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Flames of the Torch: Finals,Holidays, New Year

Flames of the Torch: Finals,Holidays, New Year

The Torch Staff

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As the semester comes to an end, we can’t help but reflect on moments from the year while simultaneously finding ourselves in a state of high stress that coincides perfectly with the holiday season. December is the month where deadlines loom, temperatures drop and we retreat to our preferred stud...

Flames of the Torch: On The Devastating Woolsey Fires in California

The Torch Staff

November 14, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

As a nation, we are always subject to go through dark times. However, it is on us to decide the best way we should respond and react to these hard times. Within the last few weeks of November, we have seen California battle record-breaking wildfires. The Woolsey Fire has been described as California’...

Flames of the Torch: Be the change you want to see – Vote

Flames of the Torch: Be the change you want to see – Vote

Torch Staff

November 7, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Americans were given the opportunity to change the way that their country is governed. This year’s Midterm Elections were crucial, as key issues such as the funding of Planned Parenthood and immigration restrictions were at stake. The results of Tuesday’s elections decides how the count...

Flames of the Torch: On the importance of transgender rights

Flames of the Torch: On the importance of transgender rights

The Torch Staff

October 24, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

This week, the Trump administration announced that they are “seriously considering changing” the government’s official definition of gender to one’s biological sex determined at birth. Under this new definition, the recognition of transgender individuals under the law would be jeopardized if...

Flames of the Torch: On journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

Flames of the Torch: On journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

October 17, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

When  prominent Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who in the past criticized the reign of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, the story struck some as familiar. In a world in which secrets are power, journalists, working as ...

Flames of the Torch: Breaking the Silence

Flames of the Torch: Breaking the Silence

The Torch Staff

October 3, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Activism against sexual violence and sexual assault is perhaps in its greatest era of necessity. One of the nominees for the highest court in the United States, Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is currently under investigation by the FBI and facing a trial of public opinion for allegatio...

Flames of the Torch: The Torch’s Stance on Reporting, ICE and Columbus Day

Flames of the Torch: The Torch’s Stance on Reporting, ICE and Columbus Day

The Torch Staff

September 26, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Every school year, the Torch sends out reporters and photographers to cover breaking news and planned events organized by St. John’s University’s students, administration, faculty and alumni. This can range from but is not limited to talks, presentations, performances and protests. When it...

Flames of the Torch: #SaveStudentNewsrooms

Flames of the Torch: #SaveStudentNewsrooms

April 25, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Today, student newspapers across the country will stand in unity to promote the importance of independent student-run media on college campuses. In light of an emerging national distrust in the media, now more than ever is the time to protect the voice given to college students through these publ...

Flames of the Torch: on selecting commencement speakers of more diverse backgrounds

Flames of the Torch: on selecting commencement speakers of more diverse backgrounds

Torch Staff

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Last week, St. John’s Law School announced that this year’s commencement speaker will be former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Not only is this exciting, as Bharara has been an influential figure in the landscape of the U.S. government, but it is also a step in a promising direction, following the lead o...

Flames of the Torch: SGI e-board candidates need to challenge the status quo

Flames of the Torch: SGI e-board candidates need to challenge the status quo

Torch Staff

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Election season is now upon us. With new e-boards emerging to serve for the 2018-2019 academic year that will undoubtedly impact the climate on campus — and further guide where it’s going — this is one of the most important times, if not the most important, in the year. One of the most signif...

Flames of the Torch: On the power of student activism

Flames of the Torch: On the power of student activism

Torch Staff

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

orcIn the aftermath of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students have taken the lead on gun violence awareness. Seventeen students and faculty were killed that day, with several more injured. In the weeks since, students from MSD, and others across the nation, have stood u...

Flames of the Torch: In response to #BoycottTheTorch

Flames of the Torch: In response to #BoycottTheTorch

Torch Editorial Board

February 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Within hours of the Torch being distributed last Wednesday, several student organizations posted a statement to Instagram announcing a boycott of the Torch in response to our front page story. The story, entitled “Call For Action: Gempesaw to Meet With Students Thursday” covered the demonstration that ...

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