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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Where to Turn for Your Intern[ship]: Internships at Monmouth University

Where Turn InternshipInternships are an important part of your college career; they give you a taste of the real world before you even have to enter it.

Internships also give you the chance to refine your skills, demonstrate new ones, and figure out exactly where to begin your career. Furthermore, interning for a company or organization will help you see what the day-to-day experience is like working for them and possibly for you in the future.

U.S. News and World Report list the top benefits of an internship:

1. There is a world of a difference learning about your chosen career field and actually experiencing it

2. Internships are the perfect way to gain some real-world perspective by incorporating the skills that you have learned in class

3. Completing an internship is also a great addition to your resume.

Lecturer of communication, Shannon Hokanson, said, “Internships are a critical opportunity to apply your communication education in real world contexts. They are valuable resume builders that can give you a true edge in a competitive marketplace.”

Another reason why internships are so great is because they get your foot in the door of your chosen career path.

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A Family of its Own: Educational Opportunity Fund

Family Of Its OwnMonmouth University is known for its small campus size, especially when it comes to taking classes and getting to know professors on a personal level. Though every student is able to take advantage of this perk, not all are able to say they also belong to the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program here on campus.

This program allows forty students per year to enter college, the vast majority who may not have been able to otherwise, with experience and bonds that they will lean on during their freshman year and the rest of their lives. Yes, they do aid students financially, but this program is known to offer so much more than just money; this program makes dreams come true.

All students start off in a five-week long summer academy where students take two classes, receiving three credits for each, and spend time bonding with thirty-nine others who are enrolled in the same program. At first, no one wants to be there. Who willingly gives up their summer before college to take classes and follow a rigorous schedule that keeps you awake from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.? But, as the weeks fly by, the time spent in the program allows you to grow more than ever.

Cameron Oakley, a freshman health studies EOF student, said, “It is amazing to see how close you can become with thirty-nine other people in five weeks and how that bond stays forever.”

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Interracial Relationship Revolution

Interracial Relationship RevolutionThe Loving v. Virginia court case in 1967, where interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving fought against miscegenation laws for the right to be married regardless of their opposing races, was revolutionary for all interracial couples.

The idea of having a significant other outside of your own race was unheard of, but now in the 21st century, it is a growing phenomenon.

In 2010, the U.S. census calculated that the number of interracial couples had reached a high of 35 percent and it has continued to grow ever since.

Personally, I am in an interracial relationship with an extremely caring person, Mark Cayne, a senior communication student. Cayne continues to brighten up my life and makes every day together an adventure.

I am white with an Italian and Puerto Rican background, while he is black with an African American background.

Interracial couples throughout history have always been taboo and controversial within society, and although times are changing, there are still many people with a traditional mindset that find this type of relationship wrong.

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What's in a Name?

The Truth About Brand Names

Truth Behind Brand NamesIn today’s society, there is one thing that we all seem to connect with.  It is that we are all, in a way, materialistic. 

But, for some people, being materialistic mirrors onto clothing.  It has almost become a social norm for people to purchase the most expensive or ‘hyped up’ clothing items just to say that they have it.  But, is it worth the money? 

Tyler Manwarren, a senior business administration student, said, “I own pieces from Supreme, Bape, and Kith, but, a lot of my simple clothing pieces come from H&M, Forever 21, and even Boscov’s.  I also do wear some local brands such as Quartersnacks and Paterson League.” 

Manwarren also gave his opinion on purchasing expensive clothing pieces, “Personally, I think there is an extent to what I would spend on specific brands.  If other people want to spend hundreds of dollars on a t-shirt, then go ahead.  I’d rather spend that money on something else.” 

Overall, Manwarren’s daily clothing pieces are affordable but he is always willing to spend the money for a “holy grail” he’s been searching for.

Manwarren's tips are definitely something to keep in mind while shopping for your wardrobe.

Brianna Pinto, a sophomore biology student, agrees that she would go the extra mile to grab a more chic and expensive piece if it meant long-term wear.  “I have a few Supreme pieces, Kanye West’s Pablo merch, and some Kith collaborations,” she said.

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Life at Monmouth as a Veteran

Life Monmouth VeteranMonmouth University has over 110 military affiliates, including 84 that fall under veteran status. People often think of the old man in a faded Army green camouflage jacket or WWII Navy base-ball hat when someone says ‘veteran’. However, many veterans on campus are under the age of 27 and are attending classes just as any other student would be.

Michael Callahan, Coordinator of Veteran Services who served in the Army from 2006-2010 and was deployed to Iraq twice said, “There’s this perception that there is a monolithic military experience. There’s individual experiences from being in the military.”

 “Most [students who are veterans] are under the age of 26, so they fit in developmentally and age wise as a college senior,” Callahan said. Veterans and active military members on campus blend in with fellow classmates, but confusion may arise when translating experiences to peers or in the classroom.

An anecdote a veteran student may have shared in class is some-thing that can be concerning to a professor and consulting faculty is important. “I have to explain that they’re just comfortable in your class,” he said.

Callahan suggested the way to improve smooth veteran transitions into a university setting would be programmatic events or resources to make campus life more comfortable.

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Work in That Workout: Monmouth's Personal Training Program

Monmouth Personal Training ProgramBalancing schoolwork, family, a job, and a social life can be tough for college students. Finding motivation to get to the gym or squeeze a work out in, only makes it tougher.

To make going to the gym easier and more effective for students as well as staff, Monmouth offers the opportunity to work one on one with a personal trainer, free of charge.

Training sessions are scheduled based on the student/staff and trainer’s availability to help reach individual goals safely and effectively. Training sessions can take place as frequently as the student or faculty member may like, as long as there is a trainer available to work with them.

Christian Esola, Fitness and Well-ness Coordinator, is responsible for the administrative portion of this program.

Esola coordinates the hiring, training, scheduling, program design and evaluation for each of the trainers as well as offers advice and guidance to the staff when it comes to program design and implementation.

Esola explained the program by saying, “Each client we take on is first required to fill out a packet of paperwork that includes a health history questionnaire, a waiver, an informed consent, and a training time and preferences sheet.” He explains that some of the forms are for legal purposes while others are designed to ensure the application of a safe and effective exercise pro-gram.

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Take a Break from Taking a Knee?

Break From Taking A KneeColin Kaepernick is a legend for sacrificing his career in continuing to kneel during the National Anthem, as some other NFL players may believe.

For others, Kaepernick is a disrespectful you-know-what. What first began as ‘just’ sitting through the anthem has transformed into a nationwide phenomenon.

This movement started with Kaepernick’s decision to protest the police brutality and oppression that society sees in the news so often.

In an interview with the NFL, Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football.”

While he has every right to defend what he believes in, there are also other ways to do so.

His decision to kneel during the National Anthem, according to President Donald Trump, is not only disrespecting the anthem, but disrespecting the American flag and the United States.

When asked about the controversial issue, several students preferred not to state their stance on it.

Stuart Faunce, a senior health and physical education student, believes that the nation should focus on what unites us. He also believes that binding together during these moments are what will bring us together as a nation.

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How Can we Help?

MU Students can Help with Hurricane Relief

MU Students Help Hurricane ReliefFor the past month, it seems that a new hurricane brews nearly every day, and many areas are becoming entirely devastated.

With hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria and Katia threatening to destroy much of the Southeast coast and its surrounding areas, it is imperative that we try our best to aid in the relief efforts, as this is a scenario particularly close to home for many New Jersey natives.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy, which crushed parts of New Jersey, was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the entire season, and five years later, many people still have not recovered from their destroyed homes and communities.

Luckily, New Jersey received an outpouring of support and aid from states across the country. Now, it is our turn to give back to states such as Texas and Florida, as well as Puerto Rico, who are grappling with the same terrors we faced not too long ago.

In Texas, several hospitals are reporting blood shortages and are seeking donations in the wake of the storm, as many people are being injured from the destruction caused by Harvey. O negative and O positive donations are particularly scarce and needed, but people of all blood types are encouraged to donate. Additionally, you can also give blood through the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

Connor Orr, a senior psychology student, said it is important that we help because we might one day need similar assistance. "I absolutely think we should be on the front lines helping these states combat these terrible storms," he said.

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Nostalgia Against Progression within Technology

Nostalgia Against Progression Within Technology

In a debate that’s been raged exceptionally throughout the last decade, but perhaps through all of human history, it’s hard to present it with a wholly new outlook or message than what’s been already said. Technology has, as a principle, advanced and improved since its conception, and in today’s modern, fast-track digital age, it is truer than ever.

The main conflict is the same as ever, but today it is framed within a turbulent shift in the way our media and information is presented. Our information has gradually digitized for decades now, and some methods are very absolute while others persist solely due to the preference of the individuals that use it.

The current symbols of the debate are the creased, faded pages of a paperback clashing with the sleek, evolving platform of the tablet. However, the debate goes deeper than merely book versus kindle; it is about the entire spectrum of digital media and how it influences our generation.

Dr. Mihaela Moscaliuc, an assistant professor of English and a career advising mentor, said, “digital media allows us to get intellectually lazy. We make less of an effort to acquire and deepen into knowledge because we believe it’s right there, at our fingertips.”

“Part of me though, appreciates and takes advantage, in major ways, of the accessibility afforded by digital media. Because of it, I am more productive than I used to be--but only because I am very strict with myself about how I use it,” Moscaliuc continued.

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Sheba Sharrow Art Activism on Display

Sheba Sharrow Art Activism 1Art has the ability to provoke emotion; not all art can translate humanity’s cruelest attributes and translate them into profound beauty.

This past Friday evening, Monmouth University’s DiMattio Gallery in Rechnitz Hall held the opening reception for Sharrow’s selected works from 1988-2006. This assortment of Sharrow’s pieces is titled Balancing Act. The work shown was made through mixed media on Arches paper or acrylic on canvas. Many of the pieces incorporate influences from the Holocaust and World War II era along with civil rights movements within the 1960s and 1970s, some are expressed in the work more subtly than others allowing the viewer to divulge into the textured surface of her work.

Sharrow’s daughter, Mayda Sharrow was present for the opening. “They’re alive, and I think they will never lose their relevance. The artist is addressing such important issues, warfare, transitions of power; but she does it in a way that it’s not just politics. Art needs to have the poetic aspects and create an emotional impact otherwise it would just be politics.”

“She taught her whole life; she loved students,” Mayda Sharrow said.

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Student Spotlight: Shannon Marren

Student Spotlight Shannon MarrenShannon Marren, a senior biology student, sat down across from me and politely pulled out her diabetes supplies to monitor her sugars: “I have to make sure that’s under control first.”

Marren was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at a pivotal time in her life at age 14, right before the start of a new chapter in her life: high school. She said of being diagnosed with the disease, “It made me grow up a lot faster and I have become more independent because of it.”

She keeps a super positive attitude and, while at first it was a major life change and transition, she never asks ‘why me;’ she simply worked on managing it and moved on with her activity-filled life.

Marren uses an omnipod, which is a small insulin pump that provides the wearer with 3 days worth of insulin at a time. She is now also using a dexcom, which is a glucose-monitoring pod that Marren also wears. “I am like a robot,” Marren joked.

Marren is a true testament to the fact that chronic diseases do not define lives. In fact, Marren has found inspiration in her disease and is on track to be pre-med. Her concentration in biology is molecular cell physiology.

Most students cringe when they hear that a student is a biology major or a major in the sciences of any type. Marren says she decided on the field, “to give back to the doctors and all those who helped me and saved my life.”

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Contact Information

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

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

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