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COLLEEN THORNHILL, Opinions Editor Emerita

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” has garnered an unexpected following in the literary world, most likely because of its shocking subject matter. (courtesy of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

Why You Should Read “Fifty Shades of Grey”

May 3, 2012

When I tell people I’ve read and love the book series “Fifty Shades of Grey,” I typically get the same reaction as when I tell them I’m a Ke$ha fan. “Are you serious? You? Why?” Yes, me....

The main character of “Girls,” Hannah (Lena Dunham, center), is hardly a role model and is more annoying than fun to watch.  If this is the  average New York City 20-something female, the future of this town is in unsteady, self-absorbed hands. (Jojo Whilden/HBO)

HBO’s “Girls” Supposedly Accurate, but Mostly Disconcerting

April 19, 2012

On April 15, HBO premiered the new show “Girls.” The series claims to accurately portray life as a 20-something female in New York City. It focuses on Hannah, a writer who is the self-proclaimed...

Rick Santorum’s speeches have been more than memorable, whether he intends for them to be or not. (Shari Lewis/Columbus Dispatch/MCT)

Rick Santorum: Alienating Voters, One Stance at a Time

March 7, 2012

A year ago, I was mildly interested in politics. Now, though, I’m not sure I can get enough. Week after week I read about some politician who doesn’t think before he speaks and then see him parodied...

(Courtesy of Fordham Memes)

Editor’s Choice: Top 20 Fordham Memes

February 15, 2012

Recently two new Facebook pages took off called "Fordham Memes," and with both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center students "liking" the pages, they received hundreds of hits within just a few hours. Students...

Photo-shopped images like this one are the kind that make a pageantry look like an event that puts children on display like dolls. (Courtesy of Discovery Press)

Toddlers and Tiaras: The War on Pageant Mothers

February 15, 2012

I thoroughly enjoy reality TV. Look for me on a Thursday night, and I’ll be awaiting the 10:00 p.m. showing of “The Jersey Shore.” If you want to know what I’m doing on a Sunday night, no need...

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...

YouTube poet Jefferson Bethke favors faith over religion. (Courtesy of BBAL1989/YouTube)

Point and Counterpoint: Viral Video Questions Faithfulness of the Religious

February 1, 2012

Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus By MICHELLE PRADO, Contributing Writer A round of applause to the YouTube poet Jefferson Bethke who has said what many want to say but never do. One of the hottest...

Mitt Romney is just one of a few politicians who seem more focused on tugging heartstrings than politics. (Courtesy of Mitt Romney Campaign)

Republican Campaign Strategies: All About Family Ties

February 1, 2012

Every day my roommate turns on CNN to check the latest news regarding the Republican primaries. Or debates. Or whatever it is team red has going on. She’s a political science major, and as such,...

Papers Should Be About the Content, Not the Works Cited Page

November 16, 2011

This November marks the first anniversary of when I officially declared myself a history major. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of talking to me, you know I have trouble shutting up about it. I’m...

True Life: I Am a Johnny Depp Fan

November 2, 2011

  Apparently people think I have an unceasing love for and interest in all things pop culture. It’s funny, because honestly these so-called obsessions of mine come and go. Sure, I enjoy going...

If advisers prove difficult to find, students may find themselves waiting endlessly for someone to notice them. (Charlie Puente/The Observer)

Trying to See an Adviser Shouldn’t Be This Difficult: The Recent Frustrations of Academic Advising

October 5, 2011

I’m a senior. That means I’m scared out of my mind. OK, I’m not that bad. I’ve still got my chin up. Kind of. The point is I’m embarking on my fourth year at Fordham. I’ve been...

Colleen looks with horror at the iPhone as she grips her lifeless flip phone, which remains useless and abandoned in her right hand. (Mario Weddell/The Observer)

Avoiding Smart Technology: Why I Don’t Want the iPhone

August 25, 2011

For six years I had a flip phone. My first little beauty was a round, silver, high-tech (for 2005) thingamajig made noteworthy by the little picture screen on the font. I’m not sure it could take photos,...

Orientation leaders know no bounds in their efforts to make new students feel welcome at Fordham. (Courtesy of Luke Villapaz)

A Nostalgic Look at the Necessity of Orientation

August 25, 2011

  This year Fordham University will welcome a whole new body of students. Fresh-faced 18 year olds, right out of high school, will move into McMahon, journey up the escalators to Lowenstein,...

Turner Classic Movies: For Your Consideration

August 25, 2011

Turner Classic Movies (TCM), for those of you who don’t know, is the best station on television. I understand that’s a bold statement, but where else can you find certified fantastic films playing...

Although we may not always attain our initial aspirations, supporitve communites often indirectly result from our efforts. (Darryl Yu/The Observer)

Getting to Know You: New Suitemates Make My Summer Worthwhile

August 3, 2011

I’ve lived in McMahon Hall for three years now. For two of those three years, I have lived with the same group of girls, give or take one or two switcharoos. I’ve grown very comfortable with them,...

When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling, It’s Because They’d Rather be Italian

August 3, 2011

Every Thursday night, I rush to finish my article for The Observer in time for the latest “Jersey Shore” episode at 10 p.m. Yet when “Jersey Shore” premiered over a year ago, I refused to watch...

Limited Classes at FCLC: We Deserve Better

July 23, 2011

Published: April 20, 2011 Despite being a student at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), I take the majority of my classes at Rose Hill. I suppose I’m one of those rare LC-ers who prefers...

It’s a Shore Thing: Jersey’s Going to the Motherland

July 23, 2011

Published: April 13, 2011 Despite its lack of plot or character development, “The Jersey Shore” is by far one of the most popular shows on cable television. When season one premiered in December...

I’m a Belieber

July 23, 2011

Published: March 30, 2011 A year ago, I was on my GO! trip in New Orleans when I first experienced the worldwide phenomenon known as Justin Bieber.  As my team and I drove around the city,...

Eye Appointment for Iran: No Secret Message in 2012 Olympics Logo

July 23, 2011

Published: March 30, 2011 In 2012, I am told, the world is going to end. Well, that’s sad and a slight cause for concern, but before that happens, something even more exciting is going to happen that...

Laundry in the Dorms: One Nightmare After Another

July 23, 2011

Published: February 16, 2011 Living in the dorms gets old after a while, with the RAs lurking in the hallways ready to hand out fines and the lack of privacy that comes from living with as many...

Jack and Pétron: A Musician’s New Best Friends

July 23, 2011

Published: February 2, 2011 Recently at my cousin’s wedding, the DJ blasted the song “Shots” by LMFAO featuring Lil Jon. Unless you haven’t been to a party in the past year, you probably...

America’s WikiLeaks Outbreak: Where’s the Vaccine?

July 23, 2011

Published: December 09, 2010 Despite most college students like myself, I frankly do not believe I am entitled to know everything my government is up to. Yes, we should have journalists stationed...

New European Flavors at Columbus Circle: AQ Kafé is a Departure from the Everyday

July 23, 2011

Published: October 7, 2010 For students tiring of deli sandwiches and dismal diner food, there may be hope for you yet. During your next lunch break, try AQ Kafé, a European café located on 58th Street...

The Midnight Premiere of the Deathly Hallows: Apparate Your Way, Because Flu Powder is So Book Four

July 19, 2011

Published: November 17, 2010 When I was nine, I made fun of my best friend Riley for reading a book about a boy wizard. I was a loyal Roald Dahl fan, and this J.K. Rowling person and her story of the...

T-Swizzle: Better than Average

July 19, 2011

Published: November 3, 2010 I used to despise Taylor Swift. My junior year of high school she released “Teardrops on My Guitar,” and I wanted to personally confront that boy Drew for inspiring her...

Freezing for Free Stuff: Why Taylor Swift is Not Worth the Risk of Dying on the Street

July 19, 2011

Published: October 20, 2010 Jay-Z and Alicia Keys tell us there’s nothing we can’t do in New York. Excuse me, famous rich people, but there’s plenty I can’t do, because this town is too...

Lamenting the Loss of Bookstore Behemoth Barnes & Noble

July 16, 2011

Published: September 22, 2010 Two weeks ago someone told me Barnes & Noble on West 66th St. was closing because it could no longer afford to pay its lease. I couldn’t believe it. In a city as...

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