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Staying Fit Online: The Guide to YouTube Exercise Videos

girl doing a downward dog pose on her yoga mat


May 12, 2020

From simple stretching routines to intense HIIT cardio, YouTube offers a broad range of exercise videos for people of all athletic abilities.

Students Share the Perks of Pets During the Pandemic

collage of Fordham students and their pets

By GILLIAN RUSSO, Online Editor

May 7, 2020

As governments have enforced restrictions on travel and in-person contact, pets have become some people’s primary source of companionship and comfort.

Uncovering Cuban Baseball’s Bronx Origins

Estevan Bellán attended St. John’s College, which would later be renamed
Fordham University, between 1863 and 1868.


April 28, 2020

In 1863, Steve Bellán enrolled at St. John’s College. It would be another 44 years before the school was renamed Fordham University, but Bellán’s introduction to the rest of his life began in the rudimentary fields of the Fordham area.

Cracking the Code: What the Labels on Your Eggs Really Mean

eggs on a grocery store shelf

By MAGGIE MCNAMARA, Assistant Sports & Health Editor

April 28, 2020

Labels on egg cartons boast a broad variety of different titles: Grade A, Cage-free and Organic. Although many consumers lack knowledge about their true meaning, each phrase provides valuable information about the product in question.

Fordham STEM Students Past and Present Reflect on COVID-19 and Health Care Careers

a thank you sign appears in the window of a building for health care images


April 21, 2020

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the future of many first-year medical students and graduating college seniors working towards a career in healthcare are in jeopardy. Fordham STEM students, past and present, offer their outlook on the global standing of their intended professions.

An Era Comes to a Close: Fordham Athletic Director Announces Retirement

David Roach


April 21, 2020

Fordham Athletic Director David Roach recently announced his retirement, effective at the end of the academic year. In his eight years with Fordham, Roach contributed to the university’s winning tradition and an environment that allowed coaches and athletes to succeed.

Four Ways to Maintain a Healthy Immune System

graphic of healthy habits to practice for immune health

By LUKE OSBORN, Sports & Health Editor Emeritus

April 21, 2020

Although there is no scientific link connecting specific lifestyle choices with increased immunity, according to medical professionals, practicing healthy sleep, exercise and nutritional habits and managing stress can all help to maintain regular immune system function.

Matthew Tarabek: Looking Back on a Halted Fordham Career

In his senior year, Tarabek was recording career-high statistics before the season ended prematurely.

By PATRICK MOQUIN, Sports & Health Editor

April 14, 2020

After three successful seasons with Fordham, Matthew Tarabek, GSBRH ‘20, seemed well on his way to his best year yet. For him and many other seniors, however, the only remaining certainties now lie in the past.

Now Is the Time to Brush Up on Your Meal Prep

The three main components to focus on in prepping a well-rounded meal are healthy carbs, protein and vegetables.


April 14, 2020

In a time when making the most out of our groceries is more important than ever and although we are studying and working from home, are still as busy as ever, consider polishing your meal prepping skills.

How Your Devices Might Be Hurting Your Eyes and How to Fix It

Prolonged screen time due to online classes can cause eye discomfort and even eyestrain.


April 14, 2020

Due to increased dependence on devices in order to attend classes and work remotely, our eyes are experiencing prolonged screen time. Eyestrain is a non-life-threatening condition that can develop from these circumstances and cause symptoms such as dry, itchy eyes, as well as soreness, blurry vision and headaches.

Another Year of Bad News for the North Pole Marathon

When the race was canceled in 2019, Pang had already arrived in Svalbard and experienced training in conditions similar to what can be expected in the race.

By LENA WEIDENBRUCH, Sports & Health Editor

April 7, 2020

The North Pole Marathon faced cancellation for the second year in a row, this time over concerns about the coronavirus. Jonathan Pang, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’20, who was set to race in 2019 and then prepared to make it up after cancellation this April, is hoping for redemption in 2021.

Quiet Spring for Fordham Club Sports

Eddie Harrison, GSBRH ’22, and Eddie Mintzias, FCRH ’21, sailed together in the 2019 War Memorial Regatta at Kings Point.

By PATRICK MOQUIN, Sports & Health Editor

April 7, 2020

Last month, all Fordham club sporting events were canceled for the spring season following the COVID-19 outbreak. In some cases, the consequences were just as severe for club sport athletes as they were for their varsity counterparts.