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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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ALISSA FAJEK, Assistant Opinions Editor Emerita

All content by ALISSA FAJEK
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Lack of Jobs and Social Media are the Sources of Generation Y’s Unhappiness

December 14, 2013

There is a claim that Generation Y—as in the generation born between the late 70s and early-mid 90s, a category that most of today’s college students fall under—is unhappy. And apparently we’re...

(Angela Luis/The Observer)

Customers Need to Stop Taking Advantage of Retail Workers

November 10, 2013

This past summer, I started my job at a local department store. Hired to work in the clothing department, I spent many days and nights working everyone’s least favorite job: the fitting room attendant. To...

(Melanie Chamberlain/The Observer)

Race is Not a Halloween Costume

November 4, 2013

Halloween is not an excuse to be offensive. It is completely possible to dress up as people of other races without changing the tone of one’s skin. Not only is it wrong, offensive and takes all...

Candidate Bill de Blasio with Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Jumaane Williams (photo courtesy of Bill de Blasio via Flickr)

Next NYC Mayor Cannot be a New England Sports Fan

October 29, 2013

Perhaps what causes the highest levels of conflict and judgmental behavior in America are sports team affiliations. It’s our country’s tradition to be heavily spirited when it comes to athletics...

An empty prison in 2007.

Prisoners Are Entitled to Basic Human Rights

October 3, 2013

Orange is the New Black, the hit Netflix series starring Fordham College at Lincoln Center's (FCLC) own Taylor Schilling FCLC ’06, sheds light on many issues faced by female prisoners. The show covers...

Social Media Helps the Fight Against Rape Culture

September 23, 2013

Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. This adds up to 207, 754 victims of sexual assault annually, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. The numbers...

Elmo and his friends in Times Square are now the subjects of a police investigation following recent reports of harassment and assault.  (Megan OHara/The Observer)

Street Characters Strike Back

April 25, 2013

As a resident of New York City, I try to avoid Times Square at all costs. I’ve had the typical Times Square experiences of pushing through tourists donning large cameras, walking by religious groups...

Was Seth MacFarlane the Best They Could Do?

February 25, 2013

Despite having success with animated sitcom “Family Guy” and recent blockbuster “Ted,” Seth MacFarlane was a questionable choice to host the Oscars this year. Fart jokes are funny, but not exactly...

Calories on any label, including those on restaurant menus, can be deceptive. (Trounce/ Wikimedia Commons)

Truth in Numbers? Think Again.

February 20, 2013

Since 2008, calorie counts have been mandatory on menus in New York City restaurants and eateries. However, a recent feature in The New York Times confirmed with the Health Department that the caloric...

“Smart Pills” Aren’t Such a Smart Idea

“Smart Pills” Aren’t Such a Smart Idea

January 26, 2013

At any given time, college students are generally caught in a balancing act: juggling four or five classes, working to pay for their education, finding possible internships to build their resume and...

With the destruction and delays brought on by Hurricane Sandy, Fordham had to make major changes in its academic schedule, eliminating reading days for the fall 2012 semester. (Savannah Schechter/The Observer)

Point — Counterpoint: Should Fordham Have Cancelled Reading Days?

December 12, 2012

POINT: Yes, Students Can Use Their Time More Wisely By ALISSA FAJEK As students, we do most of our learning in the classroom. In the classroom, we interact with other students and, more importantly,...

Natural Disasters Take Social Media by Storm

November 12, 2012

For everything that happens in our world, there is a Twitter page, a Facebook page, a dedicated Tumblr blog and various Internet memes that will be associated — all within mere hours, and sometimes...

(Savannah Schechter/The Observer)

I’m Not In A Relationship With My Cat

November 6, 2012

Are you single? Are you female? Are you approaching your mid-twenties? Do you live alone? Do you happen to like cats? Be careful, you don’t want to become one of “those” women—the crazy Cat...

Sexist Halloween Costumes

Sexist Halloween Costumes

October 31, 2012

“In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can...

Now, business cards aren’t the only tool we use for professional networking in our digitalized society. (Sherry Yuan/ The Observer)

Social Media: Not a Distraction, But a Tool

October 18, 2012

Comedian BJ Mendelson’s makes a bold statement in his latest book “Social Media is Bullshit.”  He claims that though everyone uses some platform of social media, your connections made online “mean...

If it sounds sticky, sweet, and delicious, or like something you might call your cat, don’t use it on your girl. (Savannah Schechter/The Observer)

Pet Names: Cute or Condescending?

October 17, 2012

“Honey, baby, sweetheart, let me buy you a drink.” Your first instinct is that this guy is a jerk. Maybe you let him buy you that drink, and maybe you walk away. Even if you take that 12 dollar...

Without proper preparation for climate change, the island of Manhattan is in danger of severe flooding in future years like the hurricane victims pictured above. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Preparing for Climate Change on Campus

October 4, 2012

The recent climate changes our environment has gone through are undeniable. From the increase in tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, floods and other natural disasters, many colleges across the country...

Women’s issues like abortion and birth control are key issues during this election, but women’s voices are missing from the discussion. (Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

Year of the Woman, Narrated by Man?

September 19, 2012

  It is no secret that the hot topics of the 2012 election have had a lot to do with women. From abortion to birth control, women’s reproductive rights have gained a significant role in candidate’s...

Today’s young people have technological skills that put them at an advantage in the workforce. (Ayer Chan/The Observer)

Despite Doubt Our Generation Will Succeed

August 22, 2012

The setting is early 2000s and it’s a blistering June morning. It’s your middle school commencement ceremony. You sit alongside your peers, awkward and uncomfortable, waiting for a change. You’re...

It’ s called breaking up, not breaking down. (Photo Illustration by Katherine Fotinos/The Observer)

Questioning TV’s Broken Woman Stereotype

May 2, 2012

When watching television or movies, we’ve all seen the woman that completely falls apart after a break up who needs a new man or a best friend to put her back  together.  And admittedly, you’ve probably...

(Harry Huggins/The Observer)

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words, But Is It Worth A Billion Dollars?

April 23, 2012

For our technically dependent generation, life is about sharing—laughs, moments and triumphs to your best friends, biggest foes, and all those in between. These bragging rights have become much easier...

Point-Counterpoint: The Debate Over Birth Control: Should Fordham Join the 21st Century?

Point-Counterpoint: The Debate Over Birth Control: Should Fordham Join the 21st Century?

February 4, 2012

Fordham Should Provide Its Students with Birth Control By ALISSA FAJEK, Staff Writer As students of Fordham, we should not find it surprising that our Jesuit-affiliated school that has certain...

Courtesy of MCT

Now! That’s What I Call…Extinct: Lay the Compact Disc to Rest in 2012

December 7, 2011

With the end of the year approaching, some people may play along with the “end of the world” myth as we enter 2012. Though it is pretty certain that life will continue after the new year, some things...

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Status Updated, Mood Tweeted and Life Tumblred

November 16, 2011

You open your laptop, load the Internet and go to the Facebook homepage without a second thought, even if that wasn’t why you opened your computer in the first place. You talk to your best friend...

Troops are Coming Home: Life Without Iraq on the Forefront

November 2, 2011

  Since before most of us even hit double digits, our troops have been in Iraq fighting the “War on Terror.” It has been accepted as commonplace for nearly a decade, and as of Dec. 31,...

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