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Ken Burns discusses film, liberal arts education and history in Lenfell Hall


Students, staff and guests at the Florham Campus welcomed renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Burns was the third speaker of the 2015-16 New Jersey Speakers Series presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University, and he made a brief appearance at the Florham Campus before his presentation at NJPAC later that evening.

For over 35 years, Burns has produced and directed some of the most famous documentaries ever created, including “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “The War” and his most recent work, “The Roosevelts.” His works have won 12 Emmy Awards and received two Oscar nominations. Continue reading

Men’s basketball clutches win with buzzer-beater


Spectators ran onto the court at the end of the men’s basketball game on Dec. 2, after Veon Lassiter made a layup right before the buzzer and gave the Devils the win over Misericordia, 71-70.

The FDU team, according to Lassiter, had high expectations going into the game. He wanted the Devils to “bring the intensity” and challenge the Cougars for the entire 40 minutes. Continue reading

Faculty Forum: Students come in many forms

Faculty Contributor

Some love theater or are committed to social work. Others have aspirations for public service. Some dream of being the first in their family to go to law or medical school. Many work part time and take a full load of classes.

And some students are older. They watched the moon landing in real time. They lived through the Korean and Vietnam wars, and observed or took part in the civil rights movement. These men and women have built long and successful careers, raised families, and are now returning to campus for the first time in decades. These students are enrolled in the Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (FILL).
And they want to help you. Continue reading

On friendship

News Editor

I feel like everyone has their definition of a friend; but sometimes the line between friend and acquaintance is blurred because a stranger can turn into someone you can’t imagine your life without. You have had no preparation before meeting this person and they can change your life quicker than one could anticipate.

As an only child, I’ve always put my friends on a higher pedestal than other people because they were people who were around my age that wanted to hang out with me and that was something out of the ordinary. Continue reading

Opinion: James McBride and band come to FDU for memorable event

Staff Writer

Waiting outside the doors to the Rec Center Gym in anticipation, I remember wondering what exactly an appearance from the famous author, James McBride, would entail.

To be honest, my main reason for attending the event was to fulfill a requirement for my College Writing Workshop class, but looking back now, I can truly say it was not a waste of my time. Continue reading

Review: ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ is a dismal, but accurate, end to ‘Hunger Games’ series


I’ve read the entire “Hunger Games” trilogy only once in my life, and it was during my last year in high school. I blazed through the books in order to prepare for the first “Hunger Games” that came out in 2012.

It’s only been three years since the first movie, but many changes and challenges affected the series during that time period, such as going through two directors, several writers and different styles of cinematography, and splitting the last book, “Mockingjay,” into two parts. Continue reading

FDU presents ‘She Loves Me’ on main stage


FDU’s production of “She Loves Me” opened on Wednesday, Dec. 2, and closed on Sunday, Dec. 6. The musical-comedy, on which the movie “You Got Mail” was based, takes place in Hungary during the 1930s and follows the love story of Amalia Balash and Georg Nowack, played by senior musical theater majors Jenna Cormey and Chris Lorenc.

Amalia and Georg both work in the same parfumarie, which is an old Hungarian version of a Bath and Body Works. Amalia and Georg can’t stand each other when they work together, but little do they know they are actually each other’s secret, romantic pen pal. The reason they don’t know is because they’ve never met in person before, or so they thought. Continue reading

Music review: ‘The Feeling’ is addictive and haunting


Justin Bieber is back on the scene with his new album, “Purpose.” In just its first month, it has already made its way to the number one spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums.

“The Feeling,” which features up-and-coming artist Halsey, sticks out from the rest of the songs on the album in the best way possible. While most of Bieber’s new songs have an R&B feel, “The Feeling” takes a slightly different approach, sounding almost like a cross between the genres of Dance and Alternative. Continue reading

Remembering FDU student Rob Critelli


On Nov. 10, students at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Florham Campus were informed of tragic news. Rob Andrew Critelli, a junior finance major at FDU, was killed in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike the night before.

Critelli and his friend, Christopher Calderone, 20, died when the car in which they were riding was struck from behind, according to an article posted on nj.com. Continue reading