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St. John’s Athletic Director Mike Cragg Out After Six Years
Kyler Fox, Managing Editor • June 17, 2024

Following a six-year tenure, St. John’s University mutually parted ways with longtime athletic director Mike Cragg on June 17, per the...

St. John’s Crowned Big East Champions Over Georgetown
James Williams, Asst. Sports Editor • May 31, 2024

The St. John’s Baseball Team continued their remarkable season by winning the Big East championship and securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament.  The...

Rival Seton Hall’s Kadary Richmond Commits to St. John’s
Kyler Fox, Managing Editor • May 7, 2024

After landing veteran Utah guard Deivon Smith, the Red Storm have made another splash in the 2024 offseason. On May 7, former Seton Hall...

“My Fun” and “Faded:” A New Era For Suki Waterhouse
Celina Mullady, Asst. Culture Editor • May 6, 2024

Musician and actress Suki Waterhouse released two new singles titled “My Fun” and “Faded” on April 11. These tracks will be included...

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Another One: St. John’s Secures Deivon Smith
Kyler Fox, Managing Editor • May 6, 2024

It’s been a busy few weeks for head coach Rick Pitino and St. John’s basketball.  On May 6, former Utah guard Deivon Smith...

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Team DaSilva playing Team Carey/ Founders Village in Volleyball on the Freshman Quad.

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Battle of the Buildings Unleashes Campus Rivalry in Epic Student Showdown
Isabella Athanasiou, Asst. News Editor • April 29, 2024

St. John’s University’s Office of Residence Life transformed the Residence Village Pathway into a battleground as it played host to the...

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Asian and Pacific-American Heritage Month Celebration Concludes with “The Debut”
Isabella Cautero, Sports Editor • April 27, 2024

The St. John’s University Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosted its final event of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APHM)...

Students line up for the 75-foot Ferris Wheel. (Torch Photo / James Williams)
Swae Lee and Cash Cobain Rock the Great Lawn at Stormin’ Loud 2024
James Williams, Asst. Sports Editor • April 27, 2024

St. John’s third annual “Stormin’ Loud” event graced the Great Lawn on April 26 with games, carnival rides and live music. Headliners...

SJU students and faculty walked through campus and held signs in protest of the on-campus Starbucks and Burger King.
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St. John’s University Students and Faculty Rally In Solidarity With Palestine
Malak Kassem, News Editor • April 26, 2024

About 50 students and faculty members joined a rally in support of Palestine on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. The St. John’s Palestine Solidarity...

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured the Cybersecurity Lab located on the second floor of St. Augustine Hall. 
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Facilitates Cybersecurity Roundtable at St. John’s University
Olivia Seaman, Editor-in-Chief • April 24, 2024

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), attended St. John’s University for a discussion on cybersecurity on April 24 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sen....

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Another One: St. John’s Secures Deivon Smith
Kyler Fox, Managing Editor • May 6, 2024

It’s been a busy few weeks for head coach Rick Pitino and St. John’s basketball.  On May 6, former Utah guard Deivon Smith...

On April 27, Amy Mallah was honored during the last home series of the season for senior day.

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Life After the Storm: Amy Mallah’s Final Season at St. John’s
Isabella Cautero, Sports Editor • April 28, 2024

For infielder Amy Mallah, the game of softball has been a cornerstone of her life since she was six years old. Rounding out the end of her...

The St. Johns softball team celebrated their three seniors following the home loss against Seton Hall.

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St. John’s Falls in Last Innings Against Seton Hall on Senior Day
Isabella Cautero, Sports Editor • April 28, 2024

The St. John’s softball team sits at 25-25 on their season following an 8-3 loss against Seton Hall (24-19) on April 27 at Red Storm Field....

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SJU’s Chris Ledlum, Jordan Dingle File Lawsuit Against NCAA
Kyler Fox, Managing Editor • April 26, 2024

On April 26, St. John’s Men’s Basketball players Chris Ledlum and Jordan Dingle filed a lawsuit with the Queens Supreme Court against...

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Peicheng Chen Looks Ahead To The Conference Tournament
James Williams, Asst. Sports Editor • April 25, 2024

Junior Peicheng Chen has been the face of the St. John’s Men’s Golf team since his first season in 2021 and his development has paved...

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Op-Ed: Donald Trump Is Not Your Friend
Carlyann Carey, Opinion Editor • May 4, 2024

Donald Trump is the epitome of wealth and nauseating power. His Manhattan hush money trial opens Pandora’s box to the things his Republican...

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Op-Ed: Ruby Franke is Not an Isolated Case
Carlyann Carey, Opinion Editor • April 25, 2024

Former vlogger behind the YouTube channel “8 Passengers” Ruby Franke shocked the world when she and co-conspirator Jodi Hildebrandt were...

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The Future is Calling, But Right Now Is Louder
Elizabeth Kaufmann, Opinion Editor Emerita • April 22, 2024

Finding joy in the mundanity. College life focuses heavily on the go, go, go of figuring out our future. While it’s incredibly important...

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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...

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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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Speed Dating Your Prospective Professors
Isabella Acierno, Outreach Manager • April 29, 2024

As the semester draws to a close, college students have completed class registration — a tedious process that plays a pivotal role in the...

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Survive the Summer with These Five Men’s Fashion Trends
Joe Ciaccio, Contributing Writer • April 29, 2024

  For many, the transition from cool spring to hot summer is easy. Freed from the restricting chill, many see summer as an opportunity...

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The Realities of Dating in College
Olivia Rainson, Features Editor & Social Media Manager • April 24, 2024

College years are some of the most formative times in life for personal growth and development. As students, how can you independently grow...

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Discovering the Power of the Five Love Languages
Abigail Grieco, Features Editor Emerita • April 23, 2024

The five love languages — first developed and described by author Gary Chapman in 1992 — describe how people receive and express love...

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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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Jojo Siwa’s Bad Karma
Catherine Pascal, Staff Writer • May 3, 2024

The dynamic internet personality Jojo Siwa, who burst onto the scene at just nine years old, has captivated audiences with her continued...

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Live Show Spotlight: Roger Eno
Anya Geiling, Contributing Writer • April 30, 2024

Roger Eno is a composer of ambient sound and a pianist with a passion for creating wondrous music. His brother, Brian Eno, may be more well...

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“It’s Us Vol. 1:” Luxury Raps from Emerging Voices
AJ Vargas, Contributing Writer • April 29, 2024

Concrete Boys is a record label founded by Atlanta rapper, Lil Yachty, and includes signees Draft Day, Camo!, Dc2trill and KARRAHBOO. They...

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Curated Collections: The Ultimate Summer Playlist
Molly Downs, Culture Editor • April 29, 2024

Every season requires a new playlist that encompasses the feelings that accompany the series of months, and summer is certainly no exception....

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“Fallout:” Welcome to the Wasteland
James Williams, Asst. Sports Editor • April 25, 2024

Off the heels of an influx in video game adaptations turned into prestigious television —HBO’s Emmy-winning “The Last of Us” or Netflix’s...

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