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ANDREW DRESSNER, Photo Editor

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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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

September 30, 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 21, 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.

In New York, plastic bags must have a lifespan of at least 125 uses for carrying up to 22 pounds a distance of 175 feet to be considered “reusable” and in compliance with state regulations.

[Photo] Conservatives Shouldn’t Trash Plastic Bag Ban

March 10, 2020

In New York, plastic bags must have a lifespan of at least 125 uses for carrying up to 22 pounds a distance of 175 feet to be considered “reusable” and in compliance with state regulations.

A scholar of African American literature reads portions of her book to portray ideas about race theory.

[Photo] Race Reconstructs Itself in a Post-Apocalyptic World

March 4, 2020

A scholar of African American literature reads portions of her book to portray ideas about race theory.

This is how the world will end: not with a bang but with a rinse cycle.

[Photo] I Have a Girlfriend and She Goes to Westchester, I Swear

February 19, 2020

This is how the world will end: not with a bang but with a rinse cycle.

After concerns that Fordham students were uninsured, Fordham introduced a $3000 opt-out insurance plan.

[Photo] Students Say Health Insurance Policy Puts Them At Risk

February 19, 2020

After concerns that Fordham students were uninsured, Fordham introduced a $3000 opt-out insurance plan.

Students with meal plans can now donate their unused guest meal passes to students in need.

[Photo] Don’t Feed the Pigeons, Feed the Rams

February 11, 2020

Students with meal plans can now donate their unused guest meal passes to students in need.

When steam started to rise, FDNY trucks and Con Ed arrived on scene.

[Photo] 140 West Building Evacuated Due to Valve Leak

February 5, 2020

When steam started to rise, FDNY trucks and Con Ed arrived on scene.