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Advice from a graduating senior

Advice from a graduating senior

Kristen Catalano, Contributing Writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Opinion

“Time flies.” “It will be over before you know it.” “Enjoy it while it lasts.” These are just a few of the phrases that almost every college freshman is told by the adults in their lives, but the truth behind them don’t resonate in your mind until you are registering for graduat...

Spend your summer at an internship

Spend your summer at an internship

Nayab Khan, Contributing Writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Opinion

“So what do you want to do?” The question is more than likely one that has caused you to realize that, maybe, you don’t know yet. But it is a popular question, often resting on the tongues of anyone remotely curious to know more about you. Being in college means that you will figure it out...

Flames of the Torch

Flames of the Torch

April 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion

If there’s one way to characterize students’ response to the spring concert being canceled, it’s disappointment. Student Government Incorporated (SGI) issued a joint statement with Haraya earlier this month announcing that there the would be no concert this year. The groups said they want to re...

Critiques on Syrian air strike

Critiques on Syrian air strike

Angella Kellet, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on Thursday, April 7 after reports surfaced that the Assad regime used chemicals weapons. While the use of chemical weapons is deplorable, you can not simply fight violence with violence. There is no ideal solution, as Syria has been heavily attacked since 2...

Flames of the Torch

Flames of the Torch

April 12, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Nearly two weeks ago, the Torch elected a new editorial board. Throughout the past year, we’ve worked to revamp the way we bring you, the St. John’s community, the information you care about. We’ve built upon our digital presence and created more engaging, attractive designs, which include our...

Vincentian View: “Renewing our Promises”

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
March 29, 2017
Filed under Opinion

This past Saturday, March 25, the Christian community celebrated the solemnity of the Annunciation.  On this day, the angel Gabriel came to ask Mary to be the Mother of Jesus.  We have a depiction of this scene in our Thomas More Church among the Mary windows behind the altar.  With Mary’s “Y...

GOP Pulls Back on AHCA

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled The American Health Care Act from the floor on Friday afternoon. This is after years of the Republicans preaching that they will repeal and replace Obamacare. The AHCA began to unravel, as many began to realize that Republicans may be better as the opposition par...

Flames of the Torch

March 29, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Last week in the midst of Student Government Inc.’s executive board elections, students were abuzz on social media over potential negative campaigning among candidates. Screen grabs obtained by the Torch show an opinion article featuring Junior Senator candidate Anthony Savino’s old tweets. Some use...

Flames of the Torch 3/22

March 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion

This week, we heard Student Government Inc.’s executive board candidates for the 2017-2018 school year debate a number of topics at the annual SGI debate. Candidates discussed accountability, advocacy and increasing visibility, among other things. But one thing the debate lacked was substance. It’s expected t...

Dining as a commuter

Victoria Lohwasser, Staff Writer
March 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Being a commuter is pretty difficult at times­—extracurricular activities, the hassles of public transportation and carrying all your belongings everywhere you go. One challenge is deciding to dine on campus or bringing food from home. So the question is: lighten your load or save money? It’...

An Ode to the Ones Before Us, After Us, and Presently Us

Beatriz da Costa, Staff Writer
March 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion

1920 was a significant year for women, The start of our fight towards equality, At first, we did not have a voice, but thanks to a young woman who had a vision, Susan B. Anthony’s role in Women’s Suffrage became an actuality and not a frivolity.     Although it divides many today...

Vincentian View: Windows on St. Joseph

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch
March 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion

On many occasions, I have mused on the beautiful stained glass windows in our St. Thomas More Church on the Queens campus of our University. Sometimes, I will go to the Church to pray, and my attention gets drawn to a particular scene. I will then begin to think about the story and where it all lead...

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