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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

"I Care. I Care a Lot, it's Kinda My Thing" | Alexandria Afanador's Senior Goodbye

Afanador 1I remember when I was young, growing up I wanted so desperately to be older- I would drag my little feet around the house in someone else’s high heels, rub bright crimson lipstick across my lips, eventually smearing it on everything I touched. Being the youngest of four older half sisters, I looked at them as adults, not siblings. I wanted to be like them: traipsing around with significant others, graduating high school, being their own people--just like the movies. I didn’t know that when I got older, it came with a number of other things less glamorous than walking the halls hand in hand with friends. But, still, here I am today, looking back on the years I’ve spent wishing to be older, more mature, having an aura of seriousness and elegance that I couldn’t even imagine having, let alone deserving.

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Playing for Change

Playing for ChangePlaying for Change (PFC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 by Mark Johnson, a producer and Grammy-winning engineer and award-winning film director, and Whitney Kroenke, a continuing advocate and participant in the arts.

I became interested in PFC through my Health in Developing Countries class, HE-375, taught by Chris Hirschler, Ph.D. associate professor of health and education.

PFC has generated a lot of attention as countless musicians around the world are presently involved including celebrities such as Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones), Bono (U2), and Sara Bareilles.

In 2005, a small filmmaking crew crafted a mobile recording studio and traveled around the world filming musicians on the streets in which they lived.

Later, the sound was mixed and despite the fact that the musicians never were in the same room or let alone on the same continent, musicians were united through music with each giving their different gifts to the compilation album.

Technology has permitted the birth and growth of Playing for Change. Joe Rapolla, Chair of the Music and Theatre Department, indicated, “Playing for Change is another example of how music and art can connect culture and impact societal change. Music is embedded in our DNA.

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Finding the JUUL in the Rough: The Truth Behind the Cloud of Mystery

Finding JUULWith the recent rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, vape pens, and JUULs, a new conversation has started that questions their effects on user health.

“E-cigarettes are relatively new and even though there has been some research done on health effects, there is no objective data on the long-term health effects,” said Health Center Director, Kathy Maloney.

“Adverse health effects of e-cigarettes are related to nicotine exposure and other toxins in the e-cigarette liquid,” she continued.

“There are certainly health risks to vaping and include pain in jaw and throat, mouth irritation, nausea, head pain, increased saliva. Vapes are unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so it’s impossible to know exactly what is in it and the effects it may have in the future,” said Suanne Schaad, University Substance Awareness Coordinator.

“Research has shown that vaping may be less addictive than cigarettes, but they are so new I think we are just learning about this,” she said.

As with any nicotine-related product, the substance is still present to do substantial damage to the user.

“Nicotine produces cardiovascular effects of increasing heart rate, oxygen demands, heart muscle work load and coronary artery constriction,” said Maloney.

“Every JUULpod contains the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes,” said Evan Saini, a junior biology student citing prior knowledge. According to the JUUL website, this is correct, suggesting that they do hold the same nicotine-related implications.

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HERO Campaign Announces Shadow as Designated Driver of the Year

HERO Campaign 1The HERO Club has recently decided that the tradition of naming one student as Monmouth University’s Designated Driver of the Year does not represent the pulse of the campus community. 

To reflect the prevailing and overarching theme that guided the nominations and reflects the University’s value that “Monmouth Hawks Fly Together,” the HERO campaign at Monmouth University acknowledges Shadow as the HERO of the year.

Shadow represents the shared commitment that the University, its students, staff, and administrators have in creating a safe and competent community.

While the HERO campaign is recognizing Shadow as the HERO of the Year for our campus, the campaign would still like to honor nominated students.

With many nominations, choosing students recognized by their peers as the best Designated Drivers around Monmouth’s campus was difficult to say the least.

In order to narrow it down, the campaign broke the nominees into four categories: Resident, Commuter, Greek Life, and Athlete.

The club would like to recognize Nicholas Verzicco, a junior business administration student, to represent the Resident group. 

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S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M Hosts Second Annual Diversity Open Mic Night

SPECTRUM 1Sexuality, Pride, Education, Community, Truth, Respect and Unity at Monmouth (S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M.) hosted its second annual Diversity Open Mic Night on Tuesday, April 10 in Magill Commons.

The event featured spoken word poetry, acoustic numbers, and riveting storytelling which caressed the theme of embracing differences within the vein of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community as well as in other facets of disenfranchisement.

Some themes that shook the audience in thought and wonder included redefining femininity, the heartbreak of a lover, and coming out anecdotes which all seemed to teach the audience about diversity and empathy through the medium of artistic expression.

When S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M. first initiated the event in 2017, it was held in Anacon Hall. While the tables were filled to their capacity, the room was still too huge to achieve that transaction of intimacy between the audience and the performer.

This year, S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M. hosted the event in a much smaller room, fixed with details of candles, string lights, and a dimly lit aurora which harmonized with a table of coffeehouse desserts. The room seemed to compliment the sui generis atmosphere that S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M. maintained throughout the year as purveyors of intimacy.

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Youth Activists Put Change on the Center Stage

Youth Activist Center Stage 1The Youth Activist Club hosted their annual Battle of the Charities event on Sunday, April 8 at the Library Lawn to raise money for various local charities.

With amenities such as live music, food trucks and henna tattoos, the event is centered on celebrating community involvement and activism and supporting the efforts of different organizations.

Youth Activist Club founder Joy Morgan created the event in March 2017, with the support of then-advisor Ryan Tetro, lecturer of political science and sociology.

The mission of the event is to celebrate the power that individuals possess to make the world a better place, and provide them volunteer opportunities with the charity representatives that attend the event.

A total of ten charities, including Common Ground Grief Center and the Kortney Rose Foundation, were involved at the inaugural event in Pollak Theatre.

The club had provided live bands that were assigned to each charity, as well as acrobatic performances from the club’s members. Although the event seemed to be a large undertaking, Morgan’s passion for this project inspired others to get on board.

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Life as a Student-Athlete

Life Student AthleteAs college students, sometimes we have to juggle several things at once while still taking a full course load, student athletes have an extra ball that they have to juggle.

Student-athletes have to manage class around a tough workout and game schedule. Student-athletes have to sometimes miss classes while traveling across the country for a game.

Time management for a student-athlete is an important part of balancing school and athletics in their daily lives. “The biggest challenge during the season is definitely time management,” said Amanda Knaub, a sophomore criminal justice student and women’s soccer goalie. “Being able to balance five and maybe even six classes with practice every day and games twice a week is difficult but it teaches us how to manage our time wisely,” she said.

“Think of how tired a student who isn’t an athlete gets because they had to stay up late to study, etc,” said McKinzee Barker, a junior biology student and women’s basketball guard. “Then add that to having to get up early for practice, go straight from practice to class, sometimes not having time to shower and eat, while needing to be mentally focused to learn whatever is being taught during the lecture. It’s insanely difficult but I’m thankful for it,” she said.

“It really comes to time management and forming a day to day routine,” Thomas Bieber, Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support, said.

“Part of what we require among our freshmen student athlete population is mandatory study hall, which consists of a minimum number of hours spent at the library, time spent with tutors, with professors during office hours, etc. each week. This requires freshmen [student athletes] to manage time for studying and academics, just like they need to manage the time to practice, travel, and compete,” he continued.

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Senior Show: Graphic Design

Senior Show Graphic Design 1Students studying fine art and graphic design graduating in May were able to showcase their working in the DiMattio Gallery this past Friday. Some students involved include, Mary Wagerik, Ava McClendon, Anthony Paterra, and many more.

The students participating portrayed a wide array of graphic designs including, board games, posters, and personal logos.

Students, faculty, and families were able to walk through the gallery to view the talented students’ artwork displayed on the walls.

Ava McClendon, a senior fine art student had her artwork displayed at the event, she said, “My goal with showcasing my work was to motivate others to make a difference in their communities through the use of the hashtag, #IAmTheChange placed on my wall. I wanted to have a section relate to social justice to give more of a purpose to my exhibit.”

Scott Knauer, Director of Galleries and Collections said, “For both the fine art and graphic design shows, all of the students have different ideas on how they want to display their work.”

“We’ve had students bring in their own crates or wine racks that they want fixed on the wall,” he said.

Anthony Paterra, a senior fine art student and one of the many other students who showcased their work said, “I wanted to have a diverse showing of material. I wanted to be able to reach all types of people. For example, I had something sports related, something animal related; I had illustrations, photography, packaging, motion graphics, and a wine display as well.”

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A "Jack" of All Trades: Jackman's Rise to the Top

John Jackman 1The Fitness Center opened in 2009, and John Jackman, the Director of the Fitness Center, saw its expansion through.

If you have ever have been at the University’s Fitness Center, you definitely know who Jackman is—more commonly known around the University as “Jack.”

It comes as no surprise that Jackman is a fitness enthusiast; however, he is also passionate about ensuring the comfortability of his employees and gym-goers.

Jackman says that he is committed to keeping an environment in the gym that fosters comfortability and safety; one of his goals is to build up the center more with another level that includes more updated and state-of-the-art equipment.

Jackman was born in Keansburg, NJ, and his passionate for fitness came early, starting weightlifting at 11 years old. “I wasn’t much in to team sports, so at 11 years old, I decided to become a body builder,” Jackman said.

 “Gyms were Rocky type gyms and kids were not expected to just walk in, but I eventually did,” he said, and he later went on to participate in his first body building competition at 19 years old.

After a few years of bodybuilding under his belt, Jackman won his first big competition in 1988, at Cup Body Building Championship in Asbury Park, NJ. Not only was this competition Jackman’s first big triumph, it was also one of his fondest memories because of the person whom he shared the victory with: his mother.

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How to Ace Your Interview

Ace InterviewAt some point in our lives we have or will be going into an interview; more times than not, we are nervous, excited, and a little sweaty. To combat those unfortunate side effects of finding your perfect career or finding a side job to make some cash, there are some tips and tricks that can help you navigate your way through it.

Assistant Director of Career Services, Jeff Mass said, “The interview is essentially an ‘elimination process’ and the employer is trying to weed out those who are not the most worthy of the position.”

Having a resume is typically what gets you into the interview process. “Your resume was strong enough to get you to the interview - now it’s time to bring it to life. Turn your experiences into a compelling story that reflects who you are, what you have done, and how you have mad an impact,” Mass said.

Before even getting to the interview, it’s important to remember that preparing yourself and planning ahead are the two most essential tips you will need to remember.

Mass suggested, “If you are a college student, set up an appointment with your career center and have them conduct a mock interview with you. You don’t necessarily want to memorize responses, but try to have a general strategy for answering common interview questions.”

“To prepare for these, you’ll want to think about prior workplace or internship experiences that describe your endeavors or show how you dealt with a difficult situation,” he continued.

Being able to draw on previous situations you were able to navigate that another candidate may have not have had to face or did not bring up might be able to put you ahead of another potential hire.

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LBGTQ+ Friendly Safe Spaces: Are Schools Doing Enough?

LGBTQ Friendly SpaceAccording to Reuters Health, a growing number of United States schools are increasing school safety and accommodations for LGBTQ+ students. The study, which addressed high schools and middle schools in the United States, found that there was an increase in anti-harassment policies and designated safe spaces for those who might be in need of counseling or help. 

The study, which looked at data collected nationwide from questionnaires in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014, found that in general, school policies were trending toward the support of LGBTQ+ students. 

While colleges are not the subject of the study, researchers indicated that higher education facilities were also increasing their support of LGBTQ+ students.

Monmouth University has worked to support LGBTQ+ students on campus, including the rollout of gender-neutral bathrooms in 2016 and the presence of Sexuality, Pride, Education, Community, Truth, and Unity at Monmouth (SPECTRUM), an LGBTQ+ organization, on campus. Many professors and administrators also have stickers on their doors marking their office as a ‘safe zone’ for LGBTQ+ issues, and the office of counseling and psychological services is also available to students. 

Johanna Foster, Ph.D. Director of Sociology and assistant professor of political science and sociology said, “We do have individual staff and faculty committed to creating and protecting safe spaces for all students, including folks working in the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, and faculty that are part of Professors United for a Safe Haven (PUSH), and the university has made important strides against heteronormativity in the 15 years that I have been here.”

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