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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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RACHEL SHMULEVICH, Opinions Editor Emerita

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John Brennan (FCRH ‘77) has defended torture and human rights’ abuses. (Pete Marovich via TNS)

Fordham: Are We Passive Towards Torture?

April 29, 2015

Colleges and universities across the world have revoked graduates’ degrees for a variety of offenses—in this sense, Fordham University’s current conflict regarding Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)...

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My Eastern European-Jewish Experience

April 15, 2015

When Russian Jewish immigrants came to the United States following the fall of the Soviet Union, many were able to receive asylum rather quickly and easily (at least compared to how the U.S. asylum process...

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Is it Dangerous to Make Films Relevant to Current Events?

March 11, 2015

There’s a huge difference between “Selma” and “American Sniper,” and part of that has to do with time. While both touch on issues which are still extremely relevant today, “Selma” has the...

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Free Community Colleges: The Push For-Profits Need

January 28, 2015

On Jan. 19, President Barack Obama announced America’s College Promise plan: a proposal to make the first two years of community colleges across the United States free for eligible students and institutions...

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

Point: Print Books Over E-Books

October 22, 2014

Electronic books, or e-books, have often been lauded for their environmentally-friendly production (as compared to print books) and ease of distribution and hailed as the future of the publishing industry....

No Deportation Without Immigration Reform

No Deportation Without Immigration Reform

September 25, 2014

I’ll always be an advocate of legal immigration, but in the midst of our country’s current immigration crisis, the legal channels we have in place simply aren’t going to cut it. Before we make...

The Media’s Representation of Israel Leaves Much To Be Desired

September 20, 2014

When it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the former has almost always drawn the short end of the stick when it comes to a fair and balanced representation in the media—at least if it’s the liberal...

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...

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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...

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We Must Remove Desexualization From Equality

April 16, 2014

Gender equality is a battle which it seems we’ll always be fighting—or at least for many years to come—and with every step forward, there’s almost as many opponents pushing us back. The question...

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Televising Pistorius Trial Sets a Good Precedent

March 2, 2014

It’s been more than a year since South African double amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013, shooting her through the bathroom door after...

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Rowling’s Harry Potter Announcement Was Unneeded

February 17, 2014

When excerpts of J.K Rowling’s Wonderland magazine interview were revealed on Feb. 1, many Harry Potter fans were outraged—and with good reason. The author of the well-known and beloved series told...

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Obama Can Survive Marijuana Legalization

February 12, 2014

In President Barack Obama’s Jan. 27 interview with the New Yorker, he let slip that he believed marijuana is no worse than alcohol. The interviewer then prodded him, asking if the drug is, in fact,...

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The U.S. Must Address Its Education Problem

January 30, 2014

The state of public education in the United States is a well-known but often ignored issue. Sure, we have compelling documentaries, such as Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” which...

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Blogs Are Not On the Verge of Becoming Irrelevant

November 20, 2013

I only recently entered the “blog world” by finally making a Tumblr, and I’ve already become addicted to the site. Before joining, I honestly didn’t see the appeal of maintaining a blog. However,...

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Russian Riots Show Us That Racism is Still a Problem

November 2, 2013

  It often seems like issues of racism, or ethnic discrimination, for that matter, get pushed to the back of our minds. Sure, if you went up to someone and asked them if they thought that any...

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Ads Against Obamacare Go Too Far

October 2, 2013

The Obamacare debate—also known as the seemingly never ending fight between the Democrats who seek to fund and preserve President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Republicans who...

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Most Promising Education Policies: Lhota or de Blasio?

September 23, 2013

POINT: Joe Lhota for Mayor By RACHEL SHMULEVICH I may not be a New York citizen (and therefore not eligible to vote for the next mayor), but it is incredibly important to me that the next...

The Ram Café failed to improve the quality of their food, despite an extensive makeover of the cafeteria itself. (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

Fordham Made Poor Decision in Renewing Sodexo

September 9, 2013

On May 15, Fordham announced that they would be keeping Sodexo as their primary food provider for the next 10 years—a decision that shocked a lot of students. After Fordham was given the title of  “college...

A New York Knicks and Boston Celtics fan hold up a sign on Saturday, April 20, 2013, to pay tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Celtics faced the New York Knicks in the NBAs Eastern Conference playoffs in New York, New York. (Matt Stone/Boston Herald/MCT)

The Boston Marathon Bombings Cannot Become Politicized

April 22, 2013

Having lived in Boston for basically my entire life, I’m a tried and true Bostonian. My family and friends are healthy and safe following the Boston Marathon bombings, but there is still that lingering...

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions uses a holistic approach when reviewing prospective students applications. (OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

College Admissions: A Numbers Game

April 18, 2013

This time last year, I was juggling about nine fat acceptance envelopes, frantically trying to decide which college would be the one I would spend the next four years of my life. Weighing the pros and...

Despite evidence against Oscar Pistorius, a paralympic record-setting sprinter,

Oscar Pistorius Doing the Crime, Not the Time

March 4, 2013

We’re always shocked when a beloved (or sometimes not-so-beloved) celebrity commits a crime—and many times, we revel in the fact that someone so seemingly perfect is not who they present themselves...

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Are We Becoming Too Digitized?

December 12, 2012

Each day we see hoards of people trudging along, eyes glued to their iPhones, and texting as if their lives depended on it. I’ve been a part of this crowd before—and it has been the cause of some of...

Elusive Fordham celebrities can make students question whether or not they are actually alumni.  (Photo Illustration by Tavy Wu/The Observer)

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

November 14, 2012

I must have walked past Lincoln Center during Fashion Week a million times, but I never saw any of the celebrities or models who inadvertently cluttered my Facebook newsfeed in the form of pictures with...

Will New “Low-Profit” College Model Be More Beneficial to Students?

November 6, 2012

Low Profits will Better Allocate Academic Funding By BRITTANY FIELDS At for-profit schools, roughly an extra $60,000 (the average income for professors according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) could...

Despite the notable accomplishments Obama has had while occupying the White House, many US citizens are left feeling empty at the end of his term. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal/MCT)

Obama Out of Office: The Change We Really Need

October 17, 2012

When Obama was elected, it was a huge step for our country. After all, he is the first man of color to be our president. He brought with him slogans of “Yes We Can” and “Change We Can Believe...

Students Need Better Financial Advising from Fordham

September 19, 2012

The cost of education is growing exponentially. So called “free” schools, institutions that give out full-tuition scholarships to all their students, are quickly disappearing. Olin College, back in...

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