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Club & Greek

Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Students Dress to the Nines at RHA’sWinter Ball

The Residence Hall Association’s (RHA) annual Winter Ball was held this past Saturday, Feb. 22, in Woodrow Wilson Hall from 8 pm - 11 pm. “The Great Gatsby” inspired ball welcomed 403 guests ranging from freshmen to seniors, with guests and faculty encouraged to dress in 1920’s fashion.

Krista Varanyak, RHA President, said, “We absolutely loved the theme of the night and it goes perfectly with Wilson Hall. This year was a huge success and although we hope each year will be bigger than the last, this ball will be hard to top.”

Tickets for the ball cost $25 which included a ticket for admittance, food, drinks, and entertainment.

Danielle St. Vincent, Vice President of Special Events and Programming for RHA, dressed in a strapless, black sequin ball gown said, “A lot of work went into planning tonight’s event but we could not be happier with the way it turned out. Wilson Hall is a beautiful place to host the ball. When else can you get the chance to relive your prom?”

St. Vincent coordinated the entire ball. Everything from flower arrangements, to the food choices, and even picking the theme for the night was a result of countless hours of preparation from her and her fellow RHA members.

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/26/14

Monmouth Area Vegan Society

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is hosting two more free and fun events this semester that are open to the public. Events are held in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room. There will be a vegan potluck at each event, so please contact Professor Harris for details and to RSVP, email mcharris@monmouth.edu. The next event to be announced will be held on Sunday, March 30 at 1 pm. The last event of the semester is “Vegan Advocacy: Empowering Others to Encourage Social Change” presented by Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach on Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm. Look forward to seeing you all there!

CommWorks

CommWorks meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere room 235.

Club Lacrosse Team

Meetings will be Wednesday at 2:30 pm. The location is still to be determined. If interested contact Kevin Houston email: s0851081@monmouth.edu

University Senior Class

The senior class is selling t-shirts until March 7. Pick up an order form on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) and show off your school and class pride!

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MAVS Hosts First Vegan Potluck of the Semester

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) hosted their first speaker and vegan potluck of the semester on Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Magill Commons Dining Club.

The event went from 1 pm until 3 pm with the first half hour dedicated to socializing and enjoying the vegan potluck. Over 40 people were in attendance.

“I’m really happy we can be part of a community where we all can share good, wholesome, real food,” Mary Harris, founder of MAVS, said.

The potluck featured all vegan foods arraying from blueberry brownies, curried cauliflower bisque, spaghetti squash, and chocolate pudding.

Attendees were asked to bring their own plates to decrease environmental impact.

Once everyone settled down, Harris introduced the speaker, Theresea Sarzynski, from the nonprofit organization For the Animals Sanctuary which is located in Blairstown, NJ.

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Boom Roasted Produces “The Vagina Monologues”

Around 150 students took a seat in Pollak Theatre to see Boom Roasted Productions perform the 10th annual “Vagina Monologues” on Monday, Feb. 10 from 7:30 – 9 pm. The $1,025 in proceeds went to the local charity 180 Turning Lives Around and the national charity One Billion Rising, both of which focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention.

Dr. Carolyn Bradley, an associate professor, attended the performance. She has seen it multiple times and said, “Each time I see the play it evokes something different in me.  Student productions are particularly meaningful to me as it reminds how far we have come in acknowledging women’s sexuality and the right to control their own bodies.”

Far from traditional, “The Vagina Monologues” included topics such as shaving, gynecological appointments, rape, and even the language surrounding female sexuality. The play began in 1994 as a one woman show with author Eve Ensler playing every character. Since then, it has been performed in 140 countries and 48 languages, and on college campuses nationwide.

Tickets for the event were $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Zoe Bulitt, a junior theatre major and student producer for the last two years, said that the awareness of rape and sexual assault in our country, genital mutilation in other countries like Bosnia and Kosovo, and an overall feeling of empowerment to be yourself are just a few of the important messages the audience takes away from the performance.

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A Match Made in Heaven

Alpha Omicron Pi Hosts First Philanthropy Event “The Ultimate Monmouth Match” in Pollak


The newest sorority on campus Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) hosted “The Ultimate Monmouth Match” as their first University philanthropy event on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  The event in Pollak theatre helped raise over $2,000 for Arthritis research.

Victoria Day, Philanthropy Chair of AOII, was incredibly pleased with the turnout of the event and the involvement of students and members of Greek life. She said, “I am speechless. It was our first time planning an event like this so we were a little nervous.”

The winners of “The Ultimate Monmouth Match” were sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma Michelle Brady and Katarina Kneer, who competed against 42 other participants.

The show was hosted by Thomas Beaufort, a brother of Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi) fraternity, and Kristin Waring, a sister of AOII. Waring said, “We were flattered that so many people reached out and wanted to be a part of it.”

“The Ultimate Monmouth Match” was hosted as a newlywed game, but it was open to more than just couples; many participants who came out to participate in the game were not even dating, with pairs being brothers and sisters, roommates, best friends or even big and little sisters and/or brothers from their respective Greek organization.

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Wake Up and Smell the Roses

Over 300 students came to the wooden rose novelty event sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB) inside of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 1 – 4 pm.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, students could take up to three wooden roses that were sprayed with dashes of color. The roses were sprayed with a floral spritz to make the roses seem more realistic and give the essence of smelling like an authentic, freshly bloomed rose.

Some of the members of SAB were going around handing out the wooden roses to faculty, the RSSC kitchen staff, and students at random.

Jeff Singh, a sophomore and current member of SAB, said, “I really enjoyed handing out the roses to people in the Student Center because they weren’t expecting it from me. We handed them out to the workers in the Student Center too and you could tell it made their day because they weren’t expecting to get a wooden rose since it is more of a student involved event. They deserve it on Valentine’s Day just as much as the students sitting at the tables.”

Taylor Carson, Novelties Chairman of SAB, was thrilled with the turnout. The sophomore said, “Usually when I have a novelty event, there is a good turnout because everyone loves free things, but today was exceptionally great. I think that [the novelty event] really got people in the Valentine’s Day mood and it is something different that we have never done before.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 2/19/14

Monmouth Area Vegan Society

The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) is hosting two more free and fun events this semester that are open to the public. Events are held in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room. There will be a vegan potluck at each event, so please contact Professor Harris for details and to RSVP, email mcharris@monmouth.edu. The next event to be announced will be held on Sunday, March 30 at 1 pm. The last event of the semester is “Vegan Advocacy: Empowering Others to Encourage Social Change” presented by Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach on Sunday, April 27 at 1 pm. Look forward to seeing you all there!

CommWorks

CommWorks meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in Plangere room 235.

Club Lacrosse Team

Meetings will be Wednesday at 2:30 pm. The location is still to be determined. If interested contact Kevin Houston email: s0851081@monmouth.edu

University Senior Class

The senior class is selling t-shirts until March 7. Pick up an order form on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) and show off your school and class pride!

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University Professor Named New President of PRSA NJ

Specialist professor of communication Kristine Simoes was inducted as the new President of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) NJ chapter at PRSA NJ’s 2014 Kick-Off Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in Tinton Falls, NJ.

As defined by PRSA.org, “PRSA is a community of more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals across the US, from recent college graduates to the leaders of the world’s largest multinational firms.” Members represent nearly every practice area and professional setting within the field of public relations.

Simoes initially became affiliated with PRSA NJ ten years ago in an effort to be able to offer more knowledge in the classroom as well as to earn her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), which is a credential that recognizes public relations practitioners who have mastered the knowledge and skills of the field. The thought of becoming a member of the leadership board didn’t cross her mind until she was urged by Sheila McAllister, associate professor of communication and co-advisor of the University’s Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, who believed the role of Vice President would expand Simoes’s knowledge in the field.

According to Simoes, an academic professional has never before led the chapter until her election three years ago. “I would walk up to people like I was running for Congress,” she joked. Simoes promised to bring more of a South Jersey presence, an academic presence, and more overall visibility to the chapter.

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Mic Check 1, 2, 1, 2

Students Perform at Open Mic Night

The Student Activities Board (SAB) teamed up with the Music Alliance to present Open Mic Night 2014. The event took place in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) Café on Jan. 31 at 7 pm.

Students were able to sing, read poetry or even perform stand-up comedy. Hot chocolate was also served for anyone attending or involved in the event.

SAB Vice President of Major Events Lucy Russo believes that between 10 - 15 people performed. Students were encouraged to sign up beforehand but walk-ups were also welcome.

President of the Music Alliance Andrew Boxman said he thought the event went well. “We had great involvement from students who came up to perform and a solid crowd that kept the night running smooth. A couple times we had people who had never done anything of the sort before actually [get] up and rocked it. It was nice to see and to be a part of,” he said.

SAB Advisor Megan McGowan said, “I was really happy that SAB was not only doing an open mic event but that they were going to be hosting the event with the Music Alliance. When student groups work on an event as a team it really brings the event to the next level.” McGowan was unable to attend the event but heard positive feedback from fellow peers and SAB members.

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Now Stop ... Zumba Time!

5,6,7,8 Club Hosted Zumbathon to Promote Wellness and Fitness Amongst Students


The 5,6,7,8 Club hosted a two hour long Zumbathon event to raise money for their annual recital while promoting health and fitness during the winter months in Anacon Hall on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 – 8 pm.

President of the 5,6,7,8 Club Sarah Van Vliet felt that hosting an event featuring Zumba would be a great way to promote the increasingly popular exercise. “Zumba is working out while dancing and our club is a dance club. Since Zumba is such a big craze we thought it would be a good idea,” said Van Vliet.

5,6,7,8’s Zumbathon event was open to both men and women. The club charged each person $3 in order to participate in the event and raised a total of over $35. The proceeds will be used to alleviate the costs for costumes and other expenses for the club’s annual recital that will be held later in the year.

Conducting the Zumbathon event were instructors Alaina Serenelli, a member of the 5,6,7,8 Club, and Isabel Marmolejo, the club co-advisor.

Marmolejo, a Spanish Professor in the Department of Foreign Language Studies, offered Zumba Fitness classes at the University from 2009 to 2012. “Zumba was a life saver for me!” exclaimed Marmolejo, who has been practicing Zumba since 2007. “When I moved from Ecuador to the United States in 2007, Zumba was the perfect way to beat homesickness.”

Marmolejo also uses Zumba as a way to make new friends, and have fun while working out. She said, “In our spare time, my husband, Christopher Hirschler, who is also a professor at the University, and I would practice the recently learned moves in our living room. Sometimes we’ll have some fun leading a Zumba choreo (dance) at weddings, birthdays, and even graduation parties.” 

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Gender Studies Student Group Wants to Reactivate on Campus

Over 50 students are coming together in an effort to reactivate the Gender Studies Student Club that seems to have lost membership over the years due to diminishing student participation.

Director of the Gender Studies Program Johanna Foster said, “Gender shapes every area of social life, often unfairly. This injustice applies not just to women, but to different groups of men and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community as well.”

Foster reactivated the Gender Studies Student Club approximately 10 years ago, when, according to her, the idea emerged out of a section of an Introduction to Gender Studies course that was offered at the University. She said during the first year of its existence the group was named the “Best New Student Club” by the Student Government Association (SGA).

During the years it had a renewed presence at the University, the group organized and supported events around of range of gender justice issues including gender violence awareness like The Clothesline Project and The Vagina Monologues, Breast Cancer Awareness, transgender rights awareness, support for women ex-offender organizations, and student participation in Women’s History Month programming. “I plan to encourage feminist student engagement and restore the status that it once was in the past,” said Foster.

According to Claude Taylor, co-advisor of the Gender Studies Student Club and member of the faculty in the Department of Communication, the Gender Studies Student Group started to weaken around 2007 and 2008 and then completely diminished from campus around 2010. The group, however, still had a budget up until two years ago.

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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