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[Photo] Fordham Specifies Plans for In-Person Commencement Ceremonies

April 13, 2021

This year, Fordham will permit graduating students to bring two guests each to in-person ceremonies, in accordance with Gov. Cuomo's updated event guidelines.

Keating Hall at Rose Hill during Commencement

[Photo] McShane Delays Commencement Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

March 29, 2020

Tino Martinez delivers the commencement address on the steps of Keating Hall in 2014. This year's Commencement was originally rescheduled for fall 2020, but has now been further postponed to 2021.

An International Easter: The Procession of Santa María de la Alhambra

April 5, 2015

On 'Sábado Santo,' or Holy Saturday, the town of Granada in the south of Spain celebrates as they do most days of Holy Week; a parade. The procession of Santa María de la Alhambra is one of the most...

Core members of the S.A.G.E.S. coalition meet to discuss what going public means and what the next steps are. From left to right, Alexandra Leen, FCRH ’16, Rachel Field, Wilmarie Cintron-Muniz and Beth Chang, all FCRH ’15. (Ian McKenna / The Observer)

S.A.G.E.S. Goes Public: Behind the Scenes

November 6, 2014

The automatic sliding doors of Hughes Hall open up and Wilmarie Cintron-Muniz, College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’15, walks along the lobby until we see each other. I am sitting next to some Gabelli students...

S.A.G.E.S. Goes Public: A Look Behind The Protest

S.A.G.E.S. Goes Public: A Look Behind The Protest

November 4, 2014

"I don't want to have to call people," Rachel Field, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) '15, said as a group of S.A.G.E.S. members met in front of Cunniffe House, "but this is important and they should...

Core members of the S.A.G.E.S. coalition meet to discuss what going public means and what the next steps are. From left to right, Alexandra Leen, FCRH '14, Rachel Field, Wilmarie Cintron-Muniz and Beth Chang, all FCRH '15. (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

S.A.G.E.S. Goes Public: A Conversation with (Some of) the Faces Behind the Movement

November 3, 2014

The automatic sliding doors of Hughes Hall open up and Wilmarie Cintron-Muniz, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’15, walks along the lobby until we see each other. I am sitting next to some Gabelli...

VIDEO: S.A.G.E.S. Petitions at Ram Town

VIDEO: S.A.G.E.S. Petitions at Ram Town

October 18, 2014

"I can't hear you!" a man with his Ram Town t-shirt slung over his shoulder yells over an Ariana Grande song at a Students for Sex & Gender Equality and Safety (S.A.G.E.S.) representative who asked...

The Bagpiper of Central Park

The Bagpiper of Central Park

September 24, 2014

“I started Irish dancing at the age of five,” Tyler Tagliaferro, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’17, said. “And I thoroughly disliked it.” But, as the youngest of four children growing...

Danny Glover during the panel following a screening of

“Tula: The Revolt,” Danny Glover Comes to Fordham

September 10, 2014

  “It is hard for this country to deal with the issue of slavery,” Danny Glover, actor, director, producer and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, said during a panel following a screening...

VIDEO: Get to Know the Class of 2018, By The Numbers

VIDEO: Get to Know the Class of 2018, By The Numbers

September 6, 2014

With the arrival of the new school year, we not only welcome textbooks and essays back into our lives, but also a new batch of freshman. Secluded in the exclusive new McKeon Hall, it might be hard to really...

PHOTO: Inside McKeon Hall

PHOTO: Inside McKeon Hall

August 28, 2014

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Changes You Need To Know To Start the Year Off Right

Changes You Need To Know To Start the Year Off Right

August 28, 2014

For those coming to call Fordham “home” for the first time, the new campus layout will soon become standard. But for those returning to Fordham after a well-deserved  summer vacation, some things...

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Truman, Beinecke, Google Lime—Oh My!

August 28, 2014

Students at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) have recently found that their academic, social and intellectual interests can also be financially beneficial. What’s better? Most are using this...

VIDEO: Fordham University’s 169th Commencement

May 22, 2014

A collection of moments from Fordham University's May 17th commencement activities. Check out more of The Observer's graduation coverage.  

Fordham Celebrates the Class of 2014

Fordham Celebrates the Class of 2014

May 20, 2014

By TYLER MARTINS & IAN McKENNA Editor-in-Chief & Features Co-Editor/Multimedia Co-Producer Published: May 20, 2014 On Saturday, May 17, the 169th Commencement Ceremony of Fordham University...

Fordham Compliments – Class of 2014

May 17, 2014

COMPLIMENTS COMPILED BY Fordham Compliments DESIGNED and EDITED BY  Ian McKenna In cooperation with Fordham Compliments, The Observer is proud to present our love letter to the FCLC Class of...

VIDEO: Senior Leadership Award Ceremony, 2014

VIDEO: Senior Leadership Award Ceremony, 2014

April 26, 2014

The Senior Leadership Awards Ceremony was held on April 25, 2014 to honor outstanding leaders from the Fordham Community. With more than 70 nominations this year, we highlight the seven recipients of Senior...

Nahom Kidanemariam at his graduation from Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business.

UPDATED: Fordham Alumnus Found Dead in Lowenstein

April 7, 2014

UPDATED Tuesday, April 8 at 1:50 p.m.: The body of a Fordham alumnus was found in the restroom of the Lowenstein building at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) early Monday morning, April 7,...

Lawyer Seeks Justice for Jesuit Massacre

Lawyer Seeks Justice for Jesuit Massacre

March 25, 2014

  The Latin American and Latino Studies Institute and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), in conjunction with Columbia University...

Jennifer got the call on this game right. Did you? (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

March Madness Match-Up

March 20, 2014

It's March Madness and Sports Editor Jennifer Khedaroo is sharing her bracket with you for a March Madness Match-Up. What does your bracket look like? Do you have Syracuse going all the way like Jennifer?...

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UPDATED: 27 Confirmed Cases of the Mumps at Fordham

March 4, 2014

  UPDATED March 5, 2014 at 8PM: “Twenty-seven cases of mumps in students attending Fordham University have occurred since Jan. 12, 2014," according to the New York City Department of Health...

One Confirmed, One Suspected Case of Mumps at FCLC

February 26, 2014

The New York City Health Department is currently investigating the reported mumps outbreak at Fordham University. Currently, there is one confirmed case of mumps on the 18th floor of McMahon Hall. There...

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Suspected Mumps Reported at FCLC

February 20, 2014

There has been one case of suspected mumps reported at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), Campus Security announced in an email sent on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:06 p.m. Campus Security had previously...

Get To Know Your WinterFest Opening Acts

Get To Know Your WinterFest Opening Acts

January 25, 2014

Students and guests at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)'s second annual WinterFest concert, students and guests witnessed some local Fordham talent take the stage before headliner Dr. Dog. Emily...

Anna Abowd, FCLC's Resident Elf, Spreads Christmas Cheer

Anna Abowd, FCLC’s Resident Elf, Spreads Christmas Cheer

December 20, 2013

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) has decked the halls with holiday spirit, and there is one student who has Christmas cheer to spare. You may recognize her from her signature elf hat, her collection...

2,500 False 'Acceptance' Letters Sent

2,500 False ‘Acceptance’ Letters Sent

December 13, 2013

On Dec. 11, 2,500 high school students received 'acceptance' letters to Fordham University. They, however, were not accepted. The mistake can be traced back to Student Aid Services, a third-party...

USG Holds Interest Meeting for Debate Club

USG Holds Interest Meeting for Debate Club

November 23, 2013

On Nov. 21, USG held a meeting to gage interest in reviving the Debate Club at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, prompted by administration interests in seeing the club return to Fordham. Vice President...

Center on National Security Holds Panel on Surveillance

Center on National Security Holds Panel on Surveillance

November 17, 2013

On Nov. 14, The Center on National Security at Fordham Law School hosted notable figures from various fields to discuss questions regarding surveillance and privacy in the United States. The session, titled...

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the press about the administration's proposals to reduce gun violence after meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Students React to Smoker-Aimed Legislation

November 3, 2013

New York City lawmakers passed a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products, like cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and even electronic cigarettes, from 18 to 21 on Oct. 30, 2013. While...

Left to Right: President of College Republicans Luke Zaro, James O'Keefe and President of ASILI Tochi Mgbenwelu. (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

College Republicans and ASILI to Co-Host Event

October 24, 2013

Luke Zaro, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) '16 and president of the College Republicans, and Tochi Mgbenwelu, FCRH '15 and president of ASILI, the black student alliance group at Fordham, announced...

James O'Keefe speaking in Flom Auditorium. (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

James O’Keefe Speaks at Fordham

October 24, 2013

"Citizens can make a difference," James O'Keefe, right-wing journalist, said, later adding, "All it requires is a little bit of nerve, walking up to someone and calling them out." O'Keefe, a 29-year-old...

Republicans Officially Announce James O'Keefe Event

Republicans Officially Announce James O’Keefe Event

October 21, 2013

"Under no circumstances will we be rescinding the invitation," Luke Zaro, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) '16 and president of the College Republicans said, regarding the decision to invite controversial...

Signs over RFID scanners at the entrance of Lowenstein tell students and faculty to show their IDs. (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

RFID Issues Revisited

October 17, 2013

Logs Readers of Fordham’s campus newspapers may have noticed a discrepancy in information regarding the implementation of the new radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. When asked,...

House Speaker John Boehner, President Barack Obama and Majority Senate Leader Harry Reid were key players in the , here shown meeting on Nov. 16, 2012. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Student Leaders React to Shutdown

October 2, 2013

Responses to the shutdown from the presidents of the College Republicans and College Democrats at Fordham University mirror the views expressed by Republicans and Democrats on the national stage. Failed...

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RFIDs Set a New Standard for Security

September 11, 2013

Fordham has implemented the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards that have become the new standard at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC). “It’s an evolutionary step to take...

Fordham Students' Responses to Chain Email

Fordham Students’ Responses to Chain Email

April 20, 2013

By now, the frantic email thread begun by Lucas Bifera, Fordham College at Rose Hill '13, has quieted down. While the thread mainly contained requests for removal, it also displayed some of the more humorous...

UPDATE: “Replyallcalypse” Hits Fordham, Bifera Responds

April 20, 2013

  Earlier this year, a student at New York University replied-all to a message sent to the entire university, starting what Gawker called the "Replyallcalypse." A version of this "Replyallcalypse"...

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Students Offer Poems ‘On-The-Spot’ For Charity Funds

April 19, 2013

During a “Prose, Poetry and Flash Fiction” class conversation on how to make time up for her class, Professor Elisabeth Frost and her students came up with a very original idea. On Saturday, April...

Grouplove performs at Webster Hall on Jun. 12, 2012. (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

Grouplove, Andy Grammer Announced as Spring Weekend Headliners

April 3, 2013

Los Angeles-based band Grouplove and singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will be co-headlining Fordham's Spring Weekend this year on Saturday, Apr. 27, according to the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Festivities...

Kelly Oxford Celebrates Book Release at Housing Works

Kelly Oxford Celebrates Book Release at Housing Works

April 1, 2013

Kelly Oxford, Twitter phenomenon from Canada, promoted the release of her first book, "Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar," at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on April 1. The event, "Kelly Oxford...

Father McShane at the President Address at Fordham College at Rose Hill on March 18, 2011. (L. Francois/Fordham Observer Archives)

UPDATED: McShane Discusses First Jesuit Pope on “Charlie Rose,” Grimes Comments on Pope Francis

March 14, 2013

Updated: 2:40 p.m. Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, appeared as part of a panel on the "Charlie Rose" program on March 13 to discuss the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario...

Quidditch Club Approaches Approval at Rose Hill

Quidditch Club Approaches Approval at Rose Hill

March 3, 2013

Quidditch, a game for wizards adapted from the Harry Potter series for "muggles" (non-wizarding folk), has become an increasingly popular activity for college campuses across the country, even prompting...

College Republicans Announce George Will as Coulter Replacement

College Republicans Announce George Will as Coulter Replacement

February 27, 2013

The College Republicans announced on Feb. 27 that conservative journalist and author George F. Will has been approved to speak at Fordham, in place of conservative personality Ann Coulter. The typical...

“DC” Opens in Kehoe Theater

February 20, 2013

"DC" Premieres at Kehoe Studio from Fordham Observer on Vimeo. “DC,” a play written by Morgan Richardson, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’15, premiered on Feb. 18 in the Veronica...

Students React to Ram Café Renovations

Students React to Ram Café Renovations

January 17, 2013

  Students were welcomed back from winter break on Monday to a brand new cafeteria. Fordham College at Lincoln Center students shared their reactions to the recently renovated Ram Café with The...

“Christians and Other Animals” Hosts Peter Singer, Panelists

November 16, 2012

"Christians and Other Animals: Moving the Conversation Forward," a panel aimed at revealing the relationship of Christianity with non-human animals, brought Peter Singer, world-renown philosopher, and...

Coulter Controversy Prompts Fordham Law Faculty Member to Write Open Letter to McShane

Coulter Controversy Prompts Fordham Law Faculty Member to Write Open Letter to McShane

November 15, 2012

Updated: 8:20pm Tracy Higgins, professor of law at Fordham Law, and Bridgette Dunlap, Human Rights Fellow at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, with support and input from other Fordham...

Ann Coulter, conservative writer. (Courtesy of Nicolas Khayati/ABAC Press/ MCT)

National Media Reacts to Coulter Controversy

November 14, 2012

The cancellation of the Nov. 29 visit of conservative commentator Ann Coulter, organized by the Fordham College Republicans, has drawn attention from more than 100 media sources, including the Huffington...

Ann Coulter. (KRT/MCT)

UPDATED: McShane Responds to College Republicans’ Cancellation of Ann Coulter Event

November 9, 2012

For more information on student organization against the Ann Coulter event, Father McShane's email or faculty and student reactions, click here.  UPDATED: On Nov. 10 at 12:46pm, Fordham President...

Ann Coulter. (Nicolas Khayat/Abaca Press/MCT)

Father McShane Reacts, Lincoln Center Students Rally Against Ann Coulter Appearance

November 9, 2012

The event has been cancelled. Click here for more.   UPDATED (7:40pm):  Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University released a statement to the university on Nov. 9, 2012 explaining...