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New Residence Hall in the Works

default article imageEvery year the time comes when emails are received and lottery numbers are assigned to designate what student gets to pick what room on what day. The better the number, the better the residence hall. Many will be glad to hear that a new residence hall is in the works to help accommodate those who get left out of housing each year.

“We want to build a new residence hall not to address an increased student enrollment, but rather to respond to an increased demand for student housing on campus,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services, regarding the reasons for building a new residence hall.

Currently, the only guaranteed housing is for the incoming first-year students who arrive at the University every fall to begin their college career. That is an aspect that the University hopes the new residence hall will fix.

“Most especially, we want to be able to guarantee our first and second-year students housing with us on campus for two years.

Nagy said. “At the present time, we guarantee first-year students, but after that students must participate in the housing lottery process.”

The hope is that the additional space will ease the currently high demand for rooms on campus.

“With additional beds on campus, we are confident that all of the demand by second-year students for housing can be met and they will no longer need to move off campus,” Nagy added.

Raymond Gonzalez, the Associate Director of Housing Operations of the Office of Residential Life, said “We are trying to provide more students the opportunity to live on-campus, including juniors and seniors.  It is my hope that the new residence hall will provide us the flexibility to do that.”

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Students Tweeting @MnmthProblems to Make Remarks on Campus

default article imageA new way to reveal problems about the University became available on the Internet. It is called #MUProblems, which is a trend on the social media website known as Twitter.

Twitter is a site that gives individuals the opportunity to share and discover what is important to them. “Find out what’s happening, right now, with the people and organizations you care about,” says the Twitter homepage in an attempt to attract users.

By “tweeting” or posting an update to the #MUProblems trend page, students have the ability to state their feelings and comment on instances that occurred at the University. The trend has been used by students to tweet about their course load, the teaching skills of the professors, the wireless Internet, tuition money, food and parking. #MUProblems is a trend that speaks about the negative aspects of the University.

 MU is an acronym for different schools, such as Marshall University, so the trend #MUProblems is not limited to solely Monmouth University. Many of the tweets are focused on those schools. However, @MnmthUProblems is a twitter page created specifically for Monmouth University students and faculty. It is not a trend page; rather, it is a separate twitter identity.

“Monmouth should definitely look over the site, if they haven’t already, and take note of things that bother stu dents,” said Nicolette Dimucci, a sophomore at the University. “To please a student, you need to think like one.”

The health and welfare of the University’s student body is promoted by the Student Government Association (SGA). Nicole Levy, President of SGA, said that she guarantees that SGA will begin to look at the Twitter page now that it has been brought to their attention.

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Obama Orders Lowering of Higher Education Costs

Colleges and Universities Failing to Comply May Face Loss of State Funding


default article imageDuring the State of the Union Address made on January 21, President Barack Obama proposed a plan requiring colleges and universities to find ways to keep tuition down. If they are unable to do so, he threatened to take away state funding.

While the risk of losing money from the state looms over the roofs of several institutions, University students may rest assured that they are not at one of the most highly priced universities in the country.

If you were to look at Monmouth’s history of tuition increases versus many of our colleges in the state of New Jersey or around the country, Monmouth has taken the approach of modest tuition increases,” said Claire Alasio, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid. “I think that there are other institutions out there that aren’t as responsible about their tuition increases. If I had to infer what President Obama was saying, I don’t think they are saying institutions shouldn’t increase tuition. I think they’re saying institutions should do it in a reasonable and responsible way.”

Tuition rises every year in order to maintain rising costs of facilities on campus and to meet the expectations of students and their families, such as maintaining small class sizes, limiting the number of adjunct faculty, providing wireless computer access and making cable television available in the residence halls, according to William Craig, Vice President for Finance.

“We have been working to keep costs down for more than a decade,” Craig said. “We have one of the lowest tuition and fee costs of the private colleges and universities in New Jersey. Over the last 10 years, the average annual tuition fees cost among these private institutions has risen by over $3,800 more than tuition and fees at the University. Accomplishing this has taken concerted efforts by the entire University community to be prudent in making spending decisions and carefully choosing the priorities that can be funded.”

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Psychology Department Hosted 55th Semi-Annual Research Conference

default article imageThe psychology department proudly hosted its 55th semi-annual research conference, co-coordinated by Dr. Natalie Ciarocco and Dr. Janice Stapley, on Saturday, December 10, 2011, in Bey Hall. Attendees, which included both field experience and senior thesis students, their parents, family, and friends, as well as the psychology department faculty, were treated to a full day of poster and paper presentations.  The presentations were the culmination of students’ senior thesis projects as well as students’ field experiences in the fall 2011 semester.  Field experiences included students working with individual faculty members, as well as the students in Dr. Doris Hiatt’s PY 410 Field Experience course. 

The day began with opening remarks from the department chair, Dr. Janice Stapley.  Dr. Stanton Green, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, also offered remarks that both congratulated and encouraged the day’s presenters.  The attendees were also greeted by Miranda Bobrowski, the president of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. 

Throughout the day, nine paper presentations and 31 poster presentations displayed the results of each student’s original senior thesis project.  Projects, under the guidance of faculty supervisors, were seen through from idea conception to data collection and the display of the results at the conference.  Drs. Demarest, Dinella, Holmes, Lewandowski, and Stapley all served as thesis supervisors this semester.      

This year’s recipient of the best paper presentation was Jacqueline Abate, for her paper entitled, “Evaluating Relationship Partners: The Mere Ownership Effect in Romantic Relationships.”  The best poster presentation award was shared by Kristen Kohm for her poster, “The Influence of Strength of Attachment on Preschoolers’ Self-Regulation” and Chelsea Thomson for her poster, “Who Studies Abroad?: A Look at Birth Order, Personality, and Willingness to Leave Home.”  The best applied psychology poster award went to Juliana Pierce, who worked with Dr. Hatchard’s organization, Making Daughters Safe Again.

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University Members Comment on SOPA Act

Internet Censorship Act Garners University Responses


default article imageAttempts to control copyright infringement and distribution is nothing new. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 criminalized services, with the purpose of circumventing measures that control access to copyrighted works.

This act had exceptions towards materials used for educational purposes; it also stated limitations on the liability of online service providers for copyright infringement when engaging in certain types of activities, according to the US Copyright Summary. Recently, however, governments have become stricter and this past year introduced several new acts in this area.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced by Texas Republican Representative Lamar Smith with 12 cosponsors on October 26, 2011. In short, SOPA allows the Justice Department and copyright holders to seek court orders against websites that aid in copyright infringement; included is anything from torrent sites to spoofs of pop music on YouTube. Additionally, SOPA includes an anti-circumvention clause that mandates the removal of links to copyrighted material that appear on social media websites. If the sites fail to remove the link, they then face the potential of being shut down.

Cnet.com is a website that provides technological news. On November 15, 2011, it carried reports that representatives of LinkedIn, Yahoo, AOL, Google, Zynga, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and EBay wrote a letter to the Senate and House of Representatives regarding SOPA. They called it “a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as our nation’s cyber security.”

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Poet Visits University in Conjunction with MLK Tribute

Poet Visits UniversityAs part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute celebration, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson came to the University last Wednesday night to read her published works and pieces from a new manuscript.

Marilyn Nelson is an African-American poet born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1946 during the time of segregation.  Her father was in the air force so she grew up around military bases. Her mother was an African-American teacher with all white students, and always thought of her daughter as a poet.

In 1966, Nelson lived in Chicago and worked with the Civil Rights Movement.  Much of her poetry reflects her perspectives on racism and equality, and her personal experiences growing up in a segregated America.

Nelson earned her B.A. from the University of California Davis, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She has published more than 12 books, and has won numerous awards including the 1998 Poets’ Prize, two creative writing fell o w s h i p s from the National Endowment for the Arts and is a Robert Frost Medal recipient.  She is currently a professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut.

At the MLK Tribute event, guests sat at round tables eating cream puffs and fudge cake.  Nelson, dressed head to toe in royal blue, walked up to the podium and stared at the audience over her glasses.

She began reading her poems that depict moments of her childhood. Every piece read worked with themes such as racism, segregation and the desire for equality.

Nelson also read her book A Wreath for Emmett Till in its entirety. A Wreath for Emmett Till is an elegy written as a crown of sonnets about the lynching of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old

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Communication Professor Named NJ Sportscaster of the Year

default article imageMatthew Harmon, professor of communication, was named New Jersey Sportscaster of the year for 2011. This was Harmon’s second time winning this honor; he previously won in 2007. Harmon is the play-by-play announcer for the University’s football team and color analyst for the men’s basketball program.

While Harmon’s love of sports has been with him his entire life, his love for broadcasting began as an undergraduate here at the University. Harmon joined WMCX after suffering an injury as a member of the football team. He loved it from the start and eventually became the sports director for WMCX in the fall of 1995. This was also the first time he began getting experience as a broadcaster, calling games for the University’s football and basketball teams.

Harmon worked hard to gain experience working for both WMCX and The Outlook as a play caller and giving sports updates. He also gained tremendous experience as an intern at WFAN.

“I wouldn’t trade my experience at MU and WMCX for anything,” Harmon said. “The opportunities are endless and it provided me with a great learning spot to develop my own style.”

During his time at Monmouth, Harmon developed a great relationship with Men’s Football Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “Monmouth football means a great deal to Matt,” Coach Callahan said. “As a former Monmouth player, he respects the dedication and commitment of the student athletes, and he is proud of the tradition of Monmouth University football.”

“He has always been so supportive and appreciative of the work I do for Monmouth and the football program,” said Harmon. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.”

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College Freshmen Reported to be More Serious About Degree

default article imageSeeing their parents struggle with unemployment and other money worries over the last few years, the nation's current batch of college freshmen increasingly view a bachelor's degree as a necessary ticket to better jobs, according to a University of California, Los Angeles survey being released Thursday.

In responding to the "American Freshman" poll, 85.9 percent of first-year students across the country said that being able to land a good job is a very important reason for attending college. That is the strongest response to that question in the 40 years it has been asked and is sharply higher than the 70.4 percent reply in 2006, before the recession began.

The survey asks freshmen to select reasons they are pursuing higher education. For a generation, the most popular one was "to learn more about things that interest me." This year, 82.9 percent said that was a major motive. But since 2009, the concern about jobs has been on top.

Also setting a record was the response to a query about whether becoming very well off financially is an "essential or very important" objective. The survey showed that 79.6 percent of the students described such affluence as a compelling goal, up from the prerecession response of 73.4 percent in 2006 and double the levels during the more countercultural 1970s.

"I think it's understandable. Like everybody in the country, these students are reacting to a time of recession," said John H. Pryor, managing director of UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which conducts the annual survey.

But he cautioned that it would be wrong to assume that the students want to make money just for luxurious lifestyles. In fact, the report also shows that, compared with students 40 years ago, current freshmen say they are much more interested in having children. So, Pryor said, they may be more aware of what it costs to raise and educate a family.

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Books@monmouth Website Plans to Give Students Bargains

Textbook Website Exclusive to Monmouth Students


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A new platform for purchasing books called books@monmouth.edu has arrived at the University. The website helps students buy their textbooks by integrating Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all of their book necessities.

Developer Sean Haufler, a junior studying computer science and economics at Yale University spent three months developing the website with one specific thing in mind. “I chose to build the website after I realized how much more expensive school bookstore prices were than online prices,” Haufler said. “I wanted to make the online shopping process as easy as possible so more people would take advantage of these lower prices.”

The site allows for easy navigation, and provides a procedure for searching and purchasing textbooks. 

Joshua Lewis, a University student who promotes and markets the site, attested to its simplicity. “This allows for quick purchasing and convenience,” Lewis said. “Also, other websites do not compare books that are used, new and from the Monmouth Bookstore.”

The site is free to use. As stated on the site, a tax of seven percent is included on purchases from the University bookstore, as are shipping charges on purchases from Amazon.

To get started using the website, enter the department in which the class is in. Upon doing so, all classes will appear below the department search bar. If the student is unsure of the department that his or her class is in, he or she can hit the “show all” button that displays all departments. 

Next, select the green plus button on the side column and add it to the selected section of the website. Click generate (or reset if necessary to start over), and the website displays the used, new, and University bookstore prices for the searched textbook.

Haufler said that he included bar graphs in the price comparison because it helps people make their shopping decisions without thinking too much about numbers. “The correct shopping decision just seems to pop out at you from the webpage,” he said.

After selecting all of the texts necessary to the student, select the “export to Amazon” button. This will allow the student to complete the transaction and purchase all selected textbooks. Kathy Booth, Assistant Manager of the University bookstore, doesn’t think this will have an effect on textbook sales at the University.

“I don’t think it’ll make a difference, students always search for other options online but wind up buying from the bookstore anyways. It will make it easier to search but I don’t think it’ll have an effect on our sales,” Booth said. 

Booth also discussed other options at the bookstore that will save students money.
“We have implemented the renting books option last fall and we also have the used books option. Both options will surely save students money,” Booth said.

As far as the projection for the website in the coming semesters, Lewis said that he has high hopes. Lewis said that its function seems to be delivering a worthwhile service as fellow students have approached and thanked him for the site as its popularity continues to grow.



Correction:

To the Editor:

In the article regarding “books@monmouth” in the January 25 issue, it is stated that on the website “a tax of seven percent is included on purchases from the University bookstore.” Sales of required textbooks in the state of New Jersey are exempt from sales taxes, therefore no tax is charged on them in the University Store. If the website is adding the seven percent, it will be overstating the actual retail at the store in price comparisons.

Bill Rainey University
Bookstore Manager

Editor’s Note: The Outlook regrets any misunderstanding this information may have caused.

Ambassador of Israel to U.S. Gives Keynote Speech at Second Annual Commencenment

Winter Commencement Participation Increases by 10 Percent


Ambassador Israel Commencement 1With a rich, blue carpet covering the basketball court of the Multipurpose Activity Center, 451 graduates sat in their chairs as they listened to various speeches, including one from the Ambassador of Israel to the United States, while awaiting their degrees at the second Winter Commencement on January 13, 2012. According to Vice President for Student and Community Services Mary Anne Nagy, Commencement participation was up 10 percent from last year’s event.
Prior to the ceremony, gradu-ates-to-be were floating in and out of Wilson Hall, donning bright smiles while getting their photos taken atop the grand staircase and other campus spots. 

Graduating students were not the only people on campus; there was a high volume of security for commencement speaker, Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States. Oren, besides giving the keynote address, also received an honorary degree at the ceremony. The Princeton and Columbia University graduate is formally the Lady Davis Fellow of Hebrew University, as well as the Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

Also a writer, Oren has had several books published, includ-ing bestseller Six Days of War: 1967 and the Making of the Mod-ern Middle East, and has served as a contributing editor to the New Republic.

York Times and the Wall Street Journal. “I enjoy, the most, put-ting myself in a position of what I am writing about,” Oren said. “There’s a tendency for histori-ans to, sort of, sit on judgment in history…they actually call them-selves the ‘hangmen of history.’ I don’t view myself as a ‘hangman.’ My goal as a historian was not to pass judgment, but to understand.”

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Welcome from the President 1/25/12

default article imageWelcome back. And, if you are one of about 450 new students here, welcome to Monmouth University.

I trust you all had a great Winter Break and that you are ready to engage in the spring semester. The semester will be filled with activities; athletic events in the MAC; the Spring Musical in February; the Global Understanding Convention in April; then we go out into the improving weather with spring sports, Spring Fest and lastly, a few good days at the beach.

There will be a great deal going on. Your most important task, however, is establishing an immediate and useful academic relationship with your new professors and focusing on good results in class. Amer-ica needs well-educated young leaders to take us back to prosperity. You are our best hope. Do well.

Welcome back and … take care of each other


Paul G. Gaffney II

President

P.S. Those of you within a semester or two of graduation should plan to talk to the Career Services Office on the lower level of the Stafford Center.

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