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Tuesday Water Main Leak Prompts Public Safety Alert

Tuesday Water Main Leak Prompts Public Safety Alert

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

February 6, 2019


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Public Safety alerted students via text and phone call just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning of reports with a water main leak within the vicinity of Bent Hall and the University Center. As of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, University spokesperson Brian Browne said, “The situation is fluid.” The t...

Controversial Turkish President Has Ties to University

Controversial Turkish President Has Ties to University

Derrell J. Bouknight, News Editor

February 6, 2019


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In a 2004 midyear special convocation, St. John’s University honored then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the Queens campus with an honorary doctorate of laws. Fifteen years later, Erdoğan, now the president of Turkey, finds himself immersed in controversy after years of what some...

Queens District Attorney Brown To Retire

Queens District Attorney Brown To Retire

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

February 6, 2019


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After seven consecutive terms and nearly three decades in office, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced in early January he will retire after his term ends at the end of this year. With the 86-year-old’s departure from the District Attorney’s office, progressive grassroots groups h...

University Raises $2.4 Million At Leader of Year Dinner

University Raises $2.4 Million At Leader of Year Dinner

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


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Held at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan, St. John’s University hosted its 24th Annual Insurance Leader of the Year Award Dinner on Jan. 16 and raised nearly  $2.4 million to fund student scholarships and support program initiatives for Tobin’s School of Risk Management, Insurance and ...

Dr. Richard E. Lapchick Hosts “Power of Sport” Seminar

Dr. Richard E. Lapchick Hosts “Power of Sport” Seminar

Justin Boniello, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


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Earlier this month, St. John’s welcomed scholar and human rights activist Dr. Richard E. Lapchick back to campus for a seminar on “The Power of Sports and the Compelling Need for Diversity and Inclusion.”   Lapchick gave an impassioned lecture to a crowd – comprised mostly of athletics de...

University To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims That Students Raised on #SurvivingSJU

University To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims That Students Raised on #SurvivingSJU

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

January 8, 2019


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St. John’s University is in the process of contacting students who posted accusations of sexual misconduct amid a flurry of social media posts last Friday, according to University spokesperson Brian Browne. In a statement to the Torch, Browne addressed the hashtag #SurvivingSJU on Twitter – w...

St. John’s Officials Condemn “Crude” Graffitti In Restroom Stall

St. John’s Officials Condemn “Crude” Graffitti In Restroom Stall

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

December 21, 2018


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In an Internal Communications email sent last Friday, St. John’s University informed students and faculty members of what it referred to as "offensive graffiti" recently found in a bathroom stall in Marillac Hall. According to the Bias Response Team, led by Keaton Wong, Title XI coordinator, and ...

Celebrating Culture and History at Epsilon Kappa’s Christmas Party

Celebrating Culture and History at Epsilon Kappa’s Christmas Party

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

December 18, 2018


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On Dec. 5, students crowded outside the small doorway into St. John’s Hall’s Global Language and Learning Center, commonly known as the GLLC. As heads craned forward to find the origin of the music echoing down the hall, two female dancers, clad in black and red, flicked both their wrists and their fan...

Rev. Barber’s Second Appearance Canceled Due to Illness

Rev. Barber’s Second Appearance Canceled Due to Illness

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

December 5, 2018


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What was supposed to be Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II’s second address Thursday as part of his “It’s About Right and Wrong” lecture series has been called off due to Barber tending to an immediate family member he described as “very ill” in an email sent to the Torch on Wednesday, Dec. 5 ...

NAACP Hosts Discussion on Gun Violence and Terrorism

NAACP Hosts Discussion on Gun Violence and Terrorism

Kenneth Carter, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


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The NAACP at St. John’s University held an open discussion titled “Gun Violence and Domestic Terrorism,” on Thursday, Nov. 29. NAACP President Tamia Morris and Educational Chairwoman Sloane Walker ran the event. To start off the conversation, they presented information about two shootings that ...

Queens ROTC Students Rank Among the Top in the Nation

Queens ROTC Students Rank Among the Top in the Nation

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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St. John’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program is one to watch this year, according to Lieutenant Colonel Eric Feteke. The Red Storm Battalion on the Queen’s campus has led over 700 officers to the United States Army. Currently, there are 72 cadets in the program and among them, six have...

Phi Sigma Sigma Hosts Final Blood Drive of Semester

Phi Sigma Sigma Hosts Final Blood Drive of Semester

Byron Campbell, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


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Phi Sigma Sigma collaborated with the New York Blood Center to host their last blood drive of 2018 on Monday. If you were wondering why the red mascot was on campus, New York Blood Center stationed their blood drive at Taffner Field House located by Gate 1. Center account manager and coordinato...

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