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Commuter Parking Problems Persist

news-parking-pg-1University Administrators estimate that there are currently 1,554 non-residential parking spots and roughly 4,000 non-residential students attending the University. This has resulted in commuter students and some faculty members having trouble finding a parking space in non-residential lots 13, 14, 18 as well as lot 25 open to non-residents.

For the first few weeks of school, parking valets have been added to these lots. Chief of Police William McElrath said, “For many years we have had valet attendants to provide customer assistance with traffic control and parking. They are here to assist with traffic flow in the parking lots and to help direct individuals to available parking spaces. They will also valet park vehicles if necessary.”

Even though no problems have been reported to the MUPD or Administrative Services, the parking valets have caused controversy. “I live five minutes from school and it takes me a sufficient amount of time to find a parking spot,” said Janine Averbach a non-residential junior.

“The parking lot this year is absolutely ridiculous,” said Jimmy Morecraft a junior who has been commuting for two years. “I have never experienced such anxiety over parking.”

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Surf’s Up at University Bookstore

news-bookstore-surf-pg-2Hurley has recently been making waves at the University bookstore. Nike, the parent company of Hurley, presented the idea of distributing a brand that appeals to both students and surfers. The line was pitched to the University this summer in order to reach their college audience in time for the fall semester.
“They were sponsoring the college division,” said the book store Merchandise Manager, Maria Sisco. The first Hurley apparel was received by the bookstore this past June and the final item from the line hit the shelves just last week.
The new Hurley college line consists of board shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and other accessories such as hats and backpacks. Most of the Hurley items sport the University name including t-shirts that read “SURF Monmouth University.” The line is geared towards both male and female students.
On Hurley’s College website -kids are looking for in apparel, headwear and accessories. We want you on board. Hurley for College is an amazing ride!”
The Action Custom Sportswear, LLC Brand Manager, Ryan release saying that, “It is a perfect match to the college demographic.”

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College Drinking Spikes for Freshmen

As college gets underway, incoming students across the state are entering a world of long lectures, daunting professors, crushing course loads, new friendships and, often, lots and lots of drinking.

Though most older adults know that excessive drinking can lead to death from alcohol poisoning as well as accidents, date rape, assault, violence, vandalism and academic failure, try telling a newly emancipated freshman that.

During the first few weeks of college, students, especially freshmen, are at the highest risk of alcohol-related harm, said Michael Cleveland, researcher at Penn State’s Prevention Research Center. “We see a spike then because anxiety is high, and the rigors of course work haven’t yet taken hold.”

Michael Davis, a senior at University of Central Florida, says the drinking problem often starts with the way the college is portrayed — as a life that revolves around alcohol. “Freshmen come in expecting it to be that way, so behave that way,” said the 22-year-old communication major.

Parents have reason to worry. According to national surveys conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, 44 percent of all college students binge drink and many suffer alcohol-induced blackouts.

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Innocence Project on Campus to Raise Awareness

news-innocence-pg-3On September 13, the non-profit organization Innocence Project, held a presentation on campus to raise awareness of wrongfully convicted persons.

Speaking about his experience was Alan Newton, a victim of eyewitness misidentification which resulted in the theft of 22 years of his life. In front of an audience of over 150 students, faculty and members of the public, Newton outlined the arduous process that he and Innocence Project went through to make him a free man.

The event was held in Young Auditorium and lasted for 45 minutes. He began his story by mentioning the movie Ghostbusters was his alibi. With scrupulous details explaining the morning of his arrest, the confusing police line-ups and the onerous task of locating the rape-kit for testing, Newton put into context the frustration of a man who was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

“In 1994, with the advent of DNA testing, I was granted access to have DNA analysis conducted on the rape-kit from the crime. This was to be done by an independent testing facility,” said Newton, who is 50 years-old. “The only problem was finding the kit - it had disappeared.” For years, Newton continuously sent petitions to New York State courts; he was always denied.

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eCampus Gets a Makeover

news-ecampus-pg-1The eCampus learning system provided by vendor Desire2Learn, made some changes over the summer to make room for a new version with updated features and interface changes.

The new server, called Desire2Learn’s Learning Environment Version 10.0 (D2L LE v10) was put into place over the course of two days in late August. The date was chosen to refrain from troubling students and instructors who use eCampus regularly.

“Taking the system down for 24 hours during summer classes wasn’t an option.” said Wayne Elliot, Instructional Technologist and LMS (Learning Management System) Administrator of Information Management.

“Especially since meeting schedules are condensed into four, six and 12 weeks. There would be a change to the look and feel after the upgrade,” said Elliot.

The upgrade took place after faculty and Information Management members investigated LMS options and saw significant changes in D2L LE v10. It was the first major update to modernize the visual interface.
Desire2Learn has made in several years, according to Elliott.

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Suicide Prevetion Program Awarded Over $300,000

news-suicide-pg-2The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration awarded the University $301,215 that will benefit the college’s Suicide Prevention Program.

Over a period of three years, the program has aimed to help the campus community become more aware of issues relating to suicide and mental health. Counseling and Psychological Services have been contributing in the effort to decrease the number of students suffering from these problems with the creation of the Promoting Wellness and Resiliency Program (PWR).
PWR offers students the ability to learn about things including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem and stress. Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services said that power can be found in wellness.

Christopher McKittrick, a Psychological Counselor, believes awareness of suicide is a big step in trying to stop it. “To ignore the issue of suicide, in my opinion, does not prevent it,” he said.

With the funds, PWR will provide programs and training on how to identify signs and symptoms of mental health problems.

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Greenopolis Recycling Kiosks to Assist in a Recycling Effort on Campus

News_GreenMachinesThe campus took one more step towards a greener initiative recently with the installation of two brand new recycling kiosks called the “Greenopolis Recycling Systems” in the Student Center and the MAC.

Not too long ago, the University was selected by The Princeton Review as a 2012 Green College. According to the University’s website, “Monmouth University has contributed in many ways to making our planet greener and more environmentally friendly. We are committed to pursuing green initiatives on campus, and all of us here –from administrators to students – are active participants in this mission.”

The University community is able to approach a kiosk and immediately start recycling. The interface is simple to use and interact with. Not only is simplicity found in using the machine, but in spreading awareness about its presence on campus as well.

Vice President for Student Services, Mary Anne Nagy is optimistic about the new addition to an already energy and recycling efficient campus. “I think it is great for all of us to share in the responsibility of keeping our campus green,” she said.

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University Mourns Loss of Art Student

News_MourningArtStudentThe University lost some of its sunshine over the summer, as senior Paul M. Chrzaszcz died in a tragic drowning accident on June 19.

According to an article in The Star Ledger, Chrzaszcz and a friend were in a boat on Cheesequake Creek when they dropped a trolling motor into the water. He then returned the next day and went into the creek to receive the motor and authorities said he never resurfaced.

Chrzaszcz was a commuter student from South Amboy and an Art and Design major. He also worked as a fireman for the Mechanicisville Hose Co. in South Amboy and the Melrose Hose Co. in Sayreville.

Art Professor Vincent Dimattio was very close with Chrzaszcz and said in all his years of teaching, he was one of the most caring young people he ever worked with.

“His signature was that he was put on Earth to help as many people as he could,” Dimattio said. “He cared about everybody, was always helpful, and was always there for people.”

Dimattio said Chrzaszcz was thinking of going to graduate school and was a man with many hobbies and interests. He was a fireman, a fisherman and a young artist.

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Aramark Brings Several Improvements to Campus

News_AramarkBringsSeveralAdding meal swipes wasn’t the only dining change which occurred on campus over the summer. The University and ARAMARK have brought forth new attitudes and new food to campus.

One of the first moves was Java City going from its location in the student center to the Plangere Center in place of Einstein Bros Bagels.Not all students are happy about the move. “I personally dislike the change,” said Lisa Syphiewski, a junior student. “I loved Einstein’s and I think it had more to offer than Java City does.”

Vice President for Student and Community Services Mary Anne Nagy felt it was time for a change, as she noticed there was an annual drop in revenue and customers at Einstein’s.

“I know people had a real affinity for Einstein’s, but I think brands have cycles and I think we were out of that cycle,” Nagy said. “There used to be Einstein Bagels all around this area outside of the University and now there are none because it didn’t have the stability of a place like a McDonald’s or Wendy’s.”

With the Einstein’s franchise leaving, the University decided to bring in the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers franchise.

“We knew we wanted to put in some sort of a franchise concept, chicken being the lead because in surveys chicken is big here,” Nagy said. “Seeing Einstein’s was going down we moved Java and retook that area to make it Raising Cane’s and I think in the long run it’s going to be a great decision.”

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President Search Continues

Just as the nation is preparing for a presidential election, the University is in the process of finding a new president to take the place of President Gaffney who will be retiring in June 2013.

Following President Gaffney’s announcement of his plan to retire last semester, the University established a search committee to find the best candidate to lead the school toward the future it deserves.

Dr. Grey Dimenna, Vice President and General Counsel, is responsible for the staff work of the Presidential Search Committee, a 16-person search committee. According to Dimenna, several steps have already been taken to prepare for the choosing of a new president. Of these steps, one is a Leadership Statement, which can be viewed on the University website.

“The search committee developed a leadership statement, which is a document that tells potential candidates about the University, what the challenges facing the new president will be, and what the characteristics in a president the University is searching for,” said DimennaThe Leadership Statement, which was first drafted by Dimenna and later incorporated input from the Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet and the presidential search committee was formally adopted by the Board of Trustees in June and placed onto their website. The document includes lists of what challenges a new president will face and what characteristics are being sought in potential candidates.

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Swipe for a Meal in Student Center

The days of only being able to use meal swipes in the McGill Commons are over. Starting this fall students will be able to swipe for a meal in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

“It gives students far more flexibility, far more choices and gives them the ability to use a lot more of their meals,” said Vice President of Student Services, Mary Ann Nagy. “For example, if you have a meal plan with 225 meals then at the end of the semester you should have zero meals left and should not be taking a lot of money your pocket either.”

The new swipe plan is called the meal exchange and each station in the student center establishes what would be a meal equivalent. According to Nagy, a meal swipe in the student center at the pizza station would be two slices of pizza, a salad, a piece of fruit, chips and a fountain beverage or 20 ounce bottle of Dasani water.

Nagy recommends if people are only a little hungry they grab a smaller meal at the student center, but if they are very hungry then they should head over to McGill Commons where it is still all you can eat after you swipe in.

Molly Chamberlain, District Marketing Manager for Aramark would like to see students put their meal plans to full use.

“We’re hoping students catch onto this quickly and take advantage of the fact they can swipe for meals in two locations on campus,” Chamberlain said.

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