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Two Months Later, Gempesaw Talks Town Hall

Two Months Later, Gempesaw Talks Town Hall

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2018

St. John’s President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw said he understands why many students walked out of an emotional Town Hall meeting about race relations held on campus a little over a month ago. “As an immigrant and a person of color, I fully understand where they’re coming from,” Gempe...

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...

Call for Action: Gempesaw to Meet With Students Thursday

Call for Action: Gempesaw to Meet With Students Thursday

Suzanne Ciechalski and Angelica Acevedo

February 7, 2018

The hundred-plus students who have already publicly voiced their disappointment, frustration and anger with the state of race relations on campus will have the opportunity Thursday to bring their concerns directly to University President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw. The session, expected to be announce...

Administrators hear students’ concerns

Terence M. Cullen, News Editor, Emeritus

April 18, 2012

Students voiced concerns and inquiries at the annual Town Hall meeting April 16, where University President Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M. and other officials listened to and answered questions from students. Questions ranged from facility problems, housing and academic concerns. Several students...

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