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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

The Outlook Celebrates 80 Years

Outlook_AlumniThe Outlook Student-Run Newspaper held their first alumni event in honor of their 80th anniversary in the Eyas Lounge of the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) during the St. Peter's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Over 40 Outlook alumni guests from as early as 1965 attended the event with family and friends. During the event, alumni were joined by current Outlook staff members, professors and other faculty to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cake while discussing the many memories and changes the newspaper has seen over the decades.

John Morano, Outlook advisor for the past 25 years and communication professor, said, "[The paper] changed in some of its design, the use of color, the web presence, the new facility in the Plangere Center. But really, it's what hasn't changed that's striking to me."

Morano added, though many features of the newspaper have changed, the dedication that the Outlook staff members put forth each year has not, and continues years after year.

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New Graduate Program Crosses the Leon Hess Business School and the School of Science

venn-diagramA new graduate degree, Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS), created to teach students how to process, manage and store data, was approved and will be offered to students in fall 2014. The program is the first cross-school program available to students in the School of Science and the Leon Hess Business School.

Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, said 60 percent of courses for the program will be offered in computer science and software engineering and the remaining 40 percent will be offered in business courses.

According to Graduate Admissions, an information system is "a bridge between computing and business," and the technology used in information systems gives businesses a competative edge in the marketplace. Information systems can benefits any business, ranging from healthcare to retail.

Information systems is a fast growing field that is essential for nearly every business, government agency, hospital, and nonprofit organization, according to Palladino. He said that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that there will be 800,000 new information systems jobs with an average salary of $71,260 by 2016.

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Alpha Phi Sigma Raises Money for Local K-9 Unit

alphaphisigmaAlpha Phi Sigma, the University's Criminal Justice Honor Society, hosted their third annual "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser to raise money for bulletproof vests for the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

This fundraiser, held in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center's Anacon Hall featured some of Monmouth County's police officers and their canine counterparts.

During the event, which ran from 2:30 to 4 pm, the Monmouth County Sheriff's Officers used the dogs to demonstrate basic obedience training, as well as the various drug and bomb locating skills that the canines use in real life crime situations.

The event also featured a bake sale and a paw-print coloring station where people who donated to the cause were able to decorate their very own paw-print. These illustrations will eventually be hung on the walls of the Sheriff's Office as a way to raise awareness for the county's need for canine bulletproof vests. Door prizes were also given to a number of lucky guests.

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Hawk TV and WMCX Host Rock ‘N Raise

rockandraiseThe University held its fourth annual Rock 'N Raise event in Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication on Friday, Feb. 21 to raise funds for The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. The student-run television station, Hawk TV, and the student-run radio station, WMCX, hosted the event and raised over $1,800, the largest profit gained in the history of the event.

Relay For Life will take place Friday, April 25 at the University.According to relayforlife.org, "...communities across the globe come together [for the event] to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much."

To raise money for this cause, University organizations hosted a battle of the bands and broadcasted the performances through WMCX and Hawk TV. The performing bands included Strangers You Know, From The Ground, Diego and Lot 25, and The Gray Americans. There were also three acoustic performers showcased during the fundraiser; Natalie Zeller, Bri Merriman and Brian Perrino.

The winners, The Gray Americans, won Avid Pro Tools, a digital audio program.

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Students Perform Flash Mob to Raise Awareness

Flash-MobThe University's Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter organized a flash mob in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) during the men's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The flash mob was aimed to spread awareness for "Monmouth Hawks Dance Together," a six-hour dance-a-thon that will be held to benefit The Valerie Fund, a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide comprehensive health care and support for children with cancer and rare blood disorders.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a flash mob is "a sudden mass gathering (that is) unanticipated, except by participants who communicate electronically [and externally]."

Members of the chapter worked cooperatively with the Dance Team, Cheerleading Team, students enrolled in Dr. Sheila McAllister's Event Planning class, general students, faculty, and staff to perform a dance routine to Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's collaboration "Live it Up." The dance included a total of 50 performers. The flash mob occurred during a media timeout in the second half of the game with only a little over seven minutes left of playing time.

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University Introduces Advanced Social Media Course

The University Communication Department introduced a new course this semester, Advanced Social Media, allowing students to learn to brand and professionally manage social media platforms for a company successfully.

Mary Harris, creator and professor of the Advanced Social Media course, saw a need to expand the original social media course to better prepare students for a job in social media. The advanced class will allow students to surpass the basics of managing social media and learn to confidently pitch their social media skills to potential employers, Harris explained.

"Social media is not just a fun thing to do," said Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department. "It's also a really important tool that businesses and organizations use to communicate with their customers and with the public."

LinkedIn, a social media platform used for job searching, conducted a study based on user information and found that social media professions increased 1,300 percent from 2010 to 2013. The study also found that over five million people included "social media" to their list of skills on their LinkedIn profiles.

The use of social media has not only increased among adults and children, but also among businesses owners. A full range of small and large businesses are increasingly making use of social media platforms, LinkedIn determined in a recent study reported by Mashable.com. "Roughly 81 percent of small to medium businesses are using social media ... and of those that use social media, 94 percent do so for marketing purposes," Mashable.com reported.

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Student Loan Debt in New Jersey Increases Over the Past Five Years

logosA recent study found that Monmouth University students are borrowing more money to fund their education than the average American college student. The study completed by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), an independent nonprofit research group that concentrates its studies on higher education, also found that among NJ colleges, the University is ranked average in borrowing among private universities and lower than some public universities.

The study determined that the amount of debt the average college student accumulates varies greatly across the country. Students in the East and Midwest areas of the Nation tend to borrow more than students in other regions of the country, the study found.

The average amount of debt incurred by University students who graduated in the 2013 school year was $30,798, according to Claire Alasio, Director of Financial Aid. According to the ICAS report searchable database of colleges, the average college graduate owes about $27,000 in loans. University graduates borrow about 14 percent more than the national average.

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Health Concerns Behind Birth Control

NUVARINGIn direct result of the recent NuvaRing lawsuits, the poten¬tial side effects of available hormone-based contraceptives have been questioned.

There are currently more than 1,000 pending lawsuits against the NuvaRing manu¬facturer Merck & Co. for their failure to properly warn the public about the severity of the contraceptive's side effects, ac-cording to a recent Vanity Fair article released in Janurary.

NuvaRing, which is a ring in¬serted into the vagina, is a form of birth control that releases hormones intended to prevent ovulation and pregnancy.

In the Vanity Fair article, the scientific reports of the hormones used in the NuvaR¬ing found that the hormone desogestrel was used during manufacturing.

Vanity Fair stated that desogestrel is a third-genera¬tion progestin that was first used in contraceptives during the early 1990s, and is still used in many contraceptives today. The hormone was first used in contra¬ceptives, as opposed to its other hormone counterparts, for its lessened side effects of hair loss and acne.

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As Heroin Epidemic Worsens, Prevention Increases

heroinDue to the rapidly rising heroin overdose fatalities in Monmouth and Ocean County, law enforcement officials are seeking ways to combat the recent heroin epidemic. Christopher Gramiccioni, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor, said, the efforts that law enforcement officials will uphold include increased education about the effects of drugs while also emphasizing traditional enforcement of narcotic laws.

As defined by DrugFree.org, heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine. Heroin is a "downer" that interferes with the brain's ability to perceive pain and can be injected, snorted or smoked.

Gramiccioni said there were 57 confirmed deaths caused by heroin overdose in Monmouth County in 2013. He believes this number will probably reach into the high sixties or seventies once the medical examiner completes the toxicology reports, which can take a few weeks to complete. "If you look at the last five years and compare it to the number of accumulated substance abuse deaths by cocaine, opiates, methamphetamines and other drugs, it just doesn't add up to heroin. Heroin is what is really killing the people in this county," he said.

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Why Students Should Improve Sleeping Habits

sleep2A lack of sleep within adults has become an epidemic affecting between 50 and 70 million Americans as young as 18, according to the Center of Disease control and Prevention. This becomes an issue on college campuses when students cannot perform to the best of their ability due to lack of sleep.

Between classes, work, and daily activities, the average college student spends six to seven hours per night sleeping, which is below the average of seven and a half to nine hours suggested by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It might appear to be a problem with a simple solution but some students are finding it hard to attain the proper balance between getting the right amount of rest and fulfilling academic obligations.

"Nationwide poor sleep hygiene, which is what we call sleep deprivation, is a really big issue for college students that I think is underestimated," Franca Mancini, Director of Psychological and Counseling Services, said. "Most students do not understand the full impact of not getting enough sleep. It seems like 'Oh I'll sleep on the weekends' or 'I'll catch up when I can.' You are not going to function well or think clearly, and you are going to crash if you do not get enough sleep."

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The Benefits of Studying Abroad While in College

benefits_of_studying_abroadTo those who have not experienced it, studying abroad may seem like four months of traveling, partying, and taking a ton of pictures, but in reality, spending a semester overseas enables students to gain life skills that can eventually be used in the workplace.

According to the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers: Association of International Educators, only 283,332 US students studied abroad during the 2011-2012 school year. While this number may seem large, it means that only one percent of the millions of college students in America study in other countries.

"A relatively small amount of students study abroad, so just by telling your potential employer that you have studied abroad, that you've gotten on a plane and taken that kind of initiative, makes you unique among a lot of other students," said William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services. "It makes you stand out."

Robyn Asaro, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, said that studying abroad brings about independence and resilience in students. It also creates openness which, in her opinion, is the mark of being truly educated.

In most cases, students who have traveled abroad return home to the United States feeling much more self-confident than they had at the start of their travels. Many employers look to hire students who embody an air of certainty and assurance, especially when it comes to making decisions and working on projects.

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu