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School Safety

Isabella Bruni, News Editor

March 21, 2018


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Hardly a week has gone by in 2018 without a school shooting somewhere nationwide. As of March 20 there have been 17 school-related shootings so far, according to CNN. The Parkland school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day left 17 dead and 14 injured, and rattled a nation of students, parents and teachers grappli...

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter

Byron Campbell, Contributing Writer

March 21, 2018


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Recently, the Office of Public Safety hosted an active-shooter training session on campus. Here are some of the tips and facts they shared at the session, attended by one of our reporters. According to the officers, there are more than 840 cameras monitoring the St. John’s Queens campus. A Public Safe...

SGI Elections: Meet the Faces Behind the Ballots

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

March 21, 2018


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Thursday afternoon, the candidates for the upcoming Student Government Inc. executive board election will face off in a common hour debate. Students will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions about their platforms and goals; but before that happens, the Torch sat down with each ticket...

SGI Meeting: Last Meeting Before New E-Board Elections

SGI Meeting: Last Meeting Before New E-Board Elections

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


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The most recent SGI floor meeting was held Monday, March 19 in the DAC Org Lounge. The meeting consisted of a discussion with the Chief Diversity Officer, introductions of the candidates for the 2018-2019 SGI e-board and voting on budget approval from several organizations on campus for future events. ...

Adding to the Clothesline Narrative

Adding to the Clothesline Narrative

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

March 21, 2018


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The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens visited the St. John’s Art Gallery on Wednesday, March 14 and their narratives became part of a growing collection known as the Clothesline Project. A young girl and an old t-shirt. She doesn’t wear it, but instead, she draws on it. The marker bleeds...

Hurricane Harvey Plunge Program Set for May

Hurricane Harvey Plunge Program Set for May

Isabella Bruni, News Editor

March 21, 2018


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Hurricane Harvey devastated the greater Houston area at the start of the fall semester, leaving behind a harsh aftermath. Now St. John’s is standing by its Vincentian roots by plunging into the devastated area in May to provide aid.   St. John’s holds Plunge Programs in which students immerse the...

A Time to SHinE for Student Employees

A Time to SHinE for Student Employees

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

March 21, 2018


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The Office of Human Resources held its fourth annual Students Honored in Employment (SHinE) award luncheon Tuesday, March 20 to honor exceptional student workers at St. John’s. Among those in attendance were University Provost Robert Mangione, Executive Vice President for Mission Reverend Bernard...

A Living Conversation About the Dying

A Living Conversation About the Dying

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


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Feminists Unite and the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) held a discussion about “Femicidio in Latin America” on March 15, in honor of Women’s History Month. The event was led by Marilyn Alexander, social media coordinator of Feminists Unite, and Sieta Leon, president of LASO. ...

Bitcoin and Blockchain: Revolution or Mania?

Kenneth Davis, Contributing Writer

March 21, 2018


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On Wednesday, March 14 Professor Gerald P. Dwyer of Clemson University visited St. John’s to give a lecture titled “Bitcoin and Blockchain: Revolution or Mania?” Dwyer earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1979, and his recent research focuses on financial crisis, implicatio...

Union/Utopia Accident Reports Increase

Union/Utopia Accident Reports Increase

Isabella Bruni, News Editor

March 14, 2018


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The New York City Department of Transportation is looking at potential pedestrian safety enhancements along Union Turnpike, a local city councilman said this week, in the wake of several accidents in recent years outside the University’s gates. “At my request, the Department of Transportation has been cond...

Opposing Tickets for SGI Elections

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

March 14, 2018


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For the first time since 2015-16 school year, Student Government Inc. has two full tickets running against each other for executive board elections. “SGI is very happy to have two tickets and one independent running this year,” SGI President Frank Obermeyer said in an email to the Torch. “It sho...

Women’s Herstory Distinction Dinner

Women’s Herstory Distinction Dinner

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


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Timed precisely to take place on International Women’s Day, the Office of Multicultural Affairs held their annual Women’s Herstory Month Distinction Dinner in the DAC Ballroom on March 8. Those who attended were encouraged to wear black attire in honor of women’s solidarity and to adhere to...

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