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Volume 91 (Fall 2019 - Spring 2019)

Fall Break? Fall Break.

Fall BreakAs October is finally here, there is one thing I’m sure most of us are thinking about…Fall Break. The semester is starting to pick up and classes are becoming busier and busier. The summer daze is finally wearing off and we are fully immersed in classes and extracurricular activities. We have stopped counting the hours of sleep we are getting or the cups of coffee we are consuming. The due dates of assignments start to appear faster and the anxiety of classes are now in full swing.

Fall break gives students and faculty a time to catch their breaths. In such a fast pace society, we sometimes forget the power of breaks. There are many schools that do not give fall breaks because they do not feel it is necessary to take more time out of the academic school year.  Emma Stukenberg a senior at Monmouth University said, “Fall break is important especially to freshmen who are transitioning into college. It is most likely their first time being away from home and it allows them to spend time with their family and refresh before continuing the rest of the semester.” 

The Monmouth Plague is in full effect right now. Think to yourself how you have been feeling lately. As the temperatures start to fluctuate there starts to become more sicknesses roaming around campus. Especially, when living in the dorms it becomes a Petri dish of sickness. Having a break does not only help your mental health but also your physical health. Getting away from your dorm rooms for a few days can improve your health immensely.

Mental health is a very prevalent issue for college students in today's society. There is great pressure of performing at high levels in the classroom. This stress can cause a lot of issues not only in short terms but also long term. A study done by the Associated Press said, that eight in ten college students have experienced some type of stress in their daily lives. As a result, stress can cause students to perform at lower levels because the pressure is crippling.

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The Benefits of Chores

Benefits of ChoresGrowing up, my mother would give me a white, plastic bucket on a nice summer’s day.  She would then say that I could not come inside until I had filled the bucket up five times with pinecones. Pinecones. This woman had me picking up pinecones all around the yard. I hated it. When I was not picking pine cones or pulling weeds in the yard, I was folding towels or vacuuming the floors of the house.

My childhood consisted of chores, chores, and more chores. Often times I had to tell my friends, “Sorry I can’t play today because I have chores to do.”  Although I disliked chores when I was young, I am glad that my parents made me help around the house. Many of my friends never had to do chores. They never folded a single towel or picked up a single pinecone.

I have moved on from the pinecone days, thank goodness. Now, when I come home for breaks from school my mother has me paint. I do not paint murals or portraits of our pets. I paint the cinder block walls of out basement, but only after them have been vacuumed. I paint the back of the steps, or even the floors. Not to toot my own horn but I am a pretty good painter.  My mother really wants me to embrace our off-brand artist name. It is only a few letters off of the famous French painter, Henri Matisse.

When students come to college they have more responsibilities. They are own their own and must take care of themselves. I think that those who have done chores as a child are more prepared for college and life away from home. They know how to do laundry, clean the dishes, and vacuum the floors. And those that never had to do chores often find that their rooms are littered with water bottles and dirty clothes scatter the floor.

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Finding Inspiration in an Age of Social Media

default article imageMore often than not we see people grabbing for their phone in times of silence and automatically open up Instagram.

Why are we so attracted to the ins and outs of other people’s lives? Are we searching for a way to take the focus off of ourselves or is it a need to improve our own realities?

In an age where there is so much information, it’s hard not to be influenced in different directions. Our control over the definitions of what is beautiful and what is cool have strayed from us and developed from what is put in to the media.

I have found by being selective in what accounts I follow, I can remain to true to myself. Some of the inspirational people I find helpful are Iskra Lawrence, Nonstop Travelling, and David Goggins.

Iskra Lawrence is one of my favorite accounts to follow. In a time where I struggled with perfectionism and discovering myself, I found strength in her posts. She has set an example for women of all sizes, all body types, and all ethnicities.

Iskra is a model who does not fit the typical mold. In her life, she has taken what set her apart from others and used it to her advantage. After following her for a while, I started to look at my differences as positives.

Her pictures are unfiltered most of the time and display what it’s like to be human and authentic even when she’s under the lime light.

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The Controversey of Parental Trackers

Parental TrackersShould parents track their college aged students on their phone?

Modern technology allows us to do just about anything we can think of, from sharing photos to reading news from across the globe. It’s difficult keeping our lives private when there are constant updates on our location, which makes you wonder who exactly can keep tabs on what you’re doing. 

Whether I share my location or not, the one person I know that’s always watching is my mother. But is this okay?

I have heard mixed reviews on whether or not my friends’ parents track their location from their phones, but my particular situation seems to be the extreme. My mom made my 29-year old sister and I download an app called Life360 so that she has constant access to our location. 

Apparently the location tracker that the iPhone comes with doesn’t fit my mother’s standards (sorry Apple). The Life360 app is so scarily accurate that you can watch your marker move on the map as you walk from room to room in whatever building you’re in.

 If she really wanted to, my mom could watch how long it takes me to get through the Jersey Mike’s line during lunch. It takes stalking to a new level, but is it still considered stalking if your parents are the ones watching your every move?

To a certain extent, maybe.  I’ve constantly spoken to my mom about etiquette while using the app. While I understand its purpose when I take the train up north to go visit my sister, I don’t understand the purpose of checking it on a random Thursday afternoon when my parents know that I’m in Plangere for the better part of the day in class. Tracking can be beneficial if you are going on a long car ride or you are headed to an unknown part of town. That makes sense. 

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Activites to Cure the Rainy Day Blues

default article imageRain has the potential to put a damper (no pun intended, though maybe just a little bit) on any day of the week.

Whether it’s Monday and you have to trek all the way to Bey Hall with nothing but a hoodie and an inverted umbrella to keep you dry or it’s Saturday and you’re stuck inside watching the torrential downpour, the rain sinks any chance of outside enjoyment.

The sky opening up is just about the last thing anyone wants happening, especially when it means saying goodbye to summer and being forced inside to take shelter from the elements.

So, I’ve thought of just a few things that will help our Monmouth hawks soar through this bad weather with ease.

First and foremost, just hunker down at your desk and get some homework done.  Personally, I can’t sit and enjoy any time I have to myself if I have an assignment nagging me from my book bag.

Being stuck inside gives you no room to procrastinate and make up excuses as to why you didn’t read that simple five-page introduction chapter.

Most people choose to catch up on YouTube video series or their latest Netflix obsession (I highly suggest flipping through a couple episodes of Black Mirror) on a rainy day.

While lying in bed seems to be the popular option, I always thought making a blanket fort would be fun.  I know we’re technically considered adults, but that doesn’t mean we can’t act like children sometimes, right?

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Crocs: Fashion & Function

default article imageThis weather is crazy. One minute it’s raining and the next minute the sun is shining and you are sweating. What shoes are both functional and fashionable for such weather changes? That’s right, Crocs.

You are lying if you say that you never owned Crocs. I can remember the first time that I got a pair of Crocs. I was seven years old and my mother came home from the shoe store with these funky foam shoes in three different colors. She was the only person in town to sport these air, water shoes. People would stop her and ask what they were and where the heck she bought them. Next thing I knew, everyone in my family had at least one pair of Crocs.

First, let’s talk about their functionality. Waterproof. Boom. Sure, they have holes in them so your feet get a little wet, but they are more elevated than flip flops and provide more support and stability.

Most Croc styles, and there are a lot of them (but we will get to those later), come with a security strap that can be placed around the back of the heel so that the shoes do not fall off. Crocs dry easily. Oh, it has stopped raining? Your shoes will be dry in five minutes, tops.

Now, let’s discuss the fashionable aspect of these wondrous water shoes. Crocs come in a myriad of fashions. There are the classics that come with the ankle strap. There are “Mary Janes” that are slightly more feminine. There are flip flops, clogs, sneakers, boots, and probably many styles that are just waiting for you in your local Crocs store.

 Probably my favorite style of Crocs were the Mammoth Crocs. These were perfect for winter. Lined with a plush, sock-like lining, these shoes were waterproof slip-ons that kept your toes warm. What a concept.

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Benefits of a Meal Plan

default article imageGoing to college earns you a one-way ticket to a life time of responsibility, at least for the time being while you’re away from home. 

Without the watchful eyes of your doting parents, you are expected to keep up with all the ins and outs of your life at school, whether that be the cleanliness of your living space, your time management or your health. 

So what happens when you need to feed yourself?  Mom and dad aren’t going to cook for you but you do have someone else on campus who will.  That’s where having a meal plan comes in.

I’m a senior here at Monmouth and I can say without shame that I still have a meal plan while living in the Garden apartments.  Even with full access to a kitchen, I know I don’t have the time, patience or quite frankly the ability to cook for myself.  I’m not a five-star chef who can make about a million different dishes to satisfy whatever craving it is that I’m having that day. I can make a mean pancake, throw together just about any sandwich and on occasion, make a stir fry that even my parents approve of. 

With only just a handful of things in my food portfolio, I don’t have the time to master more dishes while I’m creating my work portfolio.  So keeping my meal plan even with the access to a kitchen just seemed right for me.

Meal plans aren’t just ideal for time or skill level.  To all the freshmen out there reading this, please take my advice. 

Going to the dining hall with a group of people to grab dinner is one of the easiest ways to make connections and find the ones you click with.  There’s just something about food that brings people together and the dining hall, or even the student center food court, is no exception.

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Impact of Post-Truth Media

default article imagePost-Truth (adj.) – Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

We live in a distorted world where abhorrent misinformation is allowed to thrive in the post-modernity of conventional discourse.

On Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, attorney Rudy Giuliani graced NBC’s “Meet the Press” with his presence to discuss the latest demands by the special counsel of Robert Mueller for a testimony from President Trump himself in-regards to the ongoing investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

 Needless to say, Mr. Giuliani was not too enthralled at the idea of his client walking into the proverbial lion’s den that has been trying to lure him in for over a year now. During his on-air interview with Chuck Todd, Mr. Giuliani uttered a rather chilling line to his host when discussing the matter of truth in this investigation: “truth isn’t truth.”

That single phrase uttered by Giuliani is one that is reminiscent of the Orwellian concept of “doublespeak”—deliberately distorting and even reversing the meaning of words—but is only a relatively small phrase in the context of a much greater story.

Political differences aside, the current state of media in the United States can largely be traced back to two distinct events in the last thirty years. The first one came with the repeal of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine by the Reagan Administration in 1987; a law that had required media outlets to present controversial issues by covering contrasting views related to those events in a factual manner.

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Get the Heck Out of Here and Get Outdoors

Get OutdoorsWelcome back to campus! I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting to escape the grips of your parents (love you mom and dad!) and return to campus to resume living in freedom once again.

I agree, it’s great to be back at school and getting into the swing of things, but I am here to encourage you to get the heck out of here. Yes, you read that correctly, leave the campus that you have looked forward to returning to all summer and expand your horizons for a weekend or a couple of hours.

It is great being at Monmouth where everything you need is but a short walk away, but you’ll be here all year, why not use the beautiful weather to your advantage and soak it up before the frigid temps begin to creep up on us all.

Everyone already knows that Monmouth is a coastal school (yes, we know the beach is only a mile away!) but there are so many other great places to explore for an afternoon or a long weekend.

Grab a few friends, load up the car with sleeping bags and all your favorite snacks, compile a killer playlist and hit the road.

Monmouth will still be here when you return, I promise! Now is the time to take advantage of the weather and the flexibility before the semester really picks up with studying, clubs and homework clogging up your precious free time.

So, where to go? Depending on how far you are willing to travel here are a few of my top picks:

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