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From the editor’s desk: It’s never easy saying goodbye


I honestly have no idea what I’m doing with my life, but I better figure it out quickly because I’m graduating at the end of this semester.

Although I am relieved to be graduating in February so there is (hopefully) less competition in the job market, I’m actually sad about it. I’m not exactly ready to leave FDU and The Pillar just yet.

I think part of it has to do with the fact that I didn’t start at FDU right away. I’ve been to two other colleges/universities since I graduated high school in 2009.

I began my undergraduate studies at a small liberal arts college in Virginia, but I wasn’t happy. During my semester and three weeks at the college, I realized it wasn’t for me. It was too cliquey and reminded me of high school. I didn’t enjoy middle and high school, and I thought if I went to school in New Jersey that I’d be with the same people I went to school with for seven years, so I started looking into colleges out-of-state.

Little did I know, the “right” place for me was just 40 minutes away from my house this entire time.
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Review: ‘Catching Fire’ lives up to expectations

Film Critic

After seeing “Thor: The Dark World” for a second time last weekend, my opinion on it had not changed, but I thought to myself, “what qualifies as a good sequel?” For me, personally, a good sequel qualifies as expanding the world that was last introduced, developing the character arcs set up last time and taking them to a different place and seeing how they have changed since the last movie, while also setting up new characters for potential future films.

While “Thor: The Dark World” did do that, I realized that there could have been better moments of character (such as with Jane Foster and Thor). However, the next sequel to come out in November was “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

The sequel to the worldwide smash- hit “The Hunger Games” picks up after the events of the first film. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have won the 74th Hunger Games, and have returned home to District 12.

But there’s a storm coming.
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FDU alumnus speaks with students about public relations

News Editor

Alumni of a college can be a helpful resource in providing information and advice to current students. On Thursday, Nov. 21, FDU alumnus Michael Sinatra came to the College at Florham campus to speak with undergraduates in a public relations class about his experience in the working world.

Having earned his degree in communication studies in 2006, he has made a career practicing PR. He is currently a public relations and public affairs manager and directs the PR for the Northeast region of Whole Foods Market.

He began by explaining the history of the organization, stating that Whole Foods has more than 365 stores throughout the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canada.

His job is to serve as a spokesperson, handle media relations, crises and more within his region. This includes New York, which he called the media capital of the world.
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No rest for Kindel, a College at Florham presence for 36 years


Five a.m. Buzz. Buzz.

His alarm is set to the same time every day. For Roger Kindel, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s associate athletic director and adjunct professor, there is no rest for the weary.

His office is decorated to the ceiling in various plaques and awards. He has five “Coach of the Year” awards for basketball and another five for men’s golf. Others on the wall include awards for two teams in in the Athletic Hall of Fame, five wins at the MAC Championship and another four teams that have gone on to the NCAA tournament.

“I’m very proud of them. But of course, [in order to win these awards] you need good assistants and good players,” he said.
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Volleyball coach celebrates milestone of 300 career wins

Sports Editor

The wait is over. The Fairleigh Dickinson University women’s volleyball Head Coach Al Campora reached the milestone of 300 career wins during the final tournament of the season against Ramapo

The Devils defeated Ramapo during the fifth set during a tightly contested match-up. FDU lost their previous two matches to nationally ranked Eastern University and Manhattanville College before notching Campora’s 300th win.

“We played some tough matches in between,” Campora said. “We played Eastern, which is a nationally ranked team. When the team had the opportunity, they came through. The team was a little disappointed they hadn’t beaten Manhattanville here at FDU. I didn’t even know they knew about the record … They did it against Ramapo, which was nice.”
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Opinion: America and the enduring Kennedy mystique

Student Voice Editor

This Friday will mark the 50th anniversary of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination. The assassination, which took place in Dallas, was one of the most damaging events of 20th century.

A whole generation that looked up to Kennedy and, by extension, his family, when he was sworn in in January of 1961, had their heads bowed in grief two years later.
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New program promotes university’s global mission

News Editor

Fairleigh Dickinson University is “dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education,” according to the FDU website. Last year, the Global Engagement program (GEO) was created to promote the global mission among undergraduates throughout the school.

It is based on a points system where students participate in relevant activities to be able to reach the level necessary to acquire a certificate of completion.
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Career counselor wins award for ‘Practitioner of the Year’


When Ryan Stalgaitis was an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, he had no idea he would become a career counselor and receive the “Practitioner of the Year” award from the New Jersey Cooperative Education and Internship Association (NJCEIA).

“What I thought I was going to do was marketing and sales and I did,” Stalgaitis said. After graduating with a degree in communication and sociology, he worked in a marketing and sales role.

“I knew I wanted to work with people. I wanted to get more out of what I was doing when working with people,” he said.
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‘Emigration Road’ staged reading highlights Irish experience

Staff Writer

It was standing room only in the Monninger Atrium as members of the College at Florham campus watched students perform “Emigration Road: A Staged Reading,” as part of the “Brooklyn” event series. The play, written by Irish poet Eamon Grennan, was performed by FDU students on Nov. 7.

Before the performance began, bagpipes were played upstairs, which received applause from the audience.
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