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Student questions level of safety on Florham Campus

SARAH VAN CLEF
News Editor

After doing a research paper on the Columbine shooting for my News Editing class, I’ve been thinking about safety on school grounds. As this is my first year at FDU, I have felt less safe here than I did at my community college. Even though there is a 24-hour public safety service here on campus, they are extremely lenient. Since I am a little older than some students on campus, I have a little more knowledge in self-defense. After 11 p.m. on some nights here at FDU, half of the campus is shut down. But as some students don’t know, students can go into the academic buildings, especially the Mansion, later than 11. As someone who has spent some time in the Mansion at night, it is kind of creepy. Continue reading

More short stories: Albert Jones, frequent flier extraordinaire

ANDREW O'HARE
Student Voice Editor

Albert Jones waited for another offer. He knew that the next offer would be worth taking and his flight was in 20 minutes. The woman at the desk frowned, picked up the phone, and spoke, “We are offering a five hundred dollar travel voucher, five hundred miles, a meal voucher, a breakfast voucher, and hotel accommodations until the next available flight.”
Albert stood up. He had strategically placed himself in order to be the first person to accept an offer. He heard a low murmur amongst the assembled men and women. Husbands quietly debated wives. It was a good offer. He walked to the desk and accepted it. Continue reading

Short stories: Albert Jones, frequent flier extraordinaire

ANDREW O'HARE
Student Voice Editor

Student Voice Editor
Albert Jones sat in a crowded airport, just like he had done hundreds of times. He was in prime location to view people walking up to a small kiosk that sold water, various snacks, and small sandwiches. His flight was two hours away. He brought a rather large book with him. If all else failed he could just read it. He cracked open the book and waited. Continue reading

Editor reflects on ‘The Breakfast Club’ 30th anniversary

SARAH VAN CLEF
News Editor

Since the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club” is coming up, I thought I’d watch it again from an adult perspective. The first time I watched it I was 15, I was in high school and didn’t know half of the things I know now about school dynamics and student life.
When sitting down with a group of friends in a dorm room during the late hours of the night with the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” blaring through the speakers, I thought about the people I was sitting with. We all came from different walks of life. Different states, towns, family styles. Continue reading

Opinion: Winning is the only thing that matters in football

ANDREW O'HARE
Student Voice Editor

Recently, the New England Patriots have been accused of using deflated balls in their AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts. A deflated ball is easier to throw, catch and carry in harsh conditions like the ones on Championship Sunday. Of course, this news is compounded by past allegations of cheating by the Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belichick. Belichick has been caught and reprimanded before. I do not believe there is enough evidence to call foul play and no punishment has come down from the League. Innocent until proven guilty does not mean innocent until the public disagrees. Continue reading

Student finds issues with drug-detecting nail polish

SYDNEY L. WENSEL
Contributor

n the second trimester of this year, around April, four North Carolina State University undergraduates, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey- Maloney, went public with their invention, “Undercover Colors.”
According to an Aug. 26 Washington Post article by Gail Sullivan, the product is a nail polish that “changes color in the presence of common date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid).”
If you were to look up undercovercolors.com, you would find that it not only solicits donations but also links you to the Facebook and Twitter pages for the invention. Continue reading

Editor reflects on Wozniak event

SARAH VAN CLEF
News Editor

On our way to the Speakers Series on Nov. 20, a group of students and I sat in the back of the quiet bus, and like many people, talked about the last time we were on a bus. It’s funny how a bus can bring back so many memories. My memories on school buses are many since my mother is a bus driver.
We also talked about our childhood and all the things we did at 5, 6, 7 years old that were different than the average small child. Like being salesmen with candy in our lunchrooms, or going against the system when saying no to the teacher, or refusing to do work because we knew that we were smarter than “the stupid worksheet.” Continue reading

Student writer finds issues with poetry form

ANDREW O'HARE
Student Voice Editor

Poetry is a wonderful art form, just like all others. It helps us understand the world around us and it helps us express feelings that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to express.
Poetry is all about efficient transfer of emotion or idea into the reader or audience. It is the shortest possible form of written work. It has all the elements of things I love, if not for a small problem: anybody can write a poem.
I have read some terrible, self-indulgent poetry over the course of my life, and have written a similar amount. Continue reading

Opinion piece: Casual sex is a very complicated topic

CHRIS BEDELL
Staff Writer

The idea of sex without commitment permeates several aspects of pop culture. For example, the films “No Strings Attached” and “Friends With Benefits” illustrate the idea of casual sex. Additionally, Meredith and Derek from the show, “Grey’s Anatomy” and Chuck and Blair from “Gossip Girl” were both couples that began as “just sex.”
Regardless of the examples, the idea is clear. Sex is never just sex. Continue reading