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Student Interviews State Senator Jennifer Beck on Plans to Help College Grads Find Jobs

For the first time in New Jersey state history, an all-female assembly district and senate in Monmouth County's District 11 was elected on November 8.

Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande, Mary Pat Angelini and State Senator Jennifer Beck were elected.

During an interview last Tuesday, Beck discussed her plans as State Senator, including helping the struggling job market, mainly re-energizing the economy with graduating college students.

Prior to the election, Beck was State Senator of District 12, but due to redistricting ran and won District 11. Beck is a graduate of Boston College, where she majored in mathematics and physics. She has a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Beck serves on the Environment and Energy Committee along with the Judiciary Committee. She believes in reducing government involvement in the private sector and spending on infrastructure projects to put people back to work.
She also believes that the state should help college students with financial aid.

Beck has two major objectives during her term as Senator and these are education reform and property tax reform. She said, "We have so many failing school districts in the state of New Jersey that are leaving our young people with not a lot of opportunities in the future."

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What the 2012 State of the Union Address Means for Students

beckCollege just may become more affordable and less of a hassle for graduate students concerned with paying back their loans. For those who watched President Obama's State of the Union Address last Tuesday, Obama proposed a number of ideas that could help college students breathe easier. He said that he intends to find ways to extend tuition tax credit, keep student interest rates from rising, and keep tuition down. However, while the ideas may seem attainable, they were only suggestions and ideas with no specific plans to carry them through.
Dr. Michael Phillips-Anderson, an Assistant Professor of Applied Communication, expressed concern over how Obama's plan for the economy may affect future University graduates. "There really isn't that much the President can do to affect the economy. Interest rates are at historic lows, but businesses aren't borrowing. The President did not call for large scale stimulus spending which is what economists like Paul Krugman have argued is
the fastest way to get the economy growing," Phillips-Anderson said. In regards to interest rates on student loans, Obama highlighted that they are set to double in July unless Congress acts against it.

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Grad Student Recounts Chaos Aboard the Costa Concordia

It was a trip meant to be the memory of a lifetime, but not the way most people thought it would be. On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia, the largest Italian cruise ship in history, was five days into its Mediterranean cruise when the vessel struck a rock off the island of Giglio. A passenger aboard the Costa Concordia, University graduate student Addie King, 26, recalls her blissful vacationturned- tragedy as pure "pandemonium."
King and her husband, Michael Stoll, began their trip in Barcelona, Spain to visit King's sister. They descended onto the cruise (her first) January 9, unaware of the adventure that awaited them. They had stopped at different ports, including Sicily and Rome.
According to telegraph., the timeline of the night's events occurred as follows. The granite outcrop had torn a massive hole in its hull at 9:42 pm, when the married couple was enjoying their dinner on the second-floor dining room of the Costa Concordia. The captain allegedly went off-course in the cruise, taking the ship closer to shore than usual. With the hull opened up, water began pouring into the bottom of the ship. Instantly, silverware, plates and glasses began flying off the tables. Lights immediately went out, and came back on. "And things started to tilt," King remembers.

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Google+ is the New Facebook

Google+The first day Google+ opened to the public in early September of last year, I was quick to make an account. After getting tired of all the undesirable changes to Facebook and the long list of “friends” that I haven’t spoken to since high school, you could say I was ready to break out and start over.

It was easy to start my Google+ account. All I had to do was type in my Gmail e-mail account name and password and I was on my way to my first +1. A couple hours and a TV dinner later, I had established a few circles (Google+ groups for people you follow), and my Google+ account was officially active.

Google+ is an innovative social media platform that resembles a mixture of both Twitter and Facebook. The executives at Google give its users the tools to have people follow you, for example my old high school friends, without requiring me to follow them back. This unique tool allows users to follow celebrities and comment on their posts without having to actually be their “friend.”

Google+ also gives the user the opportunity to filter and edit posts easily without any significant character limit. Being able to filter and edit posts makes privacy an easier aspect to reach in the social media world. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have complicated privacy settings that can just be plain frustrating.

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Bye Bye Polar Bears

polarbearThe first day of February has finally arrived. Instead of everyone putting on their winter coats before heading out, they are grabbing their sunglasses and slipping on their sandals.

There is something wrong with this picture, but it’s reality. This is all because of a little something called global warming.

While most people think this is a hoax that someone started just to get the world in a frenzy of spending tons of money on “going green,” I believe that it is true. If someone else would like to explain the snowstorm in October and the summer weather in February, feel free. Until then, I am sticking with global warming.

Many people have heard the term before but not everyone knows what it means. Global warming is literally exactly what it sounds like, the warming of the planet. It is a result of the “greenhouse effect.” According to, the “greenhouse effect” is gases that let light in but keep heat from escaping, kind of like the walls of a greenhouse.

There are several different things that cause global warming. Coal burning power plants and cars are the largest sources. According to, the US is the largest source for carbon dioxide pollution.

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Reality TV is Not Going Anywhere

toddlers and tiarasI am so sick of reality TV, and I know I’m not the only one. It all started with “The Real World,” which had a great concept of a new kind of show for the typical MTV viewer.

We had never before seen a show in which people voluntarily had their lives taped for national viewing, but nevertheless, “The Real World” was a hit.

We have seriously come a long way from those seven strangers who were picked to live in a house and have their lives taped.

Reality television, it’s safe to say, has become a cringe worthy obsession of our generation and even our society as a whole.

Wonder what it’s like to be a hoarder, to live in clutter and filth with nothing to look forward to except the next item to add to the collection?

Look no further than TLC, “The Learning Channel.” It will teach you a thing or two. Take an in-depth look into the lives of unstable people who don’t know how to let go of something as simple as an empty picture frame, because they have developed some sort of emotional relationship, with not even the picture inside, but the frame itself. If you wondered what it was like to let “things” take over your home and life, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” can show you exactly what it’s like.

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That Awkward Moment When... Your Boyfriend Leaves You to be Eaten by Jaws

My hands glide through the water as I pretend to not clumsily paddle deeper into the ocean.

The foam surfboard is underneath me, the sun beaming high above me, and my boyfriend’s glistening in sweat and salt water a couple feet beside me.

My bikini has never looked so good against my smooth tan skin.

I sit up straddling my board and look back towards shore.

It’s the most perfect day a girl could ask for.

I gaze at my boyfriend as he paddles to catch a wave; his arms outstretched showcasing his hardworking muscles.

His wet hair whips back as he jumps up on the board and rides effortlessly to shore.

I’m immediately thrown into a daydream where I’m a helpless city girl visiting the beach who gets swept away. My boyfriend must swim after me, his arms paddling viciously against the cruel ocean.

Wave after wave crashes over me as time dwindles on his life saving mission.

He finally reaches me, his hands strongly taking hold of my weak body. “I’ve got you,” he whispers in my ear as he guides me back to land.

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diversityIn lieu of Black History Month, the topic of diversity is more aware among the students.

This time of the year, I usually sit back and reflect on the diversity at the University.

I am sure you remember orientation, when it was stressed that the University has a diverse campus.

Diversity here has been one of the University’s selling points in the last 10 years.

Unfortunately, many students look at the university’s claim of diversity as a ploy for enrollment.

Students laugh at the thought of campus being incredibly diverse, but despite popular belief, I disagree.

According to, diversity is the state or quality of being different or varied. Wait, what? Diversity isn’t just the differences between races?

The common misconception is that diversity is only the difference in peoples’ race.

This is where some students are extremely naive.

Not only does diversity account for differences in race and ethnicity, it can account for a slew of other traits in a person.

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Music and Your Mood

Music has power to alter the moods of all those who come to hear it. In the past, some types of music have had the ability to start riots, while other kinds can promote peace. Some tunes can make someone fall in love, while other songs can encourage hate.

Does music have some mind-altering power? I absolutely think so.

Since the spirit of music is so influential, it is vital to deliberate what style of music is appropriate in specific situations.

First step in judging what music is most proper is to consider all types of music. There is a time and place that fits all music whether it’s rock and roll, rap, hip-hop, soul, R&B, electronic, or soft instrumental Jazz!

The second step is to scan the area in which the music is going to be played.

The atmosphere in the room should somehow reflect the music playing. After attending many music festivals, I have seen this phenomenon first hand.

While hopping from shows to see a variety of different bands, I have seen how the music can change an attitude in a heartbeat.

Music can influence people into having a good time or do the very opposite.

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Three...Two...One...Happy New Year!

new year resolutions“I’m going to get back in shape.” “I’m going to quit smoking.” “ I am going to do more for the community.” These phrases seem to be part of every conversation from December 26 up until after New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s resolutions seem to have become a cultural norm during the holidays, but at the same time people have become so desensitized that there is really no true desire behind these self improvements for the New Year.

If we make these empty promises every year that never get seen through, a question comes to mind, why?

Let’s face it, most of us who decide to take on a New Year’s resolution and end up forgetting about it, or give up by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. So why bother if we are not going to fully commit? Advertising has a part in it.

Usually around the holiday season, there are tons of commercials that offer great deals on gym memberships, or support groups to help you quit smoking. Even restaurants and other vendors create drinks, food, and hold retail sales that will “help you start off New Year resolution right.”

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Beyoncé’s Blue Baby

beyonce4 vma 2011We all know how ridiculously famous Beyoncé is: there is no one out there that doesn’t know of her existence. She can even make grocery shopping look fierce.

No one can resist from busting out of their chairs every time her hit “Single Ladies” comes on, doing their best interpretation of Beyoncé.

Don’t sit there and shake your head, you know you’ve done it. For the people who are reading this and going, “I’ve never, ever done that,” you’ve probably done it the most, don’t deny it.

Straying away from Beyoncé wannabes, her career is immense; filled with Destiny’s Child and solo album hits.

If you had to look to any one celebrity, to see who did everything right it would come down to one word: Beyoncé.

A few years after marrying the infamous rapper Jay-Z, they kicked their marriage up a notch (or nine months to be exact) and announced that they were going to have a baby.

Let’s back track to last years VMA’s: Beyoncé comes out on stage singing her song “Love on Top,” the song that would make you reach for the volume and turn it up to its loudest. Through the entire performance she’s dancing and singing, making it seem effortless, while wearing a glittery blazer.

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