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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Bad Boys Rule

default article imageThere is an old saying: “When one door closes, another door opens.” The person holding that door open is a gentleman - silently nodding, waiting for a reply. If that does not sound appealing to you, the female reader, then how would you feel if he slowly closed the door with a wry smirk on his face as you shuffled to it, adjusting the bag or backpack on your shoulder, only to grab the door’s handle three inches before it closes. Would you begin to feel something other than anger? Would you feel curious about the kind of audacity it takes to do things without caring for others? Could you make him be more sincere?

If the second scenario sounds more familiar, you may be attracted to a bad boy. While the scenario is hyperbolic, I believe the feeling of being left in the dirt by someone can make you want them even more as a romantic partner. The door can be locked in my face, and I will still try to pick at the lock, hoping that I bent my confidence into the correct shape. This effort is all for the non-existent opportunity to suggest that the dinner table I set up at her doorstep is pretty exquisite.

The key element of a ‘bad boy’ girls admire is a smooth combination of class and care. The quality of this combination is so refined that it beats that of any Valentine’s Day box of chocolates from a secret admirer. The bad boy dresses in a particular fashion and sticks to it. He wears his favorite cologne and pretends the air around him isn’t enchanted. Everything about him is recognizable, and girls want him to recognize them. In this case, the bad boy blocks his door of opportunity with a metaphorical sofa. It can still be opened, but it will take a lot of effort. 

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Winter Olympics Cheering on USA!

Winter OlympicsUSA! USA! USA! Although the United States does not dominate the Winter Olympics like they dominate the summer Games I am all for it. PyeongChang is 14 hours ahead of the East Coast, but that does not stop true fans from watching the events.

Sure, you could watch the recorded footage during the day, but the die-hards wake up early and stay up late. On the second day of the games, I set my alarm for 6:00to watch the opening ceremony. I watched with my eyes half-open as Team USA paraded out.

I have napped during the day just so I can stay up late at night. I was able to see Chole Kim win her first Gold Medal in Snowboarding Halfpipe at the ripe old age of 17. I saw Shaun White recapture Gold with his victory run down the pipe. I screamed as Adam Rippon, who is from my hometown, skated his heart out and won Bronze in the Team Skate.

The fact that an Olympic Athlete is from my hometown has made these Games even more special. Although I have never met Adam in person, I attended high school with his younger sister. Rippon has won the hearts of the American people and fully embodies the true meaning of sports and most importantly the Olympics.

Unfortunately, many people do not watch or even think about the Winter Olympics. To some, it is just variations of the same snow sport. But, there are some crazy sports out there that are interesting to watch. Who would think that someone would want to zoom down an ice slide head-first on a sled? You can watch athletes do flips and twists 20 feet in the air, or watch skiers shoot at targets with a rifle. What a wild combination. What a great opportunity to explore new winter sports.

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Summer: Vacation vs. Internship

Summer Vacation InternshipWith temperatures just creeping over 60 degrees this past week, it is safe to say that summer is approaching. I know, I know, that silly groundhog thinks otherwise and we haven’t even begun midterms yet, however, this semester is flying by and it will be coming to a close before we know it.

With the conclusion of another school year comes the freedom and sunshine of the summer months, as well as looming responsibilities. Take a minute to think about how many conversations you’ve overheard on campus regarding internships. Personally, I have heard at least four, and know that that number is only going to grow as the next few months continue to whiz by.

While I am excited that my fellow classmates are eager to prepare for their futures, I cannot help but wonder, at what point are we trading our happiness and three-month hiatus from school for the monotonous routines we will likely fall into once we make it to the “real world” and sell our souls for the 9-5 lifestyle.

I feel like there are two types of college students: those who cannot wait to jump into their careers and those who are comfortable with the ease and flexibility these four years offer. I definitely identify more so with the latter. Not to say I am not motivated and excited for what my future holds, that is not at all the case, but at 21-years-old, the uncertainty of the future is both thrilling and equally terrifying.

For me, summer has always marked the beginning of a new chapter, one with countless hours spent at the beach, endless nights with my friends and one too many sunburns. Like so many others, I live for the summer: and how could you not?

If you are like me and live in a beach town, you’ve experienced firsthand what a 360 our towns go through as soon as Memorial Day Weekend rolls around, all the way up to the end of Labor Day. How on earth am I supposed to trade my days spent staring off into the abyss of the Atlantic Ocean, for days staring at a computer screen hours on end?

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Collecting Items: Godzilla Edition

Godzilla EditionThe action figure store is a perfect place for a 20 year old. I knew this when I was in my suburban neighborhood home, cleaning the area around my daikaiju, or “giant monster,” action figures over my closet. It was my favorite activity when I went home from college on the weekends.

The wall had two long, wooden planks drilled into it that I treated with the utmost respect. It was my Toho Shrine -- a setup in my room with a plethora of six-inch tall, giant monster action figures. Most of it is dedicated to monsters in Godzilla movies; the center-piece is a fat, Funko Pop! doll of Godzilla with bulbous, white eyes and a mouth stuck in a permanent roar.

When I was three years old, my dad was driving me home from Montessori Academy when he said he had a surprise for me. This was when I used to live in Brooklyn. Upon entering my apartment, I found a box-set of Godzilla movies waiting for me on the dining room table.

When I was six years old, I found my first Godzilla figure in a toy store: a light grey, 1954 version. This purchase, or my mother’s in this case, was the start of my ever-expanding collection of figures fueled by my interest in Godzilla.

I love collecting “Big G” figures because it still reminds me of different forms of strength. If we can cut toxic people from our lives like Gigan can slice through objects with his bladed hands, wouldn’t our social lives be amazing? If we can love something or someone with passion as fiery as Godzilla’s atomic breath, wouldn’t we feel the most alive? Every monster is an example of a type of strength inside you.

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The Real Meaning of Valentine's Day

V Day MeaningValentine’s Day has become a holiday where having a significant other is the only thing that many focus on. This can be seen by scrolling through any social media or watching television shows that display people crying if they do not have someone to spend the day with. And, if they do have someone they are thrilled.

This, however, is not the only part of Valentine’s Day that matters!

When looking back on my childhood, I realized that Valentine’s Day was about loving those around you -- your family, your friends, your teachers. Anyone who touched your life and caused a positive impact is someone that deserves your attention on the special day. When sitting in the second grade, your teachers explain that you are allowed to bring in Valentines for your classmates.

Even though you may have given the girl who sits next to you the “ugly” sticker or the boy across the room a card of the valentine you did not like, the act of giving your kindness to all was practiced. This was something that impacted me immensely because, after reaching a certain point in your life, you realize that there are those you may not agree or get along with, but you have to be able to manage working with them. Teachers have been attempting to teach children this since the beginning and it is something that all should realize is important.

Another way that Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in an “unusual” way is through showing your love for your family. So many people stress over not having someone but we neglect the people we do have!

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Political Usage of Social Media: A War of Words

Political Usage Social MediaHow does a President interact with their citizens?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once led the Nation through the Great Depression, reassuring his citizens with a series of fireside chats via radio. Richard Nixon holds the record for most Oval Office addresses on television. Donald Trump addresses his constituents with 140 characters through Twitter.

It seems that whenever he sends a tweet, news organizations flock to what he has to say. This phenomenon is due to the amount of weight a tweet of his possesses. In his first year as Tweeter-in-Chief, he has had so many precedents. He tweeted his proposal to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, announced a travel ban on Middle Eastern countries, and informed the country of his two-week “working” vacation on a Bedminster, NJ golf course.

He has also remarked on Confederate statues being toppled, asking if Washington or Jefferson would be next. Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was scurrilously pardoned via Twitter. One day after the Las Vegas shooting, the biggest mass shooting in American history, Trump tweeted the “FAKE NEWS” fabricated this event. When a typo happened, the infamous “Covfefe” incident, it was played off as a secret code word. But, even a typo gained national news coverage.

What alarms me the most is his candor when tweeting. He is unafraid to call people out by name and insult them, mainly, North Korea’s Kim Jung Un. He has called the North Korean leader “short and fat”, and appeasing Un with the nickname “Rocket Man”. On Jan. 2, Trump tweeted a threat to Kim Jung Un: “…Please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

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Dressing for the Day

Dressing For The DayWhen I was in high school, some clothes just didn’t fit my body and style. I looked at how the other guys dressed: t-shirts, sweats, hats -- casual wear. I was wearing the same things, but I wasn’t feeling comfortable wearing them in public. I didn’t want to adhere to the same, social dress code every day because it made me feel like I was just “sitting through” the day.

Schools celebrate differences in their students by judging their skills and talents, but it is hard to judge dress when everyone looks as “special” as a grain of sand. During my first year of high school, however, the morning announcer declared over the intercom that Feb. 11 was going to be the school’s “Dress to Impress Day.” Everyone was allowed to dress as sophisticated as they pleased. I knew Feb. 11 was the day I would dress sharp enough for me to be able to cut enough class for ten people.

It is not easy putting on a thick, brown suit jacket after gym class. Did I look good, though, or did I look great? I didn’t care that the sweat on my hairline made me look like a seagull who earned a ribbon of participation instead of his flight license. I was on cloud nine.

During Language Arts class, my white dress shirt inhaled air as I tugged at the collar. My classmates and I were working on what we called “Do-Now’s,” worksheets that asked a few questions on what was covered last class. That day, we also had a substitute teacher. He was an elderly man who busied himself with his Monroe Township Newspaper as we worked on our assignments.

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Today's Hookup Culture

default article imageIf you are having trouble finding a snack to have with your Netflix Original, the odds are you can get one through your refrigerator - or through your direct messages. You may want that “sweet treat” to chill with you, but you are split between the happiness that it might bring and the shame you will feel afterwards for indulging.

Hookup culture stems from not wanting to have a serious, romantic relationship, but still wanting the personal connection. These casual relationships have become the norm for younger generations.

I think it is natural to want an intimate experience with someone under the right conditions. It is alright to want to leave the emotional baggage at the door. The nuts and bolts of hooking up appear to be simple. However, before you enter through the door, it’s best to know what kind of person they are. Learn a little about their interests and who they are as a person.

Do they like sports, or do they prefer watching anime? Are they shy, or are they extroverted? The more you are on the same wavelength with the person, the more you have a chance of actually enjoying their presence. Having conversations about these topics can help increase your level of comfort with each other and create less awkward situations.

And, perhaps this could turn into more than a one-time thing. A real, meaningful relationship may develop.

If meeting a person “in person” is too intimidating, it can be more convenient to hookup with someone with the aid of online applications. Tinder, Grindr, and Bumble are options that allow users access to each other’s’ profiles in order to swipe an opportunity for a chance in the bedroom. This is especially useful because each profile has a biography you can read to let you know if you are compatible.

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Endless Possibilities of Travel Destinations

default article imageItaly, Britain, France, Germany, Austria: the possibilities of travel destinations are endless. When picking somewhere to travel, one may think that planning a vacation or trip is a lot of work. Sure it can be exhausting, but once it is all planned out, enjoyment of your trip can actually begin.

When you arrive at a certain place, the possibilities of activities are truly endless. The food, the sightseeing, and the people you travel with will make your trip complete. If you do not like the idea of getting on a plane, a road trip to anywhere would be just as great of a trip. A nearby state, or just an hour or two away to somewhere you’ve never been still counts.

Wherever the interest comes from, the trip should be something that will be remembered. Deciding on where you go truly depends on personal preferences. Temperature is one of the biggest decisions of a trip and how you map out your time there. One can either be pulled to the warm weather days of Mexico or the chilly mornings of Canada.

Personally, I prefer the heat of tropical islands and other warm places before the cold. I like to make the best of my trips and try to do things that will be memorable to me.

Every trip I go on my goal is to try something new; either food or activities. I find the most fun branching out with excitement and curiosity in my heart. By the places I’ve traveled to you can obviously see that. Some of my favorite destinations I’ve traveled to are Spain, California, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. Because these are my top four travel destinations, I will always suggest them to someone who is looking to travel.

With all of those destinations, I have managed to stick to what I want as well as trying something new. I went hiking to natural pools in Spain, saw new sights in California, swam with dolphins and seals in the Bahamas, and ventured to local hotspots in the Dominican Republic.

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Social Media Stalking

default article imageWalking around campus you see at least a hundred faces in one day. Some are your friends, acquaintances, or just plain strangers. Thanks to social media, and a simple click of a button, we can keep up with everyone’s online lives via innocent online stalking. We’re all guilty of it.

We know specific details about individuals we have only met once. You know that the kid in your math class has an Aunt Judy and that her birthday was last weekend. You know that Kate in your Sociology class went to a concert last weekend in Asbury Park.

Whether it be Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, social media stalking has definitely become a norm in today’s society as a way to find out how a person portrays their life on a screen versus in real life. Social media accounts are said to be the perfect way to present our lives to others, but of course only what we want other people to see.

We’ve all been in this situation, the late night Instagram scroll when you’re lying in bed ready to fall asleep. You come across someone’s photo and you like it, then you click on their page and do some more scrolling on there. You can even see someone you’re interested in or have seen before on campus, so you decide to click the tag and do some more searching.

Now, social media has become the closest and fastest way to find out any information about a person, just by simply looking at their posts and accounts. It makes it easier when we see them, there is something to talk about when you go to have a conversation with them, giving you more confidence knowing that you have something in common by what was posted.

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Rock 'N' Roll Is Here to Stay

Rock and RollMusic: it keeps the world turning. There are so many genres of music available for us to listen to; pop, rock, R&B, metal, indie, country, and electronica, to name a few. However, there is only one genre that stands out from the rest, the one genre that remains eternal; rock and roll.

First off, rock music has a unique way of combining relatable feelings with powerful instrumentals. It is for this reason that this genre provides both listeners and musicians a sense of strength, courage, and exhilaration. Nothing can compare to the electric guitar riffs charging through your body, the upbeat drums beating with your heart, the thumping bassline that keeps you dancing, and the emotional vocals that leave you no choice but to sing along. However, rock music is more than just the thunderous instruments and melodious vocals. The empowerment that comes with rock music brings fans together, therefore forming a sense of community.

Rock and roll is also the most inspiring genre of music. It has the ability to motivate musicians and listeners alike to shape their lives into something magnificent. It has been inspiring people since its rise in the 1950s to the present day, from The Beatles to Fall Out Boy. Rock music has had such a significant impact in my life and was even the inspiration for the plot of my very own novel. It is mainly for this reason that rock music plays such a major role in my life.

Not only is rock the most inspirational of all genres, but it also gives listeners a burst of optimism and confidence. When I press “play” on my playlist and start singing along to my favorites, I feel like I’m ready to take on the world; especially in my car on the way to my first class of the day. Rock music gets us through hard times knowing that we’re not the only ones feeling the way we do. Overall, rock has inspired me to be more outgoing and to face my fears headfirst.

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