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Student Runs Ghana-based Nonprofit Organization Wekem, Supports Education for Children in the West African Country

Student Runs Ghana-based Nonprofit Organization Wekem, Supports Education for Children in the West African Country

Alana Loren Bethea, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019


Filed under Features

As the sun dipped below the horizon, the fleeting colors of orange began to fade and the congested roads of Stanbic Heights, Ghana quickly filled with African boys wiping down windshields of passing cars. Dressed in faded, slightly ripped clothing with their discolored, worn-out slippers, the ...

Mental Health Needs to be Taught in More Than Two States

Mental Health Needs to be Taught in More Than Two States

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Within recent years, the conversation regarding mental health has only increased in volume. Individuals of all ages are actively becoming more aware of the importance of the subject. In fact, the New York State and Virginia Department of Education have set a precedent for all of the other schools in...

Joining the Mission to Lead from a Classroom

Joining the Mission to Lead from a Classroom

Bryant Rodriguez, Managing Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Everyone grows up wishing to change the world. The only question is, “How?” I used to change my mind frequently when it came to career choices–police officer, architect, astronomer. But today, I know that pursuing education will allow me to make the impact I wanted. I’m a public school ki...

School of Ed Dean talks issues in education

School of Ed Dean talks issues in education

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2017


Filed under News

School choice has been at the forefront of politics for over one month, but public education is the backbone of the country, according to School of Education Dean Michael Sampson, Ph.D. The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education sparked, among other things, a contentious debate on scho...

Getting a value-centered education

Fr. Patrick Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch

October 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Whenever I gather with a large group, particularly in N.Y., and identify myself with St. John’s University, several people immediately describe themselves or a close relative as an SJU graduate. These encounters frequently make me proud of our University and the contribution which we have made to people’...

Graduate program students speak on educational experience in Cuba

Graduate program students speak on educational experience in Cuba

Talia Tirella, Co-Editor-In-Chief

April 15, 2015


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Over spring break, a group of students in the International Communication graduate program traveled to Havana, Cuba. The trip was headed by Dr. Basilio Monteiro. While there, the five students from Monteiro’s International Public Diplomacy course experienced Cuba’s culture and way of life. Students...

NYS Education Commissioner presents lecture on education reform

NYS Education Commissioner presents lecture on education reform

Jarrod Jenkins, Assistant News Editor

April 10, 2013


Filed under News, Off campus

Dr. John B King, the New York State education commissioner, presented a lecture for the following year’s K-12 education reform on the University School of educations annual Carol Gresser Forum on April 8. The Forum was established by the University in 1998. It aims to discuss and amend contemporary m...

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