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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Major Key: The Potential Benefits of Entering an “Impractical” Academic Field

Does Practicality Outweigh Passion?


As an education and history student, I hear all the time about how I will never make a decent amount of money. Growing up I was always told I should go into a field like law or nursing, where I could have a better salary. I’ve also heard countless times that if I was to be a teacher I should teach something more “important” like math or science as opposed to history.

There seems to be this idea that majors such as business, nursing and others of that nature are more practical in comparison to majors in the realm of humanities like fine art, communication, and history.

Why is it that these majors have a reputation for not being useful in the real world?

Dave DePaola, a junior music industry and business management student, has a true love for playing music and would dream of being a professional musician. However, the idea that music isn’t a very practical field to enter is ultimately affecting his decision.

“I don’t expect to ever be successful professionally as a musician, and so working in the industry is the next best thing. I treat my business major as a practical supplement to my music industry major,” said DePaola.

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Nothing Comes Close to the Golden Coast

Oh, Los Angeles; your massive palm trees, sunny days, and laidback culture will be greatly missed by this Jersey girl. While waiting for my plane to depart from the LAX terminal, I felt the urge to abandon my flight and become a permanent California resident. But reality began to sink in and I realized that I would miss my friends, family and pork roll sandwiches.

The Garden State is the only place I have ever really felt at home. But to my surprise, after spending only a short amount of time in California, I began to feel as if I had found a new place to call home.

Robyn Asaro, the Assistant Director of Study Aboard, shared her thoughts on travel, “Traveling opens the heart and mind to new experiences, new relationships and a sense of awe that we often lose in everyday life.”

I went to California for the annual Associated Collegiate Press Journalism Convention and not only did I gain valuable knowledge for my craft, but I also had the opportunity to fall in love with the state and all of its beauty.

With my luck, upon my arrival it was raining in Los Angeles. My group and I tried to make the most out of the dreary day since the convention had yet to begin. The rain was on and off but we decided to load into cabs to travel to the famous Santa Monica Pier.

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Graduate Studies Spotlight: Corporate and Public Communication

After graduating with their Bachelor’s Degree, many students choose to take the next step in their academic careers by attending graduate school. While some will seek specific schools with certain programs, others will enroll in a degree program right here at the University.

Corporate and Public Communication (CPC) is just one of over 20 graduate studies programs that prospective students have the option of enrolling in at the University. By earning their Master’s in this particular field, “students will gain a competitive edge by mastering vital skills needed to analyze and produce effective messages for diverse audiences across multiple platforms,” according to the CPC informational brochure.

The program offers three different tracks, much like the undergraduate communication program offers varying clusters for students, including Public Relations and New Media, Human Resources Management, and Public Service Communication.

Students who earn their CPC degree are typically looking for jobs in the realm of public relations, health care, human resources, and marketing, among many other careers.

“I’m currently working as a marketing and media relations specialist. My position deals heavily with brand management, advertising, social media, and PR,” said Roxanne Belloni, a CPC alum. “The CPC program helped me to develop my writing and analytical skills, and also exposed me to different aspects of communications as a career.”

This 31-credit Master’s program can be completed in just four semesters, but students are also able to complete an 18-credit certificate program if they are not looking to earn another degree.

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Just One More Episode: The Dangers of Binge Watching

In today’s day and age, virtually anything we desire is available at the single touch of a button. Entire television series are accessible to our society as a result of online streaming sources like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. These streaming websites have caused a habitual and continuous viewing among users that is commonly known as “binge watching.”

Binge watching can be defined as watching a particular television show in rapid succession, without any breaks to engage in alternate activity. This has become extremely popular among millennials, particularly college students.

Online streaming websites like Netflix and Hulu are incredibly successful due to the fact that they let their users watch multiple episodes in progression. It’s very rare that a Netflix user would log on and watch only a single episode of their favorite television show because it has become such an addiction to continue streaming.

Binge watching shows and movies online has become so popular that college students would rather sit in front of their laptop or tablet instead of actually flipping through channels on a television. Binge watching is all about instant gratification, convenience, and the accessibility to multiple episodes in just one sitting.

While binge watching your favorite show can be a fun way to leisurely pass time, there are many negative effects when it comes to this phenomenon.

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The University Celebrates Black History Month

Although winter is not officially over yet, during the month of February there is still cause for celebration in recognition of Black History Month. Black History Month is not only about acknowledging the achievements of black inventors or Civil Rights leaders, it encompasses culture, pride, patriotism and humanity - something that is inherently human.

 This year marked the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to the University. King’s dream of disbanding segregation and embracing diversity was still not shared by everyone at the time.

In fact, his speech was not well received at the University when he spoke in front of a seemingly conservative audience, a majority of them white faculty and students, on Oct. 6, 1996. The issues that he spoke about concerning segregation, poverty, the racially motivated killings down South, and the Vietnam War touched a nerve that made some people uncomfortable.

Nevertheless, King’s speech and presence were both timeless. He transformed the University and established principles that deeply reverberate on campus to this day.

The words that he spoke during his visit were reminiscent of his “I Have a Dream” speech; revolutionary in so many ways that a plaque in Wilson Hall was made in honor of his historic stop in West Long Branch. Black History Month is about cementing a legacy, and Martin Luther King Jr. did that the day he spoke on this campus.

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Music Festivals Through the Ages

Woodstock, Coachella, Firefly, Bonnaroo, Warped Tour, Governor’s Ball...the list goes on and on. Music festivals have always played a major role in the lives of many Americans, particularly the younger generations, but it seems that just as the culture has changed with the times, the meaning behind these melodic celebrations has also undergone some alterations.

“Music festivals have certainly evolved since I first remember them from the 1960s,” said Stuart Rosenberg, an Associate Professor of the Management and Decision Sciences who also teaches a class on the history of rock and roll.

“People think of the 1960s as the Woodstock generation, and the one music festival that helped commercialize the explosion of festivals to come in later decades was the Woodstock festival in the summer 1969,” he continued.

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, referred to as “three days of peace and music,” was held in August of 1969 in White Lake, NY and is probably one of the most notorious music festivals in history.

Rosenberg explained how Woodstock was the first really big event that basically began the huge popularity of music festivals and made them a marketing tool.

“Music promoters could see the big business that these festivals could generate, and from the 1970s through today there are several festivals each year across the world that attract music fans of all genres,” he said.

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Early Birds vs. Night Owls

Early NightWhile Founding Father Benjamin Franklin once said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” American journalist James Thurber claimed, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.” If whether or not a person identifies as an early bird or a night owl also has the ability to determine the quality of their life, which one of these two men are we supposed to believe?

Everyone knows that getting enough sleep each night is crucial in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but for many college students a proper sleeping schedule is simply not possible. Between homework, extracurricular responsibilities, and opportunities to socialize, sleep is often hard to come by.

Because of their busy schedules, many young adults turn into nocturnal beings upon entering college, regardless of whether or not their sleeping habits aligned more with the thoughts of Franklin during their time in high school.

Alyssa Healey, a senior health studies student, claims that she has been a night owl her entire life. “I was always the last friend asleep at sleepovers,” she explained. “Now it still hasn’t changed and there is definitely homework involved.”

College students should get about six and a half to seven hours of sleep a night. Healey, however, typically averages about five hours, but feels as though she actually works best with less sleep than the ordinary person. “If those nights come where I truly get an excessive amount of sleep then I get groggy the next day,” she said.

Although this particular sleeping behavior may very well be true for some students, there are others who share the exact opposite experience.

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15 Student Musician Returns From Brief Hiatus

Student Musician HiatusOne rainy afternoon, I scampered to my car, leaping over puddles. I hopped in and stuck my key into the ignition. I plugged the auxiliary cable into my iPhone and pressed the power button on my dashboard. As I began driving towards West Long Branch, an array of acoustic medleys accompanied by soothing, smooth vocals permeated the air through my speakers.

I began to hum along to the song “2 Months 2 Early,” from an acoustic extended play (EP) known as “All in the Past,” as the sound of rain droplets pattered against my windshield.

After about five minutes of splashing through the saturated streets, I stopped my car in front of a brown paneled house. I ran up to the residence as quickly as possible so the writing materials inside my backpack would not get wet. Knock…Knock…Knock.

“Door’s open,” an occupant said. I stepped inside and found a man plucking the strings of a cedar colored guitar with a glistening finish reclined in an armchair while two other men, who appeared to be his housemates, sat on a couch.

As everyone greeted me, the man with the acoustic stood up and outstretched his arm. We shook hands. “It feels good to be back, dude. I was actually just working on some new stuff,” the guitarist said.

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Distance Relationship on Valentine’s Day

V Day Long DistanceWhile being in a long-distance relationship is never easy, having to spend Valentine’s Day without your significant other is probably one of the hardest things about them.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, couples are getting ready to celebrate with their loved ones, but for those in long-distance relationships, celebrations aren’t done in person, but instead over FaceTime or Skype.

My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our three year anniversary on Feb. 25 and this will be our fourth Valentine’s Day together, but our first celebrating apart.

My boyfriend is currently studying to receive his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Miami in Florida, so our Valentine’s Day will be celebrated with over 1,000 miles between us. Our nightly FaceTime calls have become the norm for us since August, so Valentine’s Day will just be another day.

Knowing my boyfriend the way I do, he will probably be sending me two-dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day, as this has become a habit for him to do once a month since he has moved to Miami.

Not to sound ungrateful, but I would much rather have him as a gift instead of the flowers. But I understand that with his schedule of taking classes, conducting research, and teaching, he will not be able to make the trip home for the weekend.

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New Semester, New Motivation?

The Spring Semester Serves as a Fresh Start for Many Students


Spring Semester MotivationThe new spring semester brings new challenges and possibilities. It seems as though students have just had a whole month of relaxing by Christmas trees and fireplaces during winter break, only to have a new list of classes to drag their feet to by the time the end of January comes around.

It’s a short semester, saturated with events and deadlines ending earlier than ever in April this year, due to the University’s new 14-week schedule. With such a short time span for students to get their lives together, will they be able to rev up their motivation towards the spring semester?

Fall is always a time of beginnings; as the red and orange leaves fall to the ground, students gear up for a brand new year.

“I definitely am more motivated in the fall; it’s a new school year, you are so excited to be back, you think you’re going to do great and you have an open mind,” Jackie Giacalone, a junior communication student, explained. “Because of that motivation, my grades are better in the fall,” she continued.

When 21 students at the University, ranging from sophomores to seniors, were asked which semester they felt more motivated in, 20 claimed that they were more driven in the fall. Only one student felt more motivated in the spring.

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My Funny Galentine

Galentine DayThe question of whether or not I will soon become the world’s most single woman is always valid, but I find that my nonexistent relationship status tends to become more of a pressing issue around the same time every year: Valentine’s Day.

But alas, there is a light that shines in the darkness for all of us single ladies during the month of February, and it’s a holiday that doesn’t call for a significant other. I give you, Galentine’s Day.

This holiday, which seems to have originally been created by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation, is to be celebrated on Feb. 13 every year.

“February 14, Valentine’s Day, is about romance, but February 13, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends,” Poehler, as Knope, explained in an episode of the hit NBC show. “It’s wonderful and should be a national holiday,” she continued.

What’s great about Galentine’s Day, for the women in relationships, at least, is that it doesn’t interfere with Valentine’s Day, which means that those happily in love are still able to celebrate with their other halves on V-Day, even after spending the previous night with their best girlfriends.

And what makes it even better is that unlike Valentine’s Day, there is no need to make elaborate plans or buy expensive presents; Galentine’s Day is simply about showing love for the women that mean the most to you.

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Monmouth University
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