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Flames of the Torch: On fixing our mistakes, and NZ attack’s impact in SJU community

Flames of the Torch: On fixing our mistakes, and NZ attack’s impact in SJU community

The Torch Staff

March 20, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

In a recent Torch article, we mistakenly published a term offensive to the LGBTQ+ community, and also misgendered a member of Spectrum, the LGBTQ+ organization on campus. We worked to fix the mistakes online as soon as we were contacted and added an apology to the online article. We would like to, agai...

MSA Hosts Vigil to Honor Christchurch Victims

MSA Hosts Vigil to Honor Christchurch Victims

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

March 20, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

About 40 students and faculty gathered at the D’Angelo Center Plaza on Monday, March 18 for a vigil organized by the Muslim Students Association (MSA) to remember the 50 victims of two mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. The two shootings, which took place at two separate mosques on...

The Apollo Theater’s WOW Festival Teen Summit

The Apollo Theater’s WOW Festival Teen Summit

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Culture, Home Scroll

In honor of Women’s History Month, the legendary Apollo Theater and WOW Foundation partnered to bring the “Women of the World Festival.” This festival which ran from March 12-17, included workshops, programming, performances and panels with a variety of topics that discussed prevalent issues that...

SJU Alumna Establishes Nonprofit for Children in Haiti

SJU Alumna Establishes Nonprofit for Children in Haiti

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

For anyone who has plans of starting a nonprofit organization, St. John’s alumna Yendy Cave has advice for you. “I would say go for it,” she laughed. “If it’s not with your heart, it’ll be ten times harder and you’ll probably get tired of it quickly. If you can, be passionate about it...

Rev. Barber Delivers Second Lecture to Students, Faculty

Rev. Barber Delivers Second Lecture to Students, Faculty

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

“The right to vote is non-negotiable.” These were some of the words that echoed throughout St. Thomas More Church on Tues. Feb. 5, spoken by Rev. Dr. William Barber.  Students, faculty members and people of the community gathered in the surrounding pews to witness the second part of his Lecture...

Flames of the Torch

Flames of the Torch

The Torch Staff

February 27, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

The Jewish Students Association (JSA) invited keynote speaker and Holocaust survivor Lena Goren to speak to the St. John’s community about her experience that dates back nearly eight decades. One of our contributors, Alana Loren Bethea, covered the story for the Torch. Goren discussed jumping from sh...

Making An Impact Off of the Court

Making An Impact Off of the Court

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

February 27, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Sports

As Mustapha Heron stands in Taffner Fieldhouse at St. John’s-—87 miles from Waterbury, Conn. home—and around nine months since he committed to St. John’s, he casually describes the two places where many of his counterparts have ended up in his hometown. The county jailhouse and the graveyard. ...

Java Johnnies “Black Rhapsody”

Java Johnnies “Black Rhapsody”

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


Filed under Culture, Home Scroll

There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month. Some celebrate it through art; such as reading a poem or drawing some paintings. Others celebrate through musical performances such as hip-hop or dancing. But for this special occasion, many students from St. John’s University decided to celebrate...

Facilities Explores Issues in the Townhouses

Facilities Explores Issues in the Townhouses

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Within the first week of the Spring 2019 semester, students of the Residence Village and Townhouses experienced frustrating facility issues such as leaks in the laundry rooms, power outages and flooding toilets. According to Brian Baumer, the associate vice president of campus facilities and Services,...

My Hair, My Choice

My Hair, My Choice

Beatriz da Costa, Morgan Mullings, Dayra Santana, Dana Livingston, Crystal Simmons, Rachel Johnson, and Beverly Danquah

February 20, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Beatriz da Costa - Opinion Editor   I remember when I first relaxed my hair. I look back on my time in middle school when my hair was so heat damaged and wonder, “Why did my mom let me do that?” Before I relaxed my hair it was long and healthy, but peer pressure and seeing my non-Black friends wit...

St. John’s Says Sexual Violence Reports “Follows the National Trend for Under-Reporting”

St. John’s Says Sexual Violence Reports “Follows the National Trend for Under-Reporting”

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-In-Chief

February 20, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

When #SurvivingSJU trended nationally last month, among the flurry of tweets were some students questioning the accuracy of the University’s reported number of sexual offenses. St. John’s Clery Report, a federally mandated crime report released every fall, said there were four accounts of rape on campus in 2016 and again in 2017, the last year on file. ...

R.I.S.E. Implements the Sophomore Experience

R.I.S.E. Implements the Sophomore Experience

Rakesh Singh, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2019


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

With headquarters tucked away from the often noise-filled scene of the D’Angelo Center’s main floor, the R.I.S.E. Network performs impactfully with a calm professionalism. R.I.S.E., or Reach, Inspire, Succeed, Empower, is a scholar’s empowerment network that provides freshmen, and more recen...

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