Sun02262017

Last updateWed, 22 Feb 2017 6pm

Online Exclusive

Blue Hawk Records Chooses Artists for Next Album

Every semester, the Applied Music Industry class markets and produces a compilation album featuring artists from all over Monmouth University's campus. Last Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Lauren K. Woods Theatre from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., over 15 acts auditioned for Blue Hawk Records 10th compilation album. Acts who auditioned varied from local Rap star, Tyler Robinson (aka Teddy) to acoustic acts like Oliver's Wanderers (who are senior music industry student, Dylan Hoski and junior communications student, Kristina Caliendo) and even full band acts like Hunter's Run who features sophomore music industry student, Tommy Allen, on the drums.

Jess McGovern, a sophomore music industry student and one of the General Managers for the project, had explained how it was really tough to pick from all the acts who auditioned, but the class settled on 5 acts. The acts that will be a part of Blue Hawk Records 10th compilation album are The Nooks, Incolor, Society Hill, Antonio Gonzalez, and Nicolette Pezza.

Society Hill is a four-piece alternative rock band who are made up of music industry student, Liam Frank; communications student Matt Mendez, Zack Everson, and Dave Hays. Society Hill is currently recording an EP in Bridgewater and is excited to record the song "Soft Eyes" with Blue Hawk Records to include on the later LP. Pezza is a senior communications student who is recording her acoustic song, "Feels like Home" for the compilation album. Another act and a name you are probably familiar with because he was on BHR's 9 Lives album last semester, freshman music industry student, Antonio Gonzalez, will be recording again with his acoustic song "Can't Keep Us Down" for this album.

Both other general managers of the record, Eva Michaylin and Olivia Rohlfs, are recording with their bands for this album. The Nooks are a female acoustic trio that formed while they were studying abroad in Florence, Italy. The members are junior music industry students Olivia Rohlfs and Amanda McTigue and music education student, Briana Musco.

Read more ...

Light of Day Show

On Jan. 12, Asbury Park was rocking all night long and Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth's student-run record label, had everything to do with it. Every year Asbury Park hosts the Light of Day Festival which, as Professor Joe Rapolla, Chair of the Music and Theatre Department, explains, "Is an important event for Monmouth students to participate in not only because it is a high profile music event that local and international acts, including Bruce Springsteen, perform at, but because of the purpose of the light of day organization."

The Light of Day organization raises awareness and funds in hopes of finding a cure for diseases like Parkinson's and ALS. The festival draws crowds from all over the world to rock together and bring an end to these terrible diseases. Aja Armstrong, a sophomore Music Industry student and active member of Blue Hawk Records states, "It was a very successful night for Blue Hawk Records. It brought us together as a club and showed that we are passionate and devoted to making music and using that gift of music to raise awareness for a great cause."

The event kicked off at 8 p.m. in Langosta Lounge on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park. The kitchen and bar were open for people to relax and order a cocktail or some sushi while they listened to all the acts. Eva Michaylin, a junior Music Industry student, said, "The Light of Day show was a perfectly constructed event for a great cause that had a wonderful turn out! All of Monmouth University's artists put on a show that had the picturesque restaurant entertained for the entire night."

Read more ...

Personality Profile: Jake Shortslef || Opinion

Eat, meet with team doctors, warm up the arm, lift weights, sign autographs, pitch six innings against some of the best baseball players in the world, shower, attend a team meeting, and finally, go to bed. This is a typical day in the life of Hannibal, New York native, Jake Shortslef. Just one year ago, Jake, “Shorty” to teammates, was playing Division III baseball at Herkimer County College in New York. He is now a starting pitcher for the Hickory Crawdads, the Class A minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers organization.

Baseball has been a way of life for the 21-year-old right-handed pitcher who currently stands at 6’4, weighs 240 lbs, and throws a 95 mph fastball. Growing up in a family of athletes and sports fans, Shortslef was destined to be a ball player. Jake’s older brother, Josh, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000 when Jake was just 5 years old, making Josh his hero and role model.

Because of Josh’s pro career and the desire to be like his brother, Jake developed a love for the game of baseball at a young age. Over time, he has come to appreciate the game and the emotions that come along with it. “My favorite part is just the ups and downs a game can throw at you,” said Shortslef. “Experiencing failure in baseball is tough, but you learn a lesson from every time you fail and can bring that lesson along with you and use it to reach a level of success that will make you feel like you’re on the top of the world.”

His father, Lynn, was also instrumental in the development of his son’s love for baseball; something that Jake is extremely grateful for to this day. “My dad would come home from a 12 hour shift at work and when I asked him to play catch or hit me pop-ups he never said no,” recalled the pitcher. “He never missed a game, even if it meant missing out on sleep.”

By the time Jake was playing baseball for his local high school, Hannibal High, he had developed an impressive skill set on the mound and began to garner notice from others. When asked to reflect on the best compliment he had received during his career, Shortslef cited an instance during his junior year of high school when the well-respected coach of Hannibal’s rival, Westhill High, approached him after a game. “As we were shaking hands in the line, he told me that I would play pro ball one day,” said Jake.

Read more ...

High-Paying Communication Majors || News

USA Today recently released a list of five careers that can start with a communication major that will earn the worker over $100,000 per year – a figure that is not often associated with communication majors.

These careers are also not always immediately associated with a communication degree, with the five careers in question being psychiatry, working as a sales manager, working as an advertising and sales manager, being a personal finance adviser, and being an economist.

Psychiatrists typically need a graduate-level medical degree to practice. As of 2014, the National Annual Mean Wage was approximately $182,700, and it is anticipated that between 2014 and 2024, there will be a 17 percent growth rate in the field. While psychiatry and communications may not seem related on the first glance, psychiatrists need to have excellent communication skills, and be talented problem-solvers; these qualities are often essential skills in a communication major’s arsenal.

The second job listed, sales management, only requires a bachelor’s degree, and results in an average salary of around $126,040. The field is expected to grow about five percent between 2014 and 2024. Sales managers typically need, in addition to a solid education background, stellar communication skills and the ability to motivate a team. These qualities will be used to help a sales team reach their goals. A background in business, math, accounting, finance, or marketing may also be helpful.

Read more ...

Monmouth University Students Attend FEMA Workshop || News

OE FEMAOn Jan. 21st, 2016, Dr. John Comiskey and 11 Monmouth University students attended an exercise conducted by Federal Emergency Management Agency Region II. This workshop covered an increasingly important topic called Continuity of Operations. The event, known as the Hurricane Ed Continuity Tabletop Exercise, was held at the Freehold Regional High School District Office. This facility is located on 11 Pine Street in Englishtown, New Jersey. Dr. Comiskey provided a detailed description of the event:

"FEMA Region II, the New Jersey Department of Education, and faculty from Monmouth University’s Department of Criminal Justice have been working on State-wide plans to prepare New Jersey’s schools for disasters such as Superstorm Sandy that devastated parts of the State and region.  Due to Superstorm Sandy’s impact on Monmouth County, principals and other school officials from the County were invited to participate in a pilot Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) workshop that would orient the officials to COOP and other processes that are designed to mitigate disaster damage and help schools return to normal operations. Monmouth University’s homeland security students were asked to participate in the workshop. The workshop afforded the students to the opportunity to work with FEMA and Monmouth County education and emergency management officials. Currently, the workshop’s outcomes are being assessed to facilitate future School COOP workshops in each County in the State. Stay tuned for updates.”

Read more ...

“Creed is a Knock Out” || Entertainment

Creed ONLINE EXCLUSIVEIf one thing’s for sure in the last few days of 2015, it’s that Creed will not having you fighting to leave the movie theater. The new rendition of the famous Rocky movies have fans and critics applauding director, Ryan Coogler, stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, along with the entire cast and crew of the film.

“You see this guy here? That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face. I believe that’s true in the ring and I think that’s true in life”. 

Rocky Balboa is back and he is a lot older and a lot wiser than when the first film premiered back in 1976. The sports drama film is a spinoff of the Rocky boxing saga which had six movies ahead of Creed. This time, Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis (Jordan), whom he never met, makes his way in and out of foster homes after his mom passes, eventually finding himself in the care of his father’s wife. Learning about his dad and understanding more about his drive to fight begins to make sense to Adonis, who is determined to make his hobby into a career. Tons of curveballs are thrown at Adonis throughout the film, such as a controversy on whether or not he can live up to his name, as well as whether or not he can he make is own legacy.

Read more ...

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical Shines at Pollak Theatre || Entertainment

Remember that time you forgot to do your homework and had to rapidly think of an excuse to tell your teacher or professor while they blankly stared at you for an explanation? For 85 minutes, that’s exactly what Broadway’s Next H!t Musical is—a constant scramble for ideas and storylines with a skill that would convince that teacher homework isn’t important.

An improvisational comedy show, BNHM straps you in for almost two hours of side-splitting laughter using scenes and storylines they have had no preparation for. That’s right; every single play has no script, no plot, no rules—anything goes in love and improv.

The play opened with emcee Brad Barton coming out on stage in a sort of stand-up comedy routine, telling some slightly amusing jokes about politics and the history of West Long Branch.   I could tell by the delayed, unsettling laughter that most of the crowd, including myself, was apprehensive about what we had gotten ourselves into.

Barton then went on to explain the arrangement of the show. Before it began, audience members were asked to write down ideas for storylines on pieces of paper that could be used by the actors in their skits. This would be the basis for the fake competition going on throughout the production, “The Phony Awards.” Each actor would pick a slip of paper out of the large jar on stage and use whatever was written as the title for a “Broadway song” they would have to perform—the audience later deciding which of the four songs is deserving of the precious Phony Award.       

Read more ...

Gourmet Dining Update || News

OE Student Center 1Monmouth University changed dining services to Gourmet Dining this fall semester with new additions to Magill Commons, the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, and academic buildings.

The main changes include a Dunkin Donuts, renovation to the food court in the Student Center, and new daily food offerings. Chris Ryerson, Resident District Manager of Gourmet Dining, said, “We are the food service partner of Monmouth University for the next ten years, operating all the food and beverage outlets on campus.”

Gourmet Dining claims it is the premier food service company serving NJ. It provides services for 14 campus locations, Monmouth being the latest addition. According to Gourmet Dining, “It operates on-site food service management for educational, corporate, healthcare and long-term care throughout the state.” Gourmet’s motto, according to their website, is “to deliver professional food service programs with a personal touch.”

The University’s contract with Aramark, the previous dining vendor, was up and the students were ready for a change. “We were getting a lot of complaints and we were observing some things that we had been working on to get corrected for some period of time,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life.

Read more ...

The Best Halloween Movies || Features

Edward ScissorhandsIf there is anything I can recommend during the month of October, it would be a good scary movie. Whether you are a fan of slasher flicks like Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street and Sean S. Cunningham’s Friday the 13thor George A. Romero zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead, there is enough horror to enjoy with your family and friends. All those things that go bump in the night are what make Halloween the time of the year for grabbing some candy corn and sitting down in front of a scary movie.

What are the best scary movies on Halloween? Tony Green, a junior communication student, is more familiar with the 80’s horror movies, “I heard good things about the Evil Dead series.” The original Evil Dead series was directed by Sam Raimi in 1981. The 2013 remake that featured a group of friends at a remote cabin with an evil presence lurking in the woods was a huge deal amongst younger movie goers.

Sarah Baker, a sophomore English student, has a different preference for scary movies more along the lines of thrillers. “I like House at the End of the Street with Jennifer Lawrence and The Roommate was pretty good.”

Most people have their preferences; I prefer to watch scary movies without a lot of gore or unrelenting violence so the best scary movies that give me a fright on Halloween are the somber ones. There was something extremely creepy about Michelle Pfeiffer seeing a dead woman’s ghost in What Lies Beneath or the cold breath exhaling from Haley Joel Osment’s mouth when a ghost was nearby in “The Sixth Sense.”

The best scary movies propel you into the horror and leave you with a sense of frailty that you can’t escape from. However, not everyone is a fan of the movies that give you a scare on Halloween. Chad Dell, an associate professor in the Communication Department, for example, is a fan of gothic musicals and whimsical movies.

Read more ...

Smells Like Teen Nostalgia || Features

Nineteen years ago this month, the first episode of "Hey Arnold!" aired. Twenty-four years ago, Nirvana's groundbreaking album "Nevermind" was released. The culture, the music, the shows, and the figures of the 90s are all so relatable to people our age. Young 20-somethings love to reminisce on this time period so much that they often forget that they came right after all of the magic happened.

"I don't have any nostalgia for the 90s," Dave DePaola, a junior music industry major, commented about the trending obsession with this particular time period. "A lot of us were only five or six years old in 1999, and we didn't really live through it the way we feel like we did. Although, there is still a lot about that era that has rubbed off on us,” he explained.

DePaola continued, “The reason a lot of people choose the 90s to reminisce about is because it feels like it was just yesterday, even though it was 20 years ago.  It's almost as if there is a psychological gap between the 90s and every decade before. Just think about how long ago the 80s feel compared to the 90s."

We almost choose to associate our childhood with the 90s because it was such an awesome time to be a part of. Ryan Tetro, an adjunct political science professor and a direct product of the nineties, has a lot to say about being a kid during that time, "The 90s remind me of a time where life was simple and predictable and yet constantly changing and growing ever-more complicated.”

Children of the 90s were the last “street light” generation; kids played outside all day until the street lights came on, and yet these children were also beneficiaries of the dot-com bubble and the incredible technological advances of the computer, the internet, and cable television, according to Tetro.

Read more ...

The Feast of San Gennaro || Lifestyles

Online Exclusive4

With the weather finally getting chilly and the lively fall nights approaching us, September has been the perfect month for an outdoor food festival in the greatest city in the world: New York City. The Feast of San Gennaro took place in Little Italy, which is located in the borough of Manhattan, from September 10th to September 20th. White, green, and red lights bounded by garland were twinkling from the streetlights, restaurants, bars, and cafes had their doors and windows wide open, welcoming in the crowd, and food stands were set up for blocks upon blocks. Carnival attractions were also set up and live music was filling the crisp fall air. The Feast of San Gennaro was the perfect spot to be for all ages. Parents with young children were spotted crowding by the carnival rides, people in their twenties were found swarming the bars, older couples were located taking in the décor and scenery, along with many other types of people of all different ages. Different cultures came together to experience one: the Italian culture. Gelato, tiramisu, spaghetti, rigatoni, pizza, and so many other famous Italian treats and dishes were sprawled along the food stands; all reasonably priced and all equally as delicious.

Read more ...

How Have Freshman Grown In Their First Year At Monmouth? || Features

As the school year comes to a close, every student takes some time to look back and think upon how they’ve grown. It’s a special kind of feeling in that not a single person is the same as they were at the start as they now are at the end. Yet none have changed more so than the freshman, in their first year of their new life at a University. Their first year has likely been one of self-discovery, and will determine their place in the years to come.

“In my first year at Monmouth I’ve become much more independent, open-minded, and accepting,” said Mary Fitzgerald, a freshman mathematics student and future Resident Assistant next semester. The general growth of students is determinate on how they experience their first year at college. Stepping up to responsibilities cam allow for some excellent maturation and skills that can make the next challenge easier. It takes a lot to mature at college, but taking every day a step at a time can allow change for the better.

Although the standard of growth is important, people grow and change in different ways. Where one person grows from their studies and friends, others find their place in a club or group.

The feeling of having a collection of students who are going through the same trials as you or upperclassmen being there to guide you can bring out growth and maturation that would not have been found on your own. Gina Geletei, a freshman English student, came into her own thanks to her involvement with the Student Activities Board; finding a group of like-minded friends allows for students to grow together, instead of apart.

“I have been learning so many valuable skills and have met so many amazing people who have truly made a difference in my life. SAB has taught me discipline, people skills and organization which ultimately translated over in my school work,” Geletei said. She knew she found her place in the SAB, and it spread to her finding confidence and skill in her academics.

The transition of attitudes upon getting settled into college is an entirely unique experience. Everyone enters college alone, whether they know people at the beginning or not. It’s scary, having this entirely new environment ahead of you when for years you were settled into your own hometown for academics. Professors, lecture halls, commutes and meal plans are likely new elements unknown to new students, and they have to learn on the fly. More than a few students felt the crippling pang of homesickness or anxiety during their first week at Monmouth.

Read more ...

Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year? || Opinion

Just recently it was announced that the budding Seattle-based credit-card payment processing firm, Gravity Payments, owner Dan Price has increased his workers’ minimum yearly wage to $70,000 (it was prior to this increase at about $48,000). This move by Price was a verygutsy move. His ability to increase every worker’s wages like this was planned based on anticipated earnings by the company. If the company does not excel as projected, this raise may be all for naught. But, without being so negative, let’s look at what an incredible impact this action has produced.

While this company is in Seattle, Washington, a change like this would be incredible to happen here on the East Coast. In order to live comfortable in New Jersey the average person should be making around $60-70,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average New Jerseyans make approximately $54,000 a year. So, while this number is not horrific, it doesn’t give much wiggle room for families to have a comfortable surplus for vacations, gifts, or even for unexpected payments such as car accidents or natural disaster damages.

Alexa Massari,a  junior English and education student, said, “Doing this increases the help for the living style of the average person. People will no longer have to try and spread their paychecks thin to afford their personal lifestyles. Also, not to mention, $48,000 is the starting salary for teachers, so knowing this, we'll [future teachers] be able to have a better life for the job we do [if this change comes to the east coast].” What Price is doing by making the minimum yearly salary $70,000 is giving his employees some space to live comfortably, preventing them from living paycheck to paycheck as Massari suggested, and it allows them to have an extra stash of money to do things that make them happy.

On the other hand, Tara Egenton, a sophomore English and education student, said, “Workers should not be getting the same amount of money for different types of work. It wouldn't make sense to give someone in maintenance the same pay as someone with a 4-year software degree. Essentially, this creates a negative image for a company and people will not want to work there. However, all workers should be receiving benefits and all workers should have the opportunity to improve and ultimately, gain a raise. In my opinion, hard work always equals success and it should be rewarded as much as possible.” Egenton brings up a solid point; from his nearly $1mil salary, Price is now only taking $70,000 also. There should be a hierarchy of salaries, but, I think what Price is doing is just making $70,000 the minimum. Hopefully there is still opportunity for occupational mobility.

Read more ...

Quirky and Camera-Eyed || Features

hutchins color photoThe word film might be permanently bonded to the end of Ryan Hutchins’ name. In fact, he’s probably filming something at this very moment. And if he’s not, he’s trying to find an old beat up car to set on fire in a short film or applying for a grant to shoot footage somewhere in Beverly Hills.

“Film is my first passion and always will be,” he said. At 22-years-old, Hutchins is a storyteller. He gives life to people, places, and events that are important to him. “I make movies because it is the culmination of everything in life that I love. Human interaction, magic, writing, photography, storytelling, building, designing, expressing emotions, and music. Is there another art form that has such flexibility?" 

Read more ...

Where Are They Now - Jorge Branco ‘13 Psychology | Study Abroad in London in Fall 2010 || Features

study abroad

Growing up as the first generation American I often visited family in Portugal which helped to create in me a strong desire to travel and see more of the world.  With those memories at heart I knew that studying abroad was a core dream of mine and nothing would stand in my way. I decided to study abroad in London and it began a life changing and pivotal moment in my life.  I became determined to reach deep down and look at my flaws.  I desired to overcome and change, to follow my life dreams and aspirations, and more importantly to really become the man I knew I could be. In college we have a many choices impacting our future. We are young and strong enough to open the doors of our past and fix anything about ourselves we don't love, and choose to be anything in our future that we DO love.

The study abroad experience made me appreciate being a Monmouth University student more and to take advantage of all that it offers every student. I took my classes more seriously and opened up my eyes to all the opportunities that lay before me.  I realized that just showing up wasn't enough, I had to learn and apply as much as possible. That is really just one of the many intangibles of the study abroad experience, the fact that you can wake up. I think you grow up faster into an adult with values and actual plans, other than just what the weekend entails.

Read more ...

Where Are They Now - Britt Travis '05 Communication | Study Abroad in London, England in Fall 2002 || Features

study abroadI wasn’t enjoying my experience as a freshman in college…and I had dreamed of being abroad my whole life. When I saw the advertisement & met with Robyn, I felt like I would meet similar people to me. It ended up being the best decision of my life to date.

Robyn was amazing to us; we really felt like we had a person to connect to… many of the other schools seemed to ship students off without a “home base contact.” That was crucial.

At first it made me more connected to people like me at Monmouth – and that was really important. I was 19 – young, unsure of who I was. It sounds silly, but studying abroad helped me gain confidence so that I could really succeed at Monmouth. After traveling through countries where no one will speak to you in English, smartphones weren’t a thing yet, you had to be confident to get through the program. It set me up to continue to have confidence in myself after the program ended. While it didn’t alter my career path – I had always wanted to be in advertising, it enabled me to utilize what I learned to excel further. How many potential employees could speak fluently about different advertising as it was viewed in other countries, compare it to America, and have an opinion on how to make ours better? Not many. It made me stand out – and ahead, of the pack. It enabled me to get hired weeks after graduation.

First, Study Abroad forced me to be confident; second, it made me know what my “musts” in life are (ie: I will not date a person who will not travel; my future children will study abroad…) I know, for sure, I am a changed person because of studying abroad. Travel is a part of who I am now.

Read more ...

Where Are They Now - Bill Stryker || Features

I’ve been working with Merrill Lynch since August of 2006.  I’ve held a couple positions.  Right now I’m the staff assistant/office manager for Alternative Investment Product Services located in Hopewell, NJ.  I am currently residing in Asbury Park with my sister, Sarah, who is also a study abroad/Monmouth alum.

I studied abroad because I wanted to experience something new and get away; I had never really traveled before.  I went to a preliminary meeting, explaining the study abroad program and was hooked from the start.  The desire to experience a variety of cultures drew me to London and the easy access to travel Europe was the most appealing part of it.

Studying abroad forced me to be outgoing and to meet new people.  This is something I had not really done in my life prior to that.  It’s given me endless stories and memories I will have for the rest of my life.  I’m completely a better person today than I would have been if I didn’t take advantage of this program. I will be a groomsman in a wedding next year, both the bride and groom are best friends of mine, the bride-to-be I met studying abroad and we’ve remained extremely close ever since.  Studying abroad has created everlasting bonds with several people.  Many of us, myself included, have a “NW1 4NS” tattoo which is the zip code for Regent’s University London area.

Read more ...

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Chapter at University Announced || News

online_exclusive_newsThe Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee (PPHAC) is announced the installation of a new chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the national health preprofessional honor society, at Monmouth University – New Jersey Delta Chapter on Friday, Oct. 3 in Magill Commons.

Dr. Dorothy Lobo, AED Advisor, and Dr. Bernadette Dunphy, Co-Directors of PPHAC, presented the 30 installed members with their certificates and congratulated them on their success. The ceremony was also attended by Dr. Frank Dyer, National Counselor, and Dr. Nuran Kumbaraci, AED Regional Director, as well as family members and distinguished guests from the University.

The guest speaker was University Alumnus, Dr. Sunaini Kaushal. Kaushal graduated in 2009 from Monmouth and attended Drexel University Medical College through the Monmouth Medical Center Scholars Program. She is currently at Drexel in Internal Medicine completing the second year of her residency. She spoke to the newly installed AED Members about the hard work ahead of them and to be truthful and passionate about their decision to pursue medicine.

AED is dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship. The society welcomes all students engaged in the pursuit of a professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community. AED serves not only as an honor society but also as a service organization.

AED was founded in 1926 as an honorary fraternity for premedical students at the University of Alabama. AED became an associated society of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on October 28, 1936. AED was incorporated as a non-profit educational institution in 1962, in Washington, DC. As chapters grew and became more widely distributed, five regional groupings were designated in 1962.

Read more ...

SCREAM Theater || Entertainment

Dating and getting to know people can be nerve-wracking, but the threat of sexual assault is even scarier than battling nerves on a first date. Rutgers University's Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths (SCREAM) Theater addressed the issues of sexual assault on college campuses on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Wilson Hall.

The performance, consisting of undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni of Rutgers University, began in 1991 and has become a campus-wide phenomenon.

Brady Root, a member of SCREAM Theater, started the program by rattling off startling statistics regarding sexual assault. "Twenty percent of women are raped, mostly in their college years," Root said. "One in every 33 men younger than 18 are sexually assaulted in their lifetime."

Behind her was a stage, depicting a stereotypical college dorm getting ready for a party: there was a table with solo cups and a pitcher of alcohol, as well as an area on the right-hand side of the stage that represented the upstairs, containing a bed and more drinks. The improvised scene consisted of eight characters named Jess, Rachel, Liz, Ryan, Alex, Corey, Sam and Elena.

Jess and Liz were both excited to hang out with the boys that they met earlier, Ryan and Corey. The boys invited the girls over to drink before going to a party later in the night. The girls' friends, Rachel and Elena, tagged along. Before they get to the party, Jess and Liz explain how they really like Ryan and Corey, and could see pursuing serious relationships with them.

The scene then switches to the boys in the dorm, accompanied by their roommates Sam and Alex, gossiping about the girls. Corey states how he actually likes Liz, although he would take things to the next level if she wanted to. Ryan says, in vulgar terms, how he just wants to have sex with Jess. The girls walk in and they all begin to drink.

Corey takes Liz into his room and he offers her a drink. She has a little more vodka, and when she reaches her limit, he respects that. They talk for a little and then he abruptly comes onto her. Liz says to stop, and he does just that. Corey gets off of her and they agree to pretend that nothing happened.

On the contrary, Ryan does not do the same. They had all decided to leave for the party when Jess and Ryan agree that they will catch up later. Both go up to Ryan's room and sit on his bed. Ryan encourages Jess to drink some more, although she does not want to. He then jumps on top of her, and Jess begins to scream things like "no" and "stop."

Ryan yells at Jess to shut up and covers her mouth. Sam, a female roommate who had just moved in, walks in and then quickly leaves, not wanting to be involved. The scene then changes to the next night, where Jess is talking with her girl friends about what happened with Ryan.

Each friend represents a different way that a person outside the situation may respond. Elena encourages Jess to go to the hospital, call the police, or speak to a counselor. When the victim says she is not ready, Elena respects that and continues to comfort her. Elena showed to correct way to respond to this situation, unlike her other friends. Rachel is very aggressive, saying that she wants Jess to go to the police or she will go for her. Liz does not believe that Jess is telling the truth, and says that because alcohol was involved, it was her fault.

Read more ...

Confronting Campus Rape Culture || News

rape_culture

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.

Read more ...

Clichés Haunt ‘Annabelle’ || Entertainment

"The Conjuring" really captured my attention back in 2013, standing out among other horror movies for its relative lack of jump scares, the way it did not rely on tropes to move the plot along, and how women were still shown as being strong characters. Though it did rely on some clichés, it set a high bar for what such movies could attempt, so I eagerly sat down to watch "Annabelle" on Friday, Oct. 3.

This anticipated follow-up fell short in nearly every single category, with its issues ranging from claustrophobia-inducing camera angles and an exhaustingly overused plot to utilizing tropes at almost every possibility. Where its predecessor at least attempted originality, the 2014 'prequel' bored me, only drawing my attention in the last few minutes (not counting its numerous painful jump scares).

"Annabelle," directed by John Leonetti and written by Gary Dauberman, is about a young, recently-married couple, consisting of the pregnant Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton). The movie opens with them at church talking to Sharon Higgins (Kerry O'Malley) and Pete Higgins (Brian Howe), who live next door. After, John notes that they "shouldn't talk about the pregnancy" around them, as their daughter Annabelle ran away two years earlier. Coincidentally, Annabelle returns to the Higgins household with an unnamed male, murders her parents, then the two break into John and Mia's house and attempt to kill them as well. This ends with Annabelle committing suicide while holding the 'Annabelle' doll and bleeding on it, with the movie implying that her blood somehow let a demon begin using the doll as a conduit to attack Mia and John.

Throughout the film, the writers bash the viewers over the head with Satanism, Occultism, and related horror-movie clichés, ranging from Mia watching a documentary on Charles Manson in one of the opening scenes to a book called "The Devil's Welcome" prominently displayed in a bookstore window (which seems unlikely for Pasadena in the 1960s, when everyone was terrified of Satan worshippers). Nearly every scene seems obliged to mention demons, the mysterious 'A' shaped mark that appears throughout the events, or cult worshippers. The only times these aren't mentioned are when Mia is being attacked by said demon, so no one had to mention that it was there.

Aside from the worn-out plot of "devil worshipper kills self, summons evil upon those who possess random creepy doll," the writing uses nearly every character cliché. Mia continuously wanders toward certain danger and gets herself hurt on numerous occasions due to a lack of common sense. John "has" to go to a conference to make sure he gets a specific job, leaving Mia alone right as creepy things begin to happen (even though he misses the conference, he gets the job anyway). Later, as Mia tries to convince John that they're being haunted, he belittles her, saying "It's all in your head" and indicating it's just post-partum stress. These are just a few examples of the sexist tropes that wormed their way into this film.

Read more ...

Jackie Evancho: From Second Place to the Top of the World || Entertainment

In competitions, there can usually only be one winner. However, when it comes to shows like "America's Got Talent" (which concluded its ninth season on Sept. 17 by crowning magician Mat Franco), remaining contestants still have the future at their finger tips even though they were not awarded the big prize. To prove that contestants all still have a real shot at achieving their dream, "America's Got Talent" Season 5 runner-up Jackie Evancho, now a platinum recording artist at the young age of 14, released her third studio album on Tuesday, Sept. 23 entitled "Awakening."

Since "America's Got Talent," Evancho has proven that you do not need to win the talent competition in order to reach new heights in your career. From performing for the President of the United States and the Royal Family to making regular appearances with the Tokyo Philharmonic, she has showed future contestants that it's not always about winning.

Her journey began when she signed with Columbia Records and took a jump start in pursuing her career shortly after the completion of "America's Got Talent" at the age of 10. Prior to her latest album, she released two other studio albums entitled "Dream with Me," which was certified Gold, and "Songs from the Silver Screen," which topped at #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts.

However, with her latest album "Awakening," Evancho diverted slightly away from the all-classical inspired albums by taking on some more contemporary songs. While the album still contains classical selections such as "Think of Me" from "Phantom of the Opera" and "Ave Maria," it also contains modern-day songs such as U2's "With or Without You" and "The Rains of Castamere" from HBO's "Game of Thrones."

In response to her diversion away from classical music towards pop, Evancho told Sony, "Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces, but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own. The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me."

When questioned specifically about the recording of "With or Without You," Evancho told the Associated Press (AP) that she wanted to maintain the original "rocky feel" and sound, but add in her own classical crossover style to the track as well. It was a matter of balancing the two styles in order to create a new version of the hit track.

In addition to adding contemporary hits to her music collage, Evancho also released two originals. "Open Fields of Grace" and "Take Me There" are the first original tracks she recorded on an album. In an interview with AP, she stated, "I prefer to record original material because I make it my own, and it's like, I'm making my own thing almost." Evancho added that she felt like Taylor Swift when recording the original tracks, since Swift writes and records all of her songs for her albums.

Read more ...

Nintendo 3DS Releases Crossover Sensation || Entertainment

A renowned attorney and a famous professor team up to defend clients accused of witchcraft. No, this is not the newest drama on a local network. This is the plot of the just released "Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney" on the Nintendo 3DS. This game is a crossover of two fun (but perhaps little-known) series of video games, "Professor Layton" and "Ace Attorney," though it requires no previous experience with either series to enjoy.

"Vs." takes the puzzle solving Englishman, Professor Layton, and the unrelenting defense attorney, Phoenix Wright, and drops them into Labyrinthia. Labyrinthia is a storybook world ruled by the Storyteller, whose stories dictate the world's inescapable future. Plagued by the Great Witch Bezella, Labyrinthia holds witch trials where accused witches are found guilty and burned to purge the curse of witchery from the land. Assisting the mysterious Espella Cantabella in the first trial, Layton's puzzling prowess and Phoenix's dogged defense join forces to defend the innocent. Working against, and sometimes with, the Inquisitor Zacharias Barnham and his armor-wearing puppy Constantine, they must interview an array of unique personalities and investigate artful locales to end the witch trials, expose Bezella, and end the tyranny of the Storyteller.

The game is told through chapters which alternate between exploration and puzzle solving with Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke Triton and trial segments with Phoenix Wright and his assistant Maya Fey. During exploration chapters, players travel from area to area talking to people and solving puzzles. Trial segments have Phoenix cross-examining witnesses and using evidence to find the truth behind various witch-related incidents.

Puzzles originate from the "Professor Layton" series and can be found anywhere. Most are found within the story, but some have to be sought out. Puzzles you miss are sent to a library at the end of the chapter, and completed puzzles can be replayed anytime through the Puzzle Index. Most puzzles submit themselves when you complete the assigned task, but others must have the right answer submitted from multiple choices. If you guess wrong, you're given another chance - though the reward for solving them is reduced.

During the trial chapters from the "Ace Attorney" series, players listen to testimonies and find contradictions based on evidence. Each testimony consists of statements given by witnesses. Statements can be responded to in many ways, such as pressing witnesses, or presenting evidence. When pressed, witnesses elaborate on their statement. Other witnesses must be watched for reactions and can be questioned on their thoughts about the testimony to reveal new information. Presenting evidence can be done from the Court Record, which contains the trial's evidence, the Grand Grimoire, which is the definitive encyclopedia of all magic, or profiles of people associated with the case. The player must present the proper evidence at the proper opportunity to arrive at the truth. Giving the wrong evidence incurs a penalty. Five penalties and it's game over.

Read more ...

Meatless at MU: Is It For You? || News

Dollar Big Macs after midnight. Phat Spruces. Chicken Quesadillas and Steak Burritos. These all become things of the past once you convert to a vegetarian diet, but do not stop for a second to think this diet will come without great benefits. A plant-based diet not only contributes to better health and weight management, but also it benefits the environment. For individuals who have an extensive taste for different foods, a vegetarian diet on the University's campus is feasible.

According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (2009), a vegetarian diet is linked with low blood cholesterol levels and reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, a vegetarian diet is typically associated with a lower Body Mass Index (BMI), and lower cancer rates.

As less red meat and more plant-based foods are eaten, a vegetarian consumes less saturated fats and cholesterol, which are only found in animal-products. Vegetarians also take in more dietary fiber, magnesium, phytochemicals, and vitamin C than non-vegetarians.

Many fear a vegetarian diet because they believe deficiencies are developed in areas such as protein, iron, and vitamin B-12. However, Mary Harris, Director of the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) and specialist communication professor, described the protein deficit as a misconception when stating, "Most of what the general public has been taught about protein requirements in general is a myth. Protein can be found in all plant foods". Harris continues, "Some sources of protein include: lentils, chickpeas, black beans, tempeh, nuts and seeds, tofu, seitan, quinoa, oats, peas, spinach, broccoli, and the list goes on and on". Additionally, many foods today are fortified with nutrients.

Another myth about vegetarian diets is that they are more costly. However, Dr. Null and Dr. Feldman refute this myth in the Townsend Letter. They write, "... A consumer may pay more than five times the price for steak (versus a loaf of whole-wheat bread), a food that does not rival its cheaper counterpart in terms of nutritional value and fiber content". A healthier diet that can be less expensive may be more alluring to a college student with a dearth of money.

There are several motivations for becoming a vegetarian. Some do it for health while others do it for environmental or ethical reasons.

Read more ...

Debate Team Coaches Asbury Park Debate Teams to Playoff Rounds || Club & Greek

The University Debate team coached the Asbury Park debate team to a 4th place award at a debate tournament at the Institute for Collaborative Education in New York City this weekend. The Asbury team was coached after school every Tuesday afternoon by MU debaters Dan Roman, Kelly Craig, Sam Maynard, Jessica Roberts, Dylan Maynard, Ryan Kelly, Danielle Doud, Angela Ryan, Michelle Grushko, Saliha Younas, Monica Santos, Michael Hamilton, and Nick Whittaker.  The MU debaters took the Asbury debaters to three weekend tournaments affiliated with New York's Urban Debate League this year, but the third proved to be the charm as this was the first time the Asbury team made into the playoff rounds.  The Asbury team of Amaris Williams and Sharif James took a 4th place trophy after being coached throughout the year by MU debaters Kelly Craig and Dylan Maynard.  Amaris Williams also took a 5th place individual speaking award.

Kelly Craig was recently accepted in to the political science graduate program at American University in Washington D.C. and Dylan Maynard will be attending law school at American University in DC after graduating from Monmouth this spring.

The Asbury team debated whether the United States should end the economic embargo on Cuba.  The Asbury teams included Lisa Miranda and Brian Miranda, Julio Gonzalez and Diana Massa, William Wells and Sal Swain, Reggie McNeil and Jazira Robinson, Amaris Williams and Sharif James, Adria Barksdale and Josue Williams, Siana Portlock and Siera Foster, and Omar Lopez and Dawren Ruiz.  Ms. Christine DeMarsico, an English teacher at Asbury, also helps coach the Asbury team.

The Monmouth-Asbury debate partnership is made possible by a grant from TD Bank and Santander Bank.

Please contact Professor Joe Patten at jpatten@monmouth.edu if you are interested in learning more about the debate team.

‘Tis the Season for Hot Chocolate || Club & Greek

Tis_the_season_hot_chocolateThe Monmouth University Street Team, (MUST) celebrated "National Hot Chocolate Day," by serving free hot chocolate to over 850 students and faculty members, outside the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Thursday, Dec. 12.

MUST continued their vision to create situations that encourage people to think and talk about big, meaningful things, while promoting positive outlook on life. Every month, MUST decides on a "theme" for their event, and for the month of December, the theme was "celebrate".

MUST President Ryan Murphy explained the process for choosing a theme each month by saying, "There are certain aspects of life that we would like to promote on campus, things that we think might be lacking in daily conversation... Along with the holidays we wanted to promote the idea of 'celebration,' in a different way than we normally do it in the holiday season."

MUST were stationed in front of the RSSC passing out hot chocolate to students and faculty passing by who needed to warm up during the cold winter day. Those who did take advantage of the free hot chocolate were able to customize their drinks to their own liking by adding peppermint, marshmallows, caramel squares and whipped cream to their drinks.

MUST also handed out "Hot Chocolate To-Go" packs, which included a pack of instant hot chocolate and two marshmallows, for those who didn't have the time to grab a cup, or who might have wanted to make hot chocolate later on in the day.

"Based on the amount of cups and to-go packs we gave away, there were about 850 students and faculty members who were involved in our event," said Susan Bennett, advisor of MUST. Bennett continued, "In addition to supplying hot chocolate to our own students and faculty members, we also provided hot chocolate to two tour groups of perspective students, and that was really incredible."

Each to-go packet and cup of hot chocolate had a sticker on it, with a question that related to MUST's theme of celebration. Although the event was free, each student or faculty member that wanted a cup of hot chocolate, had to answer the question on his or her cup or packet. "The cups that we're handing out have different meaningful questions like 'What aspects of society should be more celebrated?' or 'What is something that you celebrated as a child, but don't anymore?' These are the ideas and things we want students to be discussing for the upcoming holiday season," said Murphy.

Lisangi Fernandez, a senior, was asked, "What is one way we can celebrate more often?" She responded, "By just getting together."

Though "National Hot Chocolate Day" was one of the coldest days of the winter thus far, it did not deter members of MUST from handing out free hot chocolate and encouraging conversation on campus. Michael Qualiano, member of MUST, said at first he didn't know how to feel about the cold, but the substantial turnout had proved that the event was worthwhile.

Read more ...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Making Money or Making a Difference? || News

Companies have profited millions of dollars by raising awareness for breast cancer, yet in 20 years the question of how to cure breast cancer still remains unanswered.

Barbara A. Brenner, Executive Director of Breast Cancer Action, located in San Francisco, CA, said, "Breast cancer is the poster child for cause-marketing."

Cause marketing is an agreement made upon the partnership of a non-profit charitable organization and for-profit organization in an effort to promote their business, sell products and donate a percentage to a good cause.

As stated in an article titled "We Can't Waste Another October: End Pinkwashing and Stop Cancer Before It Starts," Astra Zeneca, a pharmaceutical company, began the epidemic of BCAM. Zeneca distributes cancer treatments as well as carcinogenic pesticides.

BCAM has eventually become a profit month for corporations that promote their effort to spread awareness by selling their own products.

Joseph F. Rocereto, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing in the department of marketing and international business, said, "In a world where resources are necessary to advance any cause, those both noble as well as malicious, cause marketing represents an opportunity for nonprofits to enhance their contributions to those who rely on them, and to society as a whole."

Eighty-five percent of consumers were willing to support a company when the proceeds benefit causes they care about, according to the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC).

In 2012, Susan G. Komen's available taxing file stated that Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, former CEO and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, was paid an annual salary of $684,000.

"Many people were upset to learn about Brinker's $684,000 a year salary. This salary is beyond outrageous and should certainly be a cause for people to be skeptical. She is making an exorbitant amount of money on the backs of individuals who are ill or dying. More funding should go toward prevention - prevention research and prevention education," said Mary Harris, specialist professor in the department of communication.

Read more ...

Placing the Cambell’s Soup Can Back onto the Canvas: Why “ARTPOP” is the Most Innovative Lady Gaga Record to Date || Entertainment

"I try to sell myself but I am really laughing, because I just love the music, not the bling." Gaga doesn't write music for the charts, but for the most honest and raw parts of both her conscious and unconscious. This lyric to the title track of Lady Gaga's new album, "ARTPOP," captures the true message of the album as a gestalt and uniform project. Currently sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100, "ARTPOP" is Gaga's most innovative and unique album to date.

As described by Gaga herself, the album is designed as "a trip" from track 1-15, each song on the album is meant to be a different adrenaline rush." The production team for ARTPOP is perhaps her best yet. EDM artists Zedd and Madeon produced five of the 15 tracks on the album, Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair, a past collaborator on Gaga's preceding album, "Born This Way," produced eight tracks on the album, WILL.I.AM produced the track "Fashion!," and Rick Rubin, one of the executive producers on Eminem's most recent release, produced the melancholic track "Dope."

The songs themselves are unlike anything currently on Top 40 Radio, which shows Gaga's versatility as an artist. The opening track "Aura" is a euphoric track that positions "ARTPOP" to be an extremely ambitious record.

As the album progresses, you are taken on a journey to space in a song that Gaga completely wrote and produced herself: "Venus." Throughout the album, Gaga engages in "genre tripping." This is delving into genres that used to be unknown territories. Songs such as "Jewels & Drugs" with a cast of contemporary and retro rappers: T.I., Too $hort, and Twista, and her current single "Do What U Want," featuring R. Kelly, show both her diverse vocal range, and ability to adapt with different collaborators. Moreover, songs such as "Swine," lack lyrical quality, but make up in the production department with engaging beats that are sure to wake you up when listened through headphones.

The Zedd produced track "Donatella," is quite immature, as it comments on those outcasts that feel the need to dress up and feel glamorous, an ode to the queen of fashion Donatella Versace.

Perhaps the most uniquely produced song on the album, "Mary Jane Holland," is much more than the "weed anthem" critics are claiming it to be. Instead, while Gaga was touring in Amsterdam, her and DJ Madeon created the identity of Mary Jane Holland, a girl who outdoes the critics by turning to the one thing that can send her mind to ignore the hatred.

Read more ...

Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication 
and Instructional Technology (CCIT) Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764

Phone:(732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu