The Fordham Observer

The Fordham Observer Founded in 1981, The Observer is the award-winning student newspaper of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Follow us on twitter @fordhamobserver.
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.
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Founded in 1981, The Observer is the award-winning student newspaper of Fordham University. Based at 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 all the students in the University’s undergraduate colleges and graduate schools. It is Lincoln Center’s fourth paper. The first was “The Curved Horn” that was brought over from Rose Hill when the Lincoln Center Campus was built in 1968. Two other papers, “The Review” and “Evex” were started up. By 1981, all three papers had folded and the school was ready for a voice for students and “The Observer” was born.

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

New episode of Retrospect is out!
05/11/2019
"Give Them a Reason" - Dean Wertz, OverheardAtFordham and Farewells

New episode of Retrospect is out!

Interim Dean Frederick J. Wertz speaks about his experience filling the shoes of Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J. as Fordham Lincoln Center searched for a new dean. Andy Vega takes @OverheardAtFordham to task for supposed "fake news." The outgoing editors behind The Observer and Retrospect look back at t...

After a chaotic Spring Weekend, The Observer sent one senior to attend the day long concert and asked him to record all ...
05/10/2019
Spring Weekend Stream of Consciousness

After a chaotic Spring Weekend, The Observer sent one senior to attend the day long concert and asked him to record all of his thoughts into a voice memo. This is the unedited transcription of his experience.

Anticipating a chaotic Spring Weekend, The Observer sent one senior to attend the day concert and asked him to record all of his thoughts into a voice memo.

Are you aware of the second work shift working mothers have? From The Observer’s Opinions Section, Adriane Kong brings...
05/10/2019
This Mother’s Day, Give Working Mothers Your Respect

Are you aware of the second work shift working mothers have? From The Observer’s Opinions Section, Adriane Kong brings to light the unknown struggles that working mothers face, and urges people to give them their due respect this upcoming Mother’s Day.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I feel it’s appropriate to visit an issue that America has been struggling to solve: the inability to support the increased influx of working mothers.

The fate of our climate will mirror the fate of our planet. From The Observer’s Opinions Section, Samantha Vogel criti...
05/09/2019
Dear 2020 Presidential Candidates, We Have to Talk About the Planet

The fate of our climate will mirror the fate of our planet. From The Observer’s Opinions Section, Samantha Vogel criticizes our current administration’s lack of action in preventing climate change.
https://fordhamobserver.com/40350/opinions/dear-2020-presidential-candidates-we-have-to-talk-about-the-planet/

Climate change is the only issue that should matter in the 2020 election. And, though science is not politics, we have allowed our politics to come before science. This must stop.

With a hobbit-shaped entrance, paintings of the Shire on the walls and “Lord of the Rings” memorabilia all around, t...
05/09/2019
One Exhibit to Rule Them All

With a hobbit-shaped entrance, paintings of the Shire on the walls and “Lord of the Rings” memorabilia all around, the Morgan Library and Museum was transformed into Middle-earth for its newest exhibit, “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth.” Maca Leon describes the exhibit’s whimsical fantasy world that can fascinate any museumgoer.

The Morgan Library was transformed into Middle-Earth for its newest exhibit.

In every Fordham Lincoln Center bathroom, there is an antibacterial hand soap dispenser. From bacterial resistance to ha...
05/08/2019
Lather Not: Say Nope to Antibacterial Soap

In every Fordham Lincoln Center bathroom, there is an antibacterial hand soap dispenser. From bacterial resistance to harmful long term effects, antibacterial soaps do more harm than good.

In every Fordham Lincoln Center bathroom, there is an antibacterial hand soap dispenser. From bacterial resistance to harmful long term effects, antibacterial soaps do more harm than good.

From the Opinions Section, Leo Bernabei takes on the American public education system. To restore individuality to Ameri...
05/08/2019
Fixing America’s Public Education: A Complex Solution

From the Opinions Section, Leo Bernabei takes on the American public education system. To restore individuality to America’s children, Bernabei proposes two solutions: removing useless federal educational standards, and cutting administrative bloat.

Between an ever-tightening federal grasp over local authority, alongside the ballooning of a bureaucratic administration, it seems that we’re forgetting the most fundamental part of school: children.

School may be ending, but the Potterhead can represent their house through fashion year-round. Gillian Russo provides sp...
05/08/2019
Harry Potter Couture

School may be ending, but the Potterhead can represent their house through fashion year-round. Gillian Russo provides spellbinding spring looks based on the Hogwarts houses perfect for the warm weather.

The Hogwarts houses provide endless inspiration for warm-weather wear.

Tune into the Observer’s Opinions section as RA Kyle Kilkenny dishes on his experiences as an employee in Residential ...
05/07/2019
My Jesuit Values: A Meditation on Residential Life, Service and Community

Tune into the Observer’s Opinions section as RA Kyle Kilkenny dishes on his experiences as an employee in Residential Life. As he reflects on the intersection of his gay and Catholic identities, Kilkenny draws on the testimonies of other RAs in this behind-the-scenes take on Fordham’s dorms.

The biggest lesson I have learned as an RA is that out principle role is largely misunderstood.

05/07/2019

Head of Fordham Theatre's playwriting program Professor Daniel Alexander Jones was awarded a 2019 Guggenheim fellowship. He discusses the prestigious award and the upcoming performance work he plans to develop with it. http://ow.ly/eGqw50u1sGQ

In 2015, university president Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. called for the creation of a diversity task force that develo...
05/07/2019
Fordham Anticipates a Required Diversity Course in the Future

In 2015, university president Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. called for the creation of a diversity task force that developed the idea for a required, credit-bearing diversity and inclusion training course. It was initially slated to be implemented in the Fall of 2019, but now is likely to undergo a three-to-five year delay. https://fordhamobserver.com/40505/news/fordham-anticipates-a-required-diversity-course-in-the-future/

A task force called together by Father McShane developed the idea of a required credit-bearing diversity course for Fall 2019, but it is likely to undergo a three to five year delay. The program is a part of the newly implemented First Year Experience, a multifaceted interactive yearlong program for...

It’s no doubt that the upcoming 2020 Election is intimidating. From The Observer’s Opinions Section, Patrick Rizzi r...
05/07/2019
Robby Mook and the Future of American Politics

It’s no doubt that the upcoming 2020 Election is intimidating. From The Observer’s Opinions Section, Patrick Rizzi reports on the advice of Robby Mook, an American political strategist, for the upcoming election.

Democrats are less than a year out from the heart of the 2020 primary election, and many left-leaning voters are somewhat confused about how we will get there. With an intimidating number of candidates in the field, and new ones seemingly announcing every day, the state of the primary already feels....

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” is the ultimate culmination of 22 different films, and fans cannot be more excited. K...
05/07/2019
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Closes Doors and Opens New Ones

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” is the ultimate culmination of 22 different films, and fans cannot be more excited. Kevin Christopher Robles explains his (spoiler-free) reactions to the film and what it means for the MCU that so many fans grew up with.

Mild “Avengers: Endgame” spoilers follow. Does anyone remember how we got here? I think we tend to forget, with all this talk of cinematic universes, just how bizarre this filmic reality we’ve entered is. When the first “Avengers” movie came out back in 2012, no one knew if it was going to...

The graduation of Fordham’s class of 2019 will mark the end of the Old Quinn era. But students will get a taste of the...
05/06/2019
Quinn X to Reopen by Finals as Old Quinn Remains Vacant

The graduation of Fordham’s class of 2019 will mark the end of the Old Quinn era. But students will get a taste of the space it occupied when the Quinn Annex, colloquially known as ”Quinn X,” reopens this semester.

In May, the graduation of Fordham’s class of 2019 will mark the end of the Old Quinn era. But they will get a taste of the space it occupied when the Quinn Annex, colloquially known as ”Quinn X,” reopens this semester.

On May 8, students, professors and alumni will gather for the first Lavender Graduation held at Fordham University to re...
05/06/2019
Fordham to Hold First LGBTQ Graduation Ceremony

On May 8, students, professors and alumni will gather for the first Lavender Graduation held at Fordham University to recognize the achievements of graduating LGBT+ students and faculty. The Lavender Graduation aims to be a safe space for all attendees to be their true selves without fear or judgment.

On May 8, students, professors and alumni will gather for the first Lavender Graduation held at Fordham University to recognize the achievements of graduating LGBT+ students and faculty. The Lavender Graduation aims to be a safe space for all attendees to be their true selves without fear or judgmen...

This year’s annual Campus Movie Fest took place on April 24. Students from both campuses made five-minute films in a w...
05/02/2019
Movie Fest Spotlights Fordham Filmmakers

This year’s annual Campus Movie Fest took place on April 24. Students from both campuses made five-minute films in a week in the hopes of being screened at the festival, and only 16 out of the 60 submitted films were chosen. The student filmmakers discussed their films and the process of participating in this challenge.

Sixteen student films were chosen for the annual event.

For months, a revolution has been brewing on the horizon. @OverheardAtFordham has been posting quotes from real, everyda...
05/02/2019
@OverheardAtFordham Is Lying To You Because I Am Lying To Them

For months, a revolution has been brewing on the horizon. @OverheardAtFordham has been posting quotes from real, everyday Fordham students - or so we all assumed. Join Andy Vega as he goes deep undercover to seek the truth behind an account long shrouded in mystery.

A niche meme account posted a bad tweet I wrote on the Ram Van as truth? The possibilities were endless. I was confident the account would post any quote I submitted without question.

There are many benefits that come with working for Fordham’s Office of Residential Life as an RA/RFM, such as discount...
05/02/2019
RAs Reveal the Reality of Working for ResLife

There are many benefits that come with working for Fordham’s Office of Residential Life as an RA/RFM, such as discounted housing, waived meal plans, and scholarships. Yet the hostile working environment, lack of communication and poor treatment of staff has resulted in students feeling the need to speak out about the reality of their experiences working for Residential Life.

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.

Historically, conversations between Fordham’s student activists and its administration have ranged from barely cordial...
05/02/2019
Administration Addresses Concerns About Diversity and Inclusion

Historically, conversations between Fordham’s student activists and its administration have ranged from barely cordial to outright contentious. However, under Fordham’s Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata, it appears as though the many conversations surrounding identity and inclusion on Fordham’s campus have finally come to a head.

Historically, conversations between Fordham’s student activists and its administration have ranged from the cordial to the contentious. However, under Fordham’s Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata, it appears as though the many conversations surrounding identity and inclusion on Fordham’s ca...

Article about the first female dean of Fordham Lincoln Center is out now: https://fordhamobserver.com/40476/news/fordham...
05/01/2019
Fordham Appoints First Female Dean of Fordham College Lincoln Center

Article about the first female dean of Fordham Lincoln Center is out now: https://fordhamobserver.com/40476/news/fordham-appoints-first-female-dean-of-lincoln-center/

For the first time since its opening in 1968, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) will have a female dean leading the school. On Tuesday, April 30, a search committee appointed Laura Auricchio to replace Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., who served the school for a record 20 years.

In the eyes of most students close to her, Monfries was the victim of a series of tragic events, with her death becoming...
05/01/2019
Reflections on Sydney Monfries’ Passing

In the eyes of most students close to her, Monfries was the victim of a series of tragic events, with her death becoming the target of intense scrutiny nationwide drawing criticism and commentary from the furthest reaches of the country. Misperception of the events and a national search to place blame quickly overshadowed the impact of Monfries’ loss to the Fordham community. https://fordhamobserver.com/40482/news/reflections-on-sydney-monfries-passing/

In the eyes of most students close to her, Monfries was the victim of a series of tragic events, with her death becoming the target of intense scrutiny nationwide drawing criticism and commentary from the furthest reaches of the country. Misperception of the events and a national search to place bla...

Hot take: It’s your fault Fordham is terrible. From The Observer’s Opinions Section, Olivia Bonenfant calls out peop...
05/01/2019
It’s Your Fault Fordham is Terrible

Hot take: It’s your fault Fordham is terrible. From The Observer’s Opinions Section, Olivia Bonenfant calls out people at Fordham who still hold grudges that they did not go to Columbia or NYU. If you can’t be with one you love, you should love the one you’re with.
https://fordhamobserver.com/40312/opinions/its-your-fault-fordham-is-terrible/

Ah, Fordham University: the recycling bin for Ivy rejects and NYU hopefuls clinging to their last chance to make it in the big city. Students moan about the day they’ll finally get their chance to transfer out of a school notorious for its total lack of spirit and ghosts of lost dreams wandering t...

BREAKING: Laura Auricchio, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new dean of Fordham College Lincoln Center effective Aug. 1,...
04/30/2019

BREAKING: Laura Auricchio, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new dean of Fordham College Lincoln Center effective Aug. 1, 2019, making her the first female dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. She has served as vice provost for curriculum and learning at The New School and as a dean within the Schools of Public Engagement.
Photo via C-SPAN.

The Observer is hosting Newsday’s Emily Ngo at our weekly meeting this upcoming Monday at 5:30pm! Stop by to hear her ...
04/26/2019

The Observer is hosting Newsday’s Emily Ngo at our weekly meeting this upcoming Monday at 5:30pm! Stop by to hear her talk about her experience as a national political reporter.
The Observer’s weekly meetings are held every Monday at 5:30.
(Photo via @epngo on Twitter)

BREAKING: In a statement given to The Fordham Ram, Rose Hill Dean of Students Christopher Rodgers announced that Sean Ki...
04/25/2019
Sean Kingston Removed as Spring Weekend Headliner

BREAKING: In a statement given to The Fordham Ram, Rose Hill Dean of Students Christopher Rodgers announced that Sean Kingston has been removed from the Spring Weekend lineup.
https://fordhamobserver.com/40142/news/sean-kingston-removed-as-spring-weekend-headliner/

After weeks of aggressive campaigning on Instagram and on the Rose Hill campus by a group known as StudentsAgainstSean, Fordham administration has canceled Sean Kingston’s headlining performance at Spring Weekend.

Happy earth day! Students and faculty members embody the spirit and activism of Earth Day; through initiatives they work...
04/22/2019
Earth Day Celebrations Highlight Environmental Activism At Fordham

Happy earth day! Students and faculty members embody the spirit and activism of Earth Day; through initiatives they work to limit Fordham’s carbon footprint and make the Fordham community as environmentally friendly as possible. https://fordhamobserver.com/40127/news/earth-day-celebrations-highlight-environmental-activism-at-fordham/

Since 1970, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 to raise awareness about environmental issues and take action to improve sustainability. The sustainability committee at Fordham believes that the Jesuit perspective recognizes the value of minimizing its environmental impact. “Sustainability is one ...

Following the departure of Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., former dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), the uni...
04/22/2019
Search for FCLC Dean Nearing Conclusion

Following the departure of Rev. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., former dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), the university formed a search committee in November to locate and hire an eventual successor to be ready by the fall semester. At a College Council meeting on April 4, attendees discussed an end of April deadline. https://fordhamobserver.com/40124/news/search-for-fclc-dean-nearing-conclusion/

At a College Council meeting on April 4, attendees discussed an end of April deadline.

UPDATE: The Fordham Ram (based at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus) has published a staff editorial about the tone and sensa...
04/18/2019
Rose Hill Student Dies After Fall from Keating Hall Tower

UPDATE: The Fordham Ram (based at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus) has published a staff editorial about the tone and sensationalism of the national coverage of Sunday’s events. We, as the staff of The Observer, agree wholeheartedly with the ideas expressed in the editorial, apologize for any harm we may have caused with our own reporting and encourage our readers to read The Ram’s editorial as well.

https://fordhamobserver.com/40048/news/rose-hill-student-falls-from-clock-tower-critically-injured

Sydney Paige Monfries, a senior at Rose Hill, passed away on April 14 after falling from the clock and bell tower in Keating Hall.

With the help of a GoFundMe campaign, New York City jewel Westsider Rare and Used Books was able to remain in business. ...
04/17/2019
Westsider Rare & Used Books Starts a New Chapter

With the help of a GoFundMe campaign, New York City jewel Westsider Rare and Used Books was able to remain in business. Emma Seiwell explores the comeback story of the Upper West Side bookstore below:
https://fordhamobserver.com/39804/features/westsider-rare-used-books-starts-a-new-chapter/

Staff Writer Emma Seiwell discusses the comeback of Westsider Rare and Used Books. With the help of a GoFundMe campaign, this New York City jewel was able to remain in business.

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