Jumpstart for a Day

On Saturday, April 13, Fordham University’s Jumpstart Program held their annual Jumpstart for a Day Celebration.

Jumpstart is a nationwide organization that provides early literacy and social-emotional resources to preschool students in low-income districts with the aim of ensuring that every child will enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Fordham Wins Tinder Contest

       As many of you may know, Fordham University just won TinderU’s #SwipeOff contest. This contest, in many ways inspired by the March Madness tournament, pits universities across the country against each other to see which one has the highest ratio of “swipe rights”. The winner of the competition gets a free concert, with the performer(s) this year being popular rapper Juice WRLD and British artist Charli XCX.

Weakened Women’s March Still Packs a Political Punch

On January 19, 2019 the third Women’s March in New York City took place. It marked the two-year anniversary of Trump’s presidency which began on January 20, 2017. Though dubbed the Women’s March, the parade of protest was more of an overarching anti-Trump fest.
This year in New York City, there were two competing women’s marches, sort of, one was a march, the other a rally. The first, which was organized by the Women’s March Alliance and the only one with the proper police permit, will be the focus of this article. The other march was formed by the New York chapter (Women’s March NYC) of the Women’s March Organization, the group responsible for forming the original 2017 march in D.C. This year however, Women’s March NYC did not hold a march in Manhattan but rather a rally in front of the New York County Court in the Financial district.

Next Year’s News Predictions

January 2019:
*New Study Shows 80% of People Believe in Climate Change–Only 30% of People Care
*Jeff Bezos and Disney in Competition to Buy Everything Single Living and Non-Living Thing
*Nuclear Missiles Launched Into the Moon: War Ensues
*Elon Musk and Seth Rogen Invented New Strain of Weed: Weed Now Illegal in New York
*Dieters Lose Their Minds Avoiding Candy, Potato Chips, and Carbs

The Fight for Fordham’s 15

By January 2019, per Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016-17 State Budget legislation, “big employers”–– companies that have 11 or more employees–– will be obligated to pay their workers at least $15 an hour. This is a $2 raise from the previous $13 established in early 2018, and will be one of many steps Cuomo has taken to ensure that all workers in New York are paid a living wage. Fordham University, then, as a so-designated “big employer”, would have to raise its student workers’ wages accordingly. However, according to an email from SAGES (Students for Sex and Gender Equity and Safety) a few weeks ago, both Fordham’s Student Employment Office and its Human Resources Management had other plans.

Vape Life No More?

Vapers, it’s time to start stocking your pomegranate flavored pods, because New York might pass legislation banning most flavored e-cigarettes. Governor Cuomo and health officials are concerned with the rising rate of teen addiction to e-cigarettes, and have proposed heavy regulations to try and curb this worsening problem. E-cigarettes are marketed as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, but is that label inherently misleading?  Are there legitimate and negative health effects on teens that warrant a ban? Or is the government unfairly cracking down on a low risk product just because it is technically a drug?

Gov. Cuomo signs Medical Marijuana Bill

In an effort to minimize the growing death toll of opioid overdose, the state of New York has instituted legislation (S8987A/A 11011-B). The new bill, signed by Governor Cuomo, adds acute pain management to the list of conditions medicinal marijuana may be legally used to treat. Using cannabis to ease pain is a method aimed at reducing opioid prescriptions that too often lead to crippling addictions, and sometimes death.