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What I’ll miss the most

As my goodbye to The Metro and to FDU in general, I wanted to write a love letter to the people who have made this experience the most rewarding of my college career.

See, even though many people have admittedly questioned the existence of the student newspaper, I believe that it truly is one of the most important organizations on this campus.

We might not run events and parties, but we do try to inform people on campus of things that are happening, and create a venue within every issue for students to publish their own work. Our Web site, themetrofdu.com, has become a framework for our entry into cyberspace – and my successors hope to create even more material in the coming school year that will attract student attention.

The hard work of the people who work at The Metro is not always shown, but the staff has always committed to giving the students information that is significant and timely, and most importantly, they have stuck by me through some really frustrating times.

Kayla Hastrup, the news editor, has been by my side the entire year collecting and editing information to fill the pages of the newspaper. As next year’s Editor-in-Chief, I know that she will continue to make the paper better and more pertinent to student life. I’ll miss her great sense of humor and our spirited conversations.

My friend and colleague Lorena Chouza, who has served as Executive Editor, was there to calm me down and listen to me every weekend – scratch that – every day when something wasn’t going my way. I owe her for dealing with my grouchy alter-ego several times throughout the years.

Our head of entertainment, Elyse Fetherman, has quietly been the backbone of the newspaper – always doing her part with her section and constantly improving throughout the three years she has served The Metro.

Dan Landau, our photo editor, contributed more than just his stunning photos – he also put forth his best effort to create spreads that would interest students and faculty, and has also written on several occasions.

The assistant editors, Angela Sparandera, Kristin Fulton and Samantha Boyce, all helped this semester with picking up extra assignments and supporting the editors with making changes to staff-written stories and taking responsibility for separate sections.

Although I owe a lot to the people listed above, the one person I couldn’t have done anything without would be our adviser, Sarah Latson. Twice nominated for a Maddy award, she has been one person who selflessly stood by me every weekend to support my decisions and to answer questions from a professional standpoint.

Instead of making The Metro just another student newspaper, she has truly made it a newsroom that mirrors some in the real world – and I couldn’t be happier. After so many discussions about ethics, ideas and attribution, I can’t see myself as being any more prepared for the ill-fated media industry. She is a gem among teachers – and I can honestly say that I am proud to be one of her students.

I will miss the paper more than anything else at FDU. I have had so many opportunities to meet new people and write about different subjects across the board. I’ll never forget the time I spent here serving The College at Florham, and only wish that I had one more year to do it all again.

Graduation to be live on web

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 2009 commencement ceremony will be available live on the Web. For the graduating class, which represents 52 countries, this gives families and friends a chance to witness the event.

The live video will begin at 8 a.m. with a scroll of graduating students’ names. The complete video will also be available online on June 2, according to the FDU Web site.

A link to the page will be on the homepage of fdu.edu, according to a university press release.
Three thousand students will be receiving their degrees during the May 19 ceremony. University President J. Michael Adams will preside over the event, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Izod Center in East Rutherford.

Honorary degrees and Student Pinnacle Awards will also be distributed during the ceremony, according to the press release.

Congressman Steve Rothman, who represents the 9th congressional district in New Jersey,will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony. He has been able to gather $6 million in grants for schools for security improvements and serves on several committees in the House of Representatives, according to the press release.

Also receiving an honorary degree from the university is Enan Galaly, a Danish entrepreneur. He funded Helnan International, a chain that holds 15 four- and five-star hotels, according to the press release. He is also a representative of the Danish hotel and restaurant sector, and was named a Danish knight, according to fdu.edu.

Malaak Compton-Rock, a public speaker and upcoming author, will also be given an honorary degree at FDU. Compton-Rock served as a judge on “Oprah’s Big Give” and is an avid volunteer throughout the country. Her Web site, www.angelrockproject.com, showcases volunteer opportunities, according to fdu.edu.

Walter M. Berwick, an FDU alumnus, was a CIA operative and a station chief in several South American countries. He also trained young operatives after Sept. 11 and ran counter- terrorist assignments overseas, according to the FDU Web site. Berwick graduated from the Rutherford campus in 1965.

Student Pinnacle Awards will be given to two outstanding students in the FDU community. David Storicks, from the College at Florham, won because of his academic achievements and participation in several on-campus clubs and organizations.

Storicks was president of the SGA in 2006 and acted in several plays throughout his college career. Storicks is also a frequent volunteer in his hometown of Dumont, N.J., according to fdu.edu.

Sheryl Gauntlett won the award from the Metropolitan Campus. She was president of the Inspirational Gospel Ensemble, Student Body Liasion of the Communication Honor Society and the PR Chair for SGA. Gauntlett also has won several academic awards, according to fdu.edu.


Students forsee the impact of the election

America seems to be in trouble. People’s faith in President Bush seems to be falling with the Dow Jones, and thousands of people are losing their homes across the country. It seems that Americans, regardless of their choice in candidates, are looking forward to what either Sens. John McCain or Barack Obama can do to ensure a safe and prosperous future for the entire country. But who is the best candidate, and what kind of impact will the outcome of this election have on the next four years?

According to students, each candidate, if elected, will have their own impact on the future. One major concern for students is the economic crisis, which will ultimately fall into the hands of the next president and Congress.

Some, like Anthony Melione, a senior, believe that putting the crisis on the shoulders of the next president is unfair.

“I think its tough to say that any president will do well in the economy nowadays,” he said in an interview. “It’s kind of a tough spot where whoever gets elected is going to have a tough time pulling us out of this whole economy mess.”

However, he does think that Obama is the better candidate that will help the United States in this time of need.

“I do think Barack Obama is better suited to improve our economy. I know it has been overused but McCain has voted for Bush’s policies over 90 percent of the time, and that includes what has gotten us into this problem,” he said.

On the other hand, some believe that McCain’s economic policies will rescue Americans from the financial crisis.

“Obama wants to progressively socialize our government leaving less room for free enterprise,” said one survey.

In a survey of 202 FDU students, 63 percent of respondents declared that they would vote for Obama. Twenty-two percent said they would vote for McCain. Eleven percent are either undecided or planning to vote for someone other than McCain or Obama, and another four percent didn’t answer the question.

Graduate student Hilary Froehlich thinks that the Republican candidate will ultimately make the best president.

“My family has worked really hard to get where we are,” she said in an interview. “It’s not fair for people to get things handed to them.”

Froehlich said she thinks that McCain is the “stronger individual,” and that his history of reaching across he aisle to Democrats and Republicans will make him a better president.

“I think that we will gain our stability back,” by having McCain in office, she said.

However, some survey respondents said that they were voting for Obama because of the lack of stability within the past eight years under a Republican president.

“My mother is a teacher, so Bush hurt her terribly,” said one survey. “The economy needs fixing and people need help. I need healthcare..Obama has it all.”

Since both candidates are so different, a polarization has occurred between the supporters. Some students who believe that Obama will be the best president think that his health care plan will ensure that people across the country have access to what everyone has, while others, who support the Republian candidate, think that McCain’s stance on decreasing the involvement of big government will allow people to live their own lives independently, therefore creating the best environment for small business growth.

While no one can predict the future, it is certain that students across campus have concerns about both candidates and their plans for the presidency. The impact of their campaigns will be projected throughout the next four years, whoever the winner might be.


FDU NOW campaign now at $30 million mark

Last year, the administration announced FDU NOW, a campaign meant to improve the College at Florham community, as well as the Metropolitan campus in Teaneck. At the College at Florham, a new library, which is to be called the Monninger Center, will be built, while the Metropolitan campus will get a new student center.

The buildings will be funded entirely by donations from alumni and other organizations. At this time, $30 million has been raised with a goal to raise at least $50 million by the ground-breaking ceremony, according to College at Florham Provost Kenneth Greene.

The plans for the Monninger Center were presented to the Florham community last month in Lenfell Hall. The purpose of the new library is to create space for individual or group work and rooms for seminars. The students will also be provided with the most up-to-date technology and research capabilities, said Greene.

Staples of the current library, like the Orangerie, will be updated accordingly, allowing rooms for students to relax in without worrying about disrupting other students studying.

“The Orangerie will become an area for students to relax in, and the current reference area will be transformed into a 160-seat auditorium,” said Greene.

As of this point, there has been no date set for the ground breaking of the Monninger Center, according to Greene.

“The date depends on how quickly we can get the schematic drawings done of the Monninger Center, and how quickly the Florham Park Board of Adjustment approves our plan,” he said.

Although upperclassmen will probably not see the new library while they are still students here, the FDU NOW campaign is also raising money for endowment, student scholarships and developments in the athletic centers on both campuses, according to Greene. He thinks the College at Florham will benefit, in particular, from the new library.

“The center will improve academic life for current students,” Greene said. “And, hopefully, attract future students.”

Published in the May 1, 2008 issue of The Metro

TLR celebrates with NYC reading

The Literary Review journal celebrated 50 years with a reading on Tuesday, Sept. 25, by prize-winning author Russell Banks in New York City.

The author, who has written the novels, “The Darling,” “Cloudsplitter,” “Continental Drift” and his most famous, “The Sweet Hereafter,” read from his new book, “The Reserve,” which is to be released in January by Harper Collins. Banks, who from far away resembles a smaller framed version of Santa Claus, said he wasn’t sure “how to read from this novel,” but he calmly read the first ten pages with a breathy, soothing voice.

The reading took place at the Housing Works bookstore, which is a non-profit organization that sells donated books as well as snacks and coffee for the benefit of the homeless suffering from HIV/AIDS. The reading was supplemented by a question-and-answer session.

Two prominent editors of The Literary Review (TLR), Rene Steinke and Walter Cummins, prodded Banks on his writing style, the voice of his new novel and the direction in which he believes the state of the novel is moving. A former Princeton University professor, Banks said he has “no pessimism about the future of the novel” and believes that Americans are blessed with a multi-cultural view of literature that most people throughout the world do not have. Other interested audience members in the packed room, including many FDU English professors, also got to ask the famed writer questions on his style and point of view.

Following the reading, Banks agreed to sign books for the stretch of people that were lined up through the large store, which resembled FDU’s own Hennessy Hall. Banks also signed a multitude of books that were donated to Housing Works through the years and by Harper Collins Publishing.

During the signing, FDU students got to ask not only for Banks’ autograph, but for some advice to young writers as well.

“I found his insight very beneficial,” sophomore Brandon Battersby said. “For one thing, he helped me make sense of the use of different point-of-views within a single story. I am currently writing the early chapters of a fantasy novel and listening to his use of perspective in the reading allowed me to see how he manipulates the voice of the narrator, inspiring me to mimic his style, at least until I am comfortable about creating a voice of my own.”

FDU professors also appreciated the author’s moments with their students.

“I especially appreciated his insightful and candid comments on his writing process,” said Steinke, who is a professor of creative writing as well as editor-at-large of TLR.

When asked why he chose Housing Works to hold the 50th anniversary celebration, Editor-in-Chief Cummins said, “We wanted to reach out to a large audience, it’s a great venue and we support the organization.”

Steinke said she likes hosting readings at Housing Works because of its location in New York City.

“We like to have one or two events in New York City every year, because while TLR is published by FDU, it is not only a magazine for FDU students and faculty. It’s a literary magazine with an international reputation,” she said. “Our readers and contributors come from all over the world, so it’s important that we have a presence in New York City, the hub of publishing in the U.S.”

Other readings are scheduled throughout the next few months as part of The Literary Review’s anniversary celebration. Housing Works will host another reading featuring Samantha Hunt, Shelley Jackson, Matthew Lippman and Dennis Nurske at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Housing Works is located at 126 Crosby Street in Manhattan. For information on scheduled readings and other events scheduled to celebrate The Literary Review’s anniversary, join their Facebook group or visit www.theliteraryreview.org.

Published in the October 3, 2007 issue of The Metro

Students consider safety after more campus shootings

In the past two weeks, two school shootings have been reported by news outlets all over the country.

First, Delaware State University’s students and faculty found themselves in a panic on Friday, Sept. 21 when two freshmen were shot on campus after an alleged fight in the school’s cafeteria.

Five days later, at St. John’s University in Queens, a 22-year-old freshman was arrested for having a rifle hidden inside a black garbage bag, roaming around campus in a Fred Flintstone mask, the New York Times reported.

People throughout the country were glued to their television sets to see what the outcomes would be. Meanwhile, students located at thousands of universities were waiting to see if these shootings would become incidents like that at Virginia Tech, where several lives were lost at the cost of one person’s anger.

Students here at FDU were no different than others across the nation. Many of us wondered what measures have been taken since Virginia Tech to make our own campus a safer place for students and faculty.

“Anything is possible,” said junior Allison Biederman. “It’s kind of scary to think that this is the second school shooting in less than one year. It really makes you wonder about the precautions our school is making just in case something happens here.”

Glenn Gates, the assistant director of Public Safety, shares the students’ fears of a school shooting on campus, but also knows that he and his team are doing everything possible to prevent such an atrocity.

“Any time there is a shooting incident on a campus, it makes you think what could have been done to prevent such a crime,” said Gates. “Campus safety is a high priority. We have good relations with the local police who respond on campus to our calls and also patrol the campus routinely.”

Students are also wondering what FDU has specifically been doing to make our campus safer in the past year. Recently there have been safety guidelines posted in almost every room to inform students of safety procedures and there seems to be a greater presence of PS, but the officers have also been creating safety procedures behind the scenes.

“We had Police Tactical Response training that was conducted on campus on Aug. 13,” Gates said. “Many local law enforcement agencies, as well as FDU Public Safety officers, trained together in the dorm buildings with role players to simulate a critical incident.”

Even though PS has been taking measures to protect the student body, Gates believes that it is also up to the students to report fights or behavior that could potentially result in a tragedy like Virginia Tech.

“I would hope that if there was any history of problems between students or others, that the police or Public Safety would be notified to prevent any critical incidents,” Gates said.

In the event of two more school shootings, students at The College at Florham are worried that violence could spread to the halls of FDU. By having PS share their plans for advancing campus safety, paired with student cooperation, we could make the campus a safer place.

Published in the October 3, 2007 issue of The Metro