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Editor reflects on ‘The Breakfast Club’ 30th anniversary

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

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


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

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

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

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

Editor reacts to recent FDU Speakers Series event

Student Voice Editor

The second installment of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Speakers Series featured Alan Alda. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center was filled almost to capacity. Alda spoke about lessons learned over a long life of acting, activism, and adventures that frequently led to near-death experiences. What struck me most is that Alda was able to share his wisdom without being didactic. He exemplified his championed cause of helping scientists communicate with the public by being a great communicator.
Alan Alda argued that being famous is not the key to happiness. He said, “Being rich is way better than being famous.” Who wants the trappings of fame when you can be rich? It seems that being famous has way too many strings attached, while being rich does not. I happen to agree. Continue reading

Reflections on scheduling; student advises choosing wisely


It’s that time of year again when FDU students are scrambling to put together a schedule for next semester. The classes chosen now will determine the amount of the student’s stress, sleep and sanity for three and a half months. So I figured I would explain my experiences this semester to emphasize the importance of choosing your schedule wisely.
Although I am now taking 16 credits, I had originally planned on taking 18. It’s a good thing the number of courses went down, because the extra work would have been overwhelming. Continue reading

Opinion from a feminist who stands with Gamergate

Staff Writer

I’m a feminist and a gamer who stands with Gamergate.
In this day and age it doesn’t really seem like you can be both. The mention of the word, feminism, seems to turn even the most mild-mannered gamer defensive, and if you are a feminist, then you have to be against anyone or anything that stands in the way of feminism. It makes things a bit confusing, not just for those who hear that I’m all for Gamergate and also a feminist, but for myself as well. Let me explain. Continue reading

Opinion: Reaction to ‘eagerly anticipated’ Gaiman event

Entertainment Editor

This past Friday, as a part of FDU’s WAMFEST 2014, celebrated fantasy author Neil Gaiman came to speak to students as part of the ongoing theme, “The Illuminated Word.”
I remember being particularly excited by this panel. Having never been to a WAMFEST Panel before at FDU (you would think after four years I would have actually gone to one, but, surprisingly, no) and considering Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, I was very curious to hear what he had to say and eagerly anticipated the event. Continue reading