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Life After Hurricane Sandy

Update on Progress of New Jersey in the Aftermath of Super Storm

Sandy-2Hurricane Sandy was a super storm that swept the East Coast in late October, leaving many families devastated.

On October 29, 2012, the category 1 hurricane curved north and headed towards New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Two hundred and eighty-five people were killed in seven countries due to the storms severity.

A majority of people found themselves without homes and possessions. For some, all that is left is the memories they can cling to. Reconstruction began as soon as possible for some people, while others are still waiting for their turn.

Those who were not affected too severely by the storm with power outages and no belongings damaged were able to return to their everyday lives. Madalyn Messina, junior, was able to move on fairly fast. “I lost power for a little over a week but that was the severity of my problems. I went to work every day to keep myself busy. I was lucky,” Messina said.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Judith Cumbia, a retired teacher, lost everything she had. Cumbia was a newly-retired high school teacher beginning to embark on the rest of her life. The storm crumbled her home from top to bottom, leaving her homeless.

“No money has been granted yet because it is unclear if I have to raise the house since the new flood maps have not been finished. I’m at a phenomenal level of frustration,” Cumbia said.

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How Does the University Protect You?

University Blackboard Website Promotes a Safer Campus

blackboardAfter recent tragedies throughout the United States including school shootings, schools are implementing resources to better protect students and faculty.

The University uses a free system called Blackboard Connect for this type of service. According to the University website, this system is designed to call, leave voicemails, email, and text any student, faculty or staff member who is signed up with their ID number and a registered phone and/or email. The system can also use a backup number such as a student’s parent to notify in case of an emergency.

William McElrath, University Chief of Police, believes the campus is well-trained to respond to emergency situations like an active shooter. The police department is trained on how to respond to such situations and there have been presentations made for students and faculty on what to do if caught in an emergency situation. McElrath said he is “fully supportive” of conducting mandatory drills on campus for students and faculty.

Zachary Diamond, business major, said that for the most part he feels safe while on campus. “When I drive on campus, there’s someone there checking for parking permits. I’ve seen cars without permits get stopped and that made me feel like they were on top of seeing who was coming onto the property,” Diamond said.

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Molly is Becoming A Common Drug on College Campuses

MDMADrugs have been a presence on college campuses for many years now. Recently, the appearance of MDMA or molly has been popular among college students, Suanne Schaad said, the substance awareness coordinator.

“I think it has grown in popularity due to the fact that it is marketed as ‘pure’ MDMA and people think is safe or safer than ecstasy,” Schaad said.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), molly is the power or crystal form of MDMA, also known as 3,4- Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. The website explained that the drug acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic. It produces “an energizing effect, distortions in time perception and enhanced enjoyment of tactile experiences.”

Molly is a Schedule I Controlled Substance, according to the Office of Diversion Control making the drug illegal. The DEA explained that the drug is mainly distributed in tablet form, comes in a variety of colors and is stamped with logos. It can also be found in capsules, powder and liquid form.

Known as a “party drug,” MDMA is usually swallowed, but the DEA states it can also be crushed, snorted or smoked but it is rarely injected. Users often mix molly with alcohol and marijuana the website states.

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The National Broadcasting Society Honors Two University Seniors

Chris Down and Diego Allessandro Win for Their Achievements in Radio and TV Broadcasting

Chris Down and Diego Allessandro, both seniors and communication majors, were recently awarded grand prizes in their fields of submission by the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) for their achievements in radio and television broadcasting.

The NBS began its award tradition in 1962 with the intentions to highlight worthy college students with a passion for broadcasting. NBS student chapters are featured at college campuses nationwide, including at the University. In fact, Allessandro is president of the University’s chapter of NBS.

“I am a musician and amateur music historian so radio just made sense. I was doing internet radio a few years before I came to Monmouth and declared my major,” Allessandro said. “I just need to be around music, it's all that I am.”

Although he received two honorable mentions last year and three honorable mentions this year, Allessandro was still in shock when he won the grand prize. “Going from a high school dropout to a college grad with a national award has been a hard, long road. It's so fulfilling to have come so far from someone with no future to someone with a chance. I was so excited.”

Allessandro won the grand prize for his WMCX Core Music Sweeper. His honorable mentions were for three of his creations: Project Paul PSA, Project Paul Feature, and Jersey Devil Sweeper 2.

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Choosing Sides in the Classroom

Political beliefs are always an intimate subject, especially in an academic setting, but do freedom of speech and individual liberties translate over in the classroom for professors without legal infringements?

University professors enjoy academic freedom in classroom teaching, and it is detailed in their faculty contract, but, “If faculty are expressing political beliefs in their lectures that are not related to their subject matter and are imposed on students without any openness to discussion, students have the right to bring their concerns to the attention of the department chair,” said Dr. Thomas Pearson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students at the University employ professors to introduce all types of political beliefs in the classroom because it creates openness and a bilateral line of communication.

“I think it is beneficial for students to hear other viewpoints whether it is from peers or professors. Most students are taught what their parents believe in, but there is so much more out there to know,” said Casey Smith, senior psychology major. “It is important to gather all of the information first, and then make a decision on what best suits you. Everyone is entitled to a different opinion and there is no straight ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’”

Pearson said that as indicated in the University Faculty Contract on page seven, “Academic freedom means freedom of teaching and research and of extramural (off-campus) activities... Faculty members are entitled to freedom in the classroom in presenting and discussing their subject. Faculty and instructional staff members must have primary responsibility for selecting instructional materials, defining course content and determining the methods of evaluating student performance in their classes.”

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Dr. William B. Stanley to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award From Rutgers

Dr. William B. Stanley, professor of education, will receive a distinguished alumni award from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education on April 6. Stanley graduated from Rutgers in 1979 with a social studies doctorate degree after receiving a master’s degree in history. The award symbolizes Stanley’s dedication, numerous contributions, and many influences during his career in the education field.

“I am flattered to receive the award. Rutgers University provided me with an excellent graduate education, and I’m honored to receive the award as an alum,” said Stanley.

Stanley began his teaching career in 1966 as a social studies teacher at Cranford Public School in Union, NJ. “I decided I wanted to teach during my senior year in high school,” said Stanley. “I was influenced by a wonderful social studies teacher, Larry Carebonetti, of South Plainfield High School. I have always been intellectually curious and I enjoy helping others learn.”

After 14 years in Cranford, Stanley chose to further his education in pursuing a master’s degree in history at Rutgers University. “This confirmed my desire to teach. But I wanted to increase my knowledge and improve my teaching skills, which led me to study more history and methods of teaching in graduate school,” said Stanley.

Stanley began working as an assistant professor teaching social studies education at Louisiana State University in 1980. In 1985, he was promoted as the Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director.

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The Environmental Impact of Super Storm Sandy

The shores of New Jersey are summer hot spots for tourists. Most participate in boating, fishing and beach-going. However, that may not be so safe this summer.

According to a report from the National Hurricane Center, “Whole communities were inundated by water and sand, houses were washed from their foundations, boardwalks were dismantled or destroyed, cars were tossed about, and boats were pushed well inland from the coast.”

The report also said that the fishing industry suffered due to damage to docks, marinas, restaurants, and fish processing plants. “BoatUS, the American Association of Boat Owners, estimated that Sandy destroyed more than 65,000 boats and caused marine-related damage of about $650 million to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” it said.

James Nickels, marine scientist for the Urban Coast Institute at the University, said environmental damage from Sandy is vast. “Large areas of coastal flooding and dune destruction, inundation of saltwater into freshwater lakes along ocean, release of quantities of oil, fuel, pesticides and other chemicals were some of the problems. There was failure of sewer infrastructure and pumping stations which released large amounts of sewage and untreated waste water. Another issue is the forming of new inlets with the ocean from coastal lakes and bays. Large quantities of debris spread throughout water ways and marshes,” said Nickels.

He also said that major clean-up of debris has taken place since Sandy. “The breaches in the barrier islands have been closed. Most sewage systems are back to operating normally. Debris clean-up is underway and making good progress. Work has recently been started to find and remove debris from local waterways as a result of Sandy.”

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The Outlook’s Exclusive Interview with Dr. Paul Brown

The Outlook’s Editor-In-Chief Brett Bodner spoke with soon-to-be MU President Dr. Paul R. Brown on Monday, March 18.

The Outlook:What drew you to Monmouth?

Dr. Brown:A whole slew of things, I would say. Probably most generally, the comprehensive nature of Monmouth, meaning a full plate of graduate and undergraduate programs and majors. That’s really powerful on both the graduate and undergraduate level, particularly some of the fields of relevance, which hit me really quickly. Of course the great facilities, I mean of course there’s always room for improvement, but there are really wonderful facilities. The school has a really nice location and dimension, as it is located by the shore. I also believe having Division I sports is great. There are similarities in that regard to Lehigh, in fact Monmouth actually plays Lehigh in competitive games like football. Those are probably the strongest reasons and I also can’t help but notice the leadership President Gaffney brought to the University and he has served the University so fine. It is a wonderful place to build from.

The Outlook:What are some of Monmouth’s strengths?

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University Professor Receives Outstanding Human Rights Community Activist Award

Lynda Ziemba of the Department of Political Science and Sociology Receives Award from Kean University


Lynda Ziemba, professor of the University’s Graduate School of Social Work and the Department of Political Science and Sociology, received the Outstanding Human Rights Community Activist Award from the Human Rights Institute at Kean University during the Sixth Annual International Conference on Human Rights on Friday, March 8.

According to Kean University’s website, “The mission of the Human Rights Institute [at Kean University] is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and inspire action to combat these injustices.”

Millie Gonzales, Director of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, said, “Award recipients are chosen based on their personification of the Human Rights Institute’s call to action through one’s invaluable contributions to the advancement of human rights.” As a global community development social worker, Ziemba was honored for her contributions to increase awareness and advancement of human rights, especially in Africa.

Ziemba’s love for Africa began years ago as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). As a part of home-building teams, Ziemba worked to help local communities in Ghana and Uganda.

“I’ve worked with HFHI locally for many years,” said Ziemba. “I enjoy how the organization is run. It gives people a hand-up, not a hand-out.” During the home- building process, local citizens play a huge role in constructing the homes they receive. “I like solidarity as opposed to charity,” she said.

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Music Industry Students Create Record Label

Blue-Hawk-RecordsUniversity students created Blue Hawk Record Label in an effort to receive real-life experience in the music industry.

Blue Hawk Records was created by students in the Applied Music Industry 2 class. Every semester, the students enrolled in the class must complete 30 hours of service outside of class helping the music or theater departments. This spring semester, University students decided to get real hands-on experience by forming their own record label.

Each student has their own responsibility in the record label. Kristen DePaola, junior music industry major, is the general manager and a part of the recording group.

As of now, only students in the Applied Music 2 class are a part of Blue Hawk Records. The students plan to network and connect with others on campus. DePaola said that they will work with radio and television students as well as other students.

The class made a group consensus to create the label. “We haven’t really heard of anyone else doing it, so that’s what makes this exciting,” said DePaola.

The label has signed four artists thus far, all of which are University students from the class; two singers and two bands. The two singers are Natalie Zeller and Sarah Gulbin, acoustic singers and songwriters. The two bands that have been signed by the label are Seasons, Bryan Haring’s band; and 99 Regrets, Guy Battaglia’s band.

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Bey Hall to Undergo Addition: Pozycki Hall to Open in September of 2014

Addition Will Include Student Lounge, Auditorium, Four Classrooms and Eight Offices

BeyHall1Thanks to a generous donation by Steve Pozycki, CEO of SJP Properties and member of the Board of Trustees of the University, plans have been made for a 20,000 square-foot building addition onto the north side of Bey Hall in order to grant more space for the Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) and the Kislak Real Estate Institute (KREI).

Administrative Services is hoping for a groundbreaking by the end of this May with the project being completed by September 2014. After an approval hearing in front of West Long Branch on March 28, the University can determine when construction may begin.

The addition will be built between Bey Hall and the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC). The two-story building will be linked to Bey Hall and will consist of four general-purpose classrooms that will seat 30 students, a 170-seat auditorium, eight faculty offices, and a student lounge. According to the preliminary plans, which have not been finalized, the open floor plan will appear similar to Bey Hall, with some of the differences being that the common area on the second floor will be 1300 square feet wider and the building will include an outdoor patio.

The addition will not enter the commuter parking lot. Patti Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services, said, “We want to preserve as much green space as possible. I think that this space will lend itself really well to students congregating inside and outside onto the patio.” Swannack also mentioned that since the green space is very wet right now, the drainage will need to be improved before construction begins.

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