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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

A Look Inside the Burning Bravery of a Fireman

For decades now, firefighters have been an instrumental part of our society. They are the ones who strap up in their turnout jacket, pants, boots, and hard helmet to go into burning buildings when everyone else is running out of them. The firefighters go in fearless and face the intense heat of the flames and the blinding, suffocating smoke. They do this because it is their job and is what they chose to do for a living. It’s a part of being in a special brotherhood.

On 9/11, their bravery made national headlines. Three-hundredforty- three firefighters gave their lives to try to save people from the World Trade Center. So many people across the country were grateful for their efforts, but as time went on it seemed to be forgotten that firefighters are still out there day in and day out giving their all and putting their lives on the line for their job.

Former Deputy Chief of the Linden Fire Department, Danny Gurrera, was a part of the firefighter brotherhood for 32 years before retiring in June 2011. For each and every one of those years, he gave the job his everything.

Danny, who is happily married and is the father of two sons, stands at 5’10 and is in great physical shape with a short military style haircut and a goatee that is now speckled with grey. His physique has been something that his fellow firefighters have joked with him about over the years. At his retirement dinner, when his name was called the entire room was flooded with the sounds of chirping. It turns out that many of his fellow firefighters said with his muscular upper body and skinny legs, he resembled a bird.

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Creative Learning in the Art and Design Department

Creative LearningIt has been said that the two sides of the brain are composed of completely separate traits and operations; the left side being the logical perspective and the right being the creative outlook. Both are facets that are divided down the middle, yet they merge together to form the mind as a whole. It’s a yin and yang kind of relationship, one that is said to be necessary for the mind to operate and function. Here at the University, such psychological divisions are being fused together by those involved in the arts.

Whether it is studio or graphic, art students on campus are displaying masterful understandings of the teachings in their particular area of interest.

Through such courses as Basic Design Comprehension, Art History and Graphic Design, students are not only taking in their lessons but going the extra step in the terms of exercising their creativity in the area.

Crowds of freshmen are drawn in every year because of current students’ great talents here. First year student Tyler Aberdeen, a studio and fine arts major, is one of these individuals. “I chose Monmouth because of the fine arts program. I remember looking through other colleges and the student works there, but the stuff being done here just caught my eye,” says Aberdeen. He goes on to mention visiting the Ice House Gallery and the gallery in Pollak Theater while on a tour on campus last fall. “I was just amazed by both the student and faculty works and knew that’s what I wanted to do and this is where I wanted it to be done,” said Aberdeen.

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Researchers’ Guide to the Galaxy

Guggenheim Library Offers Resources Accessible to Students Anywhere

features_libraryresourcesMany students have heard about the wealth of history behind the University’s Guggenheim Library, but how many are aware of the wealth inside of it? Plenty of students have taken advantage of the free computer and printing and copying access that the library offers, as well they should. However, the University strives to educate its students about the resources offered to assist students in their academic careers.

“We have almost 300,000 books,” said Assistant Librarian and Coordinator of Reference Services and Special Collections, George Germek, “and we have thousands and thousands of online databases, limitless really, too many to mention because they grow every day.” These hundreds of thousands of online resources are products of the technological advances made in the 21st century. However, other old fashioned resources have not become outdated, and are not suspected to in the near future.

“We also have printed periodicals, too,” said Germek. “Certain people in the humanities—English, history, people of that background—will still use print extensively.”

Though printed resources are still widely used among students and faculty, certain areas of study are really benefitting from the online research aids available to them, according to Germek.

“Social studies and some of the maths in this world, they use a lot of digital depositories, but not everyone.”

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Junk DNA Recycled From the Attic

features_scienceWith respect to the unprecedented advancements seen in genetics in the past few decades such as the Human Genome Project, the advent of gene therapy, and recently, the Human Epigenome Project, we are better able to begin traversing through the vast ocean of uncertainty that circumscribes our ancestry and our individuality. Through this journey, we are now beginning to understand the genetic basis for disease on a whole new level that is allowing us to treat patients on an increasingly personalized basis, one down to the very building blocks that makes up their genomes.

The genome, which consists of the aggregate sum of all the genetic information in our bodies, is composed of a tightly packed molecule known as DNA, a very small fraction of which we have known to actually code for protein. Until recently, its larger counterpart laid dormant as a gray area as we did not fully understand its function and, consequently, was labeled as “Junk” DNA.

30 research papers published last week in major peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Nature, and The Journal of Biological Chemistry, among others, contend that the vast majority of our genome, this so-called “Junk” DNA, does, in fact, have some biochemical purpose, according to the New York Times.

The papers represent a decade’s worth of work by an international collaboration of 440 scientists from 32 laboratories in the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project. ENCODE was launched by the National Human Genome Research Institute, according to the National Institutes of Health, back in September 2003 with the intention of identifying all functional elements of the human genome.

Daniel Goldenberg, senior psychology major at the University, thinks that the discovery of the function of such “junk” components of DNA is a significant and worthwhile asset to the journey of human development. “Furthermore, it is a stepping stone from which we can be able to unlock the mystery behind it all.”

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Realizations of an Addict

Former Addicts Explain Rock Bottom and Their Road to Recovery

The disease of addiction is a vampire. It sucks the life out of every aspect of a person’s existence. Addiction takes over the body, the mind, and destroys the soul. Age, race, gender or occupation makes no difference to the disease. Its ultimate goal is to take your life, unless you make the decision to save it.

“The moment I realized I was an addict was actually when I had the spiritual awakening,” Michele I. said, requesting her last name be withheld. “I was at a New Year’s Eve party and I got this overwhelming feeling like if I took one more hit, one more sip, or one more bump of anything, I was not going to wake up the next morning.” She heard the crowd countdown to midnight from her bed in another room.

“The next morning I had to figure out how to get help,” Michele said. She had just finished her undergraduate studies in criminal justice at a university in New York state six months prior. She returned home to her parents’ house immediately after the holiday and endured a painful detox on the couch from alcohol, cocaine and prescription pills. Now, ten years later, Michele has not touched a drink or drug since that night.

For some addicts, it is not always a realization that leads directly to seeking help.

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