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Unsanitary Behavior Spreads Throughout Pinewood Hall

Guest Privileges Restored After Temporary Suspension

default article imageIncidents of the smelly kind have been plaguing Pinewood Residence Hall in recent weeks. Someone has been depositing fecal matter and urine in random crevices in the building, causing dismay for its residents. These incidents also have led to the discontinuance of visitor privileges among Pinewood residents.

Corey Inzana, Area Coordinator for Pinewood Hall and Willow Hall, said that these incidents began last fall. The incidents temporarily stopped after a few floor meetings were held about them.

“The amount of incidents that occurred with either urine or feces amounted to five times over the course of the two semesters,” Inzana said. “Three of the five instances took place in the first floor men’s bathroom, one urine issue occurred in the first floor hallway and the most recent fecal incident occurred in the second floor lounge.”

Some students found out about the incidents through social media. “I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw that someone from my building tweeted what had happened,” said Rachel Gramuglia, a first-year resident of Pinewood. “So then I tweeted about it and called one of my friends and she told me everything that happened. I was like, ‘Why would someone ever do that? Just use a toilet.’ I was furious that someone would do that. It’s revolting. There is a fine line between a funny prank and a drunkenly disgusting [and] idiotic decision.”

Jessica Costello, also a resident of Pinewood, echoed the same reaction. “I thought the whole incident was ridiculous,” she said. “It is sad to see that, at 18 and 19, people are still so immature to use the showers as a bathroom and leave bags of pee in the lounge. The thing that disgusts me the most is that someone did this in an area that everyone uses.”

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New Wireless Network Intends to Improve Connections

default article imageMU Wireless will be replaced with MU Secure to be used by students, faculty and staff at the University beginning on March 10.

According to Dr. Edward Christensen, Vice President for Information Management at the University, “In order to comply with Payment Card Industry mandates, the Monmouth University wireless network must be encrypted. In addition, information security best practices also strongly recommend that wireless networks be encrypted,” Christensen said.

This means that MU Secure will be simply, more secure. “MU Secure is an encrypted enterprise grade wireless network. As an wireless devices could intercept the traffic to and from a computer on MU Wireless,” Christensen said. So students and faculty will be able to surf safely on the internet.

To elaborate more on the safety of the new network, Christensen said, “A new Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2 Enterprise) secured wireless network, MU-Secure, has been deployed across campus and is available in all locations that have access to MU Wireless. MU Secure utilizes the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) security method, which provides stronger data protection and network access control than MU Wireless which utilizes the less secure Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).” Christensen noted that the new network will also be easier and more practical for users using the wireless network. “With the less secure ‘MU Wireless,’ users had to re-authenticate periodically; with the more secure ‘MU Secure,’ users have to reauthenticate their device only when they change their password,” Christensen added.

Some students may have heard of the new change over to MU Secure while others may still be in the dark about this impending modification. Christensen said over the past year Information Management has spoken with SGA regarding the change and over the past several weeks posters and flyers have circulated to make students and faculty aware of the coming changes. Some students checking and skimming emails that arrive daily may have missed the notices about the switch in their inbox.

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Communication Department Hosts Career Event

default article imageThe Department of Communication held its second annual Communication Career Event last Tuesday, February 28, in Wilson Hall.

The purpose of the event was to give communication students and alumni the chance to participate in seminars about their degree and to network with professionals in the field. From 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm, several events were held including, “What You Can Do with a Communications Degree,” “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About A Career In ___ (But were too Afraid to Ask),” as well as networking, internships, and professional preparation opportunities. These events offered information for communication majors to gain a better understanding of options for a future career.

The lecture, “What You Can Do with a Communications Degree,” had five speakers positioned at the front of the room. The speakers introduced themselves and told their stories about the career paths their communication degrees led them on.

“I use my degree every day,” Attorney-at-Law Albert Calise said. The rooms were full of students paying attention and asking professionals questions.

The speakers gave advice, tips, and even helped with preferred resume styles. “It’s being able to open your mouth and open your mind. Say hi to people and be nice to everybody,” Calise said.

Anderson Diaz said, “In your career you can either decide to push against the tide or let the tide take you where it wants to go.”

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School of Education Creates Mentoring Academy

default article imageDr. Lynn Romeo, the Dean on the University’s School of Education, has recently announced the formation of the School of Education Alumni Mentoring Academy. This is a free program for graduates of the University’s School of Education.

The academy is a new way for the graduates to receive more experience as new teachers. During the three-year program, the graduates will be able to discuss ideas and shape dialogue. It is geared towards managing K-12 students and offers assisted evaluations of the 21st century. The academy also provides an online component with resources. Sessions are four times per year and include topics such as “Vision Building: Developing a Profession Persona – Sustaining Your Passion in an Era of Accountability” and more on strategies for establishing a successful classroom.

Some faculty and administrators are supporting the online program and the academy. According to the University Newswire, Christine Grabowski, an Alumni Novice Mentor and third grade teacher at the Middle Road School in Hazlet, sees the program as a “perfect forum for novice teachers to collaborate and learn from each other as well as from veteran teachers.” She added that the academy will allow the new teachers a look on a more professional level and the ability to be the best teacher they can be.

Megan Meier, also a University alumnus and novice teacher, told the University Newswire that she is excited to participate in the Academy. She said that a teacher is more able to grow when they learn from one another and looks forward to her chance to partake in all the academy has to offer. Coordinator of the School of Education

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President Gaffney Announces Retirement

President Gaffney RetirementInvolved, strong and outward.

Those are the adjectives that President Paul G. Gaffney II used to describe his time at the University. After nine years of service, Gaffney announced on Monday his decision to retire following the next academic year in June 2013. When he steps down, Gaffney will have fulfilled a decade of service as University President.

“I’ve come to the realization that there’s a point in your life when you’ve made about as much progress as you think you can make,” Gaffney said. “I sense that an institution like this needs new and different ideas. It’s healthy for the University.”

Robert Sculthorpe, Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees since 2010, has served on the Board since Gaffney became President in 2003.  “I think [Gaffney] generally feels that 10 years is about the right time because he has spent a lot of energy, a lot of creativity, a lot of ideas,” Sculthorpe said. “He feels very fulfilled as he said in his remarks that he and Linda both leave completely satisfied with what they’ve contributed to Monmouth.” Linda Gaffney has been married to Paul Gaffney for 37 years. “My husband and I made a joint decision before we arrived at Monmouth University that his second career should span a maximum of 10 years,” she said. “We think [that] each university president brings new ideas, philosophies, abilities and talents to the table.   At the end of 10 years, all those new and exciting elements should be renewed and it would be time for the next chapter in our lives, as well as Monmouth’s.”


After finishing a threeyear presidential term at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., Gaffney became the University’s seventh president in July 2003. Since taking office, he said that his hardest challenge has been improving the University’s relations with its surrounding towns. 

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Employee Giving Campaign Reaches Highest Donation

Employee Highest DonatationThe University Advancement team announced that the 2011 Employee Giving Campaign raised $242,960 on February 2, setting a record and beating its original goal of $225,000.

“There is a lot of campus pride here and we attribute so much success to the fact that employees love working at Monmouth University,” said Jacqueline M. Bartley-Oxley, Associate Vice President of Development for University Advancement.

 Bartley-Oxley oversees the campaign that allows employees to support the University through several donation opportunities. “We always start with appealing to them to let them know that they can give back to their own area,” she said. “We let them know that every gift counts whether it’s five dollars or $10, participation is important.”

Kevin Scally, Marketing Manager of the Annual Fund, recognizes the impact of the strategies used in this year’s campaign. “Our donor centric fundraising approach,” helped make 2011 one of the best fundraising years in the University’s history,” he said.

According to Bartley-Oxley, 67 percent of fulltime employees or 691 people participated in the 2011 campaign. A number of mini-campaigns were used to generate employee support including the opportunity to participate in the Hawk Walk Brick Campaign through which employees, students, alumni and families can personalize bricks to be placed on campus.

In addition, Bartley-Oxley mentioned that employees used the campaign to memorialize losses in the University community, including the Bertha Hughes Memorial Gift opportunity, which honors the late faculty member. “Bertha had been with the University for over 40 years,” she said. “With her great smile and welcoming demeanor, so many employees, alumni and friends were touched by her presence. They signed on to give in Bertha’s memory.”

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Picking the Next President

Picking Next PresidentFor the first time in 10 years, the University’s Board of Trustees will have to find a new president following President Paul G. Gaffney II’s official announcement that he will retire on June 30, 2013.

Robert Sculthorpe, Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, commented that the next president needs to be a strong leader who understands the University’s goals and the direction in which the Board wants to take it. “I suspect there will be quite a few applicants who will be looking at this opportunity,” he said. “It’s basically going to take close to a year to find the next president.”

Grey Dimenna, the University’s Vice President and General Counsel, explained how the University selected Gaffney nearly a decade ago. Considering how well that process went, Dimenna said that the University will probably follow a similar course of action once Gaffney departs. As the current University president, Gaffney will have no say in who replaces him.

In 2003, the University used a search committee that was staffed by Dimenna. He was responsible for providing the committee with administrative support, such as scheduling meeting rooms, planning offsite interviews and handling traveling arrangements for candidates who were coming to the University to be interviewed.  Dimenna did not have any say in the search committee’s decision.

“My guess would be, because the process worked so well, that the next process would probably be similar, but that would be up to the Board of Trustees and the search committee,” Dimenna said. “The one thing that I think would be certain is that next time they would probably form another search committee because that’s how people do things in higher education.”

The committee represented five groups in 2003. There were eight to nine trustees, as well as three faculty and two administrative members. The student body was represented by one undergraduate and one graduate student. Members of the committee were ultimately chosen by Paul S. Doherty Jr., the former Chair of the Board of Trustees. Currently, Sculthorpe would select the members of the committee.

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Obama Exempts New Jersey from No Child Left Behind

default article imageNew Jersey became one of 10 states to receive a waiver from President Barrack Obama exempting the education system from the laws of the No Child Left Behind Act on February 9.

This exemption means that Governor Christie will be able to continue with his plan for education reform without being at risk for losing federal aid if standardized test scores do not meet 100 percent proficiency levels by 2014.

According to Professor Gregory Bordelon in the Political Science department, constitutionally education is controlled by the respective states. By taking New Jersey out of the federal program, the state government can make its own education changes, such as attempting to make high school graduation rates stay at 75 percent or higher and filing for a corrective action plan if it falls below.

Under NCLB, if schools did not meet the standards for proficiency for six consecutive years, the state would have to either restructure the school, close it, or have the government run it directly. Now New Jersey will be able to monitor and make their own decisions about how to correct the education issues.

Governor Christie applauded the waiver during a prepared statement released later that day saying, “This is not about Demo crats or Republicans. It is about pursuing an agenda in the best interest of our children whose educational needs are not being met, and those who are getting a decent education but deserve a great one.”

The new system will still focus on the core concepts on NCLB, such as making students college-ready and rewarding schools which do well, but it hopes to even the playing field between the states different districts.

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Academic Department Offers Applied Music Program

default article imageThe Department of Music and Theatre Arts offers an Applied Music Program that allows students to take one-credit private music lessons regardless of their major.

The program provides students of all majors the chance to learn a musical instrument with professional musicians. Upon filling out a registration form for a course and emailing it to Dr. Gloria Rotella, Director of the Applied Music Program, students can take a 50 minute long lesson once a week where they will learn the instrument of their choice. 

“Applied Music study in the areas of voice, piano, strings, winds, brass, guitar and percussion serves those students pursuing a major in music education, music performance, music industry, and music theatre majors, as well as those non-majors who wish to develop musical skills primarily for personal enrichment,” Rotella said.

Daniel Martin, a music education major and IT minor, sees the program as a wonderful opportunity for students to take advantage of. “It gives students the chance to work one on one with professional level musicians for practically free.”

Professor Michael Gillette, a specialist professor of music and violin instructor, encourages students to take advantage of the private classes while they are at the University.

“Students not only in the department but across campus have a chance to take lessons here rather than going somewhere else to find a teacher. There’s no music department I can think of that doesn’t offer applied music on campus so the fact that we’re doing that and have been doing that for a few years now is a good step towards making this a better music theater d e p a r t m e n t . The objective is to serve the students and if they want to take lessons they should be able to do it here,” Gillette said.

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The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Drugs

default article imageFrequently popping over-thecounter pills for everyday aches may be more damaging than the pain itself. When it comes to taking over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil, most people have developed their own system that has little to do with the recommended doses. When pain is holding us hostage, our overwhelming desire to stop it consumes us, and sometimes counting out the correct dosage does not. The outcome may be that we double the amount, or even combine acetaminophen and add ibuprofen to our cold medicine as assurance. Most of us, if we bother to do anything, give the microscopic type on the label a quick look over and not think twice about it.

Melanie Ratajczak, a sophomore, said, “I don’t really see the long-term effects of OTC drugs. Any pain I feel, I just take an Advil.”

“I’m very concerned because nobody pays attention to the information on the side of the boxes,” says Lewis Nelson, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “And if you say, ‘You can take 1,000 miligrams,’ people don’t know what that means, and they say, ‘Well OK, two pills sounds like the right dose’.”

According to USA Today, more than three quarters of American’s take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, which fall into two categories: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, the active ingredient found in Tylenol. Acetaminophen is used strictly for pain and fever. Unlike NSAIDS, acetaminophen doesn’t irritate the stomach. But because it is perceived as safe, people tend to load up on it without thinking. This has resulted in acetaminophen poisoning, the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

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Know What Courses Cost More

default article imageAs of this semester, current undergraduate students at the University are paying anywhere from $760 to $1140 for each credit, depending on the number of credits they are taking. On top of tuition, students are also faced with the expenses of textbooks, room and board, and additional supplies needed for each class. So why are lab fees for classes such as information technology, graphic design chemistry, biology and other lab sciences necessary?

According to Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science, lab fees for science classes range from $35-$100. He says that these fees are intended to support certain classes’ needs that generally exceed the cost of non-lab courses. “For example, in the sciences, specific laboratory courses require instrumentation and supplies that are not needed in lecture and discussion based courses. This allows the University to maintain a tuition structure that is the same for all majors but any student taking a lab-intensive course pays fees associated with that course,” said Palladino.

“Institutions with no lab fee structure often charge higher tuition for all students and then use a portion of that tuition to cover lab expenses. In that model, students are paying for costs that may provide little direct benefit to them if they take relatively few lab courses.” Palladino also says that lab fees remain relatively stable, as the cost of supplies increases only three to five percent each year.

Lab fees are also considered when creating financial aid packages for each student at the University, said Claire Alasio, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Director of Financial Aid. She said that students may use federal, state, and/or institutional grant and/or loan funds to pay for lab fees.

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