The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

The Observer

Sophie Partidge-Hicks


Sophie Partridge-Hicks is the editor-in-chief of The Observer. A senior at Fordham Lincoln Center, she is double majoring in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies and minoring in journalism. Sophie interned for WNBC’s Investigations Unit and is the former news editor. She is originally from London, England.

Fordham softball players celebrating on a field.

Fordham Softball Drops Three of Four Against St. Joe’s

May 14, 2021
The Fordham softball team met their match at the end of their regular season, losing three out of four games in a series against St. Joe's.
For an article on the LC newspaper, fordham administrators in a graphic with a 40th anniversary sticker

Fordham Administrators Reflect on Four Decades of Student Journalism

May 11, 2021
Some of Fordham’s deans and faculty have been on campus for more than three decades and have watched as the newspaper evolved.
Melissa Quiroz in PPE holding Covid-19 test tubes

Reflecting On a Year of COVID-19

March 18, 2021
A year into the pandemic, students recall their experiences from March 2020 and reflect on the different courses their lives have taken since.
Theo and Roco, recent additions to the household of Editor-in-Chief Sophie Partridge-Hicks, FCLC ’21, rock a pair of dashing sweaters, perfect for inside or out.

[Photo] Dressed to the Ca-Nines


Theo and Roco, recent additions to the household of Editor-in-Chief Sophie Partridge-Hicks, FCLC ’21, rock a pair of dashing sweaters, perfect for inside or out.

Buttons and magnets supporting Biden being sold in Washington Square Park just before election day.

[Photo] Election Day in Manhattan

November 6, 2020

Buttons and magnets supporting Biden being sold in Washington Square Park just before election day.

maroon mask with fordham F on it next to red condoms - sex in a pandemic

[Photo] PPE in the Bedroom: Is it Safe to Have Sex in a Pandemic?

By LUKE OSBORN September 17, 2020

Both the CDC and NYC Health Department discourage sexual activity with people outside your "social bubble" during the pandemic. Asking your partner if they've had COVID symptoms is also recommended.

headshot of tong, student suing for free speech

Tong Sues Fordham Claiming His Right to Free Speech is Under Attack

July 31, 2020
Since declaring that he would fight the university’s disciplinary actions, Austin Tong's story has garnered national attention and received an outpour of support for his right to freedom of speech and to bear arms.
headshot of Austin Tong

Student Pledges Lawsuit Against University Disputing Disciplinary Actions

July 17, 2020
A senior has threatened legal action against Fordham after the university took disciplinary action in response to two Instagram posts that they found to be a violation of the university’s code of conduct.
screenshot of people on a zoom call in gallery view

ICE Ruling Further Complicates International Students’ Return

July 13, 2020
International students raise concerns about the measures Fordham will take to ensure that they can study on campus if they choose.
the phases of the fordham forward reopening plan

What Fordham’s Reopening Plan Means for Fall Semester

July 8, 2020
Fordham Forward, a 35-page document, details procedures and protocols to safely reopen.
calendar with June 19 circled

Fordham to Recognize Juneteenth

June 19, 2020
On June 17, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., announced that Fordham will celebrate Juneteenth as an annual paid holiday for the first time in the university’s history.
a screenshot of the petition asking the university to make a statement on recent incidents of police brutality

University Community Responds to George Floyd’s Death and the Black Lives Matter Movement

June 2, 2020
In the wake of George Floyd's death and as protests continue, the university sent out an official statement that many students feel was not enough.
Richard Hake sitting in car

WNYC Reporter and Fordham Alum Dies

May 9, 2020
While at Fordham, Richard Hake, FCRH ’91, majored in communications and media studies and was a recipient of the Edward A. Walsh scholarship.
a portrait of Loreen Ruiz

2020-21 United Student Government Announced

April 21, 2020
Loreen Ruiz, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’21, won the contested race for the United Student Government President for the 2020-21 academic school year.
A survey conducted at FCLC asked students understandings and perceptions about the coronavirus pandemic.

Special Report: Survey Reveals Fordham Students’ Knowledge of the Coronavirus

April 15, 2020
The Observer circulated an anonymous survey to 121 Fordham College at Lincoln Center students to gauge the student body’s understanding of COVID-19.
College Students React to Governments’ Stimulus Money Checks

College Students React to Governments’ Stimulus Money Checks

April 14, 2020
Students at Fordham Lincoln Center are known for juggling internships, part-time jobs and other side gigs that help them pay for New York City life. Yet the specific details on who qualifies in the government’s categories have left one demographic confused: college students.
OHare speaking at his inauguration

Former President of Fordham Dies at 89

April 6, 2020
On the morning of March 30, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., emailed the Fordham community to share that the Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., the 31st president of the university, had passed away. He was 89. 
A man wearing a mask and carrying a trash can walks along the middle of Columbus Avenue in front of a shuttered Lincoln Center.

Fordham Forced to ‘PAUSE’: NYC Shuts Down

April 1, 2020
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new executive order, “PAUSE,” on March 20 that urges New Yorkers to stay home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, dramatically impacting the lives of Fordham students who are still in the city. Student journalists capture life in the desolate city.
Shamim reported a near-empty flight back to the U.S. when he had to leave his study abroad program in Germany.

Study Abroad Canceled: Students Recount Their Experiences

April 1, 2020
The global coronavirus pandemic has forced world leaders to implement travel bans or close their countries’ borders to try to contain the spread of the virus. These changes have affected thousands of travelers around the world, including the Fordham students who had chosen to study abroad for the spring 2020 semester. 
With little notice, students moved out of McMahon Hall.

[Photo] Abrupt Ending to the Spring Semester Sparks Move-Out Dilemma


With little notice, students moved out of McMahon Hall.

Keating Hall at Rose Hill during Commencement

McShane Delays Commencement Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

March 29, 2020
“It is my sad duty to inform you that we are postponing the 2020 University Commencement and diploma ceremonies because we cannot assume it will be safe to bring together the graduates, their families, and the campus community in May,” wrote University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., in an email to the Fordham community on March 27.
Due to the recent suspension of all on-campus events and face-to-face classes, Fordham will only continue to distribute information about community members who test positive if they have been on campus within two weeks of their diagnosis.

First Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed on Campus

March 19, 2020
On March 19, The Office of the President emailed the Fordham community confirming the first case of coronavirus in an undergraduate Fordham student. The student left campus on March 10 and began exhibiting symptoms of the virus on March 15.
Fordham will suspend all in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.

Fordham Suspends Face-to-Face Classes Through Spring Semester

March 13, 2020
After originally suspending in-person instruction until March 30, the university had extended the suspension to the duration of the semester.
United Student Government (USG), Rainbow Alliance and The Positive pushed for inclusivity of all genders on campus by advocating for gender-neutral bathrooms, use of chosen names on official Fordham documents, and safe housing for gender-netural and transgender students. 

Five Years Later, Gender-Inclusive Housing Options Announced

March 10, 2020
After a five-year debate about the rights and safety of transgender and gender non-conforming students, Fordham College Lincon Center announced that it will offer gender-neutral housing to its residents for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.
As graduation approaches, USG president Tina Thermadam shares her biggest takeaways from her time at Fordham.

Reflections from a Graduating President: A Profile on Tina Thermadam

March 10, 2020
As President of the United Student Government, Tina Thermadam has worn multiple hats throughout her undergraduate career at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Now, with only three months until she graduates, she’s turning to the rest of the student body to share what she has learned from being involved on campus.
The statue of Ramses the Fordham ram in the Outdoor Plaza wearing a surgical mask.

Fordham Suspends All Face-to-Face Classes

March 9, 2020
the Office of the President emailed the Fordham community, notifying them that all Fordham classes are suspended from 1 p.m. March 9 through March 10. Classes starting on March 11 will be instructed online only. 

Fordham Suspends All Campus Events

March 9, 2020
A petition is also circulating within the Fordham community demanding the university cancel all campus activities to ensure student and staff safety and health.
Hand Sanitizer

NY Confirms Six Coronavirus Cases

March 4, 2020
John Carroll has confirmed that Fordham University is taking extra health precautions by deep-cleaning campuses on an accelerated schedule. Hand sanitizer dispensers and posters encouraging people to take extra health measures have also been introduced across the campuses. 
Fordham administration has started to prepare faculty for remote teaching in the event of school closures after the first coronavirus case was reported in New York City on March 1.

University Prepares for Coronavirus Outbreak After First NYC Case

March 3, 2020
“With the imperative of protecting the health and safety of every member of our community, we are developing plans on how Fordham could respond to various potential outbreak scenarios while minimizing disruption of the academic enterprise,” Jacobs wrote in the email. 
Armando Sandoval, a real estate agent, is unsure how the brokers fee will affect the NYC real estate market

Rent Regulations Present New Challenges to Real Estate

February 19, 2020
For the 890 Fordham Lincoln Center students currently living off-campus, navigating the highly competitive and fast-paced New York City real estate market is difficult when finding somewhere to live. In an attempt to protect home hunters, the New York State Department of State (DOS) banned broker fees on Feb. 4, making it illegal for brokers to collect fees from tenants. Less than a week later, the Real Estate Board of New York filed a lawsuit, and a temporary block against the ban went into effect on Feb. 10. City renters and brokers alike are left unsure about what comes next.
President of BSA, Ahmari Alford (left) hopes to see more support for students of color on campus during BHM.

BSA Vies For Greater Campus Presence With Black History Month Events

February 19, 2020
The Black Student Alliance (BSA) is currently working to expand their presence on the Lincoln Center campus, and have planned events for the entire month of February. Each Thursday throughout the month, BSA has been tabling in the Lowenstein plaza to talk about different aspects of black culture and activism, including love, beauty and wellness, and the black community in entertainment and the arts.
Although Brexit has been all-consuming in British politics and life, many Fordham students studying in London are unaware of how it affects them

Years of Negotiations Later: Brexit’s Impact on Fordham

February 5, 2020
The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on Jan. 31, possibly impacting the 336 students studying at the Fordham London Centre (FLC) campus. The Fordham London program has almost tripled in attendance over the past three and half years — making it the largest Fordham study abroad program.
Fordham London Dramatic Academy Class of 2019 outside the Kensington Palace. Students said that their close friendships made the program memorable.

London Dramatic Academy to Close in Summer 2020

February 5, 2020
After nearly two decades under Fordham leadership, the London Dramatic Academy (LDA) will be closing at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Richard P. Salmi, S.J. will also be stepping down as the Head of London Center.
Pat Cipollone, Fordham College at Rose Hill 88, will have an integral role in the outcome of the impeachment trial, and, by extension, contemporary American history.

Fordham Alum Defends President in Impeachment Hearings

January 30, 2020
For only the third time in history, an American president is on trial after a formal impeachment inquiry. Representing Donald Trump on the Senate floor in one of the most scrutinized political trials in contemporary American history is Pat Cipollone, a Fordham University graduate. 
Protesters march on Columbus Circle with homemade signs and posters.

Demonstrators Chant ‘Rise and Roar’ at 2020 Women’s March

January 22, 2020
Hundreds of people gathered on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 18, despite freezing temperatures for the city’s annual Women’s March. Demonstrators gathered at Columbus Circle, minutes away from Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), and downtown at Foley Square in a massive show of support for women’s rights. 
Firefighters and City Employees worked to repair the damage of the ruptured water main on 62nd Street and Broadway avenue.

UPDATED: Water Main Break Forces Closure on First Day of Spring Semester

January 13, 2020
Lincoln Center was shut down when a water main on Broadway ruptured in the early morning, flooding the streets and impacting water systems on campus.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car will continue to lease the building from Fordham University while expansion plans are considered.

University Buys $4.4 Million Bronx Property

December 17, 2019
Fordham University purchased a 5,000-square-foot building on Nov. 25. The building, which currently operates as a warehouse, is located at 619 E. Fordham Rd., just a few steps away from the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. 
Iron March users have been connected to extremist activity and terrorism around the country and world. At least one known Iron March user attended the Unite the Right march in 2017 where activist Heather Hayes was killed.

‘I go to Fordham,’ Said Anonymous White Supremacist

December 4, 2019
The white supremacist and neo-nazi online forum Iron March was hacked on Nov. 6, revealing private information of hundreds of former users. Among the extremists exposed by the leak was a user who claimed that they attended Fordham University.
A student stares confused at the Fordham E-Bill Suite

Housing Fees Delayed 3 Months

November 12, 2019

Thirty-three Lincoln Center students living in McMahon Hall were affected by a billing glitch that charged them for fall 2019 housing three months late. Depending on a student’s financial aid or scholarships,...

Melissa Labonte, Interim Dean of Fordhams Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is excited to help with the programs evolution.

Search For New Dean of GSAS Commences

October 30, 2019
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is at a point of transition: as the school kicks off its search for a new dean, it is also attempting to reimagine its graduate programs.
While students see the value of using bike lanes to get around, many are apprehensive due to the recent spate in cyclist deaths across the city.

UWS Welcomes Safer Bike Lanes

October 30, 2019
After just 10 deaths in 2018, 23 bikers have already died in 2019. In response to what Mayor de Blasio is calling a citywide “crisis,” the Department of Transportation is rolling out its “Green Wave” initiative to try and better protect New Yorkers.
Vaping is a term misunderstood by many, even by those who do it.

UPDATED: Clearing the Air: Addressing The Misconceptions about “E-Cigs”

October 16, 2019
With nearly 1,200 reports of lung disease and 26 deaths across the country, users are left with questions about what an “e-cig” actually is, and more importantly, what the devices are doing to their health. 
A passionate theatre major while at Fordham, Johnnie Planco, FCLC 72 founded the production company Parseghian Planco, which has represented celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Judi Dench and Ashton Kutcher, to name a few.

Remembering Johnnie Planco

October 16, 2019
Johnnie Planco, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’72 and co-founder of the management and production company Parseghian Planco, passed away on June 2 in New York City from a brain and respiratory infection. He was 68 years old.
The dancers raised their hands for one minute of silence at 8:46 a.m.

Eighteen Years Later, Fordham Has Not Forgotten

September 18, 2019
Fordham students found their own ways to honor the 2,977 victims who were killed on Sept. 11.

Students for Justice In Palestine Interactive Timeline

August 29, 2019
Visit this interactive timeline to learn the history of SJP, from filing for club status in 2015 to winning their lawsuit in 2019.
Students from the Class of 2023 who participated in Urban Plunge had an early start learning about all New York City has to offer, as well as the mission of Fordham University.

New Class, New Dean, New Fordham

August 25, 2019
Plenty of online lifestyle articles, high school counselors and nostalgic relatives can offer advice about adjusting to a new life on a college campus, but only few know what it’s like to be new to FCLC.  
Henry Kaufman, a rising junior and Philosophy major at Lincoln Center,  died on July 30 in New York City.

Fordham Mourns Henry Kaufman

August 25, 2019
Henry Kaufman, a rising junior at Fordham University Lincoln Center (FCLC), died on Tuesday, July 30, in New York City. Kaufman was born on April 23, 1998, and was 21 years old. He was from New York City. 
Esther Harber

Woman Reignites Claims of Sexual Assault by a Fordham Alum

August 15, 2019
Esther Harber claims she was sexually assaulted nine years ago by a priest pursuing his doctoral degree at Fordham University.
SJP suit

UPDATED: Students For Justice in Palestine Win Historic Lawsuit

August 10, 2019
SJP has faced resistance from the University to attain full club rights and privileges since 2015.
For the first time since its opening in 1968, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) will have a female dean leading the school. On Tuesday, April 30, a search committee appointed Laura Auricchio to replace Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., who served the school for a record 20 years.

Fordham Appoints First Female Dean of Fordham College Lincoln Center

May 1, 2019
For the first time since its opening in 1968, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) will have a female dean leading the school. On Tuesday, April 30, a search committee appointed Laura Auricchio to replace Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., who served the school for a record 20 years.
Photos, candles and flowers line the steps of Keating Hall, the building where the accident occurred, to honor the life of Sydney Monfries.

Reflections on Sydney Monfries’ Passing

May 1, 2019
In the eyes of most students close to her, Monfries was the victim of a series of tragic events, with her death becoming the target of intense scrutiny nationwide drawing criticism and commentary from the furthest reaches of the country. Misperception of the events and a national search to place blame quickly overshadowed the impact of Monfries’ loss to the Fordham community.
Student staff claim mistrust and toxic working relationships cause high levels of stress and anxiety.

RAs Reveal the Reality of Working for ResLife

May 1, 2019
Working for ResLife comes with many responsibilities. Yet the hostile working environment, lack of communication and poor treatment of staff has resulted in students speaking out about the reality of their experiences working for Residential Life.
On March 15, students and activists organized a Strike Against Climate Change in Columbus Circle

Earth Day Celebrations Highlight Environmental Activism At Fordham

April 22, 2019
“Sustainability is one of our number one concerns and Fordham takes it very seriously,” said Gerardo Galiano, assistant director of facilities operations.
Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

April 14, 2019
Sydney Paige Monfries, a senior at Rose Hill, passed away on April 14 after falling from the clock and bell tower in Keating Hall.
USG President Demetrios Stratis, FCLC 19, said that the reason for initially withholding the vote tallies was to avoid a public reaction to the results.

UPDATED: USG Withholds Election Statistics, Bends Constitution in Vote Counting Process

April 10, 2019
For the first time in four years, Fordham Lincoln Center’s United Student Government (USG) has decided to release the tallies for election results.
Kang Lee, FCLC ’14, volunteering in Tanzania, pictured with one of his students.

Fordham Ranked as Top-Volunteer Producer for Peace Corps

April 10, 2019
Since the Peace Corps founding in 1961, more than 470 Fordham alumni have served abroad.
Dean of Students Keith Eldredge said that the university is not ready for gender neutral housing at this time.

Transgender Housing Rights Still Not Secure At Fordham

April 10, 2019
Jenifer Campbell, senior director of residential life, explained that the office works with transgender students on a case-by-case basis.
Through cyber attacks, James OHara, FCRH 17, stalked and psychologically intimidated another alum.

Alumnus Pleads Guilty in Cyberstalking Case

April 10, 2019
The harassment lasted for 18 months, targeted the victim’s family and boyfriend, and followed her from New York to Delaware.
Through tears, Maryam Shoubir, President of the MSA, Fordham College Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’19,  told the audience that “a mosque is the one place where you should feel safe, where you should be comfortable.

Fordham University Mourns Victims of Christchurch Shooting

March 27, 2019
Campus Ministry and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) arranged a Prayer Vigil for Peace and Remembrance for the victims of a terrorist attack on Mosques in New Zealand, which killed 50 people and wounded an additional 50.
Fordham Feminist Alliance’s (FA) weekly executive board meeting. Photographs Provided by Chelsea Ashley from the FA.

Fordham Rallies Behind Feminism for Women’s History Month

March 27, 2019
Highlights of the month were the two “Women At Fordham Luncheons” that took place on March 6 and 13. The events included a panel of female Fordham faculty, staff and administrators who shared their experiences navigating society as women.
A 2017 poll showed roughly 80 percent of students supported a smoke-free campus.

Campaign to Eliminate Smoking at Fordham Persists

March 27, 2019
David Vassar, a reference and instruction librarian, is leading a campaign that aims to eliminate all smoking on campus.
MTA is changing its policies for commuters in the Bronx coming to Manhattan, adding more connections for the two boroughs.

Metro-North Changes Make Commuting Easier From The Bronx

March 22, 2019
Fordham station lies in a predominately black and Latin-American community. Many, along with Stringer, believe that the old policy was the result of institutional racism, and aimed to make mobility for minority communities more difficult.
Donika Celaj, FCRH 19 passed away unexpectedly.

FCRH Senior Dies Suddenly at 21

March 6, 2019
Donika Celaj is survived by her parents, Gzim and Ariana Celaj, and her brothers Fisnik and Lorik.
Juuls are a common sight on Fordhams campuses.

Juul Popularity Soars on Campus

March 4, 2019
Sophia Mazurowski, FCLC ’21, warned of the dangers of Juuling that are not immediately obvious. “The way I started, and the way it seems most people start, is that it seems fun and harmless at first,” she said. “If you’re not careful, it’s easy to become addicted.”
Fordham London Centre Cost, Dissected

Fordham London Centre Cost, Dissected

March 4, 2019
Though the cost of tuition for studying abroad is the same $25,642.50 (the general fee without financial aid) that students on Fordham’s NYC campuses pay, study abroad students pay additional costs that are built into the program they are attending.
Bill Colona, New Director of Government Relations, Federal and Urban Affairs

Fordham Appoints New Director of Government Relations, Federal and Urban Affairs

February 20, 2019
Colona will be responsible for monitoring how federal and state policies will affect higher education strategy as well as crafting and coordinating Fordham responses and reactions to changes.
Survey Reveals the Reality of Sex at Fordham

Survey Reveals the Reality of Sex at Fordham

February 13, 2019
Maureen Keown, director of UHS, emphasized that “we will not provide resources that go against the Catholic Church’s beliefs and teachings.”
The Word Between the Sheets: FCLC Sex Stats

The Word Between the Sheets: FCLC Sex Stats

February 12, 2019
Over the past month, The Observer conducted an anonymous survey about sexual activity and health among undergraduate students on campus.
While students in McKeon Hall enjoy their extra space, students in McMahon Hall endure complications as rooms are de-tripled.

Students Left Confused as ResLife De-Triples McMahon Hall

February 6, 2019
At first, the new space seemed exciting for freshman students who spent the first semester in such close quarters with one another. However, did ResLife let down students again this semester with poor communication?
Gabelli alumna Rachel Ragone recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was 22 years old.

Award Winning Gabelli Alumna Dies at 22

January 29, 2019
Gabelli alumna Rachel Ragone recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was 22 years old.
Dennis Jacobs was appointed University Provost on Jan. 14. (COURTESY OF SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY)

Fordham Appoints New Provost Dennis Jacobs

January 23, 2019
Jacobs will take on the position from Interim Provost Jonathan Crystal, who held the post following the death of Provost Stephen Freedman in July 2018.
The matter of transgender rights at Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) has long been a point of contention.

Administration Silent Amid Concerns Over Transgender Rights

November 16, 2018
The matter of transgender rights at Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) has long been a point of contention.
The organizers asked The Observer that no one who attended to discussion be quoted or named, so that they could share their thoughts freely.

Students Grapple with #MeToo Era Direction in SOUL Discussion

November 14, 2018
Over the course of an hour and a half, the group dug into a number of different issues at the core of the #MeToo movement. By discussing the problems that students were able to identify in the movement, there was a sense of resolution in how the group wanted to approach the subject moving forward.
The matter of transgender rights at Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) has long been a point of contention.

Fordham Students Rally To Support Trans Rights

November 14, 2018
Members of the LGBTQ community and their allies gathered together outside the Lowenstein entrance, holding signs that read “Fordham’s Silence Equals Violence,” and “Trans Rights Are Human Rights” to show their support for those in the trans community and their frustration with the Fordham administration.
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