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The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

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Taylor Swift’s "The Tortured Poets Department" Shoots to Kill
Olivia Rainson, Features Editor & Social Media Manager • April 19, 2024

When Taylor Swift announced her 11th studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department” on Feb. 4, she was on stage accepting her 14th Grammy....

Op-Ed: Maybe Banning TikTok Isn’t Such a Bad Thing
Elizabeth Kaufmann, Opinion Editor & Human Resources Manager Emerita • April 19, 2024

TikTok, though still up and running, may not be for long as Congress passed a bill on March 13 that could “require the app to part ways...

Swae Lee to Headline 2024 Stormin’ Loud
Olivia Seaman, Editor-in-Chief • April 18, 2024

  Rapper Swae Lee will headline 2024 Stormin’ Loud, according to an Instagram post by the St. John’s University Student Programming...

“Avatar: The Last Airbender:” A Childhood Classic Brought to Life
Quentin Williams, Contributing Writer • April 18, 2024

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” is a reimagined adaptation of the award-winning animated series released almost two decades prior. The series,...

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St. John’s Handed First Home Loss of the Season
James Williams, Asst. Sports Editor • April 18, 2024

The St. John’s Baseball team’s undefeated home record was broken in an 11-9 loss to the Columbia Lions on April 16 at Kaiser Stadium.  Helmed...

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University Balkan Club Hosts Dr. Fred Cocozzelli on “Western Perspective of the Balkans”
Malak Kassem, News Editor • April 17, 2024

On April 15, the St. John’s University Balkan Club invited Professor Fred Cocozzelli, director of the Government & Politics program, ...

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Office of Residence Life Implements New Housing Selection Process With Mixed Student Reaction
Malak Kassem and Isabella Athanasiou April 16, 2024

The St. John’s University Office of Residence Life implemented a new housing selection pilot program for the Fall 2024 semester. From April...

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SJU to Turn On Air Conditioning Two Days Before Spring Semester Ends
Olivia Seaman, Editor-in-Chief • April 15, 2024

In an email sent to the St. John’s University community on April 15, the Department of Campus Facilities and Services will “switch the...

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Unique Dining Experience Teaches St. John’s Students Practical Interviewing Skills
Isabella Cautero, Sports Editor • April 11, 2024

The faculty lounge of St. John’s University’s Sun Yet Sen Memorial Building was transformed into a five-star restaurant on April 9...

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Stormin’ Loud Committee Releases Initial Information For The End-Of-Year Festival
Malak Kassem, News Editor • April 11, 2024

It’s that time of the year again: classes are wrapping up, final exam dates are being posted and the Stormin’ Loud Committee begins to...

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St. John’s Handed First Home Loss of the Season
James Williams, Asst. Sports Editor • April 18, 2024

The St. John’s Baseball team’s undefeated home record was broken in an 11-9 loss to the Columbia Lions on April 16 at Kaiser Stadium.  Helmed...

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Knockout Drama: Boxer Ryan Garcia's Ringside Rollercoaster
Isabella Athanasiou, Asst. News Editor • April 9, 2024

Professional boxer Ryan Garcia's upcoming fight against Devin Haney in Brooklyn on April 20 has been recently shadowed by controversy following...

Bill Wennington spoke to St. Johns University students about his fruitful professional life and offered advice for future sports media professionals.
An Afternoon With St. John’s Icon Bill Wennington
Kyler Fox, Managing Editor • April 8, 2024

St. John’s University's journalism department held an invite-only event on April 4 allowing students to interact with former St. John’s...

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Week in Review: Spring Sports Midseason Report
Isabella Cautero, Asst. Sports Editor • March 26, 2024

This week in sports at St. John's University brought the beginning and ending of seasons of multiple sports. From Joe Tartamella and the...

St. Johns Womens Basketball head coach Joe Tartamella
St. John’s to Play in the Inaugural Women’s Basketball Invitation Tournament
Isabella Cautero, Asst. Sports Editor • March 19, 2024

After suffering a loss to Georgetown in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament, the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team awaited...

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Op-Ed: Arab American Heritage Month Is a Publicity Stunt
Malak Kassem, News Editor • April 12, 2024

This April marks the fourth Arab American Heritage Month in the United States since President Joe Biden officially declared the commemoration...

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Op-Ed: Activist Unveils the Truth Behind America’s Cuba Policy
Kyler Fox, Managing Editor • April 12, 2024

Albert A. Fox Jr. is an advocate for lifting the U.S. embargo with Cuba and has faced harassment, false arrests and fabricated FBI investigations...

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Angel Reese’s Battle with Courtside Prejudice
Quentin Williams, Contributing Writer • April 10, 2024

Angel Reese is one of the most dominant athletes the NCAA has ever seen. She holds the NCAA record for most double-doubles in a season and...

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One Year Later: Evan Gershkovich’s Extended Sentence
Carlyann Carey, Opinion Editor • April 10, 2024

Evan Gershkovich has been officially detained by Russian police for one year. The Wall Street Journal Russian correspondent was arrested...

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What “The Broski Report” with Brittany Broski Has Done for the Internet
Elizabeth Kaufmann, Opinion Editor Emirita • April 8, 2024

When Brittany Tomlinson, better known as Brittany Broski, first grimaced at a bottle of kombucha back in 2019, the internet was never the...

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Untangling the Web of Mixed Emotions
Abigail Grieco, Features Editor Emerita • April 15, 2024

Many aspects of the media focus on dealing with negative feelings — but what about mixed feelings? Whether you are changing jobs, starting...

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SJU’s Complete Commencement Checklist for College Seniors
Abigail Grieco, Features Editor Emerita • April 14, 2024

As graduation day approaches, college seniors find themselves on the cusp of a new chapter in life. Amidst the excitement and anticipation,...

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Surviving Senioritis as a Second-Semester Senior
Abigail Grieco, Features Editor Emerita • April 11, 2024

As the final semester of undergraduate studies approaches for graduating seniors, many students find themselves grappling with the phenomenon...

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How to Plan Your Next Garden Party
Olivia Rainson, Features Editor & Social Media Manager • April 10, 2024

With the arrival of spring, there’s no better time to embrace the beauty of nature by hosting a garden party. Whether you’re celebrating...

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The Ins and Outs of the St. John’s University Law School
Elizabeth Kaufmann, Opinion Editor Emirita • April 9, 2024

Law school can be daunting for anyone — from students attending in the upcoming semester, those currently filling out applications or even...

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Chappell Roan: The People’s Pop Princess
Molly Downs, Culture Editor • April 18, 2024

For anyone who keeps up to date with the pop music scene, Chappell Roan is a name sure to be thrown around these days — and for good reason.  Kayleigh...

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“Love Lies Bleeding:” A24’s Newest Thriller
Celina Mullady, Asst. Culture Editor • April 11, 2024

The independent film and television production company, A24, has returned with their newest thriller/romance, “Love Lies Bleeding.” Starring...

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“Calling After Me:” A Comeback for Wallows
Molly Downs, Culture Editor • April 10, 2024

After two years without a release of new music, Wallows dropped the first single, “Your Apartment,”  off their upcoming album, “Model”...

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Four Tet’s “Three:” Post-Success Introspection
AJ Vargas, Contributing Writer • April 8, 2024

Kieran Hebden, professionally known as Four Tet, is a British producer known for his vivid and meticulous approach to electronic music. He...

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“Dune: Messiah” and The Slippery Slope of “Dune’s” Future
James Williams, Asst. Sports Editor • April 8, 2024

After “Dune: Part Two’s'” huge opening weekend and passing the $500 million needed to break even, a third and final part of Denis Villenuve’s...

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