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Haraya Celebrates 50 Years at St. John’s

Haraya Celebrates 50 Years at St. John’s

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under News

In front of alumni, student leaders and administrators, Haraya-the University’s Pan-African Students’ Coalition-celebrated its 50th anniversary in Taffner Field House Saturday evening. Dozens of attendees joined this year’s executive board to celebrate the group’s evolution since its fou...

Flames of the Torch: New Year, New Opportunities

Flames of the Torch: New Year, New Opportunities

Torch Staff

September 20, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

The start of a new school year is synonymous with new beginnings, and that is especially true for us at The Torch and St. John’s as a whole. As we all settle into the routine of balancing a busy schedule packed with class, work and extracurriculars, we’d like to recap the newest changes on campus th...

WSJU Radio, Haraya and NAACP Host J. Cole Listening Party

WSJU Radio, Haraya and NAACP Host J. Cole Listening Party

Keyah James, Contributing Writer

April 25, 2018


Filed under Culture

On Monday April 16, artist J. Cole announced a free event in New York City on his Twitter that exclaimed : “No Phones, No Cameras, No Bags, No Press List, No Guest List.” Within the next half hour, the line at the Gramercy Theatre grew by the hundreds. No one knew what they were in line for, but...

Highlighting Women in Hip-Hop

Highlighting Women in Hip-Hop

Joerenz Tabanda-Bolina, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under News

Feb. 1 brought Black History Month celebrations at the University. To kick things off, students were treated to “Women in Hip Hop,” a panel discussion made possible by Haraya, Women and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, Spectrum, Tess Digital and Turane. Hosted by alumna Destiny Ross, the night beg...

Flames: On Student-Organization Relationships

Flames: On Student-Organization Relationships

November 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

If there’s one thing all groups on campus should be able to agree on, it’s that communication with the student body is key. From time to time, issues pop up that require a clear response; we saw that last week when many students became frustrated with aspects of Haraya’s Black Solidarity Day. Haraya...

The Power of Black-Only Spaces

The Power of Black-Only Spaces

Madelyn Starks, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

At Haraya’s Black Solidarity Day (BSD) event on Nov. 6, many participants were angry with the Pan-African student organization for including two people on panels addressing black issues. In response, Haraya stated, “Having only black people, with the same views and the same views would have b...

Haraya Apologizes in Wake of Student Concerns

Haraya Apologizes in Wake of Student Concerns

Isabella Bruni and Chyna Davis

November 15, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

The Pan-African Student Coalition group Haraya apologized this week for its initial response to a wave of criticism that it neglected its relationship with black students during its annual Black Solidarity Day (BSD) on Monday, Nov. 6. Saying “it was not our intention to offend anyone,” Haraya w...

Mothers of Color Event Sparks Inspiring Conversation

Mothers of Color Event Sparks Inspiring Conversation

Morgan Mullings, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Latino Heritage Month has hosted multiple cultural events and lively discussions that involve St. John’s students, but the “Mothers of Color” event centered on the more sensitive topic of growing up with black and Hispanic mothers. Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc., Omega Phi Beta Sorority I...

Night for Peace

Night for Peace

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under News

Haraya, the Pan-African Student Coalition, invited students to wear all black and stand in solidarity against police brutality, white supremacy and gun violence last Thursday, Sept. 7 on the Great Lawn for their annual peace vigil. The ceremony allowed students to perform spoken word and share poems...

Destination Africa Fashion Show

Destination Africa Fashion Show

Amber Borden, Contributing Writer

May 3, 2017


Filed under Features

On April 24, 2017, St. John’s students checked into Carnesecca Arena to board the flight to Destination Africa. Doors opened at 7 p.m. and seats were filling up by the minute. The African Students Association (ASA) curated the fashion show with assistance from Haraya.   DJ Supersmashbroz was loc...

Spring Concert canceled

Spring Concert canceled

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Two years ago J. Cole visited campus. Last year it was Nas. This year, no one. St. John’s students have to wait until 2018 for a spring concert. This year’s concert was recently canceled, according to a statement  released on social media by Haraya and Student Government Incorporated (SGI). ...

Conversations about diversity and inclusiveness sparked

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under News

The annual Cultural Roundtable, held by the President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (PMAC), took place last Thursday, Dec. 1 during common hour in the Sodano Coffeehouse. According to the University’s official website, PMAC is “an advisory group to the President of the University that a...

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