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.…

Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s Fordham debate

Tonight’s debate (7 p.m. in Flom Auditorium) between Fordham’s College Democrats and Fordham’s College Republicans will consist of three rounds. The first will feature a bipartisan discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in which a members from each club will work collaboratively to argue both sides. The second and third rounds will consist of traditional one-on-one debates in which a member from each club will take their party’s side on gun control and student debt. Here’s what you need to know about the issues. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)…

America’s Gun-Wielding Ideology

You might think that after mass shootings like the recent ones in Texas, Arizona, and Oregon, the American public would turn away from guns, embracing gun control as a way to reduce gun violence. But you would be wrong. In 2013, year after a gunman killed 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut, the opposite occurred: those in favor of controlling gun ownership remained relatively steady, while those who supported gun rights increased by six percent. Less than a year after the shooting, Congress failed to pass national gun law reforms…

If It Ends Like This: Prioritization in the LGBTQ Rights Movement

The LGBTQ rights movement may have made a strategic error. An understanding of the goals pursued so far is crucial to comprehend why. One should not diminish what has been accomplished by most recent generations—indeed the momentum is impressive, and the timetable incredibly small. Still,he meaning of these fresh victories is enormous, and perhaps we do not yet have the hindsight to fully appreciate how these events ripple, evolve and take shape later. It is difficult to quickly summarize all that has happened in the past half-decade. Memorializing Matthew Shepherd…

New York’s Most Disruptive Tenant: Airbnb

“Airbnb and home-sharing are here to stay, and it’s a matter of time before we fix this law.” – Nick Papas, Director of Public Affairs at Airbnb   What if you needed the government’s permission every time you let your friends crash for the night? Say you received a notice claiming you were operating an “illegal hotel” for not obtaining clearance to let your out-of-town family stay over for the week. Would you argue there’s a line to be drawn? Friends? Friends of friends? Complete strangers? There’s a war going…