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What Does Black History Month Mean To You?

What Does Black History Month Mean To You?

Jewel Antoine, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Black History Month, or African-American History Month, is an annual celebration in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. This observance was created with the purpose of recognizing and celebrating the remarkable individuals and events in the history of the African d...

NYC Fights Hair-Based Discrimination with New Laws

NYC Fights Hair-Based Discrimination with New Laws

Rasheeda Campbell, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Targeting someone based on their hair is – and to me has always been – a form of racial discrimination. Someone’s hairstyle and hair color has nothing to do with their intelligence or work ethic. That is why when certain hairstyles and colors are  deemed as “more professional” than others, it...

Amazon’s HQ2 Would Have Been an Injustice

Amazon’s HQ2 Would Have Been an Injustice

Angela Abbatiello, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

What would NYC look like if Amazon went through with its  HQ2 plans? Honestly, worse off. The way that Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to the canceled plans was infuriating. He saw this as “an abuse of corporate power.” However, this situation should be approached from a pragmatic standpoint. If HQ...

My Hair, My Choice

My Hair, My Choice

Beatriz da Costa, Morgan Mullings, Dayra Santana, Dana Livingston, Crystal Simmons, Rachel Johnson, and Beverly Danquah

February 20, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Beatriz da Costa - Opinion Editor   I remember when I first relaxed my hair. I look back on my time in middle school when my hair was so heat damaged and wonder, “Why did my mom let me do that?” Before I relaxed my hair it was long and healthy, but peer pressure and seeing my non-Black friends wit...

Flames of the Torch: On the recent #SurvivingSJU talks, findings

Flames of the Torch: On the recent #SurvivingSJU talks, findings

Torch Staff

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

St. John’s has been under a fair amount of scrutiny since #SurvivingSJU trended nationally last month, leading students to criticize what they see as an ineffective sexual assault reporting system. This comes as several student groups on campus have held demonstrations to voice their displeasure with...

A Misleading State of the Union Address

A Misleading State of the Union Address

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Weeks after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, President Trump delivered a State of the Union Address that sought to bring unity to a very divided Congress and provide the American people with a sense of hope that the government will no longer face a similar dilemma. The problem was tha...

Black Outrage is the New Key to Success

Black Outrage is the New Key to Success

Beatriz, Opinon Editor

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Flooding our Instagram timelines with ads, sending 40 percent-off discount codes to our emails daily and aligning with celebrities to sell products isn’t enough for clothing companies today. Nowadays, the route that clothing brands such as Gucci, or celebrities like Kim Kardashian take to promo...

Why President Trump’s Executive Action Will Never Work

Why President Trump’s Executive Action Will Never Work

J.P. Devetori, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

On Friday, Feb. 15, President Donald Trump signed a spending bill to keep the government open but declared a national emergency. This national emergency may work in Trump’s eyes but it will not work for the future of America. I believe that President Trump can take out billions of dollars from federa...

What’s the Deal with the New ‘Period’ Emoji?

What’s the Deal with the New ‘Period’ Emoji?

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Ladies, we’re getting a period emoji! After the non-profit organization Plan International UK’s fight for an emoji symbolizing menstruation earlier this month, Unicode announced that a cartoon red blood droplet emoji used to signify “menstruation,” “blood donations,” and “medicine...

Flames of the Torch: On the University’s responsibility to allocate funds appropriately

Flames of the Torch: On the University’s responsibility to allocate funds appropriately

Torch Staff

February 6, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

This week, the new Athletics Director Mike Cragg told the Torch that he has big plans for the university’s staple: Carnesecca Arena. After 58 years of the Lou Carnesecca-dedicated arena being built, and 11 years since its last renovation, it’s safe to say Cragg’s ambition to renovate the Quee...

Is Legalizing Marijuana the Right Move for N.Y.?

Is Legalizing Marijuana the Right Move for N.Y.?

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in New York State during his inaugural speech on Jan. 1. Ending the prohibition of this substance is a welcomed change by many. However, I worry about certain consequences of this decision. The rise in DUI-re...

The Message Behind Covington Catholic Vs.The Indigenous People March

The Message Behind Covington Catholic Vs.The  Indigenous People March

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As readers and writers, we’re responsible for the stories we read and how exactly we choose to interpret them. We can either take one story as it is, without further question, or we can aim to know more. On Jan. 18, when students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky traveled to the Lincol...

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