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Volume 88 (Fall 2016) and Volume 89 (Spring 2017)

A Letter From Our University Faculty: The Importance of Open Dialogue

As concerned educators, we are reaching out to students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the extended campus community to encourage open and respectful dialogue in this post-election period.

Monmouth University must provide a safe physical and intellectual space for all students and community members. We acknowledge the heightened sense of fear, distrust, and anger present on campus. We encourage open and respectful dialogue so that students can better understand and respect each other on campus and beyond, regardless of political affiliation. As faculty, we are committed to facilitating such conversation. We invite students to ask questions in class, visit faculty during office hours, and we call on faculty to participate in formal and informal student discussions around campus. We also urge students to both speak and act; but before doing either, to make sure that what they are saying and doing is thoughtful, respectful, and moves us toward mutual understanding, not bullying and hate. As faculty, we publicly affirm that while we welcome open discussion, we will not tolerate harassment and violence in our classrooms.

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Where is the New 911 System?

New 911 SystemSince 2004, the state of New Jersey has collected 1.37 billion dollars in 911 fees, meant for the implementation of a new 911 system that would be more advanced and save lives according to NJ Advanced Media. However, this analysis published on Oct. 14 found that only about 15 percent of the funds have been used to pay for the system they are intended for.

The new system, called NextGen 911, would be an upgrade on the current 911 system, using updated technology and giving dispatchers and first responders more information and access. People would be able to show dispatchers text, photo, and video; information could be shared with first responders in real-time. Information could also be run through databases.

Stephen Chapman, Assistant Professor of Political Science considers the misuse of funds as a strategic political move. He said, “I think this situation is a clear example of when strategic actors behave in a manner that benefits their interests. The governors took from the tax fund because they knew balancing the budget would benefit their public approval and reelection hopes much more than 911 technology would.”

“This does happen quite often; Governor Christie is known for taking from one program to pay for another, but he is surely not the only state executive to engage in this activity. However, this situation normally happens in policy areas where most people are not paying attention.” Chapman added.

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Media Talks with WABC Reporter

Toni Yates Visits The University

WABC Toni Yates 1Toni Yates, a news reporter and anchorwoman for WABC - TV Eyewitness News, spoke to students at the University about the relationship between news media and the criminal justice system on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Pollak Theatre.

About 70 students from various departments (including communications and criminal justice) sat in the center seats of the theatre as Yates discussed her experiences in the field of news reporting. Yates said, “some of the news of the day that we cover sounds a lot like this: An amber alert is launched, because a kid was walking to school and all of a sudden he was snatched...or a cop pulls a driver over and things go absolutely horribly wrong and the driver ends up dead. Or an angry student who was expelled from college and they return weeks later with an AK-47, or a deadly carjacking at a mall across the country somewhere.”

Yates continued, “every day, so many journalists get up and there is not a day that goes by that we don’t have to go out and cover stories like that.”

Nicholas Sewitch, a specialist professor in the criminal justice department, asked Yates if she would speak to students at the University via email. “I’m teaching a first-year seminar class about the CSI effect in relationship to popular television shows and also news media and the criminal justice system, and so I wanted to bring down a news reporter,” said Sewitch.

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Sexual Assault Campaign Posters Captures Students’ Attention

It Happens Because RapeTacked and taped across University bulletin boards, locker rooms, and dormitory bathroom stalls are signs from this year’s sexual assault poster campaign titled It Happens by photographer Yana Mazurkevich. The posters have been showcased since Hawks United Week in early October by the Office of Equity and Diversity, the General Council, and Student Life.

“Each year we have tried to run a poster campaign as part of the Hawks United Week of programing, and this was the poster campaign that we chose for this year. Last year it was Tuned Into Consent which took song lyrics and made them about consent. This year we went with the It Happens poster campaign,” said Nina Anderson, Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity.

It Happens is “because sexual assault ‘happens,’” Mazurkevich told A Plus in an email. “It happens to anyone, regardless of skin color or sexual orientation.”

The explicit nature of Mazurkevich’s posters are intentional; she wanted the photos to make people uncomfortable — as uncomfortable as talking about rape and sexual assault is. “Sexual assault is not pretty,” she said. “No one is going to put a pillow below your head and then rape you... The images are not supposed to be easy to look at, just like the subject itself is not supposed to be easy to talk about.”

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Polling Institute Earns an A+ Rating

Polling Institute A PlusThe quality and accuracy of polls released by the Monmouth University Polling Institute has earned the University an A+ rating from Nate Silver’s widely respected news site, FiveThirtyEight.

The University ranked higher than many major media outlets and organizations such as Fox News, the Los Angeles Times, and Gallup, becoming one of only five polls to receive an A+ rating out of the 373 organizations reviewed by the site in August.

“This is a tremendous honor for everyone in our team at Monmouth,” said Patrick Murray, the director of the Polling Institute in an article by NJ.com. “We strive to be transparent in our methods so the public can be confident that their voice is being accurately reflected in all the work we do.”

According to President Paul Brown Ph.D., the A+ grade by FiveThirtyEight is calculated by analyzing the historical accuracy and methodology of our polls. He said, “This is really about the quality control and scientific approach utilized by Patrick Murray, the director of Monmouth University Polling Institute and his team. They have continued to make the Institute one of the nation’s best resources for accurate public opinion research.”

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Narcan Used an Average of 21 Times a Day In NJ

Narcan Use AverageNarcan, a drug that halts the effects of an opioid overdose, has been deployed by New Jersey emergency officials over 18,000 times since its widespread implementation in 2014, according to an article by NJ.com.

As of 2016, the drug has been deployed an average of 21.8 times per day; it is expected that it will have been utilized nearly 8,000 times by the year’s end, according to the NJ.com article. Data on opioid and heroin abuse in the state is difficult to pin down, but the use of Narcan by first responders in the field provides one of the clearest indications of how widespread it is.

Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is usually administered as a nasal spray. The drug, used in the case of opioid overdose, immediately blocks opioid receptors in the brain, allowing someone to recover in seconds, even if they aren’t breathing. While the figures are not exact – in some cases, Narcan is deployed multiple times per patient, and the data does not include information from hospitals – but it does show how emergency officials constantly respond to a flood of patients who are suspected to be suffering from a heroin or opioid overdose.

“The Monmouth and Ocean County area has a large heroin problem,” said William McElrath, Chief of the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD). “Although we do not see the typical signs of heroin abuse [on campus], it would be naïve to think that Monmouth University is not impacted. Based on the overdose and arrest rates in surrounding towns, there is no doubt opioid abuse is taking place.”

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Visting Writer Series Features Poet, Gerald Stern

Poet Gerald SternMonmouth University hosted another Visiting Writers Series eventson Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium. The visiting poet for this installment was Gerald Stern. Stern is an immensely popular poet who has published over a dozen awards for his writings and countless books of poetry with their content being both mind-opening and sentimental as well as witty and thought-provoking.

Michael Thomas, Associate Dean of Humanities and Director of the Visiting Writers Series, explained that Stern was selected for the Visiting Writers Series because “There are very few poets like him left. Also, Gerald Stern is an American Original, a poet who integrates history, both personal and political.”

The event itself started with opening remarks from Thomas. In these remarks, Thomas discussed the importance of art in daily life. “Art sustains us,” he had remarked. He emphasized the true positive effects that art, writing, painting, drawing, and other disciplines have on any human’s state and wellbeing.

Thomas then introduced assistant professor of English, Dr. Mihaela Moscaliuc, who offered some insight and introduction for Stern. Moscaliuc has done very extensive research on Stern’s collections of poetry; therefore, it was only proper and fitting that she gave an introduction for Stern as well.

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Largest Career Day in MU History

The largest Career Day in the University’s history was held in the OceanFirst Bank Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Over 120 companies and over 350 students and alumni attended the event sponsored by the Career Services Office.

Jeffrey Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services, said there was a six percent increase compared to last year. “Career Services is very happy with both student and employer turnout, but we never want to stop trying to improve the event,” said Mass. “Someday I would like to see 150 employers visit the campus.”

The University had various companies attend Career Day for the first time including: Canon Solutions America; Department of Children and Families; Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories; New Jersey State Parole Board; Open Systems Technology; PNC Bank; Simon & Schuster; NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Toll Brothers; United Methodist Communities; and USA Today.

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Remembering Milt Campbell: A Champion and Humanitarian

A Champion and Humanitarian

Rembering Milt CampbellOn May 20 2008, Monmouth University gave an honorary degree of Public Service to Olympic champion and humanitarian Milt Campbell, the only university to do so.

Yesterday, Nov. 2, the anniversary of Campbells passing. He was the first African American to become an Olympic decathlon champion, who used his athletic fame to help deconstruct the negative ideologies associated with the black community. He also created more opportunities for individuals who live in underprivileged areas.

Biology professor Dr. James Mack nominated Milt for the Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, which he received on May 20, 2008 from the University. Monmouth became the only University to give Milt Campbell an honorary degree in acknowledgment for his humanitarian efforts and his world class athletic achievements.

Paul G. Gaffney II, the University’s former President recalled the award ceremony. He said, “It was an honor to have Olympian and New Jersey resident Milt Campbell with us before a big and happy audience. Milt was not recognized enough in his life so it was particularly rewarding that Professor Mack brought him to our commencement.”

Mack said, “It was an honor to have known Milt as a friend, humanitarian and world-class athlete. It was a privilege to speak at Milt Campbell’s memorial service, at the request of the Campbell family, celebrated in Plainfield on August 10, 2013.”

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MUPD Apprehends Alleged Gunman: No One Hurt

Gunman on Campus Is Arrested In Dorms

Monmouth University was placed on a campus lockdown after two female students reported that a man allegedly attempted to rob them with a handgun on Nov. 1 at approximately 9:17 p.m. No one was injured and the suspect and weapon were apprehended.

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office identified the suspect as University student Keith L. Williams, 18, of Baltimore, M.D., and charged him with first degree armed robbery.

The students reported that a male, approximately 6’3” wearing a hooded black sweatshirt and stocking mask, drew what was believed to be a handgun and demanded their cell phones. The students escaped the scene. They called 911 once they were in a safe location.

Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) was immediately notified of the incident, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

The University personnel put a lockdown in place at 9:52 p.m. for the entire campus to ensure the safety of the students and anyone else who was potentially in danger. This decision was based upon the fact that an armed suspect was believed to be on campus, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

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“Mighty” MU Says Goodbye to Kessler Field at Homecoming 16’

Hawks Gather At Final Homecoming on Kessler Field

Mighty Monmouth Goodbye 1Monmouth University hosted its annual homecoming weekend from Oct. 28-30 during which students partook in a series of fun-filled activities. Current and former staff, alumni, and trustees were invited to enjoy the event.

The game was the final one at Kessler field, as demolition of the aging field began on Nov. 1, with hopes to complete the new field by the 2017 season. Kessler Field was built in 1993 and opened for the Hawks’ inaugural season. On Sept. 25, 1993, the first-ever game was played at Kessler Field as the Hawks hosted Sacred Heart University. Since then, the field as been home to every Hawks home game.

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