Torch: U.S. Volume LXIV Spring 2015 - Page 2

Torch:U.S. Policy

The Torch:U.S. is published four times yearly as the official magazine of the National Junior Classical League. Issues are published in fall, winter, spring, and summer. It is entered as third-class material from the Oxford, Ohio, Post Office. The ideas expressed in the Opinion section are the comments of the Torch:U.S. and its staff and should not necessarily be considered the policy of the National Junior Classical League, its officers, or the National Committee. Readers are encouraged to express their opinions on any subject relevant to the classics or JCL in the Vo(i)ces Section. Your name and address or title must be included with your submission. All names will be published. Submissions may be sent to the editor or the advisor (see addresses to the left).

Photo Credits

Amol Punjabi, Caitlin Johnston, Mary Piper, Aastha Gupta, Linda Qin, Allie Goulding, Lindsey Dierig, Tashi Treadway, Wyatt Joyner, Grace McIntire, Robby Allen, Maya Nandakumar, Ruiqi He, Narayan Sundararajan, Sherri Madden

Torch:U.S. Staff


Amol Punjabi


Caitlin Johnston

Copy Editors

Kurt Ristroph, Nancy Sinacola

Welcome to Trinity.

It's Been Waiting for You.

Get ready, NJCL, for the 62nd annual week of classics celebration, better known as National Convention. The NJCL officers and National Committee have figured out every detail of this adventure to make sure your experience is unforgettable. Whether you have a knack for painting, a skill in oratory, a voice for cheering, an edge in mythology, or a desire to meet new people, this year's convention has something you'll like in store. Plus, you'll be on the beautiful campus of Trinity University. There, aqueducts and fountains sit beside next to brick buildings with steel-framed glass, creating an atmosphere where all ages merge into one. As students of the classics in the modern world, we're no stranger to that phenomenon! Go to page 8 to see this breathtaking setting and to read more about the opportunities convention has to offer.

Roman Emperors: Myths or Madmen?

Almost every JCLer (and many a non-JCLer) gets a kick out of the outrageous things that Roman emperors did with all their power. But how bad were Caligula, Nero, Commodus, and Elagabalus? How can someone who makes his horse a senator reign for four years? Go to page 12 to hear some more obscure stories and words in defense of these rulers.