Staff Editorial: An Open Letter to Cuomo and Astorino

Staff Editorial
Published: September 25, 2014

Dear Fellow Rams,

Years ago, you were running to class from your dorm, participating in clubs like CAB and USG, chasing professors down during office hours, cheering at football games and exploring New York City as a student at Fordham University.

Fast forward to 2014: You, Governor Cuomo, are running for re-election to remain governor of this great state. You, Mr. Astorino, are seeking to unseat Governor Cuomo and take back the state for the Republican Party.

Did you ever think you would make it this far?  What’s more is you’re running against a fellow Ram. Whoever wins in November, it will still be a victory for Fordham.  

One of the aspects that makes Fordham so unique is that it invites students to wrestle with the great ethical issues of our time, wants us to be bothered by the existence of injustice and motivated to do more, to learn more, to be more.

It’s not surprising then, that a group of students have begun a campaign to have Fordham host a gubernatorial debate on campus.

Debate is an integral part of democracy in this country. Being able to discuss your ideologies, your policies, your plans against your opponents and laying out your vision for the next four years is important for voters to know before they walk into the polls and cast their vote. 

What greater way to give back to the community you once called home than to return and debate amongst the student body, faculty and staff that colored your four years here. The faces have changed, but the spirit is the same.

Fordham continues to grow and not just in acreage. We’re no longer yesterday’s Fordham or today’s Fordham, but tomorrow’s Fordham. It’s growing in prominence as its students step outside of its walls, taking with them the knowledge and motivation to think big and do big. The fact that two alumni are running against each other for the same office just proves it: Fordham is a force to be reckoned with.

So Governor Cuomo, Mr. Astorino, come to Fordham to debate. 

Come home.