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Vincentian View: Marked with Ashes

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
February 22
Filed under Opinion

Next Wednesday, March 1, begins the liturgical season of Lent. In the Christian world, Lent signals the time when the community prepares for the celebration of Easter with some 40 days of penance, sacrifice and good works. Ash Wednesday initiates the season, and this year that day falls on March 1.  In...

What’s the right way to do spring break?

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer
February 22
Filed under Opinion

Spring break is right around the corner and I know that I can’t wait. It feels like we just got back, and yet we already seem to be in need of another vacation. So the proposed question is: How do you do spring break the right way? Most importantly, catch up on your sleep! You always want more, b...

Room and Board

Beatriz da Costa
February 22
Filed under Opinion

Obviously, no one, no world and not a thing is perfect. That being said, St. John’s University can stand to improve on some issues, specifically issues surrounding room and board. My first experience with St. John’s room and board, was the summer of 2016. It was May, and by choice, I had not c...

Critic’s Corner: “A Cure for Wellness”

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager, Entertainment Editor
February 22
Filed under Opinion

‘A cure for weariness’ is much needed after sitting through the 146-minute “A Cure for Wellness.” Movie theater chains should consider running a Starbucks advertisement at the end of the film. While I have trouble stating that “A Cure for Wellness” is a terrifically good film, I cannot d...

Flames of the Torch

February 22
Filed under Opinion

Last week, the University announced that it would begin requiring all on-campus resident students — including those who live in the townhouses — to have a meal plan. This is a change from the past, as townhouse students, who have full kitchens in their rooms, have not been required to have meal ...

Letter to the editor

Adam Sackowitz, Special to the Torch
February 7
Filed under Opinion

The State Department under President Obama reported that in 2015 alone, 11,774 terrorist attacks were committed worldwide resulting in the deaths of 28,000. President Trump's decision to temporarily suspend immigration and refugees from "Terrorist Hotspots" is welcomed and is a must to keep our nati...

Vincentian View: Raising awareness of human trafficking

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
February 6
Filed under Opinion

The annual discussion surrounding the Super Bowl and human trafficking continued this year. Whatever the final facts, it has the advantage of calling our attention to this dehumanizing and sinful situation. Human trafficking refers to the buying and selling of human beings. Sometimes, it relates t...

Reaction on the Women’s March

Reaction on the Women’s March

Rasheeda Campbell, Staff Writer
February 1
Filed under Opinion

On Saturday, Jan. 21, men and women of different races, cultures, sexual orientations and religious beliefs came together in Washington D.C. not only to march for women’s rights, but for peace and equality for all. The Women’s March rally began at 10:00 a.m. and the actual marching didn’t start ...

Vincentian View: “The Vincentian Mission”

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
February 1
Filed under Opinion

As many of us know, St. John’s University was founded in 1870 by the Congregation of the Mission.  Many of the priests who make up our campus family are members of this religious group, but what do we know about their origin and focus?  In this anniversary year, we can allow ourselves to be enlig...

Follow what you preach

Yves Nguyen, Assistant Entertainment Editor
February 1
Filed under Opinion

Over the past year, President Donald Trump has used inflammatory language and advocated for non-inclusive policies; this has understandably caused many individuals distress. However, the left has also used similarly harmful language. Protests, such as the Women’s March, have unintentionally brou...

Flames of the Torch

February 1
Filed under Opinion

Queens is the most diverse borough in New York City. Needless to say, there are a lot of different kinds of people from all over living just outside the gates of campus. Walk along Hillside Avenue and there are countless Halal trucks and Middle Eastern owned shops. Visit Jamaica Avenue and you’...

Protecting the Nation

Protecting the Nation

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer
February 1
Filed under Opinion

“We will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it” was a phrase that was repeated throughout the 2016 election. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, President Trump signed an executive order, one of many recently. This one is particularly focused on the wall, immigration agencies efficiency to deport immigrants...

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