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During his last year as President of USG, Demetrios Stratis (right) aims to enhance communication with Fordham students. (KEVIN CHRISTOPHER ROBLES/THE OBSERVER)

USG Enters Spring Semester with High Hopes

December 7, 2018
After a semester of student unrest and internal division, Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC)’s United Student Government (USG) is heading into the spring semester with a united front and high hopes for better communication with students and administrators alike.
Students left copies of the open letter under Fordham's vice president's office door. (LENA ROSE/THE OBSERVER)

Gray Breaks University Silence on TGNCI Rights

December 6, 2018
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Jeffrey Gray sent an email to a short list of club leaders and faculty assuring the students that Fordham University believes “transgender rights are human rights.”
Mariam Wahba, the sole attendant of the Witt/Kieffer student information session in the search for a new dean of FCLC. (CARMEN BORCA-CARRILLO/THE OBSERVER)

Search for Dean Lacks Student Support

December 6, 2018
Despite attempts to include community voices in the decision, the search’s current state of affairs shows little promise for further student involvement.
Frank Simio: A Baptism Under Fire

Frank Simio: A Baptism Under Fire

November 14, 2018

After 18 years of service at Fordham University, Frank Simio was appointed to the position of vice president of Lincoln Center in August 2018. Simio, who graduated from Fordham University in 1983, returned...

Student workers like Michelle Osipova felt belittled by the policy. (ANNE WANG/THE OBSERVER)

University Raises Minimum Wage, Students Remain Uneasy

November 14, 2018
On Oct. 29, Fordham University released a statement officially raising student workers’ minimum wage to the $15 mandated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the state of New York.

Fordham Excludes Itself from Paying Student Workers Minimum Wage in 2019

October 24, 2018

On Sept. 25, 2018, Fordham administrators received an email stating the university will not pay student workers minimum wage next semester. Fordham will instead continue to pay student workers at most...

United Student Government aims to engage students and generate inter-club connections this year. (CARLA DE MIRANDA/THE OBSERVER)

USG Aims for Inclusivity, Engagement, Communication in 2018

October 10, 2018

When the spring 2018 semester came to an end, United Student Government at Lincoln Center (USG) had three vacant positions on its e-board. Now, after fall elections, the e-board is full and nearly all...

More than 200 undergraduate and law students attended the demonstration, where their peers rallied them around cries of condemnation directed toward the supreme court and vows of support for the survivor’s experience at Fordham.

Fordham Law Letter Condemns Kavanaugh, Warns Senators

October 5, 2018

On Sept. 30, Fordham Law students penned an open letter protesting the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and supporting the accounts of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Professor Anita...

University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane addressed the question of

Fordham Receives “Mixed” Rankings

September 26, 2018

“I am writing to report that it has been a mixed week for Fordham in the rankings,” began a Sept. 10 email from University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. addressed to the Fordham community....

The Fordham University Church at Fordham College at Rose Hill.
(LAUREN MACDONALD/THE OBSERVER)

Rose Hill Student Collapses, University Gathers To Pray for Recovery

September 26, 2018

On the morning of Sept. 25, an email from the Office of the President shocked the Fordham community. Fordham College Rose Hill (FCRH) freshman, Nicholas Booker, reportedly collapsed at Lombardi Fieldhouse...

Freedman was appointed as provost, a newly-created position, in 2010. (COURTESY OF FORDHAM NEWS AND MEDIA RELATIONS)

Provost Search Picks Up Momentum, Seeks Community Support

September 26, 2018

In early September, Fordham University embarked on one of its most pressing tasks for the upcoming year: the search for a permanent provost. In order to find the right fit for Fordham, the university has...

Freshmen in a nine-person suite cook dinner in close quarters. (Matt LaBarbera/The Observer)

Influx of Freshmen Forces Triples in McMahon

September 12, 2018

The safari-themed doors of McMahon Hall’s second and fifth floors are teeming with fern leaves and pith helmets marking the names of freshman residents — up to nine in one suite. The freshman class’...

Peat, a new face at Fordham, extends a welcome to all of campus. (COLIN SHEELEY/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Welcomes New Title IX Coordinator

September 12, 2018

“Good,” “better,” “best.” These were the words Kareem Peat, Fordham University’s new Title IX coordinator, used to describe everything he hopes he has done, everything he does and everything...

The Title IX process requires university councils to remain impartial in divisive cases: In Fabricant’s case, it left her emotionally isolated. (LENA ROSE/THE OBSERVER | GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY SABRINA JEN)

Title IX Proceedings Leave Student Unsupported

August 23, 2018

“If I wasn’t this strong of a woman, I would have folded by now,” Madeline Fabricant wrote in an email last February addressed to the Fordham University Title IX response team. By then, she was embroiled...

The newly renovated Ram Café offers new menu items and stations for students. (LENA ROSE/THE OBSERVER)

Ram Café Renovated For Fall 2018

August 23, 2018

Fordham Dining Services will welcome students back this year with a newly renovated Ram Café. The popular dining spot underwent changes in response to customer feedback last year and said they will reopen...

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Grimes Ends Run as Longest-Serving Dean

August 6, 2018

The 2018 fall semester will mark the first time in 20 years that Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) will open its doors without Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J. at its helm. Grimes, who holds the title...

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Fordham Appoints New Title IX Coordinator, Other Administrative Positions

August 6, 2018

On Aug. 1, the Office of the Vice President for Administration announced that Kareem Peat, J.D., will join the Fordham administration as the university’s new Title IX coordinator. Peat’s appointment...

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Grimes Steps Down as Dean of FCLC, Wertz Fills Interim Position

June 29, 2018

On June 21, the Office of the President announced that Rev. Robert Grimes, S.J., Fordham University’s longest-serving dean, would not return to his position as dean of Fordham College Lincoln Center...

University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane addressed the question of

McShane Denounces Trump Immigration Policy

June 22, 2018

On Wednesday, June 20, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. released a statement concerning President Trump’s border policy of family separation, condemning the practice as a “violation...

Faculty and students rallied to protect faculty benefits. (COURTESY OF ADRIANA BALSAMO-GALLINA)

Vote of No Confidence by Faculty Senate Hits One Year Mark

May 7, 2018

April 19 marked the one-year anniversary of the Fordham faculty vote of no confidence against the leadership of University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane S.J. In the year since the vote, negotiations...

Walcott carries a distinguished history of work within the New York educational system. (COURTESY OF BRUCE GILBERT)

Dennis Walcott Confirmed as 2018 Fordham Commencement Speaker

April 27, 2018

Fordham University’s 173rd Commencement will welcome Dennis Walcott, president and CEO of the Queens Library and former New York City schools chancellor, as its keynote speaker for the class of 2018....

Vice President Katina Smith Brings a Schematic for School Spirit to Fordham

Vice President Katina Smith Brings a Schematic for School Spirit to Fordham

April 18, 2018

“I thought of some good puns—too many actually,” newly-elected United Student Government (USG) Vice President Katina Smith said of her viral advertisement campaign, the vestiges of which can still...

The Counseling & Psychological Services office is open Mondays - Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (ELIZABETH LANDRY/THE OBSERVER)

CPS and RHA Aim to Diversify Mental Health on Campus

April 4, 2018

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) and the Resident Housing Association (RHA) are teaming up to address concerns about mental health services on the Fordham Lincoln Center campus, especially concerning...

“Taste the World,” allowed event-goers to collect candy from around the globe, from the British chocolate “Turkish Delight” to “White Rabbit,” a Japanese rice candy. (TED EYTAN VIA FLICKR)

FACE Programming Brings Sweet Twist to Multicultural Programming

March 21, 2018

Last week, Fordham Advocates Cultural Enrichment (FACE) hosted a week of interactive meetings and informational sessions celebrating cultural diversity on Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Two delectable...

Members of United Student Government and Campus Ministry address the student walkout crowd.  (ANDREW BEECHER/THE OBSERVER)

Student Walkout Begins With Prayer, Demands Action

March 21, 2018

On the morning of March 14, Fordham students joined campuses across the nation as they participated in the ENOUGH National Student Walkout against gun violence on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland,...

Student-run media like The Rival, the paper and FSTV distinguish themselves from Fordham’s Observer and Ram in their use of non-traditional mediums and narrative perspectives. (CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON, SCHOOL OF ARTS VIA FLICKR)

FSTV Returns to Campus Circuit of Alternative Media Outlets

March 14, 2018

Fordham’s media circuit welcomed the return of Fordham Student Television (FSTV) this past semester, adding a broadcast medium to Fordham’s media circuit. FSTV joined a string of alternative media...

The facebook event has generated hundreds of responses from students (COLIN SHEELEY/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Students To Rally for Walkout Against Gun Violence

March 12, 2018

On March 14 at 10 a.m., Fordham Lincoln Center students will join over 2,000 campuses around the world in a walkout protest against gun violence. The demonstration, officially titled the “ENOUGH National...

Whole Foods at Columbus Circle is popular among Fordham residents.(Courtesy of Aspersions via Flickr)

Whole Foods Policy Trades Produce for Profits

February 14, 2018

Across the country, Whole Foods Market has experienced food shortages due to an inventory management system called order-to-shelf (OTS), a program implemented early last year that promised to slash prices...