Archive | April, 2012

Hawks Flock to the Beach in Beautiful Weather

30 Apr

On Monday, April 16 the temperature reached 85 degrees with clear skies at Monmouth University. Countless students put their studies on hold and spent the day at the beach.

When 18-year old seniors in high school are selecting colleges, they look for something to draw them in. Some may go to Kentucky to support a national powerhouse in basketball. Some may go to Penn State for its remarkable journalism program. Others may go to University of Nevada – Las Vegas to have access to the casinos when they are 21. Many chose Monmouth for days like Monday, and having access to the beach.


Anthony Panasidi, senior journalism major, took advantage of the nice weather. “I live in the Diplomat Apartments so I am across the street from the beach all year long,” said Panasidi. “So anytime the weather gets into the 70s I head to the beach and throw a football around or catch some sun. It was in the 80s on Monday, no way was I going to miss that chance.”

Driving down Cedar Avenue, every block was another group of college students walking to or from the beach. The University is only a mile from the ocean, so students without cars can easily have a day at the beach and get a little exercise at the same time.

All of the students that wanted to get to the beach were not able to. Junior Brett Gilmartin said, “I really wanted to go to the beach. Who wouldn’t? I was stuck at school all day doing work for the Environment Club.”

Junior music major Chris Adcock couldn’t get to the beach either. “I had class all day and wasn’t able to get out there,” said Adcock. “I wish I could have surfed for an hour or two.”

Some students took advantage of the weather in other ways. The “Moss Mile” is the path from the Diplomat Apartments to Pier Village, which has markers every tenth of a mile along the way. People run this route every day, but it was especially crowded due to the beautiful, 85-degree weather.

“I got out there and ran down to Pier (Village) and back,” said Panasidi. “I haven’t ran since a 5k a week and a half ago, so it was nice to have warm weather to run in and really get the blood pumping.”

Many senior citizens were seen walking the “Moss Mile”, enjoying the beautiful weather with their grandchildren.

Some students even went into the ocean. All different types of activities were going on in the water. College-aged people were surfing, kayaking and just standing knee deep enjoying the beautiful day.

Junior criminal justice major Greg Cenicola was able to get out and kayak. “It was a great day. I got out of class and asked some friends to go to the beach. I surprised them with the kayaking,” said Cenicola. “I was with five people who had never kayaked in the ocean before and they all loved it. They made me promise to tell them next time I go out.”

“Nothing is more relaxing in my eyes than getting passed the break and cruising along the beach line looking in,” added Cenicola. “And then laying out in the kayak, letting the ocean tide drift you.”

Panasidi also enjoyed other outdoor activities on this day. “After running on the boardwalk and hitting the beach, I just wanted to kick back and relax,” he said. “So me and a few friends went out and bought steaks, chicken and hot dogs and grilled a little bit. We couldn’t have asked for better weather to grill. It was the perfect way to end a great day.”

Monday gave everyone a little taste of summer, which is only a few weeks away. If this is an indication of what is to come, Long Branch, N.J. will be the “place to be” from June until September.


21st Birthday, Fun and Dangerous

30 Apr

There are many coming of age moments in a person’s life. Some examples of these moments are having your Bar Mitzvah, getting your driver’s license and getting accepted into college. Another one is turning 21 years old.

Turning 21 could be a very dangerous birthday. It is common for people to try and take 21 shots when they go out to the bar for the first time. Consuming that much alcohol in one night out could very possibly result in a trip to the hospital.


 “From a social standpoint, doing 21 shots for your twenty-first has certainly become a sort of cultural tradition, at least in this part of the country. It’s interesting how taking 21 shots seems to make someone think they’re more legitimate of a 21-year old than someone who just tries to have a good time,” said junior Chris Chace.

Many people think that this is a bad idea and shouldn’t be attempted.

“From a medical standpoint, obviously taking 21 shots of any sort of alcohol is a lot, but there’s two major problems people overlook. First, most of the time it’s a girl who is about 110 pounds and under five feet tall trying to accomplish this. That’s just stupid, because your body is going to react much quicker to the alcohol and not be able to handle it as well as a larger person,” Chace continues. “Secondly, most people attempt to do 21 shots of a variety of different liquors. If you really want to accomplish 21 shots, pick one thing and stick with it. 21 shots of vodka is going to treat you a lot better than combining rum, tequila, whiskey, vodka and whatever else to make 21. Just be smart about it and know your limits.”

“I don’t understand why people try to do take 21 shots. You’re just asking for trouble if you try to drink that much,” said 21-year old Benjamin Marcinkiewicz. “On my twenty-first, I just went out with a few friends and had a couple of drinks and watched football at the bar.”

“I think people really just try to take 21 shots to prove a point,” said 21-year old Matt Kraenbring. “They think, ‘Oh, I’m 21, I can do whatever I want,’ but it doesn’t work like that.”

20-year old Kelly Brockett will be turning 21 in three weeks. She has her own opinion on the ‘21 shot’ cultural phenomenon.

“If I spread them out over a long period of time, sure! But I’m not looking to blackout,” said Brockett. “I’m looking to have a good time with my friends and actually remember my night.”

Another popular plan for legally being able to drink is going to the bar at midnight when you officially turn 21.

“I went out at midnight, and stayed until the bar closed at 2,” said 21 year-old Michael Jenkins. “I didn’t try the whole ’21 shots’ thing, but I still had a great time.”

“Going out to the bar at midnight is really cool. After waiting 21 years, they shouldn’t make you wait another day,” Kraenbring said. “I always love going to the bar with friends who are just turning 21. The bouncer looks at their driver’s license, then at the person, then at their watch and then says, ‘Happy birthday.’”

Others are happy just going to their local liquor store and picking up a six-pack of an alcohlic beverage.

Some do not even have an interest in drinking and choose to go about their business as if it were any other day.

Whatever the 20-year old community chooses to do on their important birthday, everyone just hopes that they celebrate in a safe manner.

Monmouth Softball Struggles Over Weekend

28 Apr

WEST LONG BRANCH — The softball team was swept by Northeast Conference (NEC) opponent Bryant on Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Monmouth 7-4 in the first game and 5-4 in the second.  

 In game one, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Alicia Desanto singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After an out, Desanto advanced to third on another wild pitch. Tish Derer doubled to center, bringing Desanto home. Kaitie Schumacher came up next and singled to knock in Derer.

 The Blue and White added another two runs in the fourth. Chelsea Paprocki led the inning off with a solo homerun. After a couple outs, Derer singled to shortstop. Schumacher doubled to center and Derer scored.


 Derer and Schumacher combined for six hits, three RBIs and two runs in the game. Kayla Weiser and Desanto added two hits each.

 Alissa Schoelkopf took the loss and her record fell to 7-3 in 2012. She pitched five and one-third innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs (six earned) and walked two. She had five strikeouts.

 In game two, Monmouth tied the game at with a four-run sixth inning. Schumacher doubled to start the inning. Weiser singled to put runner on the corners for Vanessa Cardoza. The freshman singled to shortstop and Schumacher scored to give the Hawks their first run of the day. Colleen Kelly flied out next and both runners moved up a base. Kayleena Flores stepped up with runners on second and third and one out. A wild pitch brought Weiser home and moved Cardoza to third. Flores singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, Cardoza scored.

 With two outs and the bases empty, the Hawks generated enough offense to tie the game. Paprocki was hit by a pitch, followed by Desanto’s single. Christine Scherr singled next to bring Paprocki home and tie the game at four.

 Schoelkopf came in to pitch the bottom of the sixth and she took the loss again. She allowed a homerun to Lauren Guy to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead. That ended up being the final score. Schoelkopf fell to 7-4 on the season. In one inning, she allowed one hit, one run and struck out two.

 Lauren Sulick pitched three innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, all earned. She struck out one and walked zero.

 Monmouth traveled to New Britain, Connecticut on Sunday for a NEC double header against Central Connecticut State.

 The Hawks lost the first game 8-5, and the second was postponed.

 The Blue and White took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against the Blue Devils. Scherr doubled to center to start the game. Derer grounded out and moved Scherr to third. Schumacher stepped up next and homered to left field.

 “As of today, Kaitie has been doing well, that’s why I moved her to the number three spot,” said head coach Louie Berndt. “She is a competitor!”

 The Hawks didn’t score again until the top of the seventh.

 Flores and Cardoza singled to start the seventh. Paprocki doubled to knock in Flores. Descanto singled next to knock in Cardoza and move Paprocki to third. Paprocki scored on a fielding error later in the inning.

 Schoelkopf took her third loss of the weekend, putting her at 7-5. She pitched four innings, allowing four hits and three runs. She struck out one and walked five.

 The Blue and White need to start playing better if they want the 2012 season to be successful.

 “As I have always said, we need to start in the circle. Our pitchers have the ability to go out and dominate the opposing hitters. When your pitchers are doing their job then your defense has to play behind them,” said Berndt. “Our hitters have been pretty consistant throughout the season but we haven’t been consistant on the mound or on defense. That needs to be better.”

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