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Managing Your Many Interests

How to Avoid Overexerting Yourself in School Activities

Managing InterestsCampus involvement is a huge aspect of college life, but it is important for students to keep in mind the downsides of over-involvement. Stretching oneself too thin can eventually take a toll on academics and a social life. Trying to be at every class, every meeting, and every on- campus activity can be a difficult balance.

“Scope out your interests,” said Brian Morelli, senior student. “This limits you to one area of campus so you are not running from place to place.”

The Student Handbook has a list of all of the clubs and groups available on campus, as well as the names of the people to contact for more information. Read the description, make a list, and attend a few meetings, but don’t make any commitments right away.

“Students should only join clubs that are related to what they are interested in or like to do,” said Kristin Kleinberg, first-year student. “However, students should also have their classes in mind, and make sure that they will have time to study and attend classes before joining a bunch of clubs.”

Because so many club meetings take place on Wednesdays, students will be compelled to pick and choose which meetings they want to attend, forcing them to forgo others.

“One to two activities is a comfortable amount,” said Morelli.

Britney Dupuis, Sales Director of WMCX, said that you should never spread yourself too thin.

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I Swear Officer, I Didn’t Do It!

I Swear Officer, I Didn’t Do It!

OfficerEvery driver dreads seeing those red and blue lights flashing in their rearview mirror. When a police officer pulls you over, it can ruin your day and possibly make you even later then you already were.

But the inconvenience and embarrassment of being pulled over is usually not the worst part. It’s the ticket that follows. No one wants to pay for or explain why they got a ticket. Obviously the best way out of the situation is to try and get the officer to let you go with a warning.

There is no 100 percent, effective way to accomplish this, but there are tricks and tips to increase your chances of getting out of a ticket.

Being rude is at the top of the “easiest ways to get a ticket” list. No officer wants to be harassed or berated for doing their job. According to an article entitled “The Top 7 Ways to Get Out of a Ticket,” on, when you are pulled over, you should be respectful to the cop.

“When the cop is asking you questions, look him in the eye and answer the question without fear, but also without arrogance - like you’re talking to anyone else. Use the term “officer” when you answer him, without a tone of contempt.”

Turning off the car engine and placing your hands where the officer can see them also takes the tension out of the situation for the cop and shows him respect.

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The Secret Value of Networking

Value of NetworkingNetworking is by far one of the most crucial tools that students need in order to succeed in the business world. The ability to quickly establish relationships with professionals is a skill that must be acquired before graduation.

“I am very shy when I go into a room with a bunch of professionals. I don’t know how to start up a conversation and get their business card. My hands get sweaty and I always tense up,” said Brooke Lupo, 20, junior at Rutgers University.

Robert Scott, a specialist professor in Communication at the University, believes that effective networking skills are vital for current students and recent graduates. Strong networking abilities can help open doors for possible internships and future employment.

“The majority of success stories I hear from recent Monmouth graduates often involve relationships established during their internships. Maintaining relationships with professors, alumni, professionals, and classmates will help keep an individual informed and may lead to possible employment,” said Scott.

Students who reach out to potential clients and colleagues over email should always make sure they are using proper grammar. Students who don’t double check their punctuation, capital letters, and rules of grammar might not be taken seriously, he said.

Networking is one of the most essential tools students must master before graduating. Most students are used to doing everything on the computer and forget that they need to communicate in the job world. It is so easy to email and text that striking up a conversation with a stranger seems almost unnatural, said Lupo.

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For the Love of Pets!

What Happens When Your Pets Take Over Your Life

default article imageAnthony Salvatore, six-feet-tall and 250 pounds, is crouching on the ground holding a loaf of stale bread in his hand with a smile plastered across his face. “Here ducks! Here ducky ducky!” he calls, as nine brown ducks come hopping up to him from Indian Lake, to eat out of his hand. No, this is not Tony Soprano, this is a 47-year-old plumber from Denville, New Jersey.

Anthony has only had his ducks for three years, but said that he considers them as his children. Ironically enough, he has two daughters, 20 and 17, whom he bought the ducks for in the first place. Anthony has a cat as well, and has had numerous dogs and other animals as pets before, but he said that nothing has ever compared to his ducks, although he cannot explain why.

“My kids argue with me and don’t believe anything that I tell them,” he said. “But my ducks see me as their protector. They look at me with love in their eyes. Plus, I don’t have to give them money for the movies on Saturday night.”

Every day, Anthony drives the five miles to the lake to feed his ducks, whom he has never named, and then watches them eat because it calms him down. He said that he likes to know where they are at all times so he does not have to worry about their safety.

His 17-year-old daughter, Deanna, said that her dad is always either sleeping, working, or playing with his ducks. “He compares me to the ducks,” she said. “He will say, ‘Oh, the ducks wouldn’t be complaining.’ He doesn’t have time to do things for me because he is too busy being with them.”

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The Daunting Fears of Freshmen

Ways of Overcoming the Common Conflicts

Daunting FearsAs any college freshman knows, college can be an intimidating and frightening experience, and there are many common fears that cross one’s mind.

Will my roommate and I get along? How will I meet new people and make friends? Can I handle the heavy workload? Will I feel homesick?

Nervousness about college and the new beginnings it brings is normal. College is an adjustment, and those fears don’t go away overnight.

In order to lessen the anxiety often felt throughout the first few weeks and sometimes even months of school, all freshmen should know what the most common fears are, as well as how to overcome them.

Roommate concerns are a very common apprehension. Many students who go away to college will share a room with another person for the first time. With so many horror stories students often hear about roommate difficulties, it is only natural to be skeptical about sharing a room with a stranger for almost a year.

The best way to overcome roommate fears and to get along with your roommate is through communication and compromise. Conflicting personalities may sometimes end up as roommates.

In order to keep the peace and abstain from any heated arguments, roommates should constantly communicate and develop an agreement to refer back to should there be future disagreements.

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Gene Therapy Provides Potential Cure for Leukemia

Gene TherapyA clinical research trial on three patients at the University of Pennsylvania has yielded what appears to be one of the greatest advances in cancer research in decades.

In the paper published on September 14, 2011, the Penn researchers said that their treatment caused the most common type of leukemia, chroniclymphocytic leukemia (CLL), to disappear in two of the patients and reduced it by about seventy percent in the third patient.

CLL strikes about 15,000 people in the United States and kills about 4,300 every year.

Even though chemotherapy and radiation can hold off CLL for years, the only cure for this form of leukemia has been a bone marrow transplant which requires a suitable match, works only about half the time, and often carries severe, life-threatening side effects such as pain and infection.

The doctors used gene therapy with a harmless HIV vector, a modified form of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), to insert a series of unique genes into the white blood cells, making them able to target and kill the cancer cells.

After growing many of these genetically engineered T-cells, the doctors injected them back into the three patients.

Similar experimental treatments for various types of cancer involving re-injected white blood cells have occurred in the past, but they have only managed to kill a few cancer cells before the T-cells started dying out.

The University of Pennsylvania researchers inserted a gene that caused the white blood cells to multiply by a thousand fold inside the body. Dr. Carl Jung, one of the researchers involved in the Penn experiment, described the resultant white blood cells as having “become ‘serial killers’ relentlessly tracking down and killing the cancer cells in the blood, bone marrow and lymph tissue.”

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Finding a New Home Across the Pond

Student Gains Fond Memories While Studying Abroad in Rome

RomeMy first trip out of the country was when I was seven-years old. My family and I traveled to a small town in southern Italy where my family is from for my cousin’s wedding.

Having family in another country is always difficult, but as soon as we got there, it was like distance did not even exist.

We bonded very quickly. It was my first time meeting most of my relatives there. Language wasn’t a huge barrier either.

As a naive child, I considered those two weeks the best time that I ever had in my life and after I left, I was desperate to go back.

Fast forward 12 years. I finally got to return to Italy! But this time, I was going back to live and study for a month in Rome with my best friend, Kaitlyn.

I had never been so excited for anything in my entire life. When I had signed up to study abroad in Rome last February, I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I was about to find out.

Finally May 23 arrived and Kaitlyn and I boarded a plane for the Eternal City. That day, my life changed forever.

I had never been away from my family for so long, nor had I ever lived completely on my own before, but there we were, two 19-year-old girls thrown into the middle of Rome, alone and allowed to do as we pleased.

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Everything You Need is Right Around the Corner

Attractions and Excitement for Students Near the University

Around the CornerWith all of the excitement of New York City an hour away, students can overlook the activities right in their own backyard.

Monmouth and the surrounding counties have many attractions that can provide entertainment for any student looking for something to do on the weekends, and none of them require too much of a drive.

Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari is located in Jackson, NJ, about 30 minutes from the University.

For anyone who has ever been to a Six Flags, you know that there is enough entertainment to last all day. Great Adventure in Jackson boasts rides like “Batman” and the new “Green Lantern,” which opened this past May.

Along with “Batman” and “Green Lantern,” the park has over 15 thrill rides, multiple family rides, and a drive-through safari. Fright Fest is also coming up, which occurs every weekend in October.

These weekends include fright tours and access to some popular rides at night. It is a great thing to do to get into the Halloween spirit.

In addition, from now until September 25, there is a deal that anyone who buys their ticket to Great Adventure online pays the kids’ price opposed to the adult price.

Sandy Hook is also a great place to visit in the area. The beach is a perfect spot to relax with friends, swim, bike, skateboard, or surf.

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You Know it’s Time for School When...

default article imageYou know it’s time to go back to school when your smart phone is ready to blow up with University emails regarding parking lot closures and weather alerts. Nothing like 15 school emails in a day to make you want to reactivate your old flip phone. But who doesn’t love that email that comes straight to your Blackberry from the professor who cancelled your 8:30 am class? It’s like waking up to a tree full of presents on Christmas morning.

 Now we can’t forget about parking. Remember how much fun that is, commuters? Get ready to fight to the death over a spot that is two miles from your class that starts in five minutes, thanks to Larchwood Avenue being under construction, yet again.

But that’s not all- there is nothing more depressing than those K-mart back to school commercials that pop up every five seconds once July 15 hits. However, nothing could make back-to-school more exciting than Target advertising Solo cups and ping pong balls with their back to school sales. Until, that is, you realize you have to reconstruct your entire schedule because you missed a bad review on

Now is when you start adding “library dates” to your calendar instead of planning beach trips on your days off from work. No more late nights at D’Jais or Bar-A until 4:00 am. Looks like the only all-nighters you’ll be pulling will be taking place in the University Library. It turns out LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” isn’t actually a good song unless you have consumed an entire bottle of Svedka.

The start of another semester means it’s time to start shopping for random ugly furniture off of shady Craigslist ads so that you can still afford tuition. Looks like that beer pong table will have to substitute for a dining room table this year. Hopefully the summer didn’t waste away your flip cup skills while running around for 30 hours a week at that dreadful summer internship.

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A To-Do List for Your First Month Back at School

default article imageReturning to school, whether as a senior or freshman, can be intimidating. As an upper classman, classes can increase in difficulty with class workloads becoming more stressful.

At the same time, first-year students are trying to find their footing as college freshmen. The transition can be made easier for everyone by knowing the five things that are guaranteed to make the beginning of the school year run smoothly.

The first thing that students should do when returning from summer break is to get a feel for the campus and surrounding areas. Almost every incoming student has had a nightmare about being unable to find their classes on the first day of school. The obvious thing to do would be for students to take their schedules and find the buildings where their classes are located. This also goes for returning students. However, students often skip out on searching for classes.

Unfortunately, I failed to take my own advice at the start of my second semester. When I came back after winter break during my freshman year, I never thought to look for my classes because I knew where all of the buildings were. But after about 15 minutes of roaming Howard Hall in search of my history class and finding four other lost classmates, I decided that this would not happen again.

And even though getting to know the campus is important, exploring the surrounding towns cannot be forgotten either. Knowing how to get around in West Long Branch and the surrounding areas is also beneficial on many occasions. Obviously, students will forget dorm supplies or materials for class. It is nice to know that the nearest Target is in Ocean Township. It’s the small things that will help in the long run.

The second thing to do when arriving at school is to organize. This includes everything from your schedule to your dorm room. Time can seem to disappear once classes begin, having a week to finish your paper turns into five hours in the blink of an eye. Keeping a calendar of when papers and outside readings are due keeps students on track to finish their work on time. It also allows for better planned free time, so all activities are not squeezed into two hours of the day.

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How to Keep Your Wallet Full at the Bookstore Offers a Free Service of Price Comparisons

default article imageWhen returning to the University, did you walk into the bookstore and all of a sudden you had a killer migraine caused by the high prices of textbooks? Yep, that’s a pretty common phenomenon among college students.

According to the University bookstore Textbook Manager Megan McCluskey, textbook prices range from small paperbacks that are $1.50 to hardcovers that cost $260.

The cheapest paperback books are usually used in the literature and social science classes while the most expensive textbooks tend to be used for business and science classes.

The bookstore does offer a “used book” choice so you can shave off that price a little bit, but what if your bill still comes out to more than $400?

That’s also a very common problem at a university bookstores. Some textbooks, such as those for Information Technology, are only offered at our bookstore. However, you have other options to try and save some money. is a website that provides a free service to college students in finding the lowest prices for their textbooks. According to Affordabook founder and creator Vincent Thomas, the website gets around 500,000 visitors per year searching for over 650,000 textbook titles.

The website searches over 20 partners to find the lowest prices on books, textbooks and novels. Students can search for the textbook by the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), the title, the author, or keywords. The partners include eBay, Amazon and Half.

Students can also win gift cards to Amazon by following on Twitter, retweeting the giveaway, liking their Facebook page, making it your homepage, or mentioning it on your blog or website.

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