Welcome to the paper’s first Damage Report!
In order to keep readers up to date with current events, we decided to start this biweekly feature, in which we present short, concise explanations of major topics that have occurred that week in the news. As well, we will link to other articles that will provide further information, as well as other articles we believe coincide with the story. This feature will be published every Tuesday – Friday.
Your News Editors,
Nick & Rachel
Milo Yiannopoulos in Hot Water
Milo Yiannopoulos, major player in the alt-right (despite his protests claiming otherwise), has been in trouble recently over comments made in which he appears to condone pedophilia. Yiannopoulos has faced significant backlash from social media as videos surfaced of him making inappropriate comments. As a result, Yiannopoulos has faced heavy consequences, losing a speaking role at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), getting his book deal with Simon and Schuster rescinded, and most recently leaving his position as Senior News Editor from Breitbart, the conservative news website. Yiannopoulos, upon resigning, released an apology video, in which he attempted to clarify what he said. Some claim his recent push into the spotlight, like the opposition protests at UC Berkeley where he was due to speak early this month and his recent appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, might have led to these comments being leaked.
Further reading (The Washington Post): LINK
President Trump’s New Deportation Rules
President Trump’s new plans for deportations have been released by the Department of Homeland Security and they are very much in line with his campaign promises. These plans are much more rigid and strict against undocumented immigrants, and will allow for more deportations to occur. The federal government can now search for and arrest anyone who is in this country illegally, and they (the undocumented immigrants) no longer have to commit a crime to be arrested. Advocates for immigrants’ rights promise to challenge the legislation in court, and many news outlets view this tactic as the best way to fight it. In comments regarding these new rules, Trump proclaimed that deportation is a military operation, which does not coincide with how the Department of Homeland Security described it.
Further reading (New York Times): LINK
More on Trump from the paper:
7 New Planets Possibly Hint at Life Elsewhere
On Wednesday, a team of scientists revealed that they found a solar system of seven planets, all of which are roughly the size of Earth and three that could potentially harbor life. These planets revolve around a dwarf star named Trappist-1 that is estimated to lie roughly 40 light years away. This information was published in Nature magazine, as well as discussed at a NASA press conference. This discovery is very impactful as it marks the first time in history that astronomers have discovered so many planets of the same type in the same solar system. This fascinating discovery could possibly reinvigorate public interest in NASA and the space program.
President Trump does away with pro-Transgender School Bathrooms Legislation
On Wednesday, the Trump administration dealt a major blow to the LGBT+ community, as they removed late Obama-era legislation that allowed any student to use the bathroom/locker room that adheres to their gender identity, not just the sex they were assigned at birth. States and school districts were pushed to enact this regulation, as the Obama administration threatened to cut federal funding from schools that refused to comply. Obama’s legislation was seen as an incredibly progressive move that was praised for taking steps to further inclusiveness in public schools. However, during Obama’s tenure, the legislation was blocked by a federal judge who believed that the decision should be left to the state and local governments. This decision comes as seventeen year old Gavin Grimm fights for his right in court to use the bathroom of his gender identity at his school in Gloucester County in Virginia. Originally, the case was supposed to move on to the Supreme Court but now with Trump’s latest legislation, lawyers on both sides have been given a little less than a week to come to a decision on how to proceed.
Further Reading (Reuters): LINK
In light of this news, we felt it was important to share an article from an anonymous writer, denouncing those who use their religion as an excuse for their hatred:
UPDATE: SJP Leader Meets with Dean, Protests Ensue (SPOTLIGHT ON FORDHAM)
Despite approval by the student government, prospective club Students for Justice in Palestine was denied approval by the Lincoln Center Dean, Keith Eldredge. In reaction, a multitude of students began protesting, accusing Fordham of violating free speech, something which Fordham has been accused of before. While the paper has already covered the possibilities as to why the administration has denied the club (link below), new allegations have come out as the organizer of the protest, Sapphira Lurie, has been charged with starting a protest lacking the proper authorization beforehand. Her hearing was meant to be with Dean Eldredge behind closed doors, one on one, with Lurie disallowed from bringing proper legal guidance to accompany her. However Lurie reportedly arrived with her lawyer anyway, as well as large group who protested outside the hearing. Her lawyer, Radhika Sainath, from Palestine Legal, challenged the Dean, citing that the handbook does not include any information stating that a student can be forced to attend a meeting with the administration without proper counsel accompanying them. The Dean still denied Lurie, who then proceeded to leave with her legal counsel and the other protestors. In addition, faculty have involved themselves in the situation by arranging a meeting with Dean Eldredge beforehand with the hope of convincing him to drop the charges.
Further reading: Student Justice Group Club Application Denied