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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

Personal essay: Student finds solace in classical music

News Editor

I feel the rhythm of the music pushing me, making my fingers move across the keys like a piano and the music I make are now the poems I read. I often close my eyes and just listen, like I do for poetry and feel the cords. Hearing classical music takes my whole body over, it makes my poetry better; stronger. I never knew that a genre of music can make me feel this way, but now I can’t imagine not having it be part of my writing process. It helps me take my work to a whole new level, and in a way has forced me to change my voice. 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

Analysis of student film: Why female directors are important


Over the course of three weeks this summer in the quiet town of Chestnut Hill, Penn., FDU students led by professor David Landau worked together to create the film “Stray” – the story of a killer who seeks to settle down in a small town. It originated as a short film that Landau and FDU students shot in the past, which was accepted as a part of the Emerging Narrative Program at the Independent Filmmaker Project – one of the oldest independent film organizations.
This time, however, “Stray” was turned into a feature length film.
With student director Nena Eskridge heading up the project and Landau co-producing, students like Alex Price, Maggie Kaszuba, Roxy Barrett and Danica Carothers took on different roles and tasks in the production. These students fulfilled the jobs of assistant director, assistant camera and more in order to bring the film together behind the scenes, while hired actors such as Michelle Page, Annie Corley and Aaron Lustig performed on screen. Continue reading

Short story: A complicated past in a small town

Staff Writer

A gust of wind howled in the background as Liam walked up to the bar. He was currently standing on the massive acres of the Ridge Brook Country Club. It was the annual Founder’s Day Party. Liam grabbed a pre poured glass of champagne that was on the bar counter. The liquid fell into his mouth as a burning sensation pricked his throat. It wasn’t long before the alcohol trickled down into his stomach. A scorching sensation lingered for another moment. Continue reading

Florham Campus renovates in time for new academic year


This past summer, many renovations and improvements took place at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Florham Campus; several more are still awaiting completion, including The Barn, the stage and the Governor Codey room in the Mansion.
University Provost Peter Woolley discussed FDU’s long list of improvements with great excitement.
“It’s great to see these improvements; it’s very satisfying to see before and after and know that people are going to get the use of them,” Woolley said. “It’s going to be good for the students, it’s going to be good for the audience and for the professors.” 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

Personal essay: Student reflects on an emotional summer

Staff Writer

It was Friday, May 23, 2014. I had been home from Fairleigh Dickinson University for over a week. My dad and I sat in chairs in my mom’s hospital room. Her latest visit to hell was due to a combination of factors related to her declining health.
A woman in a white lab coat shuffled into the room. I knew who it was immediately.
After a minute or two of general conversation about how my mom felt that day, it was time for my mom’s oncologist to have “the talk.”
“I think that it’s time to stop treatment,” she said. “You are getting all of the nasty side effects of the chemo but none of the benefits. It’s time to focus on getting you home and having hospice.” Continue reading

The Wroxton experience: The hardest part is coming home


Flying on a commercial flight for the first time in my life was an incredible way to begin my journey at Wroxton. I sat next to a fellow student, and as we took off, he and I stared out the window until the ground was thousands of feet away. As the flight progressed and the world turned pitch black around us, I was able to see more stars than I had ever seen before in my life thanks to the utter darkness of the ocean.
That was only one of the many firsts I would have on my trip. Continue reading