Is this on the Syllabus? – Editorial

If NYC were to come to life and take the form of a human, it would be a college student. From sunrise to sunset, college students are constantly engaged in some sort of activity. Whether you’re cramming for tomorrow’s Advanced Abstract Algebra quiz, or listening to the sweet sounds of your unfinished chapter readings serenading you, just like city nightlife, there is always something else to do.

When a student registers for a class and is handed their syllabus, it acts as a binding contract between the student and professor. As students, we schedule internships, extracurricular activities and work around the course schedule given to us by our professors. When a professor spontaneously decides to make it mandatory for a student to attend an event outside of class, it dishevels the student’s schedule and puts the student at a disadvantage if they are unable to attend an event due to a prior commitment.

The Outlook believes that students should not be required to attend events outside of scheduled class meeting times because the events tend to conflict with prior engagements. We feel that it is unnecessary for professors to force students to attend events on campus causing students to skip a class, leave early or cancel other obligations just to attend this event and not get penalized.

Often, professors also assign students a supplemental reaction paper to be handed in after the event, which can be frustrating to students who were not able to attend the event. One editor said that it is completely ridiculous and counterproductive to assign more work to a student that was unable to attend the original event due to an over-packed schedule. Professors need to understand that some sort of compromise needs to be created for students who cannot attend mandatory events because, in most cases, the outcome usually isn’t fair for students.
Aaron Furgason, an associate professor of communication, feels that students should decide on their own whether or not they want to attend events outside of class. Furgason said, “I would never make it mandatory for students to attend an event on campus, but I will make the students aware of the event…If I do assign students to attend a mandatory event, it would be clearly outlined in the syllabus.”

Although the staff is opposed to being required to attend events outside of allocated class instruction time, we understand the benefit of attending these events. Events hosted by the University offer additional instruction from our peers, professors or even guest speakers that we would otherwise not have access to. As students of the University, we expect a high return on investment in regard to our education and events on campus provide students with additional opportunities to learn and participate in activities they may never do again.

Another editor said, “Honestly, I have yet to go to an outside of class lecture or presentation that hasn’t taught me anything, and usually I remember the outside of class content better than the inside class stuff. Overall, we as students are here at the university to learn.”
Some professors choose to offer extra credit to attend events as opposed to forcing students to go. The Outlook feels that offering the incentive of extra credit to attend events is a better approach than making an event mandatory. There are times where events on campus do compliment the classroom instruction and having a professor recommend an event to the class that students can further benefit from shows that professors are truly invested in the students and want to enhance their educational opportunities.

Eleanor Novek, an associate professor of communication, is in favor of providing extra credit to students who attend campus events. Novek believes attending events on campus allows students to be exposed to things they haven’t had the opportunity to partake in. Although many professors believe that requiring us to attend events on campus enhances our education process at the University and prepares us for the future, The Outlook feels that it is a disservice and an inconvenience to the students.

By forcing students to attend events outside of class, it suggests that the students do not want to be there in the first place, leading to inattentiveness during events and resistance towards the presenter. If professors want students to benefit from events on campus, the best they can do is make students aware of them. The students who want to take advantage of the opportunity will do so and the others will either miss out or fulfill their previous obligations.

Professors need to understand that they shouldn’t require students to attend events outside of class, because if someone isn’t interested in attending something, that’s it, check please. Professors already have the attention of the students for two and a half hours a week in the classroom and for countless hours while doing homework. As students, we cannot afford to take time off of work or skip class just to make one professor happy, but we will gladly consider the event if we finished that 20 page paper early and if extra credit is offered.

Pep Bands Will Make you Dance

Monmouth Pep BandAt the heart of our hawk is a group of approximately 45 students who are responsible for uplifting the spirits of students and athletes. Deemed “The Big Sound of the Jersey Shore” by former President Paul Gaffney, this “Spirit Team” ensemble plays your favorite tunes like LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win” at basketball and football games in an effort to get the crowd going and help to lead the teams to victory.

The University Pep Band falls under the umbrella of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, according to Bryan Jenner, the advisor of the organization. The band is open to any student of the University of any talent level who has any interest in participating in the organization, and even encourages alumni of the University to participate in the organization after they graduate.

In middle school and high school, band members such as Meaghan Brandt, President of the Pep Band, who primarily plays the flute, recognized that there were certain stigmas that may have applied to members of a band that are absent in college. Brandt, a senior education major, said, “There is no such thing as a ‘band geek.’ I don’t feel that at all. The athletic teams are very embracing of us and they recognize that we play a huge role in their success.”

There is an overwhelming sense of community that the Pep Band gives off that is almost unparalleled by any group on campus of its size. The reason for the tremendous sense of family is band camp, according to Kevin Dillon, Treasurer of the band. Although the University’s band camp is nothing like the “American Pie” version, it’s still Dillon’s favorite part of being involved in the Pep Band.

Dillon doesn’t only use band camp to hone his skill at playing the clarinet in hopes to be a better player than Squidward, it’s his favorite time to meet new members and catch up with his band members in hopes to make lifelong connections. “I came to this school not knowing many people, but because of Pep Band, I was able to make friends, and I now live with two of the band members,” he said.

The self-sufficient group of Pep Band students places a high emphasis on education. Besides being talented musicians, they recognize the value of not only playing an instrument, but thriving inside the classroom as well. “We’re very proud of the fact that out of all of our members, 18 of them were Dean’s List students. Many of our members have 4.0 GPA’s, or close to it,” said Jenner.

Jenner is also impressed by the diversity of majors Pep Band members have. He feels that the varying areas of study contribute to the success of the organization academically. Jenner said, “Students tutor other students of the band to keep the band in such a high academic standing.”

Although the Pep Band doesn’t host fundraising events, they focus on supporting philanthropic events and playing at events such as the University’s Student Employment Appreciation Day, Long Branch Columbus Day Parade, Homecoming Parade, Relay for Life and any other events that they are invited to. “It’s very awarding to give back to the community,” said Jenner.

The University Pep Band has made connections with companies and organizations outside of the University as well. The Pep Band has endorsement deals with instrument manufacturing companies like Jupiter, and Maypex, Vic Firth and is sponsored by Scala’s Pizza in Long Branch.

Jenner is looking for more driven students to become members of the Pep Band. He encourages passionate students to express their musical abilities and effort at their informal auditions.

There is a place in the Pep Band for almost any student on campus. Even though this diverse group of students is made up of many different areas of study and musical backgrounds, they all have one thing in common – the love for what they do. These students, who have an astounding love for music and place an extremely high importance on academia and completely embody the school’s mantra, “Monmouth Hawks Fly Together.” This organization is more than just another group on campus. They are a family.

Mara Cige, Secretary of the Pep Band and the Spirit Officer, said it perfectly, “We are just a bunch of quirky kids who love to make music.”

National Council of Negro Women Hosts Glow in the Dark Dance Party

Glow in the Dark DanceThe National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) hosted its annual “Glow in the Dark” dance party in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSCC) on Saturday, March 8 from 9 pm – 1 am, with music from DJ Taj of 106 & Park.

Approximately 200 students attended the dance party, helping NCNW raise approximately $650. Students were able to purchase tickets for $3 before the party and tickets were sold for $5 at the door. Each student was allowed two guests each, who also paid $5 at the door.

Kaila Lane, President of NCNW, said, “This ‘Glow in the Dark’ party is similar to the ‘Back 2 Business’ party that we hosted earlier in the year. My goal is to make this the ‘party of the year’ and allow students to have a [venue] on campus to have fun.”

Previously, NCNW has hosted a party at the beginning of each semester, with special guest DJ Wallah of HOT 97. “Although we enjoyed having DJ Wallah at our parties I felt it was time for a change,” said Lane. “DJ Taj is just as well-known as Wallah because he is on 106 & Park; plus, Taj is only a high school student which makes it that much cooler to have him here.”

DJ Taj, who played an assortment of music throughout the evening including Hip-Hop, R&B and Reggae, was excited about hosting the event at the University. “It’s just a good feeling seeing people of all ages enjoying the music,” said DJ Taj. “I had no idea that this was a party crowd. When I first came here I thought I was just going to be at another boring party, but when I actually started playing music, it was a lot better than I imagined.”

To promote the event, NCNW placed an extreme emphasis on advertising. “Advertise, Advertise, Advertise,” said Lane. “We sent e-mails out almost every day, we hung up posters around campus and we relied on social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Even the DJ promoted the event himself. There is so much power in advertising.”

Merissa Jones, advisor of NCNW, was pleased with the effort the members of the club placed on holding the event. Jones also said that despite the e-board being new and considering it is a Saturday night and an alcohol-free event, the turnout was pretty good.

“The proceeds we earn by hosting this party help fund our service projects as well as trips and events we attend throughout the year,” said Jones. The NCNW participates in the Adopt-A-Family program during the Christmas season. NCNW also attends the “Black Solidary Conference” at Yale University and the African American Museum in Philadelphia throughout the academic year.

Lane hopes this event raises awareness about NCNW and encourages other students to become part of the organization. “I wanted to use this event to advertise NCNW and potentially get more boys to become part of the club. I know it’s the National Council of Negro Women, but we used to have more boys in the club and I just would like to get back to that.”

“Students also think that we are part of the African American Student Union (AASU), and that’s why we wanted to host our own event for once. It’s good that we co-host events with other clubs on campus, but we want to show students that we are not the same,” said Lane.

Upon arrival, students and guests were required to show valid identification and leave their respective identification at the door. Guests were also given glow sticks and a raffle for the door prize.

All attendees of the event were prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages or containers inside the RSSC.

Brittney Wade, a junior communication major, said,” It was really nice to see a big group of the black community come out and not have drama. It was definitely worth the $3.”

J’lyn Martin, a junior communication major, said, “The DJ played a good assortment of music for the party and got the party hype. I would attend an event like this again because organizations on campus don’t usually host parties like this. Overall, it’s a fun event to participate in.”

“Everyone still keeps talking about the party, the DJ and how the lighting was amazing. This event was a great way for students on campus to interact and meet each other in a fun environment,” said Lane.

WMCX Rocks on for Twelve Hours Straight

MixerThe University radio station, 88.9 FM WMCX, hosted their 5th annual, “12 Hour Music Fest,” featuring 12 bands performing live and students who currently radio hosts conducting interviews with the bands, from 9 am – 9 pm on Friday, Feb. 28.

According to Dr. Aaron Furgason, advisor of WMCX, the event is a celebration of college radio. It gives people a chance to hear music they don’t normally hear with a clean unproduced sound. It amalgamates what college radio does best: new music and new styles.

The theme of the day was “Anti-Valentines Day.” Katherine Wight, senior and General Manager of WMCX, said that the “12 Hour Music Fest” was supposed to be right after Valentines Day but it had to be pushed back. “By this time of the month everyone is tired of love songs, so we needed to change it up. WMCX is ‘Modern Rock with an Edge,’ not ‘lovey dovey’ stuff.”

“Each band performed an Anti-Love song and then told us about it,” said Amanda Messenger, Music Director of the station. Messenger was responsible for booking musical talent for the event.
According to Messenger, the event featured a combination of mostly local bands and artists. “To choose the bands to contact, I pulled from ones that have been to past WMCX events and have been featured on the air before,” she said.

Guests of the event included, The Battery Electric, The Dazzling Dooms, Natalie Zeller, Wild Rompit and Colton Kayser.

Kayser, who earned his MBA and Music Industry Undergraduate degree at Monmouth, used to host a show at WMCX. Kayser said, “ I chose to be a part of this event because I’ve done a number of interviews with the X before. When Amanda asked me to perform, I agreed, because I love the station and I’ve always had a good time when I’ve been there.”

According to Wight, all of the artists performing during the event are all volunteering, and chose to partake in the event. “Even though the artists are not being paid monetarily to participate, they are being paid with promotion. The whole point of this is to get bands that have a lot of potential some airtime. Promotion is important for them and is ultimately the key to our success,” Wight said.

Kayser said that he used the event to promote himself as well as his self-titled debut record. “It’s a great opportunity to publicize my new record and not to mention, I know 12 hour fest is usually catered.”

“Its important to promote the bands. This event is all about the bands. We could have the next Led Zepplin here, you never know; and it would be great to say that they were here first,” said Wight.

Furgason said, “The camaraderie between students is one of the greatest aspects of 12 ‘Hour Music Fest.’ Radio is such a solo thing; you’re in the studio alone a lot of the time, so this event brings the staff together.” Furgason continued, “These are the events that show if the students actually like each other.”

The event started off with an acoustic version from 9 am – 4 pm. After 4 pm, the interviewers were able to accommodate more metallic bands. Wight said that because of classes in the morning and early afternoon on Fridays, they weren’t able to have the heavier bands perform because they didn’t want to disrupt the classes that were in session.

The “12 Hour Music Fest” was originally a 24-hour music festival. “After three years of host a 24-hour event, the station decided to consolidate the event into 12 hours because it was hard for students to stay awake during the whole event, so I found that I was the only one conducting interviews at three in the morning,” said Furgason.

WMCX advertised the event by hanging fliers around the University, writing Facebook posts and using word-of-mouth. Wight also said that a graphic designer created a logo for the event that they used on their fliers.

WMCX is also currently planning their 40th anniversary celebration that will be taking place on May 1 and May 2. Wight said that she plans on having alum from the station come on air and do a show.

Wight said, “Since 1974, when the station started, we have had a lot of people who started at WMCX become successful and it would be great to have them here to network, do a show and have a good time.”

Communication Department Hosts Fourth Annual Career Event

Over 100 students refused to let the snow keep them from joining 64 professionals, most of them alumni, and the Communication Department faculty during the 4th Annual Communication Career Event in Wilson Hall on March 3rd. The fair consisted of eight discussion panels followed by a networking event featuring 21 employers.

Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department and organizer of the event, said he was very happy about how the event has grown over the last four years. “When we first started, students didn’t know what to wear to this event, but now students are wearing ties, dresses and even bringing resumes. The students have stepped up their game and impressed the career professionals that come to this event” he said.

Approximately 161 students pre-registered for the Communication Career Fair, as well as 85 alumni professionals and faculty. Students and faculty were also encouraged to participate in the event, regardless of whether or not they were pre-registered.

The event featured two sets of panel discussions to give students an opportunity to engage with career professionals and receive applicable career advice. The first panel was held from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm and the second from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Discussions were geared towards each of the different communication clusters, including Radio, Television & Film, Comm Studies, Entrepreneurship and Journalism.

A faculty moderator headed the panel discussions, while the panels included University alumni and other career professionals who answered questions and gave advice about their respective field. Dell, as well as other faculty members in the department, reached out to former students as well as personal connections to populate the discussion panels. “It’s important to hear stories of alumni who came before them. Having professionals, or even people a year or two out of college, offering advice to current students is really important,” said Dell.

Brian Morelli, an alumni who currently works for Press Communication as an on-air personality for Thunder 106, said, “This networking event is important for the students. I can’t imagine why someone who is a communication major wouldn’t be at this event, this is where the experts are …. We all started here and we all have advice on how to succeed.”

Immediately following the discussion panels was a networking event where employers from companies such as the Asbury Park Press, MY 9, Press Communications, Fox 5, Townsquare Media and Yashi were present. The networking allowed for students to get one-on-one face time with the professionals on the panels as well as seek out potential internships or job opportunities.

“I came to this event last year and was offered an internship from the MLB Network,” said Gabrielle D’Cunto, a senior majoring in Radio/TV.This year, D’Cunto used the event as a job search and to talk to professionals about resume tips and building her portfolio.

Matt O’Reilly, a representative from Yashi, an on-line video advertising company, was glad to be a part of the event. “I have never been to a networking event like this before and overall it was great. I met good people from the area.” O’Reilly liked the event because he could tell that students were genuinely interested in their futures.

“I would definitely come to an event like this because we need students who are serious about their futures. As a fast growing company, its possible to hire someone from this event, because to be honest, we just need people.”

Joseph DeAngelis, a sophomore, was eager to participate in the fair despite his grade. “Its never too early to attend events where media professionals are talking about the field. Four years in college might seem like a long time,” DeAngelis continued, “but I don’t want to scramble at the last-minute looking for an internship or even a career opportunity.”

Dell said that this event served multiple purposes. “I wanted students to be exposed to people with expertise in their fields. I also wanted students to hear the diversity of jobs they can obtain with a communication degree. The skill sets you learn here can translate to over 100 different occupations.”

D’Cunto felt that the event has been getting better each year. “There are more students here than last year and there are a good amount of [employers] here. I am very satisfied with this event.”
“Last year I was on a panel and it was nerve-wracking, because I was the only ‘young guy’. This year, I feel the event was put together very well. There were more recent grads and the panels were better able to connect with the students,” said Morelli.

DeAngelis thinks it’s helpful that the communication department has its own career fair; separate from the more general career fair hosted each semester by Career Services. “I think its great that the communication department has a specific event tailored for communication majors, because its easier to find out who you want to talk to.”

“It’s helpful to have a career fair where everyone is speaking the language of communication,” said Dell.

“I hope students learn to take full advantage of all of the opportunities Monmouth presents. Whether you write for the paper or have a radio show, its important to take advantage. It is equally important to learn from people who succeeded by taking full advantage,” said Dell. “This networking event allows students to make connections early which leads to good advice and career opportunities.”

Author Discusses Physical, Mental and Social Issues

Andrew Solomon - NYT Best Selling AuthorThe University Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, in conjunction with Shore House of Long Branch, NJ, hosted New York Times bestseller, Andrew Solomon for a book reading and signing in the Wilson Hall Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 24.

Solomon’s book, “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity,” explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and the obstacles these parents face with loving and accepting their children.

Solomon, a homosexual who has previously suffered from depression, explained that the book’s title is a play on the expression, “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”

Solomon said that the concept of his book came about while writing an article about deaf culture for The New York Times. He noticed similarities between the acceptance of identities within the deaf culture and the homosexual culture, which lead him to realize that the experience of each subculture is universal.

“I saw the parallels between the deaf experience and the gay experience, and I suddenly thought, ‘Wait a minute, there’s a gay thing and a deaf thing … I’ll bet there are others,'” said Solomon.

“Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity” narrates the accounts of families dealing with the issues of dwarfism, Down Syndrome, Autism, and several other disabilities. Solomon’s theme for the book was to help parents cope with their child’s disability, and to develop the acceptance of the parents and the children themselves.

In discussing the importance of self , family and societal, Solomon said, “They all feed one another and each of them strengthens the other. You’re more able to achieve self acceptance if you have family and social acceptance; they’re all intertwined.”

Shore House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving people with mental illnesses opportunities to achieve their full potential. According to http://www.shorehousenj.org, Shore House provides opportunities for its members to obtain employment in mainstream businesses and provides various other support resources.

Christian Smithson, a member of Shore House suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), said, “[Shore House] is a place to interact with people just like me. The sense of family helps lift our spirits …. We learn that we are way more than our diagnosis.”

Pauline Nicholls, a consultant for The Shore House, reached out to Solomon to host the reading and signing to create awareness about an issue that the Shore House deals with everyday. “We need to speak up and speak out and I think [Solomon] does that…. The more we start a dialogue, the more we can inform change and reach a point where society can accept those with mental illnesses.”

Solomon said that many parents of disabled children grow closer to their children despite their flaws and learn to celebrate the conditions that they once feared. In his most extreme example, Solomon supported his claim of acceptance by discussing his relationship with the parents of Dylan Klebold, a perpetrator of the Columbine High School shootings.

“We still think that if kids commit crimes it’s because their parents are bad parents…. But in the case of the Klebolds … they’re really lovely people and the actions of their son came from something profoundly broken within [him]. It’s not the parents’ faults,” said Solomon.
Solomon explained that in the aftermath of the Columbine massacre, Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan Klebold, said that she was able to still love her son because “If you love someone, you love both the good and bad in them.”

Smithson said, “I loved this event because it touched upon a lot more than I thought it would. The author talked about mental illnesses and the stigma that comes along with it and I thought that it was a beautiful thing.”

Kaeili Puopolo, a freshman, said, “[Solomon] was very well spoken and was also entertaining. Surprisingly, the only thing I disliked was that it wasn’t long enough.”

“His perspective on what is commonly referred to as a disability was also interesting to me,” Puoplo continued. “He referred to deafness, Autism, homosexuality, and many other disorders as identities and encouraged acceptance to all differences people are faced with.”

Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, said, “We co-hosted this event to reach out and support organizations in the community. [The University] is a great venue to help get information like this out to the community.”

“Partnering with Shore House to host an event like this is such an important initiative too because they can offer help and assistance that goes far beyond what we can do on campus,” said Mancini.

Delta Tau Delta: The Newest Triad of Greek Letters on Campus

DeltasDelta Tau Delta is officially the newest fraternity recognized by the University. Currently, there are 35 new members who have been named “founding fathers” of the fraternity.

Lorenzo Russomanno, a senior and President of the Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC), said, “IFC was looking to expand, as far as fraternities, after the addition and success of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, especially because we have noticed a significant drop of in the amount of guys interested in Greek life.” According to Russomanno, this year there have been over 120 new females who have joined sororities, while there have been only 32 males.

According to Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, “There are two ways new fraternities can come to campus. The way Delta Tau Delta came to campus was the Interfraternity Council voted to expand to new organizations and reached out to about ten fraternities that were not currently on campus. Delta Tau Delta entered an application and the Interfraternity Council decided that they would be a good fit. The other way a new fraternity could come to campus would be to have a group of non-affiliated interested students petition for expansion.”

Expansion consultants for Delta Tau Delta Nationals have been in the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC), since Feb. 10, recording students who are interested in the fraternity and having them fill out interest forms. Once students fill out interest forms, they are scheduled for an interview to see if the students are a good fit for the fraternity.
Anthony Jacobsmeyer, an expansion consultant for Delta Tau Delta, said he is looking for potential candidates who possess the core values of the fraternity. “Delta Tau Delta is focused towards leadership, service and academic excellence. We’re looking for fraternity men, not fraternity boys.” When asked to elaborate, Jacobsmeyer said, “Men are gentlemen who respect the campus and are active in the community whereas fraternity boys are the opposite.”

“I heard nothing but negative things about other fraternities, particularly their inclinations to abuse alcohol,” said Stephen Grzybacz, a freshman. “I joined Delta Tau Delta to get more involved within the University, improve my leadership skills and contribute to the development of a great fraternity.”

Delta Tau Delta’s alumni demonstrated to Charles Lucia, a junior, that Delta Tau Delta is the right fraternity for him. Lucia said that with former members such as Congressman Paul Ryan and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, is proof that the fraternity has a mission to foster excellence in all aspects of its member’s lives.

“I waited until my junior year to join a fraternity because I am a commuter and my education has always been my number one priority. I did not want the commitment to traditional fraternity practices to negatively impact my academic performance,” said Lucia.

Sororities on campus have also been involved with the recruitment process of new members. According to Jacobsmeyer, there is a competition between the sororities to see who can generate the most referrals. Sororities receive points for each potential new member of Delta Tau Delta that they refer. The organization that generates the most amount of referrals will win a monetary donation from Delta Tau Delta to a charity of the winning organization’s choice.

Currently its Nationals recognize Delta Tau Delta as a “colony.” A colony is a designation given to a new organization that is awaiting official recognition from their national to have a chapter at a campus. Before being recognized as a chapter, new organizations have to prove that they are self-sufficient.

Organizations are able to prove self-sufficiency by hosting philanthropy events, adhering to the academic standard instituted by the University and having a functioning executive board, according to Jacobmeyer. It can take anywhere from 12 – 18 months or longer, to go from colony status to chapter. Jacobmeyer said that there is not much difference between being a colony or a chapter, it is just a designation given by Nationals.

This week, members of nationals will be hosting more interviews and conducting leadership conferences, training, and retreats for new members. The training will teach new members how to run a fraternity, and teach the new members how to work towards its colonization. “I expect to become more of a leader by joining Delta Tau Delta. This fraternity offers many leadership positions, all of which could help me in my future endeavors,” said Grzybacz.

Delta Tau Delta will also be hosting a dinner for the new members on Friday, March at 7 pm. The dinner will serve as a formal meet and greet for new members, and members of nationals. “We will be welcoming those who are interested in building a legacy [at Monmouth] and starting something new. We ask all of those who have not found what they are looking for in other fraternities to show their interest and become members of this fraternity,” said Jacobsmeyer.