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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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Honoring Christopher Cosgrove: Veteran, Alum, Hero

Honoring CosgroveCourage. Dedication. Integrity. They are three defining characteristics of those who serve our country.

NJ Run for the Fallen serves as a way to honor and remember our fallen veterans. Every year, active duty military personnel join together to honor the fallen by running about 190 miles starting from Cape May to Holmdel over the course of four days. On Sunday, Sept. 29, participants ran through Monmouth University’s campus to remember Christopher Cosgrove, a veteran alum who served in the Marine Corps.

Cosgrove was from Cedar Knolls, New Jersey and graduated from Monmouth in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, one year before getting deployed to Iraq. In 2006, he was dispatched by a car bomb  explosion at the age of 23, days before coming home, according to the organization’s official website.

Each participant ran approximately one mile for each fallen service member from New Jersey, who has a designated “hero marker.” Four years ago, Cosgrove’s hero marker was moved to the 9/11 Memorial across from the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Cosgrove’s hero marker carries four American flags to symbolize each year the runners went through Monmouth’s campus.

Dorothy Cleary, Director of Tutoring Services, said, “It’s a fitting place to put it, because a lot of these guys joined post-9/11.” Cleary is responsible for putting out the marker each year.

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Students Studying Abroad

Students Abroad 1Monmouth University offers six study abroad programs in six different countries- Argentina, Australia, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Studying abroad is a wonderful experience for students to travel and learn about different cultures.

The Italy summer program is one of the most popular programs Monmouth offers. The university partners with schools across the world to offer these remarkable programs to its students. For Italy, Monmouth partners with Lorenzo de’ Medici, an international student institution located throughout the city of Florence.

Mirta Barrea-Marlys, Associate Professor and Chair of the World Languages and Cultures department, plays an integral part in helping Monmouth students adjust while abroad.

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Benefits of Listening to Music

default article imageWhen we’re stressed, feeling down, or generally not in our best mood, we can always seek support from our best friend—music.

Music is versatile when it comes to benefiting us college students. Rock, punk, and alternative can get you pumped up and motivated for your heavy workload. The melodic tunes of pop music can immediately boost our happiness. Meanwhile, soothing classical music is a recipe for relaxation.

Playing music in the background while studying, doing homework, or writing an essay is an easy way to make  those tedious tasks more enjoyable.

Sam Perez, a junior biology student, said, “Personally I like classical [music] for studying, as it prepares me for the heavy assignments and to set goals. I leave alternative and classic rock in my playlist for breaks in between and jam out.”

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Malibu: "Things Fall Apart"

MalibuTwo years ago this week, a couple of Monmouth students joined together to audition for Blue Hawk Record’s 11th compilation album. These students were Scott Buksbaum, Ray Laux, Eric Schwartz, and James Spavelko of Malibu.

Over the past two years they have continued to grow and let their name be known in the New Jersey and tri-state area.

This past Friday, Sept. 20, they are excited to have released their sixth single, Things Fall Apart. You will be able to find this alternative rock punk influenced hit across all music platforms including Spotify and Apple Music.

Shwartz explains the inspiration behind the song, “It’s about how you feel after a relationship you thought had potential completely blows up in your face.”

Buksbaum chimed in, “Its about a relationship that you know is doomed from the start but you stay in it hoping things would change for the better.”

The boys of Malibu are super excited to be collaborating with Telegraph Hill Records for this release and hope everyone listens to it!

PHOTO COURTESY of Blue Hawk Records

How to Preserve College Memories

College Memories

 Every Monmouth student knows the phrase “Carpe Diem”, meaning “Seize the Day”. They see it every day on campus, en­graved in the underpass that con­nects one side of campus to the other.

If there’s another thing that Monmouth students know, it’s that their four years of college go by fast. Very fast. A mid the stress of schoolwork and busy schedules, sometimes students just need to stop and smell the roses in Wilson Hall’s Erlanger Gardens. It’s important to make memories by focusing on the lit­tle day-to-day moments on campus that we often overlook.

In fact, college memories are some of the best memories peo­ple make. There are countless opportunities for students to cap­ture and preserve the unforget­table memories they make here at Monmouth University, their home away from home.

Scrapbooking provides the opportunity for endless creative freedom when it comes to docu­menting your college years. Add­ing pictures, stickers, and draw­ings spice up the pages and give them a personal touch. There are endless ways to embellish your scrapbook, whether it’s creating stunning 3D pictures or adorn­ing each page with colorful backgrounds. Get creative with twine, glitter, acrylic paint, fab­ric, buttons, and ribbons—there are absolutely zero limits to what you can get crafty with.

You can document sports games, hanging out with friends on Friday nights, or even aes­thetic photos of beautiful spots on campus like the fountains in Erlanger Gardens or the his­toric columns of Wilson Hall. If you’re a senior, you can create a timeline of photos from fresh­man year to your last year at Monmouth. You can also make lists of your favorite produc­tions from Woods Theatre, the clubs you were involved in, and other Monmouth-related things that hold a special place in your heart.

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Global Go-Getters: Monmouth Alumni Take on London

MU Alumni London

Life after Monmouth is pret­ty sweet for Emma O’Rourke, Liam Coffey, James Hawk, and Jackson Pope—four alumni who get to chase their dreams at graduate school in London.

While O’Rourke and Hawk are attending the London School of Economics (LSE), Coffey and Pope are continu­ing their education at King’s College London. The gradu­ate students, who have all re­ceived a bachelor’s degree in political science, have much to look forward to this year. Nearly 3,000 miles away from Monmouth, and across the Atlantic Ocean, they will be meeting brilliant professors and gaining remarkable expe­rience.

Ken Mitchell, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Politi­cal Science and Sociology and Associate Professor of Politi­cal Science, said, “Both uni­versities are highly competi­tive and high on world ranking tables. The London School of Economics is like getting into Harvard here.” Mitchell him­self has studied at LSE before going on to receive a Ph.D. in politics at Oxford University. His diplomas hang proudly on the wall of his office.

During their undergraduate careers, all four students were involved in extracurriculars such as the debate team and Model United Nations, travel­ing to England every semester to compete with students from around the globe.

O’Rourke has had rich ex­perience as an undergraduate student. She published a re­search article in The Journal of International Relations alongside former President Barack Obama in the spring of 2019. She interned at S&P Global in Washington D.C. She graduated summa cum laude in May of 2019. To top it off, she took seven international trips to London with Mitchell and fellow political science stu­dents.

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Tips for First-Year Students

Tips First YearAt just eighteen years old, we are thrown into the world of college. We graduate from lockers to dorm rooms, school cafeterias to dining halls (and Dunkin’ Donuts on campus), and pre-determined class periods to self-made schedules. The biggest change of all is that students control their fate for their four years at Monmouth University.

There is a great amount of adaptation and responsibility that comes with college. However, there is an even greater support system made up of upperclassmen and professors.

Monmouth University’s Support Services helps ensure that each freshman has a smooth transition into their first year of college.

With that being said, here are a few tips to help freshman feel at ease throughout their first year at Monmouth.

Making friends is not easy for everyone; especially in college where there is a wide variety of people. Joining a club is a great way to make friends because it brings together students with common interests.

The annual involvement fair will be taking place on Friday, Sept. 13 from 5-7 p.m. on Shadow Lawn in front of Wilson Hall. Each club, sport, and activity on campus will be representing themselves and recruiting new members at tables where they will have giveaways such as pens, water bottles, and snacks.

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Patrick Leahy: The Making of a University President

Leahy Making PresidentOn the second floor of Wilson Hall, up the marble staircase and around the balcony, lies the office of President Patrick Leahy. Already known by students and faculty for his warm personality, he creates an inviting space that encompasses Monmouth’s campus.

Previously holding the position of president at Wilkes University, Leahy’s heart has been in education for decades. He credits his interest in pursuing his profession to one of his English professors at Georgetown University, who also happened to be the university president.

“It was the experience of getting to know him and understanding his life,” said Leahy, reflecting upon his own undergraduate career. “I said to myself, ‘that is such an interesting way to live one’s life; someday I’d like to be a university president’. And that’s what happened.”

The experience of getting to know his university president was not his only motivating factor, however. Settling in his spacious office, he recounted a story about his grandfather, who only had the opportunity to get a seventh-grade education before leaving school to support his family as a manual laborer.

“He wanted desperately to be an educated person but never had that opportunity,” Leahy said of his grandfather. “That inspires me to make sure that not only do my family get well-educated, but that we do everything we can at this university to make sure that we’re making a first-class private education as accessible to students who deserve it as possible.”

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