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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

MU Faculty Salaries: Chronicle of Higher-Ed Statistics Reveals Trends

MU Faculty Salary 2016Monmouth University documented an overall revenue of $200,430,546 on a return of organization exempt from income tax form 990 from the dates of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. The document, which is public information, and the most recent return available to The Outlook, contains information regarding the financial breakdown of the university’s spending, including salary expenses, revenue of tuition and fees, and the total expenses of the university.

With over 200 million dollars in revenue and a recent increase of 4.25 percent in tuition for the 2015-2016 school year, some students have questioned what facets of the University received the additional tuition revenue. However, in the past three years, the University has made improvements to the campus with three new buildings, including academic buildings Rechnitz Hall and Pozycki Hall, as well as a residential building, Hesse Hall.

While an adequate learning environment is necessary for a proper education, some would say professors and adjuncts play the largest role in a student’s education. Monmouth University, a school that has presented itself as a “teaching university” versus a “research university,” (although faculty do conduct research) claims to pay its faculty comparatively with those of other higher education institutions in the area. The salaries of these professors, as reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), find that this is not always the case.

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NJ Bill Could Lower the Legal Drinking Age to 18

Drinking Age 18New Jersey Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll has introduced legislation that would lower the legal drinking age from 21 years old to 18 years old.

Carroll argues that it is wrong for an 18 year old American can join the military but cannot consume an alcoholic drink.

Similar efforts to lower the drinking age in NJ have been brought to Trenton since then but haven’t been considered because of the fear of losing federal money. It is unlikely that the bill will pass in the NJ State Legislator due to the federal law that any state that reduces its drinking age below 21 would lose millions of dollars in federal highway funds.

Bill McElrath, Chief of Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), explained the effect the law would have on University campuses.

“I think it could significantly increase the amount of drinking taking place both on and off campus, with all the negative consequences associated with the abuse of alcohol,” said McElrath. “I feel that the younger one is, the less capable he is to make the proper decisions regarding alcohol use,” he added.

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MU's Sexual Misconduct Policy

Due to recent incidents at Monmouth University, there has been an ongoing discussion about the University’s policy on sexual misconduct and the definition of Title IX. According to annual public reports provided online by the University, there have been seven rapes and two acts of criminal sexual contact on campus from 2012-2014. Six of these incidents occurred in residential areas on campus.

According to the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, “1 in 4 college women will be the victim of sexual assault during her academic career. Survivors of rape or sexual assault are four times more likely to be victimized by someone they know than by a stranger...”

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student Life and Leadership, and Amy Arlequin, Deputy Tile IX Coordinator and Clery Compliance Officer, have provided information regarding the proper steps that are to be taken when the University is made aware of sexual misconduct. Below are these steps.

What happens once the University is made aware of an incident of sexual misconduct?

1. Once the University is made aware of an incident of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, the victim-survivor is made aware of his or her options:

•Police Report/ Criminal: Meeting with the MUPD if the incident took place on campus or with local law enforcement if the incident took place off campus

•Student Code of Conduct: Meeting with Judicial Affairs to discuss filing charges under the Student Code of Conduct

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Ivy League Admissions Often Hinder Low Income Students

Ivy League AdmissionsLow income students get no advantage in the college admissions process for Ivy League and other top-tier institutions of higher learning, says a new report released last month by the education and poverty-focused Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Ivy Leagues say that they are striving for economic diversity, however, the statistics project said otherwise. “We are committed to ensuring all admitted students have the opportunity to attend Harvard, regardless of the economic obstacles they have encountered,” said Harvard.edu. However, Harvard’s incoming freshmen class of 2014 was made of more students from the top 1 percent of income earners than from the bottom 50 percent.

According to the report legacy students, underrepresented minorities and athletes get a boost in college admissions. Yet, students that are low-income are finding it nearly impossible to get an advantage due to admissions processes that systematically work against them.

Elite colleges hold a large percentage of seats for athletes. However, many poor students do not have access to sports due to economic constraints.

Johanna Foster, the director of the Sociology and Gender Studies programs, asserts that the University might indirectly be affected by classism through its own athletic recruiting. “I do think that Monmouth is one of those schools where being a student athlete is highly valued. The last time I heard, I think that one in four students at Monmouth participated in intercollegiate or intramural sports,” she said.

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University Rolls Out Hoverboard Policy

The use of hoverboards within University buildings and University-sponsored housing was banned on Jan. 7. Students and faculty were notified via email from Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement Mary Anne Nagy.

Hoverboards are transportation devices. They are two wheel self-balancing scooters powered by an electric motor. They become popular last semester and were a prominent gift over the holiday season, according to USA Today.

The New Jersey Department of Fire Safety cited the hoverboards as a fire hazard while they are being charged. This was due to multiple reports which involved fires starting while the hoverboards were being charged. The boards are not permitted to be charged or utilized in any University building. Students were given until Jan. 24 to remove their hoverboards from their resident halls. However, they may be used outside in public areas and may be brought inside the buildings as long as they are not in use. 

William McElrath, Chief of the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), provided an example of an acceptable use of the hoverboards on campus, “An example would be that a student could use a hoverboard to travel to the library. They could then carry the hoverboard while in the library conducting their business, but they could not charge it, or use it, in the library.”

“We decided to ban the hoverboards after multiple reports came out, both in this areas as well as nationally about the fact that the hoverboards were catching fire. We considered the fact that the rooms for residential students are relatively small,” said Nagy. “Their living space, their sleeping space, and their relaxation space is all in one place. We were concerned about the safety of these students,” she said.

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Suicide Awareness Event to be Held on Great Lawn

Monmouth University’s Sigma Pi will be hosting a Suicide Awareness event on the Great Lawn of Wilson Hall at Monmouth University on Sunday, September 20 at 11:00 am. Chandler Nichols, a senior at Monmouth University and Third Counselor on the Sigma Pi Executive Board is organizing the event on behalf of the Sigma Pi Fraternity along with Sorority Alpha Sigma Tau and sponsors Dr. Lee, Director for Counseling and Psychological Services in collaboration with Amy Bellina, Director of Student Services and Student Center Operations. There will be bubbles released to show support for suicide prevention and National Suicide Prevention month which takes place in September. 

Chandler is a proud member of Sigma Pi, a fraternity on campus whose philanthropy is suicide awareness. Their goal is to increase the knowledge of mental health, improve help-seeking of students at risk for suicide, and increase the visibility of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline numbers for depression and suicide prevention.  

Information will be provided from the Department of Counseling and Psychological services and from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. 

There will be representation from every organization in Greek Life. This event can increase awareness regarding suicide, but even more importantly, encourage help-seeking behaviors for those who may be struggling with these feelings.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. 

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Gourmet Dining Update: The University Reacts to the New Dining Services So Far

Dining Hall 1The 2015-2016 academic year featured the debut of Gourmet Dining Services, the University’s new food provider.

In spring of 2015, the University hosted a preview of the services, which featured samples of the various food stations available to students and faculty. Although the preview received much fanfare, Gourmet Dining has received mixed reviews since its launch.

One faculty member who has dined in the dining hall, the student center and other outlets on campus said, “It’s not that the new service is doing a bad job but they advertised themselves as an absolute step above Aramark. Personally I see almost no difference between the two.”

That same faculty member recalled, “Just the other day I walked into the student center at 10:15 am and thought I would get a little breakfast. The line to Jersey Mike’s was almost to the cash register. So I saw that there were five freshly baked pizzas at the pizza station,” he said. “When I asked the man there if I could just grab a quick slice he refused to give me one and told me to wait until 11 am.”

He added, “Why those pizzas were made at 10:15 and had to sit on that counter for 45 minutes before they could be sold might be a symptom of the problem.”

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NJ is 7th Worst State at Managing Money

Money Management Last month New Jersey ranked as the 7th worst state in the nation and the District of Columbia for money management in a study released by creditcards.com which measured residents’ average credit scores relative to median household income.

“I am actually really not surprised at all by this report,” said Jesus Santos, a grad student working on his Masters in Science and Education. “The other states probably are New York, and California. The reason why I am saying that I am not surprised is because it is so expensive to live in New Jersey. With the cost of housing, and the cost of clothes, and food and pretty much everything else in between it comes to no surprise that we rank so low on the list.”

According to The Fiscal Times, Santos is correct in his assertions. NJ has the highest effective property rate tax. The state relies heavily on property tax to fund local governments and schools, among other services, and the average property tax bill climbed to $8,161 last year, according to the state’s Department of Community Affairs.

Moreover, for the seventh year a study released by the University and Asbury Park Press in 2014, found that the state’s high property tax deters many residents from living in the state indefinitely. The study revealed that 50% of NJ residents would like to eventually move out of the state. Taxes and cost of living were the driving factor, with one third of residents saying they were very concerned about their retirement savings.

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Apple Looking to Increase Security: Leads to Debate

Apple Security IncreaseAfter refusing a request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to open a locked iPhone that was used in a terrorist-related shooting in San Bernardino, CA, Apple is said to be increasing its security measures to prevent their technology from being hacked by law enforcement.

According to experts, it is almost certain that Apple will succeed in upgrading their security. While the current security measures have caused legal fights, as seen in the San Bernardino case, increased security measures would make it even more difficult for law enforcement agencies such as the F.B.I. to hack the iPhones of suspected criminals, which could cause even more court battles.

While federal wiretapping laws do require that traditional phone carriers, such as Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile, make their data accessible to law enforcement agencies, those laws do not affect companies like Apple and Google. There have been attempts to pass legislation to cover the companies, but they have strongly resisted any attempts, and so far, none have been successful.

The only way out of the scenario would be for Congress to get involved. “We are in for an arms race unless and until Congress decides to clarify who has obligations in situations like this,” said Benjamin Wittes, a senior employee at the Brookings Institution, in an article with The New York Times. The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit independent research organization based in Washington, focusing on research and education in the social sciences.

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MU Community Responds: Who is Monmouth University?

Over the past two semesters the University has been working with the consultants Dartlet in order to better understand what it means to be a student at Monmouth University. These research findings were presented throughout the last two weeks in Feb. to members of the University.

Dartlet is a company that works with universities and other clients to help them identify and define their best, authentic self.

The research included 11 workshops with 206 participants and 180 more participants online. These participants were a combination of alumni, current students, and faculty. There was a 99 percent confidence level regarding the research findings.

The research found that, “We have a caring environment, determined leaders, we are forward thinking, confident, and we are included in this concept of a refined inspirer. These are very classic, sophisticated personality traits,” said Tara Peters, Associate Vice President of University Marketing and Communications.

“One of the biggest findings was that we are caring, compassionate, and we have a sense of community,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement.  “I think that we, as a campus, have lead with that and have talked about that for a very long time. Examples would be the hawks fly together campaign, the counseling services that are available, and the mentoring that many of our professors do. All of that is about saying you, as a student, are a critical element of this community and you will be cared for. These points were really confirmed within the research.”

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New Bracelet Puts Caffeine Directly into the Body

Joule BraceletA new transdermal bracelet called Joule Caffeine Bracelet  administers caffeine directly into the body and lasts for about four hours.

Joule releases caffeine into the body via the skin of the wrist. Each caffeine patch, which is placed on the bracelet that presses against the wrist, is equivalent to one cup of coffee.

The product was conceived through an Indiegogo page, an online crowdfunding site that raises money for potential projects. On the site, users can describe their product and post a goal fund, the price they wish to reach, which is typically the price needed to make the products. Then, users that are interested in the product can donate money to the cause. The bracelet already raised about $40,000, which is substantially more than the stated goal of $15,000.

Amanda Sanford, a sophomore nursing student, said that although the product is innovative and ambitious, it is important to use it responsibly. “Overall I think it’s an interesting concept because people who don’t like coffee or other sources of caffeine can benefit, but on the other hand it could be considered feeding an addiction,” said Sanford. “I think it could be potentially very dangerous if abused and I personally would not use the caffeine patch. A cup of coffee is a lot more natural and much more enjoyable than something stuck to my arm.”

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