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Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

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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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 studentloanhero.com.

Upon graduation, a student must pick a particular plan to pay off their student loans, according to an article published by nerdwallet.com. 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.

According to Kristen Isaksen, Associate Director of Financial Aid, students should utilize resources such as studentaid.ed.gov and nelnetloanservicing.com for helpful options regarding loan repayment. “These sites will provide you with repayment calculators, loan servicer information and the different repayment plans,” said Isaksen. “Knowing who your loan servicer is, when repayment begins and which payment plan is right for your situation is key.”

Peter Reinhart, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute, said that it is important for borrowers to understand the small “fine print” that each loan provider sets in place. If a student undertakes a loan that he/she is simply unfit to handle, it can severely damage their credit score.

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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.

“After the championship game when Jim Nantz (sportscaster) comes over and takes the microphone, with all the players and coaches and you have this big celebration. But as soon as Jim says ‘I want to introduce from the NCAA,’ boos took over,” said Ford. “In the midst of all this great joy and celebration, there is still these boos cascading from the rafters for the NCAA. The one overarch-ing factor for this is money. It is the fact of money. In many instances, it is the fallacy of money. But it is always hovering above college sports.”

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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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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 thesafezoneproject.org.

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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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