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Run Honored Fallen University Alumnus

Fallen University Alumnus 1Over two dozen members of the University community along with family and friends of fallen military soldier and University alumnus, Lance Corporal Christopher B. Cosgrove III, participated in the New Jersey (NJ) Run For the Fallen on Sunday, Sept. 25.

NJ Run for the Fallen is an organization whose mission is to run a mile for every NJ service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom New Dawn, and any other conflicts. According to the official website, the first run was held in 2009.

According to his mother, Charlene Cosgrove-Bowie, Cosgrove was a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps from Cedar Knolls, NJ. He died while serving in Iraq on Oct. 1, 2006. “Chris wanted to join the Marines when he graduated high school, but I begged him to go to college first. So he went to Monmouth University, and majored in history and double minored in anthropology and archaeology,” she said.

Cosgrove joined the military at the conclusion of his junior year, but finished his schooling at the University. After graduating with his Bachelors, he attended infantry training at Camp Geiger in North Carolina, his mother said.

“A request came in for 40 Marines to join Charlie Company from Connecticut to deploy to Iraq. Chris and 39 others volunteered to go. He left in January of 2006 for 29 Palms in California.  March of 2006 they went to Iraq. He was days away from leaving Iraq that Oct. 1st of 2006 to come home to his family and his fiancé,” added Cosgroves mother.

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Dr. Lisa Dinella Presents Research At Sesame

Dr Lisa Dinella SesameLisa Dinella, Ph.D., an associate professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Gender Development Laboratory at the University, spoke at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind the TV series Sesame Street, on Sept. 13. The address, titled “The Power of Play,” focused on Dinella’s research in gender, toys, childhood media and science-based recommendations for using the tremendous influence of the media to reduce gender stereotypes.

“Speaking at the Sesame Workshop was an amazing experience,” said Dinella. “I had the opportunity to speak with so many people that are applying the science and research directly to have an impact on young children. I spoke with many of the writers and digital media people that are behind the television series.”

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University Broadens Students’ Perspectives with New Childhood Studies Minor

New Minor Piques StudentsA newly established minor in childhood studies was added to the list of University programs this fall to help students understand the stresses and the experiences of children from a global perspective, according to Robyn Holmes, a professor of psychology.

The minor was developed through the Department of Psychology, and will be spearheaded by Holmes. “If you think about the 21st Century experience, right with globalization, increase in migration, social media access, intergroup contact, and the movement of people, some voluntary, some not. Children are kind of caught up in that movement,” she said.

Holmes continued, “It’s nice to understand that not every child gets breakfast before they go to school, some children are homeless, some children will be forced to work in horrible conditions, girls will be sold as slaves and prostitutes, and some children will be so affluent that they will be driving in sports cars and private jets before their fifth birthday.”

According to Holmes, the minor took about 18 months to create. Holmes spoke with professors at Rutgers University’s doctoral program of childhood studies to decide how it might work at the University’s undergraduate level.

Holmes then petitioned the idea to Monmouth University department chairs, received approvals from undergraduate studies, and polled students for interest. “Before the minor was approved by undergraduate studies, I began to poll students, and the student interest was very high,” she said.

Mariel Acevado, a junior psychology student, now has a minor in Childhood Studies. “I signed up for the minor literally one day after Doctor Holmes sent out the email. I’m a social work major and as a career I want to work with children, so I felt like this minor was a perfect fit and opportunity to enhance my knowledge on children. I was a psych minor and although those classes are strong and fulfilling, it was too broad of a minor,” she said.

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Bachrach Appointed as New Dean of the School of Science

New Scienece DeanSteven Bachrach, Ph.D. was appointed as the new Dean of the School of Science at the University as of Aug. 1, and is most looking forward to increasing the opportunity for students to be engaged in research.

Previously, Bachrach had worked as the Assistant Vice-President for Special Projects at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. During his time there, he was also the Department of Chemistry Chair and a Chemistry Professor. He started teaching at Northern Illinois University.  

“This was a terrific opportunity for me. This Dean position is exactly the kind of opportunity and challenge I was looking for,” said Bachrach.

He said there is already much of this occurring at the University, including the ongoing summer research project, which has been in place for nine years now. “For me, the best way for students to learn science is to do science. That means discovery, which you see in the research environment,” the Dean pointed out.

“I haven’t actually met him or gotten to hear any of his ideas and policies but I have heard from many professors that he is very laid back and friendly,” said Kristen Jezycki, a senior marine bio student. 

According to Bachrach, a current weakness in the department is that they are presently short staffed and he would like to see more faculty.

Bachrach’s long term goal is to engage with the community and increase the profile and reputation of the University, ultimately leading to a stronger student body. “I will be successful if colleges of ours in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, will look to us and say there is really good science going on and that they want to send their son or daughter to Monmouth to get a solid, modern, cutting edge science education. What I would really love to see is students applying specifically to come to Monmouth for the sciences because they know they can engage in research right away,” he explained.

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NJ Millennials Won’t Move Out

State has Highest Percentage of Young Adults in the Country Still Living at Home


According to recent Census data provided by NJ.com, New Jersey has the highest percentage in the country of millennials aged 18 to 34 that still live at home with their parents. While this may seem like a sign of decreasing independence for this generation, a closer look suggests that millennials might actually be making a smarter and safer choice.

Financially, avoiding mortgage and even rent might be a viable option for millennials who are overwhelmed with student loan debt. Nick VanDaley, a graduate student at the University, said, “Having to take out loans to go to a university has crippled [millennials] before we even begin our adult lives. While our parents established their credit through buying homes and cars, our credit will be built upon our student loans. This comes at a price, however, as we aren’t able to afford much else.”

NJ.com also highlighted Census data that showed how New Jersey is falling behind the nation in wage growth, and Bureau of Labor Statistics data that reported a scant 1.4 percent in job growth within the state. VanDaley said, “Stagnating wages, New Jersey as the worst in the country, hinder [millennials] from being full consumers,” unlike generations of America’s past.

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Paintings From Chilean History

Chilean History 1In support of Hispanic Heritage Month, the University is hosting Memorias – Geography of a Decade: Chile 1973-1983 from Sept. 14 through Oct. 14 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is held in the Guggenheim Library room 101 and displays original serigraphs, posters, and photos of Chilean art.

Chilean writer and activist Gustavo Gac-Artigras will read excerpts from his most recent novel And We Were All Actors: A Century of Light and Shadow on Oct. 3 in Monmouth University Library room 102.           

G. Gac-Artigras spent 40 years living under a strict military hand, and learned how to “distance [himself] from [his] memories in order to survive.” Although the captivity brought endless nightmares to the writer, they also taught him to be “tolerant and to listen to the other in order to be able to trust those who think differently.”

Priscilla Gac-Artigras, a professor of world languages and cultures, and wife of G. Gac-Artigas, is responsible for reviving these artworks at the University. As part of the Monmouth family, P. Gac-Artigras felt that the University was the perfect place to display the historical artifacts. “The new generations get to know those events from the past that make the human beings lose their humanity and act as enemies of their human fellows and learn a lesson from them. And the lesson is that ‘never again.’ Never again the holocaust, never again the dictatorships, never again the war, never again the massacres,” said P. Gac-Artigras.

Like these previously hidden artworks, G. Gac-Artigras is no stranger to captivity. The military coup of 1973 exiled G. Gac-Artigras along with 1,000,000 other Chileans. Living out his exile in Paris, the writer shared how the past affected him as he was forced to “get to know the limits of horror that marks your life, your dreams.”  

In Paris, G. Gac-Artigras restarted his theater group, Théâtre de la Résistance- Chili, and later established Nuevo Teatro los Comediantes. Exile also brought him to meet his wife, who was pursuing her doctorate at the time. 

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Brookdale Board Member Under Fire For Tweets

A trustee of Brookdale Community College was found posting and liking racist comments on Twitter, and now there is a petition, published through Brookdale’s student newspaper, calling for his resignation.

Board of Trustee member Joseph DiBella’s Twitter account was shown liking several tweets posted by others, and others that he wrote himself. All contained racist content, such as calling President Barack Barack Obama an “islamic black monkey” and others that contained use of severe derogative terminology and obscene suggestions.

DiBella reportedly told the Asbury Park Press that he was not responsible for the alleged behavior. He claimed that the Tweets were liked by hackers, and that Photoshop was used to alter the tweets to defame him. According to Brookdale administrators, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating whether the account was hacked or not.

“I haven’t written anything that is racist and I haven’t liked anything that is racist,” DiBella told the Press. “If there is some electronic re-creation out there it was either altered, or my account has been hacked. Someone has clearly altered, Photoshopped and likely hacked my account to recreate or suggest that I liked things of a disgusting, racist nature that I did not. It is regrettable in this day and age that people can use technology as a weapon.”

However, students do not seem to believe DiBella’s claims, and are calling for his resignation. The student newspaper is circulating a petition asking for his resignation; according to Alex Nichols, the editor of Brookdales student newspaper, The Stall, 80 students have already signed it.

“As soon as we were made aware of his Tweets, we archived them… On Sept. 1, a friend, a Brookdale alum, posted a few screenshots of his Tweets on Facebook, and we started researching to see if they were real,” Nichols told the Middletown Patch.

“He has 7,000 followers, and has been posting and liking vitriolic content for the past two years in some form or another. Unless he’s been lost on an island for the past two years without an Internet connection, I doubt that he’s been aware of what’s being put on his Twitter account. It appears to me that he’s just trying to save face,” added Nichols.

Brookdale faculty members also claim that they do not believe that the account was hacked.

“If you had a Twitter feed, and for two years, there were these awful things in your name that were expressed in your Twitter feed, you would have not waited until someone brought it to your attention or brought it to the institute’s attention before you went and asked the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office,” said Jack Ryan, an assistant professor of English at Brookdale, to the Asbury Park Press.

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NJ Ranked Sixth In U.S. for Teen Drug Overdose

NJ Drug OverdoseIn findings reported by Trust For America's Health, the national health policy organization, New Jersey is the state with the sixth-highest teen drug overdose rate.

Despite the state’s comprehensive laws and regulations against teen substance abuse, there have been a high number of drug overdoses among New Jersey youths. For every 100,000 youths, 10.7 will overdose on drugs, which is more than three people higher than the national average of 7.3.

Additionally, a reliance on substance abuse in one’s teen years is a strong indicator for continued use in adulthood, as more than 90 percent of adult substance abusers began using before age 18. Further, New Jersey is one of 18 states where the overdose rate has doubled since the organization began in 1999-2000, according to NJ.com. At that time, the state's overdose rate was 4.8 per 100,000.

Senior psychology student Amanda Aynes said that the statistics are disturbing, and something needs to be done to combat this epidemic. “The number of overdoses due to drugs is extremely upsetting and there needs to be a stop to it,” said Aynes. “Instead of trying to figure out how to keep the drugs out of their hands creating more laws, there should be more attention towards increasing their mental health and figuring out what causes the start of the drug addiction.”

Although elementary aged students are introduced to the dangers of drug abuse, there is no school program for people 18-22.

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Monmouth University Mourns the Passing of Jules L. Plangere, Jr.

Jules L Plangere JrThe University Board of Trustees voted to retain the name of Woodrow Wilson Hall after months spent reconsidering the controversial legacy of former president Woodrow Wilson. The decision was made at a Board of Trustees meeting on June 23.

Similar events have occurred at universities across the nation. This year Princeton University refused student demands to change the name of Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, but agreed to remove a mural of Wilson from a dining hall. Then in May, hundreds of students at Yale protested the school’s decision to keep Calhoun College named after John C. Calhoun, an 18th century slavery supporter.

Although Wilson won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work during World War I as well as motivated the creation of the Federal Reserve, he also segregated the federal government and was a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.

“It is impossible to disentangle his foreign policy achievements from a racism that helped to retard the development of American democracy,” said Hettie Williams, a lecturer of History and Anthropology. “Both primary and secondary sources indicate that Wilson’s attitude on race was regressive for his time, and more in line with the ideology of the new Ku Klux Klan.”

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Board Votes No to Wilson Hall Name Change

Woodrow Wilson LegacyThe University Board of Trustees voted to retain the name of Woodrow Wilson Hall after months spent reconsidering the controversial legacy of former president Woodrow Wilson. The decision was made at a Board of Trustees meeting on June 23.

Similar events have occurred at universities across the nation. This year Princeton University refused student demands to change the name of Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, but agreed to remove a mural of Wilson from a dining hall. Then in May, hundreds of students at Yale protested the school’s decision to keep Calhoun College named after John C. Calhoun, an 18th century slavery supporter.

Although Wilson won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work during World War I as well as motivated the creation of the Federal Reserve, he also segregated the federal government and was a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.

“It is impossible to disentangle his foreign policy achievements from a racism that helped to retard the development of American democracy,” said Hettie Williams, a lecturer of History and Anthropology. “Both primary and secondary sources indicate that Wilson’s attitude on race was regressive for his time, and more in line with the ideology of the new Ku Klux Klan.”

According to Henry Mercer, Board of Trustees Chair, the conversations on Wilson are not over. In a press release he stated, “I am proud that our entire Board chose to proactively examine Wilson’s legacy with the help of faculty, students, and staff members.”  He added, “From this we know that we have a responsibility to tell Wilson’s full story, the good and bad. This provides a valuable learning opportunity for the Monmouth University community.”

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Monmouth Students Present During JFK Airport Shooting Scare

JFK Shooting ScareA shooting was reported at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York in August. Traveling Monmouth University students were present as terminals were evacuated and passengers were fleeing for their lives, however, it was later revealed that the entire situation was a false alarm.

The ‘shooting’ began in Terminal eight of the eight-terminal airport. Just before 9:35 p.m., Usain Bolt finished his 100-meter Olympic dash, scoring a gold medal for his home country of Jamaica; those watching cheered and clapped. It was the sound of cheering and clapping that caused others in the terminal to think they were under attack.  

The situation quickly spiraled into chaos. Passengers stampeded through the terminal, and there seemed to be a lack of responding security according to New York Magazine. Passengers were not reasonably evacuated, at least in the beginning; they instead they fled onto the tarmac, into the hallways, and throughout the airport. The sounds of metal poles falling to the ground as the crowd pushed through them sounded like more gunshots, only increasing the panic.  

About forty-five minutes later, there was yet another false alarm in Terminal One, JFK’s international terminal.

In Terminal One was a handful of Monmouth University students about to depart for a three-week backpacking trip through Copenhagen. Their flight had been delayed. They were at the end of the terminal, according to junior political science student Christopher Summers, and there were no exits except for the secured gates that connected the planes to the terminal.

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