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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

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 nj.com 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 njtvonline.org. 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 nj.com 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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