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President Obama Wins Re-Election

President Barack Obama defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney to earn a second term as President of the United States by an Electoral College count of 332 to 206 on November 6.

Obama won 26 states and the D.C district while Romney won 24 states. Obama won major swing states such as Ohio, Colorado and Florida. Obama also won the popular vote by approximately three million votes.

Susan Pagano, political science major and first time voter, felt this was an exciting race. “It was the first time that I was able to vote, and I am glad that it was in such a thrilling election. I, personally, was ecstatic with the outcome because I think President Obama has the superior plans for the direction of our nation,” said Pagano.

Nicole Bizzoco, political science professor, was surprised about aspects of this race. “I think the campaign leading up to was unprecedentedly expensive, negative and plagued by small-issue debates on both sides. That being said, I did feel there were real differences between the candidates on a number of issues, social issues such as women’s rights and marriage equality in particular. I was surprised by the president’s margin of victory; I was expecting a much closer race.”

The age group of 18 to 24 accounted for 19 percent of the electorate. This has forced both parties to now deal with issues important to this age group.

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Campus Re-Opens and Lives Begin Again

Although Hurricane Sandy left miles of destruction along the shores of New Jersey, the University was fortunate enough to have minor damage.

Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, explained that about 15 to 20 trees fell as a result of the hurricane. She continued to say, “We lost some shingles on the Alumni House, lost power for some period of time and still have some perimeter buildings that are without power but nothing critical.”

The link between Howard Hall and the Edison Science Building did have some roof penetration and damage because of the storm, according to Swannack. Therefore the solar panels had to be removed in order to fix the roof. However, Swannack said, “We were extremely lucky.”

President Paul Gaffney II reassured the community that there was no damage done to the Fountain Gardens, Pier Village apartments or the Diplomats.

The cost of the damage thus far is about $40,000, according to Swannack. This includes all of the tree work. Swannack explained that the University plans on putting a claim into Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). However, the claim will not only include the cost for tree damage, but also how much the University put towards making the Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC) and Boylan Gymnasium operational shelters.

“I would say our claim to FEMA will probably be well over $100,000. Which, relatively speaking, is not a lot for everything that was done here,” said Swannack. According to her, during the height of the storm, the University was sheltering about 1,050 to 1,200 evacuees.

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University Closed for Classes, Open for Victims

While many students went home to avoid being on campus for the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, the University opened up its doors to the outside community and offered up the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) and Boylan Gymnaisum as a shelter for 1,050 people from all over the state.

“The MAC is a great facility and is the best facility in Monmouth County for getting a lot of people in shelter for a short period of time,” said President Paul Gaffney II.

Prior to Hurricane Sandy’s arrival, Gaffney and the Vice Presidents discussed the forecast of the storm and decided to close school on that Monday and Tuesday. As the storm continued to trek North, the University was contacted by the State Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the County Office of Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Office, who inquired about using the MAC and Boylan Gym as  temporary emergency shelters. The University agreed, and supplies like food, cots, and blankets began to be brought in.

The layout of the shelter at the MAC changed as more and more evacuees arrived.

Boylan Gym was split in half, as one side of the wall was used as a check-in point where people would register and get wrist bands to show they were signed up. Cots were set up on the other side, where people could sleep.

Boylan can fit anywhere from 400-500 people. When more evacuees continued to arrive, they had to begin to use space inside the MAC.

“It quickly filled up and all of the main processing moved to the main lobby of the mac and as they got 400 or so in Boylan, they moved everybody to the floor of the MAC and every inch of the floor was taken up,” said Gaffney.

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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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