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The Voice of the College at Florham

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

Student reflects on relevance of ‘Parks and Recreation’


TV shows shouldn’t have the power to change you, right?
They’re nothing but photons on a plasma screen, particles forming pictures that move and walk and smile. They’re scripted nonsense - dialogues strung together by some crazy guy’s overactive imagination.
They’re fantasy and fiction. Cheap jokes and storylines. Utter idiocy captured by cameras. They shouldn’t mean anything. Continue reading

Opinion: Florham Campus is safer than it appears to be

Student Voice Editor

In response to the Student Voice piece published on March 12 concerning safety on campus, I have several criticisms. I am concerned that the piece leads to a false conclusion, that the students on campus should be afraid of their neighbors and members of the community, that we are in danger from strangers that go bump in the night, that we should be afraid, we should be very afraid. For me, some points in the article bordered on fear mongering. Continue reading

Opinion: Student reacts to seminar on gender balanced leadership


When people think of the word “feminism,” it’s typically in relation to people like Hillary Clinton and Emma Watson or topics such as stereotypes and rape. But it’s not every day that you hear about gender in business.
In March, Kevin Maggiacomo, president and C.E.O. of the commercial real estate firm Sperry Van Ness International Corporation, came to the Florham Campus and spoke to a small crowd of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and businesspeople about the concept of “gender balance,” which has recently shaped his company’s structure. Continue reading

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