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Festival returns to Florham, makes its debut at Metropolitan campus

MEGAN HEINTZ
Editor-in-Chief

This year, FDU’s popular words and music festival, WAMFEST, will be a bit different from past festivals, as a result of the event branching out. Instead of only taking place at the Madison campus, the festival also will be hosted at the Metropolitan campus for the first time.

The theme for this year is “The Appalachian Heritage.” WAMFEST, which will take place next week, will feature “a series of performances designed to celebrate the contributions of Appalachia to American music and literature, while at the same time highlighting the need to protect the heritage and mountains that gave birth to these arts,” according to the FDU website.
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Review: ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

By now we all know the story about how J.K. Rowling managed to pull herself out of what she considered rock-bottom to become one of the wealthiest women in the world – all with the idea of a skinny kid who has magical powers.

Rowling has continued her success with her new novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling.”
The novel, which takes place in contemporary London, has Detective Cormoran Strike looking into the suicide of Lula “Cuckoo” Landry, a supermodel whose death even had, hypothetically, the BBC talking about it. Landry’s adoptive brother, John, asks Strike to take up the case, utterly convinced it was murder.
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Review: Saying good-bye to Vince Gilligan’s ‘Breaking Bad’

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

How do you describe perfection?

It’s rather difficult to do so. When you are able to bear witness to something that helped define the age of television and revolutionized the drama genre like no other show before, it is hard to be able to define just how perfect it is. The show in question is AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which recently wrapped up its series run.
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Booker speaks about plans to make college more affordable

MEGAN HEINTZ and MONIQUE VITCHE
Editors-in-Chief

When U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker arrived at the College at Florham on Oct. 1, he walked into a completely packed room. Lenfell Hall was so crowded, in fact, that many students actually had to be turned away. Booker’s purpose at the school was to lay out his plans for how to make college more affordable.

FDU President Sheldon Drucker began the event by explaining to the audience how the university is making great efforts in trying to keep costs down by investing wisely and spending prudently.
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Dark trail to Convent Station not as dangerous as people may think

ANDREW RUSSO
Contributor

Next to the campus’ Department of Public Safety sits a gated opening that leads to a relatively evenly paved footpath. The campus entrance begins at a point that is a third of a mile into the total 2.6 miles of what is officially named Traction Line Recreation Trail. Despite being used by Madison citizens and nearby college students, there is a limited amount of lighting throughout the entire trail.

When the sun sets, the trees bend in overhead and not even the light of a full moon keeps the path from darkness. Without the aid of a flashlight or cell phone screen, the lack of visibility leaves students fumbling the half mile between the train station and the FDU campus. As a result, the path has been notoriously dubbed the “Rape Trail.”
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This week in photos: Ultimate Frisbee, Football

Photos by Joe Castillo.

Personal Essay: Thank Heavens for Friday miracles

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

If it happens on a Friday, it is some of the best news around.

First, I found out about the exclusive interview Pope Francis gave to a Jesuit publication declaring that the Catholic Church should stop having a laser focus on gay marriage, contraception and abortion. I mean, talk about left field. I knew His Holiness was cool but I didn’t know that he would be that cool.

Granted, I’m quite aware that the Church won’t start performing gay marriages and opening up women’s health clinics anytime soon, His Holiniess is telling both the Curia (Catholic church hierarchy) and ourselves that we shouldn’t be judging ourselves for who we are, what we did or what we believe in its about being a good human being, all of which are the best attributes of any religion.
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Personal Essay: I Have a Dan Humphrey Complex

CHRIS BEDELL
Columnist

People might knock the television show Gossip Girl, which was a show that ran for six seasons from 2007-2012 on the CW Network, but there is actually a lot of truth to the show. For instance, one of the main characters, Dan Humphrey, lives in Brooklyn and constantly feels like an outsider on the Upper East Side. It doesn’t matter that he has an on-again-off again relationship with it-girl Serena van der Woodsen and is best friends with Nate Archibald. The fact is that Dan is always carrying a chip on his shoulder simply because he feels like he never fits in.

For example, one of the show’s main antagonists Blair Waldorf constantly criticizes Dan even though for a while she never really knew him. And it didn’t even matter when Dan became a successful writer; he was still looked down upon since, as Dan mentions in the last episode, the Upper East Side was so elite you couldn’t even buy your way in.
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