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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

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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