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Every Four Years a Presidental Communication Course Comes to the University

Every four years there is a special class offered at the University and a presidential election to go with it. The Communication Department offers a special course that focuses solely on the election, originally, back in 2008, the class was cross-listed by the Communication Department and Political Science. The course gives students a chance to discuss the issues and have a bipartisan explanation of what each candidate has said or done.

The class mainly focuses on the role of communication in the presidential campaign through dissecting a number of things that occur as the election goes on. According to the course description, there is a strong focus on the “rhetoric, advertising, mass communication, debates, and the Internet” aspects of the campaign and how each candidate using all of these techniques.

Dr. Michael Phillips-Anderson, associate professor of communication, is the instructor for the course this year and explains that the idea of having this class started in order to give a deeper look into the communication that occurs during a presidential campaign. “Presidential rhetoric is a focus of my scholarship and a large part of other courses I teach (Political Communication, Rhetoric & Persuasion), but those classes don’t provide an opportunity to get into as much depth about presidential campaigns as a special topics course,” said Phillips-Anderson

The class takes a very bipartisan look at both President Obama and Governor Romney. Everyone is able to speak openly about his or her beliefs, and disagree as he or she chose. It is a comfortable environment to learn and discuss politics honestly. It gives you both sides of the argument, which is definitely beneficial to undecided voters and students who have already made up their minds.

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Under the Washington D.C. White Lights: Interning in the Capitol

The political science department provides its students with experiences and opportunities that put MU students at a great advantage. One of those is a chance to live, study, and work in the heart of the United States, Washington D.C.,through the Washington Center Internships and Seminars program.

Each semester, the University sends a group of students to D.C. After applying and qualifying for the program, students have an opportunity to pursue their career path by being placed in a site relevant to their desired career field, and are given a chance to experience what it is really like to be in the work force. Students are put to higher levels of business professionalism, leadership, and involvement.

As a senior, this program is the perfect transition from learning theories in the classroom to actually implementing and using what hasbeen taught at the University in our prospective career fields. I discovered what I want to do postgraduation, and started building a network that will hopefully enable me to reach this goal.

By taking part in this program you meet, work, and live with students from different countries around the world that share the same ambitions and are motivated to achieve their professional, academic, and personal goals just as you are.

Regardless of where each student is from, everyone here is tied together by this common goal and motivational force to succeed. Being put in a real work environment teaches you a lot about yourself and how you react or deal with different situations and different personality types, while getting hands on experience in the office. You learn that communication is key, and that assertiveness is a must to succeed. Aside to learning how to live in a city, the work experience that students get here has become a determining factor when employers are considering a candidate.

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Vote at 7/11... Kinda

Coffee Franchise Runs Cup Campaign

seven-eleven-cupsObama or Romney? This question that is not only going through all voters minds, but coffee drinkers as well. As campaign season heats up, so do coffee sales at 7/11 where they offer you the chance to “cast your vote” for President.

This will be the fourth “7-Election” held by 7/11’s in 35 states throughout the country. Customers can “cast their vote” by purchasing either a blue Obama or red Romney coffee cup. Votes are tallied by a barcode that is placed on each cup, which is scanned when you check out and pay. Results are then tallied and posted at the end of each day on the 7/11 website. Currently, according to 7/11’s website, President Obama is leading the polls with 60 percent over Governor Romney’s 40 percent. Which leaves the question; will coffee drinkers yet again predict the winner of the presidential race?

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Debate Debacle for Candidates

October sparks the height of election season with three debates. The first contentious domestic presidential debate left Governor Mitt Romney with leads in the polls, and left Democrats scrambling for President Obama’s performance, or lack thereof. After Vice President Joe Biden’s aggressive strategy against Governor Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate last week, the third debate on foreign policy will present challenges for Obama on key issues.

Romney took advantage of his early lead, directing questions and responses at Obama, rather than at the moderator. Obama’s lack of decisive direction during the first debate gave Romney an edge on a host of issues.

"There has been a decided shift to Mitt Romney in every poll, both nationally and in key swing states. I expected that the polls will remain volatile through the debates, and possibly all the way to election day,” said Patrick Murray, Director of the University Polling Institute.

Pew Research Center released a poll after the first debate, explaining how Romney’s strong debate performance erased Obama’s lead. The study concluded that “about three-to-one, voters say Romney did a better job than Obama in the October 3 debate, and the Republican is now better regarded on most personal dimensions and on most issues than he was in September.”

The hour and twenty minute debate surveyed the change in jobs, war savings, middle class taxes, household incomes, oil production, tax cuts, number of Americans without jobs, rise in food stamps, the federal debt, Medicare cuts and plans, Dodd-Frank, the Massachusetts ranking and green companies.

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State to Even Playing Field for Private Colleges

Planning Additions and Renovations May Get Easier for University

new_art_buildingA bill in the New Jersey General Assembly could affect the University with regard to zoning laws. Assembly bill 2586/ Senate bill 1534 would give private universities such as Monmouth the same status under the Municipal Land Use Law as public universities. Right now public universities are exempt from local zoning jurisdiction, while private universities are not. This bill will give private universities an even playing field. The bill has passed the New Jersey State Senate with a 26-8 vote and is now waiting in the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

According to Peter Reinhart, Esq. Director, Kislak Real Estate Institute, “The difference is that Monmouth has to go through the planning and zoning board of adjustments in the town while public universities such as Rutgers are exempt.” Reinhart does mention, however, that the University will still have to open up the plan for public comment; it can choose to ignore such provisions.

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Trophy Wives? Not Quite

Women to Play an Important Role in Election

obama-dncChange seems to be on the horizon in terms of female representation and involvement in the political spectrum, primarily stemming from the ultimate need for the female vote in this upcoming election.

Such was clearly displayed at both the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) during their respective times. It was here at these conventions that women’s rights in the form of health care, contraception, and equal pay were discussed in the hopes to obtain the female voters attention and female speakers’ approval alike.

Micah Reilly, a junior communication student, advocates that these are the right motions to be going through in order to draw in the female voter. “Chances are that the only thing that is going to make someone pay attention is when there is a problem or a cause that directly speaks to that person, or in this case that demographic. By talking about the issues, like contraception I know is a big one, the female voters are going to listen and then hopefully go with the side that offers the best solution in their eyes,” says Reilly.

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Third Party Candidates Looking to Inspire College Students

gary johnson politicsAs the country now finds itself in the thick of yet another presidential election cycle, the names of candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are indelibly seared into the subconscious sentience of just about anyone who has turned on a television or logged into a computer over the past 12 months.

These candidates, for better or worse, have risen to the top of the American political sphere and have reduced the competition for the most powerful office on earth to simply one man pitted against the other.

The nature of a two-candidate race dictates that there be total focus devoted to the two men vying for the White House, but throughout this election season, there have been other candidates outside the mainstream who have thrown their hats into the ring that have not garnered the attention of the 24-hour media frenzy.

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The Debt Debacle That No One is Talking About

Federal Debt Could Affect College Students Sooner Rather Than Later

Since the beginning of the economic crisis that has plagued the United States’ economy for the past several years, the discussion of ballooning federal deficits and the overall federal government debt has really gained importance.

The federal debt is a measure of the accumulation of all federal deficits in the past since America’s constitution went into effect. These deficits occur when the government spends more than what they are collecting in revenue or taxes. The government finances the extra money they need by selling treasury notes (essentially loans) to investors and countries from all over the world. The government then pays interest on those treasury notes just as a college student pays interest on college loans until they can pay it back entirely.

The “Debt Crisis” is an issue that transcends partisanship because presidents and congressional members of both parties have had ample opportunities to address the issue, but none have risen to the occasion.

Today, the government finds itself in a difficult position where it must find a strategy that can ease the concerns of businesses, investors, and everyday Americans without interrupting the already frail economic recovery.

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The Ins and Outs of Interning in Politics

University Student Interns with Congressman; Encourages Others to do the Same

politics-dan-romanWhen I heard those words, “Come in on Monday” I was ecstatic. I wasn’t certain I would get the internship I applied for with Congressman Bill Pascrell, from the 8th district in New Jersey, I just applied thinking the worst they could say is no. So when I heard I had gotten it , I was beyond happy. I never thought that they would take a freshman, especially with so many juniors and seniors looking for experience in politics before they graduate. I gratefully accepted and started one of the most exciting summers of my life.

I went to the Paterson office at the perfect time. Starting in May, I was thrown into a contentious campaign. Pascrell was battling fellow incumbent Congressman Steve Rothman for the Democratic nomination for the newly drawn 9th Congressional district in New Jersey. Rothman and Pascrell had been forced to battle because of redistricting in the state. Rothman had a choice to go after Republican Congressman Scott Garrett, but thought Pascrell would be easier to pick off. Congressman Pascrell said it best when he quipped “With friends like these, who needs enemies”.

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Mock Trial is Now in Session

New Mock Trial Team Started at the University

politics-mock-trial-groupThe University is proud to announce the formation of a mock trial team. The team will be coached by Dr. Gregory Boredelon, lecturer of law.

The purpose of the mock trial team is to simulate court room proceedings so that students can understand the pressures of performing in a court room. The tournaments are sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).

Boredelon believes students will learn many skills that are necessary to become an effective attorney. Boredelon said,“The most focused skill learned is the science of trial advocacy, obviously. More importantly, it can show team members the ins-and-outs of daily litigation work for many newly-minted lawyers.” “However, having to learn rules of evidence and some trial procedure also is a bit like a college course because the team members will have to not only know these rules cold but also be able to apply them in a very quick manner when raising objections. Public speaking skills and acting are in there as well.”

The team is made up of six students: Katelyn Nawoyski (Team Captain), Alexandria Todd, Jenna Ferraro, Susan Pagano, Cara Turcich and Michael Lucia.

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U.N. General Meeting Arrives Amid Video Controversey

Human Rights Problems at the Top of the Agenda

The annual U.N. General Assembly meeting, which is intended to celebrate the world’s common values, this year is exposing instead the gulf between Western and Islamic perspectives on freedom of expression, posing an unexpected challenge for President Barack Obama when he speaks in New York City Tuesday.

Prompted by the anti-Muslim video produced in California that has stirred deadly riots around the world, delegations from major Muslim nations have arrived at the U.N. prepared to demand international curbs on speech or media that they believe defame their religion or the Prophet Muhammad.

Western leaders say they won’t give ground on free speech, but the clash is souring the mood at a gathering that diplomats had hoped would yield new collaboration on Syria, the dispute over Iran’s nuclear development and the challenges newly elected governments face a year after the “Arab Spring” toppled authoritarian rulers in the Middle East and North Africa.

The demand for limits on anti- Islamic expression is coming from leading Islamic groups such as the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, and leaders as diverse as Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Erdogan, who Obama views as a key ally, has declared that all 57 Islamic nations “should speak forcefully with one voice,” and has called for “international legal regulations against attacks on what people deem sacred.”

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