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Hot Topics event discusses new media and its role in television


The Becton College and the Student Government Association partnered on Tuesday, Sept. 29, to put together the first Hot Topics event of the year, focusing on the changing landscape of television and other new media. The talk – formally titled “Television and the New Media: Who’s watching? What are they watching? How are they watching?” – was held in Lenfell Hall in the Mansion. Continue reading

Two Florham Campus staffers receive Pillars of FDU awards


For their extraordinary contributions to FDU, Sarah Azavedo and Jennifer Noon were named as “Pillars” of the university at the recent Academic Convocation.

To receive this award, a staff member must promote civility and have a passion for improving the lives of students beyond their specified job requirements. Eligible staff members have been with the university for more than 10 years. Continue reading

Diverse study abroad options allow FDU students to explore global opportunities


Students at Fairleigh Dickinson University know a little something about the study abroad options the school offers. However, faculty involved in different types of study abroad programs seek to inform students about the variety available.

Brian Swanzey, director of Study Abroad, said “there is no one study abroad option specifically designed for any one major.” Continue reading

WAMFEST 2015 to focus on ‘The Art of Healing Veterans’


Fairleigh Dickinson University will once again host WAMFEST this fall at the Florham Campus. The theme this year is “The Art of Healing Veterans,” according to David Daniel, the coordinator of the series. Daniel is excited to once again put on a good series of performances and host a talented group of artists who have worked with or are planning to work with veterans, both student veterans and others. Continue reading

Capuano discusses future of FDU


This past June, Christopher Capuano, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, was appointed the next president of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, Capuano “will serve as president-elect” and will then assume the presidency on July 1, 2016, according to an article posted on the FDU website.

In an interview with The Pillar, Capuano said he has been at FDU since the fall of 1986; he “started out as an assistant professor in the department of psychology on the Rutherford campus,” which is now the Metropolitan Campus.
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Panelists analyze the effects of genetically modified foods


On April 21, Becton College and the SGA presented a Hot Topics event related to Earth Day, focusing on genetically modified food.

The moderator for the event was Brian Olechnowski, assistant professor of biology. The three panelists, Erik Baard, Edith Myers and Caitlin Hartmann, each gave a presentation on a particular topic related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to a nearly full Lenfell Hall. Continue reading

New president has plans for SGA

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The new Student Government Association (SGA) president Shi “Porter” Yang, has much in store for the Florham Campus when he starts his presidency in the fall. Having won in the SGA election a month ago, Yang is overcome with joy that he can be the “voice of the students of FDU.”

“It’s not about myself anymore; it’s about the whole student campus. I am here for the students,” Yang said. Continue reading