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Life as a Student-Athlete

Life Student AthleteAs college students, sometimes we have to juggle several things at once while still taking a full course load, student athletes have an extra ball that they have to juggle.

Student-athletes have to manage class around a tough workout and game schedule. Student-athletes have to sometimes miss classes while traveling across the country for a game.

Time management for a student-athlete is an important part of balancing school and athletics in their daily lives. “The biggest challenge during the season is definitely time management,” said Amanda Knaub, a sophomore criminal justice student and women’s soccer goalie. “Being able to balance five and maybe even six classes with practice every day and games twice a week is difficult but it teaches us how to manage our time wisely,” she said.

“Think of how tired a student who isn’t an athlete gets because they had to stay up late to study, etc,” said McKinzee Barker, a junior biology student and women’s basketball guard. “Then add that to having to get up early for practice, go straight from practice to class, sometimes not having time to shower and eat, while needing to be mentally focused to learn whatever is being taught during the lecture. It’s insanely difficult but I’m thankful for it,” she said.

“It really comes to time management and forming a day to day routine,” Thomas Bieber, Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support, said.

“Part of what we require among our freshmen student athlete population is mandatory study hall, which consists of a minimum number of hours spent at the library, time spent with tutors, with professors during office hours, etc. each week. This requires freshmen [student athletes] to manage time for studying and academics, just like they need to manage the time to practice, travel, and compete,” he continued.

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Senior Show: Graphic Design

Senior Show Graphic Design 1Students studying fine art and graphic design graduating in May were able to showcase their working in the DiMattio Gallery this past Friday. Some students involved include, Mary Wagerik, Ava McClendon, Anthony Paterra, and many more.

The students participating portrayed a wide array of graphic designs including, board games, posters, and personal logos.

Students, faculty, and families were able to walk through the gallery to view the talented students’ artwork displayed on the walls.

Ava McClendon, a senior fine art student had her artwork displayed at the event, she said, “My goal with showcasing my work was to motivate others to make a difference in their communities through the use of the hashtag, #IAmTheChange placed on my wall. I wanted to have a section relate to social justice to give more of a purpose to my exhibit.”

Scott Knauer, Director of Galleries and Collections said, “For both the fine art and graphic design shows, all of the students have different ideas on how they want to display their work.”

“We’ve had students bring in their own crates or wine racks that they want fixed on the wall,” he said.

Anthony Paterra, a senior fine art student and one of the many other students who showcased their work said, “I wanted to have a diverse showing of material. I wanted to be able to reach all types of people. For example, I had something sports related, something animal related; I had illustrations, photography, packaging, motion graphics, and a wine display as well.”

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A "Jack" of All Trades: Jackman's Rise to the Top

John Jackman 1The Fitness Center opened in 2009, and John Jackman, the Director of the Fitness Center, saw its expansion through.

If you have ever have been at the University’s Fitness Center, you definitely know who Jackman is—more commonly known around the University as “Jack.”

It comes as no surprise that Jackman is a fitness enthusiast; however, he is also passionate about ensuring the comfortability of his employees and gym-goers.

Jackman says that he is committed to keeping an environment in the gym that fosters comfortability and safety; one of his goals is to build up the center more with another level that includes more updated and state-of-the-art equipment.

Jackman was born in Keansburg, NJ, and his passionate for fitness came early, starting weightlifting at 11 years old. “I wasn’t much in to team sports, so at 11 years old, I decided to become a body builder,” Jackman said.

 “Gyms were Rocky type gyms and kids were not expected to just walk in, but I eventually did,” he said, and he later went on to participate in his first body building competition at 19 years old.

After a few years of bodybuilding under his belt, Jackman won his first big competition in 1988, at Cup Body Building Championship in Asbury Park, NJ. Not only was this competition Jackman’s first big triumph, it was also one of his fondest memories because of the person whom he shared the victory with: his mother.

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How to Ace Your Interview

Ace InterviewAt some point in our lives we have or will be going into an interview; more times than not, we are nervous, excited, and a little sweaty. To combat those unfortunate side effects of finding your perfect career or finding a side job to make some cash, there are some tips and tricks that can help you navigate your way through it.

Assistant Director of Career Services, Jeff Mass said, “The interview is essentially an ‘elimination process’ and the employer is trying to weed out those who are not the most worthy of the position.”

Having a resume is typically what gets you into the interview process. “Your resume was strong enough to get you to the interview - now it’s time to bring it to life. Turn your experiences into a compelling story that reflects who you are, what you have done, and how you have mad an impact,” Mass said.

Before even getting to the interview, it’s important to remember that preparing yourself and planning ahead are the two most essential tips you will need to remember.

Mass suggested, “If you are a college student, set up an appointment with your career center and have them conduct a mock interview with you. You don’t necessarily want to memorize responses, but try to have a general strategy for answering common interview questions.”

“To prepare for these, you’ll want to think about prior workplace or internship experiences that describe your endeavors or show how you dealt with a difficult situation,” he continued.

Being able to draw on previous situations you were able to navigate that another candidate may have not have had to face or did not bring up might be able to put you ahead of another potential hire.

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LBGTQ+ Friendly Safe Spaces: Are Schools Doing Enough?

LGBTQ Friendly SpaceAccording to Reuters Health, a growing number of United States schools are increasing school safety and accommodations for LGBTQ+ students. The study, which addressed high schools and middle schools in the United States, found that there was an increase in anti-harassment policies and designated safe spaces for those who might be in need of counseling or help. 

The study, which looked at data collected nationwide from questionnaires in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014, found that in general, school policies were trending toward the support of LGBTQ+ students. 

While colleges are not the subject of the study, researchers indicated that higher education facilities were also increasing their support of LGBTQ+ students.

Monmouth University has worked to support LGBTQ+ students on campus, including the rollout of gender-neutral bathrooms in 2016 and the presence of Sexuality, Pride, Education, Community, Truth, and Unity at Monmouth (SPECTRUM), an LGBTQ+ organization, on campus. Many professors and administrators also have stickers on their doors marking their office as a ‘safe zone’ for LGBTQ+ issues, and the office of counseling and psychological services is also available to students. 

Johanna Foster, Ph.D. Director of Sociology and assistant professor of political science and sociology said, “We do have individual staff and faculty committed to creating and protecting safe spaces for all students, including folks working in the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, and faculty that are part of Professors United for a Safe Haven (PUSH), and the university has made important strides against heteronormativity in the 15 years that I have been here.”

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Tell Me Your Story: All About Tony Lombardo

Tony LombardoTony Lombardo of Forked River, NJ, is the epitome of a fighter. Lombaro is the son of immigrant parents and lived in Brooklyn, NY for a large portion of his life. However, his life changed when he was diagnosed at age 28 with multiple sclerosis (MS), right after the birth of his daughter.

“The first symptom was double vision, followed by dragging my left foot and leg as I walked. Eventually I started using a cane, and then a walker. I have been using a motorized wheelchair for 18 years,” he said.

MS is a nervous system disease that has the potential to affect the brain and spinal cord. It took doctors seven years to diagnose Lombardo, which was “emotionally taxing,” as one would imagine. 

Even though Lombardo was affected by this life altering illness, his story is one of strength and courage. Rather than letting MS hold him back, it instead propelled him to inspire others with his words of courage.

Lombardo learned from others’ challenges and tales of how they overcame obstacles and used them as “a means of paying it forward.” He established the social impact organization, “Let’s Hear Your Story” which takes in stories of courage and conquering setbacks and shares them on his website.

Lombardo is also the author of On Both Sides of the Fence…How to Successfully Lead a Fulfilling Life Despite the Presence of Any Physical Challenge, to share his story and convey the message to never let life’s obstacles hold you back. He has many plans to expand his initiative as well, and many other ideas with which he hopes he can inspire others.

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Read This: How to Take Something Away From Your Textbooks

Take Something From TextbooksRanger Halt once said, “It’s only impossible if you make it impossible.” I remembered this line from John Flanagan’s book series, The Ranger’s Apprentice, during every moment I have faced a challenge since I read it at the age of ten. It made me realize that books of any kind should be treated like milk for the mind: prefer the whole on the shelf as opposed to the skim on Sparknotes.

Edward Palluzzi, a junior health studies student, said, “Personally, I find myself using my textbooks for my major classes more than I do my health electives, although sometimes the books from my elective classes are great references for major classes. Either way, I pretty much get good use out of all of my textbooks in one way or another.”

Your textbooks do not have to be just an essential tool to help you walk on graduation day. While they help you fulfill academic needs, they give you something else in return for spending nights with them until three in the morning. In some cases, students can walk away from a class with more than just knowledge on energy forces, the stock exchange, or feminism. They walk out of the classroom with inspiration to pursue a field of practice.

I tell anyone who asks about my future goals, “The ultimate goal is to write a novel and teach a class how to do the same.” Admittedly, I have seldom drifted onto my phone during readings to check out Clash of Clans or to tag my friends in dog memes. Sometimes as students, we read so much that we end up craving a brief release from the duty of soaking up different authors’ ideologies and stories.

The Ranger’s Apprentice series follows a young man named Will who must be assigned a role in a medieval-like society. He wants to join Battle School, but he is assigned one of the rarest apprenticeships in the land, which is the Ranger position. Halt, a member of the Ranger Corps, becomes his master and whips him into the shape of a cloaked spy. While the apprenticeship is difficult for Will to manage, Halt drops helpful advice on how to survive in life. Halt’s lesson regarding impossibility is a simple one. The more you decide to quit, the less chances you give yourself to achieve your goals.

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Senior Fine Art Show Presented in DiMattio Gallery

Senior Show: Fine Art and Animation

Senior Show Art Animation 1Senior fine art students gathered their work together to be displayed in Rechnitz Hall’s DiMattio Gallery at the Senior Show: Fine Art & Animation that took place on Friday, March 23. 

As students, faculty, and families alike leisurely strolled around the gallery, they were able to see the seniors’ hard work and dedication to the arts on full display; each student being showcased had their own section of the gallery walls. The event started at 7 p.m. and ran until 9 p.m; throughout the night, both the first and second floor of the gallery were packed.

Amanda Green, a senior fine art student whose work was on display at the event, said, “I've always been passionate about trying to capture a person that's why many of my drawings and paintings are portraits. Everyone sees the world differently, but sharing artwork is a great way to share your view of it.”

“I love to hear what people see when they look at my artwork even if it's not what I was going for. I don't just share my art, but I share pieces of me and want to move people to feel something as well,” she continued.

Of course, these students have their own inspirations as well, Michelle Toscano, a senior fine art student and one of the many students who had their work displayed at the event, said, “I have always been inspired by the work of Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. I find the surrealist movement of art to be so interesting and playful. I enjoy the juxtaposition that these two masters use in their work and I try to emulate that in mine as well by incorporating color and thought provoking elements.”

Art fanatics were able to cycle through the gallery to view art students’ paintings, animations, sculptures, etc. Some displays were interactive, asking passersby to sign a booklet, leave a note, and one student even left cameras out to take pictures with her to go in a scrapbook.

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Women Helping Women: My Experience in Guatemala

Women in GuatemalaI have been wrong about feminism. As a student enrolled in Guatemala Public Health, taught by Chris Hirschler Ph.D., Department Chair and associate professor of Health and Physical Education, I have been required to learn Guatemalan culture and, more specifically, the plight of the women who live there.

Before traveling to Guatemala as part of the service-learning component of this course, I read articles, watched videos, and engaged in discussions with my classmates. I came prepared to help with what I thought was a mind free of preconceived notions. With the utmost cultural sensitivity, my classmate, Sneha Bupathi, a junior health studies student, and I developed the lesson we would have to teach to victims of domestic violence.

Bupathi said, “We decided on art therapy because we wanted the women we worked with to relax, express their feelings, and create something that they could keep.” Knowing that we needed an expert opinion, we consulted Jennifer Gottshall, an adjunct professor of health and physical education, who approved of our plan and added that “Art therapy also has the ability to enhance confidence,” a trait that any victim of domestic violence is likely lacking.

Needless to say, I knew I would be working with women throughout the course of this trip, but no article, documentary, or class discussion could have prepared me for what I was about to experience. 

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A Conversation, A Decentralized Brotherhood

Decentralized BrotherhoodThere is a beautiful home in Manasquan, New Jersey; if you were to walk into this home it would look just like any other, but if you were to stroll down to the basement, you would enter a small home studio.

A computer monitor sat on the right, a microphone to the left of it, and keyboards surrounding it. The walls were poster-ladened with images of different bands, artists, and influencers.

Casted into the corner was perhaps the most pertinent frame: a t-shirt with Recess Radio’s name and logo much like the first ones they sold, perhaps this was the one that got the ball rolling for Recess Radio, because now, “Nothing is a joke,” according to producer/artist Blake Foster.

 Recess Radio carries the age old narrative of a music group that started back in high school. According to the three members I spoke to, the group formed around September of their senior year, and eventually became a collective of eight people: Daniel Harmon, a.k.a Skyeboii; Seamus Higgins, a.k.a ShaeBoro; Blake Foster, a.k.a Lakeblake; Martin Terry, Sean Ferguson, Eddie Destefano, Andrew Cosenza, and Justin Hetzle.

The year 2016 seems about a lifetime ago when Recess’ success is taken into account, but that is when the high school friends got together, made beats, and created tracks that no one knew about. At that time it wasn’t at all serious, but Eddie Destefano stated passionately that, “nothing starts serious.”

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Mattel Introduces Line of ‘Shero’ Barbies; Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Chloe Kim to be Included

Mattel Shero BarbiesMattel’s Barbie dolls have been around since 1959, when Co-Founder, Ruth Handler designed the original Barbie figure and debuted her at the New York Toy Fair.

Since then, the dolls have transformed over the past 55 years; Barbie has become a nurse, teacher, astronaut, game developer, and most recently, a president. The newest addition to the collection of dolls is the design of the Inspiring Women series.

This series includes influential women figures throughout history portrayed as Barbie dolls such as Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, and soon to come Chloe Kim, Ibtihaj Muhammad, and many other women both past and present.

The idea of a ‘Shero’ or a female hero is not unheard of in today’s society.

Michael Chattalas, Ph.D., a specialist professor of marketing and international business said, “Society’s stereotype of a ‘hero’ is adjusting to changing gender roles. My own research on cultural stereotypes, suggests that an ideal ‘hero’ figure should exude both competence and warmth, which could be a perfect fit for Barbie’s Shero image.”

According to Mattel’s website, “86 percent of moms surveyed are worried about the kind of role models their daughters are exposed to [according to a 2018 online survey].”

“That’s why Barbie continues to showcase examples of inspirational women. From Sheroes to Inspiring Women, meet our latest Barbie role models–all extraordinary women we’ve honored with a doll in their likeness.”

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