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Pharmaceutical programs in high demand; Becton College introduces new pharmacy school

MELISSA HARTZ
News Editor

After nearly a year and a half of planning, Fairleigh Dickinson University has announced that the Becton College School of Pharmacy will accept its first class in Fall 2012. Upon the program’s introduction, FDU will be one of only two New Jersey institutions to offer a four-year doctoral program in pharmacy.
Dean of Becton College Geoffrey Weinman noted that the high demand for a pharmaceutical program in New Jersey would attract exceptional undergraduate and graduate students to Fairleigh Dickinson. The first admitted class would contain about 85 students.
“Since Rutgers can only take about 200 students into its school of pharmacy, demand is high. Plus, the introduction of this program at FDU will help to keep New Jersey students in New Jersey,” said Weinman.
Though approved by the state in June 2009, the Becton College School of Pharmacy must go through a formal accreditation process before it can accept its first class. “The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education will make preliminary visits, plans, and follow-up visits over the next two years,” said Weinman.
Formal acceptance requirements are still being finalized, but students will come into the program with a four-year undergraduate degree and a concentration in the sciences. Because of high demand and limited openings, the program will undoubtedly be highly competitive.
Weinman noted that FDU’s program will stand out from the rest. “Graduates of the program will leave the school with two degrees, a doctorate in pharmacy and a master’s degree,” he said. “Students will be able to choose from one of five master’s degrees: business administration, public administration, pharmaceutical chemistry, regulatory affairs, or clinical trials management.”
The program’s rigorous curriculum consists heavily of “experiential education,” allowing students to work on site at hospitals, retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical corporations, and government sites. Time spent working at these sites will allow students to gain valuable on-the-job experience, as well as begin to establish themselves in the world of pharmacy as they obtain their degrees.
Weinman noted that the university is in the process of creating agreements with well-known sites such as St. Barnabas, Duane Reade, and other companies.
Weinman stated that an upcoming meeting with Wakefern, which is ShopRite’s group, and other major chains will help to establish more relationships with sites.
These opportunities to work with outside sources will continue to grow, as one of the main responsibilities of the founding dean will be to foster relationships with healthcare companies, Weinman said.
The introduction of the pharmacy program will also change the physical dynamic of the FDU campus. Due to Florham Park and Madison building regulations, the University is leaning toward leasing off-campus real estate in which to house the pharmacy program. The new building would be near the campus, most likely on Madison or Park Avenue.
“If we do lease off-campus space, we would make certain students and faculty have easy access to the main campus,” said Weinman. “These plans aren’t finalized yet, but that’s really the direction we’re going in.”
The university is currently seeking a founding dean for the program, but additional hires will be made in 2011 and 2012 before the program officially begins.

Black History Month production to debut

ELYSE FETHERMAN
Entertainment Editor

The Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences and the theater arts program at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is presenting its first Black History Month production, appropriately titled “Black History, Black Voices: A Celebration of African American Theatre.” With two scheduled performances on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, the production features FDU’s first all-black student cast.
Stage manager James Michaelson has expressed his excitement about working with the first all-black student cast. “It’s great that [the theater students] are moving away from doing strictly main stage performances,” said Michaelson. “This is a way of blending cultural experiences and expanding the program even more.”
While the inaugural performance will certainly be ground-breaking, its roots and inception are of a humbler caliber. Angelica Herndon, the assistant director and a cast member, can be credited with the origin of the production. A freshman theater major, Herndon had always been surrounded by theater at home in Flossmoor, Ill. According to Herndon, her mother, a playwright and producer, originally introduced Herndon to the theater through performances at church.
Herndon’s parents, who graduated from Northwestern University, often talked about a “black theater initiation” they experienced their freshman year of college. Herndon was inspired by her parents’ experience and decided to attend the Black History Month committee meetings at FDU. After sitting through the meeting, Herndon felt dismayed as the committee had planned nothing for the theater. So she took matters into her own hands. Herndon’s plan was to put on a performance to honor and celebrate blacks as part of Black History Month.
After speaking with her fellow students, Herndon felt confident that there was enough student interest to present the idea to the theater department. Herndon pitched her idea to Stacie Lents, assistant theater professor, who was “extremely excited and supportive,” according to Herndon.
Lents, who is in her second semester of teaching at FDU, immediately gravitated towards Herndon’s proposal. “I was so inspired by her excitement and interest,” said Lents.
Featuring three renowned African American writers – August Wilson, Nikki Giovanni and George C. Wolfe – and six different pieces, the production will present a sampling of each of the writers’ works. Lents selected the individual pieces and adapted them for the performance’s purposes.
“We aren’t just working with conventional texts,” said Lents. “We are using poetry from Nikki Giovanni, for example, and adapting the poetry for dialogue.”
When selecting which works to perform, Lents laid down a few limitations. “The works had to fit two criteria,” said Lents. “One: They were works by African American writers who contributed to the black theater canon. Two: the subject matter honored black achievement.”
Through the combination of the chosen pieces, Lents has given the cast an opportunity “to be in dialogue with black history.” Lents believes that everyone can relate to the chosen pieces. She also believes each piece is important to each artist in a different way. “The point is to honor history, not to exclude anyone,” said Lents.
The largely freshman cast has also been asked by Lents to keep small reflection journals to document their process. The cast and crew are also seeking to create a documentary of their process, according to stage manager Michaelson.
“Actors will get a chance to explain their experience,” said Michaelson. “The audience will get a backstage view and see how the production impacts the cast and crew.”
Michaelson also said that the cast and crew intends on putting the reflection journals on display in the Barn where the performances will be held. “Audiences will get to peruse before and after and get to see the cast’s process,” said Michaelson.
Herndon believes that the documentary and journals are a great way to see the evolution of the actors, how the production came to be and how each actor relates to his or her characters.
Rehearsals, which have been ongoing since last week, have kept the cast busy. According to Lents, Herndon and Michaelson, scheduling has been extremely tricky. Sandwiched between the auditions for the two main stage productions, the cast and crew of the Black History Month performance have had to juggle multiple tasks. Michaelson said that many of the cast and crew also have been cast in the productions “Sweet Charity” and “Whose Life is it Anyway?”
Herndon, who is cast in both “Sweet Charity” and the Black History Month production, described her experience as “living in a constant limbo.” And because she can’t attend every rehearsal for the Black History Month production, she depends heavily on Lents, Michaelson and Chaelee Chaput, the assistant stage manager. As for the rehearsals she has taken a part of, Herndon said. “It is good! When we ran through it, it all really came together.”
Lents remained equally optimistic. “This is just a strong example of what is possible in an educational environment.”
But with any production comes challenges. “We have taken on something ambitious,” said Lents, in reference to the short amount of rehearsal time and the limited resources available. Lents described the production as being presented in a “workshop style” format with few production values.
According to Lents, the cast are pulling their costumes and settings from what either the department or the cast already has available. Despite limited production values, Lents, the cast and crew are taking advantage of the situation.
“With the workshop format, the focus is on the artistry, the writing and the process of the performance,” said Lents. Michaelson believes it is harder with fewer production values.
“We have to use what we already have and adapt,” said Michaelson. “What lacks in ornate setting is made up with great acting.”
Herndon also appreciated the value of a workshop format. “We wanted to keep that abstract feel to it. Sometimes plays are all about the set. This is raw. We take away the distractions so your focus is on the actors and the messages.”
And that message, according to Herndon, is love. “I believe the overall theme is love but not just in a relationship sense,” said Herndon. “It is love for your self, love of others. It is making a connection. It’s love that ties us all together.”
Lents, Herndon and Michaelson all hope to continue a Black History Month production in the years to follow.
Lents believes the production is “charting new territory” and hopes to continue this project.
Michaelson looks forward to potentially continuing as stage manager and hopes to help build a “five-year plan” for future Black History Month productions.
Herndon also wishes to see it grow in flourish in the up and coming years. “Words cannot describe how emotional and inspiring this whole process has been for me,” said Herndon.
Herndon, whose family is flying in from Illinois to see the production, says she is so grateful for the help of the cast and crew.
“It is amazing to be able to cross this off my list at only 19,” laughed Herndon. “Everyone has been so committed.”
The cast of “Black History, Black Voices: A Celebration of African American Theatre” includes Candyce Atkins, Laymah Cisco, Kadi Cisse, Kristin Fulton, Garry Jones, Ra’John Raeford, Kier “KJ” Thompson and Angelica Herndon.
Performances will be held on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 4:00 p.m. in the newly renovated Barn Theatre. Admission is free.

From The Metro editor’s desk

KAYLA HASTRUP
Editor-in-Chief

It is here, officially. My last semester of my last year as an undergraduate. The other day, my dad asked me what did I get out of college now that I’m soon to graduate. Sure, I learned a lot about communication studies and journalism – that is, after all, what I went to school for. But I must admit, most of my learning and what I will take away with me when I graduate, did not come from the classroom.
While I love school and love to be involved on campus, my greatest learning achievement took place outside of the university bubble.
Over the break, I was forutnate enough to participate in SGA’s Alternative Winter Break to Costa Rica. The winter prior, a group of students and I studied for two weeks in Costa Rica, including a week in Manzanillo. Through that course, I gained such a strong connection with the locals and the community that when the opportunity to go back arose, I was eager and excited to jump at the chance.
When I studied down there in January of 2009, the group did a day of community service where we helped clean the local school. That day of service work was so inspirational that I knew I wanted to do more to make a difference in the village.
Being able to spend a week of my life helping a community, especially one that has grown so close to my heart, was an unbelievable opportunity that I will remember and cherish forever. Living in such a close-knit community where the people take nothing for granted and have such a positive attitude about life, has truly changed me.
The people of Manzanillo are hard to describe because the village is not like anywhere else. They live off the land and are grateful for everything life has to offer. They live by the motto “pura vida,” meaning “pure life,” which I strive to live by even while being back in the States. This simple motto shows their connection with the land and the community, while still being economically stable, healthy and happy.
Staying in a small village like Manzanillo really helps you appreciate what you have in your own life. It taught me not to take anything for granted and that you don’t need a lot to be happy. I think in the States people become overwhelmed and over-absorbed by the idea of wealth and success. To be able to see and be immersed in a culture so different from my own was somewhat of a self-revelation.
Many of my peers who are also soon to graduate seem to be most concerned about finding a job that will make a lot money and allow them to buy fancy things. While I  agree that it is important and necessary to be economically stable, I do not want it to be the driving force of my life. Being able to take a step back and learn to have an open-mind about a different lifestyle has changed my perspectives and helped me prioritize what is truly important in life.
Any service project will change a person only for the better. It is a great feeling to be able to give people something you have that they do not. To be able to actually go, give our creativity, supply the finances, and do the hard labor had a greater impact on the community and on the students than handing over money could have.
I know that the trip has changed my values and lifestyle, but I also hope our efforts motivate the children to go to school and continue their education. Being able to participate in such service projects have inspired me to put forth a greater effort in helping others, regardless of what career I end up going forward with. I find it amazing how much an individual can learn about him or herself by learning about the lives of others.
As I prepare to graduate, I feel that I know more about myself and what truly matters in life, not through what I have done for myself, but because of the effort I have put in to help others.

Holden, I love you

JOHN SAAVEDRA, JR.
Contributor

You dropped into my life and started roaming down empty streets and waiting on desolate corners. And the wind followed you, whistling the sad war songs of your time. And you remind me of women and their lonely, drunken struts as they walk off buses. I’ve taken care of those kind of women. I sit them next to me in theaters, while huge men recite the poetic words of Miller, and hold them, letting them fall asleep on my shoulder, and kiss them on the top of their heads, where their hair separates in two beautiful directions, and I let them sleep until they’re sober. And when they wake up they see me and wonder if the kisses really happened. I’m not wondering about my feelings, Holden. I’ve only ever liked that kind of lonely woman while she’s drunk. And you said you didn’t need people. You walked into bars and talked to men on elevators and they jipped you of course, didn’t they? Your small tuft of premature white hair is not enough to make you wise. Someone pointed out just the other night that I had inherited a few white hairs myself. Trust me I know. It doesn’t make you wise. But I’m not impulsive like you, Holden. I don’t take elevators.
I took the stairs one afternoon and it was her birthday. And I said, “Happy birthday.” Then I kissed her. You would’ve done the same. She wasn’t lonely. But sometimes it happens to us. We do anything for connections, for warmth. But after it happened I was still numb and still on the same woman. I couldn’t let go. You can understand, right? Remember how you held on to that hat for dear life?
And then we’re in mental hospitals, Holden. Or maybe in a hospice and we are just waiting to die, waiting for someone to let go on the edge of a building. We knew where we’ve been, where we’re going. You and I both have said this: “I’ve never been nice a day in my life.” Ha! It’s a wonder we’re not clawing ourselves out of existence. We are so reckless. And they laugh at it. From days hidden in closets with plastic knives to kicking school books across hallways, we are guilty of all of it. I know how much you and I both need people, Holden. We both know how much we hate people.
But you’re growing up. I will admit that. You tell your stories. You hum along with those sad war songs. And walk into jazz clubs and soak it all in, too. You finally talk and spill truths (or lies, we’ll never know) to the world. And we’re adolescents and we’re SUPPOSED to hate our lives because it just means that we won’t be drunk somewhere proclaiming “High school was the best time of my life!” You let those meat heads do that with their anthems and credos that mean nothing to you. It’s all just a long thread that follows you on your way to the store for some scissors.
And we all have break downs.
“I’m terrible, you know? What I’m doing. It’s terrible.”
And we all want to run away.
“I’ll ignore. And when the phone calls come, I won’t answer. And when they’re knocking on the door, I’ll laugh and take another sip. I’ll laugh because I’m no longer here.”
And we all want to be remembered.
“I just hope they play ‘Hey Jude’ at my funeral.”
And when they ask us if we miss home yet, we answer them: “I am home.”
One day, you had this great idea. You said you wanted to leave. Right now, right this instant. “The hell with it, leave it unfinished.” How you were going to get out, I haven’t the slightest idea. Model T. Steamboat. Locomotive. Hot air balloon. Beanstalk. All you knew was that somewhere you could set up your own place in the woods and read Thoreau, but not because nature was your friend. You always said you were in this world but not a part of it. This world has abandoned you the way I’m afraid it could abandon me. So we could farm and spit at the soil because we hated it and nothing would grow and we’d starve. Then we’d laugh and order another martini. You know I would’ve joined you. There was a time when I had my bags packed and ready, Holden. I could’ve left with you.
But we’re tied down. And we’ve lived the last four years. You were always in my pocket and I heard your cynical voice when I needed it. And when she’d come around again with malicious eyes and I’d prick my finger against her thorns, you’d stop me from bleeding out. I could’ve hemorrhaged. But I didn’t. My heart had an eternal bleeding instead.
There are always happy endings though, Holden. You sat in an asylum, listening to “Let It Snow” as you looked out the window. The snow fell and it was the first part of this world that you thought was beautiful. Honestly. It was why you decided to tell your story in the first place. You were happy to do it. And I listened.
It snowed outside today. And I realized this morning that I could go back to taking care of drunken women on buses. And fall in love with them for the entire presentation of “Death of a Salesman.” I could go back to any of them. They’d let me in. And I could stay and settle. And not be happy. But I’d have blankets and soup and coffee and tears. And I could forget that this moment happened. That it had ever snowed today. That the person that changed things for me, that kept me ticking won’t read this. But then I realize why I wrote this in the first place, Holden. I realize it was never about forgetting at all. This was simply to say – and it’s easier now that you’ve gotten your wish… This is simply to say I love you.

Red padded gloves

MELISSA HARTZ
News Editor

It’s 5:30 at night, and I am about to begin my very first kickboxing class. Though my workouts usually occur in the campus gym, I was lucky enough to be offered a guest pass to an outside gym by my friend Nicole – this will be a nice change from the elliptical and weight room. I can’t help but feel a little warrior-like as I strap the red gloves to my hands, eyeing up the nearly eight-foot heavy bag chained up in front of me. Our instructor, black-haired and built, removes his green plaid flannel shirt and lays it in the center of the punching bags. I’m in pretty good shape – this should be easy, right?
Wrong.
Very, very wrong.
Halfway through the hour-long class, I’m having visions of myself puking all over the parking lot by the time 6:30 hits. Tendrils of hair come loose from my ponytail and stick to my face, and I can only imagine how badly my makeup is running.
The sounds of rattling chains and loud music are all around me. My lungs feel cold and tight, sucking in as much air as possible with each breath. This is, without a doubt, the most challenging physical test I’ve ever taken on. Yet, as intense as the class is, I find myself thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.
My closed fists make satisfying “whumps” against the bag on contact, and the material gives slightly under my blows. For a little while, there is nothing in the room except for me and the bag chained to the ceiling. With each hit, I can feel my stress traveling through my knuckles, dissipating into the fabric like leaves into the wind. Everything that was weighing on me, sitting in the back of my mind and eating away at who I am, is slowly lifting.
Toward the end of the class, we close our legs around the bottom of the bag and hold a dumbbell over our heads, engaging the core muscles to bring us into a sitting position. Once up to the top, we would take the dumbbell and hit the bag as high as possible. With sweat practically pouring off me, I crunch up and smash the weight against the heavy black canvas. I imagine that every stressor in my life is balled up inside that boxing bag, and each crash of weight against canvas is a small victory for me and my self-confidence.
The instructor calls the end of the class, and I lay on my back on the mat, feeling my abdomen rise up and down quickly with every breath I take. I’m not one for spiritual experiences, but I imagine that that might be what one feels like.
Perhaps these challenges we present ourselves with help us find a little more than just physical strength. Perhaps we need to push ourselves to our limits in order to see who we truly are.
I am stronger than anything this life throws my way.
The red padded gloves hang over my bed like a trophy as I sleep, full of hot tea, ibuprofen, and satisfaction.

Radio makes new moves

KAYLA HASTRUP AND MARISSA HYMAN
Staff Writers

It was one year ago that WFDM-FM, the College at Florham’s radio station, moved to the Student Center in order to better broadcast to the student body. The main goal in mind for WFDM was to become the voice of the College of Florham. Also they wanted to offer services for clubs to advertise events, and provide time slots for those who wanted to broadcast a radio show.
This semester, WFDM no longer exists in the Student Center. It has left the building, leaving some students questioning its untimely departure and its future plans. Now, WFDM is raising its voice, and assuring the campus population that it is far from being over.
Stephanie Gentile, former president of WFDM, said that the radio had moved from the Student Center to NAB because she, Dean of Students Brian Mauro, and Department of Communication Studies Chair Jennifer Lehr had all agreed on the move.
“I cannot speak for Dean Mauro or Dr. Lehr, but I feel that radio needs to get built up to be a stronger station, before moving to a space in the Student Center. The station must be deserving of getting space back in the Student Center,” said Gentile.
The radio is here for the student body to represent the voices of the College at Florham, Gentile said. She also mentioned that a survey was sent around to the student body, asking students what music they prefer, in order for the radio to better select songs to air.
“Whatever the body wants to hear, in respect to our rules and regulations set forth that we must follow, the station will play the type of music that wants to be heard,” she said.
Gordon Baker Bone, another radio member, confirmed what Gentile had said about WFDM’s move.
“Some say it moved because we didn’t utilize the space given to us; others say it was because the school needed it for more office space,” he said. “But we are now located on the first floor of NAB. Radio wants to provide something for all students to enjoy, so we’ll try to have a wide variety of music.”
Elise Kaplan, who was recently appointed president, said that although relocating to NAB may seem like a setback, there is some positive regard for the new location.
“Being in the NAB has positive aspects because it’s in a location where all students, including commuters, can look inside our room and see a live radio show going on,” said Kaplan.
The way in which students will be able to see the radio is through two large windows, which is currently covered in posters.
As soon as the radio is up and running and the studio has been reorganized, the windows will be free of posters, allowing students to see in.
“The radio is just like every other radio station. There will be different shows, and each show will have its own particular genre of music to play, or even just a talk show,” said Kaplan.
“Radio is open to anything, and that is why it will be so great to listen to, because it will be available to everyone’s interests on or off campus.”
Though WFDM is going through its changes, it is now more than happy to welcome anyone who would like to start their own show, as long as it meets with the Federal Communications Commission regulations.
Simone Hawkins, treasurer of WFDM, said that the reason why the radio had to move was because nothing was getting done.
“According to our adviser, we were ‘unworthy’ of having a location in the Student Center,” said Hawkins. “I agree that radio needs some TLC from its members. So, I guess the school had to do what it had to do.”
Hawkins also mentioned that people will soon have the option of having their own show.
“We are currently undergoing some maintenance issues, but as soon as everything is sorted out, we will be giving time slots to whoever would like their own show,” she said.
WFDM is currently looking for students who want to start up their own radio show, or work behind the scenes, said Kaplan. Those who want to do a show get to pick what time slot they want their shows to be aired.
“The radio station is flexible in its time slots,” Gentile said. “So if a student has classes going from 9:55 a.m. straight through to 2 p.m., then the student can have their show on the air at anytime after 2 p.m. Radio will not deny a student for not being available during a certain time.”
Kaplan said that she looks forward to getting the new station up and running, at which point students will be able to visit Fduradio.org and listen to the shows.
“Once we are finally up and running, FDU will have a radio station again,” she said. “Hopefully it will be even better than it was.”

Cafeteria offers new stations

MELISSA HARTZ
Design Editor

While students were at home enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday, changes were being implemented in the FDU cafeteria. Students are now able to utilize the trail mix bar and sushi station that were installed over the break. “Chef Jeff” Gourley, director of Gourmet Dining at FDU’s College at Florham, noted that the time had come to change up students’ cafeteria options.
“At this point in the semester, students have been eating in the cafeteria for almost four months,” said Gourley. “The quality is still there, but we needed to introduce a little variety.”
At the trail mix station, students can mix assorted nuts and dried fruits together to make a healthy snack or dessert. Gourley chose to place the trail mix bar right alongside the cakes, pies and pastries to provide students with a healthy alternative.
“While our pizza, fries, and burgers are still popular, there has definitely been a demand for healthier foods. We’ve noticed that we’ve cut back on our cakes and desserts, so it’s definitely nice to have a healthier option there,” said Gourley. Students have also noticed – and appreciated – the addition of healthier dessert options in the cafeteria.
“I think the trail mix bar is a great addition to the caf,” said junior Allie Leone. “It’s delicious and you don’t feel as bad eating it like you would a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream.”
The sushi station has also seen tremendous success since it was introduced on Sunday, Nov. 29. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, students can get sushi rolls with their lunch. At the moment, there is someone serving the sushi, but Gourley noted that once the novelty wears off a bit, it will become a self-serve station.
“Right now we’re going through ridiculous amounts of sushi, but that’s also because it’s brand new,” said Gourley. “Eventually, it will balance out; people will go back to the rotisserie and other staples because they’ve been eating sushi for a week.”
He noted that the idea of the sushi station becoming self-serve was an important part of the cafeteria’s purpose.
“After college, people go out into the corporate world, and we try to reflect a corporate eatery. Instead of someone handing you food, students really get the experience and freedom to create their own entrée. That’s really the concept of the caf – we call it a cafeteria, but it’s really a dining room.”
Gourley also said that he was not worried about the stations’ effect on sales at the Grill and other campus eateries.
“We know that people sometimes take extra nuts or fruit back to their rooms,” said Gourley. “But it’s not exactly convenient to carry a Styrofoam bowl of almonds around, so people will still buy the containers available at the other eateries on campus.”
The new stations were the result of ideas pitched to ASC-US, an organization which allows FDU students to suggest new foods and stations that they would like to see in the cafeteria.
“ASC-US is always looking for new suggestions,” said Gourley. “The communication is definitely up to the students, though; they have to come to us with any suggestions or dietary needs that they would like met.”
Gourmet Dining plans on working on new signs for the remainder of the semester. The new signs would include things like calorie counts, descriptions and inclusion of any possible dietary concerns such as nuts, lactose or gluten. These new signs will be available in the cafeteria in January, when students return from Winter Break.

State party chairs give election autopsy

MELANIE ANZEDEI
Staff Writer

Fairleigh Dickinson University recently welcomed the state party chairmen for an “Election Autopsy” on the recent New Jersey State gubernatorial race, which resulted in an outcome that shocked voters throughout the state and nation.
Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, the Democratic Party chair, and Assemblyman Jay Webber, the Republican Party chair, were both very open to the various questions that the audience, which was a mix of Fairleigh Dickinson’s student body, faculty, and staff, had in store.
Current New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s failed attempt at re-election left the Democrats empty handed as the position of governor was handed over to former U.S. attorney, Chris Christie. The Democrats’ loss not only questioned whether they deserted their nominee, but also whether the New Jersey voter had abandoned President Barack Obama.
The Democrats, according to Cryan, had difficulties moving forward between regional and ideological differences among the party. These differences created a weak campaign but “didn’t cost the election.” Cryan explained that the re-election was lost not because of a desertion, but because the Republicans simply ran a better campaign.
“They beat us… that’s it,” said Cryan.
Webber also felt that the Republicans ran a well-organized campaign that appealed to New Jersey voters. He credited the victory on having a good nominee.
“The flip-side of that coin is that we had a strong ticket,” he said, referring to Christie.
Republicans were able to stay on the “right side of the issues,” said Webber. He reminded the audience that this election resulted in the “second largest Republican victory in a long time.”
The New Jersey voter, according to Cryan, has changed in recent years. He explained that the state is currently in a “conservative awakening,” which affected the Democratic campaign strongly and negatively.
“We were talking about pre-school; they were talking about property taxes,” he said. “We knew about the problems; we didn’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed every day.” The Democrats simply took a different approach towards those problems.
This change also questioned the New Jersey voter’s support of current Obama, a Democrat who won with a sweeping victory. But his popularity did little to nothing in terms of helping Corzine win re-election.
Obama had campaigned alongside Corzine on a few occasions, one of which was a rally held at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan campus in Teaneck. The Democrats hoped that this sold-out event would better the chances for Corzine in Bergen County.
Surprisingly, Obama’s support for Corzine did not change the minds of New Jersey voters and the governor’s seat was still handed over to Republicans.
When Cryan was asked if he felt this election reflected what will happen in the 2012 presidential election, he without hesitation answered, “NO.”
Both Webber and Cryan agreed that this gubernatorial election was more a referendum on Corzine than a referendum on Obama, even though Obama couldn’t change the minds of the voters.
The Republicans held a campaign that would have been a “winning formula for any candidate,” said Webber.
The event was organized by Politics on the PublicMind, which is directed by Peter Woolley, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The event took place at the Orangerie, located in the school’s library.

New secular student alliance on campus

KRISTEN HEACOCK
Staff Writer

A new group has begun to rise on the FDU campus, a group that questions and analyzes not only the world around us, but the presence of a God as well. The group, Secular Student Alliance, is not just for atheists, but for agnostics, secular humanists “and anyone who believes in questioning the status quo,” said Nicole Aiello, its president.
According to the Secular Student Alliance Facebook page, the organization has a network of over 170 campus-based groups.
“The mission of the Secular Student Alliance is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human based ethics,” according to the secularstudent.org Web site.
Despite some of the group’s fliers being torn down, Aiello keeps a good attitude and hopes to affect the student body in a positive manner.
“I am hoping that people will realize that there are alternatives to religion and that a community of nonreligious people exists at FDU,” she said. “We want to dispel all of the misconceptions that people have about atheists, especially that we are immoral and nihilistic.”
Student Beth Blackman said “if there are clubs that are for those who are religious then why shouldn’t there be one for those who aren’t? Of course it might cause problems because people get upset when they hear that others don’t believe in God even though it has no effect on them.”
Secular Student Alliance meets every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8p.m. in the Wroxton Room in the Student Center.
“People tend to have a lot of preconceived notions about what it is to be an atheist, most of which are not based in reality at all, and we are eager to discuss normally taboo issues in order to make ourselves understood. The fact is we have morals, most of which are very similar to the morals that the three big world religions espouse, and we care about the rest of humanity and the future of our world just as much as any believer, if not more,” said Aiello.

From the Metro editor’s desk

KAYLA HASTRUP
Editor-In-Chief

As I woke up at 8 a.m. to sign up for classes on Monday, it occurred to me this would be my last time ever registering for undergraduate classes.

Four years ago, I remember being nervous and anxious about college and what the future held for me, and now as I enter my last semester, I am even more nervous and anxious about what’s next.
For me, it is the inevitable question: graduate school or straight to the workforce?

I recently attended the New York Women in Communications career conference, which encourages women to pursue their dreams to enter the media communications field.

As I sat in an audience filled with young adults, all striving for the same glamorous future, I listened to some of the most powerful women in the field as they gave tips on making it in this field.
As this industry struggles, along with all industries, I learned there is a push for creativity and new, young innovative ideas. As we enter the workforce, we can not let the recession stand in our way.

Time will move forward, whether you want it to or not, and if you are stuck focusing on unemployment or competition, you will never be able to advance. Instead, I learned you need to practice new ways of seeing. Be prepared for crazy accidents, and take advantage of the unexpected. Although crises are inevitable, I find that with crisis comes opportunity. One way is to take the struggling industries as an opportunity to form new, innovative models.

I also learned that it truly doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing. While the 2010 class prepares for graduation, some will have jobs right out of college and some will not. If you are focused on what everyone else is doing, you will miss your own opportunities. Everyone takes a different path. You need to look forward and push for the future, or look behind and learn from your past. If you look sideways at what everyone else is doing, you are going to miss what you need most: your own creative ideas.

At the NYWICI conference, and most other conferences, there is a push for networking.
Far too often I have heard that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. I think that while networking is great, when your work is truly the best, it will speak for itself. If you are the best at what you do, it won’t matter who you know or who you don’t. That said, clearly it is still helpful to get your foot in the door. When interning or when you are just starting in the work field, you need to be pleasent and be someone people want to work with. Creating a good rapport with the industry’s leaders combined with excellent work will inevitably lead to success.

As the conference came to an end, the panelists were asked to give some final words of advice. One, in particular, stuck with me. She said the key is to “decide what you want to be known for.”
I thought that was a perfect way to describe how your future should lay out. That is the hard part. If you can imagine what you want the next generation of young, innovative people to remember you by, the rest is simple strategic planning.

Take every point of engagement seriously and use every experience as an opportunity to learn. I do not think success is measured by profit, rather by experience and personal satisfaction. For me, the second I stop learning is when I am no longer successful.

So, as I prepare to graduate and enter a pivotal point in my career, I realize I need to take in every opportunity and make the most of it.

It does not matter what your friends do, what you wanted to do as a child or what your parents do. What matters is what you want to be known for and what you can make of every situation.