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Complaints? What complaints?

December 12, 2008

School spirit. We all know what it is, and chances are that after we graduate we’ll have some as alumni. But one of the first things I noticed upon arriving at this school was a serious lack of pride in its students. Sure, we all wear our school’s logo on our hoodies, and I was one of the multitudes jumping up and down singing “Oh When The Storm Comes Rolling In” at last week’s quarter-final comeback victory in Belson Stadium, but I can’t help but notice the amount of complaining St. John’s students do.

We gripe about our location, the quality of our education, the food, the residence halls, campus events, the basketball team, even the lack of attractive females on campus (well, at least we did before we saw this year’s freshman class, *wink*). In 2007, the Princeton review ranked our school #7 on it’s “Least Happy Students” list, the highest St. John’s has ever ranked in any Princeton Review list.

So what is it about our school that makes students so unhappy about going here?

For those living on campus at least, a major concern is the services the department of Residence Life provides resident students.

“Residence Life should provide students with four things: Good living conditions, quality food, entertainment, and safety,” said Andrew Scott, who lives in the townhouses, “St. John’s department of Residence Life has failed in all these areas.”

As far as good living conditions are concerned, students have found many faults in the living conditions in St. John’s dorms. For Andrew Scott, these problems manifested themselves in a leaking shower, cockroaches, several leaking air conditioning units, and sprinklers without caps in what were supposed to be brand new townhouses. “There was a lack of preparation for students moving into the townhouses. The construction wasn’t finished, and you could tell they cut corners when building them.”

Faulty plumbing and air conditioners are what you can expect if you’re lucky enough to get housing in the townhouses, but what about student’s who can even manage that? Last year, with two new housing facilities opening and a host of new places to live, housing selection was a disaster.

Louis Nicosia, a Junior, was one of the many given an incorrect appointment time last year. He said: “I was told that my appointment was at 8:30 a.m., which is a great time, and when I arrived they turned me away and told me to come back at three, when most of the housing was already taken.”

As for the food Residence life provides, St. John’s also gets low marks. Montgoris’ abomination of a cafeteria is one of the most reviled things on campus.

While the low quality of the food is what angers most residents, Montgoris’ trayless Tuesday and Thursday program is especially unpopular. Chartwells, the catering service in charge of Montgoris, claims that the money it saves by not washing trays it donates to the school’s midnight run charity program. “As a coordinator for the midnight run program I can tell you that we haven’t seen a dime from Chartwells” says Andrew Scott.

While Marillac cafeteria provides an alternative to Montgoris’ food (And this writer uses food in the loosest terms, it’s more like pig swill), and extremely popular thanks to the meal exchange plan that allows students to substitute one meal under the value of $7, It’s often crowded, with little food available during peak hours and nowhere to sit. “The Meal Exchange ends at 9:30, 10 minutes before night classes end,” said Michael Keenan, “There’s a very narrow window of time dictating when you can or can’t get food.”

There’s very little complaint by most students when it comes to entertainment, however, many complain that the school hemorrhages money into campus events, neglecting more important departments. “I was at an event that was attended by about eight people, and we each went home with an entire pizza and a load of cups and bagels,” said Keenan “that’s a serious waste of money. A lot of campus events are just people giving away pizza.”

Most unpopular of all with residents is the school’s visitation policy which students just love to complain about. Computer science major Kevin Whelan puts it best: “The University justifies the visitation policy as an instrument for keeping the students safe, but I think that with the Founder’s Village Townhouses, it’s clear that the University can treat its students as adults with regards to visitation without compromising their safety.”

The general opinion on campus is that students are treated more like children under the custody and care of St. John’s university rather than tenants who ware paying thousands of dollars to reside on campus.

So what’s the verdict? Are Student’s complaints justified? Answer the poll, and comment with some more complaints:

-Mario Vergara

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

December 12, 2008

Aloha,

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…)

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 John’s Food Violations –

November 25, 2008

 

I was skimming through New York’s Department of Health website checking out the health violation points for some of my favorite restaurants around campus and I came across these startling numbers –

FYI the average points in an inspection in New York City is 15 

Montgoris Dining Hall  – 19 violations for (Montgoris was inspected just a couple of days ago)


1.)

Other general violation.

2.)

Food contact surface not properly maintained.

3.)

Wiping cloths dirty or not stored in sanitizing solution.

4.)

Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or store

 

 

Marillac Dining Hall – 22 violations for

1.)

Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.

2.)

Cold food held above 41°F (smoked fish above 38°F) except during necessary preparation.

3.)

Hot food not held at or above 140°F.

You can see the rest of school’s dining facilities points here.

What else caught my attention? Some of these locations off campus  

   Sly Fox Inn had the most violation points with 45 

Yummy Taco had 26

Dominoes Pizza had 28

Subway only had 4 violations

Curious to see how your favorite restaurant on Union Turnpike did? Click here.

 

I know roaches might be a delicacy in some parts of the world; but they are definitely not one in mine

I know roaches might be a delicacy in some parts of the world; but they are definitely not one in mine

Do these numbers shock you? comment below – >

Jose Silva

   
   
   

INSIDE GATE 6

October 7, 2008

 

St. John’s has will open its new Rome Campus Friday October 10th. The new campus is a full city block and is only few steps away from Vatican City.  Read the article here

This weekend is Homecoming Weekend so if your looking for something look no further than the campus gates. Some homecoming festivities include: (more…)

What up with that? Cats on campus

September 16, 2008

Every day, once the sun goes down, students are visited by outsiders from another species wandering around campus aimlessly. The wanderers can be seen walking the streets by Gate 6 and 7 with such a presence students ask, whose campus is this really? “There’s so many of them,” said one student. “They’re around Carey Hall, and I’ve seen faculty taking care of them.” They do tend to gather around Carey Hall, and the faculty he saw taking care of them was a public safety officer working the night shift. Every now and then, the officer, Bobby, will feed the creatures leftover crumbs. But he’s not faculty, and he’s not really taking care of them, he’s just bored at 1 in the morning. So who is responsible for this nightly gathering? “They’re just strays,” said a lady in the Residence Life office. “They wander from neighboring homes and find their way on campus. No one can have pets on campus.” Okay, St. John’s doesn’t own the rascals, but what about protecting them. “You can do whatever you want with them,” said the Residence Life lady. “Help yourself; just be careful, you don’t know what diseases they might have.”

 

 

-Jonnathan Coleman