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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Student Organizations Rally for Standing Rock

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

Throughout the month of November, student organizations at Fordham’s Lincoln Center (FLC) campus  gathered in solidarity with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests taking place on Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota. Not only did students participate in sharing information directly from protesters on social media, but also held a meditation for awareness and a bake sale to benefit protesters’ winter preparations.

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Fordham President Pledges Support for Undocumented Students

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

In a move that seeks to defend and adhere to President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, President of Fordham University Joseph M. McShane, S.J. has signed two new statements of solidarity with undocumented students.

These statements were made public on Nov. 30, and include more than 90 signatures of the college presidents of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities as well as over 300 more public and private institutions across the United States.

McShane announced the statements to the Fordham community via email, with a personal letter preceding its text and links to a similar 2013 Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) statement and the Pomona Statement. The latter affirms the commitment of the signatory institutions to provide DACA-qualified students with “campus counseling and ministry support, through legal resources from those campuses with law schools and legal clinics, and through whatever other services we may have at our disposal.”

In the email, McShane says that he has signed three documents, one in 2013 and two in Nov. 2016, to “make it clear that Fordham sees and embraces undocumented students as valued and loved members of our community, that Fordham stands with them, and that we will do all we can to be effective advocates for them.”

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