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Trendy But Deadly: The Brazilian Butt Lift

Whether in fashion, music or, more recently, body type, social media has played a large role in creating short-lasting trends. While idealized body types have always been an issue, social media users are constantly faced with an image of what their flaws are. While social media has played a major role in circulating the body positivity movement, fascination with and the popularity of a specific, ideal body type outshine the movement’s efforts. One of these body expectations is to have a tiny waist with curvy hips, leading to a popular plastic surgery: the Brazilian butt lift (BBL).
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Women in Music: ’90s Alternative

The 1990s brought a plethora of artists to the forefront of rock music. As genres like grunge and punk-rock became mainstream, the male-dominated industry began to shift, bringing women into the limelight and showing that they too can be rockstars. From Fiona Apple to Alanis Morisette and Tori Amos, here are some ’90s female alternative rock songs to listen to.
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Fordham’s Best Dorm, McKeon Hall

Atop Fordham’s law school sits one of the most notable features of Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus: McKeon Hall. The first-year dorm is a very high contemporary building with large windows that provide amazing views. Not only does it make for excellent photos, but McKeon Hall is what most resident students first call home at Lincoln Center.

Emmy Awards to Celebrate the ‘Golden Age of Television’

On July 12, JB Smoove and Melissa Fumero, co-stars of the new Netflix comedy series “Blockbuster,” announced the nominees for the upcoming 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. Before they began, Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, made the important observation that these nominations “reflect only a fraction of the incredible television being made right now.”

Fordham Students Report Struggles With Class Registration

After three months, the class registration process for the fall 2022 semester has come to a close. Throughout the process, students reported varying experiences when registering. The registration schedule for the 2022-23 academic year began on March 28, with undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts having priority for registration....

Lea Michele Replaces Beanie Feldstein in ‘Funny Girl’ Revival

Broadway’s 2022 revival of “Funny Girl,” which hit stages on March 26 of this year, is already facing controversy over the casting and recasting of the lead role. For the past three months, Beanie Feldstein, an actress known for “Booksmart” (2019) and “Lady Bird” (2017), has portrayed the role of Fanny Brice in the production. Beginning Sept. 6, Lea Michele will take over as Brice.

Former Fordham President Gives Public Address at Historic Church

The Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., former president of Fordham University, was invited to speak at Abyssinian Baptist Church for its Baccalaureate Mass on June 26. The invitation to speak was extended to McShane by the church’s senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, who delivered the commencement speech for the Class of 2022 on May 21. It served as McShane’s last public address as the university’s president before President Tania Tetlow, J.D., began her term on July 1.

‘Notre Dame de Paris’: So Good, It’s Sinful

Lincoln Center, a block away from Fordham’s Manhattan campus, is synonymous with top-tier productions from a variety of performing art traditions. “Notre Dame de Paris” rightfully takes its place among the incredible performances gracing this storied plaza. “Notre Dame de Paris,” commonly translated as “The Hunchback of...

Crossword: Beat the Heat

Irene Hao (she/they), FCLC ’25, is the fun & games editor at The Observer. Born and raised in New York City, she is undecided on her major and on the pre-law track. When not in The Observer’s office, Irene spends her time playing games and hanging out at Argo, drinking (and spilling) tea with her friends, watching Netflix, windowshopping and grabbing free food from school events.

Emlyn and Opener Aria Lisslo: Firsts at Mercury Lounge

Emlyn, a 25-year-old Los Angeles-based artist who described her artistic style as “grunge pop,” released her debut album “loneliest b!tch in america” on June 10. This album followed last June’s release of her debut EP “confessions of a drama queen.”. Two weeks after the...

The Democratic Party Is Not Going To Save Us

Why was the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade so devastating? Why was it so influential that Donald Trump appointed 3 conservative, pro-life justices during his term? And why do we rely on the Supreme Court to protect our basic civil rights? Because for the past 50 years, the court has looked beyond its job description of evaluating the law, doing what many moderate Democratic lawmakers have refused to do: passing legislation guaranteeing specific civil rights and liberties.

School’s Out, But Gun Violence Remains

On May 24, 2022, news cycles and social media platforms greeted us with the faces of smiling kids, eyes still full of hope and wonder, alongside headlines such as “Deadliest U.S. School Shooting in Decade” and “The kids are not alright”. Of the 21 people who lost their lives at the Uvalde shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas, 19 of them were children. Seventeen others were injured, but survived. The number of people who were irreparably damaged by the gunman is much higher.

A Definitive Ranking of the Five Disney Channel Original Movies I Watched in Spring 2022

The beginning of the spring 2022 semester was met with repeated inclement weather and frigid temperatures. As a result, my friends and I found ourselves often relegated to the indoors. With a mini projector and a yearning for our younger years, we decided to watch a number of Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOMs) to pass the time this spring. From best to worst, I have ranked the five DCOMs I tackled in my dorm room.

Cardio, Weights and Mindfulness

It is easy to simplify working out as a set of physically demanding tasks that cause you to break a sweat because you are pushing your body beyond previous limits. People find themselves joining a gym and beginning their fitness journey for a multitude of reasons. For nonathletes, the goal is often a better lifestyle. Spending 45 minutes or more working out at least three times a week is said to already help a person take strides toward a healthier life. There is, however, another component to ensuring a healthy body and reaching higher levels of physical performance: a calmed mind.

Fordham Professor Speaks on Juneteenth and the Haitian Revolution

The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, in partnership with the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and the Provost, sponsored a conversation on June 16 with Wes Alcenat, assistant professor of history and urban, American and African American studies at Fordham. The talk, which was held over Zoom, consisted of a dialogue between Rafael Zapata, the university’s chief diversity officer, and Alcenat regarding the Haitian Revolution and its implications on Juneteenth today.

Fordham’s New President Assumes Office

University President Tania Tetlow, J.D., assumed her role as Fordham’s 33rd president today, July 1. She is the first woman and layperson president to take office since Fordham’s founding in 1842, an accomplishment which she achieved previously at Loyola University New Orleans. In Tetlow’s first email sent on...