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Flames of the Torch: Finals,Holidays, New Year

Flames of the Torch: Finals,Holidays, New Year

The Torch Staff

December 5, 2018


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As the semester comes to an end, we can’t help but reflect on moments from the year while simultaneously finding ourselves in a state of high stress that coincides perfectly with the holiday season. December is the month where deadlines loom, temperatures drop and we retreat to our preferred stud...

Looking Back on Rev. James Martin’s Talk

Looking Back on Rev. James Martin’s Talk

Dara Burke, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


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On Nov 8, Jesuit priest Reverend James Martin, who was appointed as a consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications by Pope Francis, visited campus to give a talk. During the lecture, titled “Building a Bridge: Reaching Out to LGBT Catholics,” Martin discussed his similarly-titl...

How I Chose The Right Major for Me

How I Chose The Right Major for Me

Dana Livingston, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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I’ve always thought of myself as a risk taker. I love trying new things, exploring new places and seeing where new paths may take me. So when it came time to choose my major, it’s no surprise that I took the same approach.                                                                                                                            For as long as I can remember, I’ve been o...

The Wave of Women

The Wave of Women

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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Troubling headlines that no one saw coming appeared on Monday, Nov. 26 when a new report found the home to be the “most dangerous place” for women. According to the 2018 report on the gender-related killing of women and girls conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), out...

Blackfishing is the New Blackface

Blackfishing is the New Blackface

Amber Borden, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Here is a classic phrase: “Everyone wants to be black, until it is time to be black.” We are living in an age of cultural appropriation, selective outrage and ambiguity, which is extremely dangerous. Earlier this month, Twitter users accused white female influencers of “blackfishing.” Black...

My Catholic Response to Rev. William Barber’s First Lecture

My Catholic Response to Rev. William Barber’s First Lecture

Maggie Moore, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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A Catholic church is where the most holy, sacred and beautiful event takes place — the sacrifice of the Mass. It is when bread and water become the body and blood of Jesus Christ. It is nothing short of a miracle, and it is one of the central mysteries of the Catholic faith. Imagine then, the out...

President Maduro is Turning Venezuela Into a Dictatorship

President Maduro is Turning Venezuela Into a Dictatorship

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

With all the stories that are covered on TV, there are some stories that are too important to be ignored. Whether they happened in the U.S. or not, these stories should be heard — everyone should know the situation happening in Venezuela. Ever since President Nicolas Maduro came into power in 2013, the...

Flames of the Torch: On The Devastating Woolsey Fires in California

The Torch Staff

November 14, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

As a nation, we are always subject to go through dark times. However, it is on us to decide the best way we should respond and react to these hard times. Within the last few weeks of November, we have seen California battle record-breaking wildfires. The Woolsey Fire has been described as California’...

Americans’ Rights Can’t Be Undone

Americans’ Rights Can’t Be Undone

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


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Ever since President Donald Trump took office almost two years ago, he has made several outrageous statements. This includes calling upon the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to establish a Space Force by 2020, which according to CNN, “could cost 12.9 billion dollars over its first five years.” H...

Debunking Horoscopes

Debunking Horoscopes

Olivia Mathon, Contributing Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Astrology has always been a popular trend amongst today’s youth, and from what I can see, especially amongst social media users. Due to the lack of self confidence in today’s youth, publications on social media apps, such as on Snapchat’s Discover feature, pry upon these weaknesses to make...

How Do You Celebrate Thanksgiving?

How Do You Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Dana Livingston, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Historically, the first Thanksgiving marked the communion of the Plymouth Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans in the early seventeenth century. It inspired the annual modern American holiday marked by family get-togethers, acts of gratitude and football. Thanksgiving Day is an excuse to relea...

Is Black Friday Honestly Worth All the Hassle?

Is Black Friday Honestly Worth All the Hassle?

Sara Rodia, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, another popular day is right on its heels: Black Friday. For those of you who may not know, Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving where stores across the country have huge discounts on products. Take a look online and you’ll already begin to see ...

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