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ESMÉ BLEECKER-ADAMS, Fun & Games Editor and Assistant Photo Editor

Esmé Bleecker-Adams, FCLC 21, is a visual arts major and (oh-so-jaded) New Yorker who is incredibly grateful for her time at The Observer and for all the lovely people she has met there! Favorite hobbies include sewing, playing table tennis and ignoring her alarm clock.

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Crossword Issue 18: Politicalories

October 28, 2020
Play The Observer's election issue interactive crossword puzzle.
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What I’ve Learned About Debating From Among Us

October 28, 2020
One can’t help but try to analyze some of the fascinating social dynamics of debating who the imposter is, which feel especially relevant during a bitter election season.
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[Photo] The Choice to Vote Polarizes Student Body

October 26, 2020

A student signs and seals their absentee ballot. In the upcoming election, the decision of whether or not to vote has been influenced by concerns with mail-in voting and disagreements with each candidate's...

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[Photo] Indoor Dining Reopens in NYC For the First Time In Seven Months

October 14, 2020

Restaurants hope to reopen indoor dining after months of forced closures due to COVID-19, but they'll have to not only adhere to social distancing guidelines, but to convince customers that it's safe...

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[Photo] The Freshest of Freshmen

October 15, 2020

What would the Fordham first-year experience be without the ubiquitous maroon lanyard and an assortment of ram stickers?

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[Photo] Fordham Angel Fund Paves Way for Student Entrepreneurs

October 18, 2020

Grace Sabater and Jacqueline Rosario were more than just baristas at Argo Tea. They brought smiles to the Fordham community and developed connections with students.

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[Photo] Let People Read What They Enjoy

October 10, 2020

Literature worth reading doesn't begin and end with the classics. Modern literature, especially YA and romance books, are often dismissed as frivolous, but they shouldn't be.

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[Photo] Preparing for the Flu Season in a ‘Twindemic’

October 11, 2020

While a flu shot won't necessarily immunize you against COVID-19, getting vaccinated will protect you from lung damage and vulnerability to potentially severe infection, should you contract the coronavirus.

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[Photo] BREAKING: Spring 2021 Calendar Announced

October 8, 2020

The schedule for the spring semester will look different this year, including a delayed start and abbreviated breaks. The updated calendar is available on Fordham's website.

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[Photo] NYC Needs More Protected Bike Lanes

October 2, 2020

New York City needs to create more protected bike lanes, like the one pictured above, and to ticket bike lane obstructions in order for biking to be safe and accessible.

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[Photo] New USG Leaders Set Goals for a Semester Defined by COVID-19

October 1, 2020

Loreen Ruiz and Robert Sundstrom are taking on the challenge of running the United Student Government from opposite sides of the country, as Sundstrom is on campus and Ruiz is at home in California. “With...

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[Photo] University Announces Free Courses for Summer 2021

September 30, 2020

All students enrolled at Fordham this academic year will be able to take up to two online courses this summer for free, either in-person or remotely.

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[Photo] Reopening the Underground Market

October 4, 2020

The Turnstyle Underground Market is in the process of reopening its restaurants and stores after being deserted since March.

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[Photo] New York: Putting the ‘in’ in Dining

September 30, 2020

Nobu, a Japanese restaurant, is expected to begin indoor dining following the New York City guidelines on Sept. 30.

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Crossword Issue 16: Fortune’s Fools

September 29, 2020
Hint: The circled letters (in order) reveal the theme of the puzzle.
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Mini Crossword: Vice Versa

September 22, 2020

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Crossword Issue 15: Off to See Wizardconsin

September 17, 2020
Play The Observer's interactive crossword puzzle from Issue 15, "Off to See Wizardconsin." Powered by PuzzleMe.
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[Photo] Parks With Possibilities

September 16, 2020

Van Cortlandt Park is the third largest in the city and a frequent host of track and field events. The park is also home to a golf course, playgrounds, nature centers and more.

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[Photo] Fordham Visual Arts: From Classroom to ‘Class-Zoom’

September 17, 2020

Though most students have elected to take their classes online, studio spaces still remain open to students.

All students enrolled at Fordham this academic year will be able to take up to two online courses this summer for free, either in-person or remotely.

[Photo] University Announces Pro-Rated Room and Board and Free Summer Courses

September 15, 2020

All students enrolled at Fordham this academic year will be able to take up to two online courses this summer for free, either in-person or remotely.

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A Reimagined Memorial: Table of Silence Photo Gallery

September 11, 2020
The 9/11 Table of Silence Project, presented by Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, featured socially-distanced choreography this year.
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[Photo] Life Lessons I Learned From Not Discussing Sex With My Indian Parents

September 9, 2020

In India, there is still shame and guilt surrounding sexuality, but many first-generation Indian Americans find themselves caught between those ideas and a more open, American view.

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[Photo] Cakes, Takeout and Bakes: Grab Your Next Meal From a Black-Owned Restaurant

September 4, 2020

Massawa is a vegan-friendly Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurant at 1239 Amsterdam Ave. It was founded by the parents of the current manager, Yohanes Tekeste.