April 21, 2021 || Vol. 93, No. 22

OUTLOOK.MONMOUTH.EDU April 21, 2021 VOL. 93 No. 22 2 4 5 8 12 14 15 16 21 News Editorial Opinion Features Entertainment Lifestyles Club & Greek Politics Sports INDEX INSIDE: @muoutlook @muoutlook @theoutlook Pg. 8 NEWS FEATURES ENTERTAINMENT The Double-edged Sword of Food Delivery Services: Small Restaurant Owners Grapple With Shifting Industry After serving as the fac- ulty advisor for 33 years, overseeing 800 issues and over 12,800 pages of the newspaper, John Morano, Professor of Journalism, has decided to step down as faculty advisor for the student-run University newspaper, The Outlook . Morano has been the only faculty advisor for The Outlook since it was first published in 1933, and he is also the founder of the journalism program at Monmouth. Under his leadership, the paper has won five nation- al championships from the American Scholastic Press Association, one national championship from the So- ciety of Professional Jour- nalists, and was awarded ‘Top Ten in the Nation’ from the American Colle- giate Press. Morano said that his feelings on leaving the newspaper are complicat- ed. “I mean, it’s time. It’s time for me to step away and let someone else step in,” he said. Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Jour- nalism, will take over as the new faculty advisor for The Outlook , starting this upcom- ing fall 2021 semester. “She’s wonderful. That makes it that much easier for me to hand it over to a col- league,” Morano said. “But it’s been a really big part of my life, and a great joy in my life. On some level, after all of that time, it becomes part of you. But nothing lasts for- ever, and it really shouldn’t last forever. So, the time is right, this is the time to do this. I don’t want to overstay JohnMorano StepsDown as The Outlook’s Advisor After 33 Years DELIVERY cont. on pg. 9 Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Ph.D., will serve as the new Provost/Senior Vice Presi- dent of Academic Affairs this summer, following a national search of over 100 applicants. Scott-Johnson currently serves as the Dean of the College of Natural and So- cial Sciences at California State University, Los Ange- les (Cal State LA), the larg- est college at the University. The school encompasses nearly 6,000 undergraduate students. Prior to her time with Cal State LA, Scott-Johnson served as the Interim Dean of Morgan State University’s College of Liberal Arts, as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and taught as a Professor of Psychology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychol- ogy and neuroscience from Princeton University and a B.A. degree in psychology from Spelman College. President Patrick F. Leahy Ed.D., announced Scott- In the wake of COV- ID-19, the nation’s restau- rant industry took a severe hit. In an effort to bring awareness to small restau- rants and aid them in their struggles, a movement be- gan encouraging commu- nity members to support local small businesses. With indoor dining no longer an option, restau- rants relied heavily upon third-party delivery ser- vices such as DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats to make up the in-house busi- ness they were unable to generate. App-based deliv- ery services experienced tremendous growth. According to financial reports for the fourth quar- ter and full year of 2020, Grubhub alone reported mak- ing $504 million - a 48 per- cent increase from the $341 million the company brought in last year during the same period. Still a relatively new development, the relationship between small restaurants and food delivery services is misunderstood by many. Although responsible for in- creased sales, are these third- party delivery services tak- ing more than just their fair share of the profits? “More or less,” replied Ma- teo Rafael, owner of Nelly’s Pizza in West Long Branch. “It does depend on the ser- vice. For some third-party services, they sometimes take about 30 percent when it’s their company drivers deliv- ering food, so using our own drivers has more benefits. As for decreased profits, it hasn’t affected us on a major scale RACHAEL FILARSKI CONTRIBUTING WRITER Pg. 2 Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Ph.D., to Become New Provost Pg. 6 World Cinema Series’ Discussion of Woman at War MATTHEW CUTILLO MANAGING/ NEWS/ LIFESTYLES EDITOR GEORGEANNE NIGRO SENIOR/ POLITICS EDITOR PROVOST cont. on pg. 3 IMAGE TAKEN from Pexels.com Grubhub reported a 48 percent profit increase during the pandemic, yet many business owners remain undecided on third-party delivery benefits. PHOTO COURTESY of Mark Ludak/JohnMorano.com Morano founded Monmouth University’s journalism program, guiding The Outlook’s editors and staff with experiential, industry knowledge for decades. AWriter with a Dream: Melissa Badamo’s Senior Goodbye Sound of Metal: An Auditory Experience Like No Other because we use our own drivers.” In order to lessen the profit cut of going through app-based delivery services, some small restaurants have implemented in-house deliv- ery. Others, however, are not so open to the consideration. “In my view, third-party is more cost effective,” ex- plained Joe Maruca, general manager of Maruca’s Toma- to Pies in Seaside Heights. “Also, the non-monetary variables (finding a driver and ensuring they show up for work) outweigh the cost of third-party.” Although food delivery services can demand a large percentage of total revenue, it seems that apps like Door- Dash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats have contributed to an Johnson’s selection dur- ing the weekly “Monmouth Mondays” podcast on Fri- day, Apr. 9. “Her school, part of that larger University, serves as many students as we do here at Monmouth,” Leahy said. Cal State LA is the high- est ranked school in the U.S. based on the upward socioeconomic mobility of its students, according to a study published in The New York Times. “For an institution like ours that is hungry to grow our retention and gradua- tion rates, and to diversify our student base, we thought that was really relevant ex- perience,” Leahy said. Through the work of the search committee, the num- ber of applicants was nar- rowed down from 100 to 40, then 12, Leahy explained. The remaining four held public forum-style webinars for the campus community to join and ask questions. MORANO cont. on pg. 6