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Have You Paid Your Bills?

The University’s Office of the Bursar Handles All of Students’ Billing Needs


Each semester, many students find themselves in classes where their names aren’t on the roster. If they have experienced financial difficulty in paying for the class, or the University has not received their payments, then the Office of the Bursar is here to help.

The Office of the Bursar deals with matters of tuition, room, board and fees and all other aspects of students’ financial accounts. “We also charge for any books that are charged against a student’s financial aid,” said Jonas Javier, Bursar. “Another primary thing we do is process student refunds after financial aid or any over payments, and we also disperse any financial aid that a student is receiving.”

One of the consequences of not paying bills by the deadlines that the Office of the Bursar sets each semester is being dropped from the classes that were not paid for in a process called deregistration. “Deregistration happens long after the actual semester payment deadline is,” said Javier. “Even though it sounds unjust, in reality what that does is open up course registration for other students who have paid their bills.”

Often students will find the means to submit their payments after the deadline and after which point they have already been dropped from their classes. For this, the Office of the Bursar has a solution. “We have a process called retroactive registration, in which we do instruct students that have been cancelled,” said Javier.

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Conquering Dreams Through the Civil War

features-civil-warThroughout our nation’s history, numerous significant events have made an impact on the way our country is today. The Revolutionary War, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, The Great Depression, World War II, September 11, and many more. Out of all of these events could the most significant event be, perhaps, the Civil War?

According to Greg Caggiano, aspiring teacher, Civil War enthusiast, and history blogger, the Civil War is just that. “It is the single defining moment where we decided as a country are we going to stay together or are we going to allow other states to secede. I take a more sympathetic approach to the south, but regardless it is still a defining moment in our nation’s history. There is no event more important than the Civil War. Revolutionary and World War II were important too, but the Civil War is where we come into our own as a country,” said Caggiano.

Ever since Greg was seven years old, he has always had a love for history, especially the Civil War. Now 14 years later, he is well onto his way into adult hood and at times can resemble a Civil War soldier with his solid build, short brown hair and scruffy beard.

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Liberal Arts Across the Disciplines

No matter their major, all students attending the University are required to take the same courses to fulfill general education requirements. These liberal arts and humanities classes are designed to give students a wellrounded education and are, according to many professors and students, important.

Jean Li, ancient history professor, speaks out about the general education requirements in the history department. “History touches upon every aspect of contemporary society,” she said. “A business major should know why economic systems developed the way they did. For example, they should know the origins of our current system of banking arose in Renaissance Europe to meet certain demands of globalized trade. Law or pre-law students learn that history is inherent in law. The law is built upon history; lawyers argue based on precedent.” She continues that history can be used for various reasons in other departments such as communication and political science.

Li believes that the history requirements are minimal and should be more diversely focused on. “I think it’s important for students to take History 101 and 102, not just one or the other,” she said. “I also think it’s important for students to take world (not European or American) history classes. Students need to expand their knowledge beyond the traditional ‘Western Civilizations’ since contemporary society is truly global. If you think about it, human societies have never been isolated, but global in their own ways. History ties all the disciplines together. It, along with anthropology, is the study of human achievements,” said Li.

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Giving Life to Synthetic Organs

features-giving-life-to-synthetic-organsThree short years ago, Andemariam Beyene was studying geology for his PhD in Iceland when his physicians found out he had a golfball sized tumor growing in his trachea (windpipe) which blocked his breathing. After going through aggressive rounds of surgery and radiation therapy, Beyene’s health continued to deteriorate, according to The New York Times, as the tumor still persisted.

It seemed as though all hope had been lost, for without a transplant, Beyene would almost certainly have died. Beyene soon thereafter enrolled in a revolutionary operation. Tissue engineers from London created an artificial windpipe of a special plastic and coated it with somatic stem cells from Beyene. According to BBC, an Italian physician, Paolo Macchiarini, at the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, led the pioneering surgery.

The technique is special in the regard that it does not require a donor. It uses the patient’s own somatic stem cells to vascularize and coat the artificial organ with “cells, blood vessels, and nerves to become a living functional part of the human body,” said Henry Fountain of The New York Times.

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Suicide Awareness Month Brings Hope to Troubled Minds

It’s 4 am and the phone is glued to my right ear. Leaning against the bed, with my legs splayed out across the floor, I am chatting with a life-long friend about our significant others.

At the age of 17, I found a guy I was completely in love with and devoted 14 months to our relationship. My friend was also in a longterm relationship. Our two boyfriends had one thing in common though: A dark side.

As much as we tried to talk to the guys about it, the conversation never really went anywhere. I had just spoken to my boyfriend Lee, two hours earlier and he sounded really depressed. After repeatedly asking him if he was alright, he didn’t tell me what was going on with him. Jenny and I were talking about it when the call waiting beeped in.

I put her on hold and heard the voice of Lee’s brother on the other end of the line.

“Lee hung himself,” he said. “What?” I did not believe what I was hearing. “Is he OK?”

“No Michelle,” he answered. “He’s dead.”

In that very second, my world was ripped away from me. All the air was sucked out of the room. I desperately held on to the idea that the paramedics could save him. I kept saying, “He’s going to be OK though, right?”

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Like Brother, Like Sister, Like Brother

Two Out of Three Triplets Discuss Life on Campus with Their Siblings


College is supposed to be the time when young adolescents branch out, find their independence, learn to do their own laundry and create a healthy distance between themselves and their families. This was not the case with triplets Danielle, Anthony and Michael Branco.

All three juniors study at the University, though that was not the initial plan. Danielle and Anthony explain how they ended up at the same institution.

“I was actually torn between The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Monmouth University, and my one brother, Michael, attended Montclair University his first year,” said Danielle. “Knowing that my other brother was going to Monmouth University was a small safety net, but I do not think it truly influenced my decision because Monmouth was a lot closer to my house and it saved me the most money.”

“I did not plan on attending the same school as both my siblings,” remarked Anthony. “I knew Danielle was interested, but I always thought I would go somewhere far. My brother started at Montclair and transferred here, so I had no idea we would be at the same school together.”

Although the Branco siblings attend the same University, they all major in areas of their own, independent interests. Danielle is majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism, while Anthony majors in Business Marketing and Michael in Computer Science. “We all have different majors and different interests, which is pretty cool because it sets each of us apart,” said Anthony.

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A Look Inside the Burning Bravery of a Fireman

For decades now, firefighters have been an instrumental part of our society. They are the ones who strap up in their turnout jacket, pants, boots, and hard helmet to go into burning buildings when everyone else is running out of them. The firefighters go in fearless and face the intense heat of the flames and the blinding, suffocating smoke. They do this because it is their job and is what they chose to do for a living. It’s a part of being in a special brotherhood.

On 9/11, their bravery made national headlines. Three-hundredforty- three firefighters gave their lives to try to save people from the World Trade Center. So many people across the country were grateful for their efforts, but as time went on it seemed to be forgotten that firefighters are still out there day in and day out giving their all and putting their lives on the line for their job.

Former Deputy Chief of the Linden Fire Department, Danny Gurrera, was a part of the firefighter brotherhood for 32 years before retiring in June 2011. For each and every one of those years, he gave the job his everything.

Danny, who is happily married and is the father of two sons, stands at 5’10 and is in great physical shape with a short military style haircut and a goatee that is now speckled with grey. His physique has been something that his fellow firefighters have joked with him about over the years. At his retirement dinner, when his name was called the entire room was flooded with the sounds of chirping. It turns out that many of his fellow firefighters said with his muscular upper body and skinny legs, he resembled a bird.

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Creative Learning in the Art and Design Department

Creative LearningIt has been said that the two sides of the brain are composed of completely separate traits and operations; the left side being the logical perspective and the right being the creative outlook. Both are facets that are divided down the middle, yet they merge together to form the mind as a whole. It’s a yin and yang kind of relationship, one that is said to be necessary for the mind to operate and function. Here at the University, such psychological divisions are being fused together by those involved in the arts.

Whether it is studio or graphic, art students on campus are displaying masterful understandings of the teachings in their particular area of interest.

Through such courses as Basic Design Comprehension, Art History and Graphic Design, students are not only taking in their lessons but going the extra step in the terms of exercising their creativity in the area.

Crowds of freshmen are drawn in every year because of current students’ great talents here. First year student Tyler Aberdeen, a studio and fine arts major, is one of these individuals. “I chose Monmouth because of the fine arts program. I remember looking through other colleges and the student works there, but the stuff being done here just caught my eye,” says Aberdeen. He goes on to mention visiting the Ice House Gallery and the gallery in Pollak Theater while on a tour on campus last fall. “I was just amazed by both the student and faculty works and knew that’s what I wanted to do and this is where I wanted it to be done,” said Aberdeen.

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Researchers’ Guide to the Galaxy

Guggenheim Library Offers Resources Accessible to Students Anywhere


features_libraryresourcesMany students have heard about the wealth of history behind the University’s Guggenheim Library, but how many are aware of the wealth inside of it? Plenty of students have taken advantage of the free computer and printing and copying access that the library offers, as well they should. However, the University strives to educate its students about the resources offered to assist students in their academic careers.

“We have almost 300,000 books,” said Assistant Librarian and Coordinator of Reference Services and Special Collections, George Germek, “and we have thousands and thousands of online databases, limitless really, too many to mention because they grow every day.” These hundreds of thousands of online resources are products of the technological advances made in the 21st century. However, other old fashioned resources have not become outdated, and are not suspected to in the near future.

“We also have printed periodicals, too,” said Germek. “Certain people in the humanities—English, history, people of that background—will still use print extensively.”

Though printed resources are still widely used among students and faculty, certain areas of study are really benefitting from the online research aids available to them, according to Germek.

“Social studies and some of the maths in this world, they use a lot of digital depositories, but not everyone.”

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Junk DNA Recycled From the Attic

features_scienceWith respect to the unprecedented advancements seen in genetics in the past few decades such as the Human Genome Project, the advent of gene therapy, and recently, the Human Epigenome Project, we are better able to begin traversing through the vast ocean of uncertainty that circumscribes our ancestry and our individuality. Through this journey, we are now beginning to understand the genetic basis for disease on a whole new level that is allowing us to treat patients on an increasingly personalized basis, one down to the very building blocks that makes up their genomes.

The genome, which consists of the aggregate sum of all the genetic information in our bodies, is composed of a tightly packed molecule known as DNA, a very small fraction of which we have known to actually code for protein. Until recently, its larger counterpart laid dormant as a gray area as we did not fully understand its function and, consequently, was labeled as “Junk” DNA.

30 research papers published last week in major peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Nature, and The Journal of Biological Chemistry, among others, contend that the vast majority of our genome, this so-called “Junk” DNA, does, in fact, have some biochemical purpose, according to the New York Times.

The papers represent a decade’s worth of work by an international collaboration of 440 scientists from 32 laboratories in the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project. ENCODE was launched by the National Human Genome Research Institute, according to the National Institutes of Health, back in September 2003 with the intention of identifying all functional elements of the human genome.

Daniel Goldenberg, senior psychology major at the University, thinks that the discovery of the function of such “junk” components of DNA is a significant and worthwhile asset to the journey of human development. “Furthermore, it is a stepping stone from which we can be able to unlock the mystery behind it all.”

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Realizations of an Addict

Former Addicts Explain Rock Bottom and Their Road to Recovery


The disease of addiction is a vampire. It sucks the life out of every aspect of a person’s existence. Addiction takes over the body, the mind, and destroys the soul. Age, race, gender or occupation makes no difference to the disease. Its ultimate goal is to take your life, unless you make the decision to save it.

“The moment I realized I was an addict was actually when I had the spiritual awakening,” Michele I. said, requesting her last name be withheld. “I was at a New Year’s Eve party and I got this overwhelming feeling like if I took one more hit, one more sip, or one more bump of anything, I was not going to wake up the next morning.” She heard the crowd countdown to midnight from her bed in another room.

“The next morning I had to figure out how to get help,” Michele said. She had just finished her undergraduate studies in criminal justice at a university in New York state six months prior. She returned home to her parents’ house immediately after the holiday and endured a painful detox on the couch from alcohol, cocaine and prescription pills. Now, ten years later, Michele has not touched a drink or drug since that night.

For some addicts, it is not always a realization that leads directly to seeking help.

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