Features - The Outlook https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features 2018-10-19T20:09:27-04:00 The Outlook outlook@monmouth.edu Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Alena Graedon’s Dystopian World 2018-10-10T16:31:02-04:00 2018-10-10T16:31:02-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6235-alena-graedon-s-dystopian-world MELISSA BADAMO | STAFF WRITER s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/5/Features/Alena_Graedon's_World.jpg" alt="Alena Graedon's World" />An apartment fire that burned her books inspired the theme of Alena Graedon’s first novel, <em>The Word Exchange</em>. A dictionary gifted by her parents influenced the first scene. A family of readers and a mother who read aloud stories gave her an appreciation for science fiction and fantasy. These are just some of the life experiences that shaped Graedon into the writer she is today.</p> <p>Graedon, an assistant professor of English and creative writing, shared her journey as an author. She published <em>The Word Exchange </em>in 2014. The science fiction novel centers around a futuristic alternate reality where a virus spread from machines to humans makes communication impossible.</p> <p>“It’s sort of an allegory, but it’s also meant to be really represented in the novel in practical terms,” Graedon said.</p> <p>“I got the idea for it because I watched this shift from the way we used to interact with text and language and communicate with each other, and then it changed and became heavily influenced by new digital technologies, and it made me think about what would happen if it was possible to actually manipulate language,” she continued.</p> <p>Graedon’s appreciation and expertise in the craft of writing not only has the power to drive an allegorical novel, but it also has the power to inspire students in her creative writing classes. The way she structures her class is especially impactful for students; she engages the class in workshops that allow students to share their input on others’ stories.</p> <p>“There’s so much value to her teaching style. It gets myself thinking about things; I find it eye-opening to see people’s different responses to my work,” said Melissa Lauria, a sophomore English, creative writing, student.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6235-alena-graedon-s-dystopian-world">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/5/Features/Alena_Graedon's_World.jpg" alt="Alena Graedon's World" />An apartment fire that burned her books inspired the theme of Alena Graedon’s first novel, <em>The Word Exchange</em>. A dictionary gifted by her parents influenced the first scene. A family of readers and a mother who read aloud stories gave her an appreciation for science fiction and fantasy. These are just some of the life experiences that shaped Graedon into the writer she is today.</p> <p>Graedon, an assistant professor of English and creative writing, shared her journey as an author. She published <em>The Word Exchange </em>in 2014. The science fiction novel centers around a futuristic alternate reality where a virus spread from machines to humans makes communication impossible.</p> <p>“It’s sort of an allegory, but it’s also meant to be really represented in the novel in practical terms,” Graedon said.</p> <p>“I got the idea for it because I watched this shift from the way we used to interact with text and language and communicate with each other, and then it changed and became heavily influenced by new digital technologies, and it made me think about what would happen if it was possible to actually manipulate language,” she continued.</p> <p>Graedon’s appreciation and expertise in the craft of writing not only has the power to drive an allegorical novel, but it also has the power to inspire students in her creative writing classes. The way she structures her class is especially impactful for students; she engages the class in workshops that allow students to share their input on others’ stories.</p> <p>“There’s so much value to her teaching style. It gets myself thinking about things; I find it eye-opening to see people’s different responses to my work,” said Melissa Lauria, a sophomore English, creative writing, student.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6235-alena-graedon-s-dystopian-world">Read More ...</a></p> How to Get the Most Out of Your Fall Break 2018-10-10T16:30:16-04:00 2018-10-10T16:30:16-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6234-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-fall-break JENNA PUGLISI | FEATURES EDITOR s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/5/Features/Fall_Break.JPEG" alt="Fall Break" />As the semester begins to feel hectic, with everything seemingly being due at the same time, we naturally begin to countdown the days until fall break. We will have no classes Oct. 15 and 16, giving us all some time to destress.</p> <p>This four-day weekend is a great opportunity to have a mini vacation. With cities like Philadelphia and New York close by, a couple days of adventure is in reach. If you’re willing to extend the duration of your road-trip a little bit, Washington D.C. is about four hours away.</p> <p>Sara Sikora, a senior communication student, said, “I’m spending my fall break in Washington D.C. On Saturday, I am going to the Maryland vs. Rutgers football game, and the rest of the break, I plan on exploring the nightlife in D.C.”</p> <p>If you would rather just stay local, there is plenty to see near campus. Sometimes we become so overwhelmed with school and our extracurriculars, that we forget to appreciate all the cool sights that we have in our area. “A great local spot for a day trip is Pier Village. They have plenty of great shops and restaurants to try, and you’re right by the beach,” Sikora said.</p> <p>If you don’t want to make any plans, you can still have a great fall break. Relaxation is key during fall break, and if a trip feels like too much stress, then it may not be the best option for you.</p> <p>Nicole Notar, a senior communication student, said, “I don’t have any big plans for fall break, but I think everyone should just enjoy some free-time post midterms. A nice way to relax would be to have a spa day at Ocean Resort and Spa in Long Branch.”</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6234-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-fall-break">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/5/Features/Fall_Break.JPEG" alt="Fall Break" />As the semester begins to feel hectic, with everything seemingly being due at the same time, we naturally begin to countdown the days until fall break. We will have no classes Oct. 15 and 16, giving us all some time to destress.</p> <p>This four-day weekend is a great opportunity to have a mini vacation. With cities like Philadelphia and New York close by, a couple days of adventure is in reach. If you’re willing to extend the duration of your road-trip a little bit, Washington D.C. is about four hours away.</p> <p>Sara Sikora, a senior communication student, said, “I’m spending my fall break in Washington D.C. On Saturday, I am going to the Maryland vs. Rutgers football game, and the rest of the break, I plan on exploring the nightlife in D.C.”</p> <p>If you would rather just stay local, there is plenty to see near campus. Sometimes we become so overwhelmed with school and our extracurriculars, that we forget to appreciate all the cool sights that we have in our area. “A great local spot for a day trip is Pier Village. They have plenty of great shops and restaurants to try, and you’re right by the beach,” Sikora said.</p> <p>If you don’t want to make any plans, you can still have a great fall break. Relaxation is key during fall break, and if a trip feels like too much stress, then it may not be the best option for you.</p> <p>Nicole Notar, a senior communication student, said, “I don’t have any big plans for fall break, but I think everyone should just enjoy some free-time post midterms. A nice way to relax would be to have a spa day at Ocean Resort and Spa in Long Branch.”</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6234-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-fall-break">Read More ...</a></p> The Best Part-Time Jobs for Full-Time Students 2018-10-10T16:29:25-04:00 2018-10-10T16:29:25-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6233-the-best-part-time-jobs-for-full-time-students JENNA PUGLISI | FEATURES EDITOR s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/5/Features/Part_Time_Jobs.JPEG" alt="Part Time Jobs" />Being a full-time student is fulfilling, but it can be difficult. It is especially hard when you’re balancing a schedule that also includes a job. We all want the degree, but we also need money to get through the degree. While that may feel like a struggle, it’s not impossible.</p> <p>There are many options when choosing where to work, specifically if it’s best for you to work on or off campus.</p> <p>If you choose to work off-campus, you do not need to travel far. A commute to work can be very time-consuming and if you have a full workload with your classes, time is the last thing you can afford to lose.</p> <p>In addition to Monmouth Mall being close by, there are plenty of other off-campus options. There are several Rook Coffee locations suitable for early birds, and various bartending options in Asbury for of-age night owls.</p> <p>If you are a commuter student, it may be best for you to select an off-campus job that is close to your home instead of school. Samantha Losurdo, a junior communication student, said, “I work at a gym called Tilton Fitness in my hometown. I commute to campus and live about 20 minutes away, so it would be a little crazy for me to drive back and forth.”</p> <p>Off-campus jobs also allow you to immerse yourself in an atmosphere outside of campus. “I also really like the fact that I have time away from campus and another source of meeting people and establishing relationships elsewhere,” Losurdo added.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6233-the-best-part-time-jobs-for-full-time-students">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/5/Features/Part_Time_Jobs.JPEG" alt="Part Time Jobs" />Being a full-time student is fulfilling, but it can be difficult. It is especially hard when you’re balancing a schedule that also includes a job. We all want the degree, but we also need money to get through the degree. While that may feel like a struggle, it’s not impossible.</p> <p>There are many options when choosing where to work, specifically if it’s best for you to work on or off campus.</p> <p>If you choose to work off-campus, you do not need to travel far. A commute to work can be very time-consuming and if you have a full workload with your classes, time is the last thing you can afford to lose.</p> <p>In addition to Monmouth Mall being close by, there are plenty of other off-campus options. There are several Rook Coffee locations suitable for early birds, and various bartending options in Asbury for of-age night owls.</p> <p>If you are a commuter student, it may be best for you to select an off-campus job that is close to your home instead of school. Samantha Losurdo, a junior communication student, said, “I work at a gym called Tilton Fitness in my hometown. I commute to campus and live about 20 minutes away, so it would be a little crazy for me to drive back and forth.”</p> <p>Off-campus jobs also allow you to immerse yourself in an atmosphere outside of campus. “I also really like the fact that I have time away from campus and another source of meeting people and establishing relationships elsewhere,” Losurdo added.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6233-the-best-part-time-jobs-for-full-time-students">Read More ...</a></p> There are Literary Ghosts in the Library 2018-10-10T16:28:22-04:00 2018-10-10T16:28:22-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6232-there-are-literary-ghosts-in-the-library SKYLAR DALEY | STAFF WRITER s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/5/Features/Literary_Ghosts_Library.JPG" alt="Literary Ghosts Library" width="188" height="250" />Halloween is getting closer every day and Monmouth University is quickly transitioning from the September back-to-school posters into spooky events and exhibits. Monmouth’s Guggenheim Library is featuring its own exhibit, showcasing all of the classic horror and gothic stories.</p> <p>Located on the second floor across the hall from the university librarian’s office, students will find a grotesque poster featuring a disturbing skull taken from Edgar Allen Poe’s <em>The Fall of the House of Usher</em> to get students in the Halloween mood. The exhibit is going to be running from now until Halloween.</p> <p>George Germek, the Director of the Special Collections and Rare Book Room, has created a list of classic horror stories and has assigned myself, as well graduate assistant Robert Zadotti, to create the display and respective signs.</p> <p>Zadotti, a graduate arts and creative writing student, noted, “Though the display is not completely gothic in a literary sense, the display is gothic in that it celebrates horror in literature.”</p> <p>When one thinks of horror, immediately poltergeists and zombies appear in their mind. In the world of literature, those freakish scenarios are expressed in a vivid way. The illustrations depicted help readers to envision the unique nature of the author’s descriptions.</p> <p>To help readers really see these horrors, illustrators are hired to etch, paint, draw, or even make woodcuts of disturbing or aesthetically pleasing images relative to the text. What is special about these horror stories, in relevance to the exhibit itself, is that the publication works to feature both the text and illustrations in conjunction.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6232-there-are-literary-ghosts-in-the-library">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/5/Features/Literary_Ghosts_Library.JPG" alt="Literary Ghosts Library" width="188" height="250" />Halloween is getting closer every day and Monmouth University is quickly transitioning from the September back-to-school posters into spooky events and exhibits. Monmouth’s Guggenheim Library is featuring its own exhibit, showcasing all of the classic horror and gothic stories.</p> <p>Located on the second floor across the hall from the university librarian’s office, students will find a grotesque poster featuring a disturbing skull taken from Edgar Allen Poe’s <em>The Fall of the House of Usher</em> to get students in the Halloween mood. The exhibit is going to be running from now until Halloween.</p> <p>George Germek, the Director of the Special Collections and Rare Book Room, has created a list of classic horror stories and has assigned myself, as well graduate assistant Robert Zadotti, to create the display and respective signs.</p> <p>Zadotti, a graduate arts and creative writing student, noted, “Though the display is not completely gothic in a literary sense, the display is gothic in that it celebrates horror in literature.”</p> <p>When one thinks of horror, immediately poltergeists and zombies appear in their mind. In the world of literature, those freakish scenarios are expressed in a vivid way. The illustrations depicted help readers to envision the unique nature of the author’s descriptions.</p> <p>To help readers really see these horrors, illustrators are hired to etch, paint, draw, or even make woodcuts of disturbing or aesthetically pleasing images relative to the text. What is special about these horror stories, in relevance to the exhibit itself, is that the publication works to feature both the text and illustrations in conjunction.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6232-there-are-literary-ghosts-in-the-library">Read More ...</a></p> Why Internships are Important 2018-10-03T13:04:02-04:00 2018-10-03T13:04:02-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6207-why-internships-are-important SKYLAR DALEY | CONTRIBUTING WRITER s1108940@momouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/4/Features/Internships_Important.jpeg" alt="Internships Important" />Monmouth students are used to opening their email inboxes to find information about internship opportunities. However, among the overwhelming amount of emails students get every day, information about internships may get lost in a digital sea of spike-ball tournaments and academic workshops.</p> <p>Joking aside, these emails may just be the most important ones you receive, especially if you are a sophomore or junior, so make sure to pay attention to them. Sophomore and junior years are the best times to start applying to internships, so that you create a resume that stands out in the crowd.</p> <p>Every future college graduate needs to make themselves unique. Employers look for field-related experience that also emphasizes your personality and academic interests.</p> <p>Yes, you have gone through the motions of college. You have written your papers and sat through all your Gen Eds, but an employer will look for more. What is going to set you aside from the next applicant with the exact same history? Experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Build your resume. This might seem trivial because the purpose of internships is to gain experience. But stay focused on scoring an internship that is within your major or interests because that will help you in your future career; do not settle for an internship that will simply fulfill a requirement.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6207-why-internships-are-important">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/4/Features/Internships_Important.jpeg" alt="Internships Important" />Monmouth students are used to opening their email inboxes to find information about internship opportunities. However, among the overwhelming amount of emails students get every day, information about internships may get lost in a digital sea of spike-ball tournaments and academic workshops.</p> <p>Joking aside, these emails may just be the most important ones you receive, especially if you are a sophomore or junior, so make sure to pay attention to them. Sophomore and junior years are the best times to start applying to internships, so that you create a resume that stands out in the crowd.</p> <p>Every future college graduate needs to make themselves unique. Employers look for field-related experience that also emphasizes your personality and academic interests.</p> <p>Yes, you have gone through the motions of college. You have written your papers and sat through all your Gen Eds, but an employer will look for more. What is going to set you aside from the next applicant with the exact same history? Experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Build your resume. This might seem trivial because the purpose of internships is to gain experience. But stay focused on scoring an internship that is within your major or interests because that will help you in your future career; do not settle for an internship that will simply fulfill a requirement.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6207-why-internships-are-important">Read More ...</a></p> How You Know You Chose the Right Major 2018-10-03T13:02:47-04:00 2018-10-03T13:02:47-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6206-how-you-know-you-chose-the-right-major MELISSA BADAMO | STAFF WRITER s1108940@momouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/4/Features/Choose_Right_Major.jpg" alt="Choose Right Major" />Passion, happiness, and enthusiasm are the three essential ingredients to consider when choosing a major or second-guessing whether your current major is right for you. Our college majors reflect our careers after graduation, so it’s imperative that we know we made the right choices.</p> <p>Choosing a major when you’re undecided may feel like a weight on your chest that never goes away, but once you go with your gut feeling, the decision process will be easier than expected. It’s also perfectly fine to change your major before finding where you fit like a perfect puzzle piece. In fact junior English student, Caitlyn Hartigan, had this experience.</p> <p>“I was two different majors before I finally settled on English,” she said. “I was psychology, and then I did education for two semesters. When I was thinking about switching to English, I just wanted a major that could be creative, because that’s my strongest ability and I love writing and reading.”</p> <p>When reflecting upon your major, or deciding which one to choose, consider the phrase “do what you love”. Your skills and interests will guide you to the major that was meant to be.</p> <p>Dylan Griswold, a junior computer science student, said, “There’s a lot of stuff you can make with a computer science degree, whether it’s coding, video games, simulations, or Artificial Intelligence. It really opens up my very creative mind.”</p> <p>You don’t have to be an expert at a subject to major in it. The classes you take in your major will help you build your skills and grow your appreciation for the subject.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6206-how-you-know-you-chose-the-right-major">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/4/Features/Choose_Right_Major.jpg" alt="Choose Right Major" />Passion, happiness, and enthusiasm are the three essential ingredients to consider when choosing a major or second-guessing whether your current major is right for you. Our college majors reflect our careers after graduation, so it’s imperative that we know we made the right choices.</p> <p>Choosing a major when you’re undecided may feel like a weight on your chest that never goes away, but once you go with your gut feeling, the decision process will be easier than expected. It’s also perfectly fine to change your major before finding where you fit like a perfect puzzle piece. In fact junior English student, Caitlyn Hartigan, had this experience.</p> <p>“I was two different majors before I finally settled on English,” she said. “I was psychology, and then I did education for two semesters. When I was thinking about switching to English, I just wanted a major that could be creative, because that’s my strongest ability and I love writing and reading.”</p> <p>When reflecting upon your major, or deciding which one to choose, consider the phrase “do what you love”. Your skills and interests will guide you to the major that was meant to be.</p> <p>Dylan Griswold, a junior computer science student, said, “There’s a lot of stuff you can make with a computer science degree, whether it’s coding, video games, simulations, or Artificial Intelligence. It really opens up my very creative mind.”</p> <p>You don’t have to be an expert at a subject to major in it. The classes you take in your major will help you build your skills and grow your appreciation for the subject.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6206-how-you-know-you-chose-the-right-major">Read More ...</a></p> Books That Have Changed My Life 2018-09-26T12:55:02-04:00 2018-09-26T12:55:02-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6171-books-that-have-changed-my-life SAMANTHA LOSURDO | CONTRIBUTING WRITER s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/3/Features/Books_Changed_My_Life.jpg" alt="Books Changed My Life" />Books are my life, and even that’s pretty much an understatement. It’s crazy how much a reader can take away from one, even the ones that weren’t intended to be teaching anything.</p> <p>That’s the absolutely crazy and astonishing thing about reading books: everyone can read the same words but get a different meaning out of them. Hopefully, whatever that person has taken away from the specific book, sticks with them throughout their life.</p> <p>Katie Sharkey, a junior communication student, said that a book that left an impression on her life was <em>The Help</em> by Kathryn Stockett. The book kept things so new and fresh that Sharkey repeatedly kept saying, “I couldn’t put it down.”</p> <p>She loved to watch the developments of the characters throughout the book. Sharkey read <em>The Help</em> during her freshman year of college and it got her back into reading.</p> <p>Shannon Burke, a junior communication student, said that <em>The Book Thief</em> by Markus Zusak made the biggest impact on her life. Told from the perspective of death, the novel offers an unusual viewpoint.</p> <p>Burke read this during middle school and still remembers the tale that takes place during the Holocaust very clearly.</p> <p>“It made me realize that we point fingers at people, but they do what they have to do to survive,” she said.</p> <p>Donna Dolphin, an associate professor of communication, thought back to her own college experience when she was asked about a book that was influential in her life. <em>The Awakening</em> by Kate Chopin was a book that she initially read during a course on American women writers, and it’s one that she’s reread throughout the years.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6171-books-that-have-changed-my-life">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/3/Features/Books_Changed_My_Life.jpg" alt="Books Changed My Life" />Books are my life, and even that’s pretty much an understatement. It’s crazy how much a reader can take away from one, even the ones that weren’t intended to be teaching anything.</p> <p>That’s the absolutely crazy and astonishing thing about reading books: everyone can read the same words but get a different meaning out of them. Hopefully, whatever that person has taken away from the specific book, sticks with them throughout their life.</p> <p>Katie Sharkey, a junior communication student, said that a book that left an impression on her life was <em>The Help</em> by Kathryn Stockett. The book kept things so new and fresh that Sharkey repeatedly kept saying, “I couldn’t put it down.”</p> <p>She loved to watch the developments of the characters throughout the book. Sharkey read <em>The Help</em> during her freshman year of college and it got her back into reading.</p> <p>Shannon Burke, a junior communication student, said that <em>The Book Thief</em> by Markus Zusak made the biggest impact on her life. Told from the perspective of death, the novel offers an unusual viewpoint.</p> <p>Burke read this during middle school and still remembers the tale that takes place during the Holocaust very clearly.</p> <p>“It made me realize that we point fingers at people, but they do what they have to do to survive,” she said.</p> <p>Donna Dolphin, an associate professor of communication, thought back to her own college experience when she was asked about a book that was influential in her life. <em>The Awakening</em> by Kate Chopin was a book that she initially read during a course on American women writers, and it’s one that she’s reread throughout the years.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6171-books-that-have-changed-my-life">Read More ...</a></p> How Animals Help Relieve Anxiety 2018-09-26T12:54:19-04:00 2018-09-26T12:54:19-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6170-how-animals-help-relieve-anxiety SAMANTHA RIVAS | CONTRIBUTING WRITER s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/3/Features/Animals_Help_Anxiety.jpg" alt="Animals Help Anxiety" />As it turns out, man’s best friend is also man’s best chance at some relaxation.&nbsp; While the calming teas and naps may not always reduce your stress and anxiety, sitting down with an animal for a little while just might do the trick.</p> <p>As a pet owner, I can confidently say that being around my little Maltese-Shi-Tzu instantly makes me feel better.&nbsp; She plops down on my lap and relishes the belly rubs she greedily accepts from me.&nbsp; It’s as if every stress-inducing nuisance that is clouding my thoughts melts away when I’m running my hand back and forth through her fur.&nbsp; But why does this happen?</p> <p>Andrew Lee, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, said, “Spending some time petting an animal can reduce some anxiety; it can lower heart rate and lower blood pressure.”&nbsp; So if you think you’re imagining the effects your furry friend has on your mental well-being, you’re not.&nbsp;</p> <p>There have even been studies that show the benefits of animal assisted therapies.&nbsp; In the case of an older patient, these studies have been proven to aid in the improvement of cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, according to <em>Everyday Health</em>.</p> <p>From the eyes of a student who struggles with mental health, animals are more than just a pet to senior psychology student, Andrea Castro.&nbsp; Her dog, Luna, provides her with the emotional support she needs while dealing with depression and anxiety.&nbsp; “Whenever I get anxious or I am going through a depressive stage, I hug her and she licks my face and even if it is just for a few minutes, I am happy and calm,” said Castro.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Small gestures like licking my face or cuddling up next to me in bed mean the world to me. They are gestures that show unconditional love, and those are reminders that I need when I am at my lowest,” Castro added.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6170-how-animals-help-relieve-anxiety">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/3/Features/Animals_Help_Anxiety.jpg" alt="Animals Help Anxiety" />As it turns out, man’s best friend is also man’s best chance at some relaxation.&nbsp; While the calming teas and naps may not always reduce your stress and anxiety, sitting down with an animal for a little while just might do the trick.</p> <p>As a pet owner, I can confidently say that being around my little Maltese-Shi-Tzu instantly makes me feel better.&nbsp; She plops down on my lap and relishes the belly rubs she greedily accepts from me.&nbsp; It’s as if every stress-inducing nuisance that is clouding my thoughts melts away when I’m running my hand back and forth through her fur.&nbsp; But why does this happen?</p> <p>Andrew Lee, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, said, “Spending some time petting an animal can reduce some anxiety; it can lower heart rate and lower blood pressure.”&nbsp; So if you think you’re imagining the effects your furry friend has on your mental well-being, you’re not.&nbsp;</p> <p>There have even been studies that show the benefits of animal assisted therapies.&nbsp; In the case of an older patient, these studies have been proven to aid in the improvement of cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, according to <em>Everyday Health</em>.</p> <p>From the eyes of a student who struggles with mental health, animals are more than just a pet to senior psychology student, Andrea Castro.&nbsp; Her dog, Luna, provides her with the emotional support she needs while dealing with depression and anxiety.&nbsp; “Whenever I get anxious or I am going through a depressive stage, I hug her and she licks my face and even if it is just for a few minutes, I am happy and calm,” said Castro.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Small gestures like licking my face or cuddling up next to me in bed mean the world to me. They are gestures that show unconditional love, and those are reminders that I need when I am at my lowest,” Castro added.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6170-how-animals-help-relieve-anxiety">Read More ...</a></p> Dr. Greason Moves to the School of Education 2018-09-26T12:53:29-04:00 2018-09-26T12:53:29-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6169-dr-greason-moves-to-the-school-of-education SKYLAR DALEY | CONTRIBUTING WRITER s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/3/Features/Dr_Greason_Transfer.jpg" alt="Dr Greason Transfer" />Walter Greason, Ph.D., the man behindt the University Honors School, has changed the program in a short period of time. Prior to his position at the honors school, he had been a lecturer in the department of history and anthropology.</p> <p>He has made a significant impact as a dean. The students in the honors school have nothing but the upmost respect and gratitude toward his passion for their move through the semesters.</p> <p>However, news has broken recently that Greason is stepping down from being the Dean of the Honors School. He is moving into a position alongside Dean Henning at the School of Education. But fear not, honors students, his thesis courses will still remain intact, and he certainly will not make himself a stranger.</p> <p>Susan Schuld, a graduate English student, said, “I am sad to see Greason go, as he was an incredible asset and advocate for the honors school.” Susan, who is also the Graduate Assistant in the Honors School office, is one of many who feel this way.</p> <p>However, they are happy that he was able to kick-start a phenomenal program so that the Honors School can only get better with time. There will certainly not be a vacuum in the system; the new dean will be just as qualified and considerate as Greason was. After all, now there is a high standard to meet.</p> <p>Greason was passionate about building the importance of scholarship, but that does not mean that he disregarded the lives of students outside the classroom. On nights when Honors School events happened, students would find Greason happily helping and taking part in the activity.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6169-dr-greason-moves-to-the-school-of-education">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/3/Features/Dr_Greason_Transfer.jpg" alt="Dr Greason Transfer" />Walter Greason, Ph.D., the man behindt the University Honors School, has changed the program in a short period of time. Prior to his position at the honors school, he had been a lecturer in the department of history and anthropology.</p> <p>He has made a significant impact as a dean. The students in the honors school have nothing but the upmost respect and gratitude toward his passion for their move through the semesters.</p> <p>However, news has broken recently that Greason is stepping down from being the Dean of the Honors School. He is moving into a position alongside Dean Henning at the School of Education. But fear not, honors students, his thesis courses will still remain intact, and he certainly will not make himself a stranger.</p> <p>Susan Schuld, a graduate English student, said, “I am sad to see Greason go, as he was an incredible asset and advocate for the honors school.” Susan, who is also the Graduate Assistant in the Honors School office, is one of many who feel this way.</p> <p>However, they are happy that he was able to kick-start a phenomenal program so that the Honors School can only get better with time. There will certainly not be a vacuum in the system; the new dean will be just as qualified and considerate as Greason was. After all, now there is a high standard to meet.</p> <p>Greason was passionate about building the importance of scholarship, but that does not mean that he disregarded the lives of students outside the classroom. On nights when Honors School events happened, students would find Greason happily helping and taking part in the activity.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6169-dr-greason-moves-to-the-school-of-education">Read More ...</a></p> Student, Music Lover, Published Author 2018-09-26T12:52:32-04:00 2018-09-26T12:52:32-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6168-student-music-lover-published-author MELISSA BADAMO | STAFF WRITER s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/3/Features/Student_Author.jpg" alt="Student Author" width="200" height="250" />A sprinkle of inspiration, a dash of music, and a boatload of writing; these were the main ingredients that drove the self-publication of my debut novel, <em>The Uncommon</em>, at 18 years old.</p> <p><em>The Uncommon</em> combines my two lifelong passions—music and writing. The coming-of-age novel follows five high school musicians from New Jersey who form a rock band and realize that they all have one thing in common: they’re all uncommon from the rest of society.</p> <p>Each of the characters have different backstories that make them unique, and they’re able to form everlasting friendships with one another through the power of music. The thematic combination of friendship, growth, aspiration, and music holds a very special place in my heart as it reflects upon my own life and virtues.</p> <p>I wrote <em>The Uncommon</em> to inspire readers that being uncommon is an idea that should be embraced. So many young adults struggle with fitting in, but these five characters show that being different from society should be valued because it’s what brought them together in the first place.</p> <p>They show that individuality is a wonderful thing, since it has the power to teach you about your true self, and help you understand exactly who you want to become. Without being true to themselves, their journey would never happen.</p> <p>A book is more than just words on pages. Books send messages to their readers with the power to change lives, while transporting them into captivating worlds.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6168-student-music-lover-published-author">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/3/Features/Student_Author.jpg" alt="Student Author" width="200" height="250" />A sprinkle of inspiration, a dash of music, and a boatload of writing; these were the main ingredients that drove the self-publication of my debut novel, <em>The Uncommon</em>, at 18 years old.</p> <p><em>The Uncommon</em> combines my two lifelong passions—music and writing. The coming-of-age novel follows five high school musicians from New Jersey who form a rock band and realize that they all have one thing in common: they’re all uncommon from the rest of society.</p> <p>Each of the characters have different backstories that make them unique, and they’re able to form everlasting friendships with one another through the power of music. The thematic combination of friendship, growth, aspiration, and music holds a very special place in my heart as it reflects upon my own life and virtues.</p> <p>I wrote <em>The Uncommon</em> to inspire readers that being uncommon is an idea that should be embraced. So many young adults struggle with fitting in, but these five characters show that being different from society should be valued because it’s what brought them together in the first place.</p> <p>They show that individuality is a wonderful thing, since it has the power to teach you about your true self, and help you understand exactly who you want to become. Without being true to themselves, their journey would never happen.</p> <p>A book is more than just words on pages. Books send messages to their readers with the power to change lives, while transporting them into captivating worlds.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6168-student-music-lover-published-author">Read More ...</a></p> Malibu: Bringing the West Coast to West Long Branch 2018-09-19T13:51:04-04:00 2018-09-19T13:51:04-04:00 https://204.152.149.22/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6144-malibu-bringing-the-west-coast-to-west-long-branch JENNA PUGLISI | FEATURES EDITOR s1049128@monmouth.edu <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/2/Features/Malibu_West_Long_Branch.jpg" alt="Malibu West Long Branch" />By now, most Monmouth students have heard of Malibu. But if you haven’t had a chance to jam to their beachy vibes yet, you’ll definitely want to add them to your playlist.</p> <p>The band consists of Scott Buksbaum (bass/vocals), Ray Laux (guitar/vocals), Eric Schwartz (guitar), and James Spavelko (drums). Since coming together to create music as freshmen last year, the members of Malibu have experienced major success.</p> <p>To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Malibu has over 14,000 Spotify streams on the song “Brighter Blue.” They also recently announced that they will be supporting Natalie Claro during her upcoming tour, throughout October.</p> <p>In regard to how they began to create music together, Buksbaum, a sophomore music industry student, said, “I knew Ray through a couple classes and I knew he played guitar and sang, so I asked him if he wanted to start a band. I never met Eric before our first band practice, and I met James through a mutual friend.” Once they began to play together, there was instant chemistry.&nbsp;</p> <p>Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth’s student-run record label, has infinitely helped Malibu grow as artists. Schwartz, a sophomore political science student, said, “Blue Hawk Records gave us our first outlet to write and record our songs, which we’re really grateful for.”</p> <p>“We recorded and released ‘Brighter Blue’ with them, which has since been our most successful song. They’ve also given us plenty of opportunities to perform on and off campus, letting us reach a bigger audience,” he continued.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6144-malibu-bringing-the-west-coast-to-west-long-branch">Read More ...</a></p> <p><img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" src="https://outlook.monmouth.edu/images/articles/2018-2019/91/2/Features/Malibu_West_Long_Branch.jpg" alt="Malibu West Long Branch" />By now, most Monmouth students have heard of Malibu. But if you haven’t had a chance to jam to their beachy vibes yet, you’ll definitely want to add them to your playlist.</p> <p>The band consists of Scott Buksbaum (bass/vocals), Ray Laux (guitar/vocals), Eric Schwartz (guitar), and James Spavelko (drums). Since coming together to create music as freshmen last year, the members of Malibu have experienced major success.</p> <p>To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Malibu has over 14,000 Spotify streams on the song “Brighter Blue.” They also recently announced that they will be supporting Natalie Claro during her upcoming tour, throughout October.</p> <p>In regard to how they began to create music together, Buksbaum, a sophomore music industry student, said, “I knew Ray through a couple classes and I knew he played guitar and sang, so I asked him if he wanted to start a band. I never met Eric before our first band practice, and I met James through a mutual friend.” Once they began to play together, there was instant chemistry.&nbsp;</p> <p>Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth’s student-run record label, has infinitely helped Malibu grow as artists. Schwartz, a sophomore political science student, said, “Blue Hawk Records gave us our first outlet to write and record our songs, which we’re really grateful for.”</p> <p>“We recorded and released ‘Brighter Blue’ with them, which has since been our most successful song. They’ve also given us plenty of opportunities to perform on and off campus, letting us reach a bigger audience,” he continued.</p> <p class="feed-readmore"><a target="_blank" href ="/index.php/features/152-volume-91-fall-2018-spring-2019/6144-malibu-bringing-the-west-coast-to-west-long-branch">Read More ...</a></p>