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Trump’s Temper Tantrums Threaten Trade

Trump’s Temper Tantrums Threaten Trade

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The recent economic tirades by Donald Trump on China are a part of a long list of temper tantrums the President has had regarding the growing Eastern superpower. Starting September 24, the United States will impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion Chinese goods before raising the tariff to 25 percen...

The Spark That Lit the Match

The Spark That Lit the Match

Arturo Humberto Enamorado III, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


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This past U.S. Open Women’s Final match ended with an upset, however not the one it should have been. The match between the legendary Serena Williams and newcomer Naomi Osaka, one that should have been seen as a possible passing of the torch from one generation of strong Black female athletes to anothe...

The Dreaded U Word in Internships

The Dreaded U Word in Internships

Natalie Borukhov, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In today’s competitive job market, many students choose to spend their summer and free time working toward their future career. A lot of times, the money that students receive from these internships are spent on textbooks, supplies and personal expenses. But what happens when internships are unpaid? Th...

Unpacking the Values of Life

Unpacking the Values of Life

Angela Abbatiello, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It was the beginning of April break. I randomly decided to browse for  plane tickets for a flight to Italy. However, the fact that I still work at an insurance firm did not stop me. I was faced with a dilemma. When should I tell my boss that I will be leaving - not just temporarily- but perma...

Just Do It… or Just Don’t

Just Do It… or Just Don’t

Rasheeda Campbell, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


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Nike’s class act slogan, “Just Do It,” gained a new meaning when the footwear giant decided to team up with the polarizing Colin Kaepernick. In my eyes, it’s best move Nike could’ve made, although some others can’t say the same.   I completely support Nike and Kaepernick. Alth...

Is Our Campus Truly Accessible for Everyone?

Is Our Campus Truly Accessible for Everyone?

Elizabeth Flint, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2018


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As I start my senior year, I have been reflecting on my experience attending St. John’s as a student with a physical disability. Academically, St. John’s is wonderful,and allows students multiple opportunities to succeed. I have also had the opportunity to meet wonderful professors and s...

Flames of the Torch: New Year, New Opportunities

Flames of the Torch: New Year, New Opportunities

Torch Staff

September 20, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

The start of a new school year is synonymous with new beginnings, and that is especially true for us at The Torch and St. John’s as a whole. As we all settle into the routine of balancing a busy schedule packed with class, work and extracurriculars, we’d like to recap the newest changes on campus th...

Letter to the Editor: Students Are the Key to Gun Reform

Letter to the Editor: Students Are the Key to Gun Reform

Melvin A. Benarde Ph.D., Special to the Torch

April 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:   As a retired academic I wholeheartedly support the nascent #NeverAgain Movement! I’m an old guy, but still ready for a good fight. These mass killings must stop. What’s needed now is a ban on military-style weapons, AR 15s and AK 47s along with high capacity magazines; denying ...

Trump and the Syria Airstrikes, Explained

Trump and the Syria Airstrikes, Explained

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

April 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On April 14, President Trump tweeted about how a “perfectly executed strike” occurred the night before in Syria. This strike was done in response to a chemical attack that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad committed against his citizens earlier. Done in collaboration with the United Kingdom and France, the 10...

Modern Day Slavery in Libya Needs Attention

Modern Day Slavery in Libya Needs Attention

Ajifanta Marenah, Contributing Writer

April 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Thursday, as we were wrapping up class, I asked my professor what his thoughts are on the trafficking of human beings in Libya. To my disappointment, the professor responded that he can not comment because he was not aware of the situation. I looked around the room to see if anyone else was shocked or re...

Flames of the Torch: #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Flames of the Torch: #SaveStudentNewsrooms

April 25, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Today, student newspapers across the country will stand in unity to promote the importance of independent student-run media on college campuses. In light of an emerging national distrust in the media, now more than ever is the time to protect the voice given to college students through these publ...

Syrian Airstrikes, A Mistake

Ariana Ortiz, Features Editor Emeritus

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In President George W. Bush’s speech preceding the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq, he told Americans that “the danger is clear,” and “the United States and our allies are authorized to use force in ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction.” He also invoked the horrors inflicted on the...

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