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Pep Rally Amps Students for Homecoming Game PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

homecominnnngA crowd of about 600 university student and faculty gathered to support the university's football team and to show their school spirit at the annual pep rally in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Friday Oct. 10.

"The main goal of any pep rally is to visibly increase school spirit," said Eddy Occhipinti, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing at the University.

"Not just to increase it for the athletics teams, but for the whole school," Occhipinti continued.

The entire football team attended to thank the student body for their support as they took on Columbia that Saturday.

"We're excited to see you tonight, showing your support for the football team," said head coach Kevin Callahan. "We want to say thank you for your support and hope you all to have a great time at the game, we will do our part on the field."

Senior captain of the cheer team Ashley Suppa explained how the football team is positively affected by the pep rally. "It definitely pumps them up and really gets them excited for the game," Suppa said.

The football team captains had a chance to thank the students for showing their support and encouraged students to come to the Homecoming football game. "Thank you for coming out today, make sure you are loud for us at the game tomorrow," said Patrick O'Hara, a senior captain of the football team.

"The football team, as is the case with all of our athletics teams, most definitely benefits from an increase in spirit and moral," said Occhipint. "Our players feed off the energy of the crowd, especially when its from their fellow students."

The event began with the hosts, junior, Michael Qualiano and senior, Kristin Waring, welcoming students. Qualiano jokingly dressed as former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan at the start of the event.

There was an appearance made by the University mascot, Shadow, who chose the winning names for the raffle.

The cheerleaders and dance team performed together. Suppa expressed how the pep rally enhances school spirit. "It is really good to see everyone performing. The pep rally always brings everyone together and is an overall good time," said Suppa.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Confronting Campus Rape Culture PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 08, 2014


The prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses and ways to prevent sexually violent behavior was discussed by a crowd of University students and faculty who attended the "Confronting Campus Rape Culture Discussion and Workshop" event in Wilson Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

"The crisis of sexual assault is so great," said Dr. Johanna Foster, an assistant professor of political science and sociology instructor.

"According to the recent task force report released by the White House, one in five women in college have been sexually assaulted," Foster said.

Foster explained that women and girls of all races are affected the most by sexual violence and that the victims are often aquatinted with their assailants. "Mary Koss's research on campus date rape and acquaintance rape found that nearly 44 percent of all women surveyed, experienced some form of sexual activity when they did not want to," Foster added.

Nicole Smith, President of the Gender Studies Club, said that sexual violence is present at the University, "I believe there is a problem with sexual assault here as well, though I am proud that the University has taken these issues to heart and has attempted to work on them," said Smith.

"A staggering 27 percent of men would rape a woman if they thought they could get away with it," said Smith. "We need intensive sex education and scrutiny on campus. Men are the primary perpetrators of rape and violence against women, and we need education to support this idea that no means no."

Dr. Nancy Mezey, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, stresses the need for education on the issue. "We need to get people to start thinking about sexual assault as a social problem not as an individual problem," said Mezey.

Most people think and assume that rape is a result of one individual's actions. "The common perspective is to look at this major problem as simply about the random bad behavior of a few dangerous individuals," said Foster.

48% of Monmouth's Freshman Class are First Generation College Students PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

stickguyrows2Forty-eight percent of the University's incoming freshman for the 2014/15 academic year were considered first generation students, according to the University's Enrollment Management Division. This is a one percent increase from last year.

Being a first generation student means being the first in a family to attend college to earn a degree. Often the parents of first generation students lack degrees beyond high school diplomas.

In a poll consisting of 10 randomly selected University students, participants were asked to estimate the percentage of incoming first year generation students from the current freshman class.

All participants guessed below the correct number of 48 percent, and the average of all the students polled was about 27 percent. Lisa Berko, a junior marine biology student and participant of the experiment said, "I am so surprised by that high percentage just because Monmouth is a private school, and it's not cheap."

Lorraine Rydel, a junior business major is a first generation student here at the University. "I am not only the first generation to attend college out of my parents but also out of my entire family. My parents pushed me to go to college," said Rydel.

Efrosini Zambas, a senior business marketing major responded to Ryde's comment. "I would have never of guessed you to be a first generation student. It's really hard to tell who is and who isn't first generation," said Zambas.

The large number of first generation students is not a burden to the University, according to Michael Matza, a junior graphic design major. "That's awesome to hear that our freshman class consists of a lot of students being the first in their family to attend college," said Matza.

The level of parental guidance many first generation students receive when starting college may be different than that of a regular University students according to Dr. Robert McCaig, Vice President for Enrollment Management.

"When I went to school my mom and dad were very pro-education. However, they didn't know how to coach me through the process. My parents didn't know that I shouldn't work thirty hours a week while going to school full time," said McCaig.

"They didn't know it was important to get involved or that I should find faculty mentors to help me find an internship," he said.

When asked what could be done to possibly better the assimilation of first generation students specifically into the University community, McCaig said, "For first generation students, it is really important to engage them early, connect with them early, help them understand that there are all types of different ways for them to get help from caring people who want them to be successful."

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, believes the University provides many useful resources for students in need of such support. She said that as a first generation student herself, she understands the obstacles faced by many first generation students.

"The biggest issue to me is the "newness" of everything you face. Living away from home in a residential environment, understanding how a course of study is constructed, why there are general education requirements, navigating financial aid, etc. are all new experiences," said Nagy.

According to a majority of the polled students, the University is characterized as an expensive institution affordable for very few. "Monmouth does have a stereotype that only wealthy people come here giving an inaccurate belief on a lot of things," said Berko.

McCaig said that there is aid for low income students at the University. "If you are a smart low income student you can get a merit scholarship from Monmouth, need based aid from Monmouth, a Pell Grant from the government, and a TAG grant from the state government. In this type of situation you could easily afford Monmouth, just like Rutgers University," he said.

Although a student is first generation, this does not necessarily mean that they are also low income. Only a quarter of the 2014/15 incoming class was eligible for state and federal financial aid. That is nearly two times less than the number of incoming first generation students.

College is made of individuals with different ethnicities, nationalities, and cultures. Of the incoming freshmen 24.9 percent were from underrepresented backgrounds, meaning they were of a non-Caucasian ethnicity.

"College is a unique experience for everybody. We just bring unique backgrounds to those challenges," McCaig said. He believes that students should be taught the ability to learn from individuals from different backgrounds in the college classroom and environment. "Let college be the laboratory for the world. I think universities have a moral obligation to do that," he said.

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Book Store Prices Stretches Affordability PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

book_storeWithin the past five years textbook and bookstore merchandise pricing has steadily, and noticeably, increased due to the rises in economic pricing. However, the University has been in the process of implementing alternative, cheaper methods for providing students with reasonable pricing when it comes to textbook and other schooling supplies.

According to the Vice President for Finance William Craig, the average textbook costs have risen between five and seven percent in the past couple of years, which naturally have had an effect on the prices charged at the university bookstore.

The reason for the textbook raises, according to Craig, stems from the vendors and their pricing. Since the bookstore orders from various vendors depending on the products being offered, and as a result of the demand these vendors can change over time.

"Every effort is made to provide student with lower cost options," Craig said. "Whenever possible the bookstore obtains used books for class offerings, [and] several years ago a rental option began to be offered."

The additional measures to make textbooks the bookstore's main priority stems from the fact that textbooks make up over 75 percent of the sales at the university store, and apparel, clothing and other merchandise making up about 15 percent, Craig said.

He added that when students are looking up textbooks for their respective courses online, there is a comparison tool available that compares the bookstore prices to other available online options. By using this tool Craig said students have the option and knowledge, knowing what other vendors are charging and are free to decide where they are going to order their textbooks from.

However, some student's argue that not all textbooks are affordable through other vendors, and they have no choice but to order through the school store unaware if the price is necessarily fair. Lauren Casten, a sophomore political science major, has found that for some of her classes the required text was only available through the bookstore. "So far in the two years I've been here I have only needed to get two books that were only offered through the bookstore, but the prices for those exclusive books are steep to me. One book was a math workbook that was over $20 and I thought that was pretty ridiculous," said Casten.

In addition to textbooks sold in the bookstore, a new and expanded assortment of apparel and Monmouth University athletic logo clothing is now available. The merchandise featuring the new Monmouth logo is available both in-house and at the online store which can be accessed from the Athletics homepage.

University Mourns Loss of fellow Hawk, Elizabeth Rozek PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

LIZElizabeth Rozek, a 21-year-old senior health studies student, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Monmouth Medical Center.

Due to a predisposed condition in her brain that wasn't detectable, Rozek had a brain aneurism while driving, causing her to graze a utility pole on the 500 block of Norwood Avenue at 8:11 am Sept. 27.

President Paul Brown sent out an email on Monday, Sept. 29 informing the campus community of the tragic news. "The University regrets the untimely death of a member of our community and extends its deep sympathies to her family and friends at this most difficult time. The loss of such a young person is truly tragic," the email read.

Rozek was born in Freehold Township, but resided in Jackson Township most of her life. While attending the University, Rozek lived in Pier Village with fellow friends and students.

Andrea Hope, an assistant professor in the department of health and physical education, taught Rozek in her "Lifespan Development and Health" class last semester. She said, "I was heartbroken when I heard what happened. Liz was a wonderful student. She was very curious and full of enthusiasm. My heart goes out to her friends and family. She will be greatly missed."

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, said, "While I did not know Elizabeth personally, it is always painful for us to see a young life end. She was a good student, interested in going into the medical field and actually worked in several places to help prepare her for a career in the health/medical profession. This is certainly a difficult time for her family and all who knew her here at Monmouth and we will continue to keep them in our thoughts going forward."

Members of the Hawk community were respectfully invited by Nagy via email to attend her visitation on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the George S. Hassler Funeral Home in Jackson Township. A funeral service was held on Friday, Oct. 3 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Howell, NJ.

In order to help pay for the services, a "Liz Rozek Funeral Fund" was created on As of Oct. 7, over $15,200 was raised by over 340 people in the past six days, surpassing the original goal of $10,000.

"This page is dedicated to a truly amazing person, Liz Rozek, who was a sweet, kind, and beautiful young lady. Liz had a smile that could light up a room," stated Tyler Kent Humphries, creator of the funeral fund.

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