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Presentation Discusses the Recent Outbreaks of Gun Violence

University Celebrates Global Understanding Week

In conjunction with the Global Understanding Convention last week, Dr. Jennifer Shamrock, communication professor, gave a presentation on gun control in America titled “Fully Loaded” on April 10 at 2:30 pm with the assistance of Jose Aguilar and Rachel Fisher, University students.

Shamrock provided the audience with the most recent gun violence information for the United States. “Students should realize the enormity of the problem of gun violence in America and that they can take a stand in changing our culture through their actions,” said Shamrock.

“I liked that it was a presentation about real facts, things that are happening today and stories that we can all relate to,” said Fisher.

The presentation discussed five truths about guns today that many people are unaware of. The five truths are: 1) a gun inside of a home increases homicide, suicide and accidental deaths, 2) many children today are currently living in homes with loaded and unlocked guns, 3) violence is more severe when a gun is used opposed to other weapons, 4) gun laws should be more strictly enforced in America due to the many loopholes that allow people to purchase guns without a background check and 5) enforcing safety laws in America will reduce violence throughout the country.

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MU Partners With University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ

UMDNJThe University signed an agreement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in March, which will allow qualifying students to enter the online Master’s program in clinical trial sciences at UMDNJ. The partnership will include four years of undergraduate education at the University followed by two to three years at UMDNJ.

In order to qualify, undergraduates must be in their senior year, have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their major, and obtain a recommendation from either Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, or the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee. Students can then take up to six Master’s level courses during their senior year, which will transfer over so that they can continue their Master’s education at UMDNJ. Palladino said that this track would be most useful to biology, chemistry, and mathematics majors.

The program itself is a 36-credit Master’s in clinical trial sciences, which has four different tracks that will prepare students for different roles in the pharmaceutical industry. These tracks are regulatory affairs, clinical trial management and recruitment, clinical trials informatics, and drug safety and pharmacovigiliance. It contains a nine-credit core and 27 credits of specialty courses.

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How Useful Are College Exams?

Many students experience anxiety and panic before or during an exam, raising the question if college exams are the most accurate measure of intelligence and how drastically they can affect a student’s grade for better or worse.

Test scores are a necessary component of most class curriculums and grading systems. Professors use written exams to measure a student’s knowledge of class subject matter in order to provide them with an accurate grade. Dorothy Cleary, Director of Tutoring and Writing Services, said, “Exams, whether they are multiple choice, objective style or essay, projects, hands-ons, or subjective styles are a necessary component in many courses and disciplines to measure one’s understanding of material studied.” What students need sometimes, however, is reassurance that they can improve their test taking skills. “I always tell students that there is a difference between IQ and intelligence versus having the tools, skills, and strategies to manage, cope, and address the situation,” said Cleary. “Therefore, I believe exams are necessary and are a strong component of measuring one’s knowledge of course material in many, but not all, instances.” Briana Lynch, sophomore art student at Parsons Art School in New York City, does not think exams can accurately measure a student’s intelligence. “You can memorize information for a test but you can't learn how to create original idea,” said Lynch. “The highest paying jobs are taken by people who can do what was never done before, not by repeating what has already been done.”

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Do You Have the “Fear of Missing Out?”

Studies Determine that Generation Y Suffers From “FOMO” as a Consequence of Social Media

FOMO, or the fear of missing out, has been around for as long as humans have existed. But as society moves into a technological era, FOMO has increased.

Kaitlin Grotto, senior graphic design major, describes this feeling. She said, “I get worried that I’m going to miss out on the fun and the inside jokes that my friends might have from the time that I’m not around.”

Grotto continued, “Have you ever been hanging out with a group of friends and they’re talking about a memory and all laughing and you weren’t there so you felt left out? That’s what I never want and why I have FOMO.”

Although the fear of missing out is not a real psychological disorder, it is a syndrome that the Millennial Generation and the generations to follow will have as long as social media exists.

The fear of missing out on what? “Everything!” said Matt Pisano, senior.

FOMO can range from the fear of missing out on a cup of coffee with a friend to missing out on a spring break trip. A group of University seniors said things like not going to the bar, missing happy hour, committing to a relationship, visiting family instead of being at school, not going on vacation when others are, and missing mall trips are all things that cause FOMO.

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Boom Roast Productions Presents “The Vagina Monologues”

Production Raises $1,935 For Two Charities, 180 Turning Lives Around and One Billion Rising

“The Vagina Monologues” were presented by Boom Roasted Productions on Tuesday, April 2 in Pollack Theater. The sarcastic and informative movement promotes awareness and the prevention of violence against females.

The performance produced both a room full of laughs and serious moments when talking about the female body. Stories were told that most would not express in public as well as experiences that some had similarities with.

There was a short film shared with no sound, only background music, which showed grueling clips of females being tortured in different emotional, mental and physical ways. At the end of the film, the story is tied up with women fighting back for what they believed was right by holding up their pointer fingers in the formation of number one. The powerful, speechless exhibition ensured the audience of what this advocacy is about.

This video was launched for the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day, accompanied by the campaign One Billion Rising. One billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence. On the V-Day anniversary, the plan is to invite one billion women and others supporting them to stand up and rise to the occasion of fighting against this violence.

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Dean Stanton Green Leads Spring Break Trip to Ireland

37 Students Join Gathering in Dublin

IrelandFinalDuring the Ireland trip the group visited places such as Dublin, Killarny, The Blarney Stone, The Cliffs of Moher, and the Dingle Peninsula. Students learned about the Potato Famine as well as the conflict between the south and north of Ireland and Britain. They also learned many different words and terms used throughout Ireland. The students explained that one of their favorite words they learned was “craic” pronounced “crack,” in which the English translation is fun.

March 14 through 18 was known as The Gathering in Dublin. It marked four days of celebration including fair-like rides, vendors, and 59 different activities ranging from comedy to street performances. Most of the group thought the best part of the trip was marching in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.

During the trip, the 37 students walked throughout the streets of Dublin celebrating with the residents of the city.

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The University’s First Spanish Radio Show Launches

University Students Welcome Spanish Language, Culture and Music On-Air

The University’s Spanish Club hosts its very first Spanish show “Sonidos Latinos” on WMCX. The show airs Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the help of advisor and University Spanish professor, Betty Sanchez.

“Sonidos Latinos,” or “Latin Sounds” in English, began this past February and aims to help students gain confidence in speaking the language while inviting Spanish speakers to join the show. “There are students that are beginner speakers, and then there are students that are highly advanced. That is the true beauty of the show,” says Sanchez. “For me, language has to be a life.”

Sanchez, born in Venezuela, was actively involved with radio for many years prior to moving to America.

Sanchez hosted a daily show aimed at teaching the rural communities located in Peru, Columbia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Students would actively listen to her daily lessons and would attend class lessons on the weekends to clarify questions asked on the show.

In 1981, Sanchez moved to the states and continued to excel in the field of media. She earned a degree in TV/radio at Brooklyn College, and then was offered to create the first TV/radio class curriculum in Spanish by the Center for Media Arts.

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Facebook Showing Signs of Decline

Facebook1Facebook, the social media website that once consumed the lives of teens and young adults, could be slowly slipping into extinction.

Originated in 2004 by college sophomore Mark Zuckerberg and friends, Facebook was created as a way for college students to connect with each other. Originally, Facebook was open to high school students in 2005, then for everyone else the following year.

With almost a decade gone by since the creation of Facebook, usage has begun to decline. According to Ken Sena of Evercore, a Wall Street Analyst, the primary ages of usage decrease are 12 to 17 and 18 to 24 from August 2012.

Matthew Silver, a 17-year-old high school senior, has recently deactivated his Facebook account. Silver said, “It’s just not as popular as it used to be. I noticed that a lot of my friends weren’t using it as much anymore so I figured I would just get off it for now.”

Silver explained that he and his friends are using Twitter instead. “Although it does not have all the photo sharing features and other stuff that Facebook has, I think it has become more popular. And most recently, all my friends have been using Instagram.” Silver said he is content with staying off of Facebook for now, but may return as he transitions into college.

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MTV Selects Students to Help with Sandy Relief

SpringFix1For two University students, spring break was no longer exclusively about vacation, relaxation, and time off from work and school; it was about supporting the East Coast and its recovery after Hurricane Sandy. Freshmen Thomas Egan and Dylan Vargas took part in MTV, mtvU and United Way’s “Spring Fix.” This was an alternative spring break focused on efforts to rebuild communities devastated by the forces of Sandy.

Egan and Vargas volunteered for “Spring Fix” from March 17 to March 23 with 48 other college students around the United States. Their efforts were aimed at restoring the beach areas of New Jersey and New York including Union Beach, the Rockaways, Staten Island, Long Island and Lavallette.

The students were split up into five different groups, each working to rebuild homes, churches and other places that had been harmed due to the super storm. Site managers were present during “Spring Fix” to offer support and encouragement.

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Energy Drinks: Harmful or Helpful?

Teenagers and young adults have become the target audience of popular energy drinks in recent years containing ingredients such as caffeine, guarana, taurine and sugar, according to Jeffery Downing, registered nurse and graduate assistant.

Downing explains that while energy drinks provide a desired boost of energy and temporary solution to lethargy, the effects of the ingredients on the human body are mostly negative. One of the active ingredients, caffeine, is considered a drug by definition because of its an effect on the body. “Caffeine is legal and inexpensive and is found in many popular beverages around the world,” said Downing.

Some effects of caffeine include nervousness, anxiety, tremors, tachycardia, restlessness, insomnia, gastrointestinal (GI) upset and agitation. Adverse effects include nausea, heart palpitations, headache, irritability, seizures and hallucinations according to Downing. Despite these potential effects, caffeine is listed by the Federal Drug Association (FDA) as “generally regarded as safe.”

“It is believed that up to 400 milligrams per day is safe,” said Dr. Merrily Ervin, professor of nutritional science. However, it is not an optimal choice before engaging in sports or physical activity. “[Caffeine] is also a diuretic and if an athlete becomes dehydrated his/her muscles will not be able to perform to capacity,” said Ervin.

She continued by saying that other varieties of ingredients in energy drinks are sometimes used to enhance the effects of caffeine, or claim to provide a range of benefits. “But the FDA does not regulate these drinks and so the claims do not have to be proven,” said Ervin.

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Students Participate in Alternative Spring Breaks Internationally

Alysha-Zimmerman-Jenna-Tshudy-Photo-Geena-BassoWhile some students from New Jersey planned on spending their spring breaks catching up on sleep at home or partying on the beaches of Cancun, others spent their breaks making a difference in a community or foreign country.

Many colleges around the country are now offering alternative spring break trips. These trips are created for students who are interested in spending their week off helping others in their communities or in other parts of the world. Students who are interested can plan a trip through their school or through an organization, such as Habitat for Humanity.

Since Super Storm Sandy hit New Jersey, some schools have decided to create alternative spring break projects here at the Jersey Shore. Max Dolphin, Drew University student, spent his spring break not too far from his home in Seaside Heights. Dolphin said that coming home to devastation is humbling. “To see the devastation firsthand in my hometown and surrounding area is an experience that really leaves you shell-shocked,” said Dolphin.

A group of students from Drew University had difficulty trying to find a place to sleep during their service project because hotels and homes around Seaside Heights are still damaged from the storm. For example, in Seaside Heights, the destruction of Hurricane Sandy is still present in every direction. “When I first saw the image of the roller coaster and missing pier I was left in shock and awe,” said Dolphin. The roller coaster was recently dismantled and Seaside Heights is beginning the restoration process across town.

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