Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dodransbicen-what? Fordham Celebrates 175 Years!

2017 marks the 175th year of Fordham University's existence; in other words, Fordham celebrates its Dodransbicentennial! Everyone is in on the celebrations with the university providing students and staff with a year of special events, programs, and exhibits that highlight Fordham's history and influence as the Jesuit University of New York.

Even the Empire State Building showed its colors for Fordham last night in honor of the 175th anniversary!
Here's to another 175 years, Fordham! So that would be a... Semiseptcentennial? Have fun trying to say that in speeches! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meet the Bloggers: the Rose Hill Society Ambassadors!

Reading through the “I Am A Fordham Ram” blog posts is a great way to catch a glimpse of all of the amazing opportunities and experiences Fordham has to offer its students, but those who are scrolling through this treasure trove of a website might be a little confused as to who, exactly, is writing the posts--paid students? Administration? A street-savvy robot that the technology department whipped up one day? The answer is, actually, none of the above!

RHS ambassadors pose with Father McShane during an admissions event!
All of these posts are written by Fordham students who are part of the Rose Hill Society, which is just a fancy way of saying that we are unpaid volunteer students who love Fordham and want to help prospective students learn more about the campus. We have to apply and interview to join the Rose Hill Society, and once we’re in we become committed to helping out the people Fordham cares about the most--students just like you! Whether it’s leading tours or writing up blog posts, hosting student panels or snapping photos to put on the RHS Instagram, us RHS ambassadors are passionate about celebrating Fordham and all of its students.

Admitted Student's Day is just one event that RHS ambassadors help with at Fordham
If you want to get in touch with a RHS student representative, just check out the sidebar on the “I Am A Fordham Ram” blogsite and check out our Facebook, Twitter, Insta, or email! If you want to get in contact with a specific student, you can find our emails on the sidebar as well. Happy exploring, and GO RAMS!

Our mascot Ramses (both the real and the cartoon version) are much loved by RHS ambassadors!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fordham's Performing Arts: Theatrical Outreach Program

The performing arts are an integral part of the campus culture at Rose Hill. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of directing my first feature length production on campus through the Theatrical Outreach Program (TOP). TOP is one of three student theatre clubs on the Rose Hill campus, and strives to perform works of classical and educational theatre for students at local middle schools and high schools in the Bronx. After the performance we have a question and answer session with the students and play some theatre games to get them up and interacting with the stage and the actors. TOP is the perfect blend of performing arts and community service!
 The play we put on was called Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, and focused on the refugee experience of a young Jewish girl during World War II. Admission was totally free, and there was a donation box for the refugee relief organization ActionAid USA, for which we raised nearly $300.  Later this semester, TOP will be putting on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

At Fordham, there are opportunities for students to get involved in theatre in any way they may be interested: acting, directing, writing, stage managing, budgeting, costuming, or simply just watching! Usually, I am onstage performing, so it was interesting and fun to have a chance to be the one calling the shots and making my creative vision manifest on stage. If you have any interest in theatre at all, there is room for you to exercise your creative muscles at Rose Hill!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Views: The Empire State Building

View of the ESB from the Flatiron Building.
There is no better symbol to represent New York City than one of the tallest buildings making up the skyline itself: the Empire State Building. People come from all over to both see the Empire State Building from below and climb it to see the view of Manhattan from 102 stories. When you're a Fordham student, there's no shortage on amount of times you'll get to see the Empire State Building, but it heeds the same amazing feeling each time - and from each place!

View of the ESB from MSG - unreal.
The Flatiron District, located surrounding 23rd Street, is home to Shake Shack, Argo Tea, and the Flatiron Building itself.  But, it also provides a stellar view of the Empire State Building.  Eating your Shake Shack while gazing up at one of the most famous buildings in the world is an experience that never gets old.

One of New York's other major selling points is Madison Square Garden, home to so many performances over the years by Billy Joel, Radiohead, Justin Bieber... pretty much anyone you can name! Going to a concert or a Ranger game at Madison Square Garden is somewhat of a right of passage for living in New York, and the view that hits you as soon as you exit a Madison Square Garden event is unparalleled.

There are so many other great places to see the Empire State Building, whether up close or far away, but my personal favorite view will always be from right here in O'Hare Hall on the Rose Hill Campus.  I always have to take a moment when I walk by the 5th Floor Lounge to appreciate how lucky I am to go to Fordham, so close to so much opportunity.

NYC view from O'Hare Hall at Fordham Rose Hill.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rams Deli Plus: A Fordham Favorite

Coming from the suburban Midwest, I had never been to or experienced a bodega. The closest I have to them at home are gas station convenience stores, where the food is subpar at best. However, when I came to Fordham, I was suddenly introduced to the wonders of bodega food, satisfying my hungers at all times of the day. Enter Rams Deli Plus, the premier bodega in the Belmont neighborhood. Located on Fordham Road between Hoffman Street and Arthur Avenue, Rams Deli Plus, simply known as “Rams” or “RDP” to students, has been a Fordham staple for years, serving hungry students 24/7.

Starting with breakfast, you cannot go wrong with a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich from RDP. Whether you like it on a roll, wrap, bagel, or croissant, RDP will make you a breakfast sandwich you will write home about. If you are feeling a little more adventurous for breakfast, try the Hashtag, a bold creation boasting a chicken cutlet, hash brown, bacon, egg, and cheese. With so many options for breakfast being served at all times of the day, you can’t go wrong with a quick bite from Rams.

Rams Deli Plus’ options for lunch and dinner are even greater. Whether you want a sandwich, a burger, a wrap, or even halal food, Rams has it. A few of my personal favorites are the Calito’s Burger, which is a cheeseburger with avocado, bacon, ranch, and sriracha, and the California Wrap, sporting grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, ranch, avocado, lettuce, and tomato. If you want something that will fill you up for hours and for cheap, Rams is the place to go. With friendly staff, a welcoming atmosphere, and some of the best food close to campus, Rams Deli Plus is a most go for all Fordham students.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Summer Internship: Yale University Press

The library where I worked
This summer, I had the opportunity to work at Yale University Press in New Haven CT.  I was an intern in the Intellectual Property and Administration Department.  This program was a ten-week summer internship for college students to learn about the publishing process and gain experience in fields such as publicity, marketing, acquisitions, and art workshop.  As a communications major and marketing minor who plans to go to law school, I was able to learn a great deal from working at Yale Press.  Everyone who works there was friendly and knowledgeable, and took the time to teach me important skills.  I was also able to attend meetings, book launch, and editorial panels to get an idea of the behind-the-scenes work that takes place during the publishing process.  It was fascinating to see the way that each of the departments plays a role in the overall completion of a book. 

New Haven town green

The courtyard of Yale Press
I was able to obtain this internship because of valuable skills that I had learned at Fordham.  Working in Intellectual Property required a great deal of critical thinking and organization.  In addition, core classes that I had taken in my freshman and sophomore year had prepared me for the work environment and encouraged me to explore new fields to find topics that were interesting to me.  This internship proved just how many skills I was developing at Fordham, and was a great way to spend my summer.  After building great connections with many of the Yale Press employees, I worked in New Haven again over the winter break and was able to learn even more. The experience was a great way to challenge myself and make connections with other college students from all over the country.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Opportunities in Columbus Circle

Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus is located on the border of the Upper West Side and Hell’s Kitchen, less than a five minute walk away from Lincoln Square and Columbus Circle. Columbus Circle has become a well-known starting point for New York Cities biggest rallies, protests, and marches. Most recently, New York City’s Not My President Rally was hosted between Columbus Circle and 65th Street. The close proximity to Fordham’s campus allowed Fordham students to actively engage in community events. The Not My President’s Day event featured several speakers who expressed their concerns about the government’s actions. This created an exciting opportunity for students who wanted to learn more about the issues that this country will be facing over the course of the next four years. 

Thousands of New Yorkers attended the event, creating a vibrant and vocal group of people moving through the streets adjacent to Lincoln Center’s campus. Students and New Yorkers came together on Monday, February 20th to peacefully demonstrate their strong ties to their community and to their nation. Fordham students are passionate, well-informed, and active in their community. These city-wide events are only available in a city as diverse and beautiful as New York.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Risk and Reward: Independent Research

Stock Image, Source: Google
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.