The Torch

Vincentian View: The True Power of Gentleness

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M.

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Do you remember Aesop’s fable about the contest between the sun and the wind?  They were arguing about who was stronger. They saw a man walking along the road and agreed that whoever could get the coat off his back was strongest.  The wind blew hard and long and cold, but this did not move the coat ...

Eating Disorders Aren’t Exclusive to Skinny Girls

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


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Let’s get real about the discussion of eating disorders and the stigma against who can and can’t develop one. People who are obese and overweight CAN get eating disorders. The reason I know that is because I, an overweight and obese person, have suffered from an eating disorder since I was 12. Th...

“Call Me by Your Name” Isn’t Helping LGBT Relationships

Ariana Ortiz, Features Editor

March 14, 2018


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Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” is a visually rich movie about a fraught, delicate romance between two men. The film unfolds in the northern Italian countryside throughout the summer of 1983, and has garnered many awards, including three Oscars, as well as mainstream praise. That i...

Flames of the Torch: In response to #BoycottTheTorch

Flames of the Torch: In response to #BoycottTheTorch

Torch Editorial Board

February 14, 2018


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Within hours of the Torch being distributed last Wednesday, several student organizations posted a statement to Instagram announcing a boycott of the Torch in response to our front page story. The story, entitled “Call For Action: Gempesaw to Meet With Students Thursday” covered the demonstration that ...

Family: Where Do We Go From Here?

Morgan Mullings, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2018


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The impromptu demonstration on Feb. 1 was the first time I have felt like I was part of the black community at St. John’s. What happened to the victims of racial harassment, and what happens to black and brown students on this campus every day, also happens to me, a black woman. I felt compel...

Millenial Think: The Dangers of Dating Online

Steven Verdile, Design Editor

February 14, 2018


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Swipe left, swipe right, swipe left, swipe left, double tap, swipe left, swipe right, swipe left… it sounds like the cheat code to a 90s video game. In actuality, the repetitive finger gesture might just lead you to your future valentine. College students across the country have been using mobile datin...

Vincentian View: The Many Marked Women and Men

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M.

February 14, 2018


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For the past few years, I have celebrated the 8:00 a.m. mass on Wednesdays in St. Thomas More Church which is here on the Queens campus of SJU. It is one of my ordinary responsibilities. Usually, I am joined by 25-30 regular members of the University community. Wednesday of this week is, of course, ...

Flames of the Torch: It’s time for Gempesaw to listen

Flames of the Torch: It’s time for Gempesaw to listen

Torch Editorial Board

February 8, 2018


Filed under Opinion

This week President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw will do what is arguably the most important thing he’s tackled since arriving at St. John’s. On Thursday students will be given the opportunity to meet with him at Taffner Field House to air their concerns regarding race relations on campus directl...

Black History Month Should Matter to You

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


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After word broke out about an SJU student deliberately harassing and stalking two other students of color, there was certainly a need for a conversation. Often I hear people saying, “Why is Black History Month important? Does it accomplish anything?” But Black History Month is more than just remembe...

Stop Endorsing Kim K’s Cultural Appropriation

Madelyn Starks, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Last week, Kim Kardashian posted a snapchat to show off her new braided hairstyle. In the snapchat, she referred to the braids as “Bo Derek Braids,” in reference to Bo Derek’s beach hairstyle in the movie, “10.” It’s understandable if Kim got her inspiration from Derek for the hairstyle...

Going Against Your Parent’s Dreams

Janan Razzaq-Premdas, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


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There is a long history of students being forced into majors and careers because of their parents. Parents see it as a way for their children to succeed and get somewhere in life. However, this is not a decision for parents to make. Growing up, I always said that I wanted to be a doctor and my pa...

Milennial Think: Alternate Internet Egos

Steven Verdile, Design Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The internet exists almost as its own separate world. It seems like an independent society, a group of people and interactions that don’t ever overlap with our daily in-person activities. This fake sense of separation gives individuals a feeling that on the internet, they can be someone differ...

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