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University Professor Honored at Media Industry Conference

University Professor Honored at Media Industry Conference

Alexis Gaskin, Assistant News Editor

February 27, 2019


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Dr. Anthony Palomba is a newly tenured-track assistant professor at St. John’s University, working to claim that tenure spot, after two years of teaching at the college-level. Before St. John’s, Palomba taught as an assistant professor of Communications Studies at the City University of  New...

The True Cost of Student Activism

Garrett Downs, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019


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Claire Robinson pushed open the door to room 305 in St. John Hall and moved through the desks of the half-full room with a graceful familiarity. This was not their first time leading a discussion, and they wasted no time with an introduction as a leader of Students of Consciousness and firing up th...

Panel on Sexual Assault Held Following #SurvivingSJU

Panel on Sexual Assault Held Following #SurvivingSJU

Kenneth Carter, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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A panel discussion organized by faculty and students regarding the resources available to St. John’s students who are and have been victims of sexual assault on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the D’Angelo Center, making it the first public event for students after many current and previous members of the SJU...

Restorative Justice at St. Thomas More Church

Restorative Justice at St. Thomas More Church

Cara Yesko, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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Renowned speaker, gang interventionist and self-proclaimed “Hope Dealer to the Dope Dealer” Amy Williams led a lecture titled Hope Dealing: A Conversation on Restorative Justice on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the St. Thomas More Church. The event, hosted in part by St. John’s Black Student Union, began...

SJU NAACP Hosts Workshop Led By Community Activist Imani

SJU NAACP Hosts Workshop Led By Community Activist Imani

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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Students organizing is common to many college campuses across the nation, and that includes St. John’s. In light of students using their own platforms to share a message, the St. John’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held an organizing workshop for st...

Facilities Explores Issues in the Townhouses

Facilities Explores Issues in the Townhouses

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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Within the first week of the Spring 2019 semester, students of the Residence Village and Townhouses experienced frustrating facility issues such as leaks in the laundry rooms, power outages and flooding toilets. According to Brian Baumer, the associate vice president of campus facilities and Services,...

Local Politicians Respond to Amazon Announcement

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

February 21, 2019


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Three months after announcing a plan for a new headquarters in New York City, Amazon has abruptly canceled the project. The decision to back out of the plan that would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to the city has left some disappointed and others rejoicing. Amazon faced unwavering opposition from some...

Student Government Inc. Hosts Second Meeting of Semester

Alexis Gaskin, Assistant News Editor

February 21, 2019


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The second general assembly meeting of the semester for Student Government Inc. was held on Monday, Feb. 11 in the Marillac Auditorium. The meeting featured conversations and committee reports on potential dining plans for the Queens Campus, declaration of the important dates for SGI elections an...

St. John’s Says Sexual Violence Reports “Follows the National Trend for Under-Reporting”

St. John’s Says Sexual Violence Reports “Follows the National Trend for Under-Reporting”

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-In-Chief

February 20, 2019


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When #SurvivingSJU trended nationally last month, among the flurry of tweets were some students questioning the accuracy of the University’s reported number of sexual offenses. St. John’s Clery Report, a federally mandated crime report released every fall, said there were four accounts of rape on campus in 2016 and again in 2017, the last year on file. ...

Tuesday Water Main Leak Prompts Public Safety Alert

Tuesday Water Main Leak Prompts Public Safety Alert

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

February 6, 2019


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Public Safety alerted students via text and phone call just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning of reports with a water main leak within the vicinity of Bent Hall and the University Center. As of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, University spokesperson Brian Browne said, “The situation is fluid.” The t...

Controversial Turkish President Has Ties to University

Controversial Turkish President Has Ties to University

Derrell J. Bouknight, News Editor

February 6, 2019


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In a 2004 midyear special convocation, St. John’s University honored then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the Queens campus with an honorary doctorate of laws. Fifteen years later, Erdoğan, now the president of Turkey, finds himself immersed in controversy after years of what some...

Queens District Attorney Brown To Retire

Queens District Attorney Brown To Retire

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

February 6, 2019


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After seven consecutive terms and nearly three decades in office, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced in early January he will retire after his term ends at the end of this year. With the 86-year-old’s departure from the District Attorney’s office, progressive grassroots groups h...

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