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Professor Vincent DiMattio’s True Colors

Artists are no stranger to being known as eccentric. So when students happen to wander into the office of art and design professor Vincent DiMattio, they should not be surprised to find a giant anatomic rendering of a human head mounted behind him as he works on the daily newspaper based crossword.

A member of the University staff since 1968, DiMattio has been teaching undergraduates techniques in studio art such as drawing, basic design and painting, as well as an assortment of lecture courses. It is through these classes that DiMattio is able to share with the students the very devotion that inspired him to become an artist.

The passion all started at a very young age in Quincy, Massachusetts. DiMattio said, “When I was in the first grade wearing white short pants and standing at an easel drawing a large head of a horse, my father would bring me home paper from work because I just enjoyed drawing.” Eventually that very drawing of a horse head was featured in his town’s annual report, which then started him down the path of his artistic career.

As the years went by DiMattio continued to draw and followed the usual routine of an artist in training by taking the offered art classes in high school. However, it appeared that this is where his artistic endeavors would end.

“I was going to join the Marine Corps. I was playing baseball one day and the Marine band was there playing for the game. Eventually a Marine Sergeant approached me and said, ‘Why don’t you come into the Marines?’ and my brother was a Marine and I thought that it was exciting and just made sense,” said DiMattio.

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Getting Involved in the New Semester

The new school year is finally upon us here at the University, which means many things: questions about how to get involved on campus, available resources to help with success in class and the experience of living in a dorm with a roommate for the first time.

Jackie Giacalone, freshman who is living in Elmwood Hall, has mixed feelings about beginning her time here at the University. “Some things that I’m excited for are meeting new people, learning new things and just the overall experience of college,” said Giacalone. “But I’m nervous for the work load and time management,” she continued.

This is common for many new students because the workload is different from high school and will require students to manage their time carefully in order to keep up with classes.

There are many resources that can help when one is struggling in a class. One example is the Writing Center.

Dr. Susan Goulding, Chair of the English department at the University tells her students, “I strongly encourage use of the Writing Center. Even if the tutor did not take your (the student’s) specific course, he or she could adapt to the level that it is being taught whether it be lower or upper.”

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Renovating Edison Hall One Module at a Time

When students walked through the doors of Edison Hall last year, they would find crowded tables crammed with students reading heavy textbooks and experiments being conducted in labs that looked only spacious enough for half the class. With such limited learning space for students, the science department set out to make changes that would transform students’ education.

The first part of a multi-phase renovation and expansion project is presently underway to make Edison Hall a state-of-the-art modern science building – one that will integrate research and teaching and allow all students, regardless of major, to engage in their own learning.

The renovation will progress in a series of modules, starting with the physics teaching laboratory and classroom areas on the East Side of the first floor of Edison Hall. The modules will host more spacious and welcoming teaching labs, research suites, faculty offices, and student study spaces poised adjacent to each other, encouraging interdisciplinary student and faculty collaboration in the process.

“The thing I love about this model,” remarked Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, “is that it reflects the way the sciences are going. Research, teaching, student-faculty interaction, and student-student interaction all weave together. That’s the way you build a modern science building.”

Student-researchers will have 24-hour-access to the research suites, which will each combine two adjacent labs in related areas of research, essentially removing the wall in between and exploiting the space within to show off the building’s newly designed structure and excite students about the new educational possibilities. Although the labs would be combined, each research group would still have its own space.

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It’s Something Unpredictable, But in the End is Right

editors_corner_1It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since I stood beside my best friends at high school graduation. I never thought things would get better than those times even though I was always told that college would be the best four years of my life. After going through it, all the people who told me that were one hundred percent correct.

Monmouth has been an unbelievable experience for me. I got to do so much and meet so many great people. Some of whom, I’ll be friends with for the rest of my life. There’s not enough time or ink to write down all I want to say about the people I’ve met, but here are some shout outs I was able to fit on one page:

Mom: Thank you for your unwavering support through everything over these four stressful years. You’ve always been there for me and have helped me get through whatever obstacle I had to face. You’re not only my mom, but you’re my best friend and I’m lucky to have the greatest mother in the world. I just hope you’re prepared for me to move back in for the first time in three years, haha. Love you!

Professor Morano: I learned so much from you in the past four years and since I’ve come to college, you’ve helped me increase my writing skills. You’ve been a great advisor to me and have given me many life tips that I will always remember. Thank you for all the help and aid throughout the years and I hope to still keep in touch with you after graduation.

Brothers of Phi Kappa Psi: Hey jerks. I know I wasn’t around that much this year, but that doesn’t change all of the great times we had over the past four years. From the beta class to the Bod Zone, the memories and stupid stuff we did will always be something I cherish. Gregg, Kyle Evans, Kyle Walter, Matty Ferns, Brandon, Shane, Casey, Miggs, Jeff, Tom, Decarlo, Deeg, Sean, Kinsella, Crazy John, Fichera, and everybody else, I love you all. Live ever, die never boys.

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Move It to the Exits, I Hope You Have Found a Friend

alexis_sanfranThe past few weeks I have just been looking forward to warmer weather and some free time.  I have almost been too busy to get nostalgic or sentimental about my years at Monmouth… and then I started writing this article. I remember thinking that I would never graduate eight grades – that time was a figment of my imagination.

When I got to high school I felt the same way, but when I graduated I was relieved that the next four years of my life were already planned out. Now here I am, weeks before graduation and no yearlong plans set in stone, no time allotted safety net. Realizing I am about to finish my last full week of classes as a college undergrad puts a knot in my stomach.

I have had a vast amount of personal growth over the past four years here.  There are a number of people I would like to take the time to thank:

There are a lot of people who have helped me get to where I am today, and I am grateful for each one of you.  

First would be my family. My father: for encouraging me to pick a profession based on my passion and not the paycheck, and for being a prime example of just that. For stressing the importance of education, no matter the cost, and making sure I had a strong foundation for my future. Although one of his biggest regrets was knowing that he would not live long enough to see me graduate college, I have a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that in just 23 short days, I will walk across the stage of the PNC Bank Arts Center in my cap and gown. 

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200 Percent: Overcoming Life’s Curve Ball

He steps up on the mound, foot on the rubber and leans forward to pick up the sign from his catcher. Going through his motion, the ball is fired toward home plate. Yet, unlike most left-handed pitchers, there is an extra step for 21-year-old Bryan Sullivan. Rather than following through beyond releasing the ball, Sullivan brings his left hand, the hand he just threw the ball with, into his glove readying him for what may come back.

Bryan was born with cerebral palsy and suffers from hemiparesis, or slight paralysis or weakness that affects the right side of his body. Despite the physical limitations, he does not let his condition hold him back, yet uses it as a means to push himself that much harder. Sullivan weighs in at 180 pounds and stands 5’11”. His bio on Facebook reads: “I’m Bryan. I like to play baseball and meet new people.”

When Bryan was 6 years-old he was watching a New York Yankees game with his father. They were playing the Orioles and Bryan noticed something unique about the pitcher. Bryan asked his dad, “Who is that pitching?” His father replied, “That’s Jim Abott, he catches and throws with the same hand.”

If he can do it, I can do it.

From that moment on, his life has revolved around becoming the best pitcher he can be and following that one simple phrase for motivation.

His father, Steve Sullivan, was, and still is, a huge part of Bryan’s life. Steve grew up around the game of baseball and his father worked at Yankee Stadium. “It’s in our blood,” he said. “I told Bryan, ‘You can do anything, you just have to learn how and work at it, and we will find a way to do it.’”

But how to do it? A little blue baseball glove and a Wiffle Ball started it all just one day after Bryan had seen Jim Abott pitch.

After a series of trial and error, Bryan and his dad were able to make it work. “At first we tried to put his glove on his right hand,” said Steve. But Bryan did not have enough control over his right hand for that to work effectively. “We decided we would have to teach him to catch and throw with the same hand,” he said.

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Volunteering is More Than Free Labor

When picturing the lifestyle of a typical college student, the thought of getting involved on campus in a way that does not include going to class or getting invites to parties is usually not the main focus. Many people tend to forget that amidst all of the schoolwork and social aspects of college life, volunteering and joining clubs is also a very crucial part of the experience.

Marilyn Ward, Coordinator of Service Learning and Community Programs, said, “Campus and/or community involvement gives students a chance to explore their potential and give back to the University or the local community.”

At the University, it is incredibly easy to start giving back. According to the school’s website, the University is home to more than 75 student-run organizations. These include various clubs, fraternities, sororities, honor societies, governing bodies, and publication and media outlets, all of which exist for the sake of giving back and making a difference.

“Volunteering has taught me a lot about myself,” freshman Jameson Tisch said. He is involved in the Student Alumni Association, the First Year Service Project and Student Government Association. Tisch explained that his time spent volunteering has benefited him greatly, as he has gained new leadership skills and a much more prominent sense of responsibility.

Ward said she believes that volunteers are leaders because “volunteering takes initiative, organization, and a passion for the cause that you support.” The leadership skills that students gain through volunteering can be used in future workplaces and all throughout life.

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Think Before You Skip: Precautions for Cutting Class

Many students think that they have the option of going to class, but this can result in consequences if they are not careful.

Anna Mikalauskas, sophomore, has not had many problems. “So far I have lucked out in my time at Monmouth and have had great professors who are understanding when it comes to missing class,” said Mikalauskas.

She added, “Most of the classes I have been in allow you to have two unexcused absences, which I think is reasonable considering that does not account for classes you may have to miss if you are sick or have a personal issue.”

Adversely, Mikalauskas has heard from her friends that some professors do not allow any absences aside from religious holidays.

Some teachers are very strict when it comes to missing classes. Ryan Kinghorn, sophomore, has not been so lucky. “For the most part my professors have been very reasonable with their attendance policies,” said Kinghorn. “But I have had a couple professors that have been very strict with their policies. I sent an email to a professor in advance that I wasn’t feeling well and he responded by saying that his department did not allow any absences without a signed doctor’s note and that I would lose points for the class.”

Kinghorn believes that professors should realize that although a student’s education should be taken seriously, there are things that come up during the course of the year that can prevent them from coming to class.

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Have a Productive Spring Break ‘Stay’cation


This is for whoever is not go­ing to a beautiful tropical island for spring break. Hello to all staycation-ers! Even with all of this snow, we are going to take back our spring break! Spring break is when all of us get a taste of warmth (but with this weather who knows). The hints of summer are fast approaching, so close, and yet so, so far away.

But who said that you need to travel to a tropical island or beach to enjoy spring break?

For anyone who is keeping their spring break local, here are some great tips to enjoy your staycation. Your spring break will definitely start to heat up even at home.

In order to get out of any stay­cation slump, you need to get off your couch-potato bums! What was that you say? You like to shake your bum? Well, here is just the thing for you!

Taking some zumba classes are great to do over your staycation for two reasons. One reason is so you can stop watching re-runs of “Toddlers and Tiaras”, eating Nutella and actually move. Sec­ond, there are discounts. Oh yeah, I’m talking coupons.

Livingsocial.com is great for finding deals on anything under the sun. Right now they are adver­tising 40-70 percent off local fit­ness deals in your area. They have deals from zumba, to yoga, and yes, even something called Bad Ass Fitness. So for anyone that is looking to get in shape to start looking good for the summer, sign up on livingsocial.com and get discounts on some of your favorite or new favorite fitness classes.

Now wait, wait, a second. Don’t run off your couch just yet. There’s more.

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How the Human Brain Functions on Fear

In response to the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15, 2013, thousands of people across the nation expressed great grief and anger at this terror strike. While this anger was justified, the fear that accompanied further repercussions of the bombing was perhaps a bit disjointed.

Currently, there is a great amount of debate centering the topic of human responses to fear. Repercussions of the Boston Marathon bombing included numerous rapid responses.

Such responses included every day citizens immediately volunteering to assist law enforcement in managing the destruction and caring for the wounded, however, such responses also included anger and prejudice. So what causes such a range of responses in such unstable situations? The answer lies within the distinctive pathways of the brain.

Tumultuous situations often elicit radical and irrational consequences. Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy in Texas speculates that responses to terror situations shut down the smartest parts of the brain.

The frontal lobe is amongst the smartest parts of the brain, located just behind the forehead. This area of the brain is responsible for consciously evaluating the most logical or beneficial responses to a situation while also balancing its risks and rewards according to brainline.org.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Put Down the Phone!

Nowadays, many would agree it would be difficult to live without their cell phone, something created to be fast and convenient with the ability to satisfy business or work related matters and entertainment all in one. What more could you ask for? Email, Internet, camera/video and music are just a few applications that come as a standard with most cell phones these days.

“All I need is my iPhone. If I have that, then I’ve got all I really need for school, work, you know, whatever,” said senior Carly Pavelchek. Although we have become so accustomed to using our cell phones for just about everything and anything, has the rapid growth of technology and the advancements on cellular devices caused a negative effect amongst our society? Are cellphones beginning to take over without us even realizing?

I’m sure we’ve all experienced or been a part of those “rude” moments like texting at the dinner table or checking Facebook during class, but the distraction is just too hard to ignore sometimes. The applications for smartphones are endless; workout and diet plans, coupon savers, games, puzzles, organizers, banking and credit card statements, the list goes on.

“Everything is at the tip of your fingers,” said senior Sonya Shah. “How could you not use it all the time, you know?” The medical student uses her cell phone for mostly downloading slides and using interactive applications involving anatomy. “It makes it much easier, that’s for sure. I don’t always have access to a computer, but my phone is always with me. But I guess that’s kinda like a mini computer, so never mind,” laughed Shah.

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