National rankings boost Fordham’s radio, theater programs — food woes linger

Fordham’s on-campus radio station and theater program earned high spots on this year’s Princeton Review rankings, which were announced Monday, while the university’s reputation for poor food remained relatively intact.

WFUV, Rose Hill’s NPR-affiliated radio station, was slated as the sixth best college radio station — behind stations at Hofstra, Ithaca, St. Bonaventure, Emerson and Syracuse. And for the first time in recent memory, Fordham’s theater program was recognized as one of the best in the country, ranking eighth.

The food quality on campus, however, has not yet mended its reputation, as Fordham earned the seventh spot on the list of colleges with the worst food. Though the trend would seem to be moving in a positive direction.

In 2012, The Princeton Review determined that Fordham had the worst food of any college in the country, propelling administrators into action and sparking significant change to the food service program — most of which was installed last summer. In 2013, the ranking bumped down to number five.

Because this year’s rankings were based on surveys of students during the 2013 – 2014 school year “and/or the previous two school years,” according to the Review, it is possible the student response data used to inform this year’s ranking was tabulated before changes were made to Fordham’s food service operation.

When Fordham signed a 10-year contract with its longtime food service provider Sodexo last June, part of the agreement was that Fordham’s name would be removed from The Princeton Review’s worst food list “in the next few years” or Sodexo would incur a $3 million penalty, Jeffrey Gray, vice president of student affairs, said at the time.

It is unclear exactly how much time Sodexo was allotted to reverse Fordham’s food ranking. (Hopefully more than a year.)

Besides being named one of the best 379 colleges, Fordham was not ranked as an institution — as it seems no other college was this year — and declined to comment.

[View Fordham’s full listing in The Princeton Review.]