The Silly Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Silly Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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The Silly Voice of Fordham Lincoln Center

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ANDREW DRESSNER

ANDREW DRESSNER, Former Photo Editor

Andrew Dressner (he/him), FCLC ’23, is a former photo editor at 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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OIS serves international students by providing guidance with work permits and career opportunities. Some students have expressed trouble with accessing these resources and navigating the difficult OPT application process.

[Photo] International Students Seek More Support From Office of International Services

By GABRIELLA GUTIERREZ April 20, 2023

OIS serves international students by providing guidance with work permits and career opportunities. Some students have expressed trouble with accessing these resources and navigating the difficult OPT...

Sakurai found her passion for language education while in college. In her classes, she encourages engagement with social issues and promotes collaboration among students.

[Photo] Fordham’s Language Professors Promote Cultural and Multilingual Engagement

By ALFRED GRIEG April 12, 2023

Abdel Rahman encourages a stress-free environment in his Arabic classes and emphasizes the importance of teaching multiple core language skills in each lecture.

Tetlow discussed her first year challenges and future possibilities.

[Photo] Tetlow Reflects on First Year as President

By INSIYA GANDHI March 24, 2023

Tetlow discussed her first year challenges and future possibilities.

The university will lift the vaccine mandate and discontinue the use of VitalCheck, though COVID-19 testing and vaccination services for students will continue.

[Photo] COVID-19 Vaccine No Longer Required, Effective May 15

By MEGAN YERRABELLI March 22, 2023

The university will lift the vaccine mandate and discontinue the use of VitalCheck, though COVID-19 testing and vaccination services for students will continue.

Reporters from The Observer and The Ram met with Fordham president Tania Tetlow on March 1 during a student press conference.

[Photo] Tetlow Announces Tuition Increase to Student Press

By INSIYA GANDHI March 5, 2023

Reporters from The Observer and The Ram met with Fordham president Tania Tetlow on March 1 during a student press conference.

The grand opening celebration for the RamFit Center featured snacks, refreshments and reusable water bottles for students.

[Photo] Students and Administration Celebrate Grand Opening of McMahon RamFit Center

By MEGAN YERRABELLI January 25, 2023

The grand opening celebration for the RamFit Center featured snacks, refreshments and reusable water bottles for students.

Construction on the RamFit Center is set to be completed by Dec. 27, with the cardio and weight rooms opening for use on Dec. 12.

[Photo] McMahon RamFit Center Scheduled To Open in January

By DAEL KI December 8, 2022

Construction on the RamFit Center is set to be completed by Dec. 27, with the cardio and weight rooms opening for use on Dec. 12.

If the Supreme Court decides to prohibit affirmative action policies, the values of diversity in Fordham admissions could be impacted.

[Photo] SCOTUS’ Affirmative Action Ruling May Impact Fordham Admissions

By KASSIDY DE NOBREGA November 16, 2022

If the Supreme Court decides to prohibit affirmative action policies, the values of diversity in Fordham admissions could be impacted.

The 2022 midterm elections pressed voters with important issues including drug policy, voting access and reproductive rights.

[Photo] Students and Staff React to 2022 Midterm Elections

By MARYAM BESHARA November 16, 2022

The 2022 midterm elections pressed voters with important issues including drug policy, voting access and reproductive rights.

Some students have been dissatisfied with the necessary requirements for obtaining an excused absence such as paying for a doctors visit to receive an official note.

[Photo] Students Disappointed With Fordham’s Attendance Policy

By MADELYN KINZEL November 16, 2022

Some students have been dissatisfied with the necessary requirements for obtaining an excused absence such as paying for a doctor's visit to receive an official note.

The Environmental Club goes to Central Park, Riverside Park, farmers’ market outings around the city, dinner outings at vegan restaurants and also on hikes in upstate New York.

[Photo] Stepping Outside: The Fordham Community and NYC’s Local Green Spaces

By LOLA CRAVATH and CAROLINE SENSENIG November 6, 2022

The Environmental Club goes to Central Park, Riverside Park, farmers’ market outings around the city, dinner outings at vegan restaurants and also on hikes in upstate New York.

This field was once occupied by the flourishing Seneca Village community where Black Americans owned homes and were able to escape the harsh treatment they faced in everyday life.

[Photo] Seneca Village: A Forgotten Story

By CHANTEL SIMS October 27, 2022

In order to create Central Park, the city used eminent domain which replaced 1,600 residents in the area.

Central Park has a self-guided walking tour to teach visitors about the Seneca Village neighborhood.

[Photo] Central Park: An Accurate Reflection of New York’s Racist History

By ANA WINSTON October 27, 2022

Central Park has a self-guided walking tour to teach visitors about the Seneca Village neighborhood.

NYPD cars parked outside the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park which had a 24% increase in crime.

[Photo] Spikes in Crime Threaten Safety of NYC Parks

By LIBBY JASKWHICH October 27, 2022

NYPD cars parked outside the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park which had a 24% increase in crime.

Shakespeare Central Park

[Photo] Shakespeare in the Park: Over 60 Years of Free Theater

By OLIVIA STERN October 27, 2022

5 million people have come to Central Park's Delacorte Theaterto see productions like "Romeo and Juliet" or "Macbeth" through Shakespeare in the Park.

Schmeltzer Dining Room has two new cuisine options: sushi and Mexican stations.

[Photo] Aramark Makes Dining Changes at Lincoln Center

September 29, 2022

Schmeltzer Dining Room has two new cuisine options: sushi and Mexican stations.

Students expressed dissatisfaction due to the housing placements.

[Photo] Lincoln Center Housing Overflow Forces Residents To Live at Rose Hill

By ERIKA TULFO September 16, 2022

Students expressed dissatisfaction due to the housing placements.

Katrina Lambert, former Observer editor-in-chief, sits at her old desk with a copy of the Bronx special issue.

[Photo] Bearer of Good News: A Profile on Katrina Lambert

By ERIKA TULFO, Features Editor May 4, 2022

Katrina Lambert, former Observer editor-in-chief, sits at her old desk with a copy of the Bronx special issue.

rose hill campus with public safety yellow pole in front of keating

[Photo] Public Safety Speaks on Crime Near Campus

By ALEXA VILLATORO April 27, 2022

Public Safety has reported seeing more incidents of crime this year, which also coincides with a greater number of students on campus since the pandemic.

campus ministry art in the lowenstein plaza level lobby with paintings and photographs

[Photo] Campus Ministry Ignatian Art Exhibit Debuts in Lowenstein

By OLIVIA STERN April 7, 2022

Campus Ministry hosted the Seeds of Transformation exhibit in Lowenstein. The visual art will be on view this week.

for an article on accessibility, a girl tries to use the elevator while using crutches

[Photo] Students Report Issues With Accessibility

By EESHITA WADE April 7, 2022

The disability accessible elevator located on the SL level is the only accessible elevator in Lowenstein.

for an article about lgbtq wellness fund, a rainbow flag in front of fclc campus

[Photo] First LGBTQ+ Student Wellness Fund Raises Over $60,000

By MARIAH LOPEZ April 10, 2022

The recently developed LGBTQ+ Student Wellness Fund aims to provide support for counseling resources, scholarships and research stipends.

disability studies program sign with infinity and deaf, blind, wheelchair and brain logos on a sign

[Photo] Disability Studies Program Advocates for Inclusion

By GUS DUPREE and ANUSHA IMRAN April 11, 2022

The disability studies program hosted several virtual events.

for an article about positive cases among students, student wearing mask sitting in front of computer with degreeworks open

[Photo] ‘I didn’t see that email’: Some Students Unaware of University COVID-19 Absence Protocol, Accommodations

By EESHITA WADE and ALEXA VILLATORO March 21, 2022

Students who test positive for COVID-19 may not know that they should fill out a form for excused absences.

student riding the subway from mta

[Photo] Fears Over Rising MTA Crime Rate

By OLIVIA REYES March 3, 2022

The rise in transit crime has cause some students to take further actions to ensure their safety such as riding in busier cars or standing away from the tracks when waiting.

stage for an article about anti-racist theatre alliance

[Photo] Fordham Theatre’s White Anti-Racist Working Group

By SEAN RYAN February 2, 2022

Fordham theatre students created WARWG intending to combat racism within their community and among themselves.

student looks at phone with instagram comments from fordham

[Photo] University Deletes Comments Advocating for Hybrid Learning

By MARYAM BESHARA February 2, 2022

After students started criticizing Fordham in the comments on its Instagram post for not offering a hybrid option, the university responded by deleting negative comments.

student performing a covid test in the testing center

[Photo] BREAKING: Fordham to Require Surveillance Testing and Reopen Ram Fit Center

By ALLIE STOFER January 27, 2022

Students, faculty and staff will be required to upload a new negative PCR test before Feb. 13.

the aron prize is given to philosophy student

[Photo] Jada Heredia Awarded Philosophy Prize

By ANA KEVORKIAN December 27, 2021

The Aron Prize is given annually to one FCLC senior majoring in philosophy.

covid booster shot

[Photo] BREAKING: University Requires COVID-19 Vaccine Booster for Spring 2022 Semester

By MARYAM BESHARA December 14, 2021

Fordham is now requiring all students, faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 booster when medically possible for the spring 2022 semester, citing rising case numbers due to the delta and omicron variants.

joe vangostein president of usg stands in front of the student involvement sign

[Photo] USG Reviews Fall Semester Accomplishments

By SOFIA VAN NATTA December 9, 2021

Joe VanGostein, president of USG, reflects on the accomplishments of USG this semester such as the formation of two new committees and the candidate turnout for the 2021 USG election.

greg jones, new reslife director stands in front of office of residential life wearing a mask

[Photo] Fordham Hires New Director of Residential Life Greg Jones

By ALLIE STOFER December 8, 2021

Greg Jones, the new ResLife director, is excited to be working in a Jesuit university with a holistic education and close-knit campus.

soup kitchen seinfeld on 55th street with people standing in front of it

[Photo] At the Original Soup Kitchen Featured in ‘Seinfeld,’ There Is Soup for You

By GABRIEL GARCIA November 29, 2021

The Original Soup Kitchen has far more significance than as a one-off skit on a single “Seinfeld” episode.

view of nyc and the brooklyn bridge at sunset

Scenes of NYC in Photos

November 19, 2021
Come on a journey around the five boroughs of NYC with The Observer, from Manhattan to the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and even Staten Island.
doc martens with one empty pair and one with feet in them

[Photo] Doc Martens: A Pillock Boot

By TREVOR WOITSKY November 7, 2021

Docs have transformed from a utilitarian boot to a mainstream accessory worn by celebrities and Fordham students alike.

covid booster vaccine shot with a needle

[Photo] Fordham Administers COVID-19 Booster Shots to Eligible Community Members

By OLIVIA LEDUC November 7, 2021

Fordham is now offering COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots to eligible students, faculty and staff.

a line for a polling place close to Lincoln Center, with no voters in line

[Photo] Fordham Community Discusses Voting in 2021 NYC Mayoral Election

By CHRISTINE IRLBECK and ABHIPRI CHOWDHURY November 2, 2021

New York City voters have an opportunity to determine the future of the city by choosing Eric Adams or Curtis Sliwa to be their next mayor.

Two students are seen following the university’s mask policies. Students are permitted to take off their masks while actively eating but must keep it on at all other times.

[Photo] Fordham Begins Stronger Enforcement of Mask Policy on Campus

By JOE KOTTKE October 29, 2021

Two students are seen following the university’s mask policies. Students are permitted to take off their masks while actively eating but must keep it on at all other times.

djellza pulatani stands at lincoln center smiling in a pink dress

[Photo] USG Elects Djellza Pulatani as New Vice President

By LAURA OLDFATHER October 28, 2021

Djellza Pulatani was elected as vice president for USG. She previously held class senator positions and is chair of the committee on sexual misconduct.

a naloxone nasal spray can, a tool to fight opioid overdoses

[Photo] The Opioid Crisis is Still Here — Even in a Pandemic

By ANUSHA IMRAN October 27, 2021

Narcan, a naloxone nasal spray, is a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

new lowenstein classrooms with projector and tv screens as well as usual desk chairs

[Photo] Fordham Unveils New Classrooms in Leon Lowenstein Center

By MARIN HOWELL October 6, 2021

One of the entrances to the new wing is in the hallway that connects Lowenstein to McMahon Hall.

Korean class with professor standing at front of classroom

[Photo] Free Korean Classes Prove Popular Among Students

By SEAN RYAN September 22, 2021

Professor Kyung Eun Lee reaching the Korean level 2 class, intended for students looking for a free and practical opportunity to learn the language.

Djellza Pulatani, head of the Committee on Sexual Misconduct, stands in front of the Leon Lowenstein building

[Photo] Student-Led Committee to Advocate for Sexual Misconduct Victims

By OLIVIA REYES September 22, 2021

Djellza Pulatani is looking forward to hosting events and providing educational resources as chair of CSM.

for an article about the delta variant, elevator of students at Lincoln Center

[Photo] Why the Delta Variant Threatens Fordham’s Return to Normalcy

By GUS DUPREE September 22, 2021

Undergraduates are now around 99% vaccinated, but the Delta variant continues to propagate the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing continued mask mandates and social distancing on campus.

Photograph of a Fordham student receiving her COVID vaccine.

[Photo] How the Vaccine Could Impact Your Period

By AVA PEABODY 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

By GUS DUPREE 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

By SYDNEY CHAMPAGNE 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.

for an article about students being vaccinated, a person holds a bottle and syringe of the COVID-19 vaccine

[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

By MARYAM BESHARA 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

By JOE KOTTKE 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.

Three Fordham EMT students check a medical bag in an ambulance.

[Photo] Life on the Job as a Fordham EMT

By GUS DUPREE 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

By ALLIE STOFER 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.

for article about grades, photo of an exam with an F grade on it

[Photo] Fordham Deans Clarify Alleged Crackdown on Grades Rumor

By MICHELLE AGARON 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

By MARYAM BESHARA 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

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

By JOE KOTTKE 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

By KATRINA LAMBERT 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.

for an article about the covid outbreak at rose hill, a photo of keating hall and eddies parade

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

By GUS DUPREE 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.

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

[Photo] The Aces Perform at First Hybrid Winterfest Concert

By MARIELLE SARMIENTO 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

By SHADMAN SAKIB 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 Im a big shot

[Photo] Fordham Plans Ahead As Vaccine Rollout Slugs Along

By GUS DUPREE 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.

for an article about covid effects on the brain, photo of a stethoscope, a bottle of advil, gloves, tissues and a mask on a table

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

By ANUSHA IMRAN 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.
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 is conducted.

[Photo] New Year, New Transitions For Deans

By KATRINA LAMBERT 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.
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