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Flames of the Torch

Flames of the Torch

September 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

St. John’s recently partnered with the Callisto Project, an online reporting system for victims of sexual assault. SJU is one of 13 schools to participate in the program, and it’s another sign that while some schools are focused on sweeping sexual assault under the rug, St. John’s is taking the...

Millennial Think

Millennial Think

Steven Verdile, Design Editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

There’s nothing more satisfying than checking your latest post to see the likes climbing up and the comments rolling in. Retweets and shares are valued so highly that businesses trade them like stocks, and follower counts are the quickest way to elevate someone’s social status. We can all agree t...

Pet Pyves

Pet Pyves

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Recently, I had a class where my professor banned laptops because they said people process information better through handwriting. While research published in “Psychological Science,” a medical journal, shows that handwriting notes is better for learning, I want to make a case for why that does...

Express Buses: Is spending $6.50 worth it?

Express Buses: Is spending $6.50 worth it?

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

September 20, 2017


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Imagine a bus that could take you from SJU to Midtown Manhattan in less than 35 minutes; a bus that makes less than five stops in Queens once you board at the Union Turnpike/168 Street bus stop, before proceeding straight to Midtown; a bus with comfortable seating, charging ports and a smooth ride to your...

Vincentian View: Remembering Founder’s Week

Vincentian View: Remembering Founder’s Week

Fr. Patrick Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch

September 20, 2017


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I imagine that early in the morning of Sept. 27, 1660, the bells of Paris began to toll. They probably began at St. Laurent, then perhaps St. Nicholas des Champs and St. Gervais; Notre Dame and Sainte Chappelle would pick up the sound and it would cross the Seine to St. Severin and St. Sulpice.   ...

Vincentian View: The Final Act of Love

Vincentian View: The Final Act of Love

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Special to the Torch

September 13, 2017


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The book which was chosen for the 2017 Freshman Read was “Why Forgive?” by Johann Christoph Arnold. The text offers dozens of true short stories about forgiveness which highlight its many incarnations as forgiveness of others, of self, and of seeking forgiveness. The book is short, but it can...

DACA Repeal: Unpatriotic, Anti-life and Non-Christian

DACA Repeal: Unpatriotic, Anti-life and Non-Christian

Angel Vera, Staff Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On Tuesday Sept. 5th, one of the legacies that former president Barack Obama left behind was dissolved by the Trump Administration. It was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would end with a six month hiatus. This executive order iss...

Flames of the Torch

Flames of the Torch

September 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On Monday, Sept. 11, we commemorated the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Each year on this day, we are reminded of how unimaginable evil practically brought our nation to its knees — but we are also reminded of how exceptional strength brought us to...

Junior Year: The Make or Break Year

Junior Year: The Make or Break Year

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Junior year is terrifying as a high school student. As a college student, the terror is still present. It brings about life decisions and a significant amount of self-reflection. Although, as a college student it is just as rewarding as it may be terrifying. Some SJU juniors tend to finish most of th...

Millennial Think

Millennial Think

Steven Verdile, Design Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

There’s nothing scarier than a phone battery at one percent. Cell phones are such an essential part of our lives that we feel naked without them, always in a chaotic frenzy to find an outlet and restore ourselves to a more comfortable state. This dependency can easily develop into an unhealthy addict...

PET PYVES: Pros and Cons of the “Spirit Rock”

PET PYVES: Pros and Cons of the “Spirit Rock”

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I don’t particularly want to criticize the “Spirit Rock” now outside of the D’Angelo Center (DAC) because everyone involved probably had good intentions. But truthfully, it highlights long standing problems at St. John’s. For a university connected to historic appropriation of Indigenous culture...

Flames of the Torch 4/26/17

Flames of the Torch 4/26/17

Torch Staff

April 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With dreams of summer almost upon us, finals are the last and most challenging things standing in the way of our glorious three month break from school. Every semester, the rigorous tests, projects and papers can seem overwhelming. Balancing all the assignments with the rest of the end of the year activities,...

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