Fordham’s Fresh Check Day

This year Fordham is dedicating time to recognizing student mental health by participating in a national event called “Fresh Check” Day. Fresh Check Day is organized by the Jordan Porco Foundation, which is a family organization founded by a family after their son committed suicide in college. Through this organization, several schools across the country have began taking part in this event in an attempt to recognize the stresses of college and communicate the importance of mental health.

Democratic Debate with One Addition

It’s 2020, and although this may seem like another typical article regarding the presidential election, I can assure you that it is not. While watching the Democratic debate on February 19th, I managed to actually stay awake for the full two hours of the debate, a feat I am exceptionally proud of. I do not say this in such a way as to dismiss any of the candidates, but simply to say that I found this particular debate quite substantive and closely relevant to my personal concerns in the current political realm.

Revisiting The Cafeteria

Since my last article about the cafeteria, major changes have occurred in the Marketplace both gastronomically and socially. The new changes to the food offerings, food positionings, and Cafeteria policies enacted by the Aramark Corporation have surely impacted the student body but are minuscule in comparison to the cafeteria’s recent social shifts.

“Roger Stoned”

No, Roger Stone, one of Trump’s former campaign advisers, was not stoned this Thursday, but he was sentenced to forty months in prison for impeding Congress’s investiagation on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidental election. Now the public is wondering if Trump will attempt to pardon Mr. Stone. Provided is the list of Roger Stone’s Ten Rules

Dishing Out Clemency

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued a series of 7 pardons and 4 commutions. Despite the president’s own legal trouble with impeachment and numerous accounts of sexual assault or harassment, the president did not hold back when exercising his presidential power to pardon. According to CNN, the reasons for said pardons were extremely vague. The president is quoted as saying “These are all people that you have to see the recommendations. I rely on recommendations, very importantly.”

“Bernchella:” Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Rallies Were a Political Party

Raging rallies were held by Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt in Iowa to gain support for his presidential campaign the week leading up to the Iowa Caucus. The rallies resembled a music festival complete with beer, live music, and a multitude of millennials. The event even gained a festival-inspired nickname ‘Bernchella.’ Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend and a variety of other musicians performed to show their support. Some songs on Vampire Weekend’s setlist were “2021,” “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” and “Holiday.” Bon Iver’s gig included “Blood Bank,” “Flume” and “For Emma.”
Despite the rallies’ reputation and festival-inspired nickname, they were in fact political.

Belmont is Gentrifying … Fast

The Fordham and Belmont communities have had a long, tenuous relationship with each other, to say the least. As we know, Fordham University has a student body that is predominantly both white and from upper-class backgrounds. In contrast, Belmont is incredibly ethnically diverse and one of the poorest in New York City. Specifically, 31% of Belmont residents fall below the poverty line. This compares to a Bronx average of 25% and a New York City average of 20%. Additionally, the average income in Bronx Community Board 6, which Belmont is located in, is a measly $25,972. To put that number in perspective, the average income in Bergen County, New Jersey, where many Fordham students originally hail from, is about $85,000. The unemployment rate in Belmont is much higher than the national average. As of the last count, it was about 16%. This is more than 5 times the national average!

Trump Impeached, Trial Goes to Senate

Donald J. Trump has become the third president to be impeached. On December 18th, the House of Representatives voted to pass the two articles introduced, both on near-party line votes. The articles, for abuse of power and obstruction of congress, were passed on the strength of the Democratic caucus alone, with neither receiving a vote from a single Republican. An historic vote, Trump has now joined Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as the only presidents to be impeached by the House. The charges stem from the July 25th phone call between President Trump and newly elected Ukranian President Vlodymir Zelensky, during which President Trump appeared to ask Mr. Zelensky to open an investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden, and his business dealings with large Ukranian companies. The caveat– that is, the quid pro quo of it all– is that routine military aid for Ukraine, several hundred million dollars of it, had been held up for the past few weeks before this, leading some to believe that Mr. Trump was conditioning the aid on Mr. Zelensky’s willingness to open an investigation into one of the President’s premier political rivals.