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Town Hall Meeting Addresses Heroin Crisis in New Jersey

Town Hall NJ Heroin CrisisOver 700 attendees gathered for the Jersey Matters Town Hall: The Heroin Crisis to address the states heroin epidemic in Pollak Theatre on Mar. 16.

There are roughly 128,000 heroin users in NJ, and the epidemic claimed 918 lives in 2015, which is the highest annual death toll from heroin ever seen in NJ according to an article by the Observer published on Jan 8.

Drug overdoses in NJ jumped overall by 21 percent between 2014 and 2015 according to the article, and health experts in the state expect the data from 2016 and 2017 to be far worse than the current numbers.

The event was co-sponsored by WJLP Me-TV, the Asbury Park Press, and the Discovery Institute, and included many individuals from various backgrounds who were touched in some way by the heroin epidemic; including Attorney General Christopher Porrino, actress and former heroin addict Mackenzie Phillips, other former addicts, their family members, attorneys, and medical practitioners.

One panelist included Stephanie Oswald, the mother of Andrew Oswald III, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 23. During the event Oswald shared why she made sure that the cause of her son’s death was explicitly made known on his obituary.

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University Dean Receives Notable Award for Writing Distinguished Book on Houston’s Astrodome

Dean Womack Awarded on Astrodome 1Kenneth Womack, Ph.D., Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was honored with the Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) for his book “The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston’s Iconic Astrodome,” on Mar. 4.

Womack co-authored the book with Robert C. Trumpbour, Ph.D., an associate professor of communications at Pennsylvania State University at Altoona.

SABR awards the medal to “the best book of baseball history or biography published during the previous calendar year” and must be, “the product of original research or analysis,” according to the SABR website. The website also states that the winning book must “significantly advance our knowledge of baseball and shall be characterized by understanding, factual accuracy, profound insight and distinguished writing.”

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Honors Society Inducts New Class of Freshmen Scholars

Phi Eta Sigma's Annual Induction Ceremony

Honor Society Inducts Freshman ScholarsThe University’s Phi Eta Sigma chapter held it’s annual induction ceremony of 196 new members in Pollak Theater on Friday, Mar. 24. Phi Eta Sigma, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students, encourages and rewards academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning, according to their site.

The ceremony began at 7 p.m. with opening remarks from Society President Emily Townsend, a senior business administration student. The audience consisted of inductees, their relatives, faculty, and more, who Townsend thanked for being there. She went on to introduce Phi Eta Sigma’s faculty advisor Dr. Golam Mathbor.

“You are among the select few students who have met the requirements necessary for induction into Phi Eta Sigma,” said Mathbor. “Once you have been inducted, you are a member for life.”

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London Study Abroad Students are Safe After Attack in City of Westminster

London Study Abroad Students SafeTwelve study abroad Monmouth University students were in London, UK when 52-year-old Khalid Masood killed three pedestrians and injured about 40 others as he drove through a crowd on Westminster Bridge at around 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 22.

Masood crashed his car into railings in front of Parliament Yard, before leaving his vehicle, and going through the gate to the Palace of Westminster, where he fatally stabbed Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old unarmed police officer. Moments later, Masood was shot dead, according to The Telegraph.

The events at the bridge took place in under 90 seconds, according to Sky News.

Three miles from the site of the attack is Regent’s University, where study abroad students reside. All twelve of the students were reported safe within the hour according William Mant, the Regents Study Abroad Advisor for inbound students. Some had been in the city itself, while others had been in the dorms at the University, or in class.

“When I first heard about the attack in London, I felt this terrible sadness, like, ‘Not again,’” said Robyn Asaro, Assistant Director of the University’s study abroad program. “Everyone in the office feels the shock. My first thought was, ‘Are our students okay?’ Luckily, I was literally speaking with my colleague from Regent’s when one of the girls contacted him to confirm that everyone in the Monmouth group was safe.”

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Gender Inclusive Bathrooms Unaffected by Rollback of Transgender Protections

Gender Inclusive BathroomsThe Trump administration removed Obama-era federal guidelines for transgender students in public schools and as a result, students are no longer guaranteed the right under federal law to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities that match their gender identity, as of Feb. 23. However, the University’s establishment of gender-neutral bathrooms will remain unaffected, according to administration.

The protections, in place since May 2016 by former President Barack Obama, said that prohibiting transgender students from using facilities that align with their gender identity violated federal anti-discrimination laws. The White House announced the roll-back of Obama’s protection guidelines in a statement published on Feb. 22.

President Trump declared, “policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level...returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from students, parents, teachers, and administrators.”

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Communication Career Event Brings Professionals from NBC, Asbury Park Press, ESPN

Communication Career Fair 1Over 100 students, faculty, University alumni and industry professionals from Asbury Park Press, Sirius XM, NY Daily News, Star Ledger, NBC, ESPN, and more attended the Communication Career Event on Monday, Mar. 6 in Wilson Hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Events like this are beneficial to current students for networking purposes, for learning insider tips about their industries from former students who were once in the same position as them, and potentially for future internships and career advancement as well,” said Mary Harris, a specialist professor of public relations.

There were four parts of the event. The day began with a panel discussion that focused on careers in radio as well as a journalism and public relations career mentor session. This was followed by a panel discussion of careers in television and media production as well as a panel discussion on what you can do with a journalism and public relations degree.

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Hackers Can Steal Fingerprints From Online Selfies

Hackers Steal Fingerprints 1Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics found that hackers can steal a victim’s biometric data by recreating fingerprints from pictures posted on social media.

The Institute found that users could be at risk even without posting extremely high-resolution photos online. As long as the range of the photograph was about three meters and the area was well lit, hackers can steal fingerprints for later use. This means that even something as benign as putting up a peace sign in a selfie can be dangerous, since it openly exposes fingerprints to the lens.

According to an article by The Telegraph, released on Jan. 12, since an individual’s prints do not change throughout the course of his or her lifetime, and can be linked to locks on their personal information as well as bank accounts, stolen biometric data means vulnerability for a lifetime, especially if the data is sold illegally.

“[Students] shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking that biometric security is necessarily better than traditional security mechanisms,” said Dr. Joe Chung, Unix Administrator-Teacher of the computer science and software engineering department. “An inkjet-printed fingerprint could be enough to unlock a phone. Biometric security may be more convenient than typing in a password or pin, but it’s not inherently better.”

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Students March On International Women’s Day

Women's Day Student MarchOver 50 students, faculty, administrators, and other members of the University community participated in a demonstration on International Women’s Day on March 8. The program began with a march from the Monmouth University Guggenheim Library to a rally at Wilson Hall, and ended with a movie screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” in Pozycki auditorium.

“Women have come a long way in the ‘march’ towards gender equality. Worldwide, women and men stand in solidarity with each other to achieve equality. Despite great progress made possible by generations that came before us, we still have miles to go,” said Rekha Datta, a professor of political science and sociology.

“Worldwide, one in three women will face sexual violence in their lifetime. Gender pay gap is almost ubiquitous. These are the global causes that international women’s day reminds us about in terms of the work that is still to be done. The day is also a reminder for us to celebrate what has been accomplished by the human community,” Datta continued.

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Visiting Writer Series Welcomes Liz Moore

Writing Services Liz MooreThe Visiting Writer Series introduced its first installation for the spring semester by hosting creative nonfiction writer, Liz Moore, on Tuesday, Mar. 7 in Wilson Auditorium.

The event opened with two introductions; Michael Thomas, Associate Dean and Director of the Visiting Writers Series, who introduced assistant professor, Alex Gilvarry.

Gilvarry attended graduate school with Moore and suggested her to Thomas as a possible visiting writer. With little persuasion necessary, Thomas agreed to invite Moore to the University.

Moore currently has three published novels and has received high acclaim and recognition for the talent in these works. She is the winner of the Medici Book Club Prize and Philadelphia’s Athenaeum Literary Award, and her most recent novel, The Unseen World, which was published just this past year, was listed in “Best of 2016” lists by The New Yorker, the BBC, and multiple others.

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Criminal Justice Networking Event Coming Soon

Criminal Justice Networking EventOver 40 different organizations will be joining the Criminal Justice Department at their 5th annual networking fair on March 29 in an effort to help students of all majors build mentorships, secure internships, and establish professional relationships. The event will be held in Wilson Hall from 5 to 9 p.m.

Over 50 officials – 40 percent of which are University alumni – will represent career areas including: law enforcement; homeland security; postal inspection; secret service; the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY); and victim witness units from county prosecutor’s offices.

Nicholas Sewitch, an instructor of criminal justice and Internship Coordinator, organized the event. He said, “These presenters, being Monmouth alumni, prove that going into your career is possible, and it’s not just a dream--you can do it. They get to see them as their equals, as human beings. These are their role models; it’s good to present them with young and motivated people.”

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Brown Announces Retirement Interim President Dimenna Takes Over

Brown Announces RetirementPaul R. Brown, Ph.D, is no longer the President of the University, as of yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 28. This was announced to members of the University community through an email and press release sent from the Board of Trustees. Former Vice President of General Counsel, Grey J. Dimenna, will be serving as the Interim President until a new president is selected.

“He [former President Brown] decided to retire under his own volition,” said Henry Mercer, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “It was something that he expressed a desire to do. There are certain aspects that, under our bylaws, are confidential, but this is something Brown wanted.”

“I didn’t come to the decision to retire lightly, and after many discussions I knew the time was right,” said Brown, in the press release.

Brown joined the University in 2013. He was the eighth President since the University’s establishment in 1933.

“In his three years as President, I believe that Paul R. Brown’s implementation of the strategic plan is his finest accomplishment. This initiative resulted in the growth of academic programs and facilities on campus, as well as the national recognition of our Polling Institute and athletic programs,” said Austin Skelton, president of the Student Government Association (SGA).

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