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Dean Stanton Green Leads Spring Break Trip to Ireland

37 Students Join Gathering in Dublin

IrelandFinalDuring the Ireland trip the group visited places such as Dublin, Killarny, The Blarney Stone, The Cliffs of Moher, and the Dingle Peninsula. Students learned about the Potato Famine as well as the conflict between the south and north of Ireland and Britain. They also learned many different words and terms used throughout Ireland. The students explained that one of their favorite words they learned was “craic” pronounced “crack,” in which the English translation is fun.

March 14 through 18 was known as The Gathering in Dublin. It marked four days of celebration including fair-like rides, vendors, and 59 different activities ranging from comedy to street performances. Most of the group thought the best part of the trip was marching in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.

During the trip, the 37 students walked throughout the streets of Dublin celebrating with the residents of the city.

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The University’s First Spanish Radio Show Launches

University Students Welcome Spanish Language, Culture and Music On-Air

The University’s Spanish Club hosts its very first Spanish show “Sonidos Latinos” on WMCX. The show airs Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the help of advisor and University Spanish professor, Betty Sanchez.

“Sonidos Latinos,” or “Latin Sounds” in English, began this past February and aims to help students gain confidence in speaking the language while inviting Spanish speakers to join the show. “There are students that are beginner speakers, and then there are students that are highly advanced. That is the true beauty of the show,” says Sanchez. “For me, language has to be a life.”

Sanchez, born in Venezuela, was actively involved with radio for many years prior to moving to America.

Sanchez hosted a daily show aimed at teaching the rural communities located in Peru, Columbia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Students would actively listen to her daily lessons and would attend class lessons on the weekends to clarify questions asked on the show.

In 1981, Sanchez moved to the states and continued to excel in the field of media. She earned a degree in TV/radio at Brooklyn College, and then was offered to create the first TV/radio class curriculum in Spanish by the Center for Media Arts.

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Facebook Showing Signs of Decline

Facebook1Facebook, the social media website that once consumed the lives of teens and young adults, could be slowly slipping into extinction.

Originated in 2004 by college sophomore Mark Zuckerberg and friends, Facebook was created as a way for college students to connect with each other. Originally, Facebook was open to high school students in 2005, then for everyone else the following year.

With almost a decade gone by since the creation of Facebook, usage has begun to decline. According to Ken Sena of Evercore, a Wall Street Analyst, the primary ages of usage decrease are 12 to 17 and 18 to 24 from August 2012.

Matthew Silver, a 17-year-old high school senior, has recently deactivated his Facebook account. Silver said, “It’s just not as popular as it used to be. I noticed that a lot of my friends weren’t using it as much anymore so I figured I would just get off it for now.”

Silver explained that he and his friends are using Twitter instead. “Although it does not have all the photo sharing features and other stuff that Facebook has, I think it has become more popular. And most recently, all my friends have been using Instagram.” Silver said he is content with staying off of Facebook for now, but may return as he transitions into college.

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MTV Selects Students to Help with Sandy Relief

SpringFix1For two University students, spring break was no longer exclusively about vacation, relaxation, and time off from work and school; it was about supporting the East Coast and its recovery after Hurricane Sandy. Freshmen Thomas Egan and Dylan Vargas took part in MTV, mtvU and United Way’s “Spring Fix.” This was an alternative spring break focused on efforts to rebuild communities devastated by the forces of Sandy.

Egan and Vargas volunteered for “Spring Fix” from March 17 to March 23 with 48 other college students around the United States. Their efforts were aimed at restoring the beach areas of New Jersey and New York including Union Beach, the Rockaways, Staten Island, Long Island and Lavallette.

The students were split up into five different groups, each working to rebuild homes, churches and other places that had been harmed due to the super storm. Site managers were present during “Spring Fix” to offer support and encouragement.

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Energy Drinks: Harmful or Helpful?

Teenagers and young adults have become the target audience of popular energy drinks in recent years containing ingredients such as caffeine, guarana, taurine and sugar, according to Jeffery Downing, registered nurse and graduate assistant.

Downing explains that while energy drinks provide a desired boost of energy and temporary solution to lethargy, the effects of the ingredients on the human body are mostly negative. One of the active ingredients, caffeine, is considered a drug by definition because of its an effect on the body. “Caffeine is legal and inexpensive and is found in many popular beverages around the world,” said Downing.

Some effects of caffeine include nervousness, anxiety, tremors, tachycardia, restlessness, insomnia, gastrointestinal (GI) upset and agitation. Adverse effects include nausea, heart palpitations, headache, irritability, seizures and hallucinations according to Downing. Despite these potential effects, caffeine is listed by the Federal Drug Association (FDA) as “generally regarded as safe.”

“It is believed that up to 400 milligrams per day is safe,” said Dr. Merrily Ervin, professor of nutritional science. However, it is not an optimal choice before engaging in sports or physical activity. “[Caffeine] is also a diuretic and if an athlete becomes dehydrated his/her muscles will not be able to perform to capacity,” said Ervin.

She continued by saying that other varieties of ingredients in energy drinks are sometimes used to enhance the effects of caffeine, or claim to provide a range of benefits. “But the FDA does not regulate these drinks and so the claims do not have to be proven,” said Ervin.

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Students Participate in Alternative Spring Breaks Internationally

Alysha-Zimmerman-Jenna-Tshudy-Photo-Geena-BassoWhile some students from New Jersey planned on spending their spring breaks catching up on sleep at home or partying on the beaches of Cancun, others spent their breaks making a difference in a community or foreign country.

Many colleges around the country are now offering alternative spring break trips. These trips are created for students who are interested in spending their week off helping others in their communities or in other parts of the world. Students who are interested can plan a trip through their school or through an organization, such as Habitat for Humanity.

Since Super Storm Sandy hit New Jersey, some schools have decided to create alternative spring break projects here at the Jersey Shore. Max Dolphin, Drew University student, spent his spring break not too far from his home in Seaside Heights. Dolphin said that coming home to devastation is humbling. “To see the devastation firsthand in my hometown and surrounding area is an experience that really leaves you shell-shocked,” said Dolphin.

A group of students from Drew University had difficulty trying to find a place to sleep during their service project because hotels and homes around Seaside Heights are still damaged from the storm. For example, in Seaside Heights, the destruction of Hurricane Sandy is still present in every direction. “When I first saw the image of the roller coaster and missing pier I was left in shock and awe,” said Dolphin. The roller coaster was recently dismantled and Seaside Heights is beginning the restoration process across town.

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Life After Hurricane Sandy

Update on Progress of New Jersey in the Aftermath of Super Storm

Sandy-2Hurricane Sandy was a super storm that swept the East Coast in late October, leaving many families devastated.

On October 29, 2012, the category 1 hurricane curved north and headed towards New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Two hundred and eighty-five people were killed in seven countries due to the storms severity.

A majority of people found themselves without homes and possessions. For some, all that is left is the memories they can cling to. Reconstruction began as soon as possible for some people, while others are still waiting for their turn.

Those who were not affected too severely by the storm with power outages and no belongings damaged were able to return to their everyday lives. Madalyn Messina, junior, was able to move on fairly fast. “I lost power for a little over a week but that was the severity of my problems. I went to work every day to keep myself busy. I was lucky,” Messina said.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Judith Cumbia, a retired teacher, lost everything she had. Cumbia was a newly-retired high school teacher beginning to embark on the rest of her life. The storm crumbled her home from top to bottom, leaving her homeless.

“No money has been granted yet because it is unclear if I have to raise the house since the new flood maps have not been finished. I’m at a phenomenal level of frustration,” Cumbia said.

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How Does the University Protect You?

University Blackboard Website Promotes a Safer Campus

blackboardAfter recent tragedies throughout the United States including school shootings, schools are implementing resources to better protect students and faculty.

The University uses a free system called Blackboard Connect for this type of service. According to the University website, this system is designed to call, leave voicemails, email, and text any student, faculty or staff member who is signed up with their ID number and a registered phone and/or email. The system can also use a backup number such as a student’s parent to notify in case of an emergency.

William McElrath, University Chief of Police, believes the campus is well-trained to respond to emergency situations like an active shooter. The police department is trained on how to respond to such situations and there have been presentations made for students and faculty on what to do if caught in an emergency situation. McElrath said he is “fully supportive” of conducting mandatory drills on campus for students and faculty.

Zachary Diamond, business major, said that for the most part he feels safe while on campus. “When I drive on campus, there’s someone there checking for parking permits. I’ve seen cars without permits get stopped and that made me feel like they were on top of seeing who was coming onto the property,” Diamond said.

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Molly is Becoming A Common Drug on College Campuses

MDMADrugs have been a presence on college campuses for many years now. Recently, the appearance of MDMA or molly has been popular among college students, Suanne Schaad said, the substance awareness coordinator.

“I think it has grown in popularity due to the fact that it is marketed as ‘pure’ MDMA and people think is safe or safer than ecstasy,” Schaad said.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), molly is the power or crystal form of MDMA, also known as 3,4- Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. The website explained that the drug acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic. It produces “an energizing effect, distortions in time perception and enhanced enjoyment of tactile experiences.”

Molly is a Schedule I Controlled Substance, according to the Office of Diversion Control making the drug illegal. The DEA explained that the drug is mainly distributed in tablet form, comes in a variety of colors and is stamped with logos. It can also be found in capsules, powder and liquid form.

Known as a “party drug,” MDMA is usually swallowed, but the DEA states it can also be crushed, snorted or smoked but it is rarely injected. Users often mix molly with alcohol and marijuana the website states.

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The National Broadcasting Society Honors Two University Seniors

Chris Down and Diego Allessandro Win for Their Achievements in Radio and TV Broadcasting

Chris Down and Diego Allessandro, both seniors and communication majors, were recently awarded grand prizes in their fields of submission by the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) for their achievements in radio and television broadcasting.

The NBS began its award tradition in 1962 with the intentions to highlight worthy college students with a passion for broadcasting. NBS student chapters are featured at college campuses nationwide, including at the University. In fact, Allessandro is president of the University’s chapter of NBS.

“I am a musician and amateur music historian so radio just made sense. I was doing internet radio a few years before I came to Monmouth and declared my major,” Allessandro said. “I just need to be around music, it's all that I am.”

Although he received two honorable mentions last year and three honorable mentions this year, Allessandro was still in shock when he won the grand prize. “Going from a high school dropout to a college grad with a national award has been a hard, long road. It's so fulfilling to have come so far from someone with no future to someone with a chance. I was so excited.”

Allessandro won the grand prize for his WMCX Core Music Sweeper. His honorable mentions were for three of his creations: Project Paul PSA, Project Paul Feature, and Jersey Devil Sweeper 2.

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Choosing Sides in the Classroom

Political beliefs are always an intimate subject, especially in an academic setting, but do freedom of speech and individual liberties translate over in the classroom for professors without legal infringements?

University professors enjoy academic freedom in classroom teaching, and it is detailed in their faculty contract, but, “If faculty are expressing political beliefs in their lectures that are not related to their subject matter and are imposed on students without any openness to discussion, students have the right to bring their concerns to the attention of the department chair,” said Dr. Thomas Pearson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students at the University employ professors to introduce all types of political beliefs in the classroom because it creates openness and a bilateral line of communication.

“I think it is beneficial for students to hear other viewpoints whether it is from peers or professors. Most students are taught what their parents believe in, but there is so much more out there to know,” said Casey Smith, senior psychology major. “It is important to gather all of the information first, and then make a decision on what best suits you. Everyone is entitled to a different opinion and there is no straight ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’”

Pearson said that as indicated in the University Faculty Contract on page seven, “Academic freedom means freedom of teaching and research and of extramural (off-campus) activities... Faculty members are entitled to freedom in the classroom in presenting and discussing their subject. Faculty and instructional staff members must have primary responsibility for selecting instructional materials, defining course content and determining the methods of evaluating student performance in their classes.”

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