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The Do’s and Don’ts of Skipping Class

Guidelines to Follow for the Forgetful Student

default article imageWe’ve all done it. We just don’t want to wake up for that 8:30 am class all the way across campus. We hit the snooze button one too many times, or maybe we just had a really late night of partying it up.

Whatever your reasoning is, everyone has once, twice, or 50 times, skipped their classes.

Now, everyone knows that professors have attendance policies and strict rules about how many classes one can miss, but what most people don’t realize is that it’s a lot easier to skate around these rules and guidelines than one might think.

All it takes is a little common sense and some creativity at times.

There are a few common mistakes and misconceptions when it comes to skipping class. The first and, without a doubt, biggest mistake someone could make when skipping class is using the same excuse on a professor more than once.

This may seem like an obvious “don’t,” but according to Professor Robert Scott, Communication professor, it happens more often than you’d think.

“I’m reminded of the student a few years back whose grandmother had died three times in the course of a single semester,” he said. “Now, I don’t teach biology, but this scenario seems highly unlikely.”

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A Neat Freak’s Nightmare

The Disease Behind A&E’s “Hoarders”

A Neat FreakMany people collect things such as coins, dolls, baseball cards, and antique items. Keeping a collection clean and organized allows the individual to enjoy the items they have acquired. However, some people begin to collect things compulsively, and it consumes them.

If this behavior continues unchecked, and a home is filled with useless items that are unorganized and unkept, it is most likely a hoarding situation.

The A&E television show “Hoarders” addresses the issue of compulsive hoarding and assists the participants on the show in recognizing, cleaning up and receiving treatment for their disorder.

Compulsive hoarding is defined as “an irresistible desire to possess an extraordinary amount of items that, to others, may seem to have absolutely no value at all,” according to The Compulsive Hoarding Cure’s website.

In one episode, Andrew’s home is completely filled with stuff to the point the house is unlivable.

The hoard has spread to consume the entire property and he has a homeless man living in his front yard. His furnace no longer works, there is no running water, and the town is threatening to remove him from the home. After the show, he refused after-care treatment and the town did remove him. As a consequence to his hoarding, Andrew ended up homeless before he would part with his hoard.

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The Price of a College Education

Understanding the Tuition and ‘Fees’ at a Higher Institution

default article imageToday’s economy has most students and their families constantly stalking their checkbooks. With the already suffering economic conditions in the United States, a college education only puts more financial stress on families and individuals. This can make us take a step back and wonder where our college tuition is really going.

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid, Claire Alasio, said that the University’s tuition goes to “anything you see happening on campus. Classes, any events you see going on, building maintenance, faculty salary…Everything has a cost.”

Many students agree with this statement, though from a different perspective. We look at only the college expenses that pertain to us.

Alyssa Gray, a freshman, said that as a commuter, most of her money goes to food and gas.

Chris Orlando, a freshman, said, “The largest expense, aside from tuition, is my textbooks. Food and school events are some of my other large expenses.”

These expenses, however, apply to any university student. Alasio said that in her opinion, Monmouth is priced fairly.

“You have to consider that Monmouth is private, meaning not funded through tax payers,” she said. “There are 14 private schools in New Jersey. I would say we’re in the lower third when it comes to comparing tuition prices.” Alasio adds that in the 15 years she has been at Monmouth, this year was the first year that she has seen an annual tuition increase of more than five percent.

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Keeping Your Wallet Full

How to Get Around Major College Expenses

Wallet FullIf there is one thing that every student knows, it is that college is expensive, and prices only continue to go up. Reducing spending can be difficult, but it is an effective way of saving money.

One of the major college expenses is the cost of books. According to, the best way to save money on books is to start by buying used books. Students can also take advantage of websites such as in order to find reasonably priced text books. After the semester, students are encouraged to sell their books back.

Credit card debt can often start early if a student is not careful, so students are encouraged to stay away from credit card usage unless it is an emergency. If a credit card is used, students should get in the habit of paying bills on time to avoid the late fees and pay more than the minimum payment fee.

College students do not realize how much they spend on food outside of their meal plans. Weekly take out alone can add up to a lot of money every month. According to, a student who buys a daily cup of coffee may end up spending over $250 per semester.

“College students can save money by not getting take-out because delivery and take out start to add up quickly,” said Elizabeth Regan, junior accounting major. “Don’t stop by Einstein’s bagels every morning even when your class is right next door, and cut down on student center lunch dates.”

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From Hollywood to the Jersey Shore

Meet Professor Rob Scott of the Communication Department

Hollywood to the Jersey Shore 1At the University, there are many professors that one can meet, who will help guide you along your career path and future endeavors. One of these professors is Robert Scott, Specialist Professor in the radio/TV concentration of the communication major.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Scott lived in Scotch Plains until the age of five when his family moved to Lincroft. He attended the Christian Brothers Academy for four years, and then his family moved to Brielle on the Manasquan River.

After graduating high school, Scott decided to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut for about two years until he reevaluated certain things and decided to transfer to Monmouth College (Monmouth did not have university-status at that time).

This is when he really started experimenting with film and video. “During high school and undergraduate studies, I spent a great deal of time taking photographs, shooting 8mm film and video, and writing as a hobby. I was also doing the same as part of related school activities and a few minor professional jobs,” said Scott.

Originally, Scott wanted to pursue a career in marine biology and fantasized of attending the Woods Hold Oceanographic Institute and traveling the world’s oceans. “Then, I learned the significant role that math and science play in these professions,” joked Scott. He then changed his major to history and political science.

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Put Down That Phone!

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

default article imageWe’ve all done it. As you’re driving, you hear your phone ring. You check the text, reply, and throw it back onto the passenger seat, all while keeping a steady speed. No one died, right? No harm done. Plus, you can drive while texting, you know what you’re doing.

Well in those five seconds it took for you to answer that text, you may have traveled the length of a football field.

Seems a little dangerous to do without really paying attention, doesn’t it?

Up until recently, texting while driving had not been taken very seriously. But since there were about 6,000 deaths caused by distracted driving in 2009, people have begun to realize how dangerous texting while driving can really be; and have tried to stop it.

Studies done by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, one of the leading vehicle safety investigation institutes in the world, showed that while a teenager is texting behind the wheel, he or she spends at least 10 percent of that time outside the driving lane they are supposed to be in.

The study also showed that drivers using a hand held device are four times more likely to be in a serious crash than those that are not distracted while driving. At that point, why even risk it? I’m sure any information you were going to get from that text can wait until you are safely parked and off the road.

According to CBS News, 97 percent of Americans agree that the habit should be illegal.

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Is Graduate School Worth it?

Weighing Your Decision to Get Your Master’s Degree

Graduate SchoolGetting a master’s degree can open doors, but the amount of debt it brings can also lead to devastation. Many people believe that having a master’s degree can make a big difference in the professional world.

John Genovese, University graduate student, said that in this economy, students who graduate with a bachelors degree should try and enter the working world right out of college. But if a student isn’t being offered a position, he or she should then apply to graduate school.

“Graduate school gives you a chance to add to your skills and make yourself more marketable for potential employers,” said Genovese.

Genovese said that graduate school will give students the opportunity to further their knowledge in their field. It will allow the student to tackle more complex topics in much greater depth. A graduate degree is a huge commitment but it will always shows that you have a thirst for knowledge and are able to take your abilities to the next level, he said.

“Time management skills are crucial to surviving in the work force. There is no way someone can get through graduate school without the ability to juggle multiple things at once,” said Genovese.

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And Then There Were Ten

Rapunzel Becomes Tenth Official Disney Princess

There Were TenShe came running and racing and dancing and chasing and leaping, heart pounding, hair flying and splashing and reeling and finally feeling that now is when her life begins. And between escaping her tower, befriending ruffians and thugs, discovering she is the lost princess, and finding true love, life for Rapunzel and her 70 feet of healing, magical hair, has indeed begun. Only begun, in fact.

Last weekend at Kensington Palace in London, in the presence of the nine other Disney princesses and thousands of Disney fans from all over the world, Rapunzel was crowned as the tenth official Disney princess and was welcomed into the Princess Hall of Fame.

“I actually thought Rapunzel was one of the more interesting Disney princesses,” said Brandon Hayes, junior. “Her story was about her liberation from her ignorance about the outside world. She wasn’t helpless either. She was pretty well rounded, knowledge-wise. She was objective and always asked questions.”

Snow White, Walt Disney’s first royal creation, led a procession of horse drawn carriages to the palace followed by her fellow princesses in chronological order with Tangled’s quirky, hair glowing star bringing up the rear. Upon arrival, the royals lined up on the stairs of the palace and were joined by young girls all dressed as their favorite princesses.

The crowning ceremony began with Cinderella’s fairy godmother introducing each of the princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Tiana. But before the belle of the ball could be brought out, a certain someone was due introduction.

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What to do With Your First Credit Card

First Credit CardCollege and money troubles go hand-in-hand with each other. College puts a great quantity of stress on a student’s wallet. College debt, eating out, and activities on the weekend can all add up. When faced with so many expenses, some students choose to resort to a credit card. Others get a credit card because they are trying to build up a good credit score before they get out of school. But whether they’re feeling the burn in their wallets or planning for the future, college may be a time when students apply for and receive their first credit card. According to a 2004 study published by and conducted by Sallie Mae, a student loan corporation, the amount of undergraduates with credit cards has risen to 76 percent. The results also reported that in 2009, the percent had risen to 84.

At first, many people look beyond the risks of a credit card and go straight for the rewards, but being reckless with a new credit card can cause long term problems. Debt can begin to rack up and a bad credit score doesn’t disappear overnight. Dr. Robert H. Scott, Associate Professor of Economics, calculated that if students racked up $1,000 in credit card debt and with 18 percent interest, with only paying the minimum on the debt, it would take 12 years and nine months to completely pay it off. According to Scott, you would have ended up paying $1,115 just in interest.

But to avoid these downfalls, there are many precautions students should take before and after receiving a credit card.

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Looking Through the Other Side of the Lens

Meet Jim Reme and Blaze Nowara, the University Photographers

Other SideDeep in the basement of Wilson Hall is the University’s “best kept secret on campus”…the Copy Center. But buried within the Copy Center, hidden in their kitchen area, is the University’s dedicated Photography Department. Jim Reme, the University Photographer, has been taking pictures on campus for 17 years, but his passion for photography started a long time before that.

“My father was a photographer,” said Reme, “So I’ve been doing photography since I was about eight-years-old.” The Belmar native attended Fairfield University as a marketing major. “I didn’t need to take a course in photography,” said Reme, “I knew most of what I’d learn.”

Before working at Monmouth, Reme used to own a photography studio in Spring Lake, worked as a photographer for the Asbury Park Press, and was a photographer for the NFL for 23 seasons. In 1994, when Reme began working at Monmouth, he was still doing photography on Sundays for the NFL. Luckily for him, the crazy schedule of photographing Monmouth football on Saturdays and then the NFL on Sundays helped prepare him for the packed schedule he usually has while on campus.

The Photography Department is responsible for pictures in University promotional literature and publications, news releases, web pages and any other printed material. While Reme might be a talented and dedicated photographer to the University, he is certainly no Houdini. With the help of Blaze Nowara, Assistant Photographer, Reme is able to capture every “photography requested” event on campus.

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Meet the Library Dean

Ravindra Sharma, Former Sports Journalist and Current Author

Library DeanSurrounded by a wealth of information, books and reference materials, Ravindra Sharma, Dean of the Library, remains enthusiastic in his passion for research and writing. With roots in journalism, his love for writing holds strong.

This November, the first volume of his twelfth book, “Libraries in the Early Twenty-First Century: An International Perspective,” will be released. Edited by Sharma, the two-volume book contains chapters written by authors from around the world. From countries such as Hungary, Japan, Russia, Morocco and New Zealand, the future state of library science and technology is discussed. The second volume is planned for release in March of 2012.

“For the first time in the history of the International Federation of Library Associations (the book’s publisher) all the living Presidents of IFLA have contributed chapters in this book,” Sharma said. “History has been made."

Many of the book’s chapters focus on the future of libraries and integrating technology from the present day until 2025. Sharma said that a balance needs to be maintained between traditional sources and technology. With access to 150 online databases and information available on mobile devices, books and traditional reference materials will remain a research tool.

Sharma’s hope is that world leaders will spend more time on education and improving libraries than fighting wars. “I wanted to give a complete picture of what's happening in libraries all over the world,” he said. Many libraries in third-world countries do not have basic necessities.

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