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University To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims That Students Raised on #SurvivingSJU

University To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims That Students Raised on #SurvivingSJU

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

St. John’s University is in the process of contacting students who posted accusations of sexual misconduct amid a flurry of social media posts last Friday, according to University spokesperson Brian Browne. In a statement to the Torch, Browne addressed the hashtag #SurvivingSJU on Twitter – w...

Check this Alumnus Out: Mezu Ofoegbu’s Podcast Explores Sexuality and the Church

Check this Alumnus Out: Mezu Ofoegbu’s Podcast Explores Sexuality and the Church

Morgan Mullings, Outreach Manager

November 9, 2018


Filed under Features

Mezu “Zu” Ofoegbu, 23, is not a pastor. He stands in front of students and teaches them the gospel, he reads directly from the Bible to them. He jumps up and down when he's excited about what he is preaching. He wears trendy or rare sneakers, and skinny jeans with big jackets — like a lot of h...

Highlighting Women in Hip-Hop

Highlighting Women in Hip-Hop

Joerenz Tabanda-Bolina, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2018


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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...

Spectrum teaches students what ‘cis-ters’ means

Spectrum teaches students what ‘cis-ters’ means

Karla Reyes, Contributing Writer

March 29, 2017


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Spectrum hosted an event called ‘Support Your Sisters, Not Just Your Cis-ters’ in the Sullivan Cafe on Thursday, March 23. The purpose of the social event was to embrace femininity with games, manicures and, most importantly, food. Spectrum is an on-campus organization that represents gender and...

Conversations about diversity and inclusiveness sparked

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

December 9, 2016


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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...

Student organizations to host a “Peace and Love March” on Tuesday

Student organizations to host a “Peace and Love March” on Tuesday

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

November 12, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, Home Scroll, News

The Students of Consciousness (S.O.C.), Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.), Spectrum and Feminist Unite - among other various organizations - will be organizing a “Peace and Love March” on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at St. John’s University’s Queens campus, according to S.O.C.’s secretary, Miguel...

Spectrum has successful first year on campus

Spectrum has successful first year on campus

Talia Tirella, News Editor

March 25, 2015


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ectrum, St. John’s University’s first LGBTQ group, was a success, according to one of the group’s founding members and president, Oscar Diaz. Diaz said the reception that the group has received from students, faculty and alumni has been a positive one, and this is shown by Spectrum’s partic...

University students march on campus in solidarity

Cheyanne Gonzales, Photo Editor

December 4, 2014


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On Wednesday, Nov. 26 students gathered to March for Ferguson to show solidarity for Michael Brown’s family and other protesters across the nation. Current sophomore and co-president of Spectrum Aarika Miller was among the many students that attended the march. “I think that the turnout was...

Across the SPECTRUM

Across the SPECTRUM

Talia Tirella, News Editor

September 24, 2014


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There is now a formally recognized LGBTQ group at St. John’s.  It’s called Spectrum, and they say they intend to focus on inclusiveness, increasing awareness and their four pillars of support, education, service and faith. Although the Spectrum group itself has been two years in the making, the...

LGBTQ Students Welcomed at SPECTRUM Initiative’s BBQ – Members Share Hopes for the Program’s Future

LGBTQ Students Welcomed at SPECTRUM Initiative’s BBQ – Members Share Hopes for the Program’s Future

Bill Pham, Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


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As new members and allies of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community prepared for a new school year, the SPECTRUM Initiative leadership team was busy organizing a small surprise for them. On Thursday, Sept. 4, SPECTRUM, a working initiative comprised of students...

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