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Social networking tools, such as Facebook, blogging and Twitter, are fast becoming an integral part of college admissions around the country as students communicate with schools in the way that has become second nature to them.

More than 60 percent of schools are now using social media to recruit and contact students, which is a huge jump in just a few years, according to a survey done for the National Association of College Admissions Counseling.

And just about every college and university in New Jersey has recently started or is planning to launch some sort of social media campaign, from "live chats" online to Twitter updates and video campus tours.

Applicants to the University can now use videos submitted via Facebook — in lieu of essays — to tell the school why they should be accepted.

Online groups set up by Drew and Seton Hall Universities lets those admitted get to know each other before they ever set foot on campus, and Rutgers University freshmen are blogging for prospective students on school-sponsored sites. "It's the new and best thing, and you have to do it unless you want to look antiquated," said Peter Nacy, Vice President of undergraduate admissions at Seton Hall.

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A New Hope Against Malaria

Hope Against MalariaAccording the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), malaria affects 225 million people across the globe every year, killing over 781,000 people, mainly African children. Even though the morbidity rate of malaria has been reduced due to scale ups in malaria-control-interventions in recent years, the danger malaria poses to public health remains at the forefront of concerns throughout the globe.

The World Health Organization says malaria is caused by a parasite of the genera Plasmodium and is transmitted intravenously from the mosquito bite on the integument to the liver, where the erythrocytes (red blood cells) are infected. Common symptoms include fever, headache, and vomiting. If left untreated, malaria can become life-threatening by severely disrupting blood supply to the organs.

On October 18, preliminary results published in the NEJM of a phase three clinical trial in Africa provided hope to millions that a new vaccine for malaria may finally have been synthesized. The vaccine, created by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, is called RTS,S and has been in development for more than 25 years with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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The Woman Behind Student Success

Meet Dr. Mercy Azeke, Dean of the Center for Student Success

Behind Student SuccessThe Center for Student Success (CSS) allows students to have access to the many programs and services that help students cope with the stresses of college. These include the academic rigors, determining and declaring an appropriate major, acquiring valuable leadership and work experiences, and making progress towards degree completion. The CSS houses all of the programs that help students accomplish these goals including the Office of First Year Advising, the Tutoring Center, Career Services, Experiential Education, Service Learning and Community Programs, the Department of Disability Services, the Writing Center, Supplemental Instruction, the Office of Transfer and Undeclared Services and the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). Dr. Mercy Azeke is the overseer for all of the programs encompassed by the CSS.

Azeke became the Dean of the CSS in October 2009. She is originally from Nigeria where she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nigeria in home economics education. She came to the Statesin 1980 with her husband. After a few months in the U.S., she decided with the help of her parents to go to graduate school at Temple University, where she received her master’s in curriculum instruction and doctorate degree in vocational education.

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“Mission: Philosophy” Pioneers Forward

Students Fight to Organize Philosophy Major

Pioneers ForwardWhat initially began as five inspired college students pushing to add another field of study to the curriculum has become a well-supported movement to encourage the University to offer its students philosophy as a major.

In the fall 2010, five students, Jessica Celestino, Aziz Mama, Emily Curry, Matthew-Donald Sangster, and Andrew Bell, found themselves in the same intriguing existentialism class that left them with a new appreciation for philosophy and a love for the subject.

Once the group discovered that the University did not offer a philosophy major, they mobilized in spring 2011 and have since been working to add the major.

“Mission: Philosophy” promotes the philosophy major and all of the benefits it offers. In order to raise awareness about the movement, the executive board members of the Philosophy Club, who are also the pioneers of the movement, have made numerous presentations in first-year seminar classes and introductory classes in the social sciences and humanities, according to Curry, Secretary of the Philosophy Club and one of the movement’s pioneers.

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Alum, DJ, Statistician, Inspired All Who Knew Him

Beloved Member of the Communication Department Passes Away

Ray Michelli 1Ray Michelli was someone you just couldn’t miss when you walked into a room packed with people. It had nothing to do with the fact that he was bound to a wheelchair; it had everything to do with an infectious smile, as described by many, which lit up everyone around him.

After living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for all his 36 years, Ray passed away on Thursday, October 6. Remembered by a support system of family and friends, he was also cherished by several members of the University community. As a communication student, a sports talk show host and DJ for WMCX, and a statistician for the University football team, this former Hawk had his plate full, but enjoyed every bite of it.

“As anyone who knew him came to realize, he was one of the proudest and most courageous human beings anyone could ever meet,” Nick Mischelli, Ray’s uncle, said during the funeral’s eulogy.

Dr. Chad Dell, Chair of the Department of Communication, commemorates Ray’s smile and positive attitude. “He was so passionate about radio, he was passionate about sports, and he always had something funny or an interesting angle that made me see things a different way, so I always liked talking to him,” Dell says. He heard of Ray’s passing on the University’s alumni Facebook page.

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What We’re Really Thinking About Halloween

Overpriced Drinks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Other Halloween Favorites

Thinking About HalloweenThe leaves have all fallen, it’s dark before 6:00 pm and you need a jacket in the morning. Welcome to fall! And we all know what that means… Halloween is on its merry way.

Get ready to start stressing over whether you should be a nurse or cat woman. God forbid anyone chose something original. And we all know that some guy is going to be the condom dispenser and act like he’s the first person to wear the costume.

Or maybe you don’t have the good fortune of getting to dress up like an angel for the 15th time. Perhaps you’ll be chained to your front door for eight hours as snot nosed kids stomp all over your front lawn and come to your door looking for candy like bums begging for a dollar.

When Halloween falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there’s always that parent that decides that 9:00 am is a suitable time to begin trick or treating. That’s always fun. And who doesn’t love the kid who grabs 50 Kit Kats after you specifically say “TAKE ONE”? Then they’ll go running, trampling your beautiful hydrangea bushes without as much as a thank you.

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The Scares in Your State

The Most Haunted Places in New Jersey

Scares in Your State 1It is that time of year again. The days are shorter, the nights are cooler, and tales of ghost stories and hauntings are sought out by many.

The ghosts of the dead can make their presence known by running us off the road, or giving us a glimpse of them. We might hear their footsteps and find that objects were moved when we were not looking. Maybe it was just your imagination, or maybe it was the ghosts of the dead reaching out to you.

New Jersey hosts one of the most haunted roads in the United States, a ghostly colonial manor, and has its own homegrown tales of terror.

Some people believe in ghosts and some do not, but one can go to these haunted places and find out for themselves if they are a true believer.

One of the most haunted roads in America is located in West Milford. With a history of unexplained phenomena, Clinton Road is a 10-mile stretch of road surrounded by woods. “There’s a lot of strange activity here on Clinton Road,” Mark Johnson of New Jersey Paranormal Research said. “Many people have had accidents here and some people have died.”

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Skipping Class

Guidelines to Follow for the Forgetful Student

We’ve all done it. We just don’t want to wake up for that 8:30 am class all the way across campus. We hit the snooze button one too many times, or maybe we just had a really late night of partying it up.

Whatever your reasoning is, everyone has once, twice, or 50 times, skipped their classes.

Now, everyone knows that professors have attendance policies and strict rules about how many classes one can miss, but what most people don’t realize is that it’s a lot easier to skate around these rules and guidelines than one might think.

All it takes is a little common sense and some creativity at times.

There are a few common mistakes and misconceptions when it comes to skipping class. The first and, without a doubt, biggest mistake someone could make when skipping class is using the same excuse on a professor more than once.

This may seem like an obvious “don’t,” but according to Professor Robert Scott, Communication professor, it happens more often than you’d think.

“I’m reminded of the student a few years back whose grandmother had died three times in the course of a single semester,” he said. “Now, I don’t teach biology, but this scenario seems highly unlikely.”

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A Neat Freak’s Nightmare

The Disease Behind A&E’s “Hoarders”

A Neat FreakMany people collect things such as coins, dolls, baseball cards, and antique items. Keeping a collection clean and organized allows the individual to enjoy the items they have acquired. However, some people begin to collect things compulsively, and it consumes them.

If this behavior continues unchecked, and a home is filled with useless items that are unorganized and unkept, it is most likely a hoarding situation.

The A&E television show “Hoarders” addresses the issue of compulsive hoarding and assists the participants on the show in recognizing, cleaning up and receiving treatment for their disorder.

Compulsive hoarding is defined as “an irresistible desire to possess an extraordinary amount of items that, to others, may seem to have absolutely no value at all,” according to The Compulsive Hoarding Cure’s website.

In one episode, Andrew’s home is completely filled with stuff to the point the house is unlivable.

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The Price of a College Education

Understanding the Tuition and ‘Fees’ at a Higher Institution

Today’s economy has most students and their families constantly stalking their checkbooks. With the already suffering economic conditions in the United States, a college education only puts more financial stress on families and individuals. This can make us take a step back and wonder where our college tuition is really going.

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid, Claire Alasio, said that the University’s tuition goes to “anything you see happening on campus. Classes, any events you see going on, building maintenance, faculty salary…Everything has a cost.”

Many students agree with this statement, though from a different perspective. We look at only the college expenses that pertain to us.

Alyssa Gray, a freshman, said that as a commuter, most of her money goes to food and gas.

Chris Orlando, a freshman, said, “The largest expense, aside from tuition, is my textbooks. Food and school events are some of my other large expenses.”

These expenses, however, apply to any university student. Alasio said that in her opinion, Monmouth is priced fairly.

“You have to consider that Monmouth is private, meaning not funded through tax payers,” she said. “There are 14 private schools in New Jersey. I would say we’re in the lower third when it comes to comparing tuition prices.” Alasio adds that in the 15 years she has been at Monmouth, this year was the first year that she has seen an annual tuition increase of more than five percent.

Even so, we are only at an estimated seven percent increase from last year while other New Jersey private schools are at double digit increases. Tuition increases, said Alasio, come with the cost of doing business.

According to Alasio, the process of deciding which college or university to attend is based on net price, which is what is the student’s tuition is at each school after all grants and scholarships have been awarded.

“I want students to make an informed choice,” she said. The point that she most emphasized is the value of an education. “It’s a lot like buying a car. You can spend $25,000 on a new car or you can spend $14,000, but do you feel it’s a good car? Are you satisfied with it? If so, then great,” she said. It’s a different decision for each individual; everyone wants something different.

Orlando said, “The education at Monmouth is beyond phenomenal and gives me many great options later in life, but to begin life in the real world in so much debt is taking a step back. Making college so unaffordable in general, not just at Monmouth, it discourages people from attaining higher learning.”

“I believe I will make it [money spent on college] back, it’s just a matter of when,” said Gray. Today, most careers require a college degree. Both students believe that a degree will widely expand their personal employment opportunities and their chance of earning back their tuition dollars.

The biggest question a student must ask themselves, said Alasio, is “in an honest way, do I feel like I am getting what I paid for?”

Monmouth University strives to help students. Next month, an undergraduate survey will be available to measure student satisfaction, what they want for their money, and what they could do without.

“Speak up,” urged Alasio. “We want to hear it.”

Keeping Your Wallet Full

How to Get Around Major College Expenses

Wallet FullIf there is one thing that every student knows, it is that college is expensive, and prices only continue to go up. Reducing spending can be difficult, but it is an effective way of saving money.

One of the major college expenses is the cost of books. According to, the best way to save money on books is to start by buying used books. Students can also take advantage of websites such as in order to find reasonably priced text books. After the semester, students are encouraged to sell their books back.

Credit card debt can often start early if a student is not careful, so students are encouraged to stay away from credit card usage unless it is an emergency. If a credit card is used, students should get in the habit of paying bills on time to avoid the late fees and pay more than the minimum payment fee.

College students do not realize how much they spend on food outside of their meal plans. Weekly take out alone can add up to a lot of money every month. According to, a student who buys a daily cup of coffee may end up spending over $250 per semester.

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