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

The Observer

CONNOR MANNION, News Editor and Assistant Literary Editor Emeritus

All content by CONNOR MANNION

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. As...

The College Council discussed CUSP as being redundant and lacking planning.

Council Voices Concerns on CUSP

April 20, 2016

Early in April, Rev. Joseph McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, released a draft of the Continuous University Strategic Planning Committee’s (CUSP) discussion document on the continuing strategy...


USG Votes to Recommend Keeping the Robert Moses Plinth

April 18, 2016

On April 14, Leighton Magoon, president of United Student Government (USG) and Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ‘17,  signed a resolution recommending that the University retains both the name...

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

On Thursday, April 7, 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 overall positive report of...

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

On March 10, College Council reconvened to continue their discussion on the approval of online summer classes for all undergraduates, and Karina Hogan, associate professor and associate chair of department...

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

Keith Eldredge, dean of students at Fordham Lincoln Center, has been a noticeable part of the campus for many students from the class of 2019 to the graduating class of 2016. However, his work at Fordham...


Fear and Trembling

March 1, 2016

The movie theatre is defined as a shared experience in academic thought, where we enter into a collective cultural consciousness by sitting in a dark room with 100–200 other people watching an image...

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 magazine and media company with close ties to Fordham University, announced that it had sold its former headquarters at 106 W. 56th St. This move will split the former America...

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

On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Dorothy Day Center for Social Justice (DDCSJ) and the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) packed undergraduates, graduate students and community activists into the...

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. The meeting was held in McMahon 109. Robert...

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 10, 2016

Bret fidgeted in his chair as he waited to meet with the associate assistant interim dean for junior students. He was meeting with Assoc. Asst. Int. Dean Mackey because Dean Ringheim was only in on Tuesdays,...

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. I’ve lived here for the past three years, I’ve eaten at countless restaurants and visited neighborhoods. I’ve seen everywhere from Alphabet City to the Ukrainian...


Which Team Will Win Super Bowl 50?

January 28, 2016

THOMAS O’CALLAGHAN Staff Writer Following a near perfect season at 15–1, the Carolina Panthers have aspirations of hoisting this year’s Lombardi Trophy, and they seem to be the most complete team...

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

“The first thing I noticed about New York is the cold!” Michael C. McCarthy, S.J. and the new vice president for Mission Integration and Planning, said. He hails from a much warmer area of the country,...

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 about 4 in the afternoon when Michael awoke to the latest commercial for Boston Dynamics, playing just as expected. He gripped his semi-automatic ArcLight rifle (Boston Dynamics™). Hello (brzt)...


Memorial To Robert Moses Re-Erected, Despite Campus Discomfort

November 24, 2015

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, a memorial to Robert Moses, the architect of the neighboring Lincoln Center complex, was placed on the Outdoor Plaza, which is called Robert Moses Plaza in official university documentation.  The...

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, prompted by the recent protests at the University of Missouri...

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...

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, a program designed to “engage students in alcohol-alternative programming,” according to an email announcement...

Happy Halloween!  (Paulina Tam/ OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

31 FCLC Horror Stories

November 1, 2015

Halloween is the spookiest night of the year and we at the Comma thought that we’d share some more accurate “FCLC Horror Stories” tailored to your Fordham Lincoln Center experience. FCLC Horror...

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

Global Outreach at Fordham Lincoln Center (GO!) has cancelled its annual spring service trip to the Dominican Republic, as the project’s contact, the Joan Rose Foundation (JRF), has relocated to Haiti...

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 College Council on Oct.15 took a different tone than usual, dedicating the entire meeting to discussing ways to have professors and academic departments respond to the ‘bias crimes’ at Rose Hill....

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

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Sodexo Food Services met with representatives of all branches of the United Student Government to address problems in dining services, mainly concerning “the flow of the Ram Cafe,...

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

On Friday, Oct. 16, Fordham Students United (FSU) enacted a second protest at RamTown, a pep rally designed to amp up students for the beginning basketball season. The protest did not disrupt any aspect...

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

On Tuesday, October 13, a group of Fordham Lincoln Center students supporting presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hosted a viewing party in the 8th floor lounge of McMahon Hall. The CNN 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

As more time passes since the two ‘bias incidents’ at Rose Hill, resident students at Fordham Lincoln Center have used solidarity signs posted on their residence doors to keep others aware. And while...

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

This year is the 75th anniversary of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s death, perhaps the most prolific of the “Lost Generation” of 1920s writers and my favorite writer. I give leeway to Ernest Hemingway being...


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. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1935, joined the Depression-era Works Progress Administration...

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

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Fr. Joseph McShane S.J., president of Fordham University, appeared as a commentator on MSNBC during Chris Matthews' coverage of Pope Francis in Philadelphia. McShane appeared as...

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

On Thursday, Sept. 17, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) and Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center (GSBLC) faculty convened for the first College Council of the academic year in order to...

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

On Sept. 4, Felicia Czochanski, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) '17, had an essay published by Cosmopolitan entitled "People Judge Me Because I'm Pretty." In the article, Czochanski described herself...


Abandoned Garden Re-purposed by Fordham Research

September 8, 2015

Over the summer, a rotating machine was installed outside of McMahon Hall’s 2nd floor entrance, labeled in felt marker as “Fordham Pollen Machine.” This machine, known as an aeroallergen monitoring...

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. Leighton Magoon, (FCLC '17) and the president of USG, introduced...

Dean Desciak and Father DeCola reside in McKeon Hall. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Lincoln Center Dorms Among Most Expensive

September 4, 2015

Fordham at Lincoln Center was rated among the most expensive dorms in America for the last academic year with an estimated cost of $16,685. As the site notes, "colleges in California, New York, and the...

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

ESPN faces an uncertain future as a place for commentary, namely in the fact that the network has fired three high-value personalities in a fairly short time frame: Colin Cowherd, Keith Olbermann and Bill...

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 building across the street. Before the building's purchase...

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

On Aug. 11, Fordham University named JoAnne Akalaitis, founder of the experimental theatre company ‘Mabou Mines’, as the new 2015-16 Denzel Washington Endowed Theatre Chair. This followed within one...

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. Really early, like 6 or 7 a.m.—it makes me a difficult roommate. My eggs are most often lightly fried with a strong cup of coffee, and...

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

Late last school year, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH)’s, The Fordham Ram, published a series of articles expressing students’ dissatisfaction with the Office of Student Leadership and Community...

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

While the undergraduates are preparing for a crowded year, other academic changes on campus are in effect for mainly graduate and law students as new deans have been named for The Fordham Law School (LAW),...

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

As students begin to fill their seats on campus, one seat remains empty: the student affairs vice presidency in United Students Government (USG). Last year’s election, which decided both the current...

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, director of children, youth and family ministries...


Blue Emergency Pole Installed on Campus

May 7, 2015

Technicians installed a blue emergency phone pole near the Robert Moses Plaza, on the afternoon of May 6. According to the workers, the pole belongs to Fordham University and not to the city of New York.

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 on April 30. According to David Swinarski, professor of...

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, according to Linda LoSchiavo, director of University Libraries. On...

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. The panel was co-sponsored...

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...

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. Hilton Als, theater critic for The New Yorker, read...

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

On Thursday, Feb. 26, the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute (LALSI) at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) hosted a discussion about the normalization of relations, between Cuba and the...

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...

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...

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,...

College Council Talks Registration, SEEQ and First Year Experience Changes

February 18, 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...

Beth Noveck Stresses Open Information in NMDD Speaker Series

February 17, 2015

On Thursday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m., the New Media and Digital Design (NMDD) program held the first of a series of speakers dedicated to the new interdisciplinary program with Beth Noveck, former Deputy Chief...

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

On Saturday, Feb. 7, a section of an 18th floor bulletin board in the McKeon Residence Hall was ignited , according to an email from Fordham Public Safety sent around 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. The items burned...

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...

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...

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

Though they run the spectrum from ruthless and intelligent lawyers as found in “Michael Clayton” to unfocused philosophy majors as in “Whiplash”, portrayals of Fordham students and graduates...

Undergrads Banned From Law Library Effective Nov. 24

November 21, 2014

Undergraduates at Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) campus have taken notice of a new sign outside the Law School Library: effective Nov. 24, the T.J. and Nancy Maloney Library is exclusive...

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...

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,...

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." This event, held in universities across the country, seeks to raise awareness...

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