Rally calls for peace and unityA peace rally was heldyesterday in honor of Cory Mitchell to promote peace and unity among SJUstudents. Friends, relatives and religious leaders were present to sharetheir thoughts on the incident and on Mitchell’s life. The universityalso took donations and distributed ribbons to raise funds on Mitchell’sbehalf. In the wake of the incident, the university has accepted thechallenge and has taken the responsibility to inform its students aboutsafety in order to prevent any future incidents. It is, however, thestudent population that has lagged in its attempt to improve thesituation. Upon the news of Mitchell’s tragedy, students at St. John’sappeared genuinely concerned and outraged. At the OrganizationalCongress, they presented ways and means of improving campus security.When it came to actually getting involved, though, the students werehaphazard in their efforts. Only about 200 people turned out for therally on the Great Lawn. The TORCH was disappointed by the apathy of thestudents toward a cause that was intended to improve our community.
Softball team finds a home The SJU softball team willnow have a permanent home. The team, which currently plays its homegames at Mitchell Field in Long Island, will have a new field locatedbehind the residential village. After being neglected by the universityfor so long, the women will finally have a field to practice on and hostits home games. The baseball team has a new playing field, while thesoftball team was left to commute to and from Long Island. The TORCH ispleased that the university has finally allotted the team the space thatit deserves, but how efficiently will it cater to the needs of the team?Being located behind the residence halls limits the accessibility notonly to the athletes, but also to the general public. The field, whichis located in a remote section of the campus, might cut back onattendance figures if people can’t find it. Despite possible drawbacks,the team is happy to finally have a home.
C.A.U.S.E. cancelsprogramsC.A.U.S.E., the organization that champions those in needis being forced to cancel several of its programs, including its IncomeTax Assistance Program, which helps students file their annual incometaxes. In the past year, C.A.U.S.E. has been forced to relocate itsoffices two times. It was first removed from its offices in the trailerbehind the U.C., to Conference Room C inside the U.C. in order to makeroom for the Queens Kings baseball team. Since then, it has been movedacross the hall. The university has been inconsiderate in its treatmentof C.A.U.S.E., inconveniencing this worthwhile organization due to alack of sufficient space. The TORCH sympathizes with C.A.U.S.E. and itsstruggle to find a stable home. We urge the university to reconsider itsactions when it will affect well-intentioned organizations such asC.A.U.S.E.