Last updateMon, 29 Apr 2019 1pm


To Club or Not to Club?

default article imageIt’s a tale as old as time, and as true as it can be. A lazy Sunday afternoon after a week’s worth of hustle and bustle. A day to relax and maybe, well, do something. But what? Everybody else seems to be doing something. Or perhaps they’re with someone new. Someone they met by becoming more involved in school activities. While they are at it, they are probably doing something more productive than watching a rerun of the Jersey Shore.

While there are students who get involved in school activities, there still remain those who seem skeptical or downright resistant. What some may not realize is that when they take a part in student involvement, they are not only opening themselves up to new opportunities, but they are benefiting themselves and perhaps someone else as well.

Becoming an active member of student activities shows that students not only want to do more than just be a member of the University, but it shows that they can do more. By joining clubs on campus, whether it is The Outlook, Hawk TV or even a fraternity or sorority, students are displaying their willingness to broaden their horizons.

Although involvement does indeed have its perks, some students may point out busy schedules or simply a lack of interest as a reason to not get involved. A lack of interest should not be a preventing factor. Students should involve themselves in clubs or associations that interest them; involvement is all about working on something in which they are passionate as well as sharing their interests with others.

Reach out to an organization that has to do with your major. For example, if you’re an art or photography major, become a part of those organizations. If this is the profession or field you want to be a part of after your time at Monmouth, then start getting some hands-on experience now. And the best part is, you don’t need to get a grade for it- it’s all about the experience.

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It’s Not About What You Know, It’s Who You Know

It’s an all-too-common story: student works hard and earns A’s throughout their four years of college, takes on an internship, takes part in activities that will be an asset to their resume, graduates… and then cannot find a job.

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Labor, networking accounts for at least 69 percent of all annual hires. This is not surprising when we stop and think about all of the times we have seen someone who is less qualified than us get that coveted summer job. The saying “It’s not what you know, but who you know” seems to ring true in times like these.

This means that besides working to earn top grades, students also need to put their best face forward and get to know their professors, alumni, bosses, and even friends on a more personal level so when the time comes, they could be the ones to put in the word that will land them a career.

Unfortunately, there are many students that take the benefits of networking for granted. Some students wait until their senior year to start developing relationships with their peers, coworkers, professors, and alumni. They always seem to think that the best time to start networking is tomorrow, when really it is today.

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Students Stop and Yield to New Commuter Lot

Here at the University, commuter parking has always been a controversial issue. Commuters complain about the number of parking spaces and the administration tries to figure out ways to make the parking situation a little better. Over the summer, the main commuter lot was renovated and a new traffic pattern was installed.

The parking lot now includes parking spaces in the opposite direction, sidewalks, and better lighting. There are many crossings located throughout the lot that allows students to walk through without having to worry about a car not seeing them when they are walking. To an abundance of students and administrators this sounds safer and more efficient. Its design was to help alleviate the main concerns and complaints that commuters – now known as “non-residents”- frequently have.

The University and construction workers spent countless hours from the end of May through late August, trying to get the parking lot ready for the fall semester. They braved the high heat of the summer, the strong winds of Hurricane Irene, and even an earthquake, just to make sure the parking lot was done in time. Sure enough, the parking lot was completed for the fall semester.

For the most part, the overall feelings of commuters are split right down the middle. Some like the change, while many are not happy with it all.

Those who like it are happy that there are no more speed bumps and that there is more than one road leading towards the exit. Several even like the idea that the road next to the MAC is open and you can now access Lot 25 (the student parking lot near Plangere) from the main parking lot.

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Honor, Remember and Carry On

default article imageAs we return to the Monmouth campus after a short and humid summer, there are other things on our minds besides setting up our dorm rooms and preparing for classes.

This past Sunday, our country mourned the horrific tragedy, September 11, for the 10th time.

It’s hard to imagine that an entire decade has passed since many of us students watched the burning of the two towers on television during our junior high and elementary classes. September 11 is one of those days when, no matter how much time has passed, you know exactly where you were, what you were doing, and the first thoughts that popped into your head.

If you read the front page news story discussing the national disaster, it’s plain and simple: the thousands of lives that were lost are anything but forgotten. Faculty, staff and students commented on their whereabouts that fateful day, their opinions on how the country has changed since 9/11, and more. The footprints are still there from the treacherous state the attacks left America in. Our guards have gone up, and over the course of 10 years they have only gotten thicker instead of easing down.

The University did a wise thing by creating a 9/11 Remembrance Event, that was held this past Sunday on the Residential Quad. A candlelight ceremony, a moment of silence and a toast to a future of recovery and optimism is appropriate for paying our respects.

In a University-wide e-mail sent on Thursday, President Paul G. Gaffney II wrote: “On Sundays we are typically a quiet campus. We will break that tranquility this Sunday as we toll bells to remember the thousands of Americans - some friends, some family - who were lost in the criminal attacks on September 11, a decade ago. We take that moment to reflect, pray, remember.”

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The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151