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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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Hawks Travel in Style Thanks to Fan Bus

news-fanbusA fan bus traveled up to Albany, NY, to take students to the football team’s Northeast Conference game on Saturday, September 29.

The bus left the school at 7 am on Saturday from the Multipurpose Activities Center. Eddy Occhipinti, the Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, counted roughly 45-50 students who boarded the bus to support the football team.

For Saturday’s game, the number of students who turned up had been about as many as Occhipinti had expected. For years, the Athletic Department has rented buses to take students to games for football, basketball, and other sports to support the players and enhance school spirit.

Kyle Frazier, senior and quarterback of the football team, said that the number of students that managed to turn up at the Albany game surprised him. “It was more than I expected. It’s a pretty far bus ride to Albany or usually to where our trips are. To get that many people up there to the game was, I thought, something pretty special.”

“I spoke to a few of them during the game and they kind of looked up into the stands. I think they were pleasantly surprised. They knew maybe friends they told were going to be there or their families were going to be there but to look up and see students that maybe they don’t know cheering for them, it’s a good feeling,” said Occhipinti.

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200 Students Spend “Haunted” Night in Wilson Hall

news-hauntedsleepover-2Nearly 200 students spent a haunted night at the Wilson Hall Sleepover held on Friday, September 28.

Participants were ushered in by Student Activities Board (S.A.B.) members at the mansion’s entrance and given extensive itineraries for a night filled with supernatural activities. Students entered different rooms for events such as arts and crafts, psychic tarot card readings, videos on haunted campus history and viewings of horror movies, Paranormal Activity and The Others.

Jackie Shugard, a freshman who visited the psychic during her stay in Wilson says the woman described her “right on the dot.”

“I’ve always believed in an afterlife and ghosts. I think this sleepover is a combination of showing there is a supernatural world and having fun. I’m a believer.”

In the past, Wilson Hall has been opened up for candlelit informational tours about ghost activity on campus.

The Student Activities Board made the first Wilson Hall Sleepover spooky and memorable by pulling out all the tricks and twists to keep guests entertained.

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The University Celebrates Fire Safety and Hero Day

The University attempts to diminish vehicle and fire safety accidents on and off campus with Fire Safety/ Hero Day on the Residential Life Quad.

All apartments were encouraged to attend the event on Wednesday September 26 because it is important to teach students how to properly use their fire extinguishers. This program contributed to fire safety and was also an opportunity for the campus to learn more about the HERO Campaign.

The HERO Campaign is an organization focused on preventing drunk driving accidents. Their mission is to promote the use of safe and sober designated drivers. This campaign is dedicated to John R. Elliott, an Ensign in the United States Navy who was killed by a drunk driver July of 2000.

Mark Holfelder, Associate Director of Residential Life, said, the reason why the fire safety and HERO Campaign were joined was to assist in publicizing the HERO Campaign out to the student population. “We have expanded the program beyond Fire Safety as we look at safe drinking practices and other personal safety issues,” Holfelder said.

Gary Mejia, a junior, won the Designated Driver HERO award in spring of 2012. Mejia said he won it after being nominated by his peers. “I drove when they were drunk, to and from parties,” he said.

Mejia continues to say, “I hope people really take seriously all the activities that are done and realize that it is better to have someone drive you to a party or take a cab than lose your life or harm others.”

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George Washington Was Here...

news-george-washingtonPresident George Washington paid a visit to the University’s Bey Hall Young Auditorium last Thursday at 1 pm to celebrate Constitution Day.

Dean Melissa, who is the only official George Washington historical actor at Mount Vernon, portrayed Washington in an hour-long presentation of his life’s triumphs filled with historical accounts and even a dance performance.

A PowerPoint presentation displayed slides with facts and myths as the audience awaited his arrival, and let everyone know that cutting down a cherry tree and proclaiming, “I cannot tell a lie,” was indeed a myth.

After a short introduction by Provost Thomas Pearson, Alexandria Todd of the Political Science Club told the audience of a voter registration table right outside the auditorium and the presentation began.

As the first President walked through the crowd and approached center stage, he said to a boy in the front row, “No time for a bath or a shave, son?” and the audience erupted into laughter. He immediately got down to business, but always remained in character.

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