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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

We’ve Got No Time For Getting Old

Senior Goodbye 1I’ve been waiting to write this goodbye since I started in The Outlook as a freshman, so you’d think that I would have had some idea of how to start this by now. I honestly have no words of wisdom, no great advice, and nothing inspirational to share with anyone bored enough to read through this whole thing.

I do, however, have a lot of people to thank for making my time at college everything that it was, so I won’t waste any time getting to the point.

Mom and Dad, I don’t even know where to start. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn, live, and grow at a place as beautiful as Monmouth. Thank you for allowing me to travel the world and experience life in a way that I never thought possible. Thank you for showing me unconditional love and support, even after you figured out that me moving back home after graduation is not what I would consider to be an ideal situation. You both have given me literally everything I could ever ask for and then some, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you.

To Morgan, my little sister – the person that I love the most in this world – thank you for always being my cheerleader, my rock, my best friend. You inspire me every day to be a better version of myself and I truly could not imagine my life without you. I am eternally grateful that you chose Monmouth, not just because you always let me steal your meal swipes, but because being able to watch you grow during your first year here has been the ultimate treat. You make me proud always.

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Living With a 24/7 Bully

Samantha CaramelaSamantha Caramela is constantly bullying herself. Every day and night since she was a little girl, this “24/7 bully” inside Caramela has been telling her that she is selfish, a harm to others, and that she doesn’t deserve love. This bully is making Caramela fear herself consistently, but Caramela is finding a way to defend herself. This bully is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of the brain and behavior, causing severe anxiety and involving obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values,” according to the International OCD Foundation.

Samantha is affected by obsessions, which are thoughts that occur out of her control on a daily basis. Her scariest obsessions are triggered by circumstances, big or small. At a young age, one of her triggers was throwing up, while another was the thought of a family member’s death.

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Graduate Studies Spotlight: History and Anthropology

With a growing demand in the current job market for men and women with skills revolving around history and anthropology, the University’s graduate programs for each of these fields provide students with just the right amount of experience both inside and outside of the classroom to help them get to where they want to be after they earn their degree.

With students who have ended up working for the National Park Service, the American Red Cross, the American Museum of Natural History, the Port Authority, and a number of other various state and county agencies, it is clear that the University’s History and Anthropology programs are the perfect way for students to prepare themselves for the real world.

“Students leave with research, writing, and critical thinking skills,” said Richard Veit, Chair of the History and Anthropology Department at the University. He continued to explain that although most classes in the program are small seminars, many hands-on courses are also offered to the students enrolled, particularly those that are focusing on archaeology.

There is an Ancient Technology class, for example, in which students recreate ancient technologies, “from fire and flintknapping to plowing with mules and shearing sheep,” said Veit. Experiences like those offered by that class in particular create a clear picture of the kind of work that students will be conducting after they graduate.

Those involved in the Anthropology program also “learn how to use geographic information systems (GIS, a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface), address anthropological questions, how to carry out ethnographic fieldwork, and for those who are archaeologically inclined, they learn the lab and field skills necessary to secure a job in cultural resource management,” Veit explained.

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University Students Visit Guatemala for Class

MU Students GuatemalaIt was truly an amazing experience to go to Guatemala and immerse myself in a new culture. Five University students, including myself, who were enrolled in Dr. Chris Hirschler’s Guatemala Public Health course, traveled to Guatemala to educate the Las Amigas, rural communities, and children in the area. The Las Amigas are men and women from rural areas who are trained to promote good health in their communities that are connected to Salud y Paz.

Salud y Paz is a clinic in Guatemala that was started by an American dentist when he saw how poor most Guatemalans’ oral hygiene was. Now, Salud y Paz has grown and is serving the people of Guatemala at a low cost due to donations, volunteers, and spreading the word.

Katie Slage is the community health and surgery coordinator at Salud y Paz. She has been working with the clinic for almost three years now. When I asked her how she got started with this project, it seemed like fate. Katie said she was working as a registered nurse in Florida and began to hate her job. She wasn’t sure what her next move would be, and then her friend said she was going to Guatemala for three months to explore and jump into a new culture.

While she was there, she ran into the community health coordinator of Salud y Paz, Heather. It didn’t take much to convince Katie to take over Heather’s job. Heather was there visiting the clinic when we were there, as she frequently returns even though she is not a full-time employee there anymore.

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Graduate Studies Spotlight: Speech-Language Pathology

It was truly an amazing experience to go to Guatemala and immerse myself in a new culture. Five University students, including myself, who were enrolled in Dr. Chris Hirschler’s Guatemala Public Health course, traveled to Guatemala to educate the Las Amigas, rural communities, and children in the area. The Las Amigas are men and women from rural areas who are trained to promote good health in their communities that are connected to Salud y Paz.

Salud y Paz is a clinic in Guatemala that was started by an American dentist when he saw how poor most Guatemalans’ oral hygiene was. Now, Salud y Paz has grown and is serving the people of Guatemala at a low cost due to donations, volunteers, and spreading the word.

Katie Slage is the community health and surgery coordinator at Salud y Paz. She has been working with the clinic for almost three years now. When I asked her how she got started with this project, it seemed like fate. Katie said she was working as a registered nurse in Florida and began to hate her job. She wasn’t sure what her next move would be, and then her friend said she was going to Guatemala for three months to explore and jump into a new culture.

While she was there, she ran into the community health coordinator of Salud y Paz, Heather. It didn’t take much to convince Katie to take over Heather’s job. Heather was there visiting the clinic when we were there, as she frequently returns even though she is not a full-time employee there anymore.

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Lisa: The Seeing Eye Pup in Training

Seeing Eye Lisa TrainingIt’s early in the morning and little paws are running around the backyard and being walked down the street in preparation for a long day ahead. These little paws belong to Seeing Eye dog in training, Lisa Kretsch.

Lisa needs plenty of activity in the morning if she will be spending the day at the University with her trainer, Chair of the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, Jamie Kretsch. Her next few morning routine steps include breakfast, picking a Seeing Eye vest or scarf, and saying goodbye to her brother Buddy and sister Enya at home.

When at the University, she recognizes many faces of her “special friends” on campus, including many people from the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, the Math Department, and First Year Advising.

Lisa is currently 11 months old and will be staying with Kretsch until she is one year old; Kretsch has plenty of experience in training dogs for The Seeing Eye; Lisa is the fourth dog that Kretsch has raised for the cause. Kretsch is a leader for the Monmouth County Seeing Eye Club and has been a participant in puppy raising for the society since 2003.

Being that Kretsch has been exposed to many different dogs in training and is in contact with canine graduates of the program, it is safe to say that when she says that Lisa’s progress is beautiful, we can take her word for it.

“She handles everything with utmost poise and dignity; she’s amazing,” Kretsch gushed about Lisa’s progress. “Lisa is gentle and seems to understand what appropriate behavior would be necessary for where she is,” continued Kretsch.

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Holly Migliaccio’s Quest for Happiness Leads to Rook Coffee

Rook CoffeeA coffee lover can walk into any of the 10 locations with the prestigiously known black crow imprinted on the doorway as they are hit with the positively potent aroma of brewing coffee infused with a bit of charisma and joy.

Rook, the popular local brand of coffee that can be commonly found in the hands of University students at any time during the day, belongs to the entrepreneurial visionary, Holly Migliaccio. Migliaccio, the co-founder and owner of Rook Coffee, said that Rook focuses on three aspects: quality, simplicity, and experience.

“We are constantly trying to get the product to be better and better and better,” Migliaccio said. “We want to make sure that its product is always at its best.” Not only does Migliaccio and her business partner and co-founder of Rook, Shawn Kingsley, focus on quality coffee, but they also emphasize the importance of quality relationships with their customers and even the farmers who supply the coffee beans.

Migliaccio believes that staying focused as business owners on exactly what they are good at is key in terms of simplicity. “We are good at coffee,” Migiaccio said. “It’s a very, very simple process. It’s all about Rook, all about the coffee, all about the conversation.”

Migliaccio and Kingsley do not wholesale their coffee even though they receive hundreds upon hundreds of requests for its vending in grocery stores, restaurants, etcetera. “We are good at serving a cup of coffee over the counter in a retail setting. We want to open more stores, spread our footprint, and do what we know how to do.”

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Capturing Moments and Recognition: One MU Student’s Photographic Legacy

Jackson 1When the Monmouth Hawks host a sporting event at one of their facilities in West Long Branch, NJ, there are a few staples; these include Shadow the Hawk hyping up the crowd, cheering fans waving blue and white flags, and Taylor Jackson holding a camera. The 21-year-old photography major from Westtown, NY is the official photographer for Monmouth Athletics.

Prior to Jackson’s arrival at the University, the school’s photographer, whose responsibilities included documenting all events occurring on campus, served as the primary person to collect photos for MU Athletics. However, due to a busy schedule, he would only be available to document certain sporting events.

Therefore, the University’s Assistant Athletics Director, Eddy Occhipinti, was interested in hiring a photographer to document games and assist with marketing efforts.

After meeting Jackson at a job fair in 2012, Occhipinti decided to create a new position: Monmouth Athletics photographer. “Thankfully, Taylor wanted to expand her role with us and got into shooting our games both at home and on the road,” he said.

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Inspired by Ireland, Fueled By Coffee

WMCX Taste IrelandThe traditional Irish proverb, “giorraionn beirt bothar,” translated as, “two people shorten a road,” means that companionship makes time fly, and is a truth that Irish Coffee Radio hosts Jamie Griffin and Elizabeth White live by. Together, the two friends spend Saturday mornings from 10 to 12 on the University’s WMCX radio station playing Irish music and chatting about all things Irish, from the poetry of William Butler Yeats to what the colors green and orange represent.

“For this particular show, you have to be into Irish culture, history and Ireland itself,” said Jamie, “otherwise, you wouldn’t know what we’re talking about, or the meanings behind certain songs.” Jamie, a senior elementary education and history student with a minor in Irish studies, has family in Ireland and even speaks the Gaelic language. “My dad’s parents only moved here in 1948, so it hasn’t been a long time since my family left Ireland. I have two aunts that still live in Ireland,” said Jamie, “but they’re nuns, so they probably don’t listen to our show,” she joked.

“Jamie’s family is a lot more connected to Ireland than my family,” conceded Elizabeth, “but we’re both Irish. My family came to America from County Cork during the Irish Potato Famine and never left.” Irish Coffee Radio not only connects Jamie and Elizabeth to their Irish heritages, but also gives them a greater appreciation of their own cultures.

“Doing the show made me appreciate my heritage more, and it made me appreciate my culture. I’m an Irish American, and I didn’t realize how Irish I was raised until I did the show and realized I can relate to all these songs about Irish culture,” said Elizabeth, as Jamie fervently agreed.

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The Tale of Godzilla Boy

Godzilla BoyWith a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound, a 4-year-old boy fashions his hands into claws and jumps up and down. The young boy has nothing but an old Godzilla t-shirt on and Spaghettio sauce dripping from the corners of his mouth. He watches gleefully as Godzilla rampages through the streets of Tokyo, knocking over buildings and stepping on innocent civilians. The boy mimics Godzilla’s walk and suddenly lets out a ferocious roar that would put Godzilla himself to shame.

This little boy is now 25, yet still has a child-like obsession with the King of the Monsters. My brother, Ian, has loved Godzilla for as long as I have known.  Before I could even walk, I knew who Godzilla was thanks to him.

Our mother, Bonnie, said, “At first he was afraid of them and he wouldn’t watch it with me. He would watch it in another room, stand there and just look. Then, he would get closer, and closer, and closer until he was right next to me.”

As Ian grew older, his obsession with Godzilla grew to gargantuan proportions just like the beast that fascinated him. “He had me tell him everything about Godzilla,” Bonnie said, “then, he wanted a toy. Then, he got an 8-pack of all the big monsters. That led to more, and more, and more.”

Ian would play his old Godzilla VHS tapes over and over until the images of monsters fighting was embedded into our whole family’s brains. Ian, who has special needs, has always responded to science fiction and action on television and video games. “He liked every time the monsters would fight and destroy. Godzilla’s roar and fire hooked him,” said Bonnie.

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The Life of a Backstage Rockstar

Monmouth Alum Works Behind the Scenes for Billy Joel

MU Alum Billy JoelThe lights dim, the crowd roars, the band walks out on stage. The speakers erupt with the sounds of guitar and drums, and the show finally begins. Mesmerized by the performance in front of them, concertgoers in the audience think nothing of the people behind the scenes who are working the lights, the sound, and the special effects being played on the screen behind the band; people like Kaitlyn Baklarz, who could easily be considered artists themselves.

Baklarz is an employee of Live Nation Entertainment, an American entertainment company that owns, leases, and operates a number of entertainment venues around the country. She works as a stagehand at PNC Bank Arts Center during the summer, and occasionally as an Assistant Dressing Room Coordinator for concerts at the Prudential Center, Barclays, Izod, and Madison Square Garden, where she is currently working on the Billy Joel Tour.

“I’ve grown up in the industry since birth as my uncles and dad are in it as well,” Baklarz said. Her uncle works as the lead rigger at PNC Bank Arts Center, her grandfather started working at the venue when it first opened, and her dad is the Steward of Local 536, a union within The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States. “That’s three generations,” Baklarz said.

As a stagehand, Baklarz is one of the many people responsible for setting up the stage for whichever artist is performing; just about everything necessary to put on a show except the artist themselves is handled and put into place by Baklarz.

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“Blackfish” Creator Surprised by SeaWorld Changes

It should have been fun - sitting in the Splash Zone at SeaWorld’s Shamu stadium with her two sons, watching killer whales perform impressive tricks. Instead, Gabriela Cowperthwaite felt a pit in her stomach. Seeing whales up-close in captivity made her uneasy. So she began looking into the theme park, working on a documentary called “Blackfish” - a 2013 film that would ultimately shift the way the public viewed the multibillion-dollar corporation too.

Just three years after the release of “Blackfish,” SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby announced Thursday in an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times that the company would stop breeding orcas this year. That means that the 29 killer whales currently owned by the theme park will be the last to swim in SeaWorld tanks. The remaining orcas will live out the remainder of their lives at the company’s three SeaWorld-branded parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego but will not perform in theatrical shows by 2019.

“We are proud of contributing to the evolving understanding of one of the world’s largest marine mammals,” Manby wrote. “Now we need to respond to the attitudinal change that we helped to create.”

Though Manby made no reference to “Blackfish” in his op-ed, the film was largely responsible for that “attitudinal change.” The documentary was released in theaters in July 2013 and went on to gross $2.1 million. But the film really began to make waves after it aired in October of that year on CNN, where the movie has since been broadcast more than 30 times and been seen by nearly 30 million viewers, according to the cable network.

“It’s exceedingly rare to see this kind of result,” said Amy Entelis, the co-founder of CNN Films, which acquired “Blackfish” at Sundance in January 2013. “There are a lot of good stories out there, but they don’t always see the final chapter that Gabriela is seeing at this point. We’ve had other documentaries about Steve Jobs and Glen Campbell attract many viewers during their premieres, but ‘Blackfish’ endures even after multiple viewings. It’s had a deeper impact and has been seen by far more people.”

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Fighting the Stigma: Raising Awareness of Endometriosis

Fighting Stigma EndometriosisMarch is Endometriosis Awareness Month and organizations such as the Endometriosis Foundation of America have been working hard to bring awareness to this medical condition.

According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, endometriosis can be defined as, “when tissue similar to the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) is found outside the uterus on other parts of the body.”

It affects an estimated 6.3 million women and girls in the U.S., about 176 million women worldwide, and is found in one in 10 women on average. Due to lack of knowledge about the disease by both doctors and patients, the average diagnosis period for women with endometriosis is 10 years in the U.S.

Often, women are not taken seriously or are misdiagnosed, leading to a delay in the proper diagnosis. There is little known about the disease and there is no cure; even a hysterectomy will not relieve a patient of their symptoms.

One of the key elements in achieving awareness to this disease is eliminating the stigma that is associated with talking about a woman’s period. Women are expected to keep quiet about their periods and to suffer through their monthly pain quietly. They are expected to continue to go to work, school, and social events and act as if nothing is troubling them.

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Mythbusters: Monmouth Edition

Mythbusters MonmouhtThe University has about 4,600 undergraduate and a few thousand graduate students enrolled in various programs. Each has heard, repeated, or believed a few myths that the school seems to be popular for. From the golf carts, to landscaping, to a possible ghost, everyone has had an experience and a hard time depicting reality from myth.

Golf carts are envied by many as they drive around campus on rainy, cold, windy days, and even the hot, sweaty ones. Sometimes, the carts sneak up and scare from behind, or the driver looks as if they are going on a joyride, while others become extremely close to hitting innocent people strolling along. There have been rumors that if a golf cart hits someone, it results in them receiving free tuition. 

Not to disappoint anyone, but even if a student got hit, suffered the pain and even received surgery, tuition would still be paid out of their own pocket. Kaitlyn Jones, a junior health studies student, is one of countless students who has heard this myth, but when she brought it up to one of the faculty members she was proven wrong.

Jones said, “My professor laughed in my face. If anyone were to get hit by a golf cart, they would still have to pay to attend Monmouth. Trust me, if this was true I would have dodged in front of a cart on my first day here my freshman year.” Sadly, there is no easy way to attend this University for free, so please do not try to dive in the path of a cart because it definitely is not worth it.

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Celebrate Women’s History This Month

Women History MonthIn his address to the nation in March of 1980, American President Jimmy Carter stated, “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

Women, ever since (and perhaps even before) the first foreign settlers came to America’s shores, have made giant strides and achievements in overcoming gender inequality through their various contributions to American society. However, how the month of March came to be celebrated and designated as Women’s History Month is quite an interesting story in and of itself.

It all began in the year 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, which authorized and requested that the President proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Congress continued to do the same for the next five years.

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Graduate Studies Spotlight: Public Policy

Grad Studies PolicyAs a part of the Department of Political Science and Sociology, the University’s Public Policy graduate program provides students with the opportunity to advance their knowledge in this particular field of government and law from both inside and outside the classroom.

This 30 credit program is one that prepares students for careers in policy analysis and public service, according to the University’s website. Courses such as Policy Analysis, Research Methods, Research Design and Theory, and Policy and Ethics “offer the foundations for students interested in understanding, framing, and analyzing policy,” said Stephen Chapman, Director of the Public Policy program at the University.

A practicum course is also required for those enrolled in the program, meaning that it is necessary for students to participate in real-world policy settings outside of the classroom in order to earn their degree.

“This not only builds a student’s resume for employment following graduation, but it gives them hands-on experience in a policy-related position,” commented Chapman.

“I really enjoy all of the classes that I take because I get to either understand the policy process a little more or I get to learn some practical, analytical tools for doing work in the policy area,” said Susan Pagano, a current Public Policy student at the University.

She is currently taking classes that focus on theory, ethics, political analysis, and research methods.

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“About-Face” Fashion Show is a Celebration of All Sizes

Two weeks after glowering, stick-thin models strutted the runways at New York Fashion Week, San Francisco played host to a fashion show of a different kind.

Four women of varying sizes and modes of gender expression glided across a small stage, smiling and laughing as they happily modeled outfits that ranged from a flouncy, lime-green sundress by San Francisco retailer ModCloth to a classic masculine suit and tie, specifically fitted for the curves of a female body, by Oakland-based Saint Harridan.

The appreciative audience made up mostly of women at the Impact Hub San Francisco on Mission Street applauded between sips of wine and signature Campari cocktails.

The occasion was the annual Embody Awards, presented by About-Face, a nonprofit that works in Bay Area schools to improve girls’ self-esteem by challenging society’s unrealistic and unhealthy images of beauty. This year’s celebration came in the form of “Transforming Fashion,” an alternative fashion show to honor four groundbreaking Bay Area designers who are creating “inclusive, body positive” clothes.

“All our honorees are working to change fashion so that true self-expression is available to women and those born female-bodied,” said About-Face Executive Director Jennifer Berger. “We want girls and women to be free, and we want them to think for themselves and to dress as themselves, not someone else.”

The show is yet another sign that media portrayal of women is changing. It follows such recent headline-making moments as Mattel launching a new line of Barbies in different body types and skin tones and Sports Illustrated putting a plus-sized model on its cover.

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Uber May Pose More Risks Than One Thinks

Uber RisksWhen stuck in a situation where you have no way of getting home safely by yourself, you go for the quickest and cheapest option, which, as of now, would most likely be to call an Uber.

Uber has been getting a lot of publicity as of late because of various horror stories revolving around deranged drivers. Due to these recent situations, Uber users have been motioned to be more cautious about their driver choices.

It is important to know how someone becomes an Uber driver; there are only a few real requirements. According to their official website, in order to become a driver, one must meet the following conditions: Be at least 21 years of age, have a driver’s license, pass a background check, have a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), have car insurance and registration, and have a car with a make of 2000 or newer.

The requirements are not as involved as they would be if one were to register to become a certified taxi or limo driver, but, nevertheless, Uber has become one of the most popular driving services of our generation.

Its cheap charges and convenience make it an easy option for people almost anywhere, especially college students. Because of its popularity, it isn’t uncommon to hear stories about everyone’s Uber drivers.

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It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know

Its Who You KnowAs a wise man, Justin Timberlake once said, “I think the first half of my twenties, I felt I had to achieve, achieve, achieve. A lot of men do this. I’m looking around now and I’m like, where am I running?”

So where are we running? And why are we all running so fast?

Because if we don’t sprint, we might lose out on a chance to be hired in today’s dog eat dog job market. Also, it has been drilled into our brains that we need to have a job lined up for us right out of college and a career path set in place.

As a senior, it feels like just yesterday that I received my letter of acceptance from the University, welcoming me to my home away from home and promising me an exciting four years.

Freshman and sophomore year seem like a blur, and junior year was over in a hot second. That summer, I realized senior year was here and that it would end quicker than I can eat a taco. I also learned that whenever you tell someone you’re a senior in college, they suddenly are so interested in what you plan to do with the rest of your life and what job interviews you have lined up.

The second senior year started, all everyone kept talking about was which job application they just finished submitting.

A common theme on most job applications is the question of whether or not you have any family members or friends working there and if you have any previous relationship to the company. This relationship is called an internship.

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Video Really Killed the Radio Star

Taylor Swift GrammysIt seems as if the music industry has been placing a much higher importance on image over true raw talent since the 1980s. The release of the first music video ever for “Video Killed the Radio Star” by Buggles in 1979 really depicts the message of how looks, style, and what you could see on video literally killed the radio star, or the musicians who could sing and had true talent. 

The reason for this shift could be the growth of technology. The 80s were a great time for technological advances and that decade has really shaped the technology we have today in the music business.

Joe Rapolla, Chair of the Music Department, said, “Technology has impacted the [music] business, like all businesses, over the last 150 years.”

Dave DePaola, a junior music industry student, explained, “I think the decade of the 80s was a turning point in music because of the emergence of new technologies for recording and production, as well as evolutions in music with the creation of new sub genres like glam metal, where the image was more important than the music.”

Bands like Poison, Mötley Crüe, and Def Leppard were some of the most well known glam metal bands and were the epitome of image focused musicians.

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MU Alum Finds Passion in Paint

Carly Long Painting 1Carly Long proudly walked across the PNC stage last May to accept her diploma from the University. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Arlington, VA to take a position at Sibley Memorial Hospital of Johns Hopkins Medicine. All this sounds like a typical path for a recent college graduate, however, Long has used all her spare time to run her own business.

Long has been commissioned by various clients to recreate photographs using a black and white paint palate. She has titled her company “Carlyal.”

“I began painting on photographs, using ones of myself that I had, asking others if I could use theirs to practice on,” Long said. “My mind was easily able to dissect the shadows and highlights of the piece - which should be painted black, which should be white.”

While at the University, Long studied journalism and public relations but never enrolled in an art course. In fact, she has only been painting for six months.

“I had always wanted to paint, but didn’t want to endure the immediate critique if I began with a class; therefore, I tried thinking of ways I could teach myself,” Long said. “That is how I came up with painting on photographs.”

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Are You There, Universe? It’s Me, Earth

NASA G WavesRecently, astronomers observed gravitational waves for the very first time, proving part of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity right: if there was a great astronomical collision, like two black holes, then the gravitational waves would echo throughout the universe, like a ripple in a giant pond.

These gravitational ripples finally reached us from millions and millions of light years away, where the collision actually took place, so we were finally able to officially confirm part of Einstein’s theory.

Now to the common man or woman, this does not seem particularly relevant or exciting unless you’re an astronomy buff. But the truth is actually quite different.

Many big discoveries in astronomy have more to do with us than we realize. Each and every discovery changes how we as members of the human race see the universe we live in.

It’s a sort of ‘big picture’ thinking, which allows for a renewed perspective on the world. If we think of the earth as a pond or tank, then we are all very tiny fish in a very large ocean. That’s why it’s important to be able to understand the different workings of the universe.

“The recent discovery of the gravitational waves predicted 100 years ago by Einstein is one of the most important discoveries of the 21st century,” said Gloria Brown-Simmons, an Adjunct Professor in the Chemistry and Physics Department.

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Major Key: The Potential Benefits of Entering an “Impractical” Academic Field

Does Practicality Outweigh Passion?

Impractical MajorsAs an education and history student, I hear all the time about how I will never make a decent amount of money. Growing up I was always told I should go into a field like law or nursing, where I could have a better salary. I’ve also heard countless times that if I was to be a teacher I should teach something more “important” like math or science as opposed to history.

There seems to be this idea that majors such as business, nursing and others of that nature are more practical in comparison to majors in the realm of  humanities like fine art, communication, and history.

Why is it that these majors have a reputation for not being useful in the real world?

Dave DePaola, a junior music industry and business management student, has a true love for playing music and would dream of being a professional musician. However, the idea that music isn’t a very practical field to enter is ultimately affecting his decision.

“I don’t expect to ever be successful professionally as a musician, and so working in the industry is the next best thing. I treat my business major as a practical supplement to my music industry major,” said DePaola.

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Nothing Comes Close to the Golden Coast

Golden Coast 1Oh, Los Angeles; your massive palm trees, sunny days, and laidback culture will be greatly missed by this Jersey girl. While waiting for my plane to depart from the LAX terminal, I felt the urge to abandon my flight and become a permanent California resident. But reality began to sink in and I realized that I would miss my friends, family and pork roll sandwiches.

The Garden State is the only place I have ever really felt at home. But to my surprise, after spending only a short amount of time in California, I began to feel as if I had found a new place to call home.

Robyn Asaro, the Assistant Director of Study Aboard, shared her thoughts on travel, “Traveling opens the heart and mind to new experiences, new relationships and a sense of awe that we often lose in everyday life.”

I went to California for the annual Associated Collegiate Press Journalism Convention and not only did I gain valuable knowledge for my craft, but I also had the opportunity to fall in love with the state and all of its beauty.

With my luck, upon my arrival it was raining in Los Angeles. My group and I tried to make the most out of the dreary day since the convention had yet to begin. The rain was on and off but we decided to load into cabs to travel to the famous Santa Monica Pier.

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Graduate Studies Spotlight: Corporate and Public Communication

After graduating with their Bachelor’s Degree, many students choose to take the next step in their academic careers by attending graduate school. While some will seek specific schools with certain programs, others will enroll in a degree program right here at the University.

Corporate and Public Communication (CPC) is just one of over 20 graduate studies programs that prospective students have the option of enrolling in at the University. By earning their Master’s in this particular field, “students will gain a competitive edge by mastering vital skills needed to analyze and produce effective messages for diverse audiences across multiple platforms,” according to the CPC informational brochure.

The program offers three different tracks, much like the undergraduate communication program offers varying clusters for students, including Public Relations and New Media, Human Resources Management, and Public Service Communication.

Students who earn their CPC degree are typically looking for jobs in the realm of public relations, health care, human resources, and marketing, among many other careers.

“I’m currently working as a marketing and media relations specialist. My position deals heavily with brand management, advertising, social media, and PR,” said Roxanne Belloni, a CPC alum. “The CPC program helped me to develop my writing and analytical skills, and also exposed me to different aspects of communications as a career.”

This 31-credit Master’s program can be completed in just four semesters, but students are also able to complete an 18-credit certificate program if they are not looking to earn another degree.

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Just One More Episode: The Dangers of Binge Watching

Dangers Binge WatchingIn today’s day and age, virtually anything we desire is available at the single touch of a button. Entire television series are accessible to our society as a result of online streaming sources like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. These streaming websites have caused a habitual and continuous viewing among users that is commonly known as “binge watching.”

Binge watching can be defined as watching a particular television show in rapid succession, without any breaks to engage in alternate activity. This has become extremely popular among millennials, particularly college students.

Online streaming websites like Netflix and Hulu are incredibly successful due to the fact that they let their users watch multiple episodes in progression. It’s very rare that a Netflix user would log on and watch only a single episode of their favorite television show because it has become such an addiction to continue streaming.

Binge watching shows and movies online has become so popular that college students would rather sit in front of their laptop or tablet instead of actually flipping through channels on a television. Binge watching is all about instant gratification, convenience, and the accessibility to multiple episodes in just one sitting. 

While binge watching your favorite show can be a fun way to leisurely pass time, there are many negative effects when it comes to this phenomenon.

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The University Celebrates Black History Month

MLK BHMAlthough winter is not officially over yet, during the month of February there is still cause for celebration in recognition of Black History Month. Black History Month is not only about acknowledging the achievements of black inventors or Civil Rights leaders, it encompasses culture, pride, patriotism and humanity - something that is inherently human.

 This year marked the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to the University. King’s dream of disbanding segregation and embracing diversity was still not shared by everyone at the time.

In fact, his speech was not well received at the University when he spoke in front of a seemingly conservative audience, a majority of them white faculty and students, on Oct. 6, 1996. The issues that he spoke about concerning segregation, poverty, the racially motivated killings down South, and the Vietnam War touched a nerve that made some people uncomfortable.

Nevertheless, King’s speech and presence were both timeless. He transformed the University and established principles that deeply reverberate on campus to this day.

The words that he spoke during his visit were reminiscent of his “I Have a Dream” speech; revolutionary in so many ways that a plaque in Wilson Hall was made in honor of his historic stop in West Long Branch. Black History Month is about cementing a legacy, and Martin Luther King Jr. did that the day he spoke on this campus.

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Music Festivals Through the Ages

Music FestivalsWoodstock, Coachella, Firefly, Bonnaroo, Warped Tour, Governor’s Ball...the list goes on and on. Music festivals have always played a major role in the lives of many Americans, particularly the younger generations, but it seems that just as the culture has changed with the times, the meaning behind these melodic celebrations has also undergone some alterations.

“Music festivals have certainly evolved since I first remember them from the 1960s,” said Stuart Rosenberg, an Associate Professor of the Management and Decision Sciences who also teaches a class on the history of rock and roll.

“People think of the 1960s as the Woodstock generation, and the one music festival that helped commercialize the explosion of festivals to come in later decades was the Woodstock festival in the summer 1969,” he continued.

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, referred to as “three days of peace and music,” was held in August of 1969 in White Lake, NY and is probably one of the most notorious music festivals in history.

Rosenberg explained how Woodstock was the first really big event that basically began the huge popularity of music festivals and made them a marketing tool.

“Music promoters could see the big business that these festivals could generate, and from the 1970s through today there are several festivals each year across the world that attract music fans of all genres,” he said.

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Early Birds vs. Night Owls

Early NightWhile Founding Father Benjamin Franklin once said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” American journalist James Thurber claimed, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.” If whether or not a person identifies as an early bird or a night owl also has the ability to determine the quality of their life, which one of these two men are we supposed to believe?

Everyone knows that getting enough sleep each night is crucial in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but for many college students a proper sleeping schedule is simply not possible. Between homework, extracurricular responsibilities, and opportunities to socialize, sleep is often hard to come by.

Because of their busy schedules, many young adults turn into nocturnal beings upon entering college, regardless of whether or not their sleeping habits aligned more with the thoughts of Franklin during their time in high school.

Alyssa Healey, a senior health studies student, claims that she has been a night owl her entire life. “I was always the last friend asleep at sleepovers,” she explained. “Now it still hasn’t changed and there is definitely homework involved.”

College students should get about six and a half to seven hours of sleep a night. Healey, however, typically averages about five hours, but feels as though she actually works best with less sleep than the ordinary person. “If those nights come where I truly get an excessive amount of sleep then I get groggy the next day,” she said.

Although this particular sleeping behavior may very well be true for some students, there are others who share the exact opposite experience.

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15 Student Musician Returns From Brief Hiatus

Student Musician HiatusOne rainy afternoon, I scampered to my car, leaping over puddles. I hopped in and stuck my key into the ignition. I plugged the auxiliary cable into my iPhone and pressed the power button on my dashboard. As I began driving towards West Long Branch, an array of acoustic medleys accompanied by soothing, smooth vocals permeated the air through my speakers.

I began to hum along to the song “2 Months 2 Early,” from an acoustic extended play (EP) known as “All in the Past,” as the sound of rain droplets pattered against my windshield.

After about five minutes of splashing through the saturated streets, I stopped my car in front of a brown paneled house. I ran up to the residence as quickly as possible so the writing materials inside my backpack would not get wet. Knock…Knock…Knock.

“Door’s open,” an occupant said. I stepped inside and found a man plucking the strings of a cedar colored guitar with a glistening finish reclined in an armchair while two other men, who appeared to be his housemates, sat on a couch.

As everyone greeted me, the man with the acoustic stood up and outstretched his arm. We shook hands. “It feels good to be back, dude. I was actually just working on some new stuff,” the guitarist said.

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Distance Relationship on Valentine’s Day

V Day Long DistanceWhile being in a long-distance relationship is never easy, having to spend Valentine’s Day without your significant other is probably one of the hardest things about them.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, couples are getting ready to celebrate with their loved ones, but for those in long-distance relationships, celebrations aren’t done in person, but instead over FaceTime or Skype.

My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our three year anniversary on Feb. 25 and this will be our fourth Valentine’s Day together, but our first celebrating apart.

My boyfriend is currently studying to receive his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Miami in Florida, so our Valentine’s Day will be celebrated with over 1,000 miles between us. Our nightly FaceTime calls have become the norm for us since August, so Valentine’s Day will just be another day.

Knowing my boyfriend the way I do, he will probably be sending me two-dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day, as this has become a habit for him to do once a month since he has moved to Miami.

Not to sound ungrateful, but I would much rather have him as a gift instead of the flowers. But I understand that with his schedule of taking classes, conducting research, and teaching, he will not be able to make the trip home for the weekend.

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New Semester, New Motivation?

The Spring Semester Serves as a Fresh Start for Many Students

Spring Semester MotivationThe new spring semester brings new challenges and possibilities. It seems as though students have just had a whole month of relaxing by Christmas trees and fireplaces during winter break, only to have a new list of classes to drag their feet to by the time the end of January comes around.

It’s a short semester, saturated with events and deadlines ending earlier than ever in April this year, due to the University’s new 14-week schedule. With such a short time span for students to get their lives together, will they be able to rev up their motivation towards the spring semester?

Fall is always a time of beginnings; as the red and orange leaves fall to the ground, students gear up for a brand new year.

“I definitely am more motivated in the fall; it’s a new school year, you are so excited to be back, you think you’re going to do great and you have an open mind,” Jackie Giacalone, a junior communication student, explained. “Because of that motivation, my grades are better in the fall,” she continued.

When 21 students at the University, ranging from sophomores to seniors, were asked which semester they felt more motivated in, 20 claimed that they were more driven in the fall. Only one student felt more motivated in the spring.

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My Funny Galentine

Galentine DayThe question of whether or not I will soon become the world’s most single woman is always valid, but I find that my nonexistent relationship status tends to become more of a pressing issue around the same time every year: Valentine’s Day.

But alas, there is a light that shines in the darkness for all of us single ladies during the month of February, and it’s a holiday that doesn’t call for a significant other. I give you, Galentine’s Day.

This holiday, which seems to have originally been created by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation, is to be celebrated on Feb. 13 every year.

“February 14, Valentine’s Day, is about romance, but February 13, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends,” Poehler, as Knope, explained in an episode of the hit NBC show. “It’s wonderful and should be a national holiday,” she continued.

What’s great about Galentine’s Day, for the women in relationships, at least, is that it doesn’t interfere with Valentine’s Day, which means that those happily in love are still able to celebrate with their other halves on V-Day, even after spending the previous night with their best girlfriends.

And what makes it even better is that unlike Valentine’s Day, there is no need to make elaborate plans or buy expensive presents; Galentine’s Day is simply about showing love for the women that mean the most to you.

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Student Starts Photography Company In a Flash

Student Photograpgy CompanySenior year is when students often experience the dreaded “senioritis,” a slang term referring to the feeling most students get right before they graduate when they are over all of the work and responsibilities of school and college life. Senior music industry student Sam Bastone, however, has been feeling quite the opposite.

At the end of the 2015 spring semester, not only was Bastone elected as President of the University’s student run record label, Blue Hawk Records, but as her interest in taking pictures grew, she also added photography as her minor.

Throughout the year, Bastone and the others involved with Blue Hawk Records have been planning some pretty big things, not only for the campus but also for the Music Department. Each semester the record label helps the music industry class put together a compilation album and an EP release show.

Bastone and a selected group of music industry students are also planning a trip to Nashville, TN this summer to attend the Music Business Association’s annual conference. Bastone, along with other officers at the record label, are planning various shows on and off campus for this semester.

But along with being the president of Blue Hawk Records, Bastone has managed to start her own photography company, Bastone Media. She has taken pictures for numerous Blue Hawk Records events including Rock Cure Socks Off this past November, the Shades of Blue EP release show last semester, and the Light of Day festival show over winter break.

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Are We Too Hooked on Technology?

Hooked On TechnologyWe are often told to take the advancements in technology with a grain of salt. Although such advancements allow people all over the world to gain and share a myriad of information, they have also connected the globe in ways unmatched in any other time. Those who are critical of its effects, however, argue that it also means losing touch with one another, and ourselves.

Those who grew up without the Internet, cell phones, mobile devices – our parents, teachers, and people born before 1995 – boast an enchanted childhood chock-full of adventure, imagination, and skinned knees.

They shake their heads at toddlers playing games on iPads instead of climbing trees, at kids playing video games for hours on end while the sun is shining just outside their windows, at teens refusing to be torn away from their phones even for a moment to have a conversation outside of alternating little blue and green boxes on a screen.

“Where is their sense of wonder?” they implore. “Why aren’t they exploring the world around them?” they demand. It is almost as if we’ve become two different species, one perplexedly studying the other, while the other is sedated with Instagram. 

Emily Nieliwocki, a freshman psychology student, believes that technology is doing some kind of harm to children. “My cousins, who are nine, seven, and five years old, are always on their own iPads playing Minecraft,” she said. “I definitely think it’s becoming a problem because they’d rather play games by themselves than with each other.”

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Taking Care of Business

Companies Begin to Address the Lack of Female Entrepreneurs

Female EntrepreneursIt’s no secret that women have almost always been given the short end of the stick. They don’t make as much money as men, childcare is expensive, and they are constantly fighting for the rights to their own bodies. Debates about these issues are typically at the forefront of the discussions that revolve around gender politics, but it seems as though many people forget, or are simply unaware of, the fact that women are virtually invisible in positions of power almost entirely across the board.

Regardless of the fact that women make up 50.8 percent of the country’s population and hold almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, ladies in the U.S. make up only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs, according to the Center for American Progress.

No one seems to talk about the severe lack of females who have “CEO,” “Project Manager,” or “President of the United States” written on their business cards.

Although women like Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina may be fighting to get a hold of that last title, the other millions of women in America remain, for the most part, completely unseen in authoritative positions, even at levels much less significant than what The White House has to offer.

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In Latest Trend, Plus-Size Labeling is Out of Fashion

Plus Size LabelingThere’s a makeover of sorts sweeping the fashion industry, but it’s not about what clothes look like. Instead, it’s about how retailers are talking about them.

ModCloth, the e-commerce site specializing in vintage-inspired fashions and accessories, recently announced that it’s removing the “plus” section of clothing from its home page, and is in the process of eliminating plus-sized language from its website.

Shoppers will be able to find sizes for a range of body types all in one place on the site, or there will be a way for them to search for pieces that come in sizes above XL via a filter to be called “extended sizes,” which someday could also include petite, tall and other size variations.

“ModCloth’s mission is to help women feel like the best version of themselves, and we believe this is another way we can promote inclusivity,” co-founder and chief creative officer Susan Koger said in a statement.

Koger, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate, started the company in 2002 with Eric Koger, who is now her husband. Employees are based in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The online retailer conducted a survey about the experience and perceptions of plus-sized fashion. It involved about 1,500 women ages 18 to 35 in the U.S. who identify as wearing a size 16 or larger.

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Changing the World One Hashtag at a Time

Millennials InfographicOur generation is about to change everything. We have adapted to endless new technologies, progressive reforms, and new ways of thinking. We are the largest generation in U.S. history; with about 80 million millennials, our numbers are surpassing those of the Baby Boom. As we leave college behind, how are we going to leave our mark on society?

Unlike Generation X and the Baby Boomers, we have countless ways to share our opinions with the world. You don’t have to write up a letter to your town paper to have your voice heard.

Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, and a number of free forums online, it’s easy for millennials to express their beliefs, especially during monumental social events or tragedies.

When riots broke out in Ferguson, MO and the Black Lives Matter campaign took off, we were able to contribute with a hashtag. “Social media gave us a platform to express how passionate we were about these controversial issues,” Samantha Marella, a junior business marketing student, explained.

With the presidential elections looming ahead, we’re using our voices more than ever on social media to debate over candidates.

“Many millennials are using social media to spread awareness of social injustices and important political issues,” Robert Scott, a Specialist Professor in the Communication Department, said. “And doing so in an immediate fashion often leads to mobilization and positive change.”

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Dealing With the Loss of Music Legends

David Bowie Memorial“And the stars look very different today,” David Bowie wrote in his 1969 hit “Space Oddity;” with the recent loss of some major icons in the world of music, like Bowie, the stars do look different to the fans who followed these artists. Legendary performers leave their mark on society and the hearts of fans, so it’s no surprise that the recent losses in the music industry have left many people heartbroken.

On Dec. 28, 2015, Lemmy Kilmister, founder and front man of heavy metal band Motorhead, passed away from cancer. Andrew Jackle, a junior music industry student and a fan of Motorhead, said, “Lemmy was such an iconic figure in the rock music world that even great stars like Dave Grohl, who don’t play metal music, were influenced by him.”

Along with Kilmister and Bowie, who passed away on Jan. 10, family, friends, and fans were also forced to say goodbye to Glenn Frey of The Eagles on Jan. 18.

The deaths of these rock stars has certainly shaken up the music world. I remember first hearing about Bowie’s death: I just started my car to go to work and the first thing I heard on the radio was that he had passed away at the fairly young age of 69.

Dave DePaola, a junior music industry student, explained, “Bowie is one of those musicians that you thought would never die. He made amazing music right up until the end of his life.”

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The Downfalls of the College Diet

College Food PyramidThe “freshman fifteen” has become a common expression among college students in this generation. The notion that students will gain weight in college has become widely accepted simply by adapting this term. But what exactly are students eating that creates this phenomenon?

Pizza, beer, fries and coffee is how Kristine Simoes, a Specialist Professor in the Communication Department, would describe the typical college student’s diet and the reason as to why the “freshman fifteen” is usually gained.

Students tend to eat things that are readily available, cheap and that taste good. While it’s hard to generalize a typical college student’s diet, it’s safe to say that junk food is favored by busy students on the go.

“I try not to generalize diets and food choices, because those things are so personal, even among a collective group such as college students. However, I do see, more often than not, that students are surrounded by an abundance of processed foods, sugar-loaded beverages, and not-so-healthy choices,” Mary Harris, a Specialist Professor in the Communication Department, commented.

Students are, in fact, consistently surrounded by unhealthy food choices. Whether that be in the dining hall, student center or fast food restaurants that deliver in the area, it’s easy for students to eat an unhealthy meal.

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He For She: An Open Invite to Fight Gender Inequality

Emma Watson He For SheI am a feminist, and I recently participated in a campaign where other feminists and I attempted to get male students at the University to take a pledge stating that they were “He For She.” The pledge was simply about making a commitment to stand for gender equality. However, there were a few male students who made excuses for not taking the pledge, and there was one in particular whom I will never forget.

This student declined to pledge with assurance. He looked us in the eyes and said, “I believe in gender equality, but not in...feminism.”

For three milliseconds I stood there, confused, and it was just enough time for him to make a getaway.

I will always regret this lapse in my motor skills, because I never got the chance to enlighten him. I did not get to tell him that a feminist is someone who believes in gender equality, and that the two are synonymous.

For centuries, the fight against gender discrimination and gender-bias has been a burden on the shoulders of those it mainly affects: women. I have come to realize that this is due to the fact that men, and some women, misunderstand the true definition of feminism.

According to a poll taken by YouGov in 2014, 75 percent of Americans do not consider themselves feminists. However, when asked if they believed that “men and women should be social, political, and economic equals,” 60 percent said yes.

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Through the Lens of a Pro: Tips for Beginning Photographers

Pro PhotographyWhen I held my first “real” camera, all I wanted to do was shoot, shoot, shoot. I would shoot a photo of that bug on the ground, the clouds in the sky, or my sister in awful outfits I thought were fashionable at the time. I was drawn to photography because it has the ability to tell a story with no words and capture a moment in time forever.

The art of photography has gone from sitting still in front of a camera for an extended amount of time to get a single photograph in the 1800s, to using your phone to take multiple selfies at a time. We are so saturated in images today that we forget that much more goes into a photograph than just pointing and shooting. People dedicate their lives to the craft of photography in order to perfect it, and share a different perspective of the world that we often look past in our busy lives.

So, what should you know if you want to pursue photography as a career?

First, it is good to know some statistics on photography as an occupation. According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2012, 136,600 people were employed as professional photographers. That includes everyone from studio photographers, to product photographers, to photojournalists. The average salary of a photographer is $28,490 per year, but of course, that depends on the photographer’s level of success. Their income always fluctuates as well, since their jobs depend on clients and assignments.

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The Stress of Student Loans and College Tuition

College students are subject to many sources of stress throughout their time in school; homework and projects for classes, trying to make money by having a job, maintaining a social life, and attempting to balance all of these things at once. On top of all this pressure, students eventually begin to realize that they must think about their future after graduation.

A college student’s biggest fear is being swamped with student loans after graduating. Many undergraduates receive a great amount of help from their parents when it comes to paying the bills and loans. However, there are students who have to deal with the stress and burden of student loans all on their own.

Tom Gargano, a sophomore business student at the University who is paying his own way through college, said, “It has its rewards and downfalls…because I have to work throughout the week I have less time for social activities and homework. I have to manage myself properly and according to my work and class schedule.”

He explained that this kind of balancing act is hard for any student, but it seems to be even more difficult when your college student job is the only way you are getting through school.

I am a junior transfer education student here at the University. When you were in high school, I’m sure one of the parts that you were most excited about in regards to going to college was getting the full away-from-home experience. I felt the same way; I even remember thinking about going away to school since my freshman year of high school.

I had always known that I wanted to be a teacher, so some of my favorite schools with great education programs were West Chester University in West Chester, PA and The College of New Jersey in Trenton, NJ. But I remember always thinking, “How could I ever afford to go away to school?”

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Winter Celebrations: Not Just Christmas

Winter Celebrations 1December is one of the most important months of the whole year. Not only does it signify the end of a year but it is also filled with many different holidays. While some people are getting into the Christmas spirit, it is important to focus on all of the other significant holidays that December brings.

One of the most celebrated holidays is Hanukkah. For those who practice Judaism, Hanukkah is an important celebration of a very historical moment in their religion. Heide Estes, a professor of English at the University explained, “The holiday commemorates a time when the Assyrians and the Jews were at war, and the Jews were driven out of the Temple in Jerusalem.”

Estes continued, “Eventually they defeated the Assyrians and regained control of the Temple, and prepared to rekindle the ‘eternal light’ that is always burned in the Temple, but discovered they had enough oil to last only for one day. It takes eight days, apparently, to make new olive oil. By a miracle, the original oil lasted until new oil could be obtained.”

This is why those who practice Judaism light the Hanukkah Menorah for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah and say the blessings. “You have eight candles and one taller candle called the Shamash. Each night you light it starting from right to left and you always start with the number candle that represents the night it is. For example, on the second night of Hanukkah, you would light the second candle in from the right first and then the new candle to the right of it,” said Dr. Michael Schwebel, a Coastal Resilience and Climate Adaptation Specialist at the University. 

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Almunae Start Cupcake Business

Almunae Cupcake BusinessSisterly bonds sometimes go on a little further than just family, especially when sisters are just three years apart. Alumnae Carissa and Jaclyn Franzi both graduated from the University and have started their own cupcake business called Stuffed Enuff, where they create personalized cupcake orders to match any occasion.

Carissa graduated from the University in 2011 with a degree in anthropology and elementary education. Carissa attended school on a scholarship for women’s lacrosse and not only met some of her lifelong friends at the University, but also eventually had her younger sister, Jaclyn, by her side through her final college year.

Jaclyn, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in elementary education, anthropology, and special education, found her way to the University because of Carissa. While touring other campuses, she began comparing all of them to her sister’s campus and quickly realized there was no place better than Monmouth.

While Carissa was on the field scoring goals in lacrosse, Jaclyn spent time participating as a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity which was colonized on campus in 2013. Before then, Jaclyn, although not as always involved as a college athlete, would have said that she always felt welcomed at all and any events she attended on campus.

As of right now, Stuffed Enuff is mainly based on Instagram with no established website, however, hopes for it to become more well-known over time are high. The Franzi sisters are currently continuing to take classes to find new ways to increase their pastry skills. Not only that, but they also get to keep baking and testing out their own products.

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Monmouth Student Reimagines the World of Music Distribution

World MusicPandora streams free music, but you have limited say in what plays and the commercials are endless. Spotify streams free music where you are able to choose what you listen to, but the commercials are still there. On iTunes you can download music with no commercials, but it costs money. Now, imagine a website where you can download music that is all yours for free and the artists can get paid a fair amount for all the music they create. That is what Cortex Music is.

Matt Alonso is a senior music industry student at the University who transferred here from Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ, where he studied communication with a focus in radio. While he was there, he met many people who worked in the radio business, but someone told him he should not go into radio because it is dying medium.

This experience is what lead Alonso to look into the music industry field where he stumbled across the University’s continually growing music industry program. This new change in direction for his schooling is what lead to the idea for his own music platform, Cortex Music.

About three years ago while driving to dinner with his family, Alonso was listening to poor quality sounding music and thought to himself, “What if there was a way for people to download quality music for free while still paying the artists?” He then saw a billboard for headphones on the side of the road and the idea for Cortex Music came about.

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Feminism Isn’t Just for Females

Feminism 1For a number of reasons, many people in today’s society are afraid to identify themselves as feminists. Both men and women seem to flee from the term in fear of also being categorized as crazy, delusional, or what many consider to be worse, a “feminazi.”

The media plays a large role when it comes to creating negative connotations and stereotypes for what it truly means to be a feminist. When celebrities and pop culture icons publicly dismiss and discredit the feminist school of thought, as well as those who identify as feminists, the people who look up to and idolize said celebrities will most likely soon begin to discredit feminism themselves.

Although there are a number of men and women in the media who portray and view feminism in a negative light, there are plenty of other amazing celebrities, both male and female, who use their heavy media presence as a way to campaign and fight for gender equality.

Many of the celebrities who do the most talking about feminism in interviews and on various social media platforms do seem to be women, but there are also a fair amount of male stars who just as proudly consider themselves to be feminists. Even still, many men seem to shy away from the term.

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From the Classroom to the Cell Block

The Story of How One Professor Educates the Incarcerated

Classroom to Cell BlockWhen Dr. Eleanor Novek walks into a room, she is a woman of paradoxes. She’s soft-spoken yet a leader, conservative in her mannerisms, yet witty and fun-loving in her conversation. So it is no surprise to find out that despite her small stature and gentle nature, she works with some of the grittiest, most terrifying people in the country: convicts.

As an Associate Professor of Communication at the University, Novek teaches classes in journalism, communication ethics, gender, race and media, and research methods. She preaches an interactive teaching method in her classroom, stressing student involvement and student/professor open communication rather than presenting lectures.

“Most of our class time is spent with selected students speaking about links, interesting articles and op-eds, and the student’s own take and position on the current issue with help from classmates,” said junior communication and foreign language student Jenna Lally, who is currently taking Novek’s Editorial Writing class.

“This kind of environment is conducive to students’ comfortability in adding to the discussion and speaking in class, which I don’t see in most of my lecture-based classes,” continued Lally.

But Novek’s collaborative methods of teaching are not being applied strictly at the University. This is the same kind of atmosphere she produces when she works in prisons. Yes, that was plural; she currently works at not just one prison, but two.

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Behind the Mask of Social Media

Mask of Social MediaSocial Media has become part of our best friend circles and she seems to be the friend that holds the group together. She isn’t left out of any gathering and you can usually find her snapping pictures at a girls’ night out or recording videos at tailgates. She never misses a special occasion. But our good friend Social Media is known for lying and sometimes portraying herself in a certain light.

With Social Media in her prime, she finds herself only posting pictures of her dancing the night away, sipping on expensive cocktails atop rooftop bars and the occasional #OOTD, but do we really know who Social Media is?

As college students, we have been taught to depict our best selves, but does that mean only sharing what makes us look cool or different? Recently, Essena O’Neill, a 19-year-old Instagram model from Australia, revealed what went on behind the scenes in all of her posts and how it was not her real day-to-day life.

Having to please thousands of followers and create this “perfect life” was all part of the illusion O’Neill was painting for her fan base. She recently posted a video on her new website,, describing her reasons for why quitting social media will be a healthy change for her.

“We say its connecting and social sharing, but when its validation through numbers, you can’t just ignore it and say it doesn’t get to you when we judge everyone so clearly on it,” said O’Neill.

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‘Tis the Hashtag Holiday Season

NationalIBlingDay 1What does it mean to show someone in your life that you love them? Buying them flowers? Giving them gifts? Simply telling them? Many would agree that any of those options could be used to show one’s affection for another, but recently a new trend over social media referred to as “hashtag holidays” has become a popular way of publicizing a person’s own personal relationships. 

Social media in general has produced varied responses when it comes to social interaction, especially romantically. Kristin Bluemel, an English professor at the University, believes social media can produce and foster good and bad relationships. “If you consider cyber bullying on social media, the data suggest negative psychological effects. If you consider dating through social media, I know a lot of people have gotten married [that way] so those effects would be positive.”

Social media usage can be used for both positive and negative social interaction. The new trend of hashtag holidays are only yet another tool meant to aid in virtual communication. These fictional holidays seemed to have started on Instagram, and have since spread across other avenues of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The most commonly used and starter “holiday,” is referred to as #NationalBestFriendDay.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist Spotlight: Dan Amato

Dan AmatoEvery semester, the University’s student run record label, Blue Hawk Records, creates and records a compilation album featuring various artists on campus. They hold open auditions for all students on campus, and then select four or five artists to record for the album.

This semester’s album will be released on Dec. 9 with a show from the artists that will be held in Anacon Hall in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. To prepare for the event coming up next month, let’s meet some of the artists on the album!

Dan Amato just started his first semester here as a freshman at the University in the music industry program. He is from Paramus, NJ, where he has performed at his high school’s Coffee House event each year, as well as the local Italian Festival in Hoboken, and even Relay for Life.

Amato loves it here at the University. “It’s great being by the beach and I love the music scene here. There are so many great musicians on campus,” he said.

Amato is a singer/song-writer and has been playing guitar for eight years. His biggest influences are first and foremost Bruce Springsteen, but also include other artists like John Mayer, Bon Jovi, and Richie Sambora.

Although Amato usually performs acoustically, he explained, “I love playing electric [guitar] and going harder sometimes…my music tastes really go anywhere from Rage Against the Machine to Frank Sinatra.”

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Life After Loss: The Story of Evan Baubles

Evan BaublesPeter Evan Baubles woke to the sound of knuckles tapping the passenger-side window of his family’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Am and a man’s voice saying, “Hey buddy, are you okay?”

Was he okay? What happened?  He could barely gain the strength to open his eyes, and could not feel a muscle in his body.  He willed his eyes open for a fleeting glance; seeing his father, slumped over the steering wheel in the driver’s seat. Seeing him bleeding, motionless, he knew the man he admired his whole life was gone.

Fading in and out of consciousness, he worried about his younger brother Colin, who was horizontally sleeping across the back seat. He would later find out he had lost him, too.

Soon, the glass of the window on his door was shattered and Baubles’ 23 year-old body was being dragged onto the road. He heard the rotors of the rescue helicopter above cutting through the air and drifted back into the darkness.

Baubles, who is now 30 and goes mostly by his middle name, is an aide at Asbury Park Middle School who specializes in working with the 8th grade alternative school.  He also works one-on-one, shadowing a student who happens to suffer from bipolar disorder.

But before he was teaching, coaching baseball, football, and track, and finishing his college degree online, Baubles was just a normal child growing up on the shore in Wall Township, NJ.

Baubles exceled in multiple sports as a child, mostly football and baseball, and grew up in a family that may have had their difficulties, but were tightly knit, especially him and his father.  They were a no-nonsense, extremely active group.

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Why Should You Care About the 2016 Election?

2016 ElectionAs the 2016 presidential election draws near, candidates are eagerly doing their best to ensure that they get every vote they can. They argue with each other in debates, they release interviews where they discuss their future plans and policies, and they do their best to make the American public believe that they are the best one for the job, that they are the one that should be chosen.

The Bipartisan Policy Center released a report shortly after the 2012 Presidential Election, stating, “Despite an increase of over eight million citizens in the eligible population, turnout declined from 131 million voters in 2008 to an estimated 126 million voters in 2012.” This means that about 93 million eligible citizens did not vote in the last election.

In 1972, those who were 18 were given the right to vote. While the current generation of young people is believed to be politically and socially aware, they do not show it the way that their parents and grandparents did; they are much less likely to donate their time or money to a campaign, and come voting day, they are less likely to be seen at the booths.

“It’s important for anybody to vote,” said Dr. Stephen Chapman, an assistant professor of political science. “Democratic theory assumes that the government will pay attention if the public makes their voices known. Policy will be based on those voices. If mass portions of the population don’t vote, that population will not be heard. If students aren’t voting, they are not being heard.”

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Millennials Still Crushed by Recession

Statistically speaking, 28-year-old graphic designer Amy Norris is something of an anomaly. Twenty-eight percent of her fellow millennials don’t hold full-time jobs, but she has steady employment at Quartermaster Marketing.

While studies reveal that many millennials are putting off big life changes like getting married, buying homes, and starting families because they’re paying off hefty student loans, Norris graduated owing less than $2,000.

Census statistics show that about 28 million out of 70 million millennials in all are not enrolled in school and are making less than $10,000 a year at their jobs.

Recessions tend to affect young people the hardest. But members of the country’s largest generation have been waylaid far worse than previous generations, and economists worry that those effects on a group just now starting careers could linger for decades.

“The financial crisis and the Great Recession and its aftermath are hopefully the most significant economic calamity that this generation will experience,” said labor economist and policy analyst Catherine Ruetschlin, a visiting professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Wage inequality is a particular scourge for millennials. It’s difficult to say why so much money rests in the hands of an elite young few because there hasn’t been much study of it in this age group.

Given that so many millennials are making less than $10,000 a year, a salary of about $60,000 would place someone in the top 10 percent of potential earners among millennials, concluded.

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Student Starts T-Shirt Business

T Shirt BusinessMost college students take advantage of their free time by watching Netflix, heading to happy hour, or taking a well-deserved nap. Not many can say that they design their own t-shirts and run a successful online shop in the time that they have between classes and schoolwork. Not many, that is, except for Jerry Salvatore. 

Salvatore, a senior business finance student, has been designing and selling his own t-shirts since he was a senior in high school. “I didn’t really like things that were out and available at stores during the time, so I decided I was going to make stuff that I wanted to wear and put it out, too, because maybe there were people out there that felt the same way I did,” he explained.

Finding his inspiration from vintage-style concert, rap and tour t-shirts, Salvatore’s designs are heavily influenced by the styles and culture of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Before this year, Salvatore was “seriously doing designing individually” under his own name, putting out shirts in small quantities before eventually beginning to sell to more influential and popular designers and rappers, who would then post photos on Instagram wearing Salvatore’s products.

The social media recognition that he began to receive placed Salvatore on the radar of a number of others involved in the business who were looking for someone to partner up with. Eventually, a popular designer from California contacted Salvatore about collaborating. “Since then, I became his designer and we became a team, just me, him, and a couple other guys,” he said.

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Ladies Who Rock

Ladies RockWe all know that women have had their struggles in the work force and in society in general. The question here is, do we also see this problem in the music industry? Why does it seem that male musicians and boy bands are more popular than female recording artists? Is there a double standard in the music industry where more is expected of women than men?

If we think back in history, there have been plenty of girl musicians that were influential in the industry, such as The Ronettes and Joan Jet. Liam Frank, a junior music industry student, said, “There certainly has been no shortage of influential and famous female musicians throughout the history of rock and roll. Since we are used to a male dominated rock history, it might take more thought for some to mention these female musicians than it would be to mention the legends like The Beatles or Led Zeppelin.”

“The male musicians definitely have seemed to get more notoriety, but that doesn’t mean the women in the industry get no credit,” Frank continued.

Joe Rapolla, the Director of the Music Industry program at the University, believes that rock and roll music was always seen as radical for anybody, but even more so for women because they broke out of their traditional housewife duties to become a face for the music world.

Fast forward to 2015 and as we look at the world of music, especially in pop, we see a 50/50 split between male and female artists.

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BFF: Best Female Friendships

Female Friendships 1When you fall in love with a television show, falling in love with the characters and their relationships is almost inevitable. In fact, many people like to personally connect themselves to their favorite shows by comparing their own real life friendships with the ones that are depicted on screen.

Often times, however, the female friendships that are created on many television shows are not realistic or healthy portrayals of what a real friendship between two or more women should look like.

“Women are forcefully pitted against each other as a way to serve the male ego,” said Gracie Zwernemann, a senior English and education student. “So female friendships on TV are important for young women because it accurately represents them in a way that isn’t always available in the media.”

Many depictions of these friendships are littered with stereotypical and negative female character tropes: the frenemy, athe mean girl, the ex-best friend, the list goes on.

However, amidst all of the less than desirable female pairs on television today, there are a number of  fictional female friendships that serve as excellent examples for what a healthy relationship should look like.

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Police Brutality and Social Media at Monmouth

Police BrutalityNo changes have been made in the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) following a year of police brutality in the media, and no changes were deemed necessary.

In the wake of the media firestorm regarding police brutality, the University remains unfazed. Chief of Police Bill McElrath pointed out that no abuse of force happens on campus, and no trends in crime or force have changed in the past year.

After students and faculty have watched Michael Brown and Treyvon Martin lose their lives to excessive force, a question has been raised: has the use of unnecessary force used by officers grown, or has the media’s portrayal of it made it seem like a resurgence?

Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Michelle Grillo said, “[Police brutality] is made a larger issue through the attention it receives through social media.”

Grillo continued to say that social media and videotaping has made the events more prominent than they have been in the past, stating “We have to be careful and not be quick to judge…an officer until we have all the facts. While social media and cell phones help civilians with their cases, in most cases only a piece of the whole event is captured on a cell phone. We do not see the before and after.”

While it is important to consider what’s not on the video, it’s important to realize that citizen journalism and the broadcasting of these events are showing what was previously unseen. Without citizens documenting brutality on their iPhones, the media might have portrayed the events in a different way.

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A Day in The Life of Skip Carey

Ten years ago, Skip Carey was hired at the University as the Director of the Department of Disability Services (DDS). He attended Marist College and currently resides in Long Beach Island, NJ.

After he graduated from college, he taught English and Special Education at a high school, and eventually became a school social worker on a child study team.

“From there, I ran a district-wide student assistance counseling program before becoming a guidance counselor and lead counselor at a different high school,” Carey said.

“I retired from that district in 2005 as the Supervisor of Guidance and after three months, I started working here at MU.  Having worked in a guidance office for many years, I’ve always had an interest in higher education. Given my background and experience, working in a disability services office at a university seemed like a good fit for my ‘second career,’” he continued.

On weekdays, Carey commutes from his home in LBI and comes to work in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

“As the Director of Disability Services, I am responsible for making sure that students who are registered with my office have equal access to academic programs, extracurricular activities, and social opportunities that are available to all MU students,” Carey said.

But what exactly does DDS do? According to Carey, “The Department of Disability Services provides reasonable accommodations and services to students who, under the laws that govern accommodations in higher education (ADA & Section 504 laws), have a diagnosis or a disability that qualifies them to seek such assistance.”

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The Claws Are Out: Why Are Some Women So Catty?

Women Claws 1As many women make strides for equality and feminism, there is still a noticeable pattern of young women treating one another poorly. On an almost daily basis, there is a story about a woman fighting or insulting another woman, be it someone bashing Amy Schumer for being “fat,” someone calling Kim Kardashian “trashy,” and so on.

It doesn’t just happen to celebrities, it happens everywhere; two coworkers mocking one another, or girls as young as kindergarten making fun of one another for the way that they dress.

On Sept. 13, Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson performed a monologue during the talent section of the pageant. Instead of the traditional formal dress, she wore nurses’ scrubs and spoke about her nursing career.

The next day, co-hosts on popular television show The View poked fun at her, saying that it was no surprise that she did not win and that her attempt at showing her talent was “hilarious.” While the women who made those comments later released a public apology, it seems that they only did so as a result of the social media firestorm that erupted.

Other shows, such as The Bachelor and The Real Housewives (of any city) are almost entirely focused around women tearing each other down, often for ratings and entertainment purposes. It even happens in political fields – journalists are currently intent on pitting Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton against each other and when that fails, they often stoop to mocking their hairstyles or the way that each of them dresses.

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What’s Cooler Than Being Cool?

Cooler Than Cool 1Many of us have dealt with the social anxiety of wanting to be considered “cool.” From an early age all the way up to college, we have been faced with the pressures of trying to be in the spotlight and to be accepted by our peers. 

But what are those characteristics that decide such an important social standing? Is it how a person looks? How they act? 

It is unclear and can be answered in dozens of ways, but what many people believe to be favorable behaviors that are socially accepting usually fall under the same umbrella of characteristics that have not altered significantly over time.

Hairstyles and clothing trends have certainly changed throughout history; from neon pants and big hair to body jewelry and bucket hats. Although what seems to have not changed is the invisible governing system that decides out of a group of people who is the fairest of them all. 

According to Julian Garcia, an adjunct of communication, the idealistic “cool” person has definitely changed between his generation and ours. 

“I do think ‘what’s cool’ has changed significantly over time. All you need to do is watch a movie like ‘Grease’ and you will see how times have changed,” Garcia explained.

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It’s Just A Little Crush

Little CrushDo you remember the first crush you ever had? The boy in your kindergarten class or the girl you sat next to on the school bus in the second grade? Your first love. He or she was probably messy and sticky, with glue in their hair and jelly on their face, but what more could a five-year-old ask for? 

It was so simple. You could go up to the person you liked and simply state, “I like you,” giggle, and suddenly you were dating and madly in love. The crushes you had when you were five didn’t seem to have much rhyme or reason, they kind of just happened like most things in life. 

As we grow older, things become more complicated. Life suddenly isn’t as simple as it was when we were little. When you start to mature, getting a crush isn’t just based on one thing, like looks or personality; many factors play a part when it comes to liking someone. 

Dr. Hettie Williams, a lecturer in the History and Anthropology Department, who teaches a course titled  “Love and Marriage in Historical Perspective,” explained, “My immediate response would be that attraction is biocultural in that the laws of attraction are shaped by biological factors such as hormones (oxytocin) and other body chemicals such as dopamine.”

Williams continued, “While at the same time, cultural beliefs also dictate to us ideas about who we should love, who we should not love, as well as other ideas about attraction in general.” 

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Family Matters: Life as a Twin and a Quadruplet

QuadMany of us have siblings, but nothing quite compares to the uniqueness of spending nine months together in your mother’s womb and being born almost at the exact same time. Once born, it is nearly guaranteed that one will already have a friend to grow, play, and explore life with by their side. 

A pair of gentlemen from Cranford, NJ have ventured through life and landed here together at the University. These identical twins are Tommy and Brian Foye, two junior communication students. 

“When we began the whole college search, we both definitely didn’t plan on going to the same college,” Tommy said. “We kept our options open and wanted to find a place that would personally make us happy.” 

Brian, on the other hand, knew exactly where he wanted to go. “Ever since I was a junior in high school, I knew I wanted to come to Monmouth. I came to visit the University when my older brother came for Monday’s at Monmouth his senior year of high school,” he explained. 

After some decision making, Tommy realized that he wanted to become a Monmouth Hawk alongside Brian as well as their older brother, John Drew, a senior criminal justice student. “I was between a few colleges, but ended up feeling that Monmouth was the right fit for me,” Tommy said. 

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What Do You Want to Do Before You Graduate?

During their time at the University, students will do more than just go to class and prepare for careers. College is an experience, and the only way to have experiences is to live life to the fullest. No doubt every student has a bucket list of some shape or form before graduating. Work and study are very important, but there are absolutely some things every student should do in their short time at the University, and who better to ask than the students themselves? 

First of all, there are a multitude of things to do on the campus itself, which the staff and students work very hard to put together. These are designed not only to allow students to have a good time, but also for students to interact and create new friendships with each other, which is especially important for new students. Who says you need to go off campus to have a good time? 

“Every student at Monmouth should attend events like Monmouth Palooza, Spring Fest, the Involvement Fair, Battle of the Buildings, etc., because essentially they are always fun, and it’s a great way to get involved and make new friends,” said Samantha Toc, a junior communication student. 

The campus has more than what first appears on the surface and can be a stepping stone when it comes to getting to know the area and enjoying your time away at college. 

But there’s more ways to spend your time than just enjoying yourself on or off campus. It can be both fulfilling and meaningful to help someone else, either on a small or large scale. 

“Personally I think any kind of service work, whether that being on campus or in the local community, would be beneficial. Some of my best Monmouth memories have been around service projects through student government or through Alpha Kappa Psi,” said senior psychology student Michael Qualiano. 

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The War on Women as Seen in Magazines

Mag 1“Hot Body Express!” “Bikini Body Now!” “Have The Baby, Keep The Body!” 

These are all headlines that have appeared on the covers of Women’s Health magazine. The magazine claims that it wants to help its readers, that it wants its audience to be able to have the flattened stomachs and perfect bodies that the models and celebrities on the cover have. However, not all of these claims are possible and sometimes they can even be harmful. 

It is impossible to open a fashion or women’s magazine without being assailed by advertisements; advertisements for anti-aging products, advertisements for weight-loss programs, advertisements for clothes and makeup and a thousand other things, all designed to make women look “pretty.” 

Many individual articles focus on that goal as well. In magazines such as Cosmo, Vogue, and People, they write mostly about the routines and beauty secrets of other women, usually celebrities, who are often able to afford products and procedures that others cannot.

An article by Julia Belluz published on highlights this issue, calling out eight problems in women’s magazines. These issues almost entirely revolve around physical appearance and weight. 

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If You Could Gaze Into the Future...

PhysicA bakery opens at the corner of Main Street and Parker Avenue. Their storefront shows promise: an alluring design, an appealing name, an assurance of quality; their personnel show initiative, a friendly countenance, a “how’s it going” attitude, the enthusiasm of a new beginning. 

But it seems that as soon as the ribbon is cut, the problems emerge: inconvenient hours of operation, unaffordable prices, disappointing products. 

Just as hurriedly as the owner opened, they scramble to close. After the “going out of business” and “everything must go” announcements are torn from the windows, another will embark on the same journey, feeding into a cycle of trial and error, of brief success and ultimate failure, of rolling the dice and losing it all, over and over again, with no foreseeable end.

Then it does. After decades of tossing a variety of ideas to the wall, from bakery to deli to salon to shoe shiner, something finally sticks. And it’s not due to business acumen, networking or even dumb luck, it’s the ability to foresee that end, and any end for that matter. 

Or, at least, that’s what they tell you.

Psychic readings and their success are perhaps one of the most elusive of modern businesses. There never seems to be a shortage of them in any given area and, regardless of the economic climate, they seem to stick around. 

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The Men Who Inspired the Movies: Baseball’s Hidden Stories

Field of DreamsThere are countless movies based on true stories and baseball movies are no exception. Some of the more notable films that follow this trend are Eight Men Out, which is based on the 1919 White Sox, and A League of Their Own, which is based on the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

There are notable characters in every baseball film that many do not realize were actually based on real people. For all of the baseball lovers out there, here is a list of the real life stories that inspired such memorable characters.

1.) Moonlight Graham in Field of Dreams – based on Moonlight Graham

In the iconic Field of Dreams film, Terrance Mann based a character in one of his books on John Kinsella. In reality, the film based the character Moonlight Graham on Archibald “Moonlight” Graham.

The real life Graham was born on November 12, 1877 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Much like the film’s portrayal, Graham really did only play in one MLB game and never got the chance to bat. The date was June 18, 1905 and he was a member of John McGraw’s New York Giants.

In the eighth inning, Graham was put in right field for George Browne. In the top of the ninth, the Brooklyn Dodgers retired the side in order. Graham would have been the fourth batter of the inning.

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The Age of Celebrity Obsession

Celeb1All across America, there are thousands of people a day that get a morning coffee, get their hair cut, or begin or end a relationship. You may be wondering what all of these things have in common, and truthfully, it’s not much, especially when they’re done by average people. But when a celebrity does any of these things, it’s considered “news” in the tabloids. Our society is so interested in celebrities that even minute tasks such as getting coffee are noteworthy. But why?

Think of award shows as an example. Tons of Americans will get together to have a “viewing party” and talk about the fashion, the speeches, and the performances. Viewers all around the world will gossip about who’s talking to who and other things of that nature, but these celebrities are just regular people. 

The difference between them and the general population is that they’re ranked higher in society for their looks and talents. It’s an exclusive club that only a small percentage of the world will ever know, which makes their lives seem all the more mysterious and exciting.

“I’m personally obsessed with celebrities because of how great their lives are,” Brittany Chapman, a junior business administration major explained. “They have all the money they will ever need to live a lifestyle that I will never get to live. I feel like people love celebrities so much because that’s the closest they will ever get to experience that kind of life. Not to mention their amazing bodies and looks.”

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10 Tips That Will Make Your Trip Abroad Count

Big BenHans Christian Andersen once said, “To travel is to live” and before I spent a semester living and taking classes in London, England in the Fall of 2014, I hadn’t understood the truth behind his words. 

My study abroad experience taught me a lot about myself and the world around me, but I also learned a great deal about traveling and what it takes to visit unknown places along the way.

Although my experience across the Atlantic was my own, what I learned during my time abroad can be used to help any future travelers who have plans to explore other parts of the world. So if you’re getting ready to spend a semester in another country or you’re simply planning a cross-country roadtrip, be sure to keep these tips in mind.

1. Talk to your family regularly

Whether it’s via Facebook, Skype, or WhatsApp, be sure to check in every few days. They will be very, very happy to hear from you. I tried to FaceTime my family two or three times a week while I was abroad; it was a great way for all of us to talk about what we had been up to, and seeing their faces while I spoke to them also made it feel like they weren’t so far away. 

Be careful not to get so caught up in calling home that you start to get homesick, but do make sure that you’re keeping in touch often enough that your family knows you’re thinking of them.

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New Dining Options Caters to Students’ Unique Tastes

VegatarianFor most students, the University offers a wide variety of dining options. The Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) has a food court and a Dunkin’ Donuts; the Magill Commons Dining Hall offers food in an all-you-can-eat style, and there are grab-and-go eateries scattered around campus as well, such as in Bey Hall and the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Library. The convenience store also offers a variety of pre-packaged meals and snacks. For those who crave late-night snacks, there is always Shadows, found outside of Elmwood Hall. 

However, for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, or suffer from certain digestive conditions, eating away from home can be a difficult process, even with all of the options around. 

Even in those cases, the University does its best to offer a wide variety of alternative options for those who need them.  

This year, the University changed their dining service to Gourmet Dining, which has led to some additional changes in the options offered. The layout of the RSSC has also been altered, as have the food options available. 

The most noticeable change was the removal of Grilleworks; however, the menu items remain available and can now be found in the food court. Grilleworks has since been replaced with Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Maria Padaliano, a sophomore English education major, suffers from a digestive disorder called gastroparesis which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a condition in which the spontaneous movement of the muscles in a person’s stomach do not function normally. As a result, her diet can be difficult to maintain. 

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Get More Than Just Movies With Your Netflix Account

Netflix ChillMost college students have been on less than 10 dates in their lifetime but most likely have been asked on at least 20 “Netflix and chill” hangouts.

“‘Netflix and chill’ is an easy way for guys to ask girls to hang out with them. It’s their way of asking a girl out and being funny at the same time,” explains Matt Cox, a junior communication major. 

When asked why “Netflix and chill” has become so mainstream, Charlie Battis, a senior communication major, says, “It’s much more convenient for a guy to have a girl come to his house and hang out than take her on an expensive date.”

Price is definitely a plus when it comes to “Netflix and chill.” A Netflix subscription is $7.99 a month while Fox News reports that a typical date that includes dinner for two and two movie tickets will total around $80. 

How can one justify paying $80 to be with someone they are interested in when they could pay $7.99 a month and could be with multiple people they are interested in? It is rather obvious that the old fashioned dating style is out the window, but who is to blame?

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Next Stop on the Struggle Bus: College

Infographic College StresslWhen students finally settle into their university, their problems shift from adjusting to college life and preparing for the coming year to more conventional issues that they face on a day-to-day basis. College is a place of learning, socialization and, most of all, growth, but these aspects create problems that every student will have to face in some shape or form. 

Whether it be stress from grades, relationships, or even the future they are all working their way towards, college students are under a lot of pressure, and unfortunately it’s usually self-inflicted. 

“I think the major struggles facing students are best expressed by the questions racing through their minds: Will I get the GPA I want? Should I even go out tonight? Do my professors even like me? What if I have a fight with my roommate? And so on,” says Liz Roderick, a sophomore psychology major. 

“The best way to deal with these things is through good planning, building a strong support system, and remembering that you’re not supposed to know everything about your class material, or about life,” continues Roderick.

It’s true, especially for new students and freshmen, that students will be filled with questions and self-doubt upon their arrival to college, and that’s perfectly normal. By removing the self-inflicted pressure, new students can finally give themselves the chance to flourish at their chosen school.

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Dino Marino: Impressing the University Community One Performance at a Time

Dino MarinoUpon entering the stairwell of Oakwood Hall, one will often hear guitar melodies as they take each step up the staircase. On the second landing, before opening the door to the second floor, the acoustic sound grows. I walk through the well-lit, plainly painted corridor until I approach a dorm room door that reads, “206,” where the tunes are playing louder than before.

Knock, knock, knock.

The sound of fingers plucking at nylon strings desists.  I hear shuffling and the door click sto unlock. The door opens. A young man dressed in a backwards Miami Dolphins hat, a black Red Hot Chili Peppers t-shirt, khaki colored cargo shorts, and a pair of weathered Converse All-Stars stands before me. 

The fellow removes his cap, pushes his hair back, grins, and outstretches his arm. We shake. “What’s up man?” he asks. 

This Monmouth Hawk is named Dominic Marino, a sophomore Homeland Security major. Dominic, nicknamed Dino, can be found jamming on his guitar in places like Long Branch beach, the Residential Quad, and the stoop of Wilson Hall. Not only does the Connecticut native just practice for his love of music, but also for the variety of performances he is invited to play at the University. 

“While at Monmouth, I played a show for the Sinatra family as well as a few other small jazz gigs on campus,” Dino says. “I also performed on Hawk TV with my roommate and on the quad for the Student Activities Board.” 

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New (School) Year Resolutions

Student CenterThe University is standing on the precipice of change. With a brand new academic building, fresh new food options, and more construction emerging, the University has never been so full of new beginnings. In the wake of all of the changes on campus, students and faculty are making some adjustments themselves. After a long summer, students are looking forward to making some revamps in their academic and involvement choices.  

The new layout of the Student Center paired with the introduction of Gourmet Dining is the biggest change in the eyes of the student body. The new white picnic tables offer a fun new design, but provide some challenges for students who like to sit with a big group of friends. 

Samantha Marella, a junior business marketing major, feels a little disappointed with the new design. “I don’t like how the tables are smaller; they can fit at most six people,” Marella contends. “This creates a very cliquey environment, and I feel that Monmouth is taking a step backwards in creating a sense of community.” 

While the tables may be small, the possibilities the new food service and layout provide are large. Danielle Romanowski, a junior communication major, points out that “Gourmet dining is new, and they’re still learning how to accommodate the students.” While students are getting used to the new layout and food choices, that doesn’t take away from the excitement they feel about the new beginning. Romanowski also believes that Gourmet Dining provides better quality food. “[They] really care about the dining experience the students have,” she insists. 

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At Your Service

The Hidden Benefits of Waiting Tables and Working in Retail

RetailWhen it comes to making a living, most college students end up either behind the register somewhere in the local mall or serving food to hungry customers at a restaurant. With flexible hours and a half-decent salary, customer service jobs are an easy way to make some extra money during the summer months and even on weekends during the school year. But is that all that these kinds of jobs are good for?

Working in customer-driven environments, such as retail or the food industry, provides employees with a number of skills that could potentially help them in their intended career paths. 

“Jobs like waiters, waitresses, retail clerks, etcetera, are excellent ways to build skills that employers find desirable, even though it might not be obvious to some people,” says William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services.

Although the kinds of jobs that tend to revolve around the idea that “the customer is always right” are usually seen as undesirable, those who actually work in those areas of employment have noticed that the fast-paced and sometimes overwhelming conditions have helped them gain skills that could be the reason that they succeed later on in life. 

“Since I started waitressing, I’ve definitely improved my people skills,” says Amanda Guarino, a junior English and education major. “I’ve always been very shy, but working with customers has helped me break out of my shell and become more confident.”

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Reality Check: Summer’s Over

Note Taking in ClassThe beginning of the school year marks the return of school work. Some students return to college already used to the rhythm and volume of homework. Some freshmen are just starting out and are experiencing it all for the first time.

No matter what, it’s always an adjustment. For most, there was no homework to worry about over the summer, and there was no waking up for tiring 8:30 classes. Papers were a thing of the past, and the only reading done was recreational. Even if students are used to a schedule and routine, those who live on campus have to re-adjust to living away from home. For some freshmen, this may be even more difficult as this could be the first time they are staying away from their families. 

The adjustment can be hard, especially for those who are signed up for a heavy course load or are taking classes that they are having difficulty with. With five or six professors all assigning homework at once, it’s easy to feel like the course work is piling up. 

However, some students find it easy to get back into the swing of things, especially considering the bridge that syllabus week creates. The week is often considered to be the easiest in the school year, as teachers go over the syllabus and only give out one or two assignments.  

“I feel like I had a break, and now I’m ready to go back to school,” said Malia Padalino, a sophomore English major, “I’m going back into the year relaxed and not stressed out, so it makes it easier to keep up with the course load. Classes start off slow, and you don’t have too much homework in the beginning, so it’s not hard to get back into the swing of things. They ease you back in with a few homework assignments here and there, so it’s a gradual return to school mode.” 

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Moving Past Memory Loss

In what seems like one minute, you’re shouting the lyrics to every song of one of your favorite bands as you watch them perform live; the next you can’t remember ever being there in the first place or who you were with. At least that’s what happened to me. 

Long story short, as a type one diabetic, my blood sugar levels rose extremely high and caused my body to go into cardiac arrest three times following a concert I had attended the night before. The loss of oxygen to my brain during these arrests caused what is known as an anoxic brain injury which, in my case, means a short term memory loss. 

For weeks I was weak from being bed-ridden, I could not remember the names or faces of the doctors and nurses who came to see me and I could not even gather the strength to swallow a sip of water without choking. 

Now, while I can handle daily tasks such as eating solid food or even walking long distances, getting back to a normal routine has been difficult.

For example, I have to use alarms and calendar reminders for things I used to just know such as what time I am due into work or when and where my next class is. I even take pictures of where I am parked so I can easily find my car when it’s time to leave anywhere with multiple parking lots such as campus or the mall. 

People start to look at you strangely when they ask what you’re doing later that day or what time your next class is and you have to check your phone calendar to answer them. 

Being with friends becomes different as well. It goes one of two ways. They become more cautious of what they say, especially when referencing old memories you’ve shared with them because they do not know what you remember or how you will react if you have lost a particular memory. 

On the other hand, they treat you exactly like they used to, forgetting that you have a memory loss and conversing like they previously had before the brain injury because upon first impression, you don’t seem that different. 

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