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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

A Final Salute for President Paul G. Gaffney II: The Complete Interview || News

final_salute_for_president_gaffney_IIOUTLOOK: Exact starting date/What was the University like at that time?

President Gaffney (PG): July 7, 2003. I came here two days after retiring from the navy. The University was always in great place with a great location. The neighborhood stayed the same and it survived the hurricane. We had an opportunity to build some things, my predecessor had the MAC on the drawing boards and they had been talking about it for ten years. They were finishing up the library renovations. I had a chance to do a few things to fill out that ground and to raise some money for the University. I would say Sam McGill, President 20 years ago, and Becky Stafford, 10 years ago, got us on a really good track to be a University, to be a Division IA program, keep enrollment up between five and six thousand. They had good ideas and I just sort of kept them going and added some new energy to good ideas.

OUTLOOK: New ideas?

PG: One thing I tried to do was, I’m a firm believer that you have a job inside the gates of the University and that’s you going to class and learning something from a professor. A University is such a center of energy and intellectual power has responsibility outside the gate and if you don’t connect these professors with the issues around you and if you don’t get the students interested in those issues, I don’t think you’re getting the full value out of the University. What I tried to do was to do more things with our talent outside the gates, to get us more involved. The side benefit of that is that you get more well known in the region, the state, the governor’s office, in congress, and around. That eventually helps enrollment and our reputation as well. That’s one new thing that I did, setting up all these new centers that we have.

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Cleaning Up Our Beaches || News

Boyan Slat, 19-year-old aerospace engineer at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, created a device to potentially clean 7,250,000 tons of plastic from the world’s oceans-proving that a mere college student can solve global problems.

It is advocated to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day; however, it is not necessary to drink this water from 16-ounce plastic bottles. To see the harm of plastic pollution, just Google a picture of the United States’ very own “plastic beach” (also known as Kamilo Beach, Hawaii). In eight years, 260,000 pounds of plastic was collected from this beach during routine cleanups, according to the Hawaii Wildlife Fund. To give some perspective-on average, an empty plastic water bottle only weighs 0.03 pounds. Kamilo Beach is just one of many polluted beaches around the world, due to the five major oceanic gyres, which are rotating systems of ocean currents that essentially attract millions of tons of plastic.

No one wants to swim in plastic soup, including marine life, but recently it seems that they do not have a choice. Research by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die from trash-related deaths each year. Furthermore, the University of British Columbia specifically studied the deaths of Northern Fulmars, a seabird common to the Northeast Atlantic regions. They found that 92.5 percent of the 67 birds studied had some form of plastic in their stomachs, ranging from 37 pieces per bird to 454 pieces.

Wildlife deaths and oceanic pollution can be stopped, but it is up to the public. The bottled water industry is entirely demand driven; therefore, in order to see results in the environment, the demands of the people must be altered. Some activists have displayed productive efforts, such as Concord, Massachusetts’ prohibition of the sale of plastic water bottles and the industry’s overall weight reduction of plastic bottles. However, Slat may have found the most effective solution of them all.

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Brighton Stabbing || News

Long Branch resident Robert Powers Sr. was attacked by his son, Robert Powers Jr., who yielded a machete and a switchblade knife upon the arrival of Long Branch Police Department (LBPD) last Monday. Powers Sr. received first aid for a head injury, according to LBPD.

Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said that LBPD received a call about two males fighting outside at 121 Brighton Avenue around 5:00 pm on Monday. One of the subjects threatened to kill the other and then dragged him back into the house.

When police arrived on the scene, Powers Sr. opened the door bleeding from a head wound. He told officers he was attacked by his son and was then removed from the residence, according to Roebuck. Powers Jr., who was still inside, approached the officers with a switchblade knife. The officers drew their weapons and backed out of the residence, he said.

The officers were followed out by Powers Jr., who claimed that he was “Jesus Christ” and “the second coming of the Satanic Christ,” according to Public Safety.  Powers Jr. went back inside while police surrounded the house, said Roebuck.

The subject continued to yell incoherently at the officers using racial slurs and inappropriate names while holding a machete. Powers Jr. also made a fake Molotov cocktail, which police suspected to be made with water and a wick, Roebuck added.

Reinforcements called to the scene included the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT), West Long Branch Police Department (WLBPD), Long Branch Fire and First Aid and other off-duty officers, according to Public Safety.

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Shots iGot Helps College Students Moderate Their Drinking || News

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Shots iGot is a new five star iPhone app created to reduce over-drinking. Paras Jain, Chief Operating Officer and one of the three creators, said that there is nothing like their app on the market right now.

The iPhone app was created by Jain, Josh Rosenheck who serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Mike Verderese who is the Chief Technology Officer. All three of the gentlemen are 22 years old and attended Rutgers University together.

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