The U.S. Desperately Needs a New Infrastructure Program

It’s no secret that the infrastructure of the United States has been lagging for decades. In last week’s presidential debate, both candidates equally lamented the sorry state of the country’s infrastructure as they sparred on stage, with Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump comparing it to what would be found in a “third-world” country. Even Vice President Joe Biden, in 2014, used the exact same phrasing to describe LaGuardia Airport in New York, adding with a serious face, “I’m not joking,” as the crowd laughed at what it first thought…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Recapping the First Presidential Debate

On Monday night, the first presidential debate took place a stone’s throw away from Fordham at Hofstra University. The 90-minute debate gave only a glimpse into each candidate’s policies, but nevertheless revealed each of their important strengths and drawbacks, which will receive more intense scrutiny as the election draws nearer. Donald J. Trump The Good Trump managed to steer clear of his numerable controversial statements about Mexicans, Muslims, and women. Even though he was asked several pointed questions that could have led him down this road, such as a reference…

What Trump Should Do After Monday’s Debate

Monday’s first presidential debate, seen by close to one hundred million people, pitted Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton together for the first time. While many post-debate polls — such as this widely cited one by CNN — have crowned Clinton the winner, it by no means was a resounding victory, if one at all. Going forward, Trump can glean a lot from his performance and work to avoid the same traps that beleaguered him on Monday. Trump’s primary fault was his inability to reframe many of the debate questions in his…

Whitewashing in Hollywood: Why Diverse Media Representation Matters

For over a century, the entertainment industry has displayed more than its fair share of racism. Since the conception of full-length motion pictures, there has been egregious discrimination against minorities in film. The first film ever shown at the White House, in 1915, was Birth of a Nation, a film that glorified the Ku Klux Klan and demonized African-Americans in the South. The first American “talkie” was The Jazz Singer in 1927, which featured white actor Al Jolson performing in blackface. From cinema’s very conception, minorities have “long felt the…

Tonight’s Fordham Debate Topics, Explained

As the spring semester comes to a close, Fordham’s College Democrats and College Republicans meet for a final debate at 7:00 p.m. in Flom Auditorium. Hosted by Fordham Political Review, the debate features a bipartisan discussion on immigration and two partisan debates, one on Merrick Garland’s confirmation as Supreme Court justice and the other on recent religious freedom laws. Here’s what you need to know about the topics. Immigration Reform In 2014, there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States, down from the 12.2 million in 2007, and…

Beyoncé: Getting in “Formation”

With record-breaking songs, catchy lyrics, impeccably-produced music videos and a fan bases that transcends color, gender, and locale, Beyoncé Knowles has become a modern-day icon for people of color not only in the United States but also across the world. A successful artist, actress, and businesswoman, one could make the argument Beyoncé is the most influential African-American of her generation, and, apart from Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama, in the history of the United States. However, in February 2016 when Beyoncé debuted her latest single, “Formation,” I asked the…

What 2016 Could Mean for the Climate

In this historic presidential primary race that has so far been characterized by chaotic rallies, a disjointed GOP, and a real estate mogul turned Republican frontrunner, media outlets have enjoyed an abundance of issue-pertinent and drama-filled footage. Over the past few months, the country has watched primary candidates debate headline issues such as minimum wage and immigration, but one issue has been largely absent from the candidates’ campaigns. After a close second-place finish at the first caucus in Iowa, Bernie Sanders stated in his speech: “The debate is over: Climate…

Sharks and the Countdown to Extinction

Sharks are fundamentally misunderstood creatures. For centuries, sharks have been feared because of their sharp teeth, ominous fins, and vicious visage. However, sharks are not a danger to humanity. In fact, they’re not even on the “Top 100 Greatest Threats to Humans” list. The top spots on that list go to heart disease, cancer, car accidents, and suicide. However, sharks only kill an average of five people per year and injure an average of thirteen people per year. To put that number in perspective, lightning kills 24,000 people per year.…