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Fordham Hosts Met Season-Opening Simulcast

Photo by Ken Levinson

The plaza adjacent to Fordham’s Leon Lowenstein Building provided a temporary home for the Metropolitan Opera’s opening-night simulcast on Sept. 22.

The University agreed to host the annual event, which usually takes place on the Lincoln Center Plaza, due to ongoing construction at the performing arts venue. Opera fans who detoured a few blocks south to see Renée Fleming sing selections from La Traviata, Manon and Capriccio, however, didn’t seem to mind.

The simulcast is scheduled to return to its traditional location next year.

—Joseph McLaughlin

Fordham Students Get Tips on Working at United Nations

Students listen to representatives from the U.N. and Fordham talk about job opportunities and internships.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert

With five different administrative bodies, 17 separate agencies and five major locations, it would be tough to find an organization more complex than the United Nations. But on Sept. 15, members of the Fordham faculty and U.N. representatives met on the Lincoln Center campus to let students know how best to find internships and starter jobs there.

“I don’t know if any of you have ever been in a completely non-American climate, where everyone is from some other country. It’s the most exhilarating experience you can imagine,” said Fred Campano, associate professor of economics, who was a full-time economist for the U.N. Secretariat for 30 years.

Campano cautioned that students would be hard-pressed to get an internship at the Secretariat, the well-known part of the organization on East 42nd Street, because only graduate students are accepted for such positions.

Given the highly technical administrative nature of the work that’s done there, Campano said they would be better off considering organizations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is located in Geneva, Switzerland.

“You might be more interested, because there you’ll be talking about things that you’re more familiar with,” he said.

The gathering was one of three workshops presented at the fifth-annual international gathering, a conclave that is timed around the United Nations’ annual Department of Public Information Non Governmental Organizations (DPI/NGO) conference, which was held earlier that month in Paris.

Organized by Harold Takooshian, Ph.D., professor of psychology, it was attended by representatives from the U.N., NGO representatives, international psychologists, Fordham international faculty and students interested in work opportunities abroad and within the United Nations.

—Patrick Verel

Shakespeare in the Park(ing Space) Comes to Fordham

Fordham theatre students joined with their architectural counterparts on Friday, Sept. 19 to liberate parking spaces across the street from the Lincoln Center campus.

The students laid down sod, constructed a stage and redeemed the space from its customary vehicular drudgery by performing Shakespeare at what must have been the world’s smallest performing arts venue.

Their efforts were part of National Park(ing) Day, an annual event meant to protest the automobile’s monopolization of urban street-space and to draw attention to the need for public parks.

In cities all over the world, designers and activists took over parking spots, fed the meters for the day and turned the spaces into tiny public parks.

University Fetes Jesuit High School Grads and Honor Students

Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) hosted two receptions in September to welcome a pair of unique groups that make up part of the freshman class—Jesuit high school graduates and honor students.

Graduates of Jesuit high schools gathered on Sept. 8 at Dagger John’s in the basement of the McGinley Center to hear from Dean Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., and members of the University’s Jesuit community.

“This is the largest group of graduates from Jesuit high schools that we’ve had here in quite some time,” O’Donnell said of the 114 students who make up 12 percent of the 962 freshmen at FCRH. “One of the ways that we pass on our identity as a Jesuit school is to recruit a critical mass of students who know what that means coming in, so we welcome you.”

The group included increased representation from Jesuit schools on the West Coast and in the South, including four from Loyola High School in Los Angeles and five from Belen Prep in Miami. Out of 56 Jesuit high schools worldwide, the Class of 2012 features graduates from 30 of them, O’Donnell said.

The students heard presentations from the University’s Ignatian Society, among other groups.

In a reception on Sept. 24, also at Dagger John’s, FCRH welcomed its Presidential, Merit and Dean’s Scholars to campus. There are 113 students with those distinctions in the freshman class.

“Fordham College at Rose Hill is really a place that nurtures students who take responsibility for their own educations,” O’Donnell told the group. “You are at Fordham because you have excelled academically in high school and we expect that to continue here.”

The honor students heard presentations from representatives of Phi Beta Kappa, the Saint Edmund Campion Institute and Office of International and Study Abroad Programs.

“Last year, we were the only Catholic university to win the Gates Cambridge, and we won not one, but two,” said John Kezel, Ph.D., director of the Campion Institute. “Columbia, one of our major competitors, has yet to win one.”

—Joseph McLaughlin

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