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Club & Greek

Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

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

“But especially do we thank thee for friends."

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

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Alpha Omicron Pi Raises Money for Arthritis Research

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

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

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

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

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

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 4/13

MUPNA

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

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

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

Boom Roasted Productions

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

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

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Monmouth University Fights Back at Relay for Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 4/6

MUPNA

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

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

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

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

The Outlook

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

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Monmouth Surf Club Spends Spring Break Overseas

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

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

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

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

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 3/30

MUPNA

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

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

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

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

Outdoors Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newfound Fraternity Progresses Since Chartering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 3/23

MUPNA

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

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

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

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

Outdoors Club

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

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MU Surf Club Gets Sponsored by Surf Taco

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

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

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

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

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

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Rob Panasuk Crowned ZTA’s Big Man On Campus

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

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

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

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

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Students Get Artistic At Paint Night

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

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

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

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

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

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 3/9

Alpha Sigma Tau

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

Cinema Club

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

Outdoors Club

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

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Greek Senate Represents Monmouth at NGLA Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 3/2

Zeta Tau Alpha

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

Running Club

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

Outdoors Club

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

The Outlook

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Delta Tau Delta Crowns 2016 Delta Queen

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

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

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

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

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

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Ice Hawks Cap Off Season in Newfound Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/24

The Outdoors Club

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

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

Future Events to keep an eye out for:

March 25-27: Cabin Camping at Belleplain State Forest

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

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

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

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

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

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Crowns 2016 Mr. Pink and Green

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

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

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

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Rock N’ Raise Returns To Campus in Late February

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

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

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

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

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/17

The Outdoors Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PNM Orientation Introduces Women to Greek Life

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

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

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

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

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

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Panhellenic Community Celebrates A Successful Recruitment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/10

The Outdoors Club

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

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

Future Events to keep an eye out for:

March 25-27: Cabin Camping at Belleplain State Forest

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

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

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

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

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

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PRSSA: New Strategies for New Goals

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

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

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

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

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Inter-Fraternity Council Hosts Open House

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

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

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

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

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 2/3

Residence Hall Association

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

Panhellenic Council

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

MOCC

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

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Meet the Greeks Reals in a Crowd

Meet Greeks 2016

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

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

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

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

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MU Surf Club Greets Jonas With a Warm Welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Introduction to Greek Life at MU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ON CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 1/27

Council for Exceptional Children

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

Rugby at MU

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

 

The Outlook

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

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Monmouth Ice Hockey Succeeding In New Conference

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

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

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

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

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Benefits of Being Involved On Campus, From Alumna

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

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

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

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

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

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SAB Spreads Awareness For Veterans Suffering From PTSD

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

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

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

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

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

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Rock Cure Socks Off Benefits American Cancer Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sorority Bingo Sheds Positive Light on Greek Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/2

Residence Hall Association

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

Ten Thousand Villages

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

MOCC

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

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Monmouth Greeks Gather Together For Greekend

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

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

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

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

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

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Ella Mae Bowen Performs Free Concert On Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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Ella Mae Bowen Performs Free Concert On Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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ON CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/18

Residence Hall Association

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

The Outlook

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

MOCC

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

Boom Roasted Productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday Night Live Comedy Night

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

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

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

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

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

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Student Government Association Hosts Big Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ON CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/11

The Outdoors Club

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

The Outlook

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

MOCC

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

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Veteran Goalie Suits Up Against West Chester University in Conference Bout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/28

The Outlook

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

Men's Club Soccer

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

Women's Club Soccer

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

MOCC

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

Study Abroad

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

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ZTA Raises $900 By Hosting Think Pink Week

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

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

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

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SAB Transforms Anacon From Spa To Comedy Club

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/14

The Outlook

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

Int’l Reading Association

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

MOCC

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

Student Alumni Association

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

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AXiD Supports Austism Speaks at 10th Annual Walk

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

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

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

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

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Surf Club Keeps A Close Eye On Hurricane Joaquin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/7

Alpha Sigma Tau

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

The Outlook

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

Zeta Tau Alpha

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

Ocean County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Delta Tau Delta and Phi Sigma Sigma Host Jousting Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elmwood Hall Takes the Gold at Battle of the Buildings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi Release the Stigma

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet the Greeks Lets Students Explore Greek Life

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/23

Human Resources Club

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

5678 Dance Club

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

PRSSA

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

Pep Band

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

ODC

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

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Catholic Club Revamps for the 2015-16 Academic Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer of the Foamie

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

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

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

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

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

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Student Activities Hosts Annual Involvement Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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SAB Entertains Campus by Hosting Welcome Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/16

Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi

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

5678 Dance Club

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

PRSSA

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

The Outlook

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

Blue Hawk Records

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

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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