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7 ways to spend Easter Break in Queens

7 ways to spend Easter Break in Queens

Julia Kotaev, Staff Writer

April 12, 2017


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If you’re going be on campus or in Queens next weekend for Easter break, consider yourself lucky, as the weather is set to be in the 70s next week. Pull out your favorite pair of sunglasses, and get ready to enjoy the plethora of activities our borough has to offer.   1.) Have A Picnic...

Spring 2017: Rethinking hot pink

Spring 2017: Rethinking hot pink

Jennifer Bogus, Contributing Writer

April 12, 2017


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At last, the fashion gods are on our side, because this season our favorite color is back-- hot pink! Unload your storage bins and pick out all the hot pink selections that you’ve spent years neglecting, because now you no longer have to feel passé wearing your pinks to the grocery store or the clu...

Roses are Red Hot this Spring

Roses are Red Hot this Spring

Amber Borden, Contributing Writer

April 12, 2017


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    Roses are a huge part of our culture. The rose is the national flower of the United States, and it is used for many occasions like birthdays, weddings;and holidays such as Valentine's Day. It is no question that roses are popular in media, like the reality show, The Bachelor and the classic ta...

Pepsi Ad for Equality Falls Flat

Pepsi Ad for Equality Falls Flat

Amber Borden, Contributing Writer

April 12, 2017


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On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Pepsi released a two-minute and forty second ad starring Kendall Jenner as the spokesperson.  Kendall Jenner was bubbling with joy for the debut of her new ad with Pepsi. Jenner’s joy quickly fizzled out once social media gave her and Pepsi a piece of its mind. Within...

Bushwick’s DJ Lady Shadow spinning tracks

Bushwick’s DJ Lady Shadow spinning tracks

Reza Moreno, Features Editor

March 29, 2017


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Maia Edmond is senior at St. John’s who’s passionate about creating and performing music.  Originally, from Los Angeles, CA, Edmond, 21, is pursuing a major in communications with a minor in fine arts. When she isn’t a full time student or working on her own radio show, “The Palace” for WSJU...

Vegan Restaurants

Sabba Manyara, Contributing Writer

March 29, 2017


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Sabba Manyara Vegan options at mainstream restaurants are mostly non-existent and, if available, lack inspiration and flavor. A growing number of vegan restaurants have entered the New York City dining scene to close this gap, however, offering imaginative menus and great-tasting food for vegans and omn...

Photography student’s heartfelt Bronx project lands her EnFoco recognition

Photography student’s heartfelt Bronx project lands her EnFoco recognition

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor

March 29, 2017


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Snapping pictures to look at and frame is not what photography is to BFA Photography student Abigail Montes, it is capturing a moment that tells a story. This outlook on her craft since the age of 17  is what brings Montes to this current point in her career as one of five photographers, and th...

Full-time students with part-times job—how do they do it?

Full-time students with part-times job—how do they do it?

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer

March 22, 2017


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It can be overwhelming to balance academics, campus involvement and a social life while you’re in college. When you add having a part-time job or an internship into the mix it can be quite challenging. However, many students at St. John’s manage it. It makes you wonder, how does one do it? Keishmy...

Fashion Digest: What it’s like interning for Vogue

Fashion Digest: What it’s like interning for Vogue

Crystal Grant, Staff Writer

March 22, 2017


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

Strutting down campus in high heels and a perfectly tailored, eccentric outfit, even in the mites of rain, sleet and snow, Lalisa Wongchai is always a sight to behold. Anyone can see that she clearly has the ‘Vogue’ look, so it’s not shocking to learn that she has already made a name for herself a...

SJU Food Workers

Reza Moreno, Features Editor

March 17, 2017


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On-campus dining is such a big part of what makes a university, especially St. John’s University. But there’s one part of campus dining that doesn’t always get enough attention: the workers. Students really only see the people who work in SJU’s dining locations during their meals when they’re...

Fair Trade Food Guide

Fair Trade Food Guide

Alexia Dolamakian, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017


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St. John’s for fair trade is working to bring more fair trade products to campus outlets. The fair trade committee on campus, which consists of students, administration and professors, is advocating for more education about marginalized workers and farmers who deserve a better life. They create the ...

Jumping to make a difference

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017


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In making a mark on this world, one can also make a difference in someone’s life. Ashley Bhuanlall, a senior public relations major, is one of those people. This past year, Bhuanlall joined Jumpstart at St. John’s University as a core member. Jumpstart is a program that serves in lower inco...

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