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Alpha Xi Delta Presents: Karaoke For A Cause

AXD Karaoke for a CauseAlpha Xi Delta held its annual philanthropy event, Karaoke for a Cause last night  in Pollak Theater to raise money for Autism Speaks.

This event is one of six national philanthropy events that Alpha Xi Delta’s all over the country organize to raise awareness, understanding, and money for Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is a dedicated philanthropic organization that provides support for families who have a loved one with Autism.

They continuously work to promote solutions for those across the Autism spectrum and increase understanding and acceptance of this condition.

Sister of Alpha Xi Delta, Kristen Kennett commented on the success Karaoke for a Cause has had in the past.

She said, “Last year, we raised over $2,000 through this event. We are so excited to have the Monmouth community come together again to raise even more money for such a deserving cause.”

As Autism Speaks’ national sponsor, Alpha Xi Delta has raised over five million dollars for this cause. College chapters all around the nation have done their part by volunteering at walks, holding bake sales and putting together events like Karaoke for a Cause to continuously raise money for Autism Speaks.

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Experience A Piece of Italy at “La Festa Italiana”

Experience Piece of ItalyMonmouth University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures and the Italian Club presented their annual La Festa Italiana, or Italian Festival, on April 4 in Magill Commons with presentations, performances, and food to celebrate Italy and Italian culture.

The festivities began with an introduction from Dr. Maria Simonelli, a professor of Italian and Latin and the faculty advisor of the Italian Club.

The club rooms 107 and 108 were almost completely filled by students and faculty. Simonelli excitedly thanked all for attending, and gave special thanks to her Italian language students and club members who helped to set up, provide food, and give performances for the event.

“The students of the Italian club are very important for the success of Festa Italiana,” said Simonelli. “Their commitment in keeping the Italian culture alive is vital.”

She handed the stage over to guest speaker Dr. Carlo Davoli, the Education Office Director from the Consulate General of Italy in New York City.

Davoli gave a presentation on diversity throughout the Italian regions, going in depth into why certain regions have developed in different ways.

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Club and Greek Announcements

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

HERO Campaign

The HERO Campaign cordially invites you to the Designated Driver Hero of the Year Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Oceanfirst Bank Center Varsity Club Room. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Suanne Schaad at 732 263 5804 or email her at sschaad.monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

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Alpha Xi Delta “Lights it up Blue” for Autism

Alpha Xi Delta Light it Up BlueLast week, Alpha Xi Delta participated in Light it up Blue Week to raise awareness for national philanthropy Autism Speaks.

Each year, April 2 is the beginning of this national campaign. All across the country landmarks like the Empire State Building have been lit up blue to support families living with people who have Autism. It’s a week dedicated to educational activities, spreading awareness, and aiding families who are directly affected by Autism.

Similar to the Empire State Building, Woodrow Wilson Hall and the Guggenheim Library were lit up at night in order to encourage acceptance, and spread awareness and understanding of this condition.

Stephanie Merlis, a senior business student commented on Light it up Blue week. She said, “I think it was awesome how Monmouth got involved and had buildings on campus go blue for autism. As a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, it’s really great seeing that this university supports something that my own personal organization does as well.” She continued, “Autism effects the lives of so many people, and the odds of knowing someone with Autism are very high. What my sorority does for Light it up Blue Week is really great and I’m proud to be a part of something that cares so much about philanthropy.”

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Why it’s Good to Go Greek

When many people hear the word college, they often think about Greek Life. Movies and television shows, like ABC Family’s Greek, often depict what it’s like to be involved in these organizations, and may leave one wondering what it is really like in real life.

Many students begin college completely on their own for the first time, which may be a difficult transition to make. Joining a sorority or fraternity provides them with the opportunity to meet new people, who are in the same position as themselves, and to create new, everlasting friendships.

Joseph Brown, a senior business administration student and brother of Phi Kappa Psi said, “By joining an organization that you feel you fit best in, you will develop friendships that last a life time and also become friendlier with people in other organizations through Greek events. My fraternity gave me the feeling that I fit in and that I was with a group of people that was similar to the people I hung out with from my hometown.”

While it may be a common belief that Greek Life is strictly just about partying, it is so much more than that. “Greek life is more than just partying it’s about having a group of people you know you can always turn to and giving back to the philanthropies you’re involved in.,” said Lauren Alexander, senior business marketing student and sister of Delta Phi Epsilon.

Boys and Girls Club of America, Active Minds, and ANAD are just a few of the many organizations Monmouth’s sororities and fraternities are affiliated with.

Michele Kaplan, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said, “Greek organizations are values based and give students an opportunity to get involved with something outside of the campus which aligns with their values.”

Why Go GreekSpeaking about Phi Kappa Psi’s work and involvement with Boys and Girls Club of America, Brown said, “I find it very rewarding.

The experience I have in the work field doesn’t usually allow me to work with children and to be able to make their lives happier for the time we spend with them makes it worth my time.”

Another benefit of being involved in Greek Life is the connection you can make with people involved in your organization who have already established themselves. Being able to say that they are part of the same organization provides brothers and sisters with an immediate connection and can open doors for career opportunities.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/12

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

HERO Campaign

The HERO Campaign cordially invites you to the Designated Driver Hero of the Year Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Oceanfirst Bank Center Varsity Club Room. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by Saturday, April 15. Contact Suanne Schaad at 732 263 5804 or email her at sschaad.monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

Lambda Theta Alpha

Lambda Theta Alpha will be hosting their Yard Show on Wednesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. in Pollak theater. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The show consists of organizations performing strolling, saluting, and stepping.

Alpha Xi Delta

The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta will be holding their annual philanthropy event, Karaoke for a Cause, to raise money for Autism Speaks on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. in Pollak theater.

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HawkTV and WMCX ‘Rock N Raise’ for A Cause

HawkTV WMCX Rock N RaiseHawk TV and WMCX held the sixth annual charity concert, Rock N Raise on Friday Mar. 31. The live benefit concert which supported The American Cancer Society, took place in the Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication in the Hawk TV studio.

The concert was also simultaneously broadcasted on air on WMCX. Rock N Raise allowed students to connect through music and a meaningful cause.

This year the music came from three local bands; Halogens, Shark Club and Drive, Kid, as well as a performance from Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball. These bands brought a variety of music to the event and gave the community the opportunity to not only come and rock out with them, but also get to see some of their own classmates perform.

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Say ‘Hola’ to the Spanish Club

After a two-year hiatus the Monmouth University Spanish Club is back.

The purpose of the Spanish Club is to increase Monmouth University’s awareness of the Hispanic culture by putting together a variety of events to promote student involvement.

The organization also encourages students to become involved with the surrounding Hispanic community through community service, and to provide opportunities for both language and social development for Spanish majors and minors.

The club has been very busy this year planning events forthis semester and the next year as well.

On Apr. 4 the Club co-sponsered a salsa dancing workshop with latin sorority Lambda Theta Alpha.

The intention was to make memories and to teach the dance as well as the art behind the style and history of it.

Like the salsa event, the Spanish Club is working hard to create their presence on campus. They have recently created an instagram and have had multiple meetings to discuss what’s next.

Having a larger presence and involvement at the Foreign Language festival has also been a primary goal of the Club.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/5

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

Student Activities Board

The Student Activities Board welcomes students to attend their Around the World event on Saturday, Apr. 8 from 12 - 4 p.m. on the Residential Quad. Come for food, drinks, music, and a multicultural experience.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club will be holding a Game Night on Friday, Apr. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Students can play games of all kinds and enjoy light refeshments.

Alpha Omicron Pi ‘Strikes Out’ Arthritis

Alpha Omicron Pi Strike OutEven with three strikes, you’re still winning! The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority hosted a whiffle ball tournament to ‘strike out’ arthritis, the organization’s national philanthropy, on Mar. 25.

At noon on the greens in front of Wilson Hall, Alpha Omicron Pi hosted a whiffle ball tournament. The money raised at this event was donated to the Arthritis Foundation, which is the sorority’s philanthropy.

An estimated 75-100 attendees turned out on that Saturday afternoon, in addition to nearly 100 sisters in the organization.

Jessica Hertman, a junior English and secondary education student, is the sorority’s philanthropy chair and was in charge of running the event. “Overall, I think that the event went very well. Multiple different organizations showed up to play whiffle ball games, as well as parents and even some alumni!” Hertman continued, “All of the teams became very involved in the games and it became a big competition which is what makes it so fun.”

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SGA Receives ‘Rising to the Challenge’Award

Monmouth’s Student Government Association (SGA) attended Conference on Student Government Associations (COSGA) at Texas A&M University this past month and received the “Rising to the Challenge” award for their successes as a senate.

COSGA is a 3-day, international conference for student governments around the globe to convene, network and problem solve in order to improve and strengthen their senate.

Every year, Monmouth sends several delegates to represent the university and bring back new ideas to improve our student government as well as pass ideas along to other schools in attendance.

For the past 36 years, Texas A&M has provided colleges and universities the opportunity for senators to come together to network and learn from each other.

This year, Monmouth’s SGA delegates held a presentation titled “Utilizing Resources: Maximizing Your Student Government Experience.” Phil Russomanno, Academic Affairs co-chair on senate commented on this award-winning presentation.

He said, “We were able to travel to College Station and present a good presentation about using your resources on campus as a student government. Not only internally with your administration and faculty…but also how to reach out to other student governments, and utilize them as well.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/29

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

Colleges Against Cancer

Colleges Against Cancer urges students to come out to their annual Relay for Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event is this Friday, Mar. 31 and will be held in the OceanFirst Bank Center.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

HawkTV & WMCX

HawkTV and WMCX will be holding Rock and Raise, a benefit concert with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, on Friday Mar. 31. Tickets are $5. For more information contact a member from either organization.

Peace Corps Prep Holds Film Festival

Peace Corps Film FestivalOn Feb. 28th the Peace Corps Prep program held a Peace Corps Film Festival in Wilson Auditorium.

The film festival was open to the entire student body offering any students who are interested in the Peace Corps an opportunity to meet return volunteers, ask questions with parents, and get a closer look at what the Peace Corps program can offer to individuals who serve.

Multiple tables were set up outside of the auditorium offering guests an opportunity to learn more about returned volunteers service location and experience. Many of these tables contained artifacts brought back from the different countries.

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/22

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

Alpha Omicron Pi

The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi are holding their annual philanthropy event, Strike Out Arthritis on Saturday, Mar. 25 at 12 p.m. The event will be a wiffle ball tournament to raise money for arthritis research and will be held outside of Wilson Hall. For more information contact Philanthropy Chair Jessica Hertman at s0991926@monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

Delta Phi Epsilon

The Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon will be holding their annual Lip Sync philanthropy event on Thursday, Mar. 23 in Pollak theatre at 10 p.m. For more information contact a sister.

Student Activities Board

The Student Activities Board encourages you to come to their Glow Concert featuring The Weekend Riot on Friday, Mar. 24 from 8 -10 p.m. in Anacon Hall on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Sea Sharps Present Annual Acafest

Sea Sharps Annual AcafestOn Sat. Mar. 25, Monmouth University’s a capella group, the Sea Sharps will be hosting their second annual Acafest, which will feature collegiate a capella groups from multiple schools across the tri-state area.

This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics, the philanthropy of fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma.

Melanie Doe, senior social work student and president of the Sea Sharps, claims there is a lot of work that goes into each show. “We have been preparing for this performance all year and we cannot wait to show how much our group is grown,” Doe said.

Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, associate biology professor and advisor of the group, noticed the difference in the group from last year’s show to this one. “The group is a lot different from last year. They are a cohesive group that’s more in tune with each other. When they sing together, they seem like they are having more fun than before. They have improved chemistry which makes for better music,” he said.

The Sea Sharps were founded in 2013, and are the University’s only a capella group. They have been featured on MTV and have made Acafest an annual tradition.

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The Commuter Student Mentor Program

The Commuter Student Mentor Program is resurfacing this upcoming month in its quest for new mentors. The program, run by Director of Off Campus and Commuter Services, Dr. Vaughn Clay, former Lead Commuter Student Mentor Lauren Niesz and newly chosen Lead Commuter Student Mentor, Alexandria Afanador, are seeking to find seasoned guides to fill the shoes of the graduating senior mentors in the program.

According to the Commuter Student Mentor page on the university website, Commuter Student Mentors are, “seasoned guides that assist the incoming first-year commuter students by helping them make the transition to life at college, while also guiding them through the many programs and resources that can be found at Monmouth University.”

The Commuter Student Mentor Program was founded in spring 2014 as a response to the lack of extra support for first-year commuter students that a residential student may have an easier access to. The program had a rough, yet still successful, start in its inaugural year; however, the students involved with the program learned from the first year and revamped their attempts.

Director of Off Campus and Commuter Services, Dr. Vaughn Clay, said, “The success [this past year] centered on the degree of interaction that the mentors had with their mentees.”

The first year, each incoming first year commuter student was assigned a mentor—whether they asked for one or not. Communication was engaged via school email address, as that was the only method of communication mentors had access to. First year students did not check their school emails regularly and response was poor to the program for many mentors because of this.

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MU Surf Hosts Film Event

MU Surf Club Film EventMU Surf held a film premiere event on campus last week in Pozycki Hall Auditorium. Australian surfer Dion Agius directed the film and named it “The Smiling Bag.”

 MU Surf was able to obtain the film after Agius responded to emails requesting the movie.  In his email, Agius sent the movie file available for download and also thanked the prospective viewers. Agius wrote, “I just wanna say thank you so much for taking the time to email in chasing the movie. I’m stoked you took the time and that you want to see it. And it’s been such an amazing experience to hear from everyone all over the world!”

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Monmouth Youth Activists Present: Battle of the Charities

MYA Battle of CharitiesMonmouth Youth Activists and the members of Blue Hawk Records are hosting the largest charity event ever held at Monmouth University called Battle of the Charities.

Battle of The Charities will be held on Mar. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Pollak Theatre. This event is open to all members of the Monmouth University community for a modest donation fee of $5.

Every dollar donated will be equally distributed amongst the ten non-profit organizations participating in this charity event. Charities include Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, Cloudhead, Product Red, Lunch Break, Rock n Recovery, American Heart Association, Bosnia International Service Trip, and The Kortney Rose Foundation.

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Club And Greek Announcements 3/1

Alpha Kappa Alpha

The sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha will be selling tickets for $7 thoughout the week. The event, Mr. Pink and Green, will be held on Friday, Mar.  3 in Pollack Theater at 8 p.m.For more information, contact a sister who will be in letters.

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235

Alpha Phi Sigma

Please come out to support the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit on Wednesday, Mar. 8 in Anacon Hall, 2nd Floor Student Center from 2:30-4:30.We are raising funds for bullet proof vests for the canine officers.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

SAGE

Please join Monmouth University students, faculty and members of the community for a march/rally on International Women’s Day, Mar. 8. We will gather in front of the University Library around 2 PM with the march starting at 2:30 PM. 

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Guardian’s Club Hosts Guest Speaker

Guardians Club Guest SpeakerThe Guardian’s Club hosted a talk with author and veteran Julia Torres on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The criminal justice club hosts talks a few times a month with different professionals in the industry to help students learn about the different fields in the criminal justice system.

“She is a remarkable person, and is a great role model for all of our students in terms of what you can accomplish and going for your dreams,” said Nicholas Sewitch, a professor in the criminal justice department on why he chose Torres to speak at Wednesday’s meeting.

The talk consisted of Torres discussing her life, and instilling the message in all those attending to seize every opportunity available.

Torres enlisted in the Army Reserve the summer of her freshman year at Rutgers University in order to make some money.

Torres wanted to prove others wrong and show that women could be truck drivers, and chose that as her specialty in the Army Reserve. 

After graduation from Mason Gross School of the Arts, she worked in portraiture for six months until deciding to make a career change. Her sergeant from the Army Reserve recommended she apply to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office as an agent and got the job instantly.

She began reading cases until she read a case about a female undercover agent which sparked a curiosity that led to another career change.

When the Persian Gulf War came around, Torres volunteered to go and drive trucks for eight months. Upon returning, she went to the police academy and had her eyes set on working in Hudson County.

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CommWorks and MOCC Partner for Spring Events

Comm MOCC Spring EventsMembers of CommWorks and the Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) will be co-sponsoring two events this semester, which includes a women’s march, and a social justice performance event.

The women’s march will be on Mar. 8 in honor of International Women’s Day, and will begin at the University Bluffs and end in front of Wilson Hall. The march’s cause is primarily to demonstrate women’s involvement in society and to establish their voice and their equal role in it. The march will also be hosted by Students Advocating Girls Education (SAGE) and other organizations will be in attendance.

The second event will be called, “This is What Democracy Sounds Like,” and will take place during Monmouth University’s annual Scholarship Week in April. The event will touch upon various literature and spoken word that has helped shape and improve human rights in the nation.

 The event is intended to both enlighten as well as educate the students at Monmouth on human rights issues, such as injustices to women, the LGBTQ community, African Americans, Immigrants, and Indigenous people.

In addition to these topics, members discussed that the event will also touch upon the existence of white privilege, and other contemporary issues that are current in today’s society. Members of both MOCC and CommWorks are using this event as a platform to perform, and raise their voice on issues that need to be heard.

Members of both organizations planned the event to be outdoors in front of Wilson Hall. While performers mostly consist of club members, anyone will be welcome to share and perform both original works as well as work written by notable authors, poets, politicians and more.

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/22/17

Tau Kappa Epsilon

The brothers of TKE will be having their annual event in Pollak theatre tonight at 10 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information please contact  President Joshua Freeman at s0997943@monmouth.edu

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

Student Activities Board

SAB will be having an escape room event on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7 - 11 p.m. in Anacon Hall on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Admission is free. For information contact Gina Gelettiei at s0960325@monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

Surf Club

The Monmouth Surf Club will be hosting a Surf Film Festival on Feb. 28 in Pollak Theatre at 7 p.m. Volcom will be sponsoring the event and there will be free Surf Taco. For information contact Ryan Gallagher at s0931061monmouth.edu

The Cost of Going Greek

Cost of Greek LifeFinancial information was distributed for the first time at Monmouth University’s Spring Formal Recruitment, during which, potential new members underwent the process of becoming a member of one of the six Panhellenic sororities on-campus.

Approximately 260 women participated in recruitment this year at Monmouth. In order to be eligible for the recruitment process, a woman must have a minimum grade point average of a 2.5 or higher and a minimum of 12 college credits.

Women must meet all of these qualifications to be a member of an organization on campus. While the list of qualifications is lengthy, there is one important qualification that seems to be purposefully hidden from the women who go through this process.

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Monmouth Outdoors Club Announces Spring Events

MU Outdoors Club Spring EventsThe Monmouth Outdoors Club has planned a number of events for the spring 2017 semester. Events include camping trips, indoor on-campus activities and outdoor activities as well.

Due to the winter weather, the club will be hosting a monthly Game Night on campus. The first Game Night event will be held on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Hot beverages and an assortment of snacks will be sold. At Game Night students are welcome to come play various board games. Game Nights are also scheduled on Mar. 3 and April 7.

The club’s main trip this semester is a tubing trip to Blue Mountain, Premier Pocono Mountain Resort on Sunday, Feb. 19. Those registered will travel to the resort to snow tube on single partner, and family-sized tubes.

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/15/17

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that until the Oscars there will be a showing of musical films. They will be showing this Thursday, Feb. 9  in JP234 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. The club hopes that you can make it!

CommWorks

Interested in poetry slams, stand up comedy, creative writing, original group and solo performances? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235. We meet every Wed. 2:45-4 pm in JP 235.

The Guardians Club

The Guardian’s club will be hosting an event on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the Wilson Hall Auditorium. Guest speaker Julia Torres, Army veteran, undercover law enforcement agent, best selling author, and  member of the DEA taskforce will be talking about her experiences.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum.

Surf Club

The Monmouth Surf Club will be hosting a Surf Film Festival on Feb. 28 in Pollak Theatre at 7p.m. Volcom will be sponsoring the event and there will be free Surf Taco. For information contact Ryan Gallagher at s0931061monmouth.edu

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Boom Roasted Productions Announces Spring Production of Sweeney Todd

Boom Roasted Sweeney ToddMonmouth University’s student-run theatre company, Boom Roasted Productions, will be performing the musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, this coming April in the Lauren K. Woods Theatre.

The production will have a total of four performances, premiering on Friday, Apr. 14 at 8 p.m. The show will have additional performances Saturday, Apr. 15 and Monday, Apr. 17 at 8 p.m., with a special matinee performance at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be available mid-March and will cost $5 for all students, faculty and community members.

Sheri Anderson, a specialist professor of Theatre Arts at Monmouth University and advisor of Boom Roasted Productions said, “This will be a spectacular event and I cannot wait for everyone to see what our students have to bring to the stage.”

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SAB Screens 13th and Leads Panel Discussion

SAB 13th PanelOn Tuesday, Jan. 31 the Student Activities Board hosted the screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. A panel discussion, consisting of two formerly incarcerated individuals, Mike Satterfield and Charita Easter-Fetor, followed the film.

Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, 13th is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment which outlawed slavery, unless as punishment for a crime. Home to 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, the United States has the highest rate of incarceration.

The film gives an in depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. DuVernay’s documentary argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration.

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/8/17

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that until the Oscars there will be a showing of musical films. They will be showing this Thursday, Feb. 9 in JP234 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. The club hopes that you can make it!

CommWorks

Interested in poetry slams, stand up comedy, creative writing, original group and solo performances? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235. We meet every Wed. 2:45-4 pm in JP 235.

Intramural Volleyball

6v6 Indoor Intramural Volleyball Registration closes next week on Tuesday, Feb. 14. We are offering Competitive, CoRec, and Women’s Divisions! CoRec and Women’s teams can play in Competitive, as well as their respective divisions.Sign up as soon as possible to join in the fun!

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum.

Outdoors Club

Monmouth University’s Outdoors Club is having a trip to go snow tubing at Blue Mountain Resort on Sunday, Feb. 19. We will be taking a bus and the price is only $25! We will meet on February 19 at 8am. Sign ups for this trip will begin on Wednesday, February 8th at 3:30pm in Bey Hall 134. Students must sign two waivers and have their money.

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MU Debate Team Reaches Championship Round in Tournament

debate teamMonmouth University’s debate team won seven team and individual speaking awards at a debate tournament in San Diego, California over the weekend of Jan. 21. The team competed against 60 other teams and twelve colleges and universities.

The team consisted of ten pairs who squared off against the opposition in six preliminary rounds. Each of these rounds were two hours in length. An argument to debate was provided and the pairs were divided so that three were on the affirmative and three were on the negative.

The argument chosen by the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) was, “The United States Federal Government should establish a domestic climate policy, including at least substantially increasing restrictions on private sector emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States.”  

Teams that won playoff rounds were eligible to debate in the one-round eliminations which led to the eventual championship winner. Many members of the team made it into the playoffs and won numerous rounds. Three pairs made the playoffs: Francesca Vaccaro and Alec Gulluian and Megan Fleitz and Rossana Valdivia. Another pair, Ryan Kelly and Phoebe Nelson also made it to the quarter final round after going 5-1 at the tournament and scored a playoff victory against a team from Cal State Northridge before losing in a close decision to a team from the University of Miami.

Phoebe Nelson, a sophomore political science student and member of the debate team said, “It was such a great experience and I’m really proud of how well we all did.”

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Celebrate World Hijab Day With MSA and LTA

WorldHijabDayBannerFriday, Feb. 3 the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA), the Latin American sorority on campus will be cosponsoring an event to celebrate World Hijab Day. The holiday is internationally recognized annually on Feb. 1.

According to WorldHijabDay.com, the celebration was started by Nazma Khan, in an attempt to combat the discrimination and general lack of understanding of why women wear it, and to also invite women to wear one for a day.

The hijab is a traditional, mandatory head covering worn by Muslim women all over the world. Both organizations intend to spread that message to the Monmouth University community.

The event is intended to celebrate the hijab as well as the women who wear hijabs. Another purpose is to break down stereotypes. It is also intended to start a conversation about the cultural practices of women all over the world.

Students, faculty, and anyone else interested are welcome to come to the Rebecca Stafford Student Center from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

President of Lambda Theta Alpha and senior health studies student, Daniela Villamin said, “As president of Lambda Theta Alpha, a sorority that promotes acceptance of women from all ethnicities, we felt that this event is significant, especially with all the recent controversy in the country over discrimination of people with certain beliefs/traditions.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/1/17

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that until the Oscars there will be a showing of musical films. They will be showing this Thursday, Feb. 2 in JP234 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening either Funny Face or The Bandwagon . The club hopes that you can make it!

CommWorks

Interested in poetry slams, stand up comedy, creative writing, original group and solo performances? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wed. at 2:45 in JP 235. We meet every Wed. 2:45-4 pm in JP 235.

BoomRoasted Productions

BoomRoasted Productions will be holding auditions on Feb. 3 at 7p.m. for their production of Sweeney Todd. Callbacks will be held Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. For any additional information or questions, please email Nick Zaccario at s0943525@monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. They are having an interest meeting Wed. February 1 at 3:30 p.m.Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum.

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Greek Women Unite for Panhellenic Recruitment

Greek Women Panhellenic RecruitmentThe matching outfits, the secret passwords, the glitter-blowing and loud cheering, it sounds like it’s recruitment season. While all of those things are nice, being a sorority woman is a lot more than what people see through social media and the news.

As a graduating senior and Vice President of Panhellenic Recruitment, I have been fortunate enough to learn first-hand what it truly means to be part of something bigger than yourself, and feel how rewarding it is to help other young women find their own place at Monmouth University.

The National Panhellenic Council is an umbrella organization for 26 Panhellenic sororities. NPC sororities are centered around values such as scholarship, sisterhood and philanthropy.

 Most importantly, sororities are centered around the great women that founded them and their fight for women to have the right to assemble and discuss academics, make friends, and further the empowerment and collaboration of women.

So, how does a woman become a part of a Panhellenic sorority? At Monmouth University, Panhellenic Formal Spring Recruitment takes place a few weeks just into the spring semester. To be eligible for this process, a woman must have 12 college credits and possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Potential new members are divided into groups and assigned two to three recruitment counselors.

Recruitment counselors are disaffiliated members of respected Panhellenic sororities. They give up their own letters to help young women find theirs. The idea of this council is to offer the opinions of unbiased members of Greek life, in order to aid women through the process of potentially finding their new home.

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Meet the Greeks: Alpha Omicron Pi

MTG Alpha Omicron PiMore often than not there is a stigma surrounding college students involved in Greek organizations.

While mistakes are made, as young people often do, the good Greek organizations do for their community, their philanthropy, and each other as well, far outweighs any negative information portrayed in the media. Being a Greek woman is an opportunity unlike any other, and there is something to be offered from each organization. It is so much more than having an official flower, color, or animal. It is a bond and a place of growth. 

An organization that offers these opportunities for growth is Alpha Omicron Pi. The chapter was colonized in 2013 at Monmouth University, but the organization was founded in 1897 at Barnard College. They are one of the six Panhellenic sororities on campus and value what it is to be a leader as well as the importance of receiving an education. The organization’s color is cardinal red, their flower is the Jaqueminot rose, and their unofficial animal is the panda. But like all other sororities, there is much more than meets the eye.

People often fear change upon entering college. It is a common misconception that being a member of Greek life can change someone. What isn’t realized with this thought is that being a member of a Greek organization can change someone, but change them for the better. Flash forward and well into my junior year, I am indeed, a sorority woman, and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. College changed me in the areas of my life where I needed to grow the most. So while change might be scary, no one told me change could also be a good thing. Alpha Omicron Pi has changed my life in the best way possible.

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Club and Greek Announcements 01-25-17

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that until the Oscars there will be a showing of musical films. They will be showing this Thursday, Jan. 25 in JP234 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening Popstar. The club hopes that you can make it!

Monmouth Youth Activists

The Monmouth Youth Activists Club encourages you to get involved. Like or visit their Facebook page for Monmouth Youth Activists Group on campus. See if you’re interested in joining our family We have so much planned this semester @muyouthactivist

BoomRoasted Productions

BoomRoasted Productions will be holding auditions on Feb. 3 at 7p.m for their production of Sweeney Todd. Callbacks will be held Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. For any additional information or questions, please email Nick Zaccario at s0943525@monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum.
If you are interested, please e-mail outlook@monmouth.edu for more information.

Hawk TV News

Hawk TV News is looking for vibrant and interested students who want to be reporters, writers, anchors and much more. You do not need to be a communication major to be apart of this organization. If you are interested email me at s0933548@monmouth.edu or meet us on Wednesdays in JP 138 at 3:15.

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Monmouth University’s Panhellenic Council

MU Panhellenic CouncilThe Panhellenic Council (PHC) at Monmouth provides members of Panhellenic sororities a productive way to contribute to the Panhellenic community, as well as holds its own members accountable.

PHC strives to develop and maintain the fraternal life and Inter-fraternity relations at a high level of accomplishment. It is made up of an executive board (e-board), six delegates (1 per sorority), and a seven-position cabinet.

The e-board consists of the President, Vice President of Programming, and Vice President of Recruitment. The President has an overall responsibility for the operation of the Panhellenic Council and presides at all regular meetings.

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Blue Hawk Studio

Blue Hawk StudioWest Long Branch, NJ – Most students at Monmouth know about Blue Hawk Records, the University’s music label, but often people mistake the Blue Hawk Studio recording club with the label.

The recording club, founded and run by Huascar Holguin, a senior music industry student debuted last Spring. Since the start, the club has more than doubled in size and already has a new recording studio in the making.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/30/16

The Guardians Club

The Guardians Club is honored to present Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Hunter Brockriede as its guest speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. in Rechnitz Hall 107. The Guardians Club and this meeting are open to all students regardless of major/minor.

BoomRoasted Productions

BoomRoasted is holding their annual Theatrefest Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. The four nights of theatre will feature a ‘Ham to Ham’ cabaret with music from Hammerstein to Hamilton.The event will also feature a senior night, alumni night, and a night where members will be presenting and performing their original work. The event is located at the Lauren K. Woods theatre, at 8 p.m. The event is entirely free and members encourage you to come out and be entertained.

Alpha Omicron Pi

The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi are cosponsoring a series of events with Delta Tau Delta. They will be tabling Dec. 1 and collecting items to donate to troops over seas on Dec. 2. They will also be selling hot chocolate for a dollar and proceeds will be donated to Sisters for Soldiers. Dec. 6 they will be having service men talk about their experience and do push up drills. Come out and support your troops. 

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Phi Kappa Psi Hosts Monmouth’s Got Talent

Phi Kappa Psi Monmouth Talent Show 1Phi Kappa Psi held their annual philanthropy event, “Monmouth’s Got Talent” on Wednesday at 10 p.m. in Pollak Theater.

This exciting night started out with the hosts of the show introducing themselves.

Johnny Maurer and Tom Curry, both brothers of Phi Kappa Psi, welcomed all the attendees for coming and spoke about their philanthropy, the Boys and Girls Club.

According to the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County’s website, “The Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County is a private non-profit organization that serves children that come from some of the difficult circumstances in the County. With professional licensed staff, Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County’s youth enjoy a variety of activities.”

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Hawks Striper Club Reels in the Facts

Hawk Striper Club FactsThe fall season brings cool water and lots of activity in the ocean. Falling water temperatures brings a great migration of fish that local fisheries and watermen have been catching for sport or bringing back to the dinner table.

There have been schools of blue fish, peanut bunker and stripe bass in our back yard. The University Bluffs has been the spot to find these “blitz” of fish that have been jumping out of the water.

Junior business student Pete Righi lives in the University Bluffs and is a member of the Monmouth University Football team. Righi said, “It’s crazy to look out your window and see the ocean. This past week I saw a whale that breached out of the water to feed off of the splashing fish around it.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 11/16/16

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that for November there will be a showing of action movies all month long. They will be showing this Wednesday, Nov. 16 in JP138 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves. The club hopes that you can make it!

MU Oral Communication Club (MOCC)

The Department of Communication, the Communication Council, and the MOCC hosts #coMmtalks Post-Election Media Breakdown, on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Wilson auditorium. Join us for a discussion about how traditional and social media affected the way citizens received information about the election.This event is an opportunity for students to gain perspective on the challenges facing today’s media professionals when covering a presidential campaign.

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Panhellenic Council Unifies Greek Women through Events

Panhellenic Council Greek WomenThe Panhellenic Council (PHC) hosted two events last week in order to increase fellowship and spread awareness about the Panhellenic sororities on campus.

These events included their annual Sorority Bingo, and the annual Panhellenic holiday dinner. The Panhellenic Council is Monmouth University’s student representation from the National Panhellenic Conference, which is an umbrella organization for 26 national women’s sororities.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/9

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that for November the club will be will be showing action movies all month long. They will be starting this Wednesday, Nov. 9 in JP138 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening Legend of the Drunken Master, starring Jackie Chan. The club hopes that you can make it!

Monmouth University Oral
Communication Club (MOCC)

The Department of Communication, the Communication Council, and the MOCC hosts #comMtalks Post-Election Media Breakdown, on Wednesday, Nov 16 at 6pm in Wilson auditorium. Join us for a discussion about how traditional and social media affected the way citizens received information about the election.This event is an opportunity for students to gain perspective on the challenges facing today’s media professionals when covering a presidential campaign.

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SAB Promotes Veganism with ‘Udder Chaos’

SAB Try VeganThe Student Activities Board (SAB) held an awareness event called “Udder Chaos” on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. outside of Wilson Hall. At this event, the main goal was for people to be exposed to the dangers of animal agriculture and for people to endorse animal rights.

The event had a ‘stuff and fluff’ station for people to make there own stuffed animals, and a food truck with strictly vegan food varying from veggie burgers, falafel wraps, portabella warps, and three different smoothies.

In order to get a ticket to the food truck, attendees had to sign a petition to stop animal cruelty.

There was also a table with much information of making a difference with becoming vegan.

For those who don’t know, an individual who follows a vegan diet produces 50 percent less CO2, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat eater.

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Catchin’ Waves with Monmouth’s Surf Club

Catchin Waves MU SurfThe Monmouth Surf Club has been busy this year surfing along the east coast. Members on the team have dedicated their time traveling to find better waves and paying respect to the local communities.

The Club’s first event was held on Hathaway in Deal, NJ for a beach clean up where Waves for Water made an appearance. This non-profit organization gives countries reusable clean water filtration systems that provide clean drinking water. Waves for Water recently visited Haiti after Hurricane Mathew destroyed their country.

Senior communication student Hunter Rainis, junior business student Paul Kelly, and sophomore business student Matt Kelly made the first stop on the east coast. “Driving through the Verrazano Bridge was crazy. I thought I was going to get bumped off the bridge, and traffic was nuts,” P. Kelly said.

The crew ended up in Long Beach, NY and surfed all day thanks to Hurricane Nicole. “The first spot we checked was so crowded, but it was the best I have seen it in a while so we had to go in,” Rainis said. “We surfed later at a secret spot and traded waves all alone.”

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/4/16

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that for November the club will be will be showing action movies all month long. They will be starting this Wednesday, Nov. 2 in JP138 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening the original Point Break film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The club hopes that you can make it!

Monmouth University Oral Communication Club (MOCC)

Did you know public speaking is the #1 fear in America? Fight the fear with the Monmouth University’s Oral Communication Center (MOCC).

MOCC offers free peer tutoring for presentations and public speaking! Our walk-in schedule is posted outside of JP 203 or contact our tutor supervisor, Chris Brady, at s0970072@monmouth.edu to schedule an appointment.

Our club is here to help you achieve feats that you never once thought achievable!

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Trunk - or - Treat is Really Sweet

Trunk Or TreatAutumn is here in full swing. The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and more importantly everyone’s favorite time of the year is right around the corner. Each year at the end of October hundreds of thousands of children go out dressed as their favorite superhero or princess to collect candy.

However, the biggest concern for parents and loved ones if how difficult it can be for children to do so in a safe manner. The solution…Monmouth University’s Trunk or Treat!

The event was introduced to the campus and surrounding community by the First Year Service Project last fall as a way for Monmouth University to provide a safe place for children to trick or treat

Former Student Coordinator and alumni, Deanna Getty said “It gives me so much joy to see the students of Monmouth working together to do something wonderful for the community. Seeing the joy on children’s faces last year was priceless and I can’t wait to see how successful the trunk or treat is year!” Most children are unable to go out late on the night of Halloween to collect candy because they have school early the next day, or their parents work, or the family doesn’t feel safe with their children out too late.

Hosting an event during the day on campus allows the family to have all the fun!

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Getting Involved with the NSSLHA

Involved NSSLHAThe National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) provides both undergraduate and graduate students interested in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology with a support system that encourages the pursuit of these professions.

Monmouth University launched its Speech-Language Pathology master’s program in 2014, and since then there has been an increased spark of interest in the field of study amongst undergraduates.

The program’s rigorous curriculum, implementation of clinical experience, research opportunities, and experienced faculty has deemed it to be under “pre-accreditation” status by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

This status signifies that the program has met the standards issued by ASHA. Although the SLP master’s program is becoming nationally recognized, many undergraduate students are uncertain of where to inquire information about this particular field of study.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/26/16

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma tau is hosting a bingo event for students interested in greek life. The event will be on Wednesday November 2nd in Anacon in the student center. The organization encouragges all to come out. Winners will be awardedwith prizes and those who attend wll recieve a special presention from each panhellenic organization.

Boom Roasted Productions

The student-run theater company is putting on its fall musical production of Spring Awakening. They have just released a trailer showcasing the show and are very excited to be performing in it.

The show opens November 11th and runs the 11th through the 12th, and 16th through the 19th at 8pm, and November 13th and 20th at 3pm. The show is located in the Lauren K. Woods theater.

For tickets, visit www.monmouth.edu/arts or call 732-263-6889. For any questions contact club president Nicholas Zaccario at s0943525@monmouth.edu.

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Student Activities Presents Star's And Smore's

stars and smoresThis past Friday, October 7, the Student Activities Board held their Star’s and S’mores Concert on the Residential Quad for all student to come and enjoy at 7:00 p.m.

The opener for this concert was Tyler Robinson, also known as “iamteddymusic.” Tyler is on the men’s basketball team where you may recognize him as being a member of the Monmouth Bench. The concert’s headliner was the alternative band, Radnor.

The night began with the Student Activities Board setting the event up with different things to do on the quad. These things varied such as a photo booth with a cut out Instagram board; glow sticks; and of course, s’mores.

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Making the World a Better Place with Circle K

k clubWith Open House occurring just this past week, there was one club that was more than happy to help out. Circle K International, is a club on campus that focuses primarily on service, leadership, and fellowship.

The students involved in this organization share a love of helping others and are also extremely supportive of one another.

In addition, this club not only encourages diversity in its members but also among the people and organizations that we provide service to.

Past service events on campus include: volunteering at Monmouth University’s Rain Garden and hosting therapy dogs, which allowed students to de-stress before finals and helped raise money for service dogs.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/12

Cinema Club

The Monmouth University Cinema Club is celebrating the month of October by screening Halloween themed films. These films will range from the horror genre, psychological thrillers, and other fun spooky films.

Junior communications student, Stephanie Young will be curating the club at this weeks screening on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30.The club will be meeting in JP room 138 and will be playing Shutter Island.

Student Government Association

The #Hawksarehome and Mighty Monmouth homecoming is vastly approaching with only 18 days left. SGA is directly responsible hosting Homecoming every year, as well as being the oversight of annual funding for all eligible clubs and organizations.

They also are responsible for providing financial assistance to groups and individuals who wish to sponsor a special program or event.The Senate meets at 2:45 p.m. every Wednesday during the academic year on the 3rd floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Meetings are open to the Monmouth University community. To get involved contact club President s0969679@monmouth.edu.

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Student Activities Board Goes ‘All In’ for Casino Night

SAB Casino NightThe Student Activities Board held their annual “Casino Night” on Saturday, Oct. 1 in Wilson Hall to show parents a great time during Parent’s Weekend.

It is that time of year when SAB plans and executes all of their amazing events for the student body to have a good time, as well as give them something to do on campus. Luckily for this specific event, it landed on the weekend of Parents Weekend.

This year’s theme revolved around the 1920’s Jazz era, and the décor and layout of the event embodied this theme. Concert’s Chair for the Student Activities Board and junior business major James Ruffino stated, “I couldn’t have thought of Casino Night going any better than it did. The turnout was absolutely amazing and the set up and appearance of the event was great. It goes to show that all the time and effort the executive board puts into these events are worth it”.

Casino Night is essentially an event where people can come and play casino games for a chance to win amazing door prizes. As students and their families entered Wilson Hall, they were greeted by board members welcoming them to the event and showing them to where they get their chips to begin to play the different games.

At the table, more board members handed each attendee a cup of chips worth $3,000 and that is what they would use to bet. Once they had their chips, they were able to play any games they want. At this year’s Casino Night, the games of choice included Craps, Roulette, Texas Holdem, Blackjack, and slot machines.

The unique aspect of this event is that all the dealers at the tables are either board members from SAB or Professional Staff from the University who volunteered their night to help the event run as smooth as possible. Aside from just playing casino games, attendees were welcomed with small finger foods and beverages.

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Find Your ‘PhiSignificant Other’ at this Week’s Greek Event

PhiSignificant OtherPhi Sigma Sigma will be holding the first greek event of the semester. The sorority holds an event every year, known as Monmouth Idol, where contestants compete in a singing contest.

However, feeling the need to change things up, the organization’s event this year is called “PhiSignificant Other” and is a male beauty pageant featuring men from three of the six fraternities on campus, as well as athletes from the Football and Basketball team as well.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th at 9:45 pm in Pollak theatre. Member of Phi Sigma Sigma and junior graphic design major, Kelly Santoriello said, “This event should be really fun and will help us reach our fundraising goal.”

The money raised from this event will go towards the organization’s philanthropy, the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, which focuses on School and College Readiness, and to cultivate relationships, achieve excellence, impact their communities, and change the world.

The sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma are very excited to hold an event like this, because unlike past events, contestants are included from not just greek life. junior graphic design student Breyana Decker said, “It is great to see everyone come together at these events, not just greek life. It’s amazing to be both entertained while supporting a great cause.”

The event will be the first of many this school year, and many people belonging to both greek organizations, and other organizations such as sports teams, should be in attendance as well.

Many will be there in support of the brave eight contestants who will be on the stage that evening, and the organizations assures that it will be an event to remember.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/5

Cinema Club

The Monmouth University Cinema Club is celebrating the month of October by screening Halloween themed films. These films will range from the horror genre, psychological thrillers, and other fun spooky films.

Junior communications student, Stephanie Young will be curating the club at this weeks screening on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30. The club will be meeting in JP room 138.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of all the student clubs and organizations at Monmouth University. There are more than 100 clubs and organizations, with more being recognized every year by SGA. SGA is directly responsible for the oversight of annual funding all eligible clubs and organizations, as well as providing financial assistance to groups and individuals who wish to sponsor a special program or event.SGA’s mission is to promote the health and welfare of Monmouth University’s student body. The Senate meets at 2:45 p.m. every Wednesday during the academic year on the 3rd floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Meetings are open to the Monmouth University community.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum requirements for communication majors, however, being a communication major is not required to write for The Outlook.

Outdoors Club

The Monmouth University Outdoors Club is offering a campinging trip during Fall Break to French Creek State Park in Pennsylvania which will include horeseback riding, and are also planning a trip to go to a haunted house, a corn amze, and a hayride.

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HERO Campaign and Safety Day Postponed

HERO Campaign Saftey Day 1While originally scheduled for this Wedneday, September 28th, the Hero Campaign Club’s drunk-driving and fire safety event has been postponed until October 26th.on the Residential Quad from 12pm to 3pm.

While it is unfortunate that the date was changed due to the weather, students who visit will have the opportunity to drive a golf cart on a course wearing Alcohol Impairment Goggles. The goggles are to simulate the effects of alcohol consumption on the body.

This event is designed to give the participant the impression of what it is like to drive under the invluence of alcohol.

Club member and sophomore health studies major Gretchen Keyser, said, “I like the Hero Campaign because why wouldn’t you want your friends and family to have a safe ride home. it feels like youre making a difference!”

The intention is to spread awareness for drunk driving and to help in preventing less accidents. The HERO Campaign Club also aid participants in making better decisions. It is collaboration with MUPD, Residential Life, MU Fire and Safety, Students in Recovery, Howell Fire Department, Mid Atlantic AAA, West Long Branch Fire Dept, West Long Branch Rescue Squad, Office of Residential Life, Office of Substance Awareness, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and HERO Campaign For Designated Drivers Club.

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BoomRoasted Productions Brings the Drama

BoomRoasted Productions is the student-run theatre company on campus. They were established in 2013 and have only grown since then.

The club, consisting of both theatre-majors and non-theatre majors alike have successfully put on two full length musicals within the last two years. Both shows, RENT, and The Addams Family, were very well-recieved.

Aside from the musicals, BoomRoasted also holds events such as a Karaoke night, which occured earlier in the semester. Other events include the Haunted Wilson Tour.

Club President Nicholas Zaccario said, “Every year is a different theme for the tour, this year’s theme is famous movie monsters. We’re very excited and its always a great experience.”

BoomRoasted members write original scripts for the tour, buy the costumes and props, and do their makeup themselves.

Last year the club teamed up with the Student Activities Board.         The club is also involved in many other events, such as The Vagina Monologues and the fall musical. Many members have been cast in this year’s production of Spring Awakening.

Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, & Interdisciplinary Studies, and professor of communication Don R. Swanson said, “ I’ve seen the shows in the past and they are really enjoyable and their hard work shows.”

While the club has not arrived at a decison on what this year’s musical will be, BoomRoasted Productions also has other events such as their annual Theatrefest, which showcases the writing, acting and directingtalents of its members.

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/28

Cinema Club

The Monmouth University Cinema Club will be screeningMartin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”, starring Robert De Niro, this wednesday in Jules Plangere Center  at 7:30pm. The room has yet to be decded. For more information folliow them on Facebook at Monmouth Cinema Club, and contact President Julian Garcia at s1003573@monmouth.edu

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of all the student clubs and organizations at Monmouth University. There are more than 100 clubs and organizations, with more being recognized every year by SGA. SGA is directly responsible for the oversight of annual funding  all eligible clubs and organizations, as well as providing financial assistance to groups and individuals who wish to sponsor a special program or event.SGA’s mission is to promote the health and welfare of Monmouth University’s student body. The Senate meets at 2:45 p.m. every Wednesday during the academic year on the 3rd floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Meetings are open to the Monmouth University community.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum requirements for communication majors, however, being a communication major is not required to write for The Outlook.

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Outdoors Club: Get Out There!

Outdoors ClubMonmouth University Outdoors Club is an amazing club with friendly, adventurous people. Its’ purpose is to promote growth, understanding, awareness, and appeal of nature through various activities we sponsor.

Activities may include hiking, rafting, camping, surfing and more. We do everything from playing board games to de-stress, to hosting beach parties, to hiking through trails in the woods, to zip lining down from the tree tops, and anything else pertaining to the outdoors!

There are so many activities and trips available that if one is missed there is sure to be another. Some of the activities that we have planned throughout the semester include: camping, hiking, and kayaking at Wharton State Forest, which will be September 23rd through the 25th. The Outdoors Club also hosts a Game Night once every month.

October 7th through the 9th there will be a camping and horseback-riding trip, which should be fantastic in the autumn weather. Also coming up in October there will also be a trip to a haunted house, in theme with both Halloween and getting outside to do something spooky.

There will also be a camping trip to Allaire State Park on December 2nd through the 4th. Students will be able to sleep in cabins during the trip as well as do other camping activities.

The Outdoors Club will also be participating in The Big Event this year, which is a great way to get outside and to volunteer one’s time towards a good cause.

Other clubs and organizations on campus participate as well, making it a great opportunity to get involved and mingle with others. Aside from the longer trips, hiking day trips are offered at various parks nearby, as well as rock climbing weekday nights, and many others trips and activities as well.

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Council for Exceptional Children: An Exceptional Opportunity

Council Exceptional ChildrenMonmouth University offers a variety of opportunities available to students to give back to the community. For students that are interested in helping those with special needs, Monmouth’s Council for Exceptional Children Club (CEC) is the perfect organization to join. This club hosts, volunteers, and participates in events for both students and adults with disabilities.

President Brittany Burd of CEC club, is a senior English and elementary education major with an endorsement in teaching students with disabilities (TSD) encourages more students to get involved.

“We are always looking for more volunteers and have already begun planning some great events for this year! Every volunteer opportunity is a chance to make a difference,” said Burd.

In the past, the organization has participated in events such as the Special Olympics, the Thanks4giving plunge, and Polar Plunge races. CEC also works with FRA and POAC in the area to make a difference. In addition, they have hosted and attended events at the Shore Center and Hawkswood School.

Dr. Carol McArthur of the Department of Special Education, said, “We are proud to have an active organization on the Monmouth University campus.  The MU students have worked with various community organizations to support special education students and their families in many ways. These students are already proving to be leaders in the field as they organize events, coordinate with other professionals, and engage with students with special needs.” 

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/21

The Monmouth Snowriders

The Monmouth Snowriders are a group that focuses on teaching students how to let go of their inhibitions while forming lifelong friendships in the process.

Whether you’re an expert who wants to tackle the biggest mountains around or a beginner who just wants to meet some great people while learning how to ride in a smaller environment, you are very much encouraged to become part of our family. We go to places all over the east coast, such as Killington and Whiteface.

Our main trip, however, is five days at the ski resort at Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.  Join us for our first general meeting on Wednesday, September 21st at 3:15pm in Bey Hall 133!! 

The Cinema Club

The Cinema Club is cancelling this week’s screening of “On the Waterfont.”

Screenings will resume next week starting with Scorceses’ “Taxi Driver.” Meetings occur every Wednesday at 7:30pm

Martin Scorceses’ films will be shown throughout the month of September. For information contact club President Julian Garcia at s1003573@monmouth.edu

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First Year Service Project: Houseless Not Hopeless

Houseless Not HopelessEver want to volunteer or do more for the local community surrounding Monmouth University but you don’t know how? The First Year Service Project is the place for you!

The First Year Service Project is an on-campus organization which gives students the opportunity to serve their local communities by fighting poverty through a variety of activities including fundraisers, events, and food drives.

We are excited to be kicking the year off with one of our marque events, Houseless Not Hopeless.

Senior Student Coordinator Jennifer Ingegno, said, “Houseless Not Hopeless brings the Monmouth community together for an awareness event that puts students in the shoes of a homeless person.

The perspective I gained from that one night is something I hope we can give to the rest of the students here at Monmouth.” 

Students who have been at Monmouth may recognize this event by the cardboard box shelters that are set up on Shadow Lawn. The event invites students to spend the night living in a cardboard shelter that you create yourself. This gives students’ insight into the lives of the homeless.

Throughout the night students participate in several activities to help the local community. These include a scavenger hunt for school supplies and a Peanut Butter & Jelly relay.

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Sorority Spreads Awareness for Suicide Prevention Week

Suicde Prevention 1Monmouth University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau held an event this past week honoring and spreading awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day. The organization hosted a bake sale, a vigil, and an ‘Awareness Day’ at the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. 

Alpha Sigma Tau’s many   events proved very successful, with all proceeds of the bake sale going to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, located in Shrewsbury New Jersey.

Valentina Sanchez, a junior communication major, said, “We were able to raise three times more money than we did last year, so that’s pretty amazing.” 

The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA) is a non profit organization that provides counseling and other services to those who suffer from depression.

The MHA website states, “As an affiliate of the National Organization Mental Health America and the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation, every day and in times of crisis.” 

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Monmouth Cinema Club: A Blockbuster Hit

Cinema ClubEver watch a movie and just want to talk about it for hours? Well Monmouth has the club for you. The Monmouth University Cinema Club is devoted to creating an exciting place for movie-lovers to meet and discuss what they love about cinema, and who better to run this club than one of the biggest film fans around.

Club President Julian Garcia started the club in the spring semester of 2015. He wanted to create an open and free environment where one could express their opinions, thoughts and theories about a wide variety of films. It became apparent that there was a great need for the club when attendance rose.

When asked about the success of the club Julian, a junior communication major, says, “Films have always been the greatest friends I could ask for and it is terrific to find people who think of movies in the same light.”

Under the guidence of professor Matt Lawrence  each month the cinema club board members choose distinguished filmmakers and dedicate an entire month to view their work.

During this month the Cinema Club chooses popular works by a director as well as less well known material from the director, which Julian Garcia believes allows for a complete in-depth look at the filmmaker.

September is dedicated to the films of Martin Scorsese and is sure to be a fan-favorite for attendees; starting off with his off beat sleeper hit, “After Hours” and continuing the month with his classics, “Good Fellas” and “Taxi Driver”.

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“I believe that faithfullness to these ideals will help me to live joyously and valiantly.”

“But especially do we thank thee for friends."

Senior Goodbye 1Monmouth University. You have been my home for the past four years, the best four years of my life. You have given me friendship, serenity, sisterhood, love, education, laughter, and so much happiness. From the moment I stepped on to this campus I knew I never wanted to leave. Now that time has come and it’s so hard to say goodbye. Over the years I have formed memories on every corner of this beautiful campus and I can’t help but stop and think about them as I walk towards the fountains, through the tunnel towards the residential side, or glance at Wilson Hall. Attending this school was my dream and to be able to say that I’ve reached it is so bittersweet. From eating Carlos omelets everyday freshmen and sophomore year, to shoving three people into a double room in Redwood 218, to throwing endless pregame parties in The Lawrence House, and getting stung every Thursday night, this is in fact, a goodbye.

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Alpha Omicron Pi Raises Money for Arthritis Research

From the court to the stage, Justin Robinson remains a campus celebrity after winning Alpha Omicron Pi’s “So You Think You Can Dance” competition.

So You Think You Can Dance raised over $1,300 for the Arthritis Research Foundation. Since the organization’s partnership with the Arthritis Foundation in 1967, Alpha Omicron Pi has raised over $3 million nationally.

“The whole concept of this event was very cool. The interactive wheel and improvisation aspect was different than other events we’ve seen and it kept it entertaining,” said Ali Hart, junior education student.

There was a massive colorful wheel on the screen that consisted of several different dance moves from over the years. Each contestant came onto the stage oblivious to what dance they would have to perform and spin the wheel. Once the wheel stopped spinning, a brief video of the selected dance would play and the contestant would then have to dance that move. 

The layout of the event was broken down into three sections. It began with all of the members dancing once. After every participant was given the chance to show off their skills, the judges counted their current scores and the people with the five highest scores moved on to the next round. In the final round, there were only two constants battling it out for first place.

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 4/13

MUPNA

The Monmouth University Professional Nurses Association (MUPNA) which includes all MU nursing students and is organized by the elected executive board, will be raising funds and collecting donations for this trip. 

MUPNA has created two donation boxes which are located in McAllan Hall (3rd floor School of Nursing Office) and Birch Hall (room 104).

They are looking for supplies to provide hygiene kits for the patients they will see in Haiti.  Hygiene kits include bars of soap, washcloths, toothpastes, toothbrushes, hand sanitizers, dental floss, and any other personal hygiene items.

Boom Roasted Productions

The Addams Family opens April 15th, 16th and 18th @ 8pm and April 17th @ 3pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from the MAC Box Office.

Monday night’s performance is currently SOLD OUT, so people should buy their tickets NOW!

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Monmouth University Fights Back at Relay for Life

MU Relay for Life 2016Students, faculty, friends, fighters, survivors, and loved ones filled the Multi-Purpose Activity Center (MAC) on Fri. April 1 for Monmouth University’s Relay for Life. Monmouth University has been hosting an American Cancer Society sponsored campus-wide Relay for Life event, along with the help of the Colleges against Cancer club on campus, to help fight back and find a cure for cancer.

The American Cancer Society website claims that the Relay for Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. The relay is an overnight event where participants “camp out”, listen to music, visit fundraising tables, and take turns walking around the MAC track to raise funds to fight cancer. This year’s theme was One World, One Hope, in honor of the national Relay for Life theme of Paint Your World Purple. The theme is to spread awareness of the available support and programs around the world from the ACS. The American Cancer Society’s slogan is “Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back.”

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Karaoke For A Cause Raises $2,100 For Autism Speaks

With Light It Up Blue week just around the corner, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta at Monmouth University began their month of fundraising at their annual Karaoke for a Cause event on Wednesday Mar. 30, 2016.

Keith Lee, a junior political science major and brother of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, blew the crowd away with his performance of Neyo’s “So Sick” and secured his first place spot in the competition.

“All of the acts were really great and entertaining but Keith Lee really killed up there on stage and stole the hearts of everyone in the audience,” said senior education student Kathleen Fabio.

The event consisted of 10 acts from students in the Monmouth community. DJ Forest Taylor from Delta Tau Delta provided his musical expertise for the night while Maddie Conroy, Bryce Petracorro, and Paul Matt hosted. Matthew Cox from Phi Kappa Psi, Chris Carter from Delta Tau Delta, and Bri Musco were the judges for the night.

“The event went very well. The acts were amazing and I am so grateful for them to perform. Honestly I love this philanthropy and everything we do. I volunteered with children with autism so being philanthropy chair and organizing an event which raised around $2,100 is awesome and a privilege to be a part of,” said Kristen Kennett a sophomore heath studies student and the philanthropy chair for Alpha Xi Delta.

To kick off the event, Lauren Gandulla from Autism Speaks came to speak to the audience about the work being done at Autism Speaks. “Autism costs a family over $60,000 a year with 1 in 68 children being diagnosed. It is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S. and we are so excited about our new partnership with Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity,” said Gandulla director of field development for the NJ Shore chapters of Autism Speaks. “I was thrilled when Kristen invited me to speak and help your school kick off Light it Up Blue week for Autism Awareness month.”

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 4/6

MUPNA

The Monmouth University Professional Nurses Association (MUPNA) which includes all MU nursing students and is organized by the elected executive board, will be raising funds and collecting donations for this trip.

MUPNA has created two donation boxes which are located in McAllan Hall (3rd floor School of Nursing Office) and Birch Hall (room 104).

They are looking for supplies to provide hygiene kits for the patients they will see in Haiti. Hygiene kits include bars of soap, washcloths, toothpastes, toothbrushes, hand sanitizers, dental floss, and any other personal hygiene items.

Please consider donating for this wonderful organization. We thank you for your help!

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum requirements for communication majors, however, being a communication major is not required to write for The Outlook.

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Monmouth Surf Club Spends Spring Break Overseas

MU Surf Club Spring BreakSpring break, time to leave.  Anywhere away from home.  It’s odd; no other time of year seems better fit for travel than March. Why deal with the half-spring/half-winter mode? Who needs the soggy ground and fluctuating temperatures that New Jersey provides during this month? There are nooks to be explored and crannies to be exploited.I suppose going overseas to party at a resort youwill never remember does count, although the travel being referenced here is more meaningful—a right of passage for many is the surf trip.

Since the dawn of time, surfers have searched for a perfect wave. Something about consolidating your life and throwing it into a board bag has a titillating allure. Who needs expensive hotels, five-star food or even deodorant for that matter? The boys of Monmouth Surf sure don’t. Their destination for this past spring break was none other than the surfing paradise of Puerto Rico.

Talk of travel to the Carribean Island started a few weeks into Monmouth’s spring semester, thoughts of exotic women and golden Medalla replaced those of upcoming midterms.But more importantly, the guys sought after scoring a perfect Puerto Rican wave.

Freshman business student Matt Kelly and sophomore business student Paul Kelly were stationed in a town called Isabella during their break. “My best session was probably the last day of my trip. Right in front of my house that I was staying at had eight to 10 foot [waves] and [it was] perfect. Water was 80, air was 80 and it was just me and my friends for most of the time,” said Kelly.

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 3/30

MUPNA

The Monmouth University Professional Nurses Association (MUPNA) which includes all MU nursing students and is organized by the elected executive board, will be raising funds and collecting donations for this trip. 

MUPNA has created two donation boxes which are located in McAllan Hall (3rd floor School of Nursing Office) and Birch Hall (room 104).

They are looking for supplies to provide hygiene kits for the patients they will see in Haiti.  Hygiene kits include bars of soap, washcloths, toothpastes, toothbrushes, hand sanitizers, dental floss, and any other personal hygiene items.

Please consider donating for this wonderful organization. We thank you for your help!

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club trips to Belleplain State Forest and Hudson Canyon are sold out. If you would like to sign up for the wait list, please contact either Joseph Grembowiec (s0950614@monmouth.edu) or Sean Foley (s0943326@monmouth.edu) The ODC will be hosting an Old Fashioned picnic on Sunday, April 3 from 11am to 3pm at Shark River Park! Food and games included!

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Phi Kappa Psi Wins Lip-Sync for Third Year in a Row

Phi Kappa Psi Lip SyncPhi Kappa Psi fraternity remains the reigning champions of Delta Phi Epsilon’s annual Lip-Sync Battle as they walked away with another victory on Wednesday, March 9.

“Lip-Sync is always such a fun event for the entire Greek community so we are so excited to have been able to participate and win again,” said Malik Johnson, a senior communication student and member of Phi Kappa Psi. Phi Psi’s gold winning dance featured a mash up of famous SpongeBob songs that had the entire audience singing along.

“Phi Psi’s dance was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. I loved that they all dressed up like the characters in the show and had the entire crowd laughing, singing, and clapping along the entire time,” said Jenna Hersh, a senior economic and finance student.

Sigma Pi fraternity earned second place with a fun and upbeat dance to the hit song “Hey Ya” by Outkast. Theta Xi fraternity added a classical yet comedic approach to the event with a performance to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody which landed them in third place.

The performances throughout the event were evenly divided between intense choreographed dances and comedic performance dances that left the crowd in tears.  Delta Tau Delta started the night off with a mash up of Hotline Bling, Anaconda, Let it Go, and Sweet Caroline which set the bar high for the for the night. Phi Sigma Sigma kept the momentum of the event going with an impressively choreographed mash up of Britney Spears songs from over the years. Sigma Tau Gamma followed with a hilarious rendition of Beyonce’s “Run the World” and the “Wobble”. Alpha Omicron Pi then performed a Hannah Montana tribute and Zeta Tau Alpha performed a Beyoncé mash up. Alpha Xi Delta finished the night with a dance that encompassed the seven deadly sins.

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Newfound Fraternity Progresses Since Chartering

Truth, Courage, Faith, Power. These are the four fundamental principles ‘Delts’ live by in order to maintain important relationships within the organization and the outside world. 

Ever since the organization’s colonization on Mar. 7, 2014, the gentlemen of Delta Tau Delta have been working tirelessly to make a positive impact on Greek Life at Monmouth University. Through their successful philanthropic events, such as Delta Queen and volunteering at the Asbury Park and West Long Branch areas at Jersey Shore Dream Center, the Delts are not only trying to better themselves, but also the University and the surrounding communities.

“Between the two Delta Queen events, I believe over $15,000 has been raised in about a years [time] span,” said Anthony Serrantonio, a Delt alumni who organized the first Delta Queen philanthropic event.

Delta Queen is a competition held in Pollak Theatre amongst the sororities on campus where the sorority women and Delt fraternity brothers alike accumulate points in an attempt to raise money with the ultimate goal of winning the “crown.” This event raises money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Delta Tau Delta’s national philanthropy. The foundation’s mission is to rid the world of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in children.

Shannon Marren, a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, recently won the competition this past February with the help of her Delt coaches, Christopher Carreira and JP Stabner. “The whole process was awesome, but I absolutely loved being able to dance on stage with my coaches and my best friends,” Marren said. “We had a great time choreographing it, practicing, and making sure the audience was entertained the whole time.”

Performing at Pollak Theatre proved to be fun and enjoyable, however, Marren and the rest of the sorority women worked to attain the same goal.

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 3/23

MUPNA

The Monmouth University Nurses Professional Association (MUPNA) which includes all MU nursing students and is organized by the elected executive board, will be raising funds and collecting donations for this trip. 

MUPNA has created two donation boxes which are located in McAllan Hall (3rd floor School of Nursing Office) and Birch Hall (room 104).

They are looking for supplies to provide hygiene kits for the patients they will see in Haiti.  Hygiene kits include bars of soap, washcloths, toothpastes, toothbrushes, hand sanitizers, dental floss, and any other personal hygiene items.

Please consider donating for this wonderful organization. We thank you for your help!

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club trips to Belleplain State Forest and Hudson Canyon are sold out. If you would like to sign up for the wait list, please contact either Joseph Grembowiec (s0950614@monmouth.edu) or Sean Foley (s0943326@monmouth.edu) The ODC will be hosting an Old Fashioned picnic on Sunday, April 3 from 11am to 3pm at Shark River Park! Food and games included!

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MU Surf Club Gets Sponsored by Surf Taco

  MU Surf Club Surf TacoIt took one meeting, a couple tacos, 15 handshakes and an hour in the surf but after it all, the MU Surf Club walked out of the Long Branch Surf Taco with a new sponsor under their belt

In the weeks after winter break, Monmouth Surf Club President Tyler Sankey had arranged to meet with the who’s who of the local Surf Taco. You’ve seen them in the water, you’ve seen them getting into their wetsuits on the side of the road, but have you seen MU surfers in a business meeting?

“I reached out to our corporate office and they were stoked on the idea. I then set up a meeting with Tyler [Sankey] and the team, our director of operations, Micheal Courtney, the General Manager of our Point Pleasant Beach shop, Shawn Graul and myself,” said the assistant manager and social media coordinator Susie Dowling.  Dowling continued to say, “I didn’t know much about the surf team until [a coworker] mentioned it to me, but as a fellow MU alum of the Class of 2010, I knew that we should totally be involved with this.”

They are involved. MU Surf and Surf Taco have already teamed up at the men’s basketball games to give away free tacos to the crowd.

“We want the Monmouth community to know that [MU Surf] is part of ‘Team Taco’ and we’d like to help them get their name out there to the student body,” said Susie Dowling, a Surf Taco employee.

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Rob Panasuk Crowned ZTA’s Big Man On Campus

Big Man CampusMonmouth University found out who was man enough to wear the crown on Wednesday, March 2 as Zeta Tau Alpha held their annual philanthropy event “Big Man on Campus.”

For many years, ZTA has held their annual “Big Man on Campus,” which raises money for their national philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. Big Man on Campus is essentially a male beauty pageant where various men compete for the title of the “Big Man” on the University’s campus. This year, there were nine men that volunteered to be put to the test to try and win the competition. The nine men consisted of various students from different fraternities on campus, as well as members of different athletic teams. The event was hosted by sisters Amanda Caruso and Carly Pane, who added their own commentary throughout the show and informed the audience that they were able to participate in the fun via social media by using the hashtag #BigMan2016.

“The process was really exciting for me. I had known since Big Man last year that this event was something I wanted to put together during my time at Monmouth. Working with the boys and seeing what they were going to offer to the competition and how excited they were for it was really great,” said Danielle Pinelli, ZTA’s Director of Philanthropy. “This event is so special to ZTA because it gives us the opportunity to raise money for a cause that we are so passionate about. ZTA loves raising money and doing anything we can to support Breast Cancer Awareness and education and to get the support that we did from our peers is really just phenomenal.”

There are four different sections of the event that all contestants must complete. The first part that occurs is an introduction of who the contestants are as they are escorted on stage by graduating sisters. This is followed up by a question in which they pick out of a hat and have to answer off the top of their head. After each man has been introduced, they participate in the swimsuit portion as well as a question and answer. The third section is the talent portion. Each man that is running for Big Man performs for the crowd, ranging from singing a song, dancing to music, or performing exercises. Lastly, the men impressed the crowed with their formal wear to finish the competition, answering their last question.

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Students Get Artistic At Paint Night

Student Paint NightThe Student Activities Board and Artists for a Change hosted a Paint Party on Friday, March 4 to encourage students to bring out their artistic sides. The Paint Party was split up into two different time frames, with the first session being from 7:30-8:30 and the second session from 9:00-10:00.

Gina Geletei, sophomore education student, who is also Festivals chair on the Student Activities Board, planned this entire event. She wanted to provide the campus with a unique event rather than a typical festival they could attend any other day.

 “Planning this event was a lot different because I usually work with a variety of vendors per event but for this I only used one company. I also planned this event as a co-sponsorship with Artist’s for Change which is a new club on campus and that was the first time I cosponsored an event which was really exciting and different,” said Geletei.

When the students arrived to Anacon Hall, they were greeted with a “mocktail bar,” a non-alcoholic cocktails bar. The venue was set up as a rectangle with about 25 tables. They were then assigned a place to sit with their canvas, three paint brushes, and a cup of water to rinse the brushes with. Two artists were in charge of instructing the students and guests. The 7:30-8:30 shift painted a scenic portrait with a river, mountains, and flowers. The 9:00-10:00 shift painted a portrait of the New York City skyline. The artists showed the students and guests different techniques on how to paint without being stressed about it being perfect. They also were able to only use five different colors, but blended them together to make different colors and shades.

Monica Cioppettini, junior fine arts students and president of Artists for Change said “It was nice working with another club, especially one with such large recognition. It really opened my eyes to the resources we have on campus and I learned a lot of club organization and delegation.”

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 3/9

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting its annual philanthropy event, Love Struck, on Thursday, March 10. The event is a mock dating show which allows a bachelor and bachelorette a chance at love. Tickets are being sold in the Student Center until the day of the event from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m for $5 in advance and $7 at the door. We hope to see you there!

Cinema Club

If you love movies come check out the Cinema Club every Tuesday and Wednesday in Plangere! We feature different genres each week. For more information, contact Julian Garcia at s1003573@monmouth.edu.
This week is animated series week, where we will be screening movies from master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazki. We will screen his films Totoro and Spirited Away.

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club has sold out of both upcoming camping trips for Whitewater Rafting and Cabin Camping. Any student still interested in attending these trips can sign up for the wait list in case of any changes. Contact Joseph Grembowiec (s0950614) or Sean Foley (s0943326) with any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming trip.

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Greek Senate Represents Monmouth at NGLA Conference

Twelve delegates from Monmouth University’s Greek community attended the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) conference this past weekend in Pittsburgh, PA. The students in attendance applied to represent Monmouth, alongside Assistant Director of Student Activites For Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL), Michele Kaplan.

Kaplan stated, “The NGLA conference builds community among students from a variety of fraternal experiences, challenges members to align their actions with fraternal values, and empowers advocates to transform and improve their communities. It Is exciting to see our students return with new perspectives and more definite future goals for the FSL community.” The purpose of the conference is to provide a number of resources for members of the Greek community that assist in furthering the mission of their organizations. The weekend-long event included members from Greek chapters all over the Northeast region.

Monmouth University’s delegates included the Presidents of the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council (PHC), the Multicultural & Professional Greek Council (MPGC), and Greek Senate, as well as individual chapter presidents, and chapter delegates. Monmouth paid for the students’ attendance, as well as accommodations for the group in Pittsburgh. Each student was able to attend a variety of speaker seminars of their choice. The seminar topics ranged from how to recruit in different ways to learning more about how to strengthen your own leadership skills.

Greek Senate President and Junior psychology student, Morgan Lavalee, said, “I enjoyed NGLA and thought it was a great experience. It gave me ideas to bring back to our campus. I especially enjoyed one seminar I attended about things that worked or didn’t work within your chapter/campus and was able to hear other schools’ opinions and frustrations.”

The school’s delegates were split into one of 17 institute groups that met each of the days to discuss relevant information for all to be knowledgeable about. The first institute focused on Title IX and Sexual Harassment on college campuses. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. This session consisted of ways to promote Title IX awareness as well as sexual assault and the dangers that are prevalent to a college campus. Following the first institute, the second focused on diversity and inclusion on campus. It is important to recognize and include all Greek groups on the campus in order to promote unity and respect between all oganizations.

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 3/2

Zeta Tau Alpha

Zeta Tau Alpha will be hosting its annual event, Big Man On Campus on Wed. Mar. 3 at 10 p.m. The event, which is a male beauty pagent, will include contestants from many different organizations such as Greek life and sports teams. All proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness. Contact Kristina DiGiacomo with any questions or concerns.

Running Club

Anyone interested in meeting up for regular fun runs throughout the semester should contact Club president Mitchell Pollard or Club Advisor Joe Compagni. One more open Showcase meet will be held on Mar. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the MAC for anyone who would like to race. Congratulations to the University men’s and women’s indoor track and field team for their third straight MAAC Championships last weekend!

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club has sold out of both upcoming camping trips for Whitewater Rafting and Cabin Camping. Any student still interested in attending these trips can sign up for the wait list in case of any changes. Contact Joseph Grembowiec (s0950614) or Sean Foley (s0943326) with any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming trip.

The Outlook

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Delta Tau Delta Crowns 2016 Delta Queen

Delta Tau Delta QueenShannon Marren crowned 2016 Delta Queen in Delta Tau Delta’s highly anticipated philanthropy event on Tuesday Feb. 17 in Pollak Theater.

Delta Queen is unlike any other Greek event on campus. The competition lasted three months showing the competitiveness of each organization that the campus does not typically see for Greek events.

Something that I think sets our event apart is the time we take with having contestants and making them a part of the process. Raising money is not easy, especially on a college campus so by making this something that everyone could really be a part of, connect with, and enjoy is something we wanted to be sure that happened,” said Dylan Vargas, a senior marketing and management student and coordinator of this years Delta Queen.

This year, Delta Tau Delta raised a jaw dropping $6,510.58 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This money was raised from ticket sales, penny wars, and the contestants individual fundraising efforts during the second round of the completion in November.

The contestants were all members of different Panhellenic organizations on campus and included Danielle Alba from Phi Sigma Sigma, Brianna Varrone from Zeta Tau Alpha, Nicole Banks from Alpha Kappa Psi, Victoria Crescenzi from Delta Phi Epsilon, Shannon Marren from Alpha Xi Delta, and Clare Maurer from Alpha Omicron Pi. 

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Ice Hawks Cap Off Season in Newfound Conference

MU Hockey ClubThe Monmouth University Ice Hockey team’s season ended on Friday, February 29, with a 3-2 loss to University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, PA. The Hawks, the fourth seed in the Colonial States College Hockey Conference, finished their season 13-10-2 and a conference record of 7-5-2.

Monmouth took the lead early. Senior center, Kyle Blazier, took a shot that deflected off of junior left winger, Anthony DeFede, and went into UPenn’s goal. Minutes later, DeFede passed the puck to Mike Frade, a freshman right winger, who backhanded the puck into the net. UPenn scored a goal late in the second period to make the score 2-1.

With 10 minutes of play left in the third period, UPenn somehow manage to score from behind the goal line. “There was a lot of traffic in front of the net,” DeFede said. “I honestly don’t know how it went in.”

UPenn scored the game winner within the final minute and a half of play making the final score 3-2. Monmouth fought valiantly in this close, tight checking, low scoring game.

Even though this loss sent the Hawks back to the nest, every cloud has its silver lining. Monmouth Ice Hockey as already made its mark on the Colonial State College Hockey Conference, showing rivals such as TCNJ, NJIT, Seton Hall, and West Chester that they can be a force to be reckoned with in years to come. “This season was a nice little taste of what we can do next year,” said Stephen Bonora, the goalie.

Both DeFede and Bonora believe that the team, as a unit, has taken major steps forward. “Our team grew hungrier and progressively more physical throughout the season, but finishing and scoring final goals was our problem,” DeFede recalled. “Tony [DeFede] and I plan on skating in the offseason to work on some things as we prep for next season,” Bonora said.

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/24

The Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club is hosting numerous events this semester. The first will be on Game Night held on Friday, February 19 in the Student Center at 9pm. There will be multiple games and plenty of snacks. You can also stop by if you just want to meet the members and become more acquainted with the club.

If you cannot make game night but still want to join the Outdoors Club, do not worry. Our Future events include

Future Events to keep an eye out for:

March 25-27: Cabin Camping at Belleplain State Forest

April 3: Old fashioned picnic at Shark River Park from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

April 23-24: White Water Rafting and Aerial Zip Lining Adventure Course at Hudson Canyon, NY

April 26 : Beach Bash, the location will be determined closer to the date

*Come to an Outdoors Club Meeting every other Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Bey Hall 126.

You can also join our Facebook group, Monmouth University Outdoors Club, to find out about upcoming events.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Crowns 2016 Mr. Pink and Green

Mr Pink GreenOn Friday, Feb. 26 Rock N‘ Raise annual charity event will take over the Hawk TV studio in the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communications building. Rock N’ Raise is a competition between bands who raise money and perform in hopes to win a grand prize and of course, bragging rights. This event is co-sponsored by WMCX and Hawk TVWMCX and Hawk TV will both stream and broadcast Rock N’ Raise live.

The idea of Rock N’ Raise first came about in 2013 after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore. Both WMCX and Hawk TV wanted to put on an event to raise money to help those affected by Sandy, so the two organizations joined forces. Rock N’ Raise since then has become an annual live production.

While WMCX and Hawk TV co-sponsor the event, the two organizations have very different responsibilities when planning Rock N’ Raise. “Hawk TV is required to make sure we have a full crew for the event and insure the overall flow of production. Specifically as executive producer I have to make sure all the tech equipment is working and that the staff knows their role,” said Joseph M. Ruggiero, a senior communication student and executive producer of Hawk TV.

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Rock N’ Raise Returns To Campus in Late February

On Friday, Feb. 26 Rock N‘ Raise annual charity event will take over the Hawk TV studio in the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communications building. Rock N’ Raise is a competition between bands who raise money and perform in hopes to win a grand prize and of course, bragging rights. This event is co-sponsored by WMCX and Hawk TV. WMCX and Hawk TV will both stream and broadcast Rock N’ Raise live.

The idea of Rock N’ Raise first came about in 2013 after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore. Both WMCX and Hawk TV wanted to put on an event to raise money to help those affected by Sandy, so the two organizations joined forces. Rock N’ Raise since then has become an annual live production.

While WMCX and Hawk TV co-sponsor the event, the two organizations have very different responsibilities when planning Rock N’ Raise. “Hawk TV is required to make sure we have a full crew for the event and insure the overall flow of production. Specifically as executive producer I have to make sure all the tech equipment is working and that the staff knows their role,” said Joseph M. Ruggiero, a senior communication student and executive producer of Hawk TV.

As Hawk TV focuses on the live production aspect of the event WMCX focuses on the musical aspects. “As the music producer of this year’s Rock N’ Raise the majority of my planning included getting a hold of a whole bunch of bands and artist to take part in the event,” says Larissa Trovamala, a senior communication student and an active member of both Hawk TV and WMCX. Some of the bands that Trovamala secured to perform at Rock N’ Raise are The Mercury Brothers from Red Bank and Eastbourne from Asbury Park. “Larissa [Trovamala] has done an amazing job finding four local successful bands to perform, explains Hawk TV executive producer, Ruggiero. 

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/17

The Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club is hosting numerous events this semester. The first will be on Game Night held on Friday, February 19 in the Student Center at 9pm. There will be multiple games and plenty of snacks. You can also stop by if you just want to meet the members and become more acquainted with the club.

If you cannot make game night but still want to join the Outdoors Club, keep an eye out for:

March 25-27: Cabin Camping at Belleplain State Forest.

April 3: Old fashioned picnic at Shark River Park from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

April 23-24: White Water Rafting and Aerial Zip Lining Adventure Course at Hudson Canyon, NY.

April 26 : Beach Bash, the location will be determined closer to the date

*Come to an Outdoors Club Meeting every other Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Bey Hall 126.

You can also join our Facebook group, Monmouth University Outdoors Club, to find out about upcoming events.

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PNM Orientation Introduces Women to Greek Life

PNM OrientationThe Panhellenic Council hosted its PNM Orientation on Tues. Feb. 2 and Wed. Feb. 3. in Wilson Hall Auditorium. This was an event open to all women who signed up for Spring Formal Recruitment.

PNM stands for “potential new member” and each PNM was required to attend one of the two orientation sessions. At each session, the women were asked to view a PowerPoint presentation given by Ashley McMahon, Panhellenic Council Vice President of Recruitment.

After introducing the women to what their schedules will contain in the next week, they were divided into specific color groups and paired up with two or three recruitment counselors. The counselors would be the women to guide them through the recruitment process. Their groups would go over any important recruitment details, such as schedules, conflicts, and questions regarding the weekend. Afterward, the women were sent on their way with all they needed to know about recruitment and contact information if they wanted to know more from their counselors.

“It was really great to get to know the girls beforehand and get the information out to them and the questions cleared up. I felt like it was really good to get all of the girls comfortable and prepared for recruitment. It made me excited for recruitment and to help all of the girls find their homes and become a part of our awesome Greek community,” said Mollie Dunnigan, a senior recruitment counselor, studying elementary education.

The orientation began with an introductory video about the National Panhellenic Conference and what being a sorority woman means. The video helped to break down any negative stereotypes the potential new members might have been exposed to. It also helped to link Greek life to something bigger than just the individual. Being a sorority woman is much more than partying and self-image. It is about service, sisterhood, and the pursuit of a better “you”.

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Panhellenic Community Celebrates A Successful Recruitment

Excitement and nerves ran high on Friday Feb. 5, 2016 as undergraduate women at Monmouth University began their first day of formal sorority recruitment.

Panic set in for students of Greek life and those interested in joining after receiving an email from the University cancelling classes for Friday afternoon.  Thankfully, the roads cleared up and formal recruitment remained as scheduled.

“Recruitment is like Christmas for sororities so I was so nervous when it was rumored to be cancelled. Almost every student interested in joining still came out despite the weather so I am so glad everything worked out in the end,” said Danielle Romanowski a junior communications major.

Formal recruitment is the process in which students meet every sorority on campus and ultimately join the one that best suits them. Formal recruitment occurs for all Panhellenic organizations on campus, which include Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Phi Epsilon, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Phi Sigma Sigma.

This year saw over 250 women participate in recruitment, a significant increase when compared to past years. “There are so many more girls going through recruitment than there were when I went through which is absolutely amazing. Joining Greek life at Monmouth truly changed my life and I am so excited to see more girls getting involved,” said Kerrin Hageny, an alumni of Monmouth University.

Recruitment is a three day long process in which women interested in Greek life meet every sorority and ultimately find their home in the Panhellenic community. The first day began at 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon and lasted until 10:15 p.m.

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/10

The Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club is hosting numerous events this semester. The first will be on Game Night held on Friday, February 19 in the Student Center at 9pm. There will be multiple games and plenty of snacks. You can also stop by if you just want to meet the members and become more acquainted with the club.

If you cannot make game night but still want to join the Outdoors Club, do not worry. Our Future events include

Future Events to keep an eye out for:

March 25-27: Cabin Camping at Belleplain State Forest

April 3: Old fashioned picnic at Shark River Park from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

April 23-24: White Water Rafting and Aerial Zip Lining Adventure Course at Hudson Canyon, NY

April 26 : Beach Bash, the location will be determined closer to the date

*Come to an Outdoors Club Meeting every other Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Bey Hall 126.

You can also join our Facebook group, Monmouth University Outdoors Club, to find out about upcoming events.

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PRSSA: New Strategies for New Goals

PRSSA StrategiesThroughout the 2015-2016 school year the Public Relations Student Society of America [PRSSA] has seen growth within its chapter due to a change in club atmosphere and member requirements. The club allows public relations students to improve their resume by providing free PR to the clients of Shadow PR Firm, a nationally recognized student run PR firm.

Since PRSSA was brought to campus, student involvement was low. Many of the members in the club were participating solely to fulfill their practicum, which is a mandatory one-credit course for all communication students. The goal of practicum is to give students experience outside of a lecture based class and creates working materials to put into a portfolio. The course was created due to a lack of internship experience in the communication department as many students were fulfilling their experiential education requirements through various options such as studying abroad.

After seeing the lack of enthusiasm and involvement amongst the members involved in practicum, this year’s PRSSA executive board called for change. Meetings typically lasted about 20 minutes in the past, and now are conducted for at least 45 minutes to an hour.

“We wanted to change the structure of the meetings so it would be more beneficial to everyone, including ourselves [the executive board],” said Deven McCarthy, a senior communication student and President of PRSSA. “Rather than meeting once a week to hand in the materials due each week such as press releases, flyers, and blog posts, we wanted to actually teach the students how to make media kits and give them opportunities to network.”

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Inter-Fraternity Council Hosts Open House

Monmouth University’s Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) hosted its annual Fraternity Open House last Wed., Jan. 27at 10 p.m. in Pozycki Hall Auditorium. The council invited all potential new male members to attend and learn about the fraternal organizations the university has to offer.

The Inter-Fraternity Council is comprised of all fraternity presidents and an executive board to oversee all seven fraternities at Monmouth. According to the Monmouth University Greek Life website, the council’s goals are to: “promote harmonious relations among the fraternities of Monmouth University; promote inter-fraternalism participation in intramurals and all fraternity/sorority events; standardize, control, and regulate the recruitment activities; support and recommend expansion of new fraternities; and cooperate with the University and Campus organizations in matters of common interests.”

To begin the night, the council’s executive board introduced each organization and allowed each group to give a brief presentation to the potential new members, before breaking off into separate rooms. The organizations included all seven fraternities and Monmouth’s professional business fraternity: Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Pi, Sigma Tau Gamma, Tau Delta Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Theta Xi. Each organization presented information about its chapter’s history, founding members, current members, philanthropy, community service events, and brotherhood. The event is to help potential new members understand what each organization values, and to encourage them to find their best “fit.”

“The main message of IFC is to join a brotherhood where you feel is most alike to your best friend group at home, that you can be yourself in, and that will help you grow,” said Kevin Zielaznicki, sophomore finance student and IFC President.

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/3

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) meets every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the second floor lounge at New Hall. All are welcome to join! We will begin planning our annual Winter Ball and could use your creative ideas. For more information, contact Danielle St. Vincent at s0887667@monmouth.edu

Panhellenic Council

The Panehllenic Council is holding formal recruitment this upcoming weekend, Feb. 5-Feb. 7. In order to participate in sorority recruitment, you must have 12 completed credits from Monmouth University, as well as a cumulative 2.5 grade point average or higher. PHC wishes all potential new members luck on their journey to Greek life!

MOCC

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center invites you to take advantage of free peer tutoring for presentations and public speaking! Our walk-in schedule is posted outside of JP 203, or you can contact Kevin Moedt at s0879290@monmouth.edu for an appointment. Interested? Join us in JP 135 on Wednesday’s at 2:45 p.m. to see what we are all about!

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Meet the Greeks Reals in a Crowd

Meet Greeks 2016

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Monmouth held its semi-annual Meet the Greeks in the Multipurpose Activities Center.

Second semester freshman and the rest of the student body who are interested in becoming a member of a Greek organization on campus are all encouraged to attend this opportunity. Essentially, Meet the Greeks is when all of the Social, Professional, and Multi-Cultural Greek organizations gather together to encourage non-affiliated students to become members of Greek life.

At the event, each fraternity and sorority is able to bring 10 members of their respected organization to speak with students who are interested in who they are, what their organization brings on a national level as well as to the Monmouth community, and any other questions that a potential new member may have. Organizations can be as creative as they want when it comes to their table that they are allowed to have, many bringing wooden decorated letters in Greek, apparel that states the name of the organization, pictures, and different awards that the chapters received from the past years they have been on campus.

“I feel that Meet the Greeks benefits those going out for a Greek organization because it gives them the chance to be able to meet every organization at the same time and learn more about how Greek life has an impact on the school as a whole through their accomplishments and population,” said Matt Sheehan, brother and President of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

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MU Surf Club Greets Jonas With a Warm Welcome

MU Surf Hunter RainisSunday January 12, 2016. New Jersey was supplied with some of the best waves it has seen in almost a year. ‘The best waves’ do not necessarily mean the surfers were dealt a favorable hand.Until this past weekend, winters icy embrace had not been feltNJ had enjoyed balmy weather and warm water temperatures from fall until the early stages of the winter season. However, Jonas sought to destroy these advantageous conditions. Not Nick, Joe or even Kevin; no this was Winter Storm Jonas and he had it out for the entire east coast. 

From impassable roadways to 40 mile per hour winds, surfers agonized over spot checks, wind analysis and most importantly barrel deprivation (a sickness that if not cured could result in time off from school and/or work).

With much uncertainty, the first step was to get to the beach. Monmouth surfers saw no better place to call “home-base” than Zack Karvelas’ apartment.

“My car happened to be trapped by snow, so for the session on Sunday we stayed with our friends Zack and Huascar (who live two feet from the beach),” said junior surf club president Tyler Sankey. 

Zack Karvelas and Huascar Holguin, both juniors at Monmouth, live in a conveniently placed apartment by one of the best surf spots in the area.

“This Sunday I opened my home to my friends and fellow surf team. Since I know most of the guys it’s always fun having them come over but even better when it’s before they go surfing. They get so amped and have so much fun waiting for the best time to go out,” said Karvelas.

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SAB ‘Bumps’ It Up With First Event of the Semester

SAB Bumper CarsBumper cars stormed onto campus during the winter storm Jonas as the Student Activities Board (SAB) started off the semester with their first event for on Friday, Jan. 22 at 5:30pm in Anacon Hall.

The event was split up into a few sections. In Anacon B were four bumper cars coned off into a bumper car rink. In Anacon A, there were a variety of different things. Activities included Mario Kart, key tags, a racecar simulator game and a photo booth.

Gina Geleti, a sophomore English education student and the Festivals Chair for SAB, planned the entire event.

 “I thought of this event about a year ago at a novelty event. I wanted to do something a little different, that Monmouth may not have seen before. I also definitely wanted it to be gender neutral. At first, I planned for this to be a NASCAR event, but changed it to an event that I knew Monmouth students would have fun coming to and being a part of,” Geleti said.

One of the most popular attractions was the key tag makers. Students picked out the type of key tag they wanted, varying from license plates to scenic pictures, etc. and chose which text they wanted their key tag to read.

Another popular attraction was the photo booth. What made the photo booth different compared to other photo booths from let’s say a boardwalk, was that it had different effects that people could choose from. Some of these effects included a black and white filter, wigs, hats, and a roller coaster filter.

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An Introduction to Greek Life at MU

Six Sororities, Seven Fraternities, One Professional Business Fraternity, Three Multi-Cultural Organizations

Monmouth University’s Greek community continues to rise in numbers as spring semester recruitment begins with “Meet the Greeks” held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the first day of classes. The event gave students interested in Greek life a to meet all of the organizations that Monmouth has to offer.

“Meet the Greeks is a great place for students interested in joining an organization to come together and learn about the 17 organizations we currently have on campus. While we share the values of leadership, scholarship, service, and fellowship, each organization has something unique to offer the student body. It is important for prospective members to learn about these differences and see where their values align,” said Michele Kaplan, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Each Greek organization brings something unique to the community in hopes that potential new members are enticed to be a part of the diversity. The Greek Senate forms the central governing council for all fraternal organizations. It is made up of all chapter presidents and presidents of the Inter-fraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural and Professional Greek Council (MPGC), and the Panhellenic Council (PHC). Each council oversees the men and women of the 17 respective organizations.

“It’s great to see so many young women and men come out and meet Monmouth’s Greek Community. Chapters love their new members because they bring fresh ideas and energy,” said Gina Crowell, Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment.

The Panhellenic Council is starting off this semester with its annual formal recruitment weekend, which takes places from Friday, Feb. 5 to Monday, Feb. 8. There are six Panhellenic sororities on campus including Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

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ON CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 1/27

Council for Exceptional Children

Interested in volunteering/creating events for students of special needs? Join Council for Exceptional Children at their first meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd at 3pm in McAllen Hall in room 120. Volunteer opportunities at local schools and organizations will be discussed. If you have any questions about the club please email Vanessa LaRocca at s0892428@monmouth.edu

Rugby at MU

Monmouth University will be holding an interest sessions for those wishing to participate in intercollegiate rugby. The interest group is open to both men and women and will be held in the Student Center on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

 

The Outlook

The University’s student run newspaper is looking for people who wish to write about news, sports, features, etc. Stop by the second floor of Plangere to find out more.

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Monmouth Ice Hockey Succeeding In New Conference

MU Ice HockeyThe Monmouth University ice hockey team has an overall record of 13-3-1 and a conference record of 7-1-1, as a newcomer in the Colonial States College Hockey Conference. They face interdivisional opponents like West Chester University, The College of New Jersey, Princeton University, and University of Pennsylvania, among others.

In past seasons, Monmouth played in the Mid Atlantic Collegiate Hockey League, where they played bigger schools such as Pennsylvania State University. “We switched into this conference [Colonial States College Hockey Conference] this year for the advantage of playing teams that are similar to our own competitive level,” said Stephen Bonora, the veteran goalie and corporate public communication graduate student. “Before the season started, Blazier [Monmouth’s Team Captain] and Amato [Monmouth’s Head Coach] went to Millersville to present our case as to why we should be in the league.”

The player-coach duo won, beating Rutgers University and Saint Joseph’s University in their bid to join the conference. Once the switch was made to compete in the Colonial States College Hockey Conference at the beginning of the 2015 to 2016 season, which started in Sept., the team was eager to hit the ice and get to work. “The new conference guarantees us exciting match-ups with Princeton, Millersville, TCNJ, UPenn and we still schedule non-conference teams like University of Maryland, Rider, and Wagner that further the strength of our schedule,” said Head Coach Gregg Amato.

The team practices twice a week at Jersey Shore Arena, located in Wall Township. Practice is where the preparation for the Hawks’ weekly opponent takes place. “Like any sport, it’s about analyzing weaknesses and improving upon them for the following week,” Amato said. “In the games I’ll try to make a few adjustments during intermissions, but by then it’s in the players’ hands to decide the outcome.” The coaches dissect and analyze the game in attempts to put the best player in the right situation for success to be achievable.

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Benefits of Being Involved On Campus, From Alumna

Campus InvolvementOn Wednesday, Nov. 18, the Student Activities Board held their weekly general member meeting which featured alumna Lucy Russo ‘14, Courtney Locke ‘15, and Sami Kofsky ‘14, to speak to current SAB members. The three women spoke of their past experience being involved on campus and how it has prepared them for their future endeavors.

The meeting was panel based, allowing members the opportunity to ask the alumna questions of their choice. Junior communication major, Alicia Torello, the Student Activities Board President, ran the discussion. Questions varied from “How has joining a club on campus helped you find a job,” “What is it like to be in the real world,” and “How does SAB relate to working in a business setting?”

The ladies went on to talk about their career paths after they graduated from the University. Russo is now an Event Planner for David Stark Design, Kofsky is a seventh grade Teacher, and Locke is a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Verizon.

 Between the mixture of Russo’s humor, Kofsky’s intellect, and Locke’s wit, the event brought back memories for the older students, especially the members of the executive board.

Senior marketing student Tom Egan, said “It was a pretty cool experience to see some of the old SAB board that welcomed me as a freshman come back and talk to everyone about what they are up to. Being a senior, I learned how I can use SAB in my upcoming job interviews and career, plus it is always great to see some of my first friends at Monmouth.”

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SAB Spreads Awareness For Veterans Suffering From PTSD

On Wednesday Nov. 18th, the Student Activities Board (SAB) held “Boot Camp” on the residential quad to help raise awareness for those in the military suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 “The ‘Boot Camp’ event was a great way to bring awareness to what soldiers go through when they come home. We even had veterans come over at one point and talk to students about their experiences with the military. A lot of the students came out and asked questions and learned more information that they had not known prior to the event. Also, there were many fun races through the inflatable obstacle course that was provided which put an exciting touch to the day,” said Mel Lewis, a Graduate Assistant for Student Activities and the Programming Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life.

SAB wanted to give the campus a meaningful event which brought PTSD to the forefront. The legal definition of PTSD, according to Oxford Dictionary, is “a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.”

James Ruffino a sophomore marketing student and Awareness Chair on SAB stated that he “felt that bringing this event to Monmouth’s campus would really help raise awareness to something that is not talked about enough on this campus and I’m glad my executive board and I could execute it to its full ability. I was also extremely satisfied to actually see students very interested in learning about what PTSD is and how people overcome it.”

To make sure that this event was more than just a lecture, SAB ensured the event was informative and interactive. The first attraction was a humungous inflatable obstacle course that students were able to race one another for some fun competition, yet related to the event in the sense of what “obstacles” veterans have gone through in order to keep our country safe.

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Rock Cure Socks Off Benefits American Cancer Society

The Music Alliance paired up with Colleges Against Cancer to hold “Rock Cure Socks Off,” a concert event that was held to raise money and awareness to help benefit the American Cancer Society. The concert was held on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Anacon Hall.

When entering the concert one needed to walk by the stairs of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC), where luminaries were found in dedication to someone who has been affected by cancer. Students had the opportunity to get creative and design the luminaries and were also encouraged to make donations or learn more about the organization. Students who made a donation at the door were entered to win one of the various prizes available.

Daniel Panaro, a senior science student said, “I personally have multiple cancer survivors in my family, along with others who sadly were not able to beat this horrible disease. I truly believe it is so important to stress the awareness along with doing everything possible to raise money for something that affects so many of us. I think it’s almost impossible to not have been affected by cancer in some sort of way, so everyone should try and do their part in helping out others that are in need.”

The concert featured members of both Blue Hawk Records and The Music Alliance, whose new music will be included on their upcoming compilation album. The artists in the show performed acoustic tracks, original pieces of music, and covers of popular singles.

Blue Hawk Records has recorded multiple compilation albums since it was founded by University Professor Joe Rapolla and Music Industry students over approximately two years ago. Blue Hawk Records promotes the overall process of creating original music along with offering opportunities involving many elements of the music business. Some of the aspects of the music business that are of focused on are the recording process, public relations, and album design.

Rock Cure Socks Off spread the current musical talent University students have to offer while supporting a cause that is important to many students on campus.

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Sorority Bingo Sheds Positive Light on Greek Community

The Monmouth University Panhellenic Council hosted its third annual Bingo Night on Friday Nov. 20 in Anacon Hall to give underclassmen an opportunity to meet members of the Panhellenic community.

The room filled with excitement and laughs as dozens of women came together for a fun night filled with bingo, prizes, and an opportunity to get a step closer to finding their home in the Greek community.  Each of the six sororities on campus attended the event as well as six representatives from each organization. Throughout the night, everyone in attendance was able to play several rounds of bingo with the chance to win gift cards and other prizes.

After each round, an organization was invited to the front of the auditorium to illuminate some of the important aspects of their organization. Each spoke about their chapter’s colors, mascot, and founder’s day, and more importantly their philanthropy, values and their importance to the chapter.

“Bingo night, as well as the other events that Panhellenic organizes for the potential new members, are a great way for the girls to learn about the different sororities and their philanthropy, values, etc. so that way they know a little bit of background information on the different chapters before going through formal recruitment,” said Emily Rodrigues, a senior English education student and Membership Vice President for Alpha Xi Delta.

“Having fun, yet meaningful events such as bingo are for women who may have their doubts about what people in sororities do or for women who want to learn more. It is also a great opportunity for the women who are in the organizations to come together and celebrate why they are a part of their own organizations,” said Mel Lewis, the Programming Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority life on campus.

Bingo Night and similar events planned by the Panhellenic Council are a great way for students on campus to gain insight at what sorority life is like while giving Greek organizations the opportunity to break down the stereotypes surrounding the Greek community.

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/2

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) meets every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the second floor lounge at New Hall. All are welcome to join! We will begin planning our annual Winter Ball and could use your creative ideas. For more information, contact Danielle St. Vincent at s0887667@monmouth.edu

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is hosting a third world craft sale to benefit Handcrafted Hope. The event will be taking place Tuesday Dec. 1 through Friday Dec. 4 at First Presbyterian Church (167 Cedar Avenue Long Branch, NJ). For more information, contact Lorrie Mileham at 732-774-0656.

MOCC

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center invites you to take advantage of free peer tutoring for presentations and public speaking! Our walk-in schedule is posted outside of JP 203, or you can contact Kevin Moedt at s0879290@monmouth.edu for an appointment. Interested? Join us in JP 135 on Wednesday’s at 2:45 p.m. to see what we are all about!

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Monmouth Greeks Gather Together For Greekend

Greekend 2015From Friday, Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 15, Monmouth University’s Greek Senate organized Greekend, a weekend dedicated to exemplifying the four pillars of Greek excellence: scholarship, brotherhood and sisterhood, service, and leadership. Jenna Hersh, Vice President of Greek Senate, and Amy Rosenzweig, Greek Senate Activities Chair, were in charge of coordinating the weekend’s events.

“It was really fun to plan it, and Amy was awesome to work with! Greekend is all about uniting Greeks and I really feel that we accomplished that this year. We wanted to make it fun, but also empower the Greek community to give back. It was definitely a successful weekend,” said Hersh, a senior economic and finance student.

The first event of the weekend was the Scholarship Dessert on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the intellectual achievements within the Greek community. It was invite-only and guests were selected based upon their grade point average. Later that evening, the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosted its annual Step Show at 8:08 p.m. in Pollak Theatre.

On Friday, Rosenzweig and Hersh planned a trip to Skyzone Trampoline Park at 5:00 p.m. Tickets were sold for $2. Members of each organization were invited to attend the inside trampoline park and participate in its various activities. The park had four core zones for guests to enter, including foam, basketball, trampoline walls, and dodgeball.

Saturday was a day devotedto community service for all members of the Greek community. The event, “Canstruction”, was held at 10 a.m. in Anacon Hall. Each chapter was to build an “Under the Sea” themed structure with the cans they collected for a local food bank. Organizations could use only rubber bands with tape to assist in keeping the cans together. The structures were judged for creativity, number of cans, and the final presentation. The winning chapter will receive a pizza party.

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Ella Mae Bowen Performs Free Concert On Campus

On Tuesday Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., the Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted a free live concert featuring Ella Mae Bowen for Monmouth University students in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

The event included live music and free refreshments along with great prizes such as Monmouth winter gear and a chance to win a $50 gift card the school bookstore. This event was one of the many exciting free concerts that SAB has been able to sponsor for Monmouth students to enjoy this semester. 

SAB member and sophomore education student Gina Geletei said, “Due to the weather SAB had to think on their feet and we decided to move the event inside the student center and set it up like a coffee house. The setting was really intimate and everyone who attended seemed to really be into it and enjoyed themselves. This was the first time we ever tried to have a concert in the student center and I think it was very successful.”

Bowen is a young talented new artist in the world of country music. Although she is just 18 years of age, Bowen’s voice has been earning her a great deal of positive attention from critics in the music industry. The young artist began writing and performing her own songs at the age of seven before moving to Nashville, TN from the small town of Walhalla, SC.

Bowen’s career launched as a breakout artist on the “Footloose” movie soundtrack back in 2011, and at one time earned herself a deal with Big Machine Record Group. Bowen had a hard time dealing with extended downtime and overall frustration with the music bussiness. Ultimately, her record deal fell through, leaving Bowen to take about a year off from music and began working two jobs as a nanny and at a coffee shop. Bowen has stated recently that she personally does not wish to chase a record deal with a major record label again. Growing up she did not dream of performing at large venues such as a football stadium. She has mentioned how she much more prefers and feels a sense of comfort performing in smaller concert enviroments.

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Ella Mae Bowen Performs Free Concert On Campus

On Tuesday Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., the Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted a free live concert featuring Ella Mae Bowen for Monmouth University students in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

The event included live music and free refreshments along with great prizes such as Monmouth winter gear and a chance to win a $50 gift card the school bookstore. This event was one of the many exciting free concerts that SAB has been able to sponsor for Monmouth students to enjoy this semester. 

SAB member and sophomore education student Gina Geletei said, “Due to the weather SAB had to think on their feet and we decided to move the event inside the student center and set it up like a coffee house. The setting was really intimate and everyone who attended seemed to really be into it and enjoyed themselves. This was the first time we ever tried to have a concert in the student center and I think it was very successful.”

Bowen is a young talented new artist in the world of country music. Although she is just 18 years of age, Bowen’s voice has been earning her a great deal of positive attention from critics in the music industry. The young artist began writing and performing her own songs at the age of seven before moving to Nashville, TN from the small town of Walhalla, SC.

Bowen’s career launched as a breakout artist on the “Footloose” movie soundtrack back in 2011, and at one time earned herself a deal with Big Machine Record Group. Bowen had a hard time dealing with extended downtime and overall frustration with the music bussiness. Ultimately, her record deal fell through, leaving Bowen to take about a year off from music and began working two jobs as a nanny and at a coffee shop. Bowen has stated recently that she personally does not wish to chase a record deal with a major record label again. Growing up she did not dream of performing at large venues such as a football stadium. She has mentioned how she much more prefers and feels a sense of comfort performing in smaller concert enviroments.

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ON CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/18

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) meets every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the second floor lounge at New Hall. All are welcome to join! We will begin planning our annual Winter Ball and could use your creative ideas. For more information, contact Danielle St. Vincent at s0887667@monmouth.edu

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, and networking, If you are interested in joining, contact the Editorial Staff at outlook@monmouth.edu.

MOCC

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center invites you to take advantage of free peer tutoring for presentations and public speaking! Our walk-in schedule is posted outside of JP 203, or you can contact Kevin Moedt at s0879290@monmouth.edu for an appointment. Interested? Join us in JP 135 on Wednesday’s at 2:45 p.m. to see what we are all about!

Boom Roasted Productions

Boom Roasted Productions and MU’s Rho Rho chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, National Theatre Honors Society will be participating in the second Annual Theatre Fest Dec. 2-Dec. 5, which will be a nightly series of student-ran music and theatre. Contact Nick Zochario and Megan Roberts for any further details.

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Monmouth University Surf Club Places Second In National Red Bull Video Competition

Surf Club 1In an attempt to win the Red Bull Bracket Reel Competition, the Monmouth University Surf Club fought to earn second place, just short to University of North Carolina at Wilmington where the winning collegiate surf team received an all expense paid trip to the North Shore of Hawaii.

Early in Oct., surf teams were handpicked to compete against each other in a head-to-head, bracket-style surf video contest, known as the Red Bull Bracket Reel. Viewer based voting keeps each team afloat in this single elimination matchup. The team with the most “likes” on their weekly video advances until a winner is crowned at the end of the third and final round.

“When teams were picked this year, only two east coast schools got picked and we [Monmouth University] were one of them,” said Max Goldberg, the Surf Club’s videographer. The other east coast school was University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Other universities selected were University of Hawaii – Monoa, Loyola Marymount University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Santa Cruz, University of California San Diego, and University of Southern California. “The competition fits us perfectly because we are a small school and NJ doesn’t have much recognition for getting waves as it is,” Goldberg said.

Both the members’ surfing and Goldberg’s videography were tested. Tyler Sankey, a junior health studies major and Surf Club President, said that he is going to surf the biggest wave possible given the opportunity while Goldberg stands ready behind the camera.

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Saturday Night Live Comedy Night

SNL Live ConcertThe Student Activities Board held another comedy event featuring Iliza Shelesinger on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. in Anacon Hall. SAB’s Comedy Chair, Tommy Foye, and Vice President of Major Events, Tom Egan, ran the event together.

“Having Iliza come to Monmouth University is huge, especially because she is very well known in the comedian world. I am really happy to have been able to help plan and execute this event,” said Tommy Foye, a junior communication major.

The night started off with James Goff, a South Bronx native, to help hype the crowd and get the audience into good spirits. Goff’s appearances include Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight, Sirius Radio, and a performance for Superbowl XLII Champions, the New York Giants. For the short time Goff performed, he was able to crack jokes about relationships, race, life, and more.

Goff finished his set and quickly introduced the headliner of the night, Iliza Shelsinger. Shelsinger has appeared on Chelsea Lately, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Call with Carson Daily, and The Soup. She is also the season six winner of Last Comic Standing on NBC, the host of the syndicated dating show, Excused and recently released a Netflix special “Freezing Hot.”

When Shelsinger first walked onto the stage, the crowd immediately showed a positive reaction. The comedian had a 45-minute set which was very blunt, covering topics that varied from sex, feminism, girls night outs, boy drama, animals, and the truth about women eating in front of men.

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Student Government Association Hosts Big Event

On Saturday Nov. 7, the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the 16th Annual Big Event across Monmouth County.

The Big Event gives club and Greek organizations an opportunity to give back to the surrounding communities. The event is the single largest community service project that takes place at Monmouth University each year. Every fall, an estimated 400 students sign up and volunteer at one of the 25 to 30 Big Event work sites.

“The Big Event is such a great and rewarding experience for all students who decide to volunteer, giving back to the surrounding communities and having a day where so many students get active in helping out others is truly something special,” said Adam Schwartz, a senior art major who was representing Delta Tau Delta at the event.

Each work site had a Monmouth University student who served as a Site Captain. Their job consisted of contacting their work sites before the Big Event to review the information and assignments submitted on the application. Volunteers came to Monmouth University on the day of the Big Event starting at 9 a.m. to check-in and departed to their assigned work stations at approximately 10 a.m. The Big Event ended at approximately 4 p.m. or whenever the volunteers had completed the assignments given to them at their respective work sites.

The Big Event at Monmouth University showcases the overall sense of comradery of the student body and how various organizations and clubs all share a strong sense of dedication to community service work. It also demonstrates the importance of making an effort to reach out and help the surrounding communities in as many ways as possible. 

Some of the locations that volunteers were sent out to lend a helping hand were in Asbury Park, Deal, Long Branch, Ocean, West Long Branch, and Neptune. A few examples of the types of service stations that participants were assigned to attend were individual neighbors who needed a helping hand, community based agencies and organizations, local towns and municipalities, houses of worships, and local schools.

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ON CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/11

The Outdoors Club

Join the MU Outdoors Club on Friday, November 13 at 8pm for Game Night in the Student Center (By the Study Abroad office)!! We have snacks, hot apple cider, fun games, and great times!
MU Outdoors Club t-shirts on sale soon! Contact Erin Noone for more informations0999028@monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, and networking, If you are interested in joining, contact the Editorial Staff atoutlook@monmouth.edu.

MOCC

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center invites you to take advantage of free peer tutoring for presentations and public speaking! Our walk-in schedule is posted outside of JP 203, or you can contact Kevin Moedt ats0879290@monmouth.edufor an appointment. Interested? Join us in JP 135 on Wednesday’s at 2:45 p.m. to see what we are all about!

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Veteran Goalie Suits Up Against West Chester University in Conference Bout

MU VS CUA figure cloaked in Monmouth blue climbs the flight of stairs leading to the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, smiles, and outstretches his long arms in greeting. He wears grey low top Nikes, a navy blue Bauer jumpsuit, and a backwards Under Armour cap that reads, “Hockey.”

“Live it. Eat it. Breathe it. That’s all I can say. Hockey is life,” said Steven Bonora, the 23-year-old corporate public communication graduate student who has been the starting goalie for Monmouth University Ice Hockey for the past three seasons.

Bonora and the Hawks are coming off a bye week and are preparing to take on the West Chester University Golden Rams on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8:45 p.m. The team hopes to add another W to their 8-2-1 record as they host the Golden Rams at the Jersey Shore Arena, located in Wall Township. Currently, the squad is ranked third in the Colonial States Conference, trailing behind TCNJ and Princeton respectively.

West Chester won the league last season. Monmouth, who is the newcomer to the Colonial States Conference, hopes to win the matchup so West Chester is hindered in their quest to win it all back-to-back years. Having Bonora in goal is a good start.

“It’s going to be a very important game,” Bonora said. “That’s two big points in the standings right there.” If good play results in a win on Friday, the Hawks would further push West Chester down in the ranks as they pursue the two other New Jersey schools in the conference.

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First Year Service Project Hosts First Trunk or Treat for Local Communities

On Saturday Oct. 31 the First Year Service Project hosted a Trunk or Treat event for local communities in parking lot 25 at Monmouth University.

Trunk or Treat gives club and Greek organizations on campus an opportunity to provide children in the local communities of Monmouth a safe place to experience the fun of trick or treating. There were 54 trunks filled with candy and over 500 children from the greater Monmouth area that came out to celebrate Halloween at the event

First Year Service Project was thrilled to be able to provide a safe and fun environment for the community this Halloween. It was so affirming to see all the students hard work come to life and to see that the community was willing to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Katherine Browna, the Coordinator of Transitions and Leadership on campus and the faculty advisor for the First Year Service Project.

There were over 54 cars registered from 26 different club and Greek organizations on campus. Each car was required to decorate their trunk and supply each car with enough candy for 100 people. Each club uniquely decorated their cars with different themes such as Candyland, Fairly Odd Parents, pirates, vampires, and more.

Judges roamed the event to scout out the child or family with the best Halloween costume for the costume contest. First place was awarded to a family that dressed as “Gabriel’s Garden,” in which the family decorated a wagon to look like a garden and the children were dressed up as gnomes and flowers. Second place was given to a young girl dressed up in a homemade peacock princess costume. Third place went to a young boy dressed up as Michael Jackson and the fourth place winner was dressed up as SpongeBob Squarepants.

In addition to the costume contest, there was a trunk competition to find the best decorated trunk from a club or organization on campus. The winner of the competition was the Monmouth University Dance Team who decorated their car to the theme of 101 Dalmations.

First Year Service Project also set up several stations throughout the parking lot with different activities for the children. These activities included a donut eating contest, mummy making, pumpkin painting, a mystery box, and a monster toss. 

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/28

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editorial Staff at outlook@monmouth.edu.

Men's Club Soccer

The men’s club soccer team recorded their sixth victory of the season on Sunday, Oct. 25 with a 4-0 win over Rider University.

Women's Club Soccer

The women’s club soccer team qualified for the Regional 1 Club Soccer Tournament, located in Delaware.

MOCC

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center invites you to take advantage of free peer tutoring for presentations and public speaking! Our walk-in schedule is posted outside of JP 203, or you can contact Kevin Moedt at s0879290@monmouth.edu for an appointment. Interested? Join us in JP 135 on Wednesday’s at 2:45 p.m. to see what we are all about!

Study Abroad

Please join us for the last  Study Abroad 1st Step Meeting of the month in Edison Hall 117 at 2:45pm on Wednesday, Oct. 28. 1st Step Meeting’s are general interest meetings where you will learn more about the programs Monmouth offers and how to get started. Stay tuned for November and December dates where the focus will be ‘country’ specific and address what you need to know in order to apply.

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ZTA Raises $900 By Hosting Think Pink Week

Think PinkFrom Oct. 3 to Oct. 8, Zeta Tau Alpha’s Think Pink Week took over campus to support Breast Cancer Awareness month. Throughout the month of Oct., numerous organizations host events, fundraisers, etc. to benefit breast cancer awareness, however, ZTA has been consistently hosting Think Pink Week on campus the past few years. The purpose of Think Pink Week is to not only raise funds but to also bring awareness to the heartbreaking disease of breast cancer. Throughout the week, the sorority hosted numerous events that truly had Monmouth University “thinking pink.”

ZTA’s national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.  To support its philanthropy, the sorority hosts numerous fundraisers throughout the year such as Big Man on Campus, Think Pink Volleyball Tournament, Pink-Out football and basketball games, and attends the Think Pink Giants and Jets tailgate’s to raise money. ZTA also participates in many walks and other annual breast cancer awareness events.

On Oct. 5, ZTA started off with a pink bake sale. On Oct. 6, ZTA and Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter teamed up for an annual campus event, Fall Into Pink. The two organizations took over the patio at the Rebecca Stafford Student Center to host activities such as pie a Zeta Tau Alpha, pumpkin painting, and hands for hope. Melissa Crosta, a senior communication major and sister of ZTA said, “Pie a Zeta is a crowd favorite, people come in and pie their friends and girlfriends. It’s such a simple but effective fundraiser.”

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SAB Transforms Anacon From Spa To Comedy Club

Comedy NightMonmouth University students packed into Anacon Hall for a fun and relaxing night hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) on Saturday Oct. 10.

SAB co-sponsored the event with Monmouth’s Panhellenic Counsel to host a Ladies’ Night and Comedy Night. This was the first time SAB and Panhellenic Counsel have worked together on an event.

The main event was a Comedy Night featuring well-known comedians, Liz Miele and Emily Heller. Miele, 30, a local comedian from NJ, has been doing stand up comedy for 13 years and has made appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Late Night with Conan O’Brein. Heller, 30, is a San Francisco native who has only been in the business for eight years but gained success quickly after her appearances on Late Night with Conan and John Olivers New York Stand Up Show.

“I really think it was a good turn out. These comedians were very expensive women to get so we wanted the crowd to be pumped. I think that definitely happened and it went really well,” said Tommy Foye, a junior communication major and the current Comedy Chair for SAB.

The comedians were a hit among college students, as they had no boundaries in their skits. Each comedian performed for about 40 minutes and touched on entirely different topics.  Miele and Heller talked about everything from cats, nutrition, European adventures, love lives, to life as the weird kid in school. Miele and Heller made everything relatable and had the audience laughing the entire night.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/14

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editorial Staff at outlook@monmouth.edu.

Int’l Reading Association

On Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9:00am-4:00pm, the International Reading Association will have a bake sale set up in the Student Center.
Funds raised will help us buy books for the children at Monmouth Medical Center’s Unterberg Children’s Hospital.

MOCC

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center invites you to take advantage of free peer tutoring for presentations and public speaking! Our walk-in schedule is posted outside of JP 203, or you can contact Kevin Moedt at s0879290@monmouth.edu for an appointment. Interested? Join us in JP 135 on Wednesday’s at 2:45 p.m. to see what we are all about!

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association is hosting a birthday party for Monmouth University’s mascot, Shadow. The event will take place on Wednesday Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. The event will have a birthday cake, a pie eating contest, and prizes for all who attend.

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AXiD Supports Austism Speaks at 10th Annual Walk

AXIDSisters of Alpha Xi Delta and the Monmouth community gathered at Pier Village Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 26 to participate in the 10th annual Autism Speaks walk. Despite the harsh, coastal winds, approximately 3,000 participants were in attendance to help the organization raise a total of $175,000. Entertainment and excitement for all ages at the event included a live band, a bouncy castle, tattoo bus, and rock climbing. The walk held at Pier Village was the first of six events at the Jersey Shore to raise money for families affected by autism this year.

After last year’s walk was cancelled due to inclement weather, this years’ volunteers were relieved to find wind and clouds as their only obstacle.

“We love getting everyone out here for an amazing community day. This is one of our biggest philanthropy events of the year and it is a great experience to be a part of,” mentioned Angela Sarno, a senior education major and sister of AXiD.

Autism Speaks is the national philanthropy for AXiD, with the walk being the sororities’ largest event of the year, next to Karaoke For A Cause, which is held on Monmouth’s campus. “[The walk] is one of the favorite events held by the sisters, because here we can connect with the families on a personal level, and really become friends with the people we are trying to help,” said junior education major Ali Hart. Many sisters of AXiD enjoy giving back to Austism Speaks due to the fact a large portion of the sorority majors in special education.

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Surf Club Keeps A Close Eye On Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin is tracking.  Rain, gale force gusts, and even flooding in some areas of New Jersey thus far.  Natives of Monmouth and Ocean County have been warned.  Could Joaquin be Sandy’s pissed off little brother?  While some are panicking, surfers are frothing.  New Jersey has seen more than two weeks of consistent swell and for our small state that is unheard of.  Swell means rideable waves, correct?  Not quite.  Out of the two week long swell period, I can count on one hand how many surf sessions were not brutalized by the strong northeast winds. Wind and waves, both must agree with each other.

To track hurricanes or any swell patterns for that matter, surfers must do research.  Goofing off, growing your hair and saying ‘gnarly’ too often doesn’t allow someone to hold the title of a surfer.  You have to do some research!  Surfers do it without realizing it on a day-to-day basis.  And with a storm like Joaquin, even more preparation is necessary.  So, I called in backup.

John Tiedemann knows NJ like the back of his hand.  He’s been surfing for 47 years, and some know him as the director of the Marine and Environmental Biology department at Monmouth. 

“Right now, we’re starting to get the front edge [of the storm] because the last report I saw had it moving away from the Bahamas and Florida and starting to track up the coast,” said Tiedemann.

Professor Tiedemann validated local surfers and their high levels of stoke.

“[Our hurricane season] has been very quiet up until this storm, we had a flat summer because there’s more swell energy on the Pacific coast and we got this dry low energy situation on the east coast and that’s a result of an El Niño year.”
El Nino. East coast surfers cringe at the very thought of it.

“Technically to describe El Nino, it’s a change in the wind patterns on the west coast and one of the things that happens there is, you get a shift in swell patterns and a shift in the upwelling,” said Tiedemann.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/7

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau is happy to announce it’s fall new member class! The sorority welcomed nine new members into the sisterhood.
New members include:
Jill Hirst, Sabrina Deluca, Valentina Sanchez, Alex Charletta, Veronica Amaya, Francesca Rubino, Jackie Ferriso, Kelsey Baron, and Mariah Anderson.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editorial Staff at outlook@monmouth.edu.

Zeta Tau Alpha

ZTA is hosting it’s annual Think Pink Week. On Oct. 7, the entire campus will be participating in a pink-out. Students and faculty are encouraged to wear pink to spread awareness for breast cancer. On Oct. 8, there will be a volleyball tournament located in Boylan Gym from 9-11p.m. Teams must have six people and cost $30 to enter. Contact Lindsay at (732) 501-8681 if interested.

Ocean County

On Oct. 18, Toms River Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Ocean County “Crop Walk.” The event will take place at 1:30p.m. and is located on Hooper Avenue and Chesnut Street.

Operation Halloween will be hosting a “Zombie Outbreak.” The event will be taking place from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24 at the Citta Scout Reservation on Brookville Road in Barnegat.

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AOII and SAB Take a Look at What’s Under the Sea

SABThe Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted “What’s Under the Sea” at Shadow Lawn on Tuesday, Sept. 22 for Monmouth University students to come and enjoy. The event aimed to engage students by bringing awareness to all the pollution in the ocean as well as what kind of creatures are hidden within the sea. 

SAB co-sponsored the event with the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi. The sisters were paired up with a member of SAB, who they helped run the different novelties and attractions. 

“The event went really well. I think it’s so important for everyone to know about our oceans,” said Alex Stucy, a senior marine biology major and President of AOII. “SAB was great to work with, too! They were organized and we’re so excited to be able to help them. I also think is very important to work with different organizations on campus,” Stucy continued. 

The first and most popular part of the event was touch tank, where students could touch many different sea animals. Within the tanks were two stingrays, a baby shark, starfish, different types of shells, and many more aquatic animals. Students were timid to touch the stingrays, which are known as dangerous animals, however, everyone was reassured that their tails were clipped and free of harm.

According to Megan McGowan, the Associate Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, this event “was a fun way to get some important information out to the students and a creative way to start the important conversation of marine conservation.”

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Delta Tau Delta and Phi Sigma Sigma Host Jousting Event

DTDOn Thursday, Sept. 24, students across campus were invited to challenge the biggest contenders in the Kappa Gamma chapter of Delta Tau Delta and Delta Phi chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma in a jousting tournament. Held in The Quad, any person who felt tough enough could enter the ring and call upon a challenger, be it a non-affiliated member or a Greek. 

Upon signing a waiver and release form, competitors dressed in color coded headgear and foam batons gathered in an inflatable battlefield. 

Greek life at Monmouth University consists of a massive council of organizations that each have their own personality, goals, and values. Their overall contributions shape the Monmouth community in such a way that Willow Hall was almost made Greek housing. Events such as this are often meant to include students outside of Greek organizations as well. 

The events promote an understanding of Greek ideals, so there is a better understanding of what makes a fraternity or sorority what it truly is, not just a social club. 

At the jousting event, non-affiliated individuals were able to ask the fraternity brothers and sorority sisters questions on how they see the Greek system. 

Sophomore education major and DTD Brotherhood chair, Matt Yard, organized the jousting tournament. “I feel [Greek] events are integral to the overall structure of the community because Greek life often brings people of various backgrounds together. Reaching out to residents is extremely pivotal, they’ll be able to understand what my organization stands for and believes in,” Yard said.

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Elmwood Hall Takes the Gold at Battle of the Buildings

This year’s Battle of The Buildings took place on Thursday, Sept. 24 throughout the day on the residential quad, naming Elmwood Hall as the winner. Battle of the Buildings is an annual event that the Residence Hall Association (RHA) holds every year for resident students. 

The battle consists of each residence hall competing in a various number of activities to earn points. The competition gets heated between residence assistants, who each strive for their building to take the gold. 

“As a first year student it is hard to adjust to so many new things. Battle of the Buildings was a great way to make new friends, work together and have fun,” says Natorye Miller, a junior communication major and Pinewood RA. 

The battle began with a t-shirt tie dye event.  Students were asked to bring in a non-perishable food item to donate. In return, students received a 2015 Battle of the Buildings t-shirt to tie dye.

Miller also added, “[Because of] living [in] and being an RA in a first year dorm, I really do love Battle of the Buildings. From this past weekend I really have seen the word community play a major role in how each of the students interact and participate in all the different activities.” 

On Friday, Sept. 25 there was a buffalo wing eating contest which took place in Magill Commons Dining Hall. The winner of the contest took home a $100 Visa gift card. 

 Later that evening, RHA and the First Year Service Project put together their annual Houseless Not Hopeless event. Students slept on Shadow Lawn, in front of Wilson Hall, in cardboard boxes. Events were planned until 2 a.m. for students to participate in. Some of the activities included a shelter building contest, a peanut butter and jelly relay, and a scavenger hunt.  

The event gave students the opportunity to spread awareness about homelessness within our county. 

All food items donated during Battle of the Buildings will be donated to homeless shelters within Monmouth County.

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Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi Release the Stigma

AST EventMembers of Greek life and the Monmouth community congregated on The Great Lawn at Woodrow Wilson Hall on Sunday morning, Sept. 20 to release the stigma associated with mental illness. Hosted by Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi, the Greek life organizations aimed to provide insight to fellow hawks about the dangers of mental illness and what can be done to prevent the act of suicide. 

At the event, the sorority and fraternity gave each individual in attendance bubbles to be blown in remembrance of those who lost their battle with mental illness and turned to suicide. Balloons were also released into the sky; however, the amount was limited due to environmental concerns from the University.

While most Greek life events cost five dollars to enter in order to raise funds for philanthropic causes, this event was free of charge. The sorority and fraternity’s main goal during the vigil was to provide awareness rather than raise money. Both organizations encouraged students to make donations, however, no donation was necessary to participate in the event. 

Dr. Andrew Lee, Director Of Counseling And Psychological Services, spoke to those who partook in the vigil. He said “suicide is the number two cause of death for college and university students across the country. It claims the lives of approximately 1,100 college students every year.” 

Due to this number, the organizations released 11 balloons, one for every 100 students who have committed suicide. 

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Meet the Greeks Lets Students Explore Greek Life

Eager freshmen, commuters, and upperclassmen students packed the MAC on Tuesday night, Sept. 15 for Meet the Greeks. The event allows students the opportunity to meet each Greek organization on campus and see if the opportunity to join Greek life is worth pursuing.

“I want girls to find their home away from home just like I did,” says Gabby Salvaggio, sister of Alpha Xi Delta and junior health studies major. 

Meet the Greeks, held at the beginning of every semester, is the perfect event for students to attend if they are looking to find a place to call home, like many Monmouth students have done.

Students and faculty often wonder why so much effort and preparation is put into these recruitment events. Salvaggio commented, “We put a lot of effort into Meet the Greeks because we want to find girls who are willing to realize their potential.”  Many other members of Greek life have the same intentions. One of the goals of Greek life at Monmouth is to encourage students to become a part of something bigger than themselves and find a place where they belong. Joing Greek life is more than joining a group of individuals and wearing a set of letters. By joining Greek life, individuals are committing to an obligation. Greeks are known across campus for their philanthropic events, high grade point averages, and dedication to the Monmouth community. For this reason, many students take the first step to join Greek life by attending Meet the Greeks.

The event is crucial for students who are thinking about getting involved in Greek life.  It is the first step a potential new member can take to meet the members of all the fraternities and sororities on campus. Meet the Greeks gives students the opportunity to not only meet brothers and sisters of Greek organizations, but also learn what each of these organizations value. 

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/23

Human Resources Club

All majors: come learn about the exciting field All Majors: Come learn about the exciting field of Human Resources and get involved in the Human Resources Club! Our first meeting will take place on 10/7 in Bey Hall 227 from 2:45 – 3:45 and snacks will be served.Any questions please contact:

Selena Ortiz, President at s1003505@monmouth.edu or Claire Zilenziger, Vice President, at s0992144@monmouth.edu .

We look forward to seeing you there!

5678 Dance Club

Do you like to dance? Join 5678 Dance Club! There is no prior experience needed. For meeting dates or if you have any questions contact Skyler Schack at s1018835@monmouth.edu

PRSSA

Interested in public relations? PRSSA meets every Wednesday at 3:00pm in JP235.

Pep Band

The University Pep Band is still accepting members in all sections, especially trumpets and trombones.  If interested, please contact Professor Bryan Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu for more information.

ODC

This past weekend the Outdoors Club went camping and kayaking at Wharton State forest. The next general meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 3:30 in Bey Hall 126. 

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Catholic Club Revamps for the 2015-16 Academic Year

The Catholic Campus Ministry at Monmouth University is heading in the right direction for a reshaping, revival, and relaunch of the club for this 2015-2016 academic year.  

With an average of about eight people per week attending weekly Sunday mass last year, members of the Catholic Campus Ministry were ecstatic to have such a large turnout on the first mass of the school year, having around 20 attendees.  

Sophomore business finance administration major Darby O’Kane, who is the Secretary and the head of Publicity for the club says, “It was so awesome to see so many people come to Mass.  It was a big difference from last year and it’s really cool that people were interested in becoming a part of the club.  I have high hopes for it this year.”

The main focus of the Catholic Campus Ministry is to serve the students, faculty, and staff at Monmouth University as well as build a strong community through Christianity and faith. 

“Most importantly,” says sophomore biology major and Catholic Campus Ministry President Emily Beyer, “we are trying to fulfill God’s plans for this group and ministry.”

With the promotion of faith formation, leadership, personal development, and evangelization, the Catholic Campus Ministry urges anyone interested to participate with them in worship, prayer, volunteer service, and their upcoming events with faith and fun. The Catholic Campus Ministry is welcoming Christina D’Averso, the new Campus Minister. She is a graduate of Villanova University and The John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, who received her Masters in Theology.  She is eager to work with everyone at Monmouth University to grow spiritually, as well as on a personal level.

“I am here as a resource for the campus community and willing to speak to students not only about faith, but about personal struggles,” says D’Averso.  She is “excited to meet and work with the students, faculty and staff at Monmouth University to assist them with spiritual growth and fellowship.”

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Summer of the Foamie

SurfAs the Surf Club sat on the beach after the first day of class, we were all upset that summer was over. We reminisced about summer waves and bonded over the fact that that waves were flat.  ‘Twas the summer of the foamie!  No matter the size of wave, surfers frothing for a ride reached a big, buoyant foam surfboard. Colors galore, some were called Doyle, others Gnaraloo. One needn’t care the name; a nine-footer would do. Kooky?  Maybe a bit, but who doesn’t love a nice foamie session?

If you work near the beach, or are lucky enough to work at the beach, foam boards are easily accessible and nearly guarantee surfers a nice easy ride.  Junior student-surfer Tyler Sankey lived that very routine. “Teaching surf lessons, we use the beginner ‘foamie’ boards that are by far easier to surf on small summer slop. It was definitely the summer of the foamie because I road one pretty much every day,” said Sankey.

Surfers live for and worship waves. They are the source of memories that one will hold on to for years to come.  Foam boards allow a surfer to exploit even the feeblest of waves. Not much can beat surfing a foamie on a warm day with your best friends in the water.  

“It was so glassy and good one morning for my 8 AM lesson and the whole time, we were amping to surf,” said Sankey. “Right after my lesson, I grabbed a foamie and surfed for hours until I had another lesson.”

North of Sankey and only a stone’s throw from the Unviersity’s campus, student-surfer John Waldron was living it up his summer by surfing and working for Spellbinder’s surf shop. Waldron recalled his version of the perfect foamie session.

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Student Activities Hosts Annual Involvement Fair

involvement fair photoEager freshmen and upperclassmen gathered on the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Memorial Library Lawn on Friday, Sept. 11 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm for Monmouth’s annual Involvement fair. Over 100 clubs and organizations were present for the event. 

The goal of the Involvement Fair is to introduce students to the idea of a well-rounded college experience, focusing on both academics and extra-curricular activities. The University is encouraging students to participate in the Monmouth tradition of being a leader on, as well as off campus. The event is particularly crucial for fraternity and sorority members who will be foregoing new member recruitment within the coming weeks. 

Some of the organizations in attendance included The Outdoors Club, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Club Field Hockey, Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Government Association (SGA), as well as Chapters of Greek Life. A variety of giveaways such as t-shirts, flash drives, cups, and school supplies were distributed by each of the clubs and organizations. Chapters of Greek Life displayed the letters of their chapter and played slideshows with photos of their events through out the year.  

“Each organizations’ tables looked awesome. I could tell that everyone wanted to ensure the new students felt comfortable and welcome at their new home on campus,” mentioned Jessica Stern, a senior sociology major and sister of Alpha Sigma Tau.

Being involved on campus not only boosts students’ resumes, it also gives students an opportunity to meet new people with similar interests on campus. The Involvement Fair provides freshmen, commuter students, and upper classmen another outlet to meet more people and enhance their college experience beyond their assigned dorm rooms and classes.

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SAB Entertains Campus by Hosting Welcome Week

The Student Activities Board (SAB) on the Monmouth University campus is always ready to plan new events to make every year better than the previous. One of SAB’s main focuses as an organization is Welcome Week during the first week of school to get all freshman acclimated to the campus and ensure there is always something for the students to participate in.

According to Megan McGowan, the Associate Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, the point of Welcome Week is “to help students transition to campus, especially for first years, it gives them the chance to kind of see a sampling of things that they can look forward to on campus throughout the year and also helps transition issues that students may come across.” 

Welcome Week began on Sept. 8 with a screening of the movie “Inside Out” on the Residential Quad. Screening a movie on the quad encourages students to come out of their dorms and relax with fellow hawks while watching a movie all together. 

The next event that was held for Welcome week was on Sept. 10, where Bryce Vine held a concert in Anacon Hall. Bryce Vine has a different kind of style, which is a combination of rap and indie. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the songs he sang, especially his hit songs “Sour Patch Kids,” “Take Me Home,” and “Guilty Pleasure.” 

Sept. 11 was all hands on deck for the Student Activities Executive Board, being that there were two events the club was required to attend. The first was the Involvement Fair, where all clubs and organizations on Monmouth’s campus join together on the Library Lawn to show who and what they’re all about. Immediately following this was “Cirque Du MU” which turned the quad into a circus with candy, games, live animals, and more!

“The Student Activities Board has once again showed Monmouth students how to have a great time and make fun memories from the moment we stepped on this campus,” said Melissa Naranjo, a sophomore nursing major. 

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/16

Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi

Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi will be hosting a Suicide Awareness Vigil on Sunday Sept. 20 at 11:00am. The sorority and fraternity will be distributing balloons to each individual in attendance to honor someone suffering from mental illness, which will be released. Speakers will also be present, and breakfast will be provided. Contact Alyssa Tritschler at s0829855@monmouth.edu if necessary.

5678 Dance Club

Do you like to dance? Join 5678 Dance Club! There is no prior experience needed. For the date of the first meeting or if you have any questions contact Skyler Schack at s1018835@monmouth.edu

PRSSA

Interested in public relations? PRSSA meets every Wednesday at 3:00pm in JP235.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum requirements for communication majors, however, being a communication major is not required to write for The Outlook

Blue Hawk Records

Blue Hawk Records will hold its first meeting Wednesday Sept. 23 at 3:15pm in Woods Theatre Room 4 for all interested students. Blue Hawk Records is a student-run organization which recrods and markets music. For more information please email club President, Samantha Bastone at s0896974@monmouth.edu, or club Vice President Nick Timoniere at s0882924@monmouth.edu.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/8

Accounting Society

The Accounting Society will hold its 2nd Annual Accounting Society Networking Event on April 28th in the Versailles and Pompeii Room of Wilson Hall from 6PM-8 pm. All accounting students are welcomed. If any one has any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact, Maria Carvalho at s0774450@monmouth.edu We hope you can make it!

Running Club 

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Contact Coach Joe or Mitchell Parker for more information and for various practice times. Look for more information soon about the Color Me Rose Run, which is scheduled for April 19.

The Outlook 

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club will be hosting a game night on Friday, April 17 from 8-10 pm in the RSSC 1st floor lounge. Refreshments will be served.

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Memoirs of an (Almost) Monmouth Transfer Student | Heather Muh's Senior Goodbye

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Four years ago if you had asked me what I thought my college experience was going to be like I would have explained something completely different than the experience I actually had. I grew up in the West Long Branch area. I spent my entire life here, so when it came to college, I wanted to get as far away from here as possible. I wanted to go to a big college with rowdy sports games and hundreds of people I didn’t know. Instead, I ended up at Monmouth.

I was not happy with this decision at first. While my friends were away at colleges experiencing new people and places, I was stuck in the same town I grew up in. While my friends were going to huge parties and football games with thousands of spectators, I had virtually no social life and avoided my school’s football games because no one else seemed to be interested in them. By the end of the fall semester of my freshman year I was looking for other schools I could transfer to.

Fast forward four years and you’ll notice that I am still here. I did not transfer. Instead, I made a decision to give Monmouth one more shot and try to get involved in order to meet new people. I became a part of Greek life. I joined The Outlook staff. I took my college experience into my own hands and turned it into what I wanted.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/29

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club will hold its bi-annual Beach Bash, Saturday, May 2, from 12 - 4 pm on the West End Beach. This event will feature beach games, boogie boards, kayaks, snacks and drinks. The club will also be hosting an old-fashioned picnic at Shark River Park in Neptune on Tuesday, May 5 from 12 - 4 pm. This event will include kickball, football, corn hole, ultimate Frisbee, and excellent hiking. We will also have hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, snacks and drinks.

Running Club 

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Contact Coach Joe or Mitchell Parker for more information and for various practice times. 

Alpha Xi Delta

Alpha Xi Delta will be holding its annual philanthropy event, Karaoke for a Cause, on Monday, May 4 at 10 pm in Pollak Theater. The event is a fun way to listen to karaoke sung by your peers, or even sing karaoke yourself! The proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. Tickets can be bought for $5 prior to the event, or $7 at the door.If anyone is interesting in participating as either a singer or a judge, please contact Ali Hart at s0943797@monmouth.edu for more information. Thank you! The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta would also like to wish everyone good luck on their final exams and a safe and happy summer!

MOCC

Did you know public speaking is the #1 fear? Fight the fear with the help of the Monmouth Oral Communication Center. Contact lschmidt@monmouth.edu to make an appointment.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/22

Accounting Society

The Accounting Society will hold its 2nd Annual Accounting Society Networking Event on April 28th in the Versailles and Pompeii Room of Wilson Hall from 6PM-8 pm. All accounting students are welcomed. If any one has any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact, Maria Carvalho at s0774450@monmouth.edu We hope you can make it!

Running Club 

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Contact Coach Joe or Mitchell Parker for more information and for various practice times. Look for more information soon about the Color Me Rose Run, which is scheduled for April 19.

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club will hold its bi-annual Beach Bash, Saturday, May 2, from 12 to 4 pm on the West End Beach.

The Outlook 

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

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Sororities and Fraternities Battle it Out: Greek Week 2015

axidIt’s officially Greek Week, a.k.a. the best time of year for fraternities and sororities. The organizations have the opportunity to show each other what they’ve really got in competitions such as the talent show, field games, trivia test, and penny wars. Even better, Greek Week also means it is formal season. Basically, the best of both worlds combined into one. 

The 2015 Greek Week is being held from Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24. Fraternities and sororities were paired up by size to be teammates throughout the week. This year, the Greek Senate decided to encourage Greek unity even further by allowing each fraternity and sorority pair to design and wear the same t-shirts to be entered into the t-shirt competition, in which Phi Sigma Sigma (PhiSig) and Delta Tau Delta (DTD) placed first. Each organization also had the opportunity to pick a movie that aligns with the theme of the week, Disney. 

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA), and Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) make up team “Aladdin,” Alpha Omicron Pi (AOPi) and Theta Xi chose “Lion King,” Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA), and Tau Delta Phi (TDPhi) took “Hercules,” Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) and Sigma Pi (SigPi) are team “Tarzan,” Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE) and Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) chose “PeterPan,” and PhiSig and DTD make up the “Frozen” team. Phi Kappa Psi (PhiPsi) and Sigma Tau Gamma (STG) are not participating this year.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/15

Accounting Society

The Accounting Society will hold its 2nd Annual Accounting Society Networking Event on April 28th in the Versailles and Pompeii Room of Wilson Hall from 6PM-8 pm. All accounting students are welcomed. If any one has any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact, Maria Carvalho at s0774450@monmouth.edu We hope you can make it!

Running Club 

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Contact Coach Joe or Mitchell Parker for more information and for various practice times. Look for more information soon about the Color Me Rose Run, which is scheduled for April 19.

The Outlook 

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club will be hosting a game night on Friday, April 17 from 8-10 pm in the RSSC 1st floor lounge. Refreshments will be served.

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National Broadcasting Society Wins Big Nationally

erikThe University’s chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) traveled to the NBS National Convention and Competition in Atlanta, GA late last month and came back winners.

NBS is a club on campus that is just one chapter of a much bigger organization, the National Broadcasting Society: Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS-AERho.) It gives students the opportunity to develop the skills they will need for a career in electronic media industries such as film, television, and radio. According to organization’s official website, “NBS-AERho connects students with practicing professionals; emphasizes industry ethics, diversity, and inclusiveness; and promotes opportunities for excellence in leadership, community service, and production.” 

“The National Broadcasting Society allows Monmouth students the opportunity to take the work they have created in class and in other clubs and compete on a national level,” said Erik Massimino, a senior and the president of NBS on campus.

Each year, the students involved with the University’s chapter of NBS are given the opportunity to travel to different parts of the country to attend the convention and competition. This year’s convention was held in Atlanta, GA from March 25 to March 29.  The students who attended were club president Erik Massimino, Courtney Carr, Charles Jones, Matthew Cox, Marissa Cornford, Carly Cimino, and Jessica Rossi. While there, the club members were able to attend panels and network with professionals, as well as advance their knowledge of the electronic media field.

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Shadow PR Firm/PRSSA Chapter Raise Close to $8,000

prssaThe University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Shadow PR Firm held a concert fundraiser, “Melodies by the Sea,” on campus from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, April 9 to raise money for local non-profit, Mary’s Place by the Sea. 

Each spring, PRSSA and Shadow PR Firm hold a large event for students and faculty to benefit a charity. The group has been raising money since Oct. 2014 and raised nearly $8,000 to be donated.

“I’m really proud of what PRSSA has accomplished. We’ve been planning for the event all year and the most rewarding part, aside from the impressive funds we raised, is the attendance. There was a great energy and amount of students at the event and it really made us realize what PRSSA is capable of. We’re so grateful to have had so many students, groups, and organizations get involved with us,” said Erica Bonavitacola, a senior communication student and executive board member of PRSSA. 

PRSSA and Shadow PR Firm set up the event with the help of their advisor, Mary Harris, the University faculty, and through kind donations of local businesses and sponsors. Many companies such as George Wall Lincoln and McOmber & McOmber set high standards for sponsor donations, but University clubs and organizations like Alpha Sigma Tau really showed their support with large sponsor donations as well. One sponsor in particular, the Beth J. Rappoport Memorial Fund, provided Mary’s Place by the Sea with a generous donation of $1,000 in support of PRSSA and Mary’s Place by the Sea.

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Alpha Xi Delta “Lights it up Blue” for Autism

todayEvery year Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) holds their annual “Light it Up Blue Week” around campus in honor of National Autism Awareness month and their national philanthropy, Autism Speaks. 

The first week of April the sisters host many different events on campus to help raise money for Autism Speaks.  According to the Autism Speaks website, “An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.”  

Autism Speaks raises money to support the research of Autism in hopes of supprting the individuals and families affected by the disorder.  AXiD hosts a variety of different events on campus throughout the first week of April to help give back to the organization.

This year, the sorority hosted three different events throughout the week. The first was a “Kissing Booth.”  The sisters handed out blue ribbons and Hershey kisses with different facts about Autism on the bottom in exchange for donations.  The sisters were able to raise money for a great cause and also spread awareness and statistics on the disorder.   

For the second day of “Light it Up Blue Week” AXiD hosted an event called “Pie a Xi.”  Everyone on campus was able to come out and donate to the cause and got a chance to pie a sister in the face.  Ali Hart, a sophomore and the sorority’s philanthropy chair, was thrilled with the turnout of day two.

“The second day was the most successful,” Hart said. “Everyone came out to pie one of our sisters for $2 and it was a lot of fun!” 

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“Melodies by the Sea” Charity Concert

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Monmouth University Chapter and Shadow PR Firm will hold its first annual Melodies by the Sea to benefit local non-profit, Mary’s Place by the Sea on April 9 from 6 to 9 pm on Shadow Lawn. 

Student Artists and Local Musicians from Monmouth University will perform an acoustic concert for Monmouth University student and faculty. All proceeds from admissions, activities, and silent auction will go to Mary’s Place by the Sea in Oakhurst, NJ. These features will be available for the entirety of the event. Melodies by the Sea will begin at 6 p.m. and feature musical stylings by: Amanda Siller; Brittani Hrehorovich; Antonio Scavo; Joseph Lacalandra; Ross Ottman;  Jonathan Bass; and Matt Avellino.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/1/15

Accounting Society

The Accounting Society will hold its 2nd Annual Accounting Society Networking Event on April 28th in the Versailles and Pompeii Room of Wilson Hall from 6PM-8 pm. All accounting students are welcomed. If any one has any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact, Maria Carvalho at s0774450@monmouth.edu We hope you can make it!

Running Club 

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Contact Coach Joe or Mitchell Parker for more information and for various practice times. Look for more information soon about the Color Me Rose Run, which is scheduled for April 19.

The Outlook 

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

IEEE/ACM

The IEEE/ACM student chapter invites the campus community to its internal hackathon on April 3 at 6 pm in Howard Hall. Come build apps with us! Beginners welcome!

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Greek Responsibility

031A video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers singing a racist chant surfaced and immediately went viral, forcing the University to shut the brotherhood down on March 9. The media then uncovered that another fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho, was suspended at Penn State after nude photographs of unconscious women were posted on a private Facebook page. 

Pi Kappa Phi at North Carolina State University was placed on suspension after one of the chapter’s pledge books was found in a local restaurant. WRAL reported that the book contained handwritten derogatory notes towards women, as well as racist remarks, ranging from “Be kind to the whales because they’ll lead you to the dolphins” to “That tree is perfect for lynching.

Just last week, Rutgers University indefinitely shut down Sigma Phi Epsilon after the hospitalization of a severely intoxicated underage student. 

Other fraternities in Texas, Missouri, ands Virginia were suspended after hazing allegations.

It almost seems as if Greek life scandals can’t escape the front page of local and national newspapers. 

As stated in an article published on NJ.com on March 30, “The run of bad news is starting to affect the reputations of fraternities and sororities nationwide.”

After each reported incident, the schools and national fraternities or sororities affiliated with the particular scandal released a statement, which all seemed to dance around the central idea of the acts being “inconsistent with values.”

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Theta Xi Raises Major Bucks for Philanthropic Causes

“Miss Monmouth” Brings in over $2,500 for Multiple Sclerosis and Habitat for Humanity

Theta Xi fraternity held their annual “Miss Monmouth” competition Monday, March 30, in Pollak Theater. The $2,568 raised from event went towards the fraternity’s philanthropies, multiple sclerosis and Habitat for Humanity.

The “Miss Monmouth” event is beauty pageant of University women from all types of organizations. Anthony DeFede of Theta Xi and Alessandra Buonincontri of Phi Sigma Sigma (PhiSig) hosted the event, with Theta Xi’s Jonathan Baron as DJ. The judges were Dylan Riley of Sigma Pi (SigPi), Jennifer Carter of Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Yazan Souso of Theta Xi, Matt Miller of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) and Frank Digangi of Tau Delta Phi (TDPhi).

James Pipitone, “Miss Monmouth” Committee Chairman for Theta Xi, planned the entire event. “We plan for this event by coordinating with the school for a location, microphones and tables,” Pipitone said. “We ask each Greek organization and anyone outside of Greek life to participate.”

Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, had high expectations of the event, “I would like it to be appropriate, entertaining and for it to be exciting fun for everybody.”

The show started off with the contestants coming out in their casual attire, escorted by brothers of Theta Xi, followed by a formal round, and lastly a bathing suit round. Each round also contained a series of questions for each contestant. The questions included everything from what their dream date would be to what made them the angriest. Jessica Kuck, a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) and a University dance team member, was asked what she would tell her 8-year old self. Kuck responded, “I would tell myself not to eat that cookie.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/25

Monmouth Pep Band 

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, contact Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Running Club 

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Contact Coach Joe or Mitchell Parker for more information and for various practice times. Look for more information soon about the Color Me Rose Run, which is scheduled for April 19.

The Outlook 

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

IEEE/ACM

The IEEE/ACM student chapter invites the campus community to its internal hackathon on April 3 at 6 pm in Howard Hall. Come build apps with us! Beginners welcome!

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Delta Phi Epsilon’s Annual Lip Sync for Cystic Fibrosis

delta phi epsilonDelta Phi Epsilon sorority (DPhiE) hosted their annual Lip Sync on Monday, March 9 at 10 pm in Pollak Theater. The event raised over $2,300 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Kelsey Mieczkowski, DPhiE’s Vice President of Programming, put the event together this year. “The best part was watching everything come together and seeing everyone who participated and attended truly being a part of the event while raising money for such a great foundation,” she said. Mieczkowski worked for over a month preparing for the event and all of her hard work paid off. 

Candace Mitola, a sister of DPhiE, and Anthony Accurso of Theta Xi hosted the event, with Matt Sheehan of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) working as the DJ. Mitola mentioned how much fun it was to get an inside look at all of the reactions from the performers. 

The judges of the event were Amanda Caruso of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA), Danny Llanos of Theta Xi, Robyn Belen of Phi Sigma Sigma (PhiSig), Andrew Mucci of Sigma Pi (SigPi), and Chris Carter of Delta Tau Delta (DTD). Mucci had high expectations of the competition. “I was hoping to see a fierce competition between all organizations as well as great sportsmanship all for a great cause,” he said.

The show included several entertaining acts that made the crowd laugh and applaud. Some of the most memorable performances included TKE’s rendition of Frozen’s famous song, “Let it Go.” Theta Xi’s enactment of “O Fortuna” by Carmina Burana amused the audience as the performers pretended to play instruments and threw red streamers into the crowd. Alpha Omicron Pi’s mash up of “I Want Candy” by Aaron Carter, “Candy Man” by Christina Aguilera, “Sugar” by Flo Rida and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard had the crowd cheering and dancing with them.

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Local Artists Shine at WMCX’s 24-Hour Music Fest

Student radio station WMCX hosted their eighth annual 24-Hour Music Fest on Friday, March 13, beginning at 9 am at their headquarters in the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication. The event continued into Saturday, March 14 and concluded that morning at 9 am. 

The WMCX staff kicked off the University’s spring break by occupying their studio for a full twenty-four hours of live music. They invited both local artists and student musicians to perform live sets over the air. Over the years, the radio station has alternated between a 12-hour and 24-hour format for the event, but this year marked a long-awaited return to the twenty-four hour version. 

The radio station held its inaugural 24-Hour Music Fest during the spring 2007 semester when the organization’s advisor, Dr. Aaron Fergason, proposed the idea to that year’s student executive board. “I went to graduate school at Emerson College, and they did an entire week of live music at their radio station,” he said. “I thought we could at least try a twenty-four hour version. It’s a good way for people to hear great local music.” 

Since then, the event has grown and its range of performers diversified. “We’ve had signed bands, student bands, and we’ve had local musicians,” Fergason said regarding the types of performers WMCX has hosted for the 24-Hour Music Fest over the years. “It started off mostly with just local bands, but then student bands got involved, and we’ve even had some signed bands like Smithereens play here.” 

University senior and current WMCX General Manager Danielle Gertz made the decision to host the 24-hour format along with the other members of the radio station’s student executive board. To acquire talent, they had to contact musicians through a variety of different means to fill twenty-four time slots, each allowing a performer an hour-long live set over the air. 

“I began by reaching out to bands who have played live at our radio station before,” Gertz said. “From there, I started asking bands whom I’ve met at local venues, and I also reached out on social media to gather more performers.” 

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/11

Monmouth Pep Band 

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, contact Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Running Club 

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Contact Coach Joe or Mitchell Parker for more information and for various practice times. Look for more information soon about the Color Me Rose Run, which is scheduled for April 19.

The Outlook 

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

WMCX

WMCX will be hosting its 24 Hour Music Fest on Friday, March 13, beginning at 9 am. The station will feature 24 bands in 24 hours. Tune in to 88.9 FM to listen to live music all day and night on your home for modern rock with an edge.

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Drag Queens Take Over Anacon Hall for a Great Cause

drag1The University welcomed three professional drag queens to campus last Friday, March 6 as the All Lifestyles Included club presented Drag Show 2015: Candyland.

The All Lifestyles Included club, or ALI, is an organization that strives to promote awareness for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning, or LGBTQ, community on and around campus. One of the ways they do this is by holding their annual drag show. This year, the club went all out.

“This year’s drag show was a lot of fun to plan,” said Melissa Galvin, a senior psychology and sociology double major, as well as the president of ALI. “We chose to go with a candyland theme, and the queens really got into it.” The queens were not the only ones who really got into it. Anacon was transformed into a candy heaven. Giant, candy-shaped lights were reflected up onto the walls, snacks such as candy, cookies, and brownies lined the room’s perimeter, and a cotton candy machine filled the space with a sweet smell. To top it all off, big pieces of fake candy decorated the huge, brightly-lit stage where the queens made themselves at home.

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/4

Monmouth Pep Band 

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, contact Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Running Club 

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Contact Coach Joe or Mitchell Parker for more information and for various practice times. Look for more information soon about the Color Me Rose Run, which is tentatively scheduled for April 19.

The Outlook 

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

Delta Phi Epsilon 

Delta Phi Epsilon is having their annual Lip Sync fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis on March 9 at 10 pm in Pollak Theater. Tickets will be on sale prior to the event.

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ZTA’s Big Man Brings Big Bucks to Breast Cancer Awareness

zeta tau alphaZeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority held their nationwide annual male beauty pageant fundraiser, Big Man on Campus, raising over $3,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness and Education, on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The beauty pageant consisted of 12 contestants, ranging in class and organization involvement, from Greek organizations to both the lacrosse and basketball teams. David Haber, Delta Tau Delta (DTD) Social Chair and business administration major, won the title, “Big Man on Campus” this year.

“Big Man On Campus is a night that brings awareness to our philanthropy,” said ZTA faculty advisor and alumnus Emma Cabán, who works in the Office of Admissions at the University. “Monmouth University students get an opportunity to learn about breast cancer awareness all while having fun.”

Cabán was the host of the first annual Big Man on Campus in her collegiate days. This year, seniors Ashley Berger and Kimberly Cummins of ZTA, and Kevin Gilsenan of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) hosted, introducing the contestants, asking interview questions, and reading tweets from the audience with the hashtag #BigMan2015.

In addition to Big Man on Campus ticket sales, ZTA raised money for breast cancer awareness through the Mr. Congeniality award. Each year the contestants are encouraged to raise funds on their own on behalf of ZTA’s philanthropy and whoever raises the most is awarded “Mr. Congeniality.” Frank DiGangi of Tau Delta Phi (TDPhi) was awarded Mr. Congeniality this year. The contestants raised a total of $150, according to Director of Philanthropy and communication major Lindsay Botts.

Donations to ZTA’s philanthropy raises funds for philanthropic, educational, and leadership programs throughout the nation, according to the ZTA official website. 

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Delta Queen “Seals the Deal” to Raise Money for JDRF

em and ajDelta Tau Delta (DTD) hosted its first ever philanthropy event, “Delta Queen” on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Pollak Theater. 

Delta Queen consisted of a pageant competition among five sorority girls, as well as several fundraising events that took place during the fall semester. 

Stuart Rosenberg, DTD’s advisor, felt the event was successful. “I spoke with some of the Delts before and after the event and I can you that they were very pleased with the results, as I am,” Rosenberg said. “The event was the culmination of a two month long competition that Delta Tau Delta started during the fall semester that was centered around sororities competing to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes, our national philanthropy.”

The event raised over $9,000 for the newly chartered fraternity’s philanthropy, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Anthony Serrantonio, a senior communication major and DTD’s philanthropy chair, was in charge of planning the event.

“I created the event not knowing what to expect,” said Serrantonio. “My goal going into it was to reach at least $2,000 for JDRF. I was blown away by the amount of support we received from Greek life here at Monmouth. We were able to sell so many tickets to the event and raise $9,300 for our philanthropy.”

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/25

Monmouth Pep  Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, contact Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society

On Sunday, March 1 at 1 pm, the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society presents, “Nourishing Ourselves, Nourishing Our Families with Living Foods,” by award-winning author and Holistic Health Coach Karen Ranzi, as well as a vegan potluck. The event is free.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

Delta Phi Epsilon

Delta Phi Epsilon is having their annual Lip Sync fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis on March 9 at 10 pm in Pollak Theater. Tickets will be on sale prior to the event.

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MU Debate Team Coaches APHS Debate Team to 2nd Place School Award in South Bronx

Color Debate PictureThe Monmouth University Debate Team coached the Asbury Park High School Debate Team to a second place team award at a debate tournament held at the Bronx Collaborative High School on Saturday, Feb. 21. 

Members of the MU Debate Team conduct debate workshops every Monday after school throughout the year in preparation for debate tournaments sponsored by the Urban Debate League. Eight Asbury teams of two students competed at the tournament this weekend. Three of the eight teams received an award for posting a winning record at the tournament and three Asbury debaters received individual speaking awards.

The Asbury Park High School Debate Team was launched five years ago, made possible by an annual grant from the TD Bank Foundation and another grant from Santander Bank that were secured by the MU Debate Team and the Institute for Global Understanding respectively.  

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/18

Monmouth Pep Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, contact Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Residence Hall Association

Please join the Residence Hall Association on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Wilson Hall for our annual Winter Ball. This year’s theme is a Red Carpet event. Tickets are $30. Tickets will be on sale Feb. 3-5 and 9-11 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center and Dining Hall. Check your Monmouth email for specific locations and times.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

Delta Phi Epsilon

Delta Phi Epsilon is having their annual Lip Sync fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis on March 9 at 10 pm in Pollak Theater. Tickets will be on sale prior to the event.

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Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society

MAVS Hosts Free Vegan Potluck and Presentation by Award-Winning Nutrition Author

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is hosting a free vegan potluck and presentation by Karen Ranzi, M.A., an award-winning author, motivational speaker, holistic health coach, and raw food chef. The event will take place at Monmouth University’s Magill Commons Club Dining Room on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, “Nourishing Ourselves, Nourishing Our Families with Living Foods,” Ranzi will share her expertise on plant-based nutrition, explaining ways to maximize health through better food choices. She will discuss the maximum nutrient density in living foods, providing tips on how to prepare easy and nutritious meals. She will also discuss the role of raw food nutrition in preventing and treating disease and enabling healthy, vibrant living.

Ranzi is the author of Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods and Raw Vegan Recipe Fun for Families: 115 Easy Recipes and Health Tips for Energetic Living. She has spoken at several major health conventions, including the Health Congress “Flowers of Life” in Russia and the London Vegfest 2013 and 2014. Ranzi also writes about healthy living in a variety of magazines, such as Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine and Super Raw Life Magazine, and she has been featured as a guest on The Living Healthy Show.  

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Three Students Re-establish Lambdas at Monmouth

untitledThe University’s Greek organizations welcome the Pi chapter of Lambda Theta Phi (ΛΘΦ) Latin Fraternity Inc. back to their community after almost seven years of absence.

In 1975, Lambda Theta Phi became the first nationally recognized Latino Greek organization. On Feb. 28, 1993, the 12 founding brothers of Lambda Theta Phi’s Pi chapter came together and brought the organization to the University. The last brothers to be on campus were in 2008, until now.

The line brothers leading the fraternity’s reestablishment on campus include: Trever Carpenter, a junior health studies student; Jonathan Nunez, a junior criminal justice student; and Hauscar Holguin, a sophomore music student.

“The three of us are ready and excited for the opportunity to put in a lot of work to help our chapter expand and to show Monmouth University and the students what our fraternity is about,” said Carpenter. “In the short time that we have been brothers, we have raised money for charities, volunteered and, my favorite, saluted our way back onto Monmouth campus.”

Carpenter explained that the ideals Lambda Theta Phi holds are academic excellence, brotherhood, leadership, unity, and community service. During the reestablishment process, Carpenter and the other newest Pi chapter members were able to meet brothers from all over New Jersey who helped them learn about their organization. They were also able to meet with Lambda Theta Phi alumni of the University and “began to develop a brotherly bond with men that were established in their careers with children and family,” according to Carpenter.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/11

Monmouth Pep Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, contact Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the student center.

Residence Hall Association

Please join the Residence Hall Association on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in the ever so elegant Wilson Hall for our annual Winter Ball. This year’s theme is a Red Carpet event. Tickets are $30. Tickets will be on sale Feb. 3 - 5 and 9 - 11 in the student center and dining hall. Check your Monmouth email for specific locations and times.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Brianna McCabe, at s0828430@monmouth.edu.

Delta Phi Epsilon

Delta Phi Epsilon is having their annual Lip Sync fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis on March 9 at 10 pm in Pollak Theater. Tickets will be on sale prior to the event.

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Fit Fest Illumination Launches New Fitness Club COREiculum Founder Encourages Nationwide Campus Involvement

fit fest  COREiculum founder Andy Stern and yoga instructor Nicole Lardieri offered students a variation of fitness classes, ranging from yoga, cardio dance, plyometrics, or an abs workout in Anacon Hall Friday night at "Fit Fest Illumination."

Fit Fest Illumination featured a live DJ and took place in a glow in the dark environment, complete with body paint and glow sticks. The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB) and the Panhellenic Council.

"I wanted to do a Healthy Living awareness event which turned into fitness classes," said Alicia Torello, a sophomore communication major and SAB Awareness Chair. "We needed a spin which was glow in the dark, and somewhere along the way it became a light show, and we added a DJ and some body paint!"

"The event was a lot of fun!" said Melissa Crosta, a senior communication major. "There were so many different workouts included in the night, and I think it was such a great way to expose students to alternative exercises. The instructors were super motivating and the whole vibe had so much positive energy. Who wouldn’t want to continue to work out after that?"

Stern hosted the workout routines for Fit Fest Illumination. Stern is an alumni of the University, having graduated with an MBA in business marketing in 2013. He began the COREiculum workout program in the spring of his senior year, after his residents began asking him how he keeps in shape with a busy schedule. He started teaching fitness classes in the basement of Cedar Hall.

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The Music Alliance

On Thursday, Jan. 29, The Music Alliance (TMA) hosted its first live performance of the semester in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. The show featured a performance by a new act on campus, a rock band called The Unknown. They played a set that included a combination of covers and original compositions.

The Music Alliance is Monmouth University’s student-run organization for live music and events. TMA is the sister organization of Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth’s student-run record label. The organization provides artists and musicians of a wide variety of genres for events on and off campus, as well as hosting their own shows.

This is the first of a semester long string of showcase performances hosted on campus by TMA. These showcases are a continuation of the showcases the Alliance has held in previous semesters, featuring many different artists within the Monmouth University student population.

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SAB Brings Students Back to the ‘90s with “Flashback Friday”

934737 934189939926498 287935766629517943 nThe Student Activities Board (SAB) held Flashback Friday, its first event of the spring semester on Jan. 23. The event was open to all University students looking for a fun night on campus, free of cost. 

The event was held in Anacon Hall, located in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, which was filled with blow up activities, and even an indoor roller skating rink. Students had the opportunity to skate around the room, making pit stops at the inflatable air hockey rink, basketball hoops, and skee ball table. A life-sized Connect Four game was also a game for attendees to play. 

“I was surprised at how many activities there were at the event,” said Megan Poeschl, a junior social work student. “SAB really thought everything through. Everything was so unique.”

Students rushed to the graffiti board right as it opened, allowing students to play games and create their own graffiti by spraying the board. Not only were there games, but SAB members were stationed around Anacon Hall, serving snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy, all while neon lights lit up the venue.

“I definitely think that last night was a huge success,” commented Thomas Egan, Vice President of Major and Social Events for SAB and junior business major. “SAB was very pleased with the turn out, especially since we changed the event time from ending at 10 pm to ending at midnight.” 

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/4

Monmouth Pep Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, contact Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the student center.

Residence Hall Association

Please join the Residence Hall Association on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the ever so elegant Wilson Hall for our annual Winter Ball. This year’s theme is a Red Carpet event. Tickets are $30. Tickets will be on sale February 3-5 and 9-11 in the student center and dining hall. Check your Monmouth email for specific locations and times.

Track & Field and Cross Country Club

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competeing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Wed. and Fri. at 4:30 pm. Practices for distance runners  are Mon. at 2:30 pm, Tues Thurs. and Fri. at 4 pm, and Wed. at 4:30 pm. Contact Coach Joe or Alexis Knowles for more information.

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RHA, SAB, and Alpha Xi Delta Host Holiday Craft Party

The University’s Residence Hall Association (RHA), Student Activities Board (SAB), and Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) teamed up for a co-sponsored Holiday Craft Party last Friday, Dec. 5, in Mullaney Hall.

Holiday spirits were high last week as RHA, SAB, and AXiD hosted a holiday-inspired craft event for students to make gifts for themselves, their families, and even a children’s hospital. The event took place from 7 to 10 pm on the first and second floors of Mullaney Hall.

On the first floor, students were able to “stuff and fluff” their own stuffed animals, fill mason jars with the ingredients for different holiday recipes such as cookies, and make street art. Students who made their way upstairs to the second floor participated in the making of crafts such as glass-etching and street signs. All of the materials for the crafts were provided to the students free of charge as long as supplies lasted.

“The ‘stuff and fluff’ was definitely my favorite part,” said Victoria Porter, a junior psychology major and sister of Alpha Xi Delta. “You got to make yourself an animal, dress it, and then you got to do another and donate it to The Children’s Hospital.” Angela Sarno, a junior English education major and sister of Alpha Xi Delta, explained that everyone who participated in the craft night had the option to donate the things they made to The Children’s Hospital. “There were numerous donations that were going to be given to the children there for the holidays,” Sarno said.

The event was co-sponsored by three organizations on campus, SAB, RHA, and AXiD. “Alpha Xi Delta prides itself on working with other organizations on campus and in the Monmouth Community to help them achieve their goals,” said Traci Marren, the advisor for AXiD.

“Working with RHA and SAB was such a privilege,” Porter said. The organizations have been planning the event for weeks. Members of all three groups agreed that the night was a success, as over 200 people attended. “The night went very well,” Sarno said. “So many people attended.”

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/10

Monmouth Pep Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, contact Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the student center.

Track & Field and Cross Country Club

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competeing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Wed. and Fri. at 4:30 pm. Practices for distance runners  are Mon. at 2:30 pm, Tues Thurs. and Fri. at 4 pm, and Wed. at 4:30 pm. Contact Coach Joe or Alexis Knowles for more information.

Delta Tau Delta

Don’t forget to stop by the Student Center on Wed., Dec. 10, between 10 am and 2 pm or 4-6 pm for the Delta Queen Penny War! Each sorority will have their own donation jar and they need your help to fill it. All money collected will go towards their fundraising total.

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Competing for the Crown: Delta Tau Delta’s “Delta Queen”

Sorority women across campus are competing for the crown and title of Delta Queen, a competition recently created by Delta Tau Delta (DTD), in hopes of finding a sweetheart for their fraternity. Organizations participating include: Alpha Omicron Pi (AOPi), Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Phi Sigma Sigma (PhiSig), and Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA).

Delta Tau Delta’s Philanthropy Chairman Anthony Serrantonio, a senior communication major, is responsible for planning the event. He said a lot of other DTD chapters host Delta Queen, but they do it somewhat differently. Serrantonio wanted to do something different on campus that is not your typical philanthropy event.

“We wanted to make it an event that would raise a lot of money, but would also be fun for the people involved,” Serrantonio said.

The Delta Queen receives a crown and sash, $100 spa gift card, a donation to their philanthropy, DTD chapter letters, DTD rush t-shirts, and a contestant t-shirt. The Delta Queen also becomes the sweetheart of the fraternity.

“Delta Tau Delta raised over $300 just in the last week, and the fraternity expects to raise more in the coming weeks up until the actual pageant event in February,” said Stuart Rosenberg, an associate professor of management and DTD’s advisor.

The competition has three rounds, beginning Dec. 1 and ending Feb. 17, 2015. The first round, which takes place between Dec. 1 and Dec. 19, involves each sorority raising money for DTD’s national philanthropy, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The fraternity created a team page for each sorority on the JDRF website to make collecting donations easier. There is no required fundraising minimum. There will also be a penny war competition on Dec. 10, taking place in the Rebecca Strafford Student Center (RSSC). The money raised by each sorority in the penny war competition will go towards their total amount fundraised. Fundraising efforts can take place through Feb. 17. Whichever organization has the highest amount in donations is awarded more points in the competition. 

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/3

Monmouth Pep Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, please e-mail Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the student center during the day. Fly Hawks!

Track & Field/Cross Country Club

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competeing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Wed. and Fri. at 4:30 pm. Practices for distance runners  are Mon. at 2:30 pm, Tues Thurs. and Fri. at 4 pm, and Wed. at 4:30. pm Contact Coach Joe or Alexis Knowles for more information.

Sab, Rha, and AXiD

Student Activities Board, Resident Hall Association and Alpha Xi Delta have teamed up to cosponsor this year’s Holiday Craft Party Friday, Dec. 5 from 7-10 pm in the Mullaney Hall Lounge. Stop by for an evening full of crafts like teddy bear stuffing while supplies last!

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Threat Analysis Group Plans to Increase Club Involvement

Threat Analysis Group (TAG) President Michael Tilton announced new plans to change the club’s dynamic and further integrate the organization within the University community on Wednesday, Nov. 19. He said the club aims to implement these plans during the Spring 2015 semester.

Tilton, a senior homeland security major, along with Founding President Chris Lojek, a University alumnus and former homeland security graduate, developed TAG’s original concept in the Fall 2013 semester, with the concept directed at expanding criminal justice and homeland security education beyond classroom lectures. “It’s been shaping ever since,” Tilton said, “as a way to expose Monmouth students to issues of homeland security that we do not keep up with in the classroom. We don’t learn about everything we can during class time.”

The organization’s early meetings began with weekly oral briefings on current issues related to national and local security with a focus directed towards the criminal justice and homeland security fields. Tilton recalled an early meeting where the members discussed the Westgate Mall Shooting in Kenya that took place in September 2013. The members reviewed the scenario and then developed a crisis management plan for if a similar scenario were to happen at a location in the local area, such as Monmouth Mall.

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Mock Trial Program to Host Inaugural “Hawk” Invitational

What started in the fall of 2012 as a small group of students interested in law school with a background in high school mock trial has developed at Monmouth University into a strong intercollegiate forensic program – one that prepares students for legal advocacy and trial procedure and more importantly, for life after Monmouth.  For the first time in its three-year program, and with the assistance of the pre-law club, the Monmouth mock trial team will host its first invitational tournament this weekend (December 6-7).

The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) program hosts 25 regional tournaments in the early part of the spring semester, enrolling approximately 600 teams from over 350 universities and colleges annually.  Teams of six to ten students participate in attorney and witness roles competing for “bids” from these regional tournaments to a series of eight “Opening Round Championship Series Tournaments” (ORCS) in the latter part of the spring semester.  A bid out of the ORCS tournaments culminates in the national championship tournament, this year taking place on April 17-19, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio hosted by the University of Cincinnati.  This year presents a civil case problem involving the unfortunate shooting of an 11-year-old by her friend. Students in attorney roles represented the parents in this fictitious case of Park v. Duran; other students portray challenging witness roles ranging from the next-door neighbor, clinical child psychologists and the parties (parents) themselves

In the fall, student teams work diligently in a series of invitational tournaments, honing trial strategies and witness performances, in preparation for regional competition.  This spring, Monmouth will compete in the New Haven, Connecticut regional hosted by Yale on February 7-8, 2015.  The Monmouth mock trial team has competed already in two invitational tournaments – one hosted by Drexel University (the First Annual Market Street Mock Trial Invitational) on October 25 and 26 and a second one hosted by Temple University (the Third Annual Hooter Mock Trial Invitational) on November 15 and 16.  The preparation thus far, in 2014-15 builds off of an impressive showing in the 2014-15 competition year, with two witness awards won by Cara Turcich (currently a graduate student in public policy and assistant mock trial team coach) and the spirit of AMTA award, symbolizing the team recognized by peer teams as the one representing the notions of professionalism and courtesy.  Sophomore team member Josh Manning won individual awards at the Hooter invitational for his performance both as a plaintiff attorney role as well as defense witness role.

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Panhellenic Council Passes “Limited Frills” Recruitment

ztaSorority recruitment will be taking place this spring, leading unaffiliated University women into the Greek community. However, the Panhellenic Council, the governing body that oversees formal sorority recruitment, is taking a different approach to the formal recruitment process this spring. The council voted to instate "limited frills" recruitment, and passed the motion.

In previous years, sororities were given the opportunity to finance their recruitment budget independently. They were also given the chance to decorate their recruitment rooms with an unlimited amount of whatever themes, crafts, t-shirts, letters, and decorations of their choice. This led the Panhellenic Council to believe that potential new members were choosing their sorority based on superficial items, such as the decorations, rather than the values of the sororities and the sisters themselves.

The new approach limits sororities' ability to sway potential new members through the use of superficial items, giving the potential new members the opportunity to focus more on the conversations they are having with Greek women. It makes the formal recruitment process more meaningful for not only the potential new members, but also the sisters of each sorority who plan on extending bids into their sisterhood.

"By limiting the frills within recruitment, chapters will better be able to recruit girls who fit right for them, rather than what they seem to be through the decorations in the rooms," said Kendall Bohannon, a senior homeland security major and the Vice President of Recruitment of the Panhellenic Council.

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Sorority Bingo Night Gives Girls Closer Look at Greek Life

The Panhellenic Council hosted Bingo Night Friday, Nov. 14, in Anacon Hall to give students an opportunity to get to know each different sorority organization the University has to offer.

"The purpose of the Bingo event is to have a fun, involved setting for girls to come and learn about each organization on campus, along with meeting sisters from each," said Kendall Bohannon, Panhellenic Council Vice President of Recruitment. "This allows for potential new members to get a better sense of the Panhellenic Community and the chapters within."

"Panhellenic Council required ten members from each sorority to be present and encouraged girls interested in joining Greek life to attend as well," said Ariana Tepedino, Panhellenic Council President and senior English major.

"Bingo Night has a variety of prizes for winners, and it plays an important role in the recruitment process for both sororities and students interested in Greek life," said Bohannon. "It is a fun, relaxed event that allows for easy socialization between girls interested and members of the Panhellenic Community."

Bingo Night gives the potential new members of Greek life an opportunity to form connections prior to formal recruitment.

"Often times, students make great connections at these events and it helps them feel more comfortable when going through the formal recruitment process and serves as a means of comfort due to the fact that they know a handful of girls they will see during recruitment," said Tepedino.

According to Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Bingo Night allows for the sororities to market themselves as well, giving them a chance to present their organization between each round of bingo. This is the second year the Panhellenic Council hosted Bingo Night, yielding a successful turnout.

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Club and Greek Announcements 11/19/14

Monmouth Pep Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, please e-mail Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the student center during the day. Fly Hawks! 

Track & Field/Cross Country Club

The Running Club is now meeting several times a week, both for recreational runners and for those interested in competeing in cross country, road races, or track & field. Wed. and Fri. at 4:30 pm. Practices for distance runners are Mon. at 2:30 pm, Tues Thurs. and Fri. at 4 pm, and Wed. at 4:30. pm Contact Coach Joe or Alexis Knowles for more information.

PRSSA

On November 20, PRSSA will be holding a food drive in the Student Center for The People's Pantry, a local food bank to help Hurricane Sandy victims. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, you can drop off practically any food ranging from canned goods to macaroni and cheese boxes.

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Delta Tau Delta Raises Money for Diabetes Research

dtd-1Delta Tau Delta (DTD), one of the new fraternities on campus, has recently been doing a lot of work to help their philanthropy, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.)

Fraternities and sororities around the country pride themselves on being dedicated to their philanthropies and DTD, even though they are new to the University's Greek community, is no exception to this. Over the past week, the fraternity has held two events to benefit JDRF, with more to come.

November is National Diabetes Month. DTD's first event was "Delta Tau-Gate," a tailgate at the home football game on Nov. 1.

"I chose Nov. 1 because it was Type 1 Diabetes Day," said Anthony Serrantonio, a senior communication TV/radio major and the Philanthropy Chair for DTD. "A lot of work went into planning this event in a short amount of time. I had to get local business to sponsor the event by donating gift cards for us to raffle off the day of. We were able to get about 10 businesses to sponsor us. We also had a local seafood restaurant donate soup for us to sell."

Serrantonio explained that they had also planned to hold cornhole and kanjam tournaments but inclement weather forced the guys to move the event inside the MAC. Despite the rain, the event still raised a decent amount of money. "We worked hard and were still able to raise $430 for JDRF so in the end I was still happy with the event," said Serrantonio.

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SAB Hosts “Preferred Parking” Comedy Tour

Comedians Samuel J. Comroe and Drew Lynch stopped by the University on their "Preferred Parking" comedy tour on Friday night, Nov. 7 in Anacon Hall from 8 - 9:30 pm

The comedians call their show "Preferred Parking," poking fun at the challenges they face every day. Comroe has had Tourette's syndrome his whole life, making his hand and face twitch. Lynch, however, had aspirations to become an actor up until a few years ago when a company softball game gone wrong led to a vocal cord injury that causes him to stutter.

Sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB), President and junior marketing major Dylan Vargas said "Preferred Parking" is different than the other acts because it is something people don't get to see all the time.

Comroe and Lynch comically spoke of the struggles they face every day and the unwanted social situations their handicaps create. Lynch even said that his stutter and daily struggles have made him more humble, and Comroe poked fun at the way his face twitching makes it look like he's winking at everyone. The two friends were touring separately before they decided to go on tour together and create "Preferred Parking."

According to the duo's website, "These hilarious comedians with challenges, inspire and motivate you to think twice about complaining about your life."

SAB first heard of "Preferred Parking" at their National Association of Campus Activities conference last spring and booked them in person and had the date set since February, according to Vargas.

"I think one of the biggest factors that also made us choose them is that when we saw them on stage at NACA we felt that they were hilarious," said SAB Comedy Chair and sophomore accounting major Emily Townsend. "One could tell they were comedians, not for the money, but for the enjoyment they get and that the audience gets when the two of them tell jokes."

"About 75 people attended the comedy show, which is very successful considering it was a cold Friday night," said Alicia Torello, SAB Awareness Chair and sophomore communication major.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/12/14

Monmouth Pep Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, please e-mail Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the student center during the day. Fly Hawks!

Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society

MAVS is holding its 2nd annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 1 pm in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room. The event will feature special guest speaker Harold Brown of Farm Kind. The event is free and open to the public. Please bring an autumn-themed vegan dish with utensils and an index card listing ingredients to contribute to the vegan potluck RSVP to mcharris@monmouth.edu.

PRSSA

On November 18 and 20, PRSSA will be holding a food drive in the Student Center for The People's Pantry, a local food bank to help Hurricane Sandy victims. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, you can drop off practically any food ranging from canned goods to macaroni and cheese boxes.

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RHA and WMCX Join Forces for Successful Fall Fest

wmcxfallfestThe University's Residence Hall Association (RHA) collaborated with student radio station WMCX for the first time to host the on-campus event "Monmouth RHA and WMCX Present: Fall Fest" on the front lawn of Guggenheim Library Thursday, October 30 at 6 pm

"This is our fifth Fall Fest," said student RHA president Krista Varanyak. "We're really excited and hope to see a lot of people come out."

This year's incarnation of Fall Fest introduced a couple new major changes to the event dynamic that were not present in the previous four years. This year marked the first time WMCX co-sponsored the event with RHA.

"It is a good partnership," said RHA Faculty Advisor Ryan Kassis. "The radio station brought a lot of advertising for us and did a great job providing us with music."

WMCX set up a remote control panel on the Guggenheim Library lawn, where they streamed a Halloween-themed selection of songs from the station's headquarters in the Jules L. Plangere Center on the academic side of campus. They played popular holiday-appropriate songs, such as the Misfits' cover of Bobby Pickett's "Monster Mash" and the theme song to The Nightmare Before Christmas, "This is Halloween."

"We haven't been too involved with students on the residential side of campus," said WMCX General Manager Danielle Gertz. "Partnering with RHA for Fall Fest provided us with a great opportunity to reach more of the student body."

Gertz expressed that she also hopes the radio station co-sponsoring the event will gain WMCX more student exposure. "We want to gain more student listeners, since most of the station's listeners are not affiliated with Monmouth University," she said.

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Are You Smarter than a Fraternity Man?

astAlpha Sigma Tau (AST) quizzed the sorority girls at their fall event, "Are You Smarter Than A Fraternity Man" to raise money and awareness for their local philanthropy, The Ashley Lauren Foundation, on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

This was the second time AST has held "Are You Smarter Than A Fraternity Man." This year's event raised $1,827, exceeding the amount of money it raised last fall. Tickets were sold for $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Members from each organization of the Greek life community took the stage to play a mock game of the television game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader. The fraternity men, or the class, consisted of Joe Lozito (TDP), Jordan Maly (PhiPsi), JD Foye (STG), Maxwell Kenney (TKE), Nash Weiner (DTD), Eric Romanowski (SigPi), and Jose Aguilar (AKPsi). Answering the questions were the sorority girls, Crystal Diaz (LTA), Mollie Dunnigan (AXiD), Krysten Brannick (AOPi), Alexis Asaro (DPhiE), Robyn Belen(Phi Sig), and Melissa Crosta (ZTA). Each fraternity man was given $5 in Bagel Guys Deli cash for participating, and the winning sorority girl was given a $10 Surf Taco gift card.

Contestants were given the opportunity to pick whichever category she wanted. If the sorority girl got through each category without an incorrect answer, she advanced to the final round. The categories included Monmouth, television, Greek life, food, sports, and music. Contestants were given three lifelines: peak, copy, and save. Each sorority girl could peak at a chosen fraternity man's answer and choose to use it or their own, copy their answer, or be saved by a fraternity man in the hopes he has the right answer.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/05/14

Monmouth Pep Band

Basketball season is here and we are looking to solidify our band. We are in need of any trumpet, mellophone, baritone horn, trombone and tuba players that may wish to become a part of our award winning band. Limited openings for clarinet players are available also. Currently, we are complete in our flute, saxophone and drum sections. If interested, please e-mail Professor Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu or stop by room 332 in the student center during the day. Fly Hawks!

Veteran Services

On Tues., Nov. 11, the University will once again participate in the National Remembrance Day Roll Call. The event will take place at the 9/11 Memorial across from the Student Center beginning at 9:30 am and will last all day (in case of bad weather we will move to Wilson Hall auditorium). We are reading more than 6,000 names to remember those who fell in the post 9-11 conflicts in Iraq/Afghanistan. Please join us at 9:30 for a short memorial reading before the list is read. If you are interested in being a reader, please contact the office of Veteran Services at (732) 263-5258.

Social Work Society/ School of Social Work

Want to learn about how boundaries are crossed and what to do about it? Come to the Social Work Society and School of Social Work's 10th Annual Teach-In on Nov. 4 from 11 am to 7 pm in Anacon.

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SAB Spooks Students at Wilson

carnevilNearly 500 students were able to get a taste of Halloween through the "CarnEvil" themed Haunted Tour of Wilson Hall, inspired by FX's television series, American Horror Story: Freak Show. "CarnEvil" was hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8 – 10 pm.

Students were able to attend the tour free of charge, starting with an eerie video clip portraying Wilson Hall as its own carnival. Groups of students followed the "circus leader" tour guides through each floor of Wilson Hall, while characters in various clown masks and costumes popping out in every corner.

"Wilson Hall Haunted Tours have become a tradition for us in SAB as it is one of the most entertaining and successful events," said Dylan Vargas, SAB President. "We take pride in our ability to transform such a building into an event and have even presented on this event at our national conference, NACA," continued the junior marketing and management student.

The purpose of the Haunted Tour, according to SAB Concerts Chair Taylor Carson, is to give students an on campus they can go to for free to get in the mood for Halloween.

Ashley Ordile, a senior education major, attended the Haunted Tour after finding out about it through a friend who went last year. She went hoping to get scared and in the Halloween spirit and left satisfied.

Morgan Lalevee, a sophomore psychology major, also attended and thought the theme was better than last year, but was less scary than the year prior.

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Phi Sigma Sigma’s

University students gathered at Pollack Theatre for Monmouth Idol last week, hosted by Phi Sigma Sigma (PhiSig), to benefit the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation.

Monmouth Idol is an annual singing competition Students can sign up to sing and perform in front of their peers and then receive feedback from the judges. Winners are then selected to receive prizes from the sorority.

Performing at this year's event were Natalie Zeller, Kendal Adams, Alyssia Bifano, Mahalia Jackson, Anthony Accurso, Craig Zeglen, Chris Hofker, Jimmy Ernst, Kevin Meehl, Robert Sawyer, James Poricelli, Grady Jenkins, Jordan Maly, Akash Patel, Matthew Avellino, Taylor Bernstein, Brianna Merriman and Brianna Musco.

Taking third place at Monmouth Idol, winning a Michael Angelos gift card, was junior Natalie Zeller with her cover of "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore. In second place, winning Surf Taco and Scala's gift cards, was sophomore Brianna Merriman, who performed a Rihanna mash-up. Taking home the first place title was Mahalia Jackson, a junior representing Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), with her cover of "Superwoman" by Alicia Keys. Jackson won a Ming Ying and a JR's gift card.

Jackson had the crowd roaring, waving their hands back and forth and lighting up their phones, as well as clapping along with her to the song. She was extremely grateful to PhiSig and her friend Nicole Desarno for the opportunity to perform.

"I couldn't have asked for a better main stage debut at Monmouth!" Jackson said. "I also couldn't have done it without the support of my sisTAU's. I look forward to using my talents for more causes on campus!"

Representing Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), were four new members, Craig Zeglen, Chris Hofker, Kevin Meehl and Jimmy Ernst. They performed a cover of "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. Nick Discepolo, a brother of TKE, ran through the crowd dressed as Swift, leaving the audience laughing in their seats.

Heather Kelly, the Assistant Director of Student Activities for Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives, attended the event. The hawk spirit within the crowd impressed her, as well as how supportive the audience was of the performers.

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/29

 

History and Anthropology Club/Student Vets Association

 Do you have too much Halloween candy? The History and Anthropology Club/Student Vets Association. The candy will be included in care packages for deployed service personnel. Drop it off Nov. 3-6 in Howard Hall 340 or Student Center 202D.

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Social Work Society/ School of Social Work

Want to learn about how boundaries are crossed and what to do about it? Come to the Social Work Society and School of Social Work's 10th Annual Teach-In on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Anacon. 

Residence Hall Association (RHA) 

All residents are invited to attend our weekly meetings at 8 p.m. in Mullaney Hall First Floor Lounge. Don't forget to save the date for RHA's annual FALL FEST on Thursday, October 30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the library lawn. There will be activities such as pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, caricatures, food, and a live broadcast of WMCX!

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Greek Life Gathers Together at Homecoming 2014

image4A little rain couldn't stop University students and alumni from gathering together on Saturday, Oct. 11, to celebrate Homecoming. Sports teams, Greek organizations, and campus clubs welcomed home their alumni with a tailgate before the football game vs. Columbia University.

The University took Homecoming to the next level this year. The school launched a Spirit Week on social media, allowing students, alumni, and parents to participate in the #MMovement. The goal of the campaign was to show off your "Monmouth pride" by "painting social media blue," between Oct. 6 - 12. Members of the university's community were encouraged to post a picture on their social media accounts with the university logo, which had options for alumni, pride, student, parent, family, and fan. Those who used the #MMovement were entered for a chance to win a prize pack.

"We had a great response! The campaign caught the attention of more than 650 people during the course of the week and 65 entered to win a Monmouth prize pack," said Lauren Vento, Associate Vice President of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, and creator of #MMovement. Vento also plans on extending #MMovement to Family Weekend and other events.

Student Government Association (SGA) kicked off the tailgate with the pep rally, on Friday, Oct. 11. Students and faculty packed the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) to cheer on the football team before the big game. Seniors of the football, cheerleading, and dance teams, as well as the pep band, were recognized after their performances.

The pep rally gave students the chance to win door prizes and pick up a "Red, White, and MU" homecoming t-shirt to show their school spirit at the football game. SGA also announced the winners of this year's homecoming Court. Taking home the crowns were Brandon Wasylyk (King), Maria Grace Iantosca (Queen), Dylan Vargas (Prince), Ashley McMahon (Princess), Matt Shehann (Duke), Charlie Hesse (Duchess), Tyler Hiznay (Lord), and Jess Waring (Lady).

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Zeta Tau Alpha Thinks Pink for Breast Cancer

think-pinkThe campus was painted pink the week of Oct. 6 as Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) hosted "Think Pink Week" to raise money for their national philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.

The women kicked off the week with a pink lemonade and bake sale on the Student Center patio complete with pumpkin muffins, cupcakes and cookies on Monday, followed by a Pink Out men's soccer game Tuesday night, according to the chapter's Director of Philanthropy Alexis Manzo., a senior Spanish major.

The second annual "Fall Into Pink" event was co-sponsored with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and was held Wednesday on the Student Center patio. "Fall Into Pink" included a silent auction, bake sale, chocolate fondue station, pumpkin painting, Pie-a-Zeta, music and other games.

"The 'Fall Into Pink' event was very successful," said Mary Harris, a specialist professor of public relations and faculty advisor for PRSSA. "Not only did students from ZTA and PRSSA raise awareness for two important philanthropies, they worked together to great a community-centered event that had something fun for everyone to enjoy."

"Fall Into Pink" raised $900. Half of the proceeds benefitted ZTA's philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness and Education, and half benefitted PRSSA and the Shadow PR Firm's client, The People's Pantry. The People's Pantry is a hunger relief organization based out of Tom's River that works to provide food and aid for the hungry, according to the organization's Facebook page.

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CLUB AND GREEK 10/22/14

Phi Sigma Sigma's Monmouth Idol

Phi Sigma Sigma's

"Monmouth Idol" event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22. This great event is where people can volunteer to sing a song of their choice on stage and to just have fun! Proceeds from the event go towards Phi Sig and their philantrhopy. If you are interested in signing up to participate in the competition contact Nicole DeSarno at s0940407@monmouth.edu.

Residence HallAssociation(RHA)

All residents are invited to attend our weekly meetings at

8 p.m. in Mullaney Hall First Floor Lounge. Don't forget to

save the date for RHA's annual FALL FEST on Thursday, October

30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the library lawn. There will

be activities such as pumpkin decorating, a bounce house,

caricatures, food, and a live broadcast of WMCX!

Social Work Society/School of Social Work

Want to learn about how boundaries are crossed and what to do about it? Come to the Social Work Society and School of Social Work's 10th Annual Teach-In on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Anacon.

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Delta Phi Epsilon’s ANAD Vigil Raises Awareness

anadDelta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE) held their annual Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Vigil to raise campus awareness of eating disorders on Wednesday, October 1.

Sam Rivera, a senior business management major and sister of DPhiE, opened the ceremony by speaking about the purpose of the ANAD Vigil.

"Its purpose is to raise awareness to those who may not fully understand the devastation of eating disorders," Rivera said. "It allows people to understand and relate to the stories and experiences of those who actually suffer from these disorders."

The vigil began with a video clip that informed the audience of statistics such as 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat, and 80% of women say media make them feel insecure. The purpose of the video was to promote body confidence and share the startling truth about eating disorders.

DPhiE also provided three speakers who shared the stories of their own struggles with eating disorders, explaining to the audience that those who are affected by eating disorders are often right in front of us.

"I was completely blown away by the speakers' testimonies," said Alexis DeCarvalho, senior sister of Alpha Omicron Pi who attended the event. "One of the most important things I learned from each testimony is that there's not just one representation of what an eating disorder looks like."

Another video clip was shown at the vigil from the Dove Real Body Image. The clip involved an artist, drawing a woman, without seeing her, as she described herself. Then the artist drew the woman again, but this time based on a stranger's impression of her.

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/08/14

Phi Sigma Sigma: Monmouth Idol

Phi Sigma Sigma's Monmouth Idol event will be held on Wednesday Oct. 22. This great event is where people can volunteer to sing a song of their choice on stage and to just have fun! Proceeds from the event go towards Phi Sig and their philantrhopy. If you are interested in signing up to participate in the competition contact Nicole DeSarno at s0940407@monmouth.edu

Zeta Tau Alpha Think Pink

Zeta Tau Alpha's Think Pink Week supporting Breast Cancer Awareness & Education starts Monday! On Monday October 6th we'll be selling pink lemonade and baked goods on the Student Center Patio 11-5, Tuesday will be Fall Into Pink, silent auction and festival co-sponsored with PRSSA on the Student Center Patio from 11-5, and Wednesday night will be a Pink Out Soccer game at 7pm on Hesse Field."

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is celebrating Shadow's Birthday on Monday, October 6, 2014 to kick off Spirit Week. Join SAA and Shadow to celebrate the occasion with food, games and giveaways. The party will be in the Student Center Dining Area (back by the fireplace) at 7pm.

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Austin Renfroe Quad Concert Rocks the University

Up-and-coming musician Austin Renfroe performed at "Stars and S'mores," an event co-sponsored by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Student Activities Board (SAB), on Tuesday, Sept. 30 on the Residential Quad. The event featured music, multiple bonfires, s'mores, and hot chocolate for all University students.

Renfroe is known as a soulful singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He tours colleges and universities around the country. Starting off his quad concert, Renfroe captured the hearts of the University community by singing covers of Disney songs including pieces from "Tarzan" and "The Little Mermaid."

"The artist did a lot of interesting covers and really brought spirit to the quad," said Amber Nolan, a sophomore criminal justice major and Vice President of Advocacy for RHA.

SAB President and junior business administration major Dylan Vargas said he saw Renfroe perform at their national conference, National Associaion for Campus Activities (NACA). After seeing his showcase, the executive board decided he was a good fit for a campus event "because he gave off a good vibe," according to Vargas.

"The quad was well lit by the bonfires, which gave the event a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere," said Cristina Rauco, a junior Englsih major, when asked about her experience at the event.

Students filtered in and out of the quad throughout the night, surrounding the bonfires to keep warm, make endless s'mores, and enjoying the first of the fall weather.

"This event was very successful and had an exceptionally high attendance for a Tuesday night concert," said Tom Egan, junior business administration major and vice president of SAB.

SAB tabled at the event to sell CD's for $8 and t-shirts for $20, both featuring Renfroe. Proceeds from the merchandise went directly to the musician. SAB also sold tickets for their upcoming event, "Groove Boston," which took place on Friday, Oct. 3.

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Sigma Tau Gamma Chows Down to Help Beat Cancer

stgSigma Tau Gamma (STG) fraternity hosted their second annual philanthropy fundraising event, "Sig Tau Chowdown" to a crowd of hundreds on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10 pm in Pollak Theatre to raise money for cancer research.

The Sig Tau Chowdown raised over $1400 in donations. STG sent all proceeds from the event to their philanthropy, the Mike McNeil Organization.

Following a successful first Sig Tau Chowdown in Spring 2013, the fraternity returned to Pollak Theatre to host its second incarnation. STG began planning the event at the end of April 2014 and spent all of September working with the University, sponsors and other students to bring the event to campus for a second time.

Mike McNeil attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and was initiated at the STG chapter on that campus. McNeil battled a form of cancer called pheochromocytoma, which affected his adrenal gland system, before passing away in 2009. His friends and loved ones founded The Mike McNeil Organization in 2012 in his honor. MikeMcNeil.org's information page states, "With the help of [McNeil's] family, friends and Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, we're able to raise thousands of dollars each year [...] benefiting cancer research as well as other non-profit causes Michael believed in."

The event marked the first Greek philanthropy fundraiser of the academic year. Hundreds attended, including undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty. John Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said that he enjoyed seeing the event return.

"It is a good way to kick off the school year for events like this," Buchalski said. "It's an event that captivates the audience."

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Alpha Xi Delta’s “Football Frenxi” for Autsim Speaks

footballfrenxiThe University's chapter of Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) hosted their first annual "Football FrenXi" philanthropy event to raise money for their philanthropy, Autism Speaks on Saturday Sept. 27.

According to Autism Speaks, "An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States."

AXiD's helps raise money for children who are diagnosed with autism. The sorority uses events such as Football Frenxi help raise money and awareness for people affected by autism.

The event, which was held on the Great Lawn, was a flag football tournament open to all students. The sorority advertised for weeks in advance to not only get people to sign up for teams, but to spread information regarding Autism Speaks.

Each team had to have at least up to six members and each member had to pay $5 for an entrance fee. All of the proceeds were donated to Autism Speaks. The sorority was able to sign up six teams to participate in the event, most of which were involved with some type of organization on campus. Many Greek organizations came out and participated in the event including other Greek organizations such as Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi), Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), and Delta Tau Delta (DTD).

Cones were set up around two of the soccer fields on the Great Lawn to serve as football fields, this way two games could take place at once. Each team was given different colored flags to indicate which teams were which. Players participated in 20 minute games, broken up by two minute "halftimes. AXiD supplied each team with water, treats and music for entertainment throughout the games.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/1/2014

5678 Dance Club

Do you love to dance? Come to the 5678 Dance Club's next meeting at 9 pm on Tuesday, Sep. 30th in Anacon Hall. For more information email club president Hannah Hilbrandt at s0947700@monmouth.edu.

ZTA

On behalf of the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, we hope to see you at our Breast Cancer Awareness events throughout Pink Week, held Oct. 5-11.

Catholic Campus Ministry

Catholic Campus Ministry would like to welcome all new and returning students! We hold mass every Sunday at 7 pm at the Catholic Center (located behind the Health Center) and daily mass at noon in Withey Chapel in Wilson Hall. If you have any questions, please contact club president Eryn Siddall at s0834614@monmouth.edu.

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is celebrating Shadow's Birthday on Monday, October 6, 2014 to kick off Spirit Week. Join SAA and Shadow to celebrate the occasion with food, games and giveaways. The party will be in the Student Center Dining Area (back by the fireplace) at 7 pm.

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Melissa Febos Kicks Off 2014-15 Visting Writers Series

IMG_2036Every seat was taken in anticipation of the 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series commencement featuring Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction Melissa Febos, last Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Wilson Hall Auditorium.

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, "Whip Smart." Febos has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Anderson Cooper Live, CNN, The Atlantic and Tin House online, Guernica, and New York magazine. Additionally, her writing has been published in Glamour, Kenyon Review, Post Road, Salon, New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, and more. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at Purchase College, The New School, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Utica college, as well as other institutions. Currently, Febos is an Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Monmouth University.

One hundred and forty-eight students, plus faculty and community members, packed Wilson Hall auditorium for the first of four Visiting Writing Series. "I think this is the first time I've seen every seat taken," said Michael Thomas, Associate Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Visiting Writers Series is hosted by Monmouth University Center for the Arts. The tradition of the opening reader having a connection to MU started with the beginning of the series ten years ago. Melissa Febos' reading is also part of a yearlong engagment titled "Artful Explorations of Gender," co-sponsored by MU Center for the Arts, Gender Studies, Student Activities, and Athletics, in which a range of work will examine boundaries of gender, gender inequalities, and the role of art in seeking justice for gender discrimination.

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Community Service Club Pulls Truck for Move for Hunger

10377640_10152765950083023_6686596976904279771_nMonmouth University Community Service Club (MUCSC) joined approximately 200 people for the First Annual Jersey Shore Truck Pull, raising close to $9,000 for Move For Hunger last Saturday, Sept. 13 at The Headliner in Neptune, NJ.

Fifteen teams competed in a timed competition pulling a 17,000 pound straight box moving truck for a distance of 100 feet. Participants gripped a thick, knotted rope attached to the truck and pulled their way to the finish line. During the first round of truck pulls, the rain caused some participants to slip, making the event an even greater challenge. Each team was then given the opportunity to compete for a second time. Kayla Adamson, MUCSC Accounts Executive, and Move For Hunger intern said, "Usually, if it's a rainy and cold day, people don't show up, but Move For Hunger has made such a difference in this community that people were still so excited to be there and it really made the event extra special."

There was close competition amongst various gyms, firemen, and businesses represented at the event. Move For Hunger had a goal of ten participating teams; however, fifteen teams wound up competing. The winners of the truck pull were ten males representing E&K Insurance, one of the signature event sponsors, with a time of 14.69 seconds. Neptune Fire Department followed up in second place with a time of 14.84 seconds. Lowy's Moving Service placed third, pulling the truck 100 feet in a time of 15.00 seconds.

MUCSC placed tenth, with a time of 24.59 seconds. Casey Allocco, senior communication major and President of MUCSC, said, "For a bunch of students going up against big fire fighters and personal trainers, we did pretty well at the event! We even beat a few of the other teams in the rain."

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Outdoors Club Goes to Bass River State Forest

Members of the University's Outdoors Club traveled to Bass River State Forest over the weekend, where they spent three days camping, exploring, and more.

About 15 club members met on campus Friday, Sept. 19 to carpool to Tuckerton, NJ, where they would spend the following few days and nights. The trip consisted of camping, kayaking, and even some off-roading on the trails of Wharton State Forest.

"On Saturday we went to this cool water hole where we could jump off a bridge into the water or swing from the rope swing," said Jennifer Urmston, a sophomore marine and environmental biology and policy major. "Later, we took some kayaks out on the lake. That was very peaceful."

Urmston explained her favorite of the trip was nighttime off-roading.

"It was intense and kind of scary. We thought we were going to see the New Jersey Devil," she said.

William Reynolds, the faculty advisor of the Outdoors Club, said the most memorable part of the trip for him was sitting around the campfire and listening to live music performed by some of the campers.

"We had five members on this trip who play guitar, drums, and ukulele," said Reynolds.

The campsite that served as home to the club members during the three days was a part of Bass River State Forest.

"The campsite was awesome and we had great food, but there was a ridiculous amount of bees!" Urmston said.

According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, "Bass River State Forest was the first forest acquired by the state of New Jersey in 1905 for public recreation, water conservation, and wildlife and timber management." The park is made up of 29,147 acres of trails, pine and oak forests, and water features in Burlington and Ocean counties.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/24/14

5678 Dance Club

Do you love to dance? Come to the 5678 Dance Club's next meeting at 9 pm on Tuesday, September 30th in Anacon Hall. For more information email club president Hannah Hilbrandt at s0947700@monmouth.edu. Hope to see you all there!

ZTA

On behalf of the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, we hope to see you at our Breast Cancer Awareness events throughout Pink Week, held Oct. 5 - 11.

AXiD

On Sept. 27 we will be holding a flag football event open to all students. Teams of six are encouraged to sign up for $7 a person. All proceeds go towards our philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Sign ups will take place in the Student Center Wednesday, Monday, and Tuesday. We hope to see you all there!

Chabad

Sushi every Wednesday in the student center from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We have Friday dinners at 8 pm and a grill and chill Sundays from 5 - 7

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is celebrating Shadow's Birthday on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 to kick off Spirit Week. Join SAA and Shadow to celebrate the occasion with food, games and giveaways. The party will be in the Student Center Dining Area (back by the fireplace) at 7 pm.

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Meet The Greeks Entices Many Underclassmen

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All Greek organizations had a chance to get to know the new faces on campus at Meet the Greeks last Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).

Meet the Greeks gives students who know little about Greek life at the University an opportunity to find out what it truly entails.

Cassie Fortunato, a social work major who is a first time recruitment counselor said, "Meet the Greeks is a very positive experience, as is getting involved in Greek life in general. Going Greek, you get involved on campus and meet new people, while making lasting friendships and connections."

Each fraternity or sorority is assigned their own table to fill with information. This is an opportunity for all of Greek life to gather in one spot and show new interested students how different each group of Greeks really is.

Over 500 people attended Meet the Greeks according to Kendall Bohannon, Vice President of Panhellenic Recruitment and homeland security major. The majority of those who attended were freshmen and sophomores, but upperclassmen and transfer students made an appearance as well.

"Meet the Greeks is a great opportunity to meet the upperclassmen involved in Greek life, and have a chance to get comfortable with all the organizations," said freshman nursing major Anna Caruso. "It was such a good experience and I got so much out of it, you learn so much and meet so many genuinely nice people."

Students were able to ask questions to sisters and brothers about recruitment, social events, and Greek life as a whole.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/17/2014

Residence Hall Assocation

Battle of the Buildings competitions will take place from Friday, September 19- Sunday September 21. Check your email and the RHA Facebook Page for more information.

The Verge

Do you love to write? Dream of seeing your work published? Then The Verge is the place for you!

Please join us at our interest meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 2:30 in JP 206.

For questions contact Caitlyn Bahrenburg at s0904759@monmouth.edu.

Chabad

MU Chabad has sushi every Wednesday in the student center from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We have Friday night dinners at 8 pm and a grill and chill every Sunday from 5 - 7 pm. Contact our president Liz Perkel with any questions about MU Chabad at 862-485-8865 or s0939767@monmouth.edu

Alpha Xi Delta

We hope everyone is enjoying being back on campus! On September 27th we will be holding a flag football event open to all students. Teams of six are encouraged to sign up for $7 a person. All proceeds go towards our philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Sign ups will take place in the Student Center Wednesday, Monday, and Tuesday. We hope to see you all there!

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ZTA Volunteers at Mary’s Place

zta-3The University's chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) volunteered at the Ocean Front Bash "Let's Build It Together" in Ocean Grove, New Jersey for Mary's Place by the Sea on Saturday September 6, 2014.

ZTA is well known for their support with breast cancer awareness as well as education. This year, they decided to raise the bar and support more local communities by volunteering at new events off campus. Their first goal of the year was to find an organization that helped others in their own community.

"We were introduced to Mary's Place by Jon, the Greek life advisor," said ZTA president and senior communication major Erin Ally. "They were having this event, and were looking for organizations that were willing to volunteer."

"Let's Build it Together" was held by Mary's Place by the Sea as a fundraiser to raise money to build a new 10-bedroom handicap accessible home. Mary's Place helps women empower themselves while going through cancer. They are offered one on one counseling, art therapy, and even nutritional counseling. Each guest is also offered light spa services, and are able to stay overnight at the home which is located on Broadway Avenue in Ocean Grove.

ZTA spent their night setting up the event, interacting with the attendees, and working throughout the event. An hour before "Let's Build it Together" was set to begin; a storm took out a lot of the previous work that had already been finished.

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Monmouth Palooza

No amount of rain could stop SAB from pulling off Monmouth Palooza over the weekend. The event, which was originally set to take place on the residential quad at 4pm on Saturday September 13th, was relocated to Anacon Hall due to the inclement weather conditions.

After an admirable effort by the Students Activities Board to try and ignore the rainy weather, and instead create an atmosphere in which students could enjoy themselves, Monmouth Palooza seemed to be a success. The relaxed, beach-themed environment of the event was complete with a mechanical shark to ride on, snacks, a chance to create your own "stunner shades," and a live band.

Royal Blend, band chosen to play the event, combined elements of island reggae, classic rock, along with the use of electric piano and British lead singer. Devon Ribsam, a senior English major and member of the University's Ice Hockey Club, happened to personally know two of the members of Royal Blend and stuck around Monmouth Palooza to support the local band.

"I'm having a good time," Ribsam said when asked about his experience there. "This is actually one of the first SAB events I've been to."

Brian Zuber, the father of one of the band members, attended the event with his wife in support of their son, and was pleased by the turnout.

"It [Monmouth Palooza] is great. It would probably be better if it was outside so it could attract more people, but I think the band sounds good," Zuber said.

According to members of SAB, this year's Monmouth Palooza went well, but it could have been even better had the weather not been a factor. Taylor Carson, a junior international business and finance majors, and the concerts chair of SAB, rated the event as an "8" on a 1-10 scale.

"We had a rock wall we were going to set up on the Quad, as well as a DJ stand," Carson explained, "but because of the weather we were forced to relocate and we couldn't fit those into Anacon Overall I think we did a good job."

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Going Greek: What You Should Know

going_greekThinking about joining a fraternity or sorority this semester? The University is home to eight fraternities and eight sororities, which are all nationally recognized organizations.

When it comes to getting involved on campus, Greek life is usually something that comes to mind. Whether students come into school thinking they want to join, or if the Involvement Fair is what gets them going, students soon realize they could never have enough brothers or sisters.

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), Delta Tau Delta (DTD), Phi Kappa Psi (PhiPsi), Sigma Pi (SigPi), Sigma Tau Gamma (STG), Tau Delta Phi (TDPhi), Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), and Theta Xi are all fraternities with a history at the University. With TKE being the University's first national fraternity, and PhiPsi being established in 1852, there are many reasons these fraternities have stuck around.

Each organization has their own unique way of standing out. While AKPsi, a professional business fraternity, is open to both men and women, DTD has a national partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Sororities seen around campus are Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), Alpha Omicron Pi (AOPi), Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA), Phi Sigma Sigma (PhiSig), and Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA).

All sororities are extremely involved around campus. Whether it's AST participating in Greek Week, or Phi Sig hosting their annual mother/daughter brunch, staying busy is never hard for these chapters.

On top of being involved on campus, members of Greek life also take time to work with their organization's individual philanthropy.

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Delta Phi Epsilon

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The sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon would like to welcome all new and returning students. As fall semester starts to get busy quick we would like to let you know about a few exciting things we have coming up. One of the philanthropies we support is ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). We will be holding our annual ANAD Vigil this semester where anyone is welcomed to share their story and how they overcame any hardships. Along with the ANAD Vigil we will be spreading awareness about Fat Talk Free Week where we take a silence against complaining about body image. To learn more about these events, when they will take place, and how to get involved follow us on social media or feel free to message us on Facebook with any questions. Good luck and have a great fall semester!

Facebook: Delta Phi Epsilon Delta Omega Chapter
Twitter: Delta Phi Epsilon @dphie_mu
Instagram: dphie_deltaomega
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Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Omicron Pi would like to first and foremost extend our warmest welcome back to the students of Monmouth University!! Kicking off our 2nd full year here on campus, we are very much looking forward to returning to MU for a busy and fulfilling semester!

AOII really encourages all students at MU to immerse themselves into all that our school has to offer, because finding a home away from home while in college is not only an amazing and fun experience, it is essential to being able to flourish and grow as we grow up and enter the real world. The places and people you find and call home can and will create a life changing college experience!

Since our colonization in April of 2013, Alpha Omicron Pi has done just that. It has given our members the privilege to learn and grow as individuals and has provided a true home away from home experience. It has been an incredibly fulfilling year and a half for each and every one of our sisters-and we would love to share a few reasons why.

Sisters of AOII have taken advantage of leadership opportunities offered here on campus and beyond with the love and support of their sisters always behind them. Our members can be seen at Monmouth guiding freshman through their transition to college as New Student Orientation leaders, in the dorms as Resident Assistants, all over campus as MU Ambassadors, and throughout other campus organizations as members of the executive boards of MU clubs such as SAB, Student Government, Hawk TV & many more. We encourage all of our members to Exceed the Expectation, and we extend that to all students here at Monmouth as well. There is so much offered to students on campus (and even off campus) to help build leadership experience that will help you in the future. So jump right in, get involved, and make long lasting experiences!

In addition to our accomplishments as leaders in the community, our sisters are committed to the service of others. Our philanthropic efforts as an organization lie in part in our national philanthropy, Arthritis Research, for which we raised more than $2,000. We want all of you to take advantage of the volunteer opportunities out there because you really can make a big difference in the smallest of ways. Look out for our upcoming philanthropy events on campus this year to help you get involved!

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Club and Greek Announcements 9/10

Monmouth Pep Band

The Monmouth Pep Band would like to welcome all our new students and welcome back all our returning students to Monmouth University.

We still have very limited openings in most of our sections. One section we would like to fill up is our tuba section. If you have played tuba before and want an opportunity to perform again, we want you! Please contact Professor Bryan Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu for more information.

Chabad

MU Chabad has sushi every Wednesday in the student center from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We have Friday night dinners at 8 pm and a grill and chill every Sunday from 5 - 7 pm.

Contact our president Liz Perkel with any questions about MU Chabad at 862-485-8865 or s0939767@monmouth.edu

National Council For Negro Women

Our Back to Business Party which will be on September 12, 2014 in Anacon from 9 pm to 1am! We will be having pizza as well as DJ TAJ from BET, 106 & Park!

Tickets are $3 for students and five dollars for guests. $5 dollars for people who do not pay before the day of the party.

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication 
and Instructional Technology (CCIT) Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764

Phone:(732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu