The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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CONNOR MANNION, News Editor and Assistant Literary Editor Emeritus

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Smithsonian Head to Speak at 2016 Commencement

April 28, 2016
On April 28, Fordham University named David Skorton, M.D., the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as the University Commencement speaker for the Class of 2016.
The College Council discussed CUSP as being redundant and lacking planning.

Council Voices Concerns on CUSP

April 20, 2016
CUSP's 11-page draft document left Fordham Lincoln Center’s College Council confused on what the specifics of the plan may entail.

USG Votes to Recommend Keeping the Robert Moses Plinth

April 18, 2016
USG has voted to retain the plinth, provided that "it acknowledge the many communities that were displaced by Robert Moses."
Students speaking with professors at College Council. Two new minors were given a positive recommendation during the council meeting (PHOTO BY CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

College Council Talks New Minors and Middle States

April 12, 2016
College Council met for the final time in the spring semester to culminate discussion on online summer courses for undergraduates, as well as discuss the positive report of the Middle States evaluators.
Professor of Theology Maureen Tilley (Photo Courtesy of Fordham University)

Maureen Tilley, Professor of Theology, Passes Away

April 10, 2016

On Sunday April 3, Maureen Tilley, professor of theology at Fordham University, died following complications from pancreatic cancer. “I was very saddened to hear about Dr. Tilley’s death,” Joseph...

Steve DAgustino, director of Online Learning, giving a presentation of how to manage and teach an online class through systems like BlackBoard. (PHOTO BY CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

College Council Approves Change to Major, Talks Online Classes

March 14, 2016
College Council took time again to vote for a change to women's studies and learned more about online class structures.
Keith Eldredge, dean of students at Fordham Lincoln Center, has been working at Fordham for longer than some students have been alive. (PHOTO BY ELIZABETH LANDRY/ THE OBSERVER)

Eldredge: 20 Years at Fordham

March 9, 2016
Dean Eldredge receives an award for 20 years of service at Fordham University.

Fear and Trembling

March 1, 2016
But it doesn’t represent anything, as it is nothing. So, the nothing stays with us.
The old America House has been sold to prepare for the future of America Media (ANDRONIKA ZIMMERMAN/THE OBSERVER)

America Magazine Sells Offices, Moves Jesuit Residence to St. Paul’s Church

February 26, 2016
America Media, the Jesuit media ministry, will be moving closer to the University at Lincoln Center.
Members of the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice (DDCSJ) at a Saturday event that discussed the Black Lives Matter movement.  (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

GSS and Dorothy Day Sponsor Talk on Black Lives Matter

February 24, 2016
The Dorothy Day Center for Social Justice and the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service gathered students and community activists to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Robert Grimes (center) led the discussion with news of what was going on at Fordham (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

College Council Discusses New Creative Writing Chair and Middle States

February 15, 2016
While the bi-annual Club Day went on in the Indoor Plaza, College Council had their first meeting of the new year to discuss business for the spring semester.
Martino Hall was named for a long time vice president and co-founder of Fordham Lincoln Center (ELIZABETH LANDRY/THE OBSERVER)

Martino Hall: A History

February 14, 2016

In the fall 2015 semester, College Council announced the new name of the recently purchased College Board building: Martino Hall. It was known during the summer of 2015 mainly as ‘45 Columbus,’ and...

Psychology or Visual Art? Psychology AND visual art? (JESS LUSZCZYK/THE OBSERVER)

Undeclared Studies

February 11, 2016
“So Bret, I’ve noticed that you forgot to declare a major last year?” “No, my major is up there.” “... It says undeclared.” “Yes.” There was a pause. “That is my major.”
GO! NYC took a trip to the South Bronx. (COURTESY OF CONNOR MANNION)

Outreach in the Heart of New York: Thoughts from GO! NYC

January 29, 2016
I’ve never called myself a New Yorker even though I’ve lived here for the past three years.

Which Team Will Win Super Bowl 50?

January 28, 2016
The Broncos will square off against the Panthers on Feb. 7.
A Fordham administrator explains the importance of learning within the Jesuit identity. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

New Head of Mission and Ministry Appointed

January 28, 2016
Michael McCarthy, S.J. was appointed the head of the newly rebranded Mission and Ministry.
Google gave free reign of Boston to Boston Dynamics, who installed themselves as head of the Commonwealth state. (VIA FLICKR)

Boston Dynamics & YOU!

December 1, 2015
It was now 2089, and Michael no longer knew a world without Boston Dynamics.

Memorial To Robert Moses Re-Erected, Despite Campus Discomfort

November 24, 2015
The monument, which reads “Robert Moses, master builder, friend of Fordham” is not a new addition to the Lincoln Center campus, as it was originally a part of the old Fordham Law School building plaza, currently being renovated into the ‘140’ campus center. The monument was taken down during the renovation of the former Fordham Law School building.
There were a large number of administrators and student leaders in attendance at the event. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Blackout at LC Draws Over 200 Students and Admins

November 19, 2015
On Friday, Nov. 13 at 12:45 p.m., a group of students, faculty and administrators gathered in the Outdoor Plaza for a “Blackout” event.
The USG executive board, pictured above, is part of the council, along with Freedman and Faye-Smith. (HANA KEININGHAM/THE OBSERVER)

USG Creates Intercampus Council with Provost

November 9, 2015
Leighton Magoon, president of United Student Government at Lincoln Center (USGLC), has begun informally meeting with Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., provost of Fordham University, in order to discuss the daily concerns of students at Fordham Lincoln Center and Fordham Rose Hill
Students enjoyed a cereal and milk bar at the first LC After Dark event. (JULIA CORNELL/ THE OBSERVER )

LC After Dark Initiative Created for Friday Nights

November 7, 2015
Fordham students will now have the option of spending Friday nights with LC After Dark.
Happy Halloween!  (Paulina Tam/ OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

31 FCLC Horror Stories

November 1, 2015
Horrors tailored to your Fordham Lincoln Center experience.
There are now only three projects advertised for spring at Lincoln Center. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

GO! DR Cancelled Amid Haitian Immigration Crisis

October 27, 2015
It is no longer safe in the country for Global Outreach's host organization.
Pictured from right to left, Dr. Clara Rodriguez and Zann Ballsun-Simms addressed the councils concerns on talking about the bias incidents. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

College Council Discusses Failure to Respond to ‘Bias Incidents’

October 22, 2015
The usual business of the College Council was quickly moved through for open forum on how professors might respond to the bias incidents.
The Sodexo meeting  addressed a number of concerns brought to USG by students (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Sodexo Hears Student Concerns Through USG Forum

October 22, 2015
Gluten-free food was a main point of discussion.
The protest at RamTown was silent, and ended after approximately 20 minutes. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Rose Hill Students Continue Bias Protests at RamTown

October 17, 2015
"These incidents won't be swept under the rug," the protest organizer said.
Students involved in Fordham for Bernie gathered in the 8th floor lounge to watch the Democratic debate. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Sanders Supporters at Fordham Host Debate Viewing Party

October 13, 2015
A group of Fordham Lincoln Center students supporting presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hosted a viewing party of the Democratic Debate.
Signs expressing solidarity with anyone affected by the bias crimes at Rose Hill can be found throughout McMahon and McKeon Hall (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

After ‘Bias Incidents,’ Solidarity Door Signs are Approved by ResLife

October 8, 2015
Resident students at Fordham Lincoln Center use solidarity signs to show support for students effected by the 'bias crimes.'
The authors small library, pictured is a quote from one of Fitzgeralds short stories, The Diamond As Big As The Ritz. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

A Eulogy for the Greater Gatsby

October 6, 2015
The heart of cynicism is disappointed idealism, which can always be renewed.

Fordham Remembers Professor Who Fought for Civil Rights in Media

September 28, 2015
On Thursday, Sept. 18 Fordham lost longtime lecturer, the Reverend Everett Carlton Parker, Ph.D. aged 102.
University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane addressed the question of Who is the Fordham community? in an email on Oct. 15.

McShane Appears on MSNBC to Discuss Pope

September 27, 2015
Fr. Joseph McShane S.J. appeared as a commentator on MSNBC during Chris Matthews' coverage of Pope Francis.
Pictured are Dean Grimes (right), Moniot (center) and Coleman (near left). Grimes led the majority of the College Council meeting (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

College Council Discusses Title IX and the ‘Bias Incident’

September 23, 2015
College Council reconvened on Sept. 17 to discuss Fordham Lincoln Center achievements and the incident at Rose Hill.
The group of students marched down Constitution Row, the road intersecting Coffey Field and the homecoming tent set up on Edwards Parade (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Solidarity March Staged at Rose Hill Homecoming

September 21, 2015

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the same day and time as Fordham's football team took the field against Columbia for the annual Liberty Cup homecoming game, a group of Rose Hill (RH) and Lincoln Center (LC) students...


“People Judge Me Because I’m Pretty,” Fordham Student Says

September 8, 2015
Czochanski described her struggles with being beautiful and Cosmo picked it up.

Abandoned Garden Re-purposed by Fordham Research

September 8, 2015
“Fordham Pollen Machine,"--this machine, known as an aeroallergen monitoring device, brings new purpose to a previously underutilized part of the Fordham community.
The current executive board of USG from right to left: Leighton Magoon, (FCLC 17), Amanda Richie, (FCLC 16), and Alec Padron, (GSBLC 18). Not pictured, Rory Hanrahan, (FCLC 18), who was running the PowerPoint. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

USG Holds First Meeting

September 4, 2015
On Thursday Sept. 3, United Student Government (USG) held a meeting to highlight the processes of running for USG senate and the executive board.
Dean Desciak and Father DeCola reside in McKeon Hall. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Lincoln Center Dorms Among Most Expensive

September 4, 2015
Dorms at Fordham at Lincoln Center were rated among the most expensive in America.
Colin Cowherd was fired for remarks against Dominican people. (COURTESY OF DALE SWEETNAM VIA FLICKR)

ESPN Cuts Commentary to Survive New Media Landscape

August 28, 2015
In a move towards becoming a more dynamic content provider, ESPN has cut ties with many of its high-value personalities.
The lobby of 45 Columbus features a  Public Safety officer and ID scanner, so students and faculty can enter as they would in Lowenstein or McMahon. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Consolidates Off-Campus Buildings at 45 Columbus

August 28, 2015
Over the summer Fordham at Lincoln Center moved the various off-campus academic and administrative offices into the newly renovated 45 Columbus.
Akalaitis hiring also coincides with the announcement of the new Fordham Theatre A Season At The Mountaintop. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Announces Replacement Theatre Chair

August 28, 2015
Fordham University named JoAnne Akalaitis as the 2015-16 Denzel Washington Endowed Theatre Chair.
Connor takes his breakfast on the bloody side. (VIA FLICKR)

The Real Breakfast of Champions

August 26, 2015
I’m the type of person who takes his eggs early in the morning.
The Student Affairs office at Lincoln Center stands in contrast to its Rose Hill counterpart for its accessability, according to Magoon. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Rose Hill Struggles with Student Life, In Contrast to LC

August 26, 2015
The Fordham Ram published a series of articles expressing students’ dissatisfaction with the OSLCD at Rose Hill.
The new deans expressed enthusiasm for starting their tenure at Lincoln center (COURTESY OF CARDOZA REUNION 2014 VIA FLICKR)

Fordham Welcomes New Deans & Graduate Interns

August 26, 2015
Fordham Lincoln Center will see minimal changes in day to day academic activities.
Leighton Magoon, USG President, is confident in finding a new VP before the end of the fall semester. (PHOTO BY JESS LUSZCZYK/THE OBSERVER)

USG Lacks VP of Student Affairs in Fall 2015

August 26, 2015
The student affairs vice presidency seat remains vacant in United Students Government (USG).
St. Bartholomew’s 
Episcopal Church in Midtown Manhattan where the marriage took place. (PHOTO VIA FLICKR)

Fordham Gives Blessing to Theology Professor’s Same-Sex Marriage

July 22, 2015
Fordham University has fully endorsed the marriage of J. Patrick Hornbeck II, professor and chair of the theology department, to his partner Patrick Bergquist.

Blue Emergency Pole Installed on Campus

May 7, 2015
Technicians installed a blue emergency phone pole near the Robert Moses Plaza.
No new funding is needed for proposed major as the classes and professors required already exist separately. (PHOTO BY PAYTON VINCELETTE/THE OBSERVER)

Comp Sci/Math Double Awaits Approval

April 15, 2015
A special joint double major of computer science and mathematics is planned to be presented to the Arts and Sciences Council of Fordham University.
Non-Law students will see this study space again in fall of 2015. (PHOTO BY MARIA KOVOROS/THE OBSERVER)

Law Library to Renew Ban on April 27

April 15, 2015
Fordham undergraduate students and graduate schools will need to prepare for a deficiency of study space on the Lincoln Center campus.
Panel consisted of eight alumni from Prof. Brian Rose’s Intern Seminar.

Alumni Bring Internship & Career Advice to FCLC

April 15, 2015
Alumni in the media industry tipped off students about how to dress, prepare for interviews and prepare for a media career on Monday, April 13 in the 12th floor Lowenstein lounge.
This display features the work of Anna Abowd, FCLC15. (Photo by Jess Luszczyk / The Observer.)

Students ‘Showcase’ Arts and Science Research Projects

April 9, 2015
The halls of Lowenstein were lined with students presenting their research in academic fields, ranging from dance and theatre to natural sciences and sociology on Thursday, April 9, for the annual spring Arts and Research Showcase.
Hilton Als, acclaimed author of The Women and White Girls and staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker, shares pieces of his work with members of the Fordham community. (Photograph by Jess Luszczyk/The Observer)

“White Girls” Author, Hilton Als, Reads at Fordham

April 1, 2015
On Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m., a staged reading of the book “White Girls” was held in Fordham College at Lincoln Center's (FCLC) Cafeteria Atrium.
Rainbow and Russian Forum Host Homophobia Roundtable

Rainbow and Russian Forum Host Homophobia Roundtable

March 27, 2015

The event, named “Back in the Iron Closet” began with a clip from an ABC Nightline news report on violence against the LGBTQ+ community in Russia, which echoed a statement made by Pomerantsev that...

Latin American Studies Presents Talk on Cuba

March 5, 2015
Dr. Margaret E. Crahan, director of the Cuba program at Columbia University talks about unexpected developing relations between Cuba and the U.S.

Water Damage in McMahon Due to Sleeping Resident

February 28, 2015
The morning of Saturday, Feb. 28, the Offices of Public Safety and Facilities at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) were working to resolve water damage to the lobby ceiling of the McMahon Residence Hall.
IT assured College Council that it has systems in place to cope with the increased logins. (Michelle Quinn/The Observer)

College Council Talks Registration, SEEQ Decrease and FYE

February 26, 2015
On Thursday, Feb. 12, Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) College Council met to discuss multiple topics, including the approved motion for simultaneous registration between FCLC and Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH).
Residents have access to free digital and hard copy, while commuters only have access to digital. (Paula Madero/The Observer)

NY Times Access Scales Back for Commuters

February 26, 2015
As commuter students have likely noticed, the Office of Student Leadership and Development (OSLCD) policy of providing hard copy newspapers outside of the office of student affairs room 408 has stopped, while McMahon residents continue to receive hard copies of The New York Times.

College Council Talks Registration, SEEQ and First Year Experience Changes

February 18, 2015
College Council convened for the first meeting of the Spring semester to talk about simultaneous registration, low SEEQ submissions and the possible reconstruction of the First Year Experience.

Beth Noveck Stresses Open Information in NMDD Speaker Series

February 17, 2015
Beth Noveck, former Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the White House and the founder of the Open Government Initiative, talks to FCLC students about the importance of working with data and open information.
Students must make space reservations through OSLCD as administrators are only able to access Two-Five-Live. (Jess Luszsczyk/The Observer)

Law Classrooms Available for Club Use

February 11, 2015
Despite the addition of seven new student clubs last semester, the lack of programming spaces for clubs at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) is set to ease this semester with help from the Law School

Fire Defaces Bulletin in McKeon

February 8, 2015
Saturday, Feb. 7, a part of the bulletin board on the 18th floor of McKeon Residence Hall was set on fire. Investigations are still underway.
The Global Business Major is the only major in Gabelli with a mandatory study abroad requirement. (JUSTIN REBELLO/The Observer)

GSBLC Study Abroad Made Mandatory

January 28, 2015
While there has long been a business program at Fordham, Gabelli School of Business (GSBLC) has come to the Lincoln Center campus bringing with it new graduation requirements, like a mandatory study abroad session.
Maloney will re-open to all students after break, but law students are petitioning for a year-round ban. (Tyler Martins / The Observer)

Undergraduates Banned from Maloney Library

December 22, 2014
Undergraduates at Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) campus were banned from the Law School Library on Nov. 24. The T.J. and Nancy Maloney Library is currently exclusive to members of the Fordham University School of Law (LAW) until after winter break.
Melissa Benoist’s character, Nicole, plays a Fordham student in the film “Whiplash”.  (Property of Sony Classics)

The Two Sides of Fordham in Film

December 22, 2014
In modern film and television, audiences see both the good and bad sides of characters associated with Fordham.

Undergrads Banned From Law Library Effective Nov. 24

November 21, 2014
As of Nov. 24th, all undergraduates will be banned from using the Law Library due to noise complaints from law students.

Interfaith Marriage Debated at FCLC

November 13, 2014
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m., Reverend Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley professor of religion and society, concluded that interfaith marriage is a threat to organized religious traditions in America at his lecture, “Interfaith Marriage: A Concern for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.”

Faith on Tap: Church Has Made Leaps, But Needs To Keep Jumping

November 12, 2014
On Monday, Nov. 10th, Fordham University’s Office of Alumni Services presented their third installment of the “Faith on Tap” series, focused on sexuality and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) issues, like the prohibition of gay marriage. The keynote speaker and moderator was J. Patrick Hornbeck II, Ph.D., chair of Fordham's theology department.

ISIS Takes Back the Night

October 29, 2014
On Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 6pm, In Strength I Stand (ISIS), held its annual solidarity gathering: ‘Take Back the Night," which seeks to raise awareness for sexual violence and provide a platform for those that would wish to express themselves with their experiences dealing with sexual violence and abuse.
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