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Opinion: Oscar winners talk about social issues … and that’s good

Digital Manager

As most know, the Academy Awards telecast was a few weeks ago. Men and women were recognized for their talents in films of all styles and genres.

There were many memorable moments from that night. Neil Patrick Harris, the host for this year’s 87th Oscars, was charming, witty and well-rehearsed in his pun-use.

What really made me happy, though, was how much these recognized people in Hollywood used their time in the spotlight to discuss issues that might be labelled as taboo or too controversial. Continue reading

Opinion: ‘The 100’ is a complex show with diverse characters


Have you ever started watching something that you think is going to be great, but then find it slowly getting worse and worse as you wonder why you don’t just stop watching the trainwreck?

Well, that’s the exact opposite of what happened when I started watching the CW show, “The 100.”

I’m not entirely sure why I started watching the show. Maybe it was because I saw so much about it on Tumblr, or because some of my suitemates had watched a few episodes. But one day I found myself on Netflix, deciding to check out the show. Continue reading

David Gergen talks politics at Florham Campus Q & A

Staff Writers

On Feb. 19, CNN senior political analyst David Gergen made an appearance at the Florham Campus for a question-and-answer session on a variety of topics relating to politics and world events.

Lenfell Hall was filled with students, professors, members of the Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning and others who came to hear Gergen speak and possibly ask him questions of their own.

FDU junior Jamie Mulroony, a communication studies major, introduced Gergen to the audience by explaining  his past political experience, such as the fact that he was a presidential adviser to four former presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. Continue reading

Screening planned for film about band with ties to FDU


On March 6, a documentary chronicling the story of the New Jersey band, The Professors, will be screened in Dreyfuss 125.

Band members include the Florham Campus’ own Gary Radford, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, on vocals and guitar. Other members are Nick Romanenko on bass guitar, Marie Radford on keyboard, Joe Sanchez on horns, Jennifer Zahorbenski and Meg Radford on vocals, Peter Vamenburge on drums and Larry Katz on saxophone. Continue reading

Event gives students career advice and networking opportunities


“You can’t soar with eagles if you work with turkeys,” Patrick Cozza said during the Silberman College of Business’ Professional Development Program (PDP) event on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Cozza, the keynote speaker for the event, works for HSBC, which is one of the world’s largest banking and financial service organizations, according to their website. He is also an adjunct professor at FDU.

Cozza spoke with students that evening to offer advice on their future careers. Continue reading

Opinion: ‘Fifty Shades’ is a dangerous depiction of BDSM


I am not a fan of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Although I have not seen the movie and don’t plan on doing so, I have read enough of the books and plenty of analytical pieces on the subject to be able to formulate an opinion on the matter. To be honest, I don’t care about the terrible dialogue/writing or the element of BDSM (which stands for bondage, domination, submission, sadism and masochism). In fact, I am actually a supporter of those who choose to partake in BDSM. It is because of the research I have done regarding that lifestyle that I take issue with its portrayal in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” To put it simply, what happens between Anastasia (Ana) Steele and Christian Grey is not even close to a healthy BDSM relationship; it’s abuse. Continue reading

Editor reflects on ‘The Breakfast Club’ 30th anniversary

News Editor

Since the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club” is coming up, I thought I’d watch it again from an adult perspective. The first time I watched it I was 15, I was in high school and didn’t know half of the things I know now about school dynamics and student life.

When sitting down with a group of friends in a dorm room during the late hours of the night with the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” blaring through the speakers, I thought about the people I was sitting with. We all came from different walks of life. Different states, towns, family styles. Continue reading

Review: ‘Kingsman’ an absolute blast from start to finish

Entertainment Editor

What do you get when you mix the director of films such as “Kick Ass,” “Layer Cake” and “X-Men: First Class” with the spy action movie genre?
A pretty entertaining film, as it turns out.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” based off of the comic book entitled “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar, focuses on young Eggsy (newcomer Taron Edgerton), a delinquent who, after getting into trouble with the law as well as his abusive stepfather, contacts the mysterious Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Continue reading

Opinion: Student analyzes lack of diversity at the Oscars

Staff Writer

By the time this article is printed, two white actors and two white actresses will have won Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
The Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Feb. 22, was expected to be one of the most entertaining nights on television.

It also had the distinction of being the whitest Oscars since 1998. For the first time since that year, the four acting categories were occupied solely by white actors and actresses. Continue reading

Healing Spaces creates dream bedroom for Paterson resident


Emmy, a woman suffering from sickle cell anemia, chronic asthma and other medical issues, was recently given her dream bedroom, thanks to the Florham Campus’ student organization, Healing Spaces.

Healing Spaces is a charitable organization that remodels the bedrooms of young people with serious medical conditions.

The 20-year-old woman from Paterson, N.J., was given the free makeover by multiple FDU students who raised the money and decorated the room themselves. Continue reading