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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

How Have Freshman Grown In Their First Year At Monmouth? || Features

As the school year comes to a close, every student takes some time to look back and think upon how they’ve grown. It’s a special kind of feeling in that not a single person is the same as they were at the start as they now are at the end. Yet none have changed more so than the freshman, in their first year of their new life at a University. Their first year has likely been one of self-discovery, and will determine their place in the years to come.

“In my first year at Monmouth I’ve become much more independent, open-minded, and accepting,” said Mary Fitzgerald, a freshman mathematics student and future Resident Assistant next semester. The general growth of students is determinate on how they experience their first year at college. Stepping up to responsibilities cam allow for some excellent maturation and skills that can make the next challenge easier. It takes a lot to mature at college, but taking every day a step at a time can allow change for the better.

Although the standard of growth is important, people grow and change in different ways. Where one person grows from their studies and friends, others find their place in a club or group.

The feeling of having a collection of students who are going through the same trials as you or upperclassmen being there to guide you can bring out growth and maturation that would not have been found on your own. Gina Geletei, a freshman English student, came into her own thanks to her involvement with the Student Activities Board; finding a group of like-minded friends allows for students to grow together, instead of apart.

“I have been learning so many valuable skills and have met so many amazing people who have truly made a difference in my life. SAB has taught me discipline, people skills and organization which ultimately translated over in my school work,” Geletei said. She knew she found her place in the SAB, and it spread to her finding confidence and skill in her academics.

The transition of attitudes upon getting settled into college is an entirely unique experience. Everyone enters college alone, whether they know people at the beginning or not. It’s scary, having this entirely new environment ahead of you when for years you were settled into your own hometown for academics. Professors, lecture halls, commutes and meal plans are likely new elements unknown to new students, and they have to learn on the fly. More than a few students felt the crippling pang of homesickness or anxiety during their first week at Monmouth.

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Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year? || Opinion

Just recently it was announced that the budding Seattle-based credit-card payment processing firm, Gravity Payments, owner Dan Price has increased his workers’ minimum yearly wage to $70,000 (it was prior to this increase at about $48,000). This move by Price was a verygutsy move. His ability to increase every worker’s wages like this was planned based on anticipated earnings by the company. If the company does not excel as projected, this raise may be all for naught. But, without being so negative, let’s look at what an incredible impact this action has produced.

While this company is in Seattle, Washington, a change like this would be incredible to happen here on the East Coast. In order to live comfortable in New Jersey the average person should be making around $60-70,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average New Jerseyans make approximately $54,000 a year. So, while this number is not horrific, it doesn’t give much wiggle room for families to have a comfortable surplus for vacations, gifts, or even for unexpected payments such as car accidents or natural disaster damages.

Alexa Massari,a  junior English and education student, said, “Doing this increases the help for the living style of the average person. People will no longer have to try and spread their paychecks thin to afford their personal lifestyles. Also, not to mention, $48,000 is the starting salary for teachers, so knowing this, we'll [future teachers] be able to have a better life for the job we do [if this change comes to the east coast].” What Price is doing by making the minimum yearly salary $70,000 is giving his employees some space to live comfortably, preventing them from living paycheck to paycheck as Massari suggested, and it allows them to have an extra stash of money to do things that make them happy.

On the other hand, Tara Egenton, a sophomore English and education student, said, “Workers should not be getting the same amount of money for different types of work. It wouldn't make sense to give someone in maintenance the same pay as someone with a 4-year software degree. Essentially, this creates a negative image for a company and people will not want to work there. However, all workers should be receiving benefits and all workers should have the opportunity to improve and ultimately, gain a raise. In my opinion, hard work always equals success and it should be rewarded as much as possible.” Egenton brings up a solid point; from his nearly $1mil salary, Price is now only taking $70,000 also. There should be a hierarchy of salaries, but, I think what Price is doing is just making $70,000 the minimum. Hopefully there is still opportunity for occupational mobility.

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Quirky and Camera-Eyed || Features

hutchins color photoThe word film might be permanently bonded to the end of Ryan Hutchins’ name. In fact, he’s probably filming something at this very moment. And if he’s not, he’s trying to find an old beat up car to set on fire in a short film or applying for a grant to shoot footage somewhere in Beverly Hills.

“Film is my first passion and always will be,” he said. At 22-years-old, Hutchins is a storyteller. He gives life to people, places, and events that are important to him. “I make movies because it is the culmination of everything in life that I love. Human interaction, magic, writing, photography, storytelling, building, designing, expressing emotions, and music. Is there another art form that has such flexibility?" 

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