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Volume 83 (Spring 2012)

Music Industry Students Create Record Label

Blue-Hawk-RecordsUniversity students created Blue Hawk Record Label in an effort to receive real-life experience in the music industry.

Blue Hawk Records was created by students in the Applied Music Industry 2 class. Every semester, the students enrolled in the class must complete 30 hours of service outside of class helping the music or theater departments. This spring semester, University students decided to get real hands-on experience by forming their own record label.

Each student has their own responsibility in the record label. Kristen DePaola, junior music industry major, is the general manager and a part of the recording group.

As of now, only students in the Applied Music 2 class are a part of Blue Hawk Records. The students plan to network and connect with others on campus. DePaola said that they will work with radio and television students as well as other students.

The class made a group consensus to create the label. “We haven’t really heard of anyone else doing it, so that’s what makes this exciting,” said DePaola.

The label has signed four artists thus far, all of which are University students from the class; two singers and two bands. The two singers are Natalie Zeller and Sarah Gulbin, acoustic singers and songwriters. The two bands that have been signed by the label are Seasons, Bryan Haring’s band; and 99 Regrets, Guy Battaglia’s band.

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President Search Continues

Just as the nation is preparing for a presidential election, the University is in the process of finding a new president to take the place of President Gaffney who will be retiring in June 2013.

Following President Gaffney’s announcement of his plan to retire last semester, the University established a search committee to find the best candidate to lead the school toward the future it deserves.

Dr. Grey Dimenna, Vice President and General Counsel, is responsible for the staff work of the Presidential Search Committee, a 16-person search committee. According to Dimenna, several steps have already been taken to prepare for the choosing of a new president. Of these steps, one is a Leadership Statement, which can be viewed on the University website.

“The search committee developed a leadership statement, which is a document that tells potential candidates about the University, what the challenges facing the new president will be, and what the characteristics in a president the University is searching for,” said DimennaThe Leadership Statement, which was first drafted by Dimenna and later incorporated input from the Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet and the presidential search committee was formally adopted by the Board of Trustees in June and placed onto their website. The document includes lists of what challenges a new president will face and what characteristics are being sought in potential candidates.

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Hawkin’ and Squawkin’ Away: Adieu Monmouth

JoannaFarewell1How can I wrap up the past four years in a short article? It’s truly impossible but I’ll try to be as concise as I can. The past four years have been wonderful. Monmouth University changed my life completely; I don’t even recognize my 18-year-old self when looking at pictures from freshman year.

The thought of leaving this place that has helped me grow so much makes me want to cuddle up with my Shadow the Hawk plushy and cry my eyes out. I thought the day to write my senior farewell would approach me slowly; instead, it hit me right in the face. It’s hard to believe that after May 16, I will be a Monmouth alumnus and will not be stepping foot on our beautiful campus in September.

I am going to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for graduate school in August, but Monmouth will always hold a special place in my heart. From countless all-nighters, to the blackout we had in 2008 when everyone decided to play manhunt on our pitch black campus, to the Elmhood days, I will miss every single minute in Long Branch and on campus.

I have to start out with thanking my mom and my step-dad for helping me with my decision to attend Monmouth. You helped me figure it out financially and supported every decision I made throughout the four years. Mom, I’ll never forget your face as you were leaving campus after helping me move-in to Elmwood. You were confident that I will be okay, but the worry in your eyes made me realize how much I mean to you. Thank you.

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And In The End...

anthony-and-outlook-in-space-needleMy idea of heaven: working as a reporter at The Outlook for the rest of my life with this same group of people while making $100,000 per year…or more.

I’ve said it countless times - I don’t see how any future job will ever amount to the fun that I’ve had here, even if I do land my dream job with The Wall Street Journal.

From major news stories about the announced retirement of President Paul G. Gaffney II to feature stories about the origins of April 20th as national pot smoking day, The Outlookhas given me skills that I can use in my first journalism job along with other unforgettable experiences.

Thanks to The Outlook, I got to go on two free trips that took me to the beautiful West Coast. From staring in awe at the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, CA, to dining atop the Space Needle on its rotating floor that provided a panoramic view of Seattle, WA, I will always remember that my first time in both of these gorgeous cities was with The Outlook staff. Call me nostalgic.

Unfortunately, my time at The Outlook and the University has to end so there are many thanks and goodbyes in order. I’d like to start by thanking the academy…just kidding.

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Professor Wins Psychology Award

Dr. Christine Hatchard, a specialist professor of Clinical Psychology has been awarded a prestigious psychologist scholarship, the National Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Scholarship Award from the National register of Health Services in recognition of her commitment of professional excellence.

“I really like what I do, so winning awards really isn’t that important to me but it’s still nice to be recognized for the work I have done in the field,” said Hatchard. “I am proud of the work I do and anytime I can get any sort of recognition helps get some attention for the more important work that I do.”

According to the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the ECP Scholarship was developed at the same time as the creation of the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Early Career Psychologists, in order to help early career psychologists become credentialed as Health Service Providers in Psychology though covering the costs of credential review and registration fees.

Hatchard applied for the award while applying for a national credential as a psychologist.

“I was thinking about applying for national credential and you could submit your CV and an essay about your accomplishments in the field as an early career psychologist,” said Hatchard.

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University Alumnus Wins Emmy

Chris Dudick, a University alumnus, was awarded an Emmy for children’s programming at the 55th Annual New York Emmy Award Gala on April 1, 2012 in New York City.

Dudick received a bachelor’s degree in art from the University in 2003 and went on to complete his master’s in teaching in 2012. Dudick is now the executive producer of Small Factory Productions in Fair Haven, NJ.

“It’s nice to know that sometimes even the more low-key majors end up getting really cool jobs and even better opportunities,” said Alyssia Bifano, a first-year student and graphic design major at the University. “The fact that Chris Dudick was from Monmouth and won an Emmy is eye-opening and inspiring.”

The Emmy award-winning socially conscious cartoons, “Kids Kare,” were created at Small Factory Productions during a Create-a-Cartoon program held by the company. The program was held for children between the ages of four to 12. The interactive, educational arts activity was not only held at the production studio, but also at schools, hospitals and community organizations.

With their cartoons and songs boasting authentic and imaginative stories, the young “Kids Kare” storytellers and animators have inspired feelings of volunteerism and responsibility. The message that the producers have is simple. They want to join forces and be the youngest generation to change the world. Inspiring others to save lives, care for animals and lend a helping hand are the ideas they have decided to pursue. They want everyone to want to change with world with them and they want to do so one socially conscious cartoon at a time.

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Students Place Third Nationally in Real Estate Challenge

A group of four University students placed third last week at the Villanova Real Estate Challenge for the first time in the University’s history.

Anderson Haxton and Jason Miller, seniors, and Lawrence Vecchio and Christoper Cianfarini, juniors, made up the team of students that competed with universities across the nation in a battle to solve a real estate case problem and prepare written and oral presentations.

According to their website, the Villanova Real Estate Challenge is a national real estate development case competition for students from the top undergraduate real estate programs in the United States.

According to Peter Reinhardt, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at the University, the most difficult part of the competition for him was being unaware of the challenge. “I put the team together the last week in March, that’s it, it was entirely the students,” he said.

While they could use outside materials such as the Internet, the students were forbidden the help of faculty assistance during the competition.

Reinhardt mentioned that this was the third year of the competition so he was able to research what it would entail by visiting the website and reading about the competition from the previous years. “I got a rough idea of the challenge itself, but no idea of the challenge’s complexity,” he said.

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Einstein’s Bagels Leaving, Java City to Replace

Come next fall, students will no longer be able to grab a bagel in the lobby of Plangere.

Einstein Bros Bagels will be removed and replaced by Java City, the latter of which is moving from the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in exchange for another franchise.

Einstein’s has been a place of conveniences for on-the-go students over the years. Fresh baked bagels, muffins, and cinnamon rolls, along with Chicago bagel dogs, fresh sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit cups and hot coffee are what the franchise offered.

“As a graduating senior this doesn’t really affect me at all, but I do feel bad for incoming freshman who never got to have Einstein’s and also for the sophomores and juniors who are now going to have to get used to not having it right there for them anymore,” said Jessica Fina, a senior.

There had been rumors last year that Einstein would be leaving the University’s campus, but when no action was taken, students and faculty thought it was here to stay. “All I know is it’s going to be a sad day,” said one Einstein’s employee who wished to remain anonymous. “I opened this place and now I’m closing it.”

Some students, mostly freshmen, are unsure how they feel about the news “I’m a freshman and only got to have Einstein’s for one year, but I feel like I’m going to miss it, especially when I’m running late to class and craving a bagel!” said Lauren Callandrillo, a first-year student. “Java City is good too though so I’m not too upset.”

While some students are unsure of their feelings regarding the removal of Einstein’s, a different perspective was taken by Chris Spirito, a senior. “The bagels were mediocre at best, the sandwiches were terrible [and] pretty much everything was overpriced for a college demographic,” he said. “I don’t find it surprising that they are going out of business. It’s time for a healthier and college budget-friendly food place. Unfortunately, I won’t be around to enjoy it.”

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No More Gift Cards for New Jersey

news-jackie-loves-giftcardsIn upcoming months, New Jersey pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores will no longer be able to sell certain gift cards due to a recent addition to the state’s unclaimed property law. Last week, the Associated Press reported that the New Jersey Treasury Department will require third-party gift card sellers to obtain buyers’ ZIP codes so that the state can claim the value of unused gift cards after two years.

In response to the law, gift card providers, including American Express, Blackhawk Network, and InComm, are pulling their gift cards from store shelves and cutting business ties. While American Express will no longer sell American Express gift cards in stores, New Jersey residents can still purchase gift cards directly from the company. On the other hand, Blackhawk Network and InComm are completely ending business with New Jersey with the removal of gift cards from several popular restaurants and stores.

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Visiting Writers Series Comes to a Close

Students, faculty, and poetry enthusiasts gathered in Pollak Theatre last Tuesday, to hear the last installment of the Visiting Writer Series, Naomi Shihab Nye.

With an introduction by Michael Thomas, Director of the Visiting Writers Series and Assistant Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, he explained a poem of hers, “Kindness.” He then mentioned how one writer said Nye “breathes poetry, like the rest of us breathe air.”

As Nye graced the stage after Thomas’s “incredibly elegant” introduction, she joked that Thomas should do the readings as the audience chuckled.

She discussed the beauty that she found at the University, and the impressive architecture of Wilson Hall, naming it, “one of the great buildings on any campus in the world.”

With a quick thank you to the audience for coming out to spend an afternoon together in poetry month, Nye moved onto a poem given to her by a four-year-old when she was in Princeton just last week called, “The Sun.” She spoke of its simple beauty and quickly moved to her metaphor of the poem being an elegant building on a page.

She described poetry as something that she wanted to always be with, she wanted to savor it. As a child, she would listen to poetry and beg her teachers and librarians to often repeat them so she could be with them longer; she wanted to be with the lines of the poem.

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2012 Spring Career Day Garners Largest Employer Turnout

news-spring-career-dayThe University’s Spring Career Day allowed students to meet local, regional and national employers in Anacon Hall last Wednesday.

Hosted annually by Career Services, the day allows students and alumni to network with employers and discuss job opportunities.

Businesses, non-profit and government employers are annually invited to recruit students and alumni of all majors and degree levels for positions, including fulltime and part-time employment, and seasonal internships.

Taylor Miller, a senior majoring in business, attended the day and felt that it was a good opportunity to start making post-college career plans. “Going to the Career Day really gave me the chance to practice meeting employers before I start looking for jobs after graduation next month,” she said. “I got to talk to a lot of different people and I’m planning on getting in touch with some in the future for a job.”

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said that last week’s event was one of the most successful career fairs held at the University. Labeling it as one of Career Services’ “best attended events,” Hill recorded over 350 student and alumni attendees, and mentioned the high number of employer participants. “The Spring 2012 Career Day had the largest employer turnout since 2006,” he commented. “We had 78 employers present, and we filled Anacon Hall to capacity.”

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University Shows Appreciation for Student Employees

news-student-employee-of-the-year-receptionWith approximately 1,320 student employees on campus since September, there are more of them than faculty members.

 Two events spearheaded the University’s celebration of appreciation for its student employees this week.

Recognizing students for the 16th annual Student EmployeeAppreciation Week, Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employees and Michele Banafato Lassen, Student Employee Coordinator, led the festivities in the Student Center last Wednesday. A reception that recognized the 2012 Student-Employee of the Year followed this last Friday.

The celebration encouraged student employees to visit the tables covered in prizes and giveaways. Prizes included gift certificates to McLoon’s Restaurant in Pier Village and Amy’s Omelette House. More than $9,000 in prizes were given away throughout the week.

Many students shared what they loved most about working on campus. “It’s extra money for me and there’s no commute,” said Tarryn Cortese, a junior majoring in communication with a concentration in TV and radio.

There is more to working on campus than just the temporary conveniences of having a job, Parks said. “It’s the benefits, convenience, flexibility all together,” she said. “If you pick a good job, it can be a resume builder. We are indebted to them for their service on campus.”

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University Members Collectively Raise $43,000 at Relay for Life

news-relay-for-lifeFriday the 13 was anything but unlucky for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at the University, as it raised approximately $43,027.

With six months of planning and no budget, Jess Rohr, the event Co-Chair, was very satisfied with how the event turned out. The event is run by Colleges Against Cancer but is an American Cancer Society event.

“We had 50 teams and 633 participants at Relay this year, which is an all-time high,” Rohr said.

Everything purchased and booked for the event was donated from different vendors.

“Vendors such as Chick-Filet, Scala’s Pizzeria, Joe’s Pizzeria and Live Nation as well as the University and students, helped make this event possible. We had two students, Chris Spirito and Phil Nappen DJ our event, as well as a performance from Ross the Magic Man. We reached out to different bands such as Sibling Rivalry to perform as well,” Rohr said. According to Rohr, without the vendors and donations, the event would have not been possible.

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Filtered Water Stations Diminish Use of Plastic Bottles

news-filtered-waterThe University has begun installing filtered hydration stations around campus so students will be able to refill and reuse old water bottles.

“We are looking for every opportunity we can find to increase sustainability,” said Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services. “This is a huge sustainability issue because it saves plastic bottles.”

According to the University’s Environmental Assessment Semi-Annual Report, the stations will be installed in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) and Edison Science Hall. The stations will comply with standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and allow for students to refill their bottles hands-free at no charge.

The stations filter tap water that comes from preexisting water lines, like those connected to water fountains. The water is filtered and cooled in succession, allowing for instant and hands-free pouring. The hands-free, straight to bottle feature of the system also makes the stations more hygienic than standard water fountains.

“I like that the school has a hydration station because I bring a water bottle to school every day, but usually finish it before the day is over and have to buy another drink,” said Katie Zaccarelli, a senior. “Now I can save money and just refill my bottle. Also water fountains in general use to gross me out because it was always warm and you never could get enough, but now this is much better.”

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Sovereign Bank to Replace Wells Fargo on Campus

news-wells-fargoThe University is switching its on-campus banking services to Sovereign Bank from Wells Fargo on June 1, as the latter’s contract is set to expire.

The University has had a contract with Wells Fargo for at least 10 years, said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services. “We had a competitive bidding process where we developed a request for proposal and sent to it 10 banks and five banks submitted a proposal,” Nagy continued. “We reviewed the proposals, had a presentation with all the banks to a team of people and, at the end of the evaluation process, Sovereign Bank seemed like the appropriate choice.”

The new Sovereign Bank ATMs will have a surcharge for using them without having a Sovereign Bank account card. “That is why we are getting out early with this information so students can make an account,” Nagy said. “It’s free so it seems like it makes sense.”

Joseph Cahalin, a junior business management major, said he got a Wells Fargo bank account because he knew it was the banking that the University had. He also already has a Sovereign Bank account from back home, so the switching of banks will not really affect him.

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Writing Center Merges With Tutorting Center

Jane DeTullio, former Director of the University’s Writing Center, unexpectedly resigned from her position on Tuesday of last week. Detullio did not provide any specific reasons for leaving, according to her co-workers.

While deciding which direction to take, the University saw an opportunity to improve the Writing Center by combining it with the Tutoring Center. The two are now part of an entity called Tutoring and Writing Services located on the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Dorothy Cleary is the Director of Tutoring and Writing Services while Neva Pontoriero is the Assistant Director of Writing Services and Supplemental Instruction.

Despite the merger, the academic utilities remain the same as the two formerly separate services. “We are running Writing Services as it has been in the past and will continue offering one-on-one tutoring sessions, group tutoring sessions and workshop series,” Pontoriero said. “Our general goal, as always, is to offer writing assistance to students across all disciplines and throughout all stages of the writing process. Students can come here to obtain help ranging from how to understand an assignment to having another pair of eyes help them review a final draft.”

Pontoriero, who will be overseeing day-to-day opertions of Writing Services and Supplemental Instruction, is familiar with the interaction between writing assistants and students, and knows the benefits that it has to offer. “I have had the opportunity to work with students in the past as a writing assistant for almost five years,” she continued. “As students continued to use the Writing Center, I saw definite improvements with their writing skills.”

Cleary said that the relationship between her and Pontoriero is a strong one. “We are a good team and we both have experience in these services,” she commented. “We are both very excited about the opportunity and want to make the transition as smooth as possible. It is important to emphasize that our main priority is to serve the students.”

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International Guest Speakers Hit the Keynote on Global Issues

news-wanda-akin-and-raymond-brownThe 11th Annual Global Understanding Convention’s keynote address took place in Wilson Hall on Tuesday, April 3. The speech focused on this year’s theme of Freedom, Sustainability and Security: International Criminal Law and Human Rights.

The event attracted over 400 attendees, including faculty, students and administrators. As the audience was being seated, junior Meredith Calcagno and sophomore Michael Rosas performed a musical prelude along with Laura DuBois, a professor in the Music and Theatre Department.

The keynote speech welcomed two speakers, Raymond Brown and Wanda Akin, who are the co-founders of the International Justice Project. The two speakers are also are married to each other.

During their keynote address, the speakers touched upon the current situation in Darfur, the implications caused by blood diamonds in Sierra Leone, the KONY movement, the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the struggles that women face in war-torn regions of the world.

Their non-profit organization was established in 2004 with the purpose of providing support to victims of world crimes such as genocides, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The organization also conducts outreach and educated survivors, human rights advocates, activists and other organizations about the ICC, international criminal law, human rights and the current situation in Darfur, according to internationaljusticeproject. com.

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Students are Educated on Diversity in the Workplace

How do different cultures communicate with each other?

That’s the question that Dr. Don Swanson, Chair of the University’s Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies Department, tried to answer during a seminar entitled “Challenges of Cross-Cultural Communication.” Swanson held the seminar in conjunction with Global Understanding Convention.

Swanson presented a slideshow trying to answer the questions of “How do people with different cultural backgrounds work in the workplace together?” He viewed the question as a case study and brought up examples from when he spent time in Guam.

Swanson was the Dean at the University of Guam, but he also worked with a company helping the workers to communicate better and understand the different cultures.

There were several different job titles that had people of different cultures working together. The managers in the company were either American or Japanese.

The middle managers consisted of Americans, Australians, Koreans, Filipinos, Chamorros (people indigenous to the Mariana Islands) and Chi. The number of nationalities represented at the University of Guam represent the U.S. territory’s diversity, as only 12 percent of its population is Caucasian. With all of these different cultures trying to work together in the same place, Swanson explained that “patience and tolerance” are the keys.

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Panel Discussion Brings Awareness to Unknown Global Issues

The Global Understanding Convention continued with “Diversity and the Interworking’s of Cultural Politics,” a panel discussion hosted by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) early last week. The panel sought to raise awareness concerning several global issues, all of which involve the United States yet remain unknown to many Americans.

Tess La Fera, one of the event’s presenters who serves as the Secretary of LASO and office assistant in the Institute for Global Understanding, mentioned the importance of making these issues known to others.

“We live in a global world and there’s no escaping the eminency of the consequences, both positive and negative,” La Fera said. “Should we choose to enclose ourselves in a bubble and ignore the impact that we have on the rest of the world, as well as the impact the rest of the world has on us, we are only harming our own future security and well-being.”

In addition to La Fera, other presenters included Professor Gisela Cordero of the Foreign Language Department and Dr. Rosemary Barbera, Associate Director of the Institute for Global Understanding. Throughout the panel discussion, each speaker addressed a different issue that is currently affecting several nations.

The first issue, as presented by Cordero, concerned the damaging effects that U.S. oil drilling has had on the people of the Amazon. The drilling of American oil companies, including Texaco and Chevron, is leaving Amazon farmers with contaminated land and severe health issues, including a variety of cancers, Cordero said.

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Seminar Highlights Effects of Global Warming on Oceans

The University community was introduced to the growing problem occurring in the ocean through a seminar entitled “Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish” last Wednesday as a part of the Global Understanding Convention. The event consisted of a film viewing followed by a presentation and discussion led by Dr. Matthew Poach, a Marine Biochemist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ursula Howson, a professor of biology, began the program with an introduction to the film “A Sea Change.” The documentary “investigates how ocean acidification will affect future generations,” Howson said. According to the NOAA, ocean acidification is a process through which carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean and changes the chemistry in the water. As described by the film, ocean acidification is “the ‘flipside’ of global warming.”

The documentary featured Sven Huseby, a retired history teacher who, after reading an article about ocean acidification, became worried that his grandchildren would be affected by the changes. The film documents Huseby’s efforts to research the causes and effects of the issue, as well as how it can be fixed.

As presented to the audience, the film explains that the world’s oceans have absorbed 188 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in the last 200 years, with 22 million tons being absorbed every day. As a result, oceans are becoming increasingly acidic. With these rapid chemical changes, oceanic species are unable to adapt to the ocean’s high levels of acidity.

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University Members Hold Rally to End Use of Child Soldiers

A rally to end the use of child soldiers was held on the steps of Wilson Hall early last Thursday. Students and faculty gathered to pay homage to children ages five to 15 who face torture, rape, crimes and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

The rally also was held as a part of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative, which is “a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting 10 universally accepted principles in areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution,” according to its website. The initiative urges students to share information about child soldiers.

According to sources such as Amnesty International, the Child Soldiers Report of 2008, and Conventions on the Rights of a Child, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, National Liberation Army of Columbia, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam/Sri Lanka and the Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda have been using children for years. However, there are other armed forces that use children in Thailand, India, the Philippines and Myanmar, among other countries.

Oscar Sanchez, a junior communication major, helped organize the event along with Tess La Fera, a member of the Institute for Global Understanding.

“People need to find something they are passionate about. They should do something, have something to stand for,” Sanchez said. “This will create a better campus community and an overall a better world; spread the word.”

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New Physicians Assistant Program Underway

A new Master’s of Science Physician Assistant Program will be launched since approval by the University’s Graduate Studies Committee was granted last month. The hope for the program is for it to be launched in the fall of 2014, said Janet Mahoney, Dean of Nursing and Health Studies.

Physician assistants are trained to aid doctors in varied health and preventative care services. With a master’s degree in this field, students can work in internal and emergency medicine, as well as gynecology, orthopedics and pediatrics among others.

“There is increasing interest among pre-health students in pursuing a career as a P.A.,” said Dr. James Mack, Director of the University’s Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee. “The job market for a P.A. position is growing explosively.”

The new program would offer students a chance to study for a master’s degree in this field on campus as opposed to the current agreement with Seton Hall University in which six seats are saved each year for University students. Currently, University students must apply before or during their first or second year to be considered for this program.

Even though the program has already been approved, it is still too early for exact details on what the program will include, Mahoney said.

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Recent University Study Says Stress Promotes Infidelity

Could a stressful day turn your sweetie into a cheater?

thumbnailCADIWUER“How a Stressful Day May Promote Infidelity,” written by psychology professor Natalie Ciarocco, reports the findings of a recent research study, revealing that stress could be a trigger for infidelity. The article appeared in the Atlantic Highlands Herald on March 8 and was published in the Journal of Social Psychology in January.

The study, conducted by Ciarocco along with psychology professor Gary Lewandowski and alumnus Jessica Echevarria, determined that the stress from a long day at work or school might increase chances of cheating. In addition, the researchers observed how ego-depletion, a process of dealing with stressful situations that requires effort and leads to fatigue, makes it more difficult for individuals to control themselves.

To determine these results, researchers divided participants who were in committed, romantic relationships in two separate groups. Ciarocco wrote that the groups were brought into a room that smelled of freshly baked cookies with two plates of food, one with cookies and another with radishes. One group was forced to eat the plate of radishes to become the “ego-depletion” group and became stressed by the overwhelming scent of the cookies and their cravings while the other group was allowed to eat the cookies happily.

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Festa Italiana Brings Italian Culture to Campus

The Wilson Hall Auditorium was filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of various classical Italian dishes this Thursday for the annual Festa Italiana.

Festa Italiana is an Italian festival, which takes place every spring semester, that features a variety of speakers and performers that have a healthy respect for the Italian culture. Dr. Maria Simonelli, professor of Italian, organized the festival with the help of students and faculty.

Festa Italiana featured New Jersey’s Italian Consul Dr. Andrea Barbaria, who opened the festival with his gratitude towards the University’s foreign language department and the programs that they offer to their students.

After Barbaria’s address, Simonelli introduced Barbaria’s intern, Dr. Irene Deorsola, who studied political science in the United Kingdom and Italy. Deorsola presented the audience with a PowerPoint presentation that explained the relationship between love, literature and art throughout decades of civilization. Many famous authors and artists were profiled throughout Deorsola’s presentation.

“Deorsola’s presentation has given me a whole new sense of respect for Italian artistry,” said James Kenny, a junior at the University who is Italian. “Overall, her presentation was a unique experience for me.”

Following Deorsola’s presentation, the students began to present various performances. They included poetry, music and dance. Each student performer was involved in a foreign language class and some have even performed at prior festivals.

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MUPD Still Looking for Howard Hall Intruder

The University community was on watch last week as a Hawk Alert was e-mailed regarding an unknown individual who attended a class in Howard Hall.

According to the mass e-mail sent out by William McElrath, Chief of the University Police Department, the incident happened around 10:00 pm on March 19.

With his identity unknown at this time, the 5’9”-5’10” male with black curly hair wearing green khaki’s and a black t-shirt pulled his chair closer to a student in the class revealing a sexually explicit message on his cell phone, according to the e-mail.

Currently, the name of the student, the professor and his or her class is not being released to the public; nor is the content of the text message that the individual showed to the student.

However, to protect the safety of the University community, multiple measures are being taken.

“The Hawk safety alert has been sent to several surrounding police departments in an attempt to identify him,” said Jeffrey Layton, Detective Corporal for the the University Police Department. “Criminal complaints could be signed if the victim wishes to appear in court to prosecute it. The subject would be banned from campus and arrested for criminal trespass if he returns.”

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The Outlook Launches New Website and Mobile Site

After months of preparation and a collaboration of ideas, The Outlooklaunched their new website and mobile site this morning, April 4, to upgrade the online presence of the publication.

The new and interactive website, located at the same web address (outlook.monmouth.edu) features a multimedia design which compliments the stories appearing in the print edition in an online format. All stories can now be shared on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

The website has been constructed by Sarah Oseroff, a junior business management major, and Josh Silva, a junior business management/marketing major. Web design began in February 2012.

“It is really neat seeing all of our ideas come to life on the Internet. It’s nice to be behind the scenes at The Outlook,” Oseroff said.

Any smartphone and/or tablet can view The Outlook’s mobile site by typing in the web address in the browser. The mobile site can also be accessed via the Monmouth University app by scrolling to ‘links’ and then selecting ‘The Outlook’ from the drop down menu. Appearing in a quick-access format, stories can be instantly located by tapping on a specific section – whether it be news, lifestyles, sports, entertainment, etc.

John Morano, professor of journalism who has advised the paper for over 20 years, said, “This is a new era for The Outlook.It’s exciting, it’s timely, and it’s ahead of the curve of where not only many college newspapers are but quite frankly, many professional ones as well. Josh and Sarah have done an incredible job bringing the paper into this new frontier.”

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Psychology Course Turns Into Weekly Six Flags Visit

Elephants, dolphins and rhinoceros.

great-adventure-safariThese are just a few of the animals that students have the chance to interact with this semester and observe in the new Field Experience: Six Flags Wild Safari course being offered this spring. It is an upper level course being offered to 15 psychology students for the first time. The course includes visits to Six Flags as well as class meetings, library research and journaling of on-site supervised exposure to the animals. The class was the brainchild of Dr. Lisa Dinella, Assistant Psychology Professor at the University.

The idea of a relationship between animals and University students clicked when Dinella went to Six Flags in the summer with her children and said that while she was attending the dolphin pre-show, she realized that they were discussing many of the same concepts that she was teaching in her intro class. She said she stayed after the show and asked if it was possible for students to actually see the trainers interacting with the animals. Dinella discovered something interesting about the background of some of the Six Flag animal trainers.

“Well, what we found is that most of us didn’t know until I started this that almost all the animal trainers that work there have a psychology background in some way, sometimes even a psychology degree,” Dinella said. “So most of the principles of training animals have psychological principles in their foundation.”

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Holocaust Survivor Recalls Troubled Past at Campus Lecture

The University welcomed Holocaust survivor Helen Terris last Wednesday. She was eight-years-old when the Nazis began their mass execution of Germany’s Jewish population.

“I could not speak about my past for 50 years because it was just too painful for me and now I can no longer remain silent,” Terris began the story of her life during WWII. “It is now up to us, the children survivors, to keep the story alive so that it is never forgotten, and never ever repeated.”

Terris revealed to the audience that Jews had many rules once the Germans invaded the ghettos. They had to walk in the gutters, they were unable to talk to anyone who was not Jewish, children were not allowed to be enrolled in school, they lost all their businesses and they had to wear a yellow star over their left breast and back so they could be easily identified. If they were to break any of these rules, they could and would be punished by death.

At one point during the war, the Jews had to gather together at 7:00 am one day and no one could be left behind, otherwise they would be shot; this is when the selection period started. “The Germans called this an action; we called it a slaughter, because that is what it was,” Terris said. If you had a man, your families were sent to the left which meant life. Terris, however, only had her mother so they were sent to the right, which meant death.

Terris’ mother knew they were going to be killed so she told her daughter to run. “We ran into a house and saw three dead men on the floor; they must have had the same idea as us,” Terris said. “My mother scooped up the blood and put it all over my body and face. We had to play dead while the German’s checked the house.”

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Annual Scholarship Reception Draws in 400 Students and Donors

scholoarship-recognition-receptionThe 21st Annual Scholarship Reception was held on Friday, March 30 at 3:00 pm in Wilson Hall. Administrators, faculty, staff, donors, scholarship recipients and their families gathered together to celebrate scholarships received.

According to Jeffery Mills, Vice President for University Advancement, 373 students received endowed or sponsored scholarships for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. The total money given amounted to just over one million dollars.

According to Vice President for Students and Community Services Mary Ann Nagy, the event’s main purpose is to give donors and scholarship recipients a chance to meet each other.

“I think it is wonderful that the University brings together the donors and student recipients of these scholarships each year. As someone who supports both an annual and now endowed scholarship, I appreciate the opportunity to meet my students and learn more about them,” Nagy said.

Nagy also said that it is important for the students to meet people who have made a financial commitment to helping others so they can understand the meaning of giving back when they are able to do so in the future. “We want students to understand the responsibility of giving back whenever we can,” Nagy said.

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Health Care Law Protects Students After Graduation

Graduation is just a few months away and many of you will soon be making important decisions about jobs, graduate school, and your futures. Graduation day is always filled with promise, yet for you and your classmates, graduation day has also traditionally raised another worrisome question: where am I going to get health insurance?

The good news is that thanks to the new health care law, many young adults up to age 26 can now stay on their parents' plan. Since President Obama signed this landmark law two years ago this week, 2.5 million additional young adults have been able to get coverage under this invaluable benefit.

Before Congress enacted the health care law in 2010, most newly-minted college graduates left not only the classroom behind but their health insurance as well. That meant having to hopefully find a job that provided coverage or buying coverage on their own, which can be unaffordable, especially for someone just out of college.

Those challenges meant that young adults were almost twice as likely to be uninsured as older Americans.

For many young adults who felt healthy or cash-strapped, going without coverage sometimes seemed like a good alternative. But forgoing health care coverage comes with serious risks. It left young people and their families vulnerable to accidents or illnesses that could mean a lifetime of medical bills and debt, or worse. And it also meant they often went without the kind of preventive care and checkups that could keep them healthy.

And for those who really needed coverage – like young adults suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes – going without coverage could mean going without critical, necessary care. As a result, many young adults made painful compromises, in some cases taking a job just because it offered insurance, instead of following a dream of grad school or going into business for themselves.

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New Mail System for Hawks on the Way

email imageUniversity email is due to change to a different system before the spring semester is over. In conjunction with SGA (Student Government Association), the University’s Information Management and IT department have been working on a cloudbased enterprise email for over a year now.

The new system, managed and sponsored by Microsoft, is for educational institutions and will be implemented at the University at no direct cost. The selection of this system was backed by elements of familiarity due to similar software with compatibility and support being very simple to navigate.

As of now, 216 students in primary pilot groups have been using the system with hardly any problems. With events such as registration imminently approaching, ‘Hawkmail@Live,’ will go live for all remaining student accounts before the spring semester ends.

“We have to migrate in batches,” said Edward Christensen, VP for Information Management. “The motivation is that if we didn’t do it for the spring, we might as well wait. To move students while they’re off for summer, makes no sense.”

Benefits of the new mail system include a 10GB inbox, 25GB of cloud storage, and web apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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University to Host Italian Festival

The University’s Department of Foreign Language Studies and the Italian Club “L’ORA DEL CAFFE” will present La Festa Italiana (Italian Festival) from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Thursday, in Wilson Auditorium.

Professor Maria Simonelli, Lecturer of Italian and Latin as well as the head of the Italian festival, is very passionate about the event. “The Italian Festival started about ten years ago and every year with different topics on Italian Literature, culture, art and music,” Simonelli said. “It is very important to celebrate such a rich and wonderful culture. The love for my country, language, history and culture pushed me to organize, together with my students, this event. We have been always honored by the participation of the Italian Counsel of New Jersey and Italian scholars.”

The festival is not only geared toward opening students’ eyes to Italian literature, history, and culture, but it also feature many guest speakers. Simonelli will open the program, followed by Dr. Andrea Barbaria, The Italian Counsel of New Jersey, Dr. Irene Deorsola, Professor of Political Science at the University of Torino and School of European Studies, Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

Along with guest speakers, student presentations will be a part of the festival as well. “I remember a couple of years ago, touching video interviews with some old Italian- Americans of New Jersey done by Monmouth University Students,” said Vincenzo Mele, a sociology professor of Italian nationality at the University.

“The Festa Italiana is always very well organized,” Mele continued. “Every year there are wonderful lectures on topics like the 150th birthday of Italy as a nation, historical character like the tenor Enrico Caruso or, like this year, the concept of love in the Italian literature and culture. Last but not least, there is something you can be sure about on the Festa Italiana - you can experience the best food on campus.”

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The Journey to Medical School

Examining the Road Taken by Pre-Med Students

Students planning to apply to medical school will partake in a journey while at the University that includes student-created clubs and faculty-made committees.

Aside from the core classes that biology majors are expected to take and maintaining a GPA of 3.5, students have to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, is a standardized multiple choice test that includes problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills and knowledge of science concepts and principles that serve as prerequisites to the study of medicine.

In order to assist students planning to attend medical school, the University’s School of Science formed the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee (PPHAC). The PPHAC, formed in 1974 by Dr. James Mack, Director of the PPHAC, and Dr. Dorothy Parker, is responsible for guiding students into careers related to medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and other allied health professions.

“We advise students who are interested in medical school, dental school, vet school, physician assistant programs, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine [and] occupational therapy,” Mack said. “We have one of the best programs in the country, not just in the state. I started this in 1974 with Dr. Parker. There is probably no other program in the country that has somebody on continuously for 38 years. Our other faculty members on the committee are very dedicated to helping the students.”

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New Winner Announced at HERO Ceremony

Prevent drunk driving.

HEROThat is the goal of the HERO campaign, which aims to reward designated drivers for their efforts in preventing vehicular alcohol-related accidents and deaths. The campaign was established in 2000 and has been a large part of the University since 2007. The University held the annual HERO of the year award for the third year in a row last Wednesday.

The University Newswire said that the campaign started with Navy Ensign John Elliott from New Jersey, son of HERO campaign founder William Elliott, when he was hit by a drunk driver in 2000. It has grown into a nationwide program to save lives.

Students and faculty were able to nominate others and they also were able to nominate themselves. Four students were nominated for the award. Ryan Clutter, Chris Sikorski, Gary Mejia, and Chelsea Pfender were the contenders. The winner of the award was Mejia followed by second runner up Pfender and third runner up Clutter. Honorable Mention went to Sikorski.

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Plans Change for New Residence Hall

New Building Not to be for First-Year Students

The proposed new residence hall on campus has been changed to house sophomores instead of incoming first year students.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services, said that the University is planning on having this new building to continue to meet the demands of the current students.

“In particular, we want to be able to guarantee second year students housing just as we do our first year students,” Nagy said. “The building will house approximately 200 students and will be a traditional style building very similar to Mullaney Hall.”

The construction of the building has not started yet. “We will not start until the University receives the proper approval from the local planning board in West Long Branch,” Nagy added.

The building was originally discussed to be for incoming freshmen to try to standardize housing for the first year students. Also, a majority of their housing is already traditional style.

The newest residence hall on campus is Mullaney Hall which was completed in May 2010 for first year students.

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University to Raise Awareness on Sexual Abuse

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted,” resulting in an average of 207,754 victims each year. In response to this issue, April has been nationally dedicated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To recognize this month, the University Counseling and Psychological Services will be hosting activities, workshops, and fundraisers to create sexual assault awareness on college campuses.

On Wednesday, March 21, “Take Back the Night,” will mark the official kick-off of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, explained Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services who has worked to coordinate all of the month’s events.

“We hope to raise awareness and participation in events related to the important issue of interpersonal violence and sexual assault,” Mancini said, in hopes that this year will make the biggest impact of all events previously held. “We can accomplish this through events and by identifying students who want to participate and keep the message alive and current throughout the year.”

“Take Back the Night” will be held in the Residential Life Quad and is sponsored by Begin By Believing (BBB), the MU Chapter of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA). The event will include a self-defense class at 6:30 pm, followed by a vigil and walk to raise awareness about interpersonal violence at 7:30 pm.

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New Twitter Page Shows University Love

Students can now add @monmouthulove to their list of Twit- ter pages to follow. Contrary to @ MnmthUProblems, this page allows students to tweet about all the things that they love about being a student at the University.

Mary Harris, a Specialist Professor in the Department of Commu- nication, gave some insight into the negatives and positives of both of these sites.

“A major positive about both the @MnmthUProblems and @ monmouthulove Twitter pages are that [they have] created a sense of community among Monmouth students that may not have existed otherwise,” Harris said. “However, students still need to be mindful about what they post for the world to see. When making public complaints through social media, there is a tactful way of sharing an opinion and then, of course, there is the not-so-tactful way of expressing oneself, which is where trouble can form.”

“I feel like both of these pages are a great benefit to the Monmouth community,” said Thomas Ranzweiler, a junior and Editor-in-Chief of The Verge . “It gives students a way to air out their grievances with Monmouth in a light hearted outlet. It shows just how important social media has become amongst students of our generation. If anything, Monmouth University should look towards these pages for common problems the students have (such as parking) and begin to find a solution. Their once-a-se- mester questionnaires, with no real results, just are not making the cut anymore.”

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Campus Reacts to Kony 2012

Documentary Focuses on Crimes Committed by African Warlord

03.21.12_Page_03_Image_0001PHOTO COURTESY of online.wsj.comIn the sweeping landscape of Uganda, a country in Eastern Africa, the hunt for a tyrant in hiding has captured the world’s attention be- cause of a documentary that went vi- ral on March 7. The film, Kony 2012, had over 20 million views in the first 48 hours of its posting; social net- working sites have contributed to the expeditious exposure that the film has received in the first two weeks of its existence.

At 30 minutes long, the documentary informs the viewer of the history of child abduction in Uganda, emphasizes the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as the group responsible for the atrocious acts and maps out a plan of action to bring LRA’s leader, Joseph Kony, to justice.

Although the war in Uganda has been going on for more than two decades, this is the first time that many are hearing about the ruthlessness that has occurred to children in this part of the world.

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Clementi Case Verdict Sends Bullies a Signal

Gay rights groups, local prosecutors, Rutgers students and others said that the jury on Friday got the Dharun Ravi verdict right, calling the decision an important lesson about what constitutes bullying for a new generation raised on technology that can erode privacy in ways never previously imagined.

The jury found Ravi, 20, a former Rutgers University student, guilty of privacy invasion and bias intimidation by setting up a webcam to watch his roommate, Tyler Clementi, kiss another man in their dorm room in September 2010. Clementi committed suicide days later by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

"Last night I lost sleep thinking the verdict might have been otherwise," said Steven Goldstein, CEO and chairman of Garden State Equality, the state's largest organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. "It is a relief to know the old defense of 'kids will be kids' is over.”

"If the verdict had been different, young adults in this country would have gotten the signal that they can hire fancy high-paid lawyers to argue their clients were just being kids and didn't know what they were doing," he said. "And what a loophole that would have been to every anti-bullying law in the country."

Hayley Gorenberg of Lambda Legal, a national gay and lesbian rights group, said, "The actions of Dharun Ravi were inexcusable and surely added to Tyler Clementi's vulnerability and pain. The verdict demonstrates that the jurors understood that bias crimes do not require physical weapons like a knife in one's hand."

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli agreed.

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Nuclear Power Protest Passes Through Campus

03.21.12_Page_02_Image_0003PHOTO COURTESY of facebook.comShut down all 104 nuclear power plants operating in the U.S. to build a nuclear-free future.

That is the common goal uniting the participants and supporters of the “No More Fukushimas Peace Walk” who recently walked by the University earlier this month. The walk is a response to the destruction caused by the partial meltdown of the nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan, that followed the country’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami last March. It seeks to raise awareness about the structural similarities between the Fukushima plant and U.S. plants.

“There’s a possibility that the nuclear plant right where [you] live can have an accident and if [it does] it’s unlike any other industry. It leaves permanent damage; it just takes away hope for life which is what’s happening in Japan,” said Edith Gbur, President of Jersey Shore Nuclear Watch, a Toms River-based coalition created in 2000 that seeks the permanent closing of New Jersey’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station located just 40 miles from campus. The coalition has partnered with the walk to strengthen the anti-nuclear message.

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Majors That Dominate the One Percent

03.21.12_Page_04_Image_0002A recent article featured in The Huffington Post listed the most successful careers and what majors to pursue in undergraduate studies. Titled “What the 1% Majored In,” the article focused on which majors land students in the top one percent of earners in the United States.

The 15 career areas listed are dominated by jobs in business finance and economics, as well as political science and biological sciences. Most of the majors that lead to those careers are offered at the University.

“I think Monmouth has done a good job of providing students with majors that are timely and help to best prepare them for future work. I know that Enrollment Management and the Academic Affairs division work closely to monitor employment trends to determine if our offerings continue to meet the demands of an ever changing world and employer,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services. Nagy continued that the University wants employers to see Monmouth as a place where they can find highly qualified graduates who are prepared to handle today’s fast-paced and complex environment

Thomas Pearson, Provost, also said the University regularly looks at career and job forecasts and the initiatives of competing colleges in developing University curricula.

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“Let’s Make It Real, Leap Into Diversity” Event Draws in Campus Community

The University is again looking to spread a message of diversity through its annual diversity awareness programs. Two sessions of the program took place last Wednesday at the “Let’s Make It Real, A Leap Into Diversity” event, which began with a one hour introductory session at 1:15 pm and an extended two hour session at 2:30 pm on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

This event, run by the American Conference on Diversity, was to highlight some of the major issues with and types of discrimination that can take place on a daily basis. The events focus on how to overcome and eliminate the bias some face every day as a result of height, weight, color, creed or orientation, among other factors.

“It was very informative and interactive,” said Judith Nye, Associate Vice President of Academic Foundations and General Education. “[It] addressed some serious issues. I think a lot of folks took away some important insights.”

Nye also commented on the job that the conference is doing. “The American Conference on Diversity is becoming a major force and the University has partnered [with them] on a number of occasions,” she added.

Those in attendance were referred to as participants, rather than audience members, for two reasons. First, everyone was expected to join in group exercises throughout the presentation. Second, everyone participates in practicing diversity whether they promote bias, prohibit it or simply ignore it.

Everyone was told that they would discuss things that would not be pleasant to talk about. Conversation is the key to connection, and connection leads to understanding; this point was emphasized throughout the event.

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Campus to Aid Victims of Brighton Ave. Fire

“I heard on a walkie-talkie ‘Sue DePinho needs to come to the office, it’s an emergency.’ Suddenly my heart sank and the hallway became a mile long,” DePinho, a University alumnus, recalled.

DePinho had a missed phone call from her boyfriend on the morning of Monday, February 13. DePinho, who teaches Video Production and Photography at Shore Regional High School, was teaching class while her boyfriend, Derek Tranchina, was on his way to their burning apartment on Brighton Avenue in the West End of Long Branch.

DePinho and Tranchina moved in to the apartment about one year ago. “The location was amazing and the rent was affordable enough for the two of us to save for a house,” DePinho said. The apartment was also animal-friendly, perfect for their puppy named Blue. The night before the fire, DePinho said that Blue was up all night, scratching his crate and crying. They let him in bed with them and he was shaking, “which makes us believe that he knew something was going to happen,” DePinho said.

After she talked to someone in the office, she found out about the fire. “Stunned and hysterical, I called Derek, who confirmed that he did run in in time to get Blue, but the fire was bad and we might lose everything,” DePinho recalled.

She then made her way out to the building and nearly collapsed. “I could see the smoke from West Long Branch,” De- Pinho added.

As DePinho and the other residents stood outside, she said that her only question was what to do next. “We did not have insurance and we were basically told that there was nothing that we could do but watch it all burn,” she said.

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Unsanitary Behavior Spreads Throughout Pinewood Hall

Guest Privileges Restored After Temporary Suspension

Incidents of the smelly kind have been plaguing Pinewood Residence Hall in recent weeks. Someone has been depositing fecal matter and urine in random crevices in the building, causing dismay for its residents. These incidents also have led to the discontinuance of visitor privileges among Pinewood residents.

Corey Inzana, Area Coordinator for Pinewood Hall and Willow Hall, said that these incidents began last fall. The incidents temporarily stopped after a few floor meetings were held about them.

“The amount of incidents that occurred with either urine or feces amounted to five times over the course of the two semesters,” Inzana said. “Three of the five instances took place in the first floor men’s bathroom, one urine issue occurred in the first floor hallway and the most recent fecal incident occurred in the second floor lounge.”

Some students found out about the incidents through social media. “I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw that someone from my building tweeted what had happened,” said Rachel Gramuglia, a first-year resident of Pinewood. “So then I tweeted about it and called one of my friends and she told me everything that happened. I was like, ‘Why would someone ever do that? Just use a toilet.’ I was furious that someone would do that. It’s revolting. There is a fine line between a funny prank and a drunkenly disgusting [and] idiotic decision.”

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New Wireless Network Intends to Improve Connections

MU Wireless will be replaced with MU Secure to be used by students, faculty and staff at the University beginning on March 10.

According to Dr. Edward Christensen, Vice President for Information Management at the University, “In order to comply with Payment Card Industry mandates, the Monmouth University wireless network must be encrypted. In addition, information security best practices also strongly recommend that wireless networks be encrypted,” Christensen said.

This means that MU Secure will be simply, more secure. “MU Secure is an encrypted enterprise grade wireless network. As an wireless devices could intercept the traffic to and from a computer on MU Wireless,” Christensen said. So students and faculty will be able to surf safely on the internet.

To elaborate more on the safety of the new network, Christensen said, “A new Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2 Enterprise) secured wireless network, MU-Secure, has been deployed across campus and is available in all locations that have access to MU Wireless. MU Secure utilizes the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) security method, which provides stronger data protection and network access control than MU Wireless which utilizes the less secure Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).” Christensen noted that the new network will also be easier and more practical for users using the wireless network. “With the less secure ‘MU Wireless,’ users had to re-authenticate periodically; with the more secure ‘MU Secure,’ users have to reauthenticate their device only when they change their password,” Christensen added.

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Communication Department Hosts Career Event

The Department of Communication held its second annual Communication Career Event last Tuesday, February 28, in Wilson Hall.

The purpose of the event was to give communication students and alumni the chance to participate in seminars about their degree and to network with professionals in the field. From 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm, several events were held including, “What You Can Do with a Communications Degree,” “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About A Career In ___ (But were too Afraid to Ask),” as well as networking, internships, and professional preparation opportunities. These events offered information for communication majors to gain a better understanding of options for a future career.

The lecture, “What You Can Do with a Communications Degree,” had five speakers positioned at the front of the room. The speakers introduced themselves and told their stories about the career paths their communication degrees led them on.

“I use my degree every day,” Attorney-at-Law Albert Calise said. The rooms were full of students paying attention and asking professionals questions.

The speakers gave advice, tips, and even helped with preferred resume styles. “It’s being able to open your mouth and open your mind. Say hi to people and be nice to everybody,” Calise said.

Anderson Diaz said, “In your career you can either decide to push against the tide or let the tide take you where it wants to go.”

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School of Education Creates Mentoring Academy

Dr. Lynn Romeo, the Dean on the University’s School of Education, has recently announced the formation of the School of Education Alumni Mentoring Academy. This is a free program for graduates of the University’s School of Education.

The academy is a new way for the graduates to receive more experience as new teachers. During the three-year program, the graduates will be able to discuss ideas and shape dialogue. It is geared towards managing K-12 students and offers assisted evaluations of the 21st century. The academy also provides an online component with resources. Sessions are four times per year and include topics such as “Vision Building: Developing a Profession Persona – Sustaining Your Passion in an Era of Accountability” and more on strategies for establishing a successful classroom.

Some faculty and administrators are supporting the online program and the academy. According to the University Newswire, Christine Grabowski, an Alumni Novice Mentor and third grade teacher at the Middle Road School in Hazlet, sees the program as a “perfect forum for novice teachers to collaborate and learn from each other as well as from veteran teachers.” She added that the academy will allow the new teachers a look on a more professional level and the ability to be the best teacher they can be.

Megan Meier, also a University alumnus and novice teacher, told the University Newswire that she is excited to participate in the Academy. She said that a teacher is more able to grow when they learn from one another and looks forward to her chance to partake in all the academy has to offer. Coordinator of the School of Education

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N.J. Senate OK’s Gay Marriage Bill, Governor Christie Vetoes

Members of University Community Comment on Recent Political Events

New Jersey lawmakers gave the long-awaited “OK” for gay marriage last Thursday. Although the bill did pass 42-33, that was a dozen less than the number needed to override a veto by Governor Chris Christie.

“If the bill comes to my desk, I am vetoing it, and I will use every resource that I have at my disposal to make sure that my veto is sustained,” Christie had said. The bill was said to have been put on his desk last Friday.

Gay marriage is a controversial issue all over the country nationwide. Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. As a result of Christie’s veto, New Jersey will not be the eighth state to permit gay marriage.

Dr. Rekha Datta of the Political Science Department offered her perspective on the recent events. “Governor Christie’s veto of the bill was not unexpected,” she said. “Under such circumstances, technically, an override is a possibility. In this particular instance, however, that remains unlikely. It seems that there will be a referendum on the question in November’s ballot.”

Jackie Centifonti, a senior, said, “Marriage is between a man and a woman, not all states have to make gay marriage legal, and New Jersey just isn’t one of them.”

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The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Drugs

Frequently popping over-thecounter pills for everyday aches may be more damaging than the pain itself. When it comes to taking over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil, most people have developed their own system that has little to do with the recommended doses. When pain is holding us hostage, our overwhelming desire to stop it consumes us, and sometimes counting out the correct dosage does not. The outcome may be that we double the amount, or even combine acetaminophen and add ibuprofen to our cold medicine as assurance. Most of us, if we bother to do anything, give the microscopic type on the label a quick look over and not think twice about it.

Melanie Ratajczak, a sophomore, said, “I don’t really see the long-term effects of OTC drugs. Any pain I feel, I just take an Advil.”

“I’m very concerned because nobody pays attention to the information on the side of the boxes,” says Lewis Nelson, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “And if you say, ‘You can take 1,000 miligrams,’ people don’t know what that means, and they say, ‘Well OK, two pills sounds like the right dose’.”

According to USA Today, more than three quarters of American’s take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, which fall into two categories: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, the active ingredient found in Tylenol. Acetaminophen is used strictly for pain and fever. Unlike NSAIDS, acetaminophen doesn’t irritate the stomach. But because it is perceived as safe, people tend to load up on it without thinking. This has resulted in acetaminophen poisoning, the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

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Know What Courses Cost More

As of this semester, current undergraduate students at the University are paying anywhere from $760 to $1140 for each credit, depending on the number of credits they are taking. On top of tuition, students are also faced with the expenses of textbooks, room and board, and additional supplies needed for each class. So why are lab fees for classes such as information technology, graphic design chemistry, biology and other lab sciences necessary?

According to Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, lab fees for science classes range from $35-$100. He says that these fees are intended to support certain classes’ needs that generally exceed the cost of non-lab courses. “For example, in the sciences, specific laboratory courses require instrumentation and supplies that are not needed in lecture and discussion based courses. This allows the University to maintain a tuition structure that is the same for all majors but any student taking a lab-intensive course pays fees associated with that course,” said Palladino.

“Institutions with no lab fee structure often charge higher tuition for all students and then use a portion of that tuition to cover lab expenses. In that model, students are paying for costs that may provide little direct benefit to them if they take relatively few lab courses.” Palladino also says that lab fees remain relatively stable, as the cost of supplies increases only three to five percent each year.

Lab fees are also considered when creating financial aid packages for each student at the University, said Claire Alasio, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Director of Financial Aid. She said that students may use federal, state, and/or institutional grant and/or loan funds to pay for lab fees.

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School of Science Donates 500 Books to Zimbabwe

The University School of Science has collected over 500 science textbooks to benefit the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) in Zimbabwe through a book donation. The project, led by chemistry professor Dr. Tsnangurayi Tongesayi, asked students and faculty to donate textbooks to support the BUSE community, which is in need of basic educational resources.

“Because of the economic downturn in the country over the last decade, [BUSE] has not been able to replenish some of its very basic needs,” said Tongesayi, who has a strong relationship with BUSE as the first lecturer and Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1996 through 2001.

Tongesayi’s idea for a book donation project developed during a recent research visit to the school when he recognized the school’s need for textbooks. Upon his return to the University, Tongesayi received the support of the School of Science and put the project into action.

Students and faculty were donate new or used science textbooks about any topic. In addition, several students and faculty volunteered time to further sort the books to be packaged.

Lauren Lechner, a sophomore majoring in chemistry, cataloged and packaged the books for delivery as a participant of the project. “I felt that it was a great idea,” she said. “It’s always a great feeling to help out and donate time and materials to other students who need more resources.”

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Former University Soccer Player Prepares for Olympics

Last July, the U.S. women’s soccer team lost in an overtime shootout final to Japan in what has become known as one of the most exciting games in FIFA Women’s World Cup history. Leading that team was Christie Rampone, the star of the University’s women’s soccer program in the mid-1990’s. Using that game for added motivation, Rampone is now preparing with her teammates for a chance at winning a third consecutive gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London this July.

“There’s a lot of emotions still lingering from that loss, but we’ve had time to recover and use that to our advantage as we train for the upcoming Olympics in London,” Rampone said.

Rampone , who has been captain of the team since 2008, said that having the Olympics in London brings added excitement to the event. “England is such a huge soccer country, so the enthusiasm of the crowd will really bring a lot of energy into the atmosphere,” she said.

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Health Honor Society Raises Money for Kortney Rose Foundation

The University's Pre-Professional Health Honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, helped collect over $240 for the Kortney Rose Foundation for their annual charity fundraiser “Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye” on February 13 and 14. The Kortney Rose Foundation was created by Kortney's mother and the secretary of the Political Science department Kristen Gillette, and serves to raise awareness on the issue of pediatric brain tumors and to enhance and fund research for pediatric brain cancer.

The history of the cancer organization can be summarized in Gilette's own words. “In 2005, my nine-yearold daughter Kortney Rose Gillette was diagnosed, out of the blue, with a very rare and always fatal brain tumor. She died four months later. To help pick up the pieces and move on from our grief and help other children with brain tumors through research and awareness, we started The Kortney Rose Foundation.” Gilette said that the organization is a non-profit organization with a mission of raising awareness of the number one cancer-related death among children ages 19 and younger: brain tumors.

Efforts by the organization have now culminated in the month of May officially being designated as “Brain Tumor Awareness Month.” They have raised over $528,000 in the last five years for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to the events that are listed on thekortneyrosefoundation. org, they also have a 5K run on campus on April 6. The foundation has also set up many other fundraisers for local schools and businesses with their “Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye” movement.

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Poll Finds More College Freshmen See Getting Good Job as Key Goal

Having seen their parents struggle with unemployment and other money worries over the last few years, the nation's current batch of college freshmen increasingly view a bachelor's degree as a necessary ticket to better jobs, according to a University of California, Los Angeles survey being released Thursday.

In responding to the "American Freshman" poll, 85.9 percent of firstyear students across the country said that being able to land a good job is a very important reason for attending college. That is the strongest response to that question in the 40 years it has been asked and is higher than the 70.4 percent reply in 2006, before the recession began.

The survey asks freshmen to select reasons they are pursuing higher education. For a generation, the most popular one was "to learn more about things that interest me." This year, 82.9 percent said that was a major motive. But since 2009, the concern about jobs has been on top.

Also setting a record was the response to a query about whether becoming very well off financially is an "essential or very important" objective. The survey showed that 79.6 percent of the students described such affluence as a compelling goal, up from the pre-recession response of 73.4 percent in 2006 and double the levels during the more counter-cultural 1970s.

"I think it's understandable. Like everybody in the country, these students are reacting to a time of recession," said John H. Pryor, managing director of UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which conducts the annual survey.

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