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Personal essay: Finding ways to make the intangible tangible

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

Sophomore year of college, my roommate Hillary Brewer and I decided to take our relationship to the next level… and get a hamster.

It seemed like the perfect kind of a pet for the broke, irresponsible, still-wet-behind-the-ears college students that we were, and the kind of lifestyle that we were living.

A lifestyle that I can’t share all of the details of, but that I will say included copious amounts of gin and seltzer (flavored). The Roots. Samantha Reba. The phrase “Cheers, Gov’na!” Beds pushed together. Legs crossed, Indian style on the floor, on beds, on the grass. Leah Heffernan. Chinese food. Laughter. College sweatshirts with the hood up, indoors. Empty water bottles. Rosy cheeks. A whole lot of love.
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Annual Relay for Life to be held at Drew University

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

Each year, the American Cancer Society hosts Relay for Life, a fundraiser held at community centers, high schools and colleges across the country to raise money for cancer research.

Relay for Life is currently the most profitable charity event in the world, according to the American Cancer Society. Each year, the event brings communities and families that have been touched by cancer together for a common goal.

This year, Relay for Life, which is hosted annually by Fairleigh Dickinson University, Drew University and The College of St. Elizabeth, will be held at Drew University on Friday, April 26, from 4 to 10 p.m.
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Review: Let’s Yo, a positive frozen yogurt experience

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

Being a frozen yogurt aficionado, I just had to check out Let’s Yo: A Yogurt Experience, a parlor that just recently opened its doors to the yogurt-loving public a few weeks ago.

The parlor, is located in Florham Park, just off of Columbia Turnpike and in the same shopping center as popular burger joint Smashburger and sandwich shop Panera Bread.

On April 1, Let’s Yo hosted an extravaganza for its grand opening, complete with music, games, face-painting, and balloon animals.
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‘The Pajama Game,’ B-way musical, opens on campus

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

The Visual and Performing Arts department, which recently established a tradition of doing one musical production per semester, opened its spring musical, a Tony-award winning Broadway show called “The Pajama Game,” on April 5.
“The Pajama Game” is based on a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, as well as a novel by Bissell, according to fdu.edu.
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Paramore to release new album

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

After a long hiatus following their 2008 album “Brand New Eyes,” alternative band Paramore is finally releasing a self-titled album, dropping on April 9.

Over the past four years, the band has undergone quite the metamorphosis, losing two of its founding members and brothers, Josh (former lead guitarist) and Zac Farro (drummer).

The Farro brothers founded the band along with lead singer and keyboardist Hayley Williams in 2002, after Williams moved to their hometown of Franklin, Tenn., according to Alternative Press magazine.

Later, bassist Jeremy Davis and rhythm guitarist Taylor York joined the band and together, the five produced three hit albums, their best-selling being 2007’s “Riot,” which featured some of their most popular singles such as “That’s What You Get” and “Misery Business.”
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Opinion: Activism at FDU, for all the wrong reasons

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

Question of the day:

What happens when our general quality of life is so good, that we virtually have little to nothing to complain about?

My answer:

We complain about everything.

Now, I’ve never been out of the country, but I don’t think you have to travel the world to know that the majority of the people that live in this country have “first-world problems,” or problems that one can only experience in the first world.

Some examples include: “My iPhone is so slow right now.” (I probably say this at least four times a day.) “I have so much stuff and not enough space for any of it!” (Story of my life. I know. I should be ashamed of myself.) “I want to change the channel/put a DVD on/turn the heat up/go to the bathroom…but that involves getting up.” (Don’t even ask me how many times I say this to myself in a day. It’s embarrassing.)

In other words, we have problems that aren’t even really problems.

So, if America as a whole has “first-world problems,” then what do we have here at good ol’ Fairleigh Dickinson University?

You, reading this, know all too well.

The notorious, yet also widely loved @fduproblems.
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Ceremony celebrates the life of FDU President J. Michael Adams

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THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS: FDU community members gather outside the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research. Photo by Monique Vitche.

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

The stage of Dickinson Hall’s Wilson Auditorium was softly lit by a vibrant, violet hue, as a solemn rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” filled the venue while faculty members, alumni and a few students ambled in. Gathering at the Metropolitan Campus on Oct. 10 were those who held President J. Michael Adams close to their hearts.

Adams, the sixth president of Fairleigh Dickinson University (from 1991 to 2012), until his retirement last spring, died in June. During his time leading the university, he touched the lives of many.

An institution that encompasses four campuses and three countries, aside from partnerships all across the world, FDU calls itself “the leader in global education.” This achievement is said by many to have been the vision of Adams.

The ceremony, “Remembering Michael Adams,” showed the breadth of the impact of his dedication, as individuals shared their memories of him.
The program was opened by Interim President Sheldon Drucker. “For a man of his stature and accomplishments, Michael Adams was the most humble person I ever met,” he began. “He lived by the Gandhi quote, ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world’; Michael was that change.
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Opinion: Biological, emotional and political truths about our rights

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

Sometimes, I think I’m way too young to be this angry.

But the thing is, listening to the way some people talk about contraception and women’s rights, I’d say there’s a lot to be angry about.
It’s common knowledge that Mitt Romney wants Planned Parenthood defunded.

Planned Parenthood, which gets about 40 percent of its funding from federal and state governments, provides women and girls with an array of amenities related to sexual health: pregnancy tests, HIV and STD testing, birth control, emergency contraception, and safe and legal abortions.

This issue of “women’s rights” and each candidate’s stance on the matter seems to have risen to prominence lately, given that Election Day is on the horizon.

But frankly, my beef is not with just Romney.
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The Grilled Cheese Factory, cure-all founded by an FDU alumnus

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

I first paid the eatery a visit after a night out at Grasshopper, and let me tell you, the location is convenient. After all, gooey grilled cheese isn’t just good for the heart, but good for an alcohol-filled stomach.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are really my favorite things in the world. Whether it’s a homemade creation, or one of my favorite take-out renditions from Five Guys, the grilled cheese always seems to do the trick.

On a night when you’re feeling particularly disillusioned with your life, when you’re asking yourself some pretty depressing questions to figure out exactly where you went wrong, you can find much-needed consolation in the buttery, toasted cheesiness of this American classic.

You will find fruition in looking in your refrigerator, and in realizing that at this very moment, you have exactly what you need to get exactly what you want.

Tonight, you are the master of your fate – at least, your culinary one. Tonight, you’re going to do something right.
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Freshman Lauren Angelini is the winner of this year’s ‘FDU Idol’

ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

“American Idol,” FOX’s hit show, won over the hearts of millions of Americans back in 2001 with its first season, becoming a pop culture phenomenon seven years later. Inspired by the show, the College at Florham hosted “FDU Idol,” by way of the Office of Campus Life. While this on-campus event didn’t necessarily win over millions, it was certainly a successful endeavor.

If you didn’t already know, “American Idol” is a competitive reality TV show where average Americans, usually young aspiring musicians, showcase their musical talent with the goal of becoming the next American Idol and winning a major-label record deal. With “FDU Idol,” the campus’ most talented singers and songwriters duke it out in the Bottle Hill Room & Pub to become the next FDU Idol, mostly for bragging rights but also for a live interview and performance on FDU Hell Radio, as well as a spot on the judges panel the following year.

Going on its third year, “FDU Idol” was hosted by Resident Assistant Freddie Bourne, an aspiring musician himself. This was Bourne’s second time running the event.

“The purpose of ‘FDU Idol’ … is basically to find the people with the most undiscovered talent,” he said. “It’s kind of a win-win event for everyone … [the] audience gets a good show, the aspiring singers get a chance to perform in front of their colleagues that they’re going to be with for the next four years. The people looking for talent, they find common interest … and they find friends.”

Last year, the event was streamed live on FDU Hell Radio, but this year, due to technical complications, “Idol” could not be streamed. However, there were other, more exciting changes.

Rather than a traditional ticket voting system, Bourne was able to facilitate a mobile voting system, so that the audience could vote via text message. Each of the eight contestants was assigned a corresponding number, and audience members could simply text to vote for their favorite contestant; audience members could vote as many times as they wanted, and one of televisions in the Bottle Hill Room displayed the voting outcome as the votes came in.

Aside from technical difficulties at the onset, Bourne had to make a few other last-minute changes to keep the event together. One of the judges was unable to make it at the last minute, so FDU Graduate Assistant Kevin Herbert was asked to fill the role. Along with Herbert, the judges consisted of seniors Tyler Masterson and Isaac Leggett of the Musician’s Guild.

Many of the eight contestants sang their own renditions of popular songs, like sophomore Taylor McQueen (who sang “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson) and sophomore Zachary Johnson (who performed the piano-heavy “Apologize” by OneRepublic). However, freshman Chris Lorenz chose to perform an original work, a song called “Please.”

Toward the end of the event, things got a bit suspenseful for the audience, as contestants McQueen, Lauren Angelini and Mike Harris all received the same number of votes, causing the voting system to freeze. The three contestants dueled for the win in an impromptu sing-off to break the tie. McQueen sang “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis, while Angelini sang “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele and Harris performed “Lean On Me.”

The final decision was to the judges, who ultimately voted in favor of Angelini, a freshman and this year’s FDU Idol. McQueen came in second, and Harris was third.