Last updateFri, 19 Jun 2020 7pm


Dear Mr. President

As you know, this election was like no other. It was the first time a woman was the presidential nominee of one of the two main parties, the first time we had a businessman with no political background as the presidential nominee of the other main party, and one of the most highly controversial elections our country has faced in years. There have been rumors of corruption, deception, and unlawful activity, but now, it’s over. You’ve won. And now we have a few things to ask of you.

As a businessman in office, please represent us well. We have now altered history by electing a leader without a political background to office, so do your best to show us that this decision was a good one. This is a great opportunity to show our nation’s youth that they can truly do anything they aspire to do as long as they work hard enough and believe in themselves. This group of children will grow up watching you lead this country, seeing firsthand that you can do anything if you work hard enough to get there. Be the model that shapes the upcoming generation to be a group of natural leaders and hard workers.

“I would like to see a true role model in the next president,” said one editor. “It may seem cliché that we need a role model in life to look up to, but I think that this next president truly needs to be morally stable in order to keep our country stable…a morally corrupt president could very well be our downfall, so this next leader must be a truly good person to be able to be a good leader.”

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Midterm Madness: Grading the Importance

As the semester hits its midpoint, professors have officially assigned midterm grades to students. These grades typically signify the quality of a student’s work at this point of the semester; however, some of the assigned grades have been questionable.

“I don’t think midterm grades are really taken seriously. For a lot of my classes professors will just count an exam that’s during the week of midterms as our midterm,” said one editor.

Nonetheless, many of the editors felt that midterm grades actually were proper representations of their grades. One editor noted that it is beneficial to see the improvement made from the middle of the semester to the end, when final grades are distributed. However, the general consensus among the editors is that there are so few assignments that the grades typically only reflect a small portion of the overall grade for that respective course.

“I don’t feel that any of my midterm grades have been misaligned, but I have felt in some classes that there were not enough graded assignments to go off of by the time midterm grades were due,” said one editor. “I think it depends on the class. I have had classes before where we only had one major graded assignment when it comes time for midterm grades to come out and that was our midterm grade.”

Another editor added that professors like to keep students in-check. If a student has an A, perhaps he/she will not work as hard to maintain it, therefore an A- ensures that the student will continue to produce quality work.

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Hawks Fly Home for Homecoming

Homecoming weekend is upon us, and this is a time for our campus community to come together and feel a sense of pride.

“Homecoming to me means seeing the alumni and getting to hang out with them for the day,” one editor said. “I love tailgating with my sorority and catching up with sisters who have graduated. I love how all of Monmouth is together during the day and it feels like a big community.”

“I think it’s about school spirit and people just having fun and watching something they enjoy and getting together,” another editor said.

The homecoming events begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with the pep rally at OceanFirst Bank Center. It is an event meant to get the students ready for the football game the following day, but not everybody on campus attends the pep rally.

“I am not a huge sports fan and also since I am a commuter, it really is not an event that I would stay on campus for,” one editor said.

“I have attended the pep rally the last two years to cover it for The Outlook and freshman year I went to get a free t-shirt but I never really enjoyed it much. Not many people go and it feels pointless,” another editor said.

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We Need More Diversity at MU

Diversity is defined by The Outlook as a range of different cultures within the people we interact with. We live in a world where we have witnessed and learned about people who fought through injustices that were once a huge part of our society. These injustices were unearthed because of activists’ recognition of our society’s inability to embrace different cultures and races. Our society looks up to individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who have fought for the rights of people. Even though it seems like we have progressed significantly as a country and in our views as a society, there is still a lot that we have yet to accomplish. At the University this may be due to its lack of cultural and racial diversity.

The Outlook editors agreed that Monmouth’s campus is not wholly diverse, but aknowledges that over the past few years the population has gradually diversified. Several editors noted that they have seen a change on our campus since their first year at Monmouth.

One editor said, “I think there has been an increase in diversity since I first became a student, but I think Monmouth has a lot of catching up to do.”

When it comes to the University as a whole, editors agree that our campus is not extremely diverse but we seem to be moving forward. When it comes to the diversity of on campus social groups, it is agreed that there’s an absence of diversity.

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The Votes Have It

The presidential election is in full swing, and it has been a fiery fight to the finish line. With two final nominees, the country will be heading to the voting booths in November to select the next Chief Executive for the following four to eight years.

The Outlook editors weigh in on the madness and discuss the importance of voting in this election.

Overwhelmingly, the Outlook editors are not enthused by either of the candidates in this historical race, and some are even afraid. One editor said, “This election has been pretty scary. Different media outlets are portraying both candidates awfully.”

Another said, “It is frightening how the country is so torn between these two candidates because of how bad we think they are.”

According to an article by Catharine Rampell in the Washington Post, voter turnout of young adults has been low for decades, and the Outlook editors discussed why that might be. “I think that 18-24 year olds vote least in elections because they are the most uninformed group. There are some that do not vote because they don’t know what to make of the candidates and some that are simply just not registered,” said an editor.

A majority of the editors have been registered since they were legal. “I registered when I turned 18 in Oct. 2012 so that I could vote in the 2012 election. I am very excited and look forward to voting this November in what is sure to be one of the most historic elections in history,” said an editor.

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Hawks Soaring with Pride

With the most recent success of our men’s basketball team this past spring, students are curious to see if the immense increase in school spirit that emerged in the spring semester has carried over to this semester’s fall sports.

One editor said, “There was a surge of school spirit shot into the campus community [last semester] because of the success of our athletes. It really helped that they were doing well, and the bench was making headlines.”

The major publicity of our basketball team has led many students to question whether this surge in school spirit would benefit other sports in the upcoming year.

Well, the year has come and many editors agree that the school spirit and anticipation at the University has amplified for the upcoming basketball season; however, it isn’t as clear how the school spirit has affected this year’s fall sports.

One editor said, “I think the school spirit has carried over. The anticipation for this upcoming basketball season is higher than it probably has been before. [But,] even though Monmouth has very good soccer teams, I feel that the build-up for those seasons was the same as in past seasons.”

Unfortunately, the other editors tend to agree that the fall sports still are not getting as much love as they deserve. Our football team is doing an incredible job recently with a current record of 2-2, but it doesn’t look like attendance has risen for their student section .

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A Thank You to Jules L. Plangere, Jr.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Thank You JLP

The University community recently received the sad news that Jules L. Plangere, Jr. passed away at age 95. Plangere left an impact on the University that will live on forever. The editors at The Outlook have been reflecting on his legacy and all that his great work has done, not only for the communication department, but for the entire campus. As we walk these halls we will remember the generous man who helped shape what Monmouth is today. We want to thank him for all that he has done.

“If it was not for Plangere’s generous contributions, I would not be able to work at The Outlook each week alongside my fellow editors. He has provided Monmouth’s communication students with a place that facilitates the growth of our knowledge and creativity within our field of study,” described one editor.

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“Today is Your Day, Your Mountain is Waiting, So Get on Your Way”

Another new school year is upon us. As September rolls in many students can’t help but think about all the changes and challenges that usually come with a fresh school year. New classes, new professors, new friends, maybe living in a new dorm or in an off-campus rental, new responsibilities, and a whole new schedule.

Since freshman year there have been several changes and challenges in my life. Yet one thing has always remained constant throughout my college career, and that would be The Outlook.

When starting the year as a freshman at Monmouth University, the first piece of advice any upperclassman will give you is to join a club. This helps you make friends, keeps you motivated and involved, and helps you grow. Often times, these clubs become like a family, a home away from home. Whether you join Hawk TV, Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Government Association (SGA), or any of the amazing clubs on campus they are sure to become your family. This is one of the things The Outlook has provided for me and I hope this always continues to be a home for new and old members of the paper.

This year I will be the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) at The Outlook. Holding this position means more to me than I feel I can properly articulate. I have grown up here and always hoped I would one day hold the position, but never honestly saw myself achieving this long term goal as it seemed almost unattainable to my young freshman eyes.

Now that it is my senior year I am both excited to take on the challenge of being EIC and saddened to see my time at The Outlook and at Monmouth come to an end. Luckily, I’ve had the opportunity to watch several editors before me graduate and go on to be successful, hardworking individuals. I have big shoes to fill but I feel confident in myself and will do my best to live up to these expectations.

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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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