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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

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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