Flames of the Torch

April 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

As the 94th Editorial Board commences our tenure at the Torch, we have a lot to take on, and a lot to look forward to. Approaching the paper with new eyes and new goals, there are many things we hope to bring to the student body of St. John’s. Such goals include increasing our online presence by... Read more »

Dreadlock control

Kristen Catalano, Staff Writer
April 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

A student at San Francisco State University has recently come under fire for her treatment of another student. This young woman saw a white male student, Cory Goldstein, with dreadlocks and felt that he was appropriating her culture with his hair style. Another student nearby took a video of the situation... Read more »

What you need to know about the Easter season

Father Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
April 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

We are now halfway through the Easter season, and it is a good time for a short test. Did you know that Easter is the pivotal celebration of the Christian calendar? Though Christmas might seem to hold sway in the popular mind as the center point, actually Easter claims that place. An observant visi... Read more »

Behind the importance of fair trade coffee

Cheyanne Gonzales, General Manager Emeritus
April 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Go back five years ago, where the topic of fair trade was not as prominent as it is today. Go back 10 years ago and the topic of fair trade was barely even mentioned in schools across the U.S. Today, schools all over the country are addressing the topic of fair trade, but it’s only the beginning. On... Read more »

Worldwide outrage:

Sabrina Lau, Contributing Writer
April 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Greed. Corruption. Power. These adjectives go hand-in-hand, and this belief has only been strengthened through the leak of 2TB worth of documents known as the Panama Papers. These documents, which are currently being analyzed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ), have... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

March 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Well, this is it for the 93rd Torch Editorial Board. Each of us has spent most, if not all of our years at the Torch while at St. John’s, so leaving the weekly grind will certainly be an adjustment. We have had our fair share of endless hours of editing, too much time messing with InDesign to perfect... Read more »

Letter to the University Community

March 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

At the start of March, the Students of Consciousness accomplished a milestone in our mission to achieve institutional action toward a fully diverse and empowered campus at St. John’s University: verbal commitment and a university-wide email of support from President Dr. Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw. We... Read more »

Letter to the University Community

March 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The English Department in St. John’s College would like to state our strong support of Students of Consciousness and their nine demands. We find these demands to be modest, reasonable, and long overdue. Along with other structural changes at the University, they would help to create a better learning... Read more »

Which 2016 candidate is the real tycoon?

Which 2016 candidate is the real tycoon?

Miles Kopley, Staff Writer
March 16, 2016
Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion, Presidential Election 2016

If we could all agree on one thing about the 2016 election, it’d most likely be that Donald Trump is great at getting people’s attention. He’s the kind of guy you’d expect to see shove you out of the way as the subway car doors close, if he ever actually gets close to public transportation. He’s... Read more »

De Blasio’s mandate sparks change

Cheyanne Gonzales, General Manager
March 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

New York City is globally known for their support for the gay community and fighting for equal rights. On March 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio mandated that people have access to all public facilities that coincide with their gender identity. He spoke about how New Yorkers have an “obligation” to lead the... Read more »

Symbolism of the cross

Symbolism of the cross

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
March 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

In Christian circles, this Sunday March 20 is most often called “Palm Sunday.” It is also called “Passion Sunday,” since one proclaims the story of Jesus’ suffering and death. Now, the cross begins to move towards center stage as the symbol of the coming week. Understandably, the cross can... Read more »

Which Democrat is the advocate for Hispanics?

Cheyanne Gonzales, General Manager
March 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Presidential Election 2016

During the Democratic debate on Wednesday, March 9, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had an intense debate on who was the “true advocate” for American Hispanics. They exchanged claims over guest worker programs “akin to slavery” and the embracing of “vigilantes” against immigrants. They... Read more »