The Fordham Ram Serving The Fordham University Community Since 1918 Volume 98, Issue 17
Kearney Exits Student Involvement
October 19, 2016
Donating Faculty Favor Democrats
By LAURA SANICOLA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
In the latest staffing change for the Office of Student Involvement, Alexandra Kearney, assistant director of student affairs, stepped down from her position earlier this month. She has taken a position at the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Her former responsibilities will be shared by various members of the Office of Student Involvement in the interim, according to Cody Arcuri, assistant dean of student involvement. The search for a new assistant director is already underway. “We are currently actively reviewing applications and will be interviewing candidates to fill the Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Programming position shortly,” said Arcuri. Arcuri said the office is working to fill her position “as quickly as possible” so that the new candidate is hired before the start of the spring semester. Kearney was the third assistant director hired in three years, tasked with the job of overseeing more than 130 Fordham clubs and organizations on campus. She began working at SEE OFFICE, PAGE 3
By THERESA SCHLIEP NEWS CO-EDITOR
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By JACQUES PAYE
Ninety-six percent of campaign contributions by Fordham professors, researchers and teaching fellows over the past five years went to Democratic candidates and political action committees, according to a Ram analysis of Federal Election Committee data. Between January 2011 and August 2016, the 176 Fordham employees in the data set gave just over $200,000 to federal political causes.
Donating professors from every Fordham school donated to Democrats and Democratic political action committees by a wide margin. About ninety-eight percent of donations from Fordham College at Rose Hill went to Democrats. The Fordham School of Law also leaned heavily to the left, with 95 percent of its donations going to Democratic campaigns and organizations. Professors from the rest of the Fordham schools did not make any contributions to Republican candidates. For this story, The Fordham Ram
compiled federal donation data for contributors who listed Fordham University as their employer and were listed in Fordham directories and websites as professors, lecturers, fellows and researchers. Visiting professors were included. The data set does not include Fordham employees who work exclusively as administrators. The data used for the article is made public by the Federal Election Commission. It does not include contributions to super PACs SEE FACULTY, PAGE 3
Getting Better With Age: Senior Learners FCRH Hires Pre-Law Flock to Lincoln Center Program College at 60 program, which ing in 1973, senior students have Director By AISLINN KEELY references both the minimum age been able to take classes across a CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Barbara Flaxman is what one might call a “super, super senior.” For the past five years, she has taken classes at Fordham College Lincoln Center, but at 75 years old, she is more than a few years older than most undergraduates. Flaxman belongs to Fordham’s
Cunniffes Endow $20 Million
of admission and its location on West 60th Street in Manhattan. The program has been an important part of her life for the past half a decade. “[I go] for enrichment, for excitement, for knowledge, for sociability,” she said. “It just offers everything.” Since the program’s found-
variety of concentrations for the sake of learning – no grades are awarded in the program. Approximately one-third of its members are Fordham alumni. The program is not heavily advertised, and students often hear about it for the first time through
By THERESA SCHLIEP NEWS CO-EDITOR
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Hillary Mantis has been appointed as the new director of pre-law advising at Fordham College at Rose Hill. Mantis takes over for the Interim Pre-Law Advisor Carla Romney, DSC, this week. Mantis has served as the director of pre-law advising at Fordham College at Lincoln Center since 2005, and will now divide her time between the two campuses. Mantis began her career at Fordham 32 years ago. For 10 years, she has worked in the law school in different positions, from her position as director to the career services office. “I have a strong background in law and career services,” said Mantis in a phone interview with The Fordham Ram. “I’m very familiar with career paths in law and the disciplines you can do with a law degree.” Mantis attended Brown University for her undergraduate career and studied law at Boston College.
One of Fordham University's oldest students walks to Lincoln Center for a day of classes with the College at 60 program.
SEE PRE-LAW, PAGE 3
SEE COLLEGE AT 60, PAGE 5
The Cunniffes contributes to their legacy as $20 million donors with a generous gift to the university last week. Maurice Cunniffe, FCRH ’54, and Carolyn Dursi Cunniffe, Ph.D. GSAS ’71, made the donation to the university and dedicated to funding student financial aid. The money will go towards the presidential scholars program, newly named the Maurice and Carolyn Cunniffe Presidential Scholars Program. The donation comes as the university campaigns to raise $175 million for financial aid. The gift is the second largest in university history. The university’s administration building, the Cunniffe House, as well as the Carolyn Dursi Cunniffe Fountain, bear the Cunniffe name in recognition of their contributions to the university. A number of offices find residence in Cunniffe House, including the office of Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of the university. “We renamed the administration building Cunniffe House to acknowledge Mo and Carolyn’s great generosity and service to Fordham, as well as their integrity and steadfastness,” McShane said. “Having known Mo for more than two decades, I can say with authority that his accomplishments and humility are unparalleled. It is very much Fordham’s honor to have their names associated with our most prestigious scholars.” Maurice Cunniffe is the chairman and chief executive officer at Vista Capital Corporation, was a director of Sola International, had been chief engineer at the Sperry Gyroscope Company, consulted for McKinsey and Company, and has served on the board of trustees of the Cancer Research Institute, Fordham Preparatory School and Fordham University. Carolyn Dursi Cunniffe was a senior vice president with Cablevision and has received three SEE CUNNIFFE, PAGE 5
in this issue
Opinion Page 7
Do not vote for third party candidates
Culture Page 11
Comic Con Fans Flock to Javits Center
Sports Page 20
Football Victorius Over Yale at Home
PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS Oct. 10 O’Hare Hall 2 p.m. A fire was started in a laundry room dryer in O’Hare Hall. A student was doing laundry and noticed smoke coming from another dryer. The student alerted Public Safety and FDNY responded. The building was evacuated and there were no injuries. Oct. 12 O’Hare Hall 4 a.m. A security guard observed a student attempting to sneak a non-student into O’Hare Hall. Public Safety responded and removed the non-student from the building. Oct. 14 McGinley Center 12 a.m. Two service workers became stuck in the McGinley elevator between the first floor and the basement. The elevator repair company was notified and responded. The two workers were removed without incident. The elevator was repaired and put back in service. Oct. 14 Hoffman St. 11 p.m. The fire alarm of a student’s offcampus apartment was activated. Public Safety and the FDNY responded. The alarm was set off by an air freshener. There were no injuries and the room was ventilated and alarm was reset.
October 19, 2016
Grand Concourse to See Renovations New York City Prioritizes Pedestrian Safety By MALIHA GUL STAFF WRITER
There is no one who lives or works in the Bronx that has not heard of the Grand Concourse. Truly an icon of the Bronx, the dangerous roadway that sometimes reaches 11 lanes and cuts through the heart of the Bronx will be getting a facelift in the near future as part of New York City’s Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Plan, which strives to reduce pedestrian deaths all over the city. In a report released by the TriState Transportation Campaign, a non-profit watchdog organization, the Grand Concourse was found to be one of the three most dangerous street for pedestrians in New York City, with 12 deaths and over 1,000 injuries between July 2012 and August 2016. As part of Vision Zero, The Department of Transportation has designated multiple intersections along the Grand Concourse as ‘Priority Corridors’ in the Pedestrian Safety Action plan of 2015. One of these corridors is the intersection at Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse. Late this September, the members of the City Council joined
hundreds of businesses and organizations in the Bronx to voice their support for the campaign of “Completing the Concourse” and putting in changes to the iconic road that would make it much safer, especially for pedestrians and bikers. Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit organization that works to encourage biking, walking and public transport on the streets of New York City, organized the event. Back in 2014, Transportation Alternatives proposed the idea of “completing the concourse” through a petition, which garnered nearly 3,300 signatures. Currently, the campaign is supported by a coalition of local organizations including Bronx Health Reach, BronxWorks, Bronx Museum of Arts and Riders Alliance, as well as many businesses located along and near the Grand Concourse. “The Grand Concourse is one of the longest, widest and terrifying streets in the Bronx,” according to the petition. “The street’s dangerous conditions encourage speeding, and unsafe interactions between the different modes of transportation, putting thousands of daily Bronxites at risk.”
When Bronx native Soulin Haque, FCRH ’17, was growing up, the Grand Concourse was even worse for pedestrians than it is now. “I used to live on the Grand Concourse for a while, in the South Bronx,” Haque said, “As a pedestrian, it was like a race to get to the other side [of the street]. Back then they didn’t have those countdowns so you just had to basically run across and hope for the best.” Fatima Khan, FCRH ’19, who has lived in the Bronx her whole life, was constantly worried about crossing the street. “I can usually cross a street without worrying about getting to the end of the block,” said Khan. “But that isn’t the case for the Grand Concourse.” New York City, residents have responded to this demand by incorporating the redesign of the Concourse as part of Vision Zero. The Department of Transportation has designated multiple intersections along the Grand Concourse as priority corridors in the Pedestrian Safety Action plan of 2015. One of these corridors is the intersection of Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse. Redesign of the concourse is also part of Mayor de Blasio’s “Great Streets”
Oct. 15 Blue Goose 3:30 a.m. A dispute occurred between Fordham students and non-student residents. The dispute began inside the premises but continued outside. A student was punched in the face and received a minor injury on his nose. Public Safety responded and the student declined medical attention. A complaint was reported to the NYPD.
initiative, which sets aside $250 million in capital funds to improve safety on four specific streets, one of which is the Grand Concourse. The Grand Concourse itself, originally designed and built in the early 1900s by engineer Louis Risse, was originally intended to be a means of traveling from Manhattan to the Bronx, which back then was mostly undeveloped land and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Designed to be similar to Paris’s Champs-Elysees, the original road had lanes separated for pedestrians, horses, cyclists, as well as be a scenic boulevard to be enjoyed. In the early 20th century, the Bronx experienced a development boom, based mostly around the Grand Concourse during the City Beautiful movement, which was based on the idea that the architecture of a neighborhood sets the stage for its community. In fact, the largest collection of Art Deco styles of buildings in America can still be found right along the Grand Concourse. However it was not meant to become the high-speed roadway fraught with pedestrian danger that it has become today, and the re-design of the concourse by the Department of Transportation is seeking to bring that kind of atmosphere back. New medians will completely separate buses, cars and bikes into different lanes and shorten pedestrian crossings. For the most part, Bronxites are excited for the changes. “I think it will result in less traffic, especially during the morning hours,” said Haque. “The buses will definitely be able to move faster if it’s physically separated from the car lanes.”
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As a part of New York City’s Vision Zero Pedestrian Plan, the Grand Concourse will be altered to be safer for nondrivers.
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This Week at Fordham Thursday Oct. 20 Run in the Botanical Gardens Keating Steps 8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.
Fordham’s Running Club is taking students for a run through the Bronx Botanical Gardens. The run will be about three to four miles long. Students bring there student IDs and meet on Keating Steps.
Thursday Oct. 20
Saturday Oct. 22
Monday Oct. 24
Tuesday Oct. 25
Up ‘Til Dawn Fall-Themed Awareness
FET Presents: Fall Slot 1 Dying for It
WAC Excursion to Blood Manor
Open Ballet Class with Jete’s Ballet Class
Fordham University Up ‘Til Dawn will host a fall-themed St. Jude awareness event. Fordham students can stop by their table for free to make candy apples and pretzels.
Fordham Experimental Theatre will present its Fall Slot one production of “Dying for It.” Moira Buffini created the play, and Gavin Barba will direct it. The play will be performed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
McGinley Lobby 5:30 p.m. — 7 p.m.
The Blackbox Theatre 8 p.m. — 10 p.m.
McGinley Lobby 1 p.m. — 4 p.m.
WAC will table for an excursion to Blood Manor on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. They will table in McGinley Lobby on Monday, Oct. 24 between 1 — 3 p.m. It is first come first serve.
Keating Studio B23 5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
Jete’s Ballet Class will host a free ballet class open to all Fordham students, from amateurs to seasoned ballerinas. The class will cost five dollars per student with a Fordham ID.
October 19, 2016
Federal Election Commission Data Analyzed Donations Analysis Suggests Left-Leaning Faculty FROM FACULTY, PAGE 1
or 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups. It includes contributions to candidatelinked PACs. The results of the analysis suggest that Fordham’s faculty is highly leftleaning and raise questions about the ideological diversity of the professoriate on campus and nationally. Of the 10 Fordham schools and colleges, the Fordham School of Law was by far the best-represented in the data set. Fordham School of Law professors were the source of almost $119,000 in campaign contributions, more than 58 percent of the total. Just over $113,000, or 95 percent, of the total School of Law contributions went to Democratic efforts. "I am not surprised that Fordham Law faculty donate to political candidates," said Matthew Diller, dean of Fordham Law School. "Many are civically engaged and focused on issues of public policy. In fact, one of the enduring qualities of the Fordham Law faculty is their engagement." Fordham School of Law faculty members gave $5,500 to Republican candidates and committees. Fordham College at Rose Hill professors donated the second-largest sum, giving $43,000 over the five-year period analyzed, or 21 percent of the total. Almost 98 percent of the Fordham College at Rose Hill donations, $42,000, went to Democrats. Although faculty donations went overwhelmingly to Democratic campaigns and organizations, contributions to Republican causes were much larger on average. The 11 contributions to Republicans in the data set each averaged $588, as opposed to $144 for the 1,369 contributions to Democrats. While 174 faculty members contributed between 2011 and 2016, a small number gave a large portion of the total donations. The top 10 donors across the university were responsible for almost 58 percent of all contributions. Tracy Higgins, a professor at the Fordham School of Law, was the most generous contributor in the data set, giving $33,600 to Democratic candidates and committees between 2011 and 2016.
“I donate money to political candidates I believe have integrity and whose policies I think will be good for the country. I also vote for them,” Higgins said. The top 10 contributors mirrored the overall donation distribution among Fordham schools, with eight of the 10 teaching at the Fordham School of Law. Russell Pearce, another Fordham Law professor, was the second-largest contributor. “My parents taught me that we all
have an obligation to participate in the civic life of our community in order to promote a society that is more just, equitable and compassionate,” he said. “We should all vote, volunteer and contribute to the extent we are able.” Methodology The data used for this article were obtained from publicly available Federal Election Commission records of donations to federal election candidates and committees. FEC filings do
not include donations to super PACs and 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups that engage in electioneering communications. Donations made between Jan. 1, 2011 and Sept. 25, 2016 were considered for this article. Only contributions from donors listing Fordham University as their employer and listed in Fordham directories and websites as professors, lecturers, fellows, researchers, and visiting professors were included.
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Pre-Law Director Changes at Rose Hill FROM PRE-LAW, PAGE 1
She has been a contributing columnist for Pre Law Magazine and The National Jurist. She has also written the book “Alternative Careers for Lawyers” and co-written “Jobs for Lawyers.” Mantis expects there to be more work done in tandem with the pre-law advising programs at Lincoln Center and Rose Hill. For instance, she would like to bring the pre-law societies at both campuses together and invite them for a tour of Fordham Law School. “Pre-law students have the same basic interests whether a student at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center,” she said. “The most common questions are regarding majors and law school.” Part of her transition will be managing a larger pre-law program at Rose Hill, due to the campus’ larger student body. Still, Mantis plans to hold programs at both campuses, work more with Fordham Law School and invite school admissions directors to campus to speak and talk to students interested in pursuing a career in law. Maura Mast, dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, anticipates welcoming Mantis as the director of pre-law advising and said Mantis’s dual role at the two campuses will be of benefit to pre-law students. “This will be to the advantage of our students and our graduates, as they will be able to meet with Ms. Mantis at the campus that is convenient to them,” said Mast. “Ms. Mantis will also be planning events such as law school admissions and career panels that will benefit both Lincoln Center and Rose Hill students.” Mast encourages students with questions about pre-law advising or law school admissions to reach out to Mantis.
Assistant Director of Student Affairs Steps Down FROM OFFICE, PAGE 1
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The Office of Student Involvement is looking to hire a new assistant director of student affairs.
Fordham in October 2015 following the departure of former Assistant Director Shannon Driscoll. Jennifer Lackie, who served as assistant director prior to Driscoll, moved into a new role of Director for the Transition Year Experience in August 2013. The Office of Student Involvement has experienced a marked increase in growth of registered clubs and their programming efforts in recent years. Student organization programming shot up 107 percent between 2010-2015. The number of club programming grew from 1,702 to 3,531 in that time span, former dean of Student Involvement Alanna Nolan told United Student Government last year. The number of active registered clubs and organizations on Rose Hill’s campus has increased 64 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to Nolan.
The Office of Student Involvement has also undergone various structural and personnel changes in the past year. Nolan, who spent five years as dean, left her post in April 2016 to take up a position at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as Senior University Relations and Programs Specialist. The Office of Student Involvement also rebranded its title from The Office of Student Leadership and Development (OSLCD) in an effort to make the department more representative of its functionality. In September, the university hired Monique Dumaine, a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, as Student Organizations and Engagement Specialist. The position was created in order to provide additional support for the growing number of clubs. Clubs are in the process of filling out operations packets to ensure operation for the coming semester.
October 19, 2016
Fordham In The Bronx
Hiding in Plain Sight: Bronx Nature Preserve
New York City’s Largest Parks Can Be Found in the Bronx By ASHLEY KATUSA STAFF WRITER
In the northernmost borough of New York’s primary metropolis, amid brown and red mid-rise buildings and perpetually crowded roadways and highways, green space is abundant. The Bronx has the most green space of any borough in New York City. It boasts the two largest public parks in the city, Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortland Park, as well as lesser known wildlife hybrids such as Seton Falls Park, which has 30 acres of preserved natural land and manmade waterfall. Pelham Bay Park, measuring in at 2,772 acres, is the largest public park in New York City. The landscape terrain is a combination of boulder formations, woodlands and forests, as well as a 13-mile shoreline. The park is teeming with wildlife such as coyotes, deer and many species
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The Bronx may not currently be known for its green spaces, but some Fordham groups are trying to change that by emphasizing the borough’s natural beauty.
of birds. Turtles, fish and horseshoe crabs reside on the shoreline
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and surrounding water. There are various groups, both
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A group of Fordham students held the “It’s On Us” Week of Action in support of survivors of sexual assualt.
Bronx and Fordham based, that dedicate themselves to preserving the borough’s green spaces, like Pelham Bay Park. The Bronx Is Blooming is a non-profit group with a mission of promoting environmental advocacy, community building and youth leadership development, backed financially in part by Fordham itself. It holds projects in various green spaces in the Bronx—by doing so, they hope to “foster youth leadership.” In the five years that the group has been active, The Bronx is Blooming has implemented volunteer programs at 17 parks throughout the Bronx, with over 7,000 volunteers clocking in upwards of 28,000 hours of service. Similarly, Fordham students make use of the green spaces in their own programming. The Outdoors Club takes members on day trips to go on excursions such hiking, kayaking and rafting. In the past year, the club has hosted
six hikes, among other outdoorthemed trips, including an overnight white-water rafting trip and rock climbing nights, according to Rachel Fox, FCRH ’18, president of the Fordham University Outdoors Club. The Students for Environmental Awareness and Justice (SEAJ) club has more of an environmental advocacy focus, as it strives to “foster open dialogue, facilitate opportunities for community outreach, and hold social events focused on sustainability,” according to its website. Its members host events to promote sustainability here at Fordham such as flea markets and clothing swaps, and organize awareness events such as protests and marches. While Manhattan may be home to some of the cities most well known parks, there are many opportunities in the Bronx to not only enjoy nature, but also help maintain it.
Campus Briefs & Bites Philanthropist Stephen E. Bepler Dies
Comedian Given Eloquentia Perfecta Award
Fordham Students Selected for “30 Under 30” List
Robert Rubin Discusses Economy with Students
Fordham alumnus Stephen E. Bepler, FCRH ’64, died on Wednesday, Oct.12, 2016. After graduating from Fordham, Bepler received his M.B.A from Columbia University School of Business in 1966 and spent his career as an investment professional. Bepler was a tenured member of Fordham’s Board of Trustees and also served as chair of the Student Affairs Committee, vice chair of the Mission and Identity Commission and a member of the Executive Committee. Bepler and his wife, Kim, who married 14 years ago, contributed to different aspects of the university including the creation of numerous scholarships and the restoration of the University Church. The Beplers are one of the three largest donors to the university, and in 2014 the couple’s contributions were honored by the naming of the Bepler Commons at Faber Hall. Stephen Bepler also received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Fordham in 2014.
Fordham honored Catholic comedian Jeannie Gaffigan with the Eloquentia Perfecta award on Oct. 14. The Eloquentia Perfecta award is granted by Fordham’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) and the Paulist Press to professionals in the field of communications or performing arts. The recipient of the award must have shown, through their work, a perspective of what it means to be human. Most recently, she has collaborated with her husband, comedian Jim Gaffigan, to create the autobiographical TV Land program, “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” which depicts the Gaffigans’ lives raising children and expressing their Catholic faith. Jeannie Gaffigan serves as a writer, producer and director of the program. Gaffigan denied the usual speaker’s fee and instead asked the university to give the money to a student who reflected the values of the award. The recipient was Caitlin Sakdalan, FCLC ’18, who is a Film and Television major.
Two Fordham Graduate School of Education (GSE) were named to the International Literary Association’s (ILA) second annual “30 Under 30” list. Alex Corbitt, 26, FCRH ’12, GSE ’13, and John Maldonado, 25, FCRH ’13, a doctoral student, were picked for their efforts to advance literacy in New York City. Both Corbitt and Maldonado work in the New York City public school system. Others honored on the list include authors, researchers and leaders from 12 countries. Corbitt, who received his Master’s in English from the GSE, completed his student teaching at MS 331, The Bronx School of Young Leaders, in Morris Heights. He has since stayed at the school to teach seventh-grade English. Maldonado graduated from Fordham with a double major in psychology and English and became a NYC teaching fellow at P368K Star Academy in Brooklyn. He is currently working for his doctorate in contemporary learning and interdisciplinary research.
Robert Rubin, the former secretary of the U.S. Treasury under Bill Clinton, spoke at an event sponsored by the Gabelli School of Business and hosted by the Gabelli School Dean Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D. The event, called “US Economy: Policy and Governance Changes,” was held on Oct. 17 and allowed for students, faculty members and alumni to ask Rubin questions. Rubin said that he believes the American economy is stronger now than it was during the recession of 2008. Rubin discussed various economic topics including debt, inflation and the possibility of a decrease in the standard of living. Rubin also spoke about the importance of social media in fixing the political system and how it can allow the population to be better informed and involved. Though Rubin was skeptical that anything productive would occur in the next few years, he said he has faith the nation will grow stronger.
October 19, 2016
College at 60 Program Attracts Life-Long Learners FROM COLLEGE AT 60, PAGE 1
word of mouth. Flaxman, for example, heard about the program through a tour group before exploring enrollment. “It sounded really interesting,” she said. “Something I’d like.” Flaxman said she is limited to the courses she takes based on her work schedule, but her course load has consisted largely of the humanities and social sciences. She has taken history, theatre and sociology courses, as well as a course that focuses on the 18th century author Jane Austen. Pamela Oppenheim, 86, has taken advantage of the offerings. “I took a philosophy course, and at least two music courses,” said Oppenheim. “Then I decided I wanted to do something that was just so much fun, that’s why I took [an] American musicals course.” The College at 60 program was founded in 1973 with the intention of transitioning students that were unable to earn a degree in their early life into a degree program, according to Cira T. Vernazza, associate dean and director of the College at 60 program at Fordham. The program originally attracted many senior learners that had been deterred from obtaining a degree by roadblocks like The Great Depression, 20th century wars and an overall lack of opportunity to attend college. Since degrees are no longer offered, the program now serves a somewhat different purpose for its
students, according to Vernazza. “Whereas the earlier groups in the 70's and maybe even the early 80's came in order to get their degree, the groups now are coming for lifelong learning,” said Vernazza. Many attendees already have multiple degrees and are not seeking to add to their credentials, but to their educational experience. Those enrolled can apply for entry to the Professional School of Continuing Studies if students wish to do so, though most do not. The lack of grading has a way of freeing conversation, according to Dr. Robert Spiegelman, a professor in the College at 60 program. “I’m not dealing with people who are staying silent because of a grade or because they’re afraid to disagree with me,” said Spiegelman. To advance to the Professional School of Continuing Studies, applicants must complete an admissions exam and file application materials, including any past collegiate transcripts. However, those who wish to enter the College At 60 program need only meet the age requirement and attend a meeting with Dean Vernazza to determine if the program fits the needs of the student. Once enrolled, students choose from a variety of two hour long liberal arts classes, ranging from
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The College at 60 program finds home at Lincoln Center, where students can take classes in a wide array of subjects.
courses like Topics in History: The Evolution of the U.S. Constitution to Issues in Psychology to Italian Cinema from Neorealism to the Present. In addition to the current courses, the program holds a free weekly lecture series in Lincoln Center’s twelfth floor lounge. The series is open to the public aged 50 and over on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fordham students can call to request the opportunity to sit in on a lecture if it pertains to a course.
The program attracts a variety of instructors connected to the Fordham community, including retired Fordham faculty and adjunct faculty from throughout the tri-state area. A College At 60 classroom setting is similar in many ways to that of an undergraduate class. Students use BlackBoard to obtain suggested reading assignments, take out smartphones to cross reference information and find dates pertinent to the lecture, analyze paintings and documents on a
Smartboard and doodle in notebooks and answer texts quietly. A marked difference, however, is the experience level of the students. Many had visited the Venice landmarks Spiegelman referenced in class. They asked questions on how the information pertains to today, made the occasional clerical correction and picked apart the theories Spiegelman presented for class discussion. And, of course, that one is more likely to sit next to a centenarian.
Student Leaders Organize Diversity Month Financial By LAURA SANICOLA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
When self-identified gay male students saw a derogatory comment about their sexuality written on their dorm room door white board during the first weeks of school, Fordham’s senior student leaders of the four largest organizations on campus recognized it as falling into a familiar pattern of bias incidents that the university has confronted over the years. “It is truly bothersome to see the number of bias incidents that have occurred,” said Emma Bausert, FCRH ’17 and president of the Residence Halls Association (RHA), in a recent interview with The Fordham Ram. “Our campus is not united until every member is treated with dignity and respect.” In response to the incident, Bausert, along with Daniel Stroie, GSB ’17 and USG president, Stephen Esposito, FCRH ’17 and president of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Siobhan Shauni, FCRH ’17 and president of the Commuting Students Association, organized a multi-channeled diversity month in November that will affect the programming of various clubs and organizations on campus. In the 12 months prior to the start of the school year, the Fordham community experienced no less than five bias incidents, several of which the police were called on campus to investigate. There were the swastikas discovered carved into university property and shouts of “white power” that were recorded by students in off-campus housing. There was also another incident of a student be-
ing targeted in his/her dorm room involving a racial slur written on a freshman student’s door. “As a senior, this issue is so important to us because we've seen the negative side of these events,” said Stroie. “There has to be more than just a statement after these things happen. There’s a lot more to be done.” The organizations want to plan programming for every day of the month of November focused around diversity and inclusivity. For the first confirmed event of the month, Michael Sam, the first openly gay man to be drafted into the National Football League, will deliver a talk to campus on Nov. 9. Aparna Nacherla, an Indian-American comedian who has appeared on “Inside Amy Schumer,” will also be making a campus appearance that month.
For Esposito, the idea behind a month of themed programming is to reach students who may not normally take time out of their day to attend a diversity related event on campus. “In the past we have held dialogues, which have been really great,” Esposito said. “But the people who go to those tend to be the ones already interested. We are trying to reach a larger part of the student body.” According to Bausert, this year the 78 members of RHA’s general board have received Diversity and Identity Training to prepare for this series of diversity events in all fourteen residents halls, in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “I think the series of events in Programming with a Purpose and Diversity Month as a whole are further attempts to heal the Fordham com-
munity into one family,” Bausert said. The timing of the diversity month was initially a challenge for the club leaders as the fall 2016 incident occurred after clubs had applied for funding and space for the semester. In response, Stroie plans for USG to hold various free diversity themed events on campus. Esposito has directed CAB to alter their current programming so that it is more relevant to diversity month. Esposito, concerned about the continuity of diversity programming on a college campus that sees its leaders graduate annually, wants to make diversity month a lasting tenant of CAB. “It’s been an obstacle that every year there are students moving out, students moving in, the ones that were something passionate about that they leave,” Esposito said. “We want to make a lasting change at Fordham.”
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Student leaders from clubs like United Student Government moved to designate November as Diversity Month.
Aid Recieves Sizable Donation
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degrees from Fordham, including a doctorate. According to Fordham University’s financial aid office, the presidential scholarship grants the top twenty admitted students each year full tuition and room and board, renewable each year. Presidential Scholars are normally amongst the top 1-2 percent of their high school class. In 2010, the university presented Mario Gabelli and Cunniffe with the Founder’s Award, which the university gives to notable alumni. Maurice Cunniffe was born to Irish immigrants, and grew up in the Bronx, according to Fordham Preparatory School. He attended Fordham Prep from 1946 to 1950. After his graduation, he attended the university and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in physics. He later earned his Master of Science degree from Stevens Institue of Technology. The university granted Maurice Cunniffe with an honorary degree in 2016. After the death of his first wife, Jane Margaret Charles, Maurice Cunniffe married Carolyn Dursi. The Cunniffes could not be reached for comment.
October 19, 2016
October 19, 2016
The Fordham Ram
Don’t Waste Your Vote on a Third-Party Candidate By JOHN CHRISTEN STAFF WRITER
The 2016 presidential race is ugly. On the right, Donald Trump slouches upon a tacky golden throne, a man who has been accused of sexual assault several times this month. Across the aisle on the left sits Hillary Clinton, a woman who put our country’s security at risk by using a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Although one of these candidates is the most qualified presidential candidate to ever run and the other is a tax-evading misogynist, there are still millions of frustrated Americans who are unsure which of these two candidates will receive their vote on Nov. 8, if they will even enter the voting booth at all. However, what these Americans do not realize is that voting for a third-party candidate is essentially the same as not voting whatsoever. The natural inclinations of voters equally dissatisfied with both sides of the ticket are either to not vote at all or vote for a third-party candidate. Enter the Libertarian candidate Gary “What is Aleppo?” Johnson and the Green Party candidate Jill Stein. In Gary Johnson’s New York Times op-ed appropriately titled “Take a Deep Breath Voters. There is a Third Way,” he simultaneously emphasizes and downplays the traditional “fiscally conservative” and
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Gary Johnson is a third-party candidate running on the Libertarian ticket in the 2016 presidential election.
“socially liberal” foundation of the Libertarian party to attract more voters. According to Johnson, the five most important things about his presidency would be a “real balanced budget” to check the growth of the federal government spending waste, a focus on protecting “the Constitution and civil liberties,” with special attention paid to the societal benefits of immigration and his pro-choice abortion stance, a “free trade to all nations” and “attack only when attacked” foreign policy attitude. Libertarianism has always been a welcome compromise for social-
ly progressive Republican moderates or fiscally conservative Democrats. Moreover, Gary Johnson’s positive campaign is a bright light in the treacherous cave that is the 2016 election. Then there is Green Party Candidate Jill Stein. According to its critics, the Green Party’s consistent message has been “Earth before country.” On her campaign’s website, the first bullet point of Stein’s platform reads: “Initiate a WWIIscale national mobilization to halt climate change, the greatest threat to humanity in our history.” I do not disagree with Stein here
as the climate change threat is imminent. Nevertheless, it is impossible to mobilize a competitive number of American voters with a platform like this, especially since a CNN poll in January 2015 found that “57 percent of Americans did not expect global warming to affect their way of life.” This statistic is discouraging, but it is an ideological reality of this election. The third party candidates are the alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and they are gaining a minority amount of support. According to a Gallup survey, they have polled as high as 15
percent collectively, but this statistic along with the positive things about both third-party candidates’ campaigns are irrelevant. Voting for a third-party candidate is throwing away your vote because it produces the same result as not voting at all. Essentially, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each receive half your vote. A thirdparty vote in a presidential election is meaningless aside from your own moral satisfaction. In our two-party political system, third-party candidates simply cannot win, due to our electoral-vote elections in which all but two states award all of their electoral votes to the candidate that amasses the largest plurality of voters on Election Day. By voting for a third-party candidate, you are betting that your candidate will receive a larger percentage of votes than either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. The political polarity of most states will not allow this to happen. Low voter turnout and large major-party supporter bases allow for the dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties. Until our two-party political system changes, you need to swallow your pride, forget your protest vote and vote for one of the two major-party candidates who you think can lead this country. Otherwise, you are part of the problem.
John Christen, FCRH ’19, is undeclared in his major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Evading Taxes: The Twisted American Dream By MATTHEW MICHAELS STAFF WRITER
“That makes me smart.” This was Donald Trump’s response to Hillary Clinton’s accusation during the first presidential debate that he did not pay federal taxes for many years. By not paying taxes, the Republican nominee failed to perform one of the most basic civic duties. Instead of a public upheaval, Trump’s comment earned him support from the live debate audience and citizens nationwide.
People like Trump exemplify a twisted American dream, where you can contribute nothing in taxes but take full advantage of public resources created with others’ taxes. Trump and his supporters have this maligned view that they are going to “Make America Great Again,” like in the 1950s when the nation was prosperous and marginalized groups were discriminated against in the boundaries of social acceptability. Trump fails to mention that, according to Bloomberg, the highest indi-
vidual tax rate during that era was 92 percent, compared to the sub40 percent level it has stood for the past few decades. All earned income does not belong to the individual in America. Contributing members of society do not just work hard, they pay taxes to fund common goods, including the public schools attended by 90 percent of gradeschool children as per the U.S. Department of Education. 86 percent of Americans drive to work using public roads, according to the 2015 census while pub-
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Even though it was revealed that Donald Trump did not pay taxes for several years, many voters still support him.
lic transportation accounts for 5.2 percent of all transportation. Retirees benefit from publically funded Medicare and Social Security. Money accumulated from taxes goes to funding necessary advancements in science, medicine and technology that make our lives easier and better. Perhaps most importantly, without taxes we could not protect America from enemies, both domestic and foreign. There would be no way to fund a military, police force, fire department or diplomats. Trump most likely pays for a whole team of accountants to do his taxes, and I would not be surprised if one person’s main occupation is to make sure Trump pays as little as possible. Wealthier citizens like Trump can often move assets into special accounts and hire the brightest accountants to find special loopholes to avoid paying their share of taxes, not to mention the fact that corporations and big donors like Trump use financial leverage to help write the tax code. There is a lot of outrage about companies outsourcing jobs overseas, but there is not a similar reaction about companies that use tax havens and store their wealth outside the United States to avoid being taxed. Even more egregious is how many corporations who already
pay almost nothing in taxes receive subsidies that come out of the federal budget supplied by taxpayers’ money. We must see taxes not as an unwarranted burden, but as a responsible investment in ourselves and our community. I do not need to dust off some Hobbes, Locke or Rousseau to show that taxes, though annoying, are a responsibility of all members of society. As Vanessa Williamson of the New York Times notes, twice as many Americans believe the Apollo 11 moon landing was faked, than the three percent who do not think paying a fair share of tax is a civic duty. Trump’s comments also remind us how far out of tune he is with the average American. Since almost everyone pays taxes, he also indirectly inferred that the rest of us are stupid for not taking advantage of tax loopholes, when he can only do so because of his wealth and his accountants that so few can afford. The idea of a billionaire not paying taxes is not about intelligence, but rather unethical selfishness. Taxes would be much less burdensome on the common man if wealthy individuals and large corporations paid a share.
Matthew Michaels, GSB ’17, is a marketing major from Hightstown, New Jersey.
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October 19, 2016
From the Desk | Bailey Hosfelt
Let Politicians Change Their Minds Like Everyone Else Being a first time voter in an election that is interesting to say the least, I have found myself combing through both a career politician and business mogul’s history in pursuit of the good, bad and ugly. From Benghazi to the Access Hollywood bus and everywhere in between, there is much to read up on and form an opinion about. I am doing my best to be cognizant of past controversies, differentiating their implications to see if they will continue to play a relevant role in today’s public sphere. Where locker room talk is easy to understand, legislation is not. At times, it becomes challenging to fully comprehend chunks of history and executive agreements that occurred before I was old enough to tell the difference between a Democrat and Republican. Unlike my elders who lived through and remember candidates’ past political decisions like it was yesterday, I have to make judgment calls based on the information that is available to me, compiling secondary sources from previous decades into a self-assured position. Throughout this process, I seem to have reached a crossroads, where, after educating myself on politicians’ most significant be-
haviors from the past, I can either choose to focus on their current platforms or fixate on the changes they have made in response to past policies. On the whole, I have chosen to do the former, which has resulted in more than one baby boomer quibbling about the misguided nature of millennials like myself. But my grounding principle for doing so is simple: people can change their minds, so why can’t politicians? I understand that this justification may seem irresponsible at the onset. People you encounter in the average day are not held to the same standard as this nation’s political leaders. If your coworker was strongly against Roe v. Wade in 1973 but thought differently ten years later, he likely would not receive criticism. Politicians, on the other hand, have positions of power in the United States and are held to a higher standard. Their word is expected to be their bond. However, I suggest that we should not stick to such black and white interpretations of their actions. The buzz word “flipflop” is thrown around a lot when it comes to politics, but the card is often dealt so quickly that it overlooks the factors that can cause the change.
Take Hillary Clinton as a primary example. After being a public figure and politician for over thirty years, it is only natural for Clinton’s policies to be the product of her personal evolution. In fact, I find it naïve for people to expect an individual who has been involved in the government since graduating from law school to not have her share of scandals. Did she stand beside her husband as First Lady and support his 1994 Crime Bill? Yes. But she has since formally acknowledged and apologized that her support for the bill — specifically in using the word “superpredator” in a decade old speech — went too far. No politician can escape the cutthroat arena that is the underbelly of United States government unscathed, especially if the individual has been involved in the world for quite some time in different capacities. A politician changing his or her mind can be situational based on pressure from outside influences within the party, reactionary due to current problems facing the country or simply due to something that was previously expected to work. Conservative political writer Jim Geraghty has spoken out in the past about how United States
citizens should allow politicians some leeway to change their minds in order to acknowledge and react to changing conditions. He feels that, as long as a politician is honest about his or her shift in opinion, he or she should be able to change positions to accommodate a changing political environment. While I do not stand behind politicians who explicitly change their minds to manipulate the American public, I can understand the potential reasons that result in more realistic shifts to a candidate’s platform. If a politician is constantly unable to ground his or her beliefs, proving to no consistency whatsoever, that is a problem. But if a politician has remained consistent with some changes over time, he or she is simply a human.
Editorial | Sexual Assault
What the Sexual Assault Statistics Don’t Tell You With increased media attention on the issue of college sexual assault, the federal government has devoted more of its time and energy to raising awareness and preventing what is debatably called a “nationwide epidemic” by various student and professional publications. Students on campus have spearheaded efforts to take part in the national movement. Last week, Fordham participated in the White House’s third annual It’s On Us Week of Action campaign, hosting its own series of events to raise awareness about sexual assault. Students attended self-care workshops, participated in a “clothesline project” in which they designed t-shirts supporting sexual assault survivors and spoke out in public about their own experiences with sexual violence.
Self-reported studies on student experiences of sexual violence indicate that the university is relatively safe. The chance of encountering sexual violence at Fordham is lower than 10 percent, according to last year’s sexual misconduct campus climate survey. The findings also revealed that 92 percent of traditional undergraduates and 97 percent of graduate and professional students reported that they have not been subjected to physical force or threats of harm involving sexual contact. However, sexual assault survivors still struggle with various factors that prevent them from reporting acts of violence, including stigma, fear of retaliation and shock. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), only 20 percent
of female student sexual assault victims report to law enforcement and two to 10 percent of the reports are false. Men are less likely than women to report sexual assault, which can further skew data. Reporting on sexual assault has proven to be a challenge across the board. As an increase in reports of assault year after year do not necessarily indicate an increase in campus assaults, sexual assault is a historically underreported crime. Likewise, a decrease in reporting of assaults does not necessarily indicate that a college campus is experiencing fewer of these crimes. While Fordham has an extensive policy regarding sexual offenses and many resources including Campus Assault and Relationship Education (CARE)
and Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), students may still feel pressure not to report incidents of sexual assault which can skew datasets about the prevalence of sexual violence on campus. While we support students reporting incidents of sexual assault on campus, we advise the student body to be wary of jumping to conclusions about campus safety based on the numbers. Based on the above factors, it is impossible to determine whether more students are assaulted. One sexual assault is too many on Fordham’s campus. However, it is just as important to create a climate in which students feel comfortable reporting sexual violence while reducing the number of sexual assaults on campus.
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October 19, 2016
Embracing Your Makeup Palette and Your Raging Feminist Core
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Women should be able to wear makeup for themselves while feeling comfortable calling themselves feminists.
By KATIE QUINLISK STAFF WRITER
In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, Barnard College President and 53-year-old Debora Spar opened up about her ideological struggles as an aging feminist academic in the professional world — a world in which women who do not embrace anti-aging procedures, no matter how mild, are becoming a minority. Spar brings up a problem with radical feminism, which puts as many rules on femininity as it does liberate it. The solution to this dilemma lies in the acceptance of liberal feminism, which asserts that true liberation is found in a woman’s choice. Spar explains her feelings of hypocrisy. As a feminist, she is ideologically opposed to the idea that female aging should be treated as a disease that needs treatment
Joe Moresky This Election’s Biggest Sin While it may not seem like it at times, Americans tend to share some base level of understanding in how life in our nation should be experienced. We believe in the hopeful promise of the future, an intimate respect for our home communities and the opportunity to flourish as human beings. We feel that those most in need ought to be helped, and we hold the conviction that everyone should have a chance to earn their own version of the elusive American Dream. However, those ideals seem as if they are fading from the popular conscience amid historic degrees of political polarization, as well as a largely asymmetric economic recovery following the financial crises of 2008. Average Americans feel dissected, disillusioned, frustrated
and prevention. However, as a 53-year-old academic professional, Spar admits she feels tempted, even pressured, to indulge in minor anti-aging procedures for her own self confidence and to keep up with a professional workforce that only seems to be getting younger. She feels both conflicted and guilty because of these sentiments. Spar questions how aging feminists should confront this issue, and how women in her position should reconcile their desire for a youthful appearance with their radical feminist roots. She asks what happens when ideals held in the name of women’s liberation bring guilt and shame instead of liberation. This feeling is a familiar one. I ask myself these questions when I shave my legs in the shower, when I apply blush onto my cheeks, when I put mascara in my lashes and forgotten. Moreover, popular faith in the ability to create a better life has fallen and a general feeling of pessimism seems to be the tone of the day. Confidence in our national institutions has all but collapsed, which isn’t surprising when we can still look around at good people striving in honest work and struggling to get ahead. This election has undoubtedly been one of the most atrocious displays of “public decorum” in modern political history, with rampant personal attacks and new rhetorical lows encountered almost daily. But perhaps the most heinous of these affronts has been the exploitation of American disillusionment for personal political gain by Donald Trump. In recent weeks, the Republican nominee, confronted with flailing national poll numbers after the revelation of a 2005 tape in which he bragged about his ability to sexually assault women with impunity, has taken to questioning the legitimacy of the American electoral system. Instead of addressing the lack of institutional confidence experienced by so many in our nation and fighting to restore this confidence, Mr. Trump has attempted
and when I wear heels. I feel this pull between my desire to enhance my appearance and my raging feminist core. I initially feel shameful, but then, I get angry. Because under certain interpretations, feminism — a movement intended to free women and the female body from the suffocating talons of the patriarchy — actually creates its own set of rules about women and their bodies. These rules can make being a feminist who cares about your appearance a mental minefield. Essentially, Debora Spar and I are caught between two different schools of feminist thought: radical feminism and liberal feminism. We are caught between the very different ways these feminisms view the female body. Radical feminism advocates for the end of patriarchy via retaliation, and the idea that women’s decisions regarding their bodies
ultimately affect all of womankind. Age! Let your hair grow grey! Embrace your wrinkling face in protest and raise your sagging arms in rebellion! Revolt against the idea that women must be young to be worthy! And it proclaims all this with good intentions, and with good results — after all, this radical second wave of feminism was the primary feminist movement of the 60s and 70s and look how far we have come. But in its attempt to free the female body from patriarchal rules, radical feminism, if taken too far, creates even more rules for women. Radical feminism forgets some women wear makeup because it makes them feel beautiful, and some women dye their hair because it makes them feel vivacious and confident. Liberal feminism, on the other hand, asserts that true liberation is found in a woman’s choice — in her full political and bodily autonomy. It is in this feminist school of thought, where conflicted feminists like Debora Spar and I find comfort. One of the pillars of this wave is that true liberation means full female bodily autonomy — essentially that women can do whatever they want with their bodies — and that in this choice liberation is found. From this liberal feminist viewpoint, a woman’s choice to embrace anti-aging procedures and beauty routines can be empowering. Liberal feminism recognizes that though makeup, Botox, hair dye and heels may have patriarchally bound roots, women have appropriated such beauty products and procedures. These are no longer things that make women simply more appealing
and worthy in the eyes of men, these things make some women feel beautiful, sexy, confident and empowered. So dye your hair and put on your makeup if that is what you want. Or let your hair grow grey and have your years of smiling show themselves in wrinkles by your eyes and cheeks. The choice is yours, and both choices are entirely valid and empowering in different ways. Whichever you choose, realize that the choice to embrace beauty and anti-aging products and procedures or not is a feminist choice. And the fact that women have this choice is a testament to our liberation. Let feminism free your body and mind, but do not let it impose rules and frustration. Rejecting beauty and antiaging procedures in the name of usurping the patriarchy is a very narrow-minded feminist perspective. True feminism is recognizing full political and bodily autonomy for women in its many shades. At the end of the day, Debora Spar’s decision to get cheek fillers is her own choice. Though she may be concerned by the number of women turning towards anti-aging procedures in her field, she is not solely responsible for the surgical virginity of female academia. Ultimately, shaming Courtney Cox for her choice to undergo plastic surgery is no different from shaming a woman for taking birth control. Bodily autonomy is exhaustive, not exclusive to certain organs.
Katie Quinlisk, FCRH ’18, is an English major from West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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Donald Trump’s recent tweets alleging that there is rampant voter fraud brings American democracy into question.
to bring American democracy itself into question. Tweets and speeches routinely feature claims that the election is “rigged.” From unfounded accusations of conspiracy between his opponent and national media outlets, to calling on his supporters to monitor polling stations, the boiling rhetoric of a nefariously pre-determined election is as dangerously corrosive as it is unprecedented. Irresponsibly creating doubt
about the fairness of a presidential election in order to excuse self-inflicted campaign failures is a disservice to the American people, one that encourages a warped understanding of political reality. It is the ultimate transgression from a campaign that has spectacularly failed to meet the demands of a beleaguered and deserving public. And that is tragic. It is tragic because the back-
ward slide towards attacking electoral legitimacy, while demonizing one’s opponent creeps dangerously close to mob-rule mentality. It is tragic because the problems facing average people are not being met with serious solutions. It is tragic because when the American people cried out for a restoration of hope, they did not get it. Instead they got Donald J. Trump.
October 19, 2016
Pushing Against Asian American Stereotypes By DANIELLE CHUNG CONTRIBUTING WRITER
A few weeks ago, an uproar pervaded the Asian American community when Fox News decided it was appropriate to humiliate minorities in Chinatown through stereotyping. Unfortunately, like too many issues that occur in the U.S., backlash and outright frustration was completely brushed aside in a matter of days. Thankfully, this blatant racism surfaced once more when Michael Luo, a deputy editor at the New York Times, spoke out about his encounter with a well-dressed woman who yelled at him to “go back to China.” Every racist encounter, story and illumination of our struggles demonstrates the intrinsic racism that runs in America. In this day and age, there is no excuse for perpetuating minority stereotypes. It makes minorities feel as if they do not belong and as if embracing their heritage is abnormal and unwanted. As an Asian American, witnessing racism makes me irritable. I receive my fair share of incessant stereotypes and prejudiced remarks despite the fact that I am a naturalized citizen. I am utterly disgusted by the way my parents are treated at times, just because of their imperfect grammar or because of their slight hint of an accent when they speak English. When my mother loses power in her voice while speaking to a white, male police officer — this is when it hurts the most. I can also understand the white
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Fox News’ Jesse Watters was condemned by members of the Asian American community for his Chinatown segment.
community’s perspective on perpetuating racial stereotypes, but only because I was raised in one. I am friends with my white schoolmates and I know what they have seen on television and what they have learned from their parents. When they make fun of certain stereotypes, they think they are only making a joke. Some of their mockery has origins in fact. According to figures released by the College Board in 2015, Asian Americans perform better on
the SATs, and the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) revealed that they also have higher GPAs. Asian Americans are notorious for being internalized workaholics, which screams model minority. Regardless, my ability to understand both sides y does not justify the strong presence of racial discrimination in everyday life. Like never before, I am outraged by the cries for help from the marginalized people of America.
Fitting minorities into certain molds is archaic. Hosting an antiAsian news segment in Chinatown on national television, interviewing the elderly passersby who speak little to no English and attempting to make it humorous by adding irrelevant movie scenes to further ridicule them, is brazen and shameful. Thanks to Fox News and an oblivious handful of the white community, stereotypes are, and will continue to be, reinforced.
Asian Americans should feel like they belong, and not be afraid to embrace their yellowness as the norm. If we act against prejudice, we ultimately become the angry minority. If we do not, we are accomplices of the vile crime that prevent us from feeling comfortable in our own skin. The latter seems like predominant action, but brushing things under the rug can only last so long. And increasingly, such racial encounters are just fleeting clamors and empty headlines on the news. Racism is largely regarded as inappropriate and obtuse. As if struggling to filter out inaccurate, hurtful stereotypes was not already harmful, Jesse Watters, the Fox News reporter, humiliated all Asian Americans on the news. He made the impression that we had no opinion on Donald Trump, were clueless about the current state of political affairs in the U.S. and unable to form personal thoughts. What strikes me, even more so, is the fact that Fox News fully supported this segment postair, refusing to admit the segment was prejudicial, inaccurate and disturbing, to say the least. I feel for the marginalized. We should not feel humiliated or ashamed of our identities when we have nothing to hide — as if being a person of color or indulging in one’s ethnic and cultural roots is a wrongdoing for which we should be berated, because we have a right to belong.
Danielle Chung, GSB ’19, is a finance major from Edgewater, New Jersey.
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October 19, 2016
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Comic Fans From Far and Wide, Unite! By VICTOR ORDONEZ STAFF WRITER
Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Nope, it was New York Comic Con and it brought with it big news for all things nerd. From comics to movies to television, NYCC delivered plenty of trailers and previews to excite even the mildest of fans. Here are some of the highlights. In movie news, War for the Planet of the Apes grabbed quite a bit of attention. Viewers got to see a teaser trailer as well as a seven -minute NYCC-exclusive scene of the movie during its own panel. The teaser was made public after the event, but the scene will most likely remain under lock and key until the premiere. Sources who saw the clip confirmed that the movie takes place two years after the events of the previous film. In an interview with IGN Entertainment’s Scott Collura, director Matt Reeves said that the film would indeed “maintain the smart, philosophical edge that was found in the other movies.” Reeves went on to add that he had no plans for it to be the last film of the series More exciting and nostalgic movie news was made when Dean Israelite released the trailer for Power Rangers at NYCC. Israelite also name dropped fan-favorite villain “Goldar,” who is now confirmed to make an appearance. The trailer was made public after the panel and is available online. Justice League Dark, a DC animated movie, also received a fair share of hype at NYCC. The movie, set to release in early 2017, claims to be a new breed of animated su-
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This year’s New York Comic Con event was filled with exciting announcements about loved series, both old and new.
perhero movie. Voice actors and producers filled the film’s NYCC panel to answer any questions they could. When asked about the film’s aesthetic, Jason O’Mara (Voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman) said, “The movie is going to be darker than anything you’ve seen [regarding DC animated films]. It really isn’t for kids.” These claims seem to bode true with the film’s recent “R” rating. Matt Ryan, voice actor for the character Constantine, was among the actors who were present at the Justice League Dark panel. He rumored that a live-action movie could be in the works. Ryan is also known for playing the live action version of the character in NBC’s “Constantine.” Therefore, these rumors may have some substance, since he very well could be in line for a role. Television also had its fair share of the spotlight at NYCC. “The Walking Dead” panel previewed the
seventh season by picking up where the sixth season ended, showing about two minutes of the premiere episode. The teaser previewed the show’s new villain, Negan, as well as his first victim. The scene is quite graphic and does its best to make fans feel uneasy as they prepare for a character’s demise in the coming season. Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead” comic, told those who attended the event to expect the leaving of an important character. The teaser was made public after the event and is also available online. Another notable piece of television news, “Legion,” a show spawned from a collaboration between FX Network and Marvel Entertainment, made an appearance at NYCC. The show itself is an X-Men project that is being partly produced by Bryan Singer, director of previous X-Men films. Twenty minutes of the pilot were shown at
the show’s panel after a brief Q&A with the actors. Dan Stevens stars in the show. Playing David Haller, Stevens portrays a “troubled schizophrenic,” as described by FX’s summary of the show. “However, [Haller’s] psychological manifestations may be more than just figments of his imagination.” Stevens went on to confirm a few rumors at the event. For instance, when asked about the origin of his character, he confirmed that the show would do its best not to stray far from the origin portrayed in the comics. This eludes specifically to David Haller’s heritage, who in the comics is the first born son of Professor Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart in the X-Men movies. The first 20 minutes of “Legion” showed at NYCC intrigued viewers by introducing a mystery early on in the pilot. The main portion of what was shown paints the relationship between Haller and his girlfriend.
Brandon Maltese, a comic con attendee, described the portion of what he saw as “charming, sweet, and weird.” Last, but certainly not least: comic book news. “Justice League Suicide Squad” was of special interest at the DC comic panel. Coming in December, the comic pins two of DC’s most epic teams against each other. Joshua Williamson is writing this one, and could not help but give fans some tidbits about the upcoming comic book event at NYCC. “The Justice League will have their powers used against them in interesting ways,” Williamson said to an IGN Entertainment reporter. Williamson continued to tease the dark themes and how DC comic producers even had some reservations. “There was even one moment where they said it was too sadistic, and I said, ‘Isn’t that a good thing?’” The Marvel Now: Divided We Stand panel produced some news for the future of some Marvel characters as well. However, an important landmark came when former Runaway character, Alex Wilder, was set to be the newest villain in tenth issue of Power Man/Iron Fist. Interestingly enough, the new take on the character was described as a Doctor Doom meets Childish Gambino. Plenty more transpired at NYCC 2016. Toys and cosplayers ruled the vendors at the Javits Center. These were just the highlights of movies, television and comic books. To see it all, NYCC attendee Brandon Maltese suggested seeing it first hand, for it is “the once in a lifetime opportunity it promises to be.”
Seasonal Places to Be in New York City By BAILEY HOSFELT CULTURE EDITOR
With the month of October coming to a close and two short weekends standing in between now and Halloween, there are many events in New York City to make the most of the holiday season. Although the Big Apple does not boast as much green space as an expansive suburb with the best pumpkin picking farm, the five boroughs still know how to embrace the festivities with a wide range of events. So take a break from midterms and take in all the city has to offer before the window for spooky and seasonal activities expires. Melt Bakery For all Fordham students who are still mourning the loss of the Good Humor ice cream sandwiches on campus in all places except the occasional vending machine, Melt Bakery is the place to be. This Manhattan locale specializes in one thing: ice cream sandwiches. The shop’s latest creation, “The Jack,” puts pumpkin pie ice cream in between two decadent cookies. Priced at $5 (cheaper than the coveted PSL at Starbucks), this sweet treat can be found at 132 Orchard St.
New York Haunted Hayride Described as the city’s spookiest haunted house after it made waves last year, New York Haunted Hayride is back and ready to hear you scream. The attraction, created by Ten Thirty One Productions, is located at Randalls Island Park. General admission comes to $37 and gives those who dare to enter access to the haunted hayride, the new house of shadows and purgatory. Doors open at 7 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday until Halloween. Big Apple Crunch Thursday, Oct. 20 marks the fifth annual Big Apple Crunch, a GrowNYC sponsored event to celebrate New York farms and promote locally grown fruit. Participants in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn along with schools, hospitals, colleges, retail establishments and more across the state will share a crunch at lunch. With the 2016 goal of two million participants, people can head to the main event at the Union Square Greenmarket at 12 p.m where the festivities will unfold. Giant Pumpkin Weekend Starting this Saturday at the New York Botanical Garden, monstrous pumpkins — some weighing over 1,800 pounds — from all over the country will
be on display for two days. This event is in collaboration with the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth and will give visitors the ability to meet growers to learn how these gigantic gourds came to be after taking pictures of their prized possession. Make sure to check out the Scarecrows: From the Heartland to Horror exhibit before you go. Sculptor and artist Ray Villafane’s original installation explores how the scarecrow evolved from its agriculture role to a spooky touchstone to Halloween. Both are sure to impress. NYC Parks Outdoor Films NYC Parks holds free movie screenings at various spots in the city throughout the year for everyone from film buffs to families. This month is no exception. While a majority of the movies are intended for younger audiences, there are a couple that may have greater appeal among college students. Classics like Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Picture Show will come to Brooklyn on Oct. 24 at Fort Greene Park and Oct. 29 at the McCarren Park Pool Deck, respectively. Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park While this location does not bode well with any public trans-
portation options from the Bronx to Queens, Fort Totten Park is an Uber ride away. Grab a carful of friends and drop the pin because an Urban Park Ranger is waiting to guide you through the park’s haunted Water Battery Gate. The group’s leader will provide everyone with a lantern for the journey and share ghostly stories that make history a part of Halloween. This one-night-only event takes place on Oct. 28 and is free of charge. Participants are asked to arrive before 8 p.m. to ensure admittance. Village Halloween Parade If there is one event that is quintessentially Halloween in
New York, it is the Village Halloween Parade. Taking place on the holiday itself from 7 to 11 p.m., all of the ghouls and goblins in Gotham flock to celebrate the affair. For those who have a costume worth showing off and would like to walk in the parade, arrive at Sixth Ave. and Canal St. early. This year’s theme is reverie and people are encouraged to show up in something that expresses their inner fantasies and dreams. The parade route will be most congested along Sixth Ave. between Bleeker at 14th St., so those who intend to watch should head to W Houston or 16th St. for a less crowded spot.
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Enjoy the fall season in all its pumpkin glory without having to go to Jersey.
October 19, 2016
Woman of the Hour | Erin Cabrey
Michelle Obama Advocates For Education in We Will Rise Amid the chaos of the 2016 presidential election, it is hard to think about anything that is not the latest Donald Trump scandal. During this crazed election cycle we have lost sight of the positive changes brought by our democratic systems. At the top of this list is the first lady, Michelle Obama. In CNN Film’s latest release, We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, the first lady focuses on a crucial global issue, one not split by party lines: the importance of education. Let Girls Learn In We Will Rise, Obama teams up with Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto and CNN journalist Isha Sesay to travel to Liberia and Morocco to meet with many girls who share their personal stories of their
struggles to obtain an education. One story highlights Raphina, a 20-year-old whose single mother is unable to care for her children herself. As a result, she sent Raphina and her little brothers to live with her aunt and uncle instead of marrying Raphina off for a dowry or binding her to do housework at home. Here, Raphina earned her keep by doing most of the housework, but she was dedicated to her studies as well. Obama sits down with many girls at a Liberian school during the film’s second half to discuss the struggles that they face while fighting for an education. Raphina speaks about many girls who lost family members to the Ebola crisis, telling the first lady that “they don’t really have people to encourage them and tell them they
are valued in society. Some really want to go to school, but they don’t have educational support.” These challenges contribute to the depressing fact that 63 million girls around the world do not have access education, an issue that Michelle Obama is combating. The Woman Before Washington Obama’s life is one difficult to condense into a single column. Simply put, she is a role model. Obama is a proponent for women’s education, the creator of the “Let’s Move!” campaign to help combat childhood obesity and, among other things, a fashion icon. Before she was first lady, she was Michelle Robinson, growing up in the south side of Chicago. Obama has always been hard-
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First lady Michelle Obama’s latest project, We Will Rise, highlights the importance of educating girls around the globe.
working and high-achieving, so much so that she skipped the second grade. She went to a magnet high school, where she commuted three hours every day and graduated as the salutatorian. She majored in sociology and minored in African American studies at Princeton University, graduating in 1983. Obama then attended Harvard Law School, where she was deeply involved in diversifying the curriculum. Charles Ogletree, Obama’s Harvard professor, said in a March 2015 article published in Politico, “Always, everything she wrote, the things that she was involved in, the things that she thought about, were in effect reflections on race and gender. And how she had to keep the doors open for women and men going forward.” After graduation, Obama worked for the Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin as an associate, where she met Barack Obama, a summer associate whom she was assigned to mentor. The rest is history, as both Obamas’ dedication to public service led them to a historical eight-year stay at the White House. A Lasting Impact As our nation prepares for a new president to be elected in a few weeks time, I must prepare for Michelle Obama to step down as first lady. This realization makes me incredibly sad. Over her eight years at the White House, she has become someone whom I revere and someone who I am proud to have represent our nation. We Will Rise is one example, among countless others, that shows how Michelle Obama has cared for women as first lady. I will
never forget the time when I was lucky enough to hear her speak at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. She discussed the 62 Million Girls initiative that would help girls around the world attend school. She was introduced to the crowd by Beyonce, and if there’s anyone that can follow a performance by Queen B herself, it is Michelle Obama. In her speech that night, Obama expressed her belief in the “boundless promise of girls worldwide.” The crowd of young people clearly supported Obama’s efforts, with a few stray “I love you Michelle”’s breaking through the loud cheering. Whether or not you have agreed with her husband’s policy over the past eight years should not cloud how you view the words and actions of Obama herself. She advocated for equal pay in the early days of President Obama’s first term. As her husband’s second term comes to a close, she is fighting to secure education for girls around the world and make woman in the United States and across the globe alike feel heard and valued. Obama told the young women assembled to discuss the challenges of education in We Will Rise, “You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right.” Obama has been more to young women than just their first lady. She has been our advocate, our cheerleader, our friend and our voice. Though I am deeply saddened to see her go come Jan. 20, I know that Obama’s dedication and influence will continue far beyond her days in the White House.
Review | Theater
Fordham’s “The Electric Baby” A Hit For Lincoln Center By ALEXANDRA MANDALAKIS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Magic, heroism and love intertwined in playwright Stefanie Zadravec’s “The Electric Baby,” Fordham University Lincoln Center’s latest drama performance. Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, this heartfelt piece follows the lives of a Pittsburgh couple, a forgotten teenager and a magical family in a fantastic journey that weaves all of these different souls into one piece. A mystical mother Natalia (Tora Alexander, FCLC ’17) knits on a rocking chair, beside a crib completely entangled with thick colored rope that climbed all the way up to the ceiling to create a sort of tree of life effect. This nursery scene took place on an elevated circular center stage, with a semi-circle back wall covered in various apartment windows, an innovative and captivating scenic design by Reid Thompson. The set would only become become more wondrous with the help of Cesca Wolos-Fontento’s, FCLC ’17, lighting design containing well balanced isolation on scattered scenes throughout the production, as well as rhythmic room
lighting through the scattered windows. The story began with a comedic monologue from Natalia in which she humorously reminded us to silence our cellphones, introducing the character’s spunky and fun personality to the audience right off the bat. Natalia only hinted at what the audience assumed to be some sort of magic child, and we were left with unanswered questions by the end of this introduction. The audience was then thrown into an argument between married couple Reed, (Peter McNally, FCLC ’17) and Helen, (Alicia Moeller, FCLC ’18) walking down the street. One could just feel the couple’s tension and the repressed issues brewing between them. The focus changed to a yellow taxi where teenage friends Rozie (Rachel Ravel, FCLC ’19) and Dan (Tony Macht, FCLC ’17) chatted while Bimbo (Wayne Mackins, FCLC ’19), a Nigerian taxi driver, listened intently. The scene concluded with Helen storming away from Reed, which caused the taxi to crash, tragically killing Dan. The rest of the storyline followed these characters as they interacted with each other and
came to terms with the fact that sometimes heroes can be found in the least expected places. Rozie helped Bimbo recover in the hospital and temporarily had relations with Reed as a part-time prostitute, all the while continuously being haunted by Dan. Reed and Helen struggle with their marriage, and a dark past of a lost child reaches the surface. Natalia and Bimbo tell fables to their child and slowly reveal the story of how they found each other and fell in love. Every scene occurs outside of the center circle, where Natalia cares for her baby that “glows like the moon” until he eventually leaves the world at the end of the play. We are left to reflect on the unimaginable tragedies the characters faced and the courage required to simply live through it all. Yousefzadeh’s directorial note found in the program for “The Electric Baby” touches upon this heroism. “Despite all that [the characters] encounter, they are heroic in summoning their strength and working at the top of their abilities to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles,” said Yousefzadeh. This compelling story came to life with a successful production
team and a well-selected cast. Alexander portrayed Natalia exquisitely, with just the right balance of spunk and maturity for a struggling yet powerful middle-aged mother. McNally and Moeller as Reed and Helen Casey respectively worked extremely well together as they both conquer the exact emotional battles of a couple in distress. Mackins held a strong, yet occasionally humorous Bimbo, while Macht kept the audience laughing throughout the night
with his comedic timing. However, Ravel as Rozie slightly missed the mark in grasping the distress of such a damaged and emotionally broken young woman. Overall, “The Electric Baby” was a powerful start to Fordham Lincoln Center’s Main Stage Dodransbicentennial Season. The comedic elements kept the story moving, the magic kept the story alive and the entwinement of these factors through love created true electricity.
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Lincoln Center opened its dodransbicentennial season with “The Electric Baby.”
October 19, 2016
Theater Talk | Claire Del Sorbo
“Falsettos” Flourishes This Saturday, I experienced one of the most unusual and entertaining theatrical experiences of my life. I had just purchased a student ticket for “Falsettos” at the Walter Kerr Theatre. I had almost no knowledge of the show other than the fact that it is a musical about a divorced father who has recently come to terms with his gay identity. While reading the slip of paper that listed the cast for the day’s performance, I noticed Stephanie J. Block, one of the show’s headliners, was replaced by an understudy for today’s matinee. I shrugged, knowing that this happens every so often. The lights went down about 30 minutes after the show was supposed to begin. Andre Bishop, the artistic director at Lincoln Center, came onto the stage with a microphone and announced to the audience that not only was Stephanie J. Block sick with a chest cold, but her understudy was as well. I began to worry, thinking the show might be cancelled. However, to my surprise, he announced that the second understudy, Stephanie Umoh, would be performing with a book in hand. She had little preparation for the role and only learned the blocking two hours ago. Nevertheless, she did a fantastic job. “Falsettos” is a drama-comedy which is the combination of two off-Broadway short plays, “March of the Falsettos” and “Falsettoland.” “Falsettos” is about a neurotic man named Marvin (Christian Borle)
who wants to maintain his perfect family, even in the midst of his divorce and newfound identity as a gay man. He wants to preserve his relationships with his ex-wife Trina (Stephanie Umoh), his son Jason (Anthony Rosenthal) and his lover Whizzer (Andrew Rannells). The first act, while rather funny and uplifting, is shadowed by the second act, which focuses on the AIDS crisis. It almost reads like a Sondheim musical — exciting and happy at the start, but dramatic and gloomy at the end. At its core, “Falsettos” is a musical about staying positive in times of turmoil, which, for the LGBTQ community, was one of the attitudes during the AIDS epidemic. This experience during “Falsettos” reminded me that theatre is a living, breathing art experience. It is the responsibility of the actors to carry a story and music for the duration of the performance, despite not living their lives tethered to a character or performance. At the end of the day, actors are people, and sometimes life may get in the way. Theater is about performers lifting each other up and providing a safe, healing environment for entertainment. At the end of the show, the company brought out Umoh as the final bow. It was heartwarming to see this kind of comradery in a theatrical setting. Often stereotyped as competitive and antisocial, theatre is a social activity, and much like “Falsettos” itself, is about staying positive despite whatever life throws at you.
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Despite an understudy playing a lead, “Falsettos” had a promising performance.
Editor’s Pick | Music
Legend and Lyricist Bob Dylan By ELIZABETH SMISLOVA CULTURE EDITOR
A high-pitched and eerily beautiful harmonica sound flooded my ears as I got the New York Times app alert saying Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature. It was one of those perfect moments when everything in the universe seemed to line up as it should. The musical genius I listened to received his well-deserved recognition. For me, listening to Dylan’s voice is like talking to an old friend or warming up by the fire with family. There is comfort in hearing someone describe feelings I have but cannot name, and reassurance in knowing someone feels life so deeply and acutely to write such lyrics as Dylan does. His 1963 album, The Freewheelin’, has been the soundtrack of my life, in both trying and joyful times. The album features many of his well-known songs, including “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which asks, “Yes, and how many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry? Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’til he knows that too many people have died? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” He does not shy away from conveying the reality that people often do not acknowledge nor do his lyrics sugarcoat life. My favorite song on the album is “Girl from the North Country,” which is not an exception to Dylan’s tendency for sad songs. In it, Dylan asks someone to check up on someone who “was once a true love of mine.” It is one of the most romantic songs I have ever heard because the couple is not in love anymore, but he still thinks of her and cares about her. It is about a past love, but is somehow hopeful and makes you want to believe in love again. Another gem on the album is “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All
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Bob Dylan’s emotive lyrics resonate with his listeners oif all ages.
Right,” which tells of a breakup with a girl who did not love him in the way he wanted. The lyrics are, “You could have done better but I don’t mind. You just kinda wasted my precious time, but don’t think twice, it’s all right.” He is genuinely blunt, a refreshing change from music that idealizes dramatic breakups and relationships. “Talkin’ World War III Blues” is an incredibly interesting and funny song that describes a dream about the only one left after World War III. In the end, he realizes everyone has the same dream and says the famous lines, “Half of the people can be part right all of the time, some of the people can be all right part of the time, but all of the people can’t be all right all of the time. I think Abraham Lincoln said that. ‘I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.’ I said that.” Here, Dylan creates the dichotomy seen throughout his music of truths hard to acknowledge (i.e. being left alone and the ugliness of war)
and the good silly things necessary to make life livable (i.e. human relationships). This past summer, my father took me to see the 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back shown at a theater in honor of Dylan’s 75th birthday. The film covers Dylan’s tour in England during 1965 and paints a picture of Dylan in his 20s: a bit conceited, captivating and unafraid to be opposing. He dresses in black and is perpetually smoking a cigarette, allergic to small talk and fluff. Watching the legend on screen was enthralling, and made me wish I lived in the 60s. The documentary is fantastic, deep and compelling. I recommend it almost as much as Dylan’s music itself. His lyrics are pure poetry and brilliance, and Dylan’s receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature proves his music will continue to challenge society’s notions of, well, everything. But for right now, just redefining what is considered literature will do.
Review | Music
Chance the Rapper’s Talent Shines on Late Night Television By DOMINIC ARENAS JR. CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Following a memorable performance on daytime television, Chance the Rapper took his talents to late night. He appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Oct. 3. Along with Anthony Hamilton, Ty Dolla Sign, Raury and D.R.A.M., the Chicago native performed “Blessings (Reprise)” from his critically-acclaimed mixtape, Coloring Book. By now, mainstream media has caught up with hiphop heads and latched onto Chance the Rapper. Most already laud his commitment to be an independent artist in an economically-driven industry. However, his live performances on the ESPYS, “The Ellen Show” and now “The Tonight Show” should approach the conversation of Chance from a different perspective.
Kanye West dubbed Chance the future of music in his last public rant at the VMAs. Now, the future of music is a big identity to assume. Prior to delving into that debate, watch Chance’s latest appearance on Fallon. Chance assembled an R&B supergroup equivalent to The Avengers in comics or the Golden State Warriors in sports. Along with four fellow singers and rappers, Chance accompanied the performance with a gospel choir and The Social Experiment, a band Chance has collaborated with in the past. This is what makes the performance so uplifting and amazing. Every variable of the performance, from Chance to any of the gospel choir members, played an integral role. “The Tonight Show” even paired the immaculate performance with heavenly lighting. It seemed as if Chance emitted an ultralight beam, pun intended. As Chance continued to spew his ingenious lyrics on “Blessings (Reprise),” his fellow
R&B singers and rappers contributed adlibs that acted as “amens” to Chance’s prophetic journey. Like past performances, Chance gives every bit of his body to creating an unforgettable live experience. By the end of “Blessings (Reprise),” the audience clapped
(off-beat) with the choirs that lined the aisles. “The Tonight Show” captured the moment as a modern day Moses on Mt. Sinai. Chance has come from passing out mixtapes to classmates to passing out pieces to mainstream audiences. Although Chance may promote
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Chance the Rapper’s performance of “Blessings” on Fallon impressed fans.
himself as an independent artist, his music is far from that. This makes for better music. Artists like Kanye, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Future, Kirk Franklin and other big players in music want to be on Chance’s projects. Why? As West correctly stated, he is the future of music. And much like his mentor and fellow Chicago native, he follows in wearing various hats. Although his name may be misleading, Chance the Rapper is an artist, rapper, producer, brand ambassador, political activist, community leader and now, Kit-Kat jingler. Part of the reason mainstream audiences and media have gravitated toward Chance is his commitment to authenticity. Yes, one should recognize his prominence as an independent artist. However, one must first delve into the progression of Chance the Rapper: his evolution from solely a rapper to a truly multi-faceted artist.
October 19 2016
Who’s That Kid? | It’s Corey Glackin-Coley, FCRH ’19
A Gap Year in Africa Instills a Love for Service By JACK MCLOONE SPORTS EDITOR
A common question asked of west coast Fordham students is “How did you end up all the way out here?” For Corey Glackin-Coley, FCRH ’19, the story is a little complicated, and involves a couple of continents. Glackin-Coley is a Tacoma, Washington native. His parents — his mom is a special education preschool teacher and his father runs Food Connection, a food bank in the Pierce County area — rooted within him a desire to help people from a young age. During his senior year of high school, Glackin-Coley’s mind was not focused on heading to college. “My senior year, people were looking into colleges and I was just thinking ‘Am I more anxious to work in the library right now, or am I more anxious to kind of get some experience abroad?’” asked Glackin-Coley. He chose the latter, and decided to take a gap year and make his way to Africa. “I thought ‘Where’s the place that I know the least about? Where’s the place that I feel the media kind of ignores or misconstrues? And where’s the place I feel I could have the most fun and do a lot of things I hadn’t done before?’” Glackin-Coley had a plan. “My senior year of high school I didn’t really do any school work. I just was looking at African maps and histories and civil wars and finding out what languages people speak where,” he said. “During that process, I networked myself with a few local, grassroots NGOs in Tacoma. A lot of them were started by for-
mer Peace Corps members. That helped structure my trip.” After flying into Johannesburg, South Africa, Glackin-Coley made his way to the tiny enclave nation of Lesotho, which is fully landlocked in the middle of South Africa. There, he worked at an orphanage for a few weeks, doing “big guy stuff: cutting trees, carrying water,” while also spending a lot of time with the kids at the orphanage. “That’s one thing everyone can do,” he said. “They can hang out with kids, especially orphans.” The influence of his mother’s work with children continued while he was in Zambia, where he worked at a day-care center that serves as a place for younger kids to get schooling and for older kids to get meals and clothes for school. Glackin-Coley roughed it from place to place, taking all forms of public transportation to make his way up from South Africa eventually to Kenya. “That’s when I felt the most part of the community most equal, because everyone’s got to take the bus,” he said. “I equate it to the subway: the subway’s blind to your socio-economic status. Everyone’s on the subway, we’re getting from here to here.” But even though he was by himself among the people of a place many would describe as “underdeveloped,” he was never worried about his safety. “I never felt like I was in any more danger than I would be here in the States. I think being a large white man with a beard helped. Not everyone you meet is going to have your best intention in mind, especially when there’s a huge economic variance. But in my experience, everyone you meet, especially
once you show them that you’re interested in where they’re from and what they do, is going to help you out. I never had anyone physically hurt me, I never had anyone steal from me. The only thing I had happen was people bringing me into their home and giving me a place to sleep, giving me food, telling me how to get to the bus stop.” After working his way up through Africa for six months, Glackin-Coley flew from Nairobi, Kenya into Malaysia, and from there met a friend whose father was on sabbatical in Indonesia doing biology research. He described that experience as eyeopening in itself. “Right when I thought I was understanding a little bit about how the world worked, I went to another continent and realized, ‘No, you don’t. You don’t at all understand how the world works.” After spending two months there, Glackin-Coley finally returned home to Tacoma, where he took another year off from school to try and reorient to a life he had left behind for eight months. “Reverse culture-shock I think is very real,” he said. “When I was in Africa, I felt like I was ready. I saw things that you would never see here, but I wanted to be there. I had prepped myself as much as I could for it. When I came back home and the place that I lived my whole life didn’t look the same, that was scary. The fact that I wasn’t on the move all the time, that I was stationary. I feel like I might have learned more from the culture shock
of coming home than even going there.” Glackin-Coley actually first heard of Fordham through a former Peace Corps member he met while in Africa who was a Fordham graduate and suggested he attend the school. Glackin-Coley’s experiences in Africa drove his studies in more way than one, as he intends to double major in international political economy and possibly anthropology or African studies. He is taking French in order to communicate better with the people of Burundi. He has applied for an undergraduate research grant to look into the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which diverted water into South Africa from Lesotho and brought electricity to the small nation, but at the cost of a large amount of homes. He feels motivated to stay in the library for long periods of time after seeing five high school-
aged boys at the day-care in Zambia sleep there because that was the only place they had lights to study deep into the night. “The big thing I realized while I was traveling, and a big reason why I’m at school, is I’m not specialized at anything. I don’t have any skills that I can transfer to help people out there.” He has his sights set on eventually returning to Africa and helping some of the more “underdeveloped” places grow, he is just unsure of how, whether it be through a larger aid organization, as an anthropologist, or even just telling the stories of the people he meets as a journalist, as he is incredibly cognizant of the effects foreigners have on developing nations even when they are trying to help. He does know his first step will be joining the Peace Corps. “I’m trying to understand what the best way to use this academic power could be.”
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Corey-Glackin-Coley makes helping people his focus during his education.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Found in NYC By VICTOR ORDONEZ STAFF WRITER
The magic will continue. On Thursday Oct. 13, at an event that simultaneously took place in New York City, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Rome, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling confirmed her newest film creation would be a fivepart movie franchise. Her imagination’s newest manifestation, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, “was always going to be more than one movie,” said Rowling during the
global fan event. “Calling it a trilogy was a bit of a place holder, but I’ve done the plotting properly and we are pretty sure it is going to be five movies.” Whether the announcement was all that shocking to the audience, considering Rowling’s eight previous franchise films, was irrelevant as fans cheered upon hearing the news. The audience itself was as large as it was diverse, as it was live streamed to multiple theaters in cities around the world, including NYC’s own AMC IMAX. Audience members in these
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Harry Potter fans rejoice with the announcement of a new set of films.
theaters were treated with 10 minutes of never-before-seen footage of the new film and had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A with cast members. Those present included Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrel, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Jon Voight and director David Yates. The Q&A was brief; those who were in attendance were eager to see the soon to be less exclusive film footage. The footage was played after the Q&A, but first director David Yates could not help but mention yet another not so subtle tidbit about the new franchise. “The next movie will take place in another big capital city,” he said as the film’s lead actor, Eddie Redmayne, appeared to be speechless while hearing the news. It is unclear whether all of the movies will have their own unique location, but it is certain that New York and its resident Potter fans embraced the film’s cultural relativity. Jessie Parham, a native of Arthur Avenue, a notable recent addition to the Great Avenues of America, was first in line Thursday as she was eager to see her hometown and its magical significance in Rowling’s world. The footage shown is as-
sumed to be the first 10 minutes of the film. Viewers were shown young Newt Scamander, the main character and keeper of the fantastic beasts, entering rather nostalgically to a 1920s era New York City via Ellis Island. In order to dismiss even the slightest spoiler about the opening of the film, the footage could be described by the evident themes it displayed. Included, of course, are the fantastic beasts, which, based on the footage, will be causing mayhem and mischief throughout the entirety of the film. The other theme prominently displayed was the strained relationship between the Wizarding world and the mortal world. A rally is shown in which a mortal crowd is proclaiming the existence of witches and wizards and the chaos that is spilling from wizard world into their own. This societal struggle in keeping the world of wizardry a secret should bode interesting as it has not been touched on specifically in Rowling’s other works. With that said, this film looks to be significantly different than Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise. Although existing in the same world as the Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them promises its own entity,
separately exploring other landscapes and intricate social issues relative to the Rowling’s world. Evidently, the issues were displayed in the footage shown as viewers saw Colin Farrell’s character, Percival Graves, investigating an incident that has directly affected the No-Maj world, with “No-Maj” being the new American term for ‘Muggle.’ The footage didn’t necessarily look like a Potter film, which could be due largely in part to the New York landscape. There are wands, wizards and witches and even mystic creatures, but the film is embedded in the human world rather than the wizard school. Fans will, however, get some hints and nods to the other films. “We do mention Dumbledore in this movie,” said Director Yates. “He kind of features a little bit in a scene between Colin [Farrell] and Eddie [Redmayne].” Redmayne did not discount the pressure riding on this film either. “We were all fans and we grew up watching these films” said Redmayne during the brief Q&A. “We had quite high expectations on ourselves; we didn’t want to screw it up.” Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters Nov. 18.
October 19, 2016
October 19, 2016
Men’s Tennis Beats Men’s Soccer Coach Jim Rider University McElderry Gets 100th Win By ALEXANDRIA SEDLAK STAFF WRITER
On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the men’s tennis team traveled to Lawrenceville, New Jersey to compete against Rider University. It was a great day for the Rams, winning against Rider with a total score of 6-1. Overall, Fordham won five out of the six singles matches, giving them five points and Rider one point. In doubles play, they won two out of the three matches, securing the additional doubles point. With this win, the men’s tennis team is now 2-0 for the competitive season. Fordham began their play for the afternoon with doubles matches, seeing freshman Jeremy Chung and junior Joseph Kavaloski defeating Rider’s Brandon Gildea and Griffin Clark with a score of 6-2. Freshman Steven Duka and junior Cameron Posillico won against Rider’s Ryan Ciaccio and Matthew Begley with a set score of 6-2. Finally, sophomore Victor Li and freshman Fabian Mauritzson put up a good fight against Rider’s Chris Popso and Adam Levi, ultimately losing their set 3-6. With a two to one score in doubles, Fordham earned the doubles point. The six singles matches were up next. Sophomore Victor Li played first singles, winning against Rider’s Chris Popso 6-1, 6-0. For second singles, freshman Fabian Mauritzson won against Rider’s Adam Levi with a score of 6-1, 6-0. Freshman Jeremy Chung, playing third singles, defeated Rider’s Brandon Gildea with a 6-0, 6-1 score. Fourth singles was an extremely close
and competitive match, with a final match score of 7-6 (10-6), 7-6 (10-6). Fordham freshman Steven Duka came out on top for the fourth singles spot, claiming victory over Rider’s Griffin Clark. For fifth singles, sophomore Joseph Kavaloski won against Rider’s Matthew Begley with a score of 6-2, 6-1. Finally, in the sixth singles spot, junior Cameron Posillico put up a good fight, but ultimately fell to Rider’s Ryan Ciaccio with a score of 2-6, 2-6. With this five to one win in the singles matches, Fordham earned five points and Rider earned one. Thus, Fordham accumulated six points in total, winning the tournament against Rider. Kavaloski, who won at second doubles and fifth singles, reflects on his own playing as well as the team’s progression to victory: “We did a good job of setting the tone in doubles with quick wins at two and three,” she said. “We were then able to carry this momentum into a dominant singles performance.” The past week was a good one for the Fordham Men’s Tennis team, both in practice and in match play. The team’s success so far in their tournaments proves that they are working hard to improve their game and reflects how dedicated the team members are to practice. There is no rest after their win, as the team heads right back to the courts to enhance their play even further so they can ensure more future victories. The Rams return to action at the ITA Northeast Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 20-23.
By TYLER FREIRE STAFF WRITER
After starting conference play off 0-1-1 with a scoreless tie against George Washington and then a 2-1 loss against Dayton, the Fordham Men’s Soccer team got back on track this past week. They earned two victories against conference foes Duquesne and La Salle, giving head coach Jim McElderry his 100th career win. The Rams started the week with a match against Duquesne this past Wednesday. The Rams put up five goals for the first time in 16 years, when the Rams won 5-3 win at St. Bonaventure on Oct. 13, 2000. Fordham got on the board almost instantly in the 3rd minute when junior midfielder Eric Ohlendorf sent a gorgeous through ball wide to junior forward Jannik Loebe on the right side. Jannik then returned the pass to Ohlendorf for the onetimer from 15 yards out, which went off the left post and in for his third goal of the season, ending Duquesne’s streaks of seven consecutive shutouts. The Rams would put up their second goal of the game in the 33rd minute as sophomore forward Janos Loebe received a long punt from sophomore goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu on the left side of the box. Loebe then was able to touch the ball away from the drawn out goalkeeper for Duquesne to put a chip-shot into the back of the net from about 17 yards out, giving him a team leading fourth goal on the season. Fordham was just getting started on offense, as the Rams netted three goals in the second half in a span of just over four minutes. In the 75th minute, senior defender Andrew Hickey sent Janos toward the end line with a through ball. Janos then crossed the ball right in front of the net, where his brother Jannik headed home his second goal of the year to complete the brother to brother assist to goal combo. Just three minutes later, Ohlendorf netted his second goal of the game on a header off a corner kick from junior forward Cole Stevenson, making it a 4-0 game. This was Ohlendorf ’s first career twogoal game. The Rams would round out the scoring in this match with another corner kick a little over a minute later that Janos Loebe took from the right side. Loebe’s corner kick found freshman defender Joergen Oland’s head, who
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Cole Stevenson and the Rams netted two huge A-10 victories over GW and Dayton.
passed it right to junior defender Matthew Lewis, who headed it home for his first career goal and a 5-0 lead. Nuhu ended up with three saves on the night for his third shutout of the season. The Rams appeared to be turning their season around. “I was very pleased with the game against Duquesne, especially the way in which we came out in the first half,” said McLderry. “We scored an early goal and that helped to set the tone. Travel is tough in the A-10 and we took advantage of Duquesne having an off day. [I’m] proud of the team and the way they put the game away late.” There was not too much time to celebrate the win, as just three days after the 5-0 victory against Duquesne the Rams traveled to Philadelphia to take on La Salle. The only goal of the contest came in the 7th minute on a free kick. Janos put a shot on goal that La Salle goalkeeper Mike Kirk stopped, but the rebound was loose in front of the net. Lewis quickly pounced on the loose ball, knocking it into the goal for his second goal in as many games. Fordham was able to hold onto that one-goal lead through a flur-
ry of chances by La Salle. Fordham goalkeeper Nuhu had five saves on the day with the most crucial one coming in the final seconds of regulation. As La Salle was awarded a late corner kick, where everyone on the field loaded the box. Johnny Ciarlante of La Salle was able to get a head on it but Nuhu came up with a final stop to preserve the 1-0 win and McElderry’s 100th career victory. “Thank you to all the players who have helped me earn my 100th win today,” said McElderry. “Our match today, like most others, was very difficult and hard to win. I appreciate our team’s effort today and all the time and energy my previous teams have put in to earn our wins. Fordham is a special place and I am lucky to have had the opportunity to coach the many quality student-athletes here at Rose Hill.” With the two victories, Fordham improves to 5-4-3 on the year, and 2-1-1 in the Atlantic 10. Their next match will be on Tuesday, Oct. 18, when the Rams host Lehigh in a non-conference game at Jack Coffey Field, beginning at 7 p.m.
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Victor Li won first singles for Fordham en route to their 6-1 victory over Rider.
October 19, 2016
Jack McLoone What We Forgot In the Major League Baseball season, there are two separate yet equally important types of storylines: the pre-and-early season ones, which dominate the first few months, and the ones that close out the season, which we use as bookmarks in our memory. These are those storylines. Before the entirety of the Mets’ starting rotation caught “end of Rookie of the Year-itis,” there was supposed to be yet another arm waiting in the wings: Zack Wheeler. Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery in March of 2015, was expected back midseason. However, he kept experiencing setbacks and eventually was fully shut down in early September. Towards the end of last semester, I published the unfortunately-named “Story Time in Colorado” about Rockies’ rookie shortstop Trevor Story and his electric start to the season, reaching seven career homers in his first nine hits at the time of writing. Story faded into that ether that is “west coast baseball” once he cooled off a little bit, and we never heard from him again, especially after another power hitting rookie, Gary Sanchez, seemed to only hit dingers, but this time at the end of the season in a pennant race. Coming into 2016, the big question for Toronto was, as it seems to have been for the last few years, starting pitching. They had a young, talented arm in Marcus Stroman, a new $36 million man in J.A. Happ and a pitcher SI.com’s Jonah Keri described as “likely claiming the fifth starter role”: Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez’s 2016 numbers? An AL-leading 3.00 ERA, a 3.55 FIP (sixth in the AL), a 1.167 WHIP (ninth) and a 4.8 bWAR (also ninth, and 0.4 over Happ, the next Blue Jay). Sanchez was the unlikeliest part of an already unlikely threeheaded monster. In an early May series against the Cubs, Bryce Harper was treated like circa-2004 Barry Bonds (my favorite season of all time, in which Bonds either hit a homer or walked in just over 74 percent of his 373 at-bats) and obliquely pitched around, including six walks in the final game of the series. After that game, he went from assumed world-beater to someone you would almost walk a batter to face, slashing just .238/.358/.395 after the last game of that series. He wasn’t even top 10 on the team in bWAR after winning the NL MVP last season. When Dee Gordon hit one of the most emotional home runs I have ever seen, a funny thought popped up in the back of my mind: Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games for PEDs earlier in the season and it seemed as though not a single person really cared except for the 50 Marlins fans (of whom I’m convinced Marlins Man isn’t one) and everyone who had him in fantasy baseball. In a year when David Ortiz is still getting flak for maybe failing a confidential drug test, one of the best young players gets popped for PEDs — with King Never Caught Doing Steroids himself Barry Bonds as his new hitting coach — and everyone just kind of moves on. Chicks dig the long ball, but the general populace is willing to forgive you if you take PEDs but only have nine career homers. At the very least, they’re willing to
Review | “The Old Ball Game” By SAM BELDEN SPORTS EDITOR
Located in a dimly lit hallway in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing, “The Old Ball Game” is small in size but epic in scope. The exhibit, comprised mostly of small vintage baseball cards, helps visitors gain perspective on nearly a century of baseball in the city of New York. At first glance, the exhibit may appear unimpressive. The framed cards, most of them gifts from collector Jefferson R. Burdick, are arranged chronologically and by set, leaving patrons to move slowly down the corridor as they relive the old days of New York baseball. A porcelain sculpture of a catcher by Ott and Brewer and the George Luks painting “Boy with Baseball” are displayed nearby, placing the cards in the contemporaneous context of 19th century art. While no one will mistake the small rectangles of cardboard for Caravaggio originals, the cards are impactful in the history that they hold. The exhibit evokes memories of a different time, when the Yankees shared the city with a pair of National League teams: the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Together, these three teams dominated the scene for more than 50 years, combining for 46 pennants between 1905 and 1957, the year the Giants and Dodgers moved to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. The exhibit displays portraits of many of the top stars from this Golden Age, including Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Duke Snider.
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The 1921 Yankees shared New York with the Giants and the Dodgers.
However, as much as the cards tell about the history of baseball, they also show the evolution of American culture during the first half of the 20th century. Starting with the 1890s cohort, patrons can trace the changes in style throughout the decades — the soup strainers and pillbox caps of the 19th century are quickly replaced by clean-shaven faces and updated designs. Significant changes in printing can also be seen, with the earliest sketches hardly resembling the sleek photography of later epochs. Even more significantly, some of the cards from the exhibit’s later decades tell the story of a rapidly changing baseball — and, indeed, American — landscape. A card featuring Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play in the Major Leagues, is prominently displayed, while successors like Don Newcombe, Monte Irvin and Willie Mays hang close by. A small cluster of Mets cards are
located just a few frames down, sucking the viewer headfirst into baseball’s expansion era. The final frame features hairy Yankees from the 1970s like Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and Catfish Hunter. Somewhat improbably, they look an awful lot like some of the mustachioed gents featured on the cards from the late 1800s. While this has more to do with shifting style trends than anything else, it underscores an important theme of our national pastime: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Even after almost a hundred years of modern baseball, it’s still 90 feet to first base. The fact that this small exhibit can communicate so much is testament to the enduring power and importance of baseball. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider buying some peanuts and Cracker Jack and taking yourself out to “The Old Ball Game.”
Women Smother Seton Hall By MICHAEL SAPUNOR CONTRIBUTING WRITER
After a short break following a strong showing at the Lehigh Invitational, the women’s tennis team came out in force last weekend on Fordham’s own HawthornRooney tennis courts to triumph over Seton Hall 6-1. After losing the doubles point to Seton, the Rams took to the court for the singles points and swept the Hall on a cool autumn day. The Seton Hall Pirates began the match with a doubles victory, with Fordham’s tandem of junior Estelle Wong and senior Mayu Sato falling 8-5 to Luize Strike and Anna Fajnorova. Similarly, the Pirates’ Michal Matson and Aniiek Jansen beat out sophomores Carina Ma and Alexis Zobeideh, 8-6. The Rams did manage to secure one doubles win, with freshman Maia Balce and sophomore Gianna Insogna pulling off an 8-2 victory over Seton Hall’s Katie Kim and Thandy Kangwa, but ultimately it was not enough to take the doubles play point, which went to the Pirates. In the first singles competition, Ma won 7-5, 6-3 over the Pirates’ Strike. Meanwhile, in the second and third singles, Wong and Sato both avenged their earlier loss with a respective 6-2, 7-5 win over Fajnorova and a slightly closer 6-3, 6-4 win over Matson. In fourth singles play, Balce continued her victorious afternoon with a handy 6-0, 6-1 conquest of Mel-
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Estelle Wong turned in a great singles performance at home over the weekend.
ody Taal. Balce’s doubles partner Gianna Insogna also continued her streak with a victory in fifth singles over Seton Hall’s Katie Kim. This victory did not come so easily, with Insogna suffering a tough 2-6 loss in the opening set before coming back with 6-3 and 6-4 victories in the final two to clinch the win. Finally, senior Destiny Grunin anchored sixth singles play by coming out on top with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Anniek Jansen. All in all, the Rams swept the Pirates in singles play, confirming the strong performances that the players have been showing previously, especially in their
recent outings at the Lehigh Invitational. The team’s next showing will be at ITA Regionals in New Haven, Connecticut, starting on Oct. 20. The Regionals will be their last competitive appearance until the NJIT Winter Invite in Newark, New Jersey next January. As this was the team’s first non-tournament match of the fall, their official record for the season is now one win and zero losses. As they continue forth with their schedule, it will be interesting to see if the Rams can maintain their momentum, particularly in their singles play dominance.
This past Sunday, the New England Patriots handily dismantled the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 3517, causing the orange and black to fall to 2-4 on the season. From the ugly loss came another couple of questionable incidents from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, as he plunged himself dangerously at the back of tight end Martellus Bennett’s knees, stomped on the back of running back LeGarrette Blount’s legs after the whistle and got aggressively chippy with star Rob Gronkowski with little to no provocation. Burfict’s actions have prompted the NFL to review the plays in question to determine whether or not to fine or suspend him — a ritual with which the league office is all too familiar. To start this season, Burfict was suspended for three games by the NFL for his vicious, head-hunting late hit that concussed Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in one of the AFC round wildcard games, which helped cost his team the victory. This is just one incident in a long history of targeting high-profile players. Considered to be one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, Burfict is also seen by many as one of the shadiest and sleaziest competitors in the league. He is a tremendous talent, leading both his team and the league in multiple categories since being drafted in 2012. However, he has been described as out of control and undisciplined, and is a repeat offender of general sportsmanship guidelines. Burfict’s troubles go further back than just the past few seasons. In 2012, Burfict decided to forgo his senior season at Arizona State University and declared for the NFL draft. However, after a subpar pro day performance, concerns that arose during the interview process and a positive marijuana test, he went undrafted before eventually earning a spot on Cincinnati’s roster. Along with the pre-draft faux pas, the red flags for Burfict included a surplus of personal foul penalties, leading to suspension, and poor academic performance. Despite being ranked at the top of his recruit class coming out of high school, Burfict faced obstacles even getting on the field at the collegiate level due to his off-field issues. Burfict certainly represents a problem within not only the NFL, but the Bengals organization too. Marvin Lewis’ club has unfailingly come up short in the biggest moments year after year. Lewis, in his 14th season as Cincinnati’s head coach, has compiled a 114-98 record in the regular season, but is 0-7 in the postseason. The Bengals are an immensely gifted bunch, with a number of budding stars. However, the Who Dey crew is wildly undisciplined. At 2-4, the Bengals are on track for a cataclysmic season if they do not turn things around quickly. Unpredictable, unruly teams almost never recover from a slow start, and if the Bengals continue that trend this year, Marvin Lewis and players like Vontaze Burfict deserve blame and, possibly, the loss of their jobs.
October 19, 2016
Volleyball Drops Two By ANDREA GARCIA PHOTO EDITOR
Volleyball dug further into their Atlantic 10 schedule with two conference games against the Duquesne Dukes and the La Salle Explorers. The women now stand at a 10-12 season record and 3-4 in the Atlantic 10. On the road Friday night, the Rams fell to the Dukes in three close sets. Both teams kept a tight box score run up to 15 even. Duquesne edged out with a fivepoint run, giving them a lead at 17-21. While they set up a strong offense led by freshman Olivia Fairchild, Fordham failed to catch up to Duquesne’s lead. The service was traded each point until the set closed out, 21-25. The Dukes opened up the serve at the top of the second set. Fordham sided out to gather a shortlived three-point run. After two Duquesne kills, the Rams fought back with a four-point jump, giving them another lead at 7-3. The Dukes answered with two runs of their own, four and five points each propelled by Fordham errors. Duquesne kept their confidence in this lead, until Fordham tied up the game 23-23; however, Duquesne killed two more points from their outside hitters. The third set opened closely with neither team pressing more than two points a rotation. Duquesne showed their endurance halfway through the game to secure a four-point lead, which held until the match point, 21-25. The women moved forward in their away series, and faced off against the LaSalle Explorers in Philadelphia. The match-off went to a shortened fifth set, in which Fordham was dropped by LaSalle. The first two sets remained close through their durations. In the first set, both teams kept siding each other out, rarely possessing the service for two points at a time. LaSalle pushed a four point offensive run, edging out the Rams until the 23-25 conclusion. The second set matched the rhythm of the opening, but
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ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
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Natalie Martinez prepares to hit a shot.
Fordham flipped in the box score in their favor. Fighting for their second winning set, the Explorers broke up the pattern of one play service possessions with three triple-point series, giving them a consistent advantage over the Rams to finish off the set, 22-25. Fordham came out in the fourth set with a four-point run of their own, but LaSalle claimed back their early lead with a three-point run. After repetitive side-outs, Fordham pulled ahead to finish the match at 25-21. Both teams owned two winning sets, bringing them to a fifth set. The shortened stanza kept in tune with the previous four sets, with both sides of the net catching up to their opponent’s short-lived lead. The Explorers again sided out, but pressed ahead for a three-point lead after Fordham. Fordham took advantage of a carry from LaSalle, but an outside corner kill and an ace marked the winning set for the hosts. This Saturday, the women will play the University of Rhode Island Rams on their home court in Kingston.
The 2004 Boston Red Sox miraculous post-season run culminated with an 86-year-old, curse-breaking World Series victory. Due to the nature of the situation, many people tend to forget just how great their roster actually was. Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling were just a few of the key players in the Red Sox arsenal that season. However, two of the most overlooked members of the ’04 team are Terry Francona, the current manager of the Cleveland Indians, and Theo Epstein, the current President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs. Francona played a key roll in the Red Sox 2004 success. One of the most important and memorable plays of the post-season occured when Dave Roberts, current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, pinch ran and stole second base during Game 4 of the NLCS against the Yankees. Tito had to manage a roster full of ridiculous personalities, such as the aforementioned Manny Ramirez, who was stellar at being himself. Tito’s role in bringing that team back from the brink of defeat against the Yankees to the pinnacle of baseball after sweeping the Cardinals is one of the most impressive managerial feats of all time. Theo Epstein was instrumental in cultivating the roster, which led to the end of the “Curse of the Bambino.” It was Epstein who brought in guys such as Kevin Millar and Curt Schilling, as well as leading the talks to trade Red Sox legend Nomar Garciaparra mid-season. At just 30 years old, Epstein was younger than some of the guys he was making deals for. His incredible deals gave the Red Sox the tools that they needed to win the World Series that season. The fingerprints of the 2004 Red Sox are all over this year’s postseason. Tito is looking to bring a World Series back to Cleveland — something that hasn’t been done since 1948. Cleveland is a city starving for success, and with the Cavs winning the NBA Championship, Cleveland fans learned that it’s alright to trust in their teams again. You would be hard-pressed to find a better manager in baseball right now. Tito has
two championships on his resume, and the only other manager with that many is Bruce Bochy, who has three. Francona is the right man for the job, and has put his team in place to be champions at the end of the year. Theo Epstein must love to challenge himself. He left the Red Sox after winning two World Series, only to go to a team with even less World Series success, the Chicago Cubs. It has been almost 100 years since the Cubs have won a World Series, a period during which they’d experienced multiple curses and heartbreaks. The Curse of the Billy Goat in 1945, the Black Cat in 1969 and the infamous Bartman play have become polarizing moments in Cubs history. After multiple years of mediocrity to begin his run, Epstein has helped turn the “Lovable Losers” into serious contenders. He brought
Kris Bryant up through the farm system, traded for Anthony Rizzo, a guy he drafted to the Red Sox in 2007, and signed Jon Lester, who won two World Series with the Red Sox. Epstein has put the Cubs in the perfect position to win it all. The post-season has been a rollercoaster ride, with no clear-cut winner separating themselves from the field yet. The Indians would appear to be the favorite to win it right now, but the Cubs aren’t far behind. It would be fun to see two Boston heroes in Tito and Theo go head to head for the World Series. Both would be attempting to quench the thirst of cities that are desperate for a World Series, and those two men know what it takes to take a team there. The only way they won’t face each other is if Dave Roberts steals another one.
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Terry Francona has a chance to win a fourth World Series ring this year.
Varsity Calendar HOME AWAY
Thursday Oct. 20
Friday Oct. 21
Georgetown 1 p.m.
Davidson 4 p.m.
Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer
Lehigh Invite Rhode Island 5 p.m.
ITA Northeast Championships
Women’s Tennis Freshman Olivia Fairchild celebrates after a key point.
Richmond 1 p.m.
GW 7 p.m.
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Sunday Oct. 23
Saturday Oct. 22
Marist 6 p.m.
Monday Oct. 24
Tuesday Oct. 25
Wednesday Oct. 26
October 19, 2016
Ready for Moore Two years ago, I wrote a column about American golfer Ryan Moore in The Ram. While he was 31 years old at the time — not particularly young, even by golf standards — I predicted he could develop into one of the PGA Tour’s next generation of stars. Well, I feel like I should send him a gift basket or something, because he’s done nothing but prove me right since then. Not the flashiest player on the circuit, Moore was having a solid 2015-16 season before catching fire over the summer. In August, he picked up his fifth career PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic after shooting three consecutive 65s to open the week, beating runner-up Ben Martin by two strokes. While that win was Moore’s only victory of the year, his performance in the FedEx Cup playoffs was arguably even more impressive. The Washington native notched a pair of top 10s in the first two events, forcing his way into the Tour Championship in Atlanta. There, he shot rounds of 66 and 64 on the weekend to earn a spot in a sudden death playoff against four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and perennial “Best Player Without a PGA Tour Win” candidate Kevin Chappell. Chappell was quickly eliminated, but Moore and McIlroy proceeded to duke it out over the next three holes. Both showed plenty of poise under pressure, with Moore, who has less primetime experience, making a couple of clutch putts to keep himself in it. While McIlroy ultimately won on the fourth hole, Moore’s impressive performance was enough to capture the attention of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III. With one open spot remaining on the roster, Love called Moore shortly after the playoff concluded, inviting him to participate in the biennial matches for the first time in his career. Moore, of course, accepted. Exactly one week later, Moore became the envy of every American pro when he sunk the winning putt at Hazeltine National Golf Club. It was the USA’s first Ryder Cup victory in nearly a decade, and his decisive roll will stand as one of the defining images of the turnaround for years to come. Moore has another opportunity on his plate this week, this time in the form of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. He won the event in backto-back years in 2013 and 2014 and tied for 10th last year, so he would appear to have a better chance of hoisting the trophy than anyone else. However, with many other notables in the field, including fellow Ryder Cup stud Patrick Reed and former world No. 1 Adam Scott, he’ll have his work cut out for him. It’s tough to come out on top at the same event in three out of four years. But by having a career season and delivering on his always considerable promise, Ryan Moore is already a winner.
Varsity Scores & Stats Volleyball Duquesne Fordham (FOR) Fairchild 23 kills (DUQ) Suiter 36 assists
Football Fordham 44 Yale 37 (FOR) Edmonds 18-121 yds (FOR) Caddle 74 yds, 2 TD (FOR) Anderson 270 yds, 5 TD (YALE) Harris 136 yds, 4 TD (YALE) Moore 102 yds, TD
La Salle Fordham (FOR) Walsh 52 assists (LAS) Sharrits 27 digs
Men’s Cross Country Red Storm Invitational Fordham- 1st (FOR) Slattery 1st- 15:30.20 (FOR) Cook 2nd- 15:30.30 (FOR) Duckworth 3rd- 15:31.40 (FOR) O’Brien 4th- 15:37.40
Women’s Cross Country Red Storm Invitational Fordham- 2nd (FOR) Grebe 5th- 14:36.40 (FOR) Snow 7th- 14:48.60 (FOR) Leo 9th- 14:49.40
Men’s Tennis Fordham Rider (FOR) Chung 6-0, 6-1 (FOR) Li 6-1, 6-0 (FOR) Ciaccio 6-2, 6-2
Water Polo Wagner 11 Fordham 10 (FOR) Watson 6 goals (FOR) Simmons 2 goals
Men’s Soccer Fordham Duquesne
Fordham La Salle
Women’s Soccer Saint Louis Fordham
Women’s Tennis Fordham Seton Hall (FOR) Sato 6-3, 6-4 (FOR) Wong 6-2, 7-5 (FOR) Balce 6-0, 6-1
Athletes of the Week Kevin Anderson
Anderson mounted an aerial attack against Yale which was unlike anything we’ve seen from him this season. He went 18-27 with 270 yards and 5 touchdown passes against the Bulldogs. Anderson’s performance earned him Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors, as well as a 44-37 victory.
Natale stepped onto the pitch on Sunday looking to help the Rams defeat the Dayton Flyers for the first time since she’s been at Fordham. In the third minute Natale headed a cross over the goalie’s head and into the net, a feat she’s not accustomed to at 5’2”. Her 3rd minute goal helped the Rams win 2-1.
Each week, The Fordham Ram’s sports editors honor one male athlete and one female athlete for their on-field performances as their “Athletes of the Week.”
News & Notes • Fairchild Wins Atlantic-10 Award After Stellar Week Volleyball’s fantastic freshman Olivia Faircild
• Fordham-Georgetown Sold Out For Saturday Matchup
• Swimming & Diving Teams Give Back to Community While also preparing for their first meet of
• Chartouny Given Preseason Third Team All-A 10 Honors
was named Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Week after an incredible personal performance this week. Despite the Rams losing matches to Duquesne and La Salle, Fairchild’s star shined brightest. She recorded an incredible 57 kills between the two matches, as well as setting the program record with 23 kills against Duquesne. Fairchild also eclipsed the 400 kill mark, registering her 401st this week. She is just the eigth Ram to achieve such a feat. The award she earned is her third of this season and fourth award overall.
the season, the Aquatic Rams took the time to give back to the community. Last Saturday the Rams took part in the Saturdays in Motion Swim-a-thon Fundraiser, which allowed children living with autism the chance to take part in recreation activities with the Rams. The following day the Rams participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park, doubling their goal by raising $2,175.
The Fordham versus Georgetown football game on Saturday has already sold out. The reason for the early sell out is because of Fordham’s Family Weekend celebration. Limited standing room only tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the student section remain free for students with a valid Fordham ID. Coffey Field has a capacity of 7,000 people plus standing room. The Rams enter their second Patriot League contest with a 4-2 record on the year, as well as a 1-0 inconference record. Kickoff for the game is set for 1:00 p.m.
Sophomore point guard Joseph Chartouny was honored as a preseason Third Team All-A 10 member earlier this week. Chartouny’s freshman campaign ended with him being named A-10 and MET Rookie of the Year, respectively. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game last season. He also lead the A-10 in steals with 2.2 per game. The Rams open their season against East Tennessee State University on Nov. 11.
– Compiled by Pat Costello
NBA Pacific Division Recap With summer having drawn to a close, various trades and signings have shaken up the NBA landscape. In anticipation of the 2016-2017 season, here are some of the highlights of the offseason in the Pacific Division. Warriors Upgrade to Death Star Lineup: There’s not really much to it. Take a team who won a record 73 games, made the Finals and, depending on who you ask, were one more win and one less suspension away from consecutive championships. Now take their acclaimed “Death Lineup”, made of All-Stars, the best backcourt in the NBA and a Finals MVP, and replace its weakest link with Kevin Durant, a top-five player in the NBA. What you get is a terrifying offensive machine headed by coach Steve Kerr that, despite a suspect bench, corners the market on championship bets this upcoming season. Lakers Relying on Youth Movement for the First Time in a While: After 20 years, NBA legend and Lakers mainstay Kobe Bryant has finally retired. While this leaves a huge hole in the hearts of Lakers fans everywhere (as well as most of China), it also gives Los Angeles an opportunity to finally rebuild through the draft. They have a strong core in the trio of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram, and with Jordan Clarkson and veteran Lou Williams providing a spark off the bench, the City of Angels is bound to produce some exciting basketball, which will probably make up for their lack of victories. Clippers Recovered and Ready to Take the West: After Blake Griffin missed a large chunk of games with injuries and a suspension due to a scuffle with a staff member, he is ready to help take the “other” Los Angeles basketball team to the top of the West. With Chris Paul still functioning as one of the league’s best point guards and DeAndre Jordan as the quintessential big man around the basket, the Clippers remain the biggest threat to the Golden State Warriors. With seasoned coach Doc Rivers at the helm and a perennial Sixth Man of the Year contender in Jamal Crawford, provided Los Angeles can finally avoid the injury bug or any other misfortune this year, look for the Clips to give the Dubs a run for their money. Suns Looking to Backcourt to Take Charge: Though Phoenix has talented young big men such as Dragan Bender, Alex Len and Marquesse Chriss, its future lies mostly on the shoulders of their guard corps. Eric Bledsoe continues to lead this team at the point guard spot, while 19-yearold Devin Booker looks to build on his strong rookie season and provide buckets galore for the Suns. Off the bench, Brandon Knight will help anchor a less than promising second unit, and young guns like Tyler Ulis and Archie Goodwin (it’s finally his year!) look to be mentored by veteran Leandro Barbosa and contribute to Phoenix’s hope to rise up out of the ashes and through the standings. Can Cousins Carry Kings Out of the Cellar?: For 6 years, DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins has grown into the role of one of the best big men in the league; with his athleticism, strength and ability in the post, there’s not much you can do when Boogie’s bullying you down low. Despite his difficult temperament, he remains the Kings’ only and best hope.
October 19, 2016
The Fordham Ram
Football Victorious Over Yale In Slugfest By JACK MCLOONE
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
It was an ugly win, but a win-loss record does not discriminate. With Yale fully committed to stopping junior running back Chase Edmonds, who was coming off of a historic game last week, the Fordham offense had a whole different look than it has so far this season. After taking a 2115 lead late in the first half, the Rams never looked back, even in a rough second half, eventually coming away with a 44-37 win. It was clear from Fordham’s opening drive this was going to be a different kind of game for the offense. Yale sold out defensively to contain Edmonds. “The offense has what is commonly known as a ‘pass-run option’ in our run game,” said head coach Andrew Breiner. “What Yale was presenting was a look where they had an advantage in the box as far as defenders, and our offense is designed that if you add defenders to the box then in the run game the ball gets distributed to the edge.” Senior quarterback Kevin Anderson and the Rams’ offense obliged, with Anderson completing four straight passes that culminated in a 15-yard touchdown strike on a slant over the middle to senior receiver Robbie Cantelli. With eight in the box, throws over the middle have greater success, as the corner has no safety help to step in front of the route if the receiver beats them off the line. On Yale’s first play from scrimmage, the ball was thrown deep towards senior defensive back Jihaad Pretlow, who was then hit with a flag for pass interference. The Yale drive would be extended again on what would have been a third-and-1 just inside the red zone to a first and goal from the half-yard line after junior defensive back Caleb Ham was hit with a personal foul. The Bulldogs
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Kevin Anderson rushes to the edge in the second quarter. He finished the game with five passing touchdowns.
found the end zone on a read option by quarterback Tre Moore, and then convert on a two-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead. The two penalties were another example of how the Rams did not look like themselves on Saturday. Coming into the game, they were fifth in the FCS for fewest yards given up to penalties. On Saturday, they committed 12 for a total of 110 yards. The Rams continued to stay committed to the passing attack, and their next two drives fizzled out. They had their first rushing attempt of the game on their third drive, but it was for senior running back Kendall Pearcey, who spells Edmonds every third series. Edmonds finally got the ball on the first play of their first drive, immediately ripping off a 16-yard rush up the right side. On the next play, the Rams used the reestablished ground threat to run a play action pass, and Anderson was able to find sophomore receiver Corey Caddle for a 55-yard touchdown and a 14-8 lead. Yale took the lead back on their next drive thanks in large part to the Rams once again having trouble on runs up the middle, this time being victimized for a 56-yard rush.
Yale held onto their 15-14 lead for one Fordham drive before Anderson once again found the end zone through the air, this time a 15-yard strike to sophomore receiver Austin Longi. The touchdown was precipitated by another long run up the middle for Edmonds and another shorter gain of six, which put him over 1000 yards on the season in just the sixth game. He is the fastest rusher to 1000 yards in Fordham history. The Rams scored one more time before the end of the second half, with Anderson hooking up with Caddle over the middle again for a 27-15 lead, following a failed twopoint conversion. While the Rams looked good, albeit different, in the first half, the wheels came off a bit in the second half. After giving up just 122 yards of offense in the first half, the Fordham defense allowed Yale to rack up 331 yards in the second half. The offense sputtered as well, failing to score until late in the third quarter. Despite the on-paper statistics, the Rams were able to maintain their lead. They let Yale get deep into Fordham territory, but were bailed out by a forced fumble that was recovered by senior linebacker George Dawson.
The ensuing Rams’ drive was stalled out by another penalty and led to a punt. After both teams traded three and outs, Yale was marching again. Once again the Rams forced a key turnover, this time a pick-six from Ham led to the first points of the second half. The Bulldogs answered right back, moving methodically down the field again, this time finally finding the end zone to make the score 34-23. The Ram offense seemed to have snapped out of its stupor on their very next play, with the second Anderson-Cantelli connection resulting in a 69-yard touchdown thanks to a nice throw from Anderson over the top of the defense. Despite looking sluggish for the majority of the quarter, the Rams still managed to end the quarter with a 41-23 lead. The fourth quarter was really more of the same. Yale scored a touchdown to open the quarter at the end of an eight play, 73-yard drive. They forced a crucial three and out on the Rams next possession to have a chance to cut the lead to one possession, but the Rams’ defense finally stood tall in the second half and got a huge stop on a fourth and short attempt around midfield. The offense salted away the
game with one final drive, including another long rush for Edmonds that managed to get him over 100 yards on the day, and culminated in a short field goal from senior kicker Makay Redd. A touchdown for Yale with under a minute left brought the game to what would be the final score following a botched onsides attempt, 44-37. Anderson finished the day 18 for 27 with 270 yards and his five touchdowns, which ties his career high, and no interceptions. Despite not getting the ball too much, Edmonds still managed to eclipse 100 yards, getting to 121 on 18 carries. It was his first game without a touchdown since the opener at Navy, which was also the only game he was held under 100 yards. The unsung hero for the Rams was senior punter Joe Pavlik, who had seven punts for a cumulative 268 yards, with two of the punts downed inside the 20. While the defense and offense had their issues – the defense allowed Yale to convert on 11 of 18 third downs, the offense needed to punt seven times, including five three-andouts – each stepped up when needed. The defense forced the two crucial turnovers, and when the offense was not punting they were scoring touchdowns and not turning the ball over. “Today was just a total team win,” said Anderson. “At 4-2, I’m pleased with how we are approaching each and every week and I’m pleased with the results,” said Breiner. “You can ask Kevin or any other player: I am pleased but never satisfied and they know that. I have high standards for them.” The Rams will look to make their back-to-back wins into a streak next Saturday at home against Georgetown at 1 p.m. The Hoyas are the first of the Rams’ five straight games against Patriot League opponents to close the season.
Women Split Against St. Louis and Dayton By PAT COSTELLO
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Last Thursday, the Rams traveled to Saint Louis University for their fifth A-10 matchup of the season. The women were looking to carry the momentum from their two previous victories into the contest, but were unable to do so. “I’m not sure there was one specific pinpoint as to why we lost, but I do think we were not as sharp as we could have been,” said head coach Jessica Clinton. “St. Louis in general is a tough place. They had a great crowd, it’s a beautiful stadium and the grass was slick when we played.” The Billikens entered the game at 3-0-1 on the year, matching the Rams at being undefeated for the season. However, the Rams showed no signs of intimidation. The Rams had multiple opportunities to score in the first half, but were unable to find the back of the net. The only goal of the game came in the 55th minute, when Saint Louis’ Kirsten Clemens scored on a breakaway goal. The Rams again had opportunities to score, forcing Billikens goalie Mary Niehaus to
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Amanda Miller and the Rams had an up and down week with a rough loss to the Billikens and a strong win over the Flyers.
make seven total saves, but could not convert down the stretch, eventually losing 1-0. Following their first A-10 loss of the season, the Rams were given the chance to redeem themselves against the Dayton Flyers. Wearing pink jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the Rams played with a new focus. In the third minute senior forward Nicol Natale surprised everyone with her third goal of the year, a double rarity for the Rams because it occurred in the first half and was a
Natale header. “Nicol Natale’s header that went in the back of the net isn’t something we see often, but it came at a perfect time,” said Clinton. The Billikens responded in the 15th minute when Alexis Kiehl turned on the fancy footwork, disheveling the Rams defense and leading to the equalizing goal. However, a few minutes later, the Rams again took the lead. In the 27th minute, the ball was played back to Saint Louis keeper Kaelyn Johns, who was unable to handle the speedy pass. Fordham’s sophomore forward Clara Gastaldi
picked up the loose ball and deposited it into the back of the net. “Clara Gastaldi’s high press on the goalkeeper was something that we recognized in scouting them,” said Clinton. “Clara saw the moment and was able to go for it.” The goal would prove to be enough, as the Department of Defense was able to hold off the Billiken’s offensive attack in the second half. “One piece of the half time talk is that we didn’t know what Dayton would look like in the 2nd half. We knew they would change, but did not
know to what degree,” said Clinton. The Rams knew they had to keep their foot on the gas pedal and play a full 90 minutes. “Dayton became direct in their play, which meant that we had to absorb a lot of pressure,” said Clinton. “If we lost the ball, we knew that our backline would have to absorb it again and again and again.” The backline did just that, providing perfect protection of the lead. The 2-1 victory moved the Rams to 8-4-3 for the season and 3-1-2 in the A-10. It was imperative that the Rams had a positive bounce-back performance against the Flyers. “The response to Dayton was terrific. We know how important it is to be successful for our home games,” said Clinton. “Our senior class has traveled to play Dayton 3 years in a row and had not been successful against Dayton during their careers. They had something to prove and that created the energy and passion needed right out of the gates.” The Rams will look to carry the momentum into their 7 p.m. matchup against George Washington on Thursday, their second to last home game of the season.