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Opinion: Too many superheroes in film and TV; good or bad?

Entertainment Editor

These days, superhero films and television shows are becoming all the rage, as 29 films and 11 television shows will be released over the next several years.
This humongous upswing of superhero news all began on Oct. 13, when Marvel Studios announced that Robert Downey Jr. would be joining the cast of “Captain America 3.” The story will pull inspiration from the famous “Civil War” storyline, in which Captain America fights Tony Stark.
Two days later, DC Comics unveiled their entire cinematic universe line up, which is planned from 2016 until 2020. It features a “Batman vs. Superman” movie, a Wonder Woman movie and two Justice League films.
The following week, the trailer for the Avengers sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” was released and gained 34.3 million views within 24 hours of its release. Continue reading

Panel focuses on Ebola crisis


On Monday, Oct. 20, the Florham Campus hosted a Hot Topics event about the Ebola crisis in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The event featured several speakers: Robert Houle, assistant professor of history; David Rosen, a professor of anthropology and sociology; Momoh Bassie, a history major and alumnus of FDU; and Kari Yacisin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading

Fairleigh Dickinson updates policies on sexual assault on campuses


Within the past year, changes have been taking place all across America in the way schools are dealing with sexual assault on college campuses. “Not Alone” is the first official White House report on a task force to protect students from sexual assault. Dean of Students Jas Verem has a copy in his office.
Sexual assault is not a new problem in this country, and activists have been trying for years to change related policies. Yet this past year, the stories of several college students who were raped gained significant media attention, which spurred the creation of new laws and programs in an attempt to both prevent and properly handle cases of sexual assault. Continue reading

Student literary magazine gets ‘re-branding’ with new name

Staff Writer

FDU is one of many colleges to have its own student-run literary magazine. This semester, the magazine has undergone a re-branding.
The organization was formerly known as Scribblers, but recently, long-time member and President Amelia Fisher suggested to the creative writing department a more serious name for the publication. With their blessing, the magazine is now The Iron Horse Creative Anthology. Continue reading

New Core program for FDU


Many students at FDU have described the University’s Core classes in many ways; rarely do they refer to them as “core” in the adjectival sense. Nevertheless, Core is required and aims to be a mostly-encompassing quartet of liberal arts education. But as of the 2014 academic year, the university is restructuring Core. Continue reading

Editor discusses publishing job

News Editor

Professor Minna Proctor, editor of FDU’s literary magazine, The Literary Review (TLR), spoke with Chris Timmins, editor of the literary magazine, Armchair Shotgun, on Oct. 23 in the Orangerie. The “Publishing Panel” event is held once a semester by Proctor and the creative writing department to inform students about life after FDU in relation to publishing.
Timmins described his magazine by explaining the difference between Armchair Shotgun and other literary magazines. Whereas other writers may have to submit a cover letter and a brief bio along with their pieces to other magazines, Armchair Shotgun only requires the work. Their submissions are sent anonymously to give the work its own integrity. Continue reading

Opinion from a feminist who stands with Gamergate

Staff Writer

I’m a feminist and a gamer who stands with Gamergate.
In this day and age it doesn’t really seem like you can be both. The mention of the word, feminism, seems to turn even the most mild-mannered gamer defensive, and if you are a feminist, then you have to be against anyone or anything that stands in the way of feminism. It makes things a bit confusing, not just for those who hear that I’m all for Gamergate and also a feminist, but for myself as well. Let me explain. Continue reading

‘Elderly but dangerous’ Albright speaks at first N.J. Speakers Series


The first female U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, was the first speaker in the New Jersey Speakers Series, presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University. The inaugural lecture took place Oct. 9 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Albright introduced herself by explaining her history. She was born in Czechoslovakia to a father who was a Czech diplomat. When Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia, the family moved to England. After World War II, her family returned to Prague, but later moved to the United States when Communists took over the nation. Continue reading

Neil Gaiman comes to FDU


Lenfell Hall buzzed with the excitement of the crowd packing its seats on Thursday, Oct. 16. Students, professors and other members of the audience waited in anticipation for the arrival of that day’s WAMFEST speaker, Neil Gaiman.
The Myfdu.net website explains that Gaiman is the author of over 30 books and that his works have been honored with numerous awards throughout the years.
Those awards include the Carnegie and Newberry medals, British Science Fiction and British Fantasy awards, four Bram Stoker awards and many more. Other of his works include television writing, such as two episodes of the British show “Doctor Who,” and comic books. Continue reading