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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer


ALLIE STOFER, Former Editor-in-Chief

Allie Stofer (she/her), FCLC ’23, is the former editor-in-chief at The Observer. She is a political science major, with a double minor in history and women, gender and sexuality studies. Previously, she has worked as a news editor. When she is not editing articles, she can be found embroidering and trying new restaurants.

All content by ALLIE STOFER
Djellza Pulatani

Meet USGLC’s Presidential Candidates for 2023

April 27, 2023
The previous presidential election was uncontested, but now three candidates, including the incumbent, share their platform.
The Finalé

The Finalé

April 23, 2023
Solve, or relive, The Observer's final crossword from our Crossword Competition on Friday, April 14th, 2023.
Staff Diversity Report: Fall 2022

Staff Diversity Report: Fall 2022

November 28, 2022
In this report, you will find an examination of the diversity of our staff — examined along lines of ethnicity, sexuality, financial need and other factors.
Makenzie McGrath preparing to pitch

Fordham Softball Splits Doubleheader With Kent State

April 13, 2022
Fordham played a doubleheader against Kent State University on Saturday, April 9. Both games lasted seven innings.
for an article about donna rapaccioli, the front of the gabelli school of business

BREAKING: Donna Rapaccioli Steps Down as Dean of Gabelli

April 11, 2022
Dean Donna Rapaccioli of the Gabelli School of Business will be stepping down after 15 years of service, effective June 30, 2022.
Friday, April 1

Friday, April 1

April 1, 2022
Take a minute to play The Observer's Daily Mini Crossword, posted everyday at 8:00 A.M.
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[Photo] Limos Supplant Entire Ram Van Lineup

By ALYSSA MACALUSO, A.P. Style Tyrant April 1, 2022

McShane decided to replace the vans with limos after one ride to Lincoln Center.

survey results on pie charts depicted outcome of a mask survey

Fordham Goes Maskless

March 29, 2022
Fordham lifted its mask mandate on Mar. 5, creating a mixed response among students according to a survey distributed by the Observer
Sunday, March 27

Sunday, March 27

March 27, 2022
Take a minute to play The Observer's Daily Mini Crossword, posted everyday at 8:00 A.M.
Saturday, March 26

Saturday, March 26

March 26, 2022
Take a minute to play The Observer's Daily Mini Crossword, posted everyday at 8:00 A.M.
Wednesday, March 23

Wednesday, March 23

March 23, 2022
Take a minute to play The Observer's Daily Mini Crossword, posted everyday at 8:00 A.M.
Monday, March 21

Monday, March 21

March 21, 2022
Take a minute to play The Observer's Daily Mini Crossword, posted everyday at 8:00 A.M.
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[Photo] Food Restriction Lifted for Events

By OLIVIA LEDUC February 17, 2022

At Stove's first show of the semester, pizza and beverages were served. The event also had a large turnout.

tania tetlow wears a red shirt and stands by a striped chair

BREAKING: Fordham Hires Tania Tetlow as First Female President

February 10, 2022
In an email and later webinar, Fordham announced that Tania Tetlow will succeed Joseph McShane, S.J.. She will be the first lay president.
for article about campuses closing, the lincoln center campus in the rain

[Photo] BREAKING: University Campuses Close Friday Afternoon

By MARYAM BESHARA February 4, 2022

Lincoln Center and Rose Hill closed at 1 p.m. and all in-person classes were canceled. Ram Vans were also canceled after 1 from RH to LC and after 2 from LC to RH.

number of students nervous about return to campus spring with covid

Fordham Community At Odds Over Fully In-Person Spring Semester

February 2, 2022
Students express dissatisfaction with Fordham's in-person spring semester, citing health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 on campus.
john lonie stands in front of fordham with a pass/fail walkout sign

Walkout for Hybrid Learning Sees Low Turnout

February 2, 2022
Only three students attended the walkout intended to pressure administration to implement a hybrid learning option this semester.
student performing a covid test in the testing center

BREAKING: Fordham to Require Surveillance Testing and Reopen Ram Fit Center

January 27, 2022
Students and staff will be required to upload a new negative PCR test before Feb. 13 in accordance with Fordham's surveillance testing.
quarantine room of a positive test student

BREAKING: Fordham Reduces Quarantine and Isolation Periods

January 18, 2022
In accord with CDC guidelines, students can test negative on the sixth day of quarantine and return to classes instead of waiting 10 days.
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BREAKING: Fordham Updates Return Protocol for the Beginning of the Spring Semester

January 3, 2022
As a part of the updated procedures for the return to campus in the spring, Fordham is modifying its protocol for indoor spaces and events.
students protest the sexual misconduct about assault on campus

Fordham’s Response to Sexual Misconduct

December 9, 2021
Many Fordham students are unaware of supportive resources amid on-campus protests and reports of Fordham mishandling sexual misconduct.
greg jones, new reslife director stands in front of office of residential life wearing a mask

Fordham Hires New Director of Residential Life Greg Jones

December 8, 2021
After a long search for a new director of Residential Life due to Jenifer Campbell's promotion, Greg Jones is appointed as director.
anne-sophie neumeister taking a selfie

Anne-Sophie Neumeister, Fordham Graduate Student, Dies at 23

October 10, 2021
Anne-Sophie Neumeister died on September 5 at the age of 23, only a few months after graduating from Fordham's master program.
a graphic showing a daily cumulative COVID-19 case count at Fordhams Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses

Lincoln Center COVID-19 Case Count Rises to Highest Number Yet

September 24, 2021
As the Lincoln Center COVID-19 case count has risen, students have struggled to navigate the university's shifting health recommendations.
a graphic showing a daily cumulative COVID-19 case count at Fordhams Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses

Lincoln Center COVID-19 Case Count Rises to Highest Number Yet

September 24, 2021
As the Lincoln Center COVID-19 case count has risen, students have struggled to navigate the university's shifting health recommendations.
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BREAKING: Flooding on Campus Following Tropical Storm

September 1, 2021
Tropical storm Ida has caused flooding in Garden Lounge, club offices, and the lobbies of McMahon Hall and the Lowenstein Center.
for the fiscal year 2021, a graph showing projected revenue of $500,000 vs actual of $4.5 million

Fordham Announces Budget for Fiscal Year 2022

June 13, 2021
Fordham revealed its budget plans for the 2022 fiscal year, which differ from previous years due to the pandemic and its effects on students and faculty.
An image of a letter from USG leaders detailing their support for an Asian American studies program.

Fordham Faculty Members Create Petition for Asian American Studies Program

May 6, 2021
Fordham faculty come together to create a petition calling for more representation and the creation of an Asian American studies program.
student getting an observed covid test at an on-campus testing center

Fordham Faces a Decrease in COVID-19 Testing

March 31, 2021
After campus was shut down at Rose Hill due to a spike in cases, there has been a decrease in on-campus testing at Fordham.
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40 Years of Crisis Coverage at The Observer

March 29, 2021
Throughout the four decades of The Observer, there have been many important events reported on. These events have shaped The Observer today.
Maria Bartiromo on a speaker panel at the World Economic Forum

Fordham Faculty Releases Petition Against Controversial Speaker

March 2, 2021
The Gabelli School of Business invited Maria Bartiromo to speak at a webinar causing faculty to start a petition against the event.
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FIRE List for Free Speech Ranks Fordham in the Bottom 10

March 2, 2021
On Feb. 17, FIRE released its list of the top 10 worst colleges for free speech. Fordham was listed for the third time in four years.
a zoom screenshot of four members of the Black History Month Committee

Fordham Celebrates Black History Month Online

February 9, 2021
With the start of February, clubs are hosting hybrid and virtual events to celebrate Black History Month.
Laura Greeney poses with her great-nieces on a couch

Fordham Alumna and Adjunct English Professor Laura Greeney Dies at Age 59

January 30, 2021
Fordham professor Laura Greeney passed away unexpectedly on January 19, 2021.
image of moving carts for students leaving campus

Students Leave Campus as Cases Spike

November 24, 2020
COVID-19 cases on campus went above 1% only two weeks before move-out, causing students to wonder if they will return in the spring.
One of the English deparrtments offices at fordham

Departments Work Toward an Anti-Racist Future

November 11, 2020
Academic departments within Fordham make plans for anti-racist education.
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Challenges of Voting During a Pandemic

October 28, 2020
First-time voters and college students must choose how they want to vote this year while navigating the threat of COVID-19 and trying to stay safe.
Robert Sundstrom wearing a Fordham hat and mask poses in front of the ram statue in the Outdoor Plaza

New USG Leaders Set Goals for a Semester Defined by COVID-19

October 1, 2020
The new vice president and senators of the United Student Government share what they are excited to focus on this year.
headshots of vice presidential candidates joe vangostein and robert sundstrom

Meet the Fall 2020 USG Vice Presidential Candidates

September 21, 2020
Get to know the two candidates campaigning to be the United Student Government Vice President for the fall 2020 semester.
Dining Hall

Aramark Adjusts to COVID-19 Restrictions

September 21, 2020
Fordham plans to keep its Aramark employees safe from COVID-19 with the reopening of campus by implementing new policies.
a photo of Title IX coordinator Kareem Peat taken with the Rose Hill campus in the background

Changes to Title IX Enact a Strict Burden of Proof

September 18, 2020
Students were informed of the May 2020 changes to Title IX at the start of this semester. Survivors of sexual assault fear the implications of the new rules.
a graphic explaining that Fordham will offer a hybrid model while Santa Clara University and Loyola Maryland are fully online, as is Loyola Chicago though they will allow approved students on campus

Jesuit Students Adjust to New Fall Plans

August 27, 2020
Jesuit universities across the country have begun to alter their plans for the fall, stating their concern for students.
Students quarantining in the dorms were not allowed to leave for any reason after their initial arrival, so they had to buy enough grocieries for two weeks. In McKeon, a food delivery system was put in place.

ResLife Quarantines on Campus

August 25, 2020
While students from restricted states are required to quarantine off-campus for two weeks before arriving on campus RAs, RFMs and OLs have been able to quarantine on campus. 
Auricchio spoke with Rebecca Stark-Gendrano and Mica McKnight, Assistant Dean for Juniors and Transfer Students and Assistant Dean for Sophomores, respectively. Both assured listeners that they are available and working hard to answer students’ questions. They also noted that the add-drop period will proceed as usual until Sep. 3.

Town Hall Part 2: Changes to Instruction Within FCLC and Gabelli

August 7, 2020
Deans from FCLC and Gabelli discussed in detail how their respective schools would adapt to a hybrid learning environment.
screenshot of mcshane and buckley at the town hall

Town Hall Part 1: Fordham Details University-Wide Reopening Protocols

August 7, 2020
Faculty and administration discussed modifications to classes, campus life and student conduct and provided new information from the Fordham Forward reopening plan in a university-wide town hall.
An open McMahon Hall dorm room door

What Social Distancing Will Look Like at Lincoln Center

July 31, 2020
Fordham announced their plans for a social distant move-in and how they expect students to remain socially distant as the semester progresses.
birth control pills in their package

Controlling Sexual Health On Campus

July 28, 2020
Sexual education and the need for birth control have been neglected by Fordham due to its Jesuit affiliation.
Outline of the Dewar tuition plan, explaining annual and per semester costs, broken down by with or without housing

Fordham Offers Tuition Insurance Plan Through Dewar Program

July 16, 2020
The Office of Student Financial Services announced an option for students to enroll in additional insurance through the Dewar Tuition Refund Plan, which will provide additional support for students who may need to leave school due to medical reasons.
a lowenstein elevator at full capacity, disallowed under fordhams reopening plan

Fordham’s Reopening Plan is ‘Too Little, Too Late’

July 9, 2020
Fordham's delayed decision on a plan for the upcoming semester has made it difficult for many students to make their own plans for the fall.
Fordham Road GoFundMe Screenshot

UPDATED: Alleged Fordham Road GoFundMe Scam Is Righted

July 8, 2020
A Bronx looting led to multiple GoFundMes being created. The campaign created by Amin Razzaque to help Fordham Road businesses is believed to be a scam.
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Gabelli Students and Faculty Discuss Racial Solidarity

June 24, 2020
The Zoom town hall held on June 15 addressed the history of racism, racial solidarity and student resources.
a ZOOM screenshot of Professor Capers smiling

Fordham Law Holds Discussion on Race and Protesting Injustice

June 19, 2020
The Fordham Law School hosted a talk on Zoom entitled "Protest, Police Violence and The Pandemic." The event covered the protests and Black Lives Matter movement.
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Fordham Goes Test-Optional Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

June 6, 2020
After the coronavirus outbreak, many ACT and SAT exams were canceled, leading Fordham to go test-optional for the next two years.
a crowd protests in the Bronx with fists raised

Students Demand University Helps Clean Up After Looting on Fordham Road

June 4, 2020
Protests broke out in the Bronx on Fordham Road on June 2. The Bronx looting left parts of Fordham Road littered with glass, ashes and debris.
a NYC metrocard being pulled out of a wallet with a Fordham ID in it

Fordham’s Financial Steps and Missteps During the Pandemic

May 13, 2020
With pressure from students, faculty and policymakers, Fordham's financial steps during the pandemic became subject to criticism.
An I Voted sticker stuck to a window in McKeon Hall overlooking midtown Manhattan

Canceled Primary Could Lead to Low Student Voter Turnout

May 13, 2020
The state of the New York presidential primary is unknown, causing many to wonder about the impact it could have on young voters.
a bedroom door with a sign reading Quiet! Finals Testing

Foreign Language Classes to Hold Formal Exams

April 28, 2020
Fordham told professors to get creative with how they will conduct their final exams, however the majority of foreign language core courses are continuing to require a traditional final exam.
A selfie of incoming student Jenna Fazzone

Welcoming the Class of 2024 Digitally

April 21, 2020
Incoming students are having to take virtual tours, attend online Zoom sessions and rely on Facebook groups to get to know their future classmates.
Dean Auricchio (left) and Dean Williams (left)

Fordham Deans Host Online Town Hall

April 8, 2020
Deans Laura Auricchio, Keith Eldredge and Tracyann Williams hosted a Zoom meeting to answer student questions on April 7 from 1 p.m. ET until 2 p.m.
Fordham Students Lose Internships and Jobs as Global Crisis Continues

Fordham Students Lose Internships and Jobs as Global Crisis Continues

April 6, 2020
As states implement stay-at-home orders, student workers find their internships and jobs being canceled. Many scramble to change their summer plans, which could lead to ripples in their careers at Fordham and beyond.
This years USG candidates, Loreen Ruiz (left) and Robert Stryczek (right), will campaign and debate online.

United Student Government Will Host 2020 Elections Online

April 1, 2020
As Fordham students are spread across the globe for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Student Government (USG) at Lincoln Center reevaluated its 2020 spring election process. 
When members of the Feminist Alliance E-Board graduated, the club went on a brief hiatus due to lack of student leadership.

Feminist Alliance Revived in Time for Women’s History Month

March 10, 2020
The goal of Feminist Alliance is to create a space for feminists to imagine their own perspective at Fordham and discuss issues in the world through an intersectional lens.
A scholar of African American literature reads portions of her book to portray ideas about race theory.

Race Reconstructs Itself in a Post-Apocalyptic World

March 4, 2020
Saidiya Hartman, a scholar of African American literature, spoke about the impact of white supremacy on American history at an annual Black History Month lecture.
After concerns that Fordham students were uninsured, Fordham introduced a $3000 opt-out insurance plan.

Students Say Health Insurance Policy Puts Them At Risk

February 19, 2020
Fordham University introduced a new insurance plan over the summer where students must show proof of private insurance or else they will be enrolled in the university’s health insurance plan with Aetna. Although the Health Insurance Office sent out emails at the beginning of the fall semester to remind students who already had an insurance plan in New York City to opt-out of the university’s insurance plan, students studying abroad only got one email in May, right after the policy was announced.
Jermilah Mahmood spoke about the biggest challenges facing humanitarian workers in the 21st Century.

Speaker Emphasizes The Need for Trust in Humanitarian Aid

February 11, 2020
In her lecture “The Trust Deficit in Humanitarian Action: Does Going Local Address It?" Jermilah Mahmood, Ph.D., spoke to Fordham undergraduate and law students and faculty about the need to restore trust in humanitarianism
Scott Bruce plans to use his fellowship money to create a large reference library of Greek Christian works that were translated into Latin.

Fordham Professors Rethink History With Grant Money

February 11, 2020
The National Endowment of the Humanities announced 188 projects that it will be funding — two of which are Fordham history professors. The Fordham professors, Scott Bruce, Ph.D.,; and Yuko Miki, Ph.D., will each both receive a fellowship for $60,000 which will last for 12 months. Both plan to use their fellowships to reexamine parts of history that they believe are often ignored.
Fordham Admissions event at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Ill. The change in the NACACs code of ethics means that colleges can now offer more admissions incentives to students, even after theyve rejected their official offer of admission.

Regulations Made to Protect Students Removed by NACAC

October 30, 2019
On Sept. 28, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) changed its code of ethics, affecting colleges and universities around the country.
Fordham has participated in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice at Capitol Hill for many years.

Campus Ministry Calls Out Capitol Hill

October 16, 2019
In a few weeks, Fordham students and faculty will join other students from Jesuit institutions in Washington D.C. for the Ignation Family Teach-in for Justice (IFTJ), the largest annual Catholic gathering for social justice.
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