by Meghan Townsend
From the beginning of my time at Fordham I have been encouraged to participate in community and reflect on its meaning. Fordham has given me many creative, supportive communities, but I have also learned to ask this question: how full, natural, and life-giving can a community be if it is limited to members of a certain social class, or if it is fenced in by an iron gate?
by John Looby
Everyone in Walsh keeps bringing up their mini-fridge. Honestly I don’t see what the big deal is. Why is everyone so emotionally attached to their appliances? I didn’t cry nearly as much when the FAFSA demanded I turn over my first born son to them in order to have my loans processed. I actually sort of miss my little Joseph, my mini fridge though didn’t even have a name up until I tossed it from my tenth floor window and was overcome with the urge to scream out “Stella” by the ghost of Marlon Brando or some random off Broadway actor. I don’t know. He didn’t leave a card. I wasn’t even nearly prepared for the level of shrapnel that a fridge produces on impact and my god neither was that Toyota corolla. You have not truly lived until you see the door of a banned mini-fridge detonate a 2007 corolla like a god damned water balloon. My apologies to the owner, but admit it you were impressed that your license plate cleared the football field by over 30 feet.
by Christopher Jeske
Staff Who Am I
This first semester, I am enrolled in a sociology class that focuses on the topic of transitions to adulthood. I hold serious doubt that the powers that be here at Fordham University could have found a more topical course for a person of my age and place. However, I am fantastically overwhelmed by the way this class’s material seems to methodically bombard me. I was most notably taken aback by a recent lecture on Erik Erikson’s theory of life crises. In his examination of this theory, Erikson explored the concept of identity discernment -- hence the term identity crisis.
by Scott Saffran
Professional hockey in the United States often falls behind the likes of football, baseball, and basketball to the average sports fan, a defeating fact I (and many other fans alike) have had to endure throughout my life. While the NHL gets minimal attention, Olympic play during the Winter Games always seems to drum up substantial interest. As one of only three of the major American team sports contested on an Olympic level (at this time) and the only one contested during the Winter Games, the immediate draw is there for the casual sports fan often befuddled by curling and the biathlon. Ice hockey is also one of the few Olympic sports in which Americans do not dominate. Each game is a true test and every moment is one of terrible suspense. Olympic hockey is so attractive because it’s the gold medal least guaranteed. We know we’re not going to win the Nordic combined, and anything involving a halfpipe is pretty much a lock, but hockey has that thrill of the unpredictable. The World Cup of Hockey is the gift of additional international play, a supplementary opportunity to cheer on our national hockey heroes through a tournament of the world’s best.
by Rowan Hornbeck
Sometimes when I’m doing something very mindless like driving or filing, I feel my mind being poked with a stick --
Hey, remember in 8th grade when you thought a “straight play” just meant it wasn’t gay? Remember when you told your friend’s dad that?
They will be subject to society's beauty standards soon enough
by Kelly Tyra
This summer, I bought a couple of cacti. I felt the need to nurture something but preferred an organism that could thrive on neglect just like its momma. As I happily forgot to water my prickly pals, some of my peers signed up for the big leagues and decided to have real human babies. Cool.
Fordham housing is only comparatively better as a Junior
by John Looby
I have lived in pretty shit circumstances since I got to Fordham. We’ve got a beautiful campus here; the dormitories on the other hand leave much to be desired. My first year here I lived in the anti-luxury that is the basement of Jogues; two years later that hell hole still leaves scars on my very soul. My second year I took one rung upward the ladder of Fordham squalor into the basement of Finlay. While there may not have been cockroaches I did have the pleasure of being downwind from several literal piles of trash, which meant that trying to air the room out was basically an exercise in futility. Now a junior I’ve finally moved onward and upward into Walsh. I mean upward only in the most literal fashion I’m on the tenth floor, living here is still pretty fucking shitty.
Maybe see the film instead of reading the review?
by Briana Scalia
Critics cannot always be right; just because their career involves reviewing movies does not validate their opinions. However, the casual moviegoer usually bears a critic’s thoughts in mind, and a film buff might enjoy discussing said thoughts with their friends. More often than not, the opinion of the critics does not differ too drastically from those of the fans, with a few expected exceptions. While reviews are not always the recipe for a film’s success, it bears enough weight on the average moviegoer that films boast about positive critic scores, going so far as to display Rotten Tomatoes’ “fresh” rating on their blu ray covers. However, this past summer movie season strayed far from the norm. While many critics would agree that this past season was not an achievement for film, box office numbers, and therefore fans, would highly disagree. Therein lies the question of what fans value in a movie versus what critics deem more important.
Two staff members take a stand/seat
We've invited two of our staff writers to discuss what they think of Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem at recent 49ers games, and the impact it's had on football and the media at large.
Wrestling is cool and I don't care what you think
by Scott Saffran
Staff John Cena
Around a better part of a month ago, John Cena, the face of the WWE and wrestling in the United States, told a very compelling anecdote in the ring, as part of a “promo” segment. Cena spoke of his mass-appeal success and crossover breakthrough in the past several years as part of movies Trainwreck and Sisters and hosting the Espys and the Teen Choice Awards. Too often, Cena remarked, has he been asked by reporters and talk show hosts when he will leave the wacky world of wrestling now that he’s mainstream. Though used as part of a storyline to hype a feud prior to an important pay-per-view event, the notion of wrestling apart from mainstream culture is a reality many pro wrestling supporters have come to accept over the past few decades.