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Color Me Rose PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:14

Amazing Color Run PicOver 50 students participated in the University’s first ever ‘paint’ race, the Color Me Rose Run, to help raise over $1,100 for the Kortney Rose Foundation. 

Students met in front of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) at 8:30 am. Personalized t-shirts and sunglasses were given to all registered runners. A DJ played music on the patio. At 9:35 am, more than 50 students geared in white t-shirts gathered on the pavement. 

Mitchell Parker, a junior biology major and the official coordinator of the run, met the crowd with a short speech. “A lot of time and work has gone into preparing for this day. I appreciate you all for being here to support the Kortney Rose Foundation,” said Parker. 

Following the speech, Parker announced that the start of the run would begin with a unified countdown. In synchronization, the students counted from ten to zero, and the run began.

Guides lined the trail in the form of people, balloons, and cones. The runners traveled around Woodrow Wilson Hall and cut across Great Lawn. Throughout the run students were met with stationed volunteers who pelted the runners with dyed powder. The powder was dyed corn starch.

“I was a little scared about being attacked with colored powder, but it was really fun! I loved the overall welcoming atmosphere of the event and it was a really great experience,” said Patricia Toomey, a freshman criminal justice student.

Following Great Lawn, the runners trecked past Pollak Theatre and were directed towards the finish line in a gravel lot beside the University’s greenhouse. Students conjugated in excitement for the ‘color run’ afterparty. Volunteers passed out small ziplock bags of dyed powder, and on Parker’s request, the powder was thrown into the air above the runners in a large cloud of color.

The Color Me Rose Run was less than a mile long. Although it was a relatively short run, Parker said it had a large significane on the University community. He explained that the run supported the Kortney Rose Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for the comprehensive research of pediatric brain tumors.

Established in 2007 by Kristen Gillette, Secretary of the Political Science and Sociology Department, this foundation is supported in honor of the late Kortney Rose Gillette, Kristen’s daughter. Kortney Rose passed away from a pediatric brain tumor at the age of 9. After being diagnosed in 2006, Kortney lost her battle at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) four months later.

Life is Beautiful PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:11

Nearly 50 students and professors packed into the Magill Commons Club Dining Room to attend a screening of the film Life is Beautiful on Thursday, April 16, as part of the University’s 14th annual Global Understanding Convention held last week. 

Jennifer Shamrock, a communication professor at the University, was the co-chair of this year’s convention. According to Shamrock, “The Global Understanding Convention is a consciousness raising experience that this year focused on the violence we inflict on each other, the environment, and animals, and how non-violent responses can help reverse this trend.”

Life is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film that details the struggles faced by Jewish Italians during the rise of the National Fascist Party (NFP) in 1940’s Italy, and eventual horrors faced by those who were forced into Nazi concentration camps. 

Overall, Life is Beautiful emphasizes the importance of perseverance, and sends the message that, even in times of despair and hardship, the power of love and imagination can overcome all. 

The film depicts the fictional story of Guido Orefice, a comical and intelligent Jewish waiter turned bookshop owner. Orefice is determined to make the best of things and protect his family from the harsh realities they face. Throughout the beginning of the film he often mocks the NFP and undermines its racist logic in a humorous manner. 

Shamrock believes that the film fit in well with this year’s theme. “Life is Beautiful relates the story of the terrible consequences of prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination,” said Shamrock. “By presenting the story of Guido and his family as they experience Anti-Semitism in Italy the film portrays the depths of depravity and violence inflicted by the Third Reich.” 

Guido’s persistence, bold imagination, and upbeat spirit are apparent throughout the film, particularly in his pursuit of Dora, a primary school teacher who is engaged to a local government official and fascist. Despite the engagement, Dora is ultimately swayed by Guido’s affection and asks him to take her way. The two eventually become married and have a son, Giosué. 

Millennials: More Accepting of Homosexuality? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:27

gay prideRecent studies indicate that millennials are more accepting of homosexuality than people of the previous generation.

Additionally, people find homosexuality to be more acceptable than casual sex, or two adults engaging in sexual activity that have no interest in starting a relationship. When engaging in casual sex, the romance of a relationship is absent, and individuals participate solely for the physical pleasure.

Dan Cox and Robert P. Jones from the Public Religion Research Institute conducted a study titled How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexual and Reproductive Health. They observed the moral judgements of various sexual conduct among young people and found that the current generation thinks that sex between two people of the same gender (42 percent) is more acceptable than casual sex between two adults that have no intention of forming a relationship (37 percent).

To obtain the data, the researchers conducted an online survey asking various questions to 2,314 millennials ages 18 to 35. According to the researchers, the survey was conducted online because it involved such sensitive questions regarding abortion, birth control, and homosexuality, so it was imperative that people participated in a comfortable environment, such as their own home. Had the studies been conducted elsewhere, people could have felt compelled to answer a certain way.

Although only a difference of five percent, the results stand in stark contrast to past reports. In previous years, homosexuality was less welcomed than casual sex.

Previous generations, such as the baby boomer generation, primarily did not see casual sex as morally wrong, but were strongly opposed to same-sex marriage. 

Laurel Weber, an openly gay senior communication student, said, “I think homosexuality is more accepted today simply because times have changed.”

Freshman criminal justice student David Hernandez said he feels the data reflects a changing society that is on its way to accepting numerous lifestyles. “I feel that homosexuality has become more popular in society and instead of neglecting these homosexuals, society finds ways to accept them,” said Hernandez. “We as people need to be more accepting toward forming a more complex, unique society.”

After 55 Years of Teaching, Dr. Enoch Nappen is Retiring PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:24

NappenDr. Enoch Nappen, an associate professor of political science, is retiring after 55 years of teaching at the University at the conclusion of the Spring 2015 semester. Nappen is the longest-serving faculty member in the history of the University, according to a resolution crafted by the political science and sociology department dated on April 1. 

President Paul Brown said, “Even as I congratulate Dr. Nappen on a well-deserved retirement, I know the many years of wisdom he has shared with our students will endure as part of his legacy as an educator.”

Nappen started teaching at the University in 1960, recently after the junior college became Monmouth College in 1956. Nappen said, “The school is absolutely magnificent. It’s a beautiful school, they’ve been adding all these new buildings and it’s just a beautiful environment. I am so proud of the school. The degrees of my family that have graduated here have increased in their meaning.”

Nappen said, “Often in life, things can work out in surprising ways. I never originally thought of teaching. I always knew I wanted to be a professional, but I assumed I would be a lawyer.” Nappen said that he was accepted into the law program at Rutgers University following high school; however, he postponed his acceptance to be a military officer in Washington, DC for two years. On a weekend visit to Rutgers, he was encouraged to apply for the World Peace Fellowship by the Chairman of the Political Science Department. Nappen won the scholarship and spent the next year earning his Master’s Degree. 

Upon earning his Master’s Degree, Nappen was hired at Monmouth College to teach five courses per semester, covering a variety of topics and occasionally filling in for other professors in the department. At the time, the department consisted of history, political science, geography, and sociology. 

Nappen said that a favorite memory of his was when the University was still centralized in Wilson Hall. Nappen and other faculty members would sit around the pool that used to be in front of Wilson Hall for lunch. Nappen said that he really enjoyed getting to meet people from other departments.

MAC Hosts Largest Career Day Ever PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:19

networkingA total of 123 employers and an estimated 400 students attended the annual Spring Career Day, making it the largest career day yet, in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Wednesday April 8. The University’s Office of Career Services put the event together. 

There was an increase in employer attendance by 12 percent from last year, making the event a success, according to William Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services. “We had 123 employers attend the event (126 minus 3 no shows), a new record for all career days and, despite a historically flat job market, this is the fourth spring career fair in a row to see a significant increase in employer attendance,” he said. Hill credited the event’s success to all the employees at Career Services, including Jeffrey Mass, the Assistant Director. 

The central goal of the event is to create an environment where students can network with employers and seek possible job opportunities. “We think it’s important for students to attend events like this so they can maximize their contacts for internships and full-time career opportunities and learn about what jobs are out in the marketplace. Career days give students a chance to be interviewed on-the-spot, instead of having to apply online and wait days or even weeks for a response from an employer,” Hill explained. 

Dana McCann, senior marketing and management major and Realtor Associate who was present at the event representing Keller Williams Reality, said the event was a success from an employer standpoint. “The career fair was definitely a success. We spoke to several students that seemed highly qualified and handled themselves in a very professional manner,” she said. 

McCann also discussed how she believes the main goal of the event was to give students an opportunity to speak with employers. “For some students this might be their first time actually speaking to professional employers, so to have a career fair at Monmouth definitely gives them a chance to gain some great real world experience,” she said. 

Tyler Hansen, junior computer science major, expressed his positive experience with the career fair, explaining how he heard back from an employer the following day. “The career fair was very helpful to me in my pursuit of a summer internship,” said Hansen. “…While I was at the career fair I handed out at least eight resumes to potential employers who will now have my resume on record for when I do apply for a full time job next year. One company at the career fair asked if I would be available for an interview on site in the near future for a summer internship. I would say I had a great experience at the spring career fair,” he continued. 

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