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News

Annual University Open House

4 DAYS AGO  |  ALEX DYER | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Annual University Open House

The University hosted its annual Fall Open House to engage prospective undergraduate students and their families and introduce them to the Monmouth community on Sunday, Oct. 13.

According to the official open house schedule, the open house served to allow attendees to meet current students, hear from faculty regarding academic programs and majors, as well as learn about resources available to stude...

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Opinion

How to Relieve Stress

4 DAYS AGO  |  SAL LAGROTTERIA || STAFF WRITER
How to Relieve Stress

If you went through Kindergarten up to Senior Year of High School, then you probably experienced minimal stress with school, if any at all. However, once you got to college, there is a high chance that stress came into your life and took over your whole demeanor. I know this because this is what I have experienced.

I never knew what stress was like until the college workload took over my life. I ha...

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Sports

Upcoming Games 10-16-19

4 DAYS AGO  |  MARK D'AQUILA | SPORTS EDITOR

Wednesday, Oct.  16

Women's Soccer at Iona
New Rochelle, NY 3:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs Saint Peter's
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday,  Oct.  17

Men's Tennis at TBA
Northeast Regional Championships
Phiadelphia, PA 3:00 TBA

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Entertainment

Harry Styles Goes 'Lights Up'

4 DAYS AGO  |  JENNA PUGLISI | STAFF WRITER
Harry Styles Goes 'Lights Up'

After two long years, Harry Styles has finally returned with his new single, ‘Lights Up.’

In very Harry-esque cryptic fashion, news broke on Thursday morning that there were posters plastered around cities displaying only the phrase “Do you know who you are?”

Along the bottom of the posters were four letters: TPWK. This is an abbreviation of Styles’ mantra “Treat People With Kindness,” hinting that ...

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Features

David Garlock: "I Am a Human"

4 DAYS AGO  |  NICOLE FOX || CONTRIBUTING WRITER
David Garlock:

On Friday, Oct. 11, The Departments of Criminal Justice, Political Science, Sociology, and The School of Social Work hosted guest speaker David Garlock.

Garlock, who served 13 years in an Alabama prison for committing murder against a man who sexually and physically abused him and his brother for eight years, shared what he calls “The Chapters of My Life.”

But Garlock is much more than the time he s...

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Lifestyles

Inhale... Exhale

4 DAYS AGO  |  ALLISON DEGRUSHE || CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Inhale... Exhale

College is a time considered to be the best four years of a student’s life. It is all about being independent, making new friends, and challenging yourself to be a better student and future employee. While this journey can be exciting for students, it can also cause stress.  

According to the National College Health Assessment, 44.4 percent of university students recorded that they felt m...

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Politics

President Trump Addresses the Nation in His Second State of the Union Speech

8 MONTHS AGO  |  MATT ENGEL | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
President Trump Addresses the Nation in His Second State of the Union Speech

After a government shutdown pushed back the State of the Union speech by two weeks, President Donald Trump spoke to a joint session of the United States Congress last night, Tuesday, Feb. 5.

During the speech, the president ordered for a solution to end illegal immigration, late-term abortion, and the conclusion of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, while touting a th...

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Club & Greek

Let's Hear Your Story

4 DAYS AGO  |  RAY ROMANSKI | CLUB AND GREEK EDITOR
Let's Hear Your Story

Tony Lombardo of Forked River, NJ, is the epitome of a fighter. Lombardo is the son of immigrant parents and lived in Brooklyn, NY for a large portion of his life. However, his life changed when he was diagnosed at age 28 with multiple sclerosis (MS), right after the birth of his daughter.

MS is a nervous system disease that has the potential to affect the brain and spinal cord. It took doctors sev...

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Leisure

Campus Viewpoint 01-30-19

8 MONTHS AGO  |  NICOLE RIDDLE | MANAGING/VIEWPOINT/PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Campus Viewpoint 01-30-19

Do you have a New Year's Resolution? If so, what is it?


 

Deanna Dantas

Senior

“My resolution is to say no to people who I break my back for and say yes to opportunities."

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Online Exclusive

Baseball Falls to Fairfield in Road Series || Sports

6 MONTHS AGO  |  MARK D'AQUILA | ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Baseball Falls to Fairfield in Road Series || Sports

Baseball suffered from a difficult test on the road this past week, losing at Columbia on Wednesday before dropping two of three to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents Fairfield over the weekend in Connecticut.

The Hawks sent sophomore pitcher Evan Ferris to the mound on Wednesday afternoon for his first career start in the out-of-conference matchup at Columbia. Ferris would perform...

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Editorial

On Democracy at Monmouth

4 DAYS AGO  |  EDITORIAL STAFF
On Democracy at Monmouth

In 1963, Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram published a series of experiments that measured obedience to authority figures. The studies found that a very high proportion of subjects would fully obey the instructions given to them. In light of recent information given to The Outlook, the Editorial staff questions how some at the University may be leveraging authority over students, and th...

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Comics

Knowledge and Quinn #16

1 YEAR AGO  |  BRIAN TURCZMANOVICZ | COMIC ILLUSTRATOR
Knowledge and Quinn #16

© Copyright 2018 Brian Turczmanovicz
All Rights Reserved

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Nicola is in charge of multiple duties in Seaside Park. As Councilman, he oversees the annual budgets for the town as well as the operations of the police, fire and first-aid departments, public works department and beach control. “Basically all of the issues in-between, like how the residents are doing, if there are any issues in town they need to be made aware of, and just overseeing a tremendous amount of people and information.”

What the Councilman loves the most, however, is the ability to help others on a daily basis. “One of the most interesting parts of the job is being able to fix problems if you see them,” Nicola says. “I believe in open communication, so I share as much as I can with the residents. I definitely don’t believe in a transparent government. If there are any good ideas out there, then you can actually make them happen. It’s a great way to put the people’s wants and needs in front of you and be able to make people’s lives better.”

Mayor Matthies agrees, explaining that he loves to interact with people and be of service to the community, and exhibit leadership to accomplish goals, to work on challenges. “That’s just what I like to do.”

Alas, with every job, there will be challenges and obstacles. However, the “Jersey Shore” cast is not one of them, as the MTV show is filmed in Seaside Park’s neighboring town, Seaside Heights, so any havoc that is created does not affect Matthies and Nicola’s jobs.

Matthies says with his occupation, it can many times be frustrating, trying and annoying, but overall a great pursuit. “It has a great effect. You’re helping people in so many ways.”

Other challenges, Nicola says, consist of enforcing stable taxes, public safety, budgets and planning for the future as much as you can; although “things can happen that you don’t expect, which can affect your budget. You need to be diligent and look at costs each and every year, to scrutinize everything and to not pay up more than you absolutely have to. But most of all make sure you take care of the people and pay for the things you need to pay for to make sure everyone is taken care of in a proper way. Quality of life is important. I believe the people in Seaside Park deserve the highest quality of life possible.”

Matthies looks upon his MU education as a significant time in his life. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and science and education, respectively. He occasionally visits the campus, most recently to Pollak Theatre for the Cherish the Ladies performance and sat in front of President Paul G. Gaffney II. “I think he is a great leader of the University.”

Recalling some favorite memories, he softly laughs as he remembers Greek Week 1971, where he was deemed King. Looking back on his time at the University, Nicola was working towards a degree in political science and history. With friends who played basketball and golf, the now-councilman was a huge supporter of University athletics. He attended numerous games of all of the sports teams, and also tried to reel in larger attendances. “We felt it was important to support all of the different sports,” he said.

Overall, he enjoyed walking the campus and living in the Great Lawn and Garden Apartments, which he says are “really nice and fun places to live.” Since his dorm days, he’s noticed more buildings and an increase in student enrollment. He also speaks of the recent coaching changes with the men’s basketball team. “Hiring King Rice is a great step in the right direction, and I think the future’s very bright in general for Monmouth basketball.”

As an alum who attended Homecoming each October for a number of years, Nicola has also noticed tailgating changes that he doesn’t necessarily agree with. “Changes were made, and less people were going, and there was really a less of an incentive to go. However, in the last couple years, I see the University has made some strides to reach out more to bring more people back to Homecoming, so hopefully the University continues in that respect and there’s a nice mutual understanding of what needs to be changed and what needs to be left alone, and the alumni and students can have a great time once again.”

Matthies discusses the extensive growth of the University’s academic programs, as well as the increase in buildings and facilities. “It’s much more of a comprehensive education for those who desire an MU education.”

Alum Jeff Mass, now Career Counselor/ Job Developer for Career Services, has known Nicola for over five years and the two are close friends. “Nicola is a smart, reliable and hard working professional who knows how to get the job done. I’m confident that he will be quite successful as the newly appointed councilman for Seaside Park, NJ.”

Nicola agrees, saying Mass is a great person and addition to the University. “He always wants to help other people before he helps himself, one of those people. I always say people who went to Monmouth have the Monmouth connection.”

Mass is also aware of Nicola’s work-ethic and dedication. “Outside of the workplace, Dave volunteers his spare time with the New Jersey Special Olympics. Last year, his Polar Bear Plunge team finished in sixth place out of 299 teams with contributions of just over $15,900.”

Prior to becoming Councilman, Nicola was involved in several committees in Seaside Park, including the zoning board, environmental committee, and a volunteer of the fire department. His desire to help other people in his town gave him the idea to go ahead and run for Councilman.

Matthies, as noted, has been involved with Seaside Park council for two decades. He was on the Board of Education for close to 10 years, and the planning board for five. Currently, he is also the Superintendent of Cape May County Technical School System.

To the college students and upcoming graduates, Matthies and Nicola offer their perspectives. Matthies insists, “Seize all of the opportunities you came for, don’t forget to tell them where you came from, and say thank you to someone on your way out.”

Nicola has a few tips himself. “Pursue the things you are interested in. Something might pay you a lot of money, but if you have no interest in it, don’t do it. Life is more about making money. It’s about being happy and doing things that you like doing. Happiness matters.”

Overall, the Mayor cherishes the people he met at the University and the lifelong memories he’s made. He explains his respect and admiration for all who attend MU, as well as his professors. “I’d like them to know how important their teaching was to my education, and to my life.”

In the end, both men remain proud to be Hawks. “My time at Monmouth was one of the best times in my life,” Nicola says. “My years after Monmouth, when I would go back and visit friends, were also one of the best times in my life. I think alumni of the school and the current students are working together, from what I understand, very well; and my hope is that the relationship grows stronger as years pass. Now and in the future, anything I can do to help, I will always do. In the end, it’s a great place, it’s a special place, and I always have a place in my heart for Monmouth University."

PHOTO COURTESY of David Nicola

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