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Fairleigh's faculty-in-residence begins


Fairleigh Dickinson University has two very distinct sides to its College at Florham campus, one half being strictly academic, and the other residential. It is a rare occurrence that a professor will visit the residence halls, or that a member of the Campus Life staff make the trek up to the academic buildings.
With this divide in mind, Assistant Dean for Academic Support Programs and Strategic Initiatives Director Mark Sapara suggested the Faculty-in-Residence program to Dean of Students Brian Mauro in late Spring 2010.
The concept of the Faculty-in-Residence was something Sapara had been introduced to as a graduate student and Residence Director at Rutgers University.
“The Faculty-in-Residence assisted us in programming, lived on campus and were there as a resource. They would make dinner for students and have an open forum in their apartment, and the students loved it because it was such a rare experience for them,” said Sapara.
Sapara also believed that having a faculty member living on campus would help to bridge the divide between the academic and social aspects of student life.
“This kind of program works to break down the divide that often exists between student affairs and academic affairs. Students’ lives don’t exist in vacuums – intellectual growth and social growth happen in all venues, and this program speaks to that,” he said.
After receiving enthusiastic feedback from Dean of Becton College Geoffrey Weinman, clearing the program with the Human Resources department and sending out the application, Professor Sarah Crabtree of the history and social sciences department was chosen as the first resident faculty member.
Sapara is pleased with the final decision.
“Sarah Crabtree is the perfect choice - she’s young, enthusiastic and was working with learning communities last year. She also took our Freshman Intensive Studies students to museums in New York, so she was already actively involved with student programming and student life,” Sapara said.
Crabtree moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., into her on-campus apartment in August. As compensation for her extra involvement in the program, she receives an apartment free of charge, a small budget for student programming and a few meals in the campus cafeteria.
If the program’s first year is a successful one, there is room for it to expand and include a larger, more diverse group of faculty.
Though most of the fall semester will be focused on working out final adjustments to the program, Crabtree already has ideas for programming for Spring 2011.
“Right now I’m working with a student in my class. We are trying to arrange a trip to a Broadway play,” said Crabtree. “I’m also working with another student to do trips to local attractions where I could give presentations on the history of the places. Next semester will be exciting too because we can do events for Women and Black History Month.”
Crabtree noted that, like any major change, the move has its share of ups and downs.
“It continues to be an adjustment. I had to get a car, which I didn’t have in New York,” she said.
“I was used to the commute from New York City. I had an hour on the train to wrap my head around getting ready to teach. I sort of feel like I don’t have that anymore – it eliminates that mental preparation of ‘I’m headed to work.’ But on the positive side, this has let me appreciate the student side of campus. What goes on there, how lively it is, conditions that they’re living under. I see what’s going on in the dorms. It also lets me have interactions with students. I feel as though I’m more integrated into campus life.”
Crabtree also expressed her vision for the program’s potential.
“I would hope to see that this is an art of creating a more vibrant FDU community,” she said.
“This is a way for students and professors to know each other more holistically. Professors don’t know how much students are working between jobs, classes, et cetera. Students too don’t realize that professors teach three or four classes, have research and service requirements and, of course, we have lives on top of that. It’s a way to create a space where we can know each other as more whole.”

Turkish ambassador speaks at FDU

Staff Writer

On the way to his Oct. 20 appearance at the College at Florham, Turkish Ambassador Fazli Çorman was stuck for over an hour in traffic due to an accident on the Garden State Parkway.
The audience was entertained by Ambassador Ahmad Kamal, president of the Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations, until Çorman safely made his way to campus.
When Çorman arrived, he took his seat on stage in Lenfell Hall and politely apologized for his tardiness. He was the main speaker at the U.N. Pathways forum titled, “Turkey: A Bridge Between the East and the West.”
The forum focused on issues in Turkey as well as its history.
The first topic introduced was the general mindset of Turkey.
“Who we are is a function of where we came from, where we are at this moment and where we want to be,” said Çorman.
The ambassador said that the main identity of Turkey in the present day is held together by three main components: Central Asian background, Muslim identity and Anatolia, which makes up the majority of Turkey.
When controversies came up, Çorman held his composure and explained these issues.
As of now, Turkey is in the process of keeping peace with both the east and the west, he said. He went on to explain that Turkey is a bridge, both in geography and culture, and the one thing recognizable about a bridge is its stability. Turkey is the bridge where we can start to understand how the country feels. When the two parts of the bridge are stable, that is when the bridge is happy. If these parts aren’t stable, the bridge becomes vulnerable to destruction.
The policy at hand was simply explained: keep both sides (east and west) as close to each other as possible.
Another issue surrounding Turkey is its status within the European Union. Its membership is still being decided.
Turkey is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which it joined in 1952. For Turkey, joining NATO was very important.
The forum ended on a positive note.
“Turkey can play a good role in all of the problem areas of the world,” said Çorman.
The U.N. Pathways series is presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Office of Global Learning.
In that office, Director of United Nations Programs Jo Anne Murphy works closely with the U.N. in an effort to inform FDU students and the surrounding community of pressing issues going on in different countries.
She enlists the help of students on campus to make sure that programs, like the Turkish ambassador’s visit, run smoothly.
Current student worker Hillary Brewer believes that there is one true purpose of having speakers visit the campus.
“Speakers from other countries are asked to come and speak to educate us on issues throughout the world, issues that we don’t hear on the news,” said Brewer.
Murphy agrees, but believes that there are other reasons as well.
“The focus is on global education, part of the living curriculum where students get to interact and learn from those people who live and work in different countries,” said Murphy.
One way for students to get involved with U.N. programs is to simply go to any events that are offered throughout the year. It is at those events that students get a true understanding of the world around them.

Attorney general speaks in Lenfell

Assistant Editor

As someone who has achieved significant things in the face of uncertainty Paula Dow is a qualified candidate to speak to College at Florham students regarding their futures.
Dow, currently the New Jersey attorney general, was one of the first cabinet appointments made by Gov. Chris Christie. Her accomplishments are made especially significant in light of the fact that she is the first African-American woman to hold the position in the history of the state. In her speech, Dow chose to focus on a few ideals each student should keep in mind while following their dreams. Ideals that, if followed closely, would aid in providing a sturdy moral framework for a better tomorrow.
“I would like to encourage each of you to develop self-awareness,” said Dow, addressing Fairleigh Dickinson students in Lenfell Hall on Oct. 13. “I challenge you with the ‘Three Cs.’”
The “Three Cs” Dow urged students to contemplate in their daily lives were a sense of character, community and commitment.
According to Dow, character is defined as “honesty in its truest and most vibrant manner. It means that as new doors open that you always remember what got you here.”
A keen sense of the past can better aid individuals in clarifying their goals. Students with a relatively stable idea of what they want to accomplish after college are more likely to exhibit the proper drive to do it. Students who are honest with themselves and others about what contributions they would like to make help compose a promising future workforce.
Acknowledging the importance of the individual, Dow also highlighted the responsibility of students to serve their community to the best of their ability.
“Remember, volunteer, give back,” said Dow. “Community extends to the brothers and sisters of New Jersey and, as you move on, the world.”
Dow made a conscious effort to instill gratitude in her audience.
In a time where the pursuit of higher education is looked upon as just “the next step” in the lives of many adolescents, Dow insisted that the students in attendance were privileged to have the opportunities that come with going to college. Such privileges should cultivate a sense of civic responsibility in those that enjoy them.
The idea of those who “have” helping those who “have not” is a fundamental principle in the pursuit of a better world.
Keeping the validity of both individual and communal service in mind, Dow advised that each would be fairly futile without strong commitment behind them.
“Wherever you are going to go, go there with the passion, finesse and gumption that brought you here in the first place.” said Dow.
History has shown that behind every influential movement there has been a serious commitment to change, and Dow cites the United States Constitution as a paramount example of what can be accomplished given the proper drive.
“[The Constitution] gave birth to the rights and opportunities that you have here,” said Dow. “The greatness of what we have is embedded in the Constitution.”
Dow expressed the desire for each student to keep the merits and spirit of the document alive in their hearts, as well as “having the knowledge and bravery to ask questions, listen to the answers and perhaps ask other ones.”
While Dow’s speech offered an inspirational perspective on what lies at the center of improvement for the better, the burden to carry out the tasks required rests on the shoulders of the up-and-coming generations.
“(Dow) said things that can be taken to heart,” said Warrenie Hall, mother of one of the speech’s attendees. “If the students were listening they really would have something to build on.”

Students walk to fight breast cancer

Staff Writer

Gathered in the chilly parking lot of the Mack Cali Business Center, a crowd of high-energy people were eager to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. The weather stayed sunny, crisp and gorgeous for the Sunday, Oct. 17, charity walk in Parsippany.
Two live performers, pony rides and freebies were some of the efforts made to ensure that this event was more than just a charity walk-a-thon.
Families, friends and co-workers formed the teams needed to make this event a success.
Fairleigh Dickinson students represented their dedication to the cure by forming teams such as “FDU Hearts Second Base,” which was one of the Top 50 contributors listed on the Making Strides website, with over $2,000 raised so far. But whether they raised $10 or $10,000, every walker at the event had an upbeat and infectious attitude.
Local aerobics instructors warmed up the crowd with silly dance moves, while the breast cancer survivors were pampered with gift bags.
After walking around the tents, the walk started promptly at 10 a.m. As the walk began, the walkers were motivated by songs such as Destiny Child’s “Survivor” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”
More than 8,000 people participated in the three-mile walk, with cheerleaders from local schools cheering on the walkers.
The weather was a comfortable 69 degrees and spirits were high, but the hundreds of commemorative shirts and pins showed everybody that victims of breast cancer were not forgotten.
The walkers were welcomed back amid cheers, balloons and smiles.
At the end of the day, the walkathon was a triumph, with more than $450,000 raised at the Parsippany walk alone.

ABC hosts annual kids' safe haven

Staff Writer

Halloween is a holiday that all children look forward to. It’s an excuse to stay out later than usual, wear an outrageous costume and, of course, get free candy!
But what happens when a child has to stay home and watch his or her friends trick-or-treat because it is difficult to afford a costume or because his or her single-parent has to work the late shift?
For children at the Three Stages Childcare Center in East Orange, N.J., these are often common cases.
For more than five years, members of the Association of Black Collegians (ABC) have made it their priority to help children who might otherwise not get the chance to fully enjoy the Halloween season.
The annual event is known as “Safe Haven.”
ABC has previously worked with other organizations because they want to have “variation and help as many children as possible,” said Vice President Tyquanna Hayes.
Three Stages Childcare Center, however, seemed appropriate for this year.
Founded by Linda Lynn-Wright, Three Stages consists of three programs: the Childcare Center, the Learning Center, and the Aftercare Program.
Part of its mission statement is: “We seek to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing and joyful environment where children have many opportunities to grow and develop to their fullest potential.”
On Oct. 23, ABC helped with that mission.
Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Wroxton Room, children ages 6 to 12 made t-shirts, played games, ate food prepared by Gourmet Dining Services and watched movies.
They also had the opportunity to go trick-or-treating.
ABC volunteers led the children to various dorm rooms across the College at Florham campus to collect tasty treats.
This charitable event was a success, just as it has been in the past.

Graphic novel movement comes to FDU

Assistant Editor

“We’re catching up to a worldwide understanding that people enjoy being told stories through words and pictures,” said George Cochrane, a graphic novelist and professor of visual arts at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
It started when former student Doug Atkins, an advanced senior art major, came to Cochrane with an idea to do an independent study on comic books. In the process, he was not only inspired to create his own graphic novels, but also started a graphic novel movement on campus, which had the following of both students and faculty.
In Fall 2008, the Graphic Novel Society formed, with the goal of creating original student work from both writing and art students. In its first year, it generated about 50 pages of student work, however, it never was assembled into a printable format.
The Graphic Novel Society is unknown to some students. Last year, Cochrane spent much of his time in the classroom or working, displaying and publishing his developing 24 graphic novel series. This caused the club to lose its “robust cohesion,” he said. “But this year we’re bringing it back.”
He has plans to work with the group Scribblers, which credits students’ original work.
Scribblers member Valerie Salmon said, “Scribblers has been in contact with Cochrane, and the idea has been floating around that if Scribblers Magazine becomes big enough, we may publish some of GNS’s work, but no comics/ graphic novels have been submitted thus far.”
Salmon was also involved in the Graphic Novel Society during its first appearance on campus. She explained that “writers and illustrators paired off and began working on stories.”
In addition, she recalled one student documenting the society’s progress on an online site. The group was also heavily involved in learning about the graphic novel itself.
The graphic novel is a medium that is expansive in terms of subject matter. Cochrane said the “cultural phenomena that the graphic novel has, if you look across society, has enjoyed a greater level of recognition and respect from people who previously may not have thought it worth their time.”
Cochrane credits The New York Times with doing weekly book reviews on graphic novels. “If The New York Times is paying attention to it [graphic novels] then the rest of America is paying attention to it,” he said.
The graphic novel goes beyond the cinematic superhero dramas and touches on some of the most sensitive subjects like the Holocaust in Art Spiegelman’s “Maus,” and homosexuality in “Stuck Rubber Baby” by Howard Cruse, a graphic novelist whom Cochrane plans on inviting to campus in the spring.
“Today’s reality is the graphic novel is treating every subject that you can imagine,” he said.
“If you want to learn about the beat writers like Jack Kerouac, there’s a graphic novel about them. If you want to read about what’s going on right now in Palestine and in Israel and places like that you can go read a graphic novel by someone who’s there and writing it.”
He attributes the graphic novel’s worldwide success to the notion that people like to be told stories, but they like to be told stories through words and pictures even more.
Cochrane’s current project is a semi-autobiographical, 24 series graphic novel, which is a combination of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Homer’s “Odyssey” and the unreleased (until several days ago) song “Long Time Gone” by Bob Dylan, after which he named his fourth graphic novel.
Though it seems like a lot of intermixing inspiration, Cochrane put it very simply: “My goal is to inhabit a story that is already there before me.” He continued, “The story is, very simply, I get up in the morning very early, I leave my home, I go to my studio, I work, I spend the day working. Perhaps I’ll come out and teach if I’m teaching that day and then I’ll go home, which is the story of Odysseus. He goes out, he has adventures, he comes back. It’s the classic story.”
When the series is complete, there will be 24 books. Each book takes place in one hour of time, so, altogether, the series will take place during one day. He estimated a decade to complete the final piece.
His graphic novel series has been such a success that Dewey’s Comics along Madison’s main street sells his novels.
However, some of his success is attributed to his daughter Fiamma, 8, co-writer and illustrator, and the youngest person to be displayed at the MASS MoCA, where his series was displayed for the museum’s 10th anniversary gala.
Cochrane described the moment when the director of MASS MoCA got on stage to introduce his daughter. There was a big party and it was great honor to be displayed there. The director thanked the artists and then “stopped everybody, made them listen to him and he introduced my daughter as perhaps the youngest ever exhibiting artist at MASS MoCA. It was priceless,” he said.
His daughter contributes her original stories and illustrations, which are as personal as when her dwarf hamster bit her, a segment seen in “Long Time Gone.”
He said her experience of displaying her work in an adult world is different than other children her age, seeing as she began working with him at five-and-a-half years old.
A few days after the exhibition, Cochrane said, his daughter asked him “what it would be like going to school when you’re famous.” He said he assured her that she wasn’t, though surely there aren’t many 8-year-olds who have their work bought at comic book stores.
With all Cochrane’s success, he remains modest and passionate about his work, which has affected students both in and out of the classroom.
He was already invited to teach the writing process to Professor David Daniel’s creative writing classes and will be guest teaching two of Professor Nandita Ghosh’s contemporary world literature classes.
Also in the classroom, Cochrane displayed the early stages of his work to students.
Former student Eric Schroeter described Cochrane as unbelievably passionate and said of his work, “every frame a Rembrandt.”
“Any part of art he will step into it and be completely open to it,” Schroeter said.
Teaching students the process is what drives Cochrane to do what he does.
As for his piece, he can reveal one thing for sure: “I already know how it ends. I come home.”

LASO holds heritage month events

News Editor

Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15, and to mark it, the Latin American Student Association (LASO) held movie nights over three weeks in the Twombly Lounge.
Alex Alvarez, a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University and secretary of LASO, said that the movie nights were a fun way to celebrate Hispanic heritage. As the coordinator, Alvarez selected the three films that LASO presented.
“These movies all show students a side of Latin America that they don’t know,” said Alvarez.
LASO featured its first film, “Iluminados Por El Fuego,” on Sept. 30. The film is based on the Falklands War of 1982 between the English and Argentineans.
The war was lost by the Argentineans, but the film, which is shown through the perspective of a veteran, focuses on the trauma that the war caused Argentineans.
The second film, “Casi, Casi,” was featured on Oct. 4.
“Casi, Casi” is a comedy about a Puerto Rican high school boy who goes to ridiculously extraordinary measures to try to impress his crush. This film brought comic relief between the other movies shown.
The final two-part film, “Che,” was shown on Oct. 13 and 14, as a grand finale to the movie nights. It is based on Ernesto Guevara, otherwise known as “El Che.”
The first part of “Che,” which is called “The Argentine,” is based on the Cuban Revolution. It covers everything from the beginning of revolutionaries battling for Cuba to conquering Dictator Fulgenico Batista. The following half, “Guernillo,” focuses on El Che’s attempts of bringing revolution to Bolivia.
The films all represent either a cultural or historical side of Latin countries and were shown in their original language with English subtitles. They went hand-in-hand with LASO’s guest speaker, Bobby Gonzalez, who spoke on the diversity between Latin cultures on Oct. 4.
Gonzalez is a multicultural and motivational speaker whose topic was, “Why We Are Not Spanish: The Rich Cultural Diversity of Latinos.”
The event was also co-hosted by Dean of Students, Office of Campus Life, UN-USA Alliance and Lamba Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.
LASO continued its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by providing students on campus with Salsa lessons. This annual event was hosted on Oct. 12 in Lenfell Hall in preparation for its “fiesta,” Rumba Latina, which was held on Oct. 15 in the Bottle Hill Room.
The event was hosted by LASO and the brothers of Lamba Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. At midnight there was a piñata broken in celebration of the official end of Hispanic Heritage Month.

From the editor's desk: Proverbial albatross


Four issues into the semester, and this headshot is already outdated.
Sunday afternoon finds me in a stylist’s chair at a shopping mall in Lehigh Valley, Pa. What started out as an innocent question posed to my boyfriend in the car, “What would you think if I cut my hair short?” has rapidly evolved into “Let’s go get my hair chopped off today.” I stare down my reflection in the mirror. She looks nervous. Would you like a few minutes with your hair?
A short, angled haircut is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but in true college-student fashion, I have always found a way to put it off. “Oh, I’ll do it when the new semester starts,” “Oh, I’ll do it when I start looking for a job.” Days of excuses had turned into nearly four years of procrastination. Just where does the time go, anyway? I twirl the ends of my hair for what is probably the last time, looking at my reflection again. She looks nervous. This is a terrible idea.
Sure it sounds silly, but my hair has seen me through a lot of things – beginnings (and ends) of relationships, moving me into four different dorm rooms and two different presidents. In a world of never-ending change, my hair was a constant.
I don’t know the stylist’s name, but she has kind of an attitude, which isn’t helped by the fact that she is brandishing a large pair of scissors. Maybe that’s what I get for going to a salon in a shopping mall.
“Ready?” She asks. I can only muster a nod before she takes my bundle of curls in her hand.
Wait let me up I don’t think I’m ready to do th-
Snip. Nine inches of hair falls, lifelessly, to the tile floor. I can feel tears well up in my eyes.
“No going back now,” the nameless stylist says, and whips my chair around. Curled amongst one another on the floor, they look like the withered tendrils of some sort of exotic houseplant.
“Stop looking,” the stylist tells me as she cuts away at my now above-shoulder length locks. “You’ll look better with this anyway.” Now I know how those ladies on “What Not to Wear” must feel like.
For the next half hour, I have only the facial expressions of my boyfriend Jim to go by. Do you hate it? I mouth at him. He shakes his head in the negative.
After what feels like an eternity, the stylist hands me my glasses and turns my chair around, and lo and behold, I absolutely love it. My head feels lighter. The pieces frame my face. As I take the stylist’s drape from my shoulders, I look down again at my curls on the floor. Funny, I didn’t realize how much they weighed me down until they were no longer a part of me.
As Jim and I walk up to pay, one of the other stylists looks up as he sweeps away my hair.
“Welcome to 2010,” he says. Thanks, sassy bald man…I think.
I wait for the teenage girl behind the counter to process my credit card and watch my now-disembodied hair be swept up into a pan and thrown into the trash.
It’s funny how we as humans have such emotional attachments to people and things that sometimes we are blinded to the fact that we might be better off without them. It stretches beyond just hair - maybe it’s an expensive smoking habit or that one friend who only seems to be around when she needs something from you. The proverbial albatross around your neck. Sure, it’s tough to shun something that you see as important out of your life, but sometimes, we need to listen to our gut instinct and just do it.
I had let other people’s comments hold me back from what I wanted, a crime I am sure many of us are guilty of. Whenever I felt like I wanted to go through with it, I found myself worrying. What if people hated it? When in all honesty I should have followed that question with “who cares?”
Sure, people commented how beautiful my hair was now that it reached my shoulder blades - but then again, they weren’t the ones who had to spend time and money on it to keep it looking somewhat presentable. My shorter hair requires less time, less hassle, and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
Jim and I walk to the Lenscrafters across the way from the salon.
“Welcome to 2010? What the hell was that supposed to mean?” I look up at him. “Was my hair really that bad?” Jim shakes his head again, trying on a pair of thick-framed Clark Kent glasses.
“Nah. I mean, it was a little long, but this style suits you much better. You look…mature, really. I can’t even tell you how much I love this. I always thought you’d look good with short hair.” I think for a moment.
“Why didn’t you ask me to cut my hair then?” Jim shrugs, taking a sip of his soda.
“It had to be your decision. When you were ready, you’d do it.” Ah, logic.
Sure, I will probably have my moments where I miss my long hair, but it will be nice to be able to sleep in a little bit in the morning instead of straightening my hair, piece by piece.
What’s that they say?  “Hair today, gone tomorrow”? I wasn’t quite expecting mine to be gone so fast, but sometimes, the best things come unexpectedly.

An unaccompanied adult IV

Staff Writer

I lived in an old boardinghouse in the red light district; and every night I’d walk in and Miss Murray would offer me a fresh batch of cookies from the kitchen. I always said no. Never felt like talking really.
I went upstairs to my small apartment, undressed, and sat at the typewriter. It was hot as hell in there. My fan was broken and I had no money or motivation to buy a new one. Most nights I stared at the typewriter, the blank page in perfect position, waiting…there was no answer.
When it was quitting time, I smoked. I was on two packs a day and sometimes I felt like chewing the goddamn things.
I didn’t much like people so I rarely felt lonely, but when it got tough to be in that room I went downstairs to see Harold. He was always busy at night. I knocked anyways. I could hear men laughing in there, having a good time.
He cracked open the door so that I could barely see his face.
“Come back another time, man. I’m doing some very important things right now. Seriously, come back tomorrow,” he said.
“Come on, Harold. You guys are having a good time in there. I have a bottle of wine up in my—
“No. Come back tomorrow, Joshua.”
Harold shut the door.
I thought maybe Harold was into some really bad shit. Drug dealing, maybe. Black market. Illegal arms. Sometimes men in nice suits came down to the café and asked to speak to him in private. I mean they all looked way better dressed than him so Harold must have been a small-time pusher or dealer. He always got red in the face when they came by the café and he asked to be excused for a second. I thought maybe Harold was a hitman. Either way, I never asked.
I went downstairs to the kitchen and sat at the table. The phone was on the wall. No one was allowed to use it since the tenants had the option to buy their own lines. Some Asians had tried to call home once while Miss Murray was out to the bingo. They were trying to get news of the war back home or something. She threw them out when she found out. Miss Murray didn’t wanna pick up the phone bill for anyone. I didn’t care if I lived here or not though, so I thought about it. I could call Mona, but decided against it. Mona didn’t know where I was anyways.
I went back to my room and sat at the typewriter. I wrote a page, crumpled it up, and threw it on the floor. The hell with it. Maybe I could get a job.
One night, Miss Murray knocked on the door three times.
The first time, I was trying to write. I was a bit irritated.
“Yeah, Miss Murray?” I said.
“You’re a writer, right?” Miss Murray said.
“In so many words.”
“I have this old typewriter in the attic. I was wondering if you’d like to—
“I have one, Miss Murray, thank you.”
I closed the door and sat back down at the typewriter. I thought about it for a while. Maybe it was the goddamn typewriter. It’d been a gift from Johanna, but we were divorced now and she’d taken the kid. The damn machine was worth spit if you asked me.
Maybe I could call Miss Murray up—
The second knock.
“Yeah, Miss Murray?”
“What’s the name of that book you wrote, Mr. Stone?”
“The Lucky People,” I said.
“Oh, I think I’ve read that one.”
“I apologize.”
She left, satisfied once more, and I closed the door. I guess the equivalent of sexual gratification to an old woman was conversation. I thought about The Lucky People. Things had been all right then. I was married and Natalia was still a little girl. I wasn’t even on a pack a day and I still felt happy when I pissed. Maybe I could call Johanna and—
Then came the third knock.
“Mr. Stone, I was wondering if maybe you’d sign this for me. It could be worth something some day,” Miss Murray said, holding the book out to me. I took the book and examined the cover.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
“Miss Murray, I didn’t write—
“Is something wrong, Mr. Stone? I was hoping maybe you’d be kind enough to sign this is all,” she said, a big stupid smile on her face. It didn’t take much to know that all her teeth were fake. They were a little too big for her mouth.
“No, Miss Murray. Nothing’s wrong,” I said.
I walked over to my desk and grabbed a pen.
TO MISS MURRAY, WITH LOVE. I signed my name and handed it back to her. She kept on smiling.
“Thank you, Mr. Stone. I appreciate it,” she said.
“Not a problem.”
“By the way, you seem to know a lot about women. Most men don’t know anything.”
“Thanks, Miss Murray.”
She wished me a goodnight and left. I thought maybe I should call Betty Smith.

FDU gathers for candlelight vigil

Entertainment Editor

In light of the recent deaths of students across America, the Office of Campus Life recently held an intimate candlelight vigil where students and faculty members could gather to ignite hope and pay their respects to those lost, and to those affected by these tragedies.
Organized by Campus Life Coordinator Andre Turner, the vigil took place outside on the library lawn on Thursday, Oct. 21.
The gathering was not only to remember those lost, including Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who took his own life last month, but also to raise awareness about the important of tolerance and acceptance, and the perils of bullying and intolerance.
All attendees were given a small candle, as well as the opportunity to share any thoughts or inspiration.
Dean of Students Brian Mauro and Assistant Dean for Academic Support Programs and Strategic Initiatives Director Mark Sapara were both present as speakers.
“It is important for administration to show support for all marginalized groups, as it sets a tone for what is both acceptable and unacceptable behavior in our community,” Sapara said. “Intolerance and bullying have no place in an academic environment.”
Sapara said he “really appreciated the opportunity to give something back to the FDU community.”
“I have laid very low over the years in terms of being a voice for the LGBT community, but I really feel as though the time has come to be a more visible ally to our students who may be suffering or struggling with identity,” he said.
Several students, such as senior Franklin Johnson, sophomore Donald Colindres and alum Chase Kruppo, attended and participated in the vigil, providing moving and thoughtful words as well.
As many of the night’s speakers noted, it is not only important to extend this acceptance towards gay youth, but to all human beings.
Throughout the candle lighting, the speeches and the concluding moment of silence, the night’s message was to give love every day, because it is very important for everyone to be reminded of how much they mean to their loved ones.
Sapara said, “The next time you see that lonely, scared person like Tyler Clementi standing on the edge of their own figurative bridge, reach out your hand and pull them back. In doing so, you may not only save a life, but you will most certainly preserve your own humanity.”