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Benefits of a Meal Plan

default article imageGoing to college earns you a one-way ticket to a life time of responsibility, at least for the time being while you’re away from home. 

Without the watchful eyes of your doting parents, you are expected to keep up with all the ins and outs of your life at school, whether that be the cleanliness of your living space, your time management or your health. 

So what happens when you need to feed yourself?  Mom and dad aren’t going to cook for you but you do have someone else on campus who will.  That’s where having a meal plan comes in.

I’m a senior here at Monmouth and I can say without shame that I still have a meal plan while living in the Garden apartments.  Even with full access to a kitchen, I know I don’t have the time, patience or quite frankly the ability to cook for myself.  I’m not a five-star chef who can make about a million different dishes to satisfy whatever craving it is that I’m having that day. I can make a mean pancake, throw together just about any sandwich and on occasion, make a stir fry that even my parents approve of. 

With only just a handful of things in my food portfolio, I don’t have the time to master more dishes while I’m creating my work portfolio.  So keeping my meal plan even with the access to a kitchen just seemed right for me.

Meal plans aren’t just ideal for time or skill level.  To all the freshmen out there reading this, please take my advice. 

Going to the dining hall with a group of people to grab dinner is one of the easiest ways to make connections and find the ones you click with.  There’s just something about food that brings people together and the dining hall, or even the student center food court, is no exception.

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Impact of Post-Truth Media

default article imagePost-Truth (adj.) – Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

We live in a distorted world where abhorrent misinformation is allowed to thrive in the post-modernity of conventional discourse.

On Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, attorney Rudy Giuliani graced NBC’s “Meet the Press” with his presence to discuss the latest demands by the special counsel of Robert Mueller for a testimony from President Trump himself in-regards to the ongoing investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

 Needless to say, Mr. Giuliani was not too enthralled at the idea of his client walking into the proverbial lion’s den that has been trying to lure him in for over a year now. During his on-air interview with Chuck Todd, Mr. Giuliani uttered a rather chilling line to his host when discussing the matter of truth in this investigation: “truth isn’t truth.”

That single phrase uttered by Giuliani is one that is reminiscent of the Orwellian concept of “doublespeak”—deliberately distorting and even reversing the meaning of words—but is only a relatively small phrase in the context of a much greater story.

Political differences aside, the current state of media in the United States can largely be traced back to two distinct events in the last thirty years. The first one came with the repeal of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine by the Reagan Administration in 1987; a law that had required media outlets to present controversial issues by covering contrasting views related to those events in a factual manner.

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Get the Heck Out of Here and Get Outdoors

Get OutdoorsWelcome back to campus! I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting to escape the grips of your parents (love you mom and dad!) and return to campus to resume living in freedom once again.

I agree, it’s great to be back at school and getting into the swing of things, but I am here to encourage you to get the heck out of here. Yes, you read that correctly, leave the campus that you have looked forward to returning to all summer and expand your horizons for a weekend or a couple of hours.

It is great being at Monmouth where everything you need is but a short walk away, but you’ll be here all year, why not use the beautiful weather to your advantage and soak it up before the frigid temps begin to creep up on us all.

Everyone already knows that Monmouth is a coastal school (yes, we know the beach is only a mile away!) but there are so many other great places to explore for an afternoon or a long weekend.

Grab a few friends, load up the car with sleeping bags and all your favorite snacks, compile a killer playlist and hit the road.

Monmouth will still be here when you return, I promise! Now is the time to take advantage of the weather and the flexibility before the semester really picks up with studying, clubs and homework clogging up your precious free time.

So, where to go? Depending on how far you are willing to travel here are a few of my top picks:

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Don't Grow Up, Just Do Grown Up Things | Brett O'Grady's Senior Goodbye

OGrady 1Change is difficult, yet unavoidable. They say the key to life is adapting, but I have never found ease in adapting to changes. I would be lying if I said I did not tend to be a creature of habit and comfort. It’s hard for me to let go of these past four years at Monmouth, just as it was for me to let go of my high school years.

It seems like just yesterday I was crying about my high school graduation with the thought of all  of my childhood friends being scattered at various colleges throughout the country, and now the time has come again. Cliché, but where did the time go?

Somewhere between the embarrassingly fun nights out, the sometimes (most of the time)-questionable decisions, and forming the amazing friendships I have today, I have transformed at Monmouth into the person I always wanted to be.

I started at Monmouth a shy, 18 year old who thought she peaked in high school and had no clue what she wanted to do with her life. Without even realizing, I adapted and transformed into this 22 year old who has a job lined up after she graduates, knows exactly what she wants to do, has goals and is confident in her skill set.

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After Graduation

After GraduationWith graduation approaching in three weeks, a constant question that people keep asking is “what are your plans after graduation?”.

It is bad enough that the seniors already are experiencing immense amounts of emotions but now we have to deal with the added pressure of knowing what we are going to do.  Often times peoples intentions are not bad. People are just curious and interested in your life.

Although the intention is good, it can be overwhelming. I think many seniors, like myself, are more concerned with graduating and passing all of our finals. Currently, we are attempting to create a balance between academics and our ability to engage in our social life. Until I take my exams and pass them, I will not feel a sense of relief.

The stress of graduating also makes it difficult to focus on schoolwork. When people are constantly reminding me about graduation, it makes me nervous and anxious.

Even for those who do have plans after graduation, it is still important for us to enjoy the moment. Our generation is often in such a rush to move on to the next thing that we forget to make the most out of our current situation. I am grateful to have plans for next year and share them with others however I would like to do that at my own time.

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Natural Remedies

default article imageLiving by the shore always has its beach day benefits and one painful downfall- sunburn. After we would be out in the sun all day, my sister and I would come back to the house with our noses and Irish cheeks glowing a raw red color.

Our mother would walk over to the terracotta pot with hard, pointy tentacles bursting out of it as if an octopus’ head was buried in the dirt and tear off an old stem of the aloe plant, exposing the translucent green goo. We would then rub the guts of the plant into the burnt parts of our faces; the cooling sensation would instantly ease the burning affects the sun had left on our cheekbones. 

Throughout my childhood I can remember the many remedies that my mother and grandmother swore by. Any time any physical ailment was realized; cut, splinter, burn, infection, or sore joint my mother brought out the zinnkraut. Zinnkraut is German for field horsetail. I have soaked my entire body in the plant and was soon in better health.

Once, driving through the woods, we saw it growing on the side of the road and had to stop and grab some; there was always a supply of the grass strands in my household, and the magic of the plant healed just about any injury.

 My sister and I had never been vaccinated until we absolutely had to, as we were going to attend college. Some believe it causes other diseases or even autism; however, I’m not sure how true those statements are. When I researched vaccines, I found that some of them were not given in Europe even if they were encouraged by physicians in the United States, which made me wary.

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Goals for the Summer

Summer GoalsWhat do ice cream, zip-lining, and summer vacation have in common? They all go by fast, so it’s best to enjoy them as much as possible before the new, Fall semester begins.

I would advise eating ice cream slowly, since it would freeze your brain faster than calculus homework on a Tuesday night.

Other than that, I can safely argue that it’s one of the best parts of the summer season. Driving down to Englishtown and buying my first waffle cone of the season is something I look forward to every year. My white Toyota Camry, one of Four Boys’ vanilla ice cream cones, and my “yet-to-be-tan” skin are a sight to be seen together on the contrasting color of the parking lot.

The time I discovered Four Boys Ice Cream was an interesting one. I was driving home from Freehold Mall on an evening hotter than a Twitter debate. I pulled my car into the Englishtown shop’s parking lot, found a spot, and walked up to the window with five dollars.

“Can I help you?” asked a young woman in a red uniform.

“Can I have a medium and a small vanilla cone?” I replied, trying to suppress the urge to bounce on my toes.

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Best Food in Town

Best Food in TownMonmouth University is best known for being just minutes from the famous beaches of New Jersey. Another great feature: the amount of great places to eat around Long Branch. From sushi to pancakes, there are awesome restaurants close to Monmouth that can satisfy any craving you have. Here’s a list of all the places every foodie should hit in the Long Branch area.

Playa Bowls is a Jersey Shore staple. They offer healthy and refreshing choices that still taste great. With locations in both Belmar and Pier Village, you have no excuse not to try it. Playa Bowls offers tons of different acai bowls which are made with a smoothie base with the acai fruit (powerful antioxidants with healthy omegas and healthy fats), topped with things such as granola, peanut butter, and coconut. Playa bowls are a great breakfast option because they are super filling but still healthy. Playa Bowls get so crowded in the summer with tourists, so it’s nice to be able to take advantage of having access to it all year round if you go to Monmouth. Playa Bowls offers more than just their classic bowls; they have a wide range of smoothies and chia pudding bowls. The colorful bowls look picture perfect when they come out which makes them great for Snapchat.

Taka, in Asbury Park, is one of the best sushi places in the area. This restaurant has contemporary Japanese food, with sushi that’s to die for. Even if you’re not a sushi lover, there are other great options such as poke bowls, BBQ salmon, and crab cakes. The restaurant has a modern aesthetic, with a bar and lounge that make it great for a late night sushi fix. The owner, Taka, worked at well-known sushi restaurants in Miami Beach before moving to New Jersey. Taka has a wide range of special rolls such as the Red Dragon and Mexican rolls. This restaurant also boasts a great cocktail menu. At happy hour you can get sake sangria for just $6. Also, the blueberry margarita is amazing.

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Same-Sex Schooling

default article imageComing from a single sex high school I’ve gone through many experiences that shaped who I am as a person and led me to think differently than someone who went to a co-educated high school.  There are pros and cons to schools like this.

According to The Atlantic, scholars claim that single sex education promotes institutional sexism. The studies say that girls are being disadvantaged or devalued as a social group. Since I had the experience of going to an all-boys school, I do agree with the findings. When you’re around a bunch of guys all day there are always the select group that will toss out a racial slur or sexist joke.

For the majority of the time, when men are around women they are more polite and respectful toward them. However, when women are not present men have that freedom to not think before they speak, and just blurt out whatever comes to mind.

However, The Atlantic also states, “Single sex- schools create strong mentoring relationships and keeps class sizes to a manageable level.” In my high school years, I met some of my best friends and made lasting relationships. Also, since the class sizes are smaller, about 20-25 per class, I was able to receive a lot of help and acknowledgement from my teachers. This is a prime example of single sex high schooling creates a bond that will last for a long time. 

According to the Feminist Majority Foundation, men in co-educational schools tend to receive more attention than girls and girls are more likely to be interrupted by male students. With this being said, an argument could be made that co-educational schools create a disadvantage for female students.

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Toxic Relationships

default article imageRelationships are usually supposed to contain the happiest moments of our lives. People go after a love they think they deserve. Dating should be about and being with someone who understands us and brings a simplicity of happiness in our lives. When someone is in a toxic a relationship they are usually brainwashed by the other person that they cannot do better and will not.

 They are frequently told that no one will love them like they do and they point out the other person’s faults. This makes the receiver of the abuse go crazy. They second guess everything they do and they always try to please someone who will ultimately never be satisfied.

Nothing the victim does will ever be good enough to the abuser and they will sit there confused by all their futile attempts to grasp on to someone who claims they love them.

People get stuck in these relationships because once they fear they are not good enough, they don’t know who will date them or who will love them as much as that person loves them. A person, who is already insecure is more likely to stay in a toxic relationship.

Women and men feel that they must fit a certain standard of beauty and when they don’t the person clings on to the only person they think they can be with. Once you become insecure the person you are with might keep pointing these things out and keep degrading you. These people suck. They are insecure in themselves and need to possess a power over you to feel secure. They will constantly use your mistakes and you’re past to judge you and make you grow closer toward them. It is once you realize you don’t need these people that you walk away.

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Sports Journalism: The Uphill Climb for Women

default article imageThere are few industries that are as male dominated as the sports media industry. Over the course of time, journalists who have been assigned to cover sports have been overwhelmingly male.

Women entering the field of sports journalism are often not taken seriously, as viewers have more of a tendency to comment on their appearance rather than the content and analysis that these professional journalists produce.

Unfortunately, when people do focus on the work rather than the looks, they are often critiqued more harshly than their male counterparts. Many fans dismiss their opinions and analysis on sports simply because of the fact that they are a woman in a man’s world.

One of the most criticized female sports media personalities is ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Analyst, Jessica Mendoza. Mendoza, a gold medalist and First Team All-American softball player, joined the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew in 2016, and became the first ever female analyst for a nationally televised game in Major League Baseball (MLB) history.

Mendoza, clearly qualified due to her success on the softball field, and a pioneer for aspiring female sports analysts, faces consistent mockery on a weekly basis, more so than her male broadcast partners, Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez.

 In 2016, Atlanta-based sports talk show host Mike Bell sent out a derogatory tweet regarding Mendoza’s broadcast and said, “You guys are telling me there isn’t a more qualified baseball player ESPN can use than a softball player? Gimme a break!” Later that year, Mike North, a sports talk show host from Chicago said of Mendoza, “ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza is the worst. If she was a man, she’d already be fired.”

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