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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Administration Trying to Minimize Construction Disruption

Construction Disruption Spring 2016Construction has continued to take place in Edison and Howard Halls, disrupting some classes around the construction site and the flow of student traffic around campus, especially as the construction is ongoing.

According to Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, the construction between the buildings will be completed by December 2017. However, until then, it seems like it will continue to disrupt students and classes in the area.

“For a very brief period of time [the construction will expand], to tie in lateral lines and pave the area that was disturbed,” said Swannack, referring to how the construction has expanded and cut off access to buildings from their standard entrances. This means that students have to plan alternate routes to classes. “Advance notice will be given to members of the University Community.”

The ever-expanding construction has been a sore spot for many members of the University, especially as they are told again and again that they will have to take longer, more annoying routes to get to Pollak Theatre, which is currently being used as the entrance to Howard Hall, due to the other entrances being blocked by the construction fence.

“If I want to get to any of my classes in Howard Hall, it always takes forever to get there,” said a sophomore chemistry student who wished to remain anonymous. “It was bad enough know how long it’s going to take to get to class. ”

According to Swannack, the expansions have taken place in order to install water and sewer lines that will be beneficial to the entire campus.

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Annual Phi Eta Sigma Induction Ceremony

PhI Eta Sigma Induction 2016Parents, relatives and students gathered to witness 187 Monmouth University first year students receive the honor of induction into the prestigious Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, which took place at Pollak Theatre on Saturday, Mar. 26, 2016 and opened to a packed house.

Phi Eta Sigma faculty advisor, Dr. Golam Mathbor provided the welcoming remarks and thanked all for attending on behalf of President Paul Brown, Provost Laura Moriarty and Monmouth University. The event was organized by Lisa Henry, Pattiann Heimbuch, and Danielle Schrama from the First Year Advising office.

The history of Phi Eta Sigma dates back to 1923 and has over 370 chapters throughout the United States. Phi Eta Sigma inductees were required to earn grade point averages of at least 3.5 during their first semester at Monmouth. In her speech, Vice President Carolina Carvalho emphasized the important personal qualities which members are expected to possess. She stated, “Vigor and discipline of mind; care and respect for the body; and above all, nobility and generosity of character.”

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SGA Looks to Receive Student Votes in Coming Election

MU SGA 2016With annual elections around the corner, members of the Student Government Association (SGA) urge the student body to get on the computer and vote.

SGA is the governing body of all the student clubs and organizations on campus; currently, they are overseeing over 100, however more continue to be added each year. As a whole, SGA works to support University events both promotionally and financially. This semester, the student body will have the opportunity to vote for new members of the SGA Senate. The Senate is comprised of a President and Vice President, six Senior Senators, six Junior Senators, six Sophomore Senators, six Freshmen Senators, four Senators At-Large, and two Commuter Senators. After elections have culminated, the President and Vice President will also select Senators and students to serve on the Executive Board.

The Executive Board includes the Chief Justice, Finance, Historian, Parliamentarian, Treasurer, Attorney General, President Pro Tempore, the Vice President, and President. Executive Board members who have been appointed by the President and Vice President, but were not elected by the student body do not have voting rights on SGA.

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Students Organize Fundraiser for Organ Donation Charity ‘NJ Sharing Network’

Under the guidance of communication lecturer Shannon Hokanson, University students have organized several service learning projects, one of which involves a fundraiser at the popular Stingers Burger Bar to benefit the NJ Sharing Network.

Occurring from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at Stingers Burger Bar in Long Branch, the fundraiser promises to draw in both Monmouth students and casual bar-goers alike.

“There’s a lot of scholarly literature that indicates that service learning helps students grasp concepts and theories, as well as assists them by letting them put these theories into practice,” said Hokanson, who helped organize this and several other events with her CO/SO-320, small group communication class. “It also connects students with the community; it’s great because it encourages them to become citizens of the world through civic participation.”

Her goal, as the latest professor to teach the class, was to allow the concepts taught in the course to come to life so that students could better understand them. So far it has been a success. “This is the first time I’ve taught the course, and I’m excited by how the students are doing,” she said. “They’ve surpassed my expectations.”

Part of the reason why the students have been able to effectively coordinate the events has been due to the connections they’ve all made. Kate Latkovich, a senior music industry student, was the one responsible for coming up with the concept. It would have been impossible, she said, without her ties to Stingers’ DJ and promoter, Brandon Alex.

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Dr. Michael Palladino Named New Vice Provost of Graduate Studies

New Vice Provost PalladinoMonmouth University has appointed a new Vice Provost of Graduate Studies for the spring 2016 semester.

Dr. Michael Palladino, former Dean of the School of Science, is now the Interim Vice Provost of Graduate Studies. Palladino, who previously taught biology, said that the position entails numerous responsibilities geared toward providing help for students pursuing a graduate education at Monmouth University.

“This position is intended to provide strategic vision for graduate education at MU and leadership across graduate studies to grow our graduate programs and to foster excellence in all aspects of graduate education,” said Palladino. “Putting a strategic focus on all aspects of graduate studies at MU is an important part of this role.  And this will be done through working closely with Deans, Department Chairs, Graduate Program Directors and graduate faculty who are all invested in supporting great graduate programs along with collaboration and partnership with administrators and staff from many other areas including Admission and Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communication, Global Education and others.”

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MU Chemistry Research Group Receives $100,000 Scholar Award

A Monmouth University Research lab has received a substantial grant award to fund further projects.

Dr. Dmytro Kosenkov, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and his research group have received the $100,000 Cottrell Scholar Award.

 The Cottrell Scholar (CS) program is funded by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA).  Founded in 1912, RCSA is the second-oldest foundation in the United States and the oldest for science advancement.

According to the RCSA official website, the corporation is a foremost proponent of the academic sciences and scientific innovation and is a prominent financial provider for research projects in American colleges and universities.

As the website states, “The Cottrell Scholar program develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills.”

$100,000 is a substantial grant award and will allow Kosenkov and his group to further develop their research. Universities often are unable to fund the entirety of a research project alone, so they reach out to corporations that are willing to invest in the projects and provide funding for their completion.

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WMCX Radio Show Brings Taste of Ireland to MU

The traditional Irish proverb, “giorraionn beirt bothar,” translated as, “two people shorten a road,” means that companionship makes time fly, and is a truth that Irish Coffee Radio hosts Jamie Griffin and Elizabeth White live by. Together, the two friends spend Saturday mornings from 10 to 12 on the University’s WMCX radio station playing Irish music and chatting about all things Irish, from the poetry of William Butler Yeats to what the colors green and orange represent.

“For this particular show, you have to be into Irish culture, history and Ireland itself,” said Jamie, “otherwise, you wouldn’t know what we’re talking about, or the meanings behind certain songs.” Jamie, a senior elementary education and history student with a minor in Irish studies, has family in Ireland and even speaks the Gaelic language. “My dad’s parents only moved here in 1948, so it hasn’t been a long time since my family left Ireland. I have two aunts that still live in Ireland,” said Jamie, “but they’re nuns, so they probably don’t listen to our show,” she joked.

“Jamie’s family is a lot more connected to Ireland than my family,” conceded Elizabeth, “but we’re both Irish. My family came to America from County Cork during the Irish Potato Famine and never left.” Irish Coffee Radio not only connects Jamie and Elizabeth to their Irish heritages, but also gives them a greater appreciation of their own cultures.

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Walgreens Stocks Shelves With Heroin Antidote

Walgreens Heroin AntidoteIn an effort to help stem the tide of deaths related to the recent heroin epidemic across the country, Walgreens has announced its intent to sell the heroin antidote naloxone (also known by its brand name Narcan) over the counter. The antidote will be distributed in at least 35 states, as well as Washington D.C. by the end of this year. New Jersey is among the states in which the drug will be sold to combat the heroin epidemic statewide.

The move is greeted by concerned citizens across the nation. “I think it will help a lot, because heroin has become such a big issue not just in NJ, but across the rest of America,” said senior communication student Jimmy Fanizzi. “These attempts to sell the drug will reduce the number of deaths across the country.”

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Visiting Writer: Jane Hirshfield

Monmouth University welcomed seasoned poet, Jane Hirshfield, to campus on Mar. 22 as a part of the Visiting Writer Series. Hirshfield is recipient of The Poetry Center Book Award and a part of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. Popular works by Hirshfield include her collections of poetry The Beauty and Come Thief as well as a multitude of other collections.

Associate Dean and Director of the Visiting Writers Series, Michael Thomas, opened the reading with remarks about Hirshfield. He stated, “Mrs. Hirshfield’s poems make the ungraspable, graspable, the imprecise then gets named, even if it’s a life experience that we won’t ever fully comprehend.” This concept of explanation and didactic poetry was a theme threaded throughout the poetry Hirshfield read.

Dean Thomas chose Hirshfield for the Visiting Writers Series because, “She presents an originality and aesthetics of poetry that is different from all the other poets that we’ve had.” Furthermore, Hirshfield is a poet who is “highly esteemed, highly recognized, highly accomplished”; she brings more experience to the Visiting Writers Series.

Hirshfield took to the podium and explained that the readings she had selected were organized from earliest to most recent, which is her newest collection of poetry, The Beauty. The first poem she read was called “The Poet” in which she uses the pronoun “she” and explains that it is a “universal” she as opposed to the usual universal “he.” She stated, “If I don’t make the universal ‘she,’ rather than the universal ‘he,’ who will?”

Hirshfield then read from a poem titled “Justice Without Passion.” She provided background for this poem stating that it was written during the Robert Bork Hearings. She suggested that justice without passion is interchangeable with justice without compassion and that sometimes it is “important to take off the blindfold [of justice] to know someone’s background.”

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Electronic Cigarettes: Do You Know What You’re Inhaling?

We all know that Monmouth’s campus flourishes in the warm weather – everybody is outside enjoying the warm weather. Imagine sitting on Wilson’s Great Lawn just trying to soak up the few minutes of sun you’re able to get before your next class and all of a sudden you have a giant cloud of vapor smoke in front of your face and poof – your peaceful and joyful experience evaporates into the air along with the vapor smoke.

Electronic cigarettes are the new fad among the United States’ population – specifically young adults aged 18 to 24 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow a liquid that contains nicotine among other chemicals, to be heated and inhaled in the form of vapor instead of smoke. Few studies have been conducted solely on the correlation between electronic cigarettes and college students, but our peers here at Monmouth University are in the major age cohort that is utilizing electronic cigarettes.

As a Monmouth student, I have walked around campus, especially during the warmer months, and as I walk between classes I see three out of ten students smoking electronic cigarettes. Kristen Flynn, a senior level chemistry major here at Monmouth, stated, “I see people using electronic cigarettes all the time especially in the academic buildings. It got to the point where Monmouth banned their usage Edison actually banned their usage”. According to Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, “Monmouth University’s smoking policy is inclusive of e-cigarettes… you are not permitted to smoke in any University owned or sponsored building including Pier Village and the Graduate Center at Monmouth Corporate Park.

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MU Students Organize Title IX Protest

Students Organize Title IX 1Approximately 25-30 students gathered on the student center patio for a non-violent protest on March 10 to bring awareness to Title IX and to recent reports from multiple media outlets that the University has been named in a Title IX violation. The protest lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Students from the clubs CommWorks, SAGE (Students Advocating Girls Education), gender studies, sociology, and political science departments, and Greek organizations came together and organized the protest, which was covered by News 12 New Jersey. This was not a gathering of just student run organizations as there were students present at the protest who just wanted to support the movement. They made signs that said “End Rape Culture” and “Know Your IX”. 

“As a sociologist, I understand how important it is to act collectively to solve social problems, so I was really heartened to see students moving beyond individual approaches to confronting the national issue of campus sexual violence,” said Dr. Johanna Foster, assistant professor of sociology. “One of our most important tasks as a university is to facilitate a climate of critical thinking and engagement in participatory democracy among our students, so I think the protests are a sign that our intellectual community is becoming increasingly informed and vibrant- which I think is a great thing.”

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