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


JEFFREY UMBRELL, Features Editor Emeritus

Jeffrey Umbrell, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’19, is a features editor emeritus for The Observer. He has also written for news, arts & culture, and sports & health. Much of his writing for features focuses on Fordham and local history, and the relationship between the university and city. More recently, Jeffrey co-founded and and hosts The Observer’s podcast, Retrospect, along with asst. arts & culture editor Kevin Christopher Robles.

All content by JEFFREY UMBRELL
Bryce Vine stands on speakers to look over a sea of Fordham students, or in his words, “the most lit day party I’ve ever seen for a group of sober people.”

Spring Weekend Stream of Consciousness

May 1, 2019
Anticipating a chaotic Spring Weekend, The Observer sent one senior to attend the day concert and asked him to record all of his thoughts into a voice memo.
Pratt played her first game back this semester after two injuries.

Taking a Look at Club Sports: Women’s Club Rugby

April 30, 2019

Fordham Lincoln Center is not a particularly athletic campus. While Fordham is an NCAA Division I school, all of its varsity, club and intramural teams are located at Rose Hill. It can often feel that,...

With the academic year coming to a close, seniors are thinking about their futures post-graduation.

Graduation Isn’t Doomsday

April 10, 2019
With graduation right around the corner, many seniors are anxious about life after Fordham. Features Editor Jeffrey Umbrell speaks with members of the Class of ’19 about how they are feeling about their future job prospects.
Fordhams campus may be quiet, but the city comes alive to celebrate the Irish-Catholic holiday.

Luck of the Irish

March 29, 2019
Jeffrey Umbrell, features editor, discusses the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day in New York and at Fordham. Umbrell uncovers the reason behind the Fordham tradition of having spring break during the holiday. Fordham’s campus may be quiet, but the city comes alive to celebrate the Irish-Catholic holiday.
ASILI, the Black Student Alliance at Rose Hill, hosts Angela Davis to observe Black History Month.

Angela Davis Connects International Struggles

March 8, 2019
For much of the evening, Davis focused on the connections between the black experience and those of other oppressed peoples. “When we talk about black struggles,” she said, “we should realize that not all participants have been black.”
Climbing temperatures in February have students worried about climate change.

Hey Fordham, Let It Snow?

March 6, 2019
With rising temperatures in February, some students worry that climate change is becoming a Fordham reality.
SDA Vice President, Lucy Clancy (left), and SDA President, Cristina Pardo (right), bring attention to the inaccessibility of Fordhams campus.

Group Strives for Disability Awareness on Campus

February 19, 2019
Fordham's Students for Disability Advocacy want to create a more accessible and accommodating campus for students with disabilities.
Yael Uness, the assistant director of counseling and psychological services, co-runs the relationships group with Nicole Rosenfield, a psychology Ph.D. candidate.

Relationships Group Encourages Students to Open Up

February 12, 2019
Jeffrey Umbrell, Features Editor, discusses Fordham's new relationships group that allows students a chance to open up.
Frederick Wertz, dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, envisions a large fountain in the center of the Outdoor Plaza.

Space Cram

February 6, 2019
Jeffrey Umbrell, features editor, discusses the unused space throughout Fordham Lincoln Center and the ideas that the administration has to utilize them.
This elevator phenomenon is only known to occur in McMahon Hall.

What’s Up With the McMahon Elevators?

January 23, 2019
FCLC students are constantly scratching their heads when it comes to the McMahon elevators that seem to magically open on command. This Fordham mystery behind the elevators has officially been debunked.
Paul Bury, Fordham College at Lincoln Center 19, was stranded on the Henry Hudson Parkway for around three hours.

Ram Van Log Jam: Shuttles Stranded for Hours in Snowstorm

November 16, 2018
The Ram Van, in tandem with a severe weather alert from public safety, officially suspended service at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 due to “deteriorating weather and travel conditions” throughout the city. Public safety, however, was unable to account for vans that had already departed subsequently became caught in the midst of the snowstorm.
Robert Moses, Friend of Fordham, Left a Complex Legacy

Robert Moses, Friend of Fordham, Left a Complex Legacy

November 14, 2018

The name Robert Moses has countless connotations, mostly negative, for Fordham students: racism, gentrification and displacement, to name a few, all come to mind. Moses is intrinsically linked to the construction...

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In Harlem, Following History

November 7, 2018
On the morning of Oct. 7, Fordham History and African American Studies Professor Mark Naison traveled to 116th Street in Harlem early to explore the neighborhood before joining a group of 15 or so alumni on a walking tour organized by the Office of Alumni Relations.
Jesse Bramble pictured left.

Ugly Finish Costs Fordham Against Georgetown

October 10, 2018

One of the most puzzling, and certainly one of the most consequential coaching decisions in Fordham’s 23-11 loss to Georgetown Saturday afternoon came late in the fourth quarter. Freshman quarterback,...

Photo Gallery: Homecoming 2018

Photo Gallery: Homecoming 2018

September 30, 2018

The Rams showed some fight in their 13-24 homecoming loss last week against Central Connecticut State University, including up a near-perfect second half defensive performance, but ultimately it would...

Rams Jalen Ollie (center left) and Austin Longi (center right) gave their all against CCSU.

Conn-quered: Rams Lose Fourth Straight Against CCSU

September 26, 2018

“Timmy played tough,” Rams football coach Joe Conlin said of freshman quarterback Tim DeMorat following Saturday’s frustrating 13-24 homecoming loss to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)....


Stephen Freedman Built a Legacy of Care

September 13, 2018
“Stephen Freedman opted for life,” Eve Keller, Ph.D., president of the Fordham Faculty Senate, said last Thursday.
The rams giving it their all against the Richmond Spiders.

Rams’ Road Trip Turns Sour, Team Falls to 0-2

September 12, 2018

The kickoff on the Sept. 3 season opener in Charlotte was delayed 74 minutes due to lightning, and halftime was extended for another 75. Indeed, after Fordham’s 34-10 loss to the 49ers, it felt as if...

Fordham conducts extensive biological and ecological research at the Louis Calder Center in Armonk, NY. (JEFFREY UMBRELL/THE OBSERVER)

At Fordham, Sustaining a Green Climate

May 11, 2018

On the small plot of grass that occupies the space on the plaza level between McMahon Hall and the fence along 60th Street, there are four plant beds. Located just around the corner from the McMahon plaza...

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess read selections from his book Olio on April 11.  (JEFFREY UMBRELL/THE OBSERVER)

High School Poetry Featured at Poets Out Loud

April 18, 2018

The April 11 Poets Out Loud (POL) reading, held in the Lowenstein 12th floor lounge, was unique in two ways; it not only featured the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess, but also that of...

Im With Her consists of (from left to right) Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife ODonovan. (JEFFREY UMBRELL/THE OBSERVER)

I’m With Her: Town Hall, March 15, 2018

March 29, 2018

The sold-out show at New York City’s Town Hall was certainly a career milestone for the folk-acoustic trio I’m With Her. The band is a relatively new project for Sara Watkins, Aoife O'Donovan and Sarah...

The Office for Student Involvement pledged support to the BSA. (Jeffrey Umbrell/THE OBSERVER)

Black Student Alliance Taking Hiatus

February 15, 2018

The Black Student Alliance (BSA) at Fordham Lincoln Center (FCLC) has made the decision to take a temporary hiatus. BSA held an open meeting on Feb. 7 to discuss what could potentially be a semester-long...


Poets Out Loud Launches Annual Book Prize Series

December 9, 2017

“A launch is a big deal in poetry,” Heather Dubrow, director of Poets Out Loud (POL), said at the organization’s most recent reading on Nov. 16. POL hosts approximately six readings on campus each...


“Sleep No More” Awakens Shakespeare in Chelsea

October 27, 2017

Six years after its debut, the popularity of the British theater company Punchdrunk’s “Sleep No More” has yet to fade. The site-specific production is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,”...

Poets Out Loud held its first reading of the semester at Fordham Lincoln Center on Sept. 25. (COURTESY OF JEFFREY UMBRELL)

First Poets Out Loud Event Welcomes New Faces

October 12, 2017

“I learned language from eggs,” said poet, novelist and editor Melissa Castillo-Garsow,  explaining the significance, for her, of everyday objects. “I learned meaning from eggs.” She was reading...


Lecture Series Contextualizes Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

September 29, 2017

“When people call this a catastrophe, they’re not kidding,” Hussein Ibish said, referring to the extraordinary violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ibish is a senior resident scholar at...


Washington Square Park Folk Festival Spans Generations

September 21, 2017

The Washington Square Park Folk Festival, held on Sept. 10 was surprisingly difficult to locate. The temperate late-summer weather had drawn exceedingly large crowds to the park, and people gathered to...

San Gennaro

Little Italy Seeks to Preserve Traditions

September 2, 2017

The first Feast of San Gennaro celebrated in New York was held on Sept. 19, 1926, as Italian immigrants from Naples observed the martyrdom of Saint Gennaro, who died on the same date in 305 A.D. Since...

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