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SOPHIE KOZUB, News Editor Emerita

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Senior Sophie Kozub, FCLC '19, reflects on the true meaning of Fordham's core values.

Club Leader Revises the Meaning of “Cura Personalis”

April 30, 2019
To say the least, I was burned out. I’d worn myself down in every possible way, playing a months-long balancing act of activities and commitments. I felt like I had entered college already starting to fizzle. Now I was preparing to graduate not with fireworks, but only with the choking ash they leave behind.
Charlie Rose, who was Fordham's commencement speaker and an honorary degree recipient in 2008, was recently accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. (JON ROEMER/FORDHAM UNIVERSITY)

Fordham Rescinds Charlie Rose’s Awards

December 21, 2017

Updated 11:27 a.m., 12/21/2017 to reflect WFUV's statement on rescinding Charlie Rose's Charles Osgood Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.  Joining a growing number of universities, Fordham...

Fordham Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Martha K. Hirst is in charge of coordinating the university's finances. (COLIN SHEELEY/THE OBSERVER)

Republican Tax Plan Threatens Fordham’s Finances

December 9, 2017

Like the climate-conscious polar bear, the university budget is making careful preparations for an uncertain spring. At that point, the finance team will report their proposal for the annual budget to...

Charlie Rose, who was Fordham's commencement speaker and an honorary degree recipient in 2008, was recently accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. (JON ROEMER/FORDHAM UNIVERSITY)

McShane, Board of Trustees Will Discuss Charlie Rose’s Honorary Degree

December 6, 2017

Following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, broadcast journalist Charlie Rose was fired from CBS, PBS and Bloomberg. Now, Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, is set...

(Courtesy of Chriss Haight Pagani)

Public Safety Issues Statement on Feral Cats

November 16, 2017

Feral cats might as well be the unofficial mascot of Fordham University; at Rose Hill, they are a common sight when walking across the campus. Up until this week, members of the Fordham community and the...

Chick-Fil-A Had a Webpage for a Nonexistent Lincoln Center Location

Chick-Fil-A Had a Webpage for a Nonexistent Lincoln Center Location

November 10, 2017

Update: Nov. 10, 2017 at 3:09 p.m. Chick-Fil-A has removed the webpage for the nonexistent location at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus after we contacted them and Fordham University for comment. A spokesperson...


Domestic GO! Trips Suffer From Poor Enrollment

October 26, 2017

Global Outreach (GO!), one of Fordham’s signature service programs, has had a rocky start to the semester. Interest in domestic projects is down and project leadership positions are unfilled; the Florida...

The Robert Moses currently sits in storage, temporarily putting to rest a controversial debate about Fordham Lincoln Center's history. (EMMA DIMARCO/The Observer)

Fordham Lincoln Center’s Robert Moses Statue Debate Continues

October 12, 2017

Robert Moses was still planning, arguing for a Long Island-Manhattan Expressway down the middle of 30th Street as he sat in a dark suit across from WNET reporter Robert Hanson. It was 1977, and in two...

(Photo Courtesy of Fordham University College Republicans' Facebook page)

McShane Issues Statement on Roger Stone Ahead of Speaking Engagement

October 10, 2017

At 5:01 p.m., Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. issued a statement on Roger Stone's speaking engagement taking place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rose Hill campus. He said that the university will allow the...


Fordham College Republicans to Host Roger Stone

October 7, 2017

The Fordham University College Republicans announced on Oct. 5 that they would be hosting political strategist and controversial figure Roger Stone on Oct. 10. The decision is already drawing backlash...

 (Lisa Spiteri/The Observer)

Fordham Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

October 4, 2017

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Monday that left at least 58 people killed and 515 wounded, the Fordham Community has voiced statements of support for the victims and their loved ones. The...

The newest addition to the Lincoln Center campus. (JON BJORNSON/The Observer)

Ram Statue Rides Onto Lincoln Center

September 28, 2017

After years of rumors and ram-fueled intercampus jealousy, the Lincoln Center campus has achieved what at one point seemed unachievable to some members of the Fordham community—the installation of a...

New Yorkers gathered in Columbus Circle on September 9 to protest Trump's decision to end DACA. (STEPHAN KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Criticizes Trump’s DACA Decision

September 16, 2017

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s plan to phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, Fordham President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., and other members...


New Wi-Fi Leaves Some Students Behind

September 14, 2017

On Aug. 20, Fordham IT launched what promised to be a quicker, more secure, more reliable and easier-to-use WiFi system. What some students have experienced so far, however, is a WiFi system that will...

New Yorkers gathered in Columbus Circle on September 9 to protest Trump's decision to end DACA. (STEPHAN KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

PHOTO ESSAY: DACA Protest in Columbus Circle

September 9, 2017

Following President Donald Trump's decision to phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, New Yorkers gathered in Columbus Circle today to demonstrate their support...

Elizabeth Cornell, director of IT Communications  (PHOTO BY JULIET ALTMANN/THE OBSERVER)

A Look Inside MFA, 30,000 Users Later

September 8, 2017

In the spring 2017 semester, the Fordham community said goodbye to the time-honored tradition of changing my.fordham passwords every few months, and said hello to a new acronym: MFA. Also known as multi-factor...

BREAKING: Swastika Found in Rose Hill Restroom

BREAKING: Swastika Found in Rose Hill Restroom

September 7, 2017

A Resident Assistant found a swastika in the Tierney Hall restroom at Rose Hill on Sept. 6, according to an email from John Carroll, associate vice president of the Fordham Department of Public Safety,...

John Brennan, Former Director of the CIA, will   join Fordham Law School as the Distinguished Fellow for Global Security for the Center on National Security. 
(PHOTO COURTESY of George Bridges/KRT via TNS)

John Brennan Named Distinguished Fellow for Global Security

September 5, 2017

Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’77, has been appointed as the Distinguished Fellow for Global Security at Fordham Law School’s...

Is Fordham Too Tuition Dependent?

September 2, 2017

Fordham being an expensive school is not a groundbreaking observation. With tuition at $49,645, and approximately 90 percent of undergraduates relying on some form of university-funded financial aid, most...

Students express their support for adjunct faculty members at a Rose Hill Campus  protest. (EMMA DIMARCO/The Observer)

Despite Deal, Tensions Around Salary and Benefits Remain

September 2, 2017

Amidst criticism from members of the Faculty Senate over a lack of transparency, the Board of Trustees has launched an effort to release information regarding the faculty salary and benefits negotiations...

Peter Vaughan, chair of the President's Diversity Task Force, which issued recommendations to the university last November, including the recommendation of appointing a Chief Diversity Officer.

University to Reveal Final Candidates for Chief Diversity Officer

August 14, 2017

The university has announced that the search for a Chief Diversity Officer has been narrowed down to three final candidates, who will be revealed in the coming days. In an email sent to the Fordham...

JSO Issues Statement on Charlottesville

JSO Issues Statement on Charlottesville

August 13, 2017

Following the violence at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA this weekend, which included self-proclaimed white nationalists and neo-Nazis, Fordham University’s Jewish Student Organization...

Bassem interviewing people at  Mohamed Mahmoud Street in November 2011. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA TAKSLER)

The Inspirational Force of “Tickling Giants”

June 21, 2017

Inspired by Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Dr. Bassem Youssef set up a camera and table in his laundry room. A full-time heart surgeon, Youssef decided to produce short, humorous YouTube videos that satirized...

Student protester Sapphira Lurie, FCLC '17, is blocked from entering a door by Public Safety supervisors at Cunniffe House at Fordham Rose Hill. (GEORGE HORIHAN/The Observer)

UPDATED: Investigation of Cunniffe House Incident Finds No Evidence of Excessive Force

June 15, 2017

An independent investigation of an April 27 incident involving a confrontation between student protesters and Public Safety Officers (PSOs) found that the Public Safety officers did not use excessive...

A faculty member sports a personalized protest flyer during the faculty rally on April 19. The faculty passed a vote of no confidence in University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane's, S.J., leadership the same day. (ELIZABETH LANDRY/The Observer)

Salary and Benefits Deal Jeopardized by Alleged Changes

May 1, 2017

A scheduled Faculty Senate vote on an agreed upon salary and benefits plan was jeopardized today by allegations from both sides that involved parties had proposed undiscussed changes over the weekend. On...

Various members of the Fordham community gathered on the Fordham Lincoln Center plaza for a Sick-In protest on April 19. (ELIZABETH LANDRY/The Observer)

Faculty and Admin Come to Agreement Over Salary and Benefits

April 28, 2017

After months of controversy and protests, the faculty have come to an agreement with the administration over salary and health care. The negotiating team of faculty met with the administration starting...

Professor Micki McGee addresses the crowd at the faculty sick-in protest on April 19. (ELIZABETH LANDRY/The Observer)

Inside the Three-Year History of Health Care Controversies

April 28, 2017

In the heat of the ongoing negotiations between faculty and the administration over health care benefits and salaries, the slew of statements that have been issued can be hard to keep track of. Just...


Possible White Power Message Found Carved Into Rose Hill Desk

April 27, 2017

A student reported to Public Safety today that she possibly found a white power message carved into her desk at the Rose Hill campus. The carving reads "Don't Fight the Power WP [White Power]." Assistant...


Student Groups Shut Down Chick-Fil-A Proposal

April 21, 2017

For now, members of the Fordham community will not “Eat Mor Chikin.” Following push back from clubs and independent students over LGBTQ issues and menu offerings, the university has opted to decline...

Faculty Senate has been protesting the administration's decision to determine faculty pay increase without negotiation. (PHOTO BY SOPHIE KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

Flurry of Statements Deepens Faculty-Admin Divide

April 14, 2017

Earlier today, Bob Howe, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Special Advisor to the President, sent an email to the Fordham community on the ongoing disputes between faculty and administration....


The Low Attendance Rates Plaguing Fordham

March 29, 2017

Fordham Lincoln Center proudly boasts a vast array of clubs and activities spread throughout the week and now thanks to LC After Dark, there are events during the weekends. Unfortunately, many of the clubs...


USG Talks Leadership, Library and Election

March 8, 2017

United Student Government (USG) has not had the smoothest of years. Hit with unexpected changes in leadership and dealing with controversial issues such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the...

On Jan. 20, students protested the university's decision to deny Students for Justice in Palestine official club status. (PHOTO BY STEPHAN KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

FIRE, NCAC Call SJP Veto “Flatly Inappropriate” in Letter to Administration

February 25, 2017

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) are doubling down on their criticism of Dean of Students Keith Eldredge’s Dec. 22 decision...

The United Student Government office is room G30 in 140 W.

USG Draft Constitution Expands Leadership, Structure

February 24, 2017

The executive board of the United Student Government (USG) has drafted a constitution adding new leadership roles and expanding multiple aspects of the group’s structure, including the electoral process....

Dean of Students Keith Eldredge oversees the student conduct policies regarding freedom of expression on the Lincoln Center campus. (ADRIANA BALSAMO-GALLINA / THE OBSERVER)

A Look at Fordham’s Freedom of Speech Policies

February 24, 2017

When it comes to college campuses, freedom of expression can be particularly difficult to navigate. At Fordham, there is a Demonstration Policy, a Speakers Policy, a policy pertaining to Bias Related...

Fordham Libraries Unveils

Change in Library Hours Spurs Backlash

February 24, 2017

The university has decided to shorten the operating hours of Quinn Library after observing low usage numbers late at night. The three branches of student government have responded with disapproval, stating...

Over 27,000 academics signed the petition. (SCREENSHOT TAKEN FROM NOTOIMMIGRATIONBAN.COM)

Faculty Respond to Immigration Executive Order

February 9, 2017

Mohammad Nejad, Ph.D., “could not have been happier in any other job" as an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Gabelli School of Business. “I love my work, my colleagues and the teaching philosophy...

Fordham Faculty Members Hold Silent Protest Over Statutes Violations

Fordham Faculty Members Hold Silent Protest Over Statutes Violations

February 2, 2017

Over 100 faculty members held a silent protest over violations of University Statutes today. The protest, taking place outside of the Board of Trustees meeting in the Bateman Room of the Fordham Law...

Students for Justice in Palestine's protest outside Fordham Lincoln Center on Jan. 23. (PHOTO BY STEPHAN KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Stands by SJP Veto Amid Criticism

January 28, 2017

Fordham is standing by Dean of Students Keith Eldredge’s Dec. 22 decision to deny a prospective Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club official status, while organizations continue to write letters...


Inside Trump’s Days at Fordham

January 26, 2017

President Donald Trump likes to talk about the fact that he went to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, mentioning his academic achievement in his book “The Art of the Deal”...

Students protesting the university's veto of SJP marched to and from Columbus Circle at the end of the event. (PHOTO BY STEPHAN KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

Students Protest SJP Veto

January 24, 2017

Undeterred by harsh winds and cold temperatures, members of the Fordham community protested the university’s decision to veto the formation of a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club on Jan. 23....

Despite being approved as a club by the USG, Dean Eldredge vetoed SJP's application on Dec. 22. (SCREENSHOT COURTESY OF SJP FACEBOOK GROUP)

Fordham Vetoes Students for Justice in Palestine

January 20, 2017

Dean of Students Keith Eldredge has vetoed the formation of a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club on Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Leading up to the Dec. 22, 2016 decision, the club had undergone...

Fordham University's Facebook page shared a special dodransbicentennial message from Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek on Jan. 3.

Alex Trebek Records Special Dodransbicentennial Message for Fordham

January 3, 2017

“What is a dodransbicentennial?” While Fordham students often need to answer that question when they encounter people outside of the Fordham community, it was the corresponding question to a Jeopardy!...

Students are being charged retroactively for purchases they have made at the Ram Cafe throughout the semester. (ELIZABETH LANDRY/THE OBSERVER)

UPDATED: Students Charged Retroactively for Ram Cafe Purchases Without Warning

December 14, 2016

Community members at Fordham College at Lincoln Center were charged retroactively on Dec. 14 for purchases they made in the Ram Cafe. In some cases, these charges exceed ten purchases or $30, and date...

Detecting Fake News: Our Newest Responsiblity

Detecting Fake News: Our Newest Responsiblity

December 11, 2016

Since Donald Trump went from being Republican Party Nominee to President-elect, those who saw his victory as a long shot have been trying to figure out how he pulled his electoral college rabbit out of...

Students are being charged retroactively for purchases they have made at the Ram Cafe throughout the semester. (ELIZABETH LANDRY/THE OBSERVER)

Dining Services Looks Back on Aramark’s First Semester

December 8, 2016

At 10 p.m. on June 30, Sodexo ceased operations at Fordham University. By 7 a.m. the next morning on July 1, Aramark was officially in place as the university’s next dining service provider. Since...


Anti-Trump Protests Attract Students

November 16, 2016

Michael Appler, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’19, said that what he saw on the night of Nov. 9 was “strange” and “really bizarre.” Standing among the protesters outside Trump International...

Olivia LaBarge throws a pie in a volunteer's face for charity. (SAMUEL MCHALE/THE OBSERVER)

Clubs Unite for “Pies for Charity”

November 16, 2016

On Nov. 10, when many students were still taking in the largely unexpected presidential election results, clubs united for a more entertaining change of pace: Pies for Charity. The event, organized...

A young woman protests the presidential victory of Donald J. Trump on Nov. 9.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF FIBONNACCI BLUE VIA FLICKR)

Fordham Reacts to Trump Presidency

November 16, 2016

In a victory that defied predictions, Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States on Nov. 8. Following the election, students have organized to write letters to electoral college...

Jessamine Irwin is a hero. (MEGAN O’HARA/THE OBSERVER)

Adjunct Saves Child from Assailant on Subway

November 4, 2016

It happened in less than a minute. On Oct. 5, Adjunct Professor Jessamine Irwin was on the 4 train. She was making her usual commute from the Rose Hill campus to NYU, where she teaches Intermediate...