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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

University Holds Annual Language Festival

Language FestivalEvery year, students gather in Wilson Auditorium for the Annual Language Festival in order to promote diversity and community on campus.

Taking place on Nov. 8, students will have the chance to partake in a myriad of events promoting heritage and culture. Performances range from the Flamenco and Salsa to opera singers and poets, students and guests have the ability to showcase their unique culture.

The Annual Language Festival allows students from a variety of different backgrounds to express themselves.

According to Julia Riordan PhD, Director of Spanish and International Business Major and Spanish for Business Minor, the main goal of the festival is to represent all languages on campus: “We try hard to have the other languages represented. Italian, Chinese, Arabic, as well as Latin languages- we encourage all the students to participate in some way.”

Riordan, winning the “Distinguished Educator Award” in 2016, places a huge importance on engaging students not only inside, but outside of the classroom.

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What Happened Outside of the Classroom?

On a brisk Saturday morning, students made their way to local transit to embark on a journey to New York City, NY, to visit the World Trade Center and Ground Zero.

On Oct. 28, students, many of which were criminal justice and homeland security students, commemorated the loss of lives during a tragedy and enriched their own education in the process.

The Department of Criminal Justice and the Guardian’s Club hosted their NYC Terrorism Tour to provide students with an opportunity to experience life outside the classroom while still learning the valuable lessons that simply cannot be taught.

The group was led by Dr. John Comiskey, an assistant professor of homeland security and a 9/11 first responder, guided the tour of Ground Zero of the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center bombings.

The group of about 12 students and a handful of faculty including professors from the Department of Criminal Justice and the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences visited the World Trade Center Observatory and museum.

Following that, there was a walking tour from the museum to 23 Wall Street, the site of the 1920 terrorist bombing that resulted in the deaths of 38 people; they also saw Fraunces Tavern, where the 1975 terrorist bombing occurred that resulted in the deaths of four people.

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Merry Christma-giving: How Society Decks the Halls Past Thanksgiving

Christma GivingHalloween is over, so that means you can deck the halls and rock around the Christmas tree! Just 47 days until you wake up on Christmas morning and the inner child in you rushes to see the presents under the tree.

Whether you are naughty or nice, Christmas is the best holiday ever…I am forgetting something here, and it seems the rest of the world has too. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as Thanksgiving.

Of course it is perfectly fine to be excited for the most wonderful time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you skip the time where you should be most thankful.

Families come together from near and far to have that one special meal followed by lots of pumpkin pie.

Jenn Cabral, staff member of Gourmet Dining Services, emphasized the importance of Thanksgiving and gratitude. “Thanksgiving is the most important holiday, to me at least. It is a time to give thanks for what you have. It’s about togetherness and being with family and friends, the most important people who make up who you are,” she said.

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You Can't Spell Time Without 'Me:' The Importance of Leisure

Importance of LeisureCollege is supposed to be the best four years of your life, but they can also be the most stressful. Between classes, exams, full-time and part-time jobs, fraternities and sororities, it can be hard to have that desired ‘me’ time.


According to Forbes, there is one thing you must do before putting yourself first: you need to figure out what you want to accomplish in your ‘me’ time.

It might seem strange to think about what you like to do. It might seem like the common knowledge to know what exactly makes you happy when you're not busy.

However, with all of the stresses of daily life, it is easy to get caught up in the hectic and demanding chaos of daily life.

In this chaos, rarely do we think of ourselves, which is more important than you'd think.

Self-care and enjoying life should seem like priorities, but often they are pushed to the side. Taking time to figure out what you want as a person to enjoy life is one step.

Do you want to hit the gym? Catch up on your favorite shows? Or maybe relax with a weekly bubbly bath?

After figuring that out, be sure to put it at the top of your priority list.

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Who Puts the Pep in Your Step?

Pep In Your StepHave you ever attended a football game and said, “Wow, the energy from the band is dull?” Of course, you haven’t, especially if the game you attended included the Monmouth University Pep Band.

The Pep Band is directed by Bryan H. Jenner and has been under his care for almost a decade now. Coming into the program nine years ago, the band was tiny and not very impactful at games. Now, the program is “thriving further than it has in the past,” according to Jenner.

The band always gets a positive response from the students, faculty, and anyone else among those in the stands. Many dance and/or sing along to the music being played.

Not only do the songs pump up the crowd, but the players utilize the energy from both the band and the crowd in their own playing as well.            

Madalyn Jimenez, a freshman criminal justice student, agreed that the energy is unlike anything else, “The games are not the same without the band.”

William Silva, a freshman business student reflected on his own experience having been in his high school marching band: “Going to the games at Monmouth have brought back so many memories and joyous moments in my life. I love hearing them at the games.”

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Judaism: A Minority Religion on Campus

Judaism Minority ReligionAs college students, we have many things to worry about: our grades, our schedules, when or if we go to the gym, the last thing we need to worry about is our safety.

But, in today’s society, a lot of us Jewish students find ourselves thinking about that when we never did before and always felt safe in our community here at Monmouth.

It seems as though in a relatively short amount of time, the world has been turned upside down by unbending political views where people would rather fight than debate to outright anti-Semitism.

Case in point, take a look at the tragedy in Charlottesville as an example. Thomas Byer ‘67, Trustee of the University, explained that if someone were to take the event, freeze it in time, remove all color from the photograph and just make it a black and white abstract, could someone really tell the difference between Charlottesville 2017 from Munich 1930?

It is a frightening time in the world for everybody, black, white, gay, straight, transgender, and anyone in between.

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Branching Out Into STEM: A Male Dominated Workforce

Banching Into StemThe lack of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has been a cultural concern for some time now. As of 2006, women accounted for 46.3 percent of all workers in science and engineering careers, with the largest percentages of women appearing as nurses, therapists, and dieticians- traditionally female-dominant fields.

The percentage of women in all science and engineering did increase by 2015, but only by 0.5 percent according to the National Science Foundation.

However, there may be some good news on the horizon; a study done by Williams and Ceci in 2015 including 873 tenure-track faculty from the fields of psychology, economics, engineering and biology at different universities revealed that faculty members would prefer to hire a female tenure-track professor twice as often as a male tenure-track professor.

Women are also earning bachelor’s degrees at almost the same rate as men, and are being actively encouraged to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors and careers by their mentors.

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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day: Jenn Cabral Brightens Students’ Days

Sunshine on Cloudy DayIf you have classes in Plangere or are a communication student, you probably know Jenn in the coffee shop downstairs. If it wasn’t for her, we would not have the luxury of getting a hot coffee and toasted bagel to keep us awake in an 8:30 a.m. class.

Her kindhearted attitude, bubbly nature, and infectious laughter can easily bring a smile to your face, just like her usual greeting, “Hey sweetheart, what can I get you today?”

A Long Branch local, Jenn Cabral, has worked on campus with Gourmet Dining for 22 years. Before this, she worked at a drug rehabilitation center and as a front desk receptionist for a hotel.

She loves Monmouth University, but what she loves most about it is the coming and going of college students.

Interacting with all of Monmouth’s students and faculty is one of the biggest highlights of her day. Jenn says this is her home away from home.

“I see you guys as my family, I take care of you and I feed you guys day after day.” She truly cares about the students she serves. That is more than evident in the way she has students test their coffee or smoothie before heading back to class.

Shannon Lawrence, a junior music industry student said, “You can tell she really loves her job by the way she acts. She is so outgoing and always strikes up a conversation with me or my friends when we pass by or are getting our morning breakfast. She even knows some people’s orders already by the time they walk in.”

When Jenn is not working on campus, she enjoys reading, singing, and simply relaxing.

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Mind Over Madness

Mind Over MadnessThe Commuter Student Mentor Program (CSM) in conjunction with Counseling and Psychological Services put together a destress event titled “Mind Over Madness” on Oct. 18. The event consisted of nearly 100 students flowing in and out of Anacon in search of delicious treats as well as games, coloring, and the famed “Proud Mom Fridge.”

Destress events have been one of the many things students look forward to by the end of the semester, but to have one right after fall break in the midst of hectic midterm schedules and class loads that are breaking students’ backs, the CSM Program decided it was time to relax.

The event featured a “Proud Mom Fridge,” where students were able to post their accomplishments such as “I passed my counseling exam,” and even “I got out of bed today.”

Along the divider between Anacon A and B was also a wall filled with colorful post-its deeming positive messages such as “It is okay if the only thing you do today is breathe,” and “You’re a rockstar!” where students were able to take what they needed to get them through the rest of the semester, as well as leave what they wanted someone else to grab hold of.

In the corner of the room was a poetry wall where students were able to piece together bits of poetry to express whatever thoughts were rummaging through their head that day. A number of tables and chairs were laid out for students to sit and color while they ate candy or munchkins. Also, Counseling and Psychological Services provided giant Connect 4 games where students rivaled each other as a calming playlist was droning in the background.

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Theatre as a Political Art Form

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Theatre is more than a form of entertainment, it is art. The stage can be used as a platform for self-expression, powerful messages, and political movements.

For example, in November of 2016, the cast of the Hamilton, a hip-hop musical inspired by the life of Alexander Hamilton, sparked controversy when they spoke out against Vice-President Mike Pence while Pence attended a performance. This cast of minorities expressed their concerns for the future of America and addressed the fact that they do not feel protected under the new presidential administration.

Chris Tuttle, a junior secondary education and English student, had insights on the connection between theatre and politics. Sticking to the theme of Hamilton, Tuttle explained that, “In a show like Hamilton there is this idea of independence, I need to be, I want to be free, I want to escape all of this.” 

On top of that, Tuttle elaborated on how the producers of Hamilton made a large political statement by casting actors with African American, Hispanic, and other culturally diverse backgrounds as figures in history, for example, the character George Washington was played by Christopher Jackson in the original cast.

Tuttle stated, “…having a black man play George Washington is more impactful than a white man. In our generation you don’t see it like that. You see it as a certain color becoming the dominate power… it changes the way you’re seeing things.”

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Think Pink: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness“You can and you will,” I say to my mom who has stage four metastatic breast cancer. She was diagnosed four days before I moved into college my freshman year, and it became the new normal. Though this may not be the typical story of many college students, it surely could be the harsh reality.

I used to be avid about breast cancer awareness when I was younger, along with many others who avidly wore “I love boobies” bracelets in our middle school days, but I never even considered that my mother who is my absolute best friend, would fall victim to such an angering and insidious disease.

The stereotypical “It could happen to anyone at any time,” quote has been shouted at everyone from the rooftops. Does anyone ever think that it will hit home until it happens to them? Or, when it hurts the one person you love the most?

This further leads me along with many other advocates to encourage everyone to get an annual mammogram, as well as make sure the special women in their life also get checked yearly.

Sometimes, the tumors are too small to feel on your own, this is why the Affordable Care Act enables everyone to get screened at no cost.

Unfortunately, it appears many people overlook the importance of being proactive.

Dr. Jaime Myers assistant professor of health studies said, “Two organizations are generally considered the primary authorities on cancer prevention recommendations: the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society. Between these two organizations, there have been a lot of changes in breast cancer prevention recommendations over the past 10 years.”

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