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REAL ticket sweeps SGI elections

REAL ticket sweeps SGI elections

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 24, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Excitement filled the student government office on Friday afternoon as the executive board results for the 2017-2018 school year were announced. The REAL ticket, headed by unopposed presidential candidate Frank Obermeyer, swept Student Government Inc.’s election, defeating three independent candidates. ...

Meal Plan Comparisons – St. John’s most expensive

Meal Plan Comparisons – St. John’s most expensive

Bryant Rodriguez, Opinion Editor
March 22, 2017
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The University sparked controversy among some students last month by announcing plans to require meal plans for those who live in the townhouses beginning in fall 2017. In an interview with the Torch to explain the decision, the Director of Residence Life, Eric M. Finkelstein, M.Ed., said that mandat...

SGI debate talks advocacy, accountability

SGI debate talks advocacy, accountability

Beverly Danquah, Staff Writer
March 22, 2017
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Student Government, Inc. (SGI) held a debate on Monday during common hour to consider the ideas and goals of the candidates for the upcoming school year. More than 100 students were on hand at the D’Angelo Center. At least one student from all the organizations as well as faculty and administrat...

St. John’s becomes fair trade designated

St. John’s becomes fair trade designated

Rakesh Singh, Staff Writer
March 22, 2017
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After three years of working toward Fair Trade designation, the St. John’s for Fair Trade Committee has met its goal as of Tuesday, March 14. Working alongside Fair Trade Campaigns, a non-profit organization that designates universities, towns, congregations and schools, the committee has pushed the Un...

Fashion Digest: What it’s like interning for Vogue

Fashion Digest: What it’s like interning for Vogue

Crystal Grant, Staff Writer
March 22, 2017
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Strutting down campus in high heels and a perfectly tailored, eccentric outfit, even in the mites of rain, sleet and snow, Lalisa Wongchai is always a sight to behold. Anyone can see that she clearly has the ‘Vogue’ look, so it’s not shocking to learn that she has already made a name for herself a...

Beauty and the Beast: Enchanting yet slightly underwhelming

Beauty and the Beast: Enchanting yet slightly underwhelming

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
March 22, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Home Scroll

The much anticipated “Beauty and the Beast,” although visually and melodically enchanting, felt, at times, rather awkward in its pacing and storytelling. The tale of a beautiful and bright young woman, Belle (Emma Watson), taken prisoner by the Beast (Dan Stevens) in his enchanted castle, who...

CPTG’s “Wizard of Oz” keeps an old story feeling fresh

CPTG’s “Wizard of Oz” keeps an old story feeling fresh

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
March 22, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Home Scroll

This past Thursday and Saturday, the Chappell Players Theatre Group (CPTG) staged their own version of “The Wizard of Oz” in The Little Theatre. The show, directed by Anthony Pound, successfully prevented a classic story from feeling too familiar. Its Saturday showing at 2 p.m. was heavily attended...

Francesa’s path to radio stardom began at SJU

Francesa’s path to radio stardom began at SJU

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
March 16, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, Sports, Sports Scroll

He has been the voice of New York City sports fans for over three decades. Fans know every version of his show’s iconic jingle by heart and can imitate his distinct New York accent almost on cue. There is even an annual festival in New York City bearing his name where fans can pay homage. Tha...

Food fight

Food fight

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 16, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Student Government Inc. is responsible for representing and advocating on behalf of the students at St. John’s. But when a policy change mandating townhouse students purchase a meal plan starting in fall 2017 was announced to students last month, the group said they weren’t informed beforehand. ...

RecycleMania gears up for more student interactions

RecycleMania gears up for more student interactions

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
March 16, 2017
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The ninth annual RecycleMania Tournament kicked off the raffle portion of its efforts to raise student awareness of post-consumer food waste in Montgoris Dining Hall on Monday, March 6. This means that every week, one lucky student will win a mountain bike, until RecycleMania ends on April 1. One s...

Meet SGI’s 2017-18 E-board candidates

Meet SGI’s 2017-18 E-board candidates

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
March 16, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Student Government Inc.’s (SGI) elections will soon take place. The Torch spoke with some of the candidates for next year’s SGI e-board and they told us about their platforms as well as their school involvement. The only ticket running in the election is the REAL (Realizing Excellence through Advocacy and...

Students talk lack of vegan food options

Students talk lack of vegan food options

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
March 16, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

While St. John’s has vegan food options for students, the question remains, how substantial are they? Vegans do not eat or use animal products and it is well known that people who choose the vegan lifestyle may have a difficult time finding foods they can eat. Some St. John’s students have re...

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