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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

“There’s Never a Right Time to Say Good-Bai” | Jacklyn Kouefati's Senior Goodbye

Wow. That’s all I can say at this point. I knew this day was coming but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. It’s crazy to me that in only a few short weeks I will be graduating from Monmouth University and leaving everything I’ve known for the past four years behind. I write this with a heavy feeling in my heart but I know that it is the time in my life for me to move on to bigger and better things. With that being said, there are several people I need to thank.

My family. Thank you for supporting me in everything I’ve ever done, especially my father. I am Daddy’s little girl and I am incredibly proud of that. Thank you for being an amazing role model and for holding my family together when we felt we were going to break. Thank you for raising me to be the woman I am today. I love you. Mommy, Freddy and Stephen, thank you for always being my cheerleaders. I love you all. I can’t forget my Babci. Thank you for always calling me to make sure I wore a coat when it was snowing and I didn’t get on the parkway too late at night. Thank you for your 15 minute voicemails and just always making me smile. You are my angel.

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Goodbye to All | Angela Ciroalo's Senior Goodbye

So I think that I have put this off long enough. Goodbye to all, I love you all very much. It isn’t goodbye, it is, “until next time.”

I want to begin my goodbye with a quote from my Western Civilization professor from sophomore year, Paula Burns-Ricciardi. It went something like this, “We are all like stones thrown into a river and we never know the effects (the ripples) we are going to make in someone’s life.” In other words, we never know how our actions, words or decisions will impact those around us. It only takes one action to create a ripple effect in someone’s life.

There are so many people in my life that have created this ripple effect in me during my college career. The impact that you all have made on me, the everlasting lessons that I have learned, the skills I have developed and the memories that I cherish will last forever. Thank you all! I would not trade any of it for the world!

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When Everything is Finished, That Will Be the Beginning | Cassandra Figueroa's Senior Goodbye

Monmouth has been the best four years of my life thus far. These years have been scary, demanding, thrilling, and stimulating, all at the same damn time.

That’s what makes it so great. Everyday is something new. If it’s not new friends, it’s a new class everyday, if it’s not a new residence hall, it’s a new, enthusiastic professor.

Monday, the work day, the “I need coffee” day, the “let’s go to the DH” day, is completely different in comparison to Friday, the “let’s go out” day, the “wanna go to the beach” day, the “homework can wait” day. Everyday of the week is priceless in college, which is why I’ll miss it so much.

I look back on my career here and appreciate those long hours in the library; it was relaxing knowing that my only worry was a test, and that in a few moments a friend would most likely walk over to me to catch up. I’m going to miss the days when I have to sit through long AOII chapter meetings, making faces at my sisters and learning about all

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“Memory Lane Up in the Headlights” | Kelly Brockett's Senior Goodbye

“Got Me Reminiscing on Them Good Times”

Someone very close to me once said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” After hearing this quote from the most inspirational person in my life, I chose to live by it. I feel Monmouth was a place that truly made me come alive.  Monmouth allowed me to thrive and  succeed through the classroom, student organizations and extra added perks like traveling to Ireland, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and San Diego to further my education and frame my outlook on life. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I was presented and for the people that I have met during my time here.

Before Monmouth I never felt so comfortable, so at home and so accepted. I met some of the most influential professionals and my very best friends that will stay with me forever. I would not have succeeded or gotten to be where I am today without the following people...

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After Two Decades of Service, Thomas Pearson Steps Down as the Provost

Provost_1Dr. Thomas Pearson decided he will be stepping down as pro­vost at the end of the spring 2014 semester after 22 years in the po­sition.

“I am stepping down because this is the right time, but I serve at the president’s pleasure and he said he would like to make the change,” Pearson said. He also said that he had discussed the possible stepping down with each presidential candidate but is proud of his 22 years of service as provost.

Pearson compared the job of provost as being “an air traffic controller for the University.” He added, “I have a range of feel­ings; mixed feelings. My first feeling is grateful for being able to serve as long a time as I did… I had the privilege of leading the academic side while great things were happening at the Univer­sity.”

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The Community Garden Opens to Volunteers and Local Residents

GardenVolunteer members from the nearby local communities joined University employees for the opening of the Monmouth University Community Garden on Saturday, April 26. The garden, now approaching its fifth summer of operation, has donated approximately eight tons of produce to various charities across Monmouth County in the past four years.

The garden lies adjacent to the tennis courts along Beechwood Avenue and consists of 37 garden plots divided into two sections: a community side where all of the crops that are harvested multiple times throughout the year are donated to philanthropic organizations, and a private section available for rent to people in the community.

Dr. Robin Mama, Dean of the School of Social Work (MSW), runs the garden with the help of an eight-member steering committee that consists of herself, Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, assistant professor of biology, Barbara Arrington, an instructor in the MSW, and five local volunteers from the county. Many factions of the University community and residents of the neighboring towns have had a factor in the garden's growth over the previous four years.

"This has been a collaborative effort since it started," Mama said. "We wanted a space where we would harvest and give to the community and a place where people can enjoy intersecting with the University."

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President Brown Looks to the University’s Future

P-BrownAs President Paul Brown wraps up his first academic year at the University, he continues to prepare and manage the strategic planning process that will continue to enrich academic programs, campus facilities and funding opportunities.

As the University's Head Hawk, Brown strives to achieve his goals of gaining more visibility and increasing diversity at the institution in the upcoming years.

"So far, my first year as president has been great," said Brown. "The first year, for me, was about understanding how the University operates as well as knowing the culture, and I feel pretty good about having a sense of that."

According to Brown, he has interacted with approximately every full-time employee on campus and thousands of students in order to feel submersed in the University and the people who comprise the heart of it.

Michael Maiden, Assistant Vice President of Communications and University Relations External Affairs, said Brown has fully encompassed himself in the University for months prior to becoming the eighth president of the University on August 1, 2013. Brown spoke to former President Paul Gaffney, members of the Board of Trustees, community leaders and faculty members in order to prepare for his term as president.

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The GMO Debate Across America Continues

Much debate has arisen over whether labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in America should be enforced as a law or banned from the country. As consumers continue to learn more information about the genetic modification process and its prominence in the food system, more people are anxious to know which foods contain GMOs and which do not.

The controversy, however, is that GMO-creating companies argue that the process does not alter foods and is 100 percent safe and beneficial, therefore they should not require a label.

GMOs are organisms that are modified through inserting a gene from one organism into another organism to create a desired trait, Theresa Lam, Board Member at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, said.

Connecticut and Maine previously passed GMO label laws, although chose to wait for other states to pass the law before enforcing. Also in America, there are currently about 29 states considering GMO label laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislature.

Vermont was of the 29 states in America considering GMO label laws, until April 23 when the law was approved by state lawmakers and is now awaiting approval from the governor. If it is approved the law will take effect for the first time in America in Vermont on July 16, 2016.

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MUPD Safety Officer Injured by Drunk Driver

The-CrashA Long Branch resident has been charged with drunk driving after colliding head-on with a University security vehicle, injuring a member of the University police force near the intersection of Palmer Avenue around 11:40 pm on Saturday, April 19, according to William McElrath, Chief of the University Police Department.

The suspect, 32-year-old Francis Bebout, was driving a 2012 Dodge Charger southbound along Larchwood Avenue when he crossed over into the oncoming lane and slammed into the parked security vehicle, a 2008 Ford Escape. Safety Officer Michael Cittadino was sitting in the front seat of the security vehicle and sustained injuries from the impact.

Lawrence Mihlon, West Long Branch Police Chief, said Bebout traveled approximately 62 feet in the wrong lane and pushed the Escape about 16 feet along the road before it smashed into a piece of the fence between Kessler Field and the baseball field. Mihlon said it's not known how fast the Charger was traveling at the time of impact.

After the collision, Cittadino called in to the University police by radio to indicate he was involved in an accident. Bebout also used the officer's radio to make sure the University police would respond to the scene, McElrath said.

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Heartbleed Bug Breaches Security

heartbleed_logoOne of the largest security vulnerabilities the internet has ever experienced allowed thousands of websites to be susceptible to hackers as a result of a flaw created in the open SSL server over two years ago.

The Heartbleed bug had the potential to affect 66 percent of websites worldwide, Edward Christensen, Vice President of Information Management, said in an email to University students on April 21.

The Heartbleed bug has the ability to send an invalid heartbeat message to a server and retrieve 64k of information stored in the memory, Jan Rohn, a specialist professor in the computer science and software engineering department, said.

The information returned from the 64K that was stored may include the encryption keys for that network which, if retrieved, allows the hackers to read the encrypted information being shared, Rohn explained. The information that is shared through a network often includes a user's passwords and other personal information which would be accessible.

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Matthew Lawrence Receives Home Grown Feature Award

two-pints-lighterSpecialty communication professor Matthew Lawrence was awarded the Home Grown Feature award at the Garden State Film Festival for his film "Two Pints Lighter" on March 23.

Lawrence, who teaches video production courses at the University, said he wanted to try directing and producing a feature for quite some time.

"Up to this point, I had produced several shorts, so this seemed like the next logical step," said Lawrence. "By sheer coincidence, around this time, I read a short screenplay that a friend of mine had written and really enjoyed the premise. I then developed that idea into what is now 'Two Pints Lighter' with the help of my best friend, Ryan Conrath, who also plays the lead in the film."

The Garden State Film Festival is hosted annually in Atlantic City to promote and celebrate the independent film genre.

The festival's mission was "founded to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders," according to their website.

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