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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

SGA Minutes 2/8/12

default article imageAn SGA meeting took place on February 1. At the meeting, SGA President Nicole Levy asked all members of SGA to issue comments or concerns regarding the University Bookstore. She also reminded them that President Gaffney is coming in next week so all members are expected to dress business casual.

SGA Vice President Oscar Sanchez told everyone that the SGA will be dining with directors next Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the dining hall and are hoping for a good showing of students, both commuter and resident.

Guest speakers were also at the meeting. The speakers were Liz O’Brien and Susan Damaschke. O’Brien made it known to SGA that there were open Residential Assistant spots open. In order to qualify, students must have at least 2.5 GPA and be a full time undergraduate student. The applications will be available Friday. Damaschke told SGA there are open Orientation Leader positions. SGA Senators are encouraged to apply to be an Orientation Leader. If you accept the position, you must be on campus for the month of July. You will be paid $2,100. The deadline for applicants is Friday, February 10.

Also discussed was the approval of the Boom Roast Productions group. This is a group made up of 15 students who are involved in theater.  The goal is for them to put on one to two shows a semester and do possible fundraisers.

Groups looking for Senate approval are the Campus Crusaders, an acapella group. Also before the Senate will be a Wrestling Club and an Anime Club.

Advisors who joined SGA were Vaughn Clay and Heather Kelly. Clay stated that a new students discount page had been activated. The Off Campus Students Services now has a Twitter account. Kelly said that the SOAR award will be posted. Any senior who has not gotten their pictures taken, pictures will be taken during the week of February 6.

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Debate Hawks Host Successful Tournament

Students Argue Over Best Way to Approach Foreign Policy

default article imageThe Monmouth Debate Hawks hosted the Jersey Shore Invitational Debate tournament last weekend. It brought 19 different colleges and universities to the campus, adding up to about 250 participants. Among these schools were prestigious names such as Princeton, West Point Military Academy, The Naval Academy, Cornell and a range of other established debate programs.

In these tournaments, there are three divisions for teams to compete in Novice, JV, and Open, varying in skill and experience. The whole event includes six regular competition rounds and break rounds for teams that move on through the competition rounds. The functions were held in four main buildings on campus for each specific division. Novice rounds were held in Bey Hall, JV rounds in McAllan Hall, and Varsity rounds being held in Howard Hall and the Edison Science building.

The content of these debates varies each season. Currently the topic is U.S. funding to Middle Eastern countries such as Yemen, Bahrain and Syria. Each school chooses a specific case to run as the affirmative constructive, while the negative side argues against it in order to discredit or effectively explain why this plan is flawed.

Students use different forms of evidence and proof to build their case and present it to the judge that is presiding over the round. This evidence can incorporate anything that a team believes links to a certain issue or argument set forward by the affirmative constructive. Many teams come up with elaborate displays in order to demonstrate their passion and appeal to the judge. Essentially the only rules of debate are respect for your opponents along with the ethical traditions of the sport. Although students debate political issues, the practice of debate provides them with the ability to think and formulate logical responses on their own, granting them a most valuable skill in any area of expertise.

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Christie Puts Gay Marriage Equality Up to Voters

Christie Gay Marriage VotersLast Tuesday, January 24, Governor Chris Christie stated that he would veto any bill from the legislature that would legalize same-sex marriage. Instead of allowing the New Jersey state legislature to address the issue, he stated that the controversial measure be decided by referendum. This naturally drew controversy from New Jersey democrats, as well as gay rights proponents throughout the state, who claimed Governor Christie was trying to avoid taking a concrete position on a crucial civil rights matter. The governor, along with Republican advocates, claim that a direct vote from citizens is the best way to handle the question of marriage equality democratically.

The response from Christie and his fellow Republicans seems like an honest and fair appeal to the voters, but the question remains: Is a direct referendum really the best way to handle a civil rights issue as monumental as marriage equality? The last referendum held in New Jersey was in 1915, to decide on women’s suffrage. The majority rejected the measure by a significant 51,108 votes according to NJ

Also, gay rights proponents emphasized that of about 30 initiatives to strengthen homosexual civil rights, nearly all of them have failed to do so (one example being Proposition 8 in California).

With those facts being considered, it is historically not the best idea to let the general public decide on the civil rights of other citizens. Imagine if the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was decided by the general public by a national direct election, and not passed as a bill through the congressional process. The results could be harmful to society at large.

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Christie Sets New Agenda for NJ

default article imageAfter tackling pensions and health care benefits, Chris Christie is setting his sights on taxes and education reform all as the New Jersey governor signals interest in a 2016 Presidential run, despite sitting out this year’s race.

Christie, who is getting a taste of presidential politics this season as a high-profile surrogate for Mitt Romney, used his State of the State address earlier this week to unveil his ambitious plans, as he heralded the arrival of the “New Jersey comeback.”

Whether or not the state is experiencing a renaissance, the charismatic and YouTube- ready governor may still be poised to use New Jersey as a lab of sorts for some of his party’s boldest ideas. Should his experiments succeed, there’s little question the notches on his political belt will serve him well in a Presidential run.

“It’s hard to run for national office if you’ve had an unsuccessful governorship,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “Chris Christie is moving toward accomplishing a great deal in the first term.”

Asked whether Christie is likely to mount a Presidential run in 2016, should President Obama win this fall, Sabato said: “Yes, yes and yes.”

Christie, who turned down appeals to run in 2012, signaled in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last week that he’s got his eye on the next cycle. Though it depends on how things turn out this fall, Christie said he’d be “much more ready four years from now.”

Cristina Marzilla, a Political Science student here at Monmouth University, said that “I think Christie would be a viable candidate for the Presidential election in 2016. As Governor, his steadfast commitment has been indicative of his dedication to representing the people of New Jersey. His prior experiences will undoubtedly serve him well, should he win the nomination in 2016.” 

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SGA Minutes 2/1/12

default article imageThe Student Government Association met on January 18, 2012. At this meeting, SGA President Nicole Levy discussed that parking tickets will now be able to be paid online, and that an official e  mail from the University will be coming shortly. She also announced “The Distinguished Teacher” nominees Rosemary Barbera, Stanley Blair, Laura Kelly, Gary Lewandowski, Kathryn Lionetti, Kenneth Mitchell, Mohammad Obaidat, Tina Paone, Michaeline Skiba and Sue Starke.

Also present at the meeting was Amy Bellina who is Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations. She filed a motion to change the hours of the Student Center on Friday and Saturday nights. She wants to change the time from 12 am to 11 pm

This change is because of the lack of students there at such hours. Some Senators raised concern when in need of items but Bellina said that the Student Center would still have extended hours during midterms and finals.

The advisors were also present at the meeting. Advisor Clay, Kelly and Nagy came in to represent multiple organizations on campus. Clay stated that he will be hosting the Off   Campus Housing Fair and recommends anyone interested in living off campus should come by.

Advisor Kelly stated that the 7pm early movie in Oakwood was not doing very well and is changing the time to 8pm in Oakwood. She also announced that next Wednesday, poet Marilyn Nelson will speak at a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr celebration. Kelly is also looking for a cast for the popular “Vagina Monologues” so those interested are encouraged to speak to her.

Advisor Nagy complimented the great job done during commencement in January and was very impressed. She told the SGA that the band Daughtry will be performing April 20 in the MAC.

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State of the Union Party Draws a Crowd

default article imageOn Tuesday, January 24, 75 students from a wide variety of majors came out to attend the University’s second annual screening of the State of the Union address. Organized by Dr. Phillips-Anderson of the Communication Department, the screening had significantly larger student turnout compared to last year. During the screening, a fun filled game of State of the Union bingo was played, using frequently used words that were presented throughout President Obama’s speech.

Throughout the 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a comprehensive list of his priorities and objectives for the upcoming year. While the speech was predominantly based on economic concerns, the President touched upon many important concerns belonging to the American public.

The President explained his desires to create a blueprint for the future of the United States, including an economy that works for all Americans, one focused on bringing back American manufacturing and promoting homegrown and alternative energy sources.

Some of the other concerns he mentioned included income inequality, unemployment, development of alternate sources of energy and resources, defense spending, free trade, education, the housing crisis, bank bailouts, and the withdrawal of United States armed forces from overseas.

For decades, middle class citizens have been forced to watch their economic security unravel right in front of their eyes. American jobs that were once a source of stable livelihoods and financial security have been shipped overseas. While the upper class watched their paychecks increase and their yearly incomes skyrocket, the majority of Americans dealt with salaries that stayed the same and a cost of living that continued to rise exponentially.

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Pre-Law Club Holds First Meeting

Club Has High Expectations for the Spring Semester

 default article imageThe Pre-Law Club had their first meeting for the spring semester on Monday, January 30. This club is run by Dr. Gregory Bordelon and is planning a very exciting spring. The meeting started off with a clip from the movie The Paper Chase.  This semester also brings in a new set of officers. The club is now run by President Jess Rohr, Vice President Dan Roman, Secretary Karina Bandy and Treasurer Karina Nayowski.

The club is taking a new approach this year. Bordelon wants to focus more on community service. He referred to community service as a “duty of this profession”. One idea offered by Rohr was creating a “Relay for Life”. This event is one about supporting cancer survivors and guiding those who suffer from the disease through it. She advised all those interested to come to the “Relay Kick Off” meeting on February 2. This type of event is considered a pro bono event which is considered community service within the law community. Bordelon said how important community service is and keeps everyone humble. The club plans to be other events of this kind this semester. “I expect Pre Law club to be active on campus”, said Rohr. We have a lot of talent here and this club gives them a great opportunity to experience what the process of applying to law school is like.”, said Rohr. Rohr herself hopes to attend Rutgers Law School, Seton Hall Law, and New York Law School.

Other events that the Pre Law Club mentioned was that on Thursday, February 2, Seton Hall Law School in Newark would be holding a “Discovering Law Day” from 4pm to 7pm All those interested are asked to see Bordelon as soon as possible. Another event is at Drexel University on Thursday, February 9. They are holding a “Pennsylvania Law Schools Day”. Among the schools attending are Villanova, Penn State Law and Pennsylvania Law School. This event will allow you to meet professors at these institutions and see what these types of schools are looking for.

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Female President Anyone?

After Hillary Clinton, Who Will be the Next Female to Shoot for the Presidency?

Female PresidentIf you were to ask any individual who the leader in global power was, most would have at least considered the United States. And why should they not?

Aside from the reality that America has been able to grapple its way into free country status, there is also the fact that it’s one of the strongest contributors in the free market, while also priding itself in new innovations and beneficial risk taking.

Why is it that the very country, known for cutting edge advances, has yet to employ an overdue concept, a female president?

The very concept of a female leader has been established for centuries, usually applied in the form of a Queen from some sort of hierarchical system; this form however has experienced some design changes to make it more applicable to the twentieth century, democratic standpoint.

Several nations such as Sri Lanka, India and the United Kingdom have been bringing women into high authority’s positions and utilizing them, to advance their countries and whatever purposes they may aspire for. It’s a bold statement, one that is thunderously overcoming the sexism that has been ever so prominent since the birth of leadership roles. So, again, where is America in this capable wave of female engagement? 

“I feel that America fears change. Many question a woman’s ability to lead, when many actually are really great leaders,” says freshman Olivia Caruso. It all stems back to the strong sexist ideologies that had tainted the previous generations before this one’s current, and there is nobody to blame for that. At that time it was simply a way of thinking, however it is still a mindset that has derailed most sorts of female political progression. The closest to this change was Hillary Clinton in 2008, who lost the Democratic nomination to President Obama.

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Ron Paul: Who is He?

Ron PaulAs Republicans still decide on their choice for a presidential candidate and ultimately choose an opponent for President Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential election, Congressman Ron Paul from Texas continues to gain appeal and supporters particularly among college students.

This is Paul’s third run for the U.S. Presidency. He first appeared as a candidate of the Libertarian party in the 1988 Presidential Election. In 2008, Paul ran for President again, seeking the Republican nomination and gaining a lot of support and donations from young voters.

With every election year, Paul seems to gain more and more recognition and support, creating a base of young followers and military veterans. He stands apart from both Republican and Democratic politicians while receiving little media attention.

“Ron Paul should be the next President of the United States because he offers a change to the status quo” said Bryan Wood, a resident of Asbury Park.

“I agree with everything Paul says and I have never felt so passionately about a politician before,” said Wood. “Not only do I agree with him on so many issues regarding our economy, foreign policy, and civil liberties but his message of liberty is invigorating. At a time when government has grown so big it is refreshing to hear a politician who preaches personal liberty.”

Paul has been a U.S. House Representative on and off since 1976, giving up his seat in 1985 to run for U.S. Senate but losing in the primary. He regained his House position in 1997 and has remained there ever since, serving on various committees and subcommittees. He has decided to not seek a House seat as he starts his run for the Presidency.

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Bipartisanship Can Lead to Change

Students Who Normally Disagree Come Together on Taxing of Millionaires

default article imageOver the summer, Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama held several talks to try to negotiate a long term deal on the deficit. They were making serious strides in a major compromise, which would have created the first concrete plan to solve our nation’s growing economic crisis. President Obama made a major political sacrifice by putting Medicare and Social security cuts on the table during the talks. In return, the President asked of the Speaker to include revenue into the deal. These included closing corporate tax loopholes, ending federal subsidies for oil companies which are recording record profits, and slight tax increases on those making over one million dollars a year. Those talks subsequently broke down.

The idea of tax increases in any amount had forced the Republican leaders to back down from any serious deal on the federal debt. Why had the Republicans backed down when they were so close to a deal which would have saved our country? The answer to that question is the pledge created by Grover Norquist (which almost every Republican politician has signed) states that whomever signs the pledge will never agree to increasing taxes at all. In return, the Grover Norquist led National Rifle Association or NRA, a Political Action Committee with the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money that will spend millions of dollars attacking Democrats challenging these same elected officials.

What people fail to recognize however, is the potential benefits of the increased revenue. By asking those who make the most money in our country to pay their fair share it will tremendously help our economy. By increasing taxes on millionaires and billionaires.

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President Obama Appoints While Congress is on Recess

default article imageThe Justice Department is defending the legality of President Obama’s recent recess appointments, releasing a 23page legal opinion. Critics say it is “unconvincing” and whose timing doesn’t coincide with the President’s decision.

The memo, justifying appointments made last week while Congress was technically not recessed, concludes what the White House claimed at the time that Congress isn’t able to do business during “pro forma” sessions so it counts as a break.

“The convening of periodic pro forma sessions in which no business is to be conducted does not have the legal effect of interrupting an intra-session recess otherwise long enough to qualify as a ‘Recess of the Senate’ under the Recess Appointments Clause,” reads the January 6th  memo written by Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz.

“In this context, the President therefore has discretion to conclude that the Senate is unavailable to perform its advise and consent function and to exercise his power to make recess appointments,’ it continues.

The memo, dated two days after President Obama made his controversial appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three others to the National Labor Relations Board, summarizes advice given to the White House before the January 4th appointments, an administration official said.

While Republicans contemplate their next step, recess appointee Richard Cordray is running the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board As of this report, the three temporary members of the Bureau, are all Democrats.

Obama left more than 70 other nominees in limbo, well aware that Republicans could use Senate rules to block some or all of them.

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