Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is Laid to Rest

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was laid to rest on Thursday, January 5th, in Vatican City in the first funeral ever conducted by a sitting pope. Pope Francis, who has led the Catholic Church since his election in 2013 following Benedict’s surprise resignation, led the funeral Mass sitting down due to a pre-existing knee alignment.  The historic funeral capped a … Continue reading Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is Laid to Rest

Remembering the OG Green Ranger Jason David Frank

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  On November 19th, 2022, beloved actor Jason David Frank died by suicide. His death was confirmed a day later, on the 20th.  Jason David Frank was most known for his role in the popular children’s series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1995), where he played Tommy Oliver, first the green ranger and later the white ranger. He played the red … Continue reading Remembering the OG Green Ranger Jason David Frank

Tokyo Takes on LGBTQ+ Rights

(Image via http://www.tbsnews.net) Volunteer Writer: Isabella Gerardi Email: igerardi@umassd.edu On November 30th, 2022, Tokyo courts ruled same-sex marriage unconstitutional.  Despite this, activists say there is hope for the future as the courts also acknowledge denying members of the LQBTQ+ community the right to marriage represents a human rights violation. This statement marks a huge change in sentiment from one of the only G7 nations that … Continue reading Tokyo Takes on LGBTQ+ Rights

Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover

(Image via http://www.businesstoday.com) Staff Writer: Rena Danho Email: rdanho@umassd.edu Twitter is a widely known social media app. It’s one of those platforms like Instagram and Facebook where it’s been around for so long that it’s gone through so many different stages throughout its life span.  But recently, Twitter has taken a major u-turn and may take a massive fall. For context, Twitter was founded in … Continue reading Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover

Iran Exits the World Cup, But Player Safety Remains in Concern

Staff Writer: Colton Almeida Email: calmeida4@umassd.edu Iran was officially eliminated from the World Cup in a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of the United States last Tuesday. As the players make the return to their home country, concerns over their safety have become a critical matter.  Back in September of 2022, mass protests broke out across Iran in reaction to the death of Masha … Continue reading Iran Exits the World Cup, But Player Safety Remains in Concern

Top 10 Toy Brands You Will Probably be Purchasing from This Christmas Season

(Image via eparenting.co) Volunteer Writer: Brendan Flaherty Email: bflaherty1@umassd.edu We have all surely realized by now that the holidays are upon us. It’s that lovely time of year when people can exchange gifts or celebrate their favorite holidays with family. It might be challenging to create a list of gifts that appeal to the younger members of your family, so we did the research for … Continue reading Top 10 Toy Brands You Will Probably be Purchasing from This Christmas Season

NASA’s Successful Launch Begins Artemis I Mission

Volunteer Writer: Mckenzie Ferrari Email: mferrari@umassd.edu “On behalf of all the men and women across our great nation who have worked to bring this hardware together to make this day possible, and for the Artemis generation: this is for you. I give you a go to resume count and launch Artemis I.” In the early hours of November 16th, 2022, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director for … Continue reading NASA’s Successful Launch Begins Artemis I Mission

Dylan Mulvaney Responds to Caitlyn Jenner’s Hurtful Tweets

(Image via rollingstone.com)  Volunteer Writer: Sakara De Gil-Balija  Email: sdegilbalija@umassd.edu  Dylan Mulvaney, a transgender Tik Tok influencer, founded her fanbase in her “Days of Girlhood” series, where she talks about different struggles and triumphs that her transition has brought to her.  Her eight million fans, or ‘friends,’ as she calls them, follow as Mulvaney brings to light the ugly and more beautiful sides of transitioning, … Continue reading Dylan Mulvaney Responds to Caitlyn Jenner’s Hurtful Tweets

It’s Time to Destress

(Image via bannerhealth.com) Volunteer Writer: Brett Talbot Email: btalbot@umassd.edu When I was stuck at home and constantly fighting the Wi-Fi during two whole semesters of remote learning, it made sense to feel a bit stressed out. But even after my classes transitioned back into a face-to-face setting, the stress didn’t magically go away. Whether it stems from personal matters, feeling overloaded with work, or even … Continue reading It’s Time to Destress

Who Let the Minks Out?

(Image via wbay.com) Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  For the people of Australia, rabbits are some of the most destructive beings in all the land.   It sounds like an exaggeration; but, the Australian rabbit population has devastated the land for generations, feeding on farmers’ crops and generally running rampant without any natural predators to keep them in check.  For those who aren’t history buffs, … Continue reading Who Let the Minks Out?