Manhattan Caucus: Understanding the Electoral College

by Sophia Sakellariou and Kyla Guilfoil, Senior Writer & Staff Writer On election night of 2016, ballots were counted and Hillary Clinton was leading the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. When the Electoral College votes came in and she lost, people wondered: “what happened?”  “The idea of a national vote is an illusion, we don’t have a national election, we have 50 individual state … Continue reading Manhattan Caucus: Understanding the Electoral College

Manhattan Caucus: What Issues Will Matter Most in This Election?

by Sophia Sakellariou & Kyla Guilfoil, Senior Writer & Staff Writer Social justice, climate change, and healthcare policy are a few issues that have always been at the forefront of candidates’ agendas. However, this year these issues have taken on greater significance as 2020 has proven to be tumultuous in all three areas. With a global pandemic, raging wildfires on the West Coast, and an economy comparable to … Continue reading Manhattan Caucus: What Issues Will Matter Most in This Election?

Manhattan Caucus: Gearing Up to Vote

by Sophia Sakellariou, Senior Writer Welcome to Manhattan Caucus, a biweekly column that provides the Manhattan College community with election news and information as we gear up for the 2020 Presidential Election. To kick off this semester, we’ve started with the basics: voting.   Voting is one of the greatest ways to be politically active and perform your civic duty as an American citizen. However, it is not … Continue reading Manhattan Caucus: Gearing Up to Vote

Caucuses v. Primaries: What’s the Difference?

by Rose Brennan & Megan Dreher, Senior Writers The 2020 presidential primary season is just starting to kick off, and primaries and caucuses are the names of the game. Two early events, the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, are considered pivotal in the primary race and in determining the eventual presidential nominee.  But just what are these pre-election contests? While the overall pre-nominee period is … Continue reading Caucuses v. Primaries: What’s the Difference?

Sen. Cory Booker Exits Race, Seventh Democratic Debate Held in Des Moines

After failing to qualify for the Jan. 14 Democratic Debate in Iowa, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker suspended his presidential campaign on Monday, Jan. 13. In a message to his supporters, Booker wrote, “I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign for now, take care of my wonderful staff, and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field.” Booker is the second Democratic … Continue reading Sen. Cory Booker Exits Race, Seventh Democratic Debate Held in Des Moines

Manhattan Chimes in on President Trump’s SOTU

by JESS SOLAN, Staff Writer On Jan 30., President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. Trump’s’ presidency has always sparked a lot of controversy, and onlookers are not typically sure what to expect from him. “Presidents usually use the State of the Union address to highlight their accomplishments of the previous year and set forth their legislative priorities for the coming … Continue reading Manhattan Chimes in on President Trump’s SOTU

Government Department Hosts Trip to D.C.

On Wednesday, Apr. 5, just outside of the guard booth, a group of 17 students and four professors from the Government Department — Raymond Antolik, Ph.D., Winsome Downie, Ph.D., Margaret Groarke, Ph.D., and Jonathan Keller, Ph.D. — departed on a four-day excursion to Washington, D.C. The tour of the nation’s capitol was the result of nearly six months of planning by Government Department Chair Pamela … Continue reading Government Department Hosts Trip to D.C.

With Midterm Elections Comes Student Apathy

CAMPBELL ABBOTT STAFF WRITER With the conclusion of the midterm elections on Nov. 4, only one question seems to be evident regardless of the results. Does anybody care? While midterms draw a lower turn out compared to presidential elections, youth voters turned out in embarrassingly low numbers for this election and the predictions suggest those numbers will continue to dip. “I didn’t vote because of … Continue reading With Midterm Elections Comes Student Apathy