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Club & Greek

Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Phi Eta Sigma Attends National Convention

Three Members of Honor Society Travel to Utah for Leadership Workshops


The University chapter of the First Year National Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma, attended a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah to learn and discuss different ways to improve their chapter.

Three members of Phi Eta Sigma, senior Lori Muelle, junior Amanda Kruzynski, and junior Rebecca Groom attended the convention. Once inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the student remains a member for life. Although Phi Eta Sigma is a first year society, the member does not lose their place as they advance in college. To meet the standards to be inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, freshmen must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 their first semester of college.

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Sigma Tau Squares

Sigma Tau Gamma Raises Money for the Special Olympics


Sigma Tau Gamma hosted their first annual philanthropy event, Sigma Tau Squares, on Wednesday, October 24 at 10:00 pm in Pollack Theater to support the Special Olympics.

This was the first time STG hosted this event. It was set up by brothers Jay Giaquinta, senior, Dan Malone, junior and Mike Tilton, sophomore. Pre show tickets were available for five dollars, and tickets could also be purchased at the door for seven dollars.

“Having the event fulfilled our goal with raising almost $900 for the Special Olympics,” said Tilton. The event created a way to spread awareness and encourage fundraising for Sigma Tau Gamma’s philanthropy.

The event was co-hosted by Sigma Tau Gamma brother Henry Siebecker and Jessica Simmons. Sigma Tau Squares was also sponsored by local business chain Jersey Mike’s Subs, which provided free food for guests who attended the show. Siebecker said, “It was the first time we had done this game as our philanthropy event, so it was very new and exciting.”

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New Sorority to Join Greek-Life

Over nine million college students across the nation are participating in some form of Greek life. Whether the purpose of joining the Greek community is to make friends, build resumes or even attend parties, college students from state to state are looking to better their college experience.

With hopes of incorporating a thriving chapter at the University and expanding the philosophy of their founders, the international women’s fraternity Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) will be recruiting women on campus in the spring of 2013.

The women’s fraternity, often referenced today as a sorority, was created in 1897 at Barnard College. The organization, founded on sisterhood and service, is part of the National Panhellenic Council (NPC), and has expanded to 193 collegiate chapters and 320 alumnae chapters since its creation.

The University’s interest in expanding Greek life has come from the rise in numbers for recruitment and overall Greek interest in these past few years. Men’s social fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, was rechartered in 2010, and the professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, was chartered in 2011.

The vote to open for the creation of a new chapter was approved and passed on to the NPC. The NPC, also known as the governing body of women’s Greek organizations, released an Extension Bulletin to the twenty-six members. After viewing the University’s proposal, AOII was interested in establishing a chapter based on a number of factors such as alumni and university support, the size of the proposed colony, and whether the values of the campus aligned with the values of their organization.

Kara Mantooth, Director of Public Relations and Extension for AOII, has been spearheading the movement thus far on campus. Mantooth, who has been working for the organization since March, has been spreading word of the women’s fraternity via email, social media websites, and information sessions.

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Keep Calm and... Make a T-Shirt

Student Activities Board Works to Relieve Stress in a Stress Filled Time


The Student Activities Board held the “Keep Calm…” event this past Wednesday, December 5, to provide some stress-free entertainment for students.

The “Keep Calm…” event took place in the Student Center in hopes of involving both commuter and residential students. The event consisted of students coming out and picking his or her favorite “Keep Calm and...” line and putting it onto a t-shirt. Participants chose their own personal saying and what colors they were going to use in order to personalize their own saying even further. Once they had their idea, it was printed onto a shirt that the student could take home within minutes.

The SAB brings a variety of entertainment to the University ranging from souvenirs that students can bring home to inflatable rides. Make-your-own items seem to be popular among University students, with make your own hats and Frisbees selling out at Springfest, another SAB event.

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Phi Psi Psurf Taco

On Wednesday, October 17, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity hosted a fundraiser at Surf Taco. All of the money raised was donated to The Boys and Girls Club of America, Phi Kappa Psi’s philanthropy.

When customers showed up to Surf Taco, they needed a flyer to signify that a portion of the cost of their meal was being donated to charity. Soliciting was not allowed outside of Surf Taco and the flyers were accepted at all Surf Taco locations.

The fundraiser ran the entire day, from 11:00 am when Surf Taco opened to 9:00 pm when the restaurant closed.

Matthew Fernandez, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity brother, was in charge of putting the fundraiser together. He said, “I am employed at Surf Taco in Long Branch and my manager mentioned the idea of setting up a fundraiser between us,” he continues, “I gladly accepted the offer after consulting with the brothers.”

Fernandez spoke about the dedication he has to his fraternity. “Currently, I don’t hold a position in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity (other than being a brother), but I actively help out with philanthropy and other positions when needed,” Fernandez continues, “I have been a member since the spring semester of 2012.”

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Indoors Club?

This past Friday, the Outdoors Club hosted a game night in the Student Center from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The event was open to all students. The club had games set out on a table right in front of the information booth and also served coffee, hot chocolate and cookies for the players.

Board games such as Monopoly, Chinese checkers, Jenga, Apples to Apples, and Connect Four were among the choices which drew many students in. A game called “Spoons” also attracted many. “Spoons” is played with cards and spoons, hence the name of the game. The objective is to get four of the same numbers as they are being rotated around the table. Whoever gets the same four numbers first reaches for a spoon which is placed in the middle of the table. Once other players see a spoon was picked up, they all have to reach for spoon. If played properly, one player will be without a spoon at the end of the round and they are then out of the game.

Secretary of the club, sophomore Pat Layton, said, “The biggest games of the night were Apples to Apples and Spoons. I was glad to see everyone having a good time and trying new games out as well.” Layton was in charge of purchasing the board games and organizing game night.

David Aviles, a junior and active member of the club, also claimed that “Spoons” was one of the main attractions at game night. “Playing ‘Spoons’ was one of the most interesting activities I have taken part of while at Monmouth. Passing cards left and right, matching a set of four and diving to grab a spoon before everyone else was exhilarating,” said Aviles.

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, RHA!

RHA Hosts Annual Fall Fest Outside in the Quad


The residence quad was littered with pumpkins Wednesday night, October 17, for the Residence Hall Association’s (RHA) second annual Fall Fest. At 6 pm, over 300 students on campus began to search throughout the hundreds of pumpkins for one to take back to the dorms.

Tony Conard, co-advisor for RHA and area coordinator was pleased with the event. “It is completely free and for all students on-campus. It’s a little holiday fall festive fun.” Conard watched from the fire pits as students ran through the pumpkins and snatched them up. “All of the pumpkins will be gone probably within an hour and a half,” he stated. “It’s first come, first serve and they go real fast. It’s a great event and RHA is really proud of it.”

Alissa Catalano, senior and business major, explained, “This is the second annual Fall Fest, but the third annual pumpkin picking. We have over 300 pumpkins that people can choose from and paint. We also have new things such as making your own candy apples which is really cool, s’mores, and a psychic reading tarot cards.” Catalano, Vice President of special events and programming for RHA, was immediately very happy with the student turnout, “It’s only been 12 minutes and a whole bunch of people are here so this is really exciting. I hope all of the pumpkins go. Last year we ran out of pumpkins which is why we upped the number. I want to see three hundred pumpkins gone.”

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Change the Conversation

Increasing Awareness About Body Image Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorders

How many times a day do friends make comments about their weight? How often do people worry about losing just a few more pounds? In today’s society, these questions may yield pretty high numbers.

“I think probably five or more times a day girls think about their body weight,” said sophomore Sarah VanVilet. It comes with no surprise that eating disorders run rampant through our society. The disorder of anorexia nervosa, which aff licts nearly one million young girls each year, can be caused by an increasingly large number of reasons.

“Part of the problem,” said Danielle Rodriguez, a sophomore, is “that eating disorders are so common people don’t realize what is going on in other people’s heads. Words or actions can have a huge impact on someone else.” Previously known here at the University as “Fat Talk Free Week,” “Change the Conversation” is an attempt at changing the way people see and treat eating disorders.

Katherine Parkin, Assoicate Professor of History and Anthropology, said, “Instead of placing value on intelligence, kindness, or humor, our society only wants women to be thin. Our hope with Change the Conversation is to shift the pressure away from appearance as the only value.”

The nation-wide campaign aims to switch the focus society has placed on body appearance. The mission is to raise awareness about the destructive effects that come along with society’s ideal body image. By acknowledging the cognitive parts of anorexia and bulimia, we can start to change the physical behaviors associated with food refusal disorders. Thanks to extensive work by Professor of Health Studies Andrea Hope, and Professor Parkin, the following programs have been brought to our campus to help change the conversation here at the University.

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Who Wants to be the Next Monmouth Idol?

Phi Sigma Sigma Hosted Their Annual Monmouth Idol


On Wednesday, October 3, the University’s students, faculty and Greek organizations, gathered at 10:00 pm in Pollak Theatre for Phi Sigma Sigma’s 7th annual Monmouth Idol.

The event raised money for their national philanthropy, The National Kidney Foundation, and was hosted by Stephanie Marte, sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, and Anthony Galbo, member of Sigma Pi. Judging the event and providing commentary on the performances was Victor Nazario from Theta Xi, Steven Casamento from Sigma Pi, Tierra Henry from Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Katie Jaffe from Alpha Sigma Tau. While some judges were hard to win over, others were more generous with praise towards the performers. The event also featured music from DJ Mike Gloria and prizes donated from Gianni’s, Jr.’s West End, Perkins and Scala’s.

The show included performances by Matt Avellino, Christian Anderson and Brenden Kane, Ray Bogan, Elyssa Bucceri, Alexa Burger, Alyssia “Chippy” Bifano and Jennifer Carter, Courtney Carr, Katie Cozzi, Kristi Hunt and Laura Garcia, Nina Mielcarz, Raquel Warehime, and Natalie Zeller.

Coming in third place and winning a gift card to Gianni’s was Laura Garcia (Zeta Tau Alpha) and Kristi Hunt (Alpha Xi Delta) who sang “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse. Winning second place and gift cards to Scala’s and Jr.’s West End was Natalie Zeller, who sang “Titanium” by Sia. The first place winners of Phi Sigma Sigma’s Monmouth Idol and gift cards to Perkin’s and Scala’s were awarded to Alyssia “Chippy” Bifano (Delta Phi Epsilon) and Jennifer Carter (Delta Phi Epsilon) who sang “Tattoo” by Jordin Sparks.

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Listen S’more in the Quad

RHA Hosts Late Night Lounge with Smores and Student Entertainment


On October 4 the second Late Night Lounge of the semester gave students a chance to sit in the residence quad and listen to peers perform on stage. The smell of bonfires and roasted marshmallows swarmed the quad as people gathered. There was everything from music to magic to entertain all in attendance from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Arturo Romua was one of the first students to perform for the night, singing “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. He was able to persuade the audience into singing some of the background vocals since he was singing acapella. “I was nervous but I tried to play it cool,” Romua stated after leaving the stage. “I’m still shaking,” he said.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Emma Traum, freshman and elementary education and history major. “I love hearing the talent!” Traum has been to both of the Late Night Lounges. She was reminded that the event was occurring when she heard the music from her room in Elmwood Hall.

Ross Bernstein, “The Magic Man,” a junior majoring in music education and minoring in psychology, was also in attendance to show off his tricks. According to the “Ross the Magic Man” Facebook page, Bernstein has been performing for over 13 years and was one out of a hundred students selected to attend a summer magic camp sponsored by the Louis Tannen Magic Company of New York City. On the page he writes that he “loves baffling people’s minds with his amazing stage and close-up routines.” Bernstein stated that he performed at the September Late Night Lounge.

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/17/12

Hawk TV

Hawk TV and WMCX are hosting their annual Homecoming Pregame Show this Saturday, October 20 from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm on the lawn outside the MAC.

The show will incorporate Homecoming’s “Showdown at the Shore” theme.

It will be broadcasted live on WMCX 88.9FM. Come out to enjoy boardwalk style games, food, and fun to celebrate Monmouth University’s 20th year of football!

Rain location is EYAS Lounge on the second floor of the MAC overlooking the fitness center. Contact for more information.

Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Student Association will be co-sponsoring an event with the South Asian Student Association called “Eid Celebration” on October 26 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm in Anacon Hall B.

Pre-Law Club

The Pre-Law Club is having two law school information sessions this week where law school representatives and current law students who are Monmouth alums will visit to give you critical insight into the application process and the life of a law student! All are invited regardless of what year you are here at the University or where you’re thinking about going to law school.

Information on the two sessions is below:

Session Date: Thursday, October 18. Time: 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Place: Turrell Boardroom (Bey Hall, Room 201)Law School Participants: Temple, Widener (DE)Law Student Participants: Tamari Lagvilava, 1L at George Washington U.; Lindsey Melody, 3L at Catholic U.

Session Date: Friday, October 19. Time: 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Place: Turrell Boardroom (Bey Hall, Room 201)Law School Participants: Seton Hall, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Touro, Drexel Law Student Participants: Dorcas Adekunle, 3L at Drexel; Liana Nobile, 3L at Seton Hall; Brian Tiscia, 2L at Seton Hall

Important Note: All December 2012 and May 2013 graduates considering Fall 2013 admission to law school need to meet with Professor Bordelon for a quick 15-minute checklist meeting (concerning your LSAC file) on Thursday, October 18 at 5:00 pm in Turrell Boardroom (Bey Hall 201).

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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