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SJU to Hold Panel on Gun Violence Wednesday

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

January 21, 2018


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St. John's will host a panel on gun violence at the Little Theatre Wednesday Jan. 24 from 7 to 9 PM. The event, held in collaboration with a local newspaper, the Queens Tribune, will feature five panelists and will be moderated by SJU Law School Vice Dean and Professor Larry Cunningham. "Basically...

St. John’s to End Operations in Seville This Month

St. John’s to End Operations in Seville This Month

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

January 3, 2018


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St. John's is closing all study abroad office operations in Seville, Spain, the University announced Wednesday. The change comes on the heels of a fall semester announcement that Seville would no longer be part of the popular Discover The World program. "The change in the way visas are issued for multi-sit...

An Alternative Meal Plan Option?

An Alternative Meal Plan Option?

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2017


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Despite offering several different meal plan options, one thing St. John’s doesn’t give students the option of with their plan is using swipes or points at off-campus restaurants. But now, two students are working to change that — for off-campus residents, anyway. Param Yonzon, a senior, and Mil...

Students Demand Better Policies

Students Demand Better Policies

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor

December 6, 2017


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More than 40 students gathered at DAC on Nov. 16 to protest what they say is the University’s indifference toward the needs of its marginalized students, including students of color, LGBT and disabled students. The demonstration ended with an impromptu meeting that lasted over an hour inside the Ne...

Diversity Within Cultural Organizations

Diversity Within Cultural Organizations

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

December 6, 2017


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A portion of the discussion at the Cultural Town Hall meeting last month regarding a non-black student serving on the Haraya e-board has reignited the issue of cultural awareness among student organizations. Since then the Torch spoke with three students from different cultural organizations on cam...

Chief Diversity Officer Seeks to Create “Institutional Change”

Chief Diversity Officer Seeks to Create “Institutional Change”

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2017


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Nada Llewellyn has worked in the Office of the General Counsel at St. John’s University since 2005; first as Associate General Counsel, and then as Deputy General Counsel. As she puts it, “I was really connecting all over the University, so I had a good understanding of how the University works fro...

2017 Faculty Hires Most Diverse in Years

2017 Faculty Hires Most Diverse in Years

Angelica Acevedo, Opinion Editor, Co-Social Media Manager

December 6, 2017


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The University says that half of its new faculty hires this year have been minorities, a development that comes on the heels of a year-long student discussion about a lack of diversity among the teaching ranks. The new faculty hires consist of: Asians: 21 percent Black/African Americans: ...

What SJU Students Should Know About Bitcoin

Kenneth Davis, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2017


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Although Bitcoin is gaining widespread popularity, some St. John’s students said they do not understand how cryptocurrencies work. Sean Solorzano, a senior, said, "I don’t really know what it is, but I know that it could probably make someone a good amount of money." Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer sy...

Winter Carnival’s N.Y. Spectacular Postponed

Winter Carnival’s N.Y. Spectacular Postponed

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

December 6, 2017


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Christmas spirit will officially arrive to the St. John’s campus on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the 27th annual New York Christmas Spectacular on the Great Lawn. The event was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but due to inclement weather the event was moved last minute. The Winter Carnival is an...

St. John’s Law School to Accept the GRE

St. John’s Law School to Accept the GRE

Bryant Rodriguez, Managing Editor

December 6, 2017


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On Nov. 9, the St. John’s University School of Law announced that it will begin accepting the GRE from applicants for the class of 2018 along with the LSAT. In doing so, St. John’s joins only a handful of universities that accept the alternative standardized test for law school admission and the se...

Adulting 101: Your Rights As A Tenant

Bre'Anna Grant, Staff Writer

November 25, 2017


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According to Residence Life, about 25 percent of undergraduates dorm in University housing. SGI hosted the panel discussion “Moving Off Campus & Your Rights as a Tenant” as part of their Adulting 101 series this past Friday. Panelists included Eric Finkelstein, director of Residence Life,...

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