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Sing Along With the Greeks

Sigma Tau Gamma Hosted Their Annual “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” This Past Tuesday

stgSigma Tau Gamma fraternity hosted their annual event, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” in Pollak Theatre on Tuesday, March 26 at 10:00 pm.

Sigma Tau Gamma has been hosting this event for six years. Tickets were five dollars in advance, seven dollars at the door. STG advertised this event through “posters and Facebook. We also sold tickets prior to the event in the Student Center,” said Mike Bateman, member of Sigma Tau Gamma.

All proceeds go to the Michael McNiel foundation. “Michael Mc- Niel was a brother of Sigma Tau Gamma who passed away from cancer. All the money goes to cancer research,” said Kurt Baumagarten, STG member. Michael McNiel attended the University of Massachusetts and died at the age of 27.

Participants for this event are all from Greek Life at Monmouth University “We text members from different groups, we went to their meetings and we asked them to help out,” said Dep Patel, Sigma Tau Gamma President.

The event was hosted by Brian Hentz, STG senior, and Laura Garcia, sophmore. “I love being ‘the face’ (of STG). I was President last year; I’m Social Chair this year. Plus, I’m pretty good at winging these things,” Hentz joked referring to hosting Greek Life events. “Yeah, and they’re too scared to do it (referring to his fellow STG brothers) so they throw me up here.” This is Hentz second year hosting the event. “There’s always a little bit of nerves,” Hentz said. “But once you get up there and get talking there’s nothing stopping you after that.”

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‘Squash’ Those Carnivorous Thoughts

MAVS Educates Students on Vegetarianism

VegetarianismMonmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) held an event about vegetarianism in Magill Commons on Sunday, April 1. The main speaker at the event Lauren Forney of Center Your Health, is a holistic health coach and registered yoga teacher, her mission was to educate people about becoming a vegetarian and the other options in the world of food.

Forney is also very involved in MAVS and she has been a vegetarian for over a decade now. She spoke about the benefits of being a vegetarian and the evolving process behind it. As a child, she always questioned why we eat meat and this is one of the main reasons behind her transformation.

Some of the benefits she listed were the possibility of losing weight, lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, increased flexibility and energy, and the ability to get more nutrition.

Forney is very passionate about healthy eating and enjoys supporting others learn to make consistently wise choices regarding nutrition, lifestyle, and overall well-being. She strives to lead by her own example rather than talk about everything she is doing. “The results speak for themselves. Then everyone wants to know what you’re doing so they can try it,” said Forney.

The event brought in about 25 people, including students and local MAVS members. Harris was pleased with the turnout because this was a specific event as opposed to the more broad ones that they sometimes host.

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The Freshman 15 is an Elective

Drop Some Pounds With COREiculum

coreiculumGetting in shape while away at college has gotten a lot easier for students, thanks to the University’s COREiculum program.

Beginning in January 2011, COREiculum is a fitness and nutrition plan designed by college students for college students. The two DVD set, equipped with resistance bands and a detailed nutrition plan helps students combat the notion of the Freshmen 15. The program was designed so that it can be performed in student’s dorm rooms and takes a minimum of 30 minutes to complete.

Andy Stern, a grad student and developer of COREiculum came up with the idea of implementing this fitness program on campus.

“I was dissatisfied by the 90- day fitness program,” said Stern, “It wasn’t because of lack of dedication, but it wasn’t tailoring my lifestyle.”

The idea was taken to Professor John Buzza, who presented it to his Entrepreneur class, who voted on it, and then made it happen.

With roughly 30 students, the class is broken up into departments that go into starting the business: marketing advertising, sales, research and development, information technology, filming of campus, publicity department, legal counsel, production department, packaging and design.

The members on the Executive Board include junior Alissa Catalano who is the Head of Packaging, senior Megan Rice in the marketing department, and senior Katherine Lyons is the producer. Also on the executive board is Christian Klein, Sarah Oseroff, Josh Silva and Billy Soletti.

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Club and Greek Announcements 4/4/12

default article imageThe Outdoors Club

Congratulations to the new Outdoor’s Club Eboard! We are very excited to have some new faces joining us.

The 2011-2012 Eboard is: President Greg Cenicola, Vice President Steven Steger, Treasure Colleen Hayes, Secretary Carolyn Taylor and Inventory is Peter Chance. The ODC chairs are Mike Kulik as the surf chair, Stefania Tattoli as the Fundraising chair, Sarah Oseroff and Pat Layton are both the PR chair.

Congratulations once again.

There is no meeting this week but the ODC Facebook page is full of day trip ideas and events. Feel free to post any questions or suggestions regarding the club and any of the trips.

Economics and Finance Club

The Economics and Finance Club will be meeting every Wednesday at 2:30 pm in Bey Hall, room 231.

Students can check out our website for further information as well as our calendar of events at

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219 Freshmen Inducted Into Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society

National Honor Society Induction Took Place on Campus This Past Sunday


The University’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the freshmen honor society, held its induction Sunday, March 25, at 3:00 pm in Pollak Theatre. Fresh- men and their families filled the theatre in anticipation of being rec- ognized for their academic success. Cameras flashed as names were called and honor students made their way to the stage to receive a certifi- cate of induction. Guest speaker Dr. Thomas Pearson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs said that the 2012 induction has brought in the largest amount of students to Phi Eta Sigma yet.

Induction organizer, Pattiann Heimbuch of first year advising, said that 219 students were inducted at the 2012 ceremony. This year was Heim- buch’s first year organizing the Phi Eta Sigma induction. According to Heimbuch here is much more to the freshmen honor society than a formal ceremony in Pollak Theatre, however, and Phi Eta Sigma makes it easy for its members to participate in.

“There are several projects that are offered to our inductees and they will be able to join the ones that they want to partake in. There is no ob- ligation. [They] do whatever is good for their schedule,” said Heimbuch. To be inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, first-year students must achieve a 3.5 grade point average in their first se- mester. Though students do not have to maintain a 3.5 GPA through their entire college career to keep their membership, they are expected to continue their hard work. “I expect [the inductees] to be more involved, I expect them to keep up with their academic standards, I expect them to continue to achieve. Just because we are inducting them today doesn’t mean that they are going to fall down to below a 3.0 GPA tomorrow, so we expect them to keep the same level of academic standards,” said Mercy Azeke, Dean of the Center for Stu- dent Success.

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Bust a Move With TKE

Tau Kappa Epsilon Hosts Second Annual “Dancing With TKE” Event

tke-colorTau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity hosted their second annual “Dancing with TKE” event in Pollak Theatre on Tuesday, March 20.

The vision of TKE is to create “lifelong relationships that enhance educational, interpersonal, community and professional success.” Their mission is “to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life.” Their purpose on campus “contributes to the advancement of society though the personal growth of our members, and service to others.”

The event began around 10:30 pm. Before the event, Matthew Avellino, Philanthropy Chair of TKE said he expected a big turnout. “So far we have raised over $400,” said Avellino. “We’ve been selling tickets in the Dining Hall and over 100 people responded ‘attending’ to our Facebook event page.” It is Avellino’s first year as TKE’s philanthropy chair. Tickets were five dollars in advance and seven dollars at the door. All of the proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

The hosts of the event were TKE member Dave Kunze, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority member Marie Worsham. “It’s my first time hosting this event,” said Kunze. “We (TKE) actually nominated people who we thought would make good hosts and I was lucky enough to be nominated by my fraternity brothers.”

Patrick Swisher, freshman, and member of Sigma Tau Alpha, participated as a performer in this event with his fraternity chapter because, “It seemed like fun, I thought it would be interesting.”

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Student Activities Office Holds ‘Sound Check Bingo’

default article imageOn Friday, March 23, the Students Activities Office held an event where students could play bingo and win prizes in the Student Center at 8:00 pm. The event was free and there were over $500 in prizes.

The event was organized by Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center operations.

Heather Kelly, Director of Multi-Cultural and Diversity Initiatives, explained each bingo night has a different theme. “We wanted to do themed bingo nights because it was more fun. The theme for this week is ‘sound check’ which was based on the Apple products,” said Kelly.

Melanie Rowbotham, senior and English Elementary Education major is also part of the film staff in the Student Activities office. According to her, the reason the event was free is so that students will feel some encouragement to come. “There were a lot of prizes that students cannot normally afford so that was a good incentive for them to come out and participate,” said Rowbotham.

Students could be informed about the event through the many ads displayed around campus and in the Student Center. Other ways students could have been informed about the event was through the weekly e-mail sent out every Wednesday, or through the flyers posted on the calendar in the Student Center.

Stefania Flecca, senior and English Secondary Education major, heard of the bingo night through her e-mail. “I checked my e-mail and I saw the event. I was interested in going because of the prizes,” said Flecca.

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Club and Greek Announcements 3/28/12

default article imageThe Outdoors Club

Over the weekend the Outdoors Club traveled to Eastern P.A. for a horseback riding and camping trip.

Members say that the horses were amazing and the weather held up really well.

The ODC is planning another spring trip so anyone that wants to attend is urged to attend the coming meetings.

Wednesday, March 28, there will be a general meeting in Bey Hall to vote for next year’s e-board.

In order to vote a member must have of attended at least one general meeting before the voting session.

There are a lot of people running so come out and support them and the club!

Don’t forget to check out the official Outdoors Club Facebook page for updated information; feel free to post any questions or suggestions regarding the club and any of the trips.

The Outdoors Club’s mission is to promote the growth, understanding, awareness, and appeal of nature through the various activities they sponsor.

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MOCC Continues Tutoring in Public Speaking

default article imageMonmouth Oral Communication Center is providing tutoring for those students who need help to improve their public speaking. 

The members of the MOCC meet every Wednesday, at 2:30 pm in room 215 of the Plangere Center for Communication. Tutoring has begun this spring semester and takes place in the Center for Student Success, located in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.  Students can sign up for public speaking tutoring on Tutortrac. 

The hours for public speaking tutoring are as follows: Monday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Wednesday from 9:00 am to 11:15 am and 3:00 to 4:15 pm, Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  For questions or comments, email Kyle Carty, MOCC President at s0724204@

We hope to see you and help you!

Public speaking is the one aspect of school that students fear the most.  Any student, no matter their major, has to go through public speaking and presentations throughout their college career. 

The MOCC is looking to help students who are uncomfortable with this challenge, as well as recruit students who feel comfortable speaking in public and helping others.  For those who want to join MOCC, you can receive credit for your co-curricular practicum for your major. 

Come learn how to fight your fear or to find out how you can help your fellow students!

Los Estudiantes de Artes Van a Espana

Art Students Travel to Spain for Spring Breakesting

03.21.12_Page_16_Image_0001Fifteen University students attended a trip hosted by Art Professor Vincent DiMattio to Madrid, Spain, for spring break.

DiMattio started taking students abroad in 1982. Spain was the main location of inter-est, but he has brought students to other countries including Italy, England, Greece, Prague (Czech republic), France and Amsterdam.

“Professor DiMattio is the greatest person at Monmouth. He is brilliant and so cultured,” said Andrew Edelman, junior. “Ever since I was a freshman I knew I couldn’t wait to study abroad. I wouldn’t have picked anyone else to show me around Spain.” DiMattio hosts this trip every spring break, which lasted for 10 days.

“We took a two hour bus ride from the University to JFK Inter-national Airport. The flight was around seven hours until we got to Madrid,” said Carolyn Taylor, junior. “We stayed at the Hotel Regina, less than a block away from the Puerta del Sol in Ma-drid located in the direct center of the country and a hot spot for street performers.”

Edelman added, “In Madrid we saw the Prado museum, Reina Sofia museum, Thyssen museum, Puerta del sol, Sorolla’s house and studio, Shogall museum, Regon exhibition Grandvia, old Madrid and we went to the espana market.”

The group took a trip to a few Spanish cities including Toledo, one of the oldest cities in Spain that is set up like a medieval town. The city of Toledo is home of the cathedral and El Parador, from which one can take in the view of Toledo which inspired El Greco’s paintings. El Greco is the nickname of a Greek painter, sculptor and architect who lives in Spain. “El Greco” means “the Greek.” Toledo is also where his home and paintings are currently located.

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Club Spotlight: Cru

Campus Crusade for Christ Shares Common Beliefs


“We are a caring community, passionate about connecting others to Jesus Christ,” said junior, Shaina Tinsley from Mays Landing, NJ, Secretary of the on-campus organization, Cru.

Cru is part of an international Christian organization, on campuses in 191 countries. The abbreviation Cru comes from the word crusade in the organizations official title, Campus Crusade for Christ.

At the University, Cru is a local chapter of the larger organization also referred Cru. Their local chapter is connected to 33 other local chapters in New Jersey.

“I love that Cru is not just a Christian club on campus,” said general member, Karen Waters from Edison, NJ. “I love that we exist not only to help those that want to grow in their Christian faith, but also help to spur on various conversations around campus to those who aren’t of the Christian faith.”

According to Tinsley, Cru has two purposes: to help Christians grow in their faith, and to inform those who want to know more about who Jesus is, or who want to come and share what they believe.

“We choose to accept anyone who walks though those doors and into our ministry,” said Tinsley. “It’s that love and sense of kinship that’s helped me countless times in my college experience.”

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