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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Here’s to Growing Up: A Look Into Becoming an Adult

adulthoodBeing a senior in college has put a lot into perspective for me. I'm getting ready to enter the real world. I'm gaining more knowledge about life. I'm working to achieve my goals and towards a future career. I'm a responsible young adult with the whole world at my fingertips. This all sounds nice, but at the end of the day, I just feel kind of old.

Now you may say "that's ridiculous! You're the ripe old age of 21!" This is true. At this age, we are in the prime of our lives. Most people my age are in college and many are living away from home. This means they are pictured to society as adults yet can make the decision to eat ice cream for dinner every night because "why not? No one is around to tell me no. I'm an adult!"

Yet there are some occurrences going on that make me realize I'm really not a kid anymore and this is a little more than unsettling. I'm not talking about credit card bills that need to be paid. I'm not talking about the fact that I'll never be the youngest at school again (actually, this is probably a good thing.) I'm talking about the fact that I, and many other people my age, are entering adulthood and turns out, it wasn't really what we expected. Are we ready to get hit with this thesis paper sized dose of reality? Nope.

I think this all starts out if you go away to college. You think, "Yeah, I am out of the house! I can do whatever I want! No one is here to tell me no!" Don't be ashamed to admit you thought this, I can admit that I definitely did.

This idea lasted a whole two weeks until I ate all the food in my room and was already sick of Easy-Mac and Ramen Noodles. Then I got a cold and called my mom approximately 17 times a day for a week because I didn't know what medicine to take or if I could mix cough syrup and decongestions. I'd like to think of myself as responsible, but let's all face it, sometimes, we don't know how to take care of ourselves.

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How, We, Like, Literally Use Words: Will Modern Day Text Lingo Ruin Language?

textingSince the introduction of instant messaging to society, whether it was internet chatrooms, emails, or texting, people have started to condense, modify, and alter words in order to make them easier to type. LOL, JK, TTYL, etc. have dominated the digital word since they were created. But despite the ease and comfort in typing these casual words, the consequences on formality and sentence structure could be disastrous.

It's not even text-talk that's the problem: informal phrases such as "like," "legit" and improper use of "literally" surround a generation of people who may not be able to speak in a formal setting, much less speak publicly. But is it necessary to adhere to previously established "rules" of speaking? Or are we meant to go with the flow and treat this like any other "popular phrase" of the past? Does virtual messaging really make these any worse than those that came before?

"It's more of a subconscious thing people say when they talk," said Hunter Farman, a sophomore commuication major. It's true that people don't use these colloquialisms entirely consciously. These phrases get so ingrained to our day-to-day lives, whether we're saying them or someone else is, that it becomes hard not to use them.

"There are some people who just use them way too many times when they're speaking," continued Farman.

This is true, people go into excess with words that create an easy sentence structure. This combination of repetitive exposure and ease of use makes these phrases crop up everywhere we hear. The common occurrence of these words ingrain them to convention.

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Classroom Competition: What Makes Students Work

classcompFor some students in college, grades are everything. A grade point average (GPA) can heavily affect scholarships and if someone can't afford to go to the school without a scholarship, not having good grades can be disastrous. Good grades can also be helpful in the future. In a post-college job, having a high GPA can prove to an employer that you have the skills and qualifications for the job that you are applying for, and that you're willing to work hard to do well.

Getting good grades can also lead to building a good relationship with a professor. Sometimes, professors have connections with others in their fields: people who may be hiring. If you have a good relationship with these professors, it may make getting a job in your preferred field much easier.

Students can be driven by both internal and external pressures. Some students, no matter how much they may hate a class, dislike a professor, or just do not care about the material, still drive themselves to complete their work to the best of their ability, simply because they are determined to succeed.

In other cases, it is external pressures that drive students to do well, whether that be scholarships and the chances of getting a job after college, like mentioned above, or a desire to please their parents or simply be recognized for the work that they are doing. A lot of college life can also hinge on getting good grades, such as getting a spot on the Dean's List, being eligible for a study abroad, and being able to join a sorority or fraternity.

Liz Roderick, a freshman psychology major, is motivated by external pressures. "I'm motivated to succeed in my classes for the sake of impressing future employers and not disappointing people," she said.

This seems to be a strong motivation for many, most people come to college hoping to get the training they need to find a job, and getting good grades is an important part of that. There are also a lot of tips and tricks when it comes to getting good grades.

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Are 90s Classic TV Shows The Best? "You Got It, Dude!"

fullhouseThere was a time long ago when family sitcoms and cartoons dominated the world of television. Sounds weird right? Now cheesy reality television has taken over the media industry. There is just something about it that seems to be thrilling and draws us in. Let's put aside the present for a second and have a blast from the past: the 90s.

The 90s were a time of simplicity for us college kids. We were all young without a care in the world. Pondering about the 90s decade leaves me with feelings of nostalgia. Since we all sadly cannot go back in time, why not pretend by living through our favorite 90s television shows?

"You got it dude!" Does that catch phrase ring a bell? My all time favorite show to this day is Full House. This 90s classic never gets old and is very quotable, as we can all clearly see. If I'm lucky, sometimes I'm able to catch it on at 9 pm, but sadly this rarely happens due to my busy college schedule. I would honestly do anything to have Full House make new seasons again and air constantly, as odd as that may sound. I am a die-hard fan, I am not exaggerating either.

For my birthday I have asked for a Full House T-shirt with Danny Tanner on it. I know strange, but hey what can I say, I am a true fan! Full House combines comedy with real world problems that just makes it hilarious, yet fantastic. If the Full House DVD set was not $200 I would buy it in a second. Others may or may not share my strange Full House obsession, but lets see what 90s television shows students still long for.

Kaitlyn Robertson, a freshman special education major, said, "I really wish Hey Arnold was still on television. The show reminds me of all the times my brother and I use to watch television together. We do not get that kind of quality time together anymore."

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When Picturing People in Underwear Doesn’t Work: How College Student’s Deal With Classroom Fears

classroomfearGoing to class isn't as simple as our parents assume. There are exams to prepare and show up for, homework for five to seven classes to complete, and rooms of 20 or so peers staring at you during a presentation. There are many factors that add stress to students' days, and many of them are harbored in the classroom. While many students face anxiety in the classroom, there are ways to quell the nerves and move beyond the fears.

Moyi "Pony" Jia, a lecturer of communication, has seen many anxious students in her time at the University. Jia has taught quite a few public speaking classes, a class most college students dread taking. Public speaking is definitely a topic that causes stress for many young adults in college. A way to conquer this fear is to take a course in public speaking and facing the stressor head on. Jia has seen that many students feel anxious at the beginning of the course, due to uncertainty and an unfamiliar environment.

"The anxiety gradually reduces and even goes away as they take the class and know their classmates better," Jia explained.

Jia offers some great advice to students who struggle with speaking in front of crowds:

"See your audience as friends, they are not [here] to judge you, they are here to listen to you, and to support you! Don't think 'Ahh, there are so many people and they will laugh at me when I make a mistake.' Instead, think 'there are so many people here and they want to listen to me! They are interested in what I am saying and we will create a good conversation."

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What Happens When You’re Dating... But Not: Student’s Stress Over the “Situationship”

situationshippExclusive relationships are pretty rare among college students nowadays. Everyone is looking to explore their options, while there are a few select couples that turn heads. Then there is that other category: dating, but yet not dating. This is when things seem to get complicated hence the label "situationships". The term could be defined as seeing each other for months yet not having the label as boyfriend and girlfriend. Now that's a sticky situation.

Tons of people have been in this awkward situation. The most awkward part is definitely initiating the conversation to talk about the subject. That is probably what prolongs the situation even more, which is what results in the "situationship."

When you are "together" but haven't had the "dating" talk, fights could arise. One partner could think they can date other people while dating someone else. It technically is, since there is no relationship label. But misunderstandings are likely to occur unless some previous understanding that it was okay to do so was made prior.

These situations seem to be an epidemic more so with college students. Everyone is young and just wants to have fun. Barely anyone wants to be tied down and worry about the responsibilities of a relationship, especially with the stress of college. There are always those exceptions though. If you truly like the person you should obviously be with them. If both people are willing to make the effort and really like each other I think it is worth it.

There are a myriad of views people have on this topic. Is a "situationship" worth it?

Kaitlyn Robertson, a freshman special education major, said, "There is no point of being together if someone is not going to take a step further to make a relationship out of it. Both partners times are wasted when no initiative is taken to make a lasting relationship. Either call it off or try to make it work."

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Excuses, Excuses: Why They’re Made and What They Mean

excusesDuring college, there are certain "traditions" between students and teacher that we simply come to expect. The most infamous and well-known cliché is excuses. Specifically, a student making an excuse for themselves and seeing if a teacher will take pity upon their unavoidable calamity and not take off points for a late assignment. It's fascinating, a student will go to such lengths to think up a believable reason to pitch the professor when that energy could have been better used with the original assignment.

"I think laziness and a lack of interest in the class makes students give excuses," said Connor Power, a sophomore computer science major. "I've told a professor I didn't go to class because it was so cold outside it hurt," Power continued. "But I wasn't lying for that one."

Students often give an excuse to justify their actions, or lack thereof. Power is correct in stating that students will give more excuses to a disliked class than in one they enjoy. After all, why would a student try to sway the opinion of a professor they respect? But this begs the question of why the excuses are made at all. Whether the professor is liked or not, are excuses solely based on the student's own interests?

"People want to pass the reason off to something that they're not responsible for," said Jack Demarest, a psychology professor. He claims that students have a lack of responsibility if they make continued excuses, and should just try to own up to their mistakes. His response when given an excuse? Indifference.

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Out With The Jeans: The Sweatpant and Yoga Pant-demic

kellysweatsAs winter begins to arrive and the cold begins to creep in, getting out of bed seems to become more of an effort every single day. As this happens, people seem to make less of an effort when it comes to getting ready in the morning, causing sweatpants and yoga pants to surge in popularity. Sweatpants and yoga pants are also, of course, far more comfortable than jeans, and in most cases can even feel warmer.

According to Erica Walsh, a freshman social work major, it's the cold that makes them more popular.

"They're so comfortable, to start," she explained. "And it's getting cold. Shorts are clearly out of the question, and sometimes jeans are a pain. The right pair can make you look good. Plus, in early-morning classes, it's not like anyone cares. You're all in the same boat."

Jenny Lee, a junior biology major, had the same viewpoint. "They're just so much more comfortable than jeans."

Even teachers have noticed the rising popularity. Noel Belinski, a lecturer of English, stated that she's seen more and more students wearing them in recent years.

"I've seen a lot of students wearing them on campus. I've also read that jeans sales have declined this year, so perhaps this is a new trend emerging."

As these clothes become staples of every-day life, the companies that make them make countless improvements. Gone are the days of simple black yoga pants, now, they can be bought in a variety of colours and patterns. Improvements have also been made to their functionality, some companies even design them to be thermal, making them perfect for early morning winter classes.

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The DREAM Moment At Monmouth

anniversaryTo most University patrons, Wilson Gardens is a nice little area. Tucked right into the side of the famed Wilson Hall, the Gardens feature awe-inspiring architecture, and is home to a set of fountains that look spectacular on the rare occasions they are turned on. The Gardens can be seen as nice, but are often overlooked in the daily bustle.

But for Jacklyn "Jackie" Kouefati, a recent class of 2014 Monmouth graduate, and Sebastian Chiaramida, Wilson Gardens will forever hold a significant place in their relationship and in their hearts. On Friday, Oct. 17. Chiaramida surprised Kouefati with flower petals, a ring and an unforgettable proposal that she couldn't help but say yes to.

The proposal wasn't the start of Kouefati and Chiaramida's happiness. The couple first met five years ago at a pizzeria where Chiaramida worked. "I happened to walk into [the restaurant] and that's where he gave me his number. We dated briefly after that, but not too long. We even lost touch with one another and eventually went back to each other, but not for several years later. Even when we weren't on speaking terms, we were always thinking about each other," Kouefati recalled.

Though they endured a break from their relationship, Chiaramida said there was something special about Kouefati that he couldn't ignore. "I knew since day one. When Jacklyn and I started dating officially, I fell more and more in love with her. With each day that passed and till this day when I think it's impossible to love her more than I already do, I fall deeper. She is my partner, my lover, my best friend, my soul mate, everything I could ever want," Chiaramida said.

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Candy Connection: The Best and Worst Halloween Candy

candiesThe dentist's least favorite holiday of the year: Halloween. Tons of people in America share a love for the addicting taste of sugar and chocolate that sadly could result in cavities. Even though we all know this bit of information does it stop us from eating it? We all know the answer to that, no we don't. At least I, for sure, don't. There is a countless amount of Halloween candy available, so which do people consider to be the best and worst?

My love for the combination of peanut butter and chocolate goes way back. I remember the first time I took a bite of my favorite candy in the world if you could not already guess it, Hershey's Reese's. The saltiness of the peanut butter combined with a lovely, delectable chocolate shell is to die for. My love for Reese's leaves me speechless. I don't have words to describe the taste other than it tasting amazing. Not all candy can live up to the Reese's standards though.

I believe Jawbreakers are hands down the worst candy in the world. They are obnoxiously huge and annoying to eat if you can even possibly fit one into your mouth without choking. If you think about it, Jawbreakers are a health hazard. They should really put some kind of warning label on those things.

There could be a debate for hours on the best and worst Halloween candy. If there actually was a real debate on the subject can you imagine how much of an uproar there would be?

Karen Zavala, a freshman health studies major, said, "The best candy all around is most definitely Sour Patch Watermelon. They are sweet, sour and simply taste amazing. What more could you ask for when eating candy?"

"The worst candy overall is definitely Almond Joy. The whole candy bar just tastes fake. I am pretty sure the only real part of that candy is the almonds; even the coconut tastes fake," Zavala continued.

Dana Gurnari, a freshman, took an interesting approach to the question that reflects her personal Halloween experiences.

"The best candy out there is obviously Reese's because it tastes amazing and I love peanut butter. For the worst candy, I know this is not candy but I absolutely hated it when people would give out tooth brushes, pennies, floss and other odd objects other than candy to kids trick-or-treating. It's just downright weird," said Gurnari.

Kaitlyn Robertson, a freshman special education major, picked candy that accommodates her specific food needs.

"The best candy is Twix because it is cookie, chocolate and caramel all combined into one bar of goodness. The worst candy to me is Almond Joy. The only reason really is because I am allergic to both coconut and nuts."

Robertson continued, "Actually, I remember eating an Almond Joy once and it was not that good anyway. It is basically all artificial coconut, which is not healthy at all. I know all candy is not good for you, but when picking a candy I try to avoid dyes and artificial things."

Christa Hogan, a lecturer professor of social work, said, "The best candy is candy corn because it's sweet, chewy, festive and just makes me really happy. Halloween is the only time of the year it is available so I like to take advantage of that."

The worst Halloween candy is anything with nuts. It makes candy lose its creamy texture and takes away from the chocolate. It's better that nuts are just left out of candy," continued Hogan.

Candy is forever going to be a part of the Halloween culture. With trick-or-treating still a dominant must among young children, candy is going to be kept in most households during the holiday. I wish I could go back to those days. When I am older, I will probably not have any candy for when trick-or-treaters ring my doorbell because I will probably have already eaten it all. Therefore, what I am trying to say is, do not ring my doorbell in the future because you will be disappointed. Happy Halloween!


Ghosts, Goblins and Witches Brew Halloween Comes To MU

carving-pumpkinsAt the end of October, the air gets a little foggier, shadows seem a little larger, and the Monmouth campus finally becomes enveloped in the season of scaring.

Halloween is a unique holiday in that it has a way of bringing students together in ways that Thanksgiving or the Winter Holidays cannot. While students go home to visit their families during their Thanksgiving or winter breaks, Halloween is spent on campus, allowing the students and faculty to partake in festivities together.

Much of Halloween is based on traditions, from dressing in costume to carving pumpkins, which creates a common ground for everyone to participate. From Monmouth's own haunted Wilson Hall tour to students dressing in costumes, there is a piece of the holiday for everyone. But what about particular students' own traditions? Do upperclassmen get as involved or "into" the holiday as freshman, or vice versa?

"I really like the theme of the day, the 'scariness' of it. I just like the atmosphere of it all," said Joseph Schuld, a junior biology major.

There is definitely a different atmosphere around the holiday. Halloween has a unique presence that can be felt in the air itself, and helps everyone get into the holiday spirit. Some students spend all month decorating their rooms and getting their costumes ready. The environment the holiday creates can be sensed by everyone.

Students don't enjoy Halloween just because of the atmosphere, it's the scariness and the products of the holiday that make it fun. Halloween is most known for the candy, costumes, and of course, scary movies.

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