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Andrew Dressner, FCLC ’23, is the photo editor for 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.

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Photograph of a Fordham student receiving her COVID vaccine.

[Photo] How the Vaccine Could Impact Your Period

May 25, 2021

Limited research has left many with few answers on the impact of the COVID-19 vaccines on the menstrual cycle.

for an article about covid-19 photos, the Ram statue a year later, this time wearing a disposable mask underneath and a Fordham mask on top

A Year of COVID-19 at Fordham in Photos

May 21, 2021
Over the past year, The Observer has collected photos depicting students' experience with COVID-19 at school and at home.
Class of 2020 commencement will take place on Eddies Parade

[Photo] Fordham Announces Commencement Plans for Class of 2020

May 5, 2021

The commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will take place at Rose Hill on June 5 and 6.

The Moderna two-shot vaccine is shown in a fridge.

[Photo] One Shot, Two Shot: The Differences Between the Two Vaccine Types

May 2, 2021

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines and require a two-shot regimen for full vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccine doses on a table at Fordham

[Photo] Fordham Expands Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

April 28, 2021

Fordham has been receiving vaccine doses on a weekly basis with students reporting a smooth process on the day of their vaccinations.

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[Photo] Fordham Requires All Students To Be Vaccinated for Fall 2021 Semester

April 16, 2021

Fordham will required all students of its undergraduate, graduate and professional schools to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester.

a distracted student sits in front of a Zoom screen for online learning

[Photo] Online Learning Impacts Students’ Study Habits and Future of Learning

April 15, 2021

Some students have experienced frustration with their classes this semester due to problems associated with the virtual learning modality.

girl smiling and giving a thumbs up after receiving one of the moderna vaccines from fordham

Fordham Distributes Its First Vaccines

April 13, 2021
Health Services dispensed 200 doses across both campuses last week and received another 800 for the week of April 12.
a vaccine fridge at Fordham

[Photo] Fordham Offers COVID-19 Vaccines

April 4, 2021

Fordham's vaccines are stored in dedicated refrigerators on campus. The university will be receiving 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine weekly as long as it distributes all of the doses it receives.

for an article about faculty retirement, a statue of St. Ignatius outside Fordham Lincoln Center

[Photo] Fordham Reinstates Retirement Fund Contributions, Financial Trouble Remains

April 2, 2021

Faculty members are relieved to have their retirement contributions resumed, but some believe that there should be more faculty involvement in these important decisions.

Li Ying Wei works on a laptop on her Fordham EMT job.

[Photo] Life on the Job as a Fordham EMT

April 2, 2021

A duty crew consists of the crew chief, EMT and driver positions. The weekday night shift lasts from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next morning.

student getting an observed covid test at an on-campus testing center

[Photo] Fordham Faces a Decrease in COVID-19 Testing

March 31, 2021

Dean of Student Services Keith Eldredge attributes the COVID-19 testing decrease to the university’s closure on March 10 and the deadline of the monthly testing requirement.

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[Photo] Fordham Deans Clarify Alleged Crackdown on Grades Rumor

March 30, 2021

The deans stated that the rumor on stricter grade policies originated from a memo instructing professors not to award passing grades to students who did not complete all their coursework.

Craig Calefate poses with a llama on set

Opening the Aperture to Photo Production

March 23, 2021
Craig Calefate first worked at The Observer during his junior year. Now, 12 years after graduating, he works as a photo producer for Apple.
photo of the door to the aramark offices at fordham

[Photo] Rams Against Aramark Demands Severance From Food Service Provider

March 21, 2021

Since Fordham selected Aramark as its food provider, students have raised complaints about unsanitary conditions as well as a lack of options for students with dietary restrictions.

Melissa Quiroz in PPE holding Covid-19 test tubes

[Photo] Reflecting On a Year of COVID-19

March 18, 2021

Melissa Quiroz, University Health Services Office Nurse Manager, has been working hard with her staff and FUEMS members to effectively COVID-19 test the Fordham community while people returned to campus.

students sitting in an in-person class with masks on around a table

[Photo] Early Announcement of In-Person Fall Semester Produces Mixed Reactions

March 14, 2021

A small percentage of classes are being held in person this semester, but the university plans to return to full in-person instruction in the fall. The decision has sparked both excitement and concern...

Finlay Hall, a dorm with quarantine rooms

[Photo] Students Speak Out Against On-Campus Quarantine Procedures

March 10, 2021

Finlay Hall, a Rose Hill dorm with isolation and quarantine rooms set aside. Students in quarantine live in the same buildings as people who aren't, though they do not share any living spaces or bathrooms.

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[Photo] Fallout From Rose Hill Outbreak Spreads Mistrust and Uncertainty

March 13, 2021

Although the Rose Hill campus reopened as initially scheduled two weeks after shutting down, there still remains much confusion as to how the university is working to prevent another outbreak from happening.

students sit spread out in McNally Amphitheater watching the Winterfest concert

[Photo] The Aces Perform at First Hybrid Winterfest Concert

February 28, 2021

The virtual performance was streamed for everyone watching from home and in the McNally Amphitheatre for an in-person viewing experience.

person checking in at a fordham testing center

[Photo] Fordham Increases COVID-19 Test Supply for the Spring Semester

February 22, 2021

Some students receiving tests on campus said that the process was easier and less time-consuming than at other city locations.

a vaccine sticker from Fordham reading

[Photo] Fordham Plans Ahead As Vaccine Rollout Slugs Along

February 19, 2021

Some University Health Services staff have managed to get vaccinated for COVID-19. While McShane has promised to vaccinate the entirety of the Fordham community, when the vaccine will become available...

photo of covid testing center at rose hill

[Photo] UPDATED: Rose Hill Surpasses 100 Cases, Reaching NY Threshold for Brief Suspension of In-Person Classes

February 13, 2021

As of 3 p.m. on Feb. 13, the university has not announced the cancellation of in-person classes at Rose Hill, which New York state guidelines require if a university surpasses 100 coronavirus cases.

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[Photo] Understanding the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

February 6, 2021

Lesser-known aftereffects of the coronavirus include inflammation and damage within the brain.

a couple walks down a snowy sidewalk in a NYC park after the snowstorm

Scenes From a Snowy City: Historic Snowstorm Hits NYC

February 4, 2021
In photos: New York City saw its largest snowstorm since 2016 this week.
new dean of students Jenifer Campbell poses in the Office of Residential Life

[Photo] New Year, New Transitions For Deans

January 14, 2021

Jenifer Campbell will be the new dean of students at Fordham Lincoln Center. She intends to uphold supervision of her role as the Senior Director of Residential Life while the search for her replacement...

A giant box of toys on the sidewalk of Fifth Avenue, which is part of a collection of similar light-up decorations lining the street.

New York’s Pandemic Holiday Spirit

December 24, 2020
Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue still shine bright in 2020 with only minor changes.
mask vendor standing at a table on a sidewalk

[Photo] Behind the Mask: The Barriers Against a Federal Mask Mandate

December 4, 2020

While 72% of Americans are reportedly wearing masks, many others, including the president, have questioned and undermined them.

a laptop and pumpkin pie sit on a set dinner table

[Photo] Traveling for Turkey: Staying Safe During the Holiday

November 25, 2020

Celebrating Thanksgiving virtually is the safest option this year.

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[Photo] Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Again in NYC –– What Does This Mean for Fordham?

November 21, 2020

Just before students return home for Thanksgiving break, the university's total infection rate has passed 1% for the first time. There are 67 cases between Rose Hill and Lincoln Center as of Nov. 21.

One of the English deparrtments offices at fordham

[Photo] Departments Work Toward an Anti-Racist Future

November 11, 2020

The English department founded the Diversity and Social Justice Committee in 2016 and will now begin editing its syllabi and work toward accountability.

Disruptions to daily routines due to the pandemic and quarantining this year have thrown off many students' sleep schedules.

[Photo] Coronavirus and Counting Sheep: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Your Sleep

November 11, 2020

Disruptions to daily routines due to the pandemic and quarantining this year have thrown off many students' sleep schedules.

corkscrew, glass of alcohol and mask on a table

[Photo] You Booze, You Lose: Why Alcohol Shouldn’t Be Your Only Pandemic Coping Strategy

November 13, 2020

A recent survey revealed an increase in alcohol consumption among adults between 2019 and 2020. Due to the potentially adverse health effects of heavy drinking, other coping mechanisms may be a better...

a wallet with a Fordham ID card in the front and a health insurance card sticking out behind it

[Photo] One Step Closer to Resolving International Students’ Health Care

November 10, 2020

A health insurance card sticks out of a student's wallet. Fordham requires all students to have health insurance, but some international plans are not allowed after policy changes made last semester. ...

boards being put up to cover a sculpture of a glass ball

[Photo] Election Day in Manhattan

November 6, 2020

All around Manhattan, workers are putting up boards and fences to protect property in the event of post-election unrest.

A course syllabus with red sharpie correcting changes to the curriculum to include political education

[Photo] Professors Emphasize Political Education in the Classroom

October 28, 2020

Adding political education to the curricula and syllabi of classes is a valuable complement to personal research and social media, common ways in which students obtain their information.

a photo of the hamilton marquee on broadway to represent arts , put side-by-side with madison square garden to represent sports

[Photo] Heat Check: Sports vs. Arts

October 21, 2020

Live sporting and performance events were both interrupted by the pandemic, but sports have since found strategies and support to return that the arts still lack.

The reception desk of University Health Services, which oversees COVID-19 testing

[Photo] New Rounds of COVID-19 Testing

October 14, 2020

University Health Services has announced a new testing policy in which all on-campus students must be tested once per month.

a finger holding down the tiktok app on an iphone to delete it

[Photo] Why I Really Deleted TikTok

October 14, 2020

Viral dances on TikTok are giving untrained dancers new opportunities and financial benefits while aspiring professionals are left behind.

Keating Hall on a sunny day

[Photo] Fordham Ranks 203rd in Social Mobility

October 1, 2020

Some students and faculty believe that rankings do not mean much since the deciding factors used do not reflect recent concerns. Others say that an increase in the national ranking can help with careers...

Fordham's testing centers, located on both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, offer self-administered nasal swab tests for all community members free of charge.

[Photo] A Look into Fordham’s On-Campus Testing Facilities

September 18, 2020

Fordham's testing centers, located on both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, offer self-administered nasal swab tests for all community members free of charge.

boy sitting at computer playing eSports

[Photo] The World of eSports Arrives at Fordham

September 16, 2020

Fordham’s intramural program is offering eSports as a virtual alternative to the regular season. “When the traditional methods for getting together were taken away because of COVID, I think eSports...

empty Quinn library during fall 2020

[Photo] Expectations Versus Reality: The Fall Semester

September 19, 2020

Kozakowski and Tyson both said they pass by very few students on campus every da. Hallways and common spaces have been extremely de-densified.

an application for mail-in voting with a pen and stamps

[Photo] Addressing Absentee Ballot Concerns: The ABC’s of Mail-in Voting

September 17, 2020

The pandemic has made voting in person more difficult than ever, leading to an increased need for mail-in voting.

people walking in park by buildings

[Photo] Parks With Possibilities

September 16, 2020

Riverside Park, running between the Hudson River and Upper West Side, is home to many open fields perfect for picnics and paths for walking and biking.

picture of white tents with a red sign in front indicating the tents are for coronavirus testing

[Photo] Fordham’s On-Campus Testing Confirms Two Positive Cases at LC

September 2, 2020

Between Aug. 18 and 31, the two campuses reported a total of five positive cases out of 3,803 tests. Rose Hill's testing site, pictured, is set up outside O'Hare Hall, and Lincoln Center's is located within...

student self administering a nasal swab COVID test with a nurse watching

[Photo] A Basic Breakdown: COVID-19 Tests

August 24, 2020

COVID-19 testing through the University Health Center, one of multiple testing options, requires students to swab themselves while a nurse or FUEMS member looks on to ensure it is done correctly.

The front of the Met with boards over the windows

[Photo] The Met: Reduced, Restricted, But Still Reopening

August 22, 2020

After having its doors closed for the longest time in over a century, The Met will finally open on Aug. 29 for five days a week at 25% capacity and with physical distancing in place.

calendar with June 19 circled

[Photo] Fordham to Recognize Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Fordham will now recognize June 19, or Juneteenth, as an annual paid holiday.

an SAT test practice book displaying graph problems

[Photo] Fordham Goes Test-Optional Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

June 6, 2020

SAT and ACT preparation has been a stressful time for college applicants. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Fordham has chosen to forego standardized test application requirements.

a NYC metrocard being pulled out of a wallet with a Fordham ID in it

[Photo] Fordham’s Financial Steps and Missteps During the Pandemic

May 13, 2020

Even with the partial refund, commuter students feel they "got the short end of the stick" with transitioning online.

Textbooks stacked on a shelf

[Photo] UPDATED: Belongings Left With No Return

April 28, 2020

Many students were forced to leave some of their belongings behind, such as textbooks and clothes, after rushing out of the dorms. It is still unclear when those items can be retrieved.

a student wears a suit while sitting at a kitchen table in front of an open laptop

[Photo] Students’ Job Searches Go Digital

April 28, 2020

With many in-person summer internships canceled, Fordham's Career Services encourages students to search for available remote opportunities.

an open laptop in front of a wall calendar

[Photo] Fordham’s Resilience in the Era of the Coronavirus

April 28, 2020

Fall 2020 is still months away, but Fordham's faculty are actively preparing for what future classes will look like.

a bedroom door with a sign reading

[Photo] Foreign Language Classes to Hold Formal Exams

April 28, 2020

The university encourages professors to get creative with ways to effectively test students in language classes while they take finals at home unmonitored.

A laptop sits open to Blackboard with a textbook, notebook, and a computer with a Google search open nearby

[Photo] Fordham Opts Out of Using Exam Monitoring Software

April 22, 2020

Fordham is encouraging professors to develop online final exams that would enable students to demonstrate their learning goals, even with course materials open in front of them.

As many employers institute hiring fees, seniors are left scrambling for post-grad opportunities.

[Photo] College Students React to Governments’ Stimulus Money Checks

April 14, 2020

As many employers institute hiring fees, seniors are left scrambling for post-grad opportunities.

Prolonged screen time due to online classes can cause eye discomfort and even eyestrain.

[Photo] How Your Devices Might Be Hurting Your Eyes and How to Fix It

April 14, 2020

Prolonged screen time due to online classes can cause eye discomfort and even eyestrain.

Zinc, lavender and the omega-3 in walnuts are just a few supplements that have scientifically proven benefits.

[Photo] Three Supplements Actually Backed by Science

April 7, 2020

Zinc, lavender and the omega-3 in walnuts are just a few supplements that have scientifically proven benefits.