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The Boy Who Cried...Hurricane

HurricaneWhen a gander of us should have been enjoying what was left of our summer, something massive occurred towards the end of August. A hurricane was swarming near coastal waters and was expected to crash, not just silently slide, into the East coast.

However, it was not exactly unexpected since it’s (1) hurricane season and (2) natural disasters frequently brew near the southern tip of the nation in warmer waters. What did send chills up and down millions of spines was the prediction that Hurricane Irene would leave New Jersey disastrous, in an eerie resemblance to New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.

The storm, which first was a category two and later declared a category one, had the entire East coast in a frenzy on Aug. 26. Now, a ‘category two’ is not something to mess with, so I’m told, and a category one is still a hurricane, but is supposed to be less damaging and not leave as serious effects.

As someone who works as a cashier during the summer, I saw this frenzy first-hand as customers poured –no, stampeded- into the department store from opening until closing for three days straight. It was like wild animals searching for their prey. For three days, the prey included batteries, flashlights, and for some reason, a ton of frozen food, milk and eggs. If your power went out people, what in the world would you do with all of this cold food?

Oh well. Working in retail is always a crazy, baffling experience. I digress.

For three days, I saw these people panic, cry and fear for their homes due to the overwhelming reporting on the hurricane. I became incredibly scared myself, and watching the news constantly wasn’t doing anything but add to my fear.

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Kim Kardashian: Kash Kow

default article image“I now pronounce you Rich and Richer. You may kiss the bride.”

Perhaps those were not the exact words spoken in Montecito, California during Mr. and Mrs. Humphries’ wedding August 20, but considering the over-the-top, multi-million dollar ceremony the newlyweds put together the thought was not too far from anyone’s mind.

It seemed as if the world was patiently waiting to watch their favorite “it” girl strut her stuff down the aisle. Kim Kardashian found Kris Humphries, her real-life Prince Charming; everyone could sleep easier with that kind of peace of mind.

When the details broke of the wedding, it boggled minds across America. Though the reality starlet is known for her glamorous lifestyle, jaws dropped when dollar value was placed on almost everything involved in the wedding and reception.

From the reported 15 million dollars of borrowed Lorraine Schwartz diamonds worn by Kim throughout her day, three Vera Wang custom wedding gowns in addition to the Vera gowns for her bridal party and “momager” all at an undisclosed amount, custom fitted Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedos ranging anywhere from $3,000- $4,000 each, not to mention $50,000 spent on flowers alone, this blushing bride was clearly only allowing the best of the best to surround her on her big day.

Not only did her five-star wedding welcome her into the newest chapter of her life, E!’s own cameras were rolling to catch every tear jerking, fairytale moment.

Which raises another dimension into this one of a kind wedding: were they getting paid for it?

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9/11: Never Forget?

911 Never ForgetIt’s ironic that the slogan of September 11 is “Never Forget,” but the emergency workers who helped with the recovery on that disastrous day 10 years ago were denied entry to the 9/11 National Memorial on the tenth anniversary this year.

Mayor Bloomberg of New York City released a statement that first responders are not invited to the opening ceremony. However, political figures like George W. Bush, and President Barack Obama are invited, along with thousands of family members of victims. First responders are more than welcome to stand outside of the memorial on September 11, 2011 but will not be allowed inside.

The city has told the 90,000 first responders that there is no room for them at the ceremony. They are outraged to say the least and I am not surprised. Other first responders have admitted to never being invited by the city to any national events. They feel disrespected and betrayed. I believe that if the city wished to show their gratitude towards the first responders, they would have been at the top of the guest list for the memorial. Of course the families of victims should be a priority, but Bloomberg is not giving a good enough reason for first responders being denied an invitation.

Other first responders feel if the city honors them, it will give an example to others. By thanking the people who help our country in their most dire hour of need, it will encourage others to do the same in other crises. It will even give other countries the example that America can take care of itself when necessary. I believe that people need to see its country coming together. When they do, it helps open people’s eyes to others less fortunate and brings the country closer together.

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Easy Come, Easy Go...

Edison Science Hall Renovations Almost Complete: While 800 Building Gets Demolished


Easy Come Easy Go 1Nine months and $3.5 million dollars later, the renovations of Edison Science Hall is almost complete. 

The remodeled building is painted with a cream color base and pure white accents, with a new hardwood floor on the inside.

A new greeting area has been created for students to meet in the middle of the first floor classrooms, which has four round tables and armchairs. 

Amanda Kruzynski, sophomore, said that she enjoys the area and finds it to be a great space to catch up on work between classes.

Larger windows also were installed in the building’s hallways, allowing for the intake of more sunlight.

Patricia Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services at the University, was involved in creating the master and capital plans regarding renovations to the building.

This included updating the laboratories and classrooms in the building and planning exactly how they would do so.

“We needed to be able to accommodate some additional lab needs and update classrooms, things of that sort,” Swannack said. “In order to do that, we had to somehow come up with space.”

Rather than creating a larger building that would take up more land, Swannack and personnel from the University’s Information Management group decided it was best to create an upstairs level to the former single-story building. 

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Rain Floods Howard Hall, but Hurricane Irene Leaves Minimal Damage on Campus

Rain Floods HowardHallA week prior to Hurricane Irene, a heavy rainstorm flooded Howard Hall’s first floor with at least 10 inches of water.

“There was no significant damage anywhere else on campus; there were a few minor leaks here and there but Howard Hall was the most serious problem,” said Patti Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services. “We had to remove all the carpet that was on the level, which was scheduled to be removed during the fall semester anyway, and computer equipment.”

According to Edward Christensen, Vice President for Information Management, “Although some servers were shut down and the datacenter was placed on emergency generator power all essential services remained in operation.”

The 24 hour computer lab and Help Desk were briefly relocated, however all systems and services were back online for the start of business on Monday August 22.

“The hard work and cooperation of Information Management and cooperation of Information Management and Facilities Management ensured the crisis did not become an emergency, and that the recovery was expeditious,” Christensen said.

However, damage from water to more than 100 computers and many more peripherals and supplies presented challenges to the start of the semester as many of these machines were destined for classroom and lab use. “At the same time, we have also doubled our efforts in preparing for our move in the Edison addition, a move expected to begin soon,” Christensen said.

The following weekend, August 2728, was the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Days before it hit New Jersey, rain and wind predictions, tips for keeping homes safe, and overall concern, filled the TV news stations.

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Commuter Lot Gets Revamped

Commuter Lot RevampedThe University completed the renovation of the commuter parking lot just in time for the fall semester classes.

This September, commuters were welcomed with a freshly paved and completely rebuilt parking lot. The main parking lot near the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) had undergone a complete makeover during the summer to better serve the University’s commuters and guests.

By installing better lighting and adding more sidewalks, the University’s goal was to improve efficiency and safety for the students, according to Patti Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services. The parking lot previously had fewer sidewalks and students were forced to walk in between cars rushing to find parking spots.

 An immediately obvious change for students who used the parking lot last year is the direction of the parking spaces; they now face in the opposite direction.

“The previous parking lot did not allow for two way traffic in each lane,” Swannack said. “The new lot is more efficient in that students can turn down the lane where they want to park rather than have to circle the entire main lot.”

The lot held approximately 1,000 vehicles and that number has not changed but the administration made an effort to give students more parking.

“We actually moved about 60 employees to other parking areas to make more room for students,” Swannack said.

This effort seems to have made a positive impact. According to Nenil Mathurin, the valet parking manager, the number of cars valeted on the first day of school dropped from last year.

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Welcome from the President

Welcome from PresidentDear Students and Monmouth Colleagues:

Again this year, we have had a busy summer.  Yes, construction activity has been furious, but we also set a record in the number of hours students took in summer academic sessions; great decisions in time and workload management as you progress towards graduation.

We have refurbished classrooms on the ground floor at the north end of Edison Hall and are relocating our information technology infrastructure to the second floor of that new addition in the early fall.  We have buried a number of power and information cables; looks better and provides for more reliability.  Roads and walls damaged in snow removal have been redone.  You will notice that the 800 Building is gone.  A new, modern, but classic-looking, art gallery and instruction building will be erected in its place over the academic year.  We are fortunate that exceptional friends have anonymously donated to enable this new art center.  Lights for soccer are in — a gift from the generosity of Mr. Jules Plangere Jr.  Laurel Hall has been refurbished.  A better flowing, safer and more attractive main parking lot awaits you.  We have discussed future plans including upgrading labs in Edison Hall, additional parking near the Library and one more residence hall.

You have shown your interest in environmental responsibility.  To that end, we are more than doubling the size of our solar panel installation.

I hope you will all come out to support our fall sports teams.  They inspire spirit and pride.  You see some great games against top opponents on the Great Lawn and in the Kessler field areas.  You will have a great time seeing your classmates win.

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VP Student Services 9/14/11

default article imageDear Students:

To the newest members of the Monmouth University community - the Class of 2015 - and to our new transfer students, a hearty welcome.  To all our returning students, welcome back.  It’s great to have you with us again.  I hope your summer was productive and fun and you are now ready for an outstanding year here at Monmouth.

As in the past, the University has undertaken a number of projects this summer to improve your experience as a student.  Several enhancements and additions have been made to the campus.  You will see we have renovated and redesigned the main parking lot.  Not only will this beautify the campus, but it will also provide a better flow of parking.  A renovation of Laurel Hall was completed. The 800 Building has been taken down and in its place will be built a new art building and gallery. Lighting has been added to our soccer fields which will allow Monmouth to host evening soccer games.

The University also has a number of exciting performances planned for the MAC this year.  On November 5 the University will be hosting Joel McHale.  Other recent performances at the MAC included a sold out show by Wiz Khalifa as well as a show by All Time Low.

You will also find a wealth of opportunities to get involved in the life of the campus.  New clubs will welcome your participation and the Greek life system is always looking for strong students who want to form a common bond.  Come out and cheer all the student-athletes who represent you and the University so well.  Take advantage of the outstanding performing arts, theatre, and film schedules.  All of this is here for you – but you must choose to take advantage of them.

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VP Administrative Services

default article imageTo our new freshmen, “Welcome!” and to our upperclassmen, “Wel-come Back!”  We’re excited to have you bring your life and vitality to campus as you pursue your academic and research goals.  Facili-ties Management is here to help.  Our staff maintains and operates the physical, environmental and mechanical facilities of our campus so that you can focus on your studies.

Facilities Management is the department that operates the buildings and grounds of the University.  If you need help with routine build-ing maintenance or repair, you may request our services quickly and conveniently with our on-line service order.  Our service order can be accessed at: http://www.monmouth.edu/serviceorder 

To keep you informed about the status of your requested work, our service personnel will attempt to contact the person who requested service at the time that they perform the work.  If they are unable to directly contact you, our service personnel will leave a door hanger on the entrance to the area for which work was requested, informing you of the status of the work.

Our regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Emergency services (e.g. leaks) are the only services that should be requested over the telephone.

During regular business hours, call us at extension 3425. For after-hours emergency help, call extension 3472.

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First-Year Honors Student Mourned

First Year Honors Student MournedThe University lost a rare, precious and irreplaceable gem during the summer. Rebecca Dermanjian, a first-year student in the Honors school, died in a car accident on June 16.

A resident in Beechwood Hall and a dedicated student, Dermanjian was excited to return to the University for her sophomore year.

English Professor Frank Fury was cousins with Dermanjian. He explained she was a girl who absolutely loved her family.

“It sounds like an overstatement, but she really cared about each and every person in her family,” Fury said. “She just adored her little cousins, and her parents and brother. She was so modest and unassuming, a great person. She either didn’t know it or didn’t acknowledge it.”

Fury said Dermanjian was very proud to be a student at the University.

“While she was trying to decide where to go to college, she visited Monmouth, loved it and set her sights on it,” he said. “She liked being able to live on her own, but was close enough to come home if she wanted to spend time with her family. She was also very proud to be in the Honors school.”

Dermanjian was a psychology major and was planning to specialize in child psychology.

“She had a strong love for children and connected really well with younger people,” Fury reminisced.

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Graduating Seniors Get Launched into the Future

Class of 2011 Celebrated with Former Astronaut as Commencement Speaker


Graduating Seniors LaunchedThe University celebrated its 78th commencement this past spring on Wednesday, May 18 at 1:30pm at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Despite poor weather, the ceremony was held with the Honorable Charles F. Bolden Jr. addressing the 2011 graduating class.

“I think that this year's May ceremony went extremely well considering that we had very bad weather that day,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services. “We made a decision early in the day to preseat students to protect them from heavy rain and thunderstorms instead of having them line up and stand in the rain for the procession. I think people appreciated being dry and that added to the experience.”

The University’s guest speaker, Charles F. Bolden Jr., is a retired U.S. Marine Corps major general and former astronaut.  Bolden became the 12th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on July 17, 2009, and became the first AfricanAmerican to head the agency, after being nominated by President Barack Obama and later confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“Boundaries today are largely political,” said Bolden to the graduating class, “but even those, as witnessed by the recent uprisings in the Middle East so much fueled by the social media, are at best constructs that are rapidly changing.”

Bolden graduated in 1968 with a BS in electrical science from the United States Naval Academy, along with President Paul Gaffney II. Bolden was also the president of his class. He later earned an MS in systems management from the University of California in 1977.

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