The Observer

Transparency is Key in Birth Control Policy

February 22, 2012

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Staff Editorial Published: February 22, 2012 As students, we expect Fordham to be open about its policies and provide students with information about what is clearly stated in its manuals. Many students are unaware that the Health Center is required to provide birth control in the case of specific medical conditions—and...

Technology Will Advance Fordham

February 15, 2012

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Published: February 15th, 2012 We are undoubtedly living in a tech-savvy world where colleges are increasingly moving toward the worlds of multimedia and online. According to the article “Online Housing Lottery a First for McMahon Hall” on page one, the university has made a conscious effort to adjust to this change....

SOPA Infringes On Intellectual Freedom

February 1, 2012

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Published: February 1, 2012 The Internet has been our savior in college. It’s the vast information pool where we research for classes and keep up with the news. It’s the virtual hangout where we connect to our campus and friends. But it also serves as a form of escapism, a place where we watch mindless YouTube videos...

Catholic University, Secular Policies?

December 7, 2011

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Published: December 7, 2011 Recently, Fordham was featured on Jezebel, a popular blog site, in an article titled, “Fordham Students Protest Hidden Anti-Birth-Control Policy.” The piece described how Fordham’s stance on contraceptives was not clear to incoming students to the school. As Laura Chang and Richard Ramsundar’s...

Don’t Lose Sight of Victims in Scandal

November 16, 2011

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Published: November 16, 2011 Information about the alleged abuses at Penn State that have come to light over the last few weeks have left many shocked and angry.  Riots ensued over the subsequent firing of university president Graham Spanier and head coach Joe Paterno, leaving behind a campus torn by the controversy. Outside...

Registration Woes

November 2, 2011

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Published: November 2, 2011 It’s that time of year again when we have to register for spring classes. While liberating for some seniors, it’s mainly a hassle that leaves many of us wondering how our perfect schedules never seem to work out. Weeks before that 7 a.m. deadline, we craft our flawless schedules, looking...

Thankful to Be Heard

October 19, 2011

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Published: October 19th, 2011 Concerned with the current state of our economy, students increasingly fear the difficult search for jobs that will face them after graduation. Some students, especially those in liberal arts, wonder whether they even chose the right major.  According to Esther Fernando’s article on page 1,...

Students Must Take Action

October 5, 2011

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Published: October 5, 2011 Lately it seems everyone is protesting. Whether abroad or at home, gathering in groups and fighting for a cause has become part of the norm. And it’s easy to see why. Social media helps escalate the message of one small group, enabling it to reach thousands online. As we read about rallies in...

Dialogue Joins Faith and Learning

September 21, 2011

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Staff Editorial Published: Sept. 21, 2011 On Friday, Sept. 16, Fordham held the event “Learning to Listen: Voices of Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church.” As noted in Faith Heaphy and Ray Walsh’s article, the event challenged traditional Catholic teachings in regards to sexual orientation, largely addressing sexu...

Bin Laden’s Death a Tempered Victory

July 24, 2011

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Published: May 5, 2011 As the school year draws to an end and finals begin tightening their grip on our lives, recent events have distracted Fordham students from our studies. The death of Osama bin Laden, a symbolic victory in our fight against terrorism, has left many feeling overwhelmingly patriotic, with crowds of people...

Coping With the Construction

July 23, 2011

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Published: April 20, 2011 Jackhammers over the library. Fifteen-minute-long elevator lines. Half our usual Plaza space. Right now, Fordham students are bearing the brunt of a host of changes meant to improve our experiences and our school’s image as a whole. As reported in Christina Frasca’s article “Unreliable Eleva...

The Monologues Must Go On

July 23, 2011

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Published: April 13, 2011 Every year, a “Little Coochie Snorcher” makes a big splash at Fordham. This now-infamous act of “The Vagina Monologues” tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who experiences a sexual awakening with an older woman after having been raped as a child. It is this lone monologue that prevents...