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Thirty-Four Years and Counting at the University

Thirty Four CountingAs busy members of the Universi-ty community, we sometimes forget all of the work that goes behind find-ing our professors, organizing our esteemed curriculums, and financ-ing our residence halls and extracur-ricular activities. However, standing behind all of these imperative deci-sions is Provost Thomas Pearson, Vice President for Academic Af-fairs, who is the longest standing Provost in the Northeast.

Pearson’s specialization is in Rus-sian history, which he said interests him because, “It’s a land of fascinating paradoxes. It is the largest landmass in the world, a history of strong state power, and yet people are still able to evade it and challenge it.” He said that even when he was young, flip-ping through an atlas, Russia always had a “mystifying” quality to it that he was attracted to. Plus, he grew up dur-ing the 1960’s, the Cold War period, which only increased its perplexing characteristics.

He went on to study Russian history as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, and then as a graduate and doctoral student at the University of North Carolina.

However, Pearson did not ever in-tend to hold the position of Provost. In 1978, he started as an assistant Russian history professor, brought forth from Auburn University to Monmouth College in search of the ability to develop as a teacher. When Pearson was hired at Monmouth in 1978, the then-college was facing some tough times as the faculty went on a two-week strike in 1979, which led to the removal of President Rich-ard J. Stonesifer. Dr. Samuel Magill succeeded him in 1980.

Following his hiring, Pearson served as History Department Chair, Chair of the Academic Policy Com-mittee, Director of the Honors Pro-gram, Coordinator of Graduate Stud-ies, and Chair of Faculty Council, among other positions.

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Need Some Career Advising? Visit Jeff Mass

Former University Graduate Works as Job Placement Coordinator

Jeff MassIt is always a success when University students find a job that they love, and then come back to the University to share their knowledge with current students. This is the case for Jeff Mass, the Job Placement Coordinator for Career Services.

Mass graduated from the University in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration. After graduating, Mass worked as a recruitment consultant for Telcordia Technologies in Piscataway, NJ. He stayed there for a year before moving on to be executive recruiter for Snelling Staffing Services in New York City. After four years of employment, he came back to the University, and has been working here for almost two years.

“Both jobs entailed full life cycle recruiting for various hiring managers,” said Mass. This means that he worked with every aspect in the hiring process, from reviewing resumes to placing people into positions within the company.

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You Too, Can Save the Planet

Easy Ways to Live Green

Save the PlanetNow inhabited by nearly seven billion people, the planet is constantly facing human activity that negatively contributes to the environment. However, there are plenty of ways people can become more environmentally aware and do more to better sustain the planet.

According to, the term “green living” refers to “any actions or activity that results in a positive impact on the environment so that the planet can continue to support future generations.” In order to live green, people simply need to make better choices in their daily lives, such as “choosing paper instead of plastic grocery bags, recycling newspapers and soda cans, driving a fuel efficient car, or eating organically grown food.”

Dr. Kenneth Stunkel, Professor of history and co-author of Economic Super Powers and the Environment: The United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan, said, “Being environmentally conscious is a matter of understanding the fact that I’m a biological organism dependent for my well-being on natural systems, such as fresh water, fertile soil, a healthy atmosphere, and other living creatures.”

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What’s Really in Your Cereal?

The Use of Genetically Modified Organisms in Our Food

Think you know what you’re eating? According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2009, 93 percent of soy, 93 percent of cotton, and 86 percent of corn grown in the U.S. were GMOs.

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are organisms that have been created through techniques of biotechnology, also called genetic engineering (GE).

This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Incredible, isn’t it?

“Pesticide companies develop GE food crops by combining DNA from plants, animals, bacteria and viruses, to contain or resist pesticide, which results in more pesticides sold and sprayed,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Scientist of Consumers Union. “Genetically engineered foods contain untested novel foreign compounds that can be detrimental to our health.”

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The Unknown Territories of Black Holes

Scientific Discovery Proves That We Have Much to Learn

Black HolesRecently, astronomers have reported the discovery of some of the biggest black holes found in the universe. One of these gargantuan behemoths, NGC 4889, observed from the Hubble Space Telescope, has a mass of about 21 million times more than that of our sun and is distanced at an incredible 336 million light-years (about two million trillion miles) away, according to the New York Times. The results of their work can shed some major light on black holes and their formation, no pun intended.

Scott Suter, junior biochemistry major, said, “It’s amazing how the universe can be analyzed on a grand and atomic scale, and yet we have no clue what it’s trying to explain to us. These giant black holes are awe-inspiring and bewildering. It just goes to show that we don’t have a clue as to what’s next.”

To better understand what black holes are, imagine a massive star that is about nine to 20 times the mass of the sun. When this star finally matures, the remnant core is about three times the mass of the star. If that remnant, when it stops fusing and stops having an outward pressure, has enough density, it will cause a supernova and release a sublime shockwave throughout the rest of the universe. The star will then condense into what is known as a neutron star.

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Personal Loss Will Set You Free

Life is Short, Live Spontaneously While You Still Can

Set You FreeI was raised very differently from most kids my age and many kids being raised today.

I came from a small, close-knit family, with working parents who hired nannies, and enforced structure. I was raised Protestant, went to church on Sundays, and went to a Catholic high school.

Then, when I was eight-years-old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. For nine years following, I watched my mother struggle, conquer, and then struggle again with the disease.

When I was 17-years-old, my mother finally lost her battle with cancer. At the time, I was a senior in high school, struggling with graduating, finding a college, figuring out who I was, and who I was going to become. Her death left a gaping hole in my life.

I began doing things, good and bad alike, to take away the pain and make me happy, if only for even the slightest moment. I was struggling, learning to contend with difficulties, trying to figure out what was going on.

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Just the Winter Blues... or Something More?

The Symptoms and Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter BluesAs cold weather closes in, the winter chill blankets the campus. With less hours of sunshine and more indoor activities, some people are prone to the winter blues. Not everyone who experiences the blues can come out of it so easily. In some cases, depression can last all season long.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a depression that occurs at the same time every year. It can zap your energy and cause significant mood changes, according to Thomas McCarthy, psychological counselor at the University.

SAD has several symptoms similar to depression but there are a few that make it distinctly different. Everyone experiences a random depressive mood differently, McCarthy said. A person’s appetite can either increase or decrease and sleep patterns can be affected by too much sleep or sleeplessness. “For seasonal affective disorder, it seems there is an increased sleep, especially during the day, and an increased appetite rather than a decreased appetite.”

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Just Another Sibling Rivalry

Student Finds Motivation in Sibling’s Success

Sibling RivalryI have spent much of my entire life competing with my sibling, but that’s normal right?

It’s only natural to compete with those around you, especially a family member.

My sibling and I are extremely alike, we both love sports, love to snowboard, find the same jokes funny and most importantly we love to get on each other’s nerves. Despite all of this, I can definitely say without a doubt that I look up to my sibling more than anyone else I know.

My sibling never gives up, no matter what. It truly is remarkable the amount of drive this person has. It is inspiring. I’ve always joked that I live in the shadow of my sibling, but behind each joke is a tiny bit of truth.

My sibling Noel, is a 15-year-old girl. I am 20.

That’s right, go ahead and laugh. The very person I live my life to inspire and motivate has surpassed me in just about everything she has done up to this point.

My sister, Noel, is a little more than four years younger than me. She excels in just about everything she does. In her freshman year of high school she started varsity soccer and softball, as well as getting in some playing time on the varsity basketball team. Did I mention there hasn’t been a marking period she hasn’t gotten honor roll?

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A Weekend Aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dr. Michael Palladino Invited on Distinguished Visitor Tour

USS Dwight D. EisenhowerEvery few days, the Navy holds a series of distinguished visitor tours (DV) as a “high-tech show-and-tell” that invites audiences to see a snapshot of the military that they would not normally experience.

Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, was asked by President Paul G Gaffney II, retired Navy Vice Admiral, who gets these DV Tour invitations all the time, if he was interested in attending one of the tours.

Palladino described his experience as nothing short of “once in a lifetime.” He flew down to Norfolk, Virginia and then to the base on a carrier-onboard delivery (COD) transport plane, where his trip truly initiated.

“Our COD went from 105 miles per hour to zero miles per hour in only two seconds as it landed abroad the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, also known as the USS Ike. After landing, it was a situation of ‘controlled chaos’ and they immediately got us situated.”

When the plane came to a halt, there were four arrested cables on its tailhook, a hook that attaches to the rear of a plane to reach rapid deceleration. “The pilots typically target the second or third cable, with the more skilled pilots grabbing the second one.”

The Mark 7 Mod 3 arresting gear is installed in most modern aircraft. It has the capability of recovering a 23,000 kilogram aircraft at an engaging speed of 150 miles per hour in a distance of 340 feet. The system itself is engineered to absorb a theoretical maximum energy of 64.4 mega-joules at maximum cable run-out.

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Weighing in on a Healthier Lifestyle

How to Get Rid of Your Gut

Rid of Your GutWith all of the fast food restaurants within miles of one another and the abundance of unhealthy food people put in their bodies every day, obesity has become an epidemic among Americans. According to the National Bureau of Economics, as the number of fast food restaurants increase, so does the percentage of the population suffering from obesity. Although there are also many health risks that can cause a person to become overweight, poor diet is partially to blame for the rising rate of obese Americans.

“Healthy foods cost more money, and fast food is cheap and easy,” said Kimberly Price, freshman student and track athlete. “Some have such busy schedules that they do not even have time to exercise.”

James Konopack, health studies Coordinator, said, “Positive energy imbalance, which is when calorie intake exceeds calorie expenditure, is obviously a major reason. This is related to the that we’re eating as well as a disturbingly high rate of physical inactivity. Many people recognize that high-calorie foods area part of the problem, but we sometimes overlook the dangers of excessivesedentariness. We’re sitting more now than in the history of our species.”

Researchers noted that children whose school is close to a fast food restaurant may be more prone to obesity. One’s proximity to unhealthy food increases their chances of obesity, especially if the individual lacks self control and dietary discipline.

John Jackman, fitness center coordinator, said, “High protein burns fat, and carbohydrates are much higher in calories. People should eat more protein than carbohydrates, but don’t neglect them all together. High fiber is also important. You will trim your waist quicker by eating small meals more times a day than large ones all at once. Stay away from high sodium foods because of water retention. Also, drink plenty of water.”

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The Birth of the Christmas Spirit

Origins of Popular Holiday Traditions

default article imageEvery year the holiday season kicks off around Thanksgiving. People gear up to begin their Christmas shopping through Black Friday sales, while others spend the weekend putting up their Christmas decorations. Lights go up on the outside of houses, Christmas music begins to be played on the radio, and trees get placed inside the living room where it will spend the next month until Christmas. It seems that every year we get ourselves into these Christmas routines, but most of us are not even aware of how they came about. The answers to where some of these Christmas traditions came from are about to be answered.

The crown figure of the Christmas season, who you see almost everywhere in the month of December, is jolly Santa Claus. The funny thing about Santa Claus is that his presence wasn’t always associated with Christmas nor was it always a happy perception in that case. Matthew O’Brien, History professor, said that the idea of Santa Claus as we know him today did not come about until Clement Moore’s classic holiday poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

“Originally, there was Father Christmas, who was this old figure to remind people of death. In the nineteenth century he got reinvented as a grandfatherly figure who was kind to children, but Christmas wasn’t about children in the medieval period,” said O’Brien. “Children had St. Nicholas day, which was celebrated in early December, and served as a religious reminder to children not to sin.”

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