Thursday, February 23, 2017

Risk and Reward: Independent Research

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I always thought research was reserved for science majors. I watched my roommate over a year ago do research with her professor about flies and enzymes and sort of dismissed the idea that I’d ever be able to do such a thing myself. When the summer research deadline came around last year, I decided I was going to structure something different. I was going to apply the principles of hard sciences to the social.

I started talking to one of my favorite professors and came up with an idea that combined two of my loves: narrative, and personal heritage. My project would talk to individuals who left their countries to come to New York, and ask them why. I was confident. I was excited.

It was to my dismay when I found I wasn’t accepted for a summer research grant. I started talking to more professors. I was committed to my research and refused to let it die. I ended up continuing to pursue my research as an independent study in the fall.

My research ended up being bilingual in English and French. I wrote nearly 25 pages and never thought that was something I’d be able to accomplish in a different language. Research  gave me the confidence to be inquisitive, and made me realize I wanted to pursue a writing based profession. For that, I have Fordham to thank.

A Wednesday Trip to the Whitney

Because of Fordham's flexible schedule, I have no classes on Wednesdays, which means time for adventuring! With the wintery weather, my current go-to has been visiting one of the multitude museums in Manhattan. However, as the sunshine made an appearance yesterday, I was excited to go visit the Whitney Museum of American Art, not only for the amazing collection and always changing exhibits but also for the stunning views from the museum's rooftop. 

Upon entering the museum, visitors are greeted by Glenn Ligon's 'America' neon sign, apt for the American art that will be displayed in the museum. A similar work by Ligon can also be found the LA's contemporary art museum, The Broad. When I saw this piece, I immediately knew I would enjoy the rest of the works to follow. 

When navigating between the various levels of the museum, visitors can choose to take the elevator or opt for a more artistic, whimsical walk up the staircase and features, what seems to be, a never-ending string of light bulbs coming from the ceiling. 

Along the many pieces of art in the museum, none mesmerized me more that Urs Fischer's 'Standing Julian.' The almost eight-foot tall candle portrait depicts of artist-director, Julian Schnabel. In reality, Schnabel stands only 5'8; yet, Fischer's candle portrays him as a larger-than-life giant. The candle, which weighs 1,000 pounds, was light around April 2016. Every day, museum workers light the massive Schnabel and then extinguish the flame at night. As one can see from the photograph, Julian has been quite literally melting away over the past year. I could only sit and stare at this piece, observing the wax stalactites that formed from drops of the substance rolling down the body of Julian. In fact, the candle man's head had fallen off at some time and now rests upon the floor, staring up at visitors. The area around Schnabel can only be classified, quite aptly, as a beautiful mess. With a muddling of wax colors puddling on the floor and the luminescent glow of the light wicks, Standing Julian is a sight to behold. 

The Whitney, boasting 'Standing Julian,' any many other exquisite works of art, such as neon signage, works be Keith Haring, and downright whimsical, dream-like exhibits should most definitely be considered for your next city outing. To learn more about the Whitney and its current exhibits, click here. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

So Long Snow and Hello Students!

A change of seasons. Not quite literally, thought. We are moving out from the snowy days or winter and towards the cheerful, lively days of Admitted Students season! It was only but the other week that Fordham students geared up to trek around campus in the snowy wonderland of Fordham. Yet, the freezing temperatures did not stop Fordham students from spending hours out on Eddie's, building architecturally sound igloos that were over six feet tall and making snow angels. Personally, coming from California, I was bundled head to toe, resembling either a mummy or a yeti with my bulk and various wrappings. In fact, I finally invested in a long down winter coat, thinking that I must need it in the event that we get struck by another snow storm.

Much to my chagrin, the snow did not return. In fact, I slowly watched as it melted off the roofs of the buildings and exposed the sodden grass. So much for my use of a winter coat! Yet, with the absence of cold weather, the sun came out, giving Fordham students a hope for the spring time. With the weekend boasting temperatures in the high 60's, students took to Eddie's to lay out and throw about a frisbee, attempt to catch some meager UV rays while tanning, or simply to enjoy the warmth of this unusually warm February. It seems as if life is blossoming at Fordham, as students yearn for the spring time. 

With the weather expected to be stunning on Thursday, both students and those visiting Fordham should be in high spirits. With an outstanding turnout of over 600 students for the President's Day Open House, we are in full swing with Admitted Student Days and tours for both prospective and accepted students. Throughout the week, let alone on Friday, over 400 students will descend upon Fordham's campus to see first-hand the beauty and comradery of the #Ramily. I, as a member of RHS, could not be more excited for the start of this new "season." Getting to show around individuals interested in Fordham and share my own experience has me reminisce upon my high school experience and realize how choosing Fordham has been a truly defining moment for me that has shaped my college experience for the better. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Relay for Life at Fordham!

Spring is around the corner, and that means that Fordham College at Lincoln Center's Relay for Life event is coming up! This year is FCLC’s 8th annual Relay, and the planning committee is working to make sure that it’s the best yet!

Eunice Jung (FCLC '20) sits in the plaza to get Fordham students excited about Relay for Life.

In order to get students excited and informed, FCLC’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer hosted a Relay for Life Kick Off to spread the word about the event and the cause. At the Kick Off, students could register and form their teams.

Relay for Life is a globally recognized event created by the American Cancer Society. It focuses on team fundraising and solidarity in order to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. There are thousands of Relay for Life events every year, and FCLC's will be happening on Friday, April 21st from 4:00pm- midnight!

FCLC's Relay for Life is Friday, April 21st! 

To register for Relay for Life at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, visit!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pete's Café: A Fordham Favorite

Pete's menu
After a fire in March of 2015, I wasn’t sure if Pete’s Café would ever come back to Fordham Road.  Last year, I heard rumors that the diner was returning, but the gossip finally proved to be true this semester.  The café opened under new management, and I was so excited to get to go back! Pete’s is located at 570 East Fordham Road, and is a great spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  

Pete's Café's French Toast
Most importantly, Pete’s is open seven days a week and serves breakfast all day long, so Fordham students can get brunch whenever they want.  Pete’s is cozy and welcoming, with a classic diner feel.  The French Toast is incredible, and Pete’s is known for its Mexican food (like breakfast burritos) as well.  The café is family friendly, with a kids’ menu and many different food options.  I’m so glad Pete’s is back, since it has great food and is a great addition to the Fordham community!

Some of the breakfast food at the café

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friends, Food, and Fun: Fordham on Retreat

If you ever find yourself in need of some rest and relaxation during the semester--and let’s be real, who doesn’t want to take a break from the city that never sleeps every now and again--then one of Fordham’s weekend retreat programs are perfect for you. 
Retreats have a variety of themes, but new friendships are always the result!
If you’re not convinced to go on retreat already, then here’s the final push: the food is excellent, with snacking opportunities abound! Spending time with friends old and new, talking about what matters most to you over a delicious meal in a beautiful doesn’t get much better than that!
Fordham students at the McGrath House of Prayer
Run by Fordham’s Campus Ministry, all of the retreat programs take place at the beautiful McGrath House of Prayer in Goshen, NY. Here, students are able to unplug from the constant flow of responsibilities and stressors of college life and instead put aside time for reflection, growth, and the development of new friendships with other Fordham students. There’s a wide variety of programs available throughout the school year, with each month presenting a number of retreats that revolve around a specific theme and focus: from year-specific programs to faith-based retreats, Men’s and Women’s retreats to social justice and LGBT-specific programming, there’s a stay in Goshen perfect for each Fordham student. Spend a whole weekend at the McGrath House or just stay for a twenty-four hour retreat; either way, you’ll experience growth and learning that will help you far beyond the confines of Fordham’s campus.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Keating Through the Seasons

If you've visited Fordham you know that no matter what time of year it is, the campus looks beautiful.  From summer nights to blustery winter days, students are always snapping photos of the most picturesque spots on campus, especially Keating Hall.

Home to the infamous bell tower, Keating is placed at the center of campus behind Edward's Parade (the old football field and popular spot for students to hang out on during warm days and during New Student Orientation).  Keating also houses academic classrooms, deans offices, dance studios, WFUV- Fordham's the student run radio network, a beautiful blue chapel, and so much more!  Odds are, as a Fordham student you will have a couple of classes in Keating during your years here.

Here are some pictures of Keating Hall through the seasons, just another reason why you should come to Fordham and check it out yourself!

Keating Hall during the January 2015 Snowstorm Juno

Keating Hall on a warm day in Spring 2015, featuring students enjoying the nice weather on Eddie's!

Keating Hall in the Summer of 2016, preparing to celebrate 175 Years of Fordham, the Dodransbicentenial

Keating Hall in the Fall of 2016 at sunset

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Students Resist: Fordham Stands With Immigrants

 (Photo: Joe Catron/MintPress)
Fordham University is part of a large group of students studying in New York City. On February 7th, 2017, one student brings together college and high school students alike to participate in a rally to show support for Muslim students and immigrants. At 12:00 PM EST, a group of Fordham Students join Hebh Jamal’s Walkout For a Better Tomorrow by leaving campus and traveling downtown to Foley Square. This will demonstrate NYC Student’s rejection of hatred, racism, and xenophobia as the group raises their voice to ensure that the lift on the Muslim ban stays in place.

This is the second protest in the past week that Fordham Students have participated in to demonstrate their refusal to accept overt racism and xenophobia. Fordham students, faculty and alum are working tirelessly to help those directly affected. Alum Chris Hennessy was mentioned in a New York Times article illustrating the values that are in place at Fordham University. Several clubs and organizations gathered last week to hold a demonstration on the Plaza to explicate their position in regards to the executive orders.

On January 29, 2017, Fordham University’s President, Father Joseph McShane, addressed President Trump’s executive order to restrict the ability to travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as suspending the U.S. refugee program indefinitely in a campus-wide email. McShane sent a list of resources that might aid undocumented students and ensured students and faculty that “Fordham University stands with the tens of thousands of refugees and would-be immigrants affected.” As a University that was founded by the Jesuit Order to provide education to the immigrant population of New York, Fordham University is dedicated to the protection of all who may be affected by this ban.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Making NYC My Campus Again

Last semester, I was fortunate enough to have one of the best experiences of my life studying at Fordham’s London Centre. While abroad, I vowed to fully make use of my lengthy weekends by exploring London and everything it had to offer. From visiting historical sites to checking out the numerous free art and history museums, my agenda was packed with the goal of becoming a true Londoner, even if just for three and a half months. My explorations paid off well when I was able to, two months into the semester, give a group of tourists accurate directions on how to get to Kings Cross Station.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London- One of my favorites!

But then it hit me. While I knew how to get to Oxford Street by foot from anywhere within the London city limits, I still have to pull up a subway map on my phone to get anywhere here in New York City. I have never been to the Met. My last play was my freshman year, two whole years ago. Fordham is located in one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, and, despite having infinite opportunities to explore it, I have failed during my first three years at trying to be a New Yorker.

Koreatown in Manhattan

As soon as I stepped off the plane last month, I promised I would change that, and I would say that it is going pretty well so far. I have been on the Ram Van more times in the past three weeks than I had ever been on it my first two years here. I spent my first weekend back exploring a new neighborhood (Koreatown!), my second weekend at a concert (Does Winterfest at LC count?), and, in the spur of the moment, waited outside in line to see Live! With Kelly before my Wednesday class.

Balcony seats to see Kelly Ripa
Yes, I may be one of the few Fordham students who have jumped in late to following the “Fordham is my School, New York is my Campus” mantra. Whether a student recognizes the wonderful opportunities going to school in NYC brings his first year or it takes three years and being half way across the world to realize what she has been missing, Fordham students can truly attest that New York City is their campus.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Endless Opportunities in NYC

Less than one month back at Fordham and this semester 
Waitress is currently on Broadway starring Jessie
Mueller with music by Sara Bareilles.
has already been full of irreplaceable NYC experiences! 

One of the best parts of Fordham is the quick and easy access to Broadway shows.  During the first week of this semester I was able to go see Waitress on Broadway, something that only New York City can offer. It was entertaining, relaxing, and took my mind off of the pending next 4 months of homework!

Then, last week tons of Fordham students and I attended Winter Fest, a concert held at Lincoln Center annually. As Fordham students, tickets only cost $5, (an amazing deal). This year the band was The Mowgli's, and last year it was Borns.  Winter Fest is somewhat of a winter version of Spring Weekend, which is quickly approaching! The Mowgli's were incredible, as expected.  

The Mowgli's; 1/27/17

And of course nothing is complete without some amazing food, which New York City is certainly not short on. 

Macaron Cafe                                                           Macbar                                                      Davey's Ice Cream