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Amazon Moves to Queens

Amazon Moves to Queens

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

December 7, 2018


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A few weeks ago, Amazon announced that it had selected New York City and Northern Virginia as the winners of the HQ2, or, Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. Their plan included a small hub in Nashville. The New York City site will be in Long Island City, a residential and commercial ne...

Econ Professor Reflects on 2018 Congress Bid

Econ Professor Reflects on 2018 Congress Bid

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

December 7, 2018


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Prior to Election Day, I reached out to Anthony Pappas, an economics professor running for Congress, in hopes for an interview — I never heard back. But last week I received a handwritten letter addressed to the  Torch office, it was from Pappas and he was ready to talk. Despite only seeing a...

The Torch Has a Chat with Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian

The Torch Has a Chat with Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Chief Copy Editor

December 7, 2018


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In her small office on the fourth floor of St. John Hall, there is not nearly enough room for all of the books, newspaper clippings and sheets of paper that she has in her possession. Shelves are so full that books no longer fit in a vertical fashion — they must be inserted horizontally on the shelves on ...

“Sending Her Essentials” Across New York

“Sending Her Essentials” Across New York

Sara Rodia, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


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The second annual Pitch Johnny competition was held on Saturday, Nov. 10 and the two winners are Magdelene Barjolo, a junior majoring in health and human Services and Alexandria Ligon, a junior majoring in psychology, with their idea “Sending Her Essentials” (SHE). The competition featured 22...

Student Org Advocates for Animal Rights

Student Org Advocates for Animal Rights

Dayra Santana, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


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Bulletin boards across the St. John’s University campus are always cluttered with flyers advertising different events or opportunities, but if you look closely enough you can find fliers for bake sales, lectures and documentary screenings with the added bonus of vegan food being served. These bel...

Meet ‘Boss’ Resident Assistant: Dionté Williams

Meet ‘Boss’ Resident Assistant: Dionté Williams

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


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For many student leaders, there is a constant struggle of having to balance their campus responsibilities and their lives outside of school. However, one couldn’t use the term “boss” without mastering the art of balance. Dionté Williams, known for his sense of style and his vibrant personality, is...

‘Collegiate Curls’ Celebrates Growth and Roots

‘Collegiate Curls’ Celebrates Growth and Roots

Amber Borden, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


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Hair is something that we all have and may seem frivolous to think about, yet with each strand comes an experience that is unique to the person it grows out of. Natural hair in the black community has a long history that is full of highs and lows, even though its roots define empowerment. Collegiate ...

St. John’s Student Runs Online Fashion Boutique

St. John’s Student Runs Online Fashion Boutique

Anna McFillin, Contributing Writer

December 7, 2018


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Zoë Bowen is a junior marketing major at St. John’s, and is taking the fashion world by storm. Fashion Mi Forward, Inc. is the brand she founded in April 2017. Growing up, Bowen watched her single mother not only run her own law firm, but raise her to be an independent and driven young woman. ...

Student Managed Global Microloan Program Strives to Eradicate Poverty

Student Managed Global Microloan Program Strives to Eradicate Poverty

December 7, 2018


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“I think it’s about giving women their own independence and self-efficiency.” - Nneka V. Anozie Global Loan Opportunities for Budding Entrepreneurs, widely known as GLOBE, is a non-profit program combined with a social entrepreneurship course, which is open to all juniors and seniors. The p...

Students have Mixed Emotions after 2018 Midterm Election

Students have Mixed Emotions after 2018 Midterm Election

Alana Loren Bethea, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


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Nov. 13 marked one week since the United States Midterm Election. At the one-week mark, St. John’s students expressed their opinions on the outcome of the election and why they decided to vote. Derek Klingel, Junior How do you feel after this midterm election? “I’m feeling a little nervous because I don’t think the democrats are going to be ...

Fashioning a New CPS Major

Fashioning a New CPS Major

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

November 14, 2018


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Once upon a time, there was a phenomenon called Fashion Studies at St. John’s. A moment described by Dean Katia Passerini as historic, most St. John’s students are unaware of nor could they know about the obstacles, time and winding road that led to creating a fashion studies major at St. Joh...

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 ...

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