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Volume 89 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Tigers, Ducks, and Hawks Oh My!

Tigers Ducks Hawks Oh MyWhat’s better than being named a Top 10 college in New Jersey? Being named a Top 5 college! What’s better than that? Top 3! Wait, slow down everyone, we’re not there just yet. But 2018 is just around the corner and Monmouth is bound to continue to be recognized by both the state and national polls as a highly acclaimed university that excels in both academics and athletics.

In the 2017 rankings done by US News Monmouth University was ranked fourth in terms of overall status in various categories. This is obviously very exciting for the students, staff, and faculty members of the University.

Being recognized is a major achievement for the university. As we all know, Monmouth is persistent when it comes to keeping the campus updated and looking incredible, with new buildings being constructed such as Pozycki Hall, which was finished in 2016, and the new additions being done to both Edison Hall and Monmouth’s Henni & John Kessler Stadium.

This is clearly something that both members of the campus can appreciate as well as visitors who come to view our school can see. Yet, Monmouth does not forget its rich history. Even with all the new updates and renovations, the campus can still boast beautiful buildings such as Wilson Hall and the Guggenheim Library that are well preserved and full of character.

So, what does this mean for school morale, and the future of Monmouth? That would involve some running around campus and quick interviews with fellow students. For starters, it was important to figure out how this could potentially help our athletics teams in terms of team spirit and in helping them with recruitment.

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Good Vibes or Get Out

Good Vibes Or Get OutWithin Monmouth’s own creative and ambitious student body, there is a growing business. A senior fine art, art history and photography student, Matthew Hanratty, began his label company, Good Vibes or Get Out two and a half years ago.

“I went on to think about ruling the world, like I’m better than Vans; then I went to the realistic fantasy of it all when I got back to school,” Hanratty said. Hanratty had his dream and his drive equally push his company along.

“I used my own money, to get supplies, and we make everything by hand. I want it to be a personal company. When you buy a shirt you’re not a customer you’re a part of the movement of the label,” he said.

Dr. Stuart Rosenberg, associate professor of Management and Decision Sciences, said, “I think it’s possible for a mature student to be an entrepreneur if they have a dream and stability, they can succeed. If a student truly has a drive, good work ethic, and the ability to apply what they study in school, they should do it.”

Rosenberg encouraged, “if you have the motivation, you know what you need to do and have a business plan, don’t be afraid to be afraid to ask questions especially while you’re at the university with resources for you. If you can take your lumps and ride it out, then you should do it.”

Although Hanratty did not switch majors to fit entrepreneurship, but has prioritized time management and organizational skill. “Once I noticed the label’s potential, I knew I had to shift to better time management. It’s a key thing, along with organization. I want to be setting up for next week’s work and printing, not sitting around on the phone or watching TV.”

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No Time Like the Present: Travel Opportunities with Monmouth

Travel Opportunties With MULike many, Darby O’Kane, a senior business administration student, went into a study abroad information meeting with her friends having no real intention of signing up.

However, after she impulsively put her deposit down, O’Kane said there was no turning back.

After completing the Italy 2016 summer abroad program, O’Kane said she gained a renewed respect for different cultures and wants to continue traveling in her future.

“I want to get my degree and travel now. I would love to work for a global company one day,” O’Kane said.

Study abroad is only one of the many programs offered at Monmouth for students to travel outside of the country.

Monmouth University not only provides students with the opportunity to study long-term in a different country, but, there are also more short-term programs that students can take part in if they want to travel.

Kristin Inzana, a healthcare provider on the Global Experiences’ Alternative Break Trips, spoke highly of the programs Monmouth has to offer to all students.

“Whether the student is traveling with study abroad or through Global Experiences and volunteering their time, they have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of different cultures and situations that other countries may face,” Inzana said.

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Monmouth Sends Silence Packing

MU Sends Silence PackingOn Sept. 18, Send Silence Packing, an event with a display of 1,100 backpacks representing the 1,100 college students who commit suicide every year, finally came to Monmouth on its traveling tour.

The rain did not deter the over 400 students that trickled through the Student Center Patio to read the mini-display filled with stories of those affected by suicide.

Not only that, but students were able to understand warning signs, identify local support systems and were able to recognize campus support programs as well.

250 students, faculty, and staff roamed through Anacon Hall as they viewed the 1,100 student backpacks.

Active Minds, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about mental health, has monumentalized those lives lost by placing these backpacks on campuses throughout the nation.

The event, Send Silence Packing, has been implemented at other campuses such as, Farleigh Dickinson University, The Ohio State University, University of Michigan, and many others.

Christopher McKitrick, Psychological Counselor with Counseling and Psychological Services, said “While participants noticed the gravity behind the reason of the exhibit, many expressed a sense of hope after the exhibit.”

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Insight Into International Education

Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that many Monmouth students enjoy – it allows students to travel and experience new cultures, all while still earning a semester’s worth of credits.

However, there are differences between the classes taken studying abroad and those taken at Monmouth. Study abroad classes are typically three-hour sessions meeting once a week, especially at Regents University, the University’s partner school in London.

“It feels a lot more stressful,” said Ally Rao, a senior English student who studied abroad in London for the spring 2017 semester. “I know classes at Regents were real school, but being back at Monmouth actually feels like school again. London was like a vacation. Being back here feels like home, but it’s also back to reality.”

Brianna McGuire, a senior student, also agreed, elaborating on the differences between the classes at Monmouth and the classes she took while studying in London.

“It’s definitely different,” she said. “Classes abroad are a little less busywork-heavy and focus more on class discussions, rather than on graded assignments throughout the semester.”

As someone who studied abroad as well, the differences between Regents and Monmouth are clear – Regents did not require textbooks, and class attendance was less enforced than at Monmouth. Many only had midterm and final projects, as opposed to homework assignments due on a weekly basis, and several classes utilized the city around them – for example, a professor teaching a literature course would lead students on a tour through a relevant section of London, explaining how the author was influenced.

However, even though students may face changes and a sort of reverse culture shock, study abroad advisor, Jonathan Kull, thinks the program is great for students – not only does it give them a new perspective on the world, but it also can influence choices they make later down the line, especially when it comes to pursuing international education.

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In Joe, We Trust

“Me? What’s so special about me?” Joe Lynam, safety guard at the Monmouth University Library asked as the corners of his mouth turned upward. He was in a perfectly pressed police uniform with a gold name plate reading “Joe” on the left side. His white mustache lifted into a grin; he was wondering why I would want to interview him.

As I tried to explain myself, Joe’s attention was interrupted a few times with students entering and leaving the library, greeting him with huge smiles and waves. They don’t even know his name; he’s just the person who creates students’ first smiles before studying and more importantly, the last smiles before leaving. After all, studying and libraries can be a pretty traumatizing experience, so smiles are very much needed.

Joe realized I was struggling to get my sentences out in between greetings, so he compromised, “Let’s go sit in that room so we can talk, how’s that?”

Perfect.

I took a deep breath to prepare to get my words out in one shot, in case any one of Joe’s silent fan club members made an appearance.

“So anyway,” I said with an exhale and a smile. “Here’s your answer on why I picked you.”

I asked him if he remembered when It down-poured and thunder-stormed a few weeks ago. Yes, he did. I explained that I was having a bad day, especially because I wore slippers and they were totally soaked. Leaving the library, my head was down glaring at my sad excuse for shoes. The nameless safety guard with a white mustache in a police uniform tapped me on the shoulder and pointed into the distance. It was a rainbow. This small act turned my whole day around.

“And, well, yeah, that’s why!” I told him. Joe’s grin turned into a full grown smile and held his hand out waiting for mine to interlock with his, “Well then, how about that. Let’s get started.”

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What’s Next?

Life After Graduation: Graduate Studies


Life After Graduation 1After graduating from Monmouth University in the spring of 2017, English undergraduate student, Lauren Niesz, decided she loved Monmouth so much she needed to come back. Now a computer science graduate student, Niesz wanted to continue the work she had been doing in the past, and incorporate it into her new life at Monmouth.

Post-graduate life can be a gray area at times, and continuing education in graduate school can seem even more confusing for undergraduates. Some might wonder if graduate school is any different from undergraduate. Niesz originally believed it would be similar, but has found things to be completely different.

“There are a lot of adjustments that must be made in order to aim to be a successful graduate student. For one, the norm for credits is 9 credits, which is definitely a change from the usual 15 credits that I am used to taking. However, what this lighter class load accounts for is the more rigorous materials I will be learning and the extra work I will be completing,” Niesz explained.

What can complicate things even further is changing the course of study. Graduate school allows students to choose a realm of study completely different from the one they pursued as an undergraduate. Niesz said, “I was an undergraduate English major and now I am in the Information Systems program in the Computer Science & Software Engineering Department. This is a change not only of study, but of the school of study as well. Humanities to sciences is a huge leap and I was very hesitant at first to take it.”

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Changing University Climate on Disability

University Disability Climate 1Monmouth University prides itself on being an accessible and diverse campus, but what is it really like to be a person of any degree of disability on campus? As a person who has just recently been put on crutches, I was very curious for my first day on campus to find out just how ‘easy’ life would be on campus with this new debilitation.

Being on crutches is not easy, period. So, I did not expect it to be easier on campus—I knew it would be difficult to get around, but that isn’t Monmouth’s fault. Another thing that is not Monmouth’s fault, but dampened my spirits was the lack of aid from peers. It was shocking to me how many students did not open doors for me and how many students flashed harrowing looks at me because of my crutches—simply because I looked different.

Life gets turned completely upside down when one day you are walking all over campus confidently and the next you are hobbling around and trying not to draw attention to yourself. All of the sudden your thoughts switch from, ‘What should I get at the Student Center for lunch?’ to ‘I won’t be able to hold a piece of pizza on a plate and use my crutches at the same time.’

Everything is different and you have to change your mindset completely. Thinking about trying to get to an office on the second floor of Wilson? Think again if you’re on crutches or have a disability of any kind. Wilson Hall, while spectacularly beautiful, is not very handicap-friendly. There are elevators, but there are plenty of horror stories about getting stuck in them, so most try to avoid taking them.

Another thing I noticed was that on some buildings, like the Jules L. Plangere Center, the handicap button to open doorways are either very far from the doors, or placed in odd, unnoticeable places. I also found myself walking out of my way just to get to elevators in various buildings and around buildings to get to ramps, which is something that I really shouldn’t be doing being that I shouldn’t be walking great distances.

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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
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Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

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