Flames of the Torch

November 11, 2015
Filed under Opinion

The power of student voices on their own campuses are greatly underestimated; too many believe that one voice cannot make a difference. But what happens when people with common interests come together to work toward bettering the community as a whole? Students at the University of Missouri b... Read more »

Dabble in Disney: Answer key 11/4/15

Diana Colapietro, Photo Editor
November 5, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Eleven – The official number of Disney princesses Bread – Aladdin and Abu steal this from the marketplace SnowWhite – The first Disney princess Vanessa – The name Ursula uses when she disguises herself to win over Prince Eric Pocahontas – A Disney princess based on a real person ... Read more »

Wake up and smell the (ethical) Coffee

Jeremy Ashton, Staff Writer
November 4, 2015
Filed under Opinion

What if you could change the world simply by buying a cup of coffee? Standing in front of DAC on a humid Tuesday afternoon, I asked students what I should do to try and end poverty. Some suggested I stage an event or protest, others thought I should donate my time or money to a charity and others... Read more »

Implications of CISA

Matthew D'Aguanno, Staff Writer
November 4, 2015
Filed under Opinion

There’s almost a nine out of 10 chance while reading the title of this article that you are unaware of any implications of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passed on the Senate floor Tuesday evening, or even the fact that it exists. Maybe, acronyms such as SOPA, PIPA or CISPA ring a bell. I... Read more »

What are we here ‘fore’?

Father Patrick J. Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch
November 4, 2015
Filed under Opinion

When people come to visit St. John’s University, they often mention their surprise at finding such a haven in the midst of the city. They ask about the purpose of the property before it became the Queens’ campus of SJU. Do you know the answer? Well, before it gave rise to an institution of highe... Read more »

Paul Ryan’s commitment to bipartisanship

Cooper Miqueli, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 4, 2015
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On Thursday, Oct. 29, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was elected as the 54th  Speaker of the House. Nominated by the House the day before, he was elected by a majority vote of the House of Representatives. Originally, many conservatives were not in favor of Ryan; however, they are now ready to unit... Read more »

Being educated about politics is more important than you think

Abhishek Joshi, Staff Writer
November 4, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Throughout the last few months, the nation has been divided over who they want to see as the next president and who they want to never hear about again. Through all of this, people have still managed to find humor within what some may consider a precarious political situation. But, honestly, most people... Read more »

Finding a harmony within our criminal justice system

Alyssa Ford, Contributing Writer
November 4, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Last Tuesday, President Obama delivered a speech to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago, addressing the issues arising between the police force and minority community that have been surfacing in the past year. Staying true to his character, Obama made sure to balance the problem,... Read more »

Purple

Kennisa Ragland
November 4, 2015
Filed under Opinion

When I was little purple was my favorite color I was amazed what red and blue could do They would sit side by side or on top of each other Until they could no longer resist the move They would slide into each other and make 1+1=1, it was awe full But the purple on my face doesn't look so pre... Read more »

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Tommie Brown, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

It has become tragically repetitive in New York City to see headlines announce yet another incident where the NYPD goes head to head with its city’s civilians of color.  But what happens when the villain becomes the victim? On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Tyrone Howard allegedly shot Officer Randolph Holder... Read more »

The Changing Face of American Police

Angel Vera, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

This past week, “Rise Up October” took place here in New York City as demonstrators, whose slogan was “no more stolen lives,” took the street to protest police brutality and honor the lives taken by police officers such as Tamir Rice, Mike Brown and Eric Garner. These demonstrations were led b... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

Editorial Board
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

23 shootings on college campuses in 2015 as of October.   298 mass shooting incidents this year alone so far.    Those sobering statistics, from the Washington Post and the Boston Globe respectively, speak of an unsettling trend.    Seeing, reading or hearing a news story about cam... Read more »