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Reformed and Educated

Reformed EducatedThe Criminal Justice, Political Science, and School of Social Work Departments are co-sponsoring a guest speaker named David Garlock, a former prisoner and re-integrating citizen, on Oct. 11 in Wilson Hall.

Garlock was convicted of murder alongside his brother back in 1999 in Alabama for 25 years. Garlock and his brother were repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted for eight years by the same offender. When the two were left felt feeling as if they had no other option, they murdered the person who caused each of them so much pain.

However, over the course of his 13 years spent in prison, he was able to use this hurt to educate and better himself in order to become the man he is today. With the help of lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Bryan Stevenson, he and his brother’s sentences were reduced, and he was able to fully contribute and engage in his passion in life. 

The Equal Justice Initiative was founded by Stevenson in Montgomery, AL to aid the “poor, incarcerated, and the condemned” find justice.  Since its inception in 1989, Stevenson and his team have even exonerated 135 people from death row sentences.

Stevenson and his work with EJI are going to be the subject of the 2020 Warner Bros. film Just Mercy, based on Stevenson’s New York Times best-selling book.  The film will star Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, and Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson.

Nicholas Sewitch, J.D., Criminal Justice Chair and professor, said, “As good as our system is, it’s not perfect. (Prisoner) re-entry is very difficult for someone to go through.  There are plenty of obstacles with parole, probation, and normal things that become much harder when you’re convicted, especially when it’s a serious charge, like David’s.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 09-25-19

default article imageWMCX

WMCX is a student-run radio station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make connections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15 p.m.

If you’re interested in joining, contact them at


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The Verge

Verge RebornThis year, The Verge will be assuming a new role in media and news reporting. In past years, it has been used as an online news portal. This served a valuable purpose; however, the organization will be revamping and restructuring its objectives and goals going forward. The Verge will be expanding its function to encompass a wide range of media content. It will now be utilized as an online multimedia magazine with various features beyond just writing.

The Verge is co-advised by Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D. and Professor of Journalism, who explained the changes being implemented within the organization. Vujnovic said, “Rather than accepting magazine staple stories, the concept is to make a multimedia magazine that would explore one relevant issue per semester. Contributions would be on the issue ranging from a typical magazine story to podcasts, videos, games, animation, and other types of multimedia.”

The implementation of multimedia into the publication will be aided by the expertise of co-advisor Dickie Cox, Professor of Communication, who teaches courses in interactive and digital media both at the undergraduate level and within the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) graduate program.

The Verge is currently a small working group of about five members working collectively on the theme of “rebirth,” to coincide with the revival of the organization. This effort will be a semester-long publication, with themes changing each semester. Weekly meetings function similarly to a newsroom, with participating members collaborating on this theme throughout the semester. Objectives for each meeting include brainstorming and developing ideas and stories pertaining to the theme, conducting research, cultivating content, and producing a cohesive issue to be published toward the end of the semester.

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"There Are Places I Remember..."

Places I RememberWhen I was a freshman in 2016, the last thing I thought I would be doing was going on a trip out of the country with students and faculty from the music industry major (which has been spearheaded since 2013 by Joe Rapolla, professor and the Music and Theatre Chair.) I have done so much with our student run record label, Blue Hawk Records; from creating and promoting albums to putting on incredible concerts.

But fast forward to September 2019, and there I was in the United Kingdom, visiting the historic and beautiful town of London with four of my classmates as well as Professor Rapolla, Kenneth Womack, Ph.D. and Dean of The School of Humanities And Social Sciences, and Eileen Chapman, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives at Monmouth University.

Upon landing in Heathrow, we took a tour of London, mainly centered on British pop music acts like The Beatles (but more on that later!) My colleagues and I were astonished when we had the opportunity to go inside the famous Abbey Road studios, a place normally closed to the public. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and even movie score writers such as John Williams have cut some of the most impressive pieces of music ever conceived in the rooms where I stood. I have never been in such awe of a place.

Buckingham Palace was another incredible sight we visited. I was dwarfed by the scale and impressive design of the Queen’s abode. London itself is a beautiful town, with or without the culture; it was truly the architecture, the river, the London Eye, and every little shop and street corner which amazed me. We visited Bravado, a merchandising company under Universal Music Group where we met with real music industry experts who create and provide merchandise for some of the world’s biggest artists. It was a great experience for all of us to experience a side of the industry many people do not see.

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Club and Greek Announcements 09-11-19

default article imageWMCX

WMCX is a student-run radio station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make connections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15 p.m.

If you’re interested in joining, contact them at


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Communication Department Hosts Second Annual Kickoff Event

default article imageThe Communication Department hosted its second annual Communication Kickoff Event during the first club meeting time on Wed. Sept. 4. All of the department’s student-run organizations had a table at the event.

Lorna Schmidt, Director of Advising of Communication, Faculty Advisor of Monmouth Oral Communication Society (MOCC), and a communication instructor, played a key role in hosting the event. The purpose of the event was, “ to introduce new students to the clubs and their students to faculty who might become mentors… and to help the clubs increase their membership,” said Schmidt.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) created the flyers for the event and promoted the event via email and social media. The turnout for the events second year was larger than its inaugural kickoff, and the department hopes that the event continues to grow each year.

Students majoring in Communication are required to complete a practicum credit with one of the clubs within their specialized area. This allows students to gain real life experience in their fields of communication. They can participate in WMCX, Hawk TV, PRSSA, The Outlook, MOCC, Comm Works, or The Verge. However, students of all majors are welcomed to join and participate in the clubs.

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Delta Tau Delta Closed by National Headquarters

Delta Tau DeltaThe Kappa Gamma chapter of Delta Tau Delta (DTD) fraternity at Monmouth University has been shut down.

The decision came from the National Headquarters of Delta Tau Delta in mid-August. The reason is attributed to low membership and an administrative deletion. At the end of the spring semester, there were 14 active members. The University cannot continue an organization’s charter once their nationals has closed the chapter.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, said, “During the spring semester, there was some action taken by their National Headquarters in Fishers, IN to limit their operations. They’d have a number of concerns; size of organization, operational issues, etc…I think it’s been something that’s been coming for some time.”

Members of DTD have been contacted for comment.

The Kappa Gamma chapter was able to submit an appeal to their Nationals, which they did. The decision came at their annual Arch Summit meeting. Despite the appeal, the chapter was closed.

This might not be the end of DTD, though. Nagy said, “Like most organizations that get closed here, there may be a period of time down the road when the current membership has all graduated and we’re in an expansion position to add more (organizations).” Nagy also said the University would be open to partnering again with an organization previously recognized in the future. However, they would have to have made significant changes and the former members all must have graduated. A typical re-partnering may occur every three to four years.

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Club and Greek Announcements 04-24-19

default article imageWMCX

WMCX is a student-run rado station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make cnnections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15.

If you’re interested in joining, contact Ali Nugent at


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Go Ziplining and Rafting with the Outdoors Club!

Ziplining Rafting OutdoorsThe Outdoors Club would like to extend the opportunity to all students to go on their final and highly anticipated camping trip of the semester – Hudson Canyon white water rafting and zip-lining! Don’t miss your chance to adventure on the stunning Hudson River in upstate New York from April 27 through 28.

While this trip normally is worth over $200, The Outdoors Club is offering specially priced spots for Monmouth students of only $65. Guests can receive a discount as well. Each package includes white water rafting, zip-lining, all-included camping, delicious food, amazing views, and more.

This is the last chance to get dirty with the Outdoors Club for the 2018-2019 school year. This white water rafting and ziplining trip is popular, so don’t hesitate to get your tickets.

This past year for the Outdoors Club has seen camping trips to Wharton State Forest, Belleplain State Forest, Bass River State Park, Allaire State Park, Blue Mountain Resort, and Shark River Park. They also organized a horseback riding trip, a trip to Long Branch Escape Room, and more.

Make memories and get some much-needed stress relief in the thrilling Hudson River rapids before finals! Come to our meeting Wednesday, April 24 at 3:30 pm in Bey Hall 129, or email Secretary James Tomasello for details on how to get on the list. There’s no time to waste!

Be sure to follow the Outdoors Club on Instagram @muoutdoorsclub for more news, photos, and fun.


"A Farewell to Monmouth University" | Ray Romanski's Senior Goodbye

default article image“And now the time has come,

And so, my love, I must go.

And though I lose a friend,

In the end you will know...

I’ll Follow the Sun.”

With less than two weeks left in this semester, it is finally dawning on me that my time at Monmouth University is coming to a close. Although I’m happy to move on to bigger things, I’m sad to go. A bittersweet paradox.  This you are about to read will act as my farewell to Monmouth. I have a lot of people to thank and a lot to say. So, prepare your tissue box.

On my freshman year move-in day, as my dad and I drove a moving van to campus, he was lecturing with tidbits of wisdom about all aspects of college.  From reminders about my weekly laundry to drinking enough milk, I listened intently, even though this was all second-nature. But, then, a song came over the airwaves: Harry Chapin’s “Cat in the Cradle,” and a silence fell over the both of us. Neither of us spoke; just listened to this song about growing distance between father and son. Ironic timing. We both stifled back our tears. 

First and foremost, Mom and Dad, I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done to help me get this far.  From quelling my worries to giving me ample leftovers (They NEVER went to waste), those little acts of love have all contributed to this degree I’m going to receive in a few weeks’ time.  I appreciate everything you have done and will continue to do to help me succeed.  None of this could be possible without you. I have much more to say, but I am restricted to a word count.  For that, I will close by saying I love you.

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Club and Greek Announcements 04-17-19

default article imageWMCX

WMCX is a student-run rado station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make cnnections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15.

If you’re interested in joining, contact Ali Nugent at


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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