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Political Debate: Will Occupy Wall Street Protests Benefit the Economy?

Political Debate Wall St ProtestsHere students debate political issues of the week. Side 1 students make their initial argument followed by side 2 in which they respond to their opponent.

Side 1: In Favor of Occupy Wall Street: Our Mark on History

A people powered movement began in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s financial district on September 17. Today, it has expanded to over 100 cities in the United States and 1,500 worldwide. It is a peaceful movement whose main goal is to expose how the richest one percent of people in America is writing the rules of an unfair global economy.

That same one percent of Americans currently hold 42 percent of our country’s wealth, while there are 46 million people in America currently living in poverty, according to CNN Money.

Occupy Wall Street sees this inequality in our country, and they are standing up against greed and corruption in corporate America. Taxes on people making over one million dollars have gone down from 91 percent during the 1950s to a historically low 28 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Census. The fewer taxes the rich pay, the less revenue that goes towards the government, which has now had to cut down on benefits for the poor and middle class. Seeing this social divide, protesters are stepping up and calling for equality for all.

Those participating in Occupy Wall Street are not hippies, and they are not bums. Many of them are college students struggling with the mountain of debt hanging over them.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate

default article imageThe 9/11 Remembrance Event was a great success. The Senate would like to thank everyone who attended and helped out. Over 100 people from the campus and community attended and the new addition to the campus, a piece from the World Trade Center site will soon be built into a memorial on campus.

During a meeting Nicole Levy and Oscar Sanchez had with President Gaffney, the Senate was relayed the following messages:

Revenue: An engagement party in Wilson brought us $100,000, so they are looking into renting it out again in the summer to bring in more revenue and get the University’s name more publicized. There will be renting appointments during the academic year this will not interfere with the campus.

New Resident Hall: The University is looking into a new resident hall, designed like Mullaney Hall to be built in Lot 6. Room and board will not increase.

Substance Abuse: President Gaffney also stressed the importance of helping one another when it comes to drinking and/or drug abuse. He hopes for all of us to encourage friends to make the right decisions and be responsible in their actions.

Kelly Craig has been selected to be SGA’s freshmen ambassador, which is a new position that SGA created in order to give the freshmen someone to go to if they need help, to help other committee members with their events, and to have meetings once or twice a month to keep them on track.

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2012 New Jersey Senate Election Candidates

2012 NJ Senate ElectionThe New Jersey Senate election will take place next November, concurrent with the 2012 Presidential election.

Incumbent democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is running for reelection for a second full term.

Chances are Menendez will not face any serious opposition, but the Republicans have no clear candidate in the race yet.

There are many possible candidates that may throw their hat in the ring.

Ian Linker has officially announced himself as a candidate. Joseph Kyrillos, a State Senator from the 13th Legislative District is exploring a possible run as well.

Other possible candidates include Bill Baroni, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey deputy Executive Director, Jennifer Beck, State Senator, Lou Dobbs, radio personality, and Thomas Kean, State Senate Minority Leader.

Dr. Ronald Reisner, a professor of Criminal Justice, has a great deal of knowledge in New Jersey politics and law.

“Given the Kean family’s role in politics, New Jersey Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. will give a Senatorial run another chance,” Reisner said. Kean’s father, Tom Kean, was the Governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990 and the CoChair of the 9/11 Commission.

Reisner did not believe that Lou Dobbs would run and joked that Chris Christie is definitely not running.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate 10/26/11

default article imageSGA will be participating in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” on November 2. The event’s purpose is to take a stand against sexual violence and raise awareness of this important cause. Aramark met with the Senate to have an open discussion about the questions, comments, and concerns that have arisen recently regarding food services.

The Senate approved the Baseball Club as the newest club sport on campus for those who are very interested in playing baseball but do not have the time, commitment, or necessary skill for the University team. Thus far the club is composed of 18 members from all four grade levels. Dues will be relatively low and the club has insurance taken care of. They will be playing competitively against schools in the tristate area.

The International Business Club and the Running Club will be coming up soon as well.

The Snowriders Club have requested funding for a trip to the Tremblant Resort. They wish to offer a student discount to those who wish to attend. Last year, roughly 90 students attended the trip and the interest is increasing each year.

Homecoming Committee Report: Spirit Week is this week leading up to the Homecoming game on Saturday. A pep rally will be held at 5:00 pm in the MAC.

The Committee of Student Affairs, Campus, and Safety would like to report that the parking concern on the Residential side is being looked into. Lights have been installed near the trash cans outside the Great Lawn Apartments, to illuminate the parking lots at night.

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Who’s Who in SGA: Stefania Flecca Parliamentarian

SGA Stefania FleccaStefania Flecca is a senior majoring in English and secondary education. She has the position of Parliamentarian in SGA and oversees the Events Programming chairs who plan the Big Event, Homecoming, the Charity Auction, and Springfest.

Flecca had previously held the positions of Events Programming Chair and Vice President.

Similarly to new freshmen Senators, Flecca joined SGA as part of the Fresh Start program in September 2008.

She joined because she was looking to get involved her first year at the University as well as develop her leadership skills.

“My favorite part about SGA is the many opportunities we get to further and build our leadership skills, as well as ourselves,” Flecca said. Senators have the opportunity to attend conferences, serve as chairs of committees, and be leaders of the entire University. “SGA gives us all the chance to make a real difference,” Flecca said.

She is very excited for next weekend, the most exciting time of the year, in her eyes, Homecoming. Flecca encourages students to get excited and cheer on their team, school, and friends. “It’s a week to celebrate how far Monmouth has come and how far it is going to go,” she said.

Along with her involvement in SGA, Flecca also had the chance to study abroad this summer in Florence, Italy.

She explained that it was the most meaningful and impacting four weeks of her life. The experience allowed her to become more cultured and more open-minded to trying new things.

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Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party: Distant Relatives in Action

default article imageAs Occupy Wall Street protests enter its fifth week, similarities between the 99 percent movement and the still young Tea Party movement are becoming more visible.

The idea is said to be first attributed to “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, recently reiterated by President Barack Obama and Governor Chris Christie.

Michael Phillips-Anderson, a communication professor that focuses on politics at the University, attended Occupy Wall Street in New York with his wife and young daughter. Phillips-Anderson said, “I was very impressed with how peaceful and accommodating everybody was.”

He explained that the protest was well organized and was surrounded by media stations, medical stations, food stations, a library, and a cleanup station. Phillips-Anderson said, “They really set up a whole functioning community there.”

Claude Taylor, also a communication professor specializing in politics at the University, sees similarities between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party. He said, “People have turned away from the central structures of authority and power to advocate for themselves. The idea that citizens are the engine for a movement is absolutely similar between the two.”

Arielle Giordano, a senior at the University explained that it’s a far stretch to compare Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party.

“The Tea Party movement, solely a grass roots movement started by the people, differs far from the Occupy Wall Street movement. The reality is the vast majority of these protesters just need to feel like they are a part of something and have nothing else to do,” Giordano said.

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GOP Debate in Nevada: Another Stop on the Road to 2012

GOP Debate NevadaCNN hosted the latest GOP Presidential debate for the 2012 primary election last Tuesday. The participants in this event were former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry, businessman Herman Cain, Minnesota Congress woman Michelle Bachmann, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former State Senator Rick Santorum and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

There was one candidate who decided not to participate and that was former Utah Governor, Jon Huntsman. The moderator for the debate was Anderson Cooper, world renowned journalist and host of CNN’s “Anderson 360.” The debate took place at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the days leading up to the debate, most political polls had Mitt Romney and Herman Cain in a toss, tied for the top spot.

Topics on the agenda for the evening were the economy, foreign policy, and immigration. The first topic to come to light was Cain’s 999 plan to reform the tax code. One of the major challenges was the effect it would have on taxing the middle class.

According to CNN Money, 84 percent of American households would pay more than they do under current tax policies and this was his chance to defend the plan. Cain recommends that citizens check their facts with an independent study done which can be found on his website. Romney however, challenged Cain stating that his 999 plan would destroy the middle class.

According to a CNN poll released on October 18, 33 percent of those polled believe Cain would be most likely to get the economy moving again while Romney received 26 percent. Romney explained he has a 59pointplan to stimulate the economy and would add 1.2 million jobs. Perry’s plan for the economy includes making America energy independent. Santorum believes

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Debate Hawks Win Six Awards at West Point Military Academy

Debate Hawks Win 6 AwardsThe University Debate Team, the Debate Hawks, received six awards at the West Point Military Academy Tournament this past weekend. The tournament included over 275 debaters from over 25 universities including Cornell, the U.S. Naval Academy, Boston College, New York University, and West Virginia University to name a few.

The Debate Hawks entered eight, two person teams at the tournament including team Co-Captain Arielle Giordano and her partner Olivia Mills, Alexandria Todd and Daniel Roman, Andrew Bell and Mark Cosentino, Parker Ritzdorf and Lianne Kulik, Miriam Peguero and Delila Osmankovic, Tyler Breder and Shawna Sullivan, Monia AbouGhali and Brad Landau, and Samantha Feldstein and Mike Halwagy.

Each twoperson team is required to compete in six rounds of debate, three on the affirmative and three on the negative, with each debate round lasting approximately two hours.

Four University teams received trophies for breaking into the playoff rounds. Alexandria Todd and Daniel Roman, Andrew Bell and Mark Cosen tino, Parker Ritzdorf and Lianne Kulik, and Miriam Peguero and

Delila Osmankovic all received trophies for making it into the playoff rounds.  Monmouth team members Alexandria Todd and

Parker Ritzdorf also received individual speaker awards.

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Occupy Wall Street: A Meaningful Movement or a Directionless Protest?

Occupy Wall StreetAn estimated 1000 citizens of New York City started occupying Wall Street and Zuccotti Park in protest of corporate greed and income inequality since September 17. The protests have continued to go strong, despite confrontations with police and attempts to institute new laws in occupied parks.

New York City is not the only location seeing these protests, with the movement spreading to cities nationwide including Trenton.

The movement has recently gone global as of October 15. Ireland, Rome and Tel Aviv, among other international cities have joined the protest.

The New York Occupy Wall Street website,, explains the movement as a “leaderless resistance movement,” representing the “99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent.” The website and many protestors have eluded the inspiration of the movement to the Arab Spring.

Claude Taylor, a Communication professor at the University, described the movement as “an inevitable expression and appropriate voicing of financial concerns, and an expression of well-being.”

Why so many are participating in the movement, or at least showing their support, is still a question among the viewing public.

Dr. Joseph Patten, chair of the political science department, offered multiple reasons for the protests.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate 10/19/11

default article imageAramark Food Services: The Student Government Association would like to announce that although there have been many complaints concerning Aramark’s services at the University, it is important to realize that the company and employees are working hard to alleviate any issues.

Over the past few years, Aramark has improved tremendously, and are taking student suggestions into account.

President Gaffney, Vice President Nagy, and other administrators are frequently visiting the Dining Hall and Rebecca Stafford Student Center to check up on the services, and SGA works closely with Aramark to address student concerns. President of SGA Nicole Levy said, “Students need to remember that by saying ‘I wish the food was better here’ doesn’t offer any advice or specific examples of how they would like Aramark to improve. It’s easy to complain about something, but if you offer advice about a valid complaint, then you will probably see results.”

She encourages students to email SGA or leave a message on the notecards the Dining Hall provides in the lobby, if there is a concern that needs to be addressed.

There is currently a survey sent out through Squirrel Mail that Aramark distributed, so it is important to fill that out if students expect something to change.

Fall Break Extensions: There has been a lot of talk of wishing that the new Fall Break was a four day weekend, which Vice President Nagy agrees with. However, the state of New Jersey requires a certain amount of class hours that the University has to be open, and extending the break could mean extending finals week. Levy explained that school cannot start earlier due to the reliance on neighborhood rentals, which are only available after Labor Day weekend.

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Who’s Who in SGA: Melanie Rowbotham Historian

SGA Melanie RowbothamMelanie Rowbotham is a senior majoring in English and Elementary Education. She holds the position of Historian for the Student Government Association.

Her responsibilities include documenting events through pictures, decorating the SGA bulletin board, and compiling a scrapbook at the end of the year of pictures and memorabilia from events the organization held.

Rowbotham held the prior positions of Parliamentarian, Student Affairs Chair, and Attorney General. She joined SGA in the spring of 2009 as a freshman because her friend who was already involved, influenced her to continue leadership.

She was also involved in high school student government in her hometown, Hopatcong, New Jersey.

“My favorite part about SGA is having the privilege to know information that we can pass on to the students. It feels good to answer a question from a student about parking, the dining hall, or advisors,” Rowbotham said. “I’m going to miss the SGA advisors when I graduate because after spending so much time with them these past years, they really are like part of my family,” she said.

Rowbotham explained that SGA is lucky to have such important people on our campus be invested in the organization and the Senate appreciates everything Vaughn Clay, Vice President of Student Services, Mary Anne Nagy, and Heather Kelly do to help.

“I’m super excited for the student leader reception being held on November 11 at 4:00 pm in the Magill Commons Club Rooms. This is a great way for all clubs and organizations to come together and participate in a round table discussion. By listening to each other’s opinions and ideas, it can definitely bring us closer as a campus,” Rowbotham said.

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