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From the Womb to the Web

features-wombBarbie dolls, video games, designated nap times and carefree innocence is what most recall when they think about life prior to the stress filled adult world that college introduces. It was a kinder time where a child’s only true concern was whether or not they would be able to go over their friend’s house after school to play. Sadly, it seems that those times so cherished by college age adults might very well be lost upon the youth of today.

With the ever-expanding influence of the media and the online Internet-based devices that allow individuals to view such influences, children nowadays seem to be skipping right from the crib to adulthood without so much as a brief time in childhood bliss. Not only is this a pattern that has escalated in the past decade, but it could very well be a trend unintentionally spun on by their parents and guardians.

The kids of today are usually bought extravagant electronic devices, like smartphones and tablets, which parents buy with the pure intentions of supplying the child with a source of entertainment. Not to mention the added draw of being able to put educational applications on the devices and the security a parent would be able to feel knowing their child could contact them for help when needed by having a cell phone. However, by allowing children to have access to these tools they are also being exposed to the vast information the devices can access.

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Stress Causes Insulin-Producing Cells to Go Inactive

features-diabetesTwenty-five million Americans, or 8.3 percent of our population, suffer from diabetes. Due to the recent obesity epidemic, nearly two million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010, according to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Researchers from Columbia University have proposed a new hypothesis that may change our understanding of the cause of diabetes, and if tested positively, may allow for better treatment options for the millions suffering from diabetes in the near future.

The body’s blood sugar level, commonly reported as the serum glucose concentration, becomes elevated after we eat food, especially that high in carbohydrates. The digestive system breaks down the large complex carbohydrates, polysaccharides, down into disaccharides and eventually into monosaccharides, the most common being glucose. The hormone insulin allows our cells to take up the blood sugar glucose to metabolize it for energy, store it as short term energy reserve known as glycogen, or as fat, the long term energy reserve – depending on our physiological conditions at the time.

In the most common form of diabetes, known as Type 2 diabetes mellitus, the body has either an inability to produce enough insulin or it ignores insulin itself. A lack of insulin therefore does not allow cells to take up glucose from the blood, so the cells cannot metabolize glucose for energy. Barring glucose from entering cells causes the blood to quickly get very concentrated with glucose in a condition known as hyperglycemia.

Hyperglycemia disrupts the osmotic pressure gradient in our blood and leads to a wide gamut of complications, the most common being high blood pressure due to the high solute concentration in the blood. Other complications that may arise include lethargy, heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and neuropathy, according to the American Diabetes Foundation.

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Kislak Real Estate Institute is One of a Kind

The University’s School of Real Estate Comes Out of Hiding With Continuing Developments

features-real-estateFew students have heard of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at the University’s Business School, but their accomplishments span from awards to scholarships to developing classes and curriculums.

Dr. Peter Reinhart, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute, said that the real estate program began in 1994 as a certificate program only and remained that way through 2006. “In 2006 the Kislak company made a big donation to rename the institute from the Monmouth University Real Estate Institute to the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University,” Reinhart said. Within a couple of years, the institute was able to offer an MBA and undergraduate classes, explained Reinhart.

Reinhart was one of the first instructors for the real estate school while still working full time. Last year when Dr. Donald Moliver, former Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute was promoted to Dean of the Leon Hess Business School, Reinhart was offered the Director’s position. He also teaches courses such as Real Estate Development, Lease Negotiations, Business Law I and II and a freshman seminar called “The Law and Your Life.”

The most profound accomplishment for the institute is that it is the only one in the state to offer undergraduate and master degrees. “We’re one of a kind…so if you’re a real estate major you graduate with a bachelor in science and business with a concentration in real estate,” said Reinhart. According to Reinhart, the program currently has about 40 students majoring in real estate.

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Dr. Mathbor Wins Distinguished Service Award

Science AwardDr. Golam Mathbor, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, received the Distinguished Service Award of Phi Eta Sigma. Mathbor received the award on October 6 during the National Convention and Leadership Workshops of Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society. The convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Distinguished Service Award was authorized by Phi Eta Sigma in 1962. As of today 82 chapter advisors have been awarded for outstanding leadership for a period of at least five years. Mathbor has been leading the University’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society since 2005. He attended the 2012 convention in Salt Lake City with delegates including the University’s Phi Eta Sigma chapter President Lori Mueller, Vice President Amanda Kryzynski and Treasurer Rebecca Groom.

Molly M. Lawrence, Grand President of Phi Eta Sigma said, “For his able leadership Monmouth University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma received Commendation of Excellence Award during the 40th National Convention and Leadership Workshops held in Knoxville, Tennessee from October 1-3. Professor Mathbor was profiled in Forum Magazine (of the society) Volume LXXXI, 2011 titled Mathbor Touches Lives through Global Service, and Volume LXXXII, 2012 under Profile, Chapter Advisers, for his service as Mentor to the National Conference on Ethics (NCEA) in America at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, from October 16-20, 2011. Dr. Mathbor suggested the theme ‘Think Globally, Share Regionally, Act Locally’ for the National Leadership Convention of Phi Eta Sigma held in Louisville, Kentucky from October 3-5, 2008. In the spirit of our founders and the previous award recipients, we thank Professor Mathbor for sharing his special touch, fellowship, and leadership with us by presenting him with the Society’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award.”

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Transfers Are Students Too

A Look Into the Life of Transfer Students Adjusting to a New University


Freshmen are not the only students who are new to campus this semester. There are a number of students who have transferred here from other institutions. This means that they have had prior experience with college level work.

“We have had the second largest class with over 340 transfer students this fall and many of them came from two year community colleges and a small percentage are from the west coast” said Jean Dealo, transfer advisor.

One of the biggest differences is that unlike freshmen who are new to college and can go undecided, transfer students generally must have declared a major at the University since they are transferring in a lot of credits. Thus, it is very important to see if the credits transfer to the University long before applying.

“NJ is a great planning tool for students and shows them how many credits can fit with both their general education and major requirements. Certain courses without equivalents count for particular subject areas, especially lab sciences,” added Dealo and Jean Judge, transfer advisor. This prevents students from losing credits and will keep them on track with their general education requirements.

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A Cost-Effective Guide to Fall Decor

fall_decorIt’s that time of year again, with crisp leaves crunching underfoot, cider simmering and a chill in the air. But before you unpack those decades-old plastic pumpkins and puffy paint-inscribed “Give Thanks” signs, consider a more modern side to fall decor. The key to a fresh fall spread say Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, owners of the custom design company Anders Ruff- http://www.andersruff. com/- is all about embracing natural elements.

This doesn’t mean spending a small fortune on high-end seasonal items. Think natural fabrics, earthy colors and an approachable-yet-sophisticated atmosphere. “Get rid of the fake stuff _ bring in the real _ and don’t be afraid to use old pieces from your home in new, unusual ways,” Anders said.

An approachable feel is as much about design as it is about practicality. “We both have young kids, so we create designs that are elegant but not too formal,” said Anders, who incorporates inexpensive items like Kraft paper into her fall party prep, using it for everything from lining the dinner table and to wrapping dessert stands. “It gives it a rustic feel and makes cleanup easier too.”

Not sure where to start? Although much of the season is about what’s familiar, check out these tips to freshen things up.

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Heavy Text Books, Light Wallet

Students Consider Multiple Sources When Searching for Costly Text Books


At the beginning of each semester students scramble to buy their required text books and sell their old ones for the best price possible. The University has a campus bookstore that can help students with most of their text book needs, but there are many other outside resources available as well.

Buying text books, no matter the seller, can be quite expensive depending on the book and condition. Many sellers offer, however, a way to essentially borrow text books for a flat rate through the semester. The University’s book store also offers this option.

Bill Rainey, campus book store employee explains why it is such a great privilege. “Students renting are allowed to keep the book until the last day of finals,” Rainey said. “Many online book rental places have a fixed number of weeks that are not long enough to cover our semester resulting in additional charges.”

Online vendors such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, however, have a flexible time policy when renting text books and even allow students to extend their rental periods. According to their websites, both vendors’ typical rental periods are 130 days, but Barnes and Noble offers shorter rentals for a lower cost. New or used condition is not guaranteed for rentals from either vendor.

Sophomore Tyler Vandergrift said that he saved money by renting books instead of buying them. “I bought from the bookstore and Amazon last year and spent nearly $500 a semester,” said Vandergrift. “I decided to switch to renting all my books this year from either the bookstore or and have cut that cost in half.”

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Senior Hawks Prepare to Take Flight

perkinsWith over half of all college graduates jobless or underemployed, University seniors face the challenges of standing out when bachelor’s degrees are a dime a dozen and jobs are few and far between.

Graduates need hard skills rather than diplomas, according to a recent article from the Associated Press in The Atlantic about how graduates are more likely to be underemployed to make ends meet with loans.

Students are more likely to work as “waiters, waitresses, bartenders and food-service helpers than engineers, physicists, chemist and mathematicians combined,” AP concluded.

Each University student’s educational experience is unique, and students from all different majors have advantages and disadvantages.

“I found it somewhat difficult because I needed one more credit for graduation because of my chemistry minor and there wasn’t anything I could take, but I’m really excited to graduate and move on to graduate school. I am applying to chiropractic schools now,” said Allison Day, health studies major.

Other students have found fewer difficulties with senior year. “I don’t feel that I’m having any difficulties. I’ve had a lot of good help from Dr. Mitchell, and everything has been pretty smooth,” said Anthony D’Elia, political science major.

“I’m going to Washington for the DC semester and I plan on going to law school when I graduate. Professor Bordelon has really helped with the law school application and meeting those requirements,” D’Elia continued.

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Music Moves More Than Dancers

For centuries now, music has played a very important role in the world. It’s a way for people to express themselves, be entertained, listen to for pleasure, etc. One thing music has always been used for is a way to motivate people. This can be seen all over the place, especially in the sporting world.

While teams warm up for games, there’s always music playing in the arena as a way to get the team fired up for the upcoming game. Another example is, when one goes to the gym, all you have to do is look around and see people running on the treadmill or lifting weights with headphones on.

Frank DeGenaro, a University alumnus said, “Music is the best way to shut out all else. You can’t control what noises are outside of your headphones, but you can control exactly what’s coming out of your iPod. This allows you to focus and find that competitive part of you. You can sit and just stare and listen to whatever pumps you up. Then you can go out on the field like an animal,” said DeGenaro, who played four years of football and baseball in high school.

“It drives me when I need an extra push-- the song ‘Carry On the Flame’ by Santino Noir has lyrics that push me when I feel like I can’t quite push to the end of my run. Not only that, the music itself lets me get distracted from worries and I just use it to pace out my runs. Running for an hour and a half would be really boring if I didn’t have some good tunes to listen to,” said Pikaard.

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Were We Always Alone?

NASA Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Streambed on Mars

NASAWater as we know it is the essence of life, for without it, almost no form of life could ever exist. Last Thursday on September 26, NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence that a stream of water once coursed the now desolate Martian landscape as the rover scanned the surface.

According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, “There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence -- images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels -- is the first of its kind.”

The NASA scientists are closely examining the images of stones that are cemented into a layer of conglomerate rock. By examining the intrinsic qualities of the rocks such as their size and shape, the NASA scientists can get “clues to the speed and distance of a longago stream’s flow,” according to

By analyzing the size of the rounded pebbles embedded in the slab, the NASA scientists estimated that water was flowing about a yard a second and was between ankle and hip deep, according to the New York Times.

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Is Plastic Burning a Hole in Your Pocket?

Plastic BurningMost young adults see credit and debit cards as a means to an end, but do not know the benefits or negative effects they can have on credit scores, making it more difficult to finance future investments.

Sallie Mae published a study in 2009 that discussed how students charge an average of $2,200 in direct education expenses.

Eighty-four percent of undergraduates had at least one credit card, up from 76 percent in 2004. On average, students have 4.6 credit cards, and half of college students had four or more cards. The average (mean) balance grew to $3,173, higher than any of the previous studies. Median debt grew from 2004’s $946 to $1,645, the study concluded.

The most shocking statistic of the study discussed how, “only 17 percent said they regularly paid off all cards each month, and another 1 percent had parents, a spouse, or other family members paying the bill. The remaining 82 percent carried balances and thus incurred finance charges each month.”

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