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SGI changes constitution

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
March 22
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During Student Government Inc.’s (SGI) last floor meeting on Monday, March 13, topics such as new adjustments courtesy of a new SGI constitution, the treasurer’s report and special allocation requests were discussed. Some of the changes proposed were a reduction in qualifications to run for all...

Food fight

Food fight

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 16
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
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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
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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
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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...

Meet St. John’s campus dietitian: Lauren Marino

Meet St. John’s campus dietitian: Lauren Marino

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 16
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Adjusting to meals in college can be a difficult task for any student, but thanks to the University’s new campus dietitian, settling on the right meals has gotten a bit easier. Lauren Marino is a registered dietitian who worked in the New York City hospital system prior to coming to St. John’s. ...

Global Peace and Security Dinner: Teaching students how to be peacemakers

Global Peace and Security Dinner: Teaching students how to be peacemakers

Nickool Castro, Staff Writer
March 16
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The Global Peace and Security Dinner, an interactive panel discussion about peacemaking and peacebuilding around the world, took place on Monday, March 13 in Marillac Terrace. The event was hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences along with the United Nations Associations of the United ...

Spoon University: Another year unrecognized

Spoon University: Another year unrecognized

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
March 16
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Spoon University, an online food publication that was created by college students, for college students, was among the organizations that didn’t make the cut to be recognized by Student Government Inc. (SGI) this school year. Lauren Majid, who created the chapter last year as a freshman, said that alth...

Campuses open on Wednesday, storm brings minimal snow

Campuses open on Wednesday, storm brings minimal snow

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 14
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A fierce Nor’easter was expected to pound New York City with up to two feet of snow on Tuesday. But when students woke up in the morning, a different scene caught their eye: a few inches of snow, and a lot of sleet. Winter storm Stella prompted a blizzard warning to be put into effect for NYC...

Administration talks advisement, grade policy changes at annual forum

Bryant Rodriguez, Opinion Editor
February 27
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Students from all majors and years addressed their concerns about academic life directly to University administrators during the annual academic forum on Thursday, Feb. 23. There were also new policies addressed, with implementation of some planned as soon as Fall 2017. A new grading policy, which...

Some Discover the World students experience flight setback

Some Discover the World students experience flight setback

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
February 24
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St. John’s students in the “Discover the World” program experienced a setback yesterday. News broke out about 56 out of 66 students having to stay one more night in Seville, Spain, instead of leaving for Paris. This led to mixed views from students participating in it, many expressing frustra...

Hot Topics tackles mass incarceration in the U.S.

Marybeth Gerdelmann, Staff Writer
February 22
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In an effort to make the student body more aware of important social justice issues, St. John’s University created a series of discussions collectively called “Hot Topics in Social Justice.” On Feb. 16, 40 students and faculty members gathered in the D’Angelo Center to listen to a panel of expe...

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