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Club & Greek

Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Surf Club Keeps A Close Eye On Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin is tracking.  Rain, gale force gusts, and even flooding in some areas of New Jersey thus far.  Natives of Monmouth and Ocean County have been warned.  Could Joaquin be Sandy’s pissed off little brother?  While some are panicking, surfers are frothing.  New Jersey has seen more than two weeks of consistent swell and for our small state that is unheard of.  Swell means rideable waves, correct?  Not quite.  Out of the two week long swell period, I can count on one hand how many surf sessions were not brutalized by the strong northeast winds. Wind and waves, both must agree with each other.

To track hurricanes or any swell patterns for that matter, surfers must do research.  Goofing off, growing your hair and saying ‘gnarly’ too often doesn’t allow someone to hold the title of a surfer.  You have to do some research!  Surfers do it without realizing it on a day-to-day basis.  And with a storm like Joaquin, even more preparation is necessary.  So, I called in backup.

John Tiedemann knows NJ like the back of his hand.  He’s been surfing for 47 years, and some know him as the director of the Marine and Environmental Biology department at Monmouth. 

“Right now, we’re starting to get the front edge [of the storm] because the last report I saw had it moving away from the Bahamas and Florida and starting to track up the coast,” said Tiedemann.

Professor Tiedemann validated local surfers and their high levels of stoke.

“[Our hurricane season] has been very quiet up until this storm, we had a flat summer because there’s more swell energy on the Pacific coast and we got this dry low energy situation on the east coast and that’s a result of an El Niño year.”
El Nino. East coast surfers cringe at the very thought of it.

“Technically to describe El Nino, it’s a change in the wind patterns on the west coast and one of the things that happens there is, you get a shift in swell patterns and a shift in the upwelling,” said Tiedemann.

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Club and Greek Announcements 10/7/15

Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau is happy to announce it’s fall new member class! The sorority welcomed nine new members into the sisterhood.
New members include:
Jill Hirst, Sabrina Deluca, Valentina Sanchez, Alex Charletta, Veronica Amaya, Francesca Rubino, Jackie Ferriso, Kelsey Baron, and Mariah Anderson.

The Outlook

The Outlook is looking for students interested in writing, graphic design, and photography to join the team and become an active member in creating our weekly publication. We are an award-winning group of students who bond over our love of writing, reporting, having fun, networking, and being a family. If you are interested in joining, please don’t hesitate to contact the Editorial Staff at

Zeta Tau Alpha

ZTA is hosting it’s annual Think Pink Week. On Oct. 7, the entire campus will be participating in a pink-out. Students and faculty are encouraged to wear pink to spread awareness for breast cancer. On Oct. 8, there will be a volleyball tournament located in Boylan Gym from 9-11p.m. Teams must have six people and cost $30 to enter. Contact Lindsay at (732) 501-8681 if interested.

Ocean County

On Oct. 18, Toms River Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Ocean County “Crop Walk.” The event will take place at 1:30p.m. and is located on Hooper Avenue and Chesnut Street.

Operation Halloween will be hosting a “Zombie Outbreak.” The event will be taking place from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24 at the Citta Scout Reservation on Brookville Road in Barnegat.

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AOII and SAB Take a Look at What’s Under the Sea

SABThe Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted “What’s Under the Sea” at Shadow Lawn on Tuesday, Sept. 22 for Monmouth University students to come and enjoy. The event aimed to engage students by bringing awareness to all the pollution in the ocean as well as what kind of creatures are hidden within the sea. 

SAB co-sponsored the event with the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi. The sisters were paired up with a member of SAB, who they helped run the different novelties and attractions. 

“The event went really well. I think it’s so important for everyone to know about our oceans,” said Alex Stucy, a senior marine biology major and President of AOII. “SAB was great to work with, too! They were organized and we’re so excited to be able to help them. I also think is very important to work with different organizations on campus,” Stucy continued. 

The first and most popular part of the event was touch tank, where students could touch many different sea animals. Within the tanks were two stingrays, a baby shark, starfish, different types of shells, and many more aquatic animals. Students were timid to touch the stingrays, which are known as dangerous animals, however, everyone was reassured that their tails were clipped and free of harm.

According to Megan McGowan, the Associate Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, this event “was a fun way to get some important information out to the students and a creative way to start the important conversation of marine conservation.”

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Delta Tau Delta and Phi Sigma Sigma Host Jousting Event

DTDOn Thursday, Sept. 24, students across campus were invited to challenge the biggest contenders in the Kappa Gamma chapter of Delta Tau Delta and Delta Phi chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma in a jousting tournament. Held in The Quad, any person who felt tough enough could enter the ring and call upon a challenger, be it a non-affiliated member or a Greek. 

Upon signing a waiver and release form, competitors dressed in color coded headgear and foam batons gathered in an inflatable battlefield. 

Greek life at Monmouth University consists of a massive council of organizations that each have their own personality, goals, and values. Their overall contributions shape the Monmouth community in such a way that Willow Hall was almost made Greek housing. Events such as this are often meant to include students outside of Greek organizations as well. 

The events promote an understanding of Greek ideals, so there is a better understanding of what makes a fraternity or sorority what it truly is, not just a social club. 

At the jousting event, non-affiliated individuals were able to ask the fraternity brothers and sorority sisters questions on how they see the Greek system. 

Sophomore education major and DTD Brotherhood chair, Matt Yard, organized the jousting tournament. “I feel [Greek] events are integral to the overall structure of the community because Greek life often brings people of various backgrounds together. Reaching out to residents is extremely pivotal, they’ll be able to understand what my organization stands for and believes in,” Yard said.

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Elmwood Hall Takes the Gold at Battle of the Buildings

This year’s Battle of The Buildings took place on Thursday, Sept. 24 throughout the day on the residential quad, naming Elmwood Hall as the winner. Battle of the Buildings is an annual event that the Residence Hall Association (RHA) holds every year for resident students. 

The battle consists of each residence hall competing in a various number of activities to earn points. The competition gets heated between residence assistants, who each strive for their building to take the gold. 

“As a first year student it is hard to adjust to so many new things. Battle of the Buildings was a great way to make new friends, work together and have fun,” says Natorye Miller, a junior communication major and Pinewood RA. 

The battle began with a t-shirt tie dye event.  Students were asked to bring in a non-perishable food item to donate. In return, students received a 2015 Battle of the Buildings t-shirt to tie dye.

Miller also added, “[Because of] living [in] and being an RA in a first year dorm, I really do love Battle of the Buildings. From this past weekend I really have seen the word community play a major role in how each of the students interact and participate in all the different activities.” 

On Friday, Sept. 25 there was a buffalo wing eating contest which took place in Magill Commons Dining Hall. The winner of the contest took home a $100 Visa gift card. 

 Later that evening, RHA and the First Year Service Project put together their annual Houseless Not Hopeless event. Students slept on Shadow Lawn, in front of Wilson Hall, in cardboard boxes. Events were planned until 2 a.m. for students to participate in. Some of the activities included a shelter building contest, a peanut butter and jelly relay, and a scavenger hunt.  

The event gave students the opportunity to spread awareness about homelessness within our county. 

All food items donated during Battle of the Buildings will be donated to homeless shelters within Monmouth County.

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Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi Release the Stigma

AST EventMembers of Greek life and the Monmouth community congregated on The Great Lawn at Woodrow Wilson Hall on Sunday morning, Sept. 20 to release the stigma associated with mental illness. Hosted by Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi, the Greek life organizations aimed to provide insight to fellow hawks about the dangers of mental illness and what can be done to prevent the act of suicide. 

At the event, the sorority and fraternity gave each individual in attendance bubbles to be blown in remembrance of those who lost their battle with mental illness and turned to suicide. Balloons were also released into the sky; however, the amount was limited due to environmental concerns from the University.

While most Greek life events cost five dollars to enter in order to raise funds for philanthropic causes, this event was free of charge. The sorority and fraternity’s main goal during the vigil was to provide awareness rather than raise money. Both organizations encouraged students to make donations, however, no donation was necessary to participate in the event. 

Dr. Andrew Lee, Director Of Counseling And Psychological Services, spoke to those who partook in the vigil. He said “suicide is the number two cause of death for college and university students across the country. It claims the lives of approximately 1,100 college students every year.” 

Due to this number, the organizations released 11 balloons, one for every 100 students who have committed suicide. 

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Meet the Greeks Lets Students Explore Greek Life

Eager freshmen, commuters, and upperclassmen students packed the MAC on Tuesday night, Sept. 15 for Meet the Greeks. The event allows students the opportunity to meet each Greek organization on campus and see if the opportunity to join Greek life is worth pursuing.

“I want girls to find their home away from home just like I did,” says Gabby Salvaggio, sister of Alpha Xi Delta and junior health studies major. 

Meet the Greeks, held at the beginning of every semester, is the perfect event for students to attend if they are looking to find a place to call home, like many Monmouth students have done.

Students and faculty often wonder why so much effort and preparation is put into these recruitment events. Salvaggio commented, “We put a lot of effort into Meet the Greeks because we want to find girls who are willing to realize their potential.”  Many other members of Greek life have the same intentions. One of the goals of Greek life at Monmouth is to encourage students to become a part of something bigger than themselves and find a place where they belong. Joing Greek life is more than joining a group of individuals and wearing a set of letters. By joining Greek life, individuals are committing to an obligation. Greeks are known across campus for their philanthropic events, high grade point averages, and dedication to the Monmouth community. For this reason, many students take the first step to join Greek life by attending Meet the Greeks.

The event is crucial for students who are thinking about getting involved in Greek life.  It is the first step a potential new member can take to meet the members of all the fraternities and sororities on campus. Meet the Greeks gives students the opportunity to not only meet brothers and sisters of Greek organizations, but also learn what each of these organizations value. 

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Club and Greek Announcements 9/23/15

Human Resources Club

All majors: come learn about the exciting field All Majors: Come learn about the exciting field of Human Resources and get involved in the Human Resources Club! Our first meeting will take place on 10/7 in Bey Hall 227 from 2:45 – 3:45 and snacks will be served.Any questions please contact:

Selena Ortiz, President at or Claire Zilenziger, Vice President, at .

We look forward to seeing you there!

5678 Dance Club

Do you like to dance? Join 5678 Dance Club! There is no prior experience needed. For meeting dates or if you have any questions contact Skyler Schack at


Interested in public relations? PRSSA meets every Wednesday at 3:00pm in JP235.

Pep Band

The University Pep Band is still accepting members in all sections, especially trumpets and trombones.  If interested, please contact Professor Bryan Jenner at for more information.


This past weekend the Outdoors Club went camping and kayaking at Wharton State forest. The next general meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 3:30 in Bey Hall 126. 

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Catholic Club Revamps for the 2015-16 Academic Year

The Catholic Campus Ministry at Monmouth University is heading in the right direction for a reshaping, revival, and relaunch of the club for this 2015-2016 academic year.  

With an average of about eight people per week attending weekly Sunday mass last year, members of the Catholic Campus Ministry were ecstatic to have such a large turnout on the first mass of the school year, having around 20 attendees.  

Sophomore business finance administration major Darby O’Kane, who is the Secretary and the head of Publicity for the club says, “It was so awesome to see so many people come to Mass.  It was a big difference from last year and it’s really cool that people were interested in becoming a part of the club.  I have high hopes for it this year.”

The main focus of the Catholic Campus Ministry is to serve the students, faculty, and staff at Monmouth University as well as build a strong community through Christianity and faith. 

“Most importantly,” says sophomore biology major and Catholic Campus Ministry President Emily Beyer, “we are trying to fulfill God’s plans for this group and ministry.”

With the promotion of faith formation, leadership, personal development, and evangelization, the Catholic Campus Ministry urges anyone interested to participate with them in worship, prayer, volunteer service, and their upcoming events with faith and fun. The Catholic Campus Ministry is welcoming Christina D’Averso, the new Campus Minister. She is a graduate of Villanova University and The John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, who received her Masters in Theology.  She is eager to work with everyone at Monmouth University to grow spiritually, as well as on a personal level.

“I am here as a resource for the campus community and willing to speak to students not only about faith, but about personal struggles,” says D’Averso.  She is “excited to meet and work with the students, faculty and staff at Monmouth University to assist them with spiritual growth and fellowship.”

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Summer of the Foamie

SurfAs the Surf Club sat on the beach after the first day of class, we were all upset that summer was over. We reminisced about summer waves and bonded over the fact that that waves were flat.  ‘Twas the summer of the foamie!  No matter the size of wave, surfers frothing for a ride reached a big, buoyant foam surfboard. Colors galore, some were called Doyle, others Gnaraloo. One needn’t care the name; a nine-footer would do. Kooky?  Maybe a bit, but who doesn’t love a nice foamie session?

If you work near the beach, or are lucky enough to work at the beach, foam boards are easily accessible and nearly guarantee surfers a nice easy ride.  Junior student-surfer Tyler Sankey lived that very routine. “Teaching surf lessons, we use the beginner ‘foamie’ boards that are by far easier to surf on small summer slop. It was definitely the summer of the foamie because I road one pretty much every day,” said Sankey.

Surfers live for and worship waves. They are the source of memories that one will hold on to for years to come.  Foam boards allow a surfer to exploit even the feeblest of waves. Not much can beat surfing a foamie on a warm day with your best friends in the water.  

“It was so glassy and good one morning for my 8 AM lesson and the whole time, we were amping to surf,” said Sankey. “Right after my lesson, I grabbed a foamie and surfed for hours until I had another lesson.”

North of Sankey and only a stone’s throw from the Unviersity’s campus, student-surfer John Waldron was living it up his summer by surfing and working for Spellbinder’s surf shop. Waldron recalled his version of the perfect foamie session.

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Student Activities Hosts Annual Involvement Fair

involvement fair photoEager freshmen and upperclassmen gathered on the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Memorial Library Lawn on Friday, Sept. 11 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm for Monmouth’s annual Involvement fair. Over 100 clubs and organizations were present for the event. 

The goal of the Involvement Fair is to introduce students to the idea of a well-rounded college experience, focusing on both academics and extra-curricular activities. The University is encouraging students to participate in the Monmouth tradition of being a leader on, as well as off campus. The event is particularly crucial for fraternity and sorority members who will be foregoing new member recruitment within the coming weeks. 

Some of the organizations in attendance included The Outdoors Club, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Club Field Hockey, Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Government Association (SGA), as well as Chapters of Greek Life. A variety of giveaways such as t-shirts, flash drives, cups, and school supplies were distributed by each of the clubs and organizations. Chapters of Greek Life displayed the letters of their chapter and played slideshows with photos of their events through out the year.  

“Each organizations’ tables looked awesome. I could tell that everyone wanted to ensure the new students felt comfortable and welcome at their new home on campus,” mentioned Jessica Stern, a senior sociology major and sister of Alpha Sigma Tau.

Being involved on campus not only boosts students’ resumes, it also gives students an opportunity to meet new people with similar interests on campus. The Involvement Fair provides freshmen, commuter students, and upper classmen another outlet to meet more people and enhance their college experience beyond their assigned dorm rooms and classes.

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