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Opinion

Volume 83 (Spring 2012)

Dare to Believe in Your Dreams

opinion-gina-goodbye-outlookI can remember the exact moment when I walked into The Outlook four years ago. Staring up at the masthead that frames the office door, I was meek, naïve – a completely different person than the woman I now see in the mirror. I knew the inverted pyramid and the basic elements of a news story, but really, I didn’t know anything about being a part of a newspaper – ethics, common mistakes, how to interview sources, the all hail AP style and, most importantly, the bonds you can have with your staff.

However, there was one thing I did know, and it was shortly after I first visited Monmouth University prior to fall 2008: I wanted to become Editorin- Chief of The Outlook. Little did I know, I would reach that dream just two short years later.

The shy, awkward freshman yes, “walked through the door and made the change.”

It has been an unbelievable, gratifying, insane, stressful, frazzling, educational and fulfilling two years of serving as the editor of The Outlook. I would like to think that my stressful persona and dire need to be a perfectionist subsided as my term went on, but no – they never did. Mistakes were made, but I am grateful for every single one. How would I have learned anything? You can have a boring newspaper with average content that never causes any controversy, or you can have a must-read that grabs the campus’ attention with well-written stories, great photos and an overall eye-catching design that ruffles a few feathers. I strive for the latter.

To keep in theme with Senior Goodbyes (I still can’t believe I’m writing one), I have many people I would like to thank that have made my time at Monmouth as special as possible.

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Remember When?

And to think, I never saw this day coming. The day I submit my final article as a staff writer for The Outlook.

The day college ends, and life without eCampus, drop boxes and SquirrelMail begins. The day I can matter-of-factly say, “I will never have to hand in another homework assignment and I will never take another test, unless of course it’s medical (those actually become more common with age).”

I will never have to come up with a plausible excuse, written in an e-mail, as to why I missed class this week, or anxiously await my professor’s response, which I hardly ever received.

In 48 months, which doesn’t really sound all that long, I have grown. My first day of freshman year at the University was a day I will never forget. Not because it was overwhelming or like something I had never experienced before, but instead because it was a Friday morning at 8:30 and I was miserably hung-over. I remember sitting in Plangere for the first time with my first Einstein’s everything bagel, thinking, “These are going to be the best four years of my life.” Cliché yes, but absolutely, undoubtedly true.

Four years went faster than four days, it seems. My years of college could be rolled up into a two-hour comedy about what life is like when you’re young and living among your immature, yet highly comical, carefree friends. To say I took advantage of living way beyond my parents’ roof would be an understatement and to say I remember every time I took full advantage would be a blatant lie.

“Remember when?” This is a famous phrase that we often use to reminisce through past experiences, both good and bad. But it’s hard to remember all that has taken place throughout my college career. Maybe it’s because my brain literally can’t handle it all, or maybe its because my cerebrum has become particularly selective.

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Social Networking at its Finest

Our generation has never taken a moment to breathe. Mornings are spent sifting through e-mails, text messages, news alerts, and Facebook and Twitter notifications all before our first cup of coffee. Afternoons are spent gossiping about the morning’s “he said, she said” until the next OMG moment. We let that simmer until the evening, where countless uploads and sloppy text messages foster tomorrow’s conversations.

This theory of interconnectedness since birth has forcibly caused us to tie the knot with our devices - and it’s until death do we part from our attention-seeking and self-absorbed ways.

And for what purpose? These outlets are driven more towards achieving personal vendettas than doing something without recognition.

We are obsessed with spewing every aspect of our lives onto the mainstream, looking for attention and recognition, for something, from someone. Anything. Who can blame you? It’s trendy.

That is why I decided to deviate from all of that useless information about global politics in my weekly column and discuss something that’s relatable to the University: ourselves. What better way to do that than some quick tips on how to make yourself memorable to your immediate social network.

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AC: The Place to Sightsee

opinion-atlantic-cityIMAGE TAKEN from casinoins.comWe are lucky to have a University located on the coast line of New Jersey. Students like me have a short walk to Ocean Avenue and can be on the beach in a matter of minutes. Pier Village is the closest “boardwalk atmosphere” to the University, but there are other shore towns nearby that are often visited for their entertainment on the boards, both during the day and night.

Asbury Park, Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant are just a few of the neighboring beach towns that are fi lled with fun activities. I ’m sure there are many other wonderful beaches that students visit, especially during the summer, but there is one other go-to place for the extreme nightlife experience. The world knows it as Atlantic City. I know it as the world’s greatest place to peoplewatch.

I went to Atlantic City last week with a good friend, Kevin, to have a great dinner at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant with his sister. While waiting for our seating, he decided to put five dollars in the nearest slot machine. It was a tropical island slot that looked as if it would be kind enough to let a person win a buck or two.

Kevin pulls the lever and we both watch the patterns spin until each of them stops suddenly on a different icon. I could’ve bet money on that. He pulls it again, this time causing a high-pitched bell to ding as he wins 30 cents. I laughed, 30 cents? H e pulls again and wins two dollars, then four dollars, five dollars, then a few extra cents. He’s up about $10! I instantly thought he would cash out! Instead of pushing the little red button to retrieve his receipt for 10, he pulls the lever, continuously losing every bit of what he just won

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Skipping the Pages for the Big Screen

A few weeks ago, I went to go see The Hunger Games with some friends. At first I was a little reluctant because I did not read the books and I thought it was going to be another one of those mythical romance stories that was virtually impossible in the real world like Twilight (sorry if any of you reading this are Twilightfans).

However, I was quite surprised and delighted by the storyline and the c haracters. S till, t here w as one thing I heard while watching the movie that got me extremely annoyed. As I was sitting there, a fangirl of the books yelled out “The books are so much better!”

The craze of taking book series like Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings and recently The Hunger Gameshave created a new form of pop culture for the younger generations.

By turning books into movies, Hollywood takes the stories into different forms of media so that those whom do not read as much or love movies can it enjoy it as well. For those who do read the series, there is something you need to understand, writing a screenplay is completely different from writing a novel.

Screenplays are roughly about 115-120 pages for longer feature films alone, and to adapt a book that i s o ver a h undred p ages, o r in the case of Harry Potter, thousand page books, is a hearty task that takes time and a lot of creativity. It is a lot harder than writing a novel. An author can make a book as long as they desire, because the reader can stop and start reading again whenever they feel like it.

When it comes to a movie, it has to be stimulating visually and there needs to be a storyline that is relevant and makes sense in a shorter amount of time, usually two hours at the most.

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Looking for a Summer Job Leaves Employees Sunburned

opinion-summer-jobsIMAGE TAKEN from collegebound.netThe time is approaching where we all need to fill out some more applications. I’m not talking college applications (thank goodness that is over with) but I’m talking about summer job applications. College students are scrambling to find summer jobs to make a little bit of cash before the next school year. But it isn’t that easy. Applying for a summer job can be incredibly stressful.

But wait, isn’t it supposed to be summer? Summer isn’t meant to be frustrating. It’s meant to be spent relaxing poolside with the warm sun beaming on our faces, people splashing in the pool, and just feeling that is there no worries at all; you know, hakuna matata.

Summer is not supposed to be stressful. However, applying for summer jobs can make the sunny break a little bit more difficult.

How come finding a summer job isn’t easy? How come it isn’t like making a cake; mix ingredients, put it in a pan, bake it, ice it and there’s a tasty cake ready to be devoured. Finding a summer job isn’t easy like cake, it’s like trying to perfect the perfect gumbo, finding all the right spices and ingredients to ultimately match everything up flawlessly; it’s a complicated process.

Applying for a summer job doesn’t just involve one application. There’s one application for a clothing store, another for a beauty supply store, then there’s one for a supermarket, also one for a summer camp counselor, oh wait let’s not forget the lifeguard application (given if you’re CPR certified) and then throw in a waiter/ waitressing job and you’ve practically applied for every summer job out there. You then find yourself neck-deep in summer job applications hoping and praying that a least two of them will call you back for an interview.

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Old Wives’ Tale Proves True for Social Media

opinion-twitterIMAGE COMPOSED by Victoria JordanI am a public relations major and a part of my future career will consist of monitoring social media sites. Classes and experience have helped me develop remarkably analytical ways of observing things people pos. Most of these are big-time corporations, professional athletes, celebrities and other students like me.

I follow blogs and Twitter, and Facebook accounts, mostly for personal entertainment. There are rare occasions when I do not find some kind of humor or interest in what they post. However, what isn’t so funny or intriguing but is actually quite annoying and bothersome are the posts that scream for attention.

Before I begin my spiel, I’d like to mention that I care very little for unnecessary and often unintelligent Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts. I usually find myself “un-friending” and “unfollowing” these people. I understand if someone is thrilled about their long workout at the gym and the protein shake they had afterwards, but what is the reason to let everyone in your social network of friends aware of this information?

To top it off, they often post a picture of their accomplishment, tagging not only themselves but the shake as well. I’m a healthnut myself, but I find no desire to let everyone on the web know that my workout and choice of food is better than theirs.

I follow blogs and Twitter, and Facebook accounts, mostly for personal entertainment. There are rare occasions when I do not find some kind of humor or interest in what they post. However, what isn’t so funny or intriguing but is actually quite annoying and bothersome are the posts that scream for attention.

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Live Life With Absolutely No Regrets

“Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs,” Charles Dickens once said. What does that mean? The more you regret, the greyer you’ll be? Maybe, but one thing is for sure, everyone regrets something they have done, or didn’t do when they had the chance to. Life is about making choices, and taking chances, and sometimes we don’t do what we wanted in the long run and wish we would have. College is a four year period with a high probability for regret.

When you’ve taken every class you needed to take, and you realize that you’re so close to graduation, and the real world, and that partying on a Tuesday will soon be frowned upon-do you regret anything?

Have these four years at the University been fully taken advantage of? Have you done it all or are there things that you now wish you would have taken the opportunity to do?

There are so many aspects of going away to school. There’s the whole living-on-your-own-without- your-parents thing, which for many takes a lot of adjustment. There’s the option for night classes for those who cannot get out of bed until at least after noon.

There’s the freedom of doing whatever you want, whenever you want, which can be considered a college freshman’s biggest downfall. And then there’s knowing that after this, society expects you to grow up, put on your big kid pants and join the working world.

For those who still have some time left at the University, you are the lucky ones. As seniors, we can’t change the choices we made and the chances we took. We can only learn from them and apply them to the rest of our lives.

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It’s T-Shirt Time!

jersey-shoreEveryone loves the Jersey shoreboth the literal Jersey shore and the actual show the “Jersey Shore.” The show gave our lovely state of New Jersey a new reputation. Since all students attend school on the shore, I feel that it’s appropriate to talk about the immersive shenanigans that people think actually takes place in Jersey. We “New Jerseyians” love the attention; like the sun, we are going to soak it up!

Yes we go to a school that’s down the shore, but no we aren’t all guidos and guidettes with 10 pounds of hair gel and artificial tans to last us a life time. We also don’t go through five hairspray cans a week.

There are people on campus with tans, of course, but if you took one look at me, you’d probably be shocked, considering that the only pigmentation I have are my freckles. Going to a school down the shore, you’d think that there would be tons of tanned bodies strutting their fist pumping muscles on campus, but I haven’t even seen one guido! Am I missing something? Should I get my guido-finder out? Because quite frankly, a school by the beach should be flooded with guidos, right?

Unless there is going to be a “Jersey Shore” themed day once a week, probably on a Thursday (when the show actually airs), then no, I do not want our campus to be flooded with “gorilla juice heads.”

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Cramming For Finals

With finals quickly approaching, students often feel overwhelmed with their studies and last minute, late night study sessions become the norm. Although many feel as if “cramming” works for them and is an effective study method, the chances of a student absorbing everything they need to know in a few hours is highly unlikely.

According to the Arizona Daily Wildcat, studies have shown that all-night study sessions can possibly have a negative effect on grades.

During a Harvard study, a control group slept regularly for four days while the variable group was sleep deprived during the first night. On an image recognition exam, the sleep deprived group did not perform as well because sleep deprivation has a negative impact on the cortex, which is the part of the brain which stores information.

“Whether someone is a ‘short sleeper’ or a ‘long sleeper,’ the key factor is how much sleep is missed, not how much is obtained,” said Dr. Colin Bamford, Director of the neurophysiology and sleep lab at the University of Arizona. “More than an hour off a person’s normal sleep schedule may begin to affect memory retention.”

Although students are aware of the fact that last minute studying can do more harm than good, students have no intentions of ending their late night studying. In most cases, cramming does still produce good grades for many students, so they see no need to change their techniques.

To help those who are avid “crammers,” there are some methods that can improve last minute studying. Cramming is never going to go away in the world of college academics, so if students are going to do it, they might as well do it right.

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Can You Trust Your Roommate?

An essential part of living away at college is having to live with a roommate. In many cases, one can wind up being great friends with that person. On the other hand it could be a complete disaster. The moneymaker of this situation is built on trust. If you trust your roommate and get along with them then you will not have a hard time at all, but if you don’t it could make the situation a little hectic.

An extreme example of this was seen in the case of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi. Clementi lived with Dharun Ravi and it appeared that Clementi trusted him. Clementi was a homosexual student who kept his sexuality private from everyone else. Little did he know, Ravi was well aware of this and thought it would be smart to turn the webcam on his computer on to broadcast his roommate over the Internet when Clementi had someone over. When Clementi became aware of this he decided to take his own life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. This raises the question of do you trust your roommate?

Currently, most of The Outlook staff trust their roommates, but in a way we are a poor sample. Most of us are juniors and seniors who are currently rooming with some of our best friends, which is the case with most upperclassmen. However, many problems can occur during the first and second years of college. A part of this is because when you first come to college everything is new and most people aren’t used to sharing a room or a bathroom with several other people. Before people get used to this, it is very easy for conflicts to arise between roommates and suitemates.

To avoid situations like this, the University has a roommate contract called a Shared Living Agreement that all first year students complete with Residential Life as a proactive measure. According t o E ric M ochnacz A rea Cordinator for Residential Life, this agreement is always the first step in Residential Life’s response to a roommate conflict, because they feel a large number of roommate conflicts stem from a lack of communication between the students in the living space. By moderating the conversation, they may be able to help the roommate’s address and outline issues they were uncomfortable talking about.

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Spice Up Your Life: Embracing Diversity

Diversity is a dominant aspect in everyone’s daily lives. However, it is also one of the most misunderstood concepts, one that many people do not take the time to recognize and appreciate. Embracing ideological diversity improves one’s social and professional life, while also having the power to teach individuals something about themselves.

Merriam-Webster defines diversity as “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.” Considering the simplicity of the definition, why are there so many misconceptions surrounding the topic and idea of diversity?

“When people think of diversity, they automatically think of skin color,” said Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological services at the University.

Is race a part of diversity? Yes. However, it is not the foundation. Age, gender, social class, education levels and religion are just some broad ways which make everyone diverse.

Mancini prefers to dissect the essential themes that reside within the word diversity. “Understanding,” “similarities and differences,” “inclusion,” “cooperation,” “community” and “sensitivity” are just a few of the single-word definitions Mancini uses to explain diversity. “I like to use one word definitions, it makes people think,” said Mancini.

Mancini encourages all students to comprehend the importance of diversity. “Diversity is a part of everyday,” said Mancini. “Whether you are accepting another culture, or you are a male in an all-female class there is diversity occurring.”

Similar to Mancini’s example of the different situations of diversity, a junior Amy Cancillier recently experienced classroom diversity while studying abroad during the 2011 fall semester in Florence, Italy.

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Understanding Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis

OpinionPHOTO COURTESY of Jacklyn KouefatiCancer, HIV/AIDS, Heart Disease: All of these illnesses are well known around the world with the hopes of someday finding a cure.

Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is also a life threatening illness plaguing 5,600 people each year according to alsa.org. However, not many people have ever heard about this disease before or even know what it is.

I believe that more awareness should be brought about concerning ALS. Maybe then we could be one step closing to finding a cure.

Lou Gehrig’s disease attacks your immune system. It kills the nerve cells (motor neurons) in the brain and spinal cord making it so they can no longer send messages to the muscles to control or initiate movement.

Because the muscles stop receiving messages from the brain or spinal cord, they eventually began to weaken and die. This leads to paralysis. Patients will eventually lose the ability to breathe or swallow.

Since ALS only attacks motor neurons, the sense of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste are not affected. Basically, the sufferer is fully aware of what is happening to his/her body but cannot do anything about it.

Like many people, this disease was unfamiliar to me. I had never heard about it before until a family member of mine was diagnosed with it.

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It’s Complicated: Why Guys and Girls Cannot be Friends

SDC14392PHOTO COURTESY of Anthony PanissidiFriendship is defined as an interpersonal relationship generally considered being closer than association. Friendship between men and women is defined as…nonexistent.

In our world, there is always an argument about friendship between men and women. Women claim that it exists while men always put it down and say that it doesn’t. Who’s right here? Before I share my thoughts I would like to share the thoughts of some people I spoke to about this topic.

“Well personally some of my good friends have been females. I feel fine having girls as friends and being able to talk to them. Maybe it’s not the same as having guy friends but its worked fine for me. Saying that it’s definitely not the same as having guys as friends or for girls being friends, it’s obviously a different type of friendship, but it’s definitely possible for the opposite sex to be good friends,” said junior student Shane Carle.

Fellow junior, Jerry Dean said “Not gonna lie, almost every close friendship I’ve had with a lady, there’s some times when the testosterone is just coursing through my veins man.”

Frank DeGennaro, who graduated last year, believes it is hard for men to become just friends with women. “There are a few exceptions. 1) The girl is dating one of the guy’s friends and you are always around them. 2) You knew the girl since you were young and therefore look at them like a sister. 3) You’ve already had some sort of relationship and both have realized it wasn’t meant to be. 4) Neither side is attracted to each other. However, these aren’t rules, because very often the first three things are little to hold one side from liking the other.”

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Should You Graduate to a Higher Degree?

These days, it seems we are at a point where getting a college degree seems almost necessary in order to succeed in life. Just don’t ask Mark Zuckerburg, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs to back me up on that one. But is the job market so competitive right now that a mere bachelor’s degree is not enough to set you apart from everyone else?

The general consensus here at The Outlook was that it really depends on what field you are looking to work in. For example, those looking to teach at all levels would be significantly better off with a master’s degree. But where does that leave the rest of us?

There are two streams of thought on the topic. The first being that more education, grad-school, can only make you smarter and better you in the long run. Much like college, graduate school is something we as students make a choice to go to in order to get an education. A deeper understanding within your field will make you that much more of an asset to perspective job opportunities.

One factor which comes into play, one we face with many things in life, including college, is money. Is paying for school for another two years or so even doable for most students already deep into student loan debt?

Some of us at The Outlook feel that if you are a hard enough worker and skilled enough in your field then ultimately you will find a job.

Experience in your field is thought by many to be better than more schooling. Nothing can h elp prepare you more for your field of study than actually participating in it. more in your field other than hands on work actually doing it. Perhaps we can hope those hiring feel the same way and will look more into a student’s resume, aside from focusing all their attention on whether or not the applicant has a master’s or not.

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Go to Class or Go to the Beach?

The return from spring break kicks off the final weeks of the spring semester. Warmer, longer days are eagerly welcomed and made the most of by students around campus. Swimsuit season calls all students to the beach, a convenient mile from campus. Life at school doesn’t seem to get any more perfect than these last two months.

When this weather appears, many students tend to weigh the pros and cons of going to classes or heading to the beach for that afternoon sun. Based on personal experience, the latter of the two is usually the winner. What is a crucial deciding fator that influences this decision? Class style: is the class a lecture or is it handson? Sorry professors, but if your class involves an hour and 15 minute- or worse, two hours and 45 minute lecture, you lose. If the class is more hands-on and engaging, professors have a better chance of winning the student’s attention over the beach.

During my past three years at the University, I have been exposed to both styles of teaching in the classroom. I have sat through multiple tremendously tedious classes that have been solely lecture-style. Most of these were not even relevant to my major but were courses required by the University in order for me to graduate.

Note to professors: If you are aware that you stand or sit in the front of the classroom and lecture for an entire class period, consider a change in your teaching style. If you recognize a pattern in a lack of attendance in your classes, consider a change in your teaching style. From a student’s perspective, I prefer more hands-on engagement in the classroom. This prevents the temptation to check my phone for Facebook status updates and pictures of friends who are at the beach. Sometimes, students simply cannot tolerate sitting at our desks for more than an hour thinking only of the warm weather that we are missing.

Note to students: Of course, it is our responsibility to make a wise decision on warm days when we have afternoon classes and the sun rays are perfect for getting our bronzed glow or going for a walk for a Dunkin’ iced coffee. I can relate that many of us may even “save” our days to skip class. However, if your decision comes down to the class-style, level of engagement (or otherwise referred to as level of boredom), and the professor, consider offering the professor advice to changing the way he or she teaches the material.

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Hop on the Bandwagon

03.21.12_Page_07_Image_0001PHOTO COURTESY of communities.washingtonpost.comThe New York Giants, House Music, #Kony2012, Jeremy Lin, – go ahead, hop on the bandwagon.

What exactly is a “bandwagon?” It’s a term that’s used rather frequently, that’s for sure. For our generation, “hopping on the bandwagon” can best be described as publicly supporting a conduct, or belief, for mainly one reason only, because everyone else is partial to it.

As more people begin to believe in something, others come to believe it as well, and for decades, this has been a trend. From the poodle girls and leather jackets of the 50’s, to the legwarmers and fingerless gloves of the 80’s, we as humans like to follow trends; apparently it’s in our nature.

There’s nothing wrong with preferring one thing over another, even when that preference is of the masses, however, “hopping on the bandwagon” has become a term seen in negative light, and apparently those on the “bandwagon” are not respected.

This past football season, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets had a plethora of support from their fans. Each week closer to the playoffs, the Giants and Jets rivalry grew as each side hoped their team would secure a spot in Super Bowl XLVI. On Christmas Eve, the New York Jets ruined their chances, losing to a top rival, the New England Patriots, a hard feat to swallow for any fan. Despite any Jet fans hopes and wishes, the Giants made it to the Super Bowl, and so the “bandwagon” began.

“All of a sudden everyone’s a Giants fan,” said Michael Ciprello, a senior at the University. “Your team [the Jets] looses, so you throw on a Giant jersey as if they’re your second choice. If your team loses, deal with it and wait until next season, don’t all of a sudden become a fan of the winning team just because they’re winning. That’s a bandwagon fan, and I don’t like them!”

Ciprello went on to add that a bandwagon fan will cheer for a successful team because they would rather cheer for someone, than for no one. “They don’t get the point of being a fan, through good and bad,” he adds.

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Effective Attendance Policy is Absent

The attendance policy at the University is a complete waste. There are tons of reasons why the policy should not exist. Take other schools as the first example, top schools in New Jersey like Rutgers. It does not actually have a set attendance policy; they “expect” attendance.

This may seem a little extreme but I feel as though Rutgers and other schools prosper not because of the overwhelming amount of people that attend their universities, but rather because they weed out the weak.

The students who are meant to go to school get a proper education because they are willing to go to class and prosper, while the students who want to party and not go to class fail.

If students want to work, they will work and if they do not, there is nothing anyone can do about it. No attendance policy is going to change how a student thinks. So why is it that if I got sick two days out of the semester and I overslept once, my Effective Attendance Policy is Absent grade is going to go down? Sounds a little obnoxious right? Yeah, I think so too.

What truly is a major disappointment is the fact that no matter what is going on in my life, I can only miss two lectures for a specific class. Luckily for me I am prone to sickness.

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A Lottery That Doe$n’t Pay

This coming week is spring break and there are several great things to expect. Warmer weather, great trips and some time to recuperate from midterms. However there is one ominous aspect that waits for us when we return: the housing lottery.

It is quite ludicrous how people get during housing, but it is understandable. Everyone that day is on edge waiting for that e-mail each year to see if you should be jumping for joy or crying in the corner worrying if you are going to have a place to live next year.

Last year I told everyone not to talk to me about housing until I had gotten my number. Even if you do not get a good number or get waitlisted, do not fret.

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Asbury Park: The Hidden Gem of the Jersey Shore

After living in Long Branch for about four years, I have watched Asbury Park morph from a worndown unsafe location into a flourishing treasure chest of prime day and night-time entertainment. The improvements that have been made to Asbury Park has made it an ‘it’ spot for young adults.

Whether it is live music, dining, or a fabulous bar scene, Asbury Park has it all. There are endless options for a night on the town, making it one of the most valuable outlets of entertainment available to students who live close to the University.

Asbury Park may be most wellknown for The Stone Pony located on Ocean Avenue. It is a smaller bar that has decent size stages with platforms slightly off the dance floor. Signed Fenders, Gibsons, and other guitars line the walls.

The Stone Pony has held many performances by all kinds of different musicians, including the great Bruce Springsteen. It has been a spot for rising musicians for years.

Ever since my freshman year of college, a night at The Stone Pony was something looked forward to. A concert at The Stone Pony is like watching a band play at a party, except it could possibly be one of your favorite bands playing.

For example, the Pony recently hosted a sold out Citizen Cope show. This past week, students flocked to The Pony to rave at the Barstool Blackout Party.

The list of big events that come through the Pony is long and impressive. Not to mention that tickets purchased directly from The Stone Pony are significantly cheaper than the tickets offered on Ticketmaster (another perk of living local).

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Obsessed With Technology Much?

It’s a bold statement, but I truly don’t think you could live without me. I may have been a recent addition to your life, but I know you consider me to be one of your closest and trusted confidants. Maybe it’s because I’m more reliable than anyone else you know. I strive to not to ever let you down.

I wake you up every morning and do my best in attempting to keep you from falling back to sleep. I remind you when you have things to do, places to go and people to see. You tell me everything and I never tell anyone else, unless you ask me to.

I’m really exceptional with researching whatever it is you need to know at incredibly rapid rate. I’m also a first-rate multi-tasker and make a fabulous personal assistant. I can, without hesitation, inform you of the game updates while instructing you on how to cook a full Thanksgiving meal for your overly critical family of 15.

I’m ideal when you need to capture the moment. I take top-notch pictures and videos, and have the ability to edit, and save them for you for whenever sometime down the line you may need them again.

With me, you’ll never be behind on the latest trends. I keep you up to date with the latest music releases, and even take the time to organize them in such a way that you’ll know what playlist to choose when you’re trying to party.

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MUPD Shares Thoughts on Last Week’s Assault Story

I would like to respond to the recent article in the February 15th edition of The Outlook entitled, “Student Beaten on Road Near Library. MUPD Fails to Alert Campus Community of Attack.” I would like to respond from the perspective of the Monmouth University Police department.

Although the jurisdiction of the incident was in West Long Branch, the initial call concerning a fight was placed to the University Police. The University Police immediately responded. They established control of the situation by locating the victim and witness. They further apprehended and detained two possible suspects prior to the arrival of the West Long Branch Police. MUPD Officers turned the matter over to the West Long Branch Police Officers because they have ultimate jurisdiction in this matter. Upon completing their initial investigation that evening, West Long Branch Police charged one of the individuals that MUPD turned over to them, with Simple Assault.

The article goes on to say that a witness reported to The Outlook that he was treated rudely by a Police dispatcher. A review of the audio tapes of the incident indicated that the caller was treated professionally and was politely denied requested information as per normal police procedures. There was no mention to the police, by the caller, that he feared being recognized because the suspects saw his face, and also that he yelled at them, as the witness told Outlook reporters.

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What Studying Really Means to Students

studying-is-boringWhat is this action called “studying?” For some reason the utterance of the word alone just causes me to feel depressed. Thanks to my handy-dandy pocket dictionary, I looked up what “studying” actually means:

Studying (verb): to devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject.

That whole definition right there just spells out p-r-o-c-r-a-st- i-n-a-t-i-o-n. For someone who can actually discipline themselves to sit down with an open text book and memorize whatever it is they need to for an exam, I’m going to have to consider you a Jedi master, because that’s harder than it looks.

Sure the definition that my itty-bitty dictionary gave you was an accurate definition of the word “studying,” but I don’t think it was an accurate definition that can be applicable to the college setting. This is my own definition of “studying”:

Studying (verb): act of texting, eating, and watching TV with an open textbook nearby.

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Grad Student Recounts Chaos Aboard the Costa Concordia

It was a trip meant to be the memory of a lifetime, but not the way most people thought it would be. On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia, the largest Italian cruise ship in history, was five days into its Mediterranean cruise when the vessel struck a rock off the island of Giglio. A passenger aboard the Costa Concordia, University graduate student Addie King, 26, recalls her blissful vacationturned- tragedy as pure "pandemonium."
King and her husband, Michael Stoll, began their trip in Barcelona, Spain to visit King's sister. They descended onto the cruise (her first) January 9, unaware of the adventure that awaited them. They had stopped at different ports, including Sicily and Rome.
According to telegraph. co.uk, the timeline of the night's events occurred as follows. The granite outcrop had torn a massive hole in its hull at 9:42 pm, when the married couple was enjoying their dinner on the second-floor dining room of the Costa Concordia. The captain allegedly went off-course in the cruise, taking the ship closer to shore than usual. With the hull opened up, water began pouring into the bottom of the ship. Instantly, silverware, plates and glasses began flying off the tables. Lights immediately went out, and came back on. "And things started to tilt," King remembers.

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President Looking to Increase Hawk Alert Frequency

Dear Outlook,

Last week you reported on a random criminal attack on a student very near our campus. You had information in your story that we did not have. You asked questions for which we had incomplete information at the time. Time and tide wait for no man [or woman]; neither does press time. Today, we all understand more about the isolated incident. Your article was important to me in that it inspires us to press our neighboring police departments harder for information when incidents are nearby, but out of our jurisdiction.

I am eager to alert students to potential or occurring dangers. You have seen that in our messages about norovirus, shootings on other campuses, etc. In this particular case we followed Federal Clery Act procedures, but did not issue a Hawk Alert late in the night, because it was apparent, at the time, that the threat was gone. I spoke with your Editor and Managing Editor about the story and about Hawk Alerts. It was a very good conversation; helped me understand the perceptions of some students. As a result, I have asked our VP (Administrative Services), General Counsel and Police Chief to rereview our procedures for Hawk Alerts as they pertain to offcampus crime , even if random. I am aware of the “cry wolf” syndrome, too many warnings at the wrong time turn people off. I am also concerned about safety and I will err on the side of too many warnings. So Outlook, thank you for the article and for the helpful conversation.

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What the 2012 State of the Union Address Means for Students

beckCollege just may become more affordable and less of a hassle for graduate students concerned with paying back their loans. For those who watched President Obama's State of the Union Address last Tuesday, Obama proposed a number of ideas that could help college students breathe easier. He said that he intends to find ways to extend tuition tax credit, keep student interest rates from rising, and keep tuition down. However, while the ideas may seem attainable, they were only suggestions and ideas with no specific plans to carry them through.
Dr. Michael Phillips-Anderson, an Assistant Professor of Applied Communication, expressed concern over how Obama's plan for the economy may affect future University graduates. "There really isn't that much the President can do to affect the economy. Interest rates are at historic lows, but businesses aren't borrowing. The President did not call for large scale stimulus spending which is what economists like Paul Krugman have argued is
the fastest way to get the economy growing," Phillips-Anderson said. In regards to interest rates on student loans, Obama highlighted that they are set to double in July unless Congress acts against it.

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Student Interviews State Senator Jennifer Beck on Plans to Help College Grads Find Jobs

For the first time in New Jersey state history, an all-female assembly district and senate in Monmouth County's District 11 was elected on November 8.

Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande, Mary Pat Angelini and State Senator Jennifer Beck were elected.

During an interview last Tuesday, Beck discussed her plans as State Senator, including helping the struggling job market, mainly re-energizing the economy with graduating college students.

Prior to the election, Beck was State Senator of District 12, but due to redistricting ran and won District 11. Beck is a graduate of Boston College, where she majored in mathematics and physics. She has a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Beck serves on the Environment and Energy Committee along with the Judiciary Committee. She believes in reducing government involvement in the private sector and spending on infrastructure projects to put people back to work.
She also believes that the state should help college students with financial aid.

Beck has two major objectives during her term as Senator and these are education reform and property tax reform. She said, "We have so many failing school districts in the state of New Jersey that are leaving our young people with not a lot of opportunities in the future."

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