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Volume 9 • Issue 2 October 8, 2008

New Recital Hall Delayed By Raquel Fernandes



The Kean Parking Blues: There’s Nowhere to Park By Kevin Adams


ean University’s parking problems continue to be an ongoing topic on campus. Though it can’t be quantified, the lack of parking this year seems to be as bad as it has ever been, leaving many students upset and disgruntled. After 9 a.m. especially, it’s not unusual to witness drivers parked in the aisles, waiting for students getting out of earlier classes to walk to their cars to leave. Some

Additional parking lots have been made available this year at Green Lane and at the Liberty Hall Campus students actually arrange spaces in advance with friends, as if by appointment. “I come twenty five minutes early, because maybe there will be a friend willing to give me their space,” said Anthony Bora, a senior. Dominic Source, a 22-year-old senior, complained that Kean needs to build more lots. “I hate it!” Source said. “Why can’t Kean build more spaces in the grass that is not being used in Vaughn Eames Parking lot?” Kean University has about 13,000 students and about 14 percent of the undergraduate population lives in college housing of various types, according to The site said 34 percent of first-year students live in college housing.

While students are upset, Kean University spokesman Stephen Hudik said the university has been working to ease the problem since the summer. Additional parking lots have been made available this year at Green Lane and at the Liberty Hall Campus (across from the college on Morris Avenue). “(Kean) has added more than 300 new student parking spots from last year,” he said. “Currently, more than 3,300 total parking spots are available to students throughout the campus.” Though 3,300 spaces may not be enough for all the students, he noted that the college also promotes the use of mass transportation. A few weeks ago, Kean sent an email to students encouraging the use of “free transit week.” The university also offers reduced bus and train fares during the duration of the year with a valid Kean I.D. Meanwhile, discussion remains underway about construction of a parking deck, said Hudik. The permits to build are currently being reviewed, he said. If a parking deck were to be built, it could be placed anywhere on campus including East Campus because the shuttle buses and trolleys make it possible for a student to park anywhere on campus. “The shuttle buses range in capacity from eight to 22 passengers,” he said. “The two trolleys seat respectively 29 passengers on one and 22 passengers on the other.” The shuttle buses and trolleys operate Monday through Thursday 7:15 a.m. 10:44 p.m. & Friday 7:15 a.m. - 6 p.m. The shuttle can be boarded at Wilkins Theater (TPA), Liberty Hall Campus, East Campus Parking Lot (Continued on page 10)

ean University’s Music Department faculty has been rushing to find alternate venues and new themes for the 2008-09 concert series following the announcement that a new Recital Hall scheduled to open in January has been delayed. The new Gene and Shelley Enlow Hall, approved last year to be constructed on the East Campus as part of a huge renovation of the entire facility, will not open on schedule due to construction delays, which have included late delivery of construction materials, weather problems, and unforeseen architectural difficulties, according to music department chair Dr. Anthony Scelba. But the problem is more than just a change in location. The concert series, which runs from October through May, had a specific theme: the commemoration of the new hall. New pieces were composed, musicians were scheduled, and repertoire was rehearsed to celebrate the new hall. A typical concert season is planned about a year in advance. Part of this process is scheduling concerts that work well with the Kean Concert Artists performers and any special guests, which includes guest performers and composers. This year’s concert series, consisting of 17 concerts and the debut of three new Concert Artists members, was scheduled to take place in the new hall with a

schedule these performances to take place in a suitable hall. However, since it is late in the season, most of the halls on campus have are already booked. As a result, the concerts scheduled to take place in the new hall will now take place in Kean Hall, and there are talks of concerts featuring guest artists be held in Merkin Hall, a 449-seat concert hall in Manhattan. “The big problem was that these concerts also involved world-renowned guest artists, like pianist Joseph Kalichstein, and composers Samuel Adler and Jennifer

The big problem was that these concerts involve world-renowned guest artists…who typically draw audiences larger than Kean Hall can accommodate. Higdon,” said Scelba. “Because musicians like these will draw an audience larger than Kean Hall can accommodate, we are thinking of bringing these concerts to Merkin Hall in New York.” Though it is unfortunate that Enlow Hall is not going to be opening on time, the talks between university officials and

The new Enlow Hall on East Campus will open next year due to construction delays

theme celebrating the new Enlow Hall. Now a year’s worth of that planning and preparation must be postponed until the Hall’s official opening probably in fall ‘09. An entirely new concert series is now being planned in just a few weeks. The department needs to find new repertoire, reschedule dates with the Concert Artist faculty and other musicians, and schedule rehearsals. The department also needs to

Dr. Scelba about moving some of the postJanuary concerts to Merkin Hall, will give the music department a great opportunity to shine in New York City, he said. Kean spokesman Stephen Hudik said the Enlow Recital Hall is one part of the overall construction project on the East Campus. He said the East Campus project is very complex in terms of the overall construction and coor- (Continued on page 10)

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Kean Alumnus Debuts Play About Ukrainian Genocide By Raquel Fernandes

Over the course of one year, 10 million people died. That breaks down to 25,000 people per day, 1000 people per hour, or 17 people per minute. From 1932-1933, in the heart of a region called the bread basket of Europe, Stalin’s Communist regime committed a horrendous act of genocide against millions of Ukrainians. A productive agricultural nation was subjected to starvation, one of the most brutal forms of torture and death. Joseph Stalin led in the confiscation and restriction of food throughout the Ukraine. The Communist regime confiscated farmer’s grains, and withheld food deliveries from other locations. Stalin also ordered any vegetables or fruits grown in gardens to be destroyed, and forbid families to leave the Ukraine in search of food. Now, 75 years later, “The Ukraine: Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933” conference marks this tragedy, holding lectures and discussions to inform other nations

on why and how this genocide began. The educational conference will be held on Friday, October 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. As part of this 75th Ukraine Anniversary, Kean University will be debuting a play by Kean University graduate Susan Halmi

“It Began With a Dream weaves together stories from the past and present, all individuals who were directly affected by the genocide” —Susan Halmi, playwright based on the Holodomor, which means, “murder by starvation” in Ukrainian. Halmi admits at first that she was not familiar with the Ukraine genocide, but after enrolling in Dr. Griffith’s Holocaust and Genocide class at Kean, Halmi gained

an interest and passion for the subject. “Dr. Griffith’s passion and personal connection to the genocide left the students wanting to know more about the reasons 10 million people were killed, the stories of survivors, and the devastating effects it had on the world then, and today,” said Halmi. “Our final project was simple, and we received it on our first day of class: create anything that will demonstrate what you have taken from the class. I knew, right away, that with my background in theatre, I wanted to write a script to help tell the story of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide.” That script, which included survivor’s accounts, would soon become a play and an integral part of this conference. “It Began With a Dream weaves together stories from the past and present, all individuals who were directly affected by the genocide,” said Halmi. “We are able to see several points of view: a young child who lost his father, a man and his Ukrainian mother, a young woman who learns of her family’s past, and the story of an activist – a man who brought death to many, many

innocent Ukrainians. While their tales lament the past, they also come together to celebrate the Ukraine that exists today; the Ukraine that triumphed; the Ukraine that survived.” It Began With A Dream, directed by Kean Theatre Dept. graduate Heather Stiliano, will include two survivor testimonies set to music by VJ Manzo, music department professor and Kean alumnus. The cast and crew include Kean University students and alumni. The Ukraine: Famine-Genocide of 19321933 conference will feature eyewitness accounts with genocide survivors and their children, as well as lesson plans for middle and high school students focusing on the tragedy and destruction of genocide. The conference will also feature original poetry and art by Kean University students. The conference begins with It began With A Dream in Little Theatre inside of the University Center. Registration for the conference is free. Register online at Welcome.html.

Meet the Greeks By Veronica Mendez

Kean University’s very own Greeks welcomed spectators recently as part of the legendary Meet the Greeks event on Sept. 17. This event takes place every semester to provide students with information and insight on so-called Greek life, which is membership in a fraternity or sorority. Tables of various sororities and fraternities were set up on the perimeter of the basketball courts and each table was like an advertisement or promotion for that particular group. They used banners, flyers, scrapbooks, candy and even ice pops to lure in prospective members, or what they call “interests.” According to Carlos Pereira, the President of Kean’s Greek Senate, about five percent of Kean students participate in Greek Life. When asked if this was a satisfactory percentage he said it is not. “Not really, we are trying to bring more people into Greek Life,” Pereira said. He said more students do not participate in Greek Life because of its image. Greek Life is more than just partying in fact it provides a new home to people that share a common goal or ideal. “People think badly of Greek Life because when they think of Greeks they think of ‘Animal House’ and it is not like that,” Pereira said, referring to the classic 1970s film. “We are trying to bring to light all the positive things Greeks do, such as community service and helping out in the community. Hopefully that will change the perception

people have of Greek Life and will encourage them to join.” Five percent is not an overwhelming amount but in comparison to other schools such as Montclair State University or NJIT, it is an honorable amount of student participation, he said. Kean has 13 Fraternities and 16 Sororities with names like Sigma Beta Tau and Delta Phi Epsilon, according to its website.

We are trying to bring to light all the positive things Greeks do, such as community service and helping out in the community. Toward the closing of the Meet the Greeks event, sororities and fraternities had a chance to strut their stuff on the dance floor. Hip music came booming through the speakers and into the crowd hyping them up for the performances. Although the styles of dance varied from group to group, each group got a chance to show off the moves they had been practicing and the crowd showered them with applause. For the most part the performances were impressive, amusing, and may have left you wondering ‘Would I like to be Greek?’

Lambda Theta Phi (left); Theta Phi Alpha (middle); Lambda Sigma Upsilon (right)

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Homecoming Week is “Blast From the Past” Kevin Adams

With “Blast from the Past” as this year’s theme, Homecoming Week this year will include a wide range of events from an “All Greek Alumni Reunion” to a 5K walk to special floats and, of course, the Kean Cougar. Many organizations on campus as well as current students and alumni have been gearing up for Homecoming Week that kicks off on Oct. 15 with complementary bagels and juice in Hutchinson Hall for breakfast (8:15-9:30 AM). All day long, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., different activities will be held in the University Center to promote unity and school spirit. For instance, at 10 a.m., the Cougar Pride table will be open in the atrium to sign up those interested in joining any clubs or organizations. A free ping pong tournament will run in the University Center game room starting at 3 p.m. And a caricature artist will be on hand in the atrium at 8p.m. as the last event of the night. The Homecoming Concert will be held on Thursday October 16 in Wilkins Theater. This year the Student Organization of Kean University has chosen the band Lifehouse to play. For tickets, go to the Wilkins Theatre box office. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Students are advised to get tickets early because they do sell out. Prior to the concert, alumnus Chris Cottle is the headliner at Leadership Night where he will be talk about “Inspiring a Shared Vision” in the University Center 226B. At 6 p.m., on Friday October 17, Alumni stadium will be filled with students, alumni,

Go On, Sit on the Grass By Veronica Mendez

Unlike last year or even the summer that just passed, the rule about walking on the grass is no more. No longer is there any talk of a $100 fine for walking on the grass. In fact, students are now encouraged to have grass interaction. This semester, signs on the main campus depicting a baby cougar informs students that blankets and Frisbees are available at the University Center front desk to help students enjoy the Cougar’s Green. After taking some criticism about the “Don’t Walk On The Grass” signs last year, Kean’s administration has determined that the grass is now seeded well enough to allow for some stomping ground for students. According to UC Staff, any student with a valid Kean ID can borrow a blanket and a Frisbee. The only stipulation is that it must be returned before 6pm the day it is borrowed. If the items are not returned, a hold on your Kean account will be issued until it is returned. However, only a handful of students have come forth to borrow these items so far. According to the UC’s log sheet, the number of participants in late September was less than ten. When asked ‘why are so few students participating, a UC staffer replied, “Not many people know about it.” The blankets and Frisbees will be available to the students while the weather is still nice.

and others representing Cougar pride as a pep rally takes place featuring different organizations, dance teams, and athletic groups to promote morale and school spirit. All Greek Alumni Reunion then kicks off at 8 p.m. in Harwood Arena. However, students are reminded that in order to go to this event, you must RSVP first. A 5Kwalk or run will be held outside of Harwood Arena on Saturday, October 18. The walk starts at 8 a.m. and is projected to end around 10a.m. Saturday is also the day for many games and giveaways from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for all students, alumni, and parents. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be an Alumni Hospitality Tent. Students, family, and friends will also be able to tailgate before the Kean University football game. The tailgating Picnic will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Many organizations such as Greek Life and Alumni Association will have special booths in the parking lot of Harwood Arena. Each organization is allowed to bring one vehicle/float that represents the theme “Blast from the Past.” And creativity is expected. A President’s BBQ runs from 12 -1.30 p.m. An Alumni Volleyball match will also take place 11 a.m. at Harwood Arena followed by the big event at 2 p.m., the football game against The College of Brockport at Alumni Stadium. Women’s Soccer Game vs. Rutgers-Newark follows at 7 p.m. The last day of Homecoming Week will be Sunday October 19. Early in the morning, a bus leaves for Newark to attend the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. and should be back at 11 a.m. The last – but not least -- event that takes place is a Men’s Lacrosse BBQ at East Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New, Improved East Campus By Kelly Pennisi

Kean University this semester welcomed a brand new, renovated East Campus, located around the corner from the main campus. What used to be used as a fitness center at East Campus is now home to a Speech Pathology department, a Communication Clinic, and the Psychology department and clinic. The $30 million renovation and expansion project is also the new home of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College. The East Campus facility features hightechnology classrooms and offices. There is even a small cafeteria where students can lounge before their next class or get a quick lunch.

East Campus looks uniquely different from the main campus with its own special identity. Nestled inside a suburban neighborhood with a manicured, bright green lawn and the historic Liberty Hall Museum nearby, the East Campus – once an elite private school called the Pingry School—gives off almost a rural vibe. When you walk out of the main exit, you can see students using various athletic fields. Tennis, soccer, and track can all be used for leisure by students. Construction is still underway, and will be home to the future Recital Hall that will seat 332 people. The hall will be used to feature a variety of musical entertainment performances.

Dorms Hit By Power Outage By Dawn M. Phillips

A power outage that shutdown four dormitories at Kean on Friday, Sept. 12 left students without lights, elevators or hot water for at least 12 hours and led to the evacuation of two buildings. The outage occurred on September 12 at approximately 6:00 a.m. in Bartlett, Burch, Sozio and Rogers Halls. According to students residing in these dorms, the outage lasted for about two days, but officials in Residence Life stated that the outage ceased at 9:30 p.m Friday evening. The freshman dorms, Whiteman and Dougal Hall, were not affected. According to Residence Life, generators immediately went into effect allowing the hallways and stairwells to be lit. Students residing in Barlett and Sozio Halls were also evacuated to the University Center until the power returned. Refreshments were provided to stu-

dents and special waiting areas in the cafeteria were assigned. However, some students in Burch Hall said they were not notified of the evacuation. The biggest complaint among the residents was the lack of hot water, which forced students to take cold showers. While some were inconvenienced, others took the outage as a time to catch up on sleep after students were told the power would return at 6pm. But Sept. 12 wasn’t the only outage. On September 26, a much smaller power outage hit the same dorms. Although it only lasted for about two hours, the residents were still feeling the effects of the first outage. As a result of the outage, new electrical cables were installed, and the quads were reconnected to the University Center’s electrical system. This new system expects to reduce the amount of outages in the future.

Top: East Campus is now being used for classes, clinics, and academic departments; bottom: Trolley waits for students.


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Local Band Finds Meaning in “Poetology” By Lillie Morales-Torres

Anthony Rodriguez enters the Starbucks café on campus and the first thing he observes is an old piano that sits all alone near the main entrance. Rodriguez is a local New Jersey pianist, a simple musician with a bohemian style. Today he is wearing a plain, white button-down shirt, jeans and flip fops. A handmade leather bracelet and a simple wedding band adorn his left hand. Rodriguez and his band, Poetology, are a popular local group that plays mostly in the tri-state area. Latin Jazz is the sound that comes from this artist and his band and they play everywhere: in cafes, restaurants, and lounges, as well as at theatres, concerts, fundraisers and festivals. On Oct. 18, they are playing at Narroway Café on Broadway in Newark and at the Christian Faith Center on Montgomery Street in Bloomfield on Oct. 25. Poetology is billed as the only Latin Jazz band on the Christian scene from the tristate area. Just this year the artist and his band were signed by Favor Records, an independent record label in Virginia Beach that is affiliated with Sony. The label represents mostly Christian/Inspirationl artists and artists in general who send a positive message through their music. Rodriguez expects the new label will mean an even more successful future with many more events and greater public exposure. Their music is instrumental. There are no vocals or sounds other than their instruments. Many of their songs are re-

makes of inspirational songs from their church but in the form of Latin Jazz and without vocals. On a quiet night at home, the album is truly a cup of tea. “All of my compositions come deeply inspired by my faith in the Lord.” Anthony explains, “But even though our music falls in the inspirational/Christian cat-

all age groups. His religious faith has played a big role in his career and he always likes to give back. He often plays for the Sunday services at his parish, the King’s Gate in Fairview, NJ. Anthony’s musical career has taken him to many different places and allowed him to collaborate with various musicians

guez. “I have had to change players here and there. I always hope for steady players, but it’s tough dealing with musicians. And it’s never personal, it’s business. In the business, this is a common thing.” The band has been creating its own Latin Jazz sound since 2006, and has had two albums produced. Their first album,

and artists in the music industry. A highlight was in 2005 when he was given a Telly Award for the soundtrack of Isaiah’s Touch, a film by Tangy which was televised on BET. About two years ago, Rodriguez made plans to form a band to accompany his music. With hard work and dedication, he managed to make the band happen. He called it Poetology, which translates as “musical poetry,” he said. It consists of six instruments: his own piano, bass, drums, percussion, violin, and the saxophone. “I guess the main focus is on me as an artist and not on the band,” says Rodri-

Harvest onto the Lord was released in February 2006 and the second, Poetology was released in August. “I’ve found that Latin Jazz is a way I can express myself through my music,” says Rodriguez, “The sounds have a flow that are influenced by jazz mixed with Latin culture. It’s an easy sound to fall in love with.” For more information, go to: or to

Latin Jazz is the sound that comes from this artist and his band, and they play everywhere. egory, it’s a music that any listener can enjoy. There aren’t words, the instruments sing the songs for you. You just have to sit back, relax, and listen.” Rodriguez has had a passion for music since he was a young boy and his father introduced him to an old keyboard. Anthony began to play at the age of 13. He wasn’t one of those trained musicians who learn everything from books and special schools, but a natural one with a gifted ear and an ability to learn quickly. He took private lessons for five years with Juan Gonzalez, the famed piano player for singer Marc Anthony. Then, he took the craft into his on hands. For many years, Rodriguez has played a big part in his church and local community in Fairview, N.J., a small Bergen County town not far from Jersey City. He gives piano lessons and musical workshops to

MOVIE REVIEW How to Lose Friends and Alienate People ★ ★ ★ Starring: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, Jeff Bridges Directed by: Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug material By Colin Covert

With his huge watery eyes, prominent cheekbones and pale face, Simon Pegg is an unlikely romantic lead. He’s a crack comedian, however, and the funny guy does often win the girl in the end. In “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” he plays Simon, an iconoclastic London journalist transplanted to New York. Much to his surprise, he has become such an important player in the magazine-PR-industrial complex that he’s about to bed a starlet played by the unspeakably luscious Megan Fox. As noted, he’s a funny guy, so this turn of events is one step short of science fiction. Simon’s improbable rise from ink-stained wretch to master of the glamorverse is the core of the story. It is constructed along the same ugly duckling lines as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Nanny Diaries” or any number of other yarns with put-upon protagonists in fashionable surroundings. This time through, however, it’s the guy who gets the makeover and has the second thoughts. Simon begins his journey as editor of The Postmodern Review, a fancy title for a snarky gossip rag. He spends a great deal of time trying to slither past the velvet ropes that separate celebrities from everyday folk like himself. He’s rather ill-mannered, but his persistence is winning. After he fails to penetrate a red-carpet film premiere by walking up with a pig on a leash (“It’s Babe,” he insists) he goes incognito as a waiter. He’s seized by security, of course, and given the bum’s rush. His drooping false mustache was a dead giveaway, but so was his body language. Simon skulks in the presence of the famous, as if he had no right to be there. When he’s transplanted to Manhattan as the protege of a revered magazine editor (Jeff Bridges in wise but weary mode), he gets a crash course in New York self-esteem. The film has a respectable feel of craftsmanship that partly alleviates its bland anonymity. It’s constructed from the stock parts used in a million earlier romcoms _ the grumpy ethnic landlady, the meet-cute with the romantically appropriate coworker, the learning the ropes scenes, the snarky clashes with the office rival. Despite the impersonal sameness of the material, it moves along at a good clip, rarely letting a one-note joke outstay its welcome. Pegg is adept at the foot-in-mouth humor that defines his character. He’s wonderfully expressive. In a scene where his lowly status in the office hierarchy requires him to ignore the fact that an important personage

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has fallen flat on her face in front of him, you can read his entire thought process as he startles, hesitates, than walks right over her. Gillian Anderson plays a sharklike publicist who corrupts Simon, offering him the interviews that will net him a cover story if he writes puff pieces about her clients. With her insidious assistance, he continues to fail upwards, eventually circling back to the moment when he is about to sleep with Anderson’s hottest client. As the rising star of the moment, Fox possesses a feral sexuality, pre-conscious yet instinctively all-knowing, like a stunning, innocent, carnivorous cat. Though he’s been on a long, steady bonding path with wholesome coworker Kristen Dunst, Pegg is magnetized by Fox’s allure. Hence his crisis of conscience. Is he a wannabe or a don’t-wannabe? There are enough nuggets of entertainment in the film to tip it to the positive side of the scale. © 2008, Star Tribune (Minneapolis); Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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By Jillian Johnson

With crucial issues from the economy to the war in Iraq at stake, Kean University has kicked off several programs aimed at influencing students to vote in the upcoming presidential election now just weeks away. Headlined as “Rock the Vote,” the program included several activities all designed to teach students about the importance of voting and to add to student interest in voting. With concerts, picnics, games, and speeches, Rock the Vote was clearly designed to catch the attention of students. “We wanted students to realize the importance [of voting] and actually vote,” said Scott Herman, President of KU’s Student Organization. The idea for Rock the Vote was developed by executive board members and counselor members at a meeting held this past summer, he said. From there, students and members of the administration came up with themes and events to be held. The initial idea was to hold one week of events featuring MTV and the cast of its TV show, “The Real Life.” However, at another meeting, the plans changed when an agent discovered “The Crocs Next Step Campus,” which offered a package deal with giveaways, Herman said. A plus was the package would also be used for homecoming this year. The kick off celebration began on Monday, Sept. 15 at the University Center Atrium from 12 to 4 p.m. A picnic with “The Crocs next Step Campus Tour” was held the next day on the Downs Hall Patio, also from 1p.m to 4p.m. Students were able to play Xbox live outside, a DJ played, and free giveaways included reusable cups, t-shirts and hats. Following the picnic, Student Organization presented a free concert with The Crocs Next Step Campus Tour, in Wilkins Theatre with bands and singers that included Yung Joc, Cartel and MC Lars. Herman opened the concert by welcoming students, and then MC Lars came on stage asking students if they were voting and a large crowd of hands raised. Students got out of their seats to be closer to the stage. With singing and raising their hands, the audience was enjoying the concert. “It was the community at large that helped with Rock the Vote,” said Herman. “I feel great about it.” Along with concerts and free giveaways, students were able to register to vote and fill out absentee ballets in the University Center through Sept. 27. At the voter registration tables in the University Center were free giveaways, including shirts and bags. Students who missed the opportunity in the University Center can register on-

line. Students must fill out the online form on Welcome.html, print the completed form and mail it in. Or, students can download the New Jersey Voter Registration form, print the form, complete the form by hand and mail it in. However, there are deadlines. As part of the voter drive, the Kean website includes a listing of important dates that voters and those able to vote, need to be aware of, such as registration, absentee ballots, sample ballots, mailing dates, Election Day, and inauguration day. All information can be found on the Kean website, Welcome.html or Kean is also hosting “Issues ‘08,” a speaker series on key topics in the presidential election. These speakers are professionals in fields including national security, the economy, United States-China relations and immigration. The lectures will take place in the Little Theatre and are open to the general public.

“It was the community at large that helped with Rock The Vote” —Scott Herman, president of Student Organization The scheduled speakers have included John J. Farmer, Jr., New Jersey’s former state attorney general, who spoke on Sept. 11 and discussed “Lessons of 9/11.” Farmer focused on the response to the 9/11 attacks and analyzed the state of public and private sector preparedness. Jason Bram, an economist in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Microeconomic and regional Studies Function, spoke on Sept. 23 and discussed key economic challenges. Orville Schell, an author and journalist, discussed relations between the United States and China on October 2. On Tuesday, October 28 at 11 a.m., Dr. James W. Hughes, who is dean of the Edward J, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, will talk about “New Jersey’s Changing Demographics.” And finally, Terry Golway, Kean assistant professor of History and curator of the John Kean Center of American History, is holding two discussions. “Political Firsts in New Jersey,” was to be held on October 6. The second discussion, “Dissecting the Results,” is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12 at 12:30 p.m., and will focus on the outcome and its meaning of the election.

N O I T C 8 CAMPUS BUZZ E 0 L 0 E 2 What is the key issue that you hope our new president will solve? By Veronica Mendez

Assoumou L. Sahou Jr., Freshman Medical Technology Major

James Urtekar, Sophomore Psychiatric Rehab Major

Leticia Shaffer, Senior Early Childhood and Psychology Major

“I’d like to see taxes cut and lower gas prices. I believe Barack Obama would help make these changes because he is ready to help and give back to the country and its people. He represents the minority class and gives them a voice. I am voting because every vote counts and a single vote can be the deciding factor of who is next to be president.”

“Healthcare, the biggest issue is that low income families especially students have a hard time affording health care. Another major issue is privatization. Due to privatization government doesn’t have a say on what insurance companies can charge people.” He believes the government should put regulations on insurance companies to help people afford healthcare. “More funding should be provided by the government for those that do not have insurance or do not have the means to pay for medical attention. In fact, America should follow Canada’s example of their healthcare system because everything is free. I believe Barrack Obama would be the best candidate to make these changes.”

“Education is the most important. To make education affordable is the first step. More students will attend college if it is affordable. I believe good students, not bad students, should have their tuition paid in full. The economy is bad so ‘How will parents send their children to colleges if banks will not be able to provide them with loans?’ Its not fair for trillions of dollars to go toward war and bailing out wall street when educated college students are graduating without the promise of a job for them in the job market.”


N O I T C 8 E 0 L 0 E 2 By Lillie Morales-Torres (Source: the Associated Press)

This may be one of the toughest elections for Americans Some have made this year’s race about race and gender, this year. It brings many of us to question “Who should I but the real issues are what matters to bring a real change to vote for?” or “Should I vote at all?” With Sen. Hillary Clin- our country. Here are some issues that can help inform you ton out of the race, the decision has gotten even tougher. and maybe help you decide on who to vote for… Many of her followers are still undecided.




McCain is anti-abortion. He voted for abortion restrictions, but says he would not ban abortion rights.

Obama is pro-choice.


McCain is for boosting U.S. forces.

Obama says he would add about 7,000 troops to the U.S. force of 36,000, bringing the reinforcements from Iraq. He has threatened unilateral attack on high-value terrorist targets in Pakistan as they become exposed, “if Pakistan cannot or will not act” against them.


McCain favors parent choice of schools, vouchers for private schools, and parental right to choose home schooling. He also favors more money for community college education.

Obama favors, but does not require, universal Pre-K programs, expanding teacher mentoring programs and giving teachers higher pay not linked to standardized test scores. He wants to change Bush’s No Child Left Behind law “so that we’re not just teaching to a test and crowding out programs like art and music.” He wants a tax credit to pay up to $4,000 of college expenses for students who perform 100 hours of community service per year.


McCain opposes the constitutional amendment to ban it. Says same-sex couples should have the right to enter into legal agreements for insurance and similar benefits, and that the states should decide about marriage.

Obama opposes the constitutional amendment to ban it. Supports civil unions, says the states should decide about marriage.


McCain led Senate effort to cap greenhouse gas emissions; favors tougher fuel efficiency. Favors plan that would see greenhouse gas emissions cut by 60 percent by 2050. Supports more nuclear power.

Obama favors a ten-year, $150 billion program that will produce “climate friendly” energy supplies that he would pay for with a carbon auction that requires businesses to bid competitively for the right to pollute. Obama joined McCain in sponsoring earlier legislation that would set mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions. Also supports tougher fuel efficiency standards.


McCain favors a $2,500 refundable tax credit for individuals, $5,000 for families, to make health insurance more affordable. No mandate for universal coverage.

Obama favors mandatory coverage for children, but not for adults. Will try for universal coverage by requiring employers to share costs of insuring workers and by offering similar coverage in plan for federal employees. Package would cost up to $65 billion a year after unspecified savings from making system more efficient. Wants to raise taxes on wealthier families to pay the cost.


McCain is open to helping homeowners who are facing foreclosure if they are “legitimate borrowers” and not speculators.

Obama favors a tax credit covering 10 percent of annual mortgage interest payments for “struggling homeowners,” scoring system for consumers to compare mortgages, a fund for mortgage fraud victims, new penalties for mortgage fraud, aid to state and local governments stung by housing crisis, in $20 billion plan geared to “responsible homeowners.”


McCain Sponsored 2006 bill that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S., work and apply to become legal residents after learning to speak English, paying fines and back taxes and clearing a background check. Supports border fence.

Obama has voted for 2006 bill offering legal status to illegal immigrants subject to conditions, including English proficiency and payment of back taxes and fines. Supports and has voted for border fence.


McCain says “Nothing’s off the table” when it comes to saving Social Security.

Obama says he would raise payroll tax on the wealthy by applying it to a portion of income over $250,000. Currently, payroll tax is applied to income up to $102,000. This rules out raising the retirement age for benefits.


McCain says he will not raise taxes. He has opposed Bush’s tax cuts, at first because he said they were tilted to the wealthier and again because of the costs of Iraq war. McCain says those tax cuts, expiring in 2010, should be permanent and proposes cutting corporate tax rate to 25 percent. He promises balance budget in first term, but says that is unlikely in his first year.

Obama favors raising income taxes on the wealthier and their capital gains and dividends taxes. Wants to raise corporate taxes. $80 billion in tax breaks mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling Earned Income Tax Credit for minimumwage workers and higher credit for larger families. Also wants to eliminate tax-filing requirement for older workers making under $50,000. A mortgage-interest credit could be used by lowerincome homeowners who do not take the mortgage-interest deduction because they do not itemize their taxes.


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EDITORIAL MAKE THE STUDENT VOICE COUNT: EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE With the presidential election approaching, it is important for students to be aware of the importance of voting. This election is crucial for college students as the president who will be elected will be running our country four years from now—perhaps even eight years from now—when we will all be embarking on our careers. What makes this election different among others? First, we have the first African American candidate, Democrat Barack Obama, who has caught the attention of many young voters. He is much younger than the 72-year-old Republican candidate, John McCain. McCain however, has turned heads with his choice of vice president, Sarah Palin, the female governor from Alaska who has helped focus new attention on John McCain. It is time for students and all young people to take notice and get informed. Votes should not be based on age, gender, or race, but on what each candidate stands for and the choice of actions each plans to take in leading America. Our economy is in a crisis and we are all affected by the results. From high gas prices, escalating food prices and—most of all— failing financial institutions ranging from Merrill Lynch to Lehman Brothers, we will all be affected. Most importantly, our future jobs, as well as the jobs of friends and family, are being lost. We must think about our future because sooner or later the issue isn’t going to be whether we are right for the job, but whether there are any job openings for us. What about health insurance? Will we have any? And taxes? Boring now, but one day soon we will each be footing the bill. These are issues that we are sooner or later going to have to face and casting an informed vote for the presidency is the first step in helping form our own future. Kean University has been helping students get more involved in voting. There is still time to register or send out absentee ballots if you will not be able to make it to your hometown to vote. You have seen the commercials and you have read the headlines. But, it is now time to watch the debates and listen to the speeches. This election, and every election, is your way of letting your voice be heard and to set the tone for the road to change.


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Students have ten minutes to get from one class to another, and that includes just ten minutes to get from Main campus to East Campus. Within these minutes we get into a zone, a zone that includes a fast-paced walk with nothing but our destination in mind. But this zone can get interrupted by people who insist on multi-tasking as they walk. Their cell phones become their main priority. Yes, I am talking about you if you are that person who likes to text while you walk. Your cell phone becomes even with your eyes as you focus primarily on those tiny keys on the key pad. You become so distracted that you forget how to walk properly. Your fast-paced trot becomes a slow zigzag type of walk. Your body sways from one side of the sidewalk to the other, not allowing anyone to be able to pass you. Then, out of nowhere you stop dead in your tracks as if the message on the phone stated, “Stop walking right now.” This makes other people, like me, stop abruptly because if I did not I would plow right into you. But you don’t even notice. You pull the phone closer to your face to read this message that is apparently too important to con-

tinue walking while you read, and then your thumbs begin to move rapidly to respond to this message. Now, as you begin to respond, you decide it’s okay to walk again. But this time it’s in slow motion, as if you forgot that you are capable of reading and walking at the same time, like a normal person. I try again to pass you. But you now decide that you want to walk in the center of the walkway, making it difficult for me to maneuver around you. I decide to walk closer to you, hoping that you will feel my annoyed presence and either step aside or speed up. But you don’t. Instead, you let out a small chuckle because the oh-so-important text that is making me late has just become a comedy. Finally, I have had enough. I make a dash for it, not caring if my shoulder brushes yours or even bluntly slams into it. I make my way past you to freedom. You obviously can’t walk and text message properly. So don’t. Please wait until you reach your class because now, thanks to you, I am late. And I bet you didn’t even notice.

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A Plea To Save The Animals By Kelly Pennisi

In today’s society, violence is commonplace. Sexual abuse, murder, and child molestation—these horrors are all forms of violence that should never occur and needs to be stopped. But another form of aggression that typically doesn’t get as much attention is animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is defined as the inflicting of pain, suffering or even death. And it is happening every single day in every part of the world. Not only does animal cruelty happen to domestic animals such as cats and dogs, but it is committed against animals in the wild as well. There are two categories of animal cruelty: passive and active. Passive cruelty falls into cases that we would usually call neglect. Such examples of neglect are starvation, parasite infestations, collars imbedding into the skin, a lack of shelter, dehydration, or no veterinary care. Sometimes officers come to find the animals abandoned and that the animal has been left to fend for itself. Sadly these are often done intentionally. Usually when the owners are confronted, they often they deny that they have done anything wrong. The other category is active cruelty. This is when someone has deliberately

“WHY DO THESE ANIMALS SUFFER? WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO DESERVE BEING PUNISHED LIKE THIS?” caused harm to an animal. This type of cruelty is often called Non-Accidental Injury. It is said that sociopathic behavior is often associated with these types of acts. Statistics show that people as young as ten-years-old have abused animals in this

manner, which is seriously disturbing. One of the worst cases of animal cruelty is dog fighting, and it usually involves pit bulls. According to www.animalplanet. com, dog fighting may have started after the Civil War in the Northeast. What is

sad is that the losing dog is usually discarded or killed unless he or she has a history of very good performance. The other sad part is that dogs that are seized and found are usually put down out of fear for public safety. The dog is assumed to be dangerous caused by cruelty. The ASPCA which is America’s first animal welfare organization founded in 1866 has been fighting animal cruelty and is still fighting it today. It has helped save the lives of numerous animals and found homes for those that suffered. Animal Planet, meanwhile, has a show called Animal Precinct where you can watch the real, live stories of officers who save and rescue these animals -- not just dogs and cats, but horses, ostriches, birds, raccoons or other creatures needing justice served. Why do these animals suffer? What have they done to deserve being punished like this? Nothing. The answer is nothing and will remain nothing. Ultimately, we are the only people who can help the animals. And we can. Take a look at websites such as or www., although the sensitive should be forewarned of the graphic photos and descriptions. Let’s stop animal cruelty. No creature deserves this kind of treatment.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Josh Palgi

There are more than two million women living in the United States who have been treated for breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S., other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. About 182,460 women in the U.S. will be found to have invasive breast cancer in 2008. About 40,480 women will die from the disease this year. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35. Breast cancer is less common in males; by comparison, the disease is about 100 times more common in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2007 some 2,030 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among men in the U.S. Launched in 1985, the NBCAM organization is comprised of several national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies working together to build breast cancer awareness, share information and provide access to screening services. The focus is on encouraging women to take charge of their own bodies by practicing regular self-breast exams, having an annual mammogram,

PRACTICING REGULAR SELF-BREAST EXAMS (AND) HAVING AN ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM REDUCE THE RISK FACTORS. reduce the risk factors that they can change (such as obesity and sedentary lifestyle), keeping their prescribed treatment and knowing the facts about recurrence. There are several different types of breast cancer that can be divided into two main categories—noninvasive cancers and invasive cancers. Noninvasive cancer may also be called “carcinoma in situ.” Noninvasive breast cancers are confined to the ducts or lobules and they do not spread to surrounding tissues. The two types of noninvasive breast cancers are ductal carcinoma in situ (referred to as DCIS) and lobular carcinoma

in situ (referred to as LCIS). The types of breast cancer found in men are: •Infiltrating ductal carcinoma •Ductal carcinoma in situ •Inflammatory breast cancer •Paget’s disease of the nipple There are different stages of breast cancer based on size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread. The stages of male breast cancer, and the prognosis at each stage, are the same as for female breast cancer. The spread of cancer from the breast to lymph nodes and other parts of the body also appears to be similar in men and women. However, male breast cancer often being diagnosed at a later stage, affects prognosis and treatment. In addition, men have little breast tissue, which does make it easier to feel small masses. While male breast cancers tend to be smaller than female breast cancers when they are found, they have more often spread beyond the breast. NBCAM aims to have men and women of all ages know that breast health is a year round concern. Early detection as well as education about breast cancer can be two of the best possible “medicines” toward fighting the disease. If you do that and try to stay in tune with your body by exercising, cooking and eating right, taking your vitamins, practicing yoga, using alternative therapies, herbs and supplements, massage and keeping a positive outlook— congratulations—keep up the good work. The American cancer society web site is The site answers questions about breast cancer, risk factors, and strategies for early detection, new diagnostic techniques and the latest treatment options. Please take advantage of it. Dr. Palgi is a professor in Physical Education, Recreation and Health.

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Dr. Scelba expects the 2009-2010 Concert Artist Series will support 15-20 concerts. “I hope to perform at the first Concert Artist event in Enlow Hall in September 2009,� says Scelba. The new Enlow Hall is named after Gene Enlow, Chairman of the Kean Board of Trustees and his wife, Shelley Enlow. For more information on the Concert Artists program, visit:

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Today’s Birthday (10-08-08) This year is all about falling in love, in many different ways. As you well know, there’s fraternal, parental, idealistic and lots of other kinds of love. With luck, you’ll get to experience them all. You’ll learn a lot. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is an 8 Friends help you make an important connection, and take on a challenge. They think you can do it, based on what you’ve done before. You might as well believe in them, since they believe in you. Besides, they’re right.

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The Cougars faced a tough four-game series recently, with three of the four games played coming against New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) opponents. Kean had one of its toughest challenges of the season when the Cougars traveled to Camden to face 10th ranked Rutgers on September 27. Rutgers-Camden got off to a quick start in the first half. In the seventh minute of the half the Scarlet Knights broke through with the first goal of the game. The Cougars answered back with a goal of their own to tie the game seven minutes later when Freshman Andres Berriel netted an unassisted goal. The match remained tied through the second half, sending the two teams into overtime. The first overtime ended with the same result that the first half ended, 1-1. With a little over two minutes remaining in the second overtime, Rutgers’ Shane McGrory scored the winning goal. Kean goalie Alfredo Oquendo made nine saves in the loss. Kean played host to New Jersey City University on September 24, in a NJAC conference game. The Cougars and NJCU defenses dominated the first half. The two teams kept each other scoreless through the first half. In the 49th minute of the game the Cougars took the lead. Senior Mark Wallis

put Kean ahead off of an assist from Tom Azydzik. Kean’s lead fell when NJCU’s Christian Acuna tied the game in the 69th minute. The game looked like it was heading to overtime, but in the 89th minute New Jersey City University scored the game winning goal for the 2-1 win. The College of New Jersey traveled to Kean on September 20 and scored the first goal of the game 13 minutes into the half. The game remained 1-0 for the first

Kean plays top-ranked team tough in 2-0 loss. half even though Kean held the advantage in shots. The Lions added one more goal in the second half to secure their 2-0 victory. Kean out shot TCNJ 15-9 in the loss, its first conference loss of the season. On September 16, the Cougars traveled to Eastern Connecticut State University. For most of the game Eastern Connecticut dominated Kean. The Warriors’ Maxim Fantl contributed two goals on the day. Eastern Connecticut held Kean scoreless until ten minutes were left in regulation. Sergio Marchuk put Kean on the board for its lone goal of the game. Eastern Connecticut slightly out shot Kean on the day for the win.

Youthful Lady Cougars Start Soccer Season With Strong Performance By Jessie Rivera

Now that summer is over, the long training hours have begun for the nine freshmen, five sophomores, seven juniors, and five seniors who make up the 2008 Kean University women‘s soccer team. Despite this year’s youthful line-up, the start of the season has shown that age will not be a problem for this team. “There are pros and cons with young teams. If they are good young players (which they are) then you have depth and are prepared for the next few years, but youth can be inconsistent. If it’s combined with good leadership (which we have) then it can be very beneficial because the experienced players can teach the youth,” said Coach Brian Doherty. The Lady Cougars started off their season at the Cougar Classic on August 30, 2008, which is held every year at East Campus. They began their season by carrying out a 6-0 victory against the Pennsylvania team, Gwynedd-Mercy College. After a dominating start of the season, the Lady Cougars fell short 4-2 to Muhlenberg College on the last day of the Cougar Classic. On September 3, Farleigh Dickinson University College at Florham came to Kean University with hopes of adding a win to its record, but our Lady Cougars fought back to win the game with a 3-0 shut out. After their previous win against FDU, the Cougars added another win as they defeated Drew University 2-1. On September 13, Kean University held its second night game against Manhattanville College. The visitors arrived ready

to give a good match-up and the first half ended with a 0-0 tie. A few yellow cards were not going to stop the Cougars from achieving what they sought out to do win. In the end they did just with a 2-1 victory over the Manhattanville Valiants. On September 20 the Lady Cougars made their way to Ewing to face off

with a 1-0 lead, scored by senior Nicole Tahan, when she was assisted by junior Jenna Godwin. The Lady Cougars dominated the second half with 17 shots on goal, mostly made inside the box, five corner kicks, and six more goals, which were scored by junior Kayla Duncan, two by freshman Danielle Esposito, sophomore

Sophomore goalie Leandra Russo and freshman Ashley DiRocco

against the top-ranked team, The College of New Jersey. The first half was rough for the Kean Cougars as the TCNJ Eagles flew past them with 11 shots on goal, five corner kicks, and three goals that would later end the game in their favor. After the loss the Kean University women’s soccer team visited New Jersey City University in Jersey City on September 24 and the Lady Cougars ended the first half

Randi Vizoco, and senior Amanda Pitts to end the game with a 7-0 lead over the Gothic Knights. As the Lady Cougars prepared to face off against Rutgers-Camden on Saturday, September 27, senior goalie, Liz Lanigan talked about her journey from inside the locker room to the minute they walked on to the field. Lanigan discussed what the Lady Cougars do before a game to lift

their spirits up and show confidence on the field. “While we are getting ready (senior) Ashley Lindaberry would read an inspirational quote and (senior) Amanda Pitts would read our shin guard quote, which is also inspiring. Then we get in line to go up to the field in order which is done by class, and then we always jump up and hit the top of the doorway,” said Lanigan. There is something about a home night game and the special rituals that bring energy to the air. With the stadium lights on and the bleachers filled with parents, siblings, friends, and loved ones, the Lady Cougars went into their huddle and proudly yelled, “One, Two, Three, Team!” The Cougars led the first half with an advantage of nine shots on goal, but in the twenty-sixth minute a penalty kick was called in favor of Rutgers-Camden. Fortunately for the Kean Cougars, sophomore Vanessa Maia missed the shot, giving KU goalie, Leandra Russo, a save and a 0-0 tie to end the half. The second half became intense as four yellow cards were given out and another penalty kick was called, but this time it was in favor of the Lady Cougars. Freshman Ashley DiRocco was chosen to take the kick and scored, giving Kean the 1-0 lead. With just one minute remaining in the game, Kean freshman Jillian Raider received a red card which would prevent her from playing in the next two games. Despite all the fouls and cards given out, the Lady Cougars managed to win the game, 1-0.


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Field Hockey Continues Dominance By Nicole VonGonten

Kean University’s women’s field hockey team recently won four consecutive games during a tough stretch of the season. The team traveled to face Elmira College on September 26 and took the quick lead a minute in. Brittany Gibbs scored her first goal of the day on an assist from Kelly Mataya. Before the half ended Gibbs contributed two more goals to put Kean up 3-0 going into the half. Kean continued its dominance in the second half as Mataya scored a goal of her own with an assist from Gibbs. To cap off Kean’s scoring dominance, Olivia Triano scored the fifth and final goal of the game in a 5-0 victory. In their first New Jersey Athletic Conference game of the year the Cougars looked to make a statement at home against Richard Stockton College on September 23. The first half was dominated early by both teams’ defensive play. Kean finally broke through with the first goal of the game in the 29th minute when Gibbs scored on an unassisted goal. The score remained the same going into the half, even though Kean out shot Stockton 18-. Stockton quickly tied up the game early in the second half but Kean never let Stockton gain a lead after that. In the

Brittany Gibbs going in to score a goal for Kean.

50th minute Gibbs scored her second goal of the game on an assist from Katie McGee. This second goal for Kean and Gibbs proved to be the game winner. Kean netted two goals before the game ended to secure its first NJAC win of the year, 4-1. Gibbs finished the day with three goals and an assist and McGee finished the day with two assists. Sophomore Kelly Mataya contributed the last goal of the game

for Kean and Goalie Ashlie Berghold had three saves on the day for Kean. The Cougars battled through a tough overtime game against Manhattanville College on September 19. Kean quickly got on the board in the first half. In the 12th minute of the half junior Julie Bachovchin scored on an assist from Triano and Kean stayed on top for the rest of the half.

The Cougars continued to show their toughness in the second half, even though with ten minutes remaining in the half Manhattanville tied the game off of a blocked shot in front of the goal. Time expired and the two teams were headed to overtime. Manhattanville had early chances to take the game, but could not build upon their chances. With a little over six minutes remaining in overtime Kean’s Gibbs passed the ball to McGee for the gamewinning goal, and a final of 2-1. On September 16 the Cougars dominated Philadelphia Biblical University. The first half of this game saw seven goals, all by Kean. Gibbs scored the first goal on the day for Kean, unassisted, and it would prove to be the game winner. Gibbs later scored another goal in the half, and Amie Hoch and Erica Kelly contributed goals of their own in the half. Stephanie Cirino had two goals in the half with an assist. Mataya rounded out Kean’s scoring attack with the last goal of the game to put Kean up 7-0 going into the half and that was how the game ended. At press time, the field hockey team was 6-2.

Cougars Lose Heartbreaker to Cortland After Defeating Western Connecticut State By Nicole VonGonten

Both Kean and SUNY Cortland came into their September 27 game undefeated. The two teams knew that one of them would come out of the day with their first loss. In first quarter action Cortland took the first lead when Andrew Guiliano scored on a one-yard run that was capped off with an extra point for the 7-0 lead. Cortland kept Kean off the board for the rest of the first quarter. Early in the second quarter Cortland added to its lead when Jeffrey Lang kicked a field goal. Down 10-0 in the second quarter, Kean got on the board with six minutes remaining. The Cougars’ James Felton had a five-yard touchdown run for their first touchdown of the day. Rick Jaeger completed the kick for the extra point to cut Cortland’s lead to 10-7 at halftime. The third quarter saw Kean take its first lead of the day. Quarterback Tom D’Ambrisi completed an eight-yard pass to Durell Dukes for a touchdown, followed by an extra point by Jaeger to put Kean on top 14-10 at the end of the third quarter. Cortland quickly showed in the fourth quarter that it was not going to go away quietly. With 10 minutes remaining Cortland regained the lead with a touchdown pass by Lang for a 17-14 lead. Cortland added another touchdown three minutes later but Kean answered back with a touchdown shortly afterward. For the second time on the day D’Ambrisi connected with Dukes, but this time for a 31-yard touchdown pass that cut Kean’s deficit to 25-22. Cortland never gave Kean a chance to regain the lead. With over a minute remaining Cortland scored another touchdown. As time expired in regulation Kean scored one last touchdown, but it would not be enough. Kean suffered its first loss of the season, 32-28. A week earlier, Kean played an outstanding game against Western Connecticut State University on September 20. The early first quarter saw Kean take the early 7-0 lead on a 74-yard pass from D’Ambrisi to Dukes. Western Connecticut answered back with a touchdown with eight minutes remaining in the quarter for the tie. Kean did not let Western Connecticut regain the lead. The Cougars scored a touchdown before the quarter ended when Dukes added another touchdown on a five-yard run to put Kean up 14-7. The second quarter saw Kean add to its lead. Felton had a 12-yard touchdown run and Jaeger connected on a 20-yard field goal. Western Connecticut kept pace with a touchdown as well in the quarter. Going into half time Kean remained on top 23-14. Western Connecticut scored the only touchdown of the third quarter to cut Kean’s lead to 23-20. In the fourth quarter Kean scored an early touchdown to secure the 30-20 lead when Jared Chunn scored on a 12-yard run. Western Connecticut scored a touchdown later in the quarter, but it would not be enough. Kean scored two more touchdowns in the quarter to win the game 43-26.

Quarterback Tom D’Ambrisi tries to connect with Durell Dukes on a pass

The two teams knew that one of them would come out of the day with their first loss.

RECENT SCORES FOOTBALL: 10/3 Kean 35 The College of New Jersey 24

Women’s Soccer: 10/1 Kean 1 Montclair State University 0

MEN’S SOCCER: 10/1 Kean 0, Montclair State University 2

10/4 Kean 1, William Paterson University 3

10/4 Kean 0, William Paterson University 1


Field Hockey: 10/4 Kean 2 Ramapo College 1

Oct. 8, 2008  
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