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Campus performances begin with “Spelling Bee”


From the prohibition era to songs about spelling, the fall shows at Fairleigh Dickinson University showcase two drastically different styles.

This year marks the first time the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will have a musical in the fall, according to Lucinda Fisher, a senior theater arts major.

The musical selected is “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a 2005 Tony Award-winning musical comedy, and the play is a tense Tennessee Williams drama, “Orpheus Descending.”

Fisher said the fall musical is a spelling bee like no other, in which one character’s best friend is her dictionary, and one boy believes he has a magical foot that helps him spell. “Spelling Bee” is about exactly what it seems: a group of contestants in a countywide spelling bee … except with singing.

“Spelling Bee” was written by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin. The FDU production has a small cast of nine theater arts students, including sophomores Stephanie Windland, Ashley Seldon and Caitlyn Roper, and senior Tyler Morrill, and they are currently rehearsing every weeknight, Fisher said.

Stephen Hollis, the director of the theater program, said the musical comedy is about “the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.” Fisher said the show’s director is Cindy Thole, who teaches dance classes at FDU, and previously directed “Into the Woods” last spring.

Fisher said the department decided to include a fall musical rather than just one in the spring because of the addition of a musical theater concentration in the program. This change increased interest in the major, so more students, and particularly incoming freshmen, want to participate in the musicals, Fisher said.

“Because it’s a smaller program and it is in its beginning stages, I see a lot of potential for the future,” Fisher said, “and it will only get bigger and better from here since we now offer a musical theater concentration.”

Hollis is directing “Orpheus Descending,” which he said is “full of Tennessee Williams’ themes of sexual longings, unfulfilled desires and thwarted dreams,” though it is one of his more obscure works.

Fisher said the play stars Morrill and senior Amanda Hagar as a husband and wife who deal with marital tensions, as well as racial tensions, in Mississippi when a new man moves to town. Fisher plays a nurse who cares for the ailing husband.

“Gypsy” has been announced as the spring musical, with auditions and rehearsals beginning after winter break. The spring drama is to be announced.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” began Wednesday; it will run through Sunday and from Oct. 21 to 23 at Dreyfuss Theater. “Orpheus Descending” will run from Nov. 16 to 20. The price is $5 for students, and $10 for others.

Natural disasters the subject of Hot Topics

Staff Writer

“The first topic is of biblical proportions.”

Becton College and the Student Government Association at the College at Florham recently kicked off their Hot Topics series for the fall semester.
The first discussion, titled “Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes,” covered what is perceived to be a jump in the frequency of natural disasters.

Events in the tri-state area that have not happened in decades are now happening here at alarming rates.

From the floods that have ravaged north-central New Jersey, to the tornadoes in Brooklyn, the surprising 5.8 earthquake which rattled New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., and, of course, Hurricane Irene, the east coast is surely taking a beating.

The panel, which took place Sept. 27, was moderated by Professor Alice Shumate, chair of the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham.

The panel included Professor Kelsey Jordahl, who teaches physics at Marymount Manhattan College, College at Florham Dean of Students Brian Mauro and Kristen Lettenberger, a senior at FDU.

The lecture was held in Hartman Lounge, which made the event appear cozy, compared to having events in Lenfell Hall, where many lectures usually take place.
According to Shumate, the second and third floors of the Mansion on campus shook pretty heavily during the earthquake.

Mauro recalled being in the Student Center when it happened.

Jordahl and Shumate dealt with the scientific perspective of natural disasters.

Shumate used graphics in her presentation. However, since she was the moderator, she did not speak for long.

Jordahl asked a question, “Are natural disasters getting worse, and if so why?”

He then addressed some of the changes, saying that they are evolving over time and that it is affecting humans differently now than in previous centuries.
As Jordahl continued, he explained that most earthquakes are hardly detected.

Jordahl also explained magnitude as the measure of the energy released and its frequency, pointing out that, for one 9.0 earthquake, there are ten times as many 8.0 earthquakes, and then for one 8.0 earthquake, there are ten times as many as 7.0 earthquakes, and so on.

Meanwhile, Mauro and Lettenberger discussed the need to get involved after a natural disaster strikes.

Mauro talked about how he got his start helping out, which happened after the last day of high school and a hailstorm hit his hometown.

He learned that a community in the next state had suffered a tornado that occurred prior to the hailstorm; he and his friends jumped into helping them rebuild their community.

“I get a rush about getting on a site,” Mauro said. “It’s a heck of a lot of fun.”

Lettenberger has routinely gone to New Orleans to help rebuild the lower ninth ward.

“What I think is the most rewarding part is to see the people’s faces when you finish their home,” she said.

In many natural disasters sometimes the people who are the most affected are often those who are poor and are not protected in case of a disaster.
Certain places, like New York, often suggest a go-bag in case disaster strikes.

Morristown restaurants have lots to offer students

Digital Editor

Last semester, in one of our March issues, I am sure that I delighted you all with my two cents on the best of Madison: the best place to score a milkshake, a second date, and even something gluten-free.

Since I’m sure your taste buds are hankering for more off-the-beaten path goodness, I’m putting my culinary tastes to the test.

After all, I might as well use the street smarts I acquired during my summer stint as an employee of Century 21 department store, located in nearby Morristown.

After all, I do love to eat.

Besides great bargains, the Morristown Green has a lot to offer. Along with just about every bank you could ever have the displeasure of opening an account with, Century 21, and Clearview Cinemas, there are a number of trendy, often quaint and even cozy and comfortable spots to grab a bite, or even grab a brewski for the 21 and over crowd.

So here it is: the four places you’ve probably overlooked, this time in the happening heart of Morristown. (Move over, Hoboken.)

Zebu Forno
You might’ve tried Zebu Forno’s delicacies before, if you stopped by last spring’s Devils Dance-A-Thon, which was catered by the eatery.
Tucked into South Street, just off the Morristown Green, Zebu is both trendy and comfortable, with plenty of variety. The menu boasts fresh bruschetta, paninis, subs, GREAT pizza, along with bakery items, and best of all hearty smoothies, all at a reasonable price. Of the smoothies (called “Zmoothies”) the crème brulee is by far the tastiest, and serves as your dessert, a snack, or a light meal. However, don’t let its goodness stop you from trying other things on the menu. From my experience, everything is worth it.

The Famished Frog

I had the pleasure to attend the Frog last winter, and I have to say, I’ve never had a more difficult time deciding what to get, and this feeling of indecisiveness was pretty much unanimous among the other patrons at my table.

Ultimately, many of us opted for the unique Pretzel Burger, an Angus patty served with bacon and your choice of cheese, along with the usual fixings, on a pretzel bun. Certainly satisfying, but in the end The Office Bar and Grill takes home the prize for best burger. However, its rather pricey menu items and whimsical décor makes it the perfect place to suggest when the family comes to town. Aside from the Pretzel Burger, The Famished Frog offers other eye-catching American entrees that won’t leave you or your family feeling famished.

My first time eating here was actually on a double date, the best I’ve ever been on. Aikou is intimate and yet airy and open, somehow creating a perfect atmosphere for conversation and some serious sushi-eating.

Both the décor and the sushi bar are sure to impress the object of your affection, and while we’re on the subject of sushi rolls, be sure to try to Roast Duck roll. If sushi’s not your thing, there are plenty of other dishes such as the Pineapple Fried Rice, Chicken Teriyaki, and staples like miso soup and edamame.
I’m sure it’s not the cheapest Japanese cuisine in Mo-town, but aside from good eats, you’ll get your money’s worth in the romantic atmosphere and amiable service.

The Office Bar and Grill
Forget T.G.I. Friday’s. If you want fried mozzarella, spinach and artichoke dip, southwestern spring rolls, and other bar food, head to The Office, just off of Park Place.

Interestingly, I’ve always ended up eating here with a friend I haven’t seen in a while, so I associate it as being a good place to go and catch-up, especially if you’re 21 (which, unfortunately, I am not) and can talk over a pair of cocktails. Usually right as I’m about to leave, the masses come flocking in for some after-dinner Thursday night debauchery.

While I can’t speak for the cocktails or for the best spot on the bar to pick someone up, I can speak for the food. The fish tacos, the ham and prosciutto grilled cheese, as well as the build your own burrito feature are all sure to make you drool.

The Office easily earns the bragging rights for the Best Burger on the green, which thanks to the build your own burger option, can be molded to your tastes.
Also, for you calorie-counters, the Office offers complementary veggies-and-dip before your meal.

I have to say, not seeing the clichéd chips and salsa or bread butter on the table, is as refreshing as a lemonade on a hot day.

Disney’s ‘Lion King’ returns to theatres in 3-D; Re-release tops box-office over a two week period

News Editor

On my bulletin board in my room at home is a faded ticket for Walt Disney’s “The Lion King,” which was released in the summer of 1994.
It reads, “$2.95.”

Handwritten on the back are the words “Megan’s first movie.”

People of all ages helped to make “The Lion King” the highest grossing 2D film of all time raking in $312.9 million total, according to cnn.com.

The Lion King’s beautiful animation combined with catchy pop songs by Elton John and Tim Rice help to create memorable characters and a compelling story.

The film, which is said to be loosely based on the premise of Hamlet, tells the story of Simba (cub voiced by Jonathon Taylor Thomas and lion voiced by Matthew Broderick) who dreams of the day when he will be able to rule the kingdom of Pride Rock like his father Mufasa (voiced by the majestic James Earl Jones).

He does not realize, however, that his father has to die in order for him to become king.

His dream comes all too soon when Mufasa is killed by his brother Scar (Jeremy Irons) after attempting to save Simba from a wildebeest stampede.
Scar lays the blame on Simba, convincing him to leave the Pride land and never return.

He meets the lighthearted twosome, Timon and Pumba, a meerkat (Nathan Lane) and warthog (Ernie Sabella) and lives his life under their philosophy, “hakuna matata,” “no worries.”

Yet after running into his old friend Nala (Moira Kelly), she convinces him to return back and reclaim his homeland which Scar is ruining.

He finds out the truth about his father’s death and proudly claims his position as king. After falling in love with Nala and having a son of their own, they begin the cycle once again of the “Circle of Life.”

On September 16, 2011 the classic animated movie was re-released for a second time, though was in 3D.

The special two-week period that it was in theaters again topped the box office charts at $29.3 million, surpassing three other newcomers combined.

In 2002, IMAX re-released the film as well earning another $15.7 million.

For those keeping mathematical calculations, that adds up to $357.8 million in theaters domestically over the past two decades.

That does not include video sales and rentals, nor The Lion King Blu-ray 3D which debuted on October 4, skyrocketing revenue sales into the billions.

Although many people have stuffed animals, books, lunchboxes and other products all Lion King themed and have seen the movie countless times on television, VHS, etc., many found it necessary to take a trip down nostalgia lane.

Sitting in the theater, much of the audience consisted of teenagers/early 20-somethings re-experiencing their childhood.

Being that the film was released 17 years ago, they have all grown up on it, including myself.

3D has been quickly taking hold of audiences. It is rare today to see a movie trailer advertising 2D. What better time than to bring back a Disney classic?

Although some films made in 3D can be distracting at times, The Lion King seemed to have the perfect balance so that the story was not lost.

Despite the fact that many were concerned about leaving the classic film alone and not toying with it, it is apparent that did not stop too many people from going out to see it.

Sadly the ticket was not $2.95; it was about $15.

Although it is a ridiculously steep price and I was wearing 3D glasses, nothing else has changed; it is still one of my favorite movies of all time.
The theater could definitely feel the 3D love that night.

Album review: ‘Radiosurgery’ a rollercoaster of a ride

Entertainment Editor

The end of 2011 is the time that old school bands are choosing to shove themselves back into the spotlight.

Bands like Blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and now New Found Glory are trying to get their crowns back, some of them successful, others not so much.

Members of New Found Glory have said that their latest album, entitled “Radiosurgery,” was made to pay homage to the bands and styles they grew up listening to, including The Ramones, Green Day, and Rancid. This is their seventh studio album, and though many parts are extremely catchy and lend themselves well to a huge crowd at a summer festival, they aren’t very believable for the age of the musicians producing the music.

Blink-182 ran into this problem as well; the music is always catchy, but also is reminiscent of thoughts and feelings of a teenage boy, not those of thirty-something-year-old men.

Many interviews with the NFG band members revealed that the album is meant to document the many relationship problems the men have faced, such as divorces and breakups. Unfortunately this concept isn’t clear because they sound as if they are 15-year-old boys getting their heart broken for the first time. Though it is always a catchy version of heartbreak, it is a story that has been told many times before.

The title “Radiosurgery” was meant as a metaphor for heartbreak, morphing the idea of removing tumors from the brain into the idea of removing memories.

The album starts with its title song, “Radiosurgery,” a feel good song with a simple story of a boy in love with a girl. The lone guitar riff pulls the listener in, building up to the first lyrics: “I’ve broken down/I’m a nervous wreck/My heart is beating out of my chest.”

It’s fun and upbeat, nothing too complicated, and unfortunately nothing too impressive. It’s a good sing-a-long that would get any festival crowd to go crazy, and welcomes the listener onto the New Found Glory rollercoaster that is “Radiosurgery,” no matter how common and sometimes slow that ride may be.

The second song, “Anthem for the Unwanted,” is much catchier, has more depth to it and the lyrics have more substance. It has a Fall Out Boy feel, in both its lyrics and melody. If listening closely Jordan Pundik, the frontman, even sounds like Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump.

The song opens up with Jordan’s echoing “ooohhs,” followed by “Bury me under crooked sidewalk/That’s where we allegedly met.” Though melodramatic, this generation loves anything morbid, and the way it is sung mixed with the powerful guitar makes it instantly catchy.

“I’m Not the One” is the next song that listeners will find themselves humming after a good listen. It is the first song on the album to include the old timey radio voice bellowing a disclaimer on the difference between men and women.

“The wild pulse beat of their young blood beats out a reckless rhythm. Every young girl wants her guy and every guy is looking for…” which leads perfectly into the one night stand storyline.

The chorus repeating “She said that I’m not the one/That she should bring home tonight,” is guaranteed to be stuck in the head of all listeners for days.

“Dumped” follows a close pattern to the one night stand song, complete with the eerie radio guy at the end bringing the song to a close with “You would never think a girl so beautiful would be so cold a killer.” Though it is always nice to end a sound with a sample of something else, it sounds quite cliché with the heartbreak feel to the song.

“Summer Fling, Don’t Mean a Thing,” brings back the happy feeling to the album, a perfect summer song to cheer up the fall and winter blues. The chorus yells, “But when you need a boy around you/ Just for the summer/Don’t come knowing on my door.” This is more of a “see ya later, I don’t care” kind of song, which works well with the upbeat, carefree sound.

“Memories and Battle Scars” has the old-school, fast-paced punk feel, but also has disappointing lyrics.

Talking about kissing someone until their lips bleed and holding them so tight that their ribs break is nothing attractive or original.

The album ends with “Map of Your Body,” a hybrid of punk rock and doo-wop. Pundik coos, “I remember like it was yesterday/When it was you and me against the world,” as if he was playing over a jukebox in a 1950s diner.

After this throwback sound the song rushes back to its pop-punk roots, creating a perfect closing song.

Overall, “Radiosurgery” succeeded in resurrecting the beloved pop punk feel, while still holding true to the New Found Glory sound.

The concept of radio surgery and wanting memories to be literally taken out of the brain doesn’t mesh well with the sound of the album, but it isn’t too big of a hiccup for these veterans. Their 15-year anniversary is coming up soon, and with an album out and concerts lined up, these men from Florida are looking as if they are still proud owners of the pop punk crown.

From the editor’s desk: The beauty of sleep


Who doesn’t enjoy a good night’s sleep?

It’s a luxury whose potential value is lost on the free-wheeling, maniacal cadre of insomniacs that make up the majority of the college populace.

I am proud to say that I am one of these lunatics and the prospect of pulling an all-nighter usually excites me.

In the midst of an all-nighter, I can attempt to finish all of the outstanding assignments I have due that have, up until that point, weighed rather heavily on my conscience. All it takes is a span of six to eight hours to complete, during which time I would have normally been asleep.

In the course of one night, I can completely flip my outlook. That’s where the excitement comes from.

I can say with confidence that I’m a night person. Normally when I wake up in the morning, a foggy mist shrouds my every attempt at a clear thought, clinging to them like the dew to the grass right outside my window. It happens that naturally. It’s only after awhile that I can get up out of bed and start moving. A hot shower is necessary before I can even expect to start thinking coherently.

On the flip side, there is something strangely empowering about staying up all night. Being active while the remainder of the world around you is at rest promotes a weird sensation of potential opportunity.

Everything seems more possible in a way, because what you choose to do is something that you wouldn’t have done otherwise.

I would recommend, if you haven’t already, choosing to spend a little of your time outside in the early morning. The air normally has a beautiful chill and you can watch the sky peeking out more and more like a deep, dull blue eye that’s heavy from sleep.

The sights are beautiful, but my favorite part is the silence.

The closest thing I can compare it to is just like right at the end of an extremely intense concert, one where after you exit you have to walk a little while before you get to where you need to go.

It’s a strange state of mind to occupy, one I would compare most to being shell shocked. You are aware of your feet, but only as a distanced part of yourself. The noise of your surroundings falls away and is replaced by a shrill, yet subtle buzzing.

Experiencing the silence of the early morning is the closest thing I’ve ever felt to replicating the purity of that feeling. It’s as if silencing the outside noise brings you closer to yourself, and by extension, everything else around you.

It’s only when the sun comes up and the birds start chirping that your “all night” decision can be called into question, which brings me back to the original point. Everyone enjoys a good night’s sleep.

I’ve forced myself to go to bed even when I’m dwelling on thoughts that would keep me up all night.

My brain races as I mount a pitiful attempt silence my thoughts.

Eventually, help comes to my side in the form of exhaustion, as if my brain just resigns to sleep because my body has just plain had enough. Often my last thoughts during these times are concerned with how much I don’t want to deal with some of the issues I know the next day will hold.

The most interesting part, though, happens when I wake up.

Most of the time, I don’t even remember going to bed angry or frustrated. It’s as if some internal on/off switch has been flipped and my head, and suddenly everything that had previously preoccupied me has up righted itself.

It could be simply because I’m changing my orientation, from laying to standing.

It could be that my newly replenished wells of energy are looking to expend some of the excess.

All in all, I like to think that I’m solving problems in my dreams. I can’t help but to question how many of my woes stem from holding an improper outlook towards a person or situation.

Going further, I can’t help but to put stock in the idea that if my problems are occurring solely from what’s going on in my head, that’s where they must be solved as well.

Whether you believe me or not, I can only offer one piece of advice. Sleep on it.

Did these nights actually happen, Sam?

Student Voice Editor

Night #1
Every time I go up to her and try to talk to her, she calls me Sam. That’s not my name and I don’t tell anyone I go by it.

“It’s one of those things,” she says. “When I get really drunk, I call all the boys around me ‘Sam.’”

So when she calls me Sam, I know we’ve lost her.

The “we” I’m talking about are mostly in the bathroom now.

About ten people, some of them sitting on the sinks, some on the toilets. Some of the other people are trying to move the people from the toilets.

“That’s a really inconvenient place to sit. Really inconvenient,” she says, taking deep breaths. Her eyes are watery with desperation.

Well, the one girl I started talking to you about is surrounded by Sams. One in particular is talking her ear off. He’s my friend and he tends to ramble when he drinks.

“Yeah, Sam? That’s interesting, Sam. Very interesting.”

I don’t find any of this interesting, but maybe you do. So I’m telling you about it.

Night #2
The night is not what we expected it to be.

When we get there, it’s just to make an appearance. It’s my good friend’s birthday and he’s standing outside smoking a cigarette. He’s wearing a Hawaiian shirt. The flowers cover my face as I hug him and wish him a Happy Birthday.

“The party is pretty much over,” he says. “Some of the girls started prank calling some people.”

Well, we go inside anyways, just to check it out.

It is silent. Three girls sit on a couch, staring down at a cell phone. They’re waiting for a call.
“It was just a joke,” the one girl says.

“This guy took it to another level,” another girl says.

“Took it to another level” is right. He put her phone number on craigslist and now all kinds of perverts are calling her.

It’s the same girl that calls everyone “Sam.” There are no Sams on the other side of the line. Just perverts that know how to ruin a party.

Night #3
There is a guy crying on a bench.

Someone is fighting with a friend and has made it known to the public. Mostly, we wait in anticipation for the party to continue.

“Why won’t he be my friend? I love him,” the guy crying on the bench says.

In the background, someone is blowing a horn, and it fills the night like a battle cry.

Sometimes I like to think that we are fighting some sort of battle. Against age. Against wisdom.

We aren’t occupying Wall Street. We are occupying bathrooms and showing those toilets who’s boss. We are literally spilling our guts out for…
There is no intended audience.

Just a beautiful barefoot girl who comes outside to say hello. She’s graduating tomorrow.

The boys she’s with are high on mushrooms. I like to hear their stories because they are like the flowers on my friend’s Hawaiian shirts.
One of the boys is stealing everyone’s drinks.

There is no half-empty (half-full, in his opinion) glass, no Charlie Brown mug, no discarded glass bottle, no brand new bottle that is safe from his wrath. He drinks it all down and doesn’t feel a thing.

“I’ve stolen everything,” he says. “Dear God, I really needed a drink.”
He’s the guy playing the battle horn. He rides off into the night.

The only people left are myself, some cigarettes, and two people making out in the darkness.
I can’t help but watch them.

The girl has her eyes closed so shut, as if she’s imagining she is somewhere else entirely.

The boy doesn’t really know what to do with his hands. He doesn’t want to put them on her waist, as if she will force him to waltz.
It is really beautiful.

When some of her friends arrive to break it up, they pull her away from him with a smile.
She says Thank you.

“Please get Sam away from me.”

That’s as romantic as I can put it.

Steve Jobs changed the world, like it or not

Staff Writer

Steve Jobs is dead.

To some, news of Apple’s co-founder and former CEO came as a complete shock. Others saw the writing on the wall when Jobs resigned from his position as CEO in August 2011.

Jobs was both a visionary and a creative genius, giving us iPods and iPads, iMacs and MacBooks.

Jobs even gave us “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo” (albeit indirectly).

The man who founded Apple, Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios gave the world one of its first practical home computers (amazingly priced between $1,200 and $1,800, not adjusted for inflation). Jobs certainly opened our world to a lot of cutting-edge technology.

Apple.com’s obituary of Jobs reads: “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

One has to wonder if the world is truly better. No doubt, Apple’s products are more popular than they have ever been.

A look at many of today’s college campuses will uncover a large percentage of students who own iPods, Apple computers or the popular iPhone.

However, I question if all of these contributions have truly made our world a better place. Many companies had to die for Apple to get where it is.

iTunes is a respectable undertaking, trying to sell music in a legal, digital form. Although its guise was to save the music industry, it obviously has not helped.

Many artists sold the rights to their catalogs of music and subsequently found them all over the internet. The music industry is in more dire straits than ever.

By transferring a music file into a digital form creating a “digital footprint,” music is more easily shared. Piracy is not only common, but the prevalent form of downloading music. Good for the consumer, bad for record labels.

The iPhone is a useful, if overpriced gadget. By combining the components of a cell phone and a portable computer, Apple set a standard for the rest of the cell phone industry. In the process, rival companies have suffered.

Rival cell phone developer, Nokia, has seen its shares drop nearly 76 percent since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, resulting in the termination of nearly 7,000 jobs.

The home video industry is also among the walking dead. With the introduction of downloadable movies and television shows on the iTunes store, the DVD industry has suffered irreparable damage.

It can also be observed that the hand-drawn, animated film production companies have seen a drastic decline in demand.

When Pixar gave us the ultra-successful computer-animated “Toy Story,” other companies followed suit and laid off entire production studios worth of artists in favor of producing computer-animated films.

One would be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of widely-released “classically” animated movies in a given year.

It can certainly be argued that the death of these industries is a natural part of a product’s life cycle. It is too coincidental, however, to chalk up all of these deaths to chance in such a short span of time.

While I am certainly in favor of technology furthering society, I believe that it has come at a cost.

In addition to the companies and industries that Apple has obliterated, one has to consider the social consequences of the “technological era” that Apple helped usher in.

Many children growing up in the 21st century will never know life without an iPad, iPod or an iPhone. A lot of kids today communicate primarily through texting and social media sites. I’ll leave it to future studies to determine whether or not this is a better or viable way of socialization. But there is something to be said about the ability to hold a face-to-face conversation.

Farewell, Steve Jobs. You were a brilliant man. I’m sure many a fan has shed a tear or two. In reality, Apple will move on. The machine is too big to be shut down now. We will all have to wait and see if that is truly for the benefit of society. Rest in peace.

Psychology Alliance members commit to making an impact

Digital Editor

One of the many messages that Fairleigh Dickinson sends to its students is “get involved.”

The university’s College at Florham places a high importance on extra-curricular activities, and boasts more than 40 on-campus clubs and organizations.
The newest addition, Psychology Alliance, is one that will likely impact more than just its membership.

The Psychology Alliance rose out of two currently defunct groups on campus, according to adviser Lona Whitmarsh, associate professor of psychology and director of counseling services.

“The Psychology Alliance [brings] together the energies and goals of Psychology Club, our undergraduate student organization, and Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society,” said Whitmarsh.

Whitmarsh, who has been a member of the FDU community for 20 years, believes this organization will help foster personal development.

“I always strive to find new ways for students to explore their own personal and professional development during their undergraduate experience, and I think a co-curricular organization such as Psychology Alliance is an effective way to reach that objective,” said Whitmarsh.

Aside from personal development, the Psychology Alliance’s agenda will incorporate several philanthropic endeavors.

“We are working on three philanthropic projects this semester that will promote mental health awareness, and hopefully get [the Psychology Alliance] name out there,” said senior Kenzi Locks, co-president of the Alliance.

According to Locks, the Alliance will be orchestrating a Halloween festival for the Allegro School of Autism, a boarding school for children with severe autism, as well as other events for the institution.

Additionally, the Psychology Alliance is planning to host an event in honor of To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting hope and helping those who struggle with depression and addiction.

Another major project on the Alliance’s agenda is an event that will benefit MoreThanMe, a not-for-profit whose goal is to get young girls off the street and into schools in West Africa, primarily in Liberia.

A speaker from the foundation is scheduled to come to campus on Oct. 23.

These events are all still in development, but Locks said, “I like that we have so many events planned already. I’m so excited about it.”

Apart from philanthropy, the Psychology Alliance also seeks to promote careers in psychology.

“We have a panel planned to assist psychology majors with finding internships, undergoing the graduate school process, and discovering what kind of jobs are available for someone with a degree in psychology, “ said Danielle Popelsky, also senior and co-president of the Alliance.

The event will be held in Hartman Lounge on Oct. 12, and Popelsky and Locks will be moderating, along with Ryan Stalgaitis of the Career Development Center, and several other panelists.

But ambitious plans for the future notwithstanding, the Psychology Alliance is still working to become a household name on campus.

“We had 22 people at our interest meeting, which is pretty good,” said Locks.
“It’s important for people to know that Psychology Alliance isn’t just for psychology majors.”
It’s for anyone with an interest in psychology or mental health.

The organization will likely stimulate much more than just its members’ interest, as Whitmarsh said that it “brings to the campus an increased awareness of strategies to enhance each of our own psychological health and wellness.

“I do hope for students who are studying psychology it is an extension and expansion of their academic experience, and for other students on campus I hope it is a way of inviting them into personal awareness of the value of psychology in each and every of our lives.”

“[As] a psychology major, and an active member of Psychology Club throughout my time at FDU, I was extremely upset to come back to school after a semester at Wroxton to find that it had fallen apart,” said Popelsky.

“I am committed to the Psychology Alliance’s success because I believe that through this organization both majors and non-majors will find a place where they can be a part of something that shows the importance, relevance, and fun of psychology.”

This organization, which meets every other Wednesday in the Student Lounge of the New Academic Building, is committed to making an impact.
As Locks said, “It’s nice to say that I’ve co-founded something that actually has the potential to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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.