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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

New Board of Trustees Members Elected

The Monmouth University Board of Trustees added four new members on Feb 26., bringing new faces to the University’s efforts regarding student planning. Patty Azzarello ‘86, John A. Brockriede Jr. ‘07, ‘10M, Christopher Maher, and Erik Matson ‘88M will bring their talents and experiences to the Board beginning July 1.

President Paul R. Brown said that in choosing new trustees, the Board believes, “There are many factors that make a good candidate for the board of trustees. The Board renews and refreshes itself with new members who each bring different strengths and areas of expertise they can share with the University to ensure appropriate governance.”

The new trustees are expected to enter their obligations by putting the greater needs of the entire university before any particular group or organization. As Brown put it, “An ideal candidate is willing to devote the time needed to attend not just regular meetings of the board, but also participate meaningfully to ensure that Monmouth remains strong, and demonstrate leadership so that we are constantly improving.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Henry D. Mercer III said that he is excited for the “fresh perspective[s]” they will bring to the group. Within the entirety of the Board, there are various committees and focus groups that handle certain tasks. The key in adding new members is determining where they will gel with existing members, according to Mercer.

The Board meets three times each year, in addition to a yearly retreat. “At a typical board meeting, each of the major functional areas of campus report on the accomplishments and challenges facing Monmouth.  We ask questions, sometimes tough questions, and provide guidance about matters that may impact the operations of the University.”

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NJ Dept. Of Ed Plans For Stricter Requirements

David HespeThe New Jersey Department of Education (NJDE) has proposed additional training and requirements for student teachers and higher standards for substitutes through revisions to in-state policies that were disclosed last month.

According to an article in the Asbury Park Press published on Feb. 16, the proposal would double the student teaching requirements for students in an education program at a college or university. Students would be obligated to extend the current one semester student teaching requirement to an entire year. In addition, they would need to teach in two different school settings and spend some of that time with special education students. 

Students in alternative-route programs that are available in New Jersey would be required to remain in that same program from start to finish. Currently, students are allowed to transfer. These are not the first changes in recent months established by the NJDE. In June, they increased the GPA requirements for education programs from 2.75 to 3.00. 

“We need to make sure the next generation, the next 150,000 teachers in New Jersey are prepared,” said Assistant Education Commissioner Peter Shulman after presenting the proposed changes. “By simply thinking about preparing them in a similar manner that we have prepared them before, I don’t think we are advancing the conversation.”

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CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox 5 and others Visit Monmouth

career topOne hundred and twenty-five students registered to meet with 85 professionals, along with other students who made their way to Wilson Hall to take part in the Communication Department’s 5th Annual Career Event on Monday, March 2nd.

“The Communication Career Event has become a signature program for our students and alumni. We hold the Career Event in the spring semester so students can compete for summer and fall internships, and jobs after graduation,” said Chad Dell, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication.

Students in attendance had the opportunity to choose the events they wanted to attend throughout the day. The Career Event had panels for each cluster of the communication degree, including television/radio, public relations/journalism, and communication studies. 

There were also opportunities for individuals with a sports communication minor to hear from professionals in the sports industry. 

After each panel discussion concluded, participants had the opportunity to network with representatives from over 85 organizations in attendance, including companies such as CNN, CBS Radio, ABC Radio, Fox5 News, The Asbury Park Press, Synergy Events, Townsquare Media, Two River Times, and many more. 

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Study Finds Extra Sleep May Increase Risk of Stroke

sleepA study conducted by the American Academy of Neurology last month has revealed that individuals who sleep more than eight hours a day are at an increased risk of having a stroke. 

A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident, is a decrease in blood flow to the brain that results in cell death. Strokes may be caused by an obstruction of blood flow or the rupture of an artery. 

It is no secret that college students are always seeking sleep; therefore, this study is particularly prevalent to students. 

Having to deal with a plethora of responsibilities, students often sleep only a few hours a day and struggle to stay awake in class. 

Sharon Stark, Coordinator of Monmouth University’s Forensic Nursing Program, said that college students do not sleep enough and it can have serious consequences.“It is obvious college students lack sleep as I have often seen students try to take naps during the day, sometimes during classes, to catch up on sleep,” said Stark.  

A study titled “Significant sleep deprivation and stress among college students, USA,” published in MedicalNewsToday.com stated that a consistent lack of sleep in college can result in missed classes, poor classroom performance, difficulty concentrating, hallucinations, mental health issues, declines in blood glucose metabolism, blood pressure control, and a myriad of other health concerns. 

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Students Help University Employee in Time of Need

coreyUniversity students have taken it upon themselves to help University dining hall employee, Corey Littles, when his apartment caught fire, rendering it uninhabitable. 

Austin Skelton, a freshman political science student, started the GoFundMe for Corey named, “Corey’s Fresh Start Fund.” Skelton shared the project with his compatriots on SGA who helped spread awareness across social media and campus. 

“Corey’s Fresh Start Fund” has currently raised a total of $1,080 out of a goal of $2,000.  

Skelton also described some of his experiences with Corey, “We were colleagues for a semester, and he really showed me how to be effective at my job. Corey is an overall kind, funny, down to earth guy,” said Skelton. “Nine out of 10 times when you see Corey in the dining hall, he’ll have a smile on his face despite working long strenuous hours. That’s the kind of person he is,” said Skelton. 

People from all parts of the Monmouth community, including parents and students, have donated to the GoFundMe, and have left several messages of encouragement for Corey during this difficult time, reflecting his value and positive attitude he brings to the community. 

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MU Celebrates World Hijab Day

hijab dayWorld Hijab Day was internationally celebrated on Sunday, Feb. 1, but was recognized at the University on Thursday, Feb. 26, by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA) in an event that invited students, faculty, and administrators to wear the hijab.

The hijab is an obligatory head covering that is a signature of Muslim women around the world. In an effort to spread campus involvement and knowledge of the World Hijab Day celebration, members of MSA and LTA tabled in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) throughout the day.

At the table was a collection of patterned hijabs and beside the table was a full length mirror. Under a banner that read  “Before you judge cover up for a day” sat members of MSA and LTA. The University community was free to choose a hijab from the table and learn how to wear it. After, they could check their appearance in the mirror and say how they felt about it. The MSA also handed out pamphlets with an in-depth description of the hijab.

Dr. Rekha Datta, a professor of political science, said she is happy to see students observe World Hijab Day at the University. “Through the event we learn about, and thereby develop, respect for religious and cultural diversity. The more we learn about the meaning and beauty of diverse religions and cultural practices, the more we learn to respect them, and create a society in which ignorance does not lead to discrimination, intolerance, and even violence.”

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Study Reveals Effects of Driving ‘High’ vs. Driving Drunk

driving highDriving a car while impaired is never recommended; however, new research suggests that driving while high is significantly less dangerous than driving while drunk. 

According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published in an article on Feb. 17 by USA Today, drivers under the influence of marijuana experience a very low percentage of getting in a car accident, compared to drivers under the influence of alcohol.

 The researchers concluded that an individual with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .08, the legal limit, was four times as likely to crash in comparison to a sober driver. When evaluating those who were found to be at a BAC level of .15, they were 12 times as likely to crash the vehicle. On the other hand, the subjects found to be high while driving experienced a mere five percent increase in the likelihood of a crash.

Suanne Schaad, Substance Awareness Coordinator, said that there is a correlation between being under the influence of either drugs or alcohol and car accidents.

“Marijuana and alcohol both cause impairments while driving.  If a person is under the influence, their ability to function properly and stay alert has been decreased,” Schaad said.

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‘Student Aid Bill of Rights’

college graduation cap 0Crippling debt has long been one of the most prominent drawbacks of gaining a college education according to the New York Times; however, President Barack Obama introduced his “Student Aid Bill of Rights,” which contests that the government should take a proactive role in aiding students with their loans.

According to a USA Today article published on March 10 titled, “Obama Signs ‘Student Aid Bill of Rights,’” the President stated that the average college student who takes a loan graduates with about $28,000 in student loan debt. Therefore, Obama is trying to alleviate these financial concerns for struggling students.

After signing a memorandum to declare the “Bill of Rights,” Obama traveled to Georgia Institute of Technology to explain the inner-workings of the program. 

The program is an intricate series of directives that aim to make the loan-payment process as effortless as possible. Obama urges the Department of Education to implement more forms of repayment and introduce new rules for third-party organizations that collect loan payments. 

One of the main problems that students face after college is properly planning their loan repayment. Students often feel taken advantage of by third-party organizations, as the payment options may be difficult to fulfill.

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The Science of Online Dating

science of online datingIn today’s society, young adults rely heavily on technology in all aspects of life including finding a significant other. 

Dating services such as Zoosk, eHarmony, and Tinder allow people to look for love while conveying only a small amount of personal information. 

Therefore, the details that are revealed are crucial aspects that determine whether or not two people are compatible. 

Information such as username, hobbies, and profile picture are the basis on which an individual is judged. Recently, scientists have begun to study what exactly makes the ideal profile that will attract the most people.

It is common to think that the individual’s picture is the most important feature of a profile; however, recent studies have disproved this theory. 

In a New York Times article titled “The Science of Online Dating,” published on Feb. 16, two friends set out to discover what makes a profile truly appealing. 

Sameer Chaudhry, an internist at the University of North Texas who simply could not seem to find love, proposed the idea to his friend Khalid Khan, a professor of women’s health and clinical epidemiology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The two sifted through thousands of profiles, taking notes and studying the content of each.

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Study Finds Freshmen Report Feeling Depressed

depressed

According to the study “The American Freshman 2014: College Norms,” published in The New York Times on Thursday, Feb. 5, college freshmen are reporting a 3.4 percent increase in depression rates compared to the past five years. 

The survey, conducted by the University of California, canvassed 150,000 students. Five years ago, only 6.1 percent of these students reported feeling frequently depressed. In the past year, that number has risen to 9.5 percent. Additionally, the number of students who feel overwhelmed and stressed due to school work and other commitments has also spiked, rising from 27.1 percent to 34.6 percent.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) lists several signs and symptoms of depression. These symptoms include insomnia or hypersomnia (having too much sleep), a change in appetite, a loss of interest, and an increase in sadness or crying, among many others. However, according to specialist professor of psychological counseling Gary Handler, this is not always a problem that can be diagnosed. For a diagnosis to be made, the person must be showing at least five of these symptoms within the same two-week period. They must also show a change from the previous level of functioning. 

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No More Rotten Apples: Genetically Modified Organisms Spark Debate

fruitsThe United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service approved two varieties of genetically modified (GM) apples, known as Arctic apples, on Feb. 13. As reported by the Rodale Report, the approval of the apples by the USDA and the fact that the government will not require special labeling has garnered further debate about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

Okanagan, a small company in British Columbia, has genetically modified two varieties of apples, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious, to prevent browning after the apples have been sliced, according to the New York Times

Patricia Sciscione, a specialist professor of nursing, said, “I really do not understand why we need to have apples that do not turn brown after a certain amount of time. That’s just the normal enzymes in the fruit at work. How will people know that the apple is rotten if it never bruises and turns brown?” 

GMOs are produced by inserting DNA from one species into a different species, typically either to produce a pesticide to destroy insects and other harmful organisms or to help the crops outlive chemicals used to kill weeds, according to Rodale

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