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Opinion

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.

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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

A Personal Tale and Call for Action on Immigrating to the United States


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.

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