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"News is the first rough draft of history." - The Voice of the College at Florham

Theater students face competitive grad school application process

Staff Writer

In an already competitive job market, theater is still one of the most competitive businesses out there. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from an undergraduate program, an actor has the option either to pursue a Master’s Degree (MFA) in the same field or to brave the world of Actor’s Equity, auditions and endless rejection without the expertise of an MFA education.

“If you want to be good at something, you might as well try to be the best at something,” said Nolan Hennelly, a senior acting major. Continue reading

Review: Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ is flawed, but still enjoyable

Entertainment Editor

Neill Blomkamp is one of the more interesting sci-fi directors out there.

Beginning in 2009 with his breakout debut feature, “District 9,” the South African director has become a unique voice among science fiction directors. His films have action, but are usually accompanied by some kind of deeper social meaning. “District 9” was about apartheid with aliens while “Elysium” was about the 99% versus the 1%.

This brings us to Blomkamp’s third feature as a director, “Chappie.” Continue reading

FDU theater students to perform ‘Merrily We Roll Along’


The Stephen Sondheim musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” will be performed at the Florham Campus beginning March 27. The musical will be presented by the Visual and Performing Arts Department, with FDU students serving as both the actors and production/tech team.

The musical follows the story of Franklin Shepard’s attempts to achieve wealth and success in show business over the span of three decades. Shepard is a “disheartened, middle-aged songwriter,” according to a press release prepared in advance of the show. The role of Shepard is played by senior Nolan Hennelly. Continue reading

Student questions level of safety on Florham Campus

News Editor

After doing a research paper on the Columbine shooting for my News Editing class, I’ve been thinking about safety on school grounds. As this is my first year at FDU, I have felt less safe here than I did at my community college. Even though there is a 24-hour public safety service here on campus, they are extremely lenient. Since I am a little older than some students on campus, I have a little more knowledge in self-defense. After 11 p.m. on some nights here at FDU, half of the campus is shut down. But as some students don’t know, students can go into the academic buildings, especially the Mansion, later than 11. As someone who has spent some time in the Mansion at night, it is kind of creepy. Continue reading

More short stories: Albert Jones, frequent flier extraordinaire

Student Voice Editor

Albert Jones waited for another offer. He knew that the next offer would be worth taking and his flight was in 20 minutes. The woman at the desk frowned, picked up the phone, and spoke, “We are offering a five hundred dollar travel voucher, five hundred miles, a meal voucher, a breakfast voucher, and hotel accommodations until the next available flight.”

Albert stood up. He had strategically placed himself in order to be the first person to accept an offer. He heard a low murmur amongst the assembled men and women. Husbands quietly debated wives. It was a good offer. He walked to the desk and accepted it. Continue reading

Event addresses relations between police and African Americans


In conjunction with Black History Month, the first Hot Topics event of the semester featured three panelists who debated the subject of police and the African American community. The event, held on Feb. 24, took place in a packed Lenfell Hall and was called “I Can’t Breathe,” the phrase that Eric Garner repeated while police had him in a chokehold in New York. Those words became a rallying cry for activists protesting Garner’s death and other cases of debated police brutality.

Meghan Sacks, associate professor of criminology at FDU, was the moderator for the event. Continue reading

Students prepare for graduation with help from Career Development

Digital Manager

Students preparing to graduate have their own sets of goals that they want to achieve by the end of the year, and the spring semester is their final chance to do so.

At Fairleigh Dickinson University, not only do students work to get ready for their future after college, but certain staff members work to help them along the way. One of the resources available to students is Career Development in the Student Center on the Florham Campus. Continue reading

Student reacts to ‘Hot Topics: I Can’t Breathe’ event

Staff Writer

On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Florham Campus hosted a Hot Topics discussion about the police and the African American community, using the “I Can’t Breathe” movement as a point of reference. It involved three panelists: an African American professor who co-edited an anthology on the subject, an author who had done several years of field studies with the police and an FDU student whose father is a police officer. Continue reading

Short stories: Albert Jones, frequent flier extraordinaire

Student Voice Editor

Albert Jones sat in a crowded airport, just like he had done hundreds of times. He was in prime location to view people walking up to a small kiosk that sold water, various snacks, and small sandwiches. His flight was two hours away. He brought a rather large book with him. If all else failed he could just read it. He cracked open the book and waited. Continue reading