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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Academic Department Offers Applied Music Program

default article imageThe Department of Music and Theatre Arts offers an Applied Music Program that allows students to take one-credit private music lessons regardless of their major.

The program provides students of all majors the chance to learn a musical instrument with professional musicians. Upon filling out a registration form for a course and emailing it to Dr. Gloria Rotella, Director of the Applied Music Program, students can take a 50 minute long lesson once a week where they will learn the instrument of their choice. 

“Applied Music study in the areas of voice, piano, strings, winds, brass, guitar and percussion serves those students pursuing a major in music education, music performance, music industry, and music theatre majors, as well as those non-majors who wish to develop musical skills primarily for personal enrichment,” Rotella said.

Daniel Martin, a music education major and IT minor, sees the program as a wonderful opportunity for students to take advantage of. “It gives students the chance to work one on one with professional level musicians for practically free.”

Professor Michael Gillette, a specialist professor of music and violin instructor, encourages students to take advantage of the private classes while they are at the University.

“Students not only in the department but across campus have a chance to take lessons here rather than going somewhere else to find a teacher. There’s no music department I can think of that doesn’t offer applied music on campus so the fact that we’re doing that and have been doing that for a few years now is a good step towards making this a better music theater d e p a r t m e n t . The objective is to serve the students and if they want to take lessons they should be able to do it here,” Gillette said.

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The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Drugs

default article imageFrequently popping over-thecounter pills for everyday aches may be more damaging than the pain itself. When it comes to taking over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil, most people have developed their own system that has little to do with the recommended doses. When pain is holding us hostage, our overwhelming desire to stop it consumes us, and sometimes counting out the correct dosage does not. The outcome may be that we double the amount, or even combine acetaminophen and add ibuprofen to our cold medicine as assurance. Most of us, if we bother to do anything, give the microscopic type on the label a quick look over and not think twice about it.

Melanie Ratajczak, a sophomore, said, “I don’t really see the long-term effects of OTC drugs. Any pain I feel, I just take an Advil.”

“I’m very concerned because nobody pays attention to the information on the side of the boxes,” says Lewis Nelson, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “And if you say, ‘You can take 1,000 miligrams,’ people don’t know what that means, and they say, ‘Well OK, two pills sounds like the right dose’.”

According to USA Today, more than three quarters of American’s take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, which fall into two categories: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, the active ingredient found in Tylenol. Acetaminophen is used strictly for pain and fever. Unlike NSAIDS, acetaminophen doesn’t irritate the stomach. But because it is perceived as safe, people tend to load up on it without thinking. This has resulted in acetaminophen poisoning, the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

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Know What Courses Cost More

default article imageAs of this semester, current undergraduate students at the University are paying anywhere from $760 to $1140 for each credit, depending on the number of credits they are taking. On top of tuition, students are also faced with the expenses of textbooks, room and board, and additional supplies needed for each class. So why are lab fees for classes such as information technology, graphic design chemistry, biology and other lab sciences necessary?

According to Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, lab fees for science classes range from $35-$100. He says that these fees are intended to support certain classes’ needs that generally exceed the cost of non-lab courses. “For example, in the sciences, specific laboratory courses require instrumentation and supplies that are not needed in lecture and discussion based courses. This allows the University to maintain a tuition structure that is the same for all majors but any student taking a lab-intensive course pays fees associated with that course,” said Palladino.

“Institutions with no lab fee structure often charge higher tuition for all students and then use a portion of that tuition to cover lab expenses. In that model, students are paying for costs that may provide little direct benefit to them if they take relatively few lab courses.” Palladino also says that lab fees remain relatively stable, as the cost of supplies increases only three to five percent each year.

Lab fees are also considered when creating financial aid packages for each student at the University, said Claire Alasio, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Director of Financial Aid. She said that students may use federal, state, and/or institutional grant and/or loan funds to pay for lab fees.

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School of Science Donates 500 Books to Zimbabwe

School of Science DonatesThe University School of Science has collected over 500 science textbooks to benefit the Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) in Zimbabwe through a book donation. The project, led by chemistry professor Dr. Tsnangurayi Tongesayi, asked students and faculty to donate textbooks to support the BUSE community, which is in need of basic educational resources.

“Because of the economic downturn in the country over the last decade, [BUSE] has not been able to replenish some of its very basic needs,” said Tongesayi, who has a strong relationship with BUSE as the first lecturer and Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1996 through 2001.

Tongesayi’s idea for a book donation project developed during a recent research visit to the school when he recognized the school’s need for textbooks. Upon his return to the University, Tongesayi received the support of the School of Science and put the project into action.

Students and faculty were donate new or used science textbooks about any topic. In addition, several students and faculty volunteered time to further sort the books to be packaged.

Lauren Lechner, a sophomore majoring in chemistry, cataloged and packaged the books for delivery as a participant of the project. “I felt that it was a great idea,” she said. “It’s always a great feeling to help out and donate time and materials to other students who need more resources.”

Chelsea Bray, a senior chemistry major and member of Tongesayi’s research group, participated in the project by organizing books based on subject content and packing accordingly. “There were over 500 books,” she said. “At times it was overwhelming and seemed like it was never going to get done in time.” Despite the chaos, Bray is grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the project. “It was such a great feeling knowing that all of the books being packaged were going to be put to use instead of just sitting on a bookshelf,” she said. “It definitely was an experience that opened my eyes to realizing that the little things in life, like books, that we take for granted are really things that should have more value in our lives.”

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Health Honor Society Raises Money for Kortney Rose Foundation

default article imageThe University's Pre-Professional Health Honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, helped collect over $240 for the Kortney Rose Foundation for their annual charity fundraiser “Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye” on February 13 and 14. The Kortney Rose Foundation was created by Kortney's mother and the secretary of the Political Science department Kristen Gillette, and serves to raise awareness on the issue of pediatric brain tumors and to enhance and fund research for pediatric brain cancer.

The history of the cancer organization can be summarized in Gilette's own words. “In 2005, my nine-yearold daughter Kortney Rose Gillette was diagnosed, out of the blue, with a very rare and always fatal brain tumor. She died four months later. To help pick up the pieces and move on from our grief and help other children with brain tumors through research and awareness, we started The Kortney Rose Foundation.” Gilette said that the organization is a non-profit organization with a mission of raising awareness of the number one cancer-related death among children ages 19 and younger: brain tumors.

Efforts by the organization have now culminated in the month of May officially being designated as “Brain Tumor Awareness Month.” They have raised over $528,000 in the last five years for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to the events that are listed on thekortneyrosefoundation. org, they also have a 5K run on campus on April 6. The foundation has also set up many other fundraisers for local schools and businesses with their “Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye” movement.

Alpha Epsilon Delta's second annual kick-off of their “Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye” fundraiser consisted of selling wooden roses, bracelets, and hanging the names of all whom donated in an appropriately valentine-themed “heart-shape” in the windows of Edison Science Building and the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. When inquired about the program, Caroline Lay, a junior and Vice President of Alpha Epsilon Delta said, “It was awesome to see the group (Alpha Epsilon Delta) come together for a great cause and I was so happy to see people around campus help us and the Kortney Rose foundation out. I'm so happy we were able to beat the amount that we raised last year. Hopefully in the years to come we can keep the trend going.”

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Poll Finds More College Freshmen See Getting Good Job as Key Goal

default article imageHaving seen their parents struggle with unemployment and other money worries over the last few years, the nation's current batch of college freshmen increasingly view a bachelor's degree as a necessary ticket to better jobs, according to a University of California, Los Angeles survey being released Thursday.

In responding to the "American Freshman" poll, 85.9 percent of firstyear students across the country said that being able to land a good job is a very important reason for attending college. That is the strongest response to that question in the 40 years it has been asked and is higher than the 70.4 percent reply in 2006, before the recession began.

The survey asks freshmen to select reasons they are pursuing higher education. For a generation, the most popular one was "to learn more about things that interest me." This year, 82.9 percent said that was a major motive. But since 2009, the concern about jobs has been on top.

Also setting a record was the response to a query about whether becoming very well off financially is an "essential or very important" objective. The survey showed that 79.6 percent of the students described such affluence as a compelling goal, up from the pre-recession response of 73.4 percent in 2006 and double the levels during the more counter-cultural 1970s.

"I think it's understandable. Like everybody in the country, these students are reacting to a time of recession," said John H. Pryor, managing director of UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which conducts the annual survey.

But he cautioned that it would be wrong to assume that the students want to make money just for luxurious lifestyles. In fact, the report also shows that, compared with students 40 years ago, current freshmen say they are much more interested in having children. So, Pryor said, they may be more aware of what it costs to raise and educate a family.

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N.J. Senate OK’s Gay Marriage Bill, Governor Christie Vetoes

default article imageNew Jersey lawmakers gave the long-awaited “OK” for gay marriage last Thursday. Although the bill did pass 4233, that was a dozen less than the number needed to override a veto by Governor Chris Christie.

“If the bill comes to my desk, I am vetoing it, and I will use every resource that I have at my disposal to make sure that my veto is sustained,” Christie had said. The bill was said to have been put on his desk last Friday. Gay marriage is a controversial issue all over the country nationwide. Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. As a result of Christie’s veto, New Jersey will not be the eighth state to permit gay marriage.

Dr. Rekha Datta of the Political Science Department offered her perspective on the recent events. “Governor Christie’s veto of the bill was not unexpected,” she said. “Under such circumstances, technically, an override is a possibility. In this particular instance, however, that remains unlikely. It seems that there will be a referendum on the question in November’s ballot.”

Jackie Centifonti, a senior, said, “Marriage is between a man and a woman, not all states have to make gay marriage legal, and New Jersey just isn’t one of them.”

Christie might have vetoed the bill, but he invoked a conditional veto, meaning that it can be looked over by the legislation and returned to Christie with revisions. This allows the people of the homosexual community, as well as heterosexuals who are in favor of gay marriage, a glimmer of hope.

Students at the University voiced their own opinions on this controversial issue. “I believe everyone should be able to get married,” said Christine Amoscato, a sophomore. “Love is love no matter who it is, and everyone deserves it.”

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Former University Soccer Player Prepares for Olympics

Last July, the U.S. women’s soccer team lost in an overtime shootout final to Japan in what has become known as one of the most exciting games in FIFA Women’s World Cup history. Leading that team was Christie Rampone, the star of the University’s women’s soccer program in the mid-1990’s. Using that game for added motivation, Rampone is now preparing with her teammates for a chance at winning a third consecutive gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London this July.

“There’s a lot of emotions still lingering from that loss, but we’ve had time to recover and use that to our advantage as we train for the upcoming Olympics in London,” Rampone said.

Rampone , who has been captain of the team since 2008, said that having the Olympics in London brings added excitement to the event. “England is such a huge soccer country, so the enthusiasm of the crowd will really bring a lot of energy into the atmosphere,” she said.

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Student Beaten on Road Near Library

MUPD Fails to Alert Campus Community of Attack


default article imageAn unidentified student was beaten by a group of three individuals on Cedar Avenue near Norwood Avenue on Sunday, January 29 at approximately 3:28 am, according to Bill McElrath, Chief of Monmouth University Police.

Captain Larry Mihlon of the West Long Branch Police Department said it was unclear if there was a motive, but he did say that it appeared to be a crime of opportunity.

According to the police report, the victim was returning from walking home friends from a party when he was jumped by the attackers, causing some injuries. Following the assault, the victim appeared to be confused and a little dazed, as he had problems recalling details of the incident.

A junior student, who asked to remain anonymous, witnessed the crime.

“There was a car parked outside the library, a maroon Impala possibly. In between the car and the sidewalk, there was a kid laying in the middle of the street lifeless with two guys on him, basically beating the crap out of him,” said the witness. “There was a third person standing in the middle of the street with a knife watching the beating. My friends and I pulled up alongside them and yelled to try and get them to stop.”

Following this, the witness called the MUPD to report the incident that was going on right outside their office in front of the library. MUPD arrived at the scene and notified the West Long Branch Police Department, who handled the situation from that point forward. Later, the witness called MUPD to check the status of the situation. He said that he was not given any information. “I asked them what was going on, and they were like,‘Why? Are you involved in this in any way?’ And I said, ‘No, but they (perpetrators) kind of saw my face and I screamed at them.’ [MUPD] blew me off.”

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Brighton Avenue Blaze Destroys Several Buildings and Business

Brighton Avenue FireA fire blazed throughout Brighton Avenue, Long Branch, N.J. on Monday, February 13, taking out 10 businesses and 14 apartments on the street. The fire began around 10:30 am and was still being hosed down after midnight. It took 11 fire departments and approximately 100 firefighters to contain the fire, according to the Asbury Park Press. There were no reported injuries, aside from a few minor ash burns to some of the firefighters and a cut lip to one.

The businesses affected include West End Dance Academy on 59 Brighton, Sacred Circle New Age Center, Universe Graphics, Shelly’s Jewelry, Heedless, The Wave and East Coast Coin.

 According to Andrew DiChiara, junior and firefighter for West Long Branch Fire Department, the fire was thought to have possibly originated in the basement of the dance studio.

The Wave issued a statement on their Facebook page post-fire. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us. We really appreciate all the phone calls, prayers and messages, and we know with the help of all of you we will be back and better than ever.”

Over a dozen residents were left homeless, losing their apartments, possessions and some pets in the fire. The tenants were brought to the Long Branch Senior Center, where they were assisted by Red Cross officials. Some tenants had to be evacuated but many were at work during the fire, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Locals gathered to watch as the fire grew, some crying over the tragedy taking place. With the ocean winds blowing strong, ash was carried across Ocean Avenue causing the roof of Wells Fargo Bank to catch on fire. The firefighters were able to put it out without much damage done to the building.

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Norovirus Outbreak at Some N.J. Colleges

University Goes on Health Alert to Take Precautions


Norovirus Outbreak NJ CollegeThe University was warned of an outbreak of the Norovirus via an email early Thursday evening, urging students to take caution when navigating the campus. 

At about 5:15 pm on Thursday, the email was sent out to the members of the University community, informing them of the recent widespread virus that has previously appeared at Rider University and Princeton University.

Although the virus typically only lasts 24 to 72 hours, the Norovirus proves itself a brutal and lingering annoyance to students and staff at the aforementioned universities.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one can remain ill for a couple of days with symptoms not limited to diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.  The virus also is highly contagious.   

Being briefly described as “an intestinal virus that can cause stomach cramping,” students are urged to take simple measures to protect themselves. 

Precautions such as washing hands thoroughly, washing food before preparing it, not preparing food if infected, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, not sharing towels, utensils, bottles, etc., and washing clothing and linens will assist in not spreading the virus.

In the email, Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services, informs students that the campus is sans virus for now. The University’s Facilities Management staff is continuing to clean and sanitize, perhaps even on an elevated level.  She also says that students are more than welcome to contact Health Services should they feel symptoms or need attention.

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