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Volume 11 • Issue 8 April 28, 2011
New “No Strings Attached” Site By Jaclyn Tuman
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Student Org Elections - Who Won? By Andrew Czirjak
UNION- There must be a C.H.A.D involved. More than three weeks after the Kean University Student Government Organization elections were held, the results of the vote are still not final. The election results are being contested, according to Stephanie Faser, the director of the Student Government office. Faser released no other details. Questions to Kean’s official spokesman were sent to Faser’s office. The unofficial vote released by Faser’s office to The Tower on April 26 shows that the incumbent Adetokunbo “Dare” Thompson, head of Team New Legacy,
won with 451 votes cast, representing 51 percent of the votes cast. Challenger Benito Nieves, the current vice president of funded groups for Student Organization and head of The Educated Action Movement (T.E.A.M.), received 48 percent of the vote, with 393 votes cast. A total of 804 votes were cast for Student Organization president, an office which represents the estimated 12,000 full time students at Kean. The Student Organization, according to last year’s website, controls about $1 million in funds used for various student activities. This year’s newly designed web site does not state the budget of Student (Continued on page 11) Organization.
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A website, originally started for University of Chicago students, where students plan sexual encounters with one another, has recently changed from UChicagohookups.com to eduhookups.com, expanding to 21 different schools like Harvard, Yale, Brown, and UCLA. The founder, a University of Chicago student, who chosse to remain anonymous as stated in an e-mail, first created the site to give the school a more fun reputation. Instead of the common saying heard on campus, “the school where fun comes to die,” he tagged the website with the line, “where fun comes to thrive.” The website’s original page once stated, “Chastity is curable if detected early.” The site has stirred up some mixed feelings among University of Chicago students, according to CBS reporter, Mike Puccinelli. After asking some Kean students how they felt about the website, there were also some mixed views. “They make valid points and make it appealing to a student. However I think people will look at it as being desperate, said George Osei-Fosu, a Kean university junior. Some students, like Osei-Fosu and DJ Breck, a Kean University junior, thought the website was an interesting way for students to meet. “I think this website is a very interesting technique for students to get to know one another while in college,” said Breck. “Although it may seem like a ridiculous process to go through, I believe it is actually a less shallow process than using Facebook to meet a mate; going through someone’s pictures and deciding if you want to
continue to talk to them. In this format, individuals get together based a common interest or interests, rather than just relying on looks.” After asking if he would use the website, if made available to Kean students, Breck said “No. Well I guess, maybe, if I didn’t know anybody on campus or didn’t know any girls.”
“Don’t get me wrong, nothing is wrong with ‘friends with benefits,’ but that’s just taking it too far.” Even though some Kean students may not think the site is of too much harm, other students, like Amanda Oskierko did not agree with the site at all. “I think the website is ridiculous,” said Oskierko. “It’s just like Facebook but worse. Don’t get me wrong, nothing is wrong with ‘friends with benefits,’ but that’s just taking it too far. Also instead of using the internet so much, just go out and you will eventually find someone normally. You never know who is behind the other computer.” Some posts, featured on the casuals section of the website, are titled, “Lie tangent to these curves,” or “Cuddle the pain of finals away,” with choices of other categories, ‘platonic relationships,’ or ‘serious relationships.’ The platonic relationships have one page of posts, the serious relationships has two, and the casuals have 22 pages of posts. The site offers chat rooms, a shopping area to purchase (Continued on page 7)
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Make Your 2011 Summer Sizzle By Ana Ferrer
The end of the semester is finally in sight. All the graduating seniors have ordered their caps and gowns and the returning students have registered for the fall semester. It’s time to put those books away for the next few months and celebrate the best season of the year— SUMMER. Here are a few ideas and tips for some great summer adventures to really make it memorable. If you’re an adventurer and have some money, then go on and travel. But where to? Anywhere your heart fancies. There are Web sites out there to help students get where they need to go for discounted prices. Do you want to feel the luck o’ the Irish
in Ireland? It’ll only cost about $620 if you book through www.StaTravel.com. STA
you still can. The Web site features last minute deals
“We can help you build the perfect Europe summer trip.”
Hopefully this doesn’t happen to you!
Travel’s Web site has various travel deals for students, teachers and people under the age of 26. For those approaching their mid-twenties, take advantage of this while
as well as study abroad programs. According to their Web site, “whether you are wanting a cheap flight to London, the perfect Paris hostel, an all encompassing tour through the continent, flexible bus and rail passes, or even a volunteer project in Greece, we can help you build the perfect Europe summer trip.” Enticing right? Look at seniors and best friends, Chrissy Keeley and Genna Preston. They’re both
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taking classes during the first summer session and then heading out to Hollywood. “Everyone’s got a dream in Hollywood,” said Preston, an aspiring publicist. Keeley, on the other hand, is making a few stops before heading out to California. She’s going to France, and then Lebanon, before coming back to NJ to take the cross-country trip with Genna. For those who want to stay a little closer to home, try a road trip. The summer is the best time to hit the road. With the windows down, music blasting and the wind flowing through your locks, what more could you ask for? There are plenty of sights to be seen in the Garden State if you only want to escape for the day. Whether it’s the shore, the mountains (Continued on page 11)
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Graduation Information for Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony By Samantha Feller
It’s that time of year again, the weather finally gets warm and the school year comes to an end. For many students that means graduation, an important and exciting time. Friends and family are welcome to watch the hardworking graduates at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, which will be held on May 12 at PNC Bank Arts Center. The ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. More than 20,000 people are expected to be present at the commencement ceremony, both to see the students and guest speaker John Legend, recording artist, performer, and philanthropist. “John Legend is not only a singer, but also a social activist,” said University President, Dawood Farahi. “Sometimes we get really lucky with who is available to be our commencement speakers.” The speaker has won nine Grammy Awards, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.
of poverty and open up opportunities for many people. “A committee of administrators, faculty, students and alumni reviews nominations and suggestions from members of the campus community for commencement speakers,” said Jeff Theodore, a univer-
“John Legend is not only a singer, but also a social activist.”
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker, John Legend.
One of his big philanthropic achievements was in 2007, when he launched a campaign to use education to break the cycle
sity representative from Kean and Media publications. “The process of reviewing the suggestions and contacting potential speakers for potential availability is a lengthy one.” And the graduates are excited for the event. “Anticipating graduation is exciting but nerve wracking at the same time,” said Kean University senior, Christie Costa. “I’m happy to be graduating and to start a
new chapter in my life, but on the flip side I’m nervous.” The gates of the venue will open at 7 a.m. and parking will be at no cost. There is expected to be heavy traffic, especially near the center, so students and guests are encouraged to allow extra time for travel. Seating inside the arena is limited, but students will be issued two tickets inside the amphitheater; to be handed out with cap and gowns May 3-11. However, students may invite as many guests as they would like, as lawn seating is available. Former graduates, faculty and staff will be arriving at 8:00 a.m. to assist with the procession and congratulate the students. Standard security will be in place at the event as well, to ensure the safety of the ceremony. The Tower staff would like to congratulate the Graduating class of 2011. For more information on the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony please visit http://www.kean.edu/Commencement/.
2011 Graduate Commencement Ceremony By Samantha Feller
For graduate students who have worked hard, and are ready to take the next step in their lives, it is time to celebrate. On Tues., May 10, the Kean University Nathan Weiss Graduate College will be holding their 2011 Graduate Commencement Ceremony. The influential commencement speaker on the special day will be Joe Scarborough, host of “Morning Joe” weekdays from 6 a.m.to 9 a.m. on MSNBC. Scarborough served as a Florida congressman from 1994-2001. After leaving congress, he was named by President Bush to the President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce. He is also a member of Beggs and Lane the oldest law firm in Florida. The ceremony will be held at the New
Jersey Performing Arts Center Prudential (NJPAC) Hall located at One Center Street in Newark. Graduate students, faculty and staff are advised to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for their caps and gowns.
“… all guests will be required to show their ticket in order to enter the venue.” The procession will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The commencement activities will include graduates from Jan., and candidates who filed for graduation in May and Aug. Graduate students will robe and gather with their peers in assigned areas on the second and third tiers. No guests will be allowed in this area prior to the ceremony.
Graduate Commencement Speaker, Joe Scarborough.
Kean suggests allotting extra travel time, as heavy traffic is expected in the Newark area surrounding NJPAC. The lobby will be open for ticketed guests at 5:30 p.m. and seating will begin around 6:15 p.m. A parking garage will be available for guests, and prices will range from $14 to $16, depending on the lot. Each graduate student is allotted three tickets for guests, and all guests will be required to show their ticket in order to enter the venue. Students can pick up their tickets at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office from April 26 through May 9. Tickets will not be available on graduation day. The Tower staff would like to congratulate the Nathan Weiss Graduates of 2011. For more information on the Graduate Commencement ceremony please visit http://www.kean.edu/Graduate/.
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By Arkor Kolubah
The name, Rosa Parks, evokes an image of a tired black woman who refused to give up her seat to a white man; ultimately sparking the Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott that became a defining turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. However, there is another side to Rosa Parks that most do not know. Parks was an investigator who worked to bring justice to black women who were victims of rape and other acts of sexual violence during the Civil Rights Struggle. This revealing story was one of many offered by Dr. Danielle McGuire, a historian and award-winning author, who spoke on April 7 in the University Center at Kean University, about the role black women played in the Civil Rights movement, and the special suffering and perseverance they endured. The event, held in acknowledgement of Women’s History Month and sponsored by the Department of Women’s
Studies, highlighted McGuire’s book, “At the Dark End of The Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.” McGuire talked about how black women’s voices were often ignored. Black women, she said, were also more active in the Civil Rights Movement than they are given credit for, fueled by a history of rape and violence that up until her research had been written about mostly in fiction and had not been given much attention to in academia. “Rape and resistance to rape sits at the center of the Civil Rights Movement,” said McGuire. McGuire said that we won’t understand the Civil Rights Movement unless we understand the testimony of the women who were victims of sexual violence in the Jim Crow South. Using slides, audio, and video in her presentation, McGuire discussed the strug-
gles black women faced during the Civil Rights Movement. She talked about women like Recy Taylor, who was gang raped by seven white men in Abbeville, Alabama in the 1940s. When Taylor accused the men who raped her, she was accused of lying. Many people
“Rape and resistance to rape sits at the center of the Civil Rights Movement.” have argued that Recy Taylor, now 91, should receive an apology from the state of Alabama for not prosecuting the men and for not letting her voice be heard. According to McGuire, sexual violence was directly linked to power in a hierarchal system in which black women were assaulted and black men were demonized as sex predators. McGuire also talked about the brutality
and abuse black women experienced at the hands of police officers and bus drivers. “Police had just not a reputation for racist brutality,” she said. “But for sexist brutality.” Black women, McGuire said, were constantly harassed. But they did not always keep silent. For instance, long before the Montgomery bus boycotts, black women were speaking out and organizing. She noted, for instance, when a young teenager was raped by a white grocery store owner, black women organized boycotts because the police were not listening to their call for justice. According to McGuire black women, even more so than black men, were the key behind-the-scenes organizers of the bus boycotts. “Without this history,” she said. “It is impossible to understand why so many women walked in bus boycotts.”
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Hercampus.com: Women’s Magazine for Co-eds Comes to Kean By Jaclyn Tuman
Kean University has partnered with an online women’s magazine for co-eds, that gives students a national platform to write articles related to college life. Called hercampus.com, the site, which is partnered with Seventeen Magazine and The Huffington Post, offers college women information and advice on topics such as style, health and career. In April, Kean launched its own branch on the site with local stories of interest to Kean women—and Kean guys too, says Stephanie Musat, the Kean student running the branch. Musat, a senior Communication major, launched the site as part of an Independent Study project in the Communication Department. She said it includes multiple topics that the typical college female would indulge themselves in, whether they are fashion trends, fitness tips, or checking out photographs of Kean’s “campus cuties.” The idea for a Kean branch of hercampus.com came after Pat Winters Lauro, assistant professor of journalism and Tower adviser, read an article about the company
Tower Editors Take Top Honors By Andrew Czirjak
Kean University’s independent school newspaper, The Tower, picked up three awards at the annual New Jersey College Press Foundation Contest held April 16 at the Marriott Hotel in Trenton. The Tower’s Editor–in-Chief, Megan Muller, captured a second place award for editorial writing , her second consecutive award from the association. Last year, she was recognized with first-place honors for column/opinion writing. Muller was cited for her editorial following the suicidal death of a Rutgers student. On-line Editor Stephanie Musat, earned second place honors in news reporting for her story headline “KFT Questions Layoffs” while former Sports Editor Nicole Von Gonten claimed second place accolades in sports writing for a story questioning the sudden loss of Kean’s track team. The Tower claimed the awards out of the 250 entrees submitted by two and four year colleges and universities throughout the state. The contest covered articles from March 2010 to Feb. 2011. “It was a very strong showing,” said John J. O’Brien, the Foundation Director. “The articles submitted this year made the competition in each category hard to judge.” The NJ Press Foundation began in 1962, with a $100 scholarship awarded to a college journalism student. Since, then it has grown to help develop the next generation of journalists and to promote the importance of a free press in our democracy. The New Jersey Press Foundation is awarding $12,000 in scholarships in 2011 and is providing over $13,000 in funding for summer journalism paid-internships —more than $25,000 total. To find out more information on The New Jersey Press Foundation go to www. njpa.org.
that was started by two Harvard students. Lauro said many of her students are interested in writing for women’s magazines and thought it would be a great, yet inexpensive, way for students to get experience and publishing exposure. She also
own Campus Correspondent, like Musat, to keep up with the latest events on each of their campuses. A goal of Musat’s is to become one of the top 10 branches on the site, and to be acknowlegded by the national editors of the
hosts articles that offer trendy suggestions to students on a budget, such as, “Getting a Tan on a Collegiate’s Budget.” Musat is interested in providing the website with more in depth stories in the future, to give the Kean branch a broader
“It’s nice to have a site that is completely devoted to us.” Logo for Kean’s new online woman’s magazine for co-eds.
plans to use the site in her Feature Writing course in the fall. She asked Musat, who currently serves as The Tower’s online editor, to develop and launch the site because of her strong online skills, as well as her writing and editing abilities. As the “Campus Correspondent,” Musat is responsible for coming up with story ideas, updating all of the sites sections on a weekly basis, writing articles and editing all content. Hercampus currently has 140 colleges on its website, each with their
magazine. The Kean branch was just 100 hits away from making the top 10 list and Musat strives to eventually make it there. “I think it’s a fun site for college women to look through and a lot of their articles are things that we deal with on a daily basis. It’s nice to have a site that is completely devoted to us,” said contributing writer and Editor in Chief of the Tower, Megan Muller. Samantha Feller, another Kean contributor who has written short stories and polls for the online magazine. The site
perspective. She is currently writing a story about a girl who wears headscarves, or hijabs, to add a lifestyle article to the site. With each college on the site having its own unique articles, Musat said anyone from campus can contribute for fun or for a chance to be published in a national magazine. And this does not exclude guys. “The most popular articles on the site are those written by boys that give advice to girls. Those are like gold,” said Musat. But they better hurry. Musat’s independent study ends this semester, and another person will fill Musat’s spot in the fall. Lauro said she is currently searching for a replacement.
Senior Formal Gives Graduates a Last Hoorah By Stephanie Musat
Kean University seniors pulled up their dresses and took off their tuxedo jackets to flood the dance floor during the ChaCha Slide, as essentially the entire party danced to celebrate three weeks left until graduation, at the annual Senior Formal. In honor of Kean graduates, the Student Organization hosted a cocktail hour and reception April 15 at the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Parsippany, NJ. Students gathered in the lobby of the hotel for the catered cocktail hour, with a bar and light music. A cash bar was available to students over 21 years old – the second year in a row where the bar was not open. Because of the change, last year’s tickets were $30. Yet this year, the charge for the tickets spiked up again to $50. The cocktail hour transitioned into the reception around 9:30 p.m., and attendees took their seat—even though some snuck out to get in line at the photo booth. Guests wined and dined (well actually, sparkling cider and dined) to begin the evening, but as soon as the music started, food took a back seat. Heather Ostrowski arrived at the Sheraton Hotel at 3 p.m. She wanted to check into her room, do her hair, get dressed and take plenty of pictures before
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what she called “the last hoorah.” “It’s the way I am going to remember the end of college. I danced with my friends, ate good food and partied with the best of them. It was a good way to start off graduation season,” she said. Ostrowski said the dancing was the highlight of the night. After changing
Photo: Heather Ostrowski
Students dressed in their best for the annual Senior Formal.
from a pair of heels to her signature converse, she was able to stay on her feet, despite feeling that the music was not exactly her “scene.” The DJ alternated between top 40 hits and Latino music, with the dancing crowd following suit. But as any good party does, the classics were the most popular. About 350 partygoers danced to the Cotton-Eye Joe and
The Electric Slide in mass synchronized movement. It didn’t matter everyone’s background. As soon as the music said, “everybody clap your hands,” that’s exactly what everyone did.
“It’s the way I am going to remember the end of college. I danced with my friends, ate good food and partied with the best of them. It was a good way to start off graduation season.” Regina Lewis said the night was her “diva night.” The smile never lost her face as she was dancing, she said. Lewis, who didn’t go to her high school prom, considered this as her chance to “make a memory.” “I got my hair done, a new dress, my boyfriend was with me. I felt like a princess. Plus the hotel looks like a castle. You can’t beat that.”
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A Complete Account in “A Film Unfinished” By D.J. Jean
While for some, March 31 signified the much anticipated opening day of baseball season, Kean students were more preoccupied with an exclusive screening of “A Film Unfinished” by Israeli director, Yael Hersonski. Kean’s Jewish Studies Program, Holocaust and Degrees Studies and Human Rights Institute hosted the event at the state-of-the-art theatre inside the STEM building. Director of the Jewish Studies Program, Dr. Dennis Klein, who moderated the event, began with a few words introducing Hersonski. He expressed how the film maker was an accomplished editor for Israeli television. President of Kean University, Dr. Dawood Farahi also spoke during the introduction. He commented about his own travels to Jerusalem and the “Warsaw Ghetto” some years back. As Hersonski’s “A Film Unfinished” commenced, the audience’s eyes fixated
on the screen. The cinematic piece was not an incomplete work, but bestowed with a clever title to illustrate that Hersonski’s 91 minute documentary piece was a film about an “unfinished,” silent, 1942 black and white Nazi propaganda film called “Das Ghetto.” That film encompassed
“I’m a college graduate. Now what?” With the undergraduate commencement ceremony quickly approaching, May 12 may indicate to some that it is time to catapult into the “real world” and start looking for a job that will jumpstart their careers. But what is the outlook for these students? Will the job market embrace them? “Early economic indicators show positive signs for the class of 2011, as its seniors prepare to enter the workforce,” stated several studies released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, as was cited on the U.S. News website. After being surveyed, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that employers anticipate to hire more college graduates from the class of 2011 than from last year, stated the U.S. News website. “And in February, the organization reported that average starting salary offers to college seniors were up about 3.5 percent from the same time last year,” stated the site. Salary increases are not surprising the National Association of Colleges and Employers because “everything else is pointing to a positive market for this year’s grads,” said the employment information manager of the association, also on the site. And, not surprising, internships are still said to play an important role in the job search. College internships provide students with an opportunity to try out different careers that may or may not be a good fit for them, stated the Seventeen magazine website. “You’ll get a sneak peek at what it might be like to work in a particular field,”
Photo: D.J. Jean
Panel members left to right: Michael Berenbaum, director Yael Hersonski, and Dr. Klein, director of the Jewish Studies Program at Kean.
compiled footage of how everyday life was in the Warsaw Ghetto. “Das Ghetto” showed the disparity between wealthy class and poor Jewish people. Scenes contrasted what ap-
stated the Seventeen magazine website. “Plus you’ll gain valuable experience that will look great on a resume and give you something to talk about on your job interviews.” But there is hope for those who never had an internship opportunity. “Any experience that has a piece or two
“Any experience that has a piece or two of what you’re trying to go for eventually can still be valuable.” of what you’re trying to go for eventually can still be valuable,” said the director for student services at the University of Virginia Office of University Career Services, as was cited on the U.S. News website. Post-graduation can be a frightening and exciting time for students. Students are filled with a lot of anxiety in finding the perfect job right away. For students who are actively seeking a job, your search can be narrowed by logging onto such websites as www.simplyhired.com or www.indeed.com. These websites will take from different job searches and provide you with an overview of what jobs are available. “Of course pursue what might be your ideal [job], but also break it apart and get experience wherever you can get experience,” said the director for student services at the University of Virginia Office of University Career Services, as cited on the U.S. News website. And if these thoughts are not comforting enough, take pride in that you’ve made it through college; that in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. Celebrate your success. Congratulations Class of 2011!
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it during the panel discussion of this screening. The audience also heard a re-enactment from “Willy Wist,” the only person revealed of the Nazi camera operators. He told his account and thoughts on what transpired within the Warsaw Ghetto.
“...Hersonski’s ‘A Film Unfinished’ aimed to debauch the fraudulence ‘Das Ghetto’ has passed as accurate historic record.”
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peared to be the affluent Jews dining in upscale restaurants, to emaciated Judaic counterparts and enumerable corpses on the street. However, through additional discovered footage, Hersonski’s “A Film Unfinished” aimed to debauch the fraudulence “Das
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Ghetto” has passed as accurate historic record. Hersonski accomplished this by showing testimonies of individuals who were “witnesses to the witnesses of all this” as author Michael Berenbaum put
The panel discussion consisted of director Hersonski, Klein and Berenbaum. Moments after the film ended Berenbaum said the silence of the audience was an “eloquent testimony to its power.”
Returning to School After 40 By Lamar David Mackson
At 42, Tina Schendt had spent most of her professional life as an accounting executive for a firm in New York. Rectifying the books, tracking figures and creating reports just didn’t seem to be her life’s calling, however. Although she attended Manhattan College for accounting, her enthusiasm for the job decreased. After a six year hiatus to raise her family, Schendt decided to return to college to pursue a degree in education. Stendt represents a recent trend of older americans returning to colleges and universities throughout America, to obtain the prize of a higher education. Although individual reasons vary, the number of students above the age of 40 is steadily increasing.
“Some students think I am the professor, but I just laugh when they realize I am just like them.” According to Stacie Cistrelli from Kean University’s Office of Institutional Research, “The school has seen a steady flow of students above the age of 40,” said Stacie Cistrelli of Kean University’s Office of Institutional Research. “There can be a number of factors contributing to this trend. Some students have been victims of a layoff; others took time off to raise children, while others just want to take care of unfinished business.” Stendt, who enrolled at the age of 48, had been contemplating her strategy to get back into the work force. After taking a part time position as a school aid at a local elementary school, she soon realized that working with kids was her true passion. Now 55, Schendt has been attending Kean University, part time, for the last seven years to obtain a B.A. in Education. “After surviving cancer, the decision to go back to school was a breeze,” said Schendt. “I needed to prove to myself that I could do this, even though people thought I was crazy. Some students
think I am the professor, but I just laugh when they realize I am just like them.” The decision to return to the classroom as an older student can have some perks also. The promise of a better position, and increased income, are at the forefront of every American’s mind, regardless of age. Often, a job can reach a ceiling, which can only be penetrated with additional educational credentials. Hercules Vogiatzikadis, a 42 year old high school teacher in Newark, needed additional educational credits to satisfy requirements by his job. “I enrolled to meet these educational markers so that I can be eligible for better pay scales,” said Vogiatzikadis. “I have a B.A, in Special Education, but I need advanced certification credits to meet state requirements also. So returning to school was a ‘no-brainer’.” With only 36 credits left to obtain a Masters Degree, Vogiatzikadis is excited about future opportunities. “It is a grind, but I focus because I know it will have a good effect on my bank account later,” he said. The U.S. government is making the decision to go back to school easier. Based on a continued push for America to regain its competetive edge, the Obama administration has created numerous incentive packages to attract older students back to the classroom. According to recent studies conducted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in San Francisco, the goverment is creating numerous grant opportunities to encourage enrollment of seasoned students. A recent survey by Scholarshipexperts. com, finds more than 100 financial assistance incentives and programs, to encourage the return of mature students to the classroom. For Grace Cantazaro, a 47 year-old stay at home mom, motivation and incentive came from within. “It was easy for me to make the decision to go back to school because my mom made the same decision when she was in her 40’s,” said Cantazaro. “My husband and son were really supportive. I feel like I can do anything when I put my energy into it!”
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Smashion: The Online Solution for Every Fashionista By Ayana Gibbs
Pockets running a little half empty after buying books for class or filling up the gas tank? As college students sometimes we resort to sweats and a T-shirt due to a lack of funds, unable to purchase desired pieces with designer prices. We want high quality for less. Well, there’s a new sheriff in town and it goes by the name of Smashion, a start-up Web site that’s bringing you the goods for lower prices. Launching back in Oct. 2009, its sole purpose is to give fashion enthusiasts a place to connect with each other and buy or sell clothing. “The Smashion founders were inspired by the growing trend of mixing new and pre-loved clothing, and the lack of a dedicated community-based fashion commerce site,” says Vanessa Kuo, Smashion’s marketing manager.
Think eBay, but strictly for fashion. It’s the first of its kind, because it doesn’t charge you a fee to barter your clothing. Therefore, you collect the full amount of
the item without paying a middleman. Registered users are able to buy or sell lightly worn or new with tags (NWT) clothing, accessories and footwear. Searching through the site you’ll come across everything from Burberry tweed skirts, vintage Coach bags and limited edition pieces of clothing from top designers for as low as $20. There is also a men’s section, show-
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Volkswagon’s mid engine sport car.
nounced the car would become a reality sometime in the beginning of 2014. Although concept vehicles inevitably undergo changes before production, it’s rumored that this already perfect prototype will pretty much stay true to form. This mid engine two-seater is designed to be quick, economical and super agile while maintaining a reasonable price tag. The concept currently rocks a strong 2.0 liter four-cylinder Clean Diesel (TDI) engine that puts out about 180 horsepower. However, Mario Fabiano, the car’s project leader, said other engines are under consideration for production. This could include a gas powered 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder that would boast about 265 horsepower. “It will hit 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph,” Fabiano said in Autoweek. It includes a quick shifting six-speed, dual clutch transmission that offers fast gear changes with minimal power loss. This transmission is the most economical and agile transmission system in the world, a Volkswagen press release said. Volkswagen took the “less is more,” mantra by keeping the Bluesport light and simple. The concept barely makes a dent in the scale by weighing around 2,600 lbs. It sports a lightweight aluminum Boxsteresque frame, compact dimensions and a 60 lb manual rag top that is the lightest in
accessory?’ and ‘Would you let your man dress you up?’ people can voice their opinion and get commentary from others. You’ll spend hours on the site looking at the blog ‘Babble,’ catching up on what’s
“… there’s a new sheriff in town and it goes by the name of Smashion.”
Motor ways: 2013 Volkswagon bluesport roadster is on the way
Germany has given the world famous philosophers like Kant, and iconic classical composers like Beethoven and Bach. They blessed humanity with their beers and sausages. They even shared Heidi Klum. Now, their popular auto giant, Volkswagen, is about to contribute one of the most anticipated cars in the near future: the 2013 Bluesport Roadster. The Bluesport concept debuted at the 2009 Detroit auto show. It seemed too good to be true, until Volkswagen an-
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its class, according to Volkswagen. Not only is this concept made to rip around corners, curvy roads and long highway routes, but the multiple pit stops at Sunoco and Hess will become unnecessary. Along with its lightweight components and efficient engine, Volkswagen incorporated an eco-system to maintain maximum fuel efficiency. The Bluesport has a Start-Stop system, which shuts down the engine when at a complete stop. As soon as the driver’s
“It is the symbiosis of outstanding technology and timeless Volkswagen design that makes this car an exceptional sports car.” foot touches the gas pedal again, the engine automatically starts back up. It also uses energy regeneration technology. This means that when the car is braking, the energy is created by the alternator, which de-stresses the engine and improves fuel economy. All of these forces work together to give the Bluesport an estimated 42 mpg. According to an article in BusinessWeek, Volkswagen claimed that the Bluesport concept is more economical than the Prius, with 80 percent more power. “It is the symbiosis of outstanding technology and timeless Volkswagon design that makes this car an exceptional sports car,” Walter de Silva, the Volkswagen chief designer said in a press release. Volkswagen said that the new mid engine platform should bring the Bluesport to showrooms at prices starting at about $30,000. This sounds about right for the fuel economy and the power level the sport car offers. For those who don’t want to wait for the Bluesport, there are always other immediate options. Take a look at the Mazda Mx-5 Miata, the Pontiac Solstice or the Saturn Sky, which are all similar to the upcoming 2014 sports car. For those with a little more patience, the wait is definitely worth it.
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beauty marked: Safe, easy and affordable tanning solutions By cellestE valeanu
As warm weather decides to slip its way into the season, the desire to catch the sun begins to heighten. Being bronze isn’t only a “Jersey” thing; attaining sun kissed skin has been a part of our culture for years. There are plenty of products that can help you on your mission for healthy glowing skin without the harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays. It does not take a rocket scientist to know that the UV radiation from too much sun, and fake-and-bake coffins, are the main causes of skin cancer. Anyone who exposes themselves excessively to these rays is most at risk for various skin diseases. Bronze worshipers that expose themselves to tanning beds more than once a month are gradually thinning their skin. They are 55 percent more likely to develop the deadliest form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma, according to the National Cancer Institute. Most people rarely catch the rays on their faces because they wear some sort of moisturizer or powder throughout the day. With that in mind, the skincare brand Clarin’s© Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning, has delivered the perfect tint for the face and décolleté for even, waterproof color. It is priced at $33 and can be found on Clarins. com or at Sephora stores. For an alternative that gives instant results but is a little less long lasting, MAC© Cosmetics answers all bronzing dilemmas with an entire line of sheens and powders. The two new extension colors to the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Give Me Sun and Sun Power products, has unrolled powder bronzers that work for medium and deep skin tones. These are priced at $27 on MACCosmetics.com or in MAC stores. For an on the go suntan, try the TanTowel® towelette to achieve an even, natural glow from head to toe. This citrus scented product is found in Sephora Cosmetics stores for $24. It is conveniently non streaky, as well as long lasting and re-
quiring minimal touchups. Or you can try L’Oreal’s© Sublime Bronze Properfect Salon Airbrush SelfTanning for a subtle splash of natural color. It costs $10 at most pharmacy department stores. This product translates
“Bronze worshipers that expose themselves to tanning beds more than once a month are gradually thinning their skin.”
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Contemplating the negative effects tanning will have on her health.
to effortless sublime color with its mist spray bottle, supplying even coverage and golden brown color. If you have fair and sensitive skin, it is crucial to use a sun protector factor (SPF) moisturizer daily. This will hydrate and protect your skin from harmful UV rays throughout the warm weather wonderland. To prevent painful burns, Supergoop© SPF 30 All Over Every Day is perfect for vacation. It contains the antioxidant vitamin E and is waterproof. This is truly a miracle product for our fair skinned beauties and can be found on Sephora.com for $68. Now with all these tips to keep you safe and sun kissed through summer, let’s avoid those tanning beds and say hello to sensible solutions.
“When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.”—Adlai Stevenson
April 28, 2011 | The Tower
Tattoos, Rebellion, Jobs and Pirates By John Hurtado
As I sat beside a bloody residue napkin, a small child with wide blue eyes peered over the counter staring at me in curiosity. With his chin tightly pressed against the high counter, he tippy-toed himself up to watch the bald, short man penetrate my skin with a buzzing machine which would soon plaster Marilyn Monroe’s face on my arm. The child did not stare at me with the amusement one might have when looking at a Picasso. Nor did he stare with awe, like a boy meeting the love of his life for the first time. These expressions would have made this a regular encounter. However, this young man stared at me like an animal in a cage. For years I shied away from the idea of a tattoo. I was afraid that like the wideeyed young man, society too shall judge and stare. In a world where less and less jobs are being offered, would it be practical to be rebellious? Would it be acceptable to have tattoos hidden under my
white collared shirt and tailored blazer? Maybe not. But it’s too late now. This work is not a Picasso painting that can be ruined by some student falling into it at a museum. It is an art form that
Photo: John Hurtado
An arm formed by tattoos of my favorite painters and artists.
lasts forever, created in a moment of pain that lasts minutes. The judgments are not new, nor are the tattoos. The stigma of tattoos originated when thieving pirates branded their skin to highlight what and who they represented. Not much has changed in the past 100 years. However, more actors and mu-
A Ban on Salvia By Andrea Edwards
Search through the Drug Enforcement Agencies, schedule of control substances, and the name, salvia, will not appear even once. Recently, however, a number of states have elected to ban the psychoactive plant-base herb which is known for its potent hallucinogenic effect, making it illegal to manufacture or
will likely come to an agreement with the Senate. The herb gained publicity in Dec. 2010, when an online video surfaced of teen musician Miley Cyrus smoking it. In a report published that same month, by the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, the agency listed a number of street names that both salvia divinorum and salvinorin A are referred to including: Maria Pastora, Sage of the Seers, Salvia, Sally-D and Magic Mint. Historically, salvia divinorum has been used by the Mazatec Indians—an indigenous people, inhabiting a region of the
sic artists are striving to shed the image of the late ‘90s boy band era. Now, they identify more with the aura of a headbiting Ozzy Osborne and jacket-wearing James Dean. Tattoos have found its way onto some
“This work is not a Picasso painting that can be ruined...It is an art form that lasts forever created in a moment of pain that lasts minutes.” of the richest skin in the world—and these tattoos are no high note or moonwalk. These tattoos are something anyone can get. They are symbols of rebellion and insurgence, acts of bravery and things that can make you look like your favorite star. Unfortunately, I am not a star.
Graduate Student Brings the Kimono From Japan to Kean in Future Exhibit By Arkor Kolubah
How long does it take to get dressed in a Kimono? 25 minutes. That’s right; it takes 25 minutes to put on a Kimono, the attire the Maiko, apprentice Japanese Geisha, wear. Not very practical is it? But Samantha Jackson, a graduate student at Kean Uni-
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distribute. Moreover, many states have enacted laws outlawing its use, and have formally proceeded to classify the herb as a controlled substance. Today, both New York and New Jersey have introduced bills to ban the popular herb known as salvia. If successful, both states will join Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, which have banned the herb in one form or the other. “We are trying to do something preventative,” said Senator John Flanagan (R-Suffolk), in a recent interview published by the New York Daily News. “These things turn out to be gateway drugs to things that are a lot more significant ... a lot more dangerous.” Flanagan introduced the bill late March to the New York. The bill, which was approved by the NY State Senate in unison, came two weeks after the death of 21 year old Ryan Santana. Ryan jumped to his death, from a Roosevelt Island balcony, after smoking salvia. Flanagan now believes that the State Assembly, who, in its own version of a similar bill calls only for a ban on minors,
state of Oaxaca, located in southern Mexico. As a people, the Mazatecs practice Catholicism; infused with a pre-Hispanic concept of body, life, health and death, in which participants conduct ritual divination and healing, employing the use of Salvia divinorum. To Mazatecs, the herb is also known as ska Maria Pastora; referencing the Virgin Mary. According to the D.E.A., the active constituent of salvia divinorum has been identified as salvinorin A. In the U.S., materials derived from the plant is typically chewed or smoked. And according to the D.E.A., when chewed, absorption occurs in the lining of the oral mucosa and takes up to10 minutes for effects to appear. However, smoking pure salvinorin A, at a dose of 200-500 micrograms, can result in an effect within 30 seconds and lasting up to 30 minutes. The D.E.A. further cites a number of studies, listing the effects of the herb, but not listing their sources. No D.E.A. official could be reached to comment on why salvia divinorum or salvinorin A, was not on its schedules list of controlled substances, but did indicate in the report that, “Salvinorin A does not activate the serotonin 2A receptor, which mediates the effects of other schedule 1 hallucinogens.”
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“These things turn out to be gateway drugs to things that are a lot more significant ... a lot more dangerous.” Photo: Live.drjays.com
I am a college student who writes for the Star Ledger website. I make nowhere near enough money to be sitting in a Corvette, speeding down the highway with the top down. Nor do I have an exotic elephant fancying around acres of land, with a Ferris wheel and candy machine in my backyard like Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. I won’t be listed on this year’s Forbes list of richest celebrities in the world. However, I will have a college tuition bill that will stress my pockets as I prepare for the upcoming finals in the next few weeks. I’m just a regular kid. A kid with a dream inside my book bag which I tote around campus, just like everyone else. Someday, I may have to wear a suit to work and people may stare at my arms like animals in a cage—but I love my tattoos. And yes, when I’m 60, I will still love them. I’m sure I will have bumped into a lot more wide-eyed, tippy-toed, curious children by then.
Samantha Jackson (center) and two friends dressed in the traditional Kimono robe, makeup, and accessories pose for a picture in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.
versity, hopes to change all of that when her exhibition, Henshin Kimono opens on April 26. By exhibiting various types of Kimono, Jackson hopes to provide tips that will help make Kimono easier to wear, for people who are not experts in dressing in the attire. “A Kimono is a T-shaped robe inspired by the Tang Dynasty imperial ware,” said Jackson, who is conducting research on Kimono for her master’s thesis as part of her degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration on the Modern World. She studied the art of kimono design in Japan when she went there to work for two years and met elderly women who helped her
learn how to make the attire. She said that the women who helped her pointed out that the generation of people in their twenties to fifties were no longer wearing Kimono, and had lost their appreciation for the flamboyant clothing. The elder Japanese women learned that Jackson was interested in learning and decided to help her learn. The making of the Kimono is a 3 months process. “It’s tiring,” said Jackson. “Having to sit there and hand sew each piece was annoying.” While she admitted that she did not like the weaving or sewing processes, she said that she liked painting on the kimono, and enjoyed the entire process of creation. She learned how to wear the Kimono and the weaving and dying techniques in Japan, and learned how to put the cloths togeth-
“A Kimono is a T-shaped robe inspired by the Tang Dynasty imperial ware.” er from doing independent research. Jackson’s exhibit will showcase Kimono, the flowing robes with long wide sleeves and vivid splashes of color, all handcrafted from scratch by her. While her exhibit will mostly focus on Kimono for women, there are also Kimono for men. At the opening reception on April 28, Jackson will instruct people on how to wear a Kimono, and talk about the various Kimonos on display. The exhibit will be displayed at the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery. The Opening Reception will be held on April 28 at 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. The exhibit is opened from April 26-May 15 on Monday-Thursday at 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Sunday 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm. For more information on this and other exhibits visit www.kean.edu/~gallery.
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The Tower | April 28, 2011
A Glimpse Behind the Iron Curtain By Matt Marchesano
Four great musical talents collaborated on stage at Kean Hall, in celebration of three Soviet composers. Allison Brewster Franzetti on piano, Romie de GuiseLangois on clarinet, Brennan Sweet on violin and Susannah Chapman on cello performed three dynamic and emotionally-charged sonatas, in a showcase of early 20th century, classical music comprised for a showcase entitled From Behind the Iron Curtain. The one-time performance at Kean was on Thurs., April 7, and featured works written by Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. These men were widely celebrated during the WWII era, and are recognized today as the Soviet Union’s key composers. Prokofiev and Shostakovich were USSR natives, while Weinberg, originally from Warsaw, had followed Shostakovich’s advice in moving to Moscow in 1943. This was amidst a turbulent era in world history, and uncertainty was present in the air. Similarly the music compositions that the quintet performed were brilliant in shades of various emotions. Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major for Violin and Piano, op. 94a was the opening piece. Beginning suddenly but calmly, Sweet and Franzetti gently glided through scales with ease. The volume and brevity between notes increased and decreased throughout the piece, including a few sudden dynamic changes that kept viewers
excited to hear more. The second and third movements seemingly focused on different sound elements; the former, with a more playful and whimsical, fast forward-motion through each melody phrase, and the latter, exhibiting a soft-spoken, precise conversation between the two players. The final movement
pulled on the listener in ways that may seem unusual. In the third and final movement, the adagio, piano chords stomped like elephants while awkward, right-handed melodies controlled the message. Having built up suspense in the theatre, Guise-Langois took over playing the melody at nearly a
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Left: The Bolshevik; a painting from 1920 by Russian artist, Boris Kustodiev; right: The Year of 1918 in Petrograd; a painting from 1920 by Russian artist, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin
brought all themes together and excitedly completed the artist’s thought. Next, Sweet walked off stage and Franzetti was joined by Guise-Langois to perform Weinberg’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 28. Franzetti cascaded rhythmic block-chords underneath a frenzied violin, which remained the loudest voice throughout the piece. She demonstrated her keen sense of delicacies and remained the supportive voice. Weinberg’s second movement was a bit jarring, and riddled with slight unease. The key was minor, though the piece was not entirely sad or gloomy feeling. It
third of the way into the piece, and sent Franzetti to the background, just briefly. “It was so beautiful... I couldn’t believe how much I wanted to cry during the last crescendo before it got calm at the end,” said Alexandra Lawler of Edison. “I like how the violin sounded so sad but positive at the same time.” After a brief intermission, Franzetti took the stage with Sweet and Chapman for Shostakovich’s epic Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67. This composition was the most avantgarde piece of the night, utilizing syncopated cello harmonics and muted violin
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‘plucks’; the compromise between sounds were a bit foreign to the ear. Still, once the trio kicked into gear, the melody changed directions and the piece shed light upon the audience. The second and third movements expanded on the same ideas from the opening, short, curt violin notes and cello vibrations to build an atmosphere, while Franzetti danced across the keys. Still, these movements were a bit unfamiliar sounding, though their contexts made everything make sense. The final allegretto-adagio was exhilarating and heightened tensions in the venue to a wondrous culmination of an entertaining and educational evening. The fairly brisk tempo which started the piece took a sudden turn about mid-way, slowing the movement down to a light stroll. The recurring klezmer-inspired melody was reintroduced and used to wind down the performers to a light finish. Each composer celebrated were equally stylistic and unique, though based on epoch, there are noticeable similarities. The musicians utilize the piano in creating a spatial environment, acting interdependent, but separately from its bowed accompaniments. Overall, the performance was a symbol of true musical brilliance and made for an exciting night of early 20th century chamber music. One may even have called it an ‘iron-curtain’ call!
By Tom McWatters
John Pinette is one of the biggest and loudest in comedy today. With a genre as big as his waistline, his topics range from observational comedy, to self-deprecation and obesity. For the most part he works clean, but not all of his comedy is tulips and daisies; sometimes you have to work blue.
“Pinette could read a Shakespearean sonnet in his trademark ranting and raving, and still leave the audience hooting and hollering.” When most people get angry, your immediate reaction is to back off. When Pinette gets angry, you can’t help but laugh. Pinette has the ability to read a Shakespearean sonnet, in his trademark ranting and raving, and still leave the audience hooting and hollering. I wouldn’t advise drinking anything when watching or listening to this guy. You’ll be laughing so hard, it’ll most likely shoot out of your nose.
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Unlike most stand-up comedians, Pinette has spent some time on Broadway. He was a replacement for Bruce Vilanch in the Broadway musical “Hairspray” between 2004 and 2006. In addition, he has also done a number of TV and film spots. He was in the final episode of “Seinfeld” in 1998, Revenge of the Nerds III” in 1992, “IV” in 1994 and had a spot in the 2004 film “The Punisher.” Pinette also won the American Comedy Award for “Funniest Male Stand-Up Comic” back in 1999. Not a lot of comedians can say that they have that under their belt. Pinette has two stand-up specials: “I Say Nay Nay” and “I’m Starvin!” For the most part, both have the same material so check out either one on YouTube, or on his Web site www.johnpinette.com. Overall, John Pinette is an incredible comedian with a raging voice that will leave you in stitches. Comic’s Corner gives John Pinette, 10 out of 10.
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nections with Facebook and Twitter, as well as a link to register your school. The site, only open for a short period of time, has accumulated 400 users, according to Fox reporter, Tisha Lewis.
EMMY-NOMINATED POET URGES REMEMBRANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST THROUGH POETRY By ARKOR KOLUBAH
Off stage, Emmy-nominated poet and English professor at Kean University, Susanna Rich, is vibrant and animated. In rehearsal, she jokes and laughs with her team. She shrugs when they ask her to give another take. Walking through the aisle of the University Center’s Little Theater, she says to them, “You understand this is when I turn into a professional.”
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GETTING HELP BEYOND THERAPY By Casey murphy
We all have problems. Some people turn to medical professionals in order to sort through their problems and get the help they need. But what do you do when your psychiatrist is crazier than you are? Beyond Therapy, this semester’s Second Stage production, was written by Christopher Durang. It is a comedy that looks at the relationships between Bruce, Prudence and Bob, and their eccentric psychiatrists, Stewart and Charlotte. Bruce and Prudence meet through personal ads and end up going on a date. Bruce is overly emotional; a characteristic Prudence doesn’t think a man should have. He is also bi-sexual, and has a male lover, Bob. Needless to say, their date doesn’t go as well as they had hoped. But their problems don’t stop there. Both Bruce and Prudence go to psychiatrists who attempt to help them through their problems, but only end up creating more. “The relationships are just horrendous for every character,” said Brandon Elia, who plays Stewart. “You can’t help but just squirm while you listen to these people try to relate to each other. It’s just awful. It’s like peanut butter and salsa on a sandwich.” This play has many characteristics to it that will appeal to any audience. Although the character’s relationships may not be ideal, it’s the content of the play that is a big interest to people who know about this production.
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Left to right: Brandon Elia, Rebecca Bowe, Greg Scalera, Josh Schnetzer, and Megan Stone having an awkward dinner at Beyond Therapy rehearsal.
“The show opened in the 80’s on Broadway, and I think it was really ahead of its time with the themes it deals with,” said Josh Schnetzer, who plays Bob. “With dating and finding who you are with your sexuality. Audiences in the 80’s weren’t ready to see that.” The themes of finding yourself, your sexuality, and who you are tend to be heavy subjects. While in this day and age, people are more open to being themselves, there are some people who are still hiding from themselves, and prefer to stay away from the subject. One reason the director of the production, Victor Martinez, chose this play was because of the hilarity that buffered the serious themes. It’s these hilarious moments that makes the play a comedy rather than a drama. “I read the play for the first time about a year ago after seeing a scene performed in one of my classes,” said Martinez. “I’d be reading it and I’d be like, ‘Oh this looks interesting. Oh this looks like they’re going to fall in love. What did he just say?’ That just goes throughout the entire script. One of the reasons why I picked it is because I thought it was hysterical.” Beyond Therapy will be performed in the Zella Fry Theater in Vaughn Eames on April 29 and 30 at 8 PM, and May 1 at 2 PM. The production is free and open to the public.
Photo: Arkor Kolubah
Susanna Rich performs poetry at rehearsal in the Little Theater in the University Center.
“…when one of us falls down, we all fall down. Hatred is a plague.” When Rich gets on the stage, however, whether she is performing for an audience of seven, as she does in rehearsals, or for an audience of 103, as in the opening night of her show—Ashes, Ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust— she is completely transformed. She is not just a woman reciting poetry from memory, but conveying the human condition in all of its complexities. Produced by Rich and directed by Ernest Wiggins, a Theatre professor at Kean, Ashes, Ashes is a performance of poetry, depicting the horrors of the Holocaust and the necessity of remembrance. In the poems, Rich tackles serious issues and explores the rawness of the human emotion with the art of drama and theatre in order to convey a message to the audience. Her own connection to the Jewish tradition stems from her husband, who she married against the wishes of her father, a man she depicts as being resentful towards the Jews. She wrote about her father’s anti-semitic attitudes in her poem Passover, and about how she was able to free herself from the bondage of the separation from her husband that her father wanted to impose on her, to the freedom of love. Her poems deal with topics such as denial and repression. In the poem Sorry, a son of Holocaust survivors struggles to put the dark past of the cruelty of the Nazi Regime behind him in compliance with his parents, who refuse to talk about the atrocities they experienced. However, it is clear that he is traumatized by this past, and it is something that has haunted his family for a long time. In the poem Good, Rich depicts another form of denial; that the Holocaust never happened. From the view of an anti-Semite, he accuses the Jews of fashioning a mythical tale of their suffering, and of starving themselves in order to gain notoriety and wealth. As Rich depicts this character, one is not sure whether to laugh at the ignorance of the character or to be stunned by the fact that there are people today who think this way. She also pointed out that New Jersey and Pennsylvania are home to more, of what she calls, “skinheads,” than any other state. Denial and repression are not the only themes that Rich covers. Common human themes, such as sacrifice and love, are also covered. Rich intertwines her poetry with prose by quoting other poets and significant historical figures, such as John F. Kennedy and expresses the importance of poetry in helping us to remember, so we do not become numb to our conscience as a result of time. According to Rich, the title, Ashes, Ashes comes from “a children’s song about the Bubonic Plague—the Black Death—when one of us falls down, we all fall down. Hatred is a plague.” “Poetry brings us back to the body,” Rich said. “It gives us a way to stay awake [and] connects us worldwide.” To date, Rich has performed three theatrical poetry productions at Kean, and plans to do three more. The dates for these shows have not yet been confirmed.
DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM “FINAL FANTASY” REVIEW I was graced with the opportunity on April 2nd to attend a concert at the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music campus in NYC, which featured music from the Japanese RPG series, Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy has a long history behind it, releasing 14 games and several spinoffs in its 24-year history. While the games, as a whole, have been praised for their deep storylines and engaging gameplay, they have also been recognized for their music. Each game has its own soundtrack that helps the dialogue tell the story; setting the mood for many scenes. While people may not pay much attention to the music or sound in video games, they play a larger role than one would think.
“I really don’t know how many times I could say that music has ever given me chills.”
THE HIGH STREET MAN When it comes to fashion, guys are not given the same promotion as women get in print publications or with designers. Of course, there’s GQ magazine, and a handful of others that cater to men, showcasing upcoming trends, but not as many as there could be. Does that mean women love fashion more and have better style? Or that corner market hasn’t been dominated yet, and is still waiting for a breakthrough? Regardless, this article is for guys only; to enlighten those of the Y-gene species of simple pieces that will make your closet a hit. In my opinion, most male clothing is a derivative of sportswear. Designers took a piece like jeans, changed the fabric and the trouser pant was born. It’s great to have a good balance of a sporty look with tailored pieces. It gives you a nice combination so you don’t look like you’re going to play basketball or have a stick up your petunia. Since it’s nearly summer, you’ll be happy to know you can wear less clothing without getting fined for streaking. The basics of a T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes are still accepted just with a few minor tweaks. The almighty Tee is a piece that has withstood the sands of time and will continue to be a part of fashion because it’s simple. Try more innovative styles, like a slouchy fit; it hangs down the middle and shows a little “cleavage”. Depending on the fabric, this fit can work for a modest day at school to a night out on the town. Show off your summer bod with a sleeveless tee or play it safe with a fitted V-neck. It’s all about the dynamics of the shirt and what you pair with it; it’s sunny out so try them in bright colors.
from your party has to stand-in for someone in the cast. When the song was first featured in-game, it couldn’t be sung due to the limitations of the Super Nintendo at the time. Years later, a vocal track gave a voice to both Japanese and English speaking audiences. Finally, several tracks featured singer Susan Calloway, who tours with the Distant Worlds and sings many of the vocal tracks featured in the games. One piece of hers that really moved me was her performance of “Kiss Me Goodbye” from the Final Fantasy XII soundtrack. This track was used in-game as Final Fantasy XII’s ending theme. Many Distant Worlds shows have two showings, both with varying track lists so that no two shows are exactly “Final Fantasy.” the same. The intention is to give the audience a new experience every time they watch it. If you’re not a huge video game fan but appreciate beautiful music, this is a show that you should experience. Uematsu, with his compositions, has shaped not only the Final Fantasy series, but also video game music as whole. His compositions have become staple pieces within the video game world, and represent a standard that most composers have tried to follow. This music gave me the chills. I’ve been to many orchestrated concerts and none have touched me as much as this one has. Perhaps it’s my love for the series as a whole, or even just my love for music. I guess, when you put the two together, it’s a combination worth recognizing. I happily give this show an .
The music, at this particular concert was played by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and conducted by Grammy Award-winning conductor, composer, and producer, Arnold “Arnie” Roth. Along with Roth was one of the largest driving forces behind the music of the Final Fantasy series, Nobou Uematsu. He has been a composer for the Final Fantasy series and has had a stake in almost every game. A personal highlight from the show worth noting was their performance of “To Zanarkand”, the main title song for Final Fantasy X. In the game, the piano piece was used to point out several important plot events. The “Distant Worlds” version of the piece not only added several elements the original track, but also a variation of its simple melody. Another piece worth mentioning was “Opera Maria and Draco”. This piece was part of Final Fantasy VI. The game brings you to an opera theater, where a character
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By ayana gibbs, reporting from ENGLAND
Not into jeans in hot weather? Try trouser cropped shorts. They are very preppy and give you a clean cut look; pair with a tailored button-up or classic polo. Jersey Shorts are also great for those guys who are all about the trends. Longer than the average shorts and a relaxed fit, you could wear them with anything.
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”—Mark Twain
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Clockwise from top left: The basic logo tee; This slouch fit tee is summer must have; A new edition to denim - ‘Drop Crotch’ fit; Innovative take on shorts.
Next, we have another classic; jeans. For those cool summer nights, try dropcrotch jeans in a straight leg or carrot bottom style. They’re a creative take on denim and give you a slight edge; TopMan and G-Star have a great selection.
Jean shorts are cool, but for a more updated look try jean cut-offs. You can buy them from select stores or you could snip a couple inches off a pair you already have to save money and re-use your wardrobe.
With every great outfit comes the perfect shoe. Think canvas. Any shoe in that fabric is not only comfortable, but fashion forward. The ‘Espadrille’ shoe is taking over this season. This flat round toe shoe comes in an assortment of colors and sold practically everywhere. Also pick up a pair of TOMs shoes, which as similar to an Espadrille but without the visible stitching and a more rounded look. Lastly, research the boat shoe. Most brands have their own signature boat shoe in canvas or leather, so don’t fear. Hope these fashion tips guide you on what to buy. Keep in my mind my lovely gents what the great author Mark Twain said: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society”. So find your style and take charge.
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April 28, 2011 | The Tower
The Tower Department of Communication
THIS IS IT CLASS OF 2011 Well Kean University, we’ve seen the best and worst of times this year. We watched as The Bachelor’s Brad Womack propose to Emily Mynard (and then break up and then get back together and then break up again). We found a cheaper way to celebrate the weekend with Four Loko, and then got even smarter and stopped drinking it; on behalf of your liver and the local hospitals, I thank you for that move. Not to overlook, after all of the controversy that we were presented with, we got a pretty impressive review from Middle States. But we also faced turmoil. We pulled together in remembrance of people who took their lives in order to escape verbal abuse. We witnessed devastation in Japan, donating what we could in order to help those who are suffering. This is it guys. All of the work that we’ve put in over the last eight or nine months has paid off, and many of us will be marching down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance” in just a few more weeks. When I accepted the position as Editor-in-Chief this time last year, I had no idea what I was in for. These last few months have given me the opportunity to get to know Kean University, and its students, on a more personal level- one that I hadn’t anticipated. I was given the opportunity to inform my peers of issues involving Kean, and around the world, that they might not have been aware of, or hadn’t paid much attention to. Some may disagree, but I feel as though I helped change your views on many issues. I was blessed this year to work with a talented staff of writers and editors who have all grown tremendously since we started, back in September. The paper even won three awards, being recognized by the New Jersey Press Association for its hard work. (See page 3 for more details) I’ll admit, it wasn’t all smiles and good times. My patience was tested, stress levels reached an all time high, and the local liquor stores now know me very well. But… I’d do it all again in a heartbeat (and some negotiating) because it was a great experience. I’ve handed the reins of authority over to next year’s Editor-in-Chief, Stephanie Musat, the 736 emails in my inbox have been deleted (yes, that many were related to this newspaper have been saved since Sept.), and The Tower staff has celebrated a job well done. Sayonara Kean University, I am signing off. Good luck to those who are continuing their education, and congratulations to those who are graduating and entering the “real world.”
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POET’S PLACE NEVER GIVE UP By MELISSA JEWELS
Getting over the sustained scare Drifting off into a lovely dream Suddenly waking up from a SCREAM What’s going on over there? Not getting up, too weak So I stay, rigidly twisting in my bed Attempting to ease my throbbing head But it isn’t easy... Blocking it from my ears I’m present in another place My reflection shows another face One without the tears It is hard, I must insist But I’m not giving in to this
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ACADEMIC CALENDAR 4/28 7:00 pm 4/29 4:00 pm 4/30 4:00 pm 5/3 3:15 pm 5/4 3:00 pm
Otaku Anime Society’s Cosplay Fashion Show, UC Little Theatre Student Org. Student Council Meeting, UC 228 Lakewood Blue Claws Baseball game at First Energy Park in Lakewood, NJ ASL Club Meeting, CAS 335 Student Gov. Grab and Go: Snacks and Information, East Campus Lobby
5/7 11:00 am Sprit of the JERSEYS State History Fair Allaire Village, Farmingdale, NJ 5/10 7:00pm Nathan Weiss Graduate College Commencement 2011, NJPAC Newark, NJ 5/12 9:30am Undergraduate Commencement 2011, PNC Bank Art Center Holmdel, NJ
The Tower | April 28, 2011
An Editor’s Reflection: What College Taught Me By Rachel Rothspan
Coffee stops working if you drink it too often. This is one of the many things that I have learned being a college student at Kean University. In the five years that I have strutted across this campus, I have learned more lessons then I ever thought I could. I don’t remember what the 45th element in the periodic table is, and I’m still not familiar with the greatest minds of my generation. But I’ve learned a lot of things being a college student, and most of them had nothing to do with my education. Here are 10 things that I’ve learned: 10) If opportunity isn’t knocking, send a search party: Success comes to those who look for it, much faster than those who sit
back and wait. 9) Lost love is usually worth losing: Relationships can really hurt to get out of; until the day when you wake up and realize that the person was no good for you. They were holding you back. And thank God, they are someone else’s problem now.
“He’s a lot like Jerry Seinfeld, if you dipped him in WHite-Out.” 8) What goes down will come back up: Even the lowest of lows eventually go away. And they just make the highest of highs that much better. 7) Always have an Umbrella: Storms
can occur at any time. It never hurts to have a little extra support and be prepared for the worst. Then, when it happens, you’re still dry. 6) Fear is ok, if it isn’t holding you back: When you don’t do things because your scared, you miss chances. The best things in life are a little scary. And when you aren’t afraid to jump, you sometimes fall onto the right path. 5) True friends are better than ice cream: They cheer you up just as well, and they don’t make you fat. 4) Family doesn’t mean blood: Sometimes you have to make your own family. And as crazy or strange as it might be, they’ll be the people you’ll want in your life forever. 3) Revolution doesn’t happen overnight: It takes time, and effort, and a lot of frus-
tration. But the thing it most needs is a start, a voice, and a person who is willing to try to make train. 2) Stand up for what you believe in: Or sit in for it. Or lie down for it. Whatever it is, stick to it all the time. People may not respect what you believe, but they will start to respect you. 1) Sleep is overrated: I’ve spent many late nights conversing with different people - sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, sometimes yelling and others whispering, sometimes working through heart breaks and sometimes starting up new relationships. The greatest dreams don’t occur during REM sleep, they happen in real life. And if you are really tired, and you make sure not to over do it, there is always coffee.
HEALTH & FITNESS OVERWEIGHT, OBESITY, AND PERCEPTION By DR. JOSH PALGI
Overweight and obesity have become a global epidemic. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among U.S. adolescents has almost tripled in the last 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children between the ages of six and 11, increased from 6.5 percent in 1980 to 19.6 percent in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents ages 12-19 years increased from 5.6% to 18.1 percent. If your teenage boy is overweight by 30 or more pounds now, there is a greater than one in three chance that he will be severely obese, 80 to 100 pounds over a healthy weight, by the age of thirty. If your teenage girl is that much overweight, the odds are better than one in two. In 1980, 50% of the U.S. population was overweight; today it’s nearly 70%. By 2030, according to a study from John Hopkins University, it could be upwards of 86%. Obesity is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30kg/m2 or greater. BMI is calculated from a person’s weight and height (weight in kilograms divided in meters squared) and provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness that may lead to health problems. Compare your BMI to that of
established criteria to decide whether you are underweight (<18.5kg/m2), normal weight (18.5-24.9 kg/m2), overweight (25-29.9kg/m2) or obese (>30 kg/m2). The BMI measure has some limitations, however. The measure is quite useful across large populations, as it is well correlated with the degree of obesity and it is
“An understanding of factors that influence healthy weight-loss behaviors among overweight and obese individuals can promote effective weight loss interventions.” simple to measure in clinical practice. BMI is accurate for most people but not all. It may overestimate body fat if you are muscular and athletic, and report a high BMI. Likewise if you have low muscle mass it may underestimate your body fat and report a low BMI. Obesity is the result of caloric imbalance (too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed) and is mediated by generic, behavioral and environmental factors. An understanding of factors that influ-
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or state parks, there’s something for everyone to see in NJ. Feeling the urge to venture a little farther? Head up to New England and grab some luscious lobsters in Maine. Want to feel like a kid again? Head down south to FL and hit up Disney World. For the music lovers out there, step just a little further to the west to Manchester, Tennessee and camp out for Bonnaroo, a four-day, multistage camping festival held on a 700-acre farm. Bonnaroo would be the ultimate musiccinema-camping-comedy-lover road trip. Picture this: camping out under the stars, hanging out and meeting new people while being serenaded by the sounds of the final
ence healthy weight-loss behaviors among overweight and obese individuals can promote effective weight loss interventions. Recently, an interesting study examined an additional factor. Women and children, who are overweight and obese, may have a skewed vision of just how heavy they are. The study found that many of the subjects
bands ending their sets. Is camping not your thing? Try a weekend trip to the good ol’ Jersey shore. Lay on the beach at Wildwood, or try your luck in Atlantic City for the weekend. Nobody can deny the penny slots, or the free drinks. Whatever tickles your fancy, the summer is the best time of year to go out there and try something new. And a word of advice from The Tower’s own Editor-in-Chief, Megan Muller, “Don’t book through www.CheapCaribbean.com. If, by chance, you have to cancel, you’ll end up paying more in fees than the trip would’ve cost. It’s such a scam!”
“Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending, however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement and a beginning for the new graduate.” —Catherine Pulsifer
underestimated how much they actually weighed. Researchers surveyed 111 mothers, average age 39, and 111 children, age seven-13, and found that about 66% of the mothers were overweight or obese and about 39% of the children were overweight or obese. Among the mothers, about 82% who were obese, underestimated their weight, and about 43% who were overweight underestimated their weight. Only 13% of normal weight women underestimated how much
they weighed. Among the children, about 86% who were overweight or obese underestimated their weight, while only 15% of normal weight children did so. About 41% of children thought their mothers could lose a few pounds, while among mothers who had overweight or obese children, 47.5 thought their children were a normal weight. Researchers found the vast majority of the overweight people weighed more than they thought they did and the heavier they were, the more likely they were to underestimate their weight. These findings imply that not only is obesity prevalent in urban America, but that those most affected by it are either unaware or underestimate their true weight. In addition, obesity has become an acceptable norm in some families. Strategies to overcome the obesity epidemic will need to address this barrier to weight loss. Dr. Josh Palgi is a professor in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Health Department.
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This year’s election was for a newly restructured Student Organization that eliminated four positions, including the Office of Funded Groups. T.E.A.M. representative, Iliana Jimenez, a junior, won the seat for vice president, with 51 percent of the vote, taking 405 votes and beating Al-teef Jones from Team New Legacy, who received 48 percent of the votes with 385 cast. Joseph Bertero from Team New Legacy won the vote for Vice President of Kean at Ocean. Bertero ran unopposed. For the office of the Assistant Secretary Roselena Twyne, from Team New Legacy won with 51 percent of the vote with 407 votes beating Rebecca Jones from T.E.A.M. winning 48 percent of the vote with 383 votes. Other election results winners: Senior Class President Dariany Santana—T.E.A.M. Senior Class Vice President Marvin Andujar—T.E.A.M.
Senior Class Treasure Mike Tomasinio—T.E.A.M Senior Class Secretary Jahir Calderon – T.E.A.M. Junior Class President Brandon Horsley—Team New Legacy Junior Class Vice President Results not available. Junior Class Treasurer Melanie Calatayud. Team New Legacy Junior Class Secretary Gregory J. Benedict Jr.—Team New Legacy. Sophomore Class President Rob Lerner—Team New Legacy. Sophomore Class Vice President Trudi-Ann Lawrence—Team New Legacy. Sophomore Class Treasurer Jessica Zaki—Team New Legacy. Sophomore class Secretary Daniela Blake—Team New Legacy
April 28, 2011 |
Students Model in Cultural Fusion Fashion Show Fierce was an understatement on April 8, 2011, as models worked the runway in the African Student Association’s “Cultural Fusion” fashion show, featuring traditional and urban clothing. After a roll call of nationalities, the show started with an African Dance Troupe, while models walked through their routine. A packed Wilkins Theater cheered as the first models, wearing African garb, strutted onto the stage. Kean University students modeled clothes from student and local designers, including Duane Fish and Samuel Lam. Both male and female models strutted their stuff in a two-hour show. “The night went very well,” said Theophane Odoemane, of the African Student Association.”I was so impressed with my general body and e-board members for making this fashion show magnificent.” The African Student Association is a campus cultural organization committed
to providing students with the opportunity to explore the beauty of the African culture, primarily through spreading diversity throughout the student body with
she heard about the fashion show, she got tickets. She wasn’t disappointed. “The fashion was on point,” she said. “It was great to watch. Sure, not all of it was
dents. Walking in four inch heels is hard, she said. But they made it look easy. “There were some baby Naomis out there. They worked it,” said Levine.
“There were some baby Naomis out there. They worked it.”
Photo: Stephanie Musat
Models walked the runway in the “Cultural Fusion” fashion show.
a variety of activities and programs, according to their mission statement. Bryant Mekoba and Samatha Kelly hosted the show, adding their input on fashions, and a few marriage proposals to the models. Ashley Levine, a junior education major, considers herself a “fashionista.” She likes to know the newest style trends, so when
wearable, but it made a good show.” With a smile on her face, Levine mentioned her favorite part of the show, “the chocolate.” The male models, especially when shirtless, garnered the most reaction for the majority female audience, and Levine was one of those cheering. Levine said all the models were impressive, considering they were all Kean stu-
Anika McGovern was visiting Levine from Rutgers University, where she said they have a similar fashion show every year. But McGovern said the crowd was much more alive at Kean, and if they liked what they saw, they let the models know. “It got loud in there,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be so loud. But people let the models know what they liked. The audience was alive, which made it a lot of fun.”
The Grand Study Hall is All the Rave By Nicole Marie Padinha
While struggling to make sense of your homework through the chatter of people in the UC or Starbucks, you may have thought, ‘Why isn’t there a nice quiet place to study on campus?’ The third floor of the Nancy Thompson Library holds the answer. The Grand Study Hall was opened Nov. 3, 2009, in order to provide a quiet place for students to study. It was designed to meet the desire of numerous students, such as junior Lauren Frisolli, an English
“I never knew this was up here … I was able to study for my mid-term without any distractions.” major, who constantly seek a quiet, relaxing space to study during long breaks between classes. “I never knew this was up here, until I went looking for an individual quiet study room,” said Frisolli. “I was able to study for my mid-term without any distractions.” The Grand Study Hall is 3,500 squarefeet of quiet. Playing into the room’s relaxing ambience, windows on all sides provide ample natural light. There are numerous pieces of furniture that are both comfortable and functional, and tables and chairs that can be moved in order to make room for large groups, or for an individual to
Photo: Stephanie Musat
By Stephanie Musat
View of The Grand Study Hall
move to a less crowded area. You’ll never have to go from booth to booth, looking for a working outlet again. The Grand Study Hall has a plethora of outlets to re-charge your computer or phone, scattered throughout the room. Like the rest of campus, the room is also equipped with Wi-Fi. The best part? The Grand Study Hall is sound proof! You can finally get lost in your class notes and textbooks. You won’t hear chatter from the rest of the library, or squeals from the espresso machine. “I used to love sitting in the back of the library to study for my exams,” said sophomore Ryan Conrad, an Accounting Major. “But ever since they built that Starbucks, the library is full of noise from the machines, and people talking. Now I love to come up here, it’s quiet and no one bothers you.” If you’re looking for a nice, quiet place to study, or to sit back and relax in-between classes, check out the Grand Study Hall on the third floor of the Nancy Thompson Library. You’ll be glad you did!
“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”—Tom Brokaw
April 28, 2011 | The Tower
The Battle in the Western Conference Begins By Darien Evan-Raines
The final spots came down to the last day, to see who would enter the tournament for Lord Stanley’s Cup for the Western Conference. Any team has a punchers chance of making it to the Stanley Cup Finals. But who will survive? #1 Vancouver Canucks – The number one team in goals this season and one of the most dangerous teams are the Canucks. They had two goal scorers in Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kessler that scored more than 40 goals. Prediction: Canucks and their deep team will make it to the second round. But lose to the San Jose Sharks. #2 San Jose Sharks – They are ready for a run with acquiring last year’s Stanley Cup Winners goalie in Antti Niemi. The Sharks also get there competitive leader
back in Ryan Clowe. Prediction: The Sharks are ready to make a big bang in the playoffs getting all the way to the Stanley Cup but losing to Washington Caps. #3 Detroit Red Wings – Year in and year out the Red Wings are consistently in contention and in the playoffs. This is their 20th consecutive Stanley Cup playoffs appearance. This squad is filled with post season ready players. Prediction: Even though the Red Wings are well seasoned. I see them making to the Semis-Finals and losing to the Anaheim Ducks. #4 Anaheim Ducks – Ducks have the league leading goal scorer with 50 by Corey Perry. This is my surprise team to make some noise in this year’s playoffs. They are one of the best capitalizing on power play opportunities with 67 this season.
Prediction: The Ducks will get to the Western Conference Finals and lose to the Sharks. #5 Nashville Predators – Nashville will have a short cameo appearance in this year’s playoffs. Even though defensively there are fine with goalie Pekka Rinne they just don’t score enough to contend with these high scoring teams in the West. Prediction: Nashville will lose in the first round of the playoffs to the Ducks. #6 Phoenix Coyotes – The Coyotes will give the Red Wings a run for their money in the first round. The Coyotes don’t have a stand out player, and they play real good team hockey. Prediction: The Red Wings have a history of success and are ready for the Coyotes who won’t out score the Wings. Coyotes don’t have goalies good enough to contend, and will exit out in the first round.
#7 Los Angeles Kings – The Kings come in the playoffs on a losing streak. Things don’t look good for them because they are 25th in goals per game, and 21st in converting power plays. You must dot your I’s and cross your T’s during power play situations in the playoffs. Prediction: It’s too late for them to figure out a way to fix this power play problem, going up against the San Jose Sharks, who are on a roll. Kings lose in the first round. #8 Chicago Blackhawks – Last year’s Stanley Cup winners have made the playoffs barely letting it come down to the final day of the season. They are clearly not the same team as last year especially since they lost their goaltender. Prediction: Since the Blackhawks limped in the playoffs, I predict they will leave in the same way with a first round loss.
NHL Eastern Conference Predictions #4 Pittsburgh Penguins – The poor Penguins have been hit by the injury bug all season. Not having Evgeni Malkin, and probably no Sidney Crosby, for the first round has put them in a position for their formidable mixture of veterans and youngsters to step up. Even with all these injuries, Coach Dan Bylsma has done an impressive job with the absence of his star. Prediction: The loss of Crosby will hinder them in the first round against the Lighting.
By Darien Evans-Raines
This NHL season has come in like a lion and hopefully will go out like a lamb. But so far, April has only showered us with tight battles for the last remaining playoffs spots. However, by May, a new winner of the Stanley Cup will blossom. Now, since the playoff teams are set and the regular season is over, it’s time to predict who will advance to skate another day, go home in agony or win in glory. Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference. #1 Washington Capitals – The Caps, with Alex Ovechkin, are like Lebron, when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Clearly they have one of the best players and scorers in the league. With their fire power in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble and Nicklas Backstrom, they will out talent most teams. Prediction: Finally, Ovechkin and the Caps, after being contenders every year, will be the ones kissing the Stanley Cup this year. #2 Philadelphia Flyers – The Flyers were the surprise team in last season’s playoffs, and they continued their impressive play this season. The problem with the Flyers, however, is they lost steam and went into a whirlwind to end the season, almost dropping down in seeds.
Prediction: This negative momentum won’t help them against the Buffalo Sabres in the first round. They will probably go seven games in this first series, but fall short to the surging Sabres. #3 Boston Bruins – The Brew Crew, yet again, made a run for the Cup. With their all-star goalie, Tim Thomas, guarding the post, they are geared up and ready. In hockey, more than any other sport, all you need is a goalie to catch fire, and this team is proof. The Bruins first round match-up is against the Canadiens, who they lost the season series to 4-2. Prediction: The Bruins will get their revenge against the Canadiens, and will get to the Eastern Conference Finals and lose to the Washington Capitals.
#5 Tampa Bay Lighting – The high powered Lighting go into the playoffs losing only one game out of eight. New kid on the block, Steven Stamkos, scored 45 goals this season and was second in the league in goals scored. The acquisition of veteran goalie, Dwayne Roloson, during the midseason has solidified this team for a playoff run. Prediction: The Lighting being led by their veteran duo in Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier will skate by the Penguins but fall short against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Prediction: Casey Price will be in his first playoff series in his career and this will be good experience, as the Canadiens will be out of the first round of the playoffs. #7 Buffalo Sabres – One of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Sabres, have continued to impress from the rough start in the beginning of the season. Luckily, they will get their Olympic goalie back from an upper body injury, and will be ready just in time for the playoffs. Prediction: The red hot Sabres will scorch the floundering Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. But Alex Ovechkin and his Caps will cook the Buffalo Sabres in the semi-finals. #8 New York Rangers – New York has been waiting a long time for both Madison Square Garden’s teams to coincide in the playoffs. Prediction: With the loss of one of their top goal scorers, Ryan Callahan, and the hot and cold performance of Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers just don’t have enough to go far. They will fall to the Caps in round one.
#6 Montreal Canadiens – The Canadiens faithfully love this team and their new, full-time goalie, Casey Price. Price has won the starting role this season over Alex Auld.
INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER: What will you miss most about Kean University?
By the Tower staff
Casey Murphy Senior, English Writing
Charley Falkenburg Senior, Journalism
Matt Chin Senior, Journalism
Rachel Rothspan Senior, Journalism
“The friends and professors I met in the past 4 years, and learning.”
“The third floor of the CAS. They served some amazing caffeine in the forms of coffee and soda.”
“Interacting with all the students and professors in class.”
“I’ll miss the people. I have met some people that I know will change the world.”
The Tower | April 28, 2011
A Fundraising Project Becomes More Personal Than Expected By Nicole Von Gonten
In the beginning of the spring semester, a proposition was brought to my sports’ marketing class by Professor Jerry Dailey. Professor Dailey informed our class that he had been in contact with the Lakewood BlueClaws, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, and they were interested in working with us to organize some kind of project. Our class, jumped at the opportunity to work with a professional team. We found out that we would be the ones in charge of every aspect of the project; from selling the tickets to advertising the game. In the weeks that followed, Joe Harrington, the BlueClaws director of ticket sales, came to talk to the class about the project and the direction we wanted to go in. We all knew we wanted to do something that would raise money for a worthy cause, but we had not yet figured out what charity we were going to help. At our second and last meeting with
Harrington, we were all worried because we were not sure what direction we wanted to go in or how to make this project work. As we were all sitting there, wondering what to do, Ryan Torok took us all by surprise with his suggestion.
of the class, and informed the class on why we should fundraise for Camp Happy Times. And he did just that; we were all in.
“This had not just become an opportunity for us to show off our marketing skills, but an opportunity to raise money for a really good cause.” Standing in front of a classroom is never an easy thing to do; anyone who has done it should know. It takes courage to go up there and share your story. But, it takes even more courage to try and persuade a class to fundraise for a charity that you hold close to your heart. Torok did just that. He stood in front
Photo: Ryan Took
Ryan Took and his girlfriend, Ally Gerhart.
Torok began to tell us about the camp that he had gone to as a child, and still goes to. What makes this camp different than any other is this is where children, ages 5-21 that have or had cancer, can go for a week, free of charge, to forget about their troubles.
Listening to Torok’s story of his experience at Camp Happy Times, it became clear what we had to do. As a committee, we all put our heads together to come up with ways to sell tickets and to get people to come. This had not just become an opportunity for us to show off our marketing skills, but an opportunity to raise money for a good cause. “Camp Happy Times (CHT) promotes friendship, independence, and a spirit of cooperation for cancer patients and survivors,” stated the camp’s website. “The CHT philosophy is to provide a recreationally therapeutic environment that engages participants while building self-esteem, confidence, trust and friendship.” On April 30, we will head to First Energy Park in Lakewood, NJ, to see how our work has paid off. This was something that had started out as a marketing project with the BlueClaws, but has now turned into something much more.
Men’s Volleyball Team Close Their First Season By Christine Valdez
The Cougars’ first year as a varsity men’s volleyball team has come to a close. The first-year program closed their season with a game against Stevenson University, leaving their season record at 11-23. They went on to finish the Metro Division Conference with a record of 4-8. Coach Donald Perkins says that the team played a challenging schedule. This season included five matches against Division I and Division II teams. Along with those matches, nine other games were against nationally ranked teams. “There were a few nights where we took some lumps on the score board,” said Perkins. “But I know those matches were some of the most important to the development of our players and our team.” Perkins believes that the team did reach some accomplishments despite the final season record. They won both games against New Jersey City University, which the coach declares have been around for approximately 22 seasons. Most of the teams that were on the schedule this season have been around for years, so to Per-
kins it was a great start to the program. Some of the highlights this season included Steve Vahalla, a sophomore and one of the team’s outside hitters, being named second team All-Metro Division. Vahalla had over 400 kills this season. Along with finding success, the team also encountered some rough times. Christian Portera, a junior and one of the team’s outside hitters, suffered an injury that kept him out of the last 10 games of the season. Prior to his injury, Portera had six matches of double-digital kills. The team, however, stepped up to cover his absence, especially with the help of Alx Draughn and Mike Fox. Despite the outcome of the season, Perkins is content with how it panned out. Most of the players will be returning next year. The team is looking forward to taking the next step as a program, stated Perkins. “There is a lot of optimism around the program,” Perkins said. “Most of the players will be back next year and we start a new conference that we are excited about.”
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NBA Playoff Predictions
The 2010-2011 NBA season had enough storylines to fill an entire season of your mom’s favorite soap opera. From the very beginning, we had Wade, Lebron, and Bosh trying to figure it out in Miami, the Lakers quest for a third straight NBA title, and, of course, the Melo drama that eventually worked itself out in New York’s favor. If an NBA regular season is indicative of the playoffs, then we’re in for one heck of a ride. EAST PREDICTIONS - FIRST ROUND Bulls vs. Pacers | Chicago in five Derrick Rose is a star, plain and simple. His MVP-type season has made the Bulls what they are, a 60- game winner. I expect Rose to have a dominant series against the Pacers because frankly they don’t have a true point guard that can match up with him. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah will need to play much better than they did down the stretch for the Bulls to put the Pacers away early. Orlando vs. Atlanta | Atlanta in seven The Hawks are set to face a Magic team that they beat three times in the regular season. I think this trend continues into the playoffs. I feel the Magic are a better team than the Hawks, but they just can’t seem to beat this team. The Hawks are deep at point guard with Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford, which I feel will be too much for Orlando to handle. I can see this series going the distance. Boston vs. New York | New York in seven The Celtics have handled the Knicks in each of their regular season matchups. It seems no matter how hard the Knicks play, the Celtics just find a way to beat them. The Knicks, however, seem to be peaking at the right time while the Celtics have looked very poor of late. I’m going out on a ledge here and predict that the Knicks will finally break through and beat the Celtics. The loss of center Kendrick Perkins will, ultimately, cost the Celtics a run for the championship. Miami vs. Philadelphia | Miami in four The Sixers fought hard in the second half of the season to clinch a playoff spot. Unfortunately for them, they have to face the powerhouse that is the Miami Heat. The Heat beat the Sixers handily in their regular season meetings. I expect the dominance to continue as the Heat’s big three will prove to be too much for Philly.
“When James and Wade drive to the hole and dish it to the 3-point line, Bibby will be there waiting to drain it.” CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Chicago vs. Atlanta | Chicago in six I like the Bulls in this matchup. The Bulls have a fantastic blend of youth and veteran players to get past the Hawks. I expect Hawks’ superstar Josh Smith to have a great series, but in the end, the Bulls, led by Derrick Rose, will be too much for the Hawks to handle. New York vs. Miami | Miami in seven The Heat have beaten the Knicks twice this season. But the Knicks have also beaten the Heat twice--the most recent win being a 91-86, come-from-behind victory in Miami on February 25. I would have given the edge to New York if it weren’t for the addition of Mike Bibby. He might seem insignificant on a team that has three superstars, but his presence will be felt in the playoffs. CONFERENCE FINALS Chicago vs. Miami | Miami in seven They say the cream always rises to the top in sports, which is why the Heat will win this series. Derrick Rose will have a great series, but I don’t think the Bulls have enough to get past the South Beach Three. It won’t be easy, though, because the Heat are not very big at the center position. They will need Chris Bosh to be more of a rebounder and a defensive presence rather than a scorer if they hope to get past the Bulls.
By Matt Chin
This season could not have gone any better for the NBA. First you had Lebron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh trying to get their act together down in Miami. Carmelo wasn’t sure where he’d end up playing ball if he were to be traded. The Lakers, while old, are trying for it’s second three-peat. The Spurs almost had the best record in the NBA before realizing it’s an old team with aging players. The team was eventually bit by the injury bug. And now you have the youth movements with young players like Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, and Blake Griffin stepping up to make highlight reels all the more interesting. But now, it’s the playoffs. Let’s figure out who’s winning the West. First round San Antonio vs. Memphis San Antonio is old. They started to break down towards the end of the season. But they’re still led by Greg Popovich. They still have Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson, and Tim Duncan. Hopefully Manu Ginobili comes back soon. But they’re still a veteran team. They’ll win it in seven. Oklahoma City vs. Denver | OKC in six Kevin Durant is good. He’s the scoring king again this year. Russel Westbrook is a solid team player. But the x-factor on this team is Kendrick Perkins. He’s an intimidating presence in the middle. Can Denver, with it’s recently acquired players from the Knicks, play well against them? I don’t think so. Denver is good, but I’m not sure they have the scoring capability to match up with Durant and his teammates. Dallas vs. Portland | Dallas in six Mark Cuban is praying this is the year for his team. Dirk has been, well, Dirk--he scores, he assists, he rebounds. He does what is required of him. But can Dirk, a very old Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, outscore Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge? Yes, they’ll win it. Lakers vs. New Orleans | Lakers in five The Lakers almost closed out the season on a seven-game losing streak. That would have been awful, but they have the zen-master. Phil Jackson always has his teams ready in the playoffs. He never loses. I’m not going to bother talking about Chris Paul and the Hornets. It won’t matter. Semi-Finals San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City | OKC in five It took the Spurs seven games to beat Memphis. Sadly, they’re just too old. It’d be a nice story if they won the series, but that won’t happen. Kevin Durant continues to assert himself as one of the best young players in the league. Kendrick Perkins is too physical for anyone on San Antonio’s roster to handle. Unfortunately, the ride for the Spurs ends here. Too bad. Dallas vs. Lakers | Lakers in five This should be interesting. Kobe wants his sixth ring more than anything. It will tie him with the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan. He’s not letting Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion or anyone else on Dallas’s roster from stopping him. Pau Gasol is too physical; he is no longer weak like when they lost to the Celtics a few years ago. Lamar Odom could start for any other team in the league if he weren’t on the Lakers. Kobe and company move closer to their goal. Western Finals Oklahoma vs. Lakers | Lakers in seven This is it--young versus old. A relatively new team in the league versus one of the most storied franchises of the league. Many championships versus zero championships. Get your popcorn. As much as I want to pick the Thunder, I can’t. It kills me. Kevin Durant and company come up just short against the reigning champs from last year. Too bad, because it’d be nice to see a new team winning something for once. But it’ll be interesting to see if Kobe can actually tie MJ.
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