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Opinion

Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Are Cars Still Made in America?

2011-Ford-Explorer-Redesigned-PictureMade in America. With the amount of trade we do with countries like China, Japan and some European nations, that's a slogan we seldom hear nowadays. From t-shirts to electronics, most everything Americans use is imported.

The New York International Auto Show finishing up this past weekend got me thinking that while there are still certain cars that are built in the U.S, the auto industry here is a little bit backwards from what it used to be 40 years ago.

In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, brands like Chevrolet, Buick, Ford, Chrysler and Dodge were all quintessentially American nameplates and they were all produced in the aptly named "Motor City."

But today, many of these brands are built overseas rather than here in the states. Yes, General Motors builds the Corvette in Bowling Green, K.Y, but it also produces the new Chevy SS in Australia, the Chevy Sonic is built in Korea on the same chassis as its sister, the Daewoo Aveo and Buick is now one of the top selling car brands in China.

Meanwhile, Chrysler is now owned by Fiat, with the company producing the 2015 Jeep Renegade in Italy on the Fiat 500L platform and the Dodge Dart on the same chassis as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and while Ford still boasts different plants in Michigan, Ohio and upstate New York, they have always built their popular Fusion model in Mexico. They only added another assembly facility in Flat Rock, MI in August of 2013 to keep up with demand.

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MU Welcomes Rush Holt

HOLTPresident Paul Brown announced on April 25 that Congressman Rush D. Holt, Jr. of New Jersey's 12th District will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Spring Commencement. More than 1,000 graduating students will participate in the ceremony which will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

Congressman Holt, a five-time "Jeopardy" champion who holds a Ph.D. in Physics and a patent for a solar energy device, has represented central New Jersey since 1999. Representative Holt serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources developing long-term strategies to decrease dependence on fossil fuels.

"Representative Holt is an ideal choice to receive an honorary doctorate of Science from Monmouth University," President Brown said. "He has consistently pushed for more money for scientific research and better science education," he added. Dr. Brown also noted that Monmouth has made a strong commitment to strengthen the University's science programs and facilities, including a significant $40 million renovation of the School of Science buildings.

The New York Times describes Holt as Congress's chief advocate for scientific research over his eight terms. He has been honored as the Biotech Legislator of the Year and with The Science Coalition's Champion of Science award. Scientific-American magazine has also named Holt one of the 50 national "visionaries" contributing to "a brighter technological future."

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The Benefits of Stressful Times

The end of the semester is approaching fast. I have essay upon essay due, group project after group project coming to a close and the stress is almost becoming unbearable.

As I sit here in self-loathing for all the procrastinating I have done, I wanted to remind myself why the stress of school is not that bad.

First off, being stressed over college assignments means that I am in school. There are plenty of people who cannot afford to go to school.

If I were to so much as complain to them that I have a paper to write they might laugh in my face. I try to breath each stressful breath deep and know that somewhere out there, someone is jealous of the paper I have due on consumerism in America.

Not only are people jealous that I am stressed from school because I can afford to attend, there are also graduates who lust for the days when the most stressful aspect of their life was a group project.

Right now all the finals looming in the back of my mind seem to be the end of the world, but in reality when I am sitting in some am to 5 pm job, I will be wishing for these days. I have to remember to enjoy the easy stress that comes with college.

I also like to try to remind myself how boring my life would be without all this stress. Think about it; if you take college out, and the stress of papers, tests, and assignments due, life becomes pretty blasé.

Yes, it's enjoyable for a couple months (i.e. why we need summer vacation) but by the end of the summer I am always itching to get back to school. Stress at times can feel daunting, but I'd much rather have this stress then go through a very simple, boring life.

I tried to find one more reason to revel in the stress as I watched the clock tick closer and closer to my group project's due date. So I took to the internet and found that stress can actually help boost our immune systems. The more stress we incur the better we are able to cope with stress.

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A Letter from Vice President Nagy

Dear Monmouth Students,

On Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 12 pm to 6 pm the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board will host the annual program Springfest on the Shadow Lawn (rain site: the MAC). We would also like to recognize the Greek Senate, the Residence Hall Association and the Student Alumni Association respectively for their generous contributions this year. The day will include live music, carnival food, Aramark BBQ, festival games and giveaways.

Springfest 2014 will have everything you need and it should be a great way for us all to celebrate the end of another year at Monmouth University. While your attendance at Springfest is a key part of what continues to make this event so popular, it is also important that you remember to practice common sense and good decision making before, during, and after the festival. Your respect for the rules and regulations of the University and your willingness to take care of one another are all essential elements to the success of this day. Therefore, I ask that you spend a few moments reviewing the following guidelines that will be in effect for Springfest 2014.

1. Alcohol, pets/animals, open-containers, squeeze bottles, bags, backpacks, and/or similar items WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. Any student/guest that attempts to bring the above listed items to the event will be asked to leave the festival area.

2. Springfest is a closed event for only Monmouth students and their immediate guests. Monmouth students/their guests must have valid University/photo ID on their person and be prepared to show to event security or MUPD upon request.

3. Students living in any of the on-campus housing units are not permitted to host a social gathering during or after Springfest, which occurs on Sunday, May 4. Students that wish to hold a party on Saturday, May 3 must complete the Office of Residential Life's Social Affairs/Policy Application by Thursday, May 1, 2014 by 3 pm.

4. Parking in the Great Lawn and Garden Apartment Lots will be strictly enforced on May 4. If you plan to drive to campus for the festival and do not have a valid parking sticker for the Garden or Great Lawn parking lots, you MUST park in the Commuter parking lot by the Student Center. No exceptions permitted. Students should enter the campus from the Larchwood Avenue entrance.

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Speak Up Against Violence

Everyone has a voice, everyone has the ability to speak up, and absolutely everyone has the right to yell for help, but how many actually do either one?

Once upon a time, female abuse was in all types of media and headlines. It was an issue no one refused to be quiet about. However, as time has gone by, awareness on abuse against women has decreased.

When was the last time you heard about a domestic violence incident or read an article on trying to bring awareness to the issue?

That's exactly my point. I would like to take a moment to remind us all of one of the major crimes that unfortunately takes place daily. The mere fact that we are blindfolded and cannot see it does not stop the abuse from occurring.

As I began to write this article, I was thinking to myself, "maybe the reason female abuse is not spoken or heard of as often anymore is because it does not happen as often," but as I did my research I quickly confirmed I was wrong.

According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Can you imagine that?

I personally have three younger sisters, so we are a total of four women. Statistically, one of us is bound to experience domestic violence. When I think of it that way, I cannot help but freak out a bit.

When we relate statistics to our everyday lives, it hits harder and the crime no longer seems like such a stranger.

The National Coalition against Domestic Violence also reports that 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women.

That means women are the target of more than three-fourths of all domestic violence cases ever reported (we can only imagine how much larger that number is if unreported cases were taken into consideration).

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The Shock Value of Cursing

If I was to begin this article with curse word after curse word, I'm not sure it would phase a lot of people. Cursing has almost become the norm on television shows, especially reality shows, and with that, it has become the norm in our society. Curse words are practically used as adjectives in today's vocabulary.

Most people know where it is inappropriate to curse, but the lines have been blurred for the rest. People curse all the time, anywhere that they deem to be appropriate now. I'm not sure why this has happened, but in everyday settings, the shock value of cursing is basically gone.

Even though reality television is all scripted, there is some reality in what people say on those shows. The dialogue between characters on reality television is one curse word after the next. From that, we are learning to see curse words being freely used, making cursing seem like it is the norm.

Not everyone curses, there are people that don't utter a curse ever.

Today people do not even bat an eyelash at someone having a sailor mouth. When people curse now in public and in general, no one really turns their head in disgust and shock anymore. For a lot of people certain curse words have become adjectives, verbs, and nouns all in one. They keep them at disposal for putting emphasis on any emotion.

At this point, curse words can help describe someone being angry, happy, sad, and excited. They can accompany any emotion someone is talking about and typically do.

I've heard people drop every curse word in the book and honestly, none of them surprise me anymore. Even the worst ones aren't even a big deal to say anymore in everyday conversations.

I think that's really sad. I curse too, I'm also at fault for making this the norm and I'm trying to stop. I've been cursing less lately and for a while I had to stop myself from cursing, but lately it's been much easier.

It's not hard to stop cursing, and I'm probably not going to make an impact on other people, but now I probably won't drop a bad word in an inappropriate setting. It will be easier for me now to conduct myself like an adult in a work environment and other places that are inappropriate to use that language in.

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The Struggles of Internships

I hate internships. There I said it. That being said I have one.

It wasn't really a voluntary choice, unfortunately though, it has been drilled into everyone's head that goes to an institution of higher learning that interning will either make you or break you.

"You won't even stand a chance of getting a job without any internship experience," they say. "You'll be stuck at McDonalds with a bachelor's degree all because you just didn't take the time to get some field experience in your job," they hiss. Legend even has it that internships might even be more important than your college degree...just kidding. But the way that some people adamantly vouch for it makes me believe that it is.

It seems like a lot to ask full time students who have jobs, extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, papers, tests, allergies, romances, one night stands, a partridge and a pear tree to deal with, but somehow through the magic of the universe students are able to squeeze 120 hours of their time into completing an, often, unpaid internship.

That is unless you're a psychology major, then it's all just a mere 60 hours, or if you made the choice of criminal justice then it's a nice relaxing 80 hours.

Now I do not have anything bad to say about my current internship, in fact the people I work with, or rather for, are very nice and pleasant to be around.

However, I don't see why in eyes of the University, the job market and prospective employers, how an internship should be the end all, be all in foretelling my success in an entry-level position once I graduate.

Even more so, you cannot ignore the fact that interning is seen as the norm and required by most majors as an "EX ED" requirement in order to graduate.

I mean that is unless you decide to study abroad, but again you're going to be spending a lot of cash money just to satisfy a requirement which, in a very confusing turn of events, is a required course that is zero credits on your academic audit. Don't ask me why, I don't know.

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A Letter to the Editor

I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the assistance of a group of "Good Samaritan" students who came to the assistance of a motorcyclist who was struck by an automobile last week. On April 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM, a motorcyclist had stopped at the red light just outside the entrance to the North campus. The vehicle behind the cyclist was unable to stop and struck the back of the motorcycle injuring the cyclist.

Upon hearing the crash, a group of MU students, some of them volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's), immediately came to the aid of the injured party. They began to render first aid and secure the scene until the University Police, West Long Branch Police and First Aid responded and took over. The individuals involved were Bradley Rubin, Christopher Tappan and Andrew Ruckriegel.

As Chief of the University Police Department I naturally hear complaints whenever one of our students acts inappropriately. Sadly, we don't always hear of the many good things MU students are doing to positively impact the community, even though these positive actions occur far more often.

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There’s No Room for Fair-Weather Fans in Baseball

1986-ws-celebrationBaseball has long been known as "America's pastime." While football is arguably the most popular sport in the country today, there is still a certain romantic aspect of baseball that other sports can't match.

There's something special about showing up to watch a game, smelling the fresh cut grass and hearing the crack of the bat and the pop when the ball hits the catcher's mitt.

The other great thing about baseball is that come opening day, hope springs eternal for every fan that their team will make it to the World Series.

There simply isn't any room for fair-weather fans in baseball. Speaking as a fan of the lowly New York Mets, whose last playoff appearance was in the 2006 National League Championship Series, you need to stick with your team because you never know what can happen.

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Striving For the Perfect Grades

perfect_gradesWhy is it that a simple letter from the alphabet determines our whole future? Why is it that a single letter has the power to make us or break us within the split of a second?

Always having been a straight A student, I never realized how much of an impact grades have on a person's life. My whole life, it was just the normal thing to receive A's because of how I was raised.

When I was a young girl, receiving 80s were bad in my mom's book and a 95 on an exam triggered the question, "What happened to the other 5 points?"

Looking back at my childhood, yes grades have always meant a great deal to my mom, but because it was drilled into me at such a young age, I never gave it much thought until I reached college.

I came into college and immediately proclaimed myself a chemistry major and soon enough began to feel the pressure. I thought college would be like high school.

I would be able to keep doing exactly what I always had and would get the A's I have always been used to getting. You can guess that is not what happened at all.

Growing up I never had to study or try too hard. Whatever I learned at a lesson just stuck and when the exam came I just knew it.

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A Line Should Be Drawn Where it’s Totes Not a Good Idea to Use this Cray Lingo Anymore

"That's cray!" "No way, that's totes ridic!" Any of this sound familiar? Unless you live under a huge rock, you have probably heard every single one of these phrases, or at least one out of the two.

These slang terms are what our daily communication consists of. Our generation has reached the point where the difference between slang and proper English grammar is often confused and forgotten.

Certain slang words, such as twerking, thank Miley Cyrus who actually did not even create the word, for that one has even reached the Merram Webster dictionary

So what is it exactly about these words and phrases that make them so catchy? Where did they even originate from? When is it no longer okay to keep them in our vocabulary?

Is society really that lazy and laid back that full words are no longer acceptable when holding face-to-face conversation?

Today slang is often viewed negatively. Although throughout the years slang words have flip flopped between being used by criminals and poets.

The first "slang" first emerged during the 18th century when any word not used in Britain was considered slang, and for a while, until the 1900s when writers began to incorporate slang into their art, it was considered the language of foreigners and criminals.

Each decade has its own set of slang words that emerge and eventually they become part of the following generations normal language.

For instance, did you know that gross which is constantly used today as a synonym for disgusting, was first introduced to the English language as slang in the 1970s?

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