As the spring 2021 semester comes to a close, Fordham prepares for an in-person fall 2021 semester on the condition that all students are vaccinated. (JILL RICE)
As the spring 2021 semester comes to a close, Fordham prepares for an in-person fall 2021 semester on the condition that all students are vaccinated.


A Year of COVID-19 at Fordham in Photos

May 21, 2021

The year since March 2020 has sometimes seemed like a lifetime, and these photos depict the many changes to the lives of students and New Yorkers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the time when people hoped the virus would last a few weeks through the most recent in-person commencement over a year after the pandemic began, everyone has had to adjust to living virtually and wearing masks. Scroll through the photos below to see some of the COVID-19 pandemics effects on Fordham chronologically.

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ANDREW DRESSNER, Former Photo Editor

Andrew Dressner (he/him), FCLC ’23, is a former photo editor at The Observer and is majoring in natural science on the pre-med track. Outside of The Observer, Andrew loves taking photos, is an EMT and enjoys rock climbing.

GABE SAMANDI, News Editor Emeritus

Gabe Samandi, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’22, served as a news editor for The Fordham Observer in 2019. Starting as a freshman reporter covering race, economics and student organizations, Gabe worked for two years at the Observer’s News desk.

Following his study abroad in South Africa, which coincided with Fordham’s 2020 shutdown to a digital campus, he left his E-Board position to specialize on stories about racism, culture and inequality - and to practice his photography. Gabe Samandi is majoring in international studies and is a native of San Antonio, Texas.

IZZI DUPREY, Online Editor Emerita

Izzi Duprey, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’20, is the online editor emerita for The Observer and has been a part of the paper since her freshman year. She is an English major with a communications minor. Her goal is to stay in New York City after graduation and to have an apartment with an exposed brick wall or spiral staircase.

MAGGIE MCNAMARA, Assistant Sports & Health Editor

Maggie McNamara, FCLC ’23, is an assistant editor for the sports & health section and is majoring in English and French. Some of her interests include female athletics and plant-based nutrition. Originally from North Carolina, she can be found powerlifting at the West Side Y, obsessively reading the NYT cooking section or daydreaming about tomato season.


Andrew Beecher, Gabelli School of Business ’21, is the online editor, photo editor emeritus and occasional writer for The Observer. He is a global business major concentrating in consumer insights with a minor in anthropology. If he's not staring at The Observer website, he's probably off canoeing, climbing or hiking somewhere with his dogs, unless there’s a Buffalo Bills or Sabres game on. His dogs’ names are Stella and Stanley, and both are his favorite.

ESMÉ BLEECKER-ADAMS, Fun & Games Editor and Assistant Photo Editor

Esmé Bleecker-Adams, FCLC ’21, is a visual arts major and (oh-so-jaded) New Yorker who is incredibly grateful for her time at The Observer and for all the lovely people she has met there! Favorite hobbies include sewing, playing table tennis and ignoring her alarm clock.

LARA FOLEY, Layout Editor

Lara Foley, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’22, currently serves as a layout editor. She studies new media and digital design and loves to doodle. She adores working alongside her fellow layout editors and conquering the labyrinth that is InDesign! She has two cats and a doggo back home in Los Angeles.

ALYSSA DAUGHDRILL, Former Photo Editor

Alyssa Daughdrill (she/her), FCLC ’23, is a former photo editor at The Observer and a journalism and visual arts double major. She is on the E-Board for the Tae Kwon Do club on campus and enjoys going to concerts, exploring the city with friends, dancing, reading and taking pictures.

JOE KOTTKE, Former News Editor

Joe Kottke, FCLC ’23, is a news editor at The Observer. They are majoring in journalism and Spanish studies. In addition to writing and reporting, Joe loves to watch anime, re-read their favorite young adult fiction novels and play piano.

ASHLEY YIU, Former Assistant Photo Editor

Ashley Yiu, GSB ’24, is the assistant photo editor of The Observer, majoring in global business with a concentration in marketing and consumer insights. Outside of taking photos, Ashley loves food tours and walking through art museums without reading the descriptions.

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JILL RICE, Former Online Editor

Jill Rice, FCLC ’22, is an online editor for The Observer. She is a classical languages and comparative literature double major, so please direct any ancient language-related questions to her. She enjoys figure skating and reading, but not necessarily at the same time. She was previously a head copy editor.

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