The Observer

Life Casting: the Self-Induced Blow to Privacy

May 27, 2011

By Angelica Brunetti Opinions Editor Published: September 27, 2007 Could you imagine being under 24 hour video surveillance? What would life be like for us if anyone in the world could tap into a live video stream of our lives? In a society in which we fight passionately for the right to privacy (even when national securit...

Television: in Memorium

May 27, 2011

By Cass Daubenspeck Literary Editor Published: September 27, 2007 Television is dead; or, at least, it’s comatose. Not like the novel—that whole premature obituary was weak and unfunny; it really threw Walter Benjamin for a loop. In fact, if you have not done so yet, please make sure to tell the novel, next time you ...

Monster Attack on Fordham Imminent

May 27, 2011

By FEIFEI LING Copy Editor Published: September 27, 2007 From the first sighting of Bigfoot in 1840, to Mothmen terrorizing West Virginia in 1966, to chupacabras caught in south Texas in 2007, there have been a surprising amount of “mythical beast” encounters for such a rational society in which we think we live. For...

FCLC’s Graduation Ceremony: Why at Rose Hill?

May 27, 2011

By KEN LOMBARDI Contributing Writer Published: September 27, 2007 With the onset of a new academic year, students might envision graduation as something of a distant convocation—an event far off from the happenings of today. But for the class of 2008, this illusion will certainly not last long, as FCLC’s current assembly o...

The ‘Fortress’ is Coming

May 27, 2011

Published: September 27, 2007 A public hearing held by the city’s Department of City Planning on Sept. 10 made it clear that the community surrounding the Lincoln Center campus is not pleased with the university’s expansion plans.  Most people who spoke said that they will be living in a ‘fortress’ if Fordham goes ...

Never Forget Your Hat and Your Apron

May 26, 2011

Always Be Nice to Your Local Fast-Food Worker By ANGELICA BRUNETTI Opinions Editor Published: August 30, 2007 This summer, I came to this realization that how we treat those who work in minimum wage customer service positions (cashiers, McDonald’s drive-thru attendants, waiters, coffee servers) is a manifestation of...

Serving Time as a Queens County Juror

May 26, 2011

By ANGELICA BRUNETTI Opinions Editor Published: August 30, 2007 For being passive, compliant and honest, I was punished. My sentence was a month of jury duty. For almost the entire month of August, my part-time employment was suspended. I was forced to appear every weekday at the Queens County Criminal Cour...

3 A. M. Musings: Are Literature’s Greatest Turning in Their Graves?

3 A. M. Musings: Are Literature’s Greatest Turning in Their Graves?

May 26, 2011

  By JACKY IEVOLI Contributing Writer Published: August 30, 2007 As I sit here look...

Not Just Maroon Anymore

May 26, 2011

Published: August 30, 2007 The Ram Vans that transport students between the Lincoln Center and the Rose Hill campuses are maroon.  The backpacks given out during freshman orientation are maroon.  Even the couches in the McMahon Hall dorm rooms are maroon.  But now, Fordham is bleeding a new, environmentally friendly c...

The Return of Third Eye Blind: 1997 in 2011, and I Plan on Enjoying Every Second of It

May 24, 2011

By Diana Denza, Staff Writer Throughout the third week in April, I couldn’t sign into Facebook without statuses filling my news feed from fellow Fordham students revolving around one certain topic. When I managed to finally wake up after hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock five times and head to class, I could...

What H.R.3 and Its Proponents Are Hiding

May 24, 2011

By Sogand Afkari, Staff Writer At the Rally for Women’s Health on Feb. 26, the master of ceremonies quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before 5,000 people. "You will not remember the words of your enemies,” she asserted, “but you will remember the silence of your friends." Yes, essentially the bill known as “H.R.3”...

The Lost Value of Privacy

May 24, 2011

Why the Phrase “Think Before You Click” Should be Taken More Seriously By Monique John, Staff Writer Video-sharing and social networking sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are so widely used that they are becoming hallmarks of today’s world. Millions of people across various age groups and economic classes are lo...