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Professor Proposes Block Schedule Changes

April 18, 2013

A proposed series of changes to Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)’s class schedules would get rid of Thursday’s three-hour club activity block and allow entry-level language courses to meet...

Richard Engel in Afghanistan, from a report on June 13, 2010 for

BREAKING: Richard Engel Announced as Commencement Speaker

April 8, 2013

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, will be the keynote speaker at this year's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, the university has...

Pope Benedict XVI pledged obedience to his successor at a meeting of cardinals on his last day as pontiff on Thursday, February 28, 2013, in Vatican City. ''Among you is the future pope, to whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience,'' Benedict said. (ANSA/Zuma Press/MCT)

Pope Steps Down, Pledges Obedience to Replacement

February 28, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI's reign as head of the Roman Catholic Church will end today with his resignation at 2 p.m., EST. In his last public address of his papacy, Benedict discussed his decision to resign,...

(Mario Weddell/The Observer)

Admissions Courts High Profile Students With Weekend On the Town

February 28, 2013

From Feb. 28 to March 2, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will fly in high school students from across the country and treat them to a weekend of entertainment in New York City as part of their...

Casey Feldman Foundation Releases New Video

February 20, 2013

Last week, the Casey Feldman Foundation, named after a Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) student and former News Editor of The Observer who was killed by a distracted driver in 2009, released...

Pope Benedict XVI attends a ceremony to mark the 900th birthday of the Knights of Malta, Feb. 9, 2013. (Eric Vandeville/Abaca Press/MCT)

Pope’s Surprise Resignation Sends Message

February 20, 2013

In the wake of pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he would resign from his position as head of the Catholic Church on Feb. 28, the Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) community was surprised,...

(Mario Weddell/The Observer)

Low Grad School Enrollments Force Constraints

February 7, 2013

Fordham is planning to use temporary spending controls affecting staff and administrators to balance lower graduate school enrollments resulting in budget shortfalls for this year, according to Stephen...

(Mario Weddell/The Observer)

Provost Holds Forum on Budget Constraints

January 25, 2013

Stephen Freedman, provost of Fordham, hosted a conversation with faculty and administrators at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) in the 12th Floor Lounge on Thursday as part of the continuing...

(Mario Weddell/The Observer)

Dean Discusses Possible New Majors at FCLC

January 24, 2013

As part of the preparations for the opening of the residence hall atop Fordham's new law school building, faculty and administrators at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) are investigating...

Angel Lewis stands in front of the new home being built by volunteers during Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in the Forest Heights subdivision in Gulfport, Mississippi, Tuesday, May 13, 2008. (James Edward Bates/Biloxi Sun-Herald/MCT)

Campus Ministry Sponsors Sandy Relief Projects

January 23, 2013

Fordham's Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice (DDCSJ) has organized a series of trips to the Rockaways to help clean up after Hurricane Sandy. DDCSJ announced in a campus-wide email that interested...


President Obama Sworn In for Second Term

January 21, 2013

Barack Obama was sworn into his second term as president Sunday, Jan. 20, in a small ceremony with his family and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House....

Flu Scare Brings Rise in Vaccine Demand at Health Centers

Flu Scare Brings Rise in Vaccine Demand at Health Centers

January 16, 2013

Influenza vaccinations at Fordham University's health centers are in high demand since students returned from winter break Monday, according to Kathleen Malara, executive director of Fordham's health...

Conceptual drawings of the renovations that will be taking place in the Ram Café this winter break are stationed outside the current café. (Ayer Chan/The Observer)

Dining Services Changes to be Made Over Winter Break

December 18, 2012

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)'s dining services will be undergoing various changes over the course of winter break, according to a university-wide email sent by Fordham Hospitality Services...

Kashem, who was attacked on the subway on Sunday, attends Fordham Law School. (Tavy Wu/The Observer)

Faculty Speak Out Against Salary Agreement

December 12, 2012

Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) Faculty Senate reached an agreement with the university administration over salary raises for the 2012-2013 academic year, almost seven months after raises...

Rainbow Alliance Holds its First

Rainbow Alliance Holds its First “Queer Prom”

December 6, 2012

On Dec. 4, Fordham College at Lincoln Center's Rainbow Alliance held its first "Queer Prom" after students and faculty lobbied to Fordham administration to approve the use of the word "queer" in social...

Fordham Faculty, Administration Reach Salary Agreement

November 15, 2012

Fordham College at Lincoln Center's (FCLC) Faculty Senate has reached an agreement with the university administration over salary raises for the 2012-2013 academic year after months of debate. The across-the-board...

Study Group Formed to Explore Pathways Program

November 14, 2012

Although no decisions have been made at this time, a new academic program combining courses from both the undergraduate and graduate schools at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) is being considered...

Guerrilla Girls Come to Fordham

November 13, 2012

The Guerrilla Girls, a group of active feminist artists who don guerrilla masks and produce art highlighting the sexism in the art world, are appearing at Fordham today at 3 p.m. in McMahon Hall's...

Hellogoodbye Announced as Winterfest Performers

November 10, 2012

Fordham College at Lincoln Center's (FCLC) Campus Activities Board (CAB) announced Friday that the band Hellogoodbye would be the performers for this year's inaugural Winterfest concert. As part of...

UPDATED: Fordham Prepares for Winter Storm

November 7, 2012

In preparation for the heavy rainfall from this week's incoming nor'easter, Fordham is encouraging McMahon Hall residents to stock up on food before the storm. In a university-wide email it was announced...

Fordham Announces Make-Up Days for Missed Classes

November 7, 2012

UPDATED: The Office of the Provost has announced the class schedule for the make-up days on Dec. 11, 12 and 13 for classes missed due to Hurricane Sandy. According to a university-wide email, New...

Fordham Faculty to Hold Emergency Fora

November 7, 2012

The Fordham Faculty Senate will be holding an emergency fora on Wednesday at the Rose Hill campus and Thursday at the Lincoln Center campus on salary negotiations and governance. According to Executive...

Fordham Responds to Storm Devastation

November 6, 2012

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's destruction last week, Fordham has taken measures to help the recovery of the surrounding communities affected by the storm. According to a university-wide email...

Signs throughout McMahon Hall announced safety precautions to residents in the run-up to Hurricane Sandy on Sunday night. (Tayler Bennet/The Observer)

Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Classes, Commute

November 6, 2012

Hurricane Sandy hit the tri-state area Monday Oct. 29, knocking out power to millions and forcing evacuations from lower Manhattan and coastal regions. Despite precautionary measures, the storm had...

Hurricane Sandy

UPDATED: Hurricane Sandy Heading for Fordham

October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is headed for the tri-state area and New York City officials are taking actions before Sandy's surge. Fordham also took precautionary actions and announced via email that all classes...

Birth Control Prescriptions, Information Offered at “Prescribe Fordham 2”

October 26, 2012

The Fordham chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) held their second annual Prescribe Fordham event in the John Jay College of Criminal Justice conference center on Wednesday, Oct....

University of Michigan students protest the Supreme Court’s ruling on the use of affirmative action in college admissions, Monday, June 23, 2003. (Chuck Kennedy/KRT/MCT)

Fordham Supports Affirmative Action Case

October 4, 2012

Fordham has joined several Jesuit universities in filing a “friend of the court” brief for a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) affirmative action policies,...

University of Michigan students, from left to right: Ruben Duran, James Justin Wilson, and Adam Dancy, all from Ann Arbor, Michigan, protest the Supreme Court's ruling on the use of affirmative action in college admissions, Monday, June 23, 2003 in Washington, D.C. In two split decisions, the Supreme Court ruled, on Monday, that minority applicants may be given an edge when applying for admissions to universities, but limited how much a factor race can play in the selection of students. (Chuck Kennedy/KRT/MCT)

Fordham, McShane Support Affirmative Action Case

October 2, 2012

Fordham University has joined several Jesuit universities in filing a "friend of the court" brief for a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the University of Texas at Austin's affirmative action policies,...

From left, Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report,” Father James Martin S.J. and Timothy Cardinal Dolan discuss Catholicism and humor in front of  more than 3,000 students in the Rose Hill Gymnasium on Sept. 14. Fordham tried to enforce a media blackout for the event. (Brian Bruegge/The Observer)

Colbert Media Blackout Broken by Tweets

September 19, 2012

Despite a Fordham administration-imposed press blackout, the events of last week’s discussion between Stephen Colbert and Timothy Cardinal Dolan were widely reported by media outlets after students...

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)'s 9/11 monument lists the names of students lost in the 2001 terrorists attacks. (Sara Azoulay/The Observer)

Remembrance Mass and Services Announced for Sept. 11

September 11, 2012

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) will mark the 11 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Tuesday with a remembrance mass and interfaith prayer service in the Blessed Rupert Mayer,...

The front of Fordham College at Lincoln Center's Lowenstein building. (Mehgan Abdelmassih/The Observer)

FCLC Dean’s List Announced

September 7, 2012

Fordham College at Lincoln Center recently released the 2012 Dean's List of students exhibiting academic excellence. To be considered for the Dean's List, students must complete at least 24 credits...

Admin Quits Over Sex Abuse Claims

August 22, 2012

Despite passing a criminal background check in 2011, Br. James A. Ligouri, former associate vice president and executive director of Fordham’s Westchester campus, resigned July 20 after a claim that...

Members of Fordham Community Killed in Accident

May 2, 2012

Two Fordham employees were killed in a car accident on the Bronx River Parkway along with five of their family members on April 29. Sisters Maria Gonzalez and Maria Nunez were custodial services workers...

Police found Fordham student Henry Wachtel’s mother unconscious at her apartment at 300 W. 55th St. She was later pronounced dead. (Ayer Chan/The Observer)

Fordham Student Charged with Mother’s Murder

April 18, 2012

Henry Wachtel, a freshman at Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies (FPCS), was charged April 10 with the murder of his mother Karyn Kay in their Midtown apartment, according to the...

The construction of the new law school will bring new space for the Gabelli School of Business to expand to the Lincoln Center campus.  In addition, it will allow for opportunities to reassess the current curriculum at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. (Ayer Chan/The Observer)

Provost Discusses Business School Expansion

April 18, 2012

The recent announcement that the Gabelli School of Business (GSB) would be allocated space in the new law school building currently under construction left many with a lot of questions. The Observer...

La Guardia High School teacher Karyn Kay was found unconscious with severe head trauma in her apartment on W. 55th St. and 8th Ave (above). Kay was pronounced dead at 1:52 p.m. on April 10. (Ayer Chan/The Observer)

Fordham Student Charged in Mother’s Murder

April 11, 2012

Fordham freshman Henry Wachtel was charged April 10 with the murder of his mother Karyn Kay in their Midtown apartment, according to the New York Daily News. Wachtel's father, Edward Wachtel, is...

Donna Rapaccioli, dean of Fordham's Gabelli School of Business. (Natasha Mahadeo/ The Observer)

Business School Dean Talks Ethics

March 28, 2012

On March 14, The New York Times published a headline-grabbing resignation letter from a former Goldman Sachs executive that bashed his firm’s culture as “toxic and destructive.” According to...

Expansion Decision Prompts Action

March 28, 2012

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) faculty and many student leaders are disappointed in the way the university administration decided to reallocate bed space in the new law school building opening...

When school work piles up, many students look to drugs to help focus. (Photo Illustration Sophia Alvarez)

Adderall at Large, Dangerous Presence With Students

March 8, 2012

Adderall has grown to become a major presence as an illegal substance in the Fordham community. As a prescription drug mainly used to treat people with forms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), most...

On Feb. 27, a resident of McMahon Hall found homophobic graffiti written on stairway B between floors 11 and 12. (Harry Huggins/The Observer)

Community Reacts to Homophobic Graffiti Found in McMahon

March 2, 2012

UPDATE: Another racial slur has been found in a Rose Hill dorm, this time in a bathroom in Goupil Hall. According to a mass-email sent by Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Jeffrey Gray, Fordham...

On Feb. 27, a resident of McMahon Hall found heterosexist graffiti written on stairway B between floors 11 and 12. (Harry Huggins/The Observer)

Homophobic Graffiti Found in McMahon

February 28, 2012

3/5/2012 UPDATE: There will be a rally for solidarity on Thursday, March 8 on the outdoor plaza from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in response to the three recent incidents of homophobic and racist slurs found on...

A simple handshake would never suffice for the true bro, who must always do the most exaggerated hand gesture possible. (Ayer Chan/The Observer)

A Letter to All the Dubstep-Loving, Lax-Pinnie Wearing Bros: Please Stop

February 22, 2012

Dear Bros, Let me preface what I’m about to say with this: I get it. I lived with two bros last semester who were a concentrated manifestation of all that is brodom; I know whence you come. And I...

The Student Activities Budget Committee updated guidelines, now telling clubs that if they do not have their advisor’s signature on the budget pack two semesters in a row, SABC will hold their budget until it is signed. (Photo Illustration by Harry Huggins/The Observer)

SABC Meets to Amend Club Guidelines

February 22, 2012

On Feb. 15, the Student Activities Budget Committee (SABC) met to revise their guidelines for clubs. SABC is an independent committee that handles the policies, procedures and allocation of the money...

Fordham's Catholic identity influences its stance on birth control.

Birth Control Policy Questioned

February 22, 2012

The president of Fordham’s chapter of the national organization Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) said in an interview last week that the Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) Health Center...

The McMahon Hall housing lottery is now available online to  provide convenience for students. (Photo Illustration by Harry Huggins)

Online Housing Lottery a First for McMahon Hall

February 15, 2012

For the first time at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)’s McMahon Hall, the residential housing lottery will be conducted online. The new process, which the Office of Residential Life (ResLife)...

The Vagina Monologues will be held in the 12th floor lounge of the Leon Lowenstein building on March 24.  (Photo courtesy of Isis)

Counseling Services Now to Facilitate Vagina Monologues Debrief

February 4, 2012

Counseling and Psychological Services will be present at the debrief following this year’s Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) performance of the Vagina Monologues. This is the first time a department...

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SOPA Stirs Debate

February 1, 2012

The Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) community shared their varying views on online piracy and the government’s actions to stop it, after several events in January attempted to stop censorship...

Representatives of College Democrats tabled a voter registration drive on the Lowenstein plaza. (Harry Huggins/The Observer)

College Dems Hold Voter Registration Drive

February 1, 2012

This week through Feb. 2, and next month, Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC) College Democrats organization will be registering eligible students to vote in time for this spring’s presidential...

“Real World” Graduate Presents Diversity Seminar

January 22, 2012

On Jan. 19, New Student Orientation (NSO) hosted “Diversity with Mohammed Bilal” in the Leon Lowenstein building’s 12th Floor Lounge. Best known as a housemate on the third season of MTV’s “The...