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Meal Plan Comparisons – St. John’s most expensive

Meal Plan Comparisons – St. John’s most expensive

Bryant Rodriguez, Opinion Editor
March 22
Filed under Home Scroll, News

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...

MCU partners with SJU

MCU partners with SJU

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor
February 22
Filed under News

Municipal Credit Union (MCU) has now opened membership to St. John’s students across the University’s four New York campuses, solidifying its position as the official credit union of the University community. The announcement was made at St. John’s men’s basketball game against Seton Hall at...

School of Ed Dean talks issues in education

School of Ed Dean talks issues in education

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
February 22
Filed under News

School choice has been at the forefront of politics for over one month, but public education is the backbone of the country, according to School of Education Dean Michael Sampson, Ph.D. The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education sparked, among other things, a contentious debate on scho...

Women on Wall Street

Women on Wall Street

Reza Moreno, Features Editor
February 22
Filed under Features, Home Scroll

Wall Street is one of the most well known streets in New York City. It is a big tourist attraction and also a placeholder for our economy. Many people would assume that a majority of men work on Wall Street or even the business industry. Catherine Felle is a junior from New Jersey currently studying b...

Student journalist brings NABJ to SJU

Student journalist brings NABJ to SJU

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor
February 22
Filed under Features, Home Scroll

An organization that focuses on diversity in the newsroom is making its way into St. John’s University. In an interview with the Torch, Beverly Danquah, the president of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), spoke about her career as a journalist so far and the organization’s incept...

Center Yankuba Sima to transfer from St. John’s

Center Yankuba Sima to transfer from St. John’s

Carmine Carcieri, Co-Sports Editor
December 9
Filed under Basketball, Home Scroll, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

In the midst of a three-game winning streak, center Yankuba Sima has been granted his release from the St. John's men's basketball program. Sima informed head coach Chris Mullin of his desire to transfer out of Queens, and has been given permission by the program to talk to other Division I schools at...

Courtside: International Impact

Courtside: International Impact

Kaylee Herndon, Staff Writer
November 27
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Roughly 10 minutes before open practice began on St. John’s Media Day, sophomore guard Federico Mussini and sophomore center Yankuba Sima began taking some warm up shots together.  Mussini and Sima have experienced being both teammates and rivals. Outside of St. John’s basketball, each represe...

Courtside: Newcomers look to make their mark

Courtside: Newcomers look to make their mark

Anna Kulesa, Staff Writer
November 27
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Andrayah Adams, Alisha Kebbe and Shamachya Duncan are three of the new faces for the St. John’s women’s basketball team. All three are incoming freshman that had impressive high school careers and are looking to make an impact this season. The Red Storm hope they can fill the big shoes of now gradu...

Recapping the men’s and women’s soccer seasons

Recapping the men’s and women’s soccer seasons

Nicholas McCreven, Staff Writer
November 16
Filed under Men's Soccer, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Soccer

St. John’s soccer ended this past week for both the men and the women. The men ended with a 6-7-4 record overall and 2-5-2 in the Big East after losing their final game late to Providence. Although the under-.500 record, this season showed the promise that this young team has going forward. Only...

New backcourt duo leads St. John’s over Binghamton

New backcourt duo leads St. John’s over Binghamton

Carmine Carcieri, Co-Sports Editor
November 16
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Without a true point guard in 2015-16, St. John’s struggled to initiate their offense and failed to run Chris Mullin’s NBA space-and-space system successfully. The result: One of the worst seasons in program history. This year, St. John’s doesn’t just have one dynamic point guard; they h...

St. John’s holds 11th annual 100-out softball fundraiser game

St. John’s holds 11th annual 100-out softball fundraiser game

Brianna Pace, Staff Writer
October 19
Filed under Softball, Sports, Sports Scroll

The St. John’s softball team hosted their 11th annual 100-out softball game on Wednesday, October 5. The game is held to raise money for the program. Team Storm overpowered Team Red, 29-21. The game is held to give the girls a chance to practice situational work as well as raise much needed mon...

Up-and-down week for St. John’s women’s soccer

Up-and-down week for St. John’s women’s soccer

Kaylee Herndon, Staff Writer
October 5
Filed under Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Soccer

In their most recent match on Sunday, the St. John's women’s soccer team suffered their first loss in Big East conference play, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Marquette on the road. The Johnnies (6-2-4) were unbeaten in their last three games. This included a win and a draw in Big East action. T...

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