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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Cell Phones in Class?

Remember the days when cell phones were rare and "technology" was only a word used in fancy presentations? Remember the days when going to computer class was the coolest thing because at home there was no such thing?

At least I do and it still shocks me how within a decade all that changed. I still remember when I was eight years old and my mom got her first cell phone, never in a million years would I have thought that I'd have my own before the age of 16.

Now, my phone is my best friend (well not really, but I do rely on it more than I'd like to). My cell phone is constantly being put to use with anything that goes on in my daily life from Googling places to eat, fun things to do, or looking up the questions to last night's homework.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who relies so much on an object to run their lives; hence the good old "no cell phones in class" rule.

Apparently, however, high schools are now thinking of lifting that rule and allowing kids to use cell phones in class to surf the web for discussions in class, use the calculator and so forth. Is this really a good idea though?

In my opinion it isn't. We all know that kids cannot multitask. At a high school level, kids are still immature and developing. Being allowed to use a cellphone in class would take away from the little attention span teachers are already struggling to receive from their students.

If I was in a high school where it was allowed to take my phone out to "research" you can be sure that's the last thing I'll be doing. Don't get me wrong, I was a good student, top of my class and all, but electronic devices are just too distracting, especially the smart phones they keep coming out with.

Just the other day I pulled out my phone to read an e-text in class and within a few minutes I found myself reading my friends' captions on Instagram totally not what I was supposed to be doing. If I did that as a junior in college, just imagine a junior in high school.

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Summer Travels

The semester is almost over and summer is right around the corner. Soon we will all have three whole months to ourselves, and what we choose to do with all of that time is in our hands.

The average student's college schedule is jam-packed. A typical day is usually filled with responsibilities from the time their alarm goes off until the time their head hits the pillow many hours later. So three months away from the college lifestyle can truly seem like an eternity.

For some, it may even by somewhat hard to adjust to the endless possibilities regarding what to do their time. So this summer, why not make the most of the precious few months we are given and try something new?

Sleeping in every day, relaxing, and lounging around the pool all day sounds good (and very appealing) however traveling, learning something new or trying things you have never done before may turn out to be even better.

For some of us, this may be the last summer we have left of college, and for the rest, they are still limited. Soon enough summer may lose its magic; many will be forced to trade fun week nights with friends for early bed times and sitting on a beach with their toes in the sand each day for an office and computer screen.

I believe we should make the best of summer while we still can. Now is the time to be spontaneous, daring or adventurous. Have you always wanted to take a road trip to a desirable destination, join that weekly yoga class and develop a new hobby, or maybe volunteer your time to do something you love? Use the summer as your opportunity to do so.

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“Apple Only Please!”

Before-AppleIPhone vs. Android, iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Mac vs. PC: the modern technology battles. These competitions between technology brands and users will always exist. I am sure each of us has our personal preference and is bound to be extremely loyal to one brand or the other.

It seems that there isn't a person in the universe who is not taking a side. Some prefer PCs, the Microsoft operating system and everything that goes along with them.

On the other hand, there are die hard Apple fans who will never use anything ,but I happen to be someone who is very pro-Apple.

While all technological products are significant today, for students, the most important is probably a laptop or computer.

Computers are serious business; we use them to watch movies, store music and photos, network with friends and family, research, write an endless amount of papers; create portfolios, power points and other projects. Let's admit it, we would probably all be a little lost without them.

That is why the decision to purchase a certain brand computer or laptop has become a very important investment.

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Don’t Forget Your College Firsts (the Good and the Bad)

In life you come across a lot of firsts. There's your first kiss; your first car; your first day of preschool. They are influential moments that happen all the time.

Usually in the moment when you know it's the first time for something, you catalog the feelings of that first in your memory. But along with the obvious firsts you are aware of, there are also a lot of firsts that happen and you may not even realize it.

This is especially true in the love department. There is your first relationship; your first college hook-up and your first serious break up.

These significant moments happen to all of us and when it happens, you may not realize it but it could be the last first of its kind.

As we rush through these four years of college and head toward the mystery of the unknown that is the real world, it is important to take into account some of the less obvious firsts that you experience on the turbulent road to accepting that college degree.

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Commission On Higher Education Honors University EOF Seniors

Every year The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education honors Educational Opportunity Fund Program graduating seniors for their academic achievement.

This year 19 Monmouth University Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) seniors will be recognized. EOF is a state funded program which awards scholarships to NJ students who fit financial and academic criteria. Graduating EOF students from New Jersey Colleges and Universities were chosen according to their high cumulative grade point average and overall academic perseverance.

The three categories the students were honored in are the following: Outstanding Academic Achievement 3.5-3.99 cumulative grade point average, Academic Achievement Award 3.2-3.4 cumulative grade point average and Outstanding Achievement awarded to the senior who best exemplifies the spirit and intent of the EOF Program. A Recognition Ceremony to honor the EOF graduates will be held on Friday April 25, 2014 at Georgian Court University.

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The Obsession with Bumper Stickers

Bumper-Sticker-Charlottesville-VA-stick-figure-familyBumper stickers: simple adhesive strips that can be easily attached to any car and enable people to express their opinions on a variety of topics, from religion to politics to sports in just a few sentences.

These days we can determine whether someone loves or hates President Obama, whether someone's child is an honor student, or whether someone else believes their dog is smarter than that honor student. But where did this simple invention get its start? How did something this simple rise to such prominence?

An article from the University of Kansas' website features an interview with Whitney Baker, the associate librarian at the university's libraries. "It's generally accepted that they were developed in the late '40s and early '50s," she said. "Most people attribute the creation of the bumper sticker to a man named Forest P. Gill, who was a screen printer from Kansas City, KS. So I think we can claim the bumper sticker as a Kansas invention."

Through the years, bumper stickers have become much more commonplace in popular culture. They can make us laugh, make us think, make us angry, or make us wonder what the person in front of us was thinking when they put that sticker on his/her car.

These simple strips of vinyl have also spawned several new trends in automotive decals. I think the chief of all bumper stickers has to be the stick figure family.

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Are We Really Listening or Just Hearing?

Whether it is during class, at home, or during an argument, as young adults we are constantly being told to listen and pay attention.

Most of us will automatically respond that we are already listening. However, how many actually realize what is being said to us? Not too many have the ability to acknowledge the difference between hearing and listening.

Hearing is defined as "the faculty or perceiving sound." Listening, on the other hand, is defined as "to give one's attention to a sound." Google could not be any more accurate at describing the two.

As human beings, we do not have the choice of hearing. If we were lucky enough to be born with healthy hearing, we cannot control what sounds make it to our ear drums and which don't. Nevertheless, we do control which of those sounds we recognize and which we do not.

The art of listening is a wonderful one that not all are privileged to have, and those who do, do not always appreciate it. Take listening to music for instance. How many of us can have our day completely flipped because of the lyrics of a song?

Listening gives us the opportunity to relate to life in a sense that is unexplainable even to us. It gives us a chance to express our emotions when words are not enough. Listening also allows us to communicate with one another.

Yes, speech is what gets our point across, but listening is what allows us to communicate and come to an agreement with a second and even third person.

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Positive Minds Live Positive Lives

In a place where one is constantly stressed, it's hard to maintain a positive outlook, but it's not impossible. Maintaining a positive attitude, even when you're not happy, is key.

It's easy to have something not go your way and just feel like your world is falling apart. In reality what we are stressing over is typically minor and we are just being overly dramatic. It might sound cliché to say, but laughing things off is a genuine method of feeling better about a bad situation. Try to find something funny about whatever you're stressing over.

Take pride in the little things in life. It's the little things in life that have an impact on us without realizing it. Someone holding the door for you isn't always a big deal to some, but when it does happen, be appreciative.

If a stranger smiles at you or says hi or you drive through all the traffic lights without any of them turning red, use it as a boost. Things like that may put a small smile on your face, but those things can turn your day around, even if it's one of your worst days.

If you feel like you don't have a clue what you want to do in your future, have hope. If you have hope that something is going to happen the way you want it to, you have a better chance for it to be that way.

In life, optimism is key. Remaining optimistic is essential to success. If you build your life around your happiness and joy, chances are things will all fall into place.

Life isn't all about feeling sorry for yourself, instead it's about being proud of who you are and what your future holds.

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“All is Fair in Love and War”

An Older Sibling Perspective on Sibling Rivalries

There is nothing in the world that compares to family. For many of us, no one knows, understands or loves us like our siblings and other family members.

However, no matter how much we love them, sometimes there is no one who gets under our skin more than our own family.

Sibling rivalries are a tale as old as time; sisters battling over clothes and shoes, brothers duking it out over a girl or constantly trying to one-up another, and it seems like there's always the annoying elder sibling being way too protective or a younger sibling hiding in a shadow.

As the oldest in a family of three younger brothers, I can relate to many of these struggles. As hard as it may be to admit, sometimes we may just need to cut our siblings some slack.

When we are young, we fight over toys or silly games; who gets to ride shotgun in the car; who wants to watch which channel on television or what type of breakfast everyone wants mom to cook.

Then we grow older and fights occur over more adult issues; someone owes money, someone said something hurtful or does not agree with life decisions that are being made.

As the older sibling especially, it is easy to become very over protective over our younger siblings and develop the mentality of "I know best." However, we may not necessarily always have the answer.

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The Parking Lot is Not Always Greener on the Other Campus

Parking-lotYes, we are all relieved that midterms are over and that means we are just that much closer to summer vacation.

However, that doesn't mean that the rest of the spring semester will be without its aggravating moments. I am speaking of the parking lot situation at MU, that I think I can speak for all of the student body how aggravating and frustrating it truly is.

I know for a fact that one of the biggest annoyances for MU students in recent years has been the poorly orchestrated parking situation on campus.

Finding a spot was always a hassle at this campus. However, now with the current construction of Pozycki Hall, the parking lot is crazier than ever, at all times of the day. With the ongoing construction, several of the parking spots in front of Bey Hall are fenced off and inaccessible.

This means available spaces are even fewer and farther between which, speaking as a commuter who has to show up 30 minutes early for a 1 pm class to fight for an open spot, can get very old, very fast.

Not only are cars following students back to their cars, people are challenging one another on who can pull into the spot first.

This issue has made me very curious to wonder how other schools orchestrate their student parking lots and if the asphalt is any greener on the other campus.

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Is America an Unfriendly Place?

With the world increasing and advancing rapidly, human interaction is constantly a concern.

How humans treat one another is often discussed because it has changed so much from what it used to be and we have become so technologically dependent.

What is at risk is the ability to develop a conversation and have face-to-face communication with another person.

But is this change in interaction, friendliness, and conversation starting a change for everyone or just the citizens of America?

It's hard to call America an acclaimed society for friendliness when there are constant polls being put out for America's most unfriendly places.

Papers like The New York Times, Huffington Post, and the Washington Times have all published polls and articles for the unfriendliest places in America.

But, we have all fallen victim to being badgered for our technology dependence and how it is affecting our daily lives. I would confidently say most people use their preferred technology like tablets, cell phones, or laptops to avoid human interaction. But is this just in America, or everywhere?

One of the most common phrases I hear when discussing this topic is "Europe is so much more friendly, the people there are so nice." Is that really true though?

Europe and the friendliness there is such an assumed topic. For instance, most of the people saying this have never visited Europe.

I myself have had the pleasure to visit multiple European countries, including Greece, Spain, Italy and Switzerland and I have developed my opinions on personal experience.

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