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Fresh-Vision: A Great Start to College

October 9, 2013

By GABRIELLE MCGOVERN STAFF WRITER On Sept. 20, 3:00 p.m., 20 freshmen Fordham students, including myself, met outside McGinley Center. No one knew each other’s names or backgrounds, or who was from Rose Hill or Lincoln Center. But what we did know was that we would all be leaving Fordham’s camp...

Putin and the Peace Prize

Putin and the Peace Prize

October 9, 2013

By CONOR FUCCI Columnist Recently, I found out that America’s best friend and foreign Internet celebrity, Vladimir Putin, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. An accomplishment that would be complimented in most situations has left me nothing more than baffled. I understand that Putin’s invo...

From the Desk of Shannon Marcoux, Exec. Copy Editor

From the Desk of Shannon Marcoux, Exec. Copy Editor

October 9, 2013

“What is the most beautiful sound in the world?” I found myself sitting at RA training playing yet another icebreaker and this was the question I needed to answer in one word or short phrase. As we went around the circle, there were many answers of “waves crashing on a beach” or “children laughi...

Editorial: Obamacare Opponents Must Face Reality

October 3, 2013

By The Editorial Board Here we go again. As we descend into  the first government shutdown in 17 years, it is hard to contain our disdain; Congress is a bigger circus than Barnum & Bailey. The Republican-led House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act — or, as it is...

From the Desk of Catrina Livermore, Assistant Opinion Editor

From the Desk of Catrina Livermore, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 3, 2013

After Sunday night’s finale of an epic story, I am going to do it. I am going to be the one that is bold enough to say that we are currently witnesses to a television renaissance. To be clear, I am not saying that “Breaking Bad” is the greatest show ever. Nor am I saying that television prior t...

Next Step? Keeping Guns Out of Hands of Mentally Ill

A recent shooting at Washington Navy Yard sparked a debate about loose-regulations regarding the purchasing of guns. (Photo  Courtesy of Wikimedia)

October 3, 2013

By JOSEPH CLINES Staff Writer As a nation that is gradually becoming more progressive, the United States remains surprisingly primitive on the issue of guns. All rights guaranteed by the Constitution are held as sacred; however, none are so deeply sewn into our nation’s conscience as the Sec...

The Power of Protest

The Power of Protest

October 3, 2013

By Ricky Bordelon Columnist “Wir sind ein Volk!” (We are one people!) This slogan was widely used throughout the protests of 1989, when East German citizens (primarily young people and students) rallied both for freedom from Erich Honecker’s oppressive regime and for reunification with prospe...

Part Versus Whole

Part  Versus  Whole

October 3, 2013

By Stephen Fragano Columnist   This past season of MLB baseball was undoubtedly a disappointing one for fans of the New York Yankees. The team’s performance was not up-to-snuff, given the normal expectations of Yankees fans who anticipate their team to at least make it to the playoffs. Whe...

American Beauty Draws Out Ugly Truth

October 3, 2013

    By FELICIA CZOCHANSKI STAFF WRITER   The crowning of the 2014 Miss America has unearthed the embarrassing ignorance of American society. Within seconds of the announcement that Nina Davuluri, an Indian-American contestant from New York, had won the pageant, social media sites erupted ...

Reactionaries Take Page From 1984, Ban Books

Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio was recently the figure of a controversial profile, attracting criticism from his opponents.   (Photo Courtesy of Michael Rezin/The Ram)

October 3, 2013

By Madelyn Murphy Staff Writer   Censorship, control, oppressive authority — are these to become the criteria for the regulation of literature in America today? Is the banning of books in schools and libraries to be considered helpful and for the good of society, or are we to view it as re...

Lhota Calls Foul, Side Steps Issues

Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio was recently the figure of a controversial profile, attracting criticism from his opponents.   (Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia)

October 3, 2013

By JOSEPH VITALE OPINION EDITOR   When I finished reading The New York Times' story on Bill de Blasio's days as a “young leftist,” I was as unsurprised as Joe Lhota was, well, surprised. In the 1980s, the story went, the now-mayoral candidate became an ardent supporter of the Sandinista ...

Can Obama Put Breaks On Climate Change?

Under President Obama’s plan, new restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions will be placed on power plants in an attempt to slow increasing climate change.  (Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia)

October 3, 2013

By CAMILLE DANIELICH Contributing Writer   President Obama has finally thrown a bone to the environmentally conscious. Disregarding Congress, the Obama administration has blazed ahead with its plan to slow climate change. The plan promises enormous reductions in power plant emissions and, most ...

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