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Spring Concert canceled

Spring Concert canceled

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Two years ago J. Cole visited campus. Last year it was Nas. This year, no one. St. John’s students have to wait until 2018 for a spring concert. This year’s concert was recently canceled, according to a statement  released on social media by Haraya and Student Government Incorporated (SGI). ...

SGI backs future meal plan changes

SGI backs future meal plan changes

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2017


Filed under News

Despite sparking outrage among some students, the new meal plan requirement for townhouse residents is the best possible outcome of the University’s contract negotiations with Chartwells, according to Student Government Inc. Representatives from the group met with members of the administration recently ...

SGI floor meeting: Dialogue with Dining Services, new constitution still being drafted

SGI floor meeting: Dialogue with Dining Services, new constitution still being drafted

Carissa Herb, Opinion Editor

April 12, 2017


Filed under News

Student Government Inc.’s (SGI) floor meeting on April 3 brought important conversations about SGI constitution changes, the anticipated response of the meal plan controversy and more. St. John’s Dining Services was faced with an uproar of student voices opposing the implementation of a mandatory...

SGI: No proof of negative campaigning

SGI: No proof of negative campaigning

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

The election for Junior Senator, won last Thursday by Atem Tazi, was marred by accusations of negative campaigning on a student-run website and social media. However, Student Government Inc. (SGI) told the Torch they had no evidence “directly or indirectly” connecting the winning candidate to th...

SGI debate talks advocacy, accountability

SGI debate talks advocacy, accountability

Beverly Danquah, Staff Writer

March 22, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Student Government, Inc. (SGI) held a debate on Monday during common hour to consider the ideas and goals of the candidates for the upcoming school year. More than 100 students were on hand at the D’Angelo Center. At least one student from all the organizations as well as faculty and administrat...

SGI changes constitution

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under News

During Student Government Inc.’s (SGI) last floor meeting on Monday, March 13, topics such as new adjustments courtesy of a new SGI constitution, the treasurer’s report and special allocation requests were discussed. Some of the changes proposed were a reduction in qualifications to run for all...

Food fight

Food fight

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Student Government Inc. is responsible for representing and advocating on behalf of the students at St. John’s. But when a policy change mandating townhouse students purchase a meal plan starting in fall 2017 was announced to students last month, the group said they weren’t informed beforehand. ...

Feminists to unite?

Feminists to unite?

Ariana Ortiz, Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


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A group of about 20 students that call themselves Feminists Unite (F.U.) say they are seeking official status from Student Government Inc. (SGI) for the second straight year to provide a space on campus for education and discussion centered on feminism and gender equality. Junior Stephanie Aliaga said she started the...

Student Government, Inc. talks Trojan rating at last floor meeting

Reza Moreno, Features Editor

October 26, 2016


Filed under News

On Monday, Oct. 17 another Student Government Inc. floor meeting went on in Marillac Terrace A from 5-6:30 p.m. Around 50 students attended and among them were members of SGI’s different committees. SGI Secretary Frank Obermeyer said he is working with Yovanna Roa-Reyes, secretary of Feminists Unit...

SGI increases budget by more than $100,000

SGI increases budget by more than $100,000

Christopher Brito, News Editor

December 4, 2013


Filed under Home Scroll, News

The overall revenue that Student Government, Inc. receives annually, mostly from the activity fee in students’ tuition bill, increased by more than $100,000 for this school year, according to a budget included in a recent newsletter to the student body. Inside the 14-page annual newsletter titled...

Flames of the Torch: Giving budget snapshot hurts SGI and students

Flames of the Torch: Giving budget snapshot hurts SGI and students

Torch Editorial Board

December 4, 2013


Filed under Home Scroll, Opinion

Student Government, Inc. released a summary of the 2013-14 budget to the Torch in the form of an annual newsletter. The summary, which can read about and viewed on Pg. 4-5, sheds some light on where the $1,155,000 given to SGI this year is being distributed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show a complete...

Public Safety answers concerns on StormCards

Public Safety answers concerns on StormCards

Alexa Vagelatos, Staff Writer

December 4, 2013


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Public safety officials addressed students’ questions regarding prices of replacement StormCards and other concerns at the advisory meeting with Student Government, Inc. on Nov. 20. Tom Lawrence, vice president of public safety, shot down the idea of having a waiver for special circumstances when...

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