Author: Lauren Murphy
Growing up, Michael Somerville used to sneak downstairs late at night to watch one of his comedy idols, Johnny Carson, on television. By the time he was a college freshman, he had become hooked on making people laugh—especially after a successful attempt at stand-up comedy. But upon graduation in 1994, the Berkeley Heights native needed a full-time job.
As a freshman at Rutgers University’s Douglass College in 2003, Danielle Josephs knew of the tensions between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East, but she was horrified to find them on campus as well. After stumbling upon a pro-Palestinian protest in which she heard shouts of “death to Jews,” Josephs, a Middle Eastern Studies major, decided to take action.