How Art Saved Me

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Forty million U.S adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. I am definitely one of those people.? (some of my friends call me sus lol) Creating art allows me to be able to simultaneously heal and learn. Not only am…

Memories of Cuba: Castro’s Revolution

53 years a Cuban Refugee When Reinaldo Solano, a 63-year-old Cuban-American reminisces about his childhood, he remembers growing up attending church and school, being an altar boy, his old bully, and his life growing up on a farm. But above all, he remembers the fear. It was a fear he did not quite understand but…

Covid-19: A Family Experience

By Victoria Bishop Smith, Class of 2021 I woke up on October 13. It was like any regular day, or so I thought.  I hadn’t been experiencing any symptoms, but unfortunately, my significant other, whom I spent the majority of my time with, was — and so, we went to get tested.  The doctor came…

Inside the High Stakes World of Counter Strike Skin Trading

Originally posted on The Headliner:
Counter Strike Global Offensive (CSGO) is a first-person shooter video game created by Valve on the platform Steam that has been a game changer in the digital item economy. CSGO has a virtual skin market where players can trade virtual weapon skins for real world money to other players. Skins are…

Shadows of the American Dream

By Chrismarlyn Martinez, Class of 2022 Diana Avelar has already seen and experienced more than most young women her age. When she was 4-years-old Avelar witnessed domestic violence against her mother. Avelar also suffered from sexual assault in El Salvador, and fled with her family to America to escape the abuse.  “Even though I was…

Heart of Steel: How an Ancient Craft Has Evolved

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By Mark Rotundo “I have a saying that every knife you make cuts you. Making good shit hurts.” Theodore Nazz, a Brooklyn son and bladesmith, is someone who has always relished in the hurt. The ultimate drive for a human being is the will to create. To create means…

COVID-19: From the Eyes of An Undergraduate Student

Writer: Kiara Suero Joseph Mamaril, full time undergraduate student.  Over the past year, the COVID-19 outbreak has gripped the nation by leaving many people struggling financially, mentally and emotionally. Undergraduate students are no strangers to these struggles. Many have had to adjust their lives to handle six classes, jobs and dealing with their own personal…

The Start of a New Life

By Diana Meza, Class of 2022 It was the sharp and bitter smell of coffee her fiance brewed that brought 17-year-old Maria Garcia to her feet on the bright morning of May 10, 1995.   The warmth of the coffee traveled throughout her body, while her eyes followed him, throwing on his regular white tee and…

2020: How Young People Made Their Voice Heard

By: Christian Bailey, Class 2021 “This is the first election where I felt like everyone’s vote actually mattered.” Dennis Trotta, a young Patterson resident, said, as he rested his gaze on the napping pitbull puppy, who’d just ruined his new bed frame. Dominique Pollard, his friend of six years, glances at the ceiling fan as…

Pregnancy during Covid-19

By Shirley Montesdeoca, Class of 2021 Discomfort, sleepless nights, the constant sensation of itchiness, and yellowing of the skin, are the symptoms of a condition called cholestasis during pregnancy. Lisbeth Racines, a 29-year-old mother of two was diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy for both pregnancies. She was five months pregnant when she was diagnosed with…

Two Communities Connected by Location but Divided by Spirits

By Neidy Gutierrez, Class of 2020 Saint Peter’s University and McGinley Square are two communities intertwined with one another, but according to some people, somehow divided. For years, the university has attracted new people into the area helping create business. Locals seem to love the idea that the university has been part of the evolution…

History in Photographs

By Neidy Gutierrez, Class of 2020 Over the years, McGinley Square has evolved into the fast-moving town that it is. Through renovations of buildings, destruction of old buildings and construction of new ones, McGinley has overgone years of gentrification. Take a trip down memory lane and check out how some of today’s popular buildings looked…

Karl Horvat of Sticky Fingrs

By Michael Hester, Class of 2019   Karl Horvat is the Chief Operations Officer of Sticky Fingrs, a company that specializes in making the world’s first fingertip grinder for marijuana and medicinal herbs. Horvat and his team have been working on this since March of 2017 and they officially launched their product three months ago….

Mariah on Medical Marijuana

By Annalisa Leite, Class of 2019   When Mariah wakes up in the morning and her daily stretches don’t help her get rid of her pain, she turns to her newest prescription medication, Medical Marijuana.  Mariah began taking medical marijuana last February for chronic pain and anxiety. At first, she would make her own oils…

Prevention: The Fight Against Legalization

By Annalisa Leite, Class of 2019 “A stronger and fairer New Jersey embraces comprehensive criminal justice reform — including a process to legalize marijuana,” said Governor Philip Murphy during his Inauguration speech on January 16, 2018. Since Murphy became governor, New Jersey has been waiting for legalization to become a reality. On November 26th, New…

Art in Motion

By Alexis Morales Hearing someone butcher your name is not something that would excite most people, but when it meant being recognized by the head of BMW’s North American Performance Division as having one of the Top 12 cars of the 2018 Rallye BMW show, Adyan Rahman couldn’t help but smile-just a little bit. Adyan…

The Private Sector and Social Inequality – Analysis

(This is part of the Jersey City in Havana Series, multimedia stories produced by St. Peter’s students who spent Spring Break in Cuba.) By Patrick Farrell, Class of 2019 The Cuban Revolution was fought for equality in all respects. Every Cuban is to have the same opportunities and the same standard of living. But on…

Cuba’s Tobacco Farms

(This is part of the Jersey City in Havana Series, multimedia stories produced by St. Peter’s students who spent Spring Break in Cuba.) By Mary Mercado, Class of 2019 One of my most memorable experiences on our trip to Cuba was the excursion to Viñales where we visited a family-owned tobacco farm.  The tobacco industry…

Study Abroad: Cuba 2018

Top Five Things to Do in Havana Video Produced and Edited by Franz Lalaine Yabis, Class of 2018  

Sights and Sounds in Havana

(This is part of the Jersey City in Havana Series, multimedia stories produced by St. Peter’s students who spent Spring Break in Cuba.) Shot, Produced and Edited By Brian Bates, Class of 2021 Havana Fisherman   Café Al Cappuccino Habana Live music is common in Havana. They provide a fun atmosphere and the music is…

Havana Nights

(This is part of the Jersey City in Havana Series, multimedia stories produced by St. Peter’s students who spent Spring Break in Cuba.) By Jayson Ildefonso, Class of 2020 As people head through the doors, gentlemen are greeted by a woman dressed in a bold glittery costume handing each man a single cigar, while ladies…

Money for Music in Cuba’s Economy

(This is part of the Jersey City in Havana Series, multimedia stories produced by St. Peter’s students who spent Spring Break in Cuba.) Consistently low state-regulated salaries and massive layoffs of government employees have led many Cuban citizens to pursue self-employment within the tourism industry. by Gabriella Robles and Neidy Gutierrez For Havana native Angel…

Review: “A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt”

By Zahria Perkins, Class of 2018 Many of us are taught “not to judge a book by its cover” and the story of Otto Weidt definitely proves this lesson true tenfold. “A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt” made its Northeastern premiere at The Golden Door International Film Festival on Friday, October 6th after…

West Coast Style Comes to Jersey City’s Newly Renovated White Eagle Hall

By Tom McLaughlin, Class of 2019 Music fans lined up outside of the newly restored White Eagle Hall on Wednesday, October 11 in Jersey City to see the California-based indie pop group Best Coast perform with the Philadelphia and Brooklyn-based indie rock group Field Mouse. White Eagle Hall (WEH) is one of the newest additions…

Hollywood in Jersey City

By Natalia Amaya, Class of 2018 Jersey City is kicking off October with the Golden Door International Film Festival. The festival is entering its 7th year, and has become nothing short of successful. Founder Bill Sorvino, and his executive director wife, Michelle Sorvino have worked together to give underground, independent, filmmakers an opportunity to shine….

SPU Art Gallery: An Interview with Photographer Kay Kenny

By Jojenet Encarnacion, Class of 2019 As the art and music culture expands in Jersey City, newcomers and locals are seeing a growth of original artwork from artists displayed publicly. Saint Peter’s University is showcasing its newest attraction in the 5th floor of Mac Mahon Student Center at its newFine Arts Gallery. Camera’s Vision: Archaeology|Architecture|Landscape…

Ladies of JC: A Night of Female-Fronted Local Music

By Christina Gravina Walking down the bright red staircase towards the lounge at Raval in Downtown Jersey City feels like you are entering a painting as you are surrounded by black and white artwork on the wall. Inside, paintings of burlesque women and various artists such as Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie cover the wooden…

Art Gallery at Saint Peter’s Now Open to the Public

By Zahria Perkins, Class of 2018 The space is occupied with about twenty people but yet, the sound of a pen dropping can be heard as clear as day. The sunshine coming through a floor to ceiling glass window is casting a slight glare on the photographs gracefully draped on the walls. Everyone is moving…

WORD on the Street

By Briana Benitez, Class of 2017 WORD on the street is there’s a popular bookstore that sits on Newark Avenue in downtown Jersey City. The name of this particular place happens to be WORD, which makes it a literal WORD on the street. The bookstore in independently owned with two locations: one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn…

Very, VERY, Vintage

By Malieva Hedberg, Class of 2017 If you are looking for a one-stop shop vintage outfit, VERY Lifestyle Shop is your destination. Located in downtown Jersey City just off of Grove Street, it is a small but lively store, with everything from home goods, collective music records to real leather cowboy boots from the 70’s. …

Spotlight on Greenville

By Diamond Reid and Jenna Carbin Greenville is located in the southernmost section of the city.  The neighborhood starts south of the West Side area stretching to the border of  Bayonne.  Greenville has gone through many changes over the last 40 years and the change doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.  Dating back to…

Making Jersey City Beautiful (and Green) Again

Gabriella Robles and Amanda Jones Jersey City has the second largest population  in New Jersey, falling just short of Newark. With over 250,000 residents in the city, various groups have stepped up to make their home a more beautiful and efficient place to live. Whether it’s the city’s captivating street art, safer areas for kids…

Campus Kitchen

  By Armond Marke, ’16 and Samantha Storms, ’17 Campus Kitchen at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City has a purpose to repurpose. One in 7 Americans are considered to be food insecure, not knowing where there next meal will come from and Erich Sekel, the associate director of Campus Ministry for community service, supervises a student-led…

God’s Rockstar

Originally posted on The Peacock Press :
The grounds were still wet, and there was a power line down in the middle of Stillman Avenue in Bergenfield, NJ. ?The train passes by every half hour or so, making everyone talk just a little louder than usual. ?I’m greeted at the door by a young man, his…

Marisa Vitali: Finding “Grace” After Addiction

Briana Benitez, Class of 2017 Marisa Vitali remembers putting on variety shows in her grandmother’s backyard during the summer. She and her cousins would make and sell the tickets to the family. She was the main performance and all her cousins would shine flashlights on her as a spotlight. Even as a child she knew…

We’re not Street Artists, We’re Graffiti Writers: Chester Wallnuts

Olivia Monahan, Class of 2017  Subway terminals are like wind tunnels and the train was flying. The train would stop, he would spray another line, anxious for when the train would take off again. The train lept into motion once more and despite his firm grasp on the handle, he felt himself slipping. Perspiring from…

Bare Naked Emotion: A Profile of Shannon Stoia

Greeted in her studio space, I was welcomed to sit on her soft yet overwhelmingly large bean bag chair; although, the clutter of her supplies made it difficult to shimmy myself into a comfortable position. Regrouping my thoughts, my eye catches a tattoo of a woman’s legs stretched out of a giant coffee cup on…

Autism Month: Raising Awareness

1 in 68 kids will be diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of this, April has been named Autism Awareness Month and the United Nations has recognized April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization that sponsors research and outreach activities describes the…