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REAL ticket sweeps SGI elections

REAL ticket sweeps SGI elections

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 24
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Excitement filled the student government office on Friday afternoon as the executive board results for the 2017-18 school year were announced. The REAL ticket, headed by unopposed presidential candidate Frank Obermeyer, swept Student Government Inc.'s election, defeating three independent candidates. Now,...

Food Prices

Food Prices

Steven Verdile, Design Editor
March 22
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Whether students are looking for a quick morning bite before class, or just want to avoid venturing out to the dining hall during a snowstorm, having food conveniently available in their room is an essential. While having a dorm room stocked with snacks is central to a successful semester, maintain...

Meal Plan Comparisons – St. John’s most expensive

Meal Plan Comparisons – St. John’s most expensive

Bryant Rodriguez, Opinion Editor
March 22
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The University sparked controversy among some students last month by announcing plans to require meal plans for those who live in the townhouses beginning in fall 2017. In an interview with the Torch to explain the decision, the Director of Residence Life, Eric M. Finkelstein, M.Ed., said that mandat...

SGI debate talks advocacy, accountability

SGI debate talks advocacy, accountability

Beverly Danquah, Staff Writer
March 22
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Student Government, Inc. (SGI) held a debate on Monday during common hour to consider the ideas and goals of the candidates for the upcoming school year. More than 100 students were on hand at the D’Angelo Center. At least one student from all the organizations as well as faculty and administrat...

St. John’s becomes fair trade designated

St. John’s becomes fair trade designated

Rakesh Singh, Staff Writer
March 22
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After three years of working toward Fair Trade designation, the St. John’s for Fair Trade Committee has met its goal as of Tuesday, March 14. Working alongside Fair Trade Campaigns, a non-profit organization that designates universities, towns, congregations and schools, the committee has pushed the Un...

SGI changes constitution

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
March 22
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During Student Government Inc.’s (SGI) last floor meeting on Monday, March 13, topics such as new adjustments courtesy of a new SGI constitution, the treasurer’s report and special allocation requests were discussed. Some of the changes proposed were a reduction in qualifications to run for all...

Food fight

Food fight

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 16
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Student Government Inc. is responsible for representing and advocating on behalf of the students at St. John’s. But when a policy change mandating townhouse students purchase a meal plan starting in fall 2017 was announced to students last month, the group said they weren’t informed beforehand. ...

RecycleMania gears up for more student interactions

RecycleMania gears up for more student interactions

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
March 16
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The ninth annual RecycleMania Tournament kicked off the raffle portion of its efforts to raise student awareness of post-consumer food waste in Montgoris Dining Hall on Monday, March 6. This means that every week, one lucky student will win a mountain bike, until RecycleMania ends on April 1. One s...

Meet SGI’s 2017-18 E-board candidates

Meet SGI’s 2017-18 E-board candidates

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
March 16
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Student Government Inc.’s (SGI) elections will soon take place. The Torch spoke with some of the candidates for next year’s SGI e-board and they told us about their platforms as well as their school involvement. The only ticket running in the election is the REAL (Realizing Excellence through Advocacy and...

Students talk lack of vegan food options

Students talk lack of vegan food options

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
March 16
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While St. John’s has vegan food options for students, the question remains, how substantial are they? Vegans do not eat or use animal products and it is well known that people who choose the vegan lifestyle may have a difficult time finding foods they can eat. Some St. John’s students have re...

Meet St. John’s campus dietitian: Lauren Marino

Meet St. John’s campus dietitian: Lauren Marino

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 16
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Adjusting to meals in college can be a difficult task for any student, but thanks to the University’s new campus dietitian, settling on the right meals has gotten a bit easier. Lauren Marino is a registered dietitian who worked in the New York City hospital system prior to coming to St. John’s. ...

Global Peace and Security Dinner: Teaching students how to be peacemakers

Global Peace and Security Dinner: Teaching students how to be peacemakers

Nickool Castro, Staff Writer
March 16
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The Global Peace and Security Dinner, an interactive panel discussion about peacemaking and peacebuilding around the world, took place on Monday, March 13 in Marillac Terrace. The event was hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences along with the United Nations Associations of the United ...

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