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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

“There’s Never a Right Time to Say Good-Bai”

Wow. That’s all I can say at this point. I knew this day was coming but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. It’s crazy to me that in only a few short weeks I will be graduating from Monmouth University and leaving everything I’ve known for the past four years behind. I write this with a heavy feeling in my heart but I know that it is the time in my life for me to move on to bigger and better things. With that being said, there are several people I need to thank.

My family. Thank you for supporting me in everything I’ve ever done, especially my father. I am Daddy’s little girl and I am incredibly proud of that. Thank you for being an amazing role model and for holding my family together when we felt we were going to break. Thank you for raising me to be the woman I am today. I love you. Mommy, Freddy and Stephen, thank you for always being my cheerleaders. I love you all. I can’t forget my Babci. Thank you for always calling me to make sure I wore a coat when it was snowing and I didn’t get on the parkway too late at night. Thank you for your 15 minute voicemails and just always making me smile. You are my angel.

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Goodbye to All

Wow. That’s all I can say at this point. I knew this day was coming but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. It’s crazy to me that in only a few short weeks I will be graduating from Monmouth University and leaving everything I’ve known for the past four years behind. I write this with a heavy feeling in my heart but I know that it is the time in my life for me to move on to bigger and better things. With that being said, there are several people I need to thank.

My family. Thank you for supporting me in everything I’ve ever done, especially my father. I am Daddy’s little girl and I am incredibly proud of that. Thank you for being an amazing role model and for holding my family together when we felt we were going to break. Thank you for raising me to be the woman I am today. I love you. Mommy, Freddy and Stephen, thank you for always being my cheerleaders. I love you all. I can’t forget my Babci. Thank you for always calling me to make sure I wore a coat when it was snowing and I didn’t get on the parkway too late at night. Thank you for your 15 minute voicemails and just always making me smile. You are my angel.

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When Everything is Finished, That Will Be the Beginning

Monmouth has been the best four years of my life thus far. These years have been scary, demanding, thrilling, and stimulating, all at the same damn time.

That’s what makes it so great. Everyday is something new. If it’s not new friends, it’s a new class everyday, if it’s not a new residence hall, it’s a new, enthusiastic professor.

Monday, the work day, the “I need coffee” day, the “let’s go to the DH” day, is completely different in comparison to Friday, the “let’s go out” day, the “wanna go to the beach” day, the “homework can wait” day. Everyday of the week is priceless in college, which is why I’ll miss it so much.

I look back on my career here and appreciate those long hours in the library; it was relaxing knowing that my only worry was a test, and that in a few moments a friend would most likely walk over to me to catch up. I’m going to miss the days when I have to sit through long AOII chapter meetings, making faces at my sisters and learning about all

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“Memory Lane Up in the Headlights”

“Got Me Reminiscing on Them Good Times”

Someone very close to me once said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” After hearing this quote from the most inspirational person in my life, I chose to live by it. I feel Monmouth was a place that truly made me come alive.  Monmouth allowed me to thrive and  succeed through the classroom, student organizations and extra added perks like traveling to Ireland, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and San Diego to further my education and frame my outlook on life. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I was presented and for the people that I have met during my time here.

Before Monmouth I never felt so comfortable, so at home and so accepted. I met some of the most influential professionals and my very best friends that will stay with me forever. I would not have succeeded or gotten to be where I am today without the following people...

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After Two Decades of Service, Thomas Pearson Steps Down as the Provost

Provost_1Dr. Thomas Pearson decided he will be stepping down as pro­vost at the end of the spring 2014 semester after 22 years in the po­sition.

“I am stepping down because this is the right time, but I serve at the president’s pleasure and he said he would like to make the change,” Pearson said. He also said that he had discussed the possible stepping down with each presidential candidate but is proud of his 22 years of service as provost.

Pearson compared the job of provost as being “an air traffic controller for the University.” He added, “I have a range of feel­ings; mixed feelings. My first feeling is grateful for being able to serve as long a time as I did… I had the privilege of leading the academic side while great things were happening at the Univer­sity.”

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The Community Garden Opens to Volunteers and Local Residents

GardenVolunteer members from the nearby local communities joined University employees for the opening of the Monmouth University Community Garden on Saturday, April 26. The garden, now approaching its fifth summer of operation, has donated approximately eight tons of produce to various charities across Monmouth County in the past four years.

The garden lies adjacent to the tennis courts along Beechwood Avenue and consists of 37 garden plots divided into two sections: a community side where all of the crops that are harvested multiple times throughout the year are donated to philanthropic organizations, and a private section available for rent to people in the community.

Dr. Robin Mama, Dean of the School of Social Work (MSW), runs the garden with the help of an eight-member steering committee that consists of herself, Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, assistant professor of biology, Barbara Arrington, an instructor in the MSW, and five local volunteers from the county. Many factions of the University community and residents of the neighboring towns have had a factor in the garden's growth over the previous four years.

"This has been a collaborative effort since it started," Mama said. "We wanted a space where we would harvest and give to the community and a place where people can enjoy intersecting with the University."

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President Brown Looks to the University’s Future

P-BrownAs President Paul Brown wraps up his first academic year at the University, he continues to prepare and manage the strategic planning process that will continue to enrich academic programs, campus facilities and funding opportunities.

As the University's Head Hawk, Brown strives to achieve his goals of gaining more visibility and increasing diversity at the institution in the upcoming years.

"So far, my first year as president has been great," said Brown. "The first year, for me, was about understanding how the University operates as well as knowing the culture, and I feel pretty good about having a sense of that."

According to Brown, he has interacted with approximately every full-time employee on campus and thousands of students in order to feel submersed in the University and the people who comprise the heart of it.

Michael Maiden, Assistant Vice President of Communications and University Relations External Affairs, said Brown has fully encompassed himself in the University for months prior to becoming the eighth president of the University on August 1, 2013. Brown spoke to former President Paul Gaffney, members of the Board of Trustees, community leaders and faculty members in order to prepare for his term as president.

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The GMO Debate Across America Continues

Much debate has arisen over whether labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in America should be enforced as a law or banned from the country. As consumers continue to learn more information about the genetic modification process and its prominence in the food system, more people are anxious to know which foods contain GMOs and which do not.

The controversy, however, is that GMO-creating companies argue that the process does not alter foods and is 100 percent safe and beneficial, therefore they should not require a label.

GMOs are organisms that are modified through inserting a gene from one organism into another organism to create a desired trait, Theresa Lam, Board Member at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, said.

Connecticut and Maine previously passed GMO label laws, although chose to wait for other states to pass the law before enforcing. Also in America, there are currently about 29 states considering GMO label laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislature.

Vermont was of the 29 states in America considering GMO label laws, until April 23 when the law was approved by state lawmakers and is now awaiting approval from the governor. If it is approved the law will take effect for the first time in America in Vermont on July 16, 2016.

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MUPD Safety Officer Injured by Drunk Driver

The-CrashA Long Branch resident has been charged with drunk driving after colliding head-on with a University security vehicle, injuring a member of the University police force near the intersection of Palmer Avenue around 11:40 pm on Saturday, April 19, according to William McElrath, Chief of the University Police Department.

The suspect, 32-year-old Francis Bebout, was driving a 2012 Dodge Charger southbound along Larchwood Avenue when he crossed over into the oncoming lane and slammed into the parked security vehicle, a 2008 Ford Escape. Safety Officer Michael Cittadino was sitting in the front seat of the security vehicle and sustained injuries from the impact.

Lawrence Mihlon, West Long Branch Police Chief, said Bebout traveled approximately 62 feet in the wrong lane and pushed the Escape about 16 feet along the road before it smashed into a piece of the fence between Kessler Field and the baseball field. Mihlon said it's not known how fast the Charger was traveling at the time of impact.

After the collision, Cittadino called in to the University police by radio to indicate he was involved in an accident. Bebout also used the officer's radio to make sure the University police would respond to the scene, McElrath said.

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Heartbleed Bug Breaches Security

heartbleed_logoOne of the largest security vulnerabilities the internet has ever experienced allowed thousands of websites to be susceptible to hackers as a result of a flaw created in the open SSL server over two years ago.

The Heartbleed bug had the potential to affect 66 percent of websites worldwide, Edward Christensen, Vice President of Information Management, said in an email to University students on April 21.

The Heartbleed bug has the ability to send an invalid heartbeat message to a server and retrieve 64k of information stored in the memory, Jan Rohn, a specialist professor in the computer science and software engineering department, said.

The information returned from the 64K that was stored may include the encryption keys for that network which, if retrieved, allows the hackers to read the encrypted information being shared, Rohn explained. The information that is shared through a network often includes a user's passwords and other personal information which would be accessible.

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Matthew Lawrence Receives Home Grown Feature Award

two-pints-lighterSpecialty communication professor Matthew Lawrence was awarded the Home Grown Feature award at the Garden State Film Festival for his film "Two Pints Lighter" on March 23.

Lawrence, who teaches video production courses at the University, said he wanted to try directing and producing a feature for quite some time.

"Up to this point, I had produced several shorts, so this seemed like the next logical step," said Lawrence. "By sheer coincidence, around this time, I read a short screenplay that a friend of mine had written and really enjoyed the premise. I then developed that idea into what is now 'Two Pints Lighter' with the help of my best friend, Ryan Conrath, who also plays the lead in the film."

The Garden State Film Festival is hosted annually in Atlantic City to promote and celebrate the independent film genre.

The festival's mission was "founded to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders," according to their website.

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First NJ Students to take PRSA Certificate Test

PRSA_colorThree University communication students will be the first in New Jersey to take the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations test through the University Accreditation Board (UAB).

Killian Ferdine, Jessica Rinaldi and Brittany Bogdan, all senior communication majors, will take the test.

Kristine Simoes, a specialist professor of communication and the President of the Public Relations Society of America New Jersey section (PRSA NJ), said that she has been telling her public relations students about the certificate and the three girls wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.

"This certificate enables these emerging professionals a more competitive edge in the job market," said Simoes.

Simoes and Mary Harris, a specialist professor of communication, faculty members from Seton Hall University, Dr. Kathleen Donohue Rennie and a PRSA member have been preparing the three students for the test.

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HERO Night for Designated Drivers Held at Local Business

John-ElliotThe University's HERO Campaign Committee hosted their 5th annual event at Jack's Goal Line Stand on Thursday, April 17 to raise awareness about the need for sober drivers.

Gary Mejia, a designated driver and recipient of the HERO Campaign award in 2011, said it is important to make people conscious of the effects of drinking and driving, and what they can do to prevent it.

"The group is important because it raises awareness for a serious issue, which is drinking and driving, especially on college campuses where drinking is a part of the culture," Mejia said. "The more people that can get involved, the better the message can be transmitted."

During the event, members of the HERO Campaign asked guests to sign a pledge stating that they would not drink and drive. If participants signed, they were given a free slice of pizza from Jack's. The group also handed out wristbands, stickers, t-shirts and cab vouchers as prizes for games like skee ball.

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Household Rat Poison Linked to Wildlife Deaths

The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago in a trail-camera photo shot against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign.

But when a remote camera in Griffith Park captured an image of the puma more recently, it showed a thinner and mangy animal. Scientists sedated him and drew blood samples. They found evidence of exposure to rat poisons.

Now, researchers say they suspect a link between the poisons and the mange, a parasitic skin disease that causes crusting and skin lesions and has contributed to the deaths of scores of bobcats and coyotes. A National Park Service biologist applied a topical treatment for mange and injected Vitamin K to offset the effects of poisoning.

The condition of California's famous cougar is likely to intensify the debate over the use of rat poisons in areas of the state where urban living collides with nature.

Nearly 20 municipalities throughout California, including San Francisco, Calabasas and Malibu, have passed resolutions urging residents not to purchase and businesses not to sell "second-generation" anticoagulant rodenticides, said Jonathan Evans, a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit group based in San Francisco. P-22 was afflicted by two older "first-generation" rat poisons, which he probably ingested by eating other wildlife.

The maker of d-CON, a leading rat poison, is fighting efforts to ban sales of its product to consumers, arguing that it is safe when properly used. The company contends that by eliminating consumer access to one type of effective, affordable rodent control, California runs the risk of increasing the use of alternative products that contain powerful _ and potentially more harmful _ neurotoxins.

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Free Vegan Advocacy Presentation with Jon Camp

West Long Branch, NJ - The volunteers at the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) are hosting a free vegan potluck followed by a presentation by Jon Camp from Vegan Outreach. Jon Camp is the Director of Outreach at Vegan Outreach, which is a nonprofit organization working to expose and end the cruelty of animals through the distribution of animal cruelty information. The event will take place in the Monmouth University Magill Commons Club Dining Room on Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Camp is known for "leafleting" or handing out pamphlets about veganism and animal cruelty to college students; he recently handed out his millionth pamphlet. Camp has traveled to numerous colleges across America reaching close to one million students. During his vegan outreach discussion on April 27, Camp will explain why vegan advocacy has a large return on investment that saves many suffering animals per dollar donated.

Camp plans to discuss, "...why it's important that we focus our attention on the plight of farmed animals, the increasing receptivity that we're seeing in regards to vegan eating and farm animal issues, how to do outreach in a manner that's going to win hearts and mind, and effective vegan philanthropy."

Individuals who wish to attend the presentation and potluck are encouraged to contribute a vegan dish. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by emailing Mary Harris at To learn more about MAVS, please visit

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization. MAVS promotes healthy lifestyle & diet options and compassionate living. The organization also provides numerous educational resources to inform the public about the advantages of vegetarian diets.

A New President, a New Era at MU

inauguration_brown_1Paul R. Brown was officially inaugurated as the 8th University president during a ceremony that took place on the steps of Wilson Hall on Thursday, April 10. The inauguration has been anticipated by members of the University since the president's appointment in August, 2013.

According to Brown, higher education is more than a job, it is his calling. "Those of us who follow this calling know that the real value of higher education is measured not simply by the rate of employment of our students six months after graduation; rather, it is about preparing them to think in critical and creative ways for the rest of their lives," Brown said during his inauguration speech.

The inauguration took place months after his appointment because the president needed time to settle in, meet a wide range of constituencies and plan the ideal inauguration, Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student Life and Leadership Engagement, said.

"It is not unusual for an inauguration to take place six to eight months into a president's tenure," she said.

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The University Remembers the Loss of Chris Mejia

Over $2,000 was Raised at the Heart of a Lion Walk on April 13

mejia-attendentsUniversity students and supporters walked to honor the loss of former student, Christopher Mejia at the Heart of a Lion walk on Sunday, April 13.

Mejia's life was taken on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, when he attempted to cross the intersection of Monmouth Road and Route 36 and was hit by a vehicle at about 10:40 AM. Mejia, who was 23-years-old at the time, was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, where he died the following Monday, according to a article.

Christopher Mejia's sister, Amanda Mejia, commented on the dedication that students expressed in creating the walk for her brother. "Chris was really into the fit life so the walk was a good idea," said Amanda Mejia. "It's really great to see a lot of people come out for my brother. It gives my mom support."

Christopher Mejia was a brother of the Sigma Pi Fraternity and nine other Greek life organizations that attended to support him.

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EPA Underestimates Methane Released at Drilling Sites

natural_gas_drillingDrilling at several natural gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania released methane into the atmosphere at rates that were 100 to 1,000 times higher than federal regulators had estimated, new research shows.

Using a plane equipped to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the air, scientists found that drilling activities at seven well pads in the Marcellus Shale Formation emitted 34 grams of methane per second, on average. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that such drilling releases between 0.04 grams and 0.30 grams of methane per second.

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences adds to a growing body of research suggesting that the EPA is seriously underestimating methane emissions from oil and gas operations. The agency is expected to issue its analysis of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector soon, which will give outside experts a chance to assess how well regulators understand the problem.

Carbon dioxide released by the combustion of fossil fuels is the biggest contributor to climate change, but methane - the chief component of natural gas - is 20 to 30 times more potent when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere. Methane emissions make up nine percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions and are on track to increase, according to the White House.

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The Leon Hess Business School Ranks as one of the US News & World Report’s Top Master’s Programs

top_masters_programsThe University's Leon Hess Business School was recently ranked as one of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools this year.

Its part-time Master of Business Administration program (MBA), which offers tracks in accounting, finance, and real estate, as well as a concentration in healthcare management, made its way to the national list, coming in at 208 out of the 282 ranked colleges.

To be considered for the list, the Leon Hess Business School had to meet the criteria of being internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The business school is ranked among the top five percent of business schools accredited.

"I am thrilled that our MBA program was recognized with this honor," Don Moliver, Dean of the Leon Hess Business School, said in a 2014 press release. "The ranking is a direct reflection of the commitment of our faculty, staff and alumni. Our personalized education for busy professionals prepares graduates to compete and prosper in today's global marketplace."

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The Use of Citizen Journalism Increases Worldwide

Citizen-JournalismThe increase of technology and access to the internet across the globe has given citizens the ability to act as citizen journalists, capturing and sharing incidents with the general public that may have never been reported otherwise.

Citizen journalism is the act of ordinary people risking their lives to document events and actions using audios and visuals to report world events that may not have been known, Dr. Eleanor Novek, associate communication professor, said.

Novek's Newswriting class discussed the use of citizen journalism worldwide during a panel presentation in the Global Understanding Convention. The class focused on citizen journalism in Ukraine, Pakistan, Iraq, Russia, Venezuela, America and Syria.

In Iraq there have been 14 media workers killed in the past six months, which is double the average amount of media workers killed in Iraq each year, Lexis Davenport, a senior communication major, said. Iraq faces many issues regarding unnecessary violence, and when journalists try to report this information many are threatened, jailed or killed.

To allow the public the opportunity to comprehend the amount of violence that the Iraqi people face each day a website titled, the Iraqi Body Count was created. The website, which was created after the 2003 military intervention is a compilation of reports from every day people living in Iraq, Davenport said.

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Employers Scrutinize Students’ Social Media Presence

social_mediaWork experience, skills and references are not the only factors employers consider while interviewing potential employees. A recent study found that the social media accounts of potential employees are also being scrutinized and, in some cases, costing interviewees the job.

A 2013 survey was completed by JobVite, an applicant tracking system that works for companies such as E-Harmony, Spotify and Starbucks on social media during the hiring process. According to the survey, 93 percent of job recruiters surveyed are likely to look at a candidate's social media accounts, and 78 percent of the recruiters have hired through social networking websites, which is a 20 percent increase from 2010. The study also found that of the participating job recruiters, 42 percent reconsidered hiring a potential candidate based on the content on their social media accounts.

Facebook users hit a record number of 1.3 billion in 2013; 56 million between the ages of 35 and 54, and 42 million between the ages of 18 and 24. Even though the numbers show that Facebook has less youthful users, it can still affect college students while they are job hunting.

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Shadow PR Firm/PRSSA Dance-a-thon Raises Over $10,000

PRSSA_dance1The University's Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter raised over $10,000 for The Valerie Fund, a not-for-profit organization that supports children with cancer and rare blood disorders, during their first inaugural Monmouth Hawks Dance Together event.

The event took place on Friday, April 4 at 6 pm in Anacon Hall. A total of 185 students and faculty members attended the event in support of The Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.

Kelly Brockett, Co-President of Shadow PR/PRSSA, said she could not have been happier with the turnout of the event. "If you had told (Co-President) Kristi Silver and I a week ago that we would reach our goal of $10,000, and that about 200 people would attend our event, we would not have believed you."

Brockett said the event has been in the works since May 2013. To prepare for the event, members of Shadow PR/PRSSA combined efforts with students from Dr. Sheila McAllister's PR Campaigns and Event Planning classes to make the event possible.

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Largest Career Day to Date

Career-Day-employerCareer Services held its largest annual Spring Career Day in history with 110 employers in attendance. Students from all majors came to the event to learn about different businesses and organizations, and to explore possible internship and job opportunities on Wednesday, April 2.

The event, which took place in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) for the second year in a row, brings in local, regional, and national employers to campus for a day and, according to the University website, "employers representing the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors are always present."

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said, the event has been expanding throughout the years with more students and businesses getting involved. "The last two career days attracted over 400 students and alumni. Four or five years ago that number might have been around 250 to 300, an increase of over 25 percent," he said.

In addition, Hill said, "Career Services has broken records three years in a row based on the employer attendance at the Spring Career Days."

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The University Remembers the Loss of Nicole Surace

Nicole_WalkSeveral organizations joined together to remember the loss of former University student, Nicole Elizabeth Surace, during the Only the Good Fly Young Walk at Kessler Field on Sunday, April 6.

The attendees of the remembrance walk varied between several different towns including Milltown, Spotswood and East Brunswick, with a total of 300 participants.

On November 30, 2013, Nicole Surace, 18, and her boyfriend Jeffrey Szatkowski, 17, died when their vehicle struck a utility pole, according to a CBS report. Szatkowski was driving and lost control of the car. His vehicle split the pole in half, flipped over several times, hit a tree, and then landed upside down.

Police determined no drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. Szatkowski was a football star at Spotswood High School, and Surace was a cheerleader. The teens were buried next to each other in Holy Cross Burial Park in South Brunswick.

The walk, held in Surace's honor, raised over $11,000 said Kelly Parks, a sophomore business major and friend of Surace.

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The Black Maria Film Festival Comes to the University

The University hosted the 33rd annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival in Pollack Theatre to allow students to watch several independent short films for the 12th consecutive year on Tuesday, April 2.

The Black Maria Film and Video Festival, named after the film studio built by Thomas Edison in New Jersey in 1893, honors independent short films of any genre that can last anywhere between five and 30 minutes.

Each year, between 40 and 60 independent films are chosen to be presented at the festival by "noted exponents of independent work," according to the Black Maria Film and Video Festival's official website.

The website also states that the festival "encourages and seeks creative, insightful, sensitive, free spirited, expressive, poetic and experimental works in animation, narrative, documentary, and hybrid forms.

Nicole DeSarno, a freshman communication major, said that she enjoyed the films in the festival this year. "I thought it was very different, but very intriguing," said DeSarno. "I loved how none of the pieces were similar to each other. They each had their own style, which was refreshing and overall extremely entertaining."

Among the films showcased during the festival was "A Place of Spirit," a documentary about an artist who was being evicted from her home after living there for 44 years, "Wise Choice or Lucky Guess," a cartoon about a deceased man choosing between heaven and hell while on an escalator, and "Globe Trot," a dance-film project made by 54 filmmakers on all seven continents who each contributed two seconds of choreographed dance moves orchestrated by choreographer Bebe Miller.

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Entrepreneurship Class Creates A Book on Jersey Cuisine

The entrepreneurship class of the Leon Hess Business School is currently in the process of creating a book that showcases various restaurants and wineries across the state of NJ titled, "Enjoy: A Taste of New Jersey."

John Buzza, a Specialist Professor of the management and decision sciences, teaches the entrepreneurship class at the University which, according to the course description on WebAdvisor, "focuses on the actual tasks and activities of the entrepreneur, from the excitement of the original concept, the reality of researching venture feasibility, financing the venture, launching the venture, to managing growth."

The students enrolled in the class have the entire semester to brainstorm and produce a product of their choice. Over the years, Buzza and his students have created 14 various products and services, some of which include dog treats, perfumes and an original salsa recipe. Previous classes have also set up a local soup kitchen called Soup D'Shore, and even created COREiculum, a workout program targeted at college students.

This year, the students chose to publish a restaurant guide to various types of NJ cuisine. "People are infatuated with the name of New Jersey itself," Buzza explained. "whether it be Jersey Mike's, 'Housewives of New Jersey', the Jersey Shore...New Jersey sells."

The main focus of this book is not only to add to the collection of NJ-themed products already on the market, but also to "feature Jersey culture in food," Buzza said.

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Students Plan Walk to Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

According to the Center for Disease Control, someone commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, the center also found.

Promoting Wellness and Resiliency on Campus (PWR) is hosting its first annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness about suicide prevention on Wednesday, April 16. Registration for the two hour walk will begin at 5:45 pm and will start at 6 pm on the residential quad.

Jessica Ketch, president of the Active Minds campus chapter, said that because the incidence of suicide on college campuses is so high, it is important to have the walk and raise awareness about suicide prevention.

"I think it is important to have this walk because it stands for something that every college student can relate to," said Ketch. "Everyone has been affected by suicide whether they know someone who attempted or have attempted themselves."

The purpose of the walk, according to PWR, is to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues, and in particular to raise awareness about how suicide affects survivors. Donations are welcome, but not required for participation, and all of the proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Activities during the walk will include live music, a DJ, games, activities, giveaways, and guest speakers. The event is open to the University community and all participants will receive a free PWR t-shirt.

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The University Celebrates National Student Employment Week

In celebration of National Student Employment Week (April 13 – 19), the Student Employment Office will sponsor a number of events celebrating its 18th Annual Student Employee Appreciation Week (SEAW).

Weather permitting, the Student Employment Office will be on the north side of campus Monday & Tuesday, April 14 & 15 giving away hundreds of bags of Herr's potato chips to students.

Student Employee Appreciation Day is Wednesday, April 16. Student employees should visit the giveaway tables in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Special guests, The Vitamin Shoppe of Eatontown and Amy's Omelette House will be on hand with their own special giveaways. Weather permitting, Chipolte Mexican Grill along with others will share their giveaways on the patio. Plenty of free desserts (including homemade goodies) will be available as well! A DJ will play and the Monmouth University Pep Band will perform. We invite students to come enjoy games on the patio, dance, and celebrate!

Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away to Monmouth's appreciated student employees during the week! Every student employee will be eligible to win a prize ... movie tickets, gift certificates to restaurants and nail salons, t-shirts, gym memberships and much, much, more. Additional raffles and a huge candy guess will also lead to more great prizes! Every student employee will also receive coupons from either the University Bookstore or the WindMill compliments of the Levine Family.

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Spring has Sprung but Snow Costs Linger

Snow_1The University experienced a dramatic amount of snowfall this semester, leading to the quick depletion of the snow removal budget and numerous school closures.

Patricia Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services, said this year's total snowfall has been much higher than it has been in recent years. Because of the increased amount of snow, Facilities Management has exceeded their snow removal budget line and has had to transfer monies from other budget lines to compensate. According to Swannack, the snow removal budget line is normally between $35,000 to $40,000, but so far this semester, about $130,000 was spent.

University groundskeepers and other employees have the primary responsibility of plowing and salting the parking lots, Swannack said. However, sometimes the task becomes too great for the University grounds crew.

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Major Decision; Minor Result

career3Many debate whether or not having a college major plays a significant role in determining a person's future career, although this is generally the number one question that students are asked.

Choosing a major has become an increasingly daunting task for college students, especially when it is believed to dictate their lifelong profession. In today's competitive job market, many students are conflicted between choosing a major they are genuinely interested in and choosing one that will offer the most lucrative job opportunities once they graduate.

Alyssa Riley, a sophomore accounting major, said, "When I first started college, I had wanted to be an art major but everyone's reactions when I told them my potential plan kind of discouraged me. All I heard in response was 'How are you going to find a job?'"

Because of this uncertainty, students like Riley often choose to postpone their major decision. Approximately 50 percent of incoming University students enroll as undeclared each year, according to data from the University's website.

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Dangerous Trend: Smoking Alcohol

smoking_alcoholThere is a dangerous new trend making itself known on college campuses across the nation that allows people to become intoxicated by inhaling alcohol vapor, which is commonly known as smoking alcohol.

According to an episode on the "Dr. Oz Show" released March 6, smoking alcohol is defined as inhaling alcohol instead of drinking it. The vapors create an instant high without a hangover, Dr. Oz said.

"I'm surprised because it's only one shot of alcohol but I'm inhaling it," said Dr. Oz after smoking the vapor of one shot of vodka on his show. "As you inhale it into your lungs you feel the effect almost immediately."

There are a number of reasons why people are turning to smoking alcohol opposed to drinking it in order to get a buzz.

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Bowling Alley Predicted to be Completed by this May

Bowling-AlleyThe new four-lane bowling alley in Boylan Gymnasium began construction and is expected to be completed by mid-May.

Plans for the bowling alley began in spring 2013 and were said to be completed by Aug. 2013, according to Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services. There have not been any major changes from the original plan, she said.

Once completed, the lanes will be open to the University bowling team as well as the student population for events, competitions and recreation, said Swannack. The bowling alley will also be open to the surrounding community.

Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics, said the existence of a bowling alley on campus will lead to faculty participation and Greek life events. There is also the possibility of potential physical education classes for students.

"The addition of this bowling alley is going to be a great asset to all Monmouth University students," said Kevin Gilsenan, President of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE). "The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon especially look forward to utilizing it in the near future for events benefitting our philanthropy, St. Jude's Children Hospital."

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University Students Spend Spring Break Completing Construction on a School in Guatemala

guatemala-group-shotTwenty University students traveled to Guatemala for seven days to participate in community service efforts in the town of Xepocol during Spring Break. The students, along with three professional staff members, completed the roof of a school that students began building on previous volunteer trips three years prior.

"At the worksite, we did hard manual labor that the people do daily," Dan Pizzimenti, a sophomore business major, said. "We had to shovel rocks and sand, we were sifting rocks, making and moving concrete, cutting rebar and bending it. It was hot and tough work but working together as a team makes everything bearable," he added.

Construction for schools in Guatemala promote education for those living at or under the poverty line because it enables the students in the area to learn closer to home. Salud y Paz, the organization the group traveled with, aims to help their country through the help of international hands by building health and education clinics.

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Honor Society Seeks Bone Marrow Donators

The Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta) Biology Honor Society hosted a bone marrow drive in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) for students interested in helping people with bone marrow deficiency diseases.

The honor society swabbed cheeks to test their DNA and determine if certain genes matched the genes of people who lack bone marrow due to illness. Certain diseases that cause a lack of bone marrow include cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

The swabs were placed in an envelope and sent to the Delete Blood Cancer DKMS registry. If the DNA of a certain person is found to be a match, officials from the registry contact that individual and ask if they would be willing to donate their bone marrow.

People can donate by either giving blood or traditional bone marrow samples, though the process is extremely confidential.

The goal of Tri Beta's drive was to add more people to the bone marrow registry, which is a list of potential donors who are removed after they turn 61-years-old.

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The NJ Marathon is Looking for Volunteers

The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon is looking for "Ask Me" team members to volunteer during marathon weekend on April 25, 26 and 27. The "Ask Me" team is a group of volunteers that answer questions that athletes might have before or after the race.

The team members will be separated into different groups according to the days they are able to volunteer and the times they are available. There are three days available to volunteer (April 25 and 26 at the Health and Fitness Expo and April 27 on race day). There will be two time slots to volunteer per day (morning and afternoon). Ideally it would be great to volunteer all three days, although we appreciate every second that you are able to help!

Each of the volunteers will undergo a training session explaining the common questions that they will be asked. The volunteers will also be given an awesome "Ask Me" volunteer shirt and a packet of questions and answers that they should have with them at all times while volunteering.

The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon is a local race created in 1997 that involves the surrounding towns. The race started as a 700 person race in 1997 and is now an estimated 12,000 person race which includes a full marathon, half marathon, half marathon relay and Shaping NJ 5k race. The race includes eight shore communities in Monmouth County and supports hundreds of organizations to raise money through fundraising.

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Great Lawn Tacks on Turf

Lawn1After much debate, the University will begin removal of the Great Lawn's grass field to build a turf field benefiting the University's soccer teams, club sports programs and recreational activities beginning April 1.

The new field will be named Hesse Field in recognition of the private donation from Marianne Hesse, a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

As stated on, field turf is an artificial playing surface intended to replicate natural grass. The field is composed of a polyethylene fibers layer, an infill layer of silica sand and cryogenic rubber, and a backing layer of woven polypropylene fabric.

According to Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics, this project, with an estimated $1.4 million budget, is scheduled to be complete by mid-June.

The trustee decided to donate Hesse Field as a gift to her two grandchildren who are currently attending the University, one of whom plays club soccer. "I was blessed to be able to donate," Hesse said. The Hesse family has been involved with the Board of Trustees for a number of years and has donated previously.

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The Security of Apple Devices is Questionable

phoneApple users were recently subject to possible software hacking due to security breech concerns in February, which has led to further product protection concerns.

An update to Apple's iOS software for its iPhones, iPads and iPods released in February to fix a security issue that existed for a number of months, covered up the vulnerability that should have encrypted information on the Apple devices emails, social media information and financial information.

This breach of security could have allowed hackers to obtain personal information sent through insecure networks, such as the wifi in public coffee shops, ice cream shops or gyms.

Apple did not indicate how it became aware of the issue, although Matthew Green, a Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor, said in a Reuters report, "It's as bad as you could imagine."

The flaws were patched over by a series of software updates without a sizable number of reported hacks according to

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Monmouth Professors Explore Inequality Through Rhetoric

Two Business Professors Begin Production on Their Second Book

joan-robinsonTwo professors of the Leon Hess Business School published a critically acclaimed book in 2009 titled, "The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist" and are currently working on the manuscript of a second book, set to be published around the start of 2015.

Nahid Aslanbeigui, professor of economics, finance, and real estate, and Guy Oakes, Jack T. Kvernland professor of philosophy and corporate social policy, wrote about the life of Joan Robinson, one of the few famous women economists.

"The Provocative Joan Robinson" focuses on Robinson's struggles to make a career between 1929 and 1938.

Robinson studied economics at Cambridge University in the early 1920s in what Aslanbeigui calls "a very sexist environment." Women who attended Cambridge were not awarded degrees until 1948, making it hard for those who graduated before then, like Robinson, to establish careers after finishing their time at college.

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Communication Department Honors Four Alumni

AlumniThe Communication Department honored four University graduates for their personal and professional achievements during an induction ceremony into the Alumni Academy's first inaugural class.

Each of the four inductees shared the impact that their communication degrees from the University made on their careers.

Haskell Berman, the Senior Vice President of State Affairs for the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, said he uses the communication skills he learned every day in his profession.

Alitia Faccone, 1986 alumnus, told the audience she carries a "pearl of wisdom" with her from every communication class she took at the University.

Berman said on a day to day basis he is drafting legislation, writing speeches, and working on campaigns, government relations and public affairs, which he said he learned while attending the University.

"These are skills which I first learned at Monmouth," said Berman. "And where I was presented with opportunities to practice, such as The Outlook, on WMCX and student government, to name a few," he continued.

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SAB Raises Awareness of the Dangers of Distracted Driving and Driving Under the Influence

Texting-SimulatorThe University's Student Activities Board (SAB) provided driving under the influence (DUI) and texting while driving simulators in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and/or texting while driving. The simulators allowed students to experience the risks of these occurances while driving through a virtual video game.

"Approximately 2.8 million college students between the ages of 18 and 24 report driving under the influence of alcohol, and over 1,800 die annually from unintentional alcohol-related injuries" according to the Journal of American College Health.

Alicia Torello, a freshman communication major and the Awareness Chair for SAB, explained that the purpose of the event was to give students a "wake up call without anyone getting injured."

The issue of drinking and/or texting while driving is particularly large among college-aged students. According to the Journal of American College Health, 70 percent of college-enrolled youth report drinking alcohol on a monthly basis and 44 percent report binge drinking, which is defined as the consumption of four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men during a single drinking occasion.

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Students Study Art in Greece

GREECEGroupShot2Eighteen students studied ancient art in Greece during a 10-day spring break trip along with professors, family and alumni.

The trip was led by Professor Vincent DiMattio, a professor of art and design, who has lead the trip for several years.

The group left Newark International Airport on March 14, traveled to Germany for a layover and then landed in Athens, Greece on March 15. During their stay, the group went to several museums focused on art and history and took day excursions around the city of Athens, parts of the Peloponnese, Delphi, and the island of Aegina.

"The planning takes a lot of effort and is started months in advance," said DiMattio.

"I start the planning in the summer. [The tour company, Michelangelo Tours, and I] have to start figuring out which places we are going to go to while we are there and how everything is timed," said DiMattio

A two-credit optional drawing class was offered while on the trip. Which was another factor that DiMattio had to take into account while preparing for the trip. The course this year was a two credit drawing course called Art in Athens in which the students had to create a compilation of drawings that showed their understanding of the artwork observed on the trip.

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Career Services Visits Software House International

MassWill Hill, the Assistant Dean of Career Services and Jeffrey Mass, the Career Counselor, visited the offices of Software House International (SHI), a software development company with corporate offices in Somerset, New Jersey on February 26th.

SHI currently employs 30 University alumni which all have full-time positions. Jeff DeModna, their Senior Corporate Recruiter, and other members of SHI management team have been greatly impressed by the quality of the University's students and they wish to continue hiring more graduates in the near future. In the past they have hired our graduates into sales, purchasing, project management and technology based positions.

"Monmouth University is a great pipeline of local talent and SHI provides a fantastic local employer option to our graduates," Jeff Mass, Career Counselor, said. "We have developed a great relationship between our organizations that has resulted in a beneficial business relationship, and we hope this continues to grow for years to come."

SHI has transformed itself from a $1 million "software-only" regional reseller into a $5 billion global provider of information technology products and services. Career Services has established a strong relationship with this firm over the past three years.

PHOTO COURTESY of Jeffrey Mass

Willow Hall Goes Greek

WillowFINALBeginning in the fall of 2014, Willow Hall, an on-campus residence hall, will be reserved for fraternity and sorority members. Through an application process, the suite-style dormitory building will be open for sophomore Greek life members and have potential space for juniors as well.

Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for fraternity and sorority life, notified the Greek life community of this transition by email on Monday, Feb. 17.

According to Buchalski, the application process will allow members of the Greek life community to apply for the different suites available in the building. He said the first priority will be to fill the building with as many rising sophomore members as possible.

"Our goal is to give a suite to each group before allowing any organization a second suite," said Buchalski. If one organization cannot provide enough members to fill a suite, Buchalski said another Greek organization can claim multiple suites. Since the primary goal is to fill all of the suites, an organization that can only fill half a suite will be placed lower on the priority list.

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The College Diet: Eat First, Think Later

fatPizza, French fries, chicken nuggets, cheese steaks and burgers are dietary staples for college student, Melanie Mecha. These foods are easy, inexpensive and can be eaten on-the-go or late at night, Mecha, a St. Peter's University criminal justice senior, said.

"In the morning, I'll usually eat a breakfast sandwich, like a pork roll egg and cheese or sausage egg and cheese. For lunch I'll have something light like a salad, and for dinner I usually have a heavy-unhealthy meal like a burger and fries or a cheese steak," Mecha added.

Mecha believes that eating habits, like hers, are common among college students of all ages and can lead to damaging health effects.

A study published in the Journal of Exercise and Physiology Online suggested that the greatest increase of obesity occurs between the ages of 18 and 29, while many young adults are attending college.

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Freshmen Recognized for Academic Achievement

the-entire-groupThe Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society inducted 139 first-year students with a 3.5 grade point average or higher on Saturday, March 8 in Pollack Theater.

Mathbor, advisor for the honor society, said the ceremony helps to reward and encourage superior scholarships among freshman after their first semester of college. "First semester of their first year at the University is a big transition from high school to university. Therefore, recognition of freshmen for their hard work and academic excellence makes them feel cared [for] by the institution they have chosen to pursue their higher education," Mathbor said.

Throughout the US, more than one million freshmen have been inducted into the society, promoting academic excellence among freshman in over 200 chapters.

Jackie Duvally, an inductee and undeclared freshman, said, "Being able to be a part of Phi Eta Sigma definitely gives me motivation to perform better during the rest of my time at Monmouth. Knowing the effort I put in during my first semester got me to this point, I know I will continue to work just as hard to keep my grades up."

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Alpha Epsilon Delta Kisses Brain Cancer Goodbye

Medical-Club-EventAlpha Epsilon Delta, the Pre-Professional Health Honor Society, raised over $200 for the Kortney Rose Foundation during the third annual Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 28 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC).

Those who donated at least $1 to the cause were able to fill out a pink piece of paper featuring an image of a pair of lips that read, "[person's name] Helped Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye." These papers are currently hanging in the window by the entrance to Edison Hall in a heart-shaped formation. This fundraiser is usually held on Valentine's Day but was postponed this year due to the snow.

Alpha Epsilon Delta also held a bake sale and sold bracelets and flowers in conjunction with accepting donations.

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Students Recognized as Designated Driver HEROs

groupheroThree University students won the Designated HERO award for their decision to be designated driver and practice responsible behavior regarding drinking and driving at the fifth annual Designated HERO of the Year awards ceremony on Friday, March 3.

According to Susan Schaad, the Health Services Substance Awareness Coordinator, the HERO award is a prestigious honor presented to an individual at a participating HERO Campaign place of higher education. The nominees demonstrate the high values and standards that underline the HERO Campaign theme of "Be a HERO. Be a Designated Driver."

Aziza Ahmed, a sophomore health and physical education major and a thrower on the University track team, was named the winner of the Designated HERO of the Year award for 2014. She received a $300 gas card, a HERO campaign t-shirt and a plaque.

"My initial response to receiving the award was excitement," said Ahmed, "I was so honored to receive such a great award."

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Documentary Brings Awareness to Eating Disorder Dangers

Annually, 30 million people in the US suffer from eating disorders every year, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, with the majority of victims in their teens and twenties.

Kristen O'Gara, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and recovered anorexic, presented a documentary in Magill Commons on Thursday, March 6, titled, "Someday Melissa," about a girl who died of bulimia complications at age 19. O'Gara closed the screening with an informative presentation about eating disorders.

Bulimia is defined as an eating disorder characterized by binging, or eating a large amount of food at one time and purging by way of vomiting. Other bulimia factors inlcude undergoing excessive exercise, as well as the use of laxatives, diuretics or fasting, according to

Anorexia is different in comparison to other eating disorders in that the victims starve themselves, causing extreme weight loss. Binge eating disorder, the newest clinically recognized eating disorder, according to O'Gara, is eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time without purging.

In the film, Melissa showed many of the signs of bulimia as well as other indicators such as anxiety and depression, lack of self-control, poor self-esteem, and withdrawal from social activities from the time she was 13 until she died six years later. The cause of death was cardiac arrest due to irregular heartbeat, a common effect of eating disorders.

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Monmouth Stadium To Cost $15 Million

mu-stadiumThe University recently announced plans to construct a new football field, Monmouth Stadium, for the fall 2015 semester. The stadium will host football games, lacrosse games, as well as men's and women's track and field events.

"The Monmouth Stadium has been in need of an upgrade for quite some time," University President, Dr. Paul Brown, said. "...The upgrades are needed to meet the needs for our entry into the Big South for football as well as our entry into the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) for lacrosse and outdoor track and field."

The stadium construction will take a total of six months, although the University must first obtain approval from the borough of West Long Branch's local zoning board. The new stadium will include many high-end features such as a full concession stand, permanent restrooms, a ticket sales window, chair-back seating, and a multimedia center. The arena will comfortably seat 4,000 fans and will also include a second floor reception area for season ticket holders.

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Students Start Fire in Cedar Hall

Fire1Three University students have been criminally charged in connection with a fire that forced an evacuation of Cedar Hall, damaged University and student property, and temporarily displaced seven students whose suite suffered smoke damage, on Wednesday night, Feb. 26, according to University administrators.

At approximately 8:03 pm on Feb. 26, Cedar Hall was evacuated after the fire alarm was triggered by rising smoke inside the three bedroom suite on the third floor where the fire started, according to Raymond Gonzalez, Associate Director of Housing Operations.

The fire began in the entryway of the bedroom when a glass containing burning alcohol spilled onto the floor and ignited bedding and other surrounding personal items, William McElrath, Chief of the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), said.

Cedar Hall's sprinkler system did not activate because the fire didn't generate enough heat to trip the system, McElrath said.

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The Heart of a Lion Continues to Roar

Student Raises Money to Establish an Endowed Scholarship for Christopher Mejia

Chris_MejiaA student from the Leon Hess Business School is currently raising money for an endowed scholarship honoring Christopher A. Mejia, a fellow business student and fraternity brother who passed away in 2013.

Jason Horowitz, a business major with an IT minor, came up with the idea for Mejia's scholarship. "I met Chris my freshman year," he said. "Instantly we formed a very special bond that I am very [lucky] to have made. Chris has such a positive influence on me. Initially, Chris was my big in Sigma Pi. However, our bond was greater than that ..."

"The Christopher A. Mejia Scholarship at the Monmouth University School of Business in West Long Branch, NJ" will be awarded each year to "a worthy student who has the special attributes Chris possessed," according to the scholarship's webpage.

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Veteran Services Hosts Second Chili Cook-Off

Chili-1The University held its second annual Chili Cook-Off to raise funds for the University's Veteran Services programs in Anacon Hall of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The event was organized by Jeff Hood, Coordinator of Veteran Services at the University, and sophomore Jordan Mouton, President of the Veterans Association.

The Veteran Services programs at the University specialize in assisting former military personnel as they adapt to being college students after the completion of their service in the military. These programs also enable veterans to understand all of the options they have available to help them afford their tuition, Hood explained.

"All veterans go to a transition program before they get out of the military and, in most cases, it doesn't make them understand their GI Bill benefits," Hood said. "We help them understand how these benefits help them and can give them a detailed plan of how to map out their education based on what they have."

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Author Discusses Physical, Mental and Social Issues

Andrew_SolomonThe University Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, in conjunction with Shore House of Long Branch, NJ, hosted New York Times bestseller, Andrew Solomon for a book reading and signing in the Wilson Hall Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 24.

Solomon's book, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity," explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and the obstacles these parents face with loving and accepting their children.

Solomon, a homosexual who has previously suffered from depression, explained that the book's title is a play on the expression, "The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree."

Solomon said that the concept of his book came about while writing an article about deaf culture for The New York Times. He noticed similarities between the acceptance of identities within the deaf culture and the homosexual culture, which lead him to realize that the experience of each subculture is universal.

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Representatives Speak to Preserve Historic Landmark

fortune-houseGilda Rogers and Sarah Klepner, representatives from the Timothy Thomas Fortune Project, gave a presentation on social activism and Timothy Thomas Fortune, a renowned journalist and civil rights activist, on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Rogers and Klepner spoke at the event to discuss Fortune's accomplishments during the civil rights movement and their effort to preserve his home in Red Bank, NJ as a national historic landmark. The house is located on Dr. James Parker Blvd and is one of only two African American historic sites in NJ.

Rogers, a University graduate and current professor at Brookdale Community College, emphasized the importance of historic preservation. "We have to be able to look at history and apply it to the present. There are so many things we can learn from history and so preserving it is vital to our society," said Rogers

The Timothy Thomas Fortune Project is supported by the Red Bank Men's Foundation, a non-profit organization. The main goal is to spread awareness about the history of the privately owned house, which is currently vacant, in hopes that it will be bought and restored.

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Communication Department Hosts Fourth Annual Career Event

Over 100 students refused to let the snow keep them from joining 64 professionals, most of them alumni, and the Communication Department faculty during the 4th Annual Communication Career Event in Wilson Hall on March 3rd. The fair consisted of eight discussion panels followed by a networking event featuring 21 employers.

Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department and organizer of the event, said he was very happy about how the event has grown over the last four years. "When we first started, students didn't know what to wear to this event, but now students are wearing ties, dresses and even bringing resumes. The students have stepped up their game and impressed the career professionals that come to this event" he said.

Approximately 161 students pre-registered for the Communication Career Fair, as well as 85 alumni professionals and faculty. Students and faculty were also encouraged to participate in the event, regardless of whether or not they were pre-registered.

The event featured two sets of panel discussions to give students an opportunity to engage with career professionals and receive applicable career advice. The first panel was held from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm and the second from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Discussions were geared towards each of the different communication clusters, including Radio, Television & Film, Comm Studies, Entrepreneurship and Journalism.

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The Outlook Celebrates 80 Years

Outlook_AlumniThe Outlook Student-Run Newspaper held their first alumni event in honor of their 80th anniversary in the Eyas Lounge of the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) during the St. Peter's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Over 40 Outlook alumni guests from as early as 1965 attended the event with family and friends. During the event, alumni were joined by current Outlook staff members, professors and other faculty to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cake while discussing the many memories and changes the newspaper has seen over the decades.

John Morano, Outlook advisor for the past 25 years and communication professor, said, "[The paper] changed in some of its design, the use of color, the web presence, the new facility in the Plangere Center. But really, it's what hasn't changed that's striking to me."

Morano added, though many features of the newspaper have changed, the dedication that the Outlook staff members put forth each year has not, and continues years after year.

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New Graduate Program Crosses the Leon Hess Business School and the School of Science

venn-diagramA new graduate degree, Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS), created to teach students how to process, manage and store data, was approved and will be offered to students in fall 2014. The program is the first cross-school program available to students in the School of Science and the Leon Hess Business School.

Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, said 60 percent of courses for the program will be offered in computer science and software engineering and the remaining 40 percent will be offered in business courses.

According to Graduate Admissions, an information system is "a bridge between computing and business," and the technology used in information systems gives businesses a competative edge in the marketplace. Information systems can benefits any business, ranging from healthcare to retail.

Information systems is a fast growing field that is essential for nearly every business, government agency, hospital, and nonprofit organization, according to Palladino. He said that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that there will be 800,000 new information systems jobs with an average salary of $71,260 by 2016.

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Alpha Phi Sigma Raises Money for Local K-9 Unit

alphaphisigmaAlpha Phi Sigma, the University's Criminal Justice Honor Society, hosted their third annual "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser to raise money for bulletproof vests for the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

This fundraiser, held in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center's Anacon Hall featured some of Monmouth County's police officers and their canine counterparts.

During the event, which ran from 2:30 to 4 pm, the Monmouth County Sheriff's Officers used the dogs to demonstrate basic obedience training, as well as the various drug and bomb locating skills that the canines use in real life crime situations.

The event also featured a bake sale and a paw-print coloring station where people who donated to the cause were able to decorate their very own paw-print. These illustrations will eventually be hung on the walls of the Sheriff's Office as a way to raise awareness for the county's need for canine bulletproof vests. Door prizes were also given to a number of lucky guests.

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Hawk TV and WMCX Host Rock ‘N Raise

rockandraiseThe University held its fourth annual Rock 'N Raise event in Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication on Friday, Feb. 21 to raise funds for The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. The student-run television station, Hawk TV, and the student-run radio station, WMCX, hosted the event and raised over $1,800, the largest profit gained in the history of the event.

Relay For Life will take place Friday, April 25 at the University.According to, "...communities across the globe come together [for the event] to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much."

To raise money for this cause, University organizations hosted a battle of the bands and broadcasted the performances through WMCX and Hawk TV. The performing bands included Strangers You Know, From The Ground, Diego and Lot 25, and The Gray Americans. There were also three acoustic performers showcased during the fundraiser; Natalie Zeller, Bri Merriman and Brian Perrino.

The winners, The Gray Americans, won Avid Pro Tools, a digital audio program.

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Students Perform Flash Mob to Raise Awareness

Flash-MobThe University's Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter organized a flash mob in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) during the men's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The flash mob was aimed to spread awareness for "Monmouth Hawks Dance Together," a six-hour dance-a-thon that will be held to benefit The Valerie Fund, a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide comprehensive health care and support for children with cancer and rare blood disorders.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a flash mob is "a sudden mass gathering (that is) unanticipated, except by participants who communicate electronically [and externally]."

Members of the chapter worked cooperatively with the Dance Team, Cheerleading Team, students enrolled in Dr. Sheila McAllister's Event Planning class, general students, faculty, and staff to perform a dance routine to Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's collaboration "Live it Up." The dance included a total of 50 performers. The flash mob occurred during a media timeout in the second half of the game with only a little over seven minutes left of playing time.

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University Introduces Advanced Social Media Course

The University Communication Department introduced a new course this semester, Advanced Social Media, allowing students to learn to brand and professionally manage social media platforms for a company successfully.

Mary Harris, creator and professor of the Advanced Social Media course, saw a need to expand the original social media course to better prepare students for a job in social media. The advanced class will allow students to surpass the basics of managing social media and learn to confidently pitch their social media skills to potential employers, Harris explained.

"Social media is not just a fun thing to do," said Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department. "It's also a really important tool that businesses and organizations use to communicate with their customers and with the public."

LinkedIn, a social media platform used for job searching, conducted a study based on user information and found that social media professions increased 1,300 percent from 2010 to 2013. The study also found that over five million people included "social media" to their list of skills on their LinkedIn profiles.

The use of social media has not only increased among adults and children, but also among businesses owners. A full range of small and large businesses are increasingly making use of social media platforms, LinkedIn determined in a recent study reported by "Roughly 81 percent of small to medium businesses are using social media ... and of those that use social media, 94 percent do so for marketing purposes," reported.

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Student Loan Debt in New Jersey Increases Over the Past Five Years

logosA recent study found that Monmouth University students are borrowing more money to fund their education than the average American college student. The study completed by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), an independent nonprofit research group that concentrates its studies on higher education, also found that among NJ colleges, the University is ranked average in borrowing among private universities and lower than some public universities.

The study determined that the amount of debt the average college student accumulates varies greatly across the country. Students in the East and Midwest areas of the Nation tend to borrow more than students in other regions of the country, the study found.

The average amount of debt incurred by University students who graduated in the 2013 school year was $30,798, according to Claire Alasio, Director of Financial Aid. According to the ICAS report searchable database of colleges, the average college graduate owes about $27,000 in loans. University graduates borrow about 14 percent more than the national average.

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Health Concerns Behind Birth Control

NUVARINGIn direct result of the recent NuvaRing lawsuits, the poten¬tial side effects of available hormone-based contraceptives have been questioned.

There are currently more than 1,000 pending lawsuits against the NuvaRing manu¬facturer Merck & Co. for their failure to properly warn the public about the severity of the contraceptive's side effects, ac-cording to a recent Vanity Fair article released in Janurary.

NuvaRing, which is a ring in¬serted into the vagina, is a form of birth control that releases hormones intended to prevent ovulation and pregnancy.

In the Vanity Fair article, the scientific reports of the hormones used in the NuvaR¬ing found that the hormone desogestrel was used during manufacturing.

Vanity Fair stated that desogestrel is a third-genera¬tion progestin that was first used in contraceptives during the early 1990s, and is still used in many contraceptives today. The hormone was first used in contra¬ceptives, as opposed to its other hormone counterparts, for its lessened side effects of hair loss and acne.

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As Heroin Epidemic Worsens, Prevention Increases

heroinDue to the rapidly rising heroin overdose fatalities in Monmouth and Ocean County, law enforcement officials are seeking ways to combat the recent heroin epidemic. Christopher Gramiccioni, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor, said, the efforts that law enforcement officials will uphold include increased education about the effects of drugs while also emphasizing traditional enforcement of narcotic laws.

As defined by, heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine. Heroin is a "downer" that interferes with the brain's ability to perceive pain and can be injected, snorted or smoked.

Gramiccioni said there were 57 confirmed deaths caused by heroin overdose in Monmouth County in 2013. He believes this number will probably reach into the high sixties or seventies once the medical examiner completes the toxicology reports, which can take a few weeks to complete. "If you look at the last five years and compare it to the number of accumulated substance abuse deaths by cocaine, opiates, methamphetamines and other drugs, it just doesn't add up to heroin. Heroin is what is really killing the people in this county," he said.

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Why Students Should Improve Sleeping Habits

sleep2A lack of sleep within adults has become an epidemic affecting between 50 and 70 million Americans as young as 18, according to the Center of Disease control and Prevention. This becomes an issue on college campuses when students cannot perform to the best of their ability due to lack of sleep.

Between classes, work, and daily activities, the average college student spends six to seven hours per night sleeping, which is below the average of seven and a half to nine hours suggested by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It might appear to be a problem with a simple solution but some students are finding it hard to attain the proper balance between getting the right amount of rest and fulfilling academic obligations.

"Nationwide poor sleep hygiene, which is what we call sleep deprivation, is a really big issue for college students that I think is underestimated," Franca Mancini, Director of Psychological and Counseling Services, said. "Most students do not understand the full impact of not getting enough sleep. It seems like 'Oh I'll sleep on the weekends' or 'I'll catch up when I can.' You are not going to function well or think clearly, and you are going to crash if you do not get enough sleep."

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The Benefits of Studying Abroad While in College

benefits_of_studying_abroadTo those who have not experienced it, studying abroad may seem like four months of traveling, partying, and taking a ton of pictures, but in reality, spending a semester overseas enables students to gain life skills that can eventually be used in the workplace.

According to the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers: Association of International Educators, only 283,332 US students studied abroad during the 2011-2012 school year. While this number may seem large, it means that only one percent of the millions of college students in America study in other countries.

"A relatively small amount of students study abroad, so just by telling your potential employer that you have studied abroad, that you've gotten on a plane and taken that kind of initiative, makes you unique among a lot of other students," said William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services. "It makes you stand out."

Robyn Asaro, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, said that studying abroad brings about independence and resilience in students. It also creates openness which, in her opinion, is the mark of being truly educated.

In most cases, students who have traveled abroad return home to the United States feeling much more self-confident than they had at the start of their travels. Many employers look to hire students who embody an air of certainty and assurance, especially when it comes to making decisions and working on projects.

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Students Learn to Identify Signs of Sexual Assault

A sexual assault prevention program called Sex Signals was hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) and Catharsis Productions on Saturday, Feb. 8 to discuss the signs of sexual assault as well the presence of it on college campuses.

Sex Signals used an unconventional approach to tackle the serious issue of rape through the use of humor, improvisation and audience interaction. The event featured two actors from Catharsis Productions, who are trained in sexual violence prevention. Performers Christopher Beier and Amanda Moore started the conversation by engaging the audience and asking them about the factors that contribute to sexual harassment. Beier and Moore initially got the audience involved by asking about male and female stereotypes, but eventually switched gears.

Beier and Moore performed an improvised skit titled "Not My Fault," which depicted Moore questioning Beier about an alleged rape he committed. Beier answered questions from Moore and the audience to clarify the situation and prove he was not at fault for the rape.

According to the University Guide for a Safe Campus Handbook, in 2013, there were two reported cases of sexual assault and one reported incident of sexual contact; however, there have been no cases reported so far in 2014.

William McElrath, the Chief of University Police (MUPD), said, "Sexual assault is a big issue on college campuses and society in general. I believe it is one of the most underreported crimes taking place. There is a strong culture of silence involving sexual assaults on campus."

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The Polar Vortices Cited as the Cause for Extreme Winter Conditions

PolarvortexwinterThis past January, temperatures in the Garden State dropped below freezing and on some days it was colder in New Jersey than it was in Greenland or Antarctica. The culprit? Meteorologists are blaming the polar vortex, a low pressure system affecting the Nation.

There are various explanations associated with the reoccurring weather patterns forming. One explanation for this year's surge of arctic cold weather is due to the extension of the polar vortex dipping into North America, creating below freezing temperatures throughout the nation.

A polar vortex is a semi-permanent low pressure system over the North Pole and South Pole that exists year-round, Paul Gaffney, meteorologist and former University president, said. "In this case I believe a stronger jet stream at high altitude dipped down into the Midwest and to the East Coast bringing with it cold air from northern Canada."

There is more than one polar vortex that exists. The polar vortices, according to, are low pressure weather systems that commonly remain in the Northern hemisphere, typically over Baffin Bay in Canada and Northeast Siberia.

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Plyoga Fitness Class Combines Yoga and Plyometrics

PlyogaA new fitness class called Plyoga was introduced to the University on Jan. 29. The class is a combination of intricate yoga techniques with the extremities of plyometrics that challenge the mind and body.

People are constantly searching for new and exciting ways to de-stress after a long day of school or work through exercise, which was why Jon Cascone, Director of Intramurals and Recreation, created the class, to give students that option.

The University currently provides a variety of fitness classes, each designed to appeal to both athletic and non-athletic students. Classes range from intense exercises such as Boot Camp, to more tranquil workouts, like Yoga.

Cascone emphasized, "The benefits of the classes are numerous and we want to keep it different so that the community continues to enjoy it and reap the benefits." Cascone added that providing students with a broad range of fitness classes to choose from widens the scope of potential benefits they are able to receive through participation.

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University Remembers the Kindness of Pia Deasey

piapictureUniversity employee Piedad A. Deasey, 68, passed away on Friday, Feb. 7 from a form of cancer that has not yet been confirmed.

Most commonly referred to as Pia, Deasey worked in the University's Magill Commons Dining Hall since Nov. 28, 2007.

Ever since she was hired, Pia has made an impact on the University's student body.

Jackie Chalet, a junior business marketing major, had a particularly close relationship with Deasey. "Last year, I noticed she started wearing a wig and then she told me she had cancer. I was picking up some x-rays and I ran into her at the hospital one day and I assumed she was there for chemo. She didn't have her wig on," Chalet said. "She was happy as ever though... there wasn't a negative bone in her body.

Deasey not only expressed a positive attitude to students on a daily basis, but she also inspired them to become better people.

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MU Professor Studies the Science of Relationships

valentines-dayDr. Gary Lewandowski, Chair of the Psychology Department, in collaboration with Professor Benjamin Le of Harvard College and Professor Timothy Loving of University of Texas, surveyed 1,000 adults in the US about their thoughts on relationships and Valentine's Day.

Data was collected from 49 states, excluding Alaska, through a voluntary, online questionnaire. The survey was the first to be conducted and sponsored by, a website created by Lewandowski, Le and Loving.

The study found that "70 percent of those surveyed indicated both couple members should plan Valentine's Day festivities. If only one partner does the planning, it is the guy's responsibility." Along with that, "The top three gifts women want for Valentine's Day are jewelry (35 percent), flowers (24 percent), or a heartfelt card/gift (10 percent). Men want sex (44 percent), thoughtful card (9 percent), and 'other' (14 percent). And nobody wants a gag gift or a pet."

One of the most interesting findings, according to Lewandowski, involved how financial spending on a significant other contributed to love. He said that people who are in love spend less money on one another. "Often in our culture we substitute money and material things for love and affection.... when people are in love they feel less of a need to spend money," Lewandowski said.

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University Releases an All-Access Online Portal

mymuThe University launched myMU, a brand new online portal that provides one-click access to all web programs for students and faculty, on Thursday, Feb. 6.

This new website, created by the University's Information Management team and their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system vendor, Ellucian, enables all University students, faculty and staff to log on to eCampus, WebAdvisor, and all other web-based systems and sites from one place. After students sign in using their student ID and password, the myMU homepage will display their class schedule, a monthly calendar, an update on the weekly weather, and even a countdown to Spring Break, among many other things.

"It's great to have all the websites we utilize for school be put into one place," Kelly Parks, a sophomore business administration major, said. "I am always going back and forth on tabs between eCampus, WebAdvisor and Outlook. This makes that a lot easier to access," Parks continued.

Edward Christensen, Vice President for Information Management, explained, "We've had discussions about creating an intranet for many years. Although we have various systems that contain internal content [such as eCampus and WebAdvisor], we did not have one system to link them all together."

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Knockout Game Kills Several Across Nation

knockout-gameThe Knockout Game, which involves a person approaching another individual and attempting to knock them unconscious with one hit to the head, has been reported to be the cause of multiple deaths across the country recently.

Several videos are featured on sites such as YouTube, CBS and HLNtv that demonstrate examples of the assaults taking place.

One video shows a homeless NJ man, Ralph Santiago, being attacked while walking alone in Hoboken on the night of Sept. 10, 2013. Santiago was struck from behind and knocked unconscious, according to a CNN report. He fell on a nearby fence, which impaled him, causing his death.

According to the CNN report, there is a surveillance video showing three young men fleeing the scene of the Hoboken incident. Two weeks later, police had two juveniles who were suspect for the unprovoked attack in custody. Similar attacks have been reported by authorities in NY, IL, MO, and WA.

"I think it's incredibly disgusting and I don't understand how people can think that it is okay to do that to another person," said Shannen Bick, a sophomore communication major. "I think it's like big groups of people who had one person who thought of the idea and the rest of the group went along with it. It's really a group mentality, I think, because nobody is going around doing this by themselves."

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The School of Education Partners with Toms River School District

Toms River school district passed a partnership with the University this January, that will allow education majors the opportunity to receive field experience working in the school district, Thomas Gialanella, Interim Superintendent of Toms River schools said. Students will be placed into the district as early as Sept. 2014.

Lynn Romeo, Dean of the School of Education, said that the University is currently partnered with 24 school districts, 18 of which are in Monmouth County to allow education majors the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. According to Romeo, a partnership is explained as a collaborative relationship between the school of education and local districts, and is unique to each district's needs.

Though the University is involved in previous partnerships, this is their first with Toms River. Gialanella said, "We're exploring with Monmouth what staff development opportunities our staff would have with the faculty and the people at Monmouth."

The partnership is expected to create developments such as a novice teacher induction program, staff development on teacher evaluation programs, as well as allowing students to become student-teachers at Toms River schools, Gialanella added.

Gialanella and the School of Education previously had a working relationship prior to the Toms River partnership, according to Romeo. In 2013, Gialanella was the superintendent of the Jackson school district, one of the first districts to partner with the University.

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The Super Bowl is Speculated to be the Largest Sex Trafficking Event in the US

HookerThis year's Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ will host over 80,000 people and attract thousands more creating an enticing location for sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking, defined by the Human Trafficking Prevention Protection and Treatment Act, is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.

Clemmie Greenlee, a sex trafficking survivor and advocate working to prevent sex trafficking, told the Times-Picayune that during her time as a victim she was forced to work a significant amount more around the time large sporting events to meet the needs of the increased customers.

"When they come to these kinds of events, the first thing you're told is how many you're going to perform a day," Greenlee said. "You've got to go through 25 men a day, or you're going through 50 of them. When they give you that number, you better make that number."

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University Mourns the Loss of Brandon Fiornascente

BrandonBrandon Fiornascente, a sophomore, died unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 20 at his home in Montclair, NJ before returning to the University from this past winter break.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services, sent out an email last Friday informing the campus community of the tragic news. "The University regrets the untimely death of a member of our community and extend its deep sympathies to his family and friends at this most difficult time," the email read.

Nagy explained that the University is not aware of Fiornascente's cause of death. "Out of respect for his family we're not pressing for an answer," she said.

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Construction Creates Fewer Parking Spaces in Lot 13

ConstructionConstruction of the University's newest building, Pozycki Hall, began in the field between Bey Hall and the Rebecca Stafford Student Center during winter break and will continue throughout the school year, causing construction inconveniences, Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, said.

In order to provide ample room for equipment and safety of the workers on the construction site, approximately 44 parking spaces in commuter parking lot 13, adjacent to Bey Hall, are fenced off along with the entrance to the lot coming from Norwood Ave.

The new traffic pattern and reduced parking spaces will likely remain in effect for the duration of the semester, according to Swannack.

Pozycki Hall will be an addition to Bey Hall to provide additional space for the Leon Hess Business School and the Kislak Real Estate Institute. It will consist of four classrooms, a 175-seat auditorium, faculty offices and a student lounge. The 20,000 square-foot structure is anticipated to be completed by summer of 2015.

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University Weighs in on

ratemyprofessorTechnology has enabled University students to measure the quality of their professors with the use of The website, which features online professor ratings, is a popular destination many students utilize when creating their class schedules.

"Users have added more than 14 million ratings, 1.3 million professors and 7,000 schools to User-generated content makes the highest trafficked site for quickly researching and rating professors," the website states. "More than 4 million college students each month are using Rate My Professors."

Different categories on the website allow students to get a better understanding of each professor listed. Categories such as department, overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, easiness, and even hotness are listed for each professor. Scores from 1.0 to 5.0 are given, with 5.0 being the perfect score.

Students generally use the site as a means to help them create a schedule with "the best" professor possible for a specific class.

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“Graduation Was The Easy Part”

Grad-1Over 450 undergraduate and graduate degrees were awarded by the University on Friday, Jan. 17, as well as an honorary degree given to Robert Santelli, the commencement address speaker.

Santelli is a University alumnus and the Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. He was also a professor at the University in the music department. During his speech, he complimented the University as being a very special place to him. "Much of what I became in life and what I eventually did with it, originated right here on this campus," said Santelli.

As Santelli congratulated the 2014 January graduating class, he reminded the students that graduation was only the beginning of their journey. "Hopefully, you went to almost as many frat parties as you did classes, because now the challenges really begin," Santelli said. "It's time to really roll up your sleeves."

Santelli recognized the many issues that students will face upon graduation as well as the many hurtles they will be forced to overcome. He addressed some of the issues that the class will face in the years to come including global warming, student debt and the weakened job market in America.

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Love For Animals: A Call to Action

The volunteers at the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) are hosting a free vegan potluck and presentation led by Debbie Kowalski and Theresa Sarynski, representatives from For the Animals Sanctuary. The event will take place at Monmouth University's Magill Commons Club Dining Room on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

During the presentation, Kowalski and Sarynski will discuss what they do at the animal sanctuary and why animal sanctuaries are so important. "We plan on talking about the animals that we have living at our sanctuary, their rescue stories and how they are doing now with their new animal family," Sarynski said.

Kowalski and Sarynski will also compare the differences of animal treatment among the different farms including factory farms, organic farms and family farms. They will also address the importance of veganism for animal lovers and the impact that it can make on the environment.

Individuals who wish to attend the presentation and potluck are encouraged to contribute a vegan dish. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by emailing Mary Harris at To learn more about MAVS, please visit or visit their Facebook.

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A Letter From the President

Welcome back and welcome to those students who are new to Monmouth University!

I trust you had a refreshing winter break and that you are ready to engage in the spring semester. The semester will be filled with activities: athletic events in the MAC; men's lacrosse competing their first season; Global Understanding Convention in April and many more. The Outlook is a good source of information for you regarding events held on campus.

With the many events taking place, I'd like to point out one of your main priorities. It should be to establish a relationship with your professors and focus on good results in class. Your hard work now will prove to benefit you later in life.

Wishing you all a succesful spring semester.

Go Hawks!


Paul R. Brown, Ph.D.


A Letter From the Vice President

Welcome and Welcome Back!

I trust you enjoyed the holiday season and semester break and are well on your way to adjusting to life at Monmouth University. The fall semester was a busy one, and I expect spring to be more of the same!

Spring semesters always have a way of flying by us, and this one will be no different. Plan accordingly and take advantage of all that is offered. Come watch our men's and women's basketball teams compete in their first season as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). There will be some great basketball at the MAC. Consider joining a fraternity or a sorority. Whatever your interest is – get involved!

All of this and more is at your fingertips on your campus. Make it the best semester ever. If you need help in any way - reach out - speak up - and ask for help from the myriad of offices that are here to assist you.

Take care of yourself and take care of each other.

My best wishes for a successful Spring 2014 semester!

Mary Anne Nagy

Vice President for Student and Community Services

International Students Increase at MU

GlobeThe University experienced a rise in the past year from 103 internationals students in fall of 2012 to 121 students in fall of 2013.

"Monmouth University currently has 121 international students from 32 countries, including India, China, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Israel," President Paul R. Brown said.

The number of international students pursuing college degrees in America is on the rise due to the country's "higher value" on education.

According to an Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the number of international students enrolled in American universities has increased by seven percent during the 2012-2013 academic year. This percentage represents nearly 820,000 international students, setting a record high and a 40 percent increase from the prior decade.

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Blue Hawk Records Announces Second CD Release

blue-hawk-recordsBlue Hawk Records held an event in the Jules L. Plangere Center to celebrate the release of their second compilation CD on Dec. 4. The CD was also released on iTunes on Nov. 25.

Blue Hawk Records is an independent, student-run record label that provides students with hands-on experience that will prepare them for professional work in the music industry.

The fall 2013 album, a follow up to their original extended play (EP) from the spring semester earlier this year, includes six tracks. The CD also features returning artists Natalie Zeller, Guy Battaglia, and Sarah Gublin, as well as new artists Kristi Hunt and James Porricelli.

Bryan Haring, member of the Blue Hawk Records band, made his debut as a solo artist accompanied by Conner Healey and Guy Battaglia of 99 Regrets. The EP features rock and acoustic music, but also introduced a new genre to the label, rap.

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Anthropology Class Appeals to Zombie Enthusiasts

zombiesA class titled Zombies: Social Anxiety and Pop Culture was offered at the University for the second year in a row during this Fall semester. The class is a three credit First Year Seminar class for undergraduate students with fewer than 18 credits completed.

Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tenant, assistant professor of anthropology, taught the class the last two years and appreciates the way the unorthodox curriculum compels students to view the world in a different manner.

"There are multiple reasons that we treat zombies as an introductory study into a historical premise and context of something larger," Gonzalez-Tenant said. "Zombies can be a good metaphor to symbolize some of the critiques of capitalism, such as how it has turned some people into mindless forms dependent on technology, among many other things."

Gonzalez-Tenant said that the class examines various historical and ethical contexts of zombie culture from several anthropological perspectives. They also study their growth around the world through several disciplines.

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MU Shadow PR Firm Hosted First Celebrity Publicist

Johnny-DonovanMonmouth University Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter hosted guest speaker, Johnny Donovan, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, as a part of their Speaker Series.

Donovan, an American reality TV booking agent and casting director, was the third guest speaker for PRSSA this semester, and the first professional from the entertainment industry to speak at the university.

Over 50 students attended Donovan's speech about his work in reality television. Donovon has worked with Logo, Oxygen, MTV and VH1 networks.

Donovan began his presentation by providing an overview of his career path. Donovan explained that he went from waiting tables at a restaurant in Times Square, NY to owning his own company, JDonovan Productions, a media events and talent productions company. He said that while working at the restaurant in NYC, he mingled with many of the customers, which landed him an opportunity to audition for a reality television show.

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Monmouth Shapes Up with More Fitness Classes

yogaThis fall semester, the Fitness Center started offering several new fitness classes for students and faculty to attend during the week. From fat burning Pilates, to the 'Biggest Loser' club, the University is taking a turn into the fit and healthy lifestyle.

Jon Cascone, the Director of Intramurals and Recreation, added five new fitness classes, held in Boylan Gym and the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). There is now 'Power Yoga,' 'Military Style Workout,' 'Toning for Pilates,' 'Fat Burning Pilates,' and 'Yoga, Ballet, Pilates Fusion.' Due to the increase in classes, more available times for each session are now offered. Typically, classes are held any time from 10 am to 12 pm and 5:30 pm to 9 pm.

The wider range of classes and available times has also allowed many more students to attend the fitness classes. "Previously, the Zumba classes were only held on Tuesday nights at around 5:30 pm, but I could never go because I had class," said Amanda Friedman, a communication major. "Now that they are offering more classes and more times, I've finally been able to actually get there, and can now choose whether I want to go before or after classes."

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Brockriede Common Built to Honor Local Family

DSC00624An addition, consisting of three benches and a sign, was added to the Brockriede Common, the area in front of the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC), this summer in honor of John A. Brockriede and his family to acknowledge their philanthropic efforts to the University and the Long Branch area.

Although the main purpose of the addition is to serve as a dedication to the Brockriede family, Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, said it also intends as a gathering spot where people are more than welcome to sit while waiting for an athletic event or concert.

Brockriede, known as "Mr. Long Branch," was honored with a Maurice Pollak Award for Distinguished Community Service in 2007. Brockriede owned multiple local businesses and worked in the area for more than 50 years. Brockriede was 77 years-old when he died in his home on April 15, 2012.

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Student Employees’ Time Sheets Go High-Tech

Student employment time sheets will be converted to an electronic time keeping system in the spring of 2014, according to Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employment.

Students and faculty will be trained to use the new system prior to the implementation in 2014.

"A new system will provide us with many efficiencies that come with an electronic system," said Parks. "It will allow us to more accurately calculate pay with fewer errors occurring due to student employees with multiple jobs on campus ...or simply from human error due to the manual calculations. It will also allow us to be more efficient in maintaining payroll records."

Alfred Tillerson, a senior communication major and information technology lab assistant in Howard Hall, said he has not heard many details concerning the electronic time keeping system. "It was brought to my attention earlier this week, but I like the idea. There have been a few instances of employees falsifying their times on their sheets and it cost them their jobs, so this new software will bring more accuracy."

According to Parks, the University has been talking about implementing an electronic time keeping system for students for over 12 years. This system will be more environmentally friendly, saving over 1,000 paper time sheets per pay period. It will also save time in the Student Employment office and allow for more training on student employees' career development.

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University Exposed to Student “Streaker”

The men's basketball white-out game received an unexpected interruption during a time-out when a University sophomore ran across the court wearing only boxers on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Due to Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) protocol, William McElrath, Chief of MUPD, said that the name of the University sophomore that committed the act cannot be released.

To the University's knowledge, there is no recollection of a similar previous act of misconduct that occurred during a University-sponsored event. "I have to say, I've been here for 28 years, I don't know if I can recall another instance [of the act]," Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services, said. "Although there may have been one or two but I don't recall them."

The act was a surprise and left students and faculty unsure of what was happening as the sophomore made his way across the court.

The student's act was visible for an average of five seconds as he made his way from one end of the court to the other. As he reached the opposite end, the student was followed by Rich Carragher, the Assistant Athletics Director.

Once the sophomore was apprehended, he was turned over to the MUPD for them to take the necessary actions. "One of the athletics staff members yelled at the individual to stop and he did. He was then led to a side office by University police," said McElrath.

In the process of catching the sophomore, the MUPD found that the student was intoxicated, thus in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

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University Mourns the Loss of Nicole Surace

nicole_jeffNicole Elizabeth Surace, freshman, died in a car crash in East Brunswick, NJ when her boyfriend's car hit a telephone pole on Saturday, Nov. 30 at approximately 7:50 pm.

President Paul R. Brown said in an email to the campus community said, "The University regrets the untimely death of a member of our community and extends its deep sympathies to her family and friends at this most difficult time. The loss of such a young person is truly tragic."

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services said in an email to the University that the wake will be on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Bronson & Guthlein Funeral Home in Milltown, NJ. Her funeral will be held at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in East Brunswick, NJ on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11 am. Nagy's email also reads that memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Surace's honor would be appreciated. "University flags will remain lowered for the next several days in honor of Nicole," the email reads.

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Employee Suffering from Meningitis Appears to be on the Road to Recovery

Meningitis_picThe administrator in the Controller's area was hospitalized two weeks ago after being diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis serogroup (strain) C and is "recovering nicely," according to University personnel.

The employee is currently "doing great" and is anticipated to be moved out of the intensive care unit (ICU) to a "stepped down unit," according to Patti Swannack, the Vice President for Administrative Services. She said the family members of the patient are also fine.

President Dr. Paul R. Brown sent an email on Thursday, Nov. 21 alerting the campus community of the University employee infected with meningitis. It stated in the email, "The employee, who is an administrator in the Controller's area, is gravely ill and has been admitted to a hospital."

Director of Health Services, Kathy Maloney said the identity of the employee will not be disclosed to maintain his/her privacy and confidentiality.

"The University has been in touch with officials from both the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and the New Jersey State Department of Health," said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services. Officials have also been in contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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Career Day Sets Record of 99 Employers

Career-Day2The University surpassed their record for most registered employers at the Fall Career Day on Nov. 21 in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). The number of employers was up 47 percent compared to the Fall Career Day last year.

William Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services, said the Fall Career Day last year received 67 employers and the Spring Career Day received 89. "Today I believe we're at 100 and that is great," said Hill.

A total number of 101 employers registered for the Fall Career Day and 99 attended, according to Jeffrey Mass, Career Counselor for Career Services.

In an email from Hill on Nov. 12, the number of employers was 83, on Nov. 14 the number reached 92 and continued to surpass an all-time high of 101 on Nov. 20.

More importantly, Hill said he was very happy about the variety of the employers that attended. "We have everything here from technology, to hospitality, to staffing agencies, to banks, part-time and full-time internships," said Hill.

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Business Students Work with L.E.D. Light Company

led-lightStudents enrolled in professor John Buzza's entrepreneurship class were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the business world by collaborating with the company Green-RG Management to help expand their business.

The course is taught by Buzza, a specialist professor in the Management and Decision Sciences Department, and is open to all students.

"We have become the foundation of the business, helping them with a marketing plan, a website, and helping them develop a line of retail products," said Buzza. The company is emerging and will be shaped through the students' work to lay the foundation for its expansion, he added.

Green-RG Management is a company that "provides innovative world class L.E.D. lighting products at factory direct prices to a wide range of commercial and industrial clients," according to The company works to promote light-emitting diode (L.E.D.) lights in industrial markets of various countries.

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Recovering Addicts Share Their Stories with Students

The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services organized the What Life is Like in Recovery event where recovered alcoholics and drug addicts from the University spoke to students about how substance abuse has affected their lives.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Young Auditorium. About 50 students listened to three guest speakers share their stories about recovery from substance abuse. The speakers emphasized how their lives have changed through recovery and the importance of recovery.

One speaker, David Dolan, described recovery as a "spiritual awakening." Dolan, a mental health and counseling graduate student, explained that recovery is "not about not drinking or not using drugs" but rather is about "connecting with other human beings."

Dolan discussed the specific day he started the recovery process. He was driving and noticed how beautiful the sunrise looked. He said, "The sun has been coming up every day my whole life and recovery gave me the ability to see it."

As Dolan reflected on his past as an addict, he said, "[Recovery] is like describing a dream," therefore recovery was everything to him.

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The Annual Festival of Language Makes a Come Back

The Department of Foreign Language Studies held its 15th annual Festival of Languages in Wilson Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Almost exactly a year after Superstorm Sandy cancelled last year's festival, Dr. Mirta Barrea-Marys, the Chair of the Foreign Languages Department, and Dr. Priscilla Gac-Artigas, festival coordinator, were determined to hold the festival.

Gac-Artigas said because the event did not occur last year getting students involved was a challenge. "Last year many of [the students] invested a lot of time and effort and then there was Sandy and the festival had to be cancelled," said Gac-Artigas. "I guess they didn't want to go through the same this year. But once we had them on board, they all enjoyed participating."

Gac-Artigas said, "Learning a language goes well beyond learning vocabulary or grammar in a textbook. All aspects of culture, literature, art, music, and much more teach us a lot about other people´s feelings, thoughts, ways of life and all that enrich our knowledge of the language."

The festival showcased performances, music, poem recitals, student presentations, dance and martial art routines.

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Graduate Students Learn the Importance of Listening

Alan Ehrlich, President of The Center for Listening Disorders Research (CLDR), joined the Master of Arts in Corporate and Public Communication (CPC) Colloquium Speaker Series when he spoke to a group of CPC graduate students about listening on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Don Swanson, communication professor, introduced Ehrlich to those in attendance. "He's been looking at listening for a long time, and the thing that fascinates me about Alan is that he's constantly coming up with new insights and he's constantly finding concepts from other disciplines," said Swanson.

Ehrlich began his presentation explaining that there is a big difference between hearing and listening. Hearing is one of the five senses, but listening is a series of complex cognitive processes that begins with hearing sounds. According to Ehrlich, listening, unlike hearing, should end with contextual understanding.

"The complexity of the listening process cannot be taught," Ehrlich explained. "It is not something that we can learn, it is something we are born with." According to Ehrlich's research, people first begin to listen during their third trimester in the womb and once born, a person spends about 80 percent of their day listening and interpreting the sounds and noises heard around them.

"I learned that hearing and listening are two very different things, but that we mix them up and switch them out all the time," said Katie Meyer, a first year graduate student in the CPC program.

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Debate Hawks Host and Win Four Awards at 4th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational

The Monmouth University Debate Hawks hosted the 4th annual Jersey Shore Invitational Debate Tournament on Nov. 23-24, 2013. Over 100 college debaters representing 11 universities participated in this NDT/CEDA sanctioned tournament, including debaters from the West Point Military Academy, Boston College, West Virginia University, and New York University. The Monmouth team won four awards at the tournament. Monica Santos and Danielle Doud (both political science majors) won a team award by making it into the playoff rounds on Sunday. Three Monmouth students also won individual speaking awards including Jessica Roberts (political science, 3rd place), Sana Rashid (chemistry, 5th place), and Ryan Kelly (political science, 6th place).

Each two person team is required to compete in six rounds of debate, three on the affirmative and three on the negative, with each debate round lasting approximately two hours. Teams that make it into the playoff rounds continued debating into Sunday evening's championship round. The debate rounds took place in classrooms in Monmouth University's Bey Hall and Edison Hall. Monmouth entered 10 teams including Kelly Craig and Michelle Grushko (upper division); Dan Roman and Victoria Norges (upper division); and Jessica Roberts and Ryan Kelly; Monica Santos and Danielle Doud; Sana Rashid and Amanda Kontor, Michael Hamilton and Iziah Thompson; and first time debaters Nick Whittaker and Joe Telafous, Alya Yildiz and Payal Patel, Mike Kulik and Sal Popolillo, and Angela Ryan and Caique Nascimento. Former Debate Hawks Miriam Peguero, now working at the World Bank in Washington D.C., returned to campus to help judge at the tournament. The tournament kicked off on Friday, Nov 22 with tournament registration at the Hotel Ocean Spa Resort in Long Branch.

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DEVELOPING STORY: University Employee Suffers From Meningococcal Meningitis

President Paul R. Brown sent an email this morning informing the University community that an employee is currently suffering from meningococcal meningitis.

"The employee, who is an administrator in the Controller's area, is gravely ill and has been admitted to a hospital," it read in the email.

The email continued to say that the University has been in touch with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and the New Jersey State Department of Health.

The spread of this disease is due to close personal contact with an infected person's secretions, according to the email. The type of close personal contact includes "living in the same household, kissing, sharing eating utensils or food, sharing drinks or uncovered face-to-face sneezing or coughing."

However, the bacteria are not spread by casual contact such as being in the same office or classroom as the person infected.

"The University is working loosely with the public health officials to reach out to any individuals who may be at risk for infection," the email explained. "Because of the need for such close contact to spread the bacteria, those health officials believe that the group at risk on campus is extremely small."

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What’s Really on Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

turkey_growthThis Thanksgiving think about what is really in your sweet potatoes, corn, stuffing, and gravy, then consider if a bigger turkey is actually a better turkey.

The first Thanksgiving in 1621 contained a very different menu than the ones served at America's 21st century Thanksgiving meals. The way that foods are being created has changed drastically.

More commonly foods are being scientifically constructed, rather than naturally grown. Ivan Gepner, associate professor of biology, said, "Organisms can be modified in their properties by two techniques," artificial selection and genetic modification.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are "plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology," the Non-GMO Project stated.

Gepner said, "Genetic modification could involve the addition, subtraction, or change in genetic constitution of organisms through direct manipulation of their genes..."

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Pozycki Hall to be Completed by Summer 2015

POZYCKIBey Hall will be undergoing construction for the addition of Pozycki Hall, an expansion to the Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) and the Kislak Real Estate Institute (KREI), made possible by a donation from alumnus Steven Pozycki, a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

Vice President of Administrative Services Patricia Swannack said this 20,000 square-foot facility designed by DMR Architects will include four classrooms that will accommodate 30 students each, a 175-seat lecture hall, eight faculty offices, a student lounge, and an exterior terrace.

The two-story building planned to begin construction in May 2014 will be connected to the north side of Bey Hall by an enclosed pedestrian bridge located on the second floor. Swannack said, "Architectural details and exterior brick will compliment already existing buildings surrounding Pozycki Hall."

Vice President for University Advancement Jason Kroll said the building is being named in honor of '73 alumnus Pozycki because of his many contributions to the University, including his generous donation to fund Pozycki Hall. Pozycki has been a generous benefactor of the University, according to Kroll, including his previous endowment for the Pozycki chair in the KREI.

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Some Feel Drinking Tea Can Help Weight Loss

green-teaDetox teas that claim to help users lose weight are sparking controversy as to whether they are safe and effective or harmful and unproductive.

Detox tea diets are used by people looking to either lose weight or flush out their system. According to, "A tea detox diet involves drinking one or several kinds of teas to flush out your colons and kidneys."

The website also explains that most detox diets include fasts, causing food choices to be restricted to pureed fruits, vegetables and broths. "Solid foods are usually banned or severely restricted based on the theory that you can't properly clean your digestive system if you keep refilling it," according to

Detoxes last between 14 or 28 days and can be used by both men and women. In addition to reducing bloating and increasing weight loss, the teas can result in clearer skin and a faster metabolism. These teas are made using organic Chinese ingredients like cinnamon, nettle leaf, ginger root, and celery root. Detox tea diets can be bought online through websites such as,,, and many others.

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Dr. Sarsar Awarded for Global Initiatives Contribution

sarsarDr. Saliba Sarsar, political science professor and associate vice president for global initiatives at the University, received the award for academic excellence at the 10th Anniversary Gala for the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The annual Gala is held in order to honor the accomplishments of distinguished Palestinian Americans. Sarsar was one of three honorees being recognized for their achievements.

"We, your family, friends, and our community are proud of your personal accomplishments, your spirit of public service, your pride of your heritage, and your commitment to our great country," said Dr. Ziad Asali, ATFP President, as he congratulated Sarsar. "You are a role model of success and accomplishment that our youth can learn from and emulate."

The keynote address was given by Dr. Philip Gordon, special assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region.

There were various performances from musicians, singers and comedians throughout the night to ensure a lively atmosphere for guests to enjoy.

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Business School Hosts Seminar on Dangers of Sex Trafficking

sex-traffickingThe University welcomed attorneys Wanda Akin and Raymond Brown to discuss the fastest growing industry in the world, business and criminal enterprise, during a seminar presented by the Leon Hess Business School on Nov. 13 in Bey Hall.

Human trafficking, as stated by Don Moliver, Dean of the School of Business, is the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for compelled labor or to command sex acts by the use of force, fraud or coercion.

Victims of human trafficking are exploited, abused and encouraged in many forms, including child labor, child prostitution and child soldiering, Moliver continued.

Akin stated that victims of human trafficking are often harbored in very low resistance shelters where their movements are controlled. "They're locked in their rooms at night and only brought out to do the work that they were trafficked there to do," Akin said.

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Jennifer Sneed to Speak at MU

Monmouth University Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter will host their second speaker series event of the semester, featuring Jennifer Sneed, the PR Coordinator for Monmouth County's Habitat for Humanity's 30th Annual Carter Work Project, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 3:00 pm in room JP 234.

During Sneed's presentation, she will provide students with insight she gained during her time in the public relations field. Following the presentation a short question and answer presentation will be held.

Jennifer Sneed resides in Newark and is the former deputy state director for United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.

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MU Honors Veterans and Victims of 9/11 with Dedication of Memorial

Veterans-Day-PhotoThe University honored Veterans Day through the dedication of the 9/11 Veterans Day Memorial, recognizing the donors and completing the National Remembrance Day Roll Call on Nov. 11 at 9 am.

At the base of the monument is a twisted piece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services.

The 9/11 Veterans Day Memorial was installed in front of Edison Hall in the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. The memorial was donated to the University two years ago by Judy Eisenberg, a University Life Trustee, and Lewis Eisenberg, Port Authority Chairman of NY and NJ.

"This is truly a unique and special privilege that [my family] and I were able to provide as a lasting memory, not only of those who perished on 9/11, but for those who have given their lives, their sacrifice in so many ways to defend our life, our liberty and our individual freedoms," said Lewis Eisenberg.

President Dr. Paul Brown officially dedicated the 9/11 Veterans Day Memorial to the University during the ceremony. "May it remind [all who walk by] of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the courageous acts and sacrifices made by our military veterans, and the unstinting American spirit to guide us into the future," said Brown.

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November Marks American Diabetes Month

diabetesNovember is American Diabetes Month, which was created to raise awareness for the continuously growing disease, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

According to Kathy Maloney, Director of Health Services, "Type I diabetes (T1D) is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes. The body fails to produce enough of the hormone insulin, which is needed to metabolize sugar." Maloney added that T1D is commonly a genetic disease, though that is not always the case.

Type II diabetes (T2D) is similar in that one's body does not properly use the insulin that it makes. Also known as insulin resistance, T2D is a condition where the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for the body's misuse of the hormone. However, over time the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep blood sugars at normal levels, according to the ADA.

Diabetes (T1D and T2D) affects 25.8 million people in the U.S., according to Maloney. Out of that number, one in 400 is less than 20 years of age.

Other lesser-known types of diabetes include pre-diabetes, which is what many adults develop before they are diagnosed with T2D. During this stage, blood sugars are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as T2D, according to the ADA. Patients can still prevent the onset of T2D at this point by losing 7 percent of their body weight (or 15 pounds if they weigh 200 pounds), or exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

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MU Experiences Power Outage for Over An Hour

power_outageThe University experienced a power outage caused by an electrical malfunction at the University's substation in Tinton Falls on Thursday, Nov. 7 that lasted about 90 minutes.

According to Roger Gray, the Supervisor of Pressure Management and Transmission for NJ Natural Gas, a transformer blew and was defective for 40 minutes, causing Long Branch and West Long Branch to lose electricity.

Transformers are "electricial converters that change AC voltage to DC voltage in order to conduct electricity," Gray said.

He explained that cold weather makes the transformer malfunctions to be at a higher level due to their susceptibility to corrosion.

The outage caused all 1 pm classes to be cancelled, while the University worked diligently to turn the campus electricity back on.

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Students Learn The Importance of Networking

Finance-PanelThe University's Office of Career Services teamed up with the business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, to co-host a panel for Careers in Finance and Economics in Young Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The audience was composed of students and alumni. Some came to learn about the industry while others came in hopes of networking, finding an internship, or simply gaining valuable knowledge.

The panel included University alumni and industry professionals such as Brian Sforza, Samantha Bernstein, John Genovese, Deborah Mannix, and Ken Engel. Laura Cornish, graduate of Scranton University, was also on the panel.

Each panelist spoke about their search for their desired careers. They gave advice to current students about taking advantage of the resources that the University's Career Services Office has to offer. At the conclusion of the event, there was an opportunity for a question and answer period and one-on-one networking with panelists and other alumni.

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Sugar and Salt May be Next on the FDA Target List

CandyNow that the Food and Drug Administration has banished most trans-fats from the nation's diet, some public health advocates are hopeful that two other beloved ingredients, sugar and salt, will be subject to similar scrutiny.

"Sodium is next," said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a Harvard University epidemiologist and cardiologist at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

By acting to remove artificial trans fats from the food supply, Mozaffarian said, the FDA has acknowledged a scientific consensus that they are hazardous to the public's health. The same could be said about excess dietary sodium, and that should be an equally powerful prod to FDA action, he said.

Tom Neltner, an analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., said that sugar, also, may become a target in the wake of the FDA's action to remove trans-fat from food.

In regulating food additives, the FDA has historically focused on removing chemicals that cause death and acute injury, Neltner said. Now the agency has demonstrated that it's ready to step in when a food additive contributes to chronic diseases that kill many people slowly.

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The Reason Behind No-Shave November

This month some men will be growing their beards in favor of supporting No-Shave November, an international cause to raise awareness for various types of male health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

Several advocacy websites for No-Shave November offer participants the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to a charity for cancer research., suggests that participants donate what they would regularly spend on razor blades or barber shop visits to the American Cancer Society instead.

"The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow to generate awareness and donations for the cause," Christine Hill, co-founder of said. "No-Shave gives meaning to the action and sparks that conversation. It allows our supporters to tell others why they are doing it."

Hill added that their site's donations have grown every year since the website was founded in 2009, and this month's donations surpassed $80,000 as of Nov. 11.

"Cancer is very prevalent in today's society [and] something that men and women of all ages should be made more aware of," Hill said. "Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another, whether by a friend, neighbor or close relative. We know that with healthcare, time can make a big difference – with cancer, early detection can give you that chance."

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Twitter Page Upsets Some, Interests Others

monmouth_confessionsOver 900 tweets have been anonymously submitted and posted to the controversial Twitter account @Monmouth­Confess, which displays gossip, lies, secrets, sexual fantasies, and compliments, accompa­nied for the most part, with full names of students and staff at the University in 140 characters or less.

More of the PG rated Monmouth Confessions in­clude: “I scrubbed my room­mate’s toothbrush in the toilet that I peed in after she ate all of my food when I was home for the weekend,” posted on Oct. 21, “I wonder, if she knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life making her happy, would she still sleep with so many other guys?” posted on Oct. 15, and “After reading these tweets, I have come to the conclusion that there are some really f***** up people in this school,” posted on Oct. 14.

The account is commonly dominated with what one might call R or X rated tweets, and are unfit for publishing in a family newspaper.

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Student Creates Nonprofit to Help Remote Countries Obtain Medical Care

Melros_MenesesUniversity student Melross Meneses recently created a nonprofit organization, the Life Through Help Foundation, that works to supply medical aid and other health related services to those in remote areas around the world.

Meneses, senior finance major, created the nonprofit shortly after spending three weeks in January 2012 working on a medical mission in the Philippines.

The trip was sponsored by Enactus, an international organization that, according to their official website, is a "community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world."

Meneses is the President of the University's chapter of Enactus and has been for the past three years. "Basically what we do is we find a need in the community or anywhere, like the Philippines, for example, and we do our best to fulfill that need," Meneses said.

For their trip to the Philippines, Enactus was granted $3,000 from the University's Business Council to attain the proper supplies and medication. Dr. Gilda Agacer, Associate Dean of the Business School gave Meneses the idea to reach out the to Business Council. "The Business Council used to just simply provide funds for faculty research however, two years ago, Dean Moliver tried to save some money to support students' efforts," Agacer said.

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The Pros and Cons of Getting the Flu Shot

flu-shotWith flu season right around the corner, the University offers students the opportunity to protect themselves from the recurring illness through receiving the flu vaccine.

The vaccine shots were administered to University students and employees in Anacon Hall last month on Oct. 8, and will be offered again on Nov. 19.

On average, between 5 and 20 percent of United States residents get the flu each year and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website.

University students, particularly those who live on campus, have an increased risk of getting the flu. Every year, multiple students contract the flu, according to Director of Health Services, Kathy Maloney.

"We have, like every other campus except for community colleges, residential living. And any time you have communal living, you have disease transmission," Maloney said. The close proximity to others in an enclosed environment increases the chance of contracting any illness, and the flu is no exception, Maloney explained.

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Scares on the Air: WMCX Hosts a Spooktacular

SpooktacularWMCX Radio held their fifth annual Spooktacular event in the spirit of Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 30 outside of the student center.

A DJ booth was set up in front of the student center and another table of WMCX participants gave away free candy to students attending or passing by the event.

The Spooktacular radio show featured live performances from Natalie Zeller, sophomore music industry major of Blue Hawk Records and Brianna Merriman, freshman. The event also featured a Halloween trivia contest where students had the opportunity to win two tickets to the Eastern State Penitentiary. Spooktacular is one of WMCX's main events, next to College Radio Day, which was celebrated at the beginning of the month.

Nicole Calascibetta, general manager of WMCX radio, said a lot of prep went into the Spooktacular show. "We're giving away free tickets to Eastern State Penitentiary, so we're doing a lot of giveaways – it was a big collaborative effort," Calascibetta added.

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Crazy Clown Can Cause Paralysis, Seizures and Death

CrazyClownColorCrazy Clown, a newfound drug, has caused several deaths and sent numerous people to the hospital, after recently being discovered by drug users.

The active chemical in Crazy Clown is still unknown, according to

Suanne Schaad, substance awareness coordinator, said, "It is a synthetic drug with a new compound that researchers are still investigating. It is similar to a marijuana experience." According to the, Crazy Clown "is most commonly smoked or burned in a small bowl and inhaled."

Forensic scientist, Christine Gabig, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is working to figure out what this drug is made of. Gabig said that Crazy Clown has a sweet smell to it because of an ingredient that is added to the drug. "[It] smells like incense almost," she said.

Schaad said the drug is packed like innocent looking herbs into little foil packets. Gabig explained that it is sold in local smoke shops and possibly at gas stations, and is sold for $30 to $60 a packet. She said that buyers can even find it sold as incense if they go to certain places.

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Leon Hess Business School Honored by The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review recently distinguished the University as being home to one of the most outstanding business schools in the nation.

For the ninth year in a row, the Leon Hess Business School was nationally recognized for its ability to provide students with a successful business education. The University is featured in The Princeton Review's book "The Best 295 Business Schools."

Schools such as Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rider University, Seton Hall University, and Rowan University, were also recognized in the Princeton Review's book.

In a press release written by the Asbury Park Press, Robert Franek, The Princeton Review Senior Vice President and publisher, said, "We chose the schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools."

Franek added, "We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for the book."

Gilda Agacer, Associate Dean of the Leon Hess Business School, said, as of Fall 2013, there are 1,002 undergraduate business students and 198 Master of Business Administration [MBA] graduates.

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Conference Hopes to Put a Stop to Child Abuse

A conference was held in Wilson Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 31 to raise awareness to one day put an end to child abuse. The conference was organized through a presentation of practices for professionals to better understand the process of identification, investigation, treatment, case management, and disposition of sexual abuse.

The School of Social Work, the Child Advocacy Group at the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and Barbara Bonner, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Center Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, joined together for the conference.

"One of our goals is to coordinate all child maltreatment services across the children's hospital, the department of pediatrics at the university level so that we are making a concerted effort to attain a simple focus," said Bonner.

Bonner was the President of the Board of Counselors of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (ASPSAC). "I worked with victims for a long time and wanted to look at something that was more preventive," said Bonner.

CCAN prevents the perpetrator from becoming a repeat offender through public education on the topic of child maltreatment.

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Stonger Than The Storm: Superstorm Sandy One Year Later


One year ago on Oct. 29, Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast drastically affecting many lives and the University as a whole. Students, faculty members and residents up and down the Jersey shore suffered severe damage that many still face one-year later.

Ten-percent of New Jersey residents displaced from their homes during Superstorm Sandy have fully recovered, according to a poll conducted by the University polling institute on Oct. 21. The remaining 90 percent are still facing damages. The poll also stated that18 percent of families have moved back into their homes, and three-percent are still displaced.

The polling institute report stated, "Few of these families feel like they are close to full recovery and most feel that the state's rebuilding efforts have overlooked them."

"It's awful," said Lauren Payne, adjunct communication professor. "It's horribly depressing," she said while referring to the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

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MU Learns About Relationships and Domestic Violence

RelationshipsThe University held a relationship seminar in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center on Monday, Oct. 21.

The event informed students of the differences between good and bad relationships, the dangers of domestic violence, and the process of filing a restraining order.

Counseling and Psychological Services at the University invited Monica Gural to run the event. Gural is a Supervising Attorney Specialist in New Jersey to help violence victims attain restraining orders.

Gural explained that the majority of domestic violence incidents happen to females. She also used videos and charts during her presentation to explain the reality of domestic violence in relationships.

The event explained what creates a healthy vs. an unhealthy relationship, how to deal with disagreements in a relationship, the cycle of violence in abusers, and why victims stay in violent relationships.

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Students Gain Valuable Work Experience Through Internships Across America

InternsThis past summer, four University students from the School of Science took the opportunity to gain real world experience through internships outside of NJ.

The internship locations ranged from NJ to OR and were completed by students Peter Chace, Justin Schlemm, Patrick Fedick, and Jessica Kozma. Each student explained that during their experience they discovered the value of an internships while in college.

"The experience really opened my eyes to what graduate school will be like, it gave me a lot of connections and it also gave me an edge by being able to experience research outside of what I was used to," said Patrick Fedick, chemistry major who participated in a 10 week summer research program through MassNanoTech at the University of Massachusetts.

A Forbes article, Internships May Be the Easiest Way to Jobs in 2013 stated, "Sixty-percent of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time jobs to their interns in 2012."

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MUPD Collects 10 Pounds of Prescription Medications

Drug-Take-BackThe Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), issued an Operation Take Back New Jersey program on Oct. 26. The University community was encouraged to safely dispose of any unwanted, unused and expired prescriptions at the MUPD's office.

For the third year in a row, MUPD asked that these drugs be brought to law enforcement in an effort to reduce improper use and disposal of prescriptions.

Jeffrey Layton, MUPD Detective Corporal, explained that expired prescriptions may not be effective and excess unnecessary prescriptions in the home could lead to experimentation or abuse. Layton added that improper disposal could also be harmful to the environment.

Operation Take Back is a nationwide effort. The DEA offers the idea to every police department in the state and allows them to voluntarily decide if they would like to participate.

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University Welcomes New Kognito Program Aimed at Mental Health Awareness

The new Kognito program, provided by Counseling and Psychological Services, is designed to help students and faculty identify and approach students who may be at risk of experiencing mental issues. According to University Counseling and Psychological Service personnel, the program will provide guidelines for helping students seek treatment.

Kognito is an interactive online training program designed to help faculty and students learn how to recognize the signs of a student who may be dealing with a mental issue. It then provides the communication tools necessary to approach such a student.

The goal is to aid students and faculty in encouraging others to seek help when dealing with psychological distress, as described by the Kognito official website.

There are two separate programs offered online, according to Magda Isack, the Account Manager Representative at Kognito. There is an online training program specifically designed to guide faculty with helping students, which takes 45 minutes to complete. There is also the online program aimed to guide students with assisting other students who may be encountering mental concerns, which takes 30 minutes to complete.

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Communication Professor Speaks about Life After MU

Robert Scott, Specialist Communication Professor at the University, spoke to a collection of first-year graduate and undergraduate students about his career in the communication field on Tuesday Oct. 22. Scott's speech was a part with the Colloquium Speaker Series.

Dr. Sheila McAllister, assistant communication professor, explained that the speaker series purpose was to introduce students to professionals, and the capabilities of a communication degree

"We like to have a diverse group of speakers to show the breadth and depth of the field," said McAllister.

McAllister continued, "[Scott's] presentation, not to minimize anyone else's contribution to the field, is very unique because he embodies all the potentials a student can have with a communication degree."

McAllister said that Scott has worked for Disney in television, he writes for magazines and blogs, and he's current and up-to-date with the technology in his field.

"He didn't have it all figured out right from the beginning. He knew he had all this creativity, and he decided to pursue that. All the careers that a student could have, Professor Scott embodies them," said McAllister.

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MU Helps Local Community with Big Event

The University's single largest annual community service project, The Big Event, was held on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Over 400 University student and faculty members participated in the event, from 10 am to 4 pm. Each student was assigned volunteer work at one of 28 local work sites. The event was run by the Student Government Association (SGA) and was in the planning process for several months to ensure details and criteria were met.

According to Alexandra Tuyahov, SGA Vice President and Big Event Chair, some of the activities at work sites included painting, yard work, rebuilding homes from Superstorm Sandy, serving at a soup kitchen, and making blankets for the First Year Service Project.

All of the work sites were in local areas. Locations included the Long Branch Covenant Church, Meal at Noon, Deal Lake, Reformation Lutheran Church, Stop and Shop, St. James Church, Jersey Shore Dream Center, Long Branch Free Public Library, Stella Maris Retreat Center, Camp Oakhurst, and The Monmouth University Community Garden.

Meaghan Wheeler, freshman SGA member, participated as a site captain for the day. "We stayed in the Student Center all day. We started in Anacon Hall and rearranged all of the chairs and tables," said Wheeler. Although her group wasn't sent to any of the local work sites, she still felt like the event was worthwhile and for a great cause.

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Homecoming 2013 Celebrates MU through the Ages

Homecoming_king_queenUniversity students and faculty demonstrated school spirit through the celebration of Homecoming weekend by attending a pep rally in the Multi-Purpose Activity Center (MAC) on Friday, Oct. 18, and tailgating and attending the football game against Cornell University on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Many members of Greek life were present at the tailgate, as well as University Alumni and a handful of other on campus organizations, such as the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Alternative Spring Break group. Representatives from both Hawk TV and WMCX were also at the tailgate broadcasting the Homecoming festivities live to those tuned in.

Every year, Student Government Association (SGA) designates a specific theme for the University's Homecoming weekend. This year the theme was "Monmouth Through the Ages."

Various organizations at the University selected an era to represent during the Homecoming weekend. The University's sororities and fraternities created shirts and dressed up, while clubs and departments decorated tents and brought favors for the occasion.

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Social Media: A Curse or a Blessing?

SocialMedia_addictionSince 2005 the number of adults that use social media in the United States has risen from eight percent to 72 percent, according to Social media use is on the rise, and though many may not realize it, frequent use can be seen as an addiction.

"I find myself clicking on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram icons over and over, as if my newsfeeds are going to change and show me something incredibly different within seconds," said Kelly Brockett, senior communication major. "I find myself more worried about what's going on in the social media world rather than taking in what is physically around me, a bad habit I am trying to break."

Use of social media has become very common among people. People are found using cell phones while in supermarkets, hallways, dinners and even in classrooms. A cell phone can be found in a student's hands, pocket and even on top of their desk.

"When I am walking I use it to play music, text or for social media. I always have my phone on me, also if I can get away with having it on my desk then it's usually there," said Marcus McKenzie, Penn State University senior. "I check Twitter and Instagram every moment I get."

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Rutgers University Performs SCREAM Theatre

Scream_theatreThe sexual assault awareness student group from Rutgers University visited Wilson Auditorium for the fifth consecutive year to share their SCREAM Theater performance on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 pm.

SCREAM stands for students challenging realities and educating against myths. The performance group consisted of seven student actors and Prevention Education Coordinator, Brady Root. SCREAM has existed for 20 years and covers important topics such as dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment and bullying, according to Root.

The actors played the roles of college students at a party with abundant amounts of alcohol. One of the actresses, Jess (Benny Del Castillo), becomes the victim of sexual assault when Ryan (Kenan Gebizliobro) brings her upstairs and takes advantage of her.

The rest of their friends at the party were also responsible for the situation in some ways. Some friends saw what happened and didn't speak up, some thought Ryan was wrong and took action, and some blamed Jess, the victim.

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Think Before You Download: The Effects of Illegal Downloading

File-SharingIllegal file sharing and downloading has been a popular and common practice among college students for close to a decade, but University students may want to think twice before they click.

Illegally downloading copyright protected work, such as music, movies and television shows, not only carries the potential for hefty monetary penalties up to $150,000 per download, but violators can also face punishment from the University. Illegally sharing or downloading files via the University's Internet server can lead to suspension or termination from the University's online network.

University students and employees received an e-mail from Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services, warning them about the possible penalties for infractions for illegal file sharing on Oct. 1.

The University first issued the e-mail in 2003, continue to do so "pursuant to the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008," according to Rhonda Rehm, assistant general counsel at the University.

The HEOA is federal legislation that largely outlines the framework for dispersing federal aid to higher education institutions, but in 2008 it included a mandate for colleges to provide "an annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law," according

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Students Kick-Off Homecoming with Pep Rally

PepRally2013Eight-hundred students gathered at the Multi-Purpose Activity Center (MAC) on Oct. 18 to show their school spirit at the University pep rally.

Like all pep rallies, contests were held, cheerleaders cheered, the pep band played, and most importantly the names of the Homecoming Court were announced.

Ashley McMahon, the Student Government Association (SGA) Homecoming Chair, announced the court. The 2013 freshman lord and lady were called first. Lord was Christopher Chinn, and lady was Kaylie Mazza. For the sophomores, Michael Qualiano was announced as duke and Jennifer Lee as duchess. The junior prince and princess were Thomas Beaufort and Jackie Leming.

The senior king and queen names were scheduled to be made public during the Homecoming game the following day. However, the top three kings and queens were introduced during the pep rally. Michael Migliaro, Michael Kumar and Lorenzo Russomanno were named the top three king candidates. Ashley Pacifico, Eva Rosamilia and Megan Van Tine were named the top three queen candidates.

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MU Welcomes Graduate Physician Assistant Program

Physicians Assistants are Expected to Grow 30 Percent Within the Next Decade

The University announced the approval of new Master of Science Physician Assistant program (MSPA) to begin the Fall 2014 semester. The MSPA will be a three-year, full-time graduate level program offered to University students and those interested. The program is in increased demand and has an expectancy to continue to increase in the coming years.

The Physician Assistant (PA) program was recently granted accreditation provisional status by the Accreditation Review Commission. The program will be the first of its kind available in Monmouth and surrounding counties throughout New Jersey.

A PA is a medical professional who works in conjunction with health professionals, is a graduate of an accredited program and is eligible to take the national certifying exam. The exam will allow the PA to become state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the PA profession will grow 30 percent within the next decade. Carol Biscardi, Director of the Physician Assistant Program said, "It is projected that the PA professionals will enjoy the second highest employment demand in the nation."

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The Washington Center Honors Professor Joseph Patten with Prestigious Academic Affairs Award

Two universities and a college professor were chosen this year to share in the 2013 Academic Affairs Awards presented by The Washington Center. Monmouth University Professor Joseph Patten was among those honored and was presented with the Liaison of the Year Award during The Washington Center's annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 2013.

"Congratulations to Professor Patten on this well-deserved award," said Monmouth University Dr. President Paul R. Brown. "His passion for teaching, scholarship, and mentoring students in outstanding programs outside the classroom, like at The Washington Center, bring life to their classroom studies."

The award recognizes the consistent and exceptional support of schools and their staff to experiential education through their dedicated partnership with The Washington Center. Further, Monmouth University Professor Patten is the very first alumnus from The Washington Center to receive this award. As a seasoned liaison, Patten has encouraged and nurtured countless students through the years. Through his energy and enthusiasm, he makes the D.C. internship experience a reality, and a memorable one at that.

"Professor Patten is a shining example of how universities are taking the traditional curriculum model and incorporating study-away internship experiences that teach self-awareness, community engagement, and life-long leadership skills," said Mike Smith, President of The Washington Center. "Joe Patten is a true leader within the academic community and we congratulate him on this honor."

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The University Celebrates its 80th Founders’ Day

FoundersDayPicFaculty, students, family members and other honored guests celebrated the University's 80th anniversary of its founding on Wednesday Oct. 9 in Pollak Theatre.

"What a wonderful 80 years," said President Dr. Paul R Brown. Not only was he celebrating the University's founding but he was also celebrating his first Founders' Day as President of the University. He said that he was honored and humbled to be the new president.

The Founders' Day Convocation Ceremony took place in Pollak Theatre, followed by a reception in Wilson Hall. Prior to the ceremony, faculty members, student leaders and other guests were invited to a lunch in Wilson Hall. During this time, everyone was welcomed by Brown to the University.

The Convocation Address is delivered by a guest selected by the University each year. This year the speaker selected was Mary Ann Christopher, the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY).

Christopher spoke to the audience on behalf of VNSNY and went into depth about the history of the University and where it is today. "Pause and reflect on the tradition of Monmouth," she said.

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Habitat for Humanity Renovates 16 Homes and Builds 2 New Homes

MU Community Volunteers in Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims in Union Beach

Habitat_PresBrownPresident Dr. Paul R. Brown volunteered for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) alongside former President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, some University students, and 650 other volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Carter couple worked with HFHI for the 30th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Union Beach, which took please between Thursday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 12, to help renovate and rebuild homes that suffered destruction from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

HFHI is an independent, nonprofit Christian housing ministry that builds houses for people in need, then sells the houses to homeowner partners through non-profit loans. Because homes are built primarily by volunteers, mortgage payments are reasonably lower than they would normally be, and there is also a zero percent interest rate. Habitat homeowners must invest hundreds of hours in "sweat equity," or time spent building their own home.

Mr. Carter said, "One of the most difficult things in life is breaking down the barrier of folks who have everything and folks who don't have much. It's not an easy thing to do because we naturally associate with other folks like us [with the] same color skin, same schools, [and] same establishments. We can cross that divide... And that is the essence of Habitat."

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Honoring of Indian Poet Brings Diversity to Campus

indian-poet-picThe University celebrated One Hundred Years of an Offering in Songs, the hundredth anniversary of renowned Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize on Oct. 14 in Wilson Hall Auditorium. Students and faculty came together to participate in a series of readings of Tagore's work and listened to famous musician Prauddha Raha from Calcutta, India.

Courtney Woodward, junior political science major, and Ahmed Alzarahani, an international computer science graduate student, introduced the speakers of the evening. They also provided background of the poet, his life and the significance of the readings.

Tagore is known today as a "humanist, internationalist, and universalist," as stated by the event program. He was an advocate for human rights in India, protesting the British rule through his poetry, art, and music. Tagore represents the voice of a nation and plays a very important part of India's independence and culture.

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University Students Raise Awareness for World Hunger at Community Garden

World-Hunger-GardenSeveral first year seminar students visited the University's community garden on Thursday, Sept. 19, in order to prepare for the organization of a multicultural Hunger and Heritage brunch set to happen around Thanksgiving.

Political science professor Rekha Datta runs the Debating Globalization: World Hunger class, who visited the garden. Datta said the intention of the class is to open students up to the massive impact that globalization and a fast-paced modern lifestyle have on the food industry.

A recent report released from the United Nations, which Datta referenced, said that among the seven billion people worldwide, one in eight people are chronically hungry and a large number is children.

The report also pointed out that although chronic hunger is most prominent in underdeveloped or developing countries, wealthy and established countries also contain children suffering from lack of food.

Because of widespread world hunger, Datta emphasizes, "...the impact of globalization and cultural homogenization on the distinctiveness of foods that are passed down from generations among cultures and people from different heritage." The syllabus of the first year seminar class that the students were involved in included learning about Jewish culture and Passover foods, as well as Indian and Chinese culture.

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The Role Religion Plays in a College Student’s Life

During college, students are advised to participate in unique experiences by taking distinctive classes, joining new groups and taking part in religious experiences, but the question is posed: How religious of a campus is the University?

Dr. George Gonzalez, assistant professor of philosophy, religion, and interdisciplinary studies, said that the term "religion" has multiple definitions.

Gonzalez said, "At this time in a student's life, [students] are given the tools to be critical of everything including one's faith."

According to Gonzalez, some of the effects religion has on a student are: reevaluation of a student's view of the world, criticism of one's religion, or help with strengthening faith.

Father William Lago, Catholic Chaplain, said that there are 4,700 undergraduate students and 2,630 identify themselves as Catholics. However, those numbers do not match up with attendance at Catholic Campus Ministry events.

Lago said that for Ash Wednesday mass, there were approximately 300 students, however, in contrast, for daily mass there are only three students that attend, only 12 that attend Thursday night socials that the Catholic Campus Ministry runs, and 10 for the Lent retreat this year.

Lago said that only 28 students attend Sunday mass regularly, which is less than one percent of the students who are described as Catholics.

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MU Alumni Encourage Students to Look Beyond their Degree

A panel discussion, presented by Career Services, consisting of six speakers spoke to students and faculty on college graduates pursuing careers unrelated to their degrees on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Karl Gordinier, Career Services Consultant, has hosted career-networking events previously on campus and found the events were not as beneficial to students as he had hoped. As a result, Gordinier and other members of the Student Leadership Committee decided to host a new program for students that would instead emphasize career discovery.

"Being a waiter, I have to tell you that you have to deal with difficult people," said Glen LeBoeuf, a speaker from the panel and Financial Advisor at Freedom Capital. "You deal with difficult people, you have to multi-task, you have a lot of pressure, you have to be customer focused, and timing matters when it comes to food. You don't think employers want you to know that stuff coming to work for them?"

LeBoeuf encourages students to not "chain" themselves to their degree. Like many students that believe their degree is what they must pursue after graduation, these six panelists felt limited by that view at some point. The professionals in this speaker series spoke to the students in that they were also once unsure of their intended career path. However, they explained how they were able to find success in fields irrelevant to their college degrees, which they feel is okay.

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Free Fall Vegan Potluck: Foods to Keep You Healthy Through the Winter

Discussion with Seed to Sprout's Alex Mazzucca

The volunteers at the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) are hosting a free fall vegan potluck plus a special discussion with Alex from Seed to Sprout: Foods to Keep You Healthy Through the Winter. The event will take place at Monmouth University's Magill Commons Club Dining Room on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Individuals who wish to attend this special presentation may contribute by bringing a completely vegan dish, an index card listing all the ingredients, and serving utensils. During the event, Alex Mazzucca, co-owner of From Seed to Sprout in Avon, New Jersey, will present three meals that guests can easily replicate at home during the winter for family and friends. From Seed to Sprout serves up delicious, organic, vegan and raw vegan items ranging from juices and smoothies to delicious sandwiches and salads, plus so much more.

Everyone who attends will receive recipe cards as well as tips and tricks on how to eat healthy during the cold, winter months. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by emailing Mary Harris at To learn more about MAVS, please visit

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Heroin Use on the Rise in Monmouth County

heroin_use_1Heroin use in Monmouth County has been on the rise with over 37 overdose deaths this year. Doctors, substance abuse counselors, and police believe this is due to the increase in prescribed opiates which leads to progressive addiction, and its overall purity and availability.

Suanne Schaad, Substance Awareness Coordinator in Health Services, said that prescription pill abuse has been on the rise within the past 10 years, and this can lead to heroin addiction. Such experts are blaming doctors on overprescribing opiate-based drugs for this increase in user dependence.

"If people want to know what's killing our people who live in the county, especially what's killing our youth, it is heroin and other drug abuse," Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor, Christopher Gramiccioni, said.

Psychology professor Alan Cavaiola said, "I always ask my classes, 'How many of you have ever been prescribed a painkiller like Vicodin or Percocet?'"

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New Four-Story Press Box to be Added to Kessler Field

kessler_field_press_boxConstruction for a new four-story building at Kessler Field has been confirmed to begin this year. The new multi-purpose building will replace the current press box built at the University in 1993.

The building will meet the standards of the Big South Conference, Metro Athletic Atlantic Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association, according to Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics.

"The current press box does not accommodate the needs of the University community," said McNeil. "Permanent indoor bathrooms for fans attending events, multipurpose meeting space that can be utilized year-round, and adequate media and game-day operations space simply do not exist within the current facility."

Features of the new building will include new concessions stands, a scoreboard, radio booths, video operations, a coaching booth, and many other uses.

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MU Awarded JedCampus Seal For Comprehensive Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programming

JEDcampusThe University is now recognized nationwide by the Jed Foundation as one of the 30 JedCampus seal schools. This two year recognition was awarded on Oct. 2 because of MU's comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention programming.

The Jed Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among college students, issued this seal of approval to the University. Yale University, Cornell University, New York University, and Columbia University are a few others who have received the seal.

According to the JedCampus website, the program is a nationwide initiative to promote wellness on college campuses.

This recognition was based off of an 80 question, two-hour online assessment that evaluated the school's mental health programming in comparison to the Jed Foundation's recommended practices. Schools were provided confidential feedback after completing the assessment relating to crisis management, strategic planning, and identifying at risk students.

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The Vegetarian Diet is Increasing Across the Country

vegetarian_dietOctober's vegetarian awareness month is one of the initiatives that continue to increase the 7.3 million American's interest in eating a plant-based diet. A study completed by the Vegetarian Times in 2012 found that 3.2 percent of American adults follow a vegetarian diet and 22.8 million follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.

By definition a vegetarian diet consists of mostly plant-based foods, without the conclusion of meat. Julie Schaaf, a professor of health and physical education describes vegetarianism as a "diet based on plant foods (fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds)."

According to there are actually six types of vegetarian diets. The pescatarian diet includes fish, the lacto-ovo (vegetarian) diet includes eggs and dairy, the flexitarian diet is flexible and includes meat on occasion, the vegan diet excludes eggs, dairy, fish and meat, the raw vegan diet involves foods that are cooked under 118 degrees and the macrobiotic diet is similar to raw vegan, although it is more lenient.

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Ghost Hunting in Wilson Hall

ghost-hunters_wilson_hallJason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves from SyFy's hit series, Ghost Hunters, visited The University to demonstrate a ghost hunting skit in Wilson Hall and show a video presentation in Pollak Theatre on Friday, October 4.

The Ghost Hunters are a team of paranormal investigators who examine claims of paranormal hauntings. Hawes explained during the presentation the investigations that the team does throughout the world aim to disprove paranormal haunting claims. "The truth is that actual demonic hauntings are extremely rare," said Hawes.

Hawes is the founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and star/co-producer of Ghost Hunters. Gonsalves is the show's technology manager and evidence analyst who is responsible for training investigators and the staff about the equipment.

The University presentation was arranged by Vaune Peck, counselor and coordinator of arts programming for The University's Center of Distinction for the Arts. Peck, who enjoys the show, explained that she felt like she needed to have the Ghost Hunters come the University and speak.

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Common App Available to Prospective Students

teacher-and-student_common_appHigh school students interested in applying to the University now have the opportunity to use the Common Application.

In previous years, students looking to apply to the University could only do so by filling out the University application available online.

This year however, the University has officially become a member of the Common Application. The Common App is a single application that can be found online and submitted to a large number of various institutions of higher education.

According to, "We serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications that students and school officials may submit to any of our over 500 members."

The colleges and universities that are not members of the Common Application typically have an application that is specific to their institution that prospective students are required to fill out. Up until this year, the University was one of these universities.

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The elections will take place online though the Monmouth University email account from:

MONDAY, October 7th, 12 PM through TUESDAY, October 8th, 12 PM.

The winners of the Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior and top three candidates

for King and Queen elections will be announced at the Pep Rally.

The winners of King and Queen will be announced at the Saturday football game.

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Hawks Rock to Find Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims

RocknReliefMU_1Hawk TV hosted Rock ‘n Relief to raise awareness about Habitat for Humanity which involved various bands, singers and other attractions this past Friday.

Hawk TVnot only hosted the event but created it too. They were accompanied by Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA),WMCX, Alpha Sigma Tau and the Music Alliance.

Katie Meyer, station manager ofHawk TV, took charge of the event as executive producer, while Andrew Bern, program director ofHawk TV, was the associate producer and assistant director. Meyer said, “To prep for Rock ‘n Relief,Hawk TVspent a month acquiring artists, contacting people for interviews and gearing up for three hours of music and raising money for Union Beach.”

Rock n’ Relief took place in front of Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication. The event featured several student artists, such as Joey Affatato, Guy Battaglia, Joe Sullivan, Bryan Haring, Bri Merriman and Natalie Zeller. They performed a free show on a stage placed on the lawn in front of the academic building.

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E-Cigarettes: It’s More Than Just Water Vapor

e-cigs_1A recent rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among teenagers is attracting national attention based on the effectiveness and potential dangers.

The percentage of middle and high school students who have used electronic cigarettes has more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued on Sept. 5. The report also states that in 2012, 1.78 million students tried electronic cigarettes.

Suanne Schaad, University substance abuse counselor said that since e-cigarettes were first introduced in 2008, they have doubled in appeal every year since.

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices shaped like cigarettes that are marketed to simulate the act of smoking without the harmful side effects of traditional cigarettes. Instead of smoke, an electronic cigarette user exhales an odorless vapor formed from inhaling the ingredients inside the device through its battery-powered filter.

Schaad feels that e-cigarettes may be beneficial to those who wish to quit smoking. “It could be used as a step down method,” said Schaad. “The only issue is not knowing the exact amount of nicotine that is being delivered.”

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WMCX Celebrates College Radio Day

College-Radio-DayThe University’s radio station,88.9 WMCX, hosted a 12 hour broadcast in honor of College Radio Day from 9 am to 9 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The event featured student radio shows as well as live performances from local bands.

According to Aaron Furgason, advisor of88.9 WMCX, the goal of college radio day is to let people know that college and high school radio exists while increasing awareness of the programming that is not available on commercial radio.

During College Radio Day, regularly scheduled student radio shows aired along with live performances from bands such as American Pinup, Wild Rompit, The Sunday Blues and Rick Barry,WMCXstation manager, Nicole Calascibetta said. Also, each of the bands were interviewed by new and returningWMCXstudents.


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The University Reacts to Recent Mass Shootings

active_shooterIn the wake of a devastating amount of recent mass shootings throughout the U.S. and abroad, many are questioning whether these types of incidents are on the rise. Still reeling from losses in places such as Newtown, CT., the Navy Yard in Washington, DC., and Aurora, CO., Americans are beginning to question their safety.

According to the FBI’s website, a mass murder is defined as four or more murders with no “cooling-off” period in between. A mass murder typically occurs in a single location where a number of victims are killed by one individual or more.

According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), there have been an estimated 78 public mass shootings in the United States since 1983. Mass shootings have occurred at an average rate of one per month since 2009.

However, the FBI website explains that mass shootings are a small portion of overall gun related deaths. In 2010, around 8,775 people were murdered with firearms in the United States and less than one percent of those victims were killed in mass shootings.

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University Holds Auditions for National Anthem Singer

National-Anthem-SingerAuditions to find a national anthem singer were held by the University Athletics Department this past Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

According to Maggie Martini, director of community relations and promotions and member of the athletics marketing staff, this is the second year that Athletics held auditions for the national anthem singer role. Martini said, “We held the national anthem auditions both this year and last year to give students, faculty and staff of Monmouth University as well as anyone in the local community, the opportunity to come audition to sing the national anthem at home MU athletic contests for the 2013-2014 seasons.”

In order to choose the right singer from the 30 auditioning contenders, who ranged from students to local community members, the singers took their turns performing their renditions of the anthem for their audition in front of the Athletics Marketing Staff.

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Take Back the Night Event Helps with Movement to End Violence and Assault

The University celebrated their annual Take Back the Night campaign where students participated in a march to end violence on Wednesday, Sept. 25th.

Students gathered on the steps of Wilson Hall where a candlelit vigil was held to begin the march. The students walked throughout the campus, making numerous stops to discuss violence and sexual assault statistics and facts.

Students had different reasons for attending the march, such as athletic teams uniting together, first year students earning the letter “W” for the Shadow program, and even students who have been personally affected by violence or assault.

“Honestly, I went to Take Back the Night because my roommate wanted to go, since it was a personal matter to her,” said freshman Sarah Baker. “Also, the event addresses the major flaw of sexual assault in our society that needs to be corrected worldwide.”

John Guth, political science major, explained that he attended Take Back the Night because of the prevalent issue of violence and sexual assault. “It is important that people acknowledge this problem so that it can be resolved,” said Guth.

Take Back the Night, previously known as Reclaim the Night, was first recognized in the United States in October 1975 at a rally in Philadelphia.

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Students Learn About Fire Safety and the Importance of Designated Drivers at HERO Campaign Day

The University held a Safety and HERO Campaign day on the residential quad on Wednesday, Sept. 25 to encourage students to make safe and smart decisions.

Students were invited to attend the event sponsored by the Howell and West Long Branch Fire Departments, Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Substance Awareness, the University’s Fire Safety and HERO Campaign, and the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company. 

The HERO Campaign is a national non-profit organization that was created in 2000 after John Elliot, a graduate of the Naval Academy, was killed by a drunk driver.

The objective of the campaign is “to promote the use of sober designated drivers to prevent drunken driving tragedies throughout our country,” according to the organization’s website.

The HERO Campaign partners with law enforcement agencies, schools, restaurants, the U.S. Navy, and various other organizations across the country in an attempt to encourage people to volunteer as designated drivers (DD) for friends.

“The message of the HERO Campaign is for everyone, not just students. It is a real life message,” said Suanne Schaad, Substance Awareness Coordinator. “We market it as a positive thing to be a DD for your friends and promote it accordingly. We want people to remember to thank their DD’s and appreciate what they are doing,” she continued.

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COREiculum is Coming Back

In Spring of 2012, John Buzza’s Entrepreneurship Class developed Monmouth University graduate, Andy Stern’s, workout plan into a collegiate fitness company, COREiculum.

COREiculum offers “The 1st Semester,” a two-dvd workout program fit for the college student to make the “Freshman 15 an Elective.”

Now available in the University Bookstore, on and on

COREiculum’s latest project is launching right here at Monmouth! In part as a fundraiser for PRSSA, COREiculum is introducing the Valedictorian Challenge. This eight-week weight loss will help you burn fat, build lean muscle and define your CORE.

Come try one of the hottest new workout programs and learn more about the Valedictorian Challenge! E-mail any questions

Check out The Rock ‘N Relief Benefit this Week

Natalie-ZellerThe University television station,Hawk TV, will be hosting a Rock ‘N Relief fundraiser outside of the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication on Sept. 27 to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Rock ‘N Relief will be held on campus from 1 to 4 to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that helps people who are in need afford a safe place to live. Habitat for Humanity is focusing on the 500 homes in Union Beach that were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, according to Hawk TV Station Manager, Katie Meyer.

Bands will play during this event to a live audience. University communication club, Hawk TV will record the event and play it back over the semester. Artists who are confirmed include Natalie Zeller, who is under the University’s record label, Blue Hawk Records; and students Bri Merriman and Joey Affatato. A total of six bands will perform at the event.

Hawk TV and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), as well as the University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, will host tables with games, activities and prizes for audience members.

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New Friends is a “MUST”

MUSTOver 150 students and one faculty member participated in the “Take a Seat, Meet a Friend” event held by the new Monmouth University Street Team (MUST) during the Involvement Fair on Wednesday, September 18.

Students were encouraged to take a dip in a ball pit where 1,000 balls sat, each with a different question written on it. While in the ball pit, students took turns asking each other the different questions written on each ball.

“The purpose of this club is to have people sit, talk about big ideas and connect,” said Susan Bennett, advisor of MUST club. “It’s fun and makes you feel good to relate to people on a different level in an unexpected way and we also are gearing our events around things that we must do.”

The majority of the people who took part in the event were total strangers who ended up sharing personal information in an uncommon environment.  

“There’s inevitably going to be tough issues of the day that have to be addressed, and when you have a setting to be able to do that, it’s just the right thing to do on a residential campus,” said University President Paul Brown.

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Oceana Educates University on Dangers to Marine Life

oceana_educates_universityA forum about the use of seismic air gun testing in the Atlantic Ocean was held in Young Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 16.

Representatives from Oceana, a non-profit organization that serves to protect and restore the world’s oceans, along with Tony MacDonald, director of the Urban Coast Institute, and Congressman Frank Pallone, gave a presentation last Monday about the detrimental effects of seismic air gun testing. This kind of testing is done by geophysical companies, whose efforts benefit oil and gas companies, as a way to search for offshore oil and gas.

Seismic air guns emit blasts of noise into ocean water that can detect the location of offshore oil and gas. These blasts can reach up to 250 decibels, which is 100,000 times more intense than the noise that comes from a jet plane, and have the potential to harm or kill marine life in the surrounding areas, according to Oceana’s “Stop Seismic Airgun Testing” campaign. Not only are these blasts excruciatingly loud, but they are emitted every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days or weeks on end, the campaign adds.

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Students Learn to “Cope with Conflict”

The University hosted a “Coping with Conflict” seminar in Mullaney Hall on Sept. 18 to discuss with students ways to handle common college issues and how to prevent them. 

Chris McKittrick, a University psychological counselor,  gave the presentation to explain the different ways students can learn from conflicts. “I’ve worked in residential life for six years and I’ve found that roommate conflicts have destroyed experiences,” said McKittrick.

“I knew that I needed to learn how to work through it [roommate conflicts] to strengthen relationships.” McKittrick exclaimed. As a result of the issues, the Counseling and Psychological Services held the “Coping with Conflict” seminar.

According to McKittrick, miscommunication is often one the main sources of a conflict. He continued that students need to learn to be honest with one another, because when their real thoughts and feelings are not communicated this can cause many issues between two people.

“I’ve learned that conflict needs to be confronted when there’s a problem,” Emily Argano, a freshman, said after watching the presentation.

Aside from relationship issues, many other types of conflicts were also discussed during the “Coping with Conflict” seminar. “My view of conflict has not changed because there are many conflicts, but ranges and types of conflicts have changed,” said Jeff Miele, The Area Coordinator of Resident Life.

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Can You Live on a Dollar a Day?

“Living on One Dollar,” a film documentary that followed the lives of four men who spent two months in rural Guatemala living on a dollar a day, was presented in Wilson Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Student Activities Board (SAB) and the Office of Transition and Leadership Programs co-sponsored the event.

The stars and co-founders of the documentary, Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple, the executive directors, along with Sean Leonard and Ryan Christoffersen, the creative directors, spent 56 days together in Pena Blanca, Guatemala to raise awareness of poverty. In the 54 minute film, Leonard and Christoffersen recorded their experiences behind the scenes, while Ingrasci and Temple shared their experiences about their journey on camera. Ingrasci and Temple were the presenters at the event on Tuesday.

“Whole Planet Foundation helped fund the original trip [to Guatemala] with $3,000,” Temple said. “I had worked with them a few years ago as an intern while on a gap year before high school and college. We still raise money for them and have so far raised $32,690,” Temple added.

Over 1 billion people around the world live on one dollar a day and seven out of 10 people in Pena Blanca, a village of around 300 people, live under the poverty line, according to the “Living on One Dollar” film. However, Temple said, “It’s not about statistics; it’s about the real people and their hopes and dreams.”

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Communication Clubs Hold First Combined Open House

The Communication Department’s student-run organizations held the first ever “Communication Department Open House” in Jules L. Plangere on September 23. The open house was created solely by the students in an attempt to allow all majors to explore each of the seven organizations while in action.

The University radio station,WMCX, was stationed outside of Plangere, welcoming the students as they entered the open house. “We broadcasted our music over the speakers and set up a promotional table outside,” said Nicole Calascibetta, General Manager ofWMCX.

The University’s television station opened their studio and played a few of their shows for students to watch. “We had some promo items for people to grab and we answered a lot of questions,” said Katie Meyer, Station Manager ofHawk TV.

The University’s division of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) shared with students the many capabilities of the organization by demonstrating how they manage their client’s websites, Facebook and Twitter pages.

The student online news portal,The Verge, demonstrated how their website works. Previous articles available online were shown to students, while editors explained how the organization works.

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MU Rises 7 Spots in Northeast

The University was ranked by theU.S. News & World Reportas the 30th best school in the Regional North category on Tuesday, Sept. 10, jumping seven spots from last year’s ranking.

Every year, theU.S. News & World Reportcompares all of the colleges and universities in the country and ranks each one on the basis of several factors, some of which include professional assessments made by other schools similar to the University, average freshman retention, and the graduation rate.

The 200 schools that are evaluated by theU.S. News & World Reportare placed in one of four categories based on their regional location: North, South, Midwest, and West. The University is a member of the Regional North category, which, according to Vice President of Enrollment Management, Dr. Robert McCaig, is the most competitive category. With Villanova University in the top spot, “We’re in some really competitive company right now,” McCaig said.

In the past decade, however, the University has moved up 46 spots, seven in the past year alone. According to McCaig, the University is one of the fastest rising schools in the Regional North category and he thinks that this is because the rate of graduating students has increased significantly over the years.

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Involvement Fair Displays 57 Clubs

Approximately 300 students gathered in front of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) to learn about the clubs and organizations at the University during the Involvement Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations coordinates the Involvement Fair every fall semester for students to learn more about student clubs, groups, and chapters. According to Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, there were 75 clubs present during this year’s fair.

Amy Bellina, who has been the Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations for the past 19 years, said, “[The Involvement Fair] was very successful, particularly when we are able to do it outside on a beautiful day. Less people seem to attend if we have to move it inside.”

The Involvement Fair is offered to all recognized student clubs, organizations and any interest groups currently in the middle of the Student Government Association (SGA) recognition process. “There are Approximately 90 SGA recognized clubs and organizations,” said Bellina. “I say approximately because the number changes each semester as some groups don’t return and other interest groups gain approval to become a club.”

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Tragedy Strikes Seaside: Four Blocks of Buildings and Boardwalk Destroyed in Electrical Fire

seaside_fireWithin nine hours, 50 businesses along the Seaside boardwalk were destroyed on Thursday, Sept. 15 as a result of electrical wire damages created by Hurricane Sandy. Many were affected by the fire and the damages.

Firefighters from all across New Jersey responded to the “all county call.” The flames engulfed at least 30 buildings along the 25-foot section of the Seaside boardwalk that evening causing much devastation, according to

“You can’t be a human being and not feel from it,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services.

The Seaside community rebuilt the town this past spring after suffering damages resulted from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Peter Pascarella’s family owns several buildings destroyed by the fire. He said, “We had tons of damage from Hurricane Sandy. Much of the pier was deteriorated and many of our buildings were destroyed.”

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The University Remembers Victoria Anne Tropper

University_Remembers_VictoriaLast Wednesday, the University lost student Victoria Anne Tropper in a car accident. Friends and loved ones were able to pay their respects to the 21-year-old senior psychology major this past weekend.

According to theAsbury Park Press, Tropper had gotten into a minor car accident with Thomas Trianon, 49. Charlie Webster, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman, toldthe Asbury Park Pressthat the two drivers then pulled off to the shoulder on Joline and Fifth Avenue. Tropper and Trianon were standing in between their two vehicles when Joseph Stavoll, 46, struck the rear end of Tropper’s car resulting in Tropper’s fatality and causing bodily injury to Trianon.

Jessica Trucillo, fellow senior psychology major, did not spend time with her recently but she was a childhood friend of Tropper’s. “… I went to a lot of her birthday parties and she was such a fun loving and funny girl from when I used to know her,” said Trucillo. “Seeing that email [on Thursday, September 12] tore up some memories of my childhood and made me feel so lost as to why it had to be her.”

Gary Lewandowski, Chair of the Psychology Department and associate professor, was Tropper’s advisor. “I was always struck by her positive personality and great sense of humor, he said. “I actually spoke to her that day about her about her plans for pursuing medical school and the various things she wanted to accomplish in pursuit of the goal. The fact that this tragic accident stole that dream from her is truly tragic.”

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The University’s Website Gets A Makeover

New_MU_WebsiteThe University uncovered a new and improved version of its former website just in time for the start of the 2013 Fall semester.

The process of creating a brand new website was overseen by Dr. Robert McCaig, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and led by Sarah Savarese, Director of Enrollment Publication and Communications. Christine Benol, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, was among the many people in the department who also helped with the redesign.

Benol explained that the previous website was launched in 2006 and was slightly modified in 2010. The website’s current design has been the biggest update since then.

“We wanted to enhance our site visitors’ experiences. The look was in need of an update while incorporating more modern web features and addressing noted concerns that were received about the prior site,” Benol explained.

The new website embodies a much more vibrant and modern look than the previous. The homepage allows visitors to choose which resources they need most by creating separate tabs for specific groups of people: current students, alumni, parents and family, faculty, and even prospective students. 

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MUPD Helps Deliver Baby Boy

MUPD_Delivers_Baby_BoyUniversity Police Officer John Noonan was involved in an unexpected birth at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ on Friday, September 6. While on his rounds with University Corporal Alfonso Acerra, Noonan assisted in the delivery of a 32-year-old woman’s baby. 

According to Noonan, everything that afternoon was routine leading up to the event. “We were waiting outside for someone to come so we could bring them back here [campus], so in the mean time I had gone inside to see if there was a coffee machine,” said Noonan.

Noonan stated that as he entered the waiting room, he turned the corner to where the vending machines were and encountered a woman doubled over against one of the machines.

“I asked her what was wrong and she said she was in a lot of pain. So I went over to the receptionist, which was on the other side [of the waiting room] and said we have a woman over here and she really needs somebody to come help her,” said Noonan.

According to the University Police report, after Noonan notified the receptionist, he alerted Acerra about the situation and returned to the woman. The two officers attempted to get the woman to sit down but due to the amount of back pain she was experiencing they opted to hold her upright until the medical staff arrived. It was then that the woman advised the officers that she was having a miscarriage and Acerra noticed drops of blood on the floor beneath her.

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Do You Know Know How to React to a School Shooter?

how_to_react_to_a_school_shooterThe University put on an Active Shooter Presentation on Friday, September 13 to teach students and staff how to react in this situation and ways to prevent it.

An active shooter can strike in three different kinds of locations; the “kill-zone,” “non-kill-zone” and in an “open area.” Of these three locations, Bill McElrath, Chief of University Police, who gave the presentation, made it clear that the first reaction must always be to have a “survival mindset.”

Having a “survival mindset,” is to reassure yourself that you are going to get out of the situation alive and that you will not sit back and be defeated, explained McElrath. “You have to get in your head that at this point on, you are going to go home that night,” he said.

A common mistake made when faced with an active shooter is to deny that the situation is occurring. Thoughts such as, “No, this could never really happen to me,” will only waste time that you could be using to save yourself. “If an incident happens, you are going to take action; whether it is to run, to hide or whether it is to fight,” McElrath said.

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Sea Meets Land in “Shored Up”

Sea_Meets_Land_in_Shored_UpThe University’s communication department and center for the arts presented a film documentary called “Shored Up” on September 9, which explained the effects of sea level rise.

“Shored Up,” directed by Ben Kalina, was part of the “On Screen In Person” film festival. A panel discussion immediately followed the screening.

According to the film, the United States is a coastal country, meaning that a high percentage of the population is living close to the coast. Throughout the film, the negative repercussions that result from this situation were discussed.

The documentary states that six inches of the shoreline are lost every year in New Jersey. This is due to the fact that the shoreline is interacting with infrastructures.

“What documentaries like “Shored Up” provide is a much more detailed and nuanced understanding of a topic. This film really opened my eyes to the complexities of this issue,” Andrew Demirjian, a Specialist Professor in the communication department, said.

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Central Park Five Member Speaks at University

Raymond Santana spoke at the University in Bey Hall, Thursday, September 12 about the wrongful conviction that he and four others were accused of in 1989.

Santana is one of the “Central Park Five,” a group of young men between the ages of 14 and 16 who were accused of raping and assaulting a female jogger in Central Park, New York City. The case was called the Central Park Jogger case.

Four years later, DNA testing proved the five men had no connection with the Central Park Jogger case, though they were not released until the real perpetrator came forward and confessed. He stated that  the men had nothing to do with the incident.

Santana was forced to spend more than a decade in prison. He was later freed by the Innocence Project, a public policy and litigation group dedicated to overturning the convictions of non-guilty persons through DNA evidence.

Susan Douglas, Specialist Professor of the Department of History and Anthropology, opened the event by speaking about Santana, the Innocence Project, and how the University has worked to bring these speakers to campus routinely for several years.

Douglas noted that “their success in getting revision of evidence … has been an uphill battle” and the group needs all the support it can get.

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Business Students Prep For Bloomberg Test

The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT), a finance based test in which last year University students outscored the world average, will be taking place on campus this September 21 and November 16 in the Bey Hall Financial Markets Lab.

The University’s overall average was 52 percent, while the world overall average was 45 percent.

The University averages were above or equal to the mean in all sections, although students scored particularly well in the news analysis section. They placed 13 percentage points above the world average. 

This 12-question section presents students with a series of brief financial passages and assesses the reader’s comprehension of the passage, according to the Bloomberg Institute. 

This test, which is strongly advised for junior and senior business majors, will be offered free of charge for all University students. The chief purpose of this assessment is to help students highlight their strengths, identify their weaknesses, and connect with potential employers, according to the Bloomberg Institute.

Bloomberg L.P., a world leader in financial data analytics and news, will be hosting the 100 question, two-hour online test that measures students’ aptitudes for careers in finance.  Consisting of eight sections, The BAT includes math, analytical reasoning, analysis of charts and graphs, news analysis, economics, global markets, analysis of financial statements and investment banking. 

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Student Loan Rates Bill Ties Interest to Treasury Notes

Congress Attempts to Make College More Accessible Through Adjusted Loan Program

The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act was signed into law this summer by President Barack Obama, which ties student loan in­terest rates to treasury notes. This will make the federal subsidized Stafford loan interest rate 3.86 per­cent instead of 6.85 percent.

According to a fact sheet issued from the White House regarding the bill, provided by Paul Dement, University Director of Community and Government Relations, future loan rates will be calculated “us­ing a formula based on the ten year Treasury Note plus 2.05 percent for undergraduate students, plus 3.6 percent for graduate student and 4.6 percent for PLUS loans.”

The act also sets a cap on the interest rates to ensure that college loan costs do not skyrocket, in the event that the Treasury note rates suddenly rise drastically. Stafford loan interest rates will not exceed 8.25 percent for undergraduates, 9.5 percent for graduate students, and 10.5 percent for PLUS loans, according to the fact sheet.

According to Dement, a typi­cal undergraduate who borrows $6,922 under the compromise plan will save an estimate of $1,545 over the life of their loan this year. However, there are many concerns that the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act was more an act of intolerance than a fiscally sound long-term resolution to curbing student loan debt.

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The University Mourns the Loss of Victoria Tropper

Victoria Anne Tropper, senior psychology major at the University, was killed after being struck by a car on Joline and Fifth avenues on Wednesday, September 11.

According to the Asbury Park Press, “Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, said two cars collided at the intersection and when the drivers left their vehicles, one was stuck by a passing vehicle.”

University President Dr. Paul R. Brown informed the Monmouth community via email on September 12. The email said, “The University regrets the untimely death of a member of our community and extends its deep sympathies to her family and friends at this most difficult time. The loss of such a young person is truly tragic.”

Chief William McElrath, Chief of the Monmouth University Police Department, explained that Tropper’s case is still under investigation. He said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

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WELCOME BACK LETTER: Tutoring & Writing Services


Welcome from the President

President_Brown-WelcomeDear Hawks:

Welcome back to class.  I am tremendously excited to join the Monmouth University community as its eighth president.

Joan and I, along with our daughter, Emma, are thrilled to be part of the Monmouth University family.  The warm welcome we have received from the campus community and our new neighbors has been wonderfully inviting.  Emma started her first year at Franklin & Marshall a few weeks ago.

I am excited about the wonderful things that are already happening on campus and look forward to bringing my experience and background as a faculty member and administrator to the challenges of providing the very best 21st century education experience to you.

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Welcome from the Vice President for Student Services

vice_president_nagy_welcomeDear Students:

To the newest members of the Monmouth University community - the Class of 2017 - 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.

This summer has been a busy one!  Our new president, Dr. Paul R. Brown, joined us on August 1st, and I know he is anxious to meet you.  Construction has begun on our new residence hall which we expect will be completed for Fall 2014.  We have also undertaken a renovation project in the Stafford Food Court and the dining area in the Stafford Center.  Jersey Mike’s Subs is now part of the food court along with your favorite Mexican, salad, and pizza stations.  You will also find that Grille Works has been relocated to the former Raising Cane’s area. This location will be open six days a week serving all of your grill favorites.

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WELCOME BACK LETTER: Marketing & International Business Department

What to know about how to get that first job in marketing?

What to know about how to get your next job in marketing?

What you should do to make your next career move?


September 26, 2013

H.R. Young Auditorium – Bey Hall

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The American Marketing Association will host their third Career Development event with a panel of experts that will provide guidance, advice and counseling no matter where you are in your career. This event will focus on the solutions and tools you need to prepare for a career in marketing, to find your next position, or advance in this challenging industry.

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Welcome Back Students!

Stay healthy this year by getting your flu vaccine this fall!  There will be on-campus flu clinics on October 8 and November 19.  Look for upcoming announcements for more details.

Should you require medical assistance during the year, Monmouth University Health Services provides a wide range of quality services to Monmouth University students and employees.  The Health Center is staffed with experienced, board certified nurse practitioners, a part time medical physician and psychiatrist as well as a full time substance counselor.  We are open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7 pm and Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

We are pleased to announce that Health Services has developed a cooperative program with Family First Urgent Care to provide students with access to medical services when the Health Center is closed.  Family First Urgent Care is located at 1910 Highway 35 South in Oakhurst, NJ.  It can be found at the intersection of West Park Ave. and Highway 35.  Operational hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm; Saturday 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm.

Students will need to use their individual health insurance plan or choose to self-pay when receiving services at Family First.  Family First accepts most insurance plans.  Please be familiar with your health insurance coverage and any fees/co-pays that may apply.

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WELCOME BACK LETTER: Office of Equity and Diversity


The Office of Equity and Diversity welcomes all new and returning students.  Monmouth University provides equal opportunity to all students and employees.

Our office monitors the University’s compliance with laws and regulations regarding Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Students and employees have a right not to be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, disability, or status as a disabled veteran of the Vietnam era.  Monmouth University has appointed Nina M. Anderson, Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, as the ADA/504 and Title IX Coordinator.

Our website can be found at  A copy of the procedure for filing complaints of discrimination/sexual harassment can be obtained from our office or member of the Monmouth University community may report incidents of discrimination/sexual harassment to the offices listed below.

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WELCOME BACK LETTER: Department of Chemistry, Med Tech & Physics

Dear Chemistry, Med Tech & CLS majors,

Welcome back to the Department of Chemistry, Med Tech & Physics!  We are looking forward to our new Electrochemical Methods course, the completion of our newly renovated physics lab, and the addition of two new full-time faculty members, geophysicist Dr. Kayla Lewis, and biochemist Dr. Jonathan Ouellet, who will be conducting research with undergraduates. We look forward to seeing you, and we wish you all the best in the Fall semester!

WELCOME BACK LETTER: Counseling and Psychological Services

Welcome back! Whether you’re a first year student living away from home for the first time, or an upperclassman anxiously awaiting graduation, dynamic experiences will be part of your life at Monmouth this year.  These times can be exciting but sometimes stressful, scary, and/or confusing.  If you or one of your friends needs help, there are many members of the campus community you can turn to.  Just say something.  Counseling and Psychological Services is a good place to start.  The staff in CPS is here to help.  Located on the third floor of the Student Center, the office is open Monday to Friday from 9 am until 5 pm with additional hours on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings until 7 pm.  Stop by or give us a call at 732.571.7517 or email us at Good luck this semester!

WELCOME BACK LETTER: School of Social Work

The School of Social Work sends greetings to all new and returning students, staff and faculty.

Come visit us on the third floor of McAllan Hall to find out how our human rights-based program can prepare you to make a difference.

WELCOME BACK LETTER: Facilities Management

We’re Caring For Your Home Away From Home

Facilities Management is responsible for the operation and routine maintenance of MU buildings and grounds and lends design and construction expertise to campus building renovations.  Our office processes customer initiated work requests and dispatches qualified staff to handle building systems, facilities and equipment needs campus-wide.

Routine (non-emergency) maintenance problems may be reported by completing an online Facilities Management Service Order form.  This online form can be found at On the service order, please give a clear and concise description of the maintenance or repair need, including the building and room number in which the problem is located.  Don’t forget to include your name and telephone number in case we have a question about your request.

Report emergency maintenance problems in campus buildings ASAP by calling the Facilities Management office at ext. 3425 (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm) or the University Police at ext. 4444 all other times.

Please accept our best wishes for a great academic year.

WELCOME BACK LETTER: Monmouth University Library

Library_welcomeDear Students:

Welcome back and a special welcome to the Class of 2017!

We invite you to come and visit the library. Located on the North campus, adjacent to the residential halls, our 34,000 square foot facility includes individual and group study areas, access to 110 computers, and Wi-Fi access for personal devices.  Our catalog and databases are mobile friendly, serving to help you access a collection that includes 275,000 books, 175 electronic databases, over 25,000 eBooks, and full text access to over 50,000 journals in print and online, as well as a modest selection of DVDs and leisure books.

To support your research needs, our Research Guides provide you with a wealth of information for assignments, many of which are specific to academic departments, helping you access the best resources in your discipline. To learn more please access the Library Orientation guide that introduces our library resources and services at

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Alumni_Affairs_welcomeWelcome back students and welcome to Monmouth, Class of 2017!

On behalf of the Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Affairs, we hope you have a fantastic year.  Before you know it, you will graduate and become a Monmouth Alumnus!  It is never too early to get involved and there are plenty of ways to do so as an undergraduate:

•          Network with Alumni Mentors

We pair current students and alumni with volunteer mentors who provide career advice and job search tips.  For more information or to be paired with a mentor, email

•          Join the Student Alumni Association (SAA)

The Office of Alumni Affairs is proud of our Student Alumni Association and encourages all current students to join!  The SAA offers a variety of great on-campus events throughout the year.  SAA members are in a position to get involved with the Alumni Association long before graduation by volunteering at Alumni events!  Becoming a SAA member is a great way to network with alumni and make beneficial connections.  To join, email us at

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WELCOME BACK LETTER: Monmouth University’s Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter

On behalf of Monmouth Univeristy’s Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter, our organization would like to welcome the Class of 2017 and welcome back all of our returning, fellow hawks. We hope you all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to a great year.

Monmouth University’s Shadow PR Firm is a student-run public relations firm that offers various public relations services for both on and off campus clients. Our client list this year includes COREiculum, Habitat for Humanity, The Valerie Fund, CASA for Children of Monmouth County, Bagel Guys Deli and White Birch Wellness Spa. Our firm works directly with our university’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter in which we get involved with as many different clubs, organizations and departments on campus in order to help promote each entity, assist with event planning or co-host fundraisers.

If you are looking to get involved and are interested in learning everything from effective social media marketing and promotions to fundraising and event planning, consider joining Monmouth University’s Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter! We are always looking for new members, from any department or major on campus. Join us for our first meeting Wednesday, September 11th in the Jules Plangere Building, Room 234 at 3pm or stop by our table at the involvement fair!

We look forward to meeting you!

Kelly Brockett and Kristi Silver


WELCOME BACK LETTER: Department of Music and Theatre

Welcome to the Monmouth University Performing Arts productions!

As you plan your activities for the upcoming year, be sure to include the outstanding activities and presentations from the Department of Music and Theatre. We’d love to see you as part of our productions in the cast or crew or as an enthusiastic member of our audiences. We are pleased to announce events you won’t want to miss:

Coming up right away is an exciting Networking event in Woods Theatre. It’s an opportunity for MU students to hear directly from MU alumni who are now professionals in the music industry. They will give career information on music production, performance, and marketing on September 25 at 7 pm. This is followed by the annual Founder’s Day celebration on October 9th when you can hear our Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and Concert Chorus in performance at Pollak Theatre.

The first theatre production is the stirring drama that speaks to these times. In 1998, the University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepherd was found dead on the outskirts of Laramie, having been tortured because he was gay. Reaction to the event caused the Tectonic Theatre Project to create “The Laramie Project,” a drama using the thoughts and comments of the inhabitants of the area and the news media. It has since been performed across the country and was a film for HBO. Under the direction of Dr. John J. Burke, Monmouth’s production will run November 7 through 16 in the historic Woods Theatre. To be a part of the cast, you are invited to audition on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 pm. Samples of scripts and rehearsal information may be picked up at the Woods Theatre office.

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BlueHawkRecords_welcome_backBlue Hawk Records 2013

The Music & Theatre Arts Department witnessed many changes throughout the spring semester of 2013. Under the direction of a new professor/music industry professional, Joe Rapolla, the students of the Applied Music Industry II class spontaneously and successfully created Monmouth University’s very first record label: Blue Hawk Records.

However at the end of the semester there was still much to be worked through. Therefore, professor Joe Rapolla and a handful of determined and unwavering students developed the Blue Hawk Records Advisory Board. Holding meetings weekly, they decided that the organization would be structured as a university sponsored club that oversees the management and continuing operations for the label. Acting as the direct connection between the university and the public, club officers would seek new opportunities for student involvement, as well as contact local businesses, fundraisers, and charities for community outreach.

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Kappa Delta Pi, The International Honor Society In Education at Monmouth University would love to welcome everyone back to campus!

We hope everyone had a great summer and that everyone is ready to put another mark of accomplishment on campus this school year.

KDP had a very successful year last school year. One of our biggest accomplishments was delivering  an enormous amount of school supplies to Union Beach Elementary School to help aid in their recovery from Super Storm Sandy.

Members of KDP collected various school supplies from helpful organizations and individuals from on and off campus. Kappa Delta Pi also held a very successful bake sale in McAllan Hall using home-baked goods and 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to Union Beach. These supplies were boxed up by members of KDP and taken to Union Beach to the glistening smiles of overjoyed children.

This year, the members of the newly elected E-Board will be taking their talents to Dallas, Texas in October for the 49th annual Biennial Convocation. The Convocation will have keynote addresses from some of the most successful and noted people in Education, but your E-board of KDP will also have a presentation themselves.

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Dance Team Try-Outs

Monday, September 16 at 8 pm, Anacon Hall

For details, contact Kristen at

MU Welcomes New Head Hawk into the Nest

welcome_president_brownPresident Paul R. Brown officially began his new role at the University on August 1. Since leaving Lehigh University and taking over for Paul G. Gaffney II, Brown has been fo­cusing on how to make the Univer­sity grow.

Brown explained that he has been busy meeting as many people as possible and as quickly as he can. “It’s been great for me because that’s the way you learn a culture,” he said.

He has been attending sporting events and even move-in day for the first year students, which led him to meeting many new people. He would like to understand what is strong about the University and the new programs on campus before making any “grounded decisions.”

Being the Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Le­high University was a position that Brown believes prepared him to be President. Strategic planning is an aspect that he carried over to the University from his previous posti­tion. “You’re always thinking years ahead. Students just came yesterday, today, but you’re always thinking years ahead,” he said.

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The EZ Ride Shuttle Adds Stop on Campus ... Did We Mention it’s Free?

shuttle_stop_on_campusA ribbon cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, September 4, welcomed a newfreeform of transportation available for all students and staff. The city of Long Branch’s “EZ Ride Bus Shuttle” created a new route that will include the Univer­sity Health Center.

“I look around the campus, and where the cars are going to go is one of the biggest is­sues,” said Adam Schneider, mayor of Long Branch. “This helps.”

Finding a place to park on the University campus has been an unresolved issue for many years. University Presi­dent Paul Brown and Schnei­der believe that the shuttle will minimize the issue.

“I hope that it definitely does help with parking,” explains Brown. “What I would like to see is this bus inundated with students and staff.”

Students were happy to see a new form of transportation at the University. “I think the shuttle service is an awesome idea for students,” said Nicole Adamusik, a Business Manage­ment senior at the University. “It will be so much more conve­nient and easier to get around, especially for those students who don’t have a car on cam­pus.”

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Student Center Gets New Look

student_center_faceliftThe Rebecca Stafford Stu­dent Center completed new renovations this summer to create new food selections and an updated look. The University’s dining service, ARAMARK, worked with campus officials to solidify the changes.

“I’m so happy to see where it’s [the Student Center Food Court] come from, to where it is now. It’s good to see it moving forward,” Christa Etherington, retail manager for ARAMARK, said.

The Student Center re­moved the center island to create more space for students and staff. Food stations were also rearranged. Etherington explained that the changes were created to provide stu­dents and faculty more vari­ety of food to choose from.

The changes to the Student Center include the addition of Jersey Mikes, The Bene Sta­tion and Greens to Go. The remaining stations also re­cieved smaller adjustments to their food selesction.

Jersey Mikes, a well-known chain restaurant, is now of­fering the University sub sandwiches and wraps. Sand­wiches can be made “Mike’s Way,” which is the addition of onions, lettuce, tomatos, olive oil blend, red wine vi­nager, and spices to make the sandwich your own.

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MU Offers New Veterinary and Medical School Program

SGU_new_veterinary_programThe University entered into a partnership with St. George’s Uni­versity’s (SGU) School of Medi­cine and Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies on August 12 to provide students studying biology and health studies a new option for medical and veterinary school.

“It is very competitive to get into medical or veterinarian school, and this agreement will give our students an edge for admissions,” said Bernadette Dunphy, Co- Director of the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee.

Students pursuing medical school will complete the first two years at St. George’s University, while their final two years will be spent in clinical rotations at an affiliated hospital in the United State or the United Kingdom.

Students pursuing veterinarian school will complete their first three years at St. George’s Univer­sity, while their final year will be completed at an affiliated veteri­narian school in the United States, Canada, Australia or Ireland.

The University was originally introduced to SGU during a pre-health advisors trip that Dunphy attended in Grenada a few years prior. “When I was at SGU and touring the medical and veterinar­ian schools, I quickly saw that an agreement would be beneficial for both SGU and MU,” said Dunphy.

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Students Kick-Off the Semester with “Welcome Week”

Welcome_WeekStudent move-in day at the Uni­versity marked the first day of “Wel­come Week” on Sunday, September 1. “Welcome Week” is a series of events that the University offers to help students transition back into campus life after summer break.

“Pimp Your Room Bingo,” held in Anacon Hall, was the first event to take place during “Welcome Week.” This event allowed students a chance to decorate their room, meet other students, and have a good time, all while playing bin­go. Following the event was a late night breakfast in Magill Commons.

A c a d e m i c tours were given on Monday, Sep­tember 2, titled “Dude Where’s My Class?” The tours were given by members of the New Student Orientation staff to help relieve some of the stress associated with finding rooms and buildings on the day of class.

Harsha Tulshi, a freshman major­ing in business fi­nance, said the tour was very helpful.

“I really liked it because they actu­ally have someone that basically takes you on a tour and physically shows you where your classes are located,” Tulshi said.

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The MAC Holds Annual Job Fair

Hundreds of University Federal Work Study (FWS) students gath­ered in the Multi-purpose Activity Center (MAC) to search for em­ployment at the Job Fair on Thurs­day, September 5.

The Job Fair, organized by the Student Employment Office, serves to help students in the FWS program find work on and off-cam­pus.

According to the University website, the Office of Financial Aid is responsible for awarding stu­dents FWS, which is determined based on the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA). The students who qualify for FWS are given preferential hiring in the month of September. Those who do not qualify for FWS can still re­ceive jobs on campus, but are con­sidered Student Help.

Aimee Parks, the Assistant Di­rector of Human Resources for Student Employment, says that there are roughly 1, 700 University students who have been awarded FWS this year. According to Parks, the Student Employment Office can hire four FWS students for the price of just one Student Help em­ployee.

“Monmouth gives you roughly $1.88 an hour and the federal gov­ernment subsidizes the rest of your wages,” Parks explains.

During this year’s Job Fair, there were over 40 on and off-campus employers present. Among the off-campus organizations were the Young Men Christian Association, Two Rivers Theater and a handful of local after school programs.

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President Brown is Officially Greeted by the University

After 10 years of strong leader­ship, the former University presi­dent, Paul G. Gaffney retired from his position and Dr. Paul Brown was welcomed as the new Univer­sity president during a ceremony at Wilson Hall on July 31.

Brown, previously the Dean of the College of Business and Econom­ics at Lehigh University, assumed the position as the 8th University president. “It’s with tremendous excitement that I join Monmouth University,” Brown said during the ceremony.

“The trustees (Board of Trustees) put faith in me for this position and boy, as the next steward of this out­standing institution, you have my trust that I’ll give it my very, very, very best shot,” Brown said.

Robert B. Sculthorpe, the Chair­man of the Board of Trustees, joined in welcoming the new presi­dent through announcing to that Brown is a distinguished scholar and a prominent academic leader.

“Since being chosen as Monmouth University’s new presi­dent on February 26, our two Pauls’ have engaged in the most compre­hensive and rigorous presidential transition in Monmouth’s history,” said Sculthorpe.

He also presented Gaffney with a University flag.

Shannon Killeen, Assistant Vice President for Student Services, said Brown was enthusiastic about join­ing the University community.

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