Bring Back the Rameses Dynasty

On the hallowed grounds of Rose Hill, the legacy of Fordham’s athletic achievements shine bright. The 7 Pillars of Granite, the bell, the Lombardi name, and other mementos to Fordham’s athletic prowess are held high. Yet today, Fordham is seeing a crisis in school spirit. Attend any football or basketball game and the crowds are lively, but too often there is a teetering feeling that all depends on how good the team is playing. The bleachers are almost never filled, and even though we love our school, we can’t all profess to love our sports teams.

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.

Everyone Wins, Fordham Still Loses in Latest College Rankings

In his annual address to the University community regarding Fordham’s standing in the latest college rankings, Fr. McShane led with an old favorite: “I am writing to report on this year’s University rankings, in which I’m afraid we’ve had mixed success.” The Rankings Email always begins with this line, or some variation of it, such as 2018’s “I am writing to report that it has been a mixed week for Fordham in the rankings,” or 2017’s tragic, “Unfortunately, Fordham dipped from 60 to 61.”