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David Gergen talks politics at Florham Campus Q & A

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


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

Healing Spaces creates dream bedroom for Paterson resident


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

New club brings formalized debating to the students of FDU

News Editor

A new FDU club, Fairleigh Debaters, is making a stir on campus this semester.
President Ore Obiwumi, a freshman communication studies and political science major, started the new club because she has always loved debating.
“I debated throughout middle school, but my high school didn’t have a debate team. I was really looking forward to joining one when I got to college, but was really disappointed to discover that we didn’t have one here either,” Obiwumi explained. Continue reading

Award-winning author appears at Florham Campus to discuss book

News Editor

National Book Award winner and two-time New York Times bestselling author James McBride arrived at FDU’s Ferguson Recreation Center on Nov. 19 to speak to students for an event sponsored by the College Writing Department.
McBride is the author of “The Good Lord Bird,” which was the featured book for Fall 2014 for the College Writing students. The reading was a requirement for the entire freshman class.
Kathryn Douglas, the head of the College Writing Department, said, “This is really great that we were able to get him here,” in reference to McBride’s appearance at the school. Continue reading

Students visit U.N. and learn about infectious diseases


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 sorority might join FDU


The first Greek life organization to be founded by black college women in America may soon have a chapter at FDU’s Florham Campus. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) has a graduate chapter, Pi Theta Omega, in Morristown that is looking into establishing an undergraduate chapter at the campus in Spring 2015.
There have already been three interest meetings for potential members where they were able to learn more about the sorority’s history, purpose and goals.
Reba Blake, the graduate adviser for the local chapter in Morristown, explained that every undergraduate chapter of the sorority has a supervising graduate chapter, so if one is started at FDU, Pi Theta Omega will work with the students to help them organize their chapter, and will provide guidance as their mentors. Continue reading

Speakers Series features Alan Alda discussing life and career

News Editor

Alan Alda, a director, screenwriter and actor, took the stage Oct. 30 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, at the second Speakers Series event presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
One of the Emmy-winner’s best known roles was Hawkeye Pierce in the hit show “M*A*S*H.”
During the discussion, Alda spoke about the moments in his life that made him appreciate life more and realize that he is happy with the hand he was given. One of those moments was when he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and was forced to look at his life from a different perspective. Continue reading

Representative discusses U.N. Alliance of Civilizations

Staff Writer

On Oct. 29, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, a United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, gave an informal discussion in Lenfell Hall about the mission of the organization and how it has responded to diplomatic issues throughout the world.
Al-Nasser had this talk with Jason Scorza, vice provost for academic and international affairs. Attendees from both Fairleigh Dickinson campuses, along with outside guests, were invited to hear the discussion.
The discussion focused on the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which Al-Nasser was representing as the lead speaker. According to the event pamphlet, Al-Nasser was a highly credible speaker, having experience in diplomacy. Continue reading

Panel focuses on Ebola crisis


On Monday, Oct. 20, the Florham Campus hosted a Hot Topics event about the Ebola crisis in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The event featured several speakers: Robert Houle, assistant professor of history; David Rosen, a professor of anthropology and sociology; Momoh Bassie, a history major and alumnus of FDU; and Kari Yacisin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading