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Stretch Your Way to a Great Day

Stretch Your Way to a Great Day

By RAHUL SUKESH, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

The next time you’re feeling strained physically or mentally, consider stretching. Post-workout or on its own, stretching can have some serious benefits including increased flexibility and blood flow to muscles as well as the alleviation of stress of the body and mind.

Three Supplements Actually Backed by Science

Zinc, lavender and the omega-3 in walnuts are just a few supplements that have scientifically proven benefits.

By LUKE OSBORN, Sports & Health Editor Emeritus

April 7, 2020

There are countless supplements in the market. Many of them are not backed by science, but some have proven scientific benefits. Lavender, omega-3 and zinc are just a few supplements that can provide positive and healthy results.

Why Social Distancing Threatens Your Mental Health (And What to Do About It)

Why Social Distancing Threatens Your Mental Health

By MAGGIE MCNAMARA, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

Take care of yourself: A phrase that, for obvious reasons, you’ve probably heard more in the last two weeks than in the past two years combined. With COVID-19 rapidly spreading, health, both mental and physical, is critically important. Dr. Jeffrey Ng, director of Counseling and Psychological Services for Fordham University, shares his advice on staying healthy — mentally, while practicing social distancing.

Inside the Final Days of Fordham Sports

The women’s basketball team, in addition to many others, had their seasons cut short in response to the spread of the coronavirus.

By PATRICK MOQUIN

April 1, 2020

Many Fordham athletes were affected by decisions around the NCAA ending all athletic competitions in early March. Athletes in the winter lost postseasons, while athletes in the spring lost months of play.

Fordham Alumnus and Professor Training STEM Students to Solve Problems of the Future

Martin Di Grandi Ph.D., has worked in the private sector for seventeen years. Currently, he researches in his own lab at Rose Hill and teaches at Lincoln Center.

By AIZA BHUIYAN, Assistant Sports and Health Editor

April 1, 2020

After graduating from Fordham College at Rose Hill, Martin Di Grandi Ph.D. spent seventeen years as a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry synthesizing potential antiviral and anticancer medication. Following his departure from the private sector, he returned to his alma mater to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists.

The Science Behind “Flatten the Curve”

The curve plots the number of new cases against the course of the coronavirus outbreak and demonstrates the potential outcome with or without the implementation of protective measures versus without.

By LUKE OSBORN, Sports & Health Editor Emeritus

April 1, 2020

With protective measures like social distancing, the number of coronavirus cases rises gradually and peaks much later. Without protective measures, the number of cases would rapidly increase as the virus spreads through a community, and then the curve would fall sharply, since most of the people who could catch the virus have already been infected.

From Fan to Personal Manager: Catherine Coddington Remembers Kobe Bryant

Coddington met Kobe Bryant as a senior in college while interning for the Los Angeles Lakers. The immediate connection they had shaped the course of her career.

By EMMA SEIWELL and NIKO KONSTANTELLIS

April 1, 2020

Catherine Coddington who began her college career at Fordham tells us how she became Kobe’s personal communications manager at just 25 years old. Coddington reflects on her days at Fordham and working for Kobe and tells us how these pivotal times in her life impact her to this day.

Fordham Alumnus Takes on the Olympic Trials

Slattery was consistently a strong competitor for the Rams during his time at Fordham.

By LENA WEIDENBRUCH, Sports & Health Editor

March 10, 2020

Former top performer for the Rams’ men’s cross-country and track and field, Tom Slattery, GSBRH ’18, competed in his third marathon in three months in February. The first marathon was his first race across the distance, and the most recent was against the top marathoners in the country at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials.

Fordham Baseball Dominates Iona in Weekend Series Sweep

Matt Tarabek, GSBRH '20, blasted a two-run home run in Fordham's third game to give the Rams an early 5-0 lead.

By PATRICK MOQUIN, Sports and Health Editor

March 10, 2020

In their first weekend series in the Bronx, Fordham baseball dominated Iona College in a three game sweep. They outscored their opponent 32-3 over the course of the weekend, with batters and pitchers easily handling the Gaels throughout each contest.

Finding Your Light: SAD Lamps Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD lamps are used to treat seasonal affective disorder through a practice called light therapy.

By LUKE OSBORN, Sports & Health Editor Emeritus

March 10, 2020

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that heightens during the winter months. Some Fordham students treat their lowered spirits with light therapy, which involves sitting in front of a specialized SAD lamp every day for up to an hour. This seemingly simple treatment produces positive changes in mood for those with SAD.

Fordham Women’s Basketball Falls in Stunning A10 Semifinal Loss, 60-55

The Rams huddle during a Jan. 29 game against VCU. Their A10 tournament run ended prematurely against the same opponent following a fourth-quarter collapse in their semifinal game.

By PATRICK MOQUIN, Sports and Health Editor

March 10, 2020

The Fordham women’s basketball team blew a 17-point lead in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament against Virginia Commonwealth University. In the final minute, the Rams missed three of four free throws and lost 60-55, ending their bid for the NCAA Tournament. It is a bitter end to a season in which far more was expected of them.

Semisweet Run for Men’s and Women’s Track at Valentine Invitational

Despite an inconsistent performance overall, several members of Fordham track did well enough to qualify for the ECAC/IC4A Championship in March.

By LENA WEIDENBRUCH, Sports & Health Editor

February 21, 2020

Fordham men’s and women’s track raced at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center. The Rams’ efforts were not extraordinary, but rewarding in that many will have the opportunity to race at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Championship on March 7 and 8.