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“They’re Putting Money Over Humans”

“They’re Putting Money Over Humans”

Ariana Ortiz, Features Editor

April 4, 2018

Newtown, Connecticut. San Bernardino, California. Orlando, Florida. When sophomore Ashlande LaBranche was still a high school student in her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, she saw how mass shootings — one after the other — seemed to not only dominate newscasts, but American life itself. ...

Flames of the Torch: On the power of student activism

Flames of the Torch: On the power of student activism

Torch Staff

March 14, 2018

orcIn the aftermath of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students have taken the lead on gun violence awareness. Seventeen students and faculty were killed that day, with several more injured. In the weeks since, students from MSD, and others across the nation, have stood u...

Family: Where Do We Go From Here?

Morgan Mullings, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2018

The impromptu demonstration on Feb. 1 was the first time I have felt like I was part of the black community at St. John’s. What happened to the victims of racial harassment, and what happens to black and brown students on this campus every day, also happens to me, a black woman. I felt compel...

Walk Outs: Gempesaw’s Town Hall Goes Awry

Walk Outs: Gempesaw’s Town Hall Goes Awry

Nick Bello, Assistant Photo Editor

February 14, 2018

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...

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