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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Almunae Start Cupcake Business

Almunae Cupcake BusinessSisterly bonds sometimes go on a little further than just family, especially when sisters are just three years apart. Alumnae Carissa and Jaclyn Franzi both graduated from the University and have started their own cupcake business called Stuffed Enuff, where they create personalized cupcake orders to match any occasion.

Carissa graduated from the University in 2011 with a degree in anthropology and elementary education. Carissa attended school on a scholarship for women’s lacrosse and not only met some of her lifelong friends at the University, but also eventually had her younger sister, Jaclyn, by her side through her final college year.

Jaclyn, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in elementary education, anthropology, and special education, found her way to the University because of Carissa. While touring other campuses, she began comparing all of them to her sister’s campus and quickly realized there was no place better than Monmouth.

While Carissa was on the field scoring goals in lacrosse, Jaclyn spent time participating as a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity which was colonized on campus in 2013. Before then, Jaclyn, although not as always involved as a college athlete, would have said that she always felt welcomed at all and any events she attended on campus.

As of right now, Stuffed Enuff is mainly based on Instagram with no established website, however, hopes for it to become more well-known over time are high. The Franzi sisters are currently continuing to take classes to find new ways to increase their pastry skills. Not only that, but they also get to keep baking and testing out their own products.

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Monmouth Student Reimagines the World of Music Distribution

World MusicPandora streams free music, but you have limited say in what plays and the commercials are endless. Spotify streams free music where you are able to choose what you listen to, but the commercials are still there. On iTunes you can download music with no commercials, but it costs money. Now, imagine a website where you can download music that is all yours for free and the artists can get paid a fair amount for all the music they create. That is what Cortex Music is.

Matt Alonso is a senior music industry student at the University who transferred here from Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ, where he studied communication with a focus in radio. While he was there, he met many people who worked in the radio business, but someone told him he should not go into radio because it is dying medium.

This experience is what lead Alonso to look into the music industry field where he stumbled across the University’s continually growing music industry program. This new change in direction for his schooling is what lead to the idea for his own music platform, Cortex Music.

About three years ago while driving to dinner with his family, Alonso was listening to poor quality sounding music and thought to himself, “What if there was a way for people to download quality music for free while still paying the artists?” He then saw a billboard for headphones on the side of the road and the idea for Cortex Music came about.

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Feminism Isn’t Just for Females

Feminism 1For a number of reasons, many people in today’s society are afraid to identify themselves as feminists. Both men and women seem to flee from the term in fear of also being categorized as crazy, delusional, or what many consider to be worse, a “feminazi.”

The media plays a large role when it comes to creating negative connotations and stereotypes for what it truly means to be a feminist. When celebrities and pop culture icons publicly dismiss and discredit the feminist school of thought, as well as those who identify as feminists, the people who look up to and idolize said celebrities will most likely soon begin to discredit feminism themselves.

Although there are a number of men and women in the media who portray and view feminism in a negative light, there are plenty of other amazing celebrities, both male and female, who use their heavy media presence as a way to campaign and fight for gender equality.

Many of the celebrities who do the most talking about feminism in interviews and on various social media platforms do seem to be women, but there are also a fair amount of male stars who just as proudly consider themselves to be feminists. Even still, many men seem to shy away from the term.

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From the Classroom to the Cell Block

The Story of How One Professor Educates the Incarcerated

Classroom to Cell BlockWhen Dr. Eleanor Novek walks into a room, she is a woman of paradoxes. She’s soft-spoken yet a leader, conservative in her mannerisms, yet witty and fun-loving in her conversation. So it is no surprise to find out that despite her small stature and gentle nature, she works with some of the grittiest, most terrifying people in the country: convicts.

As an Associate Professor of Communication at the University, Novek teaches classes in journalism, communication ethics, gender, race and media, and research methods. She preaches an interactive teaching method in her classroom, stressing student involvement and student/professor open communication rather than presenting lectures.

“Most of our class time is spent with selected students speaking about links, interesting articles and op-eds, and the student’s own take and position on the current issue with help from classmates,” said junior communication and foreign language student Jenna Lally, who is currently taking Novek’s Editorial Writing class.

“This kind of environment is conducive to students’ comfortability in adding to the discussion and speaking in class, which I don’t see in most of my lecture-based classes,” continued Lally.

But Novek’s collaborative methods of teaching are not being applied strictly at the University. This is the same kind of atmosphere she produces when she works in prisons. Yes, that was plural; she currently works at not just one prison, but two.

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Behind the Mask of Social Media

Mask of Social MediaSocial Media has become part of our best friend circles and she seems to be the friend that holds the group together. She isn’t left out of any gathering and you can usually find her snapping pictures at a girls’ night out or recording videos at tailgates. She never misses a special occasion. But our good friend Social Media is known for lying and sometimes portraying herself in a certain light.

With Social Media in her prime, she finds herself only posting pictures of her dancing the night away, sipping on expensive cocktails atop rooftop bars and the occasional #OOTD, but do we really know who Social Media is?

As college students, we have been taught to depict our best selves, but does that mean only sharing what makes us look cool or different? Recently, Essena O’Neill, a 19-year-old Instagram model from Australia, revealed what went on behind the scenes in all of her posts and how it was not her real day-to-day life.

Having to please thousands of followers and create this “perfect life” was all part of the illusion O’Neill was painting for her fan base. She recently posted a video on her new website,, describing her reasons for why quitting social media will be a healthy change for her.

“We say its connecting and social sharing, but when its validation through numbers, you can’t just ignore it and say it doesn’t get to you when we judge everyone so clearly on it,” said O’Neill.

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‘Tis the Hashtag Holiday Season

NationalIBlingDay 1What does it mean to show someone in your life that you love them? Buying them flowers? Giving them gifts? Simply telling them? Many would agree that any of those options could be used to show one’s affection for another, but recently a new trend over social media referred to as “hashtag holidays” has become a popular way of publicizing a person’s own personal relationships.

Social media in general has produced varied responses when it comes to social interaction, especially romantically. Kristin Bluemel, an English professor at the University, believes social media can produce and foster good and bad relationships. “If you consider cyber bullying on social media, the data suggest negative psychological effects. If you consider dating through social media, I know a lot of people have gotten married [that way] so those effects would be positive.”

Social media usage can be used for both positive and negative social interaction. The new trend of hashtag holidays are only yet another tool meant to aid in virtual communication. These fictional holidays seemed to have started on Instagram, and have since spread across other avenues of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The most commonly used and starter “holiday,” is referred to as #NationalBestFriendDay.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist Spotlight: Dan Amato

Dan AmatoEvery semester, the University’s student run record label, Blue Hawk Records, creates and records a compilation album featuring various artists on campus. They hold open auditions for all students on campus, and then select four or five artists to record for the album.

This semester’s album will be released on Dec. 9 with a show from the artists that will be held in Anacon Hall in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. To prepare for the event coming up next month, let’s meet some of the artists on the album!

Dan Amato just started his first semester here as a freshman at the University in the music industry program. He is from Paramus, NJ, where he has performed at his high school’s Coffee House event each year, as well as the local Italian Festival in Hoboken, and even Relay for Life.

Amato loves it here at the University. “It’s great being by the beach and I love the music scene here. There are so many great musicians on campus,” he said.

Amato is a singer/song-writer and has been playing guitar for eight years. His biggest influences are first and foremost Bruce Springsteen, but also include other artists like John Mayer, Bon Jovi, and Richie Sambora.

Although Amato usually performs acoustically, he explained, “I love playing electric [guitar] and going harder sometimes…my music tastes really go anywhere from Rage Against the Machine to Frank Sinatra.”

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Life After Loss: The Story of Evan Baubles

Evan BaublesPeter Evan Baubles woke to the sound of knuckles tapping the passenger-side window of his family’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Am and a man’s voice saying, “Hey buddy, are you okay?”

Was he okay? What happened? He could barely gain the strength to open his eyes, and could not feel a muscle in his body. He willed his eyes open for a fleeting glance; seeing his father, slumped over the steering wheel in the driver’s seat. Seeing him bleeding, motionless, he knew the man he admired his whole life was gone.

Fading in and out of consciousness, he worried about his younger brother Colin, who was horizontally sleeping across the back seat. He would later find out he had lost him, too.

Soon, the glass of the window on his door was shattered and Baubles’ 23 year-old body was being dragged onto the road. He heard the rotors of the rescue helicopter above cutting through the air and drifted back into the darkness.

Baubles, who is now 30 and goes mostly by his middle name, is an aide at Asbury Park Middle School who specializes in working with the 8th grade alternative school. He also works one-on-one, shadowing a student who happens to suffer from bipolar disorder.

But before he was teaching, coaching baseball, football, and track, and finishing his college degree online, Baubles was just a normal child growing up on the shore in Wall Township, NJ.

Baubles exceled in multiple sports as a child, mostly football and baseball, and grew up in a family that may have had their difficulties, but were tightly knit, especially him and his father. They were a no-nonsense, extremely active group.

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Why Should You Care About the 2016 Election?

2016 ElectionAs the 2016 presidential election draws near, candidates are eagerly doing their best to ensure that they get every vote they can. They argue with each other in debates, they release interviews where they discuss their future plans and policies, and they do their best to make the American public believe that they are the best one for the job, that they are the one that should be chosen.

The Bipartisan Policy Center released a report shortly after the 2012 Presidential Election, stating, “Despite an increase of over eight million citizens in the eligible population, turnout declined from 131 million voters in 2008 to an estimated 126 million voters in 2012.” This means that about 93 million eligible citizens did not vote in the last election.

In 1972, those who were 18 were given the right to vote. While the current generation of young people is believed to be politically and socially aware, they do not show it the way that their parents and grandparents did; they are much less likely to donate their time or money to a campaign, and come voting day, they are less likely to be seen at the booths.

“It’s important for anybody to vote,” said Dr. Stephen Chapman, an assistant professor of political science. “Democratic theory assumes that the government will pay attention if the public makes their voices known. Policy will be based on those voices. If mass portions of the population don’t vote, that population will not be heard. If students aren’t voting, they are not being heard.”

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Millennials Still Crushed by Recession

Statistically speaking, 28-year-old graphic designer Amy Norris is something of an anomaly. Twenty-eight percent of her fellow millennials don’t hold full-time jobs, but she has steady employment at Quartermaster Marketing.

While studies reveal that many millennials are putting off big life changes like getting married, buying homes, and starting families because they’re paying off hefty student loans, Norris graduated owing less than $2,000.

Census statistics show that about 28 million out of 70 million millennials in all are not enrolled in school and are making less than $10,000 a year at their jobs.

Recessions tend to affect young people the hardest. But members of the country’s largest generation have been waylaid far worse than previous generations, and economists worry that those effects on a group just now starting careers could linger for decades.

“The financial crisis and the Great Recession and its aftermath are hopefully the most significant economic calamity that this generation will experience,” said labor economist and policy analyst Catherine Ruetschlin, a visiting professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Wage inequality is a particular scourge for millennials. It’s difficult to say why so much money rests in the hands of an elite young few because there hasn’t been much study of it in this age group.

Given that so many millennials are making less than $10,000 a year, a salary of about $60,000 would place someone in the top 10 percent of potential earners among millennials, concluded.

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