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Students visit U.N. and learn about infectious diseases

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

On the rainy morning of Nov. 6, an event hosted by the Student Global Ambassador Project gathered seventh to twelfth grade students in the Orangerie for a discussion on infectious diseases, followed by a trip to the United Nations.
Several speakers for the event covered the subjects of natural disasters, HIV, Malaria and Ebola, and included information about governmental responses to each problem in addition to the way each disease is contracted, manifested and treated. Continue reading

New programs aim to help students navigate college life

Christi Peace
Editor-In-Chief
This semester, several new programs have been made available to Florham Campus students by the FDU Counseling and Psychological Services Department. These programs offer a range of services from helping students deal with stress to providing support and guidance with their interpersonal relationships. The regularly scheduled programs are called “Living in Harmony with Roommates,” “Pet Therapy,” “Yoga in the Italian Gardens,” “Let’s Chat!” and “Creatively Managing Stress Discussion Group.”
Stephanie Koempel, acting director of counseling and psychological services, has worked in the department for over seven years. She received her new position this summer upon the retirement of the previous director and was able to implement several ideas she had for the different programs.
“This semester we have a healing element going,” Koempel said.
One of the programs, “Pet Therapy,” allows students and even faculty and staff to come to different locations on campus throughout the semester in order to interact with certified pet therapy animals.
In previous years, it used to be that the pets would come to the school around exam times in order to help reduce students’ stress. However, the new program has dogs and cats coming once a month, and Koempel said she hopes to increase the frequency of their visits even more in the future.
“The pet therapy is a passion of mine,” said Koempel, who explained that her doctoral research was connected to the human-animal bond, as well as the healing abilities it has.
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The Wroxton experience: The hardest part is coming home

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

Flying on a commercial flight for the first time in my life was an incredible way to begin my journey at Wroxton. I sat next to a fellow student, and as we took off, he and I stared out the window until the ground was thousands of feet away. As the flight progressed and the world turned pitch black around us, I was able to see more stars than I had ever seen before in my life thanks to the utter darkness of the ocean.
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FDU alumnus speaks with students about public relations

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

Alumni of a college can be a helpful resource in providing information and advice to current students. On Thursday, Nov. 21, FDU alumnus Michael Sinatra came to the College at Florham campus to speak with undergraduates in a public relations class about his experience in the working world.

Having earned his degree in communication studies in 2006, he has made a career practicing PR. He is currently a public relations and public affairs manager and directs the PR for the Northeast region of Whole Foods Market.

He began by explaining the history of the organization, stating that Whole Foods has more than 365 stores throughout the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canada.

His job is to serve as a spokesperson, handle media relations, crises and more within his region. This includes New York, which he called the media capital of the world.
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New program promotes university’s global mission

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

Fairleigh Dickinson University is “dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education,” according to the FDU website. Last year, the Global Engagement program (GEO) was created to promote the global mission among undergraduates throughout the school.

It is based on a points system where students participate in relevant activities to be able to reach the level necessary to acquire a certificate of completion.
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Panelists debate controversial U.S. policy on immigration

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

Immigration in the United States has been a subject of controversy for hundreds of years. Whether it be targeting specific groups as “undesirables” or questioning the effect immigrants have on the country, it is still an intensely debated topic. FDU held its own debate on immigration on Nov. 5, for the second Hot Topics event of the semester.

Gary Darden, associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Sciences and History, moderated the event. He in- troduced the three panelists and said that “the topic is one that is contentious with strong arguments on both sides.”
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Cafeteria to open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays for breakfast

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

The school cafeteria is the place where many resident students get their food. Throughout the years, students have requested changes and improvements to the cafeteria, from food quality to hours of operation. On Oct. 30, the Student Government Association succeeded in changing one of those aspects by getting the opening time on Saturday mornings moved to 9 a.m. from 11:30 a.m.

For over a year, the SGA attempted to have weekend hours made earlier. As Tenzin Lama, a senator on the Finance Board of the SGA, explained, students would constantly mention their desire to be able to eat at an earlier time.
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Young FDU alumni offer career advice during panel discussion

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

With the U.S. economy suffering for many years, jobs have become more and more difficult to attain. For recent graduates looking to find careers in their chosen fields, being released into the job market without prior experience, advice or connections can make it all the more difficult. On Oct. 10, a panel of FDU alumni provided insight and stories of personal experience with the jobs they have held.

Although the panelists were all communication studies majors with mostly related careers, much of the advice they shared was relevant to all majors – really anyone who is or will be seeking a job.
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Panel discusses America’s ‘red line’ policy toward Syria

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

Between the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people by their own government and the U.S. government debating a potential strike on Syria, it is hard to fully understand the complex situation. With the first Hot Topics event of the semester, three professors explained the history of the region, including recent events that led to the current conflict, and the U.S. foreign policy toward Syria.

The moderator of the event was Geoffrey Weinman, dean of Becton College. He began the event by explaining that the conflict surrounding Syria has many factors and factions connected with it, including groups such as Al Qaeda and countries such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, France and the U.S. Recently, the international community has debated what should be done about the possible use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
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