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Club & Greek

Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Sigma Tau Gamma Chows Down to Help Beat Cancer

stgSigma Tau Gamma (STG) fraternity hosted their second annual philanthropy fundraising event, "Sig Tau Chowdown" to a crowd of hundreds on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10 pm in Pollak Theatre to raise money for cancer research.

The Sig Tau Chowdown raised over $1400 in donations. STG sent all proceeds from the event to their philanthropy, the Mike McNeil Organization.

Following a successful first Sig Tau Chowdown in Spring 2013, the fraternity returned to Pollak Theatre to host its second incarnation. STG began planning the event at the end of April 2014 and spent all of September working with the University, sponsors and other students to bring the event to campus for a second time.

Mike McNeil attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and was initiated at the STG chapter on that campus. McNeil battled a form of cancer called pheochromocytoma, which affected his adrenal gland system, before passing away in 2009. His friends and loved ones founded The Mike McNeil Organization in 2012 in his honor. MikeMcNeil.org's information page states, "With the help of [McNeil's] family, friends and Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, we're able to raise thousands of dollars each year [...] benefiting cancer research as well as other non-profit causes Michael believed in."

The event marked the first Greek philanthropy fundraiser of the academic year. Hundreds attended, including undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty. John Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said that he enjoyed seeing the event return.

"It is a good way to kick off the school year for events like this," Buchalski said. "It's an event that captivates the audience."

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Alpha Xi Delta’s “Football Frenxi” for Autsim Speaks

footballfrenxiThe University's chapter of Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) hosted their first annual "Football FrenXi" philanthropy event to raise money for their philanthropy, Autism Speaks on Saturday Sept. 27.

According to Autism Speaks, "An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States."

AXiD's helps raise money for children who are diagnosed with autism. The sorority uses events such as Football Frenxi help raise money and awareness for people affected by autism.

The event, which was held on the Great Lawn, was a flag football tournament open to all students. The sorority advertised for weeks in advance to not only get people to sign up for teams, but to spread information regarding Autism Speaks.

Each team had to have at least up to six members and each member had to pay $5 for an entrance fee. All of the proceeds were donated to Autism Speaks. The sorority was able to sign up six teams to participate in the event, most of which were involved with some type of organization on campus. Many Greek organizations came out and participated in the event including other Greek organizations such as Phi Kappa Psi (Phi Psi), Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), and Delta Tau Delta (DTD).

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/1/14

5678 Dance Club

Do you love to dance? Come to the 5678 Dance Club's next meeting at 9 pm on Tuesday, Sep. 30th in Anacon Hall. For more information email club president Hannah Hilbrandt at s0947700@monmouth.edu.

ZTA

On behalf of the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, we hope to see you at our Breast Cancer Awareness events throughout Pink Week, held Oct. 5-11.

Catholic Campus Ministry

Catholic Campus Ministry would like to welcome all new and returning students! We hold mass every Sunday at 7 pm at the Catholic Center (located behind the Health Center) and daily mass at noon in Withey Chapel in Wilson Hall. If you have any questions, please contact club president Eryn Siddall at s0834614@monmouth.edu.

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is celebrating Shadow's Birthday on Monday, October 6, 2014 to kick off Spirit Week. Join SAA and Shadow to celebrate the occasion with food, games and giveaways. The party will be in the Student Center Dining Area (back by the fireplace) at 7 pm.

The Verge

Do you love to write? Contact Caitlyn Bahrenburg at s0904759@monmouth.edu.

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Melissa Febos Kicks Off 2014-15 Visting Writers Series

IMG_2036Every seat was taken in anticipation of the 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series commencement featuring Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction Melissa Febos, last Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Wilson Hall Auditorium.

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, "Whip Smart." Febos has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Anderson Cooper Live, CNN, The Atlantic and Tin House online, Guernica, and New York magazine. Additionally, her writing has been published in Glamour, Kenyon Review, Post Road, Salon, New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, and more. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at Purchase College, The New School, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Utica college, as well as other institutions. Currently, Febos is an Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Monmouth University.

One hundred and forty-eight students, plus faculty and community members, packed Wilson Hall auditorium for the first of four Visiting Writing Series. "I think this is the first time I've seen every seat taken," said Michael Thomas, Associate Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Visiting Writers Series is hosted by Monmouth University Center for the Arts. The tradition of the opening reader having a connection to MU started with the beginning of the series ten years ago. Melissa Febos' reading is also part of a yearlong engagment titled "Artful Explorations of Gender," co-sponsored by MU Center for the Arts, Gender Studies, Student Activities, and Athletics, in which a range of work will examine boundaries of gender, gender inequalities, and the role of art in seeking justice for gender discrimination.

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Community Service Club Pulls Truck for Move for Hunger

10377640_10152765950083023_6686596976904279771_nMonmouth University Community Service Club (MUCSC) joined approximately 200 people for the First Annual Jersey Shore Truck Pull, raising close to $9,000 for Move For Hunger last Saturday, Sept. 13 at The Headliner in Neptune, NJ.

Fifteen teams competed in a timed competition pulling a 17,000 pound straight box moving truck for a distance of 100 feet. Participants gripped a thick, knotted rope attached to the truck and pulled their way to the finish line. During the first round of truck pulls, the rain caused some participants to slip, making the event an even greater challenge. Each team was then given the opportunity to compete for a second time. Kayla Adamson, MUCSC Accounts Executive, and Move For Hunger intern said, "Usually, if it's a rainy and cold day, people don't show up, but Move For Hunger has made such a difference in this community that people were still so excited to be there and it really made the event extra special."

There was close competition amongst various gyms, firemen, and businesses represented at the event. Move For Hunger had a goal of ten participating teams; however, fifteen teams wound up competing. The winners of the truck pull were ten males representing E&K Insurance, one of the signature event sponsors, with a time of 14.69 seconds. Neptune Fire Department followed up in second place with a time of 14.84 seconds. Lowy's Moving Service placed third, pulling the truck 100 feet in a time of 15.00 seconds.

MUCSC placed tenth, with a time of 24.59 seconds. Casey Allocco, senior communication major and President of MUCSC, said, "For a bunch of students going up against big fire fighters and personal trainers, we did pretty well at the event! We even beat a few of the other teams in the rain."

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Outdoors Club Goes to Bass River State Forest

Members of the University's Outdoors Club traveled to Bass River State Forest over the weekend, where they spent three days camping, exploring, and more.

About 15 club members met on campus Friday, Sept. 19 to carpool to Tuckerton, NJ, where they would spend the following few days and nights. The trip consisted of camping, kayaking, and even some off-roading on the trails of Wharton State Forest.

"On Saturday we went to this cool water hole where we could jump off a bridge into the water or swing from the rope swing," said Jennifer Urmston, a sophomore marine and environmental biology and policy major. "Later, we took some kayaks out on the lake. That was very peaceful."

Urmston explained her favorite of the trip was nighttime off-roading.

"It was intense and kind of scary. We thought we were going to see the New Jersey Devil," she said.

William Reynolds, the faculty advisor of the Outdoors Club, said the most memorable part of the trip for him was sitting around the campfire and listening to live music performed by some of the campers.

"We had five members on this trip who play guitar, drums, and ukulele," said Reynolds.

The campsite that served as home to the club members during the three days was a part of Bass River State Forest.

"The campsite was awesome and we had great food, but there was a ridiculous amount of bees!" Urmston said.

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Club and Greek Announcements 9/24/14

5678 Dance Club

Do you love to dance? Come to the 5678 Dance Club's next meeting at 9 pm on Tuesday, September 30th in Anacon Hall. For more information email club president Hannah Hilbrandt at s0947700@monmouth.edu. Hope to see you all there!

ZTA

On behalf of the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, we hope to see you at our Breast Cancer Awareness events throughout Pink Week, held Oct. 5 - 11.

AXiD

On Sept. 27 we will be holding a flag football event open to all students. Teams of six are encouraged to sign up for $7 a person. All proceeds go towards our philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Sign ups will take place in the Student Center Wednesday, Monday, and Tuesday. We hope to see you all there!

Chabad

Sushi every Wednesday in the student center from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We have Friday dinners at 8 pm and a grill and chill Sundays from 5 - 7

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is celebrating Shadow's Birthday on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 to kick off Spirit Week. Join SAA and Shadow to celebrate the occasion with food, games and giveaways. The party will be in the Student Center Dining Area (back by the fireplace) at 7 pm.

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Meet The Greeks Entices Many Underclassmen

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All Greek organizations had a chance to get to know the new faces on campus at Meet the Greeks last Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).

Meet the Greeks gives students who know little about Greek life at the University an opportunity to find out what it truly entails.

Cassie Fortunato, a social work major who is a first time recruitment counselor said, "Meet the Greeks is a very positive experience, as is getting involved in Greek life in general. Going Greek, you get involved on campus and meet new people, while making lasting friendships and connections."

Each fraternity or sorority is assigned their own table to fill with information. This is an opportunity for all of Greek life to gather in one spot and show new interested students how different each group of Greeks really is.

Over 500 people attended Meet the Greeks according to Kendall Bohannon, Vice President of Panhellenic Recruitment and homeland security major. The majority of those who attended were freshmen and sophomores, but upperclassmen and transfer students made an appearance as well.

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Club and Greek Announcements 9/17/14

Residence Hall Assocation

Battle of the Buildings competitions will take place from Friday, September 19- Sunday September 21. Check your email and the RHA Facebook Page for more information.

The Verge

Do you love to write? Dream of seeing your work published? Then The Verge is the place for you!

Please join us at our interest meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 2:30 in JP 206.

For questions contact Caitlyn Bahrenburg at s0904759@monmouth.edu.

Chabad

MU Chabad has sushi every Wednesday in the student center from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We have Friday night dinners at 8 pm and a grill and chill every Sunday from 5 - 7 pm. Contact our president Liz Perkel with any questions about MU Chabad at 862-485-8865 or s0939767@monmouth.edu

Alpha Xi Delta

We hope everyone is enjoying being back on campus! On September 27th we will be holding a flag football event open to all students. Teams of six are encouraged to sign up for $7 a person. All proceeds go towards our philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Sign ups will take place in the Student Center Wednesday, Monday, and Tuesday. We hope to see you all there!

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ZTA Volunteers at Mary’s Place

zta-3The University's chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) volunteered at the Ocean Front Bash "Let's Build It Together" in Ocean Grove, New Jersey for Mary's Place by the Sea on Saturday September 6, 2014.

ZTA is well known for their support with breast cancer awareness as well as education. This year, they decided to raise the bar and support more local communities by volunteering at new events off campus. Their first goal of the year was to find an organization that helped others in their own community.

"We were introduced to Mary's Place by Jon, the Greek life advisor," said ZTA president and senior communication major Erin Ally. "They were having this event, and were looking for organizations that were willing to volunteer."

"Let's Build it Together" was held by Mary's Place by the Sea as a fundraiser to raise money to build a new 10-bedroom handicap accessible home. Mary's Place helps women empower themselves while going through cancer. They are offered one on one counseling, art therapy, and even nutritional counseling. Each guest is also offered light spa services, and are able to stay overnight at the home which is located on Broadway Avenue in Ocean Grove.

ZTA spent their night setting up the event, interacting with the attendees, and working throughout the event. An hour before "Let's Build it Together" was set to begin; a storm took out a lot of the previous work that had already been finished.

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Monmouth Palooza

No amount of rain could stop SAB from pulling off Monmouth Palooza over the weekend. The event, which was originally set to take place on the residential quad at 4pm on Saturday September 13th, was relocated to Anacon Hall due to the inclement weather conditions.

After an admirable effort by the Students Activities Board to try and ignore the rainy weather, and instead create an atmosphere in which students could enjoy themselves, Monmouth Palooza seemed to be a success. The relaxed, beach-themed environment of the event was complete with a mechanical shark to ride on, snacks, a chance to create your own "stunner shades," and a live band.

Royal Blend, band chosen to play the event, combined elements of island reggae, classic rock, along with the use of electric piano and British lead singer. Devon Ribsam, a senior English major and member of the University's Ice Hockey Club, happened to personally know two of the members of Royal Blend and stuck around Monmouth Palooza to support the local band.

"I'm having a good time," Ribsam said when asked about his experience there. "This is actually one of the first SAB events I've been to."

Brian Zuber, the father of one of the band members, attended the event with his wife in support of their son, and was pleased by the turnout.

"It [Monmouth Palooza] is great. It would probably be better if it was outside so it could attract more people, but I think the band sounds good," Zuber said.

According to members of SAB, this year's Monmouth Palooza went well, but it could have been even better had the weather not been a factor. Taylor Carson, a junior international business and finance majors, and the concerts chair of SAB, rated the event as an "8" on a 1-10 scale.

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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