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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.

College Students React to Governments’ Stimulus Money Checks

College Students React to Governments’ Stimulus Money Checks

April 14, 2020

Students at Fordham Lincoln Center are known for juggling internships, part-time jobs and other side gigs that help them pay for New York City life. Yet the specific details on who qualifies in the government’s categories have left one demographic confused: college students.

Some students are forced to take classes early in the morning that would be at a normal time at Fordham, had in-person instruction not been canceled.

Taking Classes Across the Globe

April 14, 2020

The switch to online classes for the 2020 spring semester as a part of Fordham’s plan to protect against the spread of coronavirus, has caused disruptions in many Fordham students’ schedules.

Dean Auricchio (left) and Dean Williams (left)

Fordham Deans Host Online Town Hall

April 8, 2020

Deans Laura Auricchio, Keith Eldredge and Tracyann Williams hosted a Zoom meeting to answer student questions on April 7 from 1 p.m. ET until 2 p.m.

Zoom Classes Prompt Questions on Cybersecurity

Zoom Classes Prompt Questions on Cybersecurity

April 7, 2020

Concerns over Zoom privacy, data sharing and Zoombombing led to New York City schools banning the use of its service in the classroom; however, it still serves as Fordham and other universities’ primary online class congregation tool.

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. 

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.