The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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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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SOPHIE KOZUB, News Editor Emerita

All content by SOPHIE KOZUB
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...

(PHOTO BY PAOLA JOAQUIN ROSSO)

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...

(ANA FOTA/THE OBSERVER)

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...

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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...

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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.
 (PHOTO BY ANDRONIKA ZIMMERMAN/THE OBSERVER)

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...

(EMMA DIMARCO/THE OBSERVER)

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...

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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....

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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...

(PHOTO BY JESSE CARLUCCI/ THE OBSERVER)

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...

(EMMA DIMARCO/THE OBSERVER)

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...

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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...

(CRAIG CALIFATE /OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

Faculty Senate Reacts to Controversial Halloween Decoration, Saying “Public Letters Are No Longer Enough”

October 27, 2016

The Fordham Faculty Senate has issued a statement on the controversial Halloween decoration temporarily displayed in the window of a McMahon Hall apartment on Oct. 24. The statement also responds to President...

(CRAIG CALIFATE /OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

McShane Responds to “Ill-Conceived” Halloween Decoration

October 25, 2016

A Halloween decoration in the window of a McMahon Hall apartment sparked outrage among members of the Fordham Community on Oct. 24. Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, issued...

(ARIELLA MASTROIANNI/THE OBSERVER)

Multiple Robbery-Related Incidents Occur Near Rose Hill Campus

October 24, 2016

Fordham students were involved in an attempted robbery and a robbery near the Rose Hill campus on Oct. 23, bringing the number of robbery-related incidents involving Fordham students this weekend up to...

(ARIELLA MASTROIANNI/THE OBSERVER)

Student Assaulted, Robbed Near Rose Hill Campus

October 23, 2016

A male Fordham student was assaulted and robbed near the Rose Hill campus at 3:45 a.m. on Oct. 23. The student was standing alone on the northeast corner of Hoffman Street and East 189th Street, across...

Katz gave a talk on masculinity in politics at Fordham Lincoln Center.  (STEPHAN KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

Jackson Katz Discusses White Masculinity, Trump and the 2016 Election

October 20, 2016

For those following the presidential election, the most important issues may be immigration policies, tax records or trade agreements. Award-winning scholar-activist Jackson Katz, however, argues for the...

In 2015, there were 34 drug abuse violations and 119 liquor law violations on campus. (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY KATHRYN HORNYAK/ THE OBSERVER)

Substance Violations Up, Report Says

October 13, 2016

Drug abuse violations and liquor law violations both increased at Fordham in 2015, according to the 2016–2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report, which follows calendar years rather...

The rededication ceremony was held in the Platt Court. (PHOTO BY STEPHAN KOZUB/ THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Rededicates Renovated 140 Building

October 13, 2016

After months of waiting for the renovations to be finished, the newly reopened 140 West 62nd st. building was rededicated on Sept. 28. The building—formerly the University’s School of Law—housed...

(PHOTO BY CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Robert Moses Plinth To Be Altered

September 29, 2016

A plaque or engraving will be added to the Robert Moses plinth on campus. The decision to alter the monument follows the United Student Government (USG) recommendation in April to keep the plinth. USG...

FCRH coalition leader Sobrin speaks on the

Two Seniors Bring National “It’s On Us” Initiative to Fordham

September 29, 2016

A new student group is aiming to expand campus dialogue on sexual and domestic assault and violence prevention with all-new programming this October. The It’s On Us Coalition, a United Student Government...

193 Fordham College at Lincoln Center students had their enrollment temporarily cancelled by Student Financial Services this August. (JESS LUSZCZYK/THE OBSERVER)

Students Frustrated by Financial Services

September 14, 2016

Jessica Toufayan, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’18, spent the first half of August doing what most college students do at the time: beginning preparations for the fall semester. Toufayan,...

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Fordham Raises Tuition by 3.75 Percent

September 14, 2016

Fordham University’s tuition went up this summer by 3.75 percent, bringing it to a total of $47,850. This increase continues the University’s trend of raising the tuition rate on an annual basis. “Though...

(CONNOR MANNION/ OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

Attempted Robbery Occurs Near Lincoln Center Campus

September 5, 2016

Two Fordham students were the victims of an attempted robbery on 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues near the Lincoln Center campus, according to a Public Safety Alert sent to the Fordham...

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CMS Cuts Ties with The Observer: The State of Student Journalism

August 26, 2016

When the CMS department decided to cut ties with The Observer, we were foremost concerned with how we could report on the story, given our direct involvement in the events. We ultimately came to the decision...

The Ram Cafe underwent renovations this summer after Aramark took over as Fordham University's dining service provider on July 1. (PHOTO BY ANDRONIKA ZIMMERMAN/THE OBSERVER)

Aramark Takes Over as Food Provider

August 26, 2016

When Aramark was chosen as the University’s next dining service provider in April, quality of food and the retention of dining service employees were among the most controversial topics.  Aramark, however,...

The Observer Alumni Facebook group

CMS Cuts Ties with The Observer: Alumni Voice Support

August 26, 2016

When the CMS department decided to cut ties with The Observer, we were foremost concerned with how we could report on the story, given our direct involvement in the events. We ultimately came to the decision...

The Observer Alumni Facebook group

Over 100 Alumni Sign Letter Supporting Observer

June 25, 2016

Over 100 alumni have signed and sent an alumni-written letter to the Communication and Media Studies (CMS) Department in support of The Fordham Observer following the department’s decision to cut ties...

Elliot Copeland, a student at the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill (PHOTO VIA LINKEDIN)

Elliott Copeland, Gabelli Student, Dies From Injuries

June 20, 2016

On June 19, Elliott Copeland, a rising senior in the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill, died from injuries he sustained last week after being hit by a car in Manhattan. Joseph McShane, SJ,...

After 38 years of serving Fordham students, Sodexo will be replaced by Aramark as the University’s dining service provider. (PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY HANA KEININGHAM/THE OBSERVER)

Inside the Dining Services Decision

May 5, 2016

Following an academic year that included a petition against Sodexo, activism for the dining service provider’s workers and an ongoing Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the University announced on...

IT’s new system can be accessed via the my.fordham.edu portal. (PHOTO BY MARIA KOVOROS/THE OBSERVER)

IT Launches New Customer Care System

May 5, 2016

Fordham students may have noticed a new addition to the my.fordham.edu portal: a Tech Help tab. In April, Fordham IT launched a new Customer Care system with an accompanying tab on the portal to expedite...

Fordham's residence halls are exclusionary to transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) students. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Middle States Highlights Financial Issues

April 27, 2016

As a part of the University’s ongoing accreditation process, the Middle States Visitation Team evaluated Fordham in early April and has issued a report summarizing their evaluation. The report, sent...

Fordham's residence halls are exclusionary to transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) students. (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Compared Against Peers

April 22, 2016

Students have been comparing Fordham to other universities since they first considered attending. As a part of the accreditation process, Fordham University also took up this practice through comparing...

Fordham has dropped Sodexo in favor of service provider Aramark (PHOTO BY MICHELLE QUINN/THE OBSERVER)

Fordham Drops Sodexo for Aramark Food Service Provider

April 20, 2016

Starting July 1, Aramark will replace Sodexo as dining service provider across the University. The email announcement, sent from the office of Jeffrey Gray, senior VP of student affairs, stated that Aramark...

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Human Error Causes Registration Mishap

April 14, 2016

Freshmen set their alarm clocks early, had their multiple wifi devices and course registration numbers (CRNs) at hand to register at 7 a.m. on April 13. Everything seemed ready to go at Fordham College...

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.
 (PHOTO BY ANDRONIKA ZIMMERMAN/THE OBSERVER)

Low Turnout Rates at Diversity Task Force Community Meetings

April 8, 2016

An adjunct professor attributed being frequently mistaken as a student to being a person of color at one of the Diversity Task Force’s Community Meetings during the week of March 7, but few students...

Currently, Fordham’s tuition is $47,317, a figure that is likely to increase, as indicated by trends. (PHOTO BY ELIZABETH LANDRY/ THE OBSERVER)

Low-Income Fordham Students Pay More Than Average, Study Shows

April 7, 2016

Currently, Fordham University is the 35th most expensive university in the country. For low-income students, however, it’s the seventh most expensive. According to a recent study published by New...

Robert Morrow’s Twitter game is ruthless. (PHOTO BY ANDIE ZIMMERMAN/THE OBSERVER)

I Got Into A Twitter Fight With A Guy Worse Than Donald Trump

March 11, 2016

It is not every day that someone you know gets elected to a political party office. It is also not every day that he happens to be an internet troll who claims to be more politically incorrect than Donald...

Joseph Rienti, Ph.D., oversees Fordham’s study abroad programs as director of study abroad. (PHOTO BY YUNJIA LI /THE OBSERVER)

Health Services, Study Abroad Office Discuss Zika Virus Threat to Fordham Community

March 11, 2016

The Zika virus may not yet be a problem in the United States, but for those studying and traveling abroad, it is a factor that must now be seriously considered. Currently, Fordham University has study...

The diversity task force came to Pope Auditorium at 5p.m. March 7th for a meeting addressing current issues. (ANDRONIKA ZIMMERMAN/THE OBSERVER)

Diversity Task Force Holds First Community Meeting

March 10, 2016

At the Diversity Task Force’s first of four community meetings, topics discussed included diversity, inclusion, trust, Robert Moses, attendance and affording pizzas. The meeting, which took place...

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A Look Inside the RFP Process & Sodexo Controversies

March 3, 2016

After cutting into his chicken on Feb. 24, a Fordham student decided to take a picture of his dinner and post it on Facebook. Collecting approximately 170 reactions, the photo was captioned “When Sodexo...

Chairperson of the President's Task Force on Diversity and Campus Climate Peter Vaughan, Ph.D., presented information on diversity and inclusion initiatives to the Faculty Senate. (STEPHAN KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

Faculty Senate Discusses Diversity Task Forces

March 3, 2016

Following the four bias incidents that occurred on and off campus at Fordham last semester,  diversity and inclusion are a focus for the Fordham10 community, including the Faculty Senate. On Feb. 26,...

College campuses are some of the most egregious offenders when it comes to the disposal of recoverable food. (PHOTO BY ZANA NAIJAR/ THE OBSERVER)

We are Wasting Too Much on College Campuses

March 1, 2016

For most of us, a trip to one of Fordham’s dining locations is a mundane activity. We get and consume the food options available to us, and when we’re finished, we throw out what is left on our plates...

(CONNOR MANNION/ OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

Students React to Heatless McKeon

February 29, 2016

What started off as a gas leak led to Billy Recce, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ‘19 taking what he called “the most painful shower of my life.”   On Feb. 26, a gas leak left McKeon...

Pictured above, the training programs are led from the Dorothy Day Center of Service and Justice. (JASON BOIT/OBSERVER ARCHIVES)

Undoing Racism Collective Discusses Training Programs

February 24, 2016

Following the bias incidents and calls for increased diversity at Fordham in the fall semester, the Undoing Racism Collective, an organization of students, faculty, administrators and staff that formed...

(PHOTO BY CONNOR MANNION/ THE OBSERVER)

Request for Proposals Puts Benefits and Wages at Risk

February 24, 2016

For the past 30 years, the university’s 225 unionized Sodexo employees have fought for better wages, benefits, job security and pension plans. However, according to recent concerns voiced by their union,...

Flow Tribe at The Hall at MP in Brooklyn on February 12, 2016. (PHOTO BY JESSICA HANLEY/THE OBSERVER)

Sound Check: Flow Tribe at The Hall @ MP

February 17, 2016

On Feb. 12, Flow Tribe gave a performance that can best be described as eclectic and, as they describe themselves, “with the delicacy of a sledgehammer” at The Hall @ MP, a new venue in Brooklyn created...

Snow blanketing the normally busy Columbus Circle. (JESSICA HANLEY/THE OBSERVER)

Public Safety, Commuters Discuss Snow Concerns

February 10, 2016

Following the second worst snowstorm in New York City history, the Office of Public Safety decided to reopen Fordham on Monday, Jan. 25. Commuters voiced concerns that the university was opened too soon. One...

Christina Greer (left) moderates a discussion with two political strategists in McMahon 109. (STEPHAN KOZUB/THE OBSERVER)

Political Science Panel Discusses Ongoing Primaries

February 4, 2016

In the ongoing speculation of a democratic socialist or an unapologetically brazen TV personality possibly being our country’s next leader, the only thing people seem to agree on is that the primaries...

University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane addressed the question of

University Responds to FUEMS Misconduct Claims

February 3, 2016

Following allegations of misconduct by Fordham University Emergency Medical Services (FUEMS) in handling an alleged sexual assault case in November, the University conducted an investigation and has released...

For Jeffrey Ng, director of CPS, last semester marked the first time he had to deal with a wait list at LC. (ELIZABETH LANDRY /THE OBSERVER)

Student Usage of CPS Increases

January 30, 2016

For the first time in recent memory, Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) had a wait list for appointments last semester.  The wait list, although not for those seeking initial psychological evaluations,...

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Our City’s Homeless are in Trouble

January 29, 2016

Here we are. Another December has passed, another season of giving gone until next year.  With this time came joyous Christmas parties, myriad retail outlets filled with discount-crazed shoppers, and...

(PHOTO BY ZANA NAJJAR/ THE OBSERVER)

Student Starts Petition Against Sodexo

December 11, 2015

On the night of Dec. 3, Jeremy Roberts, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) '19, started a Change.org petition called “Make Fordham University Sodexo-Free” with the intent of having Fordham drop Sodexo...

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UPDATED: Rose Hill Student Publicly Criticizes Public Safety for Mishandling Assault

November 16, 2015

UPDATED: November 16, 2015 1:51 p.m. On November 15, Rose Hill student Marissa Marcinelli, FCRH '17, published an article on the Slant News website, recounting the alleged sexual assault of her friend...

(PHOTO BY ZANA NAJJAR/ THE OBSERVER)

McMahon Freshmen Frustrated by Meal Plan Cancellations

November 11, 2015

In late September, just as pre-midterm stress began to set in, freshmen living in McMahon got one of two surprises: a cancelled meal plan, or a bill for close to $1,600.   One of them was James Zucconi,...

The three podiums from the TV show Jeopardy!, in which Fordham alumnus, Dennis Golin appeared on for the third time on October 23rd. (COURTESY OF ATOMIC TACO VIA FLICKR)

Fordham Alumnus Appears on Jeopardy

October 27, 2015

Dennis Golin, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) '13 appeared for the third time on the infamous quiz show, Jeopardy!, on Friday, Oct. 23rd,  after having won the previous two nights.  Hailed...

The 12th Floor Lounge is a common space for events such as the discussion with Thomas Lynch and Alice McDermott (CONNOR MANNION/THE OBSERVER)

Alice McDermott Talks About Death, Dying and Being Irish

October 23, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 16, the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture hosted writers Alice McDermott and Thomas Lynch for a literary discussion, or as Director of the Fordham College on Religion and Culture, James...

The paper's digital issue faces some issues being known about by students (ZANA NAAJJAR/THE OBSERVER)

Student Affairs Pushes New York Times Digital Subscriptions

October 22, 2015

Despite the decision made in February to offer commuting students digital access passes to the New York Times in order to replace the print editions they no longer had access to and to maintain their accessibility...

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