The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer



Maryam Beshara (she/her), FCLC ’24, is a news editor at The Observer. She is planning on double-majoring in political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies with a potential minor in philosophy. When she is not found, it is because she is missing. In her free time, Maryam loves listening to music and hopes the sun will show (her) the path.

All content by MARYAM BESHARA
Fordham Public Safety issued a ban on battery-powered scooters, bikes and skateboards on all university properties following safety recommendations from the FDNY.

Fordham Bans Battery-Powered Vehicles

January 25, 2023
Following a spike in fatal fires across New York City due to faults in lithium-ion batteries, Public Safety issued an email on Dec. 8 informing university community members that all battery-powered electric scooters, electric bikes and electric skateboards would be banned on university property effective Jan. 3.
The 2022 midterm elections pressed voters with important issues including drug policy, voting access and reproductive rights.

Students and Staff React to 2022 Midterm Elections

November 16, 2022
The 2022 U.S. general midterm elections, which concluded on Nov. 8, highlighted multiple issues on ballots across the nation and consisted of tight electoral races between candidates that determined governorships and party controls for the House and Senate.
Students sit and wait upward of four hours inside the McShane Center’s Great Hall awaiting their bivalent booster dose on Oct. 31.

Bivalent Booster Mandate Triggers Debates Across Fordham

November 1, 2022
In an email sent on Sept. 26, Valera announced the new vaccination guidelines, which have since sparked reactions across the campus community both for and in opposition of the mandate.
‘I didn’t think it would actually happen’: Biden Announces Debt Relief Plan

‘I didn’t think it would actually happen’: Biden Announces Debt Relief Plan

September 29, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Aug. 24 a one-time student loan debt relief plan that is intended to forgive federal student loans for low and middle income families.
Several customers gathered in front of a Nathans famous food truck serving hot dogs and Philly cheesesteaks near the 59th Street Central Park entrance.

New York and Its Food Vendor Culture: A Photo Essay

September 28, 2022
The various food carts in and around the Lincoln Center area represent an important facet of New York City life.
21 Years Later, 9/11 Is Still More Than a Memory: A Photo Essay

21 Years Later, 9/11 Is Still More Than a Memory: A Photo Essay

September 21, 2022
New Yorkers visit the 9/11 memorial and attend ceremonies surrounding the World Trade Center on the 21st anniversary of the tragedy.
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.
OLs pose for a photo at the top of One Summit Vanderbilt, one available excursion option.

Fall 2022 Orientation Program Welcomes the Class of 2026

September 15, 2022
The 2022 fall orientation schedule included a series of events and speakers across the three days, with orientation coordinators, captains and leaders working together to welcome the Class of 2026 to Fordham Lincoln Center.  

New President Welcomed Across Campuses

August 27, 2022
Fordham hosted a coffee reception at both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center to welcome and greet President Tania Tetlow in-person.
Surveillance and return-to-campus testing are no longer required to be admitted on campus.

Guest and Visitor Policies Change, Campuses Open to Public

August 27, 2022
Fordham adopts new COVID-19 protocols for the Fall 2022 semester; policy changes will allow the campuses to open to the public on Sept. 1.
Dr. Stone

Fordham Professor Announces Award for Undergraduate Paper’s Staff

August 27, 2022
Fordham English professor Elizabeth Stone launches the Many Voices Observer Award in hopes of diversifying the undergraduate paper's staff.
Alison Leiby in oh god a show about abortion

Alison Leiby’s ‘Oh God, A Show About Abortion’ Resonates With Audiences

August 25, 2022
Alison Leiby put on a stand-up comedy show about abortion, motherhood and health-care access at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
McShane addressing the congregation during his guest lecture to the graduating Class of 2022.

Former Fordham President Gives Public Address at Historic Church

July 23, 2022
Former University President McShane gave his final public address as Fordham's president to graduating members of Abyssinian's congregation.
Fordham Professor Speaks on Juneteenth and the Haitian Revolution

Fordham Professor Speaks on Juneteenth and the Haitian Revolution

July 1, 2022
According to Alcenat, the Haitian Revolution’s legacy recognized the concepts of race only historically without giving any validity to the white supremacist lens.
tania tetlow at the press conference smiling in front of a wood paneled wall

Fordham’s New President Assumes Office

July 1, 2022
President Tetlow began her term as the university's first woman and layperson president on July 1 and shared her excitement for the future.
Ibrahim (pictured) at her surprise birthday party thrown for her by Maebel  and Hawzien Gebremedhin, founders of the Tigray Action Committee. Gebremedhin shared this as one of her favorite memories of Ibrahim and said that “she looks so beautiful.”

Zuher Ibrahim, Graduate Student and Activist Against Genocide in Tigray, Dies at 23

May 31, 2022
“Zuher was a tireless and respected advocate for peace,” University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., said in an email sent to the Fordham community on April 25.
Fordham’s Finance Team Discusses Fiscal Year 2023

Fordham’s Finance Team Discusses Fiscal Year 2023

May 24, 2022
The 2023 fiscal year budget will look different compared to the 2022 fiscal year, as, for the first time,  it will operate on what the university’s finance team referred to as an all funds budget.
for an article about donna rapaccioli, the front of the gabelli school of business

[Photo] BREAKING: Donna Rapaccioli Steps Down as Dean of Gabelli

April 11, 2022

Donna Rapaccioli led the Gabelli School of Business...

tania tetlow speaks at conference next to mcshane

Fordham Welcomes ‘First Family’

March 5, 2022
Fordham's President-elect Tania Tetlow speaks to the Fordham student press about her history with Fordham and her goals for the university.
student looks at phone with instagram comments from fordham

University Deletes Comments Advocating for Hybrid Learning

February 2, 2022
Fordham deleted several comments on recent Instagram posts advocating for a hybrid option for the spring 2022 semester.
hall of president at fordham with photos of most recent presidents

Updates Announced Regarding Search for University President

December 9, 2021
A woman or layperson may be chosen as university president, and the search committee has held 30 listening sessions with low attendance.
fordham flirts logo is a kissing face emoji with green background

Creator of Fordham Flirts Speaks About Nature of Submissions

December 9, 2021
The creator of the popular Fordham Flirts Instagram page spoke to The Observer about inappropriate submissions and student interactions.
students protest the sexual misconduct about assault on campus

Fordham’s Response to Sexual Misconduct

December 9, 2021
Many Fordham students are unaware of supportive resources amid on-campus protests and reports of Fordham mishandling sexual misconduct.
a halal cart on a street corner with rainbow words at the top

Halal Cart Outside Lowenstein Robbed

November 19, 2021
The New York City Police Department is investigating the robbery after one halal cart employee was injured and a worker's tip jar was stolen.
a graphic showing a daily cumulative COVID-19 case count at Fordhams Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses

Lincoln Center COVID-19 Case Count Rises to Highest Number Yet

September 24, 2021
As the Lincoln Center COVID-19 case count has risen, students have struggled to navigate the university's shifting health recommendations.
a graphic showing a daily cumulative COVID-19 case count at Fordhams Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses

Lincoln Center COVID-19 Case Count Rises to Highest Number Yet

September 24, 2021
As the Lincoln Center COVID-19 case count has risen, students have struggled to navigate the university's shifting health recommendations.
students on the LC plaza, mask mandate in place at Fordham

New Year, Same Rules: Mask Mandate Reinstalled

August 31, 2021
Fordham originally planned to not mandate masks for the in-person and vaccinated fall, but due to rising cases, it overturned its decision.
for an article about transgender housing on campus, two young people stand in NYC wearing pride flags on their backs

Fordham’s Gender-Inclusive Housing Options, A Year in Effect

July 9, 2021
Students respond to FCLC's gender-inclusive housing options and share their own experiences along with possible solutions for the future.
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 masks not being required on campus, students sitting on Eddies Parade in the sunshine

Fordham Lifts Mask Restrictions for Fall Semester

June 18, 2021
Fordham is planning on returning to a full capacity campus, with all interior spaces no longer requiring social distancing.
Congressional portrait of Rep. Juan Vargas.

US Rep. Juan Vargas Discusses Religion in Public Life

May 5, 2021
Professor Peppard leads the webinar, inviting students to ask Rep. Vargas questions about the intersection of religion with public office.
a distracted student sits in front of a Zoom screen for online learning

Online Learning Impacts Students’ Study Habits and Future of Learning

April 15, 2021
Students modified their study habits to accommodate new online learning, and educators modified their classrooms to teach students virtually.
photo of the door to the aramark offices at fordham

Rams Against Aramark Demands Severance From Food Service Provider

March 21, 2021
A new club, Rams Against Aramark, has formed on campus with the goal of having Fordham cut ties with Aramark.
photo of people in laying down in a new york square in protest against the myanmar coup

Following Myanmar Coup, Club President Loses Faith in U.N.

February 25, 2021
Following the recent coup in Myanmar, the president of the UNICEF club at Fordham Lincoln Center resigned.
a gavel rests in front of screens on a courtroom desk

Court Rules Against Fordham Student in Class Action Lawsuit for Tuition Reductions During Pandemic

February 10, 2021
A filing for tuition refunds from April 2020 after suspension of in-person classes was dismissed last month.
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