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Club & Greek

Greek Talks: Alpha Kappa Alpha and Chi Upsilon Sigma

Alpha KappaMonmouth University is home to five Multicultural Greek Council organizations. These organizations are welcoming to members of diverse cultures, whether it be African American or Latinx. These organizations include, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc, Chi Upsilon Sigma, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Jasmine Cooper is a sister of AKA Sorority Inc. She also serves as Vice President of campus’ MGC. She said, “At the core of multicultural organizations is service and excellence.” This especially shines through all of the philanthropic works that these organizations participate in.

Chi Upsilon Sigma is one of campus’ Latinx organizations. Yarleny Mejia is a proud sister of the sorority, and she serves as MGC’s Public Relations Chair. This is an organization that is extremely involved in helping others.

She said, “One of the reasons I joined my sorority was because within our organization there are so many opportunities to give back to the community and I want to be able to give back to my community as much as possible.”

The organization’s official philanthropy is the I Have a Dream Foundation. This organization gives emotional, social and academic support to children that come from low income families.

However, it doesn’t stop here for the sisters of CUS. Since they cannot raise funds on campus for the organization due COVID regulations, they plan on running a raffle for curly hair products because they are often expensive.Alpha Kappa 2

During a normal school year, these organizations typically hold events such as AKA’s “Mr. Pink and Green,” in efforts to raise money for organizations such as the Lions Club. However, due to current circumstances events like this have not been possible. There has been an upside to this. Cooper said, “The positive part about virtual programs is that we are able to partner with other chapters across the country and attend programs at other schools a lot easier.”

These organizations have been able to host a handful of virtual events throughout the semester. These events are not just for individual events. The sense of unity within MGC organizations truly shows, as there are often participants from all five organizations. This especially was true at a recent event called, “Being Me in Greek Life,” in which members of MGC organizations shared their personal experiences with being involved in sororities and fraternities. Cooper said, “It has been great to see the work that all of our organizations are putting in and being there to support one another.”

For anyone that is interested in joining an MGC organization on campus, Mejia offered several pieces of advice. She said, “Do your research! Sisterhood & Brotherhood is forever, so you want to make sure that you join an organization that aligns with your values. Don’t be afraid to reach out to members of any MGC organization. We’re all approachable and personable people.”

For more information about the MGC organizations, be sure to check out their official Instagram, @monmouth_mgc!



PHOTO COURTESY of @cus_gammabeta

You Deserve Sisterhood Now More Than Ever

You DeserveCOVID-19 has unfortunately taken many things from many people. It’s had the power to take lives, jobs, and for Monmouth students, it’s taken away the ability to sit in a classroom and learn in a traditional way. But beyond the classrooms, it has affected on-campus organizations. Largely, Greek Life.

Monmouth University is home to five sororities: Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon and Phi Sigma Sigma. It is also the home base for fraternities, Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Pi, Phi Kappa Psi and Tau Delta Phi.

Greek life’s presence at Monmouth in a COVID-19 free world is large. Greek organizations are constantly holding table events outside the Student Center, philanthropy events in Pollack, and usually hold chapters and rituals inside academic buildings. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances at hand, this has broken down the element of sister and brotherhood, a major selling point for these organizations.

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These Hawks are the #FirstToFly

First to FlyEstablished in 2017, Monmouth University created a sensational on-campus organization called First to Fly: First Generation at Monmouth. The main purpose behind First to Fly is to give recognition and support to the first-generation college students on campus.

Many members within the organization lead as mentors to the first gen students to make sure they achieve academic success, inclusion on campus and transition to the college world as smoothly as possible.

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Talking About Cultural Appropriation with LTA

Talking AboutOn Tuesday, Oct. 27 Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority Incorporated held a virtual discussion on cultural appropriation. The event was entitled “My Culture is Not Your Costume,” and it discussed what is and is not considered offensive to wear on Halloween.

The keynote speaker was Demi Ardic, who is a senior sociology student. She was initiated into the chapter in the Spring of 2020. The event commenced with a game of virtual hangman with the phase “cultural appropriation.”

Ardic defined cultural appropriation as the use of someone’s cultural identity as a trend or style. She said, “the more dominant culture takes a certain [aspect] from a certain culture and makes it their own without giving credit where credit is due.”

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Being Me in Greek Life

Being MeMonmouth University is the home base for five Multicultural Greek Council chapters including, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

On Thursday Oct. 29, the organizations of MGC hosted a virtual event called, “Being Me in Greek Life.” The event was presented by Alexa Rodriguez, a junior psychology student, and a sister of Lambda Theta Alpha. She is also the events chair for Monmouth’s Multicultural Greek Council.

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Social Work Society to Host 15th Annual Teach-In

Social WorkThe Social Work Society and School of Social Work will host their 15th Annual Teach-in via Zoom on Nov. 7. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Understanding, the teach-in’s theme is “Quarantine Confessions: How it took a global pandemic to shed light on some of the most pressing societal issues in the United States.”

Virtual conferences include a keynote address on the COVID- 19 state of affairs in New Jersey, as well as panels on economics, health, and education. The teach-in will end with a call to action and closing statement.

All of the panels will be hosted by members of the Social Work Society’s Executive Board. Brittany Macaluso and Jamie Terrone serve as the organization’s Co-Presidents. Olivia Monahan serves as Vice President and Brianna Rudolph is the group’s treasurer. Haleigh DiMuzio is the secretary, Marissa Henderson serves as event chair and Kailey Montiero is the social media chair.

According to Macaluso, planning for annual Teach-In events begins in the spring semester. She said, “Each year the Social Work Society focuses their teaching around a specific global problem that is plaguing our society today.” To members of the Society, it only made sense that the effects of the impending pandemic should be talked about this year.

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Lacing Up Against Cystic Fibrosis with Shadow PR

default article imageGet your sneakers laced up! From Nov. 15-20, Monmouth University’s Shadow PR firm will be hosting a Virtual 5K to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation defines the disease as a genetic condition that affects the lungs’ ability to breathe over time and causes frequent lung infections. These infections take rise from the build-up of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs. This is a rare and incurable condition. People with Cystic Fibrosis typically will live into their 40s or 50s, especially since medicine and treatments are advancing.

This is a cause that is near to the hearts of those involved in PRSSA. Rowan University created this event for each Public Relations Student Society of America chapter of New Jersey in order to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “This is their first year holding this campaign because one of their past presidents passed away from Cystic Fibrosis,” said Courtney Ur, a senior communication student and President of PRSSA.

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Activities During Your Pandemic Free Time

default article imageMonmouth University has recently seen a spike in Coronavirus cases with the most recent number of positive confirmed cases being 291. President Patrick Leahy, Ed.D., has issued increased precautions in response to the rapid spread, some of which include the closing of recreational buildings like the gym, and a temporary halt to in-person lessons. The world around us is changing, however there are many ways to adapt to it and still have fun doing socially distant and low- risk activities.

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CommWorks Hosts Virtual Open-Mic Night

CommWorks HostsOn Thursday, Oct. 22, Monmouth University’s CommWorks held a virtual open mic night. In this touching, two hour event, members of both the club and the greater campus community performed works of music, poetry, and even standup comedy.

Major themes of the night included growth. Hannah Cohen, a communication student, performed her own poem, entitled “A Changing World.” This poem beautifully touched on changes in perspective as one grows from child to adult.

Like Cohen, Jeff Dicken, a member of both CommWorks and HawkTV, performed a song called “Story of My Life.” Accompanied by his guitar, his lyrics encouraged listeners to enjoy every single moment, because life passes you by. Dicken also read a poem on the same topic, called “Growing Up.”

What made this event so unique was the strong sense of community and connectedness, despite not being face-to-face. Participants felt comfortable to express raw emotion through their works of art, while being supported and encouraged by others. Attendees were urged to keep their microphones on for applause, and the chat box was flooding with words of praise for the duration of the event.

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HawkTV Adapts to a New Production Model

HawkTV AdaptsHawkTV began production in September with new setups for their programming that include Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and Discord. Show producers and HawkTV e-board members are learning new ways of ensuring that general members can still crew shows and participate in production, despite not being able to be in the studio.

Billy O’Neill, a junior communication student and HawkTV Station Manager, explains that the club’s priority is to keep people safe while keeping the creativity flowing. Therefore, they have switched to an online format that requires members to use specific softwares to produce their shows. The programs are free to download and available to all members.

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Blue Hawk Records to Release First Ever Remotely-Produced Compilation Album

default article imageOver the past few weeks, student life at Monmouth University has changed dramatically due to COVID-19. The move to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester has led to the postponement and cancellation of many on-campus events and activities. It also required faculty and students to change the way the they conduct classes. Essentially overnight, all classes moved to a virtual environment. That’s hard enough for lecture courses, but is especially challenging for studio and performance-based courses.

However, despite the tumultuous situation, Blue Hawk Records carried on with its plans to release its 16th compilation album, titled Sweet 16, this semester. They innovated and found a way to remotely produce, promote and release the album, which was a first for the student-run record label, as well as most major record labels.

The Record Label Strategies course at Monmouth is where students work together to release a new compilation album each semester under the direction of Joe Rapolla, Specialist Professor, Chair of the Music and Theatre Department, and Music Industry Program Director. This requires that students hold auditions, select artists, prepare them for recording, develop marketing strategies, choose the artwork, and plan and produce a live event. It’s a significant amount of work under ordinary circumstances. But, with a shutdown requiring that everyone shelter in place, it presented unprecedented challenges.

Impressively, students rose to the challenge. Professor Rapolla continued to conduct live class meetings online, where the team devised a plan to accomplish all the required tasks remotely. After just one recording session conducted before the shutdown at Lakehouse Recording Studio in Asbury Park, student managers and producers worked remotely with artists to record tracks in home or local studios. The tracks were then sent in to be mixed and mastered while artwork was being designed and online promotions were executed. As in past semesters, the class partnered with Specialist Professor Linh Dao’s art class to design the album art.

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