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Apple co-founder visits FDU, gives advice to students


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

Award-winning author appears at Florham Campus to discuss book

News Editor

National Book Award winner and two-time New York Times bestselling author James McBride arrived at FDU’s Ferguson Recreation Center on Nov. 19 to speak to students for an event sponsored by the College Writing Department.
McBride is the author of “The Good Lord Bird,” which was the featured book for Fall 2014 for the College Writing students. The reading was a requirement for the entire freshman class.
Kathryn Douglas, the head of the College Writing Department, said, “This is really great that we were able to get him here,” in reference to McBride’s appearance at the school. Continue reading

Students petition for better quality and variety of food


The Florham Campus cafeteria, better known as The Caf, is filled with many options, including an extensive salad bar, a sushi station, a rotisserie station, a grilled foods section, pasta station and much more. It offers both prepared foods and places where students can make their own meals with a wok station, Panini maker and a waffle maker. The Caf even includes a dessert section with a smoothie maker and soft-serve ice cream machine. And yet, many students are dissatisfied with the options available.
Some students say there is “nothing to eat.” This complaint is not a new one and has been reiterated for years. This semester, it has prompted a group of sophomores to act. Continue reading

Speakers Series event features Steve Wozniak at arts center

Student Voice Editor

Steve Wozniak, a designer, engineer and co-founder of Apple, took the stage on Nov. 20 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for the third New Jersey Speakers Series event presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Earlier that day, Wozniak appeared at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. (See story on Page 1.)
Wozniak spoke about his early life and how that led him to co-found Apple. It all started in Santa Clara Valley. Wozniak was the son of an engineer. He grew up around people who had a love of electronics. He said about half the neighborhood kids were like him. Continue reading

Student finds issues with drug-detecting nail polish


n the second trimester of this year, around April, four North Carolina State University undergraduates, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey- Maloney, went public with their invention, “Undercover Colors.”
According to an Aug. 26 Washington Post article by Gail Sullivan, the product is a nail polish that “changes color in the presence of common date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).”
If you were to look up undercovercolors.com, you would find that it not only solicits donations but also links you to the Facebook and Twitter pages for the invention. Continue reading

Editor reflects on Wozniak event

News Editor

On our way to the Speakers Series on Nov. 20, a group of students and I sat in the back of the quiet bus, and like many people, talked about the last time we were on a bus. It’s funny how a bus can bring back so many memories. My memories on school buses are many since my mother is a bus driver.
We also talked about our childhood and all the things we did at 5, 6, 7 years old that were different than the average small child. Like being salesmen with candy in our lunchrooms, or going against the system when saying no to the teacher, or refusing to do work because we knew that we were smarter than “the stupid worksheet.” Continue reading

Review: Satisfying first part of final ‘Hunger Games’ films

Entertainment Editor

It seems that one of the newest trends circling around Hollywood is taking the final book of a wildly successful series and stretching it out to multiple films.
“Harry Potter” was the first to have done this.
Considering that that final film made at least over a billion dollars combined, many major film studios have attempted to keep their cash cow flowing for as long as possible (i.e. the “Twilight” saga and the upcoming finale to the “Divergent” series).
This brings us to today’s topic, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” Continue reading

Aaliyah made-for-TV Lifetime biopic causes controversy

Staff Writer

Lifetime’s recent biopic, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” seems to be the topic of much controversy.
It has been ridiculed on many Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages in the United States, and even those who are not involved in the debate are certainly well aware of it.
The movie attempts to chronicle the life of the iconic R&B artist, Aaliyah, a daunting task, especially since the star’s family refused to cooperate with Lifetime in the making of the movie.
Like every other terrible movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” was not all bad. Lifetime actually portrayed certain aspects of her life accurately, not the least of which was the almost perfect costuming. Continue reading

Students visit U.N. and learn about infectious diseases


On the rainy morning of Nov. 6, an event hosted by the Student Global Ambassador Project gathered seventh to twelfth grade students in the Orangerie for a discussion on infectious diseases, followed by a trip to the United Nations.
Several speakers for the event covered the subjects of natural disasters, HIV, Malaria and Ebola, and included information about governmental responses to each problem in addition to the way each disease is contracted, manifested and treated. Continue reading

New sorority might join FDU


The first Greek life organization to be founded by black college women in America may soon have a chapter at FDU’s Florham Campus. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) has a graduate chapter, Pi Theta Omega, in Morristown that is looking into establishing an undergraduate chapter at the campus in Spring 2015.
There have already been three interest meetings for potential members where they were able to learn more about the sorority’s history, purpose and goals.
Reba Blake, the graduate adviser for the local chapter in Morristown, explained that every undergraduate chapter of the sorority has a supervising graduate chapter, so if one is started at FDU, Pi Theta Omega will work with the students to help them organize their chapter, and will provide guidance as their mentors. Continue reading