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SJU Won’t Close On Columbus Day This Year

SJU Won’t Close On Columbus Day This Year

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-In-Chief

September 26, 2018


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When St. John’s University released the calendar for the 2018-19 academic year, a slight change in the holiday schedule was easy to miss. For the first time in recent memory, the University will be open on Columbus Day and closed on Veteran’s Day. Not only will the school be business as usual, it also will be a...

SGI Hosts General Assembly Meeting, Votes on Budget

SGI Hosts General Assembly Meeting, Votes on Budget

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


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SGI Inc. held its general assembly meeting on Monday. THe second gathering of the school year featured the swearing in of the new Sophomore Senator and another votes submitted by the representatives on budgets and new representatives. The meeting was conducted by SGI President Atem Tazi and the oth...

Catholic Scholars Program Fund Breaks $1 Million Mark

Catholic Scholars Program Fund Breaks $1 Million Mark

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

September 26, 2018


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At a recent fundraiser for the Pamela Shea-Byrnes Catholic Scholars Endowed Scholarship Fund, a milestone was reached. The dinner that followed the mass portion of the event helped push the total amount of funds past the $1 million mark, bringing the total amount of the scholarship fund to $1,052,000,...

Law School Hosts Discussion on U.S. Immigration Policy

Law School Hosts Discussion on U.S. Immigration Policy

Maher S. Maher, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2018


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In an effort to examine executive immigration policy, dozens of St. John’s Law students gathered for an event sponsored by the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and the Coalition for Social Justice. The Thursday evening at the Mattone Family Atrium at St. John’s Law School began with a t...

ICE Is No Longer Attending Career Fair (UPDATED)

ICE Is No Longer Attending Career Fair (UPDATED)

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief

September 20, 2018


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UPDATE: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decided not to come to campus for the Career Fair due to their own “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a St. John’s University spokesperson. In a statement to the Torch, the university also defended its decision to invite them. In an email ...

Five Fewer Frats: Groups ‘Shocked’ By Loss of Status For School Year

Five Fewer Frats: Groups ‘Shocked’ By Loss of Status For School Year

Angelica Acevedo and Isabella Bruni

September 19, 2018


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Five St. John’s fraternities are no longer recognized on campus as of the start of the fall semester after they failed to meet the university’s accreditation requirements. Jodi Cox, executive director of Student Development and Engagement, confirmed to the Torch that the following fraternities...

State of the University

State of the University

Nick Bello, Social Media Manager

September 19, 2018


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For the fourth time since his hiring at St. John’s, President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw addressed faculty, students and alumni this past Wednesday in Marillac Auditorium. In his address, he highlighted his strategic priorities, some of the improvements St. John’s has made this past year as well...

Campus Thief Gets Away With Wallet, Laptop

Campus Thief Gets Away With Wallet, Laptop

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

September 19, 2018


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Public Safety reached out to the University community last week via email on Wednesday, Sept. 12 after receiving two complaints regarding stolen property in two seperate academic buildings. A wallet and laptop were taken from an office in Marillac Hall and a room in the Tobin College of Busin...

Gempesaw Accepts $15 Million Donation from Foundation

Gempesaw Accepts $15 Million Donation from Foundation

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

September 19, 2018


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Early last Wednesday afternoon, St. John’s University President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw teased the hundreds of people who filled Marillac Auditorium during his State of the University address. He told them that an announcement about a gift to the University would be made in a few hours. His...

St. John’s Ranks Among Top 500 Colleges in America

St. John’s Ranks Among Top 500 Colleges in America

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Chief Copy Editor

September 19, 2018


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St. John’s was recently ranked in the top half of colleges and universities nationwide by two widely credited publications. St. John’s finished 406 out of nearly 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States for the 2019 academic year in a Wall Street Journal analysis. In another study...

Adult Literacy Program Offers Success Stories

Adult Literacy Program Offers Success Stories

Anika Seoparson, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2018


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The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) granted the Free Adult Literacy Program at St. John’s University, funding $100,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year. According to the University’s website, funding for the program came from grants allocated by the Verizon Foun...

St. John’s Law Welcomes Diverse 1L Class

St. John’s Law Welcomes Diverse 1L Class

Maher S. Maher, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2018


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Hailing from 108 colleges with 50 different undergraduate majors, 236 students began their first year at the St. John’s University School of Law. Some of these prospective attorneys, federal clerks, advocates, politicians or humanitarians are starting their law school education from ages as young as...

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