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How This SJU Alumna Uses Her Company To Help Women And Heal After Losing Her Son

How This SJU Alumna Uses Her Company To Help Women And Heal After Losing Her Son

Chyna Davis, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

St. John’s alumna, Graciela Lee-SooHoo, wants to get rid of the shame that comes with women’s menstrual cycles. Body positive movements are continuously evolving throughout various medias and mediums, and Lee-SooHoo’s product is supporting this cause. As CEO and founder of Simple Necessit-EASE, ...

Alumni Talk Post-Grad Opportunities for English Majors

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


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College can be a very confusing time for many students as they work to figure out what they want to pursue after graduation. Some walk amongst campus with a clear vision or even a realm of where they want to take their careers. Others may be in a major that someone told them they should take, or ...

Check this alumnus out, Aloria Cakes NYC

Check this alumnus out, Aloria Cakes NYC

Olivia Mathon, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2018


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Anastasia Cunningham is one of St. John’s very own who earned a communication arts degree in an untraditional way and went on to start a specialty business of delicious, sweet treats. Opening Aloria Cakes and Gourmet Sweets Inc. in June of 2015, Cunningham has been featured across various websites in...

Q & A: Meet Shawn McCreesh

Q & A: Meet Shawn McCreesh

Ariana Ortiz, Features and Co-News Editor

January 24, 2018


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Shawn McCreesh is a 2015 St. John’s journalism program graduate who has quickly worked his way to the coveted position of editorial assistant to Maureen Dowd at the New York Times. Throughout the past few years of his career, he has reported for publications such as Rolling Stone, Men’s Journ...

Lewis Avenue Alumni Reunion Comes with Great Memories

Lewis Avenue Alumni Reunion Comes with Great Memories

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

October 4, 2017


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The 60th Annual Lewis Avenue Reunion was held this past Sunday, Oct. 1 with a morning mass in St. Thomas Moore Church and a brunch reception in the D’Angelo Center Ballroom. Over 30 alumni from the St. John’s University Lewis Avenue location in Brooklyn attended this year’s reunion. Some alumni i...

St. John’s Raises Money for Student Scholarships Through Donor Challenge

St. John’s Raises Money for Student Scholarships Through Donor Challenge

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

May 25, 2017


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For every 50 people who donate to a recently-formed fundraising campaign through the University, a donor will give $10,000 to the school for student scholarships. The donor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, will donate $10,000 for every 50 donors, up to 500, according to Scott VanDeusen, the...

“The One”: How an SJU love story began

“The One”: How an SJU love story began

Reza Moreno and Suzanne Ciechalski

October 19, 2016


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They say that love happens unexpectedly. For St. John’s alumni Michael Cunniff and Nicole Valente, this couldn’t be more true.   The two met while attending St. John’s, but it was an encounter outside of room 125 in the D’Angelo Center in the spring of 2012 that really brought them together. Now, four years ...

University to hold mass for slain students

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

August 29, 2016


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The University last week in an email announced that it would hold mass honoring the lives of Karina Vetrano and Arshell "Trey" Dennis III, who were killed earlier this summer. A separate mass will be held for each. The email, which was a “Message from the President” lamented the deaths of Vetrano,...

Chappell Player’s first alumni banquet

Anabelle Madho, Staff Writer

May 4, 2015


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The Chappell Player’s Theater Group (CTGP) has been a big part of the St. John’s University and it entertained its community for a very long time. The group that has been impacting students since the 1930s by providing emotions throughout various productions will be honoring those notable alumni...

SJU community lost 108 alumni on Sept. 11

Shannon Luibrand, Features Editor

September 11, 2013


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On the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the Torch published a few blurbs about alumni who were killed during the terrorist attacks. St. John’s lost many alumni that day and 12 years later, the community continues to mourn their deaths and remember their lives. Here is some of what they published: James...

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