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Editorial

Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

SGA Minutes 2/22/12

default article imageThe SGA met on February 15 for a general meeting. President Nicole Levy reminded the Senate about volunteer opportunities such as the “Undie Run” possible “Penny War” and an opportunity to help those affected by the Brighton fire tragedy. Vice President Nagy addressed the Senate about the staff of the University being rude. She asks that you file a concise statement about the situation. Nagy also wanted to remind everyone that there is a doctor and psychiatrist at the Heath Center for eight to 10 hours a week and are available in case of emergency.

Alternative Spring break is coming up and this year it is a trip to Guatemala. The group is requesting money to help fund their trips. This is a community service trip and those who have done it in the past have come back with once in a lifetime experience.

Nagy also commented on the 260 cases of the Norovirus at Princeton and Rider. She wanted to assure the students that there is an enormous effort to sanitize the campus. The fire marshal recently explained that the doors in the Student Center doors are intended to be used as fire doors and can no longer be propped open.

Ravi Shah of Student Affairs came and addressed the University’s attempt at recycling more on campus. The University is also looking into installing a large amount of new solar panels. Some students have complained that the landscaping crew has been using leaf blowers and lawnmowers too early in the morning on the residential side. The goal is to have them use the tools past 10 a.m.

Carmine Ruocco spoke with Vice President Nagy about the use of meal plans in multiple locations. Students will be able to use their meal plan in the Student Center, Shadows and Magil Dining Hall. Students will also be able to transfer declining dollars from the fall semester to the spring semester but it will not allow the dollars to be transferred from the spring to the fall of the following school year.

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New Dormitory Houses Different Opinions

default article imageOne thing students might worry about when coming to campus is finding a place to live. With the limited housing available for campus dorms, trying to get a place could be harder than studying for a midterm. Yet, with the recent announcement that a new dorm is being built, it seems like incoming and/or returning students might have one less problem to worry about. However, the idea that this new dorm is intended for freshman might not be as well received equally.

First off, the benefit of having a new dorm on campus is the sense of having guaranteed housing. Although it might not be a total guarantee, a new number of living spaces on campus could help to even the odds for new and returning students.

Additionally, it demonstrates how the increasing number of incoming students is being addressed by the University. They see that the best way to match the number of high school students interested in attending the University is to find a way to create additional housing. With more living spaces, there’s the possibility that these students might choose to attened the University rather than another institution.

Furthermore, having a new dorm shows that the campus is continually growing. It’s great to see the University wondering how they can continue to either fix an issue like on-campus housing or working to improve the University’s look. Surely, students remember when the new science building was being built and how nice it appears on campus now. It will be interesting to see how the new dorm adds to the campus’ aesthetics and improves upon them.

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Are Freshmen Becoming More Serious?

default article imageWith the rise of unemployment in our country, some researchers are also seeing a rise in maturity levels of college freshmen. According to the recent “American Freshman” poll, 85.9 percent of first year students in the United States said that being able to land a job is the most important reason for attending college.

According to an article by Larry Gordon on MCT Campus Wire, this is the strongest response to the question in 40 years and is sharply higher than the 70.4 percent in 2006 before the recession began. Most of the editors at The Outlook think otherwise.

The first year at college is still a wakeup call for most students. It’s the year during which they are re-establishing themselves within their social circles and figuring out who they really are. It’s the year of big transitions and big changes in a student’s life which essentially makes them more focused on dealing with those changes, than landing a job after college. They are more concerned with being accepted by their new friends and finally being able to have “freedom” away from parents or guardians. To most first-year students, freshman year is about testing boundaries, when they should be focused on attaining their degree.

The majority of us had to take general education classes that are usually filled with first year students. We came to a conclusion that their attitude really takes a long time to snap into college mode. Most of the students still treated the coursework with a high school attitude. Several of them were more concerned with where the party is the upcoming Thursday rather than the paper due on that same day.

On the other hand, some freshmen are realizing the effects of the failing economy on their careers because of professors. A lot of professors are opening students’ eyes to the situation in our country and urging students to get involved with leadership groups on campus in order to enrich their resumes. But are these students listening? Most of the students that want to get involved are juniors or seniors, who suddenly seem to have a wakeup call.

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In Sports We Trust?

The 2011 NFL season has been overflowing with “Tebowmania.” The unorthodox quarterback of the Denver Broncos has pulled off miracle wins throughout the course of the season and he has not sheltered his religious beliefs from the media. In press conferences he’s sure to thank “the Lord” for each win and he has become famous for getting down on one knee during games and praying to God.

He has been praised about being a great role model for kids. Many people love the idea of having a “good Christian boy” that several people through the world can look up to.

This has sparked an issue that has not been present in the media for quite some time. It is the idea of the role of religion in sports and whether or not it belongs there.

First off, Tim Tebow is not the first athlete to make his religious beliefs known. For example, pitchers in baseball have been seen giving themselves the sign of the cross before they step on the mound and when batters hit a home run, how many times have you see that athlete touch home and point up to the sky? Basically, these religious gestures are something that occur all the time.

So if they occur all of the time then why has Tebow taken the world by the storm? The answer is simple. He always talks about his beliefs in God and has been one of the most if not the most outspoken professional athletes in regards to religion.

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Music and Your Mood

default article imageMusic has power to alter the moods of all those who come to hear it. In the past, some types of music have had the ability to start riots, while other kinds can promote peace. Some tunes can make someone fall in love, while other songs can encourage hate.

Does music have some mind-altering power? I absolutely think so.

Since the spirit of music is so influential, it is vital to deliberate what style of music is appropriate in specific situations.

First step in judging what music is most proper is to consider all types of music. There is a time and place that fits all music whether it’s rock and roll, rap, hip-hop, soul, R&B, electronic, or soft instrumental Jazz!

The second step is to scan the area in which the music is going to be played.

The atmosphere in the room should somehow reflect the music playing. After attending many music festivals, I have seen this phenomenon first hand.

While hopping from shows to see a variety of different bands, I have seen how the music can change an attitude in a heartbeat. 

Music can influence people into having a good time or do the very opposite.

For example, imagine the college party scenario. In a group, it is key to create a playlist of music with a solid dance beat and catchy lyrics.

If the group is unpleased or unfamiliar with the tunes playing, the vibe in the room can become quite dull.

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That Awkward Moment When... Your Boyfriend Leaves You to be Eaten by Jaws

default article imageMy hands glide through the water as I pretend to not clumsily paddle deeper into the ocean.

The foam surfboard is underneath me, the sun beaming high above me, and my boyfriend’s glistening in sweat and salt water a couple feet beside me.

My bikini has never looked so good against my smooth tan skin.

I sit up straddling my board and look back towards shore.

It’s the most perfect day a girl could ask for.

I gaze at my boyfriend as he paddles to catch a wave; his arms outstretched showcasing his hardworking muscles.

His wet hair whips back as he jumps up on the board and rides effortlessly to shore.

I’m immediately thrown into a daydream where I’m a helpless city girl visiting the beach who gets swept away. My boyfriend must swim after me, his arms paddling viciously against the cruel ocean.

Wave after wave crashes over me as time dwindles on his life saving mission.

He finally reaches me, his hands strongly taking hold of my weak body. “I’ve got you,” he whispers in my ear as he guides me back to land.

Reaching the sand, he carries me to safety, my body too weak from its battle with the ocean.

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Before You Leave the Great Lawn...

Once mid-January came around, Hawks were bustling back to classes, anticipating (or not) for another semester. Many students may have been groaning at how quickly winter break passed as they were already spending hundreds of dollars on more textbooks. But for approximately 1,000 seniors, they have been feeling like the opposite end of the spectrum.

For those graduating, including several Outlook editors, these next few months as Monmouth Hawks will be our last. And if you’re not, well, you still need to take advantage of what the University and its surrounding community has to offer. Not to get all sentimental about it, but seniors, you can be miserable and fearful of the dark and frightening ‘real world’ out there, or you can stand tall, stand proud and most importantly, stand Blue and White.

Here are some tips to abide by to make your final undergraduate semester at the University your greatest and most memorable yet.

Soar, Hawks. Not literally, but get on a plane and do some traveling! If you had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, Spain, England or Australia, that’s great news. If you’re a senior and weren’t able to fulfill such a wish, you can still do your own traveling in the tri-state area, or even West Long Branch itself with the friends we’ll be surrounded with until May. Take as many random trips as possible, whether it’s to Atlantic City, New York or anywhere in between. It might be the last chance to do something like that; once you get a ‘real job’ you may not have the option to take vacation time for quite a while. Don’t forget about your own backyard here at the University. Never been to Pier Village to eat at It’s Greek to Me or the Turning Point? Try them both, you won’t regret it.

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Occupying Off-Campus Housing During Breaks

College life is nothing without dormitories and off-campus housing where students learn a great deal about independence. However, when coming close to the end of the semester, such freedom can feel like it is ending. While it stands to reason that some students are excited to go back home, other may have different reasons to stay and want to remain in their housing through the break until the following semester begins.

For the most part, this situation is geared more toward those living in off-campus housing than dormitories. Although there are some dormitories that have kitchens, those who live in off-campus housing, students are given more amenities, in addition to having a form of transportation. With dorms, it means more work for the University police to make sure everything is safe and sound at a time that’s generally void of students. If you have the accommodations to allow living off-campus and choosing to remain there, why should students have to depart?

For some students, this means taking a leave of absence from any employment they might have while on campus. If they are working at a store in the mall or a local business to earn money for classes, book, etc., then it could put a dent on their plans. In other words, this would mean leaving one job and searching for another for only a few weeks. Staying in the area would allow students to keep working and then use that money for tuition, etc.

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Do You “Like” Social Media?

Over the past few years, social media has quickly grown bigger and bigger. Everywhere we look there is now some reference to social media. CNN has viewers tweet their thoughts in on a news story, bands and businesses have Facebook pages that you can “like” to gain more access to information about that topic, employers search for possible new employees on LinkedIn, and of course, we as individual people have our own accounts in social media. As social media continues to grow, many feel that it is important to be literate in these areas, and know both how to use them and how to stay out of trouble while doing so. There are many positives to what social media has brought to the world, but at the same time one can’t help but look at the negatives as well.

First of all, in present day it seems as though having an understanding of how to use social media is basically a necessity. Today, words like “tweet” and “friend” have become verbs and mostly everyone seems to be involved in social media in some way, whether it’s having a Facebook, Twitter, or a LinkedIn account. It’s not just an idea that exists with teenagers anymore. Now, parents, grandparents, commercial brands, and other businesses have also got involved in the trend that is social media. Because businesses are involved, knowing how to use social media is now a strength to possible employees and it looks great on a resume. Employers also like to see that you are keeping up with the digital age and are making a presence for yourself online.

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To Build or Not to Build? That is the Question

default article imageSometimes, it becomes hard to enjoy the quaint, homey beauty of the campus of our University when all we can hear are hammers through the walls of our classrooms. Some of us also have to spend our classtimes in trailers, and we wake up to the sound of drills.

Many University students can’t even remember a time when Monmouth was not working on some sort of construction. The most recent construction projects include the Edison Science Building addition, Multipurpose Activity Center, the tennis courts, and the detention basin. Right behind these projects were the Jules Plangere Building, McAllan Hall, and the renovation of Redwood and Oakwood Halls. Since 1994, $175 million of construction have been done.

It brings forth the question of whether or not the inconveniences of construction to the students are worth the modernized buildings that are being built. For some students, this construction can seriously disrupt their own learning experience that they, in all fairness, paid tuition for. How can we be expected to do science experiments in a trailer, when we signed up for a science classroom in the Edison Science Building? How can we listen to a lecture when we can barely hear what our professor is saying through the sounds of a drill?

Many of the current students will not get a chance to even enjoy the renovations that they sit through classes in trailers in order to receive, as many of our recent alumni have not even gotten the opportunity to enjoy our new residence halls and academic buildings. This especially makes all of the disruptions and irritations not worth it to current students who had to endure it.

Some students, although understanding of the University’s need to grow and improve, do not see the point of constant construction projects. One possibility is to halt construction every few years to just give students a little break from the constant change and awkward middle ground of going to a school that really isn’t quite finished yet. This way, we could really have a chance to enjoy our campus and just be students who don’t have to worry about avoiding yet another construction detour.

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A Major and Minor Deal With New Courses

default article imageImagine opening your textbook to understand what Homeland Security is about and how to apply its concepts or using motion graphics to creating something out of thin air. While these two ideas might seem different, they are actually majors and minors available for students. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences currently offers a graduate certificate in Homeland Security while the Department of Communication has an interactive media minor. Although both of these grasp the ideals of today’s society, it remains that more can be done to promote them and expand upon present fields of study.

However, before we go further, one should understand what exactly constitutes a college major and minor. According to collegeboard.com, “A major is simply a specific subject that students can specialize in.” As for minors, they allow students to gain more insight into other areas while focusing on their main area of study.

First off, these courses are solid ideas for today’s world. Ten or so years ago, homeland security was still an important issue but times have changed. This goes too for the interactive media minor since almost a decade ago, the Internet and technology as a whole was not geared toward creating videos, using motion graphics, creating interactive websites, and more. These two examples are a reflection of how the University realizes that the workforce and career paths are changing and are giving students an opportunity to use this to their advantage.

Overall, areas of study like these and many more make the campus and University distinctive from other institutions. However, the University is not alone is thinking this way. According to mainstreet.com, the University is in line with other education facilities in regards to new majors and minors by reporting, “…as changing technology and social trends create new opportunities in a job-strapped economy, some institutions are beginning to offer programs in everything from social media to homeland security to prepare students for life in the 21st Century.”

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