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Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

I don’t like goodbyes, so I will say see you soon... | Jessica Leahy's Senior Goodbye

4.19.17 J L 1I remember my freshman orientation over the summer like it was yesterday. I remember feeling insecure and nervous around so many smart and capable individuals. I was doubtful of my own capabilities at first, but once I started classes at Monmouth University, I saw how much I could achieve and I grew so much as a person during my time here.

I am proud of myself for remaining strong and pushing through to the end even when I felt like crumbling. However, I must owe a lot of my success and happiness to my family and my friends. I could not do anything without my family and friends by my side guiding me through and believing in me.

Mom & Dad: I want to thank both of you for always loving me and supporting me during my undergraduate career at Monmouth. Thank you for believing in me to achieve my goals and work toward a great future. I love you both more than anyone.

Michael & Anthony: You two are not only my brothers, but my friends for life. I know I will always have you two by my side. I cannot thank you enough for being such great younger brothers.

Krystina & Alyssa: I want to thank you both for being such amazing cousins. You are both practically older sisters to me. You are always there for me when I need you to give me advice, to hang out, to support me, and to have faith in me. Thank you both for keeping me calm throughout the application process for MU and also for graduate school at Rutgers University. Knowing I have two strong women on my side no matter what gives me strength to stand tall and stride toward my goals.

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Closing Time…I Love You, Monmouth | Lauren Niesz's Senior Goodbye

“Closing time, open all the doors and let you out into the world…”

I am so lucky to have been a part of Monmouth University. I am so lucky to have been a copy editor, writer, opinion and senior editor at The Outlook. I am so lucky to have been a lead commuter student mentor. I am so lucky to have worked for the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. The only thing I can really say definitively is that I am the luckiest girl in the whole world and I truly believe that.

There are so many people that were pivotal in making these past four years the most enjoyable and happiest four years of my entire life. This article is for you all because you are all so extremely important to me.

Alright, Drennan- you knew you’d be first. Thank you for sliding into my DMs Sophomore year and forcing me to be your friend. And thanks for screaming “Hey girl!” across the JP parking lot at me the first day of classes at 8:30 in the morning. I never thought that that “hey” would be the beginning of a completely unique and unbreakable friendship.

I already miss parking next to each other every morning at 8:00AM, me in my little red Mazda, Stacy, if you will, and you in your little convertible, Lulu with Lola dancing in the sun on the dash, screaming lyrics to whatever is playing on Hot 97 at the time (or maybe it’s Ride or Die) with our windows up.

And you know I will never forget Global Inequalities class, with Father B, our first class together, when we were not that great of friends yet. Remember when we didn’t know we could have study guides for the midterm exam and still got A’s?

If we didn’t have class together, we would stay in touch during our classes, of course. Whether it was your science class and my romantic literature class or my Spanish class and your literature class (I think? You know I already forget), but we would always complain together during class. Oh wait, and don’t forget Twerk Team Practice (TTP) every week, where we would get Dunkin’ and play hangman in the Pozyki conference room.

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The Many Types of College Professors: This is What I’ve Learned...

Types of College Professors

In four years of higher education, I have had every kind of professor you can think of. From the super chill guy who’s just happy when you show up to class, to the really sweet one who seems easy but will take points off if you decide to slack off. There are tons of different types of professors.

There are so many types of professors and I just want to thank them all for not only teaching me the course objectives, but for teaching me a thing or two about life in some way.

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Making a ‘Major’ Decision

One of the most challenging decisions that you have to make in college is choosing your major. With several different majors, concentrations, and minors that you can choose from, you can make your degree the perfect fit for you.

It’s stressful when you’re trying to declare your major because it’s important to most to try to graduate on time. A student at Monmouth can stay undeclared until their sophomore year, or when they complete 56 credits.

Monmouth has an office of undeclared services to help students who have not yet decided their major. They offer career planning guides and workshops that help students decide on a major and they are advised through the Center for Student Success.

Friends and family try to help, but sometimes their direction can lead you the wrong way. Those who care about you are usually trying to be helpful, but they may advise you to choose a major based on the average salary a person who graduates with that major makes.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Lilo and Stitch

Life Lessons Lilo and StitchWhile, “It’s nice to live on an island with no large cities,” according to Lilo, we can’t all have that luxury. As the singing and pounding of drums in Hawaiian fashion hum in the background, Lilo and Stitch and their shenanigans share with us life lessons meant to last forever.

It’s okay to be a little weird or different.

We weren’t made to fit in, biologically, physically, emotionally, we’re all meant to be different. In a world where we are all the same, life would get boring quickly. Whether your interests include dancing, writing, sports, etc. follow them! Many people are afraid of following their passion because college is stereotyped as either the time to focus only on studies, or a time where everything lets loose--a happy medium is best for all. Find the balance between being passionate about your interests and focusing on work as best as you can. In fact, in Lilo and Stitch, we see Pleakley wasting so much precious time and energy into becoming something and someone he could never be--wearing different clothes, speaking differently, etc. We forget that we are the best version of ourselves when we learn to actually be ourselves.

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Accepting Tattoos

Tattoos are becoming more common in today’s society and college students, recent high school grads and millennials are getting inked. The odds of knowing someone with a tattoo, or multiple tattoos are extremely high. It has become more commonplace for people to want to get something tattooed on their bodies and show off their personal artwork.

Personally, I never thought I would want a tattoo, but over the past couple of years I have actually gotten several. When I first asked my mother for permission for getting a tattoo, her response was, “Why don’t you just draw a picture of what you want and hang it on your wall? Don’t you think that’s a better place for art?” Clearly, her opinion on getting inked is very different from mine.

After a couple of conversations with her, she realized why I wanted one so badly, and she finally gave in. Originally, I thought I just wanted the one small finger tattoo and it would be done. Everyone said it was addicting and that I would want more, and it turns out they were right. Today, I have four tattoos and they all mean something different to me.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from The Office

For many people, spring break is a time of vacationing and tanning on a beach the farthest away they could get. For me, your local, lovable pal and Outlook writer, it was a time of binging. I binged Netflix shows until my eyes literally closed. Now that I have let you in on how cool I am, I’m going to share with you some of the life lessons I learned from my most recent binge: The Office.

“I am Beyoncé, Always.”

When talking to Michael Scott, Andy Bernard explains that he is Beyoncé because anyone who gets cheated on in the movie is the hero. So this makes Michael the Ali Larter (in reference to the 2009 film, Obsessed) in this case. But, about eleven seconds into this conversation, Michael lets him know he will always be Queen B. This mentality is important to carry into life. Be a queen. Slay all day and every day, even if someone thinks that you’re the Ali Larter.

Patience is key.

Jim Halpert is the picture of patience for so many reasons. He waited as long as he needed to for Pam Beesly to realize she loved him too. But on another note, he is able to pull off deceptively well thought out pranks on Dwight Schrute because he knows that slow and steady wins the race. Great examples of this would be when Jim puts Dwight’s stapler in Jell-O, or when Jim and Pam both trick Dwight into thinking he’s being recruited for the CIA.

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The Importance of Physical Music

There is More to Music than Meets the Ear


My dad always says to me, “When I was a kid, we spent our money on vinyl records, not whatever you kids do today.” The act of listening to music was a huge part of people’s lives. More often than not, people would make an experience out of listening to a whole 45 minute or so album. Buying and listening to music used to be a big event for music lovers, which made the music more meaningful.

Music was made for the sole purpose of listening and experiencing the music. Now, music seems to be just the background noise in everyone’s lives. Many people only listen to music at parties or when they’re out just to dance or have something playing to fill the space. There’s nothing wrong with dancing to music, but there is so much more to it that younger people today don’t understand.

The world of music is similar today as it was during our parents and grandparents’ generation. There are still boybands, pop icons, rock stars, etc. The big difference is what is important to fans about these artists. In the 1960s when fan girls swooned over The Beatles members’ long hair and British accents; they weren’t only concerned with the band’s image, they were attached to their music. If you heard a song on the radio that you really liked, you would go find that song on whatever album it was on, then buy the vinyl record for it, and spin it until the record wore out.

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Gym Culture: No Need to be So Intimidated

Gym Culture Dont be IntimidatedEvery day it seems like there is an overwhelming amount of new information emerging that has to do with health and fitness lifestyles. Whether it be our diets or what we physically do with our bodies, it is hard to get away from the conversation. Magazines, television, and social media (specifically, Instagram) are flooded with images of people at their peak performance, giving the impression that “gym culture” is now a significant part of our everyday life.

The media pushes this image on us, but the reality is that not everyone exists in a perfectly picturesque health and fitness bubble. Many feel as though joining a gym and being a part of that arena is intimidating for different reasons, such as learning how to participate and fit in to a new space that has been labeled “male dominated.” While there are some truths built into these statements, they should not be the end all be all to the decision to be a part of any “gym culture.”

The first step into this realm may translate into a few hours of the week and, as a busy MU student, this may help you decompress from the many stresses we experience in a positive and productive way.

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Why We Love Dogs So Much

Why We Love DogsPlain and simple: dogs are God’s gift to this earth. There is nothing that makes a heart smile more than a dog with a cocked head and searching eyes does. There is something truly incredible about the way dogs make us feel and, simply put, it is therapeutic.

Around campus, dogs are usually greeted with gasps, pointing, and fawning. There is a reason for this obsession. According to an article on Psychology Today, there is a concept called “biophilia,” which means that we are all genetically programmed to interact with nature. We seek a connection and relationship with living things.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from Parks and Recreation

Although Parks and Recreation may have ended almost two years ago, the cast of hilarious and uplifting actors have brought about tears, joy, and many life lessons that are still valuable and applicable. Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, Tom Haverford, April Ludgate-Dwyer, and the rest of the Pawnee Parks Department crew have offered some of their most coveted life lessons to society.

Leslie Knope has taught us all to be opinionated on everything. Whether it be a social norm, politics, or just a hairstyle you may or may not want, the fearless gal that she is has always taught her peers that being opinionated is never a bad thing. Today’s society is filled with news resources and outlets, social media, and many other platforms for us to become educated about whatever it is that we are even the slightest bit curious about; it’s time for us to research and be vocal and bold now more than ever.

April Ludgate-Dwyer has shown us, first-hand, that taking that random internship is completely worth it. In the beginning of the series, Ludgate is found as the most conniving and least dedicated worker in the department, but, as the show progresses, the audience is able to really see that her simple summer internship has lead her in the direction of her lifelong career.

Monmouth has an abundance of opportunities to offer its students. We constantly receive emails from Career Services and departments all over campus about internships, job opportunities, and volunteer hours that are at our disposal. Career and networking events happen frequently and are known to grab hold of hawks by the handful. Taking advantage of these opportunities is up to us.

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Benefits of Service Trips

A Personal Look Into the Guatemala Service Trip


On my first day at Monmouth University, Dr. Christopher Hirschler, an associate professor and chair of health and physical education, recommended the course Guatemala Public Health. At first I thought the class was not for me because of concerns I had about the safety of traveling to Guatemala. However, everything changed fall 2016 when I took the class Health in Developing Countries. This class, taught by Dr. Kiameesha Evans, a specialist professor of health and physical education, emphasized the desperate needs of people living in other countries and how we can make a difference.

Later in that semester, I decided to apply to Guatemala Public Health, which was one of the best decisions I have ever made. On Mar. 11, as I looked upon Guatemala from the airplane window, I was in shock with the beauty of the land. As we began the journey into this amazing country, my concerns decreased because I felt safe and welcome at all times.

Nine students, seven health studies students, one psychology student, and one social work student, along with Dr. Hirschler spent eight days in Guatemala; I could not have been happier being part of such amazing group. We worked towards the same goal- to bring happiness and health education to women and children at a domestic violence shelter in Xela, Guatemala.

We also worked to improve the lives of families by building bunk beds. Some may think, ‘beds?’ Yes, beds! Families of six or eight people were sleeping in one bed. By building beds we were supplying a long-term solution that instantly improved quality of life.

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Bringing Back Childhood Habits

Growing up sucks. There, I said it. Having to juggle school, work and friends can be exhausting and oftentimes, it leaves you yearning for the past in which you had little to no responsibilities and even the smallest moments could bring about immense joy.

As a child there was no greater feeling than receiving something in the mail, be it a birthday card, party invitation or a letter stating who your teacher would be for the upcoming year. While I am still guilty of being excited over receiving mail, that excitement fades once I realize the ‘surprise’ in the mail is nothing more than my bank statement (yikes) or perhaps a textbook shipped from Amazon.

Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, we have outgrown our childhood years and the realities of adulthood have either smacked us in the face or are looming ahead in the near future. The most crucial part, however, of becoming a mature adult and figuring out who you are or wish to be, is to never let go of your inner child. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, recall some of the best childhood memories, and figure out how we can still incorporate them into our daily lives as college students.

Nap Time

Remember the days when taking naps was not only encouraged, but enforced? Why did I ever take such an opportunity for granted? Yeah, learning the alphabet, colors and simple addition and subtraction was hard work, but by no means was it as stressful as daily college life is now.

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A Review of the 1960s: Peace, Love, and Music

Review 1960 Peace MusicThe “Summer of Love” really sums up the history of hippie beliefs and fashion. In the summer of 1967 in San Francisco, over 100,000 people gathered to promote love and protest the Vietnam War. Monterey Pop Festival was another part of the Summer of Love that included a three-day music festival in Monterey, California. This festival had some iconic performances from acts like The Jimi Hendrix Experience and artists like The Who and Janis Joplin. A few years later in August of 1969 is when the most famous music festival occurred: Woodstock.

The emergence of these musical festivals that focused on peace, love, and music came along with the developing rock and roll counter culture. The conservative, “keeping up with the joneses” lifestyle of the 1950s was a perfect segue into the counter culture that came to be in the 1960s.

Although rock and roll began with artists like Chuck Berry in the 40s and even a little later in the 50s with Elvis Presley, the 1960s is most known for the solid rock and roll culture. Rock music helped to motivate young people to question their government and what was going on in the world.

Not only did the 1960s include the completely unjustified war in Vietnam where we sent thousands of American troops to their inevitable death, but our nation was also dealing with the unrest of the Civil Rights Movement. Racial tensions were high in the 1960s. Over 100 years after slavery was abolished in the United States, black Americans were still dealing with harsh segregation, which oftentimes landed them in jail, got them beaten, or even killed.

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Beauty Standards

The internet is like your “best friend” from 7th grade that became too cool for you in 8th grade: two-faced. For goodness sake people, it is 2017 why do articles such as “35 Unattractive Things Girls Do That They Think Is Attractive (According To 35 Guys)” still exist? More importantly, who are the people behind these pieces of “literary” trash and what do I have to do to knock some sense into them?

Articles like the one mentioned above are ones that pop up on your Facebook feed as you aimlessly scroll through an endless amount of memes, Tasty videos, and status updates from your Facebook-loving grandmother in Florida. Under normal circumstances, I would usually scroll right past such an article and probably scowl for a second, roll my eyes, and move on by watching some silly video about a baby panda. But, for the sake of my journalistic duties, I had to muster up my strength and see what this ridiculous article was all about. “Perhaps it’s a parody article?” I thought to myself, but alas I was wrong.

So, ladies, listen up: if you want to be attractive to men and continue to serve the patriarchy, here are some absolute don’ts, as told by the experts themselves:

Don’t get tattoos

Don’t have short hair or bangs

Don’t wear lip-gloss

Don’t wear “high-top” jeans

And the list goes on…

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Music Streaming: Exclusivity Could Be Hurting Fans

Music Streaming ExclusivityDrake, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Future, Kanye West, are just some of the major artists we love that have released exclusive music to their fans. Nothing captures our attention more than when we hear the word “exclusive.” When our favorite artists release a statement about this new music, it becomes a craze. Whether it be a new album, new song, or new feature, we’re all thinking, “this is going to be amazing.”

We get to hear something fresh, especially if it’s been a while since something was last released. We see our excitement shoot right through the roof, and the countdown starts. Yet, once we finally find out where we’ll be able to hear it, a lot changes. Some music is released as an “AppleMusic exclusive” or “Tidal exclusive” and then you think- wait… what? Your heart stops for a second. The only thing running through your mind is: “I don’t have AppleMusic or Tidal.”

If you’re a huge music fan like I am, then this situation sounds very familiar to you. When this happens, our hearts sink- no new music for us. Unable to enjoy this release, a large chunk of fans are being left out. The single platform limits a great deal of what an artist has to offer.

Streaming has transformed the way we listen to music, as well as how we share it. We now see artists on major labels sign deals that have streaming services make fans pay for a membership, which isn’t fair.

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Response to Outlook Editorial: Monmouth is Green

We read the recent article regarding sustainability and wanted to share with you some of the University’s efforts to be green.

Monmouth University was the first private institution of higher education in New Jersey to enter into a voluntary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), documenting our commitment as an environmental steward and pledging to reduce our carbon footprint. In addition, the University was the only institution of higher education east of the Mississippi to install a solar system in 2006. We have been included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges several times. We are also members of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities.

Our sustainability efforts are accomplished through the cooperation of multiple divisions and departments within the University. For example, Facilities Management organizes trash/recycling practices on-campus and coordinates our outside waste removal company. One of Gourmet Dining’s top priorities includes sustainable development, including purchasing food from sustainable sources whenever possible and by vowing to increase the amount of plastic recycled by at least 10% every year while sourcing alternative materials to replace the plastics used in their operations. Residential Life provides trash/recycling information included in their Residential Life Guidebook and hosts “floor meetings” during the first week of the Fall semester each year, and information is also included on bulletin boards and in hallways in residence halls. The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services also provides information regarding trash/recycling in their Guide to Living Off-Campus. Information Management handles recycling computer equipment.

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Exploring Negative Effects of Social Media

Negative Effects Social MediaSocial media was created to allow people to get connected, but, ironically, people are becoming so distant from each other. Social media allows people to view the glamorous life of others from afar, but these glamorous posts only show what the person posting it wants viewers to see.

This causes a skewed perception of them, often making them see the one side of them that they portray on social media and not displaying the person who is posting’s actual character, their flaws or their misfortunes.

These images on social media convince people that those individuals are next to perfect based on seeing pictures of them appearing happy, wearing makeup, utilizing filters, and even looking insanely fit. When seeing these images, our minds often convince us that they are a superior being and that we are unworthy of knowing them. This causes people to be afraid to talk to them and just watch them from a distance because of their impending fear of being rejected by them.

This affects social interactions by causing people to be on their electronic devices, instead of being in the moment and actually talking to their peers. By engaging in these behaviors, it can lead to you feeling isolated, depressed, which could lead to low self-esteem. In time, it can trigger one to feel suicidal. These behaviors are linked together because when one feels isolated, they often have negative thoughts brewing in their mind leading to you to feel depressed, which makes them have a lower sense of self-esteem.

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Final Thoughts: Tomi Lahren

When a person’s mind summons a millennial, social and political commentator in 2017, Tomi Lahren is probably one of the first names that comes to mind. Her brand of know-it-all conservatism has a pretty stable home on The Blaze, Glen Beck’s network. And her bit known around the world called “Final Thoughts” circulates newsfeeds on Facebook and Twitter daily with people either denouncing her, or agreeing. Today my comments will be addressing Lahren’s sentiments about an Iranian film director responding to the travel ban in the form of a political statement at the Oscars. So buckle up and “Feel free to disagree…” as Lahren herself often explains.

After the Oscars this past month, Lahren’s response to celebrities using the fact they have a wide audience to speak out against injustices like the travel ban put in place through an executive order by President Donald Trump was to be expected. She has a history of telling entertainers that they should “should stick to entertaining.” This tweet, “Foreign film translation: Iranian filmmakers don’t like the new POTUS because they’re used to former POTUS kissing their behinds” plus her “Final Thoughts” gave me agita.

This tweet from the night of the Oscars has a lot to unpack, let’s start here. Did former President Barack Obama personally bend over and kiss the behinds of all Iranians? I don’t think so. He treated them like people, unlike Lahren. The former president attempted to thaw icy relations with a nation. The United States’ relationship with Iran can be described as a great balancing in which the former president stepped with great care and tact. Let’s afford Asghar Farhadi the same justices, okay? He does not have to support every decision his government makes, so holding him responsible for the actions of the Iranian government as a whole is lunacy at best. Lahren spent the last eight years frazzled and made furious by the Obama administration.

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Life Lessons For an MU Student from The Book Thief

It’s safe to assume that many of us have read a book and taken away some valuable life lessons. No different than the rest of the books we read, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a book that produces some of these lessons. This is a poignant and staggering story about Liesel Meminger, a young girl living in Nazi Germany.

Life isn’t easy for her, nor is it easy for anyone during this time period, but Liesel and her foster family are put in danger when they begin to hide a Jewish man in their basement. This experience will expose Liesel to lessons she never knew before. These life lessons are applicable to MU students:

Accept Others’ Differences

When Liesel’s foster family take in Max, a Jewish man, they slowly get to know him. During this time Jews were demonized, but as Max opened up about his past Liesel learns that his differences didn’t make him a monster. Liesel learned to accept Max’s differences.

This is something every MU student knows because our campus is so diverse. No two people are the same and that shouldn’t be a problem; it makes life more interesting. Thanks to organizations, like the Gender Studies Club for example, at MU, which help promote these ideas and instill them into students, we have a rather accepting campus.

Stand Up for the Oppressed

In Nazi Germany, those who sympathized or helped the Jews could’ve been punished or killed. Liesel’s foster family takes in Max and risk their lives to help save his own. The Meminger’s stood up for what’s right just like those here at MU. Those who cannot or will not be heard in society need the help of those who can be heard.

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Wearing What You are Comfortable In

Wearing Comfortable ClothingIn the last few years, acceptance of different gender identities and challenging of cisnormativity been seen across all media outlets. As more people are willing to share the details of their journey in finding their identity, they express themselves in various ways.

Whether it be through presentation online, creating artwork to express their struggles, or changing up their look, more people are experimenting with how others view them.

With large platforms utilizing their influence in order to represent marginalized people, people will feel more comfortable with their identity and feel accepted. Most notably, H&M, a fashion brand popular with both men and women, has introduced its campaign capitalizing on the importance of self-expression and wearing clothes that help illustrate one’s unique sense of style.

In turn, advertisements such as these celebrate the experimentation any person can have with the image they present to others around them, and create a safer environment for those that are typically the outliers.

By providing encouragement to step outside any preconceived notions on fashion, people can discover the flexibility of clothing regardless of the section to which it’s assigned.

Personally, I enjoy wearing flannels and sweaters from the men’s section of thrift shops because they flow nicely and add a distinctive silhouette to my ensemble, and draw focus to different areas of my outfit. Not having to limit yourself to certain patterns, styles or labels can allow for creativity in fashion and explore different parts of oneself.

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Internet Sensation: April the Giraffe

April the GiraffeToday with the internet, it’s not uncommon to hear about people’s obsessions with a variety of things. Normally, it’s users who are obsessed with Facebook, social media, or people who are into online gaming that get hooked on these obsessions. Recently, there’s been a new craze that’s been circling the internet.

April is a 15-year-old pregnant giraffe that’s pulled in over 100,000 viewers at a time. The craze started when Animal Adventure Park, located in New York, put a giraffe cam on April for viewers to watch the birth for an educational purpose.

Local zoos like this usually expect their typical viewers to tune in and a few from further away. With April, it was a different story. The zoo put her camera up and announced that they would be live streaming the birth of her calf. When the news got to the media, it spread with headlines about how the giraffe was in active labor and she would give birth at any minute. However, all of these claims are untrue according to the zoo.

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The American Boy Doll: A Step in the Right Direction

American Boy Right DirectionSince 1986, the American Girl brand has been producing dolls that represent diverse backgrounds and populations. These figures have stories, sometimes books, and movies to demonstrate the historical period in which they reside. These dolls have been a staple in the discourse of American adolescent girls since they made their debut in the mid to late 1980’s.

Some of the popular dolls include Samantha a turn of the 20th century darling, Kit Kittredge charming a depression era dreamer, and Addy a sweet Civil War era girl. All of these girls have something in common: their keen sense of adventure. The brand gives off the perception of diversity, but is not immune to criticism from parents who ask for something more. Parents are seeking dolls with more and more relatable experiences. They want their children to be able to see themselves within their toys. This request is reasonable.

Although these girls come from all over, they seem to be marketed at cis-gendered, adolescent girls; this has not changed since the doll’s inception. No matter the child, dolls should be marketed to everyone. Toys shouldn’t be gendered or aimed at a certain group and I think the American Girl Company understands that since they are opening up to that request with a new addition.

Soon, the American Girls will be joined by a boy named Logan. Adding a boy has been a request of parents for quite a long time, according to a representative from the company. So Logan, the new American Boy, is the company’s first 18 inch male doll. He comes equipped with a winning personality, and the company says that 2017 is the perfect time for his debut.

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Effects of Dedication in the Workplace

As any college student knows, it is important to build up your résumé, so you can follow your dreams. Dedication is crucial to success. Many people have talent, skills, access to opportunities, good fortune, and connections, which are means to success. However, even if you possess two or three of these factors, if you are not dedicated to being the best version of yourself, you probably will not achieve continued success throughout your life.

Dedication is caring about something to an extreme extent. When you are dedicated, you give everything you have—all of your efforts—to a cause or to a task. This is an important trait to exemplify in the workplace in particular.

Setbacks occur, and if you are not dedicated, instead of stepping up, you will stay down and disappointed, which could lead you to quit. Job dedication allows you to be more likely to gain success, promotions, and the ability to work with difficult people. These life skills are beneficial for you to enjoy your job and be able to reach your highest potential. It is important for a company as well as co-workers to see eye-to-eye to ensure the highest success business wise and to create a positive work setting.

Job dedication teaches discipline, passion, and time management, which are vital to success. These ideas keep individuals focused on important issues and take your work seriously in order to make it the best it can be. In addition, some benefits you can receive through job dedication is respect, the ability to utilize your creativity, and flexibility.

These benefits allow you to be happier at your job and feel secure with your position knowing that you are valued. This, in turn, encourages employees to give 100 percent, because when you know your boss/company supports you, you go the extra mile. One of the benefits of having an intrinsic motivation is that you do your best because that is what you demand of yourself, even if those around you do not value or appreciate you.

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Federal Holidays and Private Institutions

Do We Deserve More Holidays Off?


Presidents' Day, officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government, is a celebration for all the past and current presidents of the United States. The holiday is celebrated every third Monday in Feb. and has been celebrated on this day for over 100 years.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday celebrating the extraordinary actions of a civil rights activist who played a major role in the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The United States has recognized this holiday since 1986.

There’s Labor Day, Veterans Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and many more national holidays recognized by the federal government. Despite certain holidays being federally recognized, individual states and their respected educational institutions regulate whether the schools have classes or not.

This past Presidents’ Day Feb. 20, Monmouth University, a private institution, did not have the day off like many other schools. Every student’s dream is to have classes off every holiday and as many holidays as possible within the school year.

While a break from work or class is worthwhile, are we truly celebrating these great feats and influential people?

One of the most common reasons academic institutions still hold classes during some of these holidays is to make up for lost snow days. It is up to the private institution or the public school district to hold classes on a holiday.

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Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Benefits of JournalsThe art of writing, whether it be poetry, stories, plays, or simply writing our thoughts down, has been the most dependable and influential form of recording history and remembering things that are important to us. The Diary of Anne Frank is probably the most notorious in history and greatly broadened our understanding of what was going on and how people were feeling during such a trying time in history.

Diary and journal writing does not only have to be for historical figures. Often times, in TV shows and movies, diary entries are used to narrate and tell the inner thoughts of a main character. A diary or journal is something that is very personal and is a way for people to just write out how they are feeling.

In the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep, we follow the story of a young high schooler that wrote down all of her personal thoughts and feelings on her high school experience in her journal. Later in the movie, the story in her journal becomes a best-selling novel and, although the story was very revealing and may have even hurt some people, we learn how important journals are to help us express the troubles we face with everyday life.

Writing in any form is an amazing way for us to express ourselves. I, personally, have a song lyrics journal where I write things down that may be helpful or may inspire me to write a song. The words and feelings in these lyrics express what I am going through and what I am thinking in a more creative way.

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Do We Complain Too Much?

“Ugh, I cannot believe I have to submit this newspaper article by Sunday. Not to mention I have so much other work like the gym, an interview, going to my job and of course the…” That right there is horribly negative. But is there really a positive way of complaining?

Well that depends on your interpretation of complaining. There are those who build up stress and tension and hold it all in, just to not complain or speak negatively; but, in return they are holding negative thoughts inside which is just as unhealthy, if not unhealthier.

Complaining can be damaging to your health, relationships, and final decisions on events you have in your daily life. Nonetheless, like everything, a little bit of moderation can go a long way.

The way you phrase your words while complaining could be vital for your own health.

One can vent and instead of splurging negative words such as “I can’t,” “this is the worst,” “why am I always so unlucky,” you can say things such as, “this may be difficult, but I’ll do my best,” or “this is an unlucky situation but time will pass as will this.” We, as a society, must realize there is always somebody who has it worse, and there is always something worse that could happen.

But that does not mean you should not be irritated or frustrated; after all, it is human nature and human right. It isn’t so much about complaining, it is more about how you complain and to what extent.

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Celebrity Impact on Our Political Climate

Celebrity Impact Poltical SystemLately, because of the people like Tomi Lahren, an opinionated online video host, being a celebrity and using your platform to address a political belief or standpoint is a problem.

Being that celebrities are people, I feel like they are entitled to use their status to rally people around what they believe in. It is human and we all do it.

Of course, not as many people are listening to me as they are to say, Ashton Kutcher, but we are all entitled, nonetheless. Just because they have larger platforms than you and I does not make it wrong. Politics are for the people, for us, no matter who you are.

Celebrities and politics are synonymous and have been for quite a while. With all the complaining she does about keeping politics celebrity free, you could easily forget that Tomi Lahren herself comes from the party of Regan, movie star turned president and possibly the most famous example of celebrity turned political. But, as Lahren says, celebrities should just “perform” and keep their noses out of politics.

To quote her directly, Lahren says, “[In reference to Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl] she chose to just sing instead. What a concept? An entertainer just sticking to entertainment.” And currently, should I just forget the amount of times the 45th president spent on television? He is the first reality star turned president; I guess that is quite the accomplishment—emphasis on the “I guess.” I wonder what would have happened if former president Regan and current President Trump, stuck to entertaining.

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“It’s Never Too Late”

Getting Involved Later in Your College Career


Never Too Late

After wading around the involvement fair in the fall semester, clubs and extracurricular activities can seem daunting and completely out of reach for some. With that overwhelming feeling comes pushing activities to the side to a later date. Come spring semester, your schedule seems a little barren; you start to wonder: is it too late to get involved?

The simple answer to this is that no, it is never too late to get involved. It could be the end of your college career and it still wouldn’t be too late to get involved. Whether you want to join an intramural sport, Greek life, or a club on campus, organizations are always happy to welcome you with open arms.

From personal experience, waiting around to find my spot within the community was difficult and usually excused as “I’m just too busy,” or left to the unwillingness to make the commute back to campus. Come junior year, I can be found spending most of my time at Monmouth in The Outlook office, running to classes, and getting more involved every day with personal training and even a handful of other clubs.

If getting involved doesn’t seem like it would be your ‘thing,’ another alternative is to buddy up with a friend who is involved in different activities around campus. Being taken to events might make you more interested in getting more involved in them as well.

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Sibling Support On and Off the Field

Recently, legendary tennis star Serena Williams took home the trophy for her 23rd Grand Slam Tennis Championship. This prestigious title was the result of a fierce match with an even fiercer competitor: her sister, Venus Williams. Although they say that participating in sports with your siblings can breed a tense relationship, these two have shown us that supporting our brothers and sisters can help us to improve our skills and be the best version of ourselves.

When I was younger, my older sister Amanda and I participated in a recreational soccer league called Pinelanders. Initially, we entered into the league as uncoordinated children living out the dreams of our enthusiastic parents. Over the years, we had learned valuable skills like teamwork, accepting direction and streamlining our focus toward a greater goal, (no pun intended).

By being with other people, Amanda and I were also able to assess each of our strengths and weaknesses and pull our weight as teammates. We had gotten better at playing soccer and understanding the dynamics of the game; and being on the same team brought out a competitive edge that helped us be successful.

As someone who has always looked up to her older sister, being her teammate on the soccer team helped motivate me to become a better athlete. While she was on the sidelines, hearing her cheer me on and give me advice helped to challenge me to take risks, such as pulling new moves on the opposing team.

Knowing that someone in the group would always look out for me gave me confidence and self-assurance. With her support, I was able to focus less on how I made mistakes during the game, but rather how I could learn from them and fix them during scrimmages and practice.

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Overfishing: Why Should I Care?

Overfishing Why CareOverfishing has been a drastically increasing issue around the world for over a decade. With the advancements in boat and industrial technology and the higher demand for seafood, the fish populations of the world have been more than cut in half, according to an article on Huffington Post. Due to the amount of fish caught in order to satisfy the consumer markets, we are putting them in danger of endangerment or extinction. Finding different sustainable practices in food production are of highest importance, especially when considering the wild populations of many fish species.

Sustainability means finding a way to meet present needs, while maintaining a symbiotic relationship between humans and nature, without compromising the needs of future generations. Sustainability of the oceans and the fish populations has been largely impacted by the food, retail, and tourist industries of the world’s major nations, but recent developments in aquaculture and aquaponics, as well as new ocean sustainability legislation and policy are giving fish populations the chance to reestablish themselves.

Industrialization and advancement of technology, transportation, and consumer markets globalized the food-fish industry. Boats became bigger in order to be able to catch and store more fish than in past years. Combined with the ability to travel farther distances in less time, as well as advancements in the methods to keep fish fresh in storage, fish have become an available commodity in all corners of the earth.

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Life Lessons from Club Penguin

Life Lessons Club PenguinWhen Club Penguin announced that it was closing, people everywhere had their 12-year-old hearts broken.

Club Penguin is an online game where users could dress up their penguin, waddle around, and play games. You could interact with friends or even make new friends. The game was a part of growing up that almost everyone remembers. Unfortunately, it was announced that the virtual world of Club Penguin would be closing this March.

Since Club Penguin announced they would be closing their online server, a rush of memories came to mind and we can remember everything that we learned while pretending to be penguins online. In our memories, we can find things that are still applicable to our lives today.

There’s no limit to how many friends you can make: it didn’t matter where your penguin friend was from or what they looked like, if they were willing to race your penguin in a sled race, it was good enough. Each time you’d log on, you could find a new friend to waddle around with. In the real world, there’s no reason why you should not want to have the same approach and be open to being social every day. There’s no reason why you can be friendly in an online penguin game and not in real life.

There are so many opportunities at Monmouth to make new friends. For example, you can join any club or organization on campus and meet new people. All it takes is a little bit of extra socialization, just like our penguin friends on Club Penguin.

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Effects of Celebrity Instagram Posts on Social Followers

Effect Celebrity Instagram PostsBeyoncé announced that she’s pregnant with twins at the beginning of this month, and the whole world completely stopped. Queen Bey has captured all this attention with her Instagram post that depicted her sitting on a bed of flowers with a veil over her head. A little extra? Yes! But we, as loyal fans, absolutely loved it.

What’s crazy is that fans all over the world have theories about the pregnancy, saying that the photo could have many different secret messages. One big theory being the colors she’s wearing: the pink bow on her bra meaning girl, and the blue underwear meaning boy. Is she poking at the fact she could be having fraternal twins? It’s possible, yet just a theory made by us fans, the Beyhive.

The Instagram photo currently has over ten million likes; she captioned the photo: “We would like to share our love and happiness.

We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. - The Carters.”

What other celebrity pregnancy could stop the world like Bey’s did? Not many. When a celebrity gets attention for certain things, some fans believe that they would get the same reaction as the celebrities do if they were to copy the celebrity’s actions.

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Valentine’s Day: A Classic Hallmark Holiday

As Valentine’s Day draws closer, the palpable urge of people who do not have a significant other to splurge on them becomes the center of many conversations and social media feeds.

Around this time of year, we all hear that one friend saying stuff like, “the only person I have a date with tonight is Don Draper from Mad Men.”

Realistically, that is the only date that anyone should be looking for because Valentine’s Day sucks for so many reasons.

First, this Hallmark Holiday is a self-esteem steamroller for so many girls and boys, and it is so problematic. Unfortunately, the society we live in places a lot of value on a picturesque Valentine’s Day.

Watching people place their worth into overpriced boxes of chocolate as a result is kind of heartbreaking, but more than anything – unnecessary.

Also, the average college student is pretty strapped for cash. According to a 2016 Time Magazine article, the 55 percent of Americans that acknowledge the holiday spend about $146 on average. Just to put that cost into perspective, a textbook can cost around that much.

It would be so beneficial to take the focus off this holiday that only exists to pad the pockets of the candy, jewelry, and flower industry.

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Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romantic Love

As we enter the second month of the year, the chaos and busyness of everyday life have already begun. Now that a majority of secular holidays have come and gone, the festivities have come to a close and everyone has acclimated back to work and school.

However, February still gives us the opportunity to decorate, be with our loved ones, and celebrate with one special holiday: Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a day to reflect on the important relationships we have in our lives. It allows us to take away the fanfare of the past holiday season, and continue to focus on those that bring us joy and remind us that we are loved.

Although Feb. 14 is a day that is targeted toward celebrating romantic relationships, making plans to hang out with friends also reminds us of the shared love we have with people who truly understand us. If any of your friends feel down on being single this Valentine’s Day, cheer them up with some quality time together! It’s the perfect occasion to reminisce on all of the laughs, tears, and beautiful memories, all while creating new ones.

Also, it’s a great excuse to dress up in red and pink themed clothes and decorate your space to your heart’s content. While playing up the theme, a fun night in watching friendship-themed films (hello, Beaches remake!) with tasty treats can make for a gathering that’s the perfect substitute for a solo pity-party.

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“The Keys to Success are Hard Work and Luck”

Is There Any Truth Behind This Outdated Adage?


Success Hard Work And LuckIf all you trust with your success is luck, you’re living in a sense of falsehood. The key to success is blatant and very straightforward: work hard, keep your head down, and keep pushing through while staying positive.

 

It is impossible to start your career if you’re lacking knowledge, and the only thing you can do is educate yourself for the position and work to qualify for it. We can’t just roll some dice and say whatever happens happens; we need to provide actions towards achieving our goals.

The harder one works, the more opportunities may rise, but that isn’t sheer luck, that is strictly dedication and hard work. This does not mean that people are never born with any special talents, but for people who don’t necessarily have a special talent, they can still reach the same level of success than those that do. Furthermore, they can exceed expectations with hard work.

People often have a misconstrued conception on luck; to some, luck is seen in people who are born rich, or the people who are born fit and healthy. This, however, is not luck. They are simply excuses that unsuccessful, lazy people use to feel sorry for themselves. But that is utter illogical nonsense.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from The Jersey Shore

There’s probably been a handful of times where your mother, father, or gentle gray-haired neighbor offered you some inquisitive words of advice. During these times you may have shaken your head, rolled your eyes, or even thought to yourself, “why does this weathered down baby boomer think their advice applies to my super trendy millennial lifestyle?” While you’re a little wrong, you are also a little right.

Today, our lives are so focused on our connection to the world through technology. Long gone are the days when you were only on television if you were an actor or someone of true importance. If you surf through your television channels (or just hop on Netflix), you’ll find reality shows featuring the least important people you can imagine. These people are able to have a television show centered around their ‘normal’ lives, so we should be able to find many similarities between their lives and ours.

These similarities provide us with many life lessons for us to learn from. But, what reality show can we most relate our lives too? Do we identify most with 200-pound southern trailer trash mother raising a sassy, chubby, child pageant prodigy? Or do you identify most with a group of twenty-something, juiced up, spikey-haired Italian Americans? I think for most of us, we might pick the twenty-something Italian Americans; so, what lessons can we learn from their successes and not so pretty mistakes?

One of the reality show’s most classic words of advice are: never fall in love at the Jersey Shore. These words of advice illicit a message you should consider emphasizing in your own life here at Monmouth University.

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Groundhog Day Deserves More Love

Every year on Feb. 2 Punxsutawney Phil gets to shine like the star that he is and tell the people if spring will come early, or if there will be six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog Day is a tradition that began in America when most people thought badgers had the power to predict when spring is coming. This allowed them to decide when would be the right time to plant their crops. Because of the lack of badgers in Pennsylvania, the groundhog was used and thus became Groundhog Day.

Currently, Groundhog Day is a day of observation in the United States. When you think about it, there are a lot of ‘holidays’ that sometimes get ignored; Groundhog Day can usually be found on this list. Of course, Groundhog Day doesn’t have the same meaningful messages as holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, but there’s no reason that we should forget about it.

Holidays like Groundhog Day do bring forward an important message, and it’s not whether or not spring will be here soon. They teach us the importance of animals and what we can learn from them. This can sound silly when you think about it, because what can you really learn from a groundhog?

If it weren’t for animals in the past signaling farmers when they should plant their crops, the farmers would have struggled with planting too early or late in the season. The groundhogs were helping the farmers even though they don’t realize it. It’s important to recognize that animals have helped us to get to where we are today, and the least we can do is revere them with the utmost respect.

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A Call for Immigration Law Reform

Immigration Law ReformWhen I first moved to this country from a small town in the south of France called Gentilly, I never took into consideration how much the government has an effect on immigration. As a little girl, I did not understand the complications my mom faced when trying to become a citizen of the United States of America.

Now, immigration is playing a significant role in the news due to the policies created by our new President, Donald Trump. Trump has made it clear that his plan is to deport all illegal immigrants. He proposes that once the border is secured, there will be decisions made on any further action. Trump also plans to charge undocumented immigrants with legal felonies for being in the country illegally. He wants to raise the use of “expedited removals,” which allows officers to immediately force illegal immigrants out of the country.

Now more than ever, our immigration system needs to be reformed. State and local lawmakers have to look for solutions that promise fairness and opportunity for all Americans. Immigration policies have to offer a way to gain citizenship for all undocumented immigrants who live and work in this country.

When I moved here, my mom was struggling to keep our family here and paid thousands of dollars trying to become a citizen. At one point she considered getting ready to pack up our things and move back to the country we came from. Fortunately, I was lucky enough that my mom soon married a man who was a U.S citizen, so that our process was expedited to gain citizenship. However, this creates the question, why is becoming a legal citizen of the United States so tedious and costly?

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2017: New Year, Same Stuff

A new calendar year has started and almost everyone has been working on being a better person this year. We either join a gym, vow to be a nicer person, or promise to do better in school. Whatever it is, every year we all decide that the month of January seems like a good time to restart our lives in one way or another.

In the world of news and entertainment, 2016 was a pretty crazy year. Every person who had influenced our lives greatly, from David Bowie to Alan Rickman to Carrie Fisher, and everyone in between has been taken away from us way too soon. We also have a new president coming to power who isn’t exactly conventional. We may not be able to compare him to our past presidents that we’ve learned about in history class or experienced ourselves. The world is changing—A LOT—and 2017 seems to be one of the most unpredictable years in our lifetimes.

Many people are uncertain about the outcome of the most recent presidential election and what this year has in store for us under the guidance of our newly inaugurated president. People are scared, frustrated, and confused—everyone wants to start this new year off fresh and with better intentions than the year before. We saw posts everywhere about how excited our friends were that 2016 was finally over and posts about how this year is going to be a year of great change. This attitude seems to occur every year, and every year we wonder, “Has there actually been change?” How do we know if we just keeping hoping for the year to be over by the end of it every time?

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The Reality of Global Climate Change

Global Climate ChangeOver the past few years, there has been a distinguishable difference in the temperature throughout each season. As the summer approaches, intense heat lingers and rarely deviates from an uncomfortably high temperature; then the familiar chill of an autumn day makes a delayed appearance in the first weeks of October, raising even more questions.

Aside from personal observations of local temperatures, news channels continually report statistics from previous years to demonstrate the drastic change in our weather patterns. Scientists have closely monitored this change, and have connected it back to one central idea: global climate change.

This issue has been watched closely by many people, from meteorologists to presidential candidates, and has become a wake-up call for many people around the world. As defined by the Oxford Dictionary, climate change is “a change in global or regional climate patterns …attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.” Although there has been dispute over whether or not this phenomenon exists, the world continues to suffer its consequences.

For example, we’ve been seeing rising sea levels, numerous natural disasters across the globe and deterioration of the ozone layer. While all of these serious issues arise, is there anything we can do to prevent any further damage?

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A Look at the Effects of Breakups on Women

“There are Plenty of Fish in the Sea”


Break Up Effect WomenIce cream and exercising—every breakup article I have ever read has included both of these activities. When I was in a committed, loving relationship I would read articles like these and wonder why women didn’t just…suck it up? If all it took was mint chip and some sit-ups, heck, I was doing that already and I wasn’t even single. Nobody ever really talks about the turmoil you have to go through after a breakup to find balance. Everyone handles heartache differently, and it makes sense that no one would ever really want to publicize the deeply personal trauma that arises from a really bad breakup.

However, I think that as intimate an experience as it is, it pretty much happens to everyone. What’s strange is that nobody really talks about it, but everyone has an answer to it. The aftermath of a breakup is probably one of the ugliest, depressing, and mostly annoying times in one’s life, and it is frustrating that, as women, we’d rather hide it than talk about it.

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Breaks with Books

Breaks With BooksA break from school is a sweet pocket of time where stressors are put on hold and time is used to catch up with friends, family, and sleep.

What exactly is a school break? Is it fifteen minutes between classes or the hour and 20-minute block when you don’t have a class? Could it be the weekends, days off from class, and time between semesters? A break can be any amount of time students deem fit for their own schedules. Each break, whatever the length of time, can allow for different things to be done.

School breaks are usually highly anticipated and counted upon to help students recharge. Being given a chance to participate in non-school related activities is, for many, a much-needed break. Breaks allow students to travel, go to concerts, work, and take part in so many other things. These experiences are important to help a student grow and enjoy what they’re doing, and they also help to foster interests in non-academic areas.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Elf

Life Lessons ElfIt’s hard to believe someone that hasn’t seen or at least heard some quotes from the movie, Elf. But, just because you aren’t in the holiday-cheery mood yet, doesn’t mean you have to be a “cotton-headed ninny-muggins!” We can take away some pretty important life lessons from the movie Elf.

Buddy the elf said, “If you can sing alone, you can sing in front of other people. There’s no difference.” He teaches us that we should always be ourselves and to not let anything get in the way of that!

At Monmouth, we are incredibly fortunate enough to be able to join an insane amount of clubs or intramural sports from a wide variety of interests. From Club Volleyball, to Spanish Club, to Greek Life, all the way back to Student Activities Board (SAB), there is something that can suit every single interest.

While we aren’t elves who “try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup” like Buddy, we do get the chance to splurge on some good food every so often- we deserve it!

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Are Good Manners Still Being Taught?

Good MannersAh yes, holiday season. The time of year that families all come together, in their itchy wool-made sweaters that their elders force them to wear, expressing thanks to families, and saying prayers for what they have. Immediately afterward, however, it’s every man for himself, scavenger hunting for the best deals online and in malls. Back in the 1850’s, if your father came home alive and healthy with a sack of salt you thank your stars for such a blessing; but in this modern age, if you buy your child the newest cellphone and get the wrong case color, you won’t hear the end of it.

As cliché as it gets, the apple does not fall far from the tree. The Observer did a survey asking, “Do you think children today are more polite, less polite, or the same as when you were growing up?” and they responded saying, “the 70 parents that responded, three-quarters answered that today’s children and adults are less polite than when they, themselves, were growing up.”

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Holiday Season Joy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

The holiday season has to be one of the best times of the year. There’s so much to do and everyone seems to be more joyful than any other time of year.

This is the point of the year where the semester is starting to wind down; things get stressful- writing papers, studying for finals, and getting everything done before the semester ends. At the end, it’s worth it because we get a few weeks off from school work and you get a fresh start with the spring semester.

Another great part of the holiday season is getting to see your friends from home. Of course, there’s nothing like the friends you make at Monmouth, but it’s nice to see friends that have been away at different schools. Being home for the holidays allows you to get together with friends and family that you might not be able to see during the semester, but now you’re able to give them a little extra time.

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season are all the seasonal flavors. Dunkin’ and Starbucks have so many different flavored drinks that it might take you all season to try one of each. There are so many holiday treats that go perfectly with each of these drinks. Seasonal foods and drinks are just another perk to help make this the most wonderful time of year.

Although it might feel like there’s not much to do because of the weather, there’s a lot that the winter can offer. There are always movies, shopping, or grabbing food with friends. During the holiday season, there are usually seasonal shows or light shows to attend, you just have to keep your eye out for when they are.

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Are We Ever Really Satisfied?

Satisfaction in life can be subjective to how each person lives and where his or her wants lie. If people rely on physical objects to fulfill their life, their wants will be left unquenched. People will remain unsatisfied if they do not consider what would actually make them content outside of physical objects. Attempting to satisfy oneself with purchased items takes away from what people truly need.

The overbearing presence of materialism makes people believe they need the better and bigger version of something they might already have. We live in a technologically advanced age that relentlessly produces new items that are promoted as something we need. With upgraded phones, televisions, game consoles, cars, and computers, the idea of inadequacy of not only our things but of our lives’ is prompted in our minds.

As we move through a consumer focused world, we find our things representing us over our knowledge, accomplishments, ethicality, or morality—leading us to want the premium product telling the world who we are; this is mistakenly carried out by many people. When we consider what humans actually need, the list of items becomes much shorter.

Satisfaction is a state of mind. If we consider how Mahatma Gandhi simplistically lived out the latter years of his life, we can see another side to satisfaction for what we have. With only in possession of a few items before his death (including his shoes, glasses, and watch), we can see he had minimal material items he found necessary for everyday life.

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‘Eleven’ Life Lessons for an MU Student From Stranger Things

Life Lessons Stranger ThingsMonmouth is no stranger to being caught up in a Netflix series, but the hype about Stranger Things has been incredible since its start in August of this year. Not only is the cast out of this world but the plot and storyline it follows twists and turns in more ways than I can count. The 11 life lessons that follow are only a few that come to mind when thinking and watching the cult series.

Stranger Things teaches us to stand by our friends. No matter what happens, we all have a close-knit group of friends that we can count on. The characters, Dustin, Mike, Will, and Lucas have such a special bond that they are hardly ever apart. It’s easy to say, “Hey that sounds like me and my friends,” but on campus, it is even more important to realize that you can be a part of something like that on a bigger scale.

Whether it is becoming a mentor, or joining a sorority or fraternity, the opportunities to join in on a friend group are endless! Joyce reminds us that, “You act like you’re all alone out there in the world, but you’re not. You’re not alone.” Building a bond with a group of people who love the same things you love can be such an enriching experience but to be able to keep those friends for the long run is something even more special!

Never giving up is a moral everyone can take away from the Netflix series. The way Will’s friends, his mother, and eventually Chief Hopper never stop looking for him is not only commendable but something we should all think more about. In our lives, it’s possible to think something is too difficult or too overwhelming to take on; it is also possible to believe that the things you are passionate about could never be taken on because of unpopular opinion. But, we should all take Joyce’s words into consideration when just the thought of not being good enough crosses our mind: “I don’t care if anyone believes me.”

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The Differences Between Jobs and Careers

Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do


When you’re a freshman it’s easy to push off the idea of what you’re going to do with the rest of your life and just enjoy your college experience. But, before you know it, it’s your senior year and you’re stressing about getting a job after graduation.

It’s a tough choice when you need to get a job, but you also need to be able to afford life after graduation. You have to choose between doing something you love, most likely a career, and doing something that will make you enough money to get by right after college, a mere job.

This is not to say that you can’t love your job, but a career is more of a whole life goal. Careers are the epitome of a happy workplace; they coincide with your major and concentration in college. Jobs, however, are more of a temporary fix for money to pay your bills. While both are important milestones in life, a career tends to be where most students are aiming to achieve.

Most of the time, jobs we’re working at while in school are paying more than starting a new job doing the thing you really love. It can be a hard decision between making enough money to support yourself, and doing the thing you love. It is important to have the money to pay any bills you have, have somewhere to live, and have enough food to eat.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Boy Meets World

Life Lessons Boy Meets World“Feeny! Fe he he heeny!”

The iconic name rings through the ears of the die-hard fans of the 90s television show, Boy Meets World. Cory, Topanga, Eric, Shawn, Mr. Feeny and the rest of the cast of the hit show have shown its viewers what life is all about: doing the right thing, being yourself, the importance of family and friendship, and education, all while integrating classic comedy.

Doing the right thing has always been ingrained into our minds since we could walk and talk, but, the right thing is sometimes hidden beneath a plethora of options. Mr. Feeny reminds us that, “A real hero is someone who does the right thing when the right thing isn’t easy to do.”

While this could be related to just about anybody, what is so special about Monmouth is that we have an abundance of faculty members and professors that want to see us succeed in all we do; we are fortunate enough to go to a small school where our professors not only know who we are, but, are able to take notice if we’re doing well or not.

 

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Life Lessons for a Hawk from the Presidential Election

Life Lessons Preidential ElectionThe meme-worthy, anxiety-inducing, and most anticipated presidential election we have all witnessed is chock-full of life lessons we can all take into consideration this year and every year after. Whether we relate these lessons to our life, career, or take them into consideration for our future. Presidential candidates, Mr. Donald Trump and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have given us plenty to think about.

All throughout this election, we have seen both candidates debate until the death whether it be over policy conflicts, the economy, society, or other matters of importance. The one thing they have shown the people collectively is to not take anything at face value.

As Monmouth students, we have a wide array of options and resources to take advantage of as far as research is concerned. Whether it be utilizing the Commuter Student Lounge on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center or spending all hours at our coveted library across campus, us Hawks are in a nest full of different assets to utilize. At times it may be hard to find “an ‘extremely credible source,’” as Trump would say, but at the library, we have hard-working staff and faculty members who will work around the clock to help you with any research.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Friends

Life Lessons FriendsFriends always seems to be a go-to show for laughs and an easy night in. But, “They don’t know that we know that they know” that Friends is known for its continuous slew of puns, jokes, and Rachel-Ross drama. Friends has been around since 1994 and its die-hard fans can never get enough- myself included. There’s no shortage of lessons from the legendary television show, but, how easily are those lessons applied to Monmouth University students?

Living by the shore gives us Hawks easy access to all the hot spots by the ocean, but what Friends teaches us is that it’s okay to spend a Friday night in with our pajamas playing board games. Sure, it may be nice to get all dolled up and go out every weekend, but, a simple night spent de-stressing with your best pals is never a bad idea.

With workloads being at their heaviest this time of the semester, a night in may very well be needed. As Joey would say, “So why don’t you be a grown-up and come watch t.v. in the fort?”

Although some of our friends could be considered the frivolous spending Ross, Chandler, and Monicas of the group, there are still some of us penny pinching Rachel, Joey, and Phoebes of the bunch. As per “The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant,” splitting the check amongst friends can be difficult at times to say the least, because just like Phoebe, “I wasn’t like you guys, okay? I didn’t eat gold and have a flying pony.” But, being honest and open about not having enough to cover a night out is always the best option.

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Halloween 2016

Thoughts on This Year’s Costumes and Trends


Halloween 2016 1Now that Halloween has officially ended, it’s time to recap some fantastic costumes and talk about the different genres of costumes. Every year it seems like there are those who take Halloween to the max and those who take it pretty lightly. I have the utmost respect for those who take Halloween seriously.

To the girls and guys who have full-face makeup and do funky designs with body paint—kudos! People can get really creative with their painting. It’s really inspiring to see those who are artsy and/or experimental with their body paint. I know I would never be able to do it and even though I may try, it never comes out quite right.

Doing full-face makeup has two paths: artsy or scary. Some people do full-face makeup and their faces are absolutely horrifying and gory. Yet, on the other hand, I’ve seen some pretty interesting face painting that purely makes the character the person is dressing up as more realistic. For example, there are a lot of neat designs for being an alien or any type of animal. This artistic face painting was an extremely popular trend this year.

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“Grab them by [Their Intellectual Brains]”

How Female Students Feel About Republican Candidate Donald Trump’s Sexist Remarks


Grab Them BrainWith the recent presidential race, Monmouth students are continuing to form plenty of opinions on the candidates. It is well known that Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, is a feminist. However, Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has been under siege by women across the country over his crude comments and questionable attitudes toward women.

This has been an issue surrounding Trump throughout the election process, but it has been resurfaced in a big way after a recent comment of Trump’s stating that he can “do anything […] grab them by the p***y.” With such sexist remarks, women everywhere have started to fight back at Trump.

What does a campus whose ratio, according to Monmouth University’s site, of men to women is 2:3, say about Trump’s attitude toward women? Let’s hear what some of our females on campus have to say:

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From a Trip to Walt Disney World

Life Lessons Walt Disney WorldAs a student who is constantly working, going to meetings, and doing school work, any trip/ escape from reality helps. What we don’t realize about trips are that many of them can teach us some pretty important life lessons even while we are having fun and don’t actually realize it. Reflecting back on a Fall Break trip I took, I found that there are some pretty important and interesting life lessons I learned from my trip to Walt Disney World.

Planning makes perfect

Did you know that when planning a trip to Disney World you can make reservations for hotels 180 days in advance? And you can make reservations for FastPasses, attraction tickets that allow you to skip the stand-by lines, up to 60 days in advance! When planning a trip to Disney, there is a lot of organization and there are many deadlines involved. Keeping an itinerary and calendar are key to a successfully planned trip. This is also true to any Monmouth student! With deadlines, classes, meetings, etc. it can be difficult to keep up. What we can take away from a Disney vacation is that planning truly makes perfect and that goes for your daily life at Monmouth too!

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Why I Love Sweaters

Oh, Let Me Count the Ways...


red sweaterFall, the best time of year for all of our wardrobes, has finally made its way here!

There’s nothing better than a wardrobe full of autumn colors, and of course the array of sweaters that we’re finally able to break out. Seeing everyone walking around campus in the brisk air wearing sweaters that match perfectly with the changing colors of the leaves is so pleasing.

Sweaters come in a vast variety for any type of day that fall throws at you. There are sweaters that are perfect for those mornings in the start of the season where it’s cool in the morning, but it warms up by the middle of the day. These are the perfect days to wear your light sweaters or just a cardigan to go over your outfit. There are also days where it’s cold and rainy this is where your big fluffy sweaters come in handy. The sweater will keep you warm all day regardless of how cold and damp it is outside.

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Life Lessons for a Monmouth Student from Deadpool

deadpool imageIt’s impossible to get through the movie Deadpool without at the very least a chuckle, but just because it is prized for its comedic efforts doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer us some incredible life lessons. A movie doesn’t have to be a drama or a romantic comedy to offer up some valuable takeaways. There are two very strong life lessons that we can take from Deadpool. These include the fact that we shouldn’t take life too seriously and that a sense of humor is key in dealing with any and all situations and that we should surround ourselves with people who truly care about us.

It’s obvious that the first life lesson would deal with having a sense of humor, but it really is something that a lot of us, as college students, need to remember. With “real life” approaching quickly and so many adult responsibilities piling up each year we progress in school, it is easy to start taking life a bit too seriously. Internships, job applications, leadership roles, you name it! There are too many things going on that require a balanced head on your shoulders and a scholastic driven brain.

Watching Deadpool reminds us that no matter how tough life gets or how many responsibilities pile up, there is always a punch line and a way to laugh at a situation. In the film, main character, Wade Wilson (Deadpool), played by Ryan Reynolds, goes through a series of pummeling negative life events. He is diagnosed with thyroid cancer, gets conned into agreeing to enter a “treatment program,” which then, in turn, ends up completely ruining his physical appearance.

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My Role Model: Demi Lovato

The definition of a role model, according to Dictionary.com, is someone whose actions or successes can be emulated by others who find their actions or successes inspiring. Growing up, I was told that I could be anything I wanted to be, as long as I did it with all the love and passion I could possibly have. I went through many role models throughout my life that all had careers in the music industry because 7-year-old me swore with everything in her heart that I was going to make it big in the music industry.

One day while sitting in my room watching Disney Channel, an original movie premiered, “Camp Rock,” and my entire life changed from that moment on. I initially started to watch the movie because of the Jonas Brothers, because let’s be honest here, who wasn’t in love with Nick’s baby face, Joe’s sassy attitude, and Kevin’s amazing guitar skills? However, what got me hooked on watching the movie multiple times, even to this day, was Demi Lovato. From that moment forward, if it had to do with Demi Lovato, I cared about it.

Over the years, the love and inspiration I feel for and from Demi only grew with every song or magazine article. Her music makes me feel like I’m not alone and that I can conquer anything I’m going through. In 2011, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was admitted into a rehabilitation center in August of that same year. I remember, as cliché as this may sound, being there for her as she had been for me. She was there for me through a terrible breakup that took me forever to get over, when I had a car accident that shook my family, for graduation, college, mental breakdowns, and the happiest moments of my life.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Grey’s Anatomy

Life Lessons Greys AnatomyIn March of 2005, Grey’s Anatomy took the world by storm and has continued to drum up revenue since its start 11 years ago. Actors have come and gone in this medical based drama, but their lessons continue to teach the audience values we would otherwise look past- not to mention bring out our ugliest of cries.

From its very first episode, ‘Grey’s’ has instilled the idea of making new friends and to keep your real friends and never let them go. Students often tend to forget who to place our value in or if a certain person is worth giving our all for. If we think about it, we’re lucky to have such a humble and open campus that we get the chance to meet such an unimaginable number of people.   We continue to see their face in a crowded Student Center or happen to pick them out of the mass of people walking to class; whereas many other campuses have twice or three times the amount of students that Monmouth University has. Sometimes it may feel that being alone is the better option, but, as Izzie Stevens says, “Everyone needs help from time to time. Someone to look out for them. Make sure they’re OK.”

Between being caught up with Meredith’s lovers and Alex’s fits of rage, there is no shortcoming of fighting, though the characters aren’t just fighting with each other, they are fighting for who they love, fighting for what they love, and so on and so forth. Grey’s Anatomy has proven over the years that they are all about expressing love and passion in whatever form is most comfortable for them; their motto has always been to fight for what they want. Cristina Yang tells us, “If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and demand something more.”

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TMI: Too Much Information

How much Information is Too Much Information When Meeting New People?


The first time you’re meeting someone, it’s typical to give them general information about yourself. My name is Amanda Drennan, I’m a senior at Monmouth, and I have an undying love for dogs.

But now with social media there’s a lot of information about ourselves that can be found online, and it’s usually easily accessible. If someone takes a look at your social media page, they can see almost anything you’ve posted since you started your page. It’s not only what you post on social media that’s out there, but also what other people post about you. It all lends to to what a person can learn about you without actually ever meeting you. We’ve all been there, looked through someone’s page before we actually get to know them (and don’t act like you’ve never lurked through someone’s page to learn more about them).

It’s easy for us to word vomit information about ourselves to people when we first meet them, especially with so much about ourselves being available online. But what’s too much to tell people? There’s nothing wrong with being open, but some things are just better off kept to yourself. The first time you meet someone it can be overwhelming if they’re just spewing information about him/herself at you.

When you’re first getting to know someone, it’s better to start off with basic information about yourself. This can help you find common interests with the person. If you start off telling them your whole life story from birth to today, don’t be surprised if they’re staring at you like you have two heads.

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A Decade Review: The 80s

Thanking the 80s for its Contributions to Today’s World


Decade Review Metallica

It’s hard to believe that the 1980s were about 30 years ago, especially with glimpses of the decade emerging in today’s pop culture. Honestly, I never really liked the 80s. I always thought the decade was corny and obnoxious- from the oversized shoulder pads to the oversaturation of bright neon.

I still do for the most part, but I’ve come to realize that its obnoxiousness is what made it one of the most memorable decades in recent history. It’s much more than just the surface trends I mentioned before. In fact, there were a lot of other firsts that we have to accredit the 80s for making popular; a lot of the things we enjoy today wouldn’t have existed or been discovered.

 

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from Gossip Girl

Life Lessons Gossip GirlHey, West Long Branch residents! As the Fall semester is now officially in full swing, Gossip Girl has a few tips for all students looking to be as successful as ever this year and every year.

Common knowledge tells us Gossip Girl is most famous for its attractive cast and endless drama, but, there are some great takeaways that we miss amongst the Lonely Boy vs. Chuck Bass battles.

Although Gossip Girl may have started in 2007, the cast proves in every episode that fashion is the top priority. Early 2000s style may be a little outdated, but, Blair Waldorf taught the audience that first impressions via wardrobe say more about you than anything else.

Being college students, most of the time, our wardrobe consists of Monmouth t-shirts, shorts, sweats, and plenty of hoodies, but going into an interview for an internship or just a part-time job means dressing the part. There aren’t any rules against certain clothes, or rather, there aren’t any written rules, but it is crucial to be taken seriously in situations like interviews or job fairs. Messy buns, sweatpants, and ripped jeans or tees are on the ‘Do Not Wear’ list, but, wearing a blouse, khakis, or skirts mean you’re willing to look the part and be professional in any setting because, “It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.”

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“Brangelina” Under Scrutiny

Test of True Love in the Limelight


I was sitting in one of my English classes listening to my teacher talk about one of Shakespeare’s plays when I found out that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt filed for divorce. Since it happened, there has been non-stop coverage of their messy divorce. With headlines about how they will split their assets and all these speculations about what caused their marriage to end, it is getting just as much coverage as the ongoing presidential election between Trump and Clinton.

On one hand, I’m really sick and tired of the way the media constantly publicizes the personal lives of celebrities, but this also makes me wonder whether true love exist anymore if you’re a famous figure? This question has a bit irony in it because one of the discussions we had in my Shakespeare class is whether Shakespeare was the forerunner of writing about “true love.” Is the concept of true love something that many famous people cannot find given that privacy and maintaining a sense of normalcy is off limits because they are always in the spotlight?

I remember when Jolie and Pitt’s speculated romantic relationship was all the buzz after the 2005 release of the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Their chemistry was okay in the movie, but I did not follow the speculations that these two actors were getting chummy off screen. I didn’t pay much attention to the buzz surrounding them until news broke that Pitt divorced his then wife Jennifer Aniston and about a month later he was with Jolie.

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Participation: A Valuable Skill in and Beyond the Classroom

Classroom ParticipationThe idea that an 18-year-old student is paying thousands of dollars to sit in a classroom and listen to someone talk about a topic for 3 hours is supposed to make you ready for the real world is really a crazy concept when you think about it. This is a reality for many college students (and even kids in high school and grade school) who do not care about school and think they can get by just sitting in the back of the room and not participating.

An emphasis on participation may be seen as unnecessary and trivial to some students, but really participation is the best way for a professor or teacher to see that you are actually learning something and getting something out of the class.

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Pokemon GoIf you see herds of people walking around with their heads down staring at their phones, there’s a good chance they’re playing Pokémon Go. The app was released in July and it’s been a pretty popular game since then.

The app uses GPS tracking to tell where you are and allow you to catch Pokémon that have spawned in your area. This means that in order to catch new Pokémon, the user literally has to walk around. There are landmarks that are called “Pokéstops,” which allow you to collect items like pokéballs, to catch your Pokémon. This app, like most, has a good side and bad side.

This app creates a new problem for users that, for most video games, isn’t a huge problem. The game requires you to walk around, which doesn’t seem like a problem at first. The drawback to this app is the users who are walking around looking down at their phones for Pokémon. They aren’t always paying attention to their surroundings.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from Legally Blonde

Legally BlondeIt’s no shock that Legally Blonde has some of the most memorable quotes in movie history, but it’s deep-rooted life lessons are what make the movie that much ‘funner’!

Do you know that internal churning and sweaty-palmed feeling when a professor calls on you and you don’t know the answer? No? Just me? Well, Elle Woods had the exact feeling when she didn’t read, or for that matter, even have her textbook before class.

Our professors tend to drill into our brains that we need to be ready for class, that we need to be prepared and have our books for class no matter what, to avoid that pre-court Elle Woods feeling, but we don’t always listen. The worst case scenario happened to Elle; she was kicked out of class because she wasn’t properly prepared.

To avoid that major embarrassment, always have your textbooks/notes ready for class and try not to avoid questions, but rather boldly try to answer a question even if you aren’t positive that you’re right. The worst that can happen is you’re wrong and you’ll end up learning something new.

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Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Social Justice

A Look on Colin Kaepernick’s Recent Stand (Pun Intended)


The First Amendment in the Constitution has always been viewed as one of our most important rights as an American citizen. Recently, our right to freedom of speech and expression of thought has created great controversy in the case of San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

The football player has been refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of police brutality. Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Liam Frank, a senior music industry student, explains, “I know that Colin Kaepernick is a talented quarterback with a good amount of fame surrounding him, and I think that he has brought attention to a controversial, but important, issue in America. He’s donated to causes supporting minorities mentioned in his protests, and used his fame as a venue for social justice advocacy.”

The problems of police brutality and minority oppression in this country are very real and cannot be ignored, however, does Kaepernick have the right to express his political views during the playing of the national anthem? Sydney Underhill, a senior on the Monmouth University softball team and a graduate student in public policy program said, “I believe that the flag protects his right to do just what he and the other athletes who have followed suit have chosen to do.”

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Life Lessons for an MU Student from Family Feud

Family FeudFamily Feud has been one of America’s favorite game shows for a very long time—back to when Richard Dawson was the host. Even as a child, I was a big fan of Family Feud—to the point where I even downloaded the app and played by myself. I know, riveting childhood I had; that being said, I think that there are definitely some valuable life lessons one can learn from the game show.

One lesson that can be learned from Family Feud is that you should take loss with grace; simply, just don’t be a sore loser. Many times, families on Family Feud lose by even one point, which is totally devastating. Regardless of how they really feel, they take losses with a smile and laugh it off (hey, they do get to come back the next week). The same goes for families who lose the first round and don’t even get to go to the Fast Money Round. They don’t get to come back, and they’re still all smiles.

Another life lesson that can be learned from watching Family Feud is that no matter how many times you do lose, that you should just keep trying—perseverance. I’ve seen episodes where the same family comes back multiple times and they just keep losing. Honestly, it’s inspiring how much tenacity they have to keep coming back and never giving anything less than 100 percent.

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Is Facebook Logging Out?

Though many social media sites come and go just as fast as they appeared- I am talking to you Myspace- there are some that stick around for the long run.

Facebook has been a vital part of my life ever since I joined back in my middle school years. Being that I live far away from most of my family members, Facebook is an easy way to see what everyone is up to. As of late, many have been saying that Facebook is a dying force. I happen to believe otherwise. In fact, I would go so far as to say Facebook has been gaining a new popularity amongst the general public ranging anywhere from about 18-25 years old, the traditional college-aged adult. I was talking to my mom- the same person who used to religiously play “Farmville” and now simply uses it to share ridiculous amounts of videos- about Facebook’s relevance when I realized I was clearly talking to the wrong person.

Some may be wondering: “Well, I don’t use it much, I don’t see how it’s popular anymore.” Have you noticed that one of the main ways our Monmouth University community sticks together is Facebook? We have groups such as: “Monmouth University Class of 2018” and “Monmouth Commuter Students,” or even “NSO Blue Squad,” and so on and so forth. We have continually used Facebook for all Monmouth necessities, as luck would have it, even for writing topics within The Outlook itself for different sections like Opinion and Features use Facebook. There are limitless opportunities we have taken advantage of within Monmouth while weaving Facebook into our plans and it would seem as though we won’t ever stop- cue the chorus of “We Can’t Stop” please!

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Is there #JusticeForHarambe?

A Look at the Effects of Social Media on the Cincinnati Zoo


HarambeThe name “Harambe” has been plastered on social media a lot lately. A few months ago a young boy fell into the gorilla cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. Unfortunately, the zoo was given the ultimatum of either saving the boy’s life or shooting the gorilla. The zoo officials decided that the life of the little boy would be saved, and the gorilla, Harambe, died.

The child fell into the enclosure, and the gorilla was dragging him around. The zoo officials feared that if they tranquilized the gorilla he would have become more enraged and hurt the child before he would be saved. Something needed to be done quickly about the situation and the zoo staff thought that this was the best way to handle it. There were several staff members from the zoo that spoke about the situation, all agreeing that the right thing had been done in this situation.

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