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“Buster” the Ram Makes Appearance at Rose Hill

Kevin Sammut

Photo courtesy of Fordham.edu

As part of his guest lecture this past Wednesday, Mario Gabelli (GSB ’65), whose $25 million gift to Fordham in September is the largest in University history, brought back to the Rose Hill campus a long-lost Fordham tradition: a live ram.

The eight or nine year-old ram, named Buster, was escorted to a tent outside of the McGinley Center at approximately 12:30 p.m. where he donned the mantle of Rameses, a maroon veil emblazoned with three block letter Fs.  Students were provided the opportunity to pet Buster, as well as pose with him for photos.

Rameses, as it were, was a live ram mascot that for decades lived in a little brick house near Martyrs’ Court.  According to Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, the tradition of a housing a live mascot on-campus ended when another college kidnapped the ram and painted it green.

Gabelli took advantage of the ram’s publicity, using the occasion as an opportunity to hand out Gabelli School of Business t-shirts and magnets.

Buster, weighing nearly 200 pounds, arrived at Fordham via the Dawn Animal Agency and his handler, Bambi Brook.  The fee for his appearance will go to the Sanctuary for Animals, a home for rescued animals in Westtown, New York.

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