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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Goverment Saves, Graduate Students Lose

A Law Will Eliminate Repayment Rebates and Loan Subsidies

Government Saves Graduate StudentGraduate students will pay more for loans taken out next July, and recent graduates will lose rebates for on-time repayment under a law Congress passed this summer to keep the federal deficit in check while protecting Pell Grants for low-income students.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the changes will save the government $21.6 billion meaning students would pay that much more or borrow less over the next 10 years.

Another change that a key Senate committee voted to include in the 2012 federal budget would "save" an additional $6.1 billion by getting rid of a grace period subsidy for undergraduate loans.

The elimination of repayment rebates and loan subsidies for graduate students was included in the bipartisan deal reached in July known as the Budget Control Act, the law that set 10year spending caps while raising the federal debt ceiling.

Financial aid departments at colleges and universities are now starting to notify graduate students that Stafford loans they take out next summer will no longer include a subsidy that keeps interest from accruing while they are in school.

"This was one of the few federal subsidies provided to graduate students," said Haley Chitty, communications director for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. "It is a pretty significant blow."

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425 Volunteers at Annual Big Event

default article imageThis Saturday marked the 12th annual Big Event which attracted roughly 425 volunteers from the University who helped numerous organizations in Ocean Township.

Clear skies welcomed volunteers as they began to arrive at 10 am in Anacon Hall in the Student Center where they were told what site they would be attending. Groups of people ranging from sororities and fraternities to clubs and other University organizations arrived ready to do their part for the day.

Site locations ranged from local churches, such as the Reformation Lutheran Church, to parks like Joe Palaia Park. Many of the sites visited were close by in Ocean Township, including West Long Branch and Oakhurst. In total, more than 20 different locations were helped by volunteers throughout the day.

Sites were asked to provide volunteers with all required tools necessary to complete their work.

Buses were provided to help transport groups of volunteers who did not have their own transportation to their designated work site.

Each work site had a University student as Site Captain, who could be identified by their pink shirts and oversaw the entire group at their work sites.

Lindsey Irwin, who did the event with the University’s dance team, was assigned cleanup of Deal Lake.

“It was a beautiful day and even though we were picking up garbage, we all had a lot of fun as a team,” Irwin said.

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Students React to Changes in Dining Hall

Student Reacts Dining Changes 1$2,227: That is the cost of a 195 meal plan on campus, which averages 13 meals and $171.30 per week.

When University students pay that much for food, they expect to get a good quality and variety of foods throughout the year. However, most of the feedback from students suggests the opposite.

“Honestly the food is terrible. I don’t like how the chickens’ gray, how it’s the same greasy and unappetizing food every day, or the fact that the salad is the only thing I trust to eat without getting a stomachache,” said Ashley Ordile, a first-year student.

There also have been some negative stories reported, which include sophomore Nicolle Rodriguez’s experience regarding the Dining Hall’s ice cream.

“A few weeks ago the Dining Hall had a special dessert section set up where, in addition to sprinkles, you could add maraschino cherries and other toppings to your ice cream,” Rodriguez said. “To my horror, as I opened the lid to the cherries, a swarm of tiny red bugs flew out.”

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Jean-Michael Cousteau, Famed Ocean Explorer, Honored at Ocean Symposium

Jean Michael Cousteau HonoredJean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society, was the symposium distinguished lecturer and winner of the National Ocean Champion Award. Cousteau spoke of his work, much of which is inspired by his father, Jacques Cousteau.

 In 1999, Cousteau created the Ocean Futures Society which was built to be “The Voice for the Ocean.”

“I created the Ocean Futures Society to honor the philosophy of my father after he passed away,” said Cousteau. “For me, the mission of Ocean Future Society is to bring the ocean home, whether you live along the coastline or way inland we are connected to the ocean and we all depend on the ocean.”

Cousteau has been on the ocean his entire life following in the footsteps of his father’s work. Much of his work has been on research ships Calypso and Alcyone. When Cousteau was seven, his father threw him overboard with nothing but a scuba tank on his back, and since that time he has worked hard to explore the ocean and preserve his father’s legacy.

To ensure that the Ocean Figures Society continues to grow and keep up with ever evolving technology, the Ocean Futures Society is going to focus on expeditions that are in 3D, bring young people to these expeditions and play the shows in theaters and IMAX. They also plan on doing live programs from under water and throughout the rest of the world.

Throughout his life, Cousteau has been able to communicate the importance of the ocean to millions of people by using many different forms of technology. While this is a step forward from his father, it’s certainly in the same direction.  

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Career Networking Event Attracts 30 Employers and 150 Students

default article imageThe Center for Student Success (CSS) hosted its annual Career Networking Night last Tuesday in the Multipurpose Activity Center to promote networking and communication with potential employers. Over 150 students and roughly 30 different organizations attended.

According to the CSS, the event helped students interact with alumni and professionals from outside organizations. Students were able to gain valuable insight into the world of networking and professional relationship building, vital career contacts, and opportunities to obtain a potential mentor.

The event had a sign in, and provided name tags for both the students and representatives of the companies. The name tags for the representatives had a color identification to show which majors they were looking for. However organizations such as the FBI said that they were interested in all majors.

Jeff Boyd, a Human Resources Executive said “a resume is like the American Express Card, you never leave home without it.” He said that the key thing about interview environments is to be able to be communicative, comfortable and confident; because there is “no cookie cutter, you need to be prepared for this,” Boyd added.

Boyd said that hiring people has been the most rewarding experience that he has had during his 30 years working in human resources.

“There is nothing like hiring an individual that wants, or needs a job,” he said.

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Hawks Observe Campus Crime and Safety Week

default article imageThe Department of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice Honor Society held its first Campus Crime & Safety Week from October 17 to October 20. The purpose was to raise awareness on crime and safety issues on campus.

Presentations were held in the Carol Afflitto Conference Room, Monday through Thursday during the evening. The University Police Department (MUPD) also contributed, with presentations.

Doctor Michele Grillo, Assistant Professor, was responsible for organizing the event. She said,

“The Crime and Safety Week was a great opportunity for campus police to interact with students. I wanted to bring more awareness to campus crime and safety, as I witness quite a bit here. I’d like to present ways in which students can easily prevent their own victimization, primarily theft.”

Grillo and her assistant Christine D’Ottaviano, a graduate student, asked MUPD if they would be willing to conduct presentations on various campus crime and safety issues. Working with Chief Bill McElrath, they were able to provide four presentations on various topics in conjunction with MUPD.

The topics that were discussed during the week included: an active shooter informational session, a sexual assault informational session, a campus safety and dangers of texting while driving session, and a hazing and anti-bullying session. MUPD described vandalism as the number one crime that takes place on campus.

McElrath covered the topic of active shooters. Active shooters at college campuses are considered the greatest threat, nationwide. “You don’t want to be that person the day after that said I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know who to report it to,” McElrath said.

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Honors Newsletter Wins Third Place in National Contest

Honors Newsletter Wins 3rd PlaceThe University's honors newsletter, Areté, was chosen as this year's third place winner of the National Collegiate Honors Council Newsletter Contest. The ceremony, which took place on October 22, was held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Accepting the award on behalf of Areté were Dr. Kevin Dooley, Dean of the Honors School, Reenie Menditto, Director of Student Standards, and honors students Terence Bodak, Emily Steeber, and Jenna Intersimone.

Intersimone, Areté’s Editor-in-Chief of two years, was ecstatic about winning the award which was in the category of best student-run publications for Fall 2010-Spring 2011.

"We are all very excited and proud to be here,” she said. “It is a collaborative effort to publish Areté, so to receive this award is very special for all of us."

Intersimone said the publication stands out from other honors newsletters for several reasons.

"Our newsletter has a very clear student voice that touches on a lot of aspects that are not covered in other publications,” she said. “Areté has personal essays, studying abroad experiences, and alumni spotlights that fill each newsletter with insightful student observations. It is fun to be a part of because the students really get involved with the process from beginning to end."

The conference, which started in 1954, is coordinated by Richard Badenhausen, a Professor and Director of the honors program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"Areté stood out to the judges because the form and content of its newsletter had a solid purpose and the writing was executed very well,” said Badenhausen , elaborating why a committee of four judges chose Areté. “The publication had a consistent voice in the majority of its articles."

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October is Mental Health Awareness Month

Counseling and Psychological Services Offered a Mental Health Screening Day

October Mental Health AwarenessThe Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) located on the third floor of the Student Center, conducted a free mental health screening on Thursday, October 20. It was meant to offer immediate feedback from a counselor and distribute self-help literature. The offices for the CPS are

The CPS offers two screenings per year. One in the fall focuses on depression and mood analysis, and one in the spring focuses on anxiety. Approximately 30 students attended last Thursday’s mental health screening.

October is Mental Health Awareness Month. The mental health screening used was called the “National Depression Screening.”

It is used for screening mental health, and focuses on questions that are correlated with mood disorders. The categories of mood disorders are: depression, general mood disorder, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These categories help define symptoms, and might help explain a mental health issue.

The forms determine if it is important to see the counselors on an emergency basis, or to offer them an appointment within 48 hours. The CPS has six licensed counselors that offer free and confidential service.

Doctor Franca Mancini, Director of CPS said, “We want to assist students in their academic and personal development and help them reach their full potential. Ultimately we want students to feel, and to be, independent.”

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“Being Out at Work” Event Teaches Diversity and Equal Rights

“Being Out at Work” Part of National Coming Out Day

default article image“Nobody’s gay in mortgage banking!” joked John Paul Nicolaides, Area Sales Manager of Wells Fargo & Co. He was one of the speakers at “It Gets Better: Being Out at Work” last Tuesday, hosted by the University as part of National Coming Out Day.

The event began with a video of college presidents throughout the United States that held a positive outlook of being out at work. They spoke of more doors opening than closing through the experience, and the transition from being bullied at school to leading a University that prepares future social workers.

At the conclusion of this video, four guest speakers were introduced, including of John Paul Nicolaides of Wells Fargo. Nicolaides described their company as “openly accepting of our community.” Furthermore, he asserted that “I can take pride in a company that takes pride in me.”

The first speaker to share her story about coming out was Babs Casbar Siperstein, Executive Committee Member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She was the first transgender individual to appear on the DNC’s ballot.

“If gays and lesbians are second class, what am I?” Siperstein said she often asked herself prior to coming out. She did not come out publicly until 2007.

Frederick C. Rafetto, Attorney at Ansell Grimm and Aaron PC, spoke next. Rafetto came out professionally within the last year after admitting that he felt uncomfortable bringing his partner to a law firm event, and through inspiration from his friend, Hudson Taylor.

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Happy 78th Birthday, MU

Leader in Treatment of Pompe Disease Receives Honorary Degree at Founders’ Day

Happy 78th Birthday MU 1A visionary fellow Hawk, a philanthropic financial leader, and a father who never gave up were highly recognized at this year’s Founders’ Day on Wednesday, October 12.

In honor of celebrating the University’s 78th “birthday,” as President Paul G. Gaffney II described, three leaders in three diverse industries received awards for their contributions to society. Entrepreneur John F. Crowley, who is known as the chairman, President and CEO of biotechnology company Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., received an honorary degree and gave the convocation address during the Founder’s Day ceremony. After his two youngest children were diagnosed with an often fatal, neuromuscular disorder called Pompe disease, Crowley searched for a treatment for them to survive.

During his search, he became cofounder, President and CEO of Novazyme Pharmaceuticals, a biotech start up that did research on the experimental treatment for Pompe disease. Once Novazyme merged with Genzyme Corporation in 2001, the company worked in the development of this drug as Crowley took on as Senior Vice President. Crowley’s story has been portrayed in the film Extraordinary Measures; he also has been written about in the book, “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million – And Bucked the Med ical Establishment – In a Quest to Save His Children.”

When asked what he considers his most important accomplishment, he replied, “Seeing my kids succeed. When I’m getting ready in the bathroom and doing my morning routine, my daughter Megan rolls in on her motorized wheelchair and I always ask the same question probably every dad asks, ‘how are you doing today?’ and every single day she tells me the same one word answer: ‘awesome’.”

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University Prepares Launch of Online News Portal

default article imageThe media landscape is changing, and many newspapers and other print publications are taking the back seat. That is why University professors from the Department of Communication decided it was time for something new, and introduced the idea for a new student-trun media group called The Verge.

The Verge is the University’s first online news portal. The idea for the media group was conceptualized last spring and will officially begin this semester. Kayla Inglima, Assistant Editor, said that they will be completely ready to launch the site by November.

The idea for The Verge sprung from Assistant Professor of Journalism Marina Vujnovic’s online journalism class last semester.

“Currently we have about 15 students working on stories, most of which are connected to campus life and campus events,” Vujnovic, now the staff advisor, said. “It merges the elements of writing, photography, interactive media, and graphic design.” Inglima said that she sees The Verge as an important step taken by the University.

“The Verge is important because we are living in a technology driven world,” Inglima said. “Every day we are getting new or improved technologies that have begun to completely redefine our world. While print journalism and TV will never be completely replaced, it is essential that we do not miss out on this new opportunity to explore journalism on the Internet.” The Verge will contain original content, Vujnovic said.

“We’re not looking to replicate the content. We are thinking of working as more of a converged newsroom,” Vujnovic said. “The Verge urges other student media groups such as Commworks, The Outlook, PRSSA, MOCC, HawkTV, and WMCX to contribute their work to the new source.”

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