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Flames of the Torch 3/22

March 22
Filed under Opinion

This week, we heard Student Government Inc.’s executive board candidates for the 2017-2018 school year debate a number of topics at the annual SGI debate. Candidates discussed accountability, advocacy and increasing visibility, among other things. But one thing the debate lacked was substance. It’s expected t...

Dining as a commuter

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer
March 22
Filed under Opinion

Being a commuter is pretty difficult at times­—extracurricular activities, the hassles of public transportation and carrying all your belongings everywhere you go. One challenge is deciding to dine on campus or bringing food from home. So the question is: lighten your load or save money? It’...

An Ode to the Ones Before Us, After Us, and Presently Us

Beatriz da Costa, Staff Writer
March 22
Filed under Opinion

1920 was a significant year for women, The start of our fight towards equality, At first, we did not have a voice, but thanks to a young woman who had a vision, Susan B. Anthony’s role in Women’s Suffrage became an actuality and not a frivolity.     Although it divides many today...

Vincentian View: Windows on St. Joseph

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
March 22
Filed under Opinion

On many occasions, I have mused on the beautiful stained glass windows in our St. Thomas More Church on the Queens campus of our University. Sometimes, I will go to the Church to pray, and my attention gets drawn to a particular scene. I will then begin to think about the story and where it all lead...

Flames of the Torch

March 16
Filed under Opinion

We learned this week that Student Government Inc. was not informed of the University’s plan to change the meal plan policy for townhouse students before it was public. This is stunning. SGI leaders are elected by their peers to be the face and voice of students to the University. And as our represen...

Without Enough Options

Carissa Herb, Assistant Features Editor
March 16
Filed under Opinion

When I first decided to come St. John’s for my undergraduate career I had to make sure that I was going to be able to eat on the meal plans being offered. Luckily, St. John’s is largely accommodating to a vegetarian lifestyle. Depending on what you personally altered in your diet, St. John’s, in my opini...

College diets: Tips on eating healthy at school

Tiffany Heravi, Contributing Writer
March 16
Filed under Opinion

The old adage is true: you are what you eat. Eating an array of healthy options, like vibrant colored fruits and vegetables, will make you both look and feel better. There is scientific data to support this, but all you need to do is evaluate the way you feel after eating a greasy meal compared...

Being a Foodie on the Go

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer
March 16
Filed under Opinion

I am a foodie. I love eating my meals and I snack religiously throughout the day. As a commuter, I initially planned to pack my food, but planning out food to eat as a college student, especially as a commuter, is rather daunting. Certain professors will dictate whether you can eat in class and o...

24 hour eatery needed

Beatriz da Costa, Staff Writer
March 16
Filed under Opinion

There is not a place on campus where food is available 24/7. Montgoris Dining Hall, Marillac Cafeteria, D’Angelo Center’s food court, the Marketplace and the Red Storm Diner all have a multitude of food options that are tasty and fulfilling, depending on who you ask, but they’re not open all t...

Vincentian View: Marked with Ashes

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
February 22
Filed under Opinion

Next Wednesday, March 1, begins the liturgical season of Lent. In the Christian world, Lent signals the time when the community prepares for the celebration of Easter with some 40 days of penance, sacrifice and good works. Ash Wednesday initiates the season, and this year that day falls on March 1.  In...

What’s the right way to do spring break?

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer
February 22
Filed under Opinion

Spring break is right around the corner and I know that I can’t wait. It feels like we just got back, and yet we already seem to be in need of another vacation. So the proposed question is: How do you do spring break the right way? Most importantly, catch up on your sleep! You always want more, b...

Room and Board

Beatriz da Costa
February 22
Filed under Opinion

Obviously, no one, no world and not a thing is perfect. That being said, St. John’s University can stand to improve on some issues, specifically issues surrounding room and board. My first experience with St. John’s room and board, was the summer of 2016. It was May, and by choice, I had not c...

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