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Flames of the Torch

December 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion

There’s no question that this past semester was arguably one of the most eventful times for not only the St. John’s community, but for the nation as a whole. There are protests going on, pipelines getting shut down, movements for sustainability, feminists uniting and a brand new president-elect. Wi... Read more »

Tips to thrive during Finals Week

Angela Kellett, Contributing Writer
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Finals week is intense, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed because of it. Yet, you should not write that 15 page paper two hours before it is due, nor should you not sleep for three days. It seems like those are some of the only options, but if you stay organized, you can thrive during finals week. ... Read more »

We are more than our shortcomings

Doug Cantelmo, Special to the Torch
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

To some students, final exam week feels like a time in which any failings they have been experiencing over the course of the semester will be laid bare. The stress during this time of the year is palpable and felt in every residence hall and study lounge. One of the tragedies of the human condition ... Read more »

St. John the Baptist University

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Our University is named in honor of St. John the Baptist. His statue appropriately stands in front of St. John Hall which was the first building on campus. Dressed in the traditional garb of camel’s hair and with a staff in one hand, he makes a gesture with the other hand which suggests that he is ... Read more »

Flag burning is legal but disrespectful

Sahn Choi, Staff Writer
December 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion

When a United States soldier, marine, sailor or airman dies in combat, the Armed Forces provide a military funeral if requested by the deceased’s family. These funerals include military elements such as the attendance of honor guards or the ceremonial act of a rifle party firing blank cartridges i... Read more »

Your Children’s Children

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch
December 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

May the LORD bless you from Zion; may you see Jerusalem’s prosperity all the days of your life and live to see your children’s children (Ps 128:5-6)             Last year at this time after Thanksgiving, I wrote about my grandnephew Wes who was just two weeks away from turning one yea... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

November 30, 2016
Filed under Opinion

This week, we reported on a petition to make St. John’s a sanctuary campus. The petition asks the University to take steps to protect undocumented students, faculty and staff in light of president-elect Donald Trump’s proposal to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, established by the ... Read more »

Letters to the Editor

November 30, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Presidential Election 2016

The following letters were sent to the Torch in response to the Nov. 16 article "The Trump Window." Dear Editor, It appears that there are some ( very few I hope) at your school who have demonstrated their lack of understanding (ignorance?) of the basics of American standards for the free speech rights of ... Read more »

Flames

November 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It’s time to talk about the Torch’s role as student journalists. Leading up to the election, our editorial board planned several articles, designs and possible front pages depending on the outcome. While those ideas constantly changed, one thing remained certain: the front page would feature the ... Read more »

The Democratic establishment has itself to blame

Lucas Hann, Contributing Writer
November 16, 2016
Filed under Election 2016, Opinion, Presidential Election 2016

The question for Democrats on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9 was, of course, who is to blame? Somehow, the party had managed to turn an incredibly advantageous setting into a loss. The sitting Democratic President, Barack Obama, has a 58 percent job approval rating according to a new Gallup poll. ... Read more »

Being thankful this season

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer
November 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Everyone’s favorite time of year is upon us. The weather is getting colder, and the holiday season is beginning. In the midst of the excitement, we often get caught up in the celebration and overlook what we should be thankful for. There are the usual things, like friends and family or passing t... Read more »

Finding hope with Thanksgiving

Kristen Catalano, Staff Writer
November 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Although many Americans are still reeling from what happened on Election Day there is another very important day for Americans coming up: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is important to Americans because it is a day to forget all of our troubles and to celebrate all that we have with loved ones, whether t... Read more »

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