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2 The Outlook
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November 20, 2019
graphic novels. Her most re-
cent project explores the rep-
resentation of race and racism
in American comic books in
the 1940s and 50s.
Rhett said, “I think Qiana
brings to the conference this
really amazing energy and
depth of analysis in pop cul-
ture in things that we typi-
cally overlook. She contextu-
alizes structure, identity and
memory and brings it to a dif-
ferent level, as something [the
audience] can engage with a
bit more.”
Whitted’s lecture ref lected
her latest project, EC Com-
ics: Race, Shock, and So-
cial Protest. She spoke about
Entertaining Comics Group
(EC Comics), who was an
early innovator in another
genre of comics: the so-called
“preachies,” socially con-
scious stories that boldly chal-
lenged the conservatism and
conformity of Eisenhower-
era America.
She examined a selec-
tion of works: “Hate!,” “The
Guilty!,” and “Judgment
Day!” Whitted explored
how they grappled with the
civil rights struggle, anti-
semitism, and other forms
of prejudice in America.
Putting these socially
aware stories into conversa-
tion, Whitted drew similari-
ties between their narrative,
aesthetic, and marketing
strategies. She also recounts
the controversy that these
stories inspired and the cen-
tral role they played in con-
gressional hearings about
offensive content in comics.
Whitted said of “Judge-
ment Day,” “Readers see
Charlton’s face for the first
time when he returns to his
rocket… ‘the instrument
lights make the beads of
perspiration twinkle on his
dark skin.’ For six of the
Pop Culture’s Influence on Race
seven pages, the readers do
not know that the protago-
nist is black, nor do they
know what it is meant to sig-
nify in this imagined future.
[The readers] do understand
that Charlton is a man of
power, who has the exper-
tise and fitness to travel
though space and has been
entrusted with the respon-
sibility to evaluate the robot
Whitted explained that,
through the narrative, EC
invited its predominately
white readership to match
features of respectability
and authority with a person
of color.
The response to “Judge-
ment Day,” was overwhelm-
ingly positive. Ray Brad-
bury, an author who wrote
the story that “Judgement
Day” was based on, stated
that it should be required
reading in all schools.
Brittany Macaluso, a ju-
nior social work student who
attended the event, said, “I
thought the presenter of-
fered an interesting perspec-
tive one that I’ve never heard
connecting race to com-
ics and how something that
most think is trivial, she dis-
played how profound some
of EC’s messages were.”
The Monmouth Univer-
sity race conference was
founded in 2008 by Julius
Adekunle, Ph.D., and Het-
tie V. Williams, Ph.D. This
conference has brought to-
gether scholars from more
than fifteen U.S. states, four
continents, and twelve na-
MURecycling Leader
Monmouth University was one
of nine organizations recognized
at the 39th Annual Association
of New Jersey Recyclers sympo-
sium held Oct. 10 at the Jumping
Brook Country Club in Neptune.
The program aims to recycle
glass, plastic, metal, aluminum,
used light bulbs, batteries, toner
cartridges, and more.
According to the October
2019 New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection
press release, the institution was
a principal for its comprehen-
sive program which recycled 46
percent of garbage produced on
campus in 2018. The University
recycled an accumulation of 1.13
tons of light bulbs, 268.51 tons
of construction and demolition
debris, and 5.41 tons of computer
equipment. One hundred percent
of landscaping waste was con-
sistently reused as mulch or soil
amendments on campus grounds
or were sent to an area compost-
ing facility.
“I commend these award win-
ners for their work to promote
recycling and educate their com-
munities about the importance of
diverting waste to better protect
our natural resources,” Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion Commissioner Catherine
R. McCabe said. “New Jersey
is consistently a national leader
in recycling, and we applaud the
winners for going above and be-
yond to help safeguard the envi-
Monmouth has been a member
of the New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection’s
WasteWise Business Network
since March 2009 and was also
recently recognized as a New
Jersey Sustainable Business.
The New Jersey WasteWise
Business Network is a free pro-
gram innovated to help busi-
nesses and other organizations
become educated on reduction,
recycling, and recycled product
procurement not only to help
the environment, but also their
bottom line.
The New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection
and the Association of New
Jersey Recyclers co-sponsor
this event, where recycling
awards are presented annually
to those who have made signif-
icant contributions to recycling
in New Jersey.
Senior business student Kyle
Mullen believes that it is im-
portant to recycle and reduce
waste, which can be detrimen-
tal to our environment. “Recy-
cling can greatly reduce pollu-
tion and our carbon footprint.
If everyone does their part
in recycling, it can decrease
harmful greenhouse gases,” he
Patricia Swannack, Vice
President of Administrative
Services, said “Institutions
such as Monmouth Univer-
sity play an important role by
inspiring students to develop
behavior that helps us care for
our planet and educating future
leaders who one day may make
the policies that govern howwe
care for the planet. In addition,
an institution with thousands
of members and tens of thou-
sands of annual visitors, such
as Monmouth University, is
a good place to demonstrate
good sustainability practice.”
More information about
Monmouth University’s efforts
to reduce waste and increase
recycling is available online.
PHOTO TAKEN by Megan Ruggles
Keynote Speaker Qiana Whitted contextualizes
EC Comics
“preachies” with civil rights issues in 1940s and early 50s.
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SGA Discuss Operations
“We ended up feeding
about 74 people, which for
the weather and all that’s
considered, was pretty de-
cent,” Husaini said. “A lot
were [not at Fulfill events in
the past], so the word is get-
ting out there and it’s spread-
ing. We did have a little bit of
concern about expired foods,
and that has been brought up
to Fulfill. We also sent out
emails to the rest of campus,
so hopefully that’ll be re-
solved. From now on we’ll be
monitoring things in the fu-
ture to make sure there’s no
Anthony Flores, SGA’s
Chief Justice, described his
role as the “parliamentarian,”
as he ensures all parliamen-
tary rules and procedures are
being followed within Stu-
dent Government.
“I aid the President and
Vice President regarding any
questions about the parlia-
mentary procedure,” Flores
said. “I also ensure that our
constitution and bi-laws are
up to date, and I work with
any individuals to change
Vaughn Clay, Ed.D, Di-
rector of the Office of Off-
Campus and Commuter Ser-
vices, and one of three SGA
advisors (alongside Nagy and
Amanda Klaus, Executive
Director of Alumni Engage-
ment and Annual Giving),
outlined his responsibilities
towards the Student Govern-
ment Association. “I’ve been
here with SGA for 25 years,
and it has been amazing to
see the growth and transfor-
mation in time from when it
was, quite honestly, a little
combative between the ad-
visors and the senate,” Clay
said. “We try to work very
hard to have a constructive
relationship. We don’t always
agree, and that’s okay, as I
think what’s important is that
we’re exchanging ideas.”
Clay evaluated SGA’s work
so far for the semester and
gave advice regarding mat-
ters moving forward, such as
keeping up with expiration
dates on The Nest’s food sup-
ply. An outline was also de-
scribed regarding the future
of commuter-based electron-
ic lockers becoming available
on campus.
“We are in the process of
repurposing lockers that were
in the sorority/fraternity life
suite for commuter students,”
Clay said. “We’re going to
have 20 lockers available for
commuter students, and we
expect to have them up and
going by the spring semes-
ter. They will have digital
locks on them so they can be
used on a daily basis. We’re
still trying to figure out the
location, as there’s not a lot
of space in the student center
Husaini thanked prospec-
tive students for attending
the open forum and applaud-
ed their sense of pride in their
University. “It was really
tough last year to get general
members involved, and I re-
ally do commend you all for
coming out and taking an ac-
tive role in your community,”
Husaini said.
The Outlook
personnel have
documented several places on
campus this semester in which
garbage and recycling recepta-
cles have not been consistently
available with one another.
This occurrence has been spot-
ted on the residential side of
campus, as well as the area sur-
rounding the Jules L. Plangere
Center for Communication and
McAllan Hall.
While pointing out that the
University recycles 827 tons
annually, Patti Swannack, Vice
President of Administrative
Services, ends the comment
with a thought: “We believe
we can improve that number.”
However, one may find it chal-
lenging to improve that number
when standing outside Plan-
gere Center looking to recycle
and there is no bin to do it.
John Morano, Environmen-
tal Author and Professor of
Journalism said, “I first be-
came aware of the problem
when I arrived at campus and
had a cup of coffee withme and
I tried to throw out the cup and
recycle the lid, which seems to
be recyclable. When I came to
the garbage pails at Plangere
Center, there were only two
garbage pails, side by side. And
when I went to the next set of
garbage pails, there were [also]
only two side by side. So I had
no option to recycle.”
Sierra Sorrentino, President
of the Outdoors Club and se-
nior Anthropology major said,
“I’ve heard from a lot of people
on campus that they’ve seen the
recycling and trash being mixed
together in the dumpsters by the
custodians anyway, but I really
hope that that’s just a rumor.”
While one may see campus
custodial staff mix garbage and
recycling in a seemingly careless
manner, Fred Larson, custodian
since 2008, says that the situa-
tion is more complicated than
that. Larson explained, “When
[students] come over and just
drop a coffee [in the recycling]
with all kinds of fluid in it, it’s
damaged and the entire bin goes
to the garbage. It’s tough.”
Dr. Thomas Herrington, As-
sociate Director of Urban Coast
Institute, said, “A recyclable that
is thrown into a trash can is lost
to the garbage stream and will
be sent to a trash dump. Garbage
that is thrown into a recyclable
bin has muchworse consequenc-
es as just one piece of garbage or
even a dirty bottle, a piece of
paper or cardboard (e.g., a pizza
box) will contaminate all of the
recyclable material in the bin or
even a dumpster or truck.”
Although Swannack claimed
that she was ordering additional
receptacles for campus, when
asked how many, where they
might be located, and when
they might be implemented, she
could not provide any informa-
tion. In her efforts to raise re-
cycling awareness, Swannack
said, “We plan to install posters
in trash rooms and magnets on
refrigerators in the Residence
Halls to remind students of the
correct way to recycle.”
Due to Monmouth’s location
a mile from the beach, reducing
the amount of plastics in the en-
vironment is particularly impor-
tant because much of that mate-
rial is likely to make its way into
the ocean, according to Her-
rington. “Plastic material has
been found in all parts of the
ocean and even in its deepest
depths,” he continued. “Marine
organisms and birds ingest the
plastics thinking they are food
and worse, over time the plas-
tics break down into micro-
scopic particles that end up in
the tissues of the fish we eat.”
Perhaps the recycling habits
on campus would be easier to
adhere to if receptacles were
set up correctly, many are not.
Morano said, “It makes me
wonder how effective we are
going to be if we are not offer-
ing people the option to recycle
in certain areas.”
Erin Matyola, a junior in
the Surf Club, said that lack of
convenience is a deterrent in
proper recycling habits for stu-
dents. She said, “Sadly, many
students are not willing to walk
and find a recycling bin if it’s
not convenient for them.”
Herrington believes, “To be-
come greener, everyone should
think about how they can elim-
inate single use material from
their daily life. If it is impos-
sible to eliminate a particular
item, try to purchase items that
can be reused like refillable
water bottles. As a last resort,
choose products that you can
recycle. It is not always easy.”
The use of reusable prod-
ucts happens to be a common
theme among students on cam-
pus. Sorrentino attests to this
observation, “I see a lot of peo-
ple using reusable water bottles
on campus and that’s great, but
I think both the University and
the students should be more
aware of the amount of waste
they are making and try to re-
use as much as possible.
Trash Collection on Campus
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