On Sunday, April 12, 2015 Hillary Clinton announced her official 2016 presidential bid. Within 24 hours of her announcement, #WhyImNotVotingForHillary was trending on Twitter. Some of the tweets dealt with the Benghazi murders, missing emails, and her experience, but the vast majority dealt with criticisms of her gender, weight, age, husband, and wealth. Continue reading #WhyImVotingForHillary
University of San Francisco President the Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. is a man bridging many divides, be they bureaucratic, political, or ideological. As the individual tasked with overseeing the entirety of the university, he must attempt to please all sides while fulfilling the most pressing needs of the institution and ensuring its long-term success. Continue reading An interview with usf’s president on diversity, sex, sin, and what it means to be a Jesuit
President Obama asked congress for an additional 1,500 troops and $5.6 billion in defense funding earlier this week to continue the fight against Islamic state militants in Iraq. ISIS, known for killing dozens of people at a time, typically in a gruesome and public way, has been considered an international threat to many leading nations. Do you believe that President Obama’s decision to de- ploy more troops is appropriate? Or do you believe, that after our many years at war in the Middle East, we should take a lesser role in solving this crisis? Why do you believe so? Continue reading DON ON THE STREET: AMERICAN INTERVENTION?
The inauguration ceremony on Saturday of Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. wasn’t all formalities. One of Fitzgerald’s oldest friends and one of the ceremony’s distinguished guest speakers, Janet Napolitano, recalled attending college with the newly chosen president. “We even went to prom together,” Napolitano said as the audience erupted in laughter, before adding, “I have pictures.” Continue reading USF Warmly Welcomes the Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald as 28th University President
Foghorn staff asked, “What was most interesting to you about Obama’s State of the Union address last week?”
Meagan Cuthill | Senior politics major
“I thought his address was very typical of how Obama’s speeches go. Very well presented, well balanced. I think he delivered a State of the Union that was expected, in a good way, and even so there will always be critics. Like oh, he didn’t comment on this issue as much as he should! Or that anecdote was inappropriate! For example. Anyways, all in all it was well-rounded and him addressing minimum wage and foreign affairs (despite some questionable wording) were the best for me.”
Robert Elias | Politics professor
“What become clear to me is that Obama feels as though congress has been an impediment to getting things done. He’s putting the burden, the blame, on congress… but at the same time, he’s kind of abducating responsibility. Yes, congress is horrible at getting things done, but Obama hasn’t been a good leader in terms of rallying and gaining support for what he wants to do.”
Ian Scullion | Junior politics major
“Some notable highlights, but largely an uninspired propaganda piece (which is historically characteristic of State of the Union Addresses in general mind you). President Obama touted his “all the above” energy strategy yet again—the argument being to ostensibly become “energy independent.”
While these euphemisms may sound agreeable to the masses, the actually existing policies behind the rhetoric are quite shocking. Part of his “all the above” energy strategy includes – if deemed “safe” for the climate – the building of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would funnel tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
In 2012, prominent American climate scientist James Hansen remarked that the exploitation of these tar sands would mean, ‘game over for the climate.’ Yet surprisingly, a recently released State Department report asserted that the building of the pipeline would not significantly exacerbate green house gas emissions in the United States. At the moment, Keystone XL looks relatively imminent. That is unless popular backlash, of which there is a remarkable amount, proves effective.”