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Professor Remembered

Professor Remembered

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Calvin Mittman, one of St. John's University's longest tenured professors, died unexpectedly on April 10. He was 77. A popular math teacher here for nearly 55 years, Mittman was known for his friendly demeanor, his interest in helping his students and a penchant for attending all types of on-camp...

President Trump’s First 100 Days: Week Thirteen

President Trump’s First 100 Days: Week Thirteen

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under News, Trump's First 100 Days

As President Trump’s 100th day in office approaches, the Trump Administration has continued moving to define the direction of U.S. international relations. Civilian casualties in Syria A U.S.-led airstrike on Monday, April 17 in the eastern Syrian province of al-Bukamal is alleged to have resu...

SJU Speaker Series Hosts: “Clarissa”

SJU Speaker Series Hosts: “Clarissa”

Arianna Pintado, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under News

The St. John’s University English Department introduced Baruch College/CUNY assistant professor and author, Stephanie Insley Hershinow, during one of their “Speaker Series” events in St. John Hall Wednesday, April 12. The evening began with Hershinow reading a recent article she had written ...

Spring Concert canceled

Spring Concert canceled

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
April 12, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Two years ago J. Cole visited campus. Last year it was Nas. This year, no one. St. John’s students have to wait until 2018 for a spring concert. This year’s concert was recently canceled, according to a statement  released on social media by Haraya and Student Government Incorporated (SGI). ...

SGI backs future meal plan changes

SGI backs future meal plan changes

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
April 12, 2017
Filed under News

Despite sparking outrage among some students, the new meal plan requirement for townhouse residents is the best possible outcome of the University’s contract negotiations with Chartwells, according to Student Government Inc. Representatives from the group met with members of the administration recently ...

Light It Up Blue: “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism”

Light It Up Blue: “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism”

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under News

“We wanted them to know that they have a story,” John Donvan said about the purpose of his and Caren Zucker’s book, “In A Different Key: The Story of Autism.” The two journalists spoke about the book to students and faculty in the Little Theatre on Monday, April 10. The lecture was sponsored b...

Student workers SHinE at awards luncheon

Student workers SHinE at awards luncheon

Bryant Rodriguez, Managing Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Students and faculty, along with President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, gathered within the University Center for the Students Honored in Employment (SHinE) award ceremony on Thursday, April 6. Organized by the Office of Human Resources, this year marked the third celebration of recognizing stud...

First annual Corona Cultura Pageant unites cultures at SJU

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under News

The Latin American Student Organization (LASO) brought together seven different cultures to battle for the crown for their first annual Corona Cultura Pageant in the Little Theater on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.   Admission was $5 at the door to see the members of these cultural groups on camp...

The Three Big Rules about Good Filmmaking…

Judy Russell, Contributing Writer
April 12, 2017
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A new 2017 “Vice” documentary on HBO, “Trans Youth,” follows the stories and dilemmas of transgender children, as well as those of their parents, relatives and doctors, was presented to St. John’s students on Monday, April 3. The 30-minute film is part of the fifth season of the Emmy-winnin...

Lisa Harewood: “You’re Better Off Here”

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under News

The Caribbean Writers Series welcomed director, writer and producer Lisa Harewood to Marillac Hall auditorium on Monday, April 10, where she discussed the complexities of migration in the Caribbean. The lecture, entitled “You’re Better Off Here,” was preceded by a showing of “Auntie,” a 2013 ...

TEDx hosts first ‘Talk’ on campus

TEDx hosts first ‘Talk’ on campus

Reza Moreno, Features Editor Emeritus
April 12, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

TEDx, the media organization whose slogan is “ideas worth spreading,” has brought its first Ted Talk to St. John’s after the recent establishment of its own on-campus chapter. The TEDx community wishes to help spread ideas through powerful talks, which is exactly what happened on Wednesday, Mar...

SGI floor meeting: Dialogue with Dining Services, new constitution still being drafted

SGI floor meeting: Dialogue with Dining Services, new constitution still being drafted

Carissa Herb, Opinion Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under News

Student Government Inc.’s (SGI) floor meeting on April 3 brought important conversations about SGI constitution changes, the anticipated response of the meal plan controversy and more. St. John’s Dining Services was faced with an uproar of student voices opposing the implementation of a mandatory...

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