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!

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.

Is A Recession Coming?

Come this July the current economic expansion will be the longest recorded in modern American economic history. Our current expansionary period began in the aftermath of the 2007 – 2009 Great Recession and although it’s been slow growth economic growth wise in relation to  previous expansions, it has still delivered mild gains for the American Middle and Working classes; but with most gains going to the wealthiest Americans.

A Crash Course in Sex Education

In “Sex Education”’s mere eight episodes it is able to tell a story that, although its particulars may vary from many people’s high school experiences; its overall message speaks towards the awkward universality of that time in people’s lives. There are a lot of moving components in this show, and they all add up to one pleasant viewing experience.

Midterm Roundup: Viva la Democracia

On November 6, 2018 the Democrats won back the House, several Governorships, and state legislatures. However, they failed to achieve a victory similar in scale to that of the Tea Party wave of 2010. This is likely due to the increased polarization of society in the intermittent eight years. With that being said, 2018 can still be considered a victory for the Democrats due to the number of key races that they did win. More important than these victories though, is the impact that they will have on American society.

Donald Trump continues to normalize the absurd

On 26th September 2018 President Donald Trump held the fourth solo press conference of his presidency. President Trump most likely held this conference in order to fight back against his administration’s numerous scandals, as well as the incredibly controversial nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The presser also took place only one day after Trump was laughed at while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly. This should have been a fairly straightforward speech by Trump. However, as with all things the President seems to be involved in, the conference quickly derailed and devolved into utter absurdity.