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Students visit U.N. and learn about infectious diseases


On the rainy morning of Nov. 6, an event hosted by the Student Global Ambassador Project gathered seventh to twelfth grade students in the Orangerie for a discussion on infectious diseases, followed by a trip to the United Nations.
Several speakers for the event covered the subjects of natural disasters, HIV, Malaria and Ebola, and included information about governmental responses to each problem in addition to the way each disease is contracted, manifested and treated. Continue reading

Gaza-Israel conflict focus of event

Student Voice Editor
Gary Darden, a professor in the Department of Social Sciences and History at FDU, opened his introduction to the recent Hot Topics panel, “Gaza and Israel: War or Peace?” by asking that everyone treat each other “with absolute respect” for the duration of the event.
Darden also made it clear that it was a student-centered event, and therefore he would “privilege student questions over non-student questions.”
The first panelist, Riad Nasser, also a professor in the Department of Social Sciences and History, said, “The recent war on Gaza can be viewed … as a transforming event, a kind of turning point in the long history of the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”
He went on to say “it showed the limits of the use of power, being that the mighty power of the Israeli army, or the primitive rockets of Hamas [have failed] to resolve the conflict in the region.”
Nasser believes this shows that the conflicts cannot be solved by violence and therefore should be solved by other means. Continue reading

MAD shuttle service gone, SGA researching options


Despite the presence of signs on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus for the Madison Avenue Direct (MAD) shuttle service, the shuttle itself has disappeared.
The MAD shuttle was a van that drove through the Florham Campus, as well as the campuses of Drew University and the College of Saint Elizabeth, on a constant loop.
The shuttle offered students of all three universities access to downtown Madison at a low fare of $1.50 each way.
However, Dean of Students Jasmin Verem said that “service ended in May after school was done.”
Verem explained that the shuttle was a result of a three-year state-sponsored grant run through a nonprofit called TransOptions through New Jersey Transit, but there was no more funding. “The grant ran out,” he stated.
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New programs aim to help students navigate college life

Christi Peace
This semester, several new programs have been made available to Florham Campus students by the FDU Counseling and Psychological Services Department. These programs offer a range of services from helping students deal with stress to providing support and guidance with their interpersonal relationships. The regularly scheduled programs are called “Living in Harmony with Roommates,” “Pet Therapy,” “Yoga in the Italian Gardens,” “Let’s Chat!” and “Creatively Managing Stress Discussion Group.”
Stephanie Koempel, acting director of counseling and psychological services, has worked in the department for over seven years. She received her new position this summer upon the retirement of the previous director and was able to implement several ideas she had for the different programs.
“This semester we have a healing element going,” Koempel said.
One of the programs, “Pet Therapy,” allows students and even faculty and staff to come to different locations on campus throughout the semester in order to interact with certified pet therapy animals.
In previous years, it used to be that the pets would come to the school around exam times in order to help reduce students’ stress. However, the new program has dogs and cats coming once a month, and Koempel said she hopes to increase the frequency of their visits even more in the future.
“The pet therapy is a passion of mine,” said Koempel, who explained that her doctoral research was connected to the human-animal bond, as well as the healing abilities it has.
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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