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The Art of Planking

The Art of PlankingFor quite some time, planking has been a worldwide sensation gone viral. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone out into the world, lied down perfectly flat on their stomachs on a random surface and snapped a photo of them to upload onto the Internet.  Whether they are on important landmarks or on their very own kitchen counters, people just keep on planking.

A website has even been created, www.planking.me, and as the self-proclaimed “official home of planking,” provides anyone with an interest in planking a “how to” guide and the option to “submit plank.”

They also offer a wide variety of planking categories having to do with the location of the plank throughout the world while also offering the unique option of “celebrity planking.” Though the subject sounds tempting, after clicking on the link, no recognizable celebrities were shown in this specific genre.

As far as the guide goes, it simply reiterates the fact that one must be lying perfectly still on their stomach perfectly straight. Nothing states that there must be a specific location as to where one would plank, but usually it consists of various sturdy objects such as walls, counters or even mailboxes. However, the website does warn that anyone who wants to plank should do so safely.

According to the British periodical, The Guardian, one has already faced a fatal end due to his planking excursions. In May 2011, Acton Beale, a 20-year-old Australia native, planked to his death. Seven stories high on an apartment balcony in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, the young man most likely never suspected his silly pastime to take a toll on his own life. What was supposed to be a night of fun and games with a friend, turned out to be a tragedy.

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“It’s Not You, It’s Me”

Its Not YouRelationships are probably one of the trickiest things to try to prioritize when entering the college realm, especially if you can’t help but be on cloud nine with your significant other. Some people want their relationships from high school and/or summer romance to last through college, but unfortunately, that usually doesn’t work out.

For some it does, but come on ladies- along with the guys who are pretending to not be reading this section right now- relationships require much upkeep. College is a place for new changes for everybody. You meet new people, and you want to try new things. Yet, are you willing to do everything it takes to maintain that long term relationship with the one you fell so in love with?

I thought I could, until the dreaded eight-word phrase made my whole world spiral down. I’m sure that some ladies out there know exactly what I’m talking about.

“Babe, I don’t think this is working out.”

This phrase is the tell-all-end-all of phrases. This little eight-word phrase has the ability to knock you straight out of your cloud nine euphoria and let you plummet heart first to ground zero with no warning signs. Ladies, we all know how this goes, and the first thing that comes into our minds consists of confusion and various amounts of creative curse words.

I know that I can speak for a lot of girls and yes, some major “bros” out there who’ve come up with a similar array of words that they’re surprised (and impressed) with. Who would’ve known, right? Who would’ve thought that this could happen?

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Reality Television is Anything but Reality

Reality TelevisionReality television is beginning to bring Mulholland Drive to a street near you. It’s no surprise that our generation is fixated on instant gratification and the finest return on investment that involves the least amount of work. The old California dream, the leap of faith into the vicious guts of Hollywood are phasing out and giving way to a new and more unrealistic concept of fame.

Keeping up with the Kardashian’s latest drama can be a full time job for its viewers. Being socially linked in via a Twitter account can help us spy on the stars and follow their every move.

It’s exciting to know what they had for breakfast and what their biggest dilemmas of the day are. Reality starlet Kim Kardashian tweeted on September 29, “Every year I pick a wrapping paper theme. Last year was silver & white, the year before burgundy & gold. What should this year be???”

MTV’s “The Hill’s” cast has expensive eyes yet live comfortably in hillside villas overlooking the Pacific Ocean, all while technically unemployed. Paris Hilton apparently “glows” at her VIP table in Las Vegas wearing some sort of make-up containing gold. Meanwhile, kids are skipping school to film YouTube videos in hopes of becoming the next Internet sensation.

According to The New York Post, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is estimated to have grossed almost 10 million dollars from his six-pack flaring antics.     Realistically, people are homeless and dying. A fraction of one episode’s pay for Mr. Sorrentino could help the hard -working American man who comes home with news to his wife that he’s lost his job.

You can be rich and famous for doing absolutely nothing in today’s world, and this message is loud and clear to our generation. “I know you’re so against these reality shows, but if you had the chance to party for a living and get paid, wouldn’t you do it?” asked Brett Oliverio, a Monmouth Alumni. I pretended his question was rhetorical, and didn’t answer.

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White Girl What?

default article imageWhile on the train to New York Penn Station one Sunday, I sipped my coffee and eavesdropped on the conversation that took place in the seats before me. There sat three girls, no older than 16. They were dressed in tight knit tops tucked into thin mid-waist miniskirts.

They were on their way to an Enrique Iglesias concert at the Prudential Center. Each had a large bottle of Gatorade in one hand, while they passed around a second bottle filled with some kind of clear liquor. One girl took a long swig of the clear bottle, chased with orange Gatorade and said, “We’re totally going to get ‘white girl wasted’ tonight!”  Her face was scrunched with bitter excitement.

“White girl wasted?”  The new phrase caught me off guard.  I glanced at my friends to be sure what I had heard was correct; it was.  We kept our laughter hushed until the girls stumbled off the train, shuffling in five-inch heels with upper thighs exposed, exiting at Newark Penn Station.

So what does getting “white girl wasted” mean exactly?  The saying has blown up among the young adult community as a way to describe someone who is obnoxiously intoxicated that may make decisions he/she will regret or completely not remember.  This term is not only limited to drunk Caucasian females, but can refer to anyone regardless of their sex and race. Getting “WGW” (white girl wasted) even has its own page on Twitter and Facebook.

Comments on the “WGW” Twitter page include, “Money cannot buy happiness, but it can buy drinks,” and “blacked out twice in 24 hours. Mission accomplished.”

Stephanie Luckowsky, a senior at the University, knows the saying is merely a joke but still does not agree with its meaning. “I really am on the fence about it. It doesn’t hurt me nor does it sit right,” she said. “In essence it is derogatory towards white females.  It is basically saying that white girls can’t handle their alcohol nor have enough class to simply have fun.”

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House Music Mania

House Music ManiaGone are the days of Lil Wayne and Drake monopolizing the music industry with their raps about drugs, alcohol, cars, money, and girls.  What has caused this new revelation? Two words: house music.  House music is the latest music fad to hit airwaves.  With its ever increasing popularity among the public, the newest music craze shows no sign of fading out anytime soon.

Madonna, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, U2, Lady Gaga, and Jay- Z are some of the world’s biggest and talented stars.  The underlying commonality between them is their ability to have performed sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. The most recent of acts to sell out the 20,000 seat arena within one hour of pre-sale and regular sale combined is Swedish House Mafia.

Swedish House Mafia, made-up of three established individual disc jockeys and producers, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso, decided to combine their talents by forming the group in late 2008.  Only a few years later, the group has become one of the biggest names in house music among the public.

The sold-out concert signifies not only specifically success for the group of DJs, but it shows that house music has made a huge name for their genre in today’s entertainment industry.

The days of house music being heard solely in clubs are far gone.  Having been the genre’s sole home for quite some time, they are now breaking new ground in the world of radio.  It seems as if the majority of the public cannot get enough.

Swedish House Mafia’s hit “Save the World,” Afrojack’s collaboration with Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Nayer on the track “Give Me Everything,” and “Party Rock Anthem” were just three songs that could easily be named “songs of the summer.”  The house music influence is becoming notably popular, causing even established entertainers to break into the house music world.

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MySpace, Facebook, Twitter. What’s Next?

Social MediaFirst there was MySpace, and then came Facebook. Today, people also have social networking websites such as Twitter and Tumblr. As the world of technology changes, so does the way we communicate with each other.

Social networking websites have been in existence since the mid-1990’s. Classmates.com was launched in 1995 solely as a way for old classmates to reconnect with each other and stay in touch. Today, people can stay in touch with as many people as they want using almost every modern social networking site available.

Social networking sites were first meant as a tool for teenagers and young adults to socialize, but they have slowly crept into the workforce and academics. People in business use networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn to stay in touch with clients. Facebook provides more personalized communication while LinkedIn is strictly professional. Companies also utilize blogs and Twitter to advertise their products.

Open Diary was the first online blogging community, and it was among the many stepping stones and blueprints for modern day social media. Today, there are so many blogging websites for people to choose from such as LiveJournal and Blogster. Both sites serve the same purpose, but each one has its own features which set it apart from the rest.

Sharing photos with others no longer has to be done through email or other “old fashioned” methods. Now, people have popular sites such as Flickr and DailyBooth which provide a means of sharing photos with a larger audience. These websites provide society with the convenience we have come to rely on and expect.

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Sick on Sunday? Suck it Up!

default article imageStudents can find the University on the weekends to be at its all-time quietest since many pack up their bags and head out until the start of classes again on Monday. Over the course of the weekend, students like me have adjusted to these cold, hard facts: the Dining Hall hours are shortened, Java City coffees and Einstein Bagels are inaccessible, the gym closes at 4:00 pm on Saturday, and almost anywhere you walk on campus grounds is deserted.

I do not mind the shortened hours at the Dining Hall, and a run to the beach is more of my style then using the treadmill or elliptical. As much as I would love an iced pumpkin latte from Java City on a Sunday morning, I can be happy boiling my own cup of coffee in my kitchen. However, what is not exactly “my cup of tea” is that the Health Center closes at 5:00 pm on Friday and does not reopen until 9:00 am on Monday.

Fall weather is here, bringing with it the sniffling noses, head colds, sore throats, and allergies for many students. For those of us that do not have a vehicle on campus, a friend with a vehicle, or a way to get home for a weekend, I find it to be very frustrating that our campus’s access to nurses and medicine is closed, especially if we are sick.

Sure, the Hawk’s Nest in the Student Center is open for students to buy cough medicine or even a bottle of orange juice to help us get through the day. However, I believe it is much more comforting, especially for first-year students, to have a place to go, a professional to speak with, and proper treatment and medicine to help them feel well during the weekend if they are sick.

From personal experience, lying in bed all weekend waiting for my body to recuperate does not work as well as I always hope. There have been weekends when I could not get home, could not get to Walgreens, and did not have medicine that could best cure my cough. I am positive that most students have had, or will have, the unfortunate experience of getting sick while being away from home. Shouldn’t there be a place where we can go?

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Time Management is Not Overrated

default article imageStudents are told all throughout their school careers to manage their time wisely. Time management, we are told, will help us to become more organized and thus more effective students. It will also cause us to have more free time and reduce stress.

Most students acknowledge this information, but do not act upon it. They maintain that this is a good idea in theory, but simply not attainable in real life, given just how much work and other activities they have.

According to an article in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, college students, by nature, are more apt to be stressed. Additionally, stress can interfere with health and academic execution.

However, time management can truly change a student’s life. From firsthand experience, I have found that using time management efficiently really can alter some parts of life.

I used to be a tremendous procrastinator. If I had two weeks to do a paper, I would maybe think about it a little two days before it was due, but would not actually write it until the night before.

Sometimes, I would even wake up a little extra early to finish it the morning it was due.

This process did not fail me. Despite when I wrote the paper, I still got good grades on them; the assignment was still completed and handed in on time.

Even when psychologists would come in to a class as part of a speaker series to explain the benefits of time management, I did not change my ways.

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“Going Green” Movement a Hoax?

default article imageThe term “Going Green” sparked a revolution among advertising companies the moment the movement was seen as a money making concept. Environmentalists and those in support of monitoring the welfare of the planet became an advertiser’s dream come true.

As soon as a product that is allegedly made from recycled and eco-friendly materials hits the market, it flies off of the shelves. Even products that aren’t advertised as being eco-friendly can become trends with the right “saving the planet” logo.

Companies are charging high prices for average items that they claim are made from organic materials. An average t-shirt sold by hippychixshop.com costs $26, simply because it is made from organic cotton. It is “super soft, naturally clay dyed”, and also features the words “Go Green” across the front of the shirt. Last time I checked, the average person didn’t need to spend more than $5 on a basic, everyday t- shirt he or she may only end up wearing to the gym or to run errands, simply because it was made from special materials and advertised his or her love for the planet. Whether it is made from polyester or organic cotton, at the end of the day, a t- shirt is still only a t- shirt.

People have worn clothing made from regular cotton for as long as anyone can remember, but all of sudden, we are being told that organic cotton is the way to go. We all need to go out spend an extra $20 per clothing item because it’s a great way to live sustainably, not to mention that our “old fashioned” cotton is suddenly made using harmful chemicals.

Shoppers can walk into any Walmart or Bed, Bath, & Beyond and buy an effective, hand-held flashlight for $7.99, but a “solar hybrid” flashlight sold by gogreenitems.com sells for $19.99.

Not only are people being duped into buying products that they do not need, but they are also being cheated on a much larger scale. Contractors across the country promised homeowners that they would be saving money by going green, but in actuality, these homeowners have lost money and aren’t getting anything in return.

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They All Lived Happily Never After

Lived Happily“Till death do us part.” Or until the ink is dry on the divorce papers. Divorce is never an easy topic to touch upon, but the media lives for juicy topics like that.

Last month, the media was buzzing with the talk of newlywed couple Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Love was in the air and gossipers couldn’t help but look at the world through rose colored glasses until the media found a way to blow up divorce scandals, breaking hearts everywhere.

After seven years of marriage, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez were getting a divorce. Shortly after this announcement, rumors were spread of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith separating. But before those rumors were proved to be false, people were saying that Anthony did not only cheat on Lopez, but he cheated on her with Jada Pinkett Smith. To think of this crazy love triangle could give anyone a headache.

Why do people care which stars are getting divorced? Face it, we love it. We love every minute of celebrity gossip because it is an escape from our own boring lives for those 20 exhilarating minutes it takes you to read a magazine. However, this is not the point. The point is, celebrities are people too; normal people who get married and normal people who get divorced. I know divorce to not be such a glamorous thing, but then why in the media is it portrayed this way?

When any couple is going through a divorce, their privacy should be respected. Whether you are a celebrity or not, you are entitled to this. Their business should not be publicized for the whole world to see, especially something so life changing and heart wrenching. But these stars have to walk around with a stone face for photographers because hiding their faces is never successful.

I am not saying I feel bad for celebrities. They signed up for this when they decided to get famous, I get it. However, I feel like when going through hard times like this, certain boundaries should not be crossed. Paparazzi should not be stalking them outside of their houses trying to get a picture of them crying.

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A Life Lost: RIP Troy Davis

A Life LostThere are two sides to every story. Two sides to everything someone could have seen. Two sides that determine what is true or false, who is innocent or guilty. Two sides to determine what is right and what is wrong.

Last Wednesday, September 21, Troy Anthony Davis, 42, was executed in the state of Georgia. He had been on death row for over two decades. His execution was sentenced four times before that, but on Wednesday, it was carried out.

Davis was convicted of murdering an off-duty police officer in 1989, according to amnestyUSA.org. The officer’s family waited for relief from the execution.

This seems like a natural course of events. A man killed another man, was found guilty of this crime, sentenced to life on death row, and was finally executed 20 years later. Justice has been served; life can carry on as if nothing ever happened in the first place.

But here’s the thing- Troy Davis, although convicted, had substantial evidence proving his innocence.

According to the Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that uses DNA to prove wrongfully convicted prisoners innocent, seven of nine key eyewitnesses recanted their testimonies in recent years. DNA evidence from the scene of the crime did not match Davis’. Another man, whose DNA actually does match the crime scene, confessed to killing the cop.

Because of all of these factors, the Supreme Court reviewed the case in a four hour postponement of the execution Wednesday night, according to ABC News. Still, Troy Davis lost his life by lethal injection at 11:08 pm that night. Why?

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