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Fraternity Face Charges in Death Blamed on ‘Brutal’ Hazing Ritual PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:00

By the time Chun Michael Deng  (Michael to his family and friends) made it to a hospital on that cold December morning, he was struggling to breathe after being beaten and knocked unconscious while staggering blindfolded under the weight of a heavy backpack.

The 19-year-old college student, an aspiring Pi Delta Psi frat brother, died shortly afterward. Nearly two years later, a grand jury has indicted 36 people and the fraternity on charges including murder in the latest example of what prosecutors say is a case of fatal hazing.

Police in Pocono Summit, Pa., a bucolic region about 100 miles west of New York City, announced the indictments Monday, and on Tuesday they said some arrests had been made.

The fraternity was expelled from New York City’s Baruch College, where Deng and his companions were students.

Pi Delta Psi is described on its website as an Asian-American cultural fraternity founded in New York in 1994. It lists 25 campus chapters or associate chapters, most of them in the eastern United States.

The fraternity’s president did not respond immediately to a request for comment Tuesday.

Baruch imposed a lifetime ban on the fraternity after Deng’s death. It was not immediately clear if any of the people named in the indictment, most of them in their early 20s, remained at Baruch.

College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein said Baruch conducted its own internal judicial review of students involved in the Deng incident and “brought disciplinary proceedings against all of them, except for those who voluntarily withdrew from Baruch College.”

“We owe it to Michael and his family to hold accountable those who were responsible for the senseless death of this promising young man,” Wallerstein said, adding that in addition to banning Pi Delta Psi, the college had imposed a moratorium in fall of 2014 on pledging activities for all fraternities and sororities on campus.

Student Charged PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:58

A University student was charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact and two counts of harassment on Sept. 16 in a residential life facility, according to the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD). Both the victim and suspect were students. 

 “At 1:10 p.m. two of our students were walking into their Residential Life Facility when another University student followed them into the building and touched one student in the buttocks while in the stairway, and touched another student in the buttocks in the room of a separate student,” said Bill McElrath, Chief of MUPD. 

At this time, no charges have been filed against the University by the victim according to Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Services. The student has withdrawn voluntarily from the University so there will be no charges filed. “Should the student accused wish to return to Monmouth in the future we will have to adjudicate the matter first before they would be considered for admission,” said Nagy.  

She added that the student was not convicted, but found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  

Though the incident was not categorized as sexual assault, sexual contact is defined in the student handbook as “any form of intentional touching, either directly or through clothing, of the victim’s intimate parts designed to degrade or humiliate the victim or cause sexual arousal or gratification to the actor.”

The alleged assaulter was immediately arrested in the dining hall and charged by MUPD, according to McElrath.  

A second instance happened in a residence hall. An anonymous student saw the arrest take place. “Witnessing someone get arrested in the building I live in was extremely concerning. I just can’t un-see someone getting carried out in handcuffs from my own building. It’s something that will stay with me,” she said.

Welcome Back Letters 9/23/15 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 21:46

Welcome Back from The Department of Music

BandThe summer theatre, Shadow Lawn Stage professional production of BIG just recently concluded a very successful run and experienced our largest attendance ever.  We have expanded our partnership with Lakehouse Music Academy & Studios, where production courses are taught, students intern and Blue Hawk Record projects are recorded. We have upgraded the sound systems in our classrooms, installed an outstanding new dance floor and enhanced the student lounge by adding a new student work center. Work has also continued on completing our own, in house, recording studio at Woods Theatre.   We’ve had many new and prospective students visit over the summer; our faculty has been busy performing, presenting at various venues, taking workshops or enjoying international travel and…now suddenly here it is…time for new classes, auditions and new shows! 

Check out our Department of Music and Theatre’s Facebook page and follow us on twitter @MonmouthUMusic to learn about the outstanding activities and productions that will be available for you.   We have music, we have dance, we have one on one private instruction, we have our own record label and we have theatre – and everyone can be involved.  Sometimes we have karaoke, jams and pizza parties just for fun! Stop by and visit, sign up and be part of our productions in the cast or crew or join in as an enthusiastic member of our audiences.  Clearly, Something Is Happening Here! Come Join Us!

We are pleased to announce some of our upcoming events:

Blue Hawk Records Auditions, Woods Theater, September 28th, 7pm

Annual Founder’s Day celebration on November 11th  when you can hear our Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and Concert Chorus in performance at Pollak Theatre

Anything Goes, Fall Semester Musical, November 4th – November 15th 

Theaterfest Auditions, Woods Theatre November 9th, 6 p.m.

Theaterfest, Woods Theatre, December 2, 2015 – December 5th, 2015, 7:00  p.m. “Back by popular demand! Monmouth’s celebration of entirely student-produced theatre returns for its second exciting year.”

Blue Hawk Records Release Show, December 9th, 2:30 Location TBD

A Winter Tapestry, Holiday Concert, Wilson Hall, December 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Bus Stop, Spring Semester Drama, March 2nd  – 10th  

Networking Event, Dr. Gloria Rotella, Thursday – March 24th

Something’s Happening Here Spring Showcase, Wilson Hall, April 21st - 7:30 p.m.  

A musical cavalcade featuring the Monmouth University Chamber and Concert Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, student bands and soloists. The concert is conducted by Professor Michael Gillette and Dr. David M. Tripold.

Additional information on the Glee clubs, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Pit Band, Choir, Chamber Orchestra, the Music Alliance or Blue Hawk Records, etc. are available in the Woods Theatre Main Office and online.  

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

The Faculty & Staff of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University

Joe Rapolla, Department Chair 



University Named One of the “Most Beautiful Coastal College Campuses” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:53

Wilson Hall CoverIn June 2015, the University was named one of the “most beautiful coastal college campuses,” by Best Value Schools. It was ranked number 27 on a list of 30 coastal universities from around the nation, and was the only university listed from the state of New Jersey.

According to location and other factors influenced individual rankings. The highest rated school was Pepperdine University, from Malibu California with a total of 17 points. Monmouth University at 27th place had nine points. Points were given to universities with national awards or honors. Schools with the latest and largest honors acquired the most points in this category. Campuses were also rated on outdoor features that students could utilize. The more features the more points. Another criteria was based off the number of celebrated buildings on campuses. Lastly, points were given for notable characteristics, such as a campuses environmental friendliness or the historical significance.

“Being on this list makes me feel special to be a student at a school that has been nationally recognized for its refinement,” said Dominique Williams, a sophomore and political science major.

Vice President of Student Life and Leadership Engagement, Mary Anne Nagy, affirms that it is great that the University has been recognised among many notable universities. “I think anytime the university appears in any ranking nationally it’s great news for us because it demonstrates that the University is becoming better known outside of the state and outside of the region. Certainly to be in the company of Pepperdine, and the University of Rhode Island, and some of the places in Florida that’s good company be kept with,” said Nagy.

National Sexual Assult Conference in LA Draws Crowd and Major Sponsors Like NFL PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:50

Sexual Assult GraphWhen Kristen Houser joined a rally against sexual violence at Pennsylvania State University two decades ago, the women encountered jeers from male students to “go back to the kitchen” and limited support from campus officials.

But as she surveyed the scene at a national sexual assault conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, she was floored by the progress activists have made.

More than 1,500 participants flocked to the sold-out conference. Officials representing the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice and California Gov. Jerry Brown touted new programs to fight domestic and sexual violence.

The NFL pledged an initial $2.5 million in what activists said was the first major corporate funding of the issue.

“I would never have dreamed this could happen,” said Houser, of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one of the event’s sponsors. “It’s a little bit surreal.”

The conference showcased both pioneers and the new generation of leaders on the issue.

Beckie Masaki, who founded San Francisco’s first Asian women’s shelter in the mid-1980s, shared the stage with Kamilah Willingham, a Harvard Law School graduate who works on the issue at the California Women’s Law Center.

Over three days, participants discussed sexual violence and schools, the military and prisons, along with advocacy, laws, policies, prevention and other topics.

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