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Criminal Justice Hosts Parolee Reentry Simulation

Reentry SimulationThe University hosted a reentry simulation to educate students, faculty and professionals in the community on the experiences of individuals trying to reintegrate into society after prison on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The reentry simulation is an activity where participants assumed the role of parolees and performed tasks in 15-minute sessions with each session representing a week. By the end of the activity, participants will have simulated a month in the life of a person recently released from prison. 

Speakers included Samuel Plumeri, Chairman of New Jersey State Parole Board; Kimberlynn Reeves, spokeswoman for the United States Attorney Office in the District  Delaware; Richard Viet, Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences; Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs; and Nicholas Sewitch, J.D., Chair of the Criminal Justice Department and Specialist Professor. 

The event began with opening remarks from Sewitch. He referenced Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird which revolves around a black man who was wrongfully accused of raping a white woman and quoted a specific passage. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb in his skin and walk around in it.” He found parallels in this historic book to the experiences of incarcerated individuals. 

Parsons-Pollard added, “[Reentry] is not about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps when it comes to being released from prison, instead it is much more than that.” During one exercise, Parsons-Pollard had participants remove their shoes as a metaphor for immersion in someone else’s life, in this instance a former convict. Reeves, expanded on the metaphor and said, “You need to have boots and straps before you can pull them up,” referring to the prison population reentering society. 

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Aggressive Driving on Campus

Aggressive DrivingChief of the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), William McElrath, sent out an email to all current staff members and students regarding the issue of aggressive driving on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 22. 

Recently there has been an increase in the number of accidents on campus, and MUPD has received multiple complaints entailing aggressive driving. 

This year, there has been a 25 percent increase in accidents from September 1st through October 24th as compared to number of accidents during the same time period last year. Twenty accidents have been documented so far during the fall 2019 semester, while there were only 16 accidents at this time in 2018.

McElrath explains that most of the accidents have been minor. Even so, the University is still receiving a variety of complaints about vehicles driving too fast and vehicles disregarding stop signs. 

In the email, McElrath writes “Please remember that the speed limit on campus is 15 mph that drivers are required to obey all traffic signs, and that drivers must always yield to pedestrians.” 

Although drivers are expected to obey the speed limit and stop for pedestrians that has not always been the case this school year.

Many of the accidents were a result of speeding and the avoidance of both traffic and stop signs.

While some students are responsible for the aggressive driving, other students have encountered it on campus. Julia Mianowski, a freshman social work student, explains how sometimes it can be dangerous to be a pedestrian in the school parking lots. As an employee at the school store, she has witnessed aggressive driving various times while on her way to work.

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Interdisciplinary Panel on White Terrorism

White TerrorismThe Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted their annual forum event, White Supremacist Terrorism: A Multidisciplinary Roundtable Discussion, where Monmouth faculty from various disciplines discussed white supremacist history and culture on Thursday, Oct. 17.

The panel was moderated by, Heidi Williams, Ph.D., a Professor of History and Anthropology.  Panelists included Claude Taylor an Advisor-in-Residence for Academic Transition and Inclusion in the Office of Transformative Learning; Johanna Foster, Ph.D., Helen McMurray Bennett Endowed Chair in Social Ethics and an Associate Professor of Sociology; Walter Greason, Ph.D., Chair of Educational Leadership and an Associate Professor of Education; and, Jamie Nappi, an Adjunct Professor of Social Work.

Panelists discussed the engagement of race and racism from a variety of perspectives. They also shared and referred to resources that are beneficial for educational enhancement on the subjects of race, racism and white supremacy.

Greason was shocked how this event revealed particular educational institution’s attitudes toward embracing change, innovating programs of equality, and incorporating diversity enrollment. “Most universities started the process of these discussions decades ago. They are long overdue here at Monmouth University,” Greason said.

Greason believes that a global economy has a direct impact on people’s attitudes towards racial, ethnic, and sexual equality. “In a global economy, every person needs to be competent enough to engage in productive relationships with people from different backgrounds. We fail as an institution when our community members lack this preparation,” he said.

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Springsteen Honored with Campus Exhibit

default article imageMelissa Ziobro, a Specialist Professor of Public History, in collaboration with Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) Curator of Collections, have formed Springsteen: His Hometown, a historical exhibit that will be displayed through Fall 2020. 

The exhibit was originally a class project for Ziobro’s Fall 2018 museums and archives course. “Their capstone project was to create an exhibit at our university library using materials from the archives. It was getting so much positive attention that I thought a bigger exhibit, over at the Monmouth County Historical Association in Bruce’s hometown of Freehold, could be a wonderful thing for the archives, Historical Association, and Bruce’s many fans. I had recently curated a super-storm Sandy exhibit for the Historical Association, so we had a rapport,” she said.

Ziobro believes this exhibit can be an asset for students who want to gain opportunity through the promotion and recognition of a diversity of cultures. “This being here brings a lot of positive attention to our university and provides many wonderful opportunities for our students- like this project,” said Ziobro. 

Each archive is a portion of former Backstreet editor, Chris Phillips collection which began in 2001. An organization named The Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, Inc. partnered with Phillips to form the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection. 

Both groups ran out of storage space and were offered by Monmouth University to be given a new home in 2011. When the collection arrived on campus, it included over 10,000 items from around the globe, ranging from books and concert memorabilia, to articles and promotional materials.

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ESPN Interviews Former SGA President on The Nest

ESPN InterviewsMehdi Husaini, former Student Government Association (SGA) President, was interviewed by ESPN about The Nest, Monmouth’s food pantry, to grow its’ exposure and continue conversation about food insecurity during half-time at Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 19. 

Husaini explained that the interview will benefit The Nest by not only continuing conversation with the general public but addressing food insecurity nationally. “It’s really important at this stage in the development of our own food pantry to have a good presence in the public eye to show that our campus culture promotes caring and compassion.” 

According to Husaini, the Department of Athletics was instrumental in arranging the interview.

Greg Viscomi, Associate Director for News Media and Communication, said, “I’m always trying to find positive stories to put out there, and I talked to our Marketing Director who mentioned the food drive on campus that two of our football managers were involved with as well.”  

“The food drive is a great thing for the university and I like that students are helping students, so I started to think about diffent ways we could spread the message  using relationships within  [the] department,” he continued.

Viscomi had commercial inventory time that was used to highlight student efforts.  

Monmouth’s ‘Hawks Helping Hawks’ program, which collects non-perishable food donations to help aid food insecurity issues on campus, is hosting a month-long competition against Kennesaw State (KSU) to see who can raise more money for their respective food pantries. 

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Features Vinyl Records

WMCX VinylWMCX is now running a weekly show which features music from vinyl records, as opposed to digitally downloaded MP3 files. The show, titled Side 1 vs. Side 1, airs Wednesdays at noon. 

Hosted by Communication Department Chair Aaron Furgason, Ph.D, and WMCX intern Ainsley Vetter, Side 1 plays the first side of two different vinyl records which span across every genre and are picked at random.

A show like Side 1 requires an extensive, diverse catalog of vinyls, which did not necessarily appear overnight at WMCX. “The vinyl is a combination of a donation from Professor of Journalism John Morano as well as WMCX’s catalog and my own personal catalog,” said Furgason as he prepared an old turntable for the day’s show. The turntable in use is not property of the University, nor was it purchased by the station, but is actually from the Furgason’s days as a college DJ. 

Morano, who made quite the generous donation to the station, started collecting vinyls at a young age. “The collection began when I was in junior high with the first albums I ever bought; Passion Play, by Jethro Tull; Catch Bull at Four, by Cat Stevens; and I Can See Clearly Now, by Johnny Nash,” says Morano, whose record collection would grow throughout high school and college. “There’s everything from The Dead to disco, and a lot in-between.” 

However, Morano’s collection did not stop growing when he was handed his degree. During his days working in New York and Los Angeles as a critic and editor, Morano would find new records sitting on his desk daily. Many of them were from the biggest stars of the day, while others were from acts such as U2 or Prince who at the time were still up and coming. “The studios hoped I would listen to the albums, review them and maybe schedule an interview, or go to a concert,” recounts Morano. 

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A Hawk Flies Back to the Nest

Hawk Back NestFormer Monmouth Hawk Brad Brach (’08) got to live out his childhood dream this summer when the veteran major league pitcher and lifelong New York Mets fan was signed by the Mets to join their exciting chase for a playoff spot.

Eleven years ago, the Freehold native was the star of the Monmouth Hawks pitching staff. Fast forward to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) season, he was released by the Chicago Cubs and picked up by his childhood favorite team, the New York Mets.

He finished the 2019 baseball season as a key bullpen piece for the team, who played meaningful baseball in September for the first time in three years, and were in contention for a National League Wild Card spot until the final week of the season. He closed out his season on September 28 by holding the Atlanta Braves scoreless in one inning of relief.

“That week the Mets showed interest was definitely a bag of emotions,” said Brach. “When the Mets began to show interest in me, I quickly became extremely excited. I grew up a huge Mets fan, and to see that they really wanted me to help them was an amazing feeling. I had played at Citi Field a bunch but getting to put on the blue pinstripe uniforms with ‘Mets’ across the chest, gave me chills and was one of my best baseball moments.”

The 2019 season marks Brach’s ninth in the Major Leagues. He has played for the San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and now the New York Mets.

“I really honed in on working hard and taking the extra step to be able to take a shot at playing professionally,” he said.

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Drinking Awareness During Spirit Week

Drinking AwarenessStudent Government Association (SGA) and Greek Senate co-sponsored a Drinking and Driving Awareness event as part of spirit week to highlight the dangers of driving while intoxicated on Tuesday, Oct. 15. 

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, explained the overarching goal of the event is to help students be aware of drinking and driving, and the issue of buzzed driving.

“You may not be legally drunk, but the minute you put alcohol into your system, and you get behind the wheel of a car there is some basic impairment because alcohol is a drug,” Nagy said. 

The event included a “Drunk Goggles” walking obstacle course, a pledge to sign against driving while under the influence, raffles for Uber gift cards, and free candy with facts and statistics about drunk driving attached.

Drunk Goggles are a type of goggles that simulate the lack of alertness and reaction time that comes with being intoxicated, Demi Ardic, a sophomore sociology student and SGA member, explained.

“Even if you’re stone cold sober, the goggles will simulate you being impaired in some fashion,” Nagy said. 

“If someone can’t even walk while they’re drunk, they’re definitely not capable to drive,” Ardic said.

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Annual University Open House

Annual Open HouseThe University hosted its annual Fall Open House to engage prospective undergraduate students and their families and introduce them to the Monmouth community on Sunday, Oct. 13.

According to the official open house schedule, the open house served to allow attendees to meet current students, hear from faculty regarding academic programs and majors, as well as learn about resources available to students. 

The day began with a welcome from senior administrators, followed by an opportunity to learn about academic programs from faculty members.

Students, faculty, alumni, and future students from each department gathered to inform prospective students on what Monmouth provides. Common questions concerned areas of study, clubs, and campus life.

During a full tour of campus, representatives from the offices of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid were present to help students with questions concerning the enrollment process of becoming a Monmouth student.

Michael Qualiano, an undergraduate admissions counselor, was integral in organizing the Open House and bringing in people. “We’ve got all hands-on deck today; staff, students, everybody,” for the 1,500 to 2,000 students that will visit the campus, explained Qualiano. 

Lorna Schmidt, an Adjunct Professor of Communication and the Director of Advising, explained the benefit of the Open House to prospective students. “I think it gets them a true, first-hand feel for how the departments interact with each other and the type of environment that they’re going to be coming into,” she said.

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'Shop Long Branch' Program Gives Student Discounts

Shop LBThe City of Long Branch has partnered with Monmouth University to form the Shop Long Branch Property Tax Reward Program, which will provide cash rebates to students when shopping in Long Branch at participating locations. 

This program is managed by a third-party company which is currently implemented in 26 municipalities throughout New Jersey.

Roberto Ferragina, Assistant Director of the Office of Community & Economic Development for City of Long Branch, believes that this system will benefit students by allowing them to buy preferable food based on the discounts from participating locations. The only challenge this program will face is making it known. 

Ferragina and the City of Long Branch are confident that this program will last as long as the participating businesses and customers are engaged with it. A total of 35 Monmouth students and 22 local businesses have registered for this program. Businesses currently participating include Bacon Beach Grille, Bella’s Pizza, Butcher’s Block Restaurant, Caputo’s Italian Pastry Shoppe, Norah’s Irie Jamaican Restaurant, The Peddler Bike Shop, Natural Healthcare, Ace Hardware, and V&S Auto.

Long Branch Mayor John Pallone is certain that the program will be beneficial for all parties involved. “This program is a win-win for both businesses and the customers who use a Shop Long Branch card. Our hope is that participating businesses will see an increase in exposure, customers, and therefore more profits. We hope a lot of students take advantage of this program,” he said.

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Debate Team Wins at Rochester

Debate HawksThe Monmouth Debate Hawks team of Payton Collander, a junior political science student, and Anthony Cendagorta, a sophomore sociology student, won the Brad Smith Invitational Debate Tournament at the University of Rochester the weekend of Oct. 11 through Oct. 13.

The Monmouth team of Mia Ardovini-Booker, a junior political science student, and Billy Siefert, a senior English student, took second place at the tournament.  Both MU teams went undefeated with 6-0 records before heading into the playoff rounds on Sunday. 

Collander explained that she and Cendagorta placed first in the tournament, and she was awarded second place for a speaker award.

“Personally, I find Debate very gratifying. You get out what you put into it and my partner and I work very hard,” she explained. “If you want to refine your public speaking skills or become a better critical thinker then debate is perfect.”

This tournament is the first time that the Debate Hawks won both a first and second place team award. Monmouth had eight teams of two debaters compete at the tournament, and six teams made it into the playoff rounds with winning records, a record number of Monmouth teams to make it into the playoffs in one tournament.

Each Monmouth team competed in six preliminary rounds before competing in the playoffs on Sunday.

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