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London Study Abroad Students are Safe After Attack in City of Westminster

London Study Abroad Students SafeTwelve study abroad Monmouth University students were in London, UK when 52-year-old Khalid Masood killed three pedestrians and injured about 40 others as he drove through a crowd on Westminster Bridge at around 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 22.

Masood crashed his car into railings in front of Parliament Yard, before leaving his vehicle, and going through the gate to the Palace of Westminster, where he fatally stabbed Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old unarmed police officer. Moments later, Masood was shot dead, according to The Telegraph.

The events at the bridge took place in under 90 seconds, according to Sky News.

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Gender Inclusive Bathrooms Unaffected by Rollback of Transgender Protections

Gender Inclusive BathroomsThe Trump administration removed Obama-era federal guidelines for transgender students in public schools and as a result, students are no longer guaranteed the right under federal law to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities that match their gender identity, as of Feb. 23. However, the University’s establishment of gender-neutral bathrooms will remain unaffected, according to administration.

The protections, in place since May 2016 by former President Barack Obama, said that prohibiting transgender students from using facilities that align with their gender identity violated federal anti-discrimination laws. The White House announced the roll-back of Obama’s protection guidelines in a statement published on Feb. 22.

President Trump declared, “policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level...returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from students, parents, teachers, and administrators.”

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Communication Career Event Brings Professionals from NBC, Asbury Park Press, ESPN

Communication Career Fair 1Over 100 students, faculty, University alumni and industry professionals from Asbury Park Press, Sirius XM, NY Daily News, Star Ledger, NBC, ESPN, and more attended the Communication Career Event on Monday, Mar. 6 in Wilson Hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Events like this are beneficial to current students for networking purposes, for learning insider tips about their industries from former students who were once in the same position as them, and potentially for future internships and career advancement as well,” said Mary Harris, a specialist professor of public relations.

There were four parts of the event. The day began with a panel discussion that focused on careers in radio as well as a journalism and public relations career mentor session. This was followed by a panel discussion of careers in television and media production as well as a panel discussion on what you can do with a journalism and public relations degree.

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Hackers Can Steal Fingerprints From Online Selfies

Hackers Steal Fingerprints 1Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics found that hackers can steal a victim’s biometric data by recreating fingerprints from pictures posted on social media.

The Institute found that users could be at risk even without posting extremely high-resolution photos online. As long as the range of the photograph was about three meters and the area was well lit, hackers can steal fingerprints for later use. This means that even something as benign as putting up a peace sign in a selfie can be dangerous, since it openly exposes fingerprints to the lens.

According to an article by The Telegraph, released on Jan. 12, since an individual’s prints do not change throughout the course of his or her lifetime, and can be linked to locks on their personal information as well as bank accounts, stolen biometric data means vulnerability for a lifetime, especially if the data is sold illegally.

“[Students] shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking that biometric security is necessarily better than traditional security mechanisms,” said Dr. Joe Chung, Unix Administrator-Teacher of the computer science and software engineering department. “An inkjet-printed fingerprint could be enough to unlock a phone. Biometric security may be more convenient than typing in a password or pin, but it’s not inherently better.”

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Students March On International Women’s Day

Women's Day Student MarchOver 50 students, faculty, administrators, and other members of the University community participated in a demonstration on International Women’s Day on March 8. The program began with a march from the Monmouth University Guggenheim Library to a rally at Wilson Hall, and ended with a movie screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” in Pozycki auditorium.

“Women have come a long way in the ‘march’ towards gender equality. Worldwide, women and men stand in solidarity with each other to achieve equality. Despite great progress made possible by generations that came before us, we still have miles to go,” said Rekha Datta, a professor of political science and sociology.

“Worldwide, one in three women will face sexual violence in their lifetime. Gender pay gap is almost ubiquitous. These are the global causes that international women’s day reminds us about in terms of the work that is still to be done. The day is also a reminder for us to celebrate what has been accomplished by the human community,” Datta continued.

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Visiting Writer Series Welcomes Liz Moore

Writing Services Liz MooreThe Visiting Writer Series introduced its first installation for the spring semester by hosting creative nonfiction writer, Liz Moore, on Tuesday, Mar. 7 in Wilson Auditorium.

The event opened with two introductions; Michael Thomas, Associate Dean and Director of the Visiting Writers Series, who introduced assistant professor, Alex Gilvarry.

Gilvarry attended graduate school with Moore and suggested her to Thomas as a possible visiting writer. With little persuasion necessary, Thomas agreed to invite Moore to the University.

Moore currently has three published novels and has received high acclaim and recognition for the talent in these works. She is the winner of the Medici Book Club Prize and Philadelphia’s Athenaeum Literary Award, and her most recent novel, The Unseen World, which was published just this past year, was listed in “Best of 2016” lists by The New Yorker, the BBC, and multiple others.

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Criminal Justice Networking Event Coming Soon

Criminal Justice Networking EventOver 40 different organizations will be joining the Criminal Justice Department at their 5th annual networking fair on March 29 in an effort to help students of all majors build mentorships, secure internships, and establish professional relationships. The event will be held in Wilson Hall from 5 to 9 p.m.

Over 50 officials – 40 percent of which are University alumni – will represent career areas including: law enforcement; homeland security; postal inspection; secret service; the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY); and victim witness units from county prosecutor’s offices.

Nicholas Sewitch, an instructor of criminal justice and Internship Coordinator, organized the event. He said, “These presenters, being Monmouth alumni, prove that going into your career is possible, and it’s not just a dream--you can do it. They get to see them as their equals, as human beings. These are their role models; it’s good to present them with young and motivated people.”

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Brown Announces Retirement Interim President Dimenna Takes Over

Brown Announces RetirementPaul R. Brown, Ph.D, is no longer the President of the University, as of yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 28. This was announced to members of the University community through an email and press release sent from the Board of Trustees. Former Vice President of General Counsel, Grey J. Dimenna, will be serving as the Interim President until a new president is selected.

“He [former President Brown] decided to retire under his own volition,” said Henry Mercer, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “It was something that he expressed a desire to do. There are certain aspects that, under our bylaws, are confidential, but this is something Brown wanted.”

“I didn’t come to the decision to retire lightly, and after many discussions I knew the time was right,” said Brown, in the press release.

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Copy Machine Causes Conflict In Communication Department

Copy Machine ConflictThe Department of Communication at Monmouth consists of 50 employees, 400 undergrad students and just one copy machine, which has gained a reputation for improperly functioning the past two semesters.

Most departments at Monmouth University depend on their copy machines as a way to pass information on to students for classwork and homework. The malfunction or absence of these machines can cause problems for several classes, and delay the work that needs to be done.

Dr. Marina Vujnovic, associate professor of communication, “I never imagined that something like copier could effect my classes as much as it did. I have to re-think assignments and activities and utilize ecampus more because I can’t make enough copies for handouts. Especially difficult situation is with the midterm. I like to give traditional  paper exams. I think they are psychologically less frightening for students but this time around I had to do ecampus exam. This situation has been frustrating for many faculty and quite honestly inexcusable.”

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Professor’s StayGo App Helps People Rate Relationships

StayGo App Rates RelationshipsStayGo, a free mobile app, allows users to gauge the compatibility of their relationship through science. The Android and iOS application was created by a number of psychologists including the University’s own Dr. Gary Lewandowski, Chair of the Psychology Department.

Since its release nearly a year ago, the app has had over 50,000 downloads according to Lewandowski.

While many apps and sites exist for similar tasks, StayGo is unique. “We’ve grounded every aspect of this app in science.” Dr. Lewandowski said. “There are already a bunch of websites and apps made to help people find love, but there are very few that actually help people evaluate the quality of their relationships and know which one is worth pursuing.”

Staygoapp.com, states that StayGo is “the world’s first app that combines social feedback with scientific methods to evaluate romantic relationships with stunning accuracy.”

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Monmouth Community Reacts to Offensive Social Media Post

An Instagram post from Oct. 20 was circulated by students and other members of the University community last week due to its allegedly racist overtones. After being reposted by a student who was offended by the photo, the image reached over 1,000 social media hits in less than one day. 

The photo featured a Monmouth junior, Dennie Augustine, holding up a cardboard sign that said, “Need $ for child support #BlackTrash.”

“I was visiting home in October and my friend’s friend had a party, and we all know the crazy themes, college students have for parties, so the theme for this party was ‘White Trash vs. High Class,’ People made signs saying stuff like, ‘Lost the keys to my trailer #whitetrash’ I thought what I should write on my sign, so I wrote something truthful,” said Augustine.

Augustine said her dad left her when she was 7 years old, so, according to her, her sign said something personal. “[Her father] has not paid a dime of child support, so I wrote that. I also am African American, so I put ‘#blacktrash’ because I wasn’t comfortable writing ‘white trash’ since I am not Caucasian.”

The post led former President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D to send a campus wide email Thursday morning. The email stated, “We have received numerous reports of a social media post shared by a student that contains offensive and racially charged language.  Monmouth has a strong commitment to diversity, and there is no place in our community for speech or actions that disparage others.  We are reviewing the matter under the Student Code of Conduct and will take action as appropriate.”

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