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Separate, but Equal

Are Gender-Specific Facilities Fair?

I wouldn’t classify myself as a feminist, nor do I promote any radical gender reform, but I believe in gen­der equality. As I watched television the other day, a commercial came on for Lucille Roberts Women’s Fit­ness Center. I have never really given much thought to a gender-specific fa­cility before but it got me wondering if promoting such facilities was in our country’s best interest. How can men and women be equal if we keep creat­ing these places that separate us?

Lucille Roberts Women’s Fitness Center opened in 1970 by a woman named Lucille Roberts. Roberts’ goal by opening the facility was to pro­vide women with a comfortable and affordable place to exercise and lose weight. According to the Lucille Rob­erts website, “…we are ladies only because we believe women should be comfortable working out. Our mem­bers can jump higher, squat lower and sweat without feeling self-conscious.”

Curves, another popular women’s -only gym is said to be “an overnight success, as it gave women a support­ive and comfortable atmosphere in which to work out.” Today, Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world with over 9,000 clubs in over 70 countries.

Personally, I like the idea of a wom­en-only fitness center. I wouldn’t have to put any effort into the way I look when going to the gym, I wouldn’t be self-conscious about the way I run on the treadmill and I wouldn’t fret if I got a little sweaty. A women’s facil­ity would cater to my needs and I see the reasoning behind them, but I feel uneasy when I think about the impact gender exclusive facilities have on our efforts to achieve gender equality.

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Spending Spring Break at Home

Ways to Spend the Week For Those Not Traveling

Spring-Break“What are you doing for your spring break?” has been the most popular question in my classes I have heard over the past few weeks. As usual, there are the general responses of going to Florida, cruises, skiing, and, of course, visiting grandma and grandpa for the week.

However, among those exciting plans I heard in a surprisingly dreadful tone: “You guys are so lucky. I’m just going to be stuck at home again this year,” from one of my female peers.

Like several of my other classmates, I will also be spending my Spring Break this year homebound in North Jersey. While it would be nice to travel some place warm and sunny with consistent weather, I can attest that as a college student, my budget is currently kept on a tight leash making travel a low priority for now.

Still, to those of you who are staying home, you can still have just as much fun with a well-planned “Stay-cation” this year. You just have to see for yourself instead of moping around on Facebook looking at everybody else having fun.

If you are looking to do something fun over the break, try planning a day trip somewhere. As long as you have some type of transportation and an open mind, you can go anywhere and have a great time. It could be going to a museum in the city, the beach, or simply having a day in the park with your friends.

Something as simple as going out to dinner and a movie with friends can be a great way to shake your stay home blues, and if you are short on cash, have dinner and a movie at your house.

This is a great way to try those new recipes you have on your Pintrest board you have been waiting to try, and show off your wicked cooking skills to all your friends.

However, I know that, like myself, several of my friends from home are on different Spring Break schedules. If this happens to be the case, try to meet someone new, or invite a friend from Monmouth to come hang out with you.

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

One Student Shares Story of How Her Vision for the Future Changed Throughout College Years

sanfran33When I was in the first grade, I remember writing down all of the things I wanted to be when I grew up; an astronaut, a teacher, a mommy, a puppy. I wanted to be anything I found inspiring and fun.

As I grew older and realized that I could be anything but a puppy, I realized the many other things I wanted to be along with my original ideas; a lawyer, a doctor, and an actress.

As I reached high school, I thought I had my dreams limited down to what I wanted to study in college. I wanted to be a television broadcaster and work in New York City.

After my freshman year at MU, I switched majors and decided I wanted to study Public Relations. What do I want to be now? I couldn’t tell you.

I honestly wish I had a clear image of what I could see myself pursuing as a career. The truth is that I can see myself doing a lot. I still feel like the little girl who imagined flying to the moon in a space shuttle, teaching kids the alphabet and becoming a movie star.

Although those dreams have slightly changed to be more realistic and tailored to my current interests, I find myself constantly wondering the same question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

This has been the toughest question I have had to answer during my entire college career. I still tend to get caught up in moments of stress thinking about it. I am sure every senior feels overwhelmed thinking about what they will be doing after graduation.

There are things I do wish I would have considered pursuing, possibly some of the careers listed above from my childhood.

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Preparing for Life after Monmouth

Dean of Humanities Shares His Insights

It is quickly becoming an assumption of the times that recent college graduates and current college students are the most stressed out generation in the U.S. This is correlated with the economic times, which seems to have squashed many college students’ aspirations to begin careers (notice I did not say get jobs) in areas of their interest - especially if they are liberal arts majors.

There are certainly elements of truth in these observations. However, I would offer this reality is at least in part self-fulfilling and moreover that Monmouth students can overcome many career barriers by taking advantage of the career mentoring opportunities the university offers.

Let me being by discussing some things students should be doing during their Monmouth careers in order to prepare for the life-long careers. The first bit of advice is for you all to reflect on why you are studying what you are studying - and the answer cannot be because it is required. All courses, be they general education, major or minor courses, should contribute to your life-long learning goal. If your initial answer to the question “why are you taking this course?” is that it is interesting, I would ask you to dig a bit deeper and ask yourself “why it is interesting?” Is it because you like history and particularly British History? That is absolutely great, but again, why do you like British History? What does the subject matter and the way you learn about it mean to you? What does it allow you to do that you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise? Do you enjoy doing research papers and writing about history? Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What, in short, do you learn by studying history (and the answer cannot be facts and dates)?

Next, I want you to reflect on the competencies and knowledge you are acquiring as you take your courses. Reflect on activities such as doing research. The goal of your teachers is to help you learn how to ask questions, collect data (sometimes observations, sometimes numbers) organize it into information, and then analyze and interpret this in ways that answer your questions. In a parallel way, your arts professor is there to help you learn how to ask questions and express your answers visually, in performance, or perhaps as poetry or a short story. 

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Choosing a Travel Method

Flying vs. Taking a Road Trip for Spring Break

With Spring Break right around the corner, students must decide whether to take a road trip or fly to their destinations. Both driving and flying have their perks, and they also have their downfalls. When traveling, you have to think about your choices and which is the best option for yourself.

Taking a road trip in a car for multiple hours at a time could be a curse or a blessing depending on how much you like the people you are with.

No road trip is complete without an epic playlist. Before leaving, put together playlists for all possible situations; loud and crazy jam sessions, drives down long deserted roads, keeping everyone awake, and while the passengers are sleeping.

On the other hand, flying gives the opportunity for quicker travel. You can fly across the country in less than six hours. By saving time on travel, it leaves more time for actual activities and fun on your vacation.

In my personal experience, flying has always been more expensive than driving. Each person will pay hundreds of dollars for their plane tickets. However, gas money and tolls split between a car full of people would be much cheaper.

Who is driving and whose car to take is always a decision that has to be made, and sometimes this may or not be an easy decision.

On a plane ride, you are waited on by flight attendants. They are there to help you if you are hungry, thirsty, or cold. The downside of flying is that airplane food can be expensive and is not the tastiest. Complimentary beverages are always good though.

How annoying is it when you are trying to read in a car and you get motion sickness? Reading is a great way to pass the time while traveling. On a long plane or car ride you can finish a good book, but if you suffer from motion sickness, it is more difficult to complete that task in a car.

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Do Certain TV Shows Give Us More Than Entertainment?

Reality Television Shows Sometimes Teach Viewers More About Themselves Than They Think


“The Biggest Loser” and “What Not to Wear” are my two favorite shows. I will not miss an episode of “The Biggest Loser.” I literally would not be able to go to sleep on a Monday night if I did not see who was knocked out of the competition and how much weight they have lost since.

Every time I turn on TLC and “What Not to Wear” is on, my day is made. If I do not watch it from the beginning, I make sure to see the hair and makeup makeover.

What is my fascination with these two shows? Is it because I am interested in the health and fitness industry? Absolutely. Is it because my career calls for professional attire and I need to learn how to coordinate clothing and jewelry better? One hundred percent yes. But I can research health issues and fashion on my own time without watching either of these shows. So what is the underlying reason for my infatuation?

I can relate to them. Each and every one of us can. I am not morbidly obese nor am I considered overweight. But I do not always feel comfortable in my body, especially after splurging on half of a pizza pie and chocolate cake. I guarantee that almost everyone reading this feels the same way sometimes.

Same goes for fashion. There are days that I know Stacey London and Clinton Kelly from “What Not to Wear” would have a heart attack if they saw what I wore to class. Do I really expect myself to get in a pair of jeans on a Monday? No way. But when I go through my closet looking for casual outfits, I usually end up hating all of my clothes. So when I turn on these two shows, I find inspiration and hope. I see an end result and a plan on how to get there. I see other people dealing with similar struggles as myself. That is the beauty of reality television.

Any fan of “The Biggest Loser” understands the concept of the show. Contestants compete in physical activities, learn healthy eating habits and “weigh in” every week. One person goes home after each episode, and there is only one winner.

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Handling Peer Pressure in College

Remember when you were first taught the concept of peer pres­sure back in elementary school? Your teachers educated you on the value of respecting yourself and others around you and to nev­er force someone to do something that they do not want to do. As we get older, the lessons of peer pressure go on without much to say. We experience life and learn from our mistakes. We think that we carry our wits about us every­where we go when we are with groups of people. We may think that we, as college students, do not fall into peer pressure, but it happens more times than we think.

As students from high school transition into college, times can be rough. They have to get used to their new environment and adapt to any changes that come their way. Someone who was not into the party scene in high school might wind up living on a floor that is wild and crazy, and they will have to adapt to their en­vironment in order to fit in with everyone else.

Next thing they know their whole persona changes. They be­gin to think differently, dress dif­ferently, and act differently just to fit in with a group of people. It is crazy to think that a group of peo­ple can have such a massive influ­ence on one person, but someone’s lifestyle can be changed drastical­ly just by conforming and adopt­ing to other people’s values and actions as they forget about their own.

However, peer pressure does not only relate to the party scene. Students can experience peer pressure when it comes to doing well in their classes. If every­one else is stressing out, you are bound to stress as well. Students may also experience peer pres­sure to lose weight or get in shape because their friends are into that lifestyle. There is a wide range of pressure that college students can face.

A perfect example of people always conforming to other’s ac­tions can be seen in Mean Girls. I am not going to give a full blown synopsis of this movie because I am pretty sure, actually 100 per­cent sure, that this entire campus has seen it, or if they have not seen it, know about it.

In relating the movie to peer pressure, Lindsey Lohan’s char­acter conforms to her new social group referred to as “The Plas­tics.” She acts like them, thinks like them, and dresses like them.

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Volunteering to Make a Difference

One Student Realizes Importance of Helping Others After Experience at Charity Bike Race

VolunteeringThere was a time when I thought that volunteering was simply a part of community service. People volunteer or do community to impress schools he or she wishes to attend or in order to fulfill a certain amount of hours for being caught party­ing a little too hard off campus. Maybe it is so that one fulfills her sorority’s requirements or because the university makes ev­ery club and organization pitch in for the Big Event. Regardless, no one volunteers without an ul­terior motive.

About a year ago, I found my­self with a brand new internship at the Multiple Sclerosis Soci­ety. I did typical intern things: I stuffed envelopes, ran labels, and ran errands around town. But I had one other thing I was required to do; attend the events that the organization held.

During the events, I mostly ran left and right but there was a few times when I had the chance to speak with the event partici­pants, volunteers, or those living with the disease.

It was overwhelming. Here were people all around me to­gether for one cause. They were all working toward the same goal, all there not because they had to be, but because they want­ed to be.

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Response to: A Challenge for More Faculty to Participate in The Outlook

To the Editors of the Outlook:

This reply is in regard to the article that appeared in this week’s Outlook:  “A Challenge for More Faculty to Participate in The Outlook.”   It generated much discussion within my department since we were singled out as being among those departments who were most egregious in failing to involve ourselves in the activities of our school newspaper.  One outcome of this discussion is that we found the accusation to be grossly false. One of my colleagues was curious as to just how involved we have been, and did a search for “psychology” and by last names over the last 12 months in the search option on the Outlook website. That search turned up 15 times that a faculty member from our department is mentioned in an article that appeared in print (eight of us are listed, by the way… the list is included at the end of this email).  I have no idea how many times we were actually asked to reply to an inquiry or how many times our replies went unmentioned in the paper, but I was asked via email 3-4 times since September, unfortunately about matters of which I have no expertise.  In one case I replied (see below) and in the other cases I forwarded the request to the rest of the faculty in my department.  I see from the search on your website (listed below) that all of these requests were responded to by another faculty member in my department.  

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Balance Needed : Credits Which Prevent Students From Graduating

One Student’s Reaction to the Recent Knowledge She May Not Graduate on Time

Commencement_20130118_BN_232Imagine the spring semester of your senior year in college. Schoolwork seems like a piece of cake, nights and weekends are well spent, and job search­ing is an exciting new adventure. The only thing standing between you and the professional working world is graduation.

As the May Commencement rapidly approaches, the thought of the four years at college com­ing to an end is bittersweet. Un­less you are attending graduate school, the thought of prolonging your college career rarely crosses your mind.

My case is different. During an afternoon last week, I received an e-mail stating that I was not on-track to graduate in May. After the knots in my stomach settled, I called the Registrar to clarify this terrifying news. Long story short, I was missing nine credits of electives.

During the past four years of creating my schedule on my own, I made sure to complete all of the requirements that were listed on my academic audit.

I was under the assumption that once all of the requirements were met, I had no more credits to ful­fill.

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A Crackdown on Cursing in Public?

Swearing in public has become common for most Americans, es­pecially among teens and young adults. Cursing while driving and during conversations, the scenarios are endless. While some consider cursing to be a sin or taboo others are voicing their First Amendment rights to swear in public. Has our swearing soci­ety gone too far?

Middleborough, Massachusetts thinks so. During a town meet­ing on June 11, 2012, residents of Middleborough voted 183-50 to make their foul-mouthed neigh­bors pay fines for public profan­ity. Residents encouraged the proposal by the chief of police to impose a $20 fine for swearing in public. It was made clear that this new law was not intended to cen­sor casual or private conversa­tions, but rather to control loud, offensive language primarily used by teens and young adults in public settings.

However, the line that con­stitutes a word as a curse word seems to become more and more blurred each day. Over time, words that were once thought to be vulgar have evolved into words that we say and hear on a daily basis, becoming less of­fensive and less harsh than the meanings that they were once as­sociated with.

Many now believe swear words do an outstanding job of express­ing strong feelings because other words fail to communicate. For example, “What the heck are you doing?” doesn’t seem to ex­emplify the same feelings and emotions as “What the f*** are you doing?!”

The Corpus of Contemporary American English found that of the 5,000 most commonly used English words, the F-word ranked in at 4,655. Four other curse words also made it onto the list. Does this mean Americans are just overly expressive?

It seems that cursing has be­come a part of our language. John McWhorter, opinion writer for, describes our common use of profanity as “col­orful.” He supposes that our soci­ety is simply more informal than it was when our grandparents were our age. It is difficult to say whether this is positive or nega­tive for our society. But it seems that Middleborough is taking a few steps in the wrong direc­tion by demolishing their speech rights to avoid cursing in public from time to time.

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