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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

University Weighs in on RateMyProfessors.com

ratemyprofessorTechnology has enabled University students to measure the quality of their professors with the use of RateMyProfessors.com. The website, which features online professor ratings, is a popular destination many students utilize when creating their class schedules.

"Users have added more than 14 million ratings, 1.3 million professors and 7,000 schools to RateMyProfessors.com. User-generated content makes RateMyProfessors.com the highest trafficked site for quickly researching and rating professors," the website states. "More than 4 million college students each month are using Rate My Professors."

Different categories on the website allow students to get a better understanding of each professor listed. Categories such as department, overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, easiness, and even hotness are listed for each professor. Scores from 1.0 to 5.0 are given, with 5.0 being the perfect score.

Students generally use the site as a means to help them create a schedule with "the best" professor possible for a specific class.

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“Graduation Was The Easy Part”

Grad-1Over 450 undergraduate and graduate degrees were awarded by the University on Friday, Jan. 17, as well as an honorary degree given to Robert Santelli, the commencement address speaker.

Santelli is a University alumnus and the Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. He was also a professor at the University in the music department. During his speech, he complimented the University as being a very special place to him. "Much of what I became in life and what I eventually did with it, originated right here on this campus," said Santelli.

As Santelli congratulated the 2014 January graduating class, he reminded the students that graduation was only the beginning of their journey. "Hopefully, you went to almost as many frat parties as you did classes, because now the challenges really begin," Santelli said. "It's time to really roll up your sleeves."

Santelli recognized the many issues that students will face upon graduation as well as the many hurtles they will be forced to overcome. He addressed some of the issues that the class will face in the years to come including global warming, student debt and the weakened job market in America.

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Love For Animals: A Call to Action

The volunteers at the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) are hosting a free vegan potluck and presentation led by Debbie Kowalski and Theresa Sarynski, representatives from For the Animals Sanctuary. The event will take place at Monmouth University's Magill Commons Club Dining Room on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

During the presentation, Kowalski and Sarynski will discuss what they do at the animal sanctuary and why animal sanctuaries are so important. "We plan on talking about the animals that we have living at our sanctuary, their rescue stories and how they are doing now with their new animal family," Sarynski said.

Kowalski and Sarynski will also compare the differences of animal treatment among the different farms including factory farms, organic farms and family farms. They will also address the importance of veganism for animal lovers and the impact that it can make on the environment.

Individuals who wish to attend the presentation and potluck are encouraged to contribute a vegan dish. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP by emailing Mary Harris at mcharris@monmouth.edu. To learn more about MAVS, please visit www.monmouth.edu/wellness/MAVS.asp or visit their Facebook.

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A Letter From the President

Welcome back and welcome to those students who are new to Monmouth University!

I trust you had a refreshing winter break and that you are ready to engage in the spring semester. The semester will be filled with activities: athletic events in the MAC; men's lacrosse competing their first season; Global Understanding Convention in April and many more. The Outlook is a good source of information for you regarding events held on campus.

With the many events taking place, I'd like to point out one of your main priorities. It should be to establish a relationship with your professors and focus on good results in class. Your hard work now will prove to benefit you later in life.

Wishing you all a succesful spring semester.

Go Hawks!

Sincerely,

Paul R. Brown, Ph.D.

President

A Letter From the Vice President

Welcome and Welcome Back!

I trust you enjoyed the holiday season and semester break and are well on your way to adjusting to life at Monmouth University. The fall semester was a busy one, and I expect spring to be more of the same!

Spring semesters always have a way of flying by us, and this one will be no different. Plan accordingly and take advantage of all that is offered. Come watch our men's and women's basketball teams compete in their first season as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). There will be some great basketball at the MAC. Consider joining a fraternity or a sorority. Whatever your interest is – get involved!

All of this and more is at your fingertips on your campus. Make it the best semester ever. If you need help in any way - reach out - speak up - and ask for help from the myriad of offices that are here to assist you.

Take care of yourself and take care of each other.

My best wishes for a successful Spring 2014 semester!

Mary Anne Nagy

Vice President for Student and Community Services

International Students Increase at MU

GlobeThe University experienced a rise in the past year from 103 internationals students in fall of 2012 to 121 students in fall of 2013.

"Monmouth University currently has 121 international students from 32 countries, including India, China, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Israel," President Paul R. Brown said.

The number of international students pursuing college degrees in America is on the rise due to the country's "higher value" on education.

According to an Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the number of international students enrolled in American universities has increased by seven percent during the 2012-2013 academic year. This percentage represents nearly 820,000 international students, setting a record high and a 40 percent increase from the prior decade.

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Blue Hawk Records Announces Second CD Release

blue-hawk-recordsBlue Hawk Records held an event in the Jules L. Plangere Center to celebrate the release of their second compilation CD on Dec. 4. The CD was also released on iTunes on Nov. 25.

Blue Hawk Records is an independent, student-run record label that provides students with hands-on experience that will prepare them for professional work in the music industry.

The fall 2013 album, a follow up to their original extended play (EP) from the spring semester earlier this year, includes six tracks. The CD also features returning artists Natalie Zeller, Guy Battaglia, and Sarah Gublin, as well as new artists Kristi Hunt and James Porricelli.

Bryan Haring, member of the Blue Hawk Records band, made his debut as a solo artist accompanied by Conner Healey and Guy Battaglia of 99 Regrets. The EP features rock and acoustic music, but also introduced a new genre to the label, rap.

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Anthropology Class Appeals to Zombie Enthusiasts

zombiesA class titled Zombies: Social Anxiety and Pop Culture was offered at the University for the second year in a row during this Fall semester. The class is a three credit First Year Seminar class for undergraduate students with fewer than 18 credits completed.

Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tenant, assistant professor of anthropology, taught the class the last two years and appreciates the way the unorthodox curriculum compels students to view the world in a different manner.

"There are multiple reasons that we treat zombies as an introductory study into a historical premise and context of something larger," Gonzalez-Tenant said. "Zombies can be a good metaphor to symbolize some of the critiques of capitalism, such as how it has turned some people into mindless forms dependent on technology, among many other things."

Gonzalez-Tenant said that the class examines various historical and ethical contexts of zombie culture from several anthropological perspectives. They also study their growth around the world through several disciplines.

The University's decision to offer the zombie class reflects a growing national trend of colleges and universities that also have courses structured around learning about zombies. According to Forbes.com, dozens of higher education classes now offered across the nation, although not all allow students to obtain college credit for taking them.

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MU Shadow PR Firm Hosted First Celebrity Publicist

Johnny-DonovanMonmouth University Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter hosted guest speaker, Johnny Donovan, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, as a part of their Speaker Series.

Donovan, an American reality TV booking agent and casting director, was the third guest speaker for PRSSA this semester, and the first professional from the entertainment industry to speak at the university.

Over 50 students attended Donovan's speech about his work in reality television. Donovon has worked with Logo, Oxygen, MTV and VH1 networks.

Donovan began his presentation by providing an overview of his career path. Donovan explained that he went from waiting tables at a restaurant in Times Square, NY to owning his own company, JDonovan Productions, a media events and talent productions company. He said that while working at the restaurant in NYC, he mingled with many of the customers, which landed him an opportunity to audition for a reality television show.

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Monmouth Shapes Up with More Fitness Classes

yogaThis fall semester, the Fitness Center started offering several new fitness classes for students and faculty to attend during the week. From fat burning Pilates, to the 'Biggest Loser' club, the University is taking a turn into the fit and healthy lifestyle.

Jon Cascone, the Director of Intramurals and Recreation, added five new fitness classes, held in Boylan Gym and the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). There is now 'Power Yoga,' 'Military Style Workout,' 'Toning for Pilates,' 'Fat Burning Pilates,' and 'Yoga, Ballet, Pilates Fusion.' Due to the increase in classes, more available times for each session are now offered. Typically, classes are held any time from 10 am to 12 pm and 5:30 pm to 9 pm.

The wider range of classes and available times has also allowed many more students to attend the fitness classes. "Previously, the Zumba classes were only held on Tuesday nights at around 5:30 pm, but I could never go because I had class," said Amanda Friedman, a communication major. "Now that they are offering more classes and more times, I've finally been able to actually get there, and can now choose whether I want to go before or after classes."

According to Cascone, just having a fitness center did not seem to be enough for students or faculty that were looking to get into shape and pursue a healthy lifestyle. "Monmouth is trying to adapt to the growing trends in fitness by offering a different approach to exercise," Cascone said. "[The classes] are more appealing to most people because it's fun, it's safe, and it doesn't drag on like sitting on a bike or treadmill."

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Brockriede Common Built to Honor Local Family

DSC00624An addition, consisting of three benches and a sign, was added to the Brockriede Common, the area in front of the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC), this summer in honor of John A. Brockriede and his family to acknowledge their philanthropic efforts to the University and the Long Branch area.

Although the main purpose of the addition is to serve as a dedication to the Brockriede family, Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, said it also intends as a gathering spot where people are more than welcome to sit while waiting for an athletic event or concert.

Brockriede, known as "Mr. Long Branch," was honored with a Maurice Pollak Award for Distinguished Community Service in 2007. Brockriede owned multiple local businesses and worked in the area for more than 50 years. Brockriede was 77 years-old when he died in his home on April 15, 2012.

His son, John Brockriede, Jr., a University alumus, is a 20 year veteran of the Wall Township Police Department and Vice President of the Senior Officers Association; his grandson, Brockriede, also a University graduate, served as a U.S. Marine from 2004-2007. As a student, H. Brockriede was active in the Monmouth University Veterans Association, serving as a Vice President and President of the organization, and has been recently sworn in as a police officer in Wall Township.

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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