Last updateWed, 15 Nov 2017 2pm


Einstein’s Bagels Leaving, Java City to Replace

Come next fall, students will no longer be able to grab a bagel in the lobby of Plangere.

Einstein Bros Bagels will be removed and replaced by Java City, the latter of which is moving from the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in exchange for another franchise.

Einstein’s has been a place of conveniences for on-the-go students over the years. Fresh baked bagels, muffins, and cinnamon rolls, along with Chicago bagel dogs, fresh sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit cups and hot coffee are what the franchise offered.

“As a graduating senior this doesn’t really affect me at all, but I do feel bad for incoming freshman who never got to have Einstein’s and also for the sophomores and juniors who are now going to have to get used to not having it right there for them anymore,” said Jessica Fina, a senior.

There had been rumors last year that Einstein would be leaving the University’s campus, but when no action was taken, students and faculty thought it was here to stay. “All I know is it’s going to be a sad day,” said one Einstein’s employee who wished to remain anonymous. “I opened this place and now I’m closing it.”

Some students, mostly freshmen, are unsure how they feel about the news “I’m a freshman and only got to have Einstein’s for one year, but I feel like I’m going to miss it, especially when I’m running late to class and craving a bagel!” said Lauren Callandrillo, a first-year student. “Java City is good too though so I’m not too upset.”

While some students are unsure of their feelings regarding the removal of Einstein’s, a different perspective was taken by Chris Spirito, a senior. “The bagels were mediocre at best, the sandwiches were terrible [and] pretty much everything was overpriced for a college demographic,” he said. “I don’t find it surprising that they are going out of business. It’s time for a healthier and college budget-friendly food place. Unfortunately, I won’t be around to enjoy it.”

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No More Gift Cards for New Jersey

news-jackie-loves-giftcardsIn upcoming months, New Jersey pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores will no longer be able to sell certain gift cards due to a recent addition to the state’s unclaimed property law. Last week, the Associated Press reported that the New Jersey Treasury Department will require third-party gift card sellers to obtain buyers’ ZIP codes so that the state can claim the value of unused gift cards after two years.

In response to the law, gift card providers, including American Express, Blackhawk Network, and InComm, are pulling their gift cards from store shelves and cutting business ties. While American Express will no longer sell American Express gift cards in stores, New Jersey residents can still purchase gift cards directly from the company. On the other hand, Blackhawk Network and InComm are completely ending business with New Jersey with the removal of gift cards from several popular restaurants and stores.

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Visiting Writers Series Comes to a Close

Students, faculty, and poetry enthusiasts gathered in Pollak Theatre last Tuesday, to hear the last installment of the Visiting Writer Series, Naomi Shihab Nye.

With an introduction by Michael Thomas, Director of the Visiting Writers Series and Assistant Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, he explained a poem of hers, “Kindness.” He then mentioned how one writer said Nye “breathes poetry, like the rest of us breathe air.”

As Nye graced the stage after Thomas’s “incredibly elegant” introduction, she joked that Thomas should do the readings as the audience chuckled.

She discussed the beauty that she found at the University, and the impressive architecture of Wilson Hall, naming it, “one of the great buildings on any campus in the world.”

With a quick thank you to the audience for coming out to spend an afternoon together in poetry month, Nye moved onto a poem given to her by a four-year-old when she was in Princeton just last week called, “The Sun.” She spoke of its simple beauty and quickly moved to her metaphor of the poem being an elegant building on a page.

She described poetry as something that she wanted to always be with, she wanted to savor it. As a child, she would listen to poetry and beg her teachers and librarians to often repeat them so she could be with them longer; she wanted to be with the lines of the poem.

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2012 Spring Career Day Garners Largest Employer Turnout

news-spring-career-dayThe University’s Spring Career Day allowed students to meet local, regional and national employers in Anacon Hall last Wednesday.

Hosted annually by Career Services, the day allows students and alumni to network with employers and discuss job opportunities.

Businesses, non-profit and government employers are annually invited to recruit students and alumni of all majors and degree levels for positions, including fulltime and part-time employment, and seasonal internships.

Taylor Miller, a senior majoring in business, attended the day and felt that it was a good opportunity to start making post-college career plans. “Going to the Career Day really gave me the chance to practice meeting employers before I start looking for jobs after graduation next month,” she said. “I got to talk to a lot of different people and I’m planning on getting in touch with some in the future for a job.”

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said that last week’s event was one of the most successful career fairs held at the University. Labeling it as one of Career Services’ “best attended events,” Hill recorded over 350 student and alumni attendees, and mentioned the high number of employer participants. “The Spring 2012 Career Day had the largest employer turnout since 2006,” he commented. “We had 78 employers present, and we filled Anacon Hall to capacity.”

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University Shows Appreciation for Student Employees

news-student-employee-of-the-year-receptionWith approximately 1,320 student employees on campus since September, there are more of them than faculty members.

 Two events spearheaded the University’s celebration of appreciation for its student employees this week.

Recognizing students for the 16th annual Student EmployeeAppreciation Week, Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employees and Michele Banafato Lassen, Student Employee Coordinator, led the festivities in the Student Center last Wednesday. A reception that recognized the 2012 Student-Employee of the Year followed this last Friday.

The celebration encouraged student employees to visit the tables covered in prizes and giveaways. Prizes included gift certificates to McLoon’s Restaurant in Pier Village and Amy’s Omelette House. More than $9,000 in prizes were given away throughout the week.

Many students shared what they loved most about working on campus. “It’s extra money for me and there’s no commute,” said Tarryn Cortese, a junior majoring in communication with a concentration in TV and radio.

There is more to working on campus than just the temporary conveniences of having a job, Parks said. “It’s the benefits, convenience, flexibility all together,” she said. “If you pick a good job, it can be a resume builder. We are indebted to them for their service on campus.”

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University Members Collectively Raise $43,000 at Relay for Life

news-relay-for-lifeFriday the 13 was anything but unlucky for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at the University, as it raised approximately $43,027.

With six months of planning and no budget, Jess Rohr, the event Co-Chair, was very satisfied with how the event turned out. The event is run by Colleges Against Cancer but is an American Cancer Society event.

“We had 50 teams and 633 participants at Relay this year, which is an all-time high,” Rohr said.

Everything purchased and booked for the event was donated from different vendors.

“Vendors such as Chick-Filet, Scala’s Pizzeria, Joe’s Pizzeria and Live Nation as well as the University and students, helped make this event possible. We had two students, Chris Spirito and Phil Nappen DJ our event, as well as a performance from Ross the Magic Man. We reached out to different bands such as Sibling Rivalry to perform as well,” Rohr said. According to Rohr, without the vendors and donations, the event would have not been possible.

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Filtered Water Stations Diminish Use of Plastic Bottles

news-filtered-waterThe University has begun installing filtered hydration stations around campus so students will be able to refill and reuse old water bottles.

“We are looking for every opportunity we can find to increase sustainability,” said Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services. “This is a huge sustainability issue because it saves plastic bottles.”

According to the University’s Environmental Assessment Semi-Annual Report, the stations will be installed in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) and Edison Science Hall. The stations will comply with standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and allow for students to refill their bottles hands-free at no charge.

The stations filter tap water that comes from preexisting water lines, like those connected to water fountains. The water is filtered and cooled in succession, allowing for instant and hands-free pouring. The hands-free, straight to bottle feature of the system also makes the stations more hygienic than standard water fountains.

“I like that the school has a hydration station because I bring a water bottle to school every day, but usually finish it before the day is over and have to buy another drink,” said Katie Zaccarelli, a senior. “Now I can save money and just refill my bottle. Also water fountains in general use to gross me out because it was always warm and you never could get enough, but now this is much better.”

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Sovereign Bank to Replace Wells Fargo on Campus

news-wells-fargoThe University is switching its on-campus banking services to Sovereign Bank from Wells Fargo on June 1, as the latter’s contract is set to expire.

The University has had a contract with Wells Fargo for at least 10 years, said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services. “We had a competitive bidding process where we developed a request for proposal and sent to it 10 banks and five banks submitted a proposal,” Nagy continued. “We reviewed the proposals, had a presentation with all the banks to a team of people and, at the end of the evaluation process, Sovereign Bank seemed like the appropriate choice.”

The new Sovereign Bank ATMs will have a surcharge for using them without having a Sovereign Bank account card. “That is why we are getting out early with this information so students can make an account,” Nagy said. “It’s free so it seems like it makes sense.”

Joseph Cahalin, a junior business management major, said he got a Wells Fargo bank account because he knew it was the banking that the University had. He also already has a Sovereign Bank account from back home, so the switching of banks will not really affect him.

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Writing Center Merges With Tutorting Center

Jane DeTullio, former Director of the University’s Writing Center, unexpectedly resigned from her position on Tuesday of last week. Detullio did not provide any specific reasons for leaving, according to her co-workers.

While deciding which direction to take, the University saw an opportunity to improve the Writing Center by combining it with the Tutoring Center. The two are now part of an entity called Tutoring and Writing Services located on the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Dorothy Cleary is the Director of Tutoring and Writing Services while Neva Pontoriero is the Assistant Director of Writing Services and Supplemental Instruction.

Despite the merger, the academic utilities remain the same as the two formerly separate services. “We are running Writing Services as it has been in the past and will continue offering one-on-one tutoring sessions, group tutoring sessions and workshop series,” Pontoriero said. “Our general goal, as always, is to offer writing assistance to students across all disciplines and throughout all stages of the writing process. Students can come here to obtain help ranging from how to understand an assignment to having another pair of eyes help them review a final draft.”

Pontoriero, who will be overseeing day-to-day opertions of Writing Services and Supplemental Instruction, is familiar with the interaction between writing assistants and students, and knows the benefits that it has to offer. “I have had the opportunity to work with students in the past as a writing assistant for almost five years,” she continued. “As students continued to use the Writing Center, I saw definite improvements with their writing skills.”

Cleary said that the relationship between her and Pontoriero is a strong one. “We are a good team and we both have experience in these services,” she commented. “We are both very excited about the opportunity and want to make the transition as smooth as possible. It is important to emphasize that our main priority is to serve the students.”

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International Guest Speakers Hit the Keynote on Global Issues

news-wanda-akin-and-raymond-brownThe 11th Annual Global Understanding Convention’s keynote address took place in Wilson Hall on Tuesday, April 3. The speech focused on this year’s theme of Freedom, Sustainability and Security: International Criminal Law and Human Rights.

The event attracted over 400 attendees, including faculty, students and administrators. As the audience was being seated, junior Meredith Calcagno and sophomore Michael Rosas performed a musical prelude along with Laura DuBois, a professor in the Music and Theatre Department.

The keynote speech welcomed two speakers, Raymond Brown and Wanda Akin, who are the co-founders of the International Justice Project. The two speakers are also are married to each other.

During their keynote address, the speakers touched upon the current situation in Darfur, the implications caused by blood diamonds in Sierra Leone, the KONY movement, the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the struggles that women face in war-torn regions of the world.

Their non-profit organization was established in 2004 with the purpose of providing support to victims of world crimes such as genocides, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The organization also conducts outreach and educated survivors, human rights advocates, activists and other organizations about the ICC, international criminal law, human rights and the current situation in Darfur, according to internationaljusticeproject. com.

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Students are Educated on Diversity in the Workplace

How do different cultures communicate with each other?

That’s the question that Dr. Don Swanson, Chair of the University’s Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies Department, tried to answer during a seminar entitled “Challenges of Cross-Cultural Communication.” Swanson held the seminar in conjunction with Global Understanding Convention.

Swanson presented a slideshow trying to answer the questions of “How do people with different cultural backgrounds work in the workplace together?” He viewed the question as a case study and brought up examples from when he spent time in Guam.

Swanson was the Dean at the University of Guam, but he also worked with a company helping the workers to communicate better and understand the different cultures.

There were several different job titles that had people of different cultures working together. The managers in the company were either American or Japanese.

The middle managers consisted of Americans, Australians, Koreans, Filipinos, Chamorros (people indigenous to the Mariana Islands) and Chi. The number of nationalities represented at the University of Guam represent the U.S. territory’s diversity, as only 12 percent of its population is Caucasian. With all of these different cultures trying to work together in the same place, Swanson explained that “patience and tolerance” are the keys.

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