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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

University’s Enactus Team to Compete in NY

EnactusThe University Enactus team will compete at the New York, NY Regional Competition on April 3, 2013. The event is one of ten Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April. 

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. Enactus looks to establish student programs on college campuses across the nation. Enactus students apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Previously known as SIFE, the global organization has changed their name to Enactus. The name stands for three different attributes that the organizations want to develop. “EN” represents the entrepreneur skills, which speaks to the mind of a potential business man or woman developing new and innovative ideas. “Act” is a call to action the organization has for its members. It’s not enough to develop an idea, one must also bring that idea to life. And “US” signifies the global community involving everyone in the pursuit of helping out those who are in need with a philanthropic mind.

Previously, the Enactus team travelled to Bokod Benguet in the Philippines, to volunteer in providing medical examinations to those who were not able to get proper medical help. The team was in charge of registering the potential patients and also assisting the doctors in their duties when called upon.

They were able to service about 250 people, and offer free medical services that ranged from  general check-ups, basic surgery, and dental services.

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A Little Help From My Friends

nickhodge6Many of you out there see this newspaper every week. Some of you walk by it; others may pick it up and check out the front page; and some of you beautiful folks even open it up and read through it. Without you, the reader, this is all pointless, so thank you.

I suppose I should begin with the professors. 

Professors make my life crazy. It is because of them that I have so much work to do all the time. But it is also because of them that I am able to write to you in this newspaper today.

Professor Morano, somehow I managed to wander over from the computer science department to the communication building one day and end up in your class. Me being a newly declared, “undeclared” major, I wasn’t sure what to do. I sat in intro to journalism and listened to you tell us why we should listen to you and trust that you know what you’re talking about. You told your story and I felt inspired. Thanks for that. I’ve heard that story four times now and every new class I have with you I look forward to it. For all the help you have given me, things you have taught me and times you have guided me; thank you.

Dr. Novek, in your editorial writing class I realized that to be a journalist, to really do this, I’d have to step up and really work hard. Thank you for that lesson. Ethics reminded me that every person is an individual, every action has a reaction and we need to be aware of that, both as writers and as human beings.  You’re door has always been open for me and you’ve always given me honest advice. Gracias.

Dr. Ferg, every class I have taken with you has been a blast. You’ve introduced me to so much music and opened my eyes to the behind-the-scenes aspect of the music industry. I always look forward to class with you and it was awesome to meet Jacob after reading his book. Rock on.

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The Circus is in Town

PRSSA Hosts Second Annual Carnival First Silent Auction

prssaOn Wednesday, April 24 PRSSA hosted their second Spring Carnival, in conjunction with their first Silent Auction. The Carnival and Auction were held on the patio of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The festivities included games such as ring-toss, baggo, and mini-basketball; while slushies, cotton candy and baked goods were sold for $1 apiece.

The Silent Auction, however, drew the largest crowd during the event. With over 100 people partaking in the Spring Carnival, it helped the University PRSSA Chapter raise over $700 to go towards their chapter and the National Eczema Association. The event was made an official Facebook event, promoting it through social media channels. Flyers were also made and distributed throughout the University.

Victoria Jordan, CEO of PRSSA, felt the addition of the Silent Auction to the Spring Carnival was a great idea and that they both complemented each other, bringing about the tremendous success of the Carnival overall. For the silent auction, all the gift baskets were donated by local businesses, Jordan’s favorite part was “seeing so many people get excited to see the baskets, bid on items, and have a fun competition to win. Everyone was so impressed to see so many baskets totaling to be worth thousands of dollars.”

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Seeing Eye to Eye in Order to Make a Difference

Club Offers Mentoring Program to Children with Learning Disabilities

Dana Oppenheim brought the program Eye to Eye, a mentoring movement for different thinkers, to the University this past year.  Eye to Eye is a program for children with learning disabilities/ADHD. Their mission is to improve the life of every person with a learning disability. The mission statement says, “We fulfill our mission by supporting and growing a network of youth mentoring programs run by and for those with learning differences, and by organizing advocates to support the full inclusion of people with learning disabilities and ADHD in all aspects of society.”

Eye to Eye can be found in 51 colleges and high schools throughout the country, and is growing every year. In New Jersey, Eye to Eye can be found at The Pennington School & Cambridge School, New Jersey City University and here at Monmouth University; this makes our program the only one like this in the southern half of the state.

Dana Oppenheim and Christina Gonzalez are the head coordinators and they operate under a national coordinator who is based in the National Eye to Eye offices in NYC. Currently, there are three mentors who work with the mentees here at the University. Skip Carey, the Director of Disability Services for Students, is also heavily involved in the organization.

Oppenheim said, “I brought the program to the University with the hope to provide for kids through Monmouth County that are normally just swept under the rug and give them the ability to build their confidence by interacting with college student who were just like them when they were younger.” 

She also points out that although there are many other tutoring and learning programs available to children and student’s these days, Eye to Eye stands apart from the other programs because they send the message to the children that it is possible for them to set and achieve goals in every aspect of their life. Oppenheim went on to say, “Although they think differently, it does not have to hold them back and prevent them from being successful in anything they want to do in life.”

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IFC Lends a Helping Hand at the Shore

Members of the Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC) came together in the spirit of “Greek Unity,” and hosted a beach clean up in Sea Bright, NJ on April 14.

There were 30 members of two fraternities on campus that came together to help restoration efforts on the beaches of the shore community. This was the first clean up sponsored by the IFC since Hurricane Sandy, however, the IFC felt it was the perfect time to host a clean up because the beach-goers could benefit from a clean beach as the summer season is approaching, but most importantly benefiting the environment and the local community that was devastated due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

This is not the first time members of the Greek community at the University have sponsored clean ups throughout the Monmouth community.

Before and after Hurricane Sandy, members of Tau Kappa Epsilon helped benefit the community and surrounding areas with beach clean ups in areas such as Long Branch, Pier Village and Sea Bright, as well as helping many others in the community clean out their homes after the hurricane. Students of the University have been very active in the community since Hurricane Sandy. Many students have engaged in solo or group efforts to help members of neighboring communities preserve their homes and summer homes, as well as with restoration and renovations of the community.

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Stratified Streets: A Visual Tour of Sociology

The Sociology Club went on a bus trip to New York City’s Tenement Museum and African Burial Ground National Monument on Saturday, April 13. Forty-two people attended this trip:  27 students, three faculty members, and 12 outside community members.

The trip was covered under the Sociology Club’s annual budget and the Student Government Association (SGA) covered the cost of the bus.

On the way to their first destination, sociology professor Dr. Johanna Foster provided the group with data and an understanding of how the experiences of immigrants are shaped by the conditions of their countries of origin. She also discussed the immigration policies and inequalities of race, class, gender, and sexuality that exist in the country of destination.

In addition to visiting the Tenement Museum and African Burial Ground National Monument, they also took a 90 minute walking tour of the lower east side of Manhattan, exploring places central to immigrant life over the past 100 years.

The idea for this trip originated two years ago when the members of the club at that time decided they wanted to highlight social inequalities by creating an annual trip called “Stratified Streets:  A Visual Tour of Sociology.”

“The concept of ‘stratified streets’ highlights the fact that the society we live in is stratified or divided along lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, age, ability, and other social forces,” said Nancy Mezey, sociology club advisor. “Sociology club members wanted to provide an opportunity for the campus community to be able to see this stratification through guided tours of nearby cities and communities.”

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Dancing with TKE

Tau Kappa Epsilon held their annual “Dancing With TKE” competition on Wednesday, April 17 in Anacon Hall at 10:00 pm to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

The event allows for members of the Monmouth community to create dance routines and perform for judges who ultimately choose the top three acts.

Larry Ratajczak, philanthropy chair of TKE, said, “This was our fourth time doing ‘Dancing with  TKE’. The event was very successful. We raised over $1,700, with our goal being $1,300.”

The event was co-hosted by TKE brother Zachary Werkmeister and sophomore of Delta Phi Epsilon, Colette Mitola. Throughout the event, brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phil Nappen performed as DJ to provide a fun mood for the audience.

Werkmeister said, “I had a great co-host and a great time with this event. The contestants and audience had a good time. It was definitely a success.”

The judges were this year’s Big Man on Campus and member of the soccer team, Kevin Davis, senior of Sigma Pi, Anthony Galbo, brother of Theta Xi, Jordan Bloom, last year’s TKE sweetheart and sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, Sofia Mandia, and this year’s TKE sweetheart and sister of Delta Phi Epsilon, Eva Rosamilia. The judges offered critique and opinions throughout the event after seeing the contestants perform.

There were six total acts that performed their own routines. The first act was junior Mike Kumar who performed a break dance routine. The second act was junior Naomi Ovadia who performed a dance to “Alive” by Krewella. The third act was a group dance by eight sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha. They danced to a medley of “Your Body” by Christina Aguilera and “Thrift Shop” by Mackelmore. The fourth act was Kyle Hasslinger in a solo performance dressed as Batman. The fifth act was University faculty member Corey Littles who performed a break dance routine to a Chris Brown song. The sixth and final act was four members of the cheerleading team who danced to a medley of songs.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Hosts “AKA Week”

The sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held their annual “AKA Week” this past week from April 15-19. “AKA Week” consists of an event each day of the week for students to come out and support their chapter, as well as raise awareness to their sorority and the charities they support.

The week kicked off with “AKArobics” this past Monday, April 15 in the basement of Spruce Hall. Graduate Advisor Kelly A. Gayle, liaison of the graduate chapter of AKA, was ecstatic to begin their fun filled week of chapter events and awareness.

Gayle states, “I’m so excited to see the chapter utilizing “AKA Week” to highlight the nationals’ initiatives. This helps educate Monmouth University about the chapter’s community service and all the work that we do. Not only that, but it is a unique and fun way for both males and females to come together, listen to some good music, and get their work out on.”

Jessica J. Curbelo, President of the Tau Eta Chapter of AKA was also anxious for this week to commence. Curbelo states, “The program was run by the chapter but the instructor was a fellow chapter member, Aiyana J. Jones. She is a great dancer as well as choreographer. Whenever we have a performance, she’s always our choreographer creating and designing our routines. The purpose was to make the Monmouth community aware of their health, all while teaching them fun ways to stay fit and active. The turnout was great. We were really excited and happy with the number of folks that came out.”

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Enactus Partners with Local Schools for Earth Month

The Monmouth University Enactus team is partnering with the Long Branch School district in celebration of Earth Month to raise awareness about the importance of recycling.  The Monmouth University team is already back to work after their recent trip to the Enactus Regional Competition in New York, NY.

The team has come up with a way to spread awareness about the importance of recycling. The Enactus team has put together a competition where the students from A.A. Anastasia elementary School will compete against each other to see who can raise the most recyclables.

The competition will start on Earth Day, which is Monday, April 22 and will end on that Friday, April 26. At the end of the week the class that collects the most recyclables will receive a pizza party for their efforts.

The Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation joined together with the Enactus USA organization in order to encourage and promote community awareness. The foundation sent out an application for a $2000 grant for a Community Impact project that would be given to 50 schools where Enactus was a part of that institution.

The University was one of the 50 schools in the country to receive the grant and now will being using the funds provided to put together a community awareness event.

“It was surprising, seeing as though there are so many other larger universities nationally. It shows how much of our work is really being recognized,” said Vice President of Operations Jimmy Nguyen. Secretary of the Enactus Monmouth University team Kandria Ledesma and active member Kristen Flynn met with Long Branch District Administrator of schools Gary Penta last month to discuss with him the potential partnership that the Enactus team will have with the Long Branch School District.

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Delta Phi Epsilon Hosts Second Annual ANAD Vigil

Delta Phi Epsilon hosted their second annual Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Vigil in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center on Sunday, April 14 to bring awareness to the University about the overwhelming impact that eating disorders can have.

Marissa Mieskin, senior member of Delta Phi Epsilon, said, “The media portrays an eating disorder as something superficial, but it is not. By hosting events like this, the impacts of eating disorders become a reality.”

Casey McCabe began the vigil with some facts about anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders.

According to the ANAD website, “An eating disorder is defined as an unhealthy relationship with food and weight that interferes with many areas of a person’s life. A person who struggles with an eating disorder can have unrealistic self-critical thoughts about body image, and his or her eating habits may begin to disrupt normal body functions and affect daily activities.”

McCabe introduced the five women who would share their personal stories.

The first person that shared their experience was Madelyn Mauter, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Mauter started out by thanking Delta Phi Epsilon for giving her the opportunity to share her story. Mauter said that her battle began by her simply, “Starting to diet, cutting out meals, and exercising excessively.”

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Alpha Omicron Pi Joins University’s Greek Community

Alpha Omicron Pi is the University’s newest addition to Greek life, and with 71 new members this sorority is quickly paving the way into the Greek community.

In the 2011-2012 academic school year, the Monmouth Panhellenic community agreed to expand and the process of finding a perfect fit for the University began.

Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity & Sorority Life, said, “The process started by any National Panhellenic Conference sorority who was currently not on campus sending information about their organization to the expansion committee on campus.”

The committee that selected Alpha Omicron Pi was made up of faculty, staff and students that were both affiliated and non-affiliated with Greek Life.

“The committee then used the information that the organizations had sent to narrow the search down to a few that they would have liked to invite to campus.  Those sororities were invited to campus to present even more about their organization and what they could offer to the campus.  At the end of the process the expansion committee decided that Alpha Omicron Pi would be the best fit for the campus,” said Buchalski.

Recruitment for Alpha Omicron Pi took place in February. Erin McMullen, freshman and new member of Alpha Omicron Pi, said, “The whole process was way different than that of formal recruitment.

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Theta Xi Hosts Annual Ms. Monmouth Fundraiser

Jenn Carter of Delta Phi Epsilon Named Ms. Monmouth

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Theta Xi Fraternity held their annual Ms. Monmouth competition on April 3 at 10:00 pm in Pollak Theater.

Ms. Monmouth is an annual pageant that Theta Xi hosts every spring semester, which crowns  the top three competitors. All proceeds of the event went to the two philanthropies Theta Xi is working with, Multiple Sclerosis and Habitat for Humanity.

In third place was Naomi Ovadia, in second place was Catarina Kneer, and in first place was the new Ms. Monmouth, Jenn Carter.

Matt Leonardis, senior in Theta Xi, and Sofia Mandia, sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, hosted the event. Joe Koenig, senior in Theta Xi, provided music throughout the entire show including before the event started and during the intermission.

Former president of Theta Xi, junior Joe Nardini said, “We love hosting this event. The contestants have a lot of fun with it and it’s for a good cause. We had a great turn out this year and the audience seemed to really enjoy themselves. A lot of work went into putting this together, so I’m happy it was successful.”

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Greek Life Awards to Honor Outstanding Members

Fraternity and sorority awards are being honored to specific members of Greek life on Monday, April 29 in Magill Commons. The purpose of these awards is to highlight student leaders who uphold the values of the Greek life community.

Faculty and staff advisors for chapters are also being nominated and awarded for their outstanding work and dedication. Members of the Division of Student Services will help decide the winners of each award. The awards are decided by reviewing applications that students submit, whether they have nominated themselves or someone else.

The honors have been given out for several years. It is an annual tradition which Jon Buchalski, New Assistant Director of Student Activities, has continued to lead. Applications were due this past Friday and Buchalski notes how the feedback was great and students are actively participating in the voting. Students are jumping at the opportunity to thank their brothers and sisters of Greek life for yet another successful new member process which completes this upcoming week, as well as the staff and faculty supervising and guiding them for the entire six week program. The awards allow chapters to publicly recognize those who help them with their continued success and growth of each fraternity and sorority.

Buchalski explains, “The award winners will receive an engraved token in recognition of the award itself. The ceremony will also highlight the academic year that is coming to an end, as well as thanking all of those people who worked with the community to improve it this year. Finally we will install the new executive officers for the Greek Senate and the Sub-Councils.” While all Greek life will be together as a community, the newest Greek Senate and Sub-Councils, which were recently chosen for the upcoming year, will be introduced.

The categories of awards are: Outstanding Faculty or Staff Advisor, Outstanding Chapter Program, Outstanding New Member, Outstanding Chapter President, The Chris Mejia Greek Man of the Year, The Greek Woman of the Year, and The Pillars.

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University’s Enactus Team Represents in NYC

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Enactus Competed Against NEC and Ivy League Universities

The University’s Enactus Team failed to place at the 2013 Enactus Competition in New York. Enactus sent three of their members to the Hilton Hotel in New York to compete and represent the University in a five team division that included NEC members Quinnipiac University and Dartmouth University of the Ivy League.

Nicholas Gencorelli commented on the experience saying, “The first time I went with the Monmouth team I was just a spectator, but it felt great to actually get to present in front of all different business professionals.”

The team had to deal with a little adversity that morning of the competition. President of the Enactus club, Melross Meneses, was one of the members that attended the competition and he spoke about the adversity that came about during that day. He said, “Our team was very small compared to the other schools that where there. They had team buses and it was a little intimidating at first but you still have a job to do.”

Teams came from all over the region to attend this competition. Those teams that brought more group members came the day before and got themselves situated in the hotel. The University’s team, however, had to awake early in the morning to board the 7:00 am train from Long Branch, NJ to the Big Apple only to take another subway into to 53rd street for registration. “It was one of the longest days of my life. From finalizing the presentation then only having an hour of sleep; that can really affect you,” said Gencorelli.

 The team could be found on the third floor of the convention center at the Hilton Hotel in a little corner practicing and reciting there lines and potential questions they might get asked. 

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The Outdoors Club Prepares for Spring Trip

odcThe Outdoors Club will be going on their spring trip on Friday, April 19 until Monday, April 22 at Hawkins Bridge Campsite in Wharton State Forest. Wharton State Forest is the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Park System.

President of the Outdoors Club, Greg Cenicola, senior and criminal justice major, commented, “We use our funds/budget to make trips as cheap as possible for students and to supply them with the gear to use.”

Cenicola has been involved with the Outdoors Club since his sophomore year when he attended his first trip and was secretary of the club last year. “We have done camping trips such as this one that double with an activity such as kayaking, ziplining, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, snowboarding, and skiing.”

There was no fundraising involved with this trip.  The cost is $20 per student for the three days.  This cost includes a one-day kayak rental, seven meals, and their stay on the campsite. However, if the students have their own kayak, the price is reduced to $10.  The trip was limited to 25 students on a first come, first serve basis.  Members and nonmembers of the Outdoors Club filled all 25 spots.

Mike Kulik, sophomore health and physical education major, said, “I’m really pumped for this trip; unfortunately, due to Hurricane Sandy, we had to cancel our fall trip and these outdoor nights are long overdue.  Everyone is excited to get their heads out of their books for a weekend of hiking, camping, kayaking, and good times.”

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Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail

The Council for Exceptional Children Hosts Easter Party for Disabled Children

CECThe Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) paired up with The Shore for Students with Autism Center to host an Easter party for students with disabilities on Thursday, March 28 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The party was held in the gym at The Shore Center. The event was broken down into two different groups of students, an older and younger group.

The Shore Center is an education facility located in Tinton Falls that works with children with autism and their parents to help them learn and develop. The Shore Center also helps parents of autistic children by offering lectures to help them learn how to help their children develop and grow. The staff at The Shore Center uses research-based practices to ensure education for each of the students.

Members of the Council for Exceptional Children, including executive board members and general members attended the event to work with the students and coordinate the activities throughout the day. Staff members from The Shore Center also attended to help with the activities and students.

President of The Council for Exceptional Children, Kate Muller, used the group’s Facebook page to promote the event inviting all CEC members and other University students to participate in the Easter party. She posted this as a way to get involved with the group as well as build on community service hours.

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“These Aren’t Spirit Fingers...These Are Spirit Fingers”

University Cheerleading Team Ranked Fifth in Nation for Division I All Girl

cheerteamThe University Cheerleading team competed in the UCA Col­lege Nationals on January 18-20, 2013, in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World Resorts. This was the University’s first time compet­ing on a national level and they are currently fifth in the nation for Di­vision 1 All Girl.

Senior captain Stefanie Mast­beth is sad to leave the team after being a member for the past four years. “I’m so proud of my team for making history at Monmouth and being the first competitive team. Our first time at UCA Na­tionals and placing fifth in the nation was such an amazing ac­complishment. I’m honored that I am able to say that I helped the program advance into the com­petitive world and I cannot wait to see their future endeavors.”

Courtney Ball, head coach, said, “We have plans to compete again next year, and hope to be as successful if not more suc­cessful despite the fact that the competition level will be higher. I am very excited for next year because we can continue to grow and progress with the talent we have developed this year.”

Danielle Murray, sophomore and health studies major, said, “I am extremely excited about what next year holds for the team. We are all dedicated to going back to Florida and doing even bet­ter than this year. Our team has come so far in the last few years and I can’t wait to see the pro­gram grow in the next few.”

When asked to comment on the past season, Ball said, “I think overall we had a very successful season. We have a young team, so we had to spend some time teach­ing them the fundamentals from a collegiate standpoint.”

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Why Work Out When You Can Dance?

PRSSA Hosts Zumba Dance Fundraiser at Shore Fit Club

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PRSSA held a Zumba fund­raiser at Shore Fit Club in West Long Branch on Monday, March 4, at 8:30 pm. Shore Fit offers a variety of classes like spinning, boot camps, Pilates, TRX and personal training. They are dedi­cated to making their members passionate about fitness and re­lay energetic motivation even if the work out gets intense.

The Zumba class was 90’s themed, playing only throw­backs for an hour and a half. PRSSA partnered with Shore Fit for this event to raise money for the club and an upcoming New Mexico conference trip for e-board members.

The event was $10 for non- Shore Fit members and $7 for members. Eighty percent of the profits went back to the club. It was a mixed ratio, half students and the other half non-students consisting of residents from the area who were already members of the fitness center.

“Its great that community members got out and supported PRSSA,” senior Alexis Brooke said. Brooke is in charge of the fundraising and events in the club. This means coordinating events, such as the Zumba fun­draiser, with local businesses. Shore Fit agreed to team up with Brooke and PRSSA to offer the Zumba night to non-members as well as their own members.

For those unfamiliar with Zumba, it’s a copyrighted work­out that has become sensational in many gyms, fitness classes and even has been made into workout videos. It combines dancing with working out, and fitness instruc­tors can create original dances to any playlist they wish. It can even serve as a place to socialize.

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Delta Phi Epsilon Raises Over $2,000 for Cystic Fibrosis

DPhiE Hosts Annual Lip Sync Fundraiser

lipsyncgroupDelta Phi Epsilon raised over $2,000 dollars at their annual lip sync contest. On Wednesday, March 6, at 10:00 pm over 400 people arrived at Pollak Theater to support this event that pro­vided funding and awareness for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Eight acts performed.

Casey McCabe, a junior in Delta Phi Epsilon who organized the event said, “It has been tra­dition to do our lip sync event in the fall and this year, even though it got canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, we resched­uled and tried our best to make it a success because we still really wanted to support The Cystic Fi­brosis Foundation.”

Delta Phi Epsilon’s lip sync competition consisted of perfor­mances by students who danced and sang to an array of different genres of music. These perform­ers not only had to impress the spectators, but also had to earn the votes of the judges.

The judges for this event were Stephanie Marte of Phi Sigma Sigma, Travis Whitney from Sigma Pi, Brielle Douress from Zeta Tau Alpha, and Raven Lake from Alpha Xi Delta.

The hosts of the event were Marisa Meiskin of Delta Phi Ep­silon and Thomas Bongiorno of Sigma Pi.

MBA student, Cameron Nich­ols, also known as DJ Cam, pro­vided the music for this event. Nichols said, “I provided the DJ services for free, but it’s for a fantastic cause and it was an awesome show. Anytime I can provide my services to Greek life for a cause such as rais­ing money for Cystic Fibrosis I will.”

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Roll the Dice with SAB

SAB Hosts Monte Carlo Style Casino Night

Casino-Night-1The Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted their annual Ca­sino Night at 7:00 pm on Sat­urday, March 23. Students were invited to join the club in the Student Center’s Anacon Hall where displays of a Monte Carlo venue decorated the room. Stu­dents participating in this event were given the opportunity to partake in various games, mim­icking an actual casino.

Game chips were given to the guests upon their arrival to use at the game tables located throughout the hall. Betting on the games with chips was up to the players, as they could be exchanged for raff le tickets. At the end of the event, the raff le winners were announced and claimed the gift baskets they won. The night also featured a DJ booth, food buffet and photo booth available to all the guests.

SAB worked together in orga­nizing the event from purchas­ing decorations to booking a DJ; they contributed what they could to create a fun night for the students. Sami Kosky, ju­nior and festival chair for SAB, ran the event. Anticipating a successful event with regards to previous years, Kosky hoped to have a good turnout. Her expectations were filled while guests continued to arrive with the crinkling of game chips in their hands.

As expected by SAB mem­bers, Casino Night turned out to be a success. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, in­cluding junior Dana Hochs­taedter, who is also a SAB mem­ber. Hochsraedter said, “It’s a good turnout. There are a lot more people than I expected.” Casino Night has proven to be a success among students with a good ref lection on the proceed­ings of SAB.

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Oh You’re a Big Man?

bigman2Zeta Tau Alpha hosted their annual Big Man on Campus event on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:00 pm in Pollak Theater. The event’s main goal was to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. All proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Big Man on Campus is a male pageant in which guys from various organizations on campus showcase different attire and talents competing for first through third place.

There were four categories of clothing styles including casual, swimsuit, talent and formal wear. The music for the night was provided by Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Phil Nappen.

Running for the title of Big Man on Campus was Bryan Duarte of Sigma Pi, Mike Migliaro of Phi Kappa Psi, Ron Serman of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Mike Tilton of Sigma Tau Gamma, Zach Martin of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Bernie Ianucci of Phi Kappa Psi, Kevin Davis of the soccer team, Ryan Dubelbeiss of Theta Xi, Kyle Hasslinger of the ice hockey team, and Michael Qualiano of Alpha Kappa Psi.

The 10 contestants came out on stage in their different attire for each round. They were given questions and were asked to also provide a talent for the audience.

Participants were competing to win over the four judges. The judges included Casey McCabe of Delta Phi Epsilon, Jess Bragen of Phi Sigma Sigma, Kristi Hunt of Alpha Xi Delta and reigning Big Man on Campus from 2011 Andy Stern. The judges were asked to give insight throughout the event and to score to each contestant, which ultimately decided the winner.

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And the Bidding Will Start at...

bidThis past week has concluded yet another successful Greek life recruitment. On Thursday, February 24, bid day closed out the process as potential new members received their bids to the sorority or fraternity they were welcomed to join.

Bid day serves as the final step within the recruitment process. Meet the Greeks started the procedure as the initial meeting between chapters and potential new members.

Jon Buchalski, assistant director of student activities for fraternity and sorority life, said, “You hope students meet as many members of organizations they are interested in as possible in order to find their match and begin their journey into Greek life.”

Once Meet the Greeks was completed, the recruitment process serves as the first acquaintance process between chapters and potential new members.

With recent changes Buchalski has brought in, this bid day was completed in a different way. Once the potential new members complete their three day process of recruitment, which consists of meeting each chapter, as well as narrowing down their selection for which they are most interested in, they are asked to meet one last time and receive their bids chosen on their preference, as well as the chapters.

The potential new members arrived to Young Auditorium this past Thursday full of excitement and nerves as they anticipated seeing which invitation they received from which chapter.

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Hawk TV and WMCX Host “Rock n Raise”

rock-n-raiseWMCX and Hawk Television hosted their third annual Rock n Raise fundraiser this past Friday, February 22. With 100 percent of the proceeds going towards Relay for Life, both organizations were able to raise $631 over the course of the day.

Rock n Raise is a battle of the bands style fundraiser where bands sign up and compete through ticket sales to raise the most money and take away predetermined prizes. The event featured four live bands and three acoustic acts, all of which were broadcasted live via Hawk TV and The X.

The Hawk TV studio, located in the back of Plangere, had two stag­es set up for performances and one smaller stage set up for interviews. All the stages were assembled and painted by members of Hawk TV. The entire crew consisted of around 50 students.

Vernoica Yurowski, executive producer for Rock n Raise has been working with a producing team and members of Hawk TV putting this event together since the summer time. She explained the early stages consisted of coming up with themes, creating the logo and eventually set­tling on one specific theme. “Over­all I think today was really great,” Yurowski said, “We had a great crew turn out. Everyone pitched in and everyone worked together, we’re one big family down here, we all helped each other out and it was great.”

The event was hosted by com­munication majors Michael Udaya­kumar and Ashely Pacifico, both ju­niors at the University. Udayakumar explained the main job as a host, is to mentally prepare in order to have an idea of what you are going to say, without having to rely solely on the script. Information such as, what mu­sicians belong to which bands, prizes for the competition and sponsors were all studied prior to show time. “My favorite part of the day,” Udayaku­mar said, “Was seeing the bands rock out in their natural environment and seeing the passion that they have for making and playing music.”

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Blood Drive Not Hosted in Vein

clubandgreek1Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) hosted a blood drive for Central Jersey Blood on Friday, February 15 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Anacon Hall.

Kevin Gilsenan, sophomore and business major, is the public relations chair for TKE. Gilsenan said, “This was the first blood drive our fraternity organized and we hope to organize more blood drives in the future.”

Gilsenan was very pleased with the turn out, which ended up having 47 volunteers sign up.

Christa Hogan, professor in the school of social work, works through out the school year to raise awareness for other philanthropies of organizations as well. Tau Kappa Epsilon raises money and spreads awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research and Alzheimer’s Association.

All students and faculty were invited to volunteer to donate blood. Gilsenan said, “When volunteers came in, they had to sign in with brothers of the fraternity. Then they had to go through a number of different tests to make sure that they met the requirements to donate blood.”

Gab D’Acunto, communication major and junior, signed up in advance to donate blood. D’Acunto said, “I like that TKE is giving the university the chance to donate blood. It’s not a type of community service I would think to do, but when I saw they were organizing a blood drive I figured I would get involved. I was a little nervous but I’m glad I participated.”

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Speed Networking, Three Minutes with a Professional

clubandgreek2The International Business Network (IBN) hosted their first speed networking event this past Tuesday, February 12, from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in Anacon Hall. 20 professionals from various businesses arrived at 4:45 pm prepared to network with students.

Upon arrival each student picked up their information packets and nametags. In these information packets, each student was assigned a position of where to begin the speed networking process. Students were then matched up to a professional for three minutes. The three minute period consisted of introductions and brief interactions.

Professionals were given the opportunity to ask students interview questions, examine resumes and then respond with honest feedback on communication skills, resume building tips and professionalism. At the end of the three minutes a bell rang and students were told to switch to the next seat. Students were encouraged to ask for business cards and ask the professionals for their feedback. The process continued until each student had the opportunity to meet with eight professionals.

“Nineteen of the 38 students that attended this event are on course to graduate in May 2013. Two students that attended this event were graduate level students,” said Amber Brown a member of the International Business Network.

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Club Spotlight: Council for Exceptional Children

A Worthy Club for Education and Special Education Majors

Here at the University, The Council for Exceptional Children works to improve the educational successes of children and youth with disabilities, gifts or talents.

Kate Muller, President of the Council for Exceptional Children, said, “We plan events that involve interacting and engaging with special needs students, visit other schools or facilities to help out with their events, and also attend lectures and workshops about in­dividuals with special needs.”

The main goal of the CEC throughout the school year is to obtain as many opportunities as possible to work with individuals with disabilities. The club meets to discuss future event plans once a month on a Wednesday at 3:30 pm in McAllan Hall.

CEC has paired up mostly with the Harbor School in Eatontown to host some of their events and work with disabled individuals. They hope to soon work with The Shore Center for Students with Autism in Tinton Falls.

Other e-board members include senior education majors Leah Russo and Aly Yager. Yager said, “CEC works hard for the individ­uals with disabilities. It is some­thing every member feels very dedicated about. We like that we give Monmouth students the op­portunity to make a difference in these individuals’ lives. We en­courage anyone who is interested to come to the meetings or join the mailing list. It is one of those experiences you would never re­gret and be thankful you joined.”

Carol McArthur-Amedeo, lec­turer of Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and Special Education, and Stacy Lauderdale, Assistant Professor of Curricu­lum and Instruction, advise the club.

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So We Meet Again

With a New Semester Comes Another Introduction Night for the Greek Community

MeettheGreeksMeet the Greeks was held on Tues­day, February 5 at 10:00 pm in the Multipurpose Activity Center.

“The purpose of Meet the Greeks is for the fraternity and sorority commu­nity to join together in order to show­case their chapters and reach out to potential new members interested in Greek life,” stated Vic Nazario, Greek Senate President. Meet the Greeks is the initial step within the process of joining both fraternities and sororities in Greek life at the University.

10 representatives from each chap­ter are chosen to attend Meet the Greeks with the duty of informing potential members about their spe­cific organization. They are asked to decorate a table with their individual letters, pictures, banners and other symbols in order to represent their chapters and provide an idea of who they are as an organization. Students are asked to sign a list at each organi­zation’s table which they are interest­ed in and provide their name, student ID and GPA as the first step towards formal recruitment.

Assistant Director of Student Ac­tivities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Jon Buchalski, further explained the event by stating, “Meet the Greeks is usually a preliminary contact for people to meet each chapter at the beginning of recruitment. You hope students meet as many members of organizations they are interested in as possible in order to find their match and begin their journey into Greek life.”

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Snow Day!

SAB Teams Up With Alpha Sigma Tau to Host a Winter Wonderland in Lot Six

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Though it did indeed snow late on the evening of Saturday, Feb­ruary 2, a winter wonderland was brought to campus in another sense during the day with the Snow Day event hosted by the University’s Student Activities Board and co-sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau. Due to inspiration from wanting to enhance the feel of snow in a snowless environment, Snow Day was created.

Held in lot six, more commonly known as the Cedar parking lot on the residential side of cam­pus, Snow Day consisted of a gi­ant blow up snow globe in which students could stand in to get their photo taken, a fun slide, outdoor heaters, and hot chocolate.

The event was originally sup­posed to begin at 12:00 pm, but was postponed a half-hour due to cars that were parked in the park­ing lot.

Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities, ex­plained that gates were supposed to block off the entrance to the Ce­dar lot but they were not put up at the correct time. As a result, cars that were parked in the parking lot were blocking where the fun slide and snow globe were to be placed, thus delaying the set up of the event.

Students whose cars were parked in the lot were contacted by the University Police Depart­ment and were asked to move their vehicles. Once the vehicles were moved, set up was able to begin and the event was up and running by 12:30 pm.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

SAB Announces Plans for a Trip to Philly for Students in March

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The Student Activities Board will be sponsoring a trip to center city Philadelphia on March 2 and 3. Reservations for this trip began January 28 on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center and the last full day to reserve your spot will be Monday, February 12. This trip includes one night in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and a coach bus ride that transports students from the University to Phil­adelphia.

Megan McGowan, Assistant Di­rector of Student Activities said, “This trip gives students the op­portunity to stay in a safe area of Philadelphia for a discounted rate.” According to McGowan, the hotel is typically very expensive but after collaborating with the Marriott by going through their group booking agent, prices could be discounted anywhere from 20 to 40 percent.

Christopher Preciose, a sopho­more studying business and an ac­tive member of SAB, was selling tickets in the Rebecca Stafford Stu­dent Center and said that students were very excited about the trip.

Genevieve Kobus, a junior study­ing business with a concentration in marketing and management, said, “The reason that I signed up for the trip is because I have never been to Philadelphia before and would re­ally like to see it. This is a good op­portunity to do that because the trip is very inexpensive and there is no itinerary set so I can see whatever I want to see.”

Preciose said, “This is a trip where students are free to do what they want in Philadelphia.” Activities in the area include The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, The Franklin Institute, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Philadelphia Art Museum, as well as the freedom to do other activities that are available in the city.

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Lights Out! SAB Hosts “Monmouth After Dark” in Boylan Gymnasium

On Friday, January 25, the Student Activities Board hosted “Monmouth After Dark.” Despite freezing temperatures and snow, students braved the trip to Boylan Gym for the first SAB event of 2013.

Lucy Russo, VP of Major Events in SAB and a junior majoring in psychology explained, “We are doing an event where it is free and open to everyone. We have black-light laser tag, glow-in-the-dark tattoos, and an oxygen bar where you get oxygen in different scents and it is supposed to cleanse and help health.” When asked how long the process was to prepare the gym for the event, Russo stated, “It took about an hour to set everything up.”

One of the first students at the event was Rebekah Mar-Tang, a graduate student in social work. She said, “It’s an interesting event. I’ve been here since I was a freshman and I was never aware of things like this or I would have done it earlier. A lot of people I know usually go home so at least there’s something on the weekends that people can do that don’t want to go home and want to stay in the area.”

Upon being asked what she liked about the event, Mar-Tang replied, “I don’t know what an oxygen bar is. It’s intriguing me a little bit. I do like the [neon] tattoos though since I am not brave enough to get a real tattoo. Getting one that I could see in a black light is cool.”

Leonard Rusciani, a senior majoring in software engineering, enjoyed the night. “There’s not as many people as I thought there would be, but it snowed so that affected [the attendance]. It’s really fun. I’ve never played laser tag before so my friends brought me out here to try it. I was on the blue team and we won. I’m going to try the oxygen bar next.”

Another student enjoying the event was Christina Gonzalez, a sophomore majoring in social work. She discussed the event saying, “I just got here but it looks like a lot of fun. I think the oxygen bar is cool. It’s something different. They’ve had laser tag before. Plus it’s something for people our age.”

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Heart of a Lion: University Mourns Loss of Chris Mejia

heartofalionThis past December, the University suffered the loss of an extraordinary student, friend, brother and overall inspirational human being. Chris Mejia was 23 years old, in his fifth year at the University and was pursuing a double major in business marketing and management, as well as an IT minor.

“Chris always brought the bigness out of you, made you feel like you were bigger than you are and that anything is possible if you just set your mind to it,” Jason Horowitz said, a brother of Chris’ in Sigma Pi, as well as a close friend since his freshman year back in 2010.

Horowitz was also Chris’ little brother in the fraternity, but he explained their relationship went deeper than a title within their fraternity. “The bond Chris and I had formed so quickly was unbelievable, we just instantly became lifelong friends, we shared similar goals and aspirations,” he said. “Everyday we would plot on our futures. Chris was not only my best friend, that’d be an understatement, he was my future business partner, he was my future best man at my wedding, he just influenced me in so many ways and left a huge impact on my life. I’m blessed to have known him, he was an amazing person.”

Chris was very into marketing, business management and a huge nutrition buff; as Horowitz put it, “He was always trying to get a lot of things going.”

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Cheer Team Ventures Into New Territory

MU Cheer Team to Compete on National Stage

cheer-picThe 2012-2013 cheerleading season is different from any other season they have had at the University for one main reason: MU Cheer will be competing in the UCA College Nationals on January 18-20, 2013, in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World Resorts. They will be competing against other Division I schools for the title of first place.

Courtney Ball, current coach of the cheer team, said, “Our girls work very hard to be enthusiastic and energetic during football and basketball season and competition is another avenue to demonstrate their dedication and skills. Collegiate teams from across the US come to compete at UCA Nationals because this is the most prestigious college cheerleading championship in the country.”

The top teams that ranked in the top ten last year at the UCA College N ationals i nclude: I ndiana University, University of Memphis, Morehead State University, San Diego State University, University of Minnesota, Florida State University, University of South Florida, Western Kentucky University, Rutgers University and Temple University.

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Keep Calm and... Make a T-Shirt

Student Activities Board Works to Relieve Stress in a Stress Filled Time

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The Student Activities Board held the “Keep Calm…” event this past Wednesday, December 5, to provide some stress-free entertainment for students.

The “Keep Calm…” event took place in the Student Center in hopes of involving both commuter and residential students. The event consisted of students coming out and picking his or her favorite “Keep Calm and...” line and putting it onto a t-shirt. Participants chose their own personal saying and what colors they were going to use in order to personalize their own saying even further. Once they had their idea, it was printed onto a shirt that the student could take home within minutes.

The SAB brings a variety of entertainment to the University ranging from souvenirs that students can bring home to inflatable rides. Make-your-own items seem to be popular among University students, with make your own hats and Frisbees selling out at Springfest, another SAB event.

Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, helped supervise this event. Mc- Gowan elaborates on the importance of incorporating commuter students into campus life here at the University. She further explains, “SAB tries to do some pop up programming that let’s students stop by between classes during the day, such as the Keep Calm t-shirt event. This is to reach out to students, such as commuters, who might not be on campus for evening or weekend programming and encourage them to come back for what might be going on around campus when classes are not in session.” Not only did this involve residential students passing throughout the Student Center, but also commuter students who were on campus that day; which was their most important goal.

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Students Speak up for Activities

Megan McGowan of SAB Discusses Upcoming Plans

The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, and the Student Activities Board have begun creating their annual survey in hopes to receive direct feedback from students for upcoming events of their choice.

The survey is 20 questions that both the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, as well as the Student Activities Board, use to measure student satisfaction, participation and interest. The survey asks a set of the same questions yearly, but will also highlight a specific area of interest to learn more about an explicit area of programming.

Megan Mc-Gowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, works directly with composing this survey. She has created the survey while incorporating ideas from the Student Activities Board. This year, the Student Government Association was also invited to participate and highlight some questions about the University’s annual Springfest.

McGowan said, “Last year we highlighted what type of genres of music students wanted to hear. This year we will be working with the leadership of the Student Government Association to learn more about what students want from the Springfest entertainment.”

McGowan added, “Although when we ask students about specific artists on the survey, we can’t always bring that specific act to a campus, due to the artist availability or schedule, it will give us a broad idea of what the student body is looking for. We will include some write-in areas on the survey but because we are working with a budget and price range when booking campus events, we can’t always book everything the students respond with.”

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Grab a Slice!

Outdoors Club Hosts Fundraiser

The Outdoors Club held an allyou- can-eat event at Zachary’s Pizza in West Long Branch to raise money for their organization on Tuesday, December 4.

The tickets were 12 dollars and could be bought in advance or at t he d oor. T wo d ollars w ent t o the Outdoors Club and ten dollars went to Zachary’s. It was buffet style and they served plain, sausage and pepper, and pepperoni pizzas.

The Outdoors Club holds events both inside and outside of the University, depending on how many people get involved. The University splits the cost with the club if the events are held on campus. Sometimes, if they are expecting a lot of people they will need to request a second bus to transport everyone. This calls for special funding.

Some of the recent events they have held are kayaking, zip lining, and horseback riding. Their events range from day trips to weekend trips.

President of the Outdoors Club Greg Cenicola, senior, said, “A typical event usually brings in 42- 50 people.”

They advertised for the event through Facebook and the clubs and organizations page on eCampus. Professor William Reynolds is the advisor for the Outdoors Club. “We have this group on eCampus, so the people who want to know about the event can check it and we don’t have to send e-mails out through the University,” said Reynolds.

A recent graduate from the University, Joy Marcus, saw the advertisements for the event and came out to see a former professor. “I know Professor Reynolds and I wanted to come and see him and support the Outdoors Club,” said Marcus.

It was not mandatory for the members of the Outdoors Club to attend, but most of them did to support the organization.

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New Sorority to Join Greek-Life

Over nine million college students across the nation are participating in some form of Greek life. Whether the purpose of joining the Greek community is to make friends, build resumes or even attend parties, college students from state to state are looking to better their college experience.

With hopes of incorporating a thriving chapter at the University and expanding the philosophy of their founders, the international women’s fraternity Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) will be recruiting women on campus in the spring of 2013.

The women’s fraternity, often referenced today as a sorority, was created in 1897 at Barnard College. The organization, founded on sisterhood and service, is part of the National Panhellenic Council (NPC), and has expanded to 193 collegiate chapters and 320 alumnae chapters since its creation.

The University’s interest in expanding Greek life has come from the rise in numbers for recruitment and overall Greek interest in these past few years. Men’s social fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, was rechartered in 2010, and the professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, was chartered in 2011.

The vote to open for the creation of a new chapter was approved and passed on to the NPC. The NPC, also known as the governing body of women’s Greek organizations, released an Extension Bulletin to the twenty-six members. After viewing the University’s proposal, AOII was interested in establishing a chapter based on a number of factors such as alumni and university support, the size of the proposed colony, and whether the values of the campus aligned with the values of their organization.

Kara Mantooth, Director of Public Relations and Extension for AOII, has been spearheading the movement thus far on campus. Mantooth, who has been working for the organization since March, has been spreading word of the women’s fraternity via email, social media websites, and information sessions.

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Pennies From Heaven

There are six sororities on campus here at the University and each have their own philanthropy which they hold events to fundraise for.

Phi Sigma Sigma’s philanthropy is the National Kidney Foundation. To raise money for this, they hold two big events throughout the year.

The first one is Monmouth Idol. It is held in the fall semester; tickets are five dollars in advance and seven at the door. Any student is eligible to participate if they would like to. There are prizes given to first, second, and third place and the proceeds go to The National Kidney Foundation.

The other event they have is the pancake breakfast, held in the spring semester and the tickets are also five dollars. The sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma make pancakes, and it is an all you can eat event. This event takes place in the basement of Spruce Hall, and the proceeds go to The National Kidney Foundation.

Laura Trachtenberg, senior, is the Archon of Phi Sigma Sigma. “I think it was a very unfortunate circumstance for the family who started the foundation, but it has turned into a wonderful opportunity to raise money for people who need it,” said Trachtenberg.

Fundraising is something that every Greek organization holds close to their hearts. On Wednesday, December 12, Phi Sigma Sigma will be fundraising for a different organization, Pennies From Heaven – Caleb’s Foundation.

One of the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma, Elena Pellarin, senior, holds this foundation close to her heart. “A good friend of mine who had lost her baby to cancer started it. I have been wanting to help her for a while but was not sure how to. Her family has been going through difficult times lately so I wanted to do something to raise her spirits and remind her that people care,” said Pellarin.

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Brotherly Love

Theta Xi Chapters Team Up Coast to Coast for Hurricane Relief Efforts

The Gamma Iota chapter of Theta Xi, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona reached out to the brothers at Monmouth to lend their hands for support as the East Coast began its efforts to rebuild the state.

The brothers of the fraternity in Arizona set up an online account and gave people the option to donate any amount of money. Once the account was set up both chapters at Arizona and at MU promoted the online account encouraging friends, family and both school communities to help out in any way possible.

The initial goal of the fundraiser was to raise money for a month starting on October 30 with hopes of reaching $20,000. As of now, the fundraiser has raised almost $3,000. The brothers of the two chapters decided to extend the fundraiser for another week to give people more time to donate. The fundraiser will now end on December 7.

After seeing the devastation the storm caused on the Jersey shore coastline, the Gamma Iota chapter felt an obligation to help out brothers who were in the heart of the storm. President of the Gamma Iota chapter and junior at the Arizona school, Shawn Carter, quickly contacted the brothers at MU to see what could be done to help out.

“We knew we had brothers on the Jersey shore and wanted to do whatever we could. We have a brother in our chapter who lives in New Jersey and learned that he lost everything he owned,” said Carter. We also knew brothers in the University chapter were personally affected. We were just glad to help out anyway we could,” said Carter.

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Won’t You Lettuce Watch this Movie?

Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society Hosts “Peaceable Kingdom” Documentary Screening

On Sunday, December 2, the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) held their last event for the semester which was a screening of the documentary, “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home” in Magill Commons.

Professor Mary Harris is the director of the organization. According to their Facebook page, MAVS “is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization that is open to the Monmouth University community and outside community.”

Their mission statement, according to their Facebook page, says that “MAVS is dedicated to providing educational resources for informing the public about the advantages of a vegetarian diet and nutritional information, including recipes that will support and facilitate the adoption and healthful enjoyment of a vegetarian diet.”

Their events not only give an opportunity for perspective vegetarians to learn first-hand about the delights of good vegetarian cooking and to get to know and interact with experienced vegetarians, but also give an opportunity for enriched understanding, mutual support, and shared fellowship for practicing vegetarians by providing opportunities for community outreach and community service in the interest of good health, environmental protection, and compassionate living.

Prior to the production of the film, there was a study done of 32 people who recently went vegan. Of the 32, five former farmers who gave up their ways really made an impression.

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Lend A Helping Paw

During the week of December 10, Ashley Anton, senior and communication major, will be hosting the event Holidays for the Homeward Bound 2012 and will be collecting donations for the Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA).

“The idea of Holidays for the Howard Bound is to provide the pets at the MCSPCA with the holiday homelike experience,” said Anton. “Their current home at the shelter has needs that need to be fulfilled to help keep the animals in suitable living conditions. By creating this event, I hope to be able to get as many University students involved, as well as faculty mem¬bers and local community residents.

Students and faculty members who wish to contribute can eas¬ily do so right at the University. For the event, Anton will place two drop boxes to leave donations based off of a provided wishlist by the MCSPCA. To promote this event, Anton created a Facebook event page n has also distributed flyers in a few neighborhoods in Eatontown and West Long Branch. Another large contributing factor to promote this event will be through word-of-mouth. The wish-list is available on the Facebook event page, on the flyers she has distributed, and will also be available next to the drop boxes on campus.

The drop boxes for Holidays for theHowardBound2012willbein Plangere from December 10-13 in the downstairs lobby outside of Java City and also in the Student Center on December 14 on the first floor outside of the Student Employment offices. Anton will also be picking up any donations left on residents of Eatontown and West Long Branch’s doorsteps on December 16 and 17, as indicated in the flyers.

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XIngo!

clubgreekAlpha Xi Delta hosted an event called XIngo for the first time on Friday, November 30 in the student center in order to raise awareness for their philanthropic organization, Autism Speaks.

The event was free to all students at the University and its purpose was to raise awareness of autism to the students on campus. The students in attendance played bingo and the winners received prizes. While the students were playing bingo, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta shared facts on autism that they thought were important.

This is the first time that Alpha Xi Delta ran XIngo, and as a result of the turnout and feedback they received, they hope to host it again next year. The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta were pleased with the turnout of the event, which was mainly promoted through a Facebook page that included all of the event information. The cost was covered entirely by the Weekend Warrior grant available to organizations at the University.

Ashley Anton, senior commu nication major, attended XIngo on Friday night. “I thought this event was a great way for Alpha Xi Delta to promote their philanthropy and organization. I haven’t played bingo in years, so the fact that I was having fun and learn ing about autism was definitely an appealing approach for the event in order to accomplish their goal,” in order to Anton said.

Some of the prizes that were given out to the winners included gift cards for: iTunes, Amazon. com, Banana Republic, Olive Garden, and AMC Theatres. The final prize was a Blu Ray player which included two Blu Ray discs. This was awarded to the student who filled up their entire board first in the last round of bingo.

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To Rid the Debris

tkeTau Kappa Epsilon Joins Together for Hurricane Relief

The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon gathered on Sunday, November 11 in Point Pleasant to help families affected by Hurricane Sandy to clean their house of debris.

TKE member Lorenzo Russomanno organized the cleanup. “Community service is a big part of being in a fraternity; we always have this sense of wanting to give back. My e-Board position in TKE puts me in charge of planning and organizing all community service events,” Russomanno said.

“Lorenzo and I had been in contact with each other for a while and he was so anxious to get out there and do something for these people,” said Christa Hogan, TKE advisor. Hogan has been advising the fraternity for about a year. She knew of a couple, Kathy and Scott Emery, from Point Pleasant that needed help gutting their home for repairs.

“She shared a story with them about friends of hers that were trying to get some debris out of their house so that the town could clean it up and they could use an extra hand or two,” said Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Greek Life. “They took the story and actually did something with it,” he said.

“It was overwhelming,” Hogan said in reference to how many TKE brothers showed up to help. Twenty-four TKE members, including alumni showed up in Point Pleasant to help the family clean out their home. Within 20 minutes, the brothers had moved everything the family needed removed from the house to the curb.

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Revive. Recover. Rebuild

Delta Phi Epsilon Helps to Raise Money for Hurricane Sandy Relief

dphieDelta Phi Epsilon recently participated in helping raise $585 so far, in donations for charities and foundations in charge of the Hur-ricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Being a University recognized for its location on the shore, Delta Phi Epsilon chose to give back to not only the Monmouth commu-nity, but to all of those who have also been impacted. All funds went to Hurricane Sandy relief foundations in addition to stu-dents and faculty from the Uni-versity who were personally affected.

On November 13 and 14, the sorority set up on campus in the student center and sold “REVIVE.REBUILD.RECOVER” bracelets in order to raise dona-tions. Work Out World generously donated products such as towels, stickers, bumper stickers and other merchandise, which states “Jersey Strong” on them, in order to help Delta Phi Epsilon’s fundraising efforts.

Marisa Meiskin of Delta Phi Epsilon, the creator of this fun-draiser, explains, “The reason I put together the event was because we are a school so close to the beach.” Meiskin said, “We see the first hand damage that the hurricane has done to surround-ing areas. And although, thankfully, we were not impacted as brutally as other areas, we want to help out and raise money to give to all of those effected.” Meiskin continued by stating, “We were so happy with the money we raised and the interest the student body had in helping donate and give back, it was a really

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Plenty of Pie to Go Around

Alpha Sigma Tau Hosted "Pie a Greek or Professor" to Help Sandy Victims

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The sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau hosted Pie a Greek or Professor on Thursday, November 15 outside of the Student Center in an effort to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

The event allowed for students and faculty to have fun while raising money for a good cause. It cost $2 to pie someone and other donations were welcomed. This was the first time AST hosted this event and were very pleased with the turnout, which was primarily promoted through a Facebook event page. Active sister Jenna Ferraro, a sophomore and criminal justice major, organized Pie a Greek or Professor. Ferraro said, “The turnout of the event was great. A lot of students made donations, and a lot of people from various Greek organizations and professors participated. I was extremely happy with the event.”

All together, AST raised $270 which was donated to the Student Government Association that sends the money to two charities that help families in New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Originally, the event was scheduled to raise money for the Ashley Lauren Foundation, which helps aid New Jersey families with children battling cancer. The sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau changed the event to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy, as many other organizations had decided to do as well.

Jennifer Kellerman, senior and sister of AST said, “We felt it was the right thing to do to send the proceeds of our event to Sandy Relief. We even had sisters affected by the storm and thought we should help out.”

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Upright Citizens Brigade is Downright Hilarious

Student Activities Board Hosts Improv Comedy Night

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On Friday, November 16, the Student Activities Board held an improv comedy night featuring the Upright Citizens Brigade in Pollak Theater. The event was free of charge and started at 8:00 pm. There were about 100 people who came out to see the show.

The Student Activities Board advertised for the event through means of Twitter, flyers, and emails. Emma Traun, freshman education major, was intrigued by the pictures that were featured in the e-mail. “I wanted to come because the pictures were cool and it seemed like it would be funny,” said Traun.

The comedians were running a little bit late so the show did not actually start until 20 after eight, however they made up for their tardiness through their jokes and show for the night. The Upright Citizens Brigade has two theaters; one is located in New York and the other in Los Angeles. They were comprised of two female comedians and two males: Latasha, Audra, Terry, and Matt.

Their skits for the night were improv, which means that nothing was prepared and it was made up on the spot. They asked one of the audience members to volunteer to come on stage and then interviewed them to get their material for the night. The student they chose was Valerie Estepan, freshman biology major. They asked her questions such as “What is your major?” “Do you have any siblings?” and “What is your motto about life?”

The comedians performed eight short skits based on the information they received from Estepan and the show was an hour long. Their first skit was about Hurricane Sandy and students being upset about missing classes. Latasha acted like she was nervous about missing her classes and wanted to hold class in her dorm room.

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Phi Eta Sigma Attends National Convention

Three Members of Honor Society Travel to Utah for Leadership Workshops

PESThe University chapter of the First Year National Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma, attended a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah to learn and discuss different ways to improve their chapter.

Three members of Phi Eta Sigma, senior Lori Muelle, junior Amanda Kruzynski, and junior Rebecca Groom attended the convention. Once inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the student remains a member for life. Although Phi Eta Sigma is a first year society, the member does not lose their place as they advance in college. To meet the standards to be inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, freshmen must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 their first semester of college.

According to their website, Phi Eta Sigma was founded to promote and recognize high academic accomplishment among members of the freshman classes. All active chapters were invited to come to the conference. The convention is a chance to meet and discuss ways to improve their societies by seeing what the other chapters are doing and learning.

The conference included two days worth of workshops and a tour of Salt Lake City. Their advisor Dr. Golam Mathbor, Associate Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, accompanied the trio.

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Sigma Tau Squares

Sigma Tau Gamma Raises Money for the Special Olympics

Sigma Tau Gamma hosted their first annual philanthropy event, Sigma Tau Squares, on Wednesday, October 24 at 10:00 pm in Pollack Theater to support the Special Olympics.

This was the first time STG hosted this event. It was set up by brothers Jay Giaquinta, senior, Dan Malone, junior and Mike Tilton, sophomore. Pre show tickets were available for five dollars, and tickets could also be purchased at the door for seven dollars.

“Having the event fulfilled our goal with raising almost $900 for the Special Olympics,” said Tilton. The event created a way to spread awareness and encourage fundraising for Sigma Tau Gamma’s philanthropy.

The event was co-hosted by Sigma Tau Gamma brother Henry Siebecker and Jessica Simmons. Sigma Tau Squares was also sponsored by local business chain Jersey Mike’s Subs, which provided free food for guests who attended the show. Siebecker said, “It was the first time we had done this game as our philanthropy event, so it was very new and exciting.”

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Phi Psi Psurf Taco

On Wednesday, October 17, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity hosted a fundraiser at Surf Taco. All of the money raised was donated to The Boys and Girls Club of America, Phi Kappa Psi’s philanthropy.

When customers showed up to Surf Taco, they needed a flyer to signify that a portion of the cost of their meal was being donated to charity. Soliciting was not allowed outside of Surf Taco and the flyers were accepted at all Surf Taco locations.

The fundraiser ran the entire day, from 11:00 am when Surf Taco opened to 9:00 pm when the restaurant closed.

Matthew Fernandez, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity brother, was in charge of putting the fundraiser together. He said, “I am employed at Surf Taco in Long Branch and my manager mentioned the idea of setting up a fundraiser between us,” he continues, “I gladly accepted the offer after consulting with the brothers.”

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Indoors Club?

This past Friday, the Outdoors Club hosted a game night in the Student Center from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The event was open to all students. The club had games set out on a table right in front of the information booth and also served coffee, hot chocolate and cookies for the players.

Board games such as Monopoly, Chinese checkers, Jenga, Apples to Apples, and Connect Four were among the choices which drew many students in. A game called “Spoons” also attracted many. “Spoons” is played with cards and spoons, hence the name of the game. The objective is to get four of the same numbers as they are being rotated around the table. Whoever gets the same four numbers first reaches for a spoon which is placed in the middle of the table. Once other players see a spoon was picked up, they all have to reach for spoon. If played properly, one player will be without a spoon at the end of the round and they are then out of the game.

Secretary of the club, sophomore Pat Layton, said, “The biggest games of the night were Apples to Apples and Spoons. I was glad to see everyone having a good time and trying new games out as well.” Layton was in charge of purchasing the board games and organizing game night.

David Aviles, a junior and active member of the club, also claimed that “Spoons” was one of the main attractions at game night. “Playing ‘Spoons’ was one of the most interesting activities I have taken part of while at Monmouth. Passing cards left and right, matching a set of four and diving to grab a spoon before everyone else was exhilarating,” said Aviles.

The night brought in about 30 people, some of the players were in the club but the event attracted other students, as well. Advisor of the club, Professor William Reynolds said, “Our game night was a huge success. Students started to arrive a bit before eight and stayed until they had to lock the building at 11.” Reynolds continued, “We lost count at 30, especially since some students were in and out and then in again. As they were leaving, many asked when we could do this again. I’d also like to note that all participants helped close up all the games and put the extra tables and chairs that we borrowed back in the lobby across from the information booth. The lounge was the perfect location for this event.”

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, RHA!

RHA Hosts Annual Fall Fest Outside in the Quad

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The residence quad was littered with pumpkins Wednesday night, October 17, for the Residence Hall Association’s (RHA) second annual Fall Fest. At 6 pm, over 300 students on campus began to search throughout the hundreds of pumpkins for one to take back to the dorms.

Tony Conard, co-advisor for RHA and area coordinator was pleased with the event. “It is completely free and for all students on-campus. It’s a little holiday fall festive fun.” Conard watched from the fire pits as students ran through the pumpkins and snatched them up. “All of the pumpkins will be gone probably within an hour and a half,” he stated. “It’s first come, first serve and they go real fast. It’s a great event and RHA is really proud of it.”

Alissa Catalano, senior and business major, explained, “This is the second annual Fall Fest, but the third annual pumpkin picking. We have over 300 pumpkins that people can choose from and paint. We also have new things such as making your own candy apples which is really cool, s’mores, and a psychic reading tarot cards.” Catalano, Vice President of special events and programming for RHA, was immediately very happy with the student turnout, “It’s only been 12 minutes and a whole bunch of people are here so this is really exciting. I hope all of the pumpkins go. Last year we ran out of pumpkins which is why we upped the number. I want to see three hundred pumpkins gone.”

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Change the Conversation

Increasing Awareness About Body Image Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorders

How many times a day do friends make comments about their weight? How often do people worry about losing just a few more pounds? In today’s society, these questions may yield pretty high numbers.

“I think probably five or more times a day girls think about their body weight,” said sophomore Sarah VanVilet. It comes with no surprise that eating disorders run rampant through our society. The disorder of anorexia nervosa, which aff licts nearly one million young girls each year, can be caused by an increasingly large number of reasons.

“Part of the problem,” said Danielle Rodriguez, a sophomore, is “that eating disorders are so common people don’t realize what is going on in other people’s heads. Words or actions can have a huge impact on someone else.” Previously known here at the University as “Fat Talk Free Week,” “Change the Conversation” is an attempt at changing the way people see and treat eating disorders.

Katherine Parkin, Assoicate Professor of History and Anthropology, said, “Instead of placing value on intelligence, kindness, or humor, our society only wants women to be thin. Our hope with Change the Conversation is to shift the pressure away from appearance as the only value.”

The nation-wide campaign aims to switch the focus society has placed on body appearance. The mission is to raise awareness about the destructive effects that come along with society’s ideal body image. By acknowledging the cognitive parts of anorexia and bulimia, we can start to change the physical behaviors associated with food refusal disorders. Thanks to extensive work by Professor of Health Studies Andrea Hope, and Professor Parkin, the following programs have been brought to our campus to help change the conversation here at the University.

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Listen S’more in the Quad

RHA Hosts Late Night Lounge with Smores and Student Entertainment

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On October 4 the second Late Night Lounge of the semester gave students a chance to sit in the residence quad and listen to peers perform on stage. The smell of bonfires and roasted marshmallows swarmed the quad as people gathered. There was everything from music to magic to entertain all in attendance from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Arturo Romua was one of the first students to perform for the night, singing “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. He was able to persuade the audience into singing some of the background vocals since he was singing acapella. “I was nervous but I tried to play it cool,” Romua stated after leaving the stage. “I’m still shaking,” he said.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Emma Traum, freshman and elementary education and history major. “I love hearing the talent!” Traum has been to both of the Late Night Lounges. She was reminded that the event was occurring when she heard the music from her room in Elmwood Hall.

Ross Bernstein, “The Magic Man,” a junior majoring in music education and minoring in psychology, was also in attendance to show off his tricks. According to the “Ross the Magic Man” Facebook page, Bernstein has been performing for over 13 years and was one out of a hundred students selected to attend a summer magic camp sponsored by the Louis Tannen Magic Company of New York City. On the page he writes that he “loves baffling people’s minds with his amazing stage and close-up routines.” Bernstein stated that he performed at the September Late Night Lounge.

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Who Wants to be the Next Monmouth Idol?

Phi Sigma Sigma Hosted Their Annual Monmouth Idol

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On Wednesday, October 3, the University’s students, faculty and Greek organizations, gathered at 10:00 pm in Pollak Theatre for Phi Sigma Sigma’s 7th annual Monmouth Idol.

The event raised money for their national philanthropy, The National Kidney Foundation, and was hosted by Stephanie Marte, sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, and Anthony Galbo, member of Sigma Pi. Judging the event and providing commentary on the performances was Victor Nazario from Theta Xi, Steven Casamento from Sigma Pi, Tierra Henry from Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Katie Jaffe from Alpha Sigma Tau. While some judges were hard to win over, others were more generous with praise towards the performers. The event also featured music from DJ Mike Gloria and prizes donated from Gianni’s, Jr.’s West End, Perkins and Scala’s.

The show included performances by Matt Avellino, Christian Anderson and Brenden Kane, Ray Bogan, Elyssa Bucceri, Alexa Burger, Alyssia “Chippy” Bifano and Jennifer Carter, Courtney Carr, Katie Cozzi, Kristi Hunt and Laura Garcia, Nina Mielcarz, Raquel Warehime, and Natalie Zeller.

Coming in third place and winning a gift card to Gianni’s was Laura Garcia (Zeta Tau Alpha) and Kristi Hunt (Alpha Xi Delta) who sang “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse. Winning second place and gift cards to Scala’s and Jr.’s West End was Natalie Zeller, who sang “Titanium” by Sia. The first place winners of Phi Sigma Sigma’s Monmouth Idol and gift cards to Perkin’s and Scala’s were awarded to Alyssia “Chippy” Bifano (Delta Phi Epsilon) and Jennifer Carter (Delta Phi Epsilon) who sang “Tattoo” by Jordin Sparks.

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"Irish Coffee" Radio Show Introduced to WMCXIrish

The University’s Own 88.9 FM Hosts New Saturday Morning Irish Music Show

Club and GReekIrish Coffee is a new Irish music radio show on the University’s very own WMCX 88.9 FM. The show is hosted, as well as founded, by senior Brendan Mallon who is accompanied by Michael Palardy, Music Director at WMCX. You can tune in every Satur-day morning from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to hear the music of Ireland grac-airwaves.

Inspired by a New York based Irish radio show out of Fordham University called Ceo na nGael, Mallon has set here in Monmouth and Ocean County.

“The Fordham station gave me whole thing. I’ve been listening to them since I was a little kid and I wanted to give people here that same also made sure not to interfere with the Fordham station, making Irish Coffee a Saturday morning show as opposed to Ceo na nGael’s Sunday morning air time.

Mallon initially had the idea for Irish Coffee last semester but is just now putting it together with the help of Palardy and Gary Kowal, sports director at . Mallon said, “If it weren’t for them I’d still be procrasti-nating about it, they were both more than willing to help.

”Palardy has been with WMCX -sity. “Brendan came to me this year saying, ‘Palardy I need help learning how to do it and ended up sticking around,” Palardy said. “I love Irish music too; I grew up with it. I showed Brendan the ropes but he’s the man of the show, I just kind of sit back while he does it.

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Working at the Car Wash...Car Wash Yeah!

The Dance Team Raises Money for Nationals

The girls of the University Dance Team hosted a car wash at Freewood Acres Fire Co. in Howell, NJ on Sunday September 30. This was the first year the girls hosted a fundraiser of this nature, and it was a success overall.

The fundraiser was held from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm, and the girls had a steady flow of cars from 10:00 am on. A lot of members of the community as well as friends and family of the team showed up to support the dance team.

The girls held their fundraiser in Howell because a team member’s father works there and allowed them to use the space for the day. The girls raised over 300 dollars.

Lauren Buonpane, the team captain said, “We knew student and faculty turn out would be low because the fire department is about 30 minutes from campus. If we had another one we would consider having it at a location closer to school to increase the turnout, and whenever doing a fundraiser, the more turnout, the better.”

The money will be used to help fund the dance team’s trip to nationals in Daytona, Florida in the spring. The money raised at the fundraiser would help alleviate costs of expenses that the girls would ultimately cover, including registration, flight, hotel, costumes and choreography.

To wash the cars, the girls had an assembly line system set up. Some girls would wet the cars, while some washed and there were girls rinsing cars, .Not only did the girls provide an effective and organized car wash they also had a lot of fun in the process. Team member Lauren Fereno said, “I think it was a great way to bond with the team members and raise money so we can attend Nationals.” Raising money for nationals was the primary objective of the day, however bonding with your team and having a great time while doing it is always a plus!

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ART NOW Presents Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

ART NOW, a visiting artist series sponsored by CommWorks, welcomed Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver to Woods Theater on Tuesday, September 25 to perform their original work, “Retro Perspective.”

The show incorporates skits from their previous shows over the years. This fall marks the the third year of the ART NOW series.

Shaw began her performance career in a company called Hot Peaches and Weaver worked with a company called Spiderwoman. The duo met when they worked together on a show for Spiderwoman and have been performing together ever since. Weaver was a theatre student and Shaw says she fell into the industry “by accident.” With the help of Deb Margolin, they co-founded a company called Split Britches in 1980.

“When we started there was not a lot of lesbian material,” said Shaw. The two specialized in what they call “queer performance.” “We wanted to look at issues like economics and what it means to be an artist and pornography and feminism and we wanted to look at those things through the lenses of being a lesbian and make theatre from our own experience,” said Weaver.

Shaw and Weaver explained how they based their career on experimentation to find out what worked for them and what was received well by the audience.

“We didn’t know what was funny for women,” said Shaw. “So we spent a lot of years trying to figure out what was funny. A lot of comedy was pressing women and color and we decided to make our own comedy,” said Shaw.

They’re material has a lot of mainstream influence, the opening scene of their show entitled “Belle Reprieve,” was based on their reconstruction of a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire. Weaver walked around the theater taking pictures of the audience, and those photographs were projected on a screen at the closing of the show. Weaver talked about the use of the photographs at the beginning of her show.

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Slackin’ and Yakin’ with the Outdoors Club

 The Outdoors Club and SGA Host Beach Party

club-and-greek-outdoors-clubWho says summer has to be over? Not the Outdoors Club that’s for sure. This past Saturday the club hosted one of their largest events this semester down by the Monmouth beach. With upwards of 80 students showing up, the Outdoors Club was able to take advantage of what could have been one of the last nice beach days of the semester.

Outdoors Club president Greg Cenicola and club advisor Professor William Reynolds, along with the help of Megan Mcgowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities, were able to put together a great beach event for students.

The club was provided SGA’s Weekend Warrior grant which aims to keep students around on weekends and to get involved with University sponsored events. SGA’s Weekend Warrior grant provided a bus from campus to the beach which cost $400, but according to Cenicola it did not transport a single student.

The sun was shining and the waves were crashing that Saturday afternoon. The beach was inhabited by upwards of 80 students throughout the day, with a consistent number of about 50 there at all times.

Between contributions from the club and club members there were a total of six single kayaks, two double kayaks, one stand up paddle board, four surfboards and one skim board; all available for use by students.

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Get Acquainted with Greek Life

Meet the Greeks and Round Robin Took Place for Students Interested in Greek Involvement

greek-lifeMeet the Greeks was held on Tuesday, September 18 at 9:30 pm in the Multipurpose Activity Center.

“Meet the Greeks is a chance for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and people interested in Greek life to come out and get to know the different fraternities and sororities we have on campus,” said Vic Nazario, Vice President of Theta Xi. Meet the Greeks is the first step in joining a fraternity or sorority.

Ten members are selected from the fraternities and sororities to tend the tables. “You pick people that are sociable, people that will go out of their way to get people to come out,” said Nazario. The tables are decorated with the fraternity and sorority letters, slideshows of pictures and banners. The students who are interested in a certain fraternity or sorority have to sign a sheet with their name, student ID number and GPA.

This year was the first time Meet the Greeks was held in the MAC instead of Anacon Hall. “We figured we’d put it here in the MAC instead of our previous spot, Anacon Hall, because of the constraints of Anacon,” said Nazario. “It’s so cramped, we figured we would put it here for potential new members to come and visit the MAC. It’s like a fair. Last year was very constricted. We want to grow it and diversify the community.”

The rain did not stop students from coming out to see the Greek organizations. Students crowded the tables to sign up for the fraternities and sororities.

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New Asst. Director of Student Activities for Greek Life

greek-jon-bTyler Havens, former Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, has recently left the University to work with another Greek community in Georgia. Taking over his position is Jon Buchalski.

Buchalski attended Rutgers University as an undergraduate and graduate student. He graduated with a degree in material science and engineering. He has been a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity since his sophomore year.

“It provided me with leadership opportunities. I held several leadership opportunities in the fraternity. It made me leverage my involvements, too. So I was able to use what I was learning in the fraternity and apply them to other parts of the University,” said Buchalski. In addition to his fraternity responsibilities, he also worked with the orientation program every year at Rutgers.

During his time as a graduate student, Buchalski worked as a graduate assistant in the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Office. He said he became very close to everyone who worked with him in the office, which ultimately led him to the position he holds at Monmouth now. Previous to his full-time position at Monmouth, Buchalski worked with Havens as an intern in the spring of 2011.

“I do feel that it (the internship) prepared me pretty well for this position. This internship was the first thing I did outside of Rutgers. Tyler was able to challenge me on a lot of my mentalities of thinking. It’s really helped me develop this as a profession.”

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The Spirit of Competition

RHA and SAB Host Annual Battle of the Buildings

ClubGreekBattleoftheBuildingsThis past weekend the Residence Hall Association (RHA) teamed up with the Student Activities Board (SAB) to host the annual Battle of the Buildings.

Each year all the students of their respective buildings on campus come together to compete in a series of events to determine which one is the best. This year Battle of the Buildings was a three day occurrence starting on Friday September 14 and ending on Sunday September 16.

Mullaney Hall, a first year building, took first place with a total of 860 points. Following them was Willow with 845 points. The on-campus apartments took third place along with Elmwood totaling 740 points.

The weekend kicked off Friday night at the Dining Hall with the Spirit Dinner and the Wing Bowl. The Spirit Dinner was simple; whichever building had the best turnout between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm won. Mullaney Hall won the Spirit Dinner. Following the dinner was the wing eating contest known as the Wing Bowl.

Each contestant had their own personal judge, one for each building. Megan Pereira, junior and resident assistant at Pinewood Hall, was a judge for the Wing Bowl that Friday night.

“As a judge I had to make sure that they got all the meat off their wings and yell when my person finished their bowl,” she explained. “It was a lot of fun and really exciting to cheer on Pinewood because I am really competitive.”

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South for the Summer

The Outdoors Club Visited Tennessee this Past August

clubngreek2This past summer six members of the Outdoors Club went on a trip to Tennessee where they took part in various outdoors activities such as kayaking, white water rafting, zip lining and camping.

The idea for the trip and trip planning was organized mostly by the club’s advisor, William Reynolds. They spent about a week down south, with three members heading out a few days early to sightsee in Nashville.

Club president Greg Cenicola, along with club members Mike Kulik and Tyler Vandegrift, both sophomores, drove out two days early to explore the city of Nashville.

“Nashville was great,” Kulik said, “All the bars had live bands. One was playing ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ and they had this girl on the fiddle. I didn’t know it was possible for a person to play an instrument like that. It was incredible.” The three also stopped at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during their stay.

The Outdoors Club was also visited by former president Paul Mandala and former Vice President Joe York, who rode down with Reynolds and joined Cenicola, Kulik and Vandegrift in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The six stayed in Great Smoky Mountain National Park where they set up their camp.

“It was my first time ever staying in a National Park System,” Cenicola said, “It was a good experience. We had running water as well as a bathroom there.”

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RHA Hosts Late Night Lounge

clubngreek1The Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted their first event of the fall semester, Late Night Lounge, on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 pm on the Residence Quad.

“It’s a fun event where studentscan come to showcase their talents,” said RHA member Thomas Beaufort, sophomore. From magic tricks to singing and performing original songs, Late Night Lounge is an event where students can express their creativity and talent. “There are a lot of gifted students at Monmouth so I really do expect a big turnout,” said Beaufort. Beaufort has been a general member of RHA for two years and currently serves as a Resident Assistant in Willow Hall.

Host Ashley Pacifico, junior, took the stage to welcome students to Late Night Lounge. “RHA is one of the biggest organizations on campus. We always make sure there is something to do,” said Pacifico. “ We w ant t o k now what’s going on with the students and we want them to enjoy their time here.”

Freshman Guy Battaglia kicked off the event by playing a cover of “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees on his acoustic guitar. “I didn’t really understand what it (Late Night Lounge) was on the welcome week sheet but then I got an email about it last night that said ‘Open Mic Night’ and that caught my eye.”

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