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TYLER MARTINS, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

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Just a few memories where Tyler has “fallen in love” with Fordham! (PHOTO COLLAGE COURTESY TYLER MARTINS/THE OBSERVER)

A Letter To My Freshman Self

April 29, 2015

There are fewer than 20 days until Commencement. Fifteen, to be exact, but who’s counting? I’m writing this letter to you, fresh-faced beardless freshman Tyler, because I know how anxious you are about...

 President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady of Ghana to Speak at Fordham Commencement

April 28, 2015

Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama, First Lady of Ghana, will deliver the keynote address to the Class of 2015 at Fordham University's 170th Commencement, according to an email from Fordham President Rev. Joseph...

USG Elections Elicit Low Turnout

USG Elections Elicit Low Turnout

April 15, 2015

In what was a competitive student government election, Leighton Magoon, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’17, has won the race for United Student Government (USG) President, according to the...

CAB & USG Announce End of Year “Bash”

CAB & USG Announce End of Year “Bash”

April 15, 2015

Campus Activities Board (CAB) and United Student Government (USG) have announced that “The Bash” will replace “Under the Tent”--which was cancelled due to lack of funding--at Fordham Lincoln Center,...

The Observatory: “Agamemnon”

April 14, 2015

Zach Fike Hodges, FCLC'15, performs a monologue as the Watchmen from the Fordham Theatre Program's production of the Greek play "Agamemnon," which runs April 8-10, and April 16-18. The production is directed...

Leighton Magoon, FCLC'17, has won the campaign for USG President. (Tyler Martins/The Observer)

BREAKING: Magoon Wins Race for USG Presidency

April 9, 2015

In what was a competitive student government election, Leighton Magoon, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)'17, has won the race for United Student Government (USG) President, according to the USG...

(Tyler Martins/The Observer)

It’s Showtime: HAPPYish Films Outside St. Paul

April 6, 2015

  It's showtime! Showtime Networks' new television series, "HAPPYish," was filming outside Fordham Lincoln Center, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. The series, written by Shalom Auslander,...

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Model UN & Russian Forum Endorse Azrilyant for USG President

April 1, 2015

Updated: April 8, 2015 at 10:31p.m. With one day left of voting, Model United Nations (UN) and the Russian Forum have endorsed Jacob Azrilyant, FCLC'16, for United Student Government (USG) President,...

(Tyler Martins/USGLC) and (Tyler Martins/The Observer).

Meet the Candidates for USG President

March 30, 2015

Meet the Candidates for USG President: Jacob Azrilyant, FCLC '16, and Leighton Magoon, FCLC '17. #RamTheVote2015

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Observer Launches New Website

March 25, 2015

While everyone was catching up on sleep or “House of Cards,” or laying on a tropical beach in the middle of the Caribbean, a team of Observer editors (Ben Moore, our online editor, Adriana Gallina,...

An assortment of pianos line the halls of Lowenstein. (Tyler Martins/The Observer)

I Love a Piano: Lowenstein’s Full of Ivory Keys

March 19, 2015

You may be asking yourself why there are over thirty pianos lining the halls of Lowenstein, with another fifteen or twenty pianos in McMahon 109 at Fordham at Lincoln Center. It's not a theatrical event...

Fordham couldn’t afford the $29,000 to $33,000 tent for the annual end-of-year bash. (Justin Rebollo/The Observer)

‘Under the Tent’ Cancelled-Tent Too Expensive

March 11, 2015

“Under the Tent,” an annual event co-sponsored by United Student Government (USG) and Campus Activities Board (CAB) at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) has been cancelled. The event, which...

USG Announces New Policies for Elections

USG Announces New Policies for Elections

March 11, 2015

The United Student Government (USG) at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) has announced new policies that will go into effect regarding upcoming elections, according to Louise Lingat, FCLC ’15,...

Father McShane and other senior administrators urged faculty not to move forward with the petition to revoke Brennan’s degree. (Courtesy of George Bridges /KRT via TNS)

Faculty Petition to Revoke Honorary Degree

February 11, 2015

Fordham faculty members have come together to create Fordham Faculty Against Torture (FFAT), an ad hoc committee formed in response to the report released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence...

USG Approves Record Number of Clubs

December 22, 2014

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC)’s United Student Government (USG) approved the creation of five new clubs on campus, according to Vice President of Operations Jacob...

Best Coast to Headline Third Annual WinterFest

December 4, 2014

Additional Reporting by Ian Schaefer and Connor Mannion. Best Coast, an American rock duo, will headline the third annual WinterFest Concert at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) on Friday,...

American Studies Professors Resign in Protest

November 6, 2014

Six faculty members, all Jewish, resigned from Fordham’s American Studies program this summer, in protest against the program’s decision to take no action opposing a controversial resolution passed...

Courtesy of Robert Miraldi

Robert Miraldi Wins Sperber Award for Hersh Biography

November 6, 2014

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, retired journalist and author Robert Miraldi will add another accolade to his mantle as winner of the 2014 Ann M. Sperber Award for “Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist,” a biography...

College Council Talks Freshmen Registration

October 23, 2014

The protocol for registration for incoming freshman students and Sodexo were discussed at the College Council meeting that took place on Thursday, Oct. 16 in the South Lounge at Fordham College at Lincoln...

Faculty Senate and Administration Come to Terms on Salary and Benefits

October 10, 2014

The Faculty Senate voted to approve the Fordham Administration’s latest salary and benefits proposal on Friday, Oct. 10, after almost a year and a half of active negotiations. According to Andrew...

Peter Casts His Net Over FCLC Again

Peter Casts His Net Over FCLC Again

October 8, 2014

Standing tall against the backdrop of the new Fordham Law School building, “Peter the Fisherman” casts his net over Robert Moses Plaza, his net reaching across to Lowenstein and beyond. Designed...

Students Campaign for Gubernatorial Debates

Students Campaign for Gubernatorial Debates

September 25, 2014

Regardless of who wins or loses come Election Day, the governorship will still belong to Fordham University. Incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’79, and Republican challenger...

Public Safety Expands with Campus

Public Safety Expands with Campus

September 25, 2014

Security has adapted with Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s (FCLC), expanding with the opening of the new Law School building, McKeon Residence Hall and the Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln...

Workers Protest Violations at FCLC

Workers Protest Violations at FCLC

September 23, 2014

Construction workers gathered outside Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 23 to protest workers' rights violations. A union rat was inflated in front of the Ram...

New Law School Dedicated by Sotomayor, Bloomberg

New Law School Dedicated by Sotomayor, Bloomberg

September 18, 2014

Fordham University School of Law (LAW) was dedicated on Thursday, Sept. 18 with the presence of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, President of Fordham University Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J.,...

Chief Financial Officer Steps Down Days After Faculty Senate Censure

Chief Financial Officer Steps Down Days After Faculty Senate Censure

September 16, 2014

John Lordan, senior vice president and chief financial officer, stepped down after 14 years of employment on Monday, Sept. 15, according to a statement from Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham...

Faculty Raise Concerns Over Healthcare Negotiations

September 11, 2014

Faculty across all three campuses of Fordham University came together on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to be briefed on the current negotiations between the faculty representatives and administration in regards...

PHOTO: Inside McKeon Hall

PHOTO: Inside McKeon Hall

August 28, 2014

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Law Professor Challenges Cuomo for Governor

Law Professor Challenges Cuomo for Governor

August 28, 2014

Fordham Law (FLS) Associate Professor of Law Zephyr Teachout is in the middle of a campaign to unseat incumbent  Governor Andrew Cuomo, FCRH ’79, in the Democratic primary for Governor of the...

Meet the Class of 2018

Meet the Class of 2018

August 28, 2014

More than seventy percent of the incoming class of 2018 (including Gabelli Lincoln Center students) will be a resident at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), according to statistics provided by the...

Changes You Need To Know To Start the Year Off Right

Changes You Need To Know To Start the Year Off Right

August 28, 2014

For those coming to call Fordham “home” for the first time, the new campus layout will soon become standard. But for those returning to Fordham after a well-deserved  summer vacation, some things...

(Tyler Martins/The Observer)

VIDEO: Dancing Eyes

July 15, 2014

Brilynn Rakes, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)' 17, is not your average dancer. "I was born with my visual impairment," Rakes said. "I don't know any different." Her visual impairments include...

Fordham Celebrates the Class of 2014

Fordham Celebrates the Class of 2014

May 20, 2014

By TYLER MARTINS & IAN McKENNA Editor-in-Chief & Features Co-Editor/Multimedia Co-Producer Published: May 20, 2014 On Saturday, May 17, the 169th Commencement Ceremony of Fordham University...

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Fordham Reacts to Court Ruling

May 2, 2014

On Tuesday, April 22, the US Supreme Court delivered a 6 to 2 ruling that upheld a Michigan State law banning the use of affirmative action in the admissions process for public state universities. How...

Tino Martinez to Deliver Commencement Keynote, Sotomayor to Receive Honorary Degree

Tino Martinez to Deliver Commencement Keynote, Sotomayor to Receive Honorary Degree

April 26, 2014

Updated: May 1, 2014 Former Yankees player Tino Martinez will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17. Fordham University confirmed in a statement released on...

Cartel will be performing at Fordham's Spring Weekend. (dcJohn via Flickr)

Cartel and Cold War Kids Announced as Spring Weekend Headliners

April 14, 2014

Cartel and Cold War Kids will be headlining Fordham’s Spring Weekend this year on Saturday, April 26, according to Campus Activities Board (CAB) via video. Festivities are set to begin Thursday,...

Close friend and Fordham alum Dan Devine with Kidanemariam on his graduation day.

Fordham Alumni and Friends Remember Nahom Kidanemariam

April 14, 2014

Friends, former classmates and faculty are remembering Nahom Kidanemariam, Fordham's Gabelli School of Business (GSB) '09, as focused, ambitious and loyal. “Nahom was the most fiercely loyal person...

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Fordham Theatre Program Showcases Seniors’ Work

April 13, 2014

The Fordham Theatre Program annual Design and Production Showcase features the work of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) theatre majors Sara Donovan, FCLC ’14 and Daniel Geggatt, FCLC ’14. Donovan,...

Nahom Kidanemariam at his graduation from Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business.

UPDATED: Fordham Alumnus Found Dead in Lowenstein

April 7, 2014

UPDATED Tuesday, April 8 at 1:50 p.m.: The body of a Fordham alumnus was found in the restroom of the Lowenstein building at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) early Monday morning, April 7,...

(Angela Luis/The Observer)

CSA Airs Commuter Grievances

April 6, 2014

On Thursday, March 13, the Commuter Student Association (CSA) presented the members of the College Council with a list, titled “10 Things Commuter Students Would Like Professors to Know About Us.”...

(Tyler Martins/The Observer)

VIDEO: Behind the Curtain of “The Labyrinth of Desire”

April 5, 2014

“The Labyrinth of Desire,” Fordham Theatre’s final mainstage production of semester, begins performances in Pope Auditorium at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) on Thursday, April 3. The...

VIDEO: Send in the Clowns: FCLC's Patrick Swailes Caldwell

VIDEO: Send in the Clowns: FCLC’s Patrick Swailes Caldwell

March 17, 2014

There may be a national clown shortage, according to Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, but you would never know at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC). Patrick Swailes Caldwell,...

Jeff Barry, FCLC ’02, starred as Romeo in the mainstage production of the Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet,” in his final semester at Fordham. (Photo Courtesy Gerry Goodstein/Fordham Theatre Program)

Former Romeo Fights His Way on Broadway

March 13, 2014

How often do you sit in McMahon Hall and talk about the future? How often do you talk about being successful with your roommates: either getting cast in a big Broadway show, writing a New York Times...

The living room of the faculty-in-residence apartment on the 4th floor of McMahon Hall has been converted into a bedroom to properly accommodated for all residents relocated from 4H. (Tyler Martins/The Observer)

Bed Bugs Confirmed in Two Apartments At McMahon Hall

March 13, 2014

Two apartments in McMahon Hall at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) have been treated for bed bugs, Dean of Students Keith Eldredge confirmed on Tuesday, March 11. It is the University’s...

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UPDATED: 27 Confirmed Cases of the Mumps at Fordham

March 4, 2014

  UPDATED March 5, 2014 at 8PM: “Twenty-seven cases of mumps in students attending Fordham University have occurred since Jan. 12, 2014," according to the New York City Department of Health...

Dylan Ungretta, FCLC’ 15, Victoria Oliver, FCLC’ 15, Caitlin Ronan, FCLC’ 15 and Gregg Ellson, FCLC’ 14 in a scene from “B.F.F.s.” (Courtesy Youtube)

Fordham Talent, From Stage to Screen in “B.F.F.s”

March 2, 2014

He doesn’t even go here. “Every time I come back to visit, that’s all I hear,” Gregg Ellson, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’13, said. If you’re a theatre major, there’s...

One Confirmed, One Suspected Case of Mumps at FCLC

February 26, 2014

The New York City Health Department is currently investigating the reported mumps outbreak at Fordham University. Currently, there is one confirmed case of mumps on the 18th floor of McMahon Hall. There...


Suspected Mumps Reported at FCLC

February 20, 2014

There has been one case of suspected mumps reported at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), Campus Security announced in an email sent on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:06 p.m. Campus Security had previously...

Student musicians perform during the chamber orchestra’s rehearsal on Monday, Feb. 12 in Franny’s Space. (Tyler Martins/The Observer)

The Halls Are Alive With the Sound of Music

February 12, 2014

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) will welcome a new chamber orchestra this semester as part of the expansion of its music program. Music majors at Fordham are required to partake in four...

(Sarah Howard/The Observer)

Broadway Mourns the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 5, 2014

Broadway dimmed its lights Wednesday Feb. 5 in honor of Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead from an apparent drug overdose in his West Village apartment on Sunday Feb....

In a Shifting World, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist Tackles the Past

January 29, 2014

Acclaimed dramatic critic Michael Feingold has joined the ranks of the faculty at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC). After a prolific career of reviewing Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater,...

Get To Know Your WinterFest Opening Acts

Get To Know Your WinterFest Opening Acts

January 25, 2014

Students and guests at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)'s second annual WinterFest concert, students and guests witnessed some local Fordham talent take the stage before headliner Dr. Dog. Emily...

(Kirstin Bunkley/The Observer)

WinterFest Aims to Build Community Through Music

January 21, 2014

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) and the Campus Activities Board (CAB) will welcome Dr. Dog on Friday, Jan. 24, in Pope Auditorium to headline the second annual WinterFest concert. CAB WinterFest...

LEFT: Jennifer Lawrence backstage at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/MCT)  RIGHT: Bryan Cranston arrives for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

American Hustle, Breaking Bad Lead the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

January 13, 2014

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the second year, took place on Sunday, Jan. 12 in Los Angeles, awarding excellence in television and film. In the film categories,...

Anna Abowd, FCLC's Resident Elf, Spreads Christmas Cheer

Anna Abowd, FCLC’s Resident Elf, Spreads Christmas Cheer

December 20, 2013

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) has decked the halls with holiday spirit, and there is one student who has Christmas cheer to spare. You may recognize her from her signature elf hat, her collection...

Found throughout the halls of FCLC, a poster for Pascale Smith's play, Oh My Darling. In the same night, Visions of Valerie will be presented, which was written by Torii Pasternak. (Sri Stewart/The Observer)

At Fordham, Aspiring Student Playwrights Flourish

November 11, 2013

Aspiring playwrights at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) are given an opportunity that most artists only dream of and only a few ever get: the chance to see their work fully produced, on stage...

(Tyler Martins/The Observer)

“The Comma” Hosts an Evening of Student Work and Performances

November 7, 2013

On Wednesday Nov 6, Fordham students gathered to partake in an evening of poetry, prose, song and stand-up comedy at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC). The event, which was hosted by The...

Jennifer Tepper’s new book “The Untold Stories of Broadway” explores the history of  the theaters of “The Great White Way”
(Photo Courtesy of Matthew Murphy)

Jennifer Tepper Explores Broadway

October 30, 2013

On Nov. 12, Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s new book, “The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volume I” will hit bookshelves across the country. Her debut nonfiction book will document stories and experiences...

The Metropolitan Opera has become the only opera company in New York City after NYCO announced bankruptcy on Oct. 3. (KIRSTIN BUNKLEY/The Observer)

New York City Opera Shutters After Seventy Years

October 17, 2013

Founded in 1943 as the people’s opera company, the NYCO has launched several great artists’ careers, including Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, and Beverly Sills who received an honorary degree...

Reckless - Whitebox Studio Theatre - 9/25 
Photos Courtesy of Rebecca Zoltowski

Reckless: FCLC’s First Show of the Fall Season

September 26, 2013

What do you do when you wake up on a beautiful Christmas morning and your husband tells you he hired a hitman to kill you? That’s precisely what happens to Rachel–the protagonist in Craig Lucas’...

Broadway Flea Market in Shubert Alley on September 22, 2013.
(Tyler Martins/The Observer)

Theater Treasure Troves in Shubert Alley: The Broadway Flea Market

September 26, 2013

Every year, thousands of Broadway lovers gather in Shubert Alley and West 44th Street for the Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aid. Now in...

Taylor Schilling stars as Helen of Troy in Fordham’s main stage production of Euripede’s “The Trojan Woman.” (Photos Courtesy of Gerry Goodstein/Fordham Theater Program)

Fordham’s Taylor Schilling is the New Black

September 23, 2013

Before Taylor Schilling was chasing after fabled chickens in prison, fighting off the romantic advances of an inmate nicknamed “Crazy Eyes” and struggling with life in all-women’s correctional...

New Denzel Washington Chair: From Broadway to the Classroom

September 23, 2013

Scenic designer Christine Jones stunned thousands at the Metropolitan Opera House last season with the  explosion of neon she used in her set designs for the re-imagined production of the classic opera,...

Norbert Leo Butz. (Slaven Vlasic/Abaca Press/MCT)

Hollywood Studios Learn to Sing and Dance

September 9, 2013

What do “Rocky,” “Big Fish,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Bridges of Madison County,” and “A Time to Kill” all have in common? Besides being popular films of varying degree, these...

Professor Michael Kimmel. (Hannah O'Donnell / The Observer).

Fordham Professor Michael Kimmel Combines William Shakespeare and Jeff Buckley in “The Last Goodbye”

May 2, 2013

Michael Kimmel, a Fordham College at Lincoln Center’s adjunct theater professor, has been hard at work on adapting “The Last Goodbye,” a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”...

Bette Midler returns to Broadway in (Gregorio Binuya/Abaca Press/MCT)

Bette Midler Comes Back to Broadway With Solo-Show “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers”

April 28, 2013

Bette Midler triumphantly returns to Broadway after thirty years as Hollywood’s fabulous super-agent Sue Mengers in John Logan’s sizzling new one-character play, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With...

Fordham Professor Takes On Jackie O, Nominated for Lucille Lortel Award

Fordham Professor Takes On Jackie O, Nominated for Lucille Lortel Award

April 20, 2013

On April 3, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) professor Tina Benko was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show for the Women’s Project Theater’s production of “Jackie,”...

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Tavy Wu/ The Observer)

Barclays Center to Host MTV’s Video Music Awards

April 4, 2013

  Brooklyn is quickly becoming a mecca for artists, and MTV hopes to bank on the aura exuded by the borough of Spike Lee, Walt Whitman, Arthur Miller and Coney Island. The 2013 MTV Video Music...

The mainstage production of Ruined,

“Ruined:” War and Survival Through a Brothel’s Door

March 7, 2013

Ruined, a play by Lynn Nottage, was directed by Isis Misdary and was the latest production on the mainstage. (Courtesy of Ellen Goldberg/Fordham University) Fordham College at Lincoln Center's...

F#’s Sing Their Way to Competition

F#’s Sing Their Way to Competition

March 4, 2013

The F#’s, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC)'s a cappella club, competed against other collegiate a cappella groups at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella,...