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Flames of the Torch: We Need Media Literacy

Flames of the Torch: We Need Media Literacy

Torch Staff

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In this ever-changing world of media, it’s become increasingly easier to get caught up in headlines without reading into a story, or to simply be blindsided by “fake news.” Social media has made it easier than ever to consume news — which means it’s more important than ever to focus on media lit...

#TimesUp & #MeToo: What Happens Now?

Arturo Enamorado, Contributing Writer

January 31, 2018


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On Jan. 24, Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison after decades of sexual assault on American female Olympians. Though this and the ground breaking speech by Oprah Winfrey at the golden globes are in some ways measures of success to the #MeToo and #Timesup movements, this is certain...

When Your Professor Isn’t on Your Side

Morgan Mullings, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2018


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As a student who came from a very challenging college prep school, I know the importance of testing your knowledge. We all should know, since most of us took a standardized test before coming to a university. And whether you are a bad test-taker or you’re awful at essays, you came to school to learn. No...

The Truth About Going “Offline”

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

January 31, 2018


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One of the first things I learned in advertising class about digital media is that there are three reasons people use the internet: to find information, to be entertained and to stay connected. From LinkedIn to Snapchat, there is an abundance of different media to fulfill each social need. However, desp...

A Vincentian View: “I feel your pain”

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M.

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We have just completed the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Vincentian charism. January 25, 1617 was the day on which Vincent de Paul preached what he considered to be the first sermon of the mission. For the past year, in various ways, we have remembered and valued his insight and guidanc...

Study Abroad Needs a Latin America Option

Study Abroad Needs a Latin America Option

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

January 24, 2018


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Just under 50 percent of St. John’s University undergraduate students study abroad during their time at the University. Compared to the national average of 10 percent, St. John’s truly seems to advocate for students to partake in study abroad programs. Being a global university is part of St. John...

H&M Scandal: A Racist Children’s Hoodie

Raven Haynes, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


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For centuries black people haven’t been seen a people, they’ve been seen as property, tools or animals. Sadly, this is still happening today. When the Swedish fashion retailer H&M had a 5-year-old black Swedish boy named Liam Mango modelling a hoodie with “coolest monkey in the jungle” on the ...

Injunction Protecting DACA is a Testament to Power and Responsibility

Kennisa Ragland, Contributing Writer

January 24, 2018


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No person or institution is all-powerful in America. And neither is one person or institution held exclusively responsible for what takes place in this country. These actualities are visible upon examining not only the state of DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – but also the history of Ame...

Milennial Think: The Cryptocurrency Craze

Steven Verdile, Design Editor

January 24, 2018


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In a time when everything from media to education is shifting to digital platforms, it makes sense that digital currency is headlining daily news.  You’ve probably seen stories about bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, exponentially shooting up in value, making its earliest investors rich in ...

A Vincentian View: “Out of Africa”

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM

January 24, 2018


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I saw the movie “Out of Africa” some thirty years ago. It starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and was based on a journal by the Danish author Karen Blixen. At its publication, the popular book was supposed to help “demystify” Africa for a European population. I am less interested in the movi...

FLAMES: SGI Must Represent the Student Body

FLAMES: SGI Must Represent the Student Body

December 6, 2017


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This week, Students of Consciousness told the Torch they believe student government leaders need to be more in touch with students’ needs in order to represent them better. We couldn’t agree more. SGI is one of the most important organizations on campus; they are charged with representing students, ...

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