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SJU Reflects on Midterm Elections Results

Dayra Santana, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


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Nov. 13 marked one week since the United States midterm election. At the one-week mark, St. John’s students gathered in the D’Angelo Center to discuss the outcome of the election and what will come next. Dr. Diane Heith, professor and chair of the Department of Government and Politics, conducted the post-e...

Midterm Elections Recap

Midterm Elections Recap

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

November 14, 2018


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Just last week, New York residents had their chance to cast their votes for candidates running on the federal, state and local levels for positions in the New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, Congress and more. St. John’s is located within the 14th Senatorial District, 24th Assembly Distri...

Students React to WiFi Outage Over Weekend

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-In-Chief

November 14, 2018


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Resident students experienced a WiFi outage on the St. John’s University Queens campus during the weekend. According to Anne Rocco Pacione, St. John’s executive director of Infrastructure and interim chief information officer, the outage to the SJUMobile connection was “unexpected.” “The...

Students Attend Humanitarian Summit in D.C.

Students Attend Humanitarian Summit in D.C.

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

November 14, 2018


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Student advocacy is no stranger to St. John’s University. In the spirit of the Vincentian mission, students are encouraged to take action whenever possible. They are encouraged to fulfill the mission outside of the campus gates; sometimes venturing as far as Washington, D.C. in order to do so. Thi...

President’s Dinner Raises $2.7 Million

President’s Dinner Raises $2.7 Million

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-In-Chief

November 7, 2018


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Nearly 1,000 members of the St. John’s University community raised more than $2.7 million in donations at the 21st Annual President’s Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Nov. 4. According to the University’s website, 800 pre-registered guests gathered at the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom. ...

SGI Addresses Issue of Food Insecurity Among Students

Derrell J. Bouknight, News Editor

November 7, 2018


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Students struggling financially to buy nutritious food consistently now have options  to address the challenges they are facing. In October’s final Student Government Inc. meeting, President Atemkeng Tazi, along with other members, addressed the issue and how it impacts students on campus. ...

SJU Reflects on the Pittsburgh Shooting

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

November 7, 2018


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Members of the St. John’s community have spent the last week and a half speaking out against anti-Semitic violence following the shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. “Anti-Semitism exists everywhere, in forms that I cannot recognize sometimes,” said junior Natalie Eshagh...

Nobel Prize Winner Speaks of Life Lessons to Students

Rakesh Singh, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


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Dr. Martin Chalfie delivered the 2018 Dr. Jaya Haldar Memorial Seminar, “GFP: Lighting Up Life,” in the D’Angelo Center, encouraging those in attendance to “ignore the people who say ‘this cannot be done.’” “Many discoveries are purely accidental,” said Chalfie, who is also a prof...

Home Depot CEO Kenneth Langone Speaks at SJU

Cara N. Yesko, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


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Esteemed billionaire, business magnate and philanthropist Kenneth Gerard Langone visited St. John’s on Oct. 17 as part of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business CEO Lecture Series. During this question and answer event, Langone and Tobin Dean Norean R. Sharpe discussed Langone’s unique career jo...

Love March Calls for Changes to University Protocol, Faculty

Love March Calls for Changes to University Protocol, Faculty

Derrell J. Bouknight, News Editor

October 24, 2018


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A group of about 50 students marched through campus on Monday afternoon calling for changes to the Title IX process. They said the demonstration was sparked by how the University handled an alleged incident of a sexual nature involving a transgender student. The student in the case spoke at the protest...

Professor Pappas Running for Congress

Professor Pappas Running for Congress

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

October 24, 2018


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Anthony Pappas, a St. John’s economics professor, will be seen on voting ballots come Election Day on Nov. 6. Pappas is running on the Republican line in New York’s 14th Congressional District to represent parts of Queens and the Bronx in Congress. His Democratic opponent is Alexandria Ocasio-Co...

St. John’s Participates in Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

St. John’s Participates in Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Sara N. Rodia, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


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The annual American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was held this past Sunday, Oct. 21. St. John’s students and faculty joined thousands of people from across New York City to participate in the walk and raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. The walk occured at ...

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