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The Grateful Threads' Revitalized Clothing

Grateful_ThreadsIf you are a college student on the hunt for cute, personalized, and cost-effective clothing, The Grateful Threads is a must. Created just two months ago by Monmouth University’s very own Cristina Medlin, The Grateful Threads is a unique business that was sparked by Medlin’s love for not only thrifting clothes but also making her customers happy.

Medlin’s company thrives off receptive customer service and personalized sales. Medlin is a senior history education student who has been endlessly devoted to promoting her business.

In fact, the idea sparked from her own interests. She has always loved art, and seeking to pursue other forms of art besides painting, she launched The Grateful Threads. The name takes inspiration from one of her favorite bands, the Grateful Dead.

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Mackenzie Ricca: To Oxford and Beyond

Ricca Oxford 2Last weekend, Mackenzie Ricca returned to West Long Branch after winning three individual speaker awards at a Model UN contest in Oxford, England.

A junior political science student with a concentration in international relations, Ricca has treasured her role as president of Model UN for the past two years, winning seven out of eight conferences with the team of 40 students.

Now, Ricca has been invited to study two terms at New College, a constituent of Oxford University, from Jan. 7 to June 30.

According to Ken Mitchell Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Politi­cal Science and Sociology and Associate Professor of Politi­cal Science, Ricca is the first from Monmouth to be invited to study at New College as an undergraduate.

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Former Hawk Drafted by Vancouver Warriors

Hawk VancouverSept. 17 was a day to remember for recent Monmouth graduate Gordon Phillips (’19), when he was selected in the sixth round of the 2019 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Draft by the Vancouver Warriors. The former Monmouth Hawks midfielder was the 80th overall pick in the draft. 

“Being drafted to the Warriors means a lot to me,” the Canadian-born Phillips said, “I grew up going to the Vancouver Ravens games (the NLL team at the time), and I idolized those guys. Growing up in Vancouver, I played the majority of my career around there and have always had very strong ties to home, even during my time playing in the States, so coming home and being able to represent my community and province means a great deal to me.”

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Monmouth's Most Exciting Classes

default article imageStudents are often asked what the most exciting classes at Monmouth are, and that is a difficult question to unwrap.

Some of the classes that never disappoint are the classes in which the students find themselves. Often, students who come into Monmouth undeclared choose their major based on the general education course they loved the most; whether it’s literature, psychology, or information technology.

Everyone has different interests, but students often find that the classes they initially thought were pointless or a waste of time were actually the classes they enjoyed the most.

People often fear that college classes will be tedious, but that is not always the case. Yes, you have the classes that are merely okay and you could live without, and then you have the classes you actually look forward to. You must take certain classes to obtain a degree, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist of the Week: Delaney Rivera

Delaney RiveraDelaney Rivera, a freshman music industry student, has a rich musical background. She has been singing since she could talk, was taught how to play guitar and piano by her father, and released an album this past summer called Radiate. Now, she is ready to take on her next musical endeavor—recording a song for Blue Hawk Record’s upcoming compilation album.

“I’ve always been surrounded by music,” Rivera said. “It was just how I was brought up. Music is my way to express myself. I’m a pretty shy person, so music is my way to express how I feel about certain things. It’s an outlet, so usually if I’m stressed or have a lot going on and I need a time to just relax, I’ll play my ukulele or guitar and just sing and write. It’s kind of an escape for me.”

Rivera finds working with the music professionals of Blue Hawk Records to be a gratifying, eye-opening experience following the self-recording of her debut album.

“I’ve never actually worked in a studio before, so getting on the album and being able to have that experience is really cool,” she said. “We hear music every day on the radio but we never really know how it’s created, so I think it’s really cool to see the behind-the-scenes stuff.”

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Monmouth's Entrepreneurs

Monmouth EntrepreneursEntrepreneurship is the activity of setting up a business and taking financial risks in the hope of profit, according to Merriam-Webster.

Students are talking about entrepreneurship and seek to create a business from scratch, working independently. We have plenty of entrepreneurs on campus, and I sat down with a couple to understand the structure of such work. Is entrepreneurial life achievable for anyone?

While speaking to professionals in different industries, I realized how many interpretations the word “entrepreneur” has. Monmouth professors, students, and alumni, as well as the CEO of a leading Tech company, all approach the concept in different ways.

John Morano, Professor of Journalism, has built an entrepreneurial lifestyle from growing up with nothing. Aside from being the author of a three-part environmental series, he has opened four chains of Bubbakoo’s Burritos and receives royalty checks from his time as a partner of Night and Day, a monthly entertainment magazine that reached over 50,000 circulation.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist of the Week: Sofia Dominguez

Sofia DominguezOn a Wednesday evening, junior communication student Sofia Dominguez auditioned in Woods Theatre for Blue Hawk Record’s fifteenth compilation album. Just a girl and her guitar, and a series of four chords, she was chosen as one of the five artists to be featured on the album.

Born in Argentina and having grown up in Union City, New Jersey, Dominguez got into music at a very young age. At the age of eight, her mother encouraged her to pursue guitar lessons before she began utilizing the internet to expand her musical knowledge.

“Music was that thing that I always wanted to learn more about, and I always was doing more,” said Dominguez. “For some reason I just had this connection to it. It’s definitely super important to me. Without it, I don’t even know who I would be as a person. It’s something I feel that I need to just keep going, whether it’s making music or listening to music.”

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A Hawk Flies Back to the Nest

Hawk Back NestFormer Monmouth Hawk Brad Brach (’08) got to live out his childhood dream this summer when the veteran major league pitcher and lifelong New York Mets fan was signed by the Mets to join their exciting chase for a playoff spot.

Eleven years ago, the Freehold native was the star of the Monmouth Hawks pitching staff. Fast forward to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) season, he was released by the Chicago Cubs and picked up by his childhood favorite team, the New York Mets.

He finished the 2019 baseball season as a key bullpen piece for the team, who played meaningful baseball in September for the first time in three years, and were in contention for a National League Wild Card spot until the final week of the season. He closed out his season on September 28 by holding the Atlanta Braves scoreless in one inning of relief.

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David Garlock: "I Am a Human"

David GarlockOn Friday, Oct. 11, The Departments of Criminal Justice, Political Science, Sociology, and The School of Social Work hosted guest speaker David Garlock.

Garlock, who served 13 years in an Alabama prison for committing murder against a man who sexually and physically abused him and his brother for eight years, shared what he calls “The Chapters of My Life.”

But Garlock is much more than the time he served and the acts he committed. He is a human. Let that settle in. A h-u-m-a-n, a person who reminded us that labeling those around us negatively impacts social structure.

Garlock grew up in what, on the outside, seemed like the perfect American family. But his family struggled with some issues—an alcoholic father and a mother who didn’t know how to raise children in that type of environment. His sister was kicked out on the streets at the age of 12 and his brother, due to drugs and alcohol, was kicked out at age 13. His brother then settled in a receiving home in Seattle where the long story of abuse began.

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Meet Colleen Finnigan

Colleen FinniganMonmouth University has a knack for hiring inspiring and caring people who grace the various offices around campus. One department known for this is the Curriculum and Instruction office within the School of Education, where you will find the Office Coordinator Colleen Finnigan—the poster woman for outstanding employees.

Finnigan has been working at MU for a total of 12 years: five in Student Affairs and seven in the School of Education. No matter who you are, her smile and kindness will overwhelm you as soon as you walk through the door. Not only is she a wonderful woman, but her hard work seeps into her student workers and fellow employees, making anyone working for the School of Education all-around more diligent.

Finnigan has been a role model to everyone surrounding her throughout the years, including Christa Rapaglia, a graduate student of social work who worked for the school of education for almost three years.

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Let's Talk Bass: World's Most Misunderstood Instrument

Bass InstrumentWhat do a bass guitar and a lawsuit have in common? Everyone is relieved when the case is closed.

There’s no shortage of jokes about bass players, and this is mainly due to people who are unaware of the role of the bass in a band. Some may even think of bass players as lesser musicians.

The bass guitar is one of the most misunderstood instruments in a band because it is primarily a support instrument. It is easy to overlook the importance of a bass player when so much emphasis is placed on lead vocals and the melody of a song.

Jay Sweet, an Adjunct Professor of Music, bass guitar teacher, and owner of Sweet Music Academy, said, “A lot of people don’t hear the bass so much, but they would notice if it wasn’t there…Very often, people just think of it as one guitar player (the bassist) that isn’t doing as much as the other guitar player (a six-string guitarist).”

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