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Flames of the Torch: Be the change you want to see – Vote

Flames of the Torch: Be the change you want to see – Vote

Torch Staff

November 7, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Americans were given the opportunity to change the way that their country is governed. This year’s Midterm Elections were crucial, as key issues such as the funding of Planned Parenthood and immigration restrictions were at stake. The results of Tuesday’s elections decides how the count...

Did Hate Speech Fuel Pittsburgh Massacre? No.

Did Hate Speech Fuel Pittsburgh Massacre? No.

Natalie Borukhov, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Oct. 27 — which is now known as the deadliest attack on the Jewish population in United States history — President Donald Trump came to visit the mourning town on Tuesday. Many accused President Trump’s hateful rhetoric that fueled the anti-Semi...

The Chaos of Trump

The Chaos of Trump

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A border wall, several staff changes, an admission of hush money given to pornstars, Russian election meddling, fake news, the separation of families at the border and a tiresome amount of protesting. This only scratches the surface with all that has happened during President Donald Trump’s administr...

The “Unfiltered” Politician that Won Over Brazil

The “Unfiltered” Politician that Won Over Brazil

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


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It would have been inadequate to open this article with an inflammatory Jair Bolsonaro quote. There are too many aimed in several directions. Whether it’s his self-proclaimed homophobic pride or his assertion that some women are simply not worth raping because they are too ugly, the newly elected pre...

There Is No Room for Threats in Politics

There Is No Room for Threats in Politics

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The end of October proved to be very hectic when it came to politics. Several homemade pipe-bombs were sent to various, prominent members of the Democratic Party. The targeted victims included former Vice President Joe Biden and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.It wasn’t just the me...

Flames of the Torch: On the importance of transgender rights

Flames of the Torch: On the importance of transgender rights

The Torch Staff

October 24, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

This week, the Trump administration announced that they are “seriously considering changing” the government’s official definition of gender to one’s biological sex determined at birth. Under this new definition, the recognition of transgender individuals under the law would be jeopardized if...

Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch: Kanye West Meets Trump

Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch: Kanye West Meets Trump

Rasheeda Campbell, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Warning: the following content will most likely be “Saturday Night Live” approved and Kanye West disapproved. It seems as though the once influential rapper Kanye West has been “team Donald Trump” ever since Trump wanted to run for president. I’m not criticizing West for being a republica...

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 ...

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