Belmont is Gentrifying … Fast

The Fordham and Belmont communities have had a long, tenuous relationship with each other, to say the least. As we know, Fordham University has a student body that is predominantly both white and from upper-class backgrounds. In contrast, Belmont is incredibly ethnically diverse and one of the poorest in New York City. Specifically, 31% of Belmont residents fall below the poverty line. This compares to a Bronx average of 25% and a New York City average of 20%. Additionally, the average income in Bronx Community Board 6, which Belmont is located in, is a measly $25,972. To put that number in perspective, the average income in Bergen County, New Jersey, where many Fordham students originally hail from, is about $85,000. The unemployment rate in Belmont is much higher than the national average. As of the last count, it was about 16%. This is more than 5 times the national average!

McGinley Center About to Get a Lot More Awesome

Nothing elicits a “bruh” more than running into construction on one’s daily commute. Since the beginning of the school year, a flurry of heavy machinery, fluorescent vests, and fences have been all around Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus. Truly, chaos reigns supreme when it comes to McGinley center, Collins Hall, and Walsh Library, where construction workers mill about, the road can be blocked off, and all assortments of jackhammers and clanging can be heard.

The Real Softballers of Coffey Field

To say that I’ve been on some bad teams in my life is an understatement. Aside from an unprecedented run of three straight undefeated seasons in elementary school rec soccer, my lifetime winning percentage in sports is probably somewhere around .350. When I got to college, I thought I’d make friends with kids who are great at sports. I would taste intramural glory, and my cup would runneth over with the spoils of victory. Instead, I joined the paper, Pep Band, and the intramural part … let’s just say has gone in a different direction.

Irish President visits Fordham

On Monday, September 30th, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, spoke on refugee crises, the history of Irish immigration, and the role of universities in such times. His lecture, which he has titled “Humanitarianism and the Public Intellectual in Times of Crisis,” touches on some of the topics which were relevant in the current global and local political landscape.