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Editorial: Defy Apathy, Vote in USG Elections

April 3, 2013

By The Editorial Board If you voted in last year’s USG elections, then you are in the minority at Fordham. Only 923 votes were cast in Rose Hill’s 2012 USG elections, according to a report sent to The Fordham Ram by USG. Because students can vote for their school’s executive board positions and for their class representatives, they can vote multiple times. The number 923 signifies the total votes cast, not the tot...

‘Sex Week’ Opponents Hinder Open Discussion

‘Sex Week’ Opponents Hinder Open Discussion

April 3, 2013

By SAMUEL VERZINO STAFF WRITER In today’s progressive era, it comes as no surprise when outside forces seek to deter novel concepts from coming to fruition. Too often, the hammer of stagnancy comes...

Examine Your Conscience

Examine Your Conscience

April 3, 2013

By JOHN CASTONGUAY STAFF WRITER As an aspiring journalist, this is a question I find myself wrestling with on a semi-regular basis: What needs to be said?  What do I have to say at that particular mome...

In Wake of Connecticut Shooting, Fordham Community Unifies to Pray

December 14, 2012

By ELIZABETH ZANGHI Fordham students and faculty joined together Friday evening in Rose Hill's Our Lady's Chapel to pray for the victims of the elementary school shooting that happened earlier in the day in Newtown, Conn. The shooting, which happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning, resulted in the deaths of 28 people — 20 of them children between the ages of five and ten. The shooting was the nation's...

PRIDE Alliance Holds Vigil, Calls for More ‘Acceptance’

December 8, 2012

By EDDIE MIKUS STAFF WRITER Fordham's People Recognizing Identities and Differences (PRIDE) Alliance group held an on-campus candlelight vigil on Dec. 3. “The purpose of this event is to bring attention to members of the LGBTQ community who have taken their lives or lost their lives because of violence enacted against them,”  Sarah Lyons, FCRH ’15 and PRIDE secretary, said of the vigil. Club members silently...

Amid Inaccuracies, Bill O’Reilly Challenges Decision to ‘Ban’ Ann Coulter

December 5, 2012

By CONNOR RYAN & KELLY KULTYS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & NEWS EDITOR Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX network, devoted airtime on Monday to challenge Fordham's decision to "ban" conservative pundit Ann Coulter from speaking on campus last month. O'Reilly's comments, which at times were later found to be factually inaccurate, has sparked a wide on-campus response from students who feel that the ...

LIFT Offers Volunteer Opportunities in the Bronx

November 28, 2012

By JEFFREY COLTIN The Bronx can be an uplifting place.  Sometimes those break-dancers on the D train are the perfect entertainment.  One can spend hours enjoying a cappuccino and a cannoli on the sidewalks of Arthur Avenue.  And nothing brightens a day like a walk in the Botanical Garden.  But life is tough for many in the Bronx.  Knowing that, some Fordham students choose to pay it forward and raise up the borough t...

Bloomberg Serves as Model for Bold Leadership

November 28, 2012

By JOSEPH VITALE STAFF WRITER In the final weeks of October, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was one of the busiest men in New York. He was the face of a city that was under water, out of power and, in some places, destroyed. He was the voice of a people in need of vital resources and relocation. He was the man who had to assure New Yorkers the subway would soon resume service and he was at the center of a controversial decisi...

Obama Must Live Up to Hype

November 28, 2012

By JOHN P. CASTONGUAY COLUMNIST In his recent actions regarding his fiscal proposals, President Obama seems to be doing his best to prove his critics right: He is acting like a celebrity rather than the President.  Instead of working with Republican members of Congress, who will be responsible for editing, debating and possibly passing his plan, President Obama is engaging in a campaign-style strategy to advertise his...

Constituents Should Vote by Ideals, Not by Party

November 24, 2012

By PATRICK MAROUN STAFF WRITER After more than 200 years, George Washington’s premonition has come to fruition.  Our country is divided nearly in half, and the political polarization and partisan power politics that dominate the American political landscape make it nearly impossible for any substantive legislation to survive the congressional civil war.  The fact that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) managed to make...

Editorial: Coulter Backlash Opens Opportunity

November 14, 2012

By The Editorial Board Inviting Ann Coulter to do a speaking engagement at Fordham was a move in very poor taste by the College Republicans, for all of the reasons cited in the uproar surrounding her visit. Especially in the wake of several incidents involving hate speech and discrimination on campus last semester, the decision to invite Coulter to espouse her divisive rhetoric in front of an academic audience was regrettable ...

Editorial: Spread Out Sandy Relief Efforts

November 7, 2012

By The Editorial Board In typical New York fashion, Sandy, the destructive superstorm originally classified as a hurricane, brought out the best in the city’s residents. As those in New York and the surrounding areas literally begin to pick up the pieces of their lives, New Yorkers have showed a spirit of resilience and community. The overall trend is one of togetherness. After Sandy passed and left much of New York...

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