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There is now a formally recognized LGBTQ group at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called Spectrum, and they say they intend to focus on inclusiveness, increasing awareness and their four pillars of support, education, service and faith. Although the Spectrum group itself has been two years in the making, the push for a LGBTQ group on campus started 20 years ago, according to one of the co-presidents, Mairead Carr. The creation of Spectrum is a University-wide initiative, according to the four co-presidents, Carr, Oscar Diaz, Melanie August and Aarika Miller. According to Carr, the birth of the Spectrum initiative can be traced to February 2012 when a petition with 1,400 signatures was presented to administrators. Both Carr and Diaz said that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a noticeable gap when it comes to presence and visibility of the LGBTQ community at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and Spectrum plans to make that gap disappear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are moving in a great direction,â&#x20AC;? Carr said. Carr is an ally within the group, and she emphasized that Spectrumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus is inclusion of everyone. An ally is a friend of an LGBTQ group that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t identify, but provides support to its members. The word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spectrumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was chosen because it represents the entire spectrum of sexuality, gender and expression -- and the wide array of diversity that exists at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, according to Diaz and Carr. Spectrumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s logo is meant to represent that range of diversity, and includes different shapes and colors meant to represent different types of people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also used the pink triangle, a symbol of strength in the [LGBTQ] community both historically and culturally, and included a missing piece

DV ZHOO PHDQW WR UHSUHVHQW WKH RSHQ YRLG WKDW FDQ EH Ă&#x20AC;OOHG E\ DQ\RQH including allies,â&#x20AC;? Diaz said. Spectrum came about after increased student interest, but also involved the help of faculty members. The group has worked closely with administrators, such as Dean of Students Dr. Daniel Trujillo, as well as the Global Studies, Student Wellness and Campus Ministry departments, according to Diaz and Carr.  6SHFWUXPLVQRWDQ6*,JURXSDVRIQRZEXWZLOOKDYHĂ RRUUHSUHsentation at SGI meetings, according to Trujillo. Their budget currently comes from Trujilloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department, the Division of Student Affairs. The pillars that Spectrum has created are support, education, service and faith. Each pillar utilizes the help of a faculty advisor, and provides leadership roles for students. The support pillar focuses on the expansion of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How You Doinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;SafeZoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; programs. Spectrum intends to enhance the SafeZone program by creating awareness and letting students and faculty know that it is a safe space for discussion of any topic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a loving and caring and kind space,â&#x20AC;? August said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we want to make faculty aware of what we have to offer.â&#x20AC;? SafeZone will also feature enhanced sensitivity training for both students and faculty, whereas previously only a few faculty members received the training, according to Diaz. SafeZone has been the source for faculty training since its beginning, but Spectrum plans to enhance the program by updating and expanding it. They are working with Hannah Stravers, Assistant Director of Wellness and Violence Prevention, to create lessons for both incoming students and more faculty members, according to Diaz, Carr and Spectrum member Jake Traugott. Continued on page 3

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6SHFWUXP/*%74JURXSDUULYHVDW6W-RKQÂśV Focus on awareness, inclusiveness, and four pillars of support, education, service, faith Continued from page 1 Traugott said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have partnered with [Stravers] because she is trying to re-structure the sensitivity training for both students and professors. She is focusing on pronoun usage, and improving the ways in which people interact with LGBTQ students in that regard.â&#x20AC;? The co-presidents all agreed that faculty awareness is important because in VRPHFDVHVWKH\PD\EHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSHUVRQ that a student approaches for help. They can then direct students to Spectrum, where they can feel safe sharing whatever they need to share. The group wants to make sure that prejudice does not get in the way of student awareness of the resources offered to them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be visible,â&#x20AC;? Miller said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we need to be known as a safe space.â&#x20AC;? Both Diaz and Trujillo said that Spectrum also plans on continuing to work with the How You Doinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group, which was created years ago with the help of Campus Ministry, namely Pamela Shea-Byrnes, who passed away suddenly last year. The education pillar focuses on educating the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community by tackling prejudice and stereotypes and creating awareness of the LGBTQ community. Spectrum plans to collaborate with organizations on campus such as Haraya. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to promote intersectionality between groups, because all movements in equality are connected,â&#x20AC;? Diaz said. Members of Spectrum consider Haraya to be another safe space, and they are trying to work together to bring awareness to the forefront. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to work with Haraya and bring out awareness about certain issues,â&#x20AC;? Carr said. Diaz said that other student groups have welcomed Spectrum with open arms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reception has been great. Several groups have reached out and we were at the activities fair for the Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH WKLV \HDU RXU %%4 ZDV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW HYHQW ZH KHOG >DV DQ RUJDQL]DWLRQ@ and we have 150 names in support [of the group]. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comforting to know that other organizations want to work with us, and work to diminish phobias, actively work to create a good environment, and collaborate with events to help create solidarity,â&#x20AC;? Diaz said. Spectrum will focus on their service pillar,

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with the guidance of Campus Ministry, through participation in various projects including University Service Day. Diaz explained that the group aims to include the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vincentian values in their service pillar by giving back to others and focusing on homeless youth in New York City, working with Covenant House, and participating in World AIDS Day. As part of their faith pillar, the group will also work to cooperate with faith groups on campus, and work to â&#x20AC;&#x153;bridge the gap and build understanding,â&#x20AC;? according to Diaz. Despite the overwhelming support Spectrum has gotten, they had to deal with logistical problems last year EHIRUHEHFRPLQJDQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOJURXS$Fcording to Carr, the election of an interim president, F r .

Levesque, held up the process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It held us up a year, but it was only because we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to affect the higher administration during that time,â&#x20AC;? Carr said. Yet a year of waiting was advantageous to the group. According to the co-presidents, Trujillo gave them the help they needed and let them take their time to establish themselves. Group members also became motivated to continue moving forward after hearing comments from Pope Francis and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who both made statements encouraging acceptance of the LGBTQ community within the Catholic Church. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elected a new president, Dr. Conrado Gempesaw, which also gave the group an opportunity to start fresh with a new administration. Spectrum will continue to

move forward as a new group on campus with widespread support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ PRYLQJ LQ WKH ULJKW GLUHFWLRQ with the community as a whole, including alumni. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supports us,â&#x20AC;? Diaz said. August made sure to emphasize the fact that Spectrumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main focus is visibility, the four pillars, and creation of a safe space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure the University is that safe space for the whole community,â&#x20AC;? August said. Trujillo is proud of the support that Spectrum has received, and he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is all about being a welcoming community, where we support and take care of one another. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the heart of our Catholic and Vincentian ideas. The statements made by Pope Francis and Cardinal Dolan meant a great deal and they were consistent with the idea of a caring community. I hope this community continues to grow in the future.â&#x20AC;?


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dren. She is a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book author and illustrator, and used her skill set to create videos featuring kids from around the country. The children she features have come up with their own community projects, including promotion of recycling and inVWDOOLQJHQHUJ\HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWDSSOLDQFHV Cherry spoke about the importance of getting children interested in climate change issues, because she has found that adults are more likely to listen and make changes in their own homes based on their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns. Members of the U.S. Peace Council spoke about the impacts of the Iraq War on the environment. They discussed the use of petroleum during the war, used to fuel U.S. troops and the massive amount of pollution it caused over the length of the war. They also discussed the idea of imperialism in relation to capitalism, saying that imperialism is a tool used in conjunction with capitalism in order to take over industries in other countries. The group members held the opinion that capitalism is a destructive force that is driving climate change in a negative way because of a focus on industry and a lack of care for the environment. Overall, people who attended the conference were non-St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students and mostly members of the different groups who presented at the conference. The campus was full of environmental rights supporters who voiced their opinions and contributed to a larger dialogue that continued at the Climate March the next day.

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7322&+A!1 D)-//%O+()"+ As members of the University entered Marillac Terrace on Thursday, Sept. 18, between noon and 3 p.m., they were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd ready to engage them with conversations about health and wellness. The fair, an annual wellness educational event organized by the Department of Student Wellness, attracted many students, faculty and staff. Focusing on topics such as healthy eating, time management, body image, sexual assault and violence prevention, the Wellness Fair introduced University members to various on-campus resources available for them. For instance, the Center for Counseling & Consultation (CCC) located in Marillac Hall room 130 provides free DQGFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWLDOVXSSRUWIRUVWXGHQWVUHgarding stress, anxiety, family or social FRQFHUQV UHODWLRQVKLS GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWLHV JULHI trauma, alcohol or substance abuse, food relationship issues, homesickness and loneliness, etc. Other resources include alcohol prevention and bystander intervention. Students also have opportunities to develop leadership skills by applying to become Wellness Peer Educators or Stressbusters.

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at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shared his experience in participating in the chop stack challenge and what brought him out to this cultural event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a Korean-American, I enjoy beLQJLPPHUVHG>LQ@DQGFHOHEUDWLQJGLIĂ&#x20AC;cult cultures. I was aware that it is Hispanic Heritage Month and I had a couple of friends who I studied abroad with last fall who told me about the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided to come and we had a mini Discover The World reunion with some people from my rotation. I like the fact that the group of us who showed up to Jueves Gigante, we are all very diverse,â&#x20AC;? Oh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are Korean, Vietnamese, Chi-

nese, Mexican, White, African, etc. I think that although we are different, we share the same values and appreciate different cultures. Tonight I participated in chop stack where I used my impressive skills to win. I won a $5 metro card and I am so excited because I can use it to go into the city and come back from the city,â&#x20AC;? Oh said. There will be more events until mid October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of events coming up. We basically put up all the information IRU HYHQWV RQ D Ă \HU VR EH RQ WKH ORRN out,â&#x20AC;? Grullon said.

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ed from all team activities after physically abusing his wife for refusing his sexual advances, but according to MSNBC, he will continue to receive pay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cover up is always going to be the problem,â&#x20AC;? said Conner Quinn, a graduate student studying international communications with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in sports management. Tiffany Perrier, a sophomore studying biology who runs cross country and WUDFNDQGĂ&#x20AC;HOGIRU6W-RKQ¡VDJUHHV

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)/$0(62)7+(TORCH When asked about his view on gay priests, Pope Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; response was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who am I to judge?â&#x20AC;? Now, about a year and a half later, the University has followed suit and developed a fresh outlook of its own. The SPECTRUM Initiative is the first LGBTQ student group to officially be approved through the administration. The group, which kicked off its first semester on campus with a barbecue a few weeks ago, will serve as a campus-wide resource for all students and hold a variety of events that relate to its four pillars: support, education, faith and service. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has always taken pride in its diverse student body, and therefore we commend the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to work towards unifying all different walks of life. As one of the most diverse schools in the country, it is surprising that St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s did not have a group for LGBTQ students and allies until this year. Our fellow Vincentian universities, DePaul and Niagara, formed gay-straight alliance organizations in 2003 and 2009 respectively, according to the university websites. This precedent strengthened the case of the student leaders who have been in talks with administration over several years to bring this group to life. In fact, various groups of students and allies at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University have been working toward making this

group a reality since 1993. By adding a safe zone for LGBTQ students and allies and expanding on its previous programs, Safe Zone and How You Doinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the University as a whole has taken a huge step forward from just last year, when we were one of only two Big East schools without a formalized gay-straight alliance. This student community advancement must be a great feeling for those who fought for a place on campus and acknowledgement of a formal organization, along with those who need the sanctuary of a safe, welcoming place to go. The formation of the SPECTRUM group should not be looked lightly upon and will prove to enhance campus life and be a benefit to all St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students. Recently the University has made great strides to better serve all students and create a more accepting environment on campus. This editorial board supports the opinions previously expressed in the Flames column by editorial boards from years past. It is high time that the University provided LGBTQ students with a forum to express their opinions, and we applaud this step toward diversity and a more open, inclusive campus for all students and staff.

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/HWWHU)URP7KH(GLWRU Dear Readers, To every student at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University reading this sentence: I applaud you. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve completed the first thing that this new section is supposed to accomplish, which is grabbing your attention. NOW, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop here. The second thing that this section is supposed to do is make you want to be a part of it! For those of you who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware, this fabulous Opinion section is a brand new addition to the Torch, of which I have proudly taken the position of developing. I have visions of it becoming one of the more popular and attractive ones of the Torch. It will allow the students â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you, the people who keep this campus thriving- to speak your minds. I want this to be the beginning of something great, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the ball rolling without you. I know you all have opinions. Everyday, I hear something new coming from either friends or strangers about what they believe the flaws and triumphs of this campus are. Like I said, this is a new section. The new editorial board and I are pushing to create something that will allow you to express yourselves freely. Want to write about an awesome new restaurant you visited in Manhattan this weekend? Go ahead. Want to write about Greek life, or residence life and what you think about it? Write it down. Want to talk about the most recent thing in the news and how it makes you feel? Lay it on me! Chances are, you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only one thinking and feeling those things. I hope that over time, whether or not it is during mine at the Torch, this section grows to be one of the primary outlets for students. I promise to make it the best and most effective that it can be. I hope that you join me in this mission to become the voice of St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University. Thank you. Sincerely, Alexa Vagelatos Opinion Editor


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After multiple setbacks Chris Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth studio album â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was released Sept. 16.The album released last Tuesday covers all bases as Brown gives fans a taste of his growth as an artist by dipping into a variety of genres. With the album featuring Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, electronic dance and rock music, there is something for everybody to vibe to. Although the album suffered multiple pushbacks due to legal issues, it does not disappoint. Boasting 19 tracks, each one has its own identity and tells a story of Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; love journey. The album features the hit singles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fine China,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Think They Know (feat. Aaliyah),â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love More (feat. Nicki Minaj),â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loyal (feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga)â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Flame (feat. Usher and Rick Ross).â&#x20AC;? With so many hits one can only wonder what else is on the album? Well, one stand-out track is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs on 12 Playâ&#x20AC;? featuring Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upcoming tour mate Trey Songz. This song is pretty much an ode to R-Kelly using the melodies from his previous songs, this is sure to be a favorite for all of the girls who are fans of both Virginia natives. Another track â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drunk Textingâ&#x20AC;? featuring Jhene Aiko speaks about only being able to express your feelings when intoxicated, on the duet Brown and Aiko sing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intoxicated, Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I think of you the most// But after the tides, anything goes.â&#x20AC;? To cater to his dance/electronic fans, Brown has Diplo-produced title track â&#x20AC;&#x153;X.â&#x20AC;? It chronicles his journey from his ex, Rihanna, to his now on-and-off again girlfriend Karreuche Tran, penned by Amber â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sevynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Streeter. On the track he sings â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only as good as the company you keep//Then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mma blame you for what they say about me (Free your mind, and let your conscience be free).â&#x20AC;? Brown also has something on the album for fans of his original R&B sound with features from vocalist Brandy on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do Betterâ&#x20AC;? and Legendary R&B crooner R. Kelly on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drown In It.â&#x20AC;? These two duets remind Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fans and the general public that he is multi-dimensional when it comes to his writing, mixing and mastering of songs spanning numerous genres. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Xâ&#x20AC;? is a solid album and is sure to be a crowd pleaser on Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joint tour with Trey Songz. The dates are to be announced at a later date.

Taking a break from his main project, The Strokesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead singer Julian Casablancas has been touring and recording with a new group, The Voidz. Performing only a couple shows earlier this year before the album dropped, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set lists included tracks from Casablancasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last solo album, 2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phrazes for the Young,â&#x20AC;? Daft Punk collaborations, and even some tracks from The Strokes. However, the main portion of their sets are from their upcoming release â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tyranny.â&#x20AC;? The record shows how Casablancas shifts further from his main group, and even distances himself even more from his last solo effort. In his previous venture, we saw Casablancas lookLQJ VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\ OHVV HQHUJHWLF LQ SHUIRUPDQFHV WKDQ we did in earlier Strokes shows. In the studio, it was only Casablancas and producer James Lader with contributions from Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes. The live setup was entirely different, with multiple guitarists, keyboard players and even a young Danielle Haim on percussion. On â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tyranny,â&#x20AC;? the production and performance strictly comes from his backing band, The Voidz. As seen through his more recent work, the NYC singer makes more use of his falsetto vocals rather than the raspy baritone seen on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is this Itâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room On Fire.â&#x20AC;? Sonically, the album is more akin to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comedown Machineâ&#x20AC;? than â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phrazes for the Young,â&#x20AC;? but still takes Casablancas to an entirely new level. Laden with more experimental sounds and textures, the most notable track is the 11-minute culmination of modern electronica and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s hard rock in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Sadness.â&#x20AC;? With a wide variety of reference points, the band even takes LQĂ XHQFHIURPEUHDNEHDWPXVLFRQ´:KHUH1R(DJOHV Fly,â&#x20AC;? a song that sounds like an outtake from the Fight Club soundtrack. The album gets into more unconventional tracks on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Father Electricity,â&#x20AC;? which features a heavy bossanova groove amongst a myriad of synths and guitars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Business Dogâ&#x20AC;? takes the record in a more punk direction; the album features more of the diverse instrumental arrangements that overtake Casablancas vocal melody. On tracks like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Xerox,â&#x20AC;? the main composition centers around loopy guitars over avant-garde drum samSOHV ZLWK KHDYLO\ Ă&#x20AC;OWHUHG YRFDOV DOPRVW WR WKH SRLQW where it removes his stylized way of singing entirely. As a whole, the record is much darker, stylized and far surpasses his previous solo effort on the levels of technicality and crafting lush soundscapes rather than pop tracks. Where â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phrazes for the Youngâ&#x20AC;? was met with cynicism over Casablancasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lack of effort or interest in terms of vocal delivery and songwriting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tyrannyâ&#x20AC;? shows a singer-songwriter getting further into their career and not being overtly focused on trying to replicate the former success of their main group. The band makes their homecoming return to NYC at Manhattan Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hammerstein Ballroom on Nov. 25, and their debut record â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tyrannyâ&#x20AC;? is released on Sept. 23.

,W GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ KDV EHHQ RQH KHOO RI D ULGH IRU 5 % singer K. Michelle. It seems the former reality star just cant stay away from industry drama. From Twitter wars with Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kim and Perez Hilton, to failed relationships, R&B fans all around are wondering when the â&#x20AC;&#x153;VSOPâ&#x20AC;? singer will leave the social media drama behind and get back to the music. With the release of her debut album successfully under her belt, the southern songstress is ready to give her fans another round of greatness. The R&B singer shared a heavy ballad, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Em All,â&#x20AC;? online earlier this week, creating a lot of buzz. The track was taken from her forthcoming album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;#AWBAH,â&#x20AC;? yet to be released. 7KHSRZHURIWKLVVRQJLVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\RQH,FRXOGMDP to in the car, which is not always found in radio R&B. K. Michelle, sings about loving multiple men and says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;sex is irrelevantâ&#x20AC;? at one point. Many are categorizing this as a pop-rock ballad, a change from what fans have come to expect from this powerhouse diva. 7KLVKHDUWEUHDNHUDQWKHPLVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\DJUHDWRQH to end the summer with and kick off a great fall season. With lyrics like â&#x20AC;&#x153;I broke another heart today / And I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care, I just walked away / â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cause they think I love â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em, but I love â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em all,â&#x20AC;? fans will be singing along in no time. .0LFKHOOHLVSXWWLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJWRXFKHVRQKHU sophomore album, which will feature the likes of Eric Hudson, Pop & Oak, Timothy Bloom and a surprise FRXQWU\GXHW,WGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\LVDQHZGLUHFWLRQEXW,EHlieve it will turn heads. She plans to release the second single, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe I Should Call,â&#x20AC;? in the next two weeks but previewed the song online for her fans. For now we can all enjoy this amazing heartbreakHUDQWKHPHYHQWKRXJKFXIĂ&#x20AC;QJVHDVRQPD\EHULJKW around the corner. The beat alone just makes you want to jam with \RXUJLUOVVKHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\Ă LSVWKHVFULSWE\JLYLQJPHQ a taste of their own medicine and being the heartbreaker instead of the heartbroken. I know there are a lot of women out there that can relate to this song and even if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it is still a great song to listen to. The album artwork for the new single speaks volumes, as does the song itself. The verdict is still out on whether K. Michelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album will drop the end of this year or early 2015, but keep a close ear online for unexpected singles. Until then, take a listen to the new K. Michelle on the scene and if you get a chance, replay the oldies but goodies of this up and coming star.

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McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspiration arose when she felt out of shape one day and went online WRĂ&#x20AC;QGDVRFLDOQHWZRUNLQJVLWHWRKHOSKHU achieve her goal of losing weight. However, the social networking sites lacked the DELOLW\WRĂ&#x20AC;QGORFDOHYHQWVDQGWKHFRPmunity aspect of helping each other out. This realization led to Pindetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pindet will make it easier to connect with someone who has already achieved your goals, wants to achieve your goal or is in the process of achieving your goal,â&#x20AC;? McDonald said. McDonald wants Pindet to get involved with the life-coaching industry and wants to bring accredited coaches to the application. She wants the app to be that outlet where people can get the expertise that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for. McDonald hopes to have the application launched by November, since people across the U.S. will be contemplating New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions. ,QĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUV0F'RQDOGVHHV3LQGHW expanding to the point where it becomes a dinner table conversation for families across the United States and even around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to bring stuff that works to the Pindet community,â&#x20AC;? said McDonald. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want people to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want to get this GRQHOHWPHJRWR3LQGHWDQGĂ&#x20AC;QGRXW how.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; People never feel like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really done. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always another goal that can be achieved. I hope to have this app help millions of people around the world.â&#x20AC;?

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final round of play. Freshman Jacob Henny rounded out the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total by matching his collegiate-best with an opening round 3-over-par 73, finishing the evening tied for 70th with an 11-over-par 151 while Sean Byrne finished tied for 75th with a 13-overpar 153. On Monday the team finished the 18th Windon Memorial Classic in 12th place, recording a two-day total of 32-over-par 872 to push past Minnesota by one stroke. Henny led the way for SJU on the final day as he managed the best round of his career with an even-par 70 after three consecutive birdies on holes six through eight, to end up finishing the event tied for 54th with an 11-over-par 221. Crowley shot a 5-over-par 75 in his final round and tied for 17th overall with a total score of 3-over-par 213. Ben Ludlam and Obe Ayton tied for 45th after finishing with a 10-over-par 220 to round out the Red Stormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-man total. Sophomore Sean Byrne ended with a final round of 10-over-par 80 to take 80th with a 23-over-par 233. California clinched the team title after carding an event record total of 6-under-par 834. Tulsaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colton Staggs took the individual title after carding a course-record 7-under-par 63 in the final round to move up 17 places and finish with a 5-under-par 205 The Red Storm will take the field again in just under two weeks when it heads to Milwaukee, Wis., for the Erin Hills Intercollegiate from Oct. 5-7.

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The St. John’s mascot known as “Johnny Thunderbird” got its name just three years ago in 2009, when more than 11,000 students voted on the school’s athletic website RedStormSports.com to decide among the six Red Storm mascot finalists. With the Thunderbird chosen during a 12-day span between April 23 and May 4 2009, the other five ideal names were: Thunderbolt, Red Storm Dog, Red Storm Bear and Thunder Horse. After the name, Thunderbird received the majority of the votes; members of the Athletics Department announced that it would officially become the University’s new mascot during a home soccer match. Imagine what it would be like today without hearing your fellow classmates scream the name Johnny

during an on-campus activity. The St. John’s Thunderbird was created by Olympus Inc., renowned nationally as the mascot costume industry’s premier designer. Olympus has manufactured a wide variety of corporate, entertainment and university mascot costumes. Highly visible mascot costumes, including Ronald McDonald, Tony the Tiger, The University of Wisconsin Badger and The University of Florida Gator have been designed and manufactured using the Olympus design team’s creative expertise. The student-chosen name “Johnny” goes back to the beginning of St. John’s athletics. At the turn of the 20th century during the early years of intercollegiate competition, St. John’s teams were actually known as the “Johnnies.” However, it wasn’t until the 1920s when a reporter used the term “Redmen” after the football team took the field clad in red uniforms. A decade later, according to several written sources and many an old tale, members of St. John’s students led by Walter Bruce (class of 1939) and Michael McNichols (class of 1931) went out and found the original Redman mascot standing in front of a cigar store. “Chief Blackjack” made his first public appearance in his new

position at the St. John’s-Catholic University football game at Ebbets Field. When the underdog Redmen went on to a 22-0 victory, there was no turning back. “The Chief was here to stay,” Bruce wrote. “He had become a fixture at St. John’s, having been granted a lifetime lease on the St. John’s Reservation.” To the conclusion of that story, Bruce later admitted that he and others returned and paid for the pilfered mascot. After seven decades of the nickname “Redmen” as the symbol of St. John’s Athletics, the decision to change its nickname occurred 20 years ago in 1994. At the time, colleges nationwide were becoming more sensitive to mounting Native American concerns in reference to college and professional nicknames. Although the nickname “Redmen” did not have an original basis of Native American culture it did evolve into a nickname that referenced Native American symbology. St. John’s wanted to make a change that would stay true to its tradition, but also be distinctive and unique. Thus, the nickname Red Storm was born. Next time you attend a St. John’s game where red and white, take a selfie with Johnny and show the school spirit. WE ARE ST. JOHN’S.

September 24, 2014  
September 24, 2014  
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