Torch Briefs

Professor contributes to NPR talk show


St. John’s Howard Abadinksy, professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies in the College of Professional Studies, was a guest on National Public Radio’s (NPR) talk show, On Point, on Monday night. Dr. Abadinsky is known for his expertise in organized crime. Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Jay Albanese and former prosecutor Mark Feldman participated in the broadcast entitled, “How Powerful is Organized Crime in America?” According to St. John’s website, Dr. Abadinsky has been featured for other media platforms such as the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and the Washington Post. The program can be heard on

Legislative Breakfast draws large crowd


The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast attracted more than 150 people last Saturday. Talks at the breakfast were focused on Education, Health Care, and Transportation. Prominent attendees included Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro and State Senator Diane J. Savino, who is a St. John’s graduate.


Epsilon Kappa co-sponsors poetic reading


Ecuadorian poet Gabriel Cisneros will present his new collection of poetry”20 giros en la pólvora” this Friday. The event, which will be in Spanish, is co-sponsored by Epsilon Kappa, which is the St. John’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, and with the Consulate General of Ecuador in New York and La Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana. The reading is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. at the Consulate General of Ecuador in New York, in Salón Abya Yala, 800 Second Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10017.