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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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Groove Boston Black Light Party Rages its Way into Boylan


The University hosted a black light party called Groove Boston in Boylan Gym on Friday, September 21. Groove Boston is a mobile dance club company that features an all in one production team including black lights, sound, music, stage artists and more.

Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations said, “Our goal is to change the stereotype of our campus being a suitcase school. The purpose of this event and others like it is to give the students something fun to do on the weekends to encourage them to stay on campus,” McGowan said. Carolyn Walker, the Vice President of Membership and Marketing for the Student Activities Board said, “690 people came, we sold 714 tickets, it was a great success. Students were not really interested in the music from the opening act, That Drummer That DJ, but they loved Groove Boston’s DJ.”

“A lot of people were just standing around in cliques looking bored, which always sucks, but then there’s the people dancing and making the best out of it and they’re the ones that have the most fun.” said Brie Bell, a freshman. “So it wasn’t what I expected it to be but it was still really fun.”

Susan Pagano, sophomore, political science major said, “The effects were so good; it was such a great time spent with friends and all students.”

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Fair to Say, Students are Getting Involved

news-student-fairNearly 75 clubs and organizations made themselves known at the annual involvement fair held in the Erlanger Garden, neighboring Edison Hall last Wednesday. Table after table lined the garden, offering information on the club’s activities and giving students the opportunity to become involved, no matter what their fields of interests are.

With so many activity options and the flexibility of meeting schedules, students can partake in the University community while building an impressive resume for future careers.

Genevieve Kobus, junior and active member of the Student Activities Board encourages students to seek involvement early on. “By being involved, you establish a group on campus and move away from your area of comfort.

It has become my second home,” she said, speaking from her personal experience. Kobus stays involved through the Student Activities Board, or SAB, which coordinates major events on campus. “Through the student activities board, students get to plan events on campus, set up and basically make everything happen.”

SAB is just one of the many clubs on campus that students can chose to take part in.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Jesus Nebot

Keynote speaker of Hispanic Heritage Month, Jesus Nebot spoke in Wilson Auditorium this past Monday about illegal immigration from a Humanitarian perspective.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations sponsored the event. Nebot is a humanitarian, a speaker and directed and starred in the movie “No Turning Back” about a man named Pablo who immigrates to America looking to provide a better life for his family.

“We thought with this being election year it would be a very hot topic at the University” Assistant Director of Student Service for Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Heather Kelly, said. Nebot was the one to propose the idea of discussing immigration after Kelly asked him to speak at the University.

“I hope that faculty will encourage students to attend to see that there’s more to the culture than just food and dancing” Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority Advisor, Nicole Martinez, said. Some students were asked by their Professors to attend Nebots’ speech for extra credit while others came for a different perspective on immigration.

“I came here to learn more about immigration in order to form a more valid opinion, rather than just base it on what’s in the media” Mike Pape, a junior transfer to the University, said.

Nebot began his speech with a story from his childhood growing up in Spain and then walked the audience through his journey to America. He asked members of the audience about their own personal connection to immigration and what their comments or concerns were on the topic. As people voiced their questions and opinions, they were written down on a board and discussed by Nebot.

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Failure to Fly the Coup

Returning Home After Graduating Has Many Advantages

news-fly-the-coopTo Rep. Paul Ryan, college students forced to move back in with Mom and Dad are the poster children for the bad economy. But from a personal finance perspective, experts say returning home can be a triumph.

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life, “ Ryan said at the Republican National Convention last week.

It’s a growing trend: There are more adult Americans age 34 or younger sleeping in their childhood bedrooms now than at any other time in the past 30 years, studies show. Nearly one-quarter of those ages 20 to 34 were living at home between 2007 and 2009, up from 17 percent in 1980, according to a study released this month by Zhenchao Qian of Ohio State University. The rate is closer to one-third for 25- to 34-year-olds, says Kim Parker, the lead researcher on another recent survey, “The Boomerang Generation.”

But just because more young adults are moving in with their parents doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

Andi Cooper, 31, a communications specialist from Ridgeland, Miss. who recently moved in with her parents, says people shouldn’t feel sorry for her. “I’m extremely happy,” she says. And she’s not alone.

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