Diversity among leaders, Dining Services and alcohol transports were discussed at the recent Student Life Council meeting last Wednesday. Council members opened the meeting by discussing the lack of diversity among student leaders on campus. Solutions such as increasing inclusive programming efforts through student organizations were suggested among other initiatives. “This is not a project that will be completed overnight,” said Christopher Rodgers, dean of students. “It will require consistent effort that needs to be continued for a long period of time.” Attendees also discussed Aramark. A faculty member at the meeting, Greer Jason, asked for cheaper prices in the Marketplace for faculty. Currently, faculty pay $12.50 for Aramark’s Marketplace verses $8.52 for Sodexo’s Marketplace last year. Finally, Alcohol transport statistics were announced at the meeting. This year, 27 alcohol transports were needed in September. Last year, 29 alcohol transports were needed in September.
Fordham Inducts Over a Dozen to the Hall of Honor
Fordham’s latest Hall of Honor inductees were celebrated at a reception following a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral this past Saturday. Well over a dozen members of the Fordham family were inducted into the Hall of Honor and the Magis Society. In addition, the Founder’s Award was presented to His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Archbishop of New York. Fordham launched the brand new Magis Society at this reception. Individuals and groups whose support to the university exceeds $15 million are invited to join this society. The inaugural class included: Stephen E. Bepler, FCRH ’64;, Kim B. Bepler, Maurice J. Cunniffe, FCRH ’54, Caroline Dursi Cunniffe, Ph.D., GSAS ’71, Mario J. Gabelli, GSB ’65, Regina M. Pitaro, FCRH ’76, Thomas A. Moore, LAW ’72, Judith Livingston Moore, PAR ’15, the Jesuits of Fordham, the McKeon Family and the Walsh Family.
Theatre Season Celebrates Dodransbicentennial
Fordham Theatre will perform four plays on its main stage this year, in honor of the university’s Dodransbicentennial celebration. These four plays feature characters who cope with displacement by creating their own reality. This shared theme was inspired by the legacy of Archbishop John Hughes. Archbishop Hughes founded Fordham, or what was then St. John’s College, as a haven in a city that was hostile to Irish immigrants, like him. The four plays that will be staged at Pope Auditorium include Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh; Cockfight by Peter Gil-Sheridan, FCLC ‘98, directed by Anna Brenner, The Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Geoffrey Owens, and The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, directed by George Drance, S.J. According to theatre program director Matthew Maguire, the four plays share a comic sensibility. This year, there are no tragedies in the repertoire.
Fordham Unveils Refurbished 140 West
Following a two-year, $70 million renovation, 140 West 62nd Street was feted in a rededication ceremony this past Wednesday. The blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony held inside the airy Platt Court atrium was the official kickoff for the building’s third act. Previously, the building housed the School of Law. In 1985, the building was expanded. However, in 2014, 140 West was vacated when the law school moved into 150 West. Now, after a gut renovation, 140 West serves as home for the Gabelli School of Business, the Quinn Library, and a student center. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, said the new renovation has finally created a vibrant, all encompassing campus. This was accomplished in part by the addition of an entrance to 140 West on the side facing the Robert Moses plaza. Previous to the renovations, 140 West was only accessible via the West 62nd Street side.