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Campus Posts Low Scores on Judiciary, Higher on Presidency in Outlook Poll

news-political-knowledge-pollTheOutlookran an informal political knowledge poll where University students scored an average of four to seven correct answers.  It contained questions regarding the presidency, legislature, judiciary and United States history.

The question that students got incorrect the most was: “Who is the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court?”

Dr. Gregroy Bordelon, lecturer of law, said this falls in line with other facts. “It is in line with current research track I’m studying now. It’s not just Monmouth students, or even all college students for that matter, it’s the public in general. As the ‘Federalist Papers’ indicated, the judiciary is the ‘Weakest department’; others have called it, ‘The Least Dangerous Branch.’ I think Americans’ knowledge about the courts is situational, only when big events (spurned from the political branches) are being considered by the Supreme Court.

The questions about the presidency overwhelmingly had the most correct answers.

Kerry McCarthy, political science major, believes the timing of the poll may have had something to do with that. “You gave this questionaire around a busy time for the presidency because it is shown everywhere. Even if students don’t intend to watch or hear about what’s going on in the presidency they still get a taste of it. The presidency is everywhere,” McCarthy said.

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Homecoming 2012 University Celebrates with Pep Rally and Tailgate

news-homecomingThis past weekend Monmouth University showed school spirit at the annual Homecoming event. The University kicked off the weekend of hawk pride at the pep rally held in the MAC on Friday, October 19.

The doors opened at around 5:00 pm and students filled the bleachers while the pep band set the tone for the festivities. The crowd cheered as the football team, led by Coach Callahan, paraded in at the start of the event. Prizes were given out to raffle ticket winners throughout the pep rally, while members of the dance team, pep band, cheerleading team and football team were chosen at random to participate in challenges such as a push up contest and dance off.

The Homecoming court was then announced and recognized by their peers. Max Kenney and Ashley McMahon were announced first as the winners for the freshman positions of Lord and Lady. Following them for the positions of Duke and Duchess were sophomores J’lyn Martin and Carly Swanson.  “It felt really good to win because to have enough of my peers vote for me made me feel great,” says Martin. “I didn’t really have expectations because I didn’t want to jinx myself.” Joining them on the Homecoming court were juniors Mike Migliaro and Nina Costa for the positions of Prince and Princess. The senior positions of Homecoming King and Queen were not announced until Saturday, the day of the game.

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MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki Talks Politics on Campus

After the excitement of the second presidential debate and heightened anticipation of the third debate, the University’s Polling Center hosted a conversation with Steve Kornacki, the current MSNBC “The Cycle” host, last Thursday to discuss debate manners between the two candidates and hypothetical voting scenarios on Election Day.

Patrick Murray, Director the University’s Polling Center, opened up the conversation to over 100 students, faculty and staff about how the first presidential debate change the forecast of the dynamics of the race and asked Kornacki if President Barack Obama wants to be the president for another four years after his first debate performance.

Kornacki discussed how he watched Obama in 2008 and said how he did not believe that there was a single debate where he believed that Obama had won. “I remember the three fall debates with John McCain, and I think Obama was serviceable, the election by that point was basically his to lose. McCain is not the most charismatic communicator. Obama was fine, but certainly not dazzling.”

“I don’t think [Obama] is a very good debater, so my expectations for his performance weren’t that high for Denver. I think Romney, especially as of a month ago, was underrated as a communication – specifically as a communicator of scripted messages. They can give him a script ahead of time, a bunch of data points to tick off [and] a bunch of anecdotes to lean on and he can really deliver is with confidence and assertiveness,” Kornacki continued.

Murray commented on how Obama is not going to win in a landslide like Reagan in 1984, and asked Kornacki if he believed that the second debate turned the tide backward.

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Will Fall Break Remain a Four Day Weekend?

For the first time, students are able to enjoy a two day fall break, just six weeks into the semester. 

Marcie Licker, sophomore said, “It was just really nice to have those couple of extra days relaxing at home, rather than be forced off campus for just a weekend, after our classes.”

A break like this is possible to happen again, but there are a few terms that have to be met.

“We can’t have a four day fall break every calendar year, but on the years where the calendar allows us the flexibility to have that fourth day I would say we should have four days,” said Vice President of Student Services, Mary Ann Nagy.

President of Student Government Association, Oscar Sanchez, felt the four day break was much better than just having Friday off plus the weekend.

“I think having two days off came at the perfect time,” said Sanchez.  “It makes much more sense than just having one day because then people feel like they’re just moving out for a weekend.”

The University has a very unique calendar situation, so a four day break is not possible every year. “Unlike other Universities, we can’t begin until after labor day because about 1,000 undergrads live in off-campus apartments, houses, and condos and most don’t get into those places until Labor Day,” Nagy said. “If we started classes the week before, how would you go to class for a week without a place to live if you weren’t within a commuting distance?”

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Communication Department Purchases New Television Studio Set

news-communication-departmentViewers may notice a change the next time they tune into their favorite program onHawk TV- a new set design.

In August, the Communication Department replaced the previous decade-old studio set that showed its age and imperfections due to the high-definition cross-over which occurred last school year.  Professor Chris Cavallaro, Advisor toHawk TV, was in charge of seeking out a studio set-design company who could provide the amenities at a reasonable purchasing price. 

“The company that we wound-up using, Gelbach Designs, had a very useful and thorough website which helped in the selection process,” said Cavallaro. “After viewing numerous set examples which would work best for the department’s needs, the TV faculty, including Department Chair, Dr.  Dell, decided on a general look and asked them for a quote.” 

Satisfied with the price of $40,000, the deal was made with Gelbach and manufacturing on the new set began.  It took eight weeks during the summer to complete. Once finished, the material was delivered to the Plangere Center.

Because the majority of the set consists of steel frames which require in-studio assembly, Cavallaro and a team of TV faculty members spent several days setting up the new design. “Once we put the steel frames together and built the desk and platform, the majority of the set was finished,” said Cavallaro. 

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Pollak Theater Welcomes Christopher McDougall

The Journalist and Author Discusses his Bestselling Book

Accomplished journalist and author, Christopher McDougall voyaged to Pollak Theater to discuss his bestselling book,Born to Run, on October 17. The memoir has been a hot topic on campus since it was assigned as a required reading for all first year English classes at this past summer’s freshman orientations.

Love it or hate it, the book has certainly sent students running to hear McDougall speak about his expedition to the Copper Canyons to discover the secrets of running from a secluded Mexican tribe known as the Tarahumara.

McDougall kept the audience engaged with witty remarks and conversational styled speaking, answering questions and sharing experiences. Wearing a pair of Tarahumara sandals made by Barefoot Ted, a main character in the book, he described the harsh conditions and long distances where the tribe travels barefooted.

“Tarahumara Indians are human beings the way they were before the world around us,” McDougall said, referring to the modern world’s reliance on technology.  “We’ve only been around for a tiny flicker of this planet’s existence. We are relying on our physical bodies not technology. Anything we need we use our bodies to get it and anything we don’t, we use our bodies to defend.” McDougall explained the Tarahumara’s good nature and peaceful existence is a result of isolation from media and other distractions.

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Kickin’ It in First Year Seminara

news-first-year-semesterThe Most Beautiful Game: How Soccer Explains the World is a new First Year Seminar course taught by Assistant Professor of History Maryanne Rhett. With background knowledge in the Middle East and world history, Rhett created the course to teach students about history, while tying in memorable moments from soccer.

“Ninety-nine percent of the class is somehow connected to soccer,” said Rhett. Majority of freshman enrolled in the course include students on the University’s soccer team and fans of the sport.

Kayla Adamson, a student in Rhett’s class, said, “I chose to take this First Year Seminar course because soccer is my life. I’ve been playing ever since I was little and it’s something my whole family enjoys doing. I thought it would be a great class to have for the first semester at college and be a nice transition into the college life.”

Assistant Vice President Bea Rodgers who works with First Year Seminar courses explained that First Year Seminar courses must have academic, ethical and transitional value and the course taught by a full-time professor. First Year Seminar is a general education requirement for students entering the University with 18 credits or less and must be taken during the student’s first semester at the University. Three years ago the three-credit First Year Seminar course replaced the one-credit Freshman Seminar course. “We wanted to add more academic learning for students to make it more beneficial,” said Rodgers.

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20 Students Aid in Asbury Park Documentary

Long after the Asbury Park night clubs such as Student Prince, Upstage and Cuba’s shut down their businesses many years ago, the memories of what occurred in them have not vanished. Remaining cherished with the musicians and fans who experienced them years ago, the public had the rare opportunity to hear some of those stories during the screening of Asbury Park Musical Memories on October 4 in the Pollak Theatre.

Beginning with the 1930s and ending in the 1970s, the film consisted of 27 interviews from musicians and fans who experienced the “magical” times of the city’s music throughout those four decades. Some of the musicians featured were Nick Addeo, Willie Mitchell, Billy Brown and Vini Lopez.

The 53 minute documentary which was viewed by over 100 students, faculty and members of the public and gave a perspective of what the West Side of Asbury Park was like, concentrating on the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood on bustling Springwood Avenue.

Directed by Susan Pellegrini, the idea for the film began in 2011, which happened to be musical heritage year in Asbury Park. “At some point during the year long celebration, we had an idea to document the oral history and musical experiences of the musicians from this city,” said Pellegrini.

Along with being Co-Chairperson of the Musical Heritage Foundation, Pellegrini is also Producer and Director of Synergy Productions, the company who produced the film. Adding a new dimension to the documentary, Pellegrini used local students to assist her production company with the making of the film. “When we decided to make the documentary, I thought it would be an excellent educational opportunity for students of Asbury Park High School and the University to assist in the production process,” said Pellegrini.

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A Conversation with Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley, a political and foreign affairs analyst for Fox News and host of “The Monica Crowley Show” on nationally syndicated radio, appeared at the “A Conversation with Monica Crowley” event on October 1 in Wilson Hall. The event was put on by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, and according to the Director of the Polling Institute, Patrick Murray over 250 people attended.

Crowley, a New Jersey native, is the author of the recent New York Times best seller, “What the (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback.” She also served as Foreign Policy Assistant to Richard Nixon from 1990 to 1994 and wrote about her experiences in “Nixon Off the Record and Nixon in Winter.”

After a short introduction, Murray began by asking why Crowley believed Mitt Romney is the “Happy Warrior” described in her latest book. Her response was, “We are in a war for the future of this country. I think it’s only been recently in the last couple of years where, as conservatives, it has finally dawned on us that we need to fight this war. We need to fight this war before all is lost.”

On the topic of why the polls are currently so close, Crowley stated, “The big reason why I think it’s so close is that Barrack Obama’s objective is to expand government. What he has done is create this dependency web that is dependent on government, and by expanding that dependency, he has taken the pain out of a bad economy.”

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The New “Bagel Guys” on the Block

BagelGuysNewsPg3The late-night scene at the Univer-sity has seen a new addition with the opening of Bagel Guys Deli on Brigh-ton Ave. Located right next to Jr.’s West End, the new deli offers bagels, sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as staying open until 4:00 am for any late-night partygoers.

The owners and operators, Brad Dias and Chris Brigandi, grew up together in Toms River and have known each other for 20 years before going into business together. “A small restaurant like this is great for your first place,” said Dias, who, although didn’t attend culinary school, has been in the restaurant business for 15 years. What Bagel Guys Deli offers is a fresh take on what is available to students, late-night.

Presently, it’s the only place where a student can, for example, get a breakfast sandwich or bagel at 3:00 am, and Dias and Brigandi meant for it to be that way. The two owners wanted to create late-night food options that weren’t really available to students before now. “Our pork roll, egg and cheese is definitely the most popular,” explains Brigandi.

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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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