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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

University Holds a Sexual Misconduct Week

The  University held a ‘Hawks United Against Sexual Misconduct’ week, to spread awareness of sexual assault on college campuses through presentations and panels that took place campus-wide from Monday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 16.

The week was an effort to bring awareness to the victims of sexual assault, how to help them, and how to prevent assaults from happening in the first place.

According to statistics gathered by the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, it is believed that one in four college women will be assaulted in their lifetime. It is also believed that in nearly 50 percent of attacks, the perpetrators did not believe that they were committing rape, despite the fact that their act matched the legal description of it.

“We have a robust and comprehensive policy of dealing with issues of sexual misconduct [on campus],” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement at the University. “We learn all the time and make modifications and changes. In general, we are very focused on the student as the victim survivor, while we ensure that the student who may be charged as the alleged perpetrator also has their rights protected.”

Two events took place on Monday. One titled “A Call to Men” was hosted by Juan Ramos in Wilson Auditorium; the other was a presentation by the Monmouth University Police Department, held by Corporal Jeffrey Layton in Pozycki Hall.

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Dear Students and Fans:

As we get ready to welcome friends and alumni back for Homecoming 2015 we hope to see you at the events including the annual Pep Rally that will be held on Friday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. in the MAC. As part of this year’s Pep Rally, students will have an opportunity to cheer on the Hawks, get a Homecoming t-shirt, and find out who will be in the Homecoming court. We hope to see you there!

For those of you who planning to come to the football game on Saturday, October 24, we want to let you know that the parade will begin at parking lot 16 (behind the Plangere Center) at 12:00 pm. The Hawks will take on Coastal Carolina University at 1:00 pm on Kessler Field. The Monmouth University Police Department would also like to remind everyone who is driving to the game to pay particular attention to the no parking signs on the side streets in West Long Branch.

The University has also been informed that the West Long Branch Police Department will issue tickets to anyone who attempts to park their vehicle on Larchwood Avenue.

Common Sense and Good Decision Making

If you or your friends plan to tailgate at Homecoming we encourage you to read through the guidelines that are linked to the SGA website: www. monmouth. edu/sga

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Tailgating at Monmouth University

As a member of the Homecoming committee, SGA has taken a very active role in creating the University’s guidelines for tailgating. It is SGA’s belief that when fans tailgate in a responsible manner, it sets a positive tone, whereby promoting the tradition and privilege of tailgating at Monmouth University. We encourage all Monmouth students and fans to review the tailgating guidelines listed below before they come to campus to tailgate.

Fans may tailgate before a home game and then again for up to 2 hours once the game has ended. Fans may not tailgate during the game or at halftime. Once the game begins, fans must enter Kessler Field or vacate the parking lots. Members of the Monmouth University Police Department will walk through the commuter parking lot 30 minutes before the start of the game to remind patrons of this guideline.

For the safety of all our patrons, kegs, party balls, common source/mass quantities of alcohol, hard liquor, and glass containers are not permitted.

All University and state regulations that pertain to the legal consumption of alcohol will be enforced. Fans who wish to consume alcohol must be 21 or older and be prepared to show legal proof of age to the MUPD or a University representative when requested. Those individuals underage found drinking or in possession of alcohol or distributing to minors are subject to criminal prosecution. Drinking games and paraphernalia are not permitted, will be stopped, and will be confiscated.

Tailgating will take place only in the commuter parking lot and in parking lot 25 for fans with reserved parking.

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MUPD Increases Campus Security As A Response to FBI Warning

The University heightened its police presence in response to a Philadelphia-area threat on Oct. 5. The FBI warned universities across the tri-state area after the threat was found on an anonymous message board.

The threat stated that a violent act would occur on a college campus near Philadelphia. According to nj.com it read, “On October 5, at 1 pm Central time, a fellow robot will take up arms at a university near Philadelphia.” 

Colleges and Universities throughout the tri-state area were notified by the FBI’s Philadelphia office on Sunday of the threatening message. Although no specific college or university was targeted the threat came less than a week after nine individuals were killed at an Oregon community college. 

On Monday Oct. 5, Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, released a press release notifying the community of security changes, “Members of the campus community, visitors to campus, and residents of our surrounding communities can expect an increase in police presence on and around campus that has been coordinated with our law enforcement partners in neighboring municipalities, as well as the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office,” she said.

Police and security officials were stationed at different areas around the University. Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) vehicles actively patrolled University grounds throughout the day, and a police dog was seen near the bookstore. The University received supplemental patrols from local police departments; however, MUPD is “...unable to disclose the number of outside agencies that were involved as it is law enforcement sensitive,” said Tara Peters, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

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Internship Fair Gives Students Career Opportunities

Monmouth University welcomed over 30 companies to campus for the Office of Career Services’ annual Internship Fair in Anacon Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m on Wednesday, Oct. 7. 

The Office of Career Services urged students to attend so they could network with large companies such as Target, Nordstrom, Verizon Wireless, and Enterprise Rent A Car. The Internship Fair offers an opportunity to meet actual employees of these companies rather than browsing through their websites. This leaves students with a different impression of the company after they have left the Internship Fair. Students are able to learn the mission and values of a company and the way employers interact with one another. Face-to-face conversations at the fair also gave students a chance to ask questions regarding the company itself or advice for future professionals. 

“We had over 200 students attend which is great. It’s a very engaging smaller event, much smaller than our spring career event. Kids get a chance to learn about what opportunities are out there. They can go on the [company’s] website but here it’s a personalized touch with face-to-face interaction. It’s not just go on the website and apply, here they can get the recruiter’s contact,” said Jeff Mass, the Assistant Director of Career Services.

After the event concluded, students were asked to provide feedback to the Office of Career Services. Students were asked their year in school, major, how they heard about the event, whether it was helpful or not, the number of employers they spoke with, whether or not arrangements for the future were made, and the primary reason the student attended the fair. This feedback is crucial for the Office of Career Services. The department uses the feedback to progress each year, bringing back and gaining the types of companies students want to interact with.

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Hogwarts Comes to MU: The Class of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion

ParanormalHistory and Anthropology Lecturer Brooke Nappi is teaching a class this fall titled, “Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion” which infroms students of the religious and supernatural practices found in modern society. 

 According to the course description, the class explores the motivation of human behavior within the realm of religion and the supernatural emphasizing the role of gods and goddesses.  The class uses a cross-cultural approach to explore cultures across the globe from both the past and the present. 

Nappi began teaching the class in 2007, when it was called “Gods, Goddesses, and the Supernatural.” When she took over the class from a previous faculty member, she renamed it to its current name. 

Nappi said, “I decided to change the title because Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion more accurately reflects how the discipline of anthropology has focused on this subject area at the college level, and because this title also more accurately reflects my personal interests in the anthropology of religion.”

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Students Crew Emmy Winning TV Show

TV ShowUniversity students have gained real world experience through the Department of Communication’s Production Services, a student-run production crew that assists in the filming of outsourced projects such as WJLP’s Another Thing with Larry Mendte, the recipient of a 2015 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing.

Students with a foundational understanding of filming and audio techniques are offered the opportunity to work with the organization’s director, Erin Fleming, who established Production Services in 2012. Fleming noticed an influx of non-profit organizations contacting the University about using the Monty Television Film Center and Television Studio, and developed a model that would be mutually beneficial to clients and students. Some of these non-profit partners have included EarthShare and HABcore, which help to raise awareness for local environmental organizations and house-building projects.

In providing clients with access to Plangere’s studio and equipment, students are granted an outlet for practical application of the techniques they are learning in class under the mentorship of an industry professional. Crew positions include camera and audio operation, technical directing, teleprompter control, and much more, and the result is a final product that gains exposure and can be included on a student’s production reel.

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Mid-Semester SGA Update

As the middle of the semester approaches, members of the University’s Student Government Association (SGA) reflect on the year thus far and plan for the remainder of the semester.

SGA is the governing body of all the student clubs and organizations on campus; currently, there are over 100, however, more continue to be added each year. As a whole, SGA works to support university events both promotionally and financially. In total, there are seven committees that compose the SGA Senate: Academic Affairs, Advertising, Elections & Recruitment, Events Programming, Budgets & Special Event Funding/Sport Club Funding, Human & Community Relations and Student Affairs. Each committee is imperative in keeping the association thriving.

“So far this year has been great. We just brought in our new freshmen senators and it seems as though they are adjusting very well. Currently, we are focusing on planning two of our biggest events: Pep Rally/Homecoming, which is Oct. 23 and 24 and also the Big Event which is happening in November,” said Chris Walsh, a senior public relations and journalism major and the Vice President of SGA.  “Along with these events, we are also doing the Annual Giving Tree in which MU provides gifts for families in need during the holiday season.”

The Big Event, which occurs on Nov. 7, is a community-wide service project that aims to provide the residents of Monmouth with helpful community service. 

Each year, approximately 400 members of the University take part in giving back to the surrounding areas. Activities include working in food pantries, cleaning up the environment, and other services that better the Monmouth area.

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Federal Work Study Issues Resolved

As of Oct. 1, there are 1,016 students working for the 1,216 student employment jobs offered through the University. Eighty-two percent of these  placements are through federal work study (FWS) students. There are only eight students at the University that fit the requirement for federal work study job, but did not receive decided against the job opportunity.

At the start of the semester, some students reported having issues accessing their federal work study information. 

“I went to the Work Study office and they told me I didn’t qualify for work study anymore,” said Leann Burns, junior communication major. Burns later went to an advisor at the Financial Aid office on campus. She said the advisor was very helpful and her problems were resolved. 

A student’s financial aid could change for a number of reasons, according to Claire Alasio, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid. “A student’s financial aid package, with work study being a part of that package, is driven by: the student’s financial need, their costs (including tuition and fees only for commuting students or tuition, fees, room, and board for resident students) and the types and amounts of other financial aid the student receives. So, as any one of those variables change, the student’s eligibility for work study at all can change, as can the amount of work study they are eligible for,” explained Alasio. 

It was Burns’s experience that she was awarded too much aid and this needed to be changed. “My parents were going to get a lot of money back and the solution was to reduce how much my parents got back. Work study is about $2,000 so my instead of $13,000 back my parents only got $11,000,” she said. 

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143 School Shootings Since 2013

Oregon Shooting Has Obama And Nation Looking For Answers

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On Thursday, Oct. 1, a total of ten people were killed and seven injured in Roseburg, OR after a gunman open fired on the Umpqua Community College campus. Douglas County Sherriff John Hanlin reports the shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, was pronounced dead after a shoot-out with the police.

While authorities had not reported a motive for the shooting, CNN reported Mercer had targeted Christians, according to student Anastasia Boylan, who had been in one of the classrooms Mercer open fired on. Boylan recalls the shooter telling Christian students to stand up, because “[They were] going to see God in just about one second.”

Following the shooting, President Barack Obama addressed the nation. Obama opened his speech showing a look of anger and disappointment across his face as he told the country, “There are more American families, mom’s, dads’, children, whose lives have been changed forever. That means there’s another community stunned with grief, and communities across the country forced to relieve their own anguish, and parents across the country who are scared because they know it might have been their families.”

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App Rewards Students for Staying Off Cell Phones

App RewardsAn application called Pocket Points, first introduced on the Apple app store in Aug. 2014, rewards students with points for not checking their phones during class – points that they can later redeem for food at participating locations.

The app was developed by Mitch Gardner and Rob Richardson, who were college students when they came up with the idea in the spring of 2014. Richardson was sitting in a 150-person lecture hall and noticed how many of his classmates were playing with their phones and not paying attention to the lecture.

“I knew there had to be some sort of incentive to get kids to put their phones away,” said Richardson, in an interview with USA Today. That incentive was a points system that could be used for free or discounted items from local vendors who participated.

The free app only works on campus and operates on a simple premise: students first open the Pocket Points app, then lock their phones. As soon as this is done, points begin to accumulate, and the longer the phone stays locked, the more points they can get. Points are also awarded based on how many people are on the app at the same time.

Richardson and Gardner orginally attempted to convince professors to reward students with extra credit for staying off their phones. However, a focus group session revealed that professors disagreed with that idea – they didn’t like the thought of rewarding students for something that, in their opinion, they should already be doing. After this focus group, the two reached out to local food companies, and found out that those companies were thrilled with the idea.

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