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Nicole Franklin discusses film industry with students

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

Last week, as part of Black History Month at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Florham Campus, Nicole Franklin gave a lecture about small-time independent filmmakers and how difficult it is to get into the filmmaking business.
Franklin herself is an independent filmmaker who has been in the business for many years. The lecture was concurrent with the film course, “Blondes and Bombshells,” taught here on campus.
The 45-year-old filmmaker always wanted to tell the stories she viewed in her mind on the screen. In 1990, she moved out to Los Angeles in order to tell her stories. Continue reading

Review: Cumberbatch a good ‘Imitation’ of Alan Turing

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

It never ceases to amaze me how good some people are with numbers. I was never great at math or numbers in general (I am a communication studies major after all), so I am always surprised when people use numbers to great effect and are able to solve complicated problems after some time or with relative ease.
Pair the story of one of the greatest mathematicians in the world with a potential Oscar-winning cast and story, and you have a great idea on your hands.
“The Imitation Game” focuses on the life of brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In the midst of World War II, he attempted and (considering this is a true story, this is not a spoiler), eventually succeeded in decrypting and breaking the Nazi Enigma Machine. The machine carried out secret messages from the Nazis that contained military secrets. Continue reading

Opinion: Stop killing off characters for shock value

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

I have noticed a trend in more than one of my shows in which the writers continuously kill off characters for no discernible reason other than the shock value it provides. Rather than delving into a character’s development or creating a plot line that is complex enough to interest viewers, far too many writers choose to simply throw away characters with potential. It is lazy writing, plain and simple. Numerous character deaths does not equal an interesting story.
Spoiler alert: If you aren’t caught up on “The Walking Dead,” stop reading. Continue reading

Opinion: Winning is the only thing that matters in football

ANDREW O'HARE
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

Apple co-founder visits FDU, gives advice to students

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

A crowd of people gathered at the Metropolitan Campus’ George and Phyllis Rothman Center on Nov. 20 for an event with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. The audience included students from both FDU campuses who came to see Wozniak before his appearance at the New Jersey Speakers Series that evening. (See story on Page 2.)
Before Wozniak was introduced by FDU President Sheldon Drucker, attendees were given shirts to wear, proclaiming “I woz with Woz.”
Wozniak began by explaining his interest in engineering, attributing it in part to science fiction movies and different books he read throughout his childhood. However, they were not his only inspiration. Wozniak also referred to his father, who was an engineer, saying, “I did admire what he did. I loved watching him work real hard on weekends.” Continue reading

Award-winning author appears at Florham Campus to discuss book

SARAH VAN CLEF
News Editor

National Book Award winner and two-time New York Times bestselling author James McBride arrived at FDU’s Ferguson Recreation Center on Nov. 19 to speak to students for an event sponsored by the College Writing Department.
McBride is the author of “The Good Lord Bird,” which was the featured book for Fall 2014 for the College Writing students. The reading was a requirement for the entire freshman class.
Kathryn Douglas, the head of the College Writing Department, said, “This is really great that we were able to get him here,” in reference to McBride’s appearance at the school. Continue reading

Students petition for better quality and variety of food

AMY DEFNET
Contributor

The Florham Campus cafeteria, better known as The Caf, is filled with many options, including an extensive salad bar, a sushi station, a rotisserie station, a grilled foods section, pasta station and much more. It offers both prepared foods and places where students can make their own meals with a wok station, Panini maker and a waffle maker. The Caf even includes a dessert section with a smoothie maker and soft-serve ice cream machine. And yet, many students are dissatisfied with the options available.
Some students say there is “nothing to eat.” This complaint is not a new one and has been reiterated for years. This semester, it has prompted a group of sophomores to act. Continue reading

Speakers Series event features Steve Wozniak at arts center

ANDREW O'HARE
Student Voice Editor

Steve Wozniak, a designer, engineer and co-founder of Apple, took the stage on Nov. 20 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for the third New Jersey Speakers Series event presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Earlier that day, Wozniak appeared at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. (See story on Page 1.)
Wozniak spoke about his early life and how that led him to co-found Apple. It all started in Santa Clara Valley. Wozniak was the son of an engineer. He grew up around people who had a love of electronics. He said about half the neighborhood kids were like him. Continue reading

Student finds issues with drug-detecting nail polish

SYDNEY L. WENSEL
Contributor

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

SARAH VAN CLEF
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