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Vincentian View: Homelessness

Vincentian View: Homelessness

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch

October 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Biennially, that is, once every two years, St. John’s runs a “Poverty Conference.” This conference invites a discussion on an important situation in our society which impacts upon those who are poor and marginalized. In the past few years, we have dealt with issues like human trafficking, ...

Joining the Mission to Lead from a Classroom

Joining the Mission to Lead from a Classroom

Bryant Rodriguez, Managing Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Everyone grows up wishing to change the world. The only question is, “How?” I used to change my mind frequently when it came to career choices–police officer, architect, astronomer. But today, I know that pursuing education will allow me to make the impact I wanted. I’m a public school ki...

Uncalled for Study Abroad Changes

Uncalled for Study Abroad Changes

Beatriz da Costa, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Seville, Rome and Paris. since my freshman year, these were the countries that have been promoted and sold to me for study abroad. Therefore, when I finally decided to spend a semester outside of the United States, I already had an idea of what I was going to wear, where I was going to visit and wh...

PET PYVES: How Much is Your RA Worth?

PET PYVES: How Much is Your RA Worth?

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

St. John’s considers its residence life to be a cornerstone of student life and well-being, especially as we continue to become a largely national university versus regional. Indeed, many students find support systems and close friends in their residence halls, which are predominantly supported and ...

Sexual Predators Are Not Just in Hollywood

Sexual Predators Are Not Just in Hollywood

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Harvey Weinstein was terminated from The Weinstein Company on Sunday, Oct. 8 over allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. Throughout the following week, more than 30 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The allegations from the alleged victims show a 30-year pattern ...

Columbus Day: The Holiday We Don’t Want

Columbus Day: The Holiday We Don’t Want

Nia Douglas, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“Hey @stjohnsu Columbus Day is not something we should be celebrating. Official request to recognize Indigenous People’s Day instead,” the student organization Social Justice Exchange posted on Instagram. The appeal to the University to recognize Indigenous People’s Day gets right to the po...

The Concept of Diversity on the Runway

The Concept of Diversity on the Runway

Reza Moreno, Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“Janaye Furman Makes History as the First Black Woman to Open Louis Vuitton,” reads the headline of a Vogue article published on Oct. 3. In the fashion industry, it is no secret that many influential designers are white. Yet, this industry is one of the last to slowly crawl out of a white suprem...

Why You Didn’t Hear All About the Shooter in Tennessee

Why You Didn’t Hear All About the Shooter in Tennessee

Morgan Mullings, Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

You might be surprised to know that you missed such an impactful and terrifying event. On Sunday, Sept. 24, one person died and seven were injured in a shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn. The alleged shooter, a Sudanese documented immigrant, had attended the church befor...

Greek Life Is Not as Bad as You Think

Greek Life Is Not as Bad as You Think

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Here at St. John's, you can't go too far without seeing someone wearing Greek letters. Greek life is very prominent on campus, and with over 29 sororities and fraternities, it leaves a lasting impression on the University. Greek organizations have always been a topic of discussion in the form of scandal...

Opinion: U.S. Soccer at a Crossroads

Opinion: U.S. Soccer at a Crossroads

Brendan Myers, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports, Sports Scroll

What’s the excuse this time? In the beginning of the United States Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifying Campaign, after losses at home to arch-rival Mexico and and a 4-0 thrashing on the road at Costa Rica, it was former manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s fault. After a loss in September to Co...

Is Joining a Fraternity or Sorority Worth It?

Is Joining a Fraternity or Sorority Worth It?

Rasheeda Campbell, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Fraternities and sororities are, to some students, a big part of the college experience. Joining one of the two is probably the best way to grow long lasting friendships in college. Or is it? Since I am a junior now, I have been seriously thinking about possibly joining a sorority. My mom being an ...

Flames of the Torch: Transparency Issues Come Up Once Again

Flames of the Torch: Transparency Issues Come Up Once Again

October 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Last week, the University announced a pretty big change in its popular Discover the World program, and we can’t help but feel some deja vu. Rather than studying in Seville, Spain, students will now spend five weeks in Limerick, Ireland while participating in the Discover the World program. This ch...

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