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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 ...

Sensación Hosts Salsa Workshop in DAC

Sensación Hosts Salsa Workshop in DAC

Alessia Pisciotta, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


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Amidst the hustle and bustle of common hour, Sept. 27, Sensación Dance Team hosted a salsa dancing workshop in DAC. Many eager students and some faculty showed up to learn some moves, step out of their comfort zone and support this Latinx Heritage Month event. “We’re hosting this event to tea...

NEW YORK’s BEATING HEART Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz in Harlem

NEW YORK’s BEATING HEART Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz in Harlem

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

October 3, 2018


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555 Edgecombe Street is not an easy building to find. Hidden behind scaffolding, it has an easily passable entrance. But, on the streets above and below, the sounds of soft jazz can be heard drifting out windows and through buildings. Only after following the deep saxophone notes that echoed on t...

“If Beale Street Could Talk”: Jenkins Strikes Again

“If Beale Street Could Talk”: Jenkins Strikes Again

Sydney Bembry, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


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Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight,” returns with the film adaptation of James Baldwin’s beloved novel, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Narrated by Tish (Kiki Layne), the film follows her and Fonny (Stephan James), a young black couple in 1970s Harlem falling in love...

Moments & Movements A Look Back on New York Fashion Week

Moments & Movements A Look Back on New York Fashion Week

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


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Remember when it was rare to see plus-sized models on the covers of magazines and on runways? Well, things have really changed as plus-size models have been paving the way for some of the fashion industry’s biggest names. Only recently have brands begun to venture out of the “skinny model” no...

Coffee Conversations: Photographer Madeline Mancini

Coffee Conversations: Photographer Madeline Mancini

Samantha DeNinno, Entertainment Editor

September 26, 2018


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Madeline Mancini, sophomore and one of two recipients of St. John’s University’s Visual Art Scholarship, believes in the power of art to tell stories. Hailing from the suburbs of Las Vegas, Nevada, her photography has been influenced by travel and the desire to challenge norms, from a gender-...

Five Boroughs, Five Minutes: Smorgasburg

Five Boroughs, Five Minutes: Smorgasburg

Destinee Scott, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2018


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You may remember scrolling through your Instagram or Twitter feeds and seeing pictures of half-carved out pineapples with food inside or burgers with buns made of ramen. Smorgasburg, or as The New York Times describes it, “The Woodstock of Eating,” is the place where all those aesthetically pleas...

Eleanor Oliphant is More Than Fine, She’s Great

Eleanor Oliphant is More Than Fine, She’s Great

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

September 26, 2018


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She’s a little kooky and generally awkward, but she’s Eleanor making her way through her maze of a life and she’s been doing fine, so far.   “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman tells an endearing, and often relatable story of a routine-oriented woman whose life shift...

“Nappily Ever After” and the Connection Between Hair and Identity

“Nappily Ever After” and the Connection Between Hair and Identity

Destinee Scott, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2018


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The wait is finally over. On Sept. 21, Netflix released the much-anticipated new Sanaa Lathan movie, “Nappily Ever After,” based on the book of the same name by Trisha Thomas published in 2000. In the romantic comedy, Lathan, who plays the main character Violet Jones, appears to be the perfect w...

“Peppermint:” A Not So Sweet Revenge

“Peppermint:” A Not So Sweet Revenge

Priyanka Gera, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2018


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If you have ever had a peppermint, you would know it has a pretty intense, but fresh flavor. However, despite the gender twist in “Peppermint,” directed by Pierre Morel, the plot is cliche. Films with a family member taking revenge have been common over the years with films like “Death Wish...

Curated Collection: The Back to School Playlist

Curated Collection: The Back to School Playlist

Renee King, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2018


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The school year has already commenced, and for new students especially, the culture shock is probably still setting in. Homesickness, loneliness and the adjustment to tiring class schedules are all a part of the move-in experience, at least for the first few weeks. But don’t worry, college is su...

The Search Through Digital Footprints

The Search Through Digital Footprints

Priyanka Gera, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2018


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Most of us know that one person who can find anyone and everyone on social media in a matter of minutes. You may be in awe of their uncanny talent or scared by how easily one can dig up your past. The eerily enticing plot of “Searching” deals with exactly that: the digital footprint we unknowingl...

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