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Sodexo Defends Cleanliness and Safety at Town Hall

April 20, 2011 1 comment

Cristina Romano

Bacon-wrapped scallops, spanakopita, mini cone shaped quesadillas with salsa and fresh cookies. When you think of these things, is the first thing that pops into your head Sodexo? Probably not. However, these were the items that were served at the Sodexo Town Hall hosted by USG in the South Lounge on April 19th. Perhaps with the three failed inspections that took place at the Rose Hill campus recently, when you think of Sodexo, it is more appropriate to conjure up images of unsanitary working conditions and vermin in your greasy, fattening side dishes.

However, even though FCLC has passed all NYC Health inspections, students still came out to express their concerns of cost, (lack of) cleanliness and the future of FCLC dining at the Town Hall. According to Brian Poteat, General Manager of Fordham University Hospitality Services, who was on hand to answer questions, the violations on the Rose Hill campus were “unacceptable. We moved forward and did a lot of corrective actions.” He wants students to become more connected with the Sodexo staff if they, say, become violently ill after eating a turkey sandwich on tomato focaccia at Sandella’s. “Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at bpoteat@fordham.edu or to USG at usglc@fordham.edu,” he told the seemingly unconvinced room of students. “Better me, because I can control the issue,” he said.

Poteat then went on to reassure everyone in the room that at FCLC, food checks are being made more often than what is required. “There is a ‘danger zone’ for food” he stated, “food can’t be held out of the required temperature zone and has to be replaced after four hours… Sodexo does it in two hours.” Also, he noted that baked goods are discarded at the end of the day in order to ensure “freshness” – maybe that would explain why the roll I purchased last Thursday almost broke my teeth?

Nicollette Harrington, FCLC ’13, brought up another issue, which is commonly shared among residents and commuters alike – Why is everything so expensive?! According to Poteat, this is because the Lowenstein café is a “retail cafeteria… we do competitor analysis and check prices in the neighborhood. We will be looking at prices over the summer.” [Editor’s Note: So… “We’re doing it right. But uh, we’ll probably fix it when no one is looking.”?]

At the end of the town hall, Poteat encouraged students to take him up on the offer of a “tour of the facilities” to ensure that Sodexo is doing its job to keep the Fordham dining community safe. I would have taken him up on the offer, but I really don’t want to want to know the story behind my beloved chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks.

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Campus Happenings: The Gloomy Skies and Goodbyes Edition

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

It’s another dreary day outside, but there’s still plenty to celebrate: like a five-day weekend! To everyone who is celebrating a holiday this week, I hope it’s happy and full of your favorite foods and traditions. To those of you traveling, make it a safe trip. And to everyone reading this, thanks for a great year with The Observatory! Today is my last official day as blog editor, and I’m excited to pass the title along to Sadia Noor, who will start on Tuesday as blog editor, along with Observatory regular Cristina Romano, who will serve as assistant blog editor. It’s been real, all!

Desi C.H.A.I is hosting another round of Bhangra Dance Classes open to anyone who would like to learn. They will take place at 1 p.m. in the South Lounge.

Need to relax before heading home to a big family get-together? Check out the Yoga and Mindfulness Club’s weekly yoga class at 4:30 in LL 515.

Feeling a little like Elle Woods? Or maybe Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny? Then Mock Trial might just be for you! Check out the Mock Trial Workshop at 6 p.m. in McMahon 205/206 to get a taste of what the club is up to and sign up to be a part of next year’s tournament season.

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Campus Happenings: Halfway Through the Week Edition

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

It’s a short week, which means hump day comes a day early! Check out what’s happening on campus today.

APAC is tabling for AAPI Heritage Month all day today on the plaza.

Spring Fling is also tabling from 11 to 5 with 80s giveaways and exciting info about the event.

Hungry? GO! Ghana is hosting another fundraising bake sale from 12 to 6 on the plaza.

Lost your appetite? Issues with Sodexo? Voice them at the USG-sponsored Sodexo Town Hall at 1 p.m. in the student lounge. Refreshments… by Sodexo… will be provided. (Can’t win ’em all!)

Students for Solidarity will be screening Garbage Dreams in McMahon 109 tonight at 5:30. The event is in conjunction with MESA, MSA, OCC and The Environmental Club. Middle Eastern food will be served.

GO! Great Artists will showcase student talent and raise funds for upcoming trips tonight at 6 in the student lounge.

The Tae Kwon Do club is hosting an exhibition and promotion test tonight at 8:30 in the student lounge. Dinner will follow.

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Bros Rejoice! Third Eye Blind to Play Spring Weekend

April 14, 2011 3 comments

Katie Lockhart, assistant arts editor

It’s official! Fordham’s main act for this year’s Spring Weekend is Third Eye Blind. The group started in 1997 out of San Francisco and became famous for hit songs like “Jumper” and “Semi-Charmed Life.” The band has just released their fourth studio album called “Ursa Major.”

Third Eye Blind previously played Spring Weekend but will play again on Saturday, April 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Martyr’s Lawn following the DJ duo White Panda, who will play on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 p.m. in A-Lot.

Opening for Third Eye Blind is Matt Corey, who has opened for the likes of Lil Wayne, O.A.R, and Dave Matthews Band. Before the show starts, there will be free food, drinks and novelties on the lawn.

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Campus Happenings: The Sunshine-y Day Edition

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

After several gloomy days in a row, it’s finally supposed to be sunny out! Celebrate by taking part in some events on- and off-campus.

APAC is sponsoring a reading of A Tiger in the Kitchen by Singaporean-American author Cheryl Tan at noon in LL 506. Singaporean food will be served!

The Commuting Students Association is having its monthly Coffee Break at 12:30 in the student lounge. Join other commuters for some relaxing time over snacks and coffee.

The Pre-Law Society is welcoming LSAT blogger Steve Schwartz to discuss the top tips for cracking the LSAT. They will meet in LL 521 at 12:30 p.m.

The Office of Mulitcultural Affairs presents its ongoing Sustained Dialogue Series from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in McMahon 109.

Hungry? GO! Ghana is serving pasta and garlic bread from 6 to 11 p.m. in the McMahon Lobby to raise funds for their trip.

The Student Arts Guild is hosting another outing, this time to the new Broadway musical Wonderland at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Campus Happenings: The Wednesday the 13th Edition

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

The end of classes is getting closer and closer, so take advantage of these campus events before they start winding down!

Molimo is selling Caribbean Food today on the plaza from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. and sharing information about the end-of-the-year Caribbean Summer Jam!

Mu Alpha Pi and CIAO! are co-hosting Anthesteria: Spring Festival, a Greek tradition celebrating spring flowers, at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

The Student Arts Guild is hosting an outing to the Independent Film Center to see Blank City at 6 p.m.

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Campus Happenings: The “High of 77!” Edition

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

Don’t let the gloomy sky fool you if you haven’t stepped outside yet. It may be overcast and a little dreary, but the temperatures are beautiful and only getting better for the afternoon. Here are some other ways to beat the Monday blues!

GO! West is hosting a snack sale to raise funds for their trip all day on the plaza.

United Student Government is fundraising to add to its self-generated funds, today on the plaza from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Senior Week Committee is presenting another transitions event for seniors, titled “Living Back at Home.” It will start at 6 p.m. in the student lounge, and food, along with beer and wine for those with valid state ID, will be provided.

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