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MU Surf Club Greets Jonas With a Warm Welcome

MU Surf Hunter Rainis

Sunday 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, winter’s icy embrace had not been felt. NJ 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.

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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

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 Hockey

The 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 Involvement

On 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.

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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

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.


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 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 2015

From 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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