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Sarin Gas Attack on Syrian Citizens Sparks Debate on How World Should React

The United Nations Security Council reported an attack on a suburb of Damascus, the capital of Syria on August 21. According to the UN, the victims of the violence experienced “shortness of breath, disorientation, extreme eye irritation, blurred vision, vomiting, weakness and loss of consciousness.”

Thirty-five days later, the whole world’s attention has been focused on Syria and its President, Omar Assad. The words “nerve gas” and “chemical weapons” have grabbed the attention of everyone from United Nation officials to citizens in the United States.

It was suspected that the chemical weapon used was sarin gas, a dangerous nerve agent that usually leads to fatalities when it comes into contact with humans.

According to the Center for Disease Control, nerve gas is a man-made substance that once inhaled, or ingested, causes overstimulation of neurons, leading to bodily functions slowing or stoping. With sarin, it can take seconds for the body to start reacting, typically with the victim having trouble moving, breathing and dying.

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President Obama Talks About the Rising Costs of Colleges Around the East Coast

President Barack Obama went on a two day college bus tour in August to promote his new plans on how to make college more affordable. The tour went through the states of Pennsylvania and New York, stopping at the University of Buffalo, Henninger High School, Bingham University, and ending in at Lackawanna College.

The President spoke about the rising cost of higher education. The President spoke about how the cost of higher education has raised 260 percent whereas the income of families has only gone up about 18. He claimed this to be the reason that college has “become out of reach for too many people, or young people are being loaded up with more and more debt.”

Kim Shepherd, a senior communication major, agreed that affordability is an issue. Shepherd said, “Someone like me who has taken a little longer throughout college to figure out what I like and want to pursue and am now looking graduation in the face. I want to pursue this further but the one and only thing that’s stopping me is the money. You can’t put a price on happiness but I don’t want to be paying loans and never be able to get ahead because of the debt it would put me in.”

This is not the first time the administration has addressed the need for college tuition to be reformed. They have previously made it so that the student loan program was no longer run through the banks (who the President claimed were making “billions of dollars on”) and instead the money is now given straight to the students. This system has been able to provide assistance for more students to have a chance to get grants and loans.

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9/11 Memorial Located in Front of Edison Hall Honors Heroes

Students were able to pay their respect at the new memorial, a piece of the World Trade Center that is placed in front of Edison Hall in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. The memorial was donated two years ago but was put on display at the beginning of the school year.

The University came together to commemorate the tragic loss that occurred 12 years ago, which began with the scheduled ringing of the bells that called for a moment of silence throughout the University in honor of the lives lost.

The University’s September 11 Veteran Memorial is created from a piece of steel that was pulled directly from the World Trade Center wreckage site. On the podium, the message “Here stands once more a symbol to 9/11 Heroes and America’s Military Veterans” is engraved.

Luis and Judith Eisenberg donated the memorial two years ago as the current trustees of the University’s Student Veterans Association. During the time of Sept. 11, Luis Eisenberg was the Chairman to the Port Authorities of New Jersey and New York, which owned part of the World Trade Center. The  Port Authority had an office within one of the Twin Towers, and according to a New York 1 story, lost 84 employees in the attack, 34 of them being Authority Police.

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University Student Elected to Young Democrats of America College Caucus Executive Board

Junior political science major Daniel Roman was elected as the Vice Chair of Political Affairs at the Young Democrats of America College Caucus, a nationwide organization that engages young people throughout the country in the political process last month.

This new position includes Roman’s membership in YDA’s College Caucus Executive Board which he shares with five young Democrats and students from Missouri, Arizona, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

According to their website, Young Democrats of America is the largest youth-led partisan political organization in the country and has since its creation mobilized young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoral process.

Influenced by the ideals and values of the Democratic Party, the organization continues to help develop the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders at local and national levels, their website explains.

Since 2002, YDA has operated independently of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as a non-federal 527 political organization. The programs and campaigns are aimed at building sustainable youth movement by providing training, hands-on campaign experience and leadership opportunities, according to the YDA website.

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“Leaders Look Forward” at the Eagleton Institute of Women in Politics

The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers hosted a program called “The Center for Woman in Politics” where students Jacquielyn Corsentino and Leonor Torres represented the University from June 6 to June 11.

Corsentino, a junior political science major, was selected by Dr. Joseph Patten, chair of the Political Science and Sociology Department. Torres, a senior political science major, was selected by Counselor Christopher McKittrick of the Psychology Department.

Corsentino and Torres both said how they were honored to be picked for a program with over 2000 applicants and only 37 were chosen to attend.

The program itself started in 1991 when Debbie Walsh, the founder, and Sasha Petterson, the program liaison, both realized that New Jersey needed to have more women involved with the government in the Garden State.

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Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman is Introduced as MU’s Public Servant in Residence

Former New Jersey governor, Christine Todd Whitman was introduced as the University’s Public Servant in Residence during a round table discussion with students and faculty in Wilson Auditorium on Thursday, September 12.

Whitman was introduced by Provost Thomas Pearson and Student Government Association President (SGA) Kelly Craig. Pearson explained that the Public Servant in Residence program began in 2002 and has had people from the New Jersey Legislature, executive branch, judicial branch, freeholders and political action committees.

Pearson said that it is great to have someone on campus who understands “the art of governing.” He referenced how this was not Whitman’s first appearance on campus. She was the commencement speaker in 1994 while she was still governor.

Craig continued commending Whitman’s role as the first female governor of New Jersey and how she appointed women to the positions of Attorney General, Chief of Staff and Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Craig said, “Meeting with Governor Whitman was an experience I will never forget.  As a woman going into politics, there is so much I feel I can learn from her and use in my own life.”

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New Classes and Concentration Headline Changes in Political Science Department

The University’s Department of Political Science and Sociology has shone some light on this upcoming semester with new changes for students and faculty alike.

Through offering a variety of courses and programs, the department has recognized the need for keeping students interested and engaged at the start of each semester.

Starting this month, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman will be the University’s 2013-2014 Public Servant in Residence, the department recently announced in a newsletter.

Now students will be able to attend campus events with the former governor and can receive mentoring in their classes during fall and spring semesters by an established leader in our state’s history.

According to the University’s website, Gov. Whitman served as the state’s Governor from 1994 to 2001. She was New Jersey’s first female governor, the second female Republican chief executive in any state and the thirteenth female governor in American history.

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SGA President Kelly Craig Welcomes Hawks New and Old

Welcome Back!

I would first like to welcome all new and old Hawks back to campus for the start of another great year! My name is Kelly Craig and I am the 2013-2014 Student Government Association President.

I have been a member of SGA since I was a freshman. I am now heading into my senior year as a Political Science major. In addition to being SGA President, I am also Head Resident Assistant of Elmwood Hall, Co-Captain of the Debate Team, and President of the Political Science Honor Society. I cannot believe that this will be my last year as a Monmouth University undergrad, but I am so excited to work with the SGA Senators, General Members, and the administration to improve the campus experience for all students.

This year is bringing a myriad of changes on campus, from the new website layout, to our new President, Dr. Brown, to a brand new residence hall that is set to open fall 2014. SGA is following the trend of embracing change and has set a number of goals and created new initiatives to better both the organization and the campus. We hope to strengthen communication on a number of levels and continue to increase our presence on campus by getting more students involved. We have adapted our committees and added the Alumni Affairs committee. This committee’s mission is to strengthen ties to SGA alumni through a bi-annual newsletter, reunions, and other mediums. Additional work being done by other committees includes planning Homecoming, planning the Big Event, reviewing the annual club and organization budget allocation process, continuing communication with the campus administration and staff, and working to collaborate with other clubs and organizations on campus to produce successful initiatives and campaigns.

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Remembering September 11, 2001

University Remembers the Tragedy with Memorial

“Time is passing, yet for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in greif. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

- President George W. Bush

In front of Edison Hall, there is a memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001 and miltary veterans.

PHOTO TAKEN by Jessica Roberts

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University Debate Hawks Take on Arizona Debate Institute

Daniel Roman, Kelly Craig, and Jessica Roberts attended the Arizona Debate Institute this August, which included seminars and guest speakers to prepare the team for the upcoming debate season.

The Institute was held at Arizona State Univeristy where debate teams came from all over the United States to enhance their skills,  techniques  and participate in collecting evidence for the upcoming debate year. Universities such as West Point, West Virginia, University of Dallas, CUNY and many others attended.

Daniel Roman, the University’s veteran captain, attended the ADI last summer. Roman is a junior at the University studying political science. He became the captain as a sophomore and spent the last year debating at the Junior Varsity level.

Joining Roman as captain this year is Kelly Craig. Craig is a senior at the University, SGA President and studies political science.

Last year Craig won the Western Novice Debate Championship with partner, Michelle Grushko in Sacramento, Calif. last March.

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LSAT Prep Classes: What Advantages Do They Offer?

As a prequisite for all law school applications, the LSAT is important in evaluating a student’s ability to place in the best legal program possible.

Many people believe that the LSAT is a test on the law; this is not the case. The LSAT is an exam that primarily tests one’s skills in logical thinking and critical analysis.

With “Logic games,” logical reasoning, and reading comprehension, the test focuses on three main sections in addition to a writing sample and an experimental section, and is scored from 130 (lowest) to 180 (perfect). As the test draws closer, many students have a myriad of questions regarding how anyone should prepare for the LSAT. Generally, there is no specific time one should begin preparation. Many students begin their training at different times before test-day.

The most popular test dates are in June and October, according to Dr. Gregroy Bordelon, lecturer of the political science department and the pre-law advisor for students at the University. Bordelon explains there are several reasons he pushes for students to take the LSAT in June.

“First, the June test will allow a reportable score to come back before the fall semester of the student’s senior year starts and that way, the student has more time to realistically research law schools, look at historical LSAT scores of those schools prior admitting classes, speak often with their pre-law advisor, and really do their homework on whether law is for them.”

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