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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

If You Could Gaze Into the Future...

PhysicA bakery opens at the corner of Main Street and Parker Avenue. Their storefront shows promise: an alluring design, an appealing name, an assurance of quality; their personnel show initiative, a friendly countenance, a “how’s it going” attitude, the enthusiasm of a new beginning. 

But it seems that as soon as the ribbon is cut, the problems emerge: inconvenient hours of operation, unaffordable prices, disappointing products. 

Just as hurriedly as the owner opened, they scramble to close. After the “going out of business” and “everything must go” announcements are torn from the windows, another will embark on the same journey, feeding into a cycle of trial and error, of brief success and ultimate failure, of rolling the dice and losing it all, over and over again, with no foreseeable end.

Then it does. After decades of tossing a variety of ideas to the wall, from bakery to deli to salon to shoe shiner, something finally sticks. And it’s not due to business acumen, networking or even dumb luck, it’s the ability to foresee that end, and any end for that matter. 

Or, at least, that’s what they tell you.

Psychic readings and their success are perhaps one of the most elusive of modern businesses. There never seems to be a shortage of them in any given area and, regardless of the economic climate, they seem to stick around. 

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The Men Who Inspired the Movies: Baseball’s Hidden Stories

Field of DreamsThere are countless movies based on true stories and baseball movies are no exception. Some of the more notable films that follow this trend are Eight Men Out, which is based on the 1919 White Sox, and A League of Their Own, which is based on the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

There are notable characters in every baseball film that many do not realize were actually based on real people. For all of the baseball lovers out there, here is a list of the real life stories that inspired such memorable characters.

1.) Moonlight Graham in Field of Dreams – based on Moonlight Graham

In the iconic Field of Dreams film, Terrance Mann based a character in one of his books on John Kinsella. In reality, the film based the character Moonlight Graham on Archibald “Moonlight” Graham.

The real life Graham was born on November 12, 1877 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Much like the film’s portrayal, Graham really did only play in one MLB game and never got the chance to bat. The date was June 18, 1905 and he was a member of John McGraw’s New York Giants.

In the eighth inning, Graham was put in right field for George Browne. In the top of the ninth, the Brooklyn Dodgers retired the side in order. Graham would have been the fourth batter of the inning.

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The Age of Celebrity Obsession

Celeb1All across America, there are thousands of people a day that get a morning coffee, get their hair cut, or begin or end a relationship. You may be wondering what all of these things have in common, and truthfully, it’s not much, especially when they’re done by average people. But when a celebrity does any of these things, it’s considered “news” in the tabloids. Our society is so interested in celebrities that even minute tasks such as getting coffee are noteworthy. But why?

Think of award shows as an example. Tons of Americans will get together to have a “viewing party” and talk about the fashion, the speeches, and the performances. Viewers all around the world will gossip about who’s talking to who and other things of that nature, but these celebrities are just regular people. 

The difference between them and the general population is that they’re ranked higher in society for their looks and talents. It’s an exclusive club that only a small percentage of the world will ever know, which makes their lives seem all the more mysterious and exciting.

“I’m personally obsessed with celebrities because of how great their lives are,” Brittany Chapman, a junior business administration major explained. “They have all the money they will ever need to live a lifestyle that I will never get to live. I feel like people love celebrities so much because that’s the closest they will ever get to experience that kind of life. Not to mention their amazing bodies and looks.”

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10 Tips That Will Make Your Trip Abroad Count

Big BenHans Christian Andersen once said, “To travel is to live” and before I spent a semester living and taking classes in London, England in the Fall of 2014, I hadn’t understood the truth behind his words. 

My study abroad experience taught me a lot about myself and the world around me, but I also learned a great deal about traveling and what it takes to visit unknown places along the way.

Although my experience across the Atlantic was my own, what I learned during my time abroad can be used to help any future travelers who have plans to explore other parts of the world. So if you’re getting ready to spend a semester in another country or you’re simply planning a cross-country roadtrip, be sure to keep these tips in mind.

1. Talk to your family regularly

Whether it’s via Facebook, Skype, or WhatsApp, be sure to check in every few days. They will be very, very happy to hear from you. I tried to FaceTime my family two or three times a week while I was abroad; it was a great way for all of us to talk about what we had been up to, and seeing their faces while I spoke to them also made it feel like they weren’t so far away. 

Be careful not to get so caught up in calling home that you start to get homesick, but do make sure that you’re keeping in touch often enough that your family knows you’re thinking of them.

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New Dining Options Caters to Students’ Unique Tastes

VegatarianFor most students, the University offers a wide variety of dining options. The Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) has a food court and a Dunkin’ Donuts; the Magill Commons Dining Hall offers food in an all-you-can-eat style, and there are grab-and-go eateries scattered around campus as well, such as in Bey Hall and the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Library. The convenience store also offers a variety of pre-packaged meals and snacks. For those who crave late-night snacks, there is always Shadows, found outside of Elmwood Hall. 

However, for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, or suffer from certain digestive conditions, eating away from home can be a difficult process, even with all of the options around. 

Even in those cases, the University does its best to offer a wide variety of alternative options for those who need them.  

This year, the University changed their dining service to Gourmet Dining, which has led to some additional changes in the options offered. The layout of the RSSC has also been altered, as have the food options available. 

The most noticeable change was the removal of Grilleworks; however, the menu items remain available and can now be found in the food court. Grilleworks has since been replaced with Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Maria Padaliano, a sophomore English education major, suffers from a digestive disorder called gastroparesis which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a condition in which the spontaneous movement of the muscles in a person’s stomach do not function normally. As a result, her diet can be difficult to maintain. 

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Get More Than Just Movies With Your Netflix Account

Netflix ChillMost college students have been on less than 10 dates in their lifetime but most likely have been asked on at least 20 “Netflix and chill” hangouts.

“‘Netflix and chill’ is an easy way for guys to ask girls to hang out with them. It’s their way of asking a girl out and being funny at the same time,” explains Matt Cox, a junior communication major. 

When asked why “Netflix and chill” has become so mainstream, Charlie Battis, a senior communication major, says, “It’s much more convenient for a guy to have a girl come to his house and hang out than take her on an expensive date.”

Price is definitely a plus when it comes to “Netflix and chill.” A Netflix subscription is $7.99 a month while Fox News reports that a typical date that includes dinner for two and two movie tickets will total around $80. 

How can one justify paying $80 to be with someone they are interested in when they could pay $7.99 a month and could be with multiple people they are interested in? It is rather obvious that the old fashioned dating style is out the window, but who is to blame?

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Next Stop on the Struggle Bus: College

Infographic College StresslWhen students finally settle into their university, their problems shift from adjusting to college life and preparing for the coming year to more conventional issues that they face on a day-to-day basis. College is a place of learning, socialization and, most of all, growth, but these aspects create problems that every student will have to face in some shape or form. 

Whether it be stress from grades, relationships, or even the future they are all working their way towards, college students are under a lot of pressure, and unfortunately it’s usually self-inflicted. 

“I think the major struggles facing students are best expressed by the questions racing through their minds: Will I get the GPA I want? Should I even go out tonight? Do my professors even like me? What if I have a fight with my roommate? And so on,” says Liz Roderick, a sophomore psychology major. 

“The best way to deal with these things is through good planning, building a strong support system, and remembering that you’re not supposed to know everything about your class material, or about life,” continues Roderick.

It’s true, especially for new students and freshmen, that students will be filled with questions and self-doubt upon their arrival to college, and that’s perfectly normal. By removing the self-inflicted pressure, new students can finally give themselves the chance to flourish at their chosen school.

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Dino Marino: Impressing the University Community One Performance at a Time

Dino MarinoUpon entering the stairwell of Oakwood Hall, one will often hear guitar melodies as they take each step up the staircase. On the second landing, before opening the door to the second floor, the acoustic sound grows. I walk through the well-lit, plainly painted corridor until I approach a dorm room door that reads, “206,” where the tunes are playing louder than before.

Knock, knock, knock.

The sound of fingers plucking at nylon strings desists.  I hear shuffling and the door click sto unlock. The door opens. A young man dressed in a backwards Miami Dolphins hat, a black Red Hot Chili Peppers t-shirt, khaki colored cargo shorts, and a pair of weathered Converse All-Stars stands before me. 

The fellow removes his cap, pushes his hair back, grins, and outstretches his arm. We shake. “What’s up man?” he asks. 

This Monmouth Hawk is named Dominic Marino, a sophomore Homeland Security major. Dominic, nicknamed Dino, can be found jamming on his guitar in places like Long Branch beach, the Residential Quad, and the stoop of Wilson Hall. Not only does the Connecticut native just practice for his love of music, but also for the variety of performances he is invited to play at the University. 

“While at Monmouth, I played a show for the Sinatra family as well as a few other small jazz gigs on campus,” Dino says. “I also performed on Hawk TV with my roommate and on the quad for the Student Activities Board.” 

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New (School) Year Resolutions

Student CenterThe University is standing on the precipice of change. With a brand new academic building, fresh new food options, and more construction emerging, the University has never been so full of new beginnings. In the wake of all of the changes on campus, students and faculty are making some adjustments themselves. After a long summer, students are looking forward to making some revamps in their academic and involvement choices.  

The new layout of the Student Center paired with the introduction of Gourmet Dining is the biggest change in the eyes of the student body. The new white picnic tables offer a fun new design, but provide some challenges for students who like to sit with a big group of friends. 

Samantha Marella, a junior business marketing major, feels a little disappointed with the new design. “I don’t like how the tables are smaller; they can fit at most six people,” Marella contends. “This creates a very cliquey environment, and I feel that Monmouth is taking a step backwards in creating a sense of community.” 

While the tables may be small, the possibilities the new food service and layout provide are large. Danielle Romanowski, a junior communication major, points out that “Gourmet dining is new, and they’re still learning how to accommodate the students.” While students are getting used to the new layout and food choices, that doesn’t take away from the excitement they feel about the new beginning. Romanowski also believes that Gourmet Dining provides better quality food. “[They] really care about the dining experience the students have,” she insists. 

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At Your Service

The Hidden Benefits of Waiting Tables and Working in Retail


RetailWhen it comes to making a living, most college students end up either behind the register somewhere in the local mall or serving food to hungry customers at a restaurant. With flexible hours and a half-decent salary, customer service jobs are an easy way to make some extra money during the summer months and even on weekends during the school year. But is that all that these kinds of jobs are good for?

Working in customer-driven environments, such as retail or the food industry, provides employees with a number of skills that could potentially help them in their intended career paths. 

“Jobs like waiters, waitresses, retail clerks, etcetera, are excellent ways to build skills that employers find desirable, even though it might not be obvious to some people,” says William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services.

Although the kinds of jobs that tend to revolve around the idea that “the customer is always right” are usually seen as undesirable, those who actually work in those areas of employment have noticed that the fast-paced and sometimes overwhelming conditions have helped them gain skills that could be the reason that they succeed later on in life. 

“Since I started waitressing, I’ve definitely improved my people skills,” says Amanda Guarino, a junior English and education major. “I’ve always been very shy, but working with customers has helped me break out of my shell and become more confident.”

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Reality Check: Summer’s Over

Note Taking in ClassThe beginning of the school year marks the return of school work. Some students return to college already used to the rhythm and volume of homework. Some freshmen are just starting out and are experiencing it all for the first time.

No matter what, it’s always an adjustment. For most, there was no homework to worry about over the summer, and there was no waking up for tiring 8:30 classes. Papers were a thing of the past, and the only reading done was recreational. Even if students are used to a schedule and routine, those who live on campus have to re-adjust to living away from home. For some freshmen, this may be even more difficult as this could be the first time they are staying away from their families. 

The adjustment can be hard, especially for those who are signed up for a heavy course load or are taking classes that they are having difficulty with. With five or six professors all assigning homework at once, it’s easy to feel like the course work is piling up. 

However, some students find it easy to get back into the swing of things, especially considering the bridge that syllabus week creates. The week is often considered to be the easiest in the school year, as teachers go over the syllabus and only give out one or two assignments.  

“I feel like I had a break, and now I’m ready to go back to school,” said Malia Padalino, a sophomore English major, “I’m going back into the year relaxed and not stressed out, so it makes it easier to keep up with the course load. Classes start off slow, and you don’t have too much homework in the beginning, so it’s not hard to get back into the swing of things. They ease you back in with a few homework assignments here and there, so it’s a gradual return to school mode.” 

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