. The Cougars led with a seven-point advantage, their highest of the half, with over eight minutes remaining in the half. Messiah started making a comeback in the ending minutes of the half and with five minutes remaining tied Kean 19-19 on a free throw by Michele Schleinch. Kean regained the lead a short time later when Cardiss Jackman nailed a three pointer. The lead was short lived for the Cougars, however, as Messiah went up by three points, 25-22, as the half came to a close. Kean made a quick comeback in the second half. Ebony Jackson got the Cougars within one, 24-25, and then Melissa Beyruti sunk a three pointer to give Kean the lead, 27-25. Messiah never gained their half-time lead back. The Cougars went on to win 59-50, keeping their undefeated season intact. Jackman led the team with 21 points, while Jackson had 13 points,

Angelica Bermudez (left) and Cardiss Jackman (right) help lead the Cougars to victory.

and eight rebounds. The Cougars again faced a nationally ranked team in their next game against the University of Mary Washington (in Virginia). The Cougars jumped to a quick lead in the first half, 6-0. The first half saw the two teams exchange the lead multiple times and with less than two minutes left in the half the teams were tied 35-35. Ashton Mitchell broke the tie for Mary Washington with a two-pointer, to give the team the lead going into the half. The teams continued to battle in the second half as Mary Washington extended its lead to as many as 10 points early in the half. The Cougars were down 45-35 with 15 minutes to go as they mounted a comeback. Tiffany Patrick got the Cougars within one point, 47-48, with a jumper with 11 minutes to go. That was the closest Kean would get to the lead in the half. Mary Washington went up by as many as 13 points in the half and handed Kean its

first loss of the season, 67-58. Beyruti led the Cougars with 18 points in the game. The Cougars split their two games in the Grand Canyon Classic. Kean dropped the first game of the Classic to Maryville University on December 29, 62-52. Cardiss Jackman led the Cougars on December 31, with 16 points for the win, 74-59, over Lake Forest College. Kean closed out 2008 with a record of 8-2, and ranked eighth. Team Begins New Year Kean traveled to Pennsylvania for its second tournament in a week, the Days Inn Tournament. In the first game on January 2, the Cougars defeated Lebanon Valley College 55-52. Kean erased a 4435 deficit with a 20-8 run in the second half. This win also marked a milestone for senior guard Ebony Jackson when she scored the 1,000 point of her career. In the championship game the following day the Cougars faced the University of Scranton. Kean made a solid run at the

end of the half to cut Scranton’s lead to 33-30. In the second half the Lady Royals pushed their lead back to double digits, and the Cougars were never able to regain. Scranton went on to win 77-52. The Cougars returned home on January 7 to face conference rival Rowan University. In the first half Kean extended their lead to as many as 13 on two separate occasions. With two minutes in the half Ebony Jackson added a two-pointer to put Kean up by 24, 39-15, the biggest lead of the half. The Cougars took a commanding 19-point lead, 39-20, into the half. Rowan was never able to catch Kean in the second half. The Cougars built up the lead as the half continued and led by a game-high 35 on three occasions in the half, the last coming on a three-pointer by Olivia Triano to put the score at 70-35. Kean returned to its winning ways with a 82-48 victory over Rowan. Kean continued playing host to conference rivals on January 10, when Ramapo College traveled to face the 22nd ranked team. Early in the first half the Cougars built a comfortable 11-0 lead. Olivia Triano put Kean up by 20, 32-12, with a free throw with five minutes remaining in the half. Kean built its biggest lead as the half ended when Cardiss Jackman hit a two-pointer, to extend the lead to 49-22. Ramapo could never gain a lead on Kean in the second half. The Cougars built a 41point lead, 84-43, late in the half. Kean went onto defeat Ramapo 86-50. Triano led the Cougars with 16 points, and Danielle Brown finished with 12 points, and 13 rebounds. The win against Ramapo keeps the Cougars perfect, 4-0, against NJAC opponents.

Men’s Basketball Looking to Break Even By Nicole VonGonten

Entering an early December game on the road against Rutgers-Newark, the Cougars Men’s Basketball team looked to improve on their 3-4 record. Rutgers-Newark held a strong 14-point lead early in the first half when Deshawn Singleton scored a layup to put the home team on top, 20-6. The Cougars could not cut the lead to less than 14 points in the half and as time expired Rutgers-Newark kept the lead, 40-24. The Cougars did cut Rutgers-Newark’s lead in the second half when Dean Hughes scored on a rebound off of a Jonathan Jones’ jumper. The two-pointer got Kean to within 12 points, 44-32, but the Cougars could not cut the lead any further as RutgersNewark went on to beat Kean in conference action, 72-53. Hughes scored a team-high 11 points for Kean in the loss. Kean traveled to Moravian College on December 13 for non-conference action, its last game for nearly two weeks before traveling to tournament action. Minutes into the first half Moravian held a 10-4 lead over Kean. The Cougars took the lead from Moravian on a layup by Akinwande Oshodi, 11-10. Kean’s lead twice reached ten points but was as the half neared the end Moravian started to gain on Kean’s lead and the half ended with the Cougars leading by three, 28-25. Moravian quickly tied the game, 28-28, nearly a minute into the second half. The lead changed for the next three minutes but then Moravian began pulling away with an 11-point lead with 11 minutes remaining in the game. Kean then began building its own momentum and cut the lead to one point with seven minutes remaining when Vinnie Darpino made a layup. Moravian tied the game, 47-47, seconds later when Maurice Young made two free throws. Darpino broke the tie with a three-pointer, 50-47, that would secure the lead for Kean. Moravian kept the last minutes close, but the Cougars held on to the lead and won by a score of 60-58. Darpino scored 15 points, while Jones scored 14 points, to help Kean snap a three-game losing streak. The Cougars traveled to Ohio to play in the “Mose”/Hole Kiwanis Classic on December 29. In the first game Kean faced off against Mount Union College and the two teams

battled evenly for most of the game. Mt. Union held on to the lead heading into half time, 41-37. The Cougars pushed ahead in the second half with a 61-53 lead. Mt. Union took the lead back from Kean, though, and went on to win, 78-70. In the second game of the Classic on December 30 the Cougars took on Thiel College. The Cougars gained the lead with 15 minutes left in the first half and never let Thiel catch up. The Cougars won the consolation game, 76-57, to close out 2008 with a record of 5-6. Kean kicked off 2009 by traveling to Massachusetts to participate in the Williams College Purple and Gold Invitational. The first game, January 2, was against Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and the Cougars dominated, leading at half time, 35-19. Kean held on to the lead, 72-54, to advance to the championship game of the tournament. The next day the Cougars faced Williams College for the championship game. Williams held the lead at half time, 38-36, over Kean. With a minute and a half remaining the game was tied 62-62. Williams took the lead and the game with five seconds left when Harlan Dodson sank a free throw, 63-62, and went on to win 65-62.

RECENT SCORES MEN’S BASKETBALL: 01/19 Kean 75, College of Staten Island 75

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: 01/21 Kean 72, Baruch College 70

01/24 Kean 67, 01/24 Kean 67, Montclair State University 80 Montclair State University 59

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