The Torch

“Let’s Try The After”

Renee King, Contributing Writer

April 17, 2019


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The Canadian indie collective, Broken Social Scene, has been receiving acclaim for nearly 20 years. With critics and fans alike still swooning over their versatility, Broken Social Scene remains relevant. “We’ve never been into having one sound for one record; we always like to be as adventurous as we can,” frontman Ke...

Curated Collections: Earth Day Documentary Picks

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor Emeritus

April 17, 2019


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Earth Day has continuously been a day that highlights the beauty that biodiversity offers and the current anthropogenic problems that face our environment. Established in the spring of 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day’s purpose has been to bring these issues to national attention –– a goal accomplished within the ...

Curated Collection: Stay Educated About Sexual Assault

Jewel Antoine, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


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Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign that aims to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to educate individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. This week’s theme (April 15 - 21) is “Stay Educated” and as such, the compilation of documentaries below provide different stories...

“Free Spirit”

Jillian Ortiz, Chief Copy Editor

April 17, 2019


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Not many artists today can successfully execute the art of album making. Certainly, there are artists that make every song a work of art but when they compile 11 of them and call it an album, it doesn’t necessarily meet the definition of what an album should be. I consider an album to be an experi...

Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ inspirational Youtube Special

Priyanka Gera, Culture Editor

April 17, 2019


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In the first episode of her new YouTube Originals special, “If You Could Tell Me Just One Thing,” which premiered on March 27, Priyanka Chopra Jonas travels through L.A. to meet with who she describes as “three incredibly inspiring women.” In this special, (which is a part of YouTube’s ...

Honoring Powerful Women During Women’s History Month

Honoring Powerful Women During Women’s History Month

Priyanka Gera, Assistant Culture Editor

April 3, 2019


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This past March was Women’s History Month, highlighting the contributions women have made in our society, past and present. On Tuesday, March 26, UNICEF, in collaboration with Campus Activities, organized a film festival to celebrate powerful women. The event lasted from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and ...

Google Announces New Streaming Platform

Google Announces New Streaming Platform

Anthony Villacreses, Contributing Writer

April 3, 2019


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On Tuesday March 19, Google announced a new product at the Gamers Developers Conference, “Stadia,” that would compete closely with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Their recent approach to entering the gaming market is to allow gamers to be able to seamlessly switch between a smartphone, tablet, c...

“Broad City:” Goodbye to One of TV’s Best Friendships

“Broad City:” Goodbye to One of TV’s Best Friendships

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

April 3, 2019


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“I also have some business with the bank. I’d like to cash these nickels and I’ll have them in quarters, please. Thank you so much,” smiled Ilana Wexler, maniacally played by Ilana Glazer, in season one, episode nine of Comedy Central’s “Broad City.” Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams (played by Abbi...

Now Streaming: “The Legend of Cocaine Island”

Now Streaming: “The Legend of Cocaine Island”

Shaolin Barid, Contributing Writer

April 3, 2019


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The Netflix original documentary, “The Legend of Cocaine Island,” which aired last Friday, March 29, tells of a true wild west story that emerged in a 15-20 year old tale of buried treasure in the island of Culebra in Puerto Rico, estimated to be worth about two million dollars. With a fa...

Shared Shelves: Dr. Erika Vause: Specialist in Seventeenth through Nineteenth Century Europe

Shared Shelves: Dr. Erika Vause: Specialist in Seventeenth through Nineteenth Century Europe

Maggie Moore, Contributing Writer

April 2, 2019


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The sight of a miniature model of a guillotine in a professor’s office might be a surprise for some students, but it always sparks a great conversation. The office in question is that of Dr. Erika Vause, a History professor here at St. John’s University who focuses on Europe from the seventeenth ...

Coffee Conversations: Music Producer Brandon Mitchell on Finding Music Everywhere and Anywhere

Coffee Conversations: Music Producer Brandon Mitchell on Finding Music Everywhere and Anywhere

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

March 27, 2019


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At 11 on Tuesday morning, Brandon Mitchell and I met for coffee in the DAC Coffeehouse. Mitchell is a junior at St. John’s, studying accounting. He hails from Durham, NC. Disclaimer, Mitchell opted for an Ethos water, as he’s not a coffee drinker. I had a grande toasted toffee nut iced coffee with alm...

50in50: Letters to Our Daughters

50in50: Letters to Our Daughters

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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Thus far, Women’s History Month has been full of an incredible amount of events to keep people enlightened and informed. On March 9, “50in50: Letters to Our Daughters” presented its third annual showcase at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theatre, by the Billie Holiday Theatre and in collaboratio...

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