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Local High School Students Get a Taste of Healthcare Careers

1 MONTHS AGO  |  MEGAN RUGGLES | CO-NEWS EDITOR
Local High School Students Get a Taste of Healthcare Careers

A total of 107 high school students from Monmouth and Ocean counties graduated from Mini-Medical School on Monday, Oct. 28 in Pollak Theatre.

A collaboration between Monmouth University, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, and Hackensack Meridian Health, the six-week Mini-Medical School program exposes local high school students to careers in medicine by providing them ...

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Opinion

Holiday Shopping

1 MONTHS AGO  |  LAUREN SALOIS || OPINION EDITOR
Holiday Shopping

‘Tis the season of shopping. The holiday season is here so that means it is time to buy all your loved ones’ gifts.

This is the most wonderful and stressful time of the year. The turkey has been devoured, the tree has been decorated, and red and green have taken over. It is time to hit the stores, online or in-store.

I have mixed feelings with what I like better: shopping online or shopping in-store...

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Sports

Upcoming Games 12-04-19

1 MONTHS AGO  |  EVAN MCMURTRIE | SPORTS EDITOR

Friday, Dec. 6

M/W Swimming
ECAC Championships
East Meadow, NY TBA

Saturday, Dec. 7

M/W Swimming
ECAC Championships
East Meadow, NY TBA

Football vs #2 James Madison
NAAC FCS Playoffs
Harrisonburg, Virginia 1:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Lafayette
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 2:00 p.m.

M/W Track
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

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Entertainment

Still Rock 'N Rolling: Hollywood's Love for Rocumentaries

1 MONTHS AGO  |  GRACE ENRIGHT | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Still Rock 'N Rolling: Hollywood's Love for Rocumentaries

Since the beginning of rock and roll, the music has always shaped the culture around it. From the 1950s to now, rock and roll has evolved into a way of life for many. With bands like The Rolling Stones to Buddy Holly, their music has touched the hearts and lives of their listeners.

Mainstream society has a way of turning events into movies so that the people who didn’t get to experience the events ...

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Features

Celebrating Former Coach Eliiot Denman

1 MONTHS AGO  |  JOHN SPINELLI || STAFF WRITER
Celebrating Former Coach Eliiot Denman

McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch hosted the 85th birthday of Monmouth’s first track coach, Olympian Elliott Denman, and the anniversary of the Shore Athletic Club, on Nov. 24th.

The festive event included nearly a dozen Olympians who all have a connection to Denman and the Shore A.C. More than 300 athletes, coaches, officials, and friends of the running community reminisced about the storied his...

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Lifestyles

The Power of Crystals and Essential Oils

1 MONTHS AGO  |  ALLISUN ROMAIN || CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Power of Crystals and Essential Oils

Stress, moodiness, anxiety, tiredness, lack of motivation; these are all things most people deal with on a day-to-day basis, and more often than not allow to get the best of them. Often, we pop an Advil or take a nap to deal with these troubles in hopes that they will go away, and never come back. Unfortunately, these troublesome and inconvenient treatments never seem to truly help…at least not on...

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Politics

Polling Institute on Presidential Primary

2 MONTHS AGO  |  MONMOUTH POLLING INSTITUTE || PRESS RELEASE
Polling Institute on Presidential Primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the clear front-runner among likely Democratic voters in South Carolina.  The Monmouth University Poll finds little has changed in overall presidential primary support, but there is evidence that black voters’ preference for the front-runner varies significantly when age and education are taken into account.

Biden currently holds 33% support among South ...

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Club & Greek

Club and Greek Announcements 12-04-19

1 MONTHS AGO  |  RAY ROMANSKI | CLUB & GREEK EDITOR
Club and Greek Announcements 12-04-19

WMCX

WMCX is a student-run radio station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make connections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15 p.m.

If you’re interested in joining, contact them at wmcxpd@monmouth.edu.

 


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Leisure

Campus Viewpoint 01-30-19

11 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

Top 13 Best Taylor Swift Songs of the Decade

1 MONTHS AGO  |  MELISSA BADAMO | FEATURES EDITOR
Top 13 Best Taylor Swift Songs of the Decade

With Taylor Swift winning the Artist of the Decade award at the American Music Awards on Nov. 24, it is safe to say that she has graced us with five brilliant albums in the past ten years. From Speak Now in 2010 to Lover in 2019, Swift has absolutely slayed the decade.

With that, here are my top 13 Taylor Swift songs of the decade:

13. Wildest Dreams- This is arguably the best single off 1989 with o...

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Editorial

Cellular Data Issues on Campus

1 MONTHS AGO  |  Alex Sheriff
Cellular Data Issues on Campus

Can you hear me now? Roam campus and you might find that your phone is roaming as well. It might even occur in some class-rooms, or you might just have “No Service” written across the top of your screen. 

While service for cellular devices and Wi-Fi signals are strong in the majority of buildings on campus, there are a few that cause a problem. 

The editorial staff of The Outlook discussed...

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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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