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The Recent College Admissions Scandal: A Reflection of Structural Inequality

The Recent College Admissions Scandal: A Reflection of Structural Inequality

Angela Abbatiello, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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In early March, actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were arrested on fraud charges after it was revealed that they allegedly participated in an illegal college admissions scheme orchestrated by college counseling consultant William Singer. “Singer was charged with taking about $25 million dollars from...

College Admissions Scandal is An Example of a Corrupt Education System

College Admissions Scandal is An Example of a Corrupt Education System

Ariel Shomo, Contributing Writer

March 27, 2019


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The college admissions scheme that has been making headlines throughout the past week involved many wealthy families, including that of well-known “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, who allegedly paid thousands of dollars to elite universities and coaches to accept their children. This outrageous...

A Law School Applicant’s Viewpoint on the College Admissions Scandal

A Law School Applicant’s Viewpoint on the College Admissions Scandal

Christabelle Calabretta, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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Earlier this month, dozens of Hollywood stars, top business leaders and other elites who make up the top one percent of wealth distribution in America were charged for participating in a college admissions scandal. Millions of dollars were spent in order to grant their children admission into top und...

Wave of Women Column: New FDA Approved Postpartum Depression Drug Won’t Be Accessible For Most Women

Wave of Women Column: New FDA Approved Postpartum Depression Drug Won’t Be Accessible For Most Women

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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For the first time ever, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a postpartum depression drug, which experts say offers new hope to women and physicians — but the cost of it is a huge chunk of the salary of an average American. The intravenous infusion of the drug, brexanolone, which will co...

The Greater Consequences of the “Page Not Found”

The Greater Consequences of the “Page Not Found”

Maher S. Maher, Contributing Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a practice that puts St. John’s talented digital marketing and IT majors on edge whenever it is mentioned. SEO is the marketing of a brand or a company to capture consumers on platforms like Google or Bing — which is needed in this digital age. Every year, co...

The U.S. Needs New Zealand’s Gun Laws

The U.S. Needs New Zealand’s Gun Laws

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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The event that occurred in New Zealand earlier this month was an absolute tragedy. Not only were the lives of 50 innocent people taken away, but it became what is now considered to bethe deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand’s history. In my opinion, there are two reasons, aside from the main one be...

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

J.P. Devetori, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


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Giving something up for Lent may sound easy, but it’s harder than you think. Some Catholics and Christians who practice Lent give up the basics, such as chocolate and soda. Other people choose to improve themselves by giving up habits that lead them to sin. For the last several years, I haven’t give...

Flames of the Torch: On fixing our mistakes, and NZ attack’s impact in SJU community

Flames of the Torch: On fixing our mistakes, and NZ attack’s impact in SJU community

The Torch Staff

March 20, 2019


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In a recent Torch article, we mistakenly published a term offensive to the LGBTQ+ community, and also misgendered a member of Spectrum, the LGBTQ+ organization on campus. We worked to fix the mistakes online as soon as we were contacted and added an apology to the online article. We would like to, agai...

MLB Teams Should Stop Overpaying Players

MLB Teams Should Stop Overpaying Players

J.P. Devetori, Contributing Writer

March 20, 2019


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The 2019 Major League Baseball free agency is loaded with  many big-name players and headliners, for example, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are elite ball players, and for the first time ever, they are free agents. At 26-years-old, Harper and Machado seek long term contracts with a contending team. Bo...

It Is Time Justice is Served For R. Kelly

It Is Time Justice is Served For R. Kelly

Jewel Antoine, Contributing Writer

March 20, 2019


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Prior to 2019, when one would think of R. Kelly — famous R&B star and pop culture icon — they would be reminded of his contributions to R&B. However, Kelly’s public image has not always been as great as some of his music. Allegations of Kelly’s numerous inappropriate sexual relationsh...

Battle Irish Stereotypes on This St. Paddy’s Day

Battle Irish Stereotypes on This St. Paddy’s Day

Maggie Moore, Contributing Writer

March 16, 2019


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In the United States, we have recently reexamined the way that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the country, as people of Mexican and Latin American descent have advocated for a more respectful celebration of the holiday, without the sombreros and “Cinco de Drinko” slogans. Irish people need to d...

Flames of the Torch

Flames of the Torch

The Torch Staff

February 27, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

The Jewish Students Association (JSA) invited keynote speaker and Holocaust survivor Lena Goren to speak to the St. John’s community about her experience that dates back nearly eight decades. One of our contributors, Alana Loren Bethea, covered the story for the Torch. Goren discussed jumping from sh...

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