The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

2017-2018 Staff

Suzanne Ciechalski


Suzanne Ciechalski is a senior journalism major with a minor in government and politics. In her second year as EIC, she hopes to continue increasing the Torch’s editorial content by spanning coverage to include news within the loca...

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Bryant Rodriguez

Managing Editor

Bryant Rodriguez is a senior majoring in enterprise regulation. He intends for the Torch to reach a wider audience and increase student participation through developing a greater online presence along with a revamped social an...

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Isabella Bruni

Co-News Editor

Isabella Bruni is a junior majoring in journalism with a minor in Italian. She has been a member of the Torch since her freshman year beginning as a staff writer and then Chief Copy Editor her sophomore year. Isabella hopes to impleme...

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Ariana Ortiz

Co-News Editor

Ariana Ortiz is a senior majoring in journalism. She began her journey with the Torch last year, starting as a staff writer and then the Assistant News Editor. She aims to make the most of her time as co-news editor by not only m...

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Derrell Bouknight

Co-Sports Editor

Derrell Bouknight is a sophomore majoring in journalism and has been a member of the Torch for one year, previously serving as a sports staff writer and Assistant Sports Editor. His goal for the Sports section is to provide re...

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Dylan Hornik

Co-Sports Editor

Dylan Hornik is a senior journalism major and has spent the last two years as a sports staff writer and Assistant Sports Editor for the Torch. He hopes to illuminate the rich history of St. John’s athletics while keeping readers...

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Beverly Danquah

Features Editor

Beverly Danquah is a sophomore communications major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in business. She hopes to encourage students to tap into their creativity with the features section and highlight extraordinary stu...

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Carissa Herb

Opinion Editor

Carissa Herb is a sophomore environmental science major. She was Assistant Features Editor last year and previously a staff writer. Her goal for the opinion section is to inspire more students to speak up about how they view to...

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Michael Ambrosino

Entertainment Editor

Michael Ambrosino is a junior marketing major. He spent the last year as Entertainment Editor and General Manager, following his start as a Staff Writer and Assistant Entertainment Editor in years prior. This year, he aims to in...

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Steven Verdile

Design Editor

Steven Verdile is a senior graphic design major.  He spent his first two years as a design assistant, and is entering his second year as Design Editor. He hopes to increase readership by designing engaging issues and creating dy...

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Lauren Finegan

Photo Editor

Lauren Finegan is a sophomore psychology major. She spent last year as Assistant Photo Editor. She aims to expand the engagement of photographers for the Torch as well as increase their confidence in their photography skills. ...

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Amanda Negretti

Assistant Photo Editor

Amanda Negretti is a sophomore advertising communications major. She spent last year as a photographer for The Torch. As Assistant Photo Editor, she hopes to encourage fellow photographers to take risk and experiment with their ...

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Angelica Acevedo

Social Media Manager

Angelica Acevedo is a junior journalism major with a history minor. She spent last year as News Editor and, the year before that, as Assistant News Editor. Now, she aims to advance the expansion of the Torch’s online presenc...

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Erin Bola

Social Media Manager

Erin Bola is a junior majoring in journalism with a minor in public relations. This is her second year as a Social Media Manager for the Torch. She hopes to expand the Torch’s digital presence across multiple social media pl...

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Courtney Dixon

Chief Copy Editor

Courtney Dixon is a sophomore majoring in psychology with a minor in forensic psychology. She has been with the Torch for a year, previously serving as the Assistant Chief Copy Editor. She hopes to garner more excitement for a...

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