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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Political Showdown: What Happned to New Jersey Gov. Christie? Part 2

Let’s face it: when it comes to politics and voting, we all come down on one of two sides: Democrat or Republican. Very rarely do we cross party lines when voting. It is just the way voters tend to be wired. Unless something drastic happens to change your mind and therefore your vote, you stick with the party you know.

I will be very, very honest with you. I am a liberal. Born and raised. That is something that is not going to change, probably, anytime soon. The few times I have voted, I have voted blue. I almost voted red in the last Governor’s race. Why? Because Gov. Chris Christie almost changed my mind.

When he first took office, uttering Gov. Christie’s name in my house was like asking for a fight. You see, Mom is a public employee. She is a librarian who felt the property tax cap at two percent. This meant no raises for her or her fellow librarians. She also felt the backlash of Gov. Christie’s negative attitude toward public workers. I cannot tell you how many times she came home from work, reeling from the hostile attitudes people would give her. “My tax dollars pay your salary,” is something she hears regularly.

There are other reasons why Gov. Christie and I do not see eye to eye, but I was willing to put all that aside after Hurricane Sandy. ber 2013, and the following months were terrifying, hard, and left permanent scars. Governor Christie conducted himself with grace and his usual “take no prisoners” attitude. And when he stood in front of Congress and told them that they should be ashamed for stalling the relief money...he had my vote.That moment changed my mind because he proved that he could be fair - that he could be bipartisan, and that he really worked for the people of New Jersey.

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Political Showdown: What Happned to New Jersey Gov. Christie? Part 1

Bridgegate, Sandy advertising, political blackmail and a presidential candidate crumbling. This is what everyone is talking about in the state of New Jersey and around the country. This is the situation that lies in front of New Jersey Republican Governor, Chris Christie. The once GOP presidential front runner has had his political armor scratched up and dented as he defends his administration in the face of three different controversies.

Gov. Christie has been such a dynamic figure in New Jersey politics. I saw him speak in Manasquan following Sandy and he was the champion that New Jersey needed post Sandy. He took the New Jersey fight to Washington over the aid bill that his own party was holding up. I go back and forth about my feelings regarding the Governor. I am fascinated with him as a politician and the role he has played in New Jersey politics. Do I agree with him on everything? Absolutely not. But he did gather my attention with his brass and sometimes rude attitude? Absolutely. Post Sandy, I was glad he was there fighting for the people of New Jersey, especially the local shore area that I love.

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University Students Experience the Politics and Culture of India Over Winter Break

Until Jan. 7, 2014 I have never left America. My 21 years of life and I had never left the country that I was born into, pretty crazy right? I have, however, been to Disney about 10 times which my bragging point was until now.

The trip was a part of a fulfillment for a course offered this semester by Dr. Rekha Datta. The class is an International Service Seminar where the students will apply the customs, politics, and various educational experiences learned from the trip into a classroom setting. This method is believed to be a strong one when trying to learn about a different country, especially one as complex as India.

Dr. Rekha Datta, professor of political science and instructor of the course said, “The goal of the trip to India was to offer an immersion experience to students and encourage community engagement through international service.”

India taught me a lot of valuable life lessons, some about travel and some about myself. I believe, however, the most important lesson that my experiences taught me is that no matter how much you read, study, and discuss a country or culture, you will never fully understand it until you experience it for yourself. There is a different type of education that comes from the actual experience of a culture, speaking with people, or working within the schools.

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Political Showdown: Is Capitalism Still Beneficial In Today’s Society? Pt.2

Affirmative - Regulated Capitalism

Capitalism is necessary to a thriving economy. Economic competition is what leads to a successful market. The three reasons why capitalism is still beneficial to society is: economic competition leads to more supply and demand, a thriving economic environment puts less people on social welfare and with a healthy capitalist society, prices can be brought down.

Supply and demand is the center piece for any economy. According to investopedia.com, the definition of supply and demand is, “The law of supply and demand defines the effect that the availability of a particular product and the desire (or demand) for that product has on price. Generally, if there is a low supply and a high demand, the price will be high. In contrast, the greater the supply and the lower the demand, the lower the price will be. At least in theory, capitalism lowers prices for the consumer.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture in 2009, approximately 243,000 people were on Food Stamps or the SNAP program in New Jersey. In 2013, 432,000 people in New Jersey are on the program. As a country in 2009, 15 million people were on Food Stamps and in 2013; 23 million people are on the program. Capitalism gives any one of these people a chance to be innovative and be successful. In a capitalist society, it is a theory, that less people would be reliant on social welfare programs such as SNAP. Making more people reliant on government programs means higher taxes to pay for the program.

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Political Showdown: Is Capitalism Still Beneficial In Today’s Society? Pt. 1

Negative - Socialism May Not Be Such a Bad Idea

With the deepening decline in the middle class, there needs to be a better look into the economic system that is established by our government. According to an article from The Guardian, “Selfish Capitalism is bad for our Mental Health”, “Selfish Capitalism has massively increased the wealth of the wealthy, robbing the average earner to give to the rich. There was no ‘trickle-down effect’ after all.”

Take for example the corporation of Goldman Sachs, whose former executive Greg Smith wrote an editorial piece about his leave from the company that he found money to be the only driving force for the company.

Smith explained, “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off. Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as ‘muppets,’ sometimes over inter e-mail.”

This mindset is one that is commonly found in companies like Goldman Sachs, and the many other corporations now found on Wall Street who are feeding off the continuing buffet that has become capitalism.

However, the alternative is that oh so scary term that is typically used in order to get a gasp of horror out of people: Socialism. In an article posted on Forbes, titled “3 Reasons Why Good Socialism Defeats Bad Capitalism,” discusses the misuse of capitalism and even socialism on both sides of the political realm. 

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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013: A Tribute

The big tree has fallen

The giant has gone

A tall tree does not last in the forest

A big tree does not remain forever in the bush

We look for him

We cannot find him

We call his name

He cannot answer us

The great man has left

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Affordable Textbook Bill Looks to Utilize Internet via “Open Educational Resources”

The Affordable College Textbook Act would allow universities to offer free textbooks via “Open educational resources” which would also make textbooks available to the public, according to bill sponsor Senator Richard Durbin.

According to the bill, S1704, Congress seeks to reduce the cost of college textbooks for students. William Rainey, manager of the University’s book store, said the main issue with the program would be the expense of it. “A typical textbook is multiple years of writing, editing and the important reviewing process which gives it credibility with its users.” Rainey said there have been success open source programs at some universities and states but it was very limited. Another issue Rainey mentioned is where the funding will come from.

The bill states that the average student budget for college books and supplies was $1,200, according to The College Board.  The Government Accountability Office said that textbook prices have increased 82 percent over the past ten years.

The bill cites the need for the “Open Educational Resource which is defined as “An educational resource that is licensed under an open license and made freely available online to the public.”

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Death of a Liberator: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected President, passed away on Thursday Dec. 5. Mandela is remembered by much more than his Presidency, including his life- long dedication to peaceful political movements against racial oppression and the fight for freedom in his nation.

Mandela’s health has been faltering for the past couple of years, with reoccurring lung infections that hospitalized him on numerous occasions. These health issues have kept him out of the political activist spotlight over these past couple of years, however he never left the spotlight through his many messages and historical acts.

According to NelsonMandela.org, Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Madiba clan in Mvezo Transkei on July 18, 1918. His father was a principal counselor to Jongintaba, the Acting King of the Thembu people. His father, Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela passed away when he was just a boy, leaving him to become a ward of Jongintaba, which is how he first heard the stories of his people and their struggle for freedom.

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Affordable Health Care Website Had Glitches That May Have Discouraged Users

CNN released a poll including the Presidential approval rating indicator. Results showed a 41 percent approval rating for President Obama and a disapproval rating of 56 percent as of Thursday Nov. 21, .

These two indicators were records for the second term president, marking his lowest approval rating ever and highest disapproval. Though the executive office has seen its share of controversial issues, the recent problem is with what is Obama’s defining policy; the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ACA, also known as Obama-Care was created to provide protections that were not always mandatory in health insurance coverages like the exclusion of those with pre-existing conditions and discrimination based upon gender. It extends the age that a child can remain under their parents Healthcare plans to the age of 26, which will directly affect college students. The act has the goal of ensuring that the approximately 47 million people, according to the census, are without coverage are provided with either cheap or even free health care.

There have been issues with the health care website. Which is where people can go to apply for healthcare under the new Affordable Care Act provisions. The website acts as a marketplace to bridge the gap between health insurance providers and costumers.

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act Would Grant Equality in the WorkplaceCNN

The Senate passed the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) with a majority, bipartisan vote: 64 to 32, according to CNN on Nov 7. This means the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transvestite (LGBT) community is one step closer to achieving equality in the workplace because it will be illegal for employers to discriminate based on their sexual orientation.

ENDA already makes it illegal for someone to be fired based on their skin color, their race, their religion, their sex, and their nation of origin, according to Glaad.org.

The White House reported, the new version of ENDA will put into place “federal protections” that will make it illegal for an employer to fire someone because they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Heather Kelly, the advisor of the group ALI (All Lifestyles Included), and Assistant Director of Student Activities for Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives, said, “I just want to preface my answers by stating that these are my opinions, and not the opinions of my office,”

Kelly continued this new law is so important because, “If you are L (lesbian), G (gay), B (bisexual) you can get fired, in. I believe it is 29 states. If you are T (transgender) it is 33. That is just if someone at your job finds out that you are dating someone else who is of the same sex. You can not be hired for the same reason, and that’s really something that is horrible, when you think about it.”

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Forum Throws Rocks at Glass Ceiling

A forum on women and  work, the wage gap, equal pay, anti-discrimination laws, and opportunities in the workforce was held on Monday, Nov. 18.

The forum included: Alitia Faccone, Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Sherrie String, Robyn Mingle, and Seena Stein. Dr. Peter Reinhart, the Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute, helped organize the event and picked the notable speakers. Each of the speakers were given ten minutes to address their expertise on the subject.

The first distinguished speaker was Faccone. She is currently the director of Marketing for McCarter & English LLP. Faccone received her bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University.

Faccone is a strong advocate for the advancement of women in the workforce. She is chair of the Firm’s Women’s Initiative Steering Committee, co-editor-in-chief of the quarterly newsletter (Women in the kNOW), an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, and she serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

Faccone decided to talk extensively on the wage gap, the major court case revolving around gender, and anti-discrimination laws that has been proposed over the years.

The wage gap is when women are not paid the same rate as their male counterparts. It is hard to deny the statistics that women are making less in their wages than men.

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Monmouth University
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