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“Houseless Not Hopeless” Gives an Insight to Poverty for Students

Homeless Not HopelessTwenty-five percent of homeless people are under the age of 18, according to a statistic posted around campus last weekend.

The First Year Service Project held Houseless not Hopeless for the second consecutive year on Friday, October 7 to aid this portion of the population. Originally, the project focused its attention on specific agencies, but last year it evolved into specific issues, like hunger and homelessness.

Shannen Wilson, a sophomore, is in her second year as one of the project’s student coordinators.

“This year being a student coordinator has given me the opportunity to work with my other workers to brainstorms ways to make our events bigger and better,” she said. “We decided to make it a competition to make it enticing for students to come out and participate in all of our events.”

Members of the project split into teams of four to 10 people. Each team was awarded points for various competitions, including the most goods donated, best shelter, number of people who spent the night outside, the peanut butter and jelly relay, and a scavenger hunt.

Teams were allotted one hour to build a stable and decorative shelter. Participants were given basic supplies including cardboard, duct tape, plastic, and markers. One team used sparkled note cards displaying their names, while another attached a tarp roof to a light pole for height. Teams that finished early lent a helping hand to those lagging behind and the top four shelters were awarded points.

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Annual Open House Brings in 1,400 Prospective Students

Prospective Students and Families Get a Taste of Monmouth

Annual Open House 1Prospective students and their families wandered around campus in summerlike warmth under a sunny, cloudless blue sky during the University’s annual open house last Sunday.

“I’m glad it’s such a nice day because I feel like when people look at colleges, they remember the weather,” Melisa Safchinsky, a sophomore, said.

Approximately 1,400 families visited the campus during the event, which is comparable to its attendance for the past two years. Over 200 students and 200 faculty, staff, administrators, and administrative services personnel assisted the Office of Undergraduate Admission in hosting the event, said Lauren Vento Cifelli, the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management.

Some of those who helped run the event noticed a wide range of interest among the prospective students, such as Barbara Reagor, the Director for the Rapid Response Institute and a member of the School of Science. “A lot of students have been interested in all of the different fields,” Reagor said. “For me, I think it’s gone even better than last year in terms of the number of people. I think we’ve had a nice attendance today for the number of students that have come.”

Prospective students began the day with registration at 11:30 am and then received a welcoming speech by President Paul G. Gaffney II in the Multipurpose Activity Center in the afternoon. Informative sessions about the University’s different academic departments were held from 1:00 to 2:40 pm.

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How to Use Your First Credit Card

First Credit CardCollege and money troubles go hand-in-hand with each other. College puts a great quantity of stress on a student’s wallet. College debt, eating out, and activities on the weekend can all add up. When faced with so many expenses, some students choose to resort to a credit card. Others get a credit card because they are trying to build up a good credit score before they get out of school. But whether they’re feeling the burn in their wallets or planning for the future, college may be a time when students apply for and receive their first credit card. According to a 2004 study published by MSN.com and conducted by Sallie Mae, a student loan corporation, the amount of undergraduates with credit cards has risen to 76 percent. The results also reported that in 2009, the percent had risen to 84.

At first, many people look beyond the risks of a credit card and go straight for the rewards, but being reckless with a new credit card can cause long term problems. Debt can begin to rack up and a bad credit score doesn’t disappear overnight. Dr. Robert H. Scott, Associate Professor of Economics, calculated that if students racked up $1,000 in credit card debt and with 18 percent interest, with only paying the minimum on the debt, it would take 12 years and nine months to completely pay it off. According to Scott, you would have ended up paying $1,115 just in interest.

But to avoid these downfalls, there are many precautions students should take before and after receiving a credit card.

Before you get a credit card, there is some fine print that you need to watch out for. Students should pay specific attention to the interest rate and annual fees. The optimal card has a low interest rate and no annual fees.

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University Reacts to New Fall Break

default article imageThis fall semester, students do not have to wait until Thanksgiving for a break from their hectic class schedules. The University has decided to create Fall Weekend Break from October 14 to 16, which results in the cancellation of Friday classes.

Some students question why the University has scheduled this three-day break when several students do not have Friday classes. Residence halls will be closed during this break and all students must leave campus unless they are granted permission to stay.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services, explained the University’s intention in incorporating the new break into this year’s schedule. “The fall break is intended to help break up the long length of time from the start of school to Thanksgiving,” she said. “We have seen an increase in roommate conflicts, behavioral issues, and illnesses; we think that this break will help with these issues.”

In past years, the University had not incorporated any days off in its fall semester schedule until Thanksgiving Break.

Students who reside on campus agreed and disagreed with some of the reasons that Nagy gave as to the necessity of the break. “Personally I have not seen too many roommate conflicts this semester,” said Ashlyn Holliday, Elmwood Hall Resident Assistant.

“There is, however, a crazy amount of sick students in my building. I think this ‘fall break’ will be good for the students to get off campus and clear their heads, especially before midterms start.”

Kristina Capriotti, a sophomore, lives on campus. “I think the only issue is the amount of people on campus that are sick,” she said.

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Valet Parking Service Cancelled for Students

default article imageWith one day’s notice, the University announced on October 4 that its valet parking service with Advanced Parking Concepts would be cancelled on October 5.

“We were valeting 15 to 20 cars in lot 25 when there’s 75 spaces open in other nonresidential lots,” said Dean Volpe, Captain of the Monmouth University Police Department.

The University reached its decision by taking surveys of the parking lots every two hours, Volpe said.

“It’s nice to park next to your academic building, but there is sufficient space in other nonresidential lots,” Volpe said.

He mentioned on-campus parking lots that offer additional parking to commuters, such as lots 13, 14 and 18. In addition to these main lots, students are permitted to park in lot 23 located near Woods Theatre and lot 25, located near Athletics.

Volpe also said that students can call the parking advisory hotline at 7322635901 for updated parking lot information.

The University will continue to use Advanced Parking Concepts for special events, such as concerts in the Multipurpose Activity Center, Volpe said.

Furthermore, the University will continue to use the valet service in lot 16 for employees.

According to the 2011 Monmouth University Parking and Driving Campus Handbook, the University has the right to make changes and regulations without prior notice.

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Hawks Receive Info on Degrees at Majors Fair

default article imageThe Center for Student Success (CSS) sponsored its annual Majors Fair and Ex Ed Expo last Wednesday, October 5 in Anacon Hall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, where all academic departments and schools were represented.

The fair’s goal was to provide awareness of the school’s various majors and minors, and to give undeclared students the ability to communicate with representatives from each department.

The fair benefited students who are undeclared the most, because professors and students within the major were available to speak with, according to the Dean of Center for Student Success (CSS), Mercy Azeke.

Handouts from the departments were given to help students identify what they are interested in and how to get started. Most of the conversations were about internships and how to pursue prospective jobs.  

The fair included sections for each of the University’s academic schools, as well as experiential education opportunities, such as class projects, cooperative education, internships, service learning, and study abroad.

Andrew Demirjian, a Specialist Professor of Communication, said he thinks that the fair is important.

“Students don’t realize what a resource the faculty can be,” Demirjian said. “For future job growth, or help with combining majors and minors, or even to help employers see the essential skills necessary for a job.”

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Online Calculators May Help Parents

Students Will be Able to Calculate the Exact Cost of Their Possible Schools

default article imageStudents applying to college this fall have a new tool to help them compare costs at various campuses. This month, so called "net price calculators" will appear on the websites of colleges nationwide, giving students and parents an idea of how much financial aid they could receive months before a formal offer arrives.

The idea behind the calculators which are required by federal law to be posted on college websites by October 29 is that many students are discouraged from applying to a university when they see the price. A year of tuition, books, room and board now totals $30,000 at many public universities and north of $50,000 at many private ones.

But that's what experts call the "sticker price" the amount paid by students who don't get any financial aid. At many schools, the typical student receives aid and pays less than the school appears to cost. The "net price" the new devices calculate is the sticker price minus grants the student could expect based on family finances and, in some cases, academic performance.

"I think it's really good for net price to be a concept that's out there, for more people to understand that the sticker price is not the price they usually pay," said Sandy Baum, an economist at the George Washington School of Education and Human Development who specializes in college costs.

But while the online calculator is helpful, she said, "it's not a perfect tool."

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Hero Walk Will Have First Run in Ocean City

default article imageThe University is taking a stand against drunk driving this year by joining The Hero Campaign and participating in its first annual “Hero Walk.” The event will be held at the Ocean City Boardwalk on Sunday, October 23.

According to the organization’s website, The Hero Campaign, which originated in 2001, is an organization that promotes always having a designated driver to help save lives across the country especially on college campuses.

The organization began after a drunk driver, who had been arrested and released for a DUI charge just hours before, tragically collided with

John Elliot, a naval academy graduate. The collision killed both Elliot and the driver and severely injured Elliot’s girlfriend.

Since then, Elliot’s family, including his father who is a Monmouth Alumnus, have dedicated their lives to ensuring that no one goes through the sadness and grief that they face every day from an accident that could have been avoided.

In remembrance of Elliot and the hopes that another tragedy like this could be avoided, New Jersey passed “John’s Law,” a law requiring police to impound DUI offender’s vehicles for 12 hours and issuing responsibility to those taking custody of these offenders.

To show support the office of substance awareness and the Hero Campaign, the University has established its own team for the Hero Walk. Students, faculty and staff will be walking and collecting donations to raise money for this important cause.

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“Fat Talk Free Week” to Start on October 16

default article imageFat Talk Free Week is a body image awareness campaign that has been launched in universities nationwide since 2008. The University will promote our first Fat Talk Free Week this October 16 to 22.

The campaign’s premise is that our conversations have a relationship with our body image, and in many cases these conversations negatively impact the way we view ourselves. Fat Talk has become a customary form of communication. Lines like, “I wish I looked like…” or “I hate my hips” are so commonplace that they are a form of everyday small talk.

Fat talk gives women the opportunity to create solidarity among friends. If she demeans her body image, it appears that she does not put her self-image above those of her friends. It creates a sense of equality and common ground. Similarly, compliments based on appearance add to the negativity of fat talk. Women become fascinated by their physical appearance as a form of acceptance and positive feedback, rather than their intellect or behavior.

Lisa Bloom, author of “Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World,” has explained that this phenomenon starts early for women. A woman’s fascination with her physical appearance is one that society encourages her to accept from an early age. The way we talk to young girls, such as complimenting them on how cute they are or forgetting ignoring conversations with substantial topics, encourages young women to foster this preoccupation with their physical appearance.

In 2011, ABC News reported that almost half of all girls between three and six years old are concerned that they are fat. Research has indicated that this preoccupation with body image negatively impacts a woman’s self-worth, confidence levels, and self-satisfaction. It is within the structures of society, the conversations that we carry and the mindsets that we hold, that this feminine ideal continues to harm the health of women.

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Here Comes the Sun

Seven Buildings on Campus to Have Solar Panels Installed

Here Comes the Sun 1The University has announced its plan to install solar panels on seven campus buildings through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) before the end of the year.

“Monmouth University is committed to being a national leader in sustainable energy and will continue to implement programs to create a more energy efficient and environmentally responsible environment for our students and employees,” said President Paul G. Gaffney II in a recent press release.

“I think this is a really good idea,” senior Maria Ferrara said. “We’re always talking about looking forward and going green. This is a good step for us.”

According to Vice President of Administrative Services, Patricia Swannack, the panels will be installed on Edison Science Hall, Howard Hall, Magill Commons, McAllan Hall, the Guggenheim Library, Multipurpose Activity Center and Plangere Center.

“We are still finalizing the installation schedule, but we hope to get started before the end of this year,” Swannack said.

The plan to put in solar panels was instituted by Swannack and her staff of energy advisors. ProTech Energy Solutions and their partner Torcon Inc. will install the panels with no charge to the University due to the Power Purchase Agreement.

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Former N.J. Governor to Serve as 2011-2012 Public Servant in Residence

Former NJ Governor Serves Public ServantBrendan Byrne, who served as the 47th Governor of the State of New Jersey from 1974 to 1982, will take on a new role as the University’s Public Servant in Residence for the 20112012 academic year.

Through his two terms as governor, Byrne was involved in the building of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, transforming Atlantic City’s hotel casino industry and passing the Pinelands Protection Act.

In 2000, the University’s Departments of Political Science and Sociology, along with the Office of Global Initiatives, created the Public Servant in Residence Program. Some of the responsibilities of a public servant include guest speaking at campus events, participating in campus activities, lecturing classes, and simply having a presence on campus.

Dr. Saliba Sarsar, Associate Vice President for the Office of Global Initiatives, believes that the Public Servant in Residence Program has and will continue to enrich the University.

“Over the years, we have been fortunate to host key public servants with diverse opinions who taught, guest lectured and gave public presentations on important local, state, regional and international issues,” he said. “Our students hear firsthand from public servants, interact with them and often maintain contact with them past their sojourn at Monmouth University.”

Dr. Joseph Patten, Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology, is optimistic that Byrne will have a strong influence on the students and surrounding community.

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