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 »

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Tommie Brown, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

It has become tragically repetitive in New York City to see headlines announce yet another incident where the NYPD goes head to head with its city’s civilians of color.  But what happens when the villain becomes the victim? On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Tyrone Howard allegedly shot Officer Randolph Holder... Read more »

The Changing Face of American Police

Angel Vera, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

This past week, “Rise Up October” took place here in New York City as demonstrators, whose slogan was “no more stolen lives,” took the street to protest police brutality and honor the lives taken by police officers such as Tamir Rice, Mike Brown and Eric Garner. These demonstrations were led b... Read more »

Flames of the Torch

Editorial Board
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

23 shootings on college campuses in 2015 as of October.   298 mass shooting incidents this year alone so far.    Those sobering statistics, from the Washington Post and the Boston Globe respectively, speak of an unsettling trend.    Seeing, reading or hearing a news story about cam... Read more »

The importance of music in a liberal education

Father Patrick J. Griffin CM, Special to the Torch
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

In an election year, we hear some words thrown carelessly about.  The word “liberal” can be used as the opposite of “conservative.” That is not the meaning of a “liberal education” or a “liberal arts college” at St. John’s.  The intent contrasts a liberal education with one that emphasize... Read more »

Commuter Chronicles:

Hunter Rabinowitz, Contributing Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

With the end of midterms and the beginning of finals just around the corner, the intensity of studying is about to break semester records. For commuters like myself, study time is almost always during the hours of commuting on public transportation.  So, while you’re on the F this testing season, trying to get a... Read more »

Jim Webb’s Campaign Ending or Just Beginning?

Isabella Bruni, Contributing Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

In the thick of political conversation about Hillary Clinton’s emails and Donald Trump’s next big move, candidate Jim Webb has pulled out of the Democratic presidential primary. Although the former senator of Virginia opted out of the Democratic race, he hasn’t entirely given up just yet. Webb claims that... Read more »

Jack & Jill on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Cheyanne Gonzales, Abhishek Joshi, General Manager, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Jill: “Domestic violence impacts women, men and children of every age, background and belief. Nearly one in four women and one in seven men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner,” according to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence,   ... Read more »

When the halls aren’t bulletproof: College campus shootings

Tommie Brown, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

On Oct. 1, 2015, a gunman opened fire on the Umpqua Community College Campus in Roseburg, Ore. The death toll reached 10, the wounded tallied up to seven and the amount of people affected remains uncountable. Since 1996, there has been at least one mass shooting per year in America.  The word “ma... Read more »

Is there a war on cops?

Zachary Tannis, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

Recently in the media, there has been a claim that a new “war” has started in America. Of course, it isn’t a real war.  It’s one similar to the war on Christmas that Fox News insists on whimpering about every year, or the war on Christianity that Bill O’Reilly drones on about incessant... Read more »

Student political orgs not involved despite upcoming elections

Nickool Castro, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under News

Presidential primaries are around the corner, but many St. John’s students haven’t seen any involvements from College Democrats and College Republicans chapters this semester. Senior Italian major, Isabelle Mendez, like many other students on campus, was wondering what happened to these organiz... Read more »

On Alert: Amidst shootings, community is urged to remain attentive

On Alert: Amidst shootings, community is urged to remain attentive

Philtrina Farquharson, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Home Scroll, News

The number of shootings on college campuses nationwide continues to rise at alarming rates, and St. John’s says it is taking the necessary steps to prevent this from occurring here. “Speed is key. 90 percent of the university opted into the instant messaging system and this the best way of commu... Read more »