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UPDATED: Belongings Left With No Return

April 28, 2020

The last time most Fordham students saw their dorms and all the belongings within them was the middle of March. Due to Governor Andrew Cuomo extending the lockdown in NYC, the date for picking up student belongings remains unclear as students across the world voice their varying concerns.

The chart set up by McMahon Hall's first floor entrance designates the status  of the Life Safety System on each floor. Yellow stickers signify floors whose systems are yet to be upgraded.

McMahon Hall Gets a Fire Safety Upgrade

February 5, 2020

McMahon Hall has been operating on a fire alarm system originally installed in 1993, but a new system will soon be put in place, in addition to other upgrades.

After petitioning for larger meal checks, McMahon student staff no longer have to worry about finding affordable food.

McMahon Student Staff Petitioned Unequal Meal Checks

December 4, 2019

McMahon Hall Resident Assistants (RAs) and Resident Freshmen Mentors (RFMs) have received a $1,880 increase in meal compensation as a result of petitioning unequal pay in comparison with Rose Hill student staff.

Jenifer Campbell, senior director of Residential Life, said that “staff within the Office of Residential Life has focused on providing information and updates as early and in many cases as often as possible in an effort to make certain residents are aware of programs, events and facilities issues.”

ResLife Seeks Open Communication With Residents

November 13, 2019

On Sept. 11, 2019, ResLife sent a full outline of how all Fordham breaks will affect residence halls to residents. Another email was sent to residents on Oct. 28, restating the information from the first email.

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 charge...

Students have expressed concerns about Public Safety's response to reports of missing cash.

Residents Report Claims of Tampered Mail

October 2, 2019

Receiving mail at Fordham Lincoln Center has sometimes proven a difficult task for residents in recent years, with some reporting that their mail was opened, misdirected or never arrived in their mailboxes or the package room.

ResLife further opens to door to include TGNCI students on campus housing.

Fordham Introduces More Inclusivity in Housing Application

October 2, 2019

This year Fordham has taken a step to make housing applications more inclusive for transgender or gender-nonconforming individuals (TGNCI). The class of 2023 was the first class to have the option of expressing gender non-conformity in the housing application.

A forced quad is two bunk beds in a single room for three people.

Time to Bunk Up: ResLife Introduces Quads to McKeon

September 18, 2019

For the first time in Fordham Lincoln Center’s history, certain suites in McKeon Hall have four residents sharing a single bedroom.

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.

Dean of Students Keith Eldredge said that

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.

After the McKeon closures over winter break, students face housing uncertainty as spring break approaches.

Holiday Closures Confuse Freshmen, Confront Students with Tough Choices

February 20, 2019

Matthew Chen, FCLC ’22 and an international student, recalls being frustrated when he saw the first email from Residential Life in his inbox. “It’s relatively short notice, to do something like that,” he said. “I live 16 hours away by flight, and tickets to Taiwan aren’t exactly cheap.”

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?