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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Like Mother, Like Daughter

There is a time in everyone’s lives where we think, “I’m not going to be like my parents.” Whether it’s their thoughts and opinions on something or how they disciplined us when we did something wrong, everyone thinks they will be different. Of course, in some ways, we are different from our parents. We were all born and raised in different generations, had different life experiences, and for the most part, we have different tastes in everything. At the end of the day though, we are our parent’s children. Whether we have different personalities or not, we had to have gotten something from them, right?

For me, it is inevitable that I will turn into my mother. We have different taste in music, clothing, and even in people in general. Our personalities have clashed a lot in the past because we are very similar, and thankfully, I have my dad to break up our petty arguments. Not that I consider myself much older now, but when I was a teenager, especially around 15 and 16, I couldn’t wait to get out of my house and be away from my parents. I thought all they did was nag me and they were always complaining that I was doing something wrong. I hated listening to their advice because I was too stubborn to realize that it would help me in the future.

Somehow, some things got through. I have many similar values that my parents have and am very thankful that they raised me the way they did. The more people I meet in life, I grow even more appreciative that I have the parents that I do. My mom would always tell me stories about when she was in her teens and 20s and how she was the more mature and responsible one that all the parents trusted. I somehow managed to end up the same way. She taught me what to do or not do in certain situations, what to be careful about and overall, how to stay out of trouble. Of course, many things I had to try and learn for myself, but I always have my moms voice in the back of my head.

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When Striking Out is a Good Thing

“Strike Out Arthritis!” is a campus-wide wiffle-ball tournament occurring at Great Lawn at Monmouth University on Saturday May 3, a day filled with sports and entertainment all for a great cause.

“Strike Out Arthritis! Is the signature philanthropy event of Alpha Omicron Pi,” says Victoria Day, Philanthropy Chair of the chapter, “and all proceeds benefit the AOII Foundation’s work to eliminate arthritis as a disease and to eliminate the pain and suffering it causes old and young alike.” To date, the AOII Foundation has given more than $2 million in grants for arthritis research and education.

The May 3 event will be a wiffle-ball tournament played on the fields at Great Lawn beginning at 12 pm. Participating teams already committed to play include the sisters of the Iota Theta chapter. Additional teams desiring to play or sponsors wanting the support the event may obtain information by emailing Victoria Day at s0817489@monmouth.edu. Teams can register with up to seven people with a donation of $20. Thursday May 1 is the deadline to register.

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Jersey Shore Roller Girls

“You need to be 18+ with health insurance,” read a poster posted on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. There are posters all over the city advertising “to become A Jersey Shore Roller Girl.”  Who would ever want to join a team that promotes enrollment with their main specification being health insurance? Surly, you would think, only people who have gone mad would look into joining a team like that.

In reality, The Jersey Shore Roller Girls (JSRG), are actually quite popular, and their league is continuing to grow. The Roller Girls are an all-women roller derby league, and are constantly recruiting interested girls all over the state. Betty, known on the flat-track as “Black Eye Betty,” is one of the founders of the Jersey Shore league.

“I’ve had my fair share of broken limbs and black eyes, but you better believe I’ve dished out some black eyes as well, hence my nickname,” said Betty proudly. Betty is very friendly, but she also has this spunky, I’ll-kick-your-a** attitude. “Roller Derby is, with no doubt, a rough sport. It is not made for the weak, but under the rough and tough skin of each of our players, there is your typical, kind, and friendly girly girl. We have built a league of winners, tough players who fight to win, but when you join our league, you become part of our family. We all support and help each other, and while injury is inevitable, it is never intentional,” said Betty.

“Before you can compete in the real league, you have to go through a mandatory 20 week training period. At the end, there is a written test about the rules and conduct. There are certain ways you have to skate, fall, and play because it’s a really physical sport and can be very dangerous. There is also a physical test that has to be administered before taking part in an actual bout. We are really thorough about who can actually compete in the real big bouts,” said Christine Hodan, another roller derby player turned coach. A bout is the name used for the roller derby matches.

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The Unfriend Zone

As the warm weather finally approaches, most of us will take part in the annual ritual of spring-cleaning. For some, this means going through old winter wardrobes and cleaning and dusting to our heart’s content. For others, this means spring cleaning through their social media, deleting frivolous accounts and even filtering whom they are in contact with. “Unfriending” is an odd two-sided coin. On the one hand, there is the person going through their list of friends, choosing which ones they decide to stay connected to through these online social medias, creating the question of why we unfriend people.

“It depends on their purpose in the unfriending.  Sometimes, the Facebook friendship is really the last thread connecting people in a dysfunctional or non-existent relationship,” explained Dr. Jamie Goodwin-Uhler, psychology professor. “In that case, cutting that tie can feel like finishing up unfinished business, and the unfriender feels relief that they get to put the relationship in the past and move on.”

Goodwin-Uhler added, “But some others may unfriend as a passive-aggressive move-- they feel a sense of power in having gained the upper hand. They can exclude someone from their life with the click of a button, and without saying a word, force the other person to make a move if they wish to continue the relationship.”

Back in the day, Facebook was all about the numbers. If you didn’t have at least 300 friends you were deemed uncool in the realm of social media (There was a grace period of course for those who just made an account).  However, it seems recently that being “friends” with someone on Facebook is more about the quality than the quantity.

Alex Mitchell, a junior social work major explained that she has unfriended dozens of acquaintances on Facebook for multiple reasons such as lack of contact or negative commentators. “If I don’t talk to them then why should they have access to what goes on in my life? The last time I did a mass unfriending of people was after something fairly tragic happened in my life and people were talking negatively about me and someone I care about. I decided that I didn’t want to subject myself to others negativity and hatred so I unfriended close to 300 people and honestly I’m happier because of it,” said Mitchell.

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How to Heal Your Hangover: A Step-by-Step Guide

You wake up on the wrong side of the bed. At least you’re in a bed. You have to rub your eyes a few times before they actually open. You’re still wearing the same shirt as last night! How could you do such a thing? There’s your shoes, sprawled out across the floor along with your wallet. You reach for your phone. It’s 10 am and you’ve got four missed calls, 10 texts, and five percent battery left. You always charge your phone before bed! What were you thinking? Oh wait, you weren’t thinking. And then you realize that it’s too early and your head is pounding to the beat of some techno song you heard last night. Yup, you definitely should have resisted that last Tequila Sunrise.

Probably one of the worst feelings in the world, a hangover can sometimes trump the common cold or stomach flu. It’s not recognized as an illness, but it definitely should be. For anyone who has ever experienced the wrath of a hangover, you probably agree—it is miserable. There is arguably no cure for the monster either, but there are ways to make it go away faster (or at least make yourself feel like it will).

1. Drink Water

It’s pretty obvious that you drank one too many cups of Moscato last night. You may have temporarily forgotten what water is, but find a big glass of the H2O quickly. And drink it quickly. Nothing feels better the morning after alcohol consumption than consuming a day’s worth of water. And add ice. Water always tastes better on the rocks.

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Why Should I Study Abroad?

When and How to Take Advantage of the University’s Travel Opportunities

In today’s society of ever-increasing competition, studying abroad is becoming a popular option.  This helps students learn about other cultures as well as more about themselves.

Lexi Morrison, a sophomore communication major, had the pleasure to study in Australia and enjoyed every minute of learning about a new culture. “Living in Australia allowed me to see the world in a different light. I became more culturally diverse, making friendships with people from all over the world, with completely different backgrounds than myself,” Morrison said.

Morrison added, “I learned about cultures and the many differences between those cultures, and through these interactions, I ultimately learned about myself.  Studying abroad allowed me to mature in way I didn’t think I had to. I became more independent, thought about different aspects of life, considered new lifestyles, thought deeply about my future, and overall became more well-rounded.”

For Morrison, this changed her life and even way of thinking forever.  The Australia program is offered in the Fall and Spring only which can be a major advantage for students as it allows them time to explore the country and transition into a new culture.

Morrison recommends this because it allows time for exploring, unlike the Monmouth Fall semester, students are given a two week break between quarters as the term started in the middle of July.  “I also feel as though you don’t truly begin to become part of a culture until well after six weeks. Those first weeks are the tourist weeks. Some may disagree, but I think you are still set in your American ways the first month you are abroad,” said Morrison.

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Stress May Unlock Stem Cell Research

Imagine the anxiety and unease felt when you are undergoing any number of stressful situations. The discomfort experienced during those moments is not generally thought of as beneficial and if anything, is considered the complete opposite.

It is therefore incredibly surprising that progressing stem cell research has shown that some normal cells subjected to stress can develop back into their embryonic or stem cell state.

While normal body cells have specific functions in specific areas (such as liver cells, cardiac cells, or muscle cells), stem cells are unique in that they are able to become any other type of cell. This research has thus far been done on mouse spleen cells and has delivered positive results.

Such a transformations from somatic or body cells to stem cells could allow for successful life-saving regeneration treatments. These treatments would involve patients fixing damaged areas of their bodies using their very own transformed cells.

Furthermore, a successful method of transforming body cells would allow for access to a form of personalized medicine. This would involve individual patients being able to have treatment specific to each one of their health requirements, and it would also eliminate complications often faced by transplant patients whose bodies sometimes reject or have difficulty accepting cells from outside sources.

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Are Beats the Best Bang for Your Buck?

Beats by Dr. Dre have become the preeminent headphone in the entertainment industry.

According to the retail analysts group NPD, Beats accounted for 64 percent of the headphones selling for over $100 in the U.S. in 2012. Beats electronics owned 51 percent of the entire headphone market in 2012, according to beatsbydre.com.

The latest headphone developed by Beats Electronics is the Beats Studio, which is currently priced at $299.95. With the value of Beats Electronics Company surpassing a billion dollars, there is some quality to their headphone but considering the steep price of nearly $300, does the Beats Studio have the best value on the headphone market?

“The problem with the Beats headphone is more about the durability and the pricing.” said Michael Clarke, a sales associate at Radio Shack. “If you compare Beats with other headphones like Skull Candy or Sol Republics, you can get pretty good headphones for at least $100 to $150 cheaper, whereas with the Beats, they are really good headphones, but they are really not worth 300 dollars,” said Clarke.

Stephen Nowack, a sales leader at Best Buy, offered a similar sentiment about Beats headphones. “In my opinion, Beats are a good quality headphone but I also think there are other headphones that are made with just as good of a build for less price,” said Nowack. “The problem with the Beats headphones is that it is a very high price point. It is like any other brand; they put a higher price point on it just because of the name of it.”

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A Home for the Homeless: Destiny’s Bridge

taylor-smith_humans_of_muAccording to the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness, over 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year. Thirty five percent of these people are in families with children, the fastest growing category of homeless people in the U.S.

A common conclusion that many people jump to is that all homeless people are alcoholics or junkies who lost everything they had to fuel their latest addiction. While that may be true for some homeless people, it's wrong to assume that it's true for the majority. The National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness reports that 23 percent of homelessness is attributed to military veterans, 25 percent of homeless people are under 18-years-old and 30 percent have experienced domestic violence.

Homelessness is not only an epidemic in major cities, but it is also a problem that is closer to home than we may think. Approximately 30 minutes away from the University is a local homeless community in Lakewood, NJ. Started by Minister Steve Brigham, Tent City is a clearing in the woods that is "home" to nearly 100 local homeless people. The grounds have been in use for 12 years and Minister Steve has spent four of those years living on the site.

Filmmaker Jack Ballo made a documentary titled "Destiny's Bridge" about Tent City and its residents which was shown at the University during the Global Understanding Convention on April 8 in Wilson Auditorium. It featured Minister Steve and other homeless people who live on the encampment. The film followed residents through their struggle to overcome obstacles such as addiction and paying for medical bills.

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The Green Monster of College Relationships

Jealousy_in_college_relationshipsLet's face it; relationships at any age are not easy. Whether you're just starting out as a couple, or have been married for years, being in a relationship is hard work, and the effort must be put in by both parties.

Now, I'm no Dr. Phil or anything, but from what I've seen thus far, I'm going to say having a relationship in college is even harder than having one out of college. Most college kids go out and party on a pretty normal basis, which can be a definite burden on relationships. Even if you are not the biggest partier, you still come to school and meet a ton of new people in classes and activities.

Between the amounts of people coming in and out of your life, the substances that may or may not be at parties, and the ultimate freedom you have for the first time in your life, being in a relationship may seem like a far-fetched idea.

I recently read an article about how it is actually harder to even start a relationship in college these days because we've become so comfortable with the "hook up culture." Young adults are less interested in actually dating and are okay with just having someone to text and party with on the weekends. So now we all won't get to know each other past basic social media conversations? That's scary, but fear not college students, I've seen plenty of relationships work out as well. In fact, most of my friends are in a relationship, or are at least engaging in the same person on a regular basis.

So if you are one of the lucky people to break through the "hook up culture" and start a relationship in college, what do you do when your significant other wants to go out on a Tuesday while you're stuck inside doing a paper? Do you flip out and not let them go? That's not the best idea, unless you're trying to get out of that relationship. But should your significant other have complete freedom when it comes to going out or should you two establish some ground rules?

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Top Five University Fun Facts

pet_cemetaryGet up, go to class, eat lunch, procrastinate, do some homework (possibly), and go to bed. So is the life of most college students Monday through Friday, which at times can seem repetitive and dull. However, there are many little things about the University and the local area that can perk up the redundant schedule of everyday college life. So here are some facts you may not know about dear old Monmouth.

5. There is a graveyard on campus.

A little creepy, yes, but it's not what you think. Located by the old well by the garden apartments is a small pet cemetery from when Mr. and Mrs. Parsons lived in Wilson Hall. It consists of their two dogs and cat that they owned. There is an apparent ghost story that one of the headstones goes disappears and reappears every once in a while. There are also other allegedly ghostly tales about Wilson and the library. If you love the spooky adventures, then head out to these locations on campus to do some possible ghost hunting.

"When we first moved the honor students in, they were asking about all the 'haunting' on campus," said Amy Rochette, a junior criminal justice major. "We could only find one of the actual headstones, so they were a little disappointed, but enjoyed the adventure anyway. They even like how creepy the well was next to the pet cemetery."

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu