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How Does She Do it All? Student Spotlight on Julianna Emilio, President of Phi Sigma Sigma

How Does She Do It AllHave you ever wondered what it might be like to hold a position, such as President, in a Greek organization? Julianna Emilio, a senior nursing student, offers an inside look on what her role as President of a sorority entails. Julianna even gives suggestions to those seeking a leadership position in any organization on campus.

In the eyes of many Greek life students, several commitments come along with joining a sorority, it means whole-hearted dedication and the willingness to give back. It means giving back to a community larger than oneself and always striving for greatness.

Emilio has been a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma for almost two years now, and she has held the position as President for seven months. Her sisters know her as kind-hearted, enthusiastic, reliable, and extremely dedicated.

On top of that, she believes her past leadership positions like being on the board of the Panhellenic Council and President of the Panhellenic Council have helped her fully prepare to uphold the duties as President of Phi Sigma Sigma.

Monmouth University offers a total of 14 individually unique Greek organizations on campus. The fraternity and sorority community encompasses a diverse group of individuals, which is just one of the reasons as to why it is so great.

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Random Hacks of Kindness Jr.: Kids Coding for a Cause Comes to Monmouth

Random Hacks KindnessThe Monmouth University Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, in conjunction with Random Hacks of Kindness Junior (RHoKJr), a non-profit that encourages a positive impact for technology use in other non-profits, hosted its first “Kids Coding for a Cause” event on Oct. 28.

This event welcomed over 50 young girls to the University to work on various projects. The point of the event was for these young girls, ranging from 4th-8th grade, to design, create, and test app prototypes for local non-profits.

The girls were given the opportunity not only to gain experience using the open source coding tool, MIT App Inventor, but they were also given the opportunity to learn how to effectively communicate with a client (the non-profit) and deduce project requirements. This is an invaluable experience that these girls will move forward with in their future careers having learned at such a young age.

Allowing budding female students to experience the immeasurable opportunities that the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field has to offer is pivotal in the era that we live in. STEM is a hugely important part of our society and there is a massive shortage of women in this field.

Megan Rapach, a senior software engineering student, said, “I had no exposure to coding before college. If I did, I feel like I would have had more confidence going into my freshman year at Monmouth.”

According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, 1.1 million U.S. computing-related job openings are expected by the year 2024 and, as of 2016, women held only 26 percent of professional computing occupations. This number is abysmal and Monmouth University’s Computer Science & Software Engineering Department is facing this issue head-on.

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Pink, Blue, and Gender-Neutral?

Pink Blue Gender NeutralPink is for girls and blue is for boys. Boys play with trucks and girls play with dolls. That may be true for some parents, but not for gender-neutral parents.

According to Forbes, enforcing gender stereotypes have negative effects on both adults and children. So, gender-neutral parenting is the way to go.

Forbes emphasizes that gender should be of little importance. It is common to impose gender roles and stereotypes on children, but it should be avoided. Instead of saying, “You’re such a strong little boy,” say, “You are so strong!” The same applies to girls. Girls are more than just a pretty face, so focus on other characteristics and qualities, like their intelligence or athleticism. Say, “You are really good at math,” rather than, “You’re good at math for a girl.”

As early as nine months, girls and boys gravitate to toys of their gender. The reason it occurs so early is because of their parents.

If a couple is having a boy, it’s blue everything. Something as simple as that can shape a child’s development, so gender must not be imposed like that.

It is also important to note that toys do not have a gender. If a girl plays with only dolls and makeup, and a boy plays with only trucks and action figures, it limits the skills they develop. For example, if a little boy plays with dolls, he will learn how to be caring and nurturing.

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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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