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‘Emigration Road’ staged reading highlights Irish experience

DEVON DOUGLAS-BOWERS
Staff Writer

It was standing room only in the Monninger Atrium as members of the College at Florham campus watched students perform “Emigration Road: A Staged Reading,” as part of the “Brooklyn” event series. The play, written by Irish poet Eamon Grennan, was performed by FDU students on Nov. 7.

Before the performance began, bagpipes were played upstairs, which received applause from the audience.
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Opinion: It’s important to look beyond the macro level of oppression

DEVON DOUGLAS-BOWERS
Staff Writer

Sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia are all something that most of us have learned about or are currently in the process of learning.

While it is important to learn about these different forms of oppression, we must also take into account from what perspective we are taught about oppression and how it is rather incomplete. Rarely, if ever, do we discuss oppression in a personal manner, from how it affects us on an individual level to how we perpetuate systems of oppression through our thoughts and actions.
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Opinion: Why Congress needs to complete ENDA’s passage

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

Last week, the U.S. Senate made a bold statement in passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA. The bill, which passed with a vote of 64 to 32, with 10 Republicans from states ranging from Nevada to New Hampshire, is the latest step in the multi-decade push for equality within the LGBT community.

The bill will make it illegal to discriminate in the workplace against someone who is either Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.
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Review: ‘Thor’ sequel is solid addition to Marvel movie franchise

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

In the last few years, Marvel Studios has become a powerhouse studio, thanks to their genius strategy. In just the short span of five years, Marvel has churned out hit after hit. This past summer, they initiated Phase Two of their Cinematic Universe with “Iron Man 3,” which went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide. Now, Marvel hopes to strike lightning twice with “Thor: The Dark World,” a sequel to 2011’s “Thor.”

The film picks up right after the events of “The Avengers.” Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been brought back to Asgard to stand trial for his crimes against the people of Earth. Meanwhile, our favorite God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) is traveling with his companions across the
Nine Realms trying to bring about peace. It seems that since Thor’s absence in “The Avengers,” the Nine Realms have erupted into chaos.
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Alumni enjoy working for alma mater

MEGAN HEINTZ
Editor-in-Chief

Michael Pecci graduated from the College at Florham in May, but still comes back to campus every Thursday night.

These days, he’s here to teach a class.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2012 and his master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication a year later, Pecci began teaching at his alma mater.

“[The transition] was very quick. There was only a summer in between graduation and teaching a class,” he said.
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Panelists debate controversial U.S. policy on immigration

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

Immigration in the United States has been a subject of controversy for hundreds of years. Whether it be targeting specific groups as “undesirables” or questioning the effect immigrants have on the country, it is still an intensely debated topic. FDU held its own debate on immigration on Nov. 5, for the second Hot Topics event of the semester.

Gary Darden, associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Sciences and History, moderated the event. He in- troduced the three panelists and said that “the topic is one that is contentious with strong arguments on both sides.”
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Expectations are high for women’s basketball this year

STEVEN BASSIN
Contributor

Halloween has come and gone, which means that winter sports at Fairleigh Dickinson University are about to start up their seasons.

Most winter sport teams have already begun preseason practices, including the FDU women’s basketball team.

The Devils are coming off of one of their best seasons in school history. They went 24-4 on the season, including being crowned Middle Athletic Conference (MAC) champions, and they also earned a berth in the Division III NCAA playoffs.
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From the editor’s desk: Things change, but I’m okay with that

MONIQUE VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

The majority of the time I have difficulty expressing myself, which is probably a bad thing since I am a writer. Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation that’s making it so difficult.

Or maybe I just don’t enjoy it anymore.

A lot of things have changed in the last year that I often blame as my reason for not writing as often as I used to, outside of reporting or writing poems for my poetry class.

It’s a strange feeling when people all but disappear from your life. When it happens gradually, you almost don’t notice it, but when it happens instantaneously you feel as though you’re alone in the middle of a ghost town at night. Maybe that’s just me who feels that way. There’s only so many one-sided conversations you can possibly have.

I came across a quotation that probably sums it up better than I possibly could. In “Cakes and Ale: Or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard,” W. Somerset Maugham wrote, “It’s no good trying to keep up old friendships. It’s painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.”
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Personal essay: A warm welcome back to Halloween

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

Now I know that it seems odd to be talking about Halloween in November, but for the past two years we have been tricked rather than treated to a normal Halloween by Mother Nature. Between “Snowtober” and Superstorm Sandy, which also came with a snowstorm, it seemed as if the Eastern Seaboard was cursed.

If it happened again this year I could imagine the Halloween spirit being so crushed it would take another generation just to get it back.
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