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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

It’s A Bittersweet Symphony

Not a Goodbye, But a “See You Soon”

First and foremost, I have to say that I am still in shock that my college career is coming to an end. I still remember moving into Cedar M1 like it was yesterday. I also remember crying like a baby and having a mental breakdown after my parents left me between four cement walls.

It is quite ironic that I’ll probably be having another breakdown shortly after I walk across the stage at PNC in my cap and gown. This entire experience has been one wild ride, with ups and downs, but mostly, memories that will last a lifetime. I wouldn’t have had such an amazing experience at Monmouth if it were not for a lot of people, so I am grateful I have the opportunity to thank them all.

To my mom and dad. Where do I begin? If it weren’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be here in the first place. I could never begin to thank you enough for all that you have done for me these past twenty-one years. You both are the reason I had the opportunity to come to college, a privilege many people wish they could receive. From reading me bedtime stories (which mom claims is what “made me so smart”) to taking me back and forth to school, dance, and every other place I wanted to go, you have both been my biggest fans and greatest supporters. Your encouragement, belief in me, and constant bragging (yes, I’m talking to you dad) pushed me to become who I am today. I couldn’t have done any of this without you, so thank you. And I hope you’re ready for me to come back home after four long years of freedom.

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Thrills, Spills and Chills

The Most Exhilarating Amusement Parks Around the Area

With summer in reach, its time to start ahead on planning daily adventures. Summertime has long been appreciated by college students after two grueling semesters of hard work. Though your summer plans might be taken up by a job or internship, you are usually granted more free time that you lacked during the school year. If you want to take advantage of the warm days with old friends, the area has many amusement parks for you to consider taking a mini vacation.

At a small fee, you can enjoy these theme parks around the surrounding states throughout the summer.

Right in Jackson is Six Flags, probably one of the most frequently used and well known by University students. While many students are probably already familiar with Six Flags, this summer it is introducing a new drop ride.

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A Love Letter to Those Happily Left Behind

Everyone has a past, which means everyone has an ex. Whether it was an ex from a serious seven year relationship or just an ex that you used to drunkenly make out with from time to time. There doesn’t have to be an established title for you to know deep down inside how you felt for that person or if that person was considered an ex or not. If you were involved with him/her romantically or sexually but you aren’t anymore, that person is an ex.

What a lot of us college students need to understand is that it is okay to be single. Dr. Gary Lewandowski, the Chair of Psychology Department, said, “In fact, being single is infinitely better than being in an unhealthy relationship. Use the time that you are single to really figure out who you are and want to be, what you really want in a partner, and what you can do to be a better person so that if you do decide that you want a relationship you’re more likely to find a good one.”

Basically, do not waste your time with someone if they aren’t making you happy. Some of us learned that the hard way, but that’s alright. It is a lesson learned.

I am here today to not only acknowledge the skeletons in my closet but to express some feelings I’ve kept locked up inside. This is a letter to my past exes.

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The Committed Pig Commits to Good Eats

Manasquan Restaurant Offers Unique Burgers and Breakfast Options

Who needs to be in a committed relationship when you can be committed to the next best thing; food? The Committed Pig, located in Manasquan, NJ, will make you wonder how you ever ate a hamburger somewhere else. A little over 30 minutes away from campus, the drive will most definitely be worth it.

Cynthia Estime, a senior criminal justice major, is always willing to travel the distance for some great food. “I love food and as long as it’s not too long,” she said “I would travel a long distance to try food!”

The restaurant is open Monday through Friday for brunch between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm, and reopens from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. On Fridays you can enjoy your meal until 9 pm.

When the weekend hits, the burger and pancake house opens Saturday and Sunday from 8 am straight until 9 pm on Saturdays and 8 pm on Sundays. With hours like these, there is plenty of time for you to make your way over to the small, yet charming restaurant.

Tonya Lee, an adjunct Art and Design professor, has this restaurant on her favorites list. She said, “I have eaten at The Committed Pig a couple of times, they are one of my favorite places in the area.”

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Let New Jersey Entertain You

You Do Not Have to Travel Across the Globe to Have Fun This Summer

nj_entertainmentOur society as a whole has unintentionally caught the travel bug and the only cure is to venture, but what if you do not have the means to do so?

Most college students come into the issue of not having any money and thus, are unable to cure their wanderlust. If you are hankered down in New Jersey this summer due to this misfortune, do not think your summer vacation will be dull; believe it or not, New Jersey has much to offer.

Of course the most appealing luxury the state has is the Jersey Shore. Obviously, we are not talking about the television show, but instead talking about the majestic Atlantic Ocean and its various beaches located in New Jersey.

A junior education major, Rachel Fox, said that her favorite summer memories are provided by popular shore destination, Long Beach Island (LBI).

"LBI has a laid back atmosphere, which s perfect for relaxing vacation and of course the beaches are beautiful," Fox said. "My family goes there every year."

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We Scream for ice cream

ice_creamAs the temperature starts going up, so does the want and need of a treat to cool you down. With Monmouth being so close to the beach, students are lucky that they have so many choices when it comes to frozen delights.

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, and gelato are all popular treats when the heat gets to be too much. Places like The Light House Strollos, Carvel, Frozen Peaks, and The Corner Café are all in convenient locations for students. All you need to focus on is what you are going to get.

Everyone has those childhood memories where their parents told them they could get ice cream after they finished their dinner. Whether it was from the ice cream man, your freezer at home, or your local ice cream shop, you made sure that dinner was finished before your parents had time to change their minds.

One of the best things about being away at college is that we don't even need to finish our dinner. We can have ice cream for dinner if that is what we choose.

Just a short three minute drive can get you to one of the most famous ice cream shops known to man; Carvel. Customers get their choice between the classic chocolate, vanilla, or sherbet.

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Plan Instead of Cram

Ways to Make the Most Out of the End of the Semester

In three weeks from today, final exams start. Sometimes this quick arrival of the end of the semester and the spring sunshine can cause students to want to slack off. Skipping class for the mile-away beach, senioritis, or just not caring about the final days of class are common temptations to us.

Just because there is only about a month left of this year remaining does not mean you have to fit in every possible social outing you can and forget about school work. However, this does not mean you cannot go out because you have to slave away to school work in your room all day either.

The best way to make the most of the final days of the school year is to excel both academically and socially. There is a balance to achieving success in school while remaining a social butterfly in these last weeks.

Instead of procrastinating homework until Sunday as many students do, promise yourself to do at least one piece of it on a Friday before you go out, and some on Saturday morning. This way, you will have a lighter load come the end of the weekend and you can use the day time to relax before the busy week.

If you complete your assignments on the weekend evenings, you can spend the next couple weekend days outside enjoying the weather rather than inside cramming a paper.

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An Inside Look at Thrift and Consignment Store Shopping

thrift_store_shoppingWith the economy still in a slump, and being on a tight budget as a college student, dressing to impress can feel like an uphill battle. However, there is an oasis out there in the dry, lonely desert of college broke-ism: thrift and consignment stores. While the image of shopping at places like The Salvation Army or Goodwill might not seem ideal for fashion trends, there is a lot to offer shoppers and it allows them to buy different items that can be a good foundation to a wardrobe.

While it may seem like any other type of shopping, there are some things first timers should be aware of beforehand. The first thing is that there is a huge difference between thrift stores and consignment stores. While both do carry clothing for secondary sales, consignment shops often have newer designs and brand names stocked on their shelves. Both types are useful resources for building a fashionable wardrobe at a reasonable price, but for those who are all about the labels, consignment stores might be a better fit.

"We get clothes in daily except for Sunday, so we have new items out for our customers every day," said Taylor Desantis, the Assistant manager at Back On The Racks, a local consignment store located near Brighton Avenue in West Long Branch. "Some people can't afford clothes, so we try to offer people higher end clothes for a cheaper price." Besides saving money, there is also the chance to make money with certain stores like Back on The Racks where clothing donators get 40 percent of the sale of which their item sells.

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Delicious Delivery around the clock

Restaurants Around the University Offer Delivery Services and Low Prices

It seems like no matter where a college student is, if they are awake at 1 am, they are hungry. After all the dining halls are closed, there is only one option left, delivery. One of the many great things about the location of the University is that we are close to many delicious places that are willing to deliver until the wee hours of the morning.

Known for their fat sandwiches, Nellys Pizza is open until 4 am every single day. From pizza to burgers to burritos, Nellys will satisfy your late night cravings. Want to pretend you are being healthy? A large veggie pizza with broccoli, spinach, onions, peppers, mushrooms, black olives, and tomatoes is only $15.75. Can’t decide between pasta and pizza? Try the ziti pizza with baked ziti over mozzarella and sauce.

If you decide you do not want the usual slice, fat sandwiches have a little bit of everything. The Fat Nights is overflowing with cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, French fries, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. With over 20 sandwiches, there is something for everyone.

If you have been searching for a burger that will make your taste buds thank you, look no further.  JR’s West End will deliver burgers, wraps, French fries, and much more until 2:30 am Sunday through Wednesday and 3:30 am Thursday through Saturday.

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Post-Grad Wanderlust

Plenty of Places to Move After Graduation Other Than Back to Your Parent’s House

If you are coming upon graduation, your college days at the University are about to be a thing of the past in just one month. Even if you’ve still got a year or two left, it is never too early to start thinking of your future. These following thoughts have likely crossed your mind more than once throughout your college experience. Where will I end up? Will I have to move back home? Where can I get a decent job offering? The answer is there are plenty of places to be considered outside of the garden state. You have the power to choose where the wind takes you.

Obviously, NYC and Philadelphia are  predictable choices for students at the University. Each city has accessible internships which can lead to jobs. Both cities are close enough to visit home, but not too close to avoid it. These cities, however, are still quite familiar to many students here. Plus, they can be extremely expensive with high rent prices for small apartments.

There is no argument that just the thought of leaving the places where you grew up might seem terrifying, complicated, and a little nauseating.

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The Turning Point In Your Day

Restaurant Offers Unique Menu and Beachside Dining Experience

It is hard enough waking up for an early morning class, let alone doing it with a smile on your face. You are running too late to get coffee, lines at the Dining Hall or the Rebecca Stafford Student Center are too long and those granola bars you bought two months ago have lost their flavor. The promise you made to yourself to get a bagel after class comes to a quick halt when you realize you are sick of the same old thing.

If this sounds like you then The Turning Point, located just a few short minutes from campus, is about to change your life. Open seven days a week in Pier Village from 8 am to 3 pm, The Turning Point shows people breakfast and lunch in a whole new light.

A senior health studies major Molly Maher said, “I think The Turning Point is a great place to go to lunch with friends. The food is always good and the service is great. There is another location in my hometown that I am excited to try as well.”

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Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
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Room 260, 2nd floor

The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151