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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Homecoming Celebrated at New Kessler Stadium

2017 Homecoming 1University students, faculty, and alumni took part in the University’s annual Homecoming celebrations this weekend from Oct. 20-21. Events consisted of a pep rally and football game in the newly-constructed Henni Kantor Kessler and John H. Kessler Stadium.

The pep rally took place on Friday and was sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) with the theme “Rise of the Hawks.”

 The Hawks won the football game the following day against Liberty 56-39 with 364 rushing yards and a record kickoff of 95 yards.

At the game, the following students were honored as this year’s Homecoming Court: Seniors Vincent Welch and Shannon Marren were King and Queen; juniors Nicholas Verzicco and Pooja Shah were Prince and Princess; sophomores Michael Welch, Faridat Busari, and Jillian Staub were presented as Duke and co-Duchesses; and freshmen Anthony Flores and Gianna Marretta were Lord and Lady.

This year marked a unique instance where there was a tie for the Duchess position, and both students that came first were honored.

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University Athletic's Stance on Taking a Knee

Monmouth Takes a Knee 1Colin Kaepernick made national headlines when he knelt for the National Anthem during a September 2016 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.

Stating that his stance was a protest against racial injustice in the country, he continued to kneel and was joined in his protest by other athletes such as U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, according to SBNation.

As time went on, the protests received less and less attention, until President Donald Trump brought the topic back into the limelight, saying “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a ***** off the field right now, out, he’s fired… For a week, (that owner would) be the most popular person in this country. Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for,” at a campaign rally for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange.

Following Trump’s comments, dozens of players from various professional teams knelt at games the next day, including the Baltimore Ravens, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New England Patriots, among others. Team owners, including Trump donor and Jaguars owner Shad Khan, also joined the protests, as others denounced the president and his commentary on social media, according to Salon.

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University Professor and Student Invited to Study 300-Year-Old 'Vinegar Bible' at Shrewsbury Church

MU Prof Student 300 Old BibleCorey Dzenko, an assistant art history professor at Monmouth University, and Campbell Lee, a junior English student, have been invited to study a rare ‘Vinegar Bible’ on display at the Christ Episcopal Church in Shewsbury.

“The Vinegar Bible is a bible that was printed in 1717, in England,” said Dzenko, an art historian who typically focuses on more contemporary artworks. “It is called the ‘Vinegar Bible’ because ‘Parable of the Vineyard’ was misspelled to say ‘Parable of the Vinegar’ instead.”

According to the Asbury Park Press, the bible has been on display in the church for about 175 years; over the summer, for the 300-year-anniversary of the book, it was removed from its glass case to be used in services.

“I was fearful when we took it out,” said Christ Church historian Bob Kelly in an interview with the Asbury Park Press. “I didn’t know what kind of condition it was in – what we were going to see.”

According to his interview, the book was worn but in good condition.

“The Vinegar Bible is significant for art because it contains many engraved illustrations by 18th century artists,” explained Dzenko. “As a book, it is also significant as an example of graphic design. The printer used mechanical process to create the book, rather than writing and illustrating all books by hand, as was done before the invention of the printing press in the 1450s.” 

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University Works to Propel Sustainability Efforts

The Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) gathered with over 50 attendees to voice concerns, propose solutions, and plan for a greener Monmouth in the Edison Atrium on Sept. 21, 2017.

This was the first SAC meeting in over a year. Student leaders and community members who are involved with sustainable practices are invited to share their efforts and encourage support for their groups. The meeting organized a dedicated time for active members of the community leading sustainable practices at Monmouth to address the crowd and potential members.

At this time all members of the community were invited to voice their concerns of campus sustainability and propose methods to grow greener at Monmouth.

Many students and faculty members made comments on the issue of productivity and environmental hazards with single stream recycling at Monmouth.

 “I have heard from multiple professors that all of the waste gets dumped into one place, and I have also seen janitors take both trash and recycling bags and combine them,” said senior health and physical education student Alexandra Georgieff. 

“I was in the gym today and they were using the trash can to hold gym equipment and the recycling can was the only can to throw trash and recycling into,” she continued.

Various faculty also had concerns about the current sustainability practices at the University.

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Monmouth Welcomes Prospective Students at Annual Open House Event in Wilson Hall

MU Annual Open House WH 1The University held its annual Open House in order to give prospective undergraduate students and their families the college experience on Sunday, Oct. 8.

The event, which ran from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., gave these prospective students insight into the many different opportunities the University has to offer. Each department at the University was involved in welcoming these potential new students and answering any questions they, or their parents, might have had.

The day began with an opening reception at the OceanFirst Bank Center, where faculty and administrators were able to answer questions and provide advice to the potential new students. The Monmouth University alma mater was performed in front of the audience of attendees by the Sea Sharps, the student a cappella group on campus. Shortly after, University President Grey J. Dimenna, Esq. addressed the attendees with a warm welcome. 

Laura Yankowski, an undergraduate admissions counselor, explained that while the numbers are not in yet, the University counted over 1,400 registered families before the actual day of the even. Yankowski believes that that number could be much higher. “We last counted around 1,400 families who signed up originally, so it is really important that we have the available resources for all of them,” she said.

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Hawks Celebrate Intersectionality Week

Hawks Intersectionality WeekIntersectionality Week at Monmouth University, featuring various events and initiatives hosted by University clubs and organizations to promote an interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender, began on Monday, Oct. 9.

The organizations involved include: Students Advocating Girls’ Education (SAGE); the Youth Activists Group (YAG); Sexuality, Pride, Education, Community, Truth, Respect, and Unity at Monmouth (SPECTRUM); and the Gender Studies Club. All organizations involved have a shared mission of promotion equality, safety, and acceptance for all.

The week began with Indigenous People Day, a holiday celebrating the indigenous people of North America. Typically celebrated as Columbus Day, Indigenous People Day highlights a population that is seen as having been treated unfairly throughout history, especially by Christopher Columbus himself, according to Taffy Lashley, a sophomore communications student who took the lead organizing the event.

The Gender Studies Club was at the Rebecca Stafford Student Center from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to educate the community and celebrate that indigenous culture.

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University to Create Field Station

University Field StationMonmouth University will be developing the Monmouth Marine and Environmental Field Station on the banks of the Navesink River in partnership with the Borough of Rumson.

“The Monmouth Marine Environmental Field Station will allow the School of Science to offer direct access to a coastal ecology for our students and faculty,” said Steven Bachrach, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science and chemistry professor. “We anticipate teaching marine and coastal ecology classes at this location, exploring the neighboring islands and river, and even into the ocean.”

According to Bachrach, it is expected that the station, which will be built on Rumson town property, will include an on-site boat dock, allowing classes to launch right from the station, and a marine laboratory with water tanks. The station will focus on faculty-led research, which students will be able to assist on.

The project, which has been in the works for over two years, was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

 “The field station will provide easy access to the Navesink-Shrewsbury rivers and the ocean – nature’s best living laboratories for our students to conduct hands-on field research,” said Tony MacDonald, the Director of the Urban Coast Institute (UCI), which was involved in the creation of the station.  “It is important to note that in addition to marine science and research, the field station presents an opportunity to expand Monmouth STEM education efforts working with local school systems and the public.”

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Monmouth Students Clean Up Asbury Park Beaches

Asbury Park Clean Up 1On Sept. 23 the Monmouth Youth Activists Group hosted a beach clean-up in Asbury Park, where they were joined by other members of the Monmouth student body.

The clean-up was attended by students of all years and majors. Each student who participated collected at least one large reusable bag full of waste.

“It was just a bunch of people who decided to show up and do something good for the community, both from the Youth Activists Group and from outside of it,” said Gowri Jagadesh, a freshman health studies student. “I think it’s great that we had such a passionate group of people volunteer to walk around in the blazing sun, picking up cigarette butts and little pieces of plastic.”

Asbury Park’s beach had many straws, cigarette butts, clothing, wrapping waste, bottle caps, and other non-degradable forms of waste that is hazardous to human health and marine life. The existence of many restaurants along the shore leads to direct source pollution of the neighboring beach.

“My sophomore year I took an environmental science class and it opened my eyes to the extreme dangers humans face due to the amount of trash we create and litter,” said Erica Deweever, a senior business marketing and management student.. “I learned that plastic takes over one thousand years to degrade and when it is polluting our ocean it often circles back to our own stomachs. Marine life mistakes tiny pieces of plastic for food, and then humans catch and eat these sea creatures, thus eating their own trash.”

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Debate Team Wins Award at Rutgers

Debate Team Wins Rutgers 1The Monmouth University debate team received a team award at a Rutgers University Tournament on the weekend of Sept. 22 – 24, where debaters from the University reached the playoff rounds of the competition.

The annual tournament, which featured 65 teams of two students each, included participants from Cornell University, the United States Military Academy, and New York University.

The topic of the year was “Resolved: The United States Federal Government Should Establish National Health Insurance in the United States.”

The tournament took place over the course of three days, as students went through six preliminary rounds, each lasting approximately two hours, according to Joseph Patten, Ph.D., an associate professor in the political science department and the debate team advisor.

Each team argued the affirmative side for three rounds, and then the negative side for another three. The teams that compiled a winning record then continued into the playoff rounds.

University students Phoebe Nelson and Ryan Kelly reached the playoff round, before losing in a close decision to Liberty University.

“I’m incredibly proud of our debaters for having the courage and work ethic to compete against some of the best debate teams across the nation,” said Patten. “Our team captains James Hawke, Emely Diaz, and Sabria Saenger do a terrific job leading the team, and I’m really honored to be able to work so closely with all of our debaters.”

“This tournament is challenging yet rewarding,” said Brendan Bianchi, a senior homeland security student. “Debate tournaments are a competition of critical thinking, as well as endurance.”

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Public Servant-in-Residence Named

Former New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey was named as the Public Servant-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 academic year. Codey will be present on campus throughout the fall and spring semesters to provide insight through his lectures on the importance of public service.

The Department Chair of Political Science and Sociology, Dr. Ken Mitchell said, “Former Governor Codey has agreed to be present on campus for four days to share his honest opinion on the challenges that students will be faced with when committing to a career in law.”

The University was notified about the chosen Public Servant-in-Residence in a letter composed by University President Grey J. Dimenna, Esq. According to the letter, the former governor was sworn into the New Jersey State legislature at age 27 and has served his state since Jan. 8, 1974. Monmouth University’s Public Servant-in-Residence was New Jersey’s 53rd governor, and served from 2004 to 2006.

During his time as governor of “The Garden State,” Codey championed a bill to ban smoking from indoor spaces in the state, increased funding for stem-cell research, mental health, and sports. Codey also worked towards putting an end to steroid abuse in high school and college sports throughout the state by mandating state-funded drug tests. As one of the longest-standing assembly members, Codey has become a strong proponent of improving mental health care throughout the state.

Codey will impart his expertise and wisdom on the student body to encourage the youth of New Jersey to act as public servants for issues they are passionate about.

The Public Servant-in-Residence program was created in 2000 with this sole purpose. The University’s Department of Political Science and Sociology sponsors the initiative, and are strong proponents of the knowledge that students can acquire from civic leaders.

Dr. Mitchell believes that universities are in place to help students form new ideas by putting them in contact with people they normally would not have the opportunity to meet.

“The goal of the program is to make Monmouth students more comfortable with speaking to high power individuals by placing them in an intimate environment with these professionals,” said Dr. Mitchell.

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School of Social Work Forms Suicide Prevention Program

Social Work Suicide Prevention 1The School of Social Work at Monmouth University has launched the SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project, which will expand the department’s efforts to aid in the prevention of suicide.

A conference focused on youth suicide was held as the opening event for the program.

“The SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project in the School of Social Work was created in January of this year after receiving funding from a private donor,” said Michelle Scott, Ph.D., an associate professor in the school of social work, and the Director of the SRF project at Monmouth.

This is the second SRF project in the Monmouth county area, according to Scott; the second is with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.

“The SRF project at Monmouth is a natural extension of the work we have done on campus with suicide prevention,” said Scott, who was the director of the Promoting Wellness and Resiliency on Campus suicide prevention program from 2012 to 2016.

The PWR program, funded by the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant funded by the federal government, was a suicide prevention project that focused on clinical trainings and public awareness efforts.

“The SRF project will be working to further the goals of the PWR initiative by working to train and educate individuals in suicide prevention, intervention, and posttension, while expanding our scope to include program development and dissemination, advocacy, and policy, as well as well as research for original discovery,” said Scott. “The SRF project has a community-based steering committee which will help integrate university social work resources and suicide prevention expertise with community needs.”

“The end goal is to prevent suicide,” said Katie Rizman, a psychological counselor in the Counseling and Psychological Services office, which offers free counseling to University students. Rizman is also a member of the project’s steering committee. “This will hopefully be accomplished offers free counseling to University students. Rizman is also a member of the project’s steering committee. “This will hopefully be accomplished through continued research, curriculum development, and dissemination and trainings.”

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