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What I’ve Learned About Debating From Among Us

By ESMÉ BLEECKER-ADAMS October 28, 2020
One can’t help but try to analyze some of the fascinating social dynamics of debating who the imposter is, which feel especially relevant during a bitter election season.
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A Reminder to Fordham’s Activists

By STEVIE CORTEZ October 28, 2020
As you demonstrate, advocate, organize, and protest, remember that those actions themselves are a privilege many can’t afford.
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Political Activism Needs to Continue After the Election

Our duties do not end when the election does, just as the issues affecting us every day are not resolved when a president takes office.
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It Cost Me $13,860 to Vote

By MARIELLE SARMIENTO October 28, 2020
Finally becoming an American proved to me that voting in this country isn’t a right — it’s a privilege.
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The 2020 Election Is America’s Last Arranged Marriage

By BIVAS THAPA October 28, 2020
The long lineage of political families and their history at Ivy League Schools make me wonder: Why do we court presidents like we’re courting an arranged marriage?
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Letter to the Editor: Many Conservatives Are Really Libertarians

October 25, 2020
What insults my intelligence the most about many (not all) of today's political "conservatives" is how many of them are extreme libertarians.
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Letter to the Editor: Racial Profiling in New York

October 22, 2020
For many years, people who are affected by this problem have called out for help, but until now there’s no real change.
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Heat Check: Sports vs. Arts

By GABRIELLE DINIZO October 21, 2020
Live sporting and performance events were both interrupted by the pandemic, but sports have since found strategies and support to return that the arts still lack.
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Amy Coney Barrett Is Not an Ideal Christian Jurist

By NICHOLAS SCOTCHIE October 21, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett is only using the veneer of Christianity to hide deeply un-Christian politics and a conservative agenda for the Supreme Court.
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An Original Interpretation of Amy Coney Barrett

If we continued to interpret the law according to the original writers’ intentions, then women might be still largely confined to domestic duties and Black people might still be enslaved.
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‘A Culture of Life’: The Catholic Church Has Never Advocated for the Death Penalty

By JILL RICE October 18, 2020
Although the Catholic Church had not previously condemned the death penalty on the whole, its prior stance was in no way in support of it. 
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The Freshest of Freshmen

By ABBIGAIL RAMNARINE October 15, 2020
I am the maroon monster walking the halls, and, of course, I had to take a picture of myself standing in front of the ram statue.