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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.

Career Services Launches Walk-In Office Hours

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

This semester, Career Services launched open walk-in hours for students to access its staff without an appointment. There’s still plenty of time before the end of the semester to take advantage of them, so take a look!

On Tuesdays from now through April 12, Career Services will be camped out in LL419 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Thursdays from now through April 14, Career Services will have open office hours in their office on the 8th floor of 33 W. 60th St (right across Columbus Ave.) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events, as well!

Categories: Job Hunt, Real World

Flooding at 60th & Broadway subway entrance

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

Attention commuters: there’s about two inches of water at the foot of the steps at the 60th Street and Broadway entrance to the Columbus Circle subway stop (the one by Starbucks and Tasty D-Lite). It’s impossible to get through without proper footwear, so if you’re not wearing your galloshes today, I highly recommend using the newest entrance/exit to the stop, or the other side of Broadway. Good luck!

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Breaking: Backups on NJ Transit, Amtrak and the LIRR at Penn Station

October 25, 2010 3 comments
Christina Frasca, news editor

As a result of NJ Transit (NJT) train derailment, there are delays starting at 30 minutes at Penn Station for all NJT, LIRR and Amtrak trains, due to fewer tracks being available for use.
According to NJT service advisory:
• All Midtown Direct trains will originate and terminate at Hoboken Terminal, instead of New York.  PATH trains are cross honoring NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes between Hoboken and 33rd Street.
• Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains are subject to significant delays in and out of New York during the afternoon and evening hours.  Expect crowding conditions, as some trains will be combined to reduce congestion.
• Customers on the Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines are strongly encouraged to travel via Hoboken Terminal, rather than via New York and Secaucus.  Use PATH between 33rd Street and Hoboken Terminal.
• Please allow additional travel time on all rail lines.
ALTERNATE TRAVEL OPTIONS
• PATH trains are cross honoring NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes at 33rd Street, Hoboken and Newark Penn Station.
• NJ TRANSIT buses are cross honoring rail tickets and passes systemwide.
• Private Carrier buses are cross honoring rail tickets and passes on trips to and from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Customers are encouraged to check njtransit.com for the latest information before traveling.
Allow extra time for your commute on the PATH train because many NJT travellers will be using the PATH as their closest alternative to Hoboken.
LIRR trains during tonight’s rush hour are also subject to cancellation. Lines affected include Babylon branch, Far Rockaway branch, Long Beach branch, Hempstead branch and Ronkonkoma branch. Check mtw.info/lirr for more updates!

This is My Nightmare: Bureaucracy

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Harry Huggins, opinions editor

Friday afternoon, I received an email from my undisclosed employer asking for a simple letter saying that I could receive credit for my internship. I also needed to meet with my advisor before registration, so I decided to kill two dolphins with one trash bag and set up a 2:15 meeting with my advisor and a 2:30 with the assistant dean.

2:15. I’m standing outside my advisor’s office, patiently waiting for the last student to finish her meeting.

2:25. I’m still waiting and thinking about how rude and/or selfish it is to take that much time to have casual conversation when there are new kids scheduled for each quarter-hour. I run up four flights of stairs to make it to my other meeting.

2:30. I get my first taste of Fordham’s infamous bureaucracy. It takes 30 minutes and two assistant deans to get a letter that basically says that I have enough credits to get credit for an internship. What it doesn’t say is that I might have to pretend like I’m taking it next semester so I don’t go over the university’s credit limit and have to pay more. Some things just don’t make sense.

3:20. I finally get to meet with my dean and have five minutes of conversation that basically came to two things: lifting my hold and being my potential mentor for internship credit.

All of this took over two hours when I should have been studying, eating or sleeping. This is my nightmare.

Commuters: Be Prepared to Dish Out More Money

October 12, 2010 1 comment

Cristina Romano

Photo compliments of Gothamist

Once again, even in the wake of recent service cuts, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a fare increase for subways, buses and commuter railroads. Intended to boost MTA revenue by 7.5% as an effort to close the budget gap, the increase passed with a vote of 12-2 on the morning of October 7th. This marks the third straight year that we are forced to dish out more money in order to get from place to place.

So what does this mean for FCLC commuters who are forced to use transit on a daily basis to get to campus? According to an article in the the New York Times , the main increases, which will take effect on December 30th include:

· $1 charge for new MetroCards
· $2.50 for the price of single ride tickets (up from $2.25)
· 3-14% increase on Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road tickets (depending on the fare plan/route)
· $29 unlimited weekly pass (up from ($27)
· $104 30-day unlimited card (up from $89)
· One-day passes and 14-Day unlimited passes discontinued

For a full list of fare hikes, visit the Metropolitan Transportation Authority website at MTA.info