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Review: ‘Ender’s Game’ film adaptation stays true to book

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

Films based on book adaptations are rarely as good as the source material. They miss the point of the book and instead try to condense it into a product that contains stiff, wooden acting, poor dialogue filled with meaningless jokes, and a script that misses the point that the book makes. Now, some of these adaptations are the rare exception to good movies. The “Harry Potter” franchise, “The Hunger Games,” and “Holes” are a few of the exceptions that come into my mind.

Now we have the latest film adaptation of another acclaimed best seller, “Ender’s Game.”
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Professors discuss process, experience of going on a sabbatical

MEGAN HEINTZ
Editor-in-Chief

It is not unusual to find that your professor is off campus for a semester. Tenured professors at the College at Florham have the opportunity to take time away from the classroom to further conduct research in their academic fields.

One of the professors who will take that time next semester is Gary Radford, a professor of communication studies.
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Florham Programming Committee revives Haunted Mansion event

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

After a hiatus, the Florham Programming Committee was finally able to resurrect the Haunted Mansion for Halloween on Oct. 30. The Haunted Mansion, a long standing tradition on the College at Florham campus, was cancelled twice in the last two years due to inclement weather conditions. But this year, the weather held up.

The Haunted Mansion involves Greek organizations and club members taking over entire rooms inside the Mansion and creating their own theme or dramatic presentation in order to try to win a cash prize. Then, students are brought in to travel through the Mansion with tour guides leading them to each room. This year, however, some of the tour guides were actually in character themselves.
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Journalist interviews environmental advocate at WAMFEST event

MONIQUE VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

Familiarity with the coal industry is not a trait of many students here at FDU.

For Joe Lovett, however, the coal industry is something his work focuses on. He is the co-founder and executive director of Appalachian Mountain Advocates in West Virginia.

In addition, he is an environmental advocate and lawyer who has received awards for his work on behalf of central Appalachia.

On Oct. 29, he was joined by investigative journalist Bob Hennelly in Lenfell Hall for a conversation about “The Politics of Coal.” Hennelly has worked at WNYC and Pacifica News Network.
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Cafeteria to open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays for breakfast

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

The school cafeteria is the place where many resident students get their food. Throughout the years, students have requested changes and improvements to the cafeteria, from food quality to hours of operation. On Oct. 30, the Student Government Association succeeded in changing one of those aspects by getting the opening time on Saturday mornings moved to 9 a.m. from 11:30 a.m.

For over a year, the SGA attempted to have weekend hours made earlier. As Tenzin Lama, a senator on the Finance Board of the SGA, explained, students would constantly mention their desire to be able to eat at an earlier time.
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‘Two Voices’ event hosts C.D. Wright and Rosanne Cash

MEGAN HEINTZ
Editor-in-Chief

One of the last WAMFEST events at the College at Florham campus brought together Rosanne Cash, a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and C.D. Wright, a MacArthur “Genius” prizewinning
poet, to FDU’s own Dreyfuss Theater on Oct. 30.

David Daniel, director and associate professor of the creative writing program and WAMFEST founder, introduced the guests of “Two Voices, Singing: A Historic Conversation and Performance,” before songwriter, performer and novelist Wesley Stace – also known as John Wesley Harding – took the floor to moderate the event.
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Paramedic Explains Consent and its Importance in Sex

DEVON DOUGLAS-BOWERS
Staff Writer

Consent in any sexual act is a subject that many people have varying opinions of. On Thursday Oct. 24, Fairleigh Dickinson University held an event where Cliff Pervocracy, a trained paramedic and blogger, discussed the controversial subject as part of the series of events related to the novel “Brooklyn” by Irish author Colm Tóibín. While exploring the topic of sex and consent, Pervocracy mixed serious discussion with humor to keep the crowd engaged. His own blog is about sex, kinks, feminism, and sex-related advice.
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Fairleigh Dramatics hosts ‘Gender Swap’ showcase

Photos by Monique Vitche

Review: Tom Hanks stars in ‘intense’ blockbuster based on true events

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

Films based on real life events always seem to be a big draw for Oscar picks. Moviemakers feel as if what had actually transpired in real life can be replicated on the big screen, hoping that these stories can provide inspiration and hope. The public also likes Tom Hanks. He is one of the most recognizable and likable actors working in the industry today. Put these two elements together and you get “Captain Phillips,” the latest film from director Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “United 93″).

“Captain Phillips” focuses on the real life story about the crew of the Maersk Alabama, a freighter which was hijacked by Somali Pirates in 2009. During the hijacking, the film’s captain, Richard Phillips (played by Hanks), was taken hostage in a lifeboat by the pirates for three days. This resulted in the Navy SEALs having to step in and control the hostage situation. In Greengrass’ take on the story, we also briefly get to see the lives of both Phillips and the pirates before the hostage situation occurs.

I did not know what to expect going into this film. I had recalled seeing the hostage situation unfold on television but did not remember any of the details of what had occurred. I was more curious in seeing it because I have liked Greengrass’ other work, with “The Bourne Ultimatum” being one of my favorite action movies of all time. Also, Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors working in Hollywood. I was interested in seeing what these two could bring to this story together. What I saw on screen was probably one of the most intense films I’ve ever seen in a theater. I walked out with my heart pounding in my chest. I could not stop thinking about it.
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