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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

“Dust in the Wind”

Warning: Heavy Sarcasm Ahead

The word “mistake” has a highly negative connotation, but why? I look back on my life and I have made a boatload of mistakes and I plan to make more in the near future. Making bad decisions builds character, make for great memories and admit it, it’s pretty fun.

My career here at Monmouth University, while extremely enriching, challenging and valuable, was a mistake. I was never destined to be a Hawk. It wasn’t until about a week before freshman move in that I applied and was accepted to the University. Sure, I’ll admit that I came here for all the wrong reasons that I’d rather not re-live, but I’ve made the most out of the mistake I made almost four years ago.

From being a freshman, wreaking havoc in the then brand new Mullaney Hall, to writing this outside, on the beach, I’ve made tremendous strides as a student and as a young man. There is no way that I would have done this on my own, so take this as my way to thank everyone who has contributed to my success over the years.

First and foremost I have to thank my friend, my voice of reason and my super-annoying roommate, Joseph T. Dellera. I’ll say it, but I don’t say it nearly enough as I should, so thank you, thy thigh master. I feel like it was just yesterday that we met at that party and now we’ve been living together for way too long. Yeah, it’s true, there are times where I question my intelligence, your sanity and our friendship, but I know that deep down, I’ll understand it all one day. Thanks for letting me eat your food, introducing me to baby wipes and justifying my actions to other people. You’re one of the most genuine people I know, and I hope that after you finish law school, I won’t need you as my legal defender, because I’m sure you’ll charge me way too much.

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Men of Tau Kappa Epsilon Dominate Greek Senate Academic Bowl

Greek Senate hosted Greek Week’s Academic Bowl that took place on April 23 at 9:30 pm in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC)’s Anacon Hall. Over 300 students attended the event to see which Greek organization would be crowned academic champions.

Each sorority and fraternity was required to have a total of four members on their team and there were four rounds of questioning. Rules for the night stated that each team had exactly 60 seconds to respond to the questions projected on the big screen. After each round, a different sorority or fraternity faced elimination depending on the overall score, and by round three, two teams were eliminated.

The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) won the event with their knowledge of random topics and subjects. Vincent Vento, a brother of TKE, mentioned that it was great being there to compete with his brothers. “It feels really great to bring home the W to the men of Tau Kappa Epsilon, we definitely had the mentality that we could win, which is the right mindset to be in if you want to win,” said Vento.

Round one of the competition consisted of 10 questions and ranged from subjects such as chemistry, to basic knowledge about West Long Branch and Monmouth University. By the end of round one, Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi), Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Sigma Pi (Sig Pi), Sigma Tau Gamma (STG), Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) advanced. There was also a tie breaker between fraternities Delta Tau Delta (DTD) and Tau Delta Phi (TDP), resulting in the elimination of DTD.

Round two consisted of seven questions regarding topics involving the human body, and geography. Round three resulted in both AKPsi and DPhiE being eliminated, leaving STG, TKE, Phi Psi, DPhiE, and AKPsi to battle it out for the title of Academic Bowl winners.

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Got Talent? 4/30

Greek Senate hosted the annual “Talent Show,” to mark the beginning of Greek Week. The talent show was hosted in Pollak Theater on April 21 at 9:30 pm.

The talent show consisted of eight acts from different fraternity and sorority organizations, including AOII (AOPi), Delta Tau Delta (DTD), Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), Tau Delta Phi (TDP), Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) and Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA). The judges for the event were King Rice, coach of the men’s basketball team, Tom McCarthy of the Counseling and Psychological Services Office and Deanna Getty from the First Year Service Project.

The show began with hosts Mike Migliaro, a brother of Phi Psi and Megan Van Tine, a sister of ZTA, welcoming everyone to the 2014 Greek Week talent show. To start off the show, Migliaro and Van Tine announced the winners of the Greek week t-shirt contests. Because the theme of this year’s Greek Week was “holidays,” the contest was judged by the organization that represented their designated holiday the best and who created the best original design. The winners of the t-shirt contest were the brothers of TDPhi, which earned them 50 points towards Greek Week.

The winner of the overall event was the new fraternity on campus, Tau Delta Phi with the performance of Cinco de Mayo, giving them an additional 50 points in the Greek Week competition.

Second place was awarded to the sisters of Lambda Theta Alpha and their performance for Halloween. The sisters dressed up in scary, ripped up clothing and danced to songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The brothers of TKE took third place for their skit of Fourth of July. Their skit was based off of America and the concept of freedom. Each of the brothers wore red, white and blue and performed songs that were related to America.

The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi placed fourth with the medley of songs for Veterans Day, in which they dressed up as soldiers and performed songs that related to veterans and how they contributed to our country.

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Wilson Hall: Luxurious Salon and Spa

Wilson Hall was transformed into a spa through the use of its historic beauty and added decor for the Student Activities Board (SAB)’s annual Spa Night on Saturday, April 25 from 6 – 9 pm where students and faculty were pampered, de-stressed and styled through the use of local salons in the Monmouth County area right on campus.

Signups for the event were held the week leading up to the event Monday through Friday from 12 -4 pm in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) for students and faculty members to make reservations for the spa services they wanted to sign up for. Local spa chain, Mosaic Salon of Shrewsbury, NJ offered students pampering services that included manicures, massages, paraffin hand oil dips and make up applications.

Attendees were asked to choose two different services during the reservation application process and paid $2 for those chosen services as a tip to the salon specialists.

The first 50 attendees to sign up and make reservations received free hair styling from the Paul Mitchell School of the Jersey Shore in Brick, NJ.

SAB Festivals Chair Samantha Kofsky was in charge again this year of her home grown SAB Spa Night event. Kofsky said, “SAB’s spa night was intended to give 150 students a relaxing night to bond with their friends, have massages and manicures, and to make their own zen gardens as a way to de-stress before finals week.”

Kofsky continued, “Through SAB putting in many hours of preparation, the club was able to transform Wilson Hall into the ultimate spa experience for their guests. We hope to make this event another campus tradition because it proved to be a great way to bring the semester to a close for the students.”

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The Panhellenic Council Celebrates 10 Years of “Mean Girls”

The University’s Panhellenic Council hosted a “Mean Girls” movie night last Wednesday, April 16 for sorority members in honor of the movie’s upcoming 10-year anniversary.

At approximately 8 pm Wednesday night, sorority girls flocked to Wilson Hall carrying pillows, blankets, and snacks. On the bottom floor of the building, outside of the auditorium, there was a table and snacks set up for the girls to enjoy. Inside the auditorium there were rows of seats set up; however, many girls opted to set up their blankets and pillows on the floor and watch the movie from there.

The room resembled a giant sleepover party, with girls spread out all over the place and talking and laughing with their friends. Once the film began, the only talking to be heard was that of girls quoting their favorite parts, such as, “Gretchen, stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen!” and, “She doesn’t even go here!”

The Panhellenic Council has been finding new ways to connect their members in light and fun activities to strengthen inter-organization bonds,” said Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life. “The event was a huge success with about 125 women with their pillows and blankets watching the very quotable movie.  I was told by one of my students that her Twitter feed was filled with quotes from the sorority women all evening.”

Buchalski said the brainstorming of the “Mean Girls” movie started with Fellowship Chair Carly Swanson, a junior communication major. “[We] decided that it would be fun to enjoy a cult classic with the entire community,” he said.

“I thought it was very successful,” Swanson said. “Wilson auditorium was filled and everyone was quoting the movie and laughing together. I think these fellowship events are great for our Panhellenic community.”

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“You got me Love Struck, Baby!”

Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) hosted Love Struck, their annual Greek event, on Wednesday, April 17 at 10 pm in Anacon Hall. Approximately 200 students attended the event, helping to raise over $1,500 for the sorority’s national service project, Habitat for Humanity.

The premise of Love Struck was similar to a dating game show, where a bachelor or bachelorette had to pick a date without being able to see the other contestants. At the event, one bachelor and one bachelorette were set up with a group of five contestants that were hidden behind a curtain.

The bachelor or bachelorette were then able to ask the contestants multiple questions and eliminate whichever ones they didn’t want, all without being able to see them. At the end of the “game,” the bachelor and bachelorette were each left with one contestant who won a date with them.

The audience laughed along with the bachelor and bachelorette when they asked the contestants questions such as, “If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be?” Or the classic, “If you were trapped on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be?”

Love Struck lasted six rounds; three for the bachelor and three for the bachelorette. Contestants were eliminated after each round. The winners of the game were given a basket with popcorn, candy, and a gift card to the movies. Halfway through the event, there was a raffle drawing for door prizes, which included $15 gift certificates to Scala’s and Jr’s.

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Alpha Kappa Psi Gets Down to Business

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), the business fraternity, hosted their Second Annual Business Week April 15 - 17 consisting of five different professional events.

Tuesday night, McGill Commons was packed as the fraternity hosted a panel of six different University AKPsi alumni.  The panelists spoke about their careers and gave advice to the audience on everything from the job search to what to expect once you land your first job.

In regards to the workplace, “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to offer help,” alumni panelist Ray Slamb advised. The panelists also unanimously agreed that networking is the most significant thing a student can do in their search for a career.

Wednesday afternoon Young Auditorium with filled with brothers from AKPsi as they presented a check for $2,085 to their philanthropy, Habitat for Humanity. These funds were raised through various events such as bake sales and AKPsi’s Greek Feud, their large philanthropy event modeled after the popular game show that took place in March.

From working with Habitat, AKPsi brothers also had the opportunity to help University President Paul Brown rebuild in Union Beach last fall as part of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Project after the local town was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Raymond Gabler, a representative from Habitat for Humanity, explained his appreciation for the donation and stated how pleased he was to see young students work so hard to make a difference in the lives of others. He said that the Monmouth County Habitat for Humanity has helped over 80 families affected by Hurricane Sandy and it is only possible because of fundraising and donations.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/23/14

Shadow PR Firm/Public Relations Student Society Of America (PRSSA) Chapter

“Alumni Day,” the last meeting of the semester, will be on Wednesday, April 30 at 2:30 pm in Plangere Center room 234. Come to hear guest speakers Don Povia and Tiffany Miller, eat a lot of food, and refresh with some drinks. It is a great networking opportunity!

Club Softball

We were just accepted into the NCSA (National Club Softball Association) Mid Atlantic North conference for their 2014 - 2015 season! This means we will play schools nearby, such as Rutgers, Rowan, SJU, TCNJ, Lafayette and others.

Dance Teams

Tryouts for the 2014-15 Dance Teams will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 9:30 am in Boylan Gymnasium. For more information please contact Kristen as kisaksen@monmouth.edu.

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The Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Host Alumni Day With Don Povia and Tiffany Miller

West Long Branch, NJ- Monmouth University Alum, Don Povia and Tiffany Miller, will be guest speakers for the University’s Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter’s Alumni Day. The event will take place during the PRSSA meeting on Wednesday, April 30 at 2:30 pm in room 234 of Plangere Center.

Don Povia is Director of Sports and Entertainment for Carrot Creative, a social media agency in Brooklyn, NY, founder of the BWB digital sports media conference series, and founder and principal of HHR Media Group. Povia has developed a niche market working in sports public and media relations; through employing the skills and relationships he developed working as an online content producer, blogger and podcaster. With his expertise, Povia links traditional media and the social web for companies, brands and public figures. Povia has worked closely with top media outlets and brands including GQ, ESPN, SB Nation, Bloomberg Sports, T-Mobile, Google, and Pepsi Max. Povia graduated from Monmouth University in 2001, with a Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, with a focus in political science and history, and received his Master’s degree in political management, from George Washington University, in 2004.

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Getting Active on Campus

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Amazing Service Race was held on April 12.

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Students Get Cultural

international_festivalThe Office of International Students in conjunction with the International Club hosted their Annual International Festival, which featured various student performances to celebrate and promote different cultures of the University in Anacon Hall on Saturday, April 12 from 6:30 - 11:00 pm.

Saliba Sarsar, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, said that the International Festival, which was in association with the Global Understanding Convention, is a way for students on campus to celebrate their culture through creative performance and food. "It is a meaningful and rich experience where international students share their culture with each other and shows the global embrace as an organization and a University," said Sarsar.

Approximately 180 students, faculty staff and family members attended the event, which included student performances from South Asia, China, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. There was also an international food buffet, which included Indian, Chinese, Puerto Rican and Middle Eastern cuisine. Tickets were $5 for students and id="mce_marker"0 for anyone else who wished to attend the event.

The event began with students bearing the flags of their respective nations. The opening ceremony was followed by singing, dancing and poetry readings, while food was served throughout the evening.

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#SABSwag Series: Wax Hands

Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted Wax Hands, a novelty event where students could have their hands molded for keepsakes, on the patio of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Wednesday, April 9 from 1 – 4 pm. The event was free and open to all students.

Students lined up for the opportunity to participate in a "one of a kind novelty activity," as stated by Taylor Carson, a sophomore international business and finance major, serving on the executive board as SAB's Novelties Chair. Carson was in charge of organizing the event.

The hand-replicating process began with the students dipping their hands into a tub of wax in whatever position they chose, and then into cold water. This process was repeated a few times as the wax hardened around their hand, creating a mold. The wax was then peeled off the students' hands and color was added, leaving them with colorful replicas of peace signs, thumbs-ups, high-fives, rock and roll signs, and more. As the students waited in line for their turns, they were able to enjoy spring-like weather and music provided by SAB.

Carson explained the event was brought to the University from Party Perfect Rentals. Carson has used this company in the past. She said they are very efficient, and the workers are included in the price paid for Wax Hands.

According to Party Perfect Rentals, "Wax Hands is a truly unique experience that lets you create a one of a kind keepsake."

"I personally think that the event went really well," said Jeff Singh, a sophomore psychology major, as well as the SAB executive board member of Travel and Tour. "I liked how we changed it up and instead of doing the event inside we did it outside in the nice weather. I feel like that really attracted a lot of people and, from what I saw, people were really into it."

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“ Xi Marks the Spot” for Autism Awareness

xi_1Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) hosted their new philanthropy event, "Amazing Challenge: Xi Marks the Spot" on Friday, April 11 in the Residential Quad in honor of their philanthropy, Autism Speaks.

The event was free to the entire campus, but the sorority was accepting donations for Autism Speaks. Since April is Autism Awareness Month, Alpha Xi Delta holds philanthropic events this time every year.

According to Autism Speaks, an estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. Autism Speaks raises money to support the research of Autism in hopes of finding a cure. Alpha Xi Delta uses their philanthropy events and other charitable works around campus to help support this cause in hopes to coming closer to a cure.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/16/14

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting their annual Love Struck event today at 10:15 pm. The event is run like a dating game show with prizes for the winners. We will be selling tickets closer to the event for $5 in advance, or you can buy them for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going toward one of our philanthropies. Please come out and support the lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau. Contact Jessica Stern if you are interested in participating in the event. Her e-mail address is s0881955@monmouth.edu.

Club Softball

We were just accepted into the NCSA (National Club Softball Association) Mid Atlantic North conference for their 2014 - 2015 season! This means we will play schools nearby, such as Rutgers, Rowan, SJU, TCNJ, Lafayette and others.

Dance Teams

Tryouts for the 2014-15 Dance Teams will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 9:30 am in Boylan Gymnasium. For more information please contact Kristen as kisaksen@monmouth.edu.

LASO

LASO is hosting it's LAST Latin dance lesson of the semester! Tuesday, April 29 from 6:00 - 7:15 pm in Anacon.

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Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter’s Speakers Series With Melanie Knobel

West Long Branch, NJ- President and CEO of Knobelwoman Media Relations, of Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey, Melanie Knobel, will be guest speaker for the University's Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter's Speaker Series. The event will take place during the PRSSA meeting on Wednesday, April 23 at 2:30 pm in room 234 of Plangere Center.

Knobel founded Knobelwoman Media Relations in 2002, where she began her career in public relations in the fashion industry. Knobel's work has appeared in the nation's top fashion publications including Maxim, Lucky, W, InStyle, and GQ magazines, working with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elle McPherson, Jennifer Lopez, Will I Am, and Kate Hudson. Since, Knobel has expanded her enterprise and expertise promoting small businesses and brands in the world of arts, non-profit, toys and epicurean fields; with a list of clients including Paranormal Books, Graff Toyz, Chumley's Speakeasy, and Mary's Place by the Sea, a non-profit organization for women with cancer, based in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Knobel's recent work for the Karma for Cancer fundraiser in January, raised significant public awareness about the cause, and gained coverage by numerous media outlets including ABC News, Fox News, Asbury Park Press, and People Magazine.

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Alpha Xi Delta Shines a Light on Autism Awareness at the “Today Show”

The University’s chapter of Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) kicked off national Autism Awareness Month last Wednesday, April 2 by attending the “Today Show” in NYC, which featured a segment on Autism Speaks, AXiD’s national philanthropy.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Every year, the “Today Show” features members of Alpha Xi Delta to talk about Autism Speaks in hopes to raise awareness and support for their philanthropy. This happens on April 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

Last Wednesday members of the University’s AXiD chapter met at Rider University with the Rider AXiD sisters, as well as sisters from West Chester University and Temple University. Together, the four chapters traveled to NYC where they attended the “Today Show” filming.

While at the show, the girls were given airtime to talk about their philanthropy and raise awareness for a disorder that affects 1 in 68 American children, according to Autism Speaks.

“The trip to NYC was a great experience because we got to come together with other chapters and raise awareness for a cause that needs to be recognized,” said Maddie Arecchi, a freshman English and elementary education major and new member of Alpha Xi Delta. “One of the biggest reasons why I wanted to join Alpha Xi Delta was so I could give back to our amazing philanthropy. I plan on getting my Master’s degree in special education, so being able to be a part of an organization that has raised over two million dollars for Autism Speaks has made me so happy.”

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The Springfest Artist is...

Sammy Adams was announced as the Springfest 2014 performer at the Student Activities Board (SAB) “Artist Reveal” event, which took place on the Rebecca Stafford Student Center patio on Wednesday, April 2.

“We chose Sammy Adams, in my opinion, because we felt like it was time to change things up this year. Sammy Adams is the perfect performer for the college setting and he will definitely put on a fun and upbeat show,” said Tom Egan, sophomore and SAB concerts chair. “Plus he has been one of my favorite artists for the past five years now. My personal expectations for Springfest this year are pretty high. We have one of the best Springfest performers Monmouth has ever had and the concert alone will be one for the books,” he continued.

According to the MTV website, Sammy Adams is a cross between shwayze-like beats, the caustic attitude of Ke$ha and a tough version of suburban rap. Adams first gained recognition in 2009 as a senior in college, when he remixed Asher Roth’s hit song “I Love College.” In 2010, the rapper became an internet star when his debut album topped the iTunes hip-hop charts the first week of its release. After a short hiatus, he returned in 2013 with “Homecoming,” an album that officially changed his performing name from Sam Adams, to Sammy Adams, in order to avoid any confusion with the Boston-based brewing company.

Throughout the past week and a half, the SAB have been providing students with clues on a bright yellow banner such as, “Made music in college”, “Majored in poly-sci,” “1st Album in 2010” and “Had #1 on iTunes,” for students to try and guess who the artist was going to be before the reveal event.

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Spring has Sprung in the Residential Quad

Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted its annual Spring Egg Hunt this past Sunday, April 6 in the Residential Quad from 1 pm – 2:30 pm. The Egg Hunt welcomed over 60 students and all were encouraged to enjoy live acoustic music, Rita’s fresh water ice, candy, gifts, and 200 eggs that eager students searched for around campus.

The eggs were strategically placed and hidden on the residential side of campus, with the help of RHA’s executive board members. Ten of the eggs consisted of prize winning numbers. Willow Hall, Spruce Hall, and Mullaney Hall contained some of the prize winning eggs for the day and there was even a winning egg hidden by the underpass on the Residential side of campus.

Courtney Carr, a junior communication major, and Rachael Brady, a junior RHA executive board member, helped to hide all of the eggs and knew the locations of the final two prizing-winning eggs.

Krista Varanyak, RHA President, along with other executive board members helped to make what attendees called Sunday’s event “a huge success.” Preparation for the Spring Egg Hunt took about two hours, and RHA was responsible for compiling 10 complimentary gift baskets to the winners of the hunt, with all baskets including a $50 Visa gift card, Peeps, Swedish Fish, M&Ms, and other assorted candies.

Rachael Thalheimer, a freshman and dedicated guitar player and singer, was asked on behalf of RHA to provide live music and entertainment for the afternoon. She sang everything from, “Drops of Jupiter” by Train to “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5. Thalheimer bravely embraced her vocals and students and guests. Thalheimer said, “I love coming out to events and sharing my music and I am glad that people enjoyed it. The egg hunt was a huge success too and it was my pleasure to come out and support it.”

Chelsea Penn, a sophomore health studies major, attended the Spring Egg hunt for the first time with her friends to see what all the commotion was about. Penn said, “I would do this again and it is really nice of RHA to put something like this together for the students and commuters.” Penn was the first winner of a gift basket at the event.

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Sigma Tau Gamma's Spelling Bee Creates a Buzz on Campus

Fraternity Raises Over $1,500 for Special Olympics

Sigma Tau Gamma (STG) fraternity hosted their annual Greek event, “Sig Tau Spelling Bee,” on Wednesday, April 2 in Pollak Theatre. The event raised over $1,500 in support of their philanthropy, Special Olympics, to help support the athletes and build training centers for their Olympic games.

Pat Swisher, Philanthropy Chair of STG, said, “This is the most money that we have raised to date which is great.”

STG normally hosts their annual event, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” but decided to switch it up this year. “I think we made the right decision... We now have a chance to start something new – a new, exciting trivia and spelling game,” said Swisher.

The event began with hosts Brandon Wiener, a theatre major, and Jess Purpura, a chemistry major, introducing the rules of the game. Teams consisting of two members from various Greek organizations on campus were asked a variety of questions, ranging in difficulty from easy, medium and hard. Each team had to correctly answer and spell their responses in order to pass to the next round.

The first category of questions strictly pertained to the University.  These questions tested what the players knew about their school and better yet, if they could spell it.  Many of the questions varied from, “What is the name of the dining hall?” to, “What famous NFL player played for Monmouth University?”

Additional categories were miscellaneous and were randomly asked to the players.

Jeff Singh, a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi) fraternity, competed in the event and enjoyed being a part of STG’s effort to raise money for the Special Olympics. He said, “I thought it was very different compared to a lot of the other Greek events we usually have. Even though we didn’t win it was awesome to be a part of their new event.”

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Alpha Kappa Psi to Host Business Week 2014

West Long Branch, NJ- The Brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi will host their annual Business Week events on campus this month from April 15 - 17. All of the events will be open and free to Monmouth University students.

On Tuesday, April 15 a panel of Monmouth University Alumni Alpha Kappa Psi Brothers will discuss how the professional fraternity shaped their careers and how students can gain employment post-graduation at 5:30 pm in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room.

On Wednesday, April 16 Alpha Kappa Psi will present representatives from their philanthropy, Habitat for Humanity, with a large donation which they fundraised throughout the course of the year at 2:30 pm in Bey Hall Young Auditorium. Also on Wednesday, April 16 Dean Donald Moliver of the Leon Hess Business School will be inducted as an Honorary Brother of Alpha Kappa Psi at 8 pm in the Turrell Boardroom.

On Thursday, April 17 Alpha Kappa Psi will co-sponsor along with the Multi-Cultural and Professional Greek Council a panel of Human Resource professionals from the Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources Chapter of SHRM at 5 pm in Bey Hall Young Auditorium.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/9/14

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting their annual Love Struck event on April 16 at 10:15 pm. The event is run like a dating game show with prizes for the winners. We will be selling tickets closer to the event for $5 in advance, or you can buy them for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going toward one of our philanthropies. Please come out and support the lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau. If interested, contact Jessica Stern at s0881955@monmouth.edu.

Club Softball

We were just accepted into the NCSA (National Club Softball Association) Mid Atlantic North conference for their 2014 - 2015 season! This means we will play schools nearby, such as Rutgers, Rowan, SJU, TCNJ, Lafayette and others. For now, we have open weekend scrimmages with schools.

Dance Teams

Tryouts for the 2014 - 2015 Dance Teams will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 9:30 am in Boylan Gymnasium. For more information please contact Kristen as kisaksen@monmouth.edu.

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Students Get a Behind-The-Scenes Look at Disney World

Last November, University faculty, students and guests were offered a spring break trip to Florida. Just last week, they all packed their bags and spent a weekend in Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

The package deal, partly funded by the Student Activities Board (SAB) and the rest covered by the attendees, supplied students with roundtrip airfare, ground transportation, a four-night stay in a Disney resort, a three-day Disney park hopper, and a majority of their meals. Additionally, it provided students an opportunity to attend a leadership workshop.

Participants of the workshop learned Disney management skills and business strategies for becoming effective leaders which included specially designed activities to help students explore their entrepreneurial, communication and empowerment skills and discover how to inspire team excellence.

“I thought the Disney experience was amazing and very inspirational. It was really interesting and inspiring to see what happens behind the scenes. I learned a lot about what it means to be a leader and over all enjoyed the experience,” said sophomore Priali Abah. It was Abah’s first time at Walt Disney World, and the sophomore believed the trip was well-worth the price of the package.

The workshop is marketed as a way to build a college students résumé and get a unique experience from the Walt Disney Park. During this workshop the group moved around the park doing activities in different locations. Student didn’t partake in any Disney attractions during the program, but instead got to experience a backstage experience at Epcot.

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Theresa Lam Confronts the Issue of Sustainability

Sustainability in this country is becoming more and more of an issue as chemicals, toxins and waste float throughout our ecosphere’s air, water and soil.

Theresa Lam, the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, confronted the sustainability issue as the guest speaker during the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society’s vegan potluck on Sunday, March 30.

Sustainability is providing resources for our needs today while preserving our environment for future generations, Lam explained. The issue in America is that society is not preserving the environment for future generations, therefore the safety and beauty of the environment is diminishing.

Pew Research found that the global population is expected to increase 38 percent by 2050 and reach a total of 9.6 billion people, opposed to the current population of 6.9 billion. A question many people ask is whether the population size is attributable to the environment’s harm.

Lam mentioned Ian Angus and Simone Butler’s book, “Too Many People,” was created to provide the tools necessary to dismantle the myth of overpopulation.  “There are people out there that believe that population is not the problem,” Lam said.

The three main topics Lam focused on to explain how to become sustainable included waste, energy and food.

Many people are not aware of the waste that they leave in the earth every day. “All plastics ever created still exist today,” Lam said. “Whether they have been recycled or not, they are not biodegradable.” It would take thousands of years for any plastic created to break down, Lam added.

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Monmouth Hawks Dance Together: Benefiting Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders

The University’s Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter is hosting the inaugural “Monmouth Hawks Dance Together,” a six-hour dance-a-thon on Friday, April 4 from 6 pm – midnight. The dance-a-thon is aimed at benefitting The Valerie Fund, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to provide comprehensive health care and support for children with cancer and rare blood disorders in the tri-state area.

Kristi Silver, Co-President of PRSSA, said, “I think everyone has a soft spot for children and no child should ever have to go through the trauma of dealing with cancer.” Silver believes if the University comes together for this event to help a few children receive treatment just a few blocks from the University, PRSSA accomplished its goal. “These kids are our neighbors and we have the opportunity to help them,” she added.

The event will be held in Anacon Hall and the goal is to raise at least $10,000 for The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. Currently, over $4,200 has been raised for “Monmouth Hawks Dance Together,” with  20  registered teams and an estimated total of 100 participants.

The leading team, Team McKenna, has currently raised over $1,500. The team leader, Kyle McKenna, a junior public relations student, was inspired to seek out donations and become involved in the cause by Bunny Flanders, Director of Marketing and Communications for The Valerie Fund, when she visited the University’s PRSSA chapter this past fall. He said, “The video she showed just really hit me. I could feel for those kids.” McKenna was also driven by a close hockey teammate of four years that he lost to brain cancer last year. “I think you can see my motivation there,” he added.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/2/14

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting their annual Love Struck event on April 16 at 10:15 pm. The event is run like a dating game show with prizes for the winners. We will be selling tickets closer to the event for $5 in advance, or you can buy them for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going toward one of our philanthropies. Please come out and support the lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau. Contact Jessica Stern if you are interested in participating in the event. Her e-mail address is s0881955@monmouth.edu.

Club Softball

We were just accepted into the NCSA (National Club Softball Association) Mid Atlantic North conference for their 2014 - 2015 season! This means we will play schools nearby, such as Rutgers, Rowan, SJU, TCNJ, Lafayette and others. For now, we have open weekend scrimmages with schools who over to play with us!

Dance Teams

Tryouts for the 2014-15 Dance Teams will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 9:30 am in Boylan Gymnasium. For more information please contact Kristen as kisaksen@monmouth.edu.

The Running Club

The Running Club will be meeting this semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. For now, we will meet at the track in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). Contact Club President Mitchell Parker at s0888670@monmouth.edu for more information.

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Chris Tobin to Speak at University Shadow PR Firm/ PRSSA Chapter Speaker Series

West Long Branch, NJ- Long-time Monmouth University veteran, Chris Tobin, will be the second speaker of the semester, for the Monmouth University Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter’s Speaker Series. The event will take place during the PRSSA meeting on Wednesday, April 9 at 2:30 pm in room 234 of Plangere Center.

Tobin began his career at Monmouth University, serving as the Assistant Director of Communications. In 2006, he was promoted to his current position as Associate Athletic Director for Communications, where he is responsible for all communications for the athletics department. Tobin is an active member of Monmouth’s athletic community, and is the sports supervisor for the women’s soccer program. In addition to his Monmouth attributes, Tobin has served as Public and Media Relations Manager for the Trenton Thunder Baseball Club, and has worked for the Lakewood Blue Claws, for the past 12 years.

For more information about the Speaker Series, contact Kelly Hughes, Director of Communications, at s0822208@monmouth.edu or Dr. Sheila McAllister, faculty advisor, at smcallis@monmouth.edu.

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MU Welcomes Tau Delta Phi

The University welcomed Tau Delta Phi as an official fraternity chapter of Greek life on Wednesday, March 5. The fraternity, along with its 26 members, is in the process of completing its colonization process in hopes of becoming a nationally recognized chapter by the fall 2014 semester.

As stated on TauDelt.net, “Tau Delta Phi is a way of life. It is deeply concerned with the growth and development of the individual. It is a way of life which seeks to develop personality, promote mutual understanding, and provide a college home.”

Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said the Interfraternity Council (IFC) worked together with a group of interested students, through the expansion process, to help them find a fitting organization at the University. He said, “After much consideration, Tau Delta Phi seemed like the perfect addition.”

According to Brandon Wasylyk, Vice Consul and Social Chair of Tau Delta Phi, the brothers spent the past semester and a half working to be a recognized colony on campus. The brothers, in good academic standing, submitted their roster of the first 15 interested men to Buchalski and awaited approval, which, as stated by Wasylyk, took several weeks.

Once approved, the information on Tau Delta Phi was passed along to Mary Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement. Nagy said, “I think it is great when we can add a chapter that understands the expectations we have set for a good, strong Greek community... [Tau Delta Phi] is a good group of young men who want to contribute positively to the greek community and campus and we welcome them here.”

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Pep Bands Will Make You Dance

At the heart of our hawk is a group of approximately 45 students who are responsible for uplifting the spirits of students and athletes. Deemed “The Big Sound of the Jersey Shore” by former President Paul Gaffney, this “Spirit Team” ensemble plays your favorite tunes like LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win” at basketball and football games in an effort to get the crowd going and help to lead the teams to victory.

The University Pep Band falls under the umbrella of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, according to Bryan Jenner, the advisor of the organization. The band is open to any student of the University of any talent level who has any interest in participating in the organization, and even encourages alumni of the University to participate in the organization after they graduate.

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Hawk TV Tunes in to NBS Convention

Seven members of the University’s Hawk TV station had the opportunity to attend the 2014 National Broadcasting Society (NBS) Convention at the Burbank Marriot Hotel in Burbank, CA, from Wednesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15. Hawk TV left with four grand prize awards and seven honorable mention titles.

Students Olivia Caruso, Courtney Carr, Erik Massimino, Eric Brewer, Jessica Rossi, Alexa DeRosa, and Andrew Bern boarded a plane Tuesday morning and headed for the California convention. The convention began with opening speeches from speakers such as Steve Mosco, President of Sony Pictures Television, and Marc Summers, the former host of Nickelodeon’s show “Double Dare” and the current host of “Unwrapped” on the Food Network.

Throughout the convention, students were able to attend a series of panels where they gained knowledge and advice from professionals in the broadcasting and television field. The panels took place every day from 9 am until 2 pm.

“Each panel was 45 minutes long and had anywhere from one to three panelists presenting and answering our questions,” said Carr, a junior communications major. “There were always three panels occurring at once, so we had to be careful which we chose.”

On the third day, students were allowed to participate in a networking event. This two-hour event gave student the opportunity to meet with thirty professionals from different companies and job titles.

The award ceremony, where students were recognized for the work they submitted, took place on the final night of the convention.

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/26/14

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting their annual Love Struck event on April 16 at 10:15 pm. The event is run like a dating game show with prizes for the winners. We will be selling tickets closer to the event for $5 in advance, or you can buy them for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going toward one of our philanthropies. Please come out and support the lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau. Contact Jessica Stern if you are interested in participating in the event. Her e-mail address is s0881955@monmouth.edu.

Club Softball

We were just accepted into the NCSA (National Club Softball Association) Mid Atlantic North conference for their 2014 - 2015 season! This means we will play schools nearby, such as Rutgers, Rowan, SJU, TCNJ, Lafayette and others. For now, we have open weekend scrimmages with schools who over to play with us! We’re really excited to have started this club and to finally start playing again! So grab your  gloves, bats, and cleats, and let’s play some ball!

The Running Club

The Running Club will be meeting this semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. For now, we will meet at the track in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). Contact Club President Mitchell Parker at s0888670@monmouth.edu for more information.

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Free Sustainability Event at Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ- The volunteers at the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) are hosting a free vegan potluck and presentation led by Theresa Lam, who has worked as a formulations chemist and a certified middle school science teacher. The event will take place at Monmouth University’s Magill Commons Club Dining Room on Sunday, March 30 at 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

During the presentation, Lam will discuss society’s ability to choose resources that will leave a safe and productive environment for future generations, rather than cause future harm. “We can all drive the market to create a system that supports vibrant homes, communities and regional ecosystems by taking actions that encourage sustainable choices in food system, energy use, waste reduction and water conservation.”

Our environment is currently being challenged by unsustainable practices, Lam explained, such as land erosion from unsustainable practices, the production of excess waste, the misuse of water supply and the current lack of energy resources. Lam believes that we are ethically responsible for shifting our actions to allow future generations to not just survive, but to thrive.

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Debate Hawks Win Nine Awards at Western Championship in California

The University’s Debate Team won nine team and individual awards at the Western National Debate Championship at Sacramento State University in California on the weekend of March 7 - 9. Dylan Maynard took a first place speaking award and Saliha Younas received the 2nd place speaking award in their division of approximately 40 debaters.  Fourteen Monmouth students competed at the tournament.  The teams of Jessica Roberts and Ryan Kelly and Dylan Maynard and Saliha Younas also made it to the semi-final round after going 5-1 at the tournament before eventually falling to Weber State and Pepperdine University respectively in the semi-final round.  Monmouth had two of the final four teams in the semi-final playoff round.

The tournament included debaters from 10 universities including Pepperdine University, Cal State Fullerton, Weber State, and Cal State Northridge to name a few. Each year a topic is picked to be debated at every tournament. The topic for this year is: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing, indefinite detention, offensive cyber operations, or introducing US Armed Forces into Hostilities.  Some Monmouth teams created a case limiting the President’s authority in the area of drone strikes and others focused on indefinite detention.

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Survey Says ... “Greek Feud” is a university hit

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) hosted their first philanthropic event of the semester, “Greek Feud,” in Pollak Theater on Wednesday March 5 from 10 pm – 12 am, raising $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity.

“Greek Feud” was a spin off of the game show, “Family Feud” and AKPsi ran their event similarly to the show. There were five different members from each fraternity and sorority who competed against one another in a series of rounds.

Contestants were from Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi), Delta Tau Delta (DTD), Sigma Tau Gamma (STG), Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII), Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD), Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA), and Phi Sigma Sigma (Phi Sig).

Brothers of AKPsi business fraternity Michael Lopes, a senior business administration major, and Michelle Melzl, a senior health studies major, hosted the show.

DJ Mark Bernardo, a brother of Phi Psi, accompanied the hosts with music throughout the event.

Each host asked a series of questions every round. For each “regular round” there were different questions. The questions of each round varied, such as asking what people tend to buy without trying on, something females get excited over, and something you typically see at a college football game.

The male team got a majority of the questions in each round correct, including “Name something girls get excited about.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/12/14

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting their annual Love Struck event on April 16 at 10:15 pm. The event is run like a dating game show with prizes for the winners. We will be selling tickets closer to the event for $5 in advance, or you can buy them for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going toward one of our philanthropies. Please come out and support the lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau. Contact Jessica Stern if you are interested in participating in the event. Her e-mail address is s0881955@monmouth.edu.

Club Softball

We were just accepted into the NCSA (National Club Softball Association) Mid Atlantic North conference for their 2014 - 2015 season! This means we will play schools nearby, such as Rutgers, Rowan, SJU, TCNJ, Lafayette and others. For now, we have open weekend scrimmages with schools who over to play with us! We’re really excited to have started this club and to finally start playing again!

CommWorks

CommWorks meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere room 235.

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society, will be inducting our first pledge class on March 27.

The Running Club

The Running Club will be meeting this semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. For now, we will meet at the track in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). When it gets warmer, we will run outside more often. Contact Club President Mitchell Parker by emailing s0888670@monmouth.edu for more information.

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NCNW Hosts Glow in the Dark Dance Party

The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) hosted its annual “Glow in the Dark” dance party in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSCC) on Saturday, March 8 from 9 pm – 1 am, with music from DJ Taj of 106 & Park.

Approximately 200 students attended the dance party, helping NCNW raise approximately $650. Students were able to purchase tickets for $3 before the party and tickets were sold for $5 at the door. Each student was allowed two guests each, who also paid $5 at the door.

Kaila Lane, President of NCNW, said, “This ‘Glow in the Dark’ party is similar to the ‘Back 2 Business’ party that we hosted earlier in the year. My goal is to make this the ‘party of the year’ and allow students to have a [venue] on campus to have fun.”

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The “Apocalipstick” is Coming: ALI Holds Fifth Annual Drag Show

All Lifestyles Included (ALI) held their fifth annual Drag show, “Apocalipstick,” in Anacon Hall of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) to raise over $1,000 for The Trevor Project on Friday, March 7.

“I highly doubt that many people here at the University have gone to a drag show,” said Melissa Galvin, co-President of ALI. “So coming to a drag show on campus is really interesting and gives members in our club a chance to shine.”

This year’s drag show theme was “Apocalipstick,” reigning in a futuristic feel to the show with over 200 people in attendance. As the main part of the event, ALI contracted out four drag queens that came and worked it out on stage for the audience, performing dance routines.

“ALI is several things. It is a support group for people who are gay, lesbian, and transgender and allies those who are in support of these groups. It is also a group to raise awareness and show people things that haven’t necessarily seen before on campus. ALI is also a support group, which, I think is really one of the wonderful things about it,” says Heather Kelly, advisor of ALI and Assistant Director of Student Activities for Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives. “It’s great for diversity and multiculturalism, and it’s great for the world we are sending people out into now.”

The performers did not disappoint the ticket payers as they danced and lip synced to popular hits such as Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lady Gaga’s “Show me your Teeth” in array of chic costumes and sassy attitudes. There were mixed reactions as some were new to the culture while others where hooting and hollering, cheering the performers on.

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Delta Tau Delta: The Newest Triad of Greek Letters on Campus

Delta Tau Delta is officially the newest fraternity recognized by the University. Currently, there are 35 new members who have been named “founding fathers” of the fraternity.

Lorenzo Russomanno, a senior and President of the Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC), said, “IFC was looking to expand, as far as fraternities, after the addition and success of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, especially because we have noticed a significant drop of in the amount of guys interested in Greek life.” According to Russomanno, this year there have been over 120 new females who have joined sororities, while there have been only 32 males.

According to Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, “There are two ways new fraternities can come to campus. The way Delta Tau Delta came to campus was the Interfraternity Council voted to expand to new organizations and reached out to about ten fraternities that were not currently on campus.  Delta Tau Delta entered an application and the Interfraternity Council decided that they would be a good fit.  The other way a new fraternity could come to campus would be to have a group of non-affiliated interested students petition for expansion.”

Expansion consultants for Delta Tau Delta Nationals have been in the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC), since Feb. 10, recording students who are interested in the fraternity and having them fill out interest forms. Once students fill out interest forms, they are scheduled for an interview to see if the students are a good fit for the fraternity.

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Zombie Afraid, Be Very Afraid

The Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted its annual Zombie Attack Apocalypse in Anacon Hall on Saturday, March 1 from 7 - 10 pm. The event was free and open to all zombie-lovers.

Zombie Attack Apocalypse night included a zombie apocalypse shoot out where students were divided into zombies and humans and had to compete against each other. The students played a popular event game called “Bongo Ball” that the SAB brings to campus frequently and always goes over well with students. “Bongo Ball” is a game in which aerosol guns use CO2 to shoot out sponge foam balls at one another. Once you are hit the person is out of the game.

Sophomore Dylan Vargas said “Bongo Ball” is similar to having a paintball gun shoot out, without the mess of the paint. “In this version of ‘Bongo Ball,’ the zombies had to grab a life size stuffed zombie doll and bring it back to a secured location from the balls. If the zombie hunter got you, you were out but if the zombies secured the doll, then they won. I am certainly going to wake up with some small bruises tomorrow,” joked Vargas.

Also at the event was a zombie attack photo shoot. Here students could first get their zombie makeup done and then head over to a green screen where their photo was superimposed into a zombie themed background.

Freshman Emily Townsend said, “I really enjoyed getting my makeup done and becoming a zombie. The company that brought the supplies really transformed Anacon, and the SAB team and the workers really did a great job on my makeup. I took my picture against the green screen which the picture made my zombie makeup come to life.”

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WMCX Rocks on for Twelve Hours Straight

The University radio station, 88.9 FM WMCX, hosted their 5th annual, “12 Hour Music Fest,” featuring 12 bands performing live and students who currently radio hosts conducting interviews with the bands, from 9 am - 9 pm on Friday, Feb. 28.

According to Dr. Aaron Furgason, advisor of WMCX, the event is a celebration of college radio. It gives people a chance to hear music they don’t normally hear with a clean unproduced sound. It amalgamates what college radio does best: new music and new styles.

The theme of the day was “Anti-Valentines Day.” Katherine Wight, senior and General Manager of WMCX, said that the “12 Hour Music Fest” was supposed to be right after Valentines Day but it had to be pushed back. “By this time of the month everyone is tired of love songs, so we needed to change it up. WMCX is ‘Modern Rock with an Edge,’ not ‘lovey dovey’ stuff.”

“Each band performed an Anti-Love song and then told us about it,” said Amanda Messenger, Music Director of the station. Messenger was responsible for booking musical talent for the event.

According to Messenger, the event featured a combination of mostly local bands and artists.  “To choose the bands to contact, I pulled from ones that have been to past WMCX events and have been featured on the air before,” she said.

Guests of the event included, The Battery Electric, The Dazzling Dooms, Natalie Zeller, Wild Rompit and Colton Kayser.

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/4/14

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting their annual Love Struck event on April 16 at 10:15 pm. The event is run like a dating game show with prizes for the winners. We will be selling tickets closer to the event for $5 in advance, or you can buy them for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going toward one of our philanthropies. Please come out and support the lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau. Contact Jessica Stern if you are interested in participating in the event. Her e-mail address is s0881955@monmouth.edu.

Club Softball

We were just accepted into the NCSA (National Club Softball Association) Mid Atlantic North conference for their 2014 - 2015 season! This means we will play schools nearby, such as Rutgers, Rowan, SJU, TCNJ, Lafayette and others. For now, we have open weekend scrimmages with schools who over to play with us! We’re really excited to have started this club and to finally start playing again!

CommWorks

CommWorks meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere room 235.

The Running Club

The Running Club will be meeting this semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. For now, we will meet at the track in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). When it gets warmer, we will run outside more often. Contact Club President Mitchell Parker by emailing s0888670@monmouth.edu for more information.

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Twerkin’ with the Tekes

Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) held Dancing with the Tekes, its annual philanthropy event, last Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 pm in Pollak Theater. The event, which featured dance numbers by both Greek and non-Greek students, raised a total of $2,794 towards TKE’s national philanthropy, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospita

“Dancing with the Tekes brought in an astounding $2,537 from ticket sales and an extra $257 from donations,” Jesse Chapnick, a senior business management student and brother of TKE, explained. The extra donations were collected for the family of a fallen TKE brother at Rowan University. “It is nice to see the Greek Community put aside their differences and come together as one to benefit a cause,” he continued.

Dancing with the Tekes began with some information about the fraternity’s philanthropy by the hosts, a member of TKE and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA). They informed the audience that St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital opened in 1962 and since then has increased the overall survival rate of children’s cancer from 20 percent to 80 percent. According to the St. Jude’s website, St. Jude’s is working to push this number to 90 percent within the next ten years.

After the brief introduction, five judges from different organizations on campus were brought on stage and the event began. The night consisted of a total of ten performances ranging from group dances to solos, and a guitar and vocal performance by Matt Avellino, a 2013 Monmouth graduate and TKE alumnus.

At the end of the night the top three acts were named. First place went to a group dance by Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), second place went to ZTA, with a special appearance by TKE’s new members, and third place was awarded to Sigma Tau Gamma (STG). These performances were awarded prizes from sponsors such as Surf Taco, Gold’s Gym, TGI Fridays, Chipotle, and Beach Bum Tanning, amongst others.

Christa Hogan, TKE’s advisor on campus, expressed how happy she was about this year’s Dancing with the Tekes. “I am very proud of the TKE brothers and their commitment to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,” Hogan said. “I thought that it was a very positive and uplifting night, and a large sum of money was raised for TKE’s philanthropy.”

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Political Science Club Hosts Third Poli-Tea of the Year

The Political Science Club hosted their third Poli-Tea of the year. Poli-Tea is a new tradition of the club, an ongoing event series that they created to promote various discussions over a cup of tea. Last Tuesday many students joined in the Terrell Boardroom in Bey Hall to enjoy a cup of Masala Chai tea, cookies, some Indian sweets and listen to students stories from their trip to India over winter break.

This was the third Poli-Tea even held on campus this semester. The first Tea was held in honor of students and faculty who are from various countries and cultures to speak about their personal experiences at the University. The second Tea was held in honor of the passing of Nelson Mandela, where students and faculty could express what he meant to them in their lives.

The group that traveled was compiled of students and professors, who all collectively put together a small slide show that had various pictures from the different events they attended while in India. Others who attended the tea were able to ask the group questions as well. According to the stories and presentation, the group’s trip was divided into three main academic settings. The focus was primarily on their work with a school in Calcutta India. The work was with a group of children who have had their hardships in life; most were orphaned or came from lower socio economic status.

One student who attended the trip told the story of a young girl he spoke to personally. The young girl was brought to the school after someone had tried to trick her to come join sex trafficking. He told the group how a man had come up to her and told her he found her mother, something that the child believed and she went with him. However, she was rescued by people on the street who noticed she shouldn’t have been with him. The young girl was brought to the school, where she now lives and receives her education.

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Got Talent?

Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Hosts Annual “Monmouth’s Got Talent” Greek Event in Pollak Theatre

Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Si) fraternity hosted “Monmouth’s Got Talent,” their annual Greek event, this past Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Pollak Theatre at 10 pm. The event was held to help raise over $2,000 for their national philanthropy, the Boys and Girls Club of America.

According to BCCA.org, the Boys and Girls Club of America are programs for the young youth to help create opportunities for the future.  They are used to help young children develop leadership skills and also to help them set positive goals for their future.  The brothers of Phi Psi were able to raise a lot of money to donate to these programs to help benefit these children.

There was a total of 16 participants but 11 acts overall.  The show was run like a talent show where each act stepped out onto the stage and performed their special talents.  Many of the acts were singers but, some danced, and even rapped for the audience.

The first place prize went to Courtney Carr, a junior radio/TV student, who performed a singing and dancing medley that blew the judges and audience away. Second place went to Andrew Boxman, a junior studying music industy, who performed a free style rap. The third place price was given to a singing group from Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) who performed an acoustic version of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter.”

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Getting Extreme with Extreme Sports Night

The Student Activities Board (SAB) and Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi) co-sponsored “Extreme Sports Day” in Boylan Gymnasium this past Friday, Feb. 21, from 7:30 pm - 10 pm. Over 200 students attended the free event that consisted of a moon bounce obstacle course, a Velcro wall, an oxygen bar, bongo ball, and a Kinect station.

Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, said, “I am very happy with the turnout of this event. I think it’s great that students are willing to come out and students from the fraternity and from SAB were able to work together. This event seemed to draw a different crowd than what we usually get at all of our events. So it was really great to see some students that normally don’t come out to our events check out Extreme Sports Day.”

According to McGowan, there was a very eclectic group that was at the event which kept it very competitive throughout the entire night.

The Oxygen Bar allowed students to clip a tube up to their noses and inhale several different scents giving them a natural high. The scents ranged from a floral scent, to orange, to banana to mint. Each scent allowed participants to get different feelings such as feeling more energized or more relaxed. According to members of SAB, the Oxygen Bar was a huge hit last year, which is what motivated the members to bring it to the University once again.

There was also Bongo Ball, in which students had to gear up with a facemask and full body suits to protect themselves from getting shot with the foam footballs that were getting blasted through a metal Bongo Ball gun.

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Students Dress to the Nines at RHA’sWinter Ball

The Residence Hall Association’s (RHA) annual Winter Ball was held this past Saturday, Feb. 22, in Woodrow Wilson Hall from 8 pm - 11 pm. “The Great Gatsby” inspired ball welcomed 403 guests ranging from freshmen to seniors, with guests and faculty encouraged to dress in 1920’s fashion.

Krista Varanyak, RHA President, said, “We absolutely loved the theme of the night and it goes perfectly with Wilson Hall. This year was a huge success and although we hope each year will be bigger than the last, this ball will be hard to top.”

Tickets for the ball cost $25 which included a ticket for admittance, food, drinks, and entertainment.

Danielle St. Vincent, Vice President of Special Events and Programming for RHA, dressed in a strapless, black sequin ball gown said, “A lot of work went into planning tonight’s event but we could not be happier with the way it turned out. Wilson Hall is a beautiful place to host the ball. When else can you get the chance to relive your prom?”

St. Vincent coordinated the entire ball. Everything from flower arrangements, to the food choices, and even picking the theme for the night was a result of countless hours of preparation from her and her fellow RHA members.

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/26/14

Monmouth Area Vegan Society

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is hosting two more free and fun events this semester that are open to the public. Events are held in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room. There will be a vegan potluck at each event, so please contact Professor Harris for details and to RSVP, email mcharris@monmouth.edu. The next event to be announced will be held on Sunday, March 30 at 1 pm. The last event of the semester is “Vegan Advocacy: Empowering Others to Encourage Social Change” presented by Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach on Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm. Look forward to seeing you all there!

CommWorks

CommWorks meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere room 235.

Club Lacrosse Team

Meetings will be Wednesday at 2:30 pm. The location is still to be determined. If interested contact Kevin Houston email: s0851081@monmouth.edu

University Senior Class

The senior class is selling t-shirts until March 7. Pick up an order form on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) and show off your school and class pride!

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MAVS Hosts First Vegan Potluck of the Semester

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) hosted their first speaker and vegan potluck of the semester on Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Magill Commons Dining Club.

The event went from 1 pm until 3 pm with the first half hour dedicated to socializing and enjoying the vegan potluck. Over 40 people were in attendance.

“I’m really happy we can be part of a community where we all can share good, wholesome, real food,” Mary Harris, founder of MAVS, said.

The potluck featured all vegan foods arraying from blueberry brownies, curried cauliflower bisque, spaghetti squash, and chocolate pudding.

Attendees were asked to bring their own plates to decrease environmental impact.

Once everyone settled down, Harris introduced the speaker, Theresea Sarzynski, from the nonprofit organization For the Animals Sanctuary which is located in Blairstown, NJ.

Sarzynski began the seminar by explaining what the sanctuary does and how it began. “Debbie Kowalski originally bought the house with land with a previous partner, with the intention of being able to adopt a farm animal or two, when/if the need arose,” Sarzynski said. “Once they got their first two bovine, the calls started coming in, quickly. So the 501(c)3 came out of need. She knew she could take in more animals but needed help fundraising for all the extra costs of buildings, food, bedding, medical, etc.”

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Boom Roasted Produces “The Vagina Monologues”

Around 150 students took a seat in Pollak Theatre to see Boom Roasted Productions perform the 10th annual “Vagina Monologues” on Monday, Feb. 10 from 7:30 – 9 pm. The $1,025 in proceeds went to the local charity 180 Turning Lives Around and the national charity One Billion Rising, both of which focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention.

Dr. Carolyn Bradley, an associate professor, attended the performance. She has seen it multiple times and said, “Each time I see the play it evokes something different in me.  Student productions are particularly meaningful to me as it reminds how far we have come in acknowledging women’s sexuality and the right to control their own bodies.”

Far from traditional, “The Vagina Monologues” included topics such as shaving, gynecological appointments, rape, and even the language surrounding female sexuality. The play began in 1994 as a one woman show with author Eve Ensler playing every character. Since then, it has been performed in 140 countries and 48 languages, and on college campuses nationwide.

Tickets for the event were $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Zoe Bulitt, a junior theatre major and student producer for the last two years, said that the awareness of rape and sexual assault in our country, genital mutilation in other countries like Bosnia and Kosovo, and an overall feeling of empowerment to be yourself are just a few of the important messages the audience takes away from the performance.

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A Match Made in Heaven

Alpha Omicron Pi Hosts First Philanthropy Event “The Ultimate Monmouth Match” in Pollak

The newest sorority on campus Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) hosted “The Ultimate Monmouth Match” as their first University philanthropy event on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  The event in Pollak theatre helped raise over $2,000 for Arthritis research.

Victoria Day, Philanthropy Chair of AOII, was incredibly pleased with the turnout of the event and the involvement of students and members of Greek life. She said, “I am speechless. It was our first time planning an event like this so we were a little nervous.”

The winners of “The Ultimate Monmouth Match” were sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma Michelle Brady and Katarina Kneer, who competed against 42 other participants.

The show was hosted by Thomas Beaufort, a brother of Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi) fraternity, and Kristin Waring, a sister of AOII. Waring said, “We were flattered that so many people reached out and wanted to be a part of it.”

“The Ultimate Monmouth Match” was hosted as a newlywed game, but it was open to more than just couples; many participants who came out to participate in the game were not even dating, with pairs being brothers and sisters, roommates, best friends or even big and little sisters and/or brothers from their respective Greek organization.

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Wake Up and Smell the Roses

Over 300 students came to the wooden rose novelty event sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB) inside of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 1 – 4 pm.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, students could take up to three wooden roses that were sprayed with dashes of color. The roses were sprayed with a floral spritz to make the roses seem more realistic and give the essence of smelling like an authentic, freshly bloomed rose.

Some of the members of SAB were going around handing out the wooden roses to faculty, the RSSC kitchen staff, and students at random.

Jeff Singh, a sophomore and current member of SAB, said, “I really enjoyed handing out the roses to people in the Student Center because they weren’t expecting it from me. We handed them out to the workers in the Student Center too and you could tell it made their day because they weren’t expecting to get a wooden rose since it is more of a student involved event. They deserve it on Valentine’s Day just as much as the students sitting at the tables.”

Taylor Carson, Novelties Chairman of SAB, was thrilled with the turnout. The sophomore said, “Usually when I have a novelty event, there is a good turnout because everyone loves free things, but today was exceptionally great. I think that [the novelty event] really got people in the Valentine’s Day mood and it is something different that we have never done before.”

Carson also felt students were involved because it was a more personal and individualized event, where students could choose what colors they wanted their rose to be. The Novelties Chairman added, “It made for a more colorful Valentine’s Day.”

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Club and Greek Announcements - 2/19/14

Monmouth Area Vegan Society

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is hosting two more free and fun events this semester that are open to the public. Events are held in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room. There will be a vegan potluck at each event, so please contact Professor Harris for details and to RSVP, email mcharris@monmouth.edu. The next event to be announced will be held on Sunday, March 30 at 1 pm. The last event of the semester is “Vegan Advocacy: Empowering Others to Encourage Social Change” presented by Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach on Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm. Look forward to seeing you all there!

CommWorks

CommWorks meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere room 235.

Club Lacrosse Team

Meetings will be Wednesday at 2:30 pm. The location is still to be determined. If interested contact Kevin Houston email: s0851081@monmouth.edu

University Senior Class

The senior class is selling t-shirts until March 7. Pick up an order form on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) and show off your school and class pride!

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University Professor Named New President of PRSA NJ

Specialist professor of communication Kristine Simoes was inducted as the new President of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) NJ chapter at PRSA NJ’s 2014 Kick-Off Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in Tinton Falls, NJ.

As defined by PRSA.org, “PRSA is a community of more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals across the US, from recent college graduates to the leaders of the world’s largest multinational firms.” Members represent nearly every practice area and professional setting within the field of public relations.

Simoes initially became affiliated with PRSA NJ ten years ago in an effort to be able to offer more knowledge in the classroom as well as to earn her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), which is a credential that recognizes public relations practitioners who have mastered the knowledge and skills of the field. The thought of becoming a member of the leadership board didn’t cross her mind until she was urged by Sheila McAllister, associate professor of communication and co-advisor of the University’s Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, who believed the role of Vice President would expand Simoes’s knowledge in the field.

According to Simoes, an academic professional has never before led the chapter until her election three years ago. “I would walk up to people like I was running for Congress,” she joked. Simoes promised to bring more of a South Jersey presence, an academic presence, and more overall visibility to the chapter.

As Vice President, Simoes assisted PRSA NJ President Jennifer Tornetta in budgeting, programming events, overlooking agenda reports on the committees, and organizing the Pyramid Awards which, according to Simoes, is one of the biggest events that PRSA NJ hosts.

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Mic Check 1, 2, 1, 2

Students Perform at Open Mic Night

The Student Activities Board (SAB) teamed up with the Music Alliance to present Open Mic Night 2014. The event took place in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) Café on Jan. 31 at 7 pm.

Students were able to sing, read poetry or even perform stand-up comedy. Hot chocolate was also served for anyone attending or involved in the event.

SAB Vice President of Major Events Lucy Russo believes that between 10 - 15 people performed. Students were encouraged to sign up beforehand but walk-ups were also welcome.

President of the Music Alliance Andrew Boxman said he thought the event went well. “We had great involvement from students who came up to perform and a solid crowd that kept the night running smooth. A couple times we had people who had never done anything of the sort before actually [get] up and rocked it. It was nice to see and to be a part of,” he said.

SAB Advisor Megan McGowan said, “I was really happy that SAB was not only doing an open mic event but that they were going to be hosting the event with the Music Alliance. When student groups work on an event as a team it really brings the event to the next level.” McGowan was unable to attend the event but heard positive feedback from fellow peers and SAB members.

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Now Stop ... Zumba Time!

5,6,7,8 Club Hosted Zumbathon to Promote Wellness and Fitness Amongst Students

The 5,6,7,8 Club hosted a two hour long Zumbathon event to raise money for their annual recital while promoting health and fitness during the winter months in Anacon Hall on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 – 8 pm.

President of the 5,6,7,8 Club Sarah Van Vliet felt that hosting an event featuring Zumba would be a great way to promote the increasingly popular exercise. “Zumba is working out while dancing and our club is a dance club. Since Zumba is such a big craze we thought it would be a good idea,” said Van Vliet.

5,6,7,8’s Zumbathon event was open to both men and women. The club charged each person $3 in order to participate in the event and raised a total of over $35. The proceeds will be used to alleviate the costs for costumes and other expenses for the club’s annual recital that will be held later in the year.

Conducting the Zumbathon event were instructors Alaina Serenelli, a member of the 5,6,7,8 Club, and Isabel Marmolejo, the club co-advisor.

Marmolejo, a Spanish Professor in the Department of Foreign Language Studies, offered Zumba Fitness classes at the University from 2009 to 2012. “Zumba was a life saver for me!” exclaimed Marmolejo, who has been practicing Zumba since 2007. “When I moved from Ecuador to the United States in 2007, Zumba was the perfect way to beat homesickness.”

Marmolejo also uses Zumba as a way to make new friends, and have fun while working out. She said, “In our spare time, my husband, Christopher Hirschler, who is also a professor at the University, and I would practice the recently learned moves in our living room. Sometimes we’ll have some fun leading a Zumba choreo (dance) at weddings, birthdays, and even graduation parties.” 

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Gender Studies Student Group Wants to Reactivate on Campus

Over 50 students are coming together in an effort to reactivate the Gender Studies Student Club that seems to have lost membership over the years due to diminishing student participation.

Director of the Gender Studies Program Johanna Foster said, “Gender shapes every area of social life, often unfairly. This injustice applies not just to women, but to different groups of men and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community as well.”

Foster reactivated the Gender Studies Student Club approximately 10 years ago, when, according to her, the idea emerged out of a section of an Introduction to Gender Studies course that was offered at the University. She said during the first year of its existence the group was named the “Best New Student Club” by the Student Government Association (SGA).

During the years it had a renewed presence at the University, the group organized and supported events around of range of gender justice issues including gender violence awareness like The Clothesline Project and The Vagina Monologues, Breast Cancer Awareness, transgender rights awareness, support for women ex-offender organizations, and student participation in Women’s History Month programming. “I plan to encourage feminist student engagement and restore the status that it once was in the past,” said Foster.

According to Claude Taylor, co-advisor of the Gender Studies Student Club and member of the faculty in the Department of Communication, the Gender Studies Student Group started to weaken around 2007 and 2008 and then completely diminished from campus around 2010. The group, however, still had a budget up until two years ago.

“This is the chance once again for students to help create a student culture at the University where gender issues are given a strong voice,” added Foster. Interest meetings were held on Friday, Jan. 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Bey Hall to discuss reactivation and receive the necessary signatures to re-establish the club.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/12/14

Pep Band

The Monmouth Pep Band has openings in all sections. If you play a band instrument (especially a brass instrument), we want you!  Contact Prof. Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu for more info.

Gender Studies Interest Group

The Gender Studies Student Interest Group Meeting for interested executive board members is today from 2:30 - 4 pm in Bey Hall Room 230!

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SAB Presents Comedian Thomas Dale in Anacon Hall

Comedian Thomas Dale had approximately 60 students laughing out of their seats at the University’s Comedy Night hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) last Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 pm in Anacon Hall.

From the start, the comedian was very involved with the crowd and established a loose, comfortable and appropriate comic environment.

Dale expressed his message through his comical spirit about growing up gay in an Italian family with a cop as a father, an emotional mother and three psychotic sisters who are always PMSing.  He joked about how much he loved straight guys, how nice it must be to be a girl, and how sometimes he even wishes he was a girl and not a gay man.

Dale is most famous from his work on Chelsea Handler’s show Chelsea Lately where he has been part of her round table. He also has a YouTube channel where his video “S*!t Long Island People Say” has almost half a million views.

Comedy Chair Courtney Lockewood discussed what SAB did to host and set up comedy night. “The pre-production process started with general research conducted by the 12 manned SAB executive board staff. This research consists of YouTube videos, Comedy Central acts, or an occasional email from an agency,” she said.

Once the prospects are found, the names are handed over to Megan McGowan who is in charge of SAB. According to Lockewood, the financial process is then completed, and calls to finalize dates and booking begins.

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Out of the Classroom and into the City: PRSSA Visits Top Public Relations Firm MWW Group

Executive board members of the University’s Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter visited MWW, a full service public relations firm and global agency, on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the company’s New York City location.

Members of the University’s student-run firm and PRSSA chapter were provided an inside look at what the agency has to offer from both a client and prospective employee standpoint. Current MWW employees thoroughly discussed the agency’s areas of expertise, a typical day in the life of an MWW employee, as well as valuable tips regarding the company’s recruitment and interview process.

A representative of each department spoke to the students about their practice area and what their specific position entailed. This provided students with an idea of the various areas of specialization and opportunities within the agency. Through the presentation, students were also able to determine if their personality would be a good fit for the company as a future intern or employee.

Joseph Cohen, Senior Vice President at MWW and National Chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), expressed that campus visits are beneficial for aspiring public relations professionals at the college level.

Cohen stated that though MWW often hosts several local universities for campus visits, the agency’s relationship with Monmouth is particularly valued. “Over the years, we’ve hired a number of Monmouth students who have become some of our best employees,” said Cohen.

“Also, as a firm that was founded and maintains its corporate headquarters in NJ, we love supporting a great local school,” Cohen continued.

Laurel Weber, a junior communication major and PRSSA Vice President, felt that it was important to note how welcoming the MWW staff was towards the visiting University students. “MWW promoted a really comfortable, healthy atmosphere [during our visit] that, to my knowledge, made us all want to apply on the spot,” said Weber.

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PRSSA Members Intern with Oxygen and MTV

Members of the University's Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter interned with celebrity publicist Johnny Donovan at Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club" season fina¬le red carpet event and MTV's "Real World: Ex-Plosion" season premiere party.

Donovan, an American Re¬ality TV Booking Agent and casting director, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J Donovan Productions, a media events and talent production company. With his expertise in event planning and celebrity publicity, PRSSA invited Donovan to speak to the University as a part of their Speaker Series on Wednesday, Dec. 4. After his presentation, Donovan extended the opportunity to PRSSA members to intern with him at various events, with the first being the "Bad Girls Club" season finale party.

Donovan said, "I was overwhelmed with emails [of people wanting to intern] following my discussion [at the Speaker Series]... But, I'm honored." After reviewing the hundreds of résumés he received from students with inquiries of interning, Donovan chose five University PRSSA members to join him at the season finale red carpet event on Friday, Dec. 13 at G Lounge in New York with host Gina "GiGi" Lopez of "Bad Girls Club: Miami" season 11. These students included junior Kelly Hughes, senior Dallas Lewis-Bryant, junior Brianna McCabe, junior Allison Phillips and junior Maggie Zelinka.

Students met at Long Branch train station at 4:48 pm to take the train to the city to meet Donovan at the venue for 7 pm to prepare for the event in its entirety. Upon arrival at Penn Station, the students maneuvered their way through the streets of NYC until they reached G Lounge, the site of the red carpet event.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 1/29/14

Monmouth Area Vegan Society

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is hosting three free and fun events this semester that are open to the public. Events are held in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room. There will be a vegan potluck at each event, so please contact Professor Harris for details and to RSVP, email mcharris@monmouth.edu. The first event is “Love for Animals: A Call to Action” presented by Debbie Kowalski and Theresa Sarzynski of For the Animals Sanctuary on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 pm. The next to be announced event will be held on Sunday, March 30 at 1 pm. The third event of the semester is “Vegan Advocacy: Empowering Others to Encourage Social Change” presented by Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach on Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm. Look forward to seeing you all there!

CommWorks

CommWorks meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere room 235.

Club Lacrosse Team

Meetings will be Wednesday at 2:30 pm. The location is still to be determined. If interested contact Kevin Houston email: s0851081@monmouth.edu

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Meet and Greet with the Greeks

Semi-Annual Event held in Anacon

The semi-annual Meet the Greeks took place on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 9:30 pm in Anacon Hall. It was an opportunity for 300 students to meet members of all Greek Life organizations before formal recruitment which takes place next weekend.

Anacon Hall was flanked with tables, each one dedicated to a different fraternity or sorority.  It was an opportunity for all of Greek Life to gather together in one space. Interested students had the opportunity to visit each table which displayed various crafts, flags, letters, and clothing representing their organization.

There, interested students mingled with members of each fraternity or sorority, asking questions about recruitment and Greek Life as a whole. They also brought around a sheet to mark off each fraternity or sorority in order to be entered into an iPad raffle.

Most students were freshmen, but there were also sophomores and juniors that attended the event.

Junior political science major Rhianna Grossi said, “It was great to meet all the girls involved in Greek organizations and everyone answered all the questions I had.”

Junior health studies major Matt Buccino is a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He said, “Meet the Greeks is a great opportunity to interact with people you may have never seen on campus before. By talking to them for just a few minutes about your own experiences, you can change their minds about Greek Life.”

Senior communication major Christina Amascato has been a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon since her freshman year. She said, “Meet the Greeks is a really fun and enjoyable event not just for potential girls but for us as well. We get to meet different people and give them a preview of what we are all about. Hopefully, that will get them excited to register for round robin.” 

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Showing Some Skin

SAB Hosts Electronic Skin Novelty Event for University Students

Hour long lines of University students filled the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 1 - 4 pm waiting to get their hands on a personalized electronic skin hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) for their third novelty event.

Electronic skins are gel stickers that allow a user to personalize the outer cover of a laptop, gaming device, or cellular device. According to Skinit.com, “With easy application (of electronic skins) and a residue-free removal, you can change up your style (of electronic devices) as frequently as you like. Skins are made of a durable vinyl material and stick directly to your device protecting against daily scuffs and scratches.”

This novelty was open and free for all students to attend to make any skin with any personalization that they wanted displayed on any of their electronic devices.

SAB paid for and brought a representative from a personalized electronic skin company to come to the University to host this event through their novelty budget. They had found the company at last year’s National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) in Nashville, Tennessee and booked them immediately at the NACA marketplace.

The process for the electronic skin took only minutes to complete. The students first had to decide which electronic device they wanted to make a personalized electronic skin for, since it was only one per student.

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A Cappella Group Sings Their Way to the University

The University’s newly founded a cappella group, The Sea Sharps, consisting of 14 female students, held their first concert “A Cappella Extravaganza” on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Woods Theatre.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, a cappella is defined as, “without instrumental music.” All of the sounds come from the girls individual singing voices, harmonizing to create music.

The group was founded this past semester by seniors Heather Siebert, Alexis Fox, and Chelsea Barreto.

Barreto said, “I was working with Dr. Daneshgar one day and we were discussing how the University did not have their own a cappella group.  He said he would agree to be the advisor if I could set up a group of girls.  I went to my friends Alexis and Heather and they were on board.  The rest was history.”

“A Cappella Extravaganza” began with the group opening to “Royals,” originally sung by Lorde. The female members welcomed everyone to the show and introduced their opening act, The Casual Harmony a cappella group from Rutgers University. The Casual Harmony, a group exclusively for males, consisted of 14 members. The men opened with “Holy Grail” by Jay-Z.  They then continued with a variety of songs, singing melodies of different holiday tradition songs. Their last song, “Memories” by Muse concluded their performance.

Michael Rosas, President of Boom Roasted Productions, acted as a master of ceremonies (MC), introducing each act. Boom Roasted Productions offered concessions as The Sea Sharps prepared to sing.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/11/13

Monmouth Oral Communication Center

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) is your go to place for all things public speaking. Making a speech? A presentation? We’re here to help! MOCC offers peer tutoring every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the first year advising offices in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Additional hours are available upon request. MOCC also holds weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere 135. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Running Club

Now that it has started to get cold outside, some of you may prefer to run indoors. Our Running Club will meet on the indoor track on the 2nd Floor of the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Tuesdays from 12 - 1 pm and Wednesdays from 8:30 - 930 am. These times may not work for everyone, and some may prefer to still work out outdoors. So, please feel free to use the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/murunning/) to make some new separate meeting times from those listed above. Please contact Head Coach & Club Advisor Joe Com with any questions

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University Raises over $1,000 for Brain Cancer Patient

The Student Government Association (SGA) hosted “Limitless Night,” an event raising $1,128.53 for 2011 alumnus Becca Baier whose mother was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer, this past Friday, Dec. 6, in Boylan Gymnasium.

The fundraiser was entitled “Limitless Night” because Baier believed that the word limitless is the best word to describe her mother, Clare Baier.

As a former Residence Assistant (RA), member of SGA, orientation leader, and coordinator of “The Big Event” and “Spring Fest,” Baier touched many students at the University. Also as a sister of Alpha Xi Delta (AXID), her sisters came together to raise money for her situation.

The fundraiser consisted of a volleyball tournament that was open to the entire University.  Teams could be from six to eight players and it was a $15 entrance fee for all of the teams.  All of the money made from the volleyball tournament would be donated to the Baier family.

In the starting of the tournament, coordinator of the event Erin Smith, SGA Finance Director, opened up with a speech.  She asked everyone to stand who knew Baier, then asked those involved with Greek Life, then other organizations, and then students of the University. It was a ripple effect, and Smith’s speech was able to show how many people were influenced by Baier.

Smith said, “I knew Becca personally.  I worked with her on orientation and on SGA.  She is a great friend of mine, and she would have done this for me so I knew it was something I wanted to do for her.”

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“Hey, Must be the Money!”

The Cash Attack Game Show Hosted by Student Activites Board Allowed Contestants to Win up to $250

Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted The Cash Attack, a “Deal or No Deal” game show spin off, in which participants of all ages were able to win up to $250 on Friday, Dec. 6.

As students flooded the Magill Commons Dining Hall to grab dinner after their classes had ended at 7:15 pm, they also had the opportunity to partake in The Cash Attack. Those interested in becoming a contestant during the game show wrote their name on a piece of paper and placed it into a hat. If their name was called, they had to approach the microphone located in the back of the dining hall, where they were able to walk away $250 richer. For those not as willing to participate, they were provided with a different form of entertainment in the dining hall than normal.

The Cash Attack consisted of five rounds. Similarly to the well-known television game show, “Deal or No Deal,” The Cash Attack contained 21 briefcases, each with a designated amount of money. The money ranged from $0.25 to $250. As an additional challenge, two of the briefcases contained X’s, resulting in an automatic loss for the contestant if chosen.

Julian Hayes, a junior business major, was the first winner of the night. He won $19 and said, “This was definitely a fun experience and something cool and different that the University does.”

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Who’s Sorority’s Makeup is the Prettiest of Them All?

Greek Life teamed up with Macy’s last week and held the Macy’s Event, which was aimed towards helping girls learn how to do their makeup for careers and interviews, and then how to transition makeup for a “going out” look. The event took place in Anacon Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6 – 8 pm.

Female students gathered in Anacon Hall while chairs were set up in the center of the room for the students to sit, surrounded by six tables. They were introduced to Jacqueline Silvestrov, the head of the cosmetics and fragrances department at the Macy’s store in Eatontown, NJ’s Monmouth Mall.

Silvestrov explained that each table was a different station involving various skin, nail, and fragrance products. The stations consisted of Impulse nails, hair, skin care, makeup, Chanel products, the fragrance department, Clarence skin care, Clinique holiday gift sets, and a snack station.

Students were allowed to travel from table to table and sample what each station had to offer.

Many girls went to Impulse and Chanel to have their makeup done, while others found more interest in smelling all of the different perfumes at the fragrance station. The snack table was also a very popular choice. All of the stations demonstrated how their products could be used to create a professional-looking daytime appearance that can be transformed into a fun look that can be worn out at night.

When asked why the Macy’s team decided to get involved with the University, Silvestrov replied that all of the employees of the department have a passion for cosmetics that they wanted to share with a local university.

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PRSSA Invites Speaker from Habitat for Humanity

The University’s Shadow PR Firm and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter hosted and welcomed their second guest speaker of the semester, Jennifer Sneed, on Wednesday Nov. 20 at 2:30 pm in the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication.

As the Public Relations (PR) Coordinator for Monmouth County’s Habitat for Humanity, Sneed seized the opportunity to gain connections, network herself, and volunteer.

Sneed asked, “Would you rather watch television or give back to the community? You are constantly learning and seeing if you enjoy what you do. Volunteer. Those around you will recognize it.”

On Oct. 12, she along with volunteers working for Habitat for Humanity’s 30th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project teamed up with Union Beach to help build and repair 14 homes in partnership with low income families.

During the event, President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, joined the nearly 150 volunteers to help repair homes for their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

In addition to being the PR Coordinator and Chair of Media Relations Committee for Habitat for Humanity, Sneed also served as Deputy State Director and Constituent Services and South Jersey Projects Director for Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, from Jan. 2010 to Aug. 2013. Sneed described working with Senator Lautenberg as exciting and said, “As Director, I oversaw the entire staff and handled affairs with Mayors in the state of New Jersey.”

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Sorority Sisters Walk for Cancer

The University’s sororities volunteered at Monmouth Mall for the Monmouth St. Jude Gives Thanks Walk sponsored by the St. Jude Children’s Hospital for cancer research on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Twenty five sisters each from Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA), Alpha Xi Delta (AXD), Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Phi Sigma Sigma (Phi Sig), and Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) participated.

Yohanna De Los Santos, senior event marketing representative of the walk, said, “We raised a little over $60,000 and I was extremely happy with the amazing turnout this year. We had about 446 walkers. I cannot wait to see how many people come out next year.”

The walk consisted of nine laps around the Monmouth Mall.

Santos said, “I have been working with St. Jude for a little over three years and it feels like only yesterday that I just started.”

Many of the volunteers were made up of mostly the University’s Greek Life.  Kim Butler, a sister of ZTA and a part of the Panhellenic Counsel, helped coordinate the event through the University. Butler said, “I met with Yohanna in regards to preparation for the walk.  She asked if we could bring some participants to the event to both help set-up and be actively involved.  I brought this to our Panhellenic meetings and was able to convince all of the sororities to help out with the event.”

The walk started at 8 am but volunteers started arriving as early as 5:45 am. Volunteers were split up into different teams and were assigned different duties to attend and make sure the walk went smoothly.  Some sorority sisters volunteered to help with registration while others helped set up merchandise. 

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/4/13

Monmouth Oral Communication Center

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) is your go to place for all things public speaking. Making a speech? A presentation? We’re here to help! MOCC offers peer tutoring every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the first year advising offices in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Additional hours are available upon request. MOCC also holds weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere 135. Walk-ins are always welcome.

University Pep Band

The Pep Band is looking for additional members in all sections.  If you play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone horn, tuba or percussion, we want you!!  We are also seeking a bass guitarist for the first time also!  The Pep Band, known as “The Big Sound of the Jersey Shore” is the most visible and most active performing group on campus.  For more information, contact Professor Bryan Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu.

Running Club

Now that it has started to get cold outside, some of you may prefer to run indoors. Our Running Club will meet on the indoor track on the 2nd Floor of the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Tuesdays from 12 - 1 pm and Wednesdays from 8:30 - 930 am. These times may not work for everyone, and some may prefer to still work out outdoors. So, please feel free to use the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/murunning/) to make some new separate meeting times from those listed above. For those who are interested in competing for fun, the 5th Annual MAC Classic will be held in the MAC on Saturday, Dec. 7. Part of this event is a “Community Mile,” open to any Monmouth students of all abilities. To sign up, please contact Head Coach & Club Advisor Joe Compagni at any point prior to Dec. 4.

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Delta Tau Delta Set to Charter in Spring

The University announced that Delta Tau Delta fraternity will be the newest addition to Greek life during the spring 2014 semester.

Delta Tau Delta has been discussing with the University for many years now, and is being brought to campus to provide an alternative type of fraternity experience for the male student population.

Blake Hartle, chapter leadership consultant for Delta Tau Delta, said the fraternity is looking for men who are exemplary leaders on campus, who may have not yet found the fraternal experience they were looking for and want to create a brotherhood based on the values of our organization.

Hartle said, “This is a chance to create something that will last forever and you can come back to with pride. Ultimately, our organization aims to help make you the best version of yourself and a man who will succeed in life after college.”

The expansion team will consist of three chapter consultants and the Director of Growth. Delta Tau Delta will be at the University from Feb. 10 through Mar. 7 in the hopes of informing men about their fraternity. They will be conducting interviews with potential founding fathers, and hosting informational meetings and other various programming, such as a community service projects. Officer positions such as president will be selected through a second interview process after they have accepted an invitation to join. This will take place in the fourth week of colonization.

Delta Tau Delta did not set a cap on the number of men we they accept into their founding father class. According to Hartle, “Our philosophy is to never turn away a qualified man who exemplifies our values. That being said, our goal is to find 50 of the best men on campus who want to create something bigger than themselves.”

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University Students and Faculty Get Bailed Out of Jail

The University’s First Year Service Project hosted Jail Bail on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to raise over $700 to aid local soup kitchens and to help families in need during the holiday season. The event was held in the back of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) from 12 – 4 pm.

The event required the participation of students, faculty and administrators on the campus, with people waiting in jail until they were bailed out. Volunteers sat behind the bars of a makeshift prison in the cafeteria of the RSSC and collected donations so that they could be freed.

In order to be bailed out, students were required to collect a total of $25, while faculty and administrators had to collect a total of $50.

Mike Migliaro, a senior communication major and one of the inmates, said, “It was truly a great experience to raise money for people that need help supporting their families. My strategy to raise money was to be loud, energetic and have a good time in jail.” Migliaro was an inmate for a duration of Jail Bail.

Jail Bail was led by sophomores Deana Getty, Colleen Walsh, Peter Linn, and Jamie Tisch. These students, all of whom have stayed with the First Year Service Project since their freshman year, were responsible for brainstorming, creating the jail, promoting the event, and running the bank.

“We have an incredible group of students this year who have done not only this fundraising but [they] also helped build a playground in Red Bank two weekends ago and planned a coat drive that collected over 100 coats,” said Susan Damaschke, Coordinator of Transition and Leadership Programs and the overseer of the First Year Service Project. Damaschke advised the organization and planning procedures of Jail Bail.

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MAVS Hosts Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration

Over 50 people filed into the Magill Commons Club Dining Room to attend Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society’s (MAVS) first annual Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration and hear their second guest speaker of the year, Mike Stura, on Sunday Nov. 17 at 1 pm.

An animal rescuer and longtime volunteer at Farm Animal Sanctuaries, Stura began his statement by proclaiming, “I wasn’t always a vegan. I was an omnivore like most people,” which made many in attendance laugh. Stura, an everyday truck driver, explained he first became a vegetarian when one of his coworkers named Tony said he couldn’t wait to get home because his wife was preparing a delicious meal.

This made Stura think, “How many animals have died to feed Tony in his life?” He then furthered his animal activism when he took a tour of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in Willow, NY. When his wife agreed to become vegan as well, their lives became centered on saving animals.

“There will be 27 million land animals killed every day; 19,000 every minute. We know we can’t save them all, but if one has a better life, we are helping,” Stura explained.

Stura involves himself with three Farm Animal Sanctuaries full heartedly: the Farm Sanctuary in NY, For The Animals, For The Animals Sanctuary in NJ, and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in NY.

As he was talking, the audience could not help but to try and read his many tattoos. Stura explained one message behind his somewhat unusual number tattoo.

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The Panhellenic Conference Plays Bingo with Greeks

The Panhellenic Conference hosted “Monmouth University Women Go Greek Bingo,” an event welcoming all sororities and those interested in joining Greek life to play bingo, win prizes, and indulge in snacks on Friday, Nov. 15 from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC).

The purpose of Friday night’s event was to inform potential members about the registration process for recruitment during the spring 2014 semester. The official registration process began on Nov. 19. The event also took place to provide potential members with contacts for each sorority and to learn more about each organization.

The Panhellenic Conference sought to make the potential members feel comfortable and also encourage them to start their recruitment process in the spring. In between each round of bingo, 10 members of each sorority gave a short presentation informing the audience about their sorority’s philanthropy, activities, and the pride they each have for their organization.

The Panhellenic Conference set up a popcorn station, a cotton candy station and handed out snacks during each round of bingo. They also put together numerous prizes and gift bags for the winners of each round of bingo.

The first prize consisted of a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card along with AMC Cinema tickets. The second was a $30 gift card to Alex and Ani. The third prize was a $50 gift card to Target. Other prizes included a $50 gift card to Victoria’s Secret, a Lola by Marc Jacobs perfume set, a  $75 gift card to Sunglasses Hut,  and a $100 gift card to the University Bookstore along with University apparel. Bagel Guys Deli also donated 10 $5 gift cards for the lightening round of bingo.

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Reality TV Booking Agent to Speak at Monmouth University’s Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter Speaker Series

West Long Branch, NJ – The Monmouth University Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter announced that Johnny Donovan, Reality TV booking agent, will be presenting as the third speaker of the semester on Wednesday, December 4 at 2:30 P.M. in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room.

Donovan has worked with major reality television stars from various networks such as Bravo, Logo, Oxygen, MTV and VH1. In 2007, Donovan established his own Talent agency, JD Talent Booking, and launched JDonovan Productions in early 2013. Donovan has been involved with the women of the VH1 Mobwives franchise, which has included a plethora of booking and marketing opportunities since the series' 2009 debut. Donovan has a casting resume on past series including Oxygen's Bad Girls Club, MTV's Jersey Shore and CMT's Sweet Home Alabama. His most recent casting endeavor was for Left Right productions for Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, which includes a spin-off of the hit Mob Wives series titled "Miami Monkey" currently airing on VH1. Source: Johnny Donovan.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/20/13

Monmouth Oral Communication Center

The Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) is your go to place for all things public speaking. Making a speech? A presentation? We’re here to help! MOCC offers peer tutoring every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the first year advising offices in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Additional hours are available upon request. MOCC also holds weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere 135. Walk-ins are always welcome.

University Pep Band

The Pep Band is looking for additional members in all sections.  If you play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone horn, tuba or percussion, we want you!!  We are also seeking a bass guitarist for the first time also!  The Pep Band, known as “The Big Sound of the Jersey Shore” is the most visible and most active performing group on campus.  For more information, contact Professor Bryan Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu.

Running Club

Now that it has started to get cold outside, some of you may prefer to run indoors. Our Running Club will meet on the indoor track on the 2nd Floor of the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Tuesdays from 12 - 1 pm and Wednesdays from 8:30 - 930 am. These times may not work for everyone, and some may prefer to still work out outdoors. So, please feel free to use the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/murunning/) to make some new separate meeting times from those listed above. For those who are interested in competing for fun, the 5th Annual MAC Classic will be held in the MAC on Saturday, Dec. 7. Part of this event is a “Community Mile,” open to any Monmouth students of all abilities. To sign up or find out more about this, please contact Head Coach & Club Advisor Joe Compagni at any point prior to Dec. 4. Keep training and keep finding people to keep you motivated.”

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Psyched for Psychic Weekend

Keeping the spirit of Halloween alive at Monmouth, this past weekend the Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted a three day event focused around paranormal activity, horror and the unknown. The event included psychic readers, a movie showing, and a paranormal investigator guest speaker which drew huge crowds of students and some from the local community.

On Thursday at 9 pm the doors of Wilson Hall opened to those wanting to know and ask questions of their unknown past, present and futures. In the Pompeii room, students flooded the space and had a line out the door waiting to get their palm and tarot cards read by the three psychics. According to the responses of multiple students, the psychics were very accurate and so real that it resulted with them leaving the room in tears from shock.

Senior Samantha Kofsky got her palm read and said, “I think SAB’s psychic night was a huge success and after talking to those who got readings, and based off my own, it really uplifted people’s spirits. I personally got many of my questions answered and was so thankful to have gotten this experience in college.”

According to SAB executive board members, the organization was really pleased with the large turnout for the psychics on Thursday. SAB was not expecting to have to turn people away due to the time restrictions of the psychics.

On Friday at 9 pm the doors of Wilson Hall opened again, where students visited the Wilson Auditorium in the basement for a movie screening of James Wan’s film, The Conjuring. In preparation of Lorraine Warren’s arrival the next day, SAB thought that showing the movie to the students would be a good incentive to see Warren speak at the school and to learn more about what she does for a living.

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“Active Minds” Promotes Mental Health Awareness

Active Minds, a national organization that seeks to promote mental health awareness, is in the process of becoming a University campus chapter. The initiative began as part of Promoting Wellness and Resiliency, a campus-specific mental health awareness and suicide prevention endeavor that started just over a year ago as the result of a federal grant for $300,000.

The Active Minds organization currently has over 400 chapters nationwide and has spread to Canada. The University is the most recent affiliate-in-progress, followed by the University of Massachusetts. Ten other universities in New Jersey also have Active Minds chapters. Among them are Georgian Court, Montclair State, and Ramapo.

Active Minds President Jessica Ketch chose to get involved with Active Minds because she believes this group will help break the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. This psychology and sociology double major recognizes mental health as a prevalent issue on college campuses, often due to the transition from high school to college.

According to records kept by the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, approximately 70 percent of students at Monmouth struggle with anxiety, while 46 percent struggle with depression.

The University’s Active Minds chapter, in partnership with Promoting Wellness and Resiliency, aims to alleviate mental health issues like depression and anxiety by creating a competent community. 

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Catholic Campus Ministry Appoints New Chaplain

The Campus Catholic Ministry welcomes Father Richard Tomlinson as their new chaplain. Tomlinson will serve as the religious leader of the campus Catholic community and its weekly masses, and is a spiritual link between God and college students, faculty, and employees.

“I want to help people experience the spiritualty of church and assist them in the search for their spiritual values,” said Tomlinson. “I want these people to experience the richness of the Catholic tradition and make it meaningful today while still embracing the college culture.”

Tomlinson was appointed to the position by Bishop David O’Connell of the Trenton diocese in mid-September, replacing Father William Lago after he was moved and named pastor of two local parishes.

Vice President of the Catholic Center Eryn Siddall said, “Father Bill was an excellent priest who was very involved with our group and he is greatly missed, but I’m sure everyone can agree that Father Tomlison is doing a great job so far.”

Tomlinson was relocated from his church in SC where he has been for four years celebrating mass in both English and Latin. “The catholic identity is much stronger in NJ than it is in SC. Fifty percent of people consider them Catholics here, whereas only five percent are Catholics in SC. Baptists are much stronger there, so it is definitely a different cultural atmosphere,” said Tomlinson.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/13/13

Social Work Society

Social Work Society will be starting the election process for the executive board for the 2014-2015 school year shortly. If you are interested in being part of the executive board, please come to our meeting on Nov. 6 at 3:30 pm. The location is yet to be determined. All social work majors will receive an email from our secretary with location information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tess La Fera, Social Work Society President, at s0779102@monmouth.edu.

Monmouth Oral Communication Center

Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) is now open for business! Are you dreading an upcoming presentation? Uncomfortable with public speaking? MOCC offers peer to peer tutoring every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the first year advising offices in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. MOCC also meets every Wednesday at 2:30 pm in Plangere 135.

Residence Hall Association

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, RHA will be hosting Town Hall at 8 pm in the Mullaney Hall First Floor Lounge. This is an opportunity for resident students to voice their concerns as well as say what they love about their residence halls. Also, join RHA for Popcorn and Pancakes at the 8 pm Oakwood movie showing of Kick-Ass 2 on Saturday, Nov. 16. We will be making delicious chocolate chip, pumpkin and plain pancakes before and during the movie!

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STG Chows Down

Sigma Tau Gamma (STG) hosted their “Chow Down” sub eating contest between different fraternities and sororities in Pollak Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 10 pm. The event raised approximately $700 for STG’s philanthropy, the Michael McNeil Foundation.

Two separate contests were held, one being for the sororities, where Alpha Xi Delta (AXD) came out victorious and one being for the fraternities, where the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) were crowned winners.

Jersey Mikes donated 300 individually sliced subs to STG for their event.

The sorority contest was first, and the participants were given 30 subs to eat in 10 minutes. Jackie Leming of AXD took the title for eating the most subs in the allocated time frame.

After winning the contest, Leming said, “It was so much fun participating in this event. I still can’t believe I won an eating contest and still felt fine after eating nine subs!” Leming took home a $15 gift card to Bagel Guys Deli and a $10 gift card to T.G.I. Fridays.

The fraternities lined up once the sororities exited the stage of Pollak. They were also handed 30 subs and only 10 minutes to eat them. Joseph D’Amaco, brother of TKE, devoured eleven subs. He won a $20 gift card to Bubbakoos Burritos and $10 to T.G.I. Fridays like Leming.

At the end of the contest brothers of STG gave out a prize to the audience, which was another gift card to T.G.I. Fridays.

According to STG President Pat Swisher, “This was a new event that we had never done before.  We were very happy with the turnout for our new event and many of the organizations came out to support us.”

Swisher explained the money that was raised from “Chow Down” would be donated to the Michael McNeil Foundation. McNeil was a brother of STG who died in 2009 at the age of 27 from cancer.

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ZTA “Pink-nic” in the Quad

The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority hosted “Pink-nic,” an event honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month with activities and games, in the Residential Quad on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 3 – 7 pm.

Students were encouraged to attend and play sports such as volleyball, soccer, and Frisbee. In addition, there was also a “Shoot for a Cure” station in which participants would take a ping pong ball and shoot it into a bra cup. There was also a kissing booth station where students filled out a sheet of paper and cut out lips with someone’s name on it. It was then taped onto a large board in the shape of the large breast cancer ribbon. The finished ribbon will be hung up in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in the near future.

Hannah Najafi, freshman accounting major, attended the event and said, “I enjoyed ‘Pink-nic’ because it was all for a good cause. It was nice hearing of people’s stories and the difference it made in everyone’s lives.”

Najafi bought pink hair extensions and a pin that said, “I wear pink in honor of…” to honor her boyfriend’s mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The “Pink-nic” was coordinated by Erin Ally, Director of Philanthropy for ZTA. She, along with sorority sisters, were responsible for organizing the details of the event which included decorations and setting up each station.

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Alpha Sigma Tau is Smarter Than a Fraternity Man

Approximately 200 students came to see if sorority sisters were smarter than fraternity brothers at Alpha Sigma Tau’s (AST) event, “Are you Smarter than a Fraternity Man?” Over $1,300 was raised for the sorority’s philanthropy, The Ashley Lauren Cancer Foundation, on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 10 pm in Pollak Theatre.

AST President Jenna Ferraro said the event has the same concept of the popular game show, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” but with a bit of a Monmouth twist. The categories for the event included Monmouth University history, Fraternity and Sorority history, Greek Life, and Music.

The game show lasted four rounds and in each subsequent round the questions increased in difficulty.

The event was suggested to the sisters of AST by another chapter at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). The sisters of the AST chapter at FDU were in attendance in support of the event. The University’s chapter of AST sorority sisters were victorious in the event and proved they were “smarter than a fraternity man” in their first fall event of the semester.

Michael Migliaro, senior communication major and brother of Phi Kappa Psi, said, “I have participated in a few Greek events, but nothing crazy, like this.” When asked what he meant by “crazy,” Migliaro explained, “It was more of a team effort, not a single man out there… I felt like I was going to have to perform by myself out there, but knowing that the other fraternities were there it got a bit easier and more fun for me.”

Most Greek events are competition based and consist of individual acts or performances, whereas this event was a group effort. The groups were able to congregate after each question to come to a conclusion of an answer, which changed the dynamics of the “traditional” Greek event.

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Kappa Delta Pi Presents at 49th Biennial Convocation

The University’s Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) chapter attended and presented at KDP’s 49th Biennial Convocation in Dallas, Texas from Oct. 24 – Oct. 28 to learn more about KDP, becoming a leader in education, and teaching.

According to KDP.org, “Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.” KDP provides a reasoned voice for significant issues and links learning communities of educators.

The University’s KDP executive board members Drew Corrigan, Britt Henricksen, Rachel Armstrong, and Kelleen Coulson presented “Calling All Learners: Centers as a Tool for Learning” on Friday, Oct. 25, from 1:15 – 2:05 pm. The presentation was designed for students studying K – 12 education, and encompassed the subject matters of physical education, music, mathematics, social studies, and language arts.

Drew Corrigan, junior health and education major, said, “Honestly, we didn’t think we would have more than ten people in the room. We wound up having close to 40 people in the room and had people standing because we ran out of seats. There were people from all over the United States in the room, including a few international members of KDP. The reception after our presentation was amazing with several people saying that we had the best presentation that they saw the whole Convocation.”

The presentation stressed that creating cooperative centers in the classroom can help accomplish the goals of planning for differentiated instruction. The presentation was interactive in nature. 

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/06/13

Running Club

Monmouth Running Club is expanding to also now be the Monmouth Track & Field and Cross Country Club. Those who are interested in training as part of the club for competitions during the year should contact Club Advisor and Head Coach Joe Compagni or any of the assistant coaches in person in the Athletic Department.

Social Work Society

Social Work Society will be starting the election process for the executive board for the 2014-2015 school year shortly. If you are interested in being part of the executive board, please come to our meeting on Nov. 6 at 3:30 pm. The location is yet to be determined. All social work majors will receive an email from our secretary with location information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tess La Fera, Social Work Society President, at s0779102@monmouth.edu.

WMCX

“The X” 88.9 FM is celebrating its 40th anniversary May 1 - May 2, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Aaron Furgason, advisor of WMCX, at afurgaso@monmouth.edu or log on to wmcx.com for more information.

Pep Band

The Pep Band is looking for additional members in all  instrunmental sections.

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The Social Work Society Hosts 9th Annual Teach-In

The Social Work Society and the School of Social Work hosted their 9th Annual Teach-In on Oct. 29 for the one year anniversary date of Superstorm Sandy. The event started nine years ago as a response to Hurricane Katrina and other disasters that had happened around the same time both in our nation and around the world.

The event takes place ever year with presentations surrounding various topics. The Teach-In is intended to mirror 1970s sit-ins in which presenters sought to educate their communities about important topics pervading the social strata. Presenters at the 9th Annual Teach-In spoke mostly about their work in the local area after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy last year.

Meredith Fleece, senior social work major, said, “I think the biggest takeaway for me was the many different roles that are needed during a disaster event. There are so many people and organizations that came forward in order to help with relief efforts and each one plays a vital role in the recovery process.”

This year, the Society’s purpose in hosting the Teach-In was to explore the impact of natural disasters on social justice, to define and explain why minority groups are often the “forgotten victims” of natural disasters, and to inspire people of all backgrounds to mobilize and help in any way possible.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ronald Marks from the Tulane School of Social Work in New Orleans, who was living in the city when Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana coastline, spoke about his experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His speech consisted of a string of stories, one of which involved he and his wife canoeing to their house to gather surviving belongings which was submerged in at least a foot of water.

Alex Lustig, junior psychology major, enjoyed the Teach-In, especially Marks’ presentation. “He was a great speaker with a great message,” he said.

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New Video Game Interest Group Created at University

gamersYou’ve just had a long week of midterm exams, papers, and assignments and have been looking for some serious downtime when you walk into the student center and see a bunch of your friends hanging out, relaxing, and engaging in an all-out video game competition.

MU Gamers United, a new interest group on campus, was created this semester to bring all University gamers together as a group of friends committed to playing games, going on trips, and getting more involved with the University community, senior anthropology major and creator Andrew Colucci explained.

According to their Facebook page, MU Gamers United are a “bunch of video game enthusiasts, card players, and strategy game lovers who have banded together and are taking over campus, one gaming tournament at a time.”

In only their second month of existence, they have amassed over 50 people in their Facebook group and have about 35 members who regularly attend meetings.

“Over the summer [as a freshman orientation leader], I met all 905 of the freshman and quite a few of them were interested in starting a video game club and played video games, board games, and card games. They were always wondering if there was some sort of club or organization on campus that adhered to their interests,” Colucci said.

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“Love the Skin You’re in”

Students of the University gathered to attend Delta Phi Epsilon’s free annual National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) vigil in Anacon Auditorium on Tuesday night, Oct. 22, at 7:30 pm.

ANAD is one of Delta Phi Epsilon’s national philanthropies. Each year, the sorority hosts an ANAD vigil where guest speakers come to share stories about their experiences with anorexia nervosa and raise awareness about the illness. This year’s vigil featured four speakers.

As the vigil began, the crowd was informed that anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. Twenty percent of people who suffer from anorexia die due to issues related to the disorder, such as heart complications.

The first speaker was Kristi Hunt, senior music major. Hunt’s battle with the disorder began at a very young age and escalated from there. “Eating disorders are 100 percent psychological. The weight loss, restricting, and purging are all symptoms of the deep torture going on in the person’s mind,” Hunt explained.

“It is a voice that is constantly telling you that you are not good enough and are worthless, but everyone is capable of finding the inner strength to shut that voice up,” she added. Hunt is now in recovery.

Kelly Chapman, junior graphic design major, was another individual who decided to come forward and share her story at the vigil. Like Hunt, Chapman’s struggle also began at a young age and reached its climax during her early college years. “For me, my biggest thing is not waiting too long before getting help. People should not have to reach rock bottom like we [the speakers] have. No one should ever have to wait until they’re at the point of entering a hospital,” said Chapman. 

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/30/13

Running Club

Monmouth Running Club is expanding to also now be the Monmouth Track & Field and Cross Country Club. Those who are interested in training as part of the club for competitions during the year should contact Club Advisor and Head Coach Joe Compagni or any of the assistant coaches in person in the Athletic Department.

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau is having their event “Are You Smarter Than a Fraternity Man?” on Oct. 30. All proceeds will be donated to Ashley Lauren foundation that raises money for children with cancer. Hope to see you all there!

American Marketing Association

Need advice on what to include in your  résumé? Come to the  résumé writing and career skills workshop on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 2:15 - 4:15 pm in the Club Dining Room.

Outdoors Club

Thank you to all of those who helped at The Big Event. We will be meeting on Wednesday at 3:30 pm in Bey Hall 133. We will be giving out information about our trip to Stokes State Forest from Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday Nov. 10.

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Wilson Hall Transformed into “Haunted Mansion”

hauntedWilson Hall was transformed into a “haunted mansion” for the annual Wilson Hall Haunted Candlelight Tour on Friday night, Oct. 25, with help from the Student Activities Board (SAB) and Boom Roasted Productions.

With the combined team work of both these clubs, they were able to transform Wilson Hall from a place of learning and education to a place of horror and screams, with approximately 300 people in attendance.

Every year SAB has made it a tradition to give students the ultimate haunted experience to get them in the Halloween spirit, but also to pay a tribute to the historical landmark: Wilson Hall.

SAB Vice President of Major Events, Lucy Russo, thought it would be a great idea to reach out to Boom Roasted Productions and ask them to bring their theatrical expertise to the event.

Russo said, “There’s something about Wilson Hall that makes  students bubble up with excitement. It instantly takes them back to that time. We played upon the real storyline of Wilson Hall after the fire and created characters that were traumatized by it as well as the remaining spirits of those who lost their lives in the fire, including the tour guides.”

“SAB was able to bring the scare factor into the tour like never before, with six scare zones and a phenomenal scenery set up,” added Russo.

Students were led by tour guides from the basement to the third floor by candle light. According to Michael Rosas, President of Boom Roasted Productions, there were 15 attendees to a tour and six tour guides in total. The tour guides each circulated throughout Wilson Hall at least three times each.

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Phi Sigma Sigma’s “Monmouth Idol” Rocks Pollak

fox-grayApproximately 300 students joined the ladies of Phi Sigma Sigma for “Monmouth Idol” in Pollak Theatre and raised over $2,000 for the sorority’s philanthropy: school and college readiness. The event showcased the talents of nine student acts, which focused primarily on singing.

Raymond Bogan, senior communication major, was voted winner of this year’s “Monmouth Idol.” Bogan showcased his talents by singing his cover of “This is What it Feels Like” by Armin Van Burren, while playing his guitar.

Bogan said, “It was a good feeling to win first place, I really put a good effort into it.” He played at “Monmouth Idol” last year and asked if he could participate again in this year’s event to try and win.

The student acts were judged by four student judges from 10:30 pm until midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Pollak Theatre. P.J. Antonucci, judge at the event, said the judging panel was looking for creativity, originality, song selection, crowd reaction and the voice of the singer during performances and used that criteria in deciding a winner.

The crowd played a major role during some of the performances, simply through their participation. There were times throughout the performances where the crowd was singing along with the performer, clapping to the beat, and even laughing. This audience participation seemed to boost the confidence of the performer, allowing them to overcome nerves.

Courtney Carr, junior communication major, experienced a bit of audience participation during her performance of Busta Rhyme’s verse from “Look at Me Now.” As soon as the crowd heard the beat, the audience reaction was tremendous. Carr said she was fueled off of the audience’s reaction. Carr also felt her crowd reaction was the best out of the other performers, which is why she placed second overall, after Bogan. 

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PRSSA and ZTA Join Efforts to Help “Fall into Pink”

prssa-editedThe University’s Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter teamed up with Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) to host the “Fall into Pink” event to raise almost $500 for Breast Cancer awareness and the Shadow PR Firm and the PRSSA Chapter from 1 – 4 pm on the patio of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Events of the day included a bake sale, pie-a-Zeta, and pumpkin painting. There was also a silent auction where students and faculty had the chance to bid on select items such as gift cards to Izu Sushi, Fro-Yo Beach, Starbucks, Halloween Express, Surf Taco, as well as a Pandora charm bracelet and a one month membership to Gold’s Gym.

Kelly Brockett, co-President of PRSSA, said PRSSA has made it their mission that whenever they hold a fundraiser, a portion of the profits will be donated to a non-profit, charity or not-for-profit organization.

Mary Harris, public relations professor and co- Advisor of PRSSA, discussed some expectations of the PRSSA in regards to the fundraiser by saying, “Our expectations are to raise awareness and funds for ZTA’s philanthropy of breast cancer awareness. This is also a fundraiser for the Shadow PR firm and PRSSA chapter. For PRSSA and Shadow PR fundraisers, a portion of what we raise is donated to a charity or nonprofit organization. This is part of our mission.”

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Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society Hosts Potluck

MAVS-editedThe Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) hosted a free fall-inspired vegan potluck with featured speaker, Alex Mazzucca, co-owner of From Seed to Sprout, in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1 – 3 pm.

The event was set around the idea of what foods could keep one healthy through the rough winter. Mazzucca opened the discussion with highlighting her organic, vegan restaurant in Avon, New Jersey. “We don’t focus on fake meat but instead try to focus on our nuts, seeds, vegetables, and grains. We change with the seasons. We like to keep it fresh,” Mazzucca said.

According to Mazzucca, the seasonal changes are necessary as one’s immune system also changes with the weather. “Anytime there is a changing of the season, it’s a major shift for your body. The biggest problem comes when your body fries up on the inside, the real key is to keep your body hydrated on the inside,” she said.

Mazzucca mentioned that garlic and ginger are powerful remedies for inflammatory issues while cayenne pepper helps open up your nasal passages. She brought a liquid combination of these elements to the event for guests to try.

Junior communication major, Becca Zidik, was considered “one brave soul” by people attending the event for wanting to try the cold relief concoction. “At first, the shot was very spicy and bitter but after the initial shock of heat, it was so beneficial! My sinuses cleared up within in minutes and I felt energized,” Zidik said.

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/23/13

Running Club

Monmouth Running Club is expanding to also now be the Monmouth Track & Field and Cross Country Club. Those who are interested in training as part of the club for competitions during the year should contact Club Advisor and Head Coach Joe Compagni or any of the assistant coaches in person in the Athletic Department.

WMCX

“The X” 88.9 FM is celebrating its 40th anniversary May 1 - May 2, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Aaron Furgason, advisor of WMCX, at afurgaso@monmouth.edu or log on to wmcx.com for more information.

Social Work Society

The Social Work Society needs volunteers for its 9th Annual Teach-In on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 - 7 pm. If you are interested, please contact club president Tess La Fera at s0779102@monmouth.edu.

American Marketing Association

Need advice on what to include in your  résumé? Come to the  résumé writing and career skills workshop on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 2:15 - 4:15 pm in the Club Dining Room.

The Verge

The Verge is the online magazine, specializing in original content generated by students.

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Monmouth CPC Program to Host Information Session and Panel Discussion

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth University’s graduate program in Corporate and Public Communication (CPC) will host an information session and panel discussion for prospective students on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bey Hall Young Auditorium.

Join past and present students of the CPC program, including Mary Harris, Rebecca Sanford, Michael Maiden, Laura Kirkpatrick, Tara Cadet, Judy Drucker, and Lisa Kanda, for a panel discussion exploring the insights of graduate school, why the panelists chose the CPC program, what they plan to do, and what they have done with their degree.

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Lambdas Try to Salute Their Way Back to Campus

Eight potentially interested students attended the Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. information session held by seven former graduates in the Turrell Board Room in Bey Hall on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 pm to regain interest on campus.

Nicknamed the “Lambas,” this brotherhood previously had a chapter on campus in 2009 known as the Pi chapter, but because of graduating the last of their members, they lost recognition until the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) granted them expansion again in 2012.

According to Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority life, the local regional board for the national organization of Lambda Theta Phi reached out to the leadership of the MGC to go through the expansion process. This included documentation from the national organization, a list of potential interested men, and faculty and staff support.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances at the national level the organization was not able to invite the interested men into the chapter at Monmouth and decided to wait until the national organization was ready for an educational process on our campus,” Buchalski said.

Over the past year and a half, the regional board has held information sessions on campus and made contact with several students that may be interested in joining. Buchalski said the regional board, along with some of the interested members, will continue to host information sessions until a minimum member requirement of five people to have a chapter on campus are met.

Johnathon Nunez, junior criminal justice major who has an interest in the fraternity, said, “The reason I am interested in joining is because it gives minorities the opportunity to come together and embrace the Hispanic culture to form a brotherhood that gives back to the community. It allows us to understand our heritage while also networking and meeting others who have the same values.” 

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/16/13

Delta Phi Epsilon

Delta Phi Epsilon is hosting an ANAD Vigil on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 pm in Anacon hall. Please come out help us support and raise awareness of eating disorders. Enterance is free and donations will be accepted. Any questions, contact Britney Acquaire, president of Delta Phi Epsilon at s0741743@monmouth.edu.

WMCX

“The X” 88.9 FM is celebrating its 40th anniversary May 1 - May 2, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Aaron Furgason, advisor of WMCX, at afurgaso@monmouth.edu or log on to wmcx.com for more information.

Social Work Society

The Social Work Society needs volunteers for its 9th Annual Teach-In on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 - 7 pm. If you are interested, please contact club president Tess La Fera at s0779102@monmouth.edu.

American Marketing Association

Need advice on what to include in your  résumé? Come to the  résumé writing and career skills workshop on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 2:15 - 4:15 pm in the Club Dining Room.

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Outdoors Club Ventures to Vermont for the Weekend

fall_nature_peopleWhile most students were leaving their dorms and houses to head home for fall break, 10 students from the Outdoors Club were embarking on adventure they would never forget.

The students departed from the Rebecca Stratford Student Center on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8 am to arrive in Vermont at 4:30 that evening. The students intended to hike a few national parks, but due to the government shutdowns, they had a change in plans.

"We were nomads," junior Rachel Fox said. "We winged it every night."

The first two nights, the students were supposed to stay at the Green Mountain National Forest, but this trip was altered due to the government shutdown.

"The most unexpected part of the trip was having the national forest campsites closed," junior Mike Kulik said.

Fortunately, the students found that Vermont's state parks were still open to public and they drove to Camels Hump to hike. There, the students officially began their version of fall break.

"We hiked, we rock climbed, went on a rope swing, and even went into the town of Branden and ate at a local diner," Fox said about the trip.

On Saturday, October 12, the students made a three hour journey and switched their location to Emerald Lake State Park. The men in the group got up early to climb prior to their hike and swim.

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Professor Robert Scott to Speak at University

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Professor Robert Scott, of Monmouth University's Department of Communication will join the Master of Arts Corporate and Public Communication (CPC) Colloquium Speaker Series, Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 pm in Plangere Center 134.

Scott has more than 20 years of experience in the communication and media industries. His professional background includes corporate communication, entertainment media technology and film, television and video production. He is a media consultant, freelance writer/producer and specialist professor at Monmouth University.

As a consultant and producer, Scott has worked with an array of industry innovators in digital cinema, media asset management, content distribution, consumer electronics and various business and creative strategies involving digital technologies.

Scott is presently the lead editor of ETCentric: The Industry Insider's Exchange, a collaborative online destination and daily electronic alert that provides technology news, trends and opinions as they relate to entertainment media. Winner of two Interactive Media Awards for design and content, ETCentric is the publishing arm of the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California.

Scott was formerly with the New Technology & New Media department at The Walt Disney Company where he managed online and video communication initiatives.

Monmouth University's graduate program in Corporate and Public Communication prepares students for entry into a variety of advanced communication professions or post-graduate programs. The 31 credit program—facilitated by graduate faculty possessing a broad range of professional and scholarly credentials—provides an in-depth, balanced study of practice and theory. Monmouth also allows students to focus their coursework in areas such as Strategic Public Relations and New Media, Public Service Communication and Human Resources Management and Communication.

Fall Into Pink! Event to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) are hosting a "Fall Into Pink!" event to support Breast Cancer awareness on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 11 am to 4 pm on the Rebecca Stafford Student Center Patio. Proceeds will benefit the ZTA philanthropy and Monmouth University's Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and across the country, members of Zeta Tau Alpha hold special events to increase awareness about early detection and raise funds for education and research. Activities at the "Fall Into Pink!" event will include pie a Zeta, pumpkin painting, a bake sale, music, and a silent auction of donated goods from local businesses to bid on. All support and donations are greatly appreciated.

Kristi Silver, CEO of Shadow PR firm and Co-President of PRSSA, said, "Every year, we donate a proceed of all fundraising efforts to some nonprofit organization. This event's proceeds are supporting Breast Cancer awareness so we decided to work with ZTA being that is their philanthropy and it is a great collaboration."

For more information about the event or getting involved, visit the Shadow PR Firm in the Communication Department located in Plangere room 235A. Contact Co-Presidents Kelly Brockett or Kristi Silver with any questions.

The Outdoors Club Takes on Shark River State Park

outdoors2The University’s Outdoors Club ventured to Shark River State Park for an afternoon picnic on Saturday, Oct. 5 starting at 11:30 am.

Fifteen members of the Outdoors Club met on campus to carpool to the park grounds.

Upon arrival, the club members began their barbeque. Students enjoyed hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, donuts, and beverages, paid for by the club’s funds and budget.

“This picnic gave students the opportunity to relax in the picnic area while listening to music and enjoying the company of friends,” said Lindsey Pieschl, junior psychology major. “This was a great time to go for a picnic because the leaves are starting to change colors and it’s still not too cold out.”

After lunch, many of the members participated in competitive games of football, kickball, and even ultimate Frisbee.

While a good portion of the students chose to play games, a few others decided to go for a hike on one of the many wooded trails that make up Shark River Park. “The trail was full of unique foliage, photo-opportunities, and even a few water features,” said Jackie Leming, junior health studies major. “We crossed a really cool bridge that was messed up from Hurricane Sandy, but still intact,” she stated, “That was my favorite part of the hike.”

After the students returned from the hike and rejoined the rest of the club, the members all took part in yet another round of ultimate Frisbee and hung out around the picnic site. At around 4 pm, they finally began to depart for the trip back to campus.

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Get Pink with ZTA

Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) held a Pink Lemonade Stand outside of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1, to help fundraise over $200 for their national philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.

Lemonade was being sold for $1 as well as baked goods. Donations were also appreciated at the event.

ZTA member Casey Inguagiato said, “The Pink Lemonade made a ton of people aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I think it’s really important because Breast Cancer has affected so many people and really hits home for some… I love being able to fundraise and advocate for such an incredible cause.”

October is breast cancer awareness month and Zeta Tau Alpha will be holding events all throughout the month of October to spread awareness.

Erin Ally, ZTA philanthropy chair, said, “I think the pink lemonade stand was an amazing way to start off Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was a great way to catch the entire campus’s attention, get them excited about all the other upcoming events, and make them want to show their support.”

“It was such a beautiful day that you could hardly resist a glass of pink lemonade! It was a successful start and we’re excited for our other events,” added Ally.

ZTA will be tabling every Monday at the Student Center to continue to raise awareness. The sorority encourages everyone to wear pink and advocate for their philanthropy.

Splishin’ and Splashin’ at the Bi-Annual Beach Bash

The Outdoors Club Hosted its Beach Party at Brighton Avenue

Over 30 students attended the Outdoors Club bi-annual Beach Bash Party this past weekend on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 12 – 6 pm on Brighton Avenue.

Tyler Vandegrift, junior political science major and an active member of Outdoors Club, said, “The event was great. It’s a good time, and the weather is perfect!”

Along with the 75 degree weather, there was food and an array of different beach activities that members and students could partake in. Games included corn hole, ladder ball, Frisbee, and football. Students also took full advantage of the ocean.

David Aviles-Sarargo, senior software engineering major, said, “Charging out the kayaks with the new members and freshman of the club was my favorite part of the event. It really gave them the Outdoors Club experience first-hand.”

Sarargo attended the event “to get away from Monmouth and enjoy the beautiful beach and awesome people.”

In addition to kayaking and swimming, Peter Chace, marine biology and chemistry major, went scuba diving. This E-board member has been scuba diving for five years now. “I started here in Jersey in the Manasquan River,” said Chase.

Chase would like to see the Outdoors Club incorporate scuba diving into programs and events; however he understands that it is an expensive sport that requires special certification.

While playing in the ocean seemed to be the main attraction at the beach bash, it was not the only activity that sparked interest. Outdoors Club members also laid a 20-foot slack line on the beach.

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NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity” Comedy Show

SAB Brought Comedians Rob Haze and Arvin Mitchell to Pollak Theatre

Stand-up comedians Rob Haze and Arvin Mitchell created laughs amongst approximately 100 students at NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity” comedy show on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 – 9:30 pm in Pollak Theatre. The free event was hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB).

“I seriously couldn’t stop laughing,” said Kristen Tullo, junior bio-chemistry and advanced chemistry double major. “If SAB hosts more events like this, I will definitely go. I didn’t realize how fun some events can be.”

Haze took the stage for the first 45 minutes, cracking jokes about celebrities such as 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, and Miley Cyrus’ infamous “twerking.” He also poked fun at New Jersey drivers and their infamous road rage, communal showers in college dormitory buildings and intoxicated women.

Haze, an Atlanta native, began his stand up career while at the University of Georgia, where he performed at talent shows, pageants, and step shows. After winning the Athens Last Comic Standing contest, Haze furthered his career by performing at various lounges.

According to StandUpNBC.com, “There are no racial or age limits to Rob [Haze]’s comedy as he likes to bring people together rather than tear them apart.”

Haze’s comedy is full of word play and pop culture references.

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Alpha Xi Delta Walks at Annual “Autism Speaks” 5K

The University’s chapter Alpha Xi Delta volunteered at the annual “Walk Now for ‘Autism Speaks’” 5K walk/run outside of Pier Village on Saturday, Sept. 28 to raise money for the “Autism Speaks” foundation.

According to Lauren Havanki, the director of field division for “Autism Speaks”, the turnout this year was better than previous years, with approximately 4,500 participants in attendance.

A huge sum of donations was made towards the cause. Havanki said, “The event brought in approximately 250,000 dollars”

Local residents including students in nearby high schools supported this walk in addition to Alpha Xi Delta.

Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy is “Austism Speaks.”  Each year, their chapter helps out with the walk by doing a numerous amount of jobs and responsibilities to help the walk run as smoothly as possible.  Approximately 50 members of the sorority showed up to help

Stephanie Naishtut, Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy chair, said, “We broke the sisters up into three shifts: setup, afternoon, and cleanup.  Each sister was assigned a different job throughout the day and had a job to help out.”

The morning setup crew arranged all of the tables which were designated for stations including check-in, food, and merchandise.

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President Brown Invites Students to the Opera at Pollak Theatre 10/2

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth University’s new President, Paul Brown, has extended an invite for ten Monmouth University students to join him in the viewing of the simulcast performance of Tosca on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.

In order to give a fair chance to every student enrolled at the University, President Brown has decided to have a contest. In order to enter, a student must log onto www.surveymonkey.com/s/opera50 and write why they should be picked to accompany President Brown to the opera in 50 words or less. The deadline for responses is on Wednesday, Oct. 9. If chosen, the student will be notified by Friday, Oct. 25.

“Opera is great entertainment, but unfortunately too many students have not been exposed to it.  In fact, my love of opera came about from studying German at Franklin and Marshall College, so I thought this was a great way to payback.  The winning students will enjoy Tosca and a brunch before the performance with us  – and what better way for me to meet more MU students,” President Brown said.

Monmouth University is a leading private institution that offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University provides students with a highly personalized education that builds the knowledge and confidence of tomorrow’s leaders. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University’s magnificent and historic campus is approximately one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia and is within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline.

If anyone has any questions, contact Amy Bellina, Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations at her email, abellina@monmouth.edu.

Club and Greek Announcements 10/2

WMCX

“The X” 88.9 FM is celebrating its 40th anniversary May 1 to May 2, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Aaron Furgason, advisor of WMCX, at afurgaso@monmouth.edu or log on to wmcx.com for more information .

Latin American Student Organization

Latin dance lessons will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 pm in Anacon. All are welcome to attend free of charge Come show us your moves!.

Outdoors Club

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Beach Party on Saturday. There will be no general meeting this week, but here are some upcoming events. This weekend, we will be hosting a picnic at Shark River Park on Saturday during the day. On Saturday night, we will be hosting a trip to Fields of Terror. We will also be having a trip to the Green Mountains in Vermont during fall break from Oct. 10 - 14. Any questions, contact Pay Layton at s0814938@monmouth.edu.

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye is a mentoring program that mentors children with learning disabilities and ADHD at St. Jerome’s School. The program pairs mentors from the Department of Disabilities Services with children who have similar disabilities. The goal of the program is to help the students feel empowered when it comes to being in the classroom. The children express themselves through art projects and this ultimately helps them learn about themselves. This program is run on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm. If you have any questions about getting involved email Christina Gonzalez at s0819331@Monmouth.edu.

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Smash for a Cure

Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) teamed up with Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), a Pre-Professional Health Honor Society, to host their 3rd annual car smash on Tuesday, Sept. 17, outside of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC).

Over 70 students and faculty members actively participated in the car smash, and countless others donated without participating in the smashing. TKE and AED helped raise over $375 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Brian Deo, senior and business management major, worked tirelessly to make sure that the car smash was a success.

Deo was responsible for contacting Joe Mazza, of Mazza Scrap Metal, LLC who was able to donate the car to the fundraising event. Deo also worked with Student Services as well as University Facilities Management to ensure safety precautions to students and faculty members including protective eyewear, safety waivers and a barrier around the car.

“This is definitely a unique way of fundraising,” said Deo. “It is a great way to get the student body involved while still donating.”

Giovanni Casale, senior and finance major, also played a key role in the car smash. Casale helped obtain the safety supplies, but moreover, was actively seen getting many students to take a swing at the car.

Casale said, “Last year this fundraiser was more for homecoming, but this year it’s strictly a fundraiser. Regardless, it’s something fun for students to do, destroying something for a good cause.”

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Sing Your Little Heart Out

Boom Roasted Productions Hosted “Karaoke Night”

Over 50 students gathered in front of Lauren K. Woods Theatre to sing at the first ever “Karaoke Night” hosted by Boom Roasted Productions on Friday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 pm.

Boom Roasted Productions is a student-run theatre production club that many of the University’s music and theater students are involved in, but it is open to students of every major. Approximately thirty students are involved in Boom Roasted Productions.

Students would select songs that they wanted to perform from a song book, inform DJ Karaoke Steve of their song selection, and perform under a tent for everyone to enjoy.

Performances included students singing and laughing along to “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, “Dirty Pop” by *NSYNC, “Just Give Me a Reason” by P!nk, “Edge of Glory” by Lady GaGa,  and “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.

Advisor of Boom Roasted Productions Maurice Moran said that majority of the students on campus are unaware of this organization. “[Boom Roasted Productions] students were looking for a generally popular activity that would let everyone know of the club’s existence,” said Moran.

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Elmwood Hall Takes the Gold

Thirteen Buildings Competed in this Year’s Olympic-Themed Battle of the Buildings

Students participated in an event-filled weekend with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) for the annual Battle of the Buildings from Friday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 22. The thirteen buildings competed for three days to be named champion, and this year Elmwood Hall took home the gold.

Cedar Hall took second place and Beechwood Hall took third place.

The first night of various competitions included lobby decorating,  team banners, team cheers,, wing-eating contests, residence hall music videos, and best use of social media featuring the hash tags #BOTB and #MURHA.

The opening ceremony began in the Residential Quad from 7 to 8 pm which officially commenced Battle of the Buildings. Teams arrived to present their banners and cheers and were judged on a five-point scale. The winners of other Friday events were also announced.

A “lighting of the fire” formally declared the beginning of the weekend event.

Immediately following the opening ceremony was “Houseless Not Hopeless” which lasted from 8 pm to 6 am. A minimum of five students from each team slept overnight at this event on Shadow Lawn to help the Monmouth community. Activities for the night included stuffing backpacks, sewing blankets, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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The Outdoors Club Takes On Wharton State Forest

Members Camped in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

The Outdoors Club left the civilization of campus and set out for a weekend of camping at Wharton State Forest in the New Jersey Pine Barrens on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The park, which is located in Atlantic, Burlington, and Camden counties, offers rivers and lakes for water activities, trails for hiking, horseback riding, and biking, is home to the historic Batsto Village.

At around 12:30 pm on Saturday, approximately 20 students arrived at the campsite in Wharton.

Jackie Leming, junior health studies major, said, “Swimming in the river and jumping off the bridge and rope swing were my favorite.”

Another fan of the river and rope swing was junior education major and first-time camper, Allie Perz. When asked about her first camping experience, Perz stated, “My first Outdoors Club trip was really fun. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to go on the next trip.”

While swimming and being in the water appeared to be the most talked-about event of the weekend, it was not the only aspect of the river that the campers enjoyed.

Professor Reynolds, the faculty advisor for the Outdoors Club, said his favorite part of the trip was exploring the beautiful foliage down by the riverside. Reynolds has been the Outdoors Club’s faculty co-advisor since 2006.

In addition to exploring the surroundings of the river, students would play football and frisbee, cook dinner, and hang around the campfire.

The campers that stuck around the campsite the following day decided to go on a hike to a fire tower that they had the option to climb upon arrival - one of the many attractions Wharton has to offer its visitors.

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President Brown Invites Students to the Opera at Pollak Theatre

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth University’s new President, Paul Brown, has extended an invite for ten Monmouth University students to join him in the viewing of the simulcast performance of Tosca on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.

In order to give a fair chance to every student enrolled at the University, President Brown has decided to have a contest. In order to enter, a student must log onto www.surveymonkey.com/s/opera50 and write why they should be picked to accompany President Brown to the opera in 50 words or less. The deadline for responses is on Wednesday, Oct. 9. If chosen, the student will be notified by Friday, Oct. 25.

“Opera is great entertainment, but unfortunately too many students have not been exposed to it.  In fact, my love of opera came about from studying German at Franklin and Marshall College, so I thought this was a great way to payback.  The winning students will enjoy Tosca and a brunch before the performance with us  – and what better way for me to meet more MU students,” President Brown said.

Monmouth University is a leading private institution that offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University provides students with a highly personalized education that builds the knowledge and confidence of tomorrow’s leaders. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University’s magnificent and historic campus is approximately one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia and is within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline.

Club and Greek Announcements 9/25

WMCX

“The X” 88.9 FM is celebrating its 40th anniversary May 1 - May 2, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Aaron Furgason, advisor of WMCX, at afurgaso@monmouth.edu or log on to wmcx.com for more information.

Latin American Student Organization

Latin dance lessons will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 pm in Anacon. All are welcome to attend free of charge Come show us your moves!

Hawk TV

Hawk TV is hosting Rock ‘N Relief, a fundraiser benefitting Habitat for Humanity, on Friday, Sept. 27 in front of Plangere from 1 to 4 pm.

Outdoors Club

Our next general meeting will take place today at 3:30 pm in Bey Hall 133. On Saturday, Sept. 28, Monmouth University’s Outdoors Club will be hosting their bi-annual beach party at Brighton Ave. Beach next to the University Bluffs.  Celebrate the start of a great school year with games, food, music and more. The event will last from noon until 6 pm.

University Pep Band

We are looking for additional members in all sections. If you play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone horn, tuba or percussion, we want you!

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“There’s a Circus in Town!”

SAB Brings Aura of Both a Circus and a Carnival to Campus with “Carnivale”

Entertainer Mike DuBois and performer in Broadway’s “Pippin”, Viktoria Grimmy, performed in the Residential Quad on Friday, September 13, at 4 pm at “Carnivale.”

The Student Activities Board (SAB) along with co-sponsor Phi Kappa Psi fraternity hosted this event that was free and open to all students.

Despite a light drizzle within the first few minutes of the event, approximately 300 students still gathered to enjoy the festivities at “Carnivale.”

Tents were positioned in the Residential Quad filled with live wild animals, games and prizes, balloon artists, body painting, and candy. DJ Mike Gloria made a return from SAB’s previous event, “Monmouth Palooza,” and blasted electro-club dance music from his speakers.

The tent that gained the most popularity was the live animal tent which included a spider monkey named Mindy, a Geoffroy’s cat, an alligator, a parrot, two boa constrictors, a tarantula, a naked mole rat, an arctic fox, and a chinchilla.

At approximately 5:30 pm the rain began to clear which allowed DuBois and Grimmy to take the the stage.

DuBois performed his solo show of juggling, magic, and circus stunts while encouraging student participation. Prior to beginning his act, DuBois announced to the audience, “My show is based on energy – The more you give me, the better it’ll be.”  DuBois then began to awe the crowd with tricks including his seven-ball juggle and escape from a straitjacket while simultaneously riding a unicycle.

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Get Your Greek On

Greek Life Held “Meet The Greeks”

Over 300 students interested in becoming involved with Greek Life gathered in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) to the semi-annual “Meet the Greeks” event on Tuesday, September 10 at 9 pm.

The 14 Greek organizations at the University set up tables to promote their philanthropies and gathered prospective students’ attentions. Each organization had members from their chapters stationed at tables to represent their fraternity or sorority.

The majority of students who attended were first year students, but many sophomores, transfer students, and juniors were present as well.

Rianna Rea, freshman international business major, said, “I went to ‘Meet the Greeks’ with a couple of my friends and I really enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to rush in the spring but I didn’t know all of the different sororities.”

“When I was there I talked to girls from all of the sororities,” added Rea, “and I think it’s great they had everyone sign up for an email list so they can know when events are.”

When students arrived to “Meet the Greeks,” each student was given a business card with all of the fraternities and sororities written down. The goal was for every student to talk with a member from each organization and have the organization mark off their card.

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SAB Introduces #SABSwag at Sign Shop Novelty Event

Hour long lines of University students filled the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Wednesday, September 11, from 1 - 4 pm waiting to get their hands on a personalized street sign hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) with their novelty event.

This SAB novelty was open and free for all students to attend to make any sign with any personalization that they wanted displayed.

The SAB paid for and brought a representative from a personalized sign making company to come to the University to host this event through their novelty budget. They had found the company at last year’s National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) in Nashville, Tennessee and booked them immediately at the NACA marketplace.

The process for the sign making was pretty simple and took only minutes to complete. The students were instructed to pick a metal sign, choosing from a green street sign, yellow caution sign, or car license plate. They then wrote down what personalized messaged they wanted on the sign.

After deciding the specific personalization, a machine then printed out the letters and the SAB event members then peeled them out, stuck them to the corresponding sign, and handed the sign to the student to use as decoration in their dorm room.

Some signs that students created included the phrases “Jersey Girl Blvd”, “StuDYING Apt3”, and “Caution Queens Ahead.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 9/13

WMCX

“The X” 88.9 FM is celebrating its 40th anniversary May 1 - May 2, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Aaron Furgason at afurgaso@monmouth.edu or log on to wmcx.com for more information .

Latin American Student Organization

Latin dance lessons will be held on Thursday, October 3 from 6 - 8  pm in Anacon. All are welcome to attend free of charge.

Hawk TV

Open House will be on September 19 at 7:30 pm in the studio. There will be light refreshments.

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club will be at the involvement fair this Wednesday. Stop by our table if you want to say hi or pay for the Wharton State Forest trip, which is this weekend. If you can’t make it to that, come to our beach party event on Saturday, September 28,  from 12 - 6 pm at the beach in front of the University Bluffs. If you have any questions feel free to contact Pat Layton.

University Pep Band

We are looking for additional members in all sections. If you play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone horn, tuba or percussion, we want you!

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Back 2 School, Back 2 Business

National Council of Negro Women hosts Dance Party

The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) hosted its annual “Back 2 Business” dance party in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Friday, September 13, from 9 pm – 1 am with music by DJ Wallah.

Approximately 100 students danced to this Jersey DJ that was inducted into the Heavy Hitter DJ Crew back in 2009.

Senior Aiyana Jones, President of NCNW, said, “Wallah has been our go to DJ for our events every year. He is so nice and easy to work with, plus he appeals to all crowds. Not to mention he is the most popular Hip-Hop DJ in New Jersey.” Jones said that it is considered a tradition to the NCNW to continue asking Wallah to perform.

Wallah is most well-known for his club song “Hit it to the Beat.” According to DJWallah.net, he is “the featured DJ alongside respected household names such as Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, 50 Cent, Rick Ross, and countless others.”

Taylar Campbell, freshman communications major said, “My expectations of the night were high because I know who Wallah is, and he definitely surpassed them. He played a lot of diverse music and I had an amazing time.”

Merissa Jones, advisor for the NCNW since 2007, said that this event has been going on for five years. “We feel this event is an opportunity for the students to meet others on campus as well as to de-stress from the feelings of nervousness from starting or returning to college life,” said Jones.

“Back 2 Business” was advertised by distributing flyers around campus as well as attaching a file of the flyer and sending it to student email addresses. “This event is aimed for students to help them make friends outside of a classroom setting,” said Jones.

Students could pre-register for the event and pay $5.00; otherwise it was $7.00 at the door.

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Monmouth University’s Communication Clubs to Host First Open House

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth University’s student run communication organizations will be hosting an open house on Monday, September 23 from 2:30-4:30 pm in the Plangere Center for Communication. The organizations hope to entice students as well as faculty to become more involved on campus. At the open house, students and faculty can walk around the Plangere Center for Communication and visit each club to see which they are most compatible with.

The clubs include The Outlook, the student campus newspaper; The Verge, the student campus online magazine; Hawk TV, the student campus television station; WMCX, the student campus radio station; Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter, the student campus public relations firm; MOCC, the student campus oral presentation group; and CommWorks, the student campus performance group.

Those who visit each organization during this event will have a chance to win the basket prize, displayed at the welcome table in Plangere lobby.

The Department of Communication offers an undergraduate degree with concentrations in public relations, journalism, radio, television, as well as communication studies. The department also offers a master’s degree in corporate and public communication.

Monmouth University is a leading private institution that offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University’s magnificent and historic campus is approximately one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia and is within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline. Monmouth University is listed in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” and the Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, and is recognized by the latter as one of the country’s top “green” colleges.

Contact Ms. Kelly Brockett, PRSSA President and Advertising Manager for The Outlook at s0818638@monmouth.edu

Kickin’ it on the Quad

Singer and songwriter Alex Goot performed at an outdoor concert on the Residential Quad on Tuesday, September 3, at 7:30 pm. Approximately 300 students attended this free concert that was hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB).

“Welcome Week” kicked off with live music Goot whose  from Poughkeepsie, New York. Students were sprawled out on blankets as they watched Goot perform his playlist of songs including “Lightning” and “Secret Girl.”

SAB gave away flashing neon sunglasses to students that attended the event.

Goot launched his YouTube channel “Goot Music” in 2007. According to Goot’s biography on his YouTube channel, his first recordings consisted of him singing and playing the piano. After a few modifications in production style, Goot gained popularity amongst YouTube viewers. He has over one million followers and is known for his covers such as “22” originally written by Taylor Swift and “Clarity” originally written by Zedd.

Louis Garbarini, Marketing Chair of SAB and senior studying public relations, stated, “This has been a great turn out for our first event of ‘Welcome Week.’ Hopefully our events will have the same turn out and be this much of a success in the future.” Garbarini was extremely pleased with the overall publicity of the event. He added, “The first event for students is normally a great turn out, especially for freshmen, because they look forward to having something fun to do at night with their new friends.”

“SAB had great events on campus for the days of ‘Welcome Week,’” said Jonathon Nunez, junior transfer student from Middlesex County College. “As a transfer student, I barely know anyone on campus and it can feel a little lonely at times, but attending this event helped me socialize and meet new friends. Now I feel more welcome at the University,” said Nunez.

SAB advertised for Goot’s performance through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by sharing their posters that were created for the event. There was also a calendar of events that was distributed to students attending the University.

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Abracadabra!

Magician Mat Franco and mind reader Eric Dittelman performed in Pollak Theatre in a Vegas style show at 8 pm on Friday, September 6. This free performance was open to students as part of “Welcome Week” hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB).

Franco and Dittelman are not usually a duo that performs together but the SAB had booked them together at last year’s National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) in Nashville, Tennessee, where they had watched them perform live separately. Both illusionists brought a comical sense to the show by spitting out jokes left and right bringing the crowd to hysterics. They also brought their own side of illusion to the table to shock the crowd.

Franco has been a magician since he was about four years old. He had many magic tricks up his sleeves ranging from various card tricks to pulling a 12-foot handkerchief from his mouth.

Dittelman also started practicing magic at a very young age, but didn’t get into minding reading until his college years. After graduating college and finding a job as a middle school music teacher, he decided to quit and pursue his one true passion in life: mind reading. Dittelman is known for his appearances on “America’s Got Talent.”

SAB worked together in organizing the event by double booking the act from NACA, bringing them to the University and advertising the event around campus and on social media. Lucy Russo, Vice President of Special Events for SAB and senior, ran the event. Anticipating a successful event because of the reputation of the previous year’s event, Russo hoped to have a packed house. Her expectations were filled while guests continued to pour through the doors during the show, most having just left the first quarter of the University’s men’s soccer game.

As expected by SAB members, the Vegas style magic and mind reading show turned out to be a success. Casey Inguagiato, junior and SAB member in charge of marketing and poster design, said, “We had a really great turn out. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see a magic and mind reading show at school?”

The Vegas style magic and mind reading show has proven to be a success among students with a good reflection on the proceedings of SAB.

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“Jump Around! Jump Up, Jump Up and Get Down!”

Over 150 students celebrated the conclusion of “Welcome Week” with the Student Activities Board (SAB) at its annual “Monmouth Palooza” on Saturday, September 7 in the Residential Quad.

“Monmouth Palooza” included Vertical Reality inflatable trampolines and a Foto Fun Strips photo booth provided by Party Perfect Rentals, inflatable furniture that students used to lounge in, beach balls, electro-club dance music remixed by DJ Mike Gloria, and a wide assortment of food provided by Aramark.

Victoria Day, Awareness Chair of SAB and junior public relations major, explained how the event was free and open to everyone. “This event helps bring out a sense of community at the University in a fun and interactive setting,” said Day. “Events like this give students a feeling of warmth and it is extremely inviting, especially to the freshman who feel like they don’t quite belong at first.”

Jacklyn Griffith, freshman social work major, said that she became aware of “Monmouth Palooza” through both the event calendar and SAB’s Facebook page. “Being a freshman is awkward at times because you barely know anyone,” said Griffith, “but this event definitely gave me a chance to socialize and meet new people.”

“Monmouth Palooza” appealed to many undergraduate students that reside in dorm buildings in close proximity to the event. “I am extremely happy that I came and I will definitely be attending more SAB events, especially ones with more inflatable trampolines,” giggled Griffith.

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Greek Convocation Covers Goals for the School Year

A convocation of executive leaders for Greek life at the University discussed the goals of a “Greekend” and future colonization of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity on Wednesday, September 9.

Awards of excellence were also distributed.

Chris Mannon, Greek Senate President and brother of Phi Kappa Psi, opened the ceremony.

“I have had the opportunity to realize that we have the potential to be much greater than we are currently.  We can only achieve that potential by working together towards common goals.  Goals that we determine for ourselves that will provide us the opportunity to leave our campus better than it was when we first arrived. This year I will be looking for all of your help to create these goals and help our community realize them throughout the year,” said Mannon.

Mannon shared his goal of creating the first ever “Greekend”, which is a series of events, activities, and programs that will celebrate the shared values of the entire Greek life community.

“Greekend” will include a dinner for outstanding scholars, a bowling event, The Big Event, and a motivational speaker for the entire community.

Expansion of Greek life at the University was also stressed by Mannon. He welcomed the decision of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the member council for all of the male Greek organizations at the University, to colonize Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at the University for the 2013-2014 school year. The IFC wanted to improve the community by providing more options for students to choose from when deciding which fraternity seemed the best fit.

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Contact Information

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

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764

Phone:(732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu