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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Working for Summer Pay-cation

hiring_1When thinking about summer, young people usually daydream about long days at the beach, cold drinks by the pool, or driving with the windows down. For Uni­versity students, summer is all about relaxing, getting away from their schoolwork, and spending time with family and friends.

Unfortunately, the time spent away from school comes with a price, literally. The cost of all of those beach badges, the amount of gas used to drive down to the shore, all of the times out to dinner with family and friends throughout the duration of the summer – it all adds up. Soon enough, people find themselves asking their parents for money or even digging under the couch cushions in search of loose change.

However, there is a way to solve this money issue that most young people seem to find them­selves involved in: working a summer job. Although it is a common sense solution to the debt problem faced by many col­lege students, a lot of young men and women cringe at the idea of working during their summer va­cation in fear that they will lose all of their free time. Although they may lose some of their time off, the hours spent working will be well worth it when they find that their wallets have expanded substantially.

There are plenty of opportuni­ties to work during the three and a half months that school is not in session, both on and off cam­pus. Aimee Parks, the Assistant Director of human resources for student employment, explains that there are jobs on campus that provide stipend pay or hourly wages, depending on the posi­tion, as well as room and board. The orientation leader position, for example, is just one of the employment options that students have on campus.

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We Stand Corrected: Adjusting Another’s Behavior

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Frustrated on Larchwood Av­enue as a driver fails to abide by the four-way stop, you have a split second decision to roll down your window to express your anger or you can simply accept another careless act of driving. Unfortunately, in today’s crazed world of political correctness, we hesitate to say what we really think in fear of being chastised ,or worse.

“Keeping your opinion to your­self will refrain you from contro­versy,” said junior communica­tion major Danielle Rakowitz. A lot of times we are forced to bite our tongue in some pretty terrible situations. So when should we speak up about our grievances? And what stops us from truly conveying our thoughts?

Rakowitz said, “It’s appropri­ate when something needs to be addressed and changed.”

In matters of public safety, like witnessing a fender bender or an intoxicated stranger attempt­ing to start their car is without a doubt the best time to speak up. But addressing an issue simply because it is bothersome to us is something we can’t commit to.

President Paul Gaffney II said, “There are so many scenarios that it is impossible to make and re­member a rule for each. As one matures (this includes all stu­dents, I think) one is able to ap­ply his or her best judgment to the situation based on general principles.”

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Digital Demise: The Social Media Takeover

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We’re under attack, and it isn’t looking good. The ear-splitting echo of white noise permeates the air like the slow trickle of acid rain. There is no silence. There is no calm. There is nothing but the sound of droning ma­chines in a world that is overflowing with media madness.

They walk among us, of that we can be sure. They are the technologically obsessed: a generation of unimagi­native, unqualified, and unrelenting robots. Gone are the days when you spent up six and a half minutes listen­ing to the demonic calling of America Online at your computer desk. Stay tuned for an all-access pass to an in­stant 21st century-style hell.

As social media and electronics continue to take over the world, what used to be considered a precious trea­sure is now the cause of a complete lack of concentration, unspeakable communication skills, and a society filled with half-wits who can’t form sentences longer than their 150 char­acter limits allow.

Pretty soon the entire universe is going to be speaking in Internet slang. “OMG, LOL, R U SRS?” I wish I wasn’t. We’re breeding a generation of agoraphobics, an entire population of demoralized hermits who refuse to leave their homes for fear they’ll miss a groundbreaking social notification.

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That One Class

Many students have had classes that were a struggle to get through or even pass with a ‘C’. Prior to the consideration of dropping a class, there are a number of things that can be done in order to turn things around.

Alexis Manzo, a sophomore education major did however have a very difficult Intro to Psychology class last year. She said, “I would have done a lot better had I gotten a peer tutor or visited the writing center now that I look back. At the time, I was happy with a ‘C’ because I thought I worked hard.”

J’Lyn Martin, a former ori­entation leader said that math wash is most difficult class. “I took advantage of both the math center and help from my friend who excels in the subject,” he explained. “I also get help in writing, a subject which I excel at, through the writing center’s peer tutoring services. I encour­aged all of my new students to do the same at orientation.”

Another barrier that can make a class difficult is being placed in language classes based on the number of years of a foreign language a student has taken in high school.

Sophomore Amanda Barnum was placed into two semesters of intermediate Spanish, but did not expect a significant amount of writing and the class to be conducted entirely in Spanish.

“I went to the teacher and even the Tutoring Center for help,” she said. “But I still re­ceived a ‘C’ because I had dif­ficulty understanding what the teacher was saying because of the strong combination of ac­cents.”

Expectations are very differ­ent from high school and stu­dents are expected to seek out resources that may be helpful including going to the professor for extra help. While this may seem uncomfortable, it is often the best way to get advice.

It is important to realize that college is also about being ex­posed to different things and that challenges should be wel­comed. They help students to grow and think critically.

The writing center can help with writing for any subject, not just English. They also help with any stage of the paper including drafts and revisions. The peer tutoring option is great for one-on-one tutoring in a course and is provided by a student who has taken and excelled in it.

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The Skinny Standard

It is not uncommon for a person to feel self-conscious about his or her body, especially in today’s society. There is constant pressure for people to fit the mold of what a “perfect” woman or man is supposed to look like, and it can be extremely easy to feel inadequate when compared to those deemed as “skinny” or “fit.” Be­cause of our culture’s current obses­sion with beach ready bodies and tiny waists, a majority of people don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. Confi­dence is a really important aspect of an individual’s persona, but unfortu­nately it appears to be pretty hard to come by in recent times.

It seems as though the media is the main reason behind a majority of the insecurities that people have about their bodies. According to Bojana Berić, a health studies professor, “Dif­ferent standards have always been used regarding appreciation of a male and a female body, mostly directed by popular culture.” She added, “Very often, celebrities of their time impose the trend of a good looking, but not necessarily healthy, body.” The men and women who are most frequently photographed in the media are the ones who inadvertently set the stan­dards for body image.

Magazines and entertainment news shows create a fairly clear picture of what they believe a person’s body should look like. “Beautiful” women have tiny waists, a flat stomach, full breasts, long legs, and nice curves, while “attractive” men are tall, have a muscular build, a prominent set of abs and that super sexy V-line that so many women seem to love. With these ridiculous standards set for the general public, no wonder so many people lack the confidence necessary to feel good about their body.

Our generation seems to have got­ten the worst of it, too. Young people are so concerned with how they look and what they weigh that excessive dieting and eating disorders have be­come an incredibly prevalent part of our society. According to dosome­thing.org, five to 10 million people suffer from an eating disorder, and about 90 percent of those people are between the ages of 12 and 25.

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Hassle Free Hunting

Simple Steps for Renting an Off-Campus Apartment


Apartment searching as an up­perclassman or a student who has just graduated can be very intimidating if you haven’t done so before. If you intend to live off campus your junior and senior year, when should you start look­ing around the area? Who should you contact? What are your biggest deal breakers in your home away from home?

Junior social work major Savan­nah Werner explained her process in searching for an off-campus house. She said, “The biggest pri­ority for me and my three room­mates was clean bathrooms; pref­erably newer ones.” Werner and her roommates looked at ten dif­ferent properties before choosing their rental in Oakhurst.

While others may be concerned with details like security, loca­tion and amenities, Werner and her roommates understood that the nicer the rental the more ex­pensive the rent and collectively she and her roommates are pay­ing close to $1,800.00 a month for their college house, not including utilities.

Other areas of importance in­clude understanding the risks of living on your own and being re­sponsible for things such as trash removal, lawn care and dish duty.

Senior communication major Joseph Demarzio currently lives off campus with three other stu­dents. He said, “The best part about living off campus is the overall responsibility you gain by cooking, cleaning and paying bills all on your own.”

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Chocolate Lovers Unite

Caution: this article will contain detailed descriptions of delicious chocolate-y goodness. Mouth watering may occur.

For University students and faculty, along with residents around the area, The Chocolate Lounge is here in Long Branch, New Jersey to take care of all of our sudden chocolate cravings.And they are bringing out all the stops; all the chocolate-y stops.

The Chocolate Lounge is located on 81 Brighton Avenue in Long Branch, right across the way from Scala’s Pizzeria. Debra and Tom Ocasio, owners of The Chocolate Lounge, opened up shop in July of last year. They originally had a shop for seven years in Allentown, New Jersey that sat only 20 people. But now, they are seating 50 people who would love to make room for some dessert.

Olivia Caurso, sophomore, was shocked when she first found out that The Chocolate Lounge even existed.

“I was so surprised that we even had something like this so close to campus,” Caruso said.

When you first enter the lounge you’ll see a lovely decorated retail shop with a clear and shiny display window of all of their chocolate candies begging, just begging to be eaten. When you look straight on into the rest of the shop, there is a lounge/restaurant area in the back with perfect intimate lighting that can be inviting for a couple out on a date or a group of friends on their night out.

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An Evening With the University Police

Numerous unplanned occur­rences can find themselves wedged between the everyday obligations of a police officer at the University; A suspicious persons report, card access failure, and a fender bender in the parking lot happened last Thursday evening when Patrolman John Noonan was on duty.

The night shift began with a briefing, the way every shift change begins at the University Police De­partment. The other officers on duty for the night shift on Thurs­day, February 21 were Patrolman Stephen Pavich and Safety Officer Frank Lotorto.

The officers sat in the squad room and discussed what had happened during the previous shift and re­viewed any teletypes. A “teletype” is a notification sent over from an­other police department for them to be conscious of. In this instance, they had received a teletype about a missing persons report, a girl from a community campus nearby.

“We’re here to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that everybody is safe. That’s the most important thing,” said Noonan. He has worked for the University for ten years. Previously, he worked in Maplewood Township for 28 years as a Detective Lieutenant/Com­mander of the Detective Bureau. “It’s a secure, steady job and I like helping people. I actually took a cut in pay to be a cop,” he said. Prior to becoming a police officer, Noonan had a managerial position at Kings Super Market.

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Keeping it Postal

With today’s advances in technology, it seems as though everyone owns their own computer or smartphone. With increasing rapidity, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a handful of other social networking sites and applications have quickly become the main source of communication between human beings.

But what ever happened to good old-fashioned communication? The times in which it was more appropriate to send a letter as opposed to a text message appear to have completely been replaced. In current times, it seems that messaging a person on Facebook is far more superior to having an actual telephone conversation with them. Handwritten letters and phone calls are somewhat of a rarity in today’s world.

Our society yearns for instant gratification, which is why all of the various forms of instant messaging that exist are so popular, especially among the younger generation. Text messaging, online message boards, and video chatting have quickly become this era’s main ways of communicating with one another. But as someone who still does use some older forms of communication, I have found that although the current technologies made available to us are extremely useful and fun, the older ways in which people used to keep in touch are most definitely underrated.

My best friends and I got closer than ever this past summer, just months before we all went our separate ways and started our first year of college. There are eight of us, and we all attend schools in different states along the East coast. From Boston, Massachusetts all the way down to Tampa, Florida, the distance between all of us is quite far. But regardless of how far away from one another we knew we were going to be, we were determined to keep our friendship alive.

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Trimming the Money Tree

Money TreeMy pop-pop always used to say, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” My first job as a 13-year-old was doing yard maintenance with him. Long days in the hot sun and your shirt covered in sweat really builds a work ethic and at 13-years-old, that ten dollar paycheck at the end of the week made me feel rich.

In February of 2006, Pop-pop passed away. He left me an abundance of lessons from how important your family will be in your life to how to flip a sunny side egg without breaking the yolk.

As I look at the price of tuition and the mounting college loans, I cannot help but chuckle about how Pop-pop said, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” But he also taught me that nothing was impossible.

The summer following my pop-pop’s death, my dad, younger brother Nick and I took over his yard maintenance business. The area we worked in was full of wealthy Italian and Irish families that my pop-pop had built bonds with being a native of Italy himself.

One day Nick and I were working on a family’s house. Their yard was massive! The yard had extravagant landscaping, a breath taking view of Barnegat Bay and of course, tons of weeds to be pulled. Now at 13 and 10-years-old, this just meant less time in front of the video game system, but we both hoped to make some money doing this until we were old enough to work legally (shhh).

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A New Tune For MU

This semester the music depart­ment welcomes Professor Iris Perry, an adjunct professor of Music Appre­ciation (MU 101). While new to the University, she is not new to the area.

“I grew up in Holmdel, not far from Monmouth University and my parents still live in Holmdel,” said Perry. “My father taught some busi­ness courses at Monmouth Universi­ty back when it was Monmouth Col­lege. I love this campus and if I have time on my way to teach or on my way back home to Northern NJ, I stop and visit my parents.” She add­ed that the students at the University are a pleasure to teach as well.

Her experience in only a few weeks here has shown her the friendly atmosphere of the school and that the class has students from all different majors. “Since I am teaching Music Appreciation here, my goal for my students is that they gain a stronger sense of familiarity and greater interest in music than they had before they took my class, particularly with the type of music that is covered in my class,” said Perry.

Topics covered include music from the 20th century as well as chants from the Middle Ages to give students an idea of various ways of singing and different tones in the piece.

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
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