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"News is the first rough draft of history." - The Voice of the College at Florham

Women’s basketball team heads to NCAA tournament

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

While some college basketball teams might think winning a conference championship would be a pretty big deal, it’s something the Florham Campus’ women’s basketball team has come to expect of itself.
As Marc Mitchell, head coach of the team, explained, “it’s a culture we’ve developed here at FDU ... winning our conference now is just an expectation of ours. It’s not a goal anymore. Our goal is to win the national championship.” Continue reading

FDU theater students to perform ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

The Stephen Sondheim musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” will be performed at the Florham Campus beginning March 27. The musical will be presented by the Visual and Performing Arts Department, with FDU students serving as both the actors and production/tech team.
The musical follows the story of Franklin Shepard’s attempts to achieve wealth and success in show business over the span of three decades. Shepard is a “disheartened, middle-aged songwriter,” according to a press release prepared in advance of the show. The role of Shepard is played by senior Nolan Hennelly. Continue reading

Event addresses relations between police and African Americans

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

In conjunction with Black History Month, the first Hot Topics event of the semester featured three panelists who debated the subject of police and the African American community. The event, held on Feb. 24, took place in a packed Lenfell Hall and was called “I Can’t Breathe,” the phrase that Eric Garner repeated while police had him in a chokehold in New York. Those words became a rallying cry for activists protesting Garner’s death and other cases of debated police brutality.
Meghan Sacks, associate professor of criminology at FDU, was the moderator for the event. Continue reading

Opinion: ‘The 100’ is a complex show with diverse characters

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

Have you ever started watching something that you think is going to be great, but then find it slowly getting worse and worse as you wonder why you don’t just stop watching the trainwreck?
Well, that’s the exact opposite of what happened when I started watching the CW show, “The 100.”
I’m not entirely sure why I started watching the show. Maybe it was because I saw so much about it on Tumblr, or because some of my suitemates had watched a few episodes. But one day I found myself on Netflix, deciding to check out the show. Continue reading

David Gergen talks politics at Florham Campus Q & A

KRISTEN ORDONEZ AND CHRISTI PEACE
Staff Writers

On Feb. 19, CNN senior political analyst David Gergen made an appearance at the Florham Campus for a question-and-answer session on a variety of topics relating to politics and world events.
Lenfell Hall was filled with students, professors, members of the Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning and others who came to hear Gergen speak and possibly ask him questions of their own.
FDU junior Jamie Mulroony, a communication studies major, introduced Gergen to the audience by explaining  his past political experience, such as the fact that he was a presidential adviser to four former presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. Continue reading

Screening planned for film about band with ties to FDU

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

On March 6, a documentary chronicling the story of the New Jersey band, The Professors, will be screened in Dreyfuss 125.
Band members include the Florham Campus’ own Gary Radford, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, on vocals and guitar. Other members are Nick Romanenko on bass guitar, Marie Radford on keyboard, Joe Sanchez on horns, Jennifer Zahorbenski and Meg Radford on vocals, Peter Vamenburge on drums and Larry Katz on saxophone. Continue reading

Opinion: ‘Fifty Shades’ is a dangerous depiction of BDSM

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

I am not a fan of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Although I have not seen the movie and don’t plan on doing so, I have read enough of the books and plenty of analytical pieces on the subject to be able to formulate an opinion on the matter. To be honest, I don’t care about the terrible dialogue/writing or the element of BDSM (which stands for bondage, domination, submission, sadism and masochism). In fact, I am actually a supporter of those who choose to partake in BDSM. It is because of the research I have done regarding that lifestyle that I take issue with its portrayal in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” To put it simply, what happens between Anastasia (Ana) Steele and Christian Grey is not even close to a healthy BDSM relationship; it’s abuse. Continue reading

Healing Spaces creates dream bedroom for Paterson resident

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

Emmy, a woman suffering from sickle cell anemia, chronic asthma and other medical issues, was recently given her dream bedroom, thanks to the Florham Campus’ student organization, Healing Spaces.
Healing Spaces is a charitable organization that remodels the bedrooms of young people with serious medical conditions.
The 20-year-old woman from Paterson, N.J., was given the free makeover by multiple FDU students who raised the money and decorated the room themselves. Continue reading

Opinion: Stop killing off characters for shock value

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

I have noticed a trend in more than one of my shows in which the writers continuously kill off characters for no discernible reason other than the shock value it provides. Rather than delving into a character’s development or creating a plot line that is complex enough to interest viewers, far too many writers choose to simply throw away characters with potential. It is lazy writing, plain and simple. Numerous character deaths does not equal an interesting story.
Spoiler alert: If you aren’t caught up on “The Walking Dead,” stop reading. Continue reading

Apple co-founder visits FDU, gives advice to students

CHRISTI PEACE
Editor-in-Chief

A crowd of people gathered at the Metropolitan Campus’ George and Phyllis Rothman Center on Nov. 20 for an event with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. The audience included students from both FDU campuses who came to see Wozniak before his appearance at the New Jersey Speakers Series that evening. (See story on Page 2.)
Before Wozniak was introduced by FDU President Sheldon Drucker, attendees were given shirts to wear, proclaiming “I woz with Woz.”
Wozniak began by explaining his interest in engineering, attributing it in part to science fiction movies and different books he read throughout his childhood. However, they were not his only inspiration. Wozniak also referred to his father, who was an engineer, saying, “I did admire what he did. I loved watching him work real hard on weekends.” Continue reading