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Volume 83 (Spring 2012)

Monologues: Flying Solo From the Page to Stage

club-and-greek-monologuesCommWorks hosted their last event of the spring semester, “Monologues: Flying Solo from the Page to the Stage,” where students recited published poetry and literature, as well as some original works of their own.

The event was split between two days, Tuesday April 17 and Thursday April 19 after Professor Deanna Shoemaker’s Performance and Social Activism class.

“CommWorks is a special group. W e w ill try almost anything that the students want. If you like to tap dance or break dance, we can find a way to incorporate that,” said Deanna Shoemaker, CommWorks faculty advisor. “ We like to honor what each student has.”

CommWorks is a group for “students committed to performance” and hosts many on-campus events throughout the year. Previously, they have hosted poetry slams, Christmas shows and more. “This event differs from a poetry slam because for a poetry slam everyone across campus is invited to participate; they tend to be more chaotic and free spirited, people get political,” said Shoemaker. “‘Monologues’ is a smaller group, it’s more intimate and a more controlled environment.”

Students filled room 235 in the Jules Plangere Center to see the performances. T he audience was also given event programs to follow along with the show. Shoemaker warned the audience not to be alarmed by the content of the show because some of the monologues were “X-rated.”

“Professor Shoemaker asked me to participate (in ‘Monologues’) because our class took part in a performance for the Global Understanding Convention. T he p ieces h ad t o d eal with our relationship with water,” said Katelyn Nawoyski, junior. Nawoyski is a student in Shoemaker’s Performance and Social Activism Class. “I have never preformed in front of people before I was in this class,” Nawoyski explained. “So this class definitely helped me to become more comfortable and now it’s challenging me, pushing me even more because I’m performing in front of people from outside my class.”

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Jazz Hands

club-and-greek-dance-clubAfter much hard work, the University’s dance club hosted their first annual dance recital in Pollak Theatre on Sunday April 15.

The 5,6,7,8 Club’s first recital consisted of 12 routines choreographed by various members in different genres such as lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and break dancing. Members of the club choreographed their own dances and participated in other routines as well.

Taylor Kennedy, sophomore and math education major, is a dance club member and recital choreographer. “I was excited to show my family and friends the hard work we’ve put into this recital,” she said. Being a former dancer and cheerleader, she expressed her excitement in being able to return to the stage once again.

The 5,6,7,8 club also began working with the local Boys and Girls Club this semester. Club members go to the Boys and Girls Club in Red Bank every Wednesday and teach children choreographed routines. The children that participated ranged in age from six to 13. The children of the Boys and Girls Club were also featured in the recital with their own routine choreographed by Sarah Van Vliet and Samantha Binaco.

“They are a rambunctious group of kids to work with but it will be fun to see them perform on stage for the first time,” Van Vliet said.

The 5,6,7,8 Club’s most recent accomplishment is receiving the honor of “Most Outstanding New Organization” on campus. The club received recognition as well as a trophy.

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S.O.A.R. Awards Honor Clubs and Students

The Supporting Outstanding Achievement through Recognition awards were held April 18 in the McGill Commons Club Dining Room on campus. The S.O.A.R. awards are held to honor registered clubs and students who have been actively involved at the University. The nominees of these awards have made great accomplishments and greater impacts on campus and in their community. Assistant Director of Student Activities for Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives Heather Kelly and Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Megan McGowan hosted the awards. 

McGowan opened by welcoming the students and clubs to the event and telling the audience that the amount of nominations was up to 60 for this year. Then the award ceremony commenced.
Publicity ribbons were announced first. This award honors and recognizes clubs and students who create outstanding advertisement for their organization and events. Fourth place went to Nicole Levy of the Student Government Association for her Holiday Bazar advertisement. First, second and third place all went to Caroline Walker of the Student Activities Board. Third place was for her Dorney Park trip advertisement, second was for a Rachel Platten ad, and first was for her 70’s Roller Skating ad. Honorable mentions for this category were received by students of Hawk TV.

The next award announced was for Civic Engagement. To earn this award, students and clubs must reach out to the community outside of the University and improve connections with that community. SGA took this award for “The Big Event” which is the largest community service project that is held at the University. They also were recognized for their charity auction to benefit Michael’s Feat. Runners up for the Civic Engagement award include The Outlook, Community Service Club and sorority Phi Sigma Sigma.

The Promotional award honors students and organizations that do an excellent job in promoting their organization and the events they hold. Runners up for this category were SGA and Phi Sigma Sigma, while Alpha Xi Delta took first place. They advertise themselves effectively through flyers, business cards and various social media. Their Facebook page went from 114 likes to 318 in the course of a year, according to Kelly.

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

The National Criminal Justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma, hosted the K-9 Unit of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, April 10. They raised $300 towards new vests for the dogs and had over 100 students and faculty in attendance.

The event, held on the second floor of the Student Center, was organized by senior Cathy Jones, President of Alpha Phi Sigma, along with other members of the honor society. They also got help from a new and upcoming club on campus, the Society of Female Criminologists.

The demonstration was introduced by Lieutenant Patrick Collins, who oversees the K-9 Unit. He was joined with K-9 handlers Kurt Kroeper, Thomas Duda and Anthony Muscarella, and their dogs Evan, Rocky and Nook respectively.

The first officer to talk after Lt. Collins was Officer Kroeper of narcotics and his dog Evan. The job of a K-9 handler is to guide the dog’s nose to whatever area drugs may be hidden, explained Kroeper.

“I enjoy doing these demonstrations,” he started, “My dog loves doing these demonstrations,” he said, putting emphasis on the word love.

Kroeper hid two drug drops in the room prior to bringing in Evan, who would eventually have an opportunity to display his skills to the students and faculty in attendance. Officer Kroeper hid a small bundle of heroin in the room as well as bag of marijuana.

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A Week for the Greeks

One thing that every fraternity and sorority looks forward to each year, aside from the formals and various social events, is the University’s an-nual Greek Week. The event was held last week from Monday, April 9 to Sunday, April 15.

Greek Week is one week of the school year when all fraternities and sororities participate in a series of events each day of the week. The activities range from dodge-ball and tug-of-war to talent shows and aca-demic challenges focusing on Greek Life’s four core values: leadership, scholarship, service, brotherhood and sisterhood.

Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Soror-ity Life, Tyler Havens, scheduled the venues for each event and the students of the Greek Senate Executive Board put together the events and The game rules.

The Greek Senate is comprised of eight students representing eight different organizations: President Megan Tracey of Zeta Tau Alpha; Vice President Chris Mills of Sigma Pi; Chief Justice Amanda DeMaio of Phi Sigma Sigma; Treasurer Rosario Pucci of Theta Xi; Administrative Assistant Caitlyn Dwyer of Alpha Xi Delta; Chief Interfraternity Council Officer Andre Renaudo of Tau Kappa Epsilon; Chief Panhellenic Council Officer Kaitlyn McMenamin of Delta Phi Epsilon and Chief Multicultural Greek Council Officer Tina Onikoyi of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

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Who is the Prettiest of Them All?

clubgreek-james-savage-and-kim-rockwoodTheta Xi held a beauty pageant called Miss Monmouth on Wednesday, April 4. Tickets were five dollars in advance and seven dollars at the door. Through Miss Monmouth, Theta Xi raised $1,420 which went to their philanthropies, Habitat for Humanity and Multiple Sclerosis.

Joe Nardini, a sophomore and Business major, is the President of Theta Xi. “We have been hosting the event Miss Monmouth for the past couple of years. The fundraiser has been extremely successful and has enabled us to give back to our philanthropic organizations. We’re really happy with the turnout this year and really appreciate everyone that came out to support us,” said Nardini.

The event consisted of three rounds, casual wear, formal wear, and sportswear. Each contestant was asked three different questions. Some of the questions that were asked were, “What is beauty according to you?” “What makes up your world and why?” “Why do you want to be the winner of this pageant?” “What can women learn from men?” And lastly, “Describe yourself in two words.”

There were 16 contestants in the pageant. The names of the contestants were Kimberly Kravitz, Ava Pignatello, Taylore Glynn, Taylor Dickson, Chelsea Addeo, Maria Marinaro, Elyssa Buccieri, MJ Robol, Annelise Delemarre, Lexie Arnold, Victoria Wagner, Jessica Trucillo, Ariana Tepedino, Jessica Sponaugle, Gina Gilanyi and Megan Fitzsimmons.

The judges were Bryan Duarte of Sigma Pi, Joe Dellera of

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Breakfast at Night with Phi Sigma Sigma

clubgreek-renee-oleniacz-madeline-diaz-giovanna-randazzo-and-nina-costaPhi Sigma Sigma held their annual late night pancake breakfast on Tuesday, April 3 in the basement of Spruce Hall. Tickets were five dollars in advance and seven at the door.

All together, they raised $315 for their philanthropy, the National Kidney Foundation. Phi Sigma Sigma advertised for their event through flyers around campus, tables at the Student Center, and a Facebook event.

According to their website, The National Kidney Foundation is a voluntary, nonprofit health organization that is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. Their vision is to enhance the lives of everyone with, at risk of or affected by kidney disease.

The pancake breakfast is the one of the events Phi Sigma Sigma holds annually for the National Kidney Foundation. Another one is Monmouth Idol which is held in the fall.

Jaclyn Schultz, junior and criminal justice major, is also the Vice President of Phi Sigma Sigma. According to Schultz the pancake batter was donated from Perkin’s Family Restaurant and the Americana Diner, which has been a tradition for years. All of the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma collaborated and made pancakes which were then served to the students who attended. It was an “all you can eat” event and at the tables were supplied with toppings such as sugar, jelly, and syrup. The available choices of pancakes were chocolate chip and plain.

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Which Slide Are You On?

The Sociology Club hosted a fundraiser outside of Bey Hall for the Inside Out Project and co-sponsored the Kortney Rose race with the Political Science Club on Friday, April 6.

“The money from the slide is going to the Inside Out Project, a global art project that translates messages of personal identity into pieces of artwork,” said Amanda DiVita, Sociology Club President.

A street artist, who goes by the name of “JR,” plasters artwork on buildings and billboards in order to communicate the message of freedom, identity and limit to those who see it. The purpose is to raise awareness, be a part of a global cause, and give back to communities. Students are encouraged to take a black and white photo and send it in to the Inside Out Project Company in exchange for a giant poster of their work, where they are free to display it for the world to see.

“The date for the fundraiser was specifically picked during the Global Convention Week,” said Danielle Parillo, junior. The Sociology Cub rented a giant blow up slide from the Party Works Company. The cost to ride the inf latable slide was one dollar for two turns and five dollars for unlimited turns. Students had to sign a waiver before participating to ensure their safety and for legal purposes.

“It’s gotten a lot of people talking,” said Megan Brownfield, Sociology Club Secretary. “People have been walking by and taking pictures of the slide, but we want them to use it!”

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The Freshman 15 is an Elective

Drop Some Pounds With COREiculum

coreiculumGetting in shape while away at college has gotten a lot easier for students, thanks to the University’s COREiculum program.

Beginning in January 2011, COREiculum is a fitness and nutrition plan designed by college students for college students. The two DVD set, equipped with resistance bands and a detailed nutrition plan helps students combat the notion of the Freshmen 15. The program was designed so that it can be performed in student’s dorm rooms and takes a minimum of 30 minutes to complete.

Andy Stern, a grad student and developer of COREiculum came up with the idea of implementing this fitness program on campus.

“I was dissatisfied by the 90- day fitness program,” said Stern, “It wasn’t because of lack of dedication, but it wasn’t tailoring my lifestyle.”

The idea was taken to Professor John Buzza, who presented it to his Entrepreneur class, who voted on it, and then made it happen.

With roughly 30 students, the class is broken up into departments that go into starting the business: marketing advertising, sales, research and development, information technology, filming of campus, publicity department, legal counsel, production department, packaging and design.

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‘Squash’ Those Carnivorous Thoughts

MAVS Educates Students on Vegetarianism

VegetarianismMonmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) held an event about vegetarianism in Magill Commons on Sunday, April 1. The main speaker at the event Lauren Forney of Center Your Health, is a holistic health coach and registered yoga teacher, her mission was to educate people about becoming a vegetarian and the other options in the world of food.

Forney is also very involved in MAVS and she has been a vegetarian for over a decade now. She spoke about the benefits of being a vegetarian and the evolving process behind it. As a child, she always questioned why we eat meat and this is one of the main reasons behind her transformation.

Some of the benefits she listed were the possibility of losing weight, lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, increased flexibility and energy, and the ability to get more nutrition.

Forney is very passionate about healthy eating and enjoys supporting others learn to make consistently wise choices regarding nutrition, lifestyle, and overall well-being. She strives to lead by her own example rather than talk about everything she is doing. “The results speak for themselves. Then everyone wants to know what you’re doing so they can try it,” said Forney.

The event brought in about 25 people, including students and local MAVS members. Harris was pleased with the turnout because this was a specific event as opposed to the more broad ones that they sometimes host.

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Sing Along With the Greeks

Sigma Tau Gamma Hosted Their Annual “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” This Past Tuesday

stgSigma Tau Gamma fraternity hosted their annual event, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” in Pollak Theatre on Tuesday, March 26 at 10:00 pm.

Sigma Tau Gamma has been hosting this event for six years. Tickets were five dollars in advance, seven dollars at the door. STG advertised this event through “posters and Facebook. We also sold tickets prior to the event in the Student Center,” said Mike Bateman, member of Sigma Tau Gamma.

All proceeds go to the Michael McNiel foundation. “Michael Mc- Niel was a brother of Sigma Tau Gamma who passed away from cancer. All the money goes to cancer research,” said Kurt Baumagarten, STG member. Michael McNiel attended the University of Massachusetts and died at the age of 27.

Participants for this event are all from Greek Life at Monmouth University “We text members from different groups, we went to their meetings and we asked them to help out,” said Dep Patel, Sigma Tau Gamma President.

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219 Freshmen Inducted Into Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society

National Honor Society Induction Took Place on Campus This Past Sunday

PhiEtaSigmaColorPHOTO COURTESY of Blaze NowaraThe University’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the freshmen honor society, held its induction Sunday, March 25, at 3:00 pm in Pollak Theatre. Fresh- men and their families filled the theatre in anticipation of being rec- ognized for their academic success. Cameras flashed as names were called and honor students made their way to the stage to receive a certifi- cate of induction. Guest speaker Dr. Thomas Pearson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs said that the 2012 induction has brought in the largest amount of students to Phi Eta Sigma yet.

Induction organizer, Pattiann Heimbuch of first year advising, said that 219 students were inducted at the 2012 ceremony. This year was Heim- buch’s first year organizing the Phi Eta Sigma induction. According to Heimbuch here is much more to the freshmen honor society than a formal ceremony in Pollak Theatre, however, and Phi Eta Sigma makes it easy for its members to participate in.

“There are several projects that are offered to our inductees and they will be able to join the ones that they want to partake in. There is no ob- ligation. [They] do whatever is good for their schedule,” said Heimbuch. To be inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, first-year students must achieve a 3.5 grade point average in their first se- mester. Though students do not have to maintain a 3.5 GPA through their entire college career to keep their membership, they are expected to continue their hard work. “I expect [the inductees] to be more involved, I expect them to keep up with their academic standards, I expect them to continue to achieve. Just because we are inducting them today doesn’t mean that they are going to fall down to below a 3.0 GPA tomorrow, so we expect them to keep the same level of academic standards,” said Mercy Azeke, Dean of the Center for Stu- dent Success.

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Bust a Move With TKE

Tau Kappa Epsilon Hosts Second Annual “Dancing With TKE” Event

tke-colorPHOTO COURTESY of Brian NewmanTau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity hosted their second annual “Dancing with TKE” event in Pollak Theatre on Tuesday, March 20.

The vision of TKE is to create “lifelong relationships that enhance educational, interpersonal, community and professional success.” Their mission is “to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life.” Their purpose on campus “contributes to the advancement of society though the personal growth of our members, and service to others.”

The event began around 10:30 pm. Before the event, Matthew Avellino, Philanthropy Chair of TKE said he expected a big turnout. “So far we have raised over $400,” said Avellino. “We’ve been selling tickets in the Dining Hall and over 100 people responded ‘attending’ to our Facebook event page.” It is Avellino’s first year as TKE’s philanthropy chair. Tickets were five dollars in advance and seven dollars at the door. All of the proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

The hosts of the event were TKE member Dave Kunze, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority member Marie Worsham. “It’s my first time hosting this event,” said Kunze. “We (TKE) actually nominated people who we thought would make good hosts and I was lucky enough to be nominated by my fraternity brothers.”

Patrick Swisher, freshman, and member of Sigma Tau Alpha, participated as a performer in this event with his fraternity chapter because, “It seemed like fun, I thought it would be interesting.”

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Student Activities Office Holds ‘Sound Check Bingo’

On Friday, March 23, the Students Activities Office held an event where students could play bingo and win prizes in the Student Center at 8:00 pm. The event was free and there were over $500 in prizes.

The event was organized by Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center operations.

Heather Kelly, Director of Multi-Cultural and Diversity Initiatives, explained each bingo night has a different theme. “We wanted to do themed bingo nights because it was more fun. The theme for this week is ‘sound check’ which was based on the Apple products,” said Kelly.

Melanie Rowbotham, senior and English Elementary Education major is also part of the film staff in the Student Activities office. According to her, the reason the event was free is so that students will feel some encouragement to come. “There were a lot of prizes that students cannot normally afford so that was a good incentive for them to come out and participate,” said Rowbotham.

Students could be informed about the event through the many ads displayed around campus and in the Student Center. Other ways students could have been informed about the event was through the weekly e-mail sent out every Wednesday, or through the flyers posted on the calendar in the Student Center.

Stefania Flecca, senior and English Secondary Education major, heard of the bingo night through her e-mail. “I checked my e-mail and I saw the event. I was interested in going because of the prizes,” said Flecca.

The bingo games typically last about an hour, or until the prizes run out. There were 12 prizes that were available and they included iPods, gift cards, music players, and headphones.

“I love to play bingo, but I am really hoping to win a new pair of headphones,” said Flecca.

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Los Estudiantes de Artes Van a Espana

Art Students Travel to Spain for Spring Breakesting

03.21.12_Page_16_Image_0001Fifteen University students attended a trip hosted by Art Professor Vincent DiMattio to Madrid, Spain, for spring break.

DiMattio started taking students abroad in 1982. Spain was the main location of inter-est, but he has brought students to other countries including Italy, England, Greece, Prague (Czech republic), France and Amsterdam.

“Professor DiMattio is the greatest person at Monmouth. He is brilliant and so cultured,” said Andrew Edelman, junior. “Ever since I was a freshman I knew I couldn’t wait to study abroad. I wouldn’t have picked anyone else to show me around Spain.” DiMattio hosts this trip every spring break, which lasted for 10 days.

“We took a two hour bus ride from the University to JFK Inter-national Airport. The flight was around seven hours until we got to Madrid,” said Carolyn Taylor, junior. “We stayed at the Hotel Regina, less than a block away from the Puerta del Sol in Ma-drid located in the direct center of the country and a hot spot for street performers.”

Edelman added, “In Madrid we saw the Prado museum, Reina Sofia museum, Thyssen museum, Puerta del sol, Sorolla’s house and studio, Shogall museum, Regon exhibition Grandvia, old Madrid and we went to the espana market.”

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Club Spotlight: Cru

Campus Crusade for Christ Shares Common Beliefs

03.21.12_Page_17_Image_0001“We are a caring community, passionate about connecting others to Jesus Christ,” said junior, Shaina Tinsley from Mays Landing, NJ, Secretary of the on-campus organization, Cru.

Cru is part of an international Christian organization, on campuses in 191 countries. The abbreviation Cru comes from the word crusade in the organizations official title, Campus Crusade for Christ.

At the University, Cru is a local chapter of the larger organization also referred Cru. Their local chapter is connected to 33 other local chapters in New Jersey.

“I love that Cru is not just a Christian club on campus,” said general member, Karen Waters from Edison, NJ. “I love that we exist not only to help those that want to grow in their Christian faith, but also help to spur on various conversations around campus to those who aren’t of the Christian faith.”

According to Tinsley, Cru has two purposes: to help Christians grow in their faith, and to inform those who want to know more about who Jesus is, or who want to come and share what they believe.

“We choose to accept anyone who walks though those doors and into our ministry,” said Tinsley. “It’s that love and sense of kinship that’s helped me countless times in my college experience.”

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“LOL” in Anacon

Comedians KT Tatara and Adam Mamawala Perform

The Student Activities Board (SAB) at the University welcomed comedians KT Tatara and Adam Mamawala to Anacon Hall in the Student Center on March 3 at 8:00 pm. Tatara and Mamawala were returning guests after performing at the University last year.

Tatara, a 32-year-old from California, performed first. Not only has he been on Showtime before, but Comedy Central as well.

He did not hesitate to jump right into his crude, though hilarious, comedic style. He used his ethnic background of being half-Japanese in his jokes as well as using other races and sexes.

Tatara really related to the audience through his blunt humor on matters that all college kids could understand.

His performance was very interactive. Midway through his act he asked students at the University about recent events here that he could talk about. He also called out members of the audience about their different reactions to his jokes and other things such as leaving their seat to get a drink or someone fumbling with their empty soda can.

At the last part of his performance, Tatara called up a student from the audience and proceeded to serenade her in song. Adam Mamawala is from Hoboken, New Jersey. He attended high school in Hillsborough, New Jersey, but grew up in Illinois near Chicago. He has performed in over 20 states and has been to about 60 to 70 colleges in the past few years.

Mamawala’s performance did not start off as “in-your-face” as Tatara’s, but the attention of the audience was captured.

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The Verge Becomes Newest MU Media Outlet

Online News Portal Launches at University

The University’s new innovative news portal launched last week in the Jules Plangere Building. The Verge is the first s tudent-run o nline news outlet on campus.

It is a multimedia website containing videos, audio, and pictures alongside the articles posted. The news portal is completely student run; all of the stories are researched, written, and posted by students. Mass media is heading towards new platforms and the students at the University have jumped at the opportunity.

“The Verge is a great way for students to adapt to new technology,” said Lisa Tobia, a junior and writer for The Verge.

The online new portal is made possible through WordPress, a personal publishing software established in 2003. This is what allows the students to embed links and pictures with their stories. It also allows readers to comment on those stories.

The Verge has been in progress for about a year now, and last Wednesday’s launch party was deemed very successful. “It felt great,” said The Verge’s faculty advisor and creator, Professor Marina Vujnovic. “About 50 people showed up. Even President Gaffney attended.”

Faculty and students squeezed themselves into room 206 to help celebrate the commencement of The Verge. President Paul Gaffney gave a speech along with Dr. Chad Dell and Professor Vujnovic.

“This has been a year’s wait,” said Tom Ranzweiler, the Editorin- Chief of The Verge. Ranzweiler, along with Associate Editor Kayla Inglima, have worked with Professor Vujnovic on this project since last spring semester.

However, The Verge has been in progress since long before that. Vujnovic said she’s thought about this since she received the teaching position back in 2008, and from that time on she’s worked with Professor John Morano, Professor Dell, and Rupa Dasgupta from the IT department to make The Verge possible.

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Rock ‘n’ Raise 2012

Communication Organizations Raise Money for Relay for Life

On Friday, March 2, the University’s most active and prominent organizations got together to raise money for Relay for Life. This gathering consisted of support from members of, WMCX, Hawk TV, The Outlook, Desperate Mamas and Desperate Students. Desperate Mamas, a group of University faculty dedicated to fighting cancer, celebrated its fifth birthday.

Donna Mancini, Office Coordinator of Radio and TV as well as a leading member of Desperate Mamas, says, “We aim to have fun. We have a reputation of pushing the envelope, as we aim to fulfill [our goals] too.”

Mancini added, “The groups are supportive of each other and each has a different strength.”

The lobby had been decorated with a variety of colored flags, banners, streamers and party balloons. Local vendors lined the halls, selling everything from Uggs and jewelry to hot dogs and kitchen supplies. Those who came to the event were able to play Guitar Hero at a station in the corner of the lobby.

Desperate Mamas was stationed in the center of the Plangere lobby, though they had tables set up along the adjacent halls to hold the raffle prizes. They sold raffle tickets in portions of one, five and 10 dollars to raise money. The prizes included gifts cards, items and services from venues such as Spellbinders, Medusa Hair Design Studio, Retro Fitness, Joe’s Crab Shack, Tip to Toe Beauty, Organic Style and Windmill. There were a total of 48 different prizes to win.

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Involvement Fair Springs Into Action

The University doesn’t often have involvement fairs in the spring, but over 100 students turned out for what faculty and club leaders alike described as a very successful event. Thirty-six stands were set up in the meeting halls on the second floor of the student center, each allowing some of the University’s most interesting and active groups a chance to introduce themselves to students.

All manners of students attended the event. The crowd was a colorful mix of freshmen, transfer students and upperclassmen who had yet to explore all of their club interests. Some came simply to support a friend’s club, even if they weren’t members themselves.

The event began with a slow trickle of students. In the first half hour, those perusing the stands came sporadically and in small groups. As classes let out and word got around, larger groups began filing through the double doors.

Laura Fiorelli of The Monmouth Review said, “I feel that not as many people are here compared to the fall, but the interest is clear.”

The Monmouth Review was one of the many clubs at the fair. Also attending were The Outlook, the Student Activities Board, the Monmouth Math Club, Study Abroad Club, the Running Interest Group, Community Service Club and the Outdoors Club, among others.

Ashish Pagadala, Graduate Assistant, comments, “I was here last semester and joined a few clubs. [Involvement fairs are] a platform to meet people and get involved. For me, as an international student, it was important, as I joined the International Students Club.”

Many clubs set up small games, colorful posters or refreshments to entice more students. The International Students Club gave out cookies, while the Social Work Club had a drink station.

Several Greek societies had party games and decorations to attract the eye and possible future pledges. Tri-fold poster boards showed off the clubs accomplishments as well as photos of their members, showing the sense of belonging and friendship a student can find by joining up with like-minded people.

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Love Struck

Alpha Sigma Tau Raises Suicide Awareness

Alpha Sigma Tau hosted their third annual Love Struck event at Pollak Theatre on Wednesday, February 15 at 10:00 pm. The event raised $1,305, which goes towards suicide awareness.

“Love Struck is an annual event that Alpha Sigma Tau has been holding for the last three years,” said Lauren Jackson, Alpha Sigma Tau event coordinator. “The purpose of this event was to raise money for suicide awareness in honor of our sister, Dana Peskowitz. All proceeds are donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,” said Jackson.

Love Struck is a dating game where six boys and six girls from various campus organizations compete for a date with a suitor of the opposite sex by getting asked random questions and doing different tasks to show off their skills.

This was the first time that Jackson was in charge of organizing the event for the sorority. Jackson’s job included planning the event, acquiring the contestants and running the event itself.

The hosts of the night were junior Dayna Zeises and senior Brian Hentz. Zeises is a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, and was a contestant in this event last year. Zeises had never hosted the event before. “I’m a little bit nervous, hopefully it will go away when I’m up there,” she said.

Brian Hentz, member of Sigma Tau Gamma said, “I host our event [Don’t Forget the Lyrics] every year so I’m doing that again in a few weeks. “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” will be held March 20 at 10:00 pm in Pollak Theatre.

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Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication 
and Instructional Technology (CCIT) Room 260, 2nd floor

The Outlook
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