December 9, 2020 || Vol. 93, No. 11

VOL. 93 No. 11 OUTLOOK.MONMOUTH.EDU December 9, 2020 2 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 14 18 News Opinion Editorial Politics Features Viewpoints Club & Greek Entertainment Lifestyles Sports INDEX INSIDE: @muoutlook @muoutlook @theoutlook Pg. 18 NEWS FEATURES SPORTS Political Science Student Worked with the Associated Press to Count Votes on Election Day Pg. 2 Pg. 9 University Ranked Among Best Colleges For Anthro- pology Changes to Football Practice Amid the Pandemic Emmy and Peabody award- winning journalist, docu- mentary producer, trial at- torney, and author Jack Ford joined the University as an Adjunct Professor this fall to teach his seminar, Trials of the Century, to students in the Honors School. Ford has been teaching the course periodically for the past 14 years, starting at Yale University and traveling to other esteemed institutions, most recently New York Uni- versity. “The course came from a series that I did for the To- day Show back when I was covering the O.J. Simpson trial. I was working for NBC News as their chief legal cor- respondent, and people were referring to the O.J. Simpson case as the trial of the centu- ry. I got curious and started to take a look at some other so-called trials of the cen- tury,” Ford said. “I thought at the time if I could ever have enough control over my sched- ule that I could commit to one day a week every week that this would make a really inter- esting college seminar.” Ford explained that the course looks at 12 differ- ent trials spanning about 100 years. Some of the trials covered in the class include the O.J. Simpson Trial, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, and the Rosenberg Espionage Case. “They each have a dif- ferent approach to issues that were important at the time,” he said. “It’s a much broader picture than just looking at the trial itself. The trial is the prism through which we can learn about ourselves during that period of time.” Ford continued, “Even though some of these tri- als might be 100 years old, in each of the trials there are still issues that resonate with us today, issues that we’re still struggling with as a nation, as a society, and as a culture. So, even though we’re looking at these instances that took place in the past, they’re teaching us a great deal about who we are TRIALS cont. on pg. 2 New "Trials of the Century" Course Taught by Award-winning Journalist NJ Mandates Climate Change Cirriculum ABIGAIL BROOKS CONTRIBUTING WRITER The New Jersey Department of Education’s mandate establishing climate change as a requirement for NJ elementary, middle, and high school curriculums will go into ef- fect beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, according to “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Climate Change in NJ Classrooms” was held as part of the University’s Climate Crisis Teach- Ins week, from Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30. Presenters included Associate Professor Jiwon Kim, Ph.D., Lecturer Michelle Schpakow Ed.D., and senior students Alexan- dria Marchesani, Brielle Sadowski, and Mary McGee. The discussion to integrate climate change into NJ classrooms was held on Wednesday, Oct. 28. One topic examined was of the variousways that climate change can be incorporated into different sub - jects taught in schools. Schpakow, Science Education Lecturer of the Department of Curriculum and In- struction, said that teaching climate change is not limited to social studies and science. Subjects such as math can help students learn to analyze models and data, and art could help draw attention to the issue in regard to climate change. “Education on climate change is extremely important for younger generations. This generation will grow up one day and become the world's doctors, politicians, scientists, etc. Thus, they need to be informed of what climate change is and how they can slow the harmful effects of climate change,” said Alexandria Marchesani, a senior majoring in In- terdisciplinary Studies For Elemen- taryEducators, who has taught topics of climate change and applied some of her prior teaching experience to the issue. “Younger children are mo- tivated by learning new material be- cause they have a lot of ‘why’ ques- tions. Thus, as a teacher, you need to take these questions and extend both students' interests and knowledge.” Developed curriculums were then proposed topresent thedifferentways that climate change can be taught in a It’s still the most wonder- ful time of the year for many, even during a global pan- demic. However, this might not be the year for the large family gatherings and travel- ing typically associated with the holidays. As the Centers for Dis- ease Control and Prevention (CDC) states on their website, cases rise as people spend more time gathering indoors due to the cold weather. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order, ef- fective Nov. 17, lowering the indoor gathering limit from 25 to 10 people as COVID-19 cases rise in the state. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told USA Today, “As we get into the colder weather, we should re- ally think twice about these kind of dinner parties where you're not sure of whether the people that are in your bubble (are safe). Then you're going to start seeing these unanticipated infections related to innocent home gatherings, particularly as we head into the holiday season.” Nikki Ortt, a senior English student, is one of many stu- dents avoiding large family get-togethers during this untra- ditional holiday season. “I’m just celebrating with my imme- diate family in my household,” she said. “This year due to CO- VID, we aren’t going through with our Christmas Eve tradi- tion in person…I don’t think my grandma will be celebrat- ing with us this year.” “On a normal year, my house will be filled usually with at least 15 people, but this year only five,” said senior English student, Hunter’Rose Kruse, who is only celebrating with her family that lives at home. Students like Ortt and Kruse have had to find creative new ways of staying connected with extended family. “We are going to do Secret Santa via Zoom and have the presents dropped off at the houses se - cretly and open the presents on Zoom,” Ortt said. Specialist Professor of Nurs- ing, Patricia Dempsey, also recommends virtual holiday celebrations. She said, “Winter break has traditionally been a time to visit friends and fam- ily. This year, instead of gath- ering inside houses, consider meeting friends and loved ones MELISSA BADAMO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/ FEATURES EDITOR HOLIDAY cont. on pg. 9 RIYA AJMERA CONTRIBUTING WRITER CLIMATE cont. on pg. 3 PHOTO TAKEN by Melissa Badamo Health experts recommend avoiding traveling and large get- togethers this holiday season to prevent the spread of COVID-19. PHOTO COURTESY of Stephen Lacko The new honors course, currently taught by journalist and trial attorney Jack Ford, may return for the spring semester. Health Experts Advise Against Travel and Large Gatherings this Holiday Season