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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

School’s Out for the Summer (Already)

The Outlook Staff Discusses the Newly Implemented 14 Week Schedule

This past year, the University has opted for a 14-week schedule of classes compared to the usual 15-week schedule. The shortened schedule added an extra five minutes to each class, but cut a whole week off of the semester.

The change affects both professors and students. The Outlook editors agree that it seems as though professors were not as prepared for the schedule change as they seemed to be at the beginning of the semester.

One editor said, “As the semester is coming to a close my workload has become very hard to manage.”

The extra five minutes at the end of each class was supposed to equate for the missed week, but the editors do not believe it has served its purpose. Just a few extra minutes does not give enough time to teach a whole new lesson or appropriately continue a previous lesson. Instead, the extra time is used to reiterate what has already been said, or let class out early. One editor said, “I’m not sure if the extra five minutes really adds up to an extra week of classes but it does not feel like it does and I have not really noticed a difference in how long I am in class for each week.”

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Be Prepared

An Outlook Staff Opinion on How Prepared We Feel About Potential Terrorist Attacks in Light of Recent Events Around the World

We hear about terrorism almost everyday. Whether we are scrolling through our Twitter feed, receiving an update from an app on our phone, flipping through the channels on the television, or having a conversation with friends and family. However, is terrorism really talked about on campus? The Outlook staff has found that conversations regarding terrorism rarely occur on our college campus, which is strange considering the mass amounts of school shootings our country has suffered through. These events prove that being among those affected by a terrorist attack can happen to any of us no matter where we are.

With that being said, the University should take effective measures to train and educate students on evacuation procedures during the time of an emergency such as school shootings and terrorist attacks. While no one can be fully prepared for a life-threatening situation, basic knowledge of emergency procedures could be beneficial. Most editors believe they do not know what to do if a terrorist attack were to occur on campus or in our surrounding area and therefore, more preparation is necessary.

One editor said, “I think that campus should talk more about what the evacuation procedure would be if there were an attack. It would be safe not just for a terrorist attack, but shootings happen on college campuses all the time and we should be prepared for any type of emergency.”

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Proud to be a Hawk

The Outlook Reflects on the Recent Success of University Athletics, Academics and Enrollement Numbers

Monmouth University, once an unassuming private university on the Jersey Shore, has now had the taste of the limelight. Our basketball team has garnered national attention, thanks in part to creative and humorous celebrations of the Monmouth Bench. Additionally, Monmouth University has made headlines with its polling institute.

Possibly due to this attention, Monmouth has seen a six percent increase in the number of student applications from the year prior, according to The Asbury Park Press. Has this recent attention bettered Monmouth’s reputation? Do current students feel more pride? The Outlook’s editorial board weighs in.

One editor said that he noticed Monmouth’s basketball team started getting attention once they beat big schools like UCLA and Notre Dame. Another editor noticed an increase in popularity due to the increase in attendance. She said, “I realized that this season was different when the team started getting national media coverage and also when students were required to get a voucher in order to even get into the game.”

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#PrayForBrussels #PrayForTheWorld

Pray For Brussles

The Outlook editorial staff is saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels, Belgium. We send our deepest condolences to Belgium and to all affected by this tragedy.

The Business of Saving Money

The Outlook’s Advice on how to Save Money in College

As the semester begins to wind down, and the summer plans are right around the corner, the anxiety of where our money is going becomes prevalent in our minds. How does a broke college student make ends meet when we already have the full time jobs of going to school? Well, The Outlook Staff has a couple tips that will help lessen the burden of the hole in your wallet.

One of the key words to saving money is responsibility. Since we are in the stages of becoming full grown adults, and we begin to take on more tasks, it has a more loaded meaning. One way to be responsible is be aware of what you have. One editor mentioned, “I think just being responsible and aware of your account balance and spending ratio at all times is important to managing your money.”

Now what do you do if you’re an impulsive shopper? One editor adviced, “Don’t treat yourself as much as you want to because you’ll regret it. Use your money sparingly.” However, it is easier said than done, and it happens to the best of us. If you are found guilty of this, maybe setting up a goal with how to spend your savings after a certain amount is a great motivator to get you started.

One editor mentioned, “Have a goal that you are saving for. If you feel like you’ll spend your money have someone you trust save it for you. You’ll save so much money if you don’t buy food all the time.”

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The Most Admirable Women

Malala Yousafzai

She is the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Prize. I think she is admirable because she is a true leader of this generation, and she fights for women and girls education.

Phillis Wheatley

She was the first black female poet to ever be published. Her poetry, while on the surface may seem plain and basic, is packed with many subtle messages against slavery and against social injustice. She is admirable because she was a pioneer in the literary world for African American women.

Angelina Jolie

She strives to live a life of use to others, which led her to be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award in 2013. She works tirelessly to give men and women across the world the same opportunities in life that she has.

Lady Gaga

She is an unstoppable, record-breaking, multi-platinum, award winning musician, singer, actress, writer, and philanthropist. Gaga is admirable because has been an advocate for equal rights and anti-bullying. She set up the Born This Way foundation to create a kinder world and to help young people who are being bullied or are depressed.

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And the Grammy Goes to...

The Outlook’s Opinion on Awards Season

Grammy AwardsLights, camera, action! It’s that time of year again—awards season. Every year awards season comes around and many debate on whether or not to watch the variety of different awards shows. From movies to music, the entertainment industry set forth a wide array of shows that hope to gain the attention of a media consumer audience. The two main categories are music and movies. Usually, this would cover the interest of most everyone, but it seems to be that the hype and allure of awards shows is dying. The editors of The Outlook discuss their interest levels.

It seems as though many editors are interested more in music awards shows like the VMAs, Video Music Awards, and CMAs, Country Music Awards. It is much more accessible to be a fan for the music awards shows because one can hear music freely whenever, wherever. Another positive aspect of the music awards shows are the various musical acts. One editor said, “I like the VMAs the best because I love to see the performances.”

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An Outlook Opinion: College Student Religious Views

College is a time to grow individualised perspectives of the world through diverse interactions we have with people and experiences. Religiousness at college can play a large, or small role in your life as a student depending on what it means to you.

While a majority of the Outlook editors were raised in Catholic households but attended public schools, a few attended religious primary or secondary schools, or regularly went to weekly services. Although many of the editors felt that they were raised with religion, others disclosed that they were not pushed to be religious. One editor said, “My mom is kind of religious, but my dad isn’t really. Neither are very strict about beliefs but my mom holds some principles like saying grace before dinner.”

For some, there is something about college that makes religious traditions more difficult to maintain. Many of the editors feel that it is hard to attend religious services while in college, however, others feel that religiosity is possible to uphold no matter the circumstance. One editor shared, “I think religion is very important to me. I still pray every day and make the conscious effort to go to mass.”

The meaning of religion can transform once you come to college. You may be raised with an understanding of religion that changes once you begin to feel more independent about making your own personal decisions. “I realized that you don’t have to go to church or any other services in order to believe in something. You can worship on your own if you choose, or just pray when you feel that you need to,” said an editor.

The more we are educated the more we learn about varying beliefs. Throughout history people have used faith to justify abhorrent acts. In recent events terrorists have used religion to to justify horrific acts.

Some feel that the decrease in religiosity in young adults is because of continuous corruption in organized religion. One editor used the analogy, “one bad apple spoils the bunch. One bad impression can leave a person turned off to the idea of any organized religion.”

For some, college is meant to be the time of our lives. A period where twenty-somethings can experiment and throw care to the wind, sometimes straying from their religion.

“Most college students just want to go crazy and disaffiliate with the beliefs their family instilled such as no drinking, no smoking, and go to church every sunday,” said an editor.

Others dislike the notion of religion completely, believing that it restricts their intellectual freedom.

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Can’t Buy Me Love

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and along with boxes of chocolates and bouquets of roses, there seems to be an air of cynicism that surrounds the holiday. Traditionally, on February 14 the love you have for your significant other is exhibited through store-bought gifts and cliché Hallmark cards. For singles this holiday is a yearly reminder that you are still alone, but for those that are in relationships it a time to flaunt how “in love” you are with one another. Many people debate that Valentine’s Day is not truly about love, but it is about a partner’s feelings of obligation to shower their partner with material gifts. Is this holiday legitimate or is it merely for the monetary gain of industries? The Outlook weighs in on this so-called “Hallmark holiday”.

Once the ball has dropped in Times Square, it seems as if the shelves at stores become an endless array of heart-shaped merchandise and stuffed teddy bears. However, if we reflect back onto the origins of Valentine’s Day it has nothing to do with Whitman’s assortment of chocolates. St. Valentine was a priest that strongly believed in love and marriage. He would secretly marry couples during the reign of Claudius, an emperor that prohibited marriages. Prior to St. Valentine’s execution, in his last letter, he signed off with the sentiment, “from your Valentine.” When touching upon the validity of this holiday many Outlook editors believe that it is a legitimate holiday, but it has been highly influenced by industries. One editor shared her thoughts, “There’s no reason not to celebrate being with someone you love once a year. It’s like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. It has turned into a huge consumer holiday, but the original concept is nice.”

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Ctrl Alt Learn

As technological developments have rapidly increased over the last several years, teaching methods and classroom settings have gone through tremendous changes. Gone are the days of chalkboards and slide projectors; today, schools use iPads and touch screens. Many teachers and professors show videos, share articles, and have discussions online. While these innovations have certainly led to many improvements, are all of these advancements for the better? The Outlook weighs in.

One of the most common changes in the classroom has been the personal use of technology. Just about every student carries a smart phone with him or her to class, and many bring his or her laptop or MacBook to take notes. Though it is common to see someone typing away at their desk, The Outlook editors expressed an overwhelming preference for handwriting notes. “I usually opt to write my notes out on paper in class, and I find that most people do the same. I think that writing out notes helps with retaining what you’re learning,” one editor said. Others explained that they were just more used to writing notes out and have found them easier to study from.

Those that do bring laptops to class often face the struggle of being distracted by the internet. For this reason, some professors have completely banned the use of laptops in the classroom. “I’ve had a few professors ban laptops because they claim that they’re a distraction for the people using them and also to everyone who sits behind them, especially if the students using computers are spending time on Facebook,” one editor explained.

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Right Back at it Again

Returning to school from a month off may not seem like much. Weren’t we just here? However, with a new semester comes new classes, new professors and new opportunities. While we search for the familiar faces in each of our classes and around campus, we have moved on from our previous class settings and endeavor to find new experiences.

Soon I, as well as almost every senior, will be searching the real world for a job that is half as good as our time spent at the University. Other than making appearances at Homecoming next Fall, we will be leaving MU behind for a career that our professors have so adequately prepared us for.

Working on The Outlook staff is not new to me, however, taking on the role of Editor-In-Chief is. With one semester left in my Monmouth University career, I aim to make a lasting impression. For over 80 years, The Outlook has been a reliable source of University news for the entire campus and beyond, and I would like us to continue to grow our readership.

I have had the privilege of working under five incredible leaders since my involvement in The Outlook, each delivering something new and great to the publication. These leaders who I am lucky enough to call my friends have left behind a traditional news source while continuing to progress with modern journalism trends. I would like to continue their legacy by leaving behind a reputable source of information for students, faculty and the surrounding community while expanding our reach.

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