Unam Sanctam Catholicam: A Call for a Renewal of Tradition in the Catholic Church

It has been over a half-century since the closure of the Second Vatican Council, which ran in multiple sessions from 1963 to 1965 under the papacies of Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Vatican II, as the ecumenical council is colloquially known is considered the defining moment of the Church in the twentieth century.  The Council brought forth historic change to the Roman Catholic Church, thereby fundamentally altering the liturgy and dispensing with centuries of tradition to appease a world society that had freshly emerged from the two…

The Truth Behind Phony Outrage

In July 2016, the North Carolina legislature passed the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act—more commonly known as House Bill 2—which forbids individuals from using bathrooms that do not match their birth gender. The bill, which was signed into law by governor Patrick McCrory on March 23, bans local governments from enacting anti-discrimination policies or setting their own minimum wage laws, but is best known for its stipulation regarding bathroom usage. According to McCrory, it was enacted to reinforce state authority over local government and defend standards of public decency,…

All Joking Aside: The SNL Effect

To many Americans, the political field is dull, divisive and plain ugly. For forty-two years, Saturday Night Live (SNL) has transformed the inner workings of politics into something that Americans find relatable, humorous, and ultimately engaging. With its witty and satirical depictions of presidential politics, this season of SNL has thoroughly captured the essence of the 2016 presidential election. It has seen record-shattering viewing figures: A recent skit featured Melissa McCarthy impersonating White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on his first day. Matching Spicer’s stroppy conversational style and donning his…

Playstation VR Review

A few days ago, I finally convinced myself that the hefty $600 price tag for Playstation VR (and its related accessories like the motion sensors and camera) was worth it. I’ve written plenty in the past about disruptive technology in general (including VR), but trying it hands-on was something entirely different. Unboxing the system was simple enough. The set-up is straightforward – mostly rewiring connections with HDMI cables through a virtual reality processor given to you by Sony that powers the new technology. I have to confess that, throughout the…

What Trump Means for Tech

On the eve of Trump’s election, the markets leapt into disarray. First they were falling — then they were rising, accelerating onwards for months and even recently closing out the Dow Jones at 20,000 for the first time in history. The stock markets were revving forward, but one industry seemed to be missing out: technology. In the wake of Trump’s newborn presidency, tech stocks slumped across the board. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet all fell at least 1.9% each within 48 hours of Trump’s election, and questions about how Trump’s…

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.…