A Conversation with Roger Stone: An Assessment of his Legacy

Managing editor Marisa Gomez sat down with Roger Stone, after his talk at Fordham University, to discuss his political legacy, past controversies, and the future of politics in the U.S. Marisa: Gomez: You’ve been involved in politics for almost 45 years now, correct? Roger Stone: Yes. Marisa: Why did you begin to participate in politics and why was it important to you? Roger: Well, I originally wanted to be an actor and then I figured out that politics was show business for ugly people. It has a lot of the same…

How to Really Change the World: An interview with Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid grew up in Pakistan where she started volunteering at a prison at age 13. Since then, she has continued her outreach on a much larger scale. As the co-founder and former CEO of the Malala Fund, Shiza Shahid was instrumental in Malala Yousafzai’s growth and success and the success of the organization. Shahid continues using her business knowledge from Stanford and her passion for service to promote women’s education and the betterment of the world through socially conscious businesses. You said that you became involved in social justice…

There Are More Than Two Sides to Politics: Chad Peace speaks about Independent Voters in 2016

Chad Peace is a leader in the independent voter community. He serves as the legal strategist for the Independent Voter Project (IVP), the publishing editor for IVP’s publication IVN.us, president of IVC Media, and partner at the law firm Peace & Shea LLP. Peace has dedicated his life to reforming the electoral system in favor of all voters, not just party affiliates. Welcome Chad. Thank you for joining me today. Do you mind discussing a bit of what the Independent Voter Project (IVP) does?  The Independent Voter Project was founded…

Is Education Becoming too Political?

Imagine classroom divisions based on student ability instead of age. Imagine that instead of studying subjects in school, you work on projects that teach different interactive lessons. Imagine no standardized tests and learning through experience. This is the vision of Nikhil Goyal, a 20 year-old author from Long Island and author of two books in which he critically examines America’s school system and offers his take on possible solutions. He is one of the first student voices to publicly speak out against America’s education systems, and he has already been…

Women in Politics: Obstacles Hindering Their Climb to Success

“I’m going to go into politics.” I’ve said this many times to family, friends, coworkers, and new acquaintances. While many people have expressed support and plan to vote for me when I run for office, others doubt my ability as a woman to lead. Whether or not I end up in the White House, I want more than anything to serve in public office and fix what is broken in our country. Because of these goals, I have worked hard to set myself on a path to success. Yet, I…

FPR Interviews – Jedediah Bila

Before speaking to a group of Fordham students last week, political pundit and author Jedediah Bila sat down with FPR editor Marisa Gomez to talk about her career, the 2016 elections, and women in politics. Thank you so much for joining me today! It’s an honor to have this opportunity. First off, you seem very, very passionate about politics. It is especially evident in all of your tweets, which are often really funny too! Thank you. But, I wanted to know where your passion for politics came from. My house…