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“Man’s Best Friend” is More Than Just a Companion

Mans Best Friend 1“Man’s best friend” might have more benefits than just keeping you company. There are proven health benefits that pet ownership has on an individual. Researchers have found after 25 years of findings that pets have positive effects on the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of a person’s wellness. From decreasing stress to guiding the visually impaired, our furry friends have a tremendous impact on our lives. If you are not a pet owner, it is time to adopt or take a trip to your local pet store because they will literally change your life for the better. 

Researchers at the University of New York at Buffalo discovered that when people were conducting a stressful task, they felt less stressed when their pet was nearby. Nicole Gallagher, a sophomore psychology student adds, “When doing schoolwork, I need to have my dog nearby. Her presence calms me when I am stressed.” Have you ever wondered why Monmouth has dogs on campus during finals week? Those puppies are brought to campus to help students during the most stressful time of the semester. Some universities are animal- friendly. It is believed to be beneficial to college students to have an animal because it gives them an opportunity to take care of not only themselves, but another living thing. Their presence does not only ease stress, but they also provide social support.

Christopher Hirschler, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Health and Physical Education shared his thoughts on an animal’s impact on one’s life, “Most of us experience some degree of stress, judgment, and social isolation. Animals are the antidote. We give animals what they need and in return, they help us in a multitude of ways.”

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Fall DIY Projects

Fall DIY ProjectDo it yourself (DIY) projects are a creative way to recycle items and very cute decorations for your home or dorm. DIY projects are perfect for college students that are low on funds. Rather than splurging on fall decor in HomeGoods, you can craft many of the decorative items that you are sold in stores. Below I’ve listed some examples of DIY projects for the fall since the season is right around the corner.

Shannon Hokanson, a communication professor, commented, “I never have really done a fall DIY project, but I would love to try doing one. I’ve always wished I was more artsy, so this could be the first step to achieving that goal!”

1. Mason jar candleholder: Mason jars are an easy way to add an artistic element to everyday items. To make a candle holder, place your favorite scented candle in a jar and illuminate your space!

What you’ll need: a mason jar, a small candle, and small pebbles. 

Step 1: Put small pebbles in mason jar

Step 2: Put the small candle in the mason jar

2. Burlap wreath: These wreaths are super easy to make and add a cozy, autumn feel to a room.

What you’ll need: One 12 inch styrofoam wreath, push pins, about 3/4 yard of burlap, flower appliqués.

Step 1: Cut burlap into 4X4 inch squares

Step 2: Fold burlap squares to connect to two opposite sides

Step 3: Pin burlap pieces to wreath and make sure you fold them so they’re puffy

Step 4: Lastly, it is time to add flowers and hang up your wreath.

Sam Albinson, a sophomore nursing student said, “I came across the burlap wreaths on Pinterest and I’m so excited to make one and can’t wait to hang it up on my dorm room door!”

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Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills Pay BillsCollege is often a stepping stone towards having a successful life. Some might even say that without a college education it’s difficult to be successful.

It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of doing well in school. It’s simple to take the easiest classes, to find the best professors, and to just ‘get by’. However, what if the success of college wasn’t in the piece of paper one receives at the end, but the experiences obtained in the four years it took to get it.

Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Rebecca Sanford, believes, “There is a difference between getting an education, and getting a degree.” This is an interesting concept because usually the two words are synonymous. It seems that the lessons today that are truly valuable to students, are the ones not learned in the classroom. Sanford also believes that a students’ willingness to accept failure and criticism may benefit them more than an easy ‘A’.

Junior Psychology major Nicole Gallagher said, “Students, including myself, are tempted to take the easy classes because we know we will do well and get to move on. Nobody wants to take a tough class.” Students may feel that it is hard to learn and do well under the pressure of failing. It is difficult to enjoy a subject when cramming for tests is held above actually learning the information. However, if you fail a class, then you will have to retake it, which causes you to spend even more money in efforts to obtain your degree and delay graduation.

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With Age Comes Wisdom: A Senior’s Survival Tips for a Freshman

Have you ever heard the expression “I wish I knew then what I know now?” As a graduating senior it becomes a more and more familiar quote pertaining to college. The first month of college as a freshman is over-whelming. Fortunately for you, I have experienced the same struggles, successes, failures, and delights as each and every freshman does.

Every stress, every nerve, and anxiety you ever had is heightened. I have grappled with the same questions that each and every one of you will be pondering during your first weeks as an undergrad. “What should I say as a fun fact?” I know this answer; do I raise my hand? “Where is my class?” I can’t ask some-one that is so embarrassing. I don’t want to be too overdressed, but I do not want to look like a bum. What is E-Campus? How do declining dollars’ work?

Only three years ago, I asked myself these same questions. The number one piece of advice I can give you as a senior is to relax and breathe. It will be okay, I promise. If you are late to class, if you don’t participate every class, it’s okay. If you just say “my favorite color is blue” as your fun fact, it is fine. Everyone is overthinking just as much as you are. They are all wondering what to say and what to wear. But there are several things you need to know when spreading your wings and learning to fly as a baby Hawk here at Monmouth University.

How do I get the best grade possible? For starters, the library is open until midnight every night, if not later on some occasions. You can always go there for that last minute print or cram session. Monmouth also provides writing and tutoring services in the Center for Student Success (lower level of the student center).

Lastly, the professors at Monmouth want you to succeed. Visit them during their office hours when they have the ability to offer you ample help and further clarification. Office hours allow you to build a stronger relationship with your professor, which may be beneficial in your upcoming years as a hawk.

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New School Year, New You

New School YearAs the summer heat continues to fade with each passing day, we begin to feel a sense of bitterness knowing that our carefree days spent in the sun have come to an end. Working at your summer job or spending long days at the beach are over, and it is time to go back to school. You will now welcome back the return of all-nighters, countless syllabi, and regimented schedule. This time, though, it’s a new year and a fresh start. You have different classes and professors, you will make new or more friends, and maybe even a new roommate or major. It’s a clean slate and there are so many opportunities ahead of you, and it is imperative that you start the new school year with a positive outlook.

Jess Pinelli, a senior communications student said, “I’m really excited to start my senior year. I’ve come to learn over the past few years that your attitude towards everything has a big impact on the way things turn out for you. That’s why I always try to start off the school year with a positive attitude and high en-ergy.”

A new year means a new chance to succeed in your classes and get good grades. Walk into your classes motivated to excel and put in your best efforts.

Geralyn Hyland an adjunct nutrition specialist professor shared some guidance for students, “If you feel stressed during the school year, just breathe. Understand you’re not alone and come into class willing to ask questions and succeed.”

Starting the beginning of the year with a positive mindset will assist you in achieving your academic goals. Also, en-sure that you are prepared for your classes with supplies and any textbooks that you are supposed to order- you don’t know how early professors will begin to assign homework using those materials.

In order to have a beneficial year finding a balance between school work, and your social life is vital. It will be excit-ing to reunite with all of the friends that you made the previous year, but remember to also be open to meeting new people. Ask your fellow classmates to grab food with you at the dining hall, or even form a study group. Also, if you ever miss class and need someone to send you the notes, they might be able to get you caught up.

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‘Back to School’ Essentials

Back To SchoolBack to school means many things for a typical college student. The upcoming days will be consumed with cramming, eating dining hall sushi, and an unhealthy consumption of caffeine. However, before truly getting back into a regimented routine of club meetings and homework there are some essentials that are necessary for starting the school year off on a positive note.

1. A Planner

Whether it is a trendy Lily Pulitzer day planner or an app on your iPhone to be successful you must manage your time. Having your assignments and test dates written out will allow you to allocate ample time to prepare. Nicole Gallagher, a sophomore psychology student says, “Using a planner throughout the year allows me to not fall behind with my school work.” My advice is to utilize the tentative calendar in your syllabi and mark down the important dates in each class. Life has the tendency to be very disorganized and any efforts you can put towards organization will only better your life.

2. A Computer

In the technologically advanced world that we live in it is crucial to have a computer to not only get you work done but to communicate with others. Being technologically literate in our modern society is a basic life skill. Conducting research, writing papers and communicating with your fellow classmates and professors requires a computer.

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Summer Fun Day Trips

NJ GreetingAs school is winding down, the only light at the end of the tunnel for students is summer. That six letter word almost seems untouchable when finals, tests and papers take over our days.

But what do you do when the work finally ends? Summer is a time where your days should be filled with stress-free fun. So what is there to do that is budget friendly as well as close in proximity?

Luckily for us, New Jersey is filled with fun and exciting day trips to keep you busy all summer long.

If you are looking for a fun beautiful place to just sit back and relax, New Jersey has an entire coastline filled with relaxing beaches.

There is Wildwood, Point Pleasant Beach, and much much more. If you are in the mood for an exploring day, there are several cities to visit. Montclair, Princeton, and Lambertville are just a few of my favorite fun cities to explore.

What about some educational learning days? A day at the museum sounds like a perfect summer day to me.

Professor Veit, Department Chair for history and anthropology, says, “I love spending summers traveling through the historical sites of New Jersey: Pine Barrens, old factories, and even the battlegrounds. I love to learn about all the history New Jersey has to offer.”

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Expectation vs. Reality of Being an Adult

Why is it that when we are a kid all we want to do is grow up, but when we grow up all we want to do is be a kid again?

We do not realize what we have until it is gone. I always thought adults were exaggerating when they complained about the difficulties of growing up, but they  hate to admit that they were right.

As a young girl, I could not wait to grow up, and I would fantasize about living this perfect, flawless life.

 However, I was unaware of the realities of being an adult.

Now that I am an adult, I find myself engulfed by waves of nostalgia and I yearn to the days of being a carefree child. I wish to run around aimlessly and catch fireflies at night.

I want to be mesmerized by the illustrations in picture books. I long for the days when my greatest dilemma in life was to have to decide whether or not I should have chocolate-flavored or honey-flavored Teddy Grahams.

Madison Bulger, a freshman communication student, said, “I miss the days when I was in my front yard making mud pies with my best friend.”

Deya Fuleihan, a freshman political science student, added, “I loved when the ice cream truck would come on my street and I would get so excited, and run outside to get my favorite: a rainbow snow cone.”

Those days of childhood are over and gone and it is tragic; growing up is not as fun as being a kid.

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Gianni’s Vs. Scala’s

Pizza and Italian food will always be some of the most sought out dining options for college students! It is clear that dining hall pizza and pasta does not always satisfy student’s cravings for such foods. However, at Monmouth University the student body is luckily surrounded by some excellent local establishments. One common struggle when looking for the perfect slice is deciding between Gianni’s Pizzeria in Oakhurst and Scala’s Pizzeria located on Brighton Ave in West End. Both locations have been local hotspots when it comes to quality pizza and Italian dining options! Monmouth University professor Harmon stated “both local businesses are worth checking out.”

Gianni’s Pizzeria is located at 56 Monmouth Rd in Oakhurst, NJ. The local shop offers a wide arrangement of specialty pizzas, sandwiches, and other tasty options served fresh daily. Gianni’s Pizzeria was established in 1992 and currently has a total of five locations within New Jersey including Red Bank, Little Silver, Colts Neck, and Neptune that are open seven days a week. The pizzeria has a very large menu which gives customers tons of appetizing choices which is never a bad thing! When asking sophomore business student Max Goldberg his opinion on Gianni’s menu options he stated, “Gianni’s grandma style pizza is delicious and their chicken vodka wraps are out of this world. If you haven’t been to Gianni’s yet, you should, and then go back every day it’s that good.” Gianni’s has tons of sandwich options from hot subs to Italian subs using the finest Boars head meats and cheeses. 

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North, South...and Central Jersey

North South Central JeresyResidents of New Jersey have been in an ongoing debate on the existence of Central Jersey. Many argue that our state only consists of two regions: North and South Jersey.

However, those that reside in Central Jersey and attend Monmouth University challenge this argument. Those of us that have grown up in Central Jersey have never questioned its existence.

Maria Ciezak, a professor of communication, shared her thoughts on this dispute. “I believe that there 100 percent is a central New Jersey, as I live there! Being from the shore, born and raised, we are dead smack in the middle of North and South.”

Upon enrolling at Monmouth, I came to realize that many students held strong opinions about the Garden State’s geographical battle.

Being a native Central Jerseyan, I always believed that there were three regions of our wonderful state.

North, South, and Central Jersey all embody defining characteristics that are specific to those areas. With over 3 million residents and 170 towns, Central Jersey does exist and it is one of the most influential areas of our state.

Here are some signs that are unique and recognizable to Central Jersey residents, proving its existence.

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Top Slang Terms of 2016

Top 2016 Slang TermsIt is very common to hear new terms or phrases in day to day life, especially among young adults and college students in particular. Words and phrases can catch on faster than ever before, thanks to our technology and social media-driven society.

When looking at the most popular new words and phrases of 2016, it’s interesting to see where they came from. All of these new words are quickly blowing up from music, television, films, etc. Mary Harris, a communicaiton professor, who teaches a course on social media says, “The overall ability social media truly has on shaping our culture and popularity of various content.”

When diving into what new words and phrases truly are the most popular of 2016, the term bae comes to mind! This new word has become a pop culture trend that has taken on so many different meanings and uses since first being created.               The word ‘bae’ is often defined as ‘before anyone else,’ and is used to describe someone they feel very passionate about, such as a girlfriend or boyfriend.

However, the word is often commonly used when describing things that are enjoyable. For example, you can say something like, “Chipotle is Bae,” meaning that one really loves eating at the Mexican grill.

You can find the word bae being used by super stars such as Miley Cyrus and Pharrell, who even released a song entitled “Come Get it Bae.”

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