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Fair to Say, Students are Getting Involved

news-student-fairNearly 75 clubs and organizations made themselves known at the annual involvement fair held in the Erlanger Garden, neighboring Edison Hall last Wednesday. Table after table lined the garden, offering information on the club’s activities and giving students the opportunity to become involved, no matter what their fields of interests are.

With so many activity options and the flexibility of meeting schedules, students can partake in the University community while building an impressive resume for future careers.

Genevieve Kobus, junior and active member of the Student Activities Board encourages students to seek involvement early on. “By being involved, you establish a group on campus and move away from your area of comfort.

It has become my second home,” she said, speaking from her personal experience. Kobus stays involved through the Student Activities Board, or SAB, which coordinates major events on campus. “Through the student activities board, students get to plan events on campus, set up and basically make everything happen.”

SAB is just one of the many clubs on campus that students can chose to take part in.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Jesus Nebot

Keynote speaker of Hispanic Heritage Month, Jesus Nebot spoke in Wilson Auditorium this past Monday about illegal immigration from a Humanitarian perspective.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations sponsored the event. Nebot is a humanitarian, a speaker and directed and starred in the movie “No Turning Back” about a man named Pablo who immigrates to America looking to provide a better life for his family.

“We thought with this being election year it would be a very hot topic at the University” Assistant Director of Student Service for Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Heather Kelly, said. Nebot was the one to propose the idea of discussing immigration after Kelly asked him to speak at the University.

“I hope that faculty will encourage students to attend to see that there’s more to the culture than just food and dancing” Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority Advisor, Nicole Martinez, said. Some students were asked by their Professors to attend Nebots’ speech for extra credit while others came for a different perspective on immigration.

“I came here to learn more about immigration in order to form a more valid opinion, rather than just base it on what’s in the media” Mike Pape, a junior transfer to the University, said.

Nebot began his speech with a story from his childhood growing up in Spain and then walked the audience through his journey to America. He asked members of the audience about their own personal connection to immigration and what their comments or concerns were on the topic. As people voiced their questions and opinions, they were written down on a board and discussed by Nebot.

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Failure to Fly the Coup

Returning Home After Graduating Has Many Advantages


news-fly-the-coopTo Rep. Paul Ryan, college students forced to move back in with Mom and Dad are the poster children for the bad economy. But from a personal finance perspective, experts say returning home can be a triumph.

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life, “ Ryan said at the Republican National Convention last week.

It’s a growing trend: There are more adult Americans age 34 or younger sleeping in their childhood bedrooms now than at any other time in the past 30 years, studies show. Nearly one-quarter of those ages 20 to 34 were living at home between 2007 and 2009, up from 17 percent in 1980, according to a study released this month by Zhenchao Qian of Ohio State University. The rate is closer to one-third for 25- to 34-year-olds, says Kim Parker, the lead researcher on another recent survey, “The Boomerang Generation.”

But just because more young adults are moving in with their parents doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

Andi Cooper, 31, a communications specialist from Ridgeland, Miss. who recently moved in with her parents, says people shouldn’t feel sorry for her. “I’m extremely happy,” she says. And she’s not alone.

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Colloquium Speaker Series

Professor Robert Scott Speaks to Students About His Latest Projects


news-robert-scottThe Colloquium Speakers Series kicked off on September 18 as Robert Scott, a communication professor, spoke to graduate students about his experiences post-graduation.

The colloquium is part of the graduate program. According to the graduate program handbook, the class allows first year students the chance to get to know their professors and classmates while learning about basic resources and research. Scott started out by saying that his search for what he wants to do is still continuing today.

Scott grew up in New Jersey, not far from the University. He graduated high school from Christian Brothers Academy and spent almost two years in the Coast Guard. Scott then enrolled at Monmouth College (now University) where he studied history and political science and was a DJ for WMCX.

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Commuter Parking Problems Persist

news-parking-pg-1University Administrators estimate that there are currently 1,554 non-residential parking spots and roughly 4,000 non-residential students attending the University. This has resulted in commuter students and some faculty members having trouble finding a parking space in non-residential lots 13, 14, 18 as well as lot 25 open to non-residents.

For the first few weeks of school, parking valets have been added to these lots. Chief of Police William McElrath said, “For many years we have had valet attendants to provide customer assistance with traffic control and parking. They are here to assist with traffic flow in the parking lots and to help direct individuals to available parking spaces. They will also valet park vehicles if necessary.”

Even though no problems have been reported to the MUPD or Administrative Services, the parking valets have caused controversy. “I live five minutes from school and it takes me a sufficient amount of time to find a parking spot,” said Janine Averbach a non-residential junior.

“The parking lot this year is absolutely ridiculous,” said Jimmy Morecraft a junior who has been commuting for two years. “I have never experienced such anxiety over parking.”

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Surf’s Up at University Bookstore

news-bookstore-surf-pg-2Hurley has recently been making waves at the University bookstore. Nike, the parent company of Hurley, presented the idea of distributing a brand that appeals to both students and surfers. The line was pitched to the University this summer in order to reach their college audience in time for the fall semester.
“They were sponsoring the college division,” said the book store Merchandise Manager, Maria Sisco. The first Hurley apparel was received by the bookstore this past June and the final item from the line hit the shelves just last week.
The new Hurley college line consists of board shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and other accessories such as hats and backpacks. Most of the Hurley items sport the University name including t-shirts that read “SURF Monmouth University.” The line is geared towards both male and female students.
On Hurley’s College website -kids are looking for in apparel, headwear and accessories. We want you on board. Hurley for College is an amazing ride!”
The Action Custom Sportswear, LLC Brand Manager, Ryan release saying that, “It is a perfect match to the college demographic.”

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College Drinking Spikes for Freshmen

As college gets underway, incoming students across the state are entering a world of long lectures, daunting professors, crushing course loads, new friendships and, often, lots and lots of drinking.

Though most older adults know that excessive drinking can lead to death from alcohol poisoning as well as accidents, date rape, assault, violence, vandalism and academic failure, try telling a newly emancipated freshman that.

During the first few weeks of college, students, especially freshmen, are at the highest risk of alcohol-related harm, said Michael Cleveland, researcher at Penn State’s Prevention Research Center. “We see a spike then because anxiety is high, and the rigors of course work haven’t yet taken hold.”

Michael Davis, a senior at University of Central Florida, says the drinking problem often starts with the way the college is portrayed — as a life that revolves around alcohol. “Freshmen come in expecting it to be that way, so behave that way,” said the 22-year-old communication major.

Parents have reason to worry. According to national surveys conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, 44 percent of all college students binge drink and many suffer alcohol-induced blackouts.

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Innocence Project on Campus to Raise Awareness

news-innocence-pg-3On September 13, the non-profit organization Innocence Project, held a presentation on campus to raise awareness of wrongfully convicted persons.

Speaking about his experience was Alan Newton, a victim of eyewitness misidentification which resulted in the theft of 22 years of his life. In front of an audience of over 150 students, faculty and members of the public, Newton outlined the arduous process that he and Innocence Project went through to make him a free man.

The event was held in Young Auditorium and lasted for 45 minutes. He began his story by mentioning the movie Ghostbusters was his alibi. With scrupulous details explaining the morning of his arrest, the confusing police line-ups and the onerous task of locating the rape-kit for testing, Newton put into context the frustration of a man who was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

“In 1994, with the advent of DNA testing, I was granted access to have DNA analysis conducted on the rape-kit from the crime. This was to be done by an independent testing facility,” said Newton, who is 50 years-old. “The only problem was finding the kit - it had disappeared.” For years, Newton continuously sent petitions to New York State courts; he was always denied.

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eCampus Gets a Makeover

news-ecampus-pg-1The eCampus learning system provided by vendor Desire2Learn, made some changes over the summer to make room for a new version with updated features and interface changes.

The new server, called Desire2Learn’s Learning Environment Version 10.0 (D2L LE v10) was put into place over the course of two days in late August. The date was chosen to refrain from troubling students and instructors who use eCampus regularly.

“Taking the system down for 24 hours during summer classes wasn’t an option.” said Wayne Elliot, Instructional Technologist and LMS (Learning Management System) Administrator of Information Management.

“Especially since meeting schedules are condensed into four, six and 12 weeks. There would be a change to the look and feel after the upgrade,” said Elliot.

The upgrade took place after faculty and Information Management members investigated LMS options and saw significant changes in D2L LE v10. It was the first major update to modernize the visual interface.
Desire2Learn has made in several years, according to Elliott.

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Suicide Prevetion Program Awarded Over $300,000

news-suicide-pg-2The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration awarded the University $301,215 that will benefit the college’s Suicide Prevention Program.

Over a period of three years, the program has aimed to help the campus community become more aware of issues relating to suicide and mental health. Counseling and Psychological Services have been contributing in the effort to decrease the number of students suffering from these problems with the creation of the Promoting Wellness and Resiliency Program (PWR).
PWR offers students the ability to learn about things including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem and stress. Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services said that power can be found in wellness.

Christopher McKittrick, a Psychological Counselor, believes awareness of suicide is a big step in trying to stop it. “To ignore the issue of suicide, in my opinion, does not prevent it,” he said.

With the funds, PWR will provide programs and training on how to identify signs and symptoms of mental health problems.

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Greenopolis Recycling Kiosks to Assist in a Recycling Effort on Campus

News_GreenMachinesThe campus took one more step towards a greener initiative recently with the installation of two brand new recycling kiosks called the “Greenopolis Recycling Systems” in the Student Center and the MAC.

Not too long ago, the University was selected by The Princeton Review as a 2012 Green College. According to the University’s website, “Monmouth University has contributed in many ways to making our planet greener and more environmentally friendly. We are committed to pursuing green initiatives on campus, and all of us here –from administrators to students – are active participants in this mission.”

The University community is able to approach a kiosk and immediately start recycling. The interface is simple to use and interact with. Not only is simplicity found in using the machine, but in spreading awareness about its presence on campus as well.

Vice President for Student Services, Mary Anne Nagy is optimistic about the new addition to an already energy and recycling efficient campus. “I think it is great for all of us to share in the responsibility of keeping our campus green,” she said.

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