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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Diversity Task Force Releases University Study

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

The Task Force on Diversity at Fordham University has released the results of their long-anticipated study. The 38-page packet was delivered by email on Nov. 14 to the entire Fordham community along with a response from the university, following letters of request from student organizations and the Faculty Senate which responded to racially charged incidents on campus.

University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. created the Task Force in Dec. 2015 to study the climate on Fordham’s campuses and develop recommendations to help the University address its obstacles. A heavy emphasis was placed on the evolution of Fordham in its Jesuit ideals and “welcoming and affirming ‘catholic’ culture.”

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Controversial Email Raises Issues of Intent

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

“I just remember my very, very first hunch was, she’s mistaking me for another black student in the class,” Tristen Dossett, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’17 said. He received an email on Oct. 23 from adjunct theatre professor Heide Jonassen after asking for an extension on midterm questions. A screenshot of the email and his typed response to Jonassen has since gone viral on Facebook and Twitter because many interpreted the professor’s words as racist.

The last-minute request for time was met with an informally worded response from Jonassen, according to the post, which was circulated from the Facebook account of Peyton Berry, FCLC ’17. Jonassen tells Dossett, a young black man, “Do not do this narrative.”

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Fordham Promotes Voter Registration

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

The deadlines for this general election’s voting registration window are fast approaching, with New York’s falling on Oct. 14. At Fordham Lincoln Center, students are urged by peer leaders and university faculty to get themselves registered, especially those who come from ’swing states.’

A swing state is one in which the two major political parties’ supporters number nearly the same, and are often considered bellwethers for election outcomes. According to Politico, the important 11 swing states in the 2016 general election are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Political science professor Zein Murib said, “If you are a student at Fordham from Wisconsin or Colorado or Nevada, you should definitely be voting in Wisconsin or Colorado or Nevada. But overall, you should be voting, period.”

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