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23% Effective or 67% Ineffective? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:37

This Season’s Flu Vaccination Shot Disappoints Many

CYMK flu picDespite the flu vaccine proving only 23 percent effective this season, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 406 individuals of the Monmouth community received the flu vaccine provided by the University’s Health Services this fall according to Louise Bosmans, University Nurse Practitioner. 

Health Services provides flu vaccines to the campus community through several seasonal flu vaccine clinics each fall. Comparatively less individuals received the vaccine this year, as 453 individuals received the vaccine in the 2012-13 season and 466 received the vaccine in the 2013-14 season according to Bosmans. 

Bosmans also said that Health Services has already diagnosed the influenza virus within the Monmouth community. The Nurse Practitioner as also seen individuals with influenza-like illnesses as well.

About 200,000 people are hospitalized from the flu each year, and anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die from flu-related illnesses each year, according to WebMD.

Regardless of the flu’s potential harm, the Huffington Post found that only eight percent of college students received the flu vaccine in the past year. According to an article from USA Today College published on Oct. 9, 2014, college students are at risk for contracting the flu due to various aspects of their lifestyles, such as having irregular schedules that lead to decreased sleep or poor nutrition. Additionally, socializing, attending class, and doing other activities where students are grouped together can cause the disease to spread quickly.

Kristen Gillette, Secretary of the Department of Political Science and Sociology and ardent supporter of the flu vaccine, said, “I think there are a few reasons students don’t get shots - fear of shots, being too busy to take the time to do it, and they think they are young and healthy so if they get the flu it won’t be a big deal. I think the awareness this year about the ineffectiveness of the shot will cause even more people to not get it from now on.”

Rebecca Zidik, a senior communication major, said, “I never got the shot because my mom always said we didn’t need it. We were healthy and had good immune systems growing up because of our sleep patterns, etc. So we rarely got sick. I just kept following that over the years and never got one. I think the shot is getting less effective because the disease is changing, becoming more resistant to the vaccine.”

Stormy Weather Buries Classes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:35

snowpicApproximately 60 Monday night University classes that meet once a week have been cancelled due to inclement weather which has prevented, in some cases, students and faculty from beginning their courses; however, those classes were able to meet in most cases for the first time on Monday, Feb. 9 some 21 days into the spring semester.

According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Laura Moriarty, in an effort to be proactive, the University was closed on Monday, Jan. 26 at 1 pm, Monday, Feb. 2 at 3:45 pm, and all day on Tuesday, Jan. 27 as a result of inclement weather.

After the Office of the Registrar and Moriarty claimed that they couldn’t specifically identify how many classes were affected by the shutdown, The Outlook conducted its own research and discovered that roughly 60 separate classes had not met as of Sunday, Feb. 8. 

Dr. Stephen Chapman, an assistant professor of political science, finds the cancellations of his graduate-level Research Methods class (PS-516-50HY) “quite stressful,” yet understands the necessity for shutting down the campus. He said, “Professors spend many hours during winter and summer breaks designing syllabi and course materials; an example of one of the many unseen duties of an academic. When there is an interruption to the flow of the course, it throws everything off and we have to adapt.”

The Provost explained that the key factors taken into consideration when weighing the options of closing the University due to weather-related scenarios include: advice from the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) in their monitoring of weather reports; weather advisories distributed from the NJ State Police; conditions of both local and major roads leading to the campus; and activities and scheduling demands that might be impacted if the University is to be closed.

Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, added, “Depending on the specific situation we also identify what other colleges and universities are doing.”

According to Moriarty, administrators responsible for deciding the closing of the University include: herself; Swannack; University President Paul Brown; and Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement.

“Searching for Signs of Hope” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:30

HilliardA crowd of approximately 40 University students and faculty gathered to hear Dr. Donald Hilliard Jr. discuss issues of gender inequality, violence in America, and the changing family dynamic at the “Searching for Signs of Hope” event in Wilson Hall on Tuesday Feb. 3. The event was the first of many events scheduled on campus to commemorate black history month. 

Hilliard discussed the fact that we live in a society where violence is prevalent, especially black on black violence. 

“Let it be known that we also wrestle with black on black crime. African Americans are at the top of people who kill each other in Chicago, New York, and California,” said Hilliard.  

“After listening to Bishop Donald Hilliard speak, his words really hit home for me, especially when he mentioned black on black crime as one of our biggest issues,” said Britney Wade, senior communication major. 

“I live in a very urban and violent city so these are thoughts and feelings that occur within me often,” Wade continued. 

The content of the event was based on one of his books, Stop the Funeral which “…is a call to action to rise above the present culture of death and destruction,” according to his official website.  

Hilliard discussed the importance of finding sources of hope. “I believe you can live many days without food or water but without hope, we are lost,” said Hilliard. “We are trying to find some type of hope in an era of hopelessness.” 

“I think Monmouth students, like everyone else, have to find hope in their surroundings.  You do not have to look far to find hope,” said Nina Anderson, Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University who attended the event. 

Anderson expressed how Hilliard did an excellent job of explaining the loss of personal interactions between individuals in our generation and the effect that it has had. She also stated the ways in which university students can find hope on and off campus. “He gave the example of gathering to share meals and connecting with each other, which is something students can do. University students can also find hope in volunteering and working with those who are less fortunate or just need general assistance,” said Anderson.  

Urban Coast Institute Receives $1.6 Million Grant PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:28

The University's Urban Coast Institute (UCI) received a grant of $1.6 million from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation supporting their work on the Mid-Atlantic Data Portal in late January.

The Director of the UCI, Tony MacDonald, said, “UCI works with the academic and local communities, and other partners to inform ocean policy and management decisions using the best information available.” 

“One of UCI’s goals is to monitor the expertise of the University and our partners to have a real impact, not only in the lives of our students, but also outside the ivy walls of the University,” MacDonald continued. “While Monmouth is not a major ocean research institution, with the UCI we have established a role to play in tapping into the research to focus our efforts on advancing good ocean policy.” 

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an intricate program run by the UCI and its partners, along with the joint collaboration of states all along the Mid-Atlantic region.

 It is an online platform that centralizes data, allowing state, federal, local users, and stakeholders to visualize, and analyze the ocean through state-of-the art mapping and visualization technology, according to the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal’s official website.

“The generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation provides funding for direct research efforts with partner institutions on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal.  The outcomes of the research are important to shaping science-based public policy, which is one of the core strengths of our Urban Coast Institute,” said University President Paul R. Brown.

“For Monmouth University, the grant will strengthen our resources and our interdisciplinary efforts as a leader in coastal policy.  The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an important regional resource, and the grant ensures that the University will continue to play an important role in the ongoing conversation about coastal resilience.” Brown continued.

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Nominated in 2015 Jersey Arts Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:25

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts has been nominated in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards in the category for Favorite Small Performing Arts Center. 

The yearly awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts recognizes and honors the work of New Jersey’s diverse arts organizations. 

Discover Arts is a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, whose missions are to increase the participation and bring awareness to the arts in the state.  

“The Center for the Arts is incredibly grateful for this nomination,” said Vaune Peck, director of the Center for the Arts. 

“I’ve been wondering why we haven’t been nominated [for this award] for years now, I think we are the best kept secret in Monmouth County,” Peck said.  

The Center for the Arts is among 10 arts districts and 96 organizations also nominated for the yearly awards program, as stated in a University press release.

 Nominees for the People’s Choice Awards were selected through the Jersey Arts Marketers network. 

The network is made up of numerous nonprofit art groups across the state, according to the press release. 

Anyone who appreciates art across the state are eligible to vote for their favorite NJ arts organizations in 16 different categories, as explained on the Jersey Arts website. Voting started Jan. 7 and goes up until Feb. 19.. 

“I’m so glad one of our patrons found out about the awards and nominated us,” said Peck. 

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