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Politics

State of the Union Party Draws a Crowd

default article imageOn Tuesday, January 24, 75 students from a wide variety of majors came out to attend the University’s second annual screening of the State of the Union address. Organized by Dr. Phillips-Anderson of the Communication Department, the screening had significantly larger student turnout compared to last year. During the screening, a fun filled game of State of the Union bingo was played, using frequently used words that were presented throughout President Obama’s speech.

Throughout the 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a comprehensive list of his priorities and objectives for the upcoming year. While the speech was predominantly based on economic concerns, the President touched upon many important concerns belonging to the American public.

The President explained his desires to create a blueprint for the future of the United States, including an economy that works for all Americans, one focused on bringing back American manufacturing and promoting homegrown and alternative energy sources.

Some of the other concerns he mentioned included income inequality, unemployment, development of alternate sources of energy and resources, defense spending, free trade, education, the housing crisis, bank bailouts, and the withdrawal of United States armed forces from overseas.

For decades, middle class citizens have been forced to watch their economic security unravel right in front of their eyes. American jobs that were once a source of stable livelihoods and financial security have been shipped overseas. While the upper class watched their paychecks increase and their yearly incomes skyrocket, the majority of Americans dealt with salaries that stayed the same and a cost of living that continued to rise exponentially.

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Pre-Law Club Holds First Meeting

Club Has High Expectations for the Spring Semester


 default article imageThe Pre-Law Club had their first meeting for the spring semester on Monday, January 30. This club is run by Dr. Gregory Bordelon and is planning a very exciting spring. The meeting started off with a clip from the movie The Paper Chase.  This semester also brings in a new set of officers. The club is now run by President Jess Rohr, Vice President Dan Roman, Secretary Karina Bandy and Treasurer Karina Nayowski.

The club is taking a new approach this year. Bordelon wants to focus more on community service. He referred to community service as a “duty of this profession”. One idea offered by Rohr was creating a “Relay for Life”. This event is one about supporting cancer survivors and guiding those who suffer from the disease through it. She advised all those interested to come to the “Relay Kick Off” meeting on February 2. This type of event is considered a pro bono event which is considered community service within the law community. Bordelon said how important community service is and keeps everyone humble. The club plans to be other events of this kind this semester. “I expect Pre Law club to be active on campus”, said Rohr. We have a lot of talent here and this club gives them a great opportunity to experience what the process of applying to law school is like.”, said Rohr. Rohr herself hopes to attend Rutgers Law School, Seton Hall Law, and New York Law School.

Other events that the Pre Law Club mentioned was that on Thursday, February 2, Seton Hall Law School in Newark would be holding a “Discovering Law Day” from 4pm to 7pm All those interested are asked to see Bordelon as soon as possible. Another event is at Drexel University on Thursday, February 9. They are holding a “Pennsylvania Law Schools Day”. Among the schools attending are Villanova, Penn State Law and Pennsylvania Law School. This event will allow you to meet professors at these institutions and see what these types of schools are looking for.

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Female President Anyone?

After Hillary Clinton, Who Will be the Next Female to Shoot for the Presidency?


Female PresidentIf you were to ask any individual who the leader in global power was, most would have at least considered the United States. And why should they not?

Aside from the reality that America has been able to grapple its way into free country status, there is also the fact that it’s one of the strongest contributors in the free market, while also priding itself in new innovations and beneficial risk taking.

Why is it that the very country, known for cutting edge advances, has yet to employ an overdue concept, a female president?

The very concept of a female leader has been established for centuries, usually applied in the form of a Queen from some sort of hierarchical system; this form however has experienced some design changes to make it more applicable to the twentieth century, democratic standpoint.

Several nations such as Sri Lanka, India and the United Kingdom have been bringing women into high authority’s positions and utilizing them, to advance their countries and whatever purposes they may aspire for. It’s a bold statement, one that is thunderously overcoming the sexism that has been ever so prominent since the birth of leadership roles. So, again, where is America in this capable wave of female engagement? 

“I feel that America fears change. Many question a woman’s ability to lead, when many actually are really great leaders,” says freshman Olivia Caruso. It all stems back to the strong sexist ideologies that had tainted the previous generations before this one’s current, and there is nobody to blame for that. At that time it was simply a way of thinking, however it is still a mindset that has derailed most sorts of female political progression. The closest to this change was Hillary Clinton in 2008, who lost the Democratic nomination to President Obama.

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Ron Paul: Who is He?

Ron PaulAs Republicans still decide on their choice for a presidential candidate and ultimately choose an opponent for President Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential election, Congressman Ron Paul from Texas continues to gain appeal and supporters particularly among college students.

This is Paul’s third run for the U.S. Presidency. He first appeared as a candidate of the Libertarian party in the 1988 Presidential Election. In 2008, Paul ran for President again, seeking the Republican nomination and gaining a lot of support and donations from young voters.

With every election year, Paul seems to gain more and more recognition and support, creating a base of young followers and military veterans. He stands apart from both Republican and Democratic politicians while receiving little media attention.

“Ron Paul should be the next President of the United States because he offers a change to the status quo” said Bryan Wood, a resident of Asbury Park.

“I agree with everything Paul says and I have never felt so passionately about a politician before,” said Wood. “Not only do I agree with him on so many issues regarding our economy, foreign policy, and civil liberties but his message of liberty is invigorating. At a time when government has grown so big it is refreshing to hear a politician who preaches personal liberty.”

Paul has been a U.S. House Representative on and off since 1976, giving up his seat in 1985 to run for U.S. Senate but losing in the primary. He regained his House position in 1997 and has remained there ever since, serving on various committees and subcommittees. He has decided to not seek a House seat as he starts his run for the Presidency.

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Bipartisanship Can Lead to Change

Students Who Normally Disagree Come Together on Taxing of Millionaires


default article imageOver the summer, Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama held several talks to try to negotiate a long term deal on the deficit. They were making serious strides in a major compromise, which would have created the first concrete plan to solve our nation’s growing economic crisis. President Obama made a major political sacrifice by putting Medicare and Social security cuts on the table during the talks. In return, the President asked of the Speaker to include revenue into the deal. These included closing corporate tax loopholes, ending federal subsidies for oil companies which are recording record profits, and slight tax increases on those making over one million dollars a year. Those talks subsequently broke down.

The idea of tax increases in any amount had forced the Republican leaders to back down from any serious deal on the federal debt. Why had the Republicans backed down when they were so close to a deal which would have saved our country? The answer to that question is the pledge created by Grover Norquist (which almost every Republican politician has signed) states that whomever signs the pledge will never agree to increasing taxes at all. In return, the Grover Norquist led National Rifle Association or NRA, a Political Action Committee with the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money that will spend millions of dollars attacking Democrats challenging these same elected officials.

What people fail to recognize however, is the potential benefits of the increased revenue. By asking those who make the most money in our country to pay their fair share it will tremendously help our economy. By increasing taxes on millionaires and billionaires.

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President Obama Appoints While Congress is on Recess

default article imageThe Justice Department is defending the legality of President Obama’s recent recess appointments, releasing a 23page legal opinion. Critics say it is “unconvincing” and whose timing doesn’t coincide with the President’s decision.

The memo, justifying appointments made last week while Congress was technically not recessed, concludes what the White House claimed at the time that Congress isn’t able to do business during “pro forma” sessions so it counts as a break.

“The convening of periodic pro forma sessions in which no business is to be conducted does not have the legal effect of interrupting an intra-session recess otherwise long enough to qualify as a ‘Recess of the Senate’ under the Recess Appointments Clause,” reads the January 6th  memo written by Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz.

“In this context, the President therefore has discretion to conclude that the Senate is unavailable to perform its advise and consent function and to exercise his power to make recess appointments,’ it continues.

The memo, dated two days after President Obama made his controversial appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three others to the National Labor Relations Board, summarizes advice given to the White House before the January 4th appointments, an administration official said.

While Republicans contemplate their next step, recess appointee Richard Cordray is running the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board As of this report, the three temporary members of the Bureau, are all Democrats.

Obama left more than 70 other nominees in limbo, well aware that Republicans could use Senate rules to block some or all of them.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate 11/9/11

default article imageLast week SGA President, Nicole Levy attended the Board of Trustees meeting. The process of building a new residence hall offering 200 beds to freshmen was voted on. The hall will allow the University to guarantee housing to all freshmen students. It will be constructed in the Cedar Hall parking lot currently used for the library and commuters.

Vice President Nagy is still working on the Aramark issues.

Homecoming Chair, Samantha Schaffer said that the Senate is currently brainstorming ideas concerning what to do with extra Homecoming novelties.

“I appreciate the sense of humor and grace you all brought on Homecoming day despite the unfortunate weather,” Nagy said.

The annual auction will be team party themed and will be held in the Blue and White Club on Friday, March 30.

Campus and Safety Committee Kathy Maloney, the Director of the Health Services, will be invited to come up sometime in the next few weeks.

Students are reminded to take the survey from the Health Center that was recently emailed.

Stefania Flecca and Academics Chair, Soraya Quezada met with Dr. Sarsar last week and discussed how the University is globally promoting and recruiting international students.

More information will be available soon.

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The Polling Institute: More Opportunities to Come

Polling InstituteMany students do not recognize the Polling Institute as one of the University’s reputable gems, or the opportunities it has to offer.

The Institute offers numerous opportunities for students to gain experience concerning the way polls are administered and data is analyzed.

Introduced to the University in 2005, the Polling Institute was established in order to act as a nerve center for the study of public opinion on important local, state, regional, and national issues.

Patrick Murray, Director of the Polling Institute, explained that the Institute’s mission is to produce involvement externally and internally from the University. The Institute incorporates the assistance from different departments on campus to administer polls.

The Polling Institute’s activities include research services for government agencies as well as private organizations. The poll results assist with policy analysis, measuring effectiveness and assessment.

In 2005, the Institute was named a winner by New Jersey Politifax for the accuracy of its predictions prior to the 2005 gubernatorial election. However, Murray stressed that the polling the Institute conducts is unique in that it is not merely political candidate polling.

Rather, the Polling Institute works to ensure that the voice of the public is heard concerning relevant social issues and standards that everyday people are concerned about.

“The Institute is unique in that it covers quality of life issues that affect New Jersey residents as well as residents up and down the East Coast,” Murray said. For example, the Institute released a survey this past April which measured the quality of life in New Jersey.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate 11/2/11

default article imageSix students from the Student Government Association had the opportunity to attend a student leadership conference at the State House in Trenton on October 24.

At this conference, the Senate met with students from other New Jersey schools to represent the interests of each particular school.

The student leadership day was hosted by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey (AICUNJ) in hopes of increasing awareness of some of the budget cuts from the 14 independent schools in the state.

The students who were in attendance had the opportunity to learn about the legislative process and had a chance to voice concerns about such budget cuts to programs like the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) and the Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF).

Robert J. Polakowski, the Vice President of AICUNJ, wanted students to be a part of this process to make sure politicians in Trenton remained accountable for their decisions on issues that directly affect the independent schools in New Jersey.

Student Opinion Survey- Dr. Strohmetz, a Psychology Professor and the Associate Vice President for Academic and Institutional Assessment, attended last week’s executive board meeting to discuss the Student Opinion Survey. This, similar to the BESSE and NESSE students take, is a new survey for all undergraduate students to gauge their satisfaction with the University and various aspects including residential life, dining services, and academics. The Senate has offered to help promote it through various outlets. It will be sent out through email.

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Who’s Who in SGA: Soraya Quezada Academics Chair

SGA Soraya QuezadaSoraya Quezada is a senior majoring in Biology. She hopes to be a doctor and will be attending medical school once she graduates in May. Quezada is from Keyport, New Jersey.

She has the position of Academic Affairs Chair in SGA. Quezada works with the Provost and the academic departments to improve the overall academic quality for the student body. This includes any issues from class scheduling to concerns with professors or advisor’s.

For example, Quezada was recently briefed on the new plagiarism tool that professors will now be using. She has also held the position of Elections Committee CoChair.

She joined SGA her sophomore year to get more involved on campus and to meet new people. “I thought it was important for me to get involved, especially as a commuter. I really care about Monmouth and want to see the University and it’s students succeed,” Quezada said.

SGA is the governing body for all clubs and organizations on campus and acts as a voice for the students.

Quezada explained that everyone should look into SGA to help improve the University and make it the best it can be for students.

She said her proudest moment on SGA thus far was being voted into the Senate from a general member, to a voting Senator her sophomore year, as well as holding committee chair positions her junior and senior year.

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President Obama Looking to Help College Students

default article imagePresident Obama announced his newest executive order to help reboot the struggling economy last week. He is making changes to federal policy to make student loans more affordable and easier to pay back for recent college graduates who are struggling to find work after graduation.

With college tuition growing each year, it is a relief to most students that this is happening. The “Know Before You Owe” plan was originally an initiative to help with mortgages, but the same principles are being used for student loans.

This order was announced at the University of Colorado to thunderous applause from college students. This plan would allow students to repay at a slower rate and consolidate multiple payments into one payment with a better interest rate. Obama also plans to cap student loan payments at 10 percent. The plan is actually an acceleration of a federal law due to take effect in two years, but because of the executive order it will begin in January 2012. Also under the new rule, after 20 years on federal loans, the remaining debt would be forgiven, five years earlier than the present system.

Obama believes a college education is essential. “In a global economy, putting a college education within reach for every American has never been more important, but it’s also never been more expensive,” he said.

One of the major concerns of enacting such an order is to free up more money for students upon graduation. The hope is with more money to spend, recent graduates can put more money into the economy and help get it going again. Obama said, “And when a big chunk of every paycheck goes towards student loans instead of being spent on other things, that’s not just tough for middleclass families, it’s painful for the economy and it’s harmful to our recovery because that money is not going to help businesses grow.” He explained that the best part of the entire plan is that there is no additional charge on taxpayers.

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