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NAACP Hosts Discussion on Gun Violence and Terrorism

NAACP Hosts Discussion on Gun Violence and Terrorism

Kenneth Carter, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under News

The NAACP at St. John’s University held an open discussion titled “Gun Violence and Domestic Terrorism,” on Thursday, Nov. 29. NAACP President Tamia Morris and Educational Chairwoman Sloane Walker ran the event. To start off the conversation, they presented information about two shootings that ...

“They’re Putting Money Over Humans”

“They’re Putting Money Over Humans”

Ariana Ortiz, Features Editor

April 4, 2018


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

Newtown, Connecticut. San Bernardino, California. Orlando, Florida. When sophomore Ashlande LaBranche was still a high school student in her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, she saw how mass shootings — one after the other — seemed to not only dominate newscasts, but American life itself. ...

Exclusive Activism: Is #MarchForOurLives for Minorities?

Kennisa L. Ragland, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A thematically important question in a Liberation Theology course I took was in the form of a phrase: "for whom?" It possesses meaningful and directive implications. That being said, I'd like to attach it to the end of an issue, one that has, especially in recent years, been a hot topic for the United...

Students Nationwide “March For Our Lives”

Students Nationwide “March For Our Lives”

Nick Bello, Assistant Photo Editor

April 4, 2018


Filed under News

Millions of students across the nation took to March for our Lives marches in major cities. Some St. John’s students made their way to the Manhattan march on Saturday, March 24 to advocate to end gun violence. A typical Saturday morning for college students is spent sleeping in, but March 24 was di...

SJU to Hold Panel on Gun Violence Wednesday

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

January 21, 2018


Filed under News

St. John's will host a panel on gun violence at the Little Theatre Wednesday Jan. 24 from 7 to 9 PM. The event, held in collaboration with a local newspaper, the Queens Tribune, will feature five panelists and will be moderated by SJU Law School Vice Dean and Professor Larry Cunningham. "Basically...

People Kill People But Guns Are Killing Our Nation

People Kill People But Guns Are Killing Our Nation

Morgan Mullings, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It’s hard to find someone who isn’t devastated when they hear about the latest mass shooting in Texas, where 26 people died at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. First of all, we shouldn’t have to say the “latest mass shooting” as if it’s just another episode in an extremely popular...

St. John’s community reacts to recent gun violence

Ariana Ortiz, Contributing Writer

September 14, 2016


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Students and faculty alike are mourning the recent deaths of St. John’s students Tiarah Poyau and Arshell Dennis, as well as alumna Karina Vetrano. Poyau, 22, a graduate student of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, was shot and killed in the early hours of Sept. 5 in the midst of the J’...

St. John’s Student killed at Carnival

St. John’s Student killed at Carnival

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

September 7, 2016


Filed under Home Scroll, News

On Monday morning, Tiarah Poyau, a student at St. John’s University, was fatally shot in the face during the J’Ouvert Carnival, according to the New York Police Department. Several news outlets reported that Poyau and her friends were at the carnival celebrating West Indian and Caribbean heritage in...

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people

Abhishek Joshi, Staff Writer

September 10, 2015


Filed under Opinion

On Aug. 26, WDBJ7’s reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were gunned down in the middle of a live broadcast interview. The shooter was identified as former co-worker Bryce Williams. At the time of the shooting, Alison Parker was interviewing the executive director of the local chamber of...

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