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The Implications of NY State’s Plastic Bag Ban

The Implications of NY State’s Plastic Bag Ban

March 18, 2020

On March 1 New York State passed a bag waste reduction law banning single use plastic bags in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Enforcement initially set to begin on April 1 was been pushed back until May 15 on Monday.

A Fordham Friendship Spanning Half a Century

A Fordham Friendship Spanning Half a Century

March 10, 2020

Len Weiss and Dave Houser's friendship is one that started at Fordham University in 1969 and lasted half a century. With Houser's recent passing, Weiss looks back at the memories the two shared.

Reflections from a Graduating President: A Profile on Tina Thermadam

Reflections from a Graduating President: A Profile on Tina Thermadam

March 10, 2020

As President of the United Student Government, Tina Thermadam has worn multiple hats throughout her undergraduate career at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Now, with only three months until she graduates, she’s turning to the rest of the student body to share what she has learned from being involved on campus.

Faculty Spotlight: Scott Bruce, Modern Research Meets Medieval Traditions

Faculty Spotlight: Scott Bruce, Modern Research Meets Medieval Traditions

March 10, 2020

From the Middle Ages to fitness, Scott G. Bruce, Ph.D., is a man of many interests. In 2018, he became a professor of Medieval History at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. His passion has led him to receive the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship award for his research project.

Senior Charts New Path in App Development

Senior Charts New Path in App Development

March 3, 2020

In the increasingly digital world, mobile applications have become an essential tool for businesses and start-ups. Joshua Choi took a new approach to app design to develop his search app “Nanolens.”

Living Within the Divide

Living Within the Divide

February 29, 2020

For most university students in South Africa today, the legalized form of segregation and disenfranchisement of the majority of the population is not just the obscure history of their grandparents: It is the history of the years leading up to their birth. Since 2012, Fordham has sent a group of students to South Africa for its smallest study abroad program, the Ubuntu Program in South Africa.

The True Price of Jumping a Turnstile

The True Price of Jumping a Turnstile

February 19, 2020

Transit Bureau District 1 covers all the Fordham Lincoln Center stations and has one of the lowest enforcements per fare evader in NYC. Compare it to TBD 23, which includes Rockaway to Jamaica Plains, and the numbers are very different. Why? TBD 1 is wealthier — and whiter.

Looking Back at Fordham’s Forgotten Social Space: The Pub

Looking Back at Fordham’s Forgotten Social Space: The Pub

February 19, 2020

In 1981, when New York’s legal drinking age was 18, Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) may not have had dorm space, but it did feature its very own on-campus bar called “The Pub."

Activists Skip School for Climate Justice

Activists Skip School for Climate Justice

February 19, 2020

Most everyone has seen large dramatic gatherings in the media, but rarely are we shown the dedicated students and activists who spend every week, rain or shine, spreading their message, like those at the 76th consecutive climate strike — Fridays for Future.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Mark Botton, Horseshoe Crab Expert

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Mark Botton, Horseshoe Crab Expert

February 11, 2020

Fordham biology professor Mark Botton, Ph.D., has studied horseshoe crabs for 43 years. Botton’s mastery was recently acknowledged with one of the highest honors— a new species of horseshoe crab specimen named after him.

Don’t Feed the Pigeons, Feed the Rams

Don’t Feed the Pigeons, Feed the Rams

February 11, 2020

Food insecurity is a situation in which a person is unable to access a sufficient amount of affordab...

Reaping the Rewards of Studying Abroad at Home

Reaping the Rewards of Studying Abroad at Home

February 5, 2020

Returning home after studying abroad can feel like an abrupt disconnect from the lifestyle you adopted while abroad. There are many ways to integrate the aspects of your life abroad alongside those at home, especially in New York.