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Monmouth Hawks: Is the University ‘Nest’ Safe? Reflecting on the Campus-Wide Lockdown Prompted by a Gun Incident

The University entered a campus-wide lockdown at 9:52 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 after police received reports of a man with a gun. According to an e-mail sent by University President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D. the following day, the suspect approached two female students with a gun and demanded their cell phones; they fled and called the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), prompting the lockdown.

The suspect was apprehended at 10:52 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted at 12:11 a.m. after the campus was thoroughly searched for evidence. Later, information revealed that the attempted robbery was committed by a freshman football player wielding a fake gun. The student, Keith Williams, was arrested and is being held in jail on $100,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

No Monmouth students were harmed in the incident. However, it has brought back to light the issue of school shootings and campus safety.

“Typically, I feel pretty safe on campus,” said one editor. “We hear a lot about other schools, but I never really thought something like this would happen here. It’s when something like this happens where you start questioning the safety on campus.”

Several Outlook editors were in the Outlook newsroom, located in the Jules L. Plangere Communications Center, when the lockdown commenced. They were then stuck there, unable to leave, until the lockdown was lifted just past midnight.

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Life Lessons for a Hawk from the Presidential Election

Life Lessons Preidential Election

The 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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Monmouth Hawks: Is the University ‘Nest’ Safe?

Reflecting on the Campus-Wide Lockdown Prompted by a Gun Incident


The University entered a campus-wide lockdown at 9:52 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 after police received reports of a man with a gun. According to an e-mail sent by University President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D. the following day, the suspect approached two female students with a gun and demanded their cell phones; they fled and called the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), prompting the lockdown.

The suspect was apprehended at 10:52 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted at 12:11 a.m. after the campus was thoroughly searched for evidence. Later, information revealed that the attempted robbery was committed by a freshman football player wielding a fake gun. The student, Keith Williams, was arrested and is being held in jail on $100,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

No Monmouth students were harmed in the incident. However, it has brought back to light the issue of school shootings and campus safety.

“Typically, I feel pretty safe on campus,” said one editor. “We hear a lot about other schools, but I never really thought something like this would happen here. It’s when something like this happens where you start questioning the safety on campus.”

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Friends

Life Lessons Friends

Friends 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 Brain

With 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:

Coral Cooper, a junior English student:

As Trump progresses through the 2016 election, his egotistical characteristics are becoming affirmed. Within recent weeks, recordings of predatory talk and sexual assault allegations have come to surface in the news regarding the man attempting to hold the position of commander and chief of the United States.

Comments suggesting a man, especially a man with a lot of money or high social standing, can do whatever he pleases to a woman are not acceptable. The issue of sexual assault is a sensitive topic that should not be discussed so crudely. Gender equality is an ongoing issue as women still make monetarily less than men.

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

Life Lessons Walt Disney World

As 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!

Patience is key

We’ve all been there—waiting for a ride as perfect and incredible as Space Mountain, knowing that it isn’t going to be a short wait. Lines at Disney World for any attraction can get as long as two hours—sometimes even longer! You’ve got to pack your patience when going to an amusement park as magical and popular as this. Furthermore, it isn’t just the wait that you’re going to have to be patient with, it’s the people too. With the buzz of tons of different languages being spoken, the cries and yelps of little children who want this and that, and the roar of crowds in general, you’ve got to be patient and learn to keep calm in hectic situations.

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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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