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Club & Greek

Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Club and Greek Announcements 4/8

Accounting Society

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

Running Club 

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

The Outlook 

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

Outdoors Club

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

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

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

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

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

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/29

Outdoors Club

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

Running Club 

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

Alpha Xi Delta

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

MOCC

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

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/22

Accounting Society

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

Running Club 

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

Outdoors Club

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

The Outlook 

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

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Sororities and Fraternities Battle it Out: Greek Week 2015

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

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

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

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/15

Accounting Society

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

Running Club 

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

The Outlook 

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

Outdoors Club

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

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National Broadcasting Society Wins Big Nationally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alpha Xi Delta “Lights it up Blue” for Autism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Melodies by the Sea” Charity Concert

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

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

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/1/15

Accounting Society

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

Running Club 

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

The Outlook 

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

IEEE/ACM

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

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Greek Responsibility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Theta Xi Raises Major Bucks for Philanthropic Causes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/25

Monmouth Pep Band 

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

Running Club 

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

The Outlook 

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

IEEE/ACM

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

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Delta Phi Epsilon’s Annual Lip Sync for Cystic Fibrosis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/11

Monmouth Pep Band 

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

Running Club 

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

The Outlook 

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

WMCX

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

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Drag Queens Take Over Anacon Hall for a Great Cause

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

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

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

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/4

Monmouth Pep Band 

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

Running Club 

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

The Outlook 

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

Delta Phi Epsilon 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/25

Monmouth Pep  Band

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

Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society

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

The Outlook

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

Delta Phi Epsilon

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

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

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

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

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

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/18

Monmouth Pep Band

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

Residence Hall Association

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

The Outlook

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

Delta Phi Epsilon

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

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Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society

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

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

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

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

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Three Students Re-establish Lambdas at Monmouth

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/11

Monmouth Pep Band

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

Residence Hall Association

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

The Outlook

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

Delta Phi Epsilon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Music Alliance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/4

Monmouth Pep Band

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

Residence Hall Association

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

Track & Field and Cross Country Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/10

Monmouth Pep Band

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

Track & Field and Cross Country Club

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

Delta Tau Delta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/3

Monmouth Pep Band

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

Track & Field/Cross Country Club

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

Sab, Rha, and AXiD

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

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Threat Analysis Group Plans to Increase Club Involvement

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

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

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

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Mock Trial Program to Host Inaugural “Hawk” Invitational

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

The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) program hosts 25 regional tournaments in the early part of the spring semester, enrolling approximately 600 teams from over 350 universities and colleges annually.  Teams of six to ten students participate in attorney and witness roles competing for “bids” from these regional tournaments to a series of eight “Opening Round Championship Series Tournaments” (ORCS) in the latter part of the spring semester.  A bid out of the ORCS tournaments culminates in the national championship tournament, this year taking place on April 17-19, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio hosted by the University of Cincinnati.  This year presents a civil case problem involving the unfortunate shooting of an 11-year-old by her friend. Students in attorney roles represented the parents in this fictitious case of Park v. Duran; other students portray challenging witness roles ranging from the next-door neighbor, clinical child psychologists and the parties (parents) themselves

In the fall, student teams work diligently in a series of invitational tournaments, honing trial strategies and witness performances, in preparation for regional competition.  This spring, Monmouth will compete in the New Haven, Connecticut regional hosted by Yale on February 7-8, 2015.  The Monmouth mock trial team has competed already in two invitational tournaments – one hosted by Drexel University (the First Annual Market Street Mock Trial Invitational) on October 25 and 26 and a second one hosted by Temple University (the Third Annual Hooter Mock Trial Invitational) on November 15 and 16.  The preparation thus far, in 2014-15 builds off of an impressive showing in the 2014-15 competition year, with two witness awards won by Cara Turcich (currently a graduate student in public policy and assistant mock trial team coach) and the spirit of AMTA award, symbolizing the team recognized by peer teams as the one representing the notions of professionalism and courtesy.  Sophomore team member Josh Manning won individual awards at the Hooter invitational for his performance both as a plaintiff attorney role as well as defense witness role.

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Panhellenic Council Passes “Limited Frills” Recruitment

ztaSorority recruitment will be taking place this spring, leading unaffiliated University women into the Greek community. However, the Panhellenic Council, the governing body that oversees formal sorority recruitment, is taking a different approach to the formal recruitment process this spring. The council voted to instate "limited frills" recruitment, and passed the motion.

In previous years, sororities were given the opportunity to finance their recruitment budget independently. They were also given the chance to decorate their recruitment rooms with an unlimited amount of whatever themes, crafts, t-shirts, letters, and decorations of their choice. This led the Panhellenic Council to believe that potential new members were choosing their sorority based on superficial items, such as the decorations, rather than the values of the sororities and the sisters themselves.

The new approach limits sororities' ability to sway potential new members through the use of superficial items, giving the potential new members the opportunity to focus more on the conversations they are having with Greek women. It makes the formal recruitment process more meaningful for not only the potential new members, but also the sisters of each sorority who plan on extending bids into their sisterhood.

"By limiting the frills within recruitment, chapters will better be able to recruit girls who fit right for them, rather than what they seem to be through the decorations in the rooms," said Kendall Bohannon, a senior homeland security major and the Vice President of Recruitment of the Panhellenic Council.

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Sorority Bingo Night Gives Girls Closer Look at Greek Life

The Panhellenic Council hosted Bingo Night Friday, Nov. 14, in Anacon Hall to give students an opportunity to get to know each different sorority organization the University has to offer.

"The purpose of the Bingo event is to have a fun, involved setting for girls to come and learn about each organization on campus, along with meeting sisters from each," said Kendall Bohannon, Panhellenic Council Vice President of Recruitment. "This allows for potential new members to get a better sense of the Panhellenic Community and the chapters within."

"Panhellenic Council required ten members from each sorority to be present and encouraged girls interested in joining Greek life to attend as well," said Ariana Tepedino, Panhellenic Council President and senior English major.

"Bingo Night has a variety of prizes for winners, and it plays an important role in the recruitment process for both sororities and students interested in Greek life," said Bohannon. "It is a fun, relaxed event that allows for easy socialization between girls interested and members of the Panhellenic Community."

Bingo Night gives the potential new members of Greek life an opportunity to form connections prior to formal recruitment.

"Often times, students make great connections at these events and it helps them feel more comfortable when going through the formal recruitment process and serves as a means of comfort due to the fact that they know a handful of girls they will see during recruitment," said Tepedino.

According to Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Bingo Night allows for the sororities to market themselves as well, giving them a chance to present their organization between each round of bingo. This is the second year the Panhellenic Council hosted Bingo Night, yielding a successful turnout.

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Club and Greek Announcements 11/19/14

Monmouth Pep Band

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

Track & Field/Cross Country Club

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

PRSSA

On November 20, PRSSA will be holding a food drive in the Student Center for The People's Pantry, a local food bank to help Hurricane Sandy victims. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, you can drop off practically any food ranging from canned goods to macaroni and cheese boxes.

MOCC

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Delta Tau Delta Raises Money for Diabetes Research

dtd-1Delta Tau Delta (DTD), one of the new fraternities on campus, has recently been doing a lot of work to help their philanthropy, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.)

Fraternities and sororities around the country pride themselves on being dedicated to their philanthropies and DTD, even though they are new to the University's Greek community, is no exception to this. Over the past week, the fraternity has held two events to benefit JDRF, with more to come.

November is National Diabetes Month. DTD's first event was "Delta Tau-Gate," a tailgate at the home football game on Nov. 1.

"I chose Nov. 1 because it was Type 1 Diabetes Day," said Anthony Serrantonio, a senior communication TV/radio major and the Philanthropy Chair for DTD. "A lot of work went into planning this event in a short amount of time. I had to get local business to sponsor the event by donating gift cards for us to raffle off the day of. We were able to get about 10 businesses to sponsor us. We also had a local seafood restaurant donate soup for us to sell."

Serrantonio explained that they had also planned to hold cornhole and kanjam tournaments but inclement weather forced the guys to move the event inside the MAC. Despite the rain, the event still raised a decent amount of money. "We worked hard and were still able to raise $430 for JDRF so in the end I was still happy with the event," said Serrantonio.

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SAB Hosts “Preferred Parking” Comedy Tour

Comedians Samuel J. Comroe and Drew Lynch stopped by the University on their "Preferred Parking" comedy tour on Friday night, Nov. 7 in Anacon Hall from 8 - 9:30 pm

The comedians call their show "Preferred Parking," poking fun at the challenges they face every day. Comroe has had Tourette's syndrome his whole life, making his hand and face twitch. Lynch, however, had aspirations to become an actor up until a few years ago when a company softball game gone wrong led to a vocal cord injury that causes him to stutter.

Sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB), President and junior marketing major Dylan Vargas said "Preferred Parking" is different than the other acts because it is something people don't get to see all the time.

Comroe and Lynch comically spoke of the struggles they face every day and the unwanted social situations their handicaps create. Lynch even said that his stutter and daily struggles have made him more humble, and Comroe poked fun at the way his face twitching makes it look like he's winking at everyone. The two friends were touring separately before they decided to go on tour together and create "Preferred Parking."

According to the duo's website, "These hilarious comedians with challenges, inspire and motivate you to think twice about complaining about your life."

SAB first heard of "Preferred Parking" at their National Association of Campus Activities conference last spring and booked them in person and had the date set since February, according to Vargas.

"I think one of the biggest factors that also made us choose them is that when we saw them on stage at NACA we felt that they were hilarious," said SAB Comedy Chair and sophomore accounting major Emily Townsend. "One could tell they were comedians, not for the money, but for the enjoyment they get and that the audience gets when the two of them tell jokes."

"About 75 people attended the comedy show, which is very successful considering it was a cold Friday night," said Alicia Torello, SAB Awareness Chair and sophomore communication major.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/12/14

Monmouth Pep Band

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

Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society

MAVS is holding its 2nd annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 1 pm in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room. The event will feature special guest speaker Harold Brown of Farm Kind. The event is free and open to the public. Please bring an autumn-themed vegan dish with utensils and an index card listing ingredients to contribute to the vegan potluck RSVP to mcharris@monmouth.edu.

PRSSA

On November 18 and 20, PRSSA will be holding a food drive in the Student Center for The People's Pantry, a local food bank to help Hurricane Sandy victims. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, you can drop off practically any food ranging from canned goods to macaroni and cheese boxes.

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RHA and WMCX Join Forces for Successful Fall Fest

wmcxfallfestThe University's Residence Hall Association (RHA) collaborated with student radio station WMCX for the first time to host the on-campus event "Monmouth RHA and WMCX Present: Fall Fest" on the front lawn of Guggenheim Library Thursday, October 30 at 6 pm

"This is our fifth Fall Fest," said student RHA president Krista Varanyak. "We're really excited and hope to see a lot of people come out."

This year's incarnation of Fall Fest introduced a couple new major changes to the event dynamic that were not present in the previous four years. This year marked the first time WMCX co-sponsored the event with RHA.

"It is a good partnership," said RHA Faculty Advisor Ryan Kassis. "The radio station brought a lot of advertising for us and did a great job providing us with music."

WMCX set up a remote control panel on the Guggenheim Library lawn, where they streamed a Halloween-themed selection of songs from the station's headquarters in the Jules L. Plangere Center on the academic side of campus. They played popular holiday-appropriate songs, such as the Misfits' cover of Bobby Pickett's "Monster Mash" and the theme song to The Nightmare Before Christmas, "This is Halloween."

"We haven't been too involved with students on the residential side of campus," said WMCX General Manager Danielle Gertz. "Partnering with RHA for Fall Fest provided us with a great opportunity to reach more of the student body."

Gertz expressed that she also hopes the radio station co-sponsoring the event will gain WMCX more student exposure. "We want to gain more student listeners, since most of the station's listeners are not affiliated with Monmouth University," she said.

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Are You Smarter than a Fraternity Man?

astAlpha Sigma Tau (AST) quizzed the sorority girls at their fall event, "Are You Smarter Than A Fraternity Man" to raise money and awareness for their local philanthropy, The Ashley Lauren Foundation, on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

This was the second time AST has held "Are You Smarter Than A Fraternity Man." This year's event raised $1,827, exceeding the amount of money it raised last fall. Tickets were sold for $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Members from each organization of the Greek life community took the stage to play a mock game of the television game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader. The fraternity men, or the class, consisted of Joe Lozito (TDP), Jordan Maly (PhiPsi), JD Foye (STG), Maxwell Kenney (TKE), Nash Weiner (DTD), Eric Romanowski (SigPi), and Jose Aguilar (AKPsi). Answering the questions were the sorority girls, Crystal Diaz (LTA), Mollie Dunnigan (AXiD), Krysten Brannick (AOPi), Alexis Asaro (DPhiE), Robyn Belen(Phi Sig), and Melissa Crosta (ZTA). Each fraternity man was given $5 in Bagel Guys Deli cash for participating, and the winning sorority girl was given a $10 Surf Taco gift card.

Contestants were given the opportunity to pick whichever category she wanted. If the sorority girl got through each category without an incorrect answer, she advanced to the final round. The categories included Monmouth, television, Greek life, food, sports, and music. Contestants were given three lifelines: peak, copy, and save. Each sorority girl could peak at a chosen fraternity man's answer and choose to use it or their own, copy their answer, or be saved by a fraternity man in the hopes he has the right answer.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/05/14

Monmouth Pep Band

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

Veteran Services

On Tues., Nov. 11, the University will once again participate in the National Remembrance Day Roll Call. The event will take place at the 9/11 Memorial across from the Student Center beginning at 9:30 am and will last all day (in case of bad weather we will move to Wilson Hall auditorium). We are reading more than 6,000 names to remember those who fell in the post 9-11 conflicts in Iraq/Afghanistan. Please join us at 9:30 for a short memorial reading before the list is read. If you are interested in being a reader, please contact the office of Veteran Services at (732) 263-5258.

Social Work Society/ School of Social Work

Want to learn about how boundaries are crossed and what to do about it? Come to the Social Work Society and School of Social Work's 10th Annual Teach-In on Nov. 4 from 11 am to 7 pm in Anacon.

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SAB Spooks Students at Wilson

carnevilNearly 500 students were able to get a taste of Halloween through the "CarnEvil" themed Haunted Tour of Wilson Hall, inspired by FX's television series, American Horror Story: Freak Show. "CarnEvil" was hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8 – 10 pm.

Students were able to attend the tour free of charge, starting with an eerie video clip portraying Wilson Hall as its own carnival. Groups of students followed the "circus leader" tour guides through each floor of Wilson Hall, while characters in various clown masks and costumes popping out in every corner.

"Wilson Hall Haunted Tours have become a tradition for us in SAB as it is one of the most entertaining and successful events," said Dylan Vargas, SAB President. "We take pride in our ability to transform such a building into an event and have even presented on this event at our national conference, NACA," continued the junior marketing and management student.

The purpose of the Haunted Tour, according to SAB Concerts Chair Taylor Carson, is to give students an on campus they can go to for free to get in the mood for Halloween.

Ashley Ordile, a senior education major, attended the Haunted Tour after finding out about it through a friend who went last year. She went hoping to get scared and in the Halloween spirit and left satisfied.

Morgan Lalevee, a sophomore psychology major, also attended and thought the theme was better than last year, but was less scary than the year prior.

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Phi Sigma Sigma’s

University students gathered at Pollack Theatre for Monmouth Idol last week, hosted by Phi Sigma Sigma (PhiSig), to benefit the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation.

Monmouth Idol is an annual singing competition Students can sign up to sing and perform in front of their peers and then receive feedback from the judges. Winners are then selected to receive prizes from the sorority.

Performing at this year's event were Natalie Zeller, Kendal Adams, Alyssia Bifano, Mahalia Jackson, Anthony Accurso, Craig Zeglen, Chris Hofker, Jimmy Ernst, Kevin Meehl, Robert Sawyer, James Poricelli, Grady Jenkins, Jordan Maly, Akash Patel, Matthew Avellino, Taylor Bernstein, Brianna Merriman and Brianna Musco.

Taking third place at Monmouth Idol, winning a Michael Angelos gift card, was junior Natalie Zeller with her cover of "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore. In second place, winning Surf Taco and Scala's gift cards, was sophomore Brianna Merriman, who performed a Rihanna mash-up. Taking home the first place title was Mahalia Jackson, a junior representing Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), with her cover of "Superwoman" by Alicia Keys. Jackson won a Ming Ying and a JR's gift card.

Jackson had the crowd roaring, waving their hands back and forth and lighting up their phones, as well as clapping along with her to the song. She was extremely grateful to PhiSig and her friend Nicole Desarno for the opportunity to perform.

"I couldn't have asked for a better main stage debut at Monmouth!" Jackson said. "I also couldn't have done it without the support of my sisTAU's. I look forward to using my talents for more causes on campus!"

Representing Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), were four new members, Craig Zeglen, Chris Hofker, Kevin Meehl and Jimmy Ernst. They performed a cover of "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. Nick Discepolo, a brother of TKE, ran through the crowd dressed as Swift, leaving the audience laughing in their seats.

Heather Kelly, the Assistant Director of Student Activities for Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives, attended the event. The hawk spirit within the crowd impressed her, as well as how supportive the audience was of the performers.

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/29

 

History and Anthropology Club/Student Vets Association

 Do you have too much Halloween candy? The History and Anthropology Club/Student Vets Association. The candy will be included in care packages for deployed service personnel. Drop it off Nov. 3-6 in Howard Hall 340 or Student Center 202D.

The Verge

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Social Work Society/ School of Social Work

Want to learn about how boundaries are crossed and what to do about it? Come to the Social Work Society and School of Social Work's 10th Annual Teach-In on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Anacon. 

Residence Hall Association (RHA) 

All residents are invited to attend our weekly meetings at 8 p.m. in Mullaney Hall First Floor Lounge. Don't forget to save the date for RHA's annual FALL FEST on Thursday, October 30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the library lawn. There will be activities such as pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, caricatures, food, and a live broadcast of WMCX!

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Greek Life Gathers Together at Homecoming 2014

image4A little rain couldn't stop University students and alumni from gathering together on Saturday, Oct. 11, to celebrate Homecoming. Sports teams, Greek organizations, and campus clubs welcomed home their alumni with a tailgate before the football game vs. Columbia University.

The University took Homecoming to the next level this year. The school launched a Spirit Week on social media, allowing students, alumni, and parents to participate in the #MMovement. The goal of the campaign was to show off your "Monmouth pride" by "painting social media blue," between Oct. 6 - 12. Members of the university's community were encouraged to post a picture on their social media accounts with the university logo, which had options for alumni, pride, student, parent, family, and fan. Those who used the #MMovement were entered for a chance to win a prize pack.

"We had a great response! The campaign caught the attention of more than 650 people during the course of the week and 65 entered to win a Monmouth prize pack," said Lauren Vento, Associate Vice President of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, and creator of #MMovement. Vento also plans on extending #MMovement to Family Weekend and other events.

Student Government Association (SGA) kicked off the tailgate with the pep rally, on Friday, Oct. 11. Students and faculty packed the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) to cheer on the football team before the big game. Seniors of the football, cheerleading, and dance teams, as well as the pep band, were recognized after their performances.

The pep rally gave students the chance to win door prizes and pick up a "Red, White, and MU" homecoming t-shirt to show their school spirit at the football game. SGA also announced the winners of this year's homecoming Court. Taking home the crowns were Brandon Wasylyk (King), Maria Grace Iantosca (Queen), Dylan Vargas (Prince), Ashley McMahon (Princess), Matt Shehann (Duke), Charlie Hesse (Duchess), Tyler Hiznay (Lord), and Jess Waring (Lady).

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Zeta Tau Alpha Thinks Pink for Breast Cancer

think-pinkThe campus was painted pink the week of Oct. 6 as Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) hosted "Think Pink Week" to raise money for their national philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.

The women kicked off the week with a pink lemonade and bake sale on the Student Center patio complete with pumpkin muffins, cupcakes and cookies on Monday, followed by a Pink Out men's soccer game Tuesday night, according to the chapter's Director of Philanthropy Alexis Manzo., a senior Spanish major.

The second annual "Fall Into Pink" event was co-sponsored with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and was held Wednesday on the Student Center patio. "Fall Into Pink" included a silent auction, bake sale, chocolate fondue station, pumpkin painting, Pie-a-Zeta, music and other games.

"The 'Fall Into Pink' event was very successful," said Mary Harris, a specialist professor of public relations and faculty advisor for PRSSA. "Not only did students from ZTA and PRSSA raise awareness for two important philanthropies, they worked together to great a community-centered event that had something fun for everyone to enjoy."

"Fall Into Pink" raised $900. Half of the proceeds benefitted ZTA's philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness and Education, and half benefitted PRSSA and the Shadow PR Firm's client, The People's Pantry. The People's Pantry is a hunger relief organization based out of Tom's River that works to provide food and aid for the hungry, according to the organization's Facebook page.

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CLUB AND GREEK 10/22/14

Phi Sigma Sigma's Monmouth Idol

Phi Sigma Sigma's

"Monmouth Idol" event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22. This great event is where people can volunteer to sing a song of their choice on stage and to just have fun! Proceeds from the event go towards Phi Sig and their philantrhopy. If you are interested in signing up to participate in the competition contact Nicole DeSarno at s0940407@monmouth.edu.

Residence HallAssociation(RHA)

All residents are invited to attend our weekly meetings at

8 p.m. in Mullaney Hall First Floor Lounge. Don't forget to

save the date for RHA's annual FALL FEST on Thursday, October

30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the library lawn. There will

be activities such as pumpkin decorating, a bounce house,

caricatures, food, and a live broadcast of WMCX!

Social Work Society/School of Social Work

Want to learn about how boundaries are crossed and what to do about it? Come to the Social Work Society and School of Social Work's 10th Annual Teach-In on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Anacon.

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Delta Phi Epsilon’s ANAD Vigil Raises Awareness

anadDelta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE) held their annual Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Vigil to raise campus awareness of eating disorders on Wednesday, October 1.

Sam Rivera, a senior business management major and sister of DPhiE, opened the ceremony by speaking about the purpose of the ANAD Vigil.

"Its purpose is to raise awareness to those who may not fully understand the devastation of eating disorders," Rivera said. "It allows people to understand and relate to the stories and experiences of those who actually suffer from these disorders."

The vigil began with a video clip that informed the audience of statistics such as 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat, and 80% of women say media make them feel insecure. The purpose of the video was to promote body confidence and share the startling truth about eating disorders.

DPhiE also provided three speakers who shared the stories of their own struggles with eating disorders, explaining to the audience that those who are affected by eating disorders are often right in front of us.

"I was completely blown away by the speakers' testimonies," said Alexis DeCarvalho, senior sister of Alpha Omicron Pi who attended the event. "One of the most important things I learned from each testimony is that there's not just one representation of what an eating disorder looks like."

Another video clip was shown at the vigil from the Dove Real Body Image. The clip involved an artist, drawing a woman, without seeing her, as she described herself. Then the artist drew the woman again, but this time based on a stranger's impression of her.

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/08/14

Phi Sigma Sigma: Monmouth Idol

Phi Sigma Sigma's Monmouth Idol event will be held on Wednesday Oct. 22. This great event is where people can volunteer to sing a song of their choice on stage and to just have fun! Proceeds from the event go towards Phi Sig and their philantrhopy. If you are interested in signing up to participate in the competition contact Nicole DeSarno at s0940407@monmouth.edu

Zeta Tau Alpha Think Pink

Zeta Tau Alpha's Think Pink Week supporting Breast Cancer Awareness & Education starts Monday! On Monday October 6th we'll be selling pink lemonade and baked goods on the Student Center Patio 11-5, Tuesday will be Fall Into Pink, silent auction and festival co-sponsored with PRSSA on the Student Center Patio from 11-5, and Wednesday night will be a Pink Out Soccer game at 7pm on Hesse Field."

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is celebrating Shadow's Birthday on Monday, October 6, 2014 to kick off Spirit Week. Join SAA and Shadow to celebrate the occasion with food, games and giveaways. The party will be in the Student Center Dining Area (back by the fireplace) at 7pm.

The Verge

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Austin Renfroe Quad Concert Rocks the University

Up-and-coming musician Austin Renfroe performed at "Stars and S'mores," an event co-sponsored by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Student Activities Board (SAB), on Tuesday, Sept. 30 on the Residential Quad. The event featured music, multiple bonfires, s'mores, and hot chocolate for all University students.

Renfroe is known as a soulful singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He tours colleges and universities around the country. Starting off his quad concert, Renfroe captured the hearts of the University community by singing covers of Disney songs including pieces from "Tarzan" and "The Little Mermaid."

"The artist did a lot of interesting covers and really brought spirit to the quad," said Amber Nolan, a sophomore criminal justice major and Vice President of Advocacy for RHA.

SAB President and junior business administration major Dylan Vargas said he saw Renfroe perform at their national conference, National Associaion for Campus Activities (NACA). After seeing his showcase, the executive board decided he was a good fit for a campus event "because he gave off a good vibe," according to Vargas.

"The quad was well lit by the bonfires, which gave the event a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere," said Cristina Rauco, a junior Englsih major, when asked about her experience at the event.

Students filtered in and out of the quad throughout the night, surrounding the bonfires to keep warm, make endless s'mores, and enjoying the first of the fall weather.

"This event was very successful and had an exceptionally high attendance for a Tuesday night concert," said Tom Egan, junior business administration major and vice president of SAB.

SAB tabled at the event to sell CD's for $8 and t-shirts for $20, both featuring Renfroe. Proceeds from the merchandise went directly to the musician. SAB also sold tickets for their upcoming event, "Groove Boston," which took place on Friday, Oct. 3.

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Sigma Tau Gamma Chows Down to Help Beat Cancer

stgSigma Tau Gamma (STG) fraternity hosted their second annual philanthropy fundraising event, "Sig Tau Chowdown" to a crowd of hundreds on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10 pm in Pollak Theatre to raise money for cancer research.

The Sig Tau Chowdown raised over $1400 in donations. STG sent all proceeds from the event to their philanthropy, the Mike McNeil Organization.

Following a successful first Sig Tau Chowdown in Spring 2013, the fraternity returned to Pollak Theatre to host its second incarnation. STG began planning the event at the end of April 2014 and spent all of September working with the University, sponsors and other students to bring the event to campus for a second time.

Mike McNeil attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and was initiated at the STG chapter on that campus. McNeil battled a form of cancer called pheochromocytoma, which affected his adrenal gland system, before passing away in 2009. His friends and loved ones founded The Mike McNeil Organization in 2012 in his honor. MikeMcNeil.org's information page states, "With the help of [McNeil's] family, friends and Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, we're able to raise thousands of dollars each year [...] benefiting cancer research as well as other non-profit causes Michael believed in."

The event marked the first Greek philanthropy fundraiser of the academic year. Hundreds attended, including undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty. John Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said that he enjoyed seeing the event return.

"It is a good way to kick off the school year for events like this," Buchalski said. "It's an event that captivates the audience."

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Alpha Xi Delta’s “Football Frenxi” for Autsim Speaks

footballfrenxiThe University's chapter of Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) hosted their first annual "Football FrenXi" philanthropy event to raise money for their philanthropy, Autism Speaks on Saturday Sept. 27.

According to Autism Speaks, "An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States."

AXiD's helps raise money for children who are diagnosed with autism. The sorority uses events such as Football Frenxi help raise money and awareness for people affected by autism.

The event, which was held on the Great Lawn, was a flag football tournament open to all students. The sorority advertised for weeks in advance to not only get people to sign up for teams, but to spread information regarding Autism Speaks.

Each team had to have at least up to six members and each member had to pay $5 for an entrance fee. All of the proceeds were donated to Autism Speaks. The sorority was able to sign up six teams to participate in the event, most of which were involved with some type of organization on campus. Many Greek organizations came out and participated in the event including other Greek organizations such as Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi), Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), and Delta Tau Delta (DTD).

Cones were set up around two of the soccer fields on the Great Lawn to serve as football fields, this way two games could take place at once. Each team was given different colored flags to indicate which teams were which. Players participated in 20 minute games, broken up by two minute "halftimes. AXiD supplied each team with water, treats and music for entertainment throughout the games.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/1/2014

5678 Dance Club

Do you love to dance? Come to the 5678 Dance Club's next meeting at 9 pm on Tuesday, Sep. 30th in Anacon Hall. For more information email club president Hannah Hilbrandt at s0947700@monmouth.edu.

ZTA

On behalf of the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, we hope to see you at our Breast Cancer Awareness events throughout Pink Week, held Oct. 5-11.

Catholic Campus Ministry

Catholic Campus Ministry would like to welcome all new and returning students! We hold mass every Sunday at 7 pm at the Catholic Center (located behind the Health Center) and daily mass at noon in Withey Chapel in Wilson Hall. If you have any questions, please contact club president Eryn Siddall at s0834614@monmouth.edu.

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is celebrating Shadow's Birthday on Monday, October 6, 2014 to kick off Spirit Week. Join SAA and Shadow to celebrate the occasion with food, games and giveaways. The party will be in the Student Center Dining Area (back by the fireplace) at 7 pm.

The Verge

Do you love to write? Contact Caitlyn Bahrenburg at s0904759@monmouth.edu.

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Melissa Febos Kicks Off 2014-15 Visting Writers Series

IMG_2036Every seat was taken in anticipation of the 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series commencement featuring Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction Melissa Febos, last Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Wilson Hall Auditorium.

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, "Whip Smart." Febos has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Anderson Cooper Live, CNN, The Atlantic and Tin House online, Guernica, and New York magazine. Additionally, her writing has been published in Glamour, Kenyon Review, Post Road, Salon, New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, and more. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at Purchase College, The New School, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Utica college, as well as other institutions. Currently, Febos is an Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Monmouth University.

One hundred and forty-eight students, plus faculty and community members, packed Wilson Hall auditorium for the first of four Visiting Writing Series. "I think this is the first time I've seen every seat taken," said Michael Thomas, Associate Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Visiting Writers Series is hosted by Monmouth University Center for the Arts. The tradition of the opening reader having a connection to MU started with the beginning of the series ten years ago. Melissa Febos' reading is also part of a yearlong engagment titled "Artful Explorations of Gender," co-sponsored by MU Center for the Arts, Gender Studies, Student Activities, and Athletics, in which a range of work will examine boundaries of gender, gender inequalities, and the role of art in seeking justice for gender discrimination.

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Community Service Club Pulls Truck for Move for Hunger

10377640_10152765950083023_6686596976904279771_nMonmouth University Community Service Club (MUCSC) joined approximately 200 people for the First Annual Jersey Shore Truck Pull, raising close to $9,000 for Move For Hunger last Saturday, Sept. 13 at The Headliner in Neptune, NJ.

Fifteen teams competed in a timed competition pulling a 17,000 pound straight box moving truck for a distance of 100 feet. Participants gripped a thick, knotted rope attached to the truck and pulled their way to the finish line. During the first round of truck pulls, the rain caused some participants to slip, making the event an even greater challenge. Each team was then given the opportunity to compete for a second time. Kayla Adamson, MUCSC Accounts Executive, and Move For Hunger intern said, "Usually, if it's a rainy and cold day, people don't show up, but Move For Hunger has made such a difference in this community that people were still so excited to be there and it really made the event extra special."

There was close competition amongst various gyms, firemen, and businesses represented at the event. Move For Hunger had a goal of ten participating teams; however, fifteen teams wound up competing. The winners of the truck pull were ten males representing E&K Insurance, one of the signature event sponsors, with a time of 14.69 seconds. Neptune Fire Department followed up in second place with a time of 14.84 seconds. Lowy's Moving Service placed third, pulling the truck 100 feet in a time of 15.00 seconds.

MUCSC placed tenth, with a time of 24.59 seconds. Casey Allocco, senior communication major and President of MUCSC, said, "For a bunch of students going up against big fire fighters and personal trainers, we did pretty well at the event! We even beat a few of the other teams in the rain."

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Outdoors Club Goes to Bass River State Forest

Members of the University's Outdoors Club traveled to Bass River State Forest over the weekend, where they spent three days camping, exploring, and more.

About 15 club members met on campus Friday, Sept. 19 to carpool to Tuckerton, NJ, where they would spend the following few days and nights. The trip consisted of camping, kayaking, and even some off-roading on the trails of Wharton State Forest.

"On Saturday we went to this cool water hole where we could jump off a bridge into the water or swing from the rope swing," said Jennifer Urmston, a sophomore marine and environmental biology and policy major. "Later, we took some kayaks out on the lake. That was very peaceful."

Urmston explained her favorite of the trip was nighttime off-roading.

"It was intense and kind of scary. We thought we were going to see the New Jersey Devil," she said.

William Reynolds, the faculty advisor of the Outdoors Club, said the most memorable part of the trip for him was sitting around the campfire and listening to live music performed by some of the campers.

"We had five members on this trip who play guitar, drums, and ukulele," said Reynolds.

The campsite that served as home to the club members during the three days was a part of Bass River State Forest.

"The campsite was awesome and we had great food, but there was a ridiculous amount of bees!" Urmston said.

According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, "Bass River State Forest was the first forest acquired by the state of New Jersey in 1905 for public recreation, water conservation, and wildlife and timber management." The park is made up of 29,147 acres of trails, pine and oak forests, and water features in Burlington and Ocean counties.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/24/14

5678 Dance Club

Do you love to dance? Come to the 5678 Dance Club's next meeting at 9 pm on Tuesday, September 30th in Anacon Hall. For more information email club president Hannah Hilbrandt at s0947700@monmouth.edu. Hope to see you all there!

ZTA

On behalf of the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, we hope to see you at our Breast Cancer Awareness events throughout Pink Week, held Oct. 5 - 11.

AXiD

On Sept. 27 we will be holding a flag football event open to all students. Teams of six are encouraged to sign up for $7 a person. All proceeds go towards our philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Sign ups will take place in the Student Center Wednesday, Monday, and Tuesday. We hope to see you all there!

Chabad

Sushi every Wednesday in the student center from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We have Friday dinners at 8 pm and a grill and chill Sundays from 5 - 7

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is celebrating Shadow's Birthday on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 to kick off Spirit Week. Join SAA and Shadow to celebrate the occasion with food, games and giveaways. The party will be in the Student Center Dining Area (back by the fireplace) at 7 pm.

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Meet The Greeks Entices Many Underclassmen

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All Greek organizations had a chance to get to know the new faces on campus at Meet the Greeks last Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).

Meet the Greeks gives students who know little about Greek life at the University an opportunity to find out what it truly entails.

Cassie Fortunato, a social work major who is a first time recruitment counselor said, "Meet the Greeks is a very positive experience, as is getting involved in Greek life in general. Going Greek, you get involved on campus and meet new people, while making lasting friendships and connections."

Each fraternity or sorority is assigned their own table to fill with information. This is an opportunity for all of Greek life to gather in one spot and show new interested students how different each group of Greeks really is.

Over 500 people attended Meet the Greeks according to Kendall Bohannon, Vice President of Panhellenic Recruitment and homeland security major. The majority of those who attended were freshmen and sophomores, but upperclassmen and transfer students made an appearance as well.

"Meet the Greeks is a great opportunity to meet the upperclassmen involved in Greek life, and have a chance to get comfortable with all the organizations," said freshman nursing major Anna Caruso. "It was such a good experience and I got so much out of it, you learn so much and meet so many genuinely nice people."

Students were able to ask questions to sisters and brothers about recruitment, social events, and Greek life as a whole.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/17/2014

Residence Hall Assocation

Battle of the Buildings competitions will take place from Friday, September 19- Sunday September 21. Check your email and the RHA Facebook Page for more information.

The Verge

Do you love to write? Dream of seeing your work published? Then The Verge is the place for you!

Please join us at our interest meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 2:30 in JP 206.

For questions contact Caitlyn Bahrenburg at s0904759@monmouth.edu.

Chabad

MU Chabad has sushi every Wednesday in the student center from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We have Friday night dinners at 8 pm and a grill and chill every Sunday from 5 - 7 pm. Contact our president Liz Perkel with any questions about MU Chabad at 862-485-8865 or s0939767@monmouth.edu

Alpha Xi Delta

We hope everyone is enjoying being back on campus! On September 27th we will be holding a flag football event open to all students. Teams of six are encouraged to sign up for $7 a person. All proceeds go towards our philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Sign ups will take place in the Student Center Wednesday, Monday, and Tuesday. We hope to see you all there!

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ZTA Volunteers at Mary’s Place

zta-3The University's chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) volunteered at the Ocean Front Bash "Let's Build It Together" in Ocean Grove, New Jersey for Mary's Place by the Sea on Saturday September 6, 2014.

ZTA is well known for their support with breast cancer awareness as well as education. This year, they decided to raise the bar and support more local communities by volunteering at new events off campus. Their first goal of the year was to find an organization that helped others in their own community.

"We were introduced to Mary's Place by Jon, the Greek life advisor," said ZTA president and senior communication major Erin Ally. "They were having this event, and were looking for organizations that were willing to volunteer."

"Let's Build it Together" was held by Mary's Place by the Sea as a fundraiser to raise money to build a new 10-bedroom handicap accessible home. Mary's Place helps women empower themselves while going through cancer. They are offered one on one counseling, art therapy, and even nutritional counseling. Each guest is also offered light spa services, and are able to stay overnight at the home which is located on Broadway Avenue in Ocean Grove.

ZTA spent their night setting up the event, interacting with the attendees, and working throughout the event. An hour before "Let's Build it Together" was set to begin; a storm took out a lot of the previous work that had already been finished.

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Monmouth Palooza

No amount of rain could stop SAB from pulling off Monmouth Palooza over the weekend. The event, which was originally set to take place on the residential quad at 4pm on Saturday September 13th, was relocated to Anacon Hall due to the inclement weather conditions.

After an admirable effort by the Students Activities Board to try and ignore the rainy weather, and instead create an atmosphere in which students could enjoy themselves, Monmouth Palooza seemed to be a success. The relaxed, beach-themed environment of the event was complete with a mechanical shark to ride on, snacks, a chance to create your own "stunner shades," and a live band.

Royal Blend, band chosen to play the event, combined elements of island reggae, classic rock, along with the use of electric piano and British lead singer. Devon Ribsam, a senior English major and member of the University's Ice Hockey Club, happened to personally know two of the members of Royal Blend and stuck around Monmouth Palooza to support the local band.

"I'm having a good time," Ribsam said when asked about his experience there. "This is actually one of the first SAB events I've been to."

Brian Zuber, the father of one of the band members, attended the event with his wife in support of their son, and was pleased by the turnout.

"It [Monmouth Palooza] is great. It would probably be better if it was outside so it could attract more people, but I think the band sounds good," Zuber said.

According to members of SAB, this year's Monmouth Palooza went well, but it could have been even better had the weather not been a factor. Taylor Carson, a junior international business and finance majors, and the concerts chair of SAB, rated the event as an "8" on a 1-10 scale.

"We had a rock wall we were going to set up on the Quad, as well as a DJ stand," Carson explained, "but because of the weather we were forced to relocate and we couldn't fit those into Anacon Overall I think we did a good job."

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Going Greek: What You Should Know

going_greekThinking about joining a fraternity or sorority this semester? The University is home to eight fraternities and eight sororities, which are all nationally recognized organizations.

When it comes to getting involved on campus, Greek life is usually something that comes to mind. Whether students come into school thinking they want to join, or if the Involvement Fair is what gets them going, students soon realize they could never have enough brothers or sisters.

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), Delta Tau Delta (DTD), Phi Kappa Psi (PhiPsi), Sigma Pi (SigPi), Sigma Tau Gamma (STG), Tau Delta Phi (TDPhi), Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), and Theta Xi are all fraternities with a history at the University. With TKE being the University's first national fraternity, and PhiPsi being established in 1852, there are many reasons these fraternities have stuck around.

Each organization has their own unique way of standing out. While AKPsi, a professional business fraternity, is open to both men and women, DTD has a national partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Sororities seen around campus are Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), Alpha Omicron Pi (AOPi), Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA), Phi Sigma Sigma (PhiSig), and Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA).

All sororities are extremely involved around campus. Whether it's AST participating in Greek Week, or Phi Sig hosting their annual mother/daughter brunch, staying busy is never hard for these chapters.

On top of being involved on campus, members of Greek life also take time to work with their organization's individual philanthropy.

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Delta Phi Epsilon

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The sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon would like to welcome all new and returning students. As fall semester starts to get busy quick we would like to let you know about a few exciting things we have coming up. One of the philanthropies we support is ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). We will be holding our annual ANAD Vigil this semester where anyone is welcomed to share their story and how they overcame any hardships. Along with the ANAD Vigil we will be spreading awareness about Fat Talk Free Week where we take a silence against complaining about body image. To learn more about these events, when they will take place, and how to get involved follow us on social media or feel free to message us on Facebook with any questions. Good luck and have a great fall semester!

Facebook: Delta Phi Epsilon Delta Omega Chapter
Twitter: Delta Phi Epsilon @dphie_mu
Instagram: dphie_deltaomega
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Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Omicron Pi would like to first and foremost extend our warmest welcome back to the students of Monmouth University!! Kicking off our 2nd full year here on campus, we are very much looking forward to returning to MU for a busy and fulfilling semester!

AOII really encourages all students at MU to immerse themselves into all that our school has to offer, because finding a home away from home while in college is not only an amazing and fun experience, it is essential to being able to flourish and grow as we grow up and enter the real world. The places and people you find and call home can and will create a life changing college experience!

Since our colonization in April of 2013, Alpha Omicron Pi has done just that. It has given our members the privilege to learn and grow as individuals and has provided a true home away from home experience. It has been an incredibly fulfilling year and a half for each and every one of our sisters-and we would love to share a few reasons why.

Sisters of AOII have taken advantage of leadership opportunities offered here on campus and beyond with the love and support of their sisters always behind them. Our members can be seen at Monmouth guiding freshman through their transition to college as New Student Orientation leaders, in the dorms as Resident Assistants, all over campus as MU Ambassadors, and throughout other campus organizations as members of the executive boards of MU clubs such as SAB, Student Government, Hawk TV & many more. We encourage all of our members to Exceed the Expectation, and we extend that to all students here at Monmouth as well. There is so much offered to students on campus (and even off campus) to help build leadership experience that will help you in the future. So jump right in, get involved, and make long lasting experiences!

In addition to our accomplishments as leaders in the community, our sisters are committed to the service of others. Our philanthropic efforts as an organization lie in part in our national philanthropy, Arthritis Research, for which we raised more than $2,000. We want all of you to take advantage of the volunteer opportunities out there because you really can make a big difference in the smallest of ways. Look out for our upcoming philanthropy events on campus this year to help you get involved!

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Club and Greek Announcements 9/10

Monmouth Pep Band

The Monmouth Pep Band would like to welcome all our new students and welcome back all our returning students to Monmouth University.

We still have very limited openings in most of our sections. One section we would like to fill up is our tuba section. If you have played tuba before and want an opportunity to perform again, we want you! Please contact Professor Bryan Jenner at bjenner@monmouth.edu for more information.

Chabad

MU Chabad has sushi every Wednesday in the student center from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We have Friday night dinners at 8 pm and a grill and chill every Sunday from 5 - 7 pm.

Contact our president Liz Perkel with any questions about MU Chabad at 862-485-8865 or s0939767@monmouth.edu

National Council For Negro Women

Our Back to Business Party which will be on September 12, 2014 in Anacon from 9 pm to 1am! We will be having pizza as well as DJ TAJ from BET, 106 & Park!

Tickets are $3 for students and five dollars for guests. $5 dollars for people who do not pay before the day of the party.

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Contact Information

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

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

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