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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

It’s Always Better When We’re Together | Jenna Intersimone's Senior Goodbye

jenna_goodbye_2During my too-short four years at Monmouth University, I think it’s safe to say that I was involved. I wanted to immerse myself in campus life; I never wanted to say,I wish I did that.However, the only organization that became a part ofmewasThe Outlook, not only thanks to the dignified quality in which we stand for as a newspaper but mostly thanks to the committed and oddly eccentric people that call our little office home.

In being a part ofThe Outlook, I found what I was looking for at our University; people who were passionate about journalism but also knew how to have fun. This staff is fun, outgoing, outlandish, devoted, and perhaps most importantly, all vastly different. From this, I think that we created our own dysfunctional family, one in which sometimes wants to go at each other’s throats but deep down (sometimes really deep down) loves one another and always comes back together. Before I start tearing up thanking ourOutlookbabies, I want to thank some of the people who helped make this place my home from the beginning…

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Traces of Asbestos Found Behind Birch Hall

asbestos_found_behind_Birch_hallA small amount of asbestos was found behind Birch Hall this past Wednesday, April 24. The substance was quickly identified and removed when a University groundskeeper discovered it upon his rounds.

According to a memorandum sent out by the Vice President of Administrative Services, Patti Swannack, the groundskeeper immediately notified the Director of Compliance, Mel Dale.

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral with fibrous crystals, was commonly utilized in buildings in the late nineteenth century. Professor Claire Condie, a geology adjunct, states that “Because of its resistance to heat, fire, and chemical damage, [it] was used for insulation in buildings and as [an] ingredient in a number of products, such as roofing shingles and water supply lines. Typically the asbestos is [also] mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats.”

Dale states that since the relative bans on asbestos containing material (ACM) took effect, the University has not used any in recent building materials since; which explains the asbestos finding in Howard Hall last fall.

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University Hosts Fourth Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk

fourth_annual_5k_fun_run-walkThe University’s Political Science and Sociology Club helped collect about $1,600 for the Kortney Rose Foundation with their annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on Friday, April 28 at 2:30 pm in front of Wilson Hall.

The Kortney Rose foundation was formed by secretary of the Political Science Department, Kristen Gillette. According to, “[The organization] is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors.” The foundation was created to honor Kortney Rose, the daughter of Gillette, who passed away at the age of nine four months after being diagnosed with brainstem gliomain in April 2006.

Raising awareness for brain tumors, the number one cancer-related death among children under 19, is the mission of the Kortney Rose Foundation.

This year’s race was dedicated to a local child named Alex who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. Gillette spoke to the mother of the boy a few days prior to the fun run/walk and said that she would dedicate this year’s race to him.

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A Final Salute for President Paul G. Gaffney II

final_salute_for_president_gaffney_IIAfter 10 years of being President of the University, Paul G. Gaffney II will be retiring on July 31. Many feel Gaffney has accomplished much in his time here and they appreciate everything he has done for Monmouth.

“I think President Gaffney was a phenomenal leader for our university because he’s so connected to the students, faculty, and campus,” senior Kate Nawoyski said. “He really showed students that he cared about us, and I felt so comfortable being at Monmouth because of that.”

Oscar Sanchez, former Student Government Association President, said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know President Gaffney over my years on SGA. He is a president who puts the students first, is always open to listening, and has a desire to learn more about each individual beyond their student ID number.” Sanchez added, “He has been such a pleasure to work with, and his dedication to SGA is going to be a tough one to match. As a mentor, leader, and role model, President Gaffney has exceeded all expectations.”

Gaffney has seen a lot in his time here and he was able to bring new ideas to the University as well as expand on the plans made by Presidents before him.

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University Tuition: It’s More Than Just the Flowers

The University offers one of the lowest tuition rates of similar private schools in New Jersey, according to William Craig Vice President of Finance for the University. “The schools that are real competitors among that group, such as Seton Hall, Rider, and Fairleigh Dickinson all have tuition rates that are significantly higher than ours,” he said. For the 2012 to 2013 school year, Rider University tuition was $32,820, Fairleigh Dickinson tuition was $32,852, Seton Hall tuition was $33,740, while Monmouth University was $30,390.

University tuition is consistently raised “about five percent,” according to Dr. Robert McCaig, Vice President for Enrollment Management, while tuition at other colleges can be raised up to 12 percent some years. He said, “I would like to stay a fraction percentage-wise higher than Seton Hall University, Rider University, and Farleigh Dickinson University. A quarter percent, a half percent, just to catch up a little bit. But in doing that I wouldn’t want to venture over that four to five percent average.”

According to, the average amount of college debt incurred by a 2012 undergraduate was about $27,000, a 58 percent increase since 2005.

It is due to factors such as these that propelled President Barack Obama to propose various tuition reform concepts for public and private universities in his State of the Union Address delivered on Feb. 12 of this year. The projected plan involves a series of changes; such as demanding colleges that receive federal aid to produce a “College Scorecard” that gives actual costs, graduation rates, and probable earnings for graduates. The plan will create a $1 billion fund to deliver grants to states that expand graduation rates and reduce costs, increasing campus-based aid to more than $10 billion from the current $2.7 billion, and punish colleges that control tuition by shifting money to other schools that do a superior job.

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Outlook Wins ASPA “Most Outstanding Newspaper of 2013”

The Outlook, Monmouth University’s student-run newspaper, in a national competition, has been awarded “Most Outstanding Newspaper,” in addition to first place with special merit, by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) for the second time in the past four years.

The ASPA holds an annual competition for university newspapers, as well as contests for other publications. Papers are judged on content coverage, page design, general plan, art, advertising, editing and creativity. The Outlook scored a total of 955 out of 1,000 points, with perfect scores in content coverage, illustration, and creativity. One judge wrote, “You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designers, and adviser.”

“We try not to be satisfied with `good enough,’” Morano said. “It’s an honor to work with the students at the paper. I’m their biggest fan, and their biggest critic,” he said.

University President Paul G. Gaffney II, an avid reader of the paper is proud of the students’ achievement. “It (the award) sets us apart as a serious paper that looks like a real paper and seriously covers news like a real paper,” Gaffney said. “It is hard to have the time, as full-time students, to thoroughly research complicated issues. Yet,The Outlooktakes on the challenge.” Gaffney said he likes to read the editorials and the sports articles, he said he is a fan of student achievement articles. “I like seeingThe Outlookaround campus, especially when we are trying to recruit new students,” said Gaffney. “[It’s a] great example of student involvement and success.”

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Media Panel Co-Hosted by JSPPA and PRSA

One Hundred Communication Professionals and Students in Attendance

Media-Panel_JSPPA_and_PRSA“Beyond Likes, Tweets and Check-Ins: How to Make Real News” was a media panel jointly hosted by Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising (JSPPA) and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) NJ chapter at the Blue and White Club in the Multipurpose Activity Center on Wednesday, April 17.

The event gave 100 media professionals and communication students an insight into the media industry and where the industry is heading.

Panelists included Christopher Sheldon, Long Branch-Eatontown editor of, Gina Columbus, The Asbury Park Press staff writer and former editor-in-chief ofThe Outlook, Sally Pakutka, manager of News Aggregation of The Asbury Park Press, Brian Thompson, New Jersey Correspondent for NBC4 New York, and Allison Gibson, assistant news director of News 12 New Jersey.

The moderator, Greg Weber of Garden State Press Clipping Service, questioned the panel about their opinions on the roles social media plays in reporting and various other topics including pitching stories and the future of media.

“Twitter is like a news feed for me, like a modern-day version of the old AP wire,” said Thompson.

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University Student Meredith Calcagno Sings “Hero” on the Katie Couric Show “Katie”

Meredith_Calcagno_sings_on_Katie-CouricMeredith Calcagno, music education student, was given a chance to pursue her life-long dream to sing on a nationwide television network on Thursday, April 11. Calcagno was told she would be auditioning to be on Katie Couric’s talk show, “Katie.” Little did she know, there was no audition, just the audience waiting to hear her first big break.

Calcagno’s singing talents were recognized at a very young age. She began singing alongside her grandfather after Sunday night dinners.

“After dinner, Poppy couldn’t wait to get the microphone and tape recorder out so that I could sing,” said Calcagno. “I have cassette tapes of me at age four-and-a-half singing Whitney Houston.”

As she grew up, Calcagno continued to sing with her father who performs at weddings and private parties. She learned a lot from visiting her father’s recording studio and his performances during her childhood.

Singing will always be Calcagno’s passion. “Singing encompasses every aspect of my life,” said Calcagno. “I can honestly say that a day doesn’t go by when I am not singing. You know the old phrase ‘spring in your step’, well I have ‘sing in my step.’”

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Real Estate Team Competes in the Villanova Real Estate Challenge

The University’s real estate team took home fourth place in the Villanova Real Estate Challenge against 16 other teams from universities throughout the United States.

This was the second year in a row that the team has made it to the final four of the competition. Dr. Peter Reinhart, director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute and specialist professor, said, “The fact that we made it to the finals was just awesome for a relatively small school against very big schools.”

The Villanova Real Estate Challenge took place during the week of April 1 in Philadelphia, PA. The other universities in the competition included New York University, Wharton, Cornell, Penn State, Georgetown, Indiana University, Drexel, Florida State, Lehigh, University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Commonwealth, Villanova and York.

According to Reinhart, each university picked a team of four members. The University’s team was made up of Jacob Menture, Cliff Green, Shaneil Stokes and Chris Cianfarini. Three of the members on the team are senior business majors with a concentration in real estate. Cianfarini called himself the “black sheep” because he is the only business major with a concentration in economics and finance. Each team had to pick a team name so the judges of the competition would not know which team was from which school. Menture, Green, Stokes and Cianfarini picked the name “Synergy Capital Investors.”

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Student Connection Club Creates New Friends

New Club Will Facilitate Friendships Through Mentoring Program for Transfer Students

While colleges and universities offer a variety of services to transfer students, starting this fall, the University’s transfer club will now supply incoming transfers with the most essential asset of all, a friend.

The University Transfer Student Connection Club is developing a student-run mentor program to help new transfer students connect with one another to provide a smoother transition. The program is currently in the early stages of development and is expected to be implemented by fall 2013.

“We wanted to start this to show everybody that our school understands how transfer students may feel being new students and possibly not knowing anybody, or even much about campus life,” said Jessica Deigert, co-founder and president of the Transfer Student Connection Club.

“A more established transfer student will be paired up with a newer transfer student, based on major and/or if they come from the same college, or are possibly out-of-state as well,” said Deigert. “It is a great way to make an immediate friend and have somebody not only to hang out with, but to give you advice.”

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Alumnus Selected for Editor & Publisher’s “Top 25 Under 35”

MU-alumnus_honor_editor_and_publisherJamie Biesiada, an alumnus and current managing editor of the Star News Group, has been named one of this year’s “Top 25 Under 35” journalists by Editor & Publisher. According to Editor & Publisher, the newspaper professionals chosen for this honor are “[making] this industry an exciting place to work again.”

Biesiada said that she was “pleasantly surprised” when she had found out she was put on Editor & Publisher’s list. “It’s flattering to be included alongside such a talented group of young industry professionals,” she said.

The annual honor is a feature done by Editor & Publisher that is meant to highlight the achievements of young and upcoming leaders in the journalism field. According to the article, it states that the 25 men and women chosen work with a true amount of passion and excitement that is not seen very often in the industry anymore.

According to Editor & Publisher, “Digital redesigns, pay-wall strategies, niche coverage opportunities, and unique advertiser partnerships are just a few of the ways this year’s ‘25 Under 35’ are leaving their mark on the business of selling news.”

The Star News Group is the publisher of two print newspapers, The Coast Star and The Ocean Star. Biesiada, 25, started at the Star News Group as a beat reporter in 2009 right after she graduated from the University. Even though the economy was not doing well, she explains that she got lucky.

“I had the right resume at the right time,” Biesiada said.

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