The Torch

Michael E. Cunniff
I'm Mike Cunniff, a junior journalism major and the sports editor here at the Torch.

When I was a little kid, I decided I wanted to be a sports announcer when I grew up. I used to turn down the volume while my beloved Patriots played and do my best Greg Gumbel impression as Drew Bledsoe fired pass after pass into the waiting arms of opposing cornerbacks.

That was my dream until I was about 14, when I realized that I had neither the dapper looks or silky baritone voice to warrant plastering my face all over television (and billboards, and magazine covers. Dare to dream, right?). I realized, when I wasn't plagiarizing Sparknotes when writing English essays (kidding, mostly) that I actually enjoyed writing, and decided that writing about sports suited me better than talking about them.

My favorite sports to watch/cover are basketball and soccer. I actually used to be a halfway decent shooting guard back in the day, before I did my knee in the offseason before senior year. I still love all four Boston teams (the Revs don't count), as well as Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League (I talk about them too much). I'm probably better than you at FIFA 12.

Outside of sports and journalism, I like The Office, Bagels 'N' Cream, road trips and karaoke.


I like to joke with Mike that he’d react the same way to the Zombie apocalypse as he would in covering a major news break on campus — which is to say he wouldn’t really react in any particular way at all. Nothing seems to phase him. Anything — ANYTHING — could happen on campus, and I am confident that Mike would lead the Torch in the best possible reportage for that story. He has already demonstrated that ability in his superb coverage of the Sports section, and I know that ability would translate in a much larger role next year.
-Bill San Antonio
Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus

Michael E. Cunniff, Editor-in-Chief

May 08, 2013
Successor Must Restore Faith (Story)
May 01, 2013
Harrington’s Actions Show Lack of Caring (Story)
Apr 24, 2013
Ortiz and Sox: A Source of Healing (Story)
Apr 24, 2013
Seniors Go the Distance for Autism (Story)
Apr 10, 2013
Decision to Sell Man. Campus – Penny Wise, Pound Foolish (Story)
Mar 20, 2013
Campus sale contradicts University Mission (Story)
Feb 20, 2013
SGI Prez says LGBTQ Org ‘Possible,’ then Recants (Story)
Jan 30, 2013
Young Johnnies Evoking Memories of 2011 (Story)
Jan 30, 2013
Harrison Shakes Off Pesky Pirates (Story)
Dec 07, 2012
Tragedy rekindles safety discussion (Story)
Nov 07, 2012
Voters validate Obama’s vision (Story)
Oct 24, 2012
Letter from the editor (Story)
Oct 17, 2012
Obama Controls Hofstra Debate (Story)
Oct 03, 2012
Self-esteem project brought to campus (Story)
Oct 03, 2012
Cunniff’s Corner: In search of a 2012 Richard Nixon (Story)
Sep 28, 2012
Romney’s Comments Reveal Much (Story)
Sep 12, 2012
A jarring confession (Story)
Aug 29, 2012
Women’s Soccer Bested By Stony Brook (Story)
Aug 29, 2012
Toughness Key to Johnnies’ Success (Story)
Aug 29, 2012
Lavin Talks New Season (Story)
Aug 29, 2012
Carnesecca to Attend ‘Dribble’ (Story)
Aug 29, 2012
Cunniff’s Corner: Media must put facts before all else (Story)
Apr 11, 2012
From the Editor-in-Chief (Story)
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Michael E. Cunniff