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VOL 93: 12 November 18, 2015 torchonline.com

The independent student newspaper of St. John’s University

Light for Peace:

‘SJU stands with Mizzou’ Students hold candlelight vigil after

AMANDA UMPIERREZ News Editor

Chanting “SJU stands with Mizzou,” more than 100 students marched throughout campus in the evening hours on Nov. 12 in support of the student-driven protests at the University of Missouri. In a grassroots effort organized by a number of St. John’s student leaders from various organizations, students gathered in front of the D’Angelo Center at 6:30 p.m. before walking past Montgoris Dining Hall and throughout the Residence Village before ending the demonstration at St. Augustine Hall. “For all the people who were here today, we commend you for coming out,” senior Xavier Buck told the crowd of students prior to the march. “For all the people who always thought about how exciting it would be to fight in the 1960s, this is your time right now.” Buck, alongside senior Ascia Brown and junior Kevante Williams, delivered an introduction that gave a back story to the march’s purpose. From the resignation of past University of Missouri president Timothy Wolfe to the ongoing threats occurring on Mizzou’s campus, each speaker highlighted reasons for activism. According to Buck and Williams, the demonstration was planned in just two days in response to the growing perils on the Mizzou campus. “There was a feeling among many leaders on campus to stand with students at the University of Missouri, especially after we heard that there were threats to kill black students,” Buck told the Torch. Representatives from more than 10 organizations participated in preparing for the St. John’s march. “It wasn’t really much about the collaboration, because all we wanted was to become united,” Williams said. “We were just united students.” Continued on page 4

terrorist attacks and natural disasters TALIA TIRELLA AND AMANDA UMPIERREZ Co-Editor-In-Chief and News Editor Dozens of students gripped their candles as darkness casted over their shoulders. By the Great Lawn, they were encouraged to hold the flames in memory of those affected by tragedies worldwide from the past week, and to regularly express their feelings to loved ones. “Always say ‘I love you’ to people, because you never know if that may be your last time,” junior Richard Cantoral said to the crowd. The vigil, hosted by the Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O) in the evening of Nov. 16 outside St. Thomas More Church, was designed to promote peace in light of the attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad, and other natural disasters. The event was called ‘Luces Para La Paz’ which means ‘Light for Peace.’ “It reminds me to be thankful, and to be unified,” sophomore Kimberly Alvarez said after attending the candlelight. “To take advantage of what we have now.” L.A.S.O was spurred to hold this event after a string of trage-

dies. Most recently, 40 civilians in Beirut were killed on Nov. 12 after a pair of suicide bombings. A day later, 129 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks by ISIS throughout Paris. The attacks in Paris hit home for St. John’s, which has its own campus three miles away from the theatre. In a statement released on Monday, the University said, “We are grateful that all St. John’s students, faculty, administrators and staff members associated with our Paris campus are accounted for and safe. Please know that the entire SJU team—in Paris and NYC—is dedicated to ensuring their continued safety and well-being.” Some Discover the World (DTW) students on the St. John’s Paris campus were heading off-campus when they were stopped and ordered to stay in the building, according to two students. Continued on page 5

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