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   

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Senior Spotlight: Irene Kate Patron and Siobhan Donahue

Name: Irene Kate Patron
Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Major: Applied Accounting & Finance
Date of Graduation: May 2017

Name: Siobhan Donahue
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Communications
Minor: Economics
Date of Graduation: May 2017

Why did you choose to go to Fordham over any other school?

Irene: Ever since my freshman year of high school, I knew I wanted to go to college in New York City. I visited a few schools in the area during my senior year and fell in love with Fordham’s campus (even if I was super late to my campus tour…oops!) I love how our school has a traditional campus setting despite it being only a quick train ride away from Manhattan. Being close to the Botanical Gardens and so many great restaurants is also a plus! And of course, I’ve always heard great things about the academic programs here.

Siobhan: They gave me a lot of money. Also, my family has gone to this school since the 1940's.
If you could do the college process over again, what would you do differently, if anything?

Irene: The number one thing I wish I did while in college was enroll in a study tour course. Fordham offers courses that give you the opportunity to travel with your class for a week to countries such as Ireland and Japan. These short-term study programs are great for people like me who knew they didn’t want or didn’t have time to study abroad for an entire semester.

Siobhan: I would change my essay. Mostly because I've evolved as a writer and my whole writing process is different now.
Irene Kate Patron at this year's Leadership Weekend
Could you describe your most favorite role as a leader and student on campus?
Irene: My most favorite student leader role, hands down, was being an Orientation Leader. For all three years that I did Orientation, I was assigned to greet new students and their families right as they entered the campus entrance during Opening Day. I remember how nervous I felt during Opening Day as a freshman but felt more relieved when the OLs approached my car and welcomed me. There’s nothing more exciting and rewarding than being literally the first face new students see and helping ease their college transition!

Siobhan: My most favorite role as a leader has been my role as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the paper. My co-Editor-in-Chief was the most amazing person in existence. We worked so well together. On top of that, my editor team as a whole was very intrinsically motivated.

What kind of opportunities has Fordham given you that you might not have found elsewhere?

Irene: Fordham has such a huge and supportive network that has opened up so many student involvement opportunities for me. I attended the Leadership Weekend retreat my freshman year and I truly feel like that helped shape my Fordham experience. If I didn’t attend LW, I would have never met people who inspired me to get involved with organizations such as New Student Orientation, Senior Week, or Global Outreach. My on-campus involvement also made me realize that I want to pursue a career in student affairs—had I attended another university, I might have had different career aspirations.

Siobhan: Fordham's recognition and prestige helped me land my current internship at a law firm!
What is your favorite memory of Fordham?
Irene and Siobhan went apple picking!

Irene: As simple as this may be, my favorite memory would have to be the times my friends and I hung out during the summertime. We all lived in Martyrs Court for three summers and there was nothing more fun than just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Our nightly family dinners after work (followed by the occasional dessert trips to Arthur Avenue or Manhattan) were always something I looked forward to!

Siobhan: Being an orientation leader this past summer. I was partnered up with the nicest, sweetest, and funniest person I have ever met. Furthermore, my freshmen group was filled with very extroverted and intelligent students.
What will you miss the most about leaving Fordham?

Irene: I will definitely miss the people out of all things. Like I previously mentioned, so many of them have inspired me to get involved and helped me become the person who I am today. My friends and advisors have been a constant source of support in getting me through all my highs and lows in college. It will be so weird not being a short walk away from them anymore!

Siobhan: I will miss the community. Fordham is a school where if you fall in the middle of the sidewalk, at least 10 people will appear by your side to help you up. My only hope is that the rest of the world can be just as kind.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Club Spotlight: Fordham Jetés

Do you know what 5th position is?  Have you ever performed in or attended a production of The Nutcracker?  Can you call yourself a bonafide bunhead?  If you answered yes to all three of these questions, then The Jetés is the club for you at Fordham!

We are Fordham’s student-run classical ballet company.  The Jetés were established as a club at the Rose Hill campus almost exactly a year ago.  Since then, we have performed selections of Swan Lake at various campus events, danced variations from The Sleeping Beauty at Maroon Mainstage during family weekend, and even presented our own version of The Nutcracker in December!

We have exciting things coming up for this semester as well.  We have outreach performances scheduled for local Bronx public school students as well as for the retired Jesuit community at Murray-Weigel Hall just off campus.  Our executive board members are in the midst of casting and choreographing for our full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty ballet, which will take to the stage in Collins Auditorium on April 21st and 22nd.
If you danced throughout high school, there’s no reason to give it up in college!  We hold auditions twice a year, once at the beginning of fall semester and again at the beginning of spring semester.  Pointe experience is not necessary, but certainly a plus as most of our featured roles are danced en pointe.

We’d love to hear from you!  Search us on Youtube to see previous performances and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@fordhamjetes) to get a behind-the-scenes look at our rehearsals and shows!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Seeing Saturday Night Live... Live!

For our first weekend back at Fordham after winter break, my roommates and I decided we wanted to do something fun and exciting that you can only do in New York City. Since freshman year we had been talking about going to a taping of Saturday Night Live, so we decided there is no time like the present and set off to spend 12+ hours on the streets of New York in order to get tickets to the January 21st taping of the show hosted by Aziz Ansari with Big Sean as the musical guest.

We entertained ourselves by watching Netflix on our phones.
NBC hands out tickets to either the dress rehearsal or live show at 7 am on the Saturday morning of the taping on a first come, first served basis. To secure a good spot on line, my roommates and I arrived on 48th street (where they hand out the tickets) at around 5 pm the Friday before. Yes, it was freezing cold and even raining at points, but we stayed strong and stuck it out. To stay warm we bundled up with layers of clothes and blankets. We also bought ourselves hand and feet warmers from the 24-hour Duane Reade that was conveniently located right across the street from where we set up camp.

At 7 am when the NBC pages came out to hand out tickets we were exhausted but excited. We put our names down for the live show, but there was no guarantee we would actually get in to the taping. We went back to our dorm, slept the day away, and arrived back at 30 Rock at 10 pm to line up yet again to try to get into the live show. We were numbers 19, 20, and 21 in line for the live taping, so we thought we had a decent shot at getting in, but the entire time you are lined up the NBC pages and security guards are reminding you that there is no guarantee you will get to see the taping until you are physically in a chair in the studio.

Once we finally got up the elevator, into the studio, and in seats, we allowed ourselves to be completely excited. Seeing the taping of the show was so amazing. We watch it live every week but there is something different about getting to actually see it happen in front of you. It is so interesting to see how the studio is set up and to see what they do during commercial breaks.
My roommates and I are three of the little blurry faces somewhere in the audience!

Even though we had to wait out in the cold for hours on end, the whole experience ended up being completely worth it and we can't wait to do it again soon! It is one of those New York bucket list items that we are glad we got to check off.