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Branching Out Into STEM: A Male Dominated Workforce

Banching Into StemThe lack of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has been a cultural concern for some time now. As of 2006, women accounted for 46.3 percent of all workers in science and engineering careers, with the largest percentages of women appearing as nurses, therapists, and dieticians- traditionally female-dominant fields.

The percentage of women in all science and engineering did increase by 2015, but only by 0.5 percent according to the National Science Foundation.

However, there may be some good news on the horizon; a study done by Williams and Ceci in 2015 including 873 tenure-track faculty from the fields of psychology, economics, engineering and biology at different universities revealed that faculty members would prefer to hire a female tenure-track professor twice as often as a male tenure-track professor.

Women are also earning bachelor’s degrees at almost the same rate as men, and are being actively encouraged to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors and careers by their mentors.

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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day: Jenn Cabral Brightens Students’ Days

Sunshine on Cloudy DayIf you have classes in Plangere or are a communication student, you probably know Jenn in the coffee shop downstairs. If it wasn’t for her, we would not have the luxury of getting a hot coffee and toasted bagel to keep us awake in an 8:30 a.m. class.

Her kindhearted attitude, bubbly nature, and infectious laughter can easily bring a smile to your face, just like her usual greeting, “Hey sweetheart, what can I get you today?”

A Long Branch local, Jenn Cabral, has worked on campus with Gourmet Dining for 22 years. Before this, she worked at a drug rehabilitation center and as a front desk receptionist for a hotel.

She loves Monmouth University, but what she loves most about it is the coming and going of college students.

Interacting with all of Monmouth’s students and faculty is one of the biggest highlights of her day. Jenn says this is her home away from home.

“I see you guys as my family, I take care of you and I feed you guys day after day.” She truly cares about the students she serves. That is more than evident in the way she has students test their coffee or smoothie before heading back to class.

Shannon Lawrence, a junior music industry student said, “You can tell she really loves her job by the way she acts. She is so outgoing and always strikes up a conversation with me or my friends when we pass by or are getting our morning breakfast. She even knows some people’s orders already by the time they walk in.”

When Jenn is not working on campus, she enjoys reading, singing, and simply relaxing.

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Mind Over Madness

Mind Over MadnessThe Commuter Student Mentor Program (CSM) in conjunction with Counseling and Psychological Services put together a destress event titled “Mind Over Madness” on Oct. 18. The event consisted of nearly 100 students flowing in and out of Anacon in search of delicious treats as well as games, coloring, and the famed “Proud Mom Fridge.”

Destress events have been one of the many things students look forward to by the end of the semester, but to have one right after fall break in the midst of hectic midterm schedules and class loads that are breaking students’ backs, the CSM Program decided it was time to relax.

The event featured a “Proud Mom Fridge,” where students were able to post their accomplishments such as “I passed my counseling exam,” and even “I got out of bed today.”

Along the divider between Anacon A and B was also a wall filled with colorful post-its deeming positive messages such as “It is okay if the only thing you do today is breathe,” and “You’re a rockstar!” where students were able to take what they needed to get them through the rest of the semester, as well as leave what they wanted someone else to grab hold of.

In the corner of the room was a poetry wall where students were able to piece together bits of poetry to express whatever thoughts were rummaging through their head that day. A number of tables and chairs were laid out for students to sit and color while they ate candy or munchkins. Also, Counseling and Psychological Services provided giant Connect 4 games where students rivaled each other as a calming playlist was droning in the background.

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Theatre as a Political Art Form

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Theatre is more than a form of entertainment, it is art. The stage can be used as a platform for self-expression, powerful messages, and political movements.

For example, in November of 2016, the cast of the Hamilton, a hip-hop musical inspired by the life of Alexander Hamilton, sparked controversy when they spoke out against Vice-President Mike Pence while Pence attended a performance. This cast of minorities expressed their concerns for the future of America and addressed the fact that they do not feel protected under the new presidential administration.

Chris Tuttle, a junior secondary education and English student, had insights on the connection between theatre and politics. Sticking to the theme of Hamilton, Tuttle explained that, “In a show like Hamilton there is this idea of independence, I need to be, I want to be free, I want to escape all of this.” 

On top of that, Tuttle elaborated on how the producers of Hamilton made a large political statement by casting actors with African American, Hispanic, and other culturally diverse backgrounds as figures in history, for example, the character George Washington was played by Christopher Jackson in the original cast.

Tuttle stated, “…having a black man play George Washington is more impactful than a white man. In our generation you don’t see it like that. You see it as a certain color becoming the dominate power… it changes the way you’re seeing things.”

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Think Pink: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness“You can and you will,” I say to my mom who has stage four metastatic breast cancer. She was diagnosed four days before I moved into college my freshman year, and it became the new normal. Though this may not be the typical story of many college students, it surely could be the harsh reality.

I used to be avid about breast cancer awareness when I was younger, along with many others who avidly wore “I love boobies” bracelets in our middle school days, but I never even considered that my mother who is my absolute best friend, would fall victim to such an angering and insidious disease.

The stereotypical “It could happen to anyone at any time,” quote has been shouted at everyone from the rooftops. Does anyone ever think that it will hit home until it happens to them? Or, when it hurts the one person you love the most?

This further leads me along with many other advocates to encourage everyone to get an annual mammogram, as well as make sure the special women in their life also get checked yearly.

Sometimes, the tumors are too small to feel on your own, this is why the Affordable Care Act enables everyone to get screened at no cost.

Unfortunately, it appears many people overlook the importance of being proactive.

Dr. Jaime Myers assistant professor of health studies said, “Two organizations are generally considered the primary authorities on cancer prevention recommendations: the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society. Between these two organizations, there have been a lot of changes in breast cancer prevention recommendations over the past 10 years.”

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Where to Turn for Your Intern[ship]: Internships at Monmouth University

Where Turn InternshipInternships are an important part of your college career; they give you a taste of the real world before you even have to enter it.

Internships also give you the chance to refine your skills, demonstrate new ones, and figure out exactly where to begin your career. Furthermore, interning for a company or organization will help you see what the day-to-day experience is like working for them and possibly for you in the future.

U.S. News and World Report list the top benefits of an internship:

1. There is a world of a difference learning about your chosen career field and actually experiencing it

2. Internships are the perfect way to gain some real-world perspective by incorporating the skills that you have learned in class

3. Completing an internship is also a great addition to your resume.

Lecturer of communication, Shannon Hokanson, said, “Internships are a critical opportunity to apply your communication education in real world contexts. They are valuable resume builders that can give you a true edge in a competitive marketplace.”

Another reason why internships are so great is because they get your foot in the door of your chosen career path.

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A Family of its Own: Educational Opportunity Fund

Family Of Its OwnMonmouth University is known for its small campus size, especially when it comes to taking classes and getting to know professors on a personal level. Though every student is able to take advantage of this perk, not all are able to say they also belong to the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program here on campus.

This program allows forty students per year to enter college, the vast majority who may not have been able to otherwise, with experience and bonds that they will lean on during their freshman year and the rest of their lives. Yes, they do aid students financially, but this program is known to offer so much more than just money; this program makes dreams come true.

All students start off in a five-week long summer academy where students take two classes, receiving three credits for each, and spend time bonding with thirty-nine others who are enrolled in the same program. At first, no one wants to be there. Who willingly gives up their summer before college to take classes and follow a rigorous schedule that keeps you awake from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.? But, as the weeks fly by, the time spent in the program allows you to grow more than ever.

Cameron Oakley, a freshman health studies EOF student, said, “It is amazing to see how close you can become with thirty-nine other people in five weeks and how that bond stays forever.”

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Interracial Relationship Revolution

Interracial Relationship RevolutionThe Loving v. Virginia court case in 1967, where interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving fought against miscegenation laws for the right to be married regardless of their opposing races, was revolutionary for all interracial couples.

The idea of having a significant other outside of your own race was unheard of, but now in the 21st century, it is a growing phenomenon.

In 2010, the U.S. census calculated that the number of interracial couples had reached a high of 35 percent and it has continued to grow ever since.

Personally, I am in an interracial relationship with an extremely caring person, Mark Cayne, a senior communication student. Cayne continues to brighten up my life and makes every day together an adventure.

I am white with an Italian and Puerto Rican background, while he is black with an African American background.

Interracial couples throughout history have always been taboo and controversial within society, and although times are changing, there are still many people with a traditional mindset that find this type of relationship wrong.

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What's in a Name?

The Truth About Brand Names

Truth Behind Brand NamesIn today’s society, there is one thing that we all seem to connect with.  It is that we are all, in a way, materialistic. 

But, for some people, being materialistic mirrors onto clothing.  It has almost become a social norm for people to purchase the most expensive or ‘hyped up’ clothing items just to say that they have it.  But, is it worth the money? 

Tyler Manwarren, a senior business administration student, said, “I own pieces from Supreme, Bape, and Kith, but, a lot of my simple clothing pieces come from H&M, Forever 21, and even Boscov’s.  I also do wear some local brands such as Quartersnacks and Paterson League.” 

Manwarren also gave his opinion on purchasing expensive clothing pieces, “Personally, I think there is an extent to what I would spend on specific brands.  If other people want to spend hundreds of dollars on a t-shirt, then go ahead.  I’d rather spend that money on something else.” 

Overall, Manwarren’s daily clothing pieces are affordable but he is always willing to spend the money for a “holy grail” he’s been searching for.

Manwarren's tips are definitely something to keep in mind while shopping for your wardrobe.

Brianna Pinto, a sophomore biology student, agrees that she would go the extra mile to grab a more chic and expensive piece if it meant long-term wear.  “I have a few Supreme pieces, Kanye West’s Pablo merch, and some Kith collaborations,” she said.

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Life at Monmouth as a Veteran

Life Monmouth VeteranMonmouth University has over 110 military affiliates, including 84 that fall under veteran status. People often think of the old man in a faded Army green camouflage jacket or WWII Navy base-ball hat when someone says ‘veteran’. However, many veterans on campus are under the age of 27 and are attending classes just as any other student would be.

Michael Callahan, Coordinator of Veteran Services who served in the Army from 2006-2010 and was deployed to Iraq twice said, “There’s this perception that there is a monolithic military experience. There’s individual experiences from being in the military.”

 “Most [students who are veterans] are under the age of 26, so they fit in developmentally and age wise as a college senior,” Callahan said. Veterans and active military members on campus blend in with fellow classmates, but confusion may arise when translating experiences to peers or in the classroom.

An anecdote a veteran student may have shared in class is some-thing that can be concerning to a professor and consulting faculty is important. “I have to explain that they’re just comfortable in your class,” he said.

Callahan suggested the way to improve smooth veteran transitions into a university setting would be programmatic events or resources to make campus life more comfortable.

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Work in That Workout: Monmouth's Personal Training Program

Monmouth Personal Training ProgramBalancing schoolwork, family, a job, and a social life can be tough for college students. Finding motivation to get to the gym or squeeze a work out in, only makes it tougher.

To make going to the gym easier and more effective for students as well as staff, Monmouth offers the opportunity to work one on one with a personal trainer, free of charge.

Training sessions are scheduled based on the student/staff and trainer’s availability to help reach individual goals safely and effectively. Training sessions can take place as frequently as the student or faculty member may like, as long as there is a trainer available to work with them.

Christian Esola, Fitness and Well-ness Coordinator, is responsible for the administrative portion of this program.

Esola coordinates the hiring, training, scheduling, program design and evaluation for each of the trainers as well as offers advice and guidance to the staff when it comes to program design and implementation.

Esola explained the program by saying, “Each client we take on is first required to fill out a packet of paperwork that includes a health history questionnaire, a waiver, an informed consent, and a training time and preferences sheet.” He explains that some of the forms are for legal purposes while others are designed to ensure the application of a safe and effective exercise pro-gram.

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