The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer


ALEXA VILLATORO, Former News Editor

Alexa Villatoro (she/her), FCLC ’24, is former news editor at The Observer. She was formerly a social media editor. She is an international studies major interested in how journalism connects and educates communities. Hailing from Seattle, she loves strolls in the rain to carefully curated Spotify playlists. If you can’t reach her, it’s because she is either napping, immersed in the morning news or spending time with family.

All content by ALEXA VILLATORO
190 faculty members have signed a letter which expresses solidarity with student protestors and calls for the protection of free speech.

Faculty to Pro-Palestine Students: ‘Keep Speaking Your Truth’

May 8, 2024

Fordham faculty members have come forward in a show of support and solidarity for pro-Palestine student advocates as demonstrations have escalated on university campuses nationwide, drawing large numbers...

Students and faculty gathered and demanded that the university divest from investments connected to Israels war on Gaza.

‘Divestment and Disclosure’ Rally Draws Hundreds

April 27, 2024

At a rally organized by leaders from Fordham’s undergraduate Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), students and faculty crowded the corner of 60th Street and Columbus Avenue on Thursday, April 25...

The strike authorization vote will allow FGSW’s leaders to call a strike at any moment and the effort is being used to increase pressure on Fordham’s administration to meet the union’s demands

Graduate Student Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

April 17, 2024
At a Fordham fundraising dinner on Mar. 18, union members and supporters from CWA-Local 1104, the larger union representing FGSW, picket to express their demands
Youngest son of the 45th President, Barron Trump, attended a tour of Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus.

Prospective Gabelli Student Barron Trump Spotted Touring Fordham

April 1, 2024
Ex-President Trump spent two years at Fordham University before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania in 1966.
FGSW has been bargaining with the Fordham administration for 18 months.

Graduate Student Workers and Fordham Continue Contract Negotiations

March 13, 2024
After 18 months, the union is still bargaining with the administration over topics such as compensation and healthcare benefits.
Fordham University filed a motion to dismiss Bowditch’s initial complaint,
and the motion is currently awaiting a ruling from a judge.

Former Professor and University Sued in Sexual Assault Case

November 16, 2023
Former university alum and adjunct professor sued Fordham and former professor Oswaldo Hugo Benavides in sexual assault and harassment case.
Fiona Shehu, FCLC ’25, was elected vice president of USGLC in the recent elections.

USGLC Fills Nine Open Positions in Fall 2023 Election Cycle

November 1, 2023
Nine new United Student Government at Lincoln Center members elected of the twelve open positions in the 2023 fall election cycle.
Campus Ministry was asked to host an interfaith prayer open to members of the community amid the Israel-Hamas war.

Fordham Hosts Prayer Service for Israeli and Palestinian Deaths

October 18, 2023
On Wednesday, October 11, Campus Ministry at Fordham Lincoln Center's campus held a prayer in response to the Israel-Hamas war.
Delays in transportation and flooding throughout New York City affected commutes to campus. 


University Operates on Normal Schedule During Flood Warnings

October 3, 2023

Heavy rainfall across New York City on Sept. 29 disrupted public transportation, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announcing suspensions, delays and rerouted train lines on Friday morning.  The...

Student borrowers in the U.S. owe more than $1.633 trillion dollars in federal student loans as of the third quarter of 2023, according to Federal Student Aid.

Loan Interest Resumes on Federal Student Loans

September 27, 2023

The U.S. Department of Education resumed the accrual of unsubsidized loans on Sept. 1, following a three-year pause which began on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pause had been extended...

A graduate student worker holds up a sign calling on the administration to bargain with the union.

FGSW Pickets and Rallies Across Campuses

April 26, 2023
FGSW and the university have failed to reach an agreement on contract negotiations for the past seven months.


By SHELBY WILLIAMS, Lover of Bloomin' Onions April 1, 2023

Talking about Health: Oral Contraceptives

Talking about Health: Oral Contraceptives

March 27, 2023
Oral contraceptives can provide effective protection for people. However, research has shown the detrimental side effects of birth control.
Gray will conclude his work at the university at the end of the academic year after facilitating student affairs and residential life work in his numerous roles over the years.

BREAKING: Jeffrey Gray, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Announces Retirement

March 21, 2023
University President Tania Tetlow announced that Gray is retiring from his position after 34 years working for the university.
Talking About Health: Menstruation and Stress

Talking About Health: Menstruation and Stress

March 7, 2023
There are a myriad of stressors that take a toll on a person's body in college, and they can all have a direct impact on menstrual health.
Protesting asylum seekers ate hot food provided by mutual aid groups.

Asylum Seekers Protest Removal from Lincoln Center Area

February 10, 2023
Following New York City’s decision to relocate asylum seekers from their temporary residence at The Watson Hotel, migrants protested outside the hotel for six days before they were removed by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on Feb. 1. 
Protestors marched from Washington Square Park to Times Square at a Jan. 28 gathering in response to the death of Tyre Nichols.

[Photo] ‘We had to shout Tyre Nichols’ name’: New Yorkers and Fordham Community React to Latest Case of Police Brutality

By STEVIE FUSCO February 10, 2023

Hundreds of people crowded into Times Square on Jan. 28, listening to Black organizers and activists expressing discontent and frustration with policing systems across the U.S.

FFU members and allies gathered for a rally during Tetlows inauguration to advocate for better working conditions.

Faculty Union Calls Off Strike

January 21, 2023
Under the new contract, adjunct faculty members at GSSS with a master’s degree and zero to three years of experience will see an increase from $4,900 to $6,900 over the course of three years. Those with a doctoral degree and the same amount of experience will see an increase from $5,400 to $7,400. 
Fordham Faculty United experienced contentious contract negotiation sessions with the Fordham administration

Fordham Faculty Union Votes To Strike

January 18, 2023
Fordham Faculty United (FFU), the union representing nontenure-track professors at Fordham University, voted to authorize a strike effective Jan. 30 if the university’s administration does not agree to the union’s most recent contract proposal.
Litter in the city’s green spaces can cause groundwater contamination and increase the presence of pests.

Litter in New York City Parks Continues to Grow

October 26, 2022
At the same time that parks in dense, urban areas have experienced a growing trash problem, commitment to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s budget has wavered.
Kate West, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ’23, and Caroline Doyle, Fordham College at Rose Hill ’23, delivered the open letter at Cunniffe Hall on Sept. 29.

Students Present Open Letter in Support of Faculty Union

October 7, 2022
An open letter of support for Fordham Faculty United (FFU) was presented by students at both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center on Sept. 29 amid the union’s current negotiations with the university’s administration.
The unions bargaining committee met to discuss further negotiations for adjunct and nontenure track professors.

Faculty Union in Negotiations To Renew Contract

September 29, 2022
Since March, Fordham Faculty United (FFU) has been negotiating its next collective bargaining agreement with Fordham to improve working conditions and benefits for adjunct and full-time nontenure-track professors.
Schmeltzer Dining Room has two new cuisine options: sushi and Mexican stations.

Aramark Makes Dining Changes at Lincoln Center

September 29, 2022

Fordham’s dining provider Aramark introduced new changes at the Lincoln Center campus for the fall 2022 semester, including the expansion of dining options and sustainability-oriented initiatives.  The...

Several activists gather at Bryant Park and Grand Central to protest the fall of Roe on June 24.

[Photo] Fordham Community Responds to Roe Reversal

By SABRINA VIDAL August 27, 2022

Several activists gather at Bryant Park and Grand Central to protest the fall of Roe on June 24.

rose hill campus with public safety yellow pole in front of keating

Public Safety Speaks on Crime Near Campus

April 27, 2022
The higher population of on-campus residents at Fordham's Rose Hill campus correlates with a higher number of reported crimes off campus.
for an article about positive cases among students, student wearing mask sitting in front of computer with degreeworks open

‘I didn’t see that email’: Some Students Unaware of University COVID-19 Absence Protocol, Accommodations

March 21, 2022
Some Fordham students who test positive are confused about COVID-19 absence protocols and may work with faculty to request accommodations.
trees on fordhams campus with a blue sky

Fordham Recognized for Environmental Impact

March 21, 2022
Fordham has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its continued care and maintenance of trees on its grounds on campus.
kn95 mask on a table

Fordham Provides Free KN95 Masks

February 17, 2022
Despite availability, students struggle to access high-quality KN95 masks across campuses to protect themselves against COVID-19.
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