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Editorial

Outlook Honors Black Role Models

default article imageIn honor of Black History Month, The Outlook editors reflected on various public figures within the Black community have influenced their lives. Our choices span various eras and professions, demonstrating the profound impact that the Black community has had on our society as a whole.

Shirley Chisholm

One editor noted, “She was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress in 1968, where she represented New York for more than a decade. She was also the first woman to ever seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1971.”

“She’s inspiring to many women and people of color in the country, and she led the way for so many others to even consider entering politics—especially in an era where women and minorities were unwelcomed.  

In her presidential announcement, Chisholm described herself as representative of the people, famously saying: ‘I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am Black and proud. I am not the candidate of the woman’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and equally proud of that. I am the candidate of the people and my presence before you symbolizes a new era in American political history,’” the Editor continued. 

Jackie Robinson 

Another Editor said, “Jackie Robinson, one of the most legendary baseball players of all-time, played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 50s. He was the first black player to play in Major League Baseball. Despite abuse from people who disagreed with him playing, he remained calm, kind, and dedicated to the game.”

“He is an inspiration to me because he stopped at nothing to play the game that he loved and kicked open doors for the integration of African Americans into Major League Baseball,” the staffer added. 

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Opiate Epidemic In New Jersey

default article imageToday, all over the news you might see or read about another person tragically dying from an opiate related overdose. According to the National Safety Council, you are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose, 1 in 96 deaths, than a motor vehicle accident, 1 in 103. This is the first time in recorded history that opioid overdose became the leading cause of death in the U.S.

In Monmouth County, we might see this more when compared to the rest of the country. In New Jersey, Monmouth County has three towns that have the top 30 most heroin overdoses in the state which include Middletown, Asbury Park, and Keansburg, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

An opiate is a substance that acts on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including Fentanyl and Vicodin. Heroin is a form of an opiate that most commonly used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. If a person takes too much of an opiate, they can overdose, which symptoms include slow, shallow breathing, unresponsiveness, and can lead to cardiac arrest and death if left untreated.

Some editors at The Outlook know people from their childhood who either are addicted to an opiate or have tragically died from an opiate related overdose.

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Welcome President Leahy

default article imageAs the spring semester begins, the University welcomes the announcement of our new president, Patrick Leahy, Ed.D. After more than a year of searching and selecting candidates, the Board of Trustees officially announced that Leahy has been chosen as President-elect on Dec. 14. 

As an integral part to the Monmouth community and as active members of this University, The Outlook and its editors both welcome Leahy and offer sincere wishes to President Grey Dimenna, Esq., as he approaches his retirement this July. Since 1933, our newspaper has served as a voice of and for the students and members of this University. As such, we understand the important tasks that each president will face in her or his tenure. 

For several years, many Presidents of Monmouth have brought with them experience and backgrounds in business. With background in English literature and education, the editors have agreed that Leahy will surely bring a new and fresh perspective to the well-being and advancement of this academic institution. 

“I feel that his credentials will make him a great fit for not only understanding how the world of academia works, but how Monmouth can thrive as an institution and improve upon different aspects of the university,” one staffer said.

Editors of The Outlook  believe that a good president is one who promotes transparency and dedication to student success. “Not that other presidents in the past have not done this, but it is definitely a paradigm quality to have,” one editor noted. The editors agreed that having a good rapport with students and faculty also helps to build a strong relationship, as it can provide insight as to what the students want from the university and what we can achieve. 

From attending basketball games or chatting with students in the dining hall, even playing guitar on an album for Blue Hawk Records, students have greatly appreciated the presence that Dimenna has had at Monmouth. Therefore, a president’s activity on campus is also an important aspect when evaluating the success and well-being of the Monmouth community, and the editors have faith that Leahy will live up to those expectations. 

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Editors Talk “Going Green”

default article imageIn recent years, climate change has resulted in a wide range of impacts, such as rising global temperatures that have melted polar ice caps and caused sea levels to rise. Human health, agriculture, food security, water supply, transportation, energy and ecosystems are all components impacted by climate change. Many scientists and climatologists believe that the spike in natural disasters over recent years, such as Hurricane Harvey and the wild fires in California, are a direct consequence of global warming. 

Several initiatives have been made to combat the consequences of global climate change; recycling is one that has had a substantial positive impact on the environment. Recycling saves energy, which could otherwise add to greater pollution and further greenhouse gas emissions, which cause the rise in temperatures. It also reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, and conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.  Because of its impact on climate change, the editors of The Outlook decided to share their opinions on the University’s stance on recycling as well as the problem of climate change on a global and future scale. 

The editors, for the most part, all had similar stances in the importance of recognizing the problem that is climate change. “To me, it is almost common sense that the Earth is warming at a dangerous rate and it needs to change,” one editor said. Another editor also noted that climate change is much more than just fluctuations in temperature.

Another editor noted the potential ramifications of climate change and said, “If temperatures continue to rise, it will dramatically affect the lives of generations to come.” The probability of the listed repercussions is likely to increase and become more disruptive in the coming decades, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment released on Nov. 23.

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Giving Back During the Holidays

default article imageThanksgiving is the time of year when we count our blessings as we gather with family and friends to enjoy the biggest cheat day of the year, shortly followed by the holidays. With Black Friday on the mind, aka the hunger games of shopping, we often focus on the materialistic side of the holidays and forget about the humanistic aspect: giving back. In honor of Thanksgiving, The Outlook took the time to discuss the importance of giving back.

When talking to the current editors, they all had their own definition for what it means to “give back.” Yet, every editor stressed the importance of doing so. One editor defined it as, “Being a better member of your community.”

The editor continued, “When you volunteer, it feels rewarding to know you are helping someone else in need.”

Another editor agreed with this sentiment. “Giving back, to me, means reciprocating kindness back into the world,” he explained. “The kindness we show others can make a world of difference. Sometimes, just the smallest acts are the sincerest.”

Another editor believed giving back to be a means of paying it forward. “By acknowledging how much you have to be thankful for, while some others can’t even meet their necessities, giving back is sharing what you have with others out of gratitude and kindness.”

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Editors Talk Holiday Season

default article imageAs soon as Halloween passes, it seems the holiday season begins. On Nov. 1, commercials go from creatures with fangs, claws, and scales to sleigh bells and holiday sales. Malls become decorated with lights and bows. Here at The Outlook, our editors have different perspectives on the holiday season.

Most of the editors celebrate Christmas, but one editor said, “My aunt and her family are Jewish, so we often join them in celebrating Hanukkah as well.” 

The question of when exactly the holiday season begins among our editors resulted in Black Friday being the beginning of the holiday season. One editor said, “In my house, the countdown to Christmas starts on Black Friday. My family and I put up the tree and decorate for Christmas. Plus, that’s when the radio has the Christmas music on full blast.”

The editor continued, “I have friends that decorate and start listening to Christmas music as early as Nov. 1 and I know that they’d hate me for saying this, but they should cut back on the Christmas a bit. As much as I love the music and the nostalgia, having Christmas decorations out before we even finish Halloween rushes the holidays.”

Another editor agreed and said, “The holiday season should begin on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. It is crazy that we see holiday stuff in stores in September and October. The same goes with holiday music.”

Another editor felt similarly, “The holiday season, for me, begins in October. I don’t celebrate Halloween anymore, but all of the fall vibes leading up to it are great. Then once Halloween is over, it’s onto Thanksgiving.  I’m a believer in not calling it Christmas season until after Thanksgiving.”

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Why We Picked Monmouth

default article imageChoosing where you want to attend college can be an overwhelming yet exciting decision to make. It is an aspect of life that can determine the next four years in terms of friends, career and opportunity. At The Outlook, our editors had varying opinions on what made them choose to attend Monmouth. 

When talking to current editors, the college selection process takes into account a multitude of factors, one particularly being the proximity to one’s home. One editor stated, “After starting off at a community college, I looked to transfer to a school that was still close to home, so Monmouth was a good fit.” 

Affordability is another crucial aspect that many editors took into consideration. Due to the financial burden and commitment of certain institutions, many editors pursued an associate degree at a local community college and then came to Monmouth to complete the remaining two.    

One editor said, “Tuition costs are a touchy subject.” Luckily some of our editors are fortunate enough to get scholarships which allow them to come here. The editor added, “Monmouth has given me an affordable education through academic scholarship.”

One editor said that although they were between Monmouth and another institution, he/she ultimately decided to come to Monmouth as a commuter student. The editor stated, “Commuting allows me to work at a place I’ve worked at for some time.” 

The distance to the beach also influenced editors’ decisions. One editor said that he/she are happy with the choice of attending this school. One editor said, “If I have a break between classes, I like to go to the beach by Pier Village. Sometimes I do homework and other times I’ll just sit there and listen to music.” 

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Athletics at Monmouth

default article imageAthletics are a key element in what makes up every university’s experience. Some colleges seem to be defined by or most known from one of their athletic teams. For schools with less recognized athletic programs, each team still serves as an important piece in its students’ careers in many different ways. The Outlook decided to explore our varying experiences with Monmouth Athletics.

For some students, interacting with their university’s athletic programs can be a key gateway to a post-graduation career. One editor, who has worked as a Communication Assistant with Athletics since their junior year, said, “I have missed only two home games this semester. Every game is exciting to go to and I am lucky to be a part of them.”

Another editor interested in pursuing a career in sports media began covering one of Monmouth’s athletic programs for The Outlook since his first week on campus as a freshman and continued it through his senior year. 

An athlete herself, one of our editors’ support for Monmouth Athletics does not stop at her own sport’s schedule. “I probably attend at least one Monmouth sporting event a week,” she said. “Although, it can be tough to attend games during my own season.”

Many editors, however, have either never attended or have only been to a few athletics events during their college career at Monmouth. “I personally have never been to a Monmouth Athletics event, but I know that sporting events are a huge part of the University culture and bring people together,” an editor said.

Those editors who have attended games at Monmouth have mainly made it out to what are arguably the University’s most notable programs: Football and Men’s Basketball. “Men’s Basketball was a really fun time,” one editor said. “This was also at the peak of the Monmouth Bench craze.”

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Staying Spooky at Monmouth

default article imageHalloween is only a week away. Our social media feeds are already filled with friends in costumes at early celebrations, and campus is decorated with pumpkins and hay. To quote the character of Marnie from Halloweentown, which one editor claimed as their favorite fall film, “Halloween is cool.” At The Outlook, we honored the spooky season by discussing all the best that Halloween has to offer.

Dressing up in Halloween costumes is fun, but it can also be difficult to think of an outfit that is unique. Looking back on his favorite costume selection, one editor said, “My favorite costume was Heisenberg from Breaking Bad. I shaved my beard and had a goatee, wore a bald cap, and found a hazmat suit. I had a blast with that one.”

Some of the best costume moments happen when we are young. “My all-time favorite costume was when I was Lizzie McGuire. I was in the second grade and had the whole cartoon Lizzie get-up down to the face mask,” another editor said. 

Movies are also a crucial part of the Halloween experience. A couple creepy flicks can help put you in the holiday spirit. One editor said, “I love horror films. Recent strides in the genre include Don’t Breathe, The Conjuring 2, and this year’s Unsane. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, check out Suspiria. It’s perfect for Halloween and the remake is coming out this month.” 

Horror movies are not a favorite for everyone. If you’re looking for a movie that will not put you on the edge of your seat, one editor recommended, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a classic.” 

Halloween’s fun is also rooted in the tradition of trick-or-treating. According to an Oct. 10 report from USA Today, some cities are outlawing trick-or-treating for children who are thirteen years of age or older. In some places, teens could be fined or even jailed. 

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Mental Health at Monmouth

default article imageEvery student can understand the feelings of overwhelming pressure and responsibility in their daily lives. Whether it be from friends, family, an employer, or school, there are many forces that threaten the state of our mental health. However, some people are already predisposed to anxieties, depressed feelings and intrusive thoughts that make life more difficult to manage.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 41.6 percent of college students cited anxiety as one of the top presenting concerns among college students. While trying to balance the many stressors in life, students may suffer from anxiety as well as co-occurring disorders, such as depression. 

One Editor said, “I have many people in my life who have struggled with mental health, including myself. I experienced bad depression for about half of high school, and I currently struggle with anxiety.” 

Though not everyone experiences mental health issues themselves, it is important to recognize other people’s experiences and support them. One Editor said, “I was not aware that my friend was depressed until they reached out to me. They were one of the happiest persons I knew, so I was surprised to hear that they were dealing with depression.” 

Oftentimes, it is difficult to discuss issues of mental health due to the cultural stigma that exists around these concerns. “I think it is changing for the worse,” one Editor noted. “[those with mental illness] are challenged with stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about mental illness.” 

However, with new research emerging and celebrities publicizing their struggles, it may indicate that the cultural attitude is becoming more positive. One Editor recognizes this shift, “A lot of famous athletes and celebrities have come forth with their own struggles so that has made it a bit more ‘acceptable’ nowadays.”

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The Importance of Voting

default article imageElection Day is Nov. 6, and the University has already begun getting students registered to vote with its nonpartisan “Rock the Vote” campaign, hosted by the Political Science Club on campus. As the 2018 Midterm Elections approach, The Outlook has been talking about the importance of voting, and getting involved in all levels of active citizenship. 

All of the Editors are registered to vote, except for one, who said: “I do believe that voting is important; however, politics is something that I do not pay attention to, and something I am not educated on, at my own choice.”

Evidently, these doubts are not uncommon amongst voters. Whether it be because they feel uninformed on the issues or because they are not confident in the candidates, nearly 43 percent of eligible voters abstain from voting, according to the U.S. Elections Project. 

As Americans, we are granted the right and the immense responsibility of electing others to represent us at all levels of government, from local school boards and state assemblies to the United States Congress and the presidency.

“It is important to vote because it is your way for your voice to be heard in decisions that will affect you,” one Editor said. “I am a firm believer in the idea that your one vote counts.”

“As a woman, it is particularly important to me, since we went without the right to vote for so long,” another Editor said. “The day when I registered to vote, I felt like I wasn’t just doing it for myself, but for every woman who fought for that right before me.” 

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