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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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Opinion: America and the enduring Kennedy mystique

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

This Friday will mark the 50th anniversary of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination. The assassination, which took place in Dallas, was one of the most damaging events of 20th century.

A whole generation that looked up to Kennedy and, by extension, his family, when he was sworn in in January of 1961, had their heads bowed in grief two years later.
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Opinion: It’s important to look beyond the macro level of oppression

DEVON DOUGLAS-BOWERS
Staff Writer

Sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia are all something that most of us have learned about or are currently in the process of learning.

While it is important to learn about these different forms of oppression, we must also take into account from what perspective we are taught about oppression and how it is rather incomplete. Rarely, if ever, do we discuss oppression in a personal manner, from how it affects us on an individual level to how we perpetuate systems of oppression through our thoughts and actions.
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Opinion: Why Congress needs to complete ENDA’s passage

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

Last week, the U.S. Senate made a bold statement in passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA. The bill, which passed with a vote of 64 to 32, with 10 Republicans from states ranging from Nevada to New Hampshire, is the latest step in the multi-decade push for equality within the LGBT community.

The bill will make it illegal to discriminate in the workplace against someone who is either Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.
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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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Personal essay: A warm welcome back to Halloween

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

Now I know that it seems odd to be talking about Halloween in November, but for the past two years we have been tricked rather than treated to a normal Halloween by Mother Nature. Between “Snowtober” and Superstorm Sandy, which also came with a snowstorm, it seemed as if the Eastern Seaboard was cursed.

If it happened again this year I could imagine the Halloween spirit being so crushed it would take another generation just to get it back.
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Story: Friends are not always forever, phony doesn’t cut it

CHRIS BEDELL
Columnist

Stefan Paine. He has two distinct personalities. One incident will be burned in my mind forever though.

It happened six years ago one morning during the fall semester of my sophomore year at Davidson University… I walked up the gigantic stairs to the academic buildings as I felt the humid breeze against my face. Once I got to the top stair, I bumped into Stefan.
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First-ever trip to Comic Con was well worth the ‘madness’

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

As someone who quite enjoys the world of geek culture, you can imagine my excitement when I ordered tickets to New York Comic Con for the very first time.

For years, I had been dreaming of being able to go to one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world, after hearing so many people tell me year after year how amazing it was. After months of waiting, the day finally arrived. It was Oct. 12, 2013. My girlfriend and I headed down on the train early in the morning to go to the Javits Center in New York City. We would be meeting up with some friends later on in the day.
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Letter to the editors: Reader responds to coverage of recreation trail

To the editors:

Students of FDU use the term “Rape Trail” in jest. The Traction Line Recreation Trail was given this title because there are many hiding places, nowhere to run and most importantly there are no lights. It is the ideal place for any type of assault. But to say that it is not dangerous at all because nothing has happened yet is the most ignorant thing to say. It is because nothing has happened yet that the term “Rape Trail” has remained a joke.

The joking, however, should stop because the “Rape Trail” is a disaster waiting to happen.

You don’t look at a ticking bomb and say that it can cause no harm because it has no history of causing any. You cut the wires before it can explode. It is up to the school to protect its students. We need to be proactive instead of reactive. To acknowledge the risks of the recreation trail and then excuse them is an embarrassment. Put lights there to make it safer! Don’t wait for the bomb to go “BOOM” and then wonder why it happened.

Don’t bat away the notion by saying “Call Public Safety,” then adding that they’re not supposed to provide services outside of campus. “Yes, I am but a feeble person, who needs an escort to the train station, so I may be protected from all who wish to prey on me.” This is not the type of thinking that should be encouraged. If you are scared, then yes! Please call them. But you shouldn’t have to feel scared at all.

Holly Anderson