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Opinion

Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Why I Love Monmouth

As my four years here at Monmouth come to a close, I look back at my entire college experience and cannot imagine how it could have turned out any better. 

I truly do believe Monmouth is one of the greatest universities you can attend. 

Granted, my views may come from a very biased perspective. I have never went to another college, and I do not know enough people at other colleges to really grasp what attending a different college would be like. 

What I do know is what I have seen these past four years. This being said, I cannot imagine how the college experience could get any better anywhere else.

First off, there is the community at Monmouth as a whole. Greek life, psych major, athlete, commuter, the list goes on. I have friends who fit into all these categories. 

The thing about Monmouth is everyone here has his or her main group, but at the end of the day, we all come together as one. 

The school  is large enough so you can meet new people everyday, but small enough where you can still run into a different friend everyday. 

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Why Monmouth Was Not Worth My Money

By October of my senior year of high school, my kitchen table was already littered with postcards, letters, and magazines of potential colleges. Being from North Jersey, I could have easily went to Montclair State or William Paterson and lived at home. But I wanted to go away, to experience college life, and to spend some time away from my parents to grow into an ‘adult.’ I wanted to go far enough to live at school but not far enough to where I couldn’t hop in the car and get home whenever I needed a break.

One day, in the middle of the table, sat a post card from Monmouth University, showcasing the words ‘study at the beach’ and that it was ‘only less than a mile away!’ I obviously liked the beach but I was still a little skeptical. My dad convinced me that we should go and check it out, if anything, I got to miss a day of school. I agreed and we set out early one Fall morning, making our way down the parkway, to take a tour of the campus.

As soon as I set foot on the manicured path, I fell in love. The campus was beautiful, full of colorful flowers, pretty buildings, and helpful students. We toured the communication department, where all the staff seemed eager for you to come to their school. I went home that night, paid the $50 for the application fee, and sent all my information in for early-action (hopeful) acceptance. I should have stopped there.

Throughout my college experience at Monmouth, I’ve seen and learned a lot. Yes, the campus is still beautiful. Yes, we are still close to the beach. But that’s about where my past expectations end. Throughout the last four years, my parents and I have poured enough money into this school to buy another home. And in my eyes, it has absolutely not been worth it. 

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Is Having a Competitive Nature the Key to Success?

success wolfMy family has always been extremely competitive. We’re talking hardcore mock-Olympics and ruthless basketball games in the driveway. My dad and I were always the more outwardly competitive ones—don’t talk to us if we lose! 

Yet, my brother and mom are more inwardly competitive. I think that is a big difference. My brother internalizes his competitiveness and uses it to fuel his desires and drive him through his ultimately ambitious life goals.

 I, on the other hand, am very obvious about my competitiveness. I’ve been called a sore loser many times, and honestly, it doesn’t bother me!

 I show my feelings of defeat, while my brother and mom, just accept a loss graciously, on the outside that is. 

But, just because we lose doesn’t mean we can’t be successful. I could lose a game of basketball, but be an overall successful basketball player. So, what does the concept of competitiveness, outward or inward, have to do with success? Are the two linked? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word competitive most nearly means, “having a strong desire to win or be the best at something.” 

If you encounter someone who has a “strong desire to win,” it is extremely difficult to stop him/her from fulfilling this desire. Desires are internally driven. Things that occur within someone are a part of his/her mental make-up; therefore, a competitive person could arguably be a person destined for success. 

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'Slut' Up: Stop Shaming Sexual Females

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There’s a question that I’ve considered since before I entered college four years ago. What does it mean for a girl to be a “slut”? The word is so vague, yet used in so many contexts, which are almost always negative. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve used the word countless times. More often than not, I say it with no harm intended to my friends. And I know I’m guilty of looking in the mirror before the bar and asking my friends if my outfit was too “slutty” without even considering the negative connotations associated with it.

Just last month, a Bloomsburg University baseball player attacked famous Little Leaguer and thirteen year old, Mo’ne Davis, on Twitter. He tweeted “Disney is making a movie about Mo’Ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That ‘slut’ got rocked by Nevada.” Really, how is Mo’ne Davis by any means a “slut?” 

“Slut” by Google definition: “a woman who has many casual sexual partners.” I’m going to go ahead and say Mo’Ne Davis is the farthest thing from that.

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The Million Dollar Question: Can Ex’s be Friends?

exAsking whether ex’s can be friends is like asking whether the chicken or the egg came first: a never-ending argument. It is not a simple yes or no answer.

Personally, I have met individuals that can attest to both sides: some will argue that ex’s can be friends, while others will insist that it is impossible.  I believe both are absolutely correct. Ex’s becoming friends is one of those scenarios in which more than a single factor must be taken into consideration.  

For instance, how long were the parties involved in a relationship for, what caused the breakup, was there dishonesty?  Did one of the parties involved end with a complete broken heart, or was it a mutual agreement? 

 Every couple has its own history, and the history developed post breakup is absolutely unique to each case.

I believe that the chance to be friends with an ex-partner depends on whether the couple was ever friends with one another. If the couple met and immediately fell into a “love” scenario, skipping the whole friendship stage, they will probably not be able to hold a friendship after the break up. 

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The Not-So Typical American Family by Today’s Standards

famI think we can all agree that there is no longer the “typical American family” in today’s society. That era of the nuclear family, the father who went to work from 9 am to 5 pm: a mother who stayed home and did the house cleaning, the car pooling, and the cooking, and the children whose focus was completely on school work is no longer existent. 

Lately, most families have both parents who have full time jobs, which are typically outside of the home. The question is, what has changed?

According to Philip Cohen, sociologist at the University of Maryland and author of The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change, three big changes in family life have occurred over the past 50 years.

 The first change that is occurring in families: the decline of marriage. In 2010, 45 percent of households were headed by a married couple compared to 66 percent in 1960. That is a huge difference. 

What this means is the divorce rate has increased significantly. We all know that couples are having trouble staying together in today’s society and everywhere we look another couple is breaking up or getting divorced. What we didn’t realize is that this is affecting the “typical American family.”

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Proud to be a “GDI” (G*d D*mn Independent)

gdi jpgdocxI live with the president of a sorority on campus. Next year, I’m living with two girls in that same sorority. So let me preface this by saying that I in no way, shape, or form, am knocking Greek Life. Instead, I propose this: It’s very possible to get through your undergraduate years at Monmouth without being involved in Greek Life.

I transferred schools and I was in a sorority before that happened. I know what it’s like, as most of Greek Life has the same rituals and processes (loosely said). You go through recruitment for girls or rush for the boys, you then pledge for the sorority or fraternity you want, you get initiated and boom: you have fifty close sisters or brothers that you can never imagine your life without. Or can you? 

After transferring schools, the 126 girls that were in my sorority disappeared. Except for one or two of the girls, nobody spoke to me. I didn’t get asked how I was doing or if I was coming back (even though I made it pretty clear I wasn’t). Those girls who I had been so close with seemed to evaporate in thin air just because I was not involved in the sorority anymore. 

Was my pledging, my time, my effort, and my money worth it? No. That is why I fully decided when I came to Monmouth that I was going to be a GDI (also known as a “g*d d*mn independent,” a sarcastic twist on the slang for fraternities and sororities). 

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The Achilles Heel to the Philadelphia Phillies

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Phillies General Manager, Ruben Amaro Jr., needs to be fired, but this is much easier said than done. He has been part of the Phillies front office since 1998 and has held the GM position after the team won the World Series in 2008. 

A security guard at Citizens Bank Park who wishes to remain anonymous said Amaro will never be fired because he is part of the “inner circle,” a group of employees who chief owner Dave Montgomery refuses to let go. While it is unlikely Amaro will be fired, this does not keep fans from discussing the endless reasons why he should be fired.

The Phillies had 2.4 million fans pass through the turnstiles at Citizens Bank Park in the 2014 season, a significant drop from the 2013’s total of 3 million fans. The influx of money has been decreasing from year to year, yet Amaro seems to spend like it is 2009 all over again. As fans show up on game days just to witness loss after loss, their opinion of the team changes and eventually they lose interest. 

Anyone who actively follows the game must notice that Amaro believes pitching is the reason teams win or lose. Since Amaro has confidence in this theory, he uses all resources available to construct what he views as an elite pitching staff. 

If we retrace what seems to be some of Amaro’s most well-known pitching acquisitions, we would find relatively disappointing figures and a grim hope for the future of the team. Let us examine three of these examples:

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College Campus Debate: Small vs. Large Universities

What are some of the thoughts students have when choosing a school?  Perhaps, both campus size and classroom size, professor to student ratio, party life, food court options, campus life are largely deciding factors that come to mind.

Whether looking into undergraduate or graduate school, the questions roaming our minds remain the same, and at the end of the day, the school we end up choosing depends on the answers to those questions in order of relevance to our liking.  

US News lists some solid reasons to go to a small college such as “you’ll have more opportunity for one-on-one contact with your professor,” and “your work will be evaluated more carefully.”

As a graduating senior in high school, I was left choosing between Rutgers University-The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick) and Monmouth University. Now, these are two Jersey universities, but with obviously different campus sizes.

Half of the people I told about Monmouth University did not know what it was or where it was located-and the other half only remembered Monmouth College and warned me of the “party school” it had been known to be. 

What finally made up my mind was the small classroom sizes Monmouth offered: a roughly one-to-twenty professor-to-student ratio (just about the same as my high school, and even lower). 

Always being the type of student to take advantage from office hours and forming an academic relationship with professors and classmates, I had a feeling deep down that Rutgers did not stand a chance against Monmouth during my decision making process.

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Success Calls for You to Leave Your Comfort Zone

Make Simple Changes Now to Prepare You for the Next Stages


ODC groupTime and time again as I have grown up, I have heard people say, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Like most things in life, it is much easier said than done. As the end of my academic life approaches, I find myself longing to make this last semester last as long as possible. 

I am scared to leave the comfort of school five days a week, meaningless group projects, summers off, and the only routine I really know. It is important for me, as well as all young millennials, to remember that as life goes on it is imperative to constantly move away from our comfort zones. 

Comfort zones are nice. They are safe places we have experienced so many times. We know them like the back of our hands. The problem with them is that they can make any other situation seem scary and daunting. 

Great Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Life is not a stagnant thing. You have a past self, you have the person you are now and you have the person you are going to become. 

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The Tale of Alzheimer’s

M: Did you have enough to eat today? You have to have some food in you for energy.

G: I am not sure, did I eat today? Where are we going?

M: To the gym. What did you yesterday?

G: Let me try to remember.

M: Did you go to the gym this week?

G: Your mom would know. Where are we going again?

M: The gym.

G: Oh that’s right. Yahoo.

As myself, my mother, and my grandpa take the five minute commute from his house to the gym, this has become a daily occurrence. He always remembers his children, but cannot name even half of his grandchildren. He cannot remember what he ate for breakfast. He cannot remember words to his favorite songs. He cannot even remember the date, the month, or the year. He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

My 84-year-old grandfather is slowly losing control of what he considered his greatest asset: his mind. He is not nearly a needle in the haystack when it comes to Alzheimer’s. A little over five million Americans are currently living with this disease. Not only are people living with the disease, but many are also dying from the disease. Yes, it must seem odd that simply forgetting parts of one’s past can ultimately kill someone, but it is more than that.

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Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication 
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MAILING ADDRESS
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Monmouth University
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Phone:(732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
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