The Torch

Interfaith Dialogue Promotes Communication and Understanding

Christopher Viola, Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under News, On campus

In the attempt to contribute to diversity in the St. John’s community, the University opened the floor to a discussion of other religions to explore the common values between them. This occurred as Campus Ministry and the Office of Multicultural Affairs presented an Interfaith Dialogue on Oct. 18 ...

Global turnout for historic Women’s March

Global turnout for historic Women’s March

Wandy Ortiz, Staff Writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News, On campus

Washington D.C. -- “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” was the message spread by hundreds of thousands of people last weekend, including some St. John’s students and groups, as Women’s Marches took place across the globe. Dozens of St. John’s University students participated in the N...

President Gempesaw State of the University Address

President Gempesaw State of the University Address

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

September 14, 2016


Filed under Home Scroll, News, On campus

With the start of a new academic year, President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw emphasized the importance of student success by introducing his strategic plans to recruit, retain and support Johnnies during the State of the University Address. On Sept. 7, President Gempesaw conducted his second annual addre...

Beyond the gun debate: The mental health discussion

Miles Kopley, Staff Writer

October 22, 2015


Filed under On campus

On Dec. 14, 2012, a young man named Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in his hometown of Newtown, Conn. and launched an armed rampage that claimed the lives of 27 young students and faculty. He had a known list of mental health struggles that persisted throughout his childhood, inclu...

New Year, SJU Gets New Look

Brionna R. Jenkins, Contributing Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Culture, Home Scroll, Life & Style, News, On campus

  St. John’s University gives their students the opportunity to study in style, putting their tuition dollars to work through improvements on campus. Last semester, new campus directory and street signs were installed and the university didn’t miss a beat, up-keeping the fresh environ...

Education Program Gives Kids A Chance

Livia Paula, Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Lifestyle, On campus

Lucy was a special little girl in a preschool in Jamaica, Queens who caught the eye of Desiree Francis about four years ago. Lucy was one of the many low-income kids that needed  extra help to reach her potential. Back then Francis was just a freshman, psychology major at St. John’s University. Lucy...

Cross confusion: Explaining the ‘Graveyard of Innocents’ on the Great Lawn

Saharin Sultana, Staff Writer

April 9, 2014


Filed under News, On campus

  A few weeks ago, students may have noticed white crosses lined up on the Great Lawn in the mock formation of a graveyard. The “Graveyard of Innocents” was set up as part of Campus Ministry’s second annual “Culture of Life Week” which was intended to advocate and educate students on life issues. Students involved raised awareness on iss...

Real Housewife Speaks At ‘Light It Up Blue’

Cheyanne Gonzales, Photo Editor

April 9, 2014


Filed under News, On campus

The University hosted a Light It Up Blue for Autism event in Marillac Auditorium this past Thursday in order to raise awareness for Autism Speaks.  The guest speaker was from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Laurita spoke about her experience with her son’s autism. The School of Education...

SJU adds new dining options and more

SJU adds new dining options and more

Christopher Brito, News Editor

August 28, 2013


Filed under Home Scroll, News, On campus

Aside from the St. John's rebranding that took place this summer, the University underwent several on-campus makeovers and added new features to students’ dining options and technological services. Brij Anand, vice president for campus facilities and services, told the Torch details about several...

Moody’s gives positive credit rating to University

Moody’s gives positive credit rating to University

Alexa Vagelatos, Staff Writer

August 28, 2013


Filed under News, On campus

Amid the significant University changes undergone in recent months, Moody’s Investors Services announced earlier this month that it has revised the the outlook on the University’s revenue bond rating to positive. The University’s bond rating outlook reflects the recent sale of the Manhattan...

Red Mango to STJ?

Red Mango to STJ?

Christopher Brito, News Editor

May 1, 2013


Filed under Home Scroll, News, On campus

Next fall, students could find themselves slurping from a Red Mango cup while using a new array of improved dining services, according to a University official. The Director of Auxiliary Services Operations, Scott Lemperle, announced several new initiatives that will start in September during the ...

Around 3,000 students go to Spring Fling Carnival

Around 3,000 students go to Spring Fling Carnival

Jarrod Jenkins, Assistant News Editor

May 1, 2013


Filed under News, On campus

As a part of the University’s Spring Week, the annual Spring Fling Carnival gathered around 3,000 students to celebrate before finals. The Spring Fling Carnival is one of the most anticipated events of Spring Week and is organized by the Student Programming Board and the department of campus activities....

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