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ANDREW BEECHER, Online Editor

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 theres a Buffalo Bills or Sabres game on. His dogs names are Stella and Stanley, and both are his favorite.

All content by ANDREW BEECHER
for an article about covid-19 photos, the original masked ram photo at Lincoln Center

[Photo] A Year of COVID-19 at Fordham in Photos

May 21, 2021

On March 13, 2020, Fordham suspends all face-to-face classes through the end of the semester.

Observer editors standing in an office, posing for a selfie in Room SL-19, The Observer's office years before moving to G32.

Producing a Paper Over the Years

May 9, 2021
The past 15 years of The Observer's growth was dominated by the advent of digital tools, as editors produced a paper online and in-person.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen throws a pass

Buffalo Bills Poised to Make Deep Run in the Playoffs

January 9, 2021
It’s time to circle the wagons, New York, because our state’s only football team is going to the NFL playoffs.
two people pop champagne bottles while someone stands behind them holding a sign reading

[Photo] Clashes and Celebrations Unfold on NYC Streets

November 12, 2020

Champagne bottles were popped open in Times Square in the evening following the announcement. Public drinking was a common sight despite police presence.

A young man watched Saturday Night Live on his laptop

[Photo] Is Television Still Relevant in a 2020 Election?

October 28, 2020

Fans have always turned to "Saturday Night Live" for election satire, but as the actual election itself becomes more absurd, the program has to follow suit.

Students whose programs were canceled will have the option to defer their application to either the 2021 summer or fall semester; they can also withdraw their application to receive a refund of the application fee.

[Photo] BREAKING: Spring Study Abroad Programs Canceled

October 20, 2020

Students whose programs were canceled will have the option to defer their application to either the 2021 summer or fall semester; they can also withdraw their application to receive a refund of the application...

a graphic depicting the word

Nationwide #ScholarStrike Against Racial Injustice

September 9, 2020
Fordham faculty, staff, and students are joining the nationwide protest, which focuses on racial justice and equality. Virtual lectures and discussions anchor the two-day event.
a portrait of chief diversity officer Rafael Zapata

[Photo] Fordham Releases Annual Diversity Report

September 8, 2020

Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata. His job includes the creation of the Annual Diversity Report, as well as other efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion at Fordham.

folklore album cover; taylor swift standing in the woods in black and white

Ram Jams: ‘folklore’

July 30, 2020
Less than a year after the release of “Lover,” Taylor Swift is back and her newest album has old and new fans reeling.
Fordham Alum Charged in NYPD Attack During Black Lives Matter Protest

Fordham Alum Charged in NYPD Attack During Black Lives Matter Protest

June 3, 2020
Over the weekend, Urooj Rahman was arrested on federal charges after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a police car during the BLM protests.
A survey conducted at FCLC asked students understandings and perceptions about the coronavirus pandemic.

[Photo] Special Report: Survey Reveals Fordham Students’ Knowledge of the Coronavirus

April 15, 2020

A survey conducted at FCLC asked students understandings and perceptions about the coronavirus pandemic.

A chocolate production line remains motionless just days before Easter. The small business was forced to lay off half
of its factory employees this past month. Small business employees like these must be the priority of government relief.

[Photo] Can the Global Economy Recover from COVID-19?

April 14, 2020

A chocolate production line remains motionless just days before Easter. The small business was forced to lay off half of its factory employees this past month. Small business employees like these must...

Catching up on movies is proving to be a great way for students to use their newfound free time in quarantine.

[Photo] A Guide to the Lesser-Known Streaming Galaxy

April 14, 2020

Catching up on movies is proving to be a great way for students to use their newfound free time in quarantine.

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. 

[Photo] Uncertainty Over Summer 2020 Courses Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

April 7, 2020

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. 

The dogma of Lent still has value amid the societal bedlam caused by the Corona virus pandemic.

[Photo] From Dust We Came, To Dust We Returned

April 1, 2020

The dogma of Lent still has value amid the societal bedlam caused by the Corona virus pandemic.

Jade Appel, FCLC '21, walked the fashion show in a polleta, the national dress of Panama that exhibits traditional Panamanian stitchwork.

[Photo] FACE Hosts Cultural Showcase

March 10, 2020

Jade Appel, FCLC '21, walked the fashion show in a polleta, the national dress of Panama that exhibits traditional Panamanian stitchwork.

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

[Photo] Reflections from a Graduating President: A Profile on Tina Thermadam

March 10, 2020

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

The sofas provided in the women's bathroom in the Leon Lowenstein Center couch a history of misogyny.

[Photo] The Origins of the Couches in the Women’s Bathrooms: Sexism

March 10, 2020

The sofas provided in the women's bathroom in the Leon Lowenstein Center couch a history of misogyny.

An empty shelf formerly holding hand sanitizer with a sign that limits hand sanitizer and antibacterial products to 3 per customer

[Photo] Fordham Suspends All Face-to-Face Classes

March 9, 2020

Sanitizer Sells Out: Shelves in stores around the city are devoid of hand sanitizer and other antibacterial cleaning products as fears about coronavirus continue to rise.

The statue of Ramses the Fordham ram in the Outdoor Plaza wearing a surgical mask.

[Photo] Fordham Assures No Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus on Campus

March 7, 2020

With three students and two professors in self-isolation, as well as one commuter student exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, the university has decided to suspend all face-to-face classes until at...

New Yorkers can neither apply for Global Entry nor renew their membership due to a disagreement between the Trump Administration and New York State over immigration.

Cuomo Fights Global Entry Ban

February 19, 2020
After the Trump administration barred New Yorkers from Global Entry, New York state residents planning to renew or apply for enrollment in a trusted-traveler program will potentially have to wait. A new “Greenlight” law has put New York in the crosshairs of the anti-immigration Trump administration, which barred New Yorkers from applying for and renewing their Global Entry status in response to the law shielding DMV records from immigration authorities.
Armando Sandoval, a real estate agent, is unsure how the broker's fee will affect the NYC real estate market

[Photo] Rent Regulations Present New Challenges to Real Estate

February 19, 2020

Armando Sandoval, a real estate agent, is unsure how the broker's fee will affect the NYC real estate market

Biased NYPD Fare Enforcement Favors LC Area.

[Photo] The True Price of Jumping a Turnstile

February 19, 2020

Biased NYPD Fare Enforcement Favors LC Area.

Protesters in Columbus Circle chanted

[Photo] New Yorkers Demand Accountability Following Trump’s Acquittal

February 19, 2020

Protesters in Columbus Circle chanted "Trump is guilty" while Trump fans wave flags in his support, after the Senate find him not guilty.

La Moneda Palace, the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile

[Photo] Income Inequality Meets Climate Change: The Defining Global Issue of 2020?

February 11, 2020

La Moneda Palace, the seat of the President of Chile, is the site of ongoing protests largely in response to widespread income inequality in the South American nation.

What's the point of likes if they don't make us feel any better?

[Photo] It’s Time to Take a Break From Instagram

February 5, 2020

What's the point of likes if they don't make us feel any better?

former president of Fordham SJP, Batool Abdelhafez, speaks at a rally for Palestine

[Photo] 120 Faculty Sign Petition to Support Students for Justice in Palestine

February 5, 2020

Batool Abdelhafez, FCLC '21 and former president of SJP, speaks outside of City Hall at a rally for Palestinian rights. The group is once again fighting Fordham in court to maintain its recognition as...

The giant inflatable rats, like the one currently at Columbus Circle, are often referred to colloquially as

[Photo] Inflatable Rat Protests on 60th Street

January 17, 2020

The giant inflatable rats, like the one currently at Columbus Circle, are often referred to colloquially as "Scabby" or "Scabies."

Fordham Takes SJP Back to Court

Fordham Takes SJP Back to Court

October 17, 2019
After over two years of litigation and a ruling of the New York State Supreme Court, it seemed that Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) would finally gain recognition as an official club on the Fordham Lincoln Center campus. However, on Aug. 30, Fordham filed an appeal of the decision.
Fordham students were among the estimated 250,000 protestors who attended the rally. The event was held in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit.

[Photo] New York Takes a Stand on the Climate Crisis

October 2, 2019

Fordham students were among the estimated 250,000 protestors who attended the rally. The event was held in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit.

London and New York are cities that have differ in underground transportation and pedestrians, but they both have breathtaking views.

West Side, West End

April 10, 2019
Photo Editor Emeritus Andrew Beecher discusses his thoughts on living in both London and New York, whether or not the Tube is really better than the Subway and how Londoners and New Yorkers ultimately measure up to each other.
Some Jesuit students make St. Ignatius Loyola more happy than others. (Andrew Beecher/THE OBSERVER)

In Defense of Jesuit Education

October 10, 2018

In light of the alleged conduct of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, an alumnus of Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, M.D., the idea of Jesuit education and the culture it promotes has...

Study group members after their meeting. (ANDREW BEECHER)

SJP Lives On as Study Group

April 19, 2018

As the court battle for the formation of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Fordham continues to wage downtown at Manhattan Civil Courthouse, the students behind it are not staying idle. Led by...

Study group members after their meeting. (ANDREW BEECHER)

[Photo] An Evening with Larry Pressler

April 18, 2018

Study group members after their meeting. (ANDREW BEECHER)

Visit the statue of Gertrude Stein at the New York Public Library.

[Photo] Celebrate Women’s History Month in NYC

March 14, 2018

Visit the statue of Gertrude Stein at the New York Public Library.