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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

It’s Always Better When We’re Together | Jenna Intersimone's Senior Goodbye

jenna_goodbye_2During my too-short four years at Monmouth University, I think it’s safe to say that I was involved. I wanted to immerse myself in campus life; I never wanted to say,I wish I did that.However, the only organization that became a part ofmewasThe Outlook, not only thanks to the dignified quality in which we stand for as a newspaper but mostly thanks to the committed and oddly eccentric people that call our little office home.

In being a part ofThe Outlook, I found what I was looking for at our University; people who were passionate about journalism but also knew how to have fun. This staff is fun, outgoing, outlandish, devoted, and perhaps most importantly, all vastly different. From this, I think that we created our own dysfunctional family, one in which sometimes wants to go at each other’s throats but deep down (sometimes really deep down) loves one another and always comes back together. Before I start tearing up thanking ourOutlookbabies, I want to thank some of the people who helped make this place my home from the beginning…

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Traces of Asbestos Found Behind Birch Hall

asbestos_found_behind_Birch_hallA small amount of asbestos was found behind Birch Hall this past Wednesday, April 24. The substance was quickly identified and removed when a University groundskeeper discovered it upon his rounds.

According to a memorandum sent out by the Vice President of Administrative Services, Patti Swannack, the groundskeeper immediately notified the Director of Compliance, Mel Dale.

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral with fibrous crystals, was commonly utilized in buildings in the late nineteenth century. Professor Claire Condie, a geology adjunct, states that “Because of its resistance to heat, fire, and chemical damage, [it] was used for insulation in buildings and as [an] ingredient in a number of products, such as roofing shingles and water supply lines. Typically the asbestos is [also] mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats.”

Dale states that since the relative bans on asbestos containing material (ACM) took effect, the University has not used any in recent building materials since; which explains the asbestos finding in Howard Hall last fall.

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University Hosts Fourth Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk

fourth_annual_5k_fun_run-walkThe University’s Political Science and Sociology Club helped collect about $1,600 for the Kortney Rose Foundation with their annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on Friday, April 28 at 2:30 pm in front of Wilson Hall.

The Kortney Rose foundation was formed by secretary of the Political Science Department, Kristen Gillette. According to, “[The organization] is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors.” The foundation was created to honor Kortney Rose, the daughter of Gillette, who passed away at the age of nine four months after being diagnosed with brainstem gliomain in April 2006.

Raising awareness for brain tumors, the number one cancer-related death among children under 19, is the mission of the Kortney Rose Foundation.

This year’s race was dedicated to a local child named Alex who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. Gillette spoke to the mother of the boy a few days prior to the fun run/walk and said that she would dedicate this year’s race to him.

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A Final Salute for President Paul G. Gaffney II

final_salute_for_president_gaffney_IIAfter 10 years of being President of the University, Paul G. Gaffney II will be retiring on July 31. Many feel Gaffney has accomplished much in his time here and they appreciate everything he has done for Monmouth.

“I think President Gaffney was a phenomenal leader for our university because he’s so connected to the students, faculty, and campus,” senior Kate Nawoyski said. “He really showed students that he cared about us, and I felt so comfortable being at Monmouth because of that.”

Oscar Sanchez, former Student Government Association President, said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know President Gaffney over my years on SGA. He is a president who puts the students first, is always open to listening, and has a desire to learn more about each individual beyond their student ID number.” Sanchez added, “He has been such a pleasure to work with, and his dedication to SGA is going to be a tough one to match. As a mentor, leader, and role model, President Gaffney has exceeded all expectations.”

Gaffney has seen a lot in his time here and he was able to bring new ideas to the University as well as expand on the plans made by Presidents before him.

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University Tuition: It’s More Than Just the Flowers

The University offers one of the lowest tuition rates of similar private schools in New Jersey, according to William Craig Vice President of Finance for the University. “The schools that are real competitors among that group, such as Seton Hall, Rider, and Fairleigh Dickinson all have tuition rates that are significantly higher than ours,” he said. For the 2012 to 2013 school year, Rider University tuition was $32,820, Fairleigh Dickinson tuition was $32,852, Seton Hall tuition was $33,740, while Monmouth University was $30,390.

University tuition is consistently raised “about five percent,” according to Dr. Robert McCaig, Vice President for Enrollment Management, while tuition at other colleges can be raised up to 12 percent some years. He said, “I would like to stay a fraction percentage-wise higher than Seton Hall University, Rider University, and Farleigh Dickinson University. A quarter percent, a half percent, just to catch up a little bit. But in doing that I wouldn’t want to venture over that four to five percent average.”

According to, the average amount of college debt incurred by a 2012 undergraduate was about $27,000, a 58 percent increase since 2005.

It is due to factors such as these that propelled President Barack Obama to propose various tuition reform concepts for public and private universities in his State of the Union Address delivered on Feb. 12 of this year. The projected plan involves a series of changes; such as demanding colleges that receive federal aid to produce a “College Scorecard” that gives actual costs, graduation rates, and probable earnings for graduates. The plan will create a $1 billion fund to deliver grants to states that expand graduation rates and reduce costs, increasing campus-based aid to more than $10 billion from the current $2.7 billion, and punish colleges that control tuition by shifting money to other schools that do a superior job.

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Outlook Wins ASPA “Most Outstanding Newspaper of 2013”

The Outlook, Monmouth University’s student-run newspaper, in a national competition, has been awarded “Most Outstanding Newspaper,” in addition to first place with special merit, by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) for the second time in the past four years.

The ASPA holds an annual competition for university newspapers, as well as contests for other publications. Papers are judged on content coverage, page design, general plan, art, advertising, editing and creativity. The Outlook scored a total of 955 out of 1,000 points, with perfect scores in content coverage, illustration, and creativity. One judge wrote, “You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designers, and adviser.”

“We try not to be satisfied with `good enough,’” Morano said. “It’s an honor to work with the students at the paper. I’m their biggest fan, and their biggest critic,” he said.

University President Paul G. Gaffney II, an avid reader of the paper is proud of the students’ achievement. “It (the award) sets us apart as a serious paper that looks like a real paper and seriously covers news like a real paper,” Gaffney said. “It is hard to have the time, as full-time students, to thoroughly research complicated issues. Yet,The Outlooktakes on the challenge.” Gaffney said he likes to read the editorials and the sports articles, he said he is a fan of student achievement articles. “I like seeingThe Outlookaround campus, especially when we are trying to recruit new students,” said Gaffney. “[It’s a] great example of student involvement and success.”

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Media Panel Co-Hosted by JSPPA and PRSA

One Hundred Communication Professionals and Students in Attendance

Media-Panel_JSPPA_and_PRSA“Beyond Likes, Tweets and Check-Ins: How to Make Real News” was a media panel jointly hosted by Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising (JSPPA) and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) NJ chapter at the Blue and White Club in the Multipurpose Activity Center on Wednesday, April 17.

The event gave 100 media professionals and communication students an insight into the media industry and where the industry is heading.

Panelists included Christopher Sheldon, Long Branch-Eatontown editor of, Gina Columbus, The Asbury Park Press staff writer and former editor-in-chief ofThe Outlook, Sally Pakutka, manager of News Aggregation of The Asbury Park Press, Brian Thompson, New Jersey Correspondent for NBC4 New York, and Allison Gibson, assistant news director of News 12 New Jersey.

The moderator, Greg Weber of Garden State Press Clipping Service, questioned the panel about their opinions on the roles social media plays in reporting and various other topics including pitching stories and the future of media.

“Twitter is like a news feed for me, like a modern-day version of the old AP wire,” said Thompson.

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University Student Meredith Calcagno Sings “Hero” on the Katie Couric Show “Katie”

Meredith_Calcagno_sings_on_Katie-CouricMeredith Calcagno, music education student, was given a chance to pursue her life-long dream to sing on a nationwide television network on Thursday, April 11. Calcagno was told she would be auditioning to be on Katie Couric’s talk show, “Katie.” Little did she know, there was no audition, just the audience waiting to hear her first big break.

Calcagno’s singing talents were recognized at a very young age. She began singing alongside her grandfather after Sunday night dinners.

“After dinner, Poppy couldn’t wait to get the microphone and tape recorder out so that I could sing,” said Calcagno. “I have cassette tapes of me at age four-and-a-half singing Whitney Houston.”

As she grew up, Calcagno continued to sing with her father who performs at weddings and private parties. She learned a lot from visiting her father’s recording studio and his performances during her childhood.

Singing will always be Calcagno’s passion. “Singing encompasses every aspect of my life,” said Calcagno. “I can honestly say that a day doesn’t go by when I am not singing. You know the old phrase ‘spring in your step’, well I have ‘sing in my step.’”

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Real Estate Team Competes in the Villanova Real Estate Challenge

The University’s real estate team took home fourth place in the Villanova Real Estate Challenge against 16 other teams from universities throughout the United States.

This was the second year in a row that the team has made it to the final four of the competition. Dr. Peter Reinhart, director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute and specialist professor, said, “The fact that we made it to the finals was just awesome for a relatively small school against very big schools.”

The Villanova Real Estate Challenge took place during the week of April 1 in Philadelphia, PA. The other universities in the competition included New York University, Wharton, Cornell, Penn State, Georgetown, Indiana University, Drexel, Florida State, Lehigh, University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Commonwealth, Villanova and York.

According to Reinhart, each university picked a team of four members. The University’s team was made up of Jacob Menture, Cliff Green, Shaneil Stokes and Chris Cianfarini. Three of the members on the team are senior business majors with a concentration in real estate. Cianfarini called himself the “black sheep” because he is the only business major with a concentration in economics and finance. Each team had to pick a team name so the judges of the competition would not know which team was from which school. Menture, Green, Stokes and Cianfarini picked the name “Synergy Capital Investors.”

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Student Connection Club Creates New Friends

New Club Will Facilitate Friendships Through Mentoring Program for Transfer Students

While colleges and universities offer a variety of services to transfer students, starting this fall, the University’s transfer club will now supply incoming transfers with the most essential asset of all, a friend.

The University Transfer Student Connection Club is developing a student-run mentor program to help new transfer students connect with one another to provide a smoother transition. The program is currently in the early stages of development and is expected to be implemented by fall 2013.

“We wanted to start this to show everybody that our school understands how transfer students may feel being new students and possibly not knowing anybody, or even much about campus life,” said Jessica Deigert, co-founder and president of the Transfer Student Connection Club.

“A more established transfer student will be paired up with a newer transfer student, based on major and/or if they come from the same college, or are possibly out-of-state as well,” said Deigert. “It is a great way to make an immediate friend and have somebody not only to hang out with, but to give you advice.”

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Alumnus Selected for Editor & Publisher’s “Top 25 Under 35”

MU-alumnus_honor_editor_and_publisherJamie Biesiada, an alumnus and current managing editor of the Star News Group, has been named one of this year’s “Top 25 Under 35” journalists by Editor & Publisher. According to Editor & Publisher, the newspaper professionals chosen for this honor are “[making] this industry an exciting place to work again.”

Biesiada said that she was “pleasantly surprised” when she had found out she was put on Editor & Publisher’s list. “It’s flattering to be included alongside such a talented group of young industry professionals,” she said.

The annual honor is a feature done by Editor & Publisher that is meant to highlight the achievements of young and upcoming leaders in the journalism field. According to the article, it states that the 25 men and women chosen work with a true amount of passion and excitement that is not seen very often in the industry anymore.

According to Editor & Publisher, “Digital redesigns, pay-wall strategies, niche coverage opportunities, and unique advertiser partnerships are just a few of the ways this year’s ‘25 Under 35’ are leaving their mark on the business of selling news.”

The Star News Group is the publisher of two print newspapers, The Coast Star and The Ocean Star. Biesiada, 25, started at the Star News Group as a beat reporter in 2009 right after she graduated from the University. Even though the economy was not doing well, she explains that she got lucky.

“I had the right resume at the right time,” Biesiada said.

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Bowling Alley to be Built in Boylan Gymnasium

bowling_alley_in_boylan_gymA new four-lane bowling alley will be built in Boylan Gymnasium following the approval of internal constituents and the possession of permits. The University predicts the lanes will be completed by August 2013 according to Vice President of Administrative Services, Patricia Swannack.

Patrick Ciniello, a University alum, donated the funds to be used in the construction of a four-lane bowling alley in the South end of Boylan Gymnasium, located next to the football field according to Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Director of Athletics. The bleachers in the south end of the gym will be removed to make room for the lanes.

According to Swannack, the bowling alley will be open to University students and members of the community. It will also provide a place for the bowling team to practice and hold events. Junior Lauren Frankowski, who is on the bowling team, said, “As of right now, I do not know what the bowling alley will look like; regardless, I am happy that Monmouth is receiving this opportunity.”

“After meeting the generous donor of our lanes last week, he seems to have high expectations for the lanes,” added Frankowski. The idea for the construction of a bowling alley on campus came from the alum.

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Students Listen to Music From All Around the World

wmcx_logo“Music Around the World” was an event featured during the Global Understanding Convention. The event took place on Wednesday, April 10 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It was a streamed radio show on WMCX hosted by graduate student Jen Hom, also known as “Sonic,” and guest DJ Stuart Rosenberg, associate professor of management.

The event aired during the usual time of Hom’s radio show, “Sonic Stir Fry.” It played music from all over the world, such as Asia, Europe, South America, United States, Australia, Sweden, Japan, and Denmark.

“My objective was to play songs by artists from as many parts of the world as possible in two hours,” said Rosenberg. “It was important for me to play music that would appeal to a broad audience, so the playlist included original songs that are indigenous to a particular country as well as cover versions in other languages of popular songs that we are familiar with.”

Rosenberg said that there were a total of 30 songs on the playlist. Originally, he had come up with 50 songs for the playlist but had to cut it down. Some of the songs included “Big Time Sensuality” by Bjork, “Fairy Tale of New York” by The Pogues, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para El Buzz Espanol)” by The Gipsy Kings, “Those Nights” by Yannick and “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu” by Domenico Modugno.

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Justin Schlemm Awarded Student Employee of the Year

Justin Schlemm of the University’s Rapid Response Unit was awarded the 2013 Student Employee of the Year award this past Friday, April 12. From well over the 1,250 student employees that work on campus and the 1,700 jobs they do, only 19 individuals were nominated for the award.

Dr. Barbara Reagor, the Director of the Rapid Response Unit (RRI), nominated Schlemm for his great works within the division. According to Reagor, Schlemm, who is currently a freshman majoring in software engineering, is often contacted by clients, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the State, to develop and instruct others on how to utilize software and web applications for emergency responders. He has also worked with the RRI before he was even a student at the University during his junior and senior years of high school.

“He’s an outstanding employee and a mentor to older and younger students alike,” said Reagor. “He just has such a mature outlook and work ethic, something that you would expect more of a senior than a freshman; not to mention he has confidence in his ability, is always on time, is focused, and projects himself well and with good personality. We are just so proud of him.”

Aimee Parks, the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employment, states that the criteria for the judges in choosing the winner involves a combination of qualities, such as reliability, initiative, quality of work and contribution to the University.

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American Marketing Association Joins the Leon Hess Business School

The American Marketing Association (AMA), an organization which strives to advocate the marketing profession by encouraging excellence from their 250 chapters across the nation, has officially joined the University and AMA communities as of March 2013, thanks to founder Marissa Cusanelli, junior business administration major with a concentration in marketing.

Cusanelli started the process to create an AMA chapter on campus last February after the New Jersey AMA chapter President, Judy Ottenstroer, explained the benefits of being a member in Dr. Michaeline Skiba’s, Associate Professor of Marketing, introduction to marketing class. She said, “It was almost strange to me that we did not have a chapter on campus. The Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) is one of the top business schools in the country, so to have the most popular and trusted marketing associations affiliated with it was a no-brainer.”

Some of the benefits of being a member of the AMA, which requires $47 per year which can be purchased at, are podcasts, blogs, job and internship postings as well as, networking events and panel discussions with professionals. Cusanelli said, “It is also a great way to distinguish yourself from your peers and it’s a great resume booster.”

Mitchell Pollard, junior business administration major with a concentration in marketing and student member of the AMA New Jersey, said that, in his opinion, the most significant benefit is the ability to be active in the marketing world. “Every profession involves marketing somehow someway, therefore joining the AMA will only help for your future career. In addition, the AMA may lead you to business partners or even a career you never had in mind,” he said.

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Trustee Establishes New Communication Scholarship

Scholarship Honors Former Communication Student, Raymond Michelli

In honor of their son Raymond, who passed away in October of 2011, Thomas and Roseann Michelli have established an endowed scholarship to be awarded to a communication major with an interest in sports announcing.

Raymond, also called Ray, graduated from the University in 2000 with a Bachlor’s degree in communication and a strong passion for sports. Although a lifelong battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy separated Raymond from participating in sports, he pursued his love for sports in other ways. This passion was so profound that Kevin Callahan, University’s head football coach, called and offered him a position as the team’s statistician, which Ray proudly took, his father said.

“Ray’s experience at Monmouth was pretty special. He got to go to all of the football team’s games, and was very insistent about his obligation,” said Thomas Michelli, a member of the University Board of Trustees, “He really enjoyed the Athletics and Communication programs.”

In addition to athletics, Ray also worked at WMCX as both a DJ and a sportscaster. The hosts of Ray’s sports announcing show were referred to as “The Brew Crew.” Roseann Michelli, Raymond Michelli’s mother, said, “Ray did so much at Monmouth. It was like his second home,” she said.

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Creating Community Through Poetry at the Annual “Poetry Slam” by CommWorks

Poetry-SlamStudents came together under a bright blue sky to share poetry on Shadow Lawn during the Global Understanding Convention. On Wednesday, April 10, CommWorks hosted a “Poetry Slam” to encourage dialogue about global issues. About 30 people came out to support the event that covered topics from a broken heart to race and gender. Both original and published works were read.

Katie Meyer, senior and vice president of CommWorks, said, “It’s about building community.” Those who attended had the opportunity to listen to one another and understand issues regarding a variety of topics. The attraction of the “Poetry Slam” is that people can write about something emotional or controversial and say it is “just a poem.” Meyer added, “We are just trying to bring people together.”

Meyer wrote the poem “Glass Girls” after viewing a video highlighting issues women have in our society and the idea of the “glass ceiling.” Her poem talked about unequal pay between men and women and how the government is making decisions about women’s bodies regarding birth control and abortion.

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“Friends of Socrates” Discuss State of American Healthcare

University Celebrates Global Understanding Week

In accordance with the 2013 Global Understanding Convention, “Friends of Socrates” hosted a panel discussion in the Turrell Boardroom in Bey Hall on Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 pm where they posed the question, “Why can’t we all have access to the best health care in the world, right here in America?”

The panel was led by Dr. Bojana Beric, professor of nursing and health studies and Co-Director of the Center for Human and Community Wellness; Tony Lazroe, Director of Grants and Contracts; Claude Taylor, professor of communication and the athletics professor in residence; and Dr. Marina Vujnovic, professor of communication and the Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Understanding.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a copy of which was presented to students as they settled around the conference table, “All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms.” It was this assertion that the Friends of Socrates stressed throughout their presentation.

The panel began at the head of the table where the hosts presented their findings on healthcare as it currently is, based on their experiences and research, in the United States and the status of healthcare in different nations.

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Presentation Discusses the Recent Outbreaks of Gun Violence

University Celebrates Global Understanding Week

In conjunction with the Global Understanding Convention last week, Dr. Jennifer Shamrock, communication professor, gave a presentation on gun control in America titled “Fully Loaded” on April 10 at 2:30 pm with the assistance of Jose Aguilar and Rachel Fisher, University students.

Shamrock provided the audience with the most recent gun violence information for the United States. “Students should realize the enormity of the problem of gun violence in America and that they can take a stand in changing our culture through their actions,” said Shamrock.

“I liked that it was a presentation about real facts, things that are happening today and stories that we can all relate to,” said Fisher.

The presentation discussed five truths about guns today that many people are unaware of. The five truths are: 1) a gun inside of a home increases homicide, suicide and accidental deaths, 2) many children today are currently living in homes with loaded and unlocked guns, 3) violence is more severe when a gun is used opposed to other weapons, 4) gun laws should be more strictly enforced in America due to the many loopholes that allow people to purchase guns without a background check and 5) enforcing safety laws in America will reduce violence throughout the country.

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MU Partners With University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ

UMDNJThe University signed an agreement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in March, which will allow qualifying students to enter the online Master’s program in clinical trial sciences at UMDNJ. The partnership will include four years of undergraduate education at the University followed by two to three years at UMDNJ.

In order to qualify, undergraduates must be in their senior year, have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their major, and obtain a recommendation from either Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, or the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee. Students can then take up to six Master’s level courses during their senior year, which will transfer over so that they can continue their Master’s education at UMDNJ. Palladino said that this track would be most useful to biology, chemistry, and mathematics majors.

The program itself is a 36-credit Master’s in clinical trial sciences, which has four different tracks that will prepare students for different roles in the pharmaceutical industry. These tracks are regulatory affairs, clinical trial management and recruitment, clinical trials informatics, and drug safety and pharmacovigiliance. It contains a nine-credit core and 27 credits of specialty courses.

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How Useful Are College Exams?

Many students experience anxiety and panic before or during an exam, raising the question if college exams are the most accurate measure of intelligence and how drastically they can affect a student’s grade for better or worse.

Test scores are a necessary component of most class curriculums and grading systems. Professors use written exams to measure a student’s knowledge of class subject matter in order to provide them with an accurate grade. Dorothy Cleary, Director of Tutoring and Writing Services, said, “Exams, whether they are multiple choice, objective style or essay, projects, hands-ons, or subjective styles are a necessary component in many courses and disciplines to measure one’s understanding of material studied.” What students need sometimes, however, is reassurance that they can improve their test taking skills. “I always tell students that there is a difference between IQ and intelligence versus having the tools, skills, and strategies to manage, cope, and address the situation,” said Cleary. “Therefore, I believe exams are necessary and are a strong component of measuring one’s knowledge of course material in many, but not all, instances.” Briana Lynch, sophomore art student at Parsons Art School in New York City, does not think exams can accurately measure a student’s intelligence. “You can memorize information for a test but you can't learn how to create original idea,” said Lynch. “The highest paying jobs are taken by people who can do what was never done before, not by repeating what has already been done.”

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Do You Have the “Fear of Missing Out?”

Studies Determine that Generation Y Suffers From “FOMO” as a Consequence of Social Media

FOMO, or the fear of missing out, has been around for as long as humans have existed. But as society moves into a technological era, FOMO has increased.

Kaitlin Grotto, senior graphic design major, describes this feeling. She said, “I get worried that I’m going to miss out on the fun and the inside jokes that my friends might have from the time that I’m not around.”

Grotto continued, “Have you ever been hanging out with a group of friends and they’re talking about a memory and all laughing and you weren’t there so you felt left out? That’s what I never want and why I have FOMO.”

Although the fear of missing out is not a real psychological disorder, it is a syndrome that the Millennial Generation and the generations to follow will have as long as social media exists.

The fear of missing out on what? “Everything!” said Matt Pisano, senior.

FOMO can range from the fear of missing out on a cup of coffee with a friend to missing out on a spring break trip. A group of University seniors said things like not going to the bar, missing happy hour, committing to a relationship, visiting family instead of being at school, not going on vacation when others are, and missing mall trips are all things that cause FOMO.

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Boom Roast Productions Presents “The Vagina Monologues”

Production Raises $1,935 For Two Charities, 180 Turning Lives Around and One Billion Rising

“The Vagina Monologues” were presented by Boom Roasted Productions on Tuesday, April 2 in Pollack Theater. The sarcastic and informative movement promotes awareness and the prevention of violence against females.

The performance produced both a room full of laughs and serious moments when talking about the female body. Stories were told that most would not express in public as well as experiences that some had similarities with.

There was a short film shared with no sound, only background music, which showed grueling clips of females being tortured in different emotional, mental and physical ways. At the end of the film, the story is tied up with women fighting back for what they believed was right by holding up their pointer fingers in the formation of number one. The powerful, speechless exhibition ensured the audience of what this advocacy is about.

This video was launched for the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day, accompanied by the campaign One Billion Rising. One billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence. On the V-Day anniversary, the plan is to invite one billion women and others supporting them to stand up and rise to the occasion of fighting against this violence.

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Dean Stanton Green Leads Spring Break Trip to Ireland

37 Students Join Gathering in Dublin

IrelandFinalDuring the Ireland trip the group visited places such as Dublin, Killarny, The Blarney Stone, The Cliffs of Moher, and the Dingle Peninsula. Students learned about the Potato Famine as well as the conflict between the south and north of Ireland and Britain. They also learned many different words and terms used throughout Ireland. The students explained that one of their favorite words they learned was “craic” pronounced “crack,” in which the English translation is fun.

March 14 through 18 was known as The Gathering in Dublin. It marked four days of celebration including fair-like rides, vendors, and 59 different activities ranging from comedy to street performances. Most of the group thought the best part of the trip was marching in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.

During the trip, the 37 students walked throughout the streets of Dublin celebrating with the residents of the city.

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The University’s First Spanish Radio Show Launches

University Students Welcome Spanish Language, Culture and Music On-Air

The University’s Spanish Club hosts its very first Spanish show “Sonidos Latinos” on WMCX. The show airs Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the help of advisor and University Spanish professor, Betty Sanchez.

“Sonidos Latinos,” or “Latin Sounds” in English, began this past February and aims to help students gain confidence in speaking the language while inviting Spanish speakers to join the show. “There are students that are beginner speakers, and then there are students that are highly advanced. That is the true beauty of the show,” says Sanchez. “For me, language has to be a life.”

Sanchez, born in Venezuela, was actively involved with radio for many years prior to moving to America.

Sanchez hosted a daily show aimed at teaching the rural communities located in Peru, Columbia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Students would actively listen to her daily lessons and would attend class lessons on the weekends to clarify questions asked on the show.

In 1981, Sanchez moved to the states and continued to excel in the field of media. She earned a degree in TV/radio at Brooklyn College, and then was offered to create the first TV/radio class curriculum in Spanish by the Center for Media Arts.

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Facebook Showing Signs of Decline

Facebook1Facebook, the social media website that once consumed the lives of teens and young adults, could be slowly slipping into extinction.

Originated in 2004 by college sophomore Mark Zuckerberg and friends, Facebook was created as a way for college students to connect with each other. Originally, Facebook was open to high school students in 2005, then for everyone else the following year.

With almost a decade gone by since the creation of Facebook, usage has begun to decline. According to Ken Sena of Evercore, a Wall Street Analyst, the primary ages of usage decrease are 12 to 17 and 18 to 24 from August 2012.

Matthew Silver, a 17-year-old high school senior, has recently deactivated his Facebook account. Silver said, “It’s just not as popular as it used to be. I noticed that a lot of my friends weren’t using it as much anymore so I figured I would just get off it for now.”

Silver explained that he and his friends are using Twitter instead. “Although it does not have all the photo sharing features and other stuff that Facebook has, I think it has become more popular. And most recently, all my friends have been using Instagram.” Silver said he is content with staying off of Facebook for now, but may return as he transitions into college.

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MTV Selects Students to Help with Sandy Relief

SpringFix1For two University students, spring break was no longer exclusively about vacation, relaxation, and time off from work and school; it was about supporting the East Coast and its recovery after Hurricane Sandy. Freshmen Thomas Egan and Dylan Vargas took part in MTV, mtvU and United Way’s “Spring Fix.” This was an alternative spring break focused on efforts to rebuild communities devastated by the forces of Sandy.

Egan and Vargas volunteered for “Spring Fix” from March 17 to March 23 with 48 other college students around the United States. Their efforts were aimed at restoring the beach areas of New Jersey and New York including Union Beach, the Rockaways, Staten Island, Long Island and Lavallette.

The students were split up into five different groups, each working to rebuild homes, churches and other places that had been harmed due to the super storm. Site managers were present during “Spring Fix” to offer support and encouragement.

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Energy Drinks: Harmful or Helpful?

Teenagers and young adults have become the target audience of popular energy drinks in recent years containing ingredients such as caffeine, guarana, taurine and sugar, according to Jeffery Downing, registered nurse and graduate assistant.

Downing explains that while energy drinks provide a desired boost of energy and temporary solution to lethargy, the effects of the ingredients on the human body are mostly negative. One of the active ingredients, caffeine, is considered a drug by definition because of its an effect on the body. “Caffeine is legal and inexpensive and is found in many popular beverages around the world,” said Downing.

Some effects of caffeine include nervousness, anxiety, tremors, tachycardia, restlessness, insomnia, gastrointestinal (GI) upset and agitation. Adverse effects include nausea, heart palpitations, headache, irritability, seizures and hallucinations according to Downing. Despite these potential effects, caffeine is listed by the Federal Drug Association (FDA) as “generally regarded as safe.”

“It is believed that up to 400 milligrams per day is safe,” said Dr. Merrily Ervin, professor of nutritional science. However, it is not an optimal choice before engaging in sports or physical activity. “[Caffeine] is also a diuretic and if an athlete becomes dehydrated his/her muscles will not be able to perform to capacity,” said Ervin.

She continued by saying that other varieties of ingredients in energy drinks are sometimes used to enhance the effects of caffeine, or claim to provide a range of benefits. “But the FDA does not regulate these drinks and so the claims do not have to be proven,” said Ervin.

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Students Participate in Alternative Spring Breaks Internationally

Alysha-Zimmerman-Jenna-Tshudy-Photo-Geena-BassoWhile some students from New Jersey planned on spending their spring breaks catching up on sleep at home or partying on the beaches of Cancun, others spent their breaks making a difference in a community or foreign country.

Many colleges around the country are now offering alternative spring break trips. These trips are created for students who are interested in spending their week off helping others in their communities or in other parts of the world. Students who are interested can plan a trip through their school or through an organization, such as Habitat for Humanity.

Since Super Storm Sandy hit New Jersey, some schools have decided to create alternative spring break projects here at the Jersey Shore. Max Dolphin, Drew University student, spent his spring break not too far from his home in Seaside Heights. Dolphin said that coming home to devastation is humbling. “To see the devastation firsthand in my hometown and surrounding area is an experience that really leaves you shell-shocked,” said Dolphin.

A group of students from Drew University had difficulty trying to find a place to sleep during their service project because hotels and homes around Seaside Heights are still damaged from the storm. For example, in Seaside Heights, the destruction of Hurricane Sandy is still present in every direction. “When I first saw the image of the roller coaster and missing pier I was left in shock and awe,” said Dolphin. The roller coaster was recently dismantled and Seaside Heights is beginning the restoration process across town.

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Life After Hurricane Sandy

Update on Progress of New Jersey in the Aftermath of Super Storm

Sandy-2Hurricane Sandy was a super storm that swept the East Coast in late October, leaving many families devastated.

On October 29, 2012, the category 1 hurricane curved north and headed towards New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Two hundred and eighty-five people were killed in seven countries due to the storms severity.

A majority of people found themselves without homes and possessions. For some, all that is left is the memories they can cling to. Reconstruction began as soon as possible for some people, while others are still waiting for their turn.

Those who were not affected too severely by the storm with power outages and no belongings damaged were able to return to their everyday lives. Madalyn Messina, junior, was able to move on fairly fast. “I lost power for a little over a week but that was the severity of my problems. I went to work every day to keep myself busy. I was lucky,” Messina said.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Judith Cumbia, a retired teacher, lost everything she had. Cumbia was a newly-retired high school teacher beginning to embark on the rest of her life. The storm crumbled her home from top to bottom, leaving her homeless.

“No money has been granted yet because it is unclear if I have to raise the house since the new flood maps have not been finished. I’m at a phenomenal level of frustration,” Cumbia said.

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How Does the University Protect You?

University Blackboard Website Promotes a Safer Campus

blackboardAfter recent tragedies throughout the United States including school shootings, schools are implementing resources to better protect students and faculty.

The University uses a free system called Blackboard Connect for this type of service. According to the University website, this system is designed to call, leave voicemails, email, and text any student, faculty or staff member who is signed up with their ID number and a registered phone and/or email. The system can also use a backup number such as a student’s parent to notify in case of an emergency.

William McElrath, University Chief of Police, believes the campus is well-trained to respond to emergency situations like an active shooter. The police department is trained on how to respond to such situations and there have been presentations made for students and faculty on what to do if caught in an emergency situation. McElrath said he is “fully supportive” of conducting mandatory drills on campus for students and faculty.

Zachary Diamond, business major, said that for the most part he feels safe while on campus. “When I drive on campus, there’s someone there checking for parking permits. I’ve seen cars without permits get stopped and that made me feel like they were on top of seeing who was coming onto the property,” Diamond said.

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Molly is Becoming A Common Drug on College Campuses

MDMADrugs have been a presence on college campuses for many years now. Recently, the appearance of MDMA or molly has been popular among college students, Suanne Schaad said, the substance awareness coordinator.

“I think it has grown in popularity due to the fact that it is marketed as ‘pure’ MDMA and people think is safe or safer than ecstasy,” Schaad said.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), molly is the power or crystal form of MDMA, also known as 3,4- Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. The website explained that the drug acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic. It produces “an energizing effect, distortions in time perception and enhanced enjoyment of tactile experiences.”

Molly is a Schedule I Controlled Substance, according to the Office of Diversion Control making the drug illegal. The DEA explained that the drug is mainly distributed in tablet form, comes in a variety of colors and is stamped with logos. It can also be found in capsules, powder and liquid form.

Known as a “party drug,” MDMA is usually swallowed, but the DEA states it can also be crushed, snorted or smoked but it is rarely injected. Users often mix molly with alcohol and marijuana the website states.

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The National Broadcasting Society Honors Two University Seniors

Chris Down and Diego Allessandro Win for Their Achievements in Radio and TV Broadcasting

Chris Down and Diego Allessandro, both seniors and communication majors, were recently awarded grand prizes in their fields of submission by the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) for their achievements in radio and television broadcasting.

The NBS began its award tradition in 1962 with the intentions to highlight worthy college students with a passion for broadcasting. NBS student chapters are featured at college campuses nationwide, including at the University. In fact, Allessandro is president of the University’s chapter of NBS.

“I am a musician and amateur music historian so radio just made sense. I was doing internet radio a few years before I came to Monmouth and declared my major,” Allessandro said. “I just need to be around music, it's all that I am.”

Although he received two honorable mentions last year and three honorable mentions this year, Allessandro was still in shock when he won the grand prize. “Going from a high school dropout to a college grad with a national award has been a hard, long road. It's so fulfilling to have come so far from someone with no future to someone with a chance. I was so excited.”

Allessandro won the grand prize for his WMCX Core Music Sweeper. His honorable mentions were for three of his creations: Project Paul PSA, Project Paul Feature, and Jersey Devil Sweeper 2.

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Choosing Sides in the Classroom

Political beliefs are always an intimate subject, especially in an academic setting, but do freedom of speech and individual liberties translate over in the classroom for professors without legal infringements?

University professors enjoy academic freedom in classroom teaching, and it is detailed in their faculty contract, but, “If faculty are expressing political beliefs in their lectures that are not related to their subject matter and are imposed on students without any openness to discussion, students have the right to bring their concerns to the attention of the department chair,” said Dr. Thomas Pearson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students at the University employ professors to introduce all types of political beliefs in the classroom because it creates openness and a bilateral line of communication.

“I think it is beneficial for students to hear other viewpoints whether it is from peers or professors. Most students are taught what their parents believe in, but there is so much more out there to know,” said Casey Smith, senior psychology major. “It is important to gather all of the information first, and then make a decision on what best suits you. Everyone is entitled to a different opinion and there is no straight ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’”

Pearson said that as indicated in the University Faculty Contract on page seven, “Academic freedom means freedom of teaching and research and of extramural (off-campus) activities... Faculty members are entitled to freedom in the classroom in presenting and discussing their subject. Faculty and instructional staff members must have primary responsibility for selecting instructional materials, defining course content and determining the methods of evaluating student performance in their classes.”

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Dr. William B. Stanley to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award From Rutgers

Dr. William B. Stanley, professor of education, will receive a distinguished alumni award from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education on April 6. Stanley graduated from Rutgers in 1979 with a social studies doctorate degree after receiving a master’s degree in history. The award symbolizes Stanley’s dedication, numerous contributions, and many influences during his career in the education field.

“I am flattered to receive the award. Rutgers University provided me with an excellent graduate education, and I’m honored to receive the award as an alum,” said Stanley.

Stanley began his teaching career in 1966 as a social studies teacher at Cranford Public School in Union, NJ. “I decided I wanted to teach during my senior year in high school,” said Stanley. “I was influenced by a wonderful social studies teacher, Larry Carebonetti, of South Plainfield High School. I have always been intellectually curious and I enjoy helping others learn.”

After 14 years in Cranford, Stanley chose to further his education in pursuing a master’s degree in history at Rutgers University. “This confirmed my desire to teach. But I wanted to increase my knowledge and improve my teaching skills, which led me to study more history and methods of teaching in graduate school,” said Stanley.

Stanley began working as an assistant professor teaching social studies education at Louisiana State University in 1980. In 1985, he was promoted as the Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director.

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The Environmental Impact of Super Storm Sandy

The shores of New Jersey are summer hot spots for tourists. Most participate in boating, fishing and beach-going. However, that may not be so safe this summer.

According to a report from the National Hurricane Center, “Whole communities were inundated by water and sand, houses were washed from their foundations, boardwalks were dismantled or destroyed, cars were tossed about, and boats were pushed well inland from the coast.”

The report also said that the fishing industry suffered due to damage to docks, marinas, restaurants, and fish processing plants. “BoatUS, the American Association of Boat Owners, estimated that Sandy destroyed more than 65,000 boats and caused marine-related damage of about $650 million to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” it said.

James Nickels, marine scientist for the Urban Coast Institute at the University, said environmental damage from Sandy is vast. “Large areas of coastal flooding and dune destruction, inundation of saltwater into freshwater lakes along ocean, release of quantities of oil, fuel, pesticides and other chemicals were some of the problems. There was failure of sewer infrastructure and pumping stations which released large amounts of sewage and untreated waste water. Another issue is the forming of new inlets with the ocean from coastal lakes and bays. Large quantities of debris spread throughout water ways and marshes,” said Nickels.

He also said that major clean-up of debris has taken place since Sandy. “The breaches in the barrier islands have been closed. Most sewage systems are back to operating normally. Debris clean-up is underway and making good progress. Work has recently been started to find and remove debris from local waterways as a result of Sandy.”

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The Outlook’s Exclusive Interview with Dr. Paul Brown

The Outlook’s Editor-In-Chief Brett Bodner spoke with soon-to-be MU President Dr. Paul R. Brown on Monday, March 18.

The Outlook:What drew you to Monmouth?

Dr. Brown:A whole slew of things, I would say. Probably most generally, the comprehensive nature of Monmouth, meaning a full plate of graduate and undergraduate programs and majors. That’s really powerful on both the graduate and undergraduate level, particularly some of the fields of relevance, which hit me really quickly. Of course the great facilities, I mean of course there’s always room for improvement, but there are really wonderful facilities. The school has a really nice location and dimension, as it is located by the shore. I also believe having Division I sports is great. There are similarities in that regard to Lehigh, in fact Monmouth actually plays Lehigh in competitive games like football. Those are probably the strongest reasons and I also can’t help but notice the leadership President Gaffney brought to the University and he has served the University so fine. It is a wonderful place to build from.

The Outlook:What are some of Monmouth’s strengths?

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University Professor Receives Outstanding Human Rights Community Activist Award

Lynda Ziemba of the Department of Political Science and Sociology Receives Award from Kean University


Lynda Ziemba, professor of the University’s Graduate School of Social Work and the Department of Political Science and Sociology, received the Outstanding Human Rights Community Activist Award from the Human Rights Institute at Kean University during the Sixth Annual International Conference on Human Rights on Friday, March 8.

According to Kean University’s website, “The mission of the Human Rights Institute [at Kean University] is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and inspire action to combat these injustices.”

Millie Gonzales, Director of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, said, “Award recipients are chosen based on their personification of the Human Rights Institute’s call to action through one’s invaluable contributions to the advancement of human rights.” As a global community development social worker, Ziemba was honored for her contributions to increase awareness and advancement of human rights, especially in Africa.

Ziemba’s love for Africa began years ago as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). As a part of home-building teams, Ziemba worked to help local communities in Ghana and Uganda.

“I’ve worked with HFHI locally for many years,” said Ziemba. “I enjoy how the organization is run. It gives people a hand-up, not a hand-out.” During the home- building process, local citizens play a huge role in constructing the homes they receive. “I like solidarity as opposed to charity,” she said.

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Bey Hall to Undergo Addition: Pozycki Hall to Open in September of 2014

Addition Will Include Student Lounge, Auditorium, Four Classrooms and Eight Offices

BeyHall1Thanks to a generous donation by Steve Pozycki, CEO of SJP Properties and member of the Board of Trustees of the University, plans have been made for a 20,000 square-foot building addition onto the north side of Bey Hall in order to grant more space for the Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) and the Kislak Real Estate Institute (KREI).

Administrative Services is hoping for a groundbreaking by the end of this May with the project being completed by September 2014. After an approval hearing in front of West Long Branch on March 28, the University can determine when construction may begin.

The addition will be built between Bey Hall and the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC). The two-story building will be linked to Bey Hall and will consist of four general-purpose classrooms that will seat 30 students, a 170-seat auditorium, eight faculty offices, and a student lounge. According to the preliminary plans, which have not been finalized, the open floor plan will appear similar to Bey Hall, with some of the differences being that the common area on the second floor will be 1300 square feet wider and the building will include an outdoor patio.

The addition will not enter the commuter parking lot. Patti Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services, said, “We want to preserve as much green space as possible. I think that this space will lend itself really well to students congregating inside and outside onto the patio.” Swannack also mentioned that since the green space is very wet right now, the drainage will need to be improved before construction begins.

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Norwegian Rat Found in Maplewood Hall

Rat-Photo A Norwegian rat found its way into a bathroom in Maple­wood apartment 2D on Sunday, March 10. Jim Pillar, Associ­ate Vice President for Student Services, said this was the first time anything larger than a field mouse had made its way into one of the buildings on the residential side of campus.

That evening, resident Mi­chael Wick walked into the bathroom to take a shower. He glanced down to the garbage can and to his surprise there was a large rat in the garbage can. “I freaked out a little bit, told one my roommates and he called Carlos and told him we had a little bit of a situation on our hands,” Wick said.

Junior Carlos Guevara was on the other side of Maplewood when he got the phone call. “I didn’t believe him at all at first because I just couldn’t believe that there was a rat in our room and it was overwhelming to see something the size of a small house cat in the garbage can,” Guevara said.

The boys did not notify Resi­dential Life or the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) as they chose to han­dle the situation themselves.

Guevara thought he’d be able to catch the rat in an old iced tea container, but realized the rat was too big to fit in it. In­stead he took an old piece of poster board, provided to him by fellow roommate Carmine Ruocco, and placed it over the garbage can sealing the rat in­side.

Guevara then picked up the garbage can, while holding the poster board in place, and ran outside to release the rat.

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Debate Hawks Win First Ever Tournament in California

debate-hawksThe University Debate Hawks made history in California when they brought home their first major tournament win. Debaters Kelly Craig and Michelle Grushko won the Western Novice Debate Championship in Sacramento, California. This is the first time the debate team has ever won an entire tournament.

The team broke three new records in California. Juniors Samuel Maynard and Lianne Kulik hold the best record that Monmouth Debaters have ever had going undefeated in the preliminary rounds. Captains senior Lexi Todd and sophomore Daniel Roman are the first team to ever make it to the finals on the junior varsity level. The biggest record, however, was broken by junior Kelly Craig and freshman Michelle Grushko when they took home the first place award for Novice, winning the whole tournament.

Todd expressed how proud she was of the team. “The California tournament was a weekend of broken records for Monmouth Debate and I could not be prouder of my team’s accomplishments. We, as well as the rest of the country, learned that Monmouth Debate is no longer just a team of Novice Division debaters who never make it past the first playoff round. Not only can we win tournaments, but we can also compete at the upper division,” said Todd.

Craig stated, “I am still in shock that my incredibly talented partner Michelle Grushko and I won the tournament. It truly made me realize how lucky I am to be a part of a team that is made of people who motivate me to continue to learn more about debate and set new goals.”

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Lehigh’s Dr. Paul R. Brown Named the Eighth President of Monmouth

NewPresThe Board of Trustees named Dr. Paul R. Brown to be the eighth president of the University on Wednesday, March 13. Currently, Brown is the Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University and will take over on August 1 at the University.

The decision was made by the Board of Trustees on February 26 during a special meeting. The reason the announcement was delayed was due to both sides working out the details of the agreement.

“He was always the front runner in our minds going in and he received the unanimous vote to become the eighth president of Monmouth,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Robert Sculthorpe.

Brown looks forward to the opportunity and says he knows what he has to do to be a good president for the University. “This is a capstone activity in my career,” Brown said. “This is what I want to do and this will hopefully be a 10-year run. Presidents are stewards of Universities and you need to be a solid one, who maintains a healthy and vibrant and safe environment.”

During Brown’s time at Lehigh, he managed high levels of enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs as well as recruited and hired faculty at a quick pace that was never done before. He also helped the College of Business and Economics set forth a strategic plan which was approved by the faculty and will set the trajectory of the University for the next 10 years.

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Photography Exhibit Documenting New York City After 9/11 Presented at University

Joel Meyerowitz Aftermath Series on Display at Pollak Gallery Until March 22

MeyerowitzThe University’s Center for the Arts is presenting selected works from the Joel Meyerowitz Aftermath Series, an exhibit documenting New York City after September 11, 2001 through photographs.

After September 11, 2001, the Ground Zero site was classified as a crime scene, and only those directly involved in recovery efforts were allowed inside. With the help of the Museum of the City of New York and certain city officials, award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz obtained unlimited access to the area. The press and other photographers were not as fortunate in gaining unrestricted rights of entry into Ground Zero.

Day and night, for nine consecutive months, Meyerowitz documented “the pile” as the World Trade Center and the estimated 800 people that helped during the recovery process came to be known as. Meyerowitz knew that if he did not make a photographic record of the recovery efforts “there would be no history.”

“Using photography to document history really helps to get an accurate historical perspective on a particular event because it demonstrates physical proof and evidence,” said Harmony Bailey, sophomore history major. “Seeing these pictures of the tragedy that occurred on September 11 really hits home. I remember watching it on television back in third grade and seeing these pictures really brought that reality back.”

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Phi Eta Sigma Welcomes New Members

Last Sunday, 230 of the University freshmen were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma (PES), one of the largest national honors societies in the United States.

Opening remarks were given by Golam M. Mathbor, Associate Dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and faculty advisor for Phi Eta Sigma. He told the first-year students, “Your character is your destiny.”

Lori Mueller, president of PES, spoke in front of inductees and family members about the responsibilities that come with being a part of this national honor society, such as scholastic excellence and impeccable character. Mueller explained the importance of a disciplined mind as well as a well taken care of body. Some other responsibilities given were to always be truthful and helpful, live clean, and have charity when judging others.

The inductees took an oath before being called to the stage. Each student committed to uphold the responsibilities and qualities that come along with being a part of PES. They all stood up and said, “I will,” after being read that they would uphold these responsibilities and qualities in everyday life.

Dr. Michael A. Palladino, Dean of the School of Science and biology professor, took the stage as the guest speaker after all freshmen were inducted. Palladino complimented the students on achieving such a high level of success in their first semester and starting their college career off so well. “Only 20 percent reach the mark,” Palladino said, “You are all leaders of your class; you lead by example and by motivating others.”

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MU Takes a Look at Fire Safety

Since 2000, when Seton Hall’s Boland Hall dorm caught fire killing three students, dorm fire safety has increased dramatically across the country with the hope of preventing another similar tragedy. Universities across the country have made changes called for by federal and state politicians.

Richard J. Orlando, assistant chief of the Brick Township Bureau of Fire Safety, said the Boland fire led to major changes including the installation of fire sprinklers in college dorms, smoking bans in dorms and fire drill participation across the country.

According to Orlando, within six months of the fire, the state Legislature passed legislation requiring New Jersey’s 43 residential colleges and high schools to install fire sprinklers by 2004.

Orlando also said that colleges were now required to report their statistics about fires for the first time. Fire safety advocates also continue to improve fire safety in off-campus housing.

The University Police Department works to eliminate safety hazards by cooperating with various campus departments. In addition to assisting with campus fire safety, Chief Bill McElrath and Captain Dean Volpe also serve on the University Fire and Safety Committee, which meets regularly.

According to Captain Dean Volpe, the University police works with departments across campus to ensure a safe environment on campus

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Jessica Lowe is Not So “Average” After All Names University Student as Runner-Up for Most Average Student Contest

Jessica-LoweJessica Lowe, freshman psychology and English major, was selected as one of four runner-ups in the Average Student Scholarship Contest. Unfortunately, Lowe discovered that she was a little above average to receive such an “average” award, thus she did not receive the $5,000 in winnings. is a comedy website that is based in New York City which features videos, pictures, photographs, and links to comical information. The site uploads material daily and is created by its in-house writing and production team. The company also accepts submissions from users.

Last month, announced a contest to help out the average college student who tends to fall somewhere in the middle academically. Such students aren’t typically rewarded or even recognized for their work, and the company wanted to change that.

Streeter Seidell, editor-in-chief of, has been working with the website for approximately eight years now. “I was thinking about how I never won anything ever. I never received any awards, I never won any scholarships, and I thought it was pretty unfair,” Seidell said.

Seidell was inspired to find the most average student and award them for their “averageness.” “Kids that are at the very top and kids that are at the very bottom receive a lot of financial help, and then there are kids like me, the normal kid that falls in the middle and receives nothing.” received about 2,000 applications, one of these being Lowe. She had signed up to receive notifications regarding scholarship newsletters where she discovered the contest. “I scream average. I am average height. I am average looking. I am an average student. Everything about me is average,” Lowe said.

Lowe applied for this scholarship approximately a month ago, and as any average college student, she submitted her application three minutes before the deadline.

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Fight For the CURE with COREiculum in COREientation

COREiculumCOREiculum will be holding its CORE for a CURE COREientation DVD set release party collaborated with Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) for breast cancer research and education on March 27 in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). At the release party, celebrating the official release on March 25, students and staff can take demo COREses at two separate sessions.

At the “First Period” session, doors will open at 5:00 pm and will include a demo class at 5:30 pm and another at 6:00 pm. For the “Second Period” session, doors will open at 7:30 pm and will include a demo class at 8:00 pm and another at 8:30 pm.

Demo COREses will be offered free of charge. Some of these demo COREses available will be plyometrics, kickboxing and cardio dance. Also at the event, there will be fitness competitions, tips presented for a healthier diet, gift giveaways to local businesses, and a healthy bake sale.

An undetermined portion of the revenue will go to breast cancer research and education, the philanthropy of ZTA. Andrew Stern, University graduate and creator of COREiculum, proposed an idea of collaboration to Carly Swanson, sophomore communication major and Director of Philanthropy for ZTA. She said that she has been working with Katelyn Walsh, junior business major and ZTA sister, to help with the business aspect as they work to expand the event and promote by spreading the word.

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Unruly Behavior in Redwood Hall

Redwood2Residential Life Area Coordinator, Rhya Harris experienced disorderly conduct when the guest of a Redwood resident attempted to kiss her on Friday, March 1 at 3 am. The guest, according to University Administrators, was under the influence of alcohol.

The Coordinator did not know the individual, nor were the actions reciprocated in any way, and upon her outrage, the guest retreated back to the lobby and did not bother her again.

According to Associate Director of Residential Life Mark Holfelder, Harris notified him of the incident “as soon as possible.” The two then screened security cameras in the lobby of Redwood for a positive identification on the perpetrator.

Although a positive identification has been made, it is unclear as to who actually identified the perpetrator. “So we were very prudent in trying to make sure we knew who it was. Once we determined who it was we contacted the police, they came out, between us and the police we kind of figured out who it was. We dealt with the situation,” Holfelder said. “We dealt with the resident whose guest it was and with the guest, within our protocol.”

Harris was available for interview but declined to comment directly.

Residential Life indicated this was something they can handle internally, however, the following Thursday, March 8, they officially notified the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD).

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Does Working Part-Time Prepare You for the Real World?

Jena-Part-Time-JobIn 2011, 19.7 million students were enrolled in undergraduate college, 72 percent of which held jobs as well, according to the United States Census Bureau report. Working a job while in college can be seen as beneficial as well as harmful to a student’s education.

Having a job while in college can prevent students from completing school work, however it can also assist students in time management skills, gaining real life experience, and improving grades, as studies have shown.

“I work 7.5 hours a week for the Phonathon of the Annual Fund at school, but I should work more hours,” Stephanie Rodriguez, junior, said. “A benefit to working while in college is gaining independence, but sometimes it gets in the way of schoolwork because people are too caught up in making money rather than getting an education.”

Patrick O’Halloran, economics professor and Academic Standards and Review Committee (ASRC) member, explained that the type of job obtained and the student’s personal situation determines whether the job is necessary.

“Many have to work to help support themselves or family members. However, if one works so much that they cannot finish school they will likely have to take fewer classes per semester and take longer to graduate than someone who does not work and can take more credits per semester,” said O’Halloran.

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Sequester Cuts to Affect Student Loans

Mandatory federal budget cuts to education programs under the sequester will reduce the amount of financial aid that is given to University students for the upcoming 2013 to 2014 school year. However, the monetary extent of the cutbacks’ effects is unclear at this time, according to University officials.

The sequester, a series of automatic federal spending cuts was triggered on March 1 under provisions in The Budget Control Act of 2011. The act trims $1.2 trillion off the federal budget over the next nine years through funding reductions to a wide array of federal programs, including the military, low-income housing programs, and education programs, such as federal loans and grants to college students.

The most widespread reductions could be seen by the 4,400 University students that receive federal loans, but those reductions would be relatively minuscule, according to Claire Alasio, Director of Financial Aid and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Previously, federal student loans carried an origination fee of one percent of the loan’s gross value, but the fee rose to 1.05 percent for loans distributed after March 1.

“The only students impacted [were] students who did not complete their financial aid paperwork in a timely manner,” Alasio said, adding that approximately 40 students were affected by the change. “To give you a sense of the economic impact, the maximum loan for an undergraduate would be $12,500. The old fee was $125 and the new fee is $131,” she said. “As you can see, this is a minimal impact to students.”

Origination fees on Parental Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loans for parents also increased, from four percent to 4.2 percent. “This would impact about 600 students and their families,” Alasio said. “At this time, we don’t know whether the new origination fees will carry into the 2013-2014 academic year and beyond.”

To date, the increased origination fees appear to be the only concrete details of the sequester’s effects on financial aid distributed to University students. Upwards of the 1,000 University students who receive grants or participate in the federal work study programs will have to wait a little longer to find out how, if at all, their aid will be affected. Details on the cuts to these programs are still murky, and the University is waiting on more specific information from the federal government on their potential reductions.

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First Interfaith Fair Comes to Campus

IFS-logo-bw-02The first Interfaith Fair will come to the University today, Wednesday, March 6 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Anacon Hall, located on the second floor of the Student Center.

The purpose of the Interfaith Fair is to give members of the University community an opportunity to learn more about different faiths around the world. Attendees are able to visit each table and learn about different faiths and faith experiences. Several groups from the University will be hosting tables including individual students highlighting faith experiences such as World Youth Day, Birthright Israel, and the “Diversity is…” project.

President Barack Obama placed an emphasis on the interfaith cooperation and community service during his inauguration. As a result, the University will be involved with Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

According to Obama, the interfaith service involves people from different backgrounds, religious and non-religious coming together to tackle community challenges.

The community challenges range from homelessness to mentoring to the environment, all while building civility between diverse groups. An example Obama used was Protestants, Catholics, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and non-believers building a Habitat for Humanity house together. To do so, he is calling on all institutions of higher education, from community colleges to private four-year colleges, to solve our nation’s greatest challenges.

There are over 250 institutions in the first year of Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. The challenge is to help make the vision of interfaith cooperation a reality on campuses and communities across the country.

Melissa Boege, graduate assistant from the Office of Service Learning and Community Programs, became involved with the challenge as part of her graduate assistantship. Boege, Dr. Saliba Sarsar, director of the Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge at the University, Barbara Nitzberg, International Student Assistant Director, and Marilyn Ward, Director of Service Learning, have been coordinating and organizing the Interfaith Fair at the University.

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President Obama Introduces “College Scorecard”

President Barack Obama’s administration unveiled a new online tool aimed at giving prospective college students a better idea of what individual colleges will cost and whether the financial burden will be worth it.

The “College Scorecard” comes as student debt is at an all-time high, graduates are entering a tough job market, and families are overwhelmed with confusing and sometimes hard-to-find information about costs.

Obama, during his State of the Union address, said families could use the website to figure out “where you can get the most bang for your educational buck,” though some experts criticized the data the administration chose to use.

The site allows consumers to get bare bones information on two and four year colleges and universities, including tuition costs, graduation rates and graduates’ average loan repayment per month. The goal is to eventually include data on graduates’ employment and earnings, part of a push to make colleges more transparent about, and accountable for, student success.

“We know students and families are often overwhelmed in the college search process — but feel they lack the tools to sort through the information and decide which school is right for them,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “The College Scorecard provides a snapshot about an institution’s cost and value to help families make smart decisions about where to enroll.”

Students can search for a specific institution or by factors such as location, size or majors offered. Some of the information is re-purposed from previous Education Department initiatives, such as the College Navigator website that provides much of the same data.

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The Blue and White Go Green

What Makes Monmouth a Green University?

solar_panelsThe University is trying to create a more sustainable environment for future generations. Distinguished by The Princeton Review in 2012, the University is now one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

Three hundred and twenty-two institutes were chosen as 2012’s Green Colleges because The Princeton Review determined they each had a “strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.”

Tony MacDonald, Director of the Urban Coast Institute, said, “While there is a long way to go in making the campus fully sustainable, the campus has made great strides over the past five years.”

The University’s major accomplishments relating to a more sustainable environment have enabled the recognition. MacDonald mentioned that the University has experienced significant energy reduction through the use of solar panels, implementation of single-stream recycling systems, and the cooperative agreement the University has with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Monmouth entered into the Voluntary Agreement with the EPA because we believe that the University has an obligation to educate students beyond the classroom so that they can assume leadership positions in their community, regardless of what they do,” Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, said. “Higher education should not be complicit in the destruction of the environment.” Swannack said the collaboration allows the campus to regularly share their development with the EPA. She explained that a semi-annual report in accordance with the EPA gives the University the opportunity to measure the efforts achieved and assist the campus in setting the right goals.

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Third Annual Communication Career Event Held

The University held its third annual Communication Career Event on Tuesday, February 26 from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm in Wilson Hall.

The Communication Career Event was split into three parts; Information Panels, Résumé Review and Interview Practice and the Networking Event and Internship Fair.

The Information Panels ran from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in various rooms within Wilson Hall. The Résumé Review and Interview Practice took place in the main room of Wilson Hall from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The Networking Event and Internship Fair were also held in the main room from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Organizations that attended the event included HBO, AMC, ESPN, MLB Network, NHL. com, Shamrock Communications, Townsquare Productions, WWE, Flex Magazine and more companies from television, radio, public relations, journalism and communication studies.

Students from every discipline within the Communication Department gathered to Wilson Hall to extend their knowledge of their career opportunities. Students were exposed to University alumni who currently have jobs in the communication field. They were also able to explore new career options, network with professionals in their major and speak with companies about internships and jobs opportunities.

Following the event, many professors asked students what their thoughts of the event were. Brad Brown, senior, said, “I went to the Communication Event as a senior to look for opportunities, either an internship or paid position, to get myself out in the field and be successful right out of Monmouth.”

Brown continued, “I think the event went very well. However, one of the weaknesses was a lack of opportunities in the field of on-air radio broadcasting. I know there are a lot of students looking at on-air broadcasting and it would be good to get those opportunities for those people to be in front of the camera or over the radio.”

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One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, MU Fish

University Bookstore Held “Salute to Seuss Soiree” in Honor of Read Across America Day

DrSeussIn celebration of Read Across America Day, the University bookstore held a “Salute to Seuss Soiree” on Friday, March 1. The bookstore was buzzing with pre-school students and University staff.

Children were given coloring activity packets as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts for older participants to take pictures in. Aramark baked Dr. Seuss-themed cupcakes for the event, The Lorax was played and stacks of Seuss books were available for children to read.

Nikki Hernandez, Assistant Manager of Course Materials at the bookstore, explained that they put the event together to encourage kids to read while having fun. “We all love to read, and not just because we work at the bookstore,” Hernandez said.

There were five guest staff readers including Stanley Blair, English professor, and Claude Taylor, Athletics Professor-in-Residence. The readings ended with a surprise visit from “Cindy Lou Who,” played by Barbara Coleman, bookstore employee.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for his children’s books written under the pen name Dr. Seuss. He published 46 children’s books during his lifetime and March 2, his birthday, is now celebrated as Read Across America Day.

While the event was Seuss-themed, any children or reader’s favorite book could be read.

The Seuss books “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” “Mr. Brown Cow Can Moo! Can You?” and an excerpt from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” were all read.

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SGA Gives Hawks a Chance to Paint Together

The Rebecca Stafford Student Center Welcomes a Mural Painted by Students

muralA new mural painted by University students will soon add a splash of color to the walls of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center dining area.

The Student Government Association (SGA) conceived the mural idea, and with the help of a local artist, the painting evolved into a representation of the University community and the concept of working together.

SGA devised a project where everyone on campus could participate and be a part of its creation, according to Heather Kelly, assistant director of student activities for multicultural and diversity initiatives. “[The mural] could be designed by students and employees at Monmouth University but be painted by the whole of Monmouth University,” Kelly said.

The mural depicts a colorful sunset spread across three canvases with a larger one as the centerpiece. “The mural itself is going to be a depiction of a beach at sunset and hawks flying together off into the distance,” Kelly explained.

Students painted in ten minute intervals near the fireplace in the Student Center dining room. Painting was scheduled for February 27 and 28 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The sign-up sheet was booked solid. Kelly added that groups of ten to 20 students simply showed up throughout the day and got in on the painting. Usually five students would work at a time on the mural.

Andrew Herzer, a business major who helped render the design, plans to add the hawks and final touches to the finished product. With colorfully stained sweatpants, Herzer showed a passion for art and directed students in how to apply the paint to the canvas. Dark blues and purples laid a deep contrast against the golden yellow and orange hues. An intricate web of artistic design forms a border around the sunset providing a dark frame for the array of color. SGA brought the idea to Herzer and they worked together to develop the final concept of the mural.

“I think it’s really cool how they’re getting everyone involved,” Herzer said. “I really was impressed with the turnout.” A full-time student and working artist, Herzer added that the painting turned out better than he expected.

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“Forever Unloved Sandy” Beer Released to Raise Money for Hurricane Victims

FU-SandyThe Flying Fish Brewing Company released a special brew of beer called Forever Unloved (F.U.) Sandy to help aid victims of Superstorm Sandy. So far, the company has raised over $45,000 for charity and hopes to get the number up to $50,000 when all is said and done.

“After the storm, we wanted to do something as a fundraiser but we weren’t sure what to do because we had just moved our brewery and our production was not up to speed,” said President and Founder of The Flying Fish Brewing Company Gene Muller. “Once we did, we decided to do what we do best, which is brew beer.”

Muller said he wanted to make a summer beer for the winter. The recipe of the beer consists of 50 percent wheat and 50 percent malt. “People always identify the wheat beers for summer, so we gave it a little more body and upped the alcohol a little bit to give it more of a hop bite and make it fit in better with the cold weather.”

The Flying Fish Brewing Company website said the F.U. Sandy beer is: “Brewed with a 50/50 blend of Two Row Pale Malt and American White Wheat. It is hopped with experimental hop ADHA 483, donated by the American Dwarf Hop Association, which has never been used in a beer. Muller and Head Brewer Casey Hughes expect a beautiful, tropical nose of mangoes and guavas that will accentuate the beer’s soft mouth feel and contribute to a truly one-of-a-kind ale.”

The company sold 86 kegs of the beer to local New Jersey bars, including local Long Branch bars, Jack’s Goal Line Stand, McLoone’s and the Draft House. The beer has received a mostly positive response and many locations, like Jack’s and McLoone’s, are already sold out of it.

“The F.U. Sandy beer was very popular here and people absolutely loved it,” said Brian Nazzaro, McLoone’s Bar Manager. “It actually tasted like a summer ale IPA.”

Alex Stefan, University alumnus and a bartender at Jack’s Goal Line Stand, said the beer sold very quickly from the moment it arrived. “From the moment we tapped it, it took less than five days to kick the keg,” Stefan said. “Five days is ridiculously quick to finish an entire keg.”

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University Students Research Paper Published in the Journal of International Relations

Paper Examines the 2001 Economic Crisis of Argentina

Research-Paper-Students-PhotoSamuel Maynard and Alexandria Todd, junior and senior political science majors, were selected earlier this month for publication in the Journal of International Relations after examining the domestic and international facets of the 2001 Argentine economic crisis.

The team found out about their paper’s acceptance on Sunday, February 3. “Chaos, Pure and Simple: Examining the Complexities of the 2001 Economic Crisis in Argentina,” will be published in the Journal in March 2013 and was selected for publication by a double-bind, peer review process, according to a member of the editorial board at the Journal of International Relations.

The source continued, “Its [the piece’s] innovate perspective and analytic strength in examining an important issue in international relations and political economy made it a perfect fit for the Journal of International Relations. It has been a pleasure for the Journal's staff to work with the authors in readying the piece for publication.”

Maynard and Todd both took Dr. Ken Mitchell’s Argentine Politics class during the fall semester and had to complete a paper on a topic of Argentine politics that they found interesting before departing on a two-week cultural trip to Buenos Aires.

“Dr. Mitchell, the encouraging academic that he is, mentioned that if we wanted to attempt to submit our paper for publication that we would be permitted to write the paper with a partner,” said Todd. “Samuel [Maynard] and I decided to join forces to increase our chances for publication. Plus, two of our friends in the class had decided to partner up for the project, and we love friendly competition.”

The Argentine politics class incorporated readings and lectures involving Spanish colonization and examined political party, economic, social and cultural development up until the most recent administration under Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

“Lexi [Todd] and Sam [Maynard] analyzed a complex event, the Argentine sovereign default of 2001, which is the largest national default in history,” said Mitchell. “It sent shock waves across the international financial system, and in part paved the way for the current troubles in Greece, Portugal and Ireland. It also marked the end of Washington's neoliberal, pro-Cold War experiment in Latin America because no country embraced this model more than Argentina during the 1990s - and look where they [Argentina] ended up.”

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Task Force to Create New Calendar

The University has created a task force in October that may be enforcing a new schedule this upcoming fall which will change both the academic calendar as well as time frames. Speaking to a room of 18 students and professors this past Monday, Chair of the Political Science and Sociology Department Joe Patten addressed what he, along with 14 other University professors and students hope to pass. “The problem is simple in that Labor Day causes these issues. If you cannot start earlier and you want to end earlier, there is nothing you can do but change,” Patten said.

The schedule was created due to our unusual regional predicament. Because of the University’s location, students and faculty cannot start the academic year until Labor Day due to summer rentals. With this late start and the required 15 weeks in accordance with federal policy, the University’s fall semester tends to end around December 23 which is highly unfavorable to most attached to the University.

One of the most popular aspects discussed at the meeting was the new schedule’s addition of Wednesday to Thanksgiving Break. Along with this change, the task force believes the school should have off on a Monday and Tuesday in October for fall break annually. According to Patten, the University has had some fall breaks that were only one day while other years’ calendars included no fall breaks. If approved, the two permanent breaks in fall will perfectly coincide with the spring semester’s spring break. Furthermore, the alternate calendar will have the University’s 2013-2014 school year begin on a Wednesday rather than a Tuesday. Patten made sure it was well known that “the framing system in the spring will also be changed for consistency issues.”

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Dr. Robert P. Kirshner Educates Students on the Universe

At the fourth annual Dean’s Seminar hosted by the School of Science on Friday, Feb. 22, Dr. Robert P. Kirshner, Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University, lectured on how the universe is not only expanding, but accelerating in the process.

“We thought we could measure that effect by looking at objects nearby and far away and seeing how fast they are receding from us,” Kirshner said. Therefore, if the universe is slowing down, the rate of its expansion must have been faster in the past than it is now or it could be that it is speeding up where the opposite would hold true. The measurements of distances and velocities of light emitted from exploding stars known as supernovae support the latter theory.

As a nearby supernova occurs, its light travels to us through space at 300,000 kilometers per second. If the universe is speeding up during the time the light is in flight, it stretches out more, increasing the distance traveled, thereby causing the supernova to appear a little dimmer. If the universe is slowing down however, the light traveling to you would travel a shorter path and the supernova would seem a little brighter.

This is in accordance with the Doppler Effect which accounts for the difference between observed frequency and emitted frequency between an observer and a source, respectively. For instance, as an ambulance approaches you, you hear a high-pitched siren with an elevated observed frequency with respect to the emitted frequency. As the ambulance passes you, a lower pitched siren is heard with a lower corresponding frequency. The same applies to supernovae. As the light from a receding supernova approaches us, as in the expansion of the universe, a smaller light frequency, or a higher wavelength is observed, in a phenomenon known as a red-shift.

In relation to the rate of the universe’s expansion exceeding the speed of light, “There is no riddle of relativity,” Kirshner said. “What relativity tells you is that one object cannot pass another object at the speed of light.”

He added that the overall expansion can make it so that the expansion itself is going faster than the speed of light meaning that far away, objects are increasingly red-shifted so they get dimmer and the energy of each photon decreases so eventually you cannot see them at all.

“We know that there is evidence that the expansion of the universe, which people have known about since the 1930’s, is speeding up,” Kirshner said. “Everyone expected it to slow down due to gravity, but it’s speeding up. So there must be some other component of the universe that causes that…we call it dark energy.”

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The Writing Center Pairs Up with Asbury Park Middle School

Students Engage in Pen Pal Program to Improve Writing Skills

The Writing Center is teaming up with fifth-grade students at Asbury Park Middle School in a pen pal program which consists of 17 University members including undergraduate students, graduate students and professors. The University and Asbury Park Middle School sent letters to one another on February 14 in a Valentine’s Day project and the program will continue until May.

This is the “pilot semester” for the program, making it so the partnerships are currently only available to writing assistants employed at the Writing Center. However, Asbury Park Middle School has several other partnerships with the University that other students can be a part of.

The University’s Writing Center is a free resource to all students that helps in all aspects from writing good thesis statements to different types of formatting. However, Neva Lozada, Assistant Director of Writing Services, had more aspirations for the writing assistants.

Lozada became interested in a service learning initiative that the Writing Center could participate in. She found an article that described a pen pal project that other writing centers across the country such as the City University of New York, Eastern Pennsylvanian University and Saint Cloud State University were involved in. “I knew it would be a perfect fit for us here at Monmouth,” Lozada said.

Sarah Rimassa, English and elementary education major, is helping Lozada run the pen pal program and couldn’t agree more with Lozada’s statement. “I thrive off of working with children, so when Neva asked me to help her run the program I was thrilled,” she said. Rimassa hopes to obtain experience in her field and help inspire young writers in the local community. Lozada and Rimassa hope that this is the start to a long-living program.

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Sheila McAllister Named President of New Jersey Communication Association

Third University Professor to Be Awarded This Title

Sheila McAllister, public relations professor, was recently named the President of the New Jersey Communication Association (NJCA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the exchange of information in communication research.

“I have been a member of NJCA since 2005 and I have worked with various committees. I worked my way up the ladder and I am so thrilled to now be able to say that I am the President of NJCA,” said McAllister.

McAllister serves as the director of the University’s graduate program in corporate and public communication as well as the faculty advisor to the University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Victoria Day, sophomore and current student in McAllister’s communication research methods class, said, “It is no surprise that McAllister was awarded the title of President of NJCA. Her credentials and overall experience in the communication field goes above and beyond that of the average professor. You can definitely tell that her heart is in communication and she is more than deserving of this title.”

NJCA is a network of people dedicated to the understanding and management of communication. It promotes and recognizes the need to excel in communication research and application at a scholarly and professional level. According to the NJCA website, one of its main missions is “to advocate for the development and implementation of communication education at all levels of curricula.”

“As president, I will encourage students to prosper in the field of communication,” said McAllister. “I will especially urge students to attend the NJCA conference on April 20 at Fairleigh Dickinson University, which is an event that students can participate in by submitting papers and forming panels. Not only will students make connections with other emerging communication professionals at Monmouth, but various people involved in communication everywhere.”

There are other key executive positions in NJCA that are currently being held by other communication professors at the University, including Vera Towle as the Internet Relations Director, Mary Harris as the Public Relations Director, Chad Dell as the At-Large and Victoria Jordan as the Undergraduate Student Representative.

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Annual Giving Rates of Alumni Increase

phonathonThe alumni donation rate at the University slightly exceeded the national average for colleges and universities in the United States during the 2012 fiscal year.

Lucille Flynn, Associate Vice President for University Advancement, said the University’s participation rate of solicited donors was 9.4 percent for the 2012 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. A press release issued by the Council for Aid to Education on February 20 cited the results of its annual Voluntary Support of Education survey, which showed the national percentage of alumni who donate to their alma maters was 9.2 percent for the 2012 fiscal year.

The University’s alumni participation rate has steadily increased over the last decade, according to Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services. Nagy, who has worked at the University for more than 25 years, said the rise in donation rates has correlated with the University’s ascension in national attention, expanded extra-curricular offerings and an increase of resident students.

“The student experience at Monmouth University now is very different than it was in the last 15 to 20 years,” Nagy said, and added that the University has been ranked in the Princeton Review’s annual “The Best 377 Colleges” guide eight years in a row.

“We're now much more of a residential campus,” she said. “When you have 2,000 students living with you, getting involved in activities, clubs, organizations and working more on campus, they develop a bonding experience with the campus that, in the long run, has a direct effect on giving and how they feel about the University.”

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The Guggenheim Library is Awarded Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Collection

The Guggenheim Library was one of 840 libraries and state humanity councils throughout the United States selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes a collection of 25 books and three films structured around five major theme areas, introducing the University to a culture outside of their familiar boundaries.

“I first saw the announcement for the ‘Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys’ grant in one of the American Library Association’s weekly newsletters,” said Elenora Dubicki, associate librarian.

The collection is built on five major theme areas: American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith and Points of View.

These themes were designed to engage the power of humanities encourage the understanding of and respect for individuals with diverse heritages and cultures within the United States and abroad, according to the American Library Association (ALA).

ALA also introduced each theme with an essay written by a Muslim Journeys national project scholar and a complementary list of books for further reading and discussion points.

American Stories explains Muslim culture in the United States since colonial times. The stories throughout this collection draw attention to various religious, cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds and how they’ve shaped community identities.

Linked histories with the Muslim culture are explained through the Connected Histories collection and introduce ways of understanding a shared past between the West and Islam.

The Literary Reflections, on the other hand, introduce stories and religious texts for readers to understand the inspiration that Muslims find in their history and daily lives. It details Muslim ethics, governance, knowledge and identity, along with their cultural and spiritual needs.

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RHA Hosts the Annual Winter Ball in Woodrow Wilson Hall

WinterBall-by-Jess-CalabroThe Residence Hall Association’s annual Winter Ball was held this past Saturday, February 16 in Woodrow Wilson Hall which ran from 8:00 pm until 12:00 am. Students from all different majors attended the sold-out event.

As students began pouring in for the festivities, they were greeted with pulsing dance music and a colored laser light display, which bathed the mansion in a glowing purple hue. An assortment of white couches, stools, and a hand-full of tables awaited the crowd further into the building, keeping with the “cocktail party” theme that the RHA was aiming for, while also providing much needed room for socializing and dancing for the many of students in attendance.

Eric Mochnacz, RHA supervisor and Pier Village area coordinator, mentions that the organization was a little worried about how the students might react to the ball’s change in format from a sit-down type dinner to a cocktail party. “Without having the built in dinner break, students were still able to dance and lounge around or if they wanted or they could go and eat.”

Mochnacz continued, “We wanted to make sure that we could have higher attendance with a lesser cost to the student. So, in effect, RHA ended up assuming a majority of the cost for event, whereas in years past, students covered the cost of their meal with ticket sales. We reduced the price for tickets, so that it would appeal to a larger population, while assuming a larger cost for the organization.”

He goes on to note that because of these price changes and cost coverings that made the chance of no Winter Ball a real threat. “However, we had the full support for University Administration in the change, including Vice President Mary Anne Nagy, who without her never ending support, the event may have never happened,” states Mochnaz.

All of the planning and risks paid off in the end. During the beginning portion of the event, black-clothed waiters navigated the furniture scattered around the floor with hors’deurves on silver platters, ranging from popcorn chicken to miniature crab cakes to even tomato soup shooters. This was all for students to pick at until the buffet was opened, which held an assortment of foods from a build-your-own hamburger slider station, to a macaroni and cheese bar and even a Chinese food station where classic favorites like vegetable low mien awaited.

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Off-Campus Living for Students on the Beach

University Purchases Diplomat Apartments

BluffsThe application deadline for off-campus housing in Pier Village and University Bluffs is March 1.

Pier Village and the University Bluffs, formerly known as the Diplomats, are University sponsored apartment-style off-campus housing for juniors and seniors. Sophomores also have the opportunity to apply in the event that the spots are not filled. The Bluffs house 152 students and Pier Village houses 112.

According to Eric Mochnacz, University Area Coordinator, the University purchased the University Bluffs this fall. Located on Ocean Avenue, the building now has a sign with the University logo on it. “With a new beginning comes a new name,” Mochnacz said.

The University Bluffs is located on the waterfront and they house two people per apartment. According to Mochnacz, contracts can be either nine months or eleven months, allowing the students the opportunity to stay in July and August and take summer classes or enjoy the beach.

Pier Village offers beachfront condos with an eleven month contract beginning in June and extending through the school year. “There is no extra charge for staying during a break period,” said Mochnacz.

Mochnacz explained that the only requirements to apply are a 2.5 GPA and a clean judicial record for a year because each complex is shared with non-student tenants. “Your next door neighbors could be families so we are looking for students who are respectful to their neighbors,” he said.

The application is separate from on-campus housing. To apply, go to the Residential Life website and select the link for the sponsored housing application. When filling it out, students can request where to live.

There is no lottery system. Mochnacz reviews each application and tries to place students as best as he can.

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Alumni Association Recognizes Past Alumni’s Children

Two Students Receive One-Year $1,000 Scholarship Annually

The University’s Alumni Association sponsors a one-year $1,000 scholarship for children of the University’s alumni. Established in 1992, the scholarship is given out each year to two students who have a parent that is a Monmouth alumnus.

Marilynn Perry, Director of Alumni Affairs, said, “They [the University] felt it was important to show their appreciation to the alumni for sending their own children to Monmouth.”

“It just says a lot of how these graduates felt about their experience here if they want their kids to come. Then, it must be a pretty great place,” Perry added.

According to Perry, the Alumni Association wanted to show their gratitude to those parents by giving them money towards their child’s tuition. But the Association doesn’t have unlimited funds- they figured they could come up with $1,000 yearly to award to a student.

Once the Association was able to get a little more money, they decided they could do two scholarships and can now start to look at incoming students as well.

According to Perry, a student can only receive this scholarship once and the scholarship is for undergraduates only.

Stephanie Cunha, senior double major in English and early childhood education, said that after graduating and starting a family she would think about sending her child to Monmouth. “It’s a great university with amazing professors,” Cunha said.

Perry explained that in an effort to spread the word they placed an advertisement in the The Outlook, applications were placed in offices around campus, and e-mails were sent to the students. The Public Relations Office wrote a press release for local newspapers and local high school guidance counselors were given applications for incoming students.

“Information is included in the newsletter we send to alumni,” Elizabeth Esten, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs, said.

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MU Donates to Union Beach in Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Union-BeachUniversity students from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the education honors society, and the International Reading Association (IRA) collaborated to raise money and collect school items to donate to the Union Beach Memorial School (UBMS) on February 7. The school, which includes students from pre-school to eighth grade, was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

The University students held a bake sale to raise money for the school and asked University faculty and students for donations this past January. “Over 16 different MU departments donated school supplies,” Mary Brennan, KDP Counselor and Specialist Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership said. “Countless staff, students and faculty of MU contributed supplies. The members of KDP held a bake sale in the front hall of McAllan Hall for seven days and raised over $1000.”

Brennan was the head of the operation. She reached out to the UBMS and she contacted University faculty and students, United Way, the Methodist Church and a Girl Scout troop to ask for assistance. Each organization was able to contribute items for the school.

The UBMS has been improving over the past few months but is still in need of supplies. “Currently, our school is still being cleaned and fixed due to the Hurricane,” said Nicole Conforti, Reading Specialist at the UBMS.

“We lost everything from desks, chairs, computers, books, pencils, etc. We have some issues when it rains or snows because the roof is badly damaged but we do the best we can,” Conforti continued.

The KDP and IRA raised money and collected items throughout January and the first week of February. With the money that the students received from the bake sale, they were able to buy the remaining items from the UBMS wish list that were not donated.

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The University and Antigua Medical School Enter Partnership

AntiguaThe University signed an articulation agreement with the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) on December 17. The agreement will create a new opportunity for graduating science majors to attend medical school upon graduation.

“This new agreement gives Monmouth University students the ability to attend medical school at AUA if they meet the qualifications of our affiliation agreement (biology or chemistry major with a 3.25 GPA or higher and a 20 or higher total score on the MCAT),” Dr. Dorothy Lobo, the Co-Director of the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee (PPHAC) said. “There is no limit on the number of seats available to MU.”

The qualification also lists that the students cannot have a D or F grade in any subjects on their transcript. The students will need to apply during their sophomore year at the University to receive approval in the program. Also, the student must successfully complete an interview with the University and an AUA admission officer and submit a letter of recommendation.

“AUA is a well-respected institution among international medical schools,” Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science said. “This agreement provides an excellent opportunity for eligible biology and chemistry majors to pursue a M.D. degree. We look forward to a long-standing collaboration with AUA,” said Palladino.

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Dr. Neil Graves Hosts Oxford and London Summer Trip

LondonOxfordThis summer, students are welcome to join Dr. Neil Graves abroad to England for ten days while taking a three-credit course called EN398/HS398, Literature of the English Civil War.

The summer trip has been around for the last two years and is based out of London and Oxford. Students will be staying at Oxford University College, according to Graves. The course offered for this trip can be used to fulfill a LIT General Education requirement, an English elective, a history elective, or a free elective, according to Graves.

“This is an unique opportunity as people cannot normally stay within Oxford University College,” Graves said. “This is possible because I am an alumnus of Oxford University College, having studies for my Ph.D. there, as well as having been a professor there.”

The students who spend a semester abroad in London stay at Regent’s College, Graves said. “Being at Oxford University College is a privilege and it is a wonderful part of this study trip that students get to experience this in person by staying there.”

Students do not have to only stay in London and Oxford. “This trip is designed so that the whole group [participates in] activities together in the mornings,” Graves said. “These include some of the wonderfully entertaining places and cultural events of the UK.” Graves added that in the afternoon students were able to organize their own plans, with help if they needed or wanted. During the weekend, he assisted students in traveling to other places.

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Final Presidential Candidate Visits the University

Dr. Stanley Preczewski, Vice President for Academic Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinette College

presidentDr. Stanley Preczewski, presidential candidate, opened up his presentation to faculty and students by introducing himself as ‘Stas’, giving students a sense of who he is, what he has experienced, and what he could offer if ultimately selected as the next President of the University.

Preczewski currently serves as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). He has also served as the Interim President of Georgia College & State University, along with multiple positions with the United States Military Academy at West Point for 11 years.

Questions about athletics, Greek life, extracurricular activities, commuter parking situations and academics buzzed throughout Wilson Auditorium and Preczewski acknowledged each issue while listening to each student’s concerns.

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Relay for Life Planning is Underway

397 Participants Already Registered

Relay for Life spreads awareness and raises much needed funds for research to save lives from cancer. Every year, more than four million people in over 20 countries participate in Relay for Life.

The University, being a part of this global phenomenon, shows its compassion through the students who participate in the event. This year, the students who are bringing Relay for Life to campus are hoping for about 500 participants. There are already 397 participants that have registered with the event two months away, taking place on April 25.

Relay for Life will be held in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). It is an overnight event of games and music starting Friday afternoon going into Saturday morning. Some of the games include dodgeball, Wii games, relay races and scavenger hunts. There will possibly be live music to keep everyone entertained. Along with games, they have ceremonies to remember the true meaning behind the event, which is to raise money to find a cure for cancer. There will be a Luminaria ceremony, which is held to remember those who have lost their battles with cancer and a Fight Back ceremony to rally everyone together to become empowered and inspired to find a cure.

Jenna Tshudy, junior history and secondary education major and Colleges Against Cancer co-chair, said that they hope to raise $60,000 this year. All of the money that Colleges Against Cancer raises goes to the American Cancer Society. It is used for cancer treatment and research. They provide free information, resources and services for cancer patients and their families. Proceeds also go to Look Good… Feel Better, which is an organization that provides women with wigs and teaches them how to apply makeup after they lose hair from chemotherapy.

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Provost Thomas Pearson Hosts Guided Tour of Russia

Trip Will Run for the Fifth Time Since 1986


Provost Thomas Pearson will host a guided tour of Russia and Ukraine for the fifth time that will last from May 25 until June 7. For about $4,500, 19 people can join the tour, usually consisting of three to four students, University alumnus, University faculty, and several friends of the University, making for a diverse group of travelers. Currently, nine spots are open.

According to Pearson, the destinations on the tour cover the whole spectrum of Russia and Ukraine’s history. The trip begins with Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and the origin of Russian development and Christianity. Next, the group will visit the “Golden Ring” cities, Vladimir and Suzdal, which became the new centers of Russian life following the fall of Kiev in the thirteenth century.

After, the group will visit Moscow, the capital of the country from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Pearson said that Moscow represents the “Hollywood, New York City, and Washington, D.C.” of Russia because it has 14 million residents and it is the city where Russians strive to live based on its wealth. More billionaires live in Moscow than any other city in the world.

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Winter Storm Nemo Finds MU

snowWinter Storm Nemo caused the cancellation of classes last Friday starting at 2:30 pm and all Saturday, while dropping nine inches of snow on the West Long Branch area and accumulations over two feet in parts of Connecticut.

President Paul G. Gaffney II explained that on Thursday at noon when he stood in front of 300 faculty members and said that the storm was supposed to be light, only a couple of inches. He assured everyone that no one was going to go home early and in response received a big sigh from the staff.

However, the University did wind up closing. Gaffney, who once was a meteorologist and oceanographer, stated that he was constantly watching the weather forecast and noticed they were changing as it was getting close to the day of the storm. “That got my attention because they had been saying for two days one to three [inches] and all of a sudden now it’s three to six [inches],” he said.

This was when he called the other Vice Presidents and told them that they all needed to keep an eye on Winter Storm Nemo overnight.

Bill McElrath, Chief of Police, stated that during storms, there is a “Storm Watch” policy that they follow. He said, “The purpose of the policy is to make sure that all major parts of the University (the Provost Office, Student Services, Facilities Management and the police) are all aware of the storm and are working together to prepare for the storm.”

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University Inherits California Home

mucaliforniahomeThe University’s endowment increased by one million dollars after a home in California that was given to the school by two major players in the soap opera “General Hospital” was sold.

The house, located in Rancho Mirage, CA was owned by Gloria and Norma Monty, sisters. Gloria was the executive producer for “General Hospital,” while Norma headed the show’s writing team.

The money that was added to the endowment was invested, according to Vice President Grey Dimenna. “A portion of those investment earnings are used to support numerous University programs, including scholarships for students,” he said.

“The use of each endowment fund is determined by the original source of the funds,” William Craig, Vice President for Finance, said. “Endowments that were donated are expended based on the specifications of the donor. In this case, the proceeds of the investment per the donors’ wishes will go to offset costs for the Communication building and equipment,” he added.

Donna Dolphin, communication professor, said the University courted Gloria and Norma as philanthropists who could possibly donate and develop relationships with the University. Along with the donation of their home, they served on the University’s Communication Advisory council where they provided their insights on the development of Jules Plangere Center’s television studio.

“Usually donors are not that involved, but they were,” Dolphin said. She said she recognized the women through their professional accomplishments when they came to take a tour of the school.

“When television was all live and when the world of work was all men, there was this woman, Gloria, who stood ten feet tall, one of the first woman directors of television,” Dolphin said.

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The Library Unveils New Website

NewLibWebsiteThe University library’s website received a technological makeover during winter break.

Dean of the Library, Dr. Ravindra Sharma, stated that the website was in need of a change that would benefit students and faculty. Sharma insisted that his habit is to keep up with technology, so when he saw other universities were updating their library websites, he knew it was time to do the same.

According to Matthew Doyle, the Interim Systems Librarian as well as the Reference and Instruction Librarian, the last update to the site was back in 2006. Doyle and Sharma both agreed that the new site should provide easier access to library reference materials. “We are trying to service the overall user experience and usability in the site,” Doyle said.

The updated version includes highlighted library news, a newer mobile version and a live chat for reference questions. Chat reference will be available on Monday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Tuesday will be 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Wednesday will be 3:00 to 9:00 pm and Thursday will be 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Students and faculty will now be able to direct their questions to a librarian right from their computer.

The library mobile version launched a year and a half ago when Doyle was initially hired at the University. It was a “dumbed, downed mobile version,” Doyle said. The mobile usability now has been enhanced to fit different mobile device screens and provide easier navigation. “Now you have a fully functional mobile site,” he said. Students and faculty can use their smart phones to access the library from any location.

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Dr. Donald H. Sebastian Speaks to Students About Being the Next Potential President

SebastianDr. Donald H. Sebastian, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) attended The University as a presidential candidate on January 29.

“I have never met a group of people that all have great things to say about their school,” stated Sebastian about the University students.

Roksana Rahman, freshman biology major, asked Sebastian what originally attracted him to the University. Sebastian explained that he would love to be a part of a university that is already at a high academic role that has excellent facilities and an even better student body.

The students found that Sebastian has a lot of great ideas to bring to the University such as groups for graduates and a peer group. Sebastian explained that the groups for graduates program would help graduating students find jobs. Another program he’d be interested in bringing to the University is a peer group for students. The group is to assist students that are more than capable of achieving good grades but lack dedication in school work and tend to socially isolate themselves.

Sebastian expressed his interest in attending University campus activities. “I would love to attend on campus activities,” Sebastian said. He explained that not only will attending activities be great for himself, but also for his family.

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Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University Visits Campus

Dr. Paul Richard Brown is One of the Four Potential Presidential Candidates

Dr-BrownDr. Paul Richard Brown, Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania presented himself in Wilson Auditorium as a potential presidential candidate on Feb. 1 at 5 pm.

Eager to relax the nervous tension in the room, Brown asked the students to introduce themselves by providing their major and year in college. In addressing each student, Brown found ways to make the conversation more personal by relating tidbits of his own life with what students told of themselves.

He reassured students that it was all right to be undecided of what they wanted to major in. He explained that he found himself ‘major-less’ for too long in college. “I got in trouble with the Dean of Students,” Brown said.

Brown graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, which he recalled several times during the visit. He also received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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“Monmouth Compliments” Launches on Facebook

MUCompA new Facebook page, “Monmouth Compliments,” has been created to help anyone who is a part of the University community express praises secretly without being judged.

The creator of the Facebook page, who is a sophomore but asked to remain anonymous, said, “The page is meant for people to send in their compliments, a friendly message or an inside joke even; but anonymously, so that way people are free to say what they feel without feeling like they will be judged, which tends to stop a lot of people from speaking their minds on things.”

An example of a post that can be found on the page is: “I hope every single one of you reaches your goals this semester, it’s gonna be a great one! Live it up like never before - a student like you.”

The creator explained that this was something he/she had never done before. The idea for “Monmouth Compliments” came from the creator seeing a similar page made by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The creator said, “I saw how happy the page was making people [at TCNJ] and I love making people smile. I wanted to do something different than what had already been done here at Monmouth. So, I thought taking the idea and making it MU would be a way for me to make the campus a better place.”

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Need a Good Workout?

University Welcomes New Daily Fitness Program

fitness 1 30 13The new fitness program at the University began last week to kick students into shape this spring semester.

Classes are offered every weekday. There is currently no set schedule. Each week, students will be updated via email and can be followed @monmouthrec on Twitter.

“Make sure you have the right form,” said Justine Racaza, University fitness instructor at the Core 4 Sure class. “In order to get the most out of the exercise you must position your body correctly.”

The class is designed to benefit busy college students that need a quick workout before returning to schoolwork. The class is run by University students that are dealing with the same schedules, workload and stresses as us all.

Throughout the classes, the instructors choose exercises that are accessible for all students. “I like to give everyone time to do each exercise rather than give them a set number to do,” said Racaza. “This way, they dictate their speed and the number of reps they want to or can do.”

There are currently six different classes to choose from which are Boot Camp, Zumba, Balance and Burn, Core 4 Sure, Butt Blast, Biggest Loser, and Yoga. A majority of the classes are held in the Boylan South gym and a few are offered in the Multipurpose Activity Center. Locations may vary in the future.

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How Many MU Students Are Getting Hired After Graduation?

HiringRates“Welcome to McDonalds, can I take your order?” This is a phrase we all fear after spending the past four years doing all of the right things in college with hopes that a job will appear after graduation.

It was reported by the American Department of Labor on February 1 that there are 12.3 million unemployed people in the United States. The unemployment rate is 7.9 percent and has been near that level since September 2012.

The media has overwhelmingly continued to report on the unemployment rate among college graduates. A New York Times editorial from June 2012 said that in the past year, unemployment among college graduates under age 25 has averaged 8.5 percent. This is an improvement from 9.5 percent in 2011, but still much higher than 5.4 percent in the year before the Great Recession struck at the end of 2007.

Though the unemployment rate in America remains high, statistics show that the University graduates are beating the odds. William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said that of those who sought employment, nearly half, or 46 percent, of the class of 2012 had a job within a month or less. Within four months, 80 percent of those seeking employment had found a job. Only eight percent reported taking six months or more to find a job.

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Students Meet Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, the First Presidential Candidate

dr f javier cevallosDr. F. Javier Cevallos, one of the four candidates vying for the position as the University’s next president, talked to students last Friday, January 25 at 5:00 pm.

Cevallos, who was born in Ecuador, has been the first Hispanic president of Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania since 2002. Cevallos has expressed interest in becoming the University’s next president because of his belief that it was time to move to a new place and allow new ideas to travel.

“After a certain time,” Cevallos said when asked why he wished to become the next president, “it is time to move on and let someone else come in. It’s important to the University.” He admitted that this was what he was doing with his own university and alleged that this was also what President Paul G. Gaffney II was doing as well. “Monmouth is moving in the right direction and has many good programs. It is also a beautiful place and a beautiful campus.”

For students interested in what plans Cevallos may have for the University, Cevallos confessed that he does not know enough about the school and has not had the time to learn about whatever issues may be present.

“The University seems to be in good shape,” Cevallos said. “One of the challenges [my school] has had is the cost of education. I will have to work with the institution to learn about what challenges we face.”

One student asked what Cevallos could do to help with school spirit. Cevallos agreed that school spirit is an important aspect of a college experience and said that some of the things that help spirit are school sports and traditional events such as spring festivals, as it brings people to the campus. Homecoming, Cevallos recognized, is a big tradition among students and can also bring spirit, but students do have to be creative.

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Your First Step in Becoming a Success

Openings Available in Career Search Class

Currently, openings for Career Search, a one-credit course offered by Career Services which teaches skills such as resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, and writing cover letters are still available and open to juniors and seniors of all majors.

LC 300-50, Career Search, is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm and is taught by Tracey Dubey, an adjunct professor at the University, who worked in the Human Resources department as the Manager of Recruiting and Staffing from 1998 to 2007. Besides being an adjunct professor at the University, she has also worked part-time as Recruiting Coordinator for Northwestern Mutual in Wall Township since 2010. She has taught Career Search for several years.

Dubey said that besides teaching the imperative job searching skills to students, she also brings in outside speakers who can provide insight into the scary and looming world of job searching.

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said that the class has been taught for over 15 years and grew out of a need that was recognized by Career Services. Dubey said that throughout the years, students have said that the class should be required since it reinforces skills that they will need throughout their lives.

Hill said that his advice to students is to, as a bare minimum, start job searching at least one semester prior to their graduation because one cannot make up for lost time during the precious weeks of job searching. He also advised to network as much as possible, starting off with

He also said, “Make sure your resume is perfect and wear a suit to every interview, even for internship positions. Nothing is more effective for a potential employer than making a great, professional first impression.”

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University Presidential Nominees Announced

The Presidential Search Committee has announced that as of January 14, they have found the four potential candidates for the presidency of the University. Each of the candidates will be visiting the campus to speak to and answer questions from the staff and from students in late January into early February.

The finalists are: Dr. F. Javier Cevallos; Dr. Paul Richard Brown; Dr. Stanley “Stas” C. Preczewski and Dr. Donald H. Sebastian. They were selected by the 16-member committee that has been working to find the next president of the University for when current President Paul G. Gaffney II retires in June 2013. The search committee followed a set of guidelines that had been established and put up on the University website known as the “Leadership Statement.”

The characteristics the committee was searching for in a future president included: dedication to the University’s academic and financial success; ethics, honesty and fairness with excellent interpersonal skills and a sense of humor; passion about eliciting private and public-sector fundraising; easy and effective in relating to the internal and external constituencies of a University, including trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, legislators and business and community leaders and genuine interest in students and their personal growth and development and much more.

According to an interview in a press release, Dr. Marcia Clever, trustee and co-chair of the search committee, said, “The search committee has been impressed with the exceptional pool of candidates seeking the position of the presidency. It has been difficult to choose the finalists because of the high caliber of individuals who applied for the position.”

In the same interview, Alfred J. Schiavetti, Jr., trustee and co-chair of the search committee said, “We are confident that we have selected the best people to compete in the final round and are excited to introduce them to the university community later this month.”

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Graduating Seniors: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

news-graduatingseniorsThe University recognized 417 students for both Bachelors and Masters degrees at Winter Commencement on January 18 in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).

It also granted the Pollak award to Sheriff Shaun Golden for his service to Monmouth County during Hurricane Sandy and awarded an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts to Jon Kilik, who produced The Hunger Games as well as many other movies.

The day began with a luncheon for selected invitees, including: Sheriff Shaun Golden; Kilik; Brian Larco the president of the class of 2013; Oscar Sanchez, president of the Student Government Association (SGA) and Kelly Craig, vice president of the debate team. President Paul G. Gaffney II went on his way through the crowd of guests, personally greeting those in attendance.

After the luncheon, the selected members at the luncheon made their way to the MAC in order to prepare for the commencement. The ceremony area quickly filled with hundreds of friends and family members who had come out to watch the class members receive their diplomas or to support those who were speaking at the event. It took just under half an hour to get everyone seated.

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Welcome Letters: Spring 2013

A Letter From the President

Welcome back. Here we go, springing into 2013.

For most of you, you return after conquering a strange semester. For a few hundred, you are starting with us or transferring to us. Welcome aboard.

I predict an energy-filled spring semester. We will open magnificent Rechnitz Hall, the new art building. We expect to see a few ground breakings on other new facilities by May if the permitting process moves along efficiently. Please join me in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) for track meets and basketball games. Watch for the student-performed spring musical and other entertainment events across campus. Our Global Understanding Convention will involve thousands of you.

As the weather turns warmer, spring sports will be on the field, and many of you will try the beach for the first time in 2013.

Most importantly, you have “can do” momentum from the last semester when you overcame challenges and saw success. It was a rewarding lesson about our ability to get things done.

First thing, please connect with you professors. Then connect with and take care of each other.

Paul G. Gaffney II


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The University Formally Welcomes Rechnitz Hall

news-artbuildingAt the end of 2012, the University officially completed and welcomed all 20,340 square feet of the Joan & Robert Rechnitz Hall. It is now home to the Department of Art & Design as well as the Principal Art Gallery, a reception area, three state-of-the-art MAC labs, an animation and editing studio, several classrooms and faculty offices and a student lounge which overlooks the 600 building courtyard.

The building was officially inducted to the University Sunday, January 27 with the dedication ceremony for Joan and Robert Rechnitz. The commemoration, which allowed room for a brief speech from the founders of the building, Joan and Robert Rechnitz, was followed by a gallery viewing of the “Faculty and Friends” exhibit. This was a show which featured the works of over 57 artists from across the nation including, but not limited to present and former faculty, alumni and several artists who had showcased their works at the University over the years.

The show even held pieces completed by Joan Rechnitz herself when she attended the University.

When asked about what she thought of the now finished project, Joan Rechnitz could not help but smile. “It is gorgeous, a little fancier than we thought it was going to be, but I think that it will encourage students to make their own masterpieces. The fun will happen,” said Joan.

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Inmates Hope Students Can Learn from Their Mistakes

inmates-hopeBefore their presentation, four inmates, dressed in loose-fitting brown prison attire, stared out to an audience of over 400 people on Tuesday, December 4 in Pollak theatre.  Next to them hung a sign that read, “The worst thing that you can do is establish a criminal record.”  For them, it was too late; as a result of a series of events topped with poor decision making, their records are forever blemished. 

Cumulatively, their prison sentences combine to over 25 years behind bars.  But in an effort to teach others about the dangers of using drugs and the results of making bad decisions, they participated in Project PRIDE (Promoting Responsibility in Drug Education) and for an hour they told their stories.

Michael Ridder, Coordinator of Project PRIDE, said that the four inmates were once just like  the students who sat in the audience.  “These four people, before they headed down the wrong path, were goal-orientated, talented young adults.  They never imagined that one day they would be prisoners in a New Jersey Correctional facility,” said Ridder.  “Unfortunately, they made bad decisions that led them to where they are today.”

The first of the prisoners to speak was a 27-year-old man named Evan.  After losing his job because of a business merger, Evan said that it didn’t take long for his finances to dwindle down and feeding his family became nearly impossible. “I couldn’t pay any of my bills and within two months I was handed an eviction notice by my landlord,” said Evan.  Making “the worst decision of my life,” Evan robbed three stores with a 9mm gun and was later arrested on armed robbery charges and first degree possession of a gun.  He was sentenced to eight years in prison. “The one thing that weighs on my heart and my mind all of the time is that I acted on impulse,” said Evan. 

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The University Holds Annual Food Drive

The University Store is holding their annual holiday food drive to help donate food to Long Branch families until December 22.

Kathy Booth, Assistant Manager at the University Store, teamed up with Long Branch Middle School in 1999 to help with their efforts in collecting food and has been working with them ever since.

Booth used to walk past the food bins and see that there was very little in them. After that, the store decided to give coupons out as an incentive and a thank you for donating in hopes for receiving more food. When a student brings in five items of non-perishable foods, they will receive a coupon for 20% off Imprinted University Clothing and Giftware. The coupon is redeemable until December 22 at the University Store.

Booth then met up with Marilyn Ward, Coordinator of Service Learning and Community Programs, to figure out who they could give the food to. They decided on Long Branch Middle School. The students there have a food bank and they collect and feed families all year long.

The University Store does two food drives each year: one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. “We do it for the whole month of November and December and try to get food for both holidays,” said Booth.

When donating, foods need to be in original packaging and unopened. Items can be dropped off at the front desk in the University Store where they will be exchanged for a coupon. Boxed stuffing, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce and other non-perishable foods will be accepted.

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The Honors School Takes on First Year Long Mission

Honors Students Support The Kourtney Rose Foundation

Honors students are known for being dedicated to their homework, but now they would like to be known for their dedication to philanthropy as well. The Honors School has decided to support a charity this year, The Kortney Rose Foundation. This is the first time that the Honors School has decided to take on a year long service project.

The Kortney Rose Foundation, according to the mission statement on, was created to raise awareness about pediatric brain tumors as well as raise funds to further research for treatments and a cure. The foundation was founded by Kristen Gillette, a secretary in the political science department, after her daughter Kortney died from a brain tumor at age nine.

Ryan Murphy, a junior and head of the mentoring program, wanted to start a philanthropy project for the mentoring program. The Honors Mentoring Program assigns each honors freshman an upper-class mentor to help guide them through their first year at the University.

Murphy felt that this would be an effective way to get first year students involved on campus. “The mentoring program, still young, is trying to expand and present the first year students with new opportunities to reach their full potential here at Monmouth.  As the program head, I believe community service is a great way to give back to others, while also learning about yourself and those around you.”

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COREiculum DVDs Coming Soon

After a year and a half of continued work and dedication to further develop a program for college students’ fitness, COREiculum is set to hit the shelves of the University’s Book Store in January 2013.

COREiculum is a program that includes a variety of kickboxing, yoga, cardio dance, a boot camp and more with two additional courses that they label as “extra credit,” keeping the school theme.

The reason for keeping the school theme revolves around the idea of making this a program for college students, which has not been done before. 

Many typical 90 day programs like Insanity or P90X are built for people with a steady job, who have regular working hours and can plan when to eat meals, as well as work out on a daily basis.  For college students it becomes much more difficult due to the different hours of classes each day, eating late night snacks or even meals, as well as the irregular sleeping patterns.

Andy Stern, the creator of COREiculum, wanted to do all that he could to create a program that would work for college students. He explained, “I carefully developed the program that combined aerobic and cardiovascular training with body weight resistance. In spring of 2011, the pilot program launched at Monmouth University and since then over 200 students have participated in a COREiculum COREse.”

When the program first came out in the spring of 2011, Andy Stern and Alissa Catalano (COREiculum’s head graphic designer), were a part of an entrepreneurship class. With the help of Professor John Buzza, COREiculum’s launch of their first set of DVDs, called the1st Semester, will be ready for the book store, but Stern has bigger plans for the workout that he created.

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Same Sex Marriage Heading to Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court will take up same sex marriage on the docket for the next term.  There will be two cases; one is based on California’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage through Proposition 8. Despite this, the public approved it via referendum. The other case will be based on a New York law that denies same sex couples federal benefits. This case will take center stage as the public attitude from same sex marriage has shifted.

The California case will decide whether California judges violated the federal Constitution when they voted to deny rights of same sex couples. A three judge panel for the Court of Appeals disagreed with the public, who believe same sex marriage should be allowed.

The Supreme Court will be dealing with a multitude of questions, the key one being: whether the Constitution requires states to allow same sex marriages. This case comes as nine states have legalized same sex marriage; Maryland, Washington and Maine passed it just this past election. Other states, including New Jersey, recognize domestic partnerships and civil unions, not same sex marriage.

The federal case based out of New York challenges the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 passed by President Bill Clinton. Section three of the Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman for purposes of federal law. This comes forward after same sex couples attempt to file for federal programs but do not recognize their marriage even if the state in which they marry does.

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Wilson Hall’s History Displayed in Pollak Gallery

wilson-hallFrom November 1 through December 21, Pollak Gallery is featuring a Historic Wilson Hall Exhibit sponsored by the University’s Center for the Arts.

The exhibit is free and open to the public for those who wish to view photographs and artifacts from the national historic landmark, including Woodrow Wilson’s desk from the golden age of American Palaces.

The exhibit originally opened for two weeks in the summer of 2011 and expanded upon those original artifacts for the 2012 exhibition.

“We have received such an eager response from the community to share information with us and we have enjoyed learning more about the building,” said Kelly Barratt, Marketing Coordinator for the Arts.

The building has always been a draw for historians and musical lovers (the 1982 film Annie was filmed there), but this year the exhibit features new artifacts centering around Shadow Lawn, and Woodrow Wilson’s stay there during 1916.

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NJ Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Bill

minimum-wageThe New Jersey Legislature handed Governor Chris Christie a bill last week that plans to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour – a $1.25 increase from the current minimum. The bill is a sign of hope for some New Jersey residents, but many are questioning the wisdom of raising the minimum wage, especially when the state’s economy and local businesses are still struggling to recover from Sandy.

New Jersey is one of 23 states whose minimum wage is $7.25, the same as the federal minimum. However, an increase to $8.50 would put the state third highest, behind Washington and Oregon.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS), New Jersey has approximately 41,000 minimum wage earners. Another 58,000 make even less than that because they have jobs where they rely heavily on tips in order to make ends meet.

While there are many advocates of the bill that believe an increase in minimum wage will benefit the people of New Jersey, opponents counter that with New Jersey’s economy still recovering, the timing is far from appropriate.

The bill, A2612, comes more than six months after the Assembly first passed the measure, and 11 months after Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver announced that she would make the wage increase a legislative priority at the Assembly reorganization ceremony in January.

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EOF Students Inducted into National Honor Society

Twenty-seven Educational Opportunity Fund students were inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society Thursday, October 4.

The students, advisors and university officials gathered in McGill Commons Club rooms for the induction of honor students with GPA’s of 3.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters.

The ceremony started with a reading of statistics and history of Chi Alpha Epsilon.  According to Lupita Yonker, EOF Assistant Director/Counselor, “Chi Alpha Epsilon was founded to recognize the academic achievements of students in support programs like EOF and Federal Trio programs across the nation.” 

The organization has been around since 1990; it has been at the University for five years.  There are 78 chapters across the country. 

After brief descriptions of the organization, the students were shown the honor material and its emblem, then they signed the ledger. 

University officials, including Provost Thomas Pearson, Dean of the Center for Student Success Dr. Mercy Azeke, Associate Director of Residential Life, Mark Holfelder, and with the EOF staff Program Director Colleen Johnson, Assistant Director/Counselor Lupita Yonker, Freshman Coordinator/Counselor Nicole Martinez, Sophomore Counselor Tyrone Smith and Math Tutor Al Fure were all present.

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Students Participate in Simulation Business Competition

Two University student teams ranked third and 19th in an online simulation business competition against approximately 350 competing teams from all over the nation.

This competition was based on Dr. Randy Chapman’s LINKS complex business simulations. Dr. David Paul, Associate Professor of Marketing and Health Care Management, uses these in his Services Marketing course every year. “This semester was the first time I heard of this ‘competition,’ because none of the teams ever placed high enough that I was informed of it,” said Paul

Benjamin Sutton, WilliamBrucella and Susan Imperiale placed 19th on the Key Performance Indicator of Ratio of Change in Net Income to Revenue, which shows the improvement of cash position over the prior quarter.

Brucella, a junior communication major with a business marketing minor, said he was shocked to find out about his team placing. “There really is no way of knowing how well we do compared to the other teams in the class unless the professor showed us our rankings,” he said.

Third place on the Key Performance Indicator of Forecasting Accuracy was given to the team of Robbie Krienke, Alex Whelan and Joseph Rienzi, which according to Paul this is “a pure signal of management skill and expertise in understanding customers and customer demand generation.” Paul continued to say, “their forecasting accuracy was 94.1 percent, which was 0.1 percent away from tying them for best in the world.”

Paul made certificates of achievement and presented them to the six students in class so the other students would be aware of the accomplishments.

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P- Red Light Camera Bill May Stop in a Flash

A new report from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) confirms what many opponents of red-light cameras have long suspected: the cameras lead to more accidents, more injuries, and greater costs for New Jersey drivers.

The NJDOT report, released in November, was compiled as an annual requirement of the state’s five-year red light pilot program that began in December 2009. Overall, the report found an increase in the total number of crashes as well as a drastic increase in costs at intersections where the cameras were installed.

The traffic control signal monitoring system, also known as  Red Light Running (RLR), is an “integrated device utilizing one or more cameras and sensors that work in conjunction with a traffic control signal to produce images of vehicles that disregard a red signal or ‘run a red light’,” the report explains.

Although there are many supporters for the program, the costs outweigh the benefits for some New Jersey drivers. Created to increase intersection safety, some red light camera devices have been found to do just the opposite.

According to the report, the costs included, but were not limited to “vehicle damage and repair, damage to property, emergency response, medical care, and even funeral costs.”

Many, if not most of these crashes are the result of drivers who slam on their brakes when a traffic light turns yellow in order to avoid a ticket, the report explains. Motorists who are aware that an intersection is monitored by red-light camera systems tend to get in more rear-end collisions from cars following too closely behind them.

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2012 Kate Nawoyski Receives JASPER Award

JASPERThe Jersey Shore Public Rela- tions & Adver tising Association awarded University student Kate Nawoyski with the 38th annual JASPER Rising Star Award.

This award is given to students who excel in the communication industry and are enrolled in accredited programs. Out of the 19 different award categories presented in the JASPER Awards, Nawoyski, senior communication major, received the Gold Award in the Rising Star category for her video, Macheke Sustainability Project: Moleen Madziva.

According to, “entries must meet a minimum score of excellence to be considered. Based upon the judges’ scores, one Gold and one Silver prize will be awarded in each category.”

Nawoyski said she was asked by the University’s Enrollment Publications Depar tment to suppor t Madziva’s sustainability project by creating a promotional and informative video. “The Macheke Sustainability Project is a great organization and we thought the video would not only help them, but get Monmouth University students motivated to get involved in the project,” said Nawoyski.

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The Presidential Search Continues

The University is on track for the Presidential search of the 2013-2014 school years. According to the email sent to students on behalf of Dr. Marcia Clever and Al Schiavetti, the co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee, advertisements have been placed in several media forms to alert individuals interested the position of President for the University.

Grey Dimenna, Vice President and General Counsel the one responsible for most of the staff work of the Presidential Search Committee, has confirmed and named the areas of advertising for the position: “The advertisement was placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education and three publications reaching primarily women and minority professionals,” said Dimenna. “The Search Committee also sent out letters to hundreds of individuals including government officials, former trustees, honorary degree recipients and donors and friends of the University, asking them to nominate individuals that they believed would be excellent candidates for the University’s next president.”

The University’s website has a page regarding the Presidential Search. It currently lists the end of October to the beginning of November as the deadline for submitting applications.

The Search Committee is now in the process of narrowing down the list of applicants, which include people ranging from various positions and backgrounds: “sitting and former college and university presidents, provosts, vice presidents, deans and other individuals affiliated with higher education as well as others from business and government,” said Dimenna.

As of the last email sent to students alerting them of the process of the search, 70 officials have applied for the position.

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A Glass of Merlot, Please

Vineyard1In order to provide students with hands on experience in the field of biology and botany, the University has created a vineyard on campus as a part of the biology curriculum.

The idea of the vineyard originated from Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, assistant biology professor. According to Daneshgar, the purpose of the project is to fuse together the biology curriculum taught in the classroom with real life experiments that will expose students to the material they learn. “The Monmouth University campus vineyard is essentially an outdoor laboratory designed to help students learn about sustainable agricultural practices, integrated pest management practices, growth preferences of grapes, proper cultivation of grape vines and other aspects of vineyards such as wine production,” said Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science. “The vineyard also has the potential to help students learn about aspects of grape genetics and about the genetics of bacteria and yeast that live on grape vines and are essential for wine production.”

“The main goal of this botany project is to teach students about sustainable agriculture and what it takes to successfully grow a vineyard,” Daneshgar said.

Daneshgar, an ecologist specializing in plants who also teaches botany at the University, wanted to create a “platform to teach all biology majors.” Rather than each section of biology creating a different project, the vineyard project will serve as a tool to connect all students within the field of study.

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Rechnitz Hall to Open After Winter Break

ARTBUILDWith the winter weather rolling in and the holiday season jumping to the top of everyone’s minds, the brand new Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall, or more commonly known as the New Art Building, is set to open up following winter break.

According to the University’s website the building itself offers over 20,000 square feet of space that will be filled with a grand gallery, multiple classrooms, as well as studios, lab rooms, and faculty offices. All of which are aimed to provide students with the space needed to complete their projects and assignments in the most proactive manner. The building is also designed to intentionally mimic the existing building’s exterior façade and contains archive storage space for the university’s expanding art collection.

Dr. Andrew Cohen, Chair of the Art and Design Department, mentions that in order to compliment the vast amount of square footage now offered to the department, the proper layout will be needed to utilize the space its fullest potential. “Flanking the central gallery, are two lecture halls for art history and art appreciation courses. Rechnitz Hall is completely wireless and students will have a lounge on the first floor with comfortable furniture and vending machines. Conveniently, faculty offices are spread throughout Rechnitz Hall allowing for easy accessibility and contact between students and their professors,” said Cohen.

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Get a Job!

Students and Employers Gather for the Annual Career Networking Day

Over 65 employers came to Anacon Hall for the Network 2012 Fall Career Day organized by the University Center for Student Success and Career Services on Thursday.

Some of the businesses present includedThe Asbury Park Press,Aflac, Prudential, Wells Fargo Bank, the Marine Corps Officer Programs and Toys “R” Us.

Most of the businesses attending had local branches so students could hunt for internships as well as full time working positions.

For students arriving at the event, which was held from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, they were greeted with a packet that included descriptions of all the business, government sectors and non-profit organizations in attendance.

These packets also included information about which majors each employer was looking for and what positions they wanted to fill.

The Rebecca Stafford Student Center was occupied with students studying their new manuals before heading into the event.

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New Dorm Building in the Works

Plans to Build New Residence Hall for 2014

NewResHallPlans for another student residence hall are in the making at the University. Construction will begin in the spring of 2013 semester and open in the fall of 2014 for sophomore students. Further changes will be brought to campus in result of the residential hall.

Vice President for Administrative Services, Patricia Swannack stated the residential hall will be built in Lot 6 near the library and confirmed the hall’s opening in fall 2014. “Lot 6 is close to all the halls with the exception of the Garden and Great Lawn Apartments. There are limited utilities to relocate which saves money and there are not any local residents that could be negatively impacted by building a residence hall at this location,” said Swannack.

According to Associate Vice President for Student Services, Jim Pillar, the new dormitory will primarily house sophomore students. “Our goal is to make sure that the new building will ensure that every first and second year student will have a bed on campus,” said Pillar.

Associate Director of Housing Operations, Raymond D. Gonzalez, who viewed the floor plans, explained the rooms will be similar to Elmwood. “It’s a good size, your traditional corridor style,” said Gonzalez. The hall is expected to be equipped with air-conditioning and have primarily double rooms with possibly a few triple rooms.

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Hawks Fly Together in Hurricane Relief Efforts

TKE-help-sandy-victimsThe University proves its slogan to be true with the new organization created to help Hurricane Sandy victims called Hawks Fly Together for Relief.

The Student Government Association (SGA) was the chosen student group to run the newfound program. “We didn’t want people going to the same group time after time. We just thought if there was one group that was the focal point and spearheaded the challenge, that it would be a little more organized,” said Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services.

Oscar Sanchez, the President of SGA, did not expect SGA to get chosen to monitor all of the relief efforts. He said, “The voice of the students we were glad to take on the responsibility to make sure that things ran in an organized manner.”

However, a person does not have to be a part of SGA to make a donation or hold a fundraiser. The sorority Delta Phi Epsilon was selling silicon bracelets before the Thanksgiving break in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. On the bracelets read the repeated motto for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, “Revive.Rebuild.Recover.”

Along with the bracelets being sold, the sorority was also selling donated items from Work Out World Gym (WOW). Kate Muller, the President of Delta Phi Epsilon, explained that their fundraiser would not have been as successful as it was if it were not for WOW. The sorority raised around $600, according to Muller.

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University Cracks Down on Illegal Downloading

The Friday just before the Thanksgiving break students were sent an email on behalf of Mary Anne Nagy, warning them about illegal file sharing within the University network. The email advised students that companies such as HBO, Sony and Warner Brothers monitor online activity and will notify the University when illegal downloads and file sharing of music, movies, games and other materials are made without permission.

According to the email, the notices from these companies list the material illegally shared by individuals and will request that the University take action against these individuals, which may include disabling their accounts.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student Services, said that companies will directly contact the University if illegal file sharing and downloading is discovered on campus. “I will get notified from the Information Management people and they will tell me student x has been illegally downloading and they will list what has been downloaded,” said Nagy.

A primary concern coming from the University as indicated in their email is that students illegally downloading and file sharing are doing so on University computers and network.

“Illegal downloading and sharing of files utilizes resources that should be allocated for institutional purposes and exposes institutional resources and data to risks from hackers and viruses. Generally, you should assume that any music, movie, gaming software or similar file that you obtain via the Internet is copyright-protected,” according to the email.

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J. Chris Newberg’s “Comedy Meets Music”

Raises Students’ Spirits After Hurricane Sandy

 Comedian J. Chris Newberg performed “Comedy Meets Music” at the Oakwood Hall lounge on November 13.

Newberg’s act included jokes, songs, stories and speaking directly to the audience. “I do things that are adult oriented,” Newberg said. “If I offend someone, it’s OK.”

Race, sex, gender, abortion, history, religion and health were all utilized topics in his performance. Many times during the show, he would stop and ask someone in the audience what they wanted to hear or respond to an individual’s reactions. “Were you afraid of that joke?” Newberg asked an audience member after watching her reaction.

Jorge Santiago, a sophomore, said his favorite part of the performance was when Newberg personally joked with him about his first name being Jorge instead of George. “I thought it was pretty funny; I liked it,” Santiago said.

Twenty-one students attended the comedy show. “I’ve been stressed out lately so I figured I’d come and have a nice laugh,” said Jackie Shugard, a freshman. At the end of the performance she said, “I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it; I thought it was good.”

Newberg said he enjoyed performing for the students because they were polite, laughed at his jokes and paid attention to him. “You were my favorite audience to play for,” he said. “This is why I do it.”

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University Students to Take a Trip to Russia

A few individuals will have the chance to travel to Russia and Ukraine on a 13 day trip with Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Thomas Pearson, this spring, from May 25 to June 7 of next year. The group that goes will be touring through Kiev, Moscow, the Golden Ring (a series of locations including Vladimir and Suzdal) and St. Petersburg.

Pearson’s relationship to this country began when he was a student. “I’m a Russian historian by training. My perspective is shaped by my experience living in the Soviet Union for 10 months. I was one of 50 scholars involved in an [academic] exchange program,” said Pearson.

Hotel accommodations, meals and transportation will be arranged throughout the trip. Those in attendance will be led by Ms. Marina Fokina, a lifelong tour guide and personal friend to Pearson.

The tour will begin in Kiev, Ukraine, where, in addition to sightseeing, you will be able to tour the older parts of the city. Some stops include the St. Sophia Cathedral, Babiy Yar (a memorial to Soviet victims of Nazis), and the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery, all of which are widely renowned historical landmarks.

Flying from Kiev to Moscow on May 28, those on the trip will then be staying in the Pekin Hotel, which is one mile from Red Square and the Kremlin. It is also very near to theaters, restaurants and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, which is across the street.

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New Policy for the Plan B Pill

Doctors should give underage teenagers prescriptions for emergency contraceptives such as Plan B before they start having sex instead of waiting until a young patient’s “plan A” goes awry, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement. It says doctors should also counsel teens on the options for emergency birth control as part of an overall strategy to reduce teen pregnancy.

The academy is issuing the new position paper, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, as physicians and other health experts struggle to reduce the nation’s high birthrate among adolescents.

Teen pregnancies in the U.S. have declined over the last 20 years, but the incidence is still the highest in the developed world, according to data released this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The birthrate among Americans ages 15 to 19 dropped 44 percent between 1991 and 2010, to 34.3 births per 1,000 women, the CDC reported. But that’s still about five times the teen birthrate in France and 2 ½ times the rate in Canada, according to United Nations data. It also is higher than the rates in China and Russia.

Rates of sexual assault are highest among teens and young adults, according to the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. And all in all, nearly 80 percent of teen pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, occurring after unprotected sex or “underprotected” sex — when the contraceptive method of choice fails.

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Support After Hurricane Sandy

The University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Held a Support Session to Help Students

Hurricane-Sandy-aftermathAnticipating the anxiety of students and faculty after the destruction of super-storm Sandy, the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services held a support session to assist with the transition back to campus.  The session, which was held in Anacon Hall on Tuesday Nov. 13, was led by Counseling and Psychological Services’ Director, Dr. Franca Mancini.

Mancini said that the decision to hold the session was influenced by several students from the University’s Social Work Department.  “After the suggestion from those students, we decided to offer a place where students and members of the University could come together and talk about their experiences and feelings after coming through the storm,” said Mancini. 

Although the event had a light turn-out of eight people, the small group took advantage of the personal environment. 

First, a deep-breathing exercise was conducted by Mancini which was used to repose and relax the attendees.  Next, each person took turns detailing their experiences during and after the storm including how the damage from Hurricane Sandy personally effected them and their families. Because of confidentiality rights, the information that the attendees discussed cannot be shared outside of the session. 

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Task Force Created to Handle Academic Schedule and Framing System

On October 16, the first official University task force was charged with the duty of dealing with the academic schedule and framing system. The task force was created by Dr. Thomas S. Pearson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Donald Smith, Faculty Council member.

Students received emails on October 17 about the start of the task force and its intended purpose. According to the task force creators, academic scheduling and framing have seen issues every year through a wide variety of complications ranging from outside groups, sporting events, issues of space and parking or even semester arrangement.  “We overtime noticed that there were a lot of things about the schedule that weren’t always ideal,” said Smith. “In terms of the calendar, many things have come up over time where we have had unusual things that happen.”  

The task force members hope to find solutions that can be beneficial to all parts of the University community. “We know that many of our students live off campus and on the shore and are unable to move in until after Labor Day so we cannot begin the semester earlier, and that of course, puts pressure on when we finish the semester,” said Pearson.

The charge, or set of instructions, includes: coming up with two or three possible solutions to the problems at hand, evaluating the pros and cons of each and if possible, reaching a consensus that is agreed upon and effective.  “We’re asking the task force to take a broad look at the calendar and make improvements,” said Pearson. “These are the University’s needs and the issues are important so we put together a task force of fifteen well-placed people.”

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Unique Paralympic Silver Medalist Visits the University

On Tuesday, October 23, in honor of National Disability Awareness Month, Matt Stutzman, “the Armless Archer” gave a presentation in Anacon Hall at 1:00 pm to talk about his dream to make history. Stutzman, although born without arms, is a Paralympic Silver Medalist.

“Matt Stutzman has taught himself how to do things with his feet such as eating, typing, and changing the diaper of his newborn son,” Heather Kelly, Assistant Director of Student Activates for Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives, said upon introducing the energetic archer onto the stage.

Stutzman, a small man with an infectious smile, told a joke or three about his armless state and the belly hanging over his belt, hurried onto the stage and admitted that he had a confession to make.

“I actually can’t change my son’s diaper,” Stutzman said, feigning embarrassment. “Or wash dishes. Or do the laundry.”

The presentation was not, however, about what Stutzman could not do but rather all that he had managed to accomplish despite his disability. Besides archery, some of these accomplishments include being able to do push ups and hold a gun. Although he is armless, Stutzman is fond of sports and has been described as having an instinct for athletics.

Born in 1982, he was put up for adoption because his parents did not believe they could raise or afford an armless child. At 13 months, he was adopted by the Stutzmans, who claimed that he had chosen them for adoption rather than the other way around. Stutzman described his experience with prosthetic arms as being not only memorable but humiliating as well.

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The Psychological Counseling Department Moves Off Campus

The Department of Psychological Counseling has moved 1.75 miles from campus to the Monmouth Park Corporate Center, according to Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Thomas Pearson.

This year, the Edison Science Building lost both the Psychology Department and the Department of Psychological Counseling. Dr. George Kapalka, the Chair of the Psychological Counseling Department, said, “We grew as a department and of course we had more and more students, we needed to hire more and more faculty and there was just no more room on campus.”

Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, said that the Monmouth Park Corporate Center was looked at a number of years ago. However, it was not selected until recently. She explained that they wanted to find a place that was not inconvenient for students. 

Dr. Stephanie Hall, assistant professor of psychological counseling, said “We moved to Monmouth Corporate Park because space was needed on the campus and our program is self-contained our students only take classes in our program and therefore don’t need access to any other departments.” The Department of Psychological Counseling is a program for graduate students only.

Kapalka explained that it made the most sense to move this department because of how self-contained it is. “I had a number of meetings with the administration about this and we looked at various options, but there really was not any room on campus to move us,” he said.

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Students Try to See Eye to Eye

University students Christina Gonzalez and Dana Oppenheim told an audience at Bey Hall about a new program that they are starting for the University called Eye to Eye on October 24.

Eye to Eye is a not-for-profit, after school art program for kids with learning disabilities whose main goal is to teach the next generation to become advocates for themselves. The program understands that these kids know what they cannot do and set out to teach them what they can do. There are 51 chapters in 19 states so far. The chapter at the University is not yet up and running because Gonzalez and Oppenheim are waiting for the all clear from the schools in the Long Branch area.

“We are really excited about it,” said Oppenheim. “It’s a mentoring movement for different thinkers.”

When Oppenheim, who has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), transferred to the University, she discussed the program with Disability Services and they helped her get it started. She and Gonzalez, who also has A.D.D and an auditory processing disorder, spent four days over this past summer at Brown University where they learned how to talk to younger kids about learning disorders and about the curriculum that Eye to Eye has laid out.

Oppenheim and Gonzalez learned not to push the younger students to talk about their learning disabilities. “We are supposed to talk about ourselves as much as possible so that they can make the connection,” said Oppenheim.

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President Obama Wins Re-Election

President Barack Obama defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney to earn a second term as President of the United States by an Electoral College count of 332 to 206 on November 6.

Obama won 26 states and the D.C district while Romney won 24 states. Obama won major swing states such as Ohio, Colorado and Florida. Obama also won the popular vote by approximately three million votes.

Susan Pagano, political science major and first time voter, felt this was an exciting race. “It was the first time that I was able to vote, and I am glad that it was in such a thrilling election. I, personally, was ecstatic with the outcome because I think President Obama has the superior plans for the direction of our nation,” said Pagano.

Nicole Bizzoco, political science professor, was surprised about aspects of this race. “I think the campaign leading up to was unprecedentedly expensive, negative and plagued by small-issue debates on both sides. That being said, I did feel there were real differences between the candidates on a number of issues, social issues such as women’s rights and marriage equality in particular. I was surprised by the president’s margin of victory; I was expecting a much closer race.”

The age group of 18 to 24 accounted for 19 percent of the electorate. This has forced both parties to now deal with issues important to this age group.

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Campus Re-Opens and Lives Begin Again

Although Hurricane Sandy left miles of destruction along the shores of New Jersey, the University was fortunate enough to have minor damage.

Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, explained that about 15 to 20 trees fell as a result of the hurricane. She continued to say, “We lost some shingles on the Alumni House, lost power for some period of time and still have some perimeter buildings that are without power but nothing critical.”

The link between Howard Hall and the Edison Science Building did have some roof penetration and damage because of the storm, according to Swannack. Therefore the solar panels had to be removed in order to fix the roof. However, Swannack said, “We were extremely lucky.”

President Paul Gaffney II reassured the community that there was no damage done to the Fountain Gardens, Pier Village apartments or the Diplomats.

The cost of the damage thus far is about $40,000, according to Swannack. This includes all of the tree work. Swannack explained that the University plans on putting a claim into Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). However, the claim will not only include the cost for tree damage, but also how much the University put towards making the Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC) and Boylan Gymnasium operational shelters.

“I would say our claim to FEMA will probably be well over $100,000. Which, relatively speaking, is not a lot for everything that was done here,” said Swannack. According to her, during the height of the storm, the University was sheltering about 1,050 to 1,200 evacuees.

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University Closed for Classes, Open for Victims

While many students went home to avoid being on campus for the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, the University opened up its doors to the outside community and offered up the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) and Boylan Gymnaisum as a shelter for 1,050 people from all over the state.

“The MAC is a great facility and is the best facility in Monmouth County for getting a lot of people in shelter for a short period of time,” said President Paul Gaffney II.

Prior to Hurricane Sandy’s arrival, Gaffney and the Vice Presidents discussed the forecast of the storm and decided to close school on that Monday and Tuesday. As the storm continued to trek North, the University was contacted by the State Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the County Office of Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Office, who inquired about using the MAC and Boylan Gym as  temporary emergency shelters. The University agreed, and supplies like food, cots, and blankets began to be brought in.

The layout of the shelter at the MAC changed as more and more evacuees arrived.

Boylan Gym was split in half, as one side of the wall was used as a check-in point where people would register and get wrist bands to show they were signed up. Cots were set up on the other side, where people could sleep.

Boylan can fit anywhere from 400-500 people. When more evacuees continued to arrive, they had to begin to use space inside the MAC.

“It quickly filled up and all of the main processing moved to the main lobby of the mac and as they got 400 or so in Boylan, they moved everybody to the floor of the MAC and every inch of the floor was taken up,” said Gaffney.

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Campus Posts Low Scores on Judiciary, Higher on Presidency in Outlook Poll

news-political-knowledge-pollTheOutlookran an informal political knowledge poll where University students scored an average of four to seven correct answers.  It contained questions regarding the presidency, legislature, judiciary and United States history.

The question that students got incorrect the most was: “Who is the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court?”

Dr. Gregroy Bordelon, lecturer of law, said this falls in line with other facts. “It is in line with current research track I’m studying now. It’s not just Monmouth students, or even all college students for that matter, it’s the public in general. As the ‘Federalist Papers’ indicated, the judiciary is the ‘Weakest department’; others have called it, ‘The Least Dangerous Branch.’ I think Americans’ knowledge about the courts is situational, only when big events (spurned from the political branches) are being considered by the Supreme Court.

The questions about the presidency overwhelmingly had the most correct answers.

Kerry McCarthy, political science major, believes the timing of the poll may have had something to do with that. “You gave this questionaire around a busy time for the presidency because it is shown everywhere. Even if students don’t intend to watch or hear about what’s going on in the presidency they still get a taste of it. The presidency is everywhere,” McCarthy said.

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Homecoming 2012 University Celebrates with Pep Rally and Tailgate

news-homecomingThis past weekend Monmouth University showed school spirit at the annual Homecoming event. The University kicked off the weekend of hawk pride at the pep rally held in the MAC on Friday, October 19.

The doors opened at around 5:00 pm and students filled the bleachers while the pep band set the tone for the festivities. The crowd cheered as the football team, led by Coach Callahan, paraded in at the start of the event. Prizes were given out to raffle ticket winners throughout the pep rally, while members of the dance team, pep band, cheerleading team and football team were chosen at random to participate in challenges such as a push up contest and dance off.

The Homecoming court was then announced and recognized by their peers. Max Kenney and Ashley McMahon were announced first as the winners for the freshman positions of Lord and Lady. Following them for the positions of Duke and Duchess were sophomores J’lyn Martin and Carly Swanson.  “It felt really good to win because to have enough of my peers vote for me made me feel great,” says Martin. “I didn’t really have expectations because I didn’t want to jinx myself.” Joining them on the Homecoming court were juniors Mike Migliaro and Nina Costa for the positions of Prince and Princess. The senior positions of Homecoming King and Queen were not announced until Saturday, the day of the game.

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MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki Talks Politics on Campus

After the excitement of the second presidential debate and heightened anticipation of the third debate, the University’s Polling Center hosted a conversation with Steve Kornacki, the current MSNBC “The Cycle” host, last Thursday to discuss debate manners between the two candidates and hypothetical voting scenarios on Election Day.

Patrick Murray, Director the University’s Polling Center, opened up the conversation to over 100 students, faculty and staff about how the first presidential debate change the forecast of the dynamics of the race and asked Kornacki if President Barack Obama wants to be the president for another four years after his first debate performance.

Kornacki discussed how he watched Obama in 2008 and said how he did not believe that there was a single debate where he believed that Obama had won. “I remember the three fall debates with John McCain, and I think Obama was serviceable, the election by that point was basically his to lose. McCain is not the most charismatic communicator. Obama was fine, but certainly not dazzling.”

“I don’t think [Obama] is a very good debater, so my expectations for his performance weren’t that high for Denver. I think Romney, especially as of a month ago, was underrated as a communication – specifically as a communicator of scripted messages. They can give him a script ahead of time, a bunch of data points to tick off [and] a bunch of anecdotes to lean on and he can really deliver is with confidence and assertiveness,” Kornacki continued.

Murray commented on how Obama is not going to win in a landslide like Reagan in 1984, and asked Kornacki if he believed that the second debate turned the tide backward.

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Will Fall Break Remain a Four Day Weekend?

For the first time, students are able to enjoy a two day fall break, just six weeks into the semester. 

Marcie Licker, sophomore said, “It was just really nice to have those couple of extra days relaxing at home, rather than be forced off campus for just a weekend, after our classes.”

A break like this is possible to happen again, but there are a few terms that have to be met.

“We can’t have a four day fall break every calendar year, but on the years where the calendar allows us the flexibility to have that fourth day I would say we should have four days,” said Vice President of Student Services, Mary Ann Nagy.

President of Student Government Association, Oscar Sanchez, felt the four day break was much better than just having Friday off plus the weekend.

“I think having two days off came at the perfect time,” said Sanchez.  “It makes much more sense than just having one day because then people feel like they’re just moving out for a weekend.”

The University has a very unique calendar situation, so a four day break is not possible every year. “Unlike other Universities, we can’t begin until after labor day because about 1,000 undergrads live in off-campus apartments, houses, and condos and most don’t get into those places until Labor Day,” Nagy said. “If we started classes the week before, how would you go to class for a week without a place to live if you weren’t within a commuting distance?”

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Communication Department Purchases New Television Studio Set

news-communication-departmentViewers may notice a change the next time they tune into their favorite program onHawk TV- a new set design.

In August, the Communication Department replaced the previous decade-old studio set that showed its age and imperfections due to the high-definition cross-over which occurred last school year.  Professor Chris Cavallaro, Advisor toHawk TV, was in charge of seeking out a studio set-design company who could provide the amenities at a reasonable purchasing price. 

“The company that we wound-up using, Gelbach Designs, had a very useful and thorough website which helped in the selection process,” said Cavallaro. “After viewing numerous set examples which would work best for the department’s needs, the TV faculty, including Department Chair, Dr.  Dell, decided on a general look and asked them for a quote.” 

Satisfied with the price of $40,000, the deal was made with Gelbach and manufacturing on the new set began.  It took eight weeks during the summer to complete. Once finished, the material was delivered to the Plangere Center.

Because the majority of the set consists of steel frames which require in-studio assembly, Cavallaro and a team of TV faculty members spent several days setting up the new design. “Once we put the steel frames together and built the desk and platform, the majority of the set was finished,” said Cavallaro. 

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Pollak Theater Welcomes Christopher McDougall

The Journalist and Author Discusses his Bestselling Book

Accomplished journalist and author, Christopher McDougall voyaged to Pollak Theater to discuss his bestselling book,Born to Run, on October 17. The memoir has been a hot topic on campus since it was assigned as a required reading for all first year English classes at this past summer’s freshman orientations.

Love it or hate it, the book has certainly sent students running to hear McDougall speak about his expedition to the Copper Canyons to discover the secrets of running from a secluded Mexican tribe known as the Tarahumara.

McDougall kept the audience engaged with witty remarks and conversational styled speaking, answering questions and sharing experiences. Wearing a pair of Tarahumara sandals made by Barefoot Ted, a main character in the book, he described the harsh conditions and long distances where the tribe travels barefooted.

“Tarahumara Indians are human beings the way they were before the world around us,” McDougall said, referring to the modern world’s reliance on technology.  “We’ve only been around for a tiny flicker of this planet’s existence. We are relying on our physical bodies not technology. Anything we need we use our bodies to get it and anything we don’t, we use our bodies to defend.” McDougall explained the Tarahumara’s good nature and peaceful existence is a result of isolation from media and other distractions.

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Kickin’ It in First Year Seminara

news-first-year-semesterThe Most Beautiful Game: How Soccer Explains the World is a new First Year Seminar course taught by Assistant Professor of History Maryanne Rhett. With background knowledge in the Middle East and world history, Rhett created the course to teach students about history, while tying in memorable moments from soccer.

“Ninety-nine percent of the class is somehow connected to soccer,” said Rhett. Majority of freshman enrolled in the course include students on the University’s soccer team and fans of the sport.

Kayla Adamson, a student in Rhett’s class, said, “I chose to take this First Year Seminar course because soccer is my life. I’ve been playing ever since I was little and it’s something my whole family enjoys doing. I thought it would be a great class to have for the first semester at college and be a nice transition into the college life.”

Assistant Vice President Bea Rodgers who works with First Year Seminar courses explained that First Year Seminar courses must have academic, ethical and transitional value and the course taught by a full-time professor. First Year Seminar is a general education requirement for students entering the University with 18 credits or less and must be taken during the student’s first semester at the University. Three years ago the three-credit First Year Seminar course replaced the one-credit Freshman Seminar course. “We wanted to add more academic learning for students to make it more beneficial,” said Rodgers.

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20 Students Aid in Asbury Park Documentary

Long after the Asbury Park night clubs such as Student Prince, Upstage and Cuba’s shut down their businesses many years ago, the memories of what occurred in them have not vanished. Remaining cherished with the musicians and fans who experienced them years ago, the public had the rare opportunity to hear some of those stories during the screening of Asbury Park Musical Memories on October 4 in the Pollak Theatre.

Beginning with the 1930s and ending in the 1970s, the film consisted of 27 interviews from musicians and fans who experienced the “magical” times of the city’s music throughout those four decades. Some of the musicians featured were Nick Addeo, Willie Mitchell, Billy Brown and Vini Lopez.

The 53 minute documentary which was viewed by over 100 students, faculty and members of the public and gave a perspective of what the West Side of Asbury Park was like, concentrating on the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood on bustling Springwood Avenue.

Directed by Susan Pellegrini, the idea for the film began in 2011, which happened to be musical heritage year in Asbury Park. “At some point during the year long celebration, we had an idea to document the oral history and musical experiences of the musicians from this city,” said Pellegrini.

Along with being Co-Chairperson of the Musical Heritage Foundation, Pellegrini is also Producer and Director of Synergy Productions, the company who produced the film. Adding a new dimension to the documentary, Pellegrini used local students to assist her production company with the making of the film. “When we decided to make the documentary, I thought it would be an excellent educational opportunity for students of Asbury Park High School and the University to assist in the production process,” said Pellegrini.

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A Conversation with Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley, a political and foreign affairs analyst for Fox News and host of “The Monica Crowley Show” on nationally syndicated radio, appeared at the “A Conversation with Monica Crowley” event on October 1 in Wilson Hall. The event was put on by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, and according to the Director of the Polling Institute, Patrick Murray over 250 people attended.

Crowley, a New Jersey native, is the author of the recent New York Times best seller, “What the (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback.” She also served as Foreign Policy Assistant to Richard Nixon from 1990 to 1994 and wrote about her experiences in “Nixon Off the Record and Nixon in Winter.”

After a short introduction, Murray began by asking why Crowley believed Mitt Romney is the “Happy Warrior” described in her latest book. Her response was, “We are in a war for the future of this country. I think it’s only been recently in the last couple of years where, as conservatives, it has finally dawned on us that we need to fight this war. We need to fight this war before all is lost.”

On the topic of why the polls are currently so close, Crowley stated, “The big reason why I think it’s so close is that Barrack Obama’s objective is to expand government. What he has done is create this dependency web that is dependent on government, and by expanding that dependency, he has taken the pain out of a bad economy.”

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The New “Bagel Guys” on the Block

BagelGuysNewsPg3The late-night scene at the Univer-sity has seen a new addition with the opening of Bagel Guys Deli on Brigh-ton Ave. Located right next to Jr.’s West End, the new deli offers bagels, sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as staying open until 4:00 am for any late-night partygoers.

The owners and operators, Brad Dias and Chris Brigandi, grew up together in Toms River and have known each other for 20 years before going into business together. “A small restaurant like this is great for your first place,” said Dias, who, although didn’t attend culinary school, has been in the restaurant business for 15 years. What Bagel Guys Deli offers is a fresh take on what is available to students, late-night.

Presently, it’s the only place where a student can, for example, get a breakfast sandwich or bagel at 3:00 am, and Dias and Brigandi meant for it to be that way. The two owners wanted to create late-night food options that weren’t really available to students before now. “Our pork roll, egg and cheese is definitely the most popular,” explains Brigandi.

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University Celebrates 79th Anniversary on Founder’s Day

FoundersDayNewsPg2Faculty dressed in Academic robes as the University celebrated the 79th anniversary of its founding this past Wednesday. The day was a celebration of all of the students, faculty, alumni, and administration for all of the hard work and good the University has done throughout the years.

“We are proud of our heritage, serving our students and our community for nearly four decades,” said President Paul Gaffney II. “We gather formally to mark the academic year; it is fitting to reaffirm our strong commitment to personalized teaching and individual development.”

The Founder’s Day Convocation Ceremony took place in Pollak Theatre, which was then followed by a reception in Wilson Hall.

This year’s Founder’s Day speaker was Michael E. Uslan, author, Emmy Award recipient and executive producer of the modern Batman movies. Uslan spoke for about a half hour and his goal was to inspire students and let them know that their dreams can come true, just as his did.

He ended his speech with a passage from Robert Frost. “I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence, two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference,” said Uslan.

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Psychology Department Changes Locations

President Paul Gaffney announced at the start of this academic year that the Psychology Department will be leaving Edison Hall and residing in Howard Hall.

Psychology will now be amongst Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics, the Department of History and Anthropology and the Department of Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies. “Psychology’s arrival in Howard Hall now makes even more sense from an academic collaborations perspective, as well as meeting space and improved science facilities needs,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Thomas Pearson.

The drive behind the move to Howard Hall is the desire to significantly upgrade Edison Hall as the home of the School of Science, according to Pearson. He said, “Our move of many offices in Information Management from the lower level of Howard Hall to the new top floor addition of Edison Science building opened up space for the Psychology Department.”

According to Patti Swannack, the Vice President for Administrative Services, the move of Information Management left about 75 to 80 percent of open space on the lower level of Howard Hall. She explained that only two rooms remained after their move, being a classroom with computers and the 24 hour computer lab.

Swannack described the recent changes, stating that now on the east side on the lower level of the building, there are two general purpose classrooms and a classroom that doubles as a science and archeology room. The Psychology Department now resides on the west side. “These are great improvements and use of space,” she said.

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Students Participate in Annual Big Event

BigEventNewsPg4The 13th Annual Big Event took place last Saturday, October 6 at 11:00 am as a day for students to participate in community service. The event was organized by the Student Government Association and received the assistance of various other groups on campus such as Fraternity and Sorority Clubs and the Outdoors Club, to name a few. Over 400 students volunteered.

According to the University website page dedicated to the event, the Big Event, which was first held in 1982 at the Texas A&M University, “is the single largest community service project that takes place…every year.” It was brought to the University by Lauren Schwarz, the SGA President in 2002, who was also a guest speaker at this year’s event. The event, which is run by SGA, takes place rain or shine.

Ali Tuyahov President and Pro- Temprore of SGA, was one of the main planners of the Big Event. “Last year I was elected chairperson of The 13th Annual Big Event,” Tuyahov said. “Towards the end of the year, all throughout the summer, and the beginning of this year I planned a majority of the event. I had help from my committee members, SGA Advisors Vaughn Clay and Heather Kelly, and SGA secretary Bette Farriello. The MU bookstore also donated all of the tshirts in honor of National Student Appreciation Day.”

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LinkedIn For Life

Jeff Mass Educates Students About the Benefits of the Social Media Site

news-linkedinWhen students graduate college, one possible concern on their minds is finding a job. This past Wednes­day, a seminar about LinkedIn was given to educate students of the ben­efits the service can provide.

Jeff Mass, Career Counselor/Job Developer for Career Services at the Center for Student Success and a 2004 alumni, held the event. He said that the service provides more than some normally notice.

“When someone tells me that they have a LinkedIn profile, the first thing I ask them is, how do you uti­lize it?” said Mass.

The primary benefit of the service is networking with business profes­sionals and its ability to provide face-to-face contact with great response time.

Also, according to Mass’ Power­Point presentation of LinkedIn, he says that the service is a tool that can assist you in remaining connected and growing your network: profes­sional networking, subject experts/ mentors, business opportunities, job search, discussions/blogs/groups, built upon trusted professional rela­tionships and connections.

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Prom Night in Wilson Hall

news-promnightThere were no limousines out­side the steps of Wilson Hall the night of Thursday, Septem­ber 27. Students did not trick­le through the halls with ball gowns and tuxes. However, one High School’s prom was depicted through film in the downstairs instruction room in Wilson Hall.

First year English students viewed the documentary Prom Night in Mississippi, directed by Paul Saltman. The documen­tary discusses the controversy of Charleston’s first prom with stu­dent integration, but also racism present in the surrounding com­munity.

Prom was a momentous oc­casion for those who had the privilege of attending. Students of Charleston High School in Charleston, Mississippi expe­rienced different memories as they attended their first integrat­ed prom in school history.

The prom was funded by Mor­gan Freeman, A-list celebrity and former resident of Charles­ton, Mississippi. His first re­quest to fund a “mixed prom” for the school was in 1997, and in 2008 his second request was eventually accepted by school administrators.

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SAB has Students Laughing in Their Seats

The Event Planning Group Seeks to Draw More University Attendance

news-comedynightComedian Andy Hendrickson opened for special guest and comedian Rob Gleeson at the University’s Comedy Night & hosted by SAB (Student Activities Board) last Saturday.

Joseph Pagnotta, SAB Vice President of Finance and Administration and a junior, estimated that there was an audience of about 50 to 60 people. “[This was] A usual turnout for a University-sponsored small comedy event,” he said.

From the start, both comedians were involved with the crowd and established a loose, comfortable and appropriate comic environment.

Hendrickson expressed his message about safe sex on college campuses after opening the floor up to any topic from the audience. He joked about condoms and what can be done to make them more effective and more reasonable to use.

Each comedian had different reasons for performing and how their careers have affected their lives and personalities.

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Student Groups Register New Voters

news-rockandregisterHawk TV, WMCX, and the Political Science Club hosted “Rock and Register” in the Plangere Center last Friday, where the campus learned more about the upcoming election and were given the opportunity to register to vote.

The event, which was broadcasted live, featured segments of live music, interviews and debates on current issues students should be aware of at the polls this November. There was also a free buffet and a collection for the Food Bank of Monmouth County.

Amanda Duncan, Justin Angle and Natalie Zeller performed at the event and shared their passions for performing and the importance of voting.

“I love performing and getting my music out there,” Zeller said. “Voting is very important to me, I’ve been registered since I turned 18 so this was a win-win for me.”

The issues discussed at the event included the economy, student loans and Mitt Romney’s tax returns but one of the biggest issues concerning young voters like the students who registered today, is the newly enacted voter IDs laws.

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Hawks Travel in Style Thanks to Fan Bus

news-fanbusA fan bus traveled up to Albany, NY, to take students to the football team’s Northeast Conference game on Saturday, September 29.

The bus left the school at 7 am on Saturday from the Multipurpose Activities Center. Eddy Occhipinti, the Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, counted roughly 45-50 students who boarded the bus to support the football team.

For Saturday’s game, the number of students who turned up had been about as many as Occhipinti had expected. For years, the Athletic Department has rented buses to take students to games for football, basketball, and other sports to support the players and enhance school spirit.

Kyle Frazier, senior and quarterback of the football team, said that the number of students that managed to turn up at the Albany game surprised him. “It was more than I expected. It’s a pretty far bus ride to Albany or usually to where our trips are. To get that many people up there to the game was, I thought, something pretty special.”

“I spoke to a few of them during the game and they kind of looked up into the stands. I think they were pleasantly surprised. They knew maybe friends they told were going to be there or their families were going to be there but to look up and see students that maybe they don’t know cheering for them, it’s a good feeling,” said Occhipinti.

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200 Students Spend “Haunted” Night in Wilson Hall

news-hauntedsleepover-2Nearly 200 students spent a haunted night at the Wilson Hall Sleepover held on Friday, September 28.

Participants were ushered in by Student Activities Board (S.A.B.) members at the mansion’s entrance and given extensive itineraries for a night filled with supernatural activities. Students entered different rooms for events such as arts and crafts, psychic tarot card readings, videos on haunted campus history and viewings of horror movies, Paranormal Activity and The Others.

Jackie Shugard, a freshman who visited the psychic during her stay in Wilson says the woman described her “right on the dot.”

“I’ve always believed in an afterlife and ghosts. I think this sleepover is a combination of showing there is a supernatural world and having fun. I’m a believer.”

In the past, Wilson Hall has been opened up for candlelit informational tours about ghost activity on campus.

The Student Activities Board made the first Wilson Hall Sleepover spooky and memorable by pulling out all the tricks and twists to keep guests entertained.

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The University Celebrates Fire Safety and Hero Day

The University attempts to diminish vehicle and fire safety accidents on and off campus with Fire Safety/ Hero Day on the Residential Life Quad.

All apartments were encouraged to attend the event on Wednesday September 26 because it is important to teach students how to properly use their fire extinguishers. This program contributed to fire safety and was also an opportunity for the campus to learn more about the HERO Campaign.

The HERO Campaign is an organization focused on preventing drunk driving accidents. Their mission is to promote the use of safe and sober designated drivers. This campaign is dedicated to John R. Elliott, an Ensign in the United States Navy who was killed by a drunk driver July of 2000.

Mark Holfelder, Associate Director of Residential Life, said, the reason why the fire safety and HERO Campaign were joined was to assist in publicizing the HERO Campaign out to the student population. “We have expanded the program beyond Fire Safety as we look at safe drinking practices and other personal safety issues,” Holfelder said.

Gary Mejia, a junior, won the Designated Driver HERO award in spring of 2012. Mejia said he won it after being nominated by his peers. “I drove when they were drunk, to and from parties,” he said.

Mejia continues to say, “I hope people really take seriously all the activities that are done and realize that it is better to have someone drive you to a party or take a cab than lose your life or harm others.”

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George Washington Was Here...

news-george-washingtonPresident George Washington paid a visit to the University’s Bey Hall Young Auditorium last Thursday at 1 pm to celebrate Constitution Day.

Dean Melissa, who is the only official George Washington historical actor at Mount Vernon, portrayed Washington in an hour-long presentation of his life’s triumphs filled with historical accounts and even a dance performance.

A PowerPoint presentation displayed slides with facts and myths as the audience awaited his arrival, and let everyone know that cutting down a cherry tree and proclaiming, “I cannot tell a lie,” was indeed a myth.

After a short introduction by Provost Thomas Pearson, Alexandria Todd of the Political Science Club told the audience of a voter registration table right outside the auditorium and the presentation began.

As the first President walked through the crowd and approached center stage, he said to a boy in the front row, “No time for a bath or a shave, son?” and the audience erupted into laughter. He immediately got down to business, but always remained in character.

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Groove Boston Black Light Party Rages its Way into Boylan


The University hosted a black light party called Groove Boston in Boylan Gym on Friday, September 21. Groove Boston is a mobile dance club company that features an all in one production team including black lights, sound, music, stage artists and more.

Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations said, “Our goal is to change the stereotype of our campus being a suitcase school. The purpose of this event and others like it is to give the students something fun to do on the weekends to encourage them to stay on campus,” McGowan said. Carolyn Walker, the Vice President of Membership and Marketing for the Student Activities Board said, “690 people came, we sold 714 tickets, it was a great success. Students were not really interested in the music from the opening act, That Drummer That DJ, but they loved Groove Boston’s DJ.”

“A lot of people were just standing around in cliques looking bored, which always sucks, but then there’s the people dancing and making the best out of it and they’re the ones that have the most fun.” said Brie Bell, a freshman. “So it wasn’t what I expected it to be but it was still really fun.”

Susan Pagano, sophomore, political science major said, “The effects were so good; it was such a great time spent with friends and all students.”

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Fair to Say, Students are Getting Involved

news-student-fairNearly 75 clubs and organizations made themselves known at the annual involvement fair held in the Erlanger Garden, neighboring Edison Hall last Wednesday. Table after table lined the garden, offering information on the club’s activities and giving students the opportunity to become involved, no matter what their fields of interests are.

With so many activity options and the flexibility of meeting schedules, students can partake in the University community while building an impressive resume for future careers.

Genevieve Kobus, junior and active member of the Student Activities Board encourages students to seek involvement early on. “By being involved, you establish a group on campus and move away from your area of comfort.

It has become my second home,” she said, speaking from her personal experience. Kobus stays involved through the Student Activities Board, or SAB, which coordinates major events on campus. “Through the student activities board, students get to plan events on campus, set up and basically make everything happen.”

SAB is just one of the many clubs on campus that students can chose to take part in.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Jesus Nebot

Keynote speaker of Hispanic Heritage Month, Jesus Nebot spoke in Wilson Auditorium this past Monday about illegal immigration from a Humanitarian perspective.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations sponsored the event. Nebot is a humanitarian, a speaker and directed and starred in the movie “No Turning Back” about a man named Pablo who immigrates to America looking to provide a better life for his family.

“We thought with this being election year it would be a very hot topic at the University” Assistant Director of Student Service for Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Heather Kelly, said. Nebot was the one to propose the idea of discussing immigration after Kelly asked him to speak at the University.

“I hope that faculty will encourage students to attend to see that there’s more to the culture than just food and dancing” Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority Advisor, Nicole Martinez, said. Some students were asked by their Professors to attend Nebots’ speech for extra credit while others came for a different perspective on immigration.

“I came here to learn more about immigration in order to form a more valid opinion, rather than just base it on what’s in the media” Mike Pape, a junior transfer to the University, said.

Nebot began his speech with a story from his childhood growing up in Spain and then walked the audience through his journey to America. He asked members of the audience about their own personal connection to immigration and what their comments or concerns were on the topic. As people voiced their questions and opinions, they were written down on a board and discussed by Nebot.

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Failure to Fly the Coup

Returning Home After Graduating Has Many Advantages

news-fly-the-coopTo Rep. Paul Ryan, college students forced to move back in with Mom and Dad are the poster children for the bad economy. But from a personal finance perspective, experts say returning home can be a triumph.

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life, “ Ryan said at the Republican National Convention last week.

It’s a growing trend: There are more adult Americans age 34 or younger sleeping in their childhood bedrooms now than at any other time in the past 30 years, studies show. Nearly one-quarter of those ages 20 to 34 were living at home between 2007 and 2009, up from 17 percent in 1980, according to a study released this month by Zhenchao Qian of Ohio State University. The rate is closer to one-third for 25- to 34-year-olds, says Kim Parker, the lead researcher on another recent survey, “The Boomerang Generation.”

But just because more young adults are moving in with their parents doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

Andi Cooper, 31, a communications specialist from Ridgeland, Miss. who recently moved in with her parents, says people shouldn’t feel sorry for her. “I’m extremely happy,” she says. And she’s not alone.

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Colloquium Speaker Series

Professor Robert Scott Speaks to Students About His Latest Projects

news-robert-scottThe Colloquium Speakers Series kicked off on September 18 as Robert Scott, a communication professor, spoke to graduate students about his experiences post-graduation.

The colloquium is part of the graduate program. According to the graduate program handbook, the class allows first year students the chance to get to know their professors and classmates while learning about basic resources and research. Scott started out by saying that his search for what he wants to do is still continuing today.

Scott grew up in New Jersey, not far from the University. He graduated high school from Christian Brothers Academy and spent almost two years in the Coast Guard. Scott then enrolled at Monmouth College (now University) where he studied history and political science and was a DJ for WMCX.

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Commuter Parking Problems Persist

news-parking-pg-1University Administrators estimate that there are currently 1,554 non-residential parking spots and roughly 4,000 non-residential students attending the University. This has resulted in commuter students and some faculty members having trouble finding a parking space in non-residential lots 13, 14, 18 as well as lot 25 open to non-residents.

For the first few weeks of school, parking valets have been added to these lots. Chief of Police William McElrath said, “For many years we have had valet attendants to provide customer assistance with traffic control and parking. They are here to assist with traffic flow in the parking lots and to help direct individuals to available parking spaces. They will also valet park vehicles if necessary.”

Even though no problems have been reported to the MUPD or Administrative Services, the parking valets have caused controversy. “I live five minutes from school and it takes me a sufficient amount of time to find a parking spot,” said Janine Averbach a non-residential junior.

“The parking lot this year is absolutely ridiculous,” said Jimmy Morecraft a junior who has been commuting for two years. “I have never experienced such anxiety over parking.”

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Surf’s Up at University Bookstore

news-bookstore-surf-pg-2Hurley has recently been making waves at the University bookstore. Nike, the parent company of Hurley, presented the idea of distributing a brand that appeals to both students and surfers. The line was pitched to the University this summer in order to reach their college audience in time for the fall semester.
“They were sponsoring the college division,” said the book store Merchandise Manager, Maria Sisco. The first Hurley apparel was received by the bookstore this past June and the final item from the line hit the shelves just last week.
The new Hurley college line consists of board shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and other accessories such as hats and backpacks. Most of the Hurley items sport the University name including t-shirts that read “SURF Monmouth University.” The line is geared towards both male and female students.
On Hurley’s College website -kids are looking for in apparel, headwear and accessories. We want you on board. Hurley for College is an amazing ride!”
The Action Custom Sportswear, LLC Brand Manager, Ryan release saying that, “It is a perfect match to the college demographic.”

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College Drinking Spikes for Freshmen

As college gets underway, incoming students across the state are entering a world of long lectures, daunting professors, crushing course loads, new friendships and, often, lots and lots of drinking.

Though most older adults know that excessive drinking can lead to death from alcohol poisoning as well as accidents, date rape, assault, violence, vandalism and academic failure, try telling a newly emancipated freshman that.

During the first few weeks of college, students, especially freshmen, are at the highest risk of alcohol-related harm, said Michael Cleveland, researcher at Penn State’s Prevention Research Center. “We see a spike then because anxiety is high, and the rigors of course work haven’t yet taken hold.”

Michael Davis, a senior at University of Central Florida, says the drinking problem often starts with the way the college is portrayed — as a life that revolves around alcohol. “Freshmen come in expecting it to be that way, so behave that way,” said the 22-year-old communication major.

Parents have reason to worry. According to national surveys conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, 44 percent of all college students binge drink and many suffer alcohol-induced blackouts.

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Innocence Project on Campus to Raise Awareness

news-innocence-pg-3On September 13, the non-profit organization Innocence Project, held a presentation on campus to raise awareness of wrongfully convicted persons.

Speaking about his experience was Alan Newton, a victim of eyewitness misidentification which resulted in the theft of 22 years of his life. In front of an audience of over 150 students, faculty and members of the public, Newton outlined the arduous process that he and Innocence Project went through to make him a free man.

The event was held in Young Auditorium and lasted for 45 minutes. He began his story by mentioning the movie Ghostbusters was his alibi. With scrupulous details explaining the morning of his arrest, the confusing police line-ups and the onerous task of locating the rape-kit for testing, Newton put into context the frustration of a man who was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

“In 1994, with the advent of DNA testing, I was granted access to have DNA analysis conducted on the rape-kit from the crime. This was to be done by an independent testing facility,” said Newton, who is 50 years-old. “The only problem was finding the kit - it had disappeared.” For years, Newton continuously sent petitions to New York State courts; he was always denied.

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eCampus Gets a Makeover

news-ecampus-pg-1The eCampus learning system provided by vendor Desire2Learn, made some changes over the summer to make room for a new version with updated features and interface changes.

The new server, called Desire2Learn’s Learning Environment Version 10.0 (D2L LE v10) was put into place over the course of two days in late August. The date was chosen to refrain from troubling students and instructors who use eCampus regularly.

“Taking the system down for 24 hours during summer classes wasn’t an option.” said Wayne Elliot, Instructional Technologist and LMS (Learning Management System) Administrator of Information Management.

“Especially since meeting schedules are condensed into four, six and 12 weeks. There would be a change to the look and feel after the upgrade,” said Elliot.

The upgrade took place after faculty and Information Management members investigated LMS options and saw significant changes in D2L LE v10. It was the first major update to modernize the visual interface.
Desire2Learn has made in several years, according to Elliott.

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Suicide Prevetion Program Awarded Over $300,000

news-suicide-pg-2The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration awarded the University $301,215 that will benefit the college’s Suicide Prevention Program.

Over a period of three years, the program has aimed to help the campus community become more aware of issues relating to suicide and mental health. Counseling and Psychological Services have been contributing in the effort to decrease the number of students suffering from these problems with the creation of the Promoting Wellness and Resiliency Program (PWR).
PWR offers students the ability to learn about things including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem and stress. Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services said that power can be found in wellness.

Christopher McKittrick, a Psychological Counselor, believes awareness of suicide is a big step in trying to stop it. “To ignore the issue of suicide, in my opinion, does not prevent it,” he said.

With the funds, PWR will provide programs and training on how to identify signs and symptoms of mental health problems.

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Greenopolis Recycling Kiosks to Assist in a Recycling Effort on Campus

News_GreenMachinesThe campus took one more step towards a greener initiative recently with the installation of two brand new recycling kiosks called the “Greenopolis Recycling Systems” in the Student Center and the MAC.

Not too long ago, the University was selected by The Princeton Review as a 2012 Green College. According to the University’s website, “Monmouth University has contributed in many ways to making our planet greener and more environmentally friendly. We are committed to pursuing green initiatives on campus, and all of us here –from administrators to students – are active participants in this mission.”

The University community is able to approach a kiosk and immediately start recycling. The interface is simple to use and interact with. Not only is simplicity found in using the machine, but in spreading awareness about its presence on campus as well.

Vice President for Student Services, Mary Anne Nagy is optimistic about the new addition to an already energy and recycling efficient campus. “I think it is great for all of us to share in the responsibility of keeping our campus green,” she said.

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University Mourns Loss of Art Student

News_MourningArtStudentThe University lost some of its sunshine over the summer, as senior Paul M. Chrzaszcz died in a tragic drowning accident on June 19.

According to an article in The Star Ledger, Chrzaszcz and a friend were in a boat on Cheesequake Creek when they dropped a trolling motor into the water. He then returned the next day and went into the creek to receive the motor and authorities said he never resurfaced.

Chrzaszcz was a commuter student from South Amboy and an Art and Design major. He also worked as a fireman for the Mechanicisville Hose Co. in South Amboy and the Melrose Hose Co. in Sayreville.

Art Professor Vincent Dimattio was very close with Chrzaszcz and said in all his years of teaching, he was one of the most caring young people he ever worked with.

“His signature was that he was put on Earth to help as many people as he could,” Dimattio said. “He cared about everybody, was always helpful, and was always there for people.”

Dimattio said Chrzaszcz was thinking of going to graduate school and was a man with many hobbies and interests. He was a fireman, a fisherman and a young artist.

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Aramark Brings Several Improvements to Campus

News_AramarkBringsSeveralAdding meal swipes wasn’t the only dining change which occurred on campus over the summer. The University and ARAMARK have brought forth new attitudes and new food to campus.

One of the first moves was Java City going from its location in the student center to the Plangere Center in place of Einstein Bros Bagels.Not all students are happy about the move. “I personally dislike the change,” said Lisa Syphiewski, a junior student. “I loved Einstein’s and I think it had more to offer than Java City does.”

Vice President for Student and Community Services Mary Anne Nagy felt it was time for a change, as she noticed there was an annual drop in revenue and customers at Einstein’s.

“I know people had a real affinity for Einstein’s, but I think brands have cycles and I think we were out of that cycle,” Nagy said. “There used to be Einstein Bagels all around this area outside of the University and now there are none because it didn’t have the stability of a place like a McDonald’s or Wendy’s.”

With the Einstein’s franchise leaving, the University decided to bring in the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers franchise.

“We knew we wanted to put in some sort of a franchise concept, chicken being the lead because in surveys chicken is big here,” Nagy said. “Seeing Einstein’s was going down we moved Java and retook that area to make it Raising Cane’s and I think in the long run it’s going to be a great decision.”

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Swipe for a Meal in Student Center

The days of only being able to use meal swipes in the McGill Commons are over. Starting this fall students will be able to swipe for a meal in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

“It gives students far more flexibility, far more choices and gives them the ability to use a lot more of their meals,” said Vice President of Student Services, Mary Ann Nagy. “For example, if you have a meal plan with 225 meals then at the end of the semester you should have zero meals left and should not be taking a lot of money your pocket either.”

The new swipe plan is called the meal exchange and each station in the student center establishes what would be a meal equivalent. According to Nagy, a meal swipe in the student center at the pizza station would be two slices of pizza, a salad, a piece of fruit, chips and a fountain beverage or 20 ounce bottle of Dasani water.

Nagy recommends if people are only a little hungry they grab a smaller meal at the student center, but if they are very hungry then they should head over to McGill Commons where it is still all you can eat after you swipe in.

Molly Chamberlain, District Marketing Manager for Aramark would like to see students put their meal plans to full use.

“We’re hoping students catch onto this quickly and take advantage of the fact they can swipe for meals in two locations on campus,” Chamberlain said.

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New Art Building Set to Open in November

News_ArtBuildFrontPageThis November is the planned opening for the new Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Art Building on campus. The building, currently under construction, will boast 20,340 square feet of classrooms and faculty offices as well as a three-story gallery. Robert L. Cornero, Associate Vice President of Campus Planning & Construction explains that the construction had a delayed start because of waiting on approval for last minute changes. These changes included the structuce, technical issues, heating system, lighting revisions, foundation revisions, ceiling revisions and different trim and tile patterns.

The project was no small undertaking with numerous different people working on the building since construction began. “We have averaged approximately 15 workers per day since the project started last December,” said Cornero. “At first there were heavy equipment operators and laborers, then there were concrete masons, then iron workers and so on,” he said.

During the last phases of the project, Cornero says they have been using more contractors who specialize in finishing trades, such as carpenters, electricians, tin knockers, tile setters and painters.

The new larger gallery is planning to be the center piece of the building with classrooms and offices around it. This will give everyone who enters the building a chance to see not only the works of students, but also outside artists.

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Welcome from the President

Dear Hawks:

Welcome back to class. This was my tenth summer at Monmouth and by far the busiest; not just for me but for the many staff, administrators and faculty who worked here over the last three months. From simple improvements to drainage in a few areas and brighter lights around

Wilson Hall, to the newly constructed Rechnitz Hall (Art Building), to a new Trading Room in the Business School, to new ARAMARK dining options, and many more improvements, we continue to make the campus something about which to be proud.

We are in the final throes of opening graduate classes in the Monmouth Park Corporate Center, just less than two miles away. Psychological Counseling will open there this year and the new Physician’s Assistant program next year. This is big step for us. It also gives us a bit more elbowroom on the main campus.

You will see changes in Howard Hall: a new home for Psychology. Expect continual changes this year to the labs in Edison Hall.

We have a full, new first-year class and several hundred transfer students. This is a terrific new class. I’ve met many of our new students and they are confident, from diverse backgrounds, and highly qualified.

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VP Student Services

To the newest members of the Monmouth University community - the Class of 2016 - and to our new transfer students, a hearty welcome. To all our returning students, welcome back! It’s great to have you with us again. I hope your summer was productive and fun and you are now ready for an outstanding year here at Monmouth.

As in the past, the University has undertaken a number of projects this summer to improve your experience as a student. First and foremost, you will notice a new food service facility in the Stafford Student Center - Raising Cane’s. This chicken finger concept will be open six days a week to satisfy your hunger for chicken fingers. Stop by and see this cool new dining option. Java City has moved to the Plangere Center in a newly renovated space and will be open six days a week. I am happy to report that the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Art Building is nearing completion. Also, a financial service trading room has been built in Bey Hall in support of the Leon Hess Business School. In addition, Oakwood Hall has been renovated. It has been a busy summer!

Related to our new food service facilities are some major changes to our meal plans. Students with meal plans may now use a meal swipe in the Stafford Center Food Court during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal options for this swipe will be available at every station to provide you with many choices. A new ARAMARK management team is in place, and I know you will be pleased with the dining changes.

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