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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Life is Beautiful

Nearly 50 students and professors packed into the Magill Commons Club Dining Room to attend a screening of the film Life is Beautiful on Thursday, April 16, as part of the University’s 14th annual Global Understanding Convention held last week. 

Jennifer Shamrock, a communication professor at the University, was the co-chair of this year’s convention. According to Shamrock, “The Global Understanding Convention is a consciousness raising experience that this year focused on the violence we inflict on each other, the environment, and animals, and how non-violent responses can help reverse this trend.”

Life is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film that details the struggles faced by Jewish Italians during the rise of the National Fascist Party (NFP) in 1940’s Italy, and eventual horrors faced by those who were forced into Nazi concentration camps. 

Overall, Life is Beautiful emphasizes the importance of perseverance, and sends the message that, even in times of despair and hardship, the power of love and imagination can overcome all. 

The film depicts the fictional story of Guido Orefice, a comical and intelligent Jewish waiter turned bookshop owner. Orefice is determined to make the best of things and protect his family from the harsh realities they face. Throughout the beginning of the film he often mocks the NFP and undermines its racist logic in a humorous manner. 

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Millennials: More Accepting of Homosexuality?

gay prideRecent studies indicate that millennials are more accepting of homosexuality than people of the previous generation.

Additionally, people find homosexuality to be more acceptable than casual sex, or two adults engaging in sexual activity that have no interest in starting a relationship. When engaging in casual sex, the romance of a relationship is absent, and individuals participate solely for the physical pleasure.

Dan Cox and Robert P. Jones from the Public Religion Research Institute conducted a study titled How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexual and Reproductive Health. They observed the moral judgements of various sexual conduct among young people and found that the current generation thinks that sex between two people of the same gender (42 percent) is more acceptable than casual sex between two adults that have no intention of forming a relationship (37 percent).

To obtain the data, the researchers conducted an online survey asking various questions to 2,314 millennials ages 18 to 35. According to the researchers, the survey was conducted online because it involved such sensitive questions regarding abortion, birth control, and homosexuality, so it was imperative that people participated in a comfortable environment, such as their own home. Had the studies been conducted elsewhere, people could have felt compelled to answer a certain way.

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After 55 Years of Teaching, Dr. Enoch Nappen is Retiring

NappenDr. Enoch Nappen, an associate professor of political science, is retiring after 55 years of teaching at the University at the conclusion of the Spring 2015 semester. Nappen is the longest-serving faculty member in the history of the University, according to a resolution crafted by the political science and sociology department dated on April 1. 

President Paul Brown said, “Even as I congratulate Dr. Nappen on a well-deserved retirement, I know the many years of wisdom he has shared with our students will endure as part of his legacy as an educator.”

Nappen started teaching at the University in 1960, recently after the junior college became Monmouth College in 1956. Nappen said, “The school is absolutely magnificent. It’s a beautiful school, they’ve been adding all these new buildings and it’s just a beautiful environment. I am so proud of the school. The degrees of my family that have graduated here have increased in their meaning.”

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MAC Hosts Largest Career Day Ever

networkingA total of 123 employers and an estimated 400 students attended the annual Spring Career Day, making it the largest career day yet, in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Wednesday April 8. The University’s Office of Career Services put the event together. 

There was an increase in employer attendance by 12 percent from last year, making the event a success, according to William Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services. “We had 123 employers attend the event (126 minus 3 no shows), a new record for all career days and, despite a historically flat job market, this is the fourth spring career fair in a row to see a significant increase in employer attendance,” he said. Hill credited the event’s success to all the employees at Career Services, including Jeffrey Mass, the Assistant Director. 

The central goal of the event is to create an environment where students can network with employers and seek possible job opportunities. “We think it’s important for students to attend events like this so they can maximize their contacts for internships and full-time career opportunities and learn about what jobs are out in the marketplace. Career days give students a chance to be interviewed on-the-spot, instead of having to apply online and wait days or even weeks for a response from an employer,” Hill explained. 

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Warner Music WEA Corp President Visits University

warner musicMatt Signore, President of Warner Music’s WEA Corp, spoke to Monmouth students on how record companies are addressing the current challenges of the business on Tuesday, March 31.

Signore came to speak to the Chair of the Music and Theatre Department Joe Rapolla’s “Business of Music” class, but Rapolla opened the presentation to the whole University. Even students from the business and communication schools attended Signore’s presentation.

 Rapolla said, “We want students to hear from professionals working in the field, not only their perspective of the business but where the opportunities lie and the optimism that these executives have for the future of the business.”

Brittany Cannarozzi, a sophomore music major and member of Blue Hawk Records, attended the lecture because she felt it is important to listen to the knowledge and experience that professionals like Signore have in the industry. 

“I’m a singer/songwriter and an aspiring artist so being able to sit in the same room as someone who is a part of a music company that does so much for its artists and the industry was pretty significant to me,” said Cannarozzi.

Signore has over 22 years of financial management experience in the music industry, but his position in the music industry was not exactly planned.

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Stanford University Offers Free Tuition to Students

One of the most prominent issues in society today is the elevating cost of education, according to many students. Tuition at all public colleges came to $62.6 billion in 2012.

Some universities are taking a stance against this issue, including Stanford University. 

About three weeks ago, the University stated that students whose families make less than $125,000 a year and have assets worth $300,000 or less won’t have to pay for tuition. 

These assets can include home equity, but exclude retirement savings. Students whose families make less than $65,000 are exempt from paying for room and board, which can cost close to another $14,000. 

The University will use scholarships or grants to cover these costs, along with Stanford’s $21 billion endowment. 

“Our highest priority is that Stanford remain affordable and accessible to the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our generous financial aid program accomplishes that, and these enhancements will help even more families, including those in the middle class, afford Stanford without going into debt,” said Provost John Etchemendy in a press release. 

Although Stanford is making this change, their tuition has raised 13 percent in the last five years. 

Now, according to Stanford, 77 percent of its students graduate with no debt, where about 70 percent of other students graduate owing an average of $29,000. 

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The 103rd Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

titanic sinkingbwThe sinking of the Titanic took place over a century ago and as its 103rd anniversary is here on April 15, effects are still being felt from this traumatic event in history.

Titanic’s sinking in the early 1900s had a number of far-reaching consequences. Almost immediately, the governments of the United States and Britain would convene formal inquiries into the disaster. These inquiries resulted in a number of recommendations for the improvement of safety protocols to prevent such a massive loss of life from occurring again. 

The greatest effect the Titanic has had is its grasp on the public’s fascination. The reasons for this interest are varied. Cristin Bosko, a senior chesmitry student described her interest in the Titanic story, “I think the public is so fascinated with it because of the mystery behind it. The fact that the wreck wasn’t found until 1985 and how difficult it was to find adds to this.” 

 Melissa Ziobro, an instructor of  history and anthropology, offered another explanation, “The experience of the Titanic also warns us that no matter how advanced our technology, we must check our hubris and show proper respect for nature.” 

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The Music Department’s Annual Spring Concert Arrives

The University’s music department will welcome the season with its annual spring concert, “Something’s Happening Here,” on the Wilson Hall Grand Staircase on Thursday, April 16. 

The showcase will include the Chamber and Concert Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, student bands and soloists, according to Monmouth University’s event page.

Dr. David M. Tripold, Producer of the Concert and Director of the Chamber and Concert Choirs, said, “We try to provide a show that would be appealing to a broad spectrum of people, so at least everyone would come away with something they knew, or liked, or could comment on.”

While many of the pieces have yet to be decided, the spring show will be a mix of classic pieces and pop pieces. There is even a 14 minute 70s inspired rock cantata, sung with a large chorus, soloists, two guitarists and a drummer.  

Preparation for the concert, however, happens well before spring. There is a lot of work to be done before the big show, which usually has an excellent turn out. 

During the holiday concert last semester, 400 people showed up, which is Wilson Hall’s capacity. Tripold said that attendees are beginning to buy standing tickets to view the concert from the second floor balconies. 

“I have every reason to believe we will have the same amount of attendance for the spring concert,” Tripold said. 

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Student Employee Appreciation Week

Academic Foundations – General Education would like to thank our student hawks – Jess, Brian, Evan, Emily and Adrianna for their assistance, patience, insight and humor. It is truly a pleasure to work with such dedicated students.  - May we all fly together

– Judy, Bea & Kristina


The Department of Athletics would like to thank Katie Cikvosky,  Tionna Garner, Faith Harvey, Daniella Leon-Garcia, and Candace Del Fattore, for all your support throughout the year.

You are truly appreciated!


Sending a big thank you to the students of the Athletics Marketing Office, we couldn’t do what we do without your time and hard work! Also, thank you to our graduating seniors Colette, Jorge and Megan!

–Eddy and Caroline


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Powdered Alcohol Concerns Colleges

powdered alcohol shotWith powdered alcohol now legal in the United States, college campuses may have a difficult time restraining students from obtaining the drug.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau officially approved the product, called Palcohol, to be allowed for consumption. Created by the Lipsmark company, Palcohol has created a tremendous amount of controversy as states debate the safety of the product.

According to Fox News, one package of Palcohol is equivalent to one ounce. When added with five ounces of water, a standard drink is created. Varieties of powdered vodka, rum, cosmopolitans, mojitos, ‘powderitas,’ and lemon drops are available for purchase. Each packet contains 55 percent alcohol by weight and 10 percent alcohol by volume when added to water.

Palcohol, which will be available for purchase starting summer 2015, has already been banned in states such as South Carolina, Louisiana, and Vermont, and has faced obstructive legislation in states such as Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

As stated in a USA Today article published on March 17, the product, created by Mark Phillips, was invented after Phillips and his friends’ desired alcohol following long hiking trips. Since traditional bottles were too heavy to carry uphill, Phillips sought a new, more convenient method of transporting alcohol. Therefore, he designed the powdered alcohol which does not weigh him down. 

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University Names New Dean of School of Education

mccallanDr. John E. Henning has been named by Monmouth University to serve as the new Dean of the School of Education. An Ohio University native, Henning has experience as a professor, an associate dean, a chair of an education department, and has held many other distinguishing positions in the world of education at The Patton College of Education, Ohio University, and the University of Northern Iowa.

“Dr. Henning’s proven capacity for leading transformational initiatives through partnerships with public schools, community agencies, and universities will enhance the learning experience for our students while greatly expanding their professional opportunities,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D., according to the press release. 

Henning earned his doctorate in educational psychology and his master’s degree in vocational education from Kent State University, and also graduated from Penn State. He has received the College of Education Outstanding Faculty Research Award and the College of Education Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Henning has written two books, and is in the process of writing two more, including Building Clinical Capacity: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Mentoring During Early Field Experiences. 

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