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Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

Students Compete in Model UN

Students Compete Model UN

First Time Position Paper Award Winners

A delegation of 14 University students simulated the United Nations (UN) at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York from Sunday, April 9 to Thursday, April 13.

NMUN is the world’s largest international college-level experiential learning program in which participants cooperate to discuss and brainstorm solutions to global concerns faced by diplomats of the United Nations, according to their site.

For the first time the delegation from the University returned with a Position Paper Award. The award was won by Liam Coffey, a junior political science and history student.

Five thousand students from six continents participated in the 2017 NMUN conference, and 55 percent of the participants were non-U.S. residents, according to

Participants from the University were enrolled in Model UN Conference course, PS-383, taught by Dr. Kevin Dooley, an associate professor of political science. The delegation represented the Kingdom of Belgium.

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School of Social Work Launches New Initiative

Social Work Reveals Suicide Research 4.20.17

Suicide Prevention Research

The School of Social Work has announced its new initiative to continue their efforts in spreading awareness about suicide prevention by launching the SRF Suicide Prevention and Training Project.

“This recent development is the latest in a long line of projects the School of Social Work has undertaken, but it is only the most recent one, as well as a culmination of a lot of efforts over the years.” said Janine Vasconcelos, Assistant Director of Professional Education and Special Projects.

According to Robin Mama, Dean of the School of Social Work, the project has several aims. It seeks to establish training sessions around the issue of suicide in schools and colleges, as well as curriculum development, research, and evaluation efforts on suicide prevention, intervention, and what happens afterwards.

The goals of the project emerged through research discovered by Dr. Michelle Scott, associate professor in the school of social work, who is considered a leading expert on suicide and suicide prevention. According to Scott, about 42,000 Americans take their own lives every year; this means a suicide occurs in America every 13 seconds.

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students,” said Scott. “Individuals can be at increased risk for suicide when they experience a confluence of risk factors such as depression, anxiety, substance use, as well as prior suicidal behavior and a trigger event which may be a loss or transition,” Scott added.

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The Outlook Wins National Award

Outlook Wins National AwardThe Outlook, the University’s student-run newspaper, was ranked 8th in the Nation for “Best of Show Four-Year Weekly Newspaper,” by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) at the Mid-winter National College Journalism Convention in San Francisco, California.

An issue of The Outlook was submitted in the “Best of Show Four- Year Weekly Newspaper” category and was reviewed by a panel of judges. Judges reviewed submissions from multiple colleges throughout the United States and established a National top ten out of all entries.

Placement was based on the number of entries and overall convention attendance. Over 750 schools attended the Convention this year. The Best of Show award does not signify a ranking of national excellence, but rather overall excellence among the attendees and entries, according to the ACP.

Danielle Schipani, senior communication student and current Editor-In-Chief of The Outlook was honored to be a part of an award-winning paper and commended the work of rest of the editorial staff and their contributions. “Every member of the editorial staff has worked tirelessly all year to ensure that we are printing a quality paper for the campus community,” she said.

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Dr. Waters Selected for Guggenheim Fellowship

Dr.Waters Selected For FellowshipDr. Michael Waters, an English professor, is amongst 173 artists and scholars selected from over 3,000 applicants for the prestigious 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. Waters was awarded $50,000 for his longstanding poetic experience from the yearlong Fellowship that begins in January 2018.

Fellows are selected from the United States and Canada for demonstrating exceptional skill in productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts, according to

Waters explained that the award was based on the quality of his past work, and his plans for future work. He said, “In my application I said that I would continue to write poems that would connect the old world in Eastern Europe to the new world. An example of that would be a poem about a monk at monastery blessing the engine of new car.”

“I thought that it was something I would have 40 years ago when I didn’t deserve it. Now that it has come I am just very happy for the acknowledgement,” said Waters.

University President Grey Dimenna, applauds Waters for his newfound success. “Guggenheim Fellowships are one of academia’s highest honors, and we are all proud that Dr. Waters joins the ranks of the gifted scholars, writers, and artists who have received the award in its 92-year history,” Dimenna said.

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University Plans to Redevelop Sustainability Council

University Redevelops Sustainability CouncilThe University will be redeveloping its Sustainability Council with faculty and students, and forming a detailed ten-year plan to improve Monmouth University’s green initiatives according to Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services.

The Monmouth University Sustainability Council was formed in 2009. It originally was a group of 30 volunteers comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators whose mission was to promote environmental awareness and encourage development of an environmentally responsible campus community, according to the University website.

However, some students recently noticed that the Sustainability Council was no longer active at the University. “Some peers and I were looking at the Monmouth website online a couple of weeks ago, at the Sustainability Council page, and noticed that the a few members of the faculty listed don’t work here anymore,” said Carly Miller a junior homeland security student. “We were so surprised how outdated our sustainability page was. Especially because it was online for the public to see. The site has since been updated, but the last notable edit on the page prior to the site removal, was around Earth Day 2015,” continued Miller.

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Underpass Will Re-open After Recent Collapse

Underpass Reopen After CollapseThe underpass tunnel that crosses over cedar avenue collapsed on Sunday April 16 and was discovered at 12:55 p.m. by a Residence Assistant (RA). There were no injuries and no one was in the underpass when the incident occurred.

The Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) responded and notified Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, of the situation. Swannack was called and advised MUPD to close the underpass until they could assess the damage. The Facilities Management staff came in and removed the pieces that had fallen after its closure.

The underpass was closed from Sunday to Tuesday April 18 and during its closure the University placed a Safety Officer at the corner of Norwood and Cedar Avenue to assist pedestrians from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The underpass is expected to reopen the morning of Wednesday April 19, according to Swannack.

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“Didn’t They Say That Only Love Will Win in the End” | Danielle Schipani's Senior Goodbye

4.19.17 D S 1They tell you that college goes by so fast. They tell you that one minute you’re a freshman and the next you’re a senior about to grace the graduation stage. They tell you to have fun and enjoy the moment, to get involved, to open up and put yourself outside of your comfort zone. But what you don’t hear about and what they don’t tell you is just how many impactful people you will meet and how hard it will be to let them go.

I walked onto this campus afraid of what it meant to leave home, afraid that I would lose connections with the people that I love, and scared of change. What I soon realized was that Monmouth had been a part of my life all along and that I was always meant to be a Monmouth Hawk. The people that I have met here and the education I have been honored with has allowed me to grow into the person that I always wanted to be but never thought I deserved. I am grateful for this experience and for everything Monmouth has given me and there are countless people I would like to thank.

My sister: Hey sisterrrr! You are the light in my life and my best friend. You are the reason that I keep going and stay motived. Thank you for always supporting me, for always listening to me, and for always being able to make me laugh. I know it was hard a lot of the time being apart during my years at Monmouth and I wish I could have been around more for you. Thank you for always being understanding when I was away and for being there for me when I needed you the most. I can honestly say that without the love and the comfort you have given me throughout my entire life I would have never made it to graduation day. I am so proud of everything you have overcome and accomplished this year. You are the strongest person I know. We are in this world together, you are never alone, and I will always be there for you. I love you.

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“Don’t Worry About a Thing, ‘Cause Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright” | Jamilah McMillan's Senior Goodbye

It pains me to write this because it means that I am nearing the end of a riveting installment in the series that is my life. Four years ago, my parents waved me off as I drove to class, for the first time in our families 8-passenger minivan. Any growth since that frightful day is due to the kindness and generosity of individuals who took the time to push me forward, or point me in the right direction. So please pardon me as I begin this drawn out letter of gratitude for those who deserve tremendous applause.

Mi Familia: Thank you to my dysfunctional clan who has put up with me over the last four years. Sorry for all the times that I missed a game, or a family dinner, because I was studying, doing homework, in class, at a conference, or hosting an event...or a protest. I love you all--you are my backbone.

Dr. Datta: Words cannot describe the short amount of time it took for you to make a tremendous impact in my life. You are my mentor, teacher, and friend. Thank you for helping me see my own potential for change; for helping me see the power of women and girls; and for helping me see the importance of education. Dhanyavaad.

Dr. Patten: You have always said that you are my number one fan. Thank you for always encouraging me to shoot high. I will try my best.

Professor Morano: You helped us become great editors so we could create a weekly publication that we could be proud of. Thank you for teaching and leading us.

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Plan for Payments: A Look Into Student Loan Debt

Plan For PaymentsPaying off student loans is a feat that most student loan borrowers must face just six months after graduation, as the average student loan from a 4-year college in 2016 was approximately $37,100, according to

Upon graduation, a student must pick a particular plan to pay off their student loans, according to an article published by There are eight different plans a student can choose from to repay their federal student loans, including four that are based on income level.

The basic payment plans include standard, graduated and extended plans. Unless a student elects otherwise, they will be placed on the standard repayment plan, which is ten years for many companies, according to the article. This would mean that the average student will pay approximately $259 per month, on a 10 year standard plan.

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‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ Brings Awareness to Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Awareness WalkNearly 100 students and faculty put on women’s shoes and walked in the ninth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to raise awareness for sexual assault and gender violence on Wednesday, April 6.

The original event, started in 2001, was created as an opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and restitution to men’s sexualized violence against women, according to the organizations official site. Its intention was to create a discussion and to establish open communication on sexual violence.

Coordinated by Thomas McCarthy, Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, the event had a large presence from the Greek community, as well as Monmouth Athletics, such as the men’s basketball team.

McCarthy said, “It is absolutely important to have a strong male presence here. The event was started by men to bring awareness to show that we are here to support. Having campus leaders, like athletes and Greeks really helps to spread the message and make sexual assault a men’s issue too.”

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Jack Ford Creates Dialogue About Student-Athlete Wages

Jack Ford Athlete Wages 1The University hosted a lecture by television news personality Jack Ford in Anacon Hall that was designed as an open dialogue regarding the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the controversy regarding student athlete wages on Wednesday, April 5.

Ford began the lecture talking about his background. He and his three siblings were raised by a single mother, as their father abandoned the family when Ford was five years of age. Shortly thereafter, Ford moved into the attic of his grandparents’ home in Jersey City that had no air conditioning. However, his mother was steadfast in her commitment to youth athletics, and Ford excelled at football.  Eventually, he received a scholarship to play at Yale University, then received a law degree from Fordham Univer-sity.

Being a former college athlete himself, Ford discussed the recent NCAA college basketball tournament and his thoughts concern-ing the organizations reception.

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Monmouth University Holds Annual Career Fair

2017 Annual Career FairThe annual spring career day hosted more than 250 representatives from 130 organizations, as well as a record-breaking 680 jobseekers on Wednesday, April 5 in the OceanFirst Bank Center.

There was a wide variety of employers looking for students majoring in all fields.

 New employers included: American Standard Brands, AvalonBay Communities, Bayada, Customs and Border Protection, Dow Jones, Extensis Group, Hackensack Meridian Health, Horizion Blue Cross Blue shield, Lab Design, NJ Titans Hockey, NY Red Bulls, Two River Times, Shore Digital, Skyline Solar, Wakefern Food Corp., and Wiley Publishing. 

A total of 130 employers attended last spring. “We actually tied last year’s record breaking event, but our focus is always on the quality of our employers,” said Jeff Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services.

Mass explained that there has been a 36 percent increase in attendance from last spring as there were 500 students in attendance last year and 680+ students in attendance this year.

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Visiting Writer Series Welcomes Brooklyn Author, Colm Tóibín

Visiting Writer Colm ToibinThe Visiting Writer Series hosted acclaimed fiction writer, Colm Tóibín, on Tuesday, April 4, in Wilson Auditorium. This is the last installment of the spring 2017 season, and marks the end of the 12th season of the Visiting Writer Series.

The event opened with two introductions: Michael Thomas, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Visiting Writers Series and Dr. Elizabeth Gilmartin, lecturer of English, who teaches Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn in her Irish Literature class.

Gilmartin mentioned in her introduction of Tóibín that he had previously visited the University seven years prior to this most re-cent visit, which was just after one of his most popular works, Brooklyn, was published.

One thing that Gilmartin claims that Tóibín is especially good at is his character development, especially of mother characters, and the conveyance of themes of “identity creation, grief, loss, and the family complex.”

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Local Vendors Sell Goods at ‘Made in Monmouth’

Local Venders Sell GoodsMonmouth University held  its  sixth annual Made in Monmouth event in the OceanFirst Bank Center on April 8 with over 200 local vendors.

Made in Monmouth is a seven hour, free admission event open to the public organized by the Grow Monmouth Team within the County’s Division of Economic Development.

The event is sponsored by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in partnership with Monmouth University. Monmouth describes their event as, “a free event for both vendors and visitors; its purpose is to encourage people to shop local.”

The event’s purpose is to gather different local vendors like Delicious Orchards and Booskerdoo Coffee and Baking Co., who set up tables at no charge to sell their products.

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties was also in attendance and encouraged shoppers to bring along donations of nonperishable food items to support the local food bank.

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Monmouth Talks Compensating Athletes

A controversial debate surrounds student-athletes and whether or not they should receive wages. Last year, two suits were filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) over compensating student-athletes.

A former University of South California football player opened a suit against the NCAA, alleging that student-athletes are employees who should be paid. In December, the NCAA asked the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to dismiss the lawsuit, stating that paying athletes “could jeopardize the long-term sustainability of college sports.” A decision by the Court has not yet been made.

In early 2016, former members of the University of Pennsylvania track and field team, opened a collective lawsuit against the NCAA and 123 of its member institutions, alleging that athletes at NCAA schools are actually “employees” of the schools for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which would entitle them to minimum wages and overtime pay for all athletic activities. The suit was dismissed on Feb. 16, 2016 by the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

“I think that student-athletes add immeasurably to the student life component. They are the students that are always on campus, weekdays through weekends and holiday periods,” said Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics.

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A Sit Down With President Grey Dimenna

The President Talks Wilson Hall, the Importance of Students, and his Future at Monmouth

President Dimenna Sit Down 1Grey J. Dimenna was named the President of the University on Feb. 28. He started his Monmouth career on Feb. 20, 1995, as Vice President and General Counsel and retired July 31, 2013. Since the transition from former President Paul R. Brown, President Dimenna has had some time to reintegrate into the University community. The Outlook sat down with him to get a deeper look into his past, present, and future.

 How long do you anticipate being the Interim President?

The trustees have said that they don’t want me using the title “Interim President.” [Rather] they want me to use the title “President,” because, as they said, I am the President and I have the full authority of the President just like any other President has had.

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Academic Affairs Staff to Receive Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone TrainingsA noticeable increase in rainbow colored stickers on office doors and desk stations may soon be observed, as nearly 30 deans, vice provosts, and other individuals within Academic Affairs will be receiving Safe Zone training on May 2.

Safe Zone training is performed at colleges and universities across the country in order to create awareness and develop allies for students in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) communities, according to

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New Course Takes Students to Maximum-Security Prison

New Course Max Security PrisionAs part of a collaboration between the Departments of Sociology and Communication, as well as the New Jersey Department of Corrections, the University will be offering an extension to its current, Investigating the School-to-Prison Pipeline course through an additional class that will allow students to regularly visit a maximum-security prison in Trenton starting in Fall 2017.

The program currently falls under the larger umbrella of the University’s Academic Exchange Program, and aims to help students learn more about mass incarceration through direct interaction with incarcerated people, according to Dr. Johanna Foster, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Foster hopes to get students thinking about several aspects of mass incarceration, including the political dynamic, gender inequalities, and institutionalized racism of the system.

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$27,000 Raised on Giving Day

An estimated $27,000 was received in donations from alumni, students, staff, parents, and friends of the University on their third annual Giving Day – a day dedicated to raising scholarship funds for potential University students.

The first Giving Day was on March 24, 2015, which also marked the 20th anniversary of Monmouth becoming a University. “Monmouth Giving Day gives the Monmouth community a chance to come together and make a lasting impact on current and future students,” said Michele Whitlow, Director of University Engagement and Giving Day Planner.

In addition to the scholarship fund, donors also had the option of giving to a specific department, creating the opportunity for donors to give back to the department that means the most to them.

According to Whitlow there were a number of opportunities for individuals to get involved with the Day. “Giving Day was all about giving back to Monmouth and making an impact. People could have done that through our website or in person at the Rebecca Stafford Student Center - we had live music, prizes and games happening there all day. We also had ‘Phil the Pig’ happening on that day, which encouraged student involvement. Second – we loved seeing people post about it on social media. It’s always neat seeing people get excited about Monmouth,” said Whitlow.

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Town Hall Meeting Addresses Heroin Crisis in New Jersey

Town Hall NJ Heroin CrisisOver 700 attendees gathered for the Jersey Matters Town Hall: The Heroin Crisis to address the states heroin epidemic in Pollak Theatre on Mar. 16.

There are roughly 128,000 heroin users in NJ, and the epidemic claimed 918 lives in 2015, which is the highest annual death toll from heroin ever seen in NJ according to an article by the Observer published on Jan 8.

Drug overdoses in NJ jumped overall by 21 percent between 2014 and 2015 according to the article, and health experts in the state expect the data from 2016 and 2017 to be far worse than the current numbers.

The event was co-sponsored by WJLP Me-TV, the Asbury Park Press, and the Discovery Institute, and included many individuals from various backgrounds who were touched in some way by the heroin epidemic; including Attorney General Christopher Porrino, actress and former heroin addict Mackenzie Phillips, other former addicts, their family members, attorneys, and medical practitioners.

One panelist included Stephanie Oswald, the mother of Andrew Oswald III, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 23. During the event Oswald shared why she made sure that the cause of her son’s death was explicitly made known on his obituary.

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University Dean Receives Notable Award for Writing Distinguished Book on Houston’s Astrodome

Dean Womack Awarded on Astrodome 1Kenneth Womack, Ph.D., Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was honored with the Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) for his book “The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston’s Iconic Astrodome,” on Mar. 4.

Womack co-authored the book with Robert C. Trumpbour, Ph.D., an associate professor of communications at Pennsylvania State University at Altoona.

SABR awards the medal to “the best book of baseball history or biography published during the previous calendar year” and must be, “the product of original research or analysis,” according to the SABR website. The website also states that the winning book must “significantly advance our knowledge of baseball and shall be characterized by understanding, factual accuracy, profound insight and distinguished writing.”

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Honors Society Inducts New Class of Freshmen Scholars

Phi Eta Sigma's Annual Induction Ceremony

Honor Society Inducts Freshman ScholarsThe University’s Phi Eta Sigma chapter held it’s annual induction ceremony of 196 new members in Pollak Theater on Friday, Mar. 24. Phi Eta Sigma, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students, encourages and rewards academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning, according to their site.

The ceremony began at 7 p.m. with opening remarks from Society President Emily Townsend, a senior business administration student. The audience consisted of inductees, their relatives, faculty, and more, who Townsend thanked for being there. She went on to introduce Phi Eta Sigma’s faculty advisor Dr. Golam Mathbor.

“You are among the select few students who have met the requirements necessary for induction into Phi Eta Sigma,” said Mathbor. “Once you have been inducted, you are a member for life.”

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London Study Abroad Students are Safe After Attack in City of Westminster

London Study Abroad Students SafeTwelve study abroad Monmouth University students were in London, UK when 52-year-old Khalid Masood killed three pedestrians and injured about 40 others as he drove through a crowd on Westminster Bridge at around 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 22.

Masood crashed his car into railings in front of Parliament Yard, before leaving his vehicle, and going through the gate to the Palace of Westminster, where he fatally stabbed Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old unarmed police officer. Moments later, Masood was shot dead, according to The Telegraph.

The events at the bridge took place in under 90 seconds, according to Sky News.

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Gender Inclusive Bathrooms Unaffected by Rollback of Transgender Protections

Gender Inclusive BathroomsThe Trump administration removed Obama-era federal guidelines for transgender students in public schools and as a result, students are no longer guaranteed the right under federal law to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities that match their gender identity, as of Feb. 23. However, the University’s establishment of gender-neutral bathrooms will remain unaffected, according to administration.

The protections, in place since May 2016 by former President Barack Obama, said that prohibiting transgender students from using facilities that align with their gender identity violated federal anti-discrimination laws. The White House announced the roll-back of Obama’s protection guidelines in a statement published on Feb. 22.

President Trump declared, “policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level...returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from students, parents, teachers, and administrators.”

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Communication Career Event Brings Professionals from NBC, Asbury Park Press, ESPN

Communication Career Fair 1Over 100 students, faculty, University alumni and industry professionals from Asbury Park Press, Sirius XM, NY Daily News, Star Ledger, NBC, ESPN, and more attended the Communication Career Event on Monday, Mar. 6 in Wilson Hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Events like this are beneficial to current students for networking purposes, for learning insider tips about their industries from former students who were once in the same position as them, and potentially for future internships and career advancement as well,” said Mary Harris, a specialist professor of public relations.

There were four parts of the event. The day began with a panel discussion that focused on careers in radio as well as a journalism and public relations career mentor session. This was followed by a panel discussion of careers in television and media production as well as a panel discussion on what you can do with a journalism and public relations degree.

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Hackers Can Steal Fingerprints From Online Selfies

Hackers Steal Fingerprints 1Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics found that hackers can steal a victim’s biometric data by recreating fingerprints from pictures posted on social media.

The Institute found that users could be at risk even without posting extremely high-resolution photos online. As long as the range of the photograph was about three meters and the area was well lit, hackers can steal fingerprints for later use. This means that even something as benign as putting up a peace sign in a selfie can be dangerous, since it openly exposes fingerprints to the lens.

According to an article by The Telegraph, released on Jan. 12, since an individual’s prints do not change throughout the course of his or her lifetime, and can be linked to locks on their personal information as well as bank accounts, stolen biometric data means vulnerability for a lifetime, especially if the data is sold illegally.

“[Students] shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking that biometric security is necessarily better than traditional security mechanisms,” said Dr. Joe Chung, Unix Administrator-Teacher of the computer science and software engineering department. “An inkjet-printed fingerprint could be enough to unlock a phone. Biometric security may be more convenient than typing in a password or pin, but it’s not inherently better.”

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Students March On International Women’s Day

Women's Day Student MarchOver 50 students, faculty, administrators, and other members of the University community participated in a demonstration on International Women’s Day on March 8. The program began with a march from the Monmouth University Guggenheim Library to a rally at Wilson Hall, and ended with a movie screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” in Pozycki auditorium.

“Women have come a long way in the ‘march’ towards gender equality. Worldwide, women and men stand in solidarity with each other to achieve equality. Despite great progress made possible by generations that came before us, we still have miles to go,” said Rekha Datta, a professor of political science and sociology.

“Worldwide, one in three women will face sexual violence in their lifetime. Gender pay gap is almost ubiquitous. These are the global causes that international women’s day reminds us about in terms of the work that is still to be done. The day is also a reminder for us to celebrate what has been accomplished by the human community,” Datta continued.

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Visiting Writer Series Welcomes Liz Moore

Writing Services Liz MooreThe Visiting Writer Series introduced its first installation for the spring semester by hosting creative nonfiction writer, Liz Moore, on Tuesday, Mar. 7 in Wilson Auditorium.

The event opened with two introductions; Michael Thomas, Associate Dean and Director of the Visiting Writers Series, who introduced assistant professor, Alex Gilvarry.

Gilvarry attended graduate school with Moore and suggested her to Thomas as a possible visiting writer. With little persuasion necessary, Thomas agreed to invite Moore to the University.

Moore currently has three published novels and has received high acclaim and recognition for the talent in these works. She is the winner of the Medici Book Club Prize and Philadelphia’s Athenaeum Literary Award, and her most recent novel, The Unseen World, which was published just this past year, was listed in “Best of 2016” lists by The New Yorker, the BBC, and multiple others.

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Criminal Justice Networking Event Coming Soon

Criminal Justice Networking EventOver 40 different organizations will be joining the Criminal Justice Department at their 5th annual networking fair on March 29 in an effort to help students of all majors build mentorships, secure internships, and establish professional relationships. The event will be held in Wilson Hall from 5 to 9 p.m.

Over 50 officials – 40 percent of which are University alumni – will represent career areas including: law enforcement; homeland security; postal inspection; secret service; the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY); and victim witness units from county prosecutor’s offices.

Nicholas Sewitch, an instructor of criminal justice and Internship Coordinator, organized the event. He said, “These presenters, being Monmouth alumni, prove that going into your career is possible, and it’s not just a dream--you can do it. They get to see them as their equals, as human beings. These are their role models; it’s good to present them with young and motivated people.”

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Brown Announces Retirement Interim President Dimenna Takes Over

Brown Announces RetirementPaul R. Brown, Ph.D, is no longer the President of the University, as of yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 28. This was announced to members of the University community through an email and press release sent from the Board of Trustees. Former Vice President of General Counsel, Grey J. Dimenna, will be serving as the Interim President until a new president is selected.

“He [former President Brown] decided to retire under his own volition,” said Henry Mercer, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “It was something that he expressed a desire to do. There are certain aspects that, under our bylaws, are confidential, but this is something Brown wanted.”

“I didn’t come to the decision to retire lightly, and after many discussions I knew the time was right,” said Brown, in the press release.

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Copy Machine Causes Conflict In Communication Department

Copy Machine ConflictThe Department of Communication at Monmouth consists of 50 employees, 400 undergrad students and just one copy machine, which has gained a reputation for improperly functioning the past two semesters.

Most departments at Monmouth University depend on their copy machines as a way to pass information on to students for classwork and homework. The malfunction or absence of these machines can cause problems for several classes, and delay the work that needs to be done.

Dr. Marina Vujnovic, associate professor of communication, “I never imagined that something like copier could effect my classes as much as it did. I have to re-think assignments and activities and utilize ecampus more because I can’t make enough copies for handouts. Especially difficult situation is with the midterm. I like to give traditional  paper exams. I think they are psychologically less frightening for students but this time around I had to do ecampus exam. This situation has been frustrating for many faculty and quite honestly inexcusable.”

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Professor’s StayGo App Helps People Rate Relationships

StayGo App Rates RelationshipsStayGo, a free mobile app, allows users to gauge the compatibility of their relationship through science. The Android and iOS application was created by a number of psychologists including the University’s own Dr. Gary Lewandowski, Chair of the Psychology Department.

Since its release nearly a year ago, the app has had over 50,000 downloads according to Lewandowski.

While many apps and sites exist for similar tasks, StayGo is unique. “We’ve grounded every aspect of this app in science.” Dr. Lewandowski said. “There are already a bunch of websites and apps made to help people find love, but there are very few that actually help people evaluate the quality of their relationships and know which one is worth pursuing.”, states that StayGo is “the world’s first app that combines social feedback with scientific methods to evaluate romantic relationships with stunning accuracy.”

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Monmouth Community Reacts to Offensive Social Media Post

An Instagram post from Oct. 20 was circulated by students and other members of the University community last week due to its allegedly racist overtones. After being reposted by a student who was offended by the photo, the image reached over 1,000 social media hits in less than one day. 

The photo featured a Monmouth junior, Dennie Augustine, holding up a cardboard sign that said, “Need $ for child support #BlackTrash.”

“I was visiting home in October and my friend’s friend had a party, and we all know the crazy themes, college students have for parties, so the theme for this party was ‘White Trash vs. High Class,’ People made signs saying stuff like, ‘Lost the keys to my trailer #whitetrash’ I thought what I should write on my sign, so I wrote something truthful,” said Augustine.

Augustine said her dad left her when she was 7 years old, so, according to her, her sign said something personal. “[Her father] has not paid a dime of child support, so I wrote that. I also am African American, so I put ‘#blacktrash’ because I wasn’t comfortable writing ‘white trash’ since I am not Caucasian.”

The post led former President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D to send a campus wide email Thursday morning. The email stated, “We have received numerous reports of a social media post shared by a student that contains offensive and racially charged language.  Monmouth has a strong commitment to diversity, and there is no place in our community for speech or actions that disparage others.  We are reviewing the matter under the Student Code of Conduct and will take action as appropriate.”

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School of Education Receives NAPDS Award

The University’s School of Education gained national recognition after being named the recipient of this year’s Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) in early February. 

The award acknowledges the Monmouth University Partnership, the professional development partnership that has crafted a working relationship between the University and several local P-12 schools, including Freehold Township, Hazlet, Long Branch, Manalapan-Englishtown, Middletown, Ocean, and Eatontown. It will be presented to the Department on March 10 at the NAPDS annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The objectives for the University Partnership are to increase P-12 student learning, provide great teacher preparation, provide professional development for teachers, and to innovate new practice in teacher education, according to the NAPDS award application.

Dr. John Henning, Dean of the School of Education, explained how his department met these goals. He said, “We work with teachers and administrators on professional development, meaning we help [them] become better at what they do.”

According to Henning, many new programs are being piloted within the department. A new requisite by New Jersey state law for education majors requires that students spend an extra semester student teaching in schools, meaning they will undergo a yearlong clinical internship. The University has rolled out the program early, giving students the chance to spend more time gaining experience in the classroom.

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FBI Sends Warning to Students of Employment Scams

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) emailed a warning to the University as well as other institutions highlighting the prevalence of employment scams directly targeting college students in an email that was forwarded by Career Services on Feb. 16.

The FBI warned of scams conducted by fake companies posting administrative positions online for college students. In the message the Bureau asserts that students should be leery of any job that requires depositing checks into an account or wiring funds to other individuals or accounts. They also state that many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers, therefore, students should look for incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses in scam emails.

The University’s Career Services Center has taken note of these scams. The office responded by sending out a mass email to students relaying information about how students can protect themselves from losing money and personal information in fake employment opportunities.

William Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services, said, “With the anonymity that the internet allows people to operate in, it’s easier for the bad guys to create [the impression] that they are legitimate businesses when they’re not.”

According to Hill, one of the best ways for Monmouth Students to go about getting legitimate employment is to use the Hawks CareerLink. “Every job has to be approved before it goes on our job board,” said Hill, “It makes catching fraud a lot easier.”

Hill explained that his employees must make sure to get verbal confirmation from employers about openings and make sure to verify all aspects of each listing, such as the website and location of the company, before offering them to University students.

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Monmouth Recreation App Changes Gym Experience

MU Recreation AppA free Monmouth Recreation app that gives the campus community the ability to schedule workouts and view the availability of exercise equipment through their mobile devices is now available for download. The app was released on Jan. 30 through a contract between the University and fitDEGREE, a recreational software company.

The app offers live occupancy counts, and after an update on Feb. 15, the number of cardio machines occupied. It also shows whether or not the indoor track and areas of Boylan Gymnasium are being used at any given minute. Additional features include the ability to check into the fitness center, view the hours of operation, see and sign up for upcoming group classes. Users are able to interact with other users, posting on the fitFeed, and direct message.

According to Nick Dennis, CEO of fitDEGREE, the app saw over 200 downloads in the first couple of days simply by word of mouth.

Dennis, a former alumnus, contacted Christian Esola, the campus’ Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, during the fall semester.  “Monmouth is one of our most successful schools so far. Christian and I were pleasantly surprised at how fast the students adopted the app.”

According to Esola specific terms of the agreement, and the cost of the APP cannot be disclosed as per the request of fitDEGREE.

“Our goal was to streamline everything about how we use the fitness center[…]and make the student experience more efficient and enjoyable,” said Esola. “The fitness center gets extremely crowded; we all know that. So, being able to get a live look at just how crowded the areas are, and also an hour by hour breakdown, was something we thought students would be inclined to use.”

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What to Know if ObamaCare is Repealed

ObamaCare Repelation 1Students health coverage may soon be impacted if Republicans are successful at repealing ObamaCare (also known as the Affordable Care Act), since it allows individuals under the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health plan. Speaker Paul Ryan presented a new policy brief for the Obamacare repeal plan last Thursday, Feb. 16.

During its initial introduction, Obamacare received tremendous backlash, and a 2014 MU poll showed that 49 percent of New Jerseyans opposed the act.

Patrick Murray, Director of the MU Polling Institute, said that most backlash was a result of glitches with the website that made a bad first impression. Despite the initial hiccups however, Obamacare has since received warmer reviews.

President Donald Trump, along with other leaders in Congress, have vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare with something “terrific.” He has called the ObamaCare a “disaster” and has criticized its ineffectiveness.

Dubbed on social media as “TrumpCare,” the President has largely kept his ultimate health care plan shrouded in mystery, and it is unclear what the final form will look like.

The provision of Obamacare that allows students to stay on their parents insurance has come in handy for a number of persons navigating through college, including Jake Marciniak, a junior business student. He said that the provision is one of the main issues that would arise for college students with a repeal, because not a lot of college students are well versed in the health insurance marketplace.

“I know that if you were to tell me to go out and find an insurance plan for myself, I would be very hesitant and confused on what I was doing. Basically, what Obamacare was proposed to do, whether or not it was one-hundred percent perfectly implemented, was to create widespread availability of health care,” said Marciniak.

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House Party Goes Awry

Three University Athletes Arrested Following Off-campus Party

House Party AwryTwo University football players have been charged with disorderly conduct, maintaining a nuisance, providing alcohol to underage persons, and littering, after a fight allegedly broke out at an off-campus house party on Atlantic Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 16. Another student, who is a member of the track and field team, was arrested the following day, on counts of disorderly conduct and obstructing the administration of law.

According to a press release provided by the Deal Police Department, the two football players, Christian Runza and Michael Christ, were said to be the hosts of the party and tenants of the home and were arrested immediately. Police said there were roughly 200 to 300 people in attendance at the party. The football players were released on a summons and are currently awaiting a future court date.

Tyrell M. Gibbs, a member of the track and field team, was not arrested during the initial incident, but was later identified by the University Police Department and a few cooperating witnesses. He was released from police headquarters and was also granted a summons for a future court date.

Police officials from Deal, Ocean Township, Long Branch, and Allenhurst arrived to the scene at approximately 12:24 a.m., after someone called in about a large fight occurring on the residence, according to a press release.

According to police the fight began after a group of approximately 30 people were denied entrance to the event. That group of individuals then allegedly began vandalizing cars in the surrounding area.

A student who attended the party but who would like to remain anonymous, said, “When we got to the party there were about 20 to 30 high school students outside of the house. Usually it’s only students from the University at those parties, so they weren’t being allowed in.”

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History of University Activism is Recognized in Mural

Out Classroom Into Streets 1On permanent display in Bey Hall is the “Out of the Classroom and Into the Streets” mural, painted by Dr. Johanna Foster, Director of the Sociology Program. The mural celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic visit to Monmouth University and documents the waves of student activism from 1966 to the Black Lives Matter campus rallies in 2016.

The mural, which hangs in the second floor of Bey Hall, is composed of eight 24’’ x 24’’ attached canvases. It depicts the likenesses of 25 student activists on campus, and displays a visual timeline of student demonstrations throughout the years. The building houses the Department of Political Science and Sociology, both of which tie strongly to the subject matter of the piece, which was funded entirely by a generous award from the Monmouth University Research and Creativity Grants Committee.

Although Foster was the primary painter, over 30 students from across academic disciplines participated in the creation of the piece. Ten students contributed as social history researchers and painting assistants as well.

“I was inspired to paint this, as someone who teaches about social inequality and a commitment to racial justice I wanted to find a way to honor King’s visit. I wanted to find a way to connect the gift of his visit and the spirit of his message to the school today,” said Foster.

King spoke in a crowded Boylan Gymnasium on Oct. 6 1966, by invitation from the school’s Black Student Union. According to Foster, this historic event marked an influential point in the University’s history, as well as in the lives of students to come.

University President, Paul Richard Brown Ph.D, said, “The mural is a powerful reminder of the strong commitment to social justice embraced across our campus, by students and faculty alike. We are a caring community, and I think Dr. Foster’s artwork captures that spirit of active participation in issues that affect us all,” Brown added.

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Students Win $1,500 in Software Challenge

Students Excel CompetitionStudent teams competed for a grand prize of $1,500 in a challenge to create a ‘chatbot,’ a knowledge-management software that companies implement in their customer service departments on Feb. 4, in Pozycki Auditorium. The event was hosted by the School of Science and Business School, along with Edison knowledge provider, RightAnswers, an information technology organization that’s focus is on creating accessible customer service for other companies.

The RightAnswers@ Monmouth University Chatbot Challenge demonstrated students’ collective efforts to work in a team and create a helpful and inventive ‘chatbot.’ The event included students in teams of three that were a mixture of business, software engineering, and computer science majors.

The winners of the Chatbot Challenge were the team Binary Trio, with their chatbot, “Shadow.” The team consisted of Anthony Vazzana, a senior business student, Nicole Puccio, a senior marketing student, and Giuseppe Licata, a senior computer science student.

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MU Tech Community Comments on Slow Progress Towards Workplace Diversity at Google

MU Tech Workplace DiversityWomen and minority students, faculty, and other members of the Tech industry shared their reactions to Google’s latest diversity statistics for 2016. Although white men still account for a majority of Google’s workforce, the tech-giant has made slow but steady progress towards their goal of a more inclusive company.

According to the data, 69 percent of Google’s approximately 50,000 employees worldwide were men in 2016. Of its U.S. employees, 59 percent were white, 32 percent were Asian, three percent were Hispanic, and two percent were black.

“Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Laszio Bock, Google’s former Senior Vice-president of People Operations, wrote in a blog post. “And it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.”

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Monmouth’s Pollak Gallery Unveils Women in the World Exhibition

Women in World ExhibitMonmouth University’s Pollak Gallery unveiled its newest art exhibition entitled Women in the World, A Visual Perspective, and officially welcomed the gallery with an opening reception on Feb. 10. The gallery will be open until March 24.

Co-curated by New Jersey artists Gladys B. Grauer and Adrienne Wheeler obstacles women all around the world face through a series of original art pieces. Ranging from paintings to drawings to sculptures, each work has been crafted by a diverse group of New Jersey-based, female artists.

“It’s always a treat to hang a show,” said Vaune Peck, Director of Center for the Arts. “This is the first time we’ve partnered with Women in Media-Newark, but we are always trying to increase diversity.”


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Scholars Gather For Eminent Domain Talks At University

Eminent Domain TalkUniversity faculty and students, along with distinguished scholars from outside universities, gathered to open up a discussion on the issues surrounding eminent domain on Friday, Feb. 10 in Magill Commons. Eminent domain is the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with compensation.

The conference, titled “Eminent Domain and the City: Government Action, Private Rights, and Public Purpose,” was envisioned by Karen Schmelzkopf, a professor of history and anthropology, along with other professors from her department, and the political science department.

The goal of the conference was to get “people to understand how important their property rights are, and how the government is expanding its power to limit individual rights going forward,” according to Dr. Walter Greason, Dean of the Honors School.


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UK Parliament to Debate Trumps State Visit

Members of the UK parliament are to hold a debate on President Donald Trump’s controversial state visit. The debate, which will be held in the House of Commons on February 20, comes after a petition calling for the invite to be recalled attracted over 1.6 million signatures.

According to John Bercow, the Speaker for the House of Commons, President Donald Trump will not be welcome to address Parliament on his upcoming state visit to the United Kingdom.

Bercow cites Trump’s racism and sexism, as well as his controversial travel ban, as the reasoning behind his decision. In an interview, he said that he was “strongly opposed” to Trump speaking, saying that it was “not an automatic honor” but “an earned honor”.

Bercow then went on to say that even prior to the ban, he would have been opposed to Trump’s speaking, but said that “after the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”

According to The Independent, parts of the Commons erupted into “rare, spontaneous applause” in support of Bercow’s statement. Bercow was supported by Dennis Skinner, a Veteran Labourer Member of Parliament, who said that although he and other members of Parliament valued the United Kingdom’s relationship with the United States, “I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for quality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”

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University Community Reacts to Recent Travel Ban

MU Travel Ban Reaction 1University President Paul R. Brown Ph.D. released a statement to students and faculty on Jan. 30 in response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban. According to Brown, the University is committed towards maintaining a climate of inclusiveness despite the exclusive nature of the ban.

“In this period of immigration uncertainty, by far my biggest concern is the support and safety of our community members. Monmouth University will do everything possible within the limits of the law to protect those who will be affected by this order and to support our current students, faculty and staff regarding their immigration concerns,” said Brown.

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Students Notice Decrease in Black History Month Events on Campus

More Black History MonthThe annual commemoration of Black History Month has commenced with a noticeable decrease in events co-hosted by the African American Student Union (AASU), the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), and the Office of Student Activities in comparison to past years.

According to a flyer released to the student body on Jan. 26, there will be four main events throughout the month of February: a flag ceremony, a forum, a trivia night, and a jeopardy game.

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Feds Sue Nations Largest Student Loan Company

Feds Sue Navient 1Navient, America’s largest student loan company, is currently embroiled in a federal lawsuit that was filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Jan. 18. According to the lawsuit Navient, misallocated payments, steered people into costly plans, supplied the wrong information, and ignored borrowers’ please for help.

“For years, Navient failed consumers who counted on the company to help give them a fair chance to pay back their student loans,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray in a statement. “At every stage of repayment, Navient chose to shortcut and deceive consumers to save on operating costs. Too many borrowers paid more for their loans because Navient illegally cheated them and today’s action seeks to hold them accountable.”

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Flu Spike May Be Decreasing Amongst Students

Flu Spike Decrease 2017According to a report released by the New Jersey Department of Health and Care, there were high levels of influenza activity throughout the state in January. Monmouth County is the highest flu-infected county within New Jersey with a total of 135 cases thus far.

Last year’s flu reported cases were nearly two times less with only 82 cases around this time last year according to an Influenza Laboratory Report by the New Jersey Department of Health Communicable Disease Service.

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University Welcomes New Dean of the Honors School

Dr.G New Honors Dean 1Walter Greason, Ph.D. of the History and Anthropology Department was appointed as Dean of the Honors School this semester. He hopes to use his lifetime of diverse experiences to develop the Honors School to create a more meaningful and impactful program.

Greason will be taking over for Interim Dean Stanley Blair, PhD, and is charged with the responsibility of overseeing and advancing Honors School classes and programs by harnessing resources like the University’s faculty to push students to become leaders inside and outside the classroom.

“Honors students and faculty will feel an awesome sense of wonder that will be the envy of higher education worldwide,” said Greason, who promises to dedicate his time to making sure students fully appreciate the opportunities they are given at Monmouth.

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Art and Design Faculty Show Their Talents in New Exhibit

Art Design Faculty Show 9Over 60 students, faculty, and members of the University community gathered in Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery for the opening reception of works created by faculty of the Art and Design Department on Friday, Jan. 27.

The new exhibit showcased only faculty work and will be up until March 10. Doors opened at 7 p.m., and light refreshments were served in the Rechnitz Hall lobby.

Upon entrance to the exhibit, patrons gathered in the first and second floors of the gallery. The space was covered in pieces composed of different mediums through varying techniques.

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Millennials: Overeducated and Underpaid

Millennials make 20 percent less than Boomers did at the same stage in life, according to a report published on Jan. 13 by research advocacy group, Young Invincibles. The report titled, Measuring Generational Declines Between Baby Boomers & Millennials, used a cross-generational analysis of millennials and Baby Boomers.

Along with the 20 percent decline in earnings, the group also found that millennials have amassed a net wealth that is half that of Boomers at the same age, and that when Boomers were young adults they owned twice the amount of assets as young adults today.

According to Robert Scott, a professor of economics and finance, these findings are a result of millennials facing an economic climate that differs greatly from that of their Boomer parents. “Millennials suffered the brunt of the Great Recession, starting around 2007, more than any other group,” he said.

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Scholarship Week Returns in April

Student Scholarship Week 2017The University’s annual Student Scholarship Week will celebrate the academic accomplishments of its students from April 17-23. Throughout the week students display their scholarly contributions in various areas including research, writing, service learning, art, musical, and theater productions.

According to Dr. Laura Moriarty, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the event is meant to be a celebration of student achievement. “The goal of Scholarship Week is to showcase and celebrate students’ academic work inside and outside of the classroom as well as highlight student-faculty collaboration, across the University,” she said.

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MU Hosts Final Winter Graduation

Graduate and Undergraduate Students Walk Together For the Last Time

MU Final Winter GraduationApproximately 430 graduate and undergraduate students were awarded degrees in the University’s last winter commencement in the OceanFirst Bank Center on Friday, Jan. 13.

The end of the mid-year ceremony marked a new tradition for the University: from now on, there will be two separate commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students respectively in the spring, instead of having both a winter and spring commencement that awards degrees to both groups at the same time.

“It is keeping very much in line with our strategic plan where we also talk about creating a very distinctive graduate student experience, and commencement is a part of that. The needs of our graduate students in terms of the kind of ceremony you hold are very different. We would still continue to focus our attention on having a primary speaker for each [ceremony],” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student life and Leadership Engagement.

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Bruce Springsteen Comes to Monmouth to Announce Launch of Archives and Center for American Music

Springsteen Reveals Partnership With University

Springsteen MU Music 1The University has been named the official archival center for Bruce Springsteen’s works and memorabilia with plans to launch the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.

The announcement was made during an event on campus “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen” where the artist came to the University to speak with students, faculty, and fans about his life and works in Pollak Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

“I am extremely excited about the partnership.  The opportunity to enhance academic programming while also attracting widespread interest from a global audience does not happen often for any academic institution, of any size,” said President Paul Brown, Ph.D.

This will benefit students and faculty, and make the University a destination for scholars studying American music. “As an incredibly popular figure, Mr. Springsteen’s influence extends far beyond scholarship, and we hope to serve his many fans with access to material and programming that only will be available at Monmouth University,” said Brown.

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New Year: New Minimum Wage

New Jersey workers experienced a $0.06 minimum wage increase on Jan. 1, 2017. NJ is one of 19 states that experienced a minimum wage increase that raised the minimum wage in the state from $8.38 to $8.44.

NJ is implementing the increase state-wide, yet some states are taking a more regional approach. For example, New York has varied the minimum wage based on location and circumstance. The wage rose to $11 in New York City, to $10.50 for small businesses in the city, $10 in its downstate suburbs and $9.70 in certain other locations. In Connecticut, the minimum hourly wage will climb to $0.50 cents, from $9.60 to $10.10.

According to Joshua Manning, senior business major, these increases have been the result of steadfast effort over previous years. Many supporters of the increase believe that the minimum wage is unlivable, and an increase is imperative for people to maintain a quality of life.

Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employment, said, “Even though it is only $0.06 at the moment, the increase will certainly make people happy. While students have not been necessarily clamoring for jobs, the office has remained steady. I am sure people will be more interested in attaining a job if these rates continue to increase.”

The ultimate goal of many fast-food workers and organized laborers is to increase the wage to $15, which is commonly seen as a fair, livable wage, added Manning.

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Students Make History in Women’s March

Students Demonstrate Peacefully in New York City

Women March 1Over 40 students, faculty, and other members of the University community took to the streets in the Women’s March with more than 300,000 peaceful demonstrators in a trip hosted by the Gender Studies Program and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Although the original focus of the day was on the main Women’s March in Washington D.C., the focus broadened as similar “sister marches” occurred simultaneously across the U.S. and around the world. Men and women of all ages, gathered in the streets of cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Sydney, London, and Cape Town; a march was also held closer to home in Asbury Park.

According to the Women’s March was the largest peaceful one-day protest in U.S. history with an estimated 2.9 million participants.

Students were invited through email to reserve bus seats to the march in New York City before, and after the winter break. The bus left the University around 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Upon arrival into New York City the group joined other protesters on a route that began near 45th street and ended nearly two miles away at the steps of Trump Towers, on 721 5th Avenue.

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Former Hawk Chris Hogan Sets Patriots’ Record in AFC Championship Game

MU Chris Hogan PatriotsFormer Monmouth wide receiver Chris Hogan set the record for most receiving yards in a postseason game in New England Patriots history in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hogan, who played one season of football as a graduate student for the blue and white in 2010 after playing three seasons of lacrosse at Penn State, caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in New England’s 36-17 victory. He will become the first former Hawk to play in a Super Bowl when the Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5 in Houston, Texas.

“We are very happy for Chris and all that he has accomplished,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “Although his time a Monmouth was limited, it was very clear that he was highly motivated to achieve big things. He is an outstanding athlete, as well as a tough, dedicated competitor.”

Hogan has spent six seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and spent a few weeks on their practice squad before moving on to the practice squads of the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins that same season. He signed onto the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills in 2012 and cracked their 53-man roster later that season. Hogan had his breakthrough season in 2014, when he caught 41 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns.

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Post-Election Reactions from ABC News, POLITICO, Asbury Park Press, and Associated Press Professionals

Post Election Reactions MediaStudents and faculty gathered to discuss how traditional and social media affected the election results with professional news correspondents, reporters, and political analysts at the Post-Election Media Breakdown event. The event was hosted by the Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium.
Panelists included Aaron Katersky who is an award-winning ABC News correspondent based in New York, Ben Moskowitz who teaches the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts,  Brian Carovillano who is the Vice President for U.S. News at The Associated Press in New York, and Hadas Gold who is a reporter at POLITICO. The moderator was Hollis R. Towns, the current Executive Editor and Vice President of the Asbury Park Press as well as the regional editor of Gannett New Jersey.

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Global Education Office Hosts International Education Week

Internation Education Week 2016Monmouth University’s 2016 International Education Week, hosted by the Global Education Office, presented a variety of programming to showcase the benefits of a global education from Monday, Nov. 14 to Friday, Nov. 18.

“International Education Week is an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State, and its purpose is to showcase international education and highlight the benefits of the global mobility of students and scholars,” said Jon Stauff, the Vice Provost for Global Education. “Education abroad – study, work, intern, service – is a transformative experience for students from the United States, as well as international students coming to our country.”

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SAGE and The Music Alliance Collect Donations for Women in Need at PB & Jam Session

SAGE Purse Drive 1Students donated feminine hygiene products and purses to homeless women as an admissions fee for the PB & Jam Sessions co-hosted by Students Advocating Girls Education (SAGE) and The Music Alliance (TMA) on Friday, November 18 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

On the Wednesday and Thursday before the event SAGE members tabled in the RSSC for donations. All of the donations acquired were collected by the Unitarian Church of Neptune to be distributed to homeless women in the local vicinity.

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Jay Josmar Discusses Professional Success After MU

Jay Jasmar Professional SuccessAlumna Jay Josmar, a lawyer, researcher, and policy analyst, visited the University on Wednesday Nov. 16. Josmar spoke with students about her global career that began with the guidance she received from the political science department at an event hosted by Students Advocating Girls’ Education and the Political Science Club.

In an informal conversation that took place with a handful of students, Josmar took students on the journey that is her life. Her global career started at Monmouth. She said she was a distracted student who could often be found filing her nails in class dressed in her pajamas. However, she very creatively found ways of keeping up in school.

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Mathbor Re-elected President of the AIBS

Mathbor President AIBSWhen the board of trustees for the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) was faced with the decision of electing a new president this year, they voted in favor of keeping Dr. Golam Mathbor, professor of the School of Social Work at the University, for another four year term.

AIBS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), which, according to their website, “is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies.” Through CAORC, the AIBS maintains centers in Bangladesh, where they send scholars to conduct research in various fields.

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Over 100 Students Organize Anti-Hate Protest in Response to Election

Trump Protest 1Two days after the presidential election, over 100 students, faculty, staff and administrators, gathered in a peaceful demonstration around the steps of Woodrow Wilson Hall on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m.

The purpose of the protest was to unite MU students and staff as well as local community members in a show of love and support for each other, especially those who are part of marginalized groups that, overwhelmingly, are experiencing fear and anxiety in the wake of the election,” said Sydney Underhill, an organizer of the event and the president of the Gender Studies Club.

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Men’s Basketball Tickets Jump in Sales

Men Basketball Ticket Sales 1The increased popularity of the University Men’s Basketball team resulted in a jump in ticket sales by nearly 52 percent last season, and a 15.2 percent increase in merchandise sales since this time last year.

“Last season was the first time since the OceanFirst Bank Center opened in 2009 that we have seen multiple sell-out crowds, and a fully packed student section for almost every game,” said President Paul Brown, Ph.D. “A big part of the success of the team comes from a culture that values and nurtures students with the understanding that most of their maturation as young men happens off the court.”

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Rolling Stone Found Guilty of Defamation With Malice

Rolling Stone Lawsuit GuiltyA ten-person jury found Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubun Erdely, the magazine itself, and publisher Wenner Media guilty of defaming Nicole Eramo, an administrator at University of Virginia, with malice, in their publication of their sensationalistic 2014 article “A Rape on Campus.”

The story, while now discredited, claimed that the school botched the handling of an alleged fraternity-house gang rape. “Jackie”, the pseudonym of the student who was allegedly attacked, claimed to have been counseled by Eramo; in her testimony on Oct. 31, 2016, Eramo claimed that Erdely portrayed her as ‘the chief villain’, and as someone who discouraged victims from reporting assaults to the police. Eramo, the associate dean of students, had been in charge of the university’s sexual assault program.

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Report Finds That NJ Hometown Influences Lifespan

Living in Northern Towns Can Add Years to Your Life

Depending on where you live in the state of New Jersey, your lifespan can vary greatly. Factors such as socio-economic status have a large impact on the type of lifestyle one lives, and ultimately their overall health, according to

Dr. Lynne Holden, Co-founder and President of Mentoring in Medicine, said, “Many families traditionally do not eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Quality produce at an affordable price is often not available in local neighborhoods. Therefore, families are used to eating canned food or carbohydrate and fat laden foods which have longer shelf lives.”

In New Jersey there is a tremendous gap between those who are wealthy and those who are not. When analyzing the geography of New Jersey, there is a clear north-south divide, as men and women in the north are expected to live an average of five years longer than those who live in the south.

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A Letter From Our University Faculty: The Importance of Open Dialogue

As concerned educators, we are reaching out to students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the extended campus community to encourage open and respectful dialogue in this post-election period.

Monmouth University must provide a safe physical and intellectual space for all students and community members. We acknowledge the heightened sense of fear, distrust, and anger present on campus. We encourage open and respectful dialogue so that students can better understand and respect each other on campus and beyond, regardless of political affiliation. As faculty, we are committed to facilitating such conversation. We invite students to ask questions in class, visit faculty during office hours, and we call on faculty to participate in formal and informal student discussions around campus. We also urge students to both speak and act; but before doing either, to make sure that what they are saying and doing is thoughtful, respectful, and moves us toward mutual understanding, not bullying and hate. As faculty, we publicly affirm that while we welcome open discussion, we will not tolerate harassment and violence in our classrooms.

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Sexual Assault Campaign Posters Captures Students’ Attention

It Happens Because RapeTacked and taped across University bulletin boards, locker rooms, and dormitory bathroom stalls are signs from this year’s sexual assault poster campaign titled It Happens by photographer Yana Mazurkevich. The posters have been showcased since Hawks United Week in early October by the Office of Equity and Diversity, the General Council, and Student Life.

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Polling Institute Earns an A+ Rating

Polling Institute A PlusThe quality and accuracy of polls released by the Monmouth University Polling Institute has earned the University an A+ rating from Nate Silver’s widely respected news site, FiveThirtyEight.

The University ranked higher than many major media outlets and organizations such as Fox News, the Los Angeles Times, and Gallup, becoming one of only five polls to receive an A+ rating out of the 373 organizations reviewed by the site in August.

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Narcan Used an Average of 21 Times a Day In NJ

Narcan Use AverageNarcan, a drug that halts the effects of an opioid overdose, has been deployed by New Jersey emergency officials over 18,000 times since its widespread implementation in 2014, according to an article by

As of 2016, the drug has been deployed an average of 21.8 times per day; it is expected that it will have been utilized nearly 8,000 times by the year’s end, according to the article. Data on opioid and heroin abuse in the state is difficult to pin down, but the use of Narcan by first responders in the field provides one of the clearest indications of how widespread it is.

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Visting Writer Series Features Poet, Gerald Stern

Poet Gerald SternMonmouth University hosted another Visiting Writers Series eventson Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium. The visiting poet for this installment was Gerald Stern. Stern is an immensely popular poet who has published over a dozen awards for his writings and countless books of poetry with their content being both mind-opening and sentimental as well as witty and thought-provoking.

Michael Thomas, Associate Dean of Humanities and Director of the Visiting Writers Series, explained that Stern was selected for the Visiting Writers Series because “There are very few poets like him left. Also, Gerald Stern is an American Original, a poet who integrates history, both personal and political.”

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Largest Career Day in MU History

The largest Career Day in the University’s history was held in the OceanFirst Bank Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Over 120 companies and over 350 students and alumni attended the event sponsored by the Career Services Office.

Jeffrey Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services, said there was a six percent increase compared to last year. “Career Services is very happy with both student and employer turnout, but we never want to stop trying to improve the event,” said Mass. “Someday I would like to see 150 employers visit the campus.”

The University had various companies attend Career Day for the first time including: Canon Solutions America; Department of Children and Families; Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories; New Jersey State Parole Board; Open Systems Technology; PNC Bank; Simon & Schuster; NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Toll Brothers; United Methodist Communities; and USA Today.

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Where is the New 911 System?

New 911 SystemSince 2004, the state of New Jersey has collected 1.37 billion dollars in 911 fees, meant for the implementation of a new 911 system that would be more advanced and save lives according to NJ Advanced Media. However, this analysis published on Oct. 14 found that only about 15 percent of the funds have been used to pay for the system they are intended for.

The new system, called NextGen 911, would be an upgrade on the current 911 system, using updated technology and giving dispatchers and first responders more information and access. People would be able to show dispatchers text, photo, and video; information could be shared with first responders in real-time. Information could also be run through databases.

Stephen Chapman, Assistant Professor of Political Science considers the misuse of funds as a strategic political move. He said, “I think this situation is a clear example of when strategic actors behave in a manner that benefits their interests. The governors took from the tax fund because they knew balancing the budget would benefit their public approval and reelection hopes much more than 911 technology would.”

“This does happen quite often; Governor Christie is known for taking from one program to pay for another, but he is surely not the only state executive to engage in this activity. However, this situation normally happens in policy areas where most people are not paying attention.” Chapman added.

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Remembering Milt Campbell: A Champion and Humanitarian

Rembering Milt CampbellOn May 20 2008, Monmouth University gave an honorary degree of Public Service to Olympic champion and humanitarian Milt Campbell, the only university to do so.

Yesterday, Nov. 2, the anniversary of Campbells passing. He was the first African American to become an Olympic decathlon champion, who used his athletic fame to help deconstruct the negative ideologies associated with the black community. He also created more opportunities for individuals who live in underprivileged areas.

Biology professor Dr. James Mack nominated Milt for the Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, which he received on May 20, 2008 from the University. Monmouth became the only University to give Milt Campbell an honorary degree in acknowledgment for his humanitarian efforts and his world class athletic achievements.

Paul G. Gaffney II, the University’s former President recalled the award ceremony. He said, “It was an honor to have Olympian and New Jersey resident Milt Campbell with us before a big and happy audience. Milt was not recognized enough in his life so it was particularly rewarding that Professor Mack brought him to our commencement.”

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MUPD Apprehends Alleged Gunman: No One Hurt

Gunman on Campus Is Arrested In Dorms

Monmouth University was placed on a campus lockdown after two female students reported that a man allegedly attempted to rob them with a handgun on Nov. 1 at approximately 9:17 p.m. No one was injured and the suspect and weapon were apprehended.

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office identified the suspect as University student Keith L. Williams, 18, of Baltimore, M.D., and charged him with first degree armed robbery.

The students reported that a male, approximately 6’3” wearing a hooded black sweatshirt and stocking mask, drew what was believed to be a handgun and demanded their cell phones. The students escaped the scene. They called 911 once they were in a safe location.

Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) was immediately notified of the incident, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

The University personnel put a lockdown in place at 9:52 p.m. for the entire campus to ensure the safety of the students and anyone else who was potentially in danger. This decision was based upon the fact that an armed suspect was believed to be on campus, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

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“Mighty” MU Says Goodbye to Kessler Field at Homecoming 16’

Hawks Gather At Final Homecoming on Kessler Field

Mighty Monmouth Goodbye 1Monmouth University hosted its annual homecoming weekend from Oct. 28-30 during which students partook in a series of fun-filled activities. Current and former staff, alumni, and trustees were invited to enjoy the event.

The game was the final one at Kessler field, as demolition of the aging field began on Nov. 1, with hopes to complete the new field by the 2017 season. Kessler Field was built in 1993 and opened for the Hawks’ inaugural season. On Sept. 25, 1993, the first-ever game was played at Kessler Field as the Hawks hosted Sacred Heart University. Since then, the field as been home to every Hawks home game.


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Media Talks with WABC Reporter

Toni Yates Visits The University

WABC Toni Yates 1Toni Yates, a news reporter and anchorwoman for WABC - TV Eyewitness News, spoke to students at the University about the relationship between news media and the criminal justice system on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Pollak Theatre.

About 70 students from various departments (including communications and criminal justice) sat in the center seats of the theatre as Yates discussed her experiences in the field of news reporting. Yates said, “some of the news of the day that we cover sounds a lot like this: An amber alert is launched, because a kid was walking to school and all of a sudden he was snatched...or a cop pulls a driver over and things go absolutely horribly wrong and the driver ends up dead. Or an angry student who was expelled from college and they return weeks later with an AK-47, or a deadly carjacking at a mall across the country somewhere.”

Yates continued, “every day, so many journalists get up and there is not a day that goes by that we don’t have to go out and cover stories like that.”

Nicholas Sewitch, a specialist professor in the criminal justice department, asked Yates if she would speak to students at the University via email. “I’m teaching a first-year seminar class about the CSI effect in relationship to popular television shows and also news media and the criminal justice system, and so I wanted to bring down a news reporter,” said Sewitch.


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The Outlook Update: Volume 88 Issue 7

11/4/16 8:10 PM

The site now has the online version of this week's issue uploaded. The Outlook staff thanks you for your patience.

11/3/16 1:00 PM

The Outlook staff has completed the issue for this week and it is being dispersed in print throughout the university. The issue will be available online between today and the end of Friday.

11/2/16 10:00 AM

Due to recent events on November 1 2016, The Outlook staff was unable to complete the week's issue because of the imposed lockdown that required all individuals on campus to stay indoors or enter the nearest campus building. As of now, we are currently trying our best to send out issue 7 at fast as possible. The Outlook will provide updates on when the next issue will be live in both print and online form in future updates.



New Race and Ethnicities Minor Diversifies Curriculum

New Race Ethnicities Minor 1The History and Anthropology department has created a new undergraduate Race and Ethnicities minor, focusing on race and ethnic studies. The newly established fifteen credit minor was spearheaded by lecturer Hettie Williams and lecturer Brooke Nappi, of the History and Anthropology department.

The minor will focus on “the critical study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity with an emphasis on the perspectives of people of color,” according to a press release sent out in the department newsletter last spring. It launched this fall and, according to those involved, has been well received by students.

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College Students an At-Risk Group for Identity Theft

ID Theives and HackersAs the fall semester continues, new scams and fraud attempts have been directed at college students, making them one of the most at-risk demographics for scamming and identity theft, according to USA Today.

There are a number of reasons as to why college students are more at-risk than other groups. According to a USA Today article published on Sept. 8, there is a “growing cybersecurity threat at schools and other large institutions” since entire databases of student and faculty information are kept, similarly to how large companies or health care providers keep databases of their clients. If illegally accessed, the results can be disastrous.

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University Hosts First Monmouth Challenge Quiz Bowl

First Monmouth Quiz BowlThe first Monmouth Challenge Quiz Bowl took place as a part of implamenting the strategic plan on Oct. 21 in Pozycki 115 and 205 from 4:30-7 p.m.

Eight teams of students participated, with four to five people per team.  Seven faculty members participated and there were a few faculty, staff and administrators who attended to watch or cheer on a team.

Questions were taken from the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC and some Monmouth trivia questions were developed by Professor Melissa Ziobro, a Specialist Professor of Public History. Each competition between two teams was ten minutes long. Various topics were covered including science, entertainment, literature, and history.

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Millenials Are Most Likely To Swear At Work

Millenials Likely To SwearA recent study of over 1,500 Americans by the work management platform Wrike found that 66 percent of millennials admit to swearing at work, while only 54 percent of baby boomers say they swear on the job.

Additionally, 45 percent of millennials surveyed said that using swear words at work “doesn’t matter,” while others said it makes communicating easier. Some also said they felt that swearing bolsters camaraderie among colleagues. Another, 36 percent said cursing on the job displays passion for their work. The baby boomers confessed that using swear words while on the job is classless and unprofessional.

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Monmouth Prepares for 2016 FAFSA Changes

This year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has undergone multiple developments. Such changes include adjusting the deadline to submit financial information to Oct. 1, as well as changes in required financial filing information.

FAFSA had a long-time submission date of Jan. 1, which allowed families to submit information about their financial situation in hopes of securing loans, grants, and scholarships from the federal government for a college-bound family member.

However, the previous date of only allowed schools a few months before they could put together a financial aid package that factors heavily into a student’s decision. The later submission date also impacted students as well.

“One of the big issues that you would run into [with the old FAFSA] was a student applying for admission in September or October of their senior year and not receiving their financial aid packet until March or April from some institutions. This change gives students and their families more time to sit down and work together to make a final decision on the school that is the best fit for them financially,” said Kamal Kornegay, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions. An earlier timeline means that families will have a better idea of what institutions are feasible based on financial accommodations.

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Annual Founder’s Day Convocation Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Founders Day 2016The annual Founder’s Day Convocation was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to Monmouth College in 1966. The ceremony was located in the OceanFirst Bank Center on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

On the day of the ceremony, nearly 300 faculty and administrators flocked toward the Center in a rainbow of academic regalia, along with students and other members of the University community.

Created in 1983 on the University’s 50th anniversary from a junior college to an established institution of higher education, Founder’s Day is an annual celebration of the University’s founding in 1933.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Speaks at MU

climateThe 7th Annual School of Science Dean’s Seminar featured Plymouth University professor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Camille Parmesan, who spoke about the responses of wild plants and animals to man-made climate change on Oct. 7. Held in Wilson auditorium, the seminar welcomed students, faculty, and community members to engage in the presentation.

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A Wing and a Prayer Celebrates 25 Years

wingIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of his novel, A Wing and a Prayer, John Morano, a professor of journalism, released the sixth edition on Monday, Oct. 3. As the first book of the Eco-Adventure Series, new illustrations by Sarah Anderson and an Introduction by Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, are now featured.

“I was dying to fix [A Wing and a Prayer] up, dying to put a new coat of paint on it… It now reads the way I have always wanted it to read,” commented Morano.

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First Ever Internship and Majors Fair Hosted at MU

internshipsA total of 30 employers, 206 students, and representatives from all majors attended the Internships and Majors Fair on Oct. 5 in Anacon Hall. This was the first time the University combined these two events in order to consolidate the similar fairs and provide an array of options for students at once.

In addition to being an event where students can meet with potential employers, the Internship and Majors Fair also gave undecided and re-deciding students a chance to explore academic majors options with faculty from each school at Monmouth,” said Jeff Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services.

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Postcards to POTUS

OringSheryl Oring, creator of the ‘I Wish to Say’ project, visited the patio of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Friday, Oct. 7 to present a glance at American public opinion on presidential politics. Dressed as a vintage secretary with a portable public office equipped with a manual typewriter, Oring gave students the opportunity to dictate letters to the president and presidential candidates.

“I was questioning if we really know what Americans think about our candidates,” artist Sheryl Oring said in an interview with TakePart. “I wanted to come up with a way of going around and talking to people who might not normally show up in a news story.”

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MU Appoints New Vice Provost of Global Learning

New Vice ProvostThis past February, the University hired a new Vice Provost for Global Education, Dr. Jon W. Stauff, who hopes to use his diverse experiences and unique world perspective to connect University students with programs that will help them become better students and leaders.

For Stauff, international programs have a special place in the future of Monmouth students.

“International experience and familiarity with the world is going to be as essential in 20 years as computers have become part of our generation... International education is going to provide students today with those essential skills for a successful career in the 21st century. Those essentials are going to include familiarity with the global marketplace, not just of products but of ideas,” he said.

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Texting Emergencies to 9-1-1 Now Available in New Jersey

911 Text 1Texting 9-1-1 has become an option for the citizens of New Jersey in an effort to allow people who cannot speak during their emergency situation to contact an emergency dispatcher. Effective Sept. 7, the texting capability will also provide people with disabilities, such as those with hearing impairments or deafness, another option for communication.

“The text to 9-1-1 will allow, in the event that the unthinkable happens in our backyard, the public to be able to text 9-1-1 to provide information to first responders arriving on the scene,” said Christopher Rodriguez, Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security in a press conference on Sept. 7.

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Run Honored Fallen University Alumnus

Fallen University Alumnus 1Over two dozen members of the University community along with family and friends of fallen military soldier and University alumnus, Lance Corporal Christopher B. Cosgrove III, participated in the New Jersey (NJ) Run For the Fallen on Sunday, Sept. 25.

NJ Run for the Fallen is an organization whose mission is to run a mile for every NJ service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom New Dawn, and any other conflicts. According to the official website, the first run was held in 2009.

According to his mother, Charlene Cosgrove-Bowie, Cosgrove was a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps from Cedar Knolls, NJ. He died while serving in Iraq on Oct. 1, 2006. “Chris wanted to join the Marines when he graduated high school, but I begged him to go to college first. So he went to Monmouth University, and majored in history and double minored in anthropology and archaeology,” she said.

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Dr. Lisa Dinella Presents Research At Sesame

Dr Lisa Dinella SesameLisa Dinella, Ph.D., an associate professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Gender Development Laboratory at the University, spoke at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind the TV series Sesame Street, on Sept. 13. The address, titled “The Power of Play,” focused on Dinella’s research in gender, toys, childhood media and science-based recommendations for using the tremendous influence of the media to reduce gender stereotypes.

“Speaking at the Sesame Workshop was an amazing experience,” said Dinella. “I had the opportunity to speak with so many people that are applying the science and research directly to have an impact on young children. I spoke with many of the writers and digital media people that are behind the television series.”

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University Broadens Students’ Perspectives with New Childhood Studies Minor

New Minor Piques StudentsA newly established minor in childhood studies was added to the list of University programs this fall to help students understand the stresses and the experiences of children from a global perspective, according to Robyn Holmes, a professor of psychology.

The minor was developed through the Department of Psychology, and will be spearheaded by Holmes. “If you think about the 21st Century experience, right with globalization, increase in migration, social media access, intergroup contact, and the movement of people, some voluntary, some not. Children are kind of caught up in that movement,” she said.

Holmes continued, “It’s nice to understand that not every child gets breakfast before they go to school, some children are homeless, some children will be forced to work in horrible conditions, girls will be sold as slaves and prostitutes, and some children will be so affluent that they will be driving in sports cars and private jets before their fifth birthday.”

According to Holmes, the minor took about 18 months to create. Holmes spoke with professors at Rutgers University’s doctoral program of childhood studies to decide how it might work at the University’s undergraduate level.

Holmes then petitioned the idea to Monmouth University department chairs, received approvals from undergraduate studies, and polled students for interest. “Before the minor was approved by undergraduate studies, I began to poll students, and the student interest was very high,” she said.

Mariel Acevado, a junior psychology student, now has a minor in Childhood Studies. “I signed up for the minor literally one day after Doctor Holmes sent out the email. I’m a social work major and as a career I want to work with children, so I felt like this minor was a perfect fit and opportunity to enhance my knowledge on children. I was a psych minor and although those classes are strong and fulfilling, it was too broad of a minor,” she said.

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Bachrach Appointed as New Dean of the School of Science

New Scienece DeanSteven Bachrach, Ph.D. was appointed as the new Dean of the School of Science at the University as of Aug. 1, and is most looking forward to increasing the opportunity for students to be engaged in research.

Previously, Bachrach had worked as the Assistant Vice-President for Special Projects at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. During his time there, he was also the Department of Chemistry Chair and a Chemistry Professor. He started teaching at Northern Illinois University.  

“This was a terrific opportunity for me. This Dean position is exactly the kind of opportunity and challenge I was looking for,” said Bachrach.

He said there is already much of this occurring at the University, including the ongoing summer research project, which has been in place for nine years now. “For me, the best way for students to learn science is to do science. That means discovery, which you see in the research environment,” the Dean pointed out.

“I haven’t actually met him or gotten to hear any of his ideas and policies but I have heard from many professors that he is very laid back and friendly,” said Kristen Jezycki, a senior marine bio student. 

According to Bachrach, a current weakness in the department is that they are presently short staffed and he would like to see more faculty.

Bachrach’s long term goal is to engage with the community and increase the profile and reputation of the University, ultimately leading to a stronger student body. “I will be successful if colleges of ours in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, will look to us and say there is really good science going on and that they want to send their son or daughter to Monmouth to get a solid, modern, cutting edge science education. What I would really love to see is students applying specifically to come to Monmouth for the sciences because they know they can engage in research right away,” he explained.

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NJ Millennials Won’t Move Out

State has Highest Percentage of Young Adults in the Country Still Living at Home

NJ Mllenials 1According to recent Census data provided by, New Jersey has the highest percentage in the country of millennials aged 18 to 34 that still live at home with their parents. While this may seem like a sign of decreasing independence for this generation, a closer look suggests that millennials might actually be making a smarter and safer choice.

Financially, avoiding mortgage and even rent might be a viable option for millennials who are overwhelmed with student loan debt. Nick VanDaley, a graduate student at the University, said, “Having to take out loans to go to a university has crippled [millennials] before we even begin our adult lives. While our parents established their credit through buying homes and cars, our credit will be built upon our student loans. This comes at a price, however, as we aren’t able to afford much else.” also highlighted Census data that showed how New Jersey is falling behind the nation in wage growth, and Bureau of Labor Statistics data that reported a scant 1.4 percent in job growth within the state.  VanDaley said, “Stagnating wages, New Jersey as the worst in the country, hinder [millennials] from being full consumers,” unlike generations of America’s past.

In addition, New Jersey’s high property taxes make home ownership for millennials even more intangible, especially those with student loan debt. Census data revealed that NJ has the highest property taxes in the country. With an income based on meager wages, mortgage payments won’t fit in the budget.

Mike Grant, a junior at the University, further explained the reality many millennials are facing. Grant said, “I bet if kids could move out, they would. Especially if they went to college and got the taste of living on their own. Who wants to backtrack and live with their parents? But I do not blame the millennial, who is all too often accused of being ‘lazy’, as much as I blame the unreliable job market, the crippling student debts, and the highest property taxes any state has to offer.  It would appear to be the perfect storm, keeping millennials inside, and more specifically, inside their parents’ homes.”

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Paintings From Chilean History

Chilean History 1In support of Hispanic Heritage Month, the University is hosting Memorias – Geography of a Decade: Chile 1973-1983 from Sept. 14 through Oct. 14 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is held in the Guggenheim Library room 101 and displays original serigraphs, posters, and photos of Chilean art.

Chilean writer and activist Gustavo Gac-Artigras will read excerpts from his most recent novel And We Were All Actors: A Century of Light and Shadow on Oct. 3 in Monmouth University Library room 102.           

G. Gac-Artigras spent 40 years living under a strict military hand, and learned how to “distance [himself] from [his] memories in order to survive.” Although the captivity brought endless nightmares to the writer, they also taught him to be “tolerant and to listen to the other in order to be able to trust those who think differently.”

Priscilla Gac-Artigras, a professor of world languages and cultures, and wife of G. Gac-Artigas, is responsible for reviving these artworks at the University. As part of the Monmouth family, P. Gac-Artigras felt that the University was the perfect place to display the historical artifacts. “The new generations get to know those events from the past that make the human beings lose their humanity and act as enemies of their human fellows and learn a lesson from them. And the lesson is that ‘never again.’ Never again the holocaust, never again the dictatorships, never again the war, never again the massacres,” said P. Gac-Artigras.

Like these previously hidden artworks, G. Gac-Artigras is no stranger to captivity. The military coup of 1973 exiled G. Gac-Artigras along with 1,000,000 other Chileans. Living out his exile in Paris, the writer shared how the past affected him as he was forced to “get to know the limits of horror that marks your life, your dreams.”  

In Paris, G. Gac-Artigras restarted his theater group, Théâtre de la Résistance- Chili, and later established Nuevo Teatro los Comediantes. Exile also brought him to meet his wife, who was pursuing her doctorate at the time. 

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Brookdale Board Member Under Fire For Tweets

A trustee of Brookdale Community College was found posting and liking racist comments on Twitter, and now there is a petition, published through Brookdale’s student newspaper, calling for his resignation.

Board of Trustee member Joseph DiBella’s Twitter account was shown liking several tweets posted by others, and others that he wrote himself. All contained racist content, such as calling President Barack Barack Obama an “islamic black monkey” and others that contained use of severe derogative terminology and obscene suggestions.

DiBella reportedly told the Asbury Park Press that he was not responsible for the alleged behavior. He claimed that the Tweets were liked by hackers, and that Photoshop was used to alter the tweets to defame him. According to Brookdale administrators, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating whether the account was hacked or not.

“I haven’t written anything that is racist and I haven’t liked anything that is racist,” DiBella told the Press. “If there is some electronic re-creation out there it was either altered, or my account has been hacked. Someone has clearly altered, Photoshopped and likely hacked my account to recreate or suggest that I liked things of a disgusting, racist nature that I did not. It is regrettable in this day and age that people can use technology as a weapon.”

However, students do not seem to believe DiBella’s claims, and are calling for his resignation. The student newspaper is circulating a petition asking for his resignation; according to Alex Nichols, the editor of Brookdales student newspaper, The Stall, 80 students have already signed it.

“As soon as we were made aware of his Tweets, we archived them… On Sept. 1, a friend, a Brookdale alum, posted a few screenshots of his Tweets on Facebook, and we started researching to see if they were real,” Nichols told the Middletown Patch.

“He has 7,000 followers, and has been posting and liking vitriolic content for the past two years in some form or another. Unless he’s been lost on an island for the past two years without an Internet connection, I doubt that he’s been aware of what’s being put on his Twitter account. It appears to me that he’s just trying to save face,” added Nichols.

Brookdale faculty members also claim that they do not believe that the account was hacked.

“If you had a Twitter feed, and for two years, there were these awful things in your name that were expressed in your Twitter feed, you would have not waited until someone brought it to your attention or brought it to the institute’s attention before you went and asked the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office,” said Jack Ryan, an assistant professor of English at Brookdale, to the Asbury Park Press.

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Monmouth University Mourns the Passing of Jules L. Plangere, Jr.

Jules L Plangere JrThe University Board of Trustees voted to retain the name of Woodrow Wilson Hall after months spent reconsidering the controversial legacy of former president Woodrow Wilson. The decision was made at a Board of Trustees meeting on June 23.

Similar events have occurred at universities across the nation. This year Princeton University refused student demands to change the name of Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, but agreed to remove a mural of Wilson from a dining hall. Then in May, hundreds of students at Yale protested the school’s decision to keep Calhoun College named after John C. Calhoun, an 18th century slavery supporter.

Although Wilson won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work during World War I as well as motivated the creation of the Federal Reserve, he also segregated the federal government and was a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.

“It is impossible to disentangle his foreign policy achievements from a racism that helped to retard the development of American democracy,” said Hettie Williams, a lecturer of History and Anthropology. “Both primary and secondary sources indicate that Wilson’s attitude on race was regressive for his time, and more in line with the ideology of the new Ku Klux Klan.”

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Board Votes No to Wilson Hall Name Change

Woodrow Wilson LegacyThe University Board of Trustees voted to retain the name of Woodrow Wilson Hall after months spent reconsidering the controversial legacy of former president Woodrow Wilson. The decision was made at a Board of Trustees meeting on June 23.

Similar events have occurred at universities across the nation. This year Princeton University refused student demands to change the name of Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, but agreed to remove a mural of Wilson from a dining hall. Then in May, hundreds of students at Yale protested the school’s decision to keep Calhoun College named after John C. Calhoun, an 18th century slavery supporter.

Although Wilson won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work during World War I as well as motivated the creation of the Federal Reserve, he also segregated the federal government and was a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.

“It is impossible to disentangle his foreign policy achievements from a racism that helped to retard the development of American democracy,” said Hettie Williams, a lecturer of History and Anthropology. “Both primary and secondary sources indicate that Wilson’s attitude on race was regressive for his time, and more in line with the ideology of the new Ku Klux Klan.”

According to Henry Mercer, Board of Trustees Chair, the conversations on Wilson are not over. In a press release he stated, “I am proud that our entire Board chose to proactively examine Wilson’s legacy with the help of faculty, students, and staff members.”  He added, “From this we know that we have a responsibility to tell Wilson’s full story, the good and bad. This provides a valuable learning opportunity for the Monmouth University community.”

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Monmouth Students Present During JFK Airport Shooting Scare

JFK Shooting ScareA shooting was reported at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York in August. Traveling Monmouth University students were present as terminals were evacuated and passengers were fleeing for their lives, however, it was later revealed that the entire situation was a false alarm.

The ‘shooting’ began in Terminal eight of the eight-terminal airport. Just before 9:35 p.m., Usain Bolt finished his 100-meter Olympic dash, scoring a gold medal for his home country of Jamaica; those watching cheered and clapped. It was the sound of cheering and clapping that caused others in the terminal to think they were under attack.  

The situation quickly spiraled into chaos. Passengers stampeded through the terminal, and there seemed to be a lack of responding security according to New York Magazine. Passengers were not reasonably evacuated, at least in the beginning; they instead they fled onto the tarmac, into the hallways, and throughout the airport. The sounds of metal poles falling to the ground as the crowd pushed through them sounded like more gunshots, only increasing the panic.  

About forty-five minutes later, there was yet another false alarm in Terminal One, JFK’s international terminal.

In Terminal One was a handful of Monmouth University students about to depart for a three-week backpacking trip through Copenhagen. Their flight had been delayed. They were at the end of the terminal, according to junior political science student Christopher Summers, and there were no exits except for the secured gates that connected the planes to the terminal.

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Healthy Living Blog gets Professor on The Chew

Mary Harris The ChewMary Harris, a Specialist professor of communications, appeared on the Emmy-Award winning TV Show, The Chew on Friday June 3.

ABC’s talk-show The Chew is led by co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz. This talk show is composed of entertaining and informative segments that capture all types of audiences. It is a spin-off of ABC’s other award-winning show, The View, however, instead of focusing on celebrity news, The Chew focuses on lifestyle tips and tricks and a variety of food-related news that can range from the innovative recipes for Nashville hot wings to classic chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes. 

Harris was approached by The Chew’s production team to be a guest star on the show about a week before it aired. The producers contacted her because of her blog on healthy living and natural recipes called SproutnBlossom. Following a phone interview with an assistant producer, she was selected to conduct a segment on the show.

“Meeting the whole cast was definitely very interesting on its own,” said Harris. Had it not been for her own segment, she never would have been able to meet the cohosts or the world class chefs otherwise. According to Harris, it was also very refreshing to speak with them as down- to-earth individuals, rather than meet them for their stage personas on the TV screen. When she was getting ready in her dressing room, she was able to speak to chefs and get to know them on a personal level.

“The segment I was on was a four-minute segment on natural cleaners,” said Harris. The producers were seeking someone who could make an effective natural cleaning solution for around the house that was not only do it yourself (DIY), but also did not utilize chemicals.

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Forbes Leaves MU off List of ‘NJ Top 10 Colleges’

The University failed to make the cut on Forbes list of “America’s Top Colleges” and their list of “Top 10 Schools of New Jersey,” released together in July. 

The list ranked 660 schools, and a number of neighboring schools snagged spots on the list, with Princeton at number 3 on “America’s Top Colleges” and number 1 on “Top 10 Schools of New Jersey.” Other NJ schools that made the Forbes list include, but are not limited to, Rutgers University, Rowan University, and Drew University.

Senior marketing student Erica Villa thought the University should have made the list. She said, “The University has great academics and the success of our alumi is high. I’ve had a lot of great professors and I feel like there are a lot of resources on campus for students to help them get jobs, like Career Services.”

On the other hand, senior health student Kegan Ellis thinks that the list has a lot to do with the retention rate. “I know a lot people who transferred, which might’ve had to do with the social aspect. A lot of kids come to school looking to party, and Monmouth just isn’t the place for that,” he said.

Forbes described the methodology behind how they establish their list. In an article titled Top Colleges Ranking 2016: The Full Methedology, Forbes staff writer Caroline Howard revealed that Forbes isn’t focusing on how student’s get into college, but what they are getting out of it.

Universities are graded on five categories: post-graduate success, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success. Such information is acquired through sites such as Payscale, College Scorecard, and RateMyProfessor.

For post-grad success, Forbes combines the information from Payscale, which discloses self-reported salaries, and from College Scorecard, which reveals tax records solely from former students who took out federal loans. Together, these sites provide a reading of early and mid-career salaries, and weigh 32.5 percent on the rating scale.

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NJ Ranked Sixth In U.S. for Teen Drug Overdose

NJ Drug OverdoseIn findings reported by Trust For America's Health, the national health policy organization, New Jersey is the state with the sixth-highest teen drug overdose rate.

Despite the state’s comprehensive laws and regulations against teen substance abuse, there have been a high number of drug overdoses among New Jersey youths. For every 100,000 youths, 10.7 will overdose on drugs, which is more than three people higher than the national average of 7.3.

Additionally, a reliance on substance abuse in one’s teen years is a strong indicator for continued use in adulthood, as more than 90 percent of adult substance abusers began using before age 18. Further, New Jersey is one of 18 states where the overdose rate has doubled since the organization began in 1999-2000, according to At that time, the state's overdose rate was 4.8 per 100,000.

Senior psychology student Amanda Aynes said that the statistics are disturbing, and something needs to be done to combat this epidemic. “The number of overdoses due to drugs is extremely upsetting and there needs to be a stop to it,” said Aynes. “Instead of trying to figure out how to keep the drugs out of their hands creating more laws, there should be more attention towards increasing their mental health and figuring out what causes the start of the drug addiction.”

Although elementary aged students are introduced to the dangers of drug abuse, there is no school program for people 18-22.

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Welcome Back Letters 9/14/16

Welcome from the President

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Dear Hawks:

Whether you are joining our community for the first time, preparing for your final year as an undergraduate, or enrolled in a graduate degree program I hope you are energized and ready for our 2016-2017 academic year. 

Over the summer we made many campus improvements, with others still in progress.

The dining hall at Magill Commons has been completely renovated with a host of healthy new options, significant progress continues on our School of Science facilities, and construction is already underway for our new Monmouth Stadium which will be home to our track & field, lacrosse, and football programs.

These improvements are part of our commitment to providing you with an outstanding living and learning environment. At the same time, your successful collegiate experience will depend on your ability to maximize less tangible resources. 

One of our greatest strengths as a university are the close bonds we share as a supportive community. Every member of our dedicated faculty and staff is here to help you succeed. Get to know your academic advisors, your professors, coaches, and resident assistants.  Please stop me and introduce yourself.

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University Under Federal Investigation by the Office of Civil Rights

OCR InvestigationThe University was added to a list of 270 colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly failing to respond to a complaint of sexual assault made in February 2015. As a result, the student was subjected to a “sexually hostile environment.”

Recent University graduate Tara Moore, whose name has been revealed at her request, made national headlines with news organizations such as CNN, News 12 New Jersey, and the Huffington Post in the spring under the pseudonym Sarah. She filed the complaint in March.

Moore’s 87 page complaint sent to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recapped her sexual assault with evidence and explained why she felt the University violated her Title IX rights during their investigation that eventually led to the expulsion of her assaulter.

On April 21, OCR notified the University and Moore that a case had been opened. According to OCR, the University is under investigation for failing to appropriately respond to Moore’s report and subjecting her to a sexually hostile environment.

Since 2011, OCR has conducted 322 investigations for possibly mishandling reports of sexual violence on college campuses. Today, 52 cases have been resolved, and 270 are active.

Some of the schools with open investigations alongside the University’s are Stanford, Princeton, and Cornell. In fact, 28 of the 50 “Best Universities” in U.S. News and World Report are under investigation.

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MAC Graduates to OceanFirst Bank Center

OceanFirst BankOceanFirst Bank has landed its name on what used to be called the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) through a $4 million agreement between OceanFirst and the University.

The 20-year marketing agreement includes naming rights and will provide ongoing financial support for athletic and intramural facilities used by students as well as the University community.

The bank, which was founded in 1902, is described as a regional institution committed to higher education and communal relationships, and is one of the largest and oldest community banks in New Jersey. Known as a historical institution committed to growth, it mirrors the University’s antique grounds and its continual progression in both accreditation and size.

Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, Mary Anne Nagy describes OceanFirst Bank as being a “good partner that has had an interest in Monmouth.” The Bank currently holds a third floor suite in the center, which they’ve been renting out for a number of years. Companies who wish to utilize the suites for business or entertainment purposes may rent them out annually. As an original suite holder, OceanFirst has had a venerable relationship with Monmouth University and continues to show its dedication and support.

Jason Kroll, Vice President of External Affairs, is very much responsible for the name change. His role at the University is to raise revenue and philanthropic dollars for scholarship, and he saw that OceanFirst most aptly fit the bill.

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New Diner in the Dining Hall

New Dining Hall 1Over the summer the interior of the Magill Commons Dining Hall was heavily renovated, changing both the look of the dining area and the layout of the food service stations. Favorite stations remained while new ones, including a small diner, were added.

The dining hall now looks similar to the interior of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC). White picnic tables line up next to the windows, booths line the inner walls, and the wooden chairs at the inner tables have been changed into multicolored metal ones. The seating along the back wall has been changed into a bar where students can sit. Many paintings have been removed, as well as overhanging plants, and the walls have been painted to give the dining area a fresh, modern feel. The serving area is now more open and vibrant, and the space now feels less cluttered and claustrophobic.

The renovations took about four months, according to Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement. Renovations began on May 9 and were completed by the time students returned for the 2016/2017 school year. According to Nagy, there are still some minor pieces left to complete, such as the addition of a few more banquettes in the south end of the dining hall on the east side.

While there are no final bills in for the cost of the renovations, Nagy estimates that the project will come in at just under three million dollars. The two most expensive pieces of the renovation were the diner and the expansion of the center island, due to the need for new plumbing, electrical, and gas lines, and the creation or change of various pieces of infrastructure. “They  were the most expensive, but they are the most important parts of the facility,” said Nagy. “I think the diner will be a huge hit with students. I think the other thing that seems to have been one of the biggest hits is the hot plate station, where students can make their own omelet; they can sautee their own vegetables and proteins and pasta and sauce; they can make their own meal. It’s another way for students to control what they consume,” added Nagy.

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International Student Mentoring Program Makes MU Debut

The University welcomes 38 international students into a new International Student Mentor Program for this academic year.

The program was designed by the Global Education Office to specifically help students from abroad. Corey Inzana, the International Student Advisor for Global Education, said, “There was a great opportunity to aid international students as they transition to life in the US and navigate the University environment at Monmouth.”

According to Barbara Nitzberg, Assistant Director of International Students and Faculty Services, this fall semester Monmouth has international students from a wide range of countries including Canada, China, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Jamaica, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Scotland.

There will also be a plethora of students from countries that Monmouth has never had connections with, such as Jamaica.

The program has student mentors from all different kinds of leadership roles, and areas of campus life. “The mentors are completely volunteering and are looking to share what they love about Monmouth with new people. They are expected to aid in the navigation of the Monmouth experience: to help the international students feel like Monmouth is more than a class room, but a home away from home,” states Corey.

 The mentors and mentees will meet twice a month to discuss their acclimation to the University. The mentors will help them enjoy their classroom experiences, locate academic resources and find ways of community engagement.

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