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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GUS DUPREE, Former Assistant Sports & Health Editor

Gus Dupree, FCLC ’22, is a psychology major who enjoys writing about mental health. His favorite memories at The Observer are working on student surveys and advertising them in the plaza. He can be found working in empty classrooms around campus or ordering a chicken parmesan sandwich at your local bodega.

All content by GUS DUPREE
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The Mechanisms Behind Motivation

May 4, 2022
As the year comes to a close, seniors may be losing motivation to complete assignments. Scientists offer different ways to recover motivators.
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Disability Studies Program Advocates for Inclusion

April 11, 2022
To raise awareness, the disability studies program at Fordham University conducted outreach through several virtual events.
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Making Sense of Suffering

March 24, 2022
The never-ending flow of bad news and suffering can chip away at your optimism and instill anxiety rather than hope for the future.
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Exploring Off-Campus Fitness Centers

February 13, 2022
With the Lincoln Center McMahon Gym still closed, you can still exercise at places off-campus, such as the YMCA or New York Fitness Club.
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Fordham Men’s Basketball Suffers Defeat at St. Bonaventure, 76-51

February 13, 2022
Fordham lost to St. Bonaventure, 76-51, putting them in 12th place in the A10 standings, despite Charlton and Quisenberry's efforts.
Dr. Marie Clark Taylor, pictured in the 1941 Fordham yearbook, paved to way for Black women in science.

Remembering the Legacy of Marie Clark Taylor, Ph.D., a Trailblazing Female Botanist of Color

December 8, 2021
Marie Clark Taylor, the first Black woman to earn a degree in botany, did so with a Ph.D. from Fordham University in 1941.
NYC Board of Health Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

NYC Board of Health Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

November 19, 2021
The NYC Board of Health passed a resolution acknowledging racism as a public health crisis, citing the pandemic's impact on people of color.
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What Science Says About Self-Talk

October 29, 2021
Self-talk is a perfectly normal and possibly even beneficial to our wellbeing. However, it can develop into an unhealthy negative dialogue.
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Why the Delta Variant Threatens Fordham’s Return to Normalcy

September 22, 2021
The Delta variant has spread across 140 countries and is responsible for over 99% of new infections reported in New York City. What sets this strain apart from the coronavirus of 2020?
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University Officials Detail ‘Fordham Forward’ Health Guidelines

September 2, 2021
With the return of in-person classes, Fordham officials have used the moniker "Fordham Forward" to detail the university's pandemic response.
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Who Is Exempt From Fordham’s Vaccine Requirement?

July 5, 2021
Fordham has detailed the process for students to apply to be exempt from taking the coronavirus vaccines for medical and religious purposes.
results of mental health survey on severity of stress due to classwork from Feb. 2021 to April 2021, most students mark 5 or 4 out of 5

Mental Health Takes Toll After Year of Online Classes

June 15, 2021
The Observer released a survey asking students to rate and report on their mental health during the past year and pandemic.
The Moderna two-shot vaccine is shown in a fridge.

One Shot, Two Shot: The Differences Between the Two Vaccine Types

May 2, 2021
As the pandemic has raged on, it has become more important to understand the key differences between the one-shot and two-shot vaccines.
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Fordham Distributes Its First Vaccines

April 13, 2021
Health Services dispensed 200 doses across both campuses last week and received another 800 for the week of April 12.
Three Fordham EMT students check a medical bag in an ambulance.

Life on the Job as a Fordham EMT

April 2, 2021
As a volunteer for Fordham’s emergency medical service, student Li Ying Wei’s job extends beyond just responding to emergency calls.
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Double Up? The Science Behind Double Masking

March 18, 2021
We are constantly reminded to wear a mask as a means to protect ourselves from exposure to coronavirus. Does double masking improve one’s safety?
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Fallout From Rose Hill Outbreak Spreads Mistrust and Uncertainty

March 13, 2021
The Bronx campus lifted its pause as planned on Feb. 28, but the fallout from the outbreak may have far-reaching effects.
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Fordham Plans Ahead As Vaccine Rollout Slugs Along

February 19, 2021
While Fordham is already planning a vaccination program for students for the future, the university has yet to ascertain when doses will be available to the community as a whole.
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Behind the Mask: The Barriers Against a Federal Mask Mandate

December 4, 2020
Ultimately, a governmental mandate may still lack impact when mask-wearing in the United States has become a matter of personal choice.
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Mental Health and School Counseling Programs Project Greater Enrollment

November 17, 2020
The events of 2020 have increased the demand for counseling and mental health services — and graduate programs are struggling to keep up.

Dealing with Anxiety During Uncertain Times

November 3, 2020
In these times of uncertainty, it is important to assess your own levels of anxiety, as well as find solutions for when you are struggling.
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Staying Fit Indoors

November 2, 2020
The temperature is dropping, and with gyms and fitness centers only beginning to reopen, millions who've been shut in at home through the warmer months haven’t been able to stay physically active. But physical exercise will not only help get you back into shape — it will also better your mental state.
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A Tale of Two Stressors: Online News and COVID-19

October 28, 2020
With this unprecedented access to media comes negative consequences for our own mental health.
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Indoor Dining Reopens in NYC For the First Time In Seven Months

October 14, 2020
With cases reemerging in the city, indoor dining has become a point of concern, and with the city getting colder, restaurants are facing mounting pressure to allow patrons inside.
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Testing Misinformation: Staying Informed and Safe in the Internet Age During a Pandemic

September 30, 2020
In the case of COVID-19, online misinformation may be due to the United States’ poor performance handling the virus than other countries.
Fordhams testing centers, located on both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, offer self-administered nasal swab tests for all community members free of charge.

A Look into Fordham’s On-Campus Testing Facilities

September 18, 2020
How does Fordham administer and process its tests, and who’s working to administer them?
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VitalCheck, Fordham and You

August 20, 2020
Fordham originally planned to check everyone’s temperature when they enter campus but switched to VitalCheck to provide easier access to medical help. 
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Football Season Suspended for the Fall

July 15, 2020
The fall season for the Fordham football team has been postponed indefinitely, bringing the Rams’ seasonal aspirations to a halt.
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New York Has Slowed the Coronavirus, But Can Other States Follow Suit?

June 28, 2020
With cases continuing to spike across the United States, many across the nation are forced to reckon with the fact that the battle with coronavirus may drag on longer than previously hoped.
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Protesting in Light of COVID-19

June 19, 2020
Social unrest and the COVID-19 health crisis have many people caught between a desire to promote change and a responsibility to curb the pandemic’s spread.
Screen capture of Loreen Ruiz (left) and Robert Stryczek (right) from the debate held via Zoom

USG 2020 Presidential Candidates Face Off in Online Debate

April 7, 2020
For the first time in the history of Fordham Lincoln Center, the United Student Government hosted its presidential debate entirely online. Presidential candidates Loreen Ruiz, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’21, and Robert Stryczek, Gabelli School of Business ’21, answered questions before an online Zoom audience on April 3. 
Residents expressed their gratitude after Fordham announced a 50% refund for room and board.

Fordham Issues Partial Refunds to Students

April 1, 2020
Fordham has announced a partial refund to students due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that forced the university to suspend face-to-face classes. Fordham will reduce “room, board and selected fees by approximately 50% for the spring 2020 semester,” according to an email sent by the Office of Student Financial Services on March 31.
Over 2,000 students have signed the petition as of March 18, demanding “partial tuition reimbursement along with a consideration of a room and board reimbursement.”

Students Petition After Face-to-Face Classes Canceled

March 19, 2020
After the cancellation of all in-person classes and all on-campus events for the duration of the semester, students concerned about potential reimbursement of their housing fees have created a petition on on March 13.
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NY Confirms Six Coronavirus Cases

March 4, 2020
John Carroll has confirmed that Fordham University is taking extra health precautions by deep-cleaning campuses on an accelerated schedule. Hand sanitizer dispensers and posters encouraging people to take extra health measures have also been introduced across the campuses. 
Joshua Choi combined visual search engines with online micro-communities when designing Nanolens to create a new model in app development.

Senior Charts New Path in App Development

March 3, 2020
In the increasingly digital world, mobile applications have become an essential tool for businesses and start-ups. Joshua Choi took a new approach to app design to develop his search app “Nanolens.”
The Honorable Maria Araujo Kahn 89 (center-left) and Denny Chin 78 (center-right) share their experiences before an audience of first-generation students and alumni in the Gorman Moot Courtroom.

Fordham Law Recognizes First-Generation Students and Alumni

February 19, 2020
Fordham School of Law hosted a panel of two first-generation judges and Fordham alumni to honor immigrant legal professionals. Students and alumni from Fordham School of Law (LAW), some of them first-generation immigrants themselves, gathered in the Gorman Moot Courtroom on the evening of Feb. 13 to hear the Honorable Denny Chin, LAW ’78, and Justice Maria Araujo Kahn, LAW ’89, talk about their experiences as immigrants in the United States.
The L.L.M. degree in real estate is the latest of nine other L.L.M. programs that Fordham Law School has to offer.

Fordham Law School Launches Real Estate Degree

February 19, 2020
Fordham School of Law will be the first law school in New York City and one of only six universities nationwide to offer a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in real estate. The 24-credit LL.M. course takes an academic year and is “intended for attorneys looking to deepen their understanding of real estate law or to open up new career opportunities in real estate,” according to Fordham’s website.
Joseph M. McShane, S.J. (right) and Mario Gabelli (second from left) celebrate GSBs Centennial at the PVH headquarters in Times Square.

Gabelli School of Business Turns 100

February 5, 2020
The Gabelli School of Business (GSB) is celebrating its Centennial this year. A look into Gabelli’s history reveals the many different names, places and departments collectively make up GSB as it is known today.
The chart set up by McMahon Halls first floor entrance designates the status  of the Life Safety System on each floor. Yellow stickers signify floors whose systems are yet to be upgraded.

McMahon Hall Gets a Fire Safety Upgrade

February 5, 2020
McMahon Hall has been operating on a fire alarm system originally installed in 1993, but a new system will soon be put in place, in addition to other upgrades.
Trebek accepts the Fordham Founders Award with an inspiring speech about the power of prayer in his life at the Bel-Air Country Club

Alex and Jean Trebek Receive Fordham Founder’s Award

January 22, 2020
Across the country in Las Angeles on Jan. 7, members of the Fordham community including the Rev. Father Joseph M McShane, M.J., gathered at the Bel-Air Country Club to present iconic “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and his wife Jean with the Founders Award.
Fordham veterans attended NatCon- a national convention of student veterans across the country to meet and share their experiences

Expanded Community Center Welcomes Student Veterans

January 22, 2020
Of the 468 student veterans who attend Fordham, nearly all of them volunteered after the Sept. 11 attacks. As they leave service to begin their studies, the Veterans Center serves these former servicemen and women as they reenter civilian life. In November 2019, the Veterans Center was expanded in the first floor of the 140 West Building to include more office space and a lounge for student veterans to congregate.
Firefighters and City Employees worked to repair the damage of the ruptured water main on 62nd Street and Broadway avenue.

UPDATED: Water Main Break Forces Closure on First Day of Spring Semester

January 13, 2020
Lincoln Center was shut down when a water main on Broadway ruptured in the early morning, flooding the streets and impacting water systems on campus.
Conor OKane will be starting his new role as assistant dean of first year students in 2020.

Fordham Appoints New Assistant Dean of First Year Students

December 26, 2019
After months of speculation, Conor O’Kane has been appointed as assistant dean of first year students. O’Kane has been a member of the Fordham community since 2012, when he worked in the Office of Campus Ministry at Rose Hill.
Bishop DiMarzio, who collaborated with Fordham to create the CSAA in 2012. has been accused of sexually assaulting a student in 1975.

Bishop With Ties to Fordham Accused of Sexual Assault

December 4, 2019
Allegations of sexual assault against Nicholas DiMarzio, a bishop with ties to the local Catholic community, including Fordham, were revealed on Nov. 11.
The Moot Courtroom at Fordham Lincoln Centers Law School.

Fordham Sets the Record Straight on Affirmative Action

October 16, 2019
Earlier this month, the federal court case about race-based admissions was settled in Harvard’s favor. Since then, members of the Fordham community have made efforts to clear up misconceptions about “affirmative action” in college admissions.
An infographic outlining CUSPs strategic initiatives for the foreseeable future.

CUSP Committee Envisions Fordham in the Coming Decades

October 2, 2019
CUSP co-chair Dennis Jacobs, the university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, described how Fordham has both the opportunity and duty to successfully raise later generations in an ever-changing world.
Reverend William J. O’Malley is known for his portrayal as Father Joe Dyer in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist.

UPDATED: William O’Malley, Jesuit & ‘Exorcist’ Actor, Accused of Sexual Abuse

August 25, 2019
Reverend William J. O’Malley, a former theology teacher at Fordham Preparatory School and one-time actor, has been accused of sexual abuse against a minor. Rev. O’Malley is known for playing Father Joe Dyer in the 1973 film “The Exorcist” and currently resides on the Rose Hill campus. 
The university stressed their concern about uninsured or underinsured students, stating that students without insurance plans “place their education and financial well-being in jeopardy.”

Fordham Mandates Health Insurance Plans For All Undergraduate Students

June 15, 2019
Starting next fall, Fordham will offer a new group plan underwritten by the health insurance company, Aetna.
Photos, candles and flowers line the steps of Keating Hall, the building where the accident occurred, to honor the life of Sydney Monfries.

Reflections on Sydney Monfries’ Passing

May 1, 2019
In the eyes of most students close to her, Monfries was the victim of a series of tragic events, with her death becoming the target of intense scrutiny nationwide drawing criticism and commentary from the furthest reaches of the country. Misperception of the events and a national search to place blame quickly overshadowed the impact of Monfries’ loss to the Fordham community.
Administrators from the Office of Admissions moved in on Monday, April 8.

Second Floor Latest to Receive Renovations

April 10, 2019
The second floor on Lowenstein finally reopened on Monday, April 8, after months of renovation, which left many students with less available free space.
Jason Morris leads discussion at “The Music of Randy Newman” event.

Beyond Grades Promotes Community Dialogue

March 27, 2019
Wertz described the program as “a way to enhance the culture of the college by increasing opportunities for student intellectual engagement, students’ relationship with the faculty and relationships that would really be generative.”
Marina Vergara, FCLC 22 (back center), took credit for the prank with a group of her friends.

Pranksters Strike McKeon Hall With Countless Photos of Danny DeVito

March 6, 2019
McKeon Hall residents are still seeking answers after a group of pranksters targeted the freshman dorm building. On Mar. 4, McKeon residents awoke on the surprise snow day to photos of Danny DeVito taped to every room’s door.
Renovations on the second floor aim to deliver improved space for the student lounge and Office of Admissions

Second Floor Renovations Create Lack Of Open Space On Campus

February 6, 2019
Workers are on schedule with plans to re-open in mid-April, but concerns over the lost free space have created problems for some commuting students.
Matthew Diller, dean of Fordham Law School, hosted Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan to discuss her experience in the legal system.

Fordham Hosts SCOTUS Justice Elena Kagan

February 6, 2019
The usual stillness of the Fordham Law School building was replaced by large crowds and Secret Service agents on Monday, Feb. 4, as Fordham hosted Associate Justice Elena Kagan of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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