Body image transcends trend

Livia Paula, Features Editor
November 23, 2015
Filed under Opinion

We live in a world where we blame society for everything. Yet, we often forget the obvious: we are part of society and we all have a part in what’s trending in the world. An example of this is body image along with the entire concept of what’s considered beautiful. Back in the 1950’s, Marilyn... Read more »

Jumping the gun on Turkey Day

Tommie Brown, Staff Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus…a month too early. On Nov. 1, a friend and I indulged in our daily 9 a.m. Starbucks routine. To my surprise, I found that Starbucks was advertising the return of seasonal drinks and a new reusable cup that read “JOY” in large red letters across the... Read more »

A prayer for Kristallnacht

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM,, Special to the Torch
November 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

In my role as a minister at St. John’s University, I have been invited to represent the Catholic/Christian community at a Kristallnacht commemoration service at Queens College on Nov. 15. Kristallnacht, you may recall, refers to the night of Nov. 9, 1938, when a large coordinated attack was launched... Read more »

The consequences of “political correctness”

Miles Kopley, Staff Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

On Sept. 15, President Barack Obama stood before a crowd at a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa and said some remarkable words during a discussion on free speeches at universities. “I’ve heard of some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who, you know, is too conservative.... Read more »

Indonesian fire buried beneath the brush

Matthew D’Aguanno, Staff Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

No opening sentence can accurately depict the hell on Earth imagery that is currently occurring in Indonesia. The 5,000-kilometer long stretch of land in the South Pacific is engulfed in raging flames, classified by many as the worst environmental disaster of the 21st century at this point in history. The... Read more »

Homeless in NYC

Hunter Rabinowitz, Staff Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Come out to Broadway sometime this autumn and prepare yourself for the revival of the century. I'm sure you're all bored of the phantoms in their operas and the Lion King on DVD will satisfy your craving for Disney just fine. It's a 1930s revival and not a great work by Eugene O'Neil or an extravagant... Read more »

The changing landscape of marijuana

Angel Vera, Staff Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

This past Wednesday, a major breakthrough was made with Mexican drug policy as the Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (Supreme Court of Mexico), ruled in favor of Mexican citizens having the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use. Although this does not strike down any current... Read more »

Detrimental Keystone XL Pipeline rejected

Abhishek Joshi, Staff Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

On Friday President Barack Obama rejected the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, a dangerous and environmentally detrimental project. The Keystone XL had a green flag from nearly every state that it passed through, except one; Nebraska. The route that TransCanada had suggested for the Keystone XL ran... Read more »

The defining truth behind feminism

Alyssa Ford, Contributing writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Powerful words were exchanged when Emma Watson sat down with Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner, last week and interviewed her. “I am a feminist, and we all should be feminists because feminism is another word for equality,” said Yousafzai. Watson stated in a Facebook post... Read more »

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 »