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St. John’s Says Sexual Violence Reports “Follows the National Trend for Under-Reporting”

St. John’s Says Sexual Violence Reports “Follows the National Trend for Under-Reporting”

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-In-Chief

February 20, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

When #SurvivingSJU trended nationally last month, among the flurry of tweets were some students questioning the accuracy of the University’s reported number of sexual offenses. St. John’s Clery Report, a federally mandated crime report released every fall, said there were four accounts of rape on campus in 2016 and again in 2017, the last year on file. ...

Tuesday Water Main Leak Prompts Public Safety Alert

Tuesday Water Main Leak Prompts Public Safety Alert

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Public Safety alerted students via text and phone call just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning of reports with a water main leak within the vicinity of Bent Hall and the University Center. As of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, University spokesperson Brian Browne said, “The situation is fluid.” The t...

Campus Thief Gets Away With Wallet, Laptop

Campus Thief Gets Away With Wallet, Laptop

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

September 19, 2018


Filed under News

Public Safety reached out to the University community last week via email on Wednesday, Sept. 12 after receiving two complaints regarding stolen property in two seperate academic buildings. A wallet and laptop were taken from an office in Marillac Hall and a room in the Tobin College of Busin...

School Safety

School Safety

Isabella Bruni, News Editor

March 21, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Hardly a week has gone by in 2018 without a school shooting somewhere nationwide. As of March 20 there have been 17 school-related shootings so far, according to CNN. The Parkland school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day left 17 dead and 14 injured, and rattled a nation of students, parents and teachers grappli...

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter

Byron Campbell, Contributing Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under News

Recently, the Office of Public Safety hosted an active-shooter training session on campus. Here are some of the tips and facts they shared at the session, attended by one of our reporters. According to the officers, there are more than 840 cameras monitoring the St. John’s Queens campus. A Public Safe...

Walk Outs: Gempesaw’s Town Hall Goes Awry

Walk Outs: Gempesaw’s Town Hall Goes Awry

Nick Bello, Assistant Photo Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Home Scroll, News

First, half of the students walked out. Then, so did the president. The 85-minute town hall meeting last Thursday in which students spoke directly to administration — including University president Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw — about race relations and diversity issues at St. John’s was fill...

Safety Abroad

Safety Abroad

Ariana Ortiz and Kendall McCormick

November 8, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

When a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into a crowd of people in Barcelona in August, killing 14 people and injuring 100, St. John’s says its public safety teams based both stateside and abroad responded swiftly. Denise Vencak, the new head of Public Safety, said that in the immediate wake...

‘We’re Here to Help’

‘We’re Here to Help’

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Denise Vencak became the second woman to run Public Safety here at St. John’s in the school’s nearly 150-year history -- and the first to do so on a permanent basis -- when she was named executive director this past June. Vencak, who started as a sergeant for Public Safety 25 years ago, said in a re...

University Issues Clery Report

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2017


Filed under News

Reports of rape on campus increased by three incidents in 2016, according to the University’s recently-released Clery report. There were four reported incidents that years, compared to two in 2015 and one in 2014. In a statement to the Torch regarding the Clery report, the University’s Title IX C...

Flames: The Importance of Making Students Feel Safe

Flames: The Importance of Making Students Feel Safe

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In this week’s issue, we interviewed Denise Vencak, the new executive director for Public Safety. Vencak spoke in part about the measures Public Safety implements to create a secure environment for students, stating that she hopes they all feel safe when they are here. We are glad that this is a priority for our ...

Public Safety Advises Students of Robbery Near Gate 3

Public Safety Advises Students of Robbery Near Gate 3

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

A robbery occurred outside of Gate 3 on Wednesday night, according to a Public Safety advisory sent out Thursday afternoon. A 63-year-old male reported being the victim of the incident which occurred between 11:30 p.m. and midnight on the corner of Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway, according to the N...

University sends out safety tips for Monday’s solar eclipse

University sends out safety tips for Monday’s solar eclipse

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

August 18, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

As New York City, and all of North America for that matter, prepare to view the Monday, August 21 solar eclipse, Public Safety has a message for the student body that they sent out via email on Friday. The email advises students to “NEVER look directly at the sun, including a full or partial ecli...

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