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MUPD Still Looking for Howard Hall Intruder

default article imageThe University community was on watch last week as a Hawk Alert was e-mailed regarding an unknown individual who attended a class in Howard Hall.

According to the mass e-mail sent out by William McElrath, Chief of the University Police Department, the incident happened around 10:00 pm on March 19.

With his identity unknown at this time, the 5’9”-5’10” male with black curly hair wearing green khaki’s and a black t-shirt pulled his chair closer to a student in the class revealing a sexually explicit message on his cell phone, according to the e-mail.

Currently, the name of the student, the professor and his or her class is not being released to the public; nor is the content of the text message that the individual showed to the student.

However, to protect the safety of the University community, multiple measures are being taken.

“The Hawk safety alert has been sent to several surrounding police departments in an attempt to identify him,” said Jeffrey Layton, Detective Corporal for the the University Police Department. “Criminal complaints could be signed if the victim wishes to appear in court to prosecute it. The subject would be banned from campus and arrested for criminal trespass if he returns.”

Urged to use caution and report anything that looks suspicious at all times, members of the campus community should stay alert and aware. As an added call to action, “members of the campus community are requested to question (or report to the police if necessary) any unknown individuals in classrooms, residential life facilities, or other University areas that are not open to the public,” the e-mail said.

At this point, no students have expressed concern regarding their safety according to Layton. Faculty also are on board, as they have received the Hawk Alert and, “there have been discussions regarding this issue,” Layton said.

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Festa Italiana Brings Italian Culture to Campus

default article imageThe Wilson Hall Auditorium was filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of various classical Italian dishes this Thursday for the annual Festa Italiana.

Festa Italiana is an Italian festival, which takes place every spring semester, that features a variety of speakers and performers that have a healthy respect for the Italian culture. Dr. Maria Simonelli, professor of Italian, organized the festival with the help of students and faculty.

Festa Italiana featured New Jersey’s Italian Consul Dr. Andrea Barbaria, who opened the festival with his gratitude towards the University’s foreign language department and the programs that they offer to their students.

After Barbaria’s address, Simonelli introduced Barbaria’s intern, Dr. Irene Deorsola, who studied political science in the United Kingdom and Italy. Deorsola presented the audience with a PowerPoint presentation that explained the relationship between love, literature and art throughout decades of civilization. Many famous authors and artists were profiled throughout Deorsola’s presentation.

“Deorsola’s presentation has given me a whole new sense of respect for Italian artistry,” said James Kenny, a junior at the University who is Italian. “Overall, her presentation was a unique experience for me.”

Following Deorsola’s presentation, the students began to present various performances. They included poetry, music and dance. Each student performer was involved in a foreign language class and some have even performed at prior festivals.

The Italian Club made their annual appearance and performed the Tarantella, which is a traditional Italian dance that resembles a folk dance and is performed to music with an upbeat tempo. A couple or couples ordinarily perform this dance.

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Recent University Study Says Stress Promotes Infidelity

Could a stressful day turn your sweetie into a cheater?


thumbnailCADIWUER“How a Stressful Day May Promote Infidelity,” written by psychology professor Natalie Ciarocco, reports the findings of a recent research study, revealing that stress could be a trigger for infidelity. The article appeared in the Atlantic Highlands Herald on March 8 and was published in the Journal of Social Psychology in January.

The study, conducted by Ciarocco along with psychology professor Gary Lewandowski and alumnus Jessica Echevarria, determined that the stress from a long day at work or school might increase chances of cheating. In addition, the researchers observed how ego-depletion, a process of dealing with stressful situations that requires effort and leads to fatigue, makes it more difficult for individuals to control themselves.

To determine these results, researchers divided participants who were in committed, romantic relationships in two separate groups. Ciarocco wrote that the groups were brought into a room that smelled of freshly baked cookies with two plates of food, one with cookies and another with radishes. One group was forced to eat the plate of radishes to become the “ego-depletion” group and became stressed by the overwhelming scent of the cookies and their cravings while the other group was allowed to eat the cookies happily.

The article explained that attractive strangers who were part of the experiment were brought into the room to interact with participants. The confederates were told by the researchers to ask participants for their phone number and invite them out on coffee dates. Ciarocco states in the article that the results showed that participants who had faced egodepletion were three times more likely to give their phone number and accept the date.

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Health Care Law Protects Students After Graduation

default article imageGraduation is just a few months away and many of you will soon be making important decisions about jobs, graduate school, and your futures. Graduation day is always filled with promise, yet for you and your classmates, graduation day has also traditionally raised another worrisome question: where am I going to get health insurance?

The good news is that thanks to the new health care law, many young adults up to age 26 can now stay on their parents' plan. Since President Obama signed this landmark law two years ago this week, 2.5 million additional young adults have been able to get coverage under this invaluable benefit.

Before Congress enacted the health care law in 2010, most newly-minted college graduates left not only the classroom behind but their health insurance as well. That meant having to hopefully find a job that provided coverage or buying coverage on their own, which can be unaffordable, especially for someone just out of college.

Those challenges meant that young adults were almost twice as likely to be uninsured as older Americans.

For many young adults who felt healthy or cash-strapped, going without coverage sometimes seemed like a good alternative. But forgoing health care coverage comes with serious risks. It left young people and their families vulnerable to accidents or illnesses that could mean a lifetime of medical bills and debt, or worse. And it also meant they often went without the kind of preventive care and checkups that could keep them healthy.

And for those who really needed coverage – like young adults suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes – going without coverage could mean going without critical, necessary care. As a result, many young adults made painful compromises, in some cases taking a job just because it offered insurance, instead of following a dream of grad school or going into business for themselves.

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New Mail System for Hawks on the Way

email imageUniversity email is due to change to a different system before the spring semester is over. In conjunction with SGA (Student Government Association), the University’s Information Management and IT department have been working on a cloudbased enterprise email for over a year now.

The new system, managed and sponsored by Microsoft, is for educational institutions and will be implemented at the University at no direct cost. The selection of this system was backed by elements of familiarity due to similar software with compatibility and support being very simple to navigate.

As of now, 216 students in primary pilot groups have been using the system with hardly any problems. With events such as registration imminently approaching, ‘Hawkmail@Live,’ will go live for all remaining student accounts before the spring semester ends.

“We have to migrate in batches,” said Edward Christensen, VP for Information Management. “The motivation is that if we didn’t do it for the spring, we might as well wait. To move students while they’re off for summer, makes no sense.”

Benefits of the new mail system include a 10GB inbox, 25GB of cloud storage, and web apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

In the first stage of migration, for the first six to eight weeks of spring, 22 students from the Student Help Desk and SGA began using the pilot. They were migrated in February. The second wave of student volunteers that migrated to the pilot, did so over spring break and the rest of the University will migrate before the semester ends for a complete transfer to the new system.

All existing email within the student accounts will be moved to the newer system; however contacts and calendar will not.

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University to Host Italian Festival

default article imageThe University’s Department of Foreign Language Studies and the Italian Club “L’ORA DEL CAFFE” will present La Festa Italiana (Italian Festival) from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Thursday, in Wilson Auditorium.

Professor Maria Simonelli, Lecturer of Italian and Latin as well as the head of the Italian festival, is very passionate about the event. “The Italian Festival started about ten years ago and every year with different topics on Italian Literature, culture, art and music,” Simonelli said. “It is very important to celebrate such a rich and wonderful culture. The love for my country, language, history and culture pushed me to organize, together with my students, this event. We have been always honored by the participation of the Italian Counsel of New Jersey and Italian scholars.”

The festival is not only geared toward opening students’ eyes to Italian literature, history, and culture, but it also feature many guest speakers. Simonelli will open the program, followed by Dr. Andrea Barbaria, The Italian Counsel of New Jersey, Dr. Irene Deorsola, Professor of Political Science at the University of Torino and School of European Studies, Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

Along with guest speakers, student presentations will be a part of the festival as well. “I remember a couple of years ago, touching video interviews with some old Italian- Americans of New Jersey done by Monmouth University Students,” said Vincenzo Mele, a sociology professor of Italian nationality at the University.

“The Festa Italiana is always very well organized,” Mele continued. “Every year there are wonderful lectures on topics like the 150th birthday of Italy as a nation, historical character like the tenor Enrico Caruso or, like this year, the concept of love in the Italian literature and culture. Last but not least, there is something you can be sure about on the Festa Italiana - you can experience the best food on campus.”

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The Journey to Medical School

Examining the Road Taken by Pre-Med Students


default article imageStudents planning to apply to medical school will partake in a journey while at the University that includes student-created clubs and faculty-made committees.

Aside from the core classes that biology majors are expected to take and maintaining a GPA of 3.5, students have to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, is a standardized multiple choice test that includes problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills and knowledge of science concepts and principles that serve as prerequisites to the study of medicine.

In order to assist students planning to attend medical school, the University’s School of Science formed the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee (PPHAC). The PPHAC, formed in 1974 by Dr. James Mack, Director of the PPHAC, and Dr. Dorothy Parker, is responsible for guiding students into careers related to medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and other allied health professions.

“We advise students who are interested in medical school, dental school, vet school, physician assistant programs, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine [and] occupational therapy,” Mack said. “We have one of the best programs in the country, not just in the state. I started this in 1974 with Dr. Parker. There is probably no other program in the country that has somebody on continuously for 38 years. Our other faculty members on the committee are very dedicated to helping the students.”

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New Winner Announced at HERO Ceremony

Prevent drunk driving


HERO Award 1That is the goal of the HERO campaign, which aims to reward designated drivers for their efforts in preventing vehicular alcohol-related accidents and deaths. The campaign was established in 2000 and has been a large part of the University since 2007. The University held the annual HERO of the year award for the third year in a row last Wednesday.

The University Newswire said that the campaign started with Navy Ensign John Elliott from New Jersey, son of HERO campaign founder William Elliott, when he was hit by a drunk driver in 2000. It has grown into a nationwide program to save lives.

Students and faculty were able to nominate others and they also were able to nominate themselves. Four students were nominated for the award. Ryan Clutter, Chris Sikorski, Gary Mejia, and Chelsea Pfender were the contenders. The winner of the award was Mejia followed by second runner up Pfender and third runner up Clutter. Honorable Mention went to Sikorski.

Mejia will be featured on CBS Outdoor’s billboards locally and also will receive $200 to the Monmouth Mall, a HERO teeshirt and a certificate.

Pfender received $100 to Monmouth Mall, a HERO teeshirt and a certificate, while Clutter received $75 to Monmouth Mall, a HERO tee-shirt and a certificate as well. For his honorable mention, Sikorski received $25 to the mall, $10 to Einstein Bagels, a tee-shirt and a certificate.

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Plans Change for New Residence Hall

New Building Not to be for First-Year Students


default article imageThe proposed new residence hall on campus has been changed to house sophomores instead of incoming first year students.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services, said that the University is planning on having this new building to continue to meet the demands of the current students.

“In particular, we want to be able to guarantee second year students housing just as we do our first year students,” Nagy said. “The building will house approximately 200 students and will be a traditional style building very similar to Mullaney Hall.”

The construction of the building has not started yet. “We will not start until the University receives the proper approval from the local planning board in West Long Branch,” Nagy added.

The building was originally discussed to be for incoming freshmen to try to standardize housing for the first year students. Also, a majority of their housing is already traditional style.

The newest residence hall on campus is Mullaney Hall which was completed in May 2010 for first year students.

Nagy said, “After discussions with several areas, and most importantly our Student Government Association, we are leaning towards having the building used for second year students that may want a more traditional style experience.”

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University to Raise Awareness on Sexual Abuse

default article imageAccording to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted,” resulting in an average of 207,754 victims each year. In response to this issue, April has been nationally dedicated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To recognize this month, the University Counseling and Psychological Services will be hosting activities, workshops, and fundraisers to create sexual assault awareness on college campuses.

On Wednesday, March 21, “Take Back the Night,” will mark the official kick-off of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, explained Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services who has worked to coordinate all of the month’s events.

“We hope to raise awareness and participation in events related to the important issue of interpersonal violence and sexual assault,” Mancini said, in hopes that this year will make the biggest impact of all events previously held. “We can accomplish this through events and by identifying students who want to participate and keep the message alive and current throughout the year.”

“Take Back the Night” will be held in the Residential Life Quad and is sponsored by Begin By Believing (BBB), the MU Chapter of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA). The event will include a self-defense class at 6:30 pm, followed by a vigil and walk to raise awareness about interpersonal violence at 7:30 pm.

Mancini also mentioned that events will continue throughout the month, including the third annual Denim Day Drive. Beginning in 2010, the University, along with other universities and in collaboration with BBB and the NJCASA, has hosted the Denim Day Drive in efforts of supporting the NJCASA through the donation of jeans to local agencies supporting survivors of interpersonal violence.

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New Twitter Page Shows University Love

default article imageStudents can now add @monmouthulove to their list of Twit- ter pages to follow. Contrary to @ MnmthUProblems, this page allows students to tweet about all the things that they love about being a student at the University.

Mary Harris, a Specialist Professor in the Department of Commu- nication, gave some insight into the negatives and positives of both of these sites.

“A major positive about both the @MnmthUProblems and @ monmouthulove Twitter pages are that [they have] created a sense of community among Monmouth students that may not have existed otherwise,” Harris said. “However, students still need to be mindful about what they post for the world to see. When making public complaints through social media, there is a tactful way of sharing an opinion and then, of course, there is the not-so-tactful way of expressing oneself, which is where trouble can form.”

“I feel like both of these pages are a great benefit to the Monmouth community,” said Thomas Ranzweiler, a junior and Editor-in-Chief of The Verge . “It gives students a way to air out their grievances with Monmouth in a light hearted outlet. It shows just how important social media has become amongst students of our generation. If anything, Monmouth University should look towards these pages for common problems the students have (such as parking) and begin to find a solution. Their once-a-se- mester questionnaires, with no real results, just are not making the cut anymore.”

Many students also expressed their excitement about the University’s newest Twitter page, such as senior Gina Swedin. “I think it’s great that there are both pages,” Swedin said. “It gives all the students a chance to voice their opin- ion whether it is good or bad.”

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Monmouth University
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