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Happy Wednesday Torch subscribers, and welcome to the first newsletter of the 2022-2023 school year! We hope you all had a great summer and are excited to begin a new academic year. In sports, we share a week in review, where the Red Storm struggle to find their rhythm, but shine through individual performances. In news, St. John’s University announced the phase-out of the Staten Island campus, which will be completed by Fall 2024. The school has also implemented an accessible shuttle system for students, and a new Critical Race and Ethnic Studies major. In this week’s Culture Corner, we discuss the announcement of Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album “Midnights,” releasing Oct. 21. In features, we explain meal exchanges, and give students some insight on their caveats. Happy reading and be sure to check our website for the latest releases!

Sienkiel records hat trick, but Men's Soccer is 1-3 after falling to Indiana.
Torch Photo / Sara Kiernan

Fall sports are back in full swing for the Red Storm, and the Johnnies are starting their non-conference schedules to prepare for a Big East slate. This week, Red Storm soccer and volleyball suffered from disappointing team performances, but still manage to shine through impressive individual standouts. Learn all about this week’s triumphs and defeats here in our sports week in review!


Staten Island faces upcoming closure, shuttle service returns and the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies major debuts.

On August 12, St. John’s announced it will phase out its Staten Island campus, citing “significant enrollment challenges” as the cause of the decision. The University shared the announcement in a five-slide Instagram post that provided additional information on how the decision will affect students and their families, along with a statement from University President Brian J. Shanley. Read more about the decision and how it affects Staten Island students here!

Photo Courtesy / St. John's University

Students now have a familiar and safe way to get to and from local transportation hotspots around the St. John’s University Queens campus. The University’s Department of Public Safety will operate a shuttle van service throughout the fall semester, it announced in an email to students Aug. 31. Click here to read more about the University shuttle service!


Torch Photo / Sara Kiernan

St. John’s University introduced a new major to the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES), following the launch of the Institute for CRES in Oct. 2021 and the CRES minor in the spring 2021 semester. The major is officially available in the Fall 2022 semester. The new major will educate students on contemporary issues through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Click here to read about SJU’s newest major.


How to make the most of a University meal plan at on-campus restaurants.
Photo Courtesy / Einstein Bros. Bagels, Freshens, Subway, Burger King
Torch Design / Brady Snyder

St. John’s University offers a variety of dining options at the Queens campus, from the all-you-can-eat dining hall to grab-and-go markets. Beyond the University’s own dining services, however, there is also access to recognizable fast food brands on-campus that are sure to catch the eye of incoming students. Both freshmen new to life on campus and seasoned upperclassmen are sure to have a few puzzling experiences with “meal exchanges.” There are caveats and restrictions, but in general, meal exchanges give students access to notable chains like Subway, Freshens and Burger King — if you know how to use them. Click here for our explanation on meal exchanges!


Photo Courtesy / YouTube Swift Moments

It always feels like a perfect night for new Taylor Swift music at midnight. But on Oct. 21, this will finally be true again. The 11-time Grammy-award winner is hitting a pause on her re-recordings and releasing her “brand new” 10th studio album, titled “Midnights.” Read more about the album that will take you on a journey through sleepless nights here.

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