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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Benefits of Playing Golf in the Summer || Lifestyles

default article imageNot being able to see your family as much you as you like during the school year can be tough. That’s why it is important to take advantage of the summer months to bond with your family and make up for lost time. Playing golf in the summer is a great way to spend quality time with your parents and siblings!

Although it may not seem like it, golf is actually great for your body. Golf courses are typically around four miles in length so it involves a lot of walking. When you opt to walk rather than driving in a cart, you can get your heart rate up to about 100 beats per minute when you play one round in about five hours. This burns a good amount of calories, so playing golf is a way to keep your heart healthy. A person needs around 10,000 steps per day to achieve any type of weight loss. Playing an 18 hole round exceeds this number!

Golf is also a low impact activity, meaning there is not a high risk for injury. This makes the game appealing to all age groups- even grandparents! You can safely play golf with all the members of your family, rather than a sport like basketball or football where your grandparents most likely would not be able to participate in.

Playing a game like golf is also a great way to relive stress. When you play a round, there is a good amount of time in between each shot. During this time, you can clear your head or catch up with your family, which are good ways to improve your mental health. The golf course is a great, calm and relaxing place to talk to your family about anything you have been wanting to tell them. It can keep you active within your lifestyle and close to your family. Freshman marketing student Carla Puig Jou said, "My whole family plays. We spend so many hours together on the course I love it."

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Balancing Schoolwork and Extracurricular Activities || Lifestyles

default article imageHave you recently found yourself overwhelmed by both schoolwork and extracurricular activities?  Does it seem like your professors are plotting against you in order to make you more stressed than ever?  Despite what you may think, this usually is not the case.  One thing that the average Monmouth University student struggles constantly with is balance.  Balance of school, extracurricular activities, internships, jobs, the list goes on and on.  A question that we, as students, still wonder is how is it possible to manage with so many places to be involved with on and off campus?

Junior business administration student, Bobby Jones, spoke about how he handles both his academic life as well as his extracurricular activities.  Jones is a brother of Sigma Tau Gamma and has held multiple executive board positions for the fraternity.  He is also a Co-Founder of the Real Estate Club, Vice President of Inter-Fraternal Council, and currently an intern at VRI Homes.  With all this involvement both on and off campus, it would be easy to think that Jones is constantly stressed during the school year. “I like to finish my work ahead of time and stay focused until my work is done,” he said.  With this type of mindset, Jones finds himself motivated to complete his work in a timely manner.  Jones also spoke about ways in which he organizes his work to complete it. “I like to work on time management and organize with various to-do lists,” he said.  Although the amount of work Jones has, he continues to stay focused and complete any task he needs to.

Scott Buksbaum, a freshman music industry student, also is involved heavily both on and off campus.  Buksbaum is also a brother of Sigma Tau Gamma and is currently the fraternities Director of Recruitment.  On campus, he is involved in Blue Hawk Records, Blue Hawk Studio, Club Soccer and Club Boxing.  Off campus, Buksbaum is a member of the band Malibu and part of the Music Alliance.  He finds himself bombarded with work from both his academics and extracurricular activities, but still finds a way to stay focused and goal-oriented. 

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The Death of Stalin || Entertainment

Death of StalinThe Death of Stalin

Starring Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale and Jason Isaacs

Rating: ★★

20 million people killed in the span of twenty-four-years. Under USSR Dictator Joseph Stalin’s reign from 1929 to 1953, these people were killed by famine, imprisonment in gulags, executions, massacres and battle.

When Stalin finally plopped in 1953, someone had to fill in those dictator boots. Even though Stalin was seventy-four when he died, the dictatorship did not have a clear plan as to how he would be replaced.

Thus, a power-struggle ensued among his cabinet members. The two main factions of his cabinet who quarrelled over the dictatorship were divided by statesmen Nikita Khrushchev, played by Steve Buscemi, and Lavrentiy Beria, played by Simon Russell Beale.

Marketed as an outrageous comedy that pokes fun at a dark figure and critical time in history, director Armando Iannucci fails to push boundaries.

If you watch the trailer for The Death of Stalin, it seems like one of the funniest flicks of the year so far. There’s overblown orchestral music playing in the background, outlandish jokes being cracked and a critic’s remarks every five seconds saying how “hilarious” it is.

However, I maybe laughed once, possibly twice throughout the nearly two hour film.

At first, it sets the tone to be a racuas comedy. There’s a scene where Stalin calls audio recorders at a theater and requests a recording of the night’s orchestra performance in an hour.

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“Poco a Poco”: The Big Significance of Little Actions || Features

Guatemala 1This past spring break I took a 10-day class trip to Guatemala as part of the Guatemala Public Health course available here at Monmouth University. I attended the trip with students Hope Avalone, Sneha Bupathi, Megan Conchar, Dominique Debari, Caroline Hesse, Kristina Pashkevitch, and Rachel Schwerd, along with our Professor, Dr. Chris Hirschler, Chair and Associate Professor of the Health Studies and Physical Education Department, and alum Leiry Paulino, who helped translate Spanish and brought donations. Guatemala Public Health, HE-376, includes training in class on a number of public health topics to prepare students before the trip to Guatemala, as well as creating a health lesson to teach at Nuevos Horizontes, a domestic violence shelter in Quetzaltenango, through articles, films, and discussion. During my short stay in Guatemala, our class travelled to many different cities. It was in three of those cities- Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, and Antigua- that I learned a big lesson about how I act towards people and looked at myself: little actions can create big outcomes.

Our first stop was in Chichicastenango, where we visited at the city cemetery, with the most colorful headstones, but filled with trash everywhere. Our first mission was to fill up garbage bags with any piece of trash we saw, as a sign of respect for those laid to rest, as well as a way of having more people come to visit and admire the beautiful area. Each student filled about 2 or 3 trash bags. There was so much trash around the headstones. I never though that we would make any kind of dent in the cemetery cleanup, but the results were very clear- and many parts of the cemetery were significantly cleaner. We each had a small job, but with all of us working together, we were able to help make the cemetery look cleaner.

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The Power of Art: My Work in Guatemala || Features

Guatemala 1Art has always been an integral part of my life. I find that there is art in everything. It can be found in the form of beauty as in nature or in words from a speech. Before coming to Guatemala, I had the intention of focusing my work and channeling my energy into women empowerment and art. In my opinion, the two have always been somewhat of a complementary fit. After my return from Guatemala, I am able to see that I did find beauty in everything. Families in need still held together because of their hopes for the future and their gratitude for God. Women in a domestic violence shelter empowered one another after their respective struggles and remained positive for their recoveries. I went to Guatemala with the intention of offering help but instead learned so much from each and every individual I had the pleasure of coming across.

 In preparation for Guatemala, under Dr. Chris Hirschler’s instruction (Guatemala Public Health), we read various articles and watched several documentaries that highlight the struggling lives of rural Guatemalan village residents and odd-job difficulties. We were educated about domestic violence and self defense techniques so that we would be better prepared when working first-hand with the women in Nuevos Horizontes. My fellow classmates focused their health lessons on practicing self defense, engaging in music therapy and following yoga instruction and meditation techniques.

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Men's Basketball Falls to 7/8 Ranked Kentucky || Sports

M Basketball 12.09.17Men’s basketball was defeated by 7/8 ranked Kentucky Wildcats 93-76 in the Citi Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.

On a busy day in New York City that had people dressed as Santa, a rivalry game between the Rangers and Devils at The World’s Most Famous Arena, a Yankees’ trade that included one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball, and on top of all that, the first snow fall of the year. The busy day started off with a Monmouth-Kentucky game.

“I am proud because my kids kept fighting and when it’s Kentucky and they come with All-American players when they were in high school you could get discouraged but our kids did not get discouraged,” Head Coach King Rice said.

Kentucky, a team that includes at least three players to be projected drafted in the upcoming National Basketball Association (NBA), came into the game with only one loss, which was to the current second ranked team in the country, Kansas, who could be the top ranked team in the country after Duke lost to Boston College.

Monmouth lead for a total of 18 second in the game after junior guard Micah Seaborn scored a three-pointer early in the first half to make it 5-4 MU. Kentucky would make a jumper on the next possession to make it 6-5 Wildcats and they lead for the rest of the game. Kentucky started the game going man-to-man before changing to zone defense which helped them control Monmouth’s offense.

“I don’t feel like were composed enough against [zone defense].” Seaborn said. “We just passed the ball back and forth for a while instead of trying to make a play. It shook us a little."

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Men's Basketball Defeats Lehigh 80-72 || Sports

Sports M Basketball 11.15.17Men’s Basketball defeated the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 80-72 despite turning the ball over 27 times to earn their second win on the season on Tuesday night. Freshmen combined for 30 of the 80 total points on the game.

Our effort has been tremendous in all the games we've had so far,” Head Coach King Rice said. “But you can see, we're pretty raw right now."

Lehigh had an early lead against MU, up 19-11 midway through the first half. The Hawks would then go on a 12-0 run to take the lead back from the Mountain Hawks.

Our defense locked in and we started keeping guys in front of us," Rice said.

Freshman guard Deion Hammond would hit a three to give Monmouth the 26-23 lead and they would not trail from that point on. The half time score would be 33-28 Hawks.

Junior forward Diago Quinn would come alive in the second half, scoring 13 of his 15 total points half. Quinn would score nine straight points for Monmouth on four layups and a free throw, expanding the Hawks lead to 12 points late in the second half.

Monmouth would lead as much as 15 points late in the second half before Lehigh lowered the deficit to a final of eight.

"As a team we took a turn in the second half and I think we were feeding more off each other,” Quinn said. “Coach [Rice] told us we had more assists in this game compared to other games so we're starting to share the ball more so that's really what got me good looks."

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