The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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ADRIANA GALLINA, Editor-in-Chief Emerita

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new dean of student services Keith Eldredge poses on the Outdoor Plaza

[Photo] New Year, New Transitions For Deans

January 13, 2021

After 15 years as the dean of students at Lincoln Center,...

John Carroll photographed wearing a suit in his office with plaques of degrees and awards behind him

[Photo] Students Push Back Against the Administration’s Thoughts and Prayers

June 3, 2020

John Carroll, chief of public safety, photographed...


Fordham Released Sexual Assault Climate Data

May 10, 2016

Fordham University released a 138-page document detailing the results of a survey regarding the climate of sexual assault on campus. 2,008 graduates and undergraduates of the 15,549 students to whom it...


BREAKING: Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found in McMahon

March 9, 2016

UPDATED: March 9, 3:45 p.m. Earlier today, a Fordham Lincoln Center resident reported a backwards swastika drawn in the garbage room of 10th floor in McMahon Residential Hall. The University has...

In the name of research, Jalen Glenn woke up every day and would listen to a new album (JESSE CARLUCCI/THE OBSERVER)

Bridging the Gap Between Gangsta and Gangster

February 23, 2016

Jalen Glenn, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’16 and communication media studies major with a concentration in film, has been devoting his free time to answering this question. After many...


Getting to know BØRNS, The Winterfest Headliner

January 26, 2016

What should Fordham Lincoln Center expect out of Garrett Borns, better known by his stage name BØRNS, on Jan. 29? “You never really know how a BØRNS show is going to go. Sometimes there’s piñatas,...

Enough is Enough Bill passed by Governor Cuomo standardizes the language for the amnesty policy, as well as the definition of consent.

On Reporting Sexual Assault

December 1, 2015

The Observer spoke with Title IX Coordinator Anastasia Coleman for the University and Dean of Students at Lincoln Center Keith Eldredge about the new processes being put into place and how they...


UPDATED: Rose Hill Student Publicly Criticizes Public Safety for Mishandling Assault

November 16, 2015

UPDATED: November 16, 2015 1:51 p.m. On November 15, Rose Hill student Marissa Marcinelli, FCRH '17, published an article on the Slant News website, recounting the alleged sexual assault of her friend...


Swastika Found in Bathroom at FCLC

November 12, 2015

Around noon today, President of the University Rev. Joseph McShane, S.J. sent a letter to the Fordham community stating that a "swastika and white supremacist reference were found on a bathroom dispenser...

There has been a movement to develop a gender neutral bathroom at Fordham University. (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ZANA NAJJAR/ THE OBSERVER)

All Gender Restroom Initiative Partially Fulfilled

November 9, 2015

Fordham Lincoln Center has implemented new signage for the third floor single stall bathrooms in the Leon Lowenstein building. After many meetings between The Positive, a student activist group on campus,...

 St. Pauls Church was evacuated on November 3rd because of a bomb threat in the area. (Paula Madero/ OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

Bomb Scare Near FCLC De-Escalated

November 3, 2015

UPDATED: November 3, 2015 1:10 p.m. At about 10:45 a.m., The Church of St. Paul the Apostle was evacuated and closed due a suspicious package left between 59th and 60th street. Police have now...

Fordham students were overall pleasantly surprised by the decision to strip Cosby of his degree. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Fordham Students React to the Stripping of Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

September 30, 2015

Fordham University is among three schools as of this publication to rescind actor and comedian Bill Cosby’s honorary degree. Marquette, a fellow Jesuit university, announced the decision the same day...

This marks the first time Fordham has rescinded an honorary degree. (Susan Tusa/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Board of Trustees Rescinds Cosby’s Honorary Degree

September 24, 2015

At approximately 2:20p.m. on Sept. 24, the University released a statement officially rescinding actor Bill Cosby's honorary degree awarded in 2001. Fordham President Joseph M. McShane S.J. put forth...

USG uploaded this statement to Facebook on Sept. 16.

FCLC USG and Theatre Program Speak Out Against Bias Incident

September 18, 2015

UPDATED: Sept. 22, 2015 The United Student Government (USG) at Lincoln Center and USG at Rose Hill released a joint statement today on the Sept. 13 bias incident where a black student at the Fordham...


Fordham Reacts to Slur on Minority Student Door

September 16, 2015

Three Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) roommates went to football practice on Sunday morning, Sept. 13. Two of the players (both white) returned to their room around noon without seeing anything on...

This marks the first time Fordham has rescinded an honorary degree. (PHOTO via Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Cosby’s Honorary Degree Questioned

August 2, 2015

The Daily Beast reported today that Fordham University is among the 22 schools that have not yet rescinded the honorary doctorates they awarded to Bill Cosby. After the recent case involving Director...

John Brennan, Former Director of the CIA, will   join Fordham Law School as the Distinguished Fellow for Global Security for the Center on National Security. 
(PHOTO COURTESY of George Bridges/KRT via TNS)

Board of Trustees Rejects Petition to Revoke Brennan’s Honorary Degree

May 13, 2015

UPDATED: 09:30 a.m., May 14, 2015 Fordham Faculty Against Torture (FFAT) announced via email on May 12, that the Board of Trustees rejected the petition to revoke Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence...

In the center of the photo, Professor Gwenyth Jackaway, associate chair of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham, sits with professor Jacqueline Reich, chair of Communication and Media Studies. (PHOTO BY TYLER MARTINS/THE OBSERVER)

Council Approves Comm Majors

April 29, 2015

Fordham at Lincoln Center’s College Council unanimously approved all four proposed communication majors during their last meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year on April 16. Other discussions included...

The members of the Positive, left to right: Chris Hennessey, Wallis Monday, Kyndal Jackson,Sinclair Spratley, Olivia Macklin. Bottom row: Kendall Allen, Peyton Berry, Lexi McMenamin.(JESS LUSZCYK/THE OBSERVER)

Gender Neutral Bathrooms in Progress

April 28, 2015

After six months of collaboration between The Positive, a task-force of students advocating for gender rights on campus, and Fordham Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) United Student Government (USG) and administration,...

Over 50 students participated in the vigil to stand in solidarity with sexual violence survivors on April 30.(PHOTO BY ADRIANA GALLINA/ THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Hosts 10 Points of Light

April 20, 2015

At least 50 members of the Fordham Lincoln Center community gathered for the annual 10 Points of Light candle vigil to honor survivors of sexual violence. Fordham was one of 10 colleges chosen by Take...

Sexual Assault Climate Survey Made Live

Sexual Assault Climate Survey Made Live

April 15, 2015

Just one week after President of Fordham University Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. condemned sexual assault on campus, the University released an anonymous survey to students via email to learn more about...

Screen shot from the Sexual Assault Climate Survey.

Admin Measuring Sexual Assault Climate Across Campuses

April 6, 2015

Just one week after President of Fordham University Rev. Joseph McShane, S.J. admonished sexual assault, the University released an anonymous survey to students via email to learn more about the climate...

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

McShane Condemns Sexual Assault Against Females in Monthly Address

March 30, 2015

In an email letter addressed to the Fordham Family, President of the University Rev. Joseph McShane, S.J., spoke not about the preparations for Holy Week or the upcoming Easter holiday, but of campus sexual...

(Tyler Martins/USGLC) and (Tyler Martins/The Observer).

Meet the Candidates for USG President

March 30, 2015

Meet the Candidates for USG President: Jacob Azrilyant, FCLC '16, and Leighton Magoon, FCLC '17. #RamTheVote2015

Dean Eldredge, the Dean of Students, and Ms. Jenifer Campbell, Director of Residential Life, lead a presentation and Q&A session on the policies that Fordham University has in place for reporting Title IX violations, which include sexual misconduct.  (Jess Luszczyk /The Observer)

Fordham CARE Event Elicits Little Turn Out

March 12, 2015

On March 11, just three days after the United Nations’ (UN) International Women’s Day, Dean of Students at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), Keith Eldredge, and Director of Residential Life,...

BSA and Students Voice Disapproval of Race Descriptor in Safety Alert

March 4, 2015

In response to Public Safety Alert 05-15 on Feb. 26, both Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) and Fordham College at Rose Hill's (FCRH) Black Student Alliances (BSA) expressed their disapproval to...

CPS reported that 87 percent of Fordham students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do. (Payton Vincelette/The Observer)

Depression On the Rise in College Students

February 26, 2015

More Fordham students are seeking out help from the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)-a pattern consistent with a nationwide study that shows an increase in depression among college...

Despite the controversial theme, Winter Ball ticket sales remained consistent with past year sales. 
(Jessica Hanley/The Observer)

Winter Ball Theme Changed Due to Sensitivity

February 11, 2015

Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) Winter Ball Committee changed the school gala’s theme from “Arabian Nights” to “Winter Garden” after a conversation started by Zann Ballsun-Simms...

Kickboxing is a fun way to lose pounds and stress. (Photo courtesy of Edyk Jeffry /ILoveKickboxing)

Fighting Off the Freshman 15 With Kickboxing

January 28, 2015

I swore to myself I would not be the typical college student. I would not lose my pretentious, paleo eating habits. I would not lose my religious running regime. And I would surely not succumb to the...

Snow Storm 2015: How Juno Affected Students

January 28, 2015

Monday, Jan. 26 brought worry that there would be one of the worst blizzards New York City has ever seen. Winter Storm Juno had winds predicted up to 30 miles per hour and snowfall predicted up to 18 inches,...

Most Social Moments from the State of the Union

Most Social Moments from the State of the Union

January 21, 2015

On Tuesday, Jan. 20th, President Barack Obama addressed the nation in the annual State of the Union address. He briefly reflected on his past years in office from economic reform to healthcare reform...

Students may choose to report to either male or female supervisors. (Sarah Howard / The Observer)

Lack of Female Security Supervisors on Campus

December 22, 2014

The last College Council meeting, on Thursday, Nov. 13, raised concerns about the lack of female security supervisors at Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) campus. Currently, there are eight...

“Everything affects everybody, because we are all human and we all live in this world,” Jodiann Hines said. (Jason Boit / The Observer)

BSA Hosts ‘Die-In’ to Protest Police Brutality

December 22, 2014

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, over 100 students participated in a “Die-In” to commemorate victims of police brutality, held in Pope Auditorium at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC). At 11:21 a.m., the...

S.A.G.E.S. Protest At FCLC

S.A.G.E.S. Protest At FCLC

November 26, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 20, about 50 people attended the S.A.G.E.S. protest outside Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC). Countless people stopped to listen to students chanting on their evening commutes...

McKeon to Close Over Winter Break

November 26, 2014

According to Jenifer Campbell, director of Residential Life at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), McKeon Hall will be officially shut down for winter break and freshmen will be able to stay in...

College Councils Votes for Simultaneous Registration

November 20, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 13, Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) College Council voted in favor of simultaneous registration for all campuses. The motion will be directed to the Committee of Liberal...

S.A.G.E.S. & Admin: Stuck on Semantics

November 20, 2014

Students for Sex and Gender Equality and Safety (S.A.G.E.S.), a student coalition advocating for sexual health access and other student rights at Fordham, and the administration so far can agree on one...

Students Hold Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Victims of Police Brutality

Students Hold Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Victims of Police Brutality

October 29, 2014

On Tuesday, October 28, about 75 students attended a candlelight prayer vigil in remembrance of the victims of police brutality on McGinley Lawn at Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH). Brandon Mogrovejo,...

Fordham Members Attends 19th Annual Police Brutality Protest

Fordham Members Attends 19th Annual Police Brutality Protest

October 28, 2014

On Oct. 22, several hundred protestors gathered in Union Square at about 1 p.m. for the 19th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation...

Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters outside the Old Governors Mansion on election night in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

Yes Means Yes: Controversy & Domino Effect

October 8, 2014

On Monday, Sept. 28, Governor Jerry Brown of California approved SB-967,  also known as the Yes Means Yes Legislation. The bill centralizes affirmative consent in the sexual assault policies of institutions’...

Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her freshman dorm in 1986. (Courtesy Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press via MCT)

A Look Into the Jeanne Clery Act

October 8, 2014

With campus sexual assault’s prevalence in the media, most people have been hearing of the Jeanne Clery Act, also known as Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Reporting. So what is it? The...

Sexual Health Access on Campus

Sexual Health Access on Campus

September 25, 2014

Fordham University’s contraceptive policy is clear, but it has not always been that way, according to Mairead Maguire, co-president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, at Fordham Law School (LAW). The...

McMahon Vacancies Anticipated

McMahon Vacancies Anticipated

September 24, 2014

Floors two through five are currently vacant in McMahon Hall, the upperclassmen residence hall at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC). Despite speculation of poor residence hall occupancy planning...

Faculty Raise Concerns Over Healthcare Negotiations

September 11, 2014

Faculty across all three campuses of Fordham University came together on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to be briefed on the current negotiations between the faculty representatives and administration in regards...


McKeon Exclusive to Class of 2018

August 28, 2014

McKeon Hall, the new residence hall at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) with amenities such as a game lounge, movie theater, a dance studio, and a full kitchen, is finally open and to the dismay...

Fordham Closes on $50 Million Space Near LC

Fordham Closes on $50 Million Space Near LC

August 28, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, Fordham officially purchased the old College Entrance Examination Board building at 45 Columbus Avenue, across the street from Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), for a total...

Fordham Remembers Professor Emerita Eva Stadler

Fordham Remembers Professor Emerita Eva Stadler

August 28, 2014

On Monday, Aug. 11, Fordham lost longtime community member, Eva Maria Stadler, associate professor emerita of English and comparative literature. “She was a very important part of our school for most...

(Kara Jagdeo/The Observer)

Gap in Reported Sexual Assaults at Fordham

May 2, 2014

According to the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) in the United States Department of Education, Fordham’s sexual assault incidence rate, that is incidents per student population, is approximately...

Work Study Funds Decrease

April 16, 2014

Vice President for Finance Frank Simio does not foresee the New York State’s minimum wage increase affecting Fordham in the future. “All our minimum wage workers are student workers,” Simio said. According...

Freshmen students in line waiting to be manually registered by Deans on Thursday, April 3. (Adriana Gallina/The Observer)

Freshmen Barred from Registration Due to System Failure

April 3, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, Fordham College at Lincoln Center's (FCLC) freshmen class, residents and commuters alike, woke up at 7 a.m. to register for fall 2014 classes but were unable to do so, due to a system...

(Tyler Martins/The Observer)

Weighing the Costs: On- and Off-Campus

March 13, 2014

Between the 40-times rent rule and gentrification, New York City living expenses are always a topic of discussion. But how does McMahon Hall fare against the cost of living off campus? McMahon’s...

Escaping Intern Nation

March 2, 2014

Recently, the Millennial Generation, people born from approximately 1980 onward, has been labeled the Intern Nation because college graduates seem unable to escape the cycle of internships. So, how can...

Part of the 12th Floor Lounges ceiling tiles were damaged because of snow. (Adriana Gallina/The Observer)

Damage on 12th Floor Due to Snow

February 17, 2014

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14th, damage caused by a snow induced roof leak was found in the 12th Floor Lounge of the Lowenstein building, “There’s not much [damage], just a...

Property of Fordham University Theater Company.

Everyone Is Asking Questions About FCLC’s Next Mainstage

February 13, 2014

“We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915,” Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s...

(Tyler Martins/The Observer)

Reactions to Firing of Gays at Catholic Institutions

February 12, 2014

According to Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Theology Karina Hogan, the firing of gay married employees...

(Adrianna Gallina)

My GO! Camden Experience

January 29, 2014

Drug deals, sex trafficking, daily gang shootings and hungry children are some of the daily realities in Camden, N.J. One of America’s most impoverished and crime-ridden cities, Camden is a short...

(Tyler Martins/The Observer)

Photographer Gary Metz’s Work on Display at FCLC’s Butler Gallery

January 24, 2014

  Fordham College at Lincoln Center's (FCLC) Ildiko Butler Gallery will host “Quaking Aspen: A Lyric Complaint.” Featuring the work of photographer Gary Metz, the exhibit will remain on...

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