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Round 1 of a Smash Slam Event

Round 1 of a Smash Slam Event

Cara Yesko, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


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The poetry slam on Oct. 10 wasn’t just a slam, it was a smash. The event, run by the organization Food For Thought, took place in the curtained off corner of DAC Coffeehouse where the lights were low, couches were arranged in rows and the mic stood center stage. The event emcee, Food for Thought President ...

Moments & Movements: The Campaign for Self-Examination and Body Love

Moments & Movements: The Campaign for Self-Examination and Body Love

Destinee Scott, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


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We’re going into the third week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there’s something that Serena Williams wants us to remember. On Sept. 29, the tennis pro posted a video of herself posing topless while singing the Divinyls’ 1990 hit song, “I Touch Myself.” The video came days before Breast...

Moments & Movements: The New Black Renaissance

Moments & Movements: The New Black Renaissance

Devorah Satcher, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


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Society is currently witnessing a cultural phenomenon, a new Black Renaissance, on television screens. Since 2014, there has been a rise in television series that are created, produced, directed by and/or star a primarily black cast. A few of the most popular and successful ones currently on telev...

5 Boroughs, 5 Minutes: Short Stories at the New York City Ballet

5 Boroughs, 5 Minutes: Short Stories at the New York City Ballet

Sofia Altamura, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


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Mellifluous music, captivating story-lines and breathtaking dancing — these are all the components that result in a wonderful night at the ballet. On Oct. 10, the New York City Ballet put on “Short Stories,” which included three performances: “Fancy Free,” “Prodigal Son” and “West S...

Students Come Together to Express Themselves in The Slam Round 2

Students Come Together to Express Themselves in The Slam Round 2

Anna Boylan, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


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Different shades of blue and red light cast down on students who stood at the microphone, as they poured everything they had into the instrument. Emotion poured out of their mouths, spreading throughout the room and into the audience. This powerful event was the poetry event known as “The Slam.” On Oct. 8...

5 Boroughs, Five Minutes: New York Comic Con 2018 One writer’s experience in the Javits Center’s annual event

5 Boroughs, Five Minutes: New York Comic Con 2018 One writer’s experience in the Javits Center’s annual event

Nia Douglas, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


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After dreaming of attending the New York Comic Con for years, I was finally able to experience one of the grandest celebrations of all things nerdy — and even met a St. John’s icon. It was absolutely amazing, but not without flaws. This year’s Comic Con took place from Oct. 4 to 7, and it ...

New York’s Beating Heart: Brooklyn’s DIY Music Scene and Rough Trade NYC

New York’s Beating Heart: Brooklyn’s DIY Music Scene and Rough Trade NYC

Renee King, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


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Everyone moves to Brooklyn, specifically millennials with tattoo sleeves and thrift shop fashion senses — or so people like to say. While they are the punchline of many jokes, the creatives of this borough work together to form a blossoming underground art community, a thriving DIY music scene for ...

“The Haunting of Hill House:” Classic Story With New Spin

“The Haunting of Hill House:” Classic Story With New Spin

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


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With Halloween around the corner, everyone is in the mood for something scary to watch. Once again, Netflix has provided us with great content: “The Haunting of Hill House.” Made by the creators of the Netflix film “Gerald’s Game,” another great piece from Netflix, “The Haunting of Hill Hou...

“The Favourite:” The Women Who Rule

“The Favourite:” The Women Who Rule

Sydney Bembry, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


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Director Yorgos Lanthimos, best known for “The Lobster” and “The Killing of the Sacred Deer,” returns with his new film, “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman, as the highest monarch. Set in eighteenth century England, Lady Sarah (Weisz) is the pathetic Quee...

“Bad Times at El Royale:” Good Times at the El Royale

“Bad Times at El Royale:” Good Times at the El Royale

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

October 17, 2018


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Clocking in at two hours and 21 minutes, “Bad Times at El Royale,” is a punchy, yet long exercise on the deconstruction of the crime thriller, neo-noir genre, made famous by directors such as Quentin Tarantino. Despite its length, director and writer Drew Goddard, of “Cabin in the Woods” ...

Coffee Conversations: Poet & Painter Tatiana Nicoll on the Healing Power of Self-Expression

Coffee Conversations: Poet & Painter Tatiana Nicoll on the Healing Power of Self-Expression

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2018


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For junior education major Tatiana Nicoll, unapologetically expressing herself has been a consistent trait throughout her life. From dancing to painting, Nicoll has dabbled in many different forms of expression — but one art form that she developed during her time at St. John’s is poetry. When...

St. Augustine Hall Art Exhibit Premieres

St. Augustine Hall Art Exhibit Premieres

Renee King, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


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For this year’s Founder’s Week, many of the University’s departments are hosting events pertaining to the Vincentian values of St. John’s. This year’s theme is “Called to Action.” In one of this year’s closing events, the St. John’s Department of Art and Design set up a quaint ...

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