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Blue Hawk Records Artist of the Week: Nick Garrecht

Nick GarrechtFreshman music industry student Nick Garrecht picked up his first guitar six years ago, around the time his grandfather, who introduced him to artists such as Johnny Cash and The Beatles, passed away. A few years later he learned the piano and joined his first band in 2016, when he played a gig at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“It was that day I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do with my life.’ I want to be a performer, I want to be an artist,” he said.

Now, in 2020, Garrecht is the lead guitarist of his band White Wing, and will be releasing an original song with Blue Hawk Records on their upcoming compilation album. The song, titled, “Out All Night,” was written last December and takes inspiration from Garrecht’s personal life.

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Alumna Spotlight: Nicolette Pezza

Nicolette PezzaOn Nov. 5, Nicolette Pezza participated in the third installation of the “Ask An Alum Series” hosted by Career Services. Pezza is currently a content manager at Revelation, a digital media agency for multiple L’Oréal clients.

Pezza graduated a semester early in January 2018 with a B.A. in communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations (PR). Pezza chose this major because she always had a passion for writing. She said, “When I was a junior in high school, I did an internship with Seventeen Magazine. It was the first thing that made me think, ‘Hey, maybe I could do this for a living.’”

She also completed many internships during her college career with online digital publications like CollegeFashionista, as well as some PR internships.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist of the Week: Abigail Garcia

Abby GarciaEvery artist remembers the moment they were destined to follow their passion for music. For Abigail Garcia, it was 13 years ago, singing along at a Hannah Montana concert.

“I think this was the first recollection I have of me singing,” she said. “That’s when I knew I needed to get involved with music.”

Now, as a freshman music student, Garcia will be headed to Lakehouse Recording Studio in Asbury Park with the Blue Hawk Records team to record the first song she will ever release. Titled “Silver Lining,” the song borrows from the indie-pop sound of artists she is influenced by, such as Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Harry Styles. Written in April during quarantine, it details her experience with the beginning of the pandemic.

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How to Land an Internship During the COVID-19 Pandemic

default article imageThe internship process is something that many students find difficult. Now, with a global pandemic that caused an economic recession, the search has become even more competitive and challenging.

With many students wanting to gain real-world experience in their field of interest, COVID-19 has made the process harder and tedious. When the pandemic first began in March, many companies were forced to shut down their internship programs in the interest of everyone’s health.

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Science Students Navigate Labs with COVID-19 Regulations in Place

Science StudentsAmid the COVID-19 pandemic, labs and clinicals for science, nursing, and health studies students are looking a bit different this semester with social distancing regulations in place. The movement to remote classes last March had shut down all in-person classes and research labs. However, they were able to resume in person this semester, and will continue after Thanksgiving break when all other classes will move online.

Steven Bachrach Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Chemistry, said that faculty developed a variety of different methods for science courses over the summer to prepare for the fall semester.

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Local Restaurant Spotlight: Eating Out During a Pandemic

Local RestaurantJust as Summer 2020 came to a close, so did New Jersey’s ban on indoor dining. On Sept, 4, restaurants and bars in the Garden State were able to open their doors to patrons following disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per state regulations, establishments have been required to follow policies that enforce social distancing, encourage the use of contactless menus, and require face coverings. These Executive Orders came just in time for the beginning of the fall semester. For many students at Monmouth, off-campus eateries not only lend students a break from meals at the dining hall, but often provide them with a paycheck.

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Virtual Fitness Classes

Virtual FitnessWorking out in the middle of a global pandemic is probably not at the top of your list right now. However, a pandemic is no excuse to stop exercising and maintaining healthy habits. With fitness centers at limited capacity, many people have started to turn their homes into a personal gym.

Monmouth University’s Athletic Department has been working non-stop to offer students various opportunities to get fit from the comfort of their own home. With a little help from Zoom and Instagram Live, there are many virtual classes to get the University community moving. Two popular classes are “Abs, Legs, and Butt” and “Humans for Yoga.”

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Long Distance Relationships During a Pandemic

Long DistanceRelationships can be hard at any time. This year, they are more difficult than anyone could have ever predicted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Relationships, especially those that are long distance, require work and dedication. Usually this is a hard task, but add in a global pandemic, and it might just feel impossible.

In the past, students could easily travel on the weekends to see their significant other if they were in another state, but today we face travel restrictions and quarantine procedures.

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Alumna Esosa Ruffin Secures Fellowship

Alumna EsosaPolitical science graduate, Esosa Ruffin ‘20, has recently secured a graduate fellowship at the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE).

Ruffin, who accepted the position in September, said, “I wanted to become a member of the OSHE team because I am really passionate about the policy and issues that this office addresses. I wanted to learn more about how I can make a positive impact for students like myself and give them a voice.”

A native of East Orange, NJ, Ruffin chose to attend Monmouth because of the connection she made with the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) staff, as well as the benefits of the program.

She said, “While I’ll certainly advocate for the Educational Opportunity Fund Program until my last breath, I am not sure I dawn the title of ‘EOF Advocate’ just yet, as there are many individuals who have rightly earned this title for their extensive lobbying efforts for the program throughout the years...I just try to do my best to explain to people what an amazing access tool EOF is and how it has shaped my life and the lives of countless others.”

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Dr. Gac-Artigas Publishes Article on the Implications of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death

Gac Artigas PublishesPriscilla Gac-Artigas, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, recently published an article in ViceVersa Magazine about late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The article, titled “Our Pledge to Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” begins with a personal anecdote, includes a discussion as to how the Judge’s death became politicized, and explains the impact Ginsburg’s seat in the Supreme Court can have on future generations.

She concludes the piece with a call to action for readers to fight for justice and equality to honor Ginsburg’s memory. She dedicated the article to her daughter, granddaughters and daughter-in-law.

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Students and Professors Adapt to Multiple Roles During Remote Learning

Adapt RemoteNormal is not a term that can be used to describe the year 2020, nor the lives of the people living in it. Any other year, parents would be working in offices, students would be learning in classrooms, and socializing with others in person would be simple.

Today, one is encouraged to stay in their homes and avoid staying within six feet of others. Rather than coming to campus every day and hosting or attending classes, the majority of students are learning remotely. And, while professors are at home, so are their children.

These trying times have professors fulfilling multiple roles. While trying to teach, class might be interrupted because a professor’s child may need help with schoolwork or they may be hungry. If your professor’s child is in a Zoom class at home, and they get hurt or their nose starts bleeding, their teacher will send them to the parent because there is no nurse’s office in virtual school. This means that class might be interrupted or ended early. For now, this is the new normal and professors are still learning to adjust to it.

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