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Opinion

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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