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A fond farewell to "Team Pirate Life"

Each passing day, it gets harder and harder to believe that senior year is coming to a close and, with it, my college career. I remember my first day at Seton Hall when I was full of uncertainties and unsure of where my time at college would take me. To be honest, I am still not exactly sure where my college career will take me, but that does not mean for one second that I did not enjoy the ride.


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Take a breath: Why a little 'me time' can go a long way

Does anyone else hate admitting that their par­ents are right, or is it just me? I loathe telling my dad he was right about anything, because he just chuckles to himself as if to say "I told you so." There is one lesson, how­ever, which I don't mind telling him he was right.


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Is going smoke-free the way to be?

As the Student Government Association is weigh­ing the possibility of a campus-wide anti-smoking initiative, it can be expected that there will be vary­ing opinions on the subject. However, this is not an issue of rights or privileges. It is, rather, an issue of public versus private property and the jurisdiction of the University.


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Willard gives SHU hope

For most of my time here at Se­ton Hall, there was never much to look forward to. Then March 17, 2010, happened. A day after the Seton Hall Pirates lost in the NIT to Texas Tech, Bobby Gonzalez was fired from his position as head men's basket­ball coach.


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A call for more basketball at Walsh

Earlier this sea­son, the men's basketball team was given the op­portunity to play two games at the historic Walsh Gymnasium, and it wasn't just a throwback to the days where college bas­ketball was a much simpler game. It was awesome.


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Sophomore Slump: How to survive the dreaded second year curse

As I nosedive into the pile of work that is the last quarter of my sophomore year, one thing has become clear: sophomore slump is real, and nobody is invin­cible to it. I have always been overly concerned about grades, and do my best to be well acquainted with the idea of a 4.0 GPA. I know that I've always been a determined student. I don't miss exams; I al­ways take notes and never use my laptop to do so. Somehow this semester, I have felt much more stressed out and stayed up later only to produce what seems like half the results. I also know I am not the only one.


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Prank or not, return the stork!

As reported on the front page this week, the Theater Council's prop for promoting the musical "Baby" was stolen from the front lawn of Fahy Hall last week. This kind of immature, deviant behavior is precisely the kind that not only reflects poorly on the student body, but on the University as well.


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The New Social Life: Why the social media revolution can't define our lives

Since the days of MySpace there seems to be one social media venture after another, each one becoming more popular than the next. The world thrives on it; our generation in particular would be lost without it. Really though, our generation and those following it would simply be lost without the Internet in general. For some, it is a news provider and for others it is a way to connect with people that they otherwise wouldn't have a relationship with (after all if it weren't for Facebook we all would forget a lot of birthdays). But what if we all took a social media hiatus? Rather what if we just shut off our laptops for a couple days, disconnected our cell phones from our Facebook, Twitter and news updates, and just forgot it all existed?


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There's no excuse for rowdy fandom

In the Pirates' win over Georgetown on Tuesday night, there were several instances where excitement and school pride approached the realm of rowdy and disorderly. In fact, much of what happened can be classified as disrespectful.


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Let the countdown begin: Pushing through the last 95

Ninety-five...that seems like a lot. But, my fellow graduating seniors, that is all we have left, 95 days. Over the past month of our last semester, I have felt rather dissimilar in comparison to my classmates. Most of them are either dreading graduation, or they are so extremely anxious they are about to jump out of their skin.


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The Voice: Campus renovations

First impressions matter. Prospective students on a campus tour find much to admire about the appearance of the University. The landscaping creates a welcoming environment, the Green offers a central gathering place for students on nice days, and President's Hall meets expectations for old-fashioned architecture.


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As Super Sunday looms, time to make best of Jets fan's worse nightmare

As we all know, the New York Giants will play the New England Patriots this Sunday in the Super Bowl, a rematch of what experts consider one of the greatest Super Bowl upsets in history. I am torn as to who to root for in the game because I am a New York Jets fan - a huge one at that. Basically, for Jet Nation, it's pick your poison — in-state foe or hated divisional rival.


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University's $325 housing fee unfair

Housing and Residence Life announced that the housing deposit that students pay every spring to reserve their spot in university housing would no longer be refundable, essentially making the $325 a fee. Deposit, by definition, assumes that money is kept until some point when it is refunded, or applied to a sum owed.


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