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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 »

2017: The 400th year of the Vincentian Tradition

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

On Jan. 25 of each year, Christian churches celebrate the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Remembering the great missionary of the first century is indeed a worthy undertaking. On this day, we call to mind Paul’s personal experience which leads to his total commitment to the resurrected Lord. It was... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

January 25, 2017
Filed under Opinion

This past weekend, the American people experienced two historic events back-to-back: the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the Women’s March, which is being called one of the biggest demonstrations in U.S. history. Trump’s election win stunned voters in November, following months o... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

December 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion

There’s no question that this past semester was arguably one of the most eventful times for not only the St. John’s community, but for the nation as a whole. There are protests going on, pipelines getting shut down, movements for sustainability, feminists uniting and a brand new president-elect. Wi... Read more »

Tips to thrive during Finals Week

Angela Kellett, Contributing Writer
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Finals week is intense, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed because of it. Yet, you should not write that 15 page paper two hours before it is due, nor should you not sleep for three days. It seems like those are some of the only options, but if you stay organized, you can thrive during finals week. ... Read more »

We are more than our shortcomings

Doug Cantelmo, Special to the Torch
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

To some students, final exam week feels like a time in which any failings they have been experiencing over the course of the semester will be laid bare. The stress during this time of the year is palpable and felt in every residence hall and study lounge. One of the tragedies of the human condition ... Read more »

St. John the Baptist University

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Our University is named in honor of St. John the Baptist. His statue appropriately stands in front of St. John Hall which was the first building on campus. Dressed in the traditional garb of camel’s hair and with a staff in one hand, he makes a gesture with the other hand which suggests that he is ... Read more »

Flag burning is legal but disrespectful

Sahn Choi, Staff Writer
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

When a United States soldier, marine, sailor or airman dies in combat, the Armed Forces provide a military funeral if requested by the deceased’s family. These funerals include military elements such as the attendance of honor guards or the ceremonial act of a rifle party firing blank cartridges i... Read more »

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