Letter to the Editor: Two Schools, One University


Re: “Leveling the Field between Gabelli and FCRH” April 22, 2015

Dear Editor,

I would like to respond to an article in The Fordham Ram posted on April 22 entitled “Leveling the Field between Gabelli and FCRH,” as well as a host of other recent articles that have been written about the Gabelli School.

School spirit isn’t at the top of the list of Fordham’s attributes — that we all know. Sporting games aren’t well-attended and the student body is rarely united under any one cause or event. As I sit here reading these articles, I can’t help but feel like I’m starting to see why.

As a student who spent her freshman year in FCRH and the two following years in GSB, I can say that I have a pretty good idea of what it is like to be a part of each. I have the utmost respect for both schools, both curriculums and both administrations. That being said, I find it perturbing to read articles that appear biased and critical towards one school in particular. The article I referenced above entirely lacks equal representation and on occasion lacks truth.

I could go into further detail regarding my own opinions on the language requirement and other things that students of both schools take issue with, but I’m going to refrain, as that is not the point of this letter. I’m not going to argue that one school is easier, or that one school is harder, or better or worse. Nor am I going to argue that either school deserves praise or criticism. I believe all of these points are all irrelevant.

We are one body of students, and we all attend Fordham. While we may attend different schools within our university, that is simply because we are pursuing our different interests. When did choosing a major and future career path become something to disparage others about?

Why are we assigning stigmas to either school? Why is there this feeling of opposition among us? We are all students. We all know what it is like to cram for an exam or stress about an interview. So why does it matter what we’re studying for or what job we’re going for?

My point is, we as students need to stop characterizing people based on which school they are enrolled in or what their major is. It does not matter if you are studying art history or accounting. We all work hard, we all have goals, and we all want to succeed. At the end of our four years, who we become as people reaches far beyond what we study in school.

—Lily Zalla

To read the original article, see FordhamRam.com