The Torch

Michael Cohen Raid Pushes Trump Witch-Hunt

Derek Klingel, Contributing Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Monday, April 9, Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen had his law firm office and his hotel room searched by the FBI. Many news organizations are reporting that the main reason for this raid was to find documents regarding payments Cohen made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels bef...

Female Rappers Hurt the Feminist Movement

Rasheeda Campbell, Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Female rappers such as Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Azealia Banks and Remy Ma talking about how other women do not compare to them does not fit into the feminist idea of women uplifting other women.   These rappers are role models to many young women; especially those who want to pursue being rappers th...

Flames of the Torch: Introducing the 96th Editorial Board’s Goals

Flames of the Torch: Introducing the 96th Editorial Board’s Goals

Torch Staff

April 18, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Last week the Torch elected its 96th editorial board. As we reflect on our last e-board’s accomplishments in terms of the overall coverage of the St. John’s University community, we wish to continue to bring our readers the news that they care about and, more importantly, the news that they need to know...

Flames of the Torch: on selecting commencement speakers of more diverse backgrounds

Flames of the Torch: on selecting commencement speakers of more diverse backgrounds

Torch Staff

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Last week, St. John’s Law School announced that this year’s commencement speaker will be former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Not only is this exciting, as Bharara has been an influential figure in the landscape of the U.S. government, but it is also a step in a promising direction, following the lead o...

Exclusive Activism: Is #MarchForOurLives for Minorities?

Kennisa L. Ragland, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A thematically important question in a Liberation Theology course I took was in the form of a phrase: "for whom?" It possesses meaningful and directive implications. That being said, I'd like to attach it to the end of an issue, one that has, especially in recent years, been a hot topic for the United...

March For Our Lives… Now What?

March For Our Lives… Now What?

Alexia V. Carvajalino, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Saturday, March 24, hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, parents and survivors crowded the streets nationwide with the intent to demonstrate that gun control measures need to be increased in the United States. With more than 800 sister marches spanned across six continents around the wo...

Accepted Students: Don’t Judge St. John’s Yet

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I was not excited to start college. I was unsure of the career path I wanted to pursue, I was pessimistic about commuting, and I was unsure what to expect. I am proud to report that in my first two years, I have had an exceptionally positive experience at St. John’s University for a plethora of (o...

Flames of the Torch: SGI e-board candidates need to challenge the status quo

Flames of the Torch: SGI e-board candidates need to challenge the status quo

Torch Staff

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Election season is now upon us. With new e-boards emerging to serve for the 2018-2019 academic year that will undoubtedly impact the climate on campus — and further guide where it’s going — this is one of the most important times, if not the most important, in the year. One of the most signif...

Women’s History Month: The Man’s Role as a Feminist

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I recently saw a vintage Superman comic that was edited in order to get an important point across. Superman was pictured conversing with a female reporter. Superman’s speech bubble read, “So what is my role as a man in feminism?” and the reporter responded, “Simply put, your role is to listen to ...

Flames of the Torch: On the power of student activism

Flames of the Torch: On the power of student activism

Torch Staff

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

orcIn the aftermath of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students have taken the lead on gun violence awareness. Seventeen students and faculty were killed that day, with several more injured. In the weeks since, students from MSD, and others across the nation, have stood u...

Wakanda Forever: The “Black Panther” Effect

Dewayne Goforth, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Over the weekend Black Panther crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, smashing countless box office records and cultural milestones along the way. Though it’s impact on the big screen can clearly be seen through the numbers it continues to produce, what cannot easily be seen is its cultural significance, s...

Millennial Think: The Oscars Are Still Valid

Steven Verdile, Design Editor

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

During 2015 and 2016 Academy Award season, two nominee ballots consisting almost exclusively of straight white males led the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to spread like wildfire on social media. In 2017, the Academy made efforts to diversify the voter group, and it led to success for the films “Moonlight,” ...

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