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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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Time of the Year

As the semester is coming to a close and the holidays begin to get closer, there has been a change in the air. The “Holiday Madness” season has begun, as houses are being decorated, stores are having their sales, and food is everywhere. It’s that wonderful time of the year where we can spread joy, and make our friends and family happy.

Since it only happens once a year, The Outlook editors believe people look forward to it, and become very excited when it arrives. This motivates people to go all out and truly enjoy themselves. However, it does become very intense.

Since it is the season of giving and receiving, people generally become more generous and donate to a lot of charities and like to help others. Some stores even partner up with a local charity to help with donations. However, one editor believes that “it’s hard to get donations because so many stores are asking nowadays.”

But there are those people who are just on the verge of making the naughty list during this time, and ruin the joy of others, especially when it comes to retail. Beginning with Black Friday, people seem to be very selfish with trying to get their hands on the next hot item and we forget about others. Then there are others that are naughty with the intention of being nice. They try to give gifts to their friends and loved once but will stop at nothing until they get what they want.

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Thank You Monmouth For Being You

As another Thanksgiving day comes and passes, The Outlook editors reflected on what we are thankful for at Monmouth University. There are the obvious answers such as the men’s basketball team finishing third in the Advocare Invitational in Orlando, the beautiful landscape, and the occasional sighting of a hawk on campus.

With all this said, we would like to take some time and thank the administration for their dedication to the Monmouth community. The Outlook editors never once feel threatened or nervous about publishing a story because the University lets us write what we feel is important, whether it is good press or not.

An editor said, “I feel that the University respects our right to free speech. When there are tough questions that need to be answered administrators are usually transparent and helpful. I commend the University for the respect they have for student journalists.”

Although many of the editors agree that sometimes they receive backlash for writing in the opinions section, there is never malice. “I wrote a touchy article for the opinions section and received a letter from a faculty member who did not agree with my opinion. The letter did not say that my opinion was wrong; the faculty member just wanted to get their opinion on the matter out in the open as well,” said an editor.

The Outlook is also grateful for the numerous amount of clubs offered by the University. It is not normal to find clubs that encourage membership from all majors, but the University is a rare exception. Besides The Outlook, our editors are active members in the Outdoors Club, Students Advocating Girls Education, Greek Life, PRSSA, etc. The amount of clubs at the University appears limitless; If there’s not something for you, Monmouth lets you create it. In fact, The Outlook believes that the University encourages students to be members of multiple clubs on campus and look for ways to explore beyond their major.

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Paris, Lebanon, and Kenya Attacks

Peace ParisThe Outlook editorial staff is saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France. We send our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy.

We also send our condolences to Lebanon and Kenya, countries that also were attacked on Friday, Nov. 13.


Editor's Note:

In last week’s issue of The Outlook, “How To Overcome Heartbreak,” printed in the Lifestyles section, was attributed to Julia Burke, which was incorrect. The correct author was Hannah Dumas.

You’re Hired: On Campus Jobs

As college students, it is helpful to have a job that aids in some expenses and provides extra spending money. At MU, there are a plethora of on-campus jobs available, but still some students opt to work off-campus.

The Outlook editors work in a variety of jobs including a student ambassador, writing center tutor, box office assistant, and graphic print center assistant, among others.

Here at the Outlook, the editors had differing opinions on whether it is better to work on-campus or off-campus.

One editor said, “I like working on campus because my office is relatively flexible with hours and things like that, especially because they understand that school work and classes come first. You can actually only work 20 hours a week anywhere on campus, so I think that Student Employment really knows and understands that sometimes a student’s job isn’t always their first priority.”

Many editors agreed that working on-campus is convenient for resident students, whereas those who live off-campus find it easier to work elsewhere.

“The best part of working on campus is the flexibility,” said one editor. “I tell them at the beginning of each semester what days I can work and they usually only schedule me one day a week which is great because I have so many other things going on like class, The Outlook and my off campus job. Also, the people I work with are great. They’re all super nice and everyone in the office gets along great.”

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Do Commuter and Residential Students Utilize the Library?

As the fall semester progresses students are forced to face the reality of midterms and finals. At times it can be difficult to find a nice quiet place to study. The University offers the library space for students to seek solitude when they need to cram for those final exams and complete term papers. With free printing, places to meet for group projects, and help from the reference desk, the library offers assistance to all students focusing on their studies.

However, do both commuter and residential students make their way to the library frequently? The Outlook editors weigh in.

Many editors agree that the library is a space primarily for resident students, claiming that many commuters have a space at home where they can study and do their homework. “I never go to the library now that I live off campus but when I lived at school I was in there just about every day,” said an editor.

I live on campus and I go to the library at least four times a week,” said an editor.

Another editor who lives on campus explained, “I honestly never go to the library unless I’m really struggling to get work done. I go maybe once a semester.”
Often, it is difficult to find a quiet space in the dorms to study, leading residential students to make use of the library.Resident students are sometimes subject to loud neighbors and all of the other noises that come with living in a dorm,” said one editor. “I go to the library primarily because my roommates are inconsiderate and loud, so I must have peace when I work,” added another editor.

Many commuters rent houses locally with a group of friends and often go home in-between class. This is not an option for students who live far away. Some students may find refuge in the library in between classes if they are commuting from a significant distance. “Commuters who actually commute (not live 10 minutes away renting) use the library a lot for somewhere to go in between classes,” explained an editor.

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Home Sweet Homecoming

4,591 Monmouth students, alumni, fans and more showed up to the Homecoming game this past weekend against the number one team in the FCS, Coastal Carolina. Although the football team came up just short of arguably the biggest upset in our school’s history, the story lies outside the lines of Kessler Field. The attendance at Saturday’s game along with the environment it provided was something foreign to our West Long Branch campus. Rowdy, passionate, possibly intoxicated fans packed the bleachers to support their team. Those of us that went to the game understand, but words can’t describe the atmosphere.

As you pulled into the parking lot of the Multipurpose Activity Center, the mood was different. A normal football game for the Hawks might include a decent amount of tailgating and a few devoted fans having a good time outside the field pregame. For reference, the Hawks played host to the #22 ranked Liberty Flames and managed to knock them off 20-17 two weeks ago. That was the first and currently the only win over a national ranked opponent by the Hawks; 1,734 fans showed up to the game. Now that’s not terrible, if we were talking about our high school football teams, but we’re talking about a division one college football team.

There is no arguing that as a student body and more specifically The Outlook staff would love to see the average attendance at all of our athletic events rise, so what is stopping that from happening? To be honest, that is a harder question to answer than it sounds. Homecoming is special because it is a public place for everyone to get together, have a good time, catch up with alumni and enjoy a sport that so many of us follow. But if the only difference is the presence of alumni week after week, how do we replicate the scene at Monmouth Stadium from this past Saturday at every home game.

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Back to the Present: Self-Balancing Scooter Shows Power of Technology Advancements

Years ago, many of us thought that by 2015 we would live in a world where people vacationed on the moon and everyone traveled by way of flying car. Although both of those things have yet to come to fruition as the final months of 2015 quickly approach, it seems as though we have moved one step closer to the future thanks to the creation of what many people are referring to as a “hover board.”

Although this new tech toy may be the closest thing that we currently have to a functional hover board, it has wheels. So what is it? A skateboard? A scooter? A Segway? It turns out that it’s mostly a mix of all of the above. Using your feet to guide and balance you, this gadget rides similar to a Segway without the wheels. A self-balancing scooter, if you will.

These scooters seem to have first appeared in the spotlight when Justin Bieber posted an Instagram video of himself using one to ride around in circles in his home. Not long after, they then began to show up in six-second video clips posted by “celebrities” with millions of followers on Vine. Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex, and Jamie Foxx are among many of the other famous people who have been caught riding these self-balancing scooters in public.

This faux-hover board phenomenon has apparently also reached the University campus, with a number of students utilizing these scooters to make their way to and from class. “I see them around campus all the time and I don’t understand why,” said one editor. Another added, “Our campus is small and you should be able to walk.”

Prices for these self-balancing scooters range from $270 all the way to $699 on Amazon, making many editors wonder about the true necessity of this product. “I think they’re pretty cool but I don’t understand the practical use for them,” explained one editor. “They’re really expensive so I think it’s a status thing.”

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Stop Trying to Make Basic Happen

As the month of October is upon us, along with UGG boots and warm sweaters, our generation’s made up term “basic” will be seen all over social media as fast as you could say pumpkin spice latte.
According to Urban Dictionary, the term “basic” describes someone who is obscenely obvious in behavior, dress, or action. A picture of a girl dressed in fall attire with a Starbucks drink in hand, is considered basic.

Engaging in fall activities and posting about it on Instagram will have the hashtag #basic below the caption. Basic has a negative connotation and really cannot be used to describe someone’s style or choice of drink.  

The first trace of this term can be found in a comedy routine by Lil Duval in 2009, according to

In the following years, the term gained popularity all over the Internet with captions and hashtags using the basic to describe people and lifestyles.

The Outlook editors are divided when it comes to the term “basic” to describe someone.

One editor said, “I think this term was coined by hipsters who want to make people feel bad about following trends.”

“Basic is the description of someone who chooses to go to Starbucks in the morning for their pumpkin spice latte, while wearing black leggings and a Pink shirt. It’s a stereotype,” said an editor.

Other editors don’t take using the term basic too seriously and just think it’s a silly word that has a huge following.

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Next Stop: Grad School

While Monmouth University is known mostly for its undergraduate programs, many students overlook the variety of Masters programs that are offered. While there are many graduate programs to choose from, The Outlook staff believes that overall a change of scenery would be beneficial to their education.  

After spending four years at the University for an Undergraduate Degree, sticking around for another two years while your former classmates have moved on into the real world doesn’t deliver the same kind of college experience. 

Many of the editors would consider attending MU for a Masters if they had more variety as well. While there are a great amount of options, one editor notes that they are mainly geared toward business and education. That is quite limiting to majors such as English, math, science and communication. Some undergraduate majors do not have next step programs for their Masters degrees. The one additional year program in communication, for example, just came out recently, making it impossible for seniors to meet the requirements.   

The University’s main focus seems to be on their undergraduate education programs. There is not as much advertisement about their graduate programs so a lack of advertisement may be one reason why students do not consider Monmouth for an education past their bachelor’s degree. 

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