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Kickin’ It in First Year Seminara

news-first-year-semesterThe Most Beautiful Game: How Soccer Explains the World is a new First Year Seminar course taught by Assistant Professor of History Maryanne Rhett. With background knowledge in the Middle East and world history, Rhett created the course to teach students about history, while tying in memorable moments from soccer.

“Ninety-nine percent of the class is somehow connected to soccer,” said Rhett. Majority of freshman enrolled in the course include students on the University’s soccer team and fans of the sport.

Kayla Adamson, a student in Rhett’s class, said, “I chose to take this First Year Seminar course because soccer is my life. I’ve been playing ever since I was little and it’s something my whole family enjoys doing. I thought it would be a great class to have for the first semester at college and be a nice transition into the college life.”

Assistant Vice President Bea Rodgers who works with First Year Seminar courses explained that First Year Seminar courses must have academic, ethical and transitional value and the course taught by a full-time professor. First Year Seminar is a general education requirement for students entering the University with 18 credits or less and must be taken during the student’s first semester at the University. Three years ago the three-credit First Year Seminar course replaced the one-credit Freshman Seminar course. “We wanted to add more academic learning for students to make it more beneficial,” said Rodgers.

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20 Students Aid in Asbury Park Documentary

Long after the Asbury Park night clubs such as Student Prince, Upstage and Cuba’s shut down their businesses many years ago, the memories of what occurred in them have not vanished. Remaining cherished with the musicians and fans who experienced them years ago, the public had the rare opportunity to hear some of those stories during the screening of Asbury Park Musical Memories on October 4 in the Pollak Theatre.

Beginning with the 1930s and ending in the 1970s, the film consisted of 27 interviews from musicians and fans who experienced the “magical” times of the city’s music throughout those four decades. Some of the musicians featured were Nick Addeo, Willie Mitchell, Billy Brown and Vini Lopez.

The 53 minute documentary which was viewed by over 100 students, faculty and members of the public and gave a perspective of what the West Side of Asbury Park was like, concentrating on the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood on bustling Springwood Avenue.

Directed by Susan Pellegrini, the idea for the film began in 2011, which happened to be musical heritage year in Asbury Park. “At some point during the year long celebration, we had an idea to document the oral history and musical experiences of the musicians from this city,” said Pellegrini.

Along with being Co-Chairperson of the Musical Heritage Foundation, Pellegrini is also Producer and Director of Synergy Productions, the company who produced the film. Adding a new dimension to the documentary, Pellegrini used local students to assist her production company with the making of the film. “When we decided to make the documentary, I thought it would be an excellent educational opportunity for students of Asbury Park High School and the University to assist in the production process,” said Pellegrini.

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A Conversation with Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley, a political and foreign affairs analyst for Fox News and host of “The Monica Crowley Show” on nationally syndicated radio, appeared at the “A Conversation with Monica Crowley” event on October 1 in Wilson Hall. The event was put on by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, and according to the Director of the Polling Institute, Patrick Murray over 250 people attended.

Crowley, a New Jersey native, is the author of the recent New York Times best seller, “What the (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback.” She also served as Foreign Policy Assistant to Richard Nixon from 1990 to 1994 and wrote about her experiences in “Nixon Off the Record and Nixon in Winter.”

After a short introduction, Murray began by asking why Crowley believed Mitt Romney is the “Happy Warrior” described in her latest book. Her response was, “We are in a war for the future of this country. I think it’s only been recently in the last couple of years where, as conservatives, it has finally dawned on us that we need to fight this war. We need to fight this war before all is lost.”

On the topic of why the polls are currently so close, Crowley stated, “The big reason why I think it’s so close is that Barrack Obama’s objective is to expand government. What he has done is create this dependency web that is dependent on government, and by expanding that dependency, he has taken the pain out of a bad economy.”

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The New “Bagel Guys” on the Block

BagelGuysNewsPg3The late-night scene at the Univer-sity has seen a new addition with the opening of Bagel Guys Deli on Brigh-ton Ave. Located right next to Jr.’s West End, the new deli offers bagels, sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as staying open until 4:00 am for any late-night partygoers.

The owners and operators, Brad Dias and Chris Brigandi, grew up together in Toms River and have known each other for 20 years before going into business together. “A small restaurant like this is great for your first place,” said Dias, who, although didn’t attend culinary school, has been in the restaurant business for 15 years. What Bagel Guys Deli offers is a fresh take on what is available to students, late-night.

Presently, it’s the only place where a student can, for example, get a breakfast sandwich or bagel at 3:00 am, and Dias and Brigandi meant for it to be that way. The two owners wanted to create late-night food options that weren’t really available to students before now. “Our pork roll, egg and cheese is definitely the most popular,” explains Brigandi.

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University Celebrates 79th Anniversary on Founder’s Day

FoundersDayNewsPg2Faculty dressed in Academic robes as the University celebrated the 79th anniversary of its founding this past Wednesday. The day was a celebration of all of the students, faculty, alumni, and administration for all of the hard work and good the University has done throughout the years.

“We are proud of our heritage, serving our students and our community for nearly four decades,” said President Paul Gaffney II. “We gather formally to mark the academic year; it is fitting to reaffirm our strong commitment to personalized teaching and individual development.”

The Founder’s Day Convocation Ceremony took place in Pollak Theatre, which was then followed by a reception in Wilson Hall.

This year’s Founder’s Day speaker was Michael E. Uslan, author, Emmy Award recipient and executive producer of the modern Batman movies. Uslan spoke for about a half hour and his goal was to inspire students and let them know that their dreams can come true, just as his did.

He ended his speech with a passage from Robert Frost. “I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence, two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference,” said Uslan.

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Psychology Department Changes Locations

President Paul Gaffney announced at the start of this academic year that the Psychology Department will be leaving Edison Hall and residing in Howard Hall.

Psychology will now be amongst Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics, the Department of History and Anthropology and the Department of Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies. “Psychology’s arrival in Howard Hall now makes even more sense from an academic collaborations perspective, as well as meeting space and improved science facilities needs,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Thomas Pearson.

The drive behind the move to Howard Hall is the desire to significantly upgrade Edison Hall as the home of the School of Science, according to Pearson. He said, “Our move of many offices in Information Management from the lower level of Howard Hall to the new top floor addition of Edison Science building opened up space for the Psychology Department.”

According to Patti Swannack, the Vice President for Administrative Services, the move of Information Management left about 75 to 80 percent of open space on the lower level of Howard Hall. She explained that only two rooms remained after their move, being a classroom with computers and the 24 hour computer lab.

Swannack described the recent changes, stating that now on the east side on the lower level of the building, there are two general purpose classrooms and a classroom that doubles as a science and archeology room. The Psychology Department now resides on the west side. “These are great improvements and use of space,” she said.

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Students Participate in Annual Big Event

BigEventNewsPg4The 13th Annual Big Event took place last Saturday, October 6 at 11:00 am as a day for students to participate in community service. The event was organized by the Student Government Association and received the assistance of various other groups on campus such as Fraternity and Sorority Clubs and the Outdoors Club, to name a few. Over 400 students volunteered.

According to the University website page dedicated to the event, the Big Event, which was first held in 1982 at the Texas A&M University, “is the single largest community service project that takes place…every year.” It was brought to the University by Lauren Schwarz, the SGA President in 2002, who was also a guest speaker at this year’s event. The event, which is run by SGA, takes place rain or shine.

Ali Tuyahov President and Pro- Temprore of SGA, was one of the main planners of the Big Event. “Last year I was elected chairperson of The 13th Annual Big Event,” Tuyahov said. “Towards the end of the year, all throughout the summer, and the beginning of this year I planned a majority of the event. I had help from my committee members, SGA Advisors Vaughn Clay and Heather Kelly, and SGA secretary Bette Farriello. The MU bookstore also donated all of the tshirts in honor of National Student Appreciation Day.”

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LinkedIn For Life

Jeff Mass Educates Students About the Benefits of the Social Media Site

news-linkedinWhen students graduate college, one possible concern on their minds is finding a job. This past Wednes­day, a seminar about LinkedIn was given to educate students of the ben­efits the service can provide.

Jeff Mass, Career Counselor/Job Developer for Career Services at the Center for Student Success and a 2004 alumni, held the event. He said that the service provides more than some normally notice.

“When someone tells me that they have a LinkedIn profile, the first thing I ask them is, how do you uti­lize it?” said Mass.

The primary benefit of the service is networking with business profes­sionals and its ability to provide face-to-face contact with great response time.

Also, according to Mass’ Power­Point presentation of LinkedIn, he says that the service is a tool that can assist you in remaining connected and growing your network: profes­sional networking, subject experts/ mentors, business opportunities, job search, discussions/blogs/groups, built upon trusted professional rela­tionships and connections.

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Prom Night in Wilson Hall

news-promnightThere were no limousines out­side the steps of Wilson Hall the night of Thursday, Septem­ber 27. Students did not trick­le through the halls with ball gowns and tuxes. However, one High School’s prom was depicted through film in the downstairs instruction room in Wilson Hall.

First year English students viewed the documentary Prom Night in Mississippi, directed by Paul Saltman. The documen­tary discusses the controversy of Charleston’s first prom with stu­dent integration, but also racism present in the surrounding com­munity.

Prom was a momentous oc­casion for those who had the privilege of attending. Students of Charleston High School in Charleston, Mississippi expe­rienced different memories as they attended their first integrat­ed prom in school history.

The prom was funded by Mor­gan Freeman, A-list celebrity and former resident of Charles­ton, Mississippi. His first re­quest to fund a “mixed prom” for the school was in 1997, and in 2008 his second request was eventually accepted by school administrators.

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SAB has Students Laughing in Their Seats

The Event Planning Group Seeks to Draw More University Attendance

news-comedynightComedian Andy Hendrickson opened for special guest and comedian Rob Gleeson at the University’s Comedy Night & hosted by SAB (Student Activities Board) last Saturday.

Joseph Pagnotta, SAB Vice President of Finance and Administration and a junior, estimated that there was an audience of about 50 to 60 people. “[This was] A usual turnout for a University-sponsored small comedy event,” he said.

From the start, both comedians were involved with the crowd and established a loose, comfortable and appropriate comic environment.

Hendrickson expressed his message about safe sex on college campuses after opening the floor up to any topic from the audience. He joked about condoms and what can be done to make them more effective and more reasonable to use.

Each comedian had different reasons for performing and how their careers have affected their lives and personalities.

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Student Groups Register New Voters

news-rockandregisterHawk TV, WMCX, and the Political Science Club hosted “Rock and Register” in the Plangere Center last Friday, where the campus learned more about the upcoming election and were given the opportunity to register to vote.

The event, which was broadcasted live, featured segments of live music, interviews and debates on current issues students should be aware of at the polls this November. There was also a free buffet and a collection for the Food Bank of Monmouth County.

Amanda Duncan, Justin Angle and Natalie Zeller performed at the event and shared their passions for performing and the importance of voting.

“I love performing and getting my music out there,” Zeller said. “Voting is very important to me, I’ve been registered since I turned 18 so this was a win-win for me.”

The issues discussed at the event included the economy, student loans and Mitt Romney’s tax returns but one of the biggest issues concerning young voters like the students who registered today, is the newly enacted voter IDs laws.

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