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"News is the first rough draft of history." - The Voice of the College at Florham

Student questions level of safety on Florham Campus

News Editor

After doing a research paper on the Columbine shooting for my News Editing class, I’ve been thinking about safety on school grounds. As this is my first year at FDU, I have felt less safe here than I did at my community college. Even though there is a 24-hour public safety service here on campus, they are extremely lenient. Since I am a little older than some students on campus, I have a little more knowledge in self-defense. After 11 p.m. on some nights here at FDU, half of the campus is shut down. But as some students don’t know, students can go into the academic buildings, especially the Mansion, later than 11. As someone who has spent some time in the Mansion at night, it is kind of creepy. Continue reading

More short stories: Albert Jones, frequent flier extraordinaire

Student Voice Editor

Albert Jones waited for another offer. He knew that the next offer would be worth taking and his flight was in 20 minutes. The woman at the desk frowned, picked up the phone, and spoke, “We are offering a five hundred dollar travel voucher, five hundred miles, a meal voucher, a breakfast voucher, and hotel accommodations until the next available flight.”
Albert stood up. He had strategically placed himself in order to be the first person to accept an offer. He heard a low murmur amongst the assembled men and women. Husbands quietly debated wives. It was a good offer. He walked to the desk and accepted it. Continue reading

Student reacts to ‘Hot Topics: I Can’t Breathe’ event

Staff Writer

On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Florham Campus hosted a Hot Topics discussion about the police and the African American community, using the “I Can’t Breathe” movement as a point of reference. It involved three panelists: an African American professor who co-edited an anthology on the subject, an author who had done several years of field studies with the police and an FDU student whose father is a police officer. Continue reading

Short stories: Albert Jones, frequent flier extraordinaire

Student Voice Editor

Student Voice Editor
Albert Jones sat in a crowded airport, just like he had done hundreds of times. He was in prime location to view people walking up to a small kiosk that sold water, various snacks, and small sandwiches. His flight was two hours away. He brought a rather large book with him. If all else failed he could just read it. He cracked open the book and waited. Continue reading

Opinion: ‘Fifty Shades’ is a dangerous depiction of BDSM


I am not a fan of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Although I have not seen the movie and don’t plan on doing so, I have read enough of the books and plenty of analytical pieces on the subject to be able to formulate an opinion on the matter. To be honest, I don’t care about the terrible dialogue/writing or the element of BDSM (which stands for bondage, domination, submission, sadism and masochism). In fact, I am actually a supporter of those who choose to partake in BDSM. It is because of the research I have done regarding that lifestyle that I take issue with its portrayal in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” To put it simply, what happens between Anastasia (Ana) Steele and Christian Grey is not even close to a healthy BDSM relationship; it’s abuse. Continue reading

Editor reflects on ‘The Breakfast Club’ 30th anniversary

News Editor

Since the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club” is coming up, I thought I’d watch it again from an adult perspective. The first time I watched it I was 15, I was in high school and didn’t know half of the things I know now about school dynamics and student life.
When sitting down with a group of friends in a dorm room during the late hours of the night with the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” blaring through the speakers, I thought about the people I was sitting with. We all came from different walks of life. Different states, towns, family styles. Continue reading

Opinion: Winning is the only thing that matters in football

Student Voice Editor

Recently, the New England Patriots have been accused of using deflated balls in their AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts. A deflated ball is easier to throw, catch and carry in harsh conditions like the ones on Championship Sunday. Of course, this news is compounded by past allegations of cheating by the Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belichick. Belichick has been caught and reprimanded before. I do not believe there is enough evidence to call foul play and no punishment has come down from the League. Innocent until proven guilty does not mean innocent until the public disagrees. Continue reading

Student finds issues with drug-detecting nail polish


n the second trimester of this year, around April, four North Carolina State University undergraduates, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey- Maloney, went public with their invention, “Undercover Colors.”
According to an Aug. 26 Washington Post article by Gail Sullivan, the product is a nail polish that “changes color in the presence of common date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).”
If you were to look up undercovercolors.com, you would find that it not only solicits donations but also links you to the Facebook and Twitter pages for the invention. Continue reading

Editor reflects on Wozniak event

News Editor

On our way to the Speakers Series on Nov. 20, a group of students and I sat in the back of the quiet bus, and like many people, talked about the last time we were on a bus. It’s funny how a bus can bring back so many memories. My memories on school buses are many since my mother is a bus driver.
We also talked about our childhood and all the things we did at 5, 6, 7 years old that were different than the average small child. Like being salesmen with candy in our lunchrooms, or going against the system when saying no to the teacher, or refusing to do work because we knew that we were smarter than “the stupid worksheet.” Continue reading