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The Student Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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TYLER BURDICK, Opinions Editor Emeritus

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The race for the Republican nomination has ultimately boiled down to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich.  (SALWAN GEORGES-DETROIT FREEPRESS VIA TNS)

The Importance of the 2016 Presidential Election

March 11, 2016

As I sat watching the Republican debate on March 3, enduring the consistent bickering back and forth that often had little to do with the actual issues plaguing America today, the true importance of this...

I am her big brother, after all. (PHOTO VIA FLICKR)

The Crib and the Door

February 16, 2016

I hate him. He sits there beside her on the couch, one arm around her shoulders. They are laughing, joking, touching, poking. When I am not looking she steals a kiss from him, and when I return my gaze...

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the North Texas Presidential Forum at Prestonwood Baptist Church Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Plano, Texas. (PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHARD W. RODRIGUEZ/ FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM VIA TNS)

We Need to Define “Natural-Born” Once and for All

February 12, 2016

With the 2016 Iowa Caucuses now behind us, Hillary Clinton has emerged as the victorious Democratic candidate while the Republican candidate is Ted Cruz. Donald Trump, who took second place, expectedly...

Actor John Krasinski and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce Best Actor at the announcement of the 88th Academy Awards nominations during a live news conference on Jan. 14, 2016 at the Academys Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The Oscars: A Dilemma of Diversity

January 28, 2016

When it was announced that no actors of color were nominated for an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards show, there was an understandable amount of outrage. Many saw the snubbing of popular actors such...

Caitlyn Jenner speaks to the Chicago House luncheon at the Hilton Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Let’s Redefine Our Heroes

December 7, 2015

When Caitlyn Jenner was announced as the recipient for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, there was a significant amount of backlash, mostly from people who believed that there were simply many other more...

The gates surrounding Rose Hill send a message about the Bronx. (PHOTO BY PAOLA JOAQUIN ROSSO/THE OBSERVER)

Rose Hill Course on the Bronx: A Good Step

November 23, 2015

A course at Rose Hill has been proposed and accepted; one that aims to discuss the cultural and historical significance of the Bronx as a region of New York, and fortunately for us, doing so is a step...

I should be feeling sad right now, but I just don’t. I wonder if that makes me a bad person. (VIA FLICKR)

A Solemn Affair

November 6, 2015

I don’t know these people, but they look and smell funny. There are too many unfamiliar faces; some with beards, some with long hair, and some with no hair at all. They are still for the moment as they...

False Reports: We Deserve an Apology

False Reports: We Deserve an Apology

November 5, 2015

We live in a frightening world, and we as college students need to fully understand and be aware that our environment, the environment of the college campus, has been and is still a place where sexual...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, speaks on the debate stage at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

We Need to Start Taking the GOP Seriously

November 4, 2015

I’m an independent. My family has never claimed particular allegiance toward either political party because they, like myself, believe that staunch party allegiance is one of the most limiting things...


Adjunct Professors: Good in Moderation

October 26, 2015

The essential, universal business model always contains some kind of mechanism for optimizing profits while reducing costs. One of the biggest costs for businesses in 2015 is the employee salary, and as...


The World Needs “Ze,” and Fordham Does Too

September 30, 2015

A revolution is afoot. Harvard University has implemented a policy which allows its incoming students to select the pronoun that will be used to describe them. However, this goes beyond simply men choosing...

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Young ISIS Supporters Cannot be Shown Leniency

September 18, 2015

In war, it is oftentimes the unseen enemy that creates more fear than the overt foe. The unseen enemy is an agent of subterfuge, able to dismantle the administration from the inside out, able to aid the...

Controversial Christopher Columbus has a statue in Columbus Circle. (PHOTO BY PAYTON VINCELETTE/THE OBSERVER)

Controversial Figures Deserve Dedications Too

April 15, 2015

There is a building in the campus of the University of North Carolina (UNC) that is called “Saunders Hall.” It is named after William Saunders, elected as North Carolina’s secretary of state in 1879,...

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College Council Talks Politics, Advising & More

March 25, 2015

The Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) College Council discussed professor political conduct at their latest meeting just before spring break on March 12. While the meeting was planned to take place...

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We May Not Be Ready for Net Neutrality

March 11, 2015

The most recent internet-themed battle going on has been related to the idea of “net neutrality.” The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just agreed to begin adopting policies in favor of...

A shot of London’s magnificent Big Ben Clock Tower in City of Westminster, England.
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What It’s Like Coming Home From Study Abroad

February 11, 2015

I have never been much of a risk taker, but college is a time to overcome obstacles and grow as human beings. And so, as an English major, when I saw that Fordham was offering a liberal arts program in...

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Point: Implement Mandatory Retirement

December 22, 2014

In the working world, job security exists as a lofty and tantalizing goal, and for professors that goal is manifested in the concept of “tenure.” Upon reception, the instructor no longer needs to...

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Sadbook: Social Media’s Impact

April 24, 2014

It’s neither a secret nor a surprise that today’s kids, teens and young adults are almost characterized by their usage of social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. The prevalence of such...

Freedom of Speech: How Much is Too Much?

Freedom of Speech: How Much is Too Much?

March 28, 2014

The right of freedom of speech has been the focal point of one of the most important and long-lasting debates in this country, and the rise of the internet and social media hasn't done anything to...

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Felony Disenfranchisement: Should We Still Have It?

February 23, 2014

The debate over whether or not felony disenfranchisement laws should remain in place was rekindled on Tuesday, Feb. 11, following a speech given by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at Georgetown University....

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Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham: Why This Should Happen Over and Over Again

February 17, 2014

Popular television personality Bill Nye debated with the founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum, Ken Ham, in Petersburg on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The topic? The very nature of our existence. With Nye representing...

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Horns of Calamity: The State of Pedestrian Safety in NYC

February 4, 2014

It has yet to be a full month since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken his new office, but he already has begun an aggressive push towards eliminating pedestrian fatalities on the streets...

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