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Let’s Get Thrifty: Jamaica, Queens Edition

Anna McFillin, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


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Walking down the streets of Queens in my cheetah print faux fur coat, people often ask, “Where did you get your coat?”, to which I happily respond, “I thrifted it!” For a mere $20, my cheetah faux fur has been a successful head turner, while it was originally set at a retail price of $200. Th...

Meet Student ‘Boss’ Jaylin Bolden

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

April 3, 2019


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What does a normal week look like for a college student with two businesses, eight email accounts, frequent business trips to different cities, a student organization to run and a full academic course load? Busy, to say the least. This is an average week for sophomore Jaylin Bolden. With a jam-packed cale...

Student Runs One Stop Sneaker Shop

Student Runs One Stop Sneaker Shop

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

April 3, 2019


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During the interview, Jared Galoimore disclosed that due to alleged drizzling rain, he didn’t wear his current favorite pair of sneakers, the OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG ‘UNC’. He opted for the OFF-WHITE x Air VaporMax ‘Part 2’s instead. I told Jared that I didn’t see a spec o...

SJU Alumni Found 9/11 Compensation Firm

SJU Alumni Found 9/11 Compensation Firm

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

March 27, 2019


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The terror attack that consumed New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 still lingers within the lives of New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs, and two St. John’s alumni have made it their mission to bring justice to those still suffering. Chris Baione (‘09) and Matt Baione (‘11) are both graduates ...

CPS Students Network the WISE Way

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

March 27, 2019


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Riley Parker and Brittany Shoughi were excited to enroll in ‘Current Issues in Sports’ their freshman year. In a course that discusses the state of organized athletic activity in the United States, Parker looked around the classroom and noticed that there were very few women around her. Afte...

Seven Women-Owned Beauty Brands to Recognize This Month

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

March 27, 2019


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Women’s History Month is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some last-minute steps you can take to give female-owned businesses some extra love and support. This month, we are showcasing some of the best female-owned cosmetic brands that students need to get their hands on....

Diverse Nonprofit Organization: VSA spreads Cultural Awareness on Campus

Diverse Nonprofit Organization: VSA spreads Cultural Awareness on Campus

Alana Loren Bethea, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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“It’s definitely a fresh start –– a lot of us actually aren’t Vietnamese. A lot of us are taking the values of VSA [Vietnamese Student Association], the nonprofit organization, and instilling that into St. John’s,” Justin Lee, senior vice president of VSA, said. Justin is of Korea...

Picturesque things in Queens

Picturesque things in Queens

Olivia Mathon, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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Queens is one of the five boroughs that make up what is known today as New York City. Queens has many beautiful places, some of which are pictured in this article. Home to various known venues such as St. John’s University, Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, JFK/LGA and so much more, Queens is ...

St. John’s Alum Launches Men’s Lifestyle Platform BOND OFFICIAL connects “voices of male culture.”

St. John’s Alum Launches Men’s Lifestyle Platform BOND OFFICIAL connects “voices of male culture.”

Chyna Davis, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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St. John’s Alumnus, Igee Okafor, is on a mission. As the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BOND OFFICIAL, his new, online men’s lifestyle platform, he aspires to connect various voices, empower and inform. “BOND OFFICIAL [is] an online publication dedicated to cultivating parts of men’s cultur...

SJU Alumna Establishes Nonprofit for Children in Haiti

SJU Alumna Establishes Nonprofit for Children in Haiti

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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For anyone who has plans of starting a nonprofit organization, St. John’s alumna Yendy Cave has advice for you. “I would say go for it,” she laughed. “If it’s not with your heart, it’ll be ten times harder and you’ll probably get tired of it quickly. If you can, be passionate about it...

Lena Goren Shares Harrowing Journey at JSA Event

Lena Goren Shares Harrowing Journey at JSA Event

Alana Loren Bethea, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


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On Dec. 21, 1941, German planes flew over a region of Thessaly, where a capital city lies surrounded by lush valleys and imposing mountains in Greece. As Lena Casuto Goren walked the streets of Larissa with her sister and her friend, she tilted her head toward the matte black canvas covered with...

The End of An Era: Payless Shoesource Closing Its Doors

The End of An Era: Payless Shoesource Closing Its Doors

Dayra Santana, Assistant Features Editor

February 27, 2019


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Whether it was a pair of slip-on sneakers  for your first job at a restaurant or cheap dress shoes for your Sunday best, at its peak, Payless Shoesource was the go-to destination for a reliable discount shoe purchase. With three locations within a two-mile distance from St. John’s campus, Payless...

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