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AC: The Place to Sightsee


We are lucky to have a University located on the coast line of New Jersey. Students like me have a short walk to Ocean Avenue and can be on the beach in a matter of minutes. Pier Village is the closest “boardwalk atmosphere” to the University, but there are other shore towns nearby that are often visited for their entertainment on the boards, both during the day and night.

Asbury Park, Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant are just a few of the neighboring beach towns that are fi lled with fun activities. I ’m sure there are many other wonderful beaches that students visit, especially during the summer, but there is one other go-to place for the extreme nightlife experience. The world knows it as Atlantic City. I know it as the world’s greatest place to peoplewatch.

I went to Atlantic City last week with a good friend, Kevin, to have a great dinner at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant with his sister. While waiting for our seating, he decided to put five dollars in the nearest slot machine. It was a tropical island slot that looked as if it would be kind enough to let a person win a buck or two.

Kevin pulls the lever and we both watch the patterns spin until each of them stops suddenly on a different icon. I could’ve bet money on that. He pulls it again, this time causing a high-pitched bell to ding as he wins 30 cents. I laughed, 30 cents? H e pulls again and wins two dollars, then four dollars, five dollars, then a few extra cents. He’s up about $10! I instantly thought he would cash out! Instead of pushing the little red button to retrieve his receipt for 10, he pulls the lever, continuously losing every bit of what he just won

Our reservation was now ready, so after one last set of spins, he presses the button to get his receipt, that is worth a dazzling 35 cents. Let’s just say that bringing a gift card for dinner was a smart move.

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Skipping the Pages for the Big Screen

default article imageA few weeks ago, I went to go see The Hunger Games with some friends. At first I was a little reluctant because I did not read the books and I thought it was going to be another one of those mythical romance stories that was virtually impossible in the real world like Twilight (sorry if any of you reading this are Twilightfans).

However, I was quite surprised and delighted by the storyline and the c haracters. S till, t here w as one thing I heard while watching the movie that got me extremely annoyed. As I was sitting there, a fangirl of the books yelled out “The books are so much better!”

The craze of taking book series like Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings and recently The Hunger Gameshave created a new form of pop culture for the younger generations.

By turning books into movies, Hollywood takes the stories into different forms of media so that those whom do not read as much or love movies can it enjoy it as well. For those who do read the series, there is something you need to understand, writing a screenplay is completely different from writing a novel.

Screenplays are roughly about 115-120 pages for longer feature films alone, and to adapt a book that i s o ver a h undred p ages, o r in the case of Harry Potter, thousand page books, is a hearty task that takes time and a lot of creativity. It is a lot harder than writing a novel. An author can make a book as long as they desire, because the reader can stop and start reading again whenever they feel like it.

When it comes to a movie, it has to be stimulating visually and there needs to be a storyline that is relevant and makes sense in a shorter amount of time, usually two hours at the most.

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Looking for a Summer Job Leaves Employees Sunburned

opinion-summer-jobsIMAGE TAKEN from collegebound.netThe time is approaching where we all need to fill out some more applications. I’m not talking college applications (thank goodness that is over with) but I’m talking about summer job applications. College students are scrambling to find summer jobs to make a little bit of cash before the next school year. But it isn’t that easy. Applying for a summer job can be incredibly stressful.

But wait, isn’t it supposed to be summer? Summer isn’t meant to be frustrating. It’s meant to be spent relaxing poolside with the warm sun beaming on our faces, people splashing in the pool, and just feeling that is there no worries at all; you know, hakuna matata.

Summer is not supposed to be stressful. However, applying for summer jobs can make the sunny break a little bit more difficult.

How come finding a summer job isn’t easy? How come it isn’t like making a cake; mix ingredients, put it in a pan, bake it, ice it and there’s a tasty cake ready to be devoured. Finding a summer job isn’t easy like cake, it’s like trying to perfect the perfect gumbo, finding all the right spices and ingredients to ultimately match everything up flawlessly; it’s a complicated process.

Applying for a summer job doesn’t just involve one application. There’s one application for a clothing store, another for a beauty supply store, then there’s one for a supermarket, also one for a summer camp counselor, oh wait let’s not forget the lifeguard application (given if you’re CPR certified) and then throw in a waiter/ waitressing job and you’ve practically applied for every summer job out there. You then find yourself neck-deep in summer job applications hoping and praying that a least two of them will call you back for an interview.

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Old Wives’ Tale Proves True for Social Media

opinion-twitterIMAGE COMPOSED by Victoria JordanI am a public relations major and a part of my future career will consist of monitoring social media sites. Classes and experience have helped me develop remarkably analytical ways of observing things people pos. Most of these are big-time corporations, professional athletes, celebrities and other students like me.

I follow blogs and Twitter, and Facebook accounts, mostly for personal entertainment. There are rare occasions when I do not find some kind of humor or interest in what they post. However, what isn’t so funny or intriguing but is actually quite annoying and bothersome are the posts that scream for attention.

Before I begin my spiel, I’d like to mention that I care very little for unnecessary and often unintelligent Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts. I usually find myself “un-friending” and “unfollowing” these people. I understand if someone is thrilled about their long workout at the gym and the protein shake they had afterwards, but what is the reason to let everyone in your social network of friends aware of this information?

To top it off, they often post a picture of their accomplishment, tagging not only themselves but the shake as well. I’m a healthnut myself, but I find no desire to let everyone on the web know that my workout and choice of food is better than theirs.

I follow blogs and Twitter, and Facebook accounts, mostly for personal entertainment. There are rare occasions when I do not find some kind of humor or interest in what they post. However, what isn’t so funny or intriguing but is actually quite annoying and bothersome are the posts that scream for attention.

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Live Life With Absolutely No Regrets

default article image“Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs,” Charles Dickens once said. What does that mean? The more you regret, the greyer you’ll be? Maybe, but one thing is for sure, everyone regrets something they have done, or didn’t do when they had the chance to. Life is about making choices, and taking chances, and sometimes we don’t do what we wanted in the long run and wish we would have. College is a four year period with a high probability for regret.

When you’ve taken every class you needed to take, and you realize that you’re so close to graduation, and the real world, and that partying on a Tuesday will soon be frowned upon-do you regret anything?

Have these four years at the University been fully taken advantage of? Have you done it all or are there things that you now wish you would have taken the opportunity to do?

There are so many aspects of going away to school. There’s the whole living-on-your-own-without- your-parents thing, which for many takes a lot of adjustment. There’s the option for night classes for those who cannot get out of bed until at least after noon.

There’s the freedom of doing whatever you want, whenever you want, which can be considered a college freshman’s biggest downfall. And then there’s knowing that after this, society expects you to grow up, put on your big kid pants and join the working world.

For those who still have some time left at the University, you are the lucky ones. As seniors, we can’t change the choices we made and the chances we took. We can only learn from them and apply them to the rest of our lives.

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Can You Trust Your Roommate?

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An essential part of living away at college is having to live with a roommate. In many cases, one can wind up being great friends with that person. On the other hand it could be a complete disaster. The moneymaker of this situation is built on trust. If you trust your roommate and get along with them then you will not have a hard time at all, but if you don’t it could make the situation a little hectic.

An extreme example of this was seen in the case of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi. Clementi lived with Dharun Ravi and it appeared that Clementi trusted him. Clementi was a homosexual student who kept his sexuality private from everyone else. Little did he know, Ravi was well aware of this and thought it would be smart to turn the webcam on his computer on to broadcast his roommate over the Internet when Clementi had someone over. When Clementi became aware of this he decided to take his own life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. This raises the question of do you trust your roommate?

Currently, most of The Outlook staff trust their roommates, but in a way we are a poor sample. Most of us are juniors and seniors who are currently rooming with some of our best friends, which is the case with most upperclassmen. However, many problems can occur during the first and second years of college. A part of this is because when you first come to college everything is new and most people aren’t used to sharing a room or a bathroom with several other people. Before people get used to this, it is very easy for conflicts to arise between roommates and suitemates.

To avoid situations like this, the University has a roommate contract called a Shared Living Agreement that all first year students complete with Residential Life as a proactive measure. According to Eric Mochnacz Area Coordinator for Residential Life, this agreement is always the first step in Residential Life’s response to a roommate conflict, because they feel a large number of roommate conflicts stem from a lack of communication between the students in the living space. By moderating the conversation, they may be able to help the roommate’s address and outline issues they were uncomfortable talking about.

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Spice Up Your Life: Embracing Diversity

default article imageDiversity is a dominant aspect in everyone’s daily lives. However, it is also one of the most misunderstood concepts, one that many people do not take the time to recognize and appreciate. Embracing ideological diversity improves one’s social and professional life, while also having the power to teach individuals something about themselves.

Merriam-Webster defines diversity as “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.” Considering the simplicity of the definition, why are there so many misconceptions surrounding the topic and idea of diversity?

“When people think of diversity, they automatically think of skin color,” said Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological services at the University.

Is race a part of diversity? Yes. However, it is not the foundation. Age, gender, social class, education levels and religion are just some broad ways which make everyone diverse.

Mancini prefers to dissect the essential themes that reside within the word diversity. “Understanding,” “similarities and differences,” “inclusion,” “cooperation,” “community” and “sensitivity” are just a few of the single-word definitions Mancini uses to explain diversity. “I like to use one word definitions, it makes people think,” said Mancini.

Mancini encourages all students to comprehend the importance of diversity. “Diversity is a part of everyday,” said Mancini. “Whether you are accepting another culture, or you are a male in an all-female class there is diversity occurring.”

Similar to Mancini’s example of the different situations of diversity, a junior Amy Cancillier recently experienced classroom diversity while studying abroad during the 2011 fall semester in Florence, Italy.

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Cramming For Finals

default article imageWith finals quickly approaching, students often feel overwhelmed with their studies and last minute, late night study sessions become the norm. Although many feel as if “cramming” works for them and is an effective study method, the chances of a student absorbing everything they need to know in a few hours is highly unlikely.

According to the Arizona Daily Wildcat, studies have shown that all-night study sessions can possibly have a negative effect on grades.

During a Harvard study, a control group slept regularly for four days while the variable group was sleep deprived during the first night. On an image recognition exam, the sleep deprived group did not perform as well because sleep deprivation has a negative impact on the cortex, which is the part of the brain which stores information.

“Whether someone is a ‘short sleeper’ or a ‘long sleeper,’ the key factor is how much sleep is missed, not how much is obtained,” said Dr. Colin Bamford, Director of the neurophysiology and sleep lab at the University of Arizona. “More than an hour off a person’s normal sleep schedule may begin to affect memory retention.”

Although students are aware of the fact that last minute studying can do more harm than good, students have no intentions of ending their late night studying. In most cases, cramming does still produce good grades for many students, so they see no need to change their techniques.

To help those who are avid “crammers,” there are some methods that can improve last minute studying. Cramming is never going to go away in the world of college academics, so if students are going to do it, they might as well do it right.

According to, one should eat some food for energy before studying, but excess sugar should be avoided because it makes a person hyper, making it more difficult to focus and study.

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It’s T-Shirt Time!


Everyone loves the Jersey shoreboth the literal Jersey shore and the actual show the “Jersey Shore.” The show gave our lovely state of New Jersey a new reputation. Since all students attend school on the shore, I feel that it’s appropriate to talk about the immersive shenanigans that people think actually takes place in Jersey. We “New Jerseyians” love the attention; like the sun, we are going to soak it up!

Yes we go to a school that’s down the shore, but no we aren’t all guidos and guidettes with 10 pounds of hair gel and artificial tans to last us a life time. We also don’t go through five hairspray cans a week.

There are people on campus with tans, of course, but if you took one look at me, you’d probably be shocked, considering that the only pigmentation I have are my freckles. Going to a school down the shore, you’d think that there would be tons of tanned bodies strutting their fist pumping muscles on campus, but I haven’t even seen one guido! Am I missing something? Should I get my guido-finder out? Because quite frankly, a school by the beach should be flooded with guidos, right?

Unless there is going to be a “Jersey Shore” themed day once a week, probably on a Thursday (when the show actually airs), then no, I do not want our campus to be flooded with “gorilla juice heads.”

Wait, everyone pause for just a second. Think about the three words from above, “gorilla juice heads.” What in God’s name does that even mean? “Jersey Shore” makes it out to mean big, strong and muscular guys. But in my mind, that means a guy with a face that looks like a gorilla, filled with not a brain, but with juice. I would definitely not be attracted to a guy with juice in his head. Unless he has an extreme love for apple juice like I do, I don’t think me and a “gorilla juice head” would work out, ever.

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Understanding Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis


Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Heart Disease: All of these illnesses are well known around the world with the hopes of someday finding a cure.

Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is also a life threatening illness plaguing 5,600 people each year according to However, not many people have ever heard about this disease before or even know what it is.

I believe that more awareness should be brought about concerning ALS. Maybe then we could be one step closing to finding a cure.

Lou Gehrig’s disease attacks your immune system. It kills the nerve cells (motor neurons) in the brain and spinal cord making it so they can no longer send messages to the muscles to control or initiate movement.

Because the muscles stop receiving messages from the brain or spinal cord, they eventually began to weaken and die. This leads to paralysis. Patients will eventually lose the ability to breathe or swallow.

Since ALS only attacks motor neurons, the sense of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste are not affected. Basically, the sufferer is fully aware of what is happening to his/her body but cannot do anything about it.

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It’s Complicated: Why Guys and Girls Cannot be Friends


Friendship is defined as an interpersonal relationship generally considered being closer than association. Friendship between men and women is defined as…nonexistent.

In our world, there is always an argument about friendship between men and women. Women claim that it exists while men always put it down and say that it doesn’t. Who’s right here? Before I share my thoughts I would like to share the thoughts of some people I spoke to about this topic.

“Well personally some of my good friends have been females. I feel fine having girls as friends and being able to talk to them. Maybe it’s not the same as having guy friends but its worked fine for me. Saying that it’s definitely not the same as having guys as friends or for girls being friends, it’s obviously a different type of friendship, but it’s definitely possible for the opposite sex to be good friends,” said junior student Shane Carle.

Fellow junior, Jerry Dean said “Not gonna lie, almost every close friendship I’ve had with a lady, there’s some times when the testosterone is just coursing through my veins man.”

Frank DeGennaro, who graduated last year, believes it is hard for men to become just friends with women. “There are a few exceptions. 1) The girl is dating one of the guy’s friends and you are always around them. 2) You knew the girl since you were young and therefore look at them like a sister. 3) You’ve already had some sort of relationship and both have realized it wasn’t meant to be. 4) Neither side is attracted to each other. However, these aren’t rules, because very often the first three things are little to hold one side from liking the other.”

“Well I think it’s easier for girls to just be friends with guys because for the most part they are just looking for friends. Guys can be friends with girls, but if they had the chance they would totally hook up with them,” said junior Amanda Romano.

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