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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Good Manners Don't Cost a Thing

Good Manners Dont Cost“Good manners don’t cost a thing.” I can still hear my mother repeatedly drilling this expression into my head at the dinner table. At an early age, my parents conditioned me into having a good sense of manners.

“Please” and “thank you” are two simple words that possess a power far greater than their meaning. I was constantly reminded to say, “Please” when I wanted one of my needs met and say, “Thank you” to express my gratitude.

Fifteen years later, now as a young adult, I have come to the realization that not everyone’s parents were as adamant about instilling good manners into their child.

Too often, I see doors being opened with no “thank you” following the kind act or the absence of a “please” after a request.

On a service trip with my fellow classmates, I received a “thank you” that I will never forget. I was serving an elderly man his lunch at a nursing home, and as I placed his Jell-O and mixed fruit bowl on his tray, he looked at me with the fondest smile. He said, “Thank you. I will remember the kindness you have shown me.” I’d like to believe that this is the meaning behind every individual’s use of these two words.

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Girls in Boy Scouts

Girls in Boy ScoutsMy brother, father, and grandfather have two things in common; they are all named Nick and they are all Eagle Scouts. While they belonged to different troops, they shared the same experiences and were all subject to the character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness that makes up Scouting.

I have vivid childhood memories of my father taking me to Goosepond, for family night at my brother’s summer Boy Scout camp. The yearly trip included fireside stories, ice cream, and giant blue raspberry ice pops.

I was jealous of my brother for being able to go to the camp each summer. Not only because of the campfires, ice cream and ice pops, but because of the whole camping experience. 

He hiked, swam, canoed, rock climbed, and most of all camped. There were boys in my school classes that I would see every summer at the camp. I wanted to be them. I always thought: why aren’t there any girls at this camp?

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Legalize It!

The controversy about the legalization of marijuana has been evident over the last ten years.  As society becomes more aware of the actual uses of marijuana, the more controversial the topic becomes.

Today, marijuana is used for both recreational uses along with medical use. Specific states have legalized marijuana as well decriminalized it for many reasons.

Decriminalizing marijuana can benefit the state by giving the state’s ability to free up policing resources. This can help smaller police departments deal with more serious criminal issues. The act of being “high” does not automatically force you to commit a heinous criminal crime. There has been very little to none research suggesting that there is a direct correlation between the two factors.

It also has been determined that marijuana is not a gateway drug and does not cause further substance abuse problems. Things such as alcohol and tobacco have a much more detrimental effect on an individual’s body than marijuana would.

Legalizing marijuana could potentially give people other options during recreational activities other than drinking or smoking tobacco. This could also in turn decline people’s tobacco and alcohol addictions.

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Best Friend = Significant Other?

Best Friend Significant OtherWhen thinking of a relationship today, many do not associate it with friendship. Though you are giving your entirety to that one other person, the thought of kissing or holding hands with the person you share all of your secrets with and you let see you in your worst mismatched pajamas can sometimes be overwhelming.

The vast majority of relationships, though, does in fact fall under the umbrella of friendship, and even best friends at times. But, even though this may be the case, the balance between friendship with your partner and friendships outside of that can vary based on the relationship.

Some relationships only need their significant others for the bare minimum; obviously being honest, caring and loving, but never really relying on that other person to stress over specific minor obstacles in the other’s life. In this case, the balance would lean towards something like leaning on your partner 20 percent and your friends outside the relationships 80 percent. With this relationship type, the couple may not be as open with one another about certain topics as others. Also, the couple may not entirely know everything about the other person in the relationship.

In the middle would be the type of relationship where the couple decides that each person has their own life, but also appreciates having each other to fall back on as well.

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Halloween Costumes for 2017

Halloween Costumes 2017Halloween is right around the corner, and whether you planned out your costume a year in advance or wait till the last minute, there are so many costumes to choose from. Whether it is a loved classic or a new trend, there is something out there for everyone.

On Halloween, we can become anything we want, whether it be your favorite movie, tv character, celebrities, or even our favorite animals. The possibilities are endless.

The popular and recently remastered movie IT, has revived Pennywise the clown just in time for Halloween 2017. Whether you follow a makeup tutorial online, or grab a clown suit and a mask, you’ll be sure to give a lot of people a scare that night.

If you plan to save the world on Halloween, gear up, and unleash your inner hero. The classic superhero costume of Wonder Woman is also making a comeback this year due to the Emmy nominated, 2017 redition that took the box office by storm this past summer.

The Wonder Woman costume has been around for years, and every year it’s a top costume, with a new look. You’ll be sure to capture the warrior within while wearing metal cuffs and swinging the Lasso of Truth.

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Halloween: A Holiday for All Ages

Happy spooky season! Halloween is thought to be a children’s holiday, where they dress up in their little costumes and walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating. But people of any age can participate in the fall festivities.

Personally, I stopped trick-or-treating at the age of fifteen. I, or should I say my mother, felt that the tradition of collecting candy from neighborhood houses should be reserved for those young enough to believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny. But, my mother played a large.

However, my friends would still go out and collect candy from their neighborhoods. Although I did not partake in the candy collecting, I still attended haunted houses and scary corn mazes. Just because you do not go trick-or-treating does not mean that you cannot take part in the Halloween activities in your area.

I feel as though there are more Halloween costume opportunities for as you get older. Children are usually pumpkins, or princesses, and maybe the occasional Mike Wazowski.  Adults can pull off the toga costumes and Rosie the Riveter. Not to mention that adults make better superheroes.

Monmouth students are sure to dress up Hallo-weekend for a night out on the town. While they might not be going door to door looking for candy, they are dressing up and having a good time just the same. Some may choose to work a solo costume, while others are involved in a group theme.

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Born in the Wrong Decade?

Born in Wrong DecadeAs I sit down to write this, I’ve got two pies baking in the oven, my apron on and Frank Sinatra serenading me through a speaker. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I am an old soul through and through. Did I see Tony Bennett live in concert two weeks ago? You bet. The 2000’s have been great, albeit 2017 and all that has happened over the past several months. However, this just is not the decade for me. I can’t help but think that I was born in wrong era; yes, I’m a 90’s baby, but there is something about the 1950’s that I just can’t seem to let go of.

First things first, there is no denying the fact that the music industry was thriving in the 1950’s. With artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash. You get the picture.

Such artists produced music that you could actually dance to, not just jump around or sway back and forth to; and the lyrics were meaningful unlike some of the absolute trash that is played on the radio today. There was no such thing as auto tune or crazy electronic beats or dub-step, but rather an appreciation for actual instruments and un-altered vocals; to simply put it: talent.

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Shout Out to All the Followers!

Shout Out To Followers“Be a leader, not a follower,” is something we constantly hear. Sometimes people do not want to be leaders though. Sometimes people do not like the responsibility of being in control, but we are always being told that being a follower is so wrong. But what’s so wrong with being a follower? And why is everyone so caught up on leaders?

There have been many times where I have been a leader. But there have also been many times that I have been a follower, such as at work, in a social setting, or in sports, where have felt bad for being one. I have always felt like I have to conform to being a leader, even when I do not feel like it is my place because of how glorified being a leader is.

When people think of followers, they correlate it with social media. Number of followers get to peoples heads, makes them think they are leaders when in reality it is just a number. Nowadays it is easy to misconstrue what leaders and followers really are.

But in this article, the followers will be celebrated. Our culture is so obsessed with the people that lead, that we tend to forget all the other people that make leaders possible. Shout out to all of the followers out there because they deserve to be recognized.

First, followers are open-minded people because they are not blinded by being in control. Followers are able to see the leader’s side of things, as well as everyone else’s side of thing, because they are on this other side. They have an unbiased view since they aren’t the ones giving orders. They’re able to identify what needs to be done, and how everyone feels about

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Where to Stay Abroad: A Guide for Wanderlusts

Where To Stay AbroadGone are the days of relying on a travel agent to plan out your dream vacation. Thanks to the internet, trip-planning has become far less daunting of a task; in fact, planning a trip has never been easier. Looking to splurge on a five-star hotel? Or bunk with a bunch of strangers that could end up being your new friends by the end of the night? Or how about renting out an entire city-center apartment all to yourself?

The type of accommodation you choose could end up making a huge impact on your trip. Here’s the low down on choosing between a hotel, hostel or an Airbnb.

If I’m looking to treat myself, I’ll stay in a hotel, there is just something so glamorous about the whole experience. You’ve got the entire room to yourself and a staff ready to answer your questions and tend to your every need. Hotels are great if you are looking to stay in and simply relax.

With hotels, you could potentially never leave the property because everything you need is in one place, like the gym, restaurants, spa, and room service... it’s almost as if they don’t want you to find an excuse to leave! If you are in need of some relaxation and a little pampering, do yourself a favor and book the hotel.

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Where Did All My Money Go!?

Where Did Money GoThe other day, my friend looked into his wallet and realized that all the money he had on him was gone, which bewildered him because he has just gotten paid the week before. He then decided to check his debit card balance. Wide-eyed and jaw-dropped, he realized that he only had $2.64 left to spend. I then went on to ask him, “Well, where did you go this past week? Did you need to shop for food, did you need to go home over the weekend on the train?” All he responded back was. “No.” After sitting silent for a few moments, he told me he needs to learn control and how to save; something I have been very successful in these past few years.

When entering college, all any young adult thinks about is the freedom they inherit as they walk through the doors their first day, but not all freedom is fun and exciting. Some can actually be extremely stressful. Saving money and learning how to budget are two key components of becoming an adult, but it can be extremely difficult if no one has ever properly taught you how to do them. Personally, I started about learning money at a young age due to my grandmother being a book keeper at a near-by school district; make sure to spend as little as possible, make sure that you use discounts and coupons, and make sure you take advantage of their sales and holidays. As the list went on and on, I found myself thinking that it was a waste of time. I mean, who uses coupons besides old people, right? Who can sit there and wait for that shirt they want until it goes in sale in a month? None of these pertained to me, so I wasn’t specifically trying to follow these guidelines. Another reason that I did not want to think about saving my money at a young age was because my family had always supported me, buying my clothes and providing money for fun activities along with necessities. But, unfortunately, life was unable to go on with that being the case and I had to learn the hard way that, sadly, my grandmother was right.

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Encouraging Success at Monmouth

Higher education is becoming a necessity for anyone who wants to fulfill any lifetime dreams. However, higher education shouldn’t just seem like a necessity, it should be filled with encouragement-inducing experiences and people.

At Monmouth, the largest encouragement-inducing experiences are the various things students can get involved in and the classes offered and the largest encouragement-inducing people are the faculty and staff. It is because of the entire experience that Monmouth provides us that I believe that Monmouth successfully prepares us to conquer our dreams.

Taking those general education courses with the course types such as “SS” or “GU” seem to be annoying class fillers that you want to just get done with. However, some of those classes inspire new interests that you may have never thought you were interested in. Sure, that may lead to an added major or minor, but it could also steer you into a completely new life dream.

The most important aspect at Monmouth for encouragement is the faculty and staff. Whether it is Jen in the Jules L. Plangere Center Café telling you to have an incredible day and that things will always get better, or a singular inspirational professor in your field that introduces you to a niche you never thought you fit in, there is always a positive and encouraging spirit on campus. Maybe it is heading to the Career Center and discussing what you want to do with your future and someone actually helping you through the steps.

It is important for us to really take into consideration what these faculty and staff see in us. It only takes one person to tell you they see potential in you for a seed to be planted in your head that you could succeed in a field you never saw yourself in.

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