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SJU Professor On Award Winning Teaching Methods

Dayra Santana, Feature Editor

June 18, 2019


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When professor William Murphy presented his Legal Shark Tank lesson to the audience at the annual Master Teacher Competition at the 2019 MBAA International Conference, he was up against competition that included a professor who taught business law using Harry Potter – tough competition indeed. M...

Student Reflects on Fashion Sustainability Summit

Anna McFillin, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019


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As I took a look around Maxwell Hall at LIM College during Fashiondex and LIM’s third annual Sustainability Summit, I noticed I was in a room that was predominantly filled with women, ages ranging from 19 to 65. Sipping coffee and snacking on homemade cookies, these women were gearing their att...

Alumnus Talks a Lifetime of Being the ‘First Latino to…’

Angélica Acevedo, Editor-In-Cheir Emeritus

May 1, 2019


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“This is nostalgic for me,” an enthusiastic Nelson A. Díaz said as he looked around the crowded yet elegant ballroom at the New York Hilton Midtown during the 21st Annual President’s Dinner in November 2018. The 1969 St. John’s University graduate who is currently a director at PECO ...

Commencement Speaker Spotlight: Margaret M. Keane

Morgan C. Mullings, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2019


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Over 2,000 students are expected to walk across the stage at St. John’s undergraduate Commencement ceremony this year. One of those students will be Margaret M. Keane’s nephew.  Keane is a double alum of SJU, who worked three jobs to pay for college. Now the CEO of Synchrony Financial, se...

Tips and Tricks for Adulting: The Millennial’s Retreat

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor Emeritus

May 1, 2019


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SOLD OUT: Two words every event producer wants to hear, but not all get the chance to experience. Days before “The Millennials Retreat,” when St. John’s graduate student Kristi Campbell realized her event was sold out, all she could think about was how to ensure that all 100 attendees would hav...

SJU Celebrates Annual Research Month

Rakesh Singh, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019


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Hundreds of students from various undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as several faculty members, congregated in Taffner Field House on Thursday, April 11 to share the many great things they have learned. On this day, Taffner Field House on the St. John’s University Queens Campus is rec...

Felipe López to Debut Documentary on ESPN

Andreina Rodriguez, News Editor

April 29, 2019


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On Tuesday, April 30, ESPN will premiere its “30 for 30” series on one of St. John’s Men’s Basketball’s most legendary players, Felipe López. As the first player from the Dominican Republic to get drafted into the NBA in 1998, López’s story and his rise to fame inspired Dominicans and A...

MTA Improvements: SJU Weighs In

Jeremy Mesias, Contributing Writer

April 17, 2019


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If you’re new to New York City, it won’t take long before you figure out how frustrating the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) train system can be. Known colloquially among New Yorkers as “the subway,” our transit system is among the oldest in the country, first opening over 100 ...

Retail Apocalypse: Students Talk Online vs. In Store

Olivia M. Mathon, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


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It has become the norm to scroll down your Instagram feed and see advertisements for online stores like Fashion Nova or Shein or to peer over at your classmate’s laptop screen in class and see them doing online shopping instead of taking notes. For the past two years, students may have noticed the am...

SJU’s Habitat Holds Fifth Annual Shack-a-Thon

Dayra Santana, Features Editor

April 17, 2019


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Picture an eight-by-eight-foot wooden shack, scantily put together with a hammer, a saw and some nails. There are cracks in between each wooden panel where light pours through, but it has no windows, only a single doorway. There is just barely enough room to move, let alone lay down. Now picture liv...

Let’s Get Thrifty: Jamaica, Queens Edition

Anna McFillin, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


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Walking down the streets of Queens in my cheetah print faux fur coat, people often ask, “Where did you get your coat?”, to which I happily respond, “I thrifted it!” For a mere $20, my cheetah faux fur has been a successful head turner, while it was originally set at a retail price of $200. Th...

Meet Student ‘Boss’ Jaylin Bolden

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

April 3, 2019


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What does a normal week look like for a college student with two businesses, eight email accounts, frequent business trips to different cities, a student organization to run and a full academic course load? Busy, to say the least. This is an average week for sophomore Jaylin Bolden. With a jam-packed cale...

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