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A graphic representing Fordham's finances

The Budget Was Finalized. Then Coronavirus Hit.

April 29, 2020

In the dire time of the novel coronavirus, the financial situation for students, staff and the university is anything but ideal.

Keating Hall at Rose Hill on a sunny day with Edward's Parade empty

Isolated on Fordham’s Empty Campuses

April 22, 2020

With most students gone and the streets around campus empty, those who remain at and near Fordham campuses find themselves in an entirely new environment.

a student wearing a blue graduation gown and throwing a cap into the air

Pomp and Dire Circumstance: Graduating Into a Recession

April 14, 2020

Before the coronavirus radically transformed daily life in America, seniors were slated to graduate into the strongest job market in 50 years. Now, the employment rate is plummeting — and the jobs that remain are irrevocably changed.

University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., has highlighted the communal bonds among all those in the Fordham community in his weekly emails.

We are Ramily: Father McShane’s Pastoral Messages Surpass Religious Ties

April 14, 2020

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the indefinite cancellation of university Mass, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., has been sending out pastoral messages to the Fordham community in an effort to provide comfort.

Fordham Students Lose Internships and Jobs as Global Crisis Continues

Fordham Students Lose Internships and Jobs as Global Crisis Continues

April 6, 2020

As states implement stay-at-home orders, student workers find their internships and jobs being canceled. Many scramble to change their summer plans, which could lead to ripples in their careers at Fordham and beyond.

A red car with the rear hatch open as two people pack it with moving boxes in front of McMahon Hall

Abrupt Ending to the Spring Semester Sparks Move-Out Dilemma

March 30, 2020

When the novel coronavirus outbreak in New York City reached a state of emergency, the Office of Residential Life mandated residential students to return home immediately and not come back to campus. At Fordham University, many students consider the University to be their primary residence during the academic year, and the mandate left many students struggling to coordinate their housing and travel plans.

New York’s various iconic “Thank You” bags may become relics of New York City’s past with NY state’s recent legislation.

The Implications of NY State’s Plastic Bag Ban

March 18, 2020

On March 1 New York State passed a bag waste reduction law banning single use plastic bags in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Enforcement initially set to begin on April 1 was been pushed back until May 15 on Monday.

Weiss (pictured) and Houser were strangers until they had one particularly revealing conversation in Fordham's cafeteria in 1969.

A Fordham Friendship Spanning Half a Century

March 10, 2020

Len Weiss and Dave Houser's friendship is one that started at Fordham University in 1969 and lasted half a century. With Houser's recent passing, Weiss looks back at the memories the two shared.

As graduation approaches, USG president Tina Thermadam shares her biggest takeaways from her time at Fordham.

Reflections from a Graduating President: A Profile on Tina Thermadam

March 10, 2020

As President of the United Student Government, Tina Thermadam has worn multiple hats throughout her undergraduate career at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Now, with only three months until she graduates, she’s turning to the rest of the student body to share what she has learned from being involved on campus.

Joshua Choi combined visual search engines with online micro-communities when designing Nanolens to create a new model in app development.

Senior Charts New Path in App Development

March 3, 2020

In the increasingly digital world, mobile applications have become an essential tool for businesses and start-ups. Joshua Choi took a new approach to app design to develop his search app “Nanolens.”

Ian Smith, Fordham College Lincoln Center ’22, considers the impact of the 1976 Soweto uprising, sitting just a few feet away from where the first student was shot on his way to school.

Living Within the Divide

February 29, 2020

For most university students in South Africa today, the legalized form of segregation and disenfranchisement of the majority of the population is not just the obscure history of their grandparents: It is the history of the years leading up to their birth. Since 2012, Fordham has sent a group of students to South Africa for its smallest study abroad program, the Ubuntu Program in South Africa.

Biased NYPD Fare Enforcement Favors LC Area.

The True Price of Jumping a Turnstile

February 19, 2020

Transit Bureau District 1 covers all the Fordham Lincoln Center stations and has one of the lowest enforcements per fare evader in NYC. Compare it to TBD 23, which includes Rockaway to Jamaica Plains, and the numbers are very different. Why? TBD 1 is wealthier — and whiter.