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Social Work Teach-In Edu-
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Addiction Treatment
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Visiting Writer Taije
November 20, 2019
Annual Race Conference
Explores Identities
Annual teach-in with social
work students and faculty
host keynote speaker Senator
Raymond Lesniak.
Night at
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The Student Government
Association (SGA) recently
held an open forum for in-
terested students to learn
more about the organiza-
tion’s methods of opera-
tion and the various roles
of their current leadership
in Pozycki Auditorium, on
Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Mike Fazzino, SGA Pres-
ident and a senior commu-
nication student, detailed
his presidential responsi-
bilities and the day-to-day
management of collaborat-
ing with Monmouth’s ad-
“I’m in charge of han-
dling the more ‘big picture’
stuff like working with ad-
ministration... and you’ll
hear when [Vice Presi-
dent] Chrissie [Santoriello]
speaks, she handles more of
the day-to-day actual sen-
ate matters,” Fazzino said.
“I’m moreseo working with
administration and the Uni-
versity itself a lot more.”
Fazzino also mentioned a
planned meeting with Presi-
dent Patrick Leahy, Ed.D.,
to discuss ways in which the
University can further their
involvement with The Nest,
a food pantry facilitated by
“There’s been a lot of talk
from Vice President [for Stu-
dent Life and Leadership En-
gagement Mary Anne] Nagy
about how the University re-
ally wants to take control on
the issue of food insecurity,”
Fazzino said. “They’d take it
out of our hands and solely
run The Nest. We’ll be com-
ing up with a plan on ways
that the University can kind
of step in and possibly give
some financial aid.”
SGA meets every Wednes-
day to discuss current Uni-
versity and student matters,
but Fazzino showed interest
in scheduling an “outside
Strategic Plan-a-Thon Sparks Ideas
for Campus Improvement
administration held a “stra-
tegic plan-a-thon,” inviting
students, faculty, and staff to
share their ideas for campus-
wide changes and improve-
ments last Wednesday.
In preparation for the
crafting of a new strategic
plan following Patrick F.
Leahy, Ed.D.’s installation
as University President, the
administration organized a
kick-off event during which
the students, faculty, and
staff of Monmouth were en-
couraged to contribute their
own ideas and thoughts via
sticky notes on boards with
different categories.
Responses during the
8-hour event were collected
by members of the Strategic
Planning Steering Commit-
tee to be taken into consider-
ation when building the new
The four headings under
which the MU community were
able to place their thoughts
were: “Start,” for brand new
ideas; “Stop,” for current prac-
tices which may not have a
place in the plan; “Enhance,”
for improving current practic-
es; and “Dream Big,” regarding
large-scale ideas for positive
change at the school.
These four categories togeth-
er were the focus of the event,
which took place from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. in the Anacon Lobby
of the Student Center.
The focus of the plan-a-thon
was the gathering of ideas by
the Strategic Planning Steer-
PHOTO TAKEN by Alex Dyer
Members of the Monmouth community placed
sticky notes with
their ideas for University improvement on boards in the Student Center.
hosted its 6th Biennial Inter-
disciplinary Conference on
Race, themed “Race, Mem-
ory, and Identity,” which
speakers and cultural per-
formances in Wilson Hall
and Magill Commons from
Nov. 14-16.
The conference aimed to
bring together scholars from
multiple disciplinary per-
spectives to broadly explore
the intersections of Race,
Memory, and Identity.
Through modern social,
political, and media dis-
courses the conference dem-
onstrated the continued need
to evaluate the different
ways that race and identity
impact memory, relating to
history, trauma, loss and re-
The conference was co-
ordinated by Brooke Nappi,
M.A., a Lecturer of Cultural
Anthropology, and Mary-
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SGAHosts Forum for Interested Students
PHOTO TAKEN by Matthew Cutillo
SGA President Mike Fazzino explained
that SGA will focus this year's efforts on community building.
Student production of
stays true to its jazzy
Poet, Taije Silverman, shared
her second manuscript with
University students and mem-
bers of the community.
anne Rhett, Ph.D., Director
of Graduate Program in His-
tory and an Associate Pro-
fessor of Anthropology and
Featured events included
opening plenary remarks on
Nov. 14 from William Stur-
key, Ph.D., Assistant Profes-
sor of History from the Uni-
versity of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, as well as the
Nov. 15 keynote address by
Qiana Whitted, Ph.D., Di-
rector of the African Ameri-
can Studies Program and
Professor of Literature at the
University of South Caro-
Sturkey specializes in the
history of race in the South,
with an interest in the histo-
ries of working-class racial
Whitted’s expertise is in
20th century African Amer-
ican literature and culture
and American comics and
graphic novels. Her most
recent project explores the
meeting time” to host a com-
munity building talk, open
to all.
“One of our initiatives this
year is really working on
community building,” Fazzi-
no said. “We want to work
harder on expanding our out-
reach and trying to make as
much of a community feel-
ing as possible. I want to set
up a meeting time outside [of
our regular meetings] so we
can have an open dialogue.”
Santoriello described her
position as “basically being
in charge of the senate as
a whole,” and detailed her
ability to become the tie-
breaking vote when a new
club’s status is being evalu-
“I oversee all the commit-
tees, and if they have any
issues they come directly to
me,” Santoriello said. “I help
the President carry out what
he wants to do with his year,
and if the President leaves,
then I become President.”
Mehdi Husaini, a senior
biology student and former
SGA president, described
his current responsibilities
as a support system for the
President and Vice Presi-
dent, as well as nurturing
any transitions of power.
A key facilitator of The
Nest’s creation, Husaini also
recalled the most recent col-
laboration with Fulfill, the
foodbank of Monmouth and
Ocean County.
“We ended up feeding
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