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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Owning Your Experiential Education Experiences

internshipsStudents are often told that high school prepares them for college and college prepares us for the real world. However, the real world is seldom kept in a class room with text books and homework assignments. To better prepare students for the reality of full time careers in their field of study, many students opt for internships.

According to Marilyn Ward, Career Services Experiential Education Specialist, all undergraduates must fulfill an experiential education requirement which allows them to gain more hands-on experience than the classroom allows. Depending on their major, students can fulfill this requirement  with experiential education courses, service learning placements, co-ops, research projects, studying abroad, and internships.

The Offices of Cooperative Education and Service Learning, a part of Career Services, are here to assist students in finding and applying for internships. “Career Services provides assistance with the search for Ex Ed opportunities through targeted emails, the Ex Ed Database of Opportunities, a part-time job newsletter, and weekly workshops on Experiential Education,” said Ward. “Students can also make appointments with Career Services staff to prepare a resume or to discuss Ex Ed opportunities.”

The University gives credit for students interning. Department advisors must approve a student’s placement before granting them credit, according to Ward. Usually, a certain number of credits must be earned before a student can earn credit for their experiential education. She encourages them to gain as much experience as possible through the University. “In general, the more experience a student has the better, so it’s ideal if a student can fit in more than one internship or other Ex Ed placement,” said Ward.

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Music: Cheaper Than Therapy

Life has an awful tendency of hurling high-speed curveballs at just about everyone in this world and there are a few things that have the ability to guide a person through some of the seemingly unforgiving times that we inevitably have to face as human beings.

As we continue to age, we find that times become increasingly difficult. There is only so much that can be done to help us cope with the struggles of heartbreak, the loss of a loved one, or simply a day that didn’t go as planned, but perhaps one of the most effective and popular ways to handle life’s unsatisfying situations is music.

“If you’re in the midst of a difficult life situation, music can help you go inside, find the hurt, and deal with it,” Laura Dubois, noted pianist and music professor explains. “Music can alleviate stress, which is something we all go through. If you feel angry, frustrated or hurt, you can use music to express that, and therefore get it out of your system.”

Keeping negative feelings bottled up inside is not beneficial for anyone, yet it can be difficult to find the proper way to express one’s self in tough situations. For many people, music serves as a creative outlet that gives them the opportunity to properly express themselves in an easier and less complicated way.

In fact, freshman musician Natalie Zeller confessed that one of the main reasons that she writes, plays, and listens to music, “is to escape from the daily struggles of every day life. When I need a distraction from the world, I love nothing more than sitting down and getting out my frustrations through creativity.”

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Hitting the Housing Lottery Jackpot

housinglotteryThe spring semester is here, and that means preparation for the upcoming housing selection lottery are already at the forefront of residential students at the University. 

Upon returning to school last Monday, residents returned to find a blue book in their dorms and suites explaining the details.  While deposits and contracts will be submitted soon, the actual selection does not take place until the middle of April.  Those looking for on-campus housing will be given a random number in their term group (sophomores/ all transfers, juniors or seniors) and can make selections based on the number they receive which determines availability and range from 1-999 per term group.  

The hope is that a low number will be given allowing for the highest possibility of options designated to that group.

 Danielle Walsh, a sophomore and resident of Maplewood apartments, was excited and relieved as her friend got a low number.  She explained, “I was so excited when my friend, Michelle, got a low number last year.  We got to pull our whole suite, plus my sister, into Maplewood Apartments this year, one of the nicest buildings to live in on campus.”

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Rumor Has It

Real and Fabricated Rumors Traveling Around the University are Dismissed


Regardless of how rumors begin, spread, and end, they often serve the common purpose of providing people with amusement. While some rumors are made for sheer entertainment, others can be harmful or malicious, and rumors around the University is no exception.

Vice President of Student Services, Mary Anne Nagy, tackles the University’s most conspicuous rumors, as told by students.

Just about every student knows the 15 minute rule – if your professor is 15 or more minutes late, you have the right to leave class, unpunished. The rule also applies to doctors, who are awarded 20 minutes.

Senior Leah Russo has left with classmates after a professor failed to show up after ten minutes. The next class the professor said that it’s his class time and he can do whatever he wants with it and that a professor should be on time just as he or she expects the students to be, explained Russo.

Sophomore Allie Servidio said, “Personally, it has never happened to me, but whenever a professor is a couple of minutes late, everyone in the class always jokes about leaving as soon as 15 minutes are up.”

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Extended Use of Breast Cancer Drug Increases Remission

FEATURE1A wide variety of breast cancer drugs are currently in use to treat the symptoms of the horrific disease. One specific drug, which has recently been noted for its potential in prolonging cancer remission, is Tamoxifen.

According to BreastCancer.org, it has been proven that the extended use of Tamoxifen can reduce the risk of breast cancer from coming back by 40 percent to 50 percent in postmenopausal women and by 30 percent to 50 percent in premenopausal women. Such results make a phenomenal difference because approximately 227,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States. Additionally, Tamoxifen has been proven to reduce the risk of a new cancer developing in the other breast by about 50 percent and has shown promising results in keeping cancer away from undiagnosed women who have family histories of breast cancer.

Typically, Tamoxifen is prescribed to breast cancer patients for approximately five years. However, in a new study called “Atlas,” Tamoxifen was assigned to one group of breast cancer patients for the average five years and to another group of patients for an extended 10 years. The results of this study showed that the group taking Tamoxifen for five years had a 25.1 percent recurrence rate of cancer while those who took the drug for 10 years had a 21.4 percent recurrence rate.

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An RA’s Journey

In a residential student’s freshman, sophomore or junior year, he or she has the opportunity to apply for the position of Resident Assistant (RA).

An RA is someone who is in charge of a floor in a dormitory and acts as a mentor to the student community in which he or she lives in. This provides valuable experience to both students and the RA.

Their duties include planning programs, supervising closing periods for break and acting as peer mediator. “I was encouraged by my sister, who attends another institution, to apply for the position here at Monmouth,” said Nick Rossi, the head RA in Elmwood Hall. “It has also given me the chance to learn a lot about myself in the process as well.”

Dan Roman, also an RA in Elmwood, wanted to apply as a means of giving back to his former RA who was a major help during his freshman transition last year. “I became real close with my RA and I wanted to do something that would allow me to give back to people who were a big help to me,” said Roman. “I want others to know that they can be successful and are strongly encouraged to give back to the community.”

One of the major responsibilities of an RA is to plan both educational and social programs for their residents.

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Flee the Flu

It’s that glorious time of year again. When the days get busier and the nights grow colder, we all fall victim to symptoms of the common cold and flu; and of course, the true Grinch of winter never has convenient timing. “Who has the time to get sick now a days?” said senior Sonya Shah.

With the holidays upon us, people are more concerned with shopping for their friends and family and less concerned with remembering to take care of themselves. Contagious viruses are obtainable year-round, but it’s during the fall and winter months that our immune systems are at an all time low. Between the stress of the semester ending, earlier mornings and later nights, it’s almost impossible to avoid getting ill.

Bitter cold weather equals spending more time indoors and it’s because of this additional time spent with others that germs spread so easily. The deadly concoction forces us to be more susceptible to getting sick, but that doesn’t mean preparing yourself is a waste. Use these prevention tips to help you boycott the trend.

Number one and most effective: get vaccinated against the flu. The vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray and the best time to do this is during the weeks of October and November, although December isn’t too late.

Washing your hands is one of the most over looked methods of prevention yet our hands are one of the most contaminated parts of our body. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose; its like germ central. All it takes is 15 seconds with hot water and antibacterial soap to kill germs instead of spreading them. Simple healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, maintaining your stress level, etc., are all preventative measures that can help you stay sick-free.

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Remember That Time?

Is It Those Nostalgic Memories That Define Our Friendships?


feature2Friendship, a relationship between two people, who hold mutual affection for one another; a shared bond that makes someone who is not blood related, feel like family. What in the world would we be without our friends, right? Remember That Time?

They are people who share similar interests, listen to our problems and give advice; the ones who support and encourage us and share many memories, tears, and smiles.

Have you ever wondered what exactly caused you and your best buddies to build such a relationship? As we all move forward in our lives, our environments change and we meet new people, build new friendships, and lose touch with others. That is why the subject of friendship can be so interesting. It can be described as the study of sociology, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and even zoology.

Such a controversial subject proposes various theories on what really causes friends to be friends. Take the social exchange theory for example: a sociological perspective that explains friendship as a subjective cost-benefit inquiry. In other words, it insinuates that social behavior is the result of an exchange process. If the risks outweigh the rewards, people will vacate that friendship; if the risks are outweighed by benefits, then people will cherish that relationship. “You’ll find that your most positive relationships are ones in which the benefits outweigh the costs. You’re best friends, as you could say,’’ said Michael Pirrotta, psychology professor.

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‘Cool’ Story Bro

feature3From the time that we first begin to interact with others, we become acutely aware of what is supposedly ‘cool’ and what is not. Still today, as students in college, we pride ourselves on the notion of being the coolest, the most popular, and the best liked by our peers. But what exactly does it mean to be cool?

In today’s society, t here s eem to be many variables that play into the definition of the word, but regardless of the ambiguity of its meaning, it is a widely acknowledged term that everyone strives to be perceived as.

If you search for the definition of cool in the dictionary, Merriam- Webster considers it to be slang and defines it as “fashionable, hip.” This vague explanation of the word is an example of the fact that we, as a society, create what we take to be cool.

Dr. Johanna Foster, sociology professor, explained, “In sociology, we would say that ‘cool’ is a social construct, meaning that in every society, and within smaller groups in that society, people in interaction with others define the standards of ‘cool.’”

As a society, we depend on one another when it comes to almost all things, and defining what’s considered to be “cool” is no exception. We decide whether or not the people that we interact with, as well as ourselves, make the cut when it comes to what’s “in” in today’s world. These standards of “cool” continuously change, which makes it even more difficult to properly and elaborately define the term.

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Local Paleontologist Harbors Ancient History

feature4On the outside, the yellow, bungalow- style home looks innocent enough, just like any other house on the block. A passerby would have no idea that this home was a time portal. Much more than meets the eye, this house brings you back millions of years into an archaic landscape filled with relics of inconceivable but true species now absent from the ecosystem.

The house’s resident is Ralph Johnson, an older gentleman with perhaps more hair on his chin than his head, who curates a paleontological research museum in his basement. There are more than 20,000 catalogued specimens from extinct creatures that live, once again, in this Long Branch residence. It is home to: a 30 pound piece of leg bone from a dinosaur that weighed eight or ten tons; remains from ammonites, which are relatives of squid that lived in coiled shells and traveled in schools; shells so well preserved that even after 75 million years the mother of pearl is as iridescent and shiny as ever.

Like the home’s exterior, the living room is inconspicuous with its plush carpets and chairs with velour cushions as well as glass and ceramic figures resting on tabletops. A fancy dining room sits adjacent, seemingly more for show than for use. It is the descent down the short staircase that transports you and makes you forget that you’re in Long Branch in the 21st century.

The sloped ceiling above the stairs is concave and even Ralph, at no more than five-and-a-half feet tall, needs to bend awkwardly to fit beneath. A sign above deters creationists from entering.

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Put Procrastination Off Until Later

procrastinationThe art of procrastination lies somewhere in between the confidence we have in ourselves and the anxiety we face to perform. Depending on the difficulty of the assignment or project, whether it is work related or personal, time is the main factor hindering efficiency. Time represents the amount of hours or minutes or days spent working towards a goal, and for the start of finals week, time is something we usually put off. Be- cause of the confidence we have in performing to the deadline, we normally work better under stress.

“I usually procrastinate when I have a lot of work to do and I put it off because it is too much to take on,” said senior Samantha LaRocca.

If we as students are putting off assignments to the very last minute, we develop stress which initiates the release of adrenaline. And depending on where we as individuals fall within the ‘Fight or Flight’ response, we generally experience both phases.

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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