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The Honors School Takes on First Year Long Mission

Honors Students Support The Kourtney Rose Foundation


Honors students are known for being dedicated to their homework, but now they would like to be known for their dedication to philanthropy as well. The Honors School has decided to support a charity this year, The Kortney Rose Foundation. This is the first time that the Honors School has decided to take on a year long service project.

The Kortney Rose Foundation, according to the mission statement on TheKortneyRoseFoundation.org, was created to raise awareness about pediatric brain tumors as well as raise funds to further research for treatments and a cure. The foundation was founded by Kristen Gillette, a secretary in the political science department, after her daughter Kortney died from a brain tumor at age nine.

Ryan Murphy, a junior and head of the mentoring program, wanted to start a philanthropy project for the mentoring program. The Honors Mentoring Program assigns each honors freshman an upper-class mentor to help guide them through their first year at the University.

Murphy felt that this would be an effective way to get first year students involved on campus. “The mentoring program, still young, is trying to expand and present the first year students with new opportunities to reach their full potential here at Monmouth.  As the program head, I believe community service is a great way to give back to others, while also learning about yourself and those around you.”

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COREiculum DVDs Coming Soon

After a year and a half of continued work and dedication to further develop a program for college students’ fitness, COREiculum is set to hit the shelves of the University’s Book Store in January 2013.

COREiculum is a program that includes a variety of kickboxing, yoga, cardio dance, a boot camp and more with two additional courses that they label as “extra credit,” keeping the school theme.

The reason for keeping the school theme revolves around the idea of making this a program for college students, which has not been done before. 

Many typical 90 day programs like Insanity or P90X are built for people with a steady job, who have regular working hours and can plan when to eat meals, as well as work out on a daily basis.  For college students it becomes much more difficult due to the different hours of classes each day, eating late night snacks or even meals, as well as the irregular sleeping patterns.

Andy Stern, the creator of COREiculum, wanted to do all that he could to create a program that would work for college students. He explained, “I carefully developed the program that combined aerobic and cardiovascular training with body weight resistance. In spring of 2011, the pilot program launched at Monmouth University and since then over 200 students have participated in a COREiculum COREse.”

When the program first came out in the spring of 2011, Andy Stern and Alissa Catalano (COREiculum’s head graphic designer), were a part of an entrepreneurship class. With the help of Professor John Buzza, COREiculum’s launch of their first set of DVDs, called the1st Semester, will be ready for the book store, but Stern has bigger plans for the workout that he created.

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Same Sex Marriage Heading to Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court will take up same sex marriage on the docket for the next term.  There will be two cases; one is based on California’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage through Proposition 8. Despite this, the public approved it via referendum. The other case will be based on a New York law that denies same sex couples federal benefits. This case will take center stage as the public attitude from same sex marriage has shifted.

The California case will decide whether California judges violated the federal Constitution when they voted to deny rights of same sex couples. A three judge panel for the Court of Appeals disagreed with the public, who believe same sex marriage should be allowed.

The Supreme Court will be dealing with a multitude of questions, the key one being: whether the Constitution requires states to allow same sex marriages. This case comes as nine states have legalized same sex marriage; Maryland, Washington and Maine passed it just this past election. Other states, including New Jersey, recognize domestic partnerships and civil unions, not same sex marriage.

The federal case based out of New York challenges the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 passed by President Bill Clinton. Section three of the Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman for purposes of federal law. This comes forward after same sex couples attempt to file for federal programs but do not recognize their marriage even if the state in which they marry does.

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Wilson Hall’s History Displayed in Pollak Gallery

wilson-hallFrom November 1 through December 21, Pollak Gallery is featuring a Historic Wilson Hall Exhibit sponsored by the University’s Center for the Arts.

The exhibit is free and open to the public for those who wish to view photographs and artifacts from the national historic landmark, including Woodrow Wilson’s desk from the golden age of American Palaces.

The exhibit originally opened for two weeks in the summer of 2011 and expanded upon those original artifacts for the 2012 exhibition.

“We have received such an eager response from the community to share information with us and we have enjoyed learning more about the building,” said Kelly Barratt, Marketing Coordinator for the Arts.

The building has always been a draw for historians and musical lovers (the 1982 film Annie was filmed there), but this year the exhibit features new artifacts centering around Shadow Lawn, and Woodrow Wilson’s stay there during 1916.

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NJ Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Bill

minimum-wageThe New Jersey Legislature handed Governor Chris Christie a bill last week that plans to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour – a $1.25 increase from the current minimum. The bill is a sign of hope for some New Jersey residents, but many are questioning the wisdom of raising the minimum wage, especially when the state’s economy and local businesses are still struggling to recover from Sandy.

New Jersey is one of 23 states whose minimum wage is $7.25, the same as the federal minimum. However, an increase to $8.50 would put the state third highest, behind Washington and Oregon.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS), New Jersey has approximately 41,000 minimum wage earners. Another 58,000 make even less than that because they have jobs where they rely heavily on tips in order to make ends meet.

While there are many advocates of the bill that believe an increase in minimum wage will benefit the people of New Jersey, opponents counter that with New Jersey’s economy still recovering, the timing is far from appropriate.

The bill, A2612, comes more than six months after the Assembly first passed the measure, and 11 months after Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver announced that she would make the wage increase a legislative priority at the Assembly reorganization ceremony in January.

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EOF Students Inducted into National Honor Society

Twenty-seven Educational Opportunity Fund students were inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society Thursday, October 4.

The students, advisors and university officials gathered in McGill Commons Club rooms for the induction of honor students with GPA’s of 3.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters.

The ceremony started with a reading of statistics and history of Chi Alpha Epsilon.  According to Lupita Yonker, EOF Assistant Director/Counselor, “Chi Alpha Epsilon was founded to recognize the academic achievements of students in support programs like EOF and Federal Trio programs across the nation.” 

The organization has been around since 1990; it has been at the University for five years.  There are 78 chapters across the country. 

After brief descriptions of the organization, the students were shown the honor material and its emblem, then they signed the ledger. 

University officials, including Provost Thomas Pearson, Dean of the Center for Student Success Dr. Mercy Azeke, Associate Director of Residential Life, Mark Holfelder, and with the EOF staff Program Director Colleen Johnson, Assistant Director/Counselor Lupita Yonker, Freshman Coordinator/Counselor Nicole Martinez, Sophomore Counselor Tyrone Smith and Math Tutor Al Fure were all present.

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Students Participate in Simulation Business Competition

Two University student teams ranked third and 19th in an online simulation business competition against approximately 350 competing teams from all over the nation.

This competition was based on Dr. Randy Chapman’s LINKS complex business simulations. Dr. David Paul, Associate Professor of Marketing and Health Care Management, uses these in his Services Marketing course every year. “This semester was the first time I heard of this ‘competition,’ because none of the teams ever placed high enough that I was informed of it,” said Paul

Benjamin Sutton, WilliamBrucella and Susan Imperiale placed 19th on the Key Performance Indicator of Ratio of Change in Net Income to Revenue, which shows the improvement of cash position over the prior quarter.

Brucella, a junior communication major with a business marketing minor, said he was shocked to find out about his team placing. “There really is no way of knowing how well we do compared to the other teams in the class unless the professor showed us our rankings,” he said.

Third place on the Key Performance Indicator of Forecasting Accuracy was given to the team of Robbie Krienke, Alex Whelan and Joseph Rienzi, which according to Paul this is “a pure signal of management skill and expertise in understanding customers and customer demand generation.” Paul continued to say, “their forecasting accuracy was 94.1 percent, which was 0.1 percent away from tying them for best in the world.”

Paul made certificates of achievement and presented them to the six students in class so the other students would be aware of the accomplishments.

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P- Red Light Camera Bill May Stop in a Flash

A new report from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) confirms what many opponents of red-light cameras have long suspected: the cameras lead to more accidents, more injuries, and greater costs for New Jersey drivers.

The NJDOT report, released in November, was compiled as an annual requirement of the state’s five-year red light pilot program that began in December 2009. Overall, the report found an increase in the total number of crashes as well as a drastic increase in costs at intersections where the cameras were installed.

The traffic control signal monitoring system, also known as  Red Light Running (RLR), is an “integrated device utilizing one or more cameras and sensors that work in conjunction with a traffic control signal to produce images of vehicles that disregard a red signal or ‘run a red light’,” the report explains.

Although there are many supporters for the program, the costs outweigh the benefits for some New Jersey drivers. Created to increase intersection safety, some red light camera devices have been found to do just the opposite.

According to the report, the costs included, but were not limited to “vehicle damage and repair, damage to property, emergency response, medical care, and even funeral costs.”

Many, if not most of these crashes are the result of drivers who slam on their brakes when a traffic light turns yellow in order to avoid a ticket, the report explains. Motorists who are aware that an intersection is monitored by red-light camera systems tend to get in more rear-end collisions from cars following too closely behind them.

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2012 Kate Nawoyski Receives JASPER Award

JASPERThe Jersey Shore Public Rela- tions & Adver tising Association awarded University student Kate Nawoyski with the 38th annual JASPER Rising Star Award.

This award is given to students who excel in the communication industry and are enrolled in accredited programs. Out of the 19 different award categories presented in the JASPER Awards, Nawoyski, senior communication major, received the Gold Award in the Rising Star category for her video, Macheke Sustainability Project: Moleen Madziva.

According to awards.jspraa.com, “entries must meet a minimum score of excellence to be considered. Based upon the judges’ scores, one Gold and one Silver prize will be awarded in each category.”

Nawoyski said she was asked by the University’s Enrollment Publications Depar tment to suppor t Madziva’s sustainability project by creating a promotional and informative video. “The Macheke Sustainability Project is a great organization and we thought the video would not only help them, but get Monmouth University students motivated to get involved in the project,” said Nawoyski.

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The Presidential Search Continues

The University is on track for the Presidential search of the 2013-2014 school years. According to the email sent to students on behalf of Dr. Marcia Clever and Al Schiavetti, the co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee, advertisements have been placed in several media forms to alert individuals interested the position of President for the University.

Grey Dimenna, Vice President and General Counsel the one responsible for most of the staff work of the Presidential Search Committee, has confirmed and named the areas of advertising for the position: “The advertisement was placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education and three publications reaching primarily women and minority professionals,” said Dimenna. “The Search Committee also sent out letters to hundreds of individuals including government officials, former trustees, honorary degree recipients and donors and friends of the University, asking them to nominate individuals that they believed would be excellent candidates for the University’s next president.”

The University’s website has a page regarding the Presidential Search. It currently lists the end of October to the beginning of November as the deadline for submitting applications.

The Search Committee is now in the process of narrowing down the list of applicants, which include people ranging from various positions and backgrounds: “sitting and former college and university presidents, provosts, vice presidents, deans and other individuals affiliated with higher education as well as others from business and government,” said Dimenna.

As of the last email sent to students alerting them of the process of the search, 70 officials have applied for the position.

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A Glass of Merlot, Please

Vineyard1In order to provide students with hands on experience in the field of biology and botany, the University has created a vineyard on campus as a part of the biology curriculum.

The idea of the vineyard originated from Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, assistant biology professor. According to Daneshgar, the purpose of the project is to fuse together the biology curriculum taught in the classroom with real life experiments that will expose students to the material they learn. “The Monmouth University campus vineyard is essentially an outdoor laboratory designed to help students learn about sustainable agricultural practices, integrated pest management practices, growth preferences of grapes, proper cultivation of grape vines and other aspects of vineyards such as wine production,” said Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science. “The vineyard also has the potential to help students learn about aspects of grape genetics and about the genetics of bacteria and yeast that live on grape vines and are essential for wine production.”

“The main goal of this botany project is to teach students about sustainable agriculture and what it takes to successfully grow a vineyard,” Daneshgar said.

Daneshgar, an ecologist specializing in plants who also teaches botany at the University, wanted to create a “platform to teach all biology majors.” Rather than each section of biology creating a different project, the vineyard project will serve as a tool to connect all students within the field of study.

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