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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

What’s Really on Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

turkey_growthThis Thanksgiving think about what is really in your sweet potatoes, corn, stuffing, and gravy, then consider if a bigger turkey is actually a better turkey.

The first Thanksgiving in 1621 contained a very different menu than the ones served at America's 21st century Thanksgiving meals. The way that foods are being created has changed drastically.

More commonly foods are being scientifically constructed, rather than naturally grown. Ivan Gepner, associate professor of biology, said, "Organisms can be modified in their properties by two techniques," artificial selection and genetic modification.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are "plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology," the Non-GMO Project stated.

Gepner said, "Genetic modification could involve the addition, subtraction, or change in genetic constitution of organisms through direct manipulation of their genes..."

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Pozycki Hall to be Completed by Summer 2015

POZYCKIBey Hall will be undergoing construction for the addition of Pozycki Hall, an expansion to the Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) and the Kislak Real Estate Institute (KREI), made possible by a donation from alumnus Steven Pozycki, a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

Vice President of Administrative Services Patricia Swannack said this 20,000 square-foot facility designed by DMR Architects will include four classrooms that will accommodate 30 students each, a 175-seat lecture hall, eight faculty offices, a student lounge, and an exterior terrace.

The two-story building planned to begin construction in May 2014 will be connected to the north side of Bey Hall by an enclosed pedestrian bridge located on the second floor. Swannack said, "Architectural details and exterior brick will compliment already existing buildings surrounding Pozycki Hall."

Vice President for University Advancement Jason Kroll said the building is being named in honor of '73 alumnus Pozycki because of his many contributions to the University, including his generous donation to fund Pozycki Hall. Pozycki has been a generous benefactor of the University, according to Kroll, including his previous endowment for the Pozycki chair in the KREI.

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Some Feel Drinking Tea Can Help Weight Loss

green-teaDetox teas that claim to help users lose weight are sparking controversy as to whether they are safe and effective or harmful and unproductive.

Detox tea diets are used by people looking to either lose weight or flush out their system. According to livestrong.com, "A tea detox diet involves drinking one or several kinds of teas to flush out your colons and kidneys."

The website also explains that most detox diets include fasts, causing food choices to be restricted to pureed fruits, vegetables and broths. "Solid foods are usually banned or severely restricted based on the theory that you can't properly clean your digestive system if you keep refilling it," according to livestrong.com.

Detoxes last between 14 or 28 days and can be used by both men and women. In addition to reducing bloating and increasing weight loss, the teas can result in clearer skin and a faster metabolism. These teas are made using organic Chinese ingredients like cinnamon, nettle leaf, ginger root, and celery root. Detox tea diets can be bought online through websites such as skinnytea.com, yourtea.com, skinnyfoxdetox.com, and many others.

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Dr. Sarsar Awarded for Global Initiatives Contribution

sarsarDr. Saliba Sarsar, political science professor and associate vice president for global initiatives at the University, received the award for academic excellence at the 10th Anniversary Gala for the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The annual Gala is held in order to honor the accomplishments of distinguished Palestinian Americans. Sarsar was one of three honorees being recognized for their achievements.

"We, your family, friends, and our community are proud of your personal accomplishments, your spirit of public service, your pride of your heritage, and your commitment to our great country," said Dr. Ziad Asali, ATFP President, as he congratulated Sarsar. "You are a role model of success and accomplishment that our youth can learn from and emulate."

The keynote address was given by Dr. Philip Gordon, special assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region.

There were various performances from musicians, singers and comedians throughout the night to ensure a lively atmosphere for guests to enjoy.

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Business School Hosts Seminar on Dangers of Sex Trafficking

sex-traffickingThe University welcomed attorneys Wanda Akin and Raymond Brown to discuss the fastest growing industry in the world, business and criminal enterprise, during a seminar presented by the Leon Hess Business School on Nov. 13 in Bey Hall.

Human trafficking, as stated by Don Moliver, Dean of the School of Business, is the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for compelled labor or to command sex acts by the use of force, fraud or coercion.

Victims of human trafficking are exploited, abused and encouraged in many forms, including child labor, child prostitution and child soldiering, Moliver continued.

Akin stated that victims of human trafficking are often harbored in very low resistance shelters where their movements are controlled. "They're locked in their rooms at night and only brought out to do the work that they were trafficked there to do," Akin said.

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Jennifer Sneed to Speak at MU

Monmouth University Shadow PR Firm and PRSSA Chapter will host their second speaker series event of the semester, featuring Jennifer Sneed, the PR Coordinator for Monmouth County's Habitat for Humanity's 30th Annual Carter Work Project, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 3:00 pm in room JP 234.

During Sneed's presentation, she will provide students with insight she gained during her time in the public relations field. Following the presentation a short question and answer presentation will be held.

Jennifer Sneed resides in Newark and is the former deputy state director for United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.

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MU Honors Veterans and Victims of 9/11 with Dedication of Memorial

Veterans-Day-PhotoThe University honored Veterans Day through the dedication of the 9/11 Veterans Day Memorial, recognizing the donors and completing the National Remembrance Day Roll Call on Nov. 11 at 9 am.

At the base of the monument is a twisted piece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services.

The 9/11 Veterans Day Memorial was installed in front of Edison Hall in the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. The memorial was donated to the University two years ago by Judy Eisenberg, a University Life Trustee, and Lewis Eisenberg, Port Authority Chairman of NY and NJ.

"This is truly a unique and special privilege that [my family] and I were able to provide as a lasting memory, not only of those who perished on 9/11, but for those who have given their lives, their sacrifice in so many ways to defend our life, our liberty and our individual freedoms," said Lewis Eisenberg.

President Dr. Paul Brown officially dedicated the 9/11 Veterans Day Memorial to the University during the ceremony. "May it remind [all who walk by] of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the courageous acts and sacrifices made by our military veterans, and the unstinting American spirit to guide us into the future," said Brown.

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November Marks American Diabetes Month

diabetesNovember is American Diabetes Month, which was created to raise awareness for the continuously growing disease, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

According to Kathy Maloney, Director of Health Services, "Type I diabetes (T1D) is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes. The body fails to produce enough of the hormone insulin, which is needed to metabolize sugar." Maloney added that T1D is commonly a genetic disease, though that is not always the case.

Type II diabetes (T2D) is similar in that one's body does not properly use the insulin that it makes. Also known as insulin resistance, T2D is a condition where the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for the body's misuse of the hormone. However, over time the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep blood sugars at normal levels, according to the ADA.

Diabetes (T1D and T2D) affects 25.8 million people in the U.S., according to Maloney. Out of that number, one in 400 is less than 20 years of age.

Other lesser-known types of diabetes include pre-diabetes, which is what many adults develop before they are diagnosed with T2D. During this stage, blood sugars are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as T2D, according to the ADA. Patients can still prevent the onset of T2D at this point by losing 7 percent of their body weight (or 15 pounds if they weigh 200 pounds), or exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

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MU Experiences Power Outage for Over An Hour

power_outageThe University experienced a power outage caused by an electrical malfunction at the University's substation in Tinton Falls on Thursday, Nov. 7 that lasted about 90 minutes.

According to Roger Gray, the Supervisor of Pressure Management and Transmission for NJ Natural Gas, a transformer blew and was defective for 40 minutes, causing Long Branch and West Long Branch to lose electricity.

Transformers are "electricial converters that change AC voltage to DC voltage in order to conduct electricity," Gray said.

He explained that cold weather makes the transformer malfunctions to be at a higher level due to their susceptibility to corrosion.

The outage caused all 1 pm classes to be cancelled, while the University worked diligently to turn the campus electricity back on.

Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, said, "First, we determine which buildings are affected by the outage and dispatch Facilities Management employees to verify that no one is stuck in an elevator and shut off mechanical equipment so that if we experience power surges, equipment is not damaged."

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Students Learn The Importance of Networking

Finance-PanelThe University's Office of Career Services teamed up with the business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, to co-host a panel for Careers in Finance and Economics in Young Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The audience was composed of students and alumni. Some came to learn about the industry while others came in hopes of networking, finding an internship, or simply gaining valuable knowledge.

The panel included University alumni and industry professionals such as Brian Sforza, Samantha Bernstein, John Genovese, Deborah Mannix, and Ken Engel. Laura Cornish, graduate of Scranton University, was also on the panel.

Each panelist spoke about their search for their desired careers. They gave advice to current students about taking advantage of the resources that the University's Career Services Office has to offer. At the conclusion of the event, there was an opportunity for a question and answer period and one-on-one networking with panelists and other alumni.

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Sugar and Salt May be Next on the FDA Target List

CandyNow that the Food and Drug Administration has banished most trans-fats from the nation's diet, some public health advocates are hopeful that two other beloved ingredients, sugar and salt, will be subject to similar scrutiny.

"Sodium is next," said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a Harvard University epidemiologist and cardiologist at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

By acting to remove artificial trans fats from the food supply, Mozaffarian said, the FDA has acknowledged a scientific consensus that they are hazardous to the public's health. The same could be said about excess dietary sodium, and that should be an equally powerful prod to FDA action, he said.

Tom Neltner, an analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., said that sugar, also, may become a target in the wake of the FDA's action to remove trans-fat from food.

In regulating food additives, the FDA has historically focused on removing chemicals that cause death and acute injury, Neltner said. Now the agency has demonstrated that it's ready to step in when a food additive contributes to chronic diseases that kill many people slowly.

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