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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Honor Society Seeks Bone Marrow Donators

The Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta) Biology Honor Society hosted a bone marrow drive in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) for students interested in helping people with bone marrow deficiency diseases.

The honor society swabbed cheeks to test their DNA and determine if certain genes matched the genes of people who lack bone marrow due to illness. Certain diseases that cause a lack of bone marrow include cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

The swabs were placed in an envelope and sent to the Delete Blood Cancer DKMS registry. If the DNA of a certain person is found to be a match, officials from the registry contact that individual and ask if they would be willing to donate their bone marrow.

People can donate by either giving blood or traditional bone marrow samples, though the process is extremely confidential.

The goal of Tri Beta's drive was to add more people to the bone marrow registry, which is a list of potential donors who are removed after they turn 61-years-old.

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The NJ Marathon is Looking for Volunteers

The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon is looking for "Ask Me" team members to volunteer during marathon weekend on April 25, 26 and 27. The "Ask Me" team is a group of volunteers that answer questions that athletes might have before or after the race.

The team members will be separated into different groups according to the days they are able to volunteer and the times they are available. There are three days available to volunteer (April 25 and 26 at the Health and Fitness Expo and April 27 on race day). There will be two time slots to volunteer per day (morning and afternoon). Ideally it would be great to volunteer all three days, although we appreciate every second that you are able to help!

Each of the volunteers will undergo a training session explaining the common questions that they will be asked. The volunteers will also be given an awesome "Ask Me" volunteer shirt and a packet of questions and answers that they should have with them at all times while volunteering.

The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon is a local race created in 1997 that involves the surrounding towns. The race started as a 700 person race in 1997 and is now an estimated 12,000 person race which includes a full marathon, half marathon, half marathon relay and Shaping NJ 5k race. The race includes eight shore communities in Monmouth County and supports hundreds of organizations to raise money through fundraising.

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Great Lawn Tacks on Turf

Lawn1After much debate, the University will begin removal of the Great Lawn's grass field to build a turf field benefiting the University's soccer teams, club sports programs and recreational activities beginning April 1.

The new field will be named Hesse Field in recognition of the private donation from Marianne Hesse, a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

As stated on, field turf is an artificial playing surface intended to replicate natural grass. The field is composed of a polyethylene fibers layer, an infill layer of silica sand and cryogenic rubber, and a backing layer of woven polypropylene fabric.

According to Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Director of Athletics, this project, with an estimated $1.4 million budget, is scheduled to be complete by mid-June.

The trustee decided to donate Hesse Field as a gift to her two grandchildren who are currently attending the University, one of whom plays club soccer. "I was blessed to be able to donate," Hesse said. The Hesse family has been involved with the Board of Trustees for a number of years and has donated previously.

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The Security of Apple Devices is Questionable

phoneApple users were recently subject to possible software hacking due to security breech concerns in February, which has led to further product protection concerns.

An update to Apple's iOS software for its iPhones, iPads and iPods released in February to fix a security issue that existed for a number of months, covered up the vulnerability that should have encrypted information on the Apple devices emails, social media information and financial information.

This breach of security could have allowed hackers to obtain personal information sent through insecure networks, such as the wifi in public coffee shops, ice cream shops or gyms.

Apple did not indicate how it became aware of the issue, although Matthew Green, a Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor, said in a Reuters report, "It's as bad as you could imagine."

The flaws were patched over by a series of software updates without a sizable number of reported hacks according to

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Monmouth Professors Explore Inequality Through Rhetoric

Two Business Professors Begin Production on Their Second Book

joan-robinsonTwo professors of the Leon Hess Business School published a critically acclaimed book in 2009 titled, "The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist" and are currently working on the manuscript of a second book, set to be published around the start of 2015.

Nahid Aslanbeigui, professor of economics, finance, and real estate, and Guy Oakes, Jack T. Kvernland professor of philosophy and corporate social policy, wrote about the life of Joan Robinson, one of the few famous women economists.

"The Provocative Joan Robinson" focuses on Robinson's struggles to make a career between 1929 and 1938.

Robinson studied economics at Cambridge University in the early 1920s in what Aslanbeigui calls "a very sexist environment." Women who attended Cambridge were not awarded degrees until 1948, making it hard for those who graduated before then, like Robinson, to establish careers after finishing their time at college.

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Communication Department Honors Four Alumni

AlumniThe Communication Department honored four University graduates for their personal and professional achievements during an induction ceremony into the Alumni Academy's first inaugural class.

Each of the four inductees shared the impact that their communication degrees from the University made on their careers.

Haskell Berman, the Senior Vice President of State Affairs for the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, said he uses the communication skills he learned every day in his profession.

Alitia Faccone, 1986 alumnus, told the audience she carries a "pearl of wisdom" with her from every communication class she took at the University.

Berman said on a day to day basis he is drafting legislation, writing speeches, and working on campaigns, government relations and public affairs, which he said he learned while attending the University.

"These are skills which I first learned at Monmouth," said Berman. "And where I was presented with opportunities to practice, such as The Outlook, on WMCX and student government, to name a few," he continued.

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SAB Raises Awareness of the Dangers of Distracted Driving and Driving Under the Influence

Texting-SimulatorThe University's Student Activities Board (SAB) provided driving under the influence (DUI) and texting while driving simulators in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and/or texting while driving. The simulators allowed students to experience the risks of these occurances while driving through a virtual video game.

"Approximately 2.8 million college students between the ages of 18 and 24 report driving under the influence of alcohol, and over 1,800 die annually from unintentional alcohol-related injuries" according to the Journal of American College Health.

Alicia Torello, a freshman communication major and the Awareness Chair for SAB, explained that the purpose of the event was to give students a "wake up call without anyone getting injured."

The issue of drinking and/or texting while driving is particularly large among college-aged students. According to the Journal of American College Health, 70 percent of college-enrolled youth report drinking alcohol on a monthly basis and 44 percent report binge drinking, which is defined as the consumption of four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men during a single drinking occasion.

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Students Study Art in Greece

GREECEGroupShot2Eighteen students studied ancient art in Greece during a 10-day spring break trip along with professors, family and alumni.

The trip was led by Professor Vincent DiMattio, a professor of art and design, who has lead the trip for several years.

The group left Newark International Airport on March 14, traveled to Germany for a layover and then landed in Athens, Greece on March 15. During their stay, the group went to several museums focused on art and history and took day excursions around the city of Athens, parts of the Peloponnese, Delphi, and the island of Aegina.

"The planning takes a lot of effort and is started months in advance," said DiMattio.

"I start the planning in the summer. [The tour company, Michelangelo Tours, and I] have to start figuring out which places we are going to go to while we are there and how everything is timed," said DiMattio

A two-credit optional drawing class was offered while on the trip. Which was another factor that DiMattio had to take into account while preparing for the trip. The course this year was a two credit drawing course called Art in Athens in which the students had to create a compilation of drawings that showed their understanding of the artwork observed on the trip.

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Career Services Visits Software House International

MassWill Hill, the Assistant Dean of Career Services and Jeffrey Mass, the Career Counselor, visited the offices of Software House International (SHI), a software development company with corporate offices in Somerset, New Jersey on February 26th.

SHI currently employs 30 University alumni which all have full-time positions. Jeff DeModna, their Senior Corporate Recruiter, and other members of SHI management team have been greatly impressed by the quality of the University's students and they wish to continue hiring more graduates in the near future. In the past they have hired our graduates into sales, purchasing, project management and technology based positions.

"Monmouth University is a great pipeline of local talent and SHI provides a fantastic local employer option to our graduates," Jeff Mass, Career Counselor, said. "We have developed a great relationship between our organizations that has resulted in a beneficial business relationship, and we hope this continues to grow for years to come."

SHI has transformed itself from a $1 million "software-only" regional reseller into a $5 billion global provider of information technology products and services. Career Services has established a strong relationship with this firm over the past three years.

PHOTO COURTESY of Jeffrey Mass

Willow Hall Goes Greek

WillowFINALBeginning in the fall of 2014, Willow Hall, an on-campus residence hall, will be reserved for fraternity and sorority members. Through an application process, the suite-style dormitory building will be open for sophomore Greek life members and have potential space for juniors as well.

Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for fraternity and sorority life, notified the Greek life community of this transition by email on Monday, Feb. 17.

According to Buchalski, the application process will allow members of the Greek life community to apply for the different suites available in the building. He said the first priority will be to fill the building with as many rising sophomore members as possible.

"Our goal is to give a suite to each group before allowing any organization a second suite," said Buchalski. If one organization cannot provide enough members to fill a suite, Buchalski said another Greek organization can claim multiple suites. Since the primary goal is to fill all of the suites, an organization that can only fill half a suite will be placed lower on the priority list.

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The College Diet: Eat First, Think Later

fatPizza, French fries, chicken nuggets, cheese steaks and burgers are dietary staples for college student, Melanie Mecha. These foods are easy, inexpensive and can be eaten on-the-go or late at night, Mecha, a St. Peter's University criminal justice senior, said.

"In the morning, I'll usually eat a breakfast sandwich, like a pork roll egg and cheese or sausage egg and cheese. For lunch I'll have something light like a salad, and for dinner I usually have a heavy-unhealthy meal like a burger and fries or a cheese steak," Mecha added.

Mecha believes that eating habits, like hers, are common among college students of all ages and can lead to damaging health effects.

A study published in the Journal of Exercise and Physiology Online suggested that the greatest increase of obesity occurs between the ages of 18 and 29, while many young adults are attending college.

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