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How to Succeed in Business

work-behaviorSucceeding in the business world obviously takes skill. You have to be good at your job in order to advance in your field, however, one of the less obvious ways to move up in the office is by demonstrating appropriate behavior.

Being the best at your job does not, by any means, make you the best employee. It is by behaving in ways that exemplify particu­lar company ideals that can help you impress those in charge and make you successful.

As a way to help you succeed in the workplace, William Hill, the Assistant Dean of Career Services here at the University, has provided a few things to keep in mind while working in the of­fice. Although there may be oth­er guidelines and rules that are synonymous with certain com­panies and offices, the follow­ing tips are general enough to be used anywhere:

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Valentine’s Day: Stigmas, Plans and Pancakes

Here it is: the one holiday that sends single ladies to their couches as they pop in The Notebook screaming to Noah Calhoun to build them a porch, followed by a Mount Everest of tissues. It’s also the one holiday that sends couples reeling to the tippy-top of their relationship peak.

Everyone, welcome to Valen­tine’s Day, full of candy hearts and fluffy bears. It seems impos­sible not to feel the love in the air. But how do the singles and couples plan to spend their Val­entine’s Day? It’s time to open up a box of chocolates and see what’s inside.

First, one must address that it is already half way through Feb­ruary. Secondly, one must real­ize that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. We can officially conclude that the month of February is going by fast. Since tomorrow is the big day of love, break out the candy hearts, get out the freshly cut roses and summon all the chocolate lovers! There is about to be an overload of sweets a’comin’.

Despite all of the decadent treats and sweet kisses of Val­entine’s Day, how do people go about planning and spending their day of love, regardless if they are single or in a relation­ship? Does everyone on this jam-packed love fest of a day get a teddy bear with “Be Mine” stitched on the belly?

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From the Airwaves of WMCX to ESPN Radio New York

Life is full of many journeys filled with twists and turns that could take you anywhere. For se­nior Brad Brown, life has taken him from putting on the headset for WMCX sports to sitting in a booth a few feet away from ESPN analyst and radio host Stephen A. Smith. Brad’s dream is to one day be a professional sports broad­caster. Thanks to hard work and a drive to succeed, Mr. Brown is well on his way.

Brad is currently interning at the radio station ESPN New York 98.7 FM, located directly above Madison Square Garden at Penn Plaza in New York City. Every Monday and Wednesday, Brad takes a two-hour NJ Transit train into the city to work.

Brad has two different jobs as an intern for ESPN New York 98.7 FM. On Mondays he works in pro­gramming and on Wednesdays in promotions.

A typical day in programming consists of arriving around 11:00 am, completing prep work, help­ing with the rundown of top­ics, and making sure each host is aware of the topics. Once the shows begin, he tracks all of the topics discussed on the shows by entering them into a Microsoft Excel sheet, so they can figure out which topics draw the most lis­teners. He does this for the Mike Lupica Show, Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show, the Michael Kay Show and Dave Rothenberg’s show.

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Abroad-er Experience Awaits University Students

Traveling the world seems to be something that a lot of people have on their bucket list, and who could blame them? They see pic­tures and videos of people and places in countries and cities that exist across the ocean, and they can only wish that they will one day be given the opportunity to experience those images them­selves.

The study abroad program here at the University was created for those kinds of people; the people who yearn to step outside of their comfort zone and venture into the unknown. The program gives stu­dents who wish to travel the world the opportunity to study in a va­riety of different countries during their time at the University.

Students are able to choose from three semester-long programs in either: London, England; Sydney, Australia; or Florence, Italy. If a semester seems like too long of a time away from home, the Uni­versity also offers summer pro­grams as well; a six-week program in Cadiz, Spain and a four-week program in Florence, Italy. Fortu­nately, the tuition and fees for all of the semester long programs are the same abroad as they are here, so airfare and spending money are the only extra expenses that a stu­dent has to worry about.

Erin Smith, a junior, recently studied at Regents College in Lon­don, England during the 2012 Fall semester. “I chose to study abroad because I knew that college was going to be my only chance to get out and see the rest of the world with no real strings attached,” Smith explained.

It’s difficult to travel freely after graduating, especially if a person intends on jumping straight into their career field upon leaving the University. Studying abroad gives students a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the world, and it’s best for them to grab onto that opportunity when it’s right in front of them, even if they are feel­ing a little apprehensive.

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Sacrificing a Tan for Summer Education

Tan EducationAnnoyed and frustrated at your newly printed syllabus, your roommate looks over your shoul­der and mutters, ‘That class was a breeze; I took it over the sum­mer.’ You glance back at the 15 page major research paper, group presentation and three examina­tions and think about dropping a class because your 19-year-old pal said taking it during summer would be worth giving up time in the sun. Dedicating time and money to a summer class may be worth neglecting your job as a camp counselor, but it may not be for everyone. Summer classes are meant to keep students ahead, a float or on board to graduate and are not seen as a loophole to a better grade, because believe it or not, you will be kept the full class period.

The weather will be getting warmer towards the end of March and class attendance at the Uni­versity will dramatically decline as you find classmates enjoying the perks of a one mile radius to the Jersey Shore. If you’re one of those students who will take advantage of the allowed two absences per semester solely for a warm week in May, a summer class may not be the best idea.

Surrounded by white walls, white floors and books may not be an ideal summer vacation. Senior education major Ash­ley Mcpeek said, “Being inside when it is 85 degrees and sunny and your friends are at the beach is a serious downside.”

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Can DNA Store More Than Genes?

DNAThree years ago a pair of geneti­cists sat at a bar discussing the issue of where to store their institute’s copi­ous amounts of research data due to the fact that storing such information on hard drives had become exceed­ingly expensive. What began as a mere quest to find an alternative to store DNA, protein and other genetic sequence information ended up as an exceptionally revolutionary idea: storing real-life practical files within DNA itself.

Now in 2013, these two geneti­cists, Ewan Birney and Nick Gold­man of the European Bioinformatics Institute, have succeeded in storing a set of Shakespeare’s sonnets, a PDF of the first paper describing DNA’s double helix structure, a 26-second mp3 clip from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and a JPEG photograph of their institute-all within a molecule of DNA. They’ve published their research in Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.

This enormous feat renders a hope­ful and exciting future for DNA stor­age. Such an endeavor is also likely to lead to more success because DNA is an optimal storage device, being sturdy and extremely compact.

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Owning Your Experiential Education Experiences

internshipsStudents are often told that high school prepares them for college and college prepares us for the real world. However, the real world is seldom kept in a class room with text books and homework assignments. To better prepare students for the reality of full time careers in their field of study, many students opt for internships.

According to Marilyn Ward, Career Services Experiential Education Specialist, all undergraduates must fulfill an experiential education requirement which allows them to gain more hands-on experience than the classroom allows. Depending on their major, students can fulfill this requirement  with experiential education courses, service learning placements, co-ops, research projects, studying abroad, and internships.

The Offices of Cooperative Education and Service Learning, a part of Career Services, are here to assist students in finding and applying for internships. “Career Services provides assistance with the search for Ex Ed opportunities through targeted emails, the Ex Ed Database of Opportunities, a part-time job newsletter, and weekly workshops on Experiential Education,” said Ward. “Students can also make appointments with Career Services staff to prepare a resume or to discuss Ex Ed opportunities.”

The University gives credit for students interning. Department advisors must approve a student’s placement before granting them credit, according to Ward. Usually, a certain number of credits must be earned before a student can earn credit for their experiential education. She encourages them to gain as much experience as possible through the University. “In general, the more experience a student has the better, so it’s ideal if a student can fit in more than one internship or other Ex Ed placement,” said Ward.

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Music: Cheaper Than Therapy

Life has an awful tendency of hurling high-speed curveballs at just about everyone in this world and there are a few things that have the ability to guide a person through some of the seemingly unforgiving times that we inevitably have to face as human beings.

As we continue to age, we find that times become increasingly difficult. There is only so much that can be done to help us cope with the struggles of heartbreak, the loss of a loved one, or simply a day that didn’t go as planned, but perhaps one of the most effective and popular ways to handle life’s unsatisfying situations is music.

“If you’re in the midst of a difficult life situation, music can help you go inside, find the hurt, and deal with it,” Laura Dubois, noted pianist and music professor explains. “Music can alleviate stress, which is something we all go through. If you feel angry, frustrated or hurt, you can use music to express that, and therefore get it out of your system.”

Keeping negative feelings bottled up inside is not beneficial for anyone, yet it can be difficult to find the proper way to express one’s self in tough situations. For many people, music serves as a creative outlet that gives them the opportunity to properly express themselves in an easier and less complicated way.

In fact, freshman musician Natalie Zeller confessed that one of the main reasons that she writes, plays, and listens to music, “is to escape from the daily struggles of every day life. When I need a distraction from the world, I love nothing more than sitting down and getting out my frustrations through creativity.”

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Hitting the Housing Lottery Jackpot

housinglotteryThe spring semester is here, and that means preparation for the upcoming housing selection lottery are already at the forefront of residential students at the University. 

Upon returning to school last Monday, residents returned to find a blue book in their dorms and suites explaining the details.  While deposits and contracts will be submitted soon, the actual selection does not take place until the middle of April.  Those looking for on-campus housing will be given a random number in their term group (sophomores/ all transfers, juniors or seniors) and can make selections based on the number they receive which determines availability and range from 1-999 per term group.  

The hope is that a low number will be given allowing for the highest possibility of options designated to that group.

 Danielle Walsh, a sophomore and resident of Maplewood apartments, was excited and relieved as her friend got a low number.  She explained, “I was so excited when my friend, Michelle, got a low number last year.  We got to pull our whole suite, plus my sister, into Maplewood Apartments this year, one of the nicest buildings to live in on campus.”

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Rumor Has It

Real and Fabricated Rumors Traveling Around the University are Dismissed


Regardless of how rumors begin, spread, and end, they often serve the common purpose of providing people with amusement. While some rumors are made for sheer entertainment, others can be harmful or malicious, and rumors around the University is no exception.

Vice President of Student Services, Mary Anne Nagy, tackles the University’s most conspicuous rumors, as told by students.

Just about every student knows the 15 minute rule – if your professor is 15 or more minutes late, you have the right to leave class, unpunished. The rule also applies to doctors, who are awarded 20 minutes.

Senior Leah Russo has left with classmates after a professor failed to show up after ten minutes. The next class the professor said that it’s his class time and he can do whatever he wants with it and that a professor should be on time just as he or she expects the students to be, explained Russo.

Sophomore Allie Servidio said, “Personally, it has never happened to me, but whenever a professor is a couple of minutes late, everyone in the class always jokes about leaving as soon as 15 minutes are up.”

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Extended Use of Breast Cancer Drug Increases Remission

FEATURE1A wide variety of breast cancer drugs are currently in use to treat the symptoms of the horrific disease. One specific drug, which has recently been noted for its potential in prolonging cancer remission, is Tamoxifen.

According to BreastCancer.org, it has been proven that the extended use of Tamoxifen can reduce the risk of breast cancer from coming back by 40 percent to 50 percent in postmenopausal women and by 30 percent to 50 percent in premenopausal women. Such results make a phenomenal difference because approximately 227,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States. Additionally, Tamoxifen has been proven to reduce the risk of a new cancer developing in the other breast by about 50 percent and has shown promising results in keeping cancer away from undiagnosed women who have family histories of breast cancer.

Typically, Tamoxifen is prescribed to breast cancer patients for approximately five years. However, in a new study called “Atlas,” Tamoxifen was assigned to one group of breast cancer patients for the average five years and to another group of patients for an extended 10 years. The results of this study showed that the group taking Tamoxifen for five years had a 25.1 percent recurrence rate of cancer while those who took the drug for 10 years had a 21.4 percent recurrence rate.

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