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Did you know? Mascots

October 16, 2008

In 1994 St. John’s was pressured to change its nickname because American Indian groups felt Redmen was a slur on their heritage. A University committee, headed by Lou Caresecca, was established in November of ’93 to review nickname changes, and in June of ’94, after finishing the worst basketball season in 31 years, Carnesecca held a news conference announcing the school’s new nickname and logo. After faculty, alumini and students were polled, Redstorm was agreed upon as the new nickname. The University says the nickname is here to stay, saying it represents an uprising.

The Redmen was said to have originated from the red uniforms the football team used to wear, but its logo definately suggested otherwise.

-Jonnathan Coleman

St. John’s History: A Timeline of our mishaps…

October 15, 2008

Good Afternoon Johnnies,

St. John's has had a number of incidents that have affected the university over the years

St. John's has had a number of incidents that has affected the university over the years.

With this weekend’s unfortunate incident with Father Charles Plock, I have decided to give you guys a little insight on other incidents here on campus over the years that has impacted this university, even to this day… (more…)

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October 2, 2008

Two St. John’s basketball players were arrested in 1961 after authorities found they had fixed games in the ’50s in one of the biggest point-shaving scandals in sports history. Mike Parenti and William Chrystal were arrested for cooperating with the mastermind of the scandal, Jack Molinas, to throw games. Parenti was the leading scorer for the 1956 season and holds the 7th place for all-time season scoring leaders in St. John’s history.

A 1954 New York Times article headlined, “St. John’s to rely on Parenti and Chrystal for successful basketball season” quoted Coach Al (Dusty) De Stefano as saying, “A lot will depend on a couple of our sophomores, namely Mike Parenti, 6-foot 7-inch sophomore center, and Bill Chrystal, 6-foot 5-inch lad.”

They went 11-9 that season and Parenti and Chrystal led the team in scoring.


-Jonnathan Coleman

Did You Know?

September 16, 2008

Duke isn’t the only school with promiscuous Lacrosse Players.

In 1990, 5 St. John’s Lacrosee players were accused of “gang-raping” an African-American female , also a St. John’s student.

– Rachel S.

Did You Know?

September 16, 2008

In 1965, St. John’s University professors went on strike?

Professors revolting against the administrations policies and low salaries, waged a battle against the powers-that-be, which resulted in the dismissal of over thirty professors.

TIME magazine wrote a story on it way back when. Get it here.

-Lynecia B.