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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Theresa Lam Confronts the Issue of Sustainability

Sustainability in this country is becoming more and more of an issue as chemicals, toxins and waste float throughout our ecosphere’s air, water and soil.

Theresa Lam, the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, confronted the sustainability issue as the guest speaker during the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society’s vegan potluck on Sunday, March 30.

Sustainability is providing resources for our needs today while preserving our environment for future generations, Lam explained. The issue in America is that society is not preserving the environment for future generations, therefore the safety and beauty of the environment is diminishing.

Pew Research found that the global population is expected to increase 38 percent by 2050 and reach a total of 9.6 billion people, opposed to the current population of 6.9 billion. A question many people ask is whether the population size is attributable to the environment’s harm.

Lam mentioned Ian Angus and Simone Butler’s book, “Too Many People,” was created to provide the tools necessary to dismantle the myth of overpopulation.  “There are people out there that believe that population is not the problem,” Lam said.

The three main topics Lam focused on to explain how to become sustainable included waste, energy and food.

Many people are not aware of the waste that they leave in the earth every day. “All plastics ever created still exist today,” Lam said. “Whether they have been recycled or not, they are not biodegradable.” It would take thousands of years for any plastic created to break down, Lam added.

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Monmouth Hawks Dance Together: Benefiting Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders

The University’s Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter is hosting the inaugural “Monmouth Hawks Dance Together,” a six-hour dance-a-thon on Friday, April 4 from 6 pm – midnight. The dance-a-thon is aimed at benefitting The Valerie Fund, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to provide comprehensive health care and support for children with cancer and rare blood disorders in the tri-state area.

Kristi Silver, Co-President of PRSSA, said, “I think everyone has a soft spot for children and no child should ever have to go through the trauma of dealing with cancer.” Silver believes if the University comes together for this event to help a few children receive treatment just a few blocks from the University, PRSSA accomplished its goal. “These kids are our neighbors and we have the opportunity to help them,” she added.

The event will be held in Anacon Hall and the goal is to raise at least $10,000 for The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. Currently, over $4,200 has been raised for “Monmouth Hawks Dance Together,” with  20  registered teams and an estimated total of 100 participants.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/2/14

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting their annual Love Struck event on April 16 at 10:15 pm. The event is run like a dating game show with prizes for the winners. We will be selling tickets closer to the event for $5 in advance, or you can buy them for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going toward one of our philanthropies. Please come out and support the lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau. Contact Jessica Stern if you are interested in participating in the event. Her e-mail address is s0881955@monmouth.edu.

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. For now, we have open weekend scrimmages with schools who over to play with us!

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 kisaksen@monmouth.edu.

The Running Club

The Running Club will be meeting this semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. For now, we will meet at the track in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). Contact Club President Mitchell Parker at s0888670@monmouth.edu for more information.

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Chris Tobin to Speak at University Shadow PR Firm/ PRSSA Chapter Speaker Series

West Long Branch, NJ- Long-time Monmouth University veteran, Chris Tobin, will be the second speaker of the semester, for the Monmouth University Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter’s Speaker Series. The event will take place during the PRSSA meeting on Wednesday, April 9 at 2:30 pm in room 234 of Plangere Center.

Tobin began his career at Monmouth University, serving as the Assistant Director of Communications. In 2006, he was promoted to his current position as Associate Athletic Director for Communications, where he is responsible for all communications for the athletics department. Tobin is an active member of Monmouth’s athletic community, and is the sports supervisor for the women’s soccer program. In addition to his Monmouth attributes, Tobin has served as Public and Media Relations Manager for the Trenton Thunder Baseball Club, and has worked for the Lakewood Blue Claws, for the past 12 years.

For more information about the Speaker Series, contact Kelly Hughes, Director of Communications, at s0822208@monmouth.edu or Dr. Sheila McAllister, faculty advisor, at smcallis@monmouth.edu.

The Shadow PR Firm is a non-profit, public relations firm, comprised of emerging public relation professionals from Monmouth University. The firm, along with the PRSSA, provides students with valuable, hands-on experience, in public relations. The Speaker Series was instituted to provide students and professionals with networking opportunities in the field. PRSSA meets for general meetings every Wednesday at 2:30 pm in Plangere Center.

 

MU Welcomes Tau Delta Phi

The University welcomed Tau Delta Phi as an official fraternity chapter of Greek life on Wednesday, March 5. The fraternity, along with its 26 members, is in the process of completing its colonization process in hopes of becoming a nationally recognized chapter by the fall 2014 semester.

As stated on TauDelt.net, “Tau Delta Phi is a way of life. It is deeply concerned with the growth and development of the individual. It is a way of life which seeks to develop personality, promote mutual understanding, and provide a college home.”

Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said the Interfraternity Council (IFC) worked together with a group of interested students, through the expansion process, to help them find a fitting organization at the University. He said, “After much consideration, Tau Delta Phi seemed like the perfect addition.”

According to Brandon Wasylyk, Vice Consul and Social Chair of Tau Delta Phi, the brothers spent the past semester and a half working to be a recognized colony on campus. The brothers, in good academic standing, submitted their roster of the first 15 interested men to Buchalski and awaited approval, which, as stated by Wasylyk, took several weeks.

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Pep Bands Will Make You Dance

At the heart of our hawk is a group of approximately 45 students who are responsible for uplifting the spirits of students and athletes. Deemed “The Big Sound of the Jersey Shore” by former President Paul Gaffney, this “Spirit Team” ensemble plays your favorite tunes like LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win” at basketball and football games in an effort to get the crowd going and help to lead the teams to victory.

The University Pep Band falls under the umbrella of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, according to Bryan Jenner, the advisor of the organization. The band is open to any student of the University of any talent level who has any interest in participating in the organization, and even encourages alumni of the University to participate in the organization after they graduate.

In middle school and high school, band members such as Meaghan Brandt, President of the Pep Band, who primarily plays the flute, recognized that there were certain stigmas that may have applied to members of a band that are absent in college. Brandt, a senior education major, said, “There is no such thing as a ‘band geek.’ I don’t feel that at all. The athletic teams are very embracing of us and they recognize that we play a huge role in their success.”

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Hawk TV Tunes in to NBS Convention

Seven members of the University’s Hawk TV station had the opportunity to attend the 2014 National Broadcasting Society (NBS) Convention at the Burbank Marriot Hotel in Burbank, CA, from Wednesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15. Hawk TV left with four grand prize awards and seven honorable mention titles.

Students Olivia Caruso, Courtney Carr, Erik Massimino, Eric Brewer, Jessica Rossi, Alexa DeRosa, and Andrew Bern boarded a plane Tuesday morning and headed for the California convention. The convention began with opening speeches from speakers such as Steve Mosco, President of Sony Pictures Television, and Marc Summers, the former host of Nickelodeon’s show “Double Dare” and the current host of “Unwrapped” on the Food Network.

Throughout the convention, students were able to attend a series of panels where they gained knowledge and advice from professionals in the broadcasting and television field. The panels took place every day from 9 am until 2 pm.

“Each panel was 45 minutes long and had anywhere from one to three panelists presenting and answering our questions,” said Carr, a junior communications major. “There were always three panels occurring at once, so we had to be careful which we chose.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/26/14

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau will be hosting their annual Love Struck event on April 16 at 10:15 pm. The event is run like a dating game show with prizes for the winners. We will be selling tickets closer to the event for $5 in advance, or you can buy them for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going toward one of our philanthropies. Please come out and support the lovely ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau. Contact Jessica Stern if you are interested in participating in the event. Her e-mail address is s0881955@monmouth.edu.

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. For now, we have open weekend scrimmages with schools who over to play with us! We’re really excited to have started this club and to finally start playing again! So grab your  gloves, bats, and cleats, and let’s play some ball!

The Running Club

The Running Club will be meeting this semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. For now, we will meet at the track in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). Contact Club President Mitchell Parker at s0888670@monmouth.edu for more information.

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Free Sustainability Event at Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ- The volunteers at the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) are hosting a free vegan potluck and presentation led by Theresa Lam, who has worked as a formulations chemist and a certified middle school science teacher. The event will take place at Monmouth University’s Magill Commons Club Dining Room on Sunday, March 30 at 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

During the presentation, Lam will discuss society’s ability to choose resources that will leave a safe and productive environment for future generations, rather than cause future harm. “We can all drive the market to create a system that supports vibrant homes, communities and regional ecosystems by taking actions that encourage sustainable choices in food system, energy use, waste reduction and water conservation.”

Our environment is currently being challenged by unsustainable practices, Lam explained, such as land erosion from unsustainable practices, the production of excess waste, the misuse of water supply and the current lack of energy resources. Lam believes that we are ethically responsible for shifting our actions to allow future generations to not just survive, but to thrive.

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Debate Hawks Win Nine Awards at Western Championship in California

The University’s Debate Team won nine team and individual awards at the Western National Debate Championship at Sacramento State University in California on the weekend of March 7 - 9. Dylan Maynard took a first place speaking award and Saliha Younas received the 2nd place speaking award in their division of approximately 40 debaters.  Fourteen Monmouth students competed at the tournament.  The teams of Jessica Roberts and Ryan Kelly and Dylan Maynard and Saliha Younas also made it to the semi-final round after going 5-1 at the tournament before eventually falling to Weber State and Pepperdine University respectively in the semi-final round.  Monmouth had two of the final four teams in the semi-final playoff round.

The tournament included debaters from 10 universities including Pepperdine University, Cal State Fullerton, Weber State, and Cal State Northridge to name a few. Each year a topic is picked to be debated at every tournament. The topic for this year is: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing, indefinite detention, offensive cyber operations, or introducing US Armed Forces into Hostilities.  Some Monmouth teams created a case limiting the President’s authority in the area of drone strikes and others focused on indefinite detention.

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Survey Says ... “Greek Feud” is a university hit

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) hosted their first philanthropic event of the semester, “Greek Feud,” in Pollak Theater on Wednesday March 5 from 10 pm – 12 am, raising $1,500 for Habitat for Humanity.

“Greek Feud” was a spin off of the game show, “Family Feud” and AKPsi ran their event similarly to the show. There were five different members from each fraternity and sorority who competed against one another in a series of rounds.

Contestants were from Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi), Delta Tau Delta (DTD), Sigma Tau Gamma (STG), Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII), Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD), Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA), and Phi Sigma Sigma (Phi Sig).

Brothers of AKPsi business fraternity Michael Lopes, a senior business administration major, and Michelle Melzl, a senior health studies major, hosted the show.

DJ Mark Bernardo, a brother of Phi Psi, accompanied the hosts with music throughout the event.

Each host asked a series of questions every round. For each “regular round” there were different questions. The questions of each round varied, such as asking what people tend to buy without trying on, something females get excited over, and something you typically see at a college football game.

The male team got a majority of the questions in each round correct, including “Name something girls get excited about.”

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu