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Politics

Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

GOP Debate in Nevada: Another Stop on the Road to 2012

GOP Debate NevadaCNN hosted the latest GOP Presidential debate for the 2012 primary election last Tuesday. The participants in this event were former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry, businessman Herman Cain, Minnesota Congress woman Michelle Bachmann, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former State Senator Rick Santorum and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

There was one candidate who decided not to participate and that was former Utah Governor, Jon Huntsman. The moderator for the debate was Anderson Cooper, world renowned journalist and host of CNN’s “Anderson 360.” The debate took place at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the days leading up to the debate, most political polls had Mitt Romney and Herman Cain in a toss, tied for the top spot.

Topics on the agenda for the evening were the economy, foreign policy, and immigration. The first topic to come to light was Cain’s 999 plan to reform the tax code. One of the major challenges was the effect it would have on taxing the middle class.

According to CNN Money, 84 percent of American households would pay more than they do under current tax policies and this was his chance to defend the plan. Cain recommends that citizens check their facts with an independent study done which can be found on his website. Romney however, challenged Cain stating that his 999 plan would destroy the middle class.

According to a CNN poll released on October 18, 33 percent of those polled believe Cain would be most likely to get the economy moving again while Romney received 26 percent. Romney explained he has a 59pointplan to stimulate the economy and would add 1.2 million jobs. Perry’s plan for the economy includes making America energy independent. Santorum believes

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Debate Hawks Win Six Awards at West Point Military Academy

Debate Hawks Win 6 AwardsThe University Debate Team, the Debate Hawks, received six awards at the West Point Military Academy Tournament this past weekend. The tournament included over 275 debaters from over 25 universities including Cornell, the U.S. Naval Academy, Boston College, New York University, and West Virginia University to name a few.

The Debate Hawks entered eight, two person teams at the tournament including team Co-Captain Arielle Giordano and her partner Olivia Mills, Alexandria Todd and Daniel Roman, Andrew Bell and Mark Cosentino, Parker Ritzdorf and Lianne Kulik, Miriam Peguero and Delila Osmankovic, Tyler Breder and Shawna Sullivan, Monia AbouGhali and Brad Landau, and Samantha Feldstein and Mike Halwagy.

Each twoperson team is required to compete in six rounds of debate, three on the affirmative and three on the negative, with each debate round lasting approximately two hours.

Four University teams received trophies for breaking into the playoff rounds. Alexandria Todd and Daniel Roman, Andrew Bell and Mark Cosen tino, Parker Ritzdorf and Lianne Kulik, and Miriam Peguero and

Delila Osmankovic all received trophies for making it into the playoff rounds.  Monmouth team members Alexandria Todd and

Parker Ritzdorf also received individual speaker awards.

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Occupy Wall Street: A Meaningful Movement or a Directionless Protest?

Occupy Wall StreetAn estimated 1000 citizens of New York City started occupying Wall Street and Zuccotti Park in protest of corporate greed and income inequality since September 17. The protests have continued to go strong, despite confrontations with police and attempts to institute new laws in occupied parks.

New York City is not the only location seeing these protests, with the movement spreading to cities nationwide including Trenton.

The movement has recently gone global as of October 15. Ireland, Rome and Tel Aviv, among other international cities have joined the protest.

The New York Occupy Wall Street website, occupywallst.org, explains the movement as a “leaderless resistance movement,” representing the “99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent.” The website and many protestors have eluded the inspiration of the movement to the Arab Spring.

Claude Taylor, a Communication professor at the University, described the movement as “an inevitable expression and appropriate voicing of financial concerns, and an expression of well-being.”

Why so many are participating in the movement, or at least showing their support, is still a question among the viewing public.

Dr. Joseph Patten, chair of the political science department, offered multiple reasons for the protests.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate 10/19/11

default article imageAramark Food Services: The Student Government Association would like to announce that although there have been many complaints concerning Aramark’s services at the University, it is important to realize that the company and employees are working hard to alleviate any issues.

Over the past few years, Aramark has improved tremendously, and are taking student suggestions into account.

President Gaffney, Vice President Nagy, and other administrators are frequently visiting the Dining Hall and Rebecca Stafford Student Center to check up on the services, and SGA works closely with Aramark to address student concerns. President of SGA Nicole Levy said, “Students need to remember that by saying ‘I wish the food was better here’ doesn’t offer any advice or specific examples of how they would like Aramark to improve. It’s easy to complain about something, but if you offer advice about a valid complaint, then you will probably see results.”

She encourages students to email SGA or leave a message on the notecards the Dining Hall provides in the lobby, if there is a concern that needs to be addressed.

There is currently a survey sent out through Squirrel Mail that Aramark distributed, so it is important to fill that out if students expect something to change.

Fall Break Extensions: There has been a lot of talk of wishing that the new Fall Break was a four day weekend, which Vice President Nagy agrees with. However, the state of New Jersey requires a certain amount of class hours that the University has to be open, and extending the break could mean extending finals week. Levy explained that school cannot start earlier due to the reliance on neighborhood rentals, which are only available after Labor Day weekend.

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Who’s Who in SGA: Melanie Rowbotham Historian

SGA Melanie RowbothamMelanie Rowbotham is a senior majoring in English and Elementary Education. She holds the position of Historian for the Student Government Association.

Her responsibilities include documenting events through pictures, decorating the SGA bulletin board, and compiling a scrapbook at the end of the year of pictures and memorabilia from events the organization held.

Rowbotham held the prior positions of Parliamentarian, Student Affairs Chair, and Attorney General. She joined SGA in the spring of 2009 as a freshman because her friend who was already involved, influenced her to continue leadership.

She was also involved in high school student government in her hometown, Hopatcong, New Jersey.

“My favorite part about SGA is having the privilege to know information that we can pass on to the students. It feels good to answer a question from a student about parking, the dining hall, or advisors,” Rowbotham said. “I’m going to miss the SGA advisors when I graduate because after spending so much time with them these past years, they really are like part of my family,” she said.

Rowbotham explained that SGA is lucky to have such important people on our campus be invested in the organization and the Senate appreciates everything Vaughn Clay, Vice President of Student Services, Mary Anne Nagy, and Heather Kelly do to help.

“I’m super excited for the student leader reception being held on November 11 at 4:00 pm in the Magill Commons Club Rooms. This is a great way for all clubs and organizations to come together and participate in a round table discussion. By listening to each other’s opinions and ideas, it can definitely bring us closer as a campus,” Rowbotham said.

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Pre-Law Club Helps Students Take Life by the Gavel

Pre Law Helps StudentsThe University’s Pre-Law Club had its first meeting of the year on October 6. The club, based out of the Political Science Department, is designed for students interested in attending law school.

Guiding this group of students is a new faculty member, Professor Gregory Bordelon. Bordelon is a graduate of Louisiana State Law School and has chosen to offer his expertise in the field to those interested in legal studies.

The officers for the academic year are excited to get started and encourage other students to get involved. The officers include President Arielle Giordano, Vice President Jessica Rohr, Treasurer Karina Bandy, Secretary Katelyn Nawoyski, and Parliamentarian Brandon Karkovice.

During the first meeting many topics were discussed briefly, such as preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and steps needed to take to apply to law school. The competitiveness of the discipline was also discussed.

During the meeting, Bordelon played a scene from the blockbuster hit Legally Blonde. Students who participated in the first meeting are very optimistic about the opportunity a club like this can offer.

Sophomore Alexes Correa, a political science major, has law school aspirations. “I believe this club can help me achieve my goals of getting into law school because it is very informative and led by an attorney,” she said.

Throughout the year, the Pre Law Club will be hosting guests from Seton Hall Law School and Rutgers Law School. Another guest will be a representative from one of the LSAT preparatory courses in the local area.

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Who’s Who in SGA: Tyler Bischoff Treasurer and Senior Senator

SGA Tyler BischoffTyler Bischoff is a senior from Vernon, New Jersey majoring in political science and minoring in both history and legal studies. Bischoff decided to get involved in the Student Government Association as a sophomore and served as a Senator.

He also served as a Junior Senator last year.

“I really wanted the opportunity to be the voice for the student body. Too often you hear people voice concerns in conversation about things at the school and I wanted to be the liaison for the student body so our concerns were actually heard,” Bischoff said.

He thought getting involved would be a great leadership experience and would give him an opportunity to network. His involvement as a student leader has helped Bischoff throughout his college career by allowing him to take on new responsibilities within an organization that he’s passionate about.

Bischoff will be pursuing an internship with the Washington Center in Washington D.C. next semester.

He has high hopes of attending law school after graduating.

“All first year students should get involved with an organization. Student government is a great opportunity to make important decisions, plan great events, and meet a lot of new people. Just finding something you’re passionate for and pursuing it is important. It will really define your college experience,” Bischoff said.

Bischoff is looking forward to what the rest of the semester has to offer. SGA is continuing to expand itself and trying to build upon its already successful events.

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How Will Political Science Prepare Us for the Job Market?

Political Science Job MarketLife after graduation marks a moment in time when one phase of life ends and a new one begins.

Many people mark this new beginning once they have successfully secured a job for themselves out in the real world.

In the job market today, it pays to have a desirable degree in your grasp.

No one wants to be waiting by the phone twiddling their thumbs and hoping for a call back.

So the question comes down to, has the degree one has chosen made them desirable to prospective employers?

And more critically, do Political Science majors really have an edge over today’s job market?

For the past couple of years, the unemployment rate in the country has been substantial.

According to Voice of America, the U.S. unemployment rate is currently 9.10 percent. New Jersey has an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent.

Obama recently addressed the nation concerning a new bill that would extend unemployment benefits, cut payroll taxes, and allow public works projects to be funded, according to CNN. In times such as these, what one knows defines what they are able to achieve.

Amidst the pool of other degrees, Political Science stands out in more ways than one.

“It emphasizes leadership through service, good citizenship through civic engagement, and career preparedness through internships,” said Dr. Rekha Datta, a Political Science professor.

It is through these traits that Political Science is able to transform and mold its graduates into attractive candidates in the employment world.

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What Will You Be Doing Next Semester?

Next SemesterAs the job market continues to become more and more competitive, students are searching for ways to set themselves apart from all the rest. One way to have an edge over other job seekers is to complete a professional internship in our nation’s capital, through the Washington Center this spring.

The Washington Center is a great way to jump start a career and pick up the necessary professional skills that employers are seeking among recent college graduates. After completing the semester in Washington, a student will receive 15 credits that will be transferred to the University.

According to the Washington Center website, the internships available feature some of Washington’s many government agencies, international organizations, nonprofits, and for-profit companies. Previous students have interned fulltime in the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Students will be placed in work sites based on need and availability. About 12 students from the University take advantage of the opportunity each year, alongside students from Rutgers, Seton Hall, and other New Jersey colleges.

Nine out of 10 entry-level hires today have completed at least one internship or coop experience, according to the Washington Center website. Most academic curriculums at the University require a three credit experiential education class which can include an internship or study abroad. The Washington Center is the complete package.

“The Washington Center is ideal for students looking for careers in Washington D.C. Many of our students have secured prestigious positions after participating in the Washington semester,” said Dr. Joseph Patten of the Political Science Department and advisor for the placement program.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate 10/12/11

default article imageVeteran’s Day will be held on November 11.

The Hawk Walk Brick Campaign has been very successful so far. It has given the school about $20,000 in revenue. The Campaign will be putting in 225 bricks before Homecoming which will be their second installation. The hope is to keep this tradition growing.

The Wrestling Club and Baseball Club constitutions have been received and will be up and running soon.

The student discount program is under way. SGA’s goal is to have student coupons for local restaurants initiated by the spring semester.

Aramark is scheduled to discuss any issues or concerns regarding food services due to recent complaints. Students can expect the President and Vice President doing periodic checks in the dining hall now.

Fall break is this Friday. SGA is hoping to extend it to a four day weekend eventually if there is a way to do so without extending finals week.

Tabling has started for the Big Event and t-shirts are being ordered soon.

Spirit Week prior to Homecoming will be as follows:

Monday Jersey Day and the Meet and Greet with the Football Team in the Dining Hall will be held from 5:008:00 pm. It will cost eight dollars for those who do not have meal plans. Flyers will be given out about Homecoming soon.

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“On Screen In Person” Event with Director Jim Hanon

default article imageCould you practice nonviolence and follow your faith while living in a conflict zone in the Middle East? Director Jim Hanon brings his film “Little Town of Bethlehem” to Wilson Auditorium at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ on Monday, October 10 at 7:30 pm.

Little Town of Bethlehem shares the story of three men of different faiths, and their lives in Israel and Palestine. Each grew up in the Holy Land surrounded by conflict and battle, and each found the courage to end violence through nonviolence. The film examines the struggle to promote equality through nonviolent engagement in the midst of incredible hostility that has dehumanized all sides. Their story explores each man’s decision to risk everything, in order to bring an end to violence in their lifetime.

A Question & Answer session with filmmaker Jim Hanon will be held after the screening.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Performing Arts Series, and part of the “On Screen: In Person” film series, which brings six films and filmmakers to Monmouth University as part of a tour of the Eastern seaboard. On Screen: In Person is made possible in part through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu