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University Opens Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion Cassagnol credits student activism for new opening

University Opens Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion Cassagnol credits student activism for new opening

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

October 17, 2018


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St. John’s University’s latest diversity initiative, the Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion (ACEI), opened its doors on Monday, Oct. 8 on the fourth floor of St. Augustine Hall. The new space comes on the heels of the opening of the Inclusivity Resource Center, which opened last month on Frid...

Students React to Global Citizen Festival Shooting Scare

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


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Two St. John’s students were among tens of thousands of people who experienced fearful, panicked moments during the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park Sept. 29. The sound of apparent gunshots caused a scene that the students described as “a swarm” of people frantically running to exit the...

Student Government Inc. Holds Second Meeting

Derrell J. Bouknight, News Editor

October 17, 2018


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In its second assembly meeting of the semester, Student Government Inc. invited members of the University community to the D’Angelo Center to offer their thoughts on events and to use the two-hour period as a time to share ideas on ways to improve campus life. The meeting, led by SGI president Atemkeng T...

University Opens New Sanford Cyber Security Lab

University Opens New Sanford Cyber Security Lab

Rakesh Singh, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


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The digital age of today is one that relies on the Internet to provide a constant flow of information, drive commerce and protect the foundation of society that witholds our personal information. Breaches of personal data and the loss of private information have become common occurrences. As...

Mold Prompts Student Concerns, Complaints

Mold Prompts Student Concerns, Complaints

Jillian Ortiz and Samantha DeNinno

October 4, 2018


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Recent findings of suspected mold within residence halls on the St. John’s campus have caused some students to fall ill and, in at least one case, leave their dorm.   Colleen Greaney, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, attributed the students’ reports of mold to the recent stretch of hu...

Nine Arrested in Off-Campus Frat House Fallout

Nine Arrested in Off-Campus Frat House Fallout

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

October 3, 2018


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Nine St. John’s students have been arrested in relation to an early morning off-campus incident a week ago in which they are accused of stealing a fraternity’s Greek letters. All of the students face felony burglary charges, according to Queens Criminal Court records. If convicted, the minimum ...

Haraya Celebrates 50 Years at St. John’s

Haraya Celebrates 50 Years at St. John’s

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

October 3, 2018


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In front of alumni, student leaders and administrators, Haraya-the University’s Pan-African Students’ Coalition-celebrated its 50th anniversary in Taffner Field House Saturday evening. Dozens of attendees joined this year’s executive board to celebrate the group’s evolution since its fou...

University Introduces New Inclusivity Center

University Introduces New Inclusivity Center

Dayra Santana, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


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The Inclusivity Resource Center’s grand opening was held at Sun Yat Sen Hall this past Friday. The newly renovated building, previously home to the Office of Global Studies, is now home to what the Office of Equity and Inclusion hopes will be a place where marginalized students will feel welcome. ...

Students Walk Out Amid Kavanaugh Senate Hearing

Students Walk Out Amid Kavanaugh Senate Hearing

Spencer Clinton, Photo Editor

October 3, 2018


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Eight students stood in the rain to protest Friday morning in the wake of Supreme Court-nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious Senate hearing a day earlier in which he defended himself against sexual assault allegations. The student walkout, which took place in front of St. Augustine Hall, was ...

Professor Wins Prestigious AS-L Award

Kenneth Carter, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


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As hundreds of faculty members gathered for the annual Faculty Convocation on Sept. 4, a few awards were given out to professors. Among those awarded was William D. Reisel, Ph.D, who received the prestigious Academic Service Learning (AS-L) faculty award.   Back in 2016, Dr. Reisel started Difference ...

New Librarian Joins Staff, Anticipates New Digital Changes

New Librarian Joins Staff, Anticipates New Digital Changes

Sara N. Rodia, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


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The St. John’s University Library has many new institutions and initiatives in store for this academic year, including the introduction of its  newest employee, Lusiella Fazzino. Fazzino is the new assistant professor and eScholar repository librarian. In her position, Fazzino will be tasked with cre...

ICE A No-Show At Annual Career Fair Last Week

ICE A No-Show At Annual Career Fair Last Week

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

September 26, 2018


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Amid an uproar on social media by some students and faculty about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s involvement in the annual Career Fair last week, the University announced moments before the fair that ICE would no longer be present. ICE decided not to come to campus due to “un...

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