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Covid-19 encourages governments to look into digital forms of currency.

How the Novel Coronavirus Is Accelerating Central Bank Digital Currency Debates Worldwide

April 14, 2020

The era of paper money might be on its last legs. By pouring fuel into debates about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the digital form of a government-issued currency, the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating acceptance towards their economical and everyday life implementation.

A chocolate production line remains motionless just days before Easter. The small business was forced to lay off half
of its factory employees this past month. Small business employees like these must be the priority of government relief.

Can the Global Economy Recover from COVID-19?

April 14, 2020

It will be a difficult balancing act supporting small businesses while protecting public safety, but governments around the world should focus on small business relief in their primary economic recovery packages to try to alleviate some of the unprecedented disruption from the coronavirus.

My mother's first loaf of homemade raisin bread.

Quarantine, or Change

April 14, 2020

I’ve watched the virus slowly take over my city while only being able to sit in my room.

Zoom Classes Prompt Questions on Cybersecurity

Zoom Classes Prompt Questions on Cybersecurity

April 7, 2020

Concerns over Zoom privacy, data sharing and Zoombombing led to New York City schools banning the use of its service in the classroom; however, it still serves as Fordham and other universities’ primary online class congregation tool.

When the race was canceled in 2019, Pang had already arrived in Svalbard and experienced training in conditions similar to what can be expected in the race.

Another Year of Bad News for the North Pole Marathon

April 7, 2020

The North Pole Marathon faced cancellation for the second year in a row, this time over concerns about the coronavirus. Jonathan Pang, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’20, who was set to race in 2019 and then prepared to make it up after cancellation this April, is hoping for redemption in 2021.

On the first Hawaiian Shirt Thursday, the writer’s Latin professor boosted morale by having everyonewear print shirts and use fun virtual backgrounds.

Online Classes Are Good for Older Professors

April 7, 2020

Many of our professors are boomers. That’s not an insult, just a fact: It takes years to earn a degree and even more to become tenured at a university.

A Case for Reaching Out

A Case for Reaching Out

April 7, 2020

Fordham students, like other college students across the United States and throughout the world, have been sent home and are doing what they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The pandemic has introduced us all to “flattening the curve,” Zoom and, of course, social distancing.

As the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic increase Americans' reliance on technology, privacy becomes a relic of the past through Blockchain.

Blockchain’s Role in Battling the Novel Coronavirus

April 7, 2020

In light of the coronavirus, blockchain technology secures supply chains, validates information, disrupts corrupted systems and censorship and offers support for social distancing.

Screen capture of Loreen Ruiz (left) and Robert Stryczek (right) from the debate held via Zoom

USG 2020 Presidential Candidates Face Off in Online Debate

April 7, 2020

For the first time in the history of Fordham Lincoln Center, the United Student Government hosted its presidential debate entirely online. Presidential candidates Loreen Ruiz, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’21, and Robert Stryczek, Gabelli School of Business ’21, answered questions before an online Zoom audience on April 3. 

Shamim reported a near-empty flight back to the U.S. when he had to leave his study abroad program in Germany.

Study Abroad Canceled: Students Recount Their Experiences

April 1, 2020

The global coronavirus pandemic has forced world leaders to implement travel bans or close their countries’ borders to try to contain the spread of the virus. These changes have affected thousands of travelers around the world, including the Fordham students who had chosen to study abroad for the spring 2020 semester. 

As technology evolves, humanity's approach to curating prophylactics follows suit.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Supporting Humanity in the Battle Against Coronavirus

April 1, 2020

We might need to accept the fact that while AI will not be our lone savior this time, it might provide a thicker layer of protection from future pandemics.

As the consequences of his failures threaten the city, de Blasio has found that spreading the blame is preferable to stopping the corona virus from doing the same.

Mayor de Blasio’s Botched Pandemic Response

April 1, 2020

Nothing can fix previous mistakes made by de Blasio and his response team, but what can change is the message he conveys to New Yorkers.