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We’ve Moved to a New Site!

Hey all!

In celebration of the upcoming school year, The Observatory is turning over another leaf. Visit our new location at www.observatorylc.com for all our old posts, plus a dazzling new design and the promise of fresh, fancy posts in the upcoming school year. We’re headed for big things, y’all. The Observatory is about to change. Your. Life.

So, head on over to the new digs and update your bookmarks. Here’s to a bright, shiny school year!

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NY Senate Approves Gay Marriage

Sara Azoulay, Asst. News Editor

On Friday, June 24th, the New York Senate passed a bill approving gay marriage, marking a historic moment in U.S legislation. The decision followed the June 15th  state assembly that approved the marriage equality bill.

While overwhelming uncertainty for the marriage bill left citizens unsure of the ultimate outcome,  the vote came down to a win for gay marriage supporters—33 votes to 29. Four Republicans were in favor of the bill, Stephen M. Saland, Roy J. McDonald, James S. Alesi, and Mark J. Grisanti .  Senator Mark J. Grisanti of Buffalo, a Republican among the four said before voting,

 “I apologize for those who feel offended, I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife.”

 All democrats present in the Senate but one voted yes to the bill. Democrat Rubén Díaz Sr. of the Bronx voted no to the bill stating,

“God, not Albany, has settled the definition of marriage, a long time ago.”

  The bill was signed at 11:15 p.m. Friday night by Governor Andrew Cuomo and will take effect in thirty days. New York joins the ranks of Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut in allowing same sex marriage and is currently the largest state to do so.While the decision marks a huge victory for the gay community, others feel that it comprises the traditional structure of families. 

The bill was passed just in time for the Gay Pride Parade in New York City. The pridefest, the LGBT street fair, was held on Sunday, June 25, 2011 on Hudson Street. Many supporters came out to celebrate gay pride and the new passing of the marriage equality bill.

We Would Prefer the Buffalo

May 11, 2011 1 comment

Sadia Noor, Blog Editor

Over a week ago, Fordham officials plastered notices all over campus with a simple message: instead of adding bells and whistles, they would be using freaking horns and explosives to facilitate building at the new law school site. To which the Fordham community says, “Really?” As if the constant jackhammer drilling in the library wasn’t distracting enough during finals week, let’s add some dynamite!

One particularly feisty Fordham student  decided to take things even further, and posted flyers of his/her own on campus. I’d like to tell you what’s on the flyer, but it’s better for you to read it on your own. Here are the two construction-related notices. The one on the left is the official notice; the one on the right is the student-posted one (that was, of course, quickly taken down by the administration):

All I can say is: well done, whoever you are.

Categories: Campus, Uncategorized

“Herd” at Fordham: The “Hey, That’s The Plot For The Next Michael Bay Movie” Edition

Overheard by Ashley Tedesco

Professor to her class: I said to myself that I would miss this class, but I will also miss Viking Fun Facts about lactose intolerant Native Americans. What will I do without that?”

“Herd” at Fordham: The Political Edition

Overheard by Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

Professor in class: “Liberals are just conservatives in rainbow clothing.”

Categories: Herd at Fordham

Sodexo Defends Cleanliness and Safety at Town Hall

April 20, 2011 1 comment

Cristina Romano

Bacon-wrapped scallops, spanakopita, mini cone shaped quesadillas with salsa and fresh cookies. When you think of these things, is the first thing that pops into your head Sodexo? Probably not. However, these were the items that were served at the Sodexo Town Hall hosted by USG in the South Lounge on April 19th. Perhaps with the three failed inspections that took place at the Rose Hill campus recently, when you think of Sodexo, it is more appropriate to conjure up images of unsanitary working conditions and vermin in your greasy, fattening side dishes.

However, even though FCLC has passed all NYC Health inspections, students still came out to express their concerns of cost, (lack of) cleanliness and the future of FCLC dining at the Town Hall. According to Brian Poteat, General Manager of Fordham University Hospitality Services, who was on hand to answer questions, the violations on the Rose Hill campus were “unacceptable. We moved forward and did a lot of corrective actions.” He wants students to become more connected with the Sodexo staff if they, say, become violently ill after eating a turkey sandwich on tomato focaccia at Sandella’s. “Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at bpoteat@fordham.edu or to USG at usglc@fordham.edu,” he told the seemingly unconvinced room of students. “Better me, because I can control the issue,” he said.

Poteat then went on to reassure everyone in the room that at FCLC, food checks are being made more often than what is required. “There is a ‘danger zone’ for food” he stated, “food can’t be held out of the required temperature zone and has to be replaced after four hours… Sodexo does it in two hours.” Also, he noted that baked goods are discarded at the end of the day in order to ensure “freshness” – maybe that would explain why the roll I purchased last Thursday almost broke my teeth?

Nicollette Harrington, FCLC ’13, brought up another issue, which is commonly shared among residents and commuters alike – Why is everything so expensive?! According to Poteat, this is because the Lowenstein café is a “retail cafeteria… we do competitor analysis and check prices in the neighborhood. We will be looking at prices over the summer.” [Editor’s Note: So… “We’re doing it right. But uh, we’ll probably fix it when no one is looking.”?]

At the end of the town hall, Poteat encouraged students to take him up on the offer of a “tour of the facilities” to ensure that Sodexo is doing its job to keep the Fordham dining community safe. I would have taken him up on the offer, but I really don’t want to want to know the story behind my beloved chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks.

Categories: Campus, Events

Campus Happenings: The Gloomy Skies and Goodbyes Edition

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

It’s another dreary day outside, but there’s still plenty to celebrate: like a five-day weekend! To everyone who is celebrating a holiday this week, I hope it’s happy and full of your favorite foods and traditions. To those of you traveling, make it a safe trip. And to everyone reading this, thanks for a great year with The Observatory! Today is my last official day as blog editor, and I’m excited to pass the title along to Sadia Noor, who will start on Tuesday as blog editor, along with Observatory regular Cristina Romano, who will serve as assistant blog editor. It’s been real, all!

Desi C.H.A.I is hosting another round of Bhangra Dance Classes open to anyone who would like to learn. They will take place at 1 p.m. in the South Lounge.

Need to relax before heading home to a big family get-together? Check out the Yoga and Mindfulness Club’s weekly yoga class at 4:30 in LL 515.

Feeling a little like Elle Woods? Or maybe Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny? Then Mock Trial might just be for you! Check out the Mock Trial Workshop at 6 p.m. in McMahon 205/206 to get a taste of what the club is up to and sign up to be a part of next year’s tournament season.

Categories: Campus, Events