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MONIQUE JOHN, Managing Editor Emerita

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EdX and CourseSmart products undermine the importance of professors and invade students’ privacy. (Hannah O’Donnell/The Observer)

When College And Technology Don’t Mesh

April 18, 2013

From Kindles to iPads (and even iPhones), students and educators alike have their favorite pieces of technology that make college life easier. But would you be intrigued by technology that tracks your...

Once known as an off-shore banking paradise, Cyprus is now barely maintaining its status in the eurozone. (Courtesy of CIA/Wikimedia Commons)

Cyprus Shows Dangers of Poor Financial Decisions

March 27, 2013

Can’t place Cyprus on a map? Go and read the headlines; right now it’s one of the most important countries you’ve never heard of. The country of Cyprus is in serious trouble in its fight to fall...

The incidents at Oberlin College this past month shows that even the most openminded among us are capable of dispelling hatred. (Photo Illustration by Brent Castillo/The Wichita Eagle/MCT)

Liberals Aren’t Exempt from Bias

March 11, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now launching an investigation on Oberlin College after a series of hate speech incidents prompted administrators to cancel classes on March 4. Throughout February,...

In a nation with such extreme opposing views on gun control, compromise is the first step to protecting lives. (Rick Hartford/Hartford Courant/MCT)

Americans Deserve Comprehensive Gun Control

March 6, 2013

A bi-partisan group of Senate leaders is now devising a plan to enforce a universal background check on those purchasing guns throughout the country. Leaders hope to strike a deal within the early...

Students are shortchanged with adjuncts and visiting professors that cannot be fully present on campus. (Tavy Wu/The Observer)

Forever a Visitor, Never a Resident

February 20, 2013

When I think about the future I sometimes see myself in a classroom—only this time I’m standing in front of school desks, not sitting in one. My thermos is in one hand and my copies of “Longing...

Why is human life negotiated when money is involved? (Gerald S. Williams/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT

A Woman’s Worth in the Catholic Church

February 20, 2013

Lori Stodghill’s death is one that breaks the hearts of pro-choice and pro-life supporters alike. Pregnant with twins at 28 weeks, the 31-year-old Arizona woman died of a massive heart attack after...

First Amendment aside, can't we share our views without unnecessarily offending others?

Who Said Jesus Was a Myth?

December 15, 2012

It’s deep into the holiday season and everyone can’t get enough of the commercialized cheer. Back are the "we are the world" ads featuring smiling people with ice cold Cokes in their hands, too good...

Charlie Martin, FCLC ’14, president of Rainbow Alliance holds a meaningful sign for Queer Prom attendees. (Ayer Chan/The Observer)

“Queer” Approved for Campus Social Events

December 12, 2012

“Prior to coming to Fordham, I wasn’t really familiar with the word ‘queer’ and its significance within the LGBTQ community,” Lauren Giangrasso, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’15...

Rainbow Alliance Holds its First

Rainbow Alliance Holds its First “Queer Prom”

December 6, 2012

On Dec. 4, Fordham College at Lincoln Center's Rainbow Alliance held its first "Queer Prom" after students and faculty lobbied to Fordham administration to approve the use of the word "queer" in social...

Mo' Problems Season Finale, Episode 7: She Said, She Said

Mo’ Problems Season Finale, Episode 7: She Said, She Said

December 4, 2012

Disturbed by an off-color remark from a classmate, Mo' talks racism at Fordham. Want more Mo'? Follow her on Twitter @MoniqueEJohn and look out for the "Mo' Problems" Facebook page!

Mo' Problems, Episode 6: Ms. Fat Booty

Mo’ Problems, Episode 6: Ms. Fat Booty

November 20, 2012

Taken aback after hearing a compliment from a close male friend, Mo' finds a new appreciation for her global assets. Want more Mo'? Follow her on Twitter @MoniqueEJohn. 

Though once dispatched to protect citizens,  stories of police officers and SWAT teams killing innocent victims are making headlines. (Karen T. Borchers/San Jose Mercury News/MCT)

Police Misconduct Needs More Attention

November 14, 2012

Hands on the steering wheel at 3:30 in the morning, I sleepily peer out through my windshield at the white lane markings on the Bronx Expressway. My (now ex) boyfriend is riding shotgun, passed out...

Mo Problems

Mo’ Problems: Episode V, Operation Paycheck

November 7, 2012

Discouraged after attending an unfruitful job fair, Mo' changes strategies to find work after graduation. Want more Mo? Follow her on Twitter @MoniqueEJohn. 

What do you think you know about this woman without knowing her?(David Trotman-Wilkins/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Rape, Fraud and the Welfare System

November 6, 2012

The slothful, hypersexual, manipulative welfare mother has plagued headlines once again with the withdrawal of a recent Pennsylvania House Bill on Oct. 24. Drafted by Republican and Democratic state representatives,...

VIDEO: Mo' Problems, Episode 4: Stupid Mo'

VIDEO: Mo’ Problems, Episode 4: Stupid Mo’

October 24, 2012

   Opinions Editor Monique John takes her problems to a booth at the Fordham hot spot, The Flame Diner, and discusses fighting back against older individuals' stereotyping of today's youth. John...

Out of the Spotlight and Into the Voting Booth

October 24, 2012

After a frustrating debate season, I found the fourth and final presidential debate on Oct. 22 to be somewhat of a relief. I’m sure the setting of the debate had a lot to do with it: this time, the...

My Problem With Violentacrez, Reddit and Freedom of Speech

October 18, 2012

A child’s mangled body is staring back at me from my computer screen. I cannot see her face; simply what has been left of her body after she was run over by a train on its tracks. On another webpage...

VIDEO: Mo' Problems: Episode 3, Food Hangups

VIDEO: Mo’ Problems: Episode 3, Food Hangups

October 8, 2012

Think you have food issues? In the third episode of OBS TV's series, Mo' Problems, Opinions Editor Monique John talks about her unusual and frustrating food cravings due to stress and a million other things...

Chelsea’s Avenues: The World School is offering its students the most extravagant education money can buy. (Rex Sakamoto/The Observer)

Education is for the Elite

October 4, 2012

Education and media entrepreneur, Chris Whittle, recently opened Avenues: The World School in Chelsea, the latest addition to New York City’s clique of hip, pricey, elitist private schools. With...

VIDEO: Mo' Problems: Episode 2, Lost in Textsation

VIDEO: Mo’ Problems: Episode 2, Lost in Textsation

September 19, 2012

In her second installment of Mo' Problems, Opinions Editor Monique John tackles miscommunication by way of text messaging between young couples and the way to deal with it.

Never fear! You’ll find your Prince Charming eventually. Just don’t expect him to be perfect. (Photo illustration by Sara Azoulay/The Observer)

From Disneyland to Cosmo Life

September 19, 2012

  Many of us women start creating our own special image of him when we’re young. By “he,” I mean ‘the one,’ our Prince Charming. The man that we’ve always wanted. The man...

VIDEO: Mo' Problems: Episode 1, Hair Grief

VIDEO: Mo’ Problems: Episode 1, Hair Grief

September 5, 2012

Meet Mo. She writes, she talks, she loves. Most importantly, she thinks. A lot. Sometimes too hard...Watch your favorite Observer editor solve everyday issues in her debut web series, "Mo' Problems." Want...

Blacks supporting Chic-fil-A betrayed a group that has faced forms of discrimination similar to their own. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Pres/MCT)

Discrimination is Discrimination

August 22, 2012

“Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve!” is a line my pastor has bellowed in the sanctuary every now and then on Sunday mornings. The soundwaves radiate throughout the pews, just tapping the stained...

Chester French’s racy music video for “Black Girls” wrongly glamorizes black women as a sexual fetish. (KarmaLoopTV/YouTube.com)

“Black Girls” Music Video Missed the Mark

May 2, 2012

How sweet. Someone wrote a song just for me. Want to know how it goes? Here’s a couple lines: “I got a thing for black girls/La, la la la la, la la, la la la la, la la…/You know I got some love...

Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s construction site has reached new heights on the outdoor Plaza. (Charlie Puente/The Observer)

New Lincoln Center Library Building Plans Progress Quickly

February 15, 2012

Fordham’s plans to rebuild the Leo T. Kissam Memorial Library in the law school have reached new heights. The architectural firm Kevin Hom PC has recently been contracted to design the new library...

The Vagina Monologues will be held in the 12th floor lounge of the Leon Lowenstein building on March 24.  (Photo courtesy of Isis)

Counseling Services Now to Facilitate Vagina Monologues Debrief

February 4, 2012

Counseling and Psychological Services will be present at the debrief following this year’s Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) performance of the Vagina Monologues. This is the first time a department...

(Clarence Williams/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Don Cornelius, 75, Dies of Gunshot Wound to the Head

February 1, 2012

Don Cornelius, producer and host of the television show “Soul Train,” was found dead today around 4 a.m. in his Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, home. Discovered by a family member, Cornelius died of...

The new movie,

A Lack of Female Leads in “Red Tails” is Historically Accurate, Not Sexist

January 28, 2012

The film “Red Tails” has two of my favorite things—one, it has a fantastic tribute to unsung black heroes that played a major role in American history. But more importantly, it had lots and...

Streets were crowded with scantily clad protestors, similar to the woman above, at the New York City SlutWalk in Union Square. (Katherine Fotinos/The Observer)

FCLC Students Join Protestors in NYC SlutWalk

October 5, 2011

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) students joined thousands of protestors at SlutWalk NYC on Oct. 1. Protestors marched from Union Square to Third Street between Second Avenue and Lafayette...

Although the film version of “The Help” may merit critics’ remarks, the original novel successfully addresses race in 1960’s Jackson, Miss. (Courtesy of Dreamworks)

Misguided Criticism on Race Relations in “The Help”

September 21, 2011

“I refuse to see ‘The Help,’” one of my co-workers vehemently told me. He continued, “It’s an insult to black people and it suggests that black stories are only valid when told by a white narrator!” Though...

Aimee Cox, a dancer-turned-professor, is one of Fordham’s new additions to the African and African  American Studies department. She will be teaching a new course, Black Feminism, this fall.  (Courtesy of Aimee Cox )

Getting to Know Dr. Aimee Cox

August 26, 2011

Like many of her fellow faculty members, Professor Aimee Cox’s resume boasts degrees from the country’s elite universities and extensive work as a writer and anthropologist. She’s recently been...

Politicians seem more concerned with attracting attention to themselves rather than the issues at hand. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

A Congressional Circus: American Politics Turn Farcical

August 25, 2011

All summer long, headlines across television and computer screens exclaimed the urgency of the national debt crisis as our country came closer to possibly falling into default. As with all political...

Courtesy of MCT

Tips for Staying Safe During Hurricane Irene

August 25, 2011

Fordham University is closing school on Sunday, Aug. 28. With the forces of Hurricane Irene still unseen, the people of New York need to be prepared! Here are some safety tips and precautions suggested...

FCLC Enters a New Phase in Construction

August 25, 2011

Renovation of the Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) campus has reached a new phase of construction. Excavation for the new building that will house the Fordham Law School as well as student dormitories...

Black and Feminist Shouldn’t Be Mutually Exclusive

July 23, 2011

Published: April 13, 2011 “Feminism...ewww,” my 16-year-old younger sister uttered. Her voice struck an odd pitch, her spine quivered violently and as they squeezed together, the muscles in...

Students Picking Up Where Their Parents Left Off

July 20, 2011

Published: November 17, 2010 Almost three years into the economic recession, experts have recently found that American marriages have stayed strong in spite of the financial conflict that has plagued...

Facebook and the Lost Value of Privacy in Today’s Youth

July 19, 2011

Published: October 5, 2010 Video-sharing and social networking sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are so widely used that they are becoming hallmarks of today’s world. Millions of people...

A New Way to Define Yourself During Your Defining Years

July 16, 2011

Published: September 22, 2010 “Well, what are you waiting for?” my blank piece of paper whispered to me as I stared at the professor’s assignment for the class. Another couple seconds passed before...

Study Finds Increased Hiring Trend for Spring 2011 Graduates

July 13, 2011

Published: April 20, 2011 Students at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) reacted to recent studies revealing that there is a 21 percent hiring increase for spring 2011 college graduates. These...

Safety Abroad: Student Talks of Evacuating Egypt During Political Protests

July 12, 2011

Published: March 2, 2011 “At one point you could smell the tear gas from our apartment,” said Raquel Colon, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’10. “A lot of people were wounded. When...

Studies Find Clinical Depression on the Rise Among College Students

July 12, 2011

Published: February 2, 2011 More than half of students surveyed at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) said their mental health affects them academically at least weekly, according to Counseling...

Fela: The Man, the Music and the Legend

June 28, 2011

Published February 4, 2010 Step inside the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and it will take you on a funky, psychedelic ride you could never have anticipated. The time is the summer of 1978. The place is musician...

Finding Middle Ground: FCLC Students Balance Personal Beliefs and the Catholic Policy of a Jesuit University

June 27, 2011

Published: October 22, 2009 From Manhattan’s racy billboards advertising the latest fashions from world-renowned designers, to the heart pumping beats flowing through iPod headphones blasting suggestive...

“Good Hair:” Not All About Weaves, Perms and Extensions

June 27, 2011

Published: November 5, 2009 “[M]y nappy hair isn’t worth anything?” asks a downtrodden Chris Rock in his recent film, “Good Hair.” In the film, Rock explores the hair culture within the black...

Black Actresses Struggle to Defy Set Stereotypes

June 25, 2011

Published: September 24, 2009 In 1939, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an award for her performance in the Hollywood Classic, “Gone with the Wind,” breaking the glass ceiling...

The Lost Value of Privacy

May 24, 2011

Video-sharing and social networking sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are so widely used that they are becoming hallmarks of today’s world. Millions of people across various age groups and...

Conference Held on Human Trafficking of Young Women

May 24, 2011

Activist Rachel Lloyd, founder of  Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), spoke along with two other panelists at a conference addressing domestic human sex slavery and trafficking of young...

Students Discuss Latinas’ Status in the Workforce

May 24, 2011

“As Latinas, we bring a lot to the workplace,” Dr. Eglí Colón said. “We are leaders in our own homes and we need to believe in those skills.” Colón was speaking on March 8, International Women’s...