April 15, 2015

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SJU Student wins Miss New York pg. 9


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Debating DeBlasio’s marijuana stance pg. 7

St. John's University welcomed back its spring concert this past Thursday, after a oneyear hiatus, with a performance by special guest, hip-hop artist and former Johnnie, J. Cole. Haraya, the Pan-African Students Coalition, along with Student Government, Incorporated (SGI) labeled the extraordinary event, meant only for St. John’s students and alumni, as “J.Cole’s Homecoming Concert: The Real Is Back.” Tickets went on sale Monday, March 30 at 9 a.m. Students were lined up in the cold from the top of the D’Angelo Center all the way around to the entrance to DaSilva Memorial Field. St. John’s students expressed excitement about the upcoming concert by using the hashtags that both the St. John’s and Haraya’s Twitter handles produced: #WelcomeBackJCole, #StormCardsOnly, #HarayaMusicFest15, #SJU and #TheRealIsBack. Continued on page 12


Fencer Isis Washington wins national title at NCAA Tourney pg. 15


Serving up an appetizing renovation BRIDGET HIGGINS

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‘Walking Dead’ star surprises film class pg. 5 PHOTO/TORCH PHOTO EDITOR DIANA COLAPIETRO

Montgoris Dining Hall will experiences various renovations starting summer of 2015

When students come back to campus this fall, they can expect a new and improved Montgoris Dining Hall. According to a Montgoris renovation plan by Executive Director of Conference and Auxiliary Services Scott Lemperle, dining services will update the dining hall’s look and feel, along with expanding its food options. According to the renovation plan, “The desired outcomes of the summer renovation is to update the look and feel of the Montgoris Dining Hall with features that are up-to-date with the demands of today’s student; with a better flow, circulation

and additional made to order food concepts all of which will create separate destinations and a fresher approach to dining within Montgoris Hall.” Students can expect many new additions to the highly frequented Montgoris, or “Monty’s” as it is familiarly called around campus. Although the plan has come out for the renovations, many students don’t know what to expect. Freshman Austin Rojas said, “It’s hard to make a judgment about this until I experience it for myself.” Continued on page 3

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