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University Sponsors Fair Trade Conference

Rakesh Singh, Staff Writer

May 1, 2019

Fair Trade is a movement to ensure that the farmers and workers of the world are paid fairly and are provided with safe, humane working conditions. This movement is global, and it is one that has garnered a lot of traction in recent years, especially at St. John’s  University. Fair Trade Campaigns is an ...

St. John’s becomes fair trade designated

St. John’s becomes fair trade designated

Rakesh Singh, Staff Writer

March 22, 2017

After three years of working toward Fair Trade designation, the St. John’s for Fair Trade Committee has met its goal as of Tuesday, March 14. Working alongside Fair Trade Campaigns, a non-profit organization that designates universities, towns, congregations and schools, the committee has pushed the Un...

Fair Trade Food Guide

Fair Trade Food Guide

Alexia Dolamakian, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017

St. John’s for fair trade is working to bring more fair trade products to campus outlets. The fair trade committee on campus, which consists of students, administration and professors, is advocating for more education about marginalized workers and farmers who deserve a better life. They create the ...

SJU Fair Trade Comittee talks future goals

SJU Fair Trade Comittee talks future goals

Rakesh Singh, Staff Writer

February 22, 2017

In the spring semester of 2014, the St. John’s for Fair Trade Committee was founded and has maintained efforts to make St. John’s University a Fair Trade-designated University by working with Fair Trade Campaigns, a non-profit organization. Fair Trade is defined as trade which gives fair prices to manufa...

Solidarity Festival encourages reflection on worker justice

Solidarity Festival encourages reflection on worker justice

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

April 20, 2016

Last Saturday marked the first ever Solidarity Festival at St. John’s University, coordinated by Dr. Meghan Clark, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The event brought together students, faculty and various organizations from within New York state who ...

Flames of the Torch

April 20, 2016

This past Saturday, the University hosted its first ever Solidarity Festival. The event was held both on the Great Lawn in front of St. Thomas More Church, and inside the church. The event aimed to bring students, faculty and organizations together to learn about social justice. You can read the news...

Dukale’s Dream screening and Q&A with director Josh Rothstein

Dukale’s Dream screening and Q&A with director Josh Rothstein

Elijah Angulo, Contributing Writer

April 14, 2016

Director Josh Rothstein hosted the screening of his documentary, Dukale's Dream, on Monday afternoon in the D'Angelo Center.

Behind the importance of fair trade coffee

Cheyanne Gonzales, General Manager Emeritus

April 13, 2016

Go back five years ago, where the topic of fair trade was not as prominent as it is today. Go back 10 years ago and the topic of fair trade was barely even mentioned in schools across the U.S. Today, schools all over the country are addressing the topic of fair trade, but it’s only the beginning. On...

St. John’s for Fair Trade to host screening of Dukale’s Dream

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

April 10, 2016

St. John’s for Fair Trade will be hosting a screening of "Dukale’s Dream" and a Q&A with the documentary’s director, Josh Rothstein, on Monday, April 11 during common hour. The event will be held in the D’Angelo Center in room 406. “Through this event, we hope to raise awareness about...

Wake up and smell the (ethical) Coffee

Jeremy Ashton, Staff Writer

November 4, 2015

What if you could change the world simply by buying a cup of coffee? Standing in front of DAC on a humid Tuesday afternoon, I asked students what I should do to try and end poverty. Some suggested I stage an event or protest, others thought I should donate my time or money to a charity and others...

World Food Day event informs students

Ceciliana Sturman, Contributing Writer

October 24, 2014

The Food and Agriculture Organization has celebrated World Food Day every year on Oct.16 since its commemoration in 1945. This year, on Oct.16, Dr. Barrett Brenton’s medical anthropology class opened the door for St. John’s students to come and learn what World Food Day is all about. “How many of you have...

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