Trans Students: Breaking the Binary

By ELIZABETH LANDRY

Asst. News Co-Editor

President Donald Trump’s recent revocation of Obama-era guidelines instructing public schools to allow students to use the restroom of the gender they identify with has left the power of interpretation up to the states. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered city public schools to protect transgender students’ use of their preferred restroom. Fordham University’s policies are unaffected by either of these directives, however, as its policies as a Catholic Jesuit private institution are entirely shaped by the administration.

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Fordham Failing at Free Speech, FIRE says

Following controversy at Fordham College at Lincoln Center over the school’s decision to reject a Social Justice for Palestine (SJP) club approval, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has named the school among its “Ten Worst Colleges for Free Speech,” for the first time.

According to its website, FIRE is a nonprofit group which works to “defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities… which include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience–the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity.” They have published a “10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” each year since 2011, and are staffed by professors, policy experts and “public intellectuals.”

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DeVos Sparks Questions for Higher Ed

Betsy DeVos was confirmed last week as President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, after a heated Senate exchange which ended with an unprecedented tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. Her instatement will make her the direct liaison between the President and the department, which currently collects data and does research on student outcomes and successes, administers the Title I program for schools with high numbers of low-income students as well as federal postsecondary student aid. It also handles matters related to discrimination in schools and colleges by race, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics.

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Students Protest Trump Immigration Order

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Co-Editor

Late in the afternoon of Jan. 30, the Fordham Lincoln Center (FLC) plaza was filled with nearly one hundred students and a handful of faculty members, assembled against President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. Organized overnight by unapproved club Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and members of Black Student Alliance (BSA), Muslim Students Association (MSA), Desi Chai, Student Organization of Latinos (SOL), Rainbow Alliance, Feminist Alliance, and the Student Solidarity Network, the event’s speeches ranged from personal testimony about the executive order to a call for the administration to approve the SJP.

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BREAKING: Students Charged Retroactively for Ram Cafe Purchases Without Warning

By STEPHAN KOZUB and ELIZABETH LANDRY
Co-News Editor & Asst. News Editor

Today, community members are Fordham College at Lincoln Center are being charged retroactively for purchases they made in the Ram Cafe. In some cases, these charges exceed ten purchases or $30, and date back to before Thanksgiving.

A source from dining services told The Observer that the issue was related to a register in the Ram Cafe not being programmed properly and was not processing purchases at the time of transaction. The register in question has been fixed, but it is now charging people for these purchases that did not initially go through.

Another source from dining services said that Aramark is currently working on addressing the issues and that “There is an issue with the credit card companies batching late for past purchases.”

There is currently a list available near the registers for students to fill out their information in the case that they have charges coming through en masse today, purportedly to check the legitimacy of each charge..

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College Council Discusses Diversity Training

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

College Council held their last meeting of the Fall 2016 semester on Dec. 1. The discussion went primarily over the Undergraduate Awards’ introduction to Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) and the specifics of a recommendation to the provost for pedagogical training on race and diversity in the classroom.

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