Fight The Power

Two days ago, the paper got an email from bronxtenantsunited@gmail.com, detailing a day of action going on today, April 1st, at the corner of Willis Avenue and East 139th Street in the Bronx. At 2pm, the tenants in the South Bronx will converge to demand rent freezes as well as better living conditions during this international pandemic.

Coronavirus Worries Lead to Anxiety Among Student Body

As the coronavirus has spread around the globe into a major pandemic, so too has a global panic surrounding the potential ramifications of the virus, from personal implications to the deleterious effects it could have on the economy. Goldman Sachs has projected zero growth for the American economy in the second quarter and, until recently, Chinese manufacturing was at a near-standstill. Economic effects are being felt especially hard in the manufacturing, travel, and services sectors.

The Power of the Pool: An Alternative Form of Meditation

The swimming pool is a powerful mechanism for healing, reflection, and peace. When I think about the pool I can’t help but sing “these are a few of my favorite things…” from The Sound of Music. Just as the young postulant Maria remembers “raindrops on roses” and “bright copper kettles… when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when [she’s] feeling sad,” I remember the swimming pool when the midterms come, when the sleep deprivation hits, or when I need a break.

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.”

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!

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Announce Presidential Runs

As 2019 arrives so do the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. As of now, Senator Kamala Harris (California), Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro (Texas), Representative Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Former Representative John Delaney (Maryland), and entrepreneur Andrew Yang (New York) have announced that they are running in the democratic primary.

A MAGA Mess

On January 18, 2019, a viral video took Twitter by storm; a group of white males clad in MAGA hats chanted in the face of a Native American Omaha elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Since the weekend, several videos and narratives have emerged from both parties. What first seemed like an obviously racially charged encounter became muddied by the release of more information from several sources.