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Hello Torch readers! We hope everyone is having a great week, and are excited to share our top stories with you. In news, we cover the undergraduate tuition increase that went into effect this academic year, and the Sept. 8 Student Activities Fair. In this week’s Culture Corner, we review the movie adaptation of Delia Owens’ “Where the Crawdads Sing,” and a new podcast about the Mirabal sisters’ fight for freedom. Happy reading and be sure to check our website for the latest releases!

Campus Activities holds 2022 Activities Fair, and an in-depth look at the University's tuition hike. 
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The 2022-2023 academic year at St. John’s University opens with a yearly undergraduate tuition rate raised by four percent. But as student costs rise, is the campus experience better? Click here to read more about the recent tuition increase.


Torch Photo / Dea Hoxha

The Great Lawn and D’Angelo Center Plaza were lined with 115 student groups and 34 departments or organizations from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, according to registration numbers provided by Campus Activities at St. John’s University. The large turnout marked the third in-person Activities Fair since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and gave SJU students the opportunity to get involved on campus and learn about what each organization has to offer. Click here to learn more about the student activities fair!


The film adaptation for “When the Crawdads Sing” was released back in July. While the book is mysterious, romantic and action packed, did the film reach fans’ expectations? Read more about the story that will make you “cry, smile, laugh or frown” here!

Photo Courtesy / YouTube Laura Creatura

Eva Longoria and Dania Ramirez have produced a new podcast highlighting the bravery, determination and intelligence of the Mirabal sisters, who sparked the downfall of the notorious dictator, El Jefe, in the 1960’s.  The podcast is not simply a retelling of the history of the Mirabal sisters, but it is a scripted reenactment of their courage and commitment to the resistance. It allows listeners to not only hear, but truly feel, what the Mirabal sisters felt during their fight for freedom. Read all about the podcast here!

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