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MU Tech Community Comments on Slow Progress Towards Workplace Diversity at Google

MU Tech Workplace DiversityWomen and minority students, faculty, and other members of the Tech industry shared their reactions to Google’s latest diversity statistics for 2016. Although white men still account for a majority of Google’s workforce, the tech-giant has made slow but steady progress towards their goal of a more inclusive company.

According to the data, 69 percent of Google’s approximately 50,000 employees worldwide were men in 2016. Of its U.S. employees, 59 percent were white, 32 percent were Asian, three percent were Hispanic, and two percent were black.

“Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Laszio Bock, Google’s former Senior Vice-president of People Operations, wrote in a blog post. “And it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.”

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Monmouth’s Pollak Gallery Unveils Women in the World Exhibition

Women in World ExhibitMonmouth University’s Pollak Gallery unveiled its newest art exhibition entitled Women in the World, A Visual Perspective, and officially welcomed the gallery with an opening reception on Feb. 10. The gallery will be open until March 24.

Co-curated by New Jersey artists Gladys B. Grauer and Adrienne Wheeler obstacles women all around the world face through a series of original art pieces. Ranging from paintings to drawings to sculptures, each work has been crafted by a diverse group of New Jersey-based, female artists.

“It’s always a treat to hang a show,” said Vaune Peck, Director of Center for the Arts. “This is the first time we’ve partnered with Women in Media-Newark, but we are always trying to increase diversity.”

Free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, the gallery is presented in conjunction with Women in Media-Newark’s 8th Annual Women’s History Month Film Festival. This year, the film festival will host events at the University on April 3. As one of three galleries in an ongoing series, it joins exhibitions currently taking place at Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University Newark and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

“I was introduced to Vaune and there was instantaneous synergy,” said, Pamela Morgan, Founder and Executive Director of Women in Media-Newark. “We knew we wanted to work together.”  

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Scholars Gather For Eminent Domain Talks At University

Eminent Domain TalkUniversity faculty and students, along with distinguished scholars from outside universities, gathered to open up a discussion on the issues surrounding eminent domain on Friday, Feb. 10 in Magill Commons. Eminent domain is the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with compensation.

The conference, titled “Eminent Domain and the City: Government Action, Private Rights, and Public Purpose,” was envisioned by Karen Schmelzkopf, a professor of history and anthropology, along with other professors from her department, and the political science department.

The goal of the conference was to get “people to understand how important their property rights are, and how the government is expanding its power to limit individual rights going forward,” according to Dr. Walter Greason, Dean of the Honors School.

The event opened with a talk by Peter Reinhart, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute. Reinhart gave a brief overview of eminent domain.

According to Reinhart, the downside to eminent domain, also called expropriation, is that private property has been transferred to private developers, who look to build luxury homes and businesses that will increase the property value of the area. This increase in value often makes the area inaccessible to its original inhabitants.

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UK Parliament to Debate Trumps State Visit

Members of the UK parliament are to hold a debate on President Donald Trump’s controversial state visit. The debate, which will be held in the House of Commons on February 20, comes after a petition calling for the invite to be recalled attracted over 1.6 million signatures.

According to John Bercow, the Speaker for the House of Commons, President Donald Trump will not be welcome to address Parliament on his upcoming state visit to the United Kingdom.

Bercow cites Trump’s racism and sexism, as well as his controversial travel ban, as the reasoning behind his decision. In an interview, he said that he was “strongly opposed” to Trump speaking, saying that it was “not an automatic honor” but “an earned honor”.

Bercow then went on to say that even prior to the ban, he would have been opposed to Trump’s speaking, but said that “after the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”

According to The Independent, parts of the Commons erupted into “rare, spontaneous applause” in support of Bercow’s statement. Bercow was supported by Dennis Skinner, a Veteran Labourer Member of Parliament, who said that although he and other members of Parliament valued the United Kingdom’s relationship with the United States, “I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for quality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”

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University Community Reacts to Recent Travel Ban

MU Travel Ban Reaction 1University President Paul R. Brown Ph.D. released a statement to students and faculty on Jan. 30 in response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban. According to Brown, the University is committed towards maintaining a climate of inclusiveness despite the exclusive nature of the ban.

“In this period of immigration uncertainty, by far my biggest concern is the support and safety of our community members. Monmouth University will do everything possible within the limits of the law to protect those who will be affected by this order and to support our current students, faculty and staff regarding their immigration concerns,” said Brown.

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Students Notice Decrease in Black History Month Events on Campus

More Black History MonthThe annual commemoration of Black History Month has commenced with a noticeable decrease in events co-hosted by the African American Student Union (AASU), the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), and the Office of Student Activities in comparison to past years.

According to a flyer released to the student body on Jan. 26, there will be four main events throughout the month of February: a flag ceremony, a forum, a trivia night, and a jeopardy game.

Comparing emails from past years, events for Black History month established with the sponsorship of the Office of Student Activities have dwindled significantly. In 2015 for example, an email was sent to all students and faculty by the Office of Student Activities, detailing more than a dozen events ranging from speeches by activists, film screenings, and more. Another email sent by Student Activities in 2016, listed eight events that they co-sponsored for the month. This Black History Month, however, the office co-sponsored only one event.

According to Joseph Johnson, a junior criminal justice student and Vice President of AASU, the University hosted two events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but left the majority of February’s planning to AASU and NCNW.

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Feds Sue Nations Largest Student Loan Company

Feds Sue Navient 1Navient, America’s largest student loan company, is currently embroiled in a federal lawsuit that was filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Jan. 18. According to the lawsuit Navient, misallocated payments, steered people into costly plans, supplied the wrong information, and ignored borrowers’ please for help.

“For years, Navient failed consumers who counted on the company to help give them a fair chance to pay back their student loans,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray in a statement. “At every stage of repayment, Navient chose to shortcut and deceive consumers to save on operating costs. Too many borrowers paid more for their loans because Navient illegally cheated them and today’s action seeks to hold them accountable.”

Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, has more than 12 million customers and services more than $300 billion government and private student loans. In response to the lawsuit, Navient released a statement that same day denying all of the alleged claims and asserted that these actions were politically motivated.

Claire Alasio, Director of Financial Aid at the University, explainedwhat would happen if Navient lost the suit. “First, this is a civil lawsuit and not a criminal case, so Navient can’t be found ‘guilty.’ That said, the courts may find Navient to be negligent or to have harmed student loan borrowers.  If that were to take place, my guess is that the court would assign some sort of penalty to Navient and direct them to make any affected borrowers financially whole.  Without knowing the outcome of the case, it is hard to predict the impact to students.”

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Flu Spike May Be Decreasing Amongst Students

Flu Spike Decrease 2017According to a report released by the New Jersey Department of Health and Care, there were high levels of influenza activity throughout the state in January. Monmouth County is the highest flu-infected county within New Jersey with a total of 135 cases thus far.

Last year’s flu reported cases were nearly two times less with only 82 cases around this time last year according to an Influenza Laboratory Report by the New Jersey Department of Health Communicable Disease Service.

“The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

The University Health Center and their healthcare providers sponsored two flu vaccination clinics--one in early October and another in early November. The clinics vaccinated a total of about 600 students and employees.

“Quite simply, a lot of folks have the flu,” said Kathy Maloney, Director of Health Services. Ever since the semester began, she and fellow doctors have been inundated with students afflicted with influenza and ‘influenza-like illnesses’- a term that describes possible cases not confirmed by tests.

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University Welcomes New Dean of the Honors School

Dr.G New Honors Dean 1Walter Greason, Ph.D. of the History and Anthropology Department was appointed as Dean of the Honors School this semester. He hopes to use his lifetime of diverse experiences to develop the Honors School to create a more meaningful and impactful program.

Greason will be taking over for Interim Dean Stanley Blair, PhD, and is charged with the responsibility of overseeing and advancing Honors School classes and programs by harnessing resources like the University’s faculty to push students to become leaders inside and outside the classroom.

“Honors students and faculty will feel an awesome sense of wonder that will be the envy of higher education worldwide,” said Greason, who promises to dedicate his time to making sure students fully appreciate the opportunities they are given at Monmouth.

Greason began his educational journey at the Ranney School, a local liberal arts school in Tinton Falls, where he studied for thirteen years before selecting Villanova University for undergraduate study. Greason excelled in his studies at Villanova as a Presidential Scholar, a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship from the University, and eventually earned his degree in history.

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Art and Design Faculty Show Their Talents in New Exhibit

Art Design Faculty Show 9Over 60 students, faculty, and members of the University community gathered in Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery for the opening reception of works created by faculty of the Art and Design Department on Friday, Jan. 27.

The new exhibit showcased only faculty work and will be up until March 10. Doors opened at 7 p.m., and light refreshments were served in the Rechnitz Hall lobby.

Upon entrance to the exhibit, patrons gathered in the first and second floors of the gallery. The space was covered in pieces composed of different mediums through varying techniques.

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Millennials: Overeducated and Underpaid

Millennials make 20 percent less than Boomers did at the same stage in life, according to a report published on Jan. 13 by research advocacy group, Young Invincibles. The report titled, Measuring Generational Declines Between Baby Boomers & Millennials, used a cross-generational analysis of millennials and Baby Boomers.

Along with the 20 percent decline in earnings, the group also found that millennials have amassed a net wealth that is half that of Boomers at the same age, and that when Boomers were young adults they owned twice the amount of assets as young adults today.

According to Robert Scott, a professor of economics and finance, these findings are a result of millennials facing an economic climate that differs greatly from that of their Boomer parents. “Millennials suffered the brunt of the Great Recession, starting around 2007, more than any other group,” he said.

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