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Astroturf Rolled Out for Groundbreaking Ceremony on the Outdoor Plaza

Cristina Romano, Assistant Blog Editor
In case you were living under a rock on Monday, May 2nd, there was an Undergraduate Residence Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony on the Outdoor Plaza, which marked the official start of construction on the $250 million facility, that will tower 22 stories over 62nd St. between Amsterdam and Columbus by Fall 2014. I mean, I really don’t know how you could have missed it – isn’t it every day Vivaldi and music from the Nutcracker is blasting on flat screen TVs everywhere you turn in Lowenstein? Not to mention there were freshly manicured tulips planted out front next to the dozens of elaborately displayed maroon and white Fordham balloons.

It is worth noting that upon entering the ceremony (that is, if you were on the exclusive attendee list), you received a Fordham hard-hat, a Law School pen and a mini hard-hat keychain (wow, I ALWAYS wanted one of those!) Fordham even rolled out a fancy sheet of astroturf for the occasion to cover a portion of the grass near the seating area. The “tickets only” ceremony was attended by Fordham students, alumni and faculty alike as well as Mayor Bloomberg, who called the building of the residence hall  “a major milestone for Fordham and also for this city.” Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was also in attendance and said how proud he was to be a part of such a great event for the city. “The result is not just a great victory for the Law School and the alumni and for the students that will come here… you have a big win for the West Side, for Manhattan, for the city and quite frankly for all that will come here in the next twenty years,” he stated.

 Like always, Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, was also there to deliver his remarks and to express his gratitude for the donations that made the building of the new  residence hall possible. “From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all the students who have benefitted and will benefit from your generosity, I want to thank you. I thank you for your investment in Fordham, in Jesuit education and in the future that we share,” McShane stated. 

At the end of the ceremony McShane escorted the attendees behind the podium where ground was officially broken and construction officially “begun” – if you’re a commuter like me and want to watch the construction even while you are not at Fordham, there is hope! Head over to the Fordham website and watch the live feed! 

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