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The Tower Kean University’s student newspaper
Volume 11 • Issue 2 Oct. 14 - Nov. 11, 2010
Where has the Track Team Gone? Kean Honors Tyler: Urges Tolerance By Nicole VonGonten
The Kean University track and field team ended last season with a solid showing in the NJAC Championship, and the team was looking ahead to prepare for next season. Little did they know that the season they had just played was their last. Shortly after the season ended, the team found out they were getting cut from the Kean athletics program. According to some of the participants on the team, they were given two main reasons for the elimination: a lack of female participation and budget cuts. The cut of the track team comes from a $17.7 million budget cut by Kean, members were told. Kean University junior Stephanie Cozzolongo said she doesn’t understand why it is the track and field team had to go, and not another sport. Meanwhile, Kean has added a Men’s Volleyball team. “Our track team worked just as hard as any other team,” Cozzolongo said. “We had pre-season, 6am workouts, afternoon workouts, we even practiced on our own to make ourselves better.” Cozzolongo was one of the standouts on the field for the Cougars. She holds the record at Kean for javelin throwing; a record that she broke three times this past season. Now, some of the participants are trying to help get a club team started, but it has to find funding even for that. “We are trying to start a club team but it’s going to be a lot of work and planning and money that a lot of us don’t have,” Cozzolongo said.
Each student on the team was notified by the University of the cut in the summer with a letter sent to them. The letter ended the speculation that went on all of the winter season. Cozzolongo said her coach also called everyone individually and gave each person a small chat. The team made it known that they were not happy with the decision of Kean.
“Our track team worked just as hard as any other team.” “We tried to protest, there was one in [Athletic Directors] Glenn Hedden and Jack McKiernan’s office,” said junior Nick Corvino, a former Kean track participant. The protest was an effort that did not help the situation. The team is not being brought back by Kean at this point. Most programs find out they are being cut at the beginning of the season, rather than at the end of the season. Seton Hall University also cut its track and field team this year, and participants were notified in the winter of the cut. “It was not right at all to tell us the team is being cut at the end of the season. Most schools tell the athletic program if they are being cut before the season starts,” Cozzolongo said. “In this situation we were told in the summer around the end of June.” Kean University did not respond to a request for a comment about the track team.
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By Stephanie Musat
Every time a candle was lit, a name was said. Bill. Harrison. Cody. The flame passed from wick to wick. Caleb. Raymond. Seth. As the flame made it to the last person, a semi-circle of a dim candlelight glowed and everyone fell silent. Tyler. Everyone knew the name Tyler. The reason why a crowd of 100 students and faculty came together October 7 was because of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who committed suicide after being filmed during a homosexual encounter that was streamed on the Internet. But the Kean community united to honor not only Clementi, but Caleb Nolt from Fort Wayne, Ill., who committed suicide days after Clementi; Raymond Chase from Monticello, NY who committed suicide after being teased for being openly gay; and anyone who has ever been bullied because of their differences. “When you see kids in your neighborhood and they say hurtful words, tell them ‘hey, it’s not cool’,” said Erin Krieg, president of Kean University’s Gay Alliance Reformation (K.U.G.A.R) “Because all you know, there might be a kid standing in that group that might be gay. And for all you know, that kid—if it’s not stopped —could be the next Tyler Clementi.” Krieg led the candlelight vigil after a two-hour conversation about civility and tolerance, a message which Kean President Dawood Fahari said is imperative for overcoming the recent series of suicides. It’s simple, Dr. Fahari said. Don’t do onto others that you wouldn’t want done
Photo: Gabrielle T Matarazzo
Students helped light each other’s candles in rememberance.
“I don’t think they did it because the other individual was gay. I think they did it because they lost their perspective of civility.” to you. Dr. Fahari doesn’t think that Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, the two Rutgers students who allegedly posted the video of Clementi, did it with malicious intent. It was a prank and they lost sight of respect. “Think about those two other kids,” Dr. Farahi said. “I don’t think they are bigots, I don’t think they did it because the other individual was gay. (Continued on page 9)
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Biggest Starbucks in the East Opens at Kean University By Pamela Mata
“May I have a tall Caramel Macchiato,” will now be a common phrase heard in the Kean University Library. On September 21, a giant Starbucks opened its doors on the first floor of the Thompson Library—making Kean one of three universities on the East Coast with a Starbucks in its library. The other two are Yale and Penn State, according to Kean. And Kean’s Starbucks has one other distinction: it’s considered the largest in the Eastern United States according to Kean President Dawood Farahi, who recently was asked about it. Students were not visiting the library as often as Kean had hoped, and opening a coffee shop inside is an effort to
Said Sharif Ullah, a Junior majoring in Biology “I think Farahi is a
reflection. The library now has become a place with more activities and noise. Starbucks took space that previously housed shelves of books. “Our imprint collection
“Kean is one of only three universities with a Starbucks in its library.”
change that. Now with a Barnes & Noble atmosphere Dr. Farahi suggested that the students would want to be in the library more often. “I’m here all day, it’s convenient,” said Samia Kadri, a sophomore majoring in Psychology. “This is my spot, I love it.”
genius to have this idea,” “For him to Photo: Pamela Mata put up a Starbucks gives an upgrade to the library and it makes Kean unique.” However, not everyone agreed. Janette Gonzalez, a reference librarian, said the Starbucks addition has changed the atmosphere of the traditional library as a quiet, peaceful place for study and
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has diminished” as a result, she said. One student expressed concern about opening a Starbucks at a time when staff on campus has lost their jobs. “I don’t understand why the university is investing on a Starbucks Coffee when 28 [professors] were laid off,” said Nitza Diaz. President Farahi reinforced that the project was fully fund- (Continued on page 5)
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Fit to be Kean Unveils New Program By Andrea Edwards
A newly formatted Fit to be Kean program kicked off its new season on October 7th. Over one hundred students and faculty alike came out to participate in the fitness event. Unlike past semesters, the program will not be under the sole sponsorship of the Kean Health Services. The list of new sponsors that have jumped on board indicate a united effort to make health and fitness a priority. Sponsors included in the efforts are the Athletics and Recreation Department, the Center for Leadership and Services, Student Organization, the College of Natural and Applied Health Sciences, and the College of Physical Education. This eight-week weight loss program, will offer members yearlong benefits with a club membership. Students will not be required to pay an additional membership fee once the group reaches club status. As of now however, the primary focus of the program is health and fitness, as opposed to the weight loss competition it was formally known for. “The goal is to promote lifelong changes,” says Heather Spiegel, an advi-
committee members. “Our agenda includes guest speakers on topics such as nutrition and healthy lifestyle along with fun activities including games and exercise,” said Toney. The weekly one-hour meetings will offer
“The goal is to promote lifelong changes.” Photo: Andrea Edwardsm
Working out at the D’Angola Gym.
sor to the program and RN, representing Health Services. With a $20 membership, participants can expect to be educated on a wide range of topics related to health concerns associated with poor food choices and a lack of exercise. Members are given a goal sheet at the first meeting where they are encouraged to list their individual goal(s). They are then taken through a process that includes the recording of weight, measurements, and body fat percentage. Dean Jeffrey Toney of the College of Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences, and Janice Murray-Laury, vice president for Student Affairs, were involved as
guest speakers who will seek to educate members on nutrition and exercise during the first fifteen minutes. Following the education segment, members will participate in “recreational time, which differs each week,” according to Spiegel. Upcoming topics will include, “What Fat is Good for You?,” “How Much is Enough,” and “Healthy Eating,” which will be conducted at a cookout demonstration and tasting held on October 28th, at 3:15pm, by the Downs Hall tent. The corresponding recreational segments include activities such as Run/ Walk: a 5K walk or run around the indoor track, “Crab Soccer,” Boot Camp workout and Weight Lifting. ”Members should be aware, that be-
cause each member has a different fitness level and/or goal(s), each member is expected to go at their own pace and level” says Spiegel. In an effort to dispose of the former concept once associated with the program, Spiegel clarifies that “this is not about a weight loss program,” but rather, “long-term lifestyle changes to obtain a better life.” Also in attendance at the group’s kick off was Mark Hung, a junior majoring in Physical Education who serves as one of the fitness advisors. Mark, whose ability to motivate was evident at the first meeting, stated that, “as a fitness advisor, I give tools on how to get fit and help motivate participants to achieve their goals.” It is not too late to register for the group. Students and staff alike are still being encouraged to sign up and participate. Participants that achieve both perfect attendance as well as their goal(s) will be refunded the twenty-dollar membership fee at the end of the eight week program. Fit to be Kean meets every Thursday at the D’Angola Gym, in room 191 between the hours of 3:15 and 4:15 pm.
STEM Center Nears Completion with Café Opening By Stephanie Musat
Even if you have never stepped foot inside the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics, chances are you have seen the inside of the building. The M&M Pretzel commercial with the orange M&M in a lab saying that the pretzel shouldn’t be shoved inside him was filmed inside the STEM building as well as the Xerox commercial with the Ducati motorcycle testing the aerodynamics. The STEM center is getting recognition from Hollywood and within academic circles for being a revolutionary facility. With the opening of the café in the foyer of the building, the STEM center is one step closer to being fully finished. An expected completion date in Spring 2011 is
anticipated with the opening of the twostory service restaurant, said James Walters, a sophomore math education major in the STEM program who works in the STEM center. “Where to start,” said Walters. “Well there’s something cool on each floor. Let’s start on the first.” The first floor atrium, which is the hub of the science complex, is wrapped within the foundations of scientific education. Silver pillars rise two stories high against a patterned tile wall meant to recreate DNA configurations. White spherical light fixtures hang from the ceiling over the newly opened café. Inside, there are black leather lounges that look out to the groomed lawns that highlight the walkways to the glass entrances. The atrium is the centerpiece of the
largest building project at Kean University, a six-year project that was dedicated on September 1. The new building symbolizes the university’s commitment to progress, according to its creators and the atrium exemplifies how Kean plans to make progress: through collaboration. To encourage collaboration among students and faculty, the third floor is equipped with flex labs-a two sided lab where one side is for dry research and one side allows for the use of chemicals or “the fun stuff,” as Walters said. Each lab rooms is connected to a glasswalled professor office. “This way, students can see if their professors are in which fosters a more personal relationship,” said Ramanpreet Kaur, a sophomore biotechnology major who works in the STEM center.
Kaur said that the building’s setup is to make each of the programs that the center houses- science, math, and biomedicinemore collaborative with faculty in order to get more hands-on experience in the lab and the classroom. Unfortunately, the building does not have computer labs for students to use which would “be really good to have,” said Walters. The building goes along with Kean’s “going green” initiatives. Walters said that everything in the building, down to the chairs, is made of recyclable material. The building also hosts a roof-top garden. “It’s a nice building,” said Walters. “Even working here, we’re finding new stuff everyday. There’s always something new going on here.”
Stitches in Time: History of Hemlines at the Hall By Celleste Valeanu
Elegance and celebration bloomed through the garden of the renowned Kean estate featuring the Liberty Hall Museum located across the street from the entrance to Kean University’s main campus. On September 29, members of Kean campus, community, and designers collaborated to commemorate an exhibit rich in culture and fashion called Stitches in Time: Three Centuries of Hemlines, Necklines and Everything in Between. This fashion fundraiser event was constructed through the efforts of dedicated volunteers, William P. Schroh Jr, director of museum operations, and Susan Garino, coordinator of historic structures at Liberty Hall Museum. “Every year we do a special exhibit to highlight a different aspect of the collection, and chose to highlight fashion this year because we recently completed cataloging the majority of the collection last summer,” Ms. Garino said. “We all felt that fashion is an issue that transcends age,
gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background and this exhibit provides something for everyone and besides the cloth-
Photo: Celleste Valeanu
Clockwise from top: Stitches in Time Fashion Show finale; Victorian Era gowns; 1930 evening gowns.
ing is absolutely beautiful and in terrific condition—who doesn’t love fashion?” The Kean family, who the university was named for, serves as one of the oldest,
wealthiest and most influential families in New Jersey, and liberty hall often showcases pieces of their past. Opening night reception began with a sophisticated cocktail hour followed by the fashion show celebration and tailored replicas of the rare Livingston-Kean family collection of 18th Century to mid 20th Century attire. Rich textiles of an earlier America embodied the time period of top hats, glamorous ball gowns and layers of “Victorian Secrets”, which were all once owned by the members of the family. The replicas presented in the fashion show embodied the prestige of the actual Christian Dior, Charles Worth, and Callot Soeurs gowns and accessories worn by the socially notable family through generations, now again brought to life in the structured exhibit. The rest were replicas designed by volunteers, design students, and established designer Mark S. Salinas, whose list of clients includes Zac Posen and Chanel. The show took the audience on a journey through nine different eras that revealed the growth and declaration
of women’s independence and through the birth of the rambunctious flapper. The glimpse through the history of hemlines preserved by the LivingstonKean family over three centuries were stored away in Louis Vuitton steamer trunks throughout the home and today reflect stories of American history. Following the fashion show, the doors of the estate were open to the public to explore the completely transformed rooms fit with fifty mannequins on display that showcased Victorian gowns from celebrations such as the Vanderbilt Ball of 1813 and the ball of the Revolutionary War. Each room was dressed with mannequins in the attire most fitting the personality of the era it depicted. The museum will be presenting the display from now until June 2011, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is free to all Kean students, $10 for adults, $6 for children and senior citizens.
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Kean Alumnus is a Hair-do in the Musical “Hairspray” By Andrew Czirjak
“Once I was a simple girl, then stardom came to me. But I was still a nothing, though a thousand fans may disagree,” actress and Kean University class of 2010 alumnus and 2008 Kean Idol winner, Christine Danelson sang to a packed audience in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of the musical “Hairspray.” And, Miss. Danelson, a thousand fans do disagree. Danelson’s portrayal of Tracy Turnblad, the chubby but courageous Baltimore teen who just wants to fit in, stole the show. “She [Christine Danelson] was adorable as Tracy,” said Joyce Astarita, from Matawan, N.J. “She’s a little spitfire, when she was dancing I wanted to go on stage and dance with her. I had a really good time.” That “good time” feeling Astarita is
talking about could be felt everywhere in the Playhouse. People were singing and dancing along with the cast and the audience seemed to relate best to Danelson’s character, Tracy Turnblad. Acting, on the other hand, was not Danelson’s first love. As a child, she wanted to be a singer. “When I was in kindergarten my mom used to take me to see Broadway shows, but I liked the musicals better,” said Danelson. “I really wanted to sing, but I quickly caught the acting bug.” Danelson recalled a time when her sister’s high school was performing “Bye Bye Birdie” they had asked her to be a part of the show. She was supposed to stand on stage and look sad, a difficult task considering she was a happy kid. Even with all her success, Danelson admits that she still gets stage fright before every performance. However, in performances such as her part in Kean Univer-
Photo: Paper Mill Playhouse
Christine Danelson as TracyTurnblad.
sity’s production of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” it can work in her benefit. “When I was in the 25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee” it was hard because we used a lot of improv,” said Danelson. “I was nervous because I had never done that live before, but I used that [nervous] energy and I made up my own jokes.” Despite all the glitz and glamour, acting “takes a lot of hard work,” according to Danelson, and that fame comes with a price. Fortunately, she had some helpful tips for future actors. “Keep practicing and never give up,” she said. “Don’t worry if you don’t get the part, trust me there are going to be plenty of rejections. That’s why you keep working at it; you have to be ready when your time comes. I was.” Hairspray will continue to run until October 24, 2010. For more information on tickets please contact the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at (973) 376-4343.
Kean Outsources Some Maintenance By Rachel Rothspan
Kean University has already outsourced its food service in the cafeteria and the bookstore on campus in order to cut costs, according to the university. Now, the college has outsourced maintenance services in some campus locations, leaving the local maintenance union to suspect more cuts in the future. The Local 195 International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, or IFPTE, represents Kean’s craftsmen, security officers, and ground workers. However, recently the school has been using Meridian Services, which is based out of the United Kingdom, in order to maintain the East Campus and the Stem Building. University Spokesman Jeff Theodore said the decision to switch companies will save the school money. The change is a direct result of the state’s reduction in aid to the college and caps on tuition. “The decision to outsource maintenance
staffing on the university’s East campus rather than hire full-time employees was in anticipation of future reduction of state appropriations,” said Theodore. “This scenario gives the university some flexibility to ensure that our costs are in line with revenues in the foreseeable future.” However, those at Local 195 disagree that this will be a cost savings for the school. According to recent figures presented to the Kean University Board of Trustee’s public meeting on September 13, the new workers, who are part of Meridian, cost $89.86 an hour. The cost for one of the workers from Local 195 is $25.81 per hour, plus an additional $8 an hour if health benefits are factored in, bringing the total to $33.81, according to the union. Steven Pinto, a representative and worker for Local 195, said he is concerned that the arrival of Meridian could lead to large cuts in hours for the workers, who are paid on an hourly wage, and potential
full job loss over time. “There will be a day when we will no longer be employed by Kean University,” Pinto said. Local 195 does the work for all nine state universities, and Pinto says that with the state restrictions, Kean is the only one who is thinking of outsourcing their work. Pinto, who spoke at the public meeting, suspects that the university’s change in maintenance workers will actually increase costs. He said that the cost of outsourcing the work on East Campus is $1.1 million for six months. In order to have two employees from Local 195 do the same work that Meridian will do would cost $253,940.00, with benefits, according to Pinto. Pinto also states that the workers have personal affiliations to Kean—some have even sent their children to the school. Pinto himself has been working at Kean for 30 years, and said he will be sorry when he
is no longer working on the campus. Still, according to Theodore, Kean is in control of its financial situation, and has other reasons for outsourcing. “Kean University, at times, engages in business with companies such as Starbucks or Barnes & Noble for their expertise and experience in operating campus services,” he said. “It is a common practice at many universities and colleges. The university will continue to consider such arrangements when there’s a benefit to the university.” But Pinto still feels that the students need to be more involved in this move. “I would like to see the Kean students stand beside the competent, dedicated and economical workforce at Kean in any function or campaign to keep the workers, and to do the simple math to understand the out of control and careless spending at Kean,” he said.
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By Casey Murphy
After months of hard work, “The Tower” staff is proud to announce that “The Tower” is officially online! You read right. If you ever misplace your copy of “The Tower,” or forgot to pick up a copy on campus, you will now be able to find the stories you want to read at www.keantower.com. “This is such an exciting time for the Tower staff,” said Editor-in-Chief Megan Muller. “Our staff has grown tremendously since last year and we have some very gifted students. We are anxious to see what other improvements we can make throughout the year; the website is definitely the first of many.” Online editors Stephanie Musat and Casey Murphy deserve the credit for getting the interactive version of “The Tower” on the web, said Prof. Pat Winters Lauro, faculty adviser. “They were especially gifted at finding exciting apps for the website that enriches The Tower’s coverage and reading experience,” said Prof. Lauro. “Keantower.com plants us firmly in the 21st Century!” The special features include maps, links, video and comments, among oth-
in between issues. Not only will there be all the articles you can find in our print version, there will be additional articles written when events happen so The Tower will keep you up to date so make sure to visit us frequently. To check out The Tower online visit www.keantower.com.
Tower Editor Honored ers. A rotating headline on the front page promotes three of the top stories in the News, Sports, and Arts & Entertainment sections. Underneath is a more detailed listing of the different articles you can find in each section. All the sections that can be found on the website are on an easy to navigate banner located on the top of the page. The homepage will also play host to a PDF version of the newspaper with features that make for easy navigation
The New Jersey Collegiate Press Association has awarded Megan Muller, editor-in-chief of “The Tower,” 1st Place for column/opinion writing for the 2009-10 year. The award recognized Ms. Muller for an op-ed piece she wrote for The Tower called “I Am a Nanny” that was published in December 2009. Ms. Muller, who is majoring in Communication/ Journalism at Kean, wrote about the lack of respect she was accorded by peers and others when they learned she worked as a nanny to help finance her education.
Ms. Muller, a senior at Kean, joined “The Tower” in September 2009 and became co-features editor with Rachel Rothspan in January 2010. She took the helm as editor-in-chief in September. Besides serving as editor, Ms. Muller writes a blog about dating and the life of a college student, and works part-time editing journals for a Health Communications firm. Her goal is to become a newspaper or magazine editor, and she also hopes to publish several books. The NJCPA contest included entries from virtually all of the state’s four-year public and private universities.
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Giving Someone a Second Chance at Life By Laura Urban
Genetic Diseases. Some have the ability to affect your life before you even take your first breath. Occurring in about 600,000 people in the United States, Polycystic Kidney Disease, also referred to as PKD, is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases and is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC). On Sunday, October 3, two Kean University students walked to gain awareness for this life-altering disease in the Central Jersey Walk for Polycystic Kidney Disease, sponsored by the Polycistic Kidney Disease Foundation. Carly Prakapas, a senior and a Communication major, along with her sister Casey, a junior Elementary and Special Education major, hope to encourage people to become organ donors through raising awareness of its importance. A person was able to give the girls’ father a second chance at life by becoming an organ donor. “What’s really important to me is just for everybody to be an organ donor. Someone just checked on their driver’s license,
’Like, yeah, I’ll donate my organs’ and that saved my dad’s life,” said Carly Prakapas. On dialysis for about three years, the girls’ father was on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. According to NKUDIC, the kidneys are each about the size of a
Photo: Casey and Carly Prakapas
Carly and Casey Prakapas at the finish line.
fist. PKD is characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys and when cysts form, they can enlarge the kidneys while replacing most of their normal structure. “I remember his kidneys were 20 lbs. each and the doctor said that he never saw
President of FranNet Gets Down to Business By D.J. Jean
“Remember, if you don’t have a dream, the person you work for probably does.” That was the advice Jack Armstrong, owner and President of FranNet, franchise network consultants for northern New Jersey, gave at Barnes & Noble booksellers on Rt. 22 West, Springfield, NJ on September 15 at an event sponsored by Kean University’s Small Business Development Center. According to Armstrong, there are many individuals who want to own a business, but have no idea how to start one. The organization also focuses on the selling and
“Remember, if you don’t have a dream, the person you work for probably does.” reselling of premiere franchises. The seminar that Armstrong conducted gave people looking at business or franchise ownership advice on the intangibles needed to follow through with their entrepreneurial endeavors. He talked about owning a business, buying an existing business, franchising and the history of it, as well as the facts and myths attributed to franchising. When you hear “franchising” you may think “fast food or retail,” but you would be surprised to know that there are over 3,000 different franchises in more than 80 industries that encompass over 900,000 operating units, ranging from education to information technology services. Armstrong also mentioned the advantages and disadvantages circumscribed to starting up a business and buying a business. The benefits of starting a business include having total control, making every
decision, and keeping all the profits. On the other hand, you may have limited financing options, no one to turn to for help, and a high failure rate. When buying an existing business or franchise, Armstrong suggests it is an advantage to have employees and systems in place, have an established location and customer base, and owner financing. During the seminar, Armstrong suggested that the audience read the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” series by Robert Kiyosaki and “E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gerber. Kiyosaki’s books focuses on investing, real estate, owning businesses, and finance protection tactics. Gerber’s “E-Myth Photo: Jack Armstrong Revisited” informs Jack Armstrong. the reader about different aspects of business as well as applying franchise business dynamics. Now if you want to buy a business or franchise, you will want to obtain some disclosure documents. “You want to see that 90 percent success rate, if they don’t have that, something is wrong with the company,” Armstrong said. Furthermore, you want to look for a franchise that is a great fit. That means looking for not only a business model representing your financial and lifestyle goals, but one that answers the proverbial question: “Where do you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years?” This model is not necessarily an independent effort according to Armstrong, noting that FranNet consultants aid in creating your business model. It allows for a better assessment of franchises that meet your criteria.
anything like them,” said Carly Prakapas. Their father was given a beeper to alert him when a kidney was available for him. However, in order for the kidney to take to his body, the kidney had to be a match for his system. “A couple of times it would go off and we’d be like, ‘This is it!’ and they’d check to see if the kidney’s were a match and they weren’t,” said Carly Prakapas. Finally the day came when they found a donor whose kidney was a match for their father. The girls believe the donor was a young man who was killed in a car accident. “He was given a second chance at life,” said Carly Prakapas, speaking of their father. Classified as a genetic disease, the gene for contracting PKD is passed from one generation to the next through families. The girls’ grandmother had the disease, as well as their father and his brother. The girls, who also have an older sister, have a 50% chance of getting the disease themselves, according to NKUDIC. It causes irreversible kidney failure and the symptoms usually develop between the ages of 30 and 40. “We try not to think about it because,
I mean, what can you do,” said Carly Prakapas. The girls, however, are trying to bring awareness of the disease, which has no cure or treatment, to the general population. By taking part in the Central Jersey Walk for Polycystic Disease for their first time this year, the girls are on the road to achieving their goal. The walk is sponsored by the PKD Foundation, which has been raising money to fund research on the disease since 1982. Donations can be made to walkers and proceeds go towards funding research. “Together as a team, we have raised $3,265 through friends and family,” said Carly Prakapas. The girls are looking to the future and are trying not to dwell on the possibility of one of them showing symptoms of the disease. Recalling a memory of theirs, the girls laugh as they think about hearing a story of when their father, after his kidney transplant, woke up from the anesthesia he was given. “The nurse told us the first thing he said was ’Hakuna Matata’,” said the Prakapas’. Taken from the lyrics of the Disney song, it means “no worries.”
The Lowdown on Kean’s New Ride By Carlos M. Reynosa
Styling and profiling, the Kean University campus police are patrolling the school in a brand new ride. In February 2010, Kean University purchased two cars from Smart USA. After talk of their debut on campus, these brand new vehicles have been catching the eyes of students and professors. The Smart Cars are used for security purposes, as well as transportation for students with disabilities. They have a five-speed automated manual transmission and an anti-lock braking system. They also have a zinc-plated steel body lined with airbags to ensure safety despite its compact size. “I think they’re cute and tiny, they make me feel like [this school] is actually working on something,” Katy Kyne, a communication major at Kean said. “I just wish they had spent more time on something else.” Kean’s newly purchased cars are usually sold in the base model for $11,990 which includes standard features such as a central remote locking system and a two-spoke two seat comfort. It comes with a leather steering wheel as well as navigation and blue tooth capabilities. For safety purposes, its back seat is equipped with weight detection and seatbelt recognition. “What’s good about the SmartCars is that there is less gas needed, making it very environmental,” said Officer David Lopez of the campus police. “Because they are driven in the campus, we are quicker to respond to any call.” These calls include being trapped in the elevators or having to unlock rooms that need to be opened. The SmartCars are also useful for parking security, which allows the campus police to use their normal patrol cars off campus more often. The eco-friendly SmartCar Company
provides water-soluble paint for the basic color designs. This paint uses a powder coating, which removes the need for solvents. They also use recyclable body panels and electric pumps that allows fresh air to enter the exhaust port when the engine is cold. This eliminates most of the carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, improving air quality. If you think these cars will be put away when it starts to snow, think again. These SmartCars have traction control, cornering brake controls, anti-lock brakes and electronic brake distribution that allows the campus police to remain in control of the car in all types of weather. In order
Photo: Carlos M. Reynosa
to ensure the comfort of the driver, the SmartCar comes with heated windows, mirrors and seats. “I think they’re amazing, I want to drive one,” said Professor Atkins, an adjunct teacher at Kean who was impressed with the little car. “I do think it’s nice to know that the campus police can come to the buildings faster and that they can go from building to building to respond to calls quicker.” Regardless of their size, speed, and cuteness, the SmartCars are an example of how Kean University stays green while keeping its students’ best interest in mind. For more information about the cars, go to www.smartusa.com
University Center Gets its Game On Eric Albuen
Each new semester brings new things for the University campus. This time around, it brings us a renovated game room for students to relax and interact with others in. The game room is looking to bring more activity to the campus as well. The former TV room area returns triumphantly (and brighter) as a game room providing much more entertainment than before. The room is loaded with new Sharp
“It definitely makes the room more inviting for students.” Aquos TVs that can be used for various activities such as watching television and playing some of the various video game systems the room has available. With two Playstation 3s, two XBOX 360s, and five Nintendo Wiis, there’s always something available for playing. The staff there provides games and controllers for the consoles and your Kean ID card is used as collateral for renting out some games. The room doesn’t just provide fun as far as video games go, but from the outside you can get a sneak peak at the six pool tables. Towards the back of the room there are two air hockey tables as well as three ping-pong tables available for students to use. However, if you’re not in the mood to play anything, there are couches and large tables available to lounge around
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beauty marked: Lovely lashess 101 By cellestE valeanu
and either do homework, surf the web, or even sleep. The game room also runs several events throughout the semester, such as the Pizza and Pool League held on Mondays. “The game room is definitely well furnished,” said Dung Nguyen, 19, a fresh-
Photo: Eric Albuen
Mascara, falsies and primers, oh my! To all my make-up muses, break out your pen and paper and start taking down a few notes on steps to achieve the loveliest of lashes. Lashes are one of the main focuses of the face, emphasizing super femininity and glamour paired with simplicity. After trying almost every type of mascara in all of makeup land, I’ve decided on my top three favorites along with the best priming products, priced from lowest to highest, and listed them below with some of my favorite must-have products for developing your lash personality! Shu Uemura Mini Eyelash Curler: This is a must have in your make-up case ladies. Using the right tools before applying mascara is important for doll like lashes. The Shu Uemura mini lash curler is small
in waterproof. Dior Show Mascara in Azure Blue: The Dior show is an investment that will indefinitely hold your highest of curls and a twist of blue color for some spunk. Azure Blue is reserved for the brave and beautiful days you want to just have fun! The plump brush with its tiny bristles will achieve lengthy lashes and can be found at www.Sephora.com at $24. MAC Cosmetics Haute & Naughty Lash: Treat your lashes to the dynamic duo of mascaras. This newly patented mascara is a two-in-one product featuring double the brush and satisfaction at $18. The purple section features a thickening brush followed by a pink top above revealing a skinnier bristle that separates and extends lashes with zero flakes.
The newly-renovated game room.
man on campus. “It definitely makes the room more inviting for students.” Being new to the school, Ms. Nguyen hopes to return to the game room more often and show her skills as a gamer from time to time, even if it’s just with friends. With the renovation in that wing of the University Center, the game room looks to provide a good chunk of entertainment for the campus. With potential tournaments in just about every field as well as meet-ups and regular socializing amongst students, it looks to be one of the more popular spots on campus. The Game Room hours are 11AM to 10PM on Mondays to Thursdays, 11AM to 8PM on Friday, 12PM to 7PM on Saturdays, and 4PM to 9PM on Sundays.
“With its very distinct bright orange packaging making it tough to overlook, the Lash Blast is voted, hands down, my favorite drugstore mascara.” Photo: Celleste Valeanu
Haute and Naughty Mascara & Lash Curler.
enough to get each section, including the stubborn inner lash line where most standard lash curlers miss. It is priced at $17 and is available at Sephora cosmetic stores or www.ShuUemura.com. MAC Cosmetics Prep and Prime: This primer by MAC cosmetics comes in typical mascara packaging. It goes on white and dries semi-clear, making it ready for to build mascara on top. Lash primers set a base for lashes, allow mascara to last throughout the day and intensifies the appearance of your mascara of choice. MAC Prep and Prime is $14 and available at www.MACCosmetics.com. Cover Girl Lash Blast: With its very distinct bright orange packaging, making it tough to overlook, the Lash Blast is my favorite drugstore mascara. The formula allows lashes to achieve length and fullness from the spiked rubber brush. It comes in four different colors to match your lash look from brown to very black. Not only is it a bang for your buck being priced at $6.50 and is now also is available
So remember ladies: Step 1: Curl lashes Step 2: Coat a generous layer of prep and prime! Step 3: Apply two even coats of your personal favorite mascara starting from the root of the lash line, using wiggle motions and brushing upwards continuing until each lash is separated, lengthy and voluminous. For an ultra dramatic lash with a little help, Ardell brand falsies cost $2.99 to $3.50 and can be found in most beauty supply stores. I highly recommend Duo lash glue for $8, which is surgical glue that stays put and dries semi-clear. Coming up next month is a simple tutorial towards your false lash adventure, as well as the importance of tools and brushes needed to expand your makeup methods.
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ed by the coffee company and that Kean University provided the space, but did not spend any money on it. Dr. Farahi said in a multtasking world, this innovative and safe environment allows students to do the things they normally do all at once, like read a book, type on a laptop, listen to music and drink coffee. Students can also use the meal plan or “cougar dollars” for purchase in the facility. For some people, like Ashley Majea, coffee is the nectar that gets her through the day. And now, that there is a Starbucks on campus, it makes her school days that much easier. Majea, a senior communications major, grabs a cup of coffee before her first class every day.
The new Starbucks is “the best thing to happen to this campus in the four years I’ve been here,” she said. She used to have to leave her house 15 minutes early to take a detour to the nearest Starbucks on her way to school. Now, she can pick up her coffee in her Starbucks travel mug on her way to class. “There’s no doubt I’m going to become a regular there,” she said. Majea’s major problem: the Starbucks on campus doesn’t accept Starbucks gift cards. What’s your take? Do you like or dislike the Starbucks in the Thompson Library? Visit our website, www.keantower.com and take our poll! Stephanie Musat contributed to this report.
Correction: Rebecca Jones was misidentified as president of Kean’s Student Organization in a story headlined “Fresh Start: A Welcome Back Culture Event” in the Sept. 23 edition. Ms. Jones is president of the sophomore class. The Tower regrets the error.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
bands battle to raise money for St. Jude By brian konchalski
european soccer returns after world cup After the FIFA World Cup came to an end this past summer, the wait for the next tournament, due June 2014 began. However, there is nothing to worry about for the soccer fans because the sport is played year round. After the World Cup, one of the most prestigious international competitions is the European Championship, named the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European tournament. UEFA Euro 2012 will be the next tournament amongst the European nations. The qualifiers for the final tournament itself began in August and September of this year and will continue until
Universality hits kean theater in “our town” By Casey murphy
“Nice town, y’ know what I mean?” This line is said by the Stage Manager, who narrates the play, and may seem contradictory to some of the audiance. But it’s up to the imagination to create the town, with nothing but the word of the Stage Manager, because “Our Town” is performed with no set. A set can take the audience to the right place and time, so working on a show that, in the end, will have very little set, can be a challenge. Luckily, Bill Bowers, the director of “Our Town”, has a lot of experience in this type of work. Bowers is a mime, which helps the performers who need to use a lot of specific action to let the audience know exactly what they are doing at any time in the show. “I am interested in how to tell this story without any set or props,” said Bill Bowers “Our Town” is a three act play written by Thornton Wilder. Based on a fictional town named Grovers Corners, the play follows the daily life of the citizens in the 20th century. This play has been performed countless times, and, like every show, each time there is a different element that wasn’t there before. From Feb. 26, 2009 until Sept. 12, 2010, “Our Town” was performed at the Barrow Street Theater in N.Y, in a black box theater, which let the show bring the audience right into the performance by seating them almost on the stage. As director for the Kean production, Bowers is trying to keep the performance traditional, but is throwing a few new aspects into the mix. The story of “Our Town” has a lot of layers to it, but these layers are seen and interpreted by viewers of all ages. “I think the beauty of “Our Town” is that it’s universal and Bill really understands that, and he’s making us understand that,” said Jason Gillis, who plays several characters in the performance. When a show is universal, it can be understood by everyone, no matter the race, gender, or age, but because certain content of the show can be hard to understand by younger viewers the cast agreed that it would be better for a more mature audience. “I think at its core “Our Town” is about living life to its fullest,” said Lissette Valentin, who plays Mrs. Gibbs. “Mundane things are to be celebrated. It’s real and when it’s gone you can’t get it back.” The cast of “Our Town” consists of both freshmen and upperclassmen which helps with the universality of the play. With different ages and backgrounds comes different interpretation of characters and what is going on in a particular scene. “It has been extremely exciting,” said Sara Leone, who plays Rebecca Gibbs in the production. “I am a freshman here at Kean so it has been an especially rewarding experience getting to work with the upperclassmen and with Bill Bowers.” “As this production coincides with a conference on American drama, focusing on the playwright Thornton Wilder, I am staging the show quite traditionally,” said Bowers. “We are also in a large proscenium theater, so that informs the theatrical choices we are making. However, there will be interpretive choices in the costuming and sound/music design. I don’t want to give it away....so come see the show!” “Our Town” will be performed in Wilkins Theater. Tickets are $10 for students. Show dates for “Our Town” are Oct. 15, 16, 20, 23, 28, 29 with a pre-show discussion at 6 p.m. and 30 at 8 p.m., Oct. 17 with a question and answer after the performance and 30 at 2 p.m.
Mark your calendars for November 4 and prepare yourself to rock out for a good cause. Wilkins Theatre will once again be the venue to a rocking time at the Battle of the Bands, co-hosted by the Nu Sigma Phi fraternity and the Sigma Beta Chi sorority, on November 4. All proceeds will go to the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a charity that researches treatments for pediatric cancers and other fatal diseases in children. “We want the bands to [help] sell tickets so we can have a full house,” said Paul Medeiros, president of the Nu Sigma Phi fraternity and one of the coordinators for the event. “The money is going to a good cause.” This all-ages event will offer food and giveaways, making it more than just a music event for those in attendance. Although prizes are for the audience only, the participating musicians can look forward to a night of friendly competition. “The Battle of the Bands is open to any and all kinds of music,” said Medeiros. “We aren’t looking for any specific types of bands.” So far there are five bands that are set to perform with the possibility of more bands joining the lineup. The current lineup includes Anomaly, Against the Tide, Sex Candles, War Plan Red, and Windows of the World. The bands that are performing in the event range in various styles of music. Although some are heavy metal and funk, the majority of the bands are either indie or alternative rock. A majority of the bands are from New Jersey and Kean students even comprise one of the bands, the Sex Candles. Two of the bands, War Plan Red and Against the Tide, will be playing with Voyage: A Musical Tribute to Journey at the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville on Oct. 23. Tickets will be available at the Wilkins Theatre ticket booth beginning October 30 and will cost $2. Students can also purchase tickets in advance from any of the performing band members. Bands that may be interested in signing up for the Battle of the Bands, please contact Jon Burns at (732)-241-7229.
By aydin reyhan
October and November 2011. Besides European soccer being extremely popular at the international level, European club competitions are equally as exciting. The biggest European soccer competition is the UEFA Champions League. The tournament consists of 32 teams in the group stage with the top two teams in each group advancing to the knock out stages. Each stage is contested in home and away matches with the winner on aggregate moving on to the next round. The third placed teams drop to the round of thirty-two in the Euro League which is the next best tournament.
The knockout stages begin with the round of 16 followed by the quarter finals, semi finals, and of course the final itself which is played on neutral ground unless the stadium that is chosen for the final is the home stadium of one of the finalists. Some players have double duty because they play for their national teams as well as at club level. For example Spain’s Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and Gerard Pique all play for one the best club teams in their country, Barcelona. These are World Class players who give one hundred percent effort each time they step on the field whether it
is internationally with Spain or at club level with Barcelona. Last season, Internazionale won the UEFA Champions League. This year may be difficult for them to defend their title though since their coach Jose Mourinho now coaches Real Madrid of Spain. Inter Milan is one of many great clubs that look to win the title in May 2011. This season should be an exciting one. Every single team in the competition is hungry for success. Great things await Soccer fans around the World.
VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT DISPLAYS 35 YEARS OF STUDENT CREATIVITY
By andrew czirjak
Since it’s opening in 1975, the Design Studio at Kean Wesley, a junior at Kean University, majoring in criminal University continues to change the way people view and justice. “Instead of looking at blank walls, now we get to create art. To commemorate the Studio’s 35th anniverlook at inspiration on them.” sary, the James Howe gallery, Kean University’s teaching Moreover, the artwork in the gallery depicts a common gallery in Vaughn-Eames Hall, is hosting a retrospective universality that everyone can appreciate. in graphic design from Kean students, visiting artists, “I like the collages, they are very pretty to look at and no two pictures are the same,” said Bo Jordan, a junior at graduate students and faculty, through October 22. Kean University, majoring in English. “You can see that According to the University’s theater department, the the students use different forms of media to create the eclectic collection is drawing a large crowd. picture.” “Everything in this room, from the posters to the billThe Design Studio’s exhibition in the James Howe galboards are created by visual lery is free. The gallery is open Mondays and Tuesdays Communications students,” said Michele Mossey, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m., Chairperson of the theatre department. Photo: Andrew Czirjak to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The “Many of the visitors that come in are [Kean] theater Fork as metafork. gallery is closed on the weekends. For more information students. However, other students tend to stop in freon the exhibit please contact the visual communications department. quently because they recognize their friends’ posters.” “Even if you aren’t familiar with any of these pictures, you still can take the time The James Howe gallery is showcasing a part of the University’s history. Artwork such as the billboard for the 2001 performance of “Me and My Girl” as well as the to appreciate the hard work and effort that the students put into each and every project,” Wesley said. 2009 production of “The Pillowman” is part of the collection. “Looking around the room is like looking into a time capsule,” said Cheron
a new challengE for old games
By Eric Albuen
Got some old games lying around? I’m guessing you’ve probably beaten them a long time ago and let them collect dust. Ever think of doing something different in those games? There’s always a ton of different ways to play the same game, but here are a couple you might want to consider. For many of us, there is probably have a Pokémon game lying around from when we Photo: Nuzlocke.com He was wrong. were younger. One way to give this game a new spin is to try a Nuzlocke run. The name came about by a player who created self-imposed rules to bring more of a challenge to his game. His adventures in the game spawned several comics he drew himself and inspired many others to do a Nuzlocke run themselves. The name itself combines the Pokémon, Nuzleaf, and a character from the ABC’s LOST, John Locke. His comic can be found at http://www.nuzlocke.com/ A Nuzlocke run consists of two simple rules. The first is to catch the first Pokémon you encounter in each route or cave. If you fail to catch it, you must continue onwards. The second rule is if your Pokémon faints consider it dead and release it. While the rules might seem silly, the challenge is definitely tough. With every battle, you could lose a team member to a random critical hit or even just by making a bad choice. It’s easy to let a Pokémon faint while playing normally, but the game gets ten times harder when trying desperately to keep it alive. For those willing to revisit their childhood, it’s a great challenge to consider. In many games, the upgraded equipment makes it easier to beat opponents and
bosses along the way, but have you considered doing a no upgrade run? Go through the whole game without upgrading any equipment. This means no new weapons, armor or accessories. This could be applied to all the Final Fantasy games, the Kingdom Hearts series and the Tales of series (consisting of Symphonia available for the Gamecube and Vesperia for the XBOX 360). Finally, there’s one strategy that could be applied for The Legend of Zelda series called the three-heart run. Play the game without collecting any of the heart pieces that are used to increase health. In several versions, you can bypass the heart pieces after boss battles as well as the ones lying around the map.
“It’s one thing to just play the game and beat it, but playing it with self-imposed rules is a completely different ball game.” The only Legend of Zelda games that this doesn’t apply to are the first Legend of Zelda game for NES and A Link to the Past for Super Nintendo. With low health always in play, doing a three-heart run provides a significant challenge to even the most experienced player. Want even more of a challenge with this one? Try a no death run as well. These are only a few challenges you could do with some games. It’s one thing to just play the game and beat it, but playing it with self-imposed rules is a completely different ball game.
By ayana gibbs
Remember the saying “You are what you eat” that refers to what you intake and how it can create a healthier or unhealthier you. Well, the same goes for clothing. What you wear in your wardrobe always speaks volumes of you, whether you like it or not! Have you ever seen a girl come into class scantily dressed? How about a young guy dressed as if there’s a black cloud over his head, maybe even with a little David Bowie effect of heavy eyeliner. Did you think negative thoughts of them? I’ll leave that up to your imagination. I’m not saying it’s right to judge a person by their exterior but, and there’s always a but, if you walk around with clothing on that doesn’t portray the essence of your character then you certainly will be frowned upon. If you have the innocent schoolgirl look going on BUT you wear your skirts a little higher up; the best advice I could give you is to “quit while you’re ahead”!
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You are what you wear
You can still have an edge and be stylish!.
If you’re not a pre-teen girl that hasn’t hit puberty yet then this look isn’t for you.
Instead, try a preppy look of knitted cardigans paired with Khakis or a sleek shirtdress. Plus, add a funky belt to show your bad girl side, no need for clapping erasers. Gothic or Misunderstood? Either way a shirt with a middle finger as its message is never a good look. I like black and dark colors too, however make it fashionable. Biker leather jackets and dark fitted straight leg jeans are a better choice for this individual. I also suggest an edgy haircut with lots of choppy layers. You can still stand out without looking trashy or for a lack of better words destructive! “The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.”-Paris Hilton; digest these suggestions with ease. Go to http://www.thevonimanaffair.wordpress.com for more fashion looks, tips, and trend forecasting.
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EDITORIAL YOU DO MATTER On September 22nd, 2010, Rutgers-New Brunswick student Tyler Clementi posted on his facebook page “Jumping off gw sorry” before driving himself to the spot where he would take his last breath. For those who have not been following the case, Clementi committed suicide because his roommate recorded him engaging in a homosexual relationship in his dorm room without his knowledge. The roommate then broadcast the video on iChat, again without Clementi’s knowledge. There are so many aspects of this case that are disturbing. First, who in his or her right mind would videotape someone and broadcast it as the roommate had? “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” was instilled in my brain as a child. How can a roommate, someone you share a living space with and should be able to turn to when you need help, do something so humiliating? What about the social network? There’s no way you can convince me that not one of Clementi’s Facebook friends were online and failed to see that post on their computer or phone. Did anyone reach out to him? Or call the police to have the bridge patrolled? And how about the fact that students around the campus saw this live stream, and were chatting about it behind this poor kid’s back? Did it ever cross any of their minds to give him a heads up on what was happening? Did it ever cross their minds to talk with the RA, a counselor, or their advisor? Pre-mature questions, I’m sure, considering there is an ongoing investigation. However, it leaves me with concern for Kean University. We are all connected, members of a community who should have each other’s backs. But do we? I can’t imagine how the campus at Rutgers University is coping with this terrible tragedy. Further, I hope to never have to experience that at a place that I call home. Our generation has witnessed so much tragedy in our short time; attacks on the Twin Towers, shootings on college campuses, suicide, etc. It’s time we come together and unite, to be there for one another and support each other in any and all future endeavors. Use social networking sights to support each other, reach out when you sense something is wrong, and never turn an ear away from someone who needs you to listen. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or needs someone to turn to, please contact Kean’s Counseling Services at 908-737-4850. But more importantly, know that you are not alone, you do matter, and it will get better.
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OP-ED I’M JUST NOT A CITY GIRL - PART II
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By MEGAN MULLER
Part 1 of this op-ed article touched lightly on the beginning of one of the worst weeks in the life of Meg to date. To catch up, take a look at the article “I’m Just Not a City Girl Part 1” in the October 11th issue of The Tower. Lunchtime strolled around and boy was I looking forward to it. I forgot to pack lunch the night before because I was exhausted so I headed to Chipotle to get something to eat and was pressured into ordering. Seriously, pressured. The employee comes up to me in line, out of the 45 other people who are there and asks in a fast
“I got to work, walked in the door and the top button of my dress popped open revealing ‘the girls’ to my entire office staff.” and rushed voice “Are you paying cash or credit?” Ok, I know the answer to that easy question so not that bad. But, since I was paying by credit she took my order right there. In line. My first time EVER at ANY Chipotle. Without seeing the menu or even having it remotely in site. I ordered a Chicken Burrito, figuring it’s the safest bet (and happened to be the first thing that she offered). Only to find out that it’s THE MOST FATTENING THING ON THE MENU! With a whopping 890 calories. Are you KIDDING ME?! Plus, the burrito without any drink or additions, cost a whopping $10. Great! With my oh so stuffed tummy and near empty bank account, I trucked my behind back to work and counted the minutes until I could hop the train back to my safe haven. Climbed into bed at 11:30 p.m., but better late than never! Oh Thursday, I had long awaited its arrival and it unfortunately thoroughly disappointed me.
I wore an airy red dress to escape the heat and wore my hair up. I figured I’d win the battle against humidity. I even wore flats and carried my heels, boy was I prepared! Little did I know, I had more in store for me than I anticipated? I got to work, walked in the door and the top button of my dress popped open revealing “the girls” to my entire office staff. Seriously, this little event happened every 35-45 minutes, on the dot, all day. NOTHING helped. My task for the day was to find three various shaped empty boxes that were wrapped as though they were a wedding gift. Those were my only directions. It took me a few hours of tracking down places in the city that do gift wrapping, apparently I’m not the only one who thought it was an odd request to wrap an empty box. I won’t bore you with the tedious errands I ran on Thursday; I’ll get right to the fun stuff. I emailed my boss to tell her that I needed to leave by 5 p.m. to catch the 5:20 train home. I figured, to save myself from rushing through Times Square, I’d grab a cab right out of my office, so I kept my heels on. During Fleet Week? On a Thursday? Yeah right! In my heels, I figured I’d start walking a little bit and catch a cab on a different road. So, I crossed over 42nd street and the heel of my shoe managed to land in THE ONLY hole in the crosswalk. I landed flat in the middle of the road. I slammed my hand on the ground, in front of everyone at this red light, and screamed the one curse word that I hardly ever say (the f-word). After scaring the daylights out of a kind older man, I regained my composure and finished my journey across the street. I limped down 42nd street to try to catch a cab and noticed there is blood gushing from somewhere. I managed to put a rather large gash in my thumb and now may need stitches. Seriously, the gash was that bad. The corner stand was in sight, like a water mirage in the middle of the desert. When I finally reached
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it, I asked the some-what sketchy man behind the magazines for a band-aid. I figured I must’ve looked crazy/frantic because he just gave me the band-aid and didn’t ask me to pay for it. But, to my surprise as I stood at the garbage can to regain my composure and aid my battle wound, I realized that the button on the top of my dress popped open during the fall. I got a free band-aid and he got a free show. Needless to say, I missed the 5:20 train and ended up on the 5:47 one that took TWO HOURS to get home thanks to down power lines and “congestion” on the tracks. I walked in the door at close to 8:15 p.m., poured myself a glass of wine and cried. And cried. And cried. And laughed. And cried. Seriously, I’m just not a city girl. Visit http://glamoroushustle.blogspot.com/2010/05/nervous-breakdown.html to see pictures!
| Oct. 14 - Nov. 10, 2010
OP-ED IS PRESIDENT OBAMA A CHRISTIAN? By Arkor Kolubah
Recent polls show that an increasing number of Americans believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. According to statistics from the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who believe that Obama is a Christian has decreased from 48 percent as of March 2009 to 34 percent in August. At the same time, the number of people claiming that Obama is a Muslim has increased. In March of 2009, only 11 percent of Americans believed that Obama was a Muslim, but in August of this year, that number increased to 18 percent. Furthermore, the Pew study found that how people judge Obama’s performance as a president is directly related to what they think of his religious preference. Sixty-two percent of the people who say that he is a Christian approve of his job performance. Of those saying he is Muslim, only 26 percent approve of his job performance. Obama himself has said again and again that he is a Christian. But, why do some insist that he is Muslim? Perhaps, the more appropriate question is not if Obama is a Muslim, but why does it matter so much if he is? Many evangelical Christians believe that Obama’s views of Christianity are highly unorthodox. For one, President
Obama believes that there are many paths to salvation. He is pro-choice and has liberal Christian ideals. But there are various Christian denominations with a variety of different beliefs. Why is Obama being judged as un-Christian strictly because some of his beliefs are different from evangelical Christianity? Clearly there are several other factors for America’s suspicions that Obama is a Muslim. His father was a Muslim, and Obama spent a small portion of his younger years in a predominately Muslim country— Indonesia. He was raised by his mother who was an agnostic. He did not go to a traditional Christian church, but instead reported going to a Unitarian Church with his maternal grandparents. Some even argue that President Obama claims to be Christian simply to gain political advantage for re-election. Others say that such a claim is not that simple. This argument, however, is not without validity as Obama, amid all of the suspicions about his religion, has made constant efforts to show that he is a devout man of faith, claiming that he is a believer of Christ who prays daily. Dr. C. Brid Nicholson, a history professor who teaches a class based on the history of religion in America at Kean Uni-
versity, says that the fact that Obama and his family went to an Episcopal Church on Sunday, September 19, after not going to church since April, shows that he is trying to make a statement about his faith. He is trying to identify with mainstream Protestants. It also shows that religion is
“Perhaps the more appropriate question is not if Obama is a Muslim, but why does it matter so much if he is?” highly politicized in America, as Obama and his family are suddenly attending church as suspicions about the president’s faith emerge. This is not the first time in history that a religion or a president has been viewed with suspicion. In the early Sixties, suspicion circled around John F. Kennedy and his faith, Catholicism. Many people were afraid of Catholicism, and conspiracy theories began to emerge. Tracts were written and sermons were preached that Catholicism was trying to take over America through the Kennedy administration. Today, the president is Obama and the
religion is Islam. In all fairness, the September 11 attacks have flawed many of our views of Islam. We fail to see, however, that those who executed the vicious attacks represented a small group of extremists, and not Islam itself. Former President George W. Bush assured us that we are not at war with Islam, but Al-Qaida, the Taliban, and the forces that put our safety in danger. However, Islam continues to be viewed with suspicion and the current president continues to make an effort to show that it’s not the religion he affiliates himself with. Perhaps instead of going through all that trouble to make a statement about his faith to appease those who are already angry at him because of the troubled economy, the president should just let them rant on about their suspicions because, as it seems, nothing he says could persuade those who already do not agree with him or his policies. So, is President Obama a Christian? As a member of the Christian faith who at times does not agree with the theologies that Obama has of Christianity, I believe that if he says he is a Christian, who am I to judge whether he is or not?
HOW WILL WATER BETTER THE FUTURE? By Ernst R. Constant
According to vice chair, Carol Storms, A $2 million grant has been awarded from the state of New Jersey to the New Jersey chapter of the American Water Works Association (NJAWWA). The grant will be used to motivate students to learn, train, and work for the water industry. On Thursday September 23, NJAWWA arrived at the Kean University campus to discuss potential careers in the water industry. Five guest speakers with degrees ranging from Chemistry to Bio-Resource Engineering shared with the audience their expertise on the water industry and how they can begin their career.
KEAN URGES TOLERANCE
The event was organized by Section Chair Laura Cummings of Passaic Valley Water Commission, and Conference Committee Co-Chair Stacy Fysz, and Senior Project Engineer of Middlesex Water Company, Brian F. Carr hosted the event. The event was initiated by a 13 minute long video that promoted public health and welfare in the provision of drinking water of unquestionable quality and sufficient quantity. By the end of the video, there were 15 people interested in the water occupations. “Its [a] hands on job, and not just sitting at a desk” said Brian F. Carr. The water industry is continuing to be
promoted so that potential job seekers are aware of the opportunities available in the field. Any potential employment avenue one may not have considered is an advantage in a difficult economy. The water industry offers financial assistance in the academic domain such as grants and scholarships. There will also be a spring event, where the NJAWWA will be holding a contest for students who have projects related to the water industry- if picked, the winner will receive a check for $250. “I never knew the importance of water,” said sophomore Jennifer Grahams. “I knew it was needed to survive but I didn’t know you could tie accounting or engi-
neering into it.” NJAWWA is pro-active and effective in advancing the technology, science, management and government policies relative to the stewardship of water. There are jobs in the water industry that do not require college degrees and many utilities, engineering firms, labs and other water industry companies offer internships for those currently in school. More information can be found at AWWA National’s website awwa.org and the Water Environment Federations website wef.org. Information on the Student Affairs Committee and our outreach programs can be found at njawwa.org.
they got to know him more. A lot of people wish they could have done something to stop it.” Freshman Michael Santadone debated between going to Kean and Rutgers when he was choosing a college. He ended up choosing Kean, but can’t help but speculate what could have happened if he attended his other option. “I don’t know the kid, but I know he played the violin, I saw the picture. I like music, we could have been friends,” he said. “We’re all here trying to make a difference. And thanks to him, we probably will make a difference. It’s thanks to him that I’m proud to say that I’m gay.” Throughout the evening, students hugged and cried. Many, such as sophomore Madiyna Kariym, weren’t anticipating the emotions. “In a time when tragedy brings people together, it’s hard to keep composure,” she said. “Words are an impression. Just go up
to someone and say I love you. It makes the world go better.” Students were given the opportunity to give suggestions on how to avoid a situation like this at Kean. Some suggested having more events like the candlelight vigil. Others wanted to create an open dialogue about the issues facing minorities. But Fahari reinforced that open communication and tolerance of each other’s differences is the key to avoid establishing respect and acceptance on campus. “’I’m not a Muslim but I have no problems with Muslims. I am not Jewish, but I have no problems with Jews.’ That’s not good enough,” said Fahari. “What we are talking about is judge people on the basis of who they are. Love them, dislike them, get mad at them, regardless of those preferences, regardless of national origin regardless or color of skin.” Brett Williams and Matt Marchesano contributed to this report.
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I think they did it because they lost their perspective of civility. When you’re 17 or 18, you think these things are cool. They are, my friends, totally and completely uncool.” Though there are no new university policies that will be put in place as a result of Clementi’s death, desk manager and Resident Life worker Courtney Breland said the university takes precautions to prevent any potential issues between students. “During anytime from when the students check-in to when they meet their roommates we make sure every student is comfortable with their living conditions,” said Breland. “If a student has a problem with their roommate that would cause a tense living situation, the student will be moved to another room that will be well suited.” Kean students are not asked to disclose their sexual orientation when applying for
on-campus housing. “For the most part, students seem to respect each other here. And if they don’t, we must find the best solution to make that possible,” Breland said. Resident Assistant Generra Smith, who lives in the dorms to patrol student activity, said Residence Life has certain procedures to guarantee student privacy. “We have a policy on electronic sharing of media users must comply with the laws on privacy and harassment. Anyone who uses the computer at the university is responsible to follow policy,” she said. Ashley Feller, a freshman at Kean who lives in the dorms, said she didn’t think privacy in housing was an issue at Kean. Feller attended elementary school and high school with Clementi in Ridgewood, NJ. She said she didn’t know Clementi well, but his death hit close to home. “It affected a lot of people in my grade,” said Feller. “I know a lot of people wish
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HEALTH & FITNESS ORGANIC OR NOT? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? By DR. JOSH PALGI
The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, and meat. The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) enacted under Ttitle 21 of the 1990 Farm Bill served to establish uniform national standards for the production and handling of foods labeled as “organic”.
regulated industry and requires producers to meet a certain special certification for them to market their organic product. Consciousness on the importance of healthy living and wellness give rise to the popularity and prevalence of organic food products. U.S sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $24.8 billion in 2009. Sales in
Organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in sales in 1990 to $24.8 billion in 2009.
The act authorized a new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Organic Program (NOP) to set national standards for the production, handling, and processing of organically grown agriculture products. The mission of the agency is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organically produced foods also must be produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering, or other excluded practices; i.e. sewage, sludge, or irradiation. Organic food production is a heavily
2009 represented 5.1% growth over 2008 sales. Experiencing the highest growth in sales during 2009 were organic fruits and vegetables, up 11.4% over 2008 sales. So, organic or non-organic? Some factors that may influence your decision to buy or not buy organic food are: • Are organic foods more nutritious? • Do organic foods meet the same quality and safety standards as conventional foods? • Are organic farming practices designed to benefit the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil? • Cost If you want to go “organic”, always look for the USDA seal on any kind of packaged food. You may see other terms on food labels, such as “all natural”, “free-range”, or “hormonal-free”. Don’t confuse them with “organic”. Dr. Josh Palgi is a professor in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Health Department.
Field Hockey Starts off with a Bang By Jaclyn Tuman
With a 6-1 record, three NJ Athletic Conference honors, and five starting seniors, the girls’ field hockey team can only anticipate success in future games. “I am truly happy with the team and the progress throughout the season,” said Coach Leslie LaFronz.
the team’s performance during the game. “We really started to click with formation that game and had an impressive turnout, a win of 7-0,” LaFronz said. Starting seniors Erica Kelly, Amie Hoch, and Kelly Mataya play midfield, while Olivia Triano, all conference in 2009, plays sagging forward for the team. Lauren Dobbs and Joelle Vitale are also starting seniors.
“We have a very strong team this year and are looking to increase our record.” Photo: Billy Daniels
Goalie, Lauren Dobbs, gets some assistance.
The team will soon be starting conference games and competing on a Division III level that will make for a very busy schedule. LaFronz hopes to make the postseason one of their goals, with their likely successes in conference. “We have a very strong team this year and are looking to increase our record from last year of 11-4, and 4th place in conference. The experience and importance of our five starting seniors will help in achieving that goal,” said LaFronz. The team has had many recognizable moments so far in the season. However traveling to Middletown to play Salve Regina University on September 16th was a memorable time for LaFronz because of
LaFronz is relying on Vitale, senior captain and first team all conference, to hold down the defense being that she is an exceptional player. Some things have changed a bit from last year as far as styles of play and the players had to adapt to the different variations as they were presented. “When I took over in the fall of 2009, I introduced a totally new system of play, which is always a learning curve. This year, the returning players were already familiar with the system and so it was much easier for the new recruits to adapt to our patterned play, LaFronz mentioned. The team is looking forward to the NJ Athletic Conference as well as the rest of the season.
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In Memoriam: Markal Ginyard By Matt Chin
Tragedy struck the Kean University football team this past summer when former starting safety Markal Ginyard, 23, died in a car accident in August. Ginyard started in the safety position his junior and senior year for the Cougars. Before starting, he saw time on the scout team during his freshman year and then on special teams his sophomore year. “He did relatively well for a freshman,” said Dan Garrett, head coach of the Cougars. “He didn’t break the lineup. He went down and worked on scout. He got better against the first offense that year and during his sophomore year he came into his own and really contributed to special teams.” During his time at Kean, Ginyard played in 25 games, starting in 18 of them. He had 12 passes defended, 108 tackles, two forced fumbles along with one recovery. In a home game against Western Connecticut, Garrett remembered when Ginyard made a hard tackle on an opposing player leaving him and the team extremely impressed.
“He came off the hash, read the rout perfectly and he just cleanly hit and he decapitated the kid,” Garrett said. “It was like a Ronnie Lott hit.” Ginyard was ultimately flagged for the play since it was helmet-to-helmet contact. “No one on the team cared about it though,” said Chris Lauda, a defensive back. “They were all too impressed with the hit.” “He was a real tough kid,” said Garrett. “He was really physical. He didn’t shy away from contact. He showed explosive burst, good speed, the things that you want in the safeties you recruit.” On the field, Ginyard played hard. But off it, he practiced hard, studied hard and made sure he was the best defensive player he could be. “He pretty much taught me the ins and outs of our defensive schemes and defensive plays. He was pretty much a big part of how I came to play,” said Billy Kvalheim, a defensive back. “He knew how the defense worked, his teammates respected and trusted him during the games,” Garrett said. “They lis-
tened to him, they had faith, confidence and trust that he was putting them in the right spot. They rallied around him.”
“He was quiet, but friendly. He wasn’t boisterous, but if he got around a group of guys he was friend’s with he was a clown,” Garrett said. Kvalheim became good friends with Ginyard, since they lived together since freshman year. “He was a giving person and always smiling,” Kvalheim said. “He never had anything bad to say. He was just a great
“He was just a great person to be around. He always knew how to make you smile and laugh.”
Photo: Billy Kvalheim
Markal Ginyard looking strong on the field.
Despite his success on the field and the efforts he put into it, the people surrounding him on the team remember how he was always a happy kid that always smiled.
person to be around. He always knew how to make you smile and laugh.” Defensive back Derrick Stroble echoed Kvalheim’s remarks about Ginyard of always being a happy person. “If you didn’t know him, I’m sorry for you. That’s a person I’d love to know. I miss him all the time,” said Kvalheim.
Homecoming Football Preview: Kean vs. William Paterson By Daniel Dolocheck
Homecoming week is almost upon us, and so is the annual football game that is the center of all the events that take place. While most students are enjoying the diverse activities that the university offers, the football team and head coach Dan Garrett are hard at work preparing to face off against conference rival William Paterson University (2-1), which is off to its best start since 2007. The Pioneers have four returning starters on offense and eight on defense. They are coached by Jerry Flora who is actually a good friend of Garrett’s. Garrett feels that Jerry has done an excellent job since becoming head coach two seasons ago, and that they have good players in their program on both sides of the ball players who can start on any team in this conference. “Their defense is stifling this year. Eight returners back and I think after three games they are holding opponents to less than 13 points per game. They have a very aggressive scheme and their defensive coaches are very good at what they do,” said Garrett.
Garrett knows this game is going to be tough but feels that his special teams could be an X factor against WPU. “We have a lot of talent on the field in our special teams units. Our kicker is a weapon. He has a very strong leg. We
of trust and respect for what this team has put forth in getting ready for the 2010 season. “They were extremely dedicated the entire spring semester, with academics and our off season, and we have 20 seniors
2010 Kean Football Team.
spend a lot of time, more than most teams, on our special teams because it is 1/3 of the game. With our returners Jamahl Williams and Justin McLendon- they can pop a big return at any time,” he said. The special teams are not the only thing that has Garrett excited about this game and the season as a whole. He has a lot
Photo: Kean Athletics
on the team who are good leaders for this club,” said Garrett. He feels that the one thing that stands out about his team is that they are a bunch of quality young men. “They, as a whole, are good character people who lead their life with integrity. They must understand that for any team,
especially one that wants success, the team can only progress with trust and respect. We have those two traits,” he said. Garrett elaborates on the pressure by saying, “I wouldn’t say there’s added pressure, we have great expectations inside the program. We hold ourselves to a higher standard. I would say it is not wanting to take our focus off of what we have to do. Execute and have great effort. When you take focus off of your job that has to be accomplished, then you will have lapses in your effort or execution. Those two things win football games.” Coach Garrett wants all of the alumni, current students, family and friend, faculty and administration to be proud of their Kean University Football team. The homecoming game is always expected to have more current students on hand then usual, not to mention alumni showing up to support their alma mater. “We spend a lot of time and our studentathletes make a ton of sacrifices to be better than good,” Garrett said. “We don’t want to settle for being average, Homecoming is an opportunity to do that.”
Kean Adds Men’s Volleyball to Athletics Program By Christine Valdez
A brand new sports team has arrived at Kean University, and is ready to begin in the upcoming spring season. Kean University recently announced that a Men’s Volleyball team has been added to the athletics program. The volleyball team will be coached by current Women’s Volleyball coach Don Perkins. Coach Perkins believes that adding a men’s volleyball team is a great opportunity for Kean, especially since men’s volleyball has become popular recently. “This is a whole new creation at Kean,”
Perkins said. “It meets the needs of New Jersey residents and it’s in recognition of the sport’s growing popularity.” According to Coach Perkins, many students have wanted to come to Kean before and play volleyball, but had to look elsewhere, sometimes outside of the state, since a team was not available. With the creation of this team, the University may be able to attract many new students interested in the sport and help lift the program at Kean, especially since the sport is gaining popularity all throughout New Jersey. This has been Coach Perkins main goal since he arrived at Kean.
Since the announcement of the men’s volleyball team, Kean now sponsors six men’s sports teams and seven women’s sports teams. In the upcoming spring season, beginning in January 2011, Kean will be a part of the Metro Division of the North East Coast Volleyball Association (NECVA). Kean will match up against Rutgers University, Ramapo College, and New Jersey City University, the three institutions in New Jersey that offer men’s volleyball, thus making the university the fourth public institution in New Jersey to join the NECVA.
This past spring semester, there were open gym sessions for all men interested in playing for the newly formed team. The team’s season begins on January 21, in a game against Eastern Mennonite University. Coach Perkins is trying to schedule a game for January 18 to start the season with a home opener. The official season may begin in the spring, but fall training begins November 3. If anyone is interested in playing in the upcoming season Coach Perkins encourages them to contact him as soon as possible since fall training will begin very soon.
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Fantasy Football Picks
By Matt Chin
So the football season is a little past the quarter mark. Which means you’re either happy with how your fantasy team is performing, or you’re tearing your hair out because none of your players are putting up numbers. I myself am sitting at 1-3 at the time tearing my hair out because a few of my players (Ray Rice and Calvin Johnson) have not lived up to their hype. This season is turning out to be completely unpredictable with the Jaguars beating the Colts, Kansas City being undefeated (as of this writing) and the Rams being tied for first in the NFC West (as of this writing). So without further adieu, here are some of my player pick ups and plays for the upcoming weeks. Risky, but big upside Sam Bradford (StL): He’s the real deal. The Rams made the right choice in selecting him first overall. I wouldn’t play him as an every week fantasy quarterback, but if you need a bye week replacement or if it’s a decent matchup, he’s worth a shot. Roy Williams (DAL): Maybe this is the season he starts living up to his paycheck. Lance Moore (NO): Drew Brees spreads the ball around to everyone. He’s had three scores in his last two games. He’s a bye week fill in. Tony Scheffler (DET): As of right now, Matthew Stafford isn’t schedule to come back anytime soon. Shaun Hill loves to throw to his tight ends.
“You’re either happy with how your fantasy team is performing or you’re tearing your hair out because none of your players are putting up numbers” Kevin Boss (NYG): The guy is a good catcher with great hands. He runs great routes. Unfortunately, he’s not being used as much with the offensive line struggling and him being left in to block a little bit more. Brandon Pettigrew (DET): See Tony Scheffler Ryan Torain (WAS): Let’s face it, Clinton Portis isn’t who he used to be. Torain could end up starting by mid season. Get him while you can. John Kuhn (GB): He’s splitting carries with Brandon Jackson. But he’s stronger and is being used more in the red zone. Drop, drop, drop Jason Snelling (ATL): He was good for a game. But now Michael Turner is back and is looking healthy. He lost all value. Garret Hartley (NO): He’s a benched kicker. He’ll be back eventually ,but you don’t need him taking up a roster spot. Demaryius Thomas (DEN): Eddie Royal, Brandon Lloyd and and Jabar Gaffney have all out performed him. He’ll be good one day, but he’s still too new.
TEAM DOLOCHECK By Daniel Dolocheck
Last issue I endowed you with my most excellent knowledge of who I felt you should’ve picked up in your fantasy football league. Peyton Hillis anyone? This week I will share with you who I feel is not going to make a big enough impact to warrant a spot on your roster or even a bench spot. Stay away from these players like you would the Jersey Shore hot tub. QuaterBack Jason Campbell (OAK): You took a chance on a Jason Campbell finally tapping into his potential as a viable NFL quarterback thinking that a change of scenery in Oakland would help. It hasn’t. After two miserable games at the helm for the Raiders, Campbell was benched for backup Bruce Gradkowski. Kevin Kolb (PHI): Kevin Kolb was given the starting quarterback job after showing signs of brilliance last year and Donavan Mcnabb being shown the door. It lasted exactly one half of football. Kolb looked terrible and suffered a concussion in the season opener that paved the way for Michael Vick’s resurgence. Kolb is now riding the pine fulltime. Running back Donald Brown (INDY): Brown has been very ineffective this year. Most thought that he would cut into the time of Joseph Addai but the truth is neither is doing much. Unless you are in a larger league I would cut bait with Brown Steve Slaton (HOU): Most people drafted Slaton with the hopes that Arian Foster would flame out and he would become the number one again. That clearly was not the case as Foster ran for over 230 yards in the season opener. Wide receiver Bernard Berrian (MIN): With Randy Moss there and Sidney Rice coming back soon, his value just plummeted. TJ Houshmandzadeh (BAL): At one time he was a top 10 fantasy wide out starring in commercials about his hard but fun to say last name. Those days seem long gone. Tight end Fred Davis (WAS): Davis had quietly productive year when Chris Cooley went down with an injury last year catching six touchdowns. With Cooley back on the field and playing well don’t expect really anything from him unless Cooley goes down again. DEFense 49ers (SF): Defense was supposed to be the strength of this team but they haven’t shown me enough to warrant them a roster spot. After three weeks the 49ers are last in fantasy points managing a measly 4 points per game while letting up no less then 25 points in those three games.
INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER: What do you do to cope with the limited parking situation at Kean?
By Arkor Kolubah
Emily Taylor Junior, Communication/Public Relations
Kelsey Devlin Junior, Secondary Education/History
Laura Seltzer Junior, Education/History
Cynthia Miranda Junior, History/Education
“I get here two hours early on Mondays & Thursdays. If I don’t, it could take me an hour to get parking [or] I just give up and don’t get to class.”
“I take the train so I don’t have to worry about it. I only drive sometimes on Mondays and Wednesdays and get here extra early.”
“I always park over at the East Campus because there is always parking there.”
“I just try to get here earlier, and people need to practice parking etiquette.”
Photos: Celleste Valeanu