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With New York Fashion Week kicking off fashion month and the Y2K era making a comeback, the Cougars Byte talked to Kean students to get feedback and opinions on the trends and popular brands of our time. As we know, fashion is unique, and style is subjectively tailored to everyone's preferences. Students gave an insight into their go-to outfits for any occasion and their thoughts on vintage styles making their way back to the media.
As the semester passes, classes get more hectic and assignments may get overwhelming. For students looking for an activity or hobby to enjoy while having free time, video games are a great outlet to relieve stress, have fun with friends, and increase your social skills.
Super Bowl weekend is officially here, this Sunday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m. the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs are taking on the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. This highly anticipated showdown will determine who will be the Super Bowl LVIII champions. Throughout the playoffs, both sides went through a gauntlet of teams looking to earn a chance to play in the final game. For the Chiefs, there was a lot of doubt during their regular season as the offense was not as explosive compared to past years. However, in typical Chiefs fashion, they always turn it up a notch when the playoffs come around.
On February 1, the annual Meet the Greeks event took place at Harwood Arena from 7 to 10 p.m. This event allowed students to get to know each fraternity and sorority they may be interested in and see what each organization is about. As the event started each organization had a chance to introduce themselves to the crowd and present their principles.
On Thursday, February 1, the Student Government Association Class of 2025, Kean Wellness Center, and the Student Government Freshman Class of 2027 hosted Hearts & Health in the MSC Alumni Atrium. From 2 to 5 p.m., students were able to participate in several activities about love to receive cupcakes and carnations at the end. The event allowed students to learn about self-love and protection during this season of love. The table activities present were the Wellness Center, Self-Care Coloring, Heart Stamps, Spin to Win, and Caring Cards. Students enjoyed writing something they love about themselves and great advice on colorful hearts and answering questions for a chance to win a prize.
On Tuesday, January 23 the Center for Leadership and Service hosted this month’s Blood Drive. From 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. all were welcome to donate blood at Down Halls. The Blood Drive is hosted every month at Kean in participation with New Jersey/New York Blood Services in the selfless act of giving blood to those in need. According to the American Red Cross, the blood donated is used for individuals reliant on surgery, cancer treatments, and blood transfusions. Snacks and beverages such as Gatorade, water, apple juice, cookies, PopCorners, Oreos, and Cheez-It were available for donors after they donated blood and for those who did not have anything to eat or drink beforehand.
On Tuesday, January 30th, Kean P.U.L.S.E. hosted the annual Cougar Kick-off event from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Miron Student Center. With the event known for its creative themes, this year’s Cougar kick-off took a trip back to the 1950s. As burgers and fries were available for all students and the world-famous Coca-Cola, all of which are 1950s staples.
On Tuesday, December 12 the Office of Africana Studies hosted the 2023 Pre-Kwanzaa Festival at Downs Hall. From 1:00 to 3:30 pm guests and students learned about the traditions and origin story of Kwanzaa and enjoyed a delicious meal including fried chicken, fried whiting fish, macaroni and cheese, pound cake, and more. The event also included music, a Student Talent Showcase, and readings of poems. Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration that concentrates on traditional African family, community obligations, connections, and self-development principles. The festival educated the Kean community about the values and heritage of Kwanzaa, along with the seven principles and the Kwanzaa Table.
As the Fall 2023 semester comes to an end and the Kean community prepares for the holiday break, students have the opportunity to reflect on the semester, their expectations, and what they have learned. Although Spring 2024 is some weeks away, Kean students can still use this past semester to prepare for the upcoming school term. The Student Life Media Team spoke with students about the Fall 2023 semester and asked them whether it had met their expectations and if there was anything they would do differently for Spring 2024.
The Office of Student Government is a pivotal office that helps shape and develop students into strong leaders through various opportunities. The Student Government Association (SGA) embodies elected student leaders who represent and are the voice of the Kean University undergraduate community. This semester, SGA hosted elections for the Freshman Class Board for the new students entering the Class of 2027.
On Thursday, November 30, the Haitian Student Association hosted the annual Kreyol Fest at Downs Hall from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 pm, as the fest would be full of Haitian culture with food, dances, cultural lessons, etc. Everybody was welcomed to the event as tickets were free for students and they were able to bring up to 3 guests.
The Kean Sports Summit was held at the North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB) on Thursday, November 30. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students were able to hear encouraging messages from alumni and sporting executives and network with reputable companies. The Kean Sports Business Club and the President’s Advisory Council introduced the Kean Sports Summit as an opportunity for students to gain insights into the sports business world. The Career Expo and Sports Summit gave each student a chance to develop personally and professionally. Also, participants enjoyed refreshments and complimentary items such as bags and notebooks. Some companies present at the event were the YMCA, New Jersey Devils, Kean Athletics, USA Sport Group, and the Elizabeth Recreation Department.
On Thursday, November 16, Destress Fest hosted by the Student Government Association of Kean University, took place at the Miron Student Center in the Greek Lounge. From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., students learned about ways to ease stress from midterms and other educational commitments while enjoying free Playa Bowls.
On Saturday, October 14, the Kean football team hosted their homecoming game against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) at Kean Alumni Stadium. Before the game, the homecoming tailgate took place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. took place between Harwood Arena and Kean Hall parking lot.
On Monday, October 9, Kean Pulse hosted the No Planet B event in the Miron Student Center Atrium at 3:30PM. Four different stations were set up to educate attendees about global warming and different environmental elements. The four stations presented at the event were the fire station, water station, air station, and earth station.
Hispanic Heritage Month highlights the traditions and history of the Hispanic culture and people. One popular topic of Hispanic Heritage Month is the delicious food. According to Study.com, there are many ingredients important in the dishes such as avocados, beans, limes, onions, rice, tortillas, and garlic. Besides the flavorful ingredients, family is another important aspect of the Hispanic culture. Recipes are handed down from each generation including dishes that were cooked over an open fire, steamed, or fried. Family members learn how to make dishes from scratch and keep the beautiful traditions of their culture. According to WebstaurantStore, some popular and cultural Hispanic foods include Tortilla Espanola, Empanadas, Tajadas, Ceviche, Churros, Tacos, Flan and, Tres Leches Cake. These foods are connected to Hispanic countries such as Argentina, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Mexico, and Ecuador. Although these dishes are common among Hispanic cultures, each culture puts its own spin on each dish. For instance, flan is a custard that is common in the Hispanic culture. However, Mexican flan is covered in caramel syrup while Spanish flan has a layer of scorched sugar on the bottom.
On September 21st the Meet the Greeks event took place at Harwood Arena from 6 to 10 pm. Meet the Greeks is an annual event for Kean University and is an important time for students who are interested in joining an organization to see what is the right fit for them. This event gives organizations a great opportunity to showcase who they are and what they are all about. Being in a sorority gives women the opportunity to be a part of a sisterhood that can build lifelong friendships, opportunities, and community service. As for the Greek senate, they feel amazed to see how successful Greek life is and how students are interested.
Happening at the beginning of the fall semester, the annual Meet the Greeks event took place at Harwood Arena on September 21. Meet the Greeks is a great opportunity for students to see which sororities/fraternities fit them in the long run. Of the bunch, many fraternities came out to represent their organization, engaging with students who were interested in joining, and also giving insight into who they are and what they have to offer.
Hispanic Heritage Month started September 15th and ends October 15th. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we take time to acknowledge Hispanic culture and the great achievements and successes of popular Hispanic figures. Famous Hispanic figures often include talented vocalists like Selena Quintanilla or Shakira, famous political individuals such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, or amazing painters like Pablo Picasso. These influential figures have helped pave the way for the Hispanic Community and shine a positive light on Hispanic culture.
The mental health of Kean students is very important, stress can prevent them from being their best self and can ultimately weigh them down mentally. At Kean University, there are several programs and resources that can assist students with their mental health.