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The Tower Kean University’s student newspaper



Volume 10 • Issue 2 Oct. 21-Nov. 17, 2009

Transforming Morris Avenue? Kean University and Elizabeth Look at New Ideas By Joseph Tingle

Chapolera Latin Musical Festival (See centerfold, pgs 8-9.)

Photo: Ana Maria Silverman

Music Student Wins Competition By Raquel Fernandes

Kean University music student Kenny Medina has won the annual Hudson Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Concerto Competition. Medina will be the featured performer for the Hudson Symphony Orchestra on the October 22 at 7pm in the Roy Irving Theatre at St. Peter’s College. Medina will be performing Darius Milhaud’s Concerto for percussion and small orchestra, Op.109, one of the earliest concertos written primarily for percussion. “I’m really honored to win the competition. It’s a new musical challenge for me, which I am excited to meet,” said Medina. The Hudson Symphony Orchestra was established as the “Symphony-in-Residence” at Saint Peter’s College in 2007, when President of Saint Peter’s College

Eugene J. Cornacchia and Dr. YiLi Lin, the symphony’s conductor, signed a formal agreement. As the Symphony-inResidence at Saint Peter’s, the Hudson Symphony Orchestra provides two annual concerts at the college, one per semester. Saint Peter’s students have the opportunity to perform in the orchestra under Conductor Dr. YiLi Lin’s direction, and earn credits as part of a degree program. Medina had his first world premiere alongside Percussionist Simon Boyar for Ars Vitalis. Medina was the first student to be a feature performer for Ars Vitalis, an arts initiative at Kean University which showcases the works of prominent New Jersey area composers, under the artistic direction of Dr. Matthew Halper. “Those positions are reserved for faculty and professionals, not students. That honor brought (Continued on page 4)

Kean University President Dawood Farahi and Chris Bollwage, mayor of the city of Elizabeth, have a plan for Morris Avenue that would permanently change the atmosphere of Kean University and parts of its neighboring city. The plan, which was announced briefly by Dr. Farahi at a welcoming address to faculty and students last month, would create a student-centered “walking path” which would stretch from the intersection between Morris Avenue and North Avenue to the Elizabeth train station, and attract private investment to Kean and the city of Elizabeth, according to Bollwage. “Some of the ideas we’ve talked about are student and faculty housing, as well as other businesses that are minimal to Kean University, like bookstores and clothing stores,” Bollwage said. “We want to make a university city between Kean and the train station.” Though Bollwage stated that it was “too early” to determine when work on the project would begin, steps are already being taken to begin planning. An outside consultant will be hired by the city of Elizabeth once funds are approved by Trenton, he said. The university would then need approval from its board of trustees and student representatives. Dr. Farahi, in his welcoming address, stated that the plan had already been “verbally approved.” The Morris Avenue section of Elizabeth is home to several authentic Columbian restaurants, of which Bollwage has said the plan will take advantage. The area also is already qualified as an “urban enter-

prise zone,” which the state designates to promote growth and private investment through special tax breaks and other programs. Jersey Gardens Mall is in an urban enterprise zone. “[The plan] would need to be a privatepublic partnership,” Bollwage said, and “will not work with [only] government money.”

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Authentic Columbian Restaurants on Morris Avenue will be part of the new walking path.

“We want to make a university city between Kean and the train station.” When asked if the plans for Kean and Elizabeth could be compared to what other universities were doing, Bollwage answered that Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, is an influence. “[They] were one of those areas we looked at for how to best get the students and municipality involved,” Bollwage said. Mayor Bollwage (Continued on page 4)

TIPS FOR STAYING PHYSICALLY FIT (see pg. 11) By kelly pennisi

Ziara Charles Junior, Theatre Education

Myracha Luma Freshman, Film

Christian Mora Sophomore, Music Education

Yi Chan Senior, Mathematical Science

"I want to stay focused especially in math."

"I want to get a B+ in at least every class.”

“I want to manage my time wisely between all my classes.”

"I want to take my mathematical skills to a graduate level."

Tribute to One of Kean's Own


A Word to the Wise


Health and Fitness

Composting Arrives at Kean


Fall of Arcades/Rise of Online Gaming


Women's & Men's Sports

Cosplayer Madness


Editorial & Life @ Work


NBA 2009/2010: John & Jay's Picks

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Photos: Kelly Pennisi

INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER: What's your ambition for this semester?


Oct. 21-Nov. 17, 2009 |

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Governor's Race Debated in First Issues '09 Panel at Kean By Emerald Vaughan

Who will win New Jersey’s race for governor is still far from decided by voters only weeks before the Nov. 3 election That seemed to be the consensus of a panel convened last month to shed light on this year’s unpredictable governor’s election between incumbent Democratic Governor Jon Corzine and Chris Christie, the Republican candidate and former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey. Chris Daggett, a long shot in the race, is also running on the Independent ticket. The panel held on Sept. 16 kicked off Kean University’s Issues ’09 lecture series designed to address topics of importance to the campus community. The next one is on Oct. 22 when a panel of print journalists discuss the past and future of journalism at 12:30 at the University Center in the Little Theatre. Terry Golway, director of the John Kean Center for American History at Kean and mediator for the political panel asked the

panelists “where they feel the state of the campaign is today.” Generally the panel felt that the race at that point was filled with political attacks and was not address-

“Anyone who bets on this election is nuts, you can’t [really] tell with this one.” ing issues of concern to New Jersey voters, such as jobs, taxes and the huge looming state deficit. Journalist Max Pizzaro of, said candidates seem to be more concerned with defending themselves from each other, rather than address the main issues concerning New Jersey residents. Alan Steinberg, EPA official under former Republican President George W. Bush said that considering his advocacy of bet-

ter funding for the public school system, Corzine likely will be aided by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) in this election. “He lacks a positive message, and they’ll give him one as the educator’s candidate,” said Steinberg. Panelists agreed that Christie is emphasizing corruption so he can be seen as the candidate who will clean up crime and political corruption in New Jersey. Joe Lauro, a Democratic strategist, said the issue may not resonate anymore with New Jersey voters, who may be “anesthetized” to stories of political corruption in the state. “People’s own well being will be the deciding factor, not corruption,” Lauro said. Pizzaro felt that the corruption aspect could give Christie some traction, “but there are other issues people want to talk about.” “People want to hear things more pertinent to their lives,” Pizzaro said. Steinberg also said that Christie refus-

es to address key issues such as lowering property taxes, and is thus diminishing his effectiveness as a candidate New Jersey is ranked as having the highest property tax in the country, he said. “The main problem is [New Jersey] is a really un-affordable state,” said Steinberg. Since the panel, however, Christie has begun to run ads attacking Corzine on those issues. There was little mention of Independent candidate Chris Daggett, who is generally not considered a real contender in the race. Steinberg said that although Daggett lacks political clout in this election, he would still make a good governor. The panel eventually came to the conclusion that this year’s governor’s race is completely unpredictable. They all said it would be a close race, and at this point, it’s still not clear whether Corzine or Christie will win. “Anyone who bets on this election is nuts, you can’t [really] tell with this one,” Steinberg said.

A Kean Graduate, a Painter and an Inspiration By Rachel Rothspan

Christina Symanski is an artist; she is a painter. She depicts the stories of her life through her work. Her paintings narrate the hardship and struggles of a young woman, who four years ago was in an accident that paralyzed her from the chest down. Symanski, a Kean graduate, is that young woman. Symanski was only 24 when in June of 2005, she dove into a pool and hit the bottom, breaking her neck. “It was as if I had been sucked into a black hole and when I arrived at the other side I was left with nothing, but my mind and the ability to express myself,” she said in her biography (published on I Believe Inc). “I felt like I had landed in some bizarre alternate universe.” Because of the accident, Symanski was forced to give up her apartment, her “dream job” of teaching art, her graduate classes, and her independence. She found herself alone and depressed, living in a permanent healthcare facility, unsure of her future. But she did not let her accident ruin her chances of making something out of her life. She turned her life around with a positive attitude and a sincere desire to make the best of her situation. Two years ago, The Tower interviewed

Retired Professor Stuart Topper, who put together the exhibit, remembers Symanski before the accident, when she was one of his students. “She stood out not just because of the quality of her work, but her maturity,” he said. “She was the one who really energized the class because she spoke without fear, with confidence.” Symanski worked hard to pull herself out of a permanent healthcare facility and into an apartment that she shares with a roommate. She has regained some of her independence through the income that she generates with the paintings that she

Two of Christina Symanski’s personal pieces.

Symanski, and she expressed an interest in having her own exhibit. Since then, she has seen that dream become a reality again and again. Her last exhibit was a meaningful one; it was held on the Kean Campus, in the Vaughn Ames Art Exhibit rooms. Her pieces are personal depictions of her feelings, her hopes, and of her fears about what her life will bring.

has become known for (she sells them to the Mouth and Foot Painters of America). “I think the key to success is not just having a goal, but the willingness to put your goal as the top priority in your life,” Symanksi said. Symanksi still has her mind, and her ability to think. And with the knowledge of her situation comes the search for a

cure. She is a big advocate for stem cell research, although she hasn’t placed all her hope in it. “I believe that a “cure” will be a combination of therapies,” she said. In the meantime, she hopes to continue painting, as well as to pursue her other interests, which include anime (she was the vice president of the Anime Club at Kean, which she and a friend started), and learning Spanish. Symanksi is not an ordinary painter. She has an experience that many people cannot even fathom, which radically changed things. But while her accident robbed her of her ability to have a normal life, it did not take away her ability to live. “This is going to sound like a bunch of corny clichés,” she said. “But it’s my honest advice, based on my life. First, be thankful if you are healthy and for the abilities you have. Take care of yourself and think carefully about the choices you make… if you feel like life is too hard, try and remind yourself of the positives and take it one day at a time. Lastly, don’t give up on your dreams.” Symanksi didn’t, and it is truly what makes her an inspiration. Christina’s work can be found on her flickr account, at, and she will be blogging for I believe Inc online.

"The Tower" Mourns Loss of Former Editor and Writer By Jillian Johnson

Tower staffers were shocked and saddened by the untimely loss of former Editorin-Chief Amanda McMillan, who they recalled last month as a serious student with a passion for writing. She was 28. McMillan, who graduated from Kean in Spring 2008, died on Sept. 24 at home in Lawnside, N.J. A private memorial service was held on Sunday, October 4, according to an announcement by Kean, which notified the campus community of her death in an “In Memorium” notice. McMillan was a graduate student at

Rutgers-Camden, majoring in Liberal Studies and was expected to graduate with a Master’s Degree in May of 2010. At Kean, McMillan was a former Exceptional Educational Opportunities student who earned a BA in English with a concentration in writing. She was a reporter for The Tower and served as its editor in Spring 2008 under then Tower advisor Bob Braun, a columnist at The Star-Ledger. Many of her stories were given frontpage treatment. “What I remember about Amanda was how hard-working she was with the paper and her school work,” said Nicole Von

Gonton, The Tower’s sports editor and a junior at Kean. “She was a nice person to talk to, and would always help if you needed something.”

“She was a great classmate, editor, and most of all, a great leader.” Kelly Nemeth, who graduated last spring and served as The Tower’s Editor-in-Chief last year, said McMillan never faltered under the deadlines and pressure.

“Amanda was a hard worker,” Nemeth said. “She never let the stress of running a newspaper get to her, and took her role very seriously. She was a great classmate, editor, and most of all, a great leader.” Fellow Rutgers-Camden student Priscilla Marie Pujols recalled that Amanda was passionate about becoming a writer. “Amanda always talked about wanting to be a writer,” Pujols said adding that she concentrated heavily on her school studies at Rutgers. “She was so involved in her capstone, which is needed to complete the Liberal Studies Masters program at Rutgers University.”

The Tower | Oct. 21-Nov. 17, 2009


English Department Gets Grant for Literacy By Casey Murphy

Dr. Mia Zamora, an English Professor at Kean University, sits in her office going through a folder, removing several papers of research as she comes across them. “I was born during the Vietnam War,” Dr. Zamora said. “Ultimately I was not taught this war in my education… In a way, it’s almost something that’s been skipped over or hardly dealt with in our history.” This was just one reason why Dr. Zamora chose Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried for The Big Read. The Big Read was created by the National Endowment for the Arts after a survey by the Census Bureau conducted in 2002 showed that reading was a declining activity among all ages and races. According to the Reading at Risk survey, “The accelerating declines in literary reading among all demographic groups of American adults indicate an imminent cultural crisis. The trends among younger adults warrant special concern, suggesting that—unless some effective solution

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Dr. Mia Zamora and three of her students getting ready for The Big Read. From left to right Matthew Skwiat, Courtney Meola, and Patrick Brown.

is found—literary culture, and literacy in general, will continue to worsen.” Dr. Zamora learned about The Big Read from both a colleague and her own mother, who had each mentioned the program to her at around the same time. After investigating the application, she put together a proposal, which required that

creative programs revolve around a book selection. Now she’s in the implementing stage, gathering resources and putting the programs together for the spring. The programs Dr. Zamora is putting together revolve around the Vietnam War, and are community based in order to bring students to the community, as well

Child Care Center Develops Creative Studio for Kids By Megan Muller

Every Reggio Emilia School has a studio filled with “beautiful stuff,” from recycled materials to bottle caps, milk containers, keys and ribbons so that children at the center can choose materials to use for projects. Now the Kean Childcare Center, which follows the Reggio approach, will be creating a studio/resource room for the children that will allow them to express their creative selves in new ways. “The purpose of the studio is to help them express their ideas,” said Kathy Berkowitz, director of the Child Care Center. “Thoughts can become reality with the right materials.” The center prides itself on its approach, which views young children in the classroom as competent and capable students. Nothing is imposed on the children in the center; the educational activities are based on the children’s interests, which can change.


express themselves. “We observe children during play, take copious notes and work collaboratively to decipher what is rich enough to pursue as a project,” said Berkowitz. The children feel valued when an adult

Photo: Megan Muller

Miss Laura and Miss Davinder‘s finger-painting class.

is taking down notes and writing down their words. The child will also copy what the adult is doing because they are trying to mimic the actions of their role model. The new studio will allow the center to further foster a child’s imagination. If a child is creating an airplane but needs

“The purpose of the studio is to help [the children] express their ideas. Thoughts can become reality with the right materials” This approach is based on the Reggio Emilia theories, a view of working with children that Kean has adopted. Reggio Emilia is an Italian municipality that is recognized worldwide for its innovative approach to education. This signature philosophy, referred to as the Reggio Emilia Approach, is based upon four principles; children have control over the direction of their learning, children are able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing, children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children are allowed to explore and children have endless ways and opportunities to

as bring the community onto campus. “It’s a way to have Kean University represented in local community events in a way that we’re all proud of,” Dr. Zamora said. O’Brien’s novel is being read in several English and History classes currently. The Big Read continues in the Spring 2010 semester with programs on and off campus revolving around the Vietnam War. “I have personally seen him read this and it was really moving,” Dr. Zamora said. By the end of next semester, Dr. Zamora hopes students learn more about the Vietnam War, and she also hopes the programs open doors for students on different levels. “I want students to learn the power of literature. I hope this book reaches reluctant readers, and turns them on to reading,” Dr. Zamora said. “I want students to be able to connect the Vietnam War with the Iraq war, and know what the cost of war is. Stories are important to human lives and they can be a source of redemption.”

wheels, for example, they might find the perfect bottle caps to finish their work of art. “As teachers, we are always collaborating with each other to see what kind of things we can offer, not tell, to children for their creative endeavors.” says Berkowitz. “It’s about taking a child’s lead and seeing where it can go.” The Child Care Center has just recently opened their doors to children of the neighboring community of Union. If you or someone you know may be interested in enrolling a child please contact the center at 908-737-5300 or email them at

Composting Unit Puts Kean's Money Where its Mouth is By Ryan Mattesky

Dr. Smith-Sebasto has created a new “green” program that is at the forefront of the nation. With funding from the university, he has created a one-of-a-kind piece of equipment that will eventually put an end to food waste at Kean. Dr. Smith-Sebasto is a new Teacher here at Kean University who began working here in the beginning of July 2009. He came to Kean because of the funding for his project after working for nine years at Montclair State University. Dr. Smith-Sebasto is currently working in the applied health and sciences department here at Kean University. The piece of equipment, properly called an “aerobic in-vessel digester,” will be located behind the University Center and is designed to help lead Kean into the new “green” era of tackling the problem of sustainability and climate crisis while preparing students for sustainability-centered “green collar” jobs. “[It’s] nothing short of instituting a new paradigm of how we think about waste in this country. I want us to reject the word of waste from our vocabulary,” said SmithSebasto. The university has already invested close to $80,000 and may be looking to invest more money, as it will take a substantial financial commitment and nearly $100,000 in total to run and operate this project. However, Gourmet Dining Services “has expressed incredible enthusiasm in becoming a partner on this project,” which could defray the cost, said Smith-Sebasto. To some, this piece of equipment is a “compost pile,” but according to SmithSebasto, it is something much more aggressive. “It is a pretty sophisticated piece of equipment that relies on simple biological processes,” said Smith-Sebasto. “Once the food waste is composted, we may have

a compost pile, but that’s going to be the end product.” Americans generate up to 31 million tons of food waste a year alone. The project aims to help lead Kean into the new “green” era. Smith-Sebasto hopes to be able to turn this type of waste around and use it a resource, which will eliminate waste from landfills, and eliminate environmentally harmful properties caused by waste which contribute to the global climate change crisis. It is because of the efforts placed by Kean, Gourmet Dining Services and Smith-Sebasto that Kean is now becoming a leader in composting technology. This means that Kean graduates will be

“I want us to reject the word of waste from our vocabulary.” some of the best candidates to work for programs using composting technology. This also means that many jobs can be created from a project such as this. That is, if composting technology industry takes off as Smith-Sebasto suggests. “You’ll be challenged to find any academic field that we can’t find to connect to this,” said Dr. Smith-Sebasto. “It will create one of the best green collar opportunities out there.” As the university continues to further its efforts in this project and showcase what it will accomplish here on campus, it is Smith-Sebasto’s hope that others will begin composting projects of their own. As for now, however, Kean will continue to be among the leaders in demonstrating how beneficial a program such as this is. Maybe because of the efforts placed here, food will stop being a waste and once again become a resource.


Oct. 21-Nov. 17, 2009 |

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Love it or Hate it: “The Pillowman” Opens, October 22, at Kean Theatre By Melissa Jewels

It’s that time of year for fright, suspense, and mystery, and the Kean University Theatre Department is contributing to the spirit with the dark comedic production, The Pillowman. The Theatre department’s latest production has been described as “shocking and horrifying” by Kean Theatre student Justin Reynolds, who plays the lead character Katurian in the production, “you [will] either love or hate [the production].”

The Pillowman recounts the story of Katurian, a fiction writer arrested by two detectives, Ariel (Joseph Morales) and Tupolski (Ralf Saro) who find Katurian’s violently disturbing stories eerily resemble recent child murder cases. Katurian’s police interrogation includes explicit horrifying narrations and chilling reenactments of some of Katurian’s murder stories. David M. Farrington, who plays Michal, Katurian’s brother, said the play will make you “laugh or cry; if you don’t do one, you’ll do a lot of the other.”

Written in 2003 by Irish playwright Martin McDonough, this play has won four awards, including two Tony awards. In 2004, it was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play. Kean Theatre professor, Ernest Wiggins said he chose to direct Pillowman for its dark comedic plot, excellent writing and unique vernacular. Putting up a production like this is no easy task. Cast and crew rehearse for several hours a day, and most times five or more days a week. Prof. Wiggins credited

Forget Halloween. “Cosplayer” Madness is Year-Round By Ernest Lindsay

Halloween may be just a few weeks away, but for a certain group of people dressing up as Batman, the Hulk or SuperWoman isn’t just for October 31 anymore. Cosplaying, where people attend game and comic conventions dressed up as their favorite videogame, comic or anime characters, is a growing phenomenon among young people. Cosplaying originated in Japan as a form of performance art, but has taken on a life of its own in the United States. Just go to the New York City “comic con” or San Diego “comic con” and you will see many people in costume as their favorite characters. What’s the attraction? “It is a hobby that’s undeniably gaining recognition with each year, though it’s still something relatively unknown to the general public. I like it that way,” said Belle Chere, who has been cosplaying for three and a half years. “Some people find role models in pop art, like cartoons, comics, and video games.” But think twice before you join the party. Cosplay is a time-consuming process that requires devotion to your character and to your costume, players say.


Belle Chere as the Marvel character, She Hulk.

“A simple bodysuit can take me as little as 5-10 hours. However, a more elaborate outfit with props, armor, or other extremities like wings or extra arms can get very time consuming,” says Belle. Of course, some go so far as to pay to have a costume made for them – for a hefty fee, she said. Spandex costumes and skin tight outfits are typical, and attract a

lot of attention especially among admiring males. Today, there are cosplay contest at some conventions in which people show off their costumes for cash prizes. Cosplayers are also featured on the internet on sites like or Comicspace. com. But it’s at the conventions where the magic happens, especially for comic book fans who always wish to pose with their favorite comic book superhero or video game vixen. The New York comic con is just one of the comic cons where you can literally turne a corner and see DC comics Catwoman on one side and Image Comics Spawn on the other. The players are also always happy to pose for pictures. What’s in it for the players? Maybe five minutes of fame. People typically clamor for the photo opportunity, as if the players are celebrities. Others gain satisfaction in doing charity work by visiting hospitals to cheer up young kids. Belle Chere says that she feels like she gets confidence when cosplaying. “I tend to cosplay women who are full of confidence, so that’s how I feel,” says Belle, “On an day-to-day basis I’m, believe it or not, a pretty modest gal, so it’s pretty liberating to feel boosted.”

Ethics Essay Contest The Holocaust Resource Center announces The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2010. Now in its 21st year, this annual contest is created to challenge college students to examine immediate ethical issues in today’s world. Full-time juniors and seniors are welcome to compete for awards of up to $5,000. The contest is sponsored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. The contest challenges students to identity, define and analyze contemporary ethical questions, issues or dilemmas. Only full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university in the United States are able to participate. The first prize winner receives $5,000; second prize, $2,500; third prize, $1,500; and two Honorable Mentions, $500 each. For more information and applications, contact Helen Walzer at 908-737-4661.


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me to a whole new level of music,” said Medina. “Working as a colleague with my professor just brought my playing to a whole other level.” Medina is a fourth year Music Education student at Kean, specializing in per-

“It’s not just a source of income, it’s the way I live and who I am.” cussion. He is studying under world-renowned percussionist and Kean Concert Artist James Musto. Medina is also the Director for Pep Band at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City and also coaches several high school marching bands in North Bergen, Roselle Park, and other surrounding towns. Medina is also a freelance performer in New York City.

the cast and crew for their “dedication, commitment to craft, and work ethic.” “The reward they receive is the applause from the audience,” he said. The Pillowman will be performed in the Murphy Dunn Theatre (Room 119 of the Vaughn Eames building) from Oct. 22 to Oct 24. Tickets can be purchased at the box office and in Room 119, or online at Prices are $10 for students and faculty, and $15 for the public.

Kenny Medina.

On November 3, New Jersey registered voters have a number of choices to make. Voters will choose a Governor and Lieutenant Governor, members of the state legislature and a variety of county and local officials. In addition, voters will decide on one or more ballot initiatives.

“I’m one of the fortunate ones that can say I’m a full-time musician. I don’t like saying I have a job or I’m gonna go to work. Those words sound unpleasant. I go and do what I love all the time,” said Medina. Medina began his interest in percussion during his junior year of high school at Emerson High School in Union City. He graduated from St. Peter’s College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, as a music composite major. He is now a post-baccalaureate at Kean earning his second bachelor’s degree. “I didn’t know how to read [music] at all”, said Medina. “I had relatively no background before I started. It’s a life that I’ve created for myself, with the help of professors and friends, but the work has been all me. I try to inspire as many people as I can. I am genuine about my passion for music.”

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has worked with Dr. Farahi in the past. When Bollwage became mayor, Dr. Farahi was the head of his transition team, and responsible for culling resumes and requests. Dr. Farahi was one of Bollwage’s professors when he was getting his Master’s Degree at Kean. Bollwage is also an adjunct professor at Kean, and teaches in the College of Public Administration.


This year, New Jersey’s improved vote-by-mail program is making it easier for citizens to cast their ballots. As a result, a greater percentage of New Jerseyans than ever before are likely to exercise their option to vote by mail. For students, it is a relatively simple process and a good way to ensure that you cast your vote, even if you are registered at your parents’ home and can’t get to the polls on Election Day. —New Jersey Public Advocate

The Tower | Oct. 21-Nov. 17, 2009


Velvet is Hot, Leather is Better, and Plaid Goes Mad This Fall By Lillie Morales-Torres

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” The famous words of Coco Chanel are the simple facts of fashion that remain meaningful to this day. As the seasons change, so do the trends. And the slow pull-out of the economic recession is what has been happening to fashion. Fall and winter collections this year consist of many casual everyday pieces. Things that the average person can wear everyday like leggings, long jersey knits, chunky knitted sweaters, and many one shouldered shirts and dresses. Other trends are military inspired clothing and jackets paired with see through shirts or caged leggings. But what are the must-haves of the season? If you haven’t already guessed, it’s plaid madness, denim, velvet, leather, tall and over the knee boots. And as the weather gets colder, big colorful scarves, coats, and capes will come out to play. And if you spot someone sporting ripped stockings, she probably bought them that way. The ripped and worn stocking trend is a partner of the ripped denim trend which is also around for this year’s fashion must haves. They can be worn alone or together. Hair styles are another accessory that goes with fall and winter wardrobes. If you don’t have the time for braids, mermaid waves, or the trendy ponytail styles that are in, the right hair cut may be the trick.

closet and scouring a few thrift shops before you splurge on a replica at a high end department store. And if you’re a student, it may not be a bad idea. But what to look for at thrift shop? Your first hunt would be for accessories. Pearls, brooches, earrings, short laced or leather gloves, belts, scarves, shawls – the list goes on and on. Next, you’ll want to check out the coats. Classis trench coats, little denim jackets, worn leather jackets, and wool military or pea coats are always a great find. Jeans are a little harder to find, but if you have the time to try on several pairs, you may end up with a great pair of

“From the fashions of the flapper to the 80s hammer pants, you may want to think twice before tossing out pieces that will be considered vintage in a few years.” Mariela Rodriguez (left) enjoys wearing scarves and accessories with simple yet elegant clothing while Charley Falkenburg, shows her love for plaid paired with cute comfy leggings.

Trendy cuts for the season are the cropped bob like the one Katie Holmes sports, the pixie crop Victoria Beckham brought back, the original bob Kristin Stewart recently adopted, and the classic long hair cut in layers like that of Angelina Jolie. If you don’t have the right hair, there’s no point in having the right clothes – you will just

look like a confused hot mess. Most of the latest fashion trends are simply ghosts of the 20th century. From the fashions of the flapper to the 80’s hammer pants, you may want to think twice before tossing out pieces that will be considered vintage in a few years, or maybe looking through your grandmother’s

vintage Levi’s. Shoes are tricky, always test them out and make sure they are not too worn. And bags- you’d be surprised how many bags you can find and you can probably get a few for the price of one new one somewhere else. Whatever you find, remember you can tailor it, mix it up with other pieces, and so much more. Have fun with it. It’s fashion, and it should always be fun.

Burkas as Recycled Bags By Jean Patteson

The Orlando Sentinel (MCT)

Recycle a burkha, save a woman's life. That's the idea behind Burkha Bags (regularly $20-$38), which are crafted by refugee Afghan women. Soft, pleated burkha

fabric is used to fashion the colorful, handembroidered bags. The profits are returned to the women through Zardozi, their fairtrade cooperative. The money helps the women become self-sufficient, which improves their status within the household. Available at;

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How Secure is Your Laptop? By Dawn M. Phillips

Every 53 seconds a laptop is stolen. And you say you don’t care? This past summer, over 44 laptops were stolen on the Kean campus from faculty and staff in several different departments, according to Paul DiNero, a public relations specialist at Kean. The last report was filed at the end of July. To date, none of the laptops have been found. Campus police and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office have been working diligently on these incidents. Arrests have been made, according to WHOM? / but details were not disclosed. These incidents have many on edge. Dr. Christopher Lynch, chairman of the Department of Communication, was the 44th person to have a laptop stolen even though both his office door as well as the door to the department were locked. “It’s a real loss for our university, especially with the recession,” said Lynch. Although the university has over 300 surveillance cameras throughout the campus, campus police suggest that all valuables be locked away or taken home at the end of the day. Student as well should be

mindful of their belongings as they move from class to class. One out of every 10 newly purchased laptops are stolen within 12 months, according to the Federal Bureau Investigation, which also says 97 percent of stolen laptops are never recovered. Therefore, it may be a good idea to purchase protection for your laptop. According to a search on the Internet, several

"Some 44 laptops have been stolen on campus." programs are available. One such program is Computrace LoJack, which is software similar to the program used for stolen vehicles. This software embeds an agent in your computer’s firmware. When your computer is reported stolen, LoJack sends a silent signal over the internet to its Absolute Monitoring Center, providing location information, and other information, about your stolen laptop. The company then works with local law enforcement to recover the computer. This software starts at $39.99, according to www. Another suggested software is Front Door Software Retriever, which displays your contact information as your computer boots up. Therefore, when a thief turns your laptop on they read a message saying, “Stolen laptop,” and recognize they are caught. The message reappears every 30 seconds no matter how many times the thief closes the window. You can also create your own audible message or screen display. In regards to your important documents, you have the option of remotely switching on a second password prompt. When your laptop is initially stolen, the software uses built-in Wi-Fi to locate nearby networks and then concludes which internet service provider powers them. With that information, you can file a police report and provide a lead for locating the criminal. This software starts at $29.99 for three years of service, according to There is also a free program you can use called LAlarm, which is an alarm security software. This program sounds an alarm when a laptop is in danger of being stolen or losing data. For more safety, it can recover and destroy data if the laptop is

stolen. The program includes five alarms and other security functions designed to protect laptops and precious data against theft, according to If money is a concern, here are a few inexpensive or free tips to keep your laptops secure wherever you are: 1. Use cable locks on laptops as visual deterrents. They’re largely ineffective to a motivated thief, but they are worth inducing a would-be thief’s second thought. 2. Don’t leave your unsecured laptop unattended or in plain sight. Even if you have your laptop on you, don’t choose a bag that looks like a “laptop bag.” 3. Back-up your data on a schedule. 4. Keep your antivirus and firewall software patched and in order. It might just buy you some time in preventing your identity from being harvested from a stolen laptop. 5. Create a contingency plan. What would you do if something goes wrong?


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A Word to the Wise By Dawn Phillips and Fiordaliza Martinez

Boyfriend is away at College My boyfriend goes to school out of state, about three hours away. Before we both moved on campus, we spoke everyday, multiple times a day and we spent a lot of time together. I understand that the distance makes it difficult for us to see one another, but lately the calls have dwindled off to about once a day - if at all. I know that he has new friends, and I’m happy he’s enjoying school, but does this mean he’s cheating or isn’t interested in the relationship anymore? I really don’t want things to end, but I don’t want to waste my time either. Signed, “Where Do We Stand” Dear “Where Do We Stand,” You must talk to your boyfriend and ask him how he feels, but not in an accusing way or in any way that would make him feel as if you’re attacking him. Approach the situation with understanding and without ultimatums. That way he will feel comfortable being honest with you. Also, keep in mind that he is adjusting to his new surroundings, so this new behavior may very well be temporary. Social Life Suffers from Too Much Work I just started a job over the summer that I love. I make good money and the hours are very flexible but now that I’m back at school I am beginning to feel overwhelmed. I’m taking 15 credits and I work long hours on the weekends. I feel as though there are just not enough hours in the day. Meanwhile, my friends are always out and having a great time and I sort of feel like I’m getting the short end of the stick. What can I do to manage my time a little better? Signed, “When do I get a break?”

Dear “When Do I Get a Break,” Write out a schedule - putting priorities in order is essential. Also, utilize your time. Any breaks you may have between classes can be used to do small homework assignments. Since your schedule is flexible, arrange your schedule so that you can come in earlier and leave earlier. This way you can have your evenings free to finish homework assignments and enjoy your social life. Roommate is Clingy I live on campus and luckily get along well with my roommate and suitemates but my roommate is really clingy. I have my own friends and I think she has her own too but she always wants to do things together. She’s always inviting me out or inviting herself out with me. If I go out or do anything without her she seems to get upset. How do I tell her I need my space without hurting her feelings? I do like her as a person, but I just feel as though we’d get along better if she would do her own thing and let me do mine. Signed, “Suffocated” Dear “Suffocated,” Sit down with your roommate and let her know that as friends you have to be mindful of other people’s personal lives. When talking to her, be tactful and understanding in your words. Keep in mind that you do like her as a person and you don’t want to lose her as a friend. Also, reassure her that you’re not upset, but you just need your space. Remember, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Email us with your dilemmas to and we’ll respond! Sincerely, Lisa and Dawn

More Movies for Less Money By Rachel Rothspan

Somewhere past the Kean Campus, a company is packaging DVDs and sending them through the mail to people all throughout the country. Each day, Netflix. com does business with over 10 million consumers, sending the entertainment to their homes so they can watch at their leisure. As soon as the subscriber is finished with the DVD, they put it back in the prepaid envelope, send it back, and wait for their next selection. And the best part of the service is that no matter how many times the movies come and go, there is only one flat fee to pay. For the student whose on a budget and living in a small space, Netflix is the perfect opportunity to experience those movies that you’ve always wanted to see.

people rent movies - by bringing the movies directly to them,” according to their website. And they don’t lie—blockbuster announced that they are closing just under 1000 stores in 2010 in areas where interest is lacking, to open up movie kiosks

“Netflix has revolutionized the way people rent movies” The structure is pretty basic- you sign up with the company, add movies to your online queue, and depending on your package, get them sent to you one, two, or up to eight at a time. Netflix even has a tab called “movies you’ll love” that makes recommendations based on your rating of past movies and what’s sitting in your queue. The low pricing makes Netflix a steal. Each month, you can pay from $8.99 (1 DVD) to 47.99 (8 DVDs). Each time you watch one, you send it back, and they automatically send you the next one in line. In addition, each of these plans comes with unlimited online streaming from “Watch instantly,” where many movies are online and available for instant viewing. “Netflix has revolutionized the way

that operate like the redbox movie rentals in order to compete with the online movie market. Netflix has taken a good lead as the primary rental methods. With movies coming out on DVD soon after leaving theatres, Netflix is the perfect way to rent all that peaks your interest at low cost without having to worry about late fees. In addition to being innovated, Netflix is an honor-based company. They allow you to report damaged material or movies that never arrived. They quickly send out replacements for the problematic pieces. Interested? Check it out. Netflix even offers a two week free trial to anyone who isn’t ready to make their commitment. We as students are always looking for the latest and greatest, and this is the new future in movie rental.


Chevy Gives America Something to Talk About By Charley Falkenburg

America couldn’t stay away from its iconic muscle car for too long. The Chevrolet Camaro is back with a vengeance after 7 long years with its 2010 SS, LS, and LT editions. Its performance upgrades and sleek style has American consumers buzzing with excitement. The Camaro has every right to be the center of attention; it has all the right elements to back up its talk. Watch out America, the Camaro is taking the country by storm. The Chevy Camaro SS comes with a 6.2L V8 engine that is brimming with raw aluminum power. This car is equipped with 426 horsepower that enables it to go from 0 to 60mph in about 5 seconds. But fast things must stop sometime, which is why the Camaro features Brembo brakes all around. Brembo is one of the best kinds of performance brakes to have. These brakes are usually found on Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Maseratis, and now the Camaro. The car also comes with a sturdy 6-speed manual transmission, but is also available in automatic for those who prefer it. The environmentalists and long drive commuters are probably shaking their heads, but they too can have a 2010 Ca-

The 2010 Chevy Camaro featured at the Lexus dealership on Route 1 in Edison.

maro sitting in their driveways. With a huge V8 pushing out so much power, the Camaro still manages to get 16 mpg. Not only that, but the car comes with an Active Fuel Management system. This means that it enables the engine to run on only 4 cylinders during light road conditions such as highway cruising, which bumps up the gas mileage to 24 mpg. This is almost ludicrous in a 6.2L engine. For around

Photo: Charley Falkenburg

$35,000, the Camaro SS offers a fun cruise to play with, and an aggressive drive at the race track. Some people just love the aerodynamic sleek curves of the car, but aren’t looking to spend every penny they have on it. For the consumer that is looking to save money on car payments and gas station visits, Chevy has created the Camaro LS and Camaro LT. Both models are automatics with

3.6L V6 engines which are designed to get 29 mpg. Everyone always thinks of the V6 models are the “sissy versions”, but these V6 Camaros pack a lot of punch. With 300 horsepower, these Camaros are still serious competitors on the highway. At an average price of $23,000, Chevy has found a way to let consumers have their cake and eat it too. All models come with 4.5 link independent rear suspension and traction control which promises a smoother ride with better handling. The Camaro models also have the option of getting the Rally Sport appearance package, which includes HID headlamps, a spoiler, restyled tail lamps, and 20 inch wheels. For other additional fees, Bluetooth, remote start, USB connectivity, and XM Satellite radio are also available. The 1969 Chevy Camaro has been reincarnated into a stealthy high performance beast with the gas mileage of a Honda Civic. Its 3 year/36,000 mile warranty promises that this car is no joke. Look out Ford, the Chevy Camaro’s vintage charm, affordable price, and mass appeal shows that the Camaro is here to stay.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT The Fall of Arcades and the Rise of Online Gaming By Eric Albuen

I remember when I was younger, going to the arcade was probably one of the coolest things to do. All my friends would join me for a weekend of playing whatever the place had to offer at the time. For me, it was about an awesome game of Dance Dance Revolution. Not only would it be having a blast playing it, but it gave me an awesome workout as well. It made me think about how fortunate I was to have such a place near me, since a lot of people I know don’t have an arcade near them. That was about six years ago, back when I was still in middle school. It’s 2009. Six years later, I’m working at the very arcade I once hung out at with my friends, Menlo Park Mall Game World in Edison, NJ. But it isn’t the way that I once remembered it. Back in the day, the Menlo Park Mall Arcade used to be a dark, dank place with bad carpet and the only source of light in the room being the very games that decorated the arcade. The spectacle of flashing lights was quite the sight to see. Everyone would gather around an arcade machine and compete to see who was better. The friends and rivalries that were formed would probably drag on until then end of time with some of these people. I actually find myself looking back and thinking, “those were the days”. But now, I sit here in the office of the arcade, and the carpeting is still the tackiest thing in the world, but now all the lights are on, the arcade now has this theme park gimmick and we’re supposed to give off

this family friendly vibe. In short, as our rules for work state, “SMILE OUR PRODUCT IS FUN”, I’m supposed to make the arcade a happy place for everyone. While it might bring in more little kids, I can’t help but notice that even with this vibe, and the newer crowd, these numbers are

still dwindling down. Why? Because these days, we don’t even have to leave our house to competitively play against people. With the wave of online gaming now in full force, people don’t have to leave their homes to face people in the games that once made the competitive arcade scene flourish. Games like Street Fighter IV are available on the XBOX 360, the Playstation 3, and arcade consoles. But why would you play in the arcades when the console versions have a lot more features, more characters and added fact that you don’t even have to see the face of your competitor? At home, you could sit in your underwear, face someone halfway around the world, smack talk them to death, ask, “WHERE YO CURLEH MUSTACHE AT?!” and never have to see their name again. So why bother going to the arcade, right? While I’m sometimes personally guilty of this myself, I still find myself going to the arcade scene weekly not because I have to go to work, but rather because it’s an environment I personally enjoy. Without the whole arcade scene happening in my community, I don’t think that

Permanent Makeup: is it a no or a go? Permanent makeup is becoming an increasingly popular option for women today. Permanent makeup is tattooed onto the skin, just like a tattoo on any other part of the body. Permanent makeup includes eyeliner, lip liner and even make up for eyebrows. However, how do you feel

“I also took into consideration that my makeup might not turn out the way I wanted and I’d be stuck with it forever.” about getting a tattoo on your head? Just imagine the pain of a tattoo on the delicate skin of your face. Ouch! I fill in my eyebrows daily with eye pencil because they are thin and barely noticeable. This may suggest I am an ideal candidate for permanent makeup. But, I feel unsettled by the mere suggestion; I have no tattoos and I’m deathly afraid of needles. Still, I wanted to do some research

If cell phones and tweeting people on Twitter isn’t already dragging down physical communication, online gaming flourishing and arcades dying out are just making it worse. It makes me depressed to think that one day that arcades will just become extinct. They’ll turn into cor-

“Those were the days.”


By Fiordaliza Martinez

I would’ve met the friends that I hang out with today. Some of my closest friends I’ve met playing Dance Dance Revolution, and most of them I wouldn’t trade for the world. It seems like with online gaming, the sense of communicating with people

and learn if this procedure could in fact be the worth it. It seems that all of the places that perform permanent makeup rave about how great it feels to be able to wake up and not have to apply makeup everyday. Although that concept does seem appealing, I do not feel that it is a good enough reason for me to allow a perfect stranger to jab me in the face with a needle and insert permanent ink into my forehead. I also took into consideration the chance that my new makeup might not turn out the way I wanted it to and then I’d be stuck with it forever. Also, tattoos fade, and with exfoliators and other face-washing techniques performed daily, the tattoo makeup would probably fade that much faster. Thus, I would have to go under the dreadful needle yet again. And, during the fading, wouldn’t I end up penciling in the makeup in anyway? Also, cost is an issue—a big issue. The prices for permanent makeup range from $200 to $500, which seems to cost more than the average price of a tattoo. That’s well out of my price range My conclusion is that although I see the logic behind why some women would have this done, the cost and the risk seems high. Permanent makeup? Not for me.

Photo: Eric Albuen

Menlo Park Mall Game World in Edison, NJ.

face-to-face is just completely gone. The excitement of meeting new people and networking has faded as well. I guess we’re even fortunate to live in a time where these places of social gathering still exist. Soon enough, the Menlo Park Mall Game World will cease to exist and I’ll have to find my bearings elsewhere to get my fix of games that the home experience just can’t give you.

porate arcades like Dave and Buster’s or GameWorks and just become a figment of what locally owned arcades used to be. You know, I really do hope that one day I’ll be able to bring my own kids to an arcade like I went to growing up and give them the same kind of exhilarating experience that I once had. Maybe if I’m lucky, they will get that chance, but at this rate, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

Sorority Row By Kelly Pennisi

Sorority Row is a horror thriller movie that makes you sit on the edge of the seat and grab your best friend/boyfriend next to you. Directed by Stewart Hendler, the cast includes Briana Evigan (Step Up 2, The Streets), Jamie Chung (The Real World San Diego, The Inferno II), Leah Pipes (Life is Wild, The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Audrina Partridge (The Hills), Rumer Willis (Now and Then, The House Bunny) and Julian Morris (Cry Wolf). The movie starts off with five girls Cassidy, (Evigan), Jessica (Pipes), Claire (Chung), Ellie (Willis), and Megan (Partridge) at a typical sorority-house party. Wanting to get back at an ex-boyfriend, Megan fakes her death with the help of her fellow sorority sisters. But, when the girls reach the site wanting to reveal to the ex-boyfriend that Megan is not dead, the ex-boyfriend panics and stabs Megan. Left with uncertainty, the girls (in typical sorority fashion) all pledge that they will not say anything, and then dump Megan’s body into a well, hoping that no one will find her. Flash forward one year to graduation,

“Death, vengeance, secrecy: this is not just another chick flicK.”

and the girls have all tried to forget about what has happened. Cassidy, who opposed the initial decision, has distanced herself from the sorority since the incident. Then suddenly, the girls are murdered one-byone, fearing that Megan is back from the dead. The girls then bond together in order to find who the killer is. Overall, though a little gory, I recommend this movie for a good level of action. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you who the killer is, so you’ll have to watch it and see for yourself.

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By Ana Maria Silverman

The historic Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, originally built in 1865, was home to a Latin Music Festival on October 17 called “Chapolera,” named for the hard-working women peasants of the Colombian Coffee plantations. The world knows Juan Valdez, the commercial spokesman for Colombian coffee, but this event showed the other face behind Colombian coffee. The message is that it is the peasant women of Colombia who hold the real secret of Colombia’s delicious coffee, and their hearts are the harvest of their culture. The Chapolera, the first of its kind here, is designed to promote and preserve Latino culture. It featured Colombian artist Gregorio Uribe and his orchestra, representing a fusion of Colombian Music and Jazz; and the pop Latin singer Bera. A special guest was the Dominican pop-bachata group, Voz a Voz.

Photography and layout by Ana Maria Silverman


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PUMP IT UP! With exams to study for and jobs to work, we must all remember to de-stress. One of the best ways to do this—and my personal favorite way—is by working out. Since my sophomore year of college, I’ve attended the gym at least three days a week, working out for at least 45 minutes each time. Prior to this semester, the Harwood Arena gym was neither packed with students, nor was it empty. Rather, there were just enough students to fit. Now, however, with roughly 800 new students entering Kean this semester, Harwood has been packed. Waiting to use the treadmill or to lift weights is typical. But it does show that students must be concerned about their health and appearance. Students, let’s keep up the good work-out! Remember, if the gym is packed and you don’t feel like waiting, there are workouts you can do on your own. One great way to get exercise is to jump into the Harwood Arena pool and swim a few laps; it’s hardly ever crowded in the pool. Another way to stay fit is to join a yoga class at Kean, or perhaps just run a few laps on the track. Happy work-out. And if you are still not inspired, here’s a site that can help: http://

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Ever wonder why those yo-yos at the fast food joint don’t cut your sandwich in half? After working the entire summer at an Arby’s in South Jersey, I can say that many customers just assume the worker is just lazy, or maybe stupid. But the fact is, it’s a sanitary rule. It’s stuff like this – and I’m sure students at Kean have similar jobs where the rules conflict with customer expectations—that drive workers crazy. At Arby’s, sub sandwiches and Reuben’s, for instance, are not cut in half due to cross contamination of meat. For instance, an employee may be making an Italian sub and also a corned beef Reuben sandwich at the same time and will cut both sandwiches using the same knife. This creates cross contamination because corned beef could end up on the Italian sub, or mayonnaise could land on the Reuben. Either way, one or both of the sandwiches may include a little extra than what’s expected. Obviously, this leaves the customers dissatisfied. To rectify the situation, customers are given a plastic knife. Nine times out of 10, the customer is satisfied when we explain the concept of cross-contamination. But, once a woman didn’t agree with me when I explained it to her. The lady ordered some type of a sub, which one of my employees did not cut due to the regulations set forth by the store. I handed the lady her tray of food and said, “Enjoy your meal.” A few minutes later, the lady returned and asked why her sandwich was not cut. I briefly and politely explained the reason why. She fired back, saying, “Well that’s stupid. The other Arby’s store cuts my sandwiches.” I replied nicely to her, “Technically that’s not following regulations. However, I think I placed a plastic knife on your tray, but I may have forgotten, would you like one?” She argued, “No, I wanted my sandwich cut.” Now, I could continue with the story,

but it would be as pointless as the lady’s argument. How difficult is it for her to cut a sandwich? It’s amazing to me what people will argue about. Another annoying customer habit is leaving garbage on the floor. At the end of the night, the store is to be left spotless. Employees and managers who close the store are to vacuum and mop the lobby floors, wipe off all chairs and tables, as well as the condiment stand, and make sure all sauces, napkins and straws are stocked at the condiment stand. At closing time, the amount of food we saw left on the floor was ridiculous. Oh, and let me not forget about napkins. Talk about going green – customers left stacks, not just 10 napkins but at least 40, on the tables at the end of the night. Yet, it was the same customers who left crumbs and sauce next to the napkins. Maybe these customers just don’t know how to use a napkin. It’s amazing how messy the public is. I can never forget the time I found two bags worth of trash scattered around a parking spot. There was so much trash that I just put on a pair of plastic gloves and brought a trashcan with me. What’s interesting is that we had trash cans right by the drive-thru window. Maybe customers are too lazy to walk to the trashcan if they decide to park and eat inside their car. And then there are the people who just need to be waited on, even in places where they aren’t tipping. I remember one day as I was washing down tables and tidying up as fastfood workers are wont to do, two ladies asked me to clean their table. Now all but maybe two tables were already cleaned. And they picked one of those. Of course, I responded nicely and did clean the table. But, I couldn’t stop but think to myself, “Wow, all those clean tables and they have to ask me to clean this one so they can sit here.” What was that one about!

The Tower | Oct. 21-Nov. 17, 2009


LETTER TO THE EDITOR Philosophy Department Reacts to Kean Reorganization Dear Editor, Thanks for your lead story: “Kean Reorganization Underway” (September 2009) which included Dr. Mark Lender’s postmortem musings on “… the integration of the Department of Philosophy …into several of the University’s larger departments….” This will turn out as I hinted in the antecedent sentence, to be a story not of integration (could have been), but a chronicle of the dismemberment of a department, flouting of due process and an affront to the ideal of an American university. Moreover, it is more than likely that the workings of authoritarianism and its pitfalls shall be in full display as I work my way through all appropriate channels to rectify the mess. My colleague and KFT President Dr. James Castiglione raised the pertinent question: Could we have a world-class education without a department of philosophy [and religion]? The response, from the administration was “silence.” Let’s fill the lacuna. Issue Number One: In less than a month since the interim Provost published the document on “Academic Reorganization”, without any serious and robust discussion about its impact as is normal at all American universities, it was approved by the board and our department was disbanded. The key players, Dr.

Charles Fethe ( who created and nurtured the program, an outstanding scholar and teacher who since has retired in disgust), Dr. Peter Pezzolo ( who is also a doctor of Jurisprudence and offers important interdisciplinary courses) and this writer (who is a former four-term chairman, main instructor of religion and a Gandhi scholar) were never consulted. For thirty years, our focus was on general education and interdisciplinary courses-- business ethics, medical ethics, philosophy of law…. Naturally, we had a rather small number of majors. Even Montclair with 10 and William Paterson with nine full-time faculty have few majors. We are now down to five, full-time faculty. We were not provided the resources (despite repeated requests from the three of us) to offer a solid, well- grounded major in Philosophy and Religion, which should have included courses in Advanced Logic, Philosophy of Science and Mathematics as well as specialized courses in Religion . For thirty years, I felt the responsible thing to do was to accept only those students who had the capacity to overcome our lack of resources through independent study. To expect us to increase majors (one of the alleged facts given for disbanding the department) is down- right ethically wrong and to assert that our faculty/student ratio had decreased (another alleged fact given for disbanding the department) is demonstrably false.

Issue Number Two: Our great American universities are respectful of rules, procedures, and due process. Does it make any sense to place two philosophers in the Political Science Department and three (Drs. Diaz, D’Souza and Pezzolo) in the office of General Education? Do we not in America uphold the fundamental principle of fairness-- to treat those who are equal in relevant respects, equally well? We now learn through The Tower that “the University would continue to investigate ways to incorporate higher level philosophy courses and perhaps a minor”. What on earth does this mean? Who is doing the investigation? The three of us – Drs. Diaz, D’Souza and Pezzolo are hearing this for the first time! What about interdisciplinary courses? What about the religion component? Who is doing the coordinating? All these issues will be raised in the appropriate forums – within the institution and outside. As Gandhi said “inform and expose, organize and ACT”. This is the USA, not a banana republic. Issue Number Three: Philosophy as a discipline is the foundation of Western civilization. The Bill of Rights is the hallmark of Western democracies. This is what distinguishes us from the tyrannies of Muslim fundamentalism as well as secular despotism. “Philosophy,” said the great Bertrand Russell, “like all other studies aims primarily at

knowledge which gives unity and system to the body of the sciences, and the kind which results from the critical examination of the grounds of our convictions, prejudices and beliefs.” All great universities like Princeton and those who want to aspire to the world-class club like Rutgers have formidable and excellent Philosophy and Religion Departments. Rutgers has 50 full-time faculty in their Philosophy and Religion Departments, which are the envy of the world. Investments in buildings are necessary, but not sufficient— prudence and caution should guide our investments. We Shall Prevail Given my historical experience, I find what’s happening at Kean particularly disturbing. As regards the impact, we have a way of righting wrongs and I know the politics of vindictiveness, spite and pettiness shall not prevail. It is not me that I’m concerned about. It is the institution. I have all the resources at hand to live well without this job-- other opportunities beckon me as well. But I shall not be pushed out. Sincerely, Mervyn D’Souza Professor Philosophy and Religion Kean University October 9, 2009.

HEALTH & FITNESS Healthy Hearts, Healthy Bodies, and Healthy Minds By Dr. Josh Palgi and Dr. Jessica Adams

Most everyone knows how to stay physically fit, but many choose to put off for another day the basic principles of fitness. It is almost too simple. We challenge each of you to eat a little healthier and move a little more than you did yesterday. Then do a little better tomorrow…and the next day…and the day after that. The cumulative effect can have a profound impact on your health. Just a few minutes of physical activity each day can improve your quality of life by helping you: • Lose weight • Reduce stress • Relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety • Reduce your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer • Boost your mood • Give you more energy • Help you sleep better • Increase bone density • Strengthen the heart and lungs • Improve your quality of life Furthermore, recent research has shown that increased physical activity may actually improve student productivity in the classroom without additional time dedicated to studying or classroom instruction. Several studies have also identified a positive correlation between fitness scores and academic performance. Yet, many Americans choose a sedentary lifestyle and use typical excuses such as lack of time, a negative image of exercise, cost, or lack of support, motivation or energy. It is time to prioritize your body. It is just as important to make time for exer-

cise as it is to shower and brush your teeth. When you add a little bit of exercise to your day, you will find that you have more energy for other activities as well. Kean University Recreation and Intramurals offers all of you; students, faculty, and staff anything you need to stay in shape. Check the Fall 2009 Schedule for hours or look at the Intramurals schedule at schedule/index For a physically inactive person to become active and remain active the activity needs to be convenient and enjoyable. The activity needs to be something you can easily fit into your routine. If you engage in the same behavior every day for 30 days it becomes a habit. It is time to make physical activity a habit by developing an exercise plan that fits your lifestyle and your desires. Tailor your fitness goals to your preferences and be realistic about what you expept from yourself. Remember that fitness of mind and body belong together. The Physical Education Department at Kean University has partnered with the American Heart Association to raise money for research on cardiovascular disease. If you would like to support our team go to either www.americanheart. org/jump or hoops and select support our school. Follow the links to Kean University. Our celebration event will be held in Harwood Arena on Monday, November 23, 2009 from 8:30am-10:00am and 1:00pm-2:30pm and all are invited to attend. See you at the celebration! Dr. Palgi and Dr. Adams are professors in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Health.


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Women's Soccer Assistant Coaches Come Full Circle By Jessie Rivera

Student athletes at Kean typically juggle both school work and hard practices, but are often rewarded with the longtime friendships they make. However, after college, everyone scatters to start their new careers and, like a cycle, they make new friends. This story wasn’t any different for the Kean Women’s Soccer Assistant Coaches Michele Zuber and Erin Fitzgerald. “Michele was my sweeper and played in front of me almost every game,” said Fitzgerald. “If I got scored on I could rely on her to pick me up, even if I was yelling at her to mark up, or get up, or play hard.” Much like the current girls on the team, Zuber and Fitzgerald met freshman year at St. Peter’s College on their first day of pre-season. Fitzgerald was trying out as a

goalie and Zuber as a defender. After four years of sweat, tears and blood, the division one players went their separate ways and went into teaching and coaching. Zuber began her career at Kean on the recommendation of current KU Head Coach Brian Doherty’s wife, who is her friend and former teammate. Doherty gave her call and since then she’s been an assistant coach. Meanwhile, as Zuber was entering her seventh season at Kean, Doherty learned that Fitzgerald was no longer working as head coach for the Felician College soccer team. Once again Doherty made a phone call and asked if she would like to join his staff. Now Erin Fitzgerald, is entering her second season alongside her old teammate and friend. “It has been great coaching with Erin,” said Zuber. “It has brought back some fun memories of when we were play-

ing together in college. We can bring our experiences to the girls and they see the trust that we have for each other on and off the field.” With a team of 27 girls and

“they see the trust that we have for each other on and off the field.” a male head coach, having two female assistant coaches has been a great resource for the team. Both Zuber and Fitzgerald have had years of experience in playing the sport and know what it’s like to be a student-athlete. That alone has provided the team with someone to go to; not only on a girl-to-girl basis, but on a level they both understand. They have also been a great help for

Doherty, as they both have had coaching experiences prior to joining the Kean team. Zuber was an assistant coach at Marist High School and Fitzgerald a head coach at St. Peter’s College and Felician College for eight years. “It’s been great,” Doherty said. “Erin Fitzgerald is our keeper coach and has input with things on the field as well. She is a very experienced coach, responsible for our goal keepers and is a great sounding board for me. She played in the division one level and has great insight on the game. Michele Zuber has been with me for nine of my 11 seasons here. She also played at the division one level, knows the game well, is my sounding board as well and is great at talking to the players and keeping them motivated.”

Lady Cougars Looking to Find Way for Consistent Finish By Jessie Rivera

Midway into their season, the Lady Cougars have fought to keep a strong overall record, but haven’t found the key to having a consistent finish. After their successful win against Virginia Wesleyan College, the girls’ soccer team fell 2-1 against FDU College at Florham on September 16 and 1-0 against The College of New Jersey on September 19.

They were able to pick it up as Sophomore Danielle Esposito led her team with a hat trick to shut out New Jersey City University, 3-0 on September 23. Follow-

ing that win, KU added another victory on September 26 against Rutgers-Camden as Senior Jenna Godwin scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute to end the game 1-0. On September 30, the Cougars faced Montclair State University for a home night New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game. After a 0-0 draw, the Lady Cougars and Red Hawks faced off in a double over time match. With frustrations coming off of both teams, the referee

warned two MSU players with yellow cards and KU Junior Lara Kaminski with one yellow card. Although the double over time game ended in a 0-0 draw, the KU women’s soccer team out shot MSU, 22-10. KU started the month of October with their fifth double over time game of the season against William Paterson University. With a 1-1 draw, Kaminski scored the tying goal for Kean to keep them with an overall record of 4-3-4 and NJAC record of 2-1-2.




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NJ Devils Need a Miracle on Ice By Andrew Czirjak

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Newark- If this game had been a play, the New Jersey Devils would have been booed off the ice. The Devils are off to a 3 – 2 start (at press time) very early in the National Hockey League season, but if a late preseason snoozer against the Philadelphia Flyers is any indication, the team – and its fans - could be in for a long season. The game at the Prudential Center was over as soon as it began. Dainius Zubrus of the Devils, centering the second line with David Clarkson and Brian Rolston, scored the only goal of the game at 1:40 of the opening period. The crowd roared after that goal, and for a brief moment electricity buzzed through the half-empty arena. The fans started to hoot and holler. And the Prudential Center started to rock to the chicken dance song. That’s where it all went wrong for the Devils. That song seemed to be an omen for which the crowd was not yet prepared. This match was about to lay an egg. “This is not the type of hockey we want to play,” said Head Coach of the Devils Jacques Lemaire. “We can’t play like that. This game is a step back to me,” Lemaire was being nice. The game between the number two and three teams in the Atlantic Division resembled a high school scrimmage. And there is nothing wrong with high school hockey, if that is what I want to go see. It was embarrass-

ing to watch. Clumsy skating, falling for no apparent reason, and even a few Devils ran right into the boards. It wasn’t a game, it was a travesty. Clearly, there was a lack of chemistry and cohesion with the Devil’s top two lines. Even so, no one on the Devils impressed coach Lemaire. The second period was even worse than the first period.

“This is not the type of hockey we want to play.” “I didn’t like that second period. That was a tough period,” Lemaire said. “We sent the puck up and didn’t control it. We just sat back.” The match went utterly foul through the entire second period (the worst and longest 20 minutes I ever spent). It was plagued with errors, mistakes, and most importantly, missed goals. The Devils went 0 – 4 on power plays in the second period and sent four skaters to the penalty box. If either teamed cared about this game, I couldn’t tell. Both teams treated this game more like practice. Yes, it was a next-tolast preseason game. But, did both teams have to throw it away? Maybe the Devils and Flyers didn’t care. However, I can tell you who did care - the 11,067 fans that came out that night. I’m positive I was not the only one disappointed and wishing he

were someplace else that night. Midway into the second period some home team fans even started to boo. “I heard at times last year they played like this and tried to get away with it,” said Lemaire. Lemaire stated several times in his post conference that a team needs chemistry. Lemaire is right about that. He knows he can’t rely just on one player. He needs all of them to gel. It was clear his Devils are lacking in the cohesion department. Lemaire also felt the Zach Parise, Travis Zajac, Jamie Langenbrunner line didn’t come through, either. Parise agreed, “All three of us know we have to do better.” The third period was much of the same boring. However, there was one highlight. With 19:37 off the clock, Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur made a save that ensured the Devils’ victory. “It was intense for awhile [in the third period]. I was scrambling, but got lucky in the end,” said Brodeur. But, luck doesn’t happen every time you step on the ice. If the Devils felt lucky to win that night, I feel bad for the Devils for the rest of the season. Earlier that night before the Devils and Flyers took the ice, I ran into Legendary Devils Coach Larry Robinson. “It’s going to be a good one [the game],” said Robinson. Newsflash Larry, it wasn’t.

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Cougars Take Down Warriors 2-0 at Home By Andrew Czirjak

Union-With the home field advantage on their side, Kean men’s soccer team beat Eastern Connecticut State 2-0 on Monday, Oct. 12. in non-conference action. Although the weather was cold and crisp, the Cougars were hot and on fire. Abner Denis, a freshman at Kean, and sophomore Brian Haines demonstrated impressive performances against the Warriors that night. Denis and Haines

simply electrified the home crowd. Midway through the first half, the Cougars drew first blood. At 26:26, Denis put the Cougars up by one. The crowd of 103 roared with enthusiasm after that goal and the energy carried over into the next half. Early in the second half, Denis scored again, assisted by Michael Cristidiano, a freshman at Kean. Denis scored again, putting the Cougars up by 2. Even with the insurance goal, the game

was far from over. The Warriors mounted their own attack in the second half, shooting 13 balls. But, all of their attempts were denied. Kean goalie Brian Haines was responsible for 10 of the saves in the second half. At the moment, the Cougars are riding a mini winning streak. October 10 ended in a tie against SUNY College and then the Cougars conquered the Warriors.

Field Hockey ContinuesWinning Ways By Nicole VonGonten

After losing their first game to Stevens Institute of Technology, the Cougars Women’s Field Hockey team looked to bounce back against the opposition. Beginning Sept. 16 against Manhattanville College, Kean took an early lead when Lauran Kusik scored on a penalty stroke. The early goal provided the Cougars with enough for the win. In the second half Kean added three more goals, by Kelly Mataya, Amie Hoch, and Nicole Torre, to secure the win. The next two games saw Kean keep their opponents off the board yet again. The Cougars held Richard Stockton Col-

lege scoreless on September 22, and dominated with a 6-0 win. They followed up their shutout performance in their next game against Oswego State on September 26. Oswego State fell to Kean, 3-0, to give them a three game winning streak. On Sept. 29, SUNY New Paltz hosted the Cougars and gave them a fight. Brittany Gibbs gave Kean the early lead when she scored off an assist from Kusik in the first half. Shortly after taking the 1-0 lead New Paltz came back with a goal to tie the score. The next 65 minutes remained intense. As time expired on the game clock, the teams remained tied and headed into overtime. Gibbs put the game to rest early in the


first overtime period. Gibbs scored the game-winning goal less than a minute into the overtime to give Kean the 2-1 win. The Cougars returned home on Oct. 3, to face Ramapo College in New Jersey Athletic Conference action. The game belonged to the Cougars’ Olivia Triano as she scored all three goals. The Roadrunners tried to comeback as they scored late in the second half, but could not make the comeback. The 3-1 win gave Kean their fifth win in a row. Goalie Lauren Dobbs was named NJAC defensive player of the week on September 28, and Triano was named NJAC offensive player of the week on October 5.





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New Runningback Comes to Kean With a Change of Heart By Jessica Pribush

At 6-feet and lots of muscle packed into his 221 pound body, he is a force to be reckoned with on the football field. Kean student Jason Gwaltney is the newest running back for the men’s football team. Known for his speed and agility, his attitude and tough exterior seem to fit the epitome of a football stereotype. Still his physical appearance only matches the size of his heart, which beats strongly and solely for his love of football. Now, however, newly equipped with a pair of a crutches and a fresh cast on his ankle, it appears that his body has once again let him down. While rushing 14 yards for a first down at the opening game of the 2009 season, Gwaltney was tackled in the open field and fractured his fibula. The injury ended his first season at Kean extremely early, but he plans to return for his senior year next fall. As his injury heals, he interprets this misfortune as a sign. “Everything happens for a reason,” said Gwaltney. “After this, I feel like someone’s tryin’ to tell me somethin’ and now’s my chance.” This isn’t the first time an injury – or something else -- has hurt Gwaltney’s football career. Gwaltney has become somewhat infamous for his mistakes as well as his triumphs. Previously a player for West Virginia – a top 25 program – Gwaltney left last year when a sprain to the MCL in his right knee brought another hurdle in his career. Actually, he was kicked out of West Virginia not once, but twice. His physical ability was undeniable, but in the classroom he was out of his element. He had trouble making grades at West Vir-

ginia, which led to his first removal from the program. He managed to obtain permission to apply for a second chance in the football program at West Virginia, which provided him with the mindset he really could do anything he wanted and not have to suffer the consequences. “Because I worked so hard, I thought I was entitled to everything,” he said. The football program at West Virginia

“I realized that you can get more flies with honey than vinegar.” is a top 25 program. This meant he would receive offers for sponsorship, be interviewed by top journalists and receive special treatment from almost everyone on campus. Although his freshman year brought him trouble off the field, he was still delivering touchdowns. After getting injured, however, Gwaltney was no longer an asset to the team because he was not healing quickly enough. “The team at West Virginia was more of a business,” said Gwaltney. “When I got hurt there, they moved right on to the next guy.” Now he feels he has turned his string of mistakes into fuel that feeds his goal of being drafted into the NFL. Gwaltney began playing football at the age of 9, was named an All-American in high school, and was a local celebrity in North Babylon, NY, where he has lived his whole life. The amount of recognition he has received for his athletic talents sparked the growth of his ego as well as some troublesome rebellion. A mix of a new setting and some new

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found maturity has brought a new outlook for this young athlete. “I realized that you can get more flies with honey than vinegar,” he said. “I got really into helping out my teammates.” He took the last injury as his opportunity to leave West Virginia for good and move on to a school where he could achieve playing time. He contacted the coach at Kean University, who was interested in seeing him play. After a successful run at camp this August, and yet again sparking the interest of the scouts in attendance, Gwaltney was officially accepted as a part of the Kean family. He stated that he probably would have reverted back to his old ways and slacked in classes if this wake up call had not reminded him how far he had come. He feels as though the switch in schools is also better for his growth as a man. Gwaltney will continue to support his team from the sidelines and prepare for next season. Staying in shape while his injury heals and focusing more on his academics, this year could be one of his most successful yet. “I got hurt here and my coaches call my professors to check up on me, and visit my house,” he said. “There’s a huge emphasis on family here.” Senior defensive lineman Darryl Jackson is ready to add a lot of excitement to the Kean University Football Team. As a third-year returning starter, Darryl is a leader for the defense and the football team. Last year he had 37 total tackles and two sacks, as well as three fumble recoveries. This year Darryl should be even more productive. “He is a force people have to account for in our defense,” said head coach Dan Garret. “He is a dominant force.”

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And it is because of this force that NFL teams such as the Texans, Browns, 49’ers, Jets, Panthers, to name a few, have come to scout him. Jackson has been a part of the Kean community his entire college career. He will be graduating with a degree in community recreation. With this being Jackson’s final season in college football, he reflected and said that his favorite memories here at Kean are when the team defeated Rowan and Montclair State University during Homecoming. His plans after football are to coach or go into the recreation field. Hopefully, though, we will be seeing him in the NFL before that happens. With the 2009 football season just beginning, there is a lot of promise for this year’s Kean University Football team and when asked what his predictions for the season were going to be, he answered with only one powerful and confident word: “Undefeated.”


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NBA 2009-2010 Season



By Jay Hicks

By John Cherry

The 2009-2010 NBA season is just around the corner and there are quite a few things that need hammering out. For one thing, several teams are badly in need of a dominating center to turn them around. The two teams I have in mind are the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets. Ever since Patrick Ewing retired, the Knicks have not had a good year. It’s because they never replaced Ewing. The centers that came and went were either draft or free agency busts. Chris Hunter is drafted as a forward or center from Michigan to back up starting center Eddy Curry. Curry is a reliable, albeit sketchy, player who averaged 13.4 points a game. The downside is that he only played 26 minutes a game. If he’s to be productive, the Knicks will have to play him over 40 minutes each game. The New Jersey Nets lost Vince Carter to the Orlando Magic. That puts a huge dent on their team scoring and defense. Carter’s virtually irre-

Welcome back professional basketball to New York and New Jersey. Well at least welcome back basketball, since not much quality basketball will be played by our two local teams. We might as well get a mention of the Knicks and Nets early in this article. Neither one of these teams will be contending this year. So let’s get down to which teams really will be contending in the Eastern and Western Conferences. There are a lot of new faces on the top teams in the East. The biggest addition, figuratively and literally, is Shaquille O’Neal to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This deal would be great for Lebron James if Shaq can find the fountain of youth, but that’s not going to happen. The Boston Celtics made a big stir as well with the addition of Rasheed Wallace. With a healthy Kevin Garnett and the emergence of Rajon Rondo, look for the Celtics to make one more push for a title this year. The Orlando Magic should be in the picture but don’t expect them to be able to repeat what they did last year. Losing Hedo Turkoglu and replacing him with Vince Carter will turn out to be a negative for this team in the long run. Moving onto the West we’ll start with the champs, the Los Angles Lakers; picking up Ron Artest was a big move for the Lakers. He is a big improvement over Trevor Ariza. A lot of people are saying that he is a problem waiting to happen but look for Artest to prove all his doubters wrong. With the addition of Richard Jefferson, you have to look out for the San Antonio Spurs once again. Tim Duncan is getting late in his career and knows time is running out so you know they are going to bring it this year. Be prepared for a battle in the playoffs when they meet up with the Lakers and, yes, they will. The Portland Trailblazers are young and are going to be very dangerous if they can put it all together. They didn’t need to add much to this extremely talented roster. If they are to really become a serious contender they will need Greg Oden to step up his game. Last but certainly not least is the Denver Nuggets; they are definitely not going to be overlooked this year. This team is good but I don’t think they are as good as the above three teams I mentioned. Carmello Anthony can carry any team if he gets hot, so that is why they will always be in the conversation. In the West I see the Lakers meeting up with the Spurs for what will be an epic battle going all seven games with the Lakers pulling it out in the end. In the East it will be a rise back to the top for the Celtics, beating out the Cavaliers, who I believe will be hurt more than helped by Shaquille O’Neal. After being battle tested against the Spurs, I believe that that the Lakers will be on top once again and will win back-to-back titles.

“The acquisition of Shaq O’Neal by the Cavaliers is not going to help since O’Neal is no longer a dominating force.” Kobe Bryant. placeable, but Bobby Simmons is having a solid preseason, averaging 16.0 points a game in just 23 minutes a game. If the Nets decide to start him, look for him to enhance the Nets’ scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, both teams have a few years of rebuilding before they can contend for the playoffs. The Cleveland Cavaliers, last season’s best Eastern Conference team, will have another stellar year, but the big question mark revolves around Delonte West. West was arrested in Maryland this past summer for possessing two illegal guns. He may be suspended by the NBA when the season begins, and who knows how long he will be out. That affects the offense somewhat; meaning whoever backs up West will need to be as consistent. The acquisition of Shaq O’Neal by the Cavaliers is not going to help since O’Neal is no longer a dominating force. The team to watch is the Magic. They upset the Cavaliers in the postseason to advance to the NBA Finals. With newly acquired Vince Carter, it should bolster their chance at yet another NBA Finals appearance. However, the Boston Celtics, with the return of a healthy Kevin Garnett, will also be competing for the same goal. In the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs are expected to vie for the NBA Finals, but Tim Duncan is aging. They will need to start looking for a possible replacement when Duncan retires or is traded to another team. Duncan, while still a presence at center, isn’t as effective as he once was during their NBA title reign in the early years of this decade. The team to beat once again in the entire NBA is the defending NBA champion, the Los Angeles Lakers. But I disagree with John Cherry. The loss of Trevor Ariza is going to hurt the team because he helped them win key postseason games and was a refreshing bench player. The acquisition of Ron Artest may help, but his history will distract the team. He’s not going to really help the Lakers win a lot of games; that’s Kobe Bryant’s job. In my opinion, Artest will be more of a pain in the neck than a contributor. Nevertheless, the core of the Lakers is very strong and consistent. They will go to the NBA Finals and win it all.

“After being battle-tested against the spurs, I believe that the lakers will be on top once again and will win back-to-back titles.”

JAY Atlantic Division Central Division Southeast Division Northwest Division Pacific Division Southwest Division Western Finals Eastern Finals NBA Finals

Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic New Orleans Jazz L.A. Lakers San Antonio Spurs Lakers over Jazz Magic over Celtics Lakers over Magic

JOHN Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic Portland Trailblazers L.A. Lakers San Antonio Spurs Lakers over Spurs Celtics over Cavs Lakers over Celtics

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