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Student Spotlight on Nicholas Paradise

Student Spotlight Nicholas ParadiseIn his on-campus suite, Nicholas Paradise grabbed his acoustic guitar and began to strum a series of random chords. His close friends listened as he turned a simple chord progression into much more by adding unique zest. There was passion in his strums as the guitar’s crisp vibrations engulfed the space around him.

Paradise, a sophomore music student, has held music close to his heart ever since childhood. The beginning of his musical journey was characterized by constantly being around music, listening his parents’ CDs and receiving his first guitar at the age of six. It was a spark that ignited a powerful musical dream.

“I loved music so much as a kid, and obviously I’ve carried on with it,” said Paradise, his passion on the subject settling in the faint smile on his face. Paradise said that he used to take guitar lessons, but became much more proficient by teaching himself.

However, Paradise decided to become a music major only one year ago. After a year of majoring in media arts at Sacred Heart University, he transferred to Monmouth to pursue a degree in music.

Paradise said, “I came to the realization that, ‘Yeah, I should major in music, this is what I want to do, I can’t see myself anywhere else.’”

Paradise is involved with Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth’s student-run record label. His role consisted of determining which artists will be featured on the record’s 14th compilation album. Auditions for the album took place on Feb. 11.

“Blue Hawk Records is really cool and unique. I don’t know any other college that has their own record label run by students,” said Paradise. “It’s also a big reason why I came here, because other music programs weren’t nearly as all-encompassing as this. There’s a lot of accessibility when it comes to being involved in the whole process.”

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How to Still Make Time For Your Friends When You’re in a Relationship

Make Time For FriendsNew relationships are so fun and invigorating. You spend every waking moment with your new partner and talk about your newfound happiness 24/7. But you soon realize that you have placed your friends on the backburner. You are no longer hanging out with them and texting, snapchatting, and talking to your besties all day long.

Let’s be honest, no matter how much your boyfriend or girlfriend loves you, they do not want to spend every waking moment with you and vice versa. When you spend too much time with your partner you begin to annoy each other and fight about unimportant things. Spending time away from your partner is healthy.

You do not want to develop a co-dependent relationship, where you can’t do anything alone and your partner is your only source of happiness. You and your better half must have separate lives from each other, with your own friends where you can escape.

Letting your relationship eclipse your friendships is a major dating faux pas. Your friends should always be treated as your day-ones because they have been there for you since day one. A lot of times when people enter into new relationships they become so wrapped up in the romance and do not intentionally ignore their friends.

Sooner or later, they realize that their friends are barely speaking to them and excluding them during hangouts. That is when the FOMO seeps in. But how do you earn their friendship back?

The best way to reconcile with your besties is to talk to them in person and explain to them how wrong you have been and how sorry you are.

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Professor Spotlight on Matthew S. Lifeson

Professor Spotlight Matthew LifsonAt Monmouth there are an abundance of amazing professors that love what they do and provide students with classes where they enjoy learning. Matthew S. Lifson, an instructor of business, falls under that category for many reasons. At Monmouth, Lifson teaches macroeconomics, microeconomics, and finance.

Before starting his career as a professor, Lifson graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in International Finance from St. John’s University. After all educational endeavors, Lifson found his way into the job of a Foreign Exchange Trader at multiple companies including Chase Manhattan Bank, Merrill Lynch International Bank, and PNC Bank. Lifson was the Chief Foreign Exchange Dealer for PNC Bank. He also served as the President of the United States Foreign Exchange Association from 1994 to 1997.

While at PNC, Lifson taught at Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh and St. Vincent’s College, which began his path into education. Throughout his time at the trading institutions, Lifson had always been involved in seminars and guest lecturing, which peaked his interest.

Teaching is something that Lifson clearly loves doing. “I truly enjoy the interactions that I have with my students,” he said. When in class, Lifson is lively and fully interactive, engaging his students into being truly interested in the subject at hand. This is something that puts Lifson above some other professors because even if the class is a general education class, students will always find a way to be excited and happy to be in class.

His classes have a policy where attendance is not necessarily required, but if you do not show up and miss material for the exam, Lifson will only grade what he is given. This, however, does not matter to the vast majority of his students because each class is usually filled.

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College Graduates are Severely Lacking Soft Skills

College Graduates Lacking Soft SkillsAttention students of Monmouth University! Do you think you have what it takes to succeed in a professional interview setting? Think again…

Studies have shown that while some college graduates may have the right technical skills or may have plenty of experience in their field, many are actually lacking essential soft skills.

In basic terms, soft skills make up who you are as an individual. College graduates should be able to confidently maintain eye contact, shake hands well, think critically, communicate efficiently, foster teamwork, have the ability to make decisions, and possess problem solving skills.

The Washington Post reported on this decline of soft skills and analyzed two tests, the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. The first study was “administered to 32,000 students at 169 colleges and universities. It found that 40 percent of college seniors fail to graduate with the complex reasoning skills needed in today’s workplace.”

The second study found that “would-be graduates said college armed them with the skills needed for the job market.” However, “employers disagreed. On a range of nearly 20 skills, employers consistently rated students much lower than they judged themselves.”

Possible explanations for such a shortage of soft skills in individuals might include: not being taught at an early age at home, students not realizing it or caring enough, or the use of technology.

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Tips for Planning a Safe and Affordable Spring Break

Planning Safe Affordable Spring BreakAs a college student, there is no better feeling than when you have no obligation of spending time on your studies. Sometimes students need some time off to replenish their minds away from their vast amount of coursework. One of these times when students have that luxury is during spring break. The only task to figure out it is what you are going to do during this time.

“The value of vacation depends on how you want to define it. Part of how I define vacation is just to recharge, get away, and relax. Then, there are vacations where I personally enjoy the sightseeing and tourist attractions,” said Claude Taylor, Advisor-in-Residence for Academic Transition and Inclusion.

As a way of celebrating Black History Month, Taylor took a mini vacation by going to Washington, D.C. and visiting The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Taylor was shocked about the size and appearance of the museum. “I did a whole weekend in D.C. seeing the museum for the second time and still didn’t finish it. This is a destination vacation because it can be two days or five days. Either way, you’re going to experience something great,” said Taylor.

Taylor believes that doing your research is important. “The first part of planning is just thinking about what do. Is it a destination, and where do you want to go to relax if it is a relaxation vacation? If prices initiate, you need to shop around to see what the best deal is based on your budget,” said Taylor.

“Then, spend time online just looking at reviews from sites and figuring out what place would be the best based on your satisfaction. I’m old school and go to AAA to get a tourism book about places I want to go. Sometimes online is too much. I just grab a book to flip through and start out my search,” Taylor added.

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Professor Spotlight on Dr. Walter Greason

Professor Spotlight Dr Walter GreasonEach individual has the ability to be successful, but it’s up to you to work to your fullest potential. Walter Greason, Ph.D., associate professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, used his knowledge to become a scholar and role model at Monmouth.

“It’s a pretty amazing place. I’ve been part of the Monmouth University community since 1984. My first college experiences were here. It’s given me so much and I just love having the opportunity to give back,” said Greason.

A graduate of Villanova University, Greason earned his bachelor’s degree in history, and he achieved three minors in English, philosophy, and peace and justice studies.

He also had a concentration in Africana Studies as a Presidential Scholar. Greason earned the Future Faculty Fellowship award and Ph.D. in U.S. and African American history from Temple University.

In the last 15 years, Greason focused on the economic history of how slavery developed the core assumptions of what economic development is and how it transitioned to Industrial Segregation, which is one of the names of his books. In today’s global economy, Greason studies how many people continue to reinforce inequality.

At Monmouth, Greason has taught business and economic development in U.S. history, corporate leadership courses in the Leon Hess business school for first year seminars, perspective courses on the evolution of American media, and a perspective course on the Black Panther Movement.

He also served as the former Dean of the Honors School, supervising over 70 honors thesis research projects from every department and/or school at Monmouth.

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How to Know Which Grad School is Right for You

Which Grad School For YouFor everyone in their undergraduate studies, you may be wondering 1) if you are going to be pursuing graduate school, or 2) what type of graduate school is best for you.

There are a variety of different schools, all ranging from large-scale to small-scale attendance. Other elements may include weather, location, professor to student ratio, and price. In some cases, the graduate school you thought was best for you, may not even have your intended program.

The decision is always tough, and the preparation brings you back to a similar feeling of junior year of high school, when you prepped for undergraduate applications. For those willing to continue their education past a bachelor’s degree, here are some tips, tricks, and recommendations for finding the school best for you.

If you are having trouble finding the type of graduate school that fits your personality, you can always fall back to taking an online personality test that will decide your future. Simply type into the Google search engine: “graduate school personality test,” and click as many links as you wish to see where you were destined to go.

The results are not always going to be reflective of exactly what you need, but they are helpful in allowing you to centralize your focus on what really interests you.

It is key to apply to at least eight schools and those should range from reach schools (low acceptance rates) to “safety” schools.

A tip for applying to graduate school is to look to see the requirements for the program you are interested in. For example, many English programs require proficiency in another language, while others have no language requirement. Always look at the fine print prior to sending in the application.

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A Guide to Spring Fashion Trends

Spring Fashion Trends 2019Flowers are blooming and the smell of spring is in the air. No more bulky jackets, warm clothes, and dreary outfits. Spring fashion is coming, filled with color, bright patterns, and excitement.

Spring is the transitional season from cold to hot. It is an in-between season and fashion is in-between bundling up and stripping down. Basics from both the winter and summer seasons are represented including denim, jackets, and sneakers.

Denim, a basic in all of our closets, makes a huge play in our spring wardrobe. From jackets to pants, denim can be utilized in all aspects of an outfit.

Jeans are for all seasons, but in the spring, they come out in lighter washes or in bright and pastel colors.

Denim skirts are perfect to dress up a casual spring outfit, pairing them with a t-shirt or a cute top. Denim shorts are a casual go-to on those really warm spring days that have a summer vibe.

Jean jackets and sneakers are very popular with the Monmouth student body. Kayla Cherry, a junior communication student, said, “This time of year, when spring comes around, almost everyone brings out their denim jackets and white sneakers.”

The denim jacket is a basic lightweight go-to jacket for the spring. White sneakers make a huge appearance in spring ensembles because they lighten any outfit.

Spring not only calls for denim jackets, but also other lightweight jackets, such as leather and bomber jackets. Jackets are a practical and cute way to elevate a spring outfit.

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The Benefits of Keeping Your Gym Resolution

Keeping Gym ResolutionThe marketing department of gym corporations await the turn of the new year to be able to promote their holiday sales for the “resolutioners,” as I like to call them.

Now is the time for people to go in blind to any gym and workout for a few weeks, then likely quit and still pay the monthly fee. Don’t let that become you.

As Monmouth students, you already have free access to the on-campus gym, which has the same types of machines as the Retro down the street. There is no need to pay for any expensive gym memberships.

You also have access to the fitness groups that change by the semester, a feature that most gyms make you pay extra to experience.

Don’t forget that you can scare away your anxiety to the machines by requesting a trainer as well. This is all a part of your tuition, so take advantage of it.

Campbell Lee, a senior English student, ran her own yoga class last semester. “Yoga focuses on the mental and the physical alike. It calms you from all your school stress, and you even release tension by becoming more flexible,” Lee said.

This semester, classes such as Zumba, Cardio Calorie Burner, and Body Boot Camp are running from Monday to Thursday.

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How to Plan the Perfect 'Gal'entine's Day

Perfect Galentines DayHappy ‘Gal’entine’s Day! The day before Valentine’s day is for celebrating the love and friendship between you and your girlfriends. According to Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec, the founder of Galentine’s Day, “It’s only the best day of the year.”

The best way to start the celebration is to decorate. Target has an amazing selection of ‘Gal’entine’s Day decor, from cute love balloons to ‘Gal’entine’s Day banners, at very affordable prices. The decorations are perfect for dorm rooms, houses or apartments.

The next step is to plan the perfect brunch. And where else would you eat brunch at than Turning Point? Enjoying avocado toast, waffles, and coffee with your ladies– nothing else could be better.

After brunch, you and your friends could venture out on a shopping spree at Molly & Zoey. Your whole squad could purchase matching bear coats or cute outfits for a fancy dinner. ‘Gal’entine’s Day is all about you and your friends, so “treat yo self!” Shopping really stirs up your appetite, so after you each get your outfits you could walk down to Playa Bowls and enjoy a bowl or smoothie on the beach if it is not too cold.

Those stylish ensembles you purchased are perfect for a gal’s night out. You and your ladies could have a fancy dinner at a restaurant on the beach, like McLoone’s or Tommy’s Tavern and Tap. The slightly cheaper route could be a sushi restaurant where you share a variety of rolls.

Paula Echeverria, a sophomore criminal justice student, said, “My idea of a great ‘Gal’entine’s Day would be going to a new and fun restaurant with friends.” After eating, you must take fabulous girl squad pictures of all of you in your new outfits to post on Instagram with a clever ‘Gal’entine’s Day caption.

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Professor Spotlight: John Morano

Professor Spotlight John MoranoThroughout life, everyone follows a different path. The road to success may not be easy, but through hard work and sacrifice anything can be achievable. John Morano, Professor of Communication, reflected, “I never thought my life would work out like this. I never thought, not in my wildest dreams, that my career would go where it took me and where it is right now.”

“I’ve worked really hard to get here. If you asked me when I graduated college if I’d be a journalist and professor at Monmouth University, nature novelist, and doing some of the other things I do, I would have laughed and said, ‘I don’t think so,’” Morano continued.

At Monmouth, Morano’s courses include:  Newswriting, Feature Writing, Writing the Review, and Introduction to Journalism. He has also served as the faculty advisor for The Outlook for 30 years. Outside the University, he is the author of the Morano Eco-Adventure Book Series, and is an owner of Bubbakoo’s Burritos franchises in Wall Township and Toms River.

Morano’s journey began by taking a film course in college and being a film critic for the school paper, during this time, he realized a passion for analyzing film. After earning two bachelor degrees in English and film from Clark University, and a masters in journalism from Penn State, he became the managing editor of Modern Screen magazine, which was the nation’s oldest movie magazine. Morano held the role of lead film critic for Modern Screen. He later served as Editor-in-Chief of ROCKbeat Magazine (Los Angeles) and Senior Editor of Inside Books Magazine (New York).

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CAMPUS LOCATION
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Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu