• WFUV Receives Funding for Digital Conversion
• British Educators Seek Guidance from Fordham Upward Bound
• McGannon Lecture Ponders Media Ownership and the First Amendment
• Dancer Named Liberace Scholar
• Renovated Teahouse Boasts Familiar Name and Theme
• LollaNoBooza IX Adds a Twist
WFUV Receives Funding for Digital Conversion
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded nearly $75,000 in funding to WFUV (90.7 FM) for the purchase and installation of digital technology that will provide advanced service to its listeners in the New York metropolitan area.
The CPB funding will provide 70 percent of the resources necessary to transmit a digital signal in addition to the station's existing analog service, according to Ralph Jennings, Ph.D., general manager of WFUV. Although the station’s current listeners will continue to hear programming as they always have, those who own or opt to buy new digital radios will be able to receive a significantly enhanced signal.
WFUV, Fordham University's public radio station, was one of 42 stations in 12 states selected to share $3 million in grants. Final grant amounts were awarded to each station depending on specific equipment costs and contract negotiations.
Created by Congress in 1967, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting funds more than 1,000 public radio and television stations and develops educational public radio, television and online services.
British Educators Seek Guidance from Fordham Upward Bound
A seven-member delegation from Great Britain’s London Metropolitan University visited Fordham in September to learn about the structure and success of the University’s Upward Bound Program.
Elliott S. Palais, Ph.D., director of Fordham's TRIO Programs
Upward Bound, a federally funded program, motivates and supports underprivileged high-school students in their preparation for college, giving them opportunities to improve their pre-college performance and ultimately succeed in higher-education pursuits.
Founded in 1965, Fordham’s Upward Bound Program currently includes 70 students. For the past seven years, the program has demonstrated a 100-percent graduation rate. Last year, the program graduated 13 students, all of whom went on to post-secondary education.
The British government is considering implementing similar initiatives, so the delegation visited the sites of several successful U.S. programs. Fordham’s program was recommended to the delegation by the Council for Opportunity in Education.
While at Fordham, the group met with University administrators as well as student and parent representatives of the program. In his welcoming remarks, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, expressed his desire to continue the dialogue between the two institutions, saying that he hoped that the meeting would mark the beginning of a more formal, international partnership.
Fordham President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., took time to meet with delegates
from Great Britain’s London Metropolitan University who visited Fordham in
September to learn about the structure and success of the University’s
Upward Bound Program.
McGannon Lecture Ponders Media Ownership and the First Amendment
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent ruling to relax media ownership restrictions was not only legally and factually misguided, but it also stands to unravel the very fabric of the First Amendment, according to Mark Cooper, Ph.D., director of research for the Consumer Federation of America.
“There are 20 million people in New York and only 27 TV stations,”said Cooper, who delivered the fall 2003 McGannon Lecture titled “Media Ownership and Democracy in the Digital Information Age” at Rose Hill on Oct. 16. “Therein lies the scarcity of powerful voices and the fundamental principle that underlies regulations for the First Amendment approach to the broadcast media.”
According to Cooper, 25 years ago a typical American city had approximately four local TV stations and two newspapers. Today, the population of most cities has grown, but the number of outlets has not, giving the public few alternative sources.
“Institutional diversity in the media is critical for creating the diversity of information we want,” said Cooper. “Our society has become interconnected with the rest of the world through immensely powerful media, so we need more diverse, better educated media. … Commercialism undermines this diversity; it undermines localism and banishes minority point of view.”
Founded in 1986, Fordham’s Donald McGannon Communication Research Center provides research on telecommunications policy to decision makers in business, government and nonprofit organizations. The center sponsors annual symposia, lectures and awards in the area of communications.
Dancer Named Liberace Scholar
Senior Julie Fiorenza, a student in the Alvin Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance Program, has been awarded a $5,000 merit grant from the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts.
Fiorenza said the award, which will be applied to her tuition, is both an honor and a motivator.
“This is a confirmation that I have done good work for the past three-and-a-half years,” said Fiorenza, who started dancingwhen she was 4. “The B.F.A. indance program has been a real challenge, one that I have been more than happy to rise to. The award is really motivating.”
The foundation, established in 1976, provides grants to accredited colleges and universities that offer degrees in the performing and creative arts. The grants offer scholarships to talented and deserving students.
“We are proud to have the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Program included among the prestigious institutions that receive grants from the Liberace Foundation,” said Robert Grimes, S.J., dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. “The scholarship has enabled us to provide financial assistance to a talented student and dancer. It is gratifying to know that the Liberace Foundation shares our commitment to academics and the arts and gives its support so generously.”
Fiorenza will soon begin auditioning for professional concert dance companies with the hope of landing a contract and staying in New York. She was introduced to the Ailey/Fordham program in 1999 when, as a high-school senior, the Massachusetts native was accepted into an eight-week fellowship program at the Ailey School.
“Fordham became my first choice because I really liked the idea of being able to get professional-level dance training, while pursuing my academic career,” said Fiorenza, who is minoring in communications and media studies.
Renovated Marymount Teahouse Boasts Familiar Name and Theme
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 12 officially marked the reopening of Marymount’s newly renovated Teahouse, which will retain its name in a nod to tradition.
The Office of Student Affairs, in collaboration with Sodexho and with input from a student committee, renovated the Teahouse this summer for more effective use as a commuter student lounge, a place for dances and club meetings, and as a general student commons.
The tri-level space, located in the sub-basement of Marian Hall, now boasts retro décor that resembles the design of the Teahouse in the 1950s. The second level features a dance floor surrounded by colorful couches. Students may use their meal cards to buy sandwiches, salads, beverages and snacks at a new food counter operated by Sodexho. Table tennis, foosball and a pool table are also available.
The grand-opening festivities began at 3:30 p.m., the same time students historically rush to the Teahouse after classes, with a live band playing songs from the 1950s. There was a contest among the campus community to rename the Teahouse. However, sophomore Kimberly Brown, chair of the student Teahouse Renovation Committee, told the audience that the response from the Marymount community to retain the original name was “overwhelming.”
Members of the R.S.H.M on staff also expressed excitement at the decision. “There are many memories associated with the Teahouse,” said Sister Mary Elizabeth Rathgeb, R.S.H.M., who works in the Gaines Library and voted to keep the name.
Students are already enjoying the renovated space. “I go to the Teahouse a lot more than I did before the renovations,” said junior Trishia Bermudez. “It feels like a real hang-out spot.”
The Teahouse is open every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for general use. Food service is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 5 to 10 p.m.
LollaNoBooza IX Extends Programming
Thousands of Fordham students enjoyed a week’s worth of alcohol-free entertainment, Nov. 3-7, as the Rose Hill campus hosted its ninth annual LollaNoBooza.
Launched in 1995, LollaNoBooza promotes alcohol-free fun for students and is part of a nationally recognized alcohol- and substance-abuse awareness campaign at Fordham. In previous years, all the festivities were relegated to one night, but this year the coordinators of the Student Assistance Program decided to spread out a series of programs over the course of an entire week.
“LollaNoBooza’s tremendous success over the past eight years prompted us to shift the traditional one night event to five,” said Robert Parmach, director of the Student Assistance Program at Rose Hill. “With this change, more and more students from all three of Fordham’s campuses were able to attend the late-night programming.”
Among the events were variations on The Gong Show, Jeopardy and The Dating Game, specifically designed to promote awareness about drug and alcohol abuse and relationship issues. Other fun-filled events included a Battle of the Bands, and student-versus-faculty volleyball and basketball games.
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