Friday, December 12, 2014

Club Spotlight: Rodrigue's Coffee House

The members of Rodrigue's!
Each works weekly shifts to help with the general operations of the coffee house.
Rodrigue’s Coffee House (also known as “Rod’s”) is an entirely student run coffee shop on campus. It sits conveniently in the middle of all of the freshman dorms on campus. Inside, you’ll find students tables with students doing homework, couches with students relaxing, talking, or playing instruments, and students running the retail counter, selling coffee for only $1. Additionally, during finals, you can purchase a $5 discount card, entitling you to free coffee, tea, and espresso and reduced prices on everything else through the end of the semester.

The inside of Rodrigue's Coffee House!
In addition to providing a place to hang out and do homework, Rodrigue’s is a designated safe space. The club is dedicated to creating a welcoming space for all people that doesn’t discriminate or make others uncomfortable. This means that Rod’s is a place on campus where all students are encouraged to engage in open dialogue on how they feel about various social issues, including but not limited to racism, sexism, and LGBTQ issues. 

The crowd behind Rodrigue's Coffee House waiting for Titus Andronicus.
While Rodrigue’s main function is as a coffee shop, the club also puts on events like monthly open mic nights, Art Days, and various concerts. Recently, Rod’s hosted Titus Andronicus, a New Jersey band that has played at Lollapalooza, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and been featured in Rolling Stone. It’s rumored that notable Fordham student Lana Del Rey even played at Rodrigue’s! The club also tries to find innovative fun events to host that are free to all students; most recently, they hosted a Lazer Tag night.  

1 comment:

  1. Apparently students who aren't "diverse" enough (read: not liberal) are not welcome and might be yelled at and ejected by an unhinged manager. Some safe space!