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Paris Students, Faculty Reflect on Notre Dame Fire

Andreina Rodriguez, News Editor

May 1, 2019


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Students who are studying at the St. John’s Paris campus this semester say they were  not harmed during the blaze that set the Notre Dame Cathedral on fire Monday, April 15. While spring break was in session at all of St. John’s European campuses, only a few students chose to stay in Paris, ac...

University Sponsors Fair Trade Conference

Rakesh Singh, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019


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Fair Trade is a movement to ensure that the farmers and workers of the world are paid fairly and are provided with safe, humane working conditions. This movement is global, and it is one that has garnered a lot of traction in recent years, especially at St. John’s  University. Fair Trade Campaigns is an ...

Members Sworn in at SGI Inaugural Dinner

Morgan C. Mullings, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2019


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The current members and executive board of Student Government, Inc. gathered in DAC 128 on Monday to inaugurate the newly elected e-board and celebrate the accomplishments of the preceeding year. Hosted by former SGI President Atemkeng Tazi and the rest of the former e-board, the inaugural dinne...

African Students Association shines light on “The Dark Continent” in annual Fashion Show

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019


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On Friday April 26, the booming sounds of Afrobeats from DJ Julz rang throughout Carnessecca Arena as the African Students Association (ASA) hosted their annual fashion show. This year’s theme, “The Dark Continent,” featured a wide array of outfits inspired by various traditional cultures fr...

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...

St. John’s and Ride-Sharing Services Safety

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor Emeritus

April 17, 2019


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Following recent events surrounding ride-sharing services and safety with college students, Denise Vencak, the executive director of Public Safety, emailed the University community on Friday, April 5 to address safety precautions while riding in vehicles like Uber and Lyft. “With the rising po...

SJU Commencement Speakers Announced

Andreina Rodriguez, News Editor

April 17, 2019


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As the St. John’s 2019 graduation season ceremony approaches, the undergraduate and graduate Commencement speakers have just been announced. President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony Financial, Margaret M. Keane will be the speaker and recipient of the Doctor of Commercial Science for t...

2019 D’Angelo Chair Discusses Intertwined Histories of Jewish and Irish Immigrants in America

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor Emeritus

April 17, 2019


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On Thursday, March 28, Hasia R. Diner, Ph.D, a Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, Director of Goldenstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History and the Interim Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, presented her lecture entitled “Twinned...

Borough-Based Jail is Planned to Reopen in Kew Gardens

Andreina Rodriguez, News Editor

April 17, 2019


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Hundreds of people took to Queens Boulevard outside of Queens Borough Hall on Saturday, Apr. 13 in protest of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed plan to replace the notorious Rikers Island jail complex with four borough-based community jails. The Queens borough jail is now in the works, set to be bui...

Accepted Students Day Hits Record Attendance Numbers

Sara Rodia, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


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St. John’s University welcomed a record-breaking 2,292 students and their respective  family members to total an approximation of 7,000 attendees who came to explore the many programs that St. John’s has to offer on Accepted Student Day on Saturday, April 6.       This year’s event marked the...

SGI Election Recap, Tickets Address Cheating Allegations

Morgan Mullings, Editor-in-Chief

April 17, 2019


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UPDATED April 17 4:18 p.m.: Elections Committee Co-Chair Michael Pugh told the Torch in a statement, “Carley — Co-Chair of the Elections Committee — and I were working with each other to aid in the elections process and worked to follow our bylaws as close as possible. Of course, those bylaw...

SJU to Switch from StormSync to Engage for 2020-21 Academic Year

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

April 17, 2019


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St. John’s will soon transition to a website called Engage, confirmed Jack Flynn, director of Student Conduct and advisor to Student Government Inc. (SGI). This new website will replace StormSync, the website student organizations and clubs use to store their information. Flynn clarified in an email statement that C...

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