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University Members Hold Rally to End Use of Child Soldiers

default article imageA rally to end the use of child soldiers was held on the steps of Wilson Hall early last Thursday. Students and faculty gathered to pay homage to children ages five to 15 who face torture, rape, crimes and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

The rally also was held as a part of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative, which is “a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting 10 universally accepted principles in areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution,” according to its website. The initiative urges students to share information about child soldiers.

According to sources such as Amnesty International, the Child Soldiers Report of 2008, and Conventions on the Rights of a Child, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, National Liberation Army of Columbia, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam/Sri Lanka and the Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda have been using children for years. However, there are other armed forces that use children in Thailand, India, the Philippines and Myanmar, among other countries.

Oscar Sanchez, a junior communication major, helped organize the event along with Tess La Fera, a member of the Institute for Global Understanding.

“People need to find something they are passionate about. They should do something, have something to stand for,” Sanchez said. “This will create a better campus community and an overall a better world; spread the word.”

La Fera said that the event was a response to the Kony 2012 documentary that recently went viral. She commented that people must understand that the forcing of children to become child soldiers is a violation of human rights and awareness must be raised.

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New Physicians Assistant Program Underway

default article imageA new Master’s of Science Physician Assistant Program will be launched since approval by the University’s Graduate Studies Committee was granted last month. The hope for the program is for it to be launched in the fall of 2014, said Janet Mahoney, Dean of Nursing and Health Studies.

Physician assistants are trained to aid doctors in varied health and preventative care services. With a master’s degree in this field, students can work in internal and emergency medicine, as well as gynecology, orthopedics and pediatrics among others.

“There is increasing interest among pre-health students in pursuing a career as a P.A.,” said Dr. James Mack, Director of the University’s Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee. “The job market for a P.A. position is growing explosively.”

The new program would offer students a chance to study for a master’s degree in this field on campus as opposed to the current agreement with Seton Hall University in which six seats are saved each year for University students. Currently, University students must apply before or during their first or second year to be considered for this program.

Even though the program has already been approved, it is still too early for exact details on what the program will include, Mahoney said.

“Based on demand for P.A. at other universities and high applicants/ available seats ratio, it is expected that a large number of qualified students will apply for the [new] program,” Mack said. The program is expected to be competitive, as most schools that offer it only accept about 25 to 30 students per semester. “The P.A. programs are usually highly selective, somewhat similar to M.S. or D.O. programs,” Mack added.

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University to Host 16th Annual NJCA Conference

default article imageWEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – “Communication in Action: Open¬ing Doors to Create Change” is the theme for the 16th Annual New Jersey Communication Association Conference hosted by Monmouth University. The event will take place on April 14 at 8:00 a.m. in Woodrow Wilson Hall and is open to New Jersey students, faculty and public relations practitioners.

The NJCA, established in 1997, is a non-profit organization dedi¬cated to the open exchange of ideas, information and research about communication. Their mission is to promote, sustain and recognize excellence in communication scholarship, research and application; to provide a network for fellowship, contacts and professional oppor¬tunities; to provide a forum for student participation in an academic and professional environment and many others.

This year’s conference consists of informative panel discussions incorporating the key elements of social media, networking and the communication industry as a whole. The event will close with a keynote address that will be given by Lawrence (Larry) R. Frey, a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Monmouth University and NJCA encourages all students and fac¬ulty to attend the event in order to provide immense opportunities for the university’s emerging graduates. You can follow the NJCA on Facebook and LinkedIn and make sure to be on the lookout for a Twitter hash tag for live tweeting at the conference!

National Student Employment Appreciation Week

default article imageNational Student Employment Appreciation Week is just around the corner and Student Employee Appreciation Day is next Wednesday, April 11! Why is everyone so excited? All student employees who visit the giveaway table in the Student Center will win a prize, enter to win raffle prizes, take a chance at a candy guess, enjoy free brownies, munchkins, homemade cookies and cupcakes! Special guests include The Vitamin Shoppe and MU’s Shadow! The Monmouth University Pep Band will perform, as well as the Caribbean band Verdict.

Thank you to Monmouth’s 1,300+ student employees!

For more information on Student Employee Appreciation Day or the “Deck Your Door” Competition and the entire week’s events please call Student Employment at 732-571-3569.

Final Panel Topics Are Decided For 2nd Annual NJCA Conference

default article imageThe Global Understanding Convention continued with “Diversity and the Interworking’s of Cultural Politics,” a panel discussion hosted by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) early last week. The panel sought to raise awareness concerning several global issues, all of which involve the United States yet remain unknown to many Americans.

Tess La Fera, one of the event’s presenters who serves as the Secretary of LASO and office assistant in the Institute for Global Understanding, mentioned the importance of making these issues known to others.

“We live in a global world and there’s no escaping the eminency of the consequences, both positive and negative,” La Fera said. “Should we choose to enclose ourselves in a bubble and ignore the impact that we have on the rest of the world, as well as the impact the rest of the world has on us, we are only harming our own future security and wellbeing.”

In addition to La Fera, other presenters included Professor Gisela Cordero of the Foreign Language Department and Dr. Rosemary Barbera, Associate Director of the Institute for Global Understanding. Throughout the panel discussion, each speaker addressed a different issue that is currently affecting several nations.

The first issue, as presented by Cordero, concerned the damaging effects that U.S. oil drilling has had on the people of the Amazon.

The drilling of American oil companies, including Texaco and Chevron, is leaving Amazon farmers with contaminated land and severe health issues, including a variety of cancers, Cordero said.

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The Outlook Launches New Website and Mobile Site

default article imageAfter months of preparation and a collaboration of ideas, The Outlooklaunched their new website and mobile site this morning, April 4, to upgrade the online presence of the publication.

The new and interactive website, located at the same web address ( features a multimedia design which compliments the stories appearing in the print edition in an online format. All stories can now be shared on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

The website has been constructed by Sarah Oseroff, a junior business management major, and Josh Silva, a junior business management/marketing major. Web design began in February 2012.

“It is really neat seeing all of our ideas come to life on the Internet. It’s nice to be behind the scenes at The Outlook,” Oseroff said.

Any smartphone and/or tablet can view The Outlook’s mobile site by typing in the web address in the browser. The mobile site can also be accessed via the Monmouth University app by scrolling to ‘links’ and then selecting ‘The Outlook’ from the drop down menu. Appearing in a quick-access format, stories can be instantly located by tapping on a specific section – whether it be news, lifestyles, sports, entertainment, etc.

John Morano, professor of journalism who has advised the paper for over 20 years, said, “This is a new era for The Outlook.It’s exciting, it’s timely, and it’s ahead of the curve of where not only many college newspapers are but quite frankly, many professional ones as well. Josh and Sarah have done an incredible job bringing the paper into this new frontier.”

The new format came about after the e-board decided to expand its publication online, allowing mobile access and convenience for readers. “The goal was to make it more user friendly and more attractive so that we were up to date with other schools and to incorporate our social media. I was looking to include video and more multimedia aspects to make it more interactive,” Oseroff said.

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Psychology Course Turns Into Weekly Six Flags Visit

Elephants, dolphins and rhinoceros

great-adventure-safariThese are just a few of the animals that students have the chance to interact with this semester and observe in the new Field Experience: Six Flags Wild Safari course being offered this spring. It is an upper level course being offered to 15 psychology students for the first time. The course includes visits to Six Flags as well as class meetings, library research and journaling of on-site supervised exposure to the animals. The class was the brainchild of Dr. Lisa Dinella, Assistant Psychology Professor at the University.

The idea of a relationship between animals and University students clicked when Dinella went to Six Flags in the summer with her children and said that while she was attending the dolphin pre-show, she realized that they were discussing many of the same concepts that she was teaching in her intro class. She said she stayed after the show and asked if it was possible for students to actually see the trainers interacting with the animals. Dinella discovered something interesting about the background of some of the Six Flag animal trainers.

“Well, what we found is that most of us didn’t know until I started this that almost all the animal trainers that work there have a psychology background in some way, sometimes even a psychology degree,” Dinella said. “So most of the principles of training animals have psychological principles in their foundation.”

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Holocaust Survivor Recalls Troubled Past at Campus Lecture

default article imageThe University welcomed Holocaust survivor Helen Terris last Wednesday. She was eight-years-old when the Nazis began their mass execution of Germany’s Jewish population.

“I could not speak about my past for 50 years because it was just too painful for me and now I can no longer remain silent,” Terris began the story of her life during WWII. “It is now up to us, the children survivors, to keep the story alive so that it is never forgotten, and never ever repeated.”

Terris revealed to the audience that Jews had many rules once the Germans invaded the ghettos. They had to walk in the gutters, they were unable to talk to anyone who was not Jewish, children were not allowed to be enrolled in school, they lost all their businesses and they had to wear a yellow star over their left breast and back so they could be easily identified. If they were to break any of these rules, they could and would be punished by death.

At one point during the war, the Jews had to gather together at 7:00 am one day and no one could be left behind, otherwise they would be shot; this is when the selection period started. “The Germans called this an action; we called it a slaughter, because that is what it was,” Terris said. If you had a man, your families were sent to the left which meant life. Terris, however, only had her mother so they were sent to the right, which meant death.

Terris’ mother knew they were going to be killed so she told her daughter to run. “We ran into a house and saw three dead men on the floor; they must have had the same idea as us,” Terris said. “My mother scooped up the blood and put it all over my body and face. We had to play dead while the German’s checked the house.”

Another story that Terris told the audience was when she hid under a porch while the Germans searched through leaves to find any Jews. “They found me and the man let me go; he could have shot me many times over but he let me go,” she Survivor continued from pg. 1 said. “I don’t know why.”

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Annual Scholarship Reception Draws in 400 Students and Donors

scholoarship-recognition-receptionThe 21st Annual Scholarship Reception was held on Friday, March 30 at 3:00 pm in Wilson Hall. Administrators, faculty, staff, donors, scholarship recipients and their families gathered together to celebrate scholarships received.

According to Jeffery Mills, Vice President for University Advancement, 373 students received endowed or sponsored scholarships for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. The total money given amounted to just over one million dollars.

According to Vice President for Students and Community Services Mary Ann Nagy, the event’s main purpose is to give donors and scholarship recipients a chance to meet each other.

“I think it is wonderful that the University brings together the donors and student recipients of these scholarships each year. As someone who supports both an annual and now endowed scholarship, I appreciate the opportunity to meet my students and learn more about them,” Nagy said.

Nagy also said that it is important for the students to meet people who have made a financial commitment to helping others so they can understand the meaning of giving back when they are able to do so in the future. “We want students to understand the responsibility of giving back whenever we can,” Nagy said.

The event opened with President Paul Gaffney’s speech, updating students, faculty, families and donors about the University’s current accomplishments.

“Before I see you again in this venue next year, we will be on our way to accreditation to offer Physical Assistant Program, have a first permanent home off-campus for some grad programs, a new art building, a new residential hall underway and some upgrades in science ... and maybe a few more tangible bits of evidence of progress,” Gaffney said.

Alexa Anastasio, a junior psychology major, received the First Union Bank Scholarship as well

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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