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Islamic center near Ground Zero stirs up emotional debate

Nell O'Connor

September 8, 2010


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The ongoing debate over the construction of a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near the site of Ground Zero continues as the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the anniversary of 9/11 coincide. Throughout the summer, the debate over the Park51 project has drawn the attention of local poli...

Slew of events planned to honor St. Vincent de Paul

Christina Heiser,Editor-in-Chief and Christina Heiser,Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2010


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St. John's annual Founder's Week kicks off on Monday, Jan. 25 with a mass and student recognition awards. This year's theme is "Vincentian Legacy and Destiny: Changing the World with Charity and Justice." Founder's Week has been held at the University every year starting from 1995. On Tuesday, Jan. 2...

Students react to Obama’s first year in office

Nell O'Connor, News Editor and Nell O'Connor, News Editor

January 19, 2010


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According to the latest polls, Americans are divided over President Obama's progress.This time last year, President Obama came into office with a 68 percent approval rating, according to the USA Today/Gallup poll. But the commander-in-chief's approval rating has slipped to 50 percent in 12 months.Th...

St. John’s supports Haiti relief efforts

Nell O'Connor, News Editor and Nell O'Connor, News Editor

January 19, 2010


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St. John's has joined the global relief effort for Haiti.Students and faculty have spent the last week collecting donations to send to help the people of Haiti after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated the island on Jan. 12. It is estimated that there are already more than 70,000 dead, a number that...

University honors St. Vincent

Nell O'Connor, Staff Writer

November 19, 2009


Filed under News, On campus

Founder's Week 2010 will be a University-wide celebration of the life and legacy of St. Vincent de Paul.The theme of this year's Founder's Week is "Vincentian Legacy and Destiny: Changing the World with Charity and Justice," in honor of the 350th anniversary of his and St. Louise de Marillac's death...

What did you eat last night?

Richard Miller, Staff Writer

November 19, 2009


Filed under News, On campus

Students experienced the effects of poverty firsthand last week as the Hunger Awareness Month Initiative continued.The third annual Hunger Banquet took place in the UC Commons Nov.12. Two hundred students attended the event, which Campus Ministry organized as part of its annual campaign for hunger awaren...

An Interview of Honorable Mention

Kristen Farmer, Contributing Writer and Kristen Farmer, Contributing Writer

November 17, 2009


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Sports

Inferno had the opportunity to sit down with the band before their performance. We got to speak to them about their beginning as a band, their new music video, and about life on the road.Inferno: How'd you guys get your start as a band? ?Jason: Me and Michael met in high school, in art class, actuall...

Career Week draws to a close

Nell O'Connor, Staff Writer

October 14, 2009


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Career Week ends today with the Fall Career Fair in Taffner Fieldhouse. More than 100 potential employers will be there to accept resumes for internships, as well as full-time and part-time positions. Companies include GEICO, Wells Fargo, MTV and Abercrombie & Fitch. The Career Center organized Career W...

Fall Concert Tickets on Sale Now

Ramiro Funez, Staff Writer and Ramiro Funez, Staff Writer

October 12, 2009


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Published 10/13/09 Tickets go on sale today at noon for the St. John's fall concert featuring Maroon 5 in Carnesecca Arena on Nov.7.Students can purchase $5 tickets at the Campus Concierge desk in St. Augustine Hall. Tickets for faculty, administrators, staff and guests will be $20. Campus Activities anno...

Student groups stress

Ramiro Funez, Staff Writer and Ramiro Funez, Staff Writer

October 6, 2009


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St. John's Phi Iota Alpha and Lambda Pi Chi chapters sponsored an event recently promoting census participation by undocumented immigrants to allow the legislation of the act. "If people speak up for themselves as undocumented immigrants, this issue can be taken care of," said Shamil Rodriguez, camp...

Sending The Message

Christina Heiser,Editor-in-Chief and Christina Heiser,Editor-in-Chief

October 6, 2009


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New York drivers will have to keep their hands on the wheel starting Nov. 1, when a statewide law against texting while driving goes into effect. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, a non-profit organization located in Washington D.C., 18 states have already banned text messaging ...

Campaign gives people the opportunity to quit smoking on campus

Everton Bailey, Managing Editor and Everton Bailey, Managing Editor

October 6, 2009


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A new student-run campaign created this semester aims to help people kick the smoking habit. The campaign, STJ Quits, assists anyone in the St. John's community looking to stop smoking. "We're looking for positive outlets for people who want to quit smoking," said Jena Marion, a junior and one of the camp...

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