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Club & Greek

Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Poetry Slam Rocks the Quad

CommWorks Comes Together with NCNW, RHA and AASU to Host Open Mic Night

Poetry Slam on QuadUniversity students and alumni performed in the poetry slam hosted by CommWorks entitled “Bum Rush the Stage,” in the Quad on Thursday, October 6.

CommWorks is a group on campus for “students committed to performance.” Students do not have to be Communication majors in order to participate in CommWorks and students get to choose how involved they become with CommWorks.

The Residence Hall Association, The National Council of Negro Women, and the African-American Student Union also promoted this poetry slam.

CommWorks started off the night with a team huddle and chant. Student Michael Corsey of CommWorks, who recited some poetry of his own, hosted “Bum Rush the Stage.”

Corsey explained how the audience could react to certain things they were going to hear, if they felt moved by something, the audience would say “Go in,” if they liked something, they would snap their fingers.

President of CommWorks, Brian Morelli, also recited his own comical poem about playing Xbox 360.

“Poetry slams give students the opportunity to perform their works in a judgment free zone,” said Nicole Vitale, senior.

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Zeta Tau Alpha Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

default article imageOCTOBER 17-21

Monday-Thursday all day: Vote for “save a breast, bare your best” at the tables in the Student Center or the Dining Hall.

Monday-Thursday all day: Sign up a team at the tables in the Student Center or the Dining Hall to participate in our annual Think Pink volleyball game, which will be held October 21 at 9:00 pm.

Wednesday 2:304:30 pm: Attend Pink-a-Palooza outside the Student Center! Events include Pink Pie a Zeta, yogurt eating contest, pink tie-dye, free giveaways, pink cotton candy, a DJ and more!

Thursday: ZTA new member info session on campus.

Friday 9:00 pm. Boylan Gym: Our annual Think Pink volleyball game. Winners of the “save a breast, bare your best” contest will be announced.

Please come support Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. All proceeds will go towards the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Inc. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in any events please contact Colleen Hayes at

Surf Club is Totally Gnarly Dude

First Official Surf Outing of the Year at Phillips Beach

Surf Club Gnarly DudeThe Surf Club had their first official outing this past Friday and Saturday at Phillips Beach in Deal. The club provided two surfboards, two paddle boards, a skim board and three kayaks. The water was beautiful as well as the weather, everyone had a great time.

The Surf Club has always been around at the University but never too active. This year the Surf Club was absorbed by the Outdoors Club and taken over by Steven Steger, junior and new President of the Surf Club.

“It was really a great way to get the Surf Club more active,” said Greg Cenicola, Secretary of the Outdoors Club, “Absorbing the Surf Club really allowed Steve to take the club in a direction they have always wanted to go in, but never had the opportunity to.”

The weather both Friday and Saturday was nicer than anyone could have asked for on a mid-October afternoon. Bright sunny days in the low 80’s, coupled with the warm ocean water really allowed for a great time.

Steger was able to provide all the surfboards, paddle boards and skim boards while also using a few kayaks courtesy of the Outdoors Club.

In the summer time, Steger runs his own surf and paddle boarding lessons in his home town of Cape May.

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Lions, Tigers, Giraffes and Monkeys, Oh My!

Lions Tiger GiraffesThe Greek Senate sponsored an open trip to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, October 8.

Over 20 students set off on an adventure to the hidden treasure set in the heart of the Bronx. Yet, when we arrived at our destination, the two hour state-to-state commute felt like an escape into another world.

With sunny skies and the notion of a brisk October day, we were ready to explore.

The zoo boasted exotic creatures from Asia to Africa, all encompassed in one place. There were houses for mice and sanctuaries for birds. Crocodiles swam with fish while monkeys swung from tree to tree.

Although not in their natural habitats, all of the animals looked right at home in the artificial indoor environments that were created.

Outdoors, sea lions put on a show in a pool as a crowd of viewers marveled, and peacocks roamed freely, showing off their brilliantly colored feathers.

A lion and lioness lounged in a field closer than expected to a group of gazelles, and the lioness made her presence known with thunderous roars.

Zebras showed their stripes as giraffes showed their spots to various onlookers. A polar bear took a midday nap and a few grizzlies grazed in the grass.

However, the tigers proved to be shy creatures instead of ferocious beasts, as they were nowhere to be found at their exhibit.

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/12/11

default article imageItalian Club

The Italian Club will be hosting a bake sale on Tuesday, October 18 from 10:00 to 4:00 pm in the student center.

Come help support us by buying some Italian cookies as well as your All-American specialty desserts!

Economics and Finance Club

The Economics and Finance Club will be meeting every Wednesday at 2:30 pm in Bey Hall Room 231.

Students can check out our website for further information as well as our calendar of events at


NCNW will be having a general meeting Sunday, October 16.

Our meetings are bi weekly so the next meeting will be October 30.

All general meetings take place in the student center in one of the conference rooms from 6:007:00 pm.

All are welcome! For more info contact NCNW president Jacklyn Sweet

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Lorraine Warren: The Original Ghost Hunter

Paranormalist Tells Her Experiences to Over 250 People in Wilson Hall

Lorraine Warren Ghost HunterIt is that time of year again. With Halloween only a few weeks away, the hot topics are all things spooky and scary. Ghosts, demons and things that go bump in the night are out to scare the unsuspecting. One woman witnessed firsthand the frightening side of the paranormal and shared her experiences with students.

Lorraine Warren, a medium and paranormal investigator, spoke to an audience of over 250 people at Wilson Hall Auditorium on Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 pm.

Accompanied by her son-in-law and fellow paranormal investigator, Tony Spera, the two shared videos and photographs with the audience and talked about some of the cases Warren has investigated.

The most well-known case were the murders that took place in Amityville, New York. On November 13, 1974 at 3:15 am, Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family including his parents and four siblings.

After the murders, George Lutz and his family moved into the house and spent 28 days there until they fled and never returned. The Warrens were called in to investigate the paranormal activity taking place at the house. Along with her late husband Ed Warren, the couple went to the house at 112 Ocean Avenue which Warren described as “terrifying.” In one of the videos discussing the investigation, Warren said, “I hope this is as close to hell as I’ll ever get.”

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Student Activities Host Trip to New York

Students Visit Ellis Island, Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty

Student Activities NYCThere was an opportunity for University students to attend a trip set up by Student Activities to New York City on Sunday, September 25.  

Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and the Student Center, organized the whole trip. The students departed in a bus from the Student Center around 11:00 am and were given tickets for the ferry.

For only $10 the trip included a visit to Battery Park, a ferry ride to Ellis Island, and another ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty.  Tickets for a Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island alone are normally $13.

Battery Park is a public park located in the southern tip of Manhattan, right along the New York Harbor.

Years before Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty was even built, immigrants would enter the United States through Battery Park. Battery Park is a historical site filled with old war monuments as well as flower gardens.

The Ellis Island museum is actually considered a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

The Museum includes an audio tour that lasts about 45 minutes and explains the journey of an immigrant in great detail.

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Alpha Kappa Psi Raises Money for the Ronald McDonald House

Aplha Kappa Psi Ronald McDonaldsThe members of Alpha Kappa Psi volunteered in a bike-a-thon on the coast of the Jersey shore. All proceeds are going to the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch.

The Ronald McDonald House and St. Luke’s Soup Kitchen in Long Branch are the two philanthropic organizations supported by Alpha Kappa Psi. The Ronald McDonald House is an organization that houses the families of ill children who are being treated far away from home. Their mission is “to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.” The Ronald McDonald House services include giving the families’ basic meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms for the children. The Ride for Ronald McDonald House was presented by IOA insurance along with the Children’s Hospital of Monmouth Medical Center.

The Ronald McDonald House bike-a-thon was set up at Seven Presidents Park near Pier Village. The bike-a-thon started at 7:30 am and there was a $35.00 entrance fee per biker. Children 12 and under could participate for free. Participants had to fill out a registration form prior to the bike-a-thon in order to participate. Individuals who donated $300 or a group of two riders or more who presented $250 dollars to the cause were awarded with a “Ride for the Ronald McDonald House” bike jersey. There were three courses set up ranging from ten miles, thirty miles, and sixty miles long.

Some Alpha Kappa Psi brothers went to the Monmouth Medical Center the night before the bike-a-thon to make ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins) to hand out to the participants.

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New Jersey Repertory Company Offers Special Tickets for Monmouth Students

default article imageLONG BRANCH, NJ The New Jersey Repertory Company is offering special discounted tickets to Monmouth University students interested in attending the previews of the new comic drama, Jericho; on Thursday October 13 at 2:00 pm, and Friday October 14 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Students can purchase tickets that were originally $35$40, for $10. Discount tickets are also available on select performances, Thursday October 20 at 8:00 pm and Thursday October 27 at 8:00 pm.

 Jericho focuses on current and important issues, including family dysfunction, 9/11 and its aftermath, and Judaism in our modern society. The comic sense of life is never lost in this powerful and raucous comic drama by playwright Jack Canfora.

The world premiere of Jericho is part of a National New Play Network rolling premiere. Following its opening at the New Jersey Repertory Company, Jericho will have productions in Sarasota at the Florida Studio Theater and the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis.

NJ Rep is a nonprofit, professional theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free onsite parking and easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses. For more information on New Jersey Repertory Company visit To purchase tickets call the box office at (732) 2293166.

Director of Public Relations for Barnabas Health to Speak at the University

default article imageWEST LONG BRANCH, NJ   Kristine Brown, director of Public Relations for Barnabas Health will be speaking at PRSSA’s Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 5, at 3:00 pm in room 234 of the Plangere Center.

Barnabas Health is the state’s largest health care system, comprised of six acute care hospitals. Locally those hospitals include Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood and Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Brown received her undergraduate degree in Communications with a concentration in PR and Journalism from Monmouth University in 1995. She returned to the University and earned her master’s degree in Corporate and Public Communication in 1999.

Brown began her career as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press before being hired by Community Medical Center as a Public Relations Specialist. She also spent two years working as the director of Communications at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ, before returning to her current position at Barnabas Health eight years ago.

In her current position Kristine is responsible for the public relations, media relations, crisis communications, internal and external communications and social media activities for the hospitals she represents. She is a member of the PRSA and the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association.

The PRSSA bio-monthly Speaker Series was instituted in 2009 to provide networking opportunities for public relations students and professionals. To stay up to date about who is speaking when follow us on Facebook at For more information about the speaker series or Monmouth’s PRSSA Chapter go to or contact Amanda Erdmann, Communication Director, at, or Dr. Shelia McAllister Spooner, Faculty Advisor, at

Club and Greek Announcements 10/05/11

default article imageDelta Phi Epsilon

On Tuesday, September 20, the students at Monmouth University came out to support Delta Phi Epsilon and Tau Kappa Epsilon at Dunk a Deepher/Tank a TKE.

Delta Phi Epsilon would like to thank everyone who came out to support both organizations!

It was such a success and couldn’t have been done without all of you!

Also, don’t forget October 12 at 10:00 pm in Pollak Theatre Delta Phi Epsilon will be holding their fall 2011 Lip Sync.

Come out and show your support!

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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