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A Glance at NYC’s Local Elections

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2017


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Last Tuesday only 22 percent of registered voters in New York City turned out to vote in local elections that yielded pretty unsurprising results — for the most part. “These local, municipal elections, they’re very important — critically important,” Brian Browne, Assistant Vice President f...

Haraya Apologizes in Wake of Student Concerns

Haraya Apologizes in Wake of Student Concerns

Isabella Bruni and Chyna Davis

November 15, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

The Pan-African Student Coalition group Haraya apologized this week for its initial response to a wave of criticism that it neglected its relationship with black students during its annual Black Solidarity Day (BSD) on Monday, Nov. 6. Saying “it was not our intention to offend anyone,” Haraya w...

Free College Tuition Comes With a Catch

Free College Tuition Comes With a Catch

Bryant Rodriguez, Managing Editor

November 15, 2017


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In April, New York became the first state in the nation to provide a pathway to a tuition-free four-year college education to qualified state residents at public schools. To receive what’s known as the Excelsior Scholarship, the main requirement is a household income below $100,000. What does th...

“To Write Love On Her Arms”

“To Write Love On Her Arms”

Bre'Anna Grant, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


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More than 600 students filled the Marillac Auditorium to hear Jamie Tworkowski talk about his foundation “To Write Love On Her Arms” last week. The event,  sponsored by The Division of Student Affairs, Student Government, Inc. and Student Veterans Association as part of  Veterans Week events at th...

Society of Physics Students Awarded Blake Lilly Prize

Society of Physics Students Awarded Blake Lilly Prize

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor

November 15, 2017


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The Society of Physics Students, a national association for students interested in physics, recently awarded its 2016-17 Blake Lilly Prize to St. John’s own chapter. According to the society’s official website, the prize “recognizes SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively i...

Office of Multicultural Affairs Encourages Donations for Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief

Office of Multicultural Affairs Encourages Donations for Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief

Angelica Acevedo, Co-Social Media Manager

November 15, 2017


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The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at St. John’s University is collecting donations to assist Puerto Rico in recovering from Hurricane Maria that swept the island almost two months ago, as stated in their recent Instagram post. OMA wrote that they are working closely with The Puerto Rican Family Institute, a nonprofit, multi-program...

Our Own ‘Pitch’ Winner

Our Own ‘Pitch’ Winner

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

November 15, 2017


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The University’s first Pitch Johnny competition held its third and final round of pitches Saturday, Nov. 11 with first prize awarded to the Torch’s design editor, Steven Verdile. The senior won $600 for “Stuff Your Dorm,” a concept he created for his senior graphic design project. Verdile de...

Women’s Day Event Aims to Empower

Jillian Ortiz, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


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The DAC coffee house transformed from a mere assortment of chairs into a forum for female empowerment during the TEDx chapter of St. John’s Women’s Day event last Thursday, Nov. 2. The event covered a variety of topics from feminism to self-identity in just a few hours. With the chatter of Starbuc...

SGI Meeting: Alumni Relations, Sustainability Changes

SGI Meeting: Alumni Relations, Sustainability Changes

Erin Bola, Co-Social Media Manager

November 15, 2017


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Student Government, Inc., held their most recent general assembly meeting this past Monday, Nov. 13 in the D’Angelo Center. Topics discussed included alumni relations, new sustainability goals and stipends for committee chairs. The meeting began with a presentation by Carolina Brandão Hojaij, assista...

One Year Later

One Year Later

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

November 10, 2017


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In the year since the election of President Donald Trump, students and staff within the St. John’s community were active in voicing their concerns, hopes and opinions policies he’s enacted. Here are some of those most important moments the Torch documented since Nov. 8, 2016. Peace and Lov...

Safety Abroad

Safety Abroad

Ariana Ortiz and Kendall McCormick

November 8, 2017


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When a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into a crowd of people in Barcelona in August, killing 14 people and injuring 100, St. John’s says its public safety teams based both stateside and abroad responded swiftly. Denise Vencak, the new head of Public Safety, said that in the immediate wake...

SJU to Offer “Service Scholarship Awards”

SJU to Offer “Service Scholarship Awards”

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

November 8, 2017


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The University will pilot three new scholarships in the amount of $2,000 per academic year to children of the nation’s police officers, firefighters and members of the military which is expected to take off for the fall 2018 semester. The three service awards are open to incoming freshmen for up ...

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