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Ailey students perform dances of Kanji Segawa, Stefanie Batten Bland, Jacinta Vlach and Norbert De La Cruz III for the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A., in Dance Benefit Concert. (PHOTO BY JUSTIN REBOLLO/THE OBSERVER)

By MICHAELENE KARLEN
Staff Writer
Published: March 15, 2015

Dancers from each year in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program will grace the stage with the intricate and artistic choreography created by renowned artists. On Monday, April 20, students will perform the contemporary dances of Kanji Segawa, Stefanie Batten Bland, Jacinta Vlach and Norbert De La Cruz III for the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Benefit Concert. The Benefit Concert will include four pieces, highlighting dancers from each year in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance program in order to create scholarship opportunities such as the Denise Jefferson Scholarship.

The freshmen will be performing an excerpt from “Scorching Bay” by Segawa. From Kanagawa, Japan, Segawa has been a company member for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2011; prior to that, he had also been a dancer with Ailey II, as well as a student at The Ailey School. The piece he created for the freshman class is a contemporary style piece.

“When I heard we were working with Kanji Segawa from the first company, I was immediately intimidated and nervous, but what I didn’t expect was the support and acceptance I felt from him and all my peers at the end of the whole process,” Claudia Rodriguez, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’18, said.

Rodriguez agreed that it was a great way to be introduced into the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program to get to know a company member and work with her new family/peers. “I love Kanji and I love my classmates,” Rodriguez said.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLE FROMAN
PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLE FROMAN

The sophomores will be performing “Ode” by Batten Bland; she is the founder and artistic director of her own contemporary company. Within Alvin Ailey she choreographs for Ailey II and the B.F.A. program, and additionally served as a New Directions Choreography Lab Fellow. Batten Bland also choreographed a contemporary piece for the Ailey students.

“Working on ‘Ode’ was an extremely difficult process. It was difficult to express the movement in a way that was human rather than artificial,” Sydney Thornell, FCLC ’17, said.

The piece was about the choreographer’s brother who committed suicide last summer. “The experience [working with Batten Bland] was truly enlightening. [She] taught us to understand and listen to one another. She helped us connect with one another rather than simply dance next to each other. I’m so grateful for everything she taught us,” Sammy Altenau, FCLC ’17, said.

The juniors will be performing new work by Vlach, who is the Founder and Artistic Director of Liberation Dance Theater and is also an Ailey School alumnus.

“It was a great experience for me to work with a choreographer whose style was very different from what I’m used to. It was a valuable experience to stretch my boundaries, but it was also difficult for me to get comfortable in new dance territory,” Hannah Newman, FCLC ’16, said.

Vlach’s piece is house style; it is about a love triangle in which the real lesson is learning to love yourself first. “Working with Vlach this semester has truly been an experience like none other. Her unique movement vocabulary combines a variety of dance styles that felt exhilarating for not only the body, but also for the soul,” Gabriel Hyman, FCLC ’16, said.

This dance takes place at a party on the town and is very upbeat and dynamic. “It was fun to be in a piece where the character was just as important as the movement,” Kacey Katzenmeyer, FCLC ’16, said.

Lastly, the seniors will be performing “Cryptic Seeds” by De La Cruz III, who is a Freelance Choreographer that has worked with Ailey Students before as a New Directions choreographer.

“Working with Norbert De La Cruz III was such an amazing and inspiring experience. He always pushes us to be our absolute best and is such a positive light in our senior year!” Brooke Naylor, FCLC ’15, said.

Some of the seniors described this piece to be “Norbert technique,” but all silliness aside, it is technically a contemporary piece. “What I love about being a part of Norbert’s piece is that it is a true culmination of our four years in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program – all of us dancing together, sharing the necessity and essence of our art with the audience,” Kristen Stuart, FCLC ’15, said.

The senior class gets the chance to work with various guest artists, but it is clear that De La Cruz III is one that is near and dear to their hearts. “Norbert has truly taken our class on a journey. He has facilitated a growth in the senior class that cannot be described,” Polly Haas, FCLC ’15, said.

This is a great chance for the dancers in this program to work with renowned choreographers and perform for an audience of familiar faces, who all give scholarship opportunities to students within the program.

IF YOU GO

2015 Benefit Concert

WHEN: Monday, April 20, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – 405 W. 55th St.

MORE INFO: Contact Rodger Van Allen (212) 636-6562

Find out more info about the Dance program.

The Atrium was decked out for the Undergraduate Appreciation Awards . (PHOTO BY BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)

By BEN MOORE
Online Editor
Published: March 17, 2015

On Thursday April 16, the United Student Government (USG) hosted the Undergraduate Appreciation Awards (UNDYs) in the Atrium at Fordham Lincoln Center. The ceremony honors notable undergraduate students for both personal and professional achievements in a variety of categories, such as journalism, social justice work or on-campus involvement.

A crowd of around 50 was excited as the award presentations began. (PHOTO BY BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)
A crowd of around 50 people was excited as the award presentations began. (PHOTO BY BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)

Gabriella Besada, Vice President for Student Affairs and FCLC ’16, gave an opening speech introducing the event and welcoming everyone in attendance. Before the awards were given out however, attendees were treated to a complimentary meal.

Students and Faculty enjoyed provided food throughout the evening. (PHOTO BY BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)
Students and faculty had various food options including soups, pastas and deserts that were served throughout the evening. (PHOTO BY BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)

As the night progressed, members of USG announced and handed out awards to the winning students, as a loudly supportive audience kept the atmosphere alive.

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Members of USG congratulated all the recipients. (BEN MOORE / THE OBSERVER)

Louise Lingat, President of USG at Lincoln Center and FCLC ’15, ended the ceremony with closing remarks commending the students for their achievements and thanking the student and faculty bodies for their involvement. The complete list of award recipients is published below.

 

UNDY Recipients:

Freshman of the Year: Sophia Scott, FCLC ’18

Sophomore of the Year: Dylan Penza, FCLC ’16

Junior of the Year: Georgina Owolabi, FCLC ’16

Senior of the Year: Anitra Singh, FCLC ’15

Event Planner of the Year: Molly Hellauer, FCLC ’16

ResLife Award: Tim Gavan, FCLC ’15

Most Active Club Member: Jennifer Lei, FCLC ’17

Most Fordham Spirit: Gabriella Besada, FCLC ’16

Most Dedicated Tabler: Emma Lemar, FCLC ’15

Most Active in Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice: Jalen Glenn, FCLC ’16

Most Active Lincoln Center Society Ambassador: Ellen Dawe, FCLC ’16

Most Active Observer Journalist Award: Adriana Gallina, FCLC ’17

Most Active Library Student Worker: Hillary Cadra, FCLC ’17

Most Active Student Worker In Any Department: Elizabeth Saballos, FCLC ’16

Most Versatile Student Actor “I Beat Meryl” Award: Meaghan McLeod, FCLC ’15

Best Dance Skills (The Billy Elliot Award): Khensani Mathebula, FCLC ’15

Best Artistic Skills: Sandra Lin, FCLC ’17

Best Musical Skills: Nicholas Chow, FCLC ’17

Club: SOL

Event: BSA Die-In

 

By TYLER MARTINS
Editor-In-Chief
Published: March 15, 2015

In what was a competitive student government election, Leighton Magoon, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’17, has won the race for United Student Government (USG) President, according to the USG Elections Committee, on Thursday, April 9.

Though there were two contested executive board elections, voter turnout remained low across the board. Only 12.6 percent of the undergraduate class at Fordham Lincoln Center cast their vote in the race, according to the USG Elections Committee. Roughly, only 188 students participated in this election.

Though turnout was up 5.57 percent compared to last year’s USG Election, during which only 7 percent of eligible students voted, turnout was up less than 1 percent from the 2013 USG Elections, in which there was a contested election for certain executive board positions. There were no competitive elections last year.
By class, the Class of 2017 came out the strongest, with a turnout of 20 percent (83 out of 415 students who were eligible). By comparison, only 11 percent of the Class of 2016 voted (48 out of 437 students who were eligible).

The FCLC Class of 2018 had a voter turnout of 8.17 percent (45 students out of 551), while 13.3 percent of the Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center (GSBLC) Class of 2018 logged onto OrgSync to cast their vote (12 out of 90 students).

“Every year is always a struggle getting voters. We are up from last year, which is good, but with competitive elections, the Elections Committee had hoped for higher turnout,” Louise Lingat, president of USG, chair of the USG Elections Committee and FCLC ’15, said.

“I am more than excited to take the helm of USG President for the upcoming academic year,” Magoon said. “I look forward to furthering all of the great progress USG has made the past two years and further growing our membership of both FCLC and GSBLC students.” Magoon has served as Treasurer of USG and Student Activities Budget Committee (SABC) Chair for the past academic year and belongs to the Dorothy Day Center for Social Justice (DDCSJ) as a Social Justice Leader (SJL).

Magoon defeated his opponent Jacob Azrilyant, Vice President of Operations of USG and FCLC ’16. “I wish Leighton the best of luck as USG President, and thank him for a positive campaign run,” Azrilyant said. “The train does not stop here, and I’ll still be involved in making Fordham a better place. Thank you to everyone!

 

Executive and Senate for USG 2015/2016:

President:
Leighton Magoon, FCLC ’17

Vice President of Operations:
Amanda Ritchie, FCLC ’16

Treasurer:
Abraham “Alec” Padron, GSBLC ’18

Secretary:
Rory Hanrahan, FCLC ’18

Sophomore Senators for FCLC:
Matthew McCarthy, FCLC ’18, Eliza Putnam, FCLC ’18

Sophomore Senator for GSBLC:
Dominic Umbro, GSBLC ’18

BONMi features a chalk wall where customers can make their mark. (PHOTO BY MARIA KOVOROS/THE OBSERVER)

By ALEX MERRITT
Staff Writer
Published: March 15, 2015

The dining options available to faculty and students continue to expand at Fordham at Lincoln Center, with the introduction of BONMi, the campus’ first retail dining location.

BONMi, which began its soft opening following the Easter break, officially opened on Tuesday, April 14.
BONMi, which offers a build-your-own take on popular Vietnamese dishes such as the Bánh Mi sandwich, as explained by restaurant founder Buddy Gillepsie, a Bánh Mi is a Vietnamese take on a French baguette sandwich with various spices, meats and vegetables.

Menu pricing, according to Gillepsie, varies based on fillings chosen for an entrée, but depends largely on the meat chosen, ranging from $9.00 for chicken to $10.50 for beef.

On the genesis of BONMi, Gillepsie shared that “the company that I worked for, they were looking for something new and different. My boss and I … once a week [stopped] off at a little Vietnamese Bánh Mi shop. We loved the flavor combinations of Southeast Asian cuisine, so … that’s where the spark came from.”

Gillepsie explained that BONMi was conceived as a means to make Vietnamese food more accessible in major American cities. “We saw this as a way to bring an up and coming cuisine into the limelight. Kind of like, I don’t want to say Chipotle, but how the burrito was [made accessible] to everyone.”

“[Sodexo] came to us during a transitional period … it seemed to be an effort to offer the students a healthier cuisine,” Gillepsie said. Students responded positively at George Washington University, the first Sodexo BONMi partnering school, leading to BONMi opening in other universities. Commenting on the success of BONMi, Gillepsie noted, “I believe the younger generation is more adventurous in eating.”

Other locations can be found across universities in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and New Jersey.

BONMi came to Fordham after Sodexo approached Gillepsie about the once vacant retail space in the law school. “[Sodexo] asked me if I wanted to check it out. We looked at it … and we gave them the plans, made some modifications. They did a wonderful job and it looks fantastic, I love it.”

Student response, thus far, has been mostly positive from Gillepsie’s perspective. “[Tables] fill up nightly at dinner and the majority [of feedback] is about how delicious it is and they love the flavor profile. I think it’s a lot different than your traditional sandwich.”

“I really like it. I think the vibe … of the place is really cool. I thought the food was really good,” Anna Strauss, FCLC ’18, said. Sophie Scott, FCLC ’18, shared a similar sentiment, “I think it’s really great. I’m really excited to see that Fordham … is beginning to offer the Lincoln Center students more food options.”
BONMi has also been expanding student palettes. “I went never having tried Vietnamese food before, you could have asked what Vietnamese food was and I wouldn’t have been able to tell you,” Scott said.

Still, BONMi isn’t without it’s criticisms. Ben Conlin, FCLC ’17 felt that “it doesn’t give you enough bang for your buck. It’s expensive and therefore not a viable option.” Others, like Strauss, agree. “It’s a little pricey for what you get, but I enjoy it.”

Located on the first floor of the law school building, BONMi is accessible only from a storefront entrance on 62nd Street, just past the undergraduate dining hall.

The 2014-2015 academic year has been a big one for FCLC dining expansions, BONMi being one of four new dining options which include the Schmeltzer Dining Hall located on the second floor of the law school building. Jazzman’s Cafe, located on the sixth floor of the law school; and the undergraduate dining hall, located on the first floor of the law school. Additionally, the Ram Cafe has undergone substantial renovations, such as a revamping of the Cafe’s layout and a new system allowing students to purchase food by the ounce.

Though improvements are being made, many students, such as Scott, still want more. She said, “I hope that [Sodexo] continue[s] to do similar partnerships in the future and bring us more food options … where we could use our declining balance dollars.” Strauss envies the dining options available at Rose Hill. “I love Cosi, and you know, Starbucks coffee is better than [Sodexo] coffee.”

The number of options available at Lincoln Center is now comparable to those offered at Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH). Although, FCRH does feature more brands outside of Sodexo.

Non-Law students will see this study space again in fall of 2015. (PHOTO BY MARIA KOVOROS/THE OBSERVER)

By CONNOR MANNION
Asst. News Co-Editor
Published: March 15, 2015

Fordham undergraduate students and graduate schools will need to prepare for a deficiency of study space on the Lincoln Center campus, according to Linda LoSchiavo, director of University Libraries. On April 27, the T.J. and Nancy Maloney Law School Library is set to again restrict access to only law students for law finals.
However, the Fordham University Office of Library Services has reserved additional study space for the undergraduate and graduate student population. LoSchiavo said, “We knew the ban was coming this time, so we were able to prepare and plan a little better.”

The added study space includes Law School Room 02-1A and PL100 in Lowenstein, both of which which will be designated Quinn study annexes by Thursday, April 30. However, according to LoSchiavo, this still does not address the ongoing problems of study space on campus. “I think that this really shows that Lowenstein needs more space for study, even with the advanced notice and preparation … there is a finite amount of space on campus.” According to Carrie Johnson, assistant dean for communications at the Fordham Law School (LAW), Schmeltzer Dining Hall will also be designated study space after the Sodexo cafeteria closes.
According to the American Bar Association required 509 report, 2014 to 2015 academic enrollment of Fordham Law School is 1,209. According to the Office of Enrollment Services, enrollment for Fordham at Lincoln Center is 7,656 undergraduate and graduate students.

Maloney Library accommodates approximately 715 patrons, according to the the office of communications and public relations for the Fordham Law School. According to Beth Jarrett, reference librarian for the Office of University Libraries, “the space of the library, even with the new seats brought in, stands at approximately 300 seats.”

Maloney Library administration does not share administrative faculty with the Office of University Libraries. “The law school has a completely separate administration with its own administration, staff, budget, policies and procedures. Some of this is mandated by the ABA,” LoSchiavo said. As director of University Libraries, LoSchiavo oversees Quinn Library, Rose Hill’s Walsh Library and the library at Fordham Westchester. Likewise, there are several policies in place during finals that are not in place for the undergraduate and graduate libraries, such as delivery of free breakfast food during the law finals period, according to Cecilia Gomes-Acebo Yueste, Fordham Law School (LAW) ’15. “Some law firms sponsor breakfasts in the library, and they bring in free bagels and muffins and coffee; usually it was every single day during finals period last semester.”

Despite the separation of administration between the libraries, it has not stopped other academic departments from voicing their concerns for the lack of space the restriction creates on campus. On Dec. 12, 2014, the Faculty Senate of Fordham University held a vote at Fordham College at Rose Hill’s (FCRH) Walsh Library on what would be the faculty response to the ban of all undergraduate and graduate students from the Maloney Law Library for the entirety of the LAW finals. In a unanimous vote of 15-0-0, the Faculty Senate voted to demand the Law Library immediately open access to all students and faculty of Fordham University. This is a largely ceremonial motion, as the Fordham Law School has a separate academic administration from the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Despite the lack of space, law students will have access to Quinn Library during finals. LoSchiavo said, “Quinn is a general collection for law students; their more specific field books are housed in Maloney.” According to the Office of University Libraries, 140,711 of Law books are shelved in Quinn library.

Construction of the Old Law Building will be completed by Fall 2016. (PHOTO BY EMILY TIBERIO/THE OBSERVER)

By ANA FOTA
Staff Writer
Published: March 15, 2015

While the new law school building and McKeon residence hall are almost a full academic year old, construction is underway on the old law building, commonly referred to by faculty as 140, due to its address of 140 West 62nd St. The repurposed 140 building is set to open in Fall 2016 and will mostly serve as a student center, with places of interest for undergraduates.

Due to its location in Manhattan, the Lincoln Center Campus has a prevalent space issue. A master plan has been developed with the purpose of resolving this problem over the span of 30 years, designed by the Space Planning committee. The plan was set in motion in 2015, with the McKeon building being the first establishment to be added to the campus. Vice President Brian Byrne, who is in charge of the committee, said, “We want to build a campus here, not a collection of schools.” The space on campus is shared between the two undergraduate colleges, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) and Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center (GSBLC) and the four graduate schools: the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Graduate School of Social Work (GSS), Graduate School of Business (GSB), and the Fordham Law School.

The repurposed building will serve as a hub for the new undergraduate Gabelli School of Business, as the 11 classrooms can fit up to 65 people each. 35 students is the average Gabelli class size. The new Quinn library will be moved there and will span over three floors, providing space for students to study. It will be open to all students.

The garden level of the building will be a student affairs space, with designated centers for some of the biggest clubs on campus, including the United Student Government (USG), Campus Activities Board (CAB), and The Fordham Observer. Several student affairs offices will also move there, including the Career Planning and Placement Center, Health Center and Counseling Center. Keith Eldredge, dean of students at Lincoln Center, whose office will move into the building, believes having all offices pertaining to student life concentrated into one building will facilitate involvement. “In a sense, it’s going to be a one-stop shop for all the student needs outside of the classroom,” he said.

Eldredge explains the process of redesigning the campus as a “domino effect, with the new law school building being the first domino to fall.” Everything from the 140 building was moved into McKeon, while the old building will primarily be used as an undergraduate student affairs and class space. Because several offices that are currently found in the Leon Lowenstein building will move there, the vacant spaces will be used for FCLC classes. Another goal of redesigning the campus is to bring in all offices located in various spaces across the city, that have been used by the University.

Fordham is still looking for a sponsor for the building. In the mean time,“you can call it old law, people know it better as that,” Byrne said. Recently the university has also acquired was used to be the College Board building, on Columbus Avenue. No further information about the building is known at this point.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that the average Gabelli class size was 65 students. It is in fact, 35.

By ANA FOTA
Staff Writer
Published: March 15, 2015

Parents and students alike wonder about the importance of a college degree in the job market, as bachelor’s degrees become more common. According to PayScale’s Return on Investment (ROI) ranking, Fordham University is in the top 14 percent, with a total four-year cost of $239,700, including tuition and living expenses, and a 20-year net ROI of $453,300. While it may seem, according to PayScale ,that Fordham is Bargain College, it was also ranked number 7 in Forbes magazine’s top entitled “America’s Most Expensive Colleges” in 2012.

The ROI scale takes into account the full cost of tuition and living expenses, without financial aid, the average student loans and the average starting salary of graduates. Out of 1223 considered colleges, Fordham is ranked number 146. The scale was created to better understand the value of college education in the job market. According to The College Board, although an average 80 percent of financial need is met at the University, Fordham students graduate with an average of $29,320 in loans, right below the national average of $30,000, according to the 2015 PayScale ROI report.

The typical early career salary of the Fordham graduate is of $50,200, according to the PayScale report.
Michael Madden, FCLC alumnus ’13 and a former communication and media studies major, believes that the school’s location accounts for several opportunities that he has been presented with. “My whole experience at Lincoln Center, being in the heart of Manhattan and having so many opportunities at my fingertips, I kind of took it upon myself to branch out,” he said.

When asked about the opportunities the University has to offer, Madden said that how the students take advantage of them is equally important. “I think it depends a lot on what you as a student put into it, all the hard work and the long nights,” he stated. “If you put all of that in you will get much more in return.”
Madden now works as a producer for FiOS1 News.

Jesuit universities do not rank high across the board. St. Joseph’s University of Philadelphia, another private Jesuit university, is ranked 785, with a total 4-year cost of $211,900 and a 20 year ROI of $177,900. Loyola University of Maryland has a total 4-year cost of $222,800 and a 20-year ROI of $550,200, according to the ROI scale.

The number one spot on the scale is held by Harvey Mudd College, a small, 4-year, private college of engineering and liberal arts, from California, with a reported typical early career salary of $75,600. The college’s total 4 year cost is $237,700, very close to Fordham’s, while its 20 Year Net ROI is $985,300. Although Fordham’s spot in the PayScale report solidifies its status as a Bargain College, it still remains one of the most expensive colleges in the United States. Fordham is also at the top of the scale when it comes to private research universities in the United States. The typical early career salary of the Fordham graduate is of $50,200, according to the PayScale report.

Panel consisted of eight alumni from Prof. Brian Rose’s Intern Seminar. (PHOTO BY EMILY TIBERIO/THE OBSERVER)

By CONNOR MANNION
Asst. News Co-Editor
Published: March 15, 2015

Alumni in the media industry tipped off students about how to dress, prepare for interviews and prepare for a media career on Monday, April 13 in the 12th floor Lowenstein lounge. The panel was co-sponsored by the department of communication and media studies and the office of Career Services. Brian Rose, professor of communication and media studies, mediated the event and had taught all the alumni previously in his internship seminar. “We’ve had so many sensational graduates of the internship program … I used to always have them come to my class, but their experiences are so useful, I felt it should be shared with the whole school,” he said.

Panelists included alumni employed at Good Housekeeping Magazine, Marvel Entertainment, “Saturday Night Live” and NBC News. They were all previously employed as interns at their current companies before being hired following their internships, according to Rose, who teaches the internship seminar Monday nights every semester. One piece of advice given was “to not seem like you are fishing for a job,” Christina Frasca, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’11, said. “You have to make yourself stand out though, straddle the line between helpful and annoying.”

Rose commented on the importance of standing out, he said, “The sad truth is that you are one of 10,000 interns coming through that door, and your real job is to not be intern 10,001.”

Adriana Perez, FCLC ’11 and a producer for “Saturday Night Live,” said, “Even when you are working for the media where it feels very relaxed and casual, you still have to keep a level of professionalism … don’t like invite them out to drinks after the internship ends, but keep in touch with email and social media.”

The 130 students present attended the with event, which ended by allowing students to network with the panelists. Isabella Ayers, FCLC ’17 said, “[the alumni] all have these really extensive backgrounds, but they are all down to earth and friendly.” But some of the alumni themselves attributed their experience to just working with Rose. Bry Prevatt, FCLC ’12, said, “Professor Rose bent the rules, he helped me extend my internship to a year with Marvel.” This bending of the rules also got her “dream job of working at Disney.”

At the time I got the internship, I didn’t know that Marvel had been bought out by Disney [in 2010],”

Controversial Christopher Columbus has a statue in Columbus Circle. (PHOTO BY PAYTON VINCELETTE/THE OBSERVER)

By TYLER BURDICK
Asst. Opinions Editor
Published: March 15, 2015

There is a building in the campus of the University of North Carolina (UNC) that is called “Saunders Hall.” It is named after William Saunders, elected as North Carolina’s secretary of state in 1879, during which time he compiled the state’s colonial records into a 10-volume set. But students at UNC have vehemently called for the striking of his name from the hall, for while some may remember him fondly, others choose to remember him as a darker figure; a Confederate colonel and later organizer of the Ku-Klux-Klan. What can be learned from this? Can we honor someone for the good in his life while ignoring the bad, or do misdeeds cancel out good deeds?

We must recall that one of the most controversial figures in American history happens to have his name plastered on the circle that lies but one avenue over from Fordham Lincoln Center, and in addition to this, we celebrate a federal holiday each year in his honor. The renown of Christopher Columbus comes largely from his achievement of bringing the existence of the “New World” to the attention of the largest colonizing powers in Europe at the time. This act was integral in the creation of the America we know today, but what people often forget is that Columbus’s actions resulted in the forced relocations of the indigenous peoples living there at the time and in many cases, by way of unintentionally introducing harmful European-based diseases, caused their deaths as well.

Moral perspectives change over time. 

However, this does not mean that we should stop remembering the deeds of Christopher Columbus, nor should we forget about the actions of other equally controversial figures in history. It is perfectly fine to acknowledge the good done by these figures, but it must be with an awareness that moral perspectives change over time. The lens of the present must be in constant dialogue with the lens of the past.

The University of North Carolina features another controversial dedication: a statue of a Confederate soldier known as “Silent Sam.” The soldier is named as such because, while he carries a rifle in his hands, he does not carry the ammunition to fire the rifle, thus rendering him “silent.” Granted, the Civil War was one of the darkest points in our nation’s history, but it does not behoove us to maintain the grudges between brothers that ignited the war in the first place. Still, many choose to see “Silent Sam” as a symbol of racial oppression, and it is for this reason that protesters chose this exact spot after the officers infamously accused of police brutality against Rodney King were acquitted in 2012.

But when placed in historical context, the Confederacy’s views towards African Americans would not have been perceived as “racist” or “wrong.” In fact, if we used the modern day definition of “racism” then we would have to admonish many of our own founding fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Again, this does not mean that we must blacken the names of these men.

In August of 2014, I took a road trip down south to Florida. It took about two days, so I needed to rent a hotel room in Richmond, Va. While I was there, I made it a point to visit the Museum of the Confederacy. There, I saw all kinds of artifacts from the war like uniforms, weapons, flags, clothing, rations and living accommodations, among others. I’m only the third generation of my family to live here in America, and none of my ancestors ever fought in the Civil War, so I had no genealogical reason to be at that museum. But I chose to visit because I understand that we put things in historical context for the express purpose of creating a learning experience. It is important to remember where we came from in order to know where we must go. It is not right to exclusively reserve hate for those that serve as our teachers.

So I would look at people like William Saunders and Christopher Columbus and describe them as such; they are men. Men whose triumphs are worth honoring, and men whose failings are worth learning from. In a way, we are them and they are us; above all, they are worth remembering.

By STAFF
Published: March 15, 2015

Let’s face it: We at Fordham at Lincoln Center are just not involved in the happenings on campus. Even though there are many changes we’d like to see at Fordham–whether it’s more class variety or better food–we don’t engage in such discussions to effect change. Half of our student population is composed of commuters and most of us have jobs, intern ships and other obligations outside of these four walls. In the midst of trying to make changes in the real world, we forget about the changes that need to be made at home.

Despite competitive elections for United Student Government (USG), a student organization that has such an integral role in implementing changes to provide more resources to students, very few students actually voted on April 8 and April 9. Only 12.6 percent of the undergraduate population voted for these USG elections, amounting to only 188 students. Our Rose Hill counterpart seems like it has similar problems they had 579 students attend the virtual polls, a 16 percent participation rate.

Scrolling through various social media platforms, it is clear that Fordham’s CARE gets a lot of hate. We’ve read countless criticisms about Fordham’s sexist language, Fordham’s revictimization of survivors, frustration caused by the lack of female security supervisors on Fordham at Lincoln Center’s campus for immediate assault reporting- the list goes on.

At the Campus Assault Relationship Education panel hosted by Dean of Students Keith Eldredge and Director of Residential Life at Lincoln Center Jenifer Campbell on Wednesday, March 11, fewer than 10 students showed up out of the 255 people invited to the event’s Facebook page and the 40 who RSVP’ed. We hope the current Sexual Assault Climate survey put out by Student Affairs gets more engagement than the CARE event. It’s crucial for students to voice their own experiences with sexual assault and how safe they feel on campus because it is only then that the administration can take initiative. We have to meet them halfway.

We cannot make progress from the outside looking in.

We know how active the Fordham Lincoln Center community is. We know how involved our student population is, going on Global Outreach (GO!) projects, participating in events on campus sponsored by the many of cultural clubs that host incredible panel discussions on a variety of social issues, work with the Dorothy Day Center for Social Justice (DDCSJ). Fordham students care, and they care deeply. It is important that we take part in a wider variety of discourses because we cannot make progress from the outside looking in.