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Flames of the Torch: Breaking the Silence

Flames of the Torch: Breaking the Silence

The Torch Staff

October 3, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Activism against sexual violence and sexual assault is perhaps in its greatest era of necessity. One of the nominees for the highest court in the United States, Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is currently under investigation by the FBI and facing a trial of public opinion for allegatio...

The Highs and the Lows of Latinx Heritage Month at SJU

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Latinx Heritage Month is a special time for many members of the Latinx community, which lasts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.   It includes not just Spanish speakers, but all Latin Americans. Its start date is significant because that was when the five republics of Central America declared their independ...

St. John’s Held Onto My Heart and Didn’t Let Go

St. John’s Held Onto My Heart and Didn’t Let Go

Ariel Shomo, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

St. John’s University has been my dream college ever since I was in middle school. I had no real reason to attend the university besides the campus being beautiful and near Manhattan. When it was time for me to graduate high school things didn’t go as planned. Like most high school students, ...

#WhyIDidntReport is More Important than Trump’s Word

#WhyIDidntReport is More Important than Trump’s Word

Eduardo Alfonzo, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Of all the things that President Donald Trump has said during the first two years of his presidency, the most baffling statement that he has said was in regards to Dr. Christine Ford’s sexual abuse claims against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Five days prior to the hearing, Trump tweete...

Living on campus makes your college years that much sweet

Living on campus makes your college years that much sweet

Nelly Ghansah, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Your college years are quite an exciting time! However, there are several decisions to make before starting college. One of the biggest decision to make concerns your living situation. Whether you are an incoming college student attempting to make a decision, or a current student looking to make a ...

Alta Gracia Stands Out As Fair Trade Brand in SJU’s Bookstore

Alta Gracia Stands Out  As Fair Trade Brand in SJU’s Bookstore

Professor Sean Murray, Special To The Torch

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Amidst the red sea of St. John’s apparel filling up our bookstore, there’s one brand that stands apart: Alta Gracia. Based in the Dominican Republic, Alta Gracia is the only apparel company in the developing world that is independently certified in paying a living wage. This living wage, or “s...

Flames of the Torch: The Torch’s Stance on Reporting, ICE and Columbus Day

Flames of the Torch: The Torch’s Stance on Reporting, ICE and Columbus Day

The Torch Staff

September 26, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Every school year, the Torch sends out reporters and photographers to cover breaking news and planned events organized by St. John’s University’s students, administration, faculty and alumni. This can range from but is not limited to talks, presentations, performances and protests. When it...

Letter to the Editor: Why Ice on Campus Resonates

Letter to the Editor: Why Ice on Campus Resonates

Professor David Farley, Special to the Torch

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I am writing in response to the University’s recent decision to invite Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to table at the St John’s Career Fair, an invitation that was maintained despite student and faculty objections and demonstrations. Although I am glad to hear that ICE has decided not t...

St. John’s Is Skating on Thin ICE

St. John’s Is Skating on Thin ICE

Beatriz da Costa, Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Following the 2016 Presidential election of Donald Trump, the St. John’s Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources released a statement that displayed the school’s support for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) and any undocumented students that ...

The United States of Abuse

The United States of Abuse

Torch Staff

September 26, 2018


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United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 14. “(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries’ asylum from persecution. Human beings have the right to move freely within borders, especially when their lives are threatened.” The United States, under the T...

The Unfair Attack on Julie Chen

The Unfair Attack on Julie Chen

Alexandra Fitzpatrick, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2018


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With the rise of the #MeToo movement, stories about men in power harassing and abusing women have been pouring out one after the other. One of the more recent examples are the accusations against former CBS CEO and chairman, Leslie Moonves. In public, Moonves appeared to be in favor of the #MeToo ...

Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Should Never Have Happened

Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Should Never Have Happened

Eduardo Alfonzo, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement earlier this year, President Trump immediately nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat. “There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving,” Trump said about his nomination. There’s ju...

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