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GRACE GETMAN

GRACE GETMAN, Social Media Editor

Grace Getman, Fordham College at Lincoln Center 22, is a social media editor for The Observer. Previously, she was an opinions editor along with Evan Vollbrecht. She is a dual urban studies and environmental studies major and has strong thoughts on Taylor Swifts latest album that shed love to tell you about. She is slowly but surely learning how to use TikTok.

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collage of tweets by fordham professors and students laid over a drawing of the capitol building in the background

Fordham Community Addresses Attack on Capitol

January 8, 2021
The Fordham community reacts with disapproval to the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
album cover for taylor swift's 'evermore'

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.
blank crossword grid

Crossword Issue 20: Hidden Figures

December 2, 2020
Play The Observer's interactive online crossword puzzle fro Volume XL, Issue 20. Title: Hidden Figures. Powered by PuzzleMe.

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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Crossword Issue 17: Down to the Funny Bone

October 14, 2020
Hint: To get in the "spirit" of fun, you might have to be "gravely" serious.
the outside of the Leon Lowenstein Center viewed from the Outdoor Plaza

University Announces Free Courses for Summer 2021

September 30, 2020
Father McShane announces the option of taking two free courses for the summer semester and elaborates on housing refunds for students.
a red sky in oregon above suburban houses, which fuels concerns about climate change

Why We Love the Apocalypse

September 21, 2020
We discuss real climate change as something to prevent or that is waiting for a future generation. This is a fantasy. Climate change is here.
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.

University Announces Pro-Rated Room and Board and Free Summer Courses

September 15, 2020
All full-time students may take up to two classes at no additional charge this summer through Fordham.
an empty room in McMahon Hall

[Photo] McMahon Residents Move to Conserve Resources

August 27, 2020

An empty bedroom in McMahon Hall. Of the six students originally planning on moving into this suite, only two arrived. The others either opted to attend online or defer classes for the semester.

DeLaria is on a zoom call

‘Be Funny. Make Money.’

May 19, 2020
"Orange is the New Black" star Lea DeLaria is the first speaker of what students hope becomes the "Conversation Starters" club.
cat laying down on a couch

[Photo] Students Share the Perks of Pets During the Pandemic

May 7, 2020

According to Social Media and Newsletter Editor Grace Getman, FCLC ’22, the only living being she cares about as much as Asher is her other cat, Willow.

A vaccination list including the H1N1 virus

A Look at Fordham’s Last Pandemic: The Swine Flu

April 21, 2020
It was the fall semester of 2009, and a very different pandemic had reached Fordham’s doors: the swine flu. By December of that year, 165 cases of H1N1 had appeared at the Rose Hill campus and 12 at Lincoln Center. 
My mother's first loaf of homemade raisin bread.

Quarantine, or Change

April 14, 2020
I’ve watched the virus slowly take over my city while only being able to sit in my room.
Tell Us About Yourself and We’ll Tell You Your Perfect Zoom Virtual Background

Tell Us About Yourself and We’ll Tell You Your Perfect Zoom Virtual Background

April 9, 2020
Learn which Zoom background is perfect for you.
A Fordham Student’s Digital Guide to NYC

A Fordham Student’s Digital Guide to NYC

April 1, 2020
Tour the Met and the Guggenheim, listen to the best concerts from Jazz at Lincoln Center and soak in the cultural wealth of the city that never sleeps from even the sleepiest small town.
Over 2,000 students have signed the petition as of March 18, demanding “partial tuition reimbursement along with a consideration of a room and board reimbursement.”

[Photo] Students Petition After Face-to-Face Classes Canceled

March 19, 2020

Over 2,000 students have signed the petition as of March 18, demanding “partial tuition reimbursement along with a consideration of a room and board reimbursement.”

The Brooks AtkinsonTheatre closed due to coronavirus concerns

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.
Throughout the rehearsal process, the actors developed a sense of community similar to that embodied  by the play's characters.

‘Airline Highway’ Readies for Takeoff

February 19, 2020
Fordham Theatre’s first mainstage production of the Spring 2020 semester, “Airline Highway,” is a raucous celebration of life and community in New Orleans, opening on Feb. 20.
A Fordham Meme Legend: The Top 10 Funniest Trump Tweets

A Fordham Meme Legend: The Top 10 Funniest Trump Tweets

February 19, 2020
Scoring Trump's top 10 Fordham memes of all time, which, unlike his grades while at Rose Hill, we can share with you.
Lili Gutierrez, FCLC '23, and Pedro González, FCLC '22, rehearse the opening scene of the play as Celestina del Sol and Aníbal de la Luna.

Student Director on Cloud Nine with ‘Cloud Tectonics’

February 5, 2020
Sofia Ubilla, who is on the directing track within the Fordham Theatre Program, will direct a production of José Rivera’s “Cloud Tectonics” to begin this semester’s studio show season.
In a photo published in Newsweek on March 29, 1965, the Selma to Montgomery marches, the writer's great aunt holds a young child.

Flesh and Blood: A Post-Post MLK Day Reflection

January 28, 2020
The hero narrative is an important part of the human search for meaning, but it can also be used to exculpate, as it provides exoneration from the responsibility of moral accountability. 
The giant inflatable rats, like the one currently at Columbus Circle, are often referred to colloquially as

Inflatable Rat Protests on 60th Street

January 17, 2020
This inflatable rat is advocating for the safe removal of asbestos, a silicate mineral strongly linked to respiratory disease and cancer. 
Fordham Pilots New 'Jesuitte'

Fordham Pilots New ‘Jesuitte’

November 13, 2019
The new show is titled “The Jesuitte” and features 25 Fordham Lincoln Center undergraduates competing for the heart of Olivia DiGiorno, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’21.
A regal portrait of Rameses XVI

The Rise and Fall of the Rameses Dynasty

October 30, 2019
From 1925 to 1978, Fordham maintained live rams who were trotted out during sporting events to represent our school pride. The Rameses dynasty, which featured over 20 heirs, shares a bloody, twisted history, made all the more shocking by its complete accuracy. 
A Naturalist’s Guide to Fordham Lincoln Center

A Naturalist’s Guide to Fordham Lincoln Center

August 27, 2019
Fordham University is a complex ecosystem, home to species that can be found nowhere else in the world, despite their desire to attend either NYU or Columbia. This biodiversity can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, so we’ve assembled a definitive guide that will be helpful for both those new to the field and seasoned researchers. 
It’s unfair and imposes an unnecessary hardship that Fordham should slam a $3,073 fee on already-struggling students’ backs. 

Fordham Botched New Healthcare Roll-Out and We’re All Going to Pay: Jumping SHIP is Not an Option

July 18, 2019

In early May, students were surprised with an email from Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Jeffrey Gray announcing a change to Fordham’s health insurance policy. Starting next semester, all full-time...

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The Most Magical Place in Manhattan

April 9, 2019
Students got a few more tricks up their sleeve at a magic workshop as part of the "Year of Magic" on campus.
Cryptid Found on Campus

Cryptid Found on Campus

April 9, 2019
On March 31, 2019, students were stunned when a creature long assumed to be myth was spotted at the Ildiko Butler Gallery.
Notes from a Reluctant Runner

Notes from a Reluctant Runner

March 30, 2019
Grace Getman, Assistant Opinions Editor, accounts her experience as a reluctant runner and gives three tips on how to become a consistent runner.
A poster was provided afterwards on which students could write messages of their solidarity against the terror that befell New Zealand. One student wrote a hadith in Arabic, a saying of the Prophet Muhammed: “Ijtanibul ghadaba,” or

New Zealand: We All Must Join the Fight Against Islamophobia

March 16, 2019
While this act of terror occurred in New Zealand, we are all too familiar with acts of senseless hatred and mass killing in the United States, and around the country we have been standing in solidarity and grief with the rest of the world.
If a cup tree grows in a forest, does anyone notice where their tuition is going?

Liquid Cash: the Fordham Cup Conspiracy

February 19, 2019
Fordham’s budget isn’t going to its London program; it’s funding the creation of thousands and thousands of elegant plastic cups decorated with the logo of our fine institution. Big Ben? More like Big Gulp.
Romance movies can allow us to live out our wildest fantasies.

You Can Pry Romance Movies from My Cold, Dead Hands

February 12, 2019
It’s one thing if rom-coms just aren’t your thing. It’s a whole other rodeo to make hating rom-coms your brand. And if loving rom-coms is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
USG President Demetrios Stratis crosses his own Rubicon in the plaza.

SATIRE – Budget Troubles Lead to USG Shutdown

February 6, 2019
As of Thursday, Feb. 5, United Student Government (USG) has been in a state of partial shutdown for 47 consecutive days. This breaks the previous record of two days in 2013, when the USG President at the time lost his keys. Shockingly, Austin Tong, Gabelli School of Business ’21, is not at fault this time.
Is this the future of politics?

SATIRE – Voulez-Vous Change? : The Case for ABBA-narchy

February 6, 2019
My proposition is simple: instead of letting Russia exert influence on our elections and our lawmakers, we should let Sweden take the reins.
Paging Gwen Stefani.

Bananas Are the Devil’s Fruit

December 5, 2018
Big Apple, meet Big Banana.
Turnout for the midterm elections in 2018 was significantly higher than its 2014 counterpart.

You Voted, Now Keep Voting

November 14, 2018
Do something. Do anything to participate in our political process. Go to protests. Show up to town halls. Heck, run for office yourself.
Don't fall victim to the anti-vax trend – you'll become a victim of the flu. (GRAPHIC BY STEPH LAWLOR)

Give Shots a Shot

November 7, 2018
There are four pharmacies where you can get your flu shot within three blocks of Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus, and it is free under most insurance plans.
The numbers don't lie, but the president might.

Trump and the Hierarchy of Hurricanes

October 10, 2018

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, hurricane season officially ends in November, but the storm of public controversy has only just begun. As we face an increasing number...

US Open Exposes Greater Faults

US Open Exposes Greater Faults

September 26, 2018

“Son of a b—.” “You’re an abortion.” “Don’t f— talk to me.” Even a ball kicked at the umpire. These are just a few examples of the things male tennis stars have said and done...