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St. John’s and Ride-Sharing Services Safety

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor Emeritus

April 17, 2019


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Following recent events surrounding ride-sharing services and safety with college students, Denise Vencak, the executive director of Public Safety, emailed the University community on Friday, April 5 to address safety precautions while riding in vehicles like Uber and Lyft. “With the rising po...

SJU Commencement Speakers Announced

Andreina Rodriguez, News Editor

April 17, 2019


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As the St. John’s 2019 graduation season ceremony approaches, the undergraduate and graduate Commencement speakers have just been announced. President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony Financial, Margaret M. Keane will be the speaker and recipient of the Doctor of Commercial Science for t...

2019 D’Angelo Chair Discusses Intertwined Histories of Jewish and Irish Immigrants in America

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor Emeritus

April 17, 2019


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On Thursday, March 28, Hasia R. Diner, Ph.D, a Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, Director of Goldenstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History and the Interim Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, presented her lecture entitled “Twinned...

Borough-Based Jail is Planned to Reopen in Kew Gardens

Andreina Rodriguez, News Editor

April 17, 2019


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Hundreds of people took to Queens Boulevard outside of Queens Borough Hall on Saturday, Apr. 13 in protest of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed plan to replace the notorious Rikers Island jail complex with four borough-based community jails. The Queens borough jail is now in the works, set to be bui...

Accepted Students Day Hits Record Attendance Numbers

Sara Rodia, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


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St. John’s University welcomed a record-breaking 2,292 students and their respective  family members to total an approximation of 7,000 attendees who came to explore the many programs that St. John’s has to offer on Accepted Student Day on Saturday, April 6.       This year’s event marked the...

SGI Election Recap, Tickets Address Cheating Allegations

Morgan Mullings, Editor-in-Chief

April 17, 2019


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UPDATED April 17 4:18 p.m.: Elections Committee Co-Chair Michael Pugh told the Torch in a statement, “Carley — Co-Chair of the Elections Committee — and I were working with each other to aid in the elections process and worked to follow our bylaws as close as possible. Of course, those bylaw...

SJU to Switch from StormSync to Engage for 2020-21 Academic Year

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

April 17, 2019


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St. John’s will soon transition to a website called Engage, confirmed Jack Flynn, director of Student Conduct and advisor to Student Government Inc. (SGI). This new website will replace StormSync, the website student organizations and clubs use to store their information. Flynn clarified in an email statement that C...

P.R.I.D.E. Ticket Sweeps SGI Election Results

P.R.I.D.E. Ticket Sweeps SGI Election Results

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor Emeritus

April 8, 2019


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After canceling the traditional live display of results on Friday, April 5, Student Government Inc. took to Instagram to announce that the P.R.I.D.E. ticket swept all of the positions for the 2019-20 academic year. Those elected are as follows: President: Matthew Macatula Vice President: Clyde Drayton Se...

SGI’s 2019-20 Candidates Debate

SGI’s  2019-20 Candidates Debate

Morgan Mullings, Outreach Manager

April 3, 2019


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UPDATE: The SGI election results display scheduled for today at 3 p.m. in DAC coffeehouse has been canceled until further notice, according to the current SGI executive board. Story is developing. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The DAC 206 lecture room quickly became standing room ...

SJU’s Demonstration Policy Receives Updates

SJU’s Demonstration Policy Receives Updates

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

April 3, 2019


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In 1969, the St. John’s Demonstration Policy was approved by the University Senate, adopted by the Board of Trustees and subsequently filed with the New York State Department of Education. Almost 50 years later, the University says that policy has been revised and updated for the first time to re...

Dorm Guest Policy Petition Circles Social Media

Dorm Guest Policy Petition Circles Social Media

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

April 3, 2019


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A change.org petition regarding the visitation rules and guidelines for dorm dwellers has been circling social media for one week, calling for more lenient procedures. As of Tuesday, April 2 at 8 p.m., the petition has 480 signatures from purported members of the St. John’s community. The petition bri...

JSA Celebrates Opening of New Prayer Room

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


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Thursday, Feb. 28 was special day for members of the Jewish Student Association (JSA) and all students of St. John’s University. A new prayer room was opened in the basement of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business. For this special occasion, JSA decided to host a ceremony in honor of the openi...

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