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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

November is Blindness Awareness Month

features-blindnessNovember is a month that is not only dedicated to honoring our country’s veterans and the Thanksgiving holiday, but as of two years ago it is also Blindness Awareness Month.

People with low vision are able to receive a variety of services that can help them be successful in life. One of the organizations offering these services is the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired which assists with helping people with limited vision achieve independence through providing them with tools such as books on CD, or a Closed Circuit Television to enlarge print size. “We currently have six students enrolled at Monmouth from our agency. One of our biggest challenges is assisting those who are visually impaired, (partially sighted) because on the outside they may not appear to have an obvious difficulty,” said case worker Diana Cortez

It is very important to understand that many people with blindness and low vision have been successful as a result of these supports. Education Leadership Professor Doctor Terri Peters had the opportunity to express these benefits at a panel.

Last month four panelists during a presentation to the Foundation Fighting Blindness were people who have successful careers despite living from limited vision or blindness. In attendance were people with professions such as lawyer, disability rights advocate and a film editor.

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The Dawn of Quantum Computing

features-quantum-computingIf you have glanced at specifications for the typical personal computer over the past few years you have probably noticed the exponential rate by which many of the computer’s components are improving.

This trend is the result of an observation made in 1965 by the cofounder of Intel, Gordon Moore, known as Moore’s Law which states that the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit will double every two years, according to

Transistors are semiconductors which are the fundamental components of most electronic devices. They can act as amplifiers by controlling a large electrical output signal with changes to a small input signal (much the same way as a small amount of effort is used to allow a faucet to release a large volume of water). Transistors can also act as switches that can open and close very quickly to regulate the current flowing through an electrical circuit.

An analysis of personal computer specifications of the norm over the past decade showed an increase in RAM from 256 MB to 4 GB and in hard-drive space from 50 GB to 500 GB. With respect to storage capacity, we went from storing a few word processed documents on 3 ½ floppy discs (R.I.P.) with 720 KB and with the later ones 1.4 MB in the 90s and early 2000s, respectively.

Then CD-Rs came with upwards of 700 MB storage space, giving way to DVD-Rs with 4.7 GB, and eventually dl-DVD-Rs with 8.5 GB. The recent Blu-Ray discs boast a storage capacity of upwards of 25 GB for single layer and 50 GB for dl-Blu-Ray – capable of holding upwards of 9 hours of high definition video – a 3.7 percent increase in storage capacity over that of floppy discs.

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Halloween’s Most Mischievous Deviant is Sandy

features-sandyIn the current college students’ generation, Halloween has always come with some mischief and each year authorities take precautions to keep everyone safe. This Halloween, however, mischief’s name was Sandy.

Before Governor Chris Christie’s rescheduling of Halloween from October 31 to November 5, MUPD planned for a normal holiday centered around costumes, parties and celebrations. William McElrath, Chief of Police for MUPD, stressed the main concerns for Halloween on campus. As far as Halloween activity on campus, I would say the main safety concern [was] related to the abuse of alcohol and all of the safety issues which result from it,” said McElrath. “Generally speaking, our campus has not experienced any upswing in negative activity on recent Halloweens. Students should [always] be reminded that if they are old enough to drink, and choose to do so, they should drink responsibly and utilize taxis or designated drivers to get around.”

McElrath explains that the same penalties that apply every day are in effect each Halloween.

The most common charges are underage drinking, driving while intoxicated, disorderly persons, etc. and they can also be charged under the Monmouth University Student Code of Conduct if they are in violation.

Students’ plans were deferred thanks to Hurricane Sandy taking such a devastating toll.

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Oceanport Family Loses More Than Electricity

features-sandy2Hannah Stone, 17, a resident of Oceanport, NJ evacuated her home on October 29 due to increasing winds approaching the East Coast. Her family fled to safer grounds as her waterfront home in Oceanport was issued a mandatory evacuation. However, by Tuesday morning, Hurricane Sandy had already engulfed the Stone’s home and left little behind.

“Only a few neighbors stayed, but nobody had lived quite as close to the water as we did” reports Hannah.

Hannah and her family live approximately five to 10 feet from the Shrewsbury River, resulting in inevitable flooding, and extreme devastation with winds being reported up to 80 mph by the National Hurricane Center.

“We had never anticipated that Hurricane Sandy would have caused so much damage to not only us, but many other families in the Jersey shore area,” said Stone.

However, many decided to stay, claiming that the hurricane would be as minor as Hurricane Irene, which hit the area in August of 2011.

“This was a relatively weak hurricane, but the fact that the storm was a hybrid is what caused all the devastation,” according to Joseph Gleason, local EMT volunteer for West Long Branch.

But what if you woke up on Tuesday and realized that this was a hurricane more comparable to Katrina? Imagine returning to the place you call home only to find your valuables submerged in water.

“I was devastated when I saw my house for the first time. It was so hard looking at something so important so ruined,” says Hannah as she remarks on Sandy’s aftermath.

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From the Womb to the Web

features-wombBarbie dolls, video games, designated nap times and carefree innocence is what most recall when they think about life prior to the stress filled adult world that college introduces. It was a kinder time where a child’s only true concern was whether or not they would be able to go over their friend’s house after school to play. Sadly, it seems that those times so cherished by college age adults might very well be lost upon the youth of today.

With the ever-expanding influence of the media and the online Internet-based devices that allow individuals to view such influences, children nowadays seem to be skipping right from the crib to adulthood without so much as a brief time in childhood bliss. Not only is this a pattern that has escalated in the past decade, but it could very well be a trend unintentionally spun on by their parents and guardians.

The kids of today are usually bought extravagant electronic devices, like smartphones and tablets, which parents buy with the pure intentions of supplying the child with a source of entertainment. Not to mention the added draw of being able to put educational applications on the devices and the security a parent would be able to feel knowing their child could contact them for help when needed by having a cell phone. However, by allowing children to have access to these tools they are also being exposed to the vast information the devices can access.

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Stress Causes Insulin-Producing Cells to Go Inactive

features-diabetesTwenty-five million Americans, or 8.3 percent of our population, suffer from diabetes. Due to the recent obesity epidemic, nearly two million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010, according to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Researchers from Columbia University have proposed a new hypothesis that may change our understanding of the cause of diabetes, and if tested positively, may allow for better treatment options for the millions suffering from diabetes in the near future.

The body’s blood sugar level, commonly reported as the serum glucose concentration, becomes elevated after we eat food, especially that high in carbohydrates. The digestive system breaks down the large complex carbohydrates, polysaccharides, down into disaccharides and eventually into monosaccharides, the most common being glucose. The hormone insulin allows our cells to take up the blood sugar glucose to metabolize it for energy, store it as short term energy reserve known as glycogen, or as fat, the long term energy reserve – depending on our physiological conditions at the time.

In the most common form of diabetes, known as Type 2 diabetes mellitus, the body has either an inability to produce enough insulin or it ignores insulin itself. A lack of insulin therefore does not allow cells to take up glucose from the blood, so the cells cannot metabolize glucose for energy. Barring glucose from entering cells causes the blood to quickly get very concentrated with glucose in a condition known as hyperglycemia.

Hyperglycemia disrupts the osmotic pressure gradient in our blood and leads to a wide gamut of complications, the most common being high blood pressure due to the high solute concentration in the blood. Other complications that may arise include lethargy, heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and neuropathy, according to the American Diabetes Foundation.

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Kislak Real Estate Institute is One of a Kind

The University’s School of Real Estate Comes Out of Hiding With Continuing Developments

features-real-estateFew students have heard of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at the University’s Business School, but their accomplishments span from awards to scholarships to developing classes and curriculums.

Dr. Peter Reinhart, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute, said that the real estate program began in 1994 as a certificate program only and remained that way through 2006. “In 2006 the Kislak company made a big donation to rename the institute from the Monmouth University Real Estate Institute to the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University,” Reinhart said. Within a couple of years, the institute was able to offer an MBA and undergraduate classes, explained Reinhart.

Reinhart was one of the first instructors for the real estate school while still working full time. Last year when Dr. Donald Moliver, former Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute was promoted to Dean of the Leon Hess Business School, Reinhart was offered the Director’s position. He also teaches courses such as Real Estate Development, Lease Negotiations, Business Law I and II and a freshman seminar called “The Law and Your Life.”

The most profound accomplishment for the institute is that it is the only one in the state to offer undergraduate and master degrees. “We’re one of a kind…so if you’re a real estate major you graduate with a bachelor in science and business with a concentration in real estate,” said Reinhart. According to Reinhart, the program currently has about 40 students majoring in real estate.

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Dr. Mathbor Wins Distinguished Service Award

Science AwardDr. Golam Mathbor, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, received the Distinguished Service Award of Phi Eta Sigma. Mathbor received the award on October 6 during the National Convention and Leadership Workshops of Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society. The convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Distinguished Service Award was authorized by Phi Eta Sigma in 1962. As of today 82 chapter advisors have been awarded for outstanding leadership for a period of at least five years. Mathbor has been leading the University’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society since 2005. He attended the 2012 convention in Salt Lake City with delegates including the University’s Phi Eta Sigma chapter President Lori Mueller, Vice President Amanda Kryzynski and Treasurer Rebecca Groom.

Molly M. Lawrence, Grand President of Phi Eta Sigma said, “For his able leadership Monmouth University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma received Commendation of Excellence Award during the 40th National Convention and Leadership Workshops held in Knoxville, Tennessee from October 1-3. Professor Mathbor was profiled in Forum Magazine (of the society) Volume LXXXI, 2011 titled Mathbor Touches Lives through Global Service, and Volume LXXXII, 2012 under Profile, Chapter Advisers, for his service as Mentor to the National Conference on Ethics (NCEA) in America at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, from October 16-20, 2011. Dr. Mathbor suggested the theme ‘Think Globally, Share Regionally, Act Locally’ for the National Leadership Convention of Phi Eta Sigma held in Louisville, Kentucky from October 3-5, 2008. In the spirit of our founders and the previous award recipients, we thank Professor Mathbor for sharing his special touch, fellowship, and leadership with us by presenting him with the Society’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award.”

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Transfers Are Students Too

A Look Into the Life of Transfer Students Adjusting to a New University


Freshmen are not the only students who are new to campus this semester. There are a number of students who have transferred here from other institutions. This means that they have had prior experience with college level work.

“We have had the second largest class with over 340 transfer students this fall and many of them came from two year community colleges and a small percentage are from the west coast” said Jean Dealo, transfer advisor.

One of the biggest differences is that unlike freshmen who are new to college and can go undecided, transfer students generally must have declared a major at the University since they are transferring in a lot of credits. Thus, it is very important to see if the credits transfer to the University long before applying.

“NJ is a great planning tool for students and shows them how many credits can fit with both their general education and major requirements. Certain courses without equivalents count for particular subject areas, especially lab sciences,” added Dealo and Jean Judge, transfer advisor. This prevents students from losing credits and will keep them on track with their general education requirements.

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A Cost-Effective Guide to Fall Decor

fall_decorIt’s that time of year again, with crisp leaves crunching underfoot, cider simmering and a chill in the air. But before you unpack those decades-old plastic pumpkins and puffy paint-inscribed “Give Thanks” signs, consider a more modern side to fall decor. The key to a fresh fall spread say Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, owners of the custom design company Anders Ruff- http://www.andersruff. com/- is all about embracing natural elements.

This doesn’t mean spending a small fortune on high-end seasonal items. Think natural fabrics, earthy colors and an approachable-yet-sophisticated atmosphere. “Get rid of the fake stuff _ bring in the real _ and don’t be afraid to use old pieces from your home in new, unusual ways,” Anders said.

An approachable feel is as much about design as it is about practicality. “We both have young kids, so we create designs that are elegant but not too formal,” said Anders, who incorporates inexpensive items like Kraft paper into her fall party prep, using it for everything from lining the dinner table and to wrapping dessert stands. “It gives it a rustic feel and makes cleanup easier too.”

Not sure where to start? Although much of the season is about what’s familiar, check out these tips to freshen things up.

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Heavy Text Books, Light Wallet

Students Consider Multiple Sources When Searching for Costly Text Books


At the beginning of each semester students scramble to buy their required text books and sell their old ones for the best price possible. The University has a campus bookstore that can help students with most of their text book needs, but there are many other outside resources available as well.

Buying text books, no matter the seller, can be quite expensive depending on the book and condition. Many sellers offer, however, a way to essentially borrow text books for a flat rate through the semester. The University’s book store also offers this option.

Bill Rainey, campus book store employee explains why it is such a great privilege. “Students renting are allowed to keep the book until the last day of finals,” Rainey said. “Many online book rental places have a fixed number of weeks that are not long enough to cover our semester resulting in additional charges.”

Online vendors such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, however, have a flexible time policy when renting text books and even allow students to extend their rental periods. According to their websites, both vendors’ typical rental periods are 130 days, but Barnes and Noble offers shorter rentals for a lower cost. New or used condition is not guaranteed for rentals from either vendor.

Sophomore Tyler Vandergrift said that he saved money by renting books instead of buying them. “I bought from the bookstore and Amazon last year and spent nearly $500 a semester,” said Vandergrift. “I decided to switch to renting all my books this year from either the bookstore or and have cut that cost in half.”

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