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Club & Greek

Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

University’s Enactus Team to Compete in NY

EnactusThe University Enactus team will compete at the New York, NY Regional Competition on April 3, 2013. The event is one of ten Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April. 

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. Enactus looks to establish student programs on college campuses across the nation. Enactus students apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Previously known as SIFE, the global organization has changed their name to Enactus. The name stands for three different attributes that the organizations want to develop. “EN” represents the entrepreneur skills, which speaks to the mind of a potential business man or woman developing new and innovative ideas. “Act” is a call to action the organization has for its members. It’s not enough to develop an idea, one must also bring that idea to life. And “US” signifies the global community involving everyone in the pursuit of helping out those who are in need with a philanthropic mind.

Previously, the Enactus team travelled to Bokod Benguet in the Philippines, to volunteer in providing medical examinations to those who were not able to get proper medical help. The team was in charge of registering the potential patients and also assisting the doctors in their duties when called upon.

They were able to service about 250 people, and offer free medical services that ranged from  general check-ups, basic surgery, and dental services.

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A Little Help From My Friends

nickhodge6Many of you out there see this newspaper every week. Some of you walk by it; others may pick it up and check out the front page; and some of you beautiful folks even open it up and read through it. Without you, the reader, this is all pointless, so thank you.

I suppose I should begin with the professors. 

Professors make my life crazy. It is because of them that I have so much work to do all the time. But it is also because of them that I am able to write to you in this newspaper today.

Professor Morano, somehow I managed to wander over from the computer science department to the communication building one day and end up in your class. Me being a newly declared, “undeclared” major, I wasn’t sure what to do. I sat in intro to journalism and listened to you tell us why we should listen to you and trust that you know what you’re talking about. You told your story and I felt inspired. Thanks for that. I’ve heard that story four times now and every new class I have with you I look forward to it. For all the help you have given me, things you have taught me and times you have guided me; thank you.

Dr. Novek, in your editorial writing class I realized that to be a journalist, to really do this, I’d have to step up and really work hard. Thank you for that lesson. Ethics reminded me that every person is an individual, every action has a reaction and we need to be aware of that, both as writers and as human beings.  You’re door has always been open for me and you’ve always given me honest advice. Gracias.

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The Circus is in Town

PRSSA Hosts Second Annual Carnival First Silent Auction

prssaOn Wednesday, April 24 PRSSA hosted their second Spring Carnival, in conjunction with their first Silent Auction. The Carnival and Auction were held on the patio of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The festivities included games such as ring-toss, baggo, and mini-basketball; while slushies, cotton candy and baked goods were sold for $1 apiece.

The Silent Auction, however, drew the largest crowd during the event. With over 100 people partaking in the Spring Carnival, it helped the University PRSSA Chapter raise over $700 to go towards their chapter and the National Eczema Association. The event was made an official Facebook event, promoting it through social media channels. Flyers were also made and distributed throughout the University.

Victoria Jordan, CEO of PRSSA, felt the addition of the Silent Auction to the Spring Carnival was a great idea and that they both complemented each other, bringing about the tremendous success of the Carnival overall. For the silent auction, all the gift baskets were donated by local businesses, Jordan’s favorite part was “seeing so many people get excited to see the baskets, bid on items, and have a fun competition to win. Everyone was so impressed to see so many baskets totaling to be worth thousands of dollars.”

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Seeing Eye to Eye in Order to Make a Difference

Club Offers Mentoring Program to Children with Learning Disabilities

Dana Oppenheim brought the program Eye to Eye, a mentoring movement for different thinkers, to the University this past year.  Eye to Eye is a program for children with learning disabilities/ADHD. Their mission is to improve the life of every person with a learning disability. The mission statement says, “We fulfill our mission by supporting and growing a network of youth mentoring programs run by and for those with learning differences, and by organizing advocates to support the full inclusion of people with learning disabilities and ADHD in all aspects of society.”

Eye to Eye can be found in 51 colleges and high schools throughout the country, and is growing every year. In New Jersey, Eye to Eye can be found at The Pennington School & Cambridge School, New Jersey City University and here at Monmouth University; this makes our program the only one like this in the southern half of the state.

Dana Oppenheim and Christina Gonzalez are the head coordinators and they operate under a national coordinator who is based in the National Eye to Eye offices in NYC. Currently, there are three mentors who work with the mentees here at the University. Skip Carey, the Director of Disability Services for Students, is also heavily involved in the organization.

Oppenheim said, “I brought the program to the University with the hope to provide for kids through Monmouth County that are normally just swept under the rug and give them the ability to build their confidence by interacting with college student who were just like them when they were younger.” 

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IFC Lends a Helping Hand at the Shore

Members of the Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC) came together in the spirit of “Greek Unity,” and hosted a beach clean up in Sea Bright, NJ on April 14.

There were 30 members of two fraternities on campus that came together to help restoration efforts on the beaches of the shore community. This was the first clean up sponsored by the IFC since Hurricane Sandy, however, the IFC felt it was the perfect time to host a clean up because the beach-goers could benefit from a clean beach as the summer season is approaching, but most importantly benefiting the environment and the local community that was devastated due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

This is not the first time members of the Greek community at the University have sponsored clean ups throughout the Monmouth community.

Before and after Hurricane Sandy, members of Tau Kappa Epsilon helped benefit the community and surrounding areas with beach clean ups in areas such as Long Branch, Pier Village and Sea Bright, as well as helping many others in the community clean out their homes after the hurricane. Students of the University have been very active in the community since Hurricane Sandy. Many students have engaged in solo or group efforts to help members of neighboring communities preserve their homes and summer homes, as well as with restoration and renovations of the community.

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Stratified Streets: A Visual Tour of Sociology

The Sociology Club went on a bus trip to New York City’s Tenement Museum and African Burial Ground National Monument on Saturday, April 13. Forty-two people attended this trip:  27 students, three faculty members, and 12 outside community members.

The trip was covered under the Sociology Club’s annual budget and the Student Government Association (SGA) covered the cost of the bus.

On the way to their first destination, sociology professor Dr. Johanna Foster provided the group with data and an understanding of how the experiences of immigrants are shaped by the conditions of their countries of origin. She also discussed the immigration policies and inequalities of race, class, gender, and sexuality that exist in the country of destination.

In addition to visiting the Tenement Museum and African Burial Ground National Monument, they also took a 90 minute walking tour of the lower east side of Manhattan, exploring places central to immigrant life over the past 100 years.

The idea for this trip originated two years ago when the members of the club at that time decided they wanted to highlight social inequalities by creating an annual trip called “Stratified Streets:  A Visual Tour of Sociology.”

“The concept of ‘stratified streets’ highlights the fact that the society we live in is stratified or divided along lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, age, ability, and other social forces,” said Nancy Mezey, sociology club advisor. “Sociology club members wanted to provide an opportunity for the campus community to be able to see this stratification through guided tours of nearby cities and communities.”

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Dancing with TKE

Tau Kappa Epsilon held their annual “Dancing With TKE” competition on Wednesday, April 17 in Anacon Hall at 10:00 pm to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

The event allows for members of the Monmouth community to create dance routines and perform for judges who ultimately choose the top three acts.

Larry Ratajczak, philanthropy chair of TKE, said, “This was our fourth time doing ‘Dancing with  TKE’. The event was very successful. We raised over $1,700, with our goal being $1,300.”

The event was co-hosted by TKE brother Zachary Werkmeister and sophomore of Delta Phi Epsilon, Colette Mitola. Throughout the event, brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phil Nappen performed as DJ to provide a fun mood for the audience.

Werkmeister said, “I had a great co-host and a great time with this event. The contestants and audience had a good time. It was definitely a success.”

The judges were this year’s Big Man on Campus and member of the soccer team, Kevin Davis, senior of Sigma Pi, Anthony Galbo, brother of Theta Xi, Jordan Bloom, last year’s TKE sweetheart and sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, Sofia Mandia, and this year’s TKE sweetheart and sister of Delta Phi Epsilon, Eva Rosamilia. The judges offered critique and opinions throughout the event after seeing the contestants perform.

There were six total acts that performed their own routines. The first act was junior Mike Kumar who performed a break dance routine. The second act was junior Naomi Ovadia who performed a dance to “Alive” by Krewella. The third act was a group dance by eight sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha. They danced to a medley of “Your Body” by Christina Aguilera and “Thrift Shop” by Mackelmore. The fourth act was Kyle Hasslinger in a solo performance dressed as Batman. The fifth act was University faculty member Corey Littles who performed a break dance routine to a Chris Brown song. The sixth and final act was four members of the cheerleading team who danced to a medley of songs.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Hosts “AKA Week”

The sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held their annual “AKA Week” this past week from April 15-19. “AKA Week” consists of an event each day of the week for students to come out and support their chapter, as well as raise awareness to their sorority and the charities they support.

The week kicked off with “AKArobics” this past Monday, April 15 in the basement of Spruce Hall. Graduate Advisor Kelly A. Gayle, liaison of the graduate chapter of AKA, was ecstatic to begin their fun filled week of chapter events and awareness.

Gayle states, “I’m so excited to see the chapter utilizing “AKA Week” to highlight the nationals’ initiatives. This helps educate Monmouth University about the chapter’s community service and all the work that we do. Not only that, but it is a unique and fun way for both males and females to come together, listen to some good music, and get their work out on.”

Jessica J. Curbelo, President of the Tau Eta Chapter of AKA was also anxious for this week to commence. Curbelo states, “The program was run by the chapter but the instructor was a fellow chapter member, Aiyana J. Jones. She is a great dancer as well as choreographer. Whenever we have a performance, she’s always our choreographer creating and designing our routines. The purpose was to make the Monmouth community aware of their health, all while teaching them fun ways to stay fit and active. The turnout was great. We were really excited and happy with the number of folks that came out.”

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Enactus Partners with Local Schools for Earth Month

The Monmouth University Enactus team is partnering with the Long Branch School district in celebration of Earth Month to raise awareness about the importance of recycling.  The Monmouth University team is already back to work after their recent trip to the Enactus Regional Competition in New York, NY.

The team has come up with a way to spread awareness about the importance of recycling. The Enactus team has put together a competition where the students from A.A. Anastasia elementary School will compete against each other to see who can raise the most recyclables.

The competition will start on Earth Day, which is Monday, April 22 and will end on that Friday, April 26. At the end of the week the class that collects the most recyclables will receive a pizza party for their efforts.

The Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation joined together with the Enactus USA organization in order to encourage and promote community awareness. The foundation sent out an application for a $2000 grant for a Community Impact project that would be given to 50 schools where Enactus was a part of that institution.

The University was one of the 50 schools in the country to receive the grant and now will being using the funds provided to put together a community awareness event.

“It was surprising, seeing as though there are so many other larger universities nationally. It shows how much of our work is really being recognized,” said Vice President of Operations Jimmy Nguyen. Secretary of the Enactus Monmouth University team Kandria Ledesma and active member Kristen Flynn met with Long Branch District Administrator of schools Gary Penta last month to discuss with him the potential partnership that the Enactus team will have with the Long Branch School District.

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Delta Phi Epsilon Hosts Second Annual ANAD Vigil

Delta Phi Epsilon hosted their second annual Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Vigil in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center on Sunday, April 14 to bring awareness to the University about the overwhelming impact that eating disorders can have.

Marissa Mieskin, senior member of Delta Phi Epsilon, said, “The media portrays an eating disorder as something superficial, but it is not. By hosting events like this, the impacts of eating disorders become a reality.”

Casey McCabe began the vigil with some facts about anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders.

According to the ANAD website, “An eating disorder is defined as an unhealthy relationship with food and weight that interferes with many areas of a person’s life. A person who struggles with an eating disorder can have unrealistic self-critical thoughts about body image, and his or her eating habits may begin to disrupt normal body functions and affect daily activities.”

McCabe introduced the five women who would share their personal stories.

The first person that shared their experience was Madelyn Mauter, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Mauter started out by thanking Delta Phi Epsilon for giving her the opportunity to share her story. Mauter said that her battle began by her simply, “Starting to diet, cutting out meals, and exercising excessively.”

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Alpha Omicron Pi Joins University’s Greek Community

Alpha Omicron Pi is the University’s newest addition to Greek life, and with 71 new members this sorority is quickly paving the way into the Greek community.

In the 2011-2012 academic school year, the Monmouth Panhellenic community agreed to expand and the process of finding a perfect fit for the University began.

Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity & Sorority Life, said, “The process started by any National Panhellenic Conference sorority who was currently not on campus sending information about their organization to the expansion committee on campus.”

The committee that selected Alpha Omicron Pi was made up of faculty, staff and students that were both affiliated and non-affiliated with Greek Life.

“The committee then used the information that the organizations had sent to narrow the search down to a few that they would have liked to invite to campus.  Those sororities were invited to campus to present even more about their organization and what they could offer to the campus.  At the end of the process the expansion committee decided that Alpha Omicron Pi would be the best fit for the campus,” said Buchalski.

Recruitment for Alpha Omicron Pi took place in February. Erin McMullen, freshman and new member of Alpha Omicron Pi, said, “The whole process was way different than that of formal recruitment.

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