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Opinion

Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Let’s Party? Let’s Not.

default article imageOver the past couple of weeks, I have noticed signs that students have posted in their windows. Some are big, some are small, some are countdowns for different holidays, but the ones that always strike my curiosity are the signs in regards to partying. Most of these partying signs reference the constant college student’s struggle between going out on a week night or studying for that huge test you have the next morning. Many students choose to go out instead of studying, but is that what we are really here for?

One sign that sticks out in my memory glorified how in college you can retake a class, but you cannot retake a party. This blows my mind. I do not know about anyone else here, but to attend the University, I am looking at paying about $14,000 per semester in order to take the minimum four classes. This total is not even including living arrangements or meal plans. On average, students pay about $23,000 each semester when you add up lab’s, special class fees, housing, books, etc. Personally, I am not paying $23,000 to party every night of the week. Please tell me if there are any people who would.

As a junior here at the University, I have witnessed many of my peers pay tuition only to skip class habitually and party every night. Most of these students were either pulled out of school by their parents or worse, failed out before they could get back on the right track. Unfortunately, I have met countless people who could not handle the freedom and independence that college presents to them. Too many students view college as a place to party without having to come home to their families. It is true that your family will not be waiting at the door for you to come in after a long night of partying, but soon enough your long nights of irresponsibility will catch up to you.

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Vegan is the Way to Go

98b18549 8f64 4601 a0d6 a6bbaa0b678bEating “healthy” seems to be the newest trend: If you’re not choosing an entrée from the “under 500 calories” list or slurping protein shakes as a snack, you may be considered the odd-ball out at the dinner table.

However, there are a large majority of us that assume that the “light” and “fat-free” versions of certain foods are what we should be eating. With these kinds of perceptions, we may be inclined to purchase and consume foods that are only low in fat and calories.

Without doubting that those products would most certainly be a smarter purchase than their fattier forms, some of those foods may be incorporating other ingredients that tend to increase the sodium, cholesterol, sugar and saturated fat levels. They may also not contain enough protein, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium and other vitamins that our bodies need.

There is a diet that, when balanced and followed correctly, is extremely beneficial in ensuring healthy nutrition, assisting with disease prevention and providing physical benefits.

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President Looking to Increase Hawk Alert Frequency

Dear Outlook,

Last week you reported on a random criminal attack on a student very near our campus. You had information in your story that we did not have. You asked questions for which we had incomplete information at the time. Time and tide wait for no man [or woman]; neither does press time. Today, we all understand more about the isolated incident. Your article was important to me in that it inspires us to press our neighboring police departments harder for information when incidents are nearby, but out of our jurisdiction.

I am eager to alert students to potential or occurring dangers. You have seen that in our messages about norovirus, shootings on other campuses, etc. In this particular case we followed Federal Clery Act procedures, but did not issue a Hawk Alert late in the night, because it was apparent, at the time, that the threat was gone. I spoke with your Editor and Managing Editor about the story and about Hawk Alerts. It was a very good conversation; helped me understand the perceptions of some students. As a result, I have asked our VP (Administrative Services), General Counsel and Police Chief to rereview our procedures for Hawk Alerts as they pertain to offcampus crime , even if random. I am aware of the “cry wolf” syndrome, too many warnings at the wrong time turn people off. I am also concerned about safety and I will err on the side of too many warnings. So Outlook, thank you for the article and for the helpful conversation.

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Obsessed With Technology Much?

It’s a bold statement, but I truly don’t think you could live without me. I may have been a recent addition to your life, but I know you consider me to be one of your closest and trusted confidants. Maybe it’s because I’m more reliable than anyone else you know. I strive to not to ever let you down.

I wake you up every morning and do my best in attempting to keep you from falling back to sleep. I remind you when you have things to do, places to go and people to see. You tell me everything and I never tell anyone else, unless you ask me to.

I’m really exceptional with researching whatever it is you need to know at incredibly rapid rate. I’m also a first-rate multi-tasker and make a fabulous personal assistant. I can, without hesitation, inform you of the game updates while instructing you on how to cook a full Thanksgiving meal for your overly critical family of 15.

I’m ideal when you need to capture the moment. I take top-notch pictures and videos, and have the ability to edit, and save them for you for whenever sometime down the line you may need them again.

With me, you’ll never be behind on the latest trends. I keep you up to date with the latest music releases, and even take the time to organize them in such a way that you’ll know what playlist to choose when you’re trying to party.

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MUPD Shares Thoughts on Last Week’s Assault Story

I would like to respond to the recent article in the February 15th edition of The Outlook entitled, “Student Beaten on Road Near Library. MUPD Fails to Alert Campus Community of Attack.” I would like to respond from the perspective of the Monmouth University Police department.

Although the jurisdiction of the incident was in West Long Branch, the initial call concerning a fight was placed to the University Police. The University Police immediately responded. They established control of the situation by locating the victim and witness. They further apprehended and detained two possible suspects prior to the arrival of the West Long Branch Police. MUPD Officers turned the matter over to the West Long Branch Police Officers because they have ultimate jurisdiction in this matter. Upon completing their initial investigation that evening, West Long Branch Police charged one of the individuals that MUPD turned over to them, with Simple Assault.

The article goes on to say that a witness reported to The Outlook that he was treated rudely by a Police dispatcher. A review of the audio tapes of the incident indicated that the caller was treated professionally and was politely denied requested information as per normal police procedures. There was no mention to the police, by the caller, that he feared being recognized because the suspects saw his face, and also that he yelled at them, as the witness told Outlook reporters.

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What Studying Really Means to Students

studying-is-boringWhat is this action called “studying?” For some reason the utterance of the word alone just causes me to feel depressed. Thanks to my handy-dandy pocket dictionary, I looked up what “studying” actually means:

Studying (verb): to devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject.

That whole definition right there just spells out p-r-o-c-r-a-st- i-n-a-t-i-o-n. For someone who can actually discipline themselves to sit down with an open text book and memorize whatever it is they need to for an exam, I’m going to have to consider you a Jedi master, because that’s harder than it looks.

Sure the definition that my itty-bitty dictionary gave you was an accurate definition of the word “studying,” but I don’t think it was an accurate definition that can be applicable to the college setting. This is my own definition of “studying”:

Studying (verb): act of texting, eating, and watching TV with an open textbook nearby.

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Using Poverty as a Means to Abort?

default article imageJanuary 22, 1973. A date that should have been known for the death of one of American’s most highly criticized Presidents. However, for our generation it is not. It is a date that took President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” one step further.

President Johnson created policies that were designed to combat poverty, although he is not well-known for that part of his presidency. He wanted to see Americans get out of poverty and to prosper. However, he has yet to get that wish.

The date of his death marks one of the greatest tragedies in American history. It was the date in which the Supreme Court gave many people an “easy” way out of poverty, through abortion (note that under Medicaid created under Johnson, only abortions of rape, incest, and endangerment to the woman’s health are covered). Over the past 39 years, this has sadly become one of the number one options for many when facing financial difficulties.

This tragedy has had a great affect on us as a generation. We have seen one-third of our potential friends, family, and neighbors sacrificed, and for what? An answer to poverty in some cases? In a 2004 survey by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, nearly one-fourth of all abortions were the result of being unable to afford having a child.

Bill O’Reilly said it best one evening on his show during the Factor Mail segment. In summary, he pointed out that not enough is done in this country to promote adoption. If adoption were more widely promoted, then those that face the option of having an abortion can one day have the opportunity to meet their child. Through adoption, poverty-stricken men and women will not be almost forced into regret. I know I do my part through promoting adoption (although a small part) by proudly displaying my “Choose Life” license plates, which are printed to promote adoption in all circumstances.

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Facebook After Death

FacebookRIP2Over 800 million people log on to Facebook everyday. Some change statuses, upload photos, or just stalk people who they used to be friends with, but something about Facebook has lawmakers wondering what is appropriate.

I am not talking about what is appropriate in regards to privacy concerns, I am talking about the ever-growing concern of what happens to an individual’s online presence after they pass away. When a person passes, all their physical affairs are taken care of following proper protocol, but as of today, your social media presence can still live on even if you may not. This aspect of social media has lawmakers discussing possible solutions to this unfortunate and sometimes untimely problem.

Currently, there are five states in the United States that have passed laws in regards to the governing of digital asset management after death. Though this is a start to an inevitable future in digital asset management, the laws in effect now are extremely out of date.

For example, Connecticut’s digital asset management laws only regard electronic mail as a platform that can be governed after death. Connecticut law does not represent Facebook, Twitter, or blogs in its quest to provide social media users with digital piece of mind after death. Though this law seems primitive to the times, it is a start to a future that will be full of digital asset management laws.

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Using Stress as Motivation

methodsofhealing.comFor some, stress is a part of life that makes things more difficult, but for others, stress acts as a motivator. Although doctors tell us time and time again that we should avoid stress for health reasons, is it possible that there are some benefits to stress? Recent studies have shown that stress is not bad all of the time.

According to health educator Carol J. Scott, MD, “Short term stress can increase activity in the immune cells that boost the body’s defenses.” Thus, a little stress can benefit the immune system and enhance its ability to protect the body and fight diseases. Small amounts of stress have also proved to make vaccines more effective and may even protect against certain types of cancer.

Also, according to oprah.com, studies have shown “Small amounts of stress hormones can sharpen your memory.” Researchers at the University of Buffalo noted that rats that were forced to swim an activity which causes them stress-remembered their way through mazes better than rats that were relaxed.

Apart from some of the medical benefits of stress, it also motivates people to act. Stress causes people to behave in a manner similar to when they are under pressure, and when people are under pressure, they are more apt to act. Students who are stressed and feel under pressure are more likely to get started on the schoolwork that has been piling up for weeks, and workers in a professional setting who are stressed are more likely to make a schedule and outline everything which needs to be done and by what date and time the task needs to be done.

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What the 2012 State of the Union Address Means for Students

beckCollege just may become more affordable and less of a hassle for graduate students concerned with paying back their loans. For those who watched President Obama's State of the Union Address last Tuesday, Obama proposed a number of ideas that could help college students breathe easier. He said that he intends to find ways to extend tuition tax credit, keep student interest rates from rising, and keep tuition down. However, while the ideas may seem attainable, they were only suggestions and ideas with no specific plans to carry them through.
Dr. Michael Phillips-Anderson, an Assistant Professor of Applied Communication, expressed concern over how Obama's plan for the economy may affect future University graduates. "There really isn't that much the President can do to affect the economy. Interest rates are at historic lows, but businesses aren't borrowing. The President did not call for large scale stimulus spending which is what economists like Paul Krugman have argued is
the fastest way to get the economy growing," Phillips-Anderson said. In regards to interest rates on student loans, Obama highlighted that they are set to double in July unless Congress acts against it.

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Grad Student Recounts Chaos Aboard the Costa Concordia

It was a trip meant to be the memory of a lifetime, but not the way most people thought it would be. On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia, the largest Italian cruise ship in history, was five days into its Mediterranean cruise when the vessel struck a rock off the island of Giglio. A passenger aboard the Costa Concordia, University graduate student Addie King, 26, recalls her blissful vacationturned- tragedy as pure "pandemonium."
King and her husband, Michael Stoll, began their trip in Barcelona, Spain to visit King's sister. They descended onto the cruise (her first) January 9, unaware of the adventure that awaited them. They had stopped at different ports, including Sicily and Rome.
According to telegraph. co.uk, the timeline of the night's events occurred as follows. The granite outcrop had torn a massive hole in its hull at 9:42 pm, when the married couple was enjoying their dinner on the second-floor dining room of the Costa Concordia. The captain allegedly went off-course in the cruise, taking the ship closer to shore than usual. With the hull opened up, water began pouring into the bottom of the ship. Instantly, silverware, plates and glasses began flying off the tables. Lights immediately went out, and came back on. "And things started to tilt," King remembers.

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