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Club & Greek

Hazing Speaker Visits MU

default article imageTravis Apgar, an anti-hazing speaker from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, gave a speech last Thursday night, Sept. 20, to an audience of Greek members. His presentation highlighted the various forms and subsequent risks of hazing practices seen in colleges nationwide.

As a consequence of the Greek Life suspension enacted on Sept. 6 by the University, every Greek letter organization was mandated to send 50 percent of its members to this event.  Numerous fraternities and sororities did not meet the required percentage, according to the Office of Student Activities.

Many audience members were not engaged; many were focused on their cell phones, others were doing homework, and some were asleep in their seats.

Apgar, a former Dean of Students at Cornell University, has toured the nation for over 15 years giving hundreds of college campuses with the same warning: Hazing is immensely dangerous. 

“We get mixed messages from media, sports teams, movies about expecting to be hazed when joining Greek Life,” said Apgar. “Hazing doesn’t only happen in Greek systems, but in honor societies, high school and college sports, marching bands, and more.  However, the most student deaths are from fraternity hazing incidents.”

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WMCX Holds its First "Lecture"

WMCX LectureWMCX, the radio station on campus, held its first free classroom concert last Friday, Sept. 21.  The concert featured local bands Beauty, Fake Blood, and latewaves.  After each band’s set, they were interviewed.

Local heroes Deal Casino closed out the show.  Deal Casino will be performing this weekend at the inaugural Sea.Hear.Now. Festival in Asbury Park alongside Incubus, Jack Johnson, The Wailers, and many more.

This concert transformed Plangere Room 235 into an intimate concert venue, complete with a stage and backdrop reminiscent of classic MTV.  The audience was a blend of Monmouth students and local listeners of all ages.

Ali Nugent, a senior communication student and general manager of WMCX, was pleased with how the event turned out. “I think it was really successful,” Nugent said.  “The turnout was great and all the bands told me how much fun they had.”

Nugent personally coordinated the bands and the catering for the event.  Windmill Hotdogs and Nelly’s Pizzeria sponsored the event.

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HAWCS Fly Together

Hawks Fly TogetherThe Human-Animal Wellness Collaboratory (HAWC) is a non-profit research organization within the Department of Psychology at Monmouth University. We are a research lab from the Department of Psychology.  Although we are not a club per se, we are still invested in helping students discover passions for the welfare of animals.

We conduct both in-house research evaluating training, enrichment, and the humane use of animals in teaching as well as with off-site at collaborating animal shelters and zoological facilities. 

We are also involved in community outreach initiatives that aim to improve the well-being of both animals and the people that care for them.

 Some of our current research projects that we’re currently working on include: working in shelters to study the welfare of shelter dogs and working at Six Flags to study baboon and sea lion behavior and cognition. 

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Club and Greek Announcements 09-19-18

default article imageStudent-Alumni Association 

The Student-Alumni Association (SAA) serves as an important link between current Monmouth students and University Alumni through a structured format of activities and events. Our goal is to build a network in which current students can reach out to alumni for career opportunities and philanthropy, as well as to continue Monmouth pride both on and off campus.  The SAA holds regular meetings each week and is open to all students.

For more information, please contact Nicholas Coscarelli at

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Come Perform with CommWorks!

Preform With CommWorksCommWorks is looking for performers!

CommWorks is a self-expression club that is based around performance.

Most students perform poetry, slam poetry, and original pieces, however we encourage students to express themselves through any outlet they are comfortable. For example, a number of members last year sang and danced for performances. We pick a theme each semester and create a performance around that central idea. 

Last year we held a performance called, “This Is Me,” where students sang songs, read poetry, and told stories on having our voices be heard about topics we feel are important in society. Something that makes CommWorks special is that we have written full pieces as a club. For the “This Is Me” performance, the club as a whole wrote a piece about micro aggressions, where we all said a micro aggression we have been called and created a response to it. It was very empowering and beautiful to see the club come together about such a touchy subject.

CommWorks’ mission is to create a safe, positive space where students can come and be themselves while getting performance experience. CommWorks is an academic club based from the Communication Department, so a large part of our mission is to improve our communication skills through these performances as well.

Recently, CommWorks and Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) have joined forces to achieve this mission. MOCC is another academic Communication Department club, yet their focus is on public speaking and how to help others on their public speaking and interpersonal skills.

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The Importance of Getting Involved

Importance of InvolvementThe annual Involvement Fair took place on Shadow Lawn, last Friday, Sept. 14. With nearly 100 clubs and organizations set up in front of Wilson Hall, the event provided students with the opportunity to get involved, reach out to new people who share similar interests, and to find their niche on campus.

“We usually have approximately 100 clubs and organizations take this opportunity to promote themselves to the students,” said Amy Bellina, Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations.  “It is an easy way for students to learn about the opportunities that are available to them.”

Bellina stressesd the importance of becoming active on campus by utilizing the many student-run clubs and organizations at the University. “Being involved in clubs, organizations, and various activities gives students a chance to meet other students, feel more a part of the Monmouth community, build resume experience, develop relationships with people that may be mentors for them, learn more about a particular area of study, try something new, and to have fun,” she said.

Alexis Borrino, a junior education student said, “The fair basically has a club for every major, so not only do I become close with the people in my education classes but through education-based clubs as well. Whether attending the fair or being a recruiter behind the table, I feel like it is definitely a great way to bring the campus together.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 09-12-18

default article imageStudents Advocating Girls' Education (SAGE) & Sociology Club

SAGE and the sociology club will be having a combined meeting tomorrow in Bey Hall room 226 at 3:30 p.m. They are collecting feminine hygiene product drive for homeless women. Please bring any products you can spare to donate. If you have any questions, please contact the Club President, Kaitlin Allsopp, at

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Blue Hawk Records Album Auditions

Blue Hawk Records 1Following the release of their spring album “After Midnight,” Blue Hawk Records’ is back again to work on another album release.

Blue Hawk Records’ Applied Music Industry III class is calling all Monmouth musicians to audition for their 13th compilation album. Their twelfth album, released last April, featured six songs; five originals from Monmouth students and a cover of Eric Clapton’s “After Midnight.” The title track featured University President Grey Dimenna, Esq. on the guitar, as well as members and faculty of the music industry department.

Joe Rapolla, chair of Monmouth’s Music and Theatre Arts department, will be working with the class and overseeing all aspects of the album’s production. Those chosen to be featured on the 13th album will have the opportunity to record their original songs at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, as well as many opportunities to perform around campus.

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University Suspends Greek Organizations Indefinitely

Greek Suspension 1Greek life at Monmouth University “has been suspended indefinitely” as of Aug. 20 by administrators.

University President Grey Dimenna, Esq., and Vice President of Student Life and Leadership Engagement Mary Anne Nagy shared their official decision in an email sent out to all students and faculty on Sept. 6.

Their decision was prompted by a series of events, including the closure of two Greek organizations, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Alpha Kappa Psi, by their national headquarters last semester, a severe drop in academics, and hazing allegations.  “All non-educational Greek activities are cancelled,” said Nagy in a joint interview with Dimenna on Aug. 30. 

“This includes any social, philanthropic, or recruitment events. The Office of Student Activities will continue to host events that will teach students about risk management, alcohol and drug education, sexual misconduct, Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) training, among other topics,” said Nagy.

The decision to suspend Greek Life was not an immediate one.  Students involved in the Greek Senate, the Inter-Fraternity Council, and the Panhellenic Council (three leadership councils which oversee the Greek community) met with Nagy and Dimenna on May 1.  They were assigned the task of creating a proposal to reform Greek life and create a “sustained and meaningful change” by Aug. 15, with the final proposal draft to be submitted to Dimenna by Oct. 15 to determine what will be of Greek Life for the Spring 2019 semester.  However, when Dimenna didn’t receive such a draft by the Aug. 20 deadline, he chose to take action with a suspension.

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Club and Greek Announcements 04-18-18

default article imageThe Student Alumni Association (SAA)

The Student-Alumni Association (SAA) serves as an important link between current Monmouth students and University alumni through a structured format of activities and events. Our goal is to build a network in which current students can reach out to alumni for career opportunities and philanthropy, as well as to continue Monmouth pride both on and off campus. The SAA holds regular meetings each week and is open to all students.

For more information, please contact Mara Manzar and Nicholas Coscarelli at

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Ciao from the Italian Club

Italian ClubBetween the exquisite architecture, unforgettable food, and expressive hand gestures, Italian culture is rich in history and tradition. Great food and a deep-rooted sense of family values are synonymous within the Italian culture. There’s nothing quite like sharing in that passion with others who appreciate the culture and language over a hot cappuccino.

In the spirit of promoting diversity and inclusion at Monmouth, the Italian Club welcomes all those who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding and awareness of the culture.

Through their annual “La Festa Italiana,” Sunday family dinners, dessert and design event, students who are from Italian background or those who wish to learn more about the culture share in the tradition of Italian hospitality.

Maria Simonelli, Ph.D., a professor of Italian and Latin and faculty advisor of the club, encourages students of all different ethnicities to join the Italian club.

 “[The club] is very beneficial to students of all backgrounds, because they expand their horizon enrich their knowledge of other culture, making them well rounded and create a lifetime lasing bound,” said Simonelli.

The organization’s steadfast commitment to cultural values and culinary appeal creates an authentic experience into Italy. Juliana Illiano, a junior history and education student and Italian Club President, said, “Students join the club to learn more about the Italian heritage that they can bring back home,” said Illiano.

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