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More renovations still to come for Barn and Dreyfuss theater


Over the past year, the Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus has undergone countless renovations. Some of the biggest projects include changes to two different performance spaces – The Barn and the main stage in Dreyfuss. Several members of the FDU community have worked tirelessly on the two projects, including professors and students. Continue reading

Professor discusses new novel


On Sept. 16, FDU’s own René Steinke, director of the MFA program in creative writing, discussed and read from her new novel, “Friendswood.”
A group of staff and students gathered in the Orangerie to hear Steinke’s account of writing her book, which explores the impact of disaster on a small town. Friendswood, Texas, is Steinke’s actual hometown. Continue reading

Clubs at FDU learn about changes to budget system


Student leaders of FDU’s clubs recently learned of a new plan being implemented for the way their budgets are handled.
Most of the official clubs on campus will be given an initial budget of $300 this semester. From there, any time the organization wants money for an event, the executive board leaders must request the amount from the SGA Financial Board and Student Comptroller Evan Angstreich. Continue reading

Large freshman class arrives at FDU, shakes up campus

Student Voice Editor

It is hard to imagine a quiet cafeteria or empty hallway since the large freshman class arrived at the Florham Campus on Aug. 23.
Brian Mauro, the campus’ associate provost, explained that the class is comprised of approximately 700 new students and represents a large increase in the typical freshman class, which is usually around 600 students. Continue reading

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

FDU alumnus speaks with students about public relations

News Editor

Alumni of a college can be a helpful resource in providing information and advice to current students. On Thursday, Nov. 21, FDU alumnus Michael Sinatra came to the College at Florham campus to speak with undergraduates in a public relations class about his experience in the working world.

Having earned his degree in communication studies in 2006, he has made a career practicing PR. He is currently a public relations and public affairs manager and directs the PR for the Northeast region of Whole Foods Market.

He began by explaining the history of the organization, stating that Whole Foods has more than 365 stores throughout the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canada.

His job is to serve as a spokesperson, handle media relations, crises and more within his region. This includes New York, which he called the media capital of the world.
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