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GILLIAN RUSSO, Online Editor

Gillian “Gil” Russo, FCLC 21, is one of The Observers virtual vanguards — er, online editors. Previously, she worked as the arts & culture editor and one of the inaugural newsletter editors. Gil is a journalism major/theatre minor who had hoped to write just one Broadway show review before graduation, and although that didn’t happen, she did achieve her new goal to do at least one thing for all 15 divisions of The Observer by then. Other fun facts include that she enjoys dancing and sword-fighting, she can say the alphabet backwards, and she modeled for a French chair catalog one time.

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Mini Crossword: Not an Alpaca

April 17, 2021
Play today's interactive online Observer crossword titled "Not an Alpaca," the third in a series of four mini crosswords.
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‘Fearless’ Has Grown Up and So Has Its Audience

April 15, 2021
The rerelease of Taylor Swift’s sophomore album adds new maturity to markedly adolescent songs about young love and loss.
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[Photo] Scenes From a Snowy City: Historic Snowstorm Hits NYC

February 4, 2021

Leon Snowenstein happily points out and appreciates all the passers by who observe proper social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines in the park.

A bundle of massive candy canes bring some holiday spirit to Sixth Avenue.

[Photo] New York’s Pandemic Holiday Spirit

December 24, 2020

A bundle of massive candy canes bring some holiday spirit to Sixth Avenue.

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Ram Jams: ‘evermore’

December 19, 2020
The Observer’s Swifties listened at the stroke of midnight on the release date, have had it in their Spotify rotations ever since and have (ever)more thoughts to share.
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Ram Jams: ‘Plastic Hearts’

November 27, 2020
“Plastic Hearts,” Miley Cyrus' first rock album, proves she has found her musical niche, showing her potential for a successful rock career.
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[Photo] Biden’s Victory Isn’t Enough to Solve the Country’s Problems

November 18, 2020

Celebrations took place in the streets on the day that Biden's win was announced. Despite a widespread feeling of relief, there is a lot more to be done besides remove Trump from office.

New Yorkers React to Joe Biden’s Presidential Victory

November 13, 2020
When Joe Biden was declared the presumptive winner of the 2020 presidential election, New Yorkers from across the city went to the streets to celebrate.
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Ram Jams: ‘elated!’

November 1, 2020
Bea Miller's latest EP "elated!" captures the cynicism and twisted humor of Generation Z towards the current state of the world.
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Autumn Word Search

October 28, 2020
Can you find them all?
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[Photo] Civic Duty and Social Distancing: Preventing Coronavirus Spread Among Voters

October 28, 2020

Early voting has been open in New York as of Oct. 24, and lines like this one stretch for several blocks.

voters wait in line at a NYC polling site. Signs can be seen reading VOTE HERE in English, Spanish, and Chinese

[Photo] Challenges of Voting During a Pandemic

October 28, 2020

The David Rubenstein Atrium is one polling place near the Fordham Lincoln Center campus and offers both in-person voting and a ballot drop box. Since the pandemic has changed the voting experience this...

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[Photo] The Societal Benefits of Early Voting

October 28, 2020

Voters line up outside a polling place near Lincoln Center. According to Gallup, 45% of voters intend to vote early this year.

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Apple Orchard Word Search

October 18, 2020

Find the names of New York orchards in this grid, and you might just find your next apple-picking destination. Check out Issue 17 of The Observer on Issuu for an advanced version of this puzzle with an...

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Ram Libs: Breaking News

September 29, 2020
Get crafty with words and make front page news by filling in the blanks of this story.
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Orientation Tests Fordham’s COVID-19 Safety Measures

August 27, 2020
OL training served as a microcosm for the coming semester, as OLs were some of the first to live under Fordham's COVID-19 preventative measures.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Student Pledges Lawsuit Against University Disputing Disciplinary Actions

July 17, 2020
A senior has threatened legal action against Fordham after the university took disciplinary action in response to two Instagram posts that they found to be a violation of the university’s code of conduct.
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BREAKING: Atlantic 10 League Suspends Fall Season

July 17, 2020
The A10 plans to reschedule all fall competitive events for spring 2021; exact dates have yet to be announced.
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ICE Ruling Further Complicates International Students’ Return

July 13, 2020
International students raise concerns about the measures Fordham will take to ensure that they can study on campus if they choose.
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ASILI Holds Town Hall on Racial Issues at Fordham

June 5, 2020
On June 3, ASILI, the Black Student Alliance (BSA) at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus, hosted a discussion regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Students Share the Perks of Pets During the Pandemic

May 7, 2020
As governments have enforced restrictions on travel and in-person contact, pets have become some people’s primary source of companionship and comfort.

Making Banana Pudding with Gillian Russo

May 2, 2020
Learn to make Magnolia Bakery-inspired banana pudding with ingredients most people can find around the house.
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‘The World’s Collection’: Libraries Seek to Broaden Access to Digital Archives

April 21, 2020
Both Fordham’s library system and the New York Public Library branches are using this time to make accessibility of its digital materials a top priority.
In lieu of AAPI’s original plan to make origami cranes during its Asian Heritage Month, it is hosting online events like cooking and conversations, which they see as equally important to educate the predominantly white Fordham community.

[Photo] Breaking Down Stigma

April 14, 2020

In lieu of AAPI’s original plan to make origami cranes during its Asian Heritage Month, it is hosting online events like cooking and conversations, which they see as equally important to educate the...

Club Spotlight: Stove’s Cabin Crew Takes to ‘Zoomprov’

Club Spotlight: Stove’s Cabin Crew Takes to ‘Zoomprov’

April 7, 2020
The campus club has found new sources of comedy in the ability to annotate screens, change display names and set virtual backgrounds on Zoom.
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Crossword Issue 5: Comfort Food

April 1, 2020
Play the Issue 5 Observer crossword here.
Fine Arts Classes Adapt to Online Learning

Fine Arts Classes Adapt to Online Learning

April 1, 2020
Dance, theater and visual arts students are being presented with a learning curve as their hands-on, physicality-focused classes must now fit within the framework of Zoom.
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Mark Blum, Former Fordham Professor, Dies From Coronavirus

April 1, 2020
Fordham Theatre alumni and faculty reflect on the stage and screen actor, who died March 26 at 69 years old.
Fordham will suspend all in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.

Fordham Suspends Face-to-Face Classes Through Spring Semester

March 13, 2020
After originally suspending in-person instruction until March 30, the university had extended the suspension to the duration of the semester.
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New York’s Cultural Institutions Shut Down Amid Coronavirus Concerns

March 12, 2020
As of Thursday, March 12, multiple New York City art and performance institutions have made closing announcements as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic.
It was important to the cast of FemCom to celebrate and show off the work they'd done for the show, despite the class cancellations.

Stove’s Goes Digital With Feminist Comedy Show

March 10, 2020
Stove’s FemCom show will be streamed digitally March 11. It is not the only performance to be affected by the class suspension.
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Review: ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Floats on a Raft of Joy

February 29, 2020
As aggressively optimistic as its title suggests, Transport Group's “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” echoes the Broadway Golden Age from which its first iteration was born.
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Review: ‘The Headlands’ Marries Murder Mystery and Memory Play

February 27, 2020
Christopher Chen’s “The Headlands” is one part memory play, one part “Dateline” episode and all parts twisted in the most thrilling of ways.
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Being Single Can Suck, and It’s OK to Admit It

February 13, 2020
I’m talking about the truly-alone, not-talking-to-anyone, not-even-one-viable-Tinder-match type of single.
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140 West Building Evacuated Due to Valve Leak

February 5, 2020
A damaged safety valve caused a steam release on the roof of the 140 West 62nd Street Building. The steam forced a building wide evacuation and all building’s classes and club events to be cancelled for the or the evening.
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BroadwayCon: Chasing Degrees and Careers

January 29, 2020
The fifth annual BroadwayCon saw theatre fans and professionals come together to discuss new shows and classic favorites, as well as the state of the industry.
Initially a solo show created for Lazarus’ class, the story of Natasha grew into what would become “A Sip With Vodka” throughout the past year.

‘A Sip With Vodka’ Debuts on YouTube

January 22, 2020
A group of Fordham students and alumni collaborated to shoot "A Sip With Vodka," a comedy pilot set to debut Jan. 23.
Cookies and Cocoa: The Best of the West Side

Cookies and Cocoa: The Best of the West Side

December 4, 2019
The Observer takes you through the best places on the West Side to get a cup of hot cocoa and some cookies this winter.
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Teaching a Robot How to Draw

December 4, 2019
The Tech @ LC Club held the "Robotic Art Therapy" event on Nov. 21 to bridge coding and art.
Family Traditions, December Edition

Family Traditions, December Edition

December 4, 2019
As we celebrate the holiday season in New York, three students take us through how they each celebrate their respective holidays.
Since graduating from the Fordham/Ailey program, Sykes has appeared in musicals including

Fordham Alum to Play the King of Pop in New Musical

November 22, 2019
Ephraim Sykes, FCLC '10, will play Michael Jackson in a musical set to open on Broadway in July.
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Science Department Chair Releases Debut Novel

October 30, 2019
Natural Sciences Department Chair Dr. Jason Morris, Ph.D., recently hosted a talk on the release of his debut novel, “Thicker than Mud,” a project 20 years in the making.