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Are St. John’s Students Happy?

Are St. John’s Students Happy?

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Features

What does it mean to be happy? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines happiness as well-being and contentment. Some Johnnies define happiness as the Henley-bound shuttle bus arriving on time or Angela coming back from her lunch break to make omelettes, while others view it as watching the tree lightin...

The Highs and the Lows of Latinx Heritage Month at SJU

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Latinx Heritage Month is a special time for many members of the Latinx community, which lasts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.   It includes not just Spanish speakers, but all Latin Americans. Its start date is significant because that was when the five republics of Central America declared their independ...

St. John’s Held Onto My Heart and Didn’t Let Go

St. John’s Held Onto My Heart and Didn’t Let Go

Ariel Shomo, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

St. John’s University has been my dream college ever since I was in middle school. I had no real reason to attend the university besides the campus being beautiful and near Manhattan. When it was time for me to graduate high school things didn’t go as planned. Like most high school students, ...

St. John’s Is Skating on Thin ICE

St. John’s Is Skating on Thin ICE

Beatriz da Costa, Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Following the 2016 Presidential election of Donald Trump, the St. John’s Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources released a statement that displayed the school’s support for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) and any undocumented students that ...

Social Justice Exchange leader: University letter condemning Charlottesville, racism, a small but important first step

Social Justice Exchange leader: University letter condemning Charlottesville, racism, a small but important first step

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

August 23, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

More than 50 students last week called on the University to make a statement condemning a deadly “alt-right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., and on Monday, St. John’s did just that. LJ Vogel, an incoming senior and leader of the social-justice oriented organization Social Justice Exchange at...

Meal Plan Comparisons – St. John’s most expensive

Meal Plan Comparisons – St. John’s most expensive

Bryant Rodriguez, Opinion Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

The University sparked controversy among some students last month by announcing plans to require meal plans for those who live in the townhouses beginning in fall 2017. In an interview with the Torch to explain the decision, the Director of Residence Life, Eric M. Finkelstein, M.Ed., said that mandat...

MCU partners with SJU

MCU partners with SJU

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under News

Municipal Credit Union (MCU) has now opened membership to St. John’s students across the University’s four New York campuses, solidifying its position as the official credit union of the University community. The announcement was made at St. John’s men’s basketball game against Seton Hall at...

School of Ed Dean talks issues in education

School of Ed Dean talks issues in education

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2017


Filed under News

School choice has been at the forefront of politics for over one month, but public education is the backbone of the country, according to School of Education Dean Michael Sampson, Ph.D. The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education sparked, among other things, a contentious debate on scho...

Women on Wall Street

Women on Wall Street

Reza Moreno, Features Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

Wall Street is one of the most well known streets in New York City. It is a big tourist attraction and also a placeholder for our economy. Many people would assume that a majority of men work on Wall Street or even the business industry. Catherine Felle is a junior from New Jersey currently studying b...

Student journalist brings NABJ to SJU

Student journalist brings NABJ to SJU

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Features, Home Scroll

An organization that focuses on diversity in the newsroom is making its way into St. John’s University. In an interview with the Torch, Beverly Danquah, the president of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), spoke about her career as a journalist so far and the organization’s incept...

Center Yankuba Sima to transfer from St. John’s

Center Yankuba Sima to transfer from St. John’s

Carmine Carcieri, Co-Sports Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Home Scroll, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

In the midst of a three-game winning streak, center Yankuba Sima has been granted his release from the St. John's men's basketball program. Sima informed head coach Chris Mullin of his desire to transfer out of Queens, and has been given permission by the program to talk to other Division I schools at...

Courtside: International Impact

Courtside: International Impact

Kaylee Herndon, Staff Writer

November 27, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Roughly 10 minutes before open practice began on St. John’s Media Day, sophomore guard Federico Mussini and sophomore center Yankuba Sima began taking some warm up shots together.  Mussini and Sima have experienced being both teammates and rivals. Outside of St. John’s basketball, each represe...

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