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Rams in the News: Two Rams Named to Inclusion Magazine Hall of Fame

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CLIPS OF THE WEEK

VALERIE IRICK RAINFORD, PATRICIA DAVID
Hall of Fame: Inclusion celebrates eight exemplary executives who paved the way for DEI best practices within their respective industries
Inclusion Magazine Winter 2023
After driving historic diversity results as a business leader at two iconic Wall Street organizations, corporate trailblazer [and Fordham Trustee]Valerie Irick Rainford [FCRH ’86] founded Elloree Talent Strategies to advise C-suite executives on best strategies for advancing diverse talent.

Patricia David’s [GABELLI ’81] pay-it-forward commitment is exemplified in having led large-group diversity education sessions for first-year students of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. Her most recent gift to her alma mater will help fund a high-school pipeline program aimed at BIPOC students.

MATTHEW DILLER
Letter to the Editor: When Law Schools Snub the Rankings
The New York Times 12-02-2022
“As the dean of an outstanding law school with strong placement in the kind of prestigious jobs the article refers to, I know that many schools provide superb student outcomes, a fact erased by the cited study and obscured by U.S. News’s opaque numbers,” wrote Diller.

PAUL LEVINSON
Opinion: How Elon Musk is complicating America’s understanding of free speech
NBC News 12-06-2022
“As Daniel Patrick Moynihan, James R. Schlesinger and many others have said, everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts. And this is especially true, I would add, when those twisted facts endanger our democracy and our lives,” Paul Levinson, professor of communication and media studies, wrote.

TRUSTEES

VALERIE IRICK RAINFORD
Hall of Fame: Inclusion celebrates eight exemplary executives who paved the way for DEI best practices within their respective industries
Inclusion Magazine Winter 2023
After driving historic diversity results as a business leader at two iconic Wall Street organizations, corporate trailblazer Valerie Irick Rainford [FCRH ’86] founded Elloree Talent Strategies to advise C-suite executives on best strategies for advancing diverse talent.

ADMINISTRATORS

MATTHEW DILLER
Letter to the Editor: When Law Schools Snub the Rankings
The New York Times 12-02-2022
“As the dean of an outstanding law school with strong placement in the kind of prestigious jobs the article refers to, I know that many schools provide superb student outcomes, a fact erased by the cited study and obscured by U.S. News’s opaque numbers,” wrote Diller.

SCHOOL OF LAW FACULTY

SUSAN BLOCK-LIEB
Alex Jones Files For Bankruptcy Following $1.5 Billion Sandy Hook Verdicts
International Business Times 12-02-2022
Bankruptcy can be used to wipe out debts, but not if they result from “willful or malicious injury” caused by the debtor. Jones’s lies appear to meet that standard, said Susan Block-Lieb, a professor of bankruptcy law at Fordham University School of Law.

GABELLI SCHOOL OF BUSINESS FACULTY

MARK CONRAD
State knocks $600,000 off Orioles’ annual Camden Yards rent for team’s reconstruction of left field wall
The Baltimore Sun 12-02-2022
Mark Conrad, who directs the sports business concentration at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, described the rent credit as a “carrot” that could encourage the Orioles to sign or extend the lease. Compared to the costs of financing a stadium, he said, it’s a small price to remain on good terms with the club.

ARTS AND SCIENCES FACULTY

PAUL LEVINSON
Opinion: How Elon Musk is complicating America’s understanding of free speech
NBC News 12-06-2022
“As Daniel Patrick Moynihan, James R. Schlesinger and many others have said, everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts. And this is especially true, I would add, when those twisted facts endanger our democracy and our lives,” said Paul Levinson, professor of communication and media studies.

AMIR IDRIS
South Sudan’s future as a state and nation lies with ordinary people
The Hill 12-07-2022
“There is no easy path to peace and democracy in South Sudan. But the most significant outcome of such a process is that the agency of change will be located with ordinary people,” wrote Amir Idris, professor of African history and politics.

CHRISTINA GREER
Monday Morning Politics
WNYC 12-05-2022
Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University, … first reacts to the mayor’s plan to involuntarily hospitalize mentally ill people, then talks about the latest national political news, including that President Biden is pushing for a change in the order of presidential primaries, starting with South Carolina instead of Iowa, which traditionally held the first Democratic caucus.

HEATHER GAUTNEY
C. Wright Mills’s The Power Elite Still Speaks to Today’s America
Jacobin Magazine 12-06-2022
Heather Gautney’s most recent book is The New Power Elite. She is a professor of sociology at Fordham University and served as senior policy advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign.

JASON MUNSHI-SOUTH
NYC Is Hiring a Rat Overlord. Must Possess ‘Killer Instinct’
The New York Times 12-02-2022
Jason Munshi-South, a professor of biological sciences at Fordham University who has worked on city rat-related issues, described the new position as a “potentially a good idea,” but said that really dealing with rats would entail changing the way New York City handles trash.

ORIT AVISHAI
Orthodox Judaism can still be a difficult world for LGBTQ Jews – but in some groups, the tide is slowly turning
The Conversation 12-05-2022
“Ideas about LGBTQ inclusivity have been rapidly evolving and diversifying since the turn of the 21st century, as I document in “Queer Judaism,” my forthcoming book about homosexuality and Orthodox Judaism in Israel,” wrote Orit Avishai, a Fordham professor of sociology.

GIACOMO SANTANGELO
U.S. adds 263,000 jobs in November, complicating the fight against inflation
The Washington Post 12-02-2022
“There is a disconnect between workers and jobs,” said Giacomo Santangelo, economist at Monster.com [and senior lecturer of economics at Fordham]. “You can say there are openings for every unemployed person, but that doesn’t match up to reality. There’s huge demand in nursing, but if you lost your job at Twitter or Meta or Alphabet, you’re not going to be a nurse.”

GIACOMO SANTANGELO
Hiring stayed strong in November, with employers adding 263,000 jobs
CBS News 12-02-2022
“The issue that we have is, we’re not at the level, [in terms of]  the actual the size of the labor force that we should be,” Giacomo Santangelo, economist at the job site Monster, told CBS MoneyWatch this week before Friday’s report was issued.

ATHLETICS

Tulane men’s basketball team gives up 55 second-half points, falls to Fordham
New Orleans Advocate 12-03-2022
In a game that started at 10:30 a.m. to avoid a conflict with the American Athletic Conference football championship game, Fordham scored 58 points after the break and held on to beat Tulane 95-90 at Devlin Fieldhouse.

ALUMNI

PATRICIA DAVID
Hall of Fame: Inclusion celebrates eight exemplary executives who paved the way for DEI best practices within their respective industries
Inclusion Magazine Winter 2023
David’s [GABELLI ’81] pay-it-forward commitment is exemplified in having led large-group diversity education sessions for first-year students of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. Her most recent gift to her alma mater will help fund a high-school pipeline program aimed at BIPOC students. 

TONY REALI
Tony Reali on life, grief, empathy and two decades of ‘Around the Horn’
The Athletic 12-05-2022
For most of his life, Reali saw his perpetual energy as a superpower — his answer to the imposter syndrome setting in at each rung of the sports-media ladder, and his explanation for how a kid who was once taken off the air at his college radio station, WFUV at Fordham University, because his accent and delivery were wrong could wind up here.
“For some reason, this kid had a way of saying things that resonated,” says Bob Ahrens, who mentored Reali at WFUV. “It was uncanny.”

JACQUELIN HARRIS
An Ailey Dancer’s Career Blooms, at the Company and Beyond
The New York Times 12-07-2022
Harris, who is from Charlotte, N.C., took her first dance class when she was just 2 years old. She trained for competitions (and for fun) at a local studio, Dance Productions, then moved to New York to study in the joint B.F.A. program between the Ailey School and Fordham University.

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