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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Student Starts T-Shirt Business

T Shirt BusinessMost college students take advantage of their free time by watching Netflix, heading to happy hour, or taking a well-deserved nap. Not many can say that they design their own t-shirts and run a successful online shop in the time that they have between classes and schoolwork. Not many, that is, except for Jerry Salvatore.

Salvatore, a senior business finance student, has been designing and selling his own t-shirts since he was a senior in high school. “I didn’t really like things that were out and available at stores during the time, so I decided I was going to make stuff that I wanted to wear and put it out, too, because maybe there were people out there that felt the same way I did,” he explained.

Finding his inspiration from vintage-style concert, rap and tour t-shirts, Salvatore’s designs are heavily influenced by the styles and culture of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Before this year, Salvatore was “seriously doing designing individually” under his own name, putting out shirts in small quantities before eventually beginning to sell to more influential and popular designers and rappers, who would then post photos on Instagram wearing Salvatore’s products.

The social media recognition that he began to receive placed Salvatore on the radar of a number of others involved in the business who were looking for someone to partner up with. Eventually, a popular designer from California contacted Salvatore about collaborating. “Since then, I became his designer and we became a team, just me, him, and a couple other guys,” he said.

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Ladies Who Rock

Ladies RockWe all know that women have had their struggles in the work force and in society in general. The question here is, do we also see this problem in the music industry? Why does it seem that male musicians and boy bands are more popular than female recording artists? Is there a double standard in the music industry where more is expected of women than men?

If we think back in history, there have been plenty of girl musicians that were influential in the industry, such as The Ronettes and Joan Jet. Liam Frank, a junior music industry student, said, “There certainly has been no shortage of influential and famous female musicians throughout the history of rock and roll. Since we are used to a male dominated rock history, it might take more thought for some to mention these female musicians than it would be to mention the legends like The Beatles or Led Zeppelin.”

“The male musicians definitely have seemed to get more notoriety, but that doesn’t mean the women in the industry get no credit,” Frank continued.

Joe Rapolla, the Director of the Music Industry program at the University, believes that rock and roll music was always seen as radical for anybody, but even more so for women because they broke out of their traditional housewife duties to become a face for the music world.

Fast forward to 2015 and as we look at the world of music, especially in pop, we see a 50/50 split between male and female artists.

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BFF: Best Female Friendships

Female Friendships 1When you fall in love with a television show, falling in love with the characters and their relationships is almost inevitable. In fact, many people like to personally connect themselves to their favorite shows by comparing their own real life friendships with the ones that are depicted on screen.

Often times, however, the female friendships that are created on many television shows are not realistic or healthy portrayals of what a real friendship between two or more women should look like.

“Women are forcefully pitted against each other as a way to serve the male ego,” said Gracie Zwernemann, a senior English and education student. “So female friendships on TV are important for young women because it accurately represents them in a way that isn’t always available in the media.”

Many depictions of these friendships are littered with stereotypical and negative female character tropes: the frenemy, athe mean girl, the ex-best friend, the list goes on.

However, amidst all of the less than desirable female pairs on television today, there are a number of fictional female friendships that serve as excellent examples for what a healthy relationship should look like.

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Police Brutality and Social Media at Monmouth

Police BrutalityNo changes have been made in the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) following a year of police brutality in the media, and no changes were deemed necessary.

In the wake of the media firestorm regarding police brutality, the University remains unfazed. Chief of Police Bill McElrath pointed out that no abuse of force happens on campus, and no trends in crime or force have changed in the past year.

After students and faculty have watched Michael Brown and Treyvon Martin lose their lives to excessive force, a question has been raised: has the use of unnecessary force used by officers grown, or has the media’s portrayal of it made it seem like a resurgence?

Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Michelle Grillo said, “[Police brutality] is made a larger issue through the attention it receives through social media.”

Grillo continued to say that social media and videotaping has made the events more prominent than they have been in the past, stating “We have to be careful and not be quick to judge…an officer until we have all the facts. While social media and cell phones help civilians with their cases, in most cases only a piece of the whole event is captured on a cell phone. We do not see the before and after.”

While it is important to consider what’s not on the video, it’s important to realize that citizen journalism and the broadcasting of these events are showing what was previously unseen. Without citizens documenting brutality on their iPhones, the media might have portrayed the events in a different way.

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A Day in The Life of Skip Carey

Ten years ago, Skip Carey was hired at the University as the Director of the Department of Disability Services (DDS). He attended Marist College and currently resides in Long Beach Island, NJ.

After he graduated from college, he taught English and Special Education at a high school, and eventually became a school social worker on a child study team.

“From there, I ran a district-wide student assistance counseling program before becoming a guidance counselor and lead counselor at a different high school,” Carey said.

“I retired from that district in 2005 as the Supervisor of Guidance and after three months, I started working here at MU. Having worked in a guidance office for many years, I’ve always had an interest in higher education. Given my background and experience, working in a disability services office at a university seemed like a good fit for my ‘second career,’” he continued.

On weekdays, Carey commutes from his home in LBI and comes to work in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

“As the Director of Disability Services, I am responsible for making sure that students who are registered with my office have equal access to academic programs, extracurricular activities, and social opportunities that are available to all MU students,” Carey said.

But what exactly does DDS do? According to Carey, “The Department of Disability Services provides reasonable accommodations and services to students who, under the laws that govern accommodations in higher education (ADA & Section 504 laws), have a diagnosis or a disability that qualifies them to seek such assistance.”

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The Claws Are Out: Why Are Some Women So Catty?

Women Claws 1As many women make strides for equality and feminism, there is still a noticeable pattern of young women treating one another poorly. On an almost daily basis, there is a story about a woman fighting or insulting another woman, be it someone bashing Amy Schumer for being “fat,” someone calling Kim Kardashian “trashy,” and so on.

It doesn’t just happen to celebrities, it happens everywhere; two coworkers mocking one another, or girls as young as kindergarten making fun of one another for the way that they dress.

On Sept. 13, Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson performed a monologue during the talent section of the pageant. Instead of the traditional formal dress, she wore nurses’ scrubs and spoke about her nursing career.

The next day, co-hosts on popular television show The View poked fun at her, saying that it was no surprise that she did not win and that her attempt at showing her talent was “hilarious.” While the women who made those comments later released a public apology, it seems that they only did so as a result of the social media firestorm that erupted.

Other shows, such as The Bachelor and The Real Housewives (of any city) are almost entirely focused around women tearing each other down, often for ratings and entertainment purposes. It even happens in political fields – journalists are currently intent on pitting Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton against each other and when that fails, they often stoop to mocking their hairstyles or the way that each of them dresses.

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What’s Cooler Than Being Cool?

Cooler Than Cool 1Many of us have dealt with the social anxiety of wanting to be considered “cool.” From an early age all the way up to college, we have been faced with the pressures of trying to be in the spotlight and to be accepted by our peers. 

But what are those characteristics that decide such an important social standing? Is it how a person looks? How they act? 

It is unclear and can be answered in dozens of ways, but what many people believe to be favorable behaviors that are socially accepting usually fall under the same umbrella of characteristics that have not altered significantly over time.

Hairstyles and clothing trends have certainly changed throughout history; from neon pants and big hair to body jewelry and bucket hats. Although what seems to have not changed is the invisible governing system that decides out of a group of people who is the fairest of them all. 

According to Julian Garcia, an adjunct of communication, the idealistic “cool” person has definitely changed between his generation and ours. 

“I do think ‘what’s cool’ has changed significantly over time. All you need to do is watch a movie like ‘Grease’ and you will see how times have changed,” Garcia explained.

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It’s Just A Little Crush

Little CrushDo you remember the first crush you ever had? The boy in your kindergarten class or the girl you sat next to on the school bus in the second grade? Your first love. He or she was probably messy and sticky, with glue in their hair and jelly on their face, but what more could a five-year-old ask for? 

It was so simple. You could go up to the person you liked and simply state, “I like you,” giggle, and suddenly you were dating and madly in love. The crushes you had when you were five didn’t seem to have much rhyme or reason, they kind of just happened like most things in life. 

As we grow older, things become more complicated. Life suddenly isn’t as simple as it was when we were little. When you start to mature, getting a crush isn’t just based on one thing, like looks or personality; many factors play a part when it comes to liking someone. 

Dr. Hettie Williams, a lecturer in the History and Anthropology Department, who teaches a course titled  “Love and Marriage in Historical Perspective,” explained, “My immediate response would be that attraction is biocultural in that the laws of attraction are shaped by biological factors such as hormones (oxytocin) and other body chemicals such as dopamine.”

Williams continued, “While at the same time, cultural beliefs also dictate to us ideas about who we should love, who we should not love, as well as other ideas about attraction in general.” 

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Family Matters: Life as a Twin and a Quadruplet

QuadMany of us have siblings, but nothing quite compares to the uniqueness of spending nine months together in your mother’s womb and being born almost at the exact same time. Once born, it is nearly guaranteed that one will already have a friend to grow, play, and explore life with by their side. 

A pair of gentlemen from Cranford, NJ have ventured through life and landed here together at the University. These identical twins are Tommy and Brian Foye, two junior communication students. 

“When we began the whole college search, we both definitely didn’t plan on going to the same college,” Tommy said. “We kept our options open and wanted to find a place that would personally make us happy.” 

Brian, on the other hand, knew exactly where he wanted to go. “Ever since I was a junior in high school, I knew I wanted to come to Monmouth. I came to visit the University when my older brother came for Monday’s at Monmouth his senior year of high school,” he explained. 

After some decision making, Tommy realized that he wanted to become a Monmouth Hawk alongside Brian as well as their older brother, John Drew, a senior criminal justice student. “I was between a few colleges, but ended up feeling that Monmouth was the right fit for me,” Tommy said. 

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What Do You Want to Do Before You Graduate?

During their time at the University, students will do more than just go to class and prepare for careers. College is an experience, and the only way to have experiences is to live life to the fullest. No doubt every student has a bucket list of some shape or form before graduating. Work and study are very important, but there are absolutely some things every student should do in their short time at the University, and who better to ask than the students themselves? 

First of all, there are a multitude of things to do on the campus itself, which the staff and students work very hard to put together. These are designed not only to allow students to have a good time, but also for students to interact and create new friendships with each other, which is especially important for new students. Who says you need to go off campus to have a good time? 

“Every student at Monmouth should attend events like Monmouth Palooza, Spring Fest, the Involvement Fair, Battle of the Buildings, etc., because essentially they are always fun, and it’s a great way to get involved and make new friends,” said Samantha Toc, a junior communication student. 

The campus has more than what first appears on the surface and can be a stepping stone when it comes to getting to know the area and enjoying your time away at college. 

But there’s more ways to spend your time than just enjoying yourself on or off campus. It can be both fulfilling and meaningful to help someone else, either on a small or large scale. 

“Personally I think any kind of service work, whether that being on campus or in the local community, would be beneficial. Some of my best Monmouth memories have been around service projects through student government or through Alpha Kappa Psi,” said senior psychology student Michael Qualiano. 

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The War on Women as Seen in Magazines

Mag 1“Hot Body Express!” “Bikini Body Now!” “Have The Baby, Keep The Body!” 

These are all headlines that have appeared on the covers of Women’s Health magazine. The magazine claims that it wants to help its readers, that it wants its audience to be able to have the flattened stomachs and perfect bodies that the models and celebrities on the cover have. However, not all of these claims are possible and sometimes they can even be harmful. 

It is impossible to open a fashion or women’s magazine without being assailed by advertisements; advertisements for anti-aging products, advertisements for weight-loss programs, advertisements for clothes and makeup and a thousand other things, all designed to make women look “pretty.” 

Many individual articles focus on that goal as well. In magazines such as Cosmo, Vogue, and People, they write mostly about the routines and beauty secrets of other women, usually celebrities, who are often able to afford products and procedures that others cannot.

An article by Julia Belluz published on Vox.com highlights this issue, calling out eight problems in women’s magazines. These issues almost entirely revolve around physical appearance and weight. 

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