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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

‘Student Aid Bill of Rights’

college graduation cap 0Crippling debt has long been one of the most prominent drawbacks of gaining a college education according to the New York Times; however, President Barack Obama introduced his “Student Aid Bill of Rights,” which contests that the government should take a proactive role in aiding students with their loans.

According to a USA Today article published on March 10 titled, “Obama Signs ‘Student Aid Bill of Rights,’” the President stated that the average college student who takes a loan graduates with about $28,000 in student loan debt. Therefore, Obama is trying to alleviate these financial concerns for struggling students.

After signing a memorandum to declare the “Bill of Rights,” Obama traveled to Georgia Institute of Technology to explain the inner-workings of the program. 

The program is an intricate series of directives that aim to make the loan-payment process as effortless as possible. Obama urges the Department of Education to implement more forms of repayment and introduce new rules for third-party organizations that collect loan payments. 

One of the main problems that students face after college is properly planning their loan repayment. Students often feel taken advantage of by third-party organizations, as the payment options may be difficult to fulfill.

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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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Life is Beautiful

Nearly 50 students and professors packed into the Magill Commons Club Dining Room to attend a screening of the film Life is Beautiful on Thursday, April 16, as part of the University’s 14th annual Global Understanding Convention held last week. 

Jennifer Shamrock, a communication professor at the University, was the co-chair of this year’s convention. According to Shamrock, “The Global Understanding Convention is a consciousness raising experience that this year focused on the violence we inflict on each other, the environment, and animals, and how non-violent responses can help reverse this trend.”

Life is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film that details the struggles faced by Jewish Italians during the rise of the National Fascist Party (NFP) in 1940’s Italy, and eventual horrors faced by those who were forced into Nazi concentration camps. 

Overall, Life is Beautiful emphasizes the importance of perseverance, and sends the message that, even in times of despair and hardship, the power of love and imagination can overcome all. 

The film depicts the fictional story of Guido Orefice, a comical and intelligent Jewish waiter turned bookshop owner. Orefice is determined to make the best of things and protect his family from the harsh realities they face. Throughout the beginning of the film he often mocks the NFP and undermines its racist logic in a humorous manner. 

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Millennials: More Accepting of Homosexuality?

gay prideRecent studies indicate that millennials are more accepting of homosexuality than people of the previous generation.

Additionally, people find homosexuality to be more acceptable than casual sex, or two adults engaging in sexual activity that have no interest in starting a relationship. When engaging in casual sex, the romance of a relationship is absent, and individuals participate solely for the physical pleasure.

Dan Cox and Robert P. Jones from the Public Religion Research Institute conducted a study titled How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexual and Reproductive Health. They observed the moral judgements of various sexual conduct among young people and found that the current generation thinks that sex between two people of the same gender (42 percent) is more acceptable than casual sex between two adults that have no intention of forming a relationship (37 percent).

To obtain the data, the researchers conducted an online survey asking various questions to 2,314 millennials ages 18 to 35. According to the researchers, the survey was conducted online because it involved such sensitive questions regarding abortion, birth control, and homosexuality, so it was imperative that people participated in a comfortable environment, such as their own home. Had the studies been conducted elsewhere, people could have felt compelled to answer a certain way.

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After 55 Years of Teaching, Dr. Enoch Nappen is Retiring

NappenDr. Enoch Nappen, an associate professor of political science, is retiring after 55 years of teaching at the University at the conclusion of the Spring 2015 semester. Nappen is the longest-serving faculty member in the history of the University, according to a resolution crafted by the political science and sociology department dated on April 1. 

President Paul Brown said, “Even as I congratulate Dr. Nappen on a well-deserved retirement, I know the many years of wisdom he has shared with our students will endure as part of his legacy as an educator.”

Nappen started teaching at the University in 1960, recently after the junior college became Monmouth College in 1956. Nappen said, “The school is absolutely magnificent. It’s a beautiful school, they’ve been adding all these new buildings and it’s just a beautiful environment. I am so proud of the school. The degrees of my family that have graduated here have increased in their meaning.”

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MAC Hosts Largest Career Day Ever

networkingA total of 123 employers and an estimated 400 students attended the annual Spring Career Day, making it the largest career day yet, in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Wednesday April 8. The University’s Office of Career Services put the event together. 

There was an increase in employer attendance by 12 percent from last year, making the event a success, according to William Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services. “We had 123 employers attend the event (126 minus 3 no shows), a new record for all career days and, despite a historically flat job market, this is the fourth spring career fair in a row to see a significant increase in employer attendance,” he said. Hill credited the event’s success to all the employees at Career Services, including Jeffrey Mass, the Assistant Director. 

The central goal of the event is to create an environment where students can network with employers and seek possible job opportunities. “We think it’s important for students to attend events like this so they can maximize their contacts for internships and full-time career opportunities and learn about what jobs are out in the marketplace. Career days give students a chance to be interviewed on-the-spot, instead of having to apply online and wait days or even weeks for a response from an employer,” Hill explained. 

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Warner Music WEA Corp President Visits University

warner musicMatt Signore, President of Warner Music’s WEA Corp, spoke to Monmouth students on how record companies are addressing the current challenges of the business on Tuesday, March 31.

Signore came to speak to the Chair of the Music and Theatre Department Joe Rapolla’s “Business of Music” class, but Rapolla opened the presentation to the whole University. Even students from the business and communication schools attended Signore’s presentation.

 Rapolla said, “We want students to hear from professionals working in the field, not only their perspective of the business but where the opportunities lie and the optimism that these executives have for the future of the business.”

Brittany Cannarozzi, a sophomore music major and member of Blue Hawk Records, attended the lecture because she felt it is important to listen to the knowledge and experience that professionals like Signore have in the industry. 

“I’m a singer/songwriter and an aspiring artist so being able to sit in the same room as someone who is a part of a music company that does so much for its artists and the industry was pretty significant to me,” said Cannarozzi.

Signore has over 22 years of financial management experience in the music industry, but his position in the music industry was not exactly planned.

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Stanford University Offers Free Tuition to Students

One of the most prominent issues in society today is the elevating cost of education, according to many students. Tuition at all public colleges came to $62.6 billion in 2012.

Some universities are taking a stance against this issue, including Stanford University. 

About three weeks ago, the University stated that students whose families make less than $125,000 a year and have assets worth $300,000 or less won’t have to pay for tuition. 

These assets can include home equity, but exclude retirement savings. Students whose families make less than $65,000 are exempt from paying for room and board, which can cost close to another $14,000. 

The University will use scholarships or grants to cover these costs, along with Stanford’s $21 billion endowment. 

“Our highest priority is that Stanford remain affordable and accessible to the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our generous financial aid program accomplishes that, and these enhancements will help even more families, including those in the middle class, afford Stanford without going into debt,” said Provost John Etchemendy in a press release. 

Although Stanford is making this change, their tuition has raised 13 percent in the last five years. 

Now, according to Stanford, 77 percent of its students graduate with no debt, where about 70 percent of other students graduate owing an average of $29,000. 

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The 103rd Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

titanic sinkingbwThe sinking of the Titanic took place over a century ago and as its 103rd anniversary is here on April 15, effects are still being felt from this traumatic event in history.

Titanic’s sinking in the early 1900s had a number of far-reaching consequences. Almost immediately, the governments of the United States and Britain would convene formal inquiries into the disaster. These inquiries resulted in a number of recommendations for the improvement of safety protocols to prevent such a massive loss of life from occurring again. 

The greatest effect the Titanic has had is its grasp on the public’s fascination. The reasons for this interest are varied. Cristin Bosko, a senior chesmitry student described her interest in the Titanic story, “I think the public is so fascinated with it because of the mystery behind it. The fact that the wreck wasn’t found until 1985 and how difficult it was to find adds to this.” 

 Melissa Ziobro, an instructor of  history and anthropology, offered another explanation, “The experience of the Titanic also warns us that no matter how advanced our technology, we must check our hubris and show proper respect for nature.” 

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The Music Department’s Annual Spring Concert Arrives

The University’s music department will welcome the season with its annual spring concert, “Something’s Happening Here,” on the Wilson Hall Grand Staircase on Thursday, April 16. 

The showcase will include the Chamber and Concert Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, student bands and soloists, according to Monmouth University’s event page.

Dr. David M. Tripold, Producer of the Concert and Director of the Chamber and Concert Choirs, said, “We try to provide a show that would be appealing to a broad spectrum of people, so at least everyone would come away with something they knew, or liked, or could comment on.”

While many of the pieces have yet to be decided, the spring show will be a mix of classic pieces and pop pieces. There is even a 14 minute 70s inspired rock cantata, sung with a large chorus, soloists, two guitarists and a drummer.  

Preparation for the concert, however, happens well before spring. There is a lot of work to be done before the big show, which usually has an excellent turn out. 

During the holiday concert last semester, 400 people showed up, which is Wilson Hall’s capacity. Tripold said that attendees are beginning to buy standing tickets to view the concert from the second floor balconies. 

“I have every reason to believe we will have the same amount of attendance for the spring concert,” Tripold said. 

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Student Employee Appreciation Week

Academic Foundations – General Education would like to thank our student hawks – Jess, Brian, Evan, Emily and Adrianna for their assistance, patience, insight and humor. It is truly a pleasure to work with such dedicated students.  - May we all fly together

– Judy, Bea & Kristina


The Department of Athletics would like to thank Katie Cikvosky,  Tionna Garner, Faith Harvey, Daniella Leon-Garcia, and Candace Del Fattore, for all your support throughout the year.

You are truly appreciated!


Sending a big thank you to the students of the Athletics Marketing Office, we couldn’t do what we do without your time and hard work! Also, thank you to our graduating seniors Colette, Jorge and Megan!

–Eddy and Caroline


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Powdered Alcohol Concerns Colleges

powdered alcohol shotWith powdered alcohol now legal in the United States, college campuses may have a difficult time restraining students from obtaining the drug.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau officially approved the product, called Palcohol, to be allowed for consumption. Created by the Lipsmark company, Palcohol has created a tremendous amount of controversy as states debate the safety of the product.

According to Fox News, one package of Palcohol is equivalent to one ounce. When added with five ounces of water, a standard drink is created. Varieties of powdered vodka, rum, cosmopolitans, mojitos, ‘powderitas,’ and lemon drops are available for purchase. Each packet contains 55 percent alcohol by weight and 10 percent alcohol by volume when added to water.

Palcohol, which will be available for purchase starting summer 2015, has already been banned in states such as South Carolina, Louisiana, and Vermont, and has faced obstructive legislation in states such as Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

As stated in a USA Today article published on March 17, the product, created by Mark Phillips, was invented after Phillips and his friends’ desired alcohol following long hiking trips. Since traditional bottles were too heavy to carry uphill, Phillips sought a new, more convenient method of transporting alcohol. Therefore, he designed the powdered alcohol which does not weigh him down. 

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University Names New Dean of School of Education

mccallanDr. John E. Henning has been named by Monmouth University to serve as the new Dean of the School of Education. An Ohio University native, Henning has experience as a professor, an associate dean, a chair of an education department, and has held many other distinguishing positions in the world of education at The Patton College of Education, Ohio University, and the University of Northern Iowa.

“Dr. Henning’s proven capacity for leading transformational initiatives through partnerships with public schools, community agencies, and universities will enhance the learning experience for our students while greatly expanding their professional opportunities,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D., according to the press release. 

Henning earned his doctorate in educational psychology and his master’s degree in vocational education from Kent State University, and also graduated from Penn State. He has received the College of Education Outstanding Faculty Research Award and the College of Education Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Henning has written two books, and is in the process of writing two more, including Building Clinical Capacity: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Mentoring During Early Field Experiences. 

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University Debate Team Reaches Finals in California

debateThe University’s Debate Team won 10 awards at the Western National Novice Debate Championship hosted by the Sacramento State University in CA. 

At the tournament, six teams of two students competed from the University. 

The debate team has two co-captains: Michelle Grushko, a junior political science and psychology double major, and Dan Roman, a senior political science major. 

The Monmouth Debate Team won a total of 10 team and individual awards. Five teams continued to the playoffs after six rounds and two days of debating. Competing schools included the University of San Francisco, California State University, and the University of Washington.

The Monmouth Debate Team was founded in 2008. According to Dr. Joseph Patten, Chair of the of the Political Science and Sociology Department, and coach of the debate team, this year has been their most successful. 

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Author and Mental Health Advocate Visits University

IMG 2910Nationally recognized author and New Jersey native Andy Behrman spoke to a crowd of University students, faculty, and members of the community about his experiences with bipolar disorder, how it has affected his life, and how he manages today at a lecture in Wilson Hall Auditorium on Tuesday March 31. 

Behrman based his talk off of the content in his book Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania, which was sold and signed before and after the event. The book describes his experience while he was undiagnosed. 

The author explained how he tried 45 different medications and eventually endured 19 rounds of electroshock therapy. He said that his memoir is a brutally honest and is not for the faint of heart, “I knew that if I was going to tell my story it wasn’t going to be sugar coated at all,” he said. 

The memoir was described as, “…a story that is like no other yet is familiar to so many,” said Erica Lee Lapid, University alumna and Co-Founder of Monmouth University’s Counseling Alumni Connection (CAC) who also introduced Behrman. This was his 411th talk since the publication of his book in 2002. 

One of Behrman’s main messages was the importance of talking about mental health and bringing awareness to the issue. “For me, the biggest issue is talking about mental illness,” he said.

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Black Maria Film Festival

Matthew Lawrence, a specialist professor of communication, curated the Black Maria Film Festival. The festival is an opportunity  to showcase independent short subject and feature length films from both domestic and international filmmakers. 

At this event, nine shorts were chosen to showcase the festival’s diverse selection of films on Thursday, April 2 in Pollak Theater, 

Donna Dolphin, an associate professor of communication  who usually curates the event, was on sabbatical. Lawrence  said he jumped at the opportunity to host it, and felt the process more rewarding than nerve-wracking, especially given the turnout.

“Personally, just as a filmmaker, my favorite part of the filmmaking experience is after it’s done and you screen it in front of an audience, so I want to please people,” Lawrence said on curating the event. “Even though you didn’t make the film, it feels great to pick a film in which you see the audience is really engaged and they’re laughing or you can see when they gasp at a moment in the film and you’re like, ‘Okay, I made the right decision here.’”

The shorts in the program included documentaries, animation and narrative films. The documentary category included: Umbrella House, about a group of immigrant “squatters” who lived in abandoned tenements in New York and dedicated themselves to political activism and art; Self Portrait Portrait, a meditation on art by a man who has been drawing self portraits every day for the last twenty years; The Stick Maker, which relates the passion Alfred Jacques has for lacrosse who imbues his love and knowledge for the game in every lacrosse stick he makes;  and Fausto and Emilio, about two brothers who have worked as barbers for the last few decades, bringing their culture to their job in subtle ways.

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iCIMS Visits MU

Colin Day, CEO of iCIMS, a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions, presented a special seminar on Wednesday, April 1 in H.R. Young Auditorium. 

The program was designed to help students successfully compete for employment in today’s marketplace. 

Day is a human resources and technology expert who shared tips on how students can use social media and other emerging trends to “be found” by employers looking for talent.

This event was sponsored by the Department of Career Services, Alpha Kappa Psi and the American Marketing Association. A total of 95 students from various majors were in attendance. 

Monmouth University has formed a strong referral relationship with the talent acquisition provider through participation in the annual Fall/Spring Career Days and on-campus recruiting efforts held on campus. With 48 MU alumni currently based at iCIMS’ corporate headquarters in Matawan, NJ, the relationship has proven to be equally valuable for both establishments. 

Each year iCIMS receives an increasing amount of well qualified applications from the University’s students which has played a large role in growing the in-house headcount to nearly 450 or more employees.

“Monmouth University is a great source of local talent and iCIMS provides a fantastic local employer option to our graduates,” said Jeff Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services at the University. 

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Al Jazeera America President Visits Monmouth

kate 1The inaugural #coMmtalks launched as the University hosted Kate O’Brian, the President of Al Jazeera America, on Monday, March 30.

O’Brian’s campus visit included an interview recorded by Hawk TV with representatives from each University news outlet: Hawk TV, The Outlook, and WMCX. Afterwards, she spoke to a few classes and culminated her trip with a conversation organized by the Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC).

A graduate of Smith College in 1980, O’Brian spent over 30 years with ABC News, notably as Senior Vice President of Newsgathering Operations, which includes all ABC News bureaus worldwide. She also served as general manager for ABC News Radio, as well as in production roles in Rome, London, Washington DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York.

Dr. Datta Naik, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School said that the #coMmtalks are part of the University’s strategic plan initiatives, incorporating “transformative learning” that “extends beyond the classroom” on the campus. “#coMmtalks is a perfect example of one such experience,” said Naik.

Jim Hickey, a veteran of ABC News, former National correspondent for ABC News Radio, and personal friend and colleague of O’Brian, hosted the conversation. When #coMmtalks was in its infancy, he said that the communication council originated it as “The Master’s Lectures Series.”

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Thirst for First

sarah 2$100 wig? Check. $100 admission fee? Check. $150 hard and soft shoes? Check. $165 passport? Check. $3,000 handcrafted “stoned” (rhinestoned) dress imported from Northern Ireland? Check. A priceless appetite for success? Check. Sarah Oldam mentally ran through her travel checklist before she voyaged to Montreal, Canada on March 29. When she boards her plane four days from now and heads back to the States, she plans to have to make some extra room in her suitcase for her first place trophy.

Over 6,000 competitors will be hoping for the World title.

“To me, dancing isn’t just life―it’s who I am,” passionately stated Sarah, the current second place Irish Dancing World Champion. After 14 years of practice, the Monmouth University freshman yearns to dance her way to the judge’s hearts while upholding her family’s Irish roots.

 Competing in the ‘Under 20’ group, Sarah’s only goal is to win after she almost tasted victory last year in London, England. She refuses to accept anything less.

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Freshman Honor Society Inductees Celebrate First Year Excellence

phietasigmaThe University’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma inducted 288 students into the Honor Society on March 28 at Pollack Theatre. The event featured a description of the society, the expectations of the members, and distinguished guest speakers.

Phi Eta Sigma is a freshman Honor Society that celebrates students who earn a 3.5 GPA or higher in their first college semester. 

“Being inducted into Phi Eta Sigma is a very important honor for first year students,” said Lisa Henry, Office Coordinator of First Year Advising. “A lot of students struggle during the transition from high school to college, so it is important to celebrate those that achieve stellar grades.”

The ceremony began with an introduction by Chapter President Taylor Bernosky, a junior mathematics and music performance major. 

Bernosky told the inductees of the great honor they were receiving and reminded the students to always abide by the Phi Eta Sigma expectations, that is, living an education-filled, healthy lifestyle.

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Transgender Artist Dylan Scholinski Gives Lecture

Transgender author, speaker, and artist Dylan Scholinski spoke to a crowd of University students, faculty, and members of the community about the obstacles and discrimination he has encountered throughout his life in Pollak Theatre on Thursday, March 26. 

Scholinski, born Daphne Scholinski, was in a mental hospital from ages 15 to 18 after being diagnosed as an “inappropriate female.” Dylan describes his experiences within his book The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir in which he read specific passages from as a part of his presentation. 

Nancy Mezey, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, offered a definition of transgender. “Transgender people tend to be people who have transitioned from one gender to another through an operation or through hormones. There is a whole variety of people who fit into that category of transgender.”

Scholinski described how the people around him had a hard time accepting his change, “There wasn’t anything wrong with me, it was more about making others more comfortable with me,” he said. In college, “It was really hard for some people to understand the concept of something other than the binary, where you have to be one or the other and you can’t be two different identities at the same time,” he continued.   

Mezey discussed the discrimination and judgment transgender people face in their everyday lives. “Every person wants to be treated with dignity. Gender is one of the big blueprints in life that we look at. When we look at someone we think about whether they are male or female and decide how to interact with him or her,” she said. 

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Gourmet Dining, LLC to Replace Aramark Food Services at MU

foodAfter almost 40 years of service, Aramark will be replaced by Gourmet Dining, LLC as the University’s new food service provider on or before July 1, 2015. Improvements to all dining facilities on campus are expected to be completed over the course of the next 18 months. 

A committee of administrators from several offices on campus, including Student Life and Leadership Engagement, Residential Life, Finance, Athletics, and Conferences Services, among others, reviewed the Requests For Proposal (RFPs) sent to the University by various food providers. 

The committee made campus visits and reference calls as a way to further understand the strengths and weaknesses of each food provider. 

There were also two students from the Student Government Association (SGA) who helped the committee reach their final decision.

The University received RFPs from Sodexo, Parkhurst Dining, Gourmet, and Aramark, the incumbent. The committee deliberated for nine months before deciding that Gourmet would be the best fit for the University’s campus.

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MU Alumnus and Celebrity Publicist Visits University

Louis2Entertainment and brand publicist at Illumination PR, Louis Garbarini, advises students to take risks and put themselves out there in the job force. 

As a part of the University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Speaker Series, Garbarini shared his experience and gave advice on internships, finding a job after graduation and how to take risks in one’s field of choice during his presentation in the Jules L. Plangere building on Wednesday, March 11.

Graduating last May, Garbarini pointed out to students that nothing is wrong with changing majors and career paths while in college. “It’s important to be passionate about what you choose to do as a career,” he said. 

Garbarini shared how he was originally a psychology major his freshman year at the University but decided to go down a different path by switching his major to communication with a concentration in public relations/journalism later. 

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Facebook Adds Suicide Prevention Resource

who is gerald lol okLast month Facebook released suicide prevention resources that will provide users with more options when they see a friend post something that is concerning.

The updated tool lets users flag content on both their desktop and mobile versions of Facebook that they find worrisome. If a Facebook friend posts something that implies that they might be thinking of harming themselves, users can flag the post to report it. Facebook will then offer the concerned user the option to contact the friend, contact another friend for support, or contact a suicide helpline.

Facebook has given users a way to report potential suicidal content in the past. Since 2011, users could take screenshots of a troubling post and go to an official page for suicide prevention to help out their friends. However the recent updates are a more timely and simpler alternative to a “clunkier system,” said the Times.

“This tool has the potential to have a positive effect -- perhaps even a lifesaving one -- for those who make use of it.  For a person who is feeling alone and suicidal, knowing that a friend noticed their distress and tried to help in this way provides evidence that his or her pain is not invisible. Also, being presented with positive options of responding and reaching out for help can make it easier for the suicidal person (who may be feeling too drained to seek out that information themselves) to take that path,” said Jamie Goodwin, an instructor of psychology.

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New Board of Trustees Members Elected

The Monmouth University Board of Trustees added four new members on Feb 26., bringing new faces to the University’s efforts regarding student planning. Patty Azzarello ‘86, John A. Brockriede Jr. ‘07, ‘10M, Christopher Maher, and Erik Matson ‘88M will bring their talents and experiences to the Board beginning July 1.

President Paul R. Brown said that in choosing new trustees, the Board believes, “There are many factors that make a good candidate for the board of trustees. The Board renews and refreshes itself with new members who each bring different strengths and areas of expertise they can share with the University to ensure appropriate governance.”

The new trustees are expected to enter their obligations by putting the greater needs of the entire university before any particular group or organization. As Brown put it, “An ideal candidate is willing to devote the time needed to attend not just regular meetings of the board, but also participate meaningfully to ensure that Monmouth remains strong, and demonstrate leadership so that we are constantly improving.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Henry D. Mercer III said that he is excited for the “fresh perspective[s]” they will bring to the group. Within the entirety of the Board, there are various committees and focus groups that handle certain tasks. The key in adding new members is determining where they will gel with existing members, according to Mercer.

The Board meets three times each year, in addition to a yearly retreat. “At a typical board meeting, each of the major functional areas of campus report on the accomplishments and challenges facing Monmouth.  We ask questions, sometimes tough questions, and provide guidance about matters that may impact the operations of the University.”

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NJ Dept. Of Ed Plans For Stricter Requirements

David HespeThe New Jersey Department of Education (NJDE) has proposed additional training and requirements for student teachers and higher standards for substitutes through revisions to in-state policies that were disclosed last month.

According to an article in the Asbury Park Press published on Feb. 16, the proposal would double the student teaching requirements for students in an education program at a college or university. Students would be obligated to extend the current one semester student teaching requirement to an entire year. In addition, they would need to teach in two different school settings and spend some of that time with special education students. 

Students in alternative-route programs that are available in New Jersey would be required to remain in that same program from start to finish. Currently, students are allowed to transfer. These are not the first changes in recent months established by the NJDE. In June, they increased the GPA requirements for education programs from 2.75 to 3.00. 

“We need to make sure the next generation, the next 150,000 teachers in New Jersey are prepared,” said Assistant Education Commissioner Peter Shulman after presenting the proposed changes. “By simply thinking about preparing them in a similar manner that we have prepared them before, I don’t think we are advancing the conversation.”

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CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox 5 and others Visit Monmouth

career topOne hundred and twenty-five students registered to meet with 85 professionals, along with other students who made their way to Wilson Hall to take part in the Communication Department’s 5th Annual Career Event on Monday, March 2nd.

“The Communication Career Event has become a signature program for our students and alumni. We hold the Career Event in the spring semester so students can compete for summer and fall internships, and jobs after graduation,” said Chad Dell, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication.

Students in attendance had the opportunity to choose the events they wanted to attend throughout the day. The Career Event had panels for each cluster of the communication degree, including television/radio, public relations/journalism, and communication studies. 

There were also opportunities for individuals with a sports communication minor to hear from professionals in the sports industry. 

After each panel discussion concluded, participants had the opportunity to network with representatives from over 85 organizations in attendance, including companies such as CNN, CBS Radio, ABC Radio, Fox5 News, The Asbury Park Press, Synergy Events, Townsquare Media, Two River Times, and many more. 

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Study Finds Extra Sleep May Increase Risk of Stroke

sleepA study conducted by the American Academy of Neurology last month has revealed that individuals who sleep more than eight hours a day are at an increased risk of having a stroke. 

A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident, is a decrease in blood flow to the brain that results in cell death. Strokes may be caused by an obstruction of blood flow or the rupture of an artery. 

It is no secret that college students are always seeking sleep; therefore, this study is particularly prevalent to students. 

Having to deal with a plethora of responsibilities, students often sleep only a few hours a day and struggle to stay awake in class. 

Sharon Stark, Coordinator of Monmouth University’s Forensic Nursing Program, said that college students do not sleep enough and it can have serious consequences.“It is obvious college students lack sleep as I have often seen students try to take naps during the day, sometimes during classes, to catch up on sleep,” said Stark.  

A study titled “Significant sleep deprivation and stress among college students, USA,” published in stated that a consistent lack of sleep in college can result in missed classes, poor classroom performance, difficulty concentrating, hallucinations, mental health issues, declines in blood glucose metabolism, blood pressure control, and a myriad of other health concerns. 

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Students Help University Employee in Time of Need

coreyUniversity students have taken it upon themselves to help University dining hall employee, Corey Littles, when his apartment caught fire, rendering it uninhabitable. 

Austin Skelton, a freshman political science student, started the GoFundMe for Corey named, “Corey’s Fresh Start Fund.” Skelton shared the project with his compatriots on SGA who helped spread awareness across social media and campus. 

“Corey’s Fresh Start Fund” has currently raised a total of $1,080 out of a goal of $2,000.  

Skelton also described some of his experiences with Corey, “We were colleagues for a semester, and he really showed me how to be effective at my job. Corey is an overall kind, funny, down to earth guy,” said Skelton. “Nine out of 10 times when you see Corey in the dining hall, he’ll have a smile on his face despite working long strenuous hours. That’s the kind of person he is,” said Skelton. 

People from all parts of the Monmouth community, including parents and students, have donated to the GoFundMe, and have left several messages of encouragement for Corey during this difficult time, reflecting his value and positive attitude he brings to the community. 

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MU Celebrates World Hijab Day

hijab dayWorld Hijab Day was internationally celebrated on Sunday, Feb. 1, but was recognized at the University on Thursday, Feb. 26, by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA) in an event that invited students, faculty, and administrators to wear the hijab.

The hijab is an obligatory head covering that is a signature of Muslim women around the world. In an effort to spread campus involvement and knowledge of the World Hijab Day celebration, members of MSA and LTA tabled in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) throughout the day.

At the table was a collection of patterned hijabs and beside the table was a full length mirror. Under a banner that read  “Before you judge cover up for a day” sat members of MSA and LTA. The University community was free to choose a hijab from the table and learn how to wear it. After, they could check their appearance in the mirror and say how they felt about it. The MSA also handed out pamphlets with an in-depth description of the hijab.

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Study Reveals Effects of Driving ‘High’ vs. Driving Drunk

driving highDriving a car while impaired is never recommended; however, new research suggests that driving while high is significantly less dangerous than driving while drunk. 

According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published in an article on Feb. 17 by USA Today, drivers under the influence of marijuana experience a very low percentage of getting in a car accident, compared to drivers under the influence of alcohol.

 The researchers concluded that an individual with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .08, the legal limit, was four times as likely to crash in comparison to a sober driver. When evaluating those who were found to be at a BAC level of .15, they were 12 times as likely to crash the vehicle. On the other hand, the subjects found to be high while driving experienced a mere five percent increase in the likelihood of a crash.

Suanne Schaad, Substance Awareness Coordinator, said that there is a correlation between being under the influence of either drugs or alcohol and car accidents.

“Marijuana and alcohol both cause impairments while driving.  If a person is under the influence, their ability to function properly and stay alert has been decreased,” Schaad said.

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The Science of Online Dating

science of online datingIn today’s society, young adults rely heavily on technology in all aspects of life including finding a significant other. 

Dating services such as Zoosk, eHarmony, and Tinder allow people to look for love while conveying only a small amount of personal information. 

Therefore, the details that are revealed are crucial aspects that determine whether or not two people are compatible. 

Information such as username, hobbies, and profile picture are the basis on which an individual is judged. Recently, scientists have begun to study what exactly makes the ideal profile that will attract the most people.

It is common to think that the individual’s picture is the most important feature of a profile; however, recent studies have disproved this theory. 

In a New York Times article titled “The Science of Online Dating,” published on Feb. 16, two friends set out to discover what makes a profile truly appealing. 

Sameer Chaudhry, an internist at the University of North Texas who simply could not seem to find love, proposed the idea to his friend Khalid Khan, a professor of women’s health and clinical epidemiology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The two sifted through thousands of profiles, taking notes and studying the content of each.

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Study Finds Freshmen Report Feeling Depressed


According to the study “The American Freshman 2014: College Norms,” published in The New York Times on Thursday, Feb. 5, college freshmen are reporting a 3.4 percent increase in depression rates compared to the past five years. 

The survey, conducted by the University of California, canvassed 150,000 students. Five years ago, only 6.1 percent of these students reported feeling frequently depressed. In the past year, that number has risen to 9.5 percent. Additionally, the number of students who feel overwhelmed and stressed due to school work and other commitments has also spiked, rising from 27.1 percent to 34.6 percent.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) lists several signs and symptoms of depression. These symptoms include insomnia or hypersomnia (having too much sleep), a change in appetite, a loss of interest, and an increase in sadness or crying, among many others. However, according to specialist professor of psychological counseling Gary Handler, this is not always a problem that can be diagnosed. For a diagnosis to be made, the person must be showing at least five of these symptoms within the same two-week period. They must also show a change from the previous level of functioning. 

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No More Rotten Apples: Genetically Modified Organisms Spark Debate

fruitsThe United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service approved two varieties of genetically modified (GM) apples, known as Arctic apples, on Feb. 13. As reported by the Rodale Report, the approval of the apples by the USDA and the fact that the government will not require special labeling has garnered further debate about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

Okanagan, a small company in British Columbia, has genetically modified two varieties of apples, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious, to prevent browning after the apples have been sliced, according to the New York Times

Patricia Sciscione, a specialist professor of nursing, said, “I really do not understand why we need to have apples that do not turn brown after a certain amount of time. That’s just the normal enzymes in the fruit at work. How will people know that the apple is rotten if it never bruises and turns brown?” 

GMOs are produced by inserting DNA from one species into a different species, typically either to produce a pesticide to destroy insects and other harmful organisms or to help the crops outlive chemicals used to kill weeds, according to Rodale

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Alpha Phi Sigma 4th Annual ‘Paws for a Cause’ Event

paws for a causeThe Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), held its 4th annual Paws for a Cause Fundraiser to aid the Monmouth County K-9 Unit in purchasing bullet proof vests for their dogs in Anacon Hall on Feb. 18.

‘Paws for a Cause’ has raised over $2,000 for the protection of the dogs of the Monmouth County K-9 unit. This year broke records by raising over $1,000, thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Kathryn Fleming of the School of Nursing, who donated over $600. Each vest costs around $850. 

The fundraiser opened with a video that gave a brief overview of K-9 units in Monmouth County. 

After opening remarks by Lt. Collins, Sheriff’s Officer (S/O), Fay and his partner bomb K-9 Falco held a brief question and answer section about the dogs, their lives, and their training. Following this, several dogs gave demonstrations of their work. 

Edge, a patrol K-9 also in training for Narcotics, and his partner S/O Lasko, opened the demonstrations by showing off the obedience training that most K-9 units go through. 

S/O Jelks and Cida demonstrated the work of bomb K-9s by finding a sample of explosives.

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Rock N’ Raise Event Exceeds Donation Goal

rock n raiseThe Rock N’ Raise annual charity event raised $4,200 in the TV studio of the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication building on Friday Feb. 20. All proceeds went to Hawk TV’s Relay for Life fund which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Rock N’ Raise is a competition between four bands who raise money and perform for a chance to win a grand prize. In the end, the band who raises the most money wins. The event was broadcasted live on Hawk TV and was also streamed live on WMCX

The original goal was $1,800, which was the amount that was raised last year. “It feels incredible to exceed our original goal,” said Alexis Morrison, a junior communication student and executive producer of Hawk TV. “Last year $1,800 was the most the event ever raised. So raising the bar to $3,900 is insane,” she continued. 

The four competing bands were Flammable Animals, Mood Days, Hurricane Season, and Goodbye Tiger. Each band individually raised money and had to sell at least 30 tickets. Goodbye Tiger was the winner. 

The grand prize this year was Avid Pro Tools, a $250 gift card to Russo music store in Asbury Park, and four hours of rehearsal time at Eight + Sixteen music studio in Bayville, NJ.    

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Monmouth Mistakenly Named One of the “Most Dangerous Colleges in the U.S.”

Monmouth University was erroneously ranked as the “eighth most dangerous college in the United States” in an original report by StartClass published on Tuesday, Feb. 3 and shared by various news outlets including Fox43. An error was then identified in the original survey on Tuesday, Feb. 17 and Monmouth has since been removed from the list exactly two weeks after the report was released.

StartClass is a website which is a search engine style website geared toward college students to search and find college related articles that are relevant to them. The website originally listed the following schools as being the top 10 most dangerous: Winston-Salem State University (#10), Plymouth State University, Monmouth University,

Christopher Newport University, Butler University, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Bradley University, Drake University, Alabama A & M University, SUNY College at Plattsburgh (#1). Monmouth was stated to have 174 number of incidents per student.

Upon circulation of the article on the internet, numerous individuals shared their doubtful
reactions on social media to the University’s ranking on this list. Among the buzz on social
media included: “Not gonna lie, I witnessed a murder on campus, a hawk viciously attacked a squirrel and killed it. And they didn’t even cancel classes,” jokingly posted Kelly Brockett, a 2014 public relations/journalism alumnus; “This is a joke right?” commented Zoe Bulitt, a senior theatre arts student; and “I didn’t realize that my time at MU was actually great training on how to live in dangerous environments like New Haven,” mocked Ryan Murphy, a 2014 alumnus.

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Medical Mission Trip to Haiti

Haiti21Faculty and students from the University’s Department of Nursing went on a medical mission trip to provide healthcare for impoverished communities in Haiti last month and are now accepting various donated supplies to assemble hygiene kits for next year’s mission.  

The week-long trip that took place from Jan. 5 - 11 was organized by the non-profit organization Foundation for Peace and District 14 of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honors Society of Nursing.  Nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students from various universities assisted in setting up clinics and providing basic medical care for local families.  

“I heard about this mission trip from the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Society at a previous university that I worked at. One of my nursing alumni students was working on it and I joined her on the trip. I loved it,” said Dr. Chris McSherry, Director of the Pre-Licensure Nursing Program. “The students and nurses on these mission trips share experiences and learn and grow together. It is very rewarding.”

The volunteers worked in four different areas throughout the Ganthier region of Haiti, including the area that was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2010.  Some of their responsibilities included diagnosing and treating patients of curable illnesses, distributing basic medications or antibiotics, and educating the community on things like hand washing and how to treat minor wounds.  Volunteers typically see from 600-1,000 patients each day. 

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Recent University Graduate Seeks to Help Asbury Park Youth

lamarLamar Davenport, a recent criminal justice graduate and member of the University football team, has decided to give back to his hometown community of Asbury Park, NJ by being a role model and positive influence to children in the schools.

Asbury Park is a town that has the third highest crime rate in New Jersey, according to a report published on in 2012. Due to the circumstances of growing up in a statistically unsafe area like Asbury Park, Davenport aspires to cement the idea of both academic and personal success to the students.

Being a University athlete, Davenport said he would love to coach and mentor the students of the Asbury Park school football teams and be a positive force. He said, “I had a tremendous support system in high school and through college.” Davenport credits his success in life to his own personal role models, and aspires to have that influence on others.

In 2013, Asbury Park High School had a graduation rate of 51 percent, according to an article published on Davenport said he aspires to stay connected to the place that he grew up in. “I want to be able to contribute my efforts to Asbury Park and help kids and people who are facing similar struggles I faced growing up,” he said.

Davenport feels that a mentorship program will also help them avoid a crime-driven life. According to an article published in 2013, the total number of recorded crime incidents in Asbury Park was 1,106.  

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“A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” Event

mlk 2Monmouth University’s African American Student Union (AASU) hosted a presentation titled “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture,” in Anacon Hall on Feb. 12. 

The event allowed audience members to view various presentations that paid tribute to the culture’s history and accomplishments

The AASU is led by President J’lyn Martin, a senior communication student, and Vice President Arianna Gordon, a junior biology student. 

The club’s mission is to provide a community for students with a common bond to recognize the cultural achievements of prominent black people in American history. 

“We really wanted to do our part as leaders of the AASU and celebrate Black History Month in a special way,” continued Martin.

“By hosting this ceremony, we intended to inform those who are uneducated about the tremendous achievements in black culture and the great people that helped make them possible,” said Martin.

“The culture is so rich and it is important that we teach students of the university about black culture,” he said.

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Leon Hess Business School’s Comparative Entrepreneurship Course Recognized Nationally

Monmouth University Selected as One of Three Finalists in Competition

The University’s Comparative Entrepreneurship course, taught by specialist professor John Buzza, was selected as one of the top three finalists in a national competition sponsored by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) for special recognition in entrepreneurship education and innovation. 

USASBE chose Monmouth University, the University of Texas, and Northern Illinois University as finalists for its Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Award. Monmouth, however, did not win the competition. Over 85 universities in total participated in the competition.

“They (the judges) took into consideration creativity of the course, uniqueness of the course, and impact on the students,” Buzza explained.

Devin Hope, a University alumnus who graduated in January 2015, traveled to Tampa, FL for the USASBE conference from Jan. 22 - 25 along with Buzza.

“I was very excited to learn we earned a finalist position and could not wait to get there and present our paper. While there, it was a great experience for networking as well as learning. So many talented professors from universities all over the country coming together to encourage entrepreneurship education,” said Hope.

“It was certainly upsetting,” continued Hope, “to hear them announce someone else’s name as number one, but the overall experience, and being top three, is a great accomplishment for my first competition.”

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Hawk TV Hosting Rock N’ Raise Event

Hawk TV will be hosting its annual Rock N’ Raise charity event on Friday, Feb. 20 from 1- 4:30 pm in the TV studio of the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication building.

Rock N’ Raise is a live battle of the bands event. All proceeds of the event will go towards the American Cancer Society and Hawk TV’s Relay for Life Team. 

The event will broadcast live on Hawk TV, Channel 12 on campus and will also be streaming live on WMCX 88.9 FM. 

“I think Rock N’ Raise is so important to me because it’s an event that brings all of my favorite things together: live music, production, and the Hawk TV family,” said Olivia Caruso, a senior communication student and one of the producers of Rock N’ Raise. 

Rock N’ Raise has been an ongoing process since last semester as the students had to plan and build the sets for the event far in advance.  

“We started producing the show back in early December and to see how things have progressed and are coming together is such a great feeling,” said Alexis Morrison, a junior communication student and one of the producers of the event. 

“For me, building the sets was the most exciting part,” said Caruso. 

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23% Effective or 67% Ineffective?

This Season’s Flu Vaccination Shot Disappoints Many

CYMK flu picDespite the flu vaccine proving only 23 percent effective this season, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 406 individuals of the Monmouth community received the flu vaccine provided by the University’s Health Services this fall according to Louise Bosmans, University Nurse Practitioner. 

Health Services provides flu vaccines to the campus community through several seasonal flu vaccine clinics each fall. Comparatively less individuals received the vaccine this year, as 453 individuals received the vaccine in the 2012-13 season and 466 received the vaccine in the 2013-14 season according to Bosmans. 

Bosmans also said that Health Services has already diagnosed the influenza virus within the Monmouth community. The Nurse Practitioner as also seen individuals with influenza-like illnesses as well.

About 200,000 people are hospitalized from the flu each year, and anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die from flu-related illnesses each year, according to WebMD.

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Stormy Weather Buries Classes

snowpicApproximately 60 Monday night University classes that meet once a week have been cancelled due to inclement weather which has prevented, in some cases, students and faculty from beginning their courses; however, those classes were able to meet in most cases for the first time on Monday, Feb. 9 some 21 days into the spring semester.

According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Laura Moriarty, in an effort to be proactive, the University was closed on Monday, Jan. 26 at 1 pm, Monday, Feb. 2 at 3:45 pm, and all day on Tuesday, Jan. 27 as a result of inclement weather.

After the Office of the Registrar and Moriarty claimed that they couldn’t specifically identify how many classes were affected by the shutdown, The Outlook conducted its own research and discovered that roughly 60 separate classes had not met as of Sunday, Feb. 8. 

Dr. Stephen Chapman, an assistant professor of political science, finds the cancellations of his graduate-level Research Methods class (PS-516-50HY) “quite stressful,” yet understands the necessity for shutting down the campus. He said, “Professors spend many hours during winter and summer breaks designing syllabi and course materials; an example of one of the many unseen duties of an academic. When there is an interruption to the flow of the course, it throws everything off and we have to adapt.”

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“Searching for Signs of Hope”

HilliardA crowd of approximately 40 University students and faculty gathered to hear Dr. Donald Hilliard Jr. discuss issues of gender inequality, violence in America, and the changing family dynamic at the “Searching for Signs of Hope” event in Wilson Hall on Tuesday Feb. 3. The event was the first of many events scheduled on campus to commemorate black history month. 

Hilliard discussed the fact that we live in a society where violence is prevalent, especially black on black violence. 

“Let it be known that we also wrestle with black on black crime. African Americans are at the top of people who kill each other in Chicago, New York, and California,” said Hilliard.  

“After listening to Bishop Donald Hilliard speak, his words really hit home for me, especially when he mentioned black on black crime as one of our biggest issues,” said Britney Wade, senior communication major. 

“I live in a very urban and violent city so these are thoughts and feelings that occur within me often,” Wade continued. 

The content of the event was based on one of his books, Stop the Funeral which “…is a call to action to rise above the present culture of death and destruction,” according to his official website.  

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Urban Coast Institute Receives $1.6 Million Grant

The University's Urban Coast Institute (UCI) received a grant of $1.6 million from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation supporting their work on the Mid-Atlantic Data Portal in late January.

The Director of the UCI, Tony MacDonald, said, “UCI works with the academic and local communities, and other partners to inform ocean policy and management decisions using the best information available.” 

“One of UCI’s goals is to monitor the expertise of the University and our partners to have a real impact, not only in the lives of our students, but also outside the ivy walls of the University,” MacDonald continued. “While Monmouth is not a major ocean research institution, with the UCI we have established a role to play in tapping into the research to focus our efforts on advancing good ocean policy.” 

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an intricate program run by the UCI and its partners, along with the joint collaboration of states all along the Mid-Atlantic region.

 It is an online platform that centralizes data, allowing state, federal, local users, and stakeholders to visualize, and analyze the ocean through state-of-the art mapping and visualization technology, according to the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal’s official website.

“The generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation provides funding for direct research efforts with partner institutions on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal.  The outcomes of the research are important to shaping science-based public policy, which is one of the core strengths of our Urban Coast Institute,” said University President Paul R. Brown.

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Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Nominated in 2015 Jersey Arts Awards

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts has been nominated in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards in the category for Favorite Small Performing Arts Center. 

The yearly awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts recognizes and honors the work of New Jersey’s diverse arts organizations. 

Discover Arts is a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, whose missions are to increase the participation and bring awareness to the arts in the state.  

“The Center for the Arts is incredibly grateful for this nomination,” said Vaune Peck, director of the Center for the Arts. 

“I’ve been wondering why we haven’t been nominated [for this award] for years now, I think we are the best kept secret in Monmouth County,” Peck said.  

The Center for the Arts is among 10 arts districts and 96 organizations also nominated for the yearly awards program, as stated in a University press release.

 Nominees for the People’s Choice Awards were selected through the Jersey Arts Marketers network. 

The network is made up of numerous nonprofit art groups across the state, according to the press release. 

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App Allows Parents to Track Attendance

class120 2Jeff Whorley, founder and CEO of computer software company Core Principle, developed “Class120,” an app aimed at holding students accountable for their class attendance.

For $17.99 per month or $200 per year, the app can track whether or not a student is in class, according to U.S. Today. 

The student must first download the app to their phone and upload their class schedule. The state-of-the-art geolocation technology of the app then alerts parents if the student is in the classroom at the necessary times. The app inputs the layout of the given college campus and is then able to determine whether or not students are where they are supposed to be. The app does not alert parents of students’ whereabouts during times other than class. 

Dr. Jason Barr, Associate Dean of the School of Education, said the app may be unnecessary, as parents that are concerned about their child’s attendance will be able to know if he/she goes to class regardless of the app. “Parents who want to monitor their children in college like this will do it whether or not there is an app available for doing it.  I doubt that a parent who trusts their child and provides a lot of autonomy to their child would suddenly want to track their attendance if an app was made available,” said Barr. 

“In other words, the app has no influence on the relationship between a parent and child,” continued Barr.

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Recent Terror Attacks in Paris May Deter Students from Studying Abroad

je suis charlieTwelve people working for satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were shot and killed in Paris, France by two Islamic extremists who sought revenge for the magazine’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday, Jan. 7, sending waves of shock and fear throughout all of Europe and other parts of the world. In light of these recent events, the number of students looking to study abroad may begin to decrease.

According to the official website of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 289,408 students studied abroad during the 2012-2013 academic year, which was still only about one percent of all United States students enrolled at institutions of higher education in the country at that time. However, when terror attacks occur abroad, much like the most recent ones in Paris, fewer students might become interested in leaving their home country, or may even show fear while spending time abroad. 

Just days after the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices, the University’s spring 2015 study abroad group left to spend the semester in London, England. Kelli Galayda, a sophomore communication major, recalled, “Seeing the attacks on the news just days before I came [to London] had me terrified.”

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Flood in Outlook Office Causes Approximately $20,000 in Repairs

flood 2Over winter break, two pipes burst within several hours of each other, spewing hot water from the ceiling of The Outlook office and causing approximately $20,000 in repairs, according to Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services. Cold temperatures within the building caused the incident on the morning of Monday, Jan. 12 in the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication.

Facilities Management checked the building’s heating issues on several occasions prior to the pipes bursting. Sandy Brown, Office Coordinator for The Outlook, was on the phone with Facilities Management reporting cold temperatures in the office yet again when the first pipe ruptured.

Lorna Schmidt, Director of Advising for the Communication Department and a communication professor, said, “The Outlook office was like 53 degrees and even colder in the conference room with the windows. The Mac computer lab was 37 degrees.”

According to Swannack, a control valve failed and the dampers, which regulate air flow, were prevented from fully closing. This allowed cold air to the access the building; however, “The situation was not caused by anyone’s failure,” said Swannack.

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Monmouth Named One of Best Colleges for War Veterans

vetsThe University has been acknowledged by four different organizations as one of the best universities in the country for war veterans and military students in 2015.

According to a press release, the University was named one of the “2015 Best Colleges for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the Military Advanced Education’s Guide to Colleges and Universities named the University a top school in 2015. 

The University was also recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, a “Best for Vets College” and “Best for Vets Business School” by Military Times. 

“The University has been committed to ensuring war veterans feel comfortable transitioning to the college lifestyle,” said Jeff Hood, the University’s Coordinator of Veteran Services.  

“Recognition as a top national program that prepares our students to compete and succeed is always an honor, especially for students who are active members of our community, both in and out of the classroom, and who have already given so much to our country,” said Paul R. Brown, President of the University in a press release.

The Office of Veteran Services contributes to the success of veteran students at the University, according to Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement who also oversees veteran services.

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University Professors Co-Edit Book on College Students

book coverSpeech pathology, educational counseling and leadership assistant professor, Pietro Sasso has helped co-edit a new textbook, titled Today’s College Students: A Reader on College Students, that is now available for purchase on Amazon, after being published in mid-December. 

Sasso said the main goal of the book is to study identity in college students. Sasso has access to the book as he has already started using the book in his own classes. 

However, due to the book’s very recent publication date, it is not yet used in many other classes. 

The book was co-edited by Sasso and Professor Joseph L. Devitis, a retired professor from Old Dominion University in Virginia. 

The two helped contribute several chapters to the book, although it has 55 authors overall. 

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Approximately 450 Degrees Awarded at Winter Commencement

Rolle speaks at MU commencementSix hundred degrees were awarded to approximately 450 graduates at the University’s Winter Commencement Ceremony, held in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at 1 pm.

“The Multipurpose Activity Center is a really special part of our campus; it is just intimate enough for me to make personal contact with many of the members of the audience, while still grand enough to accommodate the many friends and family members who want to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates,” said University President Paul R. Brown.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement Chair, is in charge of the Commencement Planning Committee.

During the commencement ceremony, former NFL player and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle spoke as the keynote speaker.

Rolle used to play as a safety for the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers but left the NFL to pursue his medical career.

“His decision stuck out to me by far. I can’t imagine having a choice between Oxford and the NFL,” said psychology graduate Kristina Murdock.

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Dr. Walter D. Greason Wins NJSAA Author Award

Professor of history and anthropology Dr. Walter Greason was awarded the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Author Award (NJSAA) for the best non-fiction scholarly work of 2014 for his book Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey.

The Outlook: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your accomplishment. First and foremost, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What types of courses do you teach?

Greason: My name is Dr. Walter Greason, I’ve been teaching at Monmouth University for three years now. I’ve been a college professor however for 15 years. I started teaching classes five years before that. The courses that I teach here are Western Civilization and World Context, normally part one up until the late middle ages. I also teach a perspectives course, on the history of media and how we understand our world as human beings because the way media changes.

The main course I teach is housed in the school of humanities and social sciences and the history and anthropology department but it mainly is filled up with students from the business school, which is Business and Economic Development in American History, and that’s the primary thing I was hired to do here, it’s the best course I’ve taught in the last 10 or 12 years at different institutions. It gets people to look more seriously at both their role within the emerging world economy and the history of how the idea of American property rights has changed since the start of society. That’s the main thing I do here.

The Outlook: As far as your book, Suburban Erasure, what are the themes or topics you discuss in that?

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MU Online Graduate Programs Among the Best in Nation

The University was ranked as one of the top institutions in the nation for its online graduate programs in the 2015 U.S. News & World Reports.

The online programs for Master of Science in Homeland Security, Master of Science in Education: Special Education, Autism, and Master of Science in Education: Principal/School Administrator/Supervisor were ranked “Best Online Programs.”

“It is wonderful to be recognized by U.S. News for our academic excellence,” said Petra Ludwig, the Director of Public Relations.

U.S. News evaluated a pool of 1,200 graduate programs. Each contender is a regionally accredited institution whose programs are offered largely or entirely online.

There is a methodology used to assist in the ranking of online programs. The highest percentage of 35 percent went towards student involvement, and how institutions did in keeping enrollment.

Then 20 percent of scores went to student services and technology, followed by 15 percent grading in the categories of faculties credentials and training, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation.

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Allergy-Free Snack Bar Developed by Entrepreneur Class

Four Leon Hess Business School students have developed Hawk Country’s Hawklet Chip Bar, an allergy-friendly snack bar. The product is set to be released on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Anacon Hall from 6 - 8:30 pm at their launch party.

Hawklet Chip Bar is an all-natural, gluten-free granola bar that is free of the top eight allergens:  wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

“Our goal behind the product is to make a snack bar that is completely safe for a child who has a food allergy,” said Britanny Lamb, CEO and a junior business student.

Hawklet Chip Bars will be released to major grocery stores such as Shop Rite and Pathmark and will cost roughly $2.

Lamb said the Hawklet Chip Bar is a snack that allows children with food allergies to enjoy eating while with their friends who may not have food allergies. “We want the bar to be something that makes kids with allergies feel included, not excluded,” she said.

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Professor Jing Zhou Donates Art to University Library

Jing Zhou, an associate professor of art and design has donated four pieces of art titled ‘Generations of Excellence’ to the University Library.

These pieces follow the history of the University from its establishment in 1933 up until the present.

Currently they are being exhibited in the reference area of the library for the public to observe from now and into the spring semester.

The exhibit consists of four 24x36 panels made of inkjet print on Epson Exhibition canvas Natural Satin.

At the top of each piece are different images taken by Zhou from a part of the fresco paintings located in the Pompeii room of Wilson Hall.

Framing the edges of the piece are pictures of columns that can be found in the University’s Erlanger Memorial Gardens.

At the center of each panel are photos and texts collected by Zhou from University archives, websites, and publications placed atop a parchment paper that she scanned from the University Library’s Rare Book Collection.

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“Project Pride” Warns Students of ‘Poor Life Decisions’

Inmates spoke to about 200 University students and faculty about poor decision-making and provided advice to students struggling with addiction at the “Project Pride” event in Pollak Theatre on Wednesday Dec. 3.

“Listen to what they say, they are not bad people. They made mistakes,” opened Harry DeBonis, facilitator of “Project Pride” and representative of the New Jersey Department of Corrections.  He stressed that everyday people have to make decisions and that these people made poor choices that inevitably led them to prison.

“You have to ask yourself, is it worth it? It only takes one decision,” said the first speaker, Liam, who grew up in Ocean County. He explained that at the age of 11 he had lost both of his parents and his best friend, which lead to his drug use. “I didn’t want to feel the pain of losing my parents like that,” he said.

Liam stressed the fact that he was self-medicating, but was never dealing with his reality. “That was one of the worst decisions of my life, to start abusing and using drugs,” he said.

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MU Professor Honored at NACADA, Receives Grant

Dr. Janice Stapley, an associate professor of psychology, was honored at the annual conference of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Her study, “An Examination of Academic Advice Seeking Within an Emerging Adulthood Framework,” examined the needs of special populations and the general population of undergraduates through a developmental lense, and received the competitive peer-reviewed grant.

Stapley stated that she was very excited and happy with her dedication to the process. “I am particularly happy to have funding from an organization that does crucial work in advocating for students,” said Stapley.

NACADA is an international educational association of individuals engaged in academic advising, and committed to enhancing the educational development of students.

Its more than 10,000 members include professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students. NACADA, an external funding source, honored Stapley with the grant. Stapley said, “The main thing I’d say is that in 24 years here at MU, we’ve moved towards more support of external funding,” said Stapley.

Through her work, Stapley has found that students are satisfied with technological responses, such as emails, to answer quick questions, but prefer to meet in person with advisors for bigger issues.

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Wage Gender Gap Inequality

In today’s society, although young women are attending college and continuing on to graduate school, females still struggle with receiving equal pay as their male counterparts in the work force.

“Women have made enormous gains in the workplace over the last 50 years, however I do feel we have stalled considerably in the areas of the gender wage gap and occupational segregation,” said Dr. Johanna Foster, an assistant professor of political science and sociology.

According to a 2013 USA Today report, men in their late 30’s, with advanced degrees, earned approximately 50 percent more money than women.

“Men and women could be doing the exact same jobs, which may be called something slightly different, and women are getting paid less than men,” said Foster.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in 2013, full-time working women earned an average of 78 cents for every dollar men earned. This in turn created a 22 percent wage gap.

“If men and women are doing the same job, they should get the same pay, simple as that,” said Dr. Jennifer McGovern, a lecturer of political science.

“Women are not asking for raises in a cultural context where men are taught and believe that they deserve raises,” said McGovern.

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How Much Does it Actually Cost to “Go Greek” at MU?

With formal recruitment two months away, potential new members are asking Greek men and women a plethora of questions, with one of the most common being about dues.

The answer to that question is not the most accurate description of the cost of going Greek.

“Majority of these fees go to the national organizations to provide resources for the chapter. Another bulk of the fees go towards the insurance policies that each national organization uses to provide protection for their members and guests to the organization,” said Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Buchalski also mentioned that each organization has an operational budget used to host events and programs that support their values.

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Annual Hunger Breakfast Helps Feed Locals in Need

A crowd of about 80 University students and faculty gathered to discuss the issue of world hunger and to listen to speakers involved with local hunger prevention at the annual Hunger Breakfast in the Magill Club on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

“In the United States 17.6 million households are food insecure, which is about one in every seven,” said Dr. Rekha Datta, a political science profesor who coordinated the event. “Hunger is a huge aspect of our lives,” she continued.

Datta said that one of the causes of famines in other countries is malnourishment. “Worldwide, 805 million people do not have enough food to lead a healthy life,” she said.

Datta explained that in some areas of the world children are forced to drop out of school because they are too hungry to focus on their schoolwork.

Attendees were broken up into three groups which simulated three different social classes: green, blue, and yellow. Group members were then given a breakfast that people living in those social class would typically receive.

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Princeton Agrees to Revise Policies After Violating Anti-Discrimination Law

Princeton University violated a federal antidiscrimination law by not “promptly and equitably” responding to complaints of sexual violence, in one case allowing a sexually hostile environment to continue for one student, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The university formalized an agreement Oct. 12 with the department that includes revising policies, using a “preponderance of the evidence” standard in investigating complaints, and reexamining all complaints filed from the 2011-12 academic year through Sept. 1. It had begun rolling out new policies and procedures this year, which the Education Department said address the Title IX violations.

The changes are “intended to achieve full compliance,” Princeton said in a statement. The changes, along with other actions in the agreement, will be monitored by the Education Department.

“I applaud Princeton University for its commitment to ensuring a community-wide culture of prevention, support, and safety for its students, staff, and community,” Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the Education Department, said in Wednesday’s release.

Princeton is not the only university to settle with the Education Department in recent years, as national attention has focused on sexual harassment and violence on college campuses. In 2011, the University of Notre Dame agreed to revise its policies to become compliant with the department’s standards.

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New Academic Calendar & Frames Scheduled for Fall

Students-in-Professor-Rapolla27s-classThe fourteen week academic calendar and revised framing system generated by the University Task Force has been voted into approval by full-time faculty members in order to facilitate higher learning, scheduling consistency, and scheduling flexibility. This change will be effective as of fall 2015.

The key changes in the restructured academic calendar include: a two-day fall break on the Monday and Tuesday of Columbus Day weekend; a final examination period extending no later than Dec. 22; eighty-minute long class periods; classes ending no later than 9 pm; an allotted University meeting time held from 2:45 – 4:20 pm on Wednesdays; and the dismissal of all classes the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Laura Moriarty, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, "If we did not change the calendar, there would have been years when there would be no fall break and times when the University would still be in session up to Dec. 23. The fall break allows for students to engage in high impact learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom, a hallmark of the new strategic plan. [Additionally] the consistency of the calendar allows for good academic planning."

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University Welcomes Visiting Writer Joyce Carol Oates

oatesA crowd of about 540 University students and faculty as well as members of the community gathered to listen to a reading by best selling author Joyce Carol Oates as part of the University's Visiting Writers Series in Pollak Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 13.

"This was the largest crowd we have ever had," said the Director of the Visiting Writers Series and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Michael Thomas.

Thomas seemed very happy with the outcome of the event and said that Oates was inspirational and relatable.

Oates opened with explaining that for many writers there is an adrenaline rush present while writing.

"I think that most writers and artists are captivated by their work," Oates said. "There is a neurological satisfaction when we use our language."

The speaker shared with the crowd her personal writing process and what motivates her to write.

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Uber App: Providing an Alternative to Traditional Taxis

uber_appUber, an app-based car service, may offer an alternative to traditional taxi cab business for University students.

Dr. Susan Forquer Gupta, MBA Director and Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business, said, "It is not that much different than eBay providing a system to sell/buy items, Etsy, or Craig's List. Uber collects a fee for use of the service to pay for the system and marketing as well as create a profit. Uber exists because it is taking advantage of the dissatisfaction customers have with other available option to their transportation needs."

Founded in 2009 as "UberCab" by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, Uber has a mission statement of "evolving the way the world moves." According to, the simplicity of the service appeals to our fast -paced society, as do the easy sign up, the comfortable rides, and timely reliability.

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Comedy Club Ticket Salesman: ‘No Joke’

A young man posing as a University student was selling tickets to the New York Comedy Club in several classrooms on campus two weeks ago. The tickets were determined legitimate and no arrest was made, but MUPD asked the individual to leave campus.

Accounting Professor Douglas Stives witnessed this salesman on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Stives said, "He barged into my 10 am class and asked if he could 'have a minute to tell the class about a special offer from the Student Government.' I was a little put off."

The young man was selling tickets that were originally priced at $50 for $10, which were valid for two people, according to Stives. About eight students in his first class purchased tickets, with both cash and credit cards. The salesman had finished pitching and making purchases within five minutes of walking into the classroom.

"He looked and acted like a student. I asked my class if anyone knew him and they said no," Stives said. The salesman returned to Stives' 1 pm class. Stives confronted the salesman and asked who he was and explained that no one seemed to know him. At this point, the salesman introduced himself as Jeff Adams, a University student majoring in marketing. He pitched to Stives' class, and after no one was interested, left quickly. "I realized I made a bad decision to let him enter my class. I should have told him we do not allow any solicitation in our classes and all selling requires a permit from the Student Government Association (SGA)," said Stives.

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Leon Hess Business School Ranked Among Top Programs

The Leon Hess Business School has been named "One of the Best 296 Business Schools" by The Princeton Review for the tenth year in a row in its annual business and law school rankings, published on Oct. 7.

The Princeton Review ranks the top 296 institutions in 11 different categories including "Best Administered," "Best Green MBA," and "Toughest To Get Into" by interviewing more than 21,600 students. The Princeton Review's website stated,

"By using our lists in conjunction with the statistics from universities about their academic programs and 'Students Say' sections in our school profiles, you will be able to identify attributes of business schools that are important to you – and ultimately, generate a list of the schools that can best help you achieve your personal and professional goals."

The schools are not ranked numerically, therefore The Princeton Review has not declared an institution as being the "best" in comparison to the remaining 295 universities.

The Princeton Review stated, "We do not rank the schools 1 to 296 based on our opinion of their academics nor do any of our 11 categories of ranking lists purport to rank the schools in terms of overall quality."

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Berlin Wall

The former US ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Phillip Murphy, delivered a speech recognizing the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Wilson Hall on Monday, Nov. 17.

The event was hosted by the Honors School and the non-profit German School of Monmouth County.

As former ambassador to Germany during this historic period, Murphy discussed his first-hand experience and other facts about the era. Murphy praised the efforts by government officials in taking down the wall.

"I believe the period from Nov. 1989 to Oct. 1990 is the greatest eleven months of American diplomacy since World War II's Marshall Plan," Murphy said.

He also examined the role the US played in assisting Germany at the time of the Berlin Wall and the high respect between the two nations that developed because of it. "George H. Bush remains a hero to virtually every German," he said.

Murphy guaranteed the audience that if they ask either the Obama or Bush administration today which ally they respect the most, each administration would say Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany.

Pat Layton, a senior communication major, attended the event. "It was interesting to hear the changes Germany had went under in 25 years and how their view on America has evolved within that time," he said.

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Hate and Bias Presentation

David D'Amico, a detective from Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, spoke to students at the University on the severity of hate and bias crimes that continuously transpire in society on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Wilson Hall.

D'Amico explained that in the state of New Jersey, an individual can be persecuted for a bias crime.

The detective started his presentation by introducing his background and credentials. He has been a cop for 25 years, and at the turn of the century he applied and was accepted to Monmouth County's Prosecutors Office. The Prosecutor's Office is made up of specialized units. D'Amico's particular unit deals with bias and criminal acts.

Tom McCarthy, Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, was the coordinator of this event. "We have been hosting this event at Monmouth for the last seven years," said McCarthy.

D'Amico also initially referred to the audience as heroes, leaders and role models of Monmouth University.

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MU Hosts Largest Fall Career Day

Untitled-1Students were given the opportunity to network with over 100 employers from a wide variety of occupations at the largest Fall Career Day ever, hosted by the University on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the University's Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).

The Career Day is an event that takes the synergy of many University offices. William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services in the Center for Student Success (CSS), was an avid participant in the organization of the event.

"Planning for the Career Day involves a great collaborative effort between many of the offices on campus. We start planning about three months in advance by contacting potential employers, selecting new employers, and taking care of logistics such as parking, food, tabling and signage," said Hill.

There were a variety of employers present in the MAC in order to cater to the diverse fields of studies for students. W.B. Mason was one of them. They sought students interested in joining one of the largest privately owned office products dealer in the United States. Daniel Iannaccone, a W.B. Mason Sales Manager, said, "We recruit Monmouth students simply because the talent from Monmouth University is the best in central Jersey. The personalities of students at Monmouth meet what we are looking for in our sales persons."

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Implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan

Untitled-3Since the University's newly developed Strategic Plan was accepted and recognized by the Board of Trustees on Oct. 23, the Steering Committee and Provost Laura Moriarty have begun to transition into the implementation process of the plan.

"One of the first items for us is to create an inventory and analysis of the curricular and co-curricular opportunities that currently exist," said Christine Benol, Steering Committee Co-Chair and Vice President of Enrollment Management.

"Although some items may be implemented in the first year, other initiatives will take several years to complete. Metrics for measuring our achievements will be identified."

University President Paul Brown said that the guiding principles within the Strategic Plan will determine the University's course of action over the next five to six years. "Throughout the process, we were very careful not to turn discussions about the overall vision for our future into a checklist of specific initiatives to accomplish. Instead, we focused on a vision for the overarching and unique elements that Monmouth can emphasize as a residential mid-sized university," Brown said.

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College Sports: Upon Further Review

klanni_sportspanel-4-editThe University hosted a sports panel "College Sports: Upon Further Review," discussing the turbulent nature of the current commercialization of college athletes in Pollak Theatre on Nov. 8.

The panel included: University President Paul Brown; Dan Beebe, the former Commissioner of both the Big 12 and Ohio Valley Conferences; and Amy Perko, Executive Director of the Knight Commission, a website that attempts to ensure an educational focus for college athletes. Matt Harmon, a specialist professor for the communication department and broadcaster of the Monmouth men's basketball and football teams, moderated the proceedings.

Several topics prevalent within college sports were discussed throughout the hour and a half-long panel; however, two recent rulings that could heavily impact the landscape of college sports were the central focus of the panel.

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University Celebrates Cinello Bowling Center Opening

bowing-2The University officially opened the Ciniello Bowling Center on Tuesday, Oct. 10, which was made possible by a $350,000 donation from University alumnus Patrick Ciniello.

Ciniello, a 1967 graduate, had the idea to build the bowling alley on campus from his former presidency and role as a chairman of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics, said that Ciniello, who outfits bowling alleys internationally, contacted the University because he wanted to do something on a college campus. After discussion, Monmouth University was able to accommodate a space for the project.

"It was over a year in the making," Dr. McNeil said. "Much work had to be done by Monmouth personnel to prepare the space in the Boylan Gym before the bowling infrastructure was put in."

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Same-Sex Documentary Viewing

A crowd of about 215 University students and faculty gathered to attend the viewing of the documentary Bridegroom and to discuss the issue of same-sex marriage with Shane Crone, documentary creator and same-sex marriage activist, in Anacon Hall on Wednesday, Nov 5.

Crone has recently been speaking at colleges across the country and Monmouth was one of the last schools left on his fall tour. The documentary is about the love story of Crone and Thomas Bridegroom and the struggles they faced as a same-sex couple. It emphasized how same-sex marriage ban laws affected Crone after Bridegroom's tragic, unexpected death.

Crone explained that at first he was hesitant to go on tour but knew that it would force him to step out of his comfort zone and share his story with others.

"I am so glad that I said yes because of the special moments that have taken place on this tour," said Crone. "At every school I have spoken at, I have encountered at least one person who is suffering for being a homosexual. There was a young man I spoke to who said the film prevented him from taking his own life."

The Student Activities Board (SAB) planned the event. "The motto of the film is, 'It's not a gay thing, it's not a straight thing, it's a human thing,'" said Alicia Torello, SAB Chair of Awareness.

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Panel Focuses on Sexual Violence Prevention

Rape-Picture-Tara-CirincioneThe presence of rape and sexual assault on college campuses, ways to prevent this behavior, and places to seek help both on and off campus has been a topic of recent discussion at the University.

"Rape is not only a crime, it is a crisis," said Ellen Bloom-Rau, Crisis Counselor and University alumna. Bloom-Rau has been visiting the University for 12 years to discuss the topic of sexual violence.

Bloom-Rau spoke at the University during "Hawks United Week," an event which focused on sexual violence prevention. She stressed the difference between sexual assault and sexual contact. Sexual assault is defined as, "Unwanted sexual penetration of another person. This can be vaginal, oral, or anal." The counselor defined sexual contact as, "Any unwanted sexual contact without penetration."

Nina Anderson, Title IX Coordinator at the University, has been a major contributor to the discussion of sexual assault on college campuses. "Our goal was to present information on campus sexual assault in several formats to educate and increase awareness in the campus community on this very complex issue," she said.

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University Hosts 10th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium

Ocean-Symposium-Pic-2The 10th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium and Champions of the Ocean Awards Luncheon honored Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and Wendy Schmidt, NJ natives and distinguished pioneers of the environmental intelligence industry.

Hosted by the Urban Coast Institute (UCI), an extension of the University's Marine and Environmental Biology departments, this event was a timely recognition of how coastal communities like Monmouth County have progressed since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy approximately two years ago.

President Paul Brown opened the symposium on Thursday, Oct. 30 in Wilson Hall by recognizing the University's distinctive location on the shoreline, explaining that he considers Monmouth to be a "coastal campus." As such, we are in the unique position of making a considerable difference in the environment around us, as well as honoring leaders of the environmental movement.

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Under New Management: The University’s Strategic Plan

front-page-strategicMonmouth's first Strategic Plan in over 20 years involving both a new University president and provost was recognized on Thursday, Oct. 23 during the Strategic Plan Celebration in Wilson Hall.

During the event, which was inspired by a fall theme, President Paul Brown addressed faculty, board and committee representatives, and other members of the campus community.

"There is no question in my mind, and I know in your mind, this will set the course for Monmouth University over the coming years, and it would not be possible without the handwork of everybody here today," Brown said to audience during his address.

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Alternatives to Anxiety: Reducing and Coping with Stress

AnxietyCounseling and Psychological Services held a program, led by Dr. Terri Jaeger, Psychological Counselor for the Counseling and Psychological Services Department (CPS), called Alternatives to Anxiety, in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) room 202-B.

"First held in the spring, 2014," said Jaeger, "[Alternatives to Anxiety] was designed as a group program to help students develop strategies to cope with stress and to reduce their anxiety symptoms, which often present as two related issues in students."

The event was held on Oct. 15 as well as Oct. 29 and was not only created to aid students just beginning to cope with anxiety, but also to help students who have been coping with anxiety for a long period of time, students shared different coping mechanisms and life stories.

According to Dr. Jaeger, about 60 percent of the students who seek services at CPS say anxiety is a reason for their counseling request.

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CommWorks Draws in “Largest Turnout”

A crowd of about 80 students and faculty attended the "Nightmare on JP 235" event performed by CommWorks students on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

"We hope to build a sense of community with this performance," said Dr. Deanna Shoemaker, Advisor of CommWorks and communications professor. "This is a tight knit group that believes in performance as a way of expression."

This was the first performance by CommWorks this semester. Shoemaker and the performers were pleased with the turnout.

"This was the largest turnout we have had in a while, there was standing room only," said Shoemaker. "Next time we have a performance we will maybe need a bigger space," she continued.

"I think the performance was a huge success," said Britney Wade, President of CommWorks and senior communications major. "The entire club had worked really hard to put together an organized and comedic show while still making the content relatable to the audience."

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MAVS Welcomes Vegan

A celebrity fitness trainer, John "JP" Pierre, most famously known as Ellen Degeneres' fitness trainer, visited the University to inform the public about lifelong wellness in the "Super Simple Super Nutrition" event hosted by The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) in mid-October in Magill Commons.

The event was free and open to the public, which brought in about 25 - 30 people, both from the University and outside towns.

Aside from Pierre's presentation, the event also was a vegan potluck. All attendees brought in vegan entrees and desserts, with recipe cards so guests knew the ingredients in each of the foods

"Veganism is when you don't consume any animal products and it is not just a diet, it's also a lifestyle... like we won't wear fur and we won't wear leather," said Mary Harris, a certified Holistic Health Coach and specialist professor of communication.

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New Athletic Logo Shines Light on ‘Shadow’

New-LogoThe Athletics Department attempted to rebrand the University with the unveiling of the new logo in order to create a fresh identity that coincides with the athletic programs' changes and renovations.

"I am very excited about our new athletic logos and spirit marks," said University President Paul Brown.

"Athletics is an extension of a university's identity, so this new change means a lot for the Athletics Department," said Greg Viscomi, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and New Media.

The primary mark of the new Athletics logo features a sideways hawk head with 'Monmouth' stamped across it. The letter mark is a singular 'M' and the word mark is 'Monmouth' outlined with the University's colors.

"Our new hawk is also very dynamic; it really represents the University's competitive spirit," said Brown.

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University Smart Card Comes to Monmouth

IMG_0491The University, in partnership with Sandander Bank, now offers the Smart Card, a student ID that also acts as a debit card for those who have a Santander account. The new Smart Cards are available to freshman upon distribution at orientation. Upperclassman can apply for the card as well.

A student can still have the new ID without it being linked to Santander, according to program. If a student wants to link their ID to a Santander banking account, they must bring their ID to any Santander branch. There is a branch located on the University campus in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC).

While making purchases, they will be deducting funds from their Santander Bank account. If a student uses the barcode located on the front of their ID, they will be using funds from their University Flex Dollars account.

Nancy Orlando, a media relations representative of Santander, said Smart Card is specifically designed for universities and is used by over 7.1 million people from 285 universities in 12 different countries. "Through the Smart Card, Santander provides cutting-edge card technology that is compatible with each university's hardware and software. The Smart Card technology is supported by five Santander-funded research centers to ensure its industry-leading position."

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Polling Institute Ranked in Top 22 of Nation

130813murray-mezThe Monmouth University Polling Institute (MUPI) earned the distinction of being ranked in the top seven percent of pollsters nationwide. After compiling 16 years of collected data, renowned policy analyst, Nate Silver, placed MUPI among the top 22 polling institutes on Oct. 1.

Silver, Editor-In-Chief of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog, is known for his accuracy in forecasting baseball games as well as predicting American elections, according to New York Magazine. FiveThirtyEight operates as a combination of a sports and politics website, tracking everything from college football to polling trends.

According to its website, the Polling Institute "was established to be a leading center for the study of public opinion on important state, regional, and national issues." The institute is not new to recognition, as during its inaugural year in 2005 the MUPI was "named a 'Winner'" by New Jersey Politifax.

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The Big Event Breaks its Record for Most Volunteers

10750478_10152533015443931_6838404141759565199_oUniversity students helped out the local community in the Student Government Association's (SGA) 15th annual Big Event, the school's single largest community service project, last Saturday, Oct. 25.

Every year, University students and faculty members from various departments, teams, and clubs come together to give back to the community they call home.

Volunteers form teams and travel to different "worksites" around the West Long Branch and Deal areas to clean up and help out. These worksites vary from food pantries and churches to litter removal from local parks and residential properties.

The Big Event has been held annually for 15 years, however, this year was slightly different.

In previous years, the event has attracted about 400 volunteers and 25 to 30 worksites.

According to SGA Big Event Chair Alyssa Sardelli, a junior business management major, this year's event had over 700 volunteers sign up and 37 registered worksites.

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Hawk TV Broadcasts in HD

hawk-tv-picHawk TV now broadcasts in high definition (HD) for the first time in sixteen years.

Since its beginning in 1998, Monmouth University's television station, Hawk TV, has broadcasted in standard definition (480p); however, since the introduction of high definition (1080p), which is now the industry standard, it took a long process to bring Hawk TV to meet that television standard. This past summer, the process was finally completed.

"The transition to high definition has had to be done in stages; it's expensive," said Donna Dolphin, communication professor, founder and advisor for Hawk TV.

"I don't know the exact amount because it's part of the Communication [department] budget and part Hawk TV budget," said Dolphin.

Dr. Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department said he did not know how much the total was either.

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MU’s Phi Eta Sigma Receives “Commendation of Excellence Award”

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ MU Phi Eta Sigma (PES) Chapter has received the "Pathways Commendation of Excellence Award" for the second time, during the 42nd National Leadership Convention held in Charleston, SC on Oct. 11.

Students that maintain a 3.5 and higher GPA during their first semester at Monmouth are eligible to join the society. During the academic 2013-2014 year, the chapter inducted around 200 first-year students. Professor Golam Mathbor became adviser of the scholarly society in 2004. This society brings recognition of studens' hard-work and talents at the University.

Sixteen chapter officers have attended the National Leadership Conventions over the past ten years, and Dr. Mathbor received the Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Dr. Mathbor notes, MU officers that have attended the National Conventions have always made him proud by their outstanding contributions serving the National Leadership workshops.

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Grammy Museum Announces Affiliated Partnership With MU

President-Brown-and-Bob-SantelliMonmouth University is now one of four schools in the nation to become affiliated with the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum, which will now allow students and faculty access to GRAMMY Museum content for educational purposes, curriculum purposes, research programs, professional development seminars, collaborative marketing, and student internship opportunities.

Brown said, "What a fantastic opportunity for our students to access the [GRAMMY] Museum's impressive resources, programs and internships. Thank you to Bob Santelli (Director of the GRAMMY Museum and University alumnus) for facilitating this exciting partnership, for his continued support, and for sharing his passion for music and education with the Monmouth University community."

Monmouth University joins the University of Southern California, Oregon State University, and Delta State University in this partnership.

Over 100 guests celebrated the University's new affiliation with the GRAMMY Museum in Woods Theatre on Friday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 pm.

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MU Celebrates 81st Founders’ Day

Founders-Day-PetraThe University's 81st Anniversary Founders' Day was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Multi-Purpose Athletic Center (MAC). This occasion also marked the 20th anniversary of Monmouth's status as a University.

The ceremony began at 2:15 pm with a processional led by the University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Specialist Professor Michael Gillette, followed by "America the Beautiful," performed by Monmouth's Chamber and Concert Choruses.

Following the entrance of numerous alumni and other distinguished members of the Monmouth community, President Paul Brown began with some opening remarks and welcomed the first of a variety of speakers.

Henry D. Mercer III, a member of the Class of 1987 and Chair of the Board of Trustees, took the podium. "This is a special day," Mercer said. "It is the first time I have the privilege of welcoming you as the Board Chair. [Day's like Founders' Day] gave me appreciation and respect for the value of education."

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Art Department Welcomes New Technology

Untitled-1Over the past year, the University's Art and Design Department has evolved with the opening of Rechnitz Hall, and its recently purchased cutting edge technology such as a 3D printer, a laser cutter, and a 3D Scanner.

During the summer, the art department obtained four new pieces of equipment along with a recent update in the department's sculpture room.

Of the machines added, one was the Makerbot 3D printer, a machine that melts plastic materials and creates 3D objects from a digital file, and is the first machine of its caliber to be used at the University.

Other machines include a laser cutter, which uses lasers to cut through different mediums such as wood, metal and plastic, and a Makerbot 3D scanner, which uses lasers to scan objects and convert them into digital files.

"This digital file can then be used to make a replica of the object with the 3D printer," said Mike Richison, a specialist professor in the Art and Design Department.

Richison, also has the newly renovated sculpture area, located in the 600 building workshops, for 3D class use.

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Pep Rally Amps Students for Homecoming Game

homecominnnngA crowd of about 600 university student and faculty gathered to support the university's football team and to show their school spirit at the annual pep rally in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Friday Oct. 10.

"The main goal of any pep rally is to visibly increase school spirit," said Eddy Occhipinti, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing at the University.

"Not just to increase it for the athletics teams, but for the whole school," Occhipinti continued.

The entire football team attended to thank the student body for their support as they took on Columbia that Saturday.

"We're excited to see you tonight, showing your support for the football team," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "We want to say thank you for your support and hope you all to have a great time at the game, we will do our part on the field."

Senior captain of the cheer team Ashley Suppa explained how the football team is positively affected by the pep rally. "It definitely pumps them up and really gets them excited for the game," Suppa said.

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48% of Monmouth's Freshman Class are First Generation College Students

stickguyrows2Forty-eight percent of the University's incoming freshman for the 2014/15 academic year were considered first generation students, according to the University's Enrollment Management Division. This is a one percent increase from last year.

Being a first generation student means being the first in a family to attend college to earn a degree. Often the parents of first generation students lack degrees beyond high school diplomas.

In a poll consisting of 10 randomly selected University students, participants were asked to estimate the percentage of incoming first year generation students from the current freshman class.

All participants guessed below the correct number of 48 percent, and the average of all the students polled was about 27 percent. Lisa Berko, a junior marine biology student and participant of the experiment said, "I am so surprised by that high percentage just because Monmouth is a private school, and it's not cheap."

Lorraine Rydel, a junior business major is a first generation student here at the University. "I am not only the first generation to attend college out of my parents but also out of my entire family. My parents pushed me to go to college," said Rydel.

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Book Store Prices Stretches Affordability

book_storeWithin the past five years textbook and bookstore merchandise pricing has steadily, and noticeably, increased due to the rises in economic pricing. However, the University has been in the process of implementing alternative, cheaper methods for providing students with reasonable pricing when it comes to textbook and other schooling supplies.

According to the Vice President for Finance William Craig, the average textbook costs have risen between five and seven percent in the past couple of years, which naturally have had an effect on the prices charged at the university bookstore.

The reason for the textbook raises, according to Craig, stems from the vendors and their pricing. Since the bookstore orders from various vendors depending on the products being offered, and as a result of the demand these vendors can change over time.

"Every effort is made to provide student with lower cost options," Craig said. "Whenever possible the bookstore obtains used books for class offerings, [and] several years ago a rental option began to be offered."

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University Mourns Loss of fellow Hawk, Elizabeth Rozek

LIZElizabeth Rozek, a 21-year-old senior health studies student, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Monmouth Medical Center.

Due to a predisposed condition in her brain that wasn't detectable, Rozek had a brain aneurism while driving, causing her to graze a utility pole on the 500 block of Norwood Avenue at 8:11 am Sept. 27.

President Paul Brown sent out an email on Monday, Sept. 29 informing the campus community of the tragic news. "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," the email read.

Rozek was born in Freehold Township, but resided in Jackson Township most of her life. While attending the University, Rozek lived in Pier Village with fellow friends and students.

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Private Colleges Experience Decline in Enrollment

Private college enrollment has decreased over recent years. According to the National Center for Education Statistics Projections, undergraduate enrollment at private colleges increased 38 percent over the past eight years, and is expected to increase by only 10 percent in the next eight years.

The center also says that a smaller portion of college students will be within the age range of 18-23.

Students under age 25 currently make up 60 percent of the college population. However, this can possibly decrease to 57 percent by 2021.

"Monmouth University is worth the expensive tuition because the school offers smaller classes compared to other schools. This gives students more of a "one on one" time with their professors while receiving a great education, said Dominique Mariano, a senior communication major.

Some public colleges within the state, such as Rutgers University, are known for their large class size. "I have friends who attend Rutgers University and when I ask them what they are learning in their classes, they never know what to say." Mariano added.

Cara Ciavarella, a freshman communication major, said that she really appreciates Monmouth University's small campus and all it has to offer.

"I love everything about the University, but this school is extremely expensive. People may be hesitant due to the high tuition," said Ciavarella.

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College Debt: Leaving Recent Graduates Struggling

Ashley Hall remembers clicking yes on the loan application and, inexplicably, laughing.

Maybe it's because the number seemed so surreal. Or because no one else in her family had done this before. But there she was, borrowing nearly $75,000. For her first year of veterinary school at the University of Minnesota.

Even now, two years later, it's hard for her to believe. By the time she graduates in 2016, she'll owe more than $300,000.

Hall, a 28-year-old from Georgia, never planned it this way.

But like many ambitious students, she's been swept up in a tsunami of debt that only seems to grow more ominous. "I will be paying off my loans for the rest of my life," Hall says with a wry smile. "I probably will die with a loan debt."

Today, the typical college student graduates with $29,400 in student loans.

But that pales in comparison to what Hall and other graduate and professional students are borrowing to get an education. At the University of Minnesota veterinary school, one of the most expensive in the country, the average student debt in 2013 soared to $188,000.

Those kinds of numbers are stoking national anxiety that student debt has gotten so out of hand that it threatens to drag down an entire generation.

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Urban Coast Institute Gets $5 Million Challenge Grant

front-editedThe University's Urban Coast Institute (UCI) has received a $5 million challenge grant from an anonymous donor who has committed $3 million to support a new Marine Science and Policy Initiative, if the University can secure commitments for an addition $2 million by Dec. 31, 2014.

"A challenge grant is a special opportunity created when a gift is presented by a person(s) or an organization with the requirement that additional gifts be received within a certain period of time to fulfill the challenge," defined Michael Palladino, Ph.D, Dean of the School of Science. Palladino is confident the University will raise the additional funds for their initiative and meet the challenge.

According to Tony MacDonald, Director of the University's UCI, this donation marks the UCI and School of Science's first challenge grant and one of the largest in the University's history.

MacDonald said, "The successful completion of this challenge grant will enable UCI to step up to another level and plan for a sustainable future." The mission of the UCI is to inform coastal and ocean policy and management decisions with the best available science.

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University Weighs Options for Food Services

overpriced-editedThe University is looking to provide other on-campus dining options through possible contracts with other food providing companies to assist in the supply and demand of the campus community. ARAMARK, the present contract holder, is still being considered as well.

According to Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, the University has been using ARAMARK and their services for over 35 years. But while the use of ARAMARK has remained consistent, so has the steady rise in costs.

"I can't recall within the last five years when we haven't had a price increase. We've not had a price decrease because, as you know, with rising costs in energy, food, labor, [and] health care that's now required as a result of the Affordable Care Act, prices go up," said Nagy.

Nagy added that while prices might be going up due to the outside factors that often inflate the economy and prices of goods, these are factors that affect the costs of food everywhere. But every time there is a price increase, as determined by ARAMARK, there is a whole process that goes behind justifying the price change before it is approved.

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University Members Participate in People’s Climate March

people-at-marchTwenty-seven University students and faculty members attended the People's Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21 in NYC. The march drew over 300,000 people to the streets of Manhattan, making it the largest climate rally to date.

Protestors marched for various climate concerns including the use of fossil fuels, clean water and global warming.

"I knew [the march] was going to be one of the biggest climate justice events in history. It was a fantastic, inspiring opportunity for the students. I wanted the University to represent the school at the march," said Dr. Johanna Foster, assistant professor of political science and sociology instructor.

On the morning of the march, members of the University gathered on a bus that was provided and entirely funded by the Honors School. While travelling to Manhattan, students were shown an educational component film about climate change.

Dr. Kevin Dooley, Dean of the Honors School, said, "The Climate Change March allowed students the opportunity to see how peaceful protests can enhance the democratic process... This event allowed our students to see that peaceful protests and demonstrations are part of what it means to be an American and a responsible global citizen."

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Media Outlets Shed Light on Domestic Violence Issues

Untitled-1On average, 20 people per minute are the victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. Recently, domestic violence has become a high profile topic due to the arrest of NFL players this season for similar crimes.

According to a Duke University study titled "Criminal violence of NFL players compared to the General Population," 45 NFL players were arrested for domestic violence, 16 of which were convicted of the charge in the past year.

Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, said, "I am upset and disheartened that we still see so much violence, especially from public figures and role models. We are more affected by what we hear and see than we realize."

"In our culture, a culture of violence, a lack of respect for one another is almost accepted. We need to realize we can make a difference," said Mancini.

Leann Burns, a sophmore communication student, said, "Domestic violence is everywhere. If you watch any television show or movie it is littered with violence."

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MU Ranked Top 40 Best Colleges in the Region

The University was recently ranked among the U.S. News and World Report's "Top 40 Best Colleges in the Regional Universities North" category for the third year in a row, and was also named "One of the Nation's Best Institutions for Undergraduate Education" by the Princeton Review.

"We are delighted to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best colleges in the nation," said President Paul Brown. "One of our core values, and strengths, is offering a highly personalized and transformative learning experience which prepares our graduates to be life-long learners."

Currently ranking 37th on U.S. News and World Report's list, the University has ascended since its original listing at 76th in the region in 2005.

"Everyone on this campus should be incredibly proud," said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement. "This suggests that Monmouth is a great place to get an education."

The U.S. News and World Report includes data on over 1,800 colleges across the country, whereas the Princeton Review just profiles 15 percent of the country's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in their college guide.

Schools that are eligible to be ranked in the "Best Colleges" lists are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence. The most heavily weighted factors, according to, are outcome-related, including graduation and retention rates.

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Hawks and ESPN3 Announce Live Content Collaboration

Front-2In conjunction with ESPN, Monmouth University has announced that they will broadcast their home athletic contests live on ESPN3 starting later this year. The agreement was made official on Sept. 12.

According to, "ESPN3 is a live multi-screen digital network that provides thousands of live events annually, as well as replays of recent ESPN events."

"As a whole I think this opportunity will help the University grow. It will help the University expand its stature, it will tell the story of Monmouth University to a much wider audience, it will attract more students who will apply, and it will send students who go through our program to go out as ambassadors once they graduate to expand the reputation that we have already developed as a solid program," explained Dr. Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department. "It can only benefit us."

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Gender Inequality Sparks Controversy in the Work Place

genderRecent legislative proposals and media attention surrounding issues of gender inequality have ignited debate over the causes and ways to eliminate it.

Despite having the same education and past work experience, there are still inequalities between men and women in the workplace, one of which is a significant wage gap. Women working full-time earn 77 percent of what their male counterparts earn, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This has become a growing concern for women in college preparing to enter the workforce. Kaitlynn Rossi, a recent graduate of the Leon Hess Business School, is worried that she will not have the same opportunities as her male counterparts.

Rossi said, "Not getting the job or the pay that I deserve is definitely a concern for me, especially being that I am a business major, which tends to be a male-dominated field." The graduate plans to eventually start her own business. "I'm worried I won't be taken as seriously as a female entrepreneur," she said.

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Atlantic City: Storied Past, Grim Future

20140629-Revel-Atlantic-CitySakia Hall lost her $9-an-hour overnight housekeeping job at the Revel hotel and casino weeks ago, but she still cries about it. The single mother of a 12-year-old who also cares for a grown cousin is one of about 8,000 workers laid off here this year.

Forget about another casino job. Four casinos have closed this year in this New Jersey beach town and another may not be far behind. Hall, 33, was "working poor." Now she's just flat-out desperate and poor in a city whose 12 percent jobless rate was about twice the national average even before the mass layoffs.

"It's already hard if you are working for $9 an hour to pay $1,150 rent, and electric bills and stuff like that," said Hall, who works two and sometimes three jobs to survive. "After six months, if you haven't found a job, you're out of luck, you're homeless. A lot of people's parents is losing their jobs."

Hall is a face behind the implosion of this famed gambling city, and the plight of thousands like her offers a cautionary tale for states across the nation debating casino gaming or having recently authorized it.

Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and Massachusetts have all added or are adding casinos, even as iconic Atlantic City casinos shrank toward this year's wave of bankruptcies.

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Dean’s List: New Criteria Effective Fall 2015

Beginning fall 2015, the criteria for students to be named to the Dean's List will be changed. Rather than the criteria being based on a specific GPA, students' eligibility for the award will be based on a departmental GPA percentage.

"In each semester, undergraduate students who receive grades that place them in the top 20 percent of their academic major, based on completing all courses, with no incomplete grades, at least 12 credits taken, and at least a 3.3 GPA shall be recognized as Dean's List recipients," explained former Provost Thomas Pearson in an email sent out to students on July 28.

Undeclared students will also be eligible to be named to the Dean's List as they will be grouped together as if in the same major. Those in double majors can qualify as well for the Dean's List through either of their majors.

A student who "straddles" the 20 percent mark is not eligible to make the Dean's List. Further explained, if there are 20 students in a major, the top four questioned if professors across the University were grading higher than others," said Dr. Christopher Derosa, professor from the history and anthropology department who chaired the Task Force on grade inflation from 2010-2011. "It was the suggestion of the Provost office to look into the recent grade inflation," explained Derosa.

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‘New Hall’ Opens for Returning Students

photo-3The new sophomore residence hall on campus, simply named 'New Hall' for the time being, opened on Sept. 1 for move-in day. The new building is not 100 percent complete, yet it was ready enough for students to live in.

Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, explained the name for the newly built dorm building, "We are referring to the building as 'New Hall' until such time as a donor may decide to name the building."

According to Ray Gonzalez, Associate Director of Housing Operations, 'New Hall' has a maximum occupancy of 196 people, including students. staff, and the building's area coordinator, Alicia Thompson.

With the 'New Hall's' completion, out of the ten residence halls on campus, this new building guarantees another living facility for sophomore students. "It's definitely been beneficial [to the Monmouth community]," Gonzalez said. "It provides students with the additional housing they are looking for."

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Synthetic Pot: A Dangerous Option

synthetic-marijuanaMarijuana has been one of the nation's most talked about topics ever since Jan. 1 of this year when the state of Colorado legalized the drug for those who are over 21-years-old.

Now the substance is once again brought to light due to two instances; the rise of synthetic pot and the decriminalization of marijuana in Philadelphia, PA.

These synthetic drugs have been on the rise for the past five years and are commonly known as "legal highs" or "designer drugs."

The street names for these drugs are terms such as K2 and Spice which are both sold openly in stores across the country.

According to Time magazine, these synthetic drugs mainly come from Asia and are created by actual chemists. While they are not manufactured from the actual marijuana plant, they are made to resemble a similar high and side effects. "Synthetics are chemical compounds designed to mimic the effects of naturally occurring drugs like marijuana and cocaine while staying just inside the law," journalist Eliza Gray wrote.

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Dr. Richard Veit’s New Book Looks at History of Gravestones

dr-veitDr. Richard Veit, an anthropology professor at the University recently published the book The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers. Veit was newly elected as the Chair of the History and Anthropology Department in the spring of 2014.

Outside of class, he is a prominent NJ archaeologist and an established writer. In 1997 Veit earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Historical Archaeology and has since written several books, including Digging New Jersey's Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State, and New Jersey Cemetery and Tombstones: History in the Landscape.

Veit wrote The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravestones with Sherene Bauer an archaeologist professor from Cornell University. The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravestones was published after the duo was approached by the University of Florida Press (UPF). The UPF deduced that the research Veit and Bauer had been working on would be good in the form of a written work. Veit and Bauer were then asked to provide a proposal for a book. When the proposal was completed and approved, they began a two year literary journey collecting data and writing research for their publication. Veit said he loves writing and esteems to write another work in the future on NJ history.

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Wikipedia Encouraged By West Coast Universities

Wikipedia_main_page_in_Konqueror_3.5All through high school, Ani Schug was told to steer clear of Wikipedia. Her teachers talked about the popular online encyclopedia "as if it wasn't serious or trustworthy" and suggested it only be used as a tip sheet.

Imagine her surprise this spring when her American politics professor at Pomona College assigned the class to write detailed entries for Wikipedia instead of traditional term papers.

Turns out it was a lot harder than the students anticipated. Their projects had to be researched, composed and coded to match Wikipedia's strict protocols. Schug and her classmates wound up citing 218 scholarly legal and newspaper sources for their entry on a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing corporate donations for ballot initiative campaigns.

Then came the really scary step: All their work was posted publicly on Wikipedia for reading and editing by a potentially immense audience.

"It felt more real that other people will be reading us besides just our group and the teacher," said Schug, 19, who just completed her freshman year at Pomona. "It makes us feel more obligated to do a good job and present the facts in an unbiased way."

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MU Convenience Store Opens

The new convenience store on campus, POD, Provisions on Demand, located in the 'New Hall' will take the place of the C-Store that was located in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. The old C-Store is currently closed and there is much discussion with staff, on what will occupy that space.

The new POD is much larger than the old convenience store. Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services reveals that, "POD is approximately 2,200 square feet, which is about two times the size of the C-store at RSSC."

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Services adds, "The POD will have designated parking spots for students to park if they need to quickly run into the store."

"The store will be open seven days a week with convenient hours for students, which have been e-mailed already to the student body," Nagy adds.

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University Welcomes Provost Moriarty

Provost-Laura-MoriartyDr. Laura Moriarty, a criminal justice scholar with over 25 years of experience leading academic programs, has been named provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University, effective as of Sept. 2.

Moriarty said, "I am very fortunate to be part of such a great community and look forward to moving the University forward in the years to come."

President Paul Brown said he was impressed with Moriarty's skills as an administrator and her commitment to academic excellence. He commented, "She brings tremendous management experience to Monmouth."

Moriarty joins the Hawk community from her previous position as a tenured professor and Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a public research university serving more than 30,000 students and 2,000 faculty. She is succeeding Dr. Thomas Pearson, who stepped down on August 29 after 22 years in the position.

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The Outlook Wins ASPA Award

ASPAThe University's student-run newspaper, The Outlook, was named "Most Outstanding Newspaper," in addition to first place with special merit, by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) for the third time in the past four years in its annual national competition.

Professor John Morano, the paper's faculty advisor, said, "To achieve this recognition, back-to-back no less, really brings home the point that hard work and dedication to sound journalistic principles is worth the effort. The students who produce The Outlook are a special breed, and it looks like the paper is reflective of that." Morano feels it is both rewarding and an honor to see that the ASPA recognizes the work that is accomplished in The Outlook newsroom.

Judges awarded the paper 1970 points out of a possible 2000 in categories that included editing, creativity, art, advertising and others. Under the leadership of the former Editor-In-Chief, Jacklyn Kouefati, The Outlook received perfect scores for content coverage, page design and general plan.

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MU Professor Wins the Distinguished Teacher Award

distinguished_teacher_awardBiology professor Dr. James Mack, EdD received the Distinguished Teacher Award on May 14, recognizing him for his teaching excellence and contributions to the University

All professors throughout the University, regardless of their department, are eligible to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award.

Held at the end of the most recent spring semester, former Provost Thomas Peason revealed the award to Mack during a luncheon in Wilson Hall for all University professors.

Mack said "I am both honored and humbled to have received the award." Not only has he been a professor at the University for more than four decades, but he is also an alumi.

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MU Responds to National Focus on Sexual Assault

One out of five college age women will be the victim of a sexual assault according to Mary Ann Nagy, Vice President for Student Services. Of those women, only one out of 10 will report the incident. Additionally, two thirds of assaults are by someone known to the victim and 38 percent of offenders are a friend or acquaintance according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).

Sexual assault is defined by the United States Department of Justice as "any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient." This is a crime punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 20 years if the accused person is convicted.

While the topic of sexual assault is broad, there is a lot of concern surrounding sexual assault on college campuses in particular. "I think it's a very important issue because it can without a doubt derail someone's college experience whether you are the victim survivor or you are the alleged perpetrator," said Nagy. "I think it's important that we talk about it. I think it's important that we address it." Newfound freedom and new social situations also increase the risk for assault, Nagy added.

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Involvement Fair Draws in Crowd

Over 100 clubs, organizations, and Greek life chapters congregated on the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Memorial Library lawn on Friday, Sept. 5 from 4 – 6 pm for the annual Involvement Fair.

The Involvement Fair is an event that pertains to not only freshman but also to upperclassmen and transfer students in order to "step out of their comfort zone and get involved in the various organizations the University has to offer," as stated by Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations.

Students gathered on the library lawn and approached numerous tables that belonged to different clubs. Amongst the clubs and organizations were The Outlook, Baseball Club, Chabad Club, and the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

When approaching tables, club members gave brief descriptions of their organization's contribution to the University and what is expected of active members to prospective students.

Some of the clubs used marketing tactics to entice new members to their tables. Giveaways such as t-shirts, coffee travel mugs, and even candy was spread out on tables trying to lure students into a new experience. Additionally, social media was used by clubs in order to create an online presence.

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Welcome Back Letters Fall 2014

Welcome from the President

president_brownDear Students:

As you make your way to and from class this year, you will see evidence of the exciting changes underway on campus, from the busy construction of Pozycki Hall and the renovations of the Science Building, to the construction of our newest residence hall, and a new soccer turf field just behind Wilson Hall.

All of this activity has just one purpose—to build a better Monmouth University for you. I am excited about the transformations yet to come as we strive to provide you with an educational experience that is outstanding and comprehensive.

Every member of our dedicated faculty and staff is here to help you succeed. I encourage you to make the time to get to know your professors, coaches, RAs, advisors, and administrators. Please don't be shy about asking for help along the way, especially if you are a first-year or transfer student new to campus.

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Contact Information

The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication 
and Instructional Technology (CCIT) Room 260, 2nd floor

The Outlook
Monmouth University
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