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hen students register for Spring ’09 classes this fall, they will see one big change: a completely new schedule that increases the number of Friday classes and also introduces 50- minute classes that meet three times a week. The new schedule consists of different time slots Monday through Friday as compared to the current Fall 2008 schedule. Instead of having class two days a week, or 160 minutes a week, classes will be scheduled for two or three days a week for a total of 150 minutes. Classes that meet three times a week are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and will run 50 minutes each, according to a schedule grid from the university. Twice a week classes will last 75 minutes each, and are scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday and Tuesday-Friday, according to a schedule grid from the university. Additionally, block scheduling of longer classes, mostly for classes requiring labs,

will last two hours and 45 minutes. The three-day-a-week classes are said to be mainly for freshman and sophomore level classes, while the twice a week classes will be more for the upper level courses. The schedule changes were adopted at the end of last semester over the objections of the Kean Federation of Teachers, the union representing the faculty, as well as students who demonstrated against the changes on campus last May 5. Kean approved the new schedule in response to declining state funding, uncertain levels of financial support and increases in Kean’s fixed costs, said Stephen Hudik, Kean’s spokesman. But the KFT contends that the schedule change was rushed through, and that superficial efforts were made to reach out to faculty and students. Dr. James Castigliano, the president of the Kean Federation of Teachers and professor in the Chemistry and Physics Department, said the new schedule was presented to faculty in mid-March and it was then changed constantly before

it was finalized at the end of the Spring 2008 semester. “There was no process that was outlined ahead of time, it was all done on the fly,” said Castigliano. “[The administration is] forcing this change to take place in the middle of the academic (2008-09) year.”

Classes will be scheduled for two or three days a week for a total of 150 minutes. Hudik stated that the university looked at ways to best utilize its resources, and the administration felt the new schedule best preserves its mission as an affordable institution of higher education for students. “We developed the new schedule after reviewing a number of options and receiving input from many constituencies, including students and faculty,” said Hudik.

“The schedule change is not a quick fix, but an effort to address a long-term problem: how to keep higher education affordable for our students.” The KFT criticized the decision to reduce class time. Students currently spend 160 minutes in each class per week, but the new schedule gives students 150 minutes a week in each class. “Students are going to be paying more because [the] tuition was increased eight percent, but [students] will be getting less,” said Castigliano. “So your tuition is going up, but the class time, and hence, your education is decreasing.” The KFT and the administration are also at odds over the impact of the schedule changes. The KFT contends it will increase commuting costs for many students and make it even harder to park because of the introduction of classes that meet three times a week rather than two. The KFT’s position is that three-day-a-week classes would make it more difficult to schedule a four day class sched- (Continued on page 5)



ith new floors, tables, food, and television screens, Kean’s new cafeteria is the definition of a place where students, staff, and faculty can go to eat, relax, and converse. The freshly remodeled cafeteria appears to be brighter, more spacious, and modern. However, staff as well as students has to adjust to the new changes; turns out everything is now somewhere else. Condiment stations have been moved. Food stations have been moved, discontinued, or expanded. And the number one question among everyone in the first few weeks of school was: “Where are the napkins?” The all new Panini station, which stretches a little over half of the food area, seems to be popular. This station offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and breads that weren’t available last year. Roast Beef with Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese and Mayo is one interesting example. “Campus Dining,” as it is called, includes a Noodle Bar, with items like Lo Mein; The Grill, offering new additions like Pulled Pork and Breakfast Burritos; and a newly renovated Pasta Plus that continues to offer the favorites. The renovations lasted all summer and the cafeteria opened just in time for fall class schedules. The Cubana sandwich was a hit with students, and everyone was talking about it. But the rise in the prices of sandwiches was also a topic: most sandwiches have

gone up about 50 cents. “The food is still the same taste and quality. I don’t see why the prices should go up,” said Ciara Zelaya, a junior. But sophomore Jessica Oquendo said she noticed the increased food prices, but disagreed that the food is the same. “I think the new food compared to last year is a lot better because last year they had the same thing every day with no variety,” Oquendo said. “And not every station was open at all times, so it made the lines at certain stations so much longer. Now, with the new food and selections, people spread out more because they have more to choose from.” Even those who said the food quality is about the same as before remarked on the new atmosphere, which they said made up for the same-old on the food front. There are large flat screen TV’s on the walls; the tables are now circular, and some are designated for laptops. The mystery of “Where are the napkins” is also answered at the tables where you find napkin dispensers so you don’t need to get up and fight through the crowd to get one. The bright lights also create a less congested, more spacious dining area. Convenience was definitely incorporated in the upgrade. According to cafeteria staff, the cafeteria has a lighter and friendlier atmosphere. Station server Wanda Boyd, gives the café a top rating: 10. “The changes were definitely needed,” she stated. Dawn Williams, also a station server,

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The White House? No, it’s Kean’s Liberty Hall Museum, nestled behind the shrubbery on Morris Avenue. Find out more about this hidden treasure on Page 2.

spoke highly of the high quality decor of the café. She suggests coming during the early morning shift, which accommodates students’ schedules. Williams recommends the hot Buffalo wings! The overall reviews were generally outstanding, but still there were some complaints. Kean veteran student Phil Landolfi complained that the lines were “ridiculous and crazy,” and he added that the circular tables did not accommodate all of his friends. He also felt that the food tasted pretty much the same. Still, he did like the flat screens. A few (unnamed) faculty members polled said they were not impressed with the noise level; they felt the broader space


of the café allows for more noise capacity. They said that they could not enjoy their discussions and they also complained about the quality and higher prices. The idea of a private faculty cafeteria was also raised. Overall, it seemed most were happy that the cafeteria has a new look and feel. But you can’t please everyone. Based on the informal poll I did and my own observations, I’d give the cafeteria an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. Turns out change can be good. Staff Writer Jessie Rivera contributed to this report.


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music prof teaches brahms by day; rocks on with clear blue by night

By Raquel Fernandes

Standing under the shade of a 280-yearold Chestnut tree and staring wide-eyed at a 300-year-old wooden mansion—you are whisked back to a turn-of-the-20th century world of glittering jewels and fine titles. The place is the Liberty Hall Museum and it houses the nearly 300 year history of one of New Jersey’s oldest and most prominent families—the Kean family, for which Kean University is named. Surprisingly, this history exists right in our own backyard, behind an iron fence and a thicket of bushes and trees across the street from Kean University entrance on Morris Avenue. The museum, which was the ancestral home of the Kean family, is showing its first major exhibit since the university acquired the home and the property. Called The Pleasure of Your Company: The Power and Politics of Victorian Dining, this exhibit running until December highlights the life

figures such as Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., William Howard Taft, John D. Rockefeller, Alice Roosevelt, and President Theodore Roosevelt. Today, however, most know the Kean name not from Lucy or John, but from former NJ Governor Tom Kean, who most recently was in the news as the co-chair of the 9-11 Commission. The new exhibit is a lesson in how the rich lived a hundred years ago. One display features a dinner party scene, complete with eight-course meal guide and information about dinner etiquette. For instance, men wore tuxedos to dinner while haute couture dresses were appropriate evening wear for the women. “You would wear these clothes whether you were at a party, or just eating dinner alone at home,” said Bill Schroh, Director of Operations at Liberty Hall Museum. “Girls as young as age six were wearing corsets under heavy dresses to give them a slender, hourglass waist shape…it was the style back then.”

At the turn of the 20th Century, real ladies carried fans. But they weren’t used just to cool off. In fact, the fan had a language all its own. Here’s a sampling, courtesy of Liberty Hall Museum: ✽ I desire your acquaintance.... Carry fan in left hand in front of face ✽ I wish to speak to you............ Close fan ✽ Follow me................................ Carry fan in right hand in front of face ✽ Kiss me..................................... Hold handle to lips ✽ I love you................................. Draw fan across cheek ✽ No............................................. Rest fan on left cheek ✽ I hate you................................. Draw fan thorough hand ✽ I am sorry................................ Draw fan across the eyes ✽ We will be friends................... Drop the fan

of Lucinetta Halsted Kean, who was one of the early 20th Century’s most influential women in Washington, DC. Lucy Halsted Kean, who lived in Liberty Hall with her son John Kean, a U.S. senator from 1899 to 1911, frequently hosted political parties, and had a well-known and respected reputation for her insightful and intelligent political awareness. Lucy’s party guest list included political

According to Schroh, women would spend upwards of $10, 000 a season on dresses alone. The exhibit also features a wine cellar that was concealed behind wooden walls during the Prohibition era and then completely forgotten. “We didn’t know this room was here until recently,” said Schroh. In fact, the curators at the museum are

Dawn Phillips

More sophisticated lighting and circular tables are among the new features at the newly-renovated cafeteria.

By Raquel Fernandes

Invitation cover to the Liberty Hall exhibition.

discovering lots of gems, like an original letter from President George Washington that received national attention. Liberty Hall, originally called Ursino until 1974, was purchased by Kean University in May 2007. The Victorian-style mansion, originally built in 1770 by William Livingston, the first elected governor of New Jersey and signer of the Constitution, remained in the Livingston name until 1798 when it was purchased by Lord Bolingbroke. Thirteen years later, it was purchased by Peter Kean, the great-nephew of William Livingston, on behalf of his mother Susan Livingston-Kean. The property had been the home of the Livingston/Kean family for more than 200 years. In 1995, Mary Alice Barney Kean became the last heiress to live in Liberty Hall. Upon Mary Alice’s death, her three children allowed the Liberty Hall estate to be made into a museum, leaving most of the house and its contents in place and untouched, according to Schroh. The Liberty Hall Museum opened its doors to the public in May 2000. Liberty Hall Museum is currently undergoing a unique preservation and restoration process. Portions of paint on the back of the house have been slowly and carefully peeled away to reveal an original paint color dated back to the 1800s. Using the latest technology, the museum is working on creating a paint color that will match the original color exactly.

There’s something for everyone at Liberty Hall Museum, said Schroh. It’s hard not to lose your breath as you walk past the magnificent green gardens on the estate. Bright red and pink flowers dance by as a slight breeze passes through them. It comes as no surprise that many couples have chosen to get married in the magical gardens of the estate. The museum is also being used as an outdoor classroom for Kean University students. Biology, Photography, and History are a few of the classes taught at the museum. “We want to educate and entertain,” said Schroh. “This isn’t just Kean’s history, its American history.” On Saturday, September 27, Liberty Hall invites the public to spend A Day in the 19th Century. The museum will be hosting three events highlighting the 18th, 19th and 20th century celebrating Union Township’s Bicentennial. This free event from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. features historical re-enactors, interactive activities, displays, and lectures on special aspects of Union’s rich history. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave. in Union, New Jersey. It is open Wednesday-Saturday, from 10:00am – 4:00pm, and noon-4:00pm on Sundays. Students with a valid Kean ID receive free admission. For more information, call Liberty Hall at (908) 527-0440, or visit www.

tems for education. In 2007, he began a project called the Electro- acoustic Musically Interactive Room, or EAMIR. If you walk through the halls of Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre, you can’t help The EAMIR project is an open-source effort to enable educators with technology but hear the classics: Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin. But seldom do you hear the for music education. Software is designed around a common configuration which other classics being played: Zeppelin, KISS, and the Beatles. Though the curriculum can be easily implemented by music educators around the world by downloading calls for the instruction of classical repertoire, one professor is a lecturer by day and source code and standalone applications through a rock star by night. Users who understand programming can edit the source code and post their new Vincent Joseph Manzo, the associate director of musource and standalone applications back to the site for sic technology at Kean University, has been playing in the EAMIR community to use. Much of the EAMIR the rock band Clear Blue since high school. software is also designed to allow students with physi“It’s a progressive rock band,” says Manzo. “We play cal and mental disabilities to create meaningful music all original music and our line-up consists of guitar, using interfaces that are accessible to their needs. bass, drums, two vocalists, and a laptop.” “I design a lot of new interfaces for EAMIR to accomClear Blue has played all the local tri-state venues, inplish my goals in the classroom. But I’ve done a lot of cluding the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and work using interfaces that students are already familiar the now defunct CBGBs in New York City. with, such as the Guitar Hero controllers and the Nin“The CBGBs gig was amazing,” says Manzo. “All of our tendo Wii remotes,” says Manzo. “I use these interfaces, fans were there as we headlined at 9:00 on a Saturday their buttons, switches, etc…, to the students compose night. In fact, my brother’s band opened up for us. The new original music. I find that using these simple inperformance was one of our best—no technical flaws, terfaces that students are already familiar with allows and an uncanny connection with our audience. It was me to teach musical concepts I want to teach with more truly one of those experiences you never forget.” ease, since I am not also having to explain to the stuManzo’s band has toured the east coast, and interdents how to play a an unfamiliar instrument, such as a nationally, playing in countries like the Philippines and glockenspiel, at the same time. ” South Africa. The EAMIR project has most recently formed a partManzo, who has been teaching music technology nership with the KORG/SoundTree Corporation allowcourses at Kean since 2007, was also part of the graduing the project to reach a larger audience and expand the Vincent Joseph Manzo ating class of 2005. When he earned his Master’s degree concept to include new interfaces designed by KORG. in Music Technology from New York University in spring 2007, Manzo was asked Manzo continues to perform with Clear Blue, while teaching at Kean. He is curby his former Kean professors to return to Kean as part of the faculty. rently perusing his PhD in Music Education at Temple University where he is fur“It’s really nice to come full circle. I work alongside such a talented faculty who thering the research and development of his EAMIR project. has given me so much,” says Manzo. Videos and audio recordings, as well as his publications are available from his Manzo’s particular niche in the department is in designing interactive music sys- website,


Scene of Willis Hall fire on Sept. 10

Classes in Willis and Hutchinson Halls were forced to evacuate on Wednesday Sept. 10 after a small, yet possibly dangerous fire broke out in a small trailer outside Willis Hall that was used to store cleaning solutions. The fire started at approximately 8:25 p.m. and the Union County HazardousMaterials team and the Union County Fire Department responded to the call. Captain James Marzarella and Fireman Lou Skier-

ski Jr. were the first one of the scene. “The workers were using the powerwasher. It must have overheated when the fire broke out,” said Marzarella. The fire department was on the scene in a matter of minutes and, according to Marzarella, it took only about 20 minutes to extinguish. No injuries were reported and no significant damage was made to any of the academic buildings, just some scorching on the exterior sides and a few broken windows. The investigation is still underway.



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dential powers have specific limits according to the Constitution. In discussing his investigation of the events leading to 9/11, Farmer said that although 52 warnings of Al Qaeda hijackings had been issued six months prior to 9/11, there was no way of knowing those reports were true. He said many reports had been investigated and proved to be false. When questioned, Farmer blamed “general bureaucratic inertia (as) one of the biggest challenges following 9/11,” in an allusion to the disregard of the government to fully understand intelligence reports prior to 9/11 that America was vulnerable.

Today, he believes we are ready for another 9/11 only because it already happened and woke everyone up to the nature of a new threat. Still, Farmer explained that he is worried not enough has been done to protect certain areas like our mass transit system, and he made a reference to the attacks in London and Madrid. He also lamented how “no one knew what to do” after Katrina. “There should be a civil defense system or something like that where people are educated on the rudiments of how to respond when something like an act of violence or natural disaster happens,” he said.

By Robert Pereira

John J. Farmer Jr., a prominent Republican and former state Attorney General, kicked off a lecture series here asserting that no matter who becomes president in November, he will interpret the Constitution broadly when it comes to national security. Farmer, who was serving as the state Attorney General under president George W. Bush on 9/11/01, said that in the wake of 9/11 any new president has the “duty to act” in a crisis and to do whatever is necessary as long it’s not specifically banned by the U.S. Constitution. The event, launched on Sept. 11 and called Issues ’08, is one of several lectures that will examine concerns of national importance leading up to the presidential election.

Over the centuries, Farmer said American presidents have differed on their interpretation of what a president can or cannot do under the Constitution in times of crisis, but that 9/11 showed a new brand of terrorism that requires the chief executive to use his powers fully to protect the public. This opinion is controversial and often strongly-debated in political circles –especially between Republicans and Democrats. Farmer, who was senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission that investigated the government’s response to the 9/11 attacks, opened his remarks by noting that he remembered 9/11 as if it were yesterday. “I remember fire-fighter bodies being brought up and felt so helpless as to what happened and why it happened,” he said,

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recalling that he asked himself, “How was it that we knew so little. I remember feeling determined and devoted in finding out what had happened.”

History has shown presidents taking sharply different views of his executive authority, ranging from President Theodore Roosevelt’s view that “the president is the steward of the people” to President Taft’s view that “if it’s not in the statute and not in the Constitution, I cannot act on it.” However, Farmer believes the presidency has been transformed in the last seven years because of the events of 9/11. To support his view he noted the broad powers that both Democratic and Republican presidents have taken in past times of crisis, ranging from Wilson to Kennedy. He said he doubted that any president today would endorse Taft’s limited view of presidential authority in an era of terrorism that seemingly has no end. However, there is another school of thought that presi- (Continued on page 2)


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Walking from one class to another, you’ve probably noticed several imposing stone sculptures gracing the campus. The sculptures are part of a new exhibit, Stone Sculpture in New Jersey, which features works by six artists, including Kean University alumni Ayami Aoyama, Robert T. Cooke, Harry Gordon, William H. Happel, Constantin Cotty Nazarie, and Christoph Spath. Unique about this collaboration is the relationship between the artists to each other, as well as the artists to Kean University. Happel and Cooke are both Kean alumni. After Kean, Cooke taught at Rutgers University where he became Master of Fine Arts thesis advisor to Gordon. Gordon, as well at Spath and Nazarie, later worked for Johnson Atelier, founder of the Johnson

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NEW CLASS SCHEDULE FOR SPRING '09 (Continued from page 1) ule, which will affect student’s ability to work. Many of Kean’s students work parttime or even full-time jobs in order to pay tuition. Castigliano also stated that the new schedule does not address the parking problem. “Right now the university is maxed out. There is no more room for students to park. So, how is [the university] going to get more students to come if there’s nowhere for them to park?” said Castigliano. The college, however, contends that most students will still be able to create an accommodating schedule, and that the new grid will actually open up parking by utilizing the buildings on Friday, a day when the campus is under-utilized. Gema Castaneda-Martinez, a senior student majoring in Social Work at Kean, is most afraid that the new schedule will disrupt her work and internship schedule. Castaneda-Martinez took part in a student petition drive last semester against the new schedule change. The petition was a letter to Dr. Dawood Farahi, Kean University president, and she said it had 3,000 signatures. Along with these signatures, there were also letters from eight family members asking that the schedule change be reconsidered. Hudik did not comment regarding the student petition. “[The letter] reiterated how unjust this approach [to making the new schedule] had been considering the presentation of the schedule change to the campus, and [the letter] asked for the opportunity for the students to decide whether the schedule change should be implemented,” said Castaneda-Martinez. Castaneda-Martinez feels that many students will have to make great changes with their outside responsibilities because of the new schedule. “In truth, I am most worried about my interning schedule, though our internships try to work with our school schedules, many of us are faced with working

around the internship’s hours,” said Castaneda-Martinez. On May 19—two weeks after the May 5 demonstration on campus—the students against the changes brought their petitions to the Board of Trustees to voice their opinions. Castaneda-Martinez said she felt ignored. “During the Board of Trustees meeting, many speakers suggested alternatives, and some even a compromise, between the President’s new schedule and the currently schedule. Unfortunately, we were not given the opportunity to give our input,” said Castaneda-Martinez. Just as students will be affected by the new schedule, faculty will also be affected by the new schedule. Castigliano stated that the new schedule affects the faculty most heavily involved in research and scholarship. Forcing the faculty to spend more time on campus takes away from the time they need to research at a time when the university is increasing demands on faculty for research and scholarship. “They need schedules that will allow them large chunks of time that they can devote to research,” said Castigliano. The KFT contends that the Kean administration instituted new workload and scheduling changes on faculty that among other things increases office hours as a result of its involvement in last spring’s demonstration. The KFT filed an unfair labor practice charge and also requested a temporary injunction, asking the state to prevent the implementation of the scheduling and workload rules for this semester. Castigliano stated that the request for interim relief was denied right before the semester began, but the issue has not ended. He expects that the unfair labor practice hearing will take place sometime near the end of this semester. “We are still fighting it,” said Castigliano.

This photo is part of Ricardo Barros’ Facing Sculpture photography exhibit is the CAS Art gallery.

exhibit, is also the author of Facing Sculpture: A Portfolio of Sculpture, Portraits, and Related Ideas. This book features a series of 60 black-and-white photographs of con-

temporary sculptors. Each photo of the sculptor is paired with art by the sculptor, as well as text about the artist. Forty of these photos are on display in the CAS art gallery, including photographs of the sculptors whose works appear on campus. “I believe that the best portraiture is both creative and authentic,” says Barros. “It reveals something more than what we may have previously known… By relinquishing our expectations, we perceive in the present tense. We become more sensitive to differentiation, and we see one another as the unique individuals we really are.” Facing Sculpture in the CAS art gallery will be on display through Oct. 31. The stone sculptures on campus will be here through July 2009.


Fashion is not just what’s “in” anymore, but it’s also about what’s going on in the world today. From political influences to musical inspirations to religious statements to even “going-green” couture, there is so much more to fashion these days than ever before.

this season. “My favorite thing about this season is the colors,” said Jennifer Espinal, a local shopper at Jersey Gardens Mall. “I love shoes and sneakers and to see them in different colors gives me reason to do more shopping.” Also just this year, many fashion designers have turned to using eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, recycled fabrics, and more. A few green couture lines are: Chopper Couture’s Rock Royale collection, Positivitees, Green Daily, HT Naturals, and Bangledox. Barney’s NY also has a line; even your local Target and Wal-Mart stores carry ecofriendly clothing. Stores like Hot Topic and websites such


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Jennifer Espinal, a local shopper at Jersey Gardens Mall, NJ makes a religious statement strolling through the mall.

This new wave of fashion is everywhere and consists of no single color or hairstyle rule. Those days are long gone. Want to make a statement? Anything goes. From scarves to vests, to hats and boots, this season is all about layering, accessorizing, and expressing you. What’s in today are crazy colors and big, messy hair, not to mention all those bright and bold hues that are lighting up the streets everywhere you look. Your average black dress shoe is now purple, and the good, old-fashioned gym shoe is no longer black or white, but yellow and green. Who said playing dress up was just for two-year-olds? Forget about your usual nude color stockings; bring out the purple and blue ones and you’re sure to fit in

as are doing very well with sales on vintage tees that feature rock ‘n roll icons and pop culture art. Runways across the country have shown off designer T-shirts making political statements such as John Galliano’s “Dior Not War.” But off the runways, you can spot T-shirt carts at the malls displaying religious art and biblical verses. These T’s come in sizes as small as 0 months for infants. It seems that this is our way of expressing what we feel on the outside—whether it has to do with the war, politics, religion, global warming, music, or just being unique. It’s fashion, but it’s a statement and it’s the easiest way to express it to each other around the world. “I love T-shirts,” said Suylin Sanchez, a senior at Kean University. “They’re comfy and they’re a way to express myself. I don’t have much a sense of style, I’m just me!” .

Kean Campus Walk Challenge Kicks off on Monday September 22. Participants are eligible to receive a free pedometer

Welcome Back Kean!

Students headed back to classes this month in droves, but found time to enjoy the nice weather.

Photographs by Veronica Mendez. Dawn M. Phillips and Lillie Morales-Torres contributed.

Students walking up the steps in The Center For Academic Success

Juniors Meghan Maloney, Kaileigh Fenimore and Kristina Stalano Students walk through the Cougar Walk First week of school and already they are studying!

Everyone enjoying the new cafeteria Students on the way to their next class

All smiles in the new cafeteria Students giving back!

Mary Rose Mulhan & Eric Cruz

This is where summer ends and real life begins

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WELCOME BACK KEAN Welcome back Kean University students! Another year is upon us and we have returned to a campus with quite a few new additions. The Cafeteria, for one, is totally renovated and has a whole new area for Panini’s, wraps, and food to-go. The containers that we take our food in are different and more environmentally friendly, thanks to Kean’s new “Blue Goes Green” campaign. But the cafeteria is not the only new part of the year. The Tower has taken on many new staff members and a brand new adviser. I am your newly-appointed editor-in-chief and along with the staff, we intend to bring you a top quality newspaper that you’ll want to read. As you have already noticed, our first change is one we have wanted for years now. We have added color to our front, center, and back pages. We feel that The Tower—a Kean institution for generations—deserved a new look and we hope you agree. This year, The Tower hopes to focus more on Kean student-life and news. The Tower staff is going to make an effort to make sure we get you all the news as it happens. We also strive to report all the facts from a variety of sources whenever possible. We are not here to poke fun, put down, or make up any news regarding Kean University, but we are also not here to promote the college. Our mission is to report factual information, whether it is good or bad. A newspaper is something that delivers the facts and we are, after all, the student newspaper. We are student reporters and photographers who simply want to bring students all the information they need and want about their school. We also hope to be a good read. Here at The Tower, we are putting the past in the past, and like the students around us, we are focusing on the future. We might be reporting to you about yesterday, but it’s because tomorrow is important to us. Welcome back and we hope you welcome us back too.



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The buzz among Kean students this summer was that the university was giving something away for “free?” Yes, it was true. Kean University demolished the $30 parking fee for students and gave away parking passes free of charge. But, there is a catch – an oversized, obnoxious-looking catch. The old parking passes were small, rectangular stickers the size of a post-it note that students could easily fit in the corner of a back side window. But the free ones are another matter entirely. The new parking sticker featuring the university’s insignia is attached to a larger, solid white sticker that says KEAN UNIVERSITY, the kind of sticker students around the country put in their rear window to announce to the world where they attend college. The letters are big enough to see from a car-length away, and are at least twice the size of the old ones. The sticker came with instructions to be placed on the rear window, and not on a side window where many of us used to keep the small parking decal. But the students are not the only ones annoyed over these ridiculously large decals. Some faculty has muttered that the sticker feels childish on their rear window, as if they too are students. Also, let’s face it, many of the faculty have nicer, more expensive vehicles, and do not want to mar the rear window with a college sticker.


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Kean may be giving away these parking stickers, but it is getting something out of it too: free advertising. The stickers are a clever marketing ploy. What college doesn’t want to see their university’s name plastered on the rear windows of cars? Kean is largely a commuter college with thousands of vehicles pouring into the parking lots everyday. And those same vehicles, sporting big white Kean University emblems, are on the roads around the state everyday too. The stickers spread the word about Kean, and that’s fine. But shouldn’t it be the choice of the student, staff or faculty member to decide whether to advertise Kean University on their car? I appreciate the free sticker, but I also appreciate freedom of choice. I guess I wasn’t alone in my thinking. Recently, the university sent out an email stating that “staff, faculty and students can choose to reduce the size of the newly issued parking decals.” The email gave instructions that those who want to may “carefully cut the decal vertically so the registration number, expiration date, and the University seal or Cougar remain intact.” In other words, you can cut off the big white Kean University letters if you want to, and go back to the small decal. It’s a small victory for those of us who don’t like our cars to become vehicles for advertising—even if it is for our own school. And by the way, you still need to place the decal in the back windshield.

Why exercise? Almost all of us ask this question. The answer is very simple: exercise is good for you. Indeed, exercise makes us feel better, look better and adds vitality and energy into everyday tasks. The importance of regular exercise in promoting good health is emphasized in a report by the Surgeon General. Recent data from 2005 indicates that the national average for no leisure time activity in the U.S. was 23.7% of adults. In addition, less than half (49.1%) of adults in the U.S. met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine physical activity recommendation. Men were more likely to meet the recommendation (50.7%) than women (47.9%). This report concludes that a lack of physical activity is a major public health issue in the U.S., and that all Americans can improve their health by engaging in regular exercise. Frequent physical activity is an important behavior for individual and population health. To promote and maintain health, all healthy individuals 18-65 years of age need to engage in moderate intensity aerobic (endurance) physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes or five days each week or vigorous intensity aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes or 3 days each week. A combination of moderate and vigorous intensity activity can be performed to meet these guidelines. The physiological benefits of walking are undisputed. It can reduce the risk of heart disease and improve heart function and muscle tone, as well as lower blood pressure, cholesterol, risk of stroke, and risk of injury. It improves a sense of well-being or happiness with the increased endorphin levels. Walking is America’s number one fitness activity. It is a great way to get in shape and stay in shape. It is a way of life, whatever

your age, shape or fitness level. It is easy, and you need no special equipment. It can be fun and you will START to love it. START is the American Heart Association’s movement calling on all Americans and their employers to live longer, more heart-healthy lives through walking and other healthy habits. FIT TO BE KEAN is Kean University’s movement calling on the campus community to walk more, eat well and live longer. The movement was initiated by Health Services,

“fit to be kean” is kean university’s movement calling the campus community to walk more, eat well and live longer. Athletics/Recreation, Community and Volunteer Services, in collaboration with the American Heart Association. The FIT TO BE KEAN is an 8-week walk program that kicked off this past Monday (Sept. 22). For more information on the FIT TO BE KEAN PROGRAM, please contact Ms. Katrina Boseman, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, ext. 77080, or Ms. Latysha Gains, Office of Residence Life, Ext. 76800. The program will be advertised to Kean via the Cougars Byte, plasma screens, flyers on bulletin boards and an email blast to the campus community. Josh Palgi is a faculty member in the physical education department.



WEEKLY HOROSCOPE By Linda C. Black Tribune Media Services



Today’s Birthday (09-24-08) There are so many things you want to do for the community. Don’t stretch yourself too thin this year or you’ll wind up exhausted. Pace yourself. 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 _ Conditions are in your favor. You can trust your hunches. Make the decision and take the action you’ve been thinking about. But first, review your notes for errors. Taurus (April 20-May 20) _ Today is a 6 _ Continue to double-check for mistakes in your work. You get extra points if you find the error first. You can redeem these points for guilt-free cookies later. Gemini (May 21-June 21) _ Today is an 8 _ As you get into a new job, you enter a new learning curve. As you know from experience, this can sometimes be awkward. No need to rush. Cancer (June 22-July 22) _ Today is a 6 _ You’re not in the mood to argue, but your luck is improving. Stick with what you know is right, and they’ll come around to your side. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) _ Today is an 8 _ For the next few weeks, there will be more errors than usual in communications. Get used to double-checking everything for accuracy. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) _ Today is a 6 _ Save your money by using something you already have. Nowadays it’s called recycling. Used to be called “making do.” Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) _ Today is a 7 _ For the next few weeks, you’ll be more cautious. This is good. Perhaps you won’t let your friends talk you into spending too much. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) _ Today is a 6 _ The coming three weeks are going to have more than normal delays and setbacks. There could be communications breakdowns, too. Better back up your computer. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) _ Today is an 8 _ Your fame is traveling far and wide, and your fan base is growing. Now is a good time to schedule a tour. You can include a family reunion in the expedition. Why not? Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) _ Today is a 6 _ Your social life will become more active in the next few weeks. Your entertainment expenses will also increase, however. You can afford it, but be aware so you don’t go overboard. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) _ Today is an 8 _ A critic wants to point out all your mistakes. Do not complain. Listen carefully and put in the corrections. This is an absolutely golden opportunity, if you don’t have to pay for it. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) _ Today is a 6 _ For the next three weeks, be extremely careful about your finances. Don’t take out any loans, and check invoices for mistakes. Watch for rising interest rates. Pay off debts. (c) 2008, Tribune Media Services Inc.; Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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FOUR STRAIGHT (Continued from page 12) in the St. Joseph’s Tournament. The Cougars continued their early scoring attack against St. Joseph’s. Sebastian Baison scored the first goal for Kean 20 minutes into the first half, with an assist by Nunno Pacano. Kean notched another goal before the half ended to lead 2-0. The Cougars dominance continued into the second half. They never gave St. Joseph’s the opportunity to get within a goal. Scott Lafontaine, Edgar Chaves, and Brian Haag all contributed goals in the second half to ensure Kean’s victory. Kean locked up their third win in a row with a score of 5-0. With this win the Cougars won the tournament. Kean like in many of their games got the lead early against the New York City College of Technology on September 6. In the 10th minute of the first half junior Rob Sopko scored the first goal of the game for Kean, and the game winner. The score remained the same going into half time, 1-0. The second goal of the game for Kean came in the second half when Sebastian Baison passed to Adam Bajek. Kean added to their lead with two goals from Nunno Pacano to secure their win. Kean shut out New York City College of Technology 4-0. Kean goalie Alfredo Oquendo recorded two saves in the shut out. Kean recorded their first win of the season against NYU on September 3. Both teams showed just how good their defenses were in the first two halves. The time expired and the score remained 0-0. Not even two minutes into overtime freshman Sergio Marchuk scored the winning goal for Kean. The Cougars currently hold a record of 4-2-1. In the coming weeks Kean has key match games against NJAC opponents.

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The 2008 season brings promise for Kean’s field hockey team. The team finished the 2007 season with a record of 10-6. They look to make their presence known throughout the NJAC conference and hopefully come away with a title. In recent action on September 13, the Cougars took on SUNY New Paltz. Early in the first half Senior Stephanie Cirino scored the first goal for Kean, with an assist from Lauren Kusik. The game remained the same until the 27th minute when the Cougars’ Lauren Kusik notched a goal of her own with an assist from Amie Hoch. Cirino scored her second goal of the afternoon, and the third for Kean to end the first half, 3-0. The second half proved to be much of the same for Kean. Goalie Ashlie Berghold stood her ground at the net not allowing anything in. Cirino continued her dominate game by scoring her third, and last goal of the game in the 43rd minute. Before the final minute of the game Kean added two more goals to close out the game winning 6-0. Kean received solid play all around. Hoch contributed a late goal as well as the early assist. Berghold finished the game with four saves, for the first shut out of the year for Kean. The Cougars also

dominated on offense by out shooting SUNY 25-5. On September 10, Kean traveled to New York to face Vassar College. Kean came out dominate in the first half. Freshman Olivia Triano opened the scoring for Kean, eight minutes into the game. Triano’s goal came unassisted off of a blocked goal. Just under a minute later Kean senior Katie McGee scored off a penalty corner from Erica Kelly. The Cougars then scored their third goal in two minutes when Triano added her second goal of the game. Vassar did answer back to Kean’s three goals by scoring in the 14th minute. Vassar’s Rachel Lowenthal scored the goal off of an assist from Madeline Rooney to cut Kean’s lead to 3-1. Kean finished off the half with two goals of their own to increase the lead to 5-1. The only goal of the second half came from Vassar’s Hannah Beswick. Kean held on to beat Vassar 5-2. The team not only dominated on the offensive side, but as well on defense. The Cougars received another solid performance from goalie Ashlie Berghold who had three saves on the day. Kean played host to Stevens Institute of Technology on September 6. The first half of the game Stevens took control early and held on. Stevens’ Kara Borzillo had two of the three goals in the first half. The Cou-

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gars went into half time down 3-0. Early in the second half, Kean cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal by Brittany Gibbs. Stevens quickly answered back with backto-back goals to bring their lead to 5-1. The Cougars did go onto score two more goals it did not prove to be enough though. Julie Bachovchin and Brittany Gibbs scored the last two goals to make the final score 5-3. One of the Cougar teams’ toughest games came against Farleigh Dickinson University on September 3. Farleigh Dickinson took the early lead off a penalty corner by Jackie Gale, and then Stephaine Crus completed the play with the goal. Kean showed their fight by scoring a goal nine minutes later. Amie Hoch assisted Brittany Gibbs on Kean’s first goal of the game. The first half ended with the two teams tied, 1-1. Both teams did not budge in the second half. The defenses held the tie until the end of the half. The teams headed into overtime where not much changed early. With two minutes remaining in overtime FDU’s Lara Cole scored the winning goal. This loss was Kean’s first of the season. The Cougars currently hold a record of 3-2. In the coming weeks they have key games against conference opponents.

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The new school year is bringing faith for the Kean football team that the Cougars can improve upon what they accomplished last year. The team has been picked to finish sixth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference after coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the third time in the program’s history. “This year, the outlook is to practice and play with concentration and consistency,” said Head Coach Dan Garrett. “That was our biggest problem last year in the first half of the season. The program is taking the proper steps forward, but it is still a process. “The NJAC is one of the toughest conferences in D 3 football and it has gotten a little tougher with Brockport and Morrisville joining us this year. There is zero room for error or lapses in our play each and every week.” In their first game of the season, the Cougars showed that they are primed to post another winning season. Kean faced off against the United States Merchant Marine Academy on September 6. Kean showed early in the first quarter that they were going to dominate the

game. On the opening series of the game Kean marched down the field for 75 yards. Junior running back Jared Chunn, scored on a two yard run to put Kean on top of their second possession of the game. Chunn struck again with the second touchdown to put Kean up 13-0. During their third possession of the game Kean used the air attack to score. Rookie quar-

for their second touchdown of the game to go up 33-0. The final score of the game came on D’Ambrisi eight yard run to give Kean the 40-0 win. Chunn had a career game for Kean by running for 238 yards and three touchdowns. D’Ambrisi finished by completing 13 of 15 passes with two touchdowns in his first start with Kean. Dukes also had

THE COUGARS SHOWED THAT THEY ARE PRIMED TO POST ANOTHER WINNING SEASON. terback Thomas D’Ambrisi threw a 76-yard pass to senior wide receiver Durell Dukes for Kean’s third straight touchdown of the opening quarter to go up 20-0. Chunn would add to his already impressive day in the second quarter with a 46 yard touchdown run. This touchdown would send Kean into halftime with a commanding lead of 27-0. The third quarter remained quiet for both teams. They went into the fourth with the score remaining the same as it was at the half. In the fourth quarter Kean added to their already dominate score. D’Ambrisi connected with Dukes

a solid game by finishing with six receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns. The defense held USMMA in check for the whole game. The game was an overall full team effort. “No one game is more important than the upcoming game, one game at a time,” Coach Garrett says. “We tell our players they have 2 goals. One to win who ever we play this upcoming game and two - to dominate our opponent for 60 minutes.  If we take care of things throughout the process, then every second of the process will lead us to have success.”


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On May 18, 2008, senior Andrew Cupido stepped onto the mound for what would be his last game as a Kean University baseball player. But it wasn’t an easy road getting there. After getting struck with a potential season-ending injury, he found that he had to endure a lot of pain and plenty of therapy before making it back to the mound on that special day last spring. But he decided he had to do everything he could in order to help his team make it to another National Championship. And that he did – and not for the first time either. Cupido is no stranger to Championships. He was on the mound when the Cougar men won their first National Championship in the program’s history in 2007. He pitched five and two-third innings, striking out two, walking only four, and allowing a mere three hits. Last season, he helped the Cougars win not only the New Jersey Athletic Conference, but the NCAA Regional Championship conference that sent them back to the NCAA College World Series. The team’s record was a solid 39-11 for the year. As the 2008 season approached, Cupido began to face serious pain in his right elbow after his first appearance on the mound in March. “It had been pain I have never felt before and in a spot where I knew that it was not a good place to get pain,” Cupido says, “There are a few spots in your elbow that soreness or a little pain is not too serious. But then there are spots that are not good to get pain and I had pain in one of those spots.” After seeing a series of doctors, he was advised to do serious rehab and was out for two weeks. After that he received a pair of cortisone shots that would put him out for yet another two weeks. But throughout his road to recovery, there

Andrew Cupido

were still risks involved that could have ended his career. “It was very scary throwing after the rehab and the shots because there was always the chance that I could rip my tendon in my elbow,” he said. With his future up in the air, he needed to wait to see if the shots would work. Fortunately for him, they did. The injury not only made him miss half the season, but it threw off his momentum. After not playing for more than a month, he made his first appearance in relief against Richard Stockton University. “Apparently I was a little rusty, it was a rough outing for me,” he says of his three innings pitched with an allowed six hits and seven runs. But recovering from the loss, and the help of his team, Cupido found himself on the mound again at the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship game against Montclair State University. An NJAC championship was something in his four years that the Cougars had never won.

“Going into my senior year, me and all the other seniors set a goal that we want to win the NJAC championship because it was the one thing that we had never won,” Cupido explains. They were facing a team that they always struggled to win against and Cupido knew that he needed to step up and pitch the best he could. Putting aside his soreness he went on to take the win and pitch seven solid innings, only allowing three runs and striking out five and only walking three. “I feel like in a game of that magnitude, adrenaline plays a huge part in how you feel and I think that helped mask any kind of soreness that might have been there.” But Cupido’s reign didn’t end there. Kean entered the next round of tournaments that would decide if they would return to The College World Series, the NCAA Regional Tournament against Rowan University. What was supposed to be an afternoon game turned into a late evening game due to rain. Instead of waiting out the rain in nervousness or anxiousness, Cupido’s team mates helped him through it. “We actually had a lot of fun waiting. We trapped two pigeons in the dugout bathroom and played tic-tac-toe on a baseball that we had thrown back and forth from our dugout to the Rowan dugout,” Cupido says with a small chuckle. “It helped me forget the fact that I was about to pitch the Regional Championship game.” Maybe it was the relaxation, or the chance to have fun with the team that was like his family, but when Cupido ran out to the mound everything fell into place. Wearing number 20 on his back, he looked as if his arm had never been injured. “It was like I was in my own world,” he says of his first full nine inning game since the previous year. As Cupido headed into the final inning he knew the Championship was at his fin-

ger tips. “I didn’t hear anyone and the only thing I saw was the catcher’s glove. It was the most I have ever been in “the zone” in my whole life.” After he struck out his career-high ninth batter, he forced the game-ending double play to advance back to the National Championship. “It was unreal,” Cupido says of the win. So what is it about these championship games that make him so victorious? “I guess I just get lucky when it comes down to championship games because I went through my pre-game routine the same for any game. I went into all games fully focused on doing well and making good pitches.” The Kean Cougars advanced back to the College World Series in Appleton WI but lost two games in a double elimination tournament. But despite the loss and the injuries, Cupido ended his career with a season that he will surely never forget.

RECENT SCORES FOOTBALL: 9/20 Kean 43 Western Connecticut State University 26 MEN’S SOCCER: 9/16 Kean 1, Eastern Connecticut State University 3 9/20

Kean 0, The College of New Jersey 2

Women's Soccer: 9/20 Kean 0 The College of New Jersey 3 Field Hockey: 9/16 Kean 7 Philadelphia Biblical University 0 9/19

Kean 2 Manhattanville College 1


The 2008 season brings more experience for the Cougars. The 2007 team finished the season with a record of 9-10, and this year’s team looks to build upon that. The Cougars have been on a winning streak of four games, and looked to continue their recent success against conference rival Messiah on September 13. Messiah took an early lead over Kean in the first half. Geoff Pezon scored the first two goals for Messiah for the 2-0 lead. Messiah went onto score two more goals to close out the half. Kean was out shot by Messiah 13-1 in the first half. In the second half Messiah continued to show their dominance. They added one more goal to ensure their lead. Messiah went onto shut out Kean 5-0. The Cougars recorded only two shots on the day. For Kean in goal Alfredo Oquendo had three saves and fresh-

man Kyle Kemp kept Messiah off the board with five saves. Medgar Evers College traveled down to Kean on September 10 for the home opener. Kean’s Sebastian Baison wasted little time in the first half. Baison scored the first two goals of the opening half in the first 10 minutes of the game. Andres Berriel contributed another goal five minutes later with an assist from Scott Lafontaine to give Kean a lead of 3-0. Berriel then followed up with an assist on the next goal by Thomas Asydzik to give Kean a 4-0 lead. By half time Kean had a commanding lead of 5-0. The second half, Kean continued their dominance by scoring three more goals before the final whistle. Baison lead Kean in scoring with two goals, and Berriel contributed with a goal and assist of his own. Goalie Alfredo Oquendo had only one save on the night but kept Medgar Evers off the board. Kean traveled to face St. Joseph’s College on September 7 (Continued on page 11)

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