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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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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,...

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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...

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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 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 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...


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.

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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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 petition called “Make Fordham University Sodexo-Free” with the intent of having Fordham drop Sodexo...


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...


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...