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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Summer Classes at the Jersey Shore

Isn't it every student's aspiration to get in and out of college with their degree in hand within the standard four or five year time frame? Unfortunately though, many college students struggle with completing their education and required amount of credits in time.

As a student, it is easy for life to get in the way sometimes; with internships, part-time jobs, sports, clubs and organizations, and maybe even a social life (if you are lucky). It is easy to understand why many graduates end up completing their education a little later than expected.

Luckily, there are actions you can take to ensure you graduate on time and even make your life a little easier along the way. One of the feasible steps is to take a summer course at the University.

There are three important reasons that make summer classes at MU worth considering; the flexibility, the price and the location.

MU offers a very flexible schedule for summer courses with a wide array of classes you could choose from.

The perk of taking a summer class is that pesky three credit requirement you simply want to get out of the way can potentially be completed in only four to six weeks rather than in over three months during the fall or spring.

MU offers different sessions with various time spans and months for different courses, making it easy for you to earn those three credits in a shorter period of time and still have the rest of the summer to enjoy. So you can complete the same three credit classes you would during the regular term, with the same professors, but in far less time.

Now if you are wondering "how am I going to pay for it?" you are in luck; MU offers a 15 percent discount on all summer classes. In addition, many students can even use their standard financial aid to cover summer sessions without ever having to pay out of pocket or seek loans from private lenders, which can be a hassle.

The last reason you should consider summer courses as MU is the location of the campus. Summer at the beautiful Jersey Shore; need I say more?

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Alumnus Looks Back on Years at MU

You have good days and you have bad days in life. How many times have you heard that one? Things had been very hectic for me so the mood at the office was frazzled and bleak.

Jarring me from my possible despair, my cell phone rings and it's Chad Dell, the Chair of the Department of Communication. He explained to me the new Alumni Academy and goes on to inform me that I am being inducted. I think my first reaction was shock but then a sense of pride started to seep in.

Dell explained we would have a dinner in which Paul Brown, the new President of the University would be in attendance. Dell informed me I could invite a friend, I immediately called my wife Kerry.

I had the great honor to be inducted with two old friends from the communication department, Alitia Falcone '86 and Haskell Berman '86. I also had the pleasure to meet Mr. Peter Miller '71, an inductee who's known in the Literary Industry as a "Literary Lion."

It was great to catch up with old friends and meet new friends. Dell had tasked each of us to prepare a speech for the attendees. Here I thought it would be a relaxing evening with no pressure. Well we are communication majors and it shouldn't be a surprise that all of the inductees were great. Sorry a bit of bias in that review.

We heard some great stories and fond memories like; Alitia Faccone's story of her first week at the University walking down the steps of Wilson Hall and Peter's audition for "Woody," aka Lauren Woods with a propeller prop in hand.

I shared some of my memories which seemed to have come alive that night as I recalled the great professors who inspired us and my favorite College Center Staff member, Blanche who was the mother of us all on the third floor. She would often visit the radio station or my yearbook office, to make sure we weren't getting into trouble. Blanche would love to say; "I am going to tell John Martin on you!"

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There’s No Such Thing as a Girl’s Sport or a Boy’s Sport

pilaro"Anything you can do, I can do better, I can do anything better than you." These famous Irving Berlin lyrics are very applicable outside of the musical, "Annie, Get Your Gun" they were written for.

To that point, women's sports have always struggled to garner the same amount of media coverage as men. Whether its women's tennis, golf, soccer or basketball, female athletes have always played second fiddle to their male counterparts.

What about the rare instances where women have entered male sports and vice versa? These situations are few and far in between, but there is an obvious double standard depending on which sex crosses over into which sport.

Take Keeling Pilaro for example. In 2012, he became the second boy to play field hockey at a varsity level. This is because Pilaro was raised in Ireland where field hockey is predominately a men's sport.

A story from 2013 in Newsday said that when he returned to Long Island, Pilaro was allowed to play on the Southampton High School junior varsity team because of Title IX, a section of the Education Amendments of 1972 that states, in part, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in...any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance..."

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Everyone Should Leave Barbie Alone

In 1959, Mattel introduced a new toy at the NYC American Toy Fair, Barbie. With blonde hair, red lips, dark eyeliner, and a tiny waist, she was the "it" toy. Barbie has had a 55 year long successful career.

Barbie was first introduced to inspire young girls to be successful in careers of their choice, and not being a housewife. If Barbie could do it, so could you. Barbie had it all; a career, sisters, a hunky boyfriend and friends. When I was growing up, that is what Barbie stood for.

As young girls, we spent hours dressing up Barbie in her bikini, placing her in her hot pink convertible, pretending she was driving to the beaches of Malibu. As a young girl I did not pay attention to the thin body Barbie had, I just wanted to play with her.

Unfortunately, today in our image driven society, people have started to look beyond the true purpose of Barbie. People are associating young girls' body image issues with the infamous doll. Recently, there have been numerous "normal Barbie" campaigns appearing everywhere.

Animator Nickolay Lamm has so much disdain for Barbie that he has created a new doll, named Lammily, to market to young girls as more image friendly. Nickolay claims that girls' expectations of what their bodies look like are severely altered due to the unnatural proportions of Barbie. Although, hundreds upon hundreds of stick thin women are shoved into little girls faces everyday. Clearly Barbie, with her plastic torso and rubber legs is what is giving young girls body issues. Okay Nickolay.

When I read the article "The New Barbie: Meet the Doll with an Average Woman's Proportions" in Time about Nickolay Lamm and his new doll Lammily, I was so angry. First off I would like to ask Nickolay, did he ever play with a Barbie? I cannot once remember playing with my Barbies and thinking, "Wow, I wish I had the same body that Barbie does."

Girls do not look at Barbie as inspiration for how they should look, girls look at real women for inspiration in what they hope to look like. I wonder if anyone has actually asked little girls what they think about Barbie's body.

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Paparazzi, Please No Photos in the Playroom

There's no question that tabloids and gossip magazines cross the line from time to time. Lately, celebrities are fed up and finally beginning to stand up to these magazines in regards to the exploitation of children.

Celebrities are making these tabloids and blogs realize that reporting on and photographing their children is wrong and unethical.

New parents Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have openly discussed their indifferences toward entertainment news sites and their use of children as subjects of stories.

Paparazzi get into lawsuits with celebrities all the time. In today's society it seems it is part of the norm for photographers to harass and swarm around celebs and their children.

It is to the point that if a celebrity steps outside with their child, they are not only putting themselves in danger, but the child as well.

Yes, the celebrity chose to be in the spotlight, but the child didn't. The parents should not have to worry about even taking their children to the grocery store just because they're in the limelight.

Why should I know the name of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter and exactly what she looks like, let alone what she is wearing?

The little girl is less than 10 years old, yet there are websites and magazines reporting on what where she is going to school and which ice cream flavor she likes. I cannot be the only person that thinks that's creepy.

It is even worse that there are people who pay for these pictures. There are people that make a living out of taking a picture of Suri or Blue Ivy.

It is unethical for a random person to photograph an unknown child, and there could be serious charges pressed. So why doesn't the same go for celebrities and their offspring?

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Time to Re-evaluate the Current Majors

When you were young and thought of what you "wanted to be when you grew up" your ideas for a future career may have included a police officer, actress, astronaut or zookeeper. However, as we become adults and pursue higher education, those career paths may change into something not quite as exciting, but just as important and relevant.

As the years go by, times change along with job industries and demands. Consequently, when choosing to attend college, the deciding factor for today's students comes down to whether or not they offer a competitive program that appeals to them.

Some more modern jobs that may not have existed 10 years ago, include mobile or internet marketing, app developers, data scientists, cloud computing and cloud service specialists, and the list goes on.

So how does the University stack up with unique programs? According to MU's website, some of our 48 undergraduate programs include Art, Communication, Fine Arts, Criminal Justice, Math, Business and Sociology to name a few.

MU offers seven programs relating to music or the arts, but on the other hand, only four in business. Here at the University we have over ten programs relating to the sciences, compared to three relating to computer sciences or technology.

The University undoubtedly offers a wide array of programs in many different fields, but are each of the programs necessary or truly beneficial to current and prospective students? I believe there is room to improve.

While every major and area of study is equally important, in the current job market, some may be more competitive and in turn more attractive to students.

Additionally, technology advances rapidly everyday, and it could be extremely beneficial for students to maybe have more IT or computer courses offered to them.

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World News is Important too...

world_news_screenshotTraditional media seems to be slowly fading away as people, especially students, are turning away from the news all together. It would not be surprising today's generation to be turning to social media as a source of information.

It is very obvious that the dynamics of news and media are drastically changing. Unreliable, inaccurate and biased news can be found anywhere nowadays, and it is not always easy to distinguish between the two. I feel as students it is our responsibility to become informed consumers of media.

Globalization makes it imperative that students pay more attention to the news. We are a global society in many ways, with communication, international affairs, economic markets and even now with jobs. As a result, it is important for us to know what is occurring across the globe. It is just as important for students to know what is going on here in the US, because ultimately we are the future of the country.

Most of us are concerned with hot topics: the environment, the safety of the foods we eat, our health, the economy and job market. Significant decisions and changes are made and occur each day relating to these topics, and majority go by without us even being aware of them.

Why? Because for the average college student, a typical day usually does not involve sitting down reading through articles, watching a news segment or listening to NPR. I believe that it should.

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Now is the Time to Get Involved During College

Freshman year anxiety overwhelms you. You think that joining some clubs would be a fun and easy way to get involved and make friends. Yet, sometimes, that anxiety gets in the way of everything.

You're too worried about going to meetings alone, or you tell yourself that you're a freshman so no one is going to care about your opinion anyway. You tell yourself you can wait a year.

Don't sell yourself short. Getting involved is important, and the amount of ways you can at Monmouth is a blessing.

The importance of getting involved is something I cannot stress enough. For me, it changed my entire experience at school. It changed my entire outlook on my future and the life I can build for myself during and after college.

Not only does getting involved in school help build up your resume, but it more importantly can build up your self-esteem and your happiness.

Last year, as a freshman, I was stressed beyond belief with all of my classes. I was scared to get involved, fearing that I would have no time on my hands.

Getting involved with clubs and other activities really doesn't take that much time away from you. Giving up maybe an hour or two of your life to do something you really enjoy, as well as build relationships with new people, helps you more than you realize.

More importantly, I was afraid to put myself out there. Due to my fear and anxiety, I was not happy. I got over that anxiety this year, and I became a happier, more positive person right away. Looking back on my experiences, I wish I had gotten involved sooner.

I had no clue that my experiences from freshman to sophomore year would change immensely, but they have.

Sophomore year, I decided I would step up, I would join at least one club. I was already a member of the first-year honors society, Phi Eta Sigma, but since the induction was last year, I decided I would join something different.

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Cable TV vs. Network TV

Everyone has their favorite show that they cannot miss. My personal favorite, along with many other 20-year-old women, is the show Girls. The show follows four girls in their twenties trying to navigate their life in NYC. Issues ranging from relationships, money, and career paths. Think of a more edgy "Sex and The City".

Airing Sunday nights, "Girls" is in its third season on the cable channel HBO. The show's creator and star Lena Dunham states that she wrote the show because there was no representation of her or her friends on television. There was not a single sitcom show that she felt paralleled her life. So she took her idea to HBO and with the help of Judd Apatow, who is famous for movies like "Knocked Up" and "Superbad", she created an instant hit.

So why did Dunham pitch her idea to HBO and not NBC? The answer is because she could produce her show and present it anyway she felt. She wanted 100 percent creative freedom for her show on cable television. That is what you get with cable television, a major difference between cable and network productions.

Cable programs are a choice that many consumers choose to pay extra for, while network stations such as NBC and CBS give access to everyone. This means more people are exposed to network stations, so the subject matter must be more conservative or viewer conscious. On cable you can pertain to any subject matter you would like. Foulwords are usually banned by on network television. There is usually more violence as well.

Think of a show like the "Sopranos", this show was extremely raunchy. Ranging from the subject matter to the language it would have never been able to broadcast on network television. Yet, viewers truly ate it up and made it extremely successful.

Shows see this trend of success sometimes on cable rather than network. Cable has a bigger budget so it can produce better quality shows. These shows can bring in star power usually not seen on network shows. Cable shows take a look at something different. They have more interesting story lines because unlike network shows they have more to work with.

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The Frightening Dangers of Drunkorexia

Eating disorders are diseases that truly fall under the radar to the public. Many people are unaware of how dangerous they really are to the body. Although all eating disorders are serious and should be known knowledge to everyone, drunkorexia is a recent epidemic that has hit the younger population as a way to dangerously and drastically lose weight.

Explained by medical doctor Dale Archer, "Drunkorexia is the act of restricting food intake or calories by day so one can party and get drunk at night without fear of gaining weight from the extra calories of the alcohol."

This new eating habit is mainly common in young women. At the younger ages of 21 to 24, drinking is a common social event.

Drunkorexia is extremely popular in the drinking crowd because women want to be able to drink without gaining weight.

Women also find drunkorexia has two very desirable side effects, such as getting drunk much faster because of the lack of food in the stomach, as well as vomiting, which victims find comforting because they think they are getting rid of calories.

With such a serious outbreak of drunkorexia, much research has been done in order to find out why someone would want to do this to his or her body. 30 percent of women between 18 and 23 have skipped a meal in order to drink more. 16 percent do it on a regular basis.

Just reading these facts myself as I write them, make me realize how popular such an unfortunate route women are taking to become "thin."

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The Detrimental Effects of List Articles

buzzfeedLists are a great thing; useful in so many way. Great when you need to remember what to get while grocery shopping or to remind yourself what needs to get done. However, lists are not ideal when it comes to expressing your thoughts.

There has been a recent trend in the past year of people becoming obsessed with "listicles" (articles + lists). They're short, to the point, and sometimes come with a cute little moving picture. Maybe it is our generation's attention span, where the thought of reading a well thought-out article seems more like a daunting task than an enjoyable experience.

The New Yorker actually did a study that showed people's minds prefer lists because they take the hard work out of reading, proving they could have detrimental effects on people's ability to write.

If we keep reading these listicles, your brain may no longer want to do the heavy lifting when it comes to writing essays of your own.

We scroll through our Twitter feeds with news, jokes, and people's activities in snippets of no more than 140 characters. Our generation is becoming more and more inclined to think in the short term, with undeveloped, under-explained thoughts.

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