The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

Word of the year winner proves power of language

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Now that 2015 has officially bid us farewell, it is appropriate to reflect on some of the larger, memorable phenomena of the year. What may first come to mind is the U.S. lifting sanctions to Cuba, Taylor Swift’s epic squad formation or the rise of the “whip.” Contrary to popular belief, however,... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

April 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

A beloved, unofficial, member of the Torch, Public Safety Officer, Gerald “Jerry” Anthony Alfano, entered the doors of the Torch’s production night for his final time last night before his retirement begins in June. Along with his medium sized ziploc bag of Starbursts that he carries in his... Read more »

Paving the way for sustainability

Carissa Herb, Staff Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Back in December of 1978, the Torch reported on then-student Bill Lauto’s proposal for a solar heating plan on the roof of St. Augustine Hall.  His proposal to put solar panels on the roof of our well-known library in order to provide a more environmentally friendly way to heat the building was denied... Read more »

SATIRE: Dorm shower feels resentment

Frank Sciortino, Contributing Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Queens, NY — A dorm room shower admitted Tuesday that it has a personal vendetta and is out to get the student who frequents it every morning. “First, he wakes me up super early at 7:00 every morning after his roommate keeps me up until 2 a.m. the night before. Next, he wastes my time by standing... Read more »

The birth of St. John’s University

Father Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
April 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In 1870, the First Vatican Council concluded. It gave the Catholic Church the definition of papal infallibility, which would provide matter for discussion for many years, even into the modern era. In the United States, the 15th Amendment passed and this forbade the government from refusing a citizen... Read more »

A female perspective on comic book stores

Gabriela Staniszewski, Contributing Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In a predominately male-oriented industry, it can be difficult for women to be accepted into the community of comic book enthusiasts. As a young woman who is relatively new to the scene, I often feel uncomfortable walking into my local comic book store and striking up a conversation with the employees.... Read more »

Break the bamboo ceiling in Hollywood

Sabrina Lau, Contributing Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Opinion

We live in a world where most characters that we witness on television, in films and in plays still remain predominantly white. Recently, many people have become outraged by the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in “Doctor Strange” and Scarlett Johansson as the Major in “Ghost in the... Read more »

A lack of respect for the art of performing

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
April 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The performing arts are not a priority at St. John’s. It is evident that the heart and soul of St. John’s University, following their superb academic rank, is athletic pride. From basketball tailgates to soccer rallies, little space is left for the appreciation of the performing arts, physically... Read more »

Cut Ethan Couch a break

Frank Sciortino, Contributing Writer
April 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Disclaimer: This story is satirical. If you have ever seen a picture of Ethan Couch, I’m sure you share my sentiments when I say that I can hardly believe our buddy Ethan could have possibly known the dangers behind drinking and driving. He was raised by such loving, caring parents and he had... Read more »

Democracy under siege in D.C.

Carissa Herb, Contributing Writer
April 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Protesting is not a topic that Americans are unfamiliar with, considering we have multiple historical protests that have sparked change throughout our nation. We throw around the phrase “freedom of speech” almost as much as we drop the new slang terms of today. The event on April 11 in D.C. was... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

April 20, 2016
Filed under Opinion

This past Saturday, the University hosted its first ever Solidarity Festival. The event was held both on the Great Lawn in front of St. Thomas More Church, and inside the church. The event aimed to bring students, faculty and organizations together to learn about social justice. You can read the news... Read more »

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