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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

We Have A Lot Of Story Yet To Tell | Maggie Zelinka's Senior Goodbye

robin williamsMy life has been nothing but an oxymoron. My name is Margaret Mary Zelinka and I grew up on Church Road in Cinnaminson, NJ. My name suggests I am a 92-year-old nun, but I am a 21-year-old college student. 

Although I pride myself on the fact that I am young, come graduation, I am going to feel like the 92-year-old my name suggests. My absolute greatest fear is growing up; I realize that this fear is merely wasted energy seeing as you cannot stop the aging process, but it is a fear nonetheless. I try to remind myself that even though you get older each day, you also get wiser, expand your horizon, and have fun.

With this said, I have met many people throughout college who have influenced me in those three fields. This next part is dedicated to them.

The Outlook: This is my fourth year with The Outlook and no group of editors comes close to this year’s. From IBDonJulio to Stinky, we have had a fair share of strange moments. Fab, we will never be on par with Vanilla Ice, but do we really want to be? I will miss eating the pizza toppings with you. Erin, you brighten my life with your sass and your love for 1D. Victoria, you are bitter and I actually find it very refreshing. Bri, the designs have changed so drastically and it is all because of you. Sandy, you are the best listener. Kyle, I couldn’t have made it without you. Bye Bubba. 

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And with this, I bid you adieu | Kyle Walter's Senior Goodbye

familyIn my three years writing for The Outlook I always thought this would be the easiest article for me to write. That definitely is not the case. My time at Monmouth has given me so much to be grateful for and so many people to thank that there’s no way I could fit it all into one story, but I’ll try my best here.

Mom and Dad: What can I say? I couldn’t imagine having better parents. Your love, support, and wisdom has guided me throughout my life and helped me more than I can put into words. Simply knowing you guys are here for me has given me more strength and confidence than you could imagine. From the time you were my age until now both of you have done whatever it takes to give me, Andrew, and Jenna the opportunity to pursue our dreams, and I’ll forever be grateful for that. Whether it was getting up early every Sunday and heading to the baseball field with dad or watching unlimited movies and eating way to much candy at Blockbuster with mom you guys have given me memories I’ll cherish forever. When I grow old and have children of my own I can only hope they’ll have as much love, admiration, and appreciation for me as I have for you.

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Track and Field Make Strides in Three-Day Weekend

taylor johnsonThe Monmouth track and field team ran at the Penn Relays and the Lehigh Games, with many Hawks winning events throughout the three days.

On the first day of Penn Relays senior captain Taylor Johnson won the college women’s discus with a throw of 170’9.25”. Her throw breaks the school record of 167’9.75” which she set by winning the Northeast Conference Championships in 2013, and is one of the top throws in the East this year. 

“It felt great to hit a season best and solidify a spot for NCAAs,” Johnson said “There were a lot of girls in my flight who’ve hit great marks in the past, I was excited to compete against such tough competition.” 

Johnson moved into the lead on her fifth throw, winning the event by seven inches. Johnson’s day was not done as she went on to finish 11th in the college women’s hammer with a 167’1” throw, and also hit 42’6” in the college women’s shot put.

“We had a few events where we didn’t execute as well as we should have, but Taylor had a tremendous day and our women’s 4x400 did an excellent job as well,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni on MU’s opening day at the Penn Relays.

The women’s 4x400 team also were heat winners, with sophomore Tionna Garner, sophomore Antoinette Isekenegbe, sophomore Nia Driver and senior Kate Frye winning their section in a time of 3:53.89. This marks the seventh time since 2006 that the Monmouth women have won their section of the 4x400 relay. 

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Men’s Lacrosse Clinch Spot in MAAC Tournament

zachWith their 14-5 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers on Saturday, April 25 the men’s lacrosse team clinched the four seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament in just their second season at the varsity level. 

“I am proud of my staff and guys for the effort today in getting a win and securing our first conference tournament berth,” said Head Coach Brian Fisher. “I couldn’t be more excited for our guys, and happy for our senior that we had the opportunity to extend our season and get another game.” 

Sophomore Chris Daly scored two goals and also recorded three assists for a team high five-points on the contest. Daly is currently second on the Hawks in goals scored (11) assists (8), and total points (19) this season. Senior Ryan Schwartz led MU with three goals for the game on five shot attempts. 

Freshman Bryce Wasserman had one assist in the win, and that pushed his team leading point total to 31 on the season. Wasserman leads the Hawks in both goals and assists this year with 21 and ten respectively. 

Things were quiet early as neither team was able to score through the first nine minutes of play. Daly finally broke the scoreless tie with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter when he took a pass from Wasserman and beat the Manhattan keeper to give MU a 1-0 lead.

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Profile: John Jack(ed)man

jackIf you have ever have been at the University’s fitness center, you definitely know who John Jackman is.

Born in Keansburg, NJ, Jackman is more commonly known around the University as Jack. It comes as no surprise that Jack is a fitness enthusiast as he is the Director of the University’s Fitness Center; however, most students do not realize just how much he cares about fitness.

“I competed in body building for 10 years,” Jackman said. “I wasn’t much in to team sports, so at 11-years-old, I decided to become a body builder.”

The year was 1976 and an 11-year-old Jackman was determined to mimic the physique of the Hulk. He began by lifting in his friend’s house for the next three years before he took to the Flamingo Gym.

“Gyms were Rocky type gyms and kids were not expected to just walk in, but I eventually did.” Jackman continued. “It was all men, girls did not work out then. They probably weren’t comfortable; I wasn’t even comfortable at first.”

The Flamingo Gym was by no means a typical modern day gym. The gym where Jackman planted his roots was located in the back of a bar and filled with intimidating bulked-up men.

It was at this gym where Jackman met his weight training mentor Tom Bizocco, a man who won the Mr. New Jersey title in 1975.

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MU Builds Intriguing ‘Mob’ Affiliation

The Monmouth Mob has been revamped from head to toe. Due to recent changes, the University’s official athletic support team is poised for an interesting 2015-2016 season. 

In traditional “Mob” form, this coming year, you have to give a little to get a little. In the past, there was no sign up fee and no substantial benefits for students in the MU fan section. Come fall, that will all change. 

“We’re trying to build a connection between athletics and the student body to increase attendance at games, increase awareness, and to basically help our student body be more involved with our athletic programs on campus,” said Assistant Athletics Director and head of ticketing, Tony White.  

Beginning immediately, prospective Monmouth Mob members will be asked to pay a $20 fee to join the supporters section which will last straight through the 2015-2016 seasons. 

Yes, it’s going to cost you this year, and you may very well have wrote off getting involved with the Mob already. But there are two sides to every story and the benefits from becoming a member might just be all too enticing to pass up. 

For starters, each Monmouth Mob member will get two tickets to any men’s/women’s basketball game along with lower bowl seating in exclusive Mob sanctioned seating for both basketball and football games. Each member will also receive a Monmouth Mob tee shirt and a Blue and White Club window decal. Fan busses to select MU games will be provided for Mob members as well. 

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SIDE LINES: 4/29/15

For the third time this season, junior Kristina Vangeli has been named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week. Vangeli played a key role in the Hawks’ two wins over Iona and Niagara this past week. 

The junior led the team with four turnovers, five ground balls, and seven draw controls in the two wins to help MU advance to the semi-finals of this years MAAC Tournament where they will take on second-seeded Fairfield Friday, May 1. 

Sophomore Chris Daly was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for his five-point effort in the Hawk’s 14-5 win over Manhattan this past Saturday, April 25. 

Daly recorded two goals and three assists in the victory, and helped MU clinch a postseason birth in their second season at the varsity level. The sophomore is currently second on the team in points, goals, and assists with 19, 11, and 8 respectively.  

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Track & Field Divide Team to Compete in Three Meets

track grahamThe Monmouth track and field team competed at the Moravian Greyhound Invitational Saturday, with a small group competing at the University of Virginia, and a group at the Larry Ellis Invite hosted by Princeton University.

Junior Ahmier Dupree won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.55 seconds a personal best and a school. Freshman Bryan Sosoo came in third with a personal best of 10.69 to qualify for IC4A’s, with junior Eric Kahana in fourth. Sosoo was also sixth in the 200, with Kahana eighth. Sophomore Malcolm Chavis qualified for IC4A’s with his first place finish in the 400, running a personal best of 47.55 seconds. Junior John Malespina took fifth in the 400 running 49.02 a season personal best. 

Junior Geordan Ferguson won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.45 seconds, while junior Stephen Adkisson took fourth after a shaky start. Ferguson also took a second place finish in the 400 hurdles, running 53.64 seconds. 

“It was a great day at a great track and it really showed in the team performances with the sprinters alone having 32 personal or season bests, it shows that we are ready for MAAC championship meet in two weeks,” Ferguson said.

Junior Conner Fuller won the 3k Steeple, finishing in 9:28.59 with teammate Tommy Darlington taking sixth, after a slip into the water.

In the field events, senior Erik Anderson won the high jump with a mark of 6’8”, with sophomore Daniel Jefferson in sixth. Junior Liam Vogt finished third in the long jump with a jump of 23’3.50” and placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 45’1.50”, with Sosoo in sixth. 

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Softball Splits Conference Doubleheader

softball picThe University’s softball team split a conference doubleheader with the Fairfield Stags on Sunday, April 19 at MU Softball Park. 

Game 1 saw MU enjoy a 8-0 victory while the Stags got their revenge in Game 2 with a 10-2 win. The split moves the Hawks’ record to 11-19 (7-5 MAAC).

Freshman Amanda Riley started for the Hawks in Game 1 and limited the Stags to three hits in her complete game victory. The Californian native has the lowest ERA on her team at 4.58 and is tied with senior Breanna Sniffen for most wins with four.

Freshman Chloe Howerth led the team offensively in Game 1 batting 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, and a walk. All but three starters had hits for the Hawks. 

MU helped Riley early in the game with a one run first inning to get on the board. Howerth drew a walk to get on the base path and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Junior Ashalynn Umiamaka singled to right to bring Howerth home.

The Hawks furthered their lead to six in the second inning. Senior Vanessa Cardoza started the rally with a solo shot to left field. With one out and the bases loaded, Umiamaka walked to score junior Nikki Sandelier. Sophomore Justene Reyes doubled to center to clear the bases.

The Hawks scored their eighth run of the game in the following inning. Howerth doubled down the left field line to bring home Redmond.

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The Three Highest Revenue Making Leagues


The sports industry is one of the largest growing and most entertaining business endeavors across the globe. As a multi-billion dollar business, professional sports have also become on of the most stable businesses known to current times. Athletes, members of the front office, and other franchise workers get paid through memorabilia, ticket sales, and sponsorships to create an endless cycle of financial transactions.

With all the fans’ attention focused on the talent, one can often forget what lies beyond this statistics. Which professional American sports league pays their athletes the most money? Which generates the most revenue?

It comes as no surprise that the National Football League generates the most money. During 2013, the NFL received $1.07 billion from sponsorship deals alone. This marked a 5.7 percent increase from the previous 2012 season. Eric Chemi of Bloomberg magazine reported that the NFL made more than $9 billion during the 2014 season.

NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, has presided over the league since 2006 and since then, has overcome many trials such as the newly found research on concussions. Despite these obstacles, Goodell went on record and said that by 2027, the NFL will post a revenue of $25 billion per year.

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Sharknado: The Real Deal

Surf PictureTrends reoccur and history repeats itself. Have you heard that before? Sure you have. The fact of the matter is that Kelly Slater will surely win another world title and the fish tail will never die. So why do we ignore history? If something has happened before, is it not bound to happen once again?

The year was 1916. Long before Jaws would ever air on the big screen, a briny man-eater lurked along the coast of NJ. The start of the summer season also signified the launch of a series of bloody shark attacks. Beaches were crowded, children played and laughter filled the salty air on the day the monster chose his first victim. 

It all started in the coastal town of Beach Haven, a young Penn graduate by the name of Charles E. Vansant was violently attacked and killed on July 1, 1916. Reports were filed and the mourning began to commemorate this young man and his freak accident. However, a mere five days later and 45 miles north, the killer claimed his second victim. There was cause for alarm, but no one expected where the deadly shark would strike next.

A retired fishing boat captain by the name of Thomas Cattrell spotted the beast swimming inland toward the Matawan creek. Quickly, he ran into the nearby town to warn them of impending doom.  His cries for action were dismissed.

On July 12, 11-year-old Lester Stillwell was attacked in the Matawan creek.  The boy had no chance, and when an unassuming passerby heard Stillwell’s blood-curdling shrieks for assistance the man dove right in.

“Stanley Fischer attempted to pull the bloody body away from the shark and was also attacked. He died a few hours later at Monmouth Hospital in Long Branch,” according to

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