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Flames of the Torch: End of the Year

Torch Eboard

May 1, 2019

With the end of the year quickly approaching, we, as the St. John’s community, must reflect on the changes and improvements made over the course of the 2018-2019 school year. Each new year comes with its own struggles, losses, sources of inspiration and innovations — this last year has been especia...

Creating A Sustainable Future Through Education

Angela Abbatiello, Contributing Writer

May 1, 2019

Sustainability is not just about recycling and making the planet “greener,” which many may think when they hear the word. Sustainable development includes dealing with social, cultural and economic issues as well. Reducing inequalities and providing a quality education for all are some of the i...

Sanders’ Prisoner Voting Rights Ideas May Benefit Our Democracy

Shaolin Barid, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

On Monday April 22, CNN hosted several presidential candidates in a town hall. It included 2020 presidential candidate frontrunner Bernie Sanders, who has given a powerful, yet controversial stance on granting incarcerated individuals the right to vote. He argued that the right to vote is inherent t...

2020 Predictions: Biden is the Frontrunner

J.P. Devetori, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

A year and a half away from the 2020 presidential election, the campaigns of many candidates are well under way. Since January, many Democrats have  announced their candidacy for President. Candidates include: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke,...

2020 Predictions: Sanders Can Beat Trump

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

At the beginning of the year, there was a lot of speculation about  teh amount of candidates there will be for the 2020 Presidential Election. So far, there are 21 candidates running in the   Democratic party. After the last election, it seems that there are a lot more candidates to choose from. W...

What Biden Means for the #MeToo Movement

Jeremy Mesias, Contributing Writer

April 17, 2019

Joe Biden: America’s grandpa, former United States senator from Delaware and former Vice President to Barack Obama now finds himself batting accusations of “inappropriate touching” amidst speculation of launching a presidential campaign.    In early March 2019, former Nevada State Assemblywoman Lu...

Controversial SGI Election Process Needs to Change

Nitin Basra, Contributing Writer

April 17, 2019

Imagine having the ability to vote in the United States presidential election at the ease of your fingertips. The amount of engagement would certainly increase but what else would we have to take into account?    For better or worse, St. John’s University has implemented this technique, allowin...

Is Mullin to Blame for Struggles?

J.P. Devetori, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

After four seasons with the Red Storm and leading them their first March Madness appearance since 2015, Chris Mullin stepped down from his role as head coach of the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team on Tuesday, April 9. Mullin released a statement about his decision and cited “a recent personal ...

Flames of the Torch: Introducing the 97th Editorial Board

Torch Staff

April 17, 2019

This issue marks the first edition under the 97th editorial board. This eboard is different than most, due to the fact that not all of the editorial spots have been filled thus far. Editors have taken the initiative to cover more than one position, while others have come back to help before they leave ...

Flames of the Torch: A few words of advice for the 97th Torch editorial board, from the 96th

Flames of the Torch: A few words of advice for the 97th Torch editorial board, from the 96th

Torch Staff

April 3, 2019

Dear new Torchies,   The time has come to pass on the Torch to a brand new editorial board. A good number of current e-board members have been a part of the newspaper since their freshman year of college. We have played an important role in creating not only a base for growth in terms of l...

’Jane the Virgin’s’ Take On Adult Female Virginity Was Revolutionary

’Jane the Virgin’s’ Take On Adult Female Virginity Was Revolutionary

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019

TV shows and movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and the most recent season of “The Bachelor” that have made adult virgins a punchline, can’t touch the revolutionary CW series “Jane the Virgin.” Although the average age that Americans have sex for the first time is 17, women in their t...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ and the Fight for Our Climate

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ and the Fight for Our Climate

Shaolin Bird, Contributing Writer

April 3, 2019

As a native New Yorker, witnessing the odd weather and fluctuating temperatures, the highest so far being 61 degrees Celsius and the lowest being 3 degrees Celsius, I’m bewildered by the confusing changes we have seen between winter and spring. And as summer approaches in June, many New Yorkers may h...

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