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Based at the Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, The Observer's circulation also reaches Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, making it available to over 14,000 students in the University's undergraduate colleges and graduate schools.

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While welcoming the Class of 2026 onto Fordham’s campuses, the Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) and Fordham Coll...
09/18/2022

While welcoming the Class of 2026 onto Fordham’s campuses, the Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) and Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) deans’ offices introduced a new mode of advising. The modifications, which were inspired by other universities’ models and student feedback, is being implemented for current first-year students. 

Maura Mast, dean of FCRH, explained that the new advising system stems from the university’s strategic plan to redesign policies and practices for academic advising and student support from the perspective of student access.

A substantial goal of Mast and Auricchio’s was the formation of an advising center, based on ensuring that students were sufficiently served by their academic advisers. 

“Fordham Deans Roll Out New Advising System for Class of 2026”

Written by Insiya Gandhi

Confusion and frustration marked the fall 2022 housing selection process as Lincoln Center students were given assignmen...
09/18/2022

Confusion and frustration marked the fall 2022 housing selection process as Lincoln Center students were given assignments at the Rose Hill campus due to oversubscription. According to Associate Director for Housing Operations Vickki Massy, around 20 students at the Lincoln Center campus are currently being housed in upper-classman residence halls at the Rose Hill campus.

Jenifer Campbell, dean of students at Lincoln Center, noted that 150 more students than initially anticipated were guaranteed housing in the residence halls. 

“Lincoln Center Housing Overflow Forced Residents To Live at Rose Hill”

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09/14/2022

Issue 9 is here! Available on stands and online now!

Join us today for our first meeting of the semester at 5:30 PM in G76B or via Zoom!You will get the chance to learn more...
09/12/2022

Join us today for our first meeting of the semester at 5:30 PM in G76B or via Zoom!

You will get the chance to learn more about The Observer, meet the editors and hear from all sections!

No prior journalism experience necessary. The Observer is open to all undergraduate students!

Welcome back to school! Come see us tomorrow and learn about joining our staff or becoming a contributor!
08/31/2022

Welcome back to school! Come see us tomorrow and learn about joining our staff or becoming a contributor!

With the start of the fall semester approaching, Marco Valera, vice president for administration and COVID-19 coordinato...
08/30/2022

With the start of the fall semester approaching, Marco Valera, vice president for administration and COVID-19 coordinator, announced the updated COVID-19 policies for the university in an email sent on July 27. These protocols include making changes to the use of the VitalCheck daily screenings, as well as to the visitor and guest policies.

For the first time since the university closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Fordham campuses will be open to non-Fordham visitors and guests, as well as to university-sponsored external events, beginning on Sept. 1. Visitors must have completed their vaccination series and will be required to provide proof of vaccination to gain entry to campus.

Read more about the new changes on our website. Link in bio 📰

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Legendary sports broadcaster Vin Scully, FCRH ’49, passed away on Aug. 2, 2022, at the age of 94. Over his career, Scull...
08/03/2022

Legendary sports broadcaster Vin Scully, FCRH ’49, passed away on Aug. 2, 2022, at the age of 94. Over his career, Scully has received a long list of honors but is best known for the 67 years he spent as the play-by-play announcer of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. While at Fordham, he established his legacy by helping to found the the WFUV Radio Station in 1949. Read Scully’s full obituary now. Link in bio.

This morning, University Rev Joseph M. McShane shared one last message with the Fordham community before stepping down t...
06/30/2022

This morning, University Rev Joseph M. McShane shared one last message with the Fordham community before stepping down this afternoon.

A West Side Story: On the Birth of Fordham Lincoln CenterHow we grapple with our past determines how we proceed with our...
05/21/2022
A West Side Story: On the Birth of Fordham Lincoln Center

A West Side Story: On the Birth of Fordham Lincoln Center
How we grapple with our past determines how we proceed with our future

Without active reminders, the history of urban development and the reminder that the very spaces we inhabit are ideologized are too frequently lost.

Amber Gray Visits Fordham Theatre Program for “Calling Up” Lecture SeriesThe actress shared stories from her career alon...
05/21/2022
Amber Gray Visits Fordham Theatre Program for “Calling Up” Lecture Series

Amber Gray Visits Fordham Theatre Program for “Calling Up” Lecture Series
The actress shared stories from her career along with valuable advice on mental health, self care and more

Members of Fordham’s Theatre program erupted with smiles, cheers and applause when actress Amber Gray entered the classroom for a guest lecture on Tuesday, May 3.

‘Moon Knight’ Takes Risks with The MCU FormulaThe newest series from Marvel Studios shows a supernatural and gritty take...
05/20/2022
‘Moon Knight’ Takes Risks with The MCU Formula

‘Moon Knight’ Takes Risks with The MCU Formula
The newest series from Marvel Studios shows a supernatural and gritty take on the cinematic universe

As rumors bubble of Moon Knight teaming up with Blade and Daredevil, I am eager to see more of the fresh perspective he brings to the MCU.

The Ram Van: A Driving Force for Intercampus ConnectionsFordham’s intercampus transport is an essential aspect of the in...
05/20/2022
The Ram Van: A Driving Force for Intercampus Connections

The Ram Van: A Driving Force for Intercampus Connections
Fordham’s intercampus transport is an essential aspect of the institution

In addition to providing transportation to classes, the Ram Van has also allowed students the opportunity to become involved with activities and extracurriculars not offered at their home campus.

Scream Rap Should Be FeministMusical genre “scream rap” is gaining popularity, but women don’t seem to be in the picture...
05/14/2022
Scream Rap Should Be Feminist

Scream Rap Should Be Feminist
Musical genre “scream rap” is gaining popularity, but women don’t seem to be in the picture. This needs to change.

It is loud, it is angry and it is violent and aggressive. It is made by women, for women and about women.

Finders, Seekers: Tuckahoe ExploredThe story behind a small town in Westchester County and its park nestled next to the ...
05/13/2022
Finders, Seekers: Tuckahoe Explored

Finders, Seekers: Tuckahoe Explored
The story behind a small town in Westchester County and its park nestled next to the Bronx River

Located 18 miles north of the Lincoln Center campus, I found myself somewhere new, away from home.

Sounding the Victory Bell: The Story of a Repurposed Artifact in the BronxOutside the Rose Hill Gymnasium, a WWII-era be...
05/13/2022
Sounding the Victory Bell: The Story of a Repurposed Artifact in the Bronx

Sounding the Victory Bell: The Story of a Repurposed Artifact in the Bronx
Outside the Rose Hill Gymnasium, a WWII-era bell serves as a tribute to fallen soldiers and a celebration of community triumphs

The bell used to commemorate Fordham sports victories also saw combat in WWII in the Pacific. President Harry Truman gifted it to Fordham.

University Acceptance Rate DecreasesStudents from the incoming class discuss why they chose Fordham and what they are mo...
05/13/2022
University Acceptance Rate Decreases

University Acceptance Rate Decreases
Students from the incoming class discuss why they chose Fordham and what they are most excited about

Peek added that the university’s acceptance rate is currently 53.6%, compared to last year’s acceptance rate of 58.3%.

Herb Your Enthusiasm for Under the TentFordham’s “most anticipated” event proved to not to be a night to remember
05/12/2022
Herb Your Enthusiasm for Under the Tent

Herb Your Enthusiasm for Under the Tent
Fordham’s “most anticipated” event proved to not to be a night to remember

It was said that Under the Tent was Rose Hill’s “most anticipated event of the year,” yet it seemed like few were truly enjoying the night.

‘Gilded Glamour:’ The Best and Worst of this Year’s Met GalaReflecting on the looks from the 2022 Met Gala, inspired by ...
05/12/2022
‘Gilded Glamour:’ The Best and Worst of this Year’s Met Gala

‘Gilded Glamour:’ The Best and Worst of this Year’s Met Gala
Reflecting on the looks from the 2022 Met Gala, inspired by New York’s Gilded Age

The first Monday of May is a sacred holiday, where all those without an invite scrutinize the looks of fashion’s biggest night of the year — the Met Gala.

Some Things Shouldn’t Be for Sale, Elon MuskWhen we start selling entire media platforms to imperial moguls, we jeopardi...
05/12/2022
Some Things Shouldn’t Be for Sale, Elon Musk

Some Things Shouldn’t Be for Sale, Elon Musk
When we start selling entire media platforms to imperial moguls, we jeopardize speech for all

There should be some things, like Twitter, that simply aren’t for sale.

Coffey Break: The History of Rose Hill’s Athletic FieldNamed after a Fordham sports leader, Jack Coffey Field has left a...
05/12/2022
Coffey Break: The History of Rose Hill’s Athletic Field

Coffey Break: The History of Rose Hill’s Athletic Field
Named after a Fordham sports leader, Jack Coffey Field has left a mark on athletes and spectators alike

This history of Jack Coffey Field intertwines with the careers of legends who donned their uniforms to play on its turf.

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About the BronxAs students of Fordham Lincoln Center Students, we should educate ou...
05/11/2022
(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About the Bronx

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About the Bronx
As students of Fordham Lincoln Center Students, we should educate ourselves and connect with the neighborhoods in which we are learning

By learning about the Bronx, we also are able to become more mindful of how we take up space in communities where we are guests.

The Journey of the D TrainWhen commuting between campuses using the subway, students find many opportunities to partake ...
05/11/2022
The Journey of the D Train

The Journey of the D Train
When commuting between campuses using the subway, students find many opportunities to partake in the benefits of the city

The $2.75 fee of the subway is cheaper than the Ram Van, while letting students see two of the city’s boroughs and to go shopping.

Fordham’s Apologetic Approach to CatholicismFordham regards its religious identity with embarrassment — here’s how we co...
05/10/2022
Fordham’s Apologetic Approach to Catholicism

Fordham’s Apologetic Approach to Catholicism
Fordham regards its religious identity with embarrassment — here’s how we could better own our faith

Though Fordham advertises that the university is proudly Jesuit and Catholic, its policies on religion are remarkably lukewarm. With an increasingly secular student body and an even more religiously unengaged faculty, Fordham’s administration has chosen an apologetic stance toward the school’s f...

Lincoln Center or Rose Hill: Which Is Your Favorite?Comparing the aesthetics, transportation and student experience at F...
05/10/2022
Lincoln Center or Rose Hill: Which Is Your Favorite?

Lincoln Center or Rose Hill: Which Is Your Favorite?
Comparing the aesthetics, transportation and student experience at Fordham’s two NYC campuses

One of Fordham University’s best features is that students can have the hustle of Manhattan and a more traditional campus in the Bronx.

A Deeper Dive Into the Bronx RiverStudents and organizations are working with the Bronx River Alliance to reform the riv...
05/09/2022
A Deeper Dive Into the Bronx River

A Deeper Dive Into the Bronx River
Students and organizations are working with the Bronx River Alliance to reform the river to its natural state

Efforts are being made this Earth Week to renew, restore and conserve the Bronx River by the Fordham community with the Bronx River Alliance.

The Bronx Is Tough, You Grow Up FastChuba Ohams reflects on his career and credits his success to the culture of basketb...
05/09/2022
The Bronx Is Tough, You Grow Up Fast

The Bronx Is Tough, You Grow Up Fast
Chuba Ohams reflects on his career and credits his success to the culture of basketball in the borough

Fordham basketball star Chuba Ohams looks back on his Bronx upbringing. He credits his toughness to the borough and its basketball culture.

How Left-Leaning News Organizations Can Lead to the TruthA conversation with the Gravel Institute on increasing media li...
05/09/2022
How Left-Leaning News Organizations Can Lead to the Truth

How Left-Leaning News Organizations Can Lead to the Truth
A conversation with the Gravel Institute on increasing media literacy among members of the American public

A quick glance at the state of American politics and media can leave one feeling a bit fried. Vehement bigotry is packaged as traditional values, and blatant hatred can easily be disguised as the morning news. Though there seems to be as much information as misinformation being circulated, solace ca...

Fordham Men’s Basketball Hires Keith Urgo as Next Head CoachFordham Athletics’ search for Neptune’s replacement ends aft...
05/08/2022
Fordham Men’s Basketball Hires Keith Urgo as Next Head Coach

Fordham Men’s Basketball Hires Keith Urgo as Next Head Coach
Fordham Athletics’ search for Neptune’s replacement ends after nine days as Urgo steps into full-time position

On April 29, Fordham Athletics announced that the new Fordham head men’s basketball coach would be Keith Urgo.

Talking About Sex Doesn’t Make You HypersexualTaboos around discussing sex contribute to the demonization of female sexu...
05/08/2022
Talking About Sex Doesn’t Make You Hypersexual

Talking About Sex Doesn’t Make You Hypersexual
Taboos around discussing sex contribute to the demonization of female sexuality and the prevention of female pleasure

I love talking about sex. I love hearing my friends talk about sex. I love reading about female sexuality. This, however, does not mean I am hypersexual. Let’s define hypersexuality. Also called sex addiction, it is a phenomenon that is not always accepted as a mental disorder but nevertheless is ...

Fordham’s History of GentrificationThe university needs to take accountability for its past and educate students on how ...
05/08/2022
Fordham’s History of Gentrification

Fordham’s History of Gentrification
The university needs to take accountability for its past and educate students on how to create a better future

Fordham needs to be more upfront about its history and harmful legacy, while incorporating information about it into its education.

Pulatani Elected as New USGLC PresidentThe president-elect ran unopposed and received 96.3% of the vote, calling the ele...
05/08/2022
Pulatani Elected as New USGLC President

Pulatani Elected as New USGLC President
The president-elect ran unopposed and received 96.3% of the vote, calling the election process ‘smooth sailing’

Djellza Pulatani, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’24, was elected on April 16 as the new United Student Government at Lincoln Center (USGLC) president for the 2022-23 academic year. The president-elect ran unopposed and prioritized campaigning in-person by having conversations with indiv...

University Works To Accept More Students From the BronxCommunity members weigh in on the university’s attempts to attrac...
05/07/2022
University Works To Accept More Students From the Bronx

University Works To Accept More Students From the Bronx
Community members weigh in on the university’s attempts to attract, admit and retain students from surrounding public and charter schools

Bronx natives who are current students believe the university could improve its diversity and outreach efforts.

‘How I Learned to Drive’ Is a Jaw-Dropping Trip Down Memory LaneThis Manhattan Theatre Club-produced production is not f...
05/07/2022
‘How I Learned to Drive’ Is a Jaw-Dropping Trip Down Memory Lane

‘How I Learned to Drive’ Is a Jaw-Dropping Trip Down Memory Lane
This Manhattan Theatre Club-produced production is not for the faint of heart but is a masterclass in theatre-making and tackling trauma.

This Manhattan Theatre Club-produced production is not for the faint of heart but is a masterclass in theatre-making and tackling trauma.

Fordham CAB’s Spring Weekend “Exceeded All Expectations”With guests including Kelsey Kreppel and Olivia O’Brien, CAB rep...
05/07/2022
Fordham CAB’s Spring Weekend “Exceeded All Expectations”

Fordham CAB’s Spring Weekend “Exceeded All Expectations”
With guests including Kelsey Kreppel and Olivia O’Brien, CAB reported record turnouts for the event-filled week

Fordham’s Campus Activities Board at Rose Hill hosted free programs to continue the tradition of Spring Weekend.

Bronx in Bloom. Flowers of all shapes and colors return to the garden this season.
05/06/2022
Bronx in Bloom

Bronx in Bloom. Flowers of all shapes and colors return to the garden this season.

Flowers of all shapes and colors return to the garden this season at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Plant-It-Yourself Event Fosters Community GrowthIn celebration of Earth Day, the Lincoln Center garden became a spot for...
05/06/2022
Plant-It-Yourself Event Fosters Community Growth

Plant-It-Yourself Event Fosters Community Growth
In celebration of Earth Day, the Lincoln Center garden became a spot for students to learn more about planting

In honor of Earth Day and the weeklong Earth Day celebrations, Fordham Lincoln Center’s student Environmental Club held a “Plant-It-Yourself” (PIY) event on Friday, April 22. The event invited students to plant different herbs and vegetables, such as oregano and tomatoes, in Lincoln Center’s...

Newly Renovated Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Campus Center Unveiled‘It has been transformed into a beautiful, modern part of ...
05/06/2022
Newly Renovated Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Campus Center Unveiled

Newly Renovated Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Campus Center Unveiled
‘It has been transformed into a beautiful, modern part of the university, a transformation truly representative of McShane’s tenure at Fordham’

Following the announcement of University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane’s, S.J., retirement in September 2021, the board of trustees made the decision to rename the newly renovated Fordham Rose Hill Campus Center as the Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Campus Center in honor of his 19 years of service to...

Fordham Baseball Drops Crucial Series to St. Joe’sAs the regular season winds down and playoff hopes wane, struggles for...
05/06/2022
Fordham Baseball Drops Crucial Series to St. Joe’s

Fordham Baseball Drops Crucial Series to St. Joe’s
As the regular season winds down and playoff hopes wane, struggles for the Rams continue

The Fordham baseball team couldn’t secure a series win against St. Joseph’s University. The Rams effort failed to meet what was needed to win.

Public Safety Speaks on Crime Near CampusAdministrators and students offer insight into security and crime in the Bronx ...
05/05/2022
Public Safety Speaks on Crime Near Campus

Public Safety Speaks on Crime Near Campus
Administrators and students offer insight into security and crime in the Bronx at the Rose Hill campus

The higher population of on-campus residents at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus correlates with a higher number of reported crimes off campus.

Building the Bronx: The Lasting History of the Rose Hill Campus The Rose Hill Manor holds remnants of history dating bac...
05/05/2022
Building the Bronx: The Lasting History of the Rose Hill Campus

Building the Bronx: The Lasting History of the Rose Hill Campus
The Rose Hill Manor holds remnants of history dating back to the American Revolution

Rose Hill Manor, one of the earliest buildings on Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus, is home to Native American artifacts.

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A thoughtful op-ed in the Fordham University student newspaper, The Fordham Observer, on horse-drawn carriages and Council Member Robert Holden’s bill to transition to electric, clean, humane carriages.
Here is an delightful little Jazz video from Fordham Lincoln Center.
It is entitled Daybreak, Lincoln Center Campus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2F8NYhq9WE

It was written by Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Fordham University New York, New York. 🎷🎺🎹 (From the Fordham Class of 1980 Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/537184563628982)
Director David Gibson discusses a past CRC panel on abortion and reproductive rights in an article exploring the campus reaction to the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade in The Fordham Observer.
Vince Scully, Fordham University, Class of 1949, Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Dodgers in Brooklyn & Los Angeles, died @ 94: https://news.yahoo.com/vin-scully-hall-fame-broadcaster...
(RIP-Fordham Class of 1980 Facebook site: https://facebook.com/groups/537184563628982)
THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY TOP LINE SPORTSCASTERS FROM FORDHAM.
Being led by perhaps the greatest of them all Vin Scully-recently retired from 60+ years with the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers; No doubt aided by the strong radio program at WFUV and the dominance of the local NYC sports market, here are just a few of them.

Check out this Pinterest site for many names: https://www.pinterest.fr/.../famous-fordham-sportscasters/

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This Post Originally Appeared in the Fordham Class of 1980 Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/537184563628982
THERE WILL BE 3 NEW JESUITS ORDAINED SATURDAY AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY CHURCH-ACCORDING TO JESUIT EAST-YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE:

Jesuitseast Tomorrow, June 11 at 10:30 am, the USA East Province will ordain three Jesuits to the priesthood at the Fordham University Church: Matthew Cortese, SJ; Sean Hagerty, SJ; and Sudzer Charélus, SJ (Province of Canada). Click here to watch it live: https://ed.gr/d31rc

Fordham Class of 1980 Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/537184563628982
Awesome piece in The Fordham Observer about our very own Edona Thaqi and her (and her family’s) incredible journey:

https://fordhamobserver.com/68429/sports-and-health/from-walk-on-to-beloved-teammate-edona-thaqi-looks-back-on-womens-b-ball-career/

Fordham had its own farm from its inception in 1841 until some times in the 1910-20s. The location was in the northwest corner of the Rose Hill campus-where Fordham Prep now stands. (More on this very soon.)
ANYONE ELSE A FAN OF THE CBS SHOW B-POSITIVE? ONE OF THE REGULARS GABBY, IS A NURSING HOME WORKER. SHE IS PLAYED BY FORDHAM'S OWN KETHER DONOHUE.
She is a 2008 graduate of Lincoln Center with a degree in Communications and film study. She studied at the Anthony Meindl Acting Center. She received a Critic's Choice Television Award nomination in December 2015 for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the FX/FXX series You're the Worst. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kether_Donohue#)
(Below Right) Here is Kether Donohue “sandwiched in” between castmates Darryl Stephens and Annaleigh Ashford in B Positive (2020)
(Below Left) Donohue at the series premieres of You're the Worst and Married in July 2014

Kevin Bergin (Gabelli 1980)
Fordham Class of 1980 Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/537184563628982
PHOTO OF THE MARYMOUNT COLLEGE CAMPUS.
It was purchased by EF International in 2008. They are providing English Language courses for university level entry and even offer summer programs for high school age students. They maintain the campus and in their brochure reference dormitories and a 6 lane swimming pool. (EF stands for Education First and was founded in 1965.)
In the distance that is the Tappan Zee Bridge traversing the widest point on the Hudson River. At that location-much like Moon River 🎼-it is "wider than a mile". Fordham Class of 1980 Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/537184563628982
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“Just scored his 10th Oscar nomination, extending his record as the most-nominated Black actor in Oscars history.”

“Washington's latest nod lands as the only above-the-line nomination for Macbeth, Apple's ambitious black-and-white retelling of the classic Shakespeare drama, with the actor portraying the titular role and Oscar winner Frances McDormand costarring as Lady Macbeth.” The Fordham Observer Rams Nyc

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Kudos! Bold and strong performance!

New review from The Fordham Observer
Maya Addie is a new Radio City Rockette!
With the holiday season is full swing it was so cool to see a Fordham Graduate and a member of the Alvin Alley Dance Company giving her all to entertain NYC. 😀• Ailey/Fordham Alum

Fordham Class of 1980 Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/537184563628982
"Women deserve changes in the social stigma and lack of research surrounding contraceptive care."

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COLIN POWELL: Soldier, Diplomat, Political Force (w) Ties to Fordham University

Colin L. Powell was an American politician, diplomat, statesman, and four-star general who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. He has the distinction of being the first African-American Secretary of State in the history of the USA. His early years of training brought him in direct contact with Fordham University.
Completed his ROTC Training at Fordham University Rose Hill
Powell was raised in the South Bronx and graduated from the now defunct Morris High School in 1954. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1958.
There are approximately 35 New York Metro area colleges and universities that supplement their Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) with the assistance of the program at Fordham University on the Bronx campus (Rose Hill). General Powell was one of them-see photo below. He was a member of Pershing Rifles, an ROTC fraternal organization and drill team begun by General John Pershing. Even after he had become a general, Powell kept a pen set, on his desk, that he had won for a drill team competition.

Did It Without A West Point Diploma.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) is the highest-ranking and most senior military officer in the United States Armed Forces. At age 52, he became the youngest officer, and first African-American/Afro-Caribbean (of Jamaican Parents), to serve in this position. Powell was also the first JCS Chair who received his commission through ROTC. In addition to being only the 3rd CJCS who did not attend a service academy (USMA or Annapolis).
The Fordham University Military Hall of Fame is established to recognize the achievements of Fordham University veterans and graduates of Fordham University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps who exemplify the ideals of men and women in service to others. Powell was included on the 2002 roster. (https://forever.fordham.edu/s/1362/18/interior.aspx...)

Later Career

Vietnam War: Powell served a tour in Vietnam as a South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) advisor from 1962 to 1963. While on patrol in a Viet Cong-held area, he was wounded. Later, he returned to Vietnam as a major in 1968, serving as assistant chief of staff of operations for the 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division. During the second tour in Vietnam he was decorated with the Soldier's Medal for bravery after he survived a helicopter crash and single-handedly rescued three others.
Secretary of State: From 2001 to 2005 he served as Secretary of State during the administration of George W. Bush. After the September 11 attacks, Powell came under fire for his role in building the case for the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. In a press statement on February 24, 2001, he had said that sanctions against Iraq had prevented the development of any weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein.

April 5, 1937 – October 18, 2021

The cause of death was complications of Covid-19, his family said in a statement, adding that he had been vaccinated and was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., when he died there.
A spokeswoman said his immune system had been compromised by multiple myeloma, for which he had been undergoing treatment. He had been due to receive a booster shot for his vaccine last week, she added, but had to postpone it when he fell ill. He had also been treated for early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
(The First African American Secretary of State, Colin Powell Archived June 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, The African American Registry.)
O'Sullivan, Christopher D. (April 16, 2009). Colin Powell: American Power and Intervention From Vietnam to Iraq. Rowman & Littlefield. p. ix. ISBN 978-0-7425-6535-7.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Powell#cite_note-23 Retrieved (October 19th, 2021)
Title 10 of the United States Code
"The 14 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff". https://www.defense.gov/
https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2019/07
Finlayson, Reggie (2003). Colin Powell. Biography (A & E). Twenty-First Century Books. p. 55. ISBN 9780822549666.
Colin Powell, Who Shaped U.S. National Security, Dies at 84, N.Y. Times Obit October 18, 2021
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