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Journalist interviews environmental advocate at WAMFEST event


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

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


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

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

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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Former FDU kicker continues to chase his dream of playing on Sundays

Sports Editor

For Michael Barnard, his football career has been an unusual road. It all began his junior year in football because of a
misunderstanding with the soccer coach, which led to him quitting the team.

Barnard was a starter for the varsity soccer team at Rancocas Valley Regional High School since his freshman year. When news about Barnard leaving the soccer team found its way to the football coach, he immediately reacted.
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Story: Friends are not always forever, phony doesn’t cut it


Stefan Paine. He has two distinct personalities. One incident will be burned in my mind forever though.

It happened six years ago one morning during the fall semester of my sophomore year at Davidson University… I walked up the gigantic stairs to the academic buildings as I felt the humid breeze against my face. Once I got to the top stair, I bumped into Stefan.
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First-ever trip to Comic Con was well worth the ‘madness’

Film Critic

As someone who quite enjoys the world of geek culture, you can imagine my excitement when I ordered tickets to New York Comic Con for the very first time.

For years, I had been dreaming of being able to go to one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world, after hearing so many people tell me year after year how amazing it was. After months of waiting, the day finally arrived. It was Oct. 12, 2013. My girlfriend and I headed down on the train early in the morning to go to the Javits Center in New York City. We would be meeting up with some friends later on in the day.
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