Last updateWed, 06 Dec 2017 12pm


Seminar Highlights Effects of Global Warming on Oceans

The University community was introduced to the growing problem occurring in the ocean through a seminar entitled “Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish” last Wednesday as a part of the Global Understanding Convention. The event consisted of a film viewing followed by a presentation and discussion led by Dr. Matthew Poach, a Marine Biochemist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ursula Howson, a professor of biology, began the program with an introduction to the film “A Sea Change.” The documentary “investigates how ocean acidification will affect future generations,” Howson said. According to the NOAA, ocean acidification is a process through which carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean and changes the chemistry in the water. As described by the film, ocean acidification is “the ‘flipside’ of global warming.”

The documentary featured Sven Huseby, a retired history teacher who, after reading an article about ocean acidification, became worried that his grandchildren would be affected by the changes. The film documents Huseby’s efforts to research the causes and effects of the issue, as well as how it can be fixed.

As presented to the audience, the film explains that the world’s oceans have absorbed 188 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in the last 200 years, with 22 million tons being absorbed every day. As a result, oceans are becoming increasingly acidic. With these rapid chemical changes, oceanic species are unable to adapt to the ocean’s high levels of acidity.

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University Members Hold Rally to End Use of Child Soldiers

A rally to end the use of child soldiers was held on the steps of Wilson Hall early last Thursday. Students and faculty gathered to pay homage to children ages five to 15 who face torture, rape, crimes and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

The rally also was held as a part of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative, which is “a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting 10 universally accepted principles in areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution,” according to its website. The initiative urges students to share information about child soldiers.

According to sources such as Amnesty International, the Child Soldiers Report of 2008, and Conventions on the Rights of a Child, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, National Liberation Army of Columbia, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam/Sri Lanka and the Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda have been using children for years. However, there are other armed forces that use children in Thailand, India, the Philippines and Myanmar, among other countries.

Oscar Sanchez, a junior communication major, helped organize the event along with Tess La Fera, a member of the Institute for Global Understanding.

“People need to find something they are passionate about. They should do something, have something to stand for,” Sanchez said. “This will create a better campus community and an overall a better world; spread the word.”

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New Physicians Assistant Program Underway

A new Master’s of Science Physician Assistant Program will be launched since approval by the University’s Graduate Studies Committee was granted last month. The hope for the program is for it to be launched in the fall of 2014, said Janet Mahoney, Dean of Nursing and Health Studies.

Physician assistants are trained to aid doctors in varied health and preventative care services. With a master’s degree in this field, students can work in internal and emergency medicine, as well as gynecology, orthopedics and pediatrics among others.

“There is increasing interest among pre-health students in pursuing a career as a P.A.,” said Dr. James Mack, Director of the University’s Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee. “The job market for a P.A. position is growing explosively.”

The new program would offer students a chance to study for a master’s degree in this field on campus as opposed to the current agreement with Seton Hall University in which six seats are saved each year for University students. Currently, University students must apply before or during their first or second year to be considered for this program.

Even though the program has already been approved, it is still too early for exact details on what the program will include, Mahoney said.

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Recent University Study Says Stress Promotes Infidelity

Could a stressful day turn your sweetie into a cheater?

thumbnailCADIWUER“How a Stressful Day May Promote Infidelity,” written by psychology professor Natalie Ciarocco, reports the findings of a recent research study, revealing that stress could be a trigger for infidelity. The article appeared in the Atlantic Highlands Herald on March 8 and was published in the Journal of Social Psychology in January.

The study, conducted by Ciarocco along with psychology professor Gary Lewandowski and alumnus Jessica Echevarria, determined that the stress from a long day at work or school might increase chances of cheating. In addition, the researchers observed how ego-depletion, a process of dealing with stressful situations that requires effort and leads to fatigue, makes it more difficult for individuals to control themselves.

To determine these results, researchers divided participants who were in committed, romantic relationships in two separate groups. Ciarocco wrote that the groups were brought into a room that smelled of freshly baked cookies with two plates of food, one with cookies and another with radishes. One group was forced to eat the plate of radishes to become the “ego-depletion” group and became stressed by the overwhelming scent of the cookies and their cravings while the other group was allowed to eat the cookies happily.

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Festa Italiana Brings Italian Culture to Campus

The Wilson Hall Auditorium was filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of various classical Italian dishes this Thursday for the annual Festa Italiana.

Festa Italiana is an Italian festival, which takes place every spring semester, that features a variety of speakers and performers that have a healthy respect for the Italian culture. Dr. Maria Simonelli, professor of Italian, organized the festival with the help of students and faculty.

Festa Italiana featured New Jersey’s Italian Consul Dr. Andrea Barbaria, who opened the festival with his gratitude towards the University’s foreign language department and the programs that they offer to their students.

After Barbaria’s address, Simonelli introduced Barbaria’s intern, Dr. Irene Deorsola, who studied political science in the United Kingdom and Italy. Deorsola presented the audience with a PowerPoint presentation that explained the relationship between love, literature and art throughout decades of civilization. Many famous authors and artists were profiled throughout Deorsola’s presentation.

“Deorsola’s presentation has given me a whole new sense of respect for Italian artistry,” said James Kenny, a junior at the University who is Italian. “Overall, her presentation was a unique experience for me.”

Following Deorsola’s presentation, the students began to present various performances. They included poetry, music and dance. Each student performer was involved in a foreign language class and some have even performed at prior festivals.

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MUPD Still Looking for Howard Hall Intruder

The University community was on watch last week as a Hawk Alert was e-mailed regarding an unknown individual who attended a class in Howard Hall.

According to the mass e-mail sent out by William McElrath, Chief of the University Police Department, the incident happened around 10:00 pm on March 19.

With his identity unknown at this time, the 5’9”-5’10” male with black curly hair wearing green khaki’s and a black t-shirt pulled his chair closer to a student in the class revealing a sexually explicit message on his cell phone, according to the e-mail.

Currently, the name of the student, the professor and his or her class is not being released to the public; nor is the content of the text message that the individual showed to the student.

However, to protect the safety of the University community, multiple measures are being taken.

“The Hawk safety alert has been sent to several surrounding police departments in an attempt to identify him,” said Jeffrey Layton, Detective Corporal for the the University Police Department. “Criminal complaints could be signed if the victim wishes to appear in court to prosecute it. The subject would be banned from campus and arrested for criminal trespass if he returns.”

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The Outlook Launches New Website and Mobile Site

After months of preparation and a collaboration of ideas, The Outlooklaunched their new website and mobile site this morning, April 4, to upgrade the online presence of the publication.

The new and interactive website, located at the same web address ( features a multimedia design which compliments the stories appearing in the print edition in an online format. All stories can now be shared on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

The website has been constructed by Sarah Oseroff, a junior business management major, and Josh Silva, a junior business management/marketing major. Web design began in February 2012.

“It is really neat seeing all of our ideas come to life on the Internet. It’s nice to be behind the scenes at The Outlook,” Oseroff said.

Any smartphone and/or tablet can view The Outlook’s mobile site by typing in the web address in the browser. The mobile site can also be accessed via the Monmouth University app by scrolling to ‘links’ and then selecting ‘The Outlook’ from the drop down menu. Appearing in a quick-access format, stories can be instantly located by tapping on a specific section – whether it be news, lifestyles, sports, entertainment, etc.

John Morano, professor of journalism who has advised the paper for over 20 years, said, “This is a new era for The Outlook.It’s exciting, it’s timely, and it’s ahead of the curve of where not only many college newspapers are but quite frankly, many professional ones as well. Josh and Sarah have done an incredible job bringing the paper into this new frontier.”

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Psychology Course Turns Into Weekly Six Flags Visit

Elephants, dolphins and rhinoceros

great-adventure-safariThese are just a few of the animals that students have the chance to interact with this semester and observe in the new Field Experience: Six Flags Wild Safari course being offered this spring. It is an upper level course being offered to 15 psychology students for the first time. The course includes visits to Six Flags as well as class meetings, library research and journaling of on-site supervised exposure to the animals. The class was the brainchild of Dr. Lisa Dinella, Assistant Psychology Professor at the University.

The idea of a relationship between animals and University students clicked when Dinella went to Six Flags in the summer with her children and said that while she was attending the dolphin pre-show, she realized that they were discussing many of the same concepts that she was teaching in her intro class. She said she stayed after the show and asked if it was possible for students to actually see the trainers interacting with the animals. Dinella discovered something interesting about the background of some of the Six Flag animal trainers.

“Well, what we found is that most of us didn’t know until I started this that almost all the animal trainers that work there have a psychology background in some way, sometimes even a psychology degree,” Dinella said. “So most of the principles of training animals have psychological principles in their foundation.”

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Holocaust Survivor Recalls Troubled Past at Campus Lecture

The University welcomed Holocaust survivor Helen Terris last Wednesday. She was eight-years-old when the Nazis began their mass execution of Germany’s Jewish population.

“I could not speak about my past for 50 years because it was just too painful for me and now I can no longer remain silent,” Terris began the story of her life during WWII. “It is now up to us, the children survivors, to keep the story alive so that it is never forgotten, and never ever repeated.”

Terris revealed to the audience that Jews had many rules once the Germans invaded the ghettos. They had to walk in the gutters, they were unable to talk to anyone who was not Jewish, children were not allowed to be enrolled in school, they lost all their businesses and they had to wear a yellow star over their left breast and back so they could be easily identified. If they were to break any of these rules, they could and would be punished by death.

At one point during the war, the Jews had to gather together at 7:00 am one day and no one could be left behind, otherwise they would be shot; this is when the selection period started. “The Germans called this an action; we called it a slaughter, because that is what it was,” Terris said. If you had a man, your families were sent to the left which meant life. Terris, however, only had her mother so they were sent to the right, which meant death.

Terris’ mother knew they were going to be killed so she told her daughter to run. “We ran into a house and saw three dead men on the floor; they must have had the same idea as us,” Terris said. “My mother scooped up the blood and put it all over my body and face. We had to play dead while the German’s checked the house.”

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Annual Scholarship Reception Draws in 400 Students and Donors

scholoarship-recognition-receptionThe 21st Annual Scholarship Reception was held on Friday, March 30 at 3:00 pm in Wilson Hall. Administrators, faculty, staff, donors, scholarship recipients and their families gathered together to celebrate scholarships received.

According to Jeffery Mills, Vice President for University Advancement, 373 students received endowed or sponsored scholarships for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. The total money given amounted to just over one million dollars.

According to Vice President for Students and Community Services Mary Ann Nagy, the event’s main purpose is to give donors and scholarship recipients a chance to meet each other.

“I think it is wonderful that the University brings together the donors and student recipients of these scholarships each year. As someone who supports both an annual and now endowed scholarship, I appreciate the opportunity to meet my students and learn more about them,” Nagy said.

Nagy also said that it is important for the students to meet people who have made a financial commitment to helping others so they can understand the meaning of giving back when they are able to do so in the future. “We want students to understand the responsibility of giving back whenever we can,” Nagy said.

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Health Care Law Protects Students After Graduation

Graduation is just a few months away and many of you will soon be making important decisions about jobs, graduate school, and your futures. Graduation day is always filled with promise, yet for you and your classmates, graduation day has also traditionally raised another worrisome question: where am I going to get health insurance?

The good news is that thanks to the new health care law, many young adults up to age 26 can now stay on their parents' plan. Since President Obama signed this landmark law two years ago this week, 2.5 million additional young adults have been able to get coverage under this invaluable benefit.

Before Congress enacted the health care law in 2010, most newly-minted college graduates left not only the classroom behind but their health insurance as well. That meant having to hopefully find a job that provided coverage or buying coverage on their own, which can be unaffordable, especially for someone just out of college.

Those challenges meant that young adults were almost twice as likely to be uninsured as older Americans.

For many young adults who felt healthy or cash-strapped, going without coverage sometimes seemed like a good alternative. But forgoing health care coverage comes with serious risks. It left young people and their families vulnerable to accidents or illnesses that could mean a lifetime of medical bills and debt, or worse. And it also meant they often went without the kind of preventive care and checkups that could keep them healthy.

And for those who really needed coverage – like young adults suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes – going without coverage could mean going without critical, necessary care. As a result, many young adults made painful compromises, in some cases taking a job just because it offered insurance, instead of following a dream of grad school or going into business for themselves.

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