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Spring Concert canceled

Spring Concert canceled

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
April 12, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Two years ago J. Cole visited campus. Last year it was Nas. This year, no one. St. John’s students have to wait until 2018 for a spring concert. This year’s concert was recently canceled, according to a statement  released on social media by Haraya and Student Government Incorporated (SGI). ...

SGI backs future meal plan changes

SGI backs future meal plan changes

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
April 12, 2017
Filed under News

Despite sparking outrage among some students, the new meal plan requirement for townhouse residents is the best possible outcome of the University’s contract negotiations with Chartwells, according to Student Government Inc. Representatives from the group met with members of the administration recently ...

SGI floor meeting: Dialogue with Dining Services, new constitution still being drafted

SGI floor meeting: Dialogue with Dining Services, new constitution still being drafted

Carissa Herb, Opinion Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under News

Student Government Inc.’s (SGI) floor meeting on April 3 brought important conversations about SGI constitution changes, the anticipated response of the meal plan controversy and more. St. John’s Dining Services was faced with an uproar of student voices opposing the implementation of a mandatory...

SGI: No proof of negative campaigning

SGI: No proof of negative campaigning

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

The election for Junior Senator, won last Thursday by Atem Tazi, was marred by accusations of negative campaigning on a student-run website and social media. However, Student Government Inc. (SGI) told the Torch they had no evidence “directly or indirectly” connecting the winning candidate to th...

REAL ticket sweeps SGI elections

REAL ticket sweeps SGI elections

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
March 24, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

Excitement filled the student government office on Friday afternoon as the executive board results for the 2017-2018 school year were announced. The REAL ticket, headed by unopposed presidential candidate Frank Obermeyer, swept Student Government Inc.’s election, defeating three independent candidates. ...

Flames of the Torch

March 16, 2017
Filed under Opinion

We learned this week that Student Government Inc. was not informed of the University’s plan to change the meal plan policy for townhouse students before it was public. This is stunning. SGI leaders are elected by their peers to be the face and voice of students to the University. And as our represen...

Meet SGI’s 2017-18 E-board candidates

Meet SGI’s 2017-18 E-board candidates

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
March 16, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

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...

Political groups don’t make it through

Political groups don’t make it through

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
February 7, 2017
Filed under Home Scroll, News

After a contentious election season, students may be surprised to learn that none of the political groups on campus—College Democrats, College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)—became officially recognized through Student Government Inc.’s “...

Conversations about diversity and inclusiveness sparked

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under News

The annual Cultural Roundtable, held by the President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (PMAC), took place last Thursday, Dec. 1 during common hour in the Sodano Coffeehouse. According to the University’s official website, PMAC is “an advisory group to the President of the University that a...

SGI President, Student Affairs Chair talk Winter Carnival themes

SGI President, Student Affairs Chair talk Winter Carnival themes

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
December 7, 2016
Filed under News

This year’s Winter Carnival is well underway, with the festivities beginning earlier this Christmas season from Monday, Nov. 28 to Wednesday, Dec. 7. Chiara Miuccio, president of Student Government Inc. (SGI), as well as some representatives of the Student Affairs Committee, spoke about the them...

Student Government, Inc. talks Trojan rating at last floor meeting

Reza Moreno, Features Editor
October 26, 2016
Filed under News

On Monday, Oct. 17 another Student Government Inc. floor meeting went on in Marillac Terrace A from 5-6:30 p.m. Around 50 students attended and among them were members of SGI’s different committees. SGI Secretary Frank Obermeyer said he is working with Yovanna Roa-Reyes, secretary of Feminists Unit...

No shortage of spirit for SJU Senior

No shortage of spirit for SJU Senior

Troy Mauriello and Carmine Carcieri
October 5, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis, Sports, Sports Scroll, Track & Field, Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Women's Tennis

If you told Brendan Eugene three years ago that he’d be running the official student fan group of St. John’s University, RedZone, he himself wouldn’t have believed you. Eugene, a 20-year-old senior from Bay Shore, NY, was a self-described shy freshman as he began school at St. John’s in 20...

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