Kean group rewards Elizabeth heroes after bomb incidents

Lee Parker, center holding a t-shirt, stands with members of Be the Change. Photo Courtesy of Norma Bowe

By Rebecca Panico | Published Oct. 22, 2016 When Prof. Norma Bowe heard of the bombs found near the Elizabeth train station on Sept. 18, it bothered her that the two men responsible for alerting police of the danger were known only as homeless. “Anyone can be a hero, even someone homeless,” said Bowe, founder of Be the Change, a […]

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Kean broke the law when purchasing lavish table, state report says


By Rebecca Panico | Published June 2, 2016 A state Comptroller’s report showed Kean University broke state law and its own internal policies when purchasing a lavish $250,000 table from China that sits in the sixth floor of the Green Lane Academic building. More: Read the full report  President Dawood Farahi “gave the green light” to officials at the Wenzhou […]

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Get the conversation going on climate change (VIDEO)


Short documentary by Yuri Smishkewych. By Rebecca Panico | Published May 22, 2016 Tower News Editor Yuri Smishkewych, who graduated this May, leaves his mark at the student newspaper with this short documentary about his perspective on climate change. Smishkewych explored how scientists can explain the complex issue of climate change to those outside the science community by interviewing Kean faculty such as […]

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Student Organization president weighs in on new late fees

Emily Cubilete, our first elected female Student Organization President. Photo: Emily Cubilete

By Rebecca Panico | Published May 18, 2016 Emily Cubilete, the newly elected Student Organization president, said the Board of Trustees’ May 9 decision to increase late fees and the cost to enroll in a tuition payment plan will “help students” once Kean takes over payment services. More: Being a broke Kean student just got more expensive The vote comes at […]

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Being a broke Kean student just got more expensive

Emily Filardo, a Kean Faculty Senate representative to the board sits to the far right. Board of Trustees Student Representative Alternate Christian Meyers, second from right  sits next to student representative Abbey Gallego. May 9, 2016. Credit: Rebecca Panico

By Rebecca Panico | Published May 11, 2016 Kean University’s Board of Trustees voted Monday to increase late fees and the cost to enroll in a tuition payment plan without any public discussion, though the adopted resolution omitted some important facts. More: Read the full resolution here The unanimous vote follows a state Comptroller’s report issued two weeks ago that […]

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Kean concludes no discrimination on campus following internal study

Board Governance Committee Chair Linda Lewis, left, reads a summary of the report at yesterday's Board of Trustees meeting. Looking on is President Dawood Farahi (far right) and Trustees Chair Ada Morell. May 9, 2016. Credit: Rebecca Panico

By Rebecca Panico | Published May 10, 2016 A report released yesterday by the university at a Board of Trustees meeting concluded that African American students and employees at Kean are “not subject to institutional or structural discrimination.” More: Jump to a summary of the data in the report by clicking here The report comes after a coalition of black ministers led […]

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Lawmaker calls for hearing looking into student fees following Comptroller report

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey. Photo courtesy of Jasey.

By Rebecca Panico | Published May 3, 2016 Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D – Essex/Morris) called for a legislative hearing looking into the fees public colleges charge students following a Comptroller’s report released last week. MORE: Kean rejects most of Comptroller’s findings in student fee report The report tracked how Kean, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and William Paterson University (WPU) […]

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Cute alert: Kids share their culture at Child Care Center

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By Chiemela Igbokwe | Published April 30, 2016 Cuteness abounded at Kean’s Child Care Center yesterday as parents and children shared their backgrounds for the Country and Culture Showcase. The Child Care Center, located across from Harwood Arena, was created in the 1970s to provide services for children of Kean students and faculty, but today the center is open to the public too. Children […]

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Commencement speakers’ $80k selection process, explained

Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, left, will deliver the graduate commencement address on May 17, while  ​Brandon Stanton, photographer and founder of the popular Humans of New York photo blog will give the undergraduate commencement speech on May 19. (Photos courtesy of Kean University)

By Babatunde Dahunsi | Published  April 29, 2016 Student Organization selects the commencement speakers each year, but they do so without taking a vote from the student body and must get approval from the university. The designated undergraduate commencement speaker for 2016 at Kean is Brandon Stanton photographer  and founder of Humans of New York, a prominent blog that  presents […]

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Soon-to-be graduates look to the future

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The 2015 graduation ceremony at Kean University. By Gail Fredricks | Published April 29 The school year is coming to an end and another group of Kean students will be data-canvas-width graduating in May. It may have taken them four years or maybe even eight, but their hard work and dedication has finally gotten them to their goal of graduating […]

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Super seniors graduate!

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From left to right: John Londono, Kyle Wiggins, Adma Ortega, Manisha Howard By: Celeste Simmons/ Published April 29 “Oh my God what are you still doing here?!” “I thought you graduated?” “Wow didn’t expect to see you here again.” These are the statements that super seniors say can kill your semester, the ones that can hurt the depth of your […]

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NCAA lifts probation on Kean’s athletics department

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Kean University’s Harwood Arena floor Credit: Sara Ridgway By Sara Ridgway | April 29, 2016 The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) notified Kean University on April 22 that it has lifted a four-year-long probation on its athletics department following a scandal involving the Division III women’s basketball team. The announcement ends a chapter for Kean athletics, which has been on […]

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Being the Kean Cougar is no easy task


Jennifer Hererra (Cougar) poses with Kean University police officer and K9 Credit: Jennifer Hererra By Angel Ospina | April 29, 2016 You see the Cougar strolling around campus with enthusiasm trying to get the crowd pumped regardless of the event. The Kean Cougar is constantly dancing, waving, jumping and taking pictures with the same smirk upon its face. When it […]

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Tower editor beats Yale, Columbia in journo contest

From left are Tower adviser Pat Winters Lauro, Panico, adviser Lois DeSocio and Yuri at the NJCPA awards ceremony. April 7, 2016. Credit: The Tower

Published April 29, 2016 Tower Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Panico has been awarded first place for breaking news reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 — surpassing student finalists from Yale University and Columbia University. The Mark of Excellence Award from the SPJ, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism society, is a first for Kean University and The Tower, […]

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Farahi’s flowers

Red tulips adorn the pathway towards Downs Hall. Photo: Y. Smishkewych

By: Yuri Smishkewych | Published April 29, 2016 With Kean abloom, it’s hard not to notice all the work that’s going on to beautify the campus. Welcoming daffodils and geraniums line the walkways in front of Kean Hall, multicolored pansies in planters on Cougar Walk, and tulips adorn the landscaped areas in the courtyard in front of the Miron Student […]

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Kean elects first female Student Org president

Emily Cubilete, our first elected female Student Organization President. Photo: Emily Cubilete

By: Gail Fredricks | Published April 29, 2016 Student Organization failed to field candidates for some key positions in the recent election, but despite the low voter turnout history was made: Emily Cubilete was elected as Kean’s first female president. Just nine percent of the student body voted in the election, but missing from the ballot were candidates for the […]

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Panel on climate change: advocacy, art & science

ArtSCAPES panelists, students, faculty and visitors pose for a group photo. Photo: Y. Smishkewych

By: Yuri Smishkewych | Published April 28, 2016 Kean alumni learned and discussed about the science—and art inspired by the science—of climate change at a lecture and panel discussion held at Kean on Apr. 13. The event, titled “ArtSCAPES – Art in Science, Climate, Change and Adaption: Picturing Environments and Sustainability,” featured five panelists from separate fields of study ranging […]

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Ursino remains closed; property tax ruling pending

Entrance to Ursino from inside the STEM building. Photo: Y. Smishkewych

By: Redina Demushi | Published April 28, 2016 Ursino, Kean’s fine-dining restaurant open to the public, remains closed, but a ruling for back property taxes of $53,915 is still pending. According to the university, Ursino closed last September “temporarily for remodeling,” and was scheduled to reopen by the end of the fall 2015 semester. Meanwhile, a ruling has yet to […]

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Tales from the loo

A non-functioning urinal without a handle at Townsend Hall. Photo: Anthony N. Muccigrossi

By: Chiemela Igbokwe | Published April 28, 2016 You’re a student here at Kean University, you walk into a men’s room in Townsend Hall and in the first stall, the entire toilet is covered with a black garbage bag with a sign over it reading “Out of Order Sorry.” You move on to the next stall, no garbage bag, but […]

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Few takers for Kean’s international studies program

The Palace of Westminster at night as seen from the south bank of the River Thames. Photo: Andrew Dunn

By: Redina Demushi | Published April 28, 2016 Only eight students are currently studying abroad, not including Kean’s Wenzhou campus, while many others find it unaffordable. According to the Center for International Studies, eight students are studying abroad during this spring semester. Eleven were abroad in the fall. “I think that only having 8 individuals a semester study abroad says […]

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No lead in Kean’s water

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By: Nicole Brown | Published April 28, 2016 Kean University water showed no sign of lead contamination according to an email blast the university sent on April 12. According to the email, the university tested drinking water samples in thirty different locations on campus, including the residential halls, food services and buildings where children play and study. The university highlighted […]

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Kean students raise money for animal shelter for group project

: Students, Kean Mascot and Professor Edgely (second from right) at the prize table. (Photo credit: Bhriana Smith)

By Bhriana Smith | Posted on April 26, 2016 When Kean students take Group Communication, a course required by the Communications Department, students must form groups and find a way to give back to their community together. Students from Professor Allison Edgely’s course hosted an event titled KUPLAYFURPAWS on Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Miron Student Center game room. […]

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Kean grad admits to Twitter threats


By: Yuri Smishkewych | Published April 21, 2016 Kean graduate and self-proclaimed activist Kayla Simone-McKelvey admitted to tweeting numerous threats that left the Kean community “in a state of fear and panic” last November. McKelvey, 25, pleaded guilty to a charge of creating a false public alarm before Superior Court Judge William Daniel on April 18,the Union County Prosecutor’s Office […]

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Comptroller’s Office says no deadline for student fee report

The New Jersey State House. Credit: Marion Touvel via Wikimedia Commons

By Rebecca Panico | Published April 21, 2016 A state Comptroller’s report looking into how students’ fees are used at Kean and two other colleges has yet to be released, although multiple officials say they were told it would be issued in late 2015. Former spokesman for the Comptroller’s Office Pete McAleer said the report — which would also review […]

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Kean Men’s Volleyball are the 2016 Skyline Champions

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By Joel Joly | Posted on April 19, 2016 Kean University Men’s Volleyball team made it their fifth straight year as Skyline Conference Champions after they swept Ramapo College 3-0 on Sunday afternoon, April 10. The Cougars (30-6) were led by sophomore Jacob Kauffman, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship game. His teammate, freshman Zack Lynne, […]

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Kean wins Silent Disco Party after taking second place in the TIDAL contest

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By Redina Demushi | Posted on April 15, 2016 Kean University won a Silent Disco Party for this upcoming fall after taking second place in the TIDAL social media contest, according to the Kean PRSSA chapter. The “TIDAL College’s Social Wave for Change” campaign encouraged college students across the country to give back to their communities and document their services […]

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Kean student doles out the dough for extra commencement tickets


By Rebecca Panico | Published April 14, 2016 As one Kean student prepares to toss her cap at commencement, another thought preoccupies her mind: obtaining enough tickets for friends and family to witness the moment. Annaphene Roberson, a 22-year-old sociology major, has designated the six tickets Kean gives to graduating students to her immediate family for the ceremony at the Prudential […]

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Major seats remain vacant after Student Government election

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By: Gail Fredricks | Published April 12, 2016 Over 1,400 students took to CougarLink on April 5 and 6 to elect officers for the full-time undergraduate Student Organization and the Graduate and Part-Time Student Council (GPSC), but several positions remain vacant since there were no candidates. Emily Cubilete was voted in as the full-time undergraduate president, while Lawrence Owens was […]

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The Tower wins news awards for print, video and web

This semester’s staff members. Missing are faculty advisers Prof. Pat Winters Lauro and Prof. Lois DeSocio, News Editor Yuri Smishkewych, Anthony Muccigrossi from promotions, and staff members Gail Fredricks and Redina Demushi. Credit: Anthony Muccigrossi

By Anthony N. Muccigrossi | Published April 11, 2016 The Tower, the independent voice of Kean University, won five awards last month for newspaper, news website and online news video as well as second place for overall General Excellence from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association. Professional journalists judge hundreds of entries from private and public colleges across the state […]

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Astronaut, photographer announced as 2016 commencement speakers

Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, left, will deliver the graduate commencement address on May 17, while  ​Brandon Stanton, photographer and founder of the popular Humans of New York photo blog will give the undergraduate commencement speech on May 19. (Photos courtesy of Kean University)

By Anthony N. Muccigrossi | Published April 7, 2016 With just over a month before Kean students cross the stage and become graduates, the commencement speakers who will be accompanying them have been announced. Photographer Brandon Stanton — the creator of Humans of New York — and astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, who has over 50 days in space with NASA, have […]

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Bernie Sanders, democratic socialism and what it means

Bernie Sanders at a rally in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 26, 2015. Photo Credit: Nick Solari via WikiMedia Commons

By Thomas Rich-Caverly | Published March 31, 2016 Democratic socialism is a combination of both Democracy and Socialism where the power is in the hands of the people, not billion dollar corporations. Indeed, Democratic Socialism, when done honestly and correctly, puts the power where it belongs, in the hands of society. The wealthy and privileged few that own this country, […]

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Food for thought this Earth Day

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By: Yuri Smishkewych | Published March 31, 2016 It’s 2155 and a lone angler, knee deep in brackish water amongst the reeds, spots something submerged in front of him shining in the mid-day sun. He reaches down and picks it up for inspection—it’s an old metal sign. As he wipes the algae off its face, blue letters emerge: The sign […]

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Former state Supreme Court Justice to review Kean report

Kean University President Dawood Farahi, center, sits with Board of Trustees members Ada Morell, left, and Linda Lewis at the Trustees meeting on March 7, 2016. Credit: Rebecca Panico

By Rebecca Panico | Published March 31, 2016 A former state Supreme Court Justice will review Kean’s report investigating claims of institutional racism after the university faced increasing pressure from lawmakers across the state. “The Kean University Board of Trustees has already agreed to forward the Governance Committee report to Justice John E. Wallace, Jr.,” Kean University President Dawood Farahi […]

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Kean grad’s Twitter threat appeal set for April 8

McKelvey’s next hearing will be at the Union County Courthouse on April 8. Photo Credit: Y. Smishkewych

By: Yuri Smishkewych | Published March 31, 2016 Kean graduate Kayla-Simone McKelvey, who allegedly posted numerous Twitter threats against Kean students in November, must now wait until April 8 to see if she will be admitted into a probationary program. At a hearing on March 23 at the Union County Superior Court in Elizabeth, Judge William Daniel told McKelvey’s lawyer, […]

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Students, professors react to Kean’s online classes

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By: Redina Demushi | Published March 31, 2016 Students and faculty on campus are reacting to the recent Middle States Commission’s approval to offer Distance Learning programs at Kean University in all academic levels. According to Kean’s press release, which was sent out on March 1, the university’s online program, Kean Online, will soon offer degrees at all academic levels […]

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Campus police respond to increased thefts last semester

Kean University Police car outside Downs Hall. Photo Credit: Y. Smishkewych

By: Celeste Simmons | Published March 31, 2016 There were a total of 36 thefts on campus in the span of two months last semester, including a stolen car from the Vaughn Eames parking lot in October and dozens of reports of stolen laptops and bags. In last month’s police blotter published in The Tower, 13 thefts occurred, resulting in the […]

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An inside look at men’s lacrosse with Ed Adams


Kean men’s lacrosse via Maple Hill Photography By Chiemela Igbokwe | Published March 31 His name as been all over the Kean University Athletics website, as he is also heavily involved within the Kean community. Senior Face-off man Ed Adams has had nothing less than a stellar season for the Men’s Lacrosse team this year, and his continued play at […]

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March Madness 2016

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – the playoffs begin for the over-30 league teams Aug. 4 at the fitness center here. The championship game is scheduled to take place Aug. 10 at the fitness center gym here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina)

By Gail Fredricks | Published March 31 The third week of March means more than just the anxious return from spring break for the students of Kean. It seems fitting for students to return to school and begin their research for which brackets they will choose for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2016 March Madness, which determines the national championship […]

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Kean students celebrate not having to celebrate Valentine’s Day

By Jennifer Padilla | Published by Feb. 14, 2018 February 14th- a day in which we express our romantic sentiments towards someone remarkable in our lives by planning a special date, sending or receiving chocolates, flowers, and hand-written letters among other things- is just an ordinary day to four Kean students who share their dating nightmares. 1.Drives to restaurant, there’s […]

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Student Org assists in the fight against hunger

By Cody Louie | Published by Jan. 29, 2018 Students, faculty, alumni and even President Dawood Farahi gathered in the Cougar’s Den on Nov. 13 in support of the fight against hunger. A yearly collaboration between the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) and Kean’s Student Organization brings the “FoodBank Luncheon” back for another run. As a part of Student […]

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As Puerto Ricans flee from the island, I want to enter

By Jennifer Padilla | Published by Jan. 29, 2018 Despite the desperate islanders’ attempts to not only escape the poverty in which hurricane Maria has left them in, but also the economic crisis that was already present in Puerto Rico, I—on the contrary— want to move back to the commonwealth. According to Pew Research Center, the Puerto Rican population has […]

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Swimming team begins first season since 2003

By Greg Patuto | Published by Jan. 29, 2018 The Kean University women’s swimming team is participating in their first season as a varsity sport since 2003. This is an exciting time for members of the team, the coaching staff, fans of swimming and Kean as a whole. Although the Cougars have fallen short in their first four meets, they are […]

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Cheers to the most wonderful time of the year

By Monica Sudfield | Published by Jan. 29, 2018 The day after Thanksgiving marks the start of what many refer to as “the holiday season.” Living in one of the most diverse parts of the country means a variety of holiday rituals and celebrations. No matter what the celebration, they all have the similar intention of honoring a sacred day […]

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Ursino reopens as a steakhouse with a tavern

By Joshua Rosario | Published by Jan. 29, 2018 After its sudden shuttering in December 2016, the former Enoteca Ursino restaurant reopened on Nov. 8 as Ursino Steakhouse and Tavern. According to university spokesperson, Margaret McCorry, the 2016 closing of Enoteca Ursino was due to the termination of its year-long contract with the Terra Momo Restaurant Group. The restaurant is […]

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Football wraps up 2017 season

By Greg Patuto | Published by Jan. 29, 2018 The Kean University football team wrapped up their season on Nov. 11 with a 28-27 loss to Rowan University. This brought their overall record to 4-6 and their conference record to 4-5. Throughout the season, Kean played a tough schedule which included games against nationally ranked Springfield College, Wesley College and […]

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Men’s volleyball primed for another winning season

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By Cameron Beall | Published Jan. 29, 2018 Coming to yet another successful season, expectations are high for Kean men’s volleyball heading into this upcoming year. Head Coach Charlie Ginex won ECAC Coach of the Year and three players were named to the Skyline All-Conference teams, two of which are returning players. Since the inaugural NCAA Division III Tournament in 2012, […]

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