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Intramural basketball returns to FDU

Staff Writer

The arrival of the spring semester can only mean one thing: intramural basketball is upon us. This is the only time groups of students get the opportunity to organize themselves on FDU’s hardwood floor.

They call themselves names such as Team GPA, Old White Guys, Monstars and Scrubs. The league has gotten more serious as years have passed, with stricter rules in place.
All teams must follow the rules that have been installed. There are now  specific guidelines for the games, which include rules pertaining to individual fouls, team fouls, substitutions, roster management and clock management. These changes are written in a formal guide.
FDU’s Intramural Director Michael Hebenstreit is cracking down on some of  last year’s flaws.

For example, each player may only play on one team. If a student plays on a team that does not have him listed on their roster, then it will result in a forfeit for that team. This was a problem last year, as multiple players switched teams directly before a game.
Another huge problem for intramural basketball in previous years was the cancellation of games. Multiple teams would sign up for the season, and then miss numerous games as the season went along. Because those teams did not notify Hebenstreit ahead of time, their opponents would usually show up, only to be disappointed in having no one to play against.

Now that teams are penalized for not showing up, it does not happen frequently. Any game that a team misses without notification will go down as an unexcused forfeit. After two unexcused forfeits, the team will be removed from the league, and a team on the waiting list will take its place.

Last year was Hebenstreit’s first year heading the league. Before him, the league was run mainly by members of the baseball team. Being that intramural basketball is active around the same time as FDU’s baseball season, the basketball league received the short end of the stick. There were several years where the league ended prematurly because the league’s founding members had little time to devote to intramurals once their baseball season began.

Last year was the league’s first full season without a cancellation.

This season began on Feb. 13, and the  first game was an intense one with whistles blowing, shirt pulling and hard fouls.

With the NBA’s All-Star Weekend approaching, students of all shapes and sizes tried to put on a show of their own.

Football players, former basketball players, communication majors, marketing majors and more participated in the festivities.

As a senior and a four-year participant, FDU student Alex McKay would be the first to say that this year’s intramural season is intense.

“This year’s league is stacked with competition and everyone is taking it seriously,” he said.

Exhibit features work of FDU's own

One of Malpere's sketches from the exhibit.

Entertainment Editor

Fashion Week is a semi-annual event where designers and brands can showcase their new collections and the latest trends on the runway for potential buyers.

The most renowned fashion weeks are held in the four “fashion capitals” of the world: London, England; Paris, France; Milan, Italy; and our own neighboring city, The Big Apple.

New York always kicks off the season, and with the leading fashion capital so close to home, it’s no surprise that Fairleigh Dickinson University would pay some homage to this cultural phenomenon.

As fashion week has been running from Feb. 10 to 17, the College at Florham’s Orangerie is featuring a small exhibit of fashion illustrations, pictures and headpieces that will run the same course.

What makes the exhibit even more interesting is that it consists of the work of one of FDU’s own employees, J.R. Malpere.

For those who have ever been assisted in the library’s periodicals section, library coordinator Malpere has probably been the one to offer his help and knowledge.
Aside from working in the library, Malpere is also a freelance fashion and accessories designer, and also works in millinery, making women’s hats.

Originally a student at New York University’s School of Education, Malpere found his niche in one of his theater classes.

Not having enough money to purchase a costume for a production, Malpere found his calling after making his own costume, an event that he says “changed his life.”

Malpere then transferred to Montclair State University, due to financial difficulties, and studied studio art there.

Malpere has been working in fashion since 2005, and has taken classes both at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons the New School for Design.

“I take classes there every so often to brush-up,” said Malpere.

Malpere is currently working on developing his own label and line, and says that the exhibit only features examples of what he does.

“I do a lot of everyday pieces as well,” he said.

Malpere said he gets his inspiration from everything around him. “Even from looking at the shadows on the ground, shapes from ordinary objects that we often don’t think about,” he explained.

For any students interested in the fashion world, it couldn’t hurt to pay a visit to the library; they just may leave feeling inspired.

Image courtesy of www.fdu.edu.

Biggest Loser program turns losses into gains

Managing Editor

Being the Biggest Loser on a college campus usually doesn’t translate into a healthy growing experience, let alone a profitable one.

Jenn Bostedo, the corporate dietitian of Gourmet Dining, makes breaking down faulty assumptions part of the driving motivation behind what she does. Apart from informing college students on how to eat right and stay active, Bostedo is also there to remind students that they can make a positive change, and that there are people willing to help them do it.

“The program differs from the TV show in the fact that there’s more support and more realistic goals,” said Bostedo.

The Biggest Loser Competition at Fairleigh Dickinson University offers students in search of a healthier lifestyle the opportunity to get into shape while providing them the proper tools to stay that way.

“It’s not important how you look in your jeans,” said Bostedo. “It’s about your quality of life down the road.”

The thorough examination that every participant undergoes hints at the personal touch Bostedo seeks to apply to each competitor’s plan to shed some pounds.

Before starting the 10-week program, each student is not only weighed in, but has their body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) recorded. These measurements take the participant’s height and width into consideration when analyzing their body weight.

A body fat analysis is also administered by sending a small current of electricity through each student. All of the elements in the human body serve as conductors for electricity, except for fat. By observing what percentage of the body helps conduct the electricity, Bostedo and her associates can calculate the exact percentage of body fat a person carries.
The results of the tests will allow Bostedo to customize meal plans and exercise ideas for each competitor.

At the end of the competition, Bostedo hopes she will have provided students with routines tailored to serve them for years to come.

“One of the main goals of the competition is to promote awareness,” said Bostedo.

One of the areas of the Biggest Loser competition that requires little promotion among FDU students is the prize money. It’s displayed prominently on a poster in the cafeteria, where the competitors meet monthly to discuss their progress.

The grand prize is $500, and it also boasts $250, $200, and $100 rewards for first, second and third place, respectively.

The College at Florham is one of a number of schools, including FDU’s Metropolitan Campus, whose students are eligible to win the grand prize.

The other prizes are reserved for Florham competitors only.

This means that a Florham student who wins the entire event stands to gain $750. With such large amounts of money on the line, the competition was likely to attract a fair amount of “pretenders,” concerned more with the prizes and less on the message of the contest.

Despite this, however, Bostedo remained committed to serving the long-term futures of the Biggest Loser’s participants.

“I talked to a lot of people about their motivations for signing up, whether they were just there for the cash or if they actually cared about getting healthy,” said Bostedo. “Some were completely honest and said both, but there were definitely enough people looking to change to make it worthwhile.”

The Biggest Loser competition is built around this common goal, giving students who want a healthy change the means to do so, both now and in the future.

Bostedo seeks to capitalize on the drive of these students, and naturally, the competition’s participants (numbering around 70) are expected to do their part.

Students are required to keep a daily record of their food consumption and step counts. Their results are reviewed every month by Bostedo to see if the plans are working correctly.

Turning losses into gains is a tedious process, but as far those who are involved in the Biggest Loser are concerned, it’s healthy in the long run.

Black History Month mental health panel

Staff Writer

On Feb. 8, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham hosted A Mental Health Panel called “Masculinity and Femininity: Gender Roles in the African American Community” in Lenfell Hall.

The panel consisted of Drew University’s Professor of English Tiphanie Yanique, FDU Professor of Psychology Monifa Brinson-Mulraine, and Dr. Jama Adams, who teaches clinical psychology John Jay University. The panelists confronted stereotypes during the session.

Yanique used specific quotes from a variety of literature for her part of the discussion. For example, she opened her statement with a quote that in summary says not all black couples have bad, or abusive, love.

Brinson-Mulraine spoke specifically about the black church. She spoke about how the church shows the gender roles. For example, the man leads the family by teaching Bible studies, while the role of the female is to be passive and virtuous.

Adams began his discussion with statistical information about black men. He also shared a personal story about how in his community he is constantly reminded of his skin color.

The discussion ended with questions from the audience with the three panelists giving their opinions from their own specialties.

The panelists said that the way to confront stereotypes is to read more, look at personal groups or labels and question why we think a particular way about specific groups of people.

Thursday Night Virgins begins

Staff Writer

The typical Thursday night is simple: doing homework, hanging with friends or sleeping.
Tonight, however, students will have to add “Thursday Night Virgins” to their schedule.
The event will be held at 9:30 p.m. in the Bottle Hill Pub.

For those unaware of, or completely worried about this title, don’t be alarmed. Thursday Night Virgins is an alternative to the pub nights on campus for students under 21, or those who choose not to imbibe.

The night revolves around “mocktails,” which are non-alcoholic drinks prepared upon ordering. The event is student-run, and the mocktails are created by fellow classmates.
On most college campuses, the concept of a virgin drink is pushed aside in favor of alcoholic beverages.

Because those who are under the legal drinking age are not allowed in the pub on the nights that it serves alcohol, Thursday Night Virgins is a great alternative for students who still want a social experience.

The night is solely based on good conversation and friends.

FDU student Kristen Lefkus knows that Thursday Night Virgins is an influential event.
“I like that it’s a way for people under 21 to have a night at the pub, because that seems to be its only purpose,” Lefkus said, “and it’s just fun to hang out with different people while raising money for our class gift.”

The name is something that catches the attention of students of all ages on campus.
Sophomore Samantha Joergens, the event’s creator, takes a lot of pride in the final result.
“I wanted to do a mocktail event, and the senior senator at the time, Erika Baldino, came up with the risqué event name, which would be great to advertise the event.”

At that point, Thursday Night Virgins was born, and Joergens has already hosted two events.

Still, the concept is fairly new on this campus.

The first virgin night was held during the Spring 2009 semester. There have been others at least once every semester since then.

Throughout the course of the evening, student bartenders whip up drinks, which include virgin strawberry daiquiris, piña coladas and Shirley Temples. There are also chips, pretzels and cookies available for those who want to satisfy their junk food cravings.

In addition to these refreshments, students also get the social atmosphere of a typical Pub Night without the addition of alcohol.

Drinks and snacks are sold for $1 each, and the pub is nicely decorated with lights, colorful tablecloths and music.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting to those who make their way through the Student Center.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Class of 2013 and will help pay for its eventual class gift to the university.

Organizers of Thursday Night Virgins plan to add raffle prizes and live entertainment to their future events.

The event is to be advertised using flyers, the always-useful Facebook event page and the trusted word of mouth.

This semester, be sure to come out on those Thursday nights for a great time with a few delicious drinks that Public Safety won’t write you up for.

Festival recognizes student films


The first annual Fairleigh Dickinson University Film Festival took place last Friday, and was sponsored by the visual and performing arts department and the Film Guild.
The festival was a showcase of student-made films and animations, followed by an awards ceremony organized by Film Guild President T.J. Magg.

The audience, which included Professors David Landau and Vincent Gaugenti, prospective students and five judges (alumni of the FDU visual and performing arts department), gathered at the Dreyfuss building for the festivities.

The award categories were Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Emerging Filmmaker, Best Animation and Best Models in Animation.

A red carpet was laid out at the entrance of the building. Awards for Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female were also handed out.

Sophomore filmmaker Tyler Masterson was the big winner of the night, taking home the awards for Best Dressed Male, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score, which he won alongside freshman actress and musician Alexandra Landau.

Dressed in a black pinstripe suit with a red tie and a new pair of Converse sneakers, Masterson was the director of photography on the film, “The Music Box.”

“The Music Box,” a film about a magic music box that has the power to possess people, earned the most awards.

Masterson expressed his excitement about his many triumphs of the night.

“Honestly, I was baffled by the wins. The first day of filming was hell, but we had room to be creative. It was exciting. The best part was hearing the round of applause for ‘The Music Box,’” he said.

Besides Best Cinematography and Best Original Score, “The Music Box” also won Best Editing, which was accepted by Alex Boruff, the film’s director.

“Carny,” a film about a magician who escapes death, took home Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

FDU junior and film director Kevin Lonnano accepted the awards.

Many other films were showcased at the festival, hosted by sophomore Isaac Leggett, and senior Sean T. McGrath, who entertained the audience by taking jabs at the filmmakers and their movies.

“I was the straight man and Sean T. was the funny man. I was really glad I got to work with him. There is a certain genius to Sean T.,” said Leggett.

McGrath will be featured in an upcoming senior thesis film, “Everlast,” which will be presented at Senior Thesis Night in May.

The White Stripes duo calls it quits

Senior Editor

Musical powerhouse duo Jack and Meg White of the Detroit, Mich., underground alternative music scene called it quits on Feb. 2 after an incredible 13-year career as The White Stripes.

The news ended an era that can only be described as one of “De Stijl” (translated to the name of their second album, “The Style”).

Known for their chalky white skin, jet black hair and red accents, The White Stripes birthed six beautiful records between 1998 and 2007.

These albums included songs such as “Fell in Love with a Girl,” “Seven Nation Army” and “Blue Orchid.”

The news hit the web via The White Stripes’ website through a letter written by the pair to their fans. They wrote that they “hope this decision isn’t met with great sorrow.”

Also in their letter, they said, “The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues.”

While Meg focused only on The White Stripes, Jack explored options outside of the duo.
In 2004, Jack White contributed to the soundtrack for the movie “Cold Mountain,” winning a Grammy for his work. He also formed the alternative band The Raconteurs in 2005, who are also from Detroit. Though Jack expanded his music capabilities outside The White Stripes, he and Meg continued to make music during this time, releasing “Get Behind me Satan” in 2005 and “Icky Thump” in 2007.

The White Stripes first gained acclaim at the 2001 South by Southwest Music Festival in Texas.

It wasn’t just their peculiar appearances, Meg’s cymbal explosion, or Jack’s hypnotic guitar riffs that caught the attention of the music world.

Rather, it was the attitude of their song “Fell in Love with a Girl,” which jolted them onto the Billboard charts and into the public eye.

As their success spread like chicken pox, rumors began to surface of Jack and Meg’s relationship; rumors stretched from brother and sister, to married couple, to a brother who married his sister. But the brother-sister myth was put to rest in 2001, when their 1996 marriage was uncovered, along with their 2000 divorce.

The duo won a surplus of awards during their career, which they describe as “intense and incredible.”

Among their awards included three from the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards for their contagious song, “Fell in Love With a Girl.”

Their album “Elephant” earned four Grammy nominations in 2003 and won Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song. Their albums “Get Behind Me Satan” and “Icky Thump” also won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album in their respective years.

Over their 13-year career, Jack and Meg White collected a total of 14 awards from 50 nominations for The White Stripes.

With a music era at its end, Jack and Meg left on their website last wishes for their fans: “The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”

Jack continues to make music with his band The Raconteurs, but the future music plans for Meg are not known.

What is known is that the legacy of the White Stripes will certainly inspire current and future musicians in all genres for decades to come.

Movie review: 'No Strings Attached'

Staff Writer

After recently enduring bruised toes and starvation in a dark ballet drama, actress Natalie Portman now faces different problems in the lighter romantic comedy film, “No Strings Attached.”

Fresh from snagging a Golden Globe for her work in “Black Swan,” Portman proves that she is a multi-talented actress in this pre-Valentine’s Day flick.

The effortlessly handsome Ashton Kutcher plays television show writer  Adam, who is rightfully described as “so tall” and almost “annoyingly happy.” Hardly seen without a smile on his face, he seems almost too good to be true. Yet, when his father is suddenly found shacking up with his ex-girlfriend, he goes on a drinking binge, and that happy smile quickly fades away. That is, until he is re-introduced to his childhood friend, Emma.
Portman plays Emma, a Los Angeles doctor who works round-the-clock emergency room shifts. Noticeably shorter and more complex, it raises the question as to how, and why, these two opposites end up together.

Emma and Adam have been platonic friends since they were teenagers in summer camp. After losing contact, they were reintroduced a few years later at a raunchy frat-house party where she awkwardly invited him to a “stupid thing” (which turned out to be a funeral), and after losing contact once more, they begin a “no strings attached” sexual relationship.
The film earns its R-rating with an abundance of naughty talk and sexually explicit scenes.

Both Emma and Adam begin a strict “friends with benefits” relationship, suggested by Portman, who only has time to keep things casual and commitment-free with her busy work schedule. This arrangement means as much sex as they want, but as soon as one of them begins to feel something more, they end everything altogether. Predictably, however, they end up falling for one another.

Although it took the non-committal Emma to finally give in to Adam’s charming personality, both Emma and Adam finally engage in a healthy relationship consisting of more than just sex.

While it may only take a few minutes to figure where this movie is headed, it manages to grab the attention of its audience members for its cute love story that goes beyond simple physicality.

FDU student film review: 'L'America'


The FDU Film Festival took place last Friday under the lights of Fairleigh Dickinson’s Dreyfuss Theater.

One of the films that stood out was originally a student lighting project entitled “L’America.”

The plot is simple: Irish writer James Joyce becomes a prisoner of the Netherworld and must escape the terrible fate that is about to befall him.

James Joyce is portrayed by former FDU junior Hisham Amer, who returned to his native France earlier this year to work on an independent film.

Amer provides us with countless comedic moments that hit the mark every time. Whether it’s his laugh, dance moves, or his almost-serious expressions, the audience cries with laughter.

The film isn’t so much about Joyce as it is about Amer and his unique talent for making people laugh. At one point in the film, the camera zooms in on Amer’s stained teeth.
It is at this point that Amer stops playing Joyce and Joyce starts playing the role of Amer.
After the credits role, a big “In Memory of” is rightfully displayed for Amer.

The person next to me asked me if he was dead. I assured him that Amer was quite alive.
The film itself is shot in a beautiful black and white and sepia color palette. The lighting, which was the film’s original focus, is fantastic.

There are long shadows chasing after Joyce, as he hurriedly flees down the staircases of the Mansion. The plot is simple but very entertaining.

Joyce fights demons and becomes the “Lizard Queen” through the course of the film.
He dons a toga for the final scene, which involves a very entertaining rendition of “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo, famous painter of the Renaissance.

Most importantly, the film’s ability to make people laugh is what ties it all together in a big red bow.

I asked a couple of audience members which film they liked the best. Most of them said “L’America.”

Although “L’America” did not win any awards at the festival, it was definitely the people’s champion.

'Brick City' sparks discussion

Entertainment Editor

Newark is the largest city in New Jersey and the 68th largest city in the United States. Located in Essex County, it is also the most populated city in the state.

However, much more comes to mind when the people of New Jersey think of Newark; some may view it as a breeding ground for violence, crime, poverty and corruption.

Just over 17 miles from FDU’s College at Florham campus, Newark is the home of many students who view their hometown in a completely different light.

This was the main topic of discussion at last week’s panel discussion, entitled “Brick City: Newark’s New Reality Show?”

The panel was the climax of a five-day event, which included the panel discussion and screenings of five episodes from the Sundance Channel’s documentary “Brick City.”
Its first season airing in 2009, “Brick City” is an enlightening and gritty account of the daily life of a community that strives to turn their city into a safer, stronger place.
The show captures the efforts and struggles of the people of Newark and its mayor, Cory Booker. Created by award-winning filmmakers Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin, the series paints a portrait of a different side of the city, one that is rich in culture, diversity and much potential.

The series is a winner of a Peabody Award, and was nominated for Best Primetime Series at last year’s Emmys. Bill Cosby was also featured in a season one episode, where he gave an inspirational speech at a high school graduation. The three panelists included Professor Katie Singer, Sean Singer (no relation) of Rutgers University’s Newark campus and FDU sophomore Kadi Cisse.

Katie Singer, the face behind many Black History Month events, led much of the discussion at the event, even encouraging students to continue their discussion in Twombly Lounge after the panel was over.

“This is clearly something we need to talk about,” said Singer at the panel’s conclusion.
With many Newark natives in attendance, including panelist Cisse, everyone in the room seemed to have something to say, as there were eager hands in the air at every point in the discussion.

Sean Singer, a doctoral student who is writing a book about the cultural history of Newark, was contacted by Katie Singer to participate in the discussion.

“Newark has a rich culture and a history that is almost unknown,” he said. “It’s the largest city [in New Jersey], and I think it’s important for people to understand the potential it holds.”

Cisse, also nominated by Katie Singer to partake in the event, is one of the founding members of FDU’s Black History Month productions, “Black History: Black Voices” and the public relations director for the Association of Black Collegians.

As a Newark native, Cisse wants other students from Newark to feel more welcome on campus.

The second season of the “Brick City” series began on Jan. 30, and viewers can still catch episodes airing on the Sundance Channel.