Review: New ‘Thor’ movie focuses on character growth

Sydney Corio Staff Writer   Back with a new haircut and a without his famous hammer, Mjolnir, the god of thunder, dominated the box office with his new movie, “Thor: Ragnarok.” Ragnarok is Marvel’s third “Thor” release, but it has earned the title...

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Opinion: The top 10 albums of 2017

Jeffery Petrone Staff Writer   What can a lowly record reviewer do when not looking for the cure to Peter Laughner’s acute pancreatitis? The answer is simple: make end-of-year lists. Before we begin, I want to address something: Both Kendrick Lamar and Tyler,...

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FDU shows award-winning short film directed by alumnus

Mark Tsyrouk Student Voice Editor   On Nov. 7, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Spanish and film production faculty premiered an award-winning short film directed by FDU alumnus Miguel J. Soliman. The film, entitled “Desde el Principio” or “From the Top,” was shown to dozens...

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Review: ‘My Friend Dahmer’ is worth seeing

Samantha Fabbricatore Entertainment Editor   High school movies and television shows these days all include one thing: an awkward learning period. “My Friend Dahmer” has this as well, except when the main character graduates, he does not throw his cap to the wind...

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Review: ‘Genesis: Paradise Lost’ makes a case for Biblical creation

James Neidhardt News Editor   Nov. 13 saw the release of “Genesis: Paradise Lost,” a unique film depicting the account of creation as recorded in the Bible in Genesis 1. The film defends the biblical creation paradigm in science, challenging Darwinian evolution. The...

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FDU shows award-winning short film directed by alumnus

Mark Tsyrouk Student Voice Editor   On Nov. 7, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Spanish and film production faculty premiered an award-winning short film directed by FDU alumnus Miguel J. Soliman. The film, entitled “Desde el Principio” or “From the Top,” was shown to dozens...

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Review: Margo Price stuns with second album

Jeffrey Petrone Staff Writer   In 2016, almost out of nowhere, an unknown country singer named Margo Price released her first album. Now, in 2017, Price has returned with her second effort, “All American Made.” The album finds the singer getting political, but still...

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‘Summer and Smoke’ to hit Dreyfuss stage next month

Brian Aronoff Staff Writer   The Fairleigh Dickinson University theater program will end the fall semester with performances of Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke.” “Summer and Smoke,” written by Williams in 1948, has had several adaptations over the years, including a film version...

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The 2017 World Series ended with the Houston Astros claiming their first championship title, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers with a score of 5-1. It was nice that they had won for the first time in the franchise’s history, but the victory was quite bittersweet following an incident involving Yuli Gurriel, the first baseman for the Astros, and Yu Darvish, the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. In a broadcast video from the SB Nation website, Gurriel, who is Cuban, made a racist gesture towards Darvish, who is part Japanese, by stretching his eyes narrowly and calling the pitcher a “chinito,” or “little Chinese boy.” Gurriel received criticism for his behavior from baseball fans, along with the Asian and Hispanic communities. As someone who is part Japanese and Spanish, this incident was personally offensive and disappointing. Gurriel is one of many representing the Hispanic community in an American sports league, bringing in diversity that is good to see. However, to see him mock someone for his ethnicity or race is disgraceful. He misrepresented the community and his team during this incident. Darvish did not deserve to go through this unfortunate experience. It really does hurt to be mocked, stereotyped or judged by other people for being different. It is an experience that no one deserves to endure. It is also intolerable to see anyone doing this type of behavior to others since they know it is wrong, but they do it anyway. There was no reason for this incident to have happened. Darvish addressed the incident on Twitter in Oct. 28: “No one is perfect. That includes both you and I. What he had done today isn’t right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than accuse him. If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for mankind… Let’s stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger. I’m counting on everyone’s big love.” Major League Baseball took action by suspending Gurriel for the first five games in the 2018 season, rather than suspending him in the World Series. This decision was unfair; he should have served his suspension immediately by missing at least one game or missing the rest of the finals. That way, he would have realized the error of his ways and the MLB would have sent a message to its other players that the behavior was unacceptable, especially during important games. Plus, other American sports leagues have suspended players during championship games and for the remainder of a season for various reasons. The National Basketball Association suspended Draymond Green, the power forward for the Golden State Warriors, after a flagrant foul against Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James during Game 4 in the 2016 finals. The National Hockey League suspended Aaron Rome, who played defense for the Vancouver Canucks, for the rest of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals after he hit and injured Nathan Horton, the right-wing for the Boston Bruins, in Game 3. The National Football League suspended Brandon Browner, then-cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, for the rest of the 2013 season, along with the Super Bowl, after a failed drug test. Gurriel at least apologized for his behavior. However, he should have known better than to behave that way. He did not deserve to relish in the team’s greatest achievement and continue playing this season.

Carlie Madlinger Contributor On Nov. 3, FDU senior Ronald Madlinger stylishly strutted to his first class in Hennessy Hall, wearing a distinctive navy blue collared Clear Fin Clothing polo shirt. Madlinger is a brand ambassador and model for the philanthropic athletic...

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Review: 50 years later, Ochs’ ‘Pleasures of the Harbor’ is worth a second look

Jeffrey Petrone Staff Writer   Though folk singer Phil Ochs only lived to the age of 35, he was one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 1960s. His manic optimism reached its peak in 1967 with the release of his third studio album...

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