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Editorial

Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Single-file to the Podium, Please

Monmouth University will celebrate its Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony at the PNC Center in Holmdel, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 20. 

While the graduating members of The Outlook are excited, nervous and every emotion in between, most of the staffers feel indifferent about the University’s choice of a speaker. 

Brad Eric Scheler, Esq., a senior partner and Chair of the bankruptcy and restructuring department of the global law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson was announced as the Commencement speaker by President Brown on April 20. 

One staffer said, “I am definitely not trying to knock his credentials and successes. He has accomplished so much in his career, and we can and should not criticize him for that; however, as far as speaking at Commencement, I’m not sure he was the absolute best choice. Maybe I’m wrong and his speech will completely and utterly blow me away and inspire me to be the best graduate ever, but I really was hoping for someone a tad more relateable and inspiring to us as graduates of Monmouth University.”

Another editor said, “I’ve never heard of him, I’ve never heard of the position that he holds, nor have I ever heard of the law firm that he works for, which does not necessarily make for a memorable ceremony.”

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Monumental Perks of Monmouth

With the spring semester soon drawing to a close, marking the end of another acadamic school year, both underclassmen and graduating seniors look back on their time at the University and reflect on their decision to attend Monmouth and if it has met or exceeded their expectations. 

The Outlook editorial staff members are happy that they made the decision of attending this private, beach school. 

When deciding on a university to attend, there are various elements of a school that may capture people’s interest and sell them on attending. One editorial board member said all the facilities the school has to offer and the people they’ve met, both within the student body and administration when visiting Monmouth left an impression on them that made them decide to come here. Also, this board member said when touring the school, the quality of work produced from Monmouth students also intrigued them enough to want to be a part of this community. 

Another staff member said what helped them decide on attending Monmouth was its location. The editor said, “We are located in a prime geographic area (wedged in between Philly and NYC), so we have a vast array of internship opportunities. We are essentially located in a huge media market.” Additionally, the editor said that being a mile away from the beach was a huge selling point. The area of the school is also very safe, which made the staffer feel comfortable. 

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University Offers Forum for Global Issues

The annual Global Understanding Convention (GCU) has been a prominent campus-wide event at the University for the past 14 years. The convention lasts for a week and covers various topics relating to social injustice and inequality, global issues, and non-violence. This year’s convention is taking place during the week of April 13-17 and is sponsored by the Institute for Global Understanding. 

According to the University’s official website, the slogan for this year’s convention is “Practicing Non-Violence in a Violent World.” The schedule includes several different events such as lectures, art installations, public speakers, film screenings, and workshops. 

Dr. George Gonzalez, Chair of the Global Understanding Convention, added insight on the purpose of the convention. “Each year, the theme and the content are especially geared towards the students, which is why we insist on staying a convention rather than morphing into an academic conference. The focus on the intellectual needs and interests of the students is unique and something that we take as basic,” said Gonzalez. 

The Outlook editorial staff believes the convention covers a wide variety of topics that need to be discussed amongst students and faculty. 

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Springing into Springfest

With the end of the spring semester right around the corner, most students can’t wait for all of the exams and papers to finally come to an end. But before heading back home for the summer and forgetting about having to set any early morning alarms, there’s still one thing left on just about everyone’s mind: Springfest. 

This annual event brings University students together at the end of every year in an effort to give them a break from all of the time that they’ve spent studying and preparing for finals. Free food, games and t-shirts usually draw most students out to the event, but the main attraction is always the musical performance. At this year’s Springfest, Jordan Roseman, more commonly known as DJ Earworm, will be performing. 

In the “About DJ Earworm” section of his official website, Roseman explains, “Basically, what I do is take a bunch of songs apart and put them back together again in a different way... I also DJ with my laptop.”

The editors of The Outlook seem to have mixed feelings about the news of Roseman’s performance. One editor said, “DJ Earworm sounds like an untalented ‘artist’ who just uses other people’s songs to become famous,” while another explained, “I think it’s interesting to have an artist come who is known for his mashups of other hit songs.”

Another editor commented that he/she simply was not expecting a DJ to be the main event at Springfest. “I would have much preferred having an actual artist... A DJ isn’t really what I think of when I think of the outdoor concert that Springfest is supposed to be,” he/she said.

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Strategic Perks

As per the Monmouth University website, a strategic plan was set forth in October 2014, coinciding with the 81st Founder’s Day celebration. Guided by “personal learning experience, program relevance, and global and cultural awareness,” the strategic plan remains largely a mystery, as far as The Outlook is concerned.

What has been clear thus far, is the campus’s commitment to strong leadership through the process, as the Monmouth Board of Trustees recently elected four new members who will bring their talents to the strategic plan.

The Outlook editorial staff, however, believes that while the specific goals of the strategic plan have not been clearly laid out, the University does maintain a commitment to improving the “campus community,” as seen by recent changes.

Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement Mary Ann Nagy said the goals of the strategic plan are: a rigorous academic agenda, external classroom experiences and life after Monmouth. 

Some editors are not sure how much students are involved in the strategic planning directives.

One staffer said, “I do not feel that students are involved when it comes to deciding on the changes that will be made to campus. We are rarely, if ever, polled regarding changes and are kept out of the loop for the most part.”

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Language Barriers

While Associated Press style writing is of the utmost importance for The Outlook’s editors, the group also finds itself prone to using some of the 21st Century’s less than academic language. John McHorter of Time wrote that despite being considered a destruction of the English language, text lingo and changes in slang are more related to spoken language than the written word. 

McHorter said, “Texting is developing its own kind of grammar. Take LOL. It doesn’t actually mean ‘laughing out loud’ in a literal sense anymore. LOL has evolved into something much subtler and sophisticated and is used even when nothing is remotely amusing.”

For the editorial staff, many of the members have their own favorite words to use in casual language. One staffer was exuberant in his/her support of the word “hella”. He/she said, “I really think more people should use that in casual conversation! I tend to use it when describing something particularly surprising, saying something like ‘that was hella crazy.’”

Other editors noted that they use more generic words such as “like” or phrases such as “you know” much too frequently. “Literally” was also among The Outlook’s list of the most overused words in casual conversation, even if it doesn’t mean what its literal definition describes.

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Raising the Bar

While today the University strictly regulates on-campus alcohol consumption, Monmouth’s policies used to be quite different; the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) was once home to Blue Hawk Pub, an on-campus bar that was eventually turned into a cafe and has since been removed altogether.

According to Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, the bar was active over ten years ago when the drinking age was still 18. “As the laws changed both from a drink age and liability perspective, it became increasingly difficult to provide financial support for a facility that 70-plus percent of our students could not have access to,” she said. 

Ultimately, the University decided to close the facility. “The pub could not sustain its operation on revenue derived from sales alone. The increased liability we assumed for operating a pub was also factored into the decision to close,” Nagy said.

Does this decision still make sense today, or should the University consider reopening the pub? The Outlook weighs in.

Firstly, the editors acknowledge that alcohol consumption can have serious consequences for college students. It is understood that the University’s “dry campus” policies are in place to ensure the safety of all students, as well as to cement Monmouth’s position as a respectable institution within the West Long Branch community. While The Outlook does not deny these policies, some editors feel that bringing a bar back to campus would yield positive results.

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“Major” Stereotypes

We’ve all heard them, the choruses of, “Oh you’re a history major? That means you’re going to be a teacher, right?” or, “Communication majors have it so easy.” Many students do not realize that when they declare a major they are also signing themselves up for three to four years worth of stereotyping. These falsities can not only deter students from declaring certain majors, but they can also take a toll on the self-esteem of those who already have.

The Outlook staff agreed that while the humanities tend to get the worst of it, every major is subjected to some kind of stereotyping. Psychology majors are said to be constantly analyzing everyone, business majors are said to be “in it for the money,” and political science majors who do not pursue law school are said to be bound for minimum wage jobs. One editor said, “People say to communication majors things like, ‘You know how to talk to people.’  Art majors are stereotyped as pursuing a passion rather than a career and not getting jobs, or if they do get a job, it won’t be high-paying. English majors are stereotyped as only reading for all homework assignments.  History majors are stereotyped as only being teachers or working at museums.’” Another editor noted that math majors get “hit with some tough stereotypes, such as the thick-rimmed, number-crunching nerd idea.”

Several staff members hold passionate feelings regarding the unfair stereotyping of communication majors. One editor said it is extremely irritating when they hear people saying that students who declare communication as their major do it because it is easy or because they “like to communicate.” The editor said, “People assume that communication is a joke but that could not be farther from the truth,” said a staff member. “There is a lot of work and research and time involved in being a comm major and that’s why it annoys me so much to hear people judge us in that way.”

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What Really Matters: GPA or Activities?

As spring graduation approaches and summer comes around, Monmouth University students will begin to apply for careers and internships. They will stock their resume with every job and leadership position they have ever held, but is this what companies truly look at? While a high school GPA helped colleges decide whether they were going to accept a student or give them a scholarship, the same cannot be said in the real world.

“GPA and extra-curricular activities are just two factors, in addition to other things, that employers consider when reviewing candidates for employment,” said Assistant Dean for Career Services William Hill.

He also noted that while a GPA is important, extra-curricular activities may increase the chances of getting hired. “A student who was president of a club related to their major or career might get greater consideration over another candidate with a slightly higher GPA, all things being equal. In general, which one is given more weight may very well depend on the job for which the candidate is being considered.”

Many Outlook editors agree with Hill’s statement as most believe internships and experience outweigh a GPA. 

Furthermore, The Outlook editors who have held previous internships recalled that most of these companies did not even ask for their GPA’s. These companies received an employee’s GPA through the transcript, if it was asked for; however, most editors noted that during their interview, their employer had their resume in front of them, not their transcript. Although the staff’s previous employers did not ask for their GPA’s, this does not necessarily mean that others will follow suit. 

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What’s Really “New” About Messages in the News?

Between breaking news, developing stories and exclusive interviews, there is no shortage of captivating reports in today’s news media. While some news outlets are focused on facts, others have not so subtle agendas (Fox and MSNBC, we’re looking at you.) 

Regardless of intent, the American news feed has been rife with stories both heartwarming and heartbreaking in the past six months. Members of The Outlook’s editorial board stopped to reflect on these moments, as well as think about the future and what may be in store.

“There is so much sadness and hate in this world that the news is almost always awful,” said one editor. The staffer continued, “There have been plenty of tragic news stories that have struck a chord with me, but one of the more recent ones which I feel like not a lot of people had even heard of was about the older couple who met someone from Craigslist responding to their ad for an old car.” 

The tragedy of course ended with the couple’s murder and the police’s inability to find their bodies for several days. “I feel like the more personal stories, like this one, affect me more because I tend to picture myself in the shoes of the family of the victim(s),” the editor added.

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Snow Cancellations: Better to be Safe than Sorry

The start of the semester comes hand-in-hand with the brunt of winter. After a month home, students return from winter break with a fresh semester to look forward to; but there is one problem – treacherous weather conditions are at their peak when students return to Monmouth. 

Last year’s spring semester started off quite similarly to this year’s. Snow hit the ground right away the second week back, leaving cancellations late Monday into Tuesday. Last week’s second snowstorm brought cancellations for late Monday classes yet again. Especially in comparison to last year, The Outlook feels the University has been proactive by making early calls for cancellations to be in the best interest of safe traveling for students and faculty.

Since the weather is changeable, one editor pointed out the reason for Monmouth to consider snow cancellations: “NJ is known for being a flat state and our school’s location is right on the shore so many people have shore cars like mustangs, PT cruisers, and VW bugs. MU has to take in the fact that we are not equipped for rough weather into consideration and also, that a lot of people will be driving over 15 minutes to school which may cause accidents during a snow fall.”

While meteorologists try their best to predict large snowstorms ahead of time, the exact weather patterns will usually remain rather uncertain. For example, the blizzard predicted the final week of January did not hit as hard as expected in many areas. “With the blizzard, the University decided to cancel before the storm arrived. This was a smart decision because it allowed students to make appropriate arrangements and for professors to adjust their classes accordingly,” another editor said.

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New “Outlook” on the Spring Semester

Following the food comas from Thanksgiving and winter breaks, students are ushered into a new year, and shortly thereafter, a new semester. In an attempt to readjust to the academic lifestyle, The Outlook assessed the benefits and disadvantages accompanying the start of the spring semester.

The Outlook was decidedly split on favoring the transition back into school from winter or summer breaks. Some editors preferred returning to school after winter break, as one editor noted, “I find coming back from winter break much easier, since we didn’t have nearly as much time off and I’m coming back to the same room and the same people, which isn’t always true for fall semester.”

Another staffer said that returning after winter break is favorable because most of the big issues are already taken care of. He said, “I don’t feel as worried [returning after winter break]. I’m not running around going ‘Do I have all my books? Did I get all the eCampus notes? Did I remember to pay my tuition? Does this coat make me look pretentious?’ All that stuff’s been taken care of by January.”

On the other side of the spectrum, some editors appreciate the return to school after summer break as it leaves them feeling refreshed, refocused and ready to begin a new academic workload. One contributor said, “The weather is also much nicer in September which makes coming back to school easier.” 

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The Holiday ‘Outlook’

As the holiday season is rapidly approaching, Monmouth students are doing their best to find Christmas cheer despite the finals that loom ahead. The Outlook agreed that while the University makes a solid attempt at spreading holiday joy, it is largely limited to certain areas on campus.

The campus’ centerpiece, Wilson Hall, is the focal point for decorations. The editors agreed that MU staff and faculty put the most time and effort into the Wilson displays, noting the variety of Christmas trees and lights throughout the building.

One editor said, “Only in Wilson Hall or in Plangere when Santa is taking pictures does the campus feel truly festive.” The ‘Christmas Sticks’ that line the entrance by the Dining Hall also add a dash of holiday festiveness. Another editor also appreciated the holiday themed drinks at Java City.

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Does MU Fall “Flat” in Cleaning Construction?

The construction of the University’s latest building, Pozycki Hall, has inconveniently stripped students of a vast majority of parking spaces – that is old news. Now, however, another problem caused by the site has come into question by The Outlook: car problems potentially caused by inadequate clean-up of the construction.

Just last week, one editor noticed she received a flat tire just after parking in the Bey Hall. After driving less than one mile from her off-campus rental through the Bey parking lot then to the Plangere lot, the flat was first noticed. After getting the car assessed, it was determined that a nail was the cause. She had to shell out an inconvenient $150 payment for a brand new tire.

The Outlook feels there is a likelihood that the nail may have come from the on-campus construction, given the short amount of time it took to get from the house to the parking lot. This occurrence was the first flat tire that the staff has considered to be a possible result of the new building’s construction.

The Outlook agreed that because the construction site’s proximity to the parking lot, it does at least have potential to cause flats. As one editor said, “The construction site is so close to the parking lot that any nail or some other type of metal can easily fly out onto the lot.” Thus, that could explain the mysterious nail that ended up popping the editor’s tire within such a short distance.

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‘Tis the Season of Papers and Exams

With just over four weeks remaining in the semester, the season of final examinations and multiple page-long research papers is amongst us.

Do students effectively utilize University resources like the library and the Writing Center to prepare for final assignments?

The Outlook editorial staff was conflicted on the effectiveness of student use of educational services, saying the library, in particular, is not used to its fullest potential, albeit for a myriad of reasons.

One staff member said, "The library is used by off-campus, older students and mandatory classes effectively, but people could use the resources more." Professors often schedule research days, which for some are the only time they are exposed to the library.

Another editor added, "I have only used the library to study or do homework a total of three times, two of them being when my professors required the class to go to learn how to use the online database."

On the contrary, one editor noted that the library "is a quiet place to go when you need to study or write a paper. Everyone around you is working too, which provides a great atmosphere to work in."

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Extra Credit Assignment: Getting to Know Your Professors

One of the many changes students experience during the transition from high school to college is the relationship between students and teachers, or sometimes, lack thereof. Students become used to the close relationships they have with teachers in high school and are suddenly thrown into the world of college, where classes tend to be so large that students become nothing more than a number. Small colleges such as the University, however, often pride themselves in offering smaller classes and deeper student-teacher relationships.

The Outlook staff feels that the University generally fulfills its promise of close, one-on-one relationships between students and their professors.

The staff unanimously agrees that due to the University's small class sizes students and professors are able to really get to know each other. "Because the University is small, it's easy to develop relationships," noted one editor. "The student isn't just a number; they can work one-on-one with the professor to get help and get to know them."

Another editor explained that he was shocked when he came to college and found that some professors even give out their personal cell phone numbers so that students can reach them if necessary.

The Outlook staff noted several ways that the close relationships they have experienced with professors at the University are beneficial. Professors have not only assisted in picking good classes, but have also helped students with internship and career advice.

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Sometimes, Size Does Matter

Hitting the gym is a respected habit among college students. Whether your dedication ranges from going every single day to just once a week, getting or staying fit is the common goal. However, what if reaching this goal is unattainable? The little spare time you do have to dedicate to a work out could be wiped out by annoying crowding at peak times.

The Outlook feels as though the Multipurpose Activity Center gym facility is not an appropriate size to accommodate all of the people at the University.

While the gym is sanitary and machines are maintained, there are less than ten treadmills and ellipticals, six bikes, and just three stair masters. There is only one of each specific weight machine . Editors have come to the consensus that the gym follows quality but unfortunately, not quantity.

Since, according to Monmouth.edu, the main gym membership is offered to outsiders for $500 a a year, open free to employees and discounted for alumni, overcrowding is pretty much unavoidable. The number of machines simply does not fit with the thousands that make up the student body, on top of these other groups.

Editors who have used the main gym have all had to wait to use a machine before. This is common, most often with the cardio machines, when there are no others open. So, you are either twiddling your thumbs waiting to catch the next elliptical, or using a machine you had not intended to. This cuts into valuable work-out time.

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The Perks of Getting Involved

"Make sure to get involved!" Any student who has attended college for even a minimal amount of time has certainly heard this phrase or similar variations of it.

Whether it's parents, faculty, or peers, from the moment they commit to a school, college students are encouraged to get involved on campus by joining clubs and organizations. Enriching the college experience, meeting new people, and gaining skills or knowledge are the typical reasons to get involved. However, does this advice hold true, and are the benefits of getting involved all they're cracked up to be?

The Outlook staff overwhelmingly agrees with the importance of getting involved in extra-curricular activities, and believes the typical benefits are unquestionable.

The staff unanimously noted that they've developed life-long friendships and relationships through the clubs and organizations they're apart of on campus. One editor said, "I've made some awesome friends that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. It allowed me to branch out and truly make relationships with people."

Gaining real life experience and skill building are also benefits mentioned by the majority of The Outlook staff. Several of the editors were quick to point out that they've gained invaluable experience in areas such as leadership and teamwork by getting involved with different groups on campus, and that this experience will help them after graduation. One editor referred to her involvement in her sorority as an example. "I've gained leadership experience from being on my sorority's executive board, and have also acquired important professional skills for my future."

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College Campuses Stress the Workload

Post-secondary education is often the first taste individuals have for assuming the roles as an adult. Whether a community college, 4-year institution or other, after high school, students are beginning to assume roles of greater significance. But, are these new roles the cause of greater stress and mental illness among students?

The Outlook believes that through the requirements and demands of colleges and universities on students, the post-secondary education system has essentially created factories tasked with creating stressed individuals. Classroom prerequisites, club and social obligations and more combine to make for higher levels of stress and mental illness among university goers than in the past.

Dr. Franca Mancini, university Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, viewed students as seemingly more stressed now than ever. She said, "College is inherently stressful, and it seems that current students are showing even more signs of poor stress management and a need to acquire better coping skills."

Mancini said, "The pressure of academics, combined with social, family and financial concerns in a very busy world makes it hard to find time to clear one's mind and relax. Learning stress management techniques is essential, and it's never too late to start."

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MU’s Internship Program: Good or Bad?

Internships play a huge part in a college student's life. They can help you learn more about the inner workings of your desired career choice, they can help you network, and they can help you with further opportunities in your field. Whether paid or unpaid, students use internships as a stepping-stone to their future jobs.

Internships help students get a jump-start into working as well. While some internships will have students sitting at a desk the entire time, some internships will send students out and have them experience the reality of the job. This usually depends on your major. Even after students graduate, some take on another internship first, to get more of a feel for the job they will spend the rest of their lives doing. However, do college students really benefit from the internship experiences and do they believe the school helps them with this?

The Outlook staff believes internships, in general, are absolutely beneficial to students, but you must do the research on them beforehand. Multiple editors explained, though, that they were stuck in one, even two internships that did not aide to their majors at all. One editor even said he was ridiculed and insulted during his internship, and had to quit.

The staff noted that they appreciated the University sending emails and updating posts about internship opportunities. Some editors joined their department's internship group on Facebook and found internships through there. Regarding how the school and professors handle the internship program, though, the editors had split opinions.

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To “Fall” for Campus Beauty or Not?

Every week, students pour onto Monmouth's campus at all hours of the day, usually rushing into buildings in order to attend the classes that brought them to campus to begin with. But amongst the running to and from classes and meetings, some are able to stop for a moment and appreciate the campus and the special measures taken to ensure its beauty.

Several members of The Outlook note that they are often in awe of how campus looks, particularly during the fall. Whether it's because of the large and dominant trees adorning campus changing colors, or the courtyard outside of Wilson Hall with its running fountains, The Outlook finds autumn on campus to be a particularly magical time. And with the fall season supposedly predicted to be a very short one this year the staff is prepared to enjoy all of the autumn beauty on campus while they can.

However, some staff feel that campus looks good no matter which season it is, and while fall may definitely bring about the red and brown hues in the leaves, it is argued that no matter the time of year the campus maintenance crew is consistently doing a good job.

Yet some see that there is an excess in the care of campus. While it is definitely appreciated with all of the apparent labor that goes into the landscaping, the general consensus at The Outlook is that tuition should be used towards things that would really benefit students, such as more parking spaces instead of mulch and flowers.

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The Apple of My iPhone

The iPhone welcomed its newest members on Sept. 19 as Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus worldwide. According to Apple's website, the new products boast a total upgrade from previous models including larger screens (4.7in for the 6 and 5.5in for the 6 Plus), an A8 processor, and support for Apple Pay, among other features.

Regarding initial sales, the iPhone 5 saw preorders of 2 million units within 24 hours according to Forbes, while the 6 and 6 Plus garnered 4 million preorders in the same time frame. Clearly the public is excited for the Apple's flagship devices.

This excitement, however, has not spread to The Outlook. Nearly every member of The Outlook editorial staff is an owner an Apple product, with the iPhone 5 5c and 5s being most common. MacBooks are also prevalent among the staff, albeit with less ownership than the iPhone.

Why is it that The Outlook can favor the iPhone without being excited for Apple's newest creation? Apple's ecosystem is the reason. While the newest iPhones add varying levels of functionality to Apple's existing lineup, Apple's previous (and still supported) products are able to offer a similar experience to current users.

The synergistic relationship Apple has created between its devices has made purchasing the newest iPhones less than desirable for The Outlook. One editor said, "I'm not that excited because I don't care to update my phone. I like the easiness of what I already have."

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Involvement ‘Faired’ In No One’s Favor

The University held its annual Involvement Fair during the first weekend of school with the intentions of helping the on-campus clubs recruit new members and for the students to become more involved.

The event was given three main alterations from previous years: Instead of being held on a Wednesday, it was held on a Friday; instead of being held during the "meetings" time block, it was held from 4-6; and finally, the fair was moved from outside the Rebecca Stafford Student Center to the front of the Guggenheim library.

While The Outlook staff appreciates the effort to make the event bigger and better, such as the addition of free food, we feel the time and date caused an unwanted effect on the various clubs' recruitment.

The Outlook itself is used to recruiting an average of 100 new members via this event. This year, The Outlook gained less than 40 interested members. As The Outlook staff began to discuss the event with other clubs' executive board members, we noticed that our numbers were not the only ones which significantly decreased from years past as well.

Our staff believes that many of the freshmen, who are usually the majority of the attendees at the Involvement Fair, went home for the weekend. It is understandable that after being away from their home for nearly a week, perhaps the longest any of them have been away without their parents, they would want to make a trip home.

Besides the fact most students may have travelled home for the weekend, the event was also held after classes on the library lawn. The time also caused trouble for those who are commuters and upperclassmen. By that point on a Friday, many commuters and upperclassman would have left campus.

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“To be Prepared is Half the Victory”

September has arrived and with it, the excitement of students getting back into an academic routine. Seniors have begun their last first day of school. Freshmen nervously begin to find their place on campus. The line for the book store is as long as our syllabi and the new faces in our classrooms start to become familiar.

In addition to working toward academic excellence, students also strive to make the most of their short time at the University. Ernest Hemingway once said, "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end."

These words speak volumes for the college experience, and as a senior beginning my last year as an undergraduate I can say that a journey begins with getting involved. While my college career is nearing an end, this year I embark on a new journey with my entire staff as Editor-In-Chief of The Outlook.

Each semester the University sets new goals and works to improve an institution that already achieves excellence, and that is what I intend to do for The Outlook. I have had the privilege of working under three dedicated leaders during my involvement with the newspaper, each who has set a great precedent for the next to follow.

These past Editor-In-Chiefs who I am lucky enough to call my friends and mentors left behind a newspaper that maintained tradition while still progressing in the modern world of journalism. Though they held many of the same values I have seen The Outlook evolve with each new leader.

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