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Project Callisto: SJU Adopts Sexual Assault Reporting System

Project Callisto: SJU Adopts Sexual Assault Reporting System

Chyna Inez Davis, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


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St. John’s University is one of 13 schools nationwide to have partnered with an upstart online sexual assault reporting system that says it’s having success nationwide in increasing the rate of documented incidents that lead to investigations. Last spring St. John’s partnered with Callisto, a non-profit o...

SJU Celebrates Annual Cultural Mixer

SJU Celebrates Annual Cultural Mixer

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


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This past Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with over 60 different student organizations, hosted its fourth annual Multicultural Mixer on the Great Lawn. Hundreds of St. John’s students came out for fun, food and an overall good time with music from DJ Ze...

Are SJU Students Really the Least Studious in the Nation?

Are SJU Students Really the Least Studious in the Nation?

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

September 20, 2017


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According to a recent survey by The Princeton Review, St. John’s students spend the least amount of hours studying outside the classroom. But according to the University, and an analysis by The Torch, the survey results are representative of a very small portion of students. The survey was conducted as part of The Prin...

Sigma Pi Commemorates 9/11 with Various Events

Sigma Pi Commemorates 9/11 with Various Events

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

September 20, 2017


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The members of the Sigma Pi-Iota Tau fraternity spent Tuesday, Sept. 12 remembering the events of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack with a softball game against Public Safety at the Red Storm Field followed by a pig roast on the Great Lawn. The softball game is a new tradition in its second year for the ...

Art Auction for Women’s Scholarship

Art Auction for Women’s Scholarship

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

September 20, 2017


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Young women studying at St. John’s could now be beneficiaries of the new Patricia Kelly Roche Scholarship funded by proceeds from the recent auction of more than 100 highly regarded works of art. European and American paintings, prints and watercolors were auctioned at Freeman’s in Philadelphia, ...

SGI Holds First Meeting of the Semester

SGI Holds First Meeting of the Semester

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor

September 20, 2017


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SGI held their first meeting of the semester on Sept. 11 in DAC.   The meeting began with guest speakers including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert Mangione and Vice President of Student Affairs Kathryn Hutchinson, as well as CPS Dean Katia Passerini and Assistant Dean Kevin James. ...

President Gempesaw Addresses SJU

President Gempesaw Addresses SJU

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

September 13, 2017


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St. John’s University President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw delivered his third annual State of the University Address on Sept. 6 to faculty, students and alumni, highlighting key information from the past year. The theme of the address, “Accelerating the Momentum for Change” related to the...

University Unveils New Spirit Rock

University Unveils New Spirit Rock

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor

September 13, 2017


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The University’s new “Spirit Rock” was unveiled last Tuesday, Sept. 5 on the Sullivan Hall Roadway, drawing a crowd that included dozens of students, student athletes and faculty. The event began with a performance by the University’s Pep Band, and its featured speakers included SGI President...

Welcome the Stranger

Welcome the Stranger

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor

September 13, 2017


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University President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw responded to the Trump Administration’s controversial decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by reminding the university community that he is among hundreds of college presidents who called for the DACA program to “be...

Habitat is Happy for the “Habby” Award

Habitat is Happy for the “Habby” Award

Chyna Inez Davis, Staff Writer

September 13, 2017


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Habitat NYC, the headquarters of Habitat for Humanity, announced on Aug. 17 that the University’s chapter would receive a Habby Award. According to Habitat NYC, the Habby Award recognizes “outstanding volunteers for their exceptional service.” Aitana Ruilova Castro, current president of...

Night for Peace

Night for Peace

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

September 13, 2017


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Haraya, the Pan-African Student Coalition, invited students to wear all black and stand in solidarity against police brutality, white supremacy and gun violence last Thursday, Sept. 7 on the Great Lawn for their annual peace vigil. The ceremony allowed students to perform spoken word and share poems...

Hollis Burglar Sentenced

Hollis Burglar Sentenced

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

September 13, 2017


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A Long Island man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the May 2016 armed burglary in Hollis Hall after pleading guilty to second degree burglary, according to the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The 22-year-old Mustafa Godbolt of North Babylon was given his sentence July 12. Brown...

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