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Alumni Lend Their 'Fordham Voices' to Audio Archive

Contact: Joseph McLaughlin
(212) 636-7576
jwmclaughlin@fordham.edu


Learning about life at Fordham requires nothing more than an Internet connection.

All manner of minutia about the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses are served up daily on websites, e-newsletters, student blogs, twitter feeds and discussion boards.

But what was the Fordham experience like 30, 40, or even 70 years ago?

To answer that question, the University has launched "Fordham Voices," an audio archive that stores the recollections of alumni from every generation.

The project began at Homecoming 2008, when staff members fanned out across the Rose Hill campus to solicit stories from graduates. A similar effort at Jubilee 2009 led to even more anecdotes.

For example, Gabriel Vitalone (FCRH ’44) chronicled a freshman banquet at the Hotel Roosevelt in Manhattan. The class president called a meeting in Father Duffy Square, where the students decided to storm the ballrooms around Times Square, chanting “Beat NYU.”

"We went into each of the hotels in Times Square, walked into the ballroom, boldly requested that the orchestra play 'The Ram,' and we would sing," Vitalone said.

What happened next—plus dozens of other alumni recollections—can be found at www.fordham.edu/voices. The archive will be updated periodically, as more stories and remembrances are collected at upcoming alumni events.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.
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