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Jamal Khashoggi’s Death Is An Attack on Free Speech

Jamal Khashoggi’s Death Is An Attack on Free Speech

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Oct. 2, Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. As reported by The New York Times, he was drugged, killed, beheaded and dismembered, then his body was allegedly disposed of outside the consulate. No exceptions should be given to the Saudi government f...

Cultures Are Not Halloween Costumes

Cultures Are Not Halloween Costumes

Devorah Satcher, Contributing Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

With Oct. 31 approaching, I’d say it’s about that time, the time that Americans need to be reminded of what constitutes as an inappropriate Halloween costume. A costume is an outfit that is funny, expressive, imaginary or completely outlandish. Some examples of appropriate Halloween costumes are a ...

Elizabeth Warren is Another Politician Using Indigenous People

Elizabeth Warren is Another Politician Using Indigenous People

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Last week, Elizabeth Warren announced, following a DNA test, that she has a percentage of Native American ancestry. The test showed that Warren has Native American ancestry dating back 6-10 generations. The fallout of this raises a controversial understanding on the complexities of what Native Ameri...

SJU Needs To Do More About Sexual Assault

SJU Needs To Do More About Sexual Assault

Anika Seoparson, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

With Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation and the #MeToo Movement, sexual assault is a consistent topic in the news today. The dialogue for sexual assault on college campuses, however, does not seem as prevalent. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and on...

Flames of the Torch: On journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

Flames of the Torch: On journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

October 17, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

When  prominent Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who in the past criticized the reign of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, the story struck some as familiar. In a world in which secrets are power, journalists, working as ...

Letter to the Editor: From SJU’s New Athletic Director

Letter to the Editor: From SJU’s New Athletic Director

Special To The Torch

October 17, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Dear Editor,   Today is a day that I have dreamed about for a long time. It is an honor to write this letter on my first official day serving as the Director of Athletics at St. John’s University. First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire University community for ...

UFC: Ultimate Fighting Clowns

UFC: Ultimate Fighting Clowns

Michael Grullon, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Why didn't you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there. Why doesn’t anyone say anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation and family?   Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought? If you say that...

The U.S. Has Taken a Risk with Kavanaugh

The U.S. Has Taken a Risk with Kavanaugh

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It’s an honor and a privilege to become one of the nine people who make life-altering decisions on behalf of all US citizens. Therefore, nominees should be held to higher standards than the average job applicant. What does it say about the United States when two of the six male Supreme Court Jus...

Mental Health Needs to be Taught in More Than Two States

Mental Health Needs to be Taught in More Than Two States

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Within recent years, the conversation regarding mental health has only increased in volume. Individuals of all ages are actively becoming more aware of the importance of the subject. In fact, the New York State and Virginia Department of Education have set a precedent for all of the other schools in...

Mocking Women is Trump’s Hobby

Mocking Women is Trump’s Hobby

Justin Boniello, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In yet another instance of President Trump condoning sexual violence against women, he was recently seen mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a rally in Mississippi last week. The objective of the president’s “Make America Great Again” rally in...

Kavanaugh: Innocent Till Proven Guilty

Kavanaugh: Innocent Till Proven Guilty

Sara Rodia, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court has officially been approved by the Senate after a very controversial hearing regarding sexual assault. There are many people that approve or disapprove of this nomination. I personally don’t have an issue with it. Don’t get me wrong, I support wome...

Is Columbus the Best Man for a Holiday?

Is Columbus the Best Man for a Holiday?

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The Celebration of Columbus day for many in the northeastern portion of the United States is seen as a traditional holiday that celebrates the discovery of the new world in 1492, a symbol of  discovery and Italian pride. That is the short answer that is devoid of any real truth. The reality is that...

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