STJ Sports Round-Up

December 8, 2008

Aloooha ladies and gents,

As we close out our time on the blog, here’s at least one more sports round up. Let’s see what we have this week: Read the rest of this entry »


Our Last Bow…

December 8, 2008

Hey St. John’s…

As we all know, we are inching closer and closer to the end of the semester (insert excitement dance here). Time for the finals, the massive amounts of ramen noodles consumption, and the beautiful thoughts of vacation.

Well, as you may or may not know about our blog, we are a group of students here on campus actually taking a class in online news, and this was our major assignment of the semester. We were here to keep you guys informed on the news within the confines of the university, as well as any odds and ends that we seemed deemed right for you.

We really had fun writing for you guys, so we have all figured we would give you one more great week of blogs for this semester. So, the entire staff is locked on to giving you guys the news you will need to know about YOUR university, YOUR thoughts, and YOUR future. We will be doing feature stories all week long to keep you entertained during finals week. Famous alums, students opinions on the state of the university, and what our graduating/graduated students are doing now.

So, we hope you all stay tuned in all week long as you struggle to get those high marks (insert grunts and gurgles here)

We all have enjoyed starting this blog for you guys. We all started off having no idea what we were getting ourselves into but now, thanks to you guys, our success and viewers continue to grow. We have no one else to thank but all of you students who followed us all semester. Without you, were not here right now.

In conclusion, stay tuned this week! I promise it will be a much needed break. And be prepared for future plans on the site, as most or all of us will continue to keep giving our insight on the outside world after the semester end.

Thank you, and good luck to all,

The Flashlight staff

“Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya loses big time to Philippine star Manny Pacquiao

December 7, 2008
De La Hoya in his corner after the loss

De La Hoya in his corner after the loss

It looks like Oscar De La Hoya fans (like myself) saw him fight his last round, and boy was it brutal. His “dream fight” was more of a nightmare for Manny Pacquiao looked like a youger version of De La Hoya. Pacquiao’s consistency and speed brought back memories from the days when De La Hoya would pound on super stars like Julio Cesar Chavez, or Fernando Vargas (oh yeah if you follow Boxing you remember those fights). Too bad Pacquiao was doing all the pounding.  

Here is a compilation of some of the Golden Boy’s greatest moments – 

– Jose Silva

Grapevine: Professors get bonus based on student evaluations

December 5, 2008

The professor who receives the highest score on their course evaluations gets a bonus. One teacher is chosen from each department.

It doesn’t seem likely, but it may be the reason all professors stress the importance of filling out the annoying forms found in your email.

The University actually posts all information about the survey online, they explain why they scratched the in-class survey, and show all results of the evaluations for the past few years.

So how do teachers benefit from them?

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Beyond Gate 6:O.J. Simpson sentenced

December 5, 2008

After being known as the most famous person to get away with murder for more than a decade, OJ got sentenced to 15 years in prison today for an armed robbery incident in Las Vegas last year. He must serve at least nine years, and his sentencing today will definately stir up controversy in the public square.

Watch his sentencing here:

Given Michael Vick is already in jail, and according to Mayor Bloomberg, Plaxico is headed there for sure, the NFL may produce the most inmates of any sport in the world.

Study Days are Here Again

December 4, 2008

Aloha everyone,

Ahh, the joys of a couple days off. Kind of. With classes ending yesterday (Wednesday, Dec. 3), everybody has Dec. 4-7 off from school, but with the slight exception that the days are meant to study for finals.

Of course, most don’t keep sight of that. Wednesday night saw an increase in perfume and cologne use, as students rolled out of their residence halls dressed as they would on a Saturday night. Our prayers also go out to the gallons of gel that more than likely lost their life last night, and to the few collars that got popped. Last night’s fireworks and Christmas tree lighting seemed to go over pretty well, but I couldn’t tell you how Montgoris’ desert party went over. They refused to serve any desert when it started, so my friends and I split.

He studied so much, he had two answers.

He studied so much, he had two answers.

Now, some of us may be studying this Thursday afternoon. Myself? I’m flipping through the pages of Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly to the sounds of 311 before heading out to a press screening of The Wrestler. We should all be studying so we don’t screw ourselves, but we’ve all (well maybe just most of us) have worked hard this semester, so enjoy your few days off.

But remember: lay out those books before you pawn them for cash and get to studying. Good luck on your finals everyone. Here’s a little Christmas cheer to put a smile on that face:

-Alex Quevedo

Christmas Tree Lighting Tonight

December 3, 2008

St johns will host its annual Christmas tree lighting and firework show tonight on the Great Lawn. The events will begin around 7 p.m.

Here is a list of festivities, as posted via a Facebook blast by members of the festivities Facebook group 

“Tonight is the night we’ve all been waiting for!


7:00 PM – Winter Carnival Mass: St. Thomas More Church


8:00 PM – Tree Lighting Ceremony: The Great Lawn

Please join the rest of the University Community as we dedicate our permanent University Christmas Tree, watch a spectacular light show on the Library Facade, and enjoy FIREWORKS by Grucci!!


10:00 PM – Student Dessert Party: Montgoris Dining Hall

You’ll enjoy Chocolate fountains, desserts, and seasonal beverages! DJ Zeke will be there spinnin’ your favorite jams!!”

– Jose Silva

St johns prepares for xmas

December 2, 2008

Check out these photos from the great lawn.

St. John’s Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Surviving Finals Week

December 2, 2008

Today, December 2nd, marks the last official day of classes of the Fall Semester!

Before we all start jumping for joy, we have to remember that we are not home-free yet. There is still that one little issue of FINALS. Yes folks, that dreaded little test at the end of the semester that gauges whether we’ve actually absorbed anything over the past 3 months, as opposed to just acting like a human seat warmer.

The pile-up of projects, papers and cumulative exams is enough to stress anyone out, even the most organized among us. (Ahem, not me.) But fear not! I have five sure-fire tips to get you through FINALS WEEK in one piece:

  1. Don’t Freak Out.

Before you have a panic attack and decide to bash your head in with your overpriced textbooks, just take a deep breath. Relax, taking a final never killed anyone. (Well, maybe in the REAL sense of the word). Stress can only make things worse–if you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed with all the studying, take a break. Go talk with a friend. Drop by the Finals Week Stress Reduction Workshop in the UC Lounge on the 10th. If it gets to be too much, visit the Counseling Center located in Marillac Room 130.

       2.   Find A Study Group. If you find that studying alone can prove to be a difficult task, shoot your fellow classmates an email on St. John’s Central and ask to form study groups. You guys can break up the course material and quiz each other. Who knows, you may even make a few new buddies.

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The Great Debate: Beirut or Beer Pong?

December 2, 2008

I’m tagging this entry as part of our “Beyond Gate Six” category, because nobody’s playing beer pong inside gate six, right? *wink*

It’s been argued back and fourth through time, but which do you prefer?

Beirut doesn’t suffer the negative connotations that the word “beer” brings, although it does sound a bit pretentious. According to the Daily Princetonian, the name Beirut came into existence during the Lebanese civil war, Beirut being the capital of Lebanon and the game being analogous to bombs being dropped or missiles being fired.

According to a survey conducted by College Humor, out of 44,938 respondents, 23.6% prefer the term “Beirut”, while 76.4% used the term “Beer Pong”.

So which is it at St. Johns?

-Mario Vergara