The Observer

Democracy on Campus: Valuing Both Student and National Elections

USG vice president, student Robert Sundstrom, drops ballot in mailbox for 2020 election

By SAMANTHA MATTHEWS

October 28, 2020

Most students do not pay close attention to the closest political landscape that impacts their daily lives: student government.

Students Say Presidential Candidates Neglect BLM

a large crowd of BLM protestors crossing a bridge while carrying signs

By JOE KOTTKE

October 28, 2020

In an anonymous survey from The Observer, 50.7% of respondents said that they view policing as being the most pressing issue right now.

Challenges of Voting During a Pandemic

voters wait in line at a NYC polling site. Signs can be seen reading VOTE HERE in English, Spanish, and Chinese

By ALLIE STOFER

October 28, 2020

First-time voters and college students must choose how they want to vote this year while navigating the threat of COVID-19 and trying to stay safe.

Social Media Takes Center Stage for Political Activism

graphic of a calendar on a laptop screen with a

By KATRINA LAMBERT

October 27, 2020

Particularly among younger adults, the use of social media has become the No. 1 source for learning about politics and elections.

The Choice to Vote Polarizes Student Body

a student sits at a table with their mail-in ballot, ready to vote

By JOE KOTTKE

October 26, 2020

A short survey prompting students on their opinions of their peers who choose not to vote produced polarizing results.

BREAKING: Spring Study Abroad Programs Canceled

Students whose programs were canceled will have the option to defer their application to either the 2021 summer or fall semester; they can also withdraw their application to receive a refund of the application fee.

By JOE KOTTKE

October 20, 2020

Dennis Jacobs, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, announced the suspension of Fordham’s spring study abroad programs in a community-wide email on Oct. 20.

Students Advocate for Voting in New Sunrise Movement Hub

Sunrise Movement members making signs on the Grass

By JOE KOTTKE

October 18, 2020

Students created the Sunrise Movement for combating climate change opponents and hosted an event at Van Cortlandt Park to motivate voters.

Fordham Angel Fund Paves Way for Student Entrepreneurs

fordham angel fund meeting via zoom

By SAMANTHA MATTHEWS

October 18, 2020

The Fordham Angel Fund is a new way for student entrepreneurs to gain expert mentorship and possibly $25,000 in investment capital.

Reopening in a Hotspot: Fordham’s COVID-19 Response Compared to Other NYC Schools

a graphic illustration showing the covid-19 reponse of fordham, columbia, and NYU. Fordham: infection rate 0.30%, total cases 30, assigned grade B-. Columbia: infection rate 0.06%, total cases 15, assigned grade B+. NYU: infection rate 0.16%, total cases 294, assigned grade B

By KATRINA LAMBERT, JOE KOTTKE, and MICHELLE AGARON

October 15, 2020

Despite recieving an F for COVID-19 communication, Fordham has managed to keep COVID-19 case relatively low on campus compared to other NYC schools.

Fordham Anti-Racist Alumni Collective Survey Supports Testimonies of Racism

a graphic illustration of pie charts showing 42% of Black respondents experienced discrimination by Fordham's Public Safety officers compared to only 10% of white respondents

By KATRINA LAMBERT

October 15, 2020

The Fordham Anti-Racist Alumni Collective launched a survey about the different experiences black and white students have on campus.

Finding Space for Sexuality on a Jesuit Campus

a flyer for the event reading

By KAT EHRING

October 15, 2020

On Oct. 8, the LGBTQ Month Committee led a digital dialogue about religion, culture and sexuality with professors and student leaders as guest speakers. Members of the Fordham community shared their experiences being queer on "God's campus."