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Review: ‘Kingsman’ an absolute blast from start to finish

JON SCOTT
Entertainment Editor

What do you get when you mix the director of films such as “Kick Ass,” “Layer Cake” and “X-Men: First Class” with the spy action movie genre?
A pretty entertaining film, as it turns out.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” based off of the comic book entitled “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar, focuses on young Eggsy (newcomer Taron Edgerton), a delinquent who, after getting into trouble with the law as well as his abusive stepfather, contacts the mysterious Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Continue reading

Opinion: Student analyzes lack of diversity at the Oscars

AMIR MUHAMMAD
Staff Writer

By the time this article is printed, two white actors and two white actresses will have won Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
The Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Feb. 22, was expected to be one of the most entertaining nights on television.
It also had the distinction of being the whitest Oscars since 1998. For the first time since that year, the four acting categories were occupied solely by white actors and actresses. Continue reading

Healing Spaces creates dream bedroom for Paterson resident

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

Emmy, a woman suffering from sickle cell anemia, chronic asthma and other medical issues, was recently given her dream bedroom, thanks to the Florham Campus’ student organization, Healing Spaces.
Healing Spaces is a charitable organization that remodels the bedrooms of young people with serious medical conditions.
The 20-year-old woman from Paterson, N.J., was given the free makeover by multiple FDU students who raised the money and decorated the room themselves. Continue reading

New club brings formalized debating to the students of FDU

SARAH VAN CLEF
News Editor

A new FDU club, Fairleigh Debaters, is making a stir on campus this semester.
President Ore Obiwumi, a freshman communication studies and political science major, started the new club because she has always loved debating.
“I debated throughout middle school, but my high school didn’t have a debate team. I was really looking forward to joining one when I got to college, but was really disappointed to discover that we didn’t have one here either,” Obiwumi explained. Continue reading

Students perform reading of ‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’

KRISTEN ORDONEZ
Digital Manager

This February, the Florham Campus is commemorating Black History Month with several different events.
A student-directed stage reading of “Blues for an Alabama Sky” by Pearl Cleage took place on Feb. 11 in the Barn Theater.
The show was performed by Danielle Bouie and featured student actors Dorian Andrews, Tevin Barns, Torre Caldwell, Mark Carr and Margaly Monelus. It was directed by senior theater major Taira Nails. Continue reading

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