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Volume 92 (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Reformed and Educated

Reformed EducatedThe Criminal Justice, Political Science, and School of Social Work Departments are co-sponsoring a guest speaker named David Garlock, a former prisoner and re-integrating citizen, on Oct. 11 in Wilson Hall.

Garlock was convicted of murder alongside his brother back in 1999 in Alabama for 25 years. Garlock and his brother were repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted for eight years by the same offender. When the two were left felt feeling as if they had no other option, they murdered the person who caused each of them so much pain.

However, over the course of his 13 years spent in prison, he was able to use this hurt to educate and better himself in order to become the man he is today. With the help of lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Bryan Stevenson, he and his brother’s sentences were reduced, and he was able to fully contribute and engage in his passion in life. 

The Equal Justice Initiative was founded by Stevenson in Montgomery, AL to aid the “poor, incarcerated, and the condemned” find justice.  Since its inception in 1989, Stevenson and his team have even exonerated 135 people from death row sentences.

Stevenson and his work with EJI are going to be the subject of the 2020 Warner Bros. film Just Mercy, based on Stevenson’s New York Times best-selling book.  The film will star Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, and Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson.

Nicholas Sewitch, J.D., Criminal Justice Chair and professor, said, “As good as our system is, it’s not perfect. (Prisoner) re-entry is very difficult for someone to go through.  There are plenty of obstacles with parole, probation, and normal things that become much harder when you’re convicted, especially when it’s a serious charge, like David’s.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 09-25-19

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 Verge

Verge RebornThis year, The Verge will be assuming a new role in media and news reporting. In past years, it has been used as an online news portal. This served a valuable purpose; however, the organization will be revamping and restructuring its objectives and goals going forward. The Verge will be expanding its function to encompass a wide range of media content. It will now be utilized as an online multimedia magazine with various features beyond just writing.

The Verge is co-advised by Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D. and Professor of Journalism, who explained the changes being implemented within the organization. Vujnovic said, “Rather than accepting magazine staple stories, the concept is to make a multimedia magazine that would explore one relevant issue per semester. Contributions would be on the issue ranging from a typical magazine story to podcasts, videos, games, animation, and other types of multimedia.”

The implementation of multimedia into the publication will be aided by the expertise of co-advisor Dickie Cox, Professor of Communication, who teaches courses in interactive and digital media both at the undergraduate level and within the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) graduate program.

The Verge is currently a small working group of about five members working collectively on the theme of “rebirth,” to coincide with the revival of the organization. This effort will be a semester-long publication, with themes changing each semester. Weekly meetings function similarly to a newsroom, with participating members collaborating on this theme throughout the semester. Objectives for each meeting include brainstorming and developing ideas and stories pertaining to the theme, conducting research, cultivating content, and producing a cohesive issue to be published toward the end of the semester.

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"There Are Places I Remember..."

Places I RememberWhen I was a freshman in 2016, the last thing I thought I would be doing was going on a trip out of the country with students and faculty from the music industry major (which has been spearheaded since 2013 by Joe Rapolla, professor and the Music and Theatre Chair.) I have done so much with our student run record label, Blue Hawk Records; from creating and promoting albums to putting on incredible concerts.

But fast forward to September 2019, and there I was in the United Kingdom, visiting the historic and beautiful town of London with four of my classmates as well as Professor Rapolla, Kenneth Womack, Ph.D. and Dean of The School of Humanities And Social Sciences, and Eileen Chapman, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives at Monmouth University.

Upon landing in Heathrow, we took a tour of London, mainly centered on British pop music acts like The Beatles (but more on that later!) My colleagues and I were astonished when we had the opportunity to go inside the famous Abbey Road studios, a place normally closed to the public. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and even movie score writers such as John Williams have cut some of the most impressive pieces of music ever conceived in the rooms where I stood. I have never been in such awe of a place.

Buckingham Palace was another incredible sight we visited. I was dwarfed by the scale and impressive design of the Queen’s abode. London itself is a beautiful town, with or without the culture; it was truly the architecture, the river, the London Eye, and every little shop and street corner which amazed me. We visited Bravado, a merchandising company under Universal Music Group where we met with real music industry experts who create and provide merchandise for some of the world’s biggest artists. It was a great experience for all of us to experience a side of the industry many people do not see.

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Club and Greek Announcements 09-11-19

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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Communication Department Hosts Second Annual Kickoff Event

default article imageThe Communication Department hosted its second annual Communication Kickoff Event during the first club meeting time on Wed. Sept. 4. All of the department’s student-run organizations had a table at the event.

Lorna Schmidt, Director of Advising of Communication, Faculty Advisor of Monmouth Oral Communication Society (MOCC), and a communication instructor, played a key role in hosting the event. The purpose of the event was, “ to introduce new students to the clubs and their students to faculty who might become mentors… and to help the clubs increase their membership,” said Schmidt.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) created the flyers for the event and promoted the event via email and social media. The turnout for the events second year was larger than its inaugural kickoff, and the department hopes that the event continues to grow each year.

Students majoring in Communication are required to complete a practicum credit with one of the clubs within their specialized area. This allows students to gain real life experience in their fields of communication. They can participate in WMCX, Hawk TV, PRSSA, The Outlook, MOCC, Comm Works, or The Verge. However, students of all majors are welcomed to join and participate in the clubs.

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Delta Tau Delta Closed by National Headquarters

Delta Tau DeltaThe Kappa Gamma chapter of Delta Tau Delta (DTD) fraternity at Monmouth University has been shut down.

The decision came from the National Headquarters of Delta Tau Delta in mid-August. The reason is attributed to low membership and an administrative deletion. At the end of the spring semester, there were 14 active members. The University cannot continue an organization’s charter once their nationals has closed the chapter.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, said, “During the spring semester, there was some action taken by their National Headquarters in Fishers, IN to limit their operations. They’d have a number of concerns; size of organization, operational issues, etc…I think it’s been something that’s been coming for some time.”

Members of DTD have been contacted for comment.

The Kappa Gamma chapter was able to submit an appeal to their Nationals, which they did. The decision came at their annual Arch Summit meeting. Despite the appeal, the chapter was closed.

This might not be the end of DTD, though. Nagy said, “Like most organizations that get closed here, there may be a period of time down the road when the current membership has all graduated and we’re in an expansion position to add more (organizations).” Nagy also said the University would be open to partnering again with an organization previously recognized in the future. However, they would have to have made significant changes and the former members all must have graduated. A typical re-partnering may occur every three to four years.

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Contact Information

The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151