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Students commonly change majors, re-evaluate career paths


As the fall semester wraps up, many seniors are frantically trying to figure out what they want to do upon graduating. However, they will not necessarily settle into a career related to their field of study.
In fact, according to the Office of Career Development, about 30 percent of students change their mind about their career choice to something that has no connection to their college major. Continue reading

Internet star gets big break with first full-length movie


James Rolfe has always wanted to tell stories. His dreams were realized from the moment the video camera “brought out the beast” in him, as was described in the 2008 documentary about him, “Cinemassacre 200.” This was the art medium through which his storytelling dream would be realized. It swept his youth and continued on to his adulthood.
Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, digital luxuries that we tend to take for granted today were non-existent. Filmmaking was a very tedious process for Rolfe growing up, but that never stopped him. It was his passion. Continue reading

Film review: ‘Horns’ is not your typical thriller

Staff Writer

The fall season typically prompts a few thriller or horror movies to be released in theaters that entice adrenaline seekers and scary-movie fans.
Following the theme of thrilling, creepy films is the new movie “Horns,” directed by Alexandre Aja (“Mirrors”). The movie was adapted from the novel by Joe Hill and seems to stick to themes of gothic fantasy and crime fiction.
The movie tells the story of Ignatius Perrish, known by everyone as Ig (Daniel Radcliffe), whose love for his girlfriend Merrin Williams (Juno Temple) has lasted since the two of them were children. Continue reading

Review: Biker television drama embarks on one final ride

Entertainment Editor

Binge watching is when users who are signed up with video streaming websites such as Netflix or Hulu take an entire TV show and try to watch every episode back-to-back until the entire show is finished. This is a relatively new phenomenon that is sweeping the Internet.
While I myself am not an avid binge watcher (I have some semblance of a life), I do dabble in it when it is necessary, such as when a show everyone has been telling me to watch begins its final season and I decide to watch it the day that the final season begins.
Enter “Sons of Anarchy.” Continue reading

Opinion: Legal drinking age should be lowered to 18

Staff Writer

The drinking age has got to be the United States’ biggest failure. The fact that the legal drinking age is 21 and not 18 needs to be examined more thoroughly.
The reality is that a lot of people under 21 still drink anyway. And you know what? I don’t endorse underage drinking since it is technically illegal, but I can’t blame people who drink that are underage. Continue reading

Student writer finds issues with poetry form

Student Voice Editor

Poetry is a wonderful art form, just like all others. It helps us understand the world around us and it helps us express feelings that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to express.
Poetry is all about efficient transfer of emotion or idea into the reader or audience. It is the shortest possible form of written work. It has all the elements of things I love, if not for a small problem: anybody can write a poem.
I have read some terrible, self-indulgent poetry over the course of my life, and have written a similar amount. Continue reading

Feminist offers perspective on male-female communication


The topic of feminism is such a broad one that I could easily write whole textbooks on the matter. However, a recent CNN video inspired me to write about a more specific thought that needs discussing: the way in which men respond to feminism and women in general. The CNN video I am referring to is of a man and woman having a debate about catcalling that was prompted by a viral video from the anti-street harassment group, Hollaback!
The video depicted clips of a woman walking around New York City for 10 hours and being harassed over 100 times. Whether the video is a true representation of harassment or not, it has sparked a lot of conversation and debate over the issue of catcalling. Continue reading

Opinion: Cafeteria food still needs improvements

News Editor

As the holidays approach, people start thinking about New Year resolutions and their plans for the upcoming year. Many start gym memberships and weight loss programs as of Jan. 1.
Every year, college students, including myself, suffer with the aftermath of Christmas cookies and eggnog when returning to school after the long break.
The problem is that once we get back, we are served Junk Food Fridays and Chicken Wing Mondays, which really isn’t a step in the right direction, it’s more of a lateral move. Knowing that the gym in the Recreation Center is open till 11 p.m. and the cardio room in Twombly is open 24 hours, students still don’t get around to working out. Many students, including myself, are in multiple clubs, and have a job on top of the classes we take. All of that makes going to the gym after a long day not on the top of the priority list. Continue reading

Field hockey player recounts historic season


Together we will. That is our mission, and that is our motivator. These are the three words that we, the members of the FDU field hockey team, vowed to play by at the beginning of the season, and these are the words that helped us get to where we are today. Every year, we come up with one main goal for the season, and this year it was to win a MAC Championship on our home field. So when our season ended with a winning record in the conference, we were presented what we had worked for: the trophy, on our own turf. Continue reading

Speakers Series features Alan Alda discussing life and career

News Editor

Alan Alda, a director, screenwriter and actor, took the stage Oct. 30 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, at the second Speakers Series event presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
One of the Emmy-winner’s best known roles was Hawkeye Pierce in the hit show “M*A*S*H.”
During the discussion, Alda spoke about the moments in his life that made him appreciate life more and realize that he is happy with the hand he was given. One of those moments was when he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and was forced to look at his life from a different perspective. Continue reading