The Top Stories of 2019

These are the stories that you’ve been reading — and the headlines that shaped the Fordham community in 2019.


The Top 10 Most Viewed Stories of 2019

I Hate Dogs and I Am Not a Horrible Human Being

The crusade against forced canine infatuation struck a chord with readers, making it the most viewed article of 2019.

DaeQuan Morrison, FCLC ’20, prefers the term “black.” (SAMUEL MCHALE/ THE OBSERVER)
DaeQuan Morrison, FCLC ’20, prefers the term “black.” (SAMUEL MCHALE/ THE OBSERVER)

Should We Say Black or African American?

A conversation from October 2016 continued through 2019.


Inside Trump’s Days at Fordham

The POTUS’s days at a tier-2 school remained of great interest to readers. Transcripts included.


The protests and civil unrest in Spain — like the Catalan crisis that sparked them — won’t end any time soon without strong leadership. (MARIUS MONTON VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

The Catalan Crisis Was Born in Madrid

From a global city and worldly campus came one of many op-eds on the current state of international affairs.


Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

Fordham mourned the passing of Sydney Monfries. A Fordham tragedy gained national media attention, and the News desk responded.

The new Columbus Circle location will be a small-format store in an approximately 34,000-square-foot facility. (STEPH LAWLOR/THE OBSERVER)

Blessed with the Bullseye: 61st Street Target Coming Soon

Emphasis on “soon.” The 61st Street location has yet to open.


A Tale of Two Cities: San Francisco vs. New York

A comparison from the Opinions section covered food, sports, diversity and more.

University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane addressed the question of “Who is the Fordham community?” in an email on Oct. 15, 2019.

Fordham Receives “Mixed” Rankings

The university’s national rankings rose and fell in September of 2018. Such mixed results continued this year.


A Film History of Fordham

“The Exorcist,” “A Beautiful Mind” and more feature shots of Fordham’s Rose Hill campus.


The Apr. 24, 2019 concert was Fordham’s after beating Stanford in the final round of the Swipe-Off.

Fordham Swipes Right, Wins Tinder Competition

Charli XCX and the late Juice WRLD came to Fordham for an exclusive concert after students won the 2019 Tinder Swipe-Off.






More Defining Moments

Several priests in the Northeast Province report, released Jan. 15, 2019, resided at Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit nursing home located adjacent to FCRH property.

Jesuit Sexual Abuse Scandal Shakes University

A developing situation within the Catholic Church throughout 2019 revealed ties to the Fordham community.

Fordham Appoints First Female Dean of Fordham College Lincoln Center

On Apr. 30, 2019, it was announced that Dr. Laura Auricchio, Manhattan native, would join the Fordham family.


Survey Reveals the Reality of Sex at Fordham

We asked, you answered. “Pull Out King” included.

Fordham Cost of Attendance Soars for 2019-20 Academic Year

We all knew New York was expensive.

‘I Go to Fordham,’ Said Anonymous White Supremacist

A Neo-Nazi website’s data leak revealed a Fordham tie to the recent rise in American white nationalism.

Lincoln Center Elects Thermadam and Stryczek in Vote for a ‘Status Quo’ USG

After the spring 2019 USG election cycle, controversy over the release of election tallies and the reignition of the perennial LC apathy discussion, USG entered the fall 2019 semester with high hopes.