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Alumni Lend Their ‘Fordham Voices’ to Audio Archive


Learning about life at Fordham requires nothing more than an Internet connection.

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All manner of minutia about the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses are served up daily on websites, e-newsletters, student blogs, Twitter feeds and discussion boards.

But what was the Fordham experience like 30, 40, or even 70 years ago?

To answer that question, the University has launched “Fordham Voices,” an audio archive that stores the recollections of alumni from every generation.

The project began at Homecoming 2008, when staff members fanned out across the Rose Hill campus to solicit stories from graduates. A similar effort at Jubilee 2009 led to even more anecdotes.

For example, Gabriel Vitalone (FCRH ’44) chronicled a freshman banquet at the Hotel Roosevelt in Manhattan. The class president called a meeting in Father Duffy Square, where the students decided to storm the ballrooms around Times Square, chanting “Beat NYU.”

“We went into each of the hotels in Times Square, walked into the ballroom, boldly requested that the orchestra play The Ram, and we would sing,” Vitalone said.

What happened next—plus dozens of other alumni recollections—can be found at The archive will be updated periodically, as more stories and remembrances are collected at upcoming alumni events.


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