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This Fordham student, who has asked The Observer to not disclose her identity, requested a service dog to live with her on campus, but the university denied her request. The Department of Education has since opened an investigation into the student's allegations.

DOE Rules Against Fordham in Service Dog Case

March 29, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE)’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in New York determined that Fordham University breached Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 when it denied a student’s...

This Fordham student, who has asked The Observer to not disclose her identity, requested a service dog to live with her on campus, but the university denied her request. The Department of Education has since opened an investigation into the student's allegations.

Fordham Under Investigation After Student Denied Service Dog

January 18, 2017

Fordham University denied a student’s request for a service dog to live with her on campus, despite her documented disability with the Office of Disability Services. She submitted her request shortly...

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On the Issues: Final Thoughts

November 4, 2016

Throughout this semester, we have analyzed the four main candidates of the 2016 Presidential Election (Clinton, Trump, Stein and Johnson) on individual issues relevant to the Fordham community. As the...

On the Issues: Drug Policy

On the Issues: Drug Policy

October 13, 2016

As the general election nears, The Observer will be running a series of articles on political issues that interest students. In our coverage, we will analyze each of the four presidential candidates’...

On the Issues 2016: Social Services

On the Issues 2016: Social Services

September 27, 2016

As the general election nears, The Observer will be running a series of articles on political issues that interest students. In our coverage, we will analyze each of the four presidential candidates’...

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On the Issues: Immigration

September 16, 2016

As the general election nears, The Observer will be running a series of articles on political issues that interest students. In our coverage, we will analyze each of the four presidential candidates’...

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Anti-Gay Message Found in Rose Hill Dorm

September 7, 2016

Residents of Finlay Hall found what was likely an anti-gay message written on the white board of their door on Sept. 3. Residential Life staff notified Public Safety of the message, which initiated an...

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On the Issues 2016: Student Loan Debt and Higher Education Cost

August 26, 2016

As the general election nears, The Observer will be running a series of articles on political issues that affect students directly. In our coverage, we will analyze each of the four presidential candidate’s...

Elliot Copeland, a student at the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill (PHOTO VIA LINKEDIN)

Elliott Copeland, Gabelli Student, Dies From Injuries

June 20, 2016

On June 19, Elliott Copeland, a rising senior in the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill, died from injuries he sustained last week after being hit by a car in Manhattan. Joseph McShane, SJ,...

Noah Goldstein, a 2016 alumnus of the Fordham Theatre program. (PHOTO COURTESY OF FORDHAM THEATRE)

Noah Goldstein, Fordham Theatre Alumnus, Passes Away

June 18, 2016

On June 18, Noah Goldstein, a 2016 alumnus of the theatre program at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, passed away. Joseph McShane, SJ, president of Fordham University, informed the Fordham community...

Smokers at Fordham Lincoln Center will have to stand at least 50 feet from all entrances when smoking. (JESSE CARLUCCI/THE OBSERVER)

New Policies Ban Smoking at LC Entrances

April 7, 2016

Over spring break, the Department of Facilities Operations banned smoking within 50 feet of all building entrances on the Fordham Lincoln Center campus. This policy applies to all street-level and plaza-level...

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Tell Tale Tech: Reality Check

March 4, 2016

Virtual reality (VR) is figuratively everywhere. From a much more literal standpoint however, these constructed graphical environments only exist within the frame of one of a few box-like devices. A...

Elizabeth Cornell, director of IT Communications  (PHOTO BY JULIET ALTMANN/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Wi-Fi Issues Persist, Network Upgrade Pending

November 20, 2015

Fordham’s Wi-Fi network continues to cause problems for students. Both the 33 percent increase in device ownership this year and the increasing usage of streaming services have considerably affected...

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Facebook: More to Dislike

September 30, 2015

A dislike button is finally coming to Facebook. As for its purpose, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and co-founder, stated that “it will mainly be used to express mild disapproval, or to express solidarity...

Patrick Hornbeck will apear on Al Jazeera America starting on Sept. 22.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF PIXIEVISION.COM)

Fordham Professor to Cover Papal Visit

September 21, 2015

Patrick Hornbeck II, chair and associate professor of theology at Fordham University, will join Al Jazeera America in its coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. Starting Sept. 22. Hornbeck will...

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Second Bias Incident Takes Place at Rose Hill

September 20, 2015

On Sept. 20 at 7:19 p.m, members of the Fordham community received a security alert, informing them of a “suspected bias crime” at the Rose Hill campus. According to the email, a backwards swastika...

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Tell Tale Tech: The Essentials

September 11, 2015

Certain tech accessories are going to make your life easier in college. Though they do come with an initial cost and will add weight to what you have to carry around, I promise all of these items are well...

The new my.fordham.edu site. (COURTESY OF BEN MOORE)

My.Fordham Woes

August 29, 2015

When Fordham IT announced that the university’s internal Portal (my.fordham.edu) would be undergoing improvements, we were promised “a substantial upgrade to both its appearance and its underlying...

Tell Tale Tech: The Basics; Better

Tell Tale Tech: The Basics; Better

August 26, 2015

Macs and PCs get the basics right, but sometimes stock programs just lack the intangibles that make for great software. Take the default browsers on each OS for example, Safari and Edge, whose feature...

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...

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Banner and My.Fordham Updates

July 7, 2015

Fordham University’s Banner and My.Fordham internal sites are set to be updated this summer and will go offline between July 16 and July 20, while improvements are being made. Changes include migrating...

Make sure to consider absolutely everything before you purchase a new laptop.  (PHOTO BY  BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)

Tell Tale Tech: Choose Wisely

April 30, 2015

We are thankfully nearing the end of the semester and approaching the summer months. The release of Windows 10 is almost here. Apple just revealed its vision for the future of computing with the new MacBook....

IT Warns Against Phishing Emails

IT Warns Against Phishing Emails

April 21, 2015

The security of personal information in the digital age is always at risk since threats can easily come from anywhere, including from trusted sources like Fordham University. Director of Information Technology...

Choosing a good pair of headphones is simpler than it seems. (PHOTO BY BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)

Tell Tale Tech: Arguing Acoustics

April 20, 2015

The majority of people use the headphones that come with their devices simply because they are free. It is very tempting from a convenience standpoint, but most do not realize that these included headphones...

The Atrium was decked out for the Undergraduate Appreciation Awards . (PHOTO BY BEN MOORE/THE OBSERVER)

USG Hosts the UNDYs

April 16, 2015

On Thursday April 16, the United Student Government (USG) hosted the Undergraduate Appreciation Awards (UNDYs) in the Atrium at Fordham Lincoln Center. The ceremony honors notable undergraduate students...

Tell Tale Tech: More than Megapixels

Tell Tale Tech: More than Megapixels

April 6, 2015

Mobile photography has quickly become an integral part of smartphones. Though an afterthought initially, the camera is now a defining feature that can have huge impacts on the success of any of these devices....

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Tell Tale Tech: Obsolete Objects

March 29, 2015

Each year, tech companies will make a point to refresh either the design or internal specs of their most popular products. Often times they update both. And while the tech industry strives for innovation...

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Tell Tale Tech: Storage Shortages

March 9, 2015

Even though storage is inexpensive, manufacturers are becoming quite cheap in the way they make their products. As a case in point, take a look at any one of your personal devices. You will find, in most...

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Tell Tale Tech: Perfect Timing

March 4, 2015

The watch is making a comeback of sorts. And as you might have guessed, Apple and Google have their hands in it. There are a few newcomers this time though, like Pebble and Withings, which are quickly...

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Tell Tale Tech: Voices of Concern

February 23, 2015

Voice features on phones have come a long way from the beginning. At first, they were limited to voice searches that were kind of cool, albeit gimmicky, to show off to people. Then they gained additional...

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Tell Tale Tech: Such Is Software

February 16, 2015

Microsoft Office. Adobe Creative Cloud. Google Play Music. Netflix. Amazon Prime. That’s pretty much everything I do on a computer on a daily basis. And nearly all of them are moving to subscription...

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Tell Tale Tech: Cloudy Days

February 9, 2015

The clouds have rolled in and taken over much of our digital lives by storm. From Google Drive to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, clouds are seemingly everywhere. Personally, I’m against the trend, as I find...

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Tell Tale Tech: Simple Sounds

February 2, 2015

Think back to the last time you used your MP3 player. It might have been five years ago. Possibly longer. Maybe you still use yours. But for the vast majority of people, they have gone the way of Pluto....

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Tell Tale Tech: The IT Myth

January 29, 2015

Slow and buggy computers plague everyone from time to time and can be downright vexing. And then an IT support tech clicks a few buttons, types some commands and inexplicably the computer begins cooperating...