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Flames of the Torch: On journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

Flames of the Torch: On journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

October 17, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

When  prominent Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who in the past criticized the reign of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, the story struck some as familiar. In a world in which secrets are power, journalists, working as ...

Letter to the Editor: From SJU’s New Athletic Director

Letter to the Editor: From SJU’s New Athletic Director

Special To The Torch

October 17, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Dear Editor,   Today is a day that I have dreamed about for a long time. It is an honor to write this letter on my first official day serving as the Director of Athletics at St. John’s University. First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire University community for ...

UFC: Ultimate Fighting Clowns

UFC: Ultimate Fighting Clowns

Michael Grullon, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there. Why doesn’t anyone say anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation and family?   Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought? If you say that...

The U.S. Has Taken a Risk with Kavanaugh

The U.S. Has Taken a Risk with Kavanaugh

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s an honor and a privilege to become one of the nine people who make life-altering decisions on behalf of all US citizens. Therefore, nominees should be held to higher standards than the average job applicant. What does it say about the United States when two of the six male Supreme Court Jus...

Mental Health Needs to be Taught in More Than Two States

Mental Health Needs to be Taught in More Than Two States

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Within recent years, the conversation regarding mental health has only increased in volume. Individuals of all ages are actively becoming more aware of the importance of the subject. In fact, the New York State and Virginia Department of Education have set a precedent for all of the other schools in...

Mocking Women is Trump’s Hobby

Mocking Women is Trump’s Hobby

Justin Boniello, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In yet another instance of President Trump condoning sexual violence against women, he was recently seen mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a rally in Mississippi last week. The objective of the president’s “Make America Great Again” rally in...

Kavanaugh: Innocent Till Proven Guilty

Kavanaugh: Innocent Till Proven Guilty

Sara Rodia, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court has officially been approved by the Senate after a very controversial hearing regarding sexual assault. There are many people that approve or disapprove of this nomination. I personally don’t have an issue with it. Don’t get me wrong, I support wome...

Is Columbus the Best Man for a Holiday?

Is Columbus the Best Man for a Holiday?

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Celebration of Columbus day for many in the northeastern portion of the United States is seen as a traditional holiday that celebrates the discovery of the new world in 1492, a symbol of  discovery and Italian pride. That is the short answer that is devoid of any real truth. The reality is that...

How to Stay Pepped for Midterms and Ace Exams

How to Stay Pepped for Midterms and Ace Exams

Ariel Shomo, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Time’s up! Midterm season is finally upon us, so bust out those heavy textbooks you probably haven’t opened since you purchased them. Studying for midterms is always a stressful time, especially if you’re hardly passing the class. Your professor just told you the midterm is in-class and...

Bette Midler’s Insensitive Remark

Bette Midler’s Insensitive Remark

Natalie Borukhov, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“‘Women are the n-word of the world.’ Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring the pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years They are the most disrespected creatures on earth," Bette Midler tweeted...

Flames of the Torch: Breaking the Silence

Flames of the Torch: Breaking the Silence

The Torch Staff

October 3, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Activism against sexual violence and sexual assault is perhaps in its greatest era of necessity. One of the nominees for the highest court in the United States, Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is currently under investigation by the FBI and facing a trial of public opinion for allegatio...

The Highs and the Lows of Latinx Heritage Month at SJU

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Latinx Heritage Month is a special time for many members of the Latinx community, which lasts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.   It includes not just Spanish speakers, but all Latin Americans. Its start date is significant because that was when the five republics of Central America declared their independ...

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