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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Men’s Basketball Introduces New Policy for Student Ticket Pick-Up

Basketball TicketsDue to the increase in popularity of the men’s basketball team, the University has implemented a new advanced ticket student pickup policy, effective as of Jan. 26.

All current students are welcome to pickup a voucher at the box office starting seven days before the game, held in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). Students must show their Monmouth ID to attain a voucher and may only pick up one ticket at a time. To enter the game, students must show both their student ID and their voucher.

There will be 1,000 student tickets available per game. If fewer than 867 student vouchers are picked up before the game, the remaining tickets will be sold to the general public on the day of the game.

According to an email sent out to the student body from Eric Silakowski, Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing and Promotions, “The student voucher pickup system is being implemented to ensure all spectators can enjoy the game in a safe environment.”

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PEW Research Looks at How Americans View Privacy and Information Sharing

Privacy InformationIt can often be difficult determining when it would be appropriate to release personal information. A recent Pew Research Center study based on a survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people revealed that there are different circumstances under which Americans think it is appropriate to reveal personal information or be viewed under surveillance.

Most Americans agreed that they would compromise aspects of their privacy in return for something beneficial. For example, respondents agreed that it would be acceptable for stores to track their purchases in return for promotional discounts. The privacy of their purchases over time is sacrificed for potential deals in the future. Additionally, more than half of participants viewed it as acceptable for an employer to implement security cameras after a robbery.

There are numerous factors that determine whether or not it is safe to sacrifice privacy, but getting something valuable in return is certainly a driving force. Bill Elwell, a freshman history major, said that benefits are a prominent aspect of decision making. “If a situation seems secure and favorable, then more people are likely to give out their personal information,” he said.

 Respondents were presented with a situation in which they could save money on their energy bill by installing an advanced thermostat that would keep track of their movements around the house. Even though the returned value (saving money on the energy bill) is beneficial, participants argued that this scenario is absolutely unacceptable.

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New Hall Renamed Hesse Hall

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New Hall was permanently named Hesse Hall on Jan. 14, which is when the name was placed onto the building. Residential students were notified before classes began of the name change.

“When we built the new residential hall two years ago at the time we did not want to just pick any name, we wanted to see if we could have someone who wanted to name that particular building,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement. “We are now fortunate enough to name it Hesse Hall,” she said. 

The name “New Hall” was used as a placeholder since at the time the hall was built it was the newest hall.

According to Nagy, the Hesse family has been very involved with the University for a number of years. Mr. Charles Hesse was a member of our board of trustees for a long time and was head of the University buildings and grounds committee. He passed away a number of years ago and his wife continues to be connected to the university. She was elected to the University board of trustees. She has been a member of the student life committee of the board since her coming onto the board and she also is on the buildings and grounds committee.

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MU Poll: 7/10 Say Climate Change is Real

Climate Change

A recent Monmouth University Poll revealed that every seven out of ten people believe that climate change is real.

According to NASA, climate change is an alteration in the usual weather found in a place. On Earth, climate change can lead to many disastrous repercussions such as sea level rise, erosion, extreme heat, and crop destruction.

Climate change has long been a topic of great contention, as many believe the phenomenon does not exist and is simply a lie to mislead society for a variety of reasons. Contrarily the vast majority of scientists have consistently asserted that the effect is indeed real and if action is not taken, Earth will be in grave danger.

“I definitely think that people are becoming more and more aware of what is going on in regard to climate change,” said Andrew Betro, a sophomore psychology student. “Whether they are feeling it outside or reading more about it through the different forms of media, it is definitely becoming more prevalent and people are taking notice.”

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New Year, New Cyber-Threats: What to Look Out for Online

Cyber ThreatsAn epidemic of cybercrime is continuing across the world, and although multiple software companies have fought to stem the rising tide of malware, the problem shows no sign of slowing down.

“Computer security is now a national priority.” said Janice Rohn, a specialist professor and the coordinator of the University’s Information Technology program. As the program’s head, Rohn is well aware of the gravity of the situation that faces many around the world- including the University’s student body. It is a situation that is so intense that the US Department of Homeland Security has created its own plan to deal with cyber-threats.

Known as the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, it is an important component of the larger National Strategy for Homeland Security. The plan is meant to deal with large scale cyber-warfare, but one can easily discern that if even the United States Government is vulnerable, then so are all of us.

Americans will likely not have to worry about being hacked by any country or rogue group. However, that doesn’t mean that criminals are not after identity or money. Kim Komando, a popular talk show host who focuses on consumer technology, listed on her blog five common scams that many people will surely fall for in 2016.

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Winter Commencement: What Goes on Behind the Scenes

Winter CommencementA total of 448 students were dressed in black robes in theMultipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on the afternoon of Jan. 15 for Monmouth University’s 2016 Winter Commencement.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Chair of the Commencement Committee, said, “It truly is a celebration of the culmination of what it takes to graduate and Monmouth wants to make that as perfect as possible.”

On the day of the event everything seems to magically just happen. However, there is a multitude of moving parts behind the scenes in order for Commencement to go as planned.

Everything from how many chairs in a row to where and when participants process is all coordinated. Facilities Management Staff builds the entire stage, sets up all seating, and makes sure electrical equipment is working efficiently.

For the Student Life Staff, the day of Commencement is the highest of their priorities. Nagy said, “There’s a certain amount of pageantry involved, such that you have to make sure the students are lined up a certain way and that their gowns are correctly worn.”

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Different Tution for Different Majors? Some Universities Look into the Possibilty

The flat rate of tuition could change if the university based tuition cost on a student’s academic major choice. Universities across the nation are adopting and exploring the idea of increasing tuition for some students, and decreasing it for others based on their major.

A survey published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute in 2011 found that there are 143 public academic institutions with some form of differential tuition.

Molly Huber, a history and theater arts student, responded positively to the idea.“That would be fantastic, especially since I have a double major,” she said.

Other university students however are uncomfortable with the idea.

When introduced to the concept, Patricia Toomey, a sophomore criminal justice major said, “Absolutely not--I do not like the idea of basing tuition off of someone’s major, because I think that limiting students options based on tuition prices, and raising the price of one major over another and vice versa would make higher education unequal and unfair to students.”

Huber showed concern with the way in which a university might differentiate majors from one another. She said, “My only qualm with the idea would be how the university would distinguish how much a major is worth in comparison to each other.”

Others who were interviewed brought up similar concerns.

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President Brown Plans An Open Discussion Whether to Change Name of Wilson Hall

Woodrow Wilson (Front Page)Students at Princeton University managed a 32-hour protest in the university’s president’s office on Nov. 18. Demands were made to diminish the prominence of Woodrow Wilson’s legacy on the Princeton campus due to his racial attitudes and regressive policies.

Members of Princeton’s Black Justice league demanded that the name of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. president, and a segregationist, be removed from various buildings on campus. They also demanded that his mural be “scrubbed” from the dining hall.

At the University, President Paul Brown, PhD was proactive in addressing the possible issues involved in Woodrow Wilson’s legacy on campus in a memorandum he emailed to the community last Thursday, Dec. 3.

He began, “In recent weeks the conflicted legacy of a number of prominent national historic figures including Woodrow Wilson has sparked a national conversation on racial injustice. As a university we have a special responsibility for critical self-examination and leadership on these important issues,” said Brown.

Dr. Brian Greenberg, a Professor of American Social History said, “I’ve read President Brown’s email and am glad that he has opened a campus-wide discussion of Wilson and race.

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Are Adjuncts Paid Too Little?

Underpaid at MonmouthIn fall 2015, the University hired 71 adjuncts, capping the total number of part-time faculty at 352 members. Some feel that adjuncts at the University are underpaid, and that an increase in adjunct salaries would mirror their value.

“More than most universities, Monmouth dramatically underpays their adjuncts. Our adjuncts are devoted teachers, but too many are forced by the low pay to spread their efforts across many students at other institutions and jobs to try to earn a living wage. The University should not be profiting on the backs of poorly paid colleagues to avoid hiring more full-time tenure-track faculty,” said Katherine Parkin, the President of the Faculty Association of Monmouth University (FAMCO).

According to Christine L. Benol, Vice Provost for Planning and Decision Support, “The average fall 2015 adjunct compensation at the University calculated across the entire spectrum of adjuncts is $2,637 per 3-credit course,” she said.

Adjuncts are part-time professors, lecturers or instructors that are hired by colleges and universities to teach one or more classes per semester. They usually don’t have a campus office, get few benefits and have little job security. Moreover, they are not eligible for tenure.

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Fidel Castro’s Daughter Visits MU to Speak with Students

Fidel Castro DaughterFidel Castro’s daughter, Alina Fernandez, spoke at the University for the second time about various issues regarding past and present forging policy perspectives on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Monmouth’s Student Activities Board (SAB), Students Advocating Girls Education (SAGE), and the Political Science Club, hosted the event.

Before the talk began, freshman business student, Camilla Gini had the chance to speak with Fernandez personally, and said she “picked up a down to earth vibe from someone who has been through so much. She approaches things with humor, and it was wonderful to see.” 

The actual talk was about 45 minutes. Fernandez gave a descriptive interpretation of the country where she hails from, saying, “I come from a country where revolution is endless.” She explains how she was tied to her pacifier as a child.

She described Cuba’s situation further by explaining complexities of the economy, days of the revolution, and the way that things are changing now.  Later, Castro’s daughter moved into comments that seemed to resonate with most in the room. She was unaware that she was Castro’s daughter, saying one day she found out, “Fidel was my dad.”

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New Jersey Sees the Rise of Armed College Police Patrol: MU Ahead of the Trend

Several NJ colleges, including Monmouth University, have armed police forces on campus. The number of schools with this safety feature is increasing, especially as active shooter situations become more and more common.

Monmouth University employs 20 police officers, all having been certified by the state, some with more than 25 years of experience. The University also employs 12 safety officers and seven traffic attendants. Furthermore, there is a variety of safety measures in place to benefit and protect students. Officers are available 24 hours a day, every day, to help students and others on campus.

“Monmouth University is fortunate to have a professional, well trained police department,” said William McElrath, the Monmouth University Chief of Police.

Armed Monmouth University officers must pass several levels of qualifications to be allowed to carry their firearms. All uniformed officers carry a Glock 23, 40 caliber handgun, according to McElrath; many officers are also qualified with the Colt M4 semi-automatic assault rifle that remains secured in police vehicles.

“Police officers qualify twice a year with their firearms, and must pass a ‘Use of Force’ written test twice a year as well,” said McElrath. “All sworn Monmouth University police officers are armed. Prior to becoming police officers, all officers must complete a five-month certified New Jersey Police Academy. This is a rigorous process that covers all aspects of policing, including “Use of Force” and firearms training.”

Monmouth University police officers receive the same training as municipal officers and State Troopers, and are required to follow the Attorney General Guidelines on Use of Force. The guidelines, written in 1985 and revised in 2000, say that force may only be used as a last resort, after all other methods have been attempted.

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