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Chi Upsilon Sigma Hosts "Protecting Mother Earth" Event

Chi Upsilon SigmaOn Wednesday, April 15, the Monmouth University chapter of Chi Upsilon Sigma held an event called, “Protecting Mother Earth: Save Mother Earth, Save Our Future.” The event covered aspects such as recycling, greenhouse gases, deforestation, and more.

The women of Chi Upsilon Sigma created a game of Jeopardy for the audience to play that used questions related to these topics, along with a definitions and wild card section. An example of some of these Jeopardy questions were, “The surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.”

As the audience gave their guesses they revealed that the answer to this was, “What is the environment?” The Jeopardy board ranged in easy to hard questions that were followed by informative explanations by the two main hosts of the event, Yarleny Mejia and Paola Reyes-Duran.

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Alpha Omicron Pi Kicks Off Spring Philanthropy Week

Alpha Omicron Pi 1This week, the Iota Theta chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi will be spreading awareness for their national philanthropy, The Arthritis Foundation.

According to their website, The Arthritis Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of the top disability in the United States. Arthritis leads to swelling and pain of the joints, and symptoms typically worsen with age.

The most common forms of Arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are currently 54 million Americans that suffer from arthritis in some form.

Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity has been partnered with The Arthritis Foundation since 1967, and fundraises annually for causes such as Juvenile Arthritis. In 2019, the organization celebrated 50 years in partnership with the Foundation. That same year, they were able to raise $1,750,000 for the cause. Typically, fundraising is done through chapter wide participation in events such as the Walk to Cure Arthritis and Jingle Bell Run.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Crowns Mitchell Hendricks Mr. Pink & Green

GJVw6Vyg 400x400On Thursday, April 8, the Tenacious Tau Eta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated hosted their annual Mr. Pink and Green pageant. After several rounds of the pageant, the hosts of the event determined that Mitchell Hendricks would be named this year’s Mr. Pink and Green.

Other contestants who competed for the prestigious title included Brayan Loja, Mitchell Hendricks, and Ebenezer Owusu, who are members of Lambda Theta Phi, C-Sharps, and the Monmouth University men’s soccer team respectively.

The first round of the pageant was talent, and the four gentlemen were able to showcase some of their most prized skills. Cooper performed a dance number, and Loja prepared a traditional dish of yellow rice, black beans, and chicken.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Hosts "Lethal Dollars: What's Your Five Year Plan?"

Alpha Kappa 1On March 29, the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated kicked off their ten year anniversary celebration, “Skee Week,” with an informative event called, “Lethal Dollars: What’s Your Five Year Plan?”

I had the pleasure of attending the event, which was moderated via Zoom by Jasmine Cooper, the president of the Tau Eta chapter, alongside Vice President Kayla Kennedy, with the help of sisters such as Aliah Moore, Briana Brown, and Taheara Gibson Clarke.

The event helped inspire attendees to use their personal, career, financial, and relationship goals as a way to foster financial and personal success, by using the Five Year Plan, a strategy that was originated in the Soviet Union.

According to a video shown during the event presented by Alex Hein, author of the book Master of the Day, the Five Year Plan is “a very very simple process of looking back at the last five years and trying to figure out what went right and what went wrong.”

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"Lighting it Up Blue" with the Sisters of Alpha Xi Delta

Lighting it Up 1April is Autism Awareness month, which means that for the next few weeks, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta’s Iota Nu chapter will be bringing awareness to the developmental disorder that affects approximately 1 in 45 adults.

Alpha Xi Delta chapters nationwide have partnered with Autism Speaks, which is the largest Autism advocacy organization in the United States. According to the s-rority’s official webpage, Alpha Xi Delta chapters have been able to raise over $11 million for the cause, namely through the organization of walks and other “AmaXIing Challenges.”

Locally, the Iota Nu chapter of Monmouth University is dedicated to the cause. The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta at the University will be working hard all month to bring aware-ness and raise funds for Autism Speaks.

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Curly Hair Beauty Event Hosted by NJ Chapters of LTA

Curly HairMonmouth University’s Tau Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated sponsored a “Curly Beauty” program on Monday, March 22. The sisters of the University’s Tau chapter partnered with other New Jersey chapters from Kean, Rutgers, and Seton Hall University to deliver the virtual beauty event.

The aim of the program was to discuss the history of natural hair and to facilitate discussion between sisters about their own natural hair journey, as well as beauty tips and tricks.

The event was moderated by Marialis Vasquez Pena, a sister of the Alpha chapter of LTA, located at Kean University. Vasquez Pena is an expert on the topic, as she is the founder of a natural hair care brand called MARI, whose goal is to provide users with a selection of products that will contribute to a healthy hair journey.

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"Disparities in Health Care Amongst Different Cultures" Hosted By Chi Upsilon Sigma

Disparaties Health 1On Thursday, March 18, the sisters of Chi Upsilon Sigma’s Gamma Beta Chapter hosted a virtual event called “Disparities in Health Care Amongst Different Cultures.” The informative event sought to educate those in attendance about the many ways in which different cultures treat illness and variations in access to health care.

According to the moderators, Paola Reyes-Duran and Yarleny Mejia, accessibility and quality of health care are often dependent on demographic factors such as gender, age, class, and ethnicity. This can harmfully impact less fortunate patients and lead to a greater risk of illness, injury, disability, and mortality.

To illustrate just how detrimental this can be, an interactive “true or false” activity allowed participants to test their knowledge on the topic of unequal access to healthcare. Interestingly, the activity highlighted the fact that Native Americans and Alaskans are frequently less likely to receive colorectal cancer screenings.

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Delta Phi Epsilon Hosts Annual ANAD Vigil

Delta Phi 1Delta Phi Epsilon sorority hosted their annual ANAD Vigil event via Zoom on on Wednesday, March 3. Not only this, but the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon also spent the week doing many different Instagram challenges and other social media events to raise both money and awareness for one of their national philanthropies, which is the National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders (ANAD).

The event was planned by the Delta Omega chapter’s Vice President of Programing, Sophia Edwards.

The main purpose of Delta Phi Epsilon’s annual ANAD Vigil is to show support and recognize those who struggle with eating disorders, as well as to educate and help people find a support system and different forms of treatment. According to one of the videos published by ANAD, which was presented at the event, close to 30 million people struggle with some form of eating disorder; 20 million often being women and close to 10 million being men.

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Blue Hawk Records Welcomes Another Compilation Album

default article imageGet ready to hear more talent from the students of Monmouth University! The University’s student-run record label, Blue Hawk Records, has announced their 18th studio compilation album for the spring 2021 semester. Auditions concluded on Feb. 10 in Woods Theatre, and 20 auditions were submitted from students of all majors. Six artists were chosen for the upcoming compilation album.

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"I Can't Hear You Hosted by CUS"

Can't Hear YouOn Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, the sisters of Chi Upsilon Sigma hosted an event called “I Can’t Hear You” as a way to bring awareness to the effects of COVID-19 on the deaf and hearing-impaired communities.

The event was moderated by CUS sisters Yarleny Mejia and Paola Reyes-Duran. The interactive event kicked off with an informative activity, which brought awareness to statistics about the hard-of-hearing community.

Participants of the event learned that American Sign Language was introduced in the United States in the year 1817 and that there are about one million Americans who speak the language that uses both facial expressions and bodily movements.

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Meet the Founder: True Crime Interest Group

Meet FounderAllianna Makowski is an English student with a passion for True Crime. A recent transfer from Middlesex County College, she has recently created a True Crime Interest Group open to all Monmouth University students.

Like many students, Makowski’s interest in True Crime was piqued by pop culture. True Crime television programs, podcasts and books have become popular entertainment forms for Americans, especially throughout the pandemic.

Her time spent listening to these often-horrific stories inspired her to spread awareness on topics such as human sex trafficking. She hopes that with the formation of this interest group, keeping conversations alive about cases can help in the advancement of solving these chilling mysteries. For Makowski, she loves to listen to true crime podcasts, and watch YouTube experts such as Kendall Rae and Buzzfeed Unsolved Talk.

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