The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

Clinton won’t follow Trump

Nayab Khan, Contributing Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Donald Trump made headlines again—surprise, surprise—two weeks ago for his high-profile visit to Mexico. The visit came as a result of Mexican prime minister Pena Nieto’s invitation to both Trump and Hillary Clinton on diplomatic grounds. Trump took the trip as an opportunity to further his so-called p... Read more »

Was Justice served at Fox News?

Sabrina Lau, Staff Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Imagine a work setting where you have sexual relations with one of your bosses in order to gain a promotion or receive better, more equal pay doing an already-exceptional job, and where your contributions to a company aren’t valid unless you have these sexual relations. To which, you would probably sa... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Here at St. John’s, our opportunities are endless. The infinite amount of possibilities come in the form of interesting classes, a diverse student population, a solid career center and so much more. But one of the most important facets of student life here are the organizations. From Gr... Read more »

“Thanks for the memories, St. John’s”

Rahul Lal, Contributing Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Everyone always told me “college is the best time of your life.” It’s been three years now since a kid from Los Angeles packed up his closet, rolled up his Ice Cube and Tupac posters and moved to a city where he knew absolutely nobody. He had no idea of the wild ride this new home called St. J... Read more »

The Vincentian View: Come now, Holy Spirit

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch
September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

On Sept. 7, our St. John’s community was invited to gather in St. Thomas More Church for the Opening Mass, “The Mass of the Holy Spirit.”  I had the opportunity to preach at that mass, and  I spoke about when I was a seminarian. One of my summer assignments was to a parish at Auburn Universit... Read more »

Making St. John’s your home

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Everyone knows that college is a new and challenging experience. You leave behind the ease of high school and take your first steps into adulthood the minute you walk onto your new college campus. Freshman year is hard, but imagine transferring to a new school. I began my college experience at Suffolk Co... Read more »

Flames of The Torch

September 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

While the beginning of the school year is generally an exciting time for St. John’s students, the start of this year has been a somber one. In the last month, tragedy has struck the St. John’s community three times.  Alumna Karina Vetrano, and students Arshell Dennis III and Tiarah Poyau, each... Read more »

Tearing down prejudice one wall at a time

Brendan South, Staff Writer
September 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“A melting pot of different cultures,” is the most succinct way to describe the student body at St. John’s University. You couldn’t point a finger at a single type or race of person and proclaim that that individual typifies the students at our large Queens campus. The diversity inevitably leads ... Read more »

I’m (sort of) with Her

Shabib Afzal, Contributing Writer
September 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Presidential Election 2016

Every negative stereotype you can think of regarding politicians can be applied to Hillary Clinton. She can be criticized for her inconsistencies regarding many issues, including her flip-flopping on gay rights, NAFTA, TPP, climate change, fracking, the Keystone XL pipeline and many other issues. She ... Read more »

Trump’s unexpected Mexican getaway

Arianna Pintado, Staff Writer
September 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Presidential Election 2016

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year or so, you should be familiar with the name Donald Trump. He is the presidential candidate who’s led a campaign that has caused more controversy than  Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” video. From the disabled to reporters, women and people of color, Trump... Read more »

Required reading encourages compassion

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch
September 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The required reading for the incoming first year students at St. John’s this year is “The Other Wes Moore.” A short version of the story could teach that these two men — both Baltimore-born African-Americans named Wes Moore — had very different lives.  One became a Rhodes scholar and one became... Read more »

Not another Weiner

Nayab Khan, Contributing Writer
September 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Anthony Weiner, a former New York congressman, was caught once again in a sexting scandal. Last week, the New York Post published an incriminating photo of Weiner, which resulted in repercussions a bit different than those that came about during his last two sexting scandals. For one, the photo depicted... Read more »

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