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Based at the Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, The Observer's circulation also reaches Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, making it available to over 14,000 students in the University's undergraduate colleges and graduate schools.

Based at the Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, The Observer's circulation also reaches Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, making it available to over 14,000 students in the University's undergraduate colleges and graduate schools.

Mission: We are the student voice of Fordham College at Lincoln Center.

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College life looks a lot different this semester, and outdoor spaces are more important than ever. Fortunately, there ar...
09/25/2020
Parks With Possibilities

College life looks a lot different this semester, and outdoor spaces are more important than ever. Fortunately, there are many parks both by the Fordham Lincoln Center campus and in other boroughs of the city that are full of activities and places to hang out.

Spending a great deal of time online means outdoor spaces are more important than ever. Read about some of the boroughs’ best parks.

Anand Padmanabhan will be joining Fordham as vice president and chief information officer (CIO) as of Sept. 25, Universi...
09/25/2020
BREAKING: Anand Padmanabhan Appointed as VP and CIO of Fordham

Anand Padmanabhan will be joining Fordham as vice president and chief information officer (CIO) as of Sept. 25, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., announced in a community-wide email at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Friday morning.

Fordham began looking for a vice president and CIO in February 2020. Padmanabhan will take over from Shaya Phillips, who served as the interim CIO.

When students were first sent home in March, university Aramark employees did not know what to expect for the summer or ...
09/25/2020
Aramark Adjusts to COVID-19 Restrictions

When students were first sent home in March, university Aramark employees did not know what to expect for the summer or the fall semester. Now that students have returned to campus, Aramark and Fordham have had to create a safe community that protects both students and employees.

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

From Opinions, "Hong Kongers won’t give up. I also know that the trauma faced by the young people of Hong Kong won’t dis...
09/24/2020
My Experience Studying Abroad During the Hong Kong Protests

From Opinions, "Hong Kongers won’t give up. I also know that the trauma faced by the young people of Hong Kong won’t disappear, or at least it hasn’t for me," writes Stevie Cortez as shares her story as a student studying abroad during the Hong Kong protests.

As I lay bleeding on a smoke-filled street in Hong Kong, with Molotov cocktails and unidentified projectiles whizzing over my head, I wondered if this was really how my study abroad experience was going to end.

Every year, New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) awards a variety of scholarships to select high school seniors, co...
09/24/2020
Fordham Junior Receives Prestigious NYWICI Award

Every year, New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) awards a variety of scholarships to select high school seniors, college students and graduate students. One of the 13 recipients this year is Fordham junior Daejah Woolery, who is pursuing a career in television screenwriting and was awarded $2,500 through the Carlozzi Family Scholarship.

New York Women in Communications awared Daejah Woolery, FCLC ’22, with the Carlozzi Family Scholarship to pursue TV screenwriting.

Robert Sundstrom, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’22, has been elected the vice president of the United Studen...
09/24/2020
BREAKING: Fall 2020 USG Election Results Announced

Robert Sundstrom, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’22, has been elected the vice president of the United Student Government (USG), filling the position left vacant from the spring 2020 USG elections.

In addition, Aastha Aggarwal, Gabelli School of Business (GSB) ’22; Brigida Caruso, GSB ’24; Djellza Pulatani, FCLC ’24; Bianca Georgescu, FCLC ’24; and Cort McElroy, FCLC ’24, were also elected as USG class senators for their respective classes.

The election results, which also named new senators from the classes of 2022 and 2024, were announced Sept. 23.

In need of a quick mid-week pick-me-up? Check out our latest mini crossword, "Vice Versa," by Esmé Bleecker-Adams. There...
09/23/2020
Mini Crossword: Vice Versa

In need of a quick mid-week pick-me-up? Check out our latest mini crossword, "Vice Versa," by Esmé Bleecker-Adams. There's two possible solutions — that is, until 5pm EST when the USG vice presidential results are in.

  ACROSS ___ Tea; favorite campus dining spot ancient Greek Mother Earth extra card in a deck OR weather forecaster Al Rocks containing minerals lack of difficulty OR batter’s destination DOWN site of a public marketplace in ancient Greece leaf gathering tools large waterfowl instrument for prope...

From Opinions, Social Media/Newsletter Editor Grace Getman writes: “Our discussions around climate change revolve around...
09/22/2020
Why We Love the Apocalypse

From Opinions, Social Media/Newsletter Editor Grace Getman writes: “Our discussions around climate change revolve around saving the earth, of the individual actions we can take that — combined — will come to our rescue before any actual damage can be done. Real climate change is a can we kick down the road, always something that is there to prevent or that is lying in wait for a future generation.

This is a fantasy. Climate change is not coming. It’s not going, either. It’s here.”

We discuss real climate change as something to prevent or that is waiting for a future generation. This is a fantasy. Climate change is here.

Nearly a month into the academic year, the United Student Government (USG) is holding elections to fill vacant positions...
09/22/2020
Meet the Fall 2020 USG Vice Presidential Candidates

Nearly a month into the academic year, the United Student Government (USG) is holding elections to fill vacant positions. The election is mainly made up of students running for class senator positions, but students will also vote on the next vice president of USG.

Get to know the two candidates campaigning to be the United Student Government Vice President for the fall 2020 semester.

This information appears on Fordham’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboard, which was created to “illustrate and track the impact”...
09/21/2020
On-Campus Testing Confirms 15 Total Positive Cases

This information appears on Fordham’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboard, which was created to “illustrate and track the impact” of the pandemic for students and faculty. The dashboard will be continually updated with a 14-day rolling average of test results, according to the webpage.

Fordham University released the 14-day rolling average of total coronavirus tests conducted by the university.

With the new commute from bed to class being as simple as opening up your laptop, waking up for morning classes is harde...
09/20/2020
Playlist: Wake Me Up For Online School

With the new commute from bed to class being as simple as opening up your laptop, waking up for morning classes is harder than ever before. Four writers came together to create the ultimate playlist to wake you up in the morning for online classes. Whether you like rap, alternative, rock or any other genre, this playlist has a little something to get anyone ready for digital classes.

Four writers came together to compile the ultimate “wake up” playlist to get you ready in the morning for online classes.

If you missed this week’s crossword, make sure to catch it here! Hint: Follow the yellow brick road.
09/19/2020
Crossword Issue 15: Off to See Wizardconsin

If you missed this week’s crossword, make sure to catch it here! Hint: Follow the yellow brick road.

Play The Observer’s interactive crossword puzzle from Issue 15, “Off to See Wizardconsin.” Powered by PuzzleMe.

Jaden Vazquez, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’22, has always known that he was bisexual. He’s also played football...
09/18/2020
Jaden Vazquez: Fordham Linebacker Seeks LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Athletics

Jaden Vazquez, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’22, has always known that he was bisexual. He’s also played football his entire childhood. A year ago, he uploaded an Instagram post where he physically stepped out of the closet to his followers. Now, as a linebacker on Fordham’s football team, his experience as an LGBTQ+ student athlete is attracting national media attention.
“It’s obviously a part of me, but it’s not all of me,” Vazquez said in reference to his sexuality. “I didn’t want to be known as the bisexual athlete.”

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

Big Sean has finally returned with his fifth studio album, “Detroit 2.” On “Detroit 2,” Big Sean makes one thing clear: ...
09/18/2020
Ram Jams: Lucky Us, Big Sean Is Back With ‘Detroit 2’

Big Sean has finally returned with his fifth studio album, “Detroit 2.” On “Detroit 2,” Big Sean makes one thing clear: his hustle isn’t going away anytime soon, and neither is the chip on his shoulder.

The project comes eight years after the Motor City MC’s original “Detroit” mixtape, and three years after his last album, “Double or Nothing,” a collaboration with producer Metro Boomin. “Detroit 2” boasts classic Big Sean verses packed full of witty one-liners about his success and struggle with the limelight over a variety of production styles. Of the 18 songs on the album, 12 contain at least one feature with a list of names that ranges from Eminem and Travis Scott to Boldy James and the late Nipsey Hussle.

On “Detroit 2,” Big Sean makes one thing clear: his hustle isn’t going away anytime soon, and neither is the chip on his shoulder.

Mail-in voting has become an increased form of participation in the election this November, despite the complexities tha...
09/17/2020
Addressing Absentee Ballot Concerns: The ABC’s of Mail-in Voting

Mail-in voting has become an increased form of participation in the election this November, despite the complexities that come along with it. Copy editor Alyssa Macaluso demystifies the process and helps to simplify mail-in voting to make it easier for all to get out and vote in the fall.

As Nov. 3 approaches, it is important to understand the ins and outs of mail-in voting.

From Opinions, “In order to try and shore up support, Trump has started to increasingly embrace the fringe of American C...
09/17/2020
Trump Creates a Schism in the Catholic Church

From Opinions, “In order to try and shore up support, Trump has started to increasingly embrace the fringe of American Catholicism,” writes Nicholas Scotchie in his article, “Trump Creates a Schism in the Catholic Church.”

This election has and will continue to deepen fissures across American society, and Catholics will not be left unscathed.

After having only three of their eleven demands met, ASILI, the Black Student Alliance at Rose Hill, released another se...
09/16/2020
New ASILI Demand List Targets Public Safety and RAs

After having only three of their eleven demands met, ASILI, the Black Student Alliance at Rose Hill, released another set of demands. These included four new demands regarding Resident Assistants, the demand for a promotion of Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata and the recognition of Advocates for a Palestinian Perspective as a club.

ASILI, the Black Student Alliance at Rose Hill, is calling for anti-racist reforms at Fordham’s Public Safety Department and Office of Residential Life in an updated list of demands.

As life without Fordham athletics continues, students and the athletic department are slowly developing a new alternativ...
09/16/2020
The World of eSports Arrives at Fordham

As life without Fordham athletics continues, students and the athletic department are slowly developing a new alternative to intramural sports. All they have to do is log on.

Fordham Athletics recently designated eSports as an intramural sport; however, a lack of student interest has been keeping the gaming pool small.

Contributing Writer Rashmi Singh describes her upbringing: “Growing up as a first generation Indian American woman, my p...
09/15/2020
Life Lessons I Learned From Not Discussing Sex With My Indian Parents

Contributing Writer Rashmi Singh describes her upbringing: “Growing up as a first generation Indian American woman, my parents did the most to keep me sheltered from knowing anything about sex, whether that was fast-forwarding or covering my eyes through sex scenes in movies or just avoiding the topic all together.”

My parents can’t talk to me about sex. Not doing so can be harmful, as kids can be in unsafe situations with nowhere to turn.

On Sept. 15, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., announced that all full-time students will receive the o...
09/15/2020
University Announces Pro-Rated Room and Board and Free Summer Courses

On Sept. 15, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., announced that all full-time students will receive the opportunity to take up to two classes at no additional charge this summer through Fordham.

McShane also announced that room and housing fees for the fall 2020 semester will be adjusted on a pro rata basis to reflect the end of hybrid learning at Thanksgiving break. Previously, pro rata refunds were only to be issued if the residence halls were to close earlier in the semester because of the pandemic.

All full-time students may take up to two classes at no additional charge this summer through Fordham.

“After writing a Ram Reads on “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” I promised myself that the next Ram Reads I wrote would ...
09/15/2020
Ram Reads: ‘Assata’

“After writing a Ram Reads on “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” I promised myself that the next Ram Reads I wrote would be of a different genre. Then I saw “Assata.”

Many abolitionists and book reviewers on my social media timelines have raved about this book, saying it changed their lives. At first, I had no idea who Assata Shakur was, but, after reading, she, too, changed mine.”

Assata Shakur is the embodiment of a revolutionary, as her life has been dedicated to the communal struggle for liberation.

Olivia Macklin, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’16, who graduated from the Fordham Theatre program, is part of...
09/13/2020
From Theater Program to National TV: Fordham Alumna in Fox’s New Show

Olivia Macklin, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’16, who graduated from the Fordham Theatre program, is part of the cast of Fox’s new show “Filthy Rich,” premiering Sept. 21.

Olivia Macklin, FCLC ’16, talks about her role in the show, her time at Fordham Theatre and what life after Fordham looks like on set.

In response to equity issues within the theatre department and online allegations against Head of Acting Matthew Maguire...
09/11/2020
BIPOC Theatre Students Release List of Demands

In response to equity issues within the theatre department and online allegations against Head of Acting Matthew Maguire, 27 Fordham Theatre students of color drafted a list of 10 demands for the betterment of the program. The statement was sent to the Fordham Theatre department on Aug. 28.

27 Fordham Theatre students of color drafted a list of 10 demands for the betterment of the program.

The 9/11 Table of Silence Project is an annual performance at the Josie Robertson Plaza commemorating the attacks on 9/1...
09/11/2020
A Reimagined Memorial: Table of Silence Photo Gallery

The 9/11 Table of Silence Project is an annual performance at the Josie Robertson Plaza commemorating the attacks on 9/11. The tenth anniversary of the project brought the need for a reimagined performance due to New York state’s outdoor gathering guidelines. With the plaza closed to the public, the performance was live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

The 9/11 Table of Silence Project, presented by Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, featured socially-distanced choreography this year.

“All of the ways that the systems of violence impact people of color in our nation is at the heart of what Fordham says ...
09/09/2020
Nationwide #ScholarStrike Against Racial Injustice

“All of the ways that the systems of violence impact people of color in our nation is at the heart of what Fordham says it's doing in the research that alleviates suffering,” said Jeannine Hill Fletcher, who organized the university’s participation in the #ScholarStrike.

Fordham faculty, staff and students are joining the nationwide protest, which focuses on racial justice and equality. Virtual lectures and discussions anchor the two-day event, which began yesterday and continue today, Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Fordham faculty, staff, and students are joining the nationwide protest, which focuses on racial justice and equality. Virtual lectures and discussions anchor the two-day event.

09/08/2020

The Observer is conducting an anonymous political survey to study Fordham students’ values, analyze opinions of the United States’ political system and inquire into how politics impact personal relationships in anticipation of the 2020 election. We ask that students participate by filling out the 10-minute survey to contribute their voices and accurately depict where college students stand politically. To complete the survey, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/1pGJmTjnCspeApXDA

Everyone on campus — from the person who cleans the Garden Lounge to any Lincoln Center or Rose Hill student to the Rev....
09/07/2020
Keeping the Campus Safe Should Be a Collective Effort

Everyone on campus — from the person who cleans the Garden Lounge to any Lincoln Center or Rose Hill student to the Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., himself — needs to follow the New York state laws and Fordham’s own guidelines.

Keeping everyone safe on both Fordham campuses will require mutual cooperation and accountability from both the administration and students.

On August 23, students began moving into the Lincoln Center campus residence halls under extraordinary circumstances. Th...
09/06/2020
Lincoln Center Move-In 2020

On August 23, students began moving into the Lincoln Center campus residence halls under extraordinary circumstances. The Observer was there to capture the experience, as well as the thoughts of students, both new and returning, and their parents.

On August 23, students began moving into the Lincoln Center campus residence halls under extraordinary circumstances. The Observer was there to capture the experience, as well as the thoughts of students, both new and returning, and their parents.

“It’s September, and you know what that means, right?If you have no idea what I’m implying, you are not alone. Unlike th...
09/04/2020
Gold Is the New Pink

“It’s September, and you know what that means, right?

If you have no idea what I’m implying, you are not alone. Unlike the popular pink ribbons and corporate displays touted throughout the month of October, the gold ribbons for childhood cancer awareness month are still working their way up the totem pole to garner attention in September.

Under normal circumstances, I would have been oblivious to the issue that is childhood cancer. However, I didn’t really have a choice.”

Read Asst. Layout Editor Olivia Stern’s gripping argument for why more people should pay attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and support greater funds being given to combat childhood cancers.

It’s September, and you know what that means, right? If you have no idea what I’m implying, you are not alone. Under normal circumstances, I would have been oblivious to the issue that is childhood cancer.

“I feel like we couldn’t control the coronavirus, but we can control how to treat another human being,” Aliyyah Baylor, ...
09/04/2020
Cakes, Takeout and Bakes: Grab Your Next Meal From a Black-Owned Restaurant

“I feel like we couldn’t control the coronavirus, but we can control how to treat another human being,” Aliyyah Baylor, owner of Make My Cake, said. Make My Cake, a bakery open for takeout and delivery at 775 Columbus Ave. guaranteed to fulfill your post-class sweet tooth, is one of many Black-owned restaurants on the Upper West Side, Fordham Lincoln Center’s neighborhood.

Following the death of multiple unarmed Black Americans at the hands of police officers in numerous cities, protests erupted across the nation and donations began to flood into organizations that are actively combating racial inequities.

Inside Fordham’s community, students are advocating for more concrete action to be taken to address anti-Blackness on campus. Outside Fordham’s doors, there are a vast number of local Black-owned businesses that students can look to support, too.

Hear from owners of Black-owned businesses for students to support near the Fordham Lincoln Center campus.

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