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Student Runs Ghana-based Nonprofit Organization Wekem, Supports Education for Children in the West African Country

Student Runs Ghana-based Nonprofit Organization Wekem, Supports Education for Children in the West African Country

Alana Loren Bethea, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019


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As the sun dipped below the horizon, the fleeting colors of orange began to fade and the congested roads of Stanbic Heights, Ghana quickly filled with African boys wiping down windshields of passing cars. Dressed in faded, slightly ripped clothing with their discolored, worn-out slippers, the ...

Student Reflects On NYFW Experience

Student Reflects On NYFW Experience

Anna McFillin, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2019


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The red carpet was rolled out, the seats were filled and the lights were shining on the runway. Music blasted through the speakers as the models assumed their positions on the side of the stage. I stood on the stairs behind them with both arms full — one with dresses and the other with heels. I had ...

Stan Culture: Nicki Minaj vs. Former SJU Student

Stan Culture: Nicki Minaj vs. Former SJU Student

Jennifer Hood, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2019


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We are obsessed. We want their perfect hair, blinding-white teeth and status. We want what they have, and we will stop at nothing to get it. With the emergence of different social media platforms, we now have the ability to keep up with all of our favorite celebrities without having to pry ourselve...

Meet Student Leader: Matt Macatula

Meet Student Leader: Matt Macatula

Alexis Gaskin, Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2019


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Being a student leader on campus is all about direction, organization and above all, the desire to reach your goals. That’s what Matt Macatula stresses is the importance of his role as a student leader at St. John’s University. Originally from San Diego, Macatula is a third-year Information Techno...

5 Products That Will Save Your Skin This Season

5 Products That Will Save Your Skin This Season

Nina Stefanelli, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


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If  you want to keep your skin glowing, fresh and moisturized during the cold winter months, follow these tips below. Many people are under the belief that water is the solution to all skin care problems, but some of us are don’t have great luck and haven’t attained perfect skin.  After do...

Outside Resources for Reporting Sexual Assault Instances Compiled

Nina Stefanelli, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2019


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On Jan. 4, #SurvivingSJU trended nationally, with more than 2,000 tweets detailing sexual misconduct allegations at St. John’s as well as negative encounters with administrators while attempting to report incidents. The University said it is investigating each claim on Twitter and promoted its availa...

How This SJU Alumna Uses Her Company To Help Women And Heal After Losing Her Son

How This SJU Alumna Uses Her Company To Help Women And Heal After Losing Her Son

Chyna Davis, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


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St. John’s alumna, Graciela Lee-SooHoo, wants to get rid of the shame that comes with women’s menstrual cycles. Body positive movements are continuously evolving throughout various medias and mediums, and Lee-SooHoo’s product is supporting this cause. As CEO and founder of Simple Necessit-EASE, ...

Student Leaders Talk Black History Month Programming

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

January 30, 2019


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Growing up, Raven Jackson always anticipated celebrating Black History Month. Today, as content creator for Media and Branding on the Haraya E-board, she thinks of every day as a day to celebrate black history because of childhood memories of her family’s commemoration of the month-long celebration. ...

Amazon Moves to Queens

Amazon Moves to Queens

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

December 7, 2018


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A few weeks ago, Amazon announced that it had selected New York City and Northern Virginia as the winners of the HQ2, or, Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. Their plan included a small hub in Nashville. The New York City site will be in Long Island City, a residential and commercial ne...

Econ Professor Reflects on 2018 Congress Bid

Econ Professor Reflects on 2018 Congress Bid

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

December 7, 2018


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Prior to Election Day, I reached out to Anthony Pappas, an economics professor running for Congress, in hopes for an interview — I never heard back. But last week I received a handwritten letter addressed to the  Torch office, it was from Pappas and he was ready to talk. Despite only seeing a...

The Torch Has a Chat with Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian

The Torch Has a Chat with Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Chief Copy Editor

December 7, 2018


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In her small office on the fourth floor of St. John Hall, there is not nearly enough room for all of the books, newspaper clippings and sheets of paper that she has in her possession. Shelves are so full that books no longer fit in a vertical fashion — they must be inserted horizontally on the shelves on ...

“Sending Her Essentials” Across New York

“Sending Her Essentials” Across New York

Sara Rodia, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


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The second annual Pitch Johnny competition was held on Saturday, Nov. 10 and the two winners are Magdelene Barjolo, a junior majoring in health and human Services and Alexandria Ligon, a junior majoring in psychology, with their idea “Sending Her Essentials” (SHE). The competition featured 22...

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