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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

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 Uber.com, 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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