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Some students are forced to take classes early in the morning that would be at a normal time at Fordham, had in-person instruction not been canceled.

Taking Classes Across the Globe

April 14, 2020

The switch to online classes for the 2020 spring semester as a part of Fordham’s plan to protect against the spread of coronavirus, has caused disruptions in many Fordham students’ schedules.

Professor Michael Peppard has found that managing his school time, family time and personal time a challenge under quarantine, but not one too large to overcome.

Professor Michael Peppard Balances Teaching, Homeschooling and Music-Making During COVID-19

April 14, 2020

Theology professor Michael Peppard discusses balancing college work with his children’s virtual learning, and finding moments of mindfulness in old hobbies.

Local Eateries Face Uncertain Future

Local Eateries Face Uncertain Future

April 14, 2020

With residence halls now almost entirely vacant, eateries near campus are left without a large base of regular customers to order takeout and delivery.

Zoom Classes Prompt Questions on Cybersecurity

Zoom Classes Prompt Questions on Cybersecurity

April 7, 2020

Concerns over Zoom privacy, data sharing and Zoombombing led to New York City schools banning the use of its service in the classroom; however, it still serves as Fordham and other universities’ primary online class congregation tool.

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.

A Case for Reaching Out

A Case for Reaching Out

April 7, 2020

Fordham students, like other college students across the United States and throughout the world, have been sent home and are doing what they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The pandemic has introduced us all to “flattening the curve,” Zoom and, of course, social distancing.

Fordham Students Lose Internships and Jobs as Global Crisis Continues

Fordham Students Lose Internships and Jobs as Global Crisis Continues

April 6, 2020

As states implement stay-at-home orders, student workers find their internships and jobs being canceled. Many scramble to change their summer plans, which could lead to ripples in their careers at Fordham and beyond.

This year's USG candidates, Loreen Ruiz (left) and Robert Stryczek (right), will campaign and debate online.

United Student Government Will Host 2020 Elections Online

April 1, 2020

As Fordham students are spread across the globe for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Student Government (USG) at Lincoln Center reevaluated its 2020 spring election process. 

A man wearing a mask and carrying a trash can walks along the middle of Columbus Avenue in front of a shuttered Lincoln Center.

Fordham Forced to ‘PAUSE’: NYC Shuts Down

April 1, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new executive order, “PAUSE,” on March 20 that urges New Yorkers to stay home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, dramatically impacting the lives of Fordham students who are still in the city. Student journalists capture life in the desolate city.

Residents expressed their gratitude after Fordham announced a 50% refund for room and board.

Fordham Issues Partial Refunds to Students

April 1, 2020

Fordham has announced a partial refund to students due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that forced the university to suspend face-to-face classes. Fordham will reduce “room, board and selected fees by approximately 50% for the spring 2020 semester,” according to an email sent by the Office of Student Financial Services on March 31.

Stove’s Comedy Club at Lincoln Center is one of the student organizations
that has transitioned to online meetings.

Student Clubs and Organizations Responds to Distance Learning

April 1, 2020

All Fordham clubs and organizations were forced to suspend in-person meetings and either cancel or rework events planned months in advance. With little to no time to adjust to the switch to online communication, some clubs are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and continue regular operations while others pivoted in a completely different direction.

As city medical supplies dwindled, Fordham donated exam gloves, respirator masks and surgical face masks.

Fordham Donates Over 30,000 Medical Items to Fight COVID-19

April 1, 2020

As Mayor de Blasio warned that city supplies of medical items were running out, Fordham University took action to combat the looming shortage by collecting over 30,000 unused medical items for donation.