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Club & Greek

Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

“Dust in the Wind”

Warning: Heavy Sarcasm Ahead

The word “mistake” has a highly negative connotation, but why? I look back on my life and I have made a boatload of mistakes and I plan to make more in the near future. Making bad decisions builds character, make for great memories and admit it, it’s pretty fun.

My career here at Monmouth University, while extremely enriching, challenging and valuable, was a mistake. I was never destined to be a Hawk. It wasn’t until about a week before freshman move in that I applied and was accepted to the University. Sure, I’ll admit that I came here for all the wrong reasons that I’d rather not re-live, but I’ve made the most out of the mistake I made almost four years ago.

From being a freshman, wreaking havoc in the then brand new Mullaney Hall, to writing this outside, on the beach, I’ve made tremendous strides as a student and as a young man. There is no way that I would have done this on my own, so take this as my way to thank everyone who has contributed to my success over the years.

First and foremost I have to thank my friend, my voice of reason and my super-annoying roommate, Joseph T. Dellera. I’ll say it, but I don’t say it nearly enough as I should, so thank you, thy thigh master. I feel like it was just yesterday that we met at that party and now we’ve been living together for way too long. Yeah, it’s true, there are times where I question my intelligence, your sanity and our friendship, but I know that deep down, I’ll understand it all one day. Thanks for letting me eat your food, introducing me to baby wipes and justifying my actions to other people. You’re one of the most genuine people I know, and I hope that after you finish law school, I won’t need you as my legal defender, because I’m sure you’ll charge me way too much.

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Men of Tau Kappa Epsilon Dominate Greek Senate Academic Bowl

Greek Senate hosted Greek Week’s Academic Bowl that took place on April 23 at 9:30 pm in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC)’s Anacon Hall. Over 300 students attended the event to see which Greek organization would be crowned academic champions.

Each sorority and fraternity was required to have a total of four members on their team and there were four rounds of questioning. Rules for the night stated that each team had exactly 60 seconds to respond to the questions projected on the big screen. After each round, a different sorority or fraternity faced elimination depending on the overall score, and by round three, two teams were eliminated.

The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) won the event with their knowledge of random topics and subjects. Vincent Vento, a brother of TKE, mentioned that it was great being there to compete with his brothers. “It feels really great to bring home the W to the men of Tau Kappa Epsilon, we definitely had the mentality that we could win, which is the right mindset to be in if you want to win,” said Vento.

Round one of the competition consisted of 10 questions and ranged from subjects such as chemistry, to basic knowledge about West Long Branch and Monmouth University. By the end of round one, Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi), Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Sigma Pi (Sig Pi), Sigma Tau Gamma (STG), Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) advanced. There was also a tie breaker between fraternities Delta Tau Delta (DTD) and Tau Delta Phi (TDP), resulting in the elimination of DTD.

Round two consisted of seven questions regarding topics involving the human body, and geography. Round three resulted in both AKPsi and DPhiE being eliminated, leaving STG, TKE, Phi Psi, DPhiE, and AKPsi to battle it out for the title of Academic Bowl winners.

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Got Talent? 4/30

Greek Senate hosted the annual “Talent Show,” to mark the beginning of Greek Week. The talent show was hosted in Pollak Theater on April 21 at 9:30 pm.

The talent show consisted of eight acts from different fraternity and sorority organizations, including AOII (AOPi), Delta Tau Delta (DTD), Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD), Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE), Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), Tau Delta Phi (TDP), Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) and Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA). The judges for the event were King Rice, coach of the men’s basketball team, Tom McCarthy of the Counseling and Psychological Services Office and Deanna Getty from the First Year Service Project.

The show began with hosts Mike Migliaro, a brother of Phi Psi and Megan Van Tine, a sister of ZTA, welcoming everyone to the 2014 Greek Week talent show. To start off the show, Migliaro and Van Tine announced the winners of the Greek week t-shirt contests. Because the theme of this year’s Greek Week was “holidays,” the contest was judged by the organization that represented their designated holiday the best and who created the best original design. The winners of the t-shirt contest were the brothers of TDPhi, which earned them 50 points towards Greek Week.

The winner of the overall event was the new fraternity on campus, Tau Delta Phi with the performance of Cinco de Mayo, giving them an additional 50 points in the Greek Week competition.

Second place was awarded to the sisters of Lambda Theta Alpha and their performance for Halloween. The sisters dressed up in scary, ripped up clothing and danced to songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The brothers of TKE took third place for their skit of Fourth of July. Their skit was based off of America and the concept of freedom. Each of the brothers wore red, white and blue and performed songs that were related to America.

The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi placed fourth with the medley of songs for Veterans Day, in which they dressed up as soldiers and performed songs that related to veterans and how they contributed to our country.

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Wilson Hall: Luxurious Salon and Spa

Wilson Hall was transformed into a spa through the use of its historic beauty and added decor for the Student Activities Board (SAB)’s annual Spa Night on Saturday, April 25 from 6 – 9 pm where students and faculty were pampered, de-stressed and styled through the use of local salons in the Monmouth County area right on campus.

Signups for the event were held the week leading up to the event Monday through Friday from 12 -4 pm in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) for students and faculty members to make reservations for the spa services they wanted to sign up for. Local spa chain, Mosaic Salon of Shrewsbury, NJ offered students pampering services that included manicures, massages, paraffin hand oil dips and make up applications.

Attendees were asked to choose two different services during the reservation application process and paid $2 for those chosen services as a tip to the salon specialists.

The first 50 attendees to sign up and make reservations received free hair styling from the Paul Mitchell School of the Jersey Shore in Brick, NJ.

SAB Festivals Chair Samantha Kofsky was in charge again this year of her home grown SAB Spa Night event. Kofsky said, “SAB’s spa night was intended to give 150 students a relaxing night to bond with their friends, have massages and manicures, and to make their own zen gardens as a way to de-stress before finals week.”

Kofsky continued, “Through SAB putting in many hours of preparation, the club was able to transform Wilson Hall into the ultimate spa experience for their guests. We hope to make this event another campus tradition because it proved to be a great way to bring the semester to a close for the students.”

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The Panhellenic Council Celebrates 10 Years of “Mean Girls”

The University’s Panhellenic Council hosted a “Mean Girls” movie night last Wednesday, April 16 for sorority members in honor of the movie’s upcoming 10-year anniversary.

At approximately 8 pm Wednesday night, sorority girls flocked to Wilson Hall carrying pillows, blankets, and snacks. On the bottom floor of the building, outside of the auditorium, there was a table and snacks set up for the girls to enjoy. Inside the auditorium there were rows of seats set up; however, many girls opted to set up their blankets and pillows on the floor and watch the movie from there.

The room resembled a giant sleepover party, with girls spread out all over the place and talking and laughing with their friends. Once the film began, the only talking to be heard was that of girls quoting their favorite parts, such as, “Gretchen, stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen!” and, “She doesn’t even go here!”

The Panhellenic Council has been finding new ways to connect their members in light and fun activities to strengthen inter-organization bonds,” said Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life. “The event was a huge success with about 125 women with their pillows and blankets watching the very quotable movie.  I was told by one of my students that her Twitter feed was filled with quotes from the sorority women all evening.”

Buchalski said the brainstorming of the “Mean Girls” movie started with Fellowship Chair Carly Swanson, a junior communication major. “[We] decided that it would be fun to enjoy a cult classic with the entire community,” he said.

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“You got me Love Struck, Baby!”

Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) hosted Love Struck, their annual Greek event, on Wednesday, April 17 at 10 pm in Anacon Hall. Approximately 200 students attended the event, helping to raise over $1,500 for the sorority’s national service project, Habitat for Humanity.

The premise of Love Struck was similar to a dating game show, where a bachelor or bachelorette had to pick a date without being able to see the other contestants. At the event, one bachelor and one bachelorette were set up with a group of five contestants that were hidden behind a curtain.

The bachelor or bachelorette were then able to ask the contestants multiple questions and eliminate whichever ones they didn’t want, all without being able to see them. At the end of the “game,” the bachelor and bachelorette were each left with one contestant who won a date with them.

The audience laughed along with the bachelor and bachelorette when they asked the contestants questions such as, “If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be?” Or the classic, “If you were trapped on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be?”

Love Struck lasted six rounds; three for the bachelor and three for the bachelorette. Contestants were eliminated after each round. The winners of the game were given a basket with popcorn, candy, and a gift card to the movies. Halfway through the event, there was a raffle drawing for door prizes, which included $15 gift certificates to Scala’s and Jr’s.

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Alpha Kappa Psi Gets Down to Business

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), the business fraternity, hosted their Second Annual Business Week April 15 - 17 consisting of five different professional events.

Tuesday night, McGill Commons was packed as the fraternity hosted a panel of six different University AKPsi alumni.  The panelists spoke about their careers and gave advice to the audience on everything from the job search to what to expect once you land your first job.

In regards to the workplace, “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to offer help,” alumni panelist Ray Slamb advised. The panelists also unanimously agreed that networking is the most significant thing a student can do in their search for a career.

Wednesday afternoon Young Auditorium with filled with brothers from AKPsi as they presented a check for $2,085 to their philanthropy, Habitat for Humanity. These funds were raised through various events such as bake sales and AKPsi’s Greek Feud, their large philanthropy event modeled after the popular game show that took place in March.

From working with Habitat, AKPsi brothers also had the opportunity to help University President Paul Brown rebuild in Union Beach last fall as part of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Project after the local town was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Raymond Gabler, a representative from Habitat for Humanity, explained his appreciation for the donation and stated how pleased he was to see young students work so hard to make a difference in the lives of others. He said that the Monmouth County Habitat for Humanity has helped over 80 families affected by Hurricane Sandy and it is only possible because of fundraising and donations.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/23/14

Shadow PR Firm/Public Relations Student Society Of America (PRSSA) Chapter

“Alumni Day,” the last meeting of the semester, will be on Wednesday, April 30 at 2:30 pm in Plangere Center room 234. Come to hear guest speakers Don Povia and Tiffany Miller, eat a lot of food, and refresh with some drinks. It is a great networking opportunity!

Club Softball

We were just accepted into the NCSA (National Club Softball Association) Mid Atlantic North conference for their 2014 - 2015 season! This means we will play schools nearby, such as Rutgers, Rowan, SJU, TCNJ, Lafayette and others.

Dance Teams

Tryouts for the 2014-15 Dance Teams will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 9:30 am in Boylan Gymnasium. For more information please contact Kristen as

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The Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Host Alumni Day With Don Povia and Tiffany Miller

West Long Branch, NJ- Monmouth University Alum, Don Povia and Tiffany Miller, will be guest speakers for the University’s Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter’s Alumni Day. The event will take place during the PRSSA meeting on Wednesday, April 30 at 2:30 pm in room 234 of Plangere Center.

Don Povia is Director of Sports and Entertainment for Carrot Creative, a social media agency in Brooklyn, NY, founder of the BWB digital sports media conference series, and founder and principal of HHR Media Group. Povia has developed a niche market working in sports public and media relations; through employing the skills and relationships he developed working as an online content producer, blogger and podcaster. With his expertise, Povia links traditional media and the social web for companies, brands and public figures. Povia has worked closely with top media outlets and brands including GQ, ESPN, SB Nation, Bloomberg Sports, T-Mobile, Google, and Pepsi Max. Povia graduated from Monmouth University in 2001, with a Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, with a focus in political science and history, and received his Master’s degree in political management, from George Washington University, in 2004.

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Getting Active on Campus


Amazing Service Race was held on April 12.


Boom Roasted Productions prepares for their final performance.

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Students Get Cultural

international_festivalThe Office of International Students in conjunction with the International Club hosted their Annual International Festival, which featured various student performances to celebrate and promote different cultures of the University in Anacon Hall on Saturday, April 12 from 6:30 - 11:00 pm.

Saliba Sarsar, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, said that the International Festival, which was in association with the Global Understanding Convention, is a way for students on campus to celebrate their culture through creative performance and food. "It is a meaningful and rich experience where international students share their culture with each other and shows the global embrace as an organization and a University," said Sarsar.

Approximately 180 students, faculty staff and family members attended the event, which included student performances from South Asia, China, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. There was also an international food buffet, which included Indian, Chinese, Puerto Rican and Middle Eastern cuisine. Tickets were $5 for students and id="mce_marker"0 for anyone else who wished to attend the event.

The event began with students bearing the flags of their respective nations. The opening ceremony was followed by singing, dancing and poetry readings, while food was served throughout the evening.

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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