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Red House Hosts 12th Annual Fashion Shows: Seven Deadly Sins

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


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The 12th annual Red House Fashion show was held this past Monday, in Carnesecca Arena. Dozens of students, staff and community members were in attendance to participate in the interactive fashion show, along with a traditional catwalk. At $7 a ticket, Red House offered a 17-minute window where peopl...

A Christian Response to Racial Prejudice

A Christian Response to Racial Prejudice

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

April 19, 2018


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Students, faculty and other guests alike gathered on Thursday April 12 for a discussion on “A Christian Response to Racial Prejudice and Racism,” which was held by Student Government, Inc. in collaboration with the Department of Rhetoric,  Communication and Theatre. The discussion was led by l...

Sitting Down With President Gempesaw

Sitting Down With President Gempesaw

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

April 18, 2018


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Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw is rounding out his fourth year as president of St. John’s University. His tenure has been marked by several things, from the hiring of men’s basketball coach Chris Mullin, to an increase in retention and enrollment. He’s worked to increase fundraising, address student co...

An Inside Look at the New Diversity Task Force

An Inside Look at the New Diversity Task Force

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2018


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For years, students have voiced concerns about a lack of diversity within St. John’s University’s faculty and administration, and said institutional racism exists here. While the University has responded to these concerns in various ways, their most significant action has been creating the Task...

Relayers Unite in the Fight Against Cancer

Relayers Unite in the Fight Against Cancer

Dewayne Goforth and Amanda Negretti

April 18, 2018


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Members of the St. John’s family and Queens community, alongside representatives of the American Cancer Society (ACS), poured into Carnesecca Arena last Friday to stand united in the fight against a disease that has taken many lives. Every year, thousands of St. John’s students, staff, faculty a...

PLUG Ticket Sweeps SGI Elections

PLUG Ticket Sweeps SGI Elections

Nick Bello, Social Media Manager

April 11, 2018


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Student Government Inc.’s executive board elections came to a close Friday afternoon with the PLUG ticket coming out on top with a sweep. History was made as junior Atem Tazi became the second black female president in SGI history.  PLUG, which stands for personality, legacy, unity and growth, was led by Tazi who b...

Two Months Later, Gempesaw Talks Town Hall

Two Months Later, Gempesaw Talks Town Hall

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2018


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St. John’s President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw said he understands why many students walked out of an emotional Town Hall meeting about race relations held on campus a little over a month ago. “As an immigrant and a person of color, I fully understand where they’re coming from,” Gempe...

Student Government Debate Talks 2018-19 Goals

Student Government Debate Talks 2018-19 Goals

Isabella Bruni, News Editor

April 4, 2018


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Students and faculty gathered in the D’Angelo Center Living Room on March 22 to hear and see what could be in store for SGI next year at the annual Student Government Inc. Debate. The Living Room was packed with students and representatives from all organizations on campus, and despite technica...

Students Nationwide “March For Our Lives”

Students Nationwide “March For Our Lives”

Nick Bello, Assistant Photo Editor

April 4, 2018


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Millions of students across the nation took to March for our Lives marches in major cities. Some St. John’s students made their way to the Manhattan march on Saturday, March 24 to advocate to end gun violence. A typical Saturday morning for college students is spent sleeping in, but March 24 was di...

Preet Bharara Announced as Law School Commencement Speaker

Preet Bharara Announced as Law School Commencement Speaker

Ariana Ortiz, Features Editor

April 4, 2018


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The University has announced that former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara will be the Law School’s commencement speaker at Carnesecca Arena on June 3. The University will also give him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Dean Michael Simons said that Bharara “bri...

Succeeding in the Media Field Panel

Bre'Anna Grant, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


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Looking to work in the media field? Then your “follow-up game” has to be strong. This was repeated over and over again at the Millennials in Media panel discussion hosted last Tuesday, March 20 in DAC 416. Panelists included employees from BET, Tidal, Hot 97, the New York Times, Google, Time In...

School Safety

School Safety

Isabella Bruni, News Editor

March 21, 2018


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Hardly a week has gone by in 2018 without a school shooting somewhere nationwide. As of March 20 there have been 17 school-related shootings so far, according to CNN. The Parkland school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day left 17 dead and 14 injured, and rattled a nation of students, parents and teachers grappli...

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