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Editorial

The Outlook Recognizes Influential Black Figures

Black History month in America consists of a celebratory string of events honoring Black history and culture. Currently, the African American Student Union at the University has organized a handful of events that run through the month of February to honor African American culture, including a flag ceremony on Feb 1. as well as African American Leaders Trivia on Feb. 20.

The editors of The Outlook recognize the heroism depicted by their past and present black figures:

Michelle Obama

One staffer commented on her well-spoken and overall classy composure and attitude. Michelle Obama’s accomplishments, education, and career paths are what have influenced many people. She graduated locally from Princeton University and went on to become a lawyer, and then later came to accomplish so much as first lady. The editor added, “She really is such an inspiration to me to work hard and achieve all the goals I have set for myself.” Michelle Obama has become a shining example of what girls of all ages and races can become.

Jackie Robinson

Robinson, as the first African American to play Major League Baseball, went through obstacles on and off the field. “Without his courage to ignore the hate and continue to play at a high level, there would be so many great athletes and baseball players in particular that would have never had an opportunity to play,” an editor commented.

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The “Atrium” Takes its First Beat in the 2017 Spring Semester

Monmouth’s campus is always under a constant strive for improvement, whether that be a change of branding logos and slogans, a revamp of our technological advancements, or construction on campus in order to improve the physical looks and functionality of our campus.

As of recent, there has been construction on the south side of campus in between Edison Hall and Howard Hall. In previous years, there had been a hallway-style link between the first floor of Edison Hall and the second floor of Howard Hall. In fall of 2015, construction started taking place that would remove the link and replace it with a new building complete with various rooms and offices, giving the School of Science more room to grow.

The construction took about two years to complete and at times the construction was a hassle for students to get around. Now that construction is complete, The Outlook editors discuss their views on its completion and the journey on getting to this state:

For editors who had classes and other activities regularly in Howard Hall, or simply on the south side of campus, the construction affected their daily commute. One editor said, “Sometimes the construction was a hassle to navigate around because it would cause closures on walkways on campus which made getting to some buildings a little confusing. Overall, we don’t have that big of a campus, so going a little out of my way wasn’t so bad.”

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A Year in Review at MU

A lot can change in one year, and like most years, 2016 was no different. While 2016 has brought on a little more change than some can handle, it is perhaps a year that no one will forget. At Monmouth University, 2016 has been a year of highs and lows.

Over the year, the school has made some pretty large changes, including construction efforts -such as the renovation of the Thomas A. Edison Science Hall and the Dining Hall - and the installation of Monmouth Stadium, a new football stadium which is expected to be completed in 2017. Through the course of the year, The University also faced an emergency lockdown, which challenged the school’s preparation and ability to keep their students safe. Whether it can be argued for better or worse, the University has seen change and the editors of The Outlook have taken notice.

It’s hard not to ignore the construction on campus that has been visible since the beginning of last semester. While the Edison Science Building will soon be renovated and given the polished look of the other, newer buildings on campus - such as Pozycki Hall, the construction effort has had some negative effects on students while on campus.

One editor said, “I think that it is great that the campus is trying to improve our facilities. However, the construction on campus is an eye sore and sometimes makes it more difficult to walk to class. Although they are making improvements to the University current students probably won’t reap the benefits of them since these projects will be completed after we graduate.”

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Do All Holidays Shine Equally on Campus?

There’s no place like Monmouth for the holidays—or at least for Christmas. Once the holiday season approaches, Wilson Hall is lit up in a beautiful array of trees, wreaths, and lights. Students and guests alike take time to stare in wonder at the holiday display in the building. While it’s easy to feel the Christmas spirit inside Wilson Hall, the Outlook editors have taken a step back to think—what about the other holidays? What about students who celebrate something else?

While Monmouth is not affiliated with a religion, students have definitely noticed the visible connection with Christianity when it comes to the Catholic center on campus and the Christmas transformation of Wilson Hall. A majority of the editors celebrate Christmas and in no way dismiss the celebration of the holiday, we’re just looking for more diversity.

One editor said, “I think Monmouth definitely favors Christmas. I see the occasional menorah around campus, but, while Hanukkah and Christmas are the most prominent holidays of the season, there are plenty of other holidays for other religions on campus that are not represented such as Eid and Kwanzaa.”

Monmouth is open to different opinions and expression of those opinions, shown by the variety of clubs and organizations representing different views on many things, including religion. So we believe it’s time to showcase more of that diversity during the holiday season. One editor suggested, “I would like to see Wilson Hall have decorations not just for Christmas, but for more holidays that take place during the season. It would look really awesome and make more students at Monmouth feel represented.”

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November: A Time for Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving Day is upon us, and while turkey and stuffing are usually on our lists of things to be thankful for, The Outlook editors believe that there is an important addition to be made, other than food and football. In honor of giving thanks, the editors of The Outlook would like to express their gratitude to Monmouth University. From the breathtaking campus grounds only a mile away from the beach to the dedicated faculty and staff, Monmouth provides students with an abundance of things to be thankful for.

Editors were all in consensus on their gratitude for the opportunities and resources the University offers. “Monmouth has many opportunities to get involved, travel, learn, and find independence,” said one editor.

Studying abroad, becoming involved in a club or organization and enrolling in courses that are taught by highly qualified professors are only a few of the elements that contribute to the endless educational and social opportunities available to students. The staffer said, “I’m most thankful for the plethora of resources. From free printing to writing services, there’s a great amount of help at my disposal. These resources allow me to fulfill my academic potential.”

While resources aid in the fulfillment of a student’s academic success, professors truly act as the catalyst in the uncovering of a student’s potential. “I get to go to class to professors who value my education as well as my opinions,” expressed one editor. “I am a person and not a number on a professor’s roster. Everyone seems to know everyone, which is a beautiful thing. Professors actually care about their students, and I have had so many life-changing opportunities because of those types of professors,” said another Outlook editor.

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Dear Mr. President

As you know, this election was like no other. It was the first time a woman was the presidential nominee of one of the two main parties, the first time we had a businessman with no political background as the presidential nominee of the other main party, and one of the most highly controversial elections our country has faced in years. There have been rumors of corruption, deception, and unlawful activity, but now, it’s over. You’ve won. And now we have a few things to ask of you.

As a businessman in office, please represent us well. We have now altered history by electing a leader without a political background to office, so do your best to show us that this decision was a good one. This is a great opportunity to show our nation’s youth that they can truly do anything they aspire to do as long as they work hard enough and believe in themselves. This group of children will grow up watching you lead this country, seeing firsthand that you can do anything if you work hard enough to get there. Be the model that shapes the upcoming generation to be a group of natural leaders and hard workers.

“I would like to see a true role model in the next president,” said one editor. “It may seem cliché that we need a role model in life to look up to, but I think that this next president truly needs to be morally stable in order to keep our country stable…a morally corrupt president could very well be our downfall, so this next leader must be a truly good person to be able to be a good leader.”

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Midterm Madness: Grading the Importance

As the semester hits its midpoint, professors have officially assigned midterm grades to students. These grades typically signify the quality of a student’s work at this point of the semester; however, some of the assigned grades have been questionable.

“I don’t think midterm grades are really taken seriously. For a lot of my classes professors will just count an exam that’s during the week of midterms as our midterm,” said one editor.

Nonetheless, many of the editors felt that midterm grades actually were proper representations of their grades. One editor noted that it is beneficial to see the improvement made from the middle of the semester to the end, when final grades are distributed. However, the general consensus among the editors is that there are so few assignments that the grades typically only reflect a small portion of the overall grade for that respective course.

“I don’t feel that any of my midterm grades have been misaligned, but I have felt in some classes that there were not enough graded assignments to go off of by the time midterm grades were due,” said one editor. “I think it depends on the class. I have had classes before where we only had one major graded assignment when it comes time for midterm grades to come out and that was our midterm grade.”

Another editor added that professors like to keep students in-check. If a student has an A, perhaps he/she will not work as hard to maintain it, therefore an A- ensures that the student will continue to produce quality work.

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Hawks Fly Home for Homecoming

Homecoming weekend is upon us, and this is a time for our campus community to come together and feel a sense of pride.

“Homecoming to me means seeing the alumni and getting to hang out with them for the day,” one editor said. “I love tailgating with my sorority and catching up with sisters who have graduated. I love how all of Monmouth is together during the day and it feels like a big community.”

“I think it’s about school spirit and people just having fun and watching something they enjoy and getting together,” another editor said.

The homecoming events begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with the pep rally at OceanFirst Bank Center. It is an event meant to get the students ready for the football game the following day, but not everybody on campus attends the pep rally.

“I am not a huge sports fan and also since I am a commuter, it really is not an event that I would stay on campus for,” one editor said.

“I have attended the pep rally the last two years to cover it for The Outlook and freshman year I went to get a free t-shirt but I never really enjoyed it much. Not many people go and it feels pointless,” another editor said.

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We Need More Diversity at MU

Diversity is defined by The Outlook as a range of different cultures within the people we interact with. We live in a world where we have witnessed and learned about people who fought through injustices that were once a huge part of our society. These injustices were unearthed because of activists’ recognition of our society’s inability to embrace different cultures and races. Our society looks up to individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who have fought for the rights of people. Even though it seems like we have progressed significantly as a country and in our views as a society, there is still a lot that we have yet to accomplish. At the University this may be due to its lack of cultural and racial diversity.

The Outlook editors agreed that Monmouth’s campus is not wholly diverse, but aknowledges that over the past few years the population has gradually diversified. Several editors noted that they have seen a change on our campus since their first year at Monmouth.

One editor said, “I think there has been an increase in diversity since I first became a student, but I think Monmouth has a lot of catching up to do.”

When it comes to the University as a whole, editors agree that our campus is not extremely diverse but we seem to be moving forward. When it comes to the diversity of on campus social groups, it is agreed that there’s an absence of diversity.

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The Votes Have It

The presidential election is in full swing, and it has been a fiery fight to the finish line. With two final nominees, the country will be heading to the voting booths in November to select the next Chief Executive for the following four to eight years.

The Outlook editors weigh in on the madness and discuss the importance of voting in this election.

Overwhelmingly, the Outlook editors are not enthused by either of the candidates in this historical race, and some are even afraid. One editor said, “This election has been pretty scary. Different media outlets are portraying both candidates awfully.”

Another said, “It is frightening how the country is so torn between these two candidates because of how bad we think they are.”

According to an article by Catharine Rampell in the Washington Post, voter turnout of young adults has been low for decades, and the Outlook editors discussed why that might be. “I think that 18-24 year olds vote least in elections because they are the most uninformed group. There are some that do not vote because they don’t know what to make of the candidates and some that are simply just not registered,” said an editor.

A majority of the editors have been registered since they were legal. “I registered when I turned 18 in Oct. 2012 so that I could vote in the 2012 election. I am very excited and look forward to voting this November in what is sure to be one of the most historic elections in history,” said an editor.

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Hawks Soaring with Pride

With the most recent success of our men’s basketball team this past spring, students are curious to see if the immense increase in school spirit that emerged in the spring semester has carried over to this semester’s fall sports.

One editor said, “There was a surge of school spirit shot into the campus community [last semester] because of the success of our athletes. It really helped that they were doing well, and the bench was making headlines.”

The major publicity of our basketball team has led many students to question whether this surge in school spirit would benefit other sports in the upcoming year.

Well, the year has come and many editors agree that the school spirit and anticipation at the University has amplified for the upcoming basketball season; however, it isn’t as clear how the school spirit has affected this year’s fall sports.

One editor said, “I think the school spirit has carried over. The anticipation for this upcoming basketball season is higher than it probably has been before. [But,] even though Monmouth has very good soccer teams, I feel that the build-up for those seasons was the same as in past seasons.”

Unfortunately, the other editors tend to agree that the fall sports still are not getting as much love as they deserve. Our football team is doing an incredible job recently with a current record of 2-2, but it doesn’t look like attendance has risen for their student section .

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