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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...

Student Runs One Stop Sneaker Shop

Student Runs One Stop Sneaker Shop

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

April 3, 2019


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During the interview, Jared Galoimore disclosed that due to alleged drizzling rain, he didn’t wear his current favorite pair of sneakers, the OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG ‘UNC’. He opted for the OFF-WHITE x Air VaporMax ‘Part 2’s instead. I told Jared that I didn’t see a spec o...

SJU Alumni Found 9/11 Compensation Firm

SJU Alumni Found 9/11 Compensation Firm

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

March 27, 2019


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The terror attack that consumed New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 still lingers within the lives of New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs, and two St. John’s alumni have made it their mission to bring justice to those still suffering. Chris Baione (‘09) and Matt Baione (‘11) are both graduates ...

CPS Students Network the WISE Way

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

March 27, 2019


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Riley Parker and Brittany Shoughi were excited to enroll in ‘Current Issues in Sports’ their freshman year. In a course that discusses the state of organized athletic activity in the United States, Parker looked around the classroom and noticed that there were very few women around her. Afte...

Seven Women-Owned Beauty Brands to Recognize This Month

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

March 27, 2019


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Women’s History Month is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some last-minute steps you can take to give female-owned businesses some extra love and support. This month, we are showcasing some of the best female-owned cosmetic brands that students need to get their hands on....

Diverse Nonprofit Organization: VSA spreads Cultural Awareness on Campus

Diverse Nonprofit Organization: VSA spreads Cultural Awareness on Campus

Alana Loren Bethea, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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“It’s definitely a fresh start –– a lot of us actually aren’t Vietnamese. A lot of us are taking the values of VSA [Vietnamese Student Association], the nonprofit organization, and instilling that into St. John’s,” Justin Lee, senior vice president of VSA, said. Justin is of Korea...

Picturesque things in Queens

Picturesque things in Queens

Olivia Mathon, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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Queens is one of the five boroughs that make up what is known today as New York City. Queens has many beautiful places, some of which are pictured in this article. Home to various known venues such as St. John’s University, Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, JFK/LGA and so much more, Queens is ...

St. John’s Alum Launches Men’s Lifestyle Platform BOND OFFICIAL connects “voices of male culture.”

St. John’s Alum Launches Men’s Lifestyle Platform BOND OFFICIAL connects “voices of male culture.”

Chyna Davis, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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St. John’s Alumnus, Igee Okafor, is on a mission. As the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BOND OFFICIAL, his new, online men’s lifestyle platform, he aspires to connect various voices, empower and inform. “BOND OFFICIAL [is] an online publication dedicated to cultivating parts of men’s cultur...

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