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As new projections about the longevity of the virus and its spread are being released, returning to Fordham in the near future is becoming less likely. 

Uncertainty Over Summer 2020 Courses Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

April 7, 2020

Fordham has responded to this uncertainty by changing the structure of their summer school courses for 2020.

Screen capture of Loreen Ruiz (left) and Robert Stryczek (right) from the debate held via Zoom

USG 2020 Presidential Candidates Face Off in Online Debate

April 7, 2020

For the first time in the history of Fordham Lincoln Center, the United Student Government hosted its presidential debate entirely online. Presidential candidates Loreen Ruiz, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’21, and Robert Stryczek, Gabelli School of Business ’21, answered questions before an online Zoom audience on April 3. 

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.

O'Hare speaking at his inauguration

Former President of Fordham Dies at 89

April 6, 2020

On the morning of March 30, University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., emailed the Fordham community to share that the Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., the 31st president of the university, had passed away. He was 89. 

This year's USG candidates, Loreen Ruiz (left) and Robert Stryczek (right), will campaign and debate online.

United Student Government Will Host 2020 Elections Online

April 1, 2020

As Fordham students are spread across the globe for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Student Government (USG) at Lincoln Center reevaluated its 2020 spring election process. 

A man wearing a mask and carrying a trash can walks along the middle of Columbus Avenue in front of a shuttered Lincoln Center.

Fordham Forced to ‘PAUSE’: NYC Shuts Down

April 1, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new executive order, “PAUSE,” on March 20 that urges New Yorkers to stay home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, dramatically impacting the lives of Fordham students who are still in the city. Student journalists capture life in the desolate city.

Residents expressed their gratitude after Fordham announced a 50% refund for room and board.

Fordham Issues Partial Refunds to Students

April 1, 2020

Fordham has announced a partial refund to students due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that forced the university to suspend face-to-face classes. Fordham will reduce “room, board and selected fees by approximately 50% for the spring 2020 semester,” according to an email sent by the Office of Student Financial Services on March 31.

Shamim reported a near-empty flight back to the U.S. when he had to leave his study abroad program in Germany.

Study Abroad Canceled: Students Recount Their Experiences

April 1, 2020

The global coronavirus pandemic has forced world leaders to implement travel bans or close their countries’ borders to try to contain the spread of the virus. These changes have affected thousands of travelers around the world, including the Fordham students who had chosen to study abroad for the spring 2020 semester. 

Stove’s Comedy Club at Lincoln Center is one of the student organizations
that has transitioned to online meetings.

Student Clubs and Organizations Responds to Distance Learning

April 1, 2020

All Fordham clubs and organizations were forced to suspend in-person meetings and either cancel or rework events planned months in advance. With little to no time to adjust to the switch to online communication, some clubs are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and continue regular operations while others pivoted in a completely different direction.

As city medical supplies dwindled, Fordham donated exam gloves, respirator masks and surgical face masks.

Fordham Donates Over 30,000 Medical Items to Fight COVID-19

April 1, 2020

As Mayor de Blasio warned that city supplies of medical items were running out, Fordham University took action to combat the looming shortage by collecting over 30,000 unused medical items for donation.

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.

Keating Hall at Rose Hill during Commencement

McShane Delays Commencement Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

March 29, 2020

“It is my sad duty to inform you that we are postponing the 2020 University Commencement and diploma ceremonies because we cannot assume it will be safe to bring together the graduates, their families, and the campus community in May,” wrote University President Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., in an email to the Fordham community on March 27.