The Review

Tackling xenophobia from COVID-19

March 11, 2020

The concerns surrounding coronavirus are not limited to the fear of infection. Because the virus originated in Wuhan, China, xenophobia levels towards Asians and Asian-Americans have risen across the US. To tackle this xenophobia, the East Asian Affinity Group and Unity Council hosted a forum on Marc...

Schools nation-wide respond to the pandemic

March 11, 2020

Responses to the threat of COVID-19 have varied across the country, depending on conditions in various areas. Massachusetts, California and New York, among others, have declared states of emergency, and at least 130 colleges across the country have cancelled in-person classes as of March 10. “[Amherst College] announced we were being sent home by Monday,” Sophie Caldwell (‘19) said. “We understand why it ha...

School-sponsored events, spring break trips cancelled

March 11, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on the St. John’s community is already impossible to ignore. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 health situation, all school-sponsored trips over spring break have been cancelled. Last Friday, Columbia University cancelled the Columbia Scholastic Press Associatio...

What is COVID-19?

March 11, 2020

COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December. Although coronaviruses generally circulate among animals, some of them, including the strain discovered in 2019, can infect humans as well. The virus is now present on every continent except Antarctica an...

February 2020

March 3, 2020

Gabrielle: Why the edited version of “Cats” wasn’t an improvement

January 27, 2020

After a horde of poor reviews and critiques, a re-edited "Cats" was released to theatres just one week after its opening weekend. Allegedly, the new version fixed some of the blatant mistakes in the digital fur technology. However, after noticing bare human feet dancing over floating human-cat hybrid...

Bailey: Why “Cats” didn’t live up to expectations

January 27, 2020

I saw "Cats" on Broadway in 2017, and though it’s far from my favorite musical, I came to appreciate the creative dances and some of the more noteworthy tunes. Unfortunately, this show has transformed from a Broadway classic into one of the biggest box-office disasters of the decade. As a class...

Why we should use the phrase “Lunar New Year”

January 23, 2020

In principle, Tết and Seollal are both very similar to each other and Chinese New Year. In all three cultures, red envelopes, family gatherings, large meals and superstition make common appearances. All three cultures are celebrating the beginning of the lunar calendar. But the problem arises when all three are th...


Olivia Doan, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

To the Vietnamese community, Tết, or Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is the largest celebration of the year. In my own family, Tết is an entire week of red gladiola flowers, candied coconut and red-dyed watermelon seeds. It is an entire week of my dad asking Alexa to play “Happy New Year” by ABB...


Austin Sim, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

Every year, my family and I celebrate Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year. On the ride to my grandparents' house, our parents review how we should perform the ceremonial bow and what we should say (we always have trouble pronouncing the phrase).  After we take off our shoes, we rush over to our grandparents ...

Online culture

January 9, 2020

Vaping is pervasive throughout social media. From TikTok to Instagram, it is impossible to escape e-cigarette culture, a phenomenon that takes form through comedic videos, memes and even dance trends. When scrolling through TikTok, many videos feature some type of vaping device, whether it be a Juul o...

Medical consequences

January 9, 2020

Courtney’s fears about her health are well-founded. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s extensive report on vaping, as of December, 48 people have died from vaping and over 2,000 people have been hospitalized for vaping-related sickness. The CDC refers to such vaping illnesses as EVALI...

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