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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Freshmen Recognized for Academic Achievement

the-entire-groupThe Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society inducted 139 first-year students with a 3.5 grade point average or higher on Saturday, March 8 in Pollack Theater.

Mathbor, advisor for the honor society, said the ceremony helps to reward and encourage superior scholarships among freshman after their first semester of college. "First semester of their first year at the University is a big transition from high school to university. Therefore, recognition of freshmen for their hard work and academic excellence makes them feel cared [for] by the institution they have chosen to pursue their higher education," Mathbor said.

Throughout the US, more than one million freshmen have been inducted into the society, promoting academic excellence among freshman in over 200 chapters.

Jackie Duvally, an inductee and undeclared freshman, said, "Being able to be a part of Phi Eta Sigma definitely gives me motivation to perform better during the rest of my time at Monmouth. Knowing the effort I put in during my first semester got me to this point, I know I will continue to work just as hard to keep my grades up."

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Alpha Epsilon Delta Kisses Brain Cancer Goodbye

Medical-Club-EventAlpha Epsilon Delta, the Pre-Professional Health Honor Society, raised over $200 for the Kortney Rose Foundation during the third annual Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 28 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC).

Those who donated at least $1 to the cause were able to fill out a pink piece of paper featuring an image of a pair of lips that read, "[person's name] Helped Kiss Brain Cancer Goodbye." These papers are currently hanging in the window by the entrance to Edison Hall in a heart-shaped formation. This fundraiser is usually held on Valentine's Day but was postponed this year due to the snow.

Alpha Epsilon Delta also held a bake sale and sold bracelets and flowers in conjunction with accepting donations.

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Students Recognized as Designated Driver HEROs

groupheroThree University students won the Designated HERO award for their decision to be designated driver and practice responsible behavior regarding drinking and driving at the fifth annual Designated HERO of the Year awards ceremony on Friday, March 3.

According to Susan Schaad, the Health Services Substance Awareness Coordinator, the HERO award is a prestigious honor presented to an individual at a participating HERO Campaign place of higher education. The nominees demonstrate the high values and standards that underline the HERO Campaign theme of "Be a HERO. Be a Designated Driver."

Aziza Ahmed, a sophomore health and physical education major and a thrower on the University track team, was named the winner of the Designated HERO of the Year award for 2014. She received a $300 gas card, a HERO campaign t-shirt and a plaque.

"My initial response to receiving the award was excitement," said Ahmed, "I was so honored to receive such a great award."

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Documentary Brings Awareness to Eating Disorder Dangers

Annually, 30 million people in the US suffer from eating disorders every year, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, with the majority of victims in their teens and twenties.

Kristen O'Gara, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and recovered anorexic, presented a documentary in Magill Commons on Thursday, March 6, titled, "Someday Melissa," about a girl who died of bulimia complications at age 19. O'Gara closed the screening with an informative presentation about eating disorders.

Bulimia is defined as an eating disorder characterized by binging, or eating a large amount of food at one time and purging by way of vomiting. Other bulimia factors inlcude undergoing excessive exercise, as well as the use of laxatives, diuretics or fasting, according to

Anorexia is different in comparison to other eating disorders in that the victims starve themselves, causing extreme weight loss. Binge eating disorder, the newest clinically recognized eating disorder, according to O'Gara, is eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time without purging.

In the film, Melissa showed many of the signs of bulimia as well as other indicators such as anxiety and depression, lack of self-control, poor self-esteem, and withdrawal from social activities from the time she was 13 until she died six years later. The cause of death was cardiac arrest due to irregular heartbeat, a common effect of eating disorders.

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Monmouth Stadium To Cost $15 Million

mu-stadiumThe University recently announced plans to construct a new football field, Monmouth Stadium, for the fall 2015 semester. The stadium will host football games, lacrosse games, as well as men's and women's track and field events.

"The Monmouth Stadium has been in need of an upgrade for quite some time," University President, Dr. Paul Brown, said. "...The upgrades are needed to meet the needs for our entry into the Big South for football as well as our entry into the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) for lacrosse and outdoor track and field."

The stadium construction will take a total of six months, although the University must first obtain approval from the borough of West Long Branch's local zoning board. The new stadium will include many high-end features such as a full concession stand, permanent restrooms, a ticket sales window, chair-back seating, and a multimedia center. The arena will comfortably seat 4,000 fans and will also include a second floor reception area for season ticket holders.

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Students Start Fire in Cedar Hall

Fire1Three University students have been criminally charged in connection with a fire that forced an evacuation of Cedar Hall, damaged University and student property, and temporarily displaced seven students whose suite suffered smoke damage, on Wednesday night, Feb. 26, according to University administrators.

At approximately 8:03 pm on Feb. 26, Cedar Hall was evacuated after the fire alarm was triggered by rising smoke inside the three bedroom suite on the third floor where the fire started, according to Raymond Gonzalez, Associate Director of Housing Operations.

The fire began in the entryway of the bedroom when a glass containing burning alcohol spilled onto the floor and ignited bedding and other surrounding personal items, William McElrath, Chief of the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), said.

Cedar Hall's sprinkler system did not activate because the fire didn't generate enough heat to trip the system, McElrath said.

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The Heart of a Lion Continues to Roar

Student Raises Money to Establish an Endowed Scholarship for Christopher Mejia

Chris_MejiaA student from the Leon Hess Business School is currently raising money for an endowed scholarship honoring Christopher A. Mejia, a fellow business student and fraternity brother who passed away in 2013.

Jason Horowitz, a business major with an IT minor, came up with the idea for Mejia's scholarship. "I met Chris my freshman year," he said. "Instantly we formed a very special bond that I am very [lucky] to have made. Chris has such a positive influence on me. Initially, Chris was my big in Sigma Pi. However, our bond was greater than that ..."

"The Christopher A. Mejia Scholarship at the Monmouth University School of Business in West Long Branch, NJ" will be awarded each year to "a worthy student who has the special attributes Chris possessed," according to the scholarship's webpage.

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Veteran Services Hosts Second Chili Cook-Off

Chili-1The University held its second annual Chili Cook-Off to raise funds for the University's Veteran Services programs in Anacon Hall of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The event was organized by Jeff Hood, Coordinator of Veteran Services at the University, and sophomore Jordan Mouton, President of the Veterans Association.

The Veteran Services programs at the University specialize in assisting former military personnel as they adapt to being college students after the completion of their service in the military. These programs also enable veterans to understand all of the options they have available to help them afford their tuition, Hood explained.

"All veterans go to a transition program before they get out of the military and, in most cases, it doesn't make them understand their GI Bill benefits," Hood said. "We help them understand how these benefits help them and can give them a detailed plan of how to map out their education based on what they have."

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Author Discusses Physical, Mental and Social Issues

Andrew_SolomonThe University Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, in conjunction with Shore House of Long Branch, NJ, hosted New York Times bestseller, Andrew Solomon for a book reading and signing in the Wilson Hall Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 24.

Solomon's book, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity," explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and the obstacles these parents face with loving and accepting their children.

Solomon, a homosexual who has previously suffered from depression, explained that the book's title is a play on the expression, "The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree."

Solomon said that the concept of his book came about while writing an article about deaf culture for The New York Times. He noticed similarities between the acceptance of identities within the deaf culture and the homosexual culture, which lead him to realize that the experience of each subculture is universal.

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Representatives Speak to Preserve Historic Landmark

fortune-houseGilda Rogers and Sarah Klepner, representatives from the Timothy Thomas Fortune Project, gave a presentation on social activism and Timothy Thomas Fortune, a renowned journalist and civil rights activist, on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Rogers and Klepner spoke at the event to discuss Fortune's accomplishments during the civil rights movement and their effort to preserve his home in Red Bank, NJ as a national historic landmark. The house is located on Dr. James Parker Blvd and is one of only two African American historic sites in NJ.

Rogers, a University graduate and current professor at Brookdale Community College, emphasized the importance of historic preservation. "We have to be able to look at history and apply it to the present. There are so many things we can learn from history and so preserving it is vital to our society," said Rogers

The Timothy Thomas Fortune Project is supported by the Red Bank Men's Foundation, a non-profit organization. The main goal is to spread awareness about the history of the privately owned house, which is currently vacant, in hopes that it will be bought and restored.

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Communication Department Hosts Fourth Annual Career Event

Over 100 students refused to let the snow keep them from joining 64 professionals, most of them alumni, and the Communication Department faculty during the 4th Annual Communication Career Event in Wilson Hall on March 3rd. The fair consisted of eight discussion panels followed by a networking event featuring 21 employers.

Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department and organizer of the event, said he was very happy about how the event has grown over the last four years. "When we first started, students didn't know what to wear to this event, but now students are wearing ties, dresses and even bringing resumes. The students have stepped up their game and impressed the career professionals that come to this event" he said.

Approximately 161 students pre-registered for the Communication Career Fair, as well as 85 alumni professionals and faculty. Students and faculty were also encouraged to participate in the event, regardless of whether or not they were pre-registered.

The event featured two sets of panel discussions to give students an opportunity to engage with career professionals and receive applicable career advice. The first panel was held from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm and the second from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Discussions were geared towards each of the different communication clusters, including Radio, Television & Film, Comm Studies, Entrepreneurship and Journalism.

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