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Club & Greek

Volume 92 (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

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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Club and Greek Announcements 02-26-20

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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.

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Blue Hawk Records Announces New Stars!

Blue Hawk RecordsMonmouth University’s Blue Hawk Records recently held auditions for their 16th compilation album on February 3rd and 5th in Woods Theater. There was a great turn out for auditions with many talented students, which made the decision process cutthroat. However, those that made it onto the album are exceptional artists, and as a result this semester’s compilation will be one of the best.

Blue Hawk Records has an exciting lineup for this album, including two featured artists. The artists come from a variety of majors and brought their own styles and individuality. The genres on this album range from R&B soul to 80s glam pop.

Currently, the Blue Hawks team is booking studio time for the new artists to perfect their songs. Blue Hawk Records compilation albums are released at the end of every semester and can be heard through all major platforms such as, Apple Music, Spotify, and iTunes.

Blue Hawk Records is happy to announce their artists who will be featured on this album: Bruce Davis Ft. Janae Louis-Jacques, Nicole Totland, Mikey Sanchez, Drew Fournier, and Shadiyah ft. Double G (Gabe Garza), with a bonus track by alumni group WellWish.

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Wrestlers Want to Wrestle, and They Will!

WrestlersThe referee’s whistle blows, and the match is underway. Two men, staring with intensity, vying to take the other down to the ground. Or, that’s what would happen, but Monmouth currently doesn’t have a Wrestling Team.

That’s partially the reason for the newly formed Wrestling Club, a group of about 12 men who believe the deep history of wrestling in New Jersey should be preserved.

Kyle Wavro, a junior political science student and the second President of the club, said, “The overall goal of this club is spread the wrestling culture of New Jersey…It’s crazy that an area such as Monmouth with interest so high, that we’ve never had a team or even a club before.”

He’s not wrong. From 1928 to 2011, New Jersey had 142 All American Individuals and 42 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles. New Jersey universities have remained in contention nationally throughout the past 10 years. New Jersey also had the first women’s collegiate team form last year, and also had the first all-female bout in a tournament earlier this year.

The Wrestling Club was formed in May 2019 by sophomore business student Soso Chakiashvili, who started the club out of passion for the sport. Chakiashvili said, “I formed this club because I wanted to give Monmouth University students a chance to be part of this incredible sport.  A wrestling club was something that I wanted to be part of when I was a freshman.”

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Multicultural Greek Council adds New Organizations

default article imageThe Multicultural Greek Council (MCGC) is the governing council over the culturally-based fraternities and sororities here on campus. There were three sororities and two fraternities, but the University has recently added a couple of new Multicultural Greek Organizations on campus.

Tara Fuller, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said, “One exciting update we have this semester is the addition of three organizations to our community.” The new added organizations are Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. (returning to campus), Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 

These new organizations join Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc., and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. There are now eight organizations in MCGC, nearly as much as traditional Greek Senate’s member organizations with nine. The number of organizations in MCGC is now eight, almost as large as University recognized organizations in Greek Senate with nine.

One of the many things the MCGC and its chapters provide are spaces for men and women to come together around diversity and celebrate the range of racial and ethnic identities represented in our campus community. The growth of the MCGC will continue to expand and develop those opportunities.

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Join PRSSA as Big Brothers Big Sisters

default article imageWith Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many will be showing they care with flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, and other lavish expressions. Despite the barrage of hearts and cards around us, spreading love can go beyond romance.

Love can manifest in helping others and volunteering towards changing someone’s life for the better.

Serving solely non-profit clients, Monmouth University’s PRSSA and Shadow PR Firm has established a community presence that continues to grow stronger in its eighth year and seeks to build upon the core values of promotion, planning, and prosperity for clients and students.

One non-profit with a heart that Shadow PR promotes is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal &Northern New Jersey(BBBS), serving children facing adversity, especially between ages 6-15, by providing mentorship programs.

Have you ever thought about becoming a mentor?

 For the past 44 years, BBBS of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties has been helping children realize their potential and build their futures. Based in Asbury Park, the non-profit is the closest volunteer organization to Monmouth University’s campus that provides mentorship services.

Anthony Varlese, a Monmouth graduate student completing an MA in Communication with a certificate in Strategic Public Relations and Social Media, commented on the benefits of having a mentor, regardless of age, “You get to learn so much from someone who has the experience and dedication to help you achieve your goals. Mentors provide insight into helping you see your true potential, and the more knowledge you can apply, the more you will gain to pay forward.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 01-29-20

default article imageWMCX

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


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Monmouth Students Attend APAP Conference

Monmouth APAP ConferenceThree Monmouth students had the opportunity to represent the university at the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference in New York City from Jan. 9-14.

APAP is the largest international organization of performing arts professionals in the world. Agents, managers, presenters, bookers, venue operators, and talent of all kinds gather in the Midtown Hilton for almost a week of professional development sessions and keynote speakers. The Expo Hall is also opened with hundreds of agency booths of booking literature.

This year’s conference theme was Risk and Resilience, and many of the professional development sessions discussed themes of self-promotion, perseverance, curiosity, and exploration of new avenues in the industry.

The closing keynote speaker was multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ben Folds. He could not be reached for comment.

Jenna Hawryluk and Rachel Disipio, senior music industry students, and myself, were sent to the conference courtesy of the Monmouth University Center for the Arts to see a side of the entertainment industry many do not. To attend, however, there was a catch: We would have to register for the conference as student volunteers. We would be working it.

Vaune Peck, the Director for the Center for the Arts, said, “It’s so rewarding for me to take students to this conference and watch them revel in the experience. It’s such a wonderful opportunity for music industry majors and others interested in the industry.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 12-04-19

default article imageWMCX

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


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The International Write In Across Campus

default article imageOn Reading Day, Dec. 10, Monmouth will be participating in the International Write In. The event aims to provide students with supportive spaces to finish their final papers.

The event is sponsored by the First-Year Writing Program, Writing Committee, and Writing Services. It will kick-off with keynote speaker Professor Claude Taylor at 10 a.m. in Library 101. Light breakfast refreshments and coffee will be served during his talk, entitled, “Seeing Yourself in Your Process: Writing, Identity and Lifelong Learning.”

The Write In will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in various locations across campus. Students can stop by CSS Writing Services, Howard 207, Plangere 234, Library 033, or McAllan 227. Peers will be available to give writing advice, and brain-food will be supplied throughout the day. Students are encouraged to work at any of the locations as long as they need to – feel free to stay for just an hour, or full the full duration of the event!

PHOTO COURTESY of Jenna Puglisi

President Leahy teams with the Buddy and Me Program

Buddy ProgramUniversity President Patrick Leahy, E.d.D. acted as a special guest at the Buddy & Me Celebration with a reading of What Do You Do With a Chance?, a children’s book by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom, on Nov. 20.

Fifty Long Branch elementary children, their teachers, and faculty and staff from the University campus sat enthralled as President Leahy read a story about the value of taking chances.

Buddy and Me is a service-learning partnership designed for first year students in the education department so that they can get experience in the field before starting their education program. Usually education majors do not get to work hands on with children until later in their college career, but through this partnership, students have the chance to see if teaching is the right choice for them. Elementary children that attended the celebration have had the opportunity of enjoying a Monmouth Buddy from first grade through fifth grade.

For Leahy, this was his first time participating in an event such as Buddy and Me. President Leahy has much respect and high regards for the school of education, so when they asked if he would come to read to the children, he knew right away it was something he had to do. He commented on the fact that he loves seeing events like Buddy and Me because it allows for the community to get to know Monmouth, whether its students or the president himself. “I am struggling with this: Do the little elementary kids get more out of it, or, do we adults get more out of it?,” he asked. “That’s one thing I really love about these events.”

The Departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education held the Buddy and Me event, a celebration for service-learning. Buddy & Me celebrated with the children from Amerigo A. Anastasia and George L. Catrambone elementary schools. This event takes place every semester to celebrate the work that the Monmouth students and elementary school children do throughout the semester.

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