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Fordham’s Treatment of Laid-off Dining Staff Is Disrespectful

October 14, 2020

The foodservice workers at Fordham have not been treated with the respect they deserve.

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Argo Goes Dark: Evening Employees Let Go

October 14, 2020

Students react to the laying off of two beloved Argo Tea employees, Grace Sabater and Jacqueline Rosario.

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Campus Dining Favorites Close and Cut Hours for the Semester

October 8, 2020

The first month of the fall semester brought the temporary closing of the Schmeltzer Dining Room and significant cuts to Ram Café and Argo Tea.

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Aramark Adjusts to COVID-19 Restrictions

September 21, 2020

Fordham plans to keep its Aramark employees safe from COVID-19 with the reopening of campus by implementing new policies.

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Students ‘Want More Concrete Actions’ to Address Racism

July 8, 2020

Fordham community demands more racial diversity from the university after an emailed response to months of protesting.

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An All-Online Student Community Wrestles With Racial Injustice on Campus

June 7, 2020

As protests and demonstrations swept over the country, nearly all of Fordham’s online student circles engaged in the conversation. Social media platforms were buzzing with livestreams, stories, posts and comments about George Floyd and police violence. For once, it seemed like other people in America were listening.

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The Finances Behind Fordham’s Workforce

May 13, 2020

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Fordham’s finances were stable. Now, Aramark employees and work-study students face growing concerns.

Aramark, one of the largest nationwide food-and-services providers, has received criticism in the past for its track record- particularly in correctional facilities.

Aramark Faces Criticism

October 30, 2019

Aramark, the dining services provider for Fordham University, was not invited to renew its 35-year contract with NYU this year, reigniting debates about the catering company's role on Fordham's own campus.

Smoothies Don't Count As Dinner

Smoothies Don’t Count As Dinner

March 28, 2019

When a student walks into the dining hall, they shouldn’t have to choose between their ideals and a meal with actual sustenance — especially when we have been promised so many times that the problem is being fixed.

Plates are always empty during the No Meal Period as no one can feel hungry between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

A Brunch with Death: Student Caught in Meal Limbo

October 26, 2017

UNDERGRADUATE DINING HALL—In the aftermath of what has been described by witnesses as “the greatest...


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...

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...