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Some RAs take roommates to ease Florham Campus housing crunch


One week before Florham Campus resident assistants (RAs) were to move in for the fall 2015 semester, they were notified via email that a housing possibility had become a reality, and some were going to have to temporarily take roommates.

Due to the short notice, an upperclassman RA described the situation as “absolute chaos.” The Pillar agreed not to identify RAs interviewed for this article due to the nature of the situation. Continue reading

Odyssey chapter joins FDU

News Editor

When it comes to writing, some students at FDU find it to be a passion of theirs. From being a creative writing or an English major, or being part of the literary magazine, Creative Writing Club or newspaper, many students at FDU want their voices heard.

Over the summer, a new chapter of The Odyssey, a student-run news source operated by parent company Olympia Media Group, was created was created with help of FDU students Brielle Malanga and Nicole Barbuto. The chapter exclusively targets FDU students. The Odyssey, similar to websites like Thought Catalog and BuzzFeed, creates a window of opportunity for writers to log their thoughts about certain topics. Continue reading

Opinion: The NFL commissioner gives inconsistent punishment

Student Voice Editor

The sexiest court case this summer wasn’t SCOTUS lifting the ban on gay marriage or upholding the Affordable Care Act, oh no. The sexiest case of the summer involved one Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots.

I imagine he walked his godlike body into the courtroom, his loving wife and supermodel Gisele Bundchen steadfast by his side. He appeared cool and confident, but totally respectful to the judge. His suit like his throwing motion, perfectly tailored, classic, just the model of fashionable yet not too flashy. Continue reading

Personal essay: On violence

Student Voice Editor

September, 1997. Home Away From Home Academy. Matawan, New Jersey. Pre-K. I am 4. I am also in the 25th percentile for height and weight due to a coffee habit. I am a target. Four year olds are savages. I am stubborn.

The playground has dark brown mulch, with giant chunks of wood, the malicious kind that waits to give children splinters. The paint on the structures that once looked like a pride parade now looks sun bleached and faded. The kids do not notice. The sky is the blue of late summer, and gushes possibility. The air is not yet cold enough for jackets. This is my favorite time of year. Continue reading

NBC’s ‘Hannibal’: The meal that ended too soon


In June, NBC cancelled what some would call the most stunning and brilliantly shot show on television. Despite its enriched dialogue and beautiful cinematography, “Hannibal” only lasted three short seasons on network television.

The reason NBC gave for canceling “Hannibal” was due to its low ratings in the Saturday at 10 p.m. time slot. However, looking back at this past season, “Hannibal” trended high every week on Twitter when the episodes aired, and went out with a bang with its season finale being number one in the Nielsen’s Twitter TV Ratings, trending until the next day. Continue reading

FDU teams go forward to play in tournaments

Digital Manager

Several FDU sports teams are advancing to their respective championships this semester.

The Florham Campus’ women’s tennis team has been chosen as the fourth team playing at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament, according to fdudevils.com. The Devils (7-10, 3-3) will play against the Eagles from Juniata College, the number one team in the conference who are hosting the two-day tournament. Continue reading