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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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Governor Christie Vetoes the Jersey Shore

Governor Christie Vetoes Jersey ShoreIt was rumored that New Jersey residents would pay $420,000 in production costs for the inaugural 2009 season of MTV’s, “Jersey Shore,” last week.

This tax break was awarded to the reality series by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, as part of their tax credit program.

This was one of the first tax credits the EDA approved since Governor Chris Christie suspended the program in 2010, in order to close the state’s budget deficit.

However, on September 26, Christie announced he would veto the award.

In a statement to the EDA, Christie stated, “In this difficult fiscal climate, the taxpayers of New Jersey should not be forced to subsidize projects such as ‘Jersey Shore’…I am duty-bound to ensure taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”

Kaelyn Crede, a junior, is upset about the stereotypes the “Jersey Shore” has developed. “When I travel, people from all over the country assume that everyone from our state is like the characters on the Jersey Shore. It’s an awful image for us to have and I’m glad Christie made the decision he did.”

Christie further expressed tax dollars should only go towards programs that benefit the state.

Senior Heather Baginski agreed, “$420,000 could have done so much more for children who need school supplies or funding for significant programs, to avoid ending up like those fools on the show.”

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Candidates Wanted by Top Republicans

Candidates Wanted RepublicansGovernor, Chris Christie has grown to be enormously popular among conservatives and Republicans.

Even in the overwhelmingly blue of New Jersey, he continues to enjoy high approval ratings.

According to a Farleigh Dickinson Poll last week, the Governor had the approval of about 54 percent of New Jerseyans.

Many top conservatives and Republicans have been talking about Governor Chris Christie earlier this week following a nationally televised and closely watched speech he delivered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

He has garnered the admiration of many of the top figures in the news today.

Bill O’Reilly of FOX News said on his show, “I like the governor. I think he’s feisty and entertaining. I think he’s honest. But I think he should fulfill his obligation to the people of New Jersey who elected him to clean up the state.”

Dr. Joseph Patten, Chair of the Political Science Department, said, “Politics is striking while the iron is hot.”

 If Christie wants to take advantage of his popularity, he needs to get in now. When asked if Christie would have the same chance he does now, Dr. Patten explained that one year is an eternity in politics, never mind five years.

He said he could see there being some trouble with Christie, since he has stated repeatedly that he is not ready to be President, he doesn’t want to be President, that he’d rather “commit suicide” than be President.

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Roll Call: Words from the SGA Senate 10/5/11

default article imageThe Senators are very proud of the work they accomplished and the energy level during the annual retreat last weekend. “I think I speak for all seniors when I say thank you for making our last one so memorable,” Nicole Levy, President of SGA said.

This past Sunday, SGA hosted the annual Fall Leadership Conference for all the clubs and organizations.

SGA is also playing a more active role in the conference and conducting two workshops: Understanding SEF and Budgets, and a member retention workshop titled Retention Reinvention.

PRSSA was approved by the Senate for special event funding to attend a national conference in Orlando in order to gain more experience and knowledge to better the organization at the University.

The Senate has preapproved the Anime Club and the International Business Club who are currently working on their constitutions.

The Baseball Club (Club Sport) will be coming up soon, and there are Wrestling and Women’s Lacrosse Clubs in the works. The Criminal Justice and Pre-Law Clubs are also working to be reinstated.

Attorney General, Bryan Larco is working on side projects, such as a student discount card that can be used at local vendors for different days of the week, such as 30 percent off at Surf Taco on Mondays.

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We Balance Our Checkbooks, Why Can’t Washington?

default article imageUnless you were under a rock this summer, most of the political headlines in July and August were about the debt ceiling debate.

For those who have no idea what this means it means that America was about to top its 14.3 trillion dollar limit for borrowing money.

This was important because without this borrowed money the United States would not be able to pay its bills, causing a default.

A default on these payments would send a message that the United States would not be able to make necessary payments to operate and in today’s economic struggles, it would put less confidence in America’s already struggling market and economy.

Trillion of dollars is a lot of money and while yes the debt ceiling is important, there is something to be recognized here. As the economy continues to struggle and unemployment is at nine percent, Americans are cutting out luxuries and spending only on necessities.

Most American families accomplish their needs on limited income yet somehow the government can’t handle its finances with over 14.3 trillion dollars at its disposal.

 Most students are willing to assume debts in hopes of landing a solid job once out of college. University sophomore, Adam Sharkey said, “It makes me cringe every time I receive a paycheck.”

This is the view of many worried college students who are concerned about whether they will be able to pay off their tuition one day.

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New York Passes Marriage Equality Act as New Jersey Stands in the Shadows

New York Passes Marriage EqualityNew York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act, legalizing same-sex marriage across the state. It was signed immediately by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 24, 2011.

One month after the law became legal, hundreds of young and old lesbian and gay couples, along with friends and family members, lined the streets of New York City to finally be wed.

"The state vote in New York to legalize gay marriage is an exciting move forward toward equal rights for lesbian and gay Americans," said Dr. Nancy Mezey, Associate Professor and Sociology Program Director at Monmouth University.

New York joins five fellow American states, and the Washington DC area, in legalizing same-sex marriage. Handful of countries like Canada, Argentina and Spain also recognize same-sex marriage.

Dr. Mezey, also a Director for the Institute for Global Understanding, commented, "The Republicans who broke rank and voted for gay marriage in New York showed a lot of courage and conviction...I think we will see more Republicans voting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights as Americans in younger generations go to the polls."

One Republican State Senator, Mark Grisanti, said on the State Senate floor that he could not "deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the state of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife."

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