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Global Pandemic Widens Achievement Gap Among Students

September 17, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic turning most education remote, achievement gaps widen due to factors like access to technology and learning disabilities.

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Jaden Vazquez: Fordham Linebacker Seeks LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Athletics

September 17, 2020

Fordham Linebacker Jaden Vazquez, who identifies as bisexual, is striving for LGBTQ+ inclusivity in athletics with student-athlete run organization Fordham Connect.

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The Psychological Toll of Racism

September 16, 2020

When individuals experience racism, it does heavy damage to mental health. Stress, depression and anxiety are a few common effects in which these experiences result.

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Students Share the Perks of Pets During the Pandemic

May 7, 2020

As governments have enforced restrictions on travel and in-person contact, pets have become some people’s primary source of companionship and comfort.

Why Social Distancing Threatens Your Mental Health

Why Social Distancing Threatens Your Mental Health (And What to Do About It)

April 1, 2020

Take care of yourself: A phrase that, for obvious reasons, you’ve probably heard more in the last two weeks than in the past two years combined. With COVID-19 rapidly spreading, health, both mental and physical, is critically important. Dr. Jeffrey Ng, director of Counseling and Psychological Services for Fordham University, shares his advice on staying healthy — mentally, while practicing social distancing.

Students can now meet in small groups to share their experiences and get guidance from facilitators.

CPS Promises Free and Long-Term Services in Group Therapy

February 19, 2020

For most students around campus, knowledge of Fordham’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) has always centered around the 10 free individual sessions offered to students before they have to start paying for counseling. Although this limit may serve as a deterrent for some students, given the additional financial cost, CPS is now offering a free and long-term alternative: group therapy.

According to Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) Jeffrey Ng, male participation in CPS has increased 4% since the 2017-2018 school year.

How Men Approach Depression Differently

February 11, 2020

Did you know only 32% of male Fordham students seek help from Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), but 61% of Fordham’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment are men? Jeffrey Ng, CPS director, points to recent psychological research indicating that men may avoid seeking help for psychological issues like depression to align with rigid masculine gender roles.

Influencers may endorse get-fit-quick food plans, but not all diets sparkle.

The Allure of Diet Advice from Lifestyle Influencers

October 1, 2019

Just because one diet works for a popular Instagrammer does not mean it will work for all of their followers. Sports and Health Editor Lena Weidenbruch discusses the impact of taking too much inspiration from your favorite health influencers.

Emily Krichmar, FCLC ’21, uses stand up comedy to transform her mental health into something positive. Zoey Liu/The Observer.

Living for Laughs: How Comedy Can Positively Impact Your Mental Health

April 9, 2019

Comedy might be a good outlet for those with mental health issues. Fordham psychologist Elizabeth Clark remarks on how to effectively incorporate your mental health experiences into comedy, and Emily Krichmar, Fordham College at Lincoln Center '21, tells her experience doing so.

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Student Sleep Deprivation: The Importance of a Full Eight Hours

November 14, 2018

As students, we are constantly faced with the choice between work and sleep. This common trade-off is...

The SAD Facts of Seasonal Depression

The SAD Facts of Seasonal Depression

November 14, 2018

Naturally, life begins to slow down in the winter. The days grow shorter and the temperature drops. We i...

Members of SAGES gathered on Sept. 7 to inform freshmen about resources they weren't provided with during Orientation. (Lena Rose/ The Observer)

SAGES Hosts First “Fordham Disorientation”

September 12, 2018

On Sept. 7, members of the Students for Sex and Gender Equity and Safety (SAGES) Coalition hosted an...