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Get the Most Out of Your Mornings

Morning RoutineWhat’s the first thing you reach for the instant your eyes open in the morning? I bet it’s your smartphone. And within 105 seconds, you’ve check your inboxes, Instagram, Facebook and everything else in the digital world, right?

I used to do this too. And before 7:05 a.m., I’d already feel stressed out. My heart would race at the touch of a mailbox icon, which flooded requests, questions, comments and calendar invites into my brain all at once.

This still happens whenever I let it, but those first 10 minutes after waking are the most potent for setting the tone for your entire day. What if you spent those 10 minutes differently? Here’s how, on my best days, I set up for a badass 24 hours, feeling like a total boss:

Layout Your Clothes Before Your Shower.

I got this advice from a friend, and it feels totally glam without costing a thing. Often on my commute home the night before, I consider my plans for the next day and what I’m going to wear. This is a massive time-saver!

Then, before I hop in the shower, I lay my outfit for the day out on the bed — accessories included. I pretend a personal stylist did it for me.

Awake With Intention.

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Women Can Do it!: Making Waves in the Music Industry

Women in Music Industry 1The music industry is always changing and evolving; the women involved in the music world are seek-ing a greater change and overall acceptance. While women have come a long way since the beginning of the 20th century, the amount of women involved in music compared to men is nowhere near the same--and it’s not because women have no interest.

Though there are a number of people that feel as though there is an equal playing ground for every-one. The industry, though it may seem like many other ‘businesses’ in the sense that it is or is not equal, provides society with the opportunity to see musicians under a different light.

Marc Muller, adjunct professor in the music department and professional song writer and musician who has played with big acts in the industry from Rush to Taylor and Shania Twain, said explained women in the industry, painting them as role models to look up to.

Muller said, “Ever since Bessie Smith sang out and signed with Columbia Records in the 20s as a black woman in segregated America to Lady Gaga leaping into the Super Bowl Halftime show with Woody Guthrie’s protest song, women have earned their plave in a male dominated business without ques-tion.” 

At Monmouth University, there are many students who spend a lot of their time over at Lauren K. Woods Theatre learning music and skills to prepare them for the industry.

Most of the time, you’ll see women practicing dance, theatre, or singing, while men strum away on guitars and bang on the drums. It’s as if women aren’t allowed to enter the man world of ‘real’ hard rock.

Kelli Misenheimer, a sophomore music industry student, explained how she grew up and wanted to pursue music: people thought she was crazy, irresponsible, and everyone discouraged her from learn-ing an instrument.

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The Impact of Growing up Exposed to Disability

Impact Exposed to Disability 1“That’s so retarded.”

Every time I hear the word ‘retarded,’ I cringe; what do people really know about the use of the word and why is it used as an insult so frequently?

Growing up with a mother who worked with special needs high school students and growing up with a cousin that had severe cerebral palsy, I knew that the use of the word ‘retarded’ was completely inappropriate.

However, the word is still spewed from mouths of those who just don’t understand the connotation of it or why it is so inappropriate.

For many, disability isn’t something that is prevalent in everyday life. Furthermore, many people didn’t grow up with a stark exposure to disability and therefore, don’t know the proper way to act around those who have disabilities.

The exposure to disability at a young age, whether it is mental or physical, affects children positively because they see people with disability as equal to themselves. To them, there is no disability at all, just another possible friend.

Skip Carey, Director of Disability Services, stated, “Such exposure [at a young age] allows for an opportunity to ‘see ability, not disability’ in an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance.”

If one grows up with an understanding of disability, it makes it easier to have a more open mind to acceptance for those who are different than us.  

“Living and working with people with disabilities promotes a sense of inclusion rather than isolation, and helps to level the playing field when it comes to equal access to opportunities that should be available to everyone – including people with disabilities,” Carey continued.

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Split from the Stereotype

The Problematic Portrayal of Mental Illness in Movies

Mental Illness in MoviesThe true terror that fuels scary movies has no longer become about the suspenseful plot or the battle between good and evil, but rather the minds of the villainous characters that are made to seem so inhuman in order to partake in such terrible activity.

For decades, movie writers and producers have preyed on mental illness as a way to entice moviegoers to buy tickets for horror films. Numerous movies have leveraged mental disorders in hopes of making their main characters more complex and unique. While this may help in creating a more obscure plot, it subsequently creates a harmful notion that those who struggle with mental disorders, such as dissociative identity disorder, should be feared. This problem has come to the big screen yet again through M. Night Shyamalan’s Split.

This suspense movie centers on the persona of a mentally ill serial killer named Kevin, who also goes by Hedwig, Patricia, Jade, Barry and a handful of other personalities that come alive in the film. As seen in the trailer, Kevin kidnaps three teenage girls from inside the doors of their unlocked car. His illness is the centralized theme in the movie as he preys on these three young girls through his 243personalities. We are first introduced to the notion that the kidnapper has a mental illness when the young girls scream for help after noticing what they believe is a woman wearing high heals through the crack of a door. It’s soon revealed to the young girls that this is the same man who kidnapped him, and the first plot twist of the movie is set into action.

Filming a movie about a person with dissociative identity disorder (D.I.D) as the main villain becomes problematic to not only those who struggle with the disorder in real life, but the audience and society as well. Through the messages in this movie (that those with D.I.D. are dangerous to themselves and to others) we are subconsciously misinforming society on what we know of this mental illness.

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Why All Men Should be Feminists

Men FeministsI am a feminist. Queue the questions and judgements. Yes, you heard correctly, I am a feminist, I am not a female, and feminism isn’t a women’s issue.

Merriam-Webster defines feminism as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”

Sadly, we’ve grown up in a society that color-coded infants according to gender; boys in blue, girls in pink. This socialization is something that causes a rift between the two genders rather than considering them both as equal.

This goes beyond color-coding; the toys children receive are also based on the parents and society’s views on what’s culturally appropriate per gender role.

Parents often gift male children with toy trucks, superheroes, and anything that would promote aggression and an authoritative mindset, while female children predominately receive dolls, doll houses, and dress- up kits which endorse nurturing and communal contiguity meaning they get a better understanding of “family.”

I splurge these facts solely to explain that the negative male complex is related to the years of men being raised as the superior gender. And then there’s the dilemma of how society views a female that does not suit the traditional norms their families have set forth or what society is accustomed to. I would be doing an injustice if I were to attempt to define what femininity is because that definition differs from female to female.

Regardless of the female’s family norms and how society defines what being female is, the mind is the female’s and she can determine what being a female means to her. Regardless of how they define their gender, they should always be receiving respect and equality and not yearning for it.

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Avoiding the Fallout of Fake News

Fallout of Fake NewsEver since “fake news” became a talking point of the recent presidential election, the topic seems to be increasingly prevalent in the media and on the political stage.

According to the BBC, fake news is marked by dubious sourcing, vague details, a lack of reports on the topic, and a lack of clearly sourced evidence.

Dubious sourcing can mean one of two things - firstly, it can be a news source that one has never heard of before, or it can be very closely named after a real source, in the hopes of tricking readers into believing it is a legitimate source. This was the case with the Christian Times Newspaper, which was a false publication used as a source in a fake news story. In reality, the organization does not exist, but was easily confused with the legitimate newspaper Christian Times, according to the BBC.

“I recently fell for an instance of fake news myself,” said Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D., an associate communication professor. “I believe that sometimes it’s not easy to tell right away fake news from real news. However, fake news usually appears on less credible news sites or distributors of news such as Facebook, or on news aggregation sites such as Yahoo News. They are often distributed via e-mails as well. In my experience, fake news is hyper-sensational and often not well written.”

Vague details and a lack of reports on the topic are also characteristics of fake news. The information sourced can be entirely made up, or it can be exaggerated details of something that has already gone viral.

One such story was published by fake news sites including the Boston Outlet, the Denver Guardian, and the Christian Times Newspaper, claiming that a zoo in China was about to name a gorilla Harambe McHarambeface. The story brought together two viral memes of the year - the widespread Harambe meme, and the amusing story of a public vote by the British Antarctic Survey to name a new vessel, with the winning name being Boaty McBoatface.

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How Does Global Warming Affect Students?

Global Warming on Students 1When thinking of global warming, my first thought, and maybe a few others’ are: I don’t hate it, if its 60 degrees on Christmas Day. But the reality of it is that global warming is having immense effects on the environment and its inhabitants. So, just because we appreciate when its warm in December, it doesn’t necessarily mean we should be okay with it.

In order to have life on earth, green house gasses hold the heat we need. They trap the gasses and heat that are necessary, and make earth a average of 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

An article written by Elizabeth May and Zoe Caron on states that because of our own human contribution of greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere, we have increased the amount of greenhouse gasses by almost 35%.

Plainly stated, the more greenhouse gasses we have, the warmer the temperature of earth gets. The two main gasses to worry about, that humans can produce both actively and naturally, are CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) and CH4 (Methane). The same article from May and Zoe explains that CO2 is produced through “from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and oil. It also occurs naturally as it flows in a cycle between oceans, soil, plants and animals” and that MH4 is produced “by rotting garbage and wastewater, gas from livestock, and rice crops. Swamps and anything that decomposes without air naturally creates methane.”

While most of the main changes we all can make to reduce our carbon footprint are easiest when we become homeowners, there are a few easy changes we all can make without thinking and we can save the environment at the same time. First, instead of ordering that juicy hamburger at Five Guys, or buying steaks from Wegmans – try a vegetarian option instead.

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New Semester, New You: Making the Most of Spring

Making Most Of SpringAs you prepare for new classes by memorizing your schedule, seeing who is in the course with you, and adjusting to change, do not forget to take a deep breath. Last semester could have been a bit rocky, or maybe it was smooth sailing. Either way, it is in the past. Do not put yourself down because of the marks you earned or boast yourself if you did well. Taking college courses, each with different teaching styles and workloads, is not always an easy journey.

My freshmen year came easier for me than my friends. I enjoyed my classes, really pushed myself to achieve the grades and learning I wanted to, and I was motivated. Sophomore year I lost a bit of that fire. My courses were more difficult, and I had all new professors that I had to become accustomed to. Still, I pushed myself.

In college, this happens all the time; you lose motivation and dedication. Stress and anxiety can try to take over, but do not let it. You’re not alone when you’re going through these motions. It is a part of the “college experience” and growing. Once you get through a challenging course, professor, or semester, you will realize you can do anything you put your mind to.

These four years are the best years of your life, and the years that go by the quickest. Senior business student, Alison Maoli said, “I remember moving into Pinewood Hall the first day of college, and now I have about four months left. Looking back on it, I just wish I never took time for granted and learned to enjoy life more. Also, time management was a big factor and skill that I think college students need to learn.”

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How Time Management Helps you Achieve Goals

Time Management and GoalsHow can college students make time to focus on our goals in the midst of a busy semester? The answer is simple, but often ignored: time management. Time management is simply scheduling and pacing yourself, from when you work out, to when you study, to what time you can hang out with your friends and family.

While this doesn’t sound too difficult, without practicing correct time management, there is the possibility of crumbling under pressure.

However, once you get into the momentum and find a balance, it will become habitual and carry through your entire life, not just your college or career.

College is a stressful time, but life goes on and whatever seems like a big deal now will be a distant memory soon enough-so it isn’t worth the amount of anxiety we expel on current tasks.

So rather than stress over your next move, take the time and plan how you want things to go.

Travis Spencer, a freshman computer science student, stated, “My time management is setting up a routine for my entire week, so I always have a task that needs to be completed to keep me motivated.

Every day I set aside two hours for homework and have set tasks every other day of the week, from cleaning my room to doing the laundry on certain days.”

Having goals and aspirations and being passionate about them is great; however it’s important to break down each goal you have and give it a realistic timeline.

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Following Through with New Years Resolutions

Flowing New Years ResoultionsThe idea of reinventing yourself completely might be one of the biggest clichés that ringing in the new year brings. Gym memberships are purchased, diets are started, and with each new year, resolutions are made in hopes of keeping.

There’s nothing like Jan. 1 at the gym: all the machines are taken, people come out of the woodwork just to fulfill their resolutions, when in reality the regulars know it’ll only last a week.

 Making realistic resolutions seems to be the issue for most of society, because keeping them is the tough part.

Casey Hanna, a senior history and secondary education student, shared her resolution for 2017. “With field hockey, taking care of body and my health became less of a priority then it should be. For the new year I’m prioritizing myself and my needs.

With field hockey ending for me, I’m able to take care of my body, and do yoga or exercises that make me feel good.”

Hanna continued, “Eating healthy is another one of my major resolutions. Sure, everyone says they want to ‘eat healthy.’ but then give up soon after. I want to have healthy weeks, and then indulge in things I like on the weekends. Meal prepping is also becoming such a big part of my weekly routine already, and its definitely making a difference.”

By preparing a week’s amount of lunches and dinners, you’ll have more time in the week for working out or getting work done, and you’ll be less tempted to order take out when you know you have food waiting for you at home.

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Leave Our Beaches Alone

Beach ConservationAt Monmouth University and within the surrounding community, we have a responsibility towards something much bigger than ourselves. Living where we do in New Jersey, we have an obligation to protect the ocean and the local beaches that surround us. When summer ends and tourists leave, the local community members must stand up for the rights and protection of our beloved beaches.

Living less than two miles from the coast, it is hard to believe that Monmouth students can forget about the wellbeing of our beaches. Yet as usual, winter drives us from the beaches to the warmth of our homes. Again, we prove the saying is true: out of sight and out of mind.

At the end of last semester, members of the Monmouth University Surf Club were able to leave the comfort of their homes and get back to the beach.  An organization called the Surfer’s Environmental Alliance (SEA) hosted a beach grass planting event along the beaches of Long Branch. 

“For the beach grass planting we walked along the Long Branch boardwalk putting in new bundles of sea grass in the many empty spaces that were left after construction of the boardwalk finished up,” said senior Surf Club member Zack Karvelas.

Karvelas continued, “I want to make more of an effort to participate in the preservation and protection of our precious ocean. It’s important to be aware of the issues surrounding our ocean and beaches, especially for us Monmouth students who go to school at the beach.”

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