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Communication Department Hosts Career Event

The Department of Communication held its second annual Communication Career Event last Tuesday, February 28, in Wilson Hall.

The purpose of the event was to give communication students and alumni the chance to participate in seminars about their degree and to network with professionals in the field. From 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm, several events were held including, “What You Can Do with a Communications Degree,” “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About A Career In ___ (But were too Afraid to Ask),” as well as networking, internships, and professional preparation opportunities. These events offered information for communication majors to gain a better understanding of options for a future career.

The lecture, “What You Can Do with a Communications Degree,” had five speakers positioned at the front of the room. The speakers introduced themselves and told their stories about the career paths their communication degrees led them on.

“I use my degree every day,” Attorney-at-Law Albert Calise said. The rooms were full of students paying attention and asking professionals questions.

The speakers gave advice, tips, and even helped with preferred resume styles. “It’s being able to open your mouth and open your mind. Say hi to people and be nice to everybody,” Calise said.

Anderson Diaz said, “In your career you can either decide to push against the tide or let the tide take you where it wants to go.”

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School of Education Creates Mentoring Academy

Dr. Lynn Romeo, the Dean on the University’s School of Education, has recently announced the formation of the School of Education Alumni Mentoring Academy. This is a free program for graduates of the University’s School of Education.

The academy is a new way for the graduates to receive more experience as new teachers. During the three-year program, the graduates will be able to discuss ideas and shape dialogue. It is geared towards managing K-12 students and offers assisted evaluations of the 21st century. The academy also provides an online component with resources. Sessions are four times per year and include topics such as “Vision Building: Developing a Profession Persona – Sustaining Your Passion in an Era of Accountability” and more on strategies for establishing a successful classroom.

Some faculty and administrators are supporting the online program and the academy. According to the University Newswire, Christine Grabowski, an Alumni Novice Mentor and third grade teacher at the Middle Road School in Hazlet, sees the program as a “perfect forum for novice teachers to collaborate and learn from each other as well as from veteran teachers.” She added that the academy will allow the new teachers a look on a more professional level and the ability to be the best teacher they can be.

Megan Meier, also a University alumnus and novice teacher, told the University Newswire that she is excited to participate in the Academy. She said that a teacher is more able to grow when they learn from one another and looks forward to her chance to partake in all the academy has to offer. Coordinator of the School of Education

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N.J. Senate OK’s Gay Marriage Bill, Governor Christie Vetoes

Members of University Community Comment on Recent Political Events

New Jersey lawmakers gave the long-awaited “OK” for gay marriage last Thursday. Although the bill did pass 42-33, that was a dozen less than the number needed to override a veto by Governor Chris Christie.

“If the bill comes to my desk, I am vetoing it, and I will use every resource that I have at my disposal to make sure that my veto is sustained,” Christie had said. The bill was said to have been put on his desk last Friday.

Gay marriage is a controversial issue all over the country nationwide. Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. As a result of Christie’s veto, New Jersey will not be the eighth state to permit gay marriage.

Dr. Rekha Datta of the Political Science Department offered her perspective on the recent events. “Governor Christie’s veto of the bill was not unexpected,” she said. “Under such circumstances, technically, an override is a possibility. In this particular instance, however, that remains unlikely. It seems that there will be a referendum on the question in November’s ballot.”

Jackie Centifonti, a senior, said, “Marriage is between a man and a woman, not all states have to make gay marriage legal, and New Jersey just isn’t one of them.”

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The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Drugs

Frequently popping over-thecounter pills for everyday aches may be more damaging than the pain itself. When it comes to taking over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil, most people have developed their own system that has little to do with the recommended doses. When pain is holding us hostage, our overwhelming desire to stop it consumes us, and sometimes counting out the correct dosage does not. The outcome may be that we double the amount, or even combine acetaminophen and add ibuprofen to our cold medicine as assurance. Most of us, if we bother to do anything, give the microscopic type on the label a quick look over and not think twice about it.

Melanie Ratajczak, a sophomore, said, “I don’t really see the long-term effects of OTC drugs. Any pain I feel, I just take an Advil.”

“I’m very concerned because nobody pays attention to the information on the side of the boxes,” says Lewis Nelson, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “And if you say, ‘You can take 1,000 miligrams,’ people don’t know what that means, and they say, ‘Well OK, two pills sounds like the right dose’.”

According to USA Today, more than three quarters of American’s take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, which fall into two categories: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, the active ingredient found in Tylenol. Acetaminophen is used strictly for pain and fever. Unlike NSAIDS, acetaminophen doesn’t irritate the stomach. But because it is perceived as safe, people tend to load up on it without thinking. This has resulted in acetaminophen poisoning, the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

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Know What Courses Cost More

As of this semester, current undergraduate students at the University are paying anywhere from $760 to $1140 for each credit, depending on the number of credits they are taking. On top of tuition, students are also faced with the expenses of textbooks, room and board, and additional supplies needed for each class. So why are lab fees for classes such as information technology, graphic design chemistry, biology and other lab sciences necessary?

According to Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, lab fees for science classes range from $35-$100. He says that these fees are intended to support certain classes’ needs that generally exceed the cost of non-lab courses. “For example, in the sciences, specific laboratory courses require instrumentation and supplies that are not needed in lecture and discussion based courses. This allows the University to maintain a tuition structure that is the same for all majors but any student taking a lab-intensive course pays fees associated with that course,” said Palladino.

“Institutions with no lab fee structure often charge higher tuition for all students and then use a portion of that tuition to cover lab expenses. In that model, students are paying for costs that may provide little direct benefit to them if they take relatively few lab courses.” Palladino also says that lab fees remain relatively stable, as the cost of supplies increases only three to five percent each year.

Lab fees are also considered when creating financial aid packages for each student at the University, said Claire Alasio, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Director of Financial Aid. She said that students may use federal, state, and/or institutional grant and/or loan funds to pay for lab fees.

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School of Science Donates 500 Books to Zimbabwe

The University School of Science has collected over 500 science textbooks to benefit the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) in Zimbabwe through a book donation. The project, led by chemistry professor Dr. Tsnangurayi Tongesayi, asked students and faculty to donate textbooks to support the BUSE community, which is in need of basic educational resources.

“Because of the economic downturn in the country over the last decade, [BUSE] has not been able to replenish some of its very basic needs,” said Tongesayi, who has a strong relationship with BUSE as the first lecturer and Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1996 through 2001.

Tongesayi’s idea for a book donation project developed during a recent research visit to the school when he recognized the school’s need for textbooks. Upon his return to the University, Tongesayi received the support of the School of Science and put the project into action.

Students and faculty were donate new or used science textbooks about any topic. In addition, several students and faculty volunteered time to further sort the books to be packaged.

Lauren Lechner, a sophomore majoring in chemistry, cataloged and packaged the books for delivery as a participant of the project. “I felt that it was a great idea,” she said. “It’s always a great feeling to help out and donate time and materials to other students who need more resources.”

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Former University Soccer Player Prepares for Olympics

Last July, the U.S. women’s soccer team lost in an overtime shootout final to Japan in what has become known as one of the most exciting games in FIFA Women’s World Cup history. Leading that team was Christie Rampone, the star of the University’s women’s soccer program in the mid-1990’s. Using that game for added motivation, Rampone is now preparing with her teammates for a chance at winning a third consecutive gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London this July.

“There’s a lot of emotions still lingering from that loss, but we’ve had time to recover and use that to our advantage as we train for the upcoming Olympics in London,” Rampone said.

Rampone , who has been captain of the team since 2008, said that having the Olympics in London brings added excitement to the event. “England is such a huge soccer country, so the enthusiasm of the crowd will really bring a lot of energy into the atmosphere,” she said.

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Health Honor Society Raises Money for Kortney Rose Foundation

The University's Pre-Professional Health Honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, helped collect over $240 for the Kortney Rose Foundation for their annual charity fundraiser “Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye” on February 13 and 14. The Kortney Rose Foundation was created by Kortney's mother and the secretary of the Political Science department Kristen Gillette, and serves to raise awareness on the issue of pediatric brain tumors and to enhance and fund research for pediatric brain cancer.

The history of the cancer organization can be summarized in Gilette's own words. “In 2005, my nine-yearold daughter Kortney Rose Gillette was diagnosed, out of the blue, with a very rare and always fatal brain tumor. She died four months later. To help pick up the pieces and move on from our grief and help other children with brain tumors through research and awareness, we started The Kortney Rose Foundation.” Gilette said that the organization is a non-profit organization with a mission of raising awareness of the number one cancer-related death among children ages 19 and younger: brain tumors.

Efforts by the organization have now culminated in the month of May officially being designated as “Brain Tumor Awareness Month.” They have raised over $528,000 in the last five years for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to the events that are listed on thekortneyrosefoundation. org, they also have a 5K run on campus on April 6. The foundation has also set up many other fundraisers for local schools and businesses with their “Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye” movement.

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Poll Finds More College Freshmen See Getting Good Job as Key Goal

Having seen their parents struggle with unemployment and other money worries over the last few years, the nation's current batch of college freshmen increasingly view a bachelor's degree as a necessary ticket to better jobs, according to a University of California, Los Angeles survey being released Thursday.

In responding to the "American Freshman" poll, 85.9 percent of firstyear students across the country said that being able to land a good job is a very important reason for attending college. That is the strongest response to that question in the 40 years it has been asked and is higher than the 70.4 percent reply in 2006, before the recession began.

The survey asks freshmen to select reasons they are pursuing higher education. For a generation, the most popular one was "to learn more about things that interest me." This year, 82.9 percent said that was a major motive. But since 2009, the concern about jobs has been on top.

Also setting a record was the response to a query about whether becoming very well off financially is an "essential or very important" objective. The survey showed that 79.6 percent of the students described such affluence as a compelling goal, up from the pre-recession response of 73.4 percent in 2006 and double the levels during the more counter-cultural 1970s.

"I think it's understandable. Like everybody in the country, these students are reacting to a time of recession," said John H. Pryor, managing director of UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which conducts the annual survey.

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