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Miguel Barnet Gives Talk on Racial Issues in Cuba

Miguel Barnet Gives Talk on Racial Issues in Cuba

Jewel Antoine, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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A group of about 40 students and 10 faculty members gathered in the Global Language and Cultural Center in St. John Hall on Tuesday, March 19, to attend the “Racial Issues in Cuba” event, where guest speaker, Miguel Barnet, gave a lecture. Barnet is a world-renowned Cuban poet, novelist, ethnographer an...

Activists Tell Accounts of Human Trafficking

Activists Tell Accounts of Human Trafficking

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

March 27, 2019


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Faculty, administrators and students gathered to listen to the stories and experiences recounted in “Human Trafficking Unveiled: Women Speak Out,” organized by Catholic Relief Services, Ladies of Charity, St. John’s Vincentian Center for Church and Society and Mercy Global Action at the United Nat...

ASA and UNICEF Gather at First Annual Gala

ASA and UNICEF Gather at First Annual Gala

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


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The African Students Association (ASA) and the St. John’s Chapter of UNICEF teamed up this past weekend on Saturday, March 16 to raise awareness on issues affecting communities in Africa and the people within the diaspora across the globe. That night they raised $450 to be donated to disadvanta...

Women’s History Month Presents Dr. Robyn C. Spencer

Women’s History Month Presents Dr. Robyn C. Spencer

Sara Rodia, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


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The St. John’s History department and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies welcomed Dr. Robyn C. Spencer on Monday, March 18 for a special Women’s History Month Lecture. Spencer is an Endowed Chair in Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College. She started her college career as a pre-m...

Black & White Ball Shows Off ‘Haraya’s Playhouse’

Black & White Ball Shows Off ‘Haraya’s Playhouse’

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


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From Ella Fitzgerald to Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance was a movement that embraced the reality of black life in America. During the 1920s, an intellectual, social and artistic explosion of black creatives offered new and unique perspectives on the black experience. The theme for this year’s annual Black and...

MSA Hosts Vigil to Honor Christchurch Victims

MSA Hosts Vigil to Honor Christchurch Victims

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

March 20, 2019


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About 40 students and faculty gathered at the D’Angelo Center Plaza on Monday, March 18 for a vigil organized by the Muslim Students Association (MSA) to remember the 50 victims of two mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. The two shootings, which took place at two separate mosques on...

“Growing Pains: Stigma and Mental Illness”

“Growing Pains: Stigma and Mental Illness”

Sami Wanderer, Contributing Writer

March 20, 2019


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Four faculty members from the Rhetoric, Communication and Theater department sat in the former Debate Room in St. John Hall to listen to Dr. Sanae Elmoudden discuss her research on mental health: “Growing Pains: Stigma and Mental Illness” Monday. If a person meets someone with cancer, they ask about the healin...

University Website Gets A New Look

University Website Gets A New Look

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

March 20, 2019


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The University has revamped its website, www.stjohns.edu, in an attempt to become more mobile-friendly and accessible to visually impaired students. “Website design came about for a couple of different reasons,” a spokesperson for the University, Brian Browne, said. “Since the backend content m...

SGI: New Policies and Updates

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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The general assembly meeting for Student Government Inc. was held last Monday, March 11 in DAC 128. This meeting was the last one before the official start to SGI elections at the next meeting on Monday, March 25. This past meeting ran as follows: There were no reports from the SGI President, Atemkeng Tazi or V...

Rev. Barber Delivers Second Lecture to Students, Faculty

Rev. Barber Delivers Second Lecture to Students, Faculty

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


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“The right to vote is non-negotiable.” These were some of the words that echoed throughout St. Thomas More Church on Tues. Feb. 5, spoken by Rev. Dr. William Barber.  Students, faculty members and people of the community gathered in the surrounding pews to witness the second part of his Lecture...

Update on Nine St. John’s Fraternity Brothers Arrested

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

February 27, 2019


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The nine St. John’s students who were arrested in the fall stemming from an off-campus fraternity home invasion and theft incident have either had their records cleared or are in the process of doing so, a spokeswoman for Queens district attorney’s office said. Three of them no longer appear in...

Gregg Payne Brings Mental Health Training to SJU

Gregg Payne Brings Mental Health Training to SJU

Sami Wanderer, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019


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Mental Health First Aid trainer Gregg Payne donned a vibrant neck scarf, called on the estimated 75 people in Marillac’s auditorium to introduce themselves with a royal name, like prince or duchess. “I’m king Gregg,” he said. The activity was the start of an eight hour Mental Health First...

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