I was invited to attend an Alternatives to Violence workshop at a Youth Correctional Facility back in December 2019. I had already done a basic workshop in the community, but I was interested in attending this type of workshop in a prison because of my interest in social justice and the Alternatives to Violence Project […]
Safeguarding an Aging Populace
A vulnerable population like the elderly needs special protections and access to quality healthcare. According to the National Institute on Aging, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is set to double in the next 25 years, while Americans aged 85 and older make up the fastest growing age group in the U.S. Taking […]
Is The Gender Wage Gap Actually A Myth?
Recently, an organization came to my attention called Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). According to their website, IWF is committed to “limited government, economic liberty and personal responsibility–done by educating about and advocating for policies that are as principled as possible, while as pragmatic as necessary to actually achieve directionally-right changes that will benefit Americans.” What […]
The Climate Crisis: A Spiritual Perspective
Science-loving folks and religious folks must work together in order to address the climate crisis. In realizing climate change as an existential threat to humankind, we must make a devoted effort to use the strengths of both to guide us in the right direction. While scientists are concerned with the changes that need to happen […]
"Major" Decision Making is Always Hard
Many freshmen attending college this coming fall will probably have the same questions on their mind – “Where are the parties?” “How do I make friends?” – and most importantly, “What should I major in?” Choosing a major defines how your college experience will go, and is therefore a huge decision.
Monmouth Parking: A $50,000 Nightmare
At Monmouth, the amount of enrolled students is rising. The University is accepting more students, and more currently enrolled students, such as myself, aren’t graduating on time. As we stay here longer, we still need to come to class – and to come to class, we need to park our cars on campus. Rising numbers […]
The Normalization of Mass Shootings
Mass murder or “mass shooting”, is a problem that has been recurring in America loosely tied to issues such as gun control and mental illness. This isn’t an article about gun control, gun accessibility, xenophobia, or mental illness. This is an article about how America has allowed itself to become desensitized and apathetic to the issue of mass shootings.
Verge Voices: What It Feels Like to be a Graduating Senior
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – As my college career is coming to an end, I’m looking back at all of the memories I’ve made on Monmouth’s campus, and can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. I’ve met some of the most amazing people and experienced some of the best moments throughout my college career. These past four years […]
The Unicorn Frappucino: Why Did Anyone Buy It?
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – I’m sure you’ve seen those colorful, bright pink, blue, and purple Starbucks’ drinks all over the Internet recently, and if you’re like me, you’re really sick of them. The Unicorn Frappucino has taken social media by storm, and everyone is talking about them. However, there have not been too many positive reviews […]
Marching Band: We Work Just as Hard
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Thanks to Mean Girls, whenever I say I was in marching band, I get asked if we really were sexually active. To answer that, I say we did not have time to be doing the deed, and yes, “that one time at band camp” truly is a thing. When you’re […]