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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Bowling Alley to be Built in Boylan Gymnasium

bowling_alley_in_boylan_gymA new four-lane bowling alley will be built in Boylan Gymnasium following the approval of internal constituents and the possession of permits. The University predicts the lanes will be completed by August 2013 according to Vice President of Administrative Services, Patricia Swannack.

Patrick Ciniello, a University alum, donated the funds to be used in the construction of a four-lane bowling alley in the South end of Boylan Gymnasium, located next to the football field according to Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Director of Athletics. The bleachers in the south end of the gym will be removed to make room for the lanes.

According to Swannack, the bowling alley will be open to University students and members of the community. It will also provide a place for the bowling team to practice and hold events. Junior Lauren Frankowski, who is on the bowling team, said, “As of right now, I do not know what the bowling alley will look like; regardless, I am happy that Monmouth is receiving this opportunity.”

“After meeting the generous donor of our lanes last week, he seems to have high expectations for the lanes,” added Frankowski. The idea for the construction of a bowling alley on campus came from the alum.

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Students Listen to Music From All Around the World

wmcx_logo“Music Around the World” was an event featured during the Global Understanding Convention. The event took place on Wednesday, April 10 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It was a streamed radio show on WMCX hosted by graduate student Jen Hom, also known as “Sonic,” and guest DJ Stuart Rosenberg, associate professor of management.

The event aired during the usual time of Hom’s radio show, “Sonic Stir Fry.” It played music from all over the world, such as Asia, Europe, South America, United States, Australia, Sweden, Japan, and Denmark.

“My objective was to play songs by artists from as many parts of the world as possible in two hours,” said Rosenberg. “It was important for me to play music that would appeal to a broad audience, so the playlist included original songs that are indigenous to a particular country as well as cover versions in other languages of popular songs that we are familiar with.”

Rosenberg said that there were a total of 30 songs on the playlist. Originally, he had come up with 50 songs for the playlist but had to cut it down. Some of the songs included “Big Time Sensuality” by Bjork, “Fairy Tale of New York” by The Pogues, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para El Buzz Espanol)” by The Gipsy Kings, “Those Nights” by Yannick and “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu” by Domenico Modugno.

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Justin Schlemm Awarded Student Employee of the Year

Justin Schlemm of the University’s Rapid Response Unit was awarded the 2013 Student Employee of the Year award this past Friday, April 12. From well over the 1,250 student employees that work on campus and the 1,700 jobs they do, only 19 individuals were nominated for the award.

Dr. Barbara Reagor, the Director of the Rapid Response Unit (RRI), nominated Schlemm for his great works within the division. According to Reagor, Schlemm, who is currently a freshman majoring in software engineering, is often contacted by clients, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the State, to develop and instruct others on how to utilize software and web applications for emergency responders. He has also worked with the RRI before he was even a student at the University during his junior and senior years of high school.

“He’s an outstanding employee and a mentor to older and younger students alike,” said Reagor. “He just has such a mature outlook and work ethic, something that you would expect more of a senior than a freshman; not to mention he has confidence in his ability, is always on time, is focused, and projects himself well and with good personality. We are just so proud of him.”

Aimee Parks, the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employment, states that the criteria for the judges in choosing the winner involves a combination of qualities, such as reliability, initiative, quality of work and contribution to the University.

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American Marketing Association Joins the Leon Hess Business School

The American Marketing Association (AMA), an organization which strives to advocate the marketing profession by encouraging excellence from their 250 chapters across the nation, has officially joined the University and AMA communities as of March 2013, thanks to founder Marissa Cusanelli, junior business administration major with a concentration in marketing.

Cusanelli started the process to create an AMA chapter on campus last February after the New Jersey AMA chapter President, Judy Ottenstroer, explained the benefits of being a member in Dr. Michaeline Skiba’s, Associate Professor of Marketing, introduction to marketing class. She said, “It was almost strange to me that we did not have a chapter on campus. The Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) is one of the top business schools in the country, so to have the most popular and trusted marketing associations affiliated with it was a no-brainer.”

Some of the benefits of being a member of the AMA, which requires $47 per year which can be purchased at marketingpower.com, are podcasts, blogs, job and internship postings as well as, networking events and panel discussions with professionals. Cusanelli said, “It is also a great way to distinguish yourself from your peers and it’s a great resume booster.”

Mitchell Pollard, junior business administration major with a concentration in marketing and student member of the AMA New Jersey, said that, in his opinion, the most significant benefit is the ability to be active in the marketing world. “Every profession involves marketing somehow someway, therefore joining the AMA will only help for your future career. In addition, the AMA may lead you to business partners or even a career you never had in mind,” he said.

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Trustee Establishes New Communication Scholarship

Scholarship Honors Former Communication Student, Raymond Michelli


In honor of their son Raymond, who passed away in October of 2011, Thomas and Roseann Michelli have established an endowed scholarship to be awarded to a communication major with an interest in sports announcing.

Raymond, also called Ray, graduated from the University in 2000 with a Bachlor’s degree in communication and a strong passion for sports. Although a lifelong battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy separated Raymond from participating in sports, he pursued his love for sports in other ways. This passion was so profound that Kevin Callahan, University’s head football coach, called and offered him a position as the team’s statistician, which Ray proudly took, his father said.

“Ray’s experience at Monmouth was pretty special. He got to go to all of the football team’s games, and was very insistent about his obligation,” said Thomas Michelli, a member of the University Board of Trustees, “He really enjoyed the Athletics and Communication programs.”

In addition to athletics, Ray also worked at WMCX as both a DJ and a sportscaster. The hosts of Ray’s sports announcing show were referred to as “The Brew Crew.” Roseann Michelli, Raymond Michelli’s mother, said, “Ray did so much at Monmouth. It was like his second home,” she said.

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Creating Community Through Poetry at the Annual “Poetry Slam” by CommWorks

Poetry-SlamStudents came together under a bright blue sky to share poetry on Shadow Lawn during the Global Understanding Convention. On Wednesday, April 10, CommWorks hosted a “Poetry Slam” to encourage dialogue about global issues. About 30 people came out to support the event that covered topics from a broken heart to race and gender. Both original and published works were read.

Katie Meyer, senior and vice president of CommWorks, said, “It’s about building community.” Those who attended had the opportunity to listen to one another and understand issues regarding a variety of topics. The attraction of the “Poetry Slam” is that people can write about something emotional or controversial and say it is “just a poem.” Meyer added, “We are just trying to bring people together.”

Meyer wrote the poem “Glass Girls” after viewing a video highlighting issues women have in our society and the idea of the “glass ceiling.” Her poem talked about unequal pay between men and women and how the government is making decisions about women’s bodies regarding birth control and abortion.

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“Friends of Socrates” Discuss State of American Healthcare

University Celebrates Global Understanding Week


In accordance with the 2013 Global Understanding Convention, “Friends of Socrates” hosted a panel discussion in the Turrell Boardroom in Bey Hall on Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 pm where they posed the question, “Why can’t we all have access to the best health care in the world, right here in America?”

The panel was led by Dr. Bojana Beric, professor of nursing and health studies and Co-Director of the Center for Human and Community Wellness; Tony Lazroe, Director of Grants and Contracts; Claude Taylor, professor of communication and the athletics professor in residence; and Dr. Marina Vujnovic, professor of communication and the Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Understanding.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a copy of which was presented to students as they settled around the conference table, “All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms.” It was this assertion that the Friends of Socrates stressed throughout their presentation.

The panel began at the head of the table where the hosts presented their findings on healthcare as it currently is, based on their experiences and research, in the United States and the status of healthcare in different nations.

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Presentation Discusses the Recent Outbreaks of Gun Violence

University Celebrates Global Understanding Week


In conjunction with the Global Understanding Convention last week, Dr. Jennifer Shamrock, communication professor, gave a presentation on gun control in America titled “Fully Loaded” on April 10 at 2:30 pm with the assistance of Jose Aguilar and Rachel Fisher, University students.

Shamrock provided the audience with the most recent gun violence information for the United States. “Students should realize the enormity of the problem of gun violence in America and that they can take a stand in changing our culture through their actions,” said Shamrock.

“I liked that it was a presentation about real facts, things that are happening today and stories that we can all relate to,” said Fisher.

The presentation discussed five truths about guns today that many people are unaware of. The five truths are: 1) a gun inside of a home increases homicide, suicide and accidental deaths, 2) many children today are currently living in homes with loaded and unlocked guns, 3) violence is more severe when a gun is used opposed to other weapons, 4) gun laws should be more strictly enforced in America due to the many loopholes that allow people to purchase guns without a background check and 5) enforcing safety laws in America will reduce violence throughout the country.

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MU Partners With University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ

UMDNJThe University signed an agreement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in March, which will allow qualifying students to enter the online Master’s program in clinical trial sciences at UMDNJ. The partnership will include four years of undergraduate education at the University followed by two to three years at UMDNJ.

In order to qualify, undergraduates must be in their senior year, have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their major, and obtain a recommendation from either Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, or the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee. Students can then take up to six Master’s level courses during their senior year, which will transfer over so that they can continue their Master’s education at UMDNJ. Palladino said that this track would be most useful to biology, chemistry, and mathematics majors.

The program itself is a 36-credit Master’s in clinical trial sciences, which has four different tracks that will prepare students for different roles in the pharmaceutical industry. These tracks are regulatory affairs, clinical trial management and recruitment, clinical trials informatics, and drug safety and pharmacovigiliance. It contains a nine-credit core and 27 credits of specialty courses.

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How Useful Are College Exams?

Many students experience anxiety and panic before or during an exam, raising the question if college exams are the most accurate measure of intelligence and how drastically they can affect a student’s grade for better or worse.

Test scores are a necessary component of most class curriculums and grading systems. Professors use written exams to measure a student’s knowledge of class subject matter in order to provide them with an accurate grade. Dorothy Cleary, Director of Tutoring and Writing Services, said, “Exams, whether they are multiple choice, objective style or essay, projects, hands-ons, or subjective styles are a necessary component in many courses and disciplines to measure one’s understanding of material studied.” What students need sometimes, however, is reassurance that they can improve their test taking skills. “I always tell students that there is a difference between IQ and intelligence versus having the tools, skills, and strategies to manage, cope, and address the situation,” said Cleary. “Therefore, I believe exams are necessary and are a strong component of measuring one’s knowledge of course material in many, but not all, instances.” Briana Lynch, sophomore art student at Parsons Art School in New York City, does not think exams can accurately measure a student’s intelligence. “You can memorize information for a test but you can't learn how to create original idea,” said Lynch. “The highest paying jobs are taken by people who can do what was never done before, not by repeating what has already been done.”

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Do You Have the “Fear of Missing Out?”

Studies Determine that Generation Y Suffers From “FOMO” as a Consequence of Social Media


FOMO, or the fear of missing out, has been around for as long as humans have existed. But as society moves into a technological era, FOMO has increased.

Kaitlin Grotto, senior graphic design major, describes this feeling. She said, “I get worried that I’m going to miss out on the fun and the inside jokes that my friends might have from the time that I’m not around.”

Grotto continued, “Have you ever been hanging out with a group of friends and they’re talking about a memory and all laughing and you weren’t there so you felt left out? That’s what I never want and why I have FOMO.”

Although the fear of missing out is not a real psychological disorder, it is a syndrome that the Millennial Generation and the generations to follow will have as long as social media exists.

The fear of missing out on what? “Everything!” said Matt Pisano, senior.

FOMO can range from the fear of missing out on a cup of coffee with a friend to missing out on a spring break trip. A group of University seniors said things like not going to the bar, missing happy hour, committing to a relationship, visiting family instead of being at school, not going on vacation when others are, and missing mall trips are all things that cause FOMO.

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