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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.
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, 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.
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 Tuesday, November 14, Kean University’s Annual Food Bank Luncheon was held in the Cougar’s Den of the Miron Student Center. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., students, faculty, staff, and alumni were able to enjoy delicious food and support a great cause. The event was hosted by the Office of Student Government, the Student Government Association of Kean University, and the Graduate Student Government of Kean University.
On Thursday, November 2 several Kean University organizations hosted the Fall Cougar Pop-Up Shop in the Miron Student Center, Room 228. The event was hosted by the Office of Student Retention and Educational Innovation, Career Services, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kean’s Bridge to Success, Kean Wellness Center, and Cougar Connections Center of Social Work. From 12:30 to 4:00 p.m., students were able to shop around for professional clothing free of charge. The event was an incredible success with numerous students taking advantage of the opportunity to receive free clothing and styling advice from faculty and staff assisting with the event.
Over the past few weeks, Kean students have undergone testing for midterms. As many are aware, midterm exams can be extremely stressful, especially for freshmen. Students are expected to study course materials and take exams while balancing their social lives, maintaining other homework assignments, and planning for their futures. As exam week can be demanding for all students of any classification, it can be more of a challenge for freshmen. Freshmen are still adjusting to college as it is a different world compared to high school.
What an exciting Homecoming week this has been for Kean University. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the local community were welcomed to enjoy fun activities such as games, sports, and breakfast along with free Kean Merchandise.
On Tuesday, October 3, the Center for Leadership and Service hosted its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff event in the atrium of the Miron Student Center (MSC). There were several tables decorated in shades of pink that presented fun activities for students to participate in. The students were able to make a generous donation, participate in festivals and learn information about breast cancer.
On Thursday, September 28 The Office of Career Services hosted a Career, Internship, and Part-Time Job Fair for all Kean University students. From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., students were able to talk to employers in various fields to find potential job opportunities. Countless students eagerly walked along Cougar Walk in their professional attire as they handed out their resumes and spoke to several employers. The event was a success with over 100 organizations sharing career opportunities with students. Of the many organizations present, Army National Guard, Sherwin-Williams, Skechers, K&G Career Academy, Johnson & Johnson, Community Agency for Senior Citizens Inc., Forest Hills Financial Group, New York State Police, Pearle Vision, Internal Revenue Service, CityMD, and Groove National Dance Competition were among those in attendance. Our own Kean University participated in featuring potential opportunities for the Kean University Sports Business Club, Office of Residence Life, and Kean University Human Resources.
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 Thursday, September 14, the Kean Programming for Unique and Lively Student Experience (P.U.L.S.E.) Board organized the Find Your Match event for all students to attend. The event ran from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
On Friday, September 8, Miron Student Center Operations and Event Management hosted a successful Kean Day event from 12 - 4 p.m. Students were in their complimentary “Kean Day” T-shirts as they explored numerous groups and participated in fun activities.
On Friday, September 1, Kean University hosted their New Student Experience (NSE) event in the Miron Student Center (MSC). Freshmen students were able to learn more about the resources on campus while networking and making friends as well.
On Wednesday, August 30, Kean University hosted the Quad Food Truck Festival, this event was open to all students. From 5 - 7 p.m., long lines surrounded each food truck as students were excited to try the different cuisines.