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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Choosing Sides in the Classroom

Political beliefs are always an intimate subject, especially in an academic setting, but do freedom of speech and individual liberties translate over in the classroom for professors without legal infringements?

University professors enjoy academic freedom in classroom teaching, and it is detailed in their faculty contract, but, “If faculty are expressing political beliefs in their lectures that are not related to their subject matter and are imposed on students without any openness to discussion, students have the right to bring their concerns to the attention of the department chair,” said Dr. Thomas Pearson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students at the University employ professors to introduce all types of political beliefs in the classroom because it creates openness and a bilateral line of communication.

“I think it is beneficial for students to hear other viewpoints whether it is from peers or professors. Most students are taught what their parents believe in, but there is so much more out there to know,” said Casey Smith, senior psychology major. “It is important to gather all of the information first, and then make a decision on what best suits you. Everyone is entitled to a different opinion and there is no straight ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’”

Pearson said that as indicated in the University Faculty Contract on page seven, “Academic freedom means freedom of teaching and research and of extramural (off-campus) activities... Faculty members are entitled to freedom in the classroom in presenting and discussing their subject. Faculty and instructional staff members must have primary responsibility for selecting instructional materials, defining course content and determining the methods of evaluating student performance in their classes.”

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Dr. William B. Stanley to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award From Rutgers

Dr. William B. Stanley, professor of education, will receive a distinguished alumni award from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education on April 6. Stanley graduated from Rutgers in 1979 with a social studies doctorate degree after receiving a master’s degree in history. The award symbolizes Stanley’s dedication, numerous contributions, and many influences during his career in the education field.

“I am flattered to receive the award. Rutgers University provided me with an excellent graduate education, and I’m honored to receive the award as an alum,” said Stanley.

Stanley began his teaching career in 1966 as a social studies teacher at Cranford Public School in Union, NJ. “I decided I wanted to teach during my senior year in high school,” said Stanley. “I was influenced by a wonderful social studies teacher, Larry Carebonetti, of South Plainfield High School. I have always been intellectually curious and I enjoy helping others learn.”

After 14 years in Cranford, Stanley chose to further his education in pursuing a master’s degree in history at Rutgers University. “This confirmed my desire to teach. But I wanted to increase my knowledge and improve my teaching skills, which led me to study more history and methods of teaching in graduate school,” said Stanley.

Stanley began working as an assistant professor teaching social studies education at Louisiana State University in 1980. In 1985, he was promoted as the Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director.

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The Environmental Impact of Super Storm Sandy

The shores of New Jersey are summer hot spots for tourists. Most participate in boating, fishing and beach-going. However, that may not be so safe this summer.

According to a report from the National Hurricane Center, “Whole communities were inundated by water and sand, houses were washed from their foundations, boardwalks were dismantled or destroyed, cars were tossed about, and boats were pushed well inland from the coast.”

The report also said that the fishing industry suffered due to damage to docks, marinas, restaurants, and fish processing plants. “BoatUS, the American Association of Boat Owners, estimated that Sandy destroyed more than 65,000 boats and caused marine-related damage of about $650 million to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” it said.

James Nickels, marine scientist for the Urban Coast Institute at the University, said environmental damage from Sandy is vast. “Large areas of coastal flooding and dune destruction, inundation of saltwater into freshwater lakes along ocean, release of quantities of oil, fuel, pesticides and other chemicals were some of the problems. There was failure of sewer infrastructure and pumping stations which released large amounts of sewage and untreated waste water. Another issue is the forming of new inlets with the ocean from coastal lakes and bays. Large quantities of debris spread throughout water ways and marshes,” said Nickels.

He also said that major clean-up of debris has taken place since Sandy. “The breaches in the barrier islands have been closed. Most sewage systems are back to operating normally. Debris clean-up is underway and making good progress. Work has recently been started to find and remove debris from local waterways as a result of Sandy.”

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The Outlook’s Exclusive Interview with Dr. Paul Brown

The Outlook’s Editor-In-Chief Brett Bodner spoke with soon-to-be MU President Dr. Paul R. Brown on Monday, March 18.

The Outlook:What drew you to Monmouth?

Dr. Brown:A whole slew of things, I would say. Probably most generally, the comprehensive nature of Monmouth, meaning a full plate of graduate and undergraduate programs and majors. That’s really powerful on both the graduate and undergraduate level, particularly some of the fields of relevance, which hit me really quickly. Of course the great facilities, I mean of course there’s always room for improvement, but there are really wonderful facilities. The school has a really nice location and dimension, as it is located by the shore. I also believe having Division I sports is great. There are similarities in that regard to Lehigh, in fact Monmouth actually plays Lehigh in competitive games like football. Those are probably the strongest reasons and I also can’t help but notice the leadership President Gaffney brought to the University and he has served the University so fine. It is a wonderful place to build from.

The Outlook:What are some of Monmouth’s strengths?

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University Professor Receives Outstanding Human Rights Community Activist Award

Lynda Ziemba of the Department of Political Science and Sociology Receives Award from Kean University


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Lynda Ziemba, professor of the University’s Graduate School of Social Work and the Department of Political Science and Sociology, received the Outstanding Human Rights Community Activist Award from the Human Rights Institute at Kean University during the Sixth Annual International Conference on Human Rights on Friday, March 8.

According to Kean University’s website, “The mission of the Human Rights Institute [at Kean University] is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and inspire action to combat these injustices.”

Millie Gonzales, Director of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, said, “Award recipients are chosen based on their personification of the Human Rights Institute’s call to action through one’s invaluable contributions to the advancement of human rights.” As a global community development social worker, Ziemba was honored for her contributions to increase awareness and advancement of human rights, especially in Africa.

Ziemba’s love for Africa began years ago as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). As a part of home-building teams, Ziemba worked to help local communities in Ghana and Uganda.

“I’ve worked with HFHI locally for many years,” said Ziemba. “I enjoy how the organization is run. It gives people a hand-up, not a hand-out.” During the home- building process, local citizens play a huge role in constructing the homes they receive. “I like solidarity as opposed to charity,” she said.

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Music Industry Students Create Record Label

Blue-Hawk-RecordsUniversity students created Blue Hawk Record Label in an effort to receive real-life experience in the music industry.

Blue Hawk Records was created by students in the Applied Music Industry 2 class. Every semester, the students enrolled in the class must complete 30 hours of service outside of class helping the music or theater departments. This spring semester, University students decided to get real hands-on experience by forming their own record label.

Each student has their own responsibility in the record label. Kristen DePaola, junior music industry major, is the general manager and a part of the recording group.

As of now, only students in the Applied Music 2 class are a part of Blue Hawk Records. The students plan to network and connect with others on campus. DePaola said that they will work with radio and television students as well as other students.

The class made a group consensus to create the label. “We haven’t really heard of anyone else doing it, so that’s what makes this exciting,” said DePaola.

The label has signed four artists thus far, all of which are University students from the class; two singers and two bands. The two singers are Natalie Zeller and Sarah Gulbin, acoustic singers and songwriters. The two bands that have been signed by the label are Seasons, Bryan Haring’s band; and 99 Regrets, Guy Battaglia’s band.

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Bey Hall to Undergo Addition: Pozycki Hall to Open in September of 2014

Addition Will Include Student Lounge, Auditorium, Four Classrooms and Eight Offices


BeyHall1Thanks to a generous donation by Steve Pozycki, CEO of SJP Properties and member of the Board of Trustees of the University, plans have been made for a 20,000 square-foot building addition onto the north side of Bey Hall in order to grant more space for the Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) and the Kislak Real Estate Institute (KREI).

Administrative Services is hoping for a groundbreaking by the end of this May with the project being completed by September 2014. After an approval hearing in front of West Long Branch on March 28, the University can determine when construction may begin.

The addition will be built between Bey Hall and the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC). The two-story building will be linked to Bey Hall and will consist of four general-purpose classrooms that will seat 30 students, a 170-seat auditorium, eight faculty offices, and a student lounge. According to the preliminary plans, which have not been finalized, the open floor plan will appear similar to Bey Hall, with some of the differences being that the common area on the second floor will be 1300 square feet wider and the building will include an outdoor patio.

The addition will not enter the commuter parking lot. Patti Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services, said, “We want to preserve as much green space as possible. I think that this space will lend itself really well to students congregating inside and outside onto the patio.” Swannack also mentioned that since the green space is very wet right now, the drainage will need to be improved before construction begins.

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Norwegian Rat Found in Maplewood Hall

Rat-Photo A Norwegian rat found its way into a bathroom in Maple­wood apartment 2D on Sunday, March 10. Jim Pillar, Associ­ate Vice President for Student Services, said this was the first time anything larger than a field mouse had made its way into one of the buildings on the residential side of campus.

That evening, resident Mi­chael Wick walked into the bathroom to take a shower. He glanced down to the garbage can and to his surprise there was a large rat in the garbage can. “I freaked out a little bit, told one my roommates and he called Carlos and told him we had a little bit of a situation on our hands,” Wick said.

Junior Carlos Guevara was on the other side of Maplewood when he got the phone call. “I didn’t believe him at all at first because I just couldn’t believe that there was a rat in our room and it was overwhelming to see something the size of a small house cat in the garbage can,” Guevara said.

The boys did not notify Resi­dential Life or the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) as they chose to han­dle the situation themselves.

Guevara thought he’d be able to catch the rat in an old iced tea container, but realized the rat was too big to fit in it. In­stead he took an old piece of poster board, provided to him by fellow roommate Carmine Ruocco, and placed it over the garbage can sealing the rat in­side.

Guevara then picked up the garbage can, while holding the poster board in place, and ran outside to release the rat.

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Debate Hawks Win First Ever Tournament in California

debate-hawksThe University Debate Hawks made history in California when they brought home their first major tournament win. Debaters Kelly Craig and Michelle Grushko won the Western Novice Debate Championship in Sacramento, California. This is the first time the debate team has ever won an entire tournament.

The team broke three new records in California. Juniors Samuel Maynard and Lianne Kulik hold the best record that Monmouth Debaters have ever had going undefeated in the preliminary rounds. Captains senior Lexi Todd and sophomore Daniel Roman are the first team to ever make it to the finals on the junior varsity level. The biggest record, however, was broken by junior Kelly Craig and freshman Michelle Grushko when they took home the first place award for Novice, winning the whole tournament.

Todd expressed how proud she was of the team. “The California tournament was a weekend of broken records for Monmouth Debate and I could not be prouder of my team’s accomplishments. We, as well as the rest of the country, learned that Monmouth Debate is no longer just a team of Novice Division debaters who never make it past the first playoff round. Not only can we win tournaments, but we can also compete at the upper division,” said Todd.

Craig stated, “I am still in shock that my incredibly talented partner Michelle Grushko and I won the tournament. It truly made me realize how lucky I am to be a part of a team that is made of people who motivate me to continue to learn more about debate and set new goals.”

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Lehigh’s Dr. Paul R. Brown Named the Eighth President of Monmouth

NewPresThe Board of Trustees named Dr. Paul R. Brown to be the eighth president of the University on Wednesday, March 13. Currently, Brown is the Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University and will take over on August 1 at the University.

The decision was made by the Board of Trustees on February 26 during a special meeting. The reason the announcement was delayed was due to both sides working out the details of the agreement.

“He was always the front runner in our minds going in and he received the unanimous vote to become the eighth president of Monmouth,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Robert Sculthorpe.

Brown looks forward to the opportunity and says he knows what he has to do to be a good president for the University. “This is a capstone activity in my career,” Brown said. “This is what I want to do and this will hopefully be a 10-year run. Presidents are stewards of Universities and you need to be a solid one, who maintains a healthy and vibrant and safe environment.”

During Brown’s time at Lehigh, he managed high levels of enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs as well as recruited and hired faculty at a quick pace that was never done before. He also helped the College of Business and Economics set forth a strategic plan which was approved by the faculty and will set the trajectory of the University for the next 10 years.

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Photography Exhibit Documenting New York City After 9/11 Presented at University

Joel Meyerowitz Aftermath Series on Display at Pollak Gallery Until March 22


MeyerowitzThe University’s Center for the Arts is presenting selected works from the Joel Meyerowitz Aftermath Series, an exhibit documenting New York City after September 11, 2001 through photographs.

After September 11, 2001, the Ground Zero site was classified as a crime scene, and only those directly involved in recovery efforts were allowed inside. With the help of the Museum of the City of New York and certain city officials, award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz obtained unlimited access to the area. The press and other photographers were not as fortunate in gaining unrestricted rights of entry into Ground Zero.

Day and night, for nine consecutive months, Meyerowitz documented “the pile” as the World Trade Center and the estimated 800 people that helped during the recovery process came to be known as. Meyerowitz knew that if he did not make a photographic record of the recovery efforts “there would be no history.”

“Using photography to document history really helps to get an accurate historical perspective on a particular event because it demonstrates physical proof and evidence,” said Harmony Bailey, sophomore history major. “Seeing these pictures of the tragedy that occurred on September 11 really hits home. I remember watching it on television back in third grade and seeing these pictures really brought that reality back.”

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