The Torch

Is Lavin the right graduation speaker? Yes: Hammer to rock!

Mark McDonald, Managing Editor, Emeritus

April 18, 2012


Filed under Opinion

A great deal of concern has come out from the Class of 2012 in regards to the decision for Steve Lavin to give this year’s commencement address. Last year, it was the decision not to call names that drove students into a fervor. No matter what the decision, not everyone will be happy when the number...

The Gotham Beat: City not doing enough for homeless vets

Katie Morgan, Online Editor, Emeritus

April 18, 2012


Filed under Opinion

On any given night in New York City, there are an average of 2,500 veterans sleeping on the street. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs reported that the city’s homeless veterans are mostly male, and the majority of them hail from the nation’s urban centers. As operations in Iraq and Afghanistan...

Jack and Jill: Unattended cell phones: are they off limits?

April 18, 2012


Filed under Opinion

At least once in every relationship, a man is faced with an ethical dilemma. You get up to use the bathroom and accidentally leave your phone behind on the couch. I know you’re probably going to be in there for a while anyway, so I need something to pass the time. There are two thoughts that...

Oh the places you’ll see when house-hunting

Nicole Valente, Managing Editor

April 18, 2012


Filed under Off campus, Opinion

About three of my days this week were spent frantically scouring Craigslist, calling landlords and scheduling appointments around four different schedules – all in order to find a place to live next year. I’ve lived in St. John’s housing for the last three years. There are many different reasons...

Confessions of a frustrated Sox fan

Mike Cunniff, Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2012


Filed under Off campus, Opinion, Sports

As a sports fan, I usually love the month of April.Between the NHL and NBA playoffs starting, the NFL schedule being released and baseball season starting, it’s a unique crossroads of the major sports. But this April is a little different. See, I’m from Massachusetts. We’re accustomed to...

Letter to the Editor

April 11, 2012


Filed under Opinion

To the editors of the Torch: In May 1996, the administration of St. John’s authorized a Task Force to conduct a University-wide study into the need and plausibility of establishing a daycare facility on campus. However, as evinced by the clear lack of any St. John’s-run or sponsored child care...

Jack & Jill – Meeting the parents: should you stress about it?

April 11, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Jack I’m not worried about meeting your parents. I know that it’s a big occasion in our relationship – one that confirms that, yes, this is more than just a fling. I know that their approval of me will make things between us run much more smoothly. And I know that if things go wrong, you’...

The Wild Wild Tech: Google’s glass is half-full with new ‘Project’

Mark McDonald, Managing Editor, Emeritus

April 11, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Last week, Google made headlines across the Internet for its new endeavor, Project Glass. Project Glass is Google’s attempt at augmented reality, a pair of “glasses” that acts as a sort of heads up display for everything from text messages to whatever other content Google can find a way to provide. Project...

The Gotham Beat: Occupy 2.0 will succeed only if organized

Katie Morgan, Online Editor, Emeritus

April 11, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Baseball season is officially underway, but in New York City, a new type of Spring Training has just begun. Over the weekend, over 100 people gathered in Zuccotti Park, just a few blocks from Wall Street, to prepare for the anticipated resurgence of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Those gathered...

From the Editor-in-Chief

Michael E. Cunniff, Editor-in-Chief

April 11, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Three weeks ago, our Editor-in-Chief (now Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus), Bill San Antonio published his weekly column about a high school classmate of his who died in a car accident. The column, which ran with the headline “A statistic I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” implied that the person...

Flames of the Torch: A note from the new board

April 11, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Changes in leadership, no matter the organization, always promise bold, idealistic declarations of the new and innovative changes that are to be made. We at the Torch are no different. The new editorial board, full of fresh faces, has lofty goals as to how to expand upon the work our predecessors have...

SGI Elections: Just Another Popularity Contest

Nicole Valente, General Manager

March 21, 2012


Filed under Opinion

It is election season around St. John’s again. The remainder of this week will have 15 students running around campus with posters and flyers trying to convince the student body that they know what’s best for the student body. They yell out acronyms that mean absolutely nothing, dress in the same...

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