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Eight days in Paris (See centerfold)
Volume 9 • Issue 11 Apr. 8-Apr. 28, 2009
Greek Olympics Give Students a Needed Break of Fun By Jessie Rivera
One student's trip to Paris.
Battle Brews Over Tuition for Illegal Immigrants By Elizabeth Llorente
The Record (Hackensack N.J.); (MCT)
HACKENSACK, N.J.—A national group that favors strict immigration policies has launched a campaign in six states aimed at drumming up opposition to in-state college tuition rates for illegal immigrants. William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration says the group will deploy activists from around the nation to New Jersey, as well as to other states such as Arkansas, California, Colorado, Rhode Island and Wisconsin to lobby state legislators and hit the talk-radio circuit. “In-state tuition for illegals legislation replaces innocent American students in
the limited seats in college at taxpayer expense,” said Gheen, who is based in North Carolina, where the group helped defeat measures that would have allowed illegal immigrant students to attend college at in-state tuition rates. “These bills also violate federal law, provide taxpayer rewards and incentives for people to illegally immigrate to America.” Immigration advocates in New Jersey said they were unaware of the new campaign but vowed to fight it vigorously. “This campaign won’t get past the first exit of the New Jersey Turnpike,” said Cid Wilson, a trustee of Bergen Community College in Paramus. (Continued on page 3) Last week, Gov.
With finals around the corner and the weather finally hitting the 60-degree mark, Greek organizations were taking a time out to relax and have fun at this year’s Greek Olympics, which rapped up on April 6. The Greek Olympics, a friendly competition between Greek organizations dating back to the 1970’s, competed in activities such as: Wii sports, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, dodge ball, tug-of-war, a three-legged race and much more. The fraternities participating this year were Nu Delta Pi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Beta Tau, Sigma Theta Chi, Nu Sigma Phi, Lambda Theta Phi, Psi Sigma Phi and Gamma Psi Epsilon. The sororities participating are Nu Sigma Tau, Nu Theta Chi, Rho Theta Tau, Omega Sigma Psi, Theta Phi Alpha and Delta Phi Epsilon. All Greek
"...all the sororities and fraternities come together and have a good time.” organizations paid a fee of $70 to sign up for the events. “My favorite thing about the Olympics would be that all the sororities and fraternities come together and have a good time,” said senior Lauren D’Amico from Theta Phi Alpha. Different this year about the Olympics was a God and Goddess competition hosted apart from the Greek Olympics by Psi
Sigma Phi, Lambda Theta Alpha and Nu Sigma Tau. The winner of the competition received points for his/her Olympic team and all the proceeds will go to Make-AWish Foundation.
Co-ed volleyball was one of the fun games featured at the annual Greek Olympics last week.
Ashley Cere, the vice-president of programming for Greek Senate, and Alex Louis, director of Greek Life, selected the games with the help of suggestions and requests from Greek organizations. The matches were organized by random so the fraternities and sororities did not compete against each other. Names were drawn out of a hat and single-elimination brackets were used to advance a team to the next level. At the end of the week-long competition, the first, second and third place teams were to receive trophies at the Greek banquet.
MORE THAN 100,000 ARE WAITING FOR A NEW ORGAN (see pg. 9)
INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER: What was the Highlight of Your Spring Break?
By kelley pennisi
Giselle Torres Senior, Elementary Education
Joseph Onuoah Freshman, Biology
Assoumou 'JR' Sahou Freshman, Medical Technology
Ralph Saro Junior, Theatre
"The highlight of my spring break was an overnight trip to Atlantic City. I spent all this money I don't have."
"The highlight of my spring break was that I went to California."
"The highlight of my spring break was I played drums for a concert in Philadelphia called the Blue Lounge."
"The highlight of my spring break was my Garage Band for Dummies played its first gig."
Kean Fraternity Lends a Hand
Arts & Entertainment
Big Names at Internship Fair
Women's & Men's Sports
Ludacris Hits the Stage
Editorial & Anger Management
Who Will Be MVP?: John & Jay's Picks
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April 8, 2009 | The Tower
Internship Fair Readies Students for Business By Charley Falkenburg
Kean University students walked around eagerly at the College of Business and Public Administration’s internship fair held in the University Center on March 26 to gather information about the organizations and internships that the businesses offered. Several companies, such as Six Flags Great Adventure, Sherwin Williams, Liberty Science Museum, First Investors, Primerica, Prevention Links, Inc, Broadway House for Continuing Care, Independent Food and Beverage Insurance Brokers, Inc. and the U.S. Marine Corps were present. Each organization set up stands with flyers, internship applications and infor-
mation and pamphlets containing details about their business. The company representatives were cheerful and enthusiastic in explaining their businesses and what they were seeking to everyone. “Internship fairs are always interesting; you never know what kind of opportuni-
ing a business internship fair, I definitely made time to go. I know I want to do something with business in the future, so an internship would really help me out,” said Steinberg. Students that were unable to attend the fair and are curious about the internship
Six Flags, Liberty Science Museum and Primerica were among those offering internship information. ties you will find,” said Stephanie Romano, a sophomore at Kean. Alex Steinberg, a sophomore at Kean, attended the internship fair to further her education. “When I found out that Kean was hav-
process should follow these steps. First, find an internship that really interests you and you have time for. Then, fill out the application form, create an internship resume and a cover letter explaining what your purpose is and be sure to tell
the organization what you have to offer. Make sure you gather two to three letters of recommendation from your professors, coaches or academic advisors. If the organization is impressed, they will set a date for an interview. After the interview, you should send out a thank-you note to the company for their time. Remember, not all internship applications are the same and each company may require something different. Be sure to research what the company is seeking before you begin the process. If you missed this fair, don’t fret; Kean is always holding different kinds of fairs, workshops and lectures. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled and read the paper on information for future Kean events.
Nu Delta Pi Helps Student Press By Lisa Martinez
Kean University’s Nu Delta Pi fraternity has adopted The Tower as part of its community service program and has been helping distribute the student newspaper at the University Center when new issues are published. The fraternity distributed roughly 1,500 newspapers of the last edition of The Tower in March and said it will continue to do
“We want to somehow personally get the paper in the hands of the students.” the job for the paper. The Tower is a student-produced newspaper that is part of the academic journalism program in the Communication Department. Staff writers and editors are responsible for coming up with story ideas and then reporting, writing and editing the paper. The staff also distributes bundles to Tower stands around the campus, but a problem has been that often students do not pick up and read the paper. “Distributing the paper to the student body can be difficult. It is one thing to put them in the stands, but we want to be interactive with the students. We want to somehow personally get the paper in the hands of the students and Nu Delta Pi has made that happen for us,” said Editor-In-
Chief Kelly Nemeth. “Their help and their voluntary service [are] greatly appreciated by the entire staff.” Nu Delta Pi was founded Nov. 9, 1964 when Kean was known as Newark Teachers College. The idea to create the fraternity took place at McSorley’s Ale House, a famous watering hole in Manhattan. The founders felt that there were too many cliché fraternities and they wanted to stand out. The fraternity currently has 29 active members with Christopher Delgado as president. When Delgado joined in the spring of 2006, there were only seven active members. The fraternity brothers are known for their friendliness, diversity and welcoming manner. The fraternity’s reputation draws perspective members so much that they do not have a recruiting process. “We don’t recruit, they come to us,” said Delgado. Alumni are very active and offer a scholarship for the brothers called the John Ulichy Scholarship. This scholarship is based on candidates following the fraternity credo ideals and applying them in everyday life. Delgado has been awarded the scholarship in the past. The brothers also help the community by volunteering to give out Christmas gifts at Somerset Hills, a group home for abused children. They also volunteer at local food banks. In the 2008 presidential election, the fraternity made phone calls and assisted President Barack Obama’s campaign within Union County.
Kean University Day Set at Lakewood Blue Claws Stadium By Jessie Rivera
After the success of Unity Week, Student Organization has launched yet another event: Kean University Day at Lakewood Blue Claws stadium. On Friday April 24, the Lakewood Blue Claws, a Single-A minor league baseball team of the Philadelphia Phillies, will host Kean University Day at the First Energy Park Stadium in Lakewood, NJ. This event is for students at both Kean University and KeanOcean (Ocean County Community College). Tickets are being sold at Wilkins Theatre, two tickets for $5 (cash only) when presenting a Kean Student ID. Buses will depart at 5pm and Kean Ocean students will meet the rest of the group at the stadium. Students will enjoy post-game fireworks presented by Toyota/Scion World of Lakewood. The game will start at 7:05pm as the Blue Claws face off against the Maryland Hagerstown Suns.
Members of Nu Delta Pi
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The Tower | April 8, 2009
Communication Department Hosts Statewide Conference By Dawn M. Phillips
“Communication is so vital, people take it for granted. Students should help to translate issues into a way that people can take it and use it to change,” advised Dr. Sandra Petronio. Dr. Petronio was the keynote speaker for the New Jersey Communication Association’s 13th Annual Conference held here at Kean on March 28 and sponsored by the Department of Communication. A well-known author and speaker, she is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Fred Fitch, the new NJCA president, and Dr. Christopher Lynch, Communication Department chair, commenced the conference with some welcoming remarks. Participants had an opportunity to choose from an array of presentations during the sessions led by professors from colleges and universities throughout the metropolitan area including Monmouth University, Montclair State University, Marymount Manhattan College, The College of New Jersey, New York University, Temple University and many others. Session I included topics such as communication and public health policies; the construction and reconstruction of race; societal standards for texting; and communication hybridization
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Jon Corzine told students at New Jersey City University that he supports in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. “You’re going to see a strong movement against this campaign,” Wilson said. “Many of these students are undocumented through no fault of their own. Many have become shining stars in high school, and the only thing keeping New Jersey from reaping the rewards of their intellect is that a college degree is not within their reach.” Many college loan and grants programs require proof of legal immigration status. So, unable to pay out-of-state fees, many undocumented high school graduates forgo four-year colleges or try to scrape together money for county community colleges. Some 10 states allow in-state college tuition rates for illegal immigrants and this week, bills allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants were reintroduced in both houses of Congress. (c) 2009, North Jersey Media Group Inc. Maya Angelou Is Graduate Commencement Speaker
Award-winning author and celebrated poet, Maya Angelou, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Nathan Weiss Graduate College commencement ceremonies on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, N.J. More than 730 graduate students will receive degrees. Angelou has authored 12 bestselling books, including her most famous work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which was nominated for a National Book Award and later turned into a television movie. Her volume of poetry Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Session II featured discussions ranging from Language and Interaction to Gendered Communication to Social Life on the Net. Christopher Caldiero, a professor from Fairleigh Dickinson University, discussed “The Sorry State of Sorry” under the Gendered Communication in Everyday Life discussion, which was his take on the Don Imus scandal. He spoke about the cycle of apologia or apologies in communication. Denial, mortification and scapegoating are the three main steps of apologia according to Caldiero. Janet Steinberg, a professor from Fordham University, provided a discourse on “trash talking” in the media and in the classroom. She emphasized how obscene language and aggressiveness have a negative impact on our mental well-being. She suggested we raise awareness and take action by taking a voluntary pledge to not tolerate or indulge in trash talk. Denise Dominguez, a Communication major at Kean, presented a study she conducted on interpersonal communication in a cafeteria. Kean University President Dawood Farahi, introduced the keynote speaker with smiles, humor and acknowledgement that the key to success is organizational communication. A short film presentation showed many different students, activities and celebrity guest visitors at Kean. Farahi mentioned that there are students
at Kean from over 77 different countries. The film exuded the creativity and diversity among our students. In her keynote address entitled, “An Interpretation of Praxis: Translating Theory into Practice.” Dr. Petronio spoke of her Communication Privacy Management theory. Her goal in producing this theory was to translate research into effective practices that help others enrich their lives. There are six principles of CPM that include dialectical tension, privacy rules, conceptualization, information sharing, privacy disruptions and boundary linkage. She is a firm believer that everything we do involves communication. At lunch in Downs Hall, special thanks were given to 22 Kean student volunteers who made the day run smoothly. More presentations filled the afternoon from students as well as professors on the many aspects of communication. Each discussion included questions or comments at the end. G.I.F.T.S., a panel discussion of professors who shared new ideas or “gifts” on making classroom time exciting as well as educational, was a major highlight for professors. Dr. Corey Liberman, a professor at Marymount Manhattan College, decided that watching 30-minute television shows and discussing the different interpersonal communication that takes place has proven to be very beneficial to his students.
Susan McManimon, a professor at Rider University and adjunct professor at Kean, offered a discourse under the theme “Net Agility: Getting Connected without Getting Snagged on Virtual Portfolios.” She encouraged the use of video resumes as a fun new way to promote one’s self. She recommended blogger.net to get started. Sheila McAllister-Spooner, a professor from Monmouth University, spoke about “Virtual Public Relations.” She mentioned that students are the kings and queens of social media, but need to utilize websites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter in a professional manner. “Strategic seniors are creating portfolios for jobs on Facebook”, states McAllisterSpooner. The conference ended at 5:00 p.m.with a raffle drawing which included gifts of Applebee’s gift cards, Readers Digest cookbooks and books, Wildwood beach passes, Starbucks coffee, Kean University Athletic gear and much more. The NJCA Conferences are held every year in different locations. The association is member-based and everyone is welcomed to join. Students can attend the conferences for $20. They are a way to gain fresh, innovative ideas as well as an avenue to network and display your work. For more information, log on to http:// njca.rutgers.edu/
Ludacris Hits the Stage at the Annual Unity Week Concert BY Lisa martinez
Student Org pulled off the event of the year on March 27 with this year’s annual Unity Week Concert featuring Platinum hip-hop artist Ludacris, and the new R&B group, Day 26. The show was held at Kean’s Wilkins Theatre and tickets sold out just hours after they went on sale. This show was highly anticipated; the doors on the night of the event, for example, opened at 7:30pm for the 9 p.m. show. The show opened with music by DJ Wallah, a local DJ that has been making a name for himself all over the college party circuit in New Jersey and has performed repeatedly on cable TV station BET on their show 106th and Park in New York City. Wallah played music before the opening comedy acts and during the intermission between the two performances. The opening comedy act was performed by comedian Brooklyn Mike, who hosts his own Hip Hop Comedy night in New York. Day 26 went on stage at approximately 10:45 and was well received by the crowd. They performed all of their songs, which aren’t too many considering they are a
Hip-hop artist Ludacris
new group but the crowd enjoyed the whole performance. Day 26 performed like veterans and were in sync with one another. Their voices sounded great and their dance moves seemed very well rehearsed and natural. Day 26 is a group that was formed in front of cameras on MTV. They were formed on a reality show called ‘Making the Band’. The show is now in its 3rd season and follows Day 26 and their
climb up the music business ladder. The group consists on five male members: Brian Andrews, Mike “Butta” McCluney, Qwanell “Q” Mosley, Robert Curry and Willie Taylor. When asked how they feel when performing at smaller venues like the Unity Week Concert in comparison to large venues such as Madison Square Garden, Qwanell “Q” Mosley said, “The roar of the crowd in a larger venue, because there are so many more people, gives an adrenaline rush that makes you want to give so much more”. After Day 26 performed for about an hour, DJ Wallah entertained the crowd during intermission before Ludacris’ performance. Hip Hop artist Ludacris (Christopher Bridges) has been on the music scene since 1999. He is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. Ludacris is a multi-platinum selling artist as well as a three time Grammy award winner. He performed lots of his past and present hits and had the crowd roaring and singing along throughout his entire performance. Ludacris was unavailable for an interview.
Student Org Election Ends Today The election for Student Organization president and an entirely new cabinet to lead the university’s estimated 13,000 students in the 2009-2010 school year ends today at 6 p.m. when balloting closes. At presstime, students were still voting, and a final vote count was not yet available. Candidates representing three slates
—known as “Team Change,” “Team X-Pect Change” and “All-Star”—were running for the so-called executive board, which is the overall student governing body for the college. The executive board slates featured the candidate for Student Org president and his party slate of candidates for his cabinet, which include the positions
of Vice President of Funded Groups, Vice President of Committees, Vice President of Student Affairs, Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Director of Public Relations. Also running were the presidents for the 2010 senior class, the 2011 junior class and the 2012 sophomore class.
April 8, 2009 | The Tower
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Concert Review: Kean's Composer in Residence Honored in Concert Spanning His Career By Raquel Fernandes
Gather around, music fans. Leave your Beethoven records at home and come hear some brand new music by world-renowned composer, Frank Ezra Levy. The works of Frank Ezra Levy will be performed by the Kean University Concert Artists in a special concert celebrating Mr. Levy’s 2008-2009 role as Composer in Residence. The program will comprise selected works from Mr. Levy’s distinguished career and will conclude with the World Premiere performance of A Cycle by the Sea, a collection of songs with text from poems by Joel Allegretti. This is the second of two major works composed especially for the Kean Concert Artists. The repertoire for the concert spans several periods of Mr. Levy’s career. The earliest works, Sonata for Unaccompanied
tively, while the more recent works on the program, Piano Trio #3, Apostrophe #1 for Viola, Xylophone and Piano and A Cycle by the Sea, were completed between 2007 and 2008. Levy began to study cello at age 10, and in 1948, attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied under Leonard Rose. After obtaining his B.S. degree from Juilliard, Levy attended the University of Chicago where he received his M.A. in
The repertoire for this concert spans several periods of Mr. Levy’s career. Frank Ezra Levy, Composer in Residence at Kean University 2008-2009
Viola and Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, were completed in 1959 and 1967, respec-
musicology in 1954. Levy published over 100 works, including four symphonies, vocal music and a large variety of chamber music that has been performed by major
orchestras and chamber ensemble. Mr. Levy has been an honored guest of Dr. Mathew Halper on his New Music Forum, Ars Vitalis. He composed works for a number of Kean’s Concert Artists, including violist Brett Deubner, guitarist Christopher Kenniff, and soprano Katherine Harris. His Sonata Ricercare for Viola and Piano was first performed in Kean Hall by Concert Artists Brett Deubner and Allison Brewster Franzetti on a Concert Artist recital on December 11, 2007. Levy's Cycles by the Sea will be held on Thursday, April 23, at Kean Hall at 8:00p.m. Tickets are available at the box office in Wilkin’s Theatre or online at www. keanstage.com. Public admission is $15; Alumni, faculty, staff and seniors are $10; and students and children are $5. Visit www.keanconcertartists.com for more information.
Movie ReviewS "Knowing" is Sometimes Harder Than Not Knowing "12 Rounds" Keeps you on the Edge of Your Seat By Kelly Pennisi
When you play a game, you must play by the rules, but in the new film, 12 Rounds, the rules are stacked against the hero. Someone he loves is held captive, and he has no choice but to learn to play the game. Directed by Renny Harlin, 12 Rounds is an action-packed movie filled with nonstop movement that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In the film, Smackdown! star John Cena is Detective Danny Fisher a New Orleans
The games consist of mind games, puzzles, and dangerous tasks such as trying to stop a speeding train from crashing into a crowd celebrating Mardi-Gras without killing anybody. The film has an exciting cast. Centa is most known for his wrestling career on Monday night RAW where he is a heavy weight champion, but he has also made appearances on other shows such as Fast Cars and Superstars, Deal and No Deal, Punk’d, and Manhunt. Aidan Gillen is an Irish actor who has starred in many films such as Shanghai
if you play games, make sure you set the rules. detective who is about to experience the worst day of his life. After previously capturing a nearly untraceable international terrorist named Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen), Fisher accidentally kills Jackson’s girlfriend. Jackson is convicted, but he later breaks out of prison and seeks revenge against Fisher. He kidnaps Fisher’s girlfriend Molly Porter (played by Ashley Scott) and tells Fisher that in order to get her back Fisher will have to play a game. The game has 12 rounds, all intricately created and made so that in order for Fisher to complete them, he must play only by Jackson’s rules.
Knights, Amazing Grace, The Darkling and many others. Not only has Gillen starred in film, but he has also done theatre and made some television appearances as well. Last but not least is Ashley Scott who plays Molly Porter, Fisher’s girlfriend. Scott has done many movies which include Dark Angel, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and Birds of Prey. She has also starred on the FOX hit show Dark Angel. This is movie is great for anyone to see for anyone who loves non-stop action. Just remember if you play games, make sure next time you make the rules.
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BY Jillian Johnson
Every little kid in elementary school draws pictures of people living on other planets and imagines that someday dogs will talk and people will fly. However, what happens if instead of drawing imaginary picutes, the child writes numbers of dates and deaths that do actually occur in the future. The year is 1958. Students at a Massachusetts elementary school are asked to draw pictures of what they expect the world to look like and what changes in the world they believe will take place. Students draw pictures of aircrafts, aliens and outer space. But one little girl, Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson) fills her piece of paper with lines of numbers. The student’s teacher, Miss Taylor (Danielle Carter), collects the papers from the students and places them each in an envelope. Together, the students stand outside and watch as their envelopes of artwork are placed in a time capsule to be opened by students 50 years later. The year is now 2009. The new generation of students at the Massachusetts elementary school are excited to watch the time capsule be brought up from under the ground and eager to look at the pictures previous students drew. Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury) opens his envelope only to find a sheet filled with nothing but lines of numbers – the paper that Lucinda left. Later that evening, Caleb’s father, John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) notices a piece of paper sticking out of Caleb’s backpack. Although his son was not to take the paper and asks him to take it back to school, John is curious of the numbers and wonders why a child would write such numbers. The beginning numbers, 9112001, draw
John’s attention and he places slashes in between the numbers to separate them, only to realize that the numbers come across as 9/11/2001. The following numbers represent the amount of deaths resulting from the Sept. 11 tragedy. But these aren’t the only numbers on the sheet as myriad are to follow in a timely fashion. Struggling to find out why the numbers are written, he searches through history dates, events and the deaths resulting. At the same time, his son begins hearing voices in his head and random strangers follow him. Trying to protect his son and also trying to figure out the meaning of the numbers, John realizes that at the end of the paper, the numbers stop. There are no dates and no deaths, only the letters “EE” written backwards. Sometimes, knowing is much harder than not knowing. If you see this movie, you’ll know what happens.
The Tower | April 8, 2009
AROUND CAMPUS Rachel's Rave: The Huck Finn Experience by Rachel rothspan
Just beyond the Kean Campus, there are hundreds of food places with open doors, waiting for the hungry student to wander in and enjoy any number of entrees. College students have to eat too—but sometimes it is hard to find just the right place that offers good food, decent prices and friendly service, all within a reasonable distance from campus. Good news comes in the form of a diner just down Morris Avenue. The Huck Finn diner opens its doors at 6 A.M. every morning, and does not close them until 2 A.M. the following morning on weekdays and 4 A.M. on Saturday and Sunday. While they do offer takeout, the charm of the Huck Finn comes in the form of the shiny booths, the clean floors and the sixties and seventies music that plays over the sound system. Besides the late hours, the diner offers free Wi-fi to all of its clients as well as seating for parties up to forty people, making
ties when Diakides’ Uncle Gus purchased a diner down the street. He called it the Mark Twain after his favorite writer, also known as Samuel Clemens. In 1994, the family purchased the Peter Pan Diner; they cleaned up and renamed it the Huck Finn. Today, the family only owns the Huck Finn —they sold the Mark Twain in September
“We aren’t a fancy diner but we try to keep everything to a good standard level.” it an excellent choice for both single students looking to get some work done or for the big crews going out after the latest sport match. To top it all off, it is accessible from campus via the 52 bus. There is more to this diner than just the initial appeal. I sat down with George Diakides who, along with his other family members, runs the diner. The business has been in the family since the Six-
to focus on the bigger location. Diakides said that his entire family has worked in the diner throughout college and eventually he ended up with the keys in hand. Today, the Huck Finn is a favorite spot for people of all ages, ranging from 13-year-old youths to people in their 80s. The restaurant employs 25-30 employees and seats up to 300 people with 130 parking spaces.
What is it that makes the diner special? “We try to stick to the business,” says Diakides. “We aren’t a fancy diner but we try to keep everything to a good standard level.” That is not to say that the menu does not get any updates. Recently, disco fries (French fries with gravy and cheese) made its way onto the menu, although people have been ordering it since the eighties when they would come in after the discos to get snacks. Next time you need somewhere to go to grab a bite to eat, consider the place that has everything students look for in a good venue. The Huck Finn has good food, good prices, good stories and good resources for students. If you aren’t sure what to order, I recommend the pasta salad. Diakides recommends the Happy Waitress or the Rueben. “And of course, the disco fries,” he says with a smile.
HEALTH & FITNESS Amazing, Interesting and Unusual Facts About Health BY Dr. Josh Palgi and Dr. Jessica Adams
Apples and berries contain pectin, which reduces the amount of fat absorbed by our cells; in this way leading to natural weight loss.
The United States tops the world in plastic surgery procedures. Next comes Mexico.
Oenophobia is the Fear of wines.
The typical person goes to the bathroom 6 times a day.
Only 1 person in 2 billion will live to be 116.
The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.
Panophobia is the fear of everything.
The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
Chocolate contains the same chemical, phenyl ethylamine that your brain produces when you fall in love. Left handed people live slightly shorter lives than right handed people. You spend 1/3 of your life in bed. An average person will spend two weeks of their life kissing. Avocados have more protein than any other fruit. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.
Women blink twice as often as men.
Food will get to your stomach even if you’re standing on your head. Skin is the largest body organ.
The general perception is that HIV virus is very infectious and contagious, however, Hepatitis B Virus is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate. The human head is one-quarter of our total length at birth but only one-eighth of our total length by the time we reach adulthood. In a lifetime, the average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva, enough to fill two swimming pools. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.
Can you lose calories by merely kissing? Apparently so, you lose 26 calories if you kiss for a minute and 260 if you did it for 10 minutes.
A woman’s sense of smell is most sensitive during ovulation.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
U.S. businesses lose more than $1 trillion a year in productivity due to chronic illness.
We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening. A layer of cartilage in the joints gets compressed during the day.
Research has shown that guilt damages your immune system by lowering your immunoglobulin levels.
The human heart weighs less than a pound.
On average, a man spends about five months of his life shaving.
The most sensitive finger on the human hand is the index finger.
Each nostril of a human being registers smell in a different way. Smells that are made from the right nostril are more pleasant than the left.
Flirting is good for you.
Nerve impulses travel at over 400 km/ hr (25 mi/hr).
The largest feet in the world belong to a Mr. Matthew McGrory who lives in America whose feet are a whopping size 28. Life expectancy for women in the United States is 82, at the turn of the century it was only 50. About 10% of the world’s population is left-handed.
Testicular cancer has the highest cure rates among all cancers (>90%).
The highest recorded speed of a sneeze is 165 km per hour.
The average red blood cell lives for 120 days.
It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Never Too Late to Start. Unfortunately, many Americans are notoriously unfit, Dr. Niedfeldt says. “Research has shown that 23.7% of Americans have no physical activity, and fewer than 50% get the recommended amount of physical activity. Among adults over 65, only 39% get the recommended amount of exercise,” he says, adding: “As we age, it’s even more important to stay fit.” Stay Well and Healthy! Dr. Josh Palgi, Professor, Physical Education, Recreation and Health Dept. Dr. Jessica Adams, Professor, Physical Education, Recreation and Health Dept.
By Lillie Morales-Torres
This spring, I had the opportunity to sign up for a Communication Department Travel Learn course in Paris, France. What started out as a nightmare turned out to be a life experience that began the minute I boarded that Air France plane in Liberty International Airport in Newark. It was not about the perfect trip. It was about the obstacles I faced as an individual and with my group on tour in a foreign country. It was about the sad goodbyes and the new friendships we formed throughout the trip. It was the foods we ate and the enchanting places we visited. And it was about the exposure to another culture and learning to adjust to it. It was those things and so much more. I was able to keep a diary on my journey. Here are some excerpts. DAY 1: Our flight was great. I didn’t feel a thing, not even the landing. I guess everything’s always too good to be true. My friend Heidy and I had planned this trip since October. When we arrived to the airport in France, Heidy was not allowed in because she had an Ecuadorian passport. It was a nightmare. Six hours on a plane to make her get on the next flight back home. Heidy was devastated. She could not stop crying. It turned out that in order to travel outside the United States, she needed a Visa. Also, her passport and ticket had different last names, and that Liberty-Newark airport messed up by letting her get on a plane to begin with. I wish we had known all of this beforehand. I still feel awful. This trip is not looking good. I hope she can come back though—if she’ll be up to it. She’s gone through a lot today. We were all exhausted upon arrival. The bad part was that instead of our hotel rooms being ready for us, we couldn’t get in until 3pm. It was awful. We all had to shove our luggage behind the bar in the lobby and pray no one would take them—and then we had to walk, like a bunch of zombies, to grab lunch. I could honestly care less for lunch. I just wanted sleep! A few of the girls couldn’t help it and actually fell asleep at the table in the restaurant. I miss my daughter already and part of me wants to go back home. The highlight of my day was trying my first crepe. Very yummy. DAY 2: Last night, we had our first dinner in Paris. A restaurant called Mezza Luna. Not sure if it's even Parisian, but the food was great. I had Crème chicken with fries, a nice salad, and for desert, some sort of whipped chocolate cream. Right before dinner, I stopped at a nice store called Etam and picked up a nice big bag. Everyone kept asking me where I bought it, but when I returned to the store with one of the girls, there were no more. The sales girl said they get in new stuff every day. The French are way ahead of us in fashion and we wonder how. It changes every day. They don't waste a second and when I really thought about it, I can't say I saw anyone wearing the same thing anywhere. Sure, the riding boot trend with leggings or tights was strong, but everyone had their own unique style. And when you walk into a Parisian store, you'll find a few of each piece, making it hard for everyone to own the same piece. That's why I made it a goal to shop in Paris. No, my money will not go toward rare, expensive cuisine, admission to overpriced cabarets, or cheesy souvenirs. It will be well invested in the greatest souvenirs I can give myself, little pieces of Parisian fashion. DAY 3: Will I ever sleep? For the last three days I have been walking around on three hours of sleep per night. I think I slept more when my daughter was born. Last night was another nightmare. A room in the hotel got robbed. Two of the girls from our group came back after dinner to find their iPods, cameras, and a diamond watch missing from their room. It was upsetting to all of us, and scary. So there I was alone, because Heidy decided not to try to come back out to Paris. Plus, the airline lost her luggage. Poor girl. And I had no roommate. I am a coward. Anyone who knows me wouldn’t believe I can stay alone after hearing that kind of news. What if the same person breaks in while I’m asleep? I shouldn’t have watched Taken last week. Bad idea. There’s no way I could doze off with those thoughts. Luckily, God sent me an angel! Our tour leader assistant, Tanya, came by and told me if I couldn’t sleep, she was also alone and to give her a call so we could bunk together. Not knowing her well, I hesitated. 1am. 2am. 3am. That’s it. I need to sleep. So I picked up the phone and dialed her room. Turns out she couldn’t sleep either. So she came on over. On three hours of sleep, Tanya and I struggled out of bed for an early day, and hopped onto the bus at 8 am. We got a nice little tour ride, at least we could sit and a second tour guide, Julian, showed us around Paris. We had a few stops to take pictures. It was nice. Not too challenging. We toured sites like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Seine, and much more. Dinner is in a few minutes. After that, we’re supposed to take a boat ride along the Seine and climb up the Eiffel Tower. …Now another girl on the tour gets pick pocketed… DAY 4: Too tired to write much today. We went to the Louvre. Very interesting. I enjoyed all the detail in the art and architecture. The paintings are stunning. It’s an enormous museum. There’s even a mall inside—they have stores like Express, Sephora, cafes, a cafeteria, candy and jewelry shops. I really liked the glass pyramids. The Mona Lisa is much smaller than I’d imagined. Afterwards, I walked back with two other girls from the group, Nicole and Danielle. It was a long walk. Marie Helen, our tour guide, said it’d be a 15 minute walk… Not with our legs it wasn’t. It was a beautiful walk though. We crossed a bridge where people were sitting on blankets reading books, drinking wine, and playing guitar. Others were taking photographs and couples—young and old—were holding hands. Off the bridge was a long street full of vendors selling books, paintings, post cards, souvenirs, and more. Even our New York City, my favorite place, cannot compare. …Now the locks are defective at the hotel. So Tanya is officially my new roommate…
Photography and layout by Ana Maria Silverman
DAY 5: Julian met with us again, this time at the Musee d’Orsay, an Impressionist art museum. It was another early morning. This time, I was walking on four hours of sleep. I must admit, I felt my head bobbing and had to pinch myself to stay awake. I needed coffee! When we got to Van Gogh’s section, I woke up because he is one of my personal favorite artists. I enjoyed that part so much. And his wasn’t the only section I enjoyed. I found Monet’s work more interesting because I was able to see the originals up close, and a few other artists as well. We had the rest of the day free. Marie Helen took us to the most charming, little outdoor restaurant in the park right out of Musee d’Orsay. She is so sweet and very funny. I have to say, we all loved it. I had my caffeine. And I resuscitated. And my waffle topped with Chantilly (whipped cream) complimented it. Next, we shopped. …We’re all alright—the bonds and friendships we’ve formed have helped us overcome the bad and allowed us to enjoy the rest of our trip (hopefully nothing else goes wrong!)… DAY 6: Two more days to go… I’ve left a lot out in my journals. The truth is if I sat down and wrote every detail, I’d never leave my room. In these past days, we saw the Loire Valley, which was gorgeous. We lunched in a lovely small village that I enjoyed so much I would have liked to stay longer. And I caught up on some sleep on the bus. Today, we visited the Chartres Cathedral which was a religious experience. It was very beautiful. I had lost my grandfather just last weekend and spent the week before this trip trying to console my mother and going to his funeral. I couldn’t help but to think of him when I knelt down to pray at one of the altars. It’s been a hard trip for me. I thought about my family and my daughter and how much I miss her. Tanya, Stephanie, and I bought gifts from the shop and were able to have them blessed by the priest. He also blessed each one of us. I think that’s when I truly began to feel better about this trip. I felt…blessed. DAY 7: My Español has helped me so much it’s unbelievable. Who’d have thought—Spanish in France? We’ve had a lot of free time here and there over the past few days. Every time Tanya, Stephanie, and I can’t communicate anymore in French—we unleash our Spanish and we have been so lucky most people understand. Even if it is Italian, we can communicate. We went to the cutest little piano bar last night. It was great. Very classy. Red velvet chairs and real brick walls. A guy singing Elton John and romantic songs in French. All I could make out was De Soleil and C’est la vie . Today was supposed to be a free day along with tomorrow but not if you’re in this for credit. Professor Gluck set us up for tours with the Associated Press and The International Herald Tribune. My being a Communication major with a journalism focus, I enjoyed the opportunity. But many of the other girls could not relate. Afterwards, we headed out to see the Moulin Rouge. Extremely overrated. It was in an ugly part of France and nothing worth seeing. (Well, we didn’t see the show or anything- just stopped by to take pictures.) The rest of the day… a late dinner, shopping at the little shops in the area and off to bed. DAY 8: We’re finally on six hours of sleep for the past two days. And not to mention the sleep we’ve gotten on the bus. No entry tonight. My last day here, so I’ve got to use it wisely. That means I’ll be exhausted by tonight. Plans for today: Visit Sonia Rykiel’s fashion exhibit at the Musee de La Mode, shop at the Lafayette Galleries, visit Notre Dame, and eat a pastry. It will get done. We’re on good time this morning. My daughter is expecting six presents from me when I get back. So far, I’ve got five, but I can do a few more, she’s my princess. The most exciting thing I’ve bought her so far is a wooden hot air balloon with a woven basket and a little French flag that hangs from the ceiling. I can’t wait to see her face. Besides that, I plan to stop at the Monoprix (supposedly the French Wal-Mart, but too fancy to be a Wal-Mart to me—I wish that was our Wal-Mart) to buy a few bottles of wine, some French chocolates and goodies to bring back home. It will be a long day. Home. It’s only eight hours away from now. Paris was a dream, although it started out as a nightmare. It is a life experience I will take with me. But I’ve had enough of Paris and of the French. After all, I am a Jersey Girl… Au Revoir!
April 8, 2009 | The Tower
The Tower Department of Communication
STUDENT ELECTIONS? WHAT ELECTIONS? Think back to High School class elections. Do you remember the posters, fliers, and campaign booths? Or the speeches, pins, and, of course, the bribes of food or small gifts. Whether your school was big or small, class elections were a very public and popular activity. But now that we are in college, could you say that you are as involved and as aware of the student elections here? Did you know when the ballots were open? Student Organization has been holding candidate speeches over the past week and many students were not aware that this was even going on. Students need to be more involved, yes, but you cannot do that if they do not know where and when the election is taking place. Of course, Student Organization sent out mass emails to students, but honestly many students do not read emails. There should be hundreds of people at these speeches and campaign meetings, but there is minimal information about when they take place. Campaigning began April 1 in the University Center where candidates and their followers set up tables and displays throughout the lobby. As you walked by on your way to class, you were stopped by a flier pushed in your face to vote for this team or that team. Ten feet later, the flier goes in the trash and the student moves on to class. How is that going to win votes? Or gain awareness for that matter? The students need to be moved, they need to feel like their vote will count and that what the candidate is running for will help change the issues at large. But when the students do not know the issues or the candidates for that matter, it is hard for them to be interested. Student Organization would say in order to learn about the issues and the elections students should attend the meetings. But like the election, the meetings are also something that seem to be hush-hush. The meetings are on the Student Organization website, which is a cat and mouse chase to find, but they are not posted throughout the halls so students know when they are and what will be discussed. According to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, all citizens have the right to have adequate advance notice of all public meetings and the right to attend those meetings when business affecting the public is discussed or acted upon. Where is our “adequate advance notice?” Student elections are important to the University and they need to become something that all students at Kean want to be involved in. We need to join together and have our voices heard, but in order to do so, we need to be aware of how we can do that.
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ANGER MANAGEMENT THE BUREAUCRACY NEEDS TO GET WITH IT By Kelly Nemeth
There are many notices that Kean manages to get to students with ample time. The tuition bill, for example, is always in the mail on time, there for you to quickly pay. But when it comes to senior activities, it seems that notifying the students is less of a priority. Important announcements or forms always seem to miraculously get lost in the mail or come too late. Older forms for graduation cap and gown were due on March 27. The order form did not reach mailboxes until March 25. That gave us two days to get in the forms. For some, two days seems like a decent amount of time, but Kean sends the forms to our permanent households, where some of us do not live during the year. Residents on campus and those who live off campus need to either have someone bring the forms to us or we have to go get them. It is an unnecessary hassle. They should have made it more known to seniors that either it was on its way to us or that we could just go to the UC and pick up an order form. Many did not know you could do that. Why? Because no one notified us that this was an option. Senior formal was barely advertised as well. It is a way for seniors to have a night to themselves with their friends. An email was sent to Kean Google about formal, but honestly many students rarely look at their email unless it has to do with a class. The
formal was also in the same packet as the graduation order form, days after it went on sale. Also, why do they even call it a senior formal, when after a period of time, it is open to all students? That defeats the purpose of the entire night dedicated to seniors. Another obstacle we need to face is the fact that there is always some sudden issue about credits, courses, or grades right before it’s time to graduate. Throughout the past week I have heard of three cases. In one, Kean listed a student under the wrong major. In another, the school forgot to issue a teaching certificate, and in the last case, a student took a class this semester that was renamed and turned out to be a course she already took. No one told her that the class was renamed and she already received credit for it once and could not again. In November through January seniors needed to submit graduation papers that had an advisor’s signature. If there was a problem, the student would be notified. That was the whole point of issuing them early. A notification six weeks before graduation is not good enough. Student awareness is something that seems to be decreasing in this school. Sending out mass emails is easy, but it’s lazy. It seems that Kean has priority issues on what needs to be done and what could wait.
The Tower | April 8, 2009
Organ Donation Saves Lives By Jillian Johnson
Ronald Herrick took a risk and gave something to his brother that saved his life. In December of 1954, he gave one of his kidney’s to his identical twin brother, Richard. Ronald was the world’s first living organ donor in a successful transplant procedure. Although doctors were skeptical of the procedure because of previous failings with organ transplants at the time, Ronald could no longer watch his brother suffer. Richard needed a new kidney due to chronic nephritis, which is an inflammation of the kidney. Ronald took a risk that resulted in success as both he and his brother, Richard, lived happy and healthy lives. Since Ronald’s organ donation, over 500,000 organ transplant surgeries have been performed. If you could give something that would benefit anyone, organ donation is the perfect gift. Roughly 101,253 people are waiting for a new organ, according to The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). As this number continues to grow, the number of deaths of those not receiving an organ also grows. About 18 Americans die each day waiting for a new organ, according to The Lifeline of Ohio. Although organ donation is one of the greatest gifts that can benefit anyone, others still remain skeptical whether or not to donate. Over the years, organ transplantation has become more advanced, making the procedure more successful. An organ donation from either a deceased or living person helps rescue another life. Organ donation is the process of removing organs from one person (donor) and
putting them into another person’s body (the recipient). The organs that can be donated include kidneys, hearts, livers, lungs, pancreas, intestines and corneas. Aside from organs, one can also donate skin, bones and bone marrows. Many believe that age plays a role in organ donation. It is thought that receiving an organ from an older person will mean a shorter life span. This is not true. In Mississippi, an 84-year-old man’s family donated his organs. His liver was given to a 17-year-old boy who lived in New York. Also, the oldest documented organ donor in the United States was a 96-year-old, according to the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA). Newborns as well as senior citizens are organ donors. Through the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Organ Center, organ donors are matched to waiting recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. One’s medical condition at the time of death will de-
More than 100,000 people are waiting for a new organ. termine what organs and tissues can be donated. Common reasons for needing a new organ include obesity, diabetes, smoking, alcohol consumption and hypertension/heart disease/stroke. To reduce the need for a new organ, people should follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly. People also should visit their doctors and test regularly to ensure they are in a healthy condition. For dietary guidelines, visit the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration. For children’s healthy choices, visit www.
Waiting list of candidates as of 3/25/09 from The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) source: www.optn.org
All Kidney Pancreas Kidney/pancreas Liver Intestine Heart Lung Heart/Lung
101,253 78,938 1,550 2,264 15,727 213 2,777 1,959 84
Note: all candidates will be less than the sum due to those waiting for multiple organs
healthierUS.gov. Anyone over the age of 18 can show that they want to be an organ donor by signing a donor card. New Jersey allows people to write that they want to be an organ donor on their driver’s license. An organ donor card can be downloaded and printed at www.organdonor.gov/newdonorcard.pdf. Be sure to carry the card in your wallet or purse. Also, be sure your family members are aware of your wishes to donate your organs because they will clarify that you are an organ donor. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must consent; therefore, be sure to talk to your family and ensure that they are aware of your wishes. Thanks to those who are organ donors, 27,958 people received an organ in 2008, according to The Lifeline of Ohio. You can give the gift of life by becoming an organ donor.
For more information, visit these web addresses: • The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) http://www.msora.org • The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) www.optn.org • The National Women’s Health Information Center http://www.4woman.gov/ • The Lifeline of Ohio www.lifelineofohio.org • U.S. Government on Organ & Tissue Donation and Transplantation http:// www.organdonor.gov/ • “How Organ Donation Works” by Tom Scheve, http://health.howstuffworks. com/ organ-donation.htm
Trolley Troubles By Lauren Buttacavole
While holding on to one of the straps to keep me from falling over, I heard a loud crash from inside the trolley. Totally clueless of what was happening; I looked around and found a white bulb shattered on the floor, a few feet away from where I was standing. “Are you ok?” said one of the girls sitting near to where I was standing. She told me that the bulb hit my book bag. I felt immediate relief that I escaped a dangerous and embarrassing situation. My quiet ride soon turned into shared conversation about the craziness of the incident. A few students turned the situation into a joke about wanting to get hit with the bulb just so they could file a lawsuit and have their tuition paid. The trolleys and buses at Kean are supposed to conveniently bring students to and from their classes between the East and Main campuses. I think these rides are convenient, but they aren’t always pleasant. And I’m not alone in thinking that. Leslie Rojas, a psychology major, says she frequently rides on the trolley even though she feels it can be unsafe and uncomfortable. On many of the trolleys and buses, there aren’t enough seats and people are forced to crowd onto the vehicle. The drivers don’t turn away students when there are not any seats left. It is the option of the students, and many choose to stand. Even when there is some squeezable room left on the trolley to sit, it still can be sometimes difficult to catch yourself from sliding all over the place. Still, at least this is
better than holding on to one of the straps on the trolley in an effort not to lose your balance. Squeezing into a seat might cut off a little circulation, but it does prevent you from being thrown into the person in front of you like when you’re standing. Keeping a good balance while flailing in different directions as you stand is a challenge. So if you’re not feeling well, carrying a heavy load, or are exhausted from staying up late the night before, try to grab a seat before everyone else does. “I commute and have a lot of stuff to carry,” says Jennifer Grilli. “It’s nice to have someone drive me.”
On the trolley, it’s survival of the fittest. Grilli says she likes to ride on the trolley and feels that it is a nice break in the day, although she would rather wait for the next one when she sees there aren’t enough seats left. Then there’s the rushing and shoving to get the best seat on the trolley. Where’s the respect? Forget about a guy giving up his seat for a girl these days. When it comes to trolley rides, it is survival of the fittest. Sometimes when you’re standing outside and that cold, wintry wind slaps you in the face, respect sort of goes out the window. Now that spring is finally here, maybe manners will return. Let’s see what will happen when the weather gets warmer. Maybe patience is the best answer in this situation. If you want to take the bus or trolley and don’t have another option, but want to avoid the feeling of doing a balancing act, then wait for the next available one. They do come by relatively often. On a nice day, it might even be a good idea to walk. Even though a trolley or bus can be a bit uncomfortable or unsafe at times, it is nice to know they are available if and when we need them. So let’s appreciate what we do have and show a little more respect to others. By the way, don’t forget to thank the driver on your way out.
April 8, 2009 | The Tower
Men's Lacrosse Starts Season Strong By Nicole VonGonten
Coming off of a 2008 in which the Cougars went 14-6 and were Skyline Conference Champions, Kean opened its Men’s Lacrosse season this year splitting the first two games against Washington College and Manhattanville College. Following the win against Manhattanville, the Cougars hosted Mount Ida College on March 7. In the first period, the Cougars struck first. Eric Gillar set up the goal for C.J. Gannon with 12 minutes to go in the period. Mount Ida came back to tie minutes later. Scott Leathem and Anthony Bertucci netted back-to-back goals for Kean to give them a 3-1 lead. The Mustangs added another goal before the period ended. Kean gained their two-goal lead back in the second period on a goal by Jazimar Bailey. Seconds later, Mount Ida cut the lead back to one with an unassisted goal. Josh Jordan, Bailey and Gillar added three more goals for the Cougars. Kean closed out the period leading, 7-4. The Cougars scored five goals in the third period. Kean kept the Mustangs off the board for the entire period. Gillar notched his second goal of the day in the Cougars’ five-goal period. At the end of the third period, Kean came out on top, 12-4. In the fourth period, Mount Ida gained the edge. The Mustangs scored three goals in the period, shutting out Kean the entire period. It still wasn’t enough as the Cougars held on to a 12-7 conquest, earning consecutive wins. Kean traveled to face 20th-ranked
Stevens Institute on March 9. Stevens jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first period. With four minutes left in the pe-
first period with both defenses trying to keep the other team off the board. The Pride took the first lead with three min-
Junior Scott Leathem looks to score for the Cougars.
riod, the Cougars got on the board. C.J. Gannon scored the goal off an assist from Scott Leathem. Anthony Bertucci cut the Ducks’ lead with another goal for Kean. Stevens commanded the beginning of the second period. The Ducks scored four straight goals to start the period and magnify their lead to 7-2. Gannon scored his second goal of the first half for Kean, but Stevens quickly added two more before the first half ended. The second half saw Kean attempting to cut Stevens’ lead, but it would prove futile. Stevens Institute garnered a 14-9 victory. Kean looked to return to their winning ways against Widener University on March 11. Kean and Widener battled through the
utes left in that period. In the second period, Widener scored twice and kept Kean scoreless, protecting a 3-0 margin. The Cougars started to make a comeback in the third period, though. Anthony Bertucci scored Kean’s first goal of the game and then followed up with his second minutes later. Josh Morales came through for Kean when he scored the tying goal off an assist by Nick Esposito. Going into the final period, both teams remained tied. The Pride went ahead again on an unassisted goal by Andrew Janusz. Bertucci tied the game two minutes later with his third goal of the game. Seconds later, Bertucci broke the tie and Kean scored two insurance goals to complete the 7-5 win.
Vassar College traveled to play Kean on March 14. The Cougars took a commanding 7-0 lead through the first half of play. The Brewers got on the board late in the second period and ended the first half lagging behind, 7-1. Kean dominated the second half. Vassar was never able to overcome the deficit. The Cougars went on to rout the Brewers, 14-5. Juniors Scott Leathem and Jazimar Bailey led the way for the Cougars with two goals and two assists each. The Cougars suffered their third loss of the season when they faced Colorado College on March 19. Kean held a 2-0 lead when the first period ended. Colorado netted their first goal in the second half to cut the deficit to 2-1. Nick Angrisani scored another goal for Kean to extend the lead back to two. The Cougars nursed a 3-2 advantage at halftime. Colorado College made a comeback in the second half. Colorado College scored three goals in the third period to take the lead from Kean. The Cougars scored a goal in the fourth period and trailed, 5-4. Kean lost anyway, 7-4. Kean looked to return to their winning ways when they traveled to face Centenary College on March 24. In the first half, the Cougars dominated on both offense and defense. Kean outscored Centenary, 7-1. Anthony Bertucci led the Cougars in the first half with two goals. The Cyclones could not trim Kean’s large lead in the second half. The Cougars whipped the Cyclones, 16-3. Junior goalkeeper John Gesumaria produced 10 saves for Kean in the victory.
Women's Lacrosse Off to Tough Start By Nicole VonGonten
The women’s lacrosse team is coming off a 2008 season that saw them go 14-6 and to the Skyline Conference Championship Game and the ECAC Tournament. Heading into 2009, the Lady Cougars hoped to repeat their recent success. They soon found out it may be difficult to repeat. Ready to begin the season, Kean traveled to Western Connecticut State University on March 12. The Lady Colonials took the quick lead in the first period. Kara Kruczkiewicz scored three straight unassisted goals for the early 3-0 lead. Nicole Torre made sure to get Kean on the board before the first half ended with an unassisted goal. The Lady Cougars trailed, 3-1. Kean quickly cut the Lady Colonials’ lead early in the second half. Erica Kelly scored off of an assist from Amanda South to cut the deficit to 3-2. Western Connecticut then went onto score seven straight goals. Ashley Caruso started the scoring attack with back-to-back goals; Whitney Fairchild duplicated it. Fairchild and Caruso each scored one more goal before Kean finally got back on the board. Down 10-2, Amanda South scored two goals to cut the deficit to 10-4. The Lady Colonials increased their lead again with three more goals to put the game out of reach. Nicole Torre scored two goals for Kean as the second half expired, but
the Lady Cougars lost, 13-6. In a non-conference action on March 14, Kean traveled to face Gwynedd-Mercy College. The Lady Griffins took the early lead in the first half, scoring three straight goals. The Lady Cougars quickly came back. Kelly Mataya, Amanda South and Julie Bachovchin scored three successive goals in less than three minutes to tie the game at 3-3
Ready to begin the season, Kean traveled to Western Connecticut State University on March 12. ten minutes into the first half. The Lady Griffins regained the lead minutes later, and it would be the goal that gave them the lead for good. The first half ended with Kean down by two, 8-6. In the second half, Gwynedd-Mercy widened their lead. The Lady Cougars could never get any closer than two. Kean suffered their second loss, 19-13. South led the Lady Cougars with six goals in the game, but it was not enough. Kean hoped for a change of luck on March 16 when they hosted fourth-ranked The College of New Jersey in Skyline Conference action. TCNJ scored twice in the opening three
minutes. Kean goalie Gina Petrizzo kept the Lady Lions off the board for almost ten minutes giving Kean a chance to score. Down 2-0, the Lady Cougars could not take advantage of the opportunity. TCNJ scored with 17 minutes remaining, and then went onto score five straight goals. The Lady Cougars ended the first half behind, 14-0. The second half fared no different for Kean. Kean fell to powerhouse TCNJ, 17-0. Kean was in for another tough battle on March 18 when they traveled to Muhlenberg College. Muhlenberg jumped out to a 3-0 lead just three minutes into the half. Amanda South cut the lead for the Lady Cougars with a free position shot. South’s goal would be Kean’s last until late in the first half. The Lady Mules scored 12 straight goals through the rest of the half. As the first half wound down, South and Kelly Mataya each scored a goal to slash the deficit to 15-3. Being down by 12 to start the second half proved to be too steep of a hole for the Lady Cougars. Kean went on to lose the game, 20-5. On March 20, the Cougars headed to face FDU-Florham in a non-conference action. In the first half, the Lady Devils took a 7-0 lead over Kean before Stephanie Cirino broke up the shutout with a goal. The first half saw the Lady Devils stretching their lead. The first half had the Lady Cougars down, 15-2. In the second half,
Kean opened fire with four straight goals. Three of these goals came from Cirino for Kean. However, it wasn’t good enough as FDU-Florham handed Kean a heartbreaking 20-6 loss. In a well-fought game, Kean visited Dominican College on March 20. The Lady Cougars’ Chelsea Davis notched the first goal of the game. Dominican took the lead with a stretch of four goals. Kean kept the score close, but never gained the lead as the first half ended. Stephanie Cirino scored four goals for Kean toward halftime, and it was 10-9 Dominican. Amanda South tied the game at 10-10 a minute into the second half. Dominican then regained the lead, but Kean tied it again on a goal by Lauren Kusik. Dominican stole back the lead and once again, Kean evened it up for the last time on another one by Cirino. Dominican then went on a four-goal surge to prevent Kean from grabbing the lead. The Lady Cougars fell, 17-14. Cirino finished with eight goals. Kean came home to face the University of Dallas on March 28. Kean dominated the first half of the game. The Lady Cougars roared to an 11-0 first-half lead. The defense kept the Lady Crusaders off the board during that half. Kelly Mataya had a first half-high three goals. The University of Dallas tried to cut Kean’s lead in the second half, but the Lady Cougars were too much. The Lady Cougars won 17-4, notching their first win of the season.
The Tower | April 8, 2009
Cougar Softball is Back By Nicole VonGonten
After an impressive 2008 campaign with a record of 30-16, the Lady Cougars look to build upon that in 2009. The 2009 season began for the Lady Cougars in the Seagull Tournament in Maryland. In the two-day tournament, Kean went 2-2, winning against Moravian College and SUNY Geneseo. The Lady Cougars then spent their spring break in Kissimmee, Florida at the Rebel Spring Games. Kean split their time at the Rebel Games, going 5-5. In their last game in Florida, Kean faced Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The Lady Cougars trailed going into the third inning, 3-0. In the third inning, Kean loaded the bases with three straight singles. Kean scored their first run on a sacrifice fly by Nikki Castagno, and Sara Steinman singled in the second run. Jesse Buchanan tied the game by beating the throw to the plate on a foul out. Kean seized the lead for good in the fifth inning on a single by Alicia Banz that scored two. The Lady Cougars concluded their time in Florida with a 6-3 win.
After a productive round of games in Florida, Kean returned home on March 23 to face Oneonta State in a doubleheader. In the bottom of the first inning, Jesse Buchanan got Kean started with a single. Buchanan then stole second and third to put herself in scoring position. With two outs, Allison Lizzi singled to center to drive in the first run of the game for the Cougars. The game remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning. Oneonta State scored three runs on three hits in the inning. Three errors by Kean in the sixth inning led to two more runs for the Lady Red Dragons. Kean lingered behind, 5-1, going into the bottom half of the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Cougars staged a rally. The inning began with back-to-back singles by Lindsay Kennedy and Alicia Banz. Kennedy touched home on an error by the Lady Red Dragons. Melissa Dietrich walked to load the bases. Buchanan came through with a double down the left field line that got the Lady Cougars to within one, 5-4. The Lady Cougars tied the game on a squeeze bunt. Senior Sara Stienman then stepped
to the plate and drove in Buchanan, the winning run, with a sacrifice fly. The Lady Cougars completed their comeback for the 6-5 win. After that first victory, Kean aimed for the jugular in the second game of the double header. But the Lady Red Dragons struck early in the game. In the first inning, a Lady Cougar error loaded the bases and Oneonta State took advantage of the opportunity. A single scored the first run, followed by a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch bringing the third run of the game for Oneonta State. In the top of the second, the Lady Red Dragons added another run. The Lady Cougars’ only run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Allison Lizzi singled and later scored on a double to left field by Alicia Banz. Kean could not muster another late-inning comeback. Oneonta State iced the game, adding two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to take the 7-1 victory. Kean traveled to Rutgers-Camden on March 28 for a conference action doubleheader. After two scoreless innings, Kean’s Melissa Dietrich singled in the top of third
and then scored on a single to center by Jesse Buchanan. In the top of the fourth, the Lady Cougars tried to inflate their 1-0 lead. Shortstop Sara Steinman quickly answered with a leadoff homerun. Three batters later, Alicia Banz singled and scored on a fielding error. That would be all the Lady Cougars needed to win the first game. Kean kept Rutgers-Camden off board for the rest of the game to capture a 3-0 triumph. In the second half of the doubleheader, the Lady Cougars did not fare well. Rutgers-Camden commanded a 5-0 lead into the bottom half of the first inning. Buchanan started the bottom of the inning for the Lady Cougars with a double. She later scored on a double by Sara Steinman to reduce the deficit to 5-1. Kean would not get any closer. Rutgers-Camden mounted the lead in the next two innings and won, 9-1, splitting the double header, repeating the theme from their contest with Oneonta State.
tle putting up one as well. Kean put up one more in the 8th while Rowan tied it in the 9th. Moceri drove in three with a homerun to clinch the victory. The cougars rallied in the second game for a 10-6 win. The game started off early for Kean
in the 1st with receiving three runs. Moceri, Mattonelli, sophomore Kyle Walker, and freshmen Lee Cavico all had singles. Rowan put up one run and Kean added another in the second. Kean put the game away in the 7th with a homerun by fresh-
man DJ Breckenridge to drive in junior Dave Zavistoski. Kean continues their season on Thursday against Montclair State University.
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single by sophomore Mike Mattonelli and junior Mike Moceri drove in one. Rowan also put up one. Kean put up another in the 6th due to a single by freshman Nick Ramagli and a sacrifice from freshman Lee Cavico. But Rowan continued to bat-
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And the Envelope Goes to...Who Will Be MVP?
By John Cherry
It’s been a season-long debate and everyone has their own opinion as to who is the most valuable player in the NBA. In reality, there have only been three players in the running for it all year. Some may even believe that it should only be two, either LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, but not only should Dwayne Wade be in the conversation, he may be the most valuable to his team. All three of these players do it all; they’re the top three scorers in the league; they are perennial all-stars, and their teams will be contenders in the playoffs. Both LeBron’s and Kobe’s teams have the best records in their respective conferences, and Wade’s team is sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference after not even coming close to making the playoffs last year without him. The argument that you have for Wade is that he is the only legit scorer on his team, he has nobody else on his team and he takes the game over every night. When Wade does not have a good game, the Miami Heat loses plain and simple. His team knows that he is their best option, yet he still averages fewer than 30 points a game and has had 12 40-point games. On the other hand, James has the talent around him, that’s why his team is one of the best in the NBA this year. The addition of Mo Williams to the Cavaliers has put this team over the edge and made them ready for a deep playoff run. James is a physical specimen. If he had Bryant’s jumper, he would be absolutely unstoppable. Of the three, James is definitely the best all-around guy. He looks to pass just as much as shoot and he does it extraordinarily well. He is also a triple-double threat every night because he does a great job of hitting Dwayne Wade the boards. Bryant somehow seems to get better and better every year. Once Shaq left him, everyone thought that Bryant would never come close to having a great team again. Bryant has proven that he wasn’t just a product of a dominant big man in Shaq. He is by far the most deadly shooter in the league and when he is in the zone there is literally no stopping him, he will make nearly every shot he takes from anywhere on the court. Not only that, Bryant is one of the best defenders for his position in the league and can shut almost anyone down. All three of these players have had great years and it shows by how their teams have performed. Bryant and James can easily meet in June and play for the NBA Finals; Wade’s team may be a few years away from reaching that point but still will contend in the playoffs. That in no way should disqualify Wade from being eligible to win the MVP award. It is not whose team is the best, it is about who is the most valuable. When I think of an MVP in any sport on any team, the way I like to think of it is if that player was not on that team, what place would they be in and would they be any good? That’s why I believe that although it will be very tight between the three of them, without Wade on the Miami Heat they would be one of the worst teams in the league. That’s why I believe Wade should be the MVP of the NBA. The Heat would not be able to compete whatsoever without his presence but with him, they are the number five seed in the Eastern Conference and have a very good chance of advancing.
COUNTERPOINT By Jay Hicks
John did a marvelous job breaking down his MVP candidates and choosing the player he feels deserves it. Dwayne Wade pushes his team into the number five seed position for the post season after missing it last season due to his injuries. That alone is a very valid reason why Wade should be named the NBA MVP. Unfortunately, as we know from the past, the MVP considerations tend to focus on who’s playing on the best team. In this case, it’s Lebron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers own a NBA-best 61-13 record as of April 1st. The fact that he scores in triple-double, that is, having at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists or it can be 10 steals, more often than the two other candidates solidifies his position as the best basketball player in the game. However, upon closer examination, I learned that, yes, he has a fantastic supporting cast, but he also shoots more and becomes more involved with the scoring. I checked his stats on ESPN.com and found out that for the season, he shot 721 of 1,485 field goals for a 48.6% success rate. His free-throw shooting is average at best, making 537 out of 697 (77%). By comparison, Wade fares only slightly better, shooting 787 of 1,606 (48.9%) field goals and 537 of 702 (76.5%) free throws. So, they parallel very closely. We can say both men deserve to be considered for the honor. Bryant is making 738 of 1,588 field goals, which is at a 46.5% clip. However, he makes 435 of 506 free throws. That’s 86% for Bryant. In postseason, especially with pressure on the line, Kobe will make a better free-throw scorer than either LeBron or Dwayne. However, Kobe had been averaging just 21 points a game in his last six contests, a cause for concern in the voting for MVP. Out of all these candidates, I am surprised that John forgot to mention New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul. He is a 49.8% field goal shooter and an 87.2% free-throw scorer, better than any of the three other candidates. He also is surrounded by better-than-average teammates, which is why Paul is not selfish with his shooting, yet he is averaging 22.1 points a game and is among the NBA leaders in assists at 11.0 per game. His team definitely would have been a lot worse this season without him. His unselfishness comes into play every game and it allows other players to step up and take their shots. While the Hornets aren’t as good as last season, I guarantee you that without Paul, this could easily have been a 27-46 team instead of their current 46-27 record! Traditionally, the MVP goes to the player on the best team in the NBA, so my pick goes to LeBron James. However, if I have my say in this matter – in other words, if only one vote decides the MVP and that vote is mine, I have no qualms at all in selecting Chris Paul. He is amazingly generous and a team player. That counts for the most.
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Kean's Baseball Team Leads NJAC By Kelly Nemeth
The Kean Cougars added a win to their overall record of 20-6 and their New Jersey Athletic Conference record of 6-2 against New Jersey City University in an 8-4 victory. Senior Colin Feneis earned the win while pitching åsix innings and striking out five. Kean swept Richard Stockton University in their first home double header putting up a whopping 21 runs in the first game and an 8-4 victory in the second game. NJAC player of the week Junior Mike Mo-
ceri was 5-for-7 with seven RBI and five runs scored to go along with two doubles and a triple. Junior Joe Bartlinski added another win allowing only three hits in 6 innings. The cougars started early with six runs in the 1st inning. Kean kept it up by adding one in the 2nd and 4th innings. Kean put up three more runs in the 5th due to a single by junior Mike Diaz and a triple by Moceri. Kean put the game away in the sixth scoring a massive ten runs which was aided by a two run homerun by senior Mike Manganiello. In game two Senior Pedro Rivera earned the win, striking
out eight in the six innings pitched. Kean suffered their second loss of the NJAC to William Patterson on Thursday, April 2nd. William Patterson was leading 7-1 in the 2nd inning when Kean came alive and put up four in the 3rd making the score 7-5. In the 4th inning Kean put up one more due to freshmen Vinny Galya being hit by pitch and DJ Breckenridge walking. Junior Mike Moceri’s sacrifice fly brought in Breckenridge advancing the score to 7-6. In the 5th, freshmen Nick Ramagli reached second a fielding error and senior Mike Manganiello’s single
drive in the tying run. But William Patterson fought harder in the 5th and 6th putting up a total on ten runs. Kean tried to stay alive in the 7th putting up four more but could not get the win. Appearing in their first double header of the season, Kean swept Rowan University 6-3, adding another win to their NJAC record. Junior Joe Bartlinski received a no decision in 8 innings of play with 7 strikeouts. Senior Drew Campbell earned the win with two strikeouts and allowing one hit. There were no runs on the board until the 5th where a (Continued on page 11)