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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

LSAT Prep Classes: What Advantages Do They Offer?

As a prequisite for all law school applications, the LSAT is important in evaluating a student’s ability to place in the best legal program possible.

Many people believe that the LSAT is a test on the law; this is not the case. The LSAT is an exam that primarily tests one’s skills in logical thinking and critical analysis.

With “Logic games,” logical reasoning, and reading comprehension, the test focuses on three main sections in addition to a writing sample and an experimental section, and is scored from 130 (lowest) to 180 (perfect). As the test draws closer, many students have a myriad of questions regarding how anyone should prepare for the LSAT. Generally, there is no specific time one should begin preparation. Many students begin their training at different times before test-day.

The most popular test dates are in June and October, according to Dr. Gregroy Bordelon, lecturer of the political science department and the pre-law advisor for students at the University. Bordelon explains there are several reasons he pushes for students to take the LSAT in June.

“First, the June test will allow a reportable score to come back before the fall semester of the student’s senior year starts and that way, the student has more time to realistically research law schools, look at historical LSAT scores of those schools prior admitting classes, speak often with their pre-law advisor, and really do their homework on whether law is for them.”

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New SGA President and Vice President Hope to Tackle: Priority Registration, Perspectives Courses and Others

Kelly Craig and Alexandra Tuyahow have been elected President and Vice President of the Student Government Association for the 2013-2014 school year and are looking to take their prior experiences and apply them to their new positions.

Craig is a 21-year-old junior political science major from Monroe Township. She is currently a residential assistant and a member of the Political Science Club on campus. Next year, in addition to being SGA President, she will be co-captain of the University Debate Team and will serve as President of the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. She also works for human resources on campus.

When Craig joined SGA in her freshman year, she was involved in the “Giving Tree” Campaign. During her sophomore year, she was chairperson of Spring Fest and named historian, which is an executive position for SGA. This year she served as Vice President with Oscar Sanchez, senior communication major.

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Tsarnaev Charged as American Citizen: MU Reaction

As alleged suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, lies in a hospital bed awaiting police interrogation just two weeks after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and several days after the manhunt that resulted in his capture and the death of his brother Tamerlan, 26, questions have turned to motive.

As the investigation commences, a new question arises as to whether the surviving Tsarnaev brother, a naturalized American citizen, should be tried as a U.S. citizen under the American legal system, or as an “enemy combatant.”

Dr. Michele Grillo of the Criminal Justice Department explained that the term “enemy combatant” is a general category that includes two sub-categories: lawful and unlawful combatants.

She described that while lawful combatants receive prisoner of war (POW) status and the protections of the Third Geneva Convention, a treaty that defined humanitarian protections for prisoners of war, unlawful combatants do not receive POW status or the full protections of the Third Geneva Convention.

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Christie Tax Cuts Could Affect Students’ Housing Rentals

tax_cuts_affect_student_housing_rentalsNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie is proposing a new tax plan for all residents, which will be the focus for his upcoming campaign. The plan proposed is a compromise from the last tax cut he proposed in order to settle the plan with the state Democrats and Republicans.

Last year, the Governor proposed a plan that would cut 10 percent across the board on income taxes. The state’s lawmakers informed him they would prefer tax cuts that link to property instead, to which he agreed. However, the deal did not pass because lawmakers and econo­mists were fearful of the revenue’s projections being too optimistic.

His new plan is based off of the one from last year, to which Christie put the tax cuts into property taxes. The major difference in the plan, however, is the benefit it will be to higher-income households. The old plan called for household’s making $250,000, the new plan raised up to $400,000.

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Political Journalism Around the World

What are Some of the Risks and Rewards in Political Reporting in America and Abroad?

political_journalism_around_the_worldPolitical journalism around the world offers unique challenges for journalists to reveal the truth to people when, in some countries, the government will do anything, including harming the journalist, in order to keep their control over the press.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in 2013 alone, 13 journalists were killed around the world and 62 percent of the 13 journalists were covering politics. In 2012, 232 journalists were im­prisoned around the world, accord­ing to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In the past decade, the most dangerous place for journalists has been Iraq. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, around 89 media people were mur­dered and another 50 died in cross­fire or other acts of war between the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and 2010.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in 2011, during the turmoil of the Arab Spring, at least 33 journalists and media per­sonnel were killed: One in Algeria, one in Bahrain, two in Egypt, one in Iran, 11 in Iraq, six in Libya, one in Syria, one in Tunisia, five in Ye­men, and four in Somalia.

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Seton Hall Law Professor Visits Campus

Mock Law Class Gives Students a Glimpse into a Law School Learning Environment

Seton_Hall_professor_visits_campusSeton Hall Law School Profes­sor John “Kip” Cornwell taught a mock 1L class to the University students in Young Auditorium on Thursday, April 18. About 20 stu­dents interested in applying to law school attended the event.

Prior to attending, students had to read a criminal law case regard­ing pre-meditated murder. Pro­fessor Cornwell simulated a law school class by using the Socratic Method. This method, used pri­marily in law school, was created in order to effectively teach large groups of students.

In the Socratic Method, the pro­fessor will randomly call on stu­dents and ask questions. By doing this, the professor is able to keep the entire class engaged, as no one knows who will be called on next.

The students who went to the mock 1L class read the case of United States V. Watson. This was a murder trial in which the defendant was found guilty of first degree murder of a police officer.

The defendant appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, because he claimed that he did commit murder, however, it was in self-defense and not pre-meditated. The case then revolved around how a judge can decide whether or not a murder had been planned out.

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MU Student Highlights Involvement at the U.N.

gucAlexandria Fitzgerald, a senior communication major and U.N. Student Ambassador for the Uni­versity, presented a session entitled, “Bringing the U.N. to MU” as part of the 12th Annual Global Under­standing Convention on April 9, 2013.

Fitzgerald explained how her presentation sought to reach out to the campus community in hopes of inspiring students to get involved with the United Nations, the world’s largest, most prominent and leading international organization.

She explained that the Uni­versity’s Institute for Global Un­derstanding (IGU), formerly the Global Understanding Project, is committed to promoting the United Nations and carrying out their mis­sion by focusing on human rights, economic development, equality and peace.

“From annual trips to the U.N. Headquarters in New York City; bringing students to U.N. events, conferences and briefings; par­ticipating in the Model U.N.; and sponsoring U.N. speakers on cam­pus, both the IGU and the Univer­sity are fully committed to their in­volvement with the organization,” Fitzgerald said.

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“House of Cards” is the Ace in the Deck on Netflix

Kevin-Spacey-House-of-Cards-NetflixNetflix’s hit series, “House of Cards,” is set to start shooting their second season. The first season of the show was released on February 1, 2013, with all 13 episodes put up for access at once.

Based off of the popular British series, “House of Cards,”the Ameri­can verison is directed by David Fincher, the director of “The Social Network,” and stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara. With the amount of deception, corruption, sex, and lust for power portrayed in the show, the true questions come to be how realistic is it to the political world of DC?

“House of Cards” follows the po­litical career of Francis Underwood (Spacey), the South Carolina Major­ity Whip, who cleverly takes down the presidential administration that he helped to elect.

Underwood’s need for revenge is a result of the newly elected President Garrett Walker (Michael Gill) break­ing his promise of moving Under­wood up to Secretary of State if he helped him win the election.

Power is a big theme of the show, something that is stated to be the most desired thing in DC over and over again.

The character, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has no desire for fame or money; the only thing he cares about is the amount of power he can obtain. The despicable actions that he takes in order to climb the ranks, and the reactions portrayed by the media and public give an inside look into what the political scandal­ous world is like.

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Revolution in Egypt Up Close: A GUC Presentation

An event that encompassed both imperative world problems and promoting global understand­ing was the presentation titled, “Studying Abroad in a Revolu­tion: My Experience in Cairo from 2010-2012,” where Geoffrey Cloepfil enlightened the audience on his first-hand account of the Arab Spring uprising in Cairo, Egypt. This presentation took place on Tuesday April 9 at 7:25 in Turrell Boardroom.

Cloepfil is now a graduate stu­dent studying Public Policy at the University. He had previously at­tended the University of Califor­nia in Santa Barbara, where he studied Arabic. The combination of studying Arabic and the study abroad opportunities, the allure of Cairo, Egypt was a “no brainer” for Cleopfil.

Originally, the study abroad program that Cleopfil was partici­pating in was scheduled for a year. However, six months into the pro­gram, the revolution started.

Cleopfil stated, “January 25, 2011 is a date I will never forget.” He had previously been traveling for the winter break holiday, when the revolution started. Ironically, he was “in the air” when the up­rising took place. The Cairo Air­port was shut down and he was literally stuck. During this confu­sion, everyone believed he was a reporter because he was the only “white guy” in Cairo.

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Model U.N. Participates in New York City Conference and Wins Honorable Mention

Monmouth’s Model United Nations delegation once again soared, this time as the team participated in the world’s larg­est Model U.N. simulation. The delegation attended the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City from March 24-28 under the leadership of Head Delegates An­drew Bell and Matthew-Donald Sangster and advisor Dr. Thom­as Lamatsch. Representing the Kingdom of Belgium, the team received an “Honorable Mention” for their performance at the con­ference.

In addition to the Head Del­egates, Monmouth was repre­sented by Rezwan Ahmed, Liz Anderson, Geoffrey Cloepfil, Jacquie Corsentino, Rafael Gon­zalez, Kyle Hasslinger, Alan Jean, Chris Lojek, Chris Miller, Alex Nanchanatt, Adit Patel, Myles Pe­terson, Emily Smith, and Saliha Younas.

Delegates represented Belgium on ten committees. Senior Head delegate Andrew Bell was not part of a committee to support all teams which was particularly im­portant given that the majority of the delegates had never attended a Model U.N. Simulation before.

Bell said commenting on his experience, “The delegates im­pressed me tremendously. It is hard to believe that so many first timers could learn as quickly as this group did, and that their ef­forts had resulted in the reception of honorable mention for MU.”

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North Korea Threatens Nuclear Attack on America: Is a Bombing Imminent?

kim-jong-un-north-korea-1The nation of North Korea is flexing its muscles and trying to scare the international community by threatening to attack the Unit­ed States. Last week, North Kore­an leader Kim Jung Un authorized the use of weapons against Amer­ica. A U.S. official also told CNN that the North Koreans currently have two medium range missiles loaded and ready to attack the U.S. The missile components, ac­cording to American and South Korean officials, have a range of 2,500 miles.

They also claim to have nuclear weapons ready to be launched. Many observers say that they do not have the capability right now.

China, who North Koreans seem to view as an ally, have rebuked the actions of the North Koreans. New Chinese President Xi Jinping said at an international conference Sunday that “Countries, whether big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, should all contribute their share in maintaining and enhanc­ing peace.”

Dr. Charles Cotton, professor of political science, and interna­tional relations agrees, “They do not have the capabilities to launch a nuclear strike against the U.S.”

He continued, “Even China has told them not to attack the United States.” Not only has the supposed allies of North Korea told them not to attack the U.S., Fidel Castro, the longtime leader of Cuba, has said in a rare written commentary that “North Korea should not risk starting a war that could affect 70 percent of the Earth’s popula­tion.” He also called the situation on the Korean peninsula “absurd” and “incredible.” Castro, who was at the middle of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, says this poses the greatest risk to the world since the Cold War.

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