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Together but Alone

default article imageToday we live in a world controlled by social media. People walk with their heads buried in their phones, and they care more about likes or the latest trends than they do for each other. Many are spending time trying to perfect the latest TikTok challenge rather than with their friends and family.

Even when you are with people, are you really there? Are you fully present? Most of the time the answer is no. Being physically at a table is different from sitting there and engaging with those around you. Because of social media, conversations are half-hearted and often results in having to repeat yourself multiple times.

 “Likes” equate to popularity on social media, and the more likes and followers you have the more popular you are considered. Being popular on social media is not the same as having friends in real life. Someone on Instagram could have eight thousand followers but have no friend in real life. What many fail to realize is that it is better to have a few great friends than to have many acquaintances.

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Since When Am I an Adult?

Since WhenWith the end of the spring semester quickly approaching, one cannot help but to think about the future. Whether you are awaiting the start of the next semester or entering the real world after graduation, the future can be scary.

Shonda Rhimes once said, “We’re adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?” I can’t help but wonder, when did I become an adult or if I really ever became one.

How does someone go from a child to an adult and who makes that decision? As I get older and prepare to enter my last semester at Monmouth, I wonder what the criteria is for being an adult. For some reason, it seems as though the criteria is different for every individual. Something that might make one person an adult might not for someone else. This inconsistency causes one to wonder what is so special about being an adult.

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Time to Travel

Time To TravelWhen the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States last year, the travel industry came to a complete halt. Over the course of the summer, people began to venture out a little bit more, but mostly sticking to small road trips. With more and more people gaining access to COVID-19 vaccinations, the light is finally at the end of the tunnel. After over a year of isolation, it’s safe to say that we are itching to get out of our houses. Armed with the right precautions and equipment, travel is possible right now.

I do think it is possible to travel safely during this time, and I will be comfortable to travel. After the semester ends, I will have gotten the second dose of the vaccine, making it easier for me to be around people and travel with my friends and family. In addition to having the vaccine, I feel comfortable traveling because I will be taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of myself and others. Some of these precautions include wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding touching my face, and washing my hands often.

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Chivalry Reborn

default article imageYou know, it’s funny—people say chivalry is dead but really, it was just reinvented. According to the Oxford Dictionary, chivalry is, “the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral, and social code; Knights, noblemen, and horsemen collectively; the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, honor, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak.” Many people believe that chivalry is actions taken to make women feel good or impress them. Today that might be true, but that was not always the case.

The Knights of the Round Table are an example of what chivalry used to be. Knights fighting for their kingdom was chivalrous. Today those acts are considered heroic, not chivalrous. Today’s society finds actions such as holding open a door or pulling out someone’s chair chivalrous.

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Happy Days Full of Tasks

Happy DaysApril showers bring May flowers, but May flowers bring distraction to school and homework. With the seasons quickly changing and school coming to an end, being stuck at a desk all day while the weather is beautiful might impact how and when we get our work done.

Going to class is much harder when it’s nice out simply because we want to enjoy the beautiful weather. With the spring bringing life back to our surroundings, our motivation to stay inside significantly decreases. Students do not want to worry about going to class and sitting at a desk for over an hour when it’s 75 and sunny outside.

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What is Normal?

default article imageLife over the past year has been nothing short of crazy. One day we were sitting in on lectures, going to the gym, and attending parties with our friends. Come the next day, we were locked inside with no end to the pandemic in sight. It was a tragic and scary part of our lives in which we had no choice but to adapt. Now, most of us have adjusted to this new way of life. We moved the classroom into our bedrooms, the gym into our living rooms, and “parties’’ consist of hanging out with your parents and your dog.

However, with more and more COVID-19 vaccines being distributed every day, it’s safe to say that things are on track to getting back to normal. After over a year spent indoors, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the pandemic. However, that light might trigger anxiety for some of us who got used to the new normal. Yet, now that most of us have adjusted, I’m comfortable with this new normal we have created.

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This America is Not My America

America 1This America is not the America I understood it to be when I was a little girl. Like most kids, I lived with the false reality that everything was perfect and everyone was equal. I never thought to treat someone who didn’t look like me differently, but as I got older I realized that to a lot of people, the color of your skin matters.

What happened to George Floyd is wrong. What happened and continues to happen to people of color is unfathomable. People have become targets because of how they appear and it is not okay.

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No Weed for Thee

default article imageWith marijuana now legal in New Jersey, it calls to question what right a location has to ban the substance. Many private properties such as colleges, stores, and hotels have made it clear that the smoking of the substance will not be permitted on a property’s respective premises. While this may seem unreasonable to people who have waited a very long time for marijuana to be legal in the state of New Jersey, private properties are entitled to make these decisions.

Private institutions hold their own policies, and have the right to tell their customers or students what they can and cannot do on their property. When it comes to private places, more often than not, you must sign a contract agreeing to their terms and conditions. If you partake in smoking weed while on their property, you are breaking the contract.

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College Students: Powered by Caffeiene

College StudentsCaffeine is no stranger to students at Monmouth University. Dunkin coffee cups can easily be spotted in the hands of several of the University’s students all around campus as they rush to their 8:30 morning classes. From the on-campus coffee shops in Plangere Center to the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, there is no lack of options. Several of us have chugged cans of energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, to stay awake and study during midterms and finals.

Ever since I started commuting at six in the morning from New York for my class every Wednesday, I found myself falling into my old habit of relying on caffeine. With a Starbucks conveniently located on the route to Monmouth, I would justify picking up a cup of coffee by telling myself that it would keep me alert on the road and energized for my class.

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Statement on the Recent Escalation in Anti-Asian Violence

Statement on RecentWe, the members and supporters of Professors United for a Safe Haven (P.U.S.H.) and the Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies (PGIS), stand against anti-Asian racism and violence. Although racism and violence towards the Asian community are not new, now more than ever we must work together to break the silence surrounding these tragic events. There is no space for indifference. The Asian community requires allyship, recognition, and support.

The targeted violence that took place on March 16, 2021 in Atlanta is a tragic event. The nature of the attacks is a hate crime against Asian women. Sadly, it is one of many violent acts that have been on the rise in the United States and globally towards Asians, Asian Americans, Desi, and Pacific Islanders. This violence has been especially targeted towards women and elderly people and has increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Importance of International Women's Day

default article imageSince the beginning of time, women have been tasked with a multitude of very taxing responsibilities—bearing and caring for children, fighting for equality, and obliterating unrealistic stereotypes. Even today, women are still working to empower their daughters and fellow female figures to urge change for a better future.

While International Women’s Day lands on March 8, the whole month is designated to embrace and celebrate the vast achievements of women. Each year, a theme is provided to outline the unique issue, and 2021 brings about the theme “Choose to Challenge” to inspire the world to both recognize and challenge inequality. The remarkable day was first celebrated in March of 1911 by over a million women spanning Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany, as a means to fight for their ability to work, vote, and gain equality. Over 100 years later, women are still working towards the bettering of society for their conditions.

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