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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Pets Over People

When does man’s best friend become man’s only friend? Are pets so easy to get along with that we value our friendship with our cuddly buddy before that of a teammate or comrade? Owning an animal can be one of the most rewarding parts of life. Feeding, grooming, loving and understanding the needs of someone other than yourself can open your heart and mind to something greater than last Fri­day night.

If you’ve been stood up by a boyfriend or better yet, you re­ceive that phone call where your parents nag you about your de­pleted savings account, pets can be a reprieve. A dog or a cat would never argue with you about finances. One of the many reasons people own pets is for companionship.

Next time you’re home with your animal, have him or her sit on your lap. At that moment are you currently distracted by cha­otic regiments or are you now ap­preciating some down time? Pets are an instant de-stressor. They provide warmth, entertainment and positive feelings. Honestly, what friend do you know who would jump up and down and roll around on the floor for a meal or treat? And no, your friend’s be­havior for a $1.00 Big Mac after midnight doesn’t count, as most of us have been that friend.

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Welcome to Your Quarter-Life Crisis

If you’re stressed out all the time, feeling like your life con­sists of work, school, and sleep or you’re lost and confused about what’s right for your future, then you’re not alone. Research from the American Psychosocial Asso­ciation has shown that 41 percent of 20 to 29-year-olds say they feel sig­nificantly pressured or almost more stress than they can bear.

By psychologist Erik Erikson’s definition, a quarter-life crisis is the period of time where adolescents experience major changes dur­ing the late teens to early thirties. The question of where we shall go enters our minds and we begin to doubt our future lives by the stress­es of becoming a true adult.

“It’s probably the absolute worst feeling,” said senior Tyler McCue, who expressed his uncertainties about job opportunities and finan­cial stability once graduation comes in mid-May.

“It’s not that I’m scared of hav­ing to work hard, I’m just worried about not finding something good enough for me to live off of. It kind of makes you start to wonder if what you’ve been learning the past four years and emptying your bank account for is going to actually pay for you to live comfortably,” he added.

For others the worries of financial security and living arrangements seemed to be core of most quarter life crises.

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University Graduate Programs Grow

Enough? For those whose in­tended careers require more than a bachelor’s degree, the Univer­sity has a wide range of graduate programs for students to choose from.

According to Dr. Datta Naik, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, there were a total of 1781 graduate students, 18 master’s degree programs, one doctoral degree, 13 Graduate Certificates and 10 Post-Master’s Certificates at the University as of Fall 2012.

The University has gradu­ate programs in six academic schools including the Leon Hess Business School, the School of Education, the Wayne D. Mc­Murray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, the School of Science, and the School of Social Work according to monmouth. edu. Most classes are held in the evenings and are offered year round.

Five of the graduate programs have accreditations from various organizations such as the Com­mission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education.

Dr. Stanton Green, Dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that humanities and social science programs account for half of the University’s graduate students and these programs continue to grow. “The program in psycho­logical counseling continues to grow and it is to some extent up to the University to decide how big it wants it to get – it cur­rently stands at around 300,” said Green.

“The Criminal Justice Program is both growing and changing as this field morphs into the field of homeland security,” Green con­tinued. The homeland security graduate program will be avail­able in Fall 2013.

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In Your Dreams: A Look Into the Unconscious Mind

The ability that human be­ings have to conjure up different thoughts, feelings, and images while they sleep is perhaps one of the most perplexing concepts of all time. Dreams are incred­ibly fascinating, mostly because so much about them has yet to be uncovered. Scientists, physicians, and psychologists have all com­pleted studies on the subject in at­tempts to further their knowledge on the act of dreaming; unfortu­nately, most experiments have only provided a limited amount of information.

The most commonly asked question when it comes to dreams is: What exactly causes them?

Dr. Jamie Goodwin, psychol­ogy professor at the University, explained that when it comes to the answer, there are a handful of various theories, all of which have yet to be disproved. Howev­er, there are so many theories that no one is quite sure which one is correct.

“Some people think they [dreams] are the brain’s attempt to make sense of random neural im­pulses. Others believe they serve as a sorting function, helping to process the day’s events into our memories, while another theory is that dreams are the brain’s way of working on problems that we were unable to solve during the day,” Goodwin explained.

She also discussed the ideas of Sigmund Freud, a renowned psy­chologist who focused mainly on human actions and dreams.

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From Regents College to MU

fromregentscollegetomuMany of us have heard or even have had the pleasure to study abroad while attending the University, but for sophomore Charlotte Carne, the University is her new home away from home this semester.

Carne is a theater and acting major at Regents College located in Lon­don, England. There are many differ­ences in the program there than there are here, according to Carne. One being that study abroad is not manda­tory for students here, but it is at Re­gents. There is also special empha­sis placed on how to apply for study abroad programs and the options for one’s desired major.

There are a number of choices giv­en and each must be listed in order of preference. “For the course I am cur­rently studying at Regents College a study abroad semester is mandatory,” said Carne. “If we don’t go then we fail the course. Therefore, the study abroad office goes through how we should prepare for our study abroad period very thoroughly before we go. The acting and global theatre class has six schools in different locations to choose from.”

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How to Succeed in Business

work-behaviorSucceeding in the business world obviously takes skill. You have to be good at your job in order to advance in your field, however, one of the less obvious ways to move up in the office is by demonstrating appropriate behavior.

Being the best at your job does not, by any means, make you the best employee. It is by behaving in ways that exemplify particu­lar company ideals that can help you impress those in charge and make you successful.

As a way to help you succeed in the workplace, William Hill, the Assistant Dean of Career Services here at the University, has provided a few things to keep in mind while working in the of­fice. Although there may be oth­er guidelines and rules that are synonymous with certain com­panies and offices, the follow­ing tips are general enough to be used anywhere:

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Valentine’s Day: Stigmas, Plans and Pancakes

Here it is: the one holiday that sends single ladies to their couches as they pop in The Notebook screaming to Noah Calhoun to build them a porch, followed by a Mount Everest of tissues. It’s also the one holiday that sends couples reeling to the tippy-top of their relationship peak.

Everyone, welcome to Valen­tine’s Day, full of candy hearts and fluffy bears. It seems impos­sible not to feel the love in the air. But how do the singles and couples plan to spend their Val­entine’s Day? It’s time to open up a box of chocolates and see what’s inside.

First, one must address that it is already half way through Feb­ruary. Secondly, one must real­ize that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. We can officially conclude that the month of February is going by fast. Since tomorrow is the big day of love, break out the candy hearts, get out the freshly cut roses and summon all the chocolate lovers! There is about to be an overload of sweets a’comin’.

Despite all of the decadent treats and sweet kisses of Val­entine’s Day, how do people go about planning and spending their day of love, regardless if they are single or in a relation­ship? Does everyone on this jam-packed love fest of a day get a teddy bear with “Be Mine” stitched on the belly?

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From the Airwaves of WMCX to ESPN Radio New York

Life is full of many journeys filled with twists and turns that could take you anywhere. For se­nior Brad Brown, life has taken him from putting on the headset for WMCX sports to sitting in a booth a few feet away from ESPN analyst and radio host Stephen A. Smith. Brad’s dream is to one day be a professional sports broad­caster. Thanks to hard work and a drive to succeed, Mr. Brown is well on his way.

Brad is currently interning at the radio station ESPN New York 98.7 FM, located directly above Madison Square Garden at Penn Plaza in New York City. Every Monday and Wednesday, Brad takes a two-hour NJ Transit train into the city to work.

Brad has two different jobs as an intern for ESPN New York 98.7 FM. On Mondays he works in pro­gramming and on Wednesdays in promotions.

A typical day in programming consists of arriving around 11:00 am, completing prep work, help­ing with the rundown of top­ics, and making sure each host is aware of the topics. Once the shows begin, he tracks all of the topics discussed on the shows by entering them into a Microsoft Excel sheet, so they can figure out which topics draw the most lis­teners. He does this for the Mike Lupica Show, Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show, the Michael Kay Show and Dave Rothenberg’s show.

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Abroad-er Experience Awaits University Students

Traveling the world seems to be something that a lot of people have on their bucket list, and who could blame them? They see pic­tures and videos of people and places in countries and cities that exist across the ocean, and they can only wish that they will one day be given the opportunity to experience those images them­selves.

The study abroad program here at the University was created for those kinds of people; the people who yearn to step outside of their comfort zone and venture into the unknown. The program gives stu­dents who wish to travel the world the opportunity to study in a va­riety of different countries during their time at the University.

Students are able to choose from three semester-long programs in either: London, England; Sydney, Australia; or Florence, Italy. If a semester seems like too long of a time away from home, the Uni­versity also offers summer pro­grams as well; a six-week program in Cadiz, Spain and a four-week program in Florence, Italy. Fortu­nately, the tuition and fees for all of the semester long programs are the same abroad as they are here, so airfare and spending money are the only extra expenses that a stu­dent has to worry about.

Erin Smith, a junior, recently studied at Regents College in Lon­don, England during the 2012 Fall semester. “I chose to study abroad because I knew that college was going to be my only chance to get out and see the rest of the world with no real strings attached,” Smith explained.

It’s difficult to travel freely after graduating, especially if a person intends on jumping straight into their career field upon leaving the University. Studying abroad gives students a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the world, and it’s best for them to grab onto that opportunity when it’s right in front of them, even if they are feel­ing a little apprehensive.

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Sacrificing a Tan for Summer Education

Tan EducationAnnoyed and frustrated at your newly printed syllabus, your roommate looks over your shoul­der and mutters, ‘That class was a breeze; I took it over the sum­mer.’ You glance back at the 15 page major research paper, group presentation and three examina­tions and think about dropping a class because your 19-year-old pal said taking it during summer would be worth giving up time in the sun. Dedicating time and money to a summer class may be worth neglecting your job as a camp counselor, but it may not be for everyone. Summer classes are meant to keep students ahead, a float or on board to graduate and are not seen as a loophole to a better grade, because believe it or not, you will be kept the full class period.

The weather will be getting warmer towards the end of March and class attendance at the Uni­versity will dramatically decline as you find classmates enjoying the perks of a one mile radius to the Jersey Shore. If you’re one of those students who will take advantage of the allowed two absences per semester solely for a warm week in May, a summer class may not be the best idea.

Surrounded by white walls, white floors and books may not be an ideal summer vacation. Senior education major Ash­ley Mcpeek said, “Being inside when it is 85 degrees and sunny and your friends are at the beach is a serious downside.”

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Can DNA Store More Than Genes?

DNAThree years ago a pair of geneti­cists sat at a bar discussing the issue of where to store their institute’s copi­ous amounts of research data due to the fact that storing such information on hard drives had become exceed­ingly expensive. What began as a mere quest to find an alternative to store DNA, protein and other genetic sequence information ended up as an exceptionally revolutionary idea: storing real-life practical files within DNA itself.

Now in 2013, these two geneti­cists, Ewan Birney and Nick Gold­man of the European Bioinformatics Institute, have succeeded in storing a set of Shakespeare’s sonnets, a PDF of the first paper describing DNA’s double helix structure, a 26-second mp3 clip from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and a JPEG photograph of their institute-all within a molecule of DNA. They’ve published their research in Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.

This enormous feat renders a hope­ful and exciting future for DNA stor­age. Such an endeavor is also likely to lead to more success because DNA is an optimal storage device, being sturdy and extremely compact.

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