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“Don’t Worry About a Thing, ‘Cause Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright” | Jamilah McMillan's Senior Goodbye

It pains me to write this because it means that I am nearing the end of a riveting installment in the series that is my life. Four years ago, my parents waved me off as I drove to class, for the first time in our families 8-passenger minivan. Any growth since that frightful day is due to the kindness and generosity of individuals who took the time to push me forward, or point me in the right direction. So please pardon me as I begin this drawn out letter of gratitude for those who deserve tremendous applause.

Mi Familia: Thank you to my dysfunctional clan who has put up with me over the last four years. Sorry for all the times that I missed a game, or a family dinner, because I was studying, doing homework, in class, at a conference, or hosting an event...or a protest. I love you all--you are my backbone.

Dr. Datta: Words cannot describe the short amount of time it took for you to make a tremendous impact in my life. You are my mentor, teacher, and friend. Thank you for helping me see my own potential for change; for helping me see the power of women and girls; and for helping me see the importance of education. Dhanyavaad.

Dr. Patten: You have always said that you are my number one fan. Thank you for always encouraging me to shoot high. I will try my best.

Professor Morano: You helped us become great editors so we could create a weekly publication that we could be proud of. Thank you for teaching and leading us.

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Visiting Writer Series Welcomes Brooklyn Author, Colm Tóibín

Visiting Writer Colm ToibinThe Visiting Writer Series hosted acclaimed fiction writer, Colm Tóibín, on Tuesday, April 4, in Wilson Auditorium. This is the last installment of the spring 2017 season, and marks the end of the 12th season of the Visiting Writer Series.

The event opened with two introductions: Michael Thomas, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Visiting Writers Series and Dr. Elizabeth Gilmartin, lecturer of English, who teaches Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn in her Irish Literature class.

Gilmartin mentioned in her introduction of Tóibín that he had previously visited the University seven years prior to this most re-cent visit, which was just after one of his most popular works, Brooklyn, was published.

One thing that Gilmartin claims that Tóibín is especially good at is his character development, especially of mother characters, and the conveyance of themes of “identity creation, grief, loss, and the family complex.”

According to Gilmartin, this character and theme development can be seen in Tóibín’s work The Testament of Mary. In this work, Tóibín humanizes the Virgin Mother, Mary, to where the reader can actually relate to such a historic and influential fig-ure.

Gilmartin herself has a connection to the book Brooklyn. She shared, “My own grandmother came over from Ireland as a 16 year old by herself; it was a very similar story, but she ended up working in a diner [not a garment store like Eilis in the novel] in Brooklyn. The basic story has that connection.”

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Local Vendors Sell Goods at ‘Made in Monmouth’

Local Venders Sell GoodsMonmouth University held  its  sixth annual Made in Monmouth event in the OceanFirst Bank Center on April 8 with over 200 local vendors.

Made in Monmouth is a seven hour, free admission event open to the public organized by the Grow Monmouth Team within the County’s Division of Economic Development.

The event is sponsored by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in partnership with Monmouth University. Monmouth describes their event as, “a free event for both vendors and visitors; its purpose is to encourage people to shop local.”

The event’s purpose is to gather different local vendors like Delicious Orchards and Booskerdoo Coffee and Baking Co., who set up tables at no charge to sell their products.

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties was also in attendance and encouraged shoppers to bring along donations of nonperishable food items to support the local food bank.

Michael Chattalas, a professor of marketing and international business, said, “‘Made in Monmouth’ offers a unique marketplace that, by showcasing local crafts and entrepreneurs, promotes the Monmouth ‘place brand’ as well as community and belonging.”

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Monmouth Talks Compensating Athletes

A controversial debate surrounds student-athletes and whether or not they should receive wages. Last year, two suits were filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) over compensating student-athletes.

A former University of South California football player opened a suit against the NCAA, alleging that student-athletes are employees who should be paid. In December, the NCAA asked the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to dismiss the lawsuit, stating that paying athletes “could jeopardize the long-term sustainability of college sports.” A decision by the Court has not yet been made.

In early 2016, former members of the University of Pennsylvania track and field team, opened a collective lawsuit against the NCAA and 123 of its member institutions, alleging that athletes at NCAA schools are actually “employees” of the schools for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which would entitle them to minimum wages and overtime pay for all athletic activities. The suit was dismissed on Feb. 16, 2016 by the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

“I think that student-athletes add immeasurably to the student life component. They are the students that are always on campus, weekdays through weekends and holiday periods,” said Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics.

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Plan for Payments: A Look Into Student Loan Debt

Plan For PaymentsPaying off student loans is a feat that most student loan borrowers must face just six months after graduation, as the average student loan from a 4-year college in 2016 was approximately $37,100, according to studentloanhero.com.

Upon graduation, a student must pick a particular plan to pay off their student loans, according to an article published by nerdwallet.com. There are eight different plans a student can choose from to repay their federal student loans, including four that are based on income level.

The basic payment plans include standard, graduated and extended plans. Unless a student elects otherwise, they will be placed on the standard repayment plan, which is ten years for many companies, according to the article. This would mean that the average student will pay approximately $259 per month, on a 10 year standard plan.

According to Kristen Isaksen, Associate Director of Financial Aid, students should utilize resources such as studentaid.ed.gov and nelnetloanservicing.com for helpful options regarding loan repayment. “These sites will provide you with repayment calculators, loan servicer information and the different repayment plans,” said Isaksen. “Knowing who your loan servicer is, when repayment begins and which payment plan is right for your situation is key.”

Peter Reinhart, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute, said that it is important for borrowers to understand the small “fine print” that each loan provider sets in place. If a student undertakes a loan that he/she is simply unfit to handle, it can severely damage their credit score.

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‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ Brings Awareness to Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Awareness WalkNearly 100 students and faculty put on women’s shoes and walked in the ninth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to raise awareness for sexual assault and gender violence on Wednesday, April 6.

The original event, started in 2001, was created as an opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and restitution to men’s sexualized violence against women, according to the organizations official site. Its intention was to create a discussion and to establish open communication on sexual violence.

Coordinated by Thomas McCarthy, Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, the event had a large presence from the Greek community, as well as Monmouth Athletics, such as the men’s basketball team.

McCarthy said, “It is absolutely important to have a strong male presence here. The event was started by men to bring awareness to show that we are here to support. Having campus leaders, like athletes and Greeks really helps to spread the message and make sexual assault a men’s issue too.”

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Jack Ford Creates Dialogue About Student-Athlete Wages

Jack Ford Athlete Wages 1The University hosted a lecture by television news personality Jack Ford in Anacon Hall that was designed as an open dialogue regarding the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the controversy regarding student athlete wages on Wednesday, April 5.

Ford began the lecture talking about his background. He and his three siblings were raised by a single mother, as their father abandoned the family when Ford was five years of age. Shortly thereafter, Ford moved into the attic of his grandparents’ home in Jersey City that had no air conditioning. However, his mother was steadfast in her commitment to youth athletics, and Ford excelled at football.  Eventually, he received a scholarship to play at Yale University, then received a law degree from Fordham Univer-sity.

Being a former college athlete himself, Ford discussed the recent NCAA college basketball tournament and his thoughts concern-ing the organizations reception.

“After the championship game when Jim Nantz (sportscaster) comes over and takes the microphone, with all the players and coaches and you have this big celebration. But as soon as Jim says ‘I want to introduce from the NCAA,’ boos took over,” said Ford. “In the midst of all this great joy and celebration, there is still these boos cascading from the rafters for the NCAA. The one overarch-ing factor for this is money. It is the fact of money. In many instances, it is the fallacy of money. But it is always hovering above college sports.”

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Monmouth University Holds Annual Career Fair

2017 Annual Career FairThe annual spring career day hosted more than 250 representatives from 130 organizations, as well as a record-breaking 680 jobseekers on Wednesday, April 5 in the OceanFirst Bank Center.

There was a wide variety of employers looking for students majoring in all fields.

 New employers included: American Standard Brands, AvalonBay Communities, Bayada, Customs and Border Protection, Dow Jones, Extensis Group, Hackensack Meridian Health, Horizion Blue Cross Blue shield, Lab Design, NJ Titans Hockey, NY Red Bulls, Two River Times, Shore Digital, Skyline Solar, Wakefern Food Corp., and Wiley Publishing. 

A total of 130 employers attended last spring. “We actually tied last year’s record breaking event, but our focus is always on the quality of our employers,” said Jeff Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services.

Mass explained that there has been a 36 percent increase in attendance from last spring as there were 500 students in attendance last year and 680+ students in attendance this year.

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A Sit Down With President Grey Dimenna

The President Talks Wilson Hall, the Importance of Students, and his Future at Monmouth


President Dimenna Sit Down 1Grey J. Dimenna was named the President of the University on Feb. 28. He started his Monmouth career on Feb. 20, 1995, as Vice President and General Counsel and retired July 31, 2013. Since the transition from former President Paul R. Brown, President Dimenna has had some time to reintegrate into the University community. The Outlook sat down with him to get a deeper look into his past, present, and future.

 How long do you anticipate being the Interim President?

The trustees have said that they don’t want me using the title “Interim President.” [Rather] they want me to use the title “President,” because, as they said, I am the President and I have the full authority of the President just like any other President has had.

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Academic Affairs Staff to Receive Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone TrainingsA noticeable increase in rainbow colored stickers on office doors and desk stations may soon be observed, as nearly 30 deans, vice provosts, and other individuals within Academic Affairs will be receiving Safe Zone training on May 2.

Safe Zone training is performed at colleges and universities across the country in order to create awareness and develop allies for students in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) communities, according to thesafezoneproject.org.

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New Course Takes Students to Maximum-Security Prison

New Course Max Security PrisionAs part of a collaboration between the Departments of Sociology and Communication, as well as the New Jersey Department of Corrections, the University will be offering an extension to its current, Investigating the School-to-Prison Pipeline course through an additional class that will allow students to regularly visit a maximum-security prison in Trenton starting in Fall 2017.

The program currently falls under the larger umbrella of the University’s Academic Exchange Program, and aims to help students learn more about mass incarceration through direct interaction with incarcerated people, according to Dr. Johanna Foster, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Foster hopes to get students thinking about several aspects of mass incarceration, including the political dynamic, gender inequalities, and institutionalized racism of the system.

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