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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.

an empty visual arts studio

[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.

two dancers dressed in white in front of a fountain for table of silence

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.
dimly lit image of a book about sex and sexuality

[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.

Massawa restaurant storefront

[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.


[Photo] Hungry for Business: UWS Restaurants Still Troubled by COVID-19 Measures

August 19, 2020

Burrito Box on 9th Ave. near 57th St. is a favorite of many Fordham students. They are open for takeout and delivery, and have outdoor seating set up on the sidewalk.

Auricchio spoke with Rebecca Stark-Gendrano and Mica McKnight, Assistant Dean for Juniors and Transfer Students and Assistant Dean for Sophomores, respectively. Both assured listeners that they are available and working hard to answer students’ questions. They also noted that the add-drop period will proceed as usual until Sep. 3.

Town Hall Part 2: Changes to Instruction Within FCLC and Gabelli

August 7, 2020
Deans from FCLC and Gabelli discussed in detail how their respective schools would adapt to a hybrid learning environment.
screenshot of mcshane and buckley at the town hall

Town Hall Part 1: Fordham Details University-Wide Reopening Protocols

August 7, 2020
Faculty and administration discussed modifications to classes, campus life and student conduct and provided new information from the Fordham Forward reopening plan in a university-wide town hall.
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.
blank crossword grid

Crossword Issue 13: On the House

July 29, 2020
Play the Issue 13 crossword here.
Individuals resuming summer activities

[Photo] How to Keep Your COVID-19 Guard Up While Enjoying Summer

July 7, 2020

The risk of COVID-19 transmission is reduced outdoors in comparison to enclosed spaces. Those spending time outside this summer should still be sure to adhere to proper precautions, including social distancing...

Fordham classroom with students sitting at desks facing a whiteboard, photographed from the back

A Higher Standard of Justice

July 7, 2020
When it comes to building trust and credibility, tangible changes to the workings of the system go hand-in-hand with adjusting the mindset of its architects.
Absentee Ballots

[Photo] Late Absentee Ballots Leave New York Voters Disenfranchised

July 8, 2020

More than 1.7 million voters in New York state, compared to the 157,885 in 2016, requested to vote by mail in the primary on June 23.

crossed linens blank crossword grid

Crossword Issue 12: Crossed Linens

July 7, 2020
Play the Issue 12 crossword here.
Artwork of person with face mask and gloves protesting with a BLM sign

[Photo] Protesting in Light of COVID-19

June 19, 2020

As millions of Americans take to the streets to protest, they should also remain vigilant in protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.

a student walks out of the doors of McMahon Hall while dragging two suitcases behind her

[Photo] Students Frustrated With Silent ResLife as Semester Draws Closer

June 17, 2020

After getting past the hurdle of retrieving belongings left on campus, many students now feel left in the dark about the fall housing situation.

A door with crossword puzzle pattern that says

Boxed Out

June 16, 2020
The modern mainstream crossword puzzle has an extensive record of excluding the voices of people of color, women and the LGBTQ community.
a nyc protest sign

[Photo] Dancing Queen: Courtney Celeste Spears

June 19, 2020

At protest in New York City, which is Fordham's community, students exemplify the Jesuit value of being "men and women for others."