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Diversi-what?

diversityIn lieu of Black History Month, the topic of diversity is more aware among the students.

This time of the year, I usually sit back and reflect on the diversity at the University.

I am sure you remember orientation, when it was stressed that the University has a diverse campus.

Diversity here has been one of the University’s selling points in the last 10 years.

Unfortunately, many students look at the university’s claim of diversity as a ploy for enrollment.

Students laugh at the thought of campus being incredibly diverse, but despite popular belief, I disagree.

According to dictionary.com, diversity is the state or quality of being different or varied. Wait, what? Diversity isn’t just the differences between races?

The common misconception is that diversity is only the difference in peoples’ race.

This is where some students are extremely naive.

Not only does diversity account for differences in race and ethnicity, it can account for a slew of other traits in a person.

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Music and Your Mood

Music has power to alter the moods of all those who come to hear it. In the past, some types of music have had the ability to start riots, while other kinds can promote peace. Some tunes can make someone fall in love, while other songs can encourage hate.

Does music have some mind-altering power? I absolutely think so.

Since the spirit of music is so influential, it is vital to deliberate what style of music is appropriate in specific situations.

First step in judging what music is most proper is to consider all types of music. There is a time and place that fits all music whether it’s rock and roll, rap, hip-hop, soul, R&B, electronic, or soft instrumental Jazz!

The second step is to scan the area in which the music is going to be played.

The atmosphere in the room should somehow reflect the music playing. After attending many music festivals, I have seen this phenomenon first hand.

While hopping from shows to see a variety of different bands, I have seen how the music can change an attitude in a heartbeat.

Music can influence people into having a good time or do the very opposite.

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In Sports We Trust?

default article imageThe 2011 NFL season has been overflowing with “Tebowmania.” The unorthodox quarterback of the Denver Broncos has pulled off miracle wins throughout the course of the season and he has not sheltered his religious beliefs from the media. In press conferences he’s sure to thank “the Lord” for each win and he has become famous for getting down on one knee during games and praying to God.

He has been praised about being a great role model for kids. Many people love the idea of having a “good Christian boy” that several people through the world can look up to.

This has sparked an issue that has not been present in the media for quite some time. It is the idea of the role of religion in sports and whether or not it belongs there.

First off, Tim Tebow is not the first athlete to make his religious beliefs known. For example, pitchers in baseball have been seen giving themselves the sign of the cross before they step on the mound and when batters hit a home run, how many times have you see that athlete touch home and point up to the sky? Basically, these religious gestures are something that occur all the time.

So if they occur all of the time then why has Tebow taken the world by the storm? The answer is simple. He always talks about his beliefs in God and has been one of the most if not the most outspoken professional athletes in regards to religion.

Everyone was made aware of his religious beliefs back when he was playing for the University of Florida. Our University has its own take on combining religion and sports. 

According to Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Director of Athletics at the University, student athletes can talk about their religious beliefs if they choose to do so. Since this is not a faith based school, athletes are not required to participate in any religious ceremonies. Religion is a personal value and will continue to be personal unless the athletes willingly choose to discuss it.

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Three...Two...One...Happy New Year!

new year resolutions“I’m going to get back in shape.” “I’m going to quit smoking.” “ I am going to do more for the community.” These phrases seem to be part of every conversation from December 26 up until after New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s resolutions seem to have become a cultural norm during the holidays, but at the same time people have become so desensitized that there is really no true desire behind these self improvements for the New Year.

If we make these empty promises every year that never get seen through, a question comes to mind, why?

Let’s face it, most of us who decide to take on a New Year’s resolution and end up forgetting about it, or give up by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. So why bother if we are not going to fully commit? Advertising has a part in it.

Usually around the holiday season, there are tons of commercials that offer great deals on gym memberships, or support groups to help you quit smoking. Even restaurants and other vendors create drinks, food, and hold retail sales that will “help you start off New Year resolution right.”

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Beyoncé’s Blue Baby

beyonce4 vma 2011We all know how ridiculously famous Beyoncé is: there is no one out there that doesn’t know of her existence. She can even make grocery shopping look fierce.

No one can resist from busting out of their chairs every time her hit “Single Ladies” comes on, doing their best interpretation of Beyoncé.

Don’t sit there and shake your head, you know you’ve done it. For the people who are reading this and going, “I’ve never, ever done that,” you’ve probably done it the most, don’t deny it.

Straying away from Beyoncé wannabes, her career is immense; filled with Destiny’s Child and solo album hits.

If you had to look to any one celebrity, to see who did everything right it would come down to one word: Beyoncé.

A few years after marrying the infamous rapper Jay-Z, they kicked their marriage up a notch (or nine months to be exact) and announced that they were going to have a baby.

Let’s back track to last years VMA’s: Beyoncé comes out on stage singing her song “Love on Top,” the song that would make you reach for the volume and turn it up to its loudest. Through the entire performance she’s dancing and singing, making it seem effortless, while wearing a glittery blazer.

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When’s the Next Election?

election2012It’s interesting to me that all of a sudden, my generation is the generation in charge. It seems like just yesterday I was graduating high school, and now, in just a few short months, I’ll be graduating college, looking to move out of my parents house, join the work force and begin my life as a real person.

Someone once said to me that our generation is the first and only generation that could go away to school for four years, graduate, and then move back in with their parents. It’s the sad hard truth of what our lives as young Americans has become. It seems that finding a steady job right out of college that can supply you with a decent salary and benefits has become less and less likely.

After spending X amount on four years of education, it is nothing less then frustrating to know that using your degree and your good grades as a means to getting a job that interests you isn’t enough anymore. It seems the old saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know,” is more valid than ever before.

Why is that? Why is it so tough for post grads to find stability in the work force, and begin their adult lives? Some of our parents were married with children when they were our age, while now; most of us are still children ourselves.

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Before Your Leave the Great Lawn...

default article imageOnce mid-January came around, Hawks were bustling back to classes, anticipating (or not) for another semester. Many students may have been groaning at how quickly winter break passed as they were already spending hundreds of dollars on more textbooks. But for approximately 1,000 seniors, they have been feeling like the opposite end of the spectrum.

For those graduating, including several Outlook editors, these next few months as Monmouth Hawks will be our last. And if you’re not, well, you still need to take advantage of what the University and its surrounding community has to offer. Not to get all sentimental about it, but seniors, you can be miserable and fearful of the dark and frightening ‘real world’ out there, or you can stand tall, stand proud and most importantly, stand Blue and White.

Here are some tips to abide by to make your final undergraduate semester at the University your greatest and most memorable yet.

Soar, Hawks. Not literally, but get on a plane and do some traveling! If you had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, Spain, England or Australia, that’s great news. If you’re a senior and weren’t able to fulfill such a wish, you can still do your own traveling in the tristate area, or even West Long Branch itself with the friends we’ll be surrounded with until May. Take as many random trips as possible, whether it’s to Atlantic City, New York or anywhere in between. It might be the last chance to do something like that; once you get a ‘real job’ you may not have the option to take vacation time for quite a while. Don’t forget about your own backyard here at the University. Never been to Pier Village to eat at It’s Greek to Me or the Turning Point? Try them both, you won’t regret it.

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All Good Things Come in Pairs

All Good Things Come in PairsI believe that twins share a bond deeper than any other relationship in this world.

The entire experience of being a twin has promoted wonder, curiosity and what seemed like an obnoxious question - “do you like having a twin?” The truth is, I don’t know what is it like to not have one, as this is the only life I have known. My unique circumstance has helped me live an interesting life.

Some people seem offended by the statement that “twins” are the closest of any set of siblings and often attempt to get defensive. I have heard statements that are endearing, such as “ me and my sibling are only 13 months apart, we are just like twins.” This is not accurate in my opinion. Actually for us, we have other siblings that are  “close to our age” and from a first-hand experience, I can state that the bond is in no way, shape or form “the same!”

How can anything be compared with sharing the womb with someone for nine months? Being born minutes apart and having someone the same exact age as you, sharing every significant moment together for the rest of your life; how can this be compared with siblings who are months apart? Through photographs and memory enhancement from the stories told by my parents, the sharing started as soon as we came home. We were placed in a cradle together, where we are told that we used to steal each other’s pacifiers, cried, slept and ate at the same time. Rituals that “singleton siblings” do not get experience together, that we did - were our baptism, communion, confirmation, birthdays, graduations, getting a drivers license; this person is by your side through it all. That is just special in its own right.

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Only One More Year

Only One More YearThe end of the world seems to be as insignificant as a trending topic on Twitter these days. Any crazy person can get on the news and alert the public that the end is near, and then he or she is made a mockery of when life and time is still in existence.

The 2009 John Cusak flick “2012” may have struck some fear into the hearts and minds of the non-believers. It made $166.1 million in the box office, but Hollywood produced blockbusters are merely for entertainment purposes, and not many people want to take them seriously.

However, according to the Mayan calendar, the world will end on December 21, 2012. But even still, you can’t be too sure how credible the Mayans are. They couldn’t even predict their own extinction.

Ironically, Nostradamus, the famous French apothecary who lived during the 1500s, also predicted that the world would end in December of the year 2012.

For me, it is chilling that Nostradamus is credited with predicting many of the world’s major events, hundreds of years before they occurred. In his writings, he seems to have predicted the death of Princess Diana, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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Stop Procrastinating... Starting Tomorow

Stop Procrastinating Starting TomorowIt is 11:45 pm and you are sitting at your computer furiously typing away. To the outside world, you are a dedicated student staying up late to get your work done and should be commended. However, what they do not know is that you are on page two of your seven page term paper that accounts for 40 percent of your final grade and needs to be dropboxed by midnight. Procrastination. We all do it. But why?

If there is one thing most college students know well, it is the act of procrastination. “I’ll start studying for the exam when I get back from work.” “I’m going to get some lunch, and when I get back I really am going to get started on that pile of homework on my desk.” My personal favorite is, “I’ll work on my paper after my power nap, that way, I am more refreshed.”

Everyone procrastinates sometimes, even college professors. “Your papers will be graded by tomorrow.” “I’ll have the grades posted on e-campus by tonight.” “I don’t have a handout so I’ll send out an email with instructions for the assignment.”

Although procrastination is a normal part of life, it important to realize when it becomes a major problem. According to psychologytoday.com, “20 percent of people are true procrastinators who consistently avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distraction.” People who often wait until the last minute to do things tell themselves that they perform better under pressure, but waiting to do things only increases the chance for mistakes.

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Look Before You Eat

Think you know what you’re eating? According to the USDA, in 2009, 93 percent of soy, 93 percent of cotton, and 86 percent of corn grown in the U.S. were GMOs, “genetically modified organisms.” GMOs are organisms that have been created through techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE).

This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Surprised? Incredible isn’t it?

“Pesticide companies develop genetically engineered food crops by combining deoxyribonucleic acid  (DNA) from plants, animals, bacteria and viruses, to contain or resist pesticide, which results in more pesticides sold and sprayed,” says Michael Hansen, Chief Scientist of Consumers Union. “Genetically engineered foods contain untested novel foreign compounds that can be detrimental to our health.”

American consumers deserve    d, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale.

Robert Brackett, the Director for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration stated in a testimony before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry that FDA is confident that the bioengineered foods in the United States market today are as safe as their conventional counterparts. The FDA has found no evidence to indicate that DNA inserted into plants using bioengineering presents food safety problems.

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