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Seniors: Time is Running Out! Order Your Cap & Gown!

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

Anyone notice that it seems like someone forgot to tell us seniors that we need to order our cap and gown until a week before the deadline? If you haven’t checked your Fordham email or campus mailbox in the last three or four days, you might not know it, but the deadline to order caps and gowns in order to walk at graduation is this Friday, March 4.

Don’t stress; it only takes a few minutes. Click this link and follow the steps listed, select your degree and input some basic information. Fordham is picking up the tab (for a change!) on caps, gowns and tassels, so you don’t have to worry about providing a payment method. Unless, of course, you’re interested in purchasing a souvenir “2011” tassel for $8.50 or some of the other goodies, like Fordham seal cufflinks or a diploma frame.

Don’t forget to save a confirmation of your order and bring it with you to the Graduate Salutes, which will be held on April 6 and 7. There, you can pick up your cap and gown and purchase the other goodies I just mentioned, and then some. Why are you still reading this? Go get your cap and gown!

Categories: Campus, Seniors

Time is Running Out to Apply for Graduation

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

Anybody notice we weren’t told anything about the need to apply to graduate until about 10 days before the deadline? Well, there’s even less time than that now. If seniors don’t get their applications completed online by Saturday, they “will have to take alternative steps to apply for graduation,” whatever that means. It sounds scary, and nobody wants to deal with Fordham red tape any more than they have to (right?) so if you haven’t already seen the email, follow the steps below to pave the way to pomp and circumstance.

1.Sign on to
2.Go to the Student Tab and click on Student Self Service
3.Click on Student Records
4.Click on Apply to Graduate

Oh, and by the way, just as a little sidenote, they added something along the lines of “Bee tee dubs, can’t access it? You probs can’t graduate. Call your dean. Thanks!” Don’t stress. If your major, minor, or other important information, like mine, is listed incorrectly on my.fordham, contact your class dean (who, by the way, is now, for most of us, Dean Pancza-Graham given that Dean Petit-Hall is on leave) BEFORE you fill out the online form. And cross your fingers that this is the last of the annoying run-around we’ll have to deal with as Fordham students.

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Why My Teachers Were Wrong

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment
Stefanie Wheeler, online editor

Growing up, I remember my teachers telling me, “If you go to college, you will get a good job,” as if it was a guarantee. As if every single college student receives a job offer along with his or her diploma on graduation day. As if the number of college graduates in this world is exactly the same as the number of jobs available. Well, my teachers seem to have forgotten to mention the possibility of unemployment, recession, ramen noodles, stress, and borrowing mom and dad’s money–leading me to believe that my life would be filled with a secure job and a stress-free life.
Well, my teachers were so wrong.  The Labor Department reported that new claims for unemployment aid increased by 26,000 this week to make a whopping total of 436,000. This is an extremely unsettling number regardless of the fact that there were “only” 410,000 unemployment claims a few weeks ago. This makes me slightly bitter toward everyone in my life who has sugar coated “the real world.”  The real world is not the way I thought it would be.  I will most likely not be getting a hefty paycheck every two weeks–or even a paycheck at all.  I will not be eating lavishly at chic restaurants as if I was Carrie Bradshaw. I will certainly not be taking Carribean vacations every couple of months.  And the Saks Fifth Avenue sales girls will not know me by name.
Okay, so maybe my version of the real world sounds like something right from television, but that’s the fantasy world I’ve created in my head since I discovered my love for expensive taste at the ripe age of 12 and had the ever so encouraging and misleading teachers tell me that i could “do anything I wanted in life.”  Being I’m a fear ridden senior, I’d be willing to downplay my whimsical fantasy world with a decent paycheck, delis and diners, day trips to the beach, and Macy’s, but in the back of my head I’m still praying that a job offer magically appears with my diploma on May 21st.
Categories: Campus, Seniors

21+ Seniors Invited to Senior Homecoming Celebration on Eddie’s

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

It’s Homecoming Weekend, and OSLCD on both campuses and the Office of Alumni is inviting members of the class of 2011 who are over the age of 21 are invited to celebrate on Eddie’s Parade this Saturday. Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be food and drinks (for purchase) in a senior’s homecoming tent on the green. Students must bring their student ID and another photo ID with proof of age, which will be cross-listed with your school records, so no fake IDs, people! Unfortunately, no guests are allowed in the tent, but all are welcome at the game.

Obviously, no additional tailgating or alcohol consumption is allowed on campus prior to the game. (Or at any other time.)

As the email blast reads, “We hope you think of this as your first step in taking your place as a member of Fordham’s alumni community.”

Enjoy the weekend and celebrate responsibly!

Seniors: Fordham Toasts to You!

September 14, 2010 1 comment

Seniors, Fordham is toasting to you at the Senior Week Kickoff Toast, tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge. You must have a valid Fordham and state-issued ID in order to attend. Get there on time and Alumni Relations will buy your drink. All other drinks are $3. This is the first event of Senior Week 2010-2011, and there’s still time to get into the planning of the rest of the Senior Week events. Applications are available in Room 408 and are due back this Friday by 5 p.m.


Fordham University Commencement 2010

Fordham University’s 165th commencement is about to begin at the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. Mary McAleese, president of Ireland, will be delivering the keynote commencement address. 3,151 students will be granted bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. McAleese, as well as the Lieutenant Governor of New York, Richard Ravitch, will each receive a doctorate of laws, honoris causa.

Other degrees being bestowed include:

Francis M. Campbell, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Humberto Diaz, the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and Alfonso J. “Alfy” Fanjul, Jr., chairman and CEO of the Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals Corporation.

David de la Fuente will address the Fordham College at Lincoln Center class of 2010 as the class’ elected salutatorian during the FCLC diploma ceremony. Patrick Tighe will be serving as the banner bearer, carrying the FCLC banner into commencement and the FCLC diploma ceremony, and Amanda Vardi will be hooded as Beadle at the commencement ceremony, representing the college class.

Tune into WFUV for a live broadcast of the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. Updates will also be posted from The Fordham Observer’s Twitter account, which can be found at

Congratulations and good luck to all the graduates of the class of 2010 on behalf of the Observatory! We’ll miss you!

–Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

Students to Wear Pink Flowers at Commencement in Honor of Casey Feldman

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Friends of the late Casey Feldman, who should have been graduating next week with the rest of her class, are not letting her presence be forgotten at this year’s commencement. Her former roommates have begun an initiative inviting any interested members of the senior class to wear pink flowers on their gowns in Casey’s honor at next weekend’s commencement ceremony. Kelsey Butler, FCLC ’10, and Janine Repka, FCLC ’10, are spearheading the movement and spreading the word organically after being prohibited from alerting the senior class through an official university mass email.

Repka and Butler are asking interested students to send them an email (janine.repka [at] gmail [dot] com or butler.kelsey [at] gmail [dot] com) by tomorrow evening if they would like to be included in the group purchase, or all students are welcome to purchase a flower directly at

–Ashley Tedesco, blog editor