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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Largest Career Day to Date

Career-Day-employerCareer Services held its largest annual Spring Career Day in history with 110 employers in attendance. Students from all majors came to the event to learn about different businesses and organizations, and to explore possible internship and job opportunities on Wednesday, April 2.

The event, which took place in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) for the second year in a row, brings in local, regional, and national employers to campus for a day and, according to the University website, "employers representing the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors are always present."

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said, the event has been expanding throughout the years with more students and businesses getting involved. "The last two career days attracted over 400 students and alumni. Four or five years ago that number might have been around 250 to 300, an increase of over 25 percent," he said.

In addition, Hill said, "Career Services has broken records three years in a row based on the employer attendance at the Spring Career Days."

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The University Remembers the Loss of Nicole Surace

Nicole_WalkSeveral organizations joined together to remember the loss of former University student, Nicole Elizabeth Surace, during the Only the Good Fly Young Walk at Kessler Field on Sunday, April 6.

The attendees of the remembrance walk varied between several different towns including Milltown, Spotswood and East Brunswick, with a total of 300 participants.

On November 30, 2013, Nicole Surace, 18, and her boyfriend Jeffrey Szatkowski, 17, died when their vehicle struck a utility pole, according to a CBS report. Szatkowski was driving and lost control of the car. His vehicle split the pole in half, flipped over several times, hit a tree, and then landed upside down.

Police determined no drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. Szatkowski was a football star at Spotswood High School, and Surace was a cheerleader. The teens were buried next to each other in Holy Cross Burial Park in South Brunswick.

The walk, held in Surace's honor, raised over $11,000 said Kelly Parks, a sophomore business major and friend of Surace.

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The Black Maria Film Festival Comes to the University

The University hosted the 33rd annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival in Pollack Theatre to allow students to watch several independent short films for the 12th consecutive year on Tuesday, April 2.

The Black Maria Film and Video Festival, named after the film studio built by Thomas Edison in New Jersey in 1893, honors independent short films of any genre that can last anywhere between five and 30 minutes.

Each year, between 40 and 60 independent films are chosen to be presented at the festival by "noted exponents of independent work," according to the Black Maria Film and Video Festival's official website.

The website also states that the festival "encourages and seeks creative, insightful, sensitive, free spirited, expressive, poetic and experimental works in animation, narrative, documentary, and hybrid forms.

Nicole DeSarno, a freshman communication major, said that she enjoyed the films in the festival this year. "I thought it was very different, but very intriguing," said DeSarno. "I loved how none of the pieces were similar to each other. They each had their own style, which was refreshing and overall extremely entertaining."

Among the films showcased during the festival was "A Place of Spirit," a documentary about an artist who was being evicted from her home after living there for 44 years, "Wise Choice or Lucky Guess," a cartoon about a deceased man choosing between heaven and hell while on an escalator, and "Globe Trot," a dance-film project made by 54 filmmakers on all seven continents who each contributed two seconds of choreographed dance moves orchestrated by choreographer Bebe Miller.

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Entrepreneurship Class Creates A Book on Jersey Cuisine

The entrepreneurship class of the Leon Hess Business School is currently in the process of creating a book that showcases various restaurants and wineries across the state of NJ titled, "Enjoy: A Taste of New Jersey."

John Buzza, a Specialist Professor of the management and decision sciences, teaches the entrepreneurship class at the University which, according to the course description on WebAdvisor, "focuses on the actual tasks and activities of the entrepreneur, from the excitement of the original concept, the reality of researching venture feasibility, financing the venture, launching the venture, to managing growth."

The students enrolled in the class have the entire semester to brainstorm and produce a product of their choice. Over the years, Buzza and his students have created 14 various products and services, some of which include dog treats, perfumes and an original salsa recipe. Previous classes have also set up a local soup kitchen called Soup D'Shore, and even created COREiculum, a workout program targeted at college students.

This year, the students chose to publish a restaurant guide to various types of NJ cuisine. "People are infatuated with the name of New Jersey itself," Buzza explained. "whether it be Jersey Mike's, 'Housewives of New Jersey', the Jersey Shore...New Jersey sells."

The main focus of this book is not only to add to the collection of NJ-themed products already on the market, but also to "feature Jersey culture in food," Buzza said.

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Students Plan Walk to Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

According to the Center for Disease Control, someone commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, the center also found.

Promoting Wellness and Resiliency on Campus (PWR) is hosting its first annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness about suicide prevention on Wednesday, April 16. Registration for the two hour walk will begin at 5:45 pm and will start at 6 pm on the residential quad.

Jessica Ketch, president of the Active Minds campus chapter, said that because the incidence of suicide on college campuses is so high, it is important to have the walk and raise awareness about suicide prevention.

"I think it is important to have this walk because it stands for something that every college student can relate to," said Ketch. "Everyone has been affected by suicide whether they know someone who attempted or have attempted themselves."

The purpose of the walk, according to PWR, is to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues, and in particular to raise awareness about how suicide affects survivors. Donations are welcome, but not required for participation, and all of the proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Activities during the walk will include live music, a DJ, games, activities, giveaways, and guest speakers. The event is open to the University community and all participants will receive a free PWR t-shirt.

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The University Celebrates National Student Employment Week

In celebration of National Student Employment Week (April 13 – 19), the Student Employment Office will sponsor a number of events celebrating its 18th Annual Student Employee Appreciation Week (SEAW).

Weather permitting, the Student Employment Office will be on the north side of campus Monday & Tuesday, April 14 & 15 giving away hundreds of bags of Herr's potato chips to students.

Student Employee Appreciation Day is Wednesday, April 16. Student employees should visit the giveaway tables in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Special guests, The Vitamin Shoppe of Eatontown and Amy's Omelette House will be on hand with their own special giveaways. Weather permitting, Chipolte Mexican Grill along with others will share their giveaways on the patio. Plenty of free desserts (including homemade goodies) will be available as well! A DJ will play and the Monmouth University Pep Band will perform. We invite students to come enjoy games on the patio, dance, and celebrate!

Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away to Monmouth's appreciated student employees during the week! Every student employee will be eligible to win a prize ... movie tickets, gift certificates to restaurants and nail salons, t-shirts, gym memberships and much, much, more. Additional raffles and a huge candy guess will also lead to more great prizes! Every student employee will also receive coupons from either the University Bookstore or the WindMill compliments of the Levine Family.

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Spring has Sprung but Snow Costs Linger

Snow_1The University experienced a dramatic amount of snowfall this semester, leading to the quick depletion of the snow removal budget and numerous school closures.

Patricia Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services, said this year's total snowfall has been much higher than it has been in recent years. Because of the increased amount of snow, Facilities Management has exceeded their snow removal budget line and has had to transfer monies from other budget lines to compensate. According to Swannack, the snow removal budget line is normally between $35,000 to $40,000, but so far this semester, about $130,000 was spent.

University groundskeepers and other employees have the primary responsibility of plowing and salting the parking lots, Swannack said. However, sometimes the task becomes too great for the University grounds crew.

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Major Decision; Minor Result

career3Many debate whether or not having a college major plays a significant role in determining a person's future career, although this is generally the number one question that students are asked.

Choosing a major has become an increasingly daunting task for college students, especially when it is believed to dictate their lifelong profession. In today's competitive job market, many students are conflicted between choosing a major they are genuinely interested in and choosing one that will offer the most lucrative job opportunities once they graduate.

Alyssa Riley, a sophomore accounting major, said, "When I first started college, I had wanted to be an art major but everyone's reactions when I told them my potential plan kind of discouraged me. All I heard in response was 'How are you going to find a job?'"

Because of this uncertainty, students like Riley often choose to postpone their major decision. Approximately 50 percent of incoming University students enroll as undeclared each year, according to data from the University's website.

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Dangerous Trend: Smoking Alcohol

smoking_alcoholThere is a dangerous new trend making itself known on college campuses across the nation that allows people to become intoxicated by inhaling alcohol vapor, which is commonly known as smoking alcohol.

According to an episode on the "Dr. Oz Show" released March 6, smoking alcohol is defined as inhaling alcohol instead of drinking it. The vapors create an instant high without a hangover, Dr. Oz said.

"I'm surprised because it's only one shot of alcohol but I'm inhaling it," said Dr. Oz after smoking the vapor of one shot of vodka on his show. "As you inhale it into your lungs you feel the effect almost immediately."

There are a number of reasons why people are turning to smoking alcohol opposed to drinking it in order to get a buzz.

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Bowling Alley Predicted to be Completed by this May

Bowling-AlleyThe new four-lane bowling alley in Boylan Gymnasium began construction and is expected to be completed by mid-May.

Plans for the bowling alley began in spring 2013 and were said to be completed by Aug. 2013, according to Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services. There have not been any major changes from the original plan, she said.

Once completed, the lanes will be open to the University bowling team as well as the student population for events, competitions and recreation, said Swannack. The bowling alley will also be open to the surrounding community.

Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics, said the existence of a bowling alley on campus will lead to faculty participation and Greek life events. There is also the possibility of potential physical education classes for students.

"The addition of this bowling alley is going to be a great asset to all Monmouth University students," said Kevin Gilsenan, President of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE). "The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon especially look forward to utilizing it in the near future for events benefitting our philanthropy, St. Jude's Children Hospital."

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University Students Spend Spring Break Completing Construction on a School in Guatemala

guatemala-group-shotTwenty University students traveled to Guatemala for seven days to participate in community service efforts in the town of Xepocol during Spring Break. The students, along with three professional staff members, completed the roof of a school that students began building on previous volunteer trips three years prior.

"At the worksite, we did hard manual labor that the people do daily," Dan Pizzimenti, a sophomore business major, said. "We had to shovel rocks and sand, we were sifting rocks, making and moving concrete, cutting rebar and bending it. It was hot and tough work but working together as a team makes everything bearable," he added.

Construction for schools in Guatemala promote education for those living at or under the poverty line because it enables the students in the area to learn closer to home. Salud y Paz, the organization the group traveled with, aims to help their country through the help of international hands by building health and education clinics.

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