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FDU puts students on the air; Campus radio station makes return

News Editor

Over the summer, Fairleigh Dickinson’s radio station made its move from a tiny room tucked in the corner of the Stadler, Zenner, Hoffmann-LaRoche academic building (known to students as the NAB) to a more prominent place on the first floor of the Student Center.

However, it took many years for the station to get to where it is today.

John “Jay” Campbell was hired in the fall of 2009 to teach two courses, Introduction to Radio Broadcasting and Radio Management, as well as to advise the slowly dwindling Radio Club.

To help create more interest, Campbell has organized his classes like a radio station, delegating students to a number of positions.

General manager, program director, promotion department, news, sports and entertainment are just a few of the most popular, followed by engineering and sales positions.

The class interacts with the club so that “everyone is a winner,” Campbell said.

According to sophomore Bledar Amerigo Petrela, general manager of the Introduction to Radio Broadcasting class and liaison to the Radio Club, the radio station “was in shambles, but ever since Professor Campbell got the position, it has come a long way from the ‘closet’ in the NAB.”

There is proof in the numbers.

The first Radio Club meeting was held on Sept. 14 and had a great turnout of about 30 to 40 people.

The second meeting the following Wednesday turned out even more unfamiliar faces.

This is a huge step even just compared to last year when there were maybe five or six members.

Students seem to really be getting excited about having their own shows stream live around the internet-run station.

The station can be heard anywhere by logging on to www.fduradio.org, which streams worldwide.

“Radio is a great medium of expression. It both informs and entertains,” Campbell said. “Our station can be heard worldwide so there are no boundaries.
“If you have an iPhone or iPad you can download the college radio app and listen just like any other radio.”

As of right now, however, only a handful of listeners tune in to FDU’s radio station at any given time.

But Petrela is hopeful about the station’s future.

“Definitely would like to see more organized shows, more confident shows that students actually listen to,” Petrela said. “Hopefully within a few years, through advertising and sales, we can become more mainstream as opposed to a subculture within the university.”

With the help of sophomore Aly Birch, president of the Radio Club, and senior Sean McCarthy, the Club’s secretary, the radio station is gradually increasing its popularity on campus.

They even helped develop a new name for the station.

Previously, there was no specific name that it went by. Anyone who knew about it simply referred to it as “FDU’s radio station” or just “the radio station.”

Now it has been changed to FDU Hell Radio, in keeping with the school’s devil mascot, and further proving its growing status on campus.

Birch and McCarthy, along with many others in the Radio Club, have been working hard to make the station a success.

Although many are keeping mum on upcoming plans and events, students should keep their ears open; FDU Hell Radio is taking over the airwaves.

For anyone interested, Radio Club meets every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in the Florham Room, located in the Student Center.

Technology gives students new ways to study

Staff Writer

This century has brought smart phones, tablets, electronic readers and of course Apple’s continuous release of awe-dropping technology, which can do anything people need or want.

Professors and University officials are beginning to wonder how students are using these technological advantages.

Apps today can translate languages, find stars in the night sky, look up vocabulary for your essay, and so much more. There are so many opportunities for easier learning.

Teachers have obsevrved how current technology can change the way they teach. Many of the ones practicing today are using projectors to show their PowerPoint presentations to a class or YouTube as an aid for their discussions; some are even using iPads for certain projects within the classroom.

Loretta Napolitano, a speech professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, does not think that technology is a distraction.

“I love what technology is doing for teachers and students alike; it gives us [the teachers] a chance to better get our points across, and it gives the students a better chance to further deepen themselves with a topic,” she said.

Technology also gives students a positive new way to study.

Other than the apps, the iPad makes note taking in big lecture halls easier. It is lighter than a laptop, and even has a bigger keyboard.

With electronic readers like the Kindle or Nook, anyone can download an electronic version of almost any book and can read, take notes, highlight and study off of these electronic readers.

Many students feel differently, however. Joseph Vocaturo, a third year biology major at Fairleigh Dickinson University, said, “I cannot read an electronic book. I need an actual paper, hard cover book in front of me in order to focus, and understand the material.”

According to a small group of Fairleigh Dickinson University students, they love to have their books in electronic form; it makes them feel more organized, and the electronic books are cheaper than printed books sold in the bookstore.

They would rather take notes, study and work on an iPad than a laptop.

The negative side of ever-growing technology is cheating. Students can look up any answer to any test question, or translate words or sentences into a different language.

The answers are right at their fingerprints.

A 1998 study from the Center for Academic Integrity showed that when the computer first circulated its way around colleges all over the nation, the cheating rate slightly went up.

The only reason for this was the number of opportunities the students had for cheating, sharing papers, and so on.

Wagner Velez, a third-year graphics major, said, “With technology, yes, it is easier to find information, but that does not mean that the information they find is correct. They still need to figure out if the information is correct and reliable for themselves.”

With greater technology come greater restrictions.

Teachers and students see websites that they can enter any paper and the website tells you if someone else wrote it, if there are plagiarized words or sentences, and even where and if that paper has been seen before.

“Students who try and cheat today are just making a mistake, there is no way they are going to get away with it,” Napolitano said.

With new and ever changing ways of technology, will students choose to cheat more often?

Or is technology simply a better and easier way of learning and the students now realize that cheating just will not work?

Students adjust to new meal plan

Staff Writer

For Fairleigh Dickinson students, the days of worrying about how many meal swipes are left on their student IDs are over.

In late July, College at Florham students received an email outlining changes in the cafeteria.

Instead of having four different options of a certain number of meals with varying flex dollars, there are now two meal options.
Meal Plan A includes unlimited meals in the cafeteria and $100 in flex.

Meal Plan B, which is mainly offered to Park Ave. residents because of the kitchens provided, consists of eight meals and $200 in flex.

In addition, the hours of operation for the Student Center cafeteria have changed.

Instead of being open for just two or three hours around meal times, it is now open throughout the day.

The cafeteria’s new hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“We changed the hours of operation in the dining halls due to frequent requests by each student government to explore ways to expand the closing time and expand service options during the day and weekends,” said Robert Valenti, assistant vice president for administration.

The decision to make the changes were based on the results of a PublicMind poll that was sent out to students last April.

Valenti said the survey had overwhelming results. About 83 percent of respondents were in favor of the plan that extends the cafeteria hours while lowering flex dollars.

Some members of the FDU community greeted the new plan with enthusiasm, such as senior Michael Mento, president of the Student Government Association.
“I love it [the new food plan]. I wouldn’t change it. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said.

Mento also mentioned how he likes the ability to be able to swipe into the cafeteria solely for a piece of fruit and not have it count as a meal.
Even Valenti said that he personally has heard few complaints from the SGA ASC-Us representative and SGA president.

However, not everyone is happy with this change, including sophomore Christina Larkin.
Larkin thought that the old plan was sufficient in some areas, mainly flex.

“I would go back to the old Plan A. It was decent. If there was ever a time I got sick of caf food, I could go to the Grill,” she said. “But with this new plan, I can’t do that cause its only $100 [flex].”

Since the new plans began some students expressed concern that the eateries might struggle and could potentially close.

Chef Jeff Gourley, director of Gourmet Dining at FDU, said that even though some of the sales are down at the other dining areas on campus, like Snax, the Gourmet Dining staff is still committed to excellent customer service.

Other things to know about changes in the cafeteria include guest swipes, prices for meals and modified eating periods.

A student is given two free guest swipes before the student has to pay for their guest from their flex money.

The exact price for a meal is $6 for breakfast, $7.25 for lunch, and $8.25 for dinner.

Another concern is the temporary closing of the gates near the food area when the hours of operation technically state that the cafeteria is open.

During the week there are certain hours between breakfast, 10 to 11:30, and lunch, 2:30 to 4:30, that are modified periods.

Gourley explained the partial closing by noting that those times enable the kitchen staff to clean the cooking area effectively.

But students will still be able to eat; there will be other food items available, such as bagels and muffins.

Fraternity brings Greek a week’s worth of action

Staff Writer

From the fantastic response of Iota Week, few people may realize that there are only two members of the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The chapter of Iota Phi Theta, Epsilon Lambda, was founded at FDU in 2001. The current two members are senior Craig Davis, president, and sophomore Onasis Espinal, vice president.

Even though their numbers are small, it does not reflect the amount of enthusiasm and pride they have for their organization.

“Iota is here. Just ‘cause we are not a big org doesn’t mean we can’t make big things happen,” Espinal said at the start of Iota Week.

The events began on Sept. 19, Founder’s Day, with an interest meeting for potential pledges.

Davis and Espinal arrived dressed in Greek letters that were outlined in their colors, charcoal brown and gilded gold.

Following closely behind were two women dressed in the same colors and sporting pins with flowers and paraphernalia with small teddy bears.

The women, Antoinette Miles and Johadane Pierre, are Iota Sweethearts.

Miles explained the concept of a sweetheart, “[We are] a little sister org that works in conjunction with the fraternity.”

It is important to note that being an Iota Sweetheart does not mean you are in a sorority. However, as a sweetheart, one can still be an active member in a recognized sorority.

The meeting had a small turn-out, which conveyed the sense of family that all the members pride themselves for creating.

Yet, while most people despair when few people come to an event, the members of Iota carried themselves with pride.

The brothers gave information to provide a background of the fraternity, including the founders, the five pillars and the academic expectations.

The Sweethearts explained their symbol was a teddy bear and expectations of the women who become a part of this auxiliary organization.

The night concluded with ice breakers and snacks for all who attended. Each participant who came was personally thanked by Davis.

The second night was an IGC mandatory event, Golden Arms Wrestling, which was held in the Dining Hall. Members from all of FDU’s fraternities and sororities competed.

For the women, there were two competition rounds and a final round. The overall winner for the women was Kristin Ippolito from Phi Sigma Sigma.

The men had three rounds before the final round, which led to the victory of Augusto “Augie” Perez from Lambda Theta Phi.

On Wednesday night the Sweethearts were able to help the brothers in their mission for community service with their event, Sweets from the Sweets.

They served dessert shooters in three different flavors: strawberry shortcake, banana jama and chocolate temptations.

The total profit was approximately $100 and all proceeds went to the Audrey S. Brooks scholarship, which benefits high school seniors.

Pierre and Miles expressed excitement when some students made the effort to go back to their rooms to get money to buy their dessert.

The beat and rhythmic nature of words filled Twombly Lounge on Thursday for the Def Poetry Night.

The night began with Espinal giving expectations and introductions, such as Miles being the emcee.

For the following two hours, students presented material. Students of all grades and ethnicities performed.

The topics ranged from love to personal troubles. Even though the night was dedicated to Def poetry, other forms of art, such as poetry or monologues, were also shared.

The night concluded with Christmas Pierre, a Rutgers student, performing Def and Slam poetry.

The week’s events ended with the annual white t-party event. For this event that took place in the cafeteria, students had to pay a fee of $3 before 9:30 p.m., $5 until 11 p.m. and $7 after 11 p.m.

The money raised totaled $1,280, which can be used for the benefit of the community or fraternity expenses, explained Davis.

The party was extremely diverse and they succeeded in achieving their goal, stated on Facebook, to welcome freshmen and returning students.

The members of Iota had high expectations for the week; even though it started out with few participants, it ended with a high number of students and a sense of awareness for this small but proud fraternity.

Seniors prepare their creative writing theses

Student Voice Editor

Every year at Fairleigh Dickinson University, many seniors complete a thesis, which, ideally, allows them to apply what they have learned while studying their respective majors.

Most of the theses are academic in nature: case studies, lab reports or research papers.

The Department of Creative Writing does things a little differently.

Creative writing students are assigned a creative thesis, which gives them a chance to focus on a larger piece of work, whether it’s a collection of poems, short stories or a novel.

David Grand, creative writing professor and published author, is in charge of the entire department’s senior writing class, where 17 students meet to workshop their theses.

Grand has published two novels and just handed in a third to his publisher. Most students in the class are working on novels.

The class is exceptionally large this year.

Among them is Leanna Kelly, who is working on a young adult novel.

Kelly explains how Grand divided the class in order to manage it more effectively: “Grand has divided the class into groups, and we’ve been paired up with specific people to work with outside of class as well. We have a monthly small group meeting. We also have our partners to work with during the rest of the month.”

The first group meeting was on Sept. 29.

There is no required number of pages that have to be finished for the first draft, but Grand expects a completed draft by the end of the semester.

“Grand understands the writing process. He knows some of us can get blocked sometimes,” said Joseph Jasko, who is also in the class.

Jasko is working on a satirical novel.

In the novel, “God is living in an upper-class neighborhood. There’s no explanation as to how He got to this cul-de-sac-like place, but the people accept Him as God,” Jasko explained. “He gets Himself into some trouble in the neighborhood when He has an affair with the main character’s wife.”

The main character in the novel is a man who has become disconnected from God, who is personified as a partier and playboy.

“He’s at his house with a hang over while the rest of the neighborhood is getting up early to go to church,” Jasko said.

Every time Jasko thinks of something funny to say, he laughs to himself before sharing.

“It’s half fiction, half sacrilegious.”

According to Jasko, his own disconnect with God began when his beloved dog died when he was a boy.

“The first time I prayed in my life was for my dog to get better,” he said. “It didn’t work.”

Jasko, who normally thinks of himself as a humorist, is struggling to find the humor in this novel, which he describes as “very dark.”

Megan Osborne, a junior and Jasko’s girlfriend, said, “He’s excited to write more serious stories.”

Before Jasko embarked on this surreal tale about God, he worked on many little short stories he liked to share with his friends and family.
“Many of them involve cannibalism for some reason,” Jasko said. “The newest one I wrote is about incest.”

Jasko hates the word “taboo” and gets very excited when one of his stories cross the line between what’s okay to say and what’s not.

He writes in the mornings and, according to Osborne, “sentences just come to him.”

Jasko asserts that it really isn’t that easy.

“I’m obsessive with grammar and rhythm. I write in no particular order. If I’m working on chapter 1 and something turns up in my head for the ending of the story, I work on that. I’m always picking at the story.”

It is no coincidence, then, that Jasko has Grand as his mentor.

“Grand is big on revision,” Jasko said. “He is very helpful and constructive. He’s not afraid to tell you the problems he encounters in a story. If David doesn’t believe something, he says so.”

The process will culminate for Jasko on April 18, 2012, when he presents his thesis to an audience of students and faculty members as part of an honors program requirement.

Law and Order reaches unlucky 13th season; Stabler out, new detectives join Special Victims Unit in popular show

Entertainment Editor

“Law and Order SVU” has been a staple for NBC since 1999, the lineup changing slightly but never running completely off course.
Going into their 13th season, this premise is shattered.

Though the first episode, which aired on Sept. 21, was a rocky start, the second episode started to shape into something close to the original spark made more than a decade ago.

The two lead detectives, Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler, part ways for good, a concept that took up too much of the first episode’s air time.

Regardless of the minor flaws in the two episodes, by the last minute of episode two, entitled “Personal Fouls,” the viewer realizes that this season might not be that bad after all.

The season premiere, “Scorched Earth,” introduces the first new detective, Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), who has been transferred from Atlanta, Ga.

When first introduced to the character, the audience assumes she is a rough and tough kind of girl; unfortunately, the audience realizes that she is more like a giddy school girl than anything else.

This is seen during her first conversation with Benson, where she dotes over her and admits to have been following her cases for years.

This obsession is also seen when Rollins makes a big break in their case, and Benson gives her a “Good work, Rollins,” a moment where the camera moves to Rollins having a sheepish smile on her face, as if she had just been asked out on a date.

Though this served as a distraction, nothing distracted the audience more than the interior story of MIA detective Stabler.

The season finale of the 12th season, entitled “Smoked,” shows Stabler shooting an armed teenage girl.

It is understandable to want to tie up the loose ends in the season premiere, but the episode carries more weight on the absent detective’s storyline than the actual case the present detectives are investigating.

Benson is a wreck throughout the episode, gloomily looking in on an empty desk, which the viewer knows is Stabler’s by the picture frame of a blurry man and a child.

The last few minutes of the episode follow Benson into an investigation room where she breaks down and cries by herself, an expected and dull moment.
There was an exterior storyline to the episode, but it was less than satisfactory.

The special victims unit was dealing with a “he said, she said” case, the norm for their squad, this time dealing with an African American maid who claims she was assaulted by an Italian diplomat.

The theme of the powerful versus the powerless has been covered many times on the show, and no matter what curveball was thrown, nothing hit too hard to impress.

It was a meek start to the season, especially since the biggest curve was that the victim lied on legal documents. Crazy.

It is a blessing that the following episode actually packed a punch.

“Personal Fouls” introduced the second new detective, Nick Amaro, played by Danny Pino.

Amaro is a young detective with swag, coming straight out of narcotics.

He is perfect for the case at hand, regarding a basketball coach played by Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”), who is accused of sexually molesting his players.
The viewer can’t help but get attached to his accuser, a rising basketball star who turned to drugs after his abuse.

Mehcad Brooks (“Necessary Roughness,” “True Blood”) guest stars as Prince Miller, a famous basketball star who denies his ongoing abuse from the coach when he was younger and hides his sorrow in money and women.

The unraveling of both victims who came from the same team and ended up in two different worlds is what keeps the viewer interested.

Though the first episode’s storyline was boring, it might have been done that way for a reason.

Instead of coming in with a bang, producers focused on tying up loose ends, and because of this did not want the audience to feel distracted by a crazy case.

“SVU” has such a devoted following that they can afford to have a dull opener, as long as the rest of the season does not follow suit.

Hopefully, the season will focus less on Benson’s mourning and more on the victim’s storylines and the advancing of the two new detectives.

Pino has stolen the show so far, while Giddish seems to be there for her looks.

The third episode, “Blood Brothers” premieres Oct. 5, and hopefully will bring back the old spark in “SVU” that viewers have been waiting for.

From the editor’s desk: Revel in the rhythm


There’s something to be said for the importance of rhythm in life. Someone who is properly in tune with the rhythm of their steps and their thoughts has a leg up on the competition when it comes to leading a fulfilling existence, as far as I’m concerned.

These types of people have direction in life, and derived from direction is purpose.

These individuals should be looked upon with envy and adoration. These individuals should be emulated.

Those who know what it feels like to read good writing and have it send a chill, a shiver of some type of uncanny recognition up their spines; have brushed up against an example of perfect rhythm.

The rhythm, a serene balance struck between words, was cultivated directly through a talented artist whose products resonate with an audience.

These experts of rhythm have helped to change the world.

Brilliant mathematicians who, through analysis and reanalysis, manage to craft a formula or hypothesis off of a theory previously held as an unshakable standard are changing the ways in which we perceive the world forever. We place our faith as a people in their ability to synthesize patterns that do not occur in our world organically.

They are truly, as far as we can understand the concept of the word “miracle,” working in miracles.

Professional athletes are an enduring representation of revered figures in our society. One of the most universal points of conversation has always been discussion of a local team’s performance. Outstanding performance of athletes are always a source of pride in society, and observing competitors asserting their superiority over one another often leads to cross comparisons between sporting competitions and everyday life.

The most celebrated athletes are often the ones who seem to dominate their competition effortlessly, the competitors who play as if it was what they were born to do.

They approach their respective sports with unique levels of competitive spirit, grace, and rhythmic showmanship.

The last representation of the inherent beauty of rhythm in life is people who maintain a positive outlook, even in the face of immense adversity.

Strong spirited individuals who take the series of bad blows that life can sometimes deal out are the sturdy backbone of society. They are the people with a deep-seated belief in the wholesome, charitable good nature of the human spirit. I believe that on the strength of their gestures of good will and courage we continue to grow as a race.

Their positive contributions create a ripple in the rhythm of all that’s great about life, and the outlook that’s necessary to appreciate it.
Individuals who emulate these qualities are consistently championed through our mediums of mass media.

No matter how trying the times become, there is always an underlying awareness that, despite a sometimes apparent absence, there are devoted people out there looking to lead a meaningful existence and contribute positively to the world around them.

In this way they act with an utter sense of devotion toward appreciating what they have and wanting to give it back into the world.

Even after all of these descriptions, I have to say that the main motivation that caused me to write concerning the notion of rhythm in everyday life is often a wholly unique byproduct of the people involved in it.
The consequences of the virtuous contributions of people take on a complete form of positive energy and rhythm on their own. If you have ever been on a “hot streak” where, for however brief a period it might’ve been, you are sampling some part of the positive rhythm that highlights being alive.

A moment of clarity, no matter what defining elements contribute towards its development, is the cognitive equivalent to a breath of fresh air.

There are special moments in time where you almost feel like a force just beyond your breadth of understanding is winking back at you. In my opinion, coming to the realization that there must be forces beyond our measures of understanding is an enlightened point of view. Acknowledging your limits grants you the proper ability to control the direction of your life and achieve a healthy rate of personal growth simultaneously.

The ultimate moral of the story is trying to master the ability of rolling with the punches. It allows you to open yourself up to the patterns, rhythm, and energy that work collectively to make the world a beautiful place to live in. Having a relative understanding of what we are working toward and what is working for us can only lead us down the path toward enlightenment.

Balancing school, sports, and life as I know it

Managing Editor

This past Monday morning: Wake up at 6 a.m.
Go to practice then lift. Eat breakfast.
Stay awake in class until 5 p.m.
Go to newspaper meeting.
Stay for post-editor’s meeting.
Procrastinate. Maybe do some homework.
Go to sleep by the target time of 12 a.m.

I’ve been living a version of this same routine for the past two years, and I have two more to go.

I know what most people might be thinking: how the heck does this chick make it through the semester without going crazy?

I don’t really have an answer to that. Honestly, I think I’ve already lost it.

Granted, each day is different. Some days I might have the luxury of being able to sleep past 8 a.m., or even have the time to get ready and actually look like a girl for class.

Occasionally, a party or two might creep their way into my routine.

When soccer season’s over, I unfortunately replace that part of my day with Panera Bread (my current but hopefully-soon-to-be-ex employer).

It’s not that bad, though, especially since I like what I do. Actually, I love it.

For me life without soccer is unheard of. Most college kids wouldn’t dare register for a class earlier than 9:55.

But if playing soccer means being up before the sun, I’ll take it.

The sprints, sweat, mosquitos, injuries… I’ll take them, too.

Honestly, I’ll probably keep playing soccer for as long as I can. I’ll play in adult leagues.

And once I’m past the physical capabilities of being able to play, you can bet for damn sure that I’ll be the best soccer mom there is.

As for newspaper meetings? I wouldn’t dedicate more time to any other club on campus.

Writing is what I’ve loved to do since I realized I was good at it, which for me was in 8th grade when Mrs. Dunay read my picture prompt essay out loud to my class.

Even though I was beet-red and probably hated her with a burning passion at that very point in time, looking back I undoubtedly owe her a big, fat thank you card with a box of her favorite chocolates, maybe even a diamond necklace.

Of course, fate was what brought me to the “Degrassi” episode where Ellie, a writer for her college newspaper, got the opportunity to interview Taking Back Sunday for a story.

I wanted terribly to be her in that moment.

My love for music was the fuel for inspiration.  Crowd surfing, that feeling you get when the band stops completely and the crowd is screaming their lyrics back at them… I live for that.

If I could do that for the rest of my life, write about it and get paid, I’d be set.

In almost the words of Wiz Khalifa, I’d have everything I want so it couldn’t be life.

I have at least a couple more years before I get the credentials to interview some of my favorite bands.

But, don’t get it twisted – I love my rock music, but Drake, Wiz, J.Cole… even Wisin y Yandel, I love them, too.

If I were assigned a story about any musician, I’d take it in a heartbeat.

But my dreams of writing about Blink-182, New Found Glory, A Day to Remember, etc. are what I have in mind.

Till then, these exhausting routines of mine are the baby steps I need to take before those dreams become reality.

One day my 6 a.m. wake-up call won’t be for soccer practice and my meetings will be at a music magazine (not that there’s anything wrong with The Pillar).

As long as I find a kick-ass internship in the city, finally get that diploma from FDU and find an even more kick-ass job in the city; I think I’m headed in the right direction.

I might go crazy by the time I graduate, but at least I hope that my hard work will pay off. I don’t know what I’d do if my four years here at FDU end up being a waste of time and money.

Also, I don’t think my Panera paychecks are going to be enough to pay the bills for the rest of my life.

Like Sum-41 said in one of my favorite songs, “Fat Lip,” “I don’t want to waste my time, become another casualty of society. I’ll never fall in line, become another victim of your conformity and back down.”

This is life as I know it, probably untraditional for most college students, but I won’t back down.

FDU NOW exceeds $50 million fundraising goal

Staff Writer

Students may have wondered why there was a large, white tent set up outside the College at Florham’s Hennessy Hall recently, and why valet parking was being offered as they exited classes that night.

The reason was, in fact, a celebration to conclude Fairleigh Dickinson’s largest campaign in university history, FDU Now. The event took place Sept. 14, and more than 150 contributors to the campaign were in attendance.

Throughout the campaign, more than $58 million was raised from 21,009 donors. The total surpassed the original goal of $50 million. The money is being used to support many different aspects of the University.

Everyone from students to faculty to various programs will feel a positive effect from this campaign.

The specific project that will serve to benefit every student and faculty member at the College at Florham is the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research.

At the Metropolitan campus, the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex is also a product of the FDU NOW campaign.

Richard Reiss, senior vice president for University Advancement, said that the campaign also focused on student scholarships, raising about $7 million specifically for financial assistance.

Two of the College at Florham’s very own scholarship recipients, Megan Barrios and Joseph Getts, were invited to speak at the event. Each stood in front of some of the most successful and influential members of the FDU community, told their stories and gave their thanks
Barrios is a theater major, an RA, and participates in both the Student Government Association and sorority Phi Sigma Sigma. She spoke of how she made the choice to attend FDU, and that if it weren’t for the audience’s tremendous generosity, she would not be here today.

“I chose Fairleigh for numerous reasons, but most of those reasons would mean absolutely nothing if I hadn’t received the scholarships and grants that I needed from this college,” Barrios said. “I have been told that I owe that, in part, to you. So thank you all for the opportunity to attend this college and experience all that a small private college offers in education and community.”

Getts’s story was not so much about how he got to Fairleigh Dickinson, but instead what he has achieved since he has been here. Getts is an RA studying entrepreneurship and an active member in University community service projects.

“The fact that FDU has provided me with so many opportunities has literally changed the way I think about my life and especially the way I think about my future,” Getts said. “I feel confident in what I am doing here, but even more confident in the direction that I am headed thanks to the knowledge, mentorship, and the overwhelming support that I have received from everyone at FDU.”

The entire evening began with a cocktail hour. Tables and chairs were decorated, but most guests stood, spending their time mingling and catching up with friends.

Two long appetizer tables were set up at each end of Lenfell, where people had many choices provided by Gourmet Dining while listening to live acoustic guitar.

Guests were then asked to step out into the Italian Gardens, under the tent for dinner.

Before and after dinner, there were a number of featured speakers, along with Barrios and Getts. They included Reiss; Patrick Zenner, chairman of the FDU Board of Trustees; Gregory Olsen, FDU NOW campaign chair, and many others.

Michael Avaltroni, associate dean of FDU’s Medco School of Pharmacy, spoke about his journey as a freshman at FDU in 1995 to where he is now, 16 years later.

“I believe I can speak for everyone when I say the future of FDU is bright and boundless,” Avaltroni said.

As the event came to a close, College at Florham theater students performed for the audience. Lucy Fischer, Ashley Seldon, Louis Vetter and Patrick Brockway sang, “Listen to the Music.” FDU Professor Allen Cohen played piano.

During the performance slices of cake were handed out for dessert, in celebration of the conclusion of the FDU NOW campaign. This was no ordinary cake. In fact, it was constructed by none other than the “Cake Boss,” Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, N.J.

Shuttle service takes students through Madison


Fairleigh Dickinson University students who have grown a little restless within the University gates will have a new option to exit campus during the Fall 2011 semester.
FDU has incorporated a new shuttle system to assist students looking to leave campus and explore the surrounding area.

The shuttle, the Madison Avenue Direct (MAD), is a partnership among FDU, Drew University, The College of Saint Elizabeth, as well as the borough of Madison and the Madison Downtown Development Commission (DDC).

The Madison Avenue Direct was funded in part by a congestion management grant contributed by NJ Transit, as well as a grant from TransOptions, which is a network of business and government partnerships created to help provide commuting options for individuals traveling into northwest New Jersey. The MAD shuttle service began running on Sept. 6.
The shuttle runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and does not run on Sundays.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Courtney Molinare, a junior. “For as long as I’ve been on this campus my parents haven’t let me bring my car up. I used to feel a little trapped because the only times I could get away from FDU were when I could find a ride with a friend. I had to work around other people’s schedules so much and it was really inconvenient. This is so much better.”

Junior Andrea Szesko also sees the benefit.

“I’m commuting this semester, but I really wish this option was made available to me when I was a resident,” she said.
“I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to get off of campus and go somewhere.”

FDU is taking measures to make sure that students catch on.

A survey was distributed to the students by Campus Life via email with the goal of making the shuttle service “as user friendly as possible.”
In addition to the survey, students, staff, and faculty were allowed to ride the shuttle free of charge from Sept. 6 to 25.

“I forgot a few things at home and normally I would’ve had to wait to get into town,” said Molinare. “With the shuttle, I was able to go and get everything I needed right when I realized that I needed it.”

Designated stops on campus for the MAD shuttle are near the Ferguson Recreation Center and Rutherford Hall.

In Madison, the stops will include the downtown shopping district on Main Street, the Staples Plaza, Stop and Shop, Whole Foods and the Madison Train Station, according to the email sent to students.

After Sept. 25, the MAD shuttle service was no longer provided free of charge.

Passengers are now required to pay a $1.50 one-way fare, which can be purchased upon boarding.

Plans to offer students discounted multiple fare passes and other promotions are being drawn up.

“I mean, I still think it’s a good idea, but it was a little more accessible when it was free,” said Molinare. “I haven’t had to ride it since they started charging people, but I have a feeling that having to pay $3 every time I want to go into town might get pretty annoying. I’ll be interested to see what kind of discounts they’re willing to offer us before I say that it’s a great idea.”

For additional route and promotion information, go to MadAveDirect.com or like MAD on Facebook.