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Commission On Higher Education Honors University EOF Seniors

Every year The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education honors Educational Opportunity Fund Program graduating seniors for their academic achievement.

This year 19 Monmouth University Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) seniors will be recognized. EOF is a state funded program which awards scholarships to NJ students who fit financial and academic criteria. Graduating EOF students from New Jersey Colleges and Universities were chosen according to their high cumulative grade point average and overall academic perseverance.

The three categories the students were honored in are the following: Outstanding Academic Achievement 3.5-3.99 cumulative grade point average, Academic Achievement Award 3.2-3.4 cumulative grade point average and Outstanding Achievement awarded to the senior who best exemplifies the spirit and intent of the EOF Program. A Recognition Ceremony to honor the EOF graduates will be held on Friday April 25, 2014 at Georgian Court University.

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The Obsession with Bumper Stickers

Bumper-Sticker-Charlottesville-VA-stick-figure-familyBumper stickers: simple adhesive strips that can be easily attached to any car and enable people to express their opinions on a variety of topics, from religion to politics to sports in just a few sentences.

These days we can determine whether someone loves or hates President Obama, whether someone's child is an honor student, or whether someone else believes their dog is smarter than that honor student. But where did this simple invention get its start? How did something this simple rise to such prominence?

An article from the University of Kansas' website features an interview with Whitney Baker, the associate librarian at the university's libraries. "It's generally accepted that they were developed in the late '40s and early '50s," she said. "Most people attribute the creation of the bumper sticker to a man named Forest P. Gill, who was a screen printer from Kansas City, KS. So I think we can claim the bumper sticker as a Kansas invention."

Through the years, bumper stickers have become much more commonplace in popular culture. They can make us laugh, make us think, make us angry, or make us wonder what the person in front of us was thinking when they put that sticker on his/her car.

These simple strips of vinyl have also spawned several new trends in automotive decals. I think the chief of all bumper stickers has to be the stick figure family.

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Are We Really Listening or Just Hearing?

Whether it is during class, at home, or during an argument, as young adults we are constantly being told to listen and pay attention.

Most of us will automatically respond that we are already listening. However, how many actually realize what is being said to us? Not too many have the ability to acknowledge the difference between hearing and listening.

Hearing is defined as "the faculty or perceiving sound." Listening, on the other hand, is defined as "to give one's attention to a sound." Google could not be any more accurate at describing the two.

As human beings, we do not have the choice of hearing. If we were lucky enough to be born with healthy hearing, we cannot control what sounds make it to our ear drums and which don't. Nevertheless, we do control which of those sounds we recognize and which we do not.

The art of listening is a wonderful one that not all are privileged to have, and those who do, do not always appreciate it. Take listening to music for instance. How many of us can have our day completely flipped because of the lyrics of a song?

Listening gives us the opportunity to relate to life in a sense that is unexplainable even to us. It gives us a chance to express our emotions when words are not enough. Listening also allows us to communicate with one another.

Yes, speech is what gets our point across, but listening is what allows us to communicate and come to an agreement with a second and even third person.

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Positive Minds Live Positive Lives

In a place where one is constantly stressed, it's hard to maintain a positive outlook, but it's not impossible. Maintaining a positive attitude, even when you're not happy, is key.

It's easy to have something not go your way and just feel like your world is falling apart. In reality what we are stressing over is typically minor and we are just being overly dramatic. It might sound cliché to say, but laughing things off is a genuine method of feeling better about a bad situation. Try to find something funny about whatever you're stressing over.

Take pride in the little things in life. It's the little things in life that have an impact on us without realizing it. Someone holding the door for you isn't always a big deal to some, but when it does happen, be appreciative.

If a stranger smiles at you or says hi or you drive through all the traffic lights without any of them turning red, use it as a boost. Things like that may put a small smile on your face, but those things can turn your day around, even if it's one of your worst days.

If you feel like you don't have a clue what you want to do in your future, have hope. If you have hope that something is going to happen the way you want it to, you have a better chance for it to be that way.

In life, optimism is key. Remaining optimistic is essential to success. If you build your life around your happiness and joy, chances are things will all fall into place.

Life isn't all about feeling sorry for yourself, instead it's about being proud of who you are and what your future holds.

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“All is Fair in Love and War”

An Older Sibling Perspective on Sibling Rivalries


There is nothing in the world that compares to family. For many of us, no one knows, understands or loves us like our siblings and other family members.

However, no matter how much we love them, sometimes there is no one who gets under our skin more than our own family.

Sibling rivalries are a tale as old as time; sisters battling over clothes and shoes, brothers duking it out over a girl or constantly trying to one-up another, and it seems like there's always the annoying elder sibling being way too protective or a younger sibling hiding in a shadow.

As the oldest in a family of three younger brothers, I can relate to many of these struggles. As hard as it may be to admit, sometimes we may just need to cut our siblings some slack.

When we are young, we fight over toys or silly games; who gets to ride shotgun in the car; who wants to watch which channel on television or what type of breakfast everyone wants mom to cook.

Then we grow older and fights occur over more adult issues; someone owes money, someone said something hurtful or does not agree with life decisions that are being made.

As the older sibling especially, it is easy to become very over protective over our younger siblings and develop the mentality of "I know best." However, we may not necessarily always have the answer.

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The Parking Lot is Not Always Greener on the Other Campus

Parking-lotYes, we are all relieved that midterms are over and that means we are just that much closer to summer vacation.

However, that doesn't mean that the rest of the spring semester will be without its aggravating moments. I am speaking of the parking lot situation at MU, that I think I can speak for all of the student body how aggravating and frustrating it truly is.

I know for a fact that one of the biggest annoyances for MU students in recent years has been the poorly orchestrated parking situation on campus.

Finding a spot was always a hassle at this campus. However, now with the current construction of Pozycki Hall, the parking lot is crazier than ever, at all times of the day. With the ongoing construction, several of the parking spots in front of Bey Hall are fenced off and inaccessible.

This means available spaces are even fewer and farther between which, speaking as a commuter who has to show up 30 minutes early for a 1 pm class to fight for an open spot, can get very old, very fast.

Not only are cars following students back to their cars, people are challenging one another on who can pull into the spot first.

This issue has made me very curious to wonder how other schools orchestrate their student parking lots and if the asphalt is any greener on the other campus.

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Is America an Unfriendly Place?

With the world increasing and advancing rapidly, human interaction is constantly a concern.

How humans treat one another is often discussed because it has changed so much from what it used to be and we have become so technologically dependent.

What is at risk is the ability to develop a conversation and have face-to-face communication with another person.

But is this change in interaction, friendliness, and conversation starting a change for everyone or just the citizens of America?

It's hard to call America an acclaimed society for friendliness when there are constant polls being put out for America's most unfriendly places.

Papers like The New York Times, Huffington Post, and the Washington Times have all published polls and articles for the unfriendliest places in America.

But, we have all fallen victim to being badgered for our technology dependence and how it is affecting our daily lives. I would confidently say most people use their preferred technology like tablets, cell phones, or laptops to avoid human interaction. But is this just in America, or everywhere?

One of the most common phrases I hear when discussing this topic is "Europe is so much more friendly, the people there are so nice." Is that really true though?

Europe and the friendliness there is such an assumed topic. For instance, most of the people saying this have never visited Europe.

I myself have had the pleasure to visit multiple European countries, including Greece, Spain, Italy and Switzerland and I have developed my opinions on personal experience.

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Summer Classes at the Jersey Shore

Isn't it every student's aspiration to get in and out of college with their degree in hand within the standard four or five year time frame? Unfortunately though, many college students struggle with completing their education and required amount of credits in time.

As a student, it is easy for life to get in the way sometimes; with internships, part-time jobs, sports, clubs and organizations, and maybe even a social life (if you are lucky). It is easy to understand why many graduates end up completing their education a little later than expected.

Luckily, there are actions you can take to ensure you graduate on time and even make your life a little easier along the way. One of the feasible steps is to take a summer course at the University.

There are three important reasons that make summer classes at MU worth considering; the flexibility, the price and the location.

MU offers a very flexible schedule for summer courses with a wide array of classes you could choose from.

The perk of taking a summer class is that pesky three credit requirement you simply want to get out of the way can potentially be completed in only four to six weeks rather than in over three months during the fall or spring.

MU offers different sessions with various time spans and months for different courses, making it easy for you to earn those three credits in a shorter period of time and still have the rest of the summer to enjoy. So you can complete the same three credit classes you would during the regular term, with the same professors, but in far less time.

Now if you are wondering "how am I going to pay for it?" you are in luck; MU offers a 15 percent discount on all summer classes. In addition, many students can even use their standard financial aid to cover summer sessions without ever having to pay out of pocket or seek loans from private lenders, which can be a hassle.

The last reason you should consider summer courses as MU is the location of the campus. Summer at the beautiful Jersey Shore; need I say more?

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Alumnus Looks Back on Years at MU

You have good days and you have bad days in life. How many times have you heard that one? Things had been very hectic for me so the mood at the office was frazzled and bleak.

Jarring me from my possible despair, my cell phone rings and it's Chad Dell, the Chair of the Department of Communication. He explained to me the new Alumni Academy and goes on to inform me that I am being inducted. I think my first reaction was shock but then a sense of pride started to seep in.

Dell explained we would have a dinner in which Paul Brown, the new President of the University would be in attendance. Dell informed me I could invite a friend, I immediately called my wife Kerry.

I had the great honor to be inducted with two old friends from the communication department, Alitia Falcone '86 and Haskell Berman '86. I also had the pleasure to meet Mr. Peter Miller '71, an inductee who's known in the Literary Industry as a "Literary Lion."

It was great to catch up with old friends and meet new friends. Dell had tasked each of us to prepare a speech for the attendees. Here I thought it would be a relaxing evening with no pressure. Well we are communication majors and it shouldn't be a surprise that all of the inductees were great. Sorry a bit of bias in that review.

We heard some great stories and fond memories like; Alitia Faccone's story of her first week at the University walking down the steps of Wilson Hall and Peter's audition for "Woody," aka Lauren Woods with a propeller prop in hand.

I shared some of my memories which seemed to have come alive that night as I recalled the great professors who inspired us and my favorite College Center Staff member, Blanche who was the mother of us all on the third floor. She would often visit the radio station or my yearbook office, to make sure we weren't getting into trouble. Blanche would love to say; "I am going to tell John Martin on you!"

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There’s No Such Thing as a Girl’s Sport or a Boy’s Sport

pilaro"Anything you can do, I can do better, I can do anything better than you." These famous Irving Berlin lyrics are very applicable outside of the musical, "Annie, Get Your Gun" they were written for.

To that point, women's sports have always struggled to garner the same amount of media coverage as men. Whether its women's tennis, golf, soccer or basketball, female athletes have always played second fiddle to their male counterparts.

What about the rare instances where women have entered male sports and vice versa? These situations are few and far in between, but there is an obvious double standard depending on which sex crosses over into which sport.

Take Keeling Pilaro for example. In 2012, he became the second boy to play field hockey at a varsity level. This is because Pilaro was raised in Ireland where field hockey is predominately a men's sport.

A story from 2013 in Newsday said that when he returned to Long Island, Pilaro was allowed to play on the Southampton High School junior varsity team because of Title IX, a section of the Education Amendments of 1972 that states, in part, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in...any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance..."

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Everyone Should Leave Barbie Alone

In 1959, Mattel introduced a new toy at the NYC American Toy Fair, Barbie. With blonde hair, red lips, dark eyeliner, and a tiny waist, she was the "it" toy. Barbie has had a 55 year long successful career.

Barbie was first introduced to inspire young girls to be successful in careers of their choice, and not being a housewife. If Barbie could do it, so could you. Barbie had it all; a career, sisters, a hunky boyfriend and friends. When I was growing up, that is what Barbie stood for.

As young girls, we spent hours dressing up Barbie in her bikini, placing her in her hot pink convertible, pretending she was driving to the beaches of Malibu. As a young girl I did not pay attention to the thin body Barbie had, I just wanted to play with her.

Unfortunately, today in our image driven society, people have started to look beyond the true purpose of Barbie. People are associating young girls' body image issues with the infamous doll. Recently, there have been numerous "normal Barbie" campaigns appearing everywhere.

Animator Nickolay Lamm has so much disdain for Barbie that he has created a new doll, named Lammily, to market to young girls as more image friendly. Nickolay claims that girls' expectations of what their bodies look like are severely altered due to the unnatural proportions of Barbie. Although, hundreds upon hundreds of stick thin women are shoved into little girls faces everyday. Clearly Barbie, with her plastic torso and rubber legs is what is giving young girls body issues. Okay Nickolay.

When I read the article "The New Barbie: Meet the Doll with an Average Woman's Proportions" in Time about Nickolay Lamm and his new doll Lammily, I was so angry. First off I would like to ask Nickolay, did he ever play with a Barbie? I cannot once remember playing with my Barbies and thinking, "Wow, I wish I had the same body that Barbie does."

Girls do not look at Barbie as inspiration for how they should look, girls look at real women for inspiration in what they hope to look like. I wonder if anyone has actually asked little girls what they think about Barbie's body.

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