Betsy DeVos And the Future of Education

Betsy DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor and an advocate for choice schooling, was selected by President Trump to be Secretary of Education back in late November. Amidst a series of controversial cabinet picks, DeVos’ nomination was met with an uproar from Senate Democrats and civilians alike. Over the years, DeVos has had an indirect relationship with education through chairing the American Federation for Children. The AFC supports funding charter schools, voucher programs, and private school choice. DeVos seems to prioritize private school education over public school, especially with the AFC’s…

Fear Itself: Why Donald Trump’s “America First” Mantra is a Euphemism for “America Only”

Standing in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump declared, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.” Commensurate with his campaign rhetoric, this proclamation was followed by a description of the actors who have eroded American power under his predecessors’ rule: foreigners, the establishment, other nations, and a globalized economy. The Trump Administration’s guiding principle of “America first” is problematic for two reasons: it will not lead to the desired effect…

Release of Winter 2017 Edition & Editorial Staff Announcement

Today, we are proud to release the 2017 winter edition of the Fordham Political Review. This comes after what was a contentious and polarizing election season. It is our hope that this edition of FPR will foster constructive dialogue both on campus and in our community. Copies can be found in all academic and residential buildings on the Rose Hill campus, as well as in the library at Fordham Lincoln Center. Moreover, we are also happy to announce the editorial staff for the Spring 2017 edition: Editorial Board: Editor-in-Chief: Matthew J.…

The Plight of College Students

It’s college application season. That means millions of high school seniors around the country are scrambling to finalize applications and essays. However, at the same time, they are asking themselves, “how will I pay for this?” Education is the great equalizer in our country. We pride ourselves on being a meritocracy – on the idea that anyone, including those who grow up in the poorest neighborhoods, can pull themselves out of poverty through education. People with a college degree earn 98 percent more per hour than those with a high…

Rumors Abound on Latest Brexit Tidbit

The latest Brexit speculation is almost farcical in proportion to the issue. The unrestrained rumors would be laughable if they didn’t point to a larger problem looming for Europe: the British government’s possibly strained relationship with its own people and with other European Union member states. The trouble started earlier this week when an aide leaving a Brexit strategizing meeting made what would normally be an inconsequential mistake by leaving the notebook tucked under her arm flipped open. However, under the current information-starved plight of Europe, this occurrence grew to…

What’s Left For the Democratic Party

The world’s oldest active political party now faces a historic identity crisis after Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton two weeks ago. In hindsight, this ideological void should not have been completely unexpected given Bernie Sanders’ strong challenge against Clinton for the party’s nomination during the primaries. But it was the general consensus among party leaders that any healing of wounds inflicted as a result of party infighting would be tempered by the fact that one of their own would be stewarding the ship of state while the kinks…

How Video Games are Still Pushing the Envelope

Earlier this year, Activision and Electronic Arts released opposing trailers for the upcoming year’s first-person shooters, building off opposing billion-dollar legacies that had catapulted the two corporations to the top of the market over the last decade. For the two gaming giants, it was the big reveal, stemming from months of development, millions of dollars in marketing and production costs, and countless hours of tweaking and refining game mechanics. The situation felt tense; both companies knew that they were unleashing competing behemoths that, if executed correctly, could devour the other’s…

Hacking Threats From China Persist

More knowledge than you could ever consume in your lifetime, communication with a loved one despite oceans between you, a lightweight place to capture and store hundreds of photographs and personal messages. These are the tempting promises of the smartphone, that palm-sized keeper to your memories and whereabouts. But like most great promises, the smartphone comes with a price tag, and it’s not just your monthly bill. The tradeoff for owning a device that promises instantaneous global connections is the ongoing problem of international espionage via these digital windows into…