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From the editor’s desk: It’s never easy saying goodbye

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

I honestly have no idea what I’m doing with my life, but I better figure it out quickly because I’m graduating at the end of this semester.

Although I am relieved to be graduating in February so there is (hopefully) less competition in the job market, I’m actually sad about it. I’m not exactly ready to leave FDU and The Pillar just yet.

I think part of it has to do with the fact that I didn’t start at FDU right away. I’ve been to two other colleges/universities since I graduated high school in 2009.

I began my undergraduate studies at a small liberal arts college in Virginia, but I wasn’t happy. During my semester and three weeks at the college, I realized it wasn’t for me. It was too cliquey and reminded me of high school. I didn’t enjoy middle and high school, and I thought if I went to school in New Jersey that I’d be with the same people I went to school with for seven years, so I started looking into colleges out-of-state.

Little did I know, the “right” place for me was just 40 minutes away from my house this entire time.
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Career counselor wins award for ‘Practitioner of the Year’

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

When Ryan Stalgaitis was an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, he had no idea he would become a career counselor and receive the “Practitioner of the Year” award from the New Jersey Cooperative Education and Internship Association (NJCEIA).

“What I thought I was going to do was marketing and sales and I did,” Stalgaitis said. After graduating with a degree in communication and sociology, he worked in a marketing and sales role.

“I knew I wanted to work with people. I wanted to get more out of what I was doing when working with people,” he said.
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From the editor’s desk: Things change, but I’m okay with that

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

The majority of the time I have difficulty expressing myself, which is probably a bad thing since I am a writer. Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation that’s making it so difficult.

Or maybe I just don’t enjoy it anymore.

A lot of things have changed in the last year that I often blame as my reason for not writing as often as I used to, outside of reporting or writing poems for my poetry class.

It’s a strange feeling when people all but disappear from your life. When it happens gradually, you almost don’t notice it, but when it happens instantaneously you feel as though you’re alone in the middle of a ghost town at night. Maybe that’s just me who feels that way. There’s only so many one-sided conversations you can possibly have.

I came across a quotation that probably sums it up better than I possibly could. In “Cakes and Ale: Or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard,” W. Somerset Maugham wrote, “It’s no good trying to keep up old friendships. It’s painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.”
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Journalist interviews environmental advocate at WAMFEST event

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

Familiarity with the coal industry is not a trait of many students here at FDU.

For Joe Lovett, however, the coal industry is something his work focuses on. He is the co-founder and executive director of Appalachian Mountain Advocates in West Virginia.

In addition, he is an environmental advocate and lawyer who has received awards for his work on behalf of central Appalachia.

On Oct. 29, he was joined by investigative journalist Bob Hennelly in Lenfell Hall for a conversation about “The Politics of Coal.” Hennelly has worked at WNYC and Pacifica News Network.
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Booker speaks about plans to make college more affordable

MEGAN HEINTZ and MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editors-in-Chief

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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Fairleigh Dramatics aims to bring more theater events to campus

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

As a revival of Starshine, the College at Florham’s former theater group, the idea for Fairleigh Dramatics began during artistic director and senior theater major Stephanie Windland’s freshman year.

“I had no idea what [Starshine] was, but as a freshman I really wanted to join a theater group,” said Windland. “As the semester went on, I didn’t hear anything about it.”

As she met with more people in the theater department, Windland felt that there needed more to be going on with regard to theater.

Last year was when Fairleigh Dramatics started to come together.
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FDU student honored by town for preventing 2009 school attack

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
Editor-in-Chief

Sara Semple, a junior communication studies major at the College at Florham, was honored last month by the mayor and police chief in Bridgewater Township for preventing a threat from becoming reality in 2009. Semple took information she received in a text message from the would-be attacker, a classmate at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and alerted school officials.

Semple said she became aware of the threat when the classmate texted her saying that he would do something that would either kill many people, kill himself or end up with him in jail. She was a junior in high school at the time of the threat.
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Review: Vampire Weekend puts on great show at Roseland

MONIQUE T. VITCHE
News Editor

There is only one band on this entire planet that I will stand almost five hours for, and that’s Vampire Weekend.

For the first time since the last time – September 2010 at Radio City Music Hall to be exact – Vampire Weekend returned to the New York City stage; this time at the Roseland Ballroom. Their performance was broadcasted on a live stream directed by Steve Buscemi and was part of AmexUNSTAGED and the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Before the band took the stage, comedian Fred Armisen warmed up the crowd. Armisen, complete with a wig and a British accent, transformed into Ian Rubbish from “Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros”- a “Saturday Night Live” sketch that recently aired. Armisen, or Rubbish, entertained the crowd with the skits “Maggie Thatcher,” “Sweet Iron Lady,” “Living in the Gutter” and “Hey Policeman!”
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