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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

YouTube to the Top

The role that media can play in an artist’s success is very prominent these days. In an instant a video of somebody performing can be uploaded onto the internet and anybody can see. If seen by the right amount of people or the right people, then a musical career can be right around the corner.

“I think that the Internet is a great way to enhance a musician’s career. Anybody can see and you never know who’s watching,” said a sophomore, Alex Rivera.

YouTube began in 2005 as a video uploading service and has since been home to millions of videos. Videos can range from showcasing talents, media clips and even to video blogs. As the site grew, musicians began to upload videos of themselves or their bands performing music. For a few lucky musicians, YouTube gave them their start in the music industry.

The biggest YouTube sensation to date is teenage pop sensation, Justin Bieber. In 2007, Bieber was discovered by talent manager Scooter Braun through videos that his mother uploaded of him singing on YouTube. Within two years, he had already signed a record contract with R&B artist Usher and had his debut album My World debut at number six on the Billboard charts. Three hit albums, a successful 3D movie, world tours and two Grammy nominations later, Bieber is currently working on his fourth album, still on top of his game.

Pop music seems to have a huge calling on YouTube, not just with Bieber, but with others including pop duo, Karmin. In 2011, the musical fiancés Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan uploaded their cover of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now”, which quickly went viral. They were invited to perform on talk and radio shows, including On Air with Ryan Seacrest and were signed by Epic Records. Their first single, “Brokenhearted” went platinum and they now have their second album, Pulses which is due out sometime soon.

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Going Home for the Holidays

A long semester will soon come to an end and students are eager to go home and celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year” with family and friends.  There are some great traditions many are looking forward to this season.

This week, Wilson Hall is transforming into a magical and festive holiday display, meaning that winter break is quickly approaching for students, staff and employees. For Michelle Bacchetta, a freshman, this is the one time of year where the entire family is together because everyone was away at college.  “I can’t wait to spend time with my family, my sister and [my] boyfriend.  This will be the first time since the summer everyone is together.”

For Lexi Swatt, a freshman, both Christmas and New Year’s Eve bring special traditions.  “I’m most excited to go home to spend time with my family and my close friends. On Christmas Eve, my whole family comes to my house for dinner and presents, and on New Year’s Eve I spend the whole day with my group of girlfriends and then meet up with other friends to watch the ball drop,” she said. This will also be Swatt’s first time home for the semester.

Annie Siegel, a freshman, explained, “This will be the first winter break I have had where I do not have to worry about any schoolwork and can enjoy the holidays.”  While high schools give a break, at least a moderate amount of work is assigned over the week and students are expected to have completed it upon their return to school. This makes many students excited for college because they are able to fully enjoy this time of year without the pressures of schoolwork and upcoming tests  right after the New Year. 

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Is it Winter Break Yet: Milestones to Keep You Motivated

It’s that time of year when the semester is on its way out and college students are itching for winter break. The 15 weeks of hard work will have officially been paid off and a much needed break will be all theirs for a month.

Since the break is close enough that students can almost touch it, many wonder what they can look forward to in the meantime. After all, winter break is a top priority for students and gives them a vacation from classes and homework.

Next week begins the first holiday break and that is of Thanksgiving, where students have two school days off, plus the weekend, in order to spend time with family. It’s the start of a semester wind down, but more importantly, a joyous time for family and where being thankful shows fully. Students can look forward to this mini break not just for family bonding time, but for a period of relaxation before an academic crunch time kicks in.

A senior social work major, Alex D’Errico, said, “I am looking forward to relaxing and not having so much work.”

Since it is now holiday season, this means that all of the fun holiday festivities are coming. Soon, the sights of Christmas and winter decorations will spread throughout stores, homes, workplaces and even the University. For many, the holidays and their decorative splendor bring up happy emotions and memories. These feelings can always bring out the bright side for those counting down until the winter break.

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Giving Thanks at the University

In the spirit of the holiday season, most see Thanksgiving as a long weekend to eat turkey, watch football, and of course for students, catch up on some sleep. However, as time has passed it seems that the underlying meaning of why we give thanks gets overlooked, or rather has changed among the younger generations since the pilgrims first landed on Plymouth Rock.

“I’m really thankful for my life in general. I could be in such a worse position than I am now,” said Michael Udayakumar, a senior.  “In our generation we tend to complain about things that when you put them into a bigger perspective really aren’t a big deal. Like you may think how you hate how many classes you have this semester, while you should be thankful you have classes you attend and that you can be at a university.”

While Thanksgiving is a nationwide holiday celebrated by many Americans through parades and food comas, it was originally a religious holiday. As we all remember learning while drawing hand turkeys in elementary school, the pilgrims first celebrated Thanksgiving after suffering harsh conditions and severe illnesses that plagued their colony.

They gave thanks to each other and God as the colony made it through the rough conditions and were able to settle down into a flourishing community that included the Native American tribes. However, it can easily be seen how that could have gotten lost since Christmas has taken over with music and advertisements along with Black Friday. The media is bombarded as soon as Halloween is over.

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Brotherly and Sisterly Love

When Your Once Annoying Siblings Grow Up to Become Your Best Friends

When my middle brother was born, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about him. He definitely wasn’t the sister I asked my parents for, and he was probably going to steal my only child spotlight. When I finally accepted that he was nonrefundable, I decided to take on the role of proud big sister.

Two years later, my youngest brother was born, and this time I was not as accepting of the fact that he wasn’t the sister I so desperately wanted. The first time I met him, I walked out of the hospital room and had to be chased down by my dad. He found me standing near the newborn baby room, selecting which one I wanted to take home. Apparently, it didn’t work that way, and I was stuck with two younger brothers for life, like it or not.

My parents should have seen it from the start. Though I was four and six at the times my brothers were born, I wore my “mommy’s favorite” and “daddy’s girl” shirts way too proudly to give those titles up to anyone. I had to show who was the first, and therefore, obviously the best child. Throughout the next 10 years, my parents had to deal with a lot of bumps, bruises, hair pulling, hitting, pushing and crying. It wasn’t until I was about sixteen that I realized that my brothers, now both taller and stronger than me, could probably take me down. Oh, how the tables had turned.

Keri Mullin, a junior who has a younger brother that is now a freshman in college, thinks that sibling relationships are some of the most important relationships one can have.  “The best part of sibling relationships is that it’s a relationship that no one else will understand. They’re kind of like a best friend,” said Mullin. “I don’t think it’s a bad part but I think the hardest part of sibling relationships, especially if it’s a girl and a boy, is that they mature at different times. There is definitely a time period where you don’t have much in common and don’t get along, but siblings always come back together. They might annoy you and make you angry sometimes but you love them unconditionally.”

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Professor Spotlight: Maureen Dorment

Meet an MU Lecturer of History and Anthropology

Professor Maureen Dorment, a lecturer of history and anthropology, has been a lifetime lover of learning. Although it was not always her plan to become a teacher, she finds herself very thankful for the way that things turned out. Dorment loves being in the classroom and the students she teaches. She has much wisdom and knowledge to share and her passion for her profession is expressed to anyone who has met her.

Dorment began teaching at the University in the fall of 1993, after completing her master’s degree here, which she started in 1989. Prior to that, she attended Georgetown University and received her undergraduate degree. To continue bettering herself, in the late 90s Dorment began taking classes at Drew University to earn her Ph.D., while continuing to teach here.

Because she is so passionate about her career, some find it surprising that Dorment did not always plan to be a teacher. “No it wasn’t the plan to become a teacher, and I have to say I’m really fortunate it just worked that I got in the classroom and I really loved it. I love the students, I love the interaction. I really enjoyed it, so I decided to really pursue it and work at it, and improve my scholarship,” said Dorment.

Dorment has worked very hard and achieved many things all without a role model or inspiration to guide her in the right direction. “I think I was a chronic overachiever, and I just worked really hard. And when I came here I worked really, really hard. I know my children used to look at me all the time and say, ‘what are doing?’ and I would say, ‘I’m studying,’ and they would just shake their heads,” she said.

Dorment said she did not have any major career goals prior to coming to the University. “Basically, when [I was] in college, the whole idea was that you dated someone and you got married and you had children, so that is what I did,” said Dorment. “I have five kids and I took care of them, did the whole suburban mother routine, coached every sport, was on the school board, and did that until my oldest went to college and that is when I came here.”

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Backstreet’s Back, Alright!

They’re all you ever wanted, they’re all you ever needed and we want them back. What am I talking about here? Why boy bands of course. Almost any 90s child can admit to listening to *NSYNC or Backstreet Boys when they were the most popular. This goes for the young men of the 90s as well.

The epidemic of boy bands did not start in the 90s though. People of our generation tend to forget about the earlier boy bands like The Jackson 5 and the Monkees who came about in the 1960s.

“We really didn’t call them boy bands in the 60s and 70s,” said Robert Boyd, an adjunct in the music and theatre department. “They were just bands with boys in them.” Boyd does not have a personal favorite boy band from his youth but he said that he still enjoys listening to that type of music today.

Another fan of past boy bands is Joe Rapolla, the Chair of Music and Theatre Arts Department. He also has a history of working in the music industry. He explained that he continues to love The Beatles and many of the original boy bands but also appreciates some of the more recent ones. “… I also respect hard working bands like Hanson, who were popular when I started my job at PolyGram/Universal Music Group,” Rapolla said.

These boy bands have certainly left their mark on the music world but the ones known mostly by our generation are *NYSNC, Backstreet Boys, Hanson and 98 Degrees. When one of the songs from these boy bands comes on the radio, be prepared for at least one girl who grew up in the 90’s to scream out of excitement.

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Winter Weather Worries: How to Handle a Snow Day

Winter weather is coming and that means more time for homework and school related activities.  It also means snow will be falling, increasing the desire to go out and play in it which can distract one’s study time.

Annie Siegel, a freshman said that this time of year actually motivates her to study more. “I feel this weather forces me to work harder as I am inside more often,” Siegel explained.

Christina Fisher, a freshman said that a snow day would be to her advantage in terms of mental relaxation at this point in the semester. “I would take the whole day off and wait to do work until the night of the snow day since I love the snow and procrastinate a lot.”

Some people take the day as it comes, in order to see what work they can get done, or wait until later to finish. Junior Lauren Walsh said, “I don’t know [how much I would get done].  It would depend on how much work I had.”

Walsh, unlike some students, would budget her time wisely based on work load, exams coming up and other situations that may arise over the course of the semester.

Junior Kaitlyn Mazzeo feels the same way about snow days. She likes to enjoy them, but also use them wisely to complete assignments that are due. “I would enjoy my day, but I also keep track of my work.  I always make lists of my assignments at the beginning of the week,” said Mazzeo. She believes this is an important step in staying organized and moving towards completing short term goals.

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Military Veterans in the Campus Community

As another veteran’s day passes, many across the nation honor those Americans who fought to protect their country.

Adjunct professor Alan Foster currently teaches sociology at the University, but in his past, he was known as a soldier for the United States Army.

Foster served in one of the country’s most chaotic and cautious eras during the Cold War. From the late summer of 1955 until the early summer of 1957, Foster was wearing the shade of army green and traveling the world.

“I took my basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ, then went to Radio School also at Ft Dix, was sent to Fort Bragg, NC, where they thought I was going to jump out of airplanes,” Foster said. “Then, luckily, I was assigned to the very secret Army Security Agency in Germany for the rest of my Army career.”

Much like his fellow comrades who served by his side, Foster was drafted into service as most were during that era.

“We were all drafted in those days, so it was no surprise for my parents when I was drafted also. My brothers all served and had their college careers interrupted and knew I would follow in their footsteps whether I wanted to or not,” Foster said.

Foster served his nation through the height of the Cold War, during the Suez Crisis, and the Hungarian Revolution. “I returned to the States with an intensely increased understanding of the world’s many problems at that time,” he said.

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Your Very Own IKEA

Make anything. This is the ideology fueling the 3D printing industry as it takes steps to become increasingly domesticated.

Though it was originally introduced in the mid-1980s, the technology quickly gained momentum throughout the 1990s as it made incredible strides in facilitating advances in engineering, architecture, and manufacturing. Only for the last decade has the scope of applications boomed exponentially, with biomedicine at the core.

3D printing works as an additive process where multiple layers of a particular material are laid down in specific shapes on top of each other to create a solid 3D object from a digital model. Of the many methods that utilize this additive approach, selective laser sintering (SLS) has emerged as one of the most common.

Though SLS originally began as a way to manufacture prototype parts in the early phases of designing products, it is now being utilized to manufacture end use parts. SLS begins when a 3D computer-aided-design (CAD) file is sliced to make 2D cross-sections, similar to how radiologists make 2D cross sections of body organs with CT scans for surgical and diagnostic purposes.

Afterwards, a computer-guided laser sinters (heats and fuses) a range of powders, such as Nylon-11 and Nylon-12 polyamides, to construct the designed part layer-by-layer, allowing a targeted precision that is not possible with traditional manufacturing, according to Solid Concepts, an industrial leader in 3D printing.

Shivam Patel, senior biology major commented that “The large-scale impact of 3D printing as it takes steps to become increasingly available is nothing short of remarkable. As its cost continues to drop, 3D printing will become only more accessible to students, researchers, and entrepreneurs, paving the way for a new age of innovation.”

In an interdisciplinary collaboration last year, a team of medical researchers, engineers, and surgeons successfully replaced the jaw of an 83-year old woman with its 3D printed counterpart.

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A College Student’s Worst Nightmare

College students in the U.S. are worried, stressed and afraid of what opportunities will be available to them come graduation day. Questions flood their minds such as, “Will there be a job for me? If so, am I applicable? Even if I am capable, will I be replaced by someone with more skills?” These are only a few of the constant concerns that students battle every day.

There are many reasons that students feel this fear, including high unemployment rate, the ever-changing job market and the constant pressure of competition.  Receiving a bachelor’s degree is believed to be right of passage that a student is educated in their field of study and is prepared to take on a full-time job. Meanwhile, as graduates people still see themselves as students, unsure of how educated and prepared they really are.

In an attempt to keep up with ever-increasing job requirements, unemployment rate and competition, students work harder. College students across the nation are doing whatever it takes to prepare themselves for that final moment when they accept their diploma and take their first steps in the real world.

“There is a lot of pressure looking for a job after graduation,” said Nicole Russo, senior criminal justice student. “There aren’t a lot of jobs out there that you’re going to love.” Like most college students, she is left anxiously waiting if the long hours studying, volunteering at clubs and working overtime will finally land her a job.

Russo added that as a result of the unemployment rate, students have to compete against many people while applying for jobs and this can be very stressful.

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