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Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

Alpha Xi Delta Presents: Karaoke For A Cause

AXD Karaoke for a CauseAlpha Xi Delta held its annual philanthropy event, Karaoke for a Cause last night  in Pollak Theater to raise money for Autism Speaks.

This event is one of six national philanthropy events that Alpha Xi Delta’s all over the country organize to raise awareness, understanding, and money for Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is a dedicated philanthropic organization that provides support for families who have a loved one with Autism.

They continuously work to promote solutions for those across the Autism spectrum and increase understanding and acceptance of this condition.

Sister of Alpha Xi Delta, Kristen Kennett commented on the success Karaoke for a Cause has had in the past.

She said, “Last year, we raised over $2,000 through this event. We are so excited to have the Monmouth community come together again to raise even more money for such a deserving cause.”

As Autism Speaks’ national sponsor, Alpha Xi Delta has raised over five million dollars for this cause. College chapters all around the nation have done their part by volunteering at walks, holding bake sales and putting together events like Karaoke for a Cause to continuously raise money for Autism Speaks.

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Experience A Piece of Italy at “La Festa Italiana”

Experience Piece of ItalyMonmouth University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures and the Italian Club presented their annual La Festa Italiana, or Italian Festival, on April 4 in Magill Commons with presentations, performances, and food to celebrate Italy and Italian culture.

The festivities began with an introduction from Dr. Maria Simonelli, a professor of Italian and Latin and the faculty advisor of the Italian Club.

The club rooms 107 and 108 were almost completely filled by students and faculty. Simonelli excitedly thanked all for attending, and gave special thanks to her Italian language students and club members who helped to set up, provide food, and give performances for the event.

“The students of the Italian club are very important for the success of Festa Italiana,” said Simonelli. “Their commitment in keeping the Italian culture alive is vital.”

She handed the stage over to guest speaker Dr. Carlo Davoli, the Education Office Director from the Consulate General of Italy in New York City.

Davoli gave a presentation on diversity throughout the Italian regions, going in depth into why certain regions have developed in different ways.

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Club and Greek Announcements

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

HERO Campaign

The HERO Campaign cordially invites you to the Designated Driver Hero of the Year Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Oceanfirst Bank Center Varsity Club Room. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Suanne Schaad at 732 263 5804 or email her at sschaad.monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

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Alpha Xi Delta “Lights it up Blue” for Autism

Alpha Xi Delta Light it Up BlueLast week, Alpha Xi Delta participated in Light it up Blue Week to raise awareness for national philanthropy Autism Speaks.

Each year, April 2 is the beginning of this national campaign. All across the country landmarks like the Empire State Building have been lit up blue to support families living with people who have Autism. It’s a week dedicated to educational activities, spreading awareness, and aiding families who are directly affected by Autism.

Similar to the Empire State Building, Woodrow Wilson Hall and the Guggenheim Library were lit up at night in order to encourage acceptance, and spread awareness and understanding of this condition.

Stephanie Merlis, a senior business student commented on Light it up Blue week. She said, “I think it was awesome how Monmouth got involved and had buildings on campus go blue for autism. As a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, it’s really great seeing that this university supports something that my own personal organization does as well.” She continued, “Autism effects the lives of so many people, and the odds of knowing someone with Autism are very high. What my sorority does for Light it up Blue Week is really great and I’m proud to be a part of something that cares so much about philanthropy.”

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Why it’s Good to Go Greek

When many people hear the word college, they often think about Greek Life. Movies and television shows, like ABC Family’s Greek, often depict what it’s like to be involved in these organizations, and may leave one wondering what it is really like in real life.

Many students begin college completely on their own for the first time, which may be a difficult transition to make. Joining a sorority or fraternity provides them with the opportunity to meet new people, who are in the same position as themselves, and to create new, everlasting friendships.

Joseph Brown, a senior business administration student and brother of Phi Kappa Psi said, “By joining an organization that you feel you fit best in, you will develop friendships that last a life time and also become friendlier with people in other organizations through Greek events. My fraternity gave me the feeling that I fit in and that I was with a group of people that was similar to the people I hung out with from my hometown.”

While it may be a common belief that Greek Life is strictly just about partying, it is so much more than that. “Greek life is more than just partying it’s about having a group of people you know you can always turn to and giving back to the philanthropies you’re involved in.,” said Lauren Alexander, senior business marketing student and sister of Delta Phi Epsilon.

Boys and Girls Club of America, Active Minds, and ANAD are just a few of the many organizations Monmouth’s sororities and fraternities are affiliated with.

Michele Kaplan, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said, “Greek organizations are values based and give students an opportunity to get involved with something outside of the campus which aligns with their values.”

Why Go GreekSpeaking about Phi Kappa Psi’s work and involvement with Boys and Girls Club of America, Brown said, “I find it very rewarding.

The experience I have in the work field doesn’t usually allow me to work with children and to be able to make their lives happier for the time we spend with them makes it worth my time.”

Another benefit of being involved in Greek Life is the connection you can make with people involved in your organization who have already established themselves. Being able to say that they are part of the same organization provides brothers and sisters with an immediate connection and can open doors for career opportunities.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/12

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

HERO Campaign

The HERO Campaign cordially invites you to the Designated Driver Hero of the Year Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Oceanfirst Bank Center Varsity Club Room. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by Saturday, April 15. Contact Suanne Schaad at 732 263 5804 or email her at sschaad.monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

Lambda Theta Alpha

Lambda Theta Alpha will be hosting their Yard Show on Wednesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. in Pollak theater. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The show consists of organizations performing strolling, saluting, and stepping.

Alpha Xi Delta

The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta will be holding their annual philanthropy event, Karaoke for a Cause, to raise money for Autism Speaks on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. in Pollak theater.

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HawkTV and WMCX ‘Rock N Raise’ for A Cause

HawkTV WMCX Rock N RaiseHawk TV and WMCX held the sixth annual charity concert, Rock N Raise on Friday Mar. 31. The live benefit concert which supported The American Cancer Society, took place in the Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication in the Hawk TV studio.

The concert was also simultaneously broadcasted on air on WMCX. Rock N Raise allowed students to connect through music and a meaningful cause.

This year the music came from three local bands; Halogens, Shark Club and Drive, Kid, as well as a performance from Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball. These bands brought a variety of music to the event and gave the community the opportunity to not only come and rock out with them, but also get to see some of their own classmates perform.

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Say ‘Hola’ to the Spanish Club

After a two-year hiatus the Monmouth University Spanish Club is back.

The purpose of the Spanish Club is to increase Monmouth University’s awareness of the Hispanic culture by putting together a variety of events to promote student involvement.

The organization also encourages students to become involved with the surrounding Hispanic community through community service, and to provide opportunities for both language and social development for Spanish majors and minors.

The club has been very busy this year planning events forthis semester and the next year as well.

On Apr. 4 the Club co-sponsered a salsa dancing workshop with latin sorority Lambda Theta Alpha.

The intention was to make memories and to teach the dance as well as the art behind the style and history of it.

Like the salsa event, the Spanish Club is working hard to create their presence on campus. They have recently created an instagram and have had multiple meetings to discuss what’s next.

Having a larger presence and involvement at the Foreign Language festival has also been a primary goal of the Club.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/5

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

Student Activities Board

The Student Activities Board welcomes students to attend their Around the World event on Saturday, Apr. 8 from 12 - 4 p.m. on the Residential Quad. Come for food, drinks, music, and a multicultural experience.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club will be holding a Game Night on Friday, Apr. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Students can play games of all kinds and enjoy light refeshments.

Alpha Omicron Pi ‘Strikes Out’ Arthritis

Alpha Omicron Pi Strike OutEven with three strikes, you’re still winning! The Alpha Omicron Pi sorority hosted a whiffle ball tournament to ‘strike out’ arthritis, the organization’s national philanthropy, on Mar. 25.

At noon on the greens in front of Wilson Hall, Alpha Omicron Pi hosted a whiffle ball tournament. The money raised at this event was donated to the Arthritis Foundation, which is the sorority’s philanthropy.

An estimated 75-100 attendees turned out on that Saturday afternoon, in addition to nearly 100 sisters in the organization.

Jessica Hertman, a junior English and secondary education student, is the sorority’s philanthropy chair and was in charge of running the event. “Overall, I think that the event went very well. Multiple different organizations showed up to play whiffle ball games, as well as parents and even some alumni!” Hertman continued, “All of the teams became very involved in the games and it became a big competition which is what makes it so fun.”

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SGA Receives ‘Rising to the Challenge’Award

Monmouth’s Student Government Association (SGA) attended Conference on Student Government Associations (COSGA) at Texas A&M University this past month and received the “Rising to the Challenge” award for their successes as a senate.

COSGA is a 3-day, international conference for student governments around the globe to convene, network and problem solve in order to improve and strengthen their senate.

Every year, Monmouth sends several delegates to represent the university and bring back new ideas to improve our student government as well as pass ideas along to other schools in attendance.

For the past 36 years, Texas A&M has provided colleges and universities the opportunity for senators to come together to network and learn from each other.

This year, Monmouth’s SGA delegates held a presentation titled “Utilizing Resources: Maximizing Your Student Government Experience.” Phil Russomanno, Academic Affairs co-chair on senate commented on this award-winning presentation.

He said, “We were able to travel to College Station and present a good presentation about using your resources on campus as a student government. Not only internally with your administration and faculty…but also how to reach out to other student governments, and utilize them as well.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/29

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

Colleges Against Cancer

Colleges Against Cancer urges students to come out to their annual Relay for Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event is this Friday, Mar. 31 and will be held in the OceanFirst Bank Center.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

HawkTV & WMCX

HawkTV and WMCX will be holding Rock and Raise, a benefit concert with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, on Friday Mar. 31. Tickets are $5. For more information contact a member from either organization.

Peace Corps Prep Holds Film Festival

Peace Corps Film FestivalOn Feb. 28th the Peace Corps Prep program held a Peace Corps Film Festival in Wilson Auditorium.

The film festival was open to the entire student body offering any students who are interested in the Peace Corps an opportunity to meet return volunteers, ask questions with parents, and get a closer look at what the Peace Corps program can offer to individuals who serve.

Multiple tables were set up outside of the auditorium offering guests an opportunity to learn more about returned volunteers service location and experience. Many of these tables contained artifacts brought back from the different countries.

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/22

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

Alpha Omicron Pi

The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi are holding their annual philanthropy event, Strike Out Arthritis on Saturday, Mar. 25 at 12 p.m. The event will be a wiffle ball tournament to raise money for arthritis research and will be held outside of Wilson Hall. For more information contact Philanthropy Chair Jessica Hertman at s0991926@monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

Delta Phi Epsilon

The Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon will be holding their annual Lip Sync philanthropy event on Thursday, Mar. 23 in Pollak theatre at 10 p.m. For more information contact a sister.

Student Activities Board

The Student Activities Board encourages you to come to their Glow Concert featuring The Weekend Riot on Friday, Mar. 24 from 8 -10 p.m. in Anacon Hall on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Sea Sharps Present Annual Acafest

Sea Sharps Annual AcafestOn Sat. Mar. 25, Monmouth University’s a capella group, the Sea Sharps will be hosting their second annual Acafest, which will feature collegiate a capella groups from multiple schools across the tri-state area.

This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics, the philanthropy of fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma.

Melanie Doe, senior social work student and president of the Sea Sharps, claims there is a lot of work that goes into each show. “We have been preparing for this performance all year and we cannot wait to show how much our group is grown,” Doe said.

Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, associate biology professor and advisor of the group, noticed the difference in the group from last year’s show to this one. “The group is a lot different from last year. They are a cohesive group that’s more in tune with each other. When they sing together, they seem like they are having more fun than before. They have improved chemistry which makes for better music,” he said.

The Sea Sharps were founded in 2013, and are the University’s only a capella group. They have been featured on MTV and have made Acafest an annual tradition.

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The Commuter Student Mentor Program

The Commuter Student Mentor Program is resurfacing this upcoming month in its quest for new mentors. The program, run by Director of Off Campus and Commuter Services, Dr. Vaughn Clay, former Lead Commuter Student Mentor Lauren Niesz and newly chosen Lead Commuter Student Mentor, Alexandria Afanador, are seeking to find seasoned guides to fill the shoes of the graduating senior mentors in the program.

According to the Commuter Student Mentor page on the university website, Commuter Student Mentors are, “seasoned guides that assist the incoming first-year commuter students by helping them make the transition to life at college, while also guiding them through the many programs and resources that can be found at Monmouth University.”

The Commuter Student Mentor Program was founded in spring 2014 as a response to the lack of extra support for first-year commuter students that a residential student may have an easier access to. The program had a rough, yet still successful, start in its inaugural year; however, the students involved with the program learned from the first year and revamped their attempts.

Director of Off Campus and Commuter Services, Dr. Vaughn Clay, said, “The success [this past year] centered on the degree of interaction that the mentors had with their mentees.”

The first year, each incoming first year commuter student was assigned a mentor—whether they asked for one or not. Communication was engaged via school email address, as that was the only method of communication mentors had access to. First year students did not check their school emails regularly and response was poor to the program for many mentors because of this.

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MU Surf Hosts Film Event

MU Surf Club Film EventMU Surf held a film premiere event on campus last week in Pozycki Hall Auditorium. Australian surfer Dion Agius directed the film and named it “The Smiling Bag.”

 MU Surf was able to obtain the film after Agius responded to emails requesting the movie.  In his email, Agius sent the movie file available for download and also thanked the prospective viewers. Agius wrote, “I just wanna say thank you so much for taking the time to email in chasing the movie. I’m stoked you took the time and that you want to see it. And it’s been such an amazing experience to hear from everyone all over the world!”

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Monmouth Youth Activists Present: Battle of the Charities

MYA Battle of CharitiesMonmouth Youth Activists and the members of Blue Hawk Records are hosting the largest charity event ever held at Monmouth University called Battle of the Charities.

Battle of The Charities will be held on Mar. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Pollak Theatre. This event is open to all members of the Monmouth University community for a modest donation fee of $5.

Every dollar donated will be equally distributed amongst the ten non-profit organizations participating in this charity event. Charities include Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, Cloudhead, Product Red, Lunch Break, Rock n Recovery, American Heart Association, Bosnia International Service Trip, and The Kortney Rose Foundation.

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Club And Greek Announcements 3/1

Alpha Kappa Alpha

The sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha will be selling tickets for $7 thoughout the week. The event, Mr. Pink and Green, will be held on Friday, Mar.  3 in Pollack Theater at 8 p.m.For more information, contact a sister who will be in letters.

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235

Alpha Phi Sigma

Please come out to support the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit on Wednesday, Mar. 8 in Anacon Hall, 2nd Floor Student Center from 2:30-4:30.We are raising funds for bullet proof vests for the canine officers.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

SAGE

Please join Monmouth University students, faculty and members of the community for a march/rally on International Women’s Day, Mar. 8. We will gather in front of the University Library around 2 PM with the march starting at 2:30 PM. 

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Guardian’s Club Hosts Guest Speaker

Guardians Club Guest SpeakerThe Guardian’s Club hosted a talk with author and veteran Julia Torres on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The criminal justice club hosts talks a few times a month with different professionals in the industry to help students learn about the different fields in the criminal justice system.

“She is a remarkable person, and is a great role model for all of our students in terms of what you can accomplish and going for your dreams,” said Nicholas Sewitch, a professor in the criminal justice department on why he chose Torres to speak at Wednesday’s meeting.

The talk consisted of Torres discussing her life, and instilling the message in all those attending to seize every opportunity available.

Torres enlisted in the Army Reserve the summer of her freshman year at Rutgers University in order to make some money.

Torres wanted to prove others wrong and show that women could be truck drivers, and chose that as her specialty in the Army Reserve. 

After graduation from Mason Gross School of the Arts, she worked in portraiture for six months until deciding to make a career change. Her sergeant from the Army Reserve recommended she apply to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office as an agent and got the job instantly.

She began reading cases until she read a case about a female undercover agent which sparked a curiosity that led to another career change.

When the Persian Gulf War came around, Torres volunteered to go and drive trucks for eight months. Upon returning, she went to the police academy and had her eyes set on working in Hudson County.

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CommWorks and MOCC Partner for Spring Events

Comm MOCC Spring EventsMembers of CommWorks and the Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) will be co-sponsoring two events this semester, which includes a women’s march, and a social justice performance event.

The women’s march will be on Mar. 8 in honor of International Women’s Day, and will begin at the University Bluffs and end in front of Wilson Hall. The march’s cause is primarily to demonstrate women’s involvement in society and to establish their voice and their equal role in it. The march will also be hosted by Students Advocating Girls Education (SAGE) and other organizations will be in attendance.

The second event will be called, “This is What Democracy Sounds Like,” and will take place during Monmouth University’s annual Scholarship Week in April. The event will touch upon various literature and spoken word that has helped shape and improve human rights in the nation.

 The event is intended to both enlighten as well as educate the students at Monmouth on human rights issues, such as injustices to women, the LGBTQ community, African Americans, Immigrants, and Indigenous people.

In addition to these topics, members discussed that the event will also touch upon the existence of white privilege, and other contemporary issues that are current in today’s society. Members of both MOCC and CommWorks are using this event as a platform to perform, and raise their voice on issues that need to be heard.

Members of both organizations planned the event to be outdoors in front of Wilson Hall. While performers mostly consist of club members, anyone will be welcome to share and perform both original works as well as work written by notable authors, poets, politicians and more.

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/22/17

Tau Kappa Epsilon

The brothers of TKE will be having their annual event in Pollak theatre tonight at 10 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information please contact  President Joshua Freeman at s0997943@monmouth.edu

CommWorks

Interested in performing? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235.

Student Activities Board

SAB will be having an escape room event on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7 - 11 p.m. in Anacon Hall on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Admission is free. For information contact Gina Gelettiei at s0960325@monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No experience necessary.

Surf Club

The Monmouth Surf Club will be hosting a Surf Film Festival on Feb. 28 in Pollak Theatre at 7 p.m. Volcom will be sponsoring the event and there will be free Surf Taco. For information contact Ryan Gallagher at s0931061monmouth.edu

The Cost of Going Greek

Cost of Greek LifeFinancial information was distributed for the first time at Monmouth University’s Spring Formal Recruitment, during which, potential new members underwent the process of becoming a member of one of the six Panhellenic sororities on-campus.

Approximately 260 women participated in recruitment this year at Monmouth. In order to be eligible for the recruitment process, a woman must have a minimum grade point average of a 2.5 or higher and a minimum of 12 college credits.

Women must meet all of these qualifications to be a member of an organization on campus. While the list of qualifications is lengthy, there is one important qualification that seems to be purposefully hidden from the women who go through this process.

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Monmouth Outdoors Club Announces Spring Events

MU Outdoors Club Spring EventsThe Monmouth Outdoors Club has planned a number of events for the spring 2017 semester. Events include camping trips, indoor on-campus activities and outdoor activities as well.

Due to the winter weather, the club will be hosting a monthly Game Night on campus. The first Game Night event will be held on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Hot beverages and an assortment of snacks will be sold. At Game Night students are welcome to come play various board games. Game Nights are also scheduled on Mar. 3 and April 7.

The club’s main trip this semester is a tubing trip to Blue Mountain, Premier Pocono Mountain Resort on Sunday, Feb. 19. Those registered will travel to the resort to snow tube on single partner, and family-sized tubes.

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/15/17

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that until the Oscars there will be a showing of musical films. They will be showing this Thursday, Feb. 9  in JP234 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. The club hopes that you can make it!

CommWorks

Interested in poetry slams, stand up comedy, creative writing, original group and solo performances? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235. We meet every Wed. 2:45-4 pm in JP 235.

The Guardians Club

The Guardian’s club will be hosting an event on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the Wilson Hall Auditorium. Guest speaker Julia Torres, Army veteran, undercover law enforcement agent, best selling author, and  member of the DEA taskforce will be talking about her experiences.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum.

Surf Club

The Monmouth Surf Club will be hosting a Surf Film Festival on Feb. 28 in Pollak Theatre at 7p.m. Volcom will be sponsoring the event and there will be free Surf Taco. For information contact Ryan Gallagher at s0931061monmouth.edu

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Boom Roasted Productions Announces Spring Production of Sweeney Todd

Boom Roasted Sweeney ToddMonmouth University’s student-run theatre company, Boom Roasted Productions, will be performing the musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, this coming April in the Lauren K. Woods Theatre.

The production will have a total of four performances, premiering on Friday, Apr. 14 at 8 p.m. The show will have additional performances Saturday, Apr. 15 and Monday, Apr. 17 at 8 p.m., with a special matinee performance at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be available mid-March and will cost $5 for all students, faculty and community members.

Sheri Anderson, a specialist professor of Theatre Arts at Monmouth University and advisor of Boom Roasted Productions said, “This will be a spectacular event and I cannot wait for everyone to see what our students have to bring to the stage.”

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SAB Screens 13th and Leads Panel Discussion

SAB 13th PanelOn Tuesday, Jan. 31 the Student Activities Board hosted the screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. A panel discussion, consisting of two formerly incarcerated individuals, Mike Satterfield and Charita Easter-Fetor, followed the film.

Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, 13th is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment which outlawed slavery, unless as punishment for a crime. Home to 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, the United States has the highest rate of incarceration.

The film gives an in depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. DuVernay’s documentary argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration.

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/8/17

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that until the Oscars there will be a showing of musical films. They will be showing this Thursday, Feb. 9 in JP234 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. The club hopes that you can make it!

CommWorks

Interested in poetry slams, stand up comedy, creative writing, original group and solo performances? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wednesday at 2:45 in JP 235. We meet every Wed. 2:45-4 pm in JP 235.

Intramural Volleyball

6v6 Indoor Intramural Volleyball Registration closes next week on Tuesday, Feb. 14. We are offering Competitive, CoRec, and Women’s Divisions! CoRec and Women’s teams can play in Competitive, as well as their respective divisions.Sign up as soon as possible to join in the fun!

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum.

Outdoors Club

Monmouth University’s Outdoors Club is having a trip to go snow tubing at Blue Mountain Resort on Sunday, Feb. 19. We will be taking a bus and the price is only $25! We will meet on February 19 at 8am. Sign ups for this trip will begin on Wednesday, February 8th at 3:30pm in Bey Hall 134. Students must sign two waivers and have their money.

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MU Debate Team Reaches Championship Round in Tournament

debate teamMonmouth University’s debate team won seven team and individual speaking awards at a debate tournament in San Diego, California over the weekend of Jan. 21. The team competed against 60 other teams and twelve colleges and universities.

The team consisted of ten pairs who squared off against the opposition in six preliminary rounds. Each of these rounds were two hours in length. An argument to debate was provided and the pairs were divided so that three were on the affirmative and three were on the negative.

The argument chosen by the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) was, “The United States Federal Government should establish a domestic climate policy, including at least substantially increasing restrictions on private sector emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States.”  

Teams that won playoff rounds were eligible to debate in the one-round eliminations which led to the eventual championship winner. Many members of the team made it into the playoffs and won numerous rounds. Three pairs made the playoffs: Francesca Vaccaro and Alec Gulluian and Megan Fleitz and Rossana Valdivia. Another pair, Ryan Kelly and Phoebe Nelson also made it to the quarter final round after going 5-1 at the tournament and scored a playoff victory against a team from Cal State Northridge before losing in a close decision to a team from the University of Miami.

Phoebe Nelson, a sophomore political science student and member of the debate team said, “It was such a great experience and I’m really proud of how well we all did.”

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Celebrate World Hijab Day With MSA and LTA

WorldHijabDayBannerFriday, Feb. 3 the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA), the Latin American sorority on campus will be cosponsoring an event to celebrate World Hijab Day. The holiday is internationally recognized annually on Feb. 1.

According to WorldHijabDay.com, the celebration was started by Nazma Khan, in an attempt to combat the discrimination and general lack of understanding of why women wear it, and to also invite women to wear one for a day.

The hijab is a traditional, mandatory head covering worn by Muslim women all over the world. Both organizations intend to spread that message to the Monmouth University community.

The event is intended to celebrate the hijab as well as the women who wear hijabs. Another purpose is to break down stereotypes. It is also intended to start a conversation about the cultural practices of women all over the world.

Students, faculty, and anyone else interested are welcome to come to the Rebecca Stafford Student Center from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

President of Lambda Theta Alpha and senior health studies student, Daniela Villamin said, “As president of Lambda Theta Alpha, a sorority that promotes acceptance of women from all ethnicities, we felt that this event is significant, especially with all the recent controversy in the country over discrimination of people with certain beliefs/traditions.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/1/17

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that until the Oscars there will be a showing of musical films. They will be showing this Thursday, Feb. 2 in JP234 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening either Funny Face or The Bandwagon . The club hopes that you can make it!

CommWorks

Interested in poetry slams, stand up comedy, creative writing, original group and solo performances? Want to work with a group of dynamic students who are committed to having fun and creating performances of social relevance for college students? Join CommWorks! We meet Wed. at 2:45 in JP 235. We meet every Wed. 2:45-4 pm in JP 235.

BoomRoasted Productions

BoomRoasted Productions will be holding auditions on Feb. 3 at 7p.m. for their production of Sweeney Todd. Callbacks will be held Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. For any additional information or questions, please email Nick Zaccario at s0943525@monmouth.edu.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing for the student-run newspaper. They are having an interest meeting Wed. February 1 at 3:30 p.m.Sections in need of writers include News, Opinion, Politics, Lifestyles, Features, Entertainment, Club & Greek, and Sports. No prior experience is necessary. The Outlook fulfills practicum.

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Greek Women Unite for Panhellenic Recruitment

Greek Women Panhellenic RecruitmentThe matching outfits, the secret passwords, the glitter-blowing and loud cheering, it sounds like it’s recruitment season. While all of those things are nice, being a sorority woman is a lot more than what people see through social media and the news.

As a graduating senior and Vice President of Panhellenic Recruitment, I have been fortunate enough to learn first-hand what it truly means to be part of something bigger than yourself, and feel how rewarding it is to help other young women find their own place at Monmouth University.

The National Panhellenic Council is an umbrella organization for 26 Panhellenic sororities. NPC sororities are centered around values such as scholarship, sisterhood and philanthropy.

 Most importantly, sororities are centered around the great women that founded them and their fight for women to have the right to assemble and discuss academics, make friends, and further the empowerment and collaboration of women.

So, how does a woman become a part of a Panhellenic sorority? At Monmouth University, Panhellenic Formal Spring Recruitment takes place a few weeks just into the spring semester. To be eligible for this process, a woman must have 12 college credits and possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Potential new members are divided into groups and assigned two to three recruitment counselors.

Recruitment counselors are disaffiliated members of respected Panhellenic sororities. They give up their own letters to help young women find theirs. The idea of this council is to offer the opinions of unbiased members of Greek life, in order to aid women through the process of potentially finding their new home.

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Meet the Greeks: Alpha Omicron Pi

MTG Alpha Omicron PiMore often than not there is a stigma surrounding college students involved in Greek organizations.

While mistakes are made, as young people often do, the good Greek organizations do for their community, their philanthropy, and each other as well, far outweighs any negative information portrayed in the media. Being a Greek woman is an opportunity unlike any other, and there is something to be offered from each organization. It is so much more than having an official flower, color, or animal. It is a bond and a place of growth. 

An organization that offers these opportunities for growth is Alpha Omicron Pi. The chapter was colonized in 2013 at Monmouth University, but the organization was founded in 1897 at Barnard College. They are one of the six Panhellenic sororities on campus and value what it is to be a leader as well as the importance of receiving an education. The organization’s color is cardinal red, their flower is the Jaqueminot rose, and their unofficial animal is the panda. But like all other sororities, there is much more than meets the eye.

People often fear change upon entering college. It is a common misconception that being a member of Greek life can change someone. What isn’t realized with this thought is that being a member of a Greek organization can change someone, but change them for the better. Flash forward and well into my junior year, I am indeed, a sorority woman, and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. College changed me in the areas of my life where I needed to grow the most. So while change might be scary, no one told me change could also be a good thing. Alpha Omicron Pi has changed my life in the best way possible.

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Club and Greek Announcements 01-25-17

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that until the Oscars there will be a showing of musical films. They will be showing this Thursday, Jan. 25 in JP234 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening Popstar. The club hopes that you can make it!

Monmouth Youth Activists

The Monmouth Youth Activists Club encourages you to get involved. Like or visit their Facebook page for Monmouth Youth Activists Group on campus. See if you’re interested in joining our family We have so much planned this semester @muyouthactivist

BoomRoasted Productions

BoomRoasted Productions will be holding auditions on Feb. 3 at 7p.m for their production of Sweeney Todd. Callbacks will be held Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. For any additional information or questions, please email Nick Zaccario at s0943525@monmouth.edu.

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.
If you are interested, please e-mail outlook@monmouth.edu for more information.

Hawk TV News

Hawk TV News is looking for vibrant and interested students who want to be reporters, writers, anchors and much more. You do not need to be a communication major to be apart of this organization. If you are interested email me at s0933548@monmouth.edu or meet us on Wednesdays in JP 138 at 3:15.

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Monmouth University’s Panhellenic Council

MU Panhellenic CouncilThe Panhellenic Council (PHC) at Monmouth provides members of Panhellenic sororities a productive way to contribute to the Panhellenic community, as well as holds its own members accountable.

PHC strives to develop and maintain the fraternal life and Inter-fraternity relations at a high level of accomplishment. It is made up of an executive board (e-board), six delegates (1 per sorority), and a seven-position cabinet.

The e-board consists of the President, Vice President of Programming, and Vice President of Recruitment. The President has an overall responsibility for the operation of the Panhellenic Council and presides at all regular meetings.

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Blue Hawk Studio

Blue Hawk StudioWest Long Branch, NJ – Most students at Monmouth know about Blue Hawk Records, the University’s music label, but often people mistake the Blue Hawk Studio recording club with the label.

The recording club, founded and run by Huascar Holguin, a senior music industry student debuted last Spring. Since the start, the club has more than doubled in size and already has a new recording studio in the making.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/30/16

The Guardians Club

The Guardians Club is honored to present Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Hunter Brockriede as its guest speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. in Rechnitz Hall 107. The Guardians Club and this meeting are open to all students regardless of major/minor.

BoomRoasted Productions

BoomRoasted is holding their annual Theatrefest Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. The four nights of theatre will feature a ‘Ham to Ham’ cabaret with music from Hammerstein to Hamilton.The event will also feature a senior night, alumni night, and a night where members will be presenting and performing their original work. The event is located at the Lauren K. Woods theatre, at 8 p.m. The event is entirely free and members encourage you to come out and be entertained.

Alpha Omicron Pi

The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi are cosponsoring a series of events with Delta Tau Delta. They will be tabling Dec. 1 and collecting items to donate to troops over seas on Dec. 2. They will also be selling hot chocolate for a dollar and proceeds will be donated to Sisters for Soldiers. Dec. 6 they will be having service men talk about their experience and do push up drills. Come out and support your troops. 

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Phi Kappa Psi Hosts Monmouth’s Got Talent

Phi Kappa Psi Monmouth Talent Show 1Phi Kappa Psi held their annual philanthropy event, “Monmouth’s Got Talent” on Wednesday at 10 p.m. in Pollak Theater.

This exciting night started out with the hosts of the show introducing themselves.

Johnny Maurer and Tom Curry, both brothers of Phi Kappa Psi, welcomed all the attendees for coming and spoke about their philanthropy, the Boys and Girls Club.

According to the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County’s website, “The Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County is a private non-profit organization that serves children that come from some of the difficult circumstances in the County. With professional licensed staff, Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County’s youth enjoy a variety of activities.”

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Hawks Striper Club Reels in the Facts

Hawk Striper Club FactsThe fall season brings cool water and lots of activity in the ocean. Falling water temperatures brings a great migration of fish that local fisheries and watermen have been catching for sport or bringing back to the dinner table.

There have been schools of blue fish, peanut bunker and stripe bass in our back yard. The University Bluffs has been the spot to find these “blitz” of fish that have been jumping out of the water.

Junior business student Pete Righi lives in the University Bluffs and is a member of the Monmouth University Football team. Righi said, “It’s crazy to look out your window and see the ocean. This past week I saw a whale that breached out of the water to feed off of the splashing fish around it.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 11/16/16

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that for November there will be a showing of action movies all month long. They will be showing this Wednesday, Nov. 16 in JP138 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves. The club hopes that you can make it!

MU Oral Communication Club (MOCC)

The Department of Communication, the Communication Council, and the MOCC hosts #coMmtalks Post-Election Media Breakdown, on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Wilson auditorium. Join us for a discussion about how traditional and social media affected the way citizens received information about the election.This event is an opportunity for students to gain perspective on the challenges facing today’s media professionals when covering a presidential campaign.

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Panhellenic Council Unifies Greek Women through Events

Panhellenic Council Greek WomenThe Panhellenic Council (PHC) hosted two events last week in order to increase fellowship and spread awareness about the Panhellenic sororities on campus.

These events included their annual Sorority Bingo, and the annual Panhellenic holiday dinner. The Panhellenic Council is Monmouth University’s student representation from the National Panhellenic Conference, which is an umbrella organization for 26 national women’s sororities.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/9

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that for November the club will be will be showing action movies all month long. They will be starting this Wednesday, Nov. 9 in JP138 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening Legend of the Drunken Master, starring Jackie Chan. The club hopes that you can make it!

Monmouth University Oral
Communication Club (MOCC)

The Department of Communication, the Communication Council, and the MOCC hosts #comMtalks Post-Election Media Breakdown, on Wednesday, Nov 16 at 6pm in Wilson auditorium. Join us for a discussion about how traditional and social media affected the way citizens received information about the election.This event is an opportunity for students to gain perspective on the challenges facing today’s media professionals when covering a presidential campaign.

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SAB Promotes Veganism with ‘Udder Chaos’

SAB Try VeganThe Student Activities Board (SAB) held an awareness event called “Udder Chaos” on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. outside of Wilson Hall. At this event, the main goal was for people to be exposed to the dangers of animal agriculture and for people to endorse animal rights.

The event had a ‘stuff and fluff’ station for people to make there own stuffed animals, and a food truck with strictly vegan food varying from veggie burgers, falafel wraps, portabella warps, and three different smoothies.

In order to get a ticket to the food truck, attendees had to sign a petition to stop animal cruelty.

There was also a table with much information of making a difference with becoming vegan.

For those who don’t know, an individual who follows a vegan diet produces 50 percent less CO2, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat eater.

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Catchin’ Waves with Monmouth’s Surf Club

Catchin Waves MU SurfThe Monmouth Surf Club has been busy this year surfing along the east coast. Members on the team have dedicated their time traveling to find better waves and paying respect to the local communities.

The Club’s first event was held on Hathaway in Deal, NJ for a beach clean up where Waves for Water made an appearance. This non-profit organization gives countries reusable clean water filtration systems that provide clean drinking water. Waves for Water recently visited Haiti after Hurricane Mathew destroyed their country.

Senior communication student Hunter Rainis, junior business student Paul Kelly, and sophomore business student Matt Kelly made the first stop on the east coast. “Driving through the Verrazano Bridge was crazy. I thought I was going to get bumped off the bridge, and traffic was nuts,” P. Kelly said.

The crew ended up in Long Beach, NY and surfed all day thanks to Hurricane Nicole. “The first spot we checked was so crowded, but it was the best I have seen it in a while so we had to go in,” Rainis said. “We surfed later at a secret spot and traded waves all alone.”

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/4/16

Cinema Club

The Cinema Club would like to announce that for November the club will be will be showing action movies all month long. They will be starting this Wednesday, Nov. 2 in JP138 at 7:30 p.m. and they will be screening the original Point Break film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The club hopes that you can make it!

Monmouth University Oral Communication Club (MOCC)

Did you know public speaking is the #1 fear in America? Fight the fear with the Monmouth University’s Oral Communication Center (MOCC).

MOCC offers free peer tutoring for presentations and public speaking! Our walk-in schedule is posted outside of JP 203 or contact our tutor supervisor, Chris Brady, at s0970072@monmouth.edu to schedule an appointment.

Our club is here to help you achieve feats that you never once thought achievable!

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Trunk - or - Treat is Really Sweet

Trunk Or TreatAutumn is here in full swing. The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and more importantly everyone’s favorite time of the year is right around the corner. Each year at the end of October hundreds of thousands of children go out dressed as their favorite superhero or princess to collect candy.

However, the biggest concern for parents and loved ones if how difficult it can be for children to do so in a safe manner. The solution…Monmouth University’s Trunk or Treat!

The event was introduced to the campus and surrounding community by the First Year Service Project last fall as a way for Monmouth University to provide a safe place for children to trick or treat

Former Student Coordinator and alumni, Deanna Getty said “It gives me so much joy to see the students of Monmouth working together to do something wonderful for the community. Seeing the joy on children’s faces last year was priceless and I can’t wait to see how successful the trunk or treat is year!” Most children are unable to go out late on the night of Halloween to collect candy because they have school early the next day, or their parents work, or the family doesn’t feel safe with their children out too late.

Hosting an event during the day on campus allows the family to have all the fun!

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Getting Involved with the NSSLHA

Involved NSSLHAThe National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) provides both undergraduate and graduate students interested in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology with a support system that encourages the pursuit of these professions.

Monmouth University launched its Speech-Language Pathology master’s program in 2014, and since then there has been an increased spark of interest in the field of study amongst undergraduates.

The program’s rigorous curriculum, implementation of clinical experience, research opportunities, and experienced faculty has deemed it to be under “pre-accreditation” status by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

This status signifies that the program has met the standards issued by ASHA. Although the SLP master’s program is becoming nationally recognized, many undergraduate students are uncertain of where to inquire information about this particular field of study.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/26/16

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma tau is hosting a bingo event for students interested in greek life. The event will be on Wednesday November 2nd in Anacon in the student center. The organization encouragges all to come out. Winners will be awardedwith prizes and those who attend wll recieve a special presention from each panhellenic organization.

Boom Roasted Productions

The student-run theater company is putting on its fall musical production of Spring Awakening. They have just released a trailer showcasing the show and are very excited to be performing in it.

The show opens November 11th and runs the 11th through the 12th, and 16th through the 19th at 8pm, and November 13th and 20th at 3pm. The show is located in the Lauren K. Woods theater.

For tickets, visit www.monmouth.edu/arts or call 732-263-6889. For any questions contact club president Nicholas Zaccario at s0943525@monmouth.edu.

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Student Activities Presents Star's And Smore's

stars and smoresThis past Friday, October 7, the Student Activities Board held their Star’s and S’mores Concert on the Residential Quad for all student to come and enjoy at 7:00 p.m.

The opener for this concert was Tyler Robinson, also known as “iamteddymusic.” Tyler is on the men’s basketball team where you may recognize him as being a member of the Monmouth Bench. The concert’s headliner was the alternative band, Radnor.

The night began with the Student Activities Board setting the event up with different things to do on the quad. These things varied such as a photo booth with a cut out Instagram board; glow sticks; and of course, s’mores.

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Making the World a Better Place with Circle K

k clubWith Open House occurring just this past week, there was one club that was more than happy to help out. Circle K International, is a club on campus that focuses primarily on service, leadership, and fellowship.

The students involved in this organization share a love of helping others and are also extremely supportive of one another.

In addition, this club not only encourages diversity in its members but also among the people and organizations that we provide service to.

Past service events on campus include: volunteering at Monmouth University’s Rain Garden and hosting therapy dogs, which allowed students to de-stress before finals and helped raise money for service dogs.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/12

Cinema Club

The Monmouth University Cinema Club is celebrating the month of October by screening Halloween themed films. These films will range from the horror genre, psychological thrillers, and other fun spooky films.

Junior communications student, Stephanie Young will be curating the club at this weeks screening on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30.The club will be meeting in JP room 138 and will be playing Shutter Island.

Student Government Association

The #Hawksarehome and Mighty Monmouth homecoming is vastly approaching with only 18 days left. SGA is directly responsible hosting Homecoming every year, as well as being the oversight of annual funding for all eligible clubs and organizations.

They also are responsible for providing financial assistance to groups and individuals who wish to sponsor a special program or event.The Senate meets at 2:45 p.m. every Wednesday during the academic year on the 3rd floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Meetings are open to the Monmouth University community. To get involved contact club President s0969679@monmouth.edu.

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Student Activities Board Goes ‘All In’ for Casino Night

SAB Casino NightThe Student Activities Board held their annual “Casino Night” on Saturday, Oct. 1 in Wilson Hall to show parents a great time during Parent’s Weekend.

It is that time of year when SAB plans and executes all of their amazing events for the student body to have a good time, as well as give them something to do on campus. Luckily for this specific event, it landed on the weekend of Parents Weekend.

This year’s theme revolved around the 1920’s Jazz era, and the décor and layout of the event embodied this theme. Concert’s Chair for the Student Activities Board and junior business major James Ruffino stated, “I couldn’t have thought of Casino Night going any better than it did. The turnout was absolutely amazing and the set up and appearance of the event was great. It goes to show that all the time and effort the executive board puts into these events are worth it”.

Casino Night is essentially an event where people can come and play casino games for a chance to win amazing door prizes. As students and their families entered Wilson Hall, they were greeted by board members welcoming them to the event and showing them to where they get their chips to begin to play the different games.

At the table, more board members handed each attendee a cup of chips worth $3,000 and that is what they would use to bet. Once they had their chips, they were able to play any games they want. At this year’s Casino Night, the games of choice included Craps, Roulette, Texas Holdem, Blackjack, and slot machines.

The unique aspect of this event is that all the dealers at the tables are either board members from SAB or Professional Staff from the University who volunteered their night to help the event run as smooth as possible. Aside from just playing casino games, attendees were welcomed with small finger foods and beverages.

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Find Your ‘PhiSignificant Other’ at this Week’s Greek Event

PhiSignificant OtherPhi Sigma Sigma will be holding the first greek event of the semester. The sorority holds an event every year, known as Monmouth Idol, where contestants compete in a singing contest.

However, feeling the need to change things up, the organization’s event this year is called “PhiSignificant Other” and is a male beauty pageant featuring men from three of the six fraternities on campus, as well as athletes from the Football and Basketball team as well.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th at 9:45 pm in Pollak theatre. Member of Phi Sigma Sigma and junior graphic design major, Kelly Santoriello said, “This event should be really fun and will help us reach our fundraising goal.”

The money raised from this event will go towards the organization’s philanthropy, the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, which focuses on School and College Readiness, and to cultivate relationships, achieve excellence, impact their communities, and change the world.

The sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma are very excited to hold an event like this, because unlike past events, contestants are included from not just greek life. junior graphic design student Breyana Decker said, “It is great to see everyone come together at these events, not just greek life. It’s amazing to be both entertained while supporting a great cause.”

The event will be the first of many this school year, and many people belonging to both greek organizations, and other organizations such as sports teams, should be in attendance as well.

Many will be there in support of the brave eight contestants who will be on the stage that evening, and the organizations assures that it will be an event to remember.

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CLUB AND GREEK ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/5

Cinema Club

The Monmouth University Cinema Club is celebrating the month of October by screening Halloween themed films. These films will range from the horror genre, psychological thrillers, and other fun spooky films.

Junior communications student, Stephanie Young will be curating the club at this weeks screening on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30. The club will be meeting in JP room 138.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of all the student clubs and organizations at Monmouth University. There are more than 100 clubs and organizations, with more being recognized every year by SGA. SGA is directly responsible for the oversight of annual funding all eligible clubs and organizations, as well as providing financial assistance to groups and individuals who wish to sponsor a special program or event.SGA’s mission is to promote the health and welfare of Monmouth University’s student body. The Senate meets at 2:45 p.m. every Wednesday during the academic year on the 3rd floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Meetings are open to the Monmouth University community.

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.

Outdoors Club

The Monmouth University Outdoors Club is offering a campinging trip during Fall Break to French Creek State Park in Pennsylvania which will include horeseback riding, and are also planning a trip to go to a haunted house, a corn amze, and a hayride.

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HERO Campaign and Safety Day Postponed

HERO Campaign Saftey Day 1While originally scheduled for this Wedneday, September 28th, the Hero Campaign Club’s drunk-driving and fire safety event has been postponed until October 26th.on the Residential Quad from 12pm to 3pm.

While it is unfortunate that the date was changed due to the weather, students who visit will have the opportunity to drive a golf cart on a course wearing Alcohol Impairment Goggles. The goggles are to simulate the effects of alcohol consumption on the body.

This event is designed to give the participant the impression of what it is like to drive under the invluence of alcohol.

Club member and sophomore health studies major Gretchen Keyser, said, “I like the Hero Campaign because why wouldn’t you want your friends and family to have a safe ride home. it feels like youre making a difference!”

The intention is to spread awareness for drunk driving and to help in preventing less accidents. The HERO Campaign Club also aid participants in making better decisions. It is collaboration with MUPD, Residential Life, MU Fire and Safety, Students in Recovery, Howell Fire Department, Mid Atlantic AAA, West Long Branch Fire Dept, West Long Branch Rescue Squad, Office of Residential Life, Office of Substance Awareness, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and HERO Campaign For Designated Drivers Club.

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BoomRoasted Productions Brings the Drama

BoomRoasted Productions is the student-run theatre company on campus. They were established in 2013 and have only grown since then.

The club, consisting of both theatre-majors and non-theatre majors alike have successfully put on two full length musicals within the last two years. Both shows, RENT, and The Addams Family, were very well-recieved.

Aside from the musicals, BoomRoasted also holds events such as a Karaoke night, which occured earlier in the semester. Other events include the Haunted Wilson Tour.

Club President Nicholas Zaccario said, “Every year is a different theme for the tour, this year’s theme is famous movie monsters. We’re very excited and its always a great experience.”

BoomRoasted members write original scripts for the tour, buy the costumes and props, and do their makeup themselves.

Last year the club teamed up with the Student Activities Board.         The club is also involved in many other events, such as The Vagina Monologues and the fall musical. Many members have been cast in this year’s production of Spring Awakening.

Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, & Interdisciplinary Studies, and professor of communication Don R. Swanson said, “ I’ve seen the shows in the past and they are really enjoyable and their hard work shows.”

While the club has not arrived at a decison on what this year’s musical will be, BoomRoasted Productions also has other events such as their annual Theatrefest, which showcases the writing, acting and directingtalents of its members.

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/28

Cinema Club

The Monmouth University Cinema Club will be screeningMartin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”, starring Robert De Niro, this wednesday in Jules Plangere Center  at 7:30pm. The room has yet to be decded. For more information folliow them on Facebook at Monmouth Cinema Club, and contact President Julian Garcia at s1003573@monmouth.edu

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of all the student clubs and organizations at Monmouth University. There are more than 100 clubs and organizations, with more being recognized every year by SGA. SGA is directly responsible for the oversight of annual funding  all eligible clubs and organizations, as well as providing financial assistance to groups and individuals who wish to sponsor a special program or event.SGA’s mission is to promote the health and welfare of Monmouth University’s student body. The Senate meets at 2:45 p.m. every Wednesday during the academic year on the 3rd floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Meetings are open to the Monmouth University community.

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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Outdoors Club: Get Out There!

Outdoors ClubMonmouth University Outdoors Club is an amazing club with friendly, adventurous people. Its’ purpose is to promote growth, understanding, awareness, and appeal of nature through various activities we sponsor.

Activities may include hiking, rafting, camping, surfing and more. We do everything from playing board games to de-stress, to hosting beach parties, to hiking through trails in the woods, to zip lining down from the tree tops, and anything else pertaining to the outdoors!

There are so many activities and trips available that if one is missed there is sure to be another. Some of the activities that we have planned throughout the semester include: camping, hiking, and kayaking at Wharton State Forest, which will be September 23rd through the 25th. The Outdoors Club also hosts a Game Night once every month.

October 7th through the 9th there will be a camping and horseback-riding trip, which should be fantastic in the autumn weather. Also coming up in October there will also be a trip to a haunted house, in theme with both Halloween and getting outside to do something spooky.

There will also be a camping trip to Allaire State Park on December 2nd through the 4th. Students will be able to sleep in cabins during the trip as well as do other camping activities.

The Outdoors Club will also be participating in The Big Event this year, which is a great way to get outside and to volunteer one’s time towards a good cause.

Other clubs and organizations on campus participate as well, making it a great opportunity to get involved and mingle with others. Aside from the longer trips, hiking day trips are offered at various parks nearby, as well as rock climbing weekday nights, and many others trips and activities as well.

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Council for Exceptional Children: An Exceptional Opportunity

Council Exceptional ChildrenMonmouth University offers a variety of opportunities available to students to give back to the community. For students that are interested in helping those with special needs, Monmouth’s Council for Exceptional Children Club (CEC) is the perfect organization to join. This club hosts, volunteers, and participates in events for both students and adults with disabilities.

President Brittany Burd of CEC club, is a senior English and elementary education major with an endorsement in teaching students with disabilities (TSD) encourages more students to get involved.

“We are always looking for more volunteers and have already begun planning some great events for this year! Every volunteer opportunity is a chance to make a difference,” said Burd.

In the past, the organization has participated in events such as the Special Olympics, the Thanks4giving plunge, and Polar Plunge races. CEC also works with FRA and POAC in the area to make a difference. In addition, they have hosted and attended events at the Shore Center and Hawkswood School.

Dr. Carol McArthur of the Department of Special Education, said, “We are proud to have an active organization on the Monmouth University campus.  The MU students have worked with various community organizations to support special education students and their families in many ways. These students are already proving to be leaders in the field as they organize events, coordinate with other professionals, and engage with students with special needs.” 

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ON and OFF CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS 9/21

The Monmouth Snowriders

The Monmouth Snowriders are a group that focuses on teaching students how to let go of their inhibitions while forming lifelong friendships in the process.

Whether you’re an expert who wants to tackle the biggest mountains around or a beginner who just wants to meet some great people while learning how to ride in a smaller environment, you are very much encouraged to become part of our family. We go to places all over the east coast, such as Killington and Whiteface.

Our main trip, however, is five days at the ski resort at Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.  Join us for our first general meeting on Wednesday, September 21st at 3:15pm in Bey Hall 133!! 

The Cinema Club

The Cinema Club is cancelling this week’s screening of “On the Waterfont.”

Screenings will resume next week starting with Scorceses’ “Taxi Driver.” Meetings occur every Wednesday at 7:30pm

Martin Scorceses’ films will be shown throughout the month of September. For information contact club President Julian Garcia at s1003573@monmouth.edu

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First Year Service Project: Houseless Not Hopeless

Houseless Not HopelessEver want to volunteer or do more for the local community surrounding Monmouth University but you don’t know how? The First Year Service Project is the place for you!

The First Year Service Project is an on-campus organization which gives students the opportunity to serve their local communities by fighting poverty through a variety of activities including fundraisers, events, and food drives.

We are excited to be kicking the year off with one of our marque events, Houseless Not Hopeless.

Senior Student Coordinator Jennifer Ingegno, said, “Houseless Not Hopeless brings the Monmouth community together for an awareness event that puts students in the shoes of a homeless person.

The perspective I gained from that one night is something I hope we can give to the rest of the students here at Monmouth.” 

Students who have been at Monmouth may recognize this event by the cardboard box shelters that are set up on Shadow Lawn. The event invites students to spend the night living in a cardboard shelter that you create yourself. This gives students’ insight into the lives of the homeless.

Throughout the night students participate in several activities to help the local community. These include a scavenger hunt for school supplies and a Peanut Butter & Jelly relay.

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Sorority Spreads Awareness for Suicide Prevention Week

Suicde Prevention 1Monmouth University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau held an event this past week honoring and spreading awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day. The organization hosted a bake sale, a vigil, and an ‘Awareness Day’ at the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. 

Alpha Sigma Tau’s many   events proved very successful, with all proceeds of the bake sale going to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, located in Shrewsbury New Jersey.

Valentina Sanchez, a junior communication major, said, “We were able to raise three times more money than we did last year, so that’s pretty amazing.” 

The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA) is a non profit organization that provides counseling and other services to those who suffer from depression.

The MHA website states, “As an affiliate of the National Organization Mental Health America and the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation, every day and in times of crisis.” 

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Monmouth Cinema Club: A Blockbuster Hit

Cinema ClubEver watch a movie and just want to talk about it for hours? Well Monmouth has the club for you. The Monmouth University Cinema Club is devoted to creating an exciting place for movie-lovers to meet and discuss what they love about cinema, and who better to run this club than one of the biggest film fans around.

Club President Julian Garcia started the club in the spring semester of 2015. He wanted to create an open and free environment where one could express their opinions, thoughts and theories about a wide variety of films. It became apparent that there was a great need for the club when attendance rose.

When asked about the success of the club Julian, a junior communication major, says, “Films have always been the greatest friends I could ask for and it is terrific to find people who think of movies in the same light.”

Under the guidence of professor Matt Lawrence  each month the cinema club board members choose distinguished filmmakers and dedicate an entire month to view their work.

During this month the Cinema Club chooses popular works by a director as well as less well known material from the director, which Julian Garcia believes allows for a complete in-depth look at the filmmaker.

September is dedicated to the films of Martin Scorsese and is sure to be a fan-favorite for attendees; starting off with his off beat sleeper hit, “After Hours” and continuing the month with his classics, “Good Fellas” and “Taxi Driver”.

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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