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Opinion

Are We Ever Really Satisfied?

Satisfaction in life can be subjective to how each person lives and where his or her wants lie. If people rely on physical objects to fulfill their life, their wants will be left unquenched. People will remain unsatisfied if they do not consider what would actually make them content outside of physical objects. Attempting to satisfy oneself with purchased items takes away from what people truly need.

The overbearing presence of materialism makes people believe they need the better and bigger version of something they might already have. We live in a technologically advanced age that relentlessly produces new items that are promoted as something we need. With upgraded phones, televisions, game consoles, cars, and computers, the idea of inadequacy of not only our things but of our lives’ is prompted in our minds.

As we move through a consumer focused world, we find our things representing us over our knowledge, accomplishments, ethicality, or morality—leading us to want the premium product telling the world who we are; this is mistakenly carried out by many people. When we consider what humans actually need, the list of items becomes much shorter.

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‘Eleven’ Life Lessons for an MU Student From Stranger Things

Life Lessons Stranger Things

Monmouth is no stranger to being caught up in a Netflix series, but the hype about Stranger Things has been incredible since its start in August of this year. Not only is the cast out of this world but the plot and storyline it follows twists and turns in more ways than I can count. The 11 life lessons that follow are only a few that come to mind when thinking and watching the cult series.

Stranger Thingsteaches us to stand by our friends. No matter what happens, we all have a close-knit group of friends that we can count on. The characters, Dustin, Mike, Will, and Lucas have such a special bond that they are hardly ever apart. It’s easy to say, “Hey that sounds like me and my friends,” but on campus, it is even more important to realize that you can be a part of something like that on a bigger scale.

Whether it is becoming a mentor, or joining a sorority or fraternity, the opportunities to join in on a friend group are endless! Joyce reminds us that, “You act like you’re all alone out there in the world, but you’re not. You’re not alone.” Building a bond with a group of people who love the same things you love can be such an enriching experience but to be able to keep those friends for the long run is something even more special!

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The Differences Between Jobs and Careers

Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do


When you’re a freshman it’s easy to push off the idea of what you’re going to do with the rest of your life and just enjoy your college experience. But, before you know it, it’s your senior year and you’re stressing about getting a job after graduation.

It’s a tough choice when you need to get a job, but you also need to be able to afford life after graduation. You have to choose between doing something you love, most likely a career, and doing something that will make you enough money to get by right after college, a mere job.

This is not to say that you can’t love your job, but a career is more of a whole life goal. Careers are the epitome of a happy workplace; they coincide with your major and concentration in college. Jobs, however, are more of a temporary fix for money to pay your bills. While both are important milestones in life, a career tends to be where most students are aiming to achieve.

Most of the time, jobs we’re working at while in school are paying more than starting a new job doing the thing you really love. It can be a hard decision between making enough money to support yourself, and doing the thing you love. It is important to have the money to pay any bills you have, have somewhere to live, and have enough food to eat.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Boy Meets World

Life Lessons Boy Meets World

“Feeny! Fe he he heeny!”

The iconic name rings through the ears of the die-hard fans of the 90s television show, Boy Meets World. Cory, Topanga, Eric, Shawn, Mr. Feeny and the rest of the cast of the hit show have shown its viewers what life is all about: doing the right thing, being yourself, the importance of family and friendship, and education, all while integrating classic comedy.

Doing the right thing has always been ingrained into our minds since we could walk and talk, but, the right thing is sometimes hidden beneath a plethora of options. Mr. Feeny reminds us that, “A real hero is someone who does the right thing when the right thing isn’t easy to do.”

While this could be related to just about anybody, what is so special about Monmouth is that we have an abundance of faculty members and professors that want to see us succeed in all we do; we are fortunate enough to go to a small school where our professors not only know who we are, but, are able to take notice if we’re doing well or not.

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Monmouth Hawks: Is the University ‘Nest’ Safe? Reflecting on the Campus-Wide Lockdown Prompted by a Gun Incident

The University entered a campus-wide lockdown at 9:52 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 after police received reports of a man with a gun. According to an e-mail sent by University President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D. the following day, the suspect approached two female students with a gun and demanded their cell phones; they fled and called the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), prompting the lockdown.

The suspect was apprehended at 10:52 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted at 12:11 a.m. after the campus was thoroughly searched for evidence. Later, information revealed that the attempted robbery was committed by a freshman football player wielding a fake gun. The student, Keith Williams, was arrested and is being held in jail on $100,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

No Monmouth students were harmed in the incident. However, it has brought back to light the issue of school shootings and campus safety.

“Typically, I feel pretty safe on campus,” said one editor. “We hear a lot about other schools, but I never really thought something like this would happen here. It’s when something like this happens where you start questioning the safety on campus.”

Several Outlook editors were in the Outlook newsroom, located in the Jules L. Plangere Communications Center, when the lockdown commenced. They were then stuck there, unable to leave, until the lockdown was lifted just past midnight.

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Life Lessons for a Hawk from the Presidential Election

Life Lessons Preidential Election

The meme-worthy, anxiety-inducing, and most anticipated presidential election we have all witnessed is chock-full of life lessons we can all take into consideration this year and every year after. Whether we relate these lessons to our life, career, or take them into consideration for our future. Presidential candidates, Mr. Donald Trump and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have given us plenty to think about.

All throughout this election, we have seen both candidates debate until the death whether it be over policy conflicts, the economy, society, or other matters of importance. The one thing they have shown the people collectively is to not take anything at face value.

As Monmouth students, we have a wide array of options and resources to take advantage of as far as research is concerned. Whether it be utilizing the Commuter Student Lounge on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center or spending all hours at our coveted library across campus, us Hawks are in a nest full of different assets to utilize. At times it may be hard to find “an ‘extremely credible source,’” as Trump would say, but at the library, we have hard-working staff and faculty members who will work around the clock to help you with any research.

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Monmouth Hawks: Is the University ‘Nest’ Safe?

Reflecting on the Campus-Wide Lockdown Prompted by a Gun Incident


The University entered a campus-wide lockdown at 9:52 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 after police received reports of a man with a gun. According to an e-mail sent by University President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D. the following day, the suspect approached two female students with a gun and demanded their cell phones; they fled and called the Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD), prompting the lockdown.

The suspect was apprehended at 10:52 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted at 12:11 a.m. after the campus was thoroughly searched for evidence. Later, information revealed that the attempted robbery was committed by a freshman football player wielding a fake gun. The student, Keith Williams, was arrested and is being held in jail on $100,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

No Monmouth students were harmed in the incident. However, it has brought back to light the issue of school shootings and campus safety.

“Typically, I feel pretty safe on campus,” said one editor. “We hear a lot about other schools, but I never really thought something like this would happen here. It’s when something like this happens where you start questioning the safety on campus.”

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From Friends

Life Lessons Friends

Friends always seems to be a go-to show for laughs and an easy night in. But, “They don’t know that we know that they know” that Friends is known for its continuous slew of puns, jokes, and Rachel-Ross drama. Friends has been around since 1994 and its die-hard fans can never get enough- myself included. There’s no shortage of lessons from the legendary television show, but, how easily are those lessons applied to Monmouth University students?

Living by the shore gives us Hawks easy access to all the hot spots by the ocean, but what Friends teaches us is that it’s okay to spend a Friday night in with our pajamas playing board games. Sure, it may be nice to get all dolled up and go out every weekend, but, a simple night spent de-stressing with your best pals is never a bad idea.

With workloads being at their heaviest this time of the semester, a night in may very well be needed. As Joey would say, “So why don’t you be a grown-up and come watch t.v. in the fort?”

Although some of our friends could be considered the frivolous spending Ross, Chandler, and Monicas of the group, there are still some of us penny pinching Rachel, Joey, and Phoebes of the bunch. As per “The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant,” splitting the check amongst friends can be difficult at times to say the least, because just like Phoebe, “I wasn’t like you guys, okay? I didn’t eat gold and have a flying pony.” But, being honest and open about not having enough to cover a night out is always the best option.

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Halloween 2016

Thoughts on This Year’s Costumes and Trends


Halloween 2016 1Now that Halloween has officially ended, it’s time to recap some fantastic costumes and talk about the different genres of costumes. Every year it seems like there are those who take Halloween to the max and those who take it pretty lightly. I have the utmost respect for those who take Halloween seriously.

To the girls and guys who have full-face makeup and do funky designs with body paint—kudos! People can get really creative with their painting. It’s really inspiring to see those who are artsy and/or experimental with their body paint. I know I would never be able to do it and even though I may try, it never comes out quite right.

Doing full-face makeup has two paths: artsy or scary. Some people do full-face makeup and their faces are absolutely horrifying and gory. Yet, on the other hand, I’ve seen some pretty interesting face painting that purely makes the character the person is dressing up as more realistic. For example, there are a lot of neat designs for being an alien or any type of animal. This artistic face painting was an extremely popular trend this year.

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“Grab them by [Their Intellectual Brains]”

How Female Students Feel About Republican Candidate Donald Trump’s Sexist Remarks


Grab Them Brain

With the recent presidential race, Monmouth students are continuing to form plenty of opinions on the candidates. It is well known that Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, is a feminist. However, Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has been under siege by women across the country over his crude comments and questionable attitudes toward women.

This has been an issue surrounding Trump throughout the election process, but it has been resurfaced in a big way after a recent comment of Trump’s stating that he can “do anything […] grab them by the p***y.” With such sexist remarks, women everywhere have started to fight back at Trump.

What does a campus whose ratio, according to Monmouth University’s site, of men to women is 2:3, say about Trump’s attitude toward women? Let’s hear what some of our females on campus have to say:

Coral Cooper, a junior English student:

As Trump progresses through the 2016 election, his egotistical characteristics are becoming affirmed. Within recent weeks, recordings of predatory talk and sexual assault allegations have come to surface in the news regarding the man attempting to hold the position of commander and chief of the United States.

Comments suggesting a man, especially a man with a lot of money or high social standing, can do whatever he pleases to a woman are not acceptable. The issue of sexual assault is a sensitive topic that should not be discussed so crudely. Gender equality is an ongoing issue as women still make monetarily less than men.

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Life Lessons for an MU Student From a Trip to Walt Disney World

Life Lessons Walt Disney World

As a student who is constantly working, going to meetings, and doing school work, any trip/ escape from reality helps. What we don’t realize about trips are that many of them can teach us some pretty important life lessons even while we are having fun and don’t actually realize it. Reflecting back on a Fall Break trip I took, I found that there are some pretty important and interesting life lessons I learned from my trip to Walt Disney World.

Planning makes perfect

Did you know that when planning a trip to Disney World you can make reservations for hotels 180 days in advance? And you can make reservations for FastPasses, attraction tickets that allow you to skip the stand-by lines, up to 60 days in advance! When planning a trip to Disney, there is a lot of organization and there are many deadlines involved. Keeping an itinerary and calendar are key to a successfully planned trip. This is also true to any Monmouth student! With deadlines, classes, meetings, etc. it can be difficult to keep up. What we can take away from a Disney vacation is that planning truly makes perfect and that goes for your daily life at Monmouth too!

Patience is key

We’ve all been there—waiting for a ride as perfect and incredible as Space Mountain, knowing that it isn’t going to be a short wait. Lines at Disney World for any attraction can get as long as two hours—sometimes even longer! You’ve got to pack your patience when going to an amusement park as magical and popular as this. Furthermore, it isn’t just the wait that you’re going to have to be patient with, it’s the people too. With the buzz of tons of different languages being spoken, the cries and yelps of little children who want this and that, and the roar of crowds in general, you’ve got to be patient and learn to keep calm in hectic situations.

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