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Lincoln Center Student Paper Feted Again

The Observer, the student newspaper for Fordham College at Lincoln Center, has received several accolades from local and national press organizations.

In its annual newspaper contest, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chose The Observer as the second-place finisher in the category of best all-around non-daily student newspaper for region 1.

The Observer won two more regional SPJ awards:

• third place in the general sports writing category for Rob Beatson’s article, “Basketball Coach, Top Scorer, Gone from Rose Hill.”

• third place in the sports column writing category for Ashley WennersHerron’s “Strange Sports” column.

“The dedication and persistence in producing a top-notch publication has paid off,” said WennersHerron, The Observer’s editor in chief and a senior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. “The Society of Professional Journalists awards reflect the hard work that The Observer staff continuously puts into the paper.”

The regional awards were announced on April 10. First-place regional finishers go on to compete against each other in a national competition.

Adding to the list of accolades, The Observer won second place for general excellence in the New York Press Association’s 2009 Better Newspaper Contest. It was among 12 students newspapers at New York colleges and universities competing for the prize.

Finally, the paper was named a finalist for the ACP Online Pacemaker Award. Winners will be announced this September.

The Observer editorial board and reporters have every reason to feel very proud, now that college journalism organizations have confirmed the excellence of the paper overall, the online multimedia and individual sports articles,” said Elizabeth Stone, The Observer’s faculty adviser.

This is the second set of awards that have come to the Lincoln Center campus newspaper this spring. It won second place in the category of “non-weekly four-year university paper” on Feb. 28 in the Best of Show Contest at the Midwinter National College Newspaper Convention.

The Observer also won first place in the category of “multimedia package contest” for “A Second Look: More Stops Along the 7 Train” by online editor P.J. Williams, a senior.

Patrick Verel

London Dramatic Academy Ends Semester on High Note

The London Dramatic Academy hosts historical dance and stage combat demonstrations based on the last scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I.

The last week of April marked the end of the London Dramatic Academy’s spring 2010 semester.

The academy, housed at Fordham’s London Centre at Heythrop College, hosted historical dance and stage combat demonstrations based on the last scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I.

The week also included final showings of acting projects and scenes from The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It, under the direction of Michael Winter. Students met individually with the full faculty to discuss their progress. A tea party on Friday celebrated the successful completion of the program.

This semester, the London Dramatic Academy (LDA) hosted visits from Matthew Maguire, head of Fordham Theatre, who saw the work of the academy for the first time. Also visiting was Alan Wade from George Washington University, who brought his students to a lecture/master class by Richard Digby Day on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

LDA students made several theatre visits this semester, including a trip to see the Mark Morris Company at the London Coliseum. There were two excursions to the National Theatre to see highly contrasting works: Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art, a meditation on the nature of artistic inspiration using W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten as the principal characters; and Bulgakov’s The White Guard, a play set in Russia during the civil war following the Communist revolution.

Faculty and students also visited the British Museum, the Royal Academy exhibition of Van Gogh’s letters and paintings, and Stratford-upon-Avon.


Students Celebrate at Spring Weekend

Students cheering a performance by MGMT at Spring Weekend

Photo by Ken Levinson

Spring Weekend 2010 at Fordham was a picturesque event that drew 5,200 attendees to the Rose Hill campus.

The annual weekend of fun, which included movie screenings, a comedy performance, a Willy Wonka-themed dance and lots of food, featured a concert barbecue on May 1. Student bands Average Girl and Penrose opened for the Brooklyn-based synthpop sensation, MGMT.

MGMT played all of their hits, including electro-disco anthems “Kids” and “Time to Pretend.” The event is organized annually by the Campus Activities Board.

—Gina Vergel



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