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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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