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Observer Wins Multiple Awards

The Observer, the student newspaper for Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus, was honored recently with one award from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The newspaper received the “Best in Show” award from the ACP for the second consecutive year. Also, it won second place in the “Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper” category in the SPJ’s Region 1 Mark of Excellence contest.

Kathryn H. Cusimano, (FCLC ’09), who served as editor in chief for the 2008-2009 academic year, said the recognition was a wonderful reward and validation for the staff’s hard work.

She noted that working on The Observer is a unique challenge, as it can be difficult to objectively cover a community of one’s peers.

“I believe this year’s staff has done a particularly outstanding job of covering the FCLC community fully and objectively,” she said.

The SPJ contest also honored the following Observer staff members:

Craig Calefate (FCLC ’09), photography co-editor, third place, “Best Photo Illustration.”

Andrew Hudson (FCLC ’09), opinions editor, first place, “General Column Writing.”

Adviser Elizabeth Stone, Ph.D., professor of English and communications and media studies, was likewise proud of the staff of the bi-weekly paper, which has served students at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center since 1981.

“The editorial board members and staff, a talented group of people, have worked conscientiously throughout the year,” she said. “I’m delighted for them and proud of them.”

Cusimano said there was nothing about the paper this year that was significantly different. She noted, however, that the dynamic between editors was outstanding.

“Everyone has been able to work well together, and I think that shows,” she said.

Moreover, The Observer’s recently re-launched website was ranked in the top 10 by the ACP.

Cusimano said that was especially gratifying because, like all journalists, The Observer staff has been learning new programs, trying to think in terms of Web publishing and generally establishing a real working model for the newspaper in the Internet age.

She said she was particularly happy with the newspaper’s coverage of the 19th Annual Ignatian Family Teach-In and protest of the School of the Americas, as well as a photo collage of the U2 concert on March 6 at Rose Hill.

“We’ve been testing out podcasts and trying to figure out the format and model that works best for the Fordham community,” she said. “That’s been a struggle, but we’ve gotten some great feedback.”

Patrick Verel

Rose Hill Newspaper Wins Awards

Fordham University’s Rose Hill-based student newspaper, The Ram, recently received awards from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle.

Volume 90 of The Ram, which was published during the 2008 calendar year, received the designation of Most Outstanding University Newspaper from the ASPA and won first place among newspapers from colleges and universities with an enrollment of 2,501 or greater.

The 2009 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards went to Mary Young, a Fordham College at Rose Hill junior, who won third place in the category of “personal opinion in on-campus issues for newspapers.”

Claire Borders, a Fordham College at Rose Hill sophomore, won a certificate of merit for “entertainment reviews in newspapers.” The paper also won a certificate of merit for “overall design in tabloid format for newspapers.”

Will Moccia (FCRH ’09), editor in chief of The Ram for Volume 90, said the awards were a testament to the hard work of the paper’s staffers, who, he said, have not been honored like this previously.

This is a win—not just for Volume 90—but also for all of the editors of the previous volumes who helped bring The Ram to the level where it is today,” Moccia said.

Likewise, Amanda Fiscina, a Fordham College at Rose Hill junior and the current editor in chief, credited last year’s overhaul of The Ram’s templates, fonts and styles with lending a much more professional look to the paper. She also noted that the paper is giving more attention to serious topics, as evidenced by a one-on-one interview with Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham.

“We really focused on generating more serious and interesting content on topics pertinent to the Fordham community,” she said.

Patrick Verel

Fordham EMBA Students Dazzle on the Court

First it was jazz. Now add basketball to the exciting way Fordham University’s Executive MBA program trains its top executives.

While in China for the traditional Capstone residential trip to Beijing, the graduating cohort played the Tsinghua University “All Stars” in a full-court basketball game.

Although the average age of the Fordham EMBA students was 33 compared to the average age of 22 for the Tsinghua University squad, Fordham emerged victorious, winning 63 to 62 in front of a crowd of about 200 spectators.

“The purpose of the game was to serve as a cultural experience in how the sport of basketball can be used as a universal communicator and bonding tool,” said Francis Petit, Ed.D., assistant dean and director of executive programs at the Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA). “This new initiative of a basketball game will be part of future EMBA residentials.”

The Executive MBA, Fordham’s executive-style MBA program, is housed at Fordham’s GBA. It is designed for business professionals and managers on the fast track toward challenging managerial and global assignments.

—Gina Vergel

The Fordham EMBA students wore dark-colored jerseys in their game against Tsinghua University.

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