Diversity Task Force Releases University Study

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

The Task Force on Diversity at Fordham University has released the results of their long-anticipated study. The 38-page packet was delivered by email on Nov. 14 to the entire Fordham community along with a response from the university, following letters of request from student organizations and the Faculty Senate which responded to racially charged incidents on campus.

University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. created the Task Force in Dec. 2015 to study the climate on Fordham’s campuses and develop recommendations to help the University address its obstacles. A heavy emphasis was placed on the evolution of Fordham in its Jesuit ideals and “welcoming and affirming ‘catholic’ culture.”

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Students Sleep Out for Change

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

Flattened cardboard boxes covered a large part of the outdoor plaza of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) on Nov. 7, where students and staff met overnight for the Sleep-OUT 4 Change. This event included a facilitated discussion and experience of the struggles and stigma of homelessness.

This final event of Campus Ministry’s Ignatian Week was organized by Residential Life and staffed by members of the office, and was adapted from similar sessions held at schools across the country. Over 30 people attended as they sat wrapped in coats and blankets on the cardboard in 45-degree weather well into the night.

Assistant Dean for Freshmen at FCLC Joseph B. Desciak, Ph.D., spoke, as well as a panel of individuals who have worked professionally with the homeless. This included former FCLC Residential Director Lindy Emerson Desciak, Lynden Bond of the Coalition for the Homeless, Nova Lucero of the Metropolitan Council on Housing and Renee Best from Henry Street Settlement.

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Controversial Email Raises Issues of Intent

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

“I just remember my very, very first hunch was, she’s mistaking me for another black student in the class,” Tristen Dossett, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’17 said. He received an email on Oct. 23 from adjunct theatre professor Heide Jonassen after asking for an extension on midterm questions. A screenshot of the email and his typed response to Jonassen has since gone viral on Facebook and Twitter because many interpreted the professor’s words as racist.

The last-minute request for time was met with an informally worded response from Jonassen, according to the post, which was circulated from the Facebook account of Peyton Berry, FCLC ’17. Jonassen tells Dossett, a young black man, “Do not do this narrative.”

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