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Advice from Mama Ravens’ desk

September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Q: “Dear Mama Raven, my roommate always has her boyfriend over. I don’t want to go to the RA and escalate things, but I’ve already told her the situation makes me uncomfortable, but she hasn’t changed her behavior. What do I do?”   A: A classic boyfriend dilemma. Well, I think t... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

As Americans we are lucky enough to have the privilege and freedom to speak our minds. The freedom of speech is essential to democracy and our ability to change the status quo. As college students, it’s especially important for us to have our voices heard. It may be a cliche - but we are the... Read more »

“Our kids”

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

For the second time this month, I have felt compelled to write something for the Torch which highlights an author who has spoken on our campus. Previously, I spoke of Wes Moore’s book “The Other Wes Moore” and the way in which the author emphasized the word “other” in the title. Now, I would... Read more »

St. John’s needs safe spaces for students

Rasheeda Campbell, Contributing Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The year is 2016, yet there continues to be cases of students being harassed because of their religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity and so on and so forth. Even though St. John’s is known to be diverse, there are still situations where students are experiencing racism and gender... Read more »

No safe spaces at St. John’s

Shabib Afzal, Contributing Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In April of last year, feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers spoke at Oberlin College in Ohio. According to the Oberlin Review, her views were considered dangerous, so dangerous that a trigger warning was issued, warning students of how traumatizing her views may be to them. These views included questioning... Read more »

Seniors reflect on what they wish they told their freshmen selves

Daniel Garcia, Contributing Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

College is hard. It’s stressful. Sometimes it feels like the world is crumbling down around you. And it could be! There’s nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong with thinking that you are alone or there is no one that can help you. There are people that have been through the... Read more »

Sustainable living for the future

Wandy Ortiz, Staff Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The United Nation’s International Day of Peace, which was held on Sept. 21, “provides an opportunity for all humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions,” according to their website. Practicing environmental sustainability is one idea that many... Read more »

Policing in America needs change

Beatriz da Costa, Contributing Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“That looks like a bad dude.” These were words used to describe Terence Crutcher in his final seconds before death. In fact, those words were the determining factor of whether or not the father of four would be unreasonably murdered, or allowed to live. Unfortunately, it was not the latter. People... Read more »

The true meaning of global

Douglas Cantelmo, Special to the Torch
September 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The first time I arrived in 2006 at St. John’s University’s Rome campus I was an anxious, stuttering undergraduate whose most exotic journey so far was a family minivan trip to Minnesota. Nothing against the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it was a tame adventure compared to being launched into a city... Read more »

Clinton won’t follow Trump

Nayab Khan, Contributing Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Donald Trump made headlines again—surprise, surprise—two weeks ago for his high-profile visit to Mexico. The visit came as a result of Mexican prime minister Pena Nieto’s invitation to both Trump and Hillary Clinton on diplomatic grounds. Trump took the trip as an opportunity to further his so-called p... Read more »

Was Justice served at Fox News?

Sabrina Lau, Staff Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Imagine a work setting where you have sexual relations with one of your bosses in order to gain a promotion or receive better, more equal pay doing an already-exceptional job, and where your contributions to a company aren’t valid unless you have these sexual relations. To which, you would probably sa... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Here at St. John’s, our opportunities are endless. The infinite amount of possibilities come in the form of interesting classes, a diverse student population, a solid career center and so much more. But one of the most important facets of student life here are the organizations. From Gr... Read more »

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