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Letter to the editor

Adam Sackowitz, Special to the Torch
February 7, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The State Department under President Obama reported that in 2015 alone, 11,774 terrorist attacks were committed worldwide resulting in the deaths of 28,000. President Trump's decision to temporarily suspend immigration and refugees from "Terrorist Hotspots" is welcomed and is a must to keep our nati... Read more »

Vincentian View: Raising awareness of human trafficking

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
February 6, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The annual discussion surrounding the Super Bowl and human trafficking continued this year. Whatever the final facts, it has the advantage of calling our attention to this dehumanizing and sinful situation. Human trafficking refers to the buying and selling of human beings. Sometimes, it relates t... Read more »

Reaction on the Women’s March

Reaction on the Women’s March

Rasheeda Campbell, Staff Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

On Saturday, Jan. 21, men and women of different races, cultures, sexual orientations and religious beliefs came together in Washington D.C. not only to march for women’s rights, but for peace and equality for all. The Women’s March rally began at 10:00 a.m. and the actual marching didn’t start ... Read more »

Vincentian View: “The Vincentian Mission”

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

As many of us know, St. John’s University was founded in 1870 by the Congregation of the Mission.  Many of the priests who make up our campus family are members of this religious group, but what do we know about their origin and focus?  In this anniversary year, we can allow ourselves to be enlig... Read more »

Follow what you preach

Yves Nguyen, Assistant Entertainment Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Over the past year, President Donald Trump has used inflammatory language and advocated for non-inclusive policies; this has understandably caused many individuals distress. However, the left has also used similarly harmful language. Protests, such as the Women’s March, have unintentionally brou... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Queens is the most diverse borough in New York City. Needless to say, there are a lot of different kinds of people from all over living just outside the gates of campus. Walk along Hillside Avenue and there are countless Halal trucks and Middle Eastern owned shops. Visit Jamaica Avenue and you’... Read more »

Protecting the Nation

Protecting the Nation

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

“We will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it” was a phrase that was repeated throughout the 2016 election. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, President Trump signed an executive order, one of many recently. This one is particularly focused on the wall, immigration agencies efficiency to deport immigrants... Read more »

Critics Corner: “This Is Us”

Daima Pita, Contributing Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

From the first episode, the new NBC show “This is Us” has captured my heart, and given the rave reviews and the award nominations it has received, America agrees with me. The show follows the lives of three siblings: Kevin and Kate, who are fraternal twins, and their adopted African-American brothe... Read more »

Walls Being Built Within the EPA

Walls Being Built Within the EPA

Carissa Herb, Assistant Features Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Opinion

On Jan. 25, 2017, Trump signed a document re-opening the discussion for constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline, but it is still under negotiation. This isn’t the only anti-environmentalist action that Trump and his administration have made.   The Environmental Protection Agency is now under a transition pe... Read more »

The effects of Meryl Streep’s speech

Shabib Afzal
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

At the Golden Globe Awards this year, Meryl Streep was given the Cecil B. DeMille award. She used her acceptance speech to criticize Donald Trump, mentioning the incident where he mocked a disabled reporter and called on “the principled press to hold power to account.” To say that Streep doesn’t have the right ... Read more »

Critic’s Corner: “Split”

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager, Entertainment Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Following the holidays and a couple months of great and awards-y films, studios typically release their crummier products with little expectation in January. Not only does this January’s “Split” turn that on its head, it also makes for a stimulating opening to what’s highly anticipated to... Read more »

Representation in film matters

Madelyn Starks, Staff Writer
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

In the movie “Hidden Figures,” directed by Pharrell Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe star as Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The three brilliant and courageous African-American women worked at NASA, who aided in launching the program’s first suc... Read more »

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