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Meet the Founder: True Crime Interest Group

Meet FounderAllianna Makowski is an English student with a passion for True Crime. A recent transfer from Middlesex County College, she has recently created a True Crime Interest Group open to all Monmouth University students.

Like many students, Makowski’s interest in True Crime was piqued by pop culture. True Crime television programs, podcasts and books have become popular entertainment forms for Americans, especially throughout the pandemic.

Her time spent listening to these often-horrific stories inspired her to spread awareness on topics such as human sex trafficking. She hopes that with the formation of this interest group, keeping conversations alive about cases can help in the advancement of solving these chilling mysteries. For Makowski, she loves to listen to true crime podcasts, and watch YouTube experts such as Kendall Rae and Buzzfeed Unsolved Talk.

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Mental Health Matters: Meet the Active Minds Club

Mental Health 2The Monmouth University chapter of Active Minds, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to bringing its mission to Monmouth’s campus: to promote mental health awareness for college students.

The club began in 2013 as a co-sponsorship between the School of Social Work and Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS). The School of Social Work received a Garret Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant, which encouraged a club on campus related to mental health and peer education. Now, in 2021, after a period of dwindling membership, the current student leaders are determined to revive the club.

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Masking Up Against COVID With CUS

Masking Up

It’s time to mask up! Corazones Unidos Siempre Latin Sorority Incorporated’s chapter at Monmouth University will be holding a PPE drive this month to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The “Wear the Mask” initiative will run from February 1 until the fifteenth of this month.

Each year during Black History Month, the Latin organization hosts a donation drive to pay tribute to the works of Dr. King. This year is the organization’s fifth MLK Day of Service donation drive.

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Interdisciplinary Education Interest Group is an A+ for Education Majors

default article imageOnly a few weeks before the fall 2020 semester concluded and winter break began, students and staff from the Education program began to establish a remarkable interest group for education majors here at Monmouth University.

The group is called “Interdisciplinary Education Interest Group.” Currently on Monmouth’s campus, there are no other clubs or organizations that help students navigate through the education program and all that it entails. Due to this, the main goal of the group is to bring support and guidance to all students within the different concentrations of the education program.

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Get to Know the Directors of Fraternity and Sorority Life

DirectorsWhen thinking of Greek life at Monmouth University, what immediately comes to mind is probably the thrill of sorority recruitment, the excitement of entering a brotherhood, endless philanthropy events and a sense of community. However, none of these would run smoothly if it were not for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life was birthed in 2019 from the Division of Student Life. Upon its creation two essential leaders joined the team as Director, and Assistant Director. The dynamic duo, Tara Fuller and Tyler Droste respectively are the glue that hold together the functions of Greek Life here at the University.

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Multicultural Greek Organizations Honor Black History Month

Multicultural GreekFebruary is Black History Month, and is celebrated annually to honor the African Americans who have experienced years of adversity. However, this year brings about a greater importance to the celebration, after the inauguration of the first female Vice President, Kamala Harris, who is of African American descent, as well as the rise of empowerment movements such as Black Lives Matter.

On a national level, this years’ celebrations will entail virtual festivals like those hosted by the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, and tributes to pivotal figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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University to Host First Virtual Spring Recruitment

Virtual Recruitment 1One of the most highly anticipated events each year at Monmouth University is Panhellenic Recruitment. This event takes course over three days at the beginning of the spring semester, and attracts undergraduate women who are interested in joining a sorority. However, like most things this year, this event will now be hosted virtually from Feb. 19-22 via Zoom.

The Panhellenic Council of the University has been working tirelessly to ensure that recruitment weekend runs smoothly. Samantha Trippiedi serves as President of the Panhellenic Council. She said, “As Panhellenic President, I have been working extremely closely with our Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, Natalie Cianci, as well as our advisor, Tyler Droste, to make sure we plan the best and most efficient virtual recruitment as possible.”

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Club Spotlight: MU Outdoors Club

Club SpotlightIt is no secret that this semester has not been your average semester. With classes mostly remote and clubs being restricted to virtual meetings, it’s safe to say all Monmouth Hawks are hoping for some normalcy in the near future.

One of the clubs that have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic and all of the havoc it has wreaked is the Outdoors Club. Erin Oscar is a leader within the campus organization, and she provided The Outlook with some insight on how the club is hurting as of late.

Oscar recalled, “During a normal school year involvement in the MU Outdoors Club includes going on weekend camping trips, hiking day trips, white water rafting, horseback riding, snow tubing, kayaking, and many other outdoor activities.”

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Sports Industry Club Hosts Bleacher Report's Jen Zudonyi

Sports IndustryOn this past Wednesday, the Sports Industry Club held a meeting with Bleacher Report’s Director of Brand Marketing and Monmouth Alum, Jen Zudonyi. Her talk provided detailed insight of her job and her history getting to the prominent position she is in today. She talked the audience through the importance of Marketing and how the metrics influence the decisions she has to make in her job.

At Bleacher Report, one of her biggest responsibilities is how to model a campaign and connecting with target audiences. From creating original content to overseeing the design of Bleacher Report’s app, Zudonyi’s hands are in it all. Her job is comprehensive. She admitted in the meeting that she has to “be part of the creative team and learn to incorporate other factors,” when making decisions for her and the company.

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Student Government Association: Making a Difference

Student GovernmentThe Student Government Association is facing adversity, such as gathering limitations, in light of the social distancing guidelines placed on extracurricular activities this semester.

The Student Government Association is still functioning even through the highs and lows of COVID-19 regulations. They have been meeting once a week via Zoom throughout the semester. They are still meeting at their regularly scheduled time at 2:45pm on Wednesdays. SGA President Naser Haroon said, “We will continue to do so until it is safe to have in person gatherings.”

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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!



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