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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Senior Goodbye See You Later: A Thank You to My Motivators | Brianna McCabe's Senior Goodbye

KatieI can remember growing up, how I’d play with my little Justin Timberlake N*Sync marionette doll as I bopped my pig tails from side to side, telling everyone who thought they’d marry him “Bye Bye Bye”  (I’m still talking to you, Jessica Biel). 

I can remember the simplicity and joy that’d seem to engulf me as I’d reach my Barbie band-aid covered arm into the back of the freezer as I stood on my tippity-toes, biting my tongue as I finally grazed my fingers on a lime-flavored ice pop. 

I can remember racing Bowser and Toad on my Nintendo 64 as I listened to “Hit Me Baby One More Time!” – and to every beat, I’d launch off a green shell to a Mario Kart racecar in front of me.

I can remember imagining what the future “me” would be like. If I’d still maintain my inner-child, regardless of my age, and if I’d always have my happy, loving zest for life – even though life seems to grow harder and harder. 

I can remember constantly telling my mom, “I can’t wait to be an adult and grow up!”

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Online Hack Attacks: Is ‘MU-SECURE’?

Hands on KeyboardRutgers University was invaded by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on March 27 which has brought into question the security of university campus software and programs. With the digital age growing, information technology (IT) experts claim that understanding threats is a key factor in prevention. 

A DDoS attack is when hundreds to thousands of messages or commands are sent, with malicious intent, to flood and paralyze a targeted technological infrastructure, such as in the case Rutgers University. 

This attack on Rutgers was not resolved until March 30. Students were unable to access any Rutgers-based technology including Sakai (equivalent to Monmouth’s e-Campus), school e-mail, and school Wi-Fi, which are basic technological necessities for any university to run smoothly and properly. 

According to the Rutgers newspaper, The Daily Targum, this is not the first serious DDoS attack the university has endured. Around Nov. 19, the university was attacked with 40,000 bots, or automated programs, during freshman registration. The Rutgers Office of Information Technology resolved this issue rather quickly. 

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Presidential Candidates Target Millennials

clintonThe presidential candidates have recently been targeting millennials as a part of their campaigns strategies in order to gain their support in the upcoming election. Candidates have been doing this in a variety of ways, each with different intentions depending on their political party.  

The reasons behind candidates’ increased interest in millennials varies but some attribute it to their increased interest in politics. “I think that presidential candidates are targeting millennials because we are becoming increasingly involved in the political process thanks to social media,” said Daniel Roman, a senior political science major and co-captain of the debate team. “This vote is very important because as we can see, younger voters are beginning to make up a larger share of the electorate than what used to be the case.”

Social media has undoubtedly become a major asset to presidential campaigns. Candidates have been utilizing Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms to ignite their campaigns. “We are now seeing every candidate take advantage of the use of social media; it would almost be political suicide not to as the candidate would appear to be ‘behind the times,’” said Dr. Stephen Chapman, an assistant professor of political science and sociology. 

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Student Debt Reaches $1.2 Trillion, Highest Ever Recorded

new footAccording to a recent report by Experian, the national student loan debt has reached $1.2 trillion, the highest it has ever been. Additionally, the analysis concluded that a total of 40 million people across the country are grappling with student loans.

After the recession, most forms of consumer debt began to decrease, however, student loans have increased by 84 percent and show no signs of slowing down. 

Thirty-nine percent ($417 billion) of all student loans are in a deferment period, or the time when a student is not immediately required to make a payment. The other 61 percent ($727 billion) of the loans are classified under the repayment period in which borrowers are required to pay back loans in a timely fashion.

Despite their distressing effects, loans have the potential to positively contribute to an individual’s future. So long as payments are continuously made, the individual’s credit score will continue to rise. According to the report, the average credit score of adults who are repaying loans is 640, which is 20 points higher than the average.

John Burke, a specialist professor of finance, said that a number of factors contribute to the drastic increase in student debt.  “One reason for the dramatic growth in student loans has been the rapid increase in college tuition rates,” he said. “Over the last three decades, college tuition rates have increased at about double the rate of inflation. The rate has been even steeper over the past two decades, 10.3% or almost three times the rate of inflation.”

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Paws for Print Event Held at Bradley Beach Elementary

P4P 1The International Reading Association (IRA) hosted their first annual Paws for Print at Bradley Beach Elementary school on Tuesday, April 14.

“The event was definitely successful as it was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by the children,” Rachel Fox, president of IRA said.

Fox said the event was inspired by a study that discovered children increase their literacy skills and their confidence when reading out loud to animals.

IRA began planning their first ever Paws for Print this past January and with the help of their advisors, Dr. Lily Steiner and Dr. Kerry Rizzuto, they were able to secure a visit to Bradley Beach Elementary School.

Twenty-five students from two third grade classes participated in the event as well as five dogs, five SPCA volunteers, and ten IRA members.

The day began with Fox and IRA’s vice president, Mariola Cieloch, explaining to the group of third graders why literacy is so important. They then presented the various studies that explain how reading to animals improves literacy as well as other aspects of one’s character.

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Family Resource Associates Help Disabled Students

fra articleWhen an individual with a developmental disability graduates from high school, they are often faced with the challenge of where to go next. There are many programs that focus on job training, but the Family Resource Associates (FRA) of Monmouth and Ocean Counties offer a different approach.

Nancy Phalanukorn, Executive Director of the FRA, said that the FRA highlights the abilities of its participants; abilities that they can apply to everyday life. “Our goal in making it unique is the realization that people have lots of abilities, and we want to focus on those abilities and we want to keep those abilities strong,” she said.

According to their website, the FRA, “is a New Jersey non-profit agency located in Shrewsbury, helping children, adolescents and people of all ages with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. FRA connects individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology.”

Additionally, Phalanukorn said the FRA gives opportunities for increased independence, increased connection with their community, and focuses on the family as well.

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Five-Year Comm. Master’s Program: Fall 2015

Beginning in fall 2015, the communication department will be introducing its new five-year Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (BA/MA) program in communication/corporate and public communication (CPC).

Students will have to meet specified requirements to ensure eligibility into the BA/MA program. An incoming freshman must have achieved a minimum high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25. 

Additionally, an eligible applicant must have a combined SAT score equal to or greater than 1,600. Enrolled students are allowed to apply, however, they must complete between 48-90 credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.75. 

Students open to accelerating the length of their masters education in communication will be interested in this program, according to Dr. Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department. The communication department is one of the few in the school of humanities that did not have an accelerated program until recently, whereas many departments already have BA/MS 5-year programs, including the Leon Hess Business School.  The “slowness” of the foundation of the 5-year CPC program is in correlation with the workings of thesis papers, explained Dell. 

With the riddance of thesis papers came the formation of the five-year program. “For students who elected to do a thesis or project as the culmination of their studies, there wasn’t enough time to complete the course works in one year. Our new non-thesis option makes this possible,” said Dell. 

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Commuter Program

The University’s new Commuter Student Mentor Program (CSM) is under constant revision in the ongoing strategic planning process, as the new program is set to be in place this summer, beginning with new student orientation and continuing through the fall 2015 semester. 

Vaughn Clay, Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services, is involved with this new commuter program. “It began with the idea of having current commuters available during New Student Orientation, which stemmed the idea for a commuter mentorship program,” said Clay. 

Work on the program started in Fall 2014 and continued into the spring semester when Clay sent out interest emails to all commuter students. Out of a candidate pool of 24 students, Clay chose 12 students who “are going to play a very active role in helping first year commuter students transition into life at the University.”

Being involved in New Student Orientation has inspired Clay to get the gears moving on this program. He said of the Orientation Leaders (OLs), “They have substantial impacts on the lives of Monmouth University students and they’ve done a really great job.” 

Yet, the OLs are very much involved with the residential side of things. What Clay envisioned, inspired by the Orientation Leaders, is a type of Commuter OL and friendly face for commuter students on campus. 

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Necessity of Strong Journalism Ethics

Virginia RapeWhen Rolling Stone magazine visited the University of Virginia campus with the intentions of finding a story about campus rape among a fraternity that would shock the nation, they likely never expected that they’d end up with a crash course in journalism ethics 101.

Rolling Stone published “A Rape on Campus,” in which a student named Jackie reported that she was gang raped at a Phi Kappa Psi party. The writer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, did not ensure the veracity of Jackie’s claims or investigate further. Nonetheless, the story was published, and the fraternity and university suffered a tremendous amount of backlash. 

It was soon revealed that the story was riddled with inaccuracies and fabrications. Simple fact checking by the editors could have easily prevented this dilemma.

As a result of the story, critics are viewing the ethics involved in journalism under a microscope, as the reputation of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was momentarily tarnished. 

Eleanor Novek, an associate professor of communication, noted that journalists have a professional obligation to report accurate information. “Freedom of the press comes with the responsibility to be accurate and fair. Most professional journalists are guided by the ethical codes of their news organizations, which strive for the utilitarian principle of doing the greatest good for the most people,” she said.

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Students Represent University at White House Workshop

White HouseTen Monmouth University students participated in the “History of Gospel Music” workshop, introduced by the First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on April 14. Seven Asbury Park High School students were invited by the University to join the program produced by the GRAMMY Museum, led by University alumnus Robert Santelli.

The University and Asbury Park High School students joined over 100 students from across the country in the State Dining Room, and were introduced to musical guests Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, and Michelle Williams. In an Asbury Park Press article, Eileen Chapman, Associate Director at the Center for the Arts at the University, said that the University was inspired to invite the Asbury Park High School students after the Summit for Success event last year, which encouraged the community to help improve the success rate of Asbury Park youth.

Joe Rapolla, Chair of the Music and Theater Arts Department, selected the ten University students based on their contributions to the department. The students who attended were Samantha Bastone, Guy Battaglia, Taylor Bernosky, Andrew Boxman, Jonathan Chang-Soon, Shayna Conde, Courtney Davis, Michael Grant, Kate Latkovich, and Elizabeth Newcombe.

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Color Me Rose

Amazing Color Run PicOver 50 students participated in the University’s first ever ‘paint’ race, the Color Me Rose Run, to help raise over $1,100 for the Kortney Rose Foundation. 

Students met in front of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) at 8:30 am. Personalized t-shirts and sunglasses were given to all registered runners. A DJ played music on the patio. At 9:35 am, more than 50 students geared in white t-shirts gathered on the pavement. 

Mitchell Parker, a junior biology major and the official coordinator of the run, met the crowd with a short speech. “A lot of time and work has gone into preparing for this day. I appreciate you all for being here to support the Kortney Rose Foundation,” said Parker. 

Following the speech, Parker announced that the start of the run would begin with a unified countdown. In synchronization, the students counted from ten to zero, and the run began.

Guides lined the trail in the form of people, balloons, and cones. The runners traveled around Woodrow Wilson Hall and cut across Great Lawn. Throughout the run students were met with stationed volunteers who pelted the runners with dyed powder. The powder was dyed corn starch.

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Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication 
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