Monday, February 23, 2015

Rams for Others

Fordham students are dedicated to giving back to the community and helping those in need.  We embrace the Jesuit tenent of Men and Women for Others.  The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice offers many opportunities for students to participate in community service projects, but there are many additional ways to support good causes around campus and the community. 

Currently RHA (Residence Halls Association) is hosting a Philanthropy Series, with four main events.  Earlier in the month there was a 12 hour dance marathon and a beer tasting event (for those students 21+ of course). Both of these events were fundraisers for the B+ Foundation, which works to fight childhood cancer.  On Wednesday there will be a Philanthropy Fair featuring student clubs presenting about their work with the community and GO! (Global Outreach) Teams raising funds for their service trips.  The final event in the Philanthropy Series will be an auction taking place next week. 

Answering trivia in Dagger John's during the
beer tasting event for RHA's Philanthropy Series 
I recently turned 21, so I though what better way to celebrate than attend a beer tasting that benefited a great charity.  The event was held in Dagger John’s in the basement of the McGinley Center.  While munching on some chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, and pigs in a blanket (a.k.a. college kid delicacies) we were treated to fun facts about beer with the chance to answer beer trivia questions for prizes.  The host of the event was a recent Fordham alumnus, who actually had an internship with the New York City Brewers Guild while at Fordham (just another perk of attending a well-connected school in NYC).  We were given 4 oz. samples of 6 different types of beer, and while we were tasting, our host shared his industry knowledge and informed us of the qualities to look for in each.  I had a lot of fun and felt very sophisticated at my first beer tasting.  This event is just one example of how Fordham students find unique ways to serve others.  

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