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Flames of the Torch: A few words of advice for the 97th Torch editorial board, from the 96th

Flames of the Torch: A few words of advice for the 97th Torch editorial board, from the 96th

Torch Staff

April 3, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Dear new Torchies,   The time has come to pass on the Torch to a brand new editorial board. A good number of current e-board members have been a part of the newspaper since their freshman year of college. We have played an important role in creating not only a base for growth in terms of l...

’Jane the Virgin’s’ Take On Adult Female Virginity Was Revolutionary

’Jane the Virgin’s’ Take On Adult Female Virginity Was Revolutionary

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

TV shows and movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and the most recent season of “The Bachelor” that have made adult virgins a punchline, can’t touch the revolutionary CW series “Jane the Virgin.” Although the average age that Americans have sex for the first time is 17, women in their t...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ and the Fight for Our Climate

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ and the Fight for Our Climate

Shaolin Bird, Contributing Writer

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

As a native New Yorker, witnessing the odd weather and fluctuating temperatures, the highest so far being 61 degrees Celsius and the lowest being 3 degrees Celsius, I’m bewildered by the confusing changes we have seen between winter and spring. And as summer approaches in June, many New Yorkers may h...

The Subtle Power of Pete Buttigieg

The Subtle Power of Pete Buttigieg

Dara Burke, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, recently announced his candidacy for the Democratic primary nomination. The field is becoming progressively more crowded, and Buttigieg is not yet a household name like Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren. Serving as the mayor of a nondescript Midwestern city d...

Gronkowski Retires at 29

Gronkowski Retires at 29

Sydney Denham, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Robert Gronkowski — New England Patriots tight end — announced his retirement this past Sunday via an Instagram post. As an avid Patriots fan hailing from Boston, this news was quite upsetting for me. In spite of my personal disappointment, I believe this is the best decision for him. He has retire...

It’s Okay to Take A Break

It’s Okay to Take A Break

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

The pressure to be perfect and to be the best of the best is somewhat ingrained into the minds of this young Millennial/Generation Z era. In a society and generation that has such a large fear of missing out and the need to always be number one, the margin of error is non-existent. In college, it’...

Who to believe, Avenatti or Nike?

J.P. Devetori, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


Filed under Opinion

On March 25, prominent lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested in New York City for trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike and threatening to make damaging charges against the company. According to Avenatti, Nike made payments to families of high school basketball players, which is against  NCAA rules. ...

The Recent College Admissions Scandal: A Reflection of Structural Inequality

The Recent College Admissions Scandal: A Reflection of Structural Inequality

Angela Abbatiello, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In early March, actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were arrested on fraud charges after it was revealed that they allegedly participated in an illegal college admissions scheme orchestrated by college counseling consultant William Singer. “Singer was charged with taking about $25 million dollars from...

College Admissions Scandal is An Example of a Corrupt Education System

College Admissions Scandal is An Example of a Corrupt Education System

Ariel Shomo, Contributing Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The college admissions scheme that has been making headlines throughout the past week involved many wealthy families, including that of well-known “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, who allegedly paid thousands of dollars to elite universities and coaches to accept their children. This outrageous...

A Law School Applicant’s Viewpoint on the College Admissions Scandal

A Law School Applicant’s Viewpoint on the College Admissions Scandal

Christabelle Calabretta, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Earlier this month, dozens of Hollywood stars, top business leaders and other elites who make up the top one percent of wealth distribution in America were charged for participating in a college admissions scandal. Millions of dollars were spent in order to grant their children admission into top und...

Wave of Women Column: New FDA Approved Postpartum Depression Drug Won’t Be Accessible For Most Women

Wave of Women Column: New FDA Approved Postpartum Depression Drug Won’t Be Accessible For Most Women

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Opinion

For the first time ever, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a postpartum depression drug, which experts say offers new hope to women and physicians — but the cost of it is a huge chunk of the salary of an average American. The intravenous infusion of the drug, brexanolone, which will co...

The Greater Consequences of the “Page Not Found”

The Greater Consequences of the “Page Not Found”

Maher S. Maher, Contributing Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a practice that puts St. John’s talented digital marketing and IT majors on edge whenever it is mentioned. SEO is the marketing of a brand or a company to capture consumers on platforms like Google or Bing — which is needed in this digital age. Every year, co...

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