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University Celebrates Cinello Bowling Center Opening PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRIELLE COTELO CONTRIBUTING WRITER   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:51

bowing-2The University officially opened the Ciniello Bowling Center on Tuesday, Oct. 10, which was made possible by a $350,000 donation from University alumnus Patrick Ciniello.

Ciniello, a 1967 graduate, had the idea to build the bowling alley on campus from his former presidency and role as a chairman of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics, said that Ciniello, who outfits bowling alleys internationally, contacted the University because he wanted to do something on a college campus. After discussion, Monmouth University was able to accommodate a space for the project.

"It was over a year in the making," Dr. McNeil said. "Much work had to be done by Monmouth personnel to prepare the space in the Boylan Gym before the bowling infrastructure was put in."

The project saw major contributions from the Athletics department as well as Facilities Management.

"I was a spectator when it came to the planning," said Chuck Gerdon, Director of Leadership Programs. "I will tell you it was difficult for a desk jockey like me to conceptualize, and they did a great job," he said.

Gerdon explained that Robert Cornero, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management, coordinated the planning process and worked with the West Long Branch Zoning Office and Fire Inspectors closely.

"Our team had to strip down the building to prepare for the donor's crew which drove up from Florida and worked here for a few weeks at no cost to the University," said Gerdon.

Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, said that she strongly believes the bowling alley will meet the needs of the University's Bowling Team who, prior to the opening of the facility, had to practice and accommodate the hours of off-campus bowling alleys.

Since the bowling alley is accessible to all, Swannack hopes that it will provide a great recreational opportunity for University students, employees, faculty, staff and members of the fitness center.

The bowling alley charges $2 per game and a dollar for bowling shoes.

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Same-Sex Documentary Viewing PDF Print E-mail
Written by DANIELLE SCHIPANI COPY EDITOR   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:48

A crowd of about 215 University students and faculty gathered to attend the viewing of the documentary Bridegroom and to discuss the issue of same-sex marriage with Shane Crone, documentary creator and same-sex marriage activist, in Anacon Hall on Wednesday, Nov 5.

Crone has recently been speaking at colleges across the country and Monmouth was one of the last schools left on his fall tour. The documentary is about the love story of Crone and Thomas Bridegroom and the struggles they faced as a same-sex couple. It emphasized how same-sex marriage ban laws affected Crone after Bridegroom's tragic, unexpected death.

Crone explained that at first he was hesitant to go on tour but knew that it would force him to step out of his comfort zone and share his story with others.

"I am so glad that I said yes because of the special moments that have taken place on this tour," said Crone. "At every school I have spoken at, I have encountered at least one person who is suffering for being a homosexual. There was a young man I spoke to who said the film prevented him from taking his own life."

The Student Activities Board (SAB) planned the event. "The motto of the film is, 'It's not a gay thing, it's not a straight thing, it's a human thing,'" said Alicia Torello, SAB Chair of Awareness.

"The documentary pushes for equal rights for all humans," the sophomore communication major said.

Towards the end of the film, majority of the audience members were in tears as the documentary explained Bridegroom's accidental death.

Since Crone and Bridegroom were not legally entitled to marriage, Crone had no right to see his partner in the hospital. Crone was banned from his partner's funeral by the request of Bridegroom's family.

"I hope that students gained a level of sensitivity and an openness to different ideas and people," said Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations.

McGowan thought the documentary was powerful and that the event was intimate because of Crone's presence.

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Panel Focuses on Sexual Violence Prevention PDF Print E-mail
Written by DANIELLE SCHIPANI COPY EDITOR   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:03

Rape-Picture-Tara-CirincioneThe presence of rape and sexual assault on college campuses, ways to prevent this behavior, and places to seek help both on and off campus has been a topic of recent discussion at the University.

"Rape is not only a crime, it is a crisis," said Ellen Bloom-Rau, Crisis Counselor and University alumna. Bloom-Rau has been visiting the University for 12 years to discuss the topic of sexual violence.

Bloom-Rau spoke at the University during "Hawks United Week," an event which focused on sexual violence prevention. She stressed the difference between sexual assault and sexual contact. Sexual assault is defined as, "Unwanted sexual penetration of another person. This can be vaginal, oral, or anal." The counselor defined sexual contact as, "Any unwanted sexual contact without penetration."

Nina Anderson, Title IX Coordinator at the University, has been a major contributor to the discussion of sexual assault on college campuses. "Our goal was to present information on campus sexual assault in several formats to educate and increase awareness in the campus community on this very complex issue," she said.

"One in four college women are or will be victims of rape or attempted rape," said Bloom-Rau. The counselor discussed the fact that many groups of people are at risk, but that 95 percent of the victims are women. "If you think as a woman you will not encounter this, you are wrong," said Bloom-Rau.

Sexual violence is present at the University. "In 2013 we had five reported sexual assaults. Two resulted in arrests," said William McElrath, Chief of Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD). "In two cases the victims chose not to pursue. In the fifth case, the victim reported the assault to university officials but not to the police," McElrath reported.

Awareness is important to preventing sexual violence on college campuses. "What the university is doing is creating awareness for victims," explained Audrey Williamson, instructor of political science and sociology. "Some people don't realize what assault is, awareness of what it means to assault someone is vital to preventing sexual violence," Williamson continued.

Often, perpetrators do not fully understand the definition of sexual consent. Bloom-Rau believes that this is due to a lack of education regarding this definition. "Consent is defined as the voluntary agreement of sexual activity. Submission is never consent," clarified Bloom-Rau.

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University Hosts 10th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium PDF Print E-mail
Written by AMANDA GLATZ ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:01

Ocean-Symposium-Pic-2The 10th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium and Champions of the Ocean Awards Luncheon honored Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and Wendy Schmidt, NJ natives and distinguished pioneers of the environmental intelligence industry.

Hosted by the Urban Coast Institute (UCI), an extension of the University's Marine and Environmental Biology departments, this event was a timely recognition of how coastal communities like Monmouth County have progressed since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy approximately two years ago.

President Paul Brown opened the symposium on Thursday, Oct. 30 in Wilson Hall by recognizing the University's distinctive location on the shoreline, explaining that he considers Monmouth to be a "coastal campus." As such, we are in the unique position of making a considerable difference in the environment around us, as well as honoring leaders of the environmental movement.

It also demonstrates how we as citizens of the shore can further protect our environment. Proceeds of this event helped support a $5 million Marine Science and Policy Initiative Challenge Grant, which will have a transformative impact on the breadth and depth of the University's marine projects and programs.

Tony MacDonald, founding director of the UCI, described this year's honorees as "inspiring Jersey girls [that will] launch us into our next decade." He said, "They're really looking over the horizon and deep under the sea, and can expand our vision about what is possible in the future."

Established in 2005, The Champion of the Ocean Award was created to honor individuals who have undertaken actions and demonstrated sustained leadership, advancing a future in which coasts and oceans are clean, safe, sustainable, and preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Previous winners of the National Ocean Champion Award include: Admiral Thad Allen, environmental scientist, advocate Professor Jesse Huntley Ausubel, and ocean scientist and advocate Jean-Michael Cousteau, among others.

Sullivan, the first honoree, is a Patterson, NJ native currently serving as Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, as well as Acting Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Sullivan is also a renowned astronaut, being one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978, and the first American woman to walk in space.

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Under New Management: The University’s Strategic Plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALYSSA GRAY ACTING MANAGING EDITOR   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:58

front-page-strategicMonmouth's first Strategic Plan in over 20 years involving both a new University president and provost was recognized on Thursday, Oct. 23 during the Strategic Plan Celebration in Wilson Hall.

During the event, which was inspired by a fall theme, President Paul Brown addressed faculty, board and committee representatives, and other members of the campus community.

"There is no question in my mind, and I know in your mind, this will set the course for Monmouth University over the coming years, and it would not be possible without the handwork of everybody here today," Brown said to audience during his address.

Keeping in line with the autumn theme and the tree logo, which is the face of the new Strategic Plan, guests were greeted by a selection of fall foods and treats, which included chocolate-dipped cookies made to look like acorns, and given packets of seeds that went in line with the plan's motto, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now." Brown explained that Monmouth wouldn't have been able to act on any of the plans it had today without the careful planning the University had years ago. In order to illustrate his point, he made references to a tulip tree next to him during his speech, all the while comparing the tree to the University.

Brown also discussed the process behind the Strategic Plan, including the implementation stages and how the plan will shape the future of the University. "I do think of Monmouth University as a relatively young university, but the strides that were made way before me, and actually the strides that will be made way after me, and you, and us, are what really matter. So of course...the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. How many times have you looked at that space and thought "If only I'd put that tree there," well you know you didn't. So what's the next best time? Right now. Absolutely right now. And that's what this plan is all about," said Brown.

Specifically, Brown stated that while the Strategic Plan will benefit the University as a whole, the main beneficiaries will be the students. "It's really about our students. It's about providing a transformative learning experience for our students [...] so our calling is to take our students and nurture them and make them stronger. But we have our students for such a relatively short time [...] but it's a wonderful time," Brown said. "What we want to do is help our students find their passion, develop that passion, and think about where they want to go with that commitment."

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