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Midterm Elections Recap

Midterm Elections Recap

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under News

Just last week, New York residents had their chance to cast their votes for candidates running on the federal, state and local levels for positions in the New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, Congress and more. St. John’s is located within the 14th Senatorial District, 24th Assembly Distri...

The “Unfiltered” Politician that Won Over Brazil

The “Unfiltered” Politician that Won Over Brazil

Erin Sakalis, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

It would have been inadequate to open this article with an inflammatory Jair Bolsonaro quote. There are too many aimed in several directions. Whether it’s his self-proclaimed homophobic pride or his assertion that some women are simply not worth raping because they are too ugly, the newly elected pre...

There Is No Room for Threats in Politics

There Is No Room for Threats in Politics

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The end of October proved to be very hectic when it came to politics. Several homemade pipe-bombs were sent to various, prominent members of the Democratic Party. The targeted victims included former Vice President Joe Biden and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.It wasn’t just the me...

The Burden of the Comedian

The Burden of the Comedian

Madusha Pieris, Contributing Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It goes without saying that watching the news can be quite depressing, especially in the current political climate. While the recent developments since last year’s presidential election have been significantly more interesting — if not entertaining to follow — the same cannot be said for other t...

Trump’s Politics Are to Blame For International Student Admission Drop

Trump’s Politics Are to Blame For International Student Admission Drop

Nia Douglas, Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The Torch recently reported a decline in international student admissions. Considering that prior to fall 2017 the number of enrolled international students and applications had steadily increased, the trend begs the question as to why the sudden decline occurred in the first place. As an internati...

“He Will Not Divide Us” shuts down after 20 days

“He Will Not Divide Us” shuts down after 20 days

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor

February 12, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

After “Artwork created an unexpectedly volatile situation and serious public safety hazards,” the exhibition “He Will Not Divide Us” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria has been shut down as of Friday, Feb. 10. The museum released a statement Friday explaining that “The installation...

Letter to the editor

Adam Sackowitz, Special to the Torch

February 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The State Department under President Obama reported that in 2015 alone, 11,774 terrorist attacks were committed worldwide resulting in the deaths of 28,000. President Trump's decision to temporarily suspend immigration and refugees from "Terrorist Hotspots" is welcomed and is a must to keep our nati...

Political groups don’t make it through

Political groups don’t make it through

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

After a contentious election season, students may be surprised to learn that none of the political groups on campus—College Democrats, College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)—became officially recognized through Student Government Inc.’s “...

Implications of the two-party system

Implications of the two-party system

Sahn Choi, Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Most polls indicate that Donald Trump is going to lose this election. His loss would represent the third consecutive failure for the Republican party. More importantly, his loss epitomizes the failure of the American political system in its current state, a political system that has framed every issue as ...

When cops are killed too

Sahn Choi, Contributing Writer

October 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In late 2014, protesters in New York City shouted, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” after the police killing of Eric Garner. Since then, the protestors’ wishes have certainly come true. On July 7, five Dallas police officers were killed by Micah Xavier Johnson, who inten...

PARTICIPATE 2016: Stay up to date with election events on campus

PARTICIPATE 2016: Stay up to date with election events on campus

Suzanne Ciechalski and Angelica Acevedo

October 8, 2016


Filed under Election 2016, Home Scroll, News

Looking for a way to learn more about the upcoming election? The St. John’s Participate program has you covered. Here’s a list of the upcoming election-related events on campus:   Watch the Second Presidential Debate - St. John’s is hosting an event on Sunday, Oct. 9 where the Uni...

Veto override was a mistake

Nia Douglas, Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Five days after President Barack Obama vetoed the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, the Senate voted 97-1 to override the veto on Sept. 28.   The act will allow victims of 9/11 and their families to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged involvement in the attack which, the president asserts, is...

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