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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Ink: A Lifetime Relationship

A Bond With the Artist is Just as Important as the Tattoo


Tommy Hare lies on the bench while tattoo artist Jason McGrady shades dimension into an angel’s wings. The ink on his skin is a reminder of his source of strength during his son’s battle with cancer. His entire left forearm, covered in shades of black and grey, represent’s Saint Michael and the word “Believe.”

Hare’s son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer mostly found in infants and young children, when he was just six-anda- half-years-old. Hare explained that prayer helped his family endure the difficulty of dealing with his son’s illness. “We always believed that he would make it,” he said. Now, his boy is a cancer-free nine-year-old.

Getting such a large tattoo is not a one-time sitting and it requires hours in the chair. The meaning of tattoos penetrates more than skin deep. People often get tattoos that represent or express something of significance in their life, but the ink is not the only thing that is meaningful. The tattoo artist behind the art can be just as important to the customer. Artists and their regular customers build a relationship in and out of the shop that keeps the tattooed coming back and the artists earning a living. Artists work hard to make their customers happy and take special care of the familiar faces.

Hare and McGrady’s relationship did not begin at Adrenaline in Brick where McGrady has worked for the last 10 years. They met on the golf course. “There’s not a lot of heavily tattooed people running around the golf course,” McGrady said with a smile. The two hit it off after spending hours together playing on the green. “He ended up coming in and getting a bunch of work.”

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Our Neighbors in Sandy Hook

The Harbor Seals of Point Pleasant

Neighbors Sandy Hook 1The mackerels were flying back and forth, bubbles were being blown and fins were flapping. Then, I got a kiss from a harbor seal; a soft, moist velvet kiss on my forehead. So excuse me if I seem like a sucker for these guys, because I am.

But my story doesn’t start with the kiss. It starts at Sandy Hook on a January morning during low tide. A warm day for that time of year, the sun seemed to rise just for me, following my footsteps as I walked towards the sand bar on the bay side of Sandy Hook. T he sunbeams warmed me and I left my jacket unbuttoned.

New Jersey’s beaches in the winter are beautiful, unbeknownst to most local residents or seasonal tourists. Sandy Hook is no exception. While the “bennies” are back home in the north, hundreds of seals take to the sandbars and seas. The most common species is the Western Atlantic Harbor seal, but grey, harp, and hooded seals are also seen. All of these are categorized under the mammal subheading known as pinniped, which means “fin-footed” in Latin.

As I approached the sandbar a couple hundred meters away, I saw dozens of seals sunbathing. From afar, they looked like large pieces of driftwood casually scattered on the small, temporary piece of land. Even from this far away, I could hear their grunting sounds. A few of them were scooting around, only as graceful as a creature can be when using fins in place of legs to carry their blubbering bellies. I t’s obvious t hat t hey a re more suited for life in the water, but when basking, they look more than content, their bodies shaped like a banana, head and tail raised. Seeing 40 of these banana-shaped sunbathers is quite a sight. T heir sizes, colors and patterns are varied, making it possible to differentiate individuals.

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Exoskeleton Gives Paraplegics a Chance to Walk

Ekso-Bionics Brings Freedom to Wheelchair-Bound

Most of us took our first steps as toddlers as we were watched excitedly by our parents in the comfort of our homes. As the days passed, we gained experience and walked upright, pushed our chests out and marveled at our own accomplishment.

As the days turned to years, some lost that privilege and were told by the doctor that we could not walk again. Car accidents, construction accidents surfing accidents, and skiing accidents among a myriad of others have robbed them of the freedom of walking free.

Recently, that freedom has not only been restored, but has been revamped like never before.

A collaboration of professionals in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, programming and medicine in the Californiabased

Ekso Bionics, has given people in wheelchairs a second opportunity at taking their first steps. Ekso is a bionic exoskeleton that allows paraplegics to stand up from their wheelchairs and walk upright. Armed with four motors and fifteen electrical sensors, the battery powered and ready-to-wear device allows the patient, according to eksobionics.com, to walk over ground with a natural gait, assisted by advanced balance and positioning systems. In only five minutes, the patient can transfer from his or her wheelchair to the device with minimal assistance, and on their own with experience.

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What to Know About Living Off-Campus

default article imageAs students move up in their college careers, many develop a desire to live off-campus. While many look forward to making the transition from on-campus to off, there are responsibilities and things to keep in mind that go into living on your own.

Finding a Rental

There are multiple things to consider when looking for a rental. Numerous and varied housing options are offered to students and those should determine what type of housing they want before contacting landlords and realtors.

One of the options is to live in an apartment building; which there are many large and small apartment buildings in the Monmouth University area. Apartment buildings generally contain studio to two bedroom units. Houses are another option where you can find single, two, and three bedroom houses in areas surrounding the University.

“I like living in a house because there is more space to move around,” said junior David DeSimone.

You may also find apartments or houses that may already have existing tenants that are looking for a roommate. Some people choose to work in exchange for room and board. This may require 10 to 15 hours of services such as childcare, eldercare, tutoring, housekeeping, chauffeuring, and general maintenance being exchanged for room and board.

Reviewing your finances is another good step to look into where you want to live. It is important to decide what is feasible and affordable for you to live as well as thinking about your expenses such as food and gas.

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Magic is in the Air at the University

Magic Air UniversityDo you believe in magic? Does the sleight of hand intrigue you? Magic throughout time has always had a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality to it, often perplexing and provoking illicit gasps in audiences for centuries. It has evolved into an extraordinary genre that baffles and tricks the senses. It is not your average “abracadabra” form of magic anymore. There is definitely more than pulling a white fuzzy rabbit out of a black hat.

Believe it or not, our University can boast for having a magician walking among us: Ross ‘the Magic Man’ Bernstein, a sophomore music education major minoring in psychology.

Bernstein said that his love for magic began when his uncle, a theater agent, got him a magic set for his seventh birthday. He said, “From then on, my uncle said that if I mastered all the tricks in the set, he’d get me another set. So I mastered all the tricks within a month.” After displaying his command over the tricks he learned, he said his uncle was quite impressed. “He got me a new set of all new magic tricks. I mastered those and he said, ‘You know what? I think now that you’re nine-years-old we can buy you actual magic tricks.’ By the age of nine or 10, I got actual prop magic,” he said.

Soon, Bernstein was able to show his deftness in magic to his middle school classmates. “When I got into middle school, that’s when I started performing magic on stages and stuff for people and showing it. I started out with stage magic; I didn’t get into the cards and stuff until high school. But stage magic is where I started, because I liked the aspect of performing on stage,” he said.

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The Public Education Versus Private Education Debate

Public Education Private EducationWhen choosing the right college, there are many factors a student takes into consideration. One of the common topics of discussion when choosing a college is the debate between private universities versus public universities.

There are many differences that distinguish a public university from a private university. William Craig, Vice President for Finance, said, “In general, the tuition of private universities will be higher than that of public universities because private institutions receive a large portion of their revenue from  tuition and fees paid by their students, gifts from alumni and friends of the institution, and  revenue generated by investing endowments that have been accumulated over time. On the other hand, public institutions receive a significant portion of their revenue from the state government.”

According to collegeconfidential.com, private colleges also tend to offer the best financial aid. “The amount of scholarships and grants students receive are often larger at private universities, lowering the actual cost of attendance,” said Craig.

Kimberly Price, first-year student, said, “Finances can affect a student’s decision to attend either a private or public university. Those who struggle financially may choose to attend a public university rather than a private university.”

There is a common misconception that private colleges provide better educations than public colleges, but this idea is unfounded. The price tag of a college does not define its quality of education, nor does it make any one college better than the rest.

“Students can get just as good of an education at a community college as they can get at a private university,” Price added. “People assume that more notable private colleges are better, and that they will receive a better education by attending those universities, but that is not always the case.”

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Want to Raise Your GPA?

Hit the Gym and the Books

Rasie GPAWhen you exercise, your brain needs energy to keep up with your body’s metabolic needs. However, when you finish your workout, neurons, which are your brain cells, remain hungry for more. Japanese scientists investigated this phenomenon and arrived at an interesting conclusion.

The human brain contains millions of cells, called neurons, that form elaborate networks and electric circuits routing and controlling every task we perform in fractions of a second.

The chemical energy your body uses in walking, singing and bench pressing comes from the catabolic breakdown of a simple sugar known as glucose. Stored in the liver and skeletal muscles, a carbohydrate known as glycogen can be broken down into glucose in feedback loops to maintain a homeostatic balance of a stable blood glucose concentration.

Ten years ago, it was discovered that astrocytes, cells that support and nourish neurons, actually contain small stores of glycogen.

When blood glucose levels run low during high energy aerobic exercise (known as hypoglycemia) muscles turn to the breakdown of carbohydrate reserves of glycogen into glucose, which breaks down further in complex biochemical pathways into the chemical energy that fuels the muscle contractions of your legs while running. 

During your jog, your brain, which is one of the most “hungry” organs, said Gretchen  Reynolds of the New York Times, becomes starved for energy as  well, as it is involved in coordinating movements, balance, vision, breathing, among a myriad other factors.

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Two Weeks in the City of Lights

Student Recalls Time Spent in Paris

Two weeks City Lights

Picture this: You are sitting outside a small French cafe at one of their tables on the sidewalk.  You have an espresso and a croissant and hundreds of people are passing by, speaking French.  The sun is shining and there is a beautiful river across the street.  You are in Paris.  “One of my favorite things about Paris is all the cafes lining the streets,” said Kim Kravitz, junior at the University.  

According to the Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Robyn Asaro, students can sign up to study abroad by printing out an application on the University website. The Study Abroad page includes previous student videos, photo galleries, stories, information with dates, deadlines and frequently asked questions.

Traveling is something that must be appreciated.  I have always been sure to appreciate every minute of my travels.  I am fortunate enough to have been able to visit Paris, France.  During my two week stay in Paris, I experienced so much culture, including, but not limited to the fashion, cuisine and language.  The city is very old and has so much history. “When I went to Paris I never wanted to leave.  The city is so charming,” said Ruth Myers, junior at the University.

Studying abroad is a beneficial experience.  The opportunity to study abroad can increase confidence as well as make a student more marketable to employers. It has proven to be a positive on a resume because only 1 in 100 students get the chance to study abroad. It allows a person to stand out from peers and be more aware of other cultures and values. “Studying abroad is a now or never opportunity. 99.9 percent of students say it was the best decision they made during their college years,” said Asaro.

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Former Hawks Take Over Seaside Park and Become Nostalgic of MU

Two Hawks, two generations and two winnings for the Seaside Park Council. That is the story for alums Robert Matthies, class of 1972, and David Nicola, class of 2000. Both individuals ran for the Seaside Park Council this past November; Matthies was elected as Mayor and Nicola as Councilman. With just a few months under their belts in their new positions, the two former Hawks had some time to discuss serving Seaside Park, as well as to recall some fond memories on the Monmouth campus.

This is not the first time Mayor Matthies has represented Seaside Park in an executive capacity. He was Mayor from 2004 to 2007, chose to take a few years off, and has now reprised his role. “I ran again because of the strong support of the community. I’ve been in elected council for 20 years, and I’ve always felt obligated to my community, and if that means being in a leadership role, then so be it,” Matthies says.

As Mayor, he is Chief Executive Officer of the borough representing citizens of the Seaside Park community. Although the town’s population is 1,500 in the offseason, there are around 40,000 full-time residents in the summer – which does not include visitors to the beaches.

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Twins: Double is Better

What it’s Like to be a Twin

They always say two is better than one, and boy, are they right. Double the trouble, double the noise, double the mess, just double everything. When one thinks of twins, some first thoughts may be that they finish each other’s sentences, read each other’s minds, and even dress in coordinating outfits. But beyond the surface of similar features and mannerisms lies many other characteristics that aren’t displayed straight out of the gate.

To those who grew up with large age gaps in between siblings, twins are born with a built in playmate. Michael Pearson, senior communication major and a twin, said, “I was never bored growing up, because my brother was always around. We didn’t have to play video games all the time because there was always someone to play catch with or play sports against. Also, my brother and I were always on a team against our parents during arguments, so it was good to have backup,” he said.

A common question asked of twins is, “Do you ever get bothered by being associated with each other?” Josh Lewis, senior business major, said, “When I was growing up, I went through periods of time when I hated being associated with my twin, Ben. I always tried to be independent and never liked being referred to as one of ‘the twins.’ Now though, I don’t mind it.” Lewis also said that since both his brother and himself have gone to college, they have actually grown closer than they were before.

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A Separation from Divorce

How Divorce Affects Students and Society


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the current divorce rate in our country is up to 50 percent. That means that when a couple gets married, there is a 50 percent chance that the marriage will end in a divorce.

Alan Foster, sociology professor, said that part of the problem with divorce is that it is too easy to get married in this country.

“You don’t have to take a test and all you need is a couple of bucks and a license. We have a lot of freedom in this country to marry anybody we choose, which could be part of the reason why people get married for the wrong reasons,” said Foster.

Foster also suggested that maybe there is a need for some sort of a pre-marital test to see if people are prepared. People need to make sure they’re with the right person, they have enough money, and they are ready and mature enough to handle being married.

When a family goes through a divorce, they must experience the pain that both sides go through and the sadness that is felt if children are involved. They no longer get to grow up in a normal household, but instead have to live with one parent and see the other one from time to time. It changes everything for everyone involved and can leave a lasting effect. 

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