The Observer

KAMRUN NESA, Managing Editor Emerita

All content by KAMRUN NESA
(Maria Kovoros/The Observer)

Don’t Judge A Book by Its Content

February 11, 2015

When someone asks, “What’s your favorite book?” chances are many would respond with a classic novel, so-called “real literature,” instead of young adult fiction or “Fifty Shades of Grey.”...

In the upcoming two-book series, “Blacklist,” Sylvia Day plans to feature a character from Fordham. (Courtesy of Sylvia Day)

Sylvia Day Brings a Dose of Romance to Fordham

November 20, 2014

New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day is planning to write a new adult romance series featuring a character who attends Fordham University. The two-book series, which will be titled “Blacklist,”...

Barnes & Noble shoppers contemplate whether to buy their books in print or to invest in an e-reader. (Lauren Macdonald/The Observer)

Counterpoint: Electronic Over Print

October 22, 2014

I’ve bought my last college textbook. After three years of running around, trying to find good deals on college books, I’ve had enough. College books are bulky, absurdly overpriced and sometimes rarely...

Workers Protest Violations at FCLC

Workers Protest Violations at FCLC

September 23, 2014

Construction workers gathered outside Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 23 to protest workers' rights violations. A union rat was inflated in front of the Ram...

The Importance Of Going Beyond Tourism

August 25, 2014

Everyone has a case of wanderlust from time to time, but not everyone puts it to good use. When people want to visit the United States, they think of metropolitan cities like New York City, Los Angeles,...

Mary Higgins Clark (left) speaks to Professor of English Mary Bly’s Publishing Theory and Practice class on April 29. She spoke about her career, the writing industry and her new book

Mary Higgins Clark Visits Fordham

May 2, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Mary Higgins Clark, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’79, spoke to students in Professor of English Mary Bly’s Publishing: Theory and Practice class.  Clark...

Kamrun Nesa/The Observer

2014 Reid Writer Poets Hold Panel Discussion

April 24, 2014

Award-winning poets Vievee Francis and Tracy K. Smith read excerpts and signed copies of their books of poetry, "Horse in the Dark" (2012) and "Life on Mars" (2011) respectively, on Thursday, April 24...

Jessica Hanley/The Observer

Hollywood Influence on American Politics Is Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

April 2, 2014

After conducting a poll in February 2014 about the Academy Awards and Hollywood influence, CBS News released its results on March 2 and concluded that 61 percent of Americans believe that Hollywood...

Vanity Fair Isn’t Worthy of Praise for Its Colorblind Cover

Vanity Fair Isn’t Worthy of Praise for Its Colorblind Cover

February 17, 2014

With awards season underway and the Oscars coming up next month, it’s not unusual that many Oscar-nominated actors are gracing the covers of most magazines—unless we’re talking about Vanity Fair. In...

Kirstin Bunkley/The Observer

Huckabee’s Birth Control Jab Only Serves to Turn Off Female Constituency

February 12, 2014

We still have a couple more years until the United States. goes into a frenzy for the 2016 Presidential Election, but we already have potential candidates—well, mostly Republicans—putting their foot...

Courtesy of JFK Library

Museum Displays Do Not “Cheapen” JFK’s Assassination

November 20, 2013

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, several national museums are publicly displaying objects pertaining to his assassination as a way...

Tyler Martins/The Observer

Grade Deflation Hurts Undeserving Students

November 14, 2013

I think I speak for almost everyone when I say that getting good grades in college is important. We often hear from friends at other colleges that they’ve received all sorts of honors for their exemplary...

A photo captured during one of our photographers' study abroad trip to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan. (Melanie Chamberlain/The Observer)

A Semester Abroad is Not a Semester Wasted

November 5, 2013

Studying abroad is part of the quintessential college experience. By the time junior year rolls around, many students are eager to acquire new perspectives, gain exposure to other cultures and ideas,...

President Barack Obama in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, July 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obamacare Was Not Worth a Government Shutdown

October 24, 2013

After 16 agonizing days of filibusters and debates, the United States government has finally broken free of its impasse after President Barack Obama signed an agreement on Thursday Oct.17. The public...

Brigitte Ayaz/The Observer

Cab Drivers Need to be Held Responsible for Reckless Driving

October 17, 2013

This past August, a cab driver struck British tourist, Sian Green, on Sixth Avenue and 50th Street and cost her a left leg. According to the New York Daily News, Faysal Himon, the driver, was arguing...

Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Excuse LSU Fraternity Banner

September 23, 2013

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) may not be an athletic campus, but that doesn’t mean we don’t show school pride at sporting events. We sometimes even playfully bash rival teams during games....

Future MTA price hikes will hurt all students at Fordham, but will especially strain the already tight budgets of many commuters. (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

Frequent MTA Hikes Unfairly Affect Commuters

September 9, 2013

Free MetroCards for New York students are a nostalgic thing of the past. In high school, I took them for granted; now I have to shell out $5.00 to get to and from school. This added expense would not be...

(MCT)

Shame on You, Senate

May 2, 2013

The apt phrase "shame on you" echoed among the crowd gathered in the Senate gallery when they found out the Senate's decision on gun control. According to President Barack Obama, this past April proved...

Dystopian Books Endangered By Movie Versions

Dystopian Books Endangered By Movie Versions

April 4, 2013

Modern readers are no stranger to dystopian novels and movies, whether it’s “1984,” “Brave New World” or more recently, “Beautiful Creatures,” “I am Number Four” and “The Hunger...

Taylor Swift at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2012.  (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Swift Overacts to Dating Joke

March 18, 2013

There are two types of celebrities: those who are indifferent to privacy and those who crave it. Some celebrities don’t make big efforts to separate their personal and professional lives while others,...

Lindsay Lohan and Lil Poopy are two child stars. (Lorey Sebastian/Walt Disney Pictures; Courtesy of youtube.com)

The Dangers of Child Stardom

March 6, 2013

I think it’s safe to say that any child would be enticed at a chance of fame. I certainly would have, considering how the lives of kids like Suri Cruise and Alana Thompson are glamorized and celebrated...

Does Commuting Weaken A Student’s Academic Performance?

February 20, 2013

POINT: Yes, Commuting Hinders Learning By BRIGITTE AYAZ, Staff Writer Published: February 20, 2013 The life of a commuter is tiring and taxing. It takes a heavy toll on students mentally and...