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Hot Topics discussion focuses on feral cats’ impact on biodiversity

Staff Writer

This past Earth Day, April 22, a rather interesting and unique Hot Topics took place, focusing on feral cats and their impact on biodiversity.

The panel included a mixture of activists and academics: Morgan Bal, a biology major; Cailin O’Connor, a biology lecturer; Bryan Kortis, a program manager at Pet Smart Charities; and Peter Wolf, a Cat Initiatives Analyst from the Best Friends Animal Society. The moderator was Brian Olechnowski, assistant professor of biology at FDU. Continue reading

FDU campuses participate in United Nations videoconference

Staff Writer

The campuses of Fairleigh Dickinson University recently took part in a United Nations Pathways videoconference, “The Role of Civil Society in the Post-2015 Agenda.”

The discussion, held April 8, included Jeffrey Huffines, CIVICUS U.N. representative; Ahmad Kamal, who worked in diplomatic affairs in Pakistan; and a research fellow at Columbia University. Students from the College at Florham participated in the videoconference from a room in the Dreyfuss building. Continue reading

SAGA’s Day of Silence tradition seeks to raise awareness at FDU

Staff Writer

The Straight and Gay Alliance is continuing a tradition of educating students with its Day of Silence Week.

Emily Moratti, the president of SAGA, cites the importance of annually remembering this cause. The actual Day of Silence is tomorrow, but SAGA has hosted events all week.

“The week is to help people be more aware of the horrors LGBT people face everyday,” Moratti said. Continue reading

Perfect season for Devils women’s basketball team


The Fairleigh Dickinson University women’s basketball team capped off a perfect 25-0 regular season on Saturday by defeating Delaware Valley College.

The Devils were scheduled to play Delaware Valley again on Wednesday in the first game of the Freedom Conference Tournament.

There is no player or coach on the women’s basketball team that is surprised by how great the season was.

Said Coach Marc Mitchell: “We had expectations at the beginning of the season to repeat as conference champions and our bigger picture is to win a national championship. So this season hasn’t been a surprise to anyone on the team.” Continue reading

From the editor’s desk: It’s never easy saying goodbye


I honestly have no idea what I’m doing with my life, but I better figure it out quickly because I’m graduating at the end of this semester.

Although I am relieved to be graduating in February so there is (hopefully) less competition in the job market, I’m actually sad about it. I’m not exactly ready to leave FDU and The Pillar just yet.

I think part of it has to do with the fact that I didn’t start at FDU right away. I’ve been to two other colleges/universities since I graduated high school in 2009.

I began my undergraduate studies at a small liberal arts college in Virginia, but I wasn’t happy. During my semester and three weeks at the college, I realized it wasn’t for me. It was too cliquey and reminded me of high school. I didn’t enjoy middle and high school, and I thought if I went to school in New Jersey that I’d be with the same people I went to school with for seven years, so I started looking into colleges out-of-state.

Little did I know, the “right” place for me was just 40 minutes away from my house this entire time.
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Review: ‘Catching Fire’ lives up to expectations

Film Critic

After seeing “Thor: The Dark World” for a second time last weekend, my opinion on it had not changed, but I thought to myself, “what qualifies as a good sequel?” For me, personally, a good sequel qualifies as expanding the world that was last introduced, developing the character arcs set up last time and taking them to a different place and seeing how they have changed since the last movie, while also setting up new characters for potential future films.

While “Thor: The Dark World” did do that, I realized that there could have been better moments of character (such as with Jane Foster and Thor). However, the next sequel to come out in November was “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

The sequel to the worldwide smash- hit “The Hunger Games” picks up after the events of the first film. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have won the 74th Hunger Games, and have returned home to District 12.

But there’s a storm coming.
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