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JILL RICE

JILL RICE, Online Editor

Jill Rice, FCLC ’22, is an online editor for The Observer. She is a classical languages and comparative literature double major, so please direct any ancient language-related questions to her. She enjoys figure skating and reading, but not necessarily at the same time. She was previously a head copy editor.

All content by JILL RICE
for an article about masks not being required on campus, students sitting on Eddies Parade in the sunshine

[Photo] Fordham Lifts Mask Restrictions for Fall Semester

June 18, 2021

Fordham has stated that fully vaccinated students and employees are no longer required to wear masks indoors or outdoors on both campuses, following state and national guidelines.

for an article about covid-19 photos, the Ram statue a year later, this time wearing a disposable mask underneath and a Fordham mask on top

[Photo] A Year of COVID-19 at Fordham in Photos

May 21, 2021

As the spring 2021 semester comes to a close, Fordham prepares for an in-person fall 2021 semester on the condition that all students are vaccinated.

cover of OK Orchestra, AJR's latest album

Ram Jams: In ‘OK Orchestra,’ Drums, Violins, Insecurities, Oh My!

April 17, 2021
New York-based indie-pop band AJR released their fourth studio album, “OK Orchestra,” on March 26, and it is so much more than just OK.
for an article on Kiki's Fashion Korner, Kia Warren singing into a microphone wearing a white suit

Kiki’s Fashion Korner: A Surprisingly On-Trend Early ’00s Relic

March 29, 2021
Kiki's Fashion Korner offered advice on the trendiest style recommendations for her 2000s readers, along with social commentary.
matilde fava with her family

Matilde Fava, Longtime Professor Known for Empathy and Decorum, Dies at 78

March 11, 2021
The adjunct professor of communication in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies died peacefully at her home on March 1, 2021.
Derby wears a red coat as she walks around the backyard

[Photo] Dressed to the Ca-Nines

March 9, 2021

Derby, who belongs to Head Copy Editor Jill Rice, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’22, stands out in the gray winter landscape with a bright red coat that suits her perfectly.

for an article about the rose hill pause ending, a photo of the lawn in front of a campus eatery

[Photo] Pause on In-Person Instruction Lifted at Rose Hill

February 28, 2021

As of Feb. 28, there are 242 positive COVID-19 cases at Rose Hill, only 17 below the threshold that would force another shutdown of in-person activities.

album cover of OK Human by Weezer

Ram Jams: ‘OK Human’

February 2, 2021
The lyrics on this album might age very quickly, but the melodies will make the album eminently listenable for years.
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[Photo] Don’t Bet Against New York

January 30, 2021

Though many businesses have closed or left New York since the onset of the pandemic, many have adapted, and the city will regain its economic strength as it has after crises past.

Former Cardinal McCarrick speaking at the World Economic Forum

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick, FCRH ’54, Investigated in Vatican Report

December 3, 2020
In a newly released report from the Vatican, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is accused of multiple accounts of abuse spanning over fifty years.
Pope Francis waving

‘A Culture of Life’: The Catholic Church Has Never Advocated for the Death Penalty

October 18, 2020
Although the Catholic Church had not previously condemned the death penalty on the whole, its prior stance was in no way in support of it. 
graphic illustration of the silhouettes of argo tea employees, grace and Jackie, behind the counter

Argo Goes Dark: Evening Employees Let Go

October 14, 2020
Students react to the laying off of two beloved Argo Tea employees, Grace Sabater and Jacqueline Rosario.
Anthony Barfield, center, in a music studio

Live Music Remains Unconquered

October 14, 2020
In a time when we must be socially distanced, Barfield figured out a way to create live music in the same space as others.
the doorway of the ram cafe dining location, with a red sign on top saying

[Photo] Campus Dining Favorites Close and Cut Hours for the Semester

October 8, 2020

With one day's notice from Fordham, the Ram Cafe reduced its hours to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays beginning Sept. 30.

group of cyclists riding on a cobblestone street in the tour de france

Le Tour de France’s Youngest Racers Are Like Us, but Superhuman

September 28, 2020
On Sunday, Sept. 20, Le Tour de France Tadej Pogačar won the event. At 22, he is the youngest rider to win the Tour since 1904.
graphic of a blue mailbox displaying mail-in voting statistics

Mail-In Voting Isn’t the Solution You Hope It Is

September 2, 2020
Many states have turned to mail-in voting amid the pandemic, but it invites a higher risk of voter disenfranchisement than it aims to prevent.
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Crossword Issue 13: Great Divides

July 29, 2020
Play the Issue 13 crossword here.

All the Fun Facts: Spring 2020

May 13, 2020
A collection of the fun facts published in the fun & games section throughout the spring 2020 semester.

Ram Jams: ‘Making a Door Less Open’

May 12, 2020
Car Seat Headrest continues to surprise listeners with new features and old habits of lo-fi electronic sounds on their new album "Making a Door Less Open."
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Open the Economy Safely, but Soon

May 12, 2020
However perfect it sounds to be paid more to not work, government assistance will run out, and we college students and young people will have to pay for it in taxes over the next few years of our lives.

Making Brownies with Esmé Bleecker-Adams and Jill Rice

May 8, 2020
Learn to make Bon Appétit’s Camouflage Chocolate Fudge Brownies in the second video of The Observer's cooking series.
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[Photo] Students Share the Perks of Pets During the Pandemic

May 7, 2020

Derby likes to nibble on her toys, but her favorite chew toys are the ears and fingers of Jill Rice, FCLC ’22.

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A Successful End of Zoomester Show

May 5, 2020
Stove's Comedy Club performed their End of Semester Show on Zoom and livestreamed it on YouTube, raising over $5,000 to support health care workers.
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Crossword Issue 8: No Man’s Land

April 21, 2020
Play the Issue 8 crossword here.
Ram Jams: ‘The New Abnormal’ Is New but Not Abnormal

Ram Jams: ‘The New Abnormal’ Is New but Not Abnormal

April 14, 2020
After seven years without an album release, The Strokes are back with guitar riffs that hearken back to their debut “Is This It,” references to ’80s rock, and enjoyable lyric value and instrumental polish.
While patrons cannot attend Easter services in person, churches like St. Paul the Apostle are livestreaming them instead.

Worshipping God While Social Distancing

April 9, 2020
Find virtual church and synagogue services for Easter and Passover.
On the first Hawaiian Shirt Thursday, the writer’s Latin professor boosted morale by having everyonewear print shirts and use fun virtual backgrounds.

Online Classes Are Good for Older Professors

April 7, 2020
Many of our professors are boomers. That’s not an insult, just a fact: It takes years to earn a degree and even more to become tenured at a university.
Word Ladder

Word Ladder

April 1, 2020
Instructions: Get from Lincoln Center to your tuition by changing one letter at each level, highlighted in orange.
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.”

Students Petition After Face-to-Face Classes Canceled

March 19, 2020
After the cancellation of all in-person classes and all on-campus events for the duration of the semester, students concerned about potential reimbursement of their housing fees have created a petition on Change.org on March 13.
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[Photo] Fordham Suspends All Campus Events

March 9, 2020

As New York City universities try to keep up with the rapidly-developing situation and reassure their communities, some students have voiced concerns that administrators are not doing enough.

Clark established a series of author talks at Fordham in her name, which she attended to advise students on writing.

‘Queen of Suspense’ Mary Higgins Clark Passes Away at 92

February 5, 2020
Critically acclaimed writer and FCLC alumna Mary Higgins Clark passes away after a 45 year long career writing suspense novels.
Jill Rice, FCLC '22, practices a backspin at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers.

Figure Skating: For More Than Just the Pros

February 5, 2020
From Sports and Health, one ice skater explains that figure skating is a great way to exercise, especially in the wintertime. Skating can be a competitive and high-intensity sport, but it can also be a fun way to relax for many people.
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Mini Crossword

January 28, 2020
Play the mini crossword here.
Who needs people like Aristotle, Plato or Cicero when you have obvious political and ethical experts such as our country’s president? 

We Came, We Saw, We Were Conquered by Fordham’s Apathy Toward Classics

January 22, 2020
My major classes are rarely, if ever, offered at Lincoln Center. It’s a dead language and a dying major.
Happy holidays from New York! Did you know there are 50,000 LED lights wrapped around the tree in Rockefeller Center?

Six Fun Holiday Facts

December 31, 2019
'Tis the season to catch up with friends and family, and these fun facts are the just the way to start a conversation.
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Fordham Choirs and Ailey Dancers Perform at Annual Christmas Festival

December 17, 2019
The annual Festival of Lessons and Carols fills the Church of St. Paul the Apostle to the brim with people and melodious music.
The Ram Van has evolved alongside the Lincoln Center campus; what started as an experiment has now turned into a pillar of student life.

40 Years of the Rambling Ram Van

December 4, 2019
Forty years ago this semester, a hallmark of the Fordham experience was born: the Ram Van. Ram Van drivers and passengers over the years have captivating stories to report from their trips, many of which can be found in The Observer and The Ram archives.
Rams in Vans: The Intercampus Transportation You Can Always Rely On

Rams in Vans: The Intercampus Transportation You Can Always Rely On

November 13, 2019
It’s clear the student body is fed up with the service we get from the Ram Van, so Fordham should replace them with something more economical, practical and environmentally friendly: Rams in Vans.
Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

October 30, 2019
A look at the history of the word "ghost" and its usage as a verb.
The celebratory sound of horns and the strong smell of incense dominated the Lincoln Center area on Oct. 27 in observation of Señor de los Milagros, a historic Peruvian tradition.

Taking the Spiritual to the Streets

October 30, 2019
Thousands gathered at St. Paul's Church on Oct. 27 to celebrate Señor de los Milagros, a tradition originating in Lima, Peru.
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Crossword Issue 11: A Look Around

October 16, 2019
Hint: Some of the clues refer to the contents of The Observer Volume XXXV, Issue 11 from October 16, 2019.
Visitation Academy Apple Dumplings

Visitation Academy Apple Dumplings

October 10, 2019

Backstory: In 1846, my grade school transferred leadership from one group of nuns to another. The boarding students, unhappy with the change, went on a hunger strike. The town hosted a dinner to welcome...

Set the world on fire by getting yourself wet with a free second shower.

My Ceiling Gives Me a Second Shower

October 2, 2019
You see, I get not one, but two showers per day. After I wash with my usual soap and water, I get out, dry off and receive my second shower — this time, from the ceiling — and I know that I’ll never even look at dirt again.
When you and I are at school, we still have a great local library — in fact, the New York Public Library is the largest and one of the most active libraries in the country.

Appreciate Your Local Library

July 18, 2019
By visiting your local library, you are helping not only yourself, but also the community around you. Libraries aren’t only for quiet study and seriousness; they are also for games and programs and enjoying yourself.