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College Drinking Spikes for Freshmen

As college gets underway, incoming students across the state are entering a world of long lectures, daunting professors, crushing course loads, new friendships and, often, lots and lots of drinking.

Though most older adults know that excessive drinking can lead to death from alcohol poisoning as well as accidents, date rape, assault, violence, vandalism and academic failure, try telling a newly emancipated freshman that.

During the first few weeks of college, students, especially freshmen, are at the highest risk of alcohol-related harm, said Michael Cleveland, researcher at Penn State’s Prevention Research Center. “We see a spike then because anxiety is high, and the rigors of course work haven’t yet taken hold.”

Michael Davis, a senior at University of Central Florida, says the drinking problem often starts with the way the college is portrayed — as a life that revolves around alcohol. “Freshmen come in expecting it to be that way, so behave that way,” said the 22-year-old communication major.

Parents have reason to worry. According to national surveys conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, 44 percent of all college students binge drink and many suffer alcohol-induced blackouts.

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Innocence Project on Campus to Raise Awareness

news-innocence-pg-3On September 13, the non-profit organization Innocence Project, held a presentation on campus to raise awareness of wrongfully convicted persons.

Speaking about his experience was Alan Newton, a victim of eyewitness misidentification which resulted in the theft of 22 years of his life. In front of an audience of over 150 students, faculty and members of the public, Newton outlined the arduous process that he and Innocence Project went through to make him a free man.

The event was held in Young Auditorium and lasted for 45 minutes. He began his story by mentioning the movie Ghostbusters was his alibi. With scrupulous details explaining the morning of his arrest, the confusing police line-ups and the onerous task of locating the rape-kit for testing, Newton put into context the frustration of a man who was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

“In 1994, with the advent of DNA testing, I was granted access to have DNA analysis conducted on the rape-kit from the crime. This was to be done by an independent testing facility,” said Newton, who is 50 years-old. “The only problem was finding the kit - it had disappeared.” For years, Newton continuously sent petitions to New York State courts; he was always denied.

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eCampus Gets a Makeover

news-ecampus-pg-1The eCampus learning system provided by vendor Desire2Learn, made some changes over the summer to make room for a new version with updated features and interface changes.

The new server, called Desire2Learn’s Learning Environment Version 10.0 (D2L LE v10) was put into place over the course of two days in late August. The date was chosen to refrain from troubling students and instructors who use eCampus regularly.

“Taking the system down for 24 hours during summer classes wasn’t an option.” said Wayne Elliot, Instructional Technologist and LMS (Learning Management System) Administrator of Information Management.

“Especially since meeting schedules are condensed into four, six and 12 weeks. There would be a change to the look and feel after the upgrade,” said Elliot.

The upgrade took place after faculty and Information Management members investigated LMS options and saw significant changes in D2L LE v10. It was the first major update to modernize the visual interface.
Desire2Learn has made in several years, according to Elliott.

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Suicide Prevetion Program Awarded Over $300,000

news-suicide-pg-2The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration awarded the University $301,215 that will benefit the college’s Suicide Prevention Program.

Over a period of three years, the program has aimed to help the campus community become more aware of issues relating to suicide and mental health. Counseling and Psychological Services have been contributing in the effort to decrease the number of students suffering from these problems with the creation of the Promoting Wellness and Resiliency Program (PWR).
PWR offers students the ability to learn about things including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem and stress. Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services said that power can be found in wellness.

Christopher McKittrick, a Psychological Counselor, believes awareness of suicide is a big step in trying to stop it. “To ignore the issue of suicide, in my opinion, does not prevent it,” he said.

With the funds, PWR will provide programs and training on how to identify signs and symptoms of mental health problems.

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Greenopolis Recycling Kiosks to Assist in a Recycling Effort on Campus

News_GreenMachinesThe campus took one more step towards a greener initiative recently with the installation of two brand new recycling kiosks called the “Greenopolis Recycling Systems” in the Student Center and the MAC.

Not too long ago, the University was selected by The Princeton Review as a 2012 Green College. According to the University’s website, “Monmouth University has contributed in many ways to making our planet greener and more environmentally friendly. We are committed to pursuing green initiatives on campus, and all of us here –from administrators to students – are active participants in this mission.”

The University community is able to approach a kiosk and immediately start recycling. The interface is simple to use and interact with. Not only is simplicity found in using the machine, but in spreading awareness about its presence on campus as well.

Vice President for Student Services, Mary Anne Nagy is optimistic about the new addition to an already energy and recycling efficient campus. “I think it is great for all of us to share in the responsibility of keeping our campus green,” she said.

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University Mourns Loss of Art Student

News_MourningArtStudentThe University lost some of its sunshine over the summer, as senior Paul M. Chrzaszcz died in a tragic drowning accident on June 19.

According to an article in The Star Ledger, Chrzaszcz and a friend were in a boat on Cheesequake Creek when they dropped a trolling motor into the water. He then returned the next day and went into the creek to receive the motor and authorities said he never resurfaced.

Chrzaszcz was a commuter student from South Amboy and an Art and Design major. He also worked as a fireman for the Mechanicisville Hose Co. in South Amboy and the Melrose Hose Co. in Sayreville.

Art Professor Vincent Dimattio was very close with Chrzaszcz and said in all his years of teaching, he was one of the most caring young people he ever worked with.

“His signature was that he was put on Earth to help as many people as he could,” Dimattio said. “He cared about everybody, was always helpful, and was always there for people.”

Dimattio said Chrzaszcz was thinking of going to graduate school and was a man with many hobbies and interests. He was a fireman, a fisherman and a young artist.

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Aramark Brings Several Improvements to Campus

News_AramarkBringsSeveralAdding meal swipes wasn’t the only dining change which occurred on campus over the summer. The University and ARAMARK have brought forth new attitudes and new food to campus.

One of the first moves was Java City going from its location in the student center to the Plangere Center in place of Einstein Bros Bagels.Not all students are happy about the move. “I personally dislike the change,” said Lisa Syphiewski, a junior student. “I loved Einstein’s and I think it had more to offer than Java City does.”

Vice President for Student and Community Services Mary Anne Nagy felt it was time for a change, as she noticed there was an annual drop in revenue and customers at Einstein’s.

“I know people had a real affinity for Einstein’s, but I think brands have cycles and I think we were out of that cycle,” Nagy said. “There used to be Einstein Bagels all around this area outside of the University and now there are none because it didn’t have the stability of a place like a McDonald’s or Wendy’s.”

With the Einstein’s franchise leaving, the University decided to bring in the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers franchise.

“We knew we wanted to put in some sort of a franchise concept, chicken being the lead because in surveys chicken is big here,” Nagy said. “Seeing Einstein’s was going down we moved Java and retook that area to make it Raising Cane’s and I think in the long run it’s going to be a great decision.”

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President Search Continues

Just as the nation is preparing for a presidential election, the University is in the process of finding a new president to take the place of President Gaffney who will be retiring in June 2013.

Following President Gaffney’s announcement of his plan to retire last semester, the University established a search committee to find the best candidate to lead the school toward the future it deserves.

Dr. Grey Dimenna, Vice President and General Counsel, is responsible for the staff work of the Presidential Search Committee, a 16-person search committee. According to Dimenna, several steps have already been taken to prepare for the choosing of a new president. Of these steps, one is a Leadership Statement, which can be viewed on the University website.

“The search committee developed a leadership statement, which is a document that tells potential candidates about the University, what the challenges facing the new president will be, and what the characteristics in a president the University is searching for,” said DimennaThe Leadership Statement, which was first drafted by Dimenna and later incorporated input from the Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet and the presidential search committee was formally adopted by the Board of Trustees in June and placed onto their website. The document includes lists of what challenges a new president will face and what characteristics are being sought in potential candidates.

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Swipe for a Meal in Student Center

The days of only being able to use meal swipes in the McGill Commons are over. Starting this fall students will be able to swipe for a meal in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

“It gives students far more flexibility, far more choices and gives them the ability to use a lot more of their meals,” said Vice President of Student Services, Mary Ann Nagy. “For example, if you have a meal plan with 225 meals then at the end of the semester you should have zero meals left and should not be taking a lot of money your pocket either.”

The new swipe plan is called the meal exchange and each station in the student center establishes what would be a meal equivalent. According to Nagy, a meal swipe in the student center at the pizza station would be two slices of pizza, a salad, a piece of fruit, chips and a fountain beverage or 20 ounce bottle of Dasani water.

Nagy recommends if people are only a little hungry they grab a smaller meal at the student center, but if they are very hungry then they should head over to McGill Commons where it is still all you can eat after you swipe in.

Molly Chamberlain, District Marketing Manager for Aramark would like to see students put their meal plans to full use.

“We’re hoping students catch onto this quickly and take advantage of the fact they can swipe for meals in two locations on campus,” Chamberlain said.

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New Art Building Set to Open in November

News_ArtBuildFrontPageThis November is the planned opening for the new Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Art Building on campus. The building, currently under construction, will boast 20,340 square feet of classrooms and faculty offices as well as a three-story gallery. Robert L. Cornero, Associate Vice President of Campus Planning & Construction explains that the construction had a delayed start because of waiting on approval for last minute changes. These changes included the structuce, technical issues, heating system, lighting revisions, foundation revisions, ceiling revisions and different trim and tile patterns.

The project was no small undertaking with numerous different people working on the building since construction began. “We have averaged approximately 15 workers per day since the project started last December,” said Cornero. “At first there were heavy equipment operators and laborers, then there were concrete masons, then iron workers and so on,” he said.

During the last phases of the project, Cornero says they have been using more contractors who specialize in finishing trades, such as carpenters, electricians, tin knockers, tile setters and painters.

The new larger gallery is planning to be the center piece of the building with classrooms and offices around it. This will give everyone who enters the building a chance to see not only the works of students, but also outside artists.

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Welcome from the President

Dear Hawks:

Welcome back to class. This was my tenth summer at Monmouth and by far the busiest; not just for me but for the many staff, administrators and faculty who worked here over the last three months. From simple improvements to drainage in a few areas and brighter lights around

Wilson Hall, to the newly constructed Rechnitz Hall (Art Building), to a new Trading Room in the Business School, to new ARAMARK dining options, and many more improvements, we continue to make the campus something about which to be proud.

We are in the final throes of opening graduate classes in the Monmouth Park Corporate Center, just less than two miles away. Psychological Counseling will open there this year and the new Physician’s Assistant program next year. This is big step for us. It also gives us a bit more elbowroom on the main campus.

You will see changes in Howard Hall: a new home for Psychology. Expect continual changes this year to the labs in Edison Hall.

We have a full, new first-year class and several hundred transfer students. This is a terrific new class. I’ve met many of our new students and they are confident, from diverse backgrounds, and highly qualified.

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