The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer


INSIYA GANDHI, Former News Editor

Insiya Gandhi (she/her), FCLC ’24, is a former news editor at The Observer. She is a sociology major and a political science minor. Her most fulfilling moments at The Observer have been developing and strengthening relationships with fellow editors and writers. In her spare time, she can be found chatting, walking (aimlessly but briskly), listening to Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” and raiding her mom’s closet.

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Students and faculty gathered and demanded that the university divest from investments connected to Israels war on Gaza.

‘Divestment and Disclosure’ Rally Draws Hundreds

April 27, 2024

At a rally organized by leaders from Fordham’s undergraduate Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), students and faculty crowded the corner of 60th Street and Columbus Avenue on Thursday, April 25...

Classes were in session, Ram Van shuttles traveled across the two campuses and the university’s admitted student day events were proceeding during the tremors.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Northeastern U.S.

April 5, 2024
Robert Fitzer, associate vice president for public safety said that the campuses will remain open and operate as scheduled.
‘He’s Such a Light’ Student With a Penchant for Public Service Dies at 20

Remembering Luke Santos, 20

March 13, 2024
The beloved student is remembered by his close friends and family for his kindess, passion for politics, and dedication to public service.
Set at the University of Arkansas, Kiley Reid’s latest novel, “Come and Get It,” explores the experiences of young women living on campus and their relationships with money.

‘Come and Get It’ Tackles Class and Consumerism Through College Conversations

March 3, 2024
Kiley Reid's novel, “Come and Get It,” explores the intersection of womanhood and socioeconomic status in the lives of college students.
Orlando Rodriguez leaves behind an impact on the field of criminal justice and sociology.

Orlando Rodriguez, Proponent of Restorative Justice and Peace Activism, Dies at 81

February 10, 2024
The beloved professor emeritus left an impact on the Fordham and New York City community through his advocacy work.
The large snowfall accumulation on the first day of classes resulted in pathways on campus and around the city being icy and slippery.

First Day of Classes and Record-Breaking 1.7 Inches of Snow Coincide

January 25, 2024
Students returned to classes after winter break and were welcomed with a delayed opening due to snowy conditions on the first day of classes.
The suggested changes to the SEEQ were motivated by the course evaluations inability to fairly assess faculty members.

[Photo] Faculty Proposes Changes to Arts and Sciences Student Evaluations

By NISHKA SINGH November 23, 2023

The suggested changes to the SEEQ were motivated by the course evaluations' inability to fairly assess faculty members.

The university is enhancing security presence in response to tensions in New York City about the war in Gaza..

University Announces Security Updates

November 16, 2023
Fordham University announced new security initiatives and efforts to support Muslim and Jewish students due to Israel-Hamas War.
The Rams defense held off the Bison in Bucknells final attempts to turn over the score. 

Fordham Football Defeats Bucknell Bison, 27-21

November 8, 2023

In a crucial showdown at Joe Moglia Stadium, the Fordham Rams clashed with the Bucknell University (BU) Bison on Nov. 4 in a game that pit maroon and white against orange and blue on an overcast, chilly...

Fiona Shehu, FCLC ’25, was elected vice president of USGLC in the recent elections.

USGLC Fills Nine Open Positions in Fall 2023 Election Cycle

November 1, 2023
Nine new United Student Government at Lincoln Center members elected of the twelve open positions in the 2023 fall election cycle.
Delays in transportation and flooding throughout New York City affected commutes to campus. 


University Operates on Normal Schedule During Flood Warnings

October 3, 2023

Heavy rainfall across New York City on Sept. 29 disrupted public transportation, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announcing suspensions, delays and rerouted train lines on Friday morning.  The...

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions implemented the test-optional policy during the height of COVID-19 and extended the policy to improve diversity and attract more students.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions Extends Test-Optional Policy for Fall 2025 Application Cycle

September 27, 2023
Fordham University will extend its test-optional policy to include prospective students applying for fall 2025 admission.
Just two months after her election as vice president and after two years with USGLC, Kennedi Hutchins, FCLC ’25, decided to step down from USGLC, citing dissatisfaction with the club’s future trajectory.

Hutchins Steps Down as Vice President of USGLC

August 30, 2023
The vice president announced her resignation after concerns with the club's future trajectory and disagreements among board members.
Diller served as the law school’s dean since 2015 and will remain a member of the school’s faculty upon stepping down.

BREAKING: Matthew Diller To Step Down as Dean of Fordham Law School

June 7, 2023
Diller served as the law school’s dean since 2015 and will remain a member of the school’s faculty upon stepping down.
FGSW is demanding an increase in wages and more support for international graduate student workers, as well as workplace protections.

[Photo] FGSW Pickets and Rallies Across Campuses


FGSW is demanding an increase in wages and more support for international graduate student workers, as well as workplace protections.

The Supreme Court Justice spoke with University President Tania Tetlow, J.D., and Fordham Law School attendees about her legal experiences and advice for aspiring lawyers.

SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor Speaks With Fordham Law

March 31, 2023
While speaking University President Tania Tetlow, Sotomayor relayed her experiences growing up in the Bronx and her professional journey.
Tetlow discussed her first year challenges and future possibilities.

Tetlow Reflects on First Year as President

March 24, 2023
Tania Tetlow J.D. speaks with student press about important issues that have arose during her time as university president.
Reporters from The Observer and The Ram met with Fordham president Tania Tetlow on March 1 during a student press conference.

Tetlow Announces Tuition Increase to Student Press

March 5, 2023

During a student press conference on March 1, University President Tania Tetlow, J.D., communicated that Fordham will raise the cost of tuition for the 2023-24 academic year. She declined to announce the...

A donation box located in the Ram Van office at Rose Hill is collecting much-needed items such as blankets and canned food.

Death Toll of Kahramanmaras Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria Claim 50,000

March 1, 2023

A series of earthquakes in the Kahramanmaras regions of central and southern Turkey as well as western Syria have resulted in the loss and mass displacement of thousands of people. The first earthquake,...

Public Safety officers are instructed to check proof of vaccination for all visitors, but students have disclosed that this does not always happen.

Confusion Remains Regarding University’s Enforcement of Bivalent Booster Mandate

December 8, 2022
Although the policy is outlined in the university’s COVID-19 guidelines, the enforcement of the bivalent booster mandate on outside guests visiting the university remains inconsistent as some students have reported their guest needing to show proof of vaccination while others were not checked for their vaccination status.
An April 2022 email from the McKeon Hall RDs detailed the harm that racial microaggressions may bring to the community and emphasized the importance of tolerance.

Residents Feel Unsupported by ResLife’s Response to Microaggressions

September 19, 2022
Following an email sent from the RDs in McKeon, students of color share their experiences living on-campus.
 The new advising model will offer a holistic approach and provide students with a professional adviser who will remain with them over the course of their time at Fordham.

Fordham Deans Roll Out New Advising System for Class of 2026

September 15, 2022
The new structure of the 1.5 model details that eventually all advising will be handled by the professional advisers and faculty members will assume a mentoring role, engaging with students in conversations that play into their strengths.
film with dcom photos

A Definitive Ranking of the Five Disney Channel Original Movies I Watched in Spring 2022

July 7, 2022
From best to worst, I have ranked the five Disney Channel Original Movies I’ve tackled in my dorm room this past semester.
Lerzan Aksoy will serve as the interim dean of the Gabelli School of Business starting July 1, 2022.

‘I Have Big Shoes To Fill’: Gabelli School of Business Undergoes Transition in Deans

June 2, 2022
Lerzan Aksoy, professor and associate dean of GSB, will serve as interim dean beginning July 1, 2022. 
Harris in german class

Vincent Harris, Beloved Engaged Campus Leader, Dies at 21

May 22, 2022

Vincent Harris, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’22 and a leader on-campus, died on Tuesday, May 10 at 21 years old. He is remembered for his humor, kindness, wit and character. University President...

map of the bronx with different local public and charter schools labeled

University Works To Accept More Students From the Bronx

April 27, 2022
Bronx natives who are current students believe the university could improve its diversity and outreach efforts.
jennifer lopez in marry me

‘Marry Me’: Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson Revive the Rom-Com Formula

February 22, 2022
“Marry Me” inspires the audience to follow their romantic pursuits and deeply connect with those around them.
diversity report findings diverse faculty in a pie chart

Fordham Admin Outlines Initiatives to Improve Recruitment and Retention Among Diverse Faculty

January 30, 2022
Administrators discuss efforts to improve hiring and retention rates among diverse faculty, as well as tenure rates of these same members.
john tognino

John Tognino, Former Board of Trustees Chairman, Dies at 83

January 19, 2022
John Tognino passed away after a battle with Parkinson's disease; he is remembered for his friendly spirit and generosity.
father george quickley smiles in a 2019 photo

George Quickley, S.J., Impactful Former Lincoln Center Chaplain, Dies at 75

January 15, 2022
The Rev. Quickley passed away after a stretch of cardiovascular issues in spring 2021, he served as a live-in Jesuit in McMahon Hall.
mica McKnight sits at her desk at Fordham Lincoln Center

New Beginnings: McKnight Announces Departure From Fordham After 7 Years

October 29, 2021
Mica McKnight is leaving her position as assistant dean for the sophomore class at FCLC to serve as an assistant dean at Hofstra.
for a panel on political polarization, five speakers sit in front of an audience

Fordham Panelists Discuss Navigating Political Discourse in a Polarized Age

October 23, 2021
Fordham invited a panel of guests to discuss the roots of political polarization and provided insights into how to solve the problem.
a photo of the McCabe brothers shaking hands, John, Francis, and James

James P. McCabe, Former Co-Director of the Fordham Libraries, Dies at 84

October 2, 2021
James P. McCabe, a Ph.D. in library sciences who revolutionized Fordham library services over 22 years, died on Sept. 15 at the age of 84.
first-year students sitting outside their dorm building, Mckeon hall

First-Year Students Frustrated With Delayed Housing Assignments

September 19, 2021
Several first-year residents expected to receive their assignments at the beginning of August but received little communication from ResLife.
David Glenwick holding a book that he wrote

David S. Glenwick, Prolific Psychology Professor, Dies at 71

September 2, 2021
David S. Glenwick, Ph.D. in clinical psychology, was a longstanding member of the department of psychology, died on July 27, 2021.
voters line up to vote for their candidates of choice in the New York primary election

Primary Elections Determine How NYC Will Move Forward

June 20, 2021
The 2021 New York City mayoral race consists of Democratic and Republican primaries that will determine the candidates for the general election.
for an article about academic dishonesty at Fordham, a picture of the outside of the Gabelli School of Business

Fordham Deans Clarify Incident of Academic Dishonesty at GSB

June 8, 2021
Leadership within GSB launched an investigation into academic dishonesty and required the retake to include anti-cheating measures.
People in India line up to get their temperatures checked, wearing masks and standing 2 m apart

Fordham Students React to India’s Deadly COVID-19 Surge

May 29, 2021
Fordham students of Indian descent are concerned with the COVID-19 crisis in India, where poverty and shortages worsen the virus's effects.
campus tours check-in sign at the Rose Hill campus

Fordham Resumes On-Campus Tours

April 14, 2021
Fordham has announced that limited campus tours for prospective students and their families would resume on April 7 with COVID precautions.
A set of actionables by Fordham students to support the AAPI community.

Fordham Community Reacts to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

April 2, 2021
Fordham students discuss current and past instances of racism and what the University must do to combat injustice against the AAPI community.
graphic illustration of a rose on a television screen

The Long-Deferred Racial Reckoning of ‘The Bachelor’

April 1, 2021
Members of the Fordham community weigh in on the widespread racism in the hit television show ‘The Bachelor’.
for an article about first-years on campus, a selfie of a group of students on the brooklyn bridge

Virtual First-Year Students Return to Campus for the Spring Semester

March 12, 2021
After a virtual fall semester, many freshmen decided to come to campus for the first time. The freshmen share why they came.
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