The first day of fake spring was a philosophical journey

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor It’s the first day of spring and everyone is so goddamn drunk and philosophical. “It’s funny how all this obscure shit is getting into the mainstream.” The guy I’m talking to after a glass full of vodka...

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A personal essay: Who is the best writer in the room?: A brief look at a literary friendship between Wallace and Franzen

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor 1 I wonder if anyone really looks into what’s happening in a generation until one or two of its members are found dead somewhere or are just shit out of luck. This one’s a pretentious look...

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Late: An excerpt from a short story collection

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor Tiffany was late. I remember specifically because of how frightened I was outside of the train station when the man asked me to get in the car. He wore a brown fedora that drooped because of...

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Some places I have been to, in no particular order

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor There are so many places I’ve fallen in love with again and for the first time since I started piecing my life back together. There’s a café where I share drinks and stories with one...

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The New Year’s Eve party that turned into a dating game

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor First, one of the guys rips his pants straight through the middle and he keeps yelling at everyone, “How do I do that? How do I do that?” But it’s too late because someone has...

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‘The universe is expanding,’ Larry David once said

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor I sit next to a window at work and watch the view of narrow stairs, hill, lawn, building and road. I’m right above the front entrance of the building. All day, people come out for a smoke...

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The Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning helps retirees obtain degree

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor The Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning is a Fairleigh Dickinson University academic program that allows retirees to pursue a college degree. “In general, we offer courses, community, and the range of university resources for...

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Stories that you don’t want to tell your children

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor My father spent a night in jail once. But first, the burning tire. They rolled out the hot rubber tire onto the asphalt, cackling the way Spanish people do when they’ve stepped on something clever. What stuck to their...

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Film screening showcases work of recent grads

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor Four student films were screened at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown on Oct. 11. The event was hosted by Howard Libov, director of the College at Florham’s film and animation department. The screening was free for...

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For sale: Writers in packs of three at discounted prices

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor I tried to write a poem about it, but it didn’t work. I was too focused on the attempt at writing and forgot about all the actual writing that took place. We all sweat under the pen, some...

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