Posts Tagged ‘Alex Quevedo’

A Look Back: Our Best St. John’s Moments

December 12, 2008


No matter what year you are in here at St. John’s, it probably only took you a little while to see the diverse opinions of the school from the student body. Many run into problems early on and form negative opinions about it. But others are able to get past that and form better opinions. And throughout one’s time here, there is a chance of getting outstanding opportunities from St. John’s.

When I came to St. John’s, I wasn’t sure of what exactly the school had to offer me other than what they stated on paper. I entered the University as a psychology major, thinking I knew exactly what I wanted to do after school. Things changed along the way, and come sophomore year, I was a journalism major. From that point on, the opportunities came.

I started writing for The Torch and after wowing my editor with my first film review, my second assignment was a little better: I would attend a press screening of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and subsequently interview the cast of the movie. Coming from Santa Barbara, Calif., I knew I was not going to get that same opportunity if I stayed at home and attended UC Santa Barbara. I’d get to see the celebrities that live in Santa Barbara sure, but interview them? Most likely not. After that first round of interviews, St. John’s has given me the chance to meet more celebrities: Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D; John Cusack; Neil Patrick Harris and Kal Penn (better known as Kumar); the women of Sex and the City. Those are just some of the names.

But enough about me. I’ve talked with several students who will soon graduate from St. John’s about their unique opportunities. What I found were varied results, but one thing remained constant: St. John’s offered them fantastic opportunities that they will remember (possibly) forever. (more…)

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: (more…)

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

STJ Sports Round-Up

December 2, 2008


This week I’m coming to you liiiiiive from McCarren International Airport in beautifully trashy Laaaas Vegas! I think the stench of cigarette grows naturally here!  Or I’m now sitting at work. Vacation is over and reality as set in. Here’s what’s going on with Red Storm Sports:

Women’s Basketball: Well check out who’s on a streak. Sunday saw four players score double digits, with senior Monique McLean leading the pack with 24 points for the 70-58 win over Vermont. Joy McCorvey, Sky Lindsay and Da’Shena Stevens rounded out the rest of the double digit group. The win brings their record to 6-0. And with standout performances, McLean was named to the Big East Honor Roll.

Men’s Basketball: D.J. Kennedy nailed down a double double Monday to ensure a Red Storm victory over St. Francis, 69-61. Kennedy scored 17 points with 13 rebounds. After jumping out to a 19-point lead at the end of the first half, the Red Storm almost blew it but stayed with it just long enough. The men’s team stands at 6-1.

Softball: Big news on the recruiting front for softball as two players signed National Letters of Intent. Coach Amy Kvilhaug announced Katie Mason and Dominique Marcelino will enter the University in the 2009-2010 class.

-Alex Quevedo

Thanksgiving: California Style [UPDATED with pictures]

November 27, 2008

You know, the funny thing about me saying aloha, it gave the impressions to my fellow bloggers that I was from Hawaii. I like Hawaii, but I’m from California everybody (if nobody’s picked up on that by now). Let’s give you a little look into what goes on here: (more…)

Flashlight Special: Thanksgiving Abroad

November 25, 2008


With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the University is starting to see the effects. My Journalism Ethics class this morning had no more than 10 or 11 students there (half the class). I’m sure most of you have seen dwindling numbers – or you were part of those absent. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

What we will do, though, is give you a Thanksgiving special this weekend. Some of us here are from many a mile away from New York. I’m from California for instance. That said, we’re going to give you Thanksgiving perspectives from our own respective regions. Feel free to comment below as to what you are doing this Thanksgiving. Have a good one.

Thanksgiving FAIL

-Alex Quevedo

STJ Sports Round-Up

November 24, 2008

And aloooooooooha to you and yours,

Basketball is getting to “full-swing” level while others are pushing their way through the playoffs. Let’s see what we have here:

Women’s Basketball: The women’s team improved to an unbeaten 3-0 to start the season by taking down Manhattan College for the eleventh straight time, 63-54 on Saturday. Freshman Da’Shena Stevens took it to Manhattan with 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Jaspers.

Men’s Basketball: Faced with the task of replacing injured standout player Anthony Mason Jr., the sophomores of the men’s basketball team blasted Howard University with a combined 46-point night. The Johnnies walked away with a 79-44 win. Mason Jr. won’t be walking away, though. The senior will undergo season-ending foot surgery after tearing the peroneal tendon in his right foot. The Flashlight sends our best to a speedy recovery.

Women’s Volleyball: Notre Dame’s Fightin’ Irish proved to be just a bit too much for women’s volleyball, deceptively downing the Red Storm 3-1 this past Saturday in the semifinals of the Big East Tourney. The sets were closer than the match shows, with the scores settling in as follows: 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 25-27. On a lighter note, senior Wioleta Leszczynska racked up another honor, getting named to the 2008 Big East Volleyball All-Tournament team. Congrats out to her.

Men’s Soccer: The Red Storm will host Boston University on Tuesday night to kick off (no pun intended) the 2008 NCAA Tourney. FREE tickets will be available at the UC starting at 4 pm. So get out there and support the No. 3 ranked team.

And that’s the end of that chapter.

-Alex Quevedo

Beyond Gate 6: Entertainment Special

November 20, 2008

Well aloha,

A few days ago, I posted an alleged picture of Johnny Depp as the Madd Hatter in Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland project. You can read it here. But that film is somewhat far away, so why not take a gander at what’s coming up in the next few months? (more…)

St. John’s Survival Guide: Anti-Cold Movement

November 18, 2008


I really wanted to start this post off saying “It’s been a long time since I rapped at you,” but instead I come to you with frozen fingers and dreams of going home to California. If any of St. John’s kids are like me, you come from an area full of sunshine, beaches and variations of t-shirt/shorts/flip-flop combinations. Unfortunately, now is the time when winter is starting to come into its own and baby, it’s cold outside.

So this being my fourth and (I hope) final New York winter, I’ve compiled a way to beat the cold and stay warm this winter. I could have used this coming into St. John’s, with my pathetic hoody. Hopefully the list will keep you as warm as this person looks:




Stuff We’re Loving: Very Merry Un-Birthday

November 17, 2008


Just an interesting picture to share with all of you. You may not know, but director Tim Burton is creating his own version of Alice in Wonderland. Currently in the process of filming, the cast is pretty interesting. Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lee, Helena Bonham Carter, and (of course) Johnny Depp. Depp and Carter are no surprise to anyone, but here is a good indication of what direction Burton will be taking the film, depending on whether this is a legitimate picture: via

Depp as The Mad Hatter. Source: via


Now even though this is a live-action shot of Depp, the film will employ the use of performance-capture imagery, the same technology seen in Beowulf, along with live-action footage. Alice in Wonderland is due out in 2010.