Fitness Center to Hold Open House on April 16

Did you know that exercise increases brain function? If you’re looking to get fit and increase your brain function, then the Fitness Center is the place for you.
“The Fitness Center is a stress reliever in-between classes, convenient location, tons of group classes, and a good place to meet other students,” said Joyce Cosentino who has worked for the Fitness Center for over 20 years and is currently the fitness center administrator.
The Fitness Center will be hosting an open house on April 16. Students can come in and take a tour of the gym and have any questions they have answered.
“Unfortunately after July 1, 2015 students had to pay for memberships once again. The reason why the Fitness Center is was part of the Athletic Department, but then switched part of the Continuing and Professional Studies, in order to make money and make several changes. Prior to spring 2012, students had to pay a membership fee as well, Cosentino said.
“We believe in what we do here at the Fitness Center. In the busy world everybody lives in nowadays we offer a convenient place, with good prices that maximizes people’s time in between classes,” Cosentino said.
The Fitness Center offers two different types of memberships. There is a standard membership that is $125 a year or you can pay by semester which is $50 a semester. Or there is a premium membership which offers unlimited classes that the Fitness Center has to offer for $25 extra a semester or $60 for the year. You can also purchase a daily pass, a monthly pass or a four month basis pass.
“What our gym has to offer over other local gyms in the area is the convenience right on campus, affordable memberships, no contracts, and no gym maintenance fee,” Cosentino said.
Joe Chick, a 21-year-old criminal justice student from Shrewsbury, uses the Fitness Center and loves the environment and the affordable rates. He has been going to the Fitness Center for two and a half years, and pays $50.
“It’s very affordable. It works out to be about $12.50 a month. It’s also very convenient for me. I can go before or after class, so it helps me occupy time and stay in good shape. Plus the hours are also very good for a student,” he said.
Community members also enjoy the Fitness Center. Dan Terraeciano, who is from Red Bank, has been a member of the Fitness Center for seven years.
“There is a lot of good equipment especially the free weights. They’re my favorite to use. Here you don’t and it’s a good environment,” Terraeciano said. Chick also loves the environment and the atmosphere of the Fitness Center.
“It’s a friendly and easy environment to work out in. There are no meatheads and everyone on staff is very helpful,” he said.
The Fitness Center has 51 pieces of cardio equipment, 27 selectorized machine equipment, 13 free weight machines, mats, medicine balls, tubes, cables, dumbbells that range from 1-10lbs, and more. They also offer personal trainers for $49 per hour. They also offer a wide variety of different group exercise classes, such as yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, boot camp and many more.
“I really like all the machines here. They’re modern, clean. They work very well, and there is a lot of good cardio machines,” Chick said.
Cosentino also sees the Fitness Center as a place for students to meet others.
“Students can meet friends and new people in the Fitness Center as well as working out,” she said. Chick actually met a good friend at the Fitness Center.
“When I first started using the Fitness Center, I met someone who turned out to be one of my good friends now. We started talking about working out and giving each other advice then we started to hangout and become really good friends. All because we had an interest for fitness,” he said.
The Fitness Center has seen an increase of students, and they see more students being active in the gym as well.
“We currently have twice as many students per semester than we had prior to the free memberships when students were charged a fee. When there was no fee, we would get about 1,000 students who registered per semester, but never used the Fitness Center. Now we are averaging around 125 students per semester and another 50 students who have annual memberships,” Cosentino said
“We already added new classes this year, but I’m always having meetings with the board so we can find ways we can improve and get our name out there. We want to offer students good deals and promos for the upcoming year. We plan on having a table in the Student Life Center soon, so the fitness center can be known campus wide and possibly hold a raffle for a free membership. We really want students to come in so they can believe in themselves mentally and physically,” she said.
The center is open Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-noon.
Correction: The article “Students Must Pay to Use Fitness Center” in the Feb. 11 issue of The Stall contained some inaccuracies and information that must be clarified. According to Fitness Center Administrator Joyce Cosentino, management of the center moved from the Athletic Department to Continuing and Professional Studies on July 1, 2015.
According to Cosentino, prior to the Spring 2012 term, students paid membership fees to use the Fitness Center. It remained free for students until July 1, 2015, “When it became a financial necessity to make several changes in order for the Fitness Center to stay open.”
Cosentino said the center currently has twice as many registered students per semester than in prior years when a membership fee was charged. The center now averages around 125 per semester and another 50 students that have annual memberships, Cosentino said.

Volunteers Are Needed This Weekend

This Spring, the Psychology Department at Brookdale Community College, along with the Psychology and Human Services Club, is partnering with local and national businesses to host the annual Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Human Services (MACHS) Conference, April 1 through April 3.
MACHS is a regional affiliate of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), both of which were founded in 1975 to strengthen the profession of human services, dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities.
This conference provides a unique opportunity for local businesses to support the advancement of the human services, while gaining access to an engaged and educated audience of professors, service providers and students. This year’s theme is The Integrated Whole: Systems of Community and Self.
In addition to the workshops, a student poster contest will be held. Here students have the chance to showcase their talents and passions. For their effort, students will be able to win prizes and gift baskets.
This is a chance to network with professionals in the human services and psychology field. It also provides resume topics when transferring to another college.
This conference includes a Friday Night Networking Dinner with a keynote speaker who is an expert on helping people with personal and professional goals to improve their resiliency and engagement skills.
On Sunday, a Yoga for the Face session will be held with Anya Castellano. All of these speakers relate with the theme of practicing mindfulness and well-being.
Volunteers to help out with the conference are needed. Volunteers get to attend the conference free of charge!
For more information on the MACHS Conference, please visit: or our Facebook page 2016 MACHS Conference at Brookdale

Join the Student Life Board for the Laughs and More

Hey Brookdale students! Who doesn’t love our “Laugh at Lunches,” or our ever-popular student involvement fairs? How would you like to be directly involved in the decision-making processes that help bring acts and activities to campus? It even helps to boost your résumé when you apply for that all-important transfer.
Well, if that gets you excited, and you like campus government, then come on out and be part of a long line of student leaders by joining the Student Life Board. There are only two basic requirements: You must have at least a 2.5 GPA and an opinion to voice.
Making a difference on campus is the Student Life Board’s No. 1 priority. They organize campus events and bring a sense of community to this community college.
If you have an idea for a new campus event, come and tell them all about it at their general meetings, Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Chances are, if you have an idea, they want to hear it.
If you are reading about it, odds are that you attended one of our recent Laugh at Lunches. Guests for our popular programs often draw large crowds of entertained students. It takes the efforts of our Student Life Board to do that! Do you think a group is funny and want them here? Tell the board!
If you didn’t like our recent guest Simply Unemployable come voice your opinion. If you did, even better; Come tell them that you enjoyed the group and want more. The Student Life Board not only values your membership but values your opinion even more.
When applying to transfer, it is very important to have a résumé that reflects that you are an active student, not only academically but also in campus life as well. Being part of the Student Life Board is one of the top ways to impress a prospective university. You even have the chance to climb the ranks and hold the coveted president’s position. Working on the Student Life Board shows universities that you interact well with others and have become a community leader during your time at Brookdale.
Joining the Student Life Board may even be the deciding factor for your dream school to choose you over someone else, who wasn’t nearly as involved.
Come join the Student Life Board for fun, food, laughs and to make a difference at Brookdale.

Writers and Thespians Create Skit Show in 24 Hours

Any traditional full-time Brookdale student knows what it feels like to spend an entire day on campus. Whether you have classes all day or you needed some extra studying at the library; you’re here from the crack of dawn to the break of dusk. Well, the members of the Theater Club and Creative Writing Club decided to take it a step further and sleep here as well.
The third annual production of Theater 24 in the Performing Arts Center took place March 10 beginning at 7 p.m. and proceeding into the next morning.
The first 12 hours consisted of members writing short skits. The next 12 hours were dedicated to theater members preparing to perform the skits at 7 p.m. the next day. Contrary to the title of the event, the program goes well beyond 24 hours.
Students were asked to participate in only one aspect of the production; either writing or acting. This allows some time to actually sleep and be well rested for the show the next day. There were about 20 writers and 20 actors. The team of writers came up with about 30 scenes. This was a record number from the previous years.
Each scene is about five minutes long. Since there were so many scenes this years, each actor was able to participate in about four. More than half of the actors were female which gave an interesting twist to the various character developments.
This program was free and open to all members of the Brookdale community. Theater club adviser, Sherri Vanderspiegel said, “Anybody who knows about it and wants to be involved is more than welcome to participate.”
The hard work and dedication these students put into the program appears to be tremendous.
The group is very involved and welcoming to outside students. You may be asking yourself, “Why would students want to host such a program?”
Kent Mattia, Creative Writing Club president, said “My favorite part of the event is the performances at the end. It’s an amazing feeling to see all the hard work of the writers and actors come to life.”

Wall Renovations Expected to Be Completed by Spring 2017

Brookdale’s Wall Higher Education Center is being expanded and renovated thanks to $8 million provided by The 2013 Building Our Future Bond Act and $4 million from the college.
The new building will be available to students for the 2017 spring semester. The 15-year-old satellite campus is planned to hold over 30 classrooms geared toward general and health science courses. Construction began just before the 2015 fall semester ended.
Students can expect the new building to offer facilities available on the main campus, such as the student success center, learning commons, and study spaces. The learning commons will be open to any Brookdale student to schedule study groups.
Open study spaces will allow anyone to study comfortably without interruption.
Microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and health care simulation will be some of the new classes offered at Wall. Three labs included in the addition make these courses possible.
Lab and credit fees will remain equal to Brookdale’s standard pricing. The college has not released if they will hire new science related faculty to support the addition.
Allison Fitzpatrick, director of Brookdale’s Wall Campus, said more labs will benefit the college as a whole.
“As most health science majors know, courses requiring labs fill quickly due to the limited number of labs,” Fitzpatrick said. “The three labs will not only be beneficial to students who live near Wall, but to all health science majors when classes like anatomy and physiology are waitlisted.”
Grant money from the state is based upon the number of full-time students that attend Brookdale through the state Chapter 12 Program. Although the college is faced with declining enrollment, New Jersey supplied enough money to help the college grow.
Joseph Pingitore, director of finance and operations at Brookdale, touches on the Chapter 12 program in New Jersey.
“The second piece of this is the state Chapter 12 Program, which is a program only for community colleges in New Jersey. Brookdale was granted money two years ago from this program through an application process and now that money is being used to build an academic building at the Wall campus to provide students with a state-of-the-art learning facility,” Pingitore said.
The new campus will offer an alternative to the vending machines in the student lounge. A grab-and-go stand is planned in the addition, and students will be able to enjoy their meals or hangout on nice days in the remodeled court yard.
Parking was rarely an issue before at Wall and doubling the parking spaces will ensure continued parking.
An additional $2 million technology budget will be spent on a new key card system to give professors the ability to access the entire building without the help of a security guard. Classroom technology and public computers are also funded by this budget.
“The technology fund will offer more security. Professors currently have to find the police officer on duty to open a classroom,” Fitzpatrick said. “Professors will be able to open any door on campus with their keycard without anyone’s assistance.”

Brookdale Students Invited to Participate in Annual Youth Wellness Summit

Coming up on April 5 at Neptune High School will be this year’s annual Youth Wellness Summit, hosted by The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. This event will focus mainly on the benefits of being engaged on campus and time management, with other related topics being addressed as well.
There will be two presentations, at 9 a.m. and noon. Each panel will last roughly an hour. Students from 20 local school districts will be in attendance to learn from the panel and pass on the information to their peers.
The summit is currently looking for students to volunteer their time to help set up, or participate in the panels themselves, please e-mail as soon as possible.

A Better Understanding of Brookdale’s Club Budgets

“We give all the present clubs $800 per year. That’s called their allocation, and if it’s a new club just starting, we give them $400,” said Mary Jo Burkhard, administrative assistant and organizer of the Student and Activities budget, commencement budget, and Associated Students of Brookdale Community College (ASBCC) budget at Brookdale.
Club money is designated to contracted services, such as having a speaker at a meeting, and food services.
Including all of the above—clubs and Student Life and Activities—the Associated Students of Brookdale Community College’s total budget amounts to $290,000, which has not changed from last year’s budget.
“The only thing that rolls over is their income, like if a club has a bake sale or raises money,” Burkhard said. If one of the approximately 60 clubs decides not to spend any of their allocation for that year, it disappears, while money raised, rolls over into the next fall semester.
“Around this time [of year] we go through the present [club] budget and we figure out how much has been spent and how much hasn’t been spent,” Burkhard said. Once the school shares projections for student enrollment for next fall, Burkhard then projects the budget of all the clubs and Student Life and Activities.
The overall Student Life and Activities budget comes out at around five or six percent of the general services fee, $29.46, that students pay in-part of their tuition, which is $122.75 per credit for Monmouth County residence; $245.50 per credit for out-of-county residents; and $270.50 per credit for out-of-state residents.
However, for the Summer III Term and the coming Fall 2016 terms, the general service fee will be $31.14 alongside $129.75 per credit.
Besides the budget for the clubs, there are about 250 other line items in the Student Life budget, including Brookdale vans, vehicle repairs, club trips, bridge and highway tolls, Laugh at Lunch, lectures, etc.
“If the trip costs between $100 to $3,500, the student life will pay 60 percent of it. If where they are going costs $3,500-$7,000, then we will pay 40 percent,” Burkhard said. Clubs would have to pay the difference.
Proposals for club trips are sent for approval through the Brookdale website to the Student Life and Activities office, which then assures that the trips are constitutional to the club before forwarding the proposal over to The Student Life Finance Committee for a final vote.
For more on club and Student Life budgeting, follow along with your club’s budget reports, and look out for ways to raise money for your club!