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Uber App: Providing an Alternative to Traditional Taxis PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM MORFORD CONTRIBUTING WRITER   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:04

uber_appUber, an app-based car service, may offer an alternative to traditional taxi cab business for University students.

Dr. Susan Forquer Gupta, MBA Director and Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business, said, "It is not that much different than eBay providing a system to sell/buy items, Etsy, or Craig's List. Uber collects a fee for use of the service to pay for the system and marketing as well as create a profit. Uber exists because it is taking advantage of the dissatisfaction customers have with other available option to their transportation needs."

Founded in 2009 as "UberCab" by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, Uber has a mission statement of "evolving the way the world moves." According to Uber.com, the simplicity of the service appeals to our fast -paced society, as do the easy sign up, the comfortable rides, and timely reliability.

Once downloaded, Uber allows customers to create an account. This requires users to surrender some of their personal information including their credit card number, phone number, and address.

When needed, Uber users can then insert their desired address of pick-up, map out a route, and view the availability and pricing of Uber cars in the area.

William McElrath, Chief of the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), said, "I would be concerned about giving any of my personal information to anyone until I know how it was protected."

Uber drivers are everyday people using their own cars to drive customers around. Once confirmed, users of the app will see a name and picture of their driver, along with the car they will be picked up in.

Uber utilizes easy-to-use GPS technology for the customer and driver. If a customer cancels the ride via the app, the driver is alerted and rerouted to the nearest customer in need of a ride, according to Uber.com.

As of Aug. 14, 2012, Uber was under scrutiny from the Division of Standards of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, claiming "that until the National Institute of Standards and Technology has guidelines in place for GPS location technology, [they] cannot provide the application to the public."

However, Kalanick swiftly retorted, citing their "extensive legal research prior to entering the city of Boston... that the technology and service [they] offer does not violate existing law and regulation."

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Comedy Club Ticket Salesman: ‘No Joke’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by MADELYNNE KISLOVSKY CONTRIBUTING WRITER   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:00

A young man posing as a University student was selling tickets to the New York Comedy Club in several classrooms on campus two weeks ago. The tickets were determined legitimate and no arrest was made, but MUPD asked the individual to leave campus.

Accounting Professor Douglas Stives witnessed this salesman on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Stives said, "He barged into my 10 am class and asked if he could 'have a minute to tell the class about a special offer from the Student Government.' I was a little put off."

The young man was selling tickets that were originally priced at $50 for $10, which were valid for two people, according to Stives. About eight students in his first class purchased tickets, with both cash and credit cards. The salesman had finished pitching and making purchases within five minutes of walking into the classroom.

"He looked and acted like a student. I asked my class if anyone knew him and they said no," Stives said. The salesman returned to Stives' 1 pm class. Stives confronted the salesman and asked who he was and explained that no one seemed to know him. At this point, the salesman introduced himself as Jeff Adams, a University student majoring in marketing. He pitched to Stives' class, and after no one was interested, left quickly. "I realized I made a bad decision to let him enter my class. I should have told him we do not allow any solicitation in our classes and all selling requires a permit from the Student Government Association (SGA)," said Stives.

At 10:45 am on Thursday, Oct. 30, Adams also entered the classroom of Management Professor Dr. Daniel Ball. The salesman wrote "Jeff" and his phone number on the board for any students that wanted to contact him for information. This reporter attempted to contact Adams for information, and he declined to answer. Adams quickly pitched and began making his first transaction by taking cash from one student.

"I didn't think too much of it at first, but that's when I started getting a little uncomfortable...It seemed that his story was sketchy," said Ball.

Another student in Ball's class named Aubriann Fox, who is experienced with the New York Comedy Club from previously working there, began to get involved. "What bothered me was that clubs don't usually have people actually selling tickets and accepting money. I asked who he was working for, and he back tracked a bit which made it even more sketchy," said Fox. The salesman hurried out of the room after vaguely answering Fox's questions.

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Leon Hess Business School Ranked Among Top Programs PDF Print E-mail
Written by DIANA BUSARDO CONTRIBUTING WRITER   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:55

The Leon Hess Business School has been named "One of the Best 296 Business Schools" by The Princeton Review for the tenth year in a row in its annual business and law school rankings, published on Oct. 7.

The Princeton Review ranks the top 296 institutions in 11 different categories including "Best Administered," "Best Green MBA," and "Toughest To Get Into" by interviewing more than 21,600 students. The Princeton Review's website stated,

"By using our lists in conjunction with the statistics from universities about their academic programs and 'Students Say' sections in our school profiles, you will be able to identify attributes of business schools that are important to you – and ultimately, generate a list of the schools that can best help you achieve your personal and professional goals."

The schools are not ranked numerically, therefore The Princeton Review has not declared an institution as being the "best" in comparison to the remaining 295 universities.

The Princeton Review stated, "We do not rank the schools 1 to 296 based on our opinion of their academics nor do any of our 11 categories of ranking lists purport to rank the schools in terms of overall quality."

For a school to be featured on the list it must meet the criteria for academic excellence as well as allow The Princeton Review to give a survey to the school's students. The criteria for academic excellence is stated as based on data that The Princeton Review collects in administrator surveys. Also taken into account are the opinions of the staff and counselor advisors who were invited to give their input.

"We are honored to be recognized by Princeton Review for the tenth consecutive year," said Dr. Donald Moliver Dean of the Leon Hess Business School in a press release.

"Thanks to the commitment of our dedicated faculty and staff, our MBA program prepares students to thrive and compete in today's global economy."

Not only is Monmouth University ranked on the best business schools list but the school was also ranked as one of the 387 schools in The Princeton Review's annual best school's list last year. Students and professors have both benefited from the university receiving such impressive rankings.

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Berlin Wall PDF Print E-mail
Written by KELLY HUGHES LIFESTYLES AND OPINION EDITOR   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:54

The former US ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Phillip Murphy, delivered a speech recognizing the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Wilson Hall on Monday, Nov. 17.

The event was hosted by the Honors School and the non-profit German School of Monmouth County.

As former ambassador to Germany during this historic period, Murphy discussed his first-hand experience and other facts about the era. Murphy praised the efforts by government officials in taking down the wall.

"I believe the period from Nov. 1989 to Oct. 1990 is the greatest eleven months of American diplomacy since World War II's Marshall Plan," Murphy said.

He also examined the role the US played in assisting Germany at the time of the Berlin Wall and the high respect between the two nations that developed because of it. "George H. Bush remains a hero to virtually every German," he said.

Murphy guaranteed the audience that if they ask either the Obama or Bush administration today which ally they respect the most, each administration would say Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany.

Pat Layton, a senior communication major, attended the event. "It was interesting to hear the changes Germany had went under in 25 years and how their view on America has evolved within that time," he said.

The emphasis was that the true heroes responsible for knocking the wall down were actually the every day citizens of East Germany. Their relentless attitude was the ultimate tool that drove change.

The speech highlighted that we can look to these historic successes as a guide for possible solutions to current problems the world faces today.

Melissa Ziobro, a history and anthropology instructor, believes that the specter of the Cold War remains and looking to history like this can inform our present and future. "Just look at the headlines these days. The Berlin Wall was probably the most iconic symbol of the Cold War."

News outlets like the LA Times recently declared, "Russia resuming Cold War-era bomber flights close to US shores." The Telegraph wrote, "David Cameron: Vladimir Putin could plunge world into new Cold War... Putin's actions in Ukraine pose a 'grave' danger to Europe." The Wall Street Journal cautioned, "Gorbachev Warns World Is 'On Brink of New Cold War."

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Hate and Bias Presentation PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAMILAH MCMILLAN STAFF WRITER   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:53

David D'Amico, a detective from Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, spoke to students at the University on the severity of hate and bias crimes that continuously transpire in society on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Wilson Hall.

D'Amico explained that in the state of New Jersey, an individual can be persecuted for a bias crime.

The detective started his presentation by introducing his background and credentials. He has been a cop for 25 years, and at the turn of the century he applied and was accepted to Monmouth County's Prosecutors Office. The Prosecutor's Office is made up of specialized units. D'Amico's particular unit deals with bias and criminal acts.

Tom McCarthy, Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, was the coordinator of this event. "We have been hosting this event at Monmouth for the last seven years," said McCarthy.

D'Amico also initially referred to the audience as heroes, leaders and role models of Monmouth University.

Following his introduction, he shared a video clip of real footage broadcasting brutal examples of hate and violence that occurred in American history. Some of the scenes referred to 9/11, anti-semitism, and the Ku Klux Klan - all cases of hate still prevalent today.

Maryam Srouji, a freshman psychology major, was present during D'Amico's presentation. "I'm a very sensitive person and I consider myself a pacifist, so to see just how ruthless and heartless people could be really hurt. The images of the lynchings and the attack on the World Trade Center made me cry," said Srouji.

D'Amico said, "A hate crime is a criminal act motivated by one of the nine protected classes in NJ, the criminal statute is 2C:16-1 Bias Intimidation. In NJ law enforcement needs three elements to charge someone with a hate crime, first there must have been a crime committed, second the victim must have been selected because of one of the nine protected classes, and then the victim must have been intimidated by the actions of the perpetrator."

In the state of NJ there is a total of 51 hate groups, according to a study conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. D'Amico deduces that NJ might have such a high number in comparison to other states because of its dense and diverse population. The number of hate groups in NJ has increased from 44 to 51 since the 2013. This may coincide with the recent ruling on same sex marriage in the state over the past year.

D'Amico believes that hate is a learned behavior. According to him, all humans have a value system that is built from factors such as beliefs, parenting, and peers.

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