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From the editor’s desk: Things change, but I’m okay with that

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

The majority of the time I have difficulty expressing myself, which is probably a bad thing since I am a writer. Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation that’s making it so difficult.

Or maybe I just don’t enjoy it anymore.

A lot of things have changed in the last year that I often blame as my reason for not writing as often as I used to, outside of reporting or writing poems for my poetry class.

It’s a strange feeling when people all but disappear from your life. When it happens gradually, you almost don’t notice it, but when it happens instantaneously you feel as though you’re alone in the middle of a ghost town at night. Maybe that’s just me who feels that way. There’s only so many one-sided conversations you can possibly have.

I came across a quotation that probably sums it up better than I possibly could. In “Cakes and Ale: Or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard,” W. Somerset Maugham wrote, “It’s no good trying to keep up old friendships. It’s painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.”
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Personal essay: A warm welcome back to Halloween

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

Now I know that it seems odd to be talking about Halloween in November, but for the past two years we have been tricked rather than treated to a normal Halloween by Mother Nature. Between “Snowtober” and Superstorm Sandy, which also came with a snowstorm, it seemed as if the Eastern Seaboard was cursed.

If it happened again this year I could imagine the Halloween spirit being so crushed it would take another generation just to get it back.
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Review: ‘Ender’s Game’ film adaptation stays true to book

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

Films based on book adaptations are rarely as good as the source material. They miss the point of the book and instead try to condense it into a product that contains stiff, wooden acting, poor dialogue filled with meaningless jokes, and a script that misses the point that the book makes. Now, some of these adaptations are the rare exception to good movies. The “Harry Potter” franchise, “The Hunger Games,” and “Holes” are a few of the exceptions that come into my mind.

Now we have the latest film adaptation of another acclaimed best seller, “Ender’s Game.”
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Professors discuss process, experience of going on a sabbatical

MEGAN HEINTZ
Editor-in-Chief

It is not unusual to find that your professor is off campus for a semester. Tenured professors at the College at Florham have the opportunity to take time away from the classroom to further conduct research in their academic fields.

One of the professors who will take that time next semester is Gary Radford, a professor of communication studies.
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Florham Programming Committee revives Haunted Mansion event

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

After a hiatus, the Florham Programming Committee was finally able to resurrect the Haunted Mansion for Halloween on Oct. 30. The Haunted Mansion, a long standing tradition on the College at Florham campus, was cancelled twice in the last two years due to inclement weather conditions. But this year, the weather held up.

The Haunted Mansion involves Greek organizations and club members taking over entire rooms inside the Mansion and creating their own theme or dramatic presentation in order to try to win a cash prize. Then, students are brought in to travel through the Mansion with tour guides leading them to each room. This year, however, some of the tour guides were actually in character themselves.
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Journalist interviews environmental advocate at WAMFEST event

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

Familiarity with the coal industry is not a trait of many students here at FDU.

For Joe Lovett, however, the coal industry is something his work focuses on. He is the co-founder and executive director of Appalachian Mountain Advocates in West Virginia.

In addition, he is an environmental advocate and lawyer who has received awards for his work on behalf of central Appalachia.

On Oct. 29, he was joined by investigative journalist Bob Hennelly in Lenfell Hall for a conversation about “The Politics of Coal.” Hennelly has worked at WNYC and Pacifica News Network.
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Cafeteria to open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays for breakfast

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

The school cafeteria is the place where many resident students get their food. Throughout the years, students have requested changes and improvements to the cafeteria, from food quality to hours of operation. On Oct. 30, the Student Government Association succeeded in changing one of those aspects by getting the opening time on Saturday mornings moved to 9 a.m. from 11:30 a.m.

For over a year, the SGA attempted to have weekend hours made earlier. As Tenzin Lama, a senator on the Finance Board of the SGA, explained, students would constantly mention their desire to be able to eat at an earlier time.
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‘Two Voices’ event hosts C.D. Wright and Rosanne Cash

MEGAN HEINTZ
Editor-in-Chief

One of the last WAMFEST events at the College at Florham campus brought together Rosanne Cash, a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and C.D. Wright, a MacArthur “Genius” prizewinning
poet, to FDU’s own Dreyfuss Theater on Oct. 30.

David Daniel, director and associate professor of the creative writing program and WAMFEST founder, introduced the guests of “Two Voices, Singing: A Historic Conversation and Performance,” before songwriter, performer and novelist Wesley Stace – also known as John Wesley Harding – took the floor to moderate the event.
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Paramedic Explains Consent and its Importance in Sex

DEVON DOUGLAS-BOWERS
Staff Writer

Consent in any sexual act is a subject that many people have varying opinions of. On Thursday Oct. 24, Fairleigh Dickinson University held an event where Cliff Pervocracy, a trained paramedic and blogger, discussed the controversial subject as part of the series of events related to the novel “Brooklyn” by Irish author Colm Tóibín. While exploring the topic of sex and consent, Pervocracy mixed serious discussion with humor to keep the crowd engaged. His own blog is about sex, kinks, feminism, and sex-related advice.
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