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FLAMES: SGI Must Represent the Student Body

FLAMES: SGI Must Represent the Student Body

December 6, 2017


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This week, Students of Consciousness told the Torch they believe student government leaders need to be more in touch with students’ needs in order to represent them better. We couldn’t agree more. SGI is one of the most important organizations on campus; they are charged with representing students, ...

SJU Should Become A Smoke-Free Campus

SJU Should Become A Smoke-Free Campus

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


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Federal Courts have recently forced big tobacco companies to run a 52-week ad campaign on the health dangers of cigarettes and secondhand smoke. Studies are released almost every year, detailing how tobacco correlates to cancer and other health issues. But what is St. John’s doing to further th...

Millennial Think: Our Clicks Have Massive Impact

Millennial Think: Our Clicks Have Massive Impact

Steven Verdile, Design Editor

December 6, 2017


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As the holiday season approaches, everyone prepares themselves for decorating trees, drinking eggnog and building snowmen. While most people would normally spend hours scrambling through mall kiosks after finally finding parking, a large group of people, mainly comprised of millennials, has switched...

Interning is Beneficial Whether You Get Paid or Not

Interning is Beneficial Whether You Get Paid or Not

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


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This past semester, I interned with one of my all-time favorite fashion designers, Christian Siriano. This internship was unpaid, but offered college credit. Unfortunately, since I am a sophomore, I couldn’t earn credits for my time at Christian Siriano. However, it was completely and 100 percent worth it. As a...

Vincentian View: “Happy New Year”

Vincentian View: “Happy New Year”

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

December 6, 2017


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Various institutions begin and end their “year” at different points. The “calendar year” is January to December; the “academic year” is September to June; the “fiscal year” varies among companies and industries but can begin in July and end in June. One could multiply examples of “years” o...

Ways to Say Thank You

Ways to Say Thank You

Madelyn Starks, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2017


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As we celebrate the holiday season, it is important that we do not forget those who are serving this great nation. Our military and other members of the United States Armed Forces, risk their lives to ensure that we can celebrate this holiday in peace They risk their lives every day and we should not take their sac...

Slavery Is Back, But Has It Ever Been Gone?

Slavery Is Back, But Has It Ever Been Gone?

Beatriz da Costa, Staff Writer

December 5, 2017


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152. It has been 152 years since slavery ended in the United States. After 500 brutal years of treating fellow human beings as property — and quite frankly, like dirt — slavery was officially abolished on Dec. 6, 1865. 21. It has been 21 days since CNN broke a haunting news story that ousted the on...

A Thanksgiving Folly

A Thanksgiving Folly

Madusha Pieris, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2017


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It goes without saying that the current American political climate is quite turbulent. In such a climate, it would be a gross understatement to say that the media and the American government are on friendly terms. The media acts as a fact checker on behalf of the American people, but the gap betwee...

Why Kevin Spacey’s Allegations Should Make Us Question All of Hollywood

Why Kevin Spacey’s Allegations Should Make Us Question All of Hollywood

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

November 26, 2017


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Earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp revealed that unwanted sexual advances were made on him by Kevin Spacey. This took place during a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986, where after everyone else had left, an intoxicated Spacey had picked up Rapp, placed him on his bed and layed on top of him, as...

Flames: On Student-Organization Relationships

Flames: On Student-Organization Relationships

November 17, 2017


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If there’s one thing all groups on campus should be able to agree on, it’s that communication with the student body is key. From time to time, issues pop up that require a clear response; we saw that last week when many students became frustrated with aspects of Haraya’s Black Solidarity Day. Haraya...

The Power of Black-Only Spaces

The Power of Black-Only Spaces

Madelyn Starks, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


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At Haraya’s Black Solidarity Day (BSD) event on Nov. 6, many participants were angry with the Pan-African student organization for including two people on panels addressing black issues. In response, Haraya stated, “Having only black people, with the same views and the same views would have b...

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