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The Skinny Standard

It is not uncommon for a person to feel self-conscious about his or her body, especially in today’s society. There is constant pressure for people to fit the mold of what a “perfect” woman or man is supposed to look like, and it can be extremely easy to feel inadequate when compared to those deemed as “skinny” or “fit.” Be­cause of our culture’s current obses­sion with beach ready bodies and tiny waists, a majority of people don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. Confi­dence is a really important aspect of an individual’s persona, but unfortu­nately it appears to be pretty hard to come by in recent times.

It seems as though the media is the main reason behind a majority of the insecurities that people have about their bodies. According to Bojana Berić, a health studies professor, “Dif­ferent standards have always been used regarding appreciation of a male and a female body, mostly directed by popular culture.” She added, “Very often, celebrities of their time impose the trend of a good looking, but not necessarily healthy, body.” The men and women who are most frequently photographed in the media are the ones who inadvertently set the stan­dards for body image.

Magazines and entertainment news shows create a fairly clear picture of what they believe a person’s body should look like. “Beautiful” women have tiny waists, a flat stomach, full breasts, long legs, and nice curves, while “attractive” men are tall, have a muscular build, a prominent set of abs and that super sexy V-line that so many women seem to love. With these ridiculous standards set for the general public, no wonder so many people lack the confidence necessary to feel good about their body.

Our generation seems to have got­ten the worst of it, too. Young people are so concerned with how they look and what they weigh that excessive dieting and eating disorders have be­come an incredibly prevalent part of our society. According to dosome­, five to 10 million people suffer from an eating disorder, and about 90 percent of those people are between the ages of 12 and 25.

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Hassle Free Hunting

Simple Steps for Renting an Off-Campus Apartment

Apartment searching as an up­perclassman or a student who has just graduated can be very intimidating if you haven’t done so before. If you intend to live off campus your junior and senior year, when should you start look­ing around the area? Who should you contact? What are your biggest deal breakers in your home away from home?

Junior social work major Savan­nah Werner explained her process in searching for an off-campus house. She said, “The biggest pri­ority for me and my three room­mates was clean bathrooms; pref­erably newer ones.” Werner and her roommates looked at ten dif­ferent properties before choosing their rental in Oakhurst.

While others may be concerned with details like security, loca­tion and amenities, Werner and her roommates understood that the nicer the rental the more ex­pensive the rent and collectively she and her roommates are pay­ing close to $1,800.00 a month for their college house, not including utilities.

Other areas of importance in­clude understanding the risks of living on your own and being re­sponsible for things such as trash removal, lawn care and dish duty.

Senior communication major Joseph Demarzio currently lives off campus with three other stu­dents. He said, “The best part about living off campus is the overall responsibility you gain by cooking, cleaning and paying bills all on your own.”

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Chocolate Lovers Unite

Caution: this article will contain detailed descriptions of delicious chocolate-y goodness. Mouth watering may occur.

For University students and faculty, along with residents around the area, The Chocolate Lounge is here in Long Branch, New Jersey to take care of all of our sudden chocolate cravings.And they are bringing out all the stops; all the chocolate-y stops.

The Chocolate Lounge is located on 81 Brighton Avenue in Long Branch, right across the way from Scala’s Pizzeria. Debra and Tom Ocasio, owners of The Chocolate Lounge, opened up shop in July of last year. They originally had a shop for seven years in Allentown, New Jersey that sat only 20 people. But now, they are seating 50 people who would love to make room for some dessert.

Olivia Caurso, sophomore, was shocked when she first found out that The Chocolate Lounge even existed.

“I was so surprised that we even had something like this so close to campus,” Caruso said.

When you first enter the lounge you’ll see a lovely decorated retail shop with a clear and shiny display window of all of their chocolate candies begging, just begging to be eaten. When you look straight on into the rest of the shop, there is a lounge/restaurant area in the back with perfect intimate lighting that can be inviting for a couple out on a date or a group of friends on their night out.

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An Evening With the University Police

Numerous unplanned occur­rences can find themselves wedged between the everyday obligations of a police officer at the University; A suspicious persons report, card access failure, and a fender bender in the parking lot happened last Thursday evening when Patrolman John Noonan was on duty.

The night shift began with a briefing, the way every shift change begins at the University Police De­partment. The other officers on duty for the night shift on Thurs­day, February 21 were Patrolman Stephen Pavich and Safety Officer Frank Lotorto.

The officers sat in the squad room and discussed what had happened during the previous shift and re­viewed any teletypes. A “teletype” is a notification sent over from an­other police department for them to be conscious of. In this instance, they had received a teletype about a missing persons report, a girl from a community campus nearby.

“We’re here to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that everybody is safe. That’s the most important thing,” said Noonan. He has worked for the University for ten years. Previously, he worked in Maplewood Township for 28 years as a Detective Lieutenant/Com­mander of the Detective Bureau. “It’s a secure, steady job and I like helping people. I actually took a cut in pay to be a cop,” he said. Prior to becoming a police officer, Noonan had a managerial position at Kings Super Market.

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Keeping it Postal

With today’s advances in technology, it seems as though everyone owns their own computer or smartphone. With increasing rapidity, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a handful of other social networking sites and applications have quickly become the main source of communication between human beings.

But what ever happened to good old-fashioned communication? The times in which it was more appropriate to send a letter as opposed to a text message appear to have completely been replaced. In current times, it seems that messaging a person on Facebook is far more superior to having an actual telephone conversation with them. Handwritten letters and phone calls are somewhat of a rarity in today’s world.

Our society yearns for instant gratification, which is why all of the various forms of instant messaging that exist are so popular, especially among the younger generation. Text messaging, online message boards, and video chatting have quickly become this era’s main ways of communicating with one another. But as someone who still does use some older forms of communication, I have found that although the current technologies made available to us are extremely useful and fun, the older ways in which people used to keep in touch are most definitely underrated.

My best friends and I got closer than ever this past summer, just months before we all went our separate ways and started our first year of college. There are eight of us, and we all attend schools in different states along the East coast. From Boston, Massachusetts all the way down to Tampa, Florida, the distance between all of us is quite far. But regardless of how far away from one another we knew we were going to be, we were determined to keep our friendship alive.

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Trimming the Money Tree

Money TreeMy pop-pop always used to say, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” My first job as a 13-year-old was doing yard maintenance with him. Long days in the hot sun and your shirt covered in sweat really builds a work ethic and at 13-years-old, that ten dollar paycheck at the end of the week made me feel rich.

In February of 2006, Pop-pop passed away. He left me an abundance of lessons from how important your family will be in your life to how to flip a sunny side egg without breaking the yolk.

As I look at the price of tuition and the mounting college loans, I cannot help but chuckle about how Pop-pop said, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” But he also taught me that nothing was impossible.

The summer following my pop-pop’s death, my dad, younger brother Nick and I took over his yard maintenance business. The area we worked in was full of wealthy Italian and Irish families that my pop-pop had built bonds with being a native of Italy himself.

One day Nick and I were working on a family’s house. Their yard was massive! The yard had extravagant landscaping, a breath taking view of Barnegat Bay and of course, tons of weeds to be pulled. Now at 13 and 10-years-old, this just meant less time in front of the video game system, but we both hoped to make some money doing this until we were old enough to work legally (shhh).

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A New Tune For MU

This semester the music depart­ment welcomes Professor Iris Perry, an adjunct professor of Music Appre­ciation (MU 101). While new to the University, she is not new to the area.

“I grew up in Holmdel, not far from Monmouth University and my parents still live in Holmdel,” said Perry. “My father taught some busi­ness courses at Monmouth Universi­ty back when it was Monmouth Col­lege. I love this campus and if I have time on my way to teach or on my way back home to Northern NJ, I stop and visit my parents.” She add­ed that the students at the University are a pleasure to teach as well.

Her experience in only a few weeks here has shown her the friendly atmosphere of the school and that the class has students from all different majors. “Since I am teaching Music Appreciation here, my goal for my students is that they gain a stronger sense of familiarity and greater interest in music than they had before they took my class, particularly with the type of music that is covered in my class,” said Perry.

Topics covered include music from the 20th century as well as chants from the Middle Ages to give students an idea of various ways of singing and different tones in the piece.

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Pets Over People

When does man’s best friend become man’s only friend? Are pets so easy to get along with that we value our friendship with our cuddly buddy before that of a teammate or comrade? Owning an animal can be one of the most rewarding parts of life. Feeding, grooming, loving and understanding the needs of someone other than yourself can open your heart and mind to something greater than last Fri­day night.

If you’ve been stood up by a boyfriend or better yet, you re­ceive that phone call where your parents nag you about your de­pleted savings account, pets can be a reprieve. A dog or a cat would never argue with you about finances. One of the many reasons people own pets is for companionship.

Next time you’re home with your animal, have him or her sit on your lap. At that moment are you currently distracted by cha­otic regiments or are you now ap­preciating some down time? Pets are an instant de-stressor. They provide warmth, entertainment and positive feelings. Honestly, what friend do you know who would jump up and down and roll around on the floor for a meal or treat? And no, your friend’s be­havior for a $1.00 Big Mac after midnight doesn’t count, as most of us have been that friend.

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Welcome to Your Quarter-Life Crisis

If you’re stressed out all the time, feeling like your life con­sists of work, school, and sleep or you’re lost and confused about what’s right for your future, then you’re not alone. Research from the American Psychosocial Asso­ciation has shown that 41 percent of 20 to 29-year-olds say they feel sig­nificantly pressured or almost more stress than they can bear.

By psychologist Erik Erikson’s definition, a quarter-life crisis is the period of time where adolescents experience major changes dur­ing the late teens to early thirties. The question of where we shall go enters our minds and we begin to doubt our future lives by the stress­es of becoming a true adult.

“It’s probably the absolute worst feeling,” said senior Tyler McCue, who expressed his uncertainties about job opportunities and finan­cial stability once graduation comes in mid-May.

“It’s not that I’m scared of hav­ing to work hard, I’m just worried about not finding something good enough for me to live off of. It kind of makes you start to wonder if what you’ve been learning the past four years and emptying your bank account for is going to actually pay for you to live comfortably,” he added.

For others the worries of financial security and living arrangements seemed to be core of most quarter life crises.

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University Graduate Programs Grow

Enough? For those whose in­tended careers require more than a bachelor’s degree, the Univer­sity has a wide range of graduate programs for students to choose from.

According to Dr. Datta Naik, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, there were a total of 1781 graduate students, 18 master’s degree programs, one doctoral degree, 13 Graduate Certificates and 10 Post-Master’s Certificates at the University as of Fall 2012.

The University has gradu­ate programs in six academic schools including the Leon Hess Business School, the School of Education, the Wayne D. Mc­Murray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, the School of Science, and the School of Social Work according to monmouth. edu. Most classes are held in the evenings and are offered year round.

Five of the graduate programs have accreditations from various organizations such as the Com­mission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education.

Dr. Stanton Green, Dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that humanities and social science programs account for half of the University’s graduate students and these programs continue to grow. “The program in psycho­logical counseling continues to grow and it is to some extent up to the University to decide how big it wants it to get – it cur­rently stands at around 300,” said Green.

“The Criminal Justice Program is both growing and changing as this field morphs into the field of homeland security,” Green con­tinued. The homeland security graduate program will be avail­able in Fall 2013.

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In Your Dreams: A Look Into the Unconscious Mind

The ability that human be­ings have to conjure up different thoughts, feelings, and images while they sleep is perhaps one of the most perplexing concepts of all time. Dreams are incred­ibly fascinating, mostly because so much about them has yet to be uncovered. Scientists, physicians, and psychologists have all com­pleted studies on the subject in at­tempts to further their knowledge on the act of dreaming; unfortu­nately, most experiments have only provided a limited amount of information.

The most commonly asked question when it comes to dreams is: What exactly causes them?

Dr. Jamie Goodwin, psychol­ogy professor at the University, explained that when it comes to the answer, there are a handful of various theories, all of which have yet to be disproved. Howev­er, there are so many theories that no one is quite sure which one is correct.

“Some people think they [dreams] are the brain’s attempt to make sense of random neural im­pulses. Others believe they serve as a sorting function, helping to process the day’s events into our memories, while another theory is that dreams are the brain’s way of working on problems that we were unable to solve during the day,” Goodwin explained.

She also discussed the ideas of Sigmund Freud, a renowned psy­chologist who focused mainly on human actions and dreams.

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