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No rest for Kindel, a College at Florham presence for 36 years


Five a.m. Buzz. Buzz.

His alarm is set to the same time every day. For Roger Kindel, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s associate athletic director and adjunct professor, there is no rest for the weary.

His office is decorated to the ceiling in various plaques and awards. He has five “Coach of the Year” awards for basketball and another five for men’s golf. Others on the wall include awards for two teams in in the Athletic Hall of Fame, five wins at the MAC Championship and another four teams that have gone on to the NCAA tournament.

“I’m very proud of them. But of course, [in order to win these awards] you need good assistants and good players,” he said.
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Alumni enjoy working for alma mater


Michael Pecci graduated from the College at Florham in May, but still comes back to campus every Thursday night.

These days, he’s here to teach a class.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2012 and his master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication a year later, Pecci began teaching at his alma mater.

“[The transition] was very quick. There was only a summer in between graduation and teaching a class,” he said.
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Professors discuss process, experience of going on a sabbatical


It is not unusual to find that your professor is off campus for a semester. Tenured professors at the College at Florham have the opportunity to take time away from the classroom to further conduct research in their academic fields.

One of the professors who will take that time next semester is Gary Radford, a professor of communication studies.
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‘Two Voices’ event hosts C.D. Wright and Rosanne Cash


One of the last WAMFEST events at the College at Florham campus brought together Rosanne Cash, a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and C.D. Wright, a MacArthur “Genius” prizewinning
poet, to FDU’s own Dreyfuss Theater on Oct. 30.

David Daniel, director and associate professor of the creative writing program and WAMFEST founder, introduced the guests of “Two Voices, Singing: A Historic Conversation and Performance,” before songwriter, performer and novelist Wesley Stace – also known as John Wesley Harding – took the floor to moderate the event.
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Festival returns to Florham, makes its debut at Metropolitan campus


This year, FDU’s popular words and music festival, WAMFEST, will be a bit different from past festivals, as a result of the event branching out. Instead of only taking place at the Madison campus, the festival also will be hosted at the Metropolitan campus for the first time.

The theme for this year is “The Appalachian Heritage.” WAMFEST, which will take place next week, will feature “a series of performances designed to celebrate the contributions of Appalachia to American music and literature, while at the same time highlighting the need to protect the heritage and mountains that gave birth to these arts,” according to the FDU website.
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Booker speaks about plans to make college more affordable


When U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker arrived at the College at Florham on Oct. 1, he walked into a completely packed room. Lenfell Hall was so crowded, in fact, that many students actually had to be turned away. Booker’s purpose at the school was to lay out his plans for how to make college more affordable.

FDU President Sheldon Drucker began the event by explaining to the audience how the university is making great efforts in trying to keep costs down by investing wisely and spending prudently.
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Wall Street Journal reporter gives perspective on N.J. politics


On Sept. 24, the New Jersey reporter for the Wall Street Journal gave a lecture on the upcoming Senate and gubernatorial elections in New Jersey.

Heather Haddon has covered everything from “slice of life” stories to Hurricane Sandy and the governor’s race. After an introduction by Krista Jenkins, associate professor of political science and executive director of PublicMind, Haddon began discussing the gubernatorial race between incumbent Chris Christie and Democratic candidate Barbara Buono.
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Summer improvements made to campus yield positive feedback


While many students and professors spent their summer break at home or traveling, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Dean of Students Jas Verem and Campus Provost Peter Woolley collaborated on various campus-wide improvements, including new student identification cards, a renovated eatery and a more student-friendly pub, to name a few.

These changes range from small projects such as paint in the Student Center and new outdoor benches to larger projects like landscaping and clearing shrubs around the Recreation Center and Twombly halls to “clean things up and have the campus pop,” said Verem.

Yet one of the largest projects was gutting the bathrooms in buildings one and two and installing new air conditioning in the Village. In addition, buildings one through seven got new windows, both for safety reasons and because the previous windows did not retain heat or cold well.

Furthermore, metal cots once in these buildings have been replaced.

Although these residences were originally meant to be temporary, Verem would argue that “they just needed some nice TLC.”

In the summer of 2014, buildings three and four will also be getting new bathrooms, with five and six the following summer, and so on.

In addition, all kitchens in the Village will be removed because there is no ventilation and they are not up to fire code safety. This will allow for larger laundry facilities.

“The Village is a top priority because they aren’t exactly a desired place to live the way they are now,” said Verem.

Every year, the University looks to make improvements, which depend on cost, impact and ease of completion.

For example, something like the new tile floor in the Student Center, which was completed this summer, is easily done, yet has high impact because of the amount of traffic through the building.

Kevin Kotsak, a senior double majoring in Political Science and Sociology, said, “I believe this school has improved upon itself since I was a freshman. The events are better and the campus’s appearance is far better than what it used to be. This is a positive sign considering these changes occurred in only a few years.”

However, although the cosmetic changes have been positive, Verem said there have been mixed reviews about the newly implemented student ID cards in terms of their design and their uses.

Verem said that this update was to give students more options like using it as a debit card or, for example, receiving refund checks. “Rather than waiting a week or so to receive the paper check, it will be refunded to your card right away.”
Yet this is all a work in progress. The debit aspect of the card with US Bank is not yet implemented.

Even still, Kotsak likes the idea of the new cards, saying, “It’s great we will be able to use them anywhere.”

One change that freshmen can be happy about came in the form of 100 new parking spots in the far lot by Park Ave., which are marked in blue.

Previously, freshmen could not have cars except under special circumstances, but after many complaints, it was decided that this would be positive for students already enrolled as well as for future recruitment. The parking spots cost $200 per semester and work on a first-come-first-served basis.

As for the upperclassmen, many are confused that their schedules now say ZEN instead of NAB. Many Becton College students have their classes in the Stadler, Zenner, Hoffmann-La Roche academic building, which saw its first classes in 1998, making it obvious as to why it is no longer being referred to as the New Academic Building.

Originally this abbreviation was used so that Datatel, the program that lists classes online, could create students’ schedules. At the time, no one knew how to properly abbreviate the building’s lengthy name.

In addition, on Friday, Sept. 6, new furniture arrived for the pub and the newly renovated Nathan’s, which will no longer go by that name.

The reason for the new floors, paint and furniture in the Bottle Hill Pub is to allow students to use it as a lounge during the day and a pub by night.

In the past, the Bottle Hill Pub was largely unoccupied except for when events were held there, so the idea is, by having the doors open, “rather than lights out, dark, and sitting unused, that it will be more utilized by students (not just those 21 and over). Hopefully that works,” said Verem.

As for Nathan’s, its previous menu is being exchanged for healthier options like sandwiches and salads.

Contrary to the rumor that it was going to be Chipotle or something similar, it will be a new eatery with a working title of “Leaf and Grains.” There will be a campus-wide contest for students to choose the official name.

Finally, with wireless Internet in the process of completion, FDU’s College at Florham campus is modernizing itself, making it a more enjoyable (and more attractive) place to go to school. Rutherford and Park Ave.’s wireless Internet is already complete, with that of the Twomblys to be finished this week, followed by the Village.

“It’s a beautiful campus … We try to do things to enhance that,” said Verem.
Some improvements to look for in the near future include the Black Box Theater, two smart technology classrooms in the ZEN building and ongoing major renovations in the science labs.

Review: ‘The Pajama Game’

Managing Editor

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about attending a musical that takes place in a pajama factory. It sounded like a real snooze-fest if you ask me; pun intended. Yet I also have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised.

The story takes place at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where the union is seeking a wage increase of seven-and-a-half cents an hour. Sid Sorokin (Matt Amerman), shop superintendent, and the feisty Babe Williams (Angelica Herndon) of the grievance committee are on opposite sides of the wage issue, which is why the romance that blooms between them is so intriguing. Yet when he fires her because she intentionally jams the machinery, tensions arise.
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